Gavin O’Connor Directing FIFA Scandal Movie

FIFA scandal movie

The FIFA scandal that finally unseated organization president Sepp Blatter broke just as FIFA’s own promo movie, United Passions, landed in theaters. The film hit with a flat thud in the US, but a new project in development now has the potential to fare much better. This one is a FIFA scandal movie with Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) set to direct for producer Ben Affleck, and it will focus on one particular executive who took part in underhanded dealings.  Read More »

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Supergirl origin story

There can be no new superhero show on TV without at least a hint of an origin story, and an origin story for Supergirl means that poor ol’ Krypton has to suffer destruction again. So this new Supergirl international promo begins with Krypton blown to bits, but in showing those early days, it also features an explanation of the young Kryptonian’s purpose. That purpose is pretty neat, too: she’s meant to safeguard her brother as he is sent to Earth, as it turns out.

That makes some of the “hapless girl in the city” stuff from the six-minute preview seem even more wonky and out of place, but also gives the show a neat premise that will hopefully take hold as the show goes on. Check out the new promo below. Read More »

Top Gun 2

Top Gun, released in 1986, is one of the films that cemented Tom Cruise as a superstar. (It’s also one that features more subtle acting than many people give it credit for, as argued here.) In 2010, we learned that Paramount was kicking around ideas for a Top Gun 2. At the time Paramount hoped to land Cruise for a small appearance. Then original director Tony Scott decided to direct, and Cruise’s role was said to have grown to lead status. But the 2012 death of Scott stalled Top Gun 2 for years. Even now, it is still in the development stage.

When Peter Sciretta spoke to Skydance Productions CEO David Ellison last week, he talked to the producer/financier about Top Gun 2. The script is coming together, and Ellison promises that “there is no Top Gun without Maverick.” Read More »

Green Inferno trailer

In Eli Roth‘s film The Green Inferno, well-meaning activist kids go to the Amazon with hopes of stopping deforestation. But the leaders of this group aren’t quite as upstanding as they first appear to be, but that’s only one of the problems facing the kids. Disaster strikes, leaving the group stranded in the Amazon, where they find themselves in a plot right out of a ’70s cannibal exploitation thriller.

The film was held in its own sort of hell for over a year, with distribution plans caught in legal wrangling between companies. Now Blumhouse and Universal will release the movie this fall under the BH Tilt banner, and a new Green Inferno trailer cut for that release is now available. There’s new footage here not seen in previous trailers cut for the old release plan, so check it out. Read More »

To Live and Die in LA TV series

William Friedkin‘s film To Live and Die in L.A., released in 1985, is a compelling and vividly stylish ’80s thriller featuring William Peterson, Willem Dafoe, and John Pankow in the story of two Secret Service agents on the trail of a counterfeiting operation. The film was a return to form of sorts for Friedkin, and now the story might offer him that opportunity again.

Friedkin is directing a To Live and Die in L.A. TV series for WGN America. Read More »

New ‘X-Files’ Photos Are Out There

new X-Files photos

The new X-Files series has been shooting for a while now, aiming for the January, 2016 premiere date. The revival of Fox’s ’90s hit series, which originally ran nine seasons from 1993 to 2002, once again features David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as the lead characters, former FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Not long ago, a social media post gave us a minor look at Anderson and Duchovny in character, and now a set of new X-Files photos offers fans more to take in. Read More »

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Chariots of Fire sequel

I caught the original Vacation on TV over this past weekend, and the scene with the Griswolds arriving at Wally World, constructed as a parody of the beach race from the British film Chariots of Fire, left me wondering about the lasting impact of the great 1981 film.

In 1983, anyone seeing Clark and Rusty Griswold run in slow motion to the tune of a pulsing synthesized score would have recognized the joke, that Clark had elevated his impulsive family vacation to the status of personal myth — a status that the characters in Chariots of Fire earned through real struggle.

Chariots of Fire had been a success both at home and in the US. That synthesizer theme, composed by Vangelis, didn’t just act as a perfect encapsulation of the film’s spirit; it became a hit as a pop single. Now, how many US viewers would link Vacation or any other parody use of the theme to the actual film? As it turns out there might be a chance for a resurgence in visibility for the ’81 film, as a de facto Chariots of Fire sequel is moving towards production, with Joseph Fiennes starring. Read More »

Transparent season 3

The second season of Transparent, ordered just after the debut of the first season, has not yet premiered on Amazon Prime. But there’s already a deal to continue the story of Jeffrey Tambor‘s character, originally the patriarch of the Pfefferman family, who in the first season began a new life as the transgender Maura. Amazon has ordered Transparent season 3, which comes along with a deal that will see the show’s creator, Jill Soloway, making TV exclusively for Amazon.

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Legend Trailer

Tom Hardy plays gangster twins Ronald and Reginald Kray in the film Legend, and the new Legend trailer — the first domestic trailer for the film, following a UK debut — makes Hardy’s dual-character performance look like one of the must-see film events of 2015. Read More »