Tika Sumpter Joins Casey Affleck In ‘The Old Man And The Gun’
Exclusive: Tika Sumpter, who starred as Michelle Obama in Southside With You, has been cast in David Lowery's The Old Man And The Gun, co-starring opposite Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Sissy Spacek and Robert Redford, who is attached to produce. Based on a 2003 New Yorker article by David Grann, the pic follows Forrest Tucker (Redford), an outlaw with 18 successful prison breaks and a lifetime of bank robberies to his name. Affleck plays a detective who becomes captivated… »
Flight To Coruscant & Carbon Freeze Bomb Endings To ‘Rogue One’ Revealed
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” arrives digitally today, and all anyone can talk about is about the various versions of the movie that weren’t made. It’s seems the writers and filmmakers had almost too many options on the table at any given time, but it seems the one thing they knew was that none of the characters would survive. And once Disney was on board with that creative decision, there were lots of ideas tossed around about how to send off the rebel heroes.
Continue reading Flight To Coruscant & Carbon Freeze Bomb Endings To ‘Rogue One’ Revealed at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
’20th Century Women’: Annette Bening Digs Deep on Creating Her Character in Exclusive Home Video Featurette — Watch
Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women” proved to be a favorite of many cinephiles this past awards season. And for anyone who’s still holding on to the pain of star Annette Bening not receiving an Oscar nomination for her nuanced and understated performance as Dorthea, perhaps listening to her talk about her character will soothe your pain.
In our new exclusive featurette, which will be included on the upcoming “20th Century Women” DVD and Blu-ray release, Bening, Mills, and Greta Gerwig discuss what went into creating Dorthea (who is based on Mills’ own mother — no pressure) and the presence that Bening’s compelling performance brought to her.
Read More: ’20th Century Women’ Soundtrack: Listen to the Expertly-Curated Early Punk Mix
“One of the things Mike was tapping into is the mystery of our children and our parents, »
- Allison Picurro
Awards Roundup: Cinema Con to Fete Naomi Watts, Pflag National to Honor Martha Plimpton and More
Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our weekly Awards Roundup column.
– Pflag National — the nation’s largest organization for families, friends, and allies of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (Lgbt) — will celebrate The Ninth Annual Straight for Equality Awards, celebrating high-profile allies who are moving equality forward for the Lgbt community, and transforming the way that Lgbtq people are understood and treated by using their talents in their respective fields to empower others to also become engaged on the issues.
This year, the event will celebrate Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Martha Plimpton, CNN political analyst Ana Navarro, and Alcoa. Attendees will also enjoy a performance from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical “Kinky Boots.” The evening will be hosted by comedian Fortune Feimster.
– Two-time Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts will receive the CinemaCon Distinguished Decade of Achievement in Film Award, it was announced by CinemaCon Managing Director, »
- Kate Erbland
7 Filmmakers Deeply Influenced by Luis Buñuel
Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel died in 1983, but his films continue to inspire many filmmakers today, including Woody Allen and David O’Russell. New York’s Metrograph theater is presenting a series of the surrealist filmmaker’s work from March 30 to April 6 entitled “Buñuel in France” that will feature five of his films. Buñuel directed 35 movies between 1929 and 1977.
Watch: Was Luis Buñuel a Fetishist? A Video Essay
Here are seven filmmakers who have listed a Buñuel film in their top 10 movies of all time.
Allen’s favorite Buñuel film is 1972’s “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie,” the famous comedy about six middle-class people attempting to have a meal together. Allen wore his inspiration on his shirt sleeve in his 2011 fantasty-comedy “Midnight in Paris,” casting the actor Adrien De Van to play Buñuel in a scene also featuring the surrealist painter Salvador Dalí (Adrien Brody) and visual artist Man Ray »
- Graham Winfrey
How ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Is Like Hybrid Disney Remakes ‘The Jungle Book’ and ‘The Lion King’
Disney’s got a great circle of life going with the hybridization of its animated classics.
It’s a different aesthetic, thanks to virtual production: animation has become more like live-action and live-action has become more animated. But it’s intensified with “The Jungle Book” (this years’s VFX Oscar winner) and “Beauty and the Beast.”
While “The Jungle Book” achieved a new level of photographic-based realism, with everything virtual except for Neel Sethi’s real-life Mowgli, “Beauty and the Beast” utilizes more live-action, but also emphasizes photoreal CG characters; the Beast (Dan Stevens), who is performance captured by Digital Domain 3.0, and the enchanted characters that inhabit the castle (created by Framestore).
Yet the key to both movies is staying true to their original DNA while grounding them in believable and immersive worlds. This way our familiarity with the beloved »
- Bill Desowitz
Jay Z and Weinstein Company Team Up for Ambitious Film and Docuseries About Trayvon Martin
Shawn “Jay-z” Carter will team up the Weinstein Company to make a series of documentary projects about the life and death of Trayvon Martin, Variety reports.
The music mogul and the indie distributor won a bidding war for the rights to two books about the 2012 shooting of the unarmed black teenager: “Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It” and “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.” The first is by Lisa Bloom, a reporter who covered the trial of George Zimmerman. The second is by Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, and tells the story of Martin’s childhood and the impact of his death on the family.
Martin was shot and killed by 28-year-old George Zimmerman, a »
- Jude Dry
‘Barbie’ Needs Lead Actress, Director & Has To Start Shooting This Summer Because Of Toys
We knew that “Barbie” was never about presenting premium cinema, but the hope was that with the involvement of Amy Schumer as lead actress and even polishing the script by Hilary Winston (“The Lego Ninjago Movie,” “My Name Is Earl“) and Kim Caramele (who has worked with Schumer, as a producer on “Trainwreck,” and producer/writer on “Inside Amy Schumer“), the movie would at least be somewhat more than an extended commercial for a doll.
Continue reading ‘Barbie’ Needs Lead Actress, Director & Has To Start Shooting This Summer Because Of Toys at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Seth Meyers Calls Out Donald Trump for Stealing Signature ‘Weekend Update’ Gags — Watch
Seth Meyers has a message for Donald Trump: “I didn’t mind when you talked dirty with Billy Bush, or told Russia to hack Hillary’s emails. But when you start stealing bits from ‘Weekend Update’ anchors – it is on!”
The “Late Night” host’s message for Trump follows an interview the president gave earlier this week to Time Magazine, where he defended some controversial comments and claims he has made in the past, most of which are unsubstantiated.
“I tend to be right. I’m an instinctual person, I happen to be a person that knows how life works,” Trump said in the interview, which came out on Thursday’s issue of the magazine, with a cover that bore the title: “Is Truth Dead?”
Read More: Shia Labeouf Says America is no Longer Safe for His Anti-Trump Art Installation
- Yoselin Acevedo
11 Things We Hope To Learn At 2017 CinemaCon: ‘Thor: Raganok,’ ‘Blade Runner 2049’ And More
On Monday Hollywood studios, the world’s theater owners and the companies that supply your favorite concessions will once again meet in Las Vegas for yet another edition of CinemaCon. And it’s more than just a chance for vendors to pitch their latest iteration of a Sour Patch Kids candy. It’s big business. In fact, it’s the life blood of the movie business.
Run by Nato (no, not that Nato), the National Association of Theater Owners, the yearly convention is a chance for each distributor to push their upcoming releases in hopes of convincing major cineplex chains and even small independent mom and pop theaters (yes, they still exist) to choose their movie over their competitors and to promote these titles in their establishments through trailers, standees (preferably with the best possible placement) and more.
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- Gregory Ellwood
IndieWire’s Movie Podcast: Movies Versus Television — Which One Has the Upper Hand? (Screen Talk Episode 141)
It’s no secret that television casts a big shadow these days. Even the biggest cinephiles tend to watch a lot of episodic efforts. But what does that mean for the future of cinema, especially for those of us on the frontlines, watching new movies at film festivals?
That’s the starting point for this week’s episode of Screen Talk. As Anne Thompson returns from a post-Oscars vacation in Mexico and Eric Kohn shares his highlights from SXSW, the pair reflect on the movies they’ve enjoyed at both places and why they didn’t belong on the small screen.
Then, they turn their attention to a rash of box office successes that seem to be working on the big screen, from “Beauty and the Beast” to “Logan.” What do these triumphs at the multiplex tell us about the future of the medium?
And finally: What’s the name »
- Eric Kohn
Movie Poster of the Week: Park Chan-wook’s “The Handmaiden” and an Interview with Designer John Calvert
Back in December when I compiled my list of the best movie posters of 2016, I didn’t yet know the names of the designer or the illustrator of one of my absolute favorites: the exquisitely detailed, tapestry-like design for Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden.I’ve since been able to talk to London-based designer/art director John Calvert of Empire Design about the process that resulted in this unique poster. I’ve also been privy to a number of superb alternative designs that Empire came up with prior to this one. Above: The South Korean and International posters for Cannes (Korean title design by Kkotsbom).Notebook: How did Empire—a design agency based in London and New York—end up designing the poster for a major Korean film premiering at Cannes? Had you worked with Park Chan-wook before?John Calvert: Empire had previously worked for Fox Searchlight on the Stoker campaign, »
‘Power Rangers’ Producer Planning Five Sequels
To the surprise of no one, apparently there are more “Power Rangers” films in the pipeline. With the new reboot set to hit theaters, the producer of the film, and man responsible for the whole darn thing, Haim Saban is not only planning for one sequel. No, Saban has a plan for five more.
“We already have a six-movie story arc,” Saban told Variety. “If this film is as successful as I hope on March 24, on March 25 we’ll have the first story meeting for Movie No.
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- Charles Dean
Disney CEO Bob Iger Promises Long Future Of ‘Star Wars’ Movies
Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012 has really been working out pretty well for the company. After the massive successes of both “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the franchise is as popular as ever. It seems from now until the end of time, Disney will give audiences a new “Star Wars” film.
- Charles Dean
‘Baskets’ Review: Season 2 Finale Makes a Bold Move Toward a New Family Business
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the “Baskets” Season 2 finale, Episode 10, “Circus.”]
After a year that saw the Baskets family driven apart, Season 2 wrapped by bringing them all together — in an unexpectedly endearing manner. Christine (Louie Anderson), who literally skipped town a few episodes prior and tried out a new family in “Denver” (Episode 7), made the bold choice to go into business with her boys instead of being taken care of by Ken (Alex Morris). He offered. She said no. And now they’re “building an empire” — a circus empire.
For as much as we loved Dale and Chip’s journeys in Season 2, which saw an increased focus on Chip being rewarded for hard work and Dale being punished for immature behavior, this finale’s focus on Christine was more than fitting. Louie Anderson earned an Emmy for his performance in Season 1, and, if we’re comparing the two for such purposes, this year’s turn was even better. He could have more gold in his future. »
- Ben Travers
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