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Sorry Fanboys, Joss Whedon Is Not Attending Comic-Con 2017
Sorry fanboys, but don’t expect Joss Whedon to appear during DC films Hall H presentation next month down in San Diego, California, as the director is not attending this year’s Comic-Con. Over the weekend, London based film critic Mark Searby ran into Whedon on the street and told him he was looking forward to seeing what he would be bringing to Comic-Con next month. However, Whedon replied: “I won’t be there. Only the second time in 20 years I won’t make it.” Just met @joss pic.twitter.com/Pc6CbZ4LPA — Mark Searby (@Mark_Searby) June 25, 2017 The »
- Umberto Gonzalez
‘Conjuring 3’ in the Works With David Leslie Johnson Attached to Write Script
The “Conjuring” universe continues to expand.
New Line is moving forward on its third iteration of the “Conjuring” franchise with “The Conjuring 3.” David Leslie Johnson is on board to script. James Wan will serve as producer through his Atomic Monster production company with Peter Safran.
The logline for “The Conjuring 3” is under wraps. As with the first two “Conjuring” films, which starred Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as paranormal researchers Lorraine and Ed Warren, the story will be taken from the Warrens’ case files.
Johnson wrote “The Conjuring 2,” which went on to gross $320 million worldwide. The news comes two weeks after New Line launched development on “The Crooked Man,” based on the malevolent character in “The Conjuring 2” in the the fourth film spinoff from Wan’s 2013 hit “The Conjuring.” The others are “Annabelle,” “Annabelle: Creation” and “The Nun.”
- Dave McNary
'War for the Planet of the Apes': What the Critics Are Saying
Step aside, Wonder Woman; there's a new beloved blockbuster of the summer — and War for the Planet of the Apes has a level of critical praise that would make even the first lady of superhero movies jealous. Simply put, it's getting reviews that summer tentpoles just don't traditionally receive.
To wit, The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy raves about the movie, praising its visuals ("the sheer beauty of the film is intense," he writes, noting that cinematographer Michael Seresin "intoxicatingly" captures the world around the apes), score and a story that dares to be morally complex instead of reductive »
- Graeme McMillan
'Inconvenient Sequel' Directors to Change Film in Light of Trump's Climate Accord Exit
26 June 2017 9:57 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
In a sit-down interview with The Hollywood Reporter at the Nantucket Film Festival, where the Al Gore-fronted climate change documentary was the closing-night film, Jon Shenk and Bonni Cohen say they have been scrambling to make additions to the film, including a new epilogue, before its July 28 opening.
“We spent a great deal of time with Al thinking about how to respond in the film,” says Cohen, who previously issued a joint statement with Shenk on »
- Tatiana Siegel
Warner Bros. Developing 'The Accountant' Sequel With Ben Affleck
Writer Bill Dubuque and director Gavin O’Connor are also in talks for the proposed sequel to the 2016 feature, which followed a highly functioning autistic man who worked as an accountant for criminal organizations. When the Treasury Department starts to follow his activities, he uses his background as an assassin to protect himself and others.
The action-drama grossed $86 million at the domestic box office on the relatively modest budget of $44 million. »
- Mia Galuppo
Christopher Nolan's 'Dunkirk' to play at Galway Film Fleadh
Irish festival reveals 2017 line-up.
The festival’s 2017 line-up was revealed by director of programming Gar O’Brien at a news conference in Galway on Tuesday evening (July 27).
Having its world premiere in Galway will be the latest feature from Irish director Gerard Barrett, whose credits include Brain On Fire and Glassland. Produced with his regular collaborator Grainne O’Sullivan, Barrett’s new film Limbo chronicles 24 hours in the life of a young Irish mother and child as they battle homelessness. Barrett will also be in attendance.
Also having its world premiere in Galway will be director Frank Berry’s third feature, Michael Inside.
Having their Irish premieres are Sundance hit God’s Own »
‘Despicable Me 3’ Review: A Sequel That Will Disappoint Even Diehard Minions Fans
It’s clear from the opening minutes of “Despicable Me 3” that the popular Illumination Entertainment franchise has lost the thread on what makes the series so appealing to its target audience (you know, kids). The latest film in the expanding canon of “Despicable Me” features — which has grown to include a Minion-centric spinoff, plus more to come — gamely opens with a fart-laden studio logo before introducing the series’ newest villain, a cast-off has-been television star literally named Evil Bratt. Voiced by Trey Parker, the balding Bratt is a weirdo riff on classic ’80s TV characters like Small Wonder and Punky Brewster, complete with a sassy robot friend and a keytar he uses to play such jams as “Sussudio” and “Take on Me,” a role entirely dependent on the audience’s knowledge of the kind of roles he’s skewering. He seems unlikely to appeal to — or amuse — the younger set, »
- Kate Erbland
‘Good Time': Robert Pattinson Races Against the Clock in New Trailer
A24 has unveiled a new trailer for the upcoming crime thriller Good Time. The film hails from Heaven Knows What filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie and stars Robert Pattinson as a robber who finds himself desperate for cash when a botched robbery lands his younger brother in prison. The events take place over the course of one night on the streets of New York City, but as you can see from the trailer, there’s a hypnotic vibe to the proceedings, as Pattinson’s character grows more and more desperate. This new trailer offers a more comprehensive look at the … »
- Adam Chitwood
First Trailer For Lake Bell’s ‘I Do…Until I Don’t’ With Ed Helms, Amber Heard & More
After Lake Bell established herself as a writer/director with a unique voice with 2013’s “In A World…,” we were definitely eager for what she might do next. Well, she’s back behind the camera with “I Do…Until I Don’t,” and we wish were a bit more excited about this one.
It’s never a great sign when an indie movie skips every big time festival — Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, L.A.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Hannah Emily Anderson & Brittany Allen To Star In ‘What Keeps You Alive’; Antonio Marziale Cast In ‘Alex Strangelove’
Hannah Emily Anderson and Brittany Allen, both set to appear in the upcoming Saw sequel Jigsaw, will star in Colin Minihan’s dark thriller What Keeps You Alive. The film pits a female married couple against one another during their one year anniversary. Martha MacIsaac (Superbad) and Joey Klein (12 Monkeys) round out the cast in the pic, which is produced by Kurtis David Harder, Chris Ball, Ben Knechtel and Minihan with financing from Digital Interference. Allen is repped… »
‘The Path’ Season 3: Freida Pinto Joins the Cast as Hulu Gears Up for a Big 2018
The Meyerist movement just snagged a new recruit.
Pinto signed on as a series regular, playing a mysterious new character named Vera. Hulu’s official statement described her character as such: “A sleek new publicist for the Meyerist movement, Vera forges a personal connection with Eddie (Aaron Paul), but may have her own secret agenda.”
Read More: ‘The Path’ Cast and Creator on the Season 2 Finale and Plans for Season 3 (Which is Officially Happening!)
“The Path” examines a family at the center of a controversial movement struggling with relationships, marriage and power, with each episode taking an in-depth look at what it means to choose between the life we live and the life we want.
Season 2 ended »
- Ben Travers
Rome Film Festival to give David Lynch lifetime achievement award
The 2017 Rome Film Festival (Oct 26-Nov 5) will honour David Lynch with a lifetime achievement award.
The director of Mulholland Drive, Twin Peaks and The Elephant Man will also discuss his career onstage, as well as the three Italian directors that had the greatest influence on his career, including Federico Fellini.
The festival’s artistic director Antonio Monda said: “Mr. Lynch has prepared a great analysis of 8½”.
There will also be onstage masterclasses with Lord Of The Rings star Ian McKellen, who will discuss Jacques Tati; Cannes favourite Xavier Dolan (Mommy); Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk, who will talk horror films, and actress Vanessa Redgrave.
Monda, in his third year as festival director, said of the line-up: “The formula will be the same… but as these five names demonstrate I would like to slide towards the more popular side of the festival audience”.
It’s also »
Rotten Tomatoes Debate: Critics Discuss Whether the Service Hurts or Helps Their Craft
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)
This week’s question: In a recent article, box office analyst Tom Bruegemann writes that Rotten Tomatoes has ruined film criticism. Now it’s your turn to weigh in: How do you feel about Rotten Tomatoes and other aggregation sites? Do they hurt or help the state of modern film criticism?
Alissa Wilkinson (@alissamarie), Vox
Yes, aggregation sites can be frustrating, because they keep people from actually reading criticism and understanding the nuances of a critique; not all of my opinions on movies can be reduced to fresh or rotten, and even if the ones that clearly fit one category or the other really need five minutes of reading to understand why. »
- Eric Kohn
Edinburgh Film Festival Pic ‘Modern Life Is Rubbish’ Acquired By Cleopatra
Cleopatra Entertainment has acquired domestic rights to Modern Life Is Rubbish, the music-driven pic helmed by Daniel Jerome Gill that recently had its world premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival. Freya Mavor and Josh Whitehouse star in the script from Philip Gawthorne. A 2018 theatrical release is planned. First brought together by their shared love of music, 10 years on Liam (Whitehouse) and Natalie (Mavor) have reached a breaking point. Liam, a struggling musician… »
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Unveils Series of Events to Celebrate 20th Anniversary
Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse, which has gone from one theater to 28 locations since 1997, is unveiling a series of commemorative events to celebrate its 20th anniversary, Variety has learned exclusively.
“There is no better way for us to celebrate two decades of existence than sharing and celebrating movies we love,” said Tim League, Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO. “That’s what our company is all about, and that’s what Alamo20 is all about.”
The original Alamo Drafthouse was a single-screen theater showing second-run titles that had been converted from an old warehouse. The promise to patrons was “good food, good beer and good film, all at the same place.”
Alamo Drafthouse, Kodak Partner on 35Mm Film Celebration (Exclusive)
The location gained notice quickly with Austin players such as “Dazed and Confused” director Richard Linklater and Harry Knowles of Ain’t It Cool News. Within its first year the venue was playing host to film premieres and hosting »
- Dave McNary
‘Han Solo’ In Trouble & ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Declines Domestically [Podcast]
Welcome to another edition of The Playlist Podcast, a discussion about film news and other film and television related items.
On this episode, I’m joined by Playlist Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez to discuss two different news items that have connections to the larger studio discussions that we have been having on this podcast so far this year. We talked on a previous episode about Paramount needing a massive hit, and while “Transformers: The Last Knight” has amassed $268.26 million worldwide since its Wednesday launch, only $69 million of that sum is domestic.
Continue reading ‘Han Solo’ In Trouble & ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Declines Domestically [Podcast] at The Playlist. »
- Ryan Oliver
‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Set Photos Show off Iron Man’s New Armor
Back in 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe started to assemble the Avengers with Iron Man, starring Robert Downey Jr. in the role of billionaire Tony Stark and the invincible title hero. That film also started the tech-savvy genius' increasingly powerful and dramatic line of power armors, beginning with the clunky, scrapped-together Mark I that lasted just long enough to save Stark's life. Over the last decade, a fraction of Stark's billions of dollars have gone into making nearly 50 suits of armor. Next year, on the 10th anniversary of the launch of the McU, Marvel is … »
- Dave Trumbore
‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Adds Jonathan Frakes as a Director
Riker takes command! Star Trek: The Next Generation alumnus Jonathan Frakes (who played William T. Riker, and reprised the role for several films) will be directing an episode of the upcoming CBS / CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery. Frakes has a lot of experience behind the lens, including directing episodes of Tng and other Star Trek franchises like Deep Space Nine and Voyager, as well as some of the Star Trek films. He's also worked on non-Trek projects like Burn Notice, Leverage, and Roswell. EW reports that, [caption id="attachment_647589" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Paramount[/… »
- Allison Keene
Attention, Filmmakers: 30 Moviemaking Tips From The Best Directors Working Today
Not all advice is good advice, but tips are certainly welcome when they are coming from the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Sofia Coppola, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wong Kar-Wai, Andrea Arnold and many more. The best directors working today have given their fair share of advice in various interviews over the years, and IndieWire has rounded up some of the best answers for a complete guide to 30 essential directing tips.
Read More: 30 Essential Directing Tips From 30 Master Filmmakers
In the gallery attached, filmmakers weigh in on everything from the writing process to the on set experience of working with actors. A common thread among all of the filmmakers is the need for the director to stick with his or her vision and do whatever it takes to facilitate that vision, whether that means collaborating with other people or saying “no” to producers or any other potential influencer.
Other directors in the gallery include Ava DuVernay, »
- Zack Sharf
The Best TV Characters of the 2000s, Ranked
Ah, the 2000s — an indefinable decade of war, social progression, and an explosion of prestige TV. With so much great television came many, many great television characters. The best shows were built on battles of quality characters: Is Don Draper better than Peggy Olson? Lorelai Gilmore or Rory? Walter White or Jesse Pinkman? Or is there a third, less-referenced character who’s the secret star?
These aren’t problems by any stretch of the imagination: Great characters lead to better episodes, seasons, and series, so having too many is hardly a handicap in a medium with so much time. But before standalone episodes started trending, these were the best characters during the onset of TV’s new golden age.
A few rules, to keep things sane: Characters had to be created between 2000 and 2009. So even if the show was created before we knew Y2K wasn’t worth the worry, »
- Ben Travers and Hanh Nguyen
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