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Tom Cruise, Jake Gyllenhaal on DC’s ‘Green Lantern Corps’ Shortlist (Exclusive)
Tom Cruise, Joel McHale, Bradley Cooper, Ryan Reynolds, Armie Hammer, and Jake Gyllenhaal are on the shortlist of actors DC Entertainment is considering pursuing for the role of Hal Jordan in “Green Lantern Corps,” multiple people with knowledge of the project exclusively tell TheWrap. The casting process is still in the very early stages, and there are no talks with any of the actors as of yet. DC is considering whether Reynolds, who played Jordan in the 2011 film “Green Lantern,” should return to the role, an insider told TheWrap. His superhero stock soared last year when he starred in “Deadpool. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Weekend Premiere And Press Junket Cancelled Amid Video Controversy
Due to the swirling controversy over the now viral video of a German shepherd being forced into the water and later slipping under the water as a handler scrambles to save it on the set of A Dog’s Purpose, Universal has cancelled both the press junket and the weekend’s scheduled premiere of the film. A Dog’s Purpose, based on the best-selling book of the same name, goes wide into theaters on Jan. 27th. The move to keep the press at bay comes as those involved with the… »
‘Split’ Scares In Solid $2M; ‘Xander Cage’ Takes $1.2M In Previews – Friday Am Box Office
M. Night Shyamalan’s Split is off to an incredibly strong start, grabbing $2M in Thursday night previews in 2,295 theaters. Paramount Pictures/Revolution Studios’ xXx: Return of Xander Cage just logged in with $1.2M in 2,536 locales. It’s been a long time coming for fans of the xXx franchise — the last film in bowed in 2005 and did not star Diesel. This brings the actor back to the franchise after 14 years. One of xXx‘s comps is the 2012 film Looper which grossed $6.8M on… »
'Wayne's World' Returning to Cinemas for 25th Anniversary
Wayne's World, the 1992 Saturday Night Live spinoff film starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, will return to select cinemas on February 7th and 8th for 25th anniversary screenings. The wacky comedy will feature a pre-recorded, post-film roundtable discussion with director Penelope Spheeris, Rolling Stone movie critic Peter Travers and select cast members.
The Wayne's World 25 website offers a searchable theater guide for the screenings. Also marking the anniversary, Paramount Home Media Distribution will release a Wayne's World double feature via DVD and digital HD on February 14th, Pitchfork reports. The »
Paramount, CBS Settle ‘Star Trek’ Fan Film Lawsuit
Paramount Pictures, CBS Studios and producer Alec Peters and his Axanar Productions have settled a lawsuit over Peters’ crowdfunded “Star Trek” fan film “Axanar,” according to a joint statement released Friday by the parties. As part of the settlement, Peters has agreed to make “substantial changes” to “Axanar” and also affirmed that future “Star Trek” fan films produced by him or his company will follow the “Guidelines for Fan Films” distributed by CBS and Paramount in June 2016. “Paramount and CBS continue to be big believers in fan fiction and fan creativity,” they said in the statement. “They encourage amateur filmmakers to. »
- Matt Pressberg
Landline review: faint deflation on speed dial as Obvious Child crew reunite
Love Jenny Slate? Then you’ll likely enjoy her latest collaboration with Gillian Robespierre: a familiar, 90s-set ch of familial fidelity featuring VHS tapes. But if you’re allergic … run fast and far
I spoke with two critic colleagues immediately after the Sundance premiere of Landline. “Oh my God, Jenny Slate is terrific, I love her!” cried one, while another groused: “Ugh, Jenny Slate is so annoying, how could anyone stand her for more than five minutes?”
More so than most films, writer-director Gillian Robespierre’s follow-up to Obvious Child may be a love-it-or-hate-it-affair. But in diplomatic form (or perhaps it’s just being wishy-washy), I must confess feeling somewhere in between. I think Slate is a tremendous and, more importantly, original performer. Her smart, goofy persona veers from incredible confidence to total basket case in record speed, and this presents itself in brash, unique ways. Unfortunately, the movie »
- Jordan Hoffman
“Film Is Such a Universal Language”: Director Tarik Saleh | The Nile Hilton Incident
During its development, production or eventual distribution, what specific challenge of communication did, or will your film, face? How did you deal with it, or how are you planning to deal with it? The Nile Hilton Incident was shot in Casablanca as a stand in for Cairo, in both Arabic and Dinka languages. We had a French Dp, a German focus puller and a Swedish first Ad, so one might think that language would be the biggest challenge. However, film is such a universal language and it worked out fine. I think the biggest communication challenge always is making sure […] »
- Filmmaker Staff
“We Both Think Beauty Lies in the Imperfection”: Dp Ante Cheng on Justin Chon’s Gook
Actor Justin Chon appeared in all five Twilight films and a number of TV shows before making his directorial debut in 2015 with Man Up. His second feature, the provocatively titled Gook, premiered in the Next lineup at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The film was shot by Ante Cheng, a Los Angeles-based cinematographer from Taipei. Cheng had previously shot shorts and directed commercials and music videos before getting tapped by Chon for Gook. Prior to the film’s debut at Sundance, Cheng spoke with Filmmaker about shooting in black and white, his favorite Los Angeles-set films and finding inspiration in the words of cinematographer Harris Savides. […] »
- Filmmaker Staff
The Workers Cup review: if you're building stadiums for Qatar 2022, someone else wins
Adam Sobel’s documentary joins the crews of men constructing the venues to be used in 2022 and shocks its audience with their tales of modern-day slavery
This feels like a particularly diverse year for the voices being heard in Sundance’s documentary programme, and The Workers Cup fills a welcome niche in being an all too rare documentary about Qatar, with the added bonus of featuring charismatic characters spanning the world. It’s also a very successful film about modern day slavery which avoids pitying or patronising its subjects.
There has been widespread disbelief that Qatar will host the World Cup in 2022, with regular reports of terrible working conditions for the construction staff working on the stadiums, who face potential injury or death in building a footballing infrastructure from scratch. Information coming out of Qatar can be limited and confusing, and the chances for independent journalists or film-makers to report accurately can be slim. »
- Charlie Phillips
Scandal, Fassbinder, Garfein’s Something Wild and Fellini’s Roma: Jim Hemphill’s Home Video Picks
This week ABC dropped a nice surprise for Scandal fans in the form of a new web series that bridges season five and the twice-delayed (first by star Kerry Washington’s pregnancy, then by Trump’s inauguration) season six, which finally begins on January 26. Currently streaming on ABC’s website and app, Gladiator Wanted is the exceptionally entertaining brainchild of Scandal costar Darby Stanchfield, who created the web series and occupies the director’s chair for all six episodes. Scandal has long been one of the most dynamically directed shows on network television, boasting exceptional work by Ava DuVernay, Tom Verica, Jessica Yu, […] »
- Jim Hemphill
The legend of Zelda: Christina Ricci’s Fitzgerald is a confused cliche
Z: The Beginning Of Everything attempts to chart the flapper icon’s thrilling rise to intoxicating muse but its portrayal of the jazz age is disappointingly pedestrian
It’s a mark of the careering ambitions of our so-called golden age of television that, should I tell you Amazon is attempting to salvage a tired film genre with a 10-episode series about an iconic Zelda, that genre could just as easily be video game adaptation as period biopic. Alas, it’s the latter, and though Z: The Beginning Of Everything would be a perfectly good title for a rip-roaring tale of puzzle-based valour, on balance it’s probably better suited to a glittering jazz-age portrait of Zelda Fitzgerald.
- Charlie Lyne
French Women’s Groups To Protest César Awards Over Roman Polanski Presidency
French women's groups have called for protests of the César Awards ceremony next month over the Académie des Arts et Techniques' decision to name Roman Polanski President of the proceedings. A largely honorary title — the president’s main role is to declare the event officially open — it was bestowed upon the Polish filmmaker earlier this week. France's version of the Oscars will be held February 24, nominations are this coming Wednesday. But feminists' org Osez Le… »
Sundance Film Review: ‘The Discovery’
Following up their delightfully original debut “The One I Love” with a less playful piece of speculative fiction, writer-director Charlie McDowell and co-scenarist Justin Lader suggest the unexpected, even disastrous consequences that might arise if mankind were to receive definitive proof that there is an afterlife. Though “The Discovery” starts out with a great premise, its mystery dissipates over a somewhat tepid course as the concept ultimately heads in a direction we’ve seen many times before, and depends overmuch on chemistry that fails to materialize between stars Jason Segel and Rooney Mara. Netflix is releasing the film both to theaters and streaming on March 31; response is likely to be muted.
Long estranged from his father for reasons that emerge later on, neurologist Will (Segel) is nonetheless visiting him now, at a time when the latter has retreated from enormous public controversy. Two years earlier, Dr. Thomas Harbor (Robert Redford »
- Dennis Harvey
Sundance Film Review: ‘Ingrid Goes West’
If Sun Tzu were alive today, he’d be on Instagram, and his profile would probably read, “Keep your friends close and your followers closer.” Certainly, that advice might apply to social-media celebrity Taylor Sloane, whose phony online persona attracts a sad-sack stalker in Matt Spicer’s darkly comedic “Ingrid Goes West.” A semi-ironic, yet still-empathetic “Single White Female” for the Facebook generation, Spicer’s squirm-inducing directorial debut understands both the pleasures and frustrations of judging one’s worth via virtual connections. If positioned correctly, it’s the sort of timely satire that could click with younger audiences — and further bolster Aubrey Plaza’s value in the title role.
All Ingrid Thorburn wants is friends, and the only way she knows to make them is online, via apps such as Instagram, where the word has been rendered meaningless. Ingrid’s strategy is to identify the most fabulous person she can »
- Peter Debruge
Sundance Film Review: ‘Killing Ground’
In the movies, it’s almost invariably a terrible, if not downright fatal, decision to go camping — as we have learned over and over in films like “The Hills Have Eyes” and “Blair Witch,” to name just a couple. The regularity with which those dark woods (or that stark desert) proves full of murderous psychopaths brings with it a sense of rote slasher-pic deja vu. But Tasmania-born Damien Power’s impressive first feature, “Killing Ground,” transcends the cliches even as the film uses plenty of familiar tropes, laying down a solid hour of effective buildup to a duly hair-raising, prolonged climax. This simultaneously tricky and straightforward thriller should provide a significant career leg-up for its writer-director, inviting remake interest as well as offshore distribution in various formats.
- Dennis Harvey
Sundance Film Review: ‘Give Me Future’
The music of tomorrow is electronic, according to “Give Me Future,” a documentary about the March 2016 concert put on in Havana — following President Obama’s efforts to normalize relations between the U.S. and Cuba — by dance-hall mega-band Major Lazer, comprised of superstars Diplo, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire. Alas, there’s far more talk about the forward-thinking quality of Major Lazer’s output than there is actual evidence, as director Austin Peters’ documentary is a cursory affair that skimps on depth in favor of uplifting soundbites and chopped-up snippets of performance footage. Most interesting when it ditches its subjects to focus on Cuba’s Diy information culture, the film, premiering at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, is likely best suited to play to its niche audience on VOD.
Influenced by, and combining elements of, various Caribbean styles, Major Lazer is an eclectic group interested — per its members’ repeated statements »
- Nick Schager
Geeta and Babita Phogat: ‘Our father taught us never to be scared'
The highest-grossing Bollywood film ever isn’t a romance, but the true story of sisters from a rural village who became world-class wrestlers. Now they’re hoping their sudden fame will inspire other Indian women to break free
‘Change for women is happening, but it’s maddeningly slow,” says Geeta Phogat. “Take my mother,’ she continues. Like most women in rural Haryana state, where they live, she has worn the ghunghat, or veil, her entire life. A few years ago, when the sisters first became well-known, they urged her to change her old ways too. “Drop the veil,” they said. Cautiously, she agreed.
“No one followed her example. No aunt, no female relative, no other women in the village. No one had the courage. In fact, villagers gossiped about my mother. They called her brazen. But it’s their job to bitch and our job to get on with doing what we think is right, »
- Amrit Dhillon
The /Filmcast: Bonus Ep. – xXx: The Return of Xander Cage
David and Devindra discuss why xXx: The Return of Xander Cage is so bad it’s good, and why it’s what we need at this moment in our moviegoing lives. You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(At)gmail(Dot)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, like us on Facebook! Download or Play Now: Subscribe to the /Filmcast:
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- David Chen
‘The Big Sick’ Review: Kumail Nanjiani’s Real-Life Story Is a Major Crowdpleaser — Sundance 2017
It took a while, but Kumail Nanjiani has worked his way into popular culture with a combination of sincerity and snarky charm. Even as he made his name in standup comedy and memorable television roles (most recently on “Silicon Valley”), he found acclaim for his one-man shows, which dig through his struggles as a Pakistani-American at odds with his traditional upbringing.
Now comes “The Big Sick,” which funnels the two sides of his career into a genuine crowdpleaser that juggles humor and pathos through a personal lens. Co-written with wife Emily V. Gordon (played by Zoe Kazan, who acts opposite Nanjiani as himself), the movie turns their bumpy courtship into a portrait of resilience that operates on both charm and depth.
- Eric Kohn
Sundance Film Review: ‘The Big Sick’
Every year filmmakers flock to Sundance with deeply personal movies inspired by their lives and experiences. But rarely do those films also fire on all cylinders as fully fleshed-out pieces of entertainment. Comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani and writer Emily V. Gordon mine their personal history for laughs, heartache, and hard-earned insight in “The Big Sick,” a film that’s by turns romantic, rueful, and hilarious. It’s a no-brainer to connect with art-house crowds who like their comedies smart and funny, but this one deserves a shot at the multiplex, too.
Well known in standup circles and a reliable scene stealer in both film and television (perhaps most notably on HBO’s sterling “Silicon Valley”), Nanjiani is overdue for a lead role — and if it takes playing a character loosely based on himself in a movie co-written with his wife, so be it. Nanjiani and Gordon manage the tricky »
- Geoff Berkshire
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