Hidden Figures sneak peek TIFF

Officially, Hidden Figures does not open until January 13, 2017. But it’s hard not to suspect Fox 2000 is considering an awards season push for the historical drama, which centers around three black female NASA mathematicians and engineers who helped launch John Glenn into outer space in 1962. And if so, that campaign got off to a rousing start this weekend at TIFF.

Fox 2000 brought about half an hour of footage to present at the festival, followed by a panel presentation. The latter got emotional as star Taraji P. Henson came onstage wiping away tears, surrounded by co-stars Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae and producers Pharrell Williams and Jeno ToppingRead More »

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Fox has acquired the life rights of comic book legend Stan Lee and is developing a period action-adventure movie that is being described as a film in the “tone of Kingsman: The Secret Service or, as one insider put it, Roger Moore’s 007.”
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Despite the best intentions of everyone involved, Warcraft failed to break the dreaded video game movie curse a few months ago. Still, there’s something to be said for a video game adaptation being an interesting and well-intentioned failure and not a raging garbage fire, as is often the default with this kind of movie. But with Warcraft disappearing into the horizon behind us, we must look forward to the next  movie that will hopefully change the fortunes of the video game adaptation: Assassin’s Creed.

Honestly, it could go either way. Will a gallery of new images showcasing star Michael Fassbender in character change any minds? Probably not, even though it will remind you that a wacky science fiction/historical adventure from the director of 2015’s Macbeth exists and is out in just a few months.

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Mr. Sinister in Wolverine 3

It’s only been four months since X-Men: Apocalypse hit theaters, but it feels like it’s been much longer. That might be a testament to just how forgettable of an X-Men sequel it was, even though I did find enough to enjoy in it to keep me from simply hating it. Now we’re being reminded of the film again as it’s now available on Digital HD and will be hitting Blu-ray and DVD on October 4th, and the release of the film on home video has provided us with confirmation of one particular detail in the forthcoming Wolverine 3.

The Marvel Comics villain Mr. Sinister has been confirmed to be a villain in Wolverine 3, which as we already know will mark Hugh Jackman‘s last time playing the adamantium-clad mutant. Find out more after the jump. Read More »

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Academy Award-winning actor Benicio del Toro is in talks to star in filmmaker Shane Black‘s Predator reboot/sequel The Predator. Hit the jump to learn more about Benicio del Toro in The Predator.

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In a summer filled with high profile duds, X-Men: Apocalypse reigns supreme. At least Independence Day: Resurgence was audacious and insane and totally bonkers. At least Suicide Squad was bad in ways that generate great conversations. Bryan Singer’s fourth X-Men movie, and the eighth film in the franchise overall, is the kind of movie that takes two and a half hours of your time and exits your brain while you’re still watching it. It’s the kind of bad movie that doesn’t even have the decency to leave an impact.

Although the Blu-ray and DVD for X-Men: Apocalypse doesn’t arrive until next month, a deleted scene from the film has arrived online and it’s…well, it’s interesting. I wouldn’t call it a good scene, but it’s the kind of weirdness that the final cut desperately needs.

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We’re big fans of director Jeff Nichols around these parts. I loved his science fiction drama Midnight Special when I saw it at SXSW earlier this year and it’s still my favorite movie of 2016 so far. His other 2016 release, the drama Loving, was ranked number two on our list of most anticipated Fall movies and our own Angie Han has written a rave review from TIFF. And then there’s the fact that his filmography also includes gems like Take Shelter, Mud, and Shotgun Stories. Nichols is one our most humane filmmakers and he’s brought his gentle touch with him even as his budgets have steadily grown bigger.

And that makes the prospect of him signing on to remake the science fiction buddy cop movie Alien Nation one of the most intriguing and promising pieces of movie news to arrive this year.

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Heat Diner Scene - Robert De Niro

One of the most iconic scenes in Heat is where Robert De Niro and Al Pacino calmly sit down for a man-to-man chat in an effort to understand each other a little better, both affirming that neither is going to stop what they’re doing, and they’re not going to let each other get in their way. Bringing these two together for a confrontation for the first time was a big deal, and there were even rumors that Pacino and De Niro never shot the scene together, opting to do each part independently of each other.

During a panel we attended after an Academy screening of a 4K remaster of Heat (which should be coming to Blu-ray sometime later this year or early next year), moderator Christopher Nolan confirmed that evidence of the actors working together in the same place at the same time lies in a picture that you can see at the real location the scene was shot in, Kate Matalini’s diner in Beverly Hills. However, it was revealed that Pacino and De Niro never rehearsed the scene before shooting it. Find out more about how the Heat diner scene was put together after the jump. Read More »

Al Pacino's Heat Character

This year doesn’t mark a special anniversary for Michael Mann‘s action-thriller Heat as it’s been 21 years since the movie starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro hit theaters. But last night, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held a special screening of the film, remastered in 4K, ironically reminding us how criminal it is that the film didn’t receive a single Oscar nomination. But that’s a conversation for another day.

Following the screening, a panel moderated by none other than Christopher Nolan (who was greatly influenced by Heat while shooting The Dark Knight) featured director Michael Mann and leading men Al Pacino and Robert De Niro looking back on the film they made over two decades ago. And while much of the panel included details that longtime fans of the film have probably already heard about, an interesting detail about Al Pacino’s Heat character was finally confirmed by the actor himself. Read More »