I don’t know anything about the book The Forest of Hands and Teeth, but the title is so weird and awesome that I might have to buy it today. Or I could wait until the movie version comes out, and that might be pretty good, too, because Maisie Williams of Game of Thrones is in talks to lead the cast. This move does make me wonder about the future for Williams and the in-development film adaptation of The Last of Us, however, for reasons I’ll go into below. Read More »
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Gwendoline Christie plays one of the most mysterious characters in JJ Abrams‘s Star Wars: The Force Awakens — she’s Captain Phasma, the unique stormtrooper commander in the chrome armor and flowing cape. Christie’s presence in the film is intriguing and exciting, and it offers her a chance to further explore some of the same ideas we see in her Game of Thrones character Brienne of Tarth: a woman who is powerful and interesting because of her personality and skills.
Now, Christie is discussing her Star Wars character in a bit more detail. Not giving away story points, mind you, but going into the appeal of the character, and what it means to play a woman in this specific situation. Read More »
In Manson Family Vacation, Jay Duplass plays a Los Angeles family man whose life is upended when his burnout brother Conrad, played by Linas Phillips, shows up on his doorstep. Conrad doesn’t just want to chill on the couch, however. He’s fascinated with the story of Charles Manson, and wants to do a tour through the LA landmarks that play a part in the horrible story of Manson and the murders committed in his name.
Road tripping through the history of the Family is a weird way to bring a small family together, but maybe it will work? Check out the Manson Family Vacation trailer below. Read More »
The story of Terry Gilliam‘s death was thankfully completely wrong, but his new/old film project, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, is having a harder time. The film has been an on-again, off-again proposition for years, originally going before cameras in 2000 with Johnny Depp and Jean Rochefort in the lead roles before a set of disasters, including physical problems for Rochefort, forced the film to be canceled. We could write a book about the movie’s problems, but there’s already a movie about it, Lost in La Mancha.
The latest incarnation of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has been planned to star Jack O’Connell and John Hurt. That’s now in doubt, however, as Hurt’s recent cancer diagnosis means Don Quixote is delayed again. Read More »
Of any film in current release right now, the one that seems least likely to get a sequel is Denis Villeneuve‘s drug war thriller Sicario. But that sequel is exactly the one that is supposedly in development right now.
Since most of you haven’t seen Sicario yet — it opened in just six theaters this past weekend and will expand over the next couple weeks — we’ll keep any specifics until after the break.
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Two high-profile actors are looking to board a promising new thriller. We just mentioned The Girl on the Train earlier today when talking about the Liam Neeson movie The Commuter — Girl is based on the novel of the same name by Paula Hawkins, and follows a woman whose problems haunt her after she is pulled into a mystery involving a couple that she imagines to enjoy the perfect marriage.
Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson and Haley Bennett are already set to play three of the lead characters, and now Chris Evans and Jared Leto are in early talks for the film. Read More »
Key and Peele is over, and we’ve known that the shift away from that show is in part thanks to Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele‘s interest in jumping to films.
The two have a couple projects in the works, one of which is a horror film with Peele directing. Now more details about that movie have been revealed, and the Jordan Peele horror movie is a collaboration with Blumhouse called Get Out. It’s a movie that, in some ways, seems to fit right into the Key and Peele writing approach. Get the details below. Read More »
Liam Neeson may not end up in the TV version of one of his most famous movie roles, but the actor is carrying on in the thriller mode that has defined the last few years of his career. Now, Liam Neeson… is… The Commuter! That relatively underwhelming title decorates the front page of a script about a businessman’s white-knuckle trip home, during which he is embroiled in a conspiracy. Read More »
There is a marked difference between the tough, squinting James Bond played by Daniel Craig and the urbane, quippy Bond incarnated by Roger Moore in seven films released between 1973 and 1985. The two get a little closer, however, in this long James Bond Heineken spot, which vaguely promotes the new film Spectre and definitely promotes the beer.
What you get in this 90-second spot is a boat-based chase scene built out of footage from Spectre with a bunch of ad-agency created footage of a woman whose waterskiing plans are derailed by Bond’s activities, turning her into a not-unwilling beer delivery service.
It’s goofy and cheesy. It’s also kind of fun thanks to the ingenuity of adding the commercial aspects to what I suppose are Spectre shots created for a very different purpose, and also because this is the closest we’re ever likely to see Daniel Craig getting to the winking, colorful Bond of years past. Read More »