Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Phantom Thread’ Gets a Full Synopsis, First Trailer Coming Soon
The end of this year will mark what is supposed to be the final performance from Daniel Day-Lewis in a film that reteams him with There Will Be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson (seen together above). As we recently found out, Phantom Thread is the name of the film, and now we have an official […]
- Ethan Anderton
‘Straight Outta Compton’ Director Received Multiple Threats From Suge Knight, Court Records Claim
Transcripts just released from a grand jury hearing earlier this year indicate rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight allegedly gave multiple menacing warnings to Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray during filming of his Academy Award-nominated film. Specific details from the February hearing on the threats were made public for the first time on Friday and reported by the Los Angeles Times. The alleged threats evidently worked, as Gray later claimed numerous times during… »
Uber Whistleblower Susan Fowler Is Developing a Movie Described as ‘Erin Brockovich’ Meets ‘The Social Network’
After sending waves throughout Silicon Valley with her essay “Reflecting on One Very, Very Strange Year at Uber,” Susan Fowler is now setting her eyes on the silver screen. The whistleblower, whose revelations of sexual harassment at the ride-sharing company eventually led to the firing of more than 20 employees and the resignation of then-ceo Travis Kalanick, is developing a movie based on her experiences.
The news comes from Maureen Dowd’s extensive New York Times profile of Fowler, who published her explosive blog post earlier this year. The article notes that she “now has a job at Stripe as the editor of its tech publication. And she’s working with Verve, a Hollywood talent agency, developing a movie based on her experiences, described by the agency to me as ‘Erin Brockovich’ meets ‘The Social Network. »
- Michael Nordine
‘The Predator’ Motion Poster Teases Shane Black’s Electrifying Sequel
Despite awards season now officially kicking into high gear, we still have plenty of big blockbusters still left in the pipeline, whether that be Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League or Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. And yet, eyes are already turning toward the bevy of blockbusters that will be hitting theaters in 2018, which is still well over two months away. [caption id="attachment_340782" align="alignright" width="362"] Image via 20th Century Fox[/caption] Aquaman, Black Panther, Pacific Rim: Uprising, and Ready Player One may be the first big ones to hit our shores … »
- Chris Cabin
Robert Englund Says He’s Too Old to Play Freddy Krueger
Today in slightly depressing but inevitable news: Robert Englund, the actor who made dream murderer Freddy Krueger immortal, says he’s too old to ever play the character again. Time marches on for all of us, and it seems age has caught up with Mr. Englund to the point where slipping on his razor glove and […]
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- Chris Evangelista
This Week in Animation: New ‘Coco’ Clip and Featurette Tease Pixar’s Upcoming Film
In This Week in Animation News, I’ll take a look at the previous week in the world of animation in order to get you caught up on everything you might have missed. It’s your one-stop shop for news regarding cartoons, anime, and animated web series. We’re talking movies, TV shows, digital shorts, and everything in between! First of all, with everything in the news lately (and likely for the foreseeable future, regarding sexual harassment in the entertainment industry, it was only a matter of time before animation saw its share of headlines. Now, an open letter … »
- Dave Trumbore
A ‘Pacific Rim,’ ‘Godzilla,’ and ‘King Kong’ Crossover May Reveal Who the King of the Kaiju Is
In addition to sequels and reboots, crossovers are increasingly en vogue in this era of shared universes. And though “Pacific Rim” is unique for being one of the few franchises not based on a pre-existing property, the kaiju series may soon find its jaegers fighting more familiar monsters than those dreamt up by Guillermo del Toro: Godzilla and King Kong.
“I won’t say there’s an Easter Egg, but there’s been a lot of discussion about that possibility [of crossing over],” DeKnight told Collider during a New York Comic-Con interview. “Look, I think it would be fantastic to »
- Michael Nordine
David Fincher Didn’t Direct ‘The Force Awakens’ Because He Couldn’t Handle the ‘Abuse of Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher’
Like a lot of other filmmakers, David Fincher almost directed a “Star Wars” movie. Long ago, before J.J. Abrams was tasked with helming “The Force Awakens,” the “Social Network” and “Seven” director was in contention to reawaken the franchise — but ultimately wasn’t interested in doing so. Among his reasons, he reveals in an Empire interview, were financial pressure and “the withering abuse of Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.”
“I talked to [producer Kathleen Kennedy] about that and look, it’s a plum assignment,” Fincher says. I don’t know what’s worse: being George Lucas on the set of the first one where everyone’s going, ‘Alderaan? What the hell is this?’ Where everyone’s making fun, but I can’t imagine the kind of intestinal fortitude one has to have following up the success of these last two. »
- Michael Nordine
The Russo Brothers May Be Done With the McU After ‘Infinity War’ and ‘Avengers 4’
The Russo Brothers have became a staple of the McU, helming Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and the currently untitled Avengers 4. As of now, they have the most Marvel films under their belt of any filmmaker in the McU, but after Avengers 4, the Russos may be parting ways with the Marvel […]
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- Chris Evangelista
Film Review: ‘Surviving Peace’
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a morass, but that doesn’t mean a documentary about it can afford to be. It shouldn’t oversimplify, but it should shine a light through the darkness, which is what several key documentaries out of Israel have recently done. “The Gatekeepers” offered the startling vision of six former leaders of the Shin Bet — Israel’s internal security service — testifying to the self-destructive nature of current Israeli policy; it was the hawks from the trenches calling out the armchair warriors. And earlier this year, “The Settlers” was a masterly piece of history: In letting us glimpse the invisible organic design of the Israeli settlement movement, almost as if by time-lapse photography, it revealed the insidious life-of-its-own dynamic that has rendered that movement more powerful, even, than Israel’s supreme leaders.
“Surviving Peace” isn’t as good a film (it’s more of a personalized ramble), yet it dares to frame the issues in a way »
- Owen Gleiberman
Wong Kar-wai Explains His Move to Television With Amazon’s ‘Tong Wars’ and His Next Feature Film
Among the many filmmakers who have made the jump to television in recent years, one of the most intriguing names to join the fray is Wong Kar Wai. The Hong Kong auteur’s lyrical, romantic dramas about poetic loners — including such beloved titles as “Chungking Express” and “In the Mood for Love” — treasure texture over dense plot. So it was something of a surprise when Amazon unveiled five new series in the works in early September, including one from Wong called “Tong Wars,” described as combining the history of Chinese immigration to the U.S. with a crime potboiler and scripted by Paul Attanasio (“Quiz Show,” “Donnie Brasco”).
Details on the series were scant at the time, but in a conversation with journalists at the Lumiere Festival in Lyon, Wong explained the epic sweep of the show. “The thing that attracted me to this project was the first opportunity to »
- Eric Kohn
‘Eyes Wide Shut’ Documentary ‘SK13’ in the Works From ‘Filmworker’ Director Tony Zierra
Tony Zierra isn’t done with Stanley Kubrick yet. After directing “Filmworker,” a documentary about the meticulous auteur’s right-hand man, Zierra is set to make a movie about “Eyes Wide Shut.” In an interview with Variety, he reveals that “SK13” — shorthand for Stanley Kubrick’s 13th film — was originally meant to precede “Filmworker.”
“The one movie that I feel is the wrinkle in Kubrick’s filmography is ‘Eyes Wide Shut.’ The people that love him always say, ‘He’s a genius, but I’m not sure what the hell that movie was about,’” says Zierra. It makes no sense to them. The casting doesn’t make any sense to them. The story doesn’t make any sense to them.” Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman star in the film, an erotic drama about a married couple. »
- Michael Nordine
Friday Box Office: ‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ Leads Pack of New Releases
In one of the most crowded weekends of new releases of the year, Tyler Perry is once again on top of the box office. Boo 2! A Madea Halloween is currently holding court at number one with some $7.4 million between previews and Friday estimates. That's about $2 million less than 2016's Boo! A Madea Halloween, which may not look good for the franchise's future but is still more than enough to clear the way for Perry's film to take the weekend. [caption id="attachment_670139" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Warner Bros.[/caption] The … »
- Chris Cabin
This Week In Trailers: It Happened in L.A., Conor McGregor: Notorious, Sweet Virginia, The Ballad of Lefty Brown, Most Beautiful Island
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week […]
- Christopher Stipp
Full Synopsis for P.T. Anderson’s ‘Phantom Thread’ Teases a Unique London-Set Love Story
As it is with Wes Anderson, David Fincher, Quentin Tarantino, and Christopher Nolan, every P.T. Anderson movie is a cinematic event, whether you like the films or not. In a society that has glommed onto Marvel, DC, and Star Wars, Anderson has a largely unimpeachable track record, even when there is dissent about the substance of, say, Inherent Vice or Punch-Drunk Love. That's still impressive in this day and age, and one can see his reputation working overtime in the run-up to his upcoming ninth feature, Phantom Thread, about a famed dressmaker in 1950s London. [caption … »
- Chris Cabin
‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ Reaps $21M+ During October Dumping Ground At The B.O.
Writethru 8:16Am after Saturday 12:03Am post: What’s up with late October at the box office? If the first weekend of May is known as the official launch of summer and guarantees a $100M-plus opening title, then the third and even fourth weekend of October can officially be known as a dumping ground for mediocre, broken movies. No disrespect to Lionsgate’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween. That film is absolutely working, stoking its audience and winning the weekend off a… »
Box Office: Tyler Perry’s ‘Boo 2!’ Set to Top Sluggish Weekend Ahead of ‘Geostorm’
Tyler Perry’s most recent installment in the “Madea” franchise, “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween,” is likely to dominate one of the most torpid October weekends yet with $21 million at 2,388 North American locations — nearly double the next highest projected intake from “Geostorm.”
“Boo 2,” from Lionsgate, received an A- CinemaScore and should bring in about 30% less than the original “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” which won its opening weekend easily over “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” with $28.5 million and finished with $73 million domestically. The sequel, set at a haunted campground, is directed and written by Perry, who also stars in his ninth iteration as the tough-talking Madea.
“Boo 2” is a fairly low-risk project for Lionsgate, with a combined production and marketing budget in the $20 million range. Lionsgate is likely to dominate the box office next weekend during the pre-Halloween period with the opening of “Jigsaw,” its eighth movie in the “Saw” franchise, and the second weekend of “Boo 2.”
“Geostorm,” a weather »
- Erin Nyren
Harvey Weinstein: a list of the women who have accused him
A growing number of actors and others in the film industry have made accusations against the Hollywood film producer
• Could Harvey Weinstein be jailed?
More than 50 women have made allegations against Harvey Weinstein and the number continues to grow each day. Among the Hollywood mogul’s accusers are household names who were still looking to establish themselves when the alleged offences took place. Below are some of the allegations made public so far.
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- Caroline Davies and Nadia Khomami
‘Too Funny to Fail’ Review: ‘Dana Carvey Show’ Doc Finds Some Joy in One of Comedy’s Most Glorious Failures
Enough time has passed since the preemptive demise of “The Dana Carvey Show” that Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Robert Smigel, and the comedian who gave the show its name can chuckle a bit. Twenty years after ABC pulled the plug on a subversive primetime sketch show, “Too Funny to Fail” revisits the meteoric rise and spectacular flameout that surrounded the show’s eight-episode run in the spring of 1996. Yet with decades of perspective, Josh Greenbaum’s documentary finds a surprising amount of fondness and wistfulness in a doomed project with such a public end.
Part of that bittersweet satisfaction comes from the retroactive knowledge that some of the major players in this saga would go on to shape the modern comedy landscape. Colbert and Carell got their first big breaks as “Dana Carvey Show” cast members, while Smigel would eventually go on to a vaunted comedy writing career (including being »
- Steve Greene
Sexism and the music doc: 'Grace Jones has had her 15 minutes'
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The tragic downfall of a celebrity ingenue: a trusted, market-friendly formula for the big screen, especially where female recording artists are concerned. Documentaries about female stars tend to tread a similar narrative, involving a reductive look at personal histories, where the film-maker is less interested in the idea of accomplished musicians than of girls who supposedly dreamed too big and self-destructed through addiction and failed relationships. With this mythologising, you might say that Amy Winehouse (Asif Kapadia’s Amy), Whitney Houston (Nick Broomfield’s Whitney: Can I Be Me), Nina Simone ( Liz Garbus and Hal Tulchin’s What Happened Miss Simone?) and Janis Joplin (Amy Berg’s Janis: Little Girl Blue) have been made more alike in death than in life. »
- Carmen Gray
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