Nicolas Winding Refn‘s name appears many times in The Neon Demon, in both the opening and closing credits. But even if his name weren’t mentioned, nobody would mistake this darkly funny horror movie as anything but a Refn film. This time around, however, the director behind Only God Forgives, Drive, and Bronson tells a story from a woman’s perspective — which is a first in his career.
The Neon Demon stars Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Bella Heathcote, and, in a part that was shot over the course of three days, Keanu Reeves. Which one of these characters, with the possible exception of Reeves’ sleazy motel manager, is the titular demon is up to the viewer to decide. In my brief conversation with Refn, he refers to Jesse as the Neon Demon, but his story, which he co-wrote with Mary Laws and Polly Stenham, leaves plenty of room for an audience to think otherwise.
Sometimes you never fully know what to expect from Refn, as proven by our own Jacob Hall’s somewhat contentious interview with him and composer Cliff Martinez. I’ve spoken to the director a handful of times over the years, and just like his work, he’s occasionally unpredictable, but he’s also not without a sense of humor, both about himself and his films.
Below, read our Nicolas Winding Refn interview, which has some mild spoilers for The Neon Demon.
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Posted on Thursday, June 30th, 2016 by Angie Han
Fresh off of producing one movie about a parent’s worst nightmare, James Franco is starring in another. Why Him? stars Bryan Cranston as a straight-laced suburban dad who goes to visit his daughter (Zoey Deutch) at Stanford, and his horrified to discover she’s dating a internet billionaire with tons of ill-advised tattoos and no filter whatsoever. Franco, of course, plays the obnoxious boyfriend. John Hamburg (I Love You, Man) directed. Watch the first Why Him? trailer after the jump. Read More »
This is shaping up to be a good summer for Ellen Page, or at least for fans of Ellen Page. Next month, the actress stars in two movies: Tallulah and Into the Forest. The trailer for the latter — a somber apocalyptic drama co-starring Evan Rachel Wood — was released last month. Today, we have our first real look at Tallulah, Sian Heder‘s feature directorial debut which also features Allison Janney, Zachary Quinto, and David Zayas.
Below, watch the Tallulah trailer.
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We’re heading into the final two weeks of promotion leading up to the release of Paul Feig‘s new Ghostbusters. Companies like Lyft are getting in on the fun by offering a fans a chance to get a ride in the new Ecto-1 and you should keep an eye out for Twinkies with key lime slime cream inside them. And now two new videos offer a couple different glimpses at the movie.
First up, a new Ghostbusters gadgets featurette focuses on the new gadgets and technology, from the updated proton packs and ghost traps to all-new gadgets like proton grenades and a “ghost shotgun” and more. Then after you’re done checking out the gadgets, get a small taste of what it’s like to wield some of that new tech with a sneak peek at the Ghostbusters VR experience from The Void. Check out both Ghostbsuters videos after the jump. Read More »
Over the past few years, actor Brady Corbet has been a part of some great films. We saw the actor in Simon Killer, Force Majeure (which Fox Searchlight is remaking), Martha Marcy May Marlene, and a few other notable titles. Now he is stepping behind the camera with The Childhood of a Leader.
Corbet’s directorial debut stars Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones), Bérénice Bejo (The Past), Stacy Martin (Nymphomaniac), and, in a brief appearance, Robert Pattinson (Maps to the Stars). Corbet also managed to get singer-songwriter Scott Walker to compose the score, which is another reason to look forward to the actor’s film.
Below, watch The Childhood of a Leader trailer.
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The last few movies Clint Eastwood made based on real people didn’t turn out so well. J. Edgar, The Jersey Boys, and even his biggest hit as a filmmaker, American Sniper, are strangely cold and clinical movies. The same goes for Changeling and Invictus, but let’s hope that’s not the case with Sully, which comes out later this year and stars Tom Hanks. Below, check out the first Sully trailer to see Tom Hanks’ transformation into Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 by Angie Han
While fans are still reeling from the season 6 finale, Game of Thrones is locking down plans for season 7. The show has just made its first official reveal about the next run of episodes, setting four directors for next year. They include three returning helmers and one series newcomer. Read More »
“Danger Will Robinson!” Netflix has announced today that they have ordered a 10-episode first season of a new Lost In Space tv series. The one-hour sci-fi drama is of course based on the 1960’s sci-fi classic from Irwin Allen. New Line Cinema made a movie based on the property in 1998 directed by Stephen Hopkins which I remember being pretty horrible. Find out who’s involved in this new take on the science fiction classic, after the jump.
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Plenty of banks have been robbed in the Western genre, but there aren’t many contemporary thrillers that use the premise nowadays. The last captivating modern Western that centered on a robbery was probably Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, and even then it was only a small part of a larger character story. But Hell or High Water has Chris Pine and Ben Foster stopping at nothing to get what they think is rightfully owed to them by the banks. However, Jeff Bridges isn’t letting them get away with it.
Watch the new Hell or High Water trailer after the jump. Read More »