Saturday, November 5, 2016
Friday, November 4, 2016
Malek is highly talented and will, no doubt, do a great job as Mercury. "Mr. Robot" has gained a notorious cult following over its first two seasons. I highly enjoyed the first one, but have had mixed feelings about the last season.
Singer has had success with the X-Men movies, safe for this year's X-Men Apocalypse" which was a terrible film, but is better known to cinephiles as the writer-director of 1995's "The Usual Suspects."
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Warner Brothers Execs quoted by author Bret Easton Ellis: "We don't care" about Batman movie script problems
In a way they're right because, if history shows anything, people will still shell out their hard-earned money to watch the next DC Universe abomination no matter how many times they've been disappointed. I trust Affleck with this, but, man, DC are milking/cash-cowing the living hell out of this. They can go home to the bank with their millions and not care an ounce about artistry or well-made produce. They've also sunk to new lows with 'Suicide Squad' and people still showed up for that film in DROVES.
The original SOURCE
Bret Easton Ellis in his own words:
"I was having dinner with a couple of executives who know other executives who are working on the [forthcoming] Batman movie, The Batman. And they were just telling me that there are serious problems with the script. And that the executives I was having dinner with were complaining about people who work on the Batman movie. And they just said they went to the studio and they said, ‘Look, the script is … Here’s 30 things that are wrong with it that we can fix.’ And [the executives] said, ‘We don’t care. We don’t really care. The amount of money we’re going to make globally, I mean 70 percent of our audience is not going to be seeing this in English. And it doesn’t really matter, these things that you’re bringing up about the flaws of the script.’ So I do think global concerns play a big part in how movies, and what movies, are being made, obviously."
"Doctor Strange" will open to the biggest week-end box-office of the fall movie season. Last night it made more than $9.4 million and, technically, the movie wasn't even out yet. It beats previous November releases "Thor: The Dark World" ($7.1M) and last summer's "Ant-Man" ($6.4M).
We need comedic elements to be more prevalent in superhero movies because there is a backlash happening and movies like "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Deadpool" have shown us that being meta is the next step forward for these movies.
Many people already saying the Oscar is his to lose next year. Gary Oldman has been around for nearly 4 decades and he has yet to have won the golden statuette. "Leon," "Dracula," "True Romance," "The Dark Knight," "JFK," "State of Grace," and, of course, "Sid and Nancy." Just cancel the show and give this man the Academy Award.
Joe Wright ("Atonement," "Pride and Prejudice," "Hannah") directs.
The film opens on November 24th, 2017.
EDIT: Responding to a friend of Facebook who as concerned this won't transcend "typical brit studios exports of very safe, traditional, and predictable biopics." My answer: "Well I do like Joe Wright better than Tom Hooper. Anyone that can shoot that astounding Dunkirk longtake in 'Atonement' is fine in my books, even if they were responsible for 'The Soloist'"
Thursday, November 3, 2016
I couldn't get past Gal Gadot's thick Israeli accent in "Keeping Up With The Joneses" I hope it fits a little more with Amazonian allure of Wonder Woman. What does this trailer tell me? That Patty Jenkins is a much better director than Zach Snyder. Her visual style is much more sophisticated and deal-able than Snyder's overstuffed frames. I think this film might be the first watchable one of the DC universe or at least I hope. Jenkins has not made a film since 2003 when she directed Charlize Theron to her Oscar in "Monster."
What has she been doing since then? We don't know much really beyond the fact that she directed a short film about breast cancer in 2011. She's also directed episodes of "The Killing" for TV, got an Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series" for the pilot of that show. She has the chops and it's about time a female director is given a crack at these superhero films.
"Wonder Woman" Opens On June 2nd, 2017
Is this newly released poster for "Passengers" an indicator of the humor that might be present in the film? After all this is Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. What this poster basically says is "yes, this is a serious movie, but, there will be jokes and meta-ness to it"
Thoughts on the film at TIFF 9.19.16
"Winning the People’s Choice Award, Damien Chazelle’s film was a no-brainer. Everyone felt sure it was going to win even before the festival started. Starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, Chazelle’s film has moments of pure joy that make you feel punch-drunk in love at the movies again. The morning press screening burst into extended applause after the film’s final shot and that sealed the deal for the film’s eventual fate as a major Best Picture contender. Stone, a beauty of an actress, also turned heads for her performance as Mia, a struggling actress hoping to find her big break. Mia falls for Sebastian, a playful and charismatic Ryan Gosling, as they embark on a colorful and touching adventure filled with some of the best original songs ever conceived for the big screen. It’s quite possibly the best movie musical since Bob Fosse’s “All That Jazz.”
Mel Gibson has revealed the title of what might be his next directorial film: .
"It’s not just some chronological telling of just that event. That could be boring, and you think, ‘Oh, we read that,' "But what are the other things around it that happened?"
"It’s probably about three years off, because it’s a big subject,"It’s more than a single event, it’s an amazing event, And to underpin that with the things around it is really the story, to enlighten what that means. It’s not just about the event; it’s not just some chronological telling of just that event. That could be boring, and you think, ‘Oh, we read that.'... But what are the other things around it that happened?"
Additionally, the film's villains "are in another realm, Sure, you’re going all over the place. What happened in three days?... I’m not sure, but it’s worth thinking about. Get your imagination going."
A snippet of what I had to say about "Passion of the Christ" back in the day:
"Mel Gibson isn’t scared of showing violence in the movies he directs. Apocalypto and Braveheart could have both been on this list, but instead we’ll settle for The Passion of the Christ. The Bible isn’t tame on violence and the film makes us well aware of that, recounting Jesus’ final days of suffering before his ultimate crucifixion. There are only three sentences in the Bible that mention the flogging of Jesus and yet Gibson dedicates more than 10 minutes of screentime to Jesus getting whipped until he collapses. The crucifixion scene isn’t any better, as Gibson apparently wants the audience to feel the pain as much as possible. However, Gibson has stated that he believes that The Bible describes a far more horrific crucifixion than the movie. The film is shocking, extreme, and tries to make you see the – as the director of the film has stated – “enormity of the sacrifice”. The brutality onscreen had audiences not only seeing the sacrifice, but feeling it as well."
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Bryan Cranston reveals he's playing himself in 'The Masterpiece', the movie about the making of the cult movie 'The Room'
"The Masterpiece" could become a cult classic of its own as it is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Tommy Wiseau's 2003 abomination. The film stars James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Zach Efron, Sharon Stone, Melanie Griffith and, yes, Bryan Cranston as himself?
"I play a real-life character who's this sitcom dad," Cranston explains to "I play a character named [pauses for effect] Bryan Cranston."
Franco says Sestero has already seen an early version of The Masterpiece and "absolutely loved" it.
"He spent many years with Tommy and gave me a very nice compliment as someone who probably knows Tommy better than anybody. He thought the performance was just great and right on, so I feel really good about that."
I saw "Sing" at TIFF this past September. It's a mildly enjoyable romp that somewhat satirizes, but also warms up to, singing contest reality shows such as "American Idol" and "The Voice." Some of the jokes have a major sting to them and others just fall flat. The songs are great, a lot of catchy top 40 radio and they must have payed a lot of dough to secure the rights to use them. It probably won't be a critical darling, but I can see some hefty box-office in its future. For now we have this trailer which does capture the vibe that Director Garth Jennings is trying to convey.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Anything by Michael Haneke is welcome here at "World of Reel." But his latest, entitled "Happy End," has been in a state of secrecy ever since it started shooting earlier this year. What do we know about the latest from the Austrian auteur of "Cache," "Amour" and "Funny Games"?
The official plot has it as "A drama about a family set in Calais with the European refugee crisis as the backdrop." It stars Isabelle Huppert, Mathieu Kassovitz and Jean-Louis Trintignant as, more than likely, that family. It also stands a good chance of premiering at the Cannes Film Festival next May.
Now we have Huppert, who is doing promo for "Elle," giving us a little more insight of what the film will be about, although she is still being vague it does wet our appetites about what will likely be one of the most anticipated movies of 2017.
“It’s a portrait of a family, and everything that implies,It’s a very quick view of a family. There’s no psychology. It’s very factual. Just the facts. It sounds like ‘Code: Unknown,’ but it’s different to that. It’s certainly more like ‘Code: Unknown’ than ‘The Piano Teacher,’ where you follow a single character. The aim is that everyone who sees it will be able to create their own film.”
No, really, this ain't hyperbole, Mel Gibson's latest directorial effort "Hacksaw Ridge" has incredibly realized battle sequences. Probably the best that I have seen since the opening of Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" and Gibson's very own bloody "Braveheart." The film comes out this Friday, but I saw it weeks ago.
With all of these rumors about Garth Edwards having problems with "Rogue One," it is not the first time, nor will it be the last, that such a mess occurs at a major movie production. You can read the full details of studio interference in "Rogue One" HERE.
Here are 10 other extreme examples of studio interference in Hollywood productions.
Here are 10 other extreme examples of studio interference in Hollywood productions.
Obama had the apology tour. Gibson has the 'forgive me' tour. You won't get no apology from "Bloody Mel," he was loaded and he was angry (HERE). Here's the latest from his "apology tour" this time around it's with the AFP, click HERE.
Monday, October 31, 2016
Rick Famuyiwa, who brought a unique vision to his coming-of-age Sundance hit Dope, has decided to leave "The Flash" over what the reps call "creative differences,"
James Cameron teases Avatar sequels in 3D without glasses, has doubts about 'Billy Lynn' High Frame Rates
James Cameron has promised innovation with the new Avatar sequels. This would surely get way more people willing to watch 3D if they don't need to incorporate those goofy, uncomfortable glasses. As someone that already wears glasses at the movies, I can't stand wearing these uncomfortable and dim specs.
Taken from my review for The Playlist for Anna Biller's "The Love Witch" which was seen at the 20th Fantasia International Film Festival. Full review HERE
The film opens on December 2nd. Too bad they didn't decide on a Halloween release.
Sunday, October 30, 2016
'Inferno' extinguished by 'Madea' At Week-End Box-Office, 'Doctor Strange' opens internationally with $86 Million.
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