Fantastic Four science

For every science-inspired film there’s at least one expert ready to grab headlines by talking about how that film’s science is all wrong. Sometimes the arguments are pedantic and tiring, but at best they’re interesting, and can be a good way to get some actual facts and theories out to a wide audience.

For example, there’s the fact that Antony, the winged ant used as a steed by Paul Rudd’s character in Ant-Man, is actually female. That fact comes from a great interview with a professor of biology who has a lot to say about ants, and the relationship of their on-screen depiction to real-world behavior.

Getting out in front of the whole “impossible science of Reed Richards” discussions, Fox has recruited Michio Kaku for a set of Fantastic Four science videos that discuss the actual science and theories behind some of the concepts seen in the film, and the comics that inspired it.  Read More »

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El Chapo Movie

Ridley Scott may go back to the drug trade at some point in the future. The director explored some ugly inevitabilities of the drug trade in The Counselor, and now he is signed to make a film based on Don Winslow‘s recent novel The Cartel.

The novel, which follows ten years’ worth of the diverging paths of two former friends, one in the DEA and the other in a drug cartel, is based in part on the story of Cartel boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, who has made global headlines since escaping from a Mexican prison earlier this month. While The Cartel won’t quite be an El Chapo movie, but it might be close.

Update: Following the initial report about this project, further info emerged saying that Leonardo DiCaprio is being courted to play the character Keller. More below.

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Phoenix trailer

The film Phoenix, a post-WWII thriller set in Berlin immediately after the war, has played festivals and is currently playing only New York City in the US. Even so, it should be it a film everyone knows about and is ready to see when the opportunity arises, as suggested by its standing at 98% on Rotten Tomatoes with more than 40 reviews. The film will hit LA on July 31, with more cities to come afterward.

No surprise that director Christian Petzold‘s new film is terrific, as he’s been building his skills for years (check out Barbara on Netflix) but this looks like one you won’t want to sleep on. We ran a Phoenix trailer last fall when the film was at the Toronto International Film Festival, but here’s the latest one to remind us all that this one is now rolling out slowly. Read More »

David E Kelley Amazon Series

Will Billy Bob Thornton‘s great role on the first season of Fargo turn out to be the place where we eventually point back to a career upswing for him? The writer/director/actor has previously complained about feeling like the films he wants to make don’t have a place in the current cinema landscape, but he’s finding a new place on TV. Following his great work on Fargo, Thornton has been cast as the lead in The Trial, the new Amazon series from creator David E. Kelley (The Practice, Ally McBeal, Picket Fences). Read More »

Mad Max Fury Road editing

Mad Max: Fury Road is the sort of film that will inspire film nerd conversations for years to come. The craft behind it is so potent and sharp that we can’t really help it; there’s a lot to talk about in George Miller’s latest film, built as it is on his direction, the cinematography of John Seale, and the editing of Margaret Sixel. (To say nothing of the film’s performances.)

A new video is all about the Mad Max Fury Road editing and cinematography, specifically with respect to the push-in shots and a few other elements. Read More »

Angelina Jolie Netflix movie

Angelina Jolie has made a deal with Netflix to direct a film for the company, with plans for the movie to be released via the streaming service in late 2016, and to hit festivals as well. Based on the book First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, the film will tell the story of one person’s experience with the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, with Jolie scripting with the book’s author, Loung Ung. Read More »

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Scorch Trials trailer

If you haven’t seen the film The Maze Runner and have been holding off waiting to see if those kids ever got out of that weird maze, I’m afraid the first moments of the sequel’s trailer, if not the existence of the sequel itself, is going to spoil things. Wes Ball returns to direct, and Dylan O’Brien stars once again.

This time he and the other characters have a whole new set of problems to deal with, not least of which are the character played by Aidan Gillan (aka Littlefinger on Game of Thrones) and the cranks, a set of people infected by the virus that has scoured humanity.

In this new The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials trailer, we’ll start to see what happens when O’Brien and others take refuge in a desolate city, where they’re not the only ones in town. Read More »

Disney's Descendants clip

The Disney Channel is close to premiering the made-for-TV film Disney’s Descendants, which features as its main characters the children of big bad villains Maleficent, Cruella de Vil, Jafar and the Evil Queen. The first six minutes of the show are now online, so you can get a taste of what’s going on in the movie right now.  Read More »

X-Men Apocalypse high-res

Last week saw the release of the first official X-Men: Apocalypse photos. Now we’ve got those pics in high resolution, allowing you to check out more details than before. But there’s one notable omission in this release of pics, which you can see for yourself below. Read More »