Posted on Monday, February 9th, 2015 by Angie Han
Fifty Shades of Grey soundss like a disaster in some respects, but it’s already looking like a success in a commercial sense. It’s already one of the fastest-selling R-rated advance tickets in history, and is on track to become one of the biggest Valentine’s Day openings in history. It’s even helped boost January movie ticket sales by 37% over last year.
And you know what that means: Sequels are coming. They’ll be based on the two other books from the Fifty Shades trilogy, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. Just be glad we haven’t heard of plans to split the finale into two films. More on the Fifty Shades of Grey sequels after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 by Angie Han
From the beginning, Fifty Shades of Grey provided Hollywood with a tricky conundrum: It’s a story that’s all about sex, being adapted by an industry that’s notoriously skittish about sex. Focus Features and director Sam Taylor-Johnson eventually split the difference by going with an R rating rather than the once-promised NC-17. But there’s still a lot of room for interpretation in that R rating. So just how much screwing is that, really?
The talk about Fifty Shades of Grey‘s sex scenes has been all over the map as Taylor-Johnson, author E.L. James, and their stars promote the movie. But now an unconfirmed report indicates that sex will comprise about 20 minutes of the film, or one-fifth of its 100-minute running time. More on the Fifty Shades of Grey sex scenes after the jump. Read More »
A film based on The Dirt — the tell-all story of hair metal/rock band Motley Crue as dictated by the band members — has been in development for years. We’ve heard of a few big talent attachments, but no development effort has ever amounted to much. At this point there’s a script by Rich Wilkes and Tom Kapinos, about which I’ve heard quite a few people say very positive things, and the attachment of Jackass director Jeff Tremaine. And that’s how things have been, since Tremaine’s involvement was announced in late 2013.
Now there’s some forward movement, as Focus Features will back The Dirt movie. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 12th, 2015 by Angie Han
Any time a beloved book gets adapted for the screen, there’s bound to be some grumbling over the casting choices. Each of the millions of readers will have a slightly different look in mind, and there’s simply no way to satisfy all of them. And Fifty Shades of Grey may have had it even worse than most, because the character of Christian Grey is designed to be every fan’s ultimate sexual fantasy.
It wasn’t surprising, then, that not everyone loved the choice of Jamie Dornan. But the latest Fifty Shades of Grey trailer tries to make a case for him through the words of one supporting character: “You have to admit, he’s ridiculously hot.” And Dornan tries his best to live up to that promise. Watch the new Fifty Shades of Grey trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 9th, 2015 by Angie Han
Focus Features has released a new trailer for Maps to the Stars, David Cronenberg‘s new drama about a dysfunctional Hollywood family. Mia Wasikowska plays a mysterious woman who hails from a famous Hollywood family. She returns to town and secures a job as a personal assistant to aging actress Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore), but seems to have some ulterior motives.
Meanwhile, her relations (played by John Cusack, Olivia Williams, and Evan Bird) are dealing with troubles of their own. Rounding out the cast are Robert Pattinson as a limo driver, and Sarah Gadon as Havana’s late actress mother. Watch the Maps to the Stars trailer after the jump. Read More »
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The films from Laika are, in a way, like Richard Linklater’s Boyhood — part of the story of the films themselves is the story of how they are made. The process is very different, of course, as Linklater worked for more than a decade on one film, while Laika uses painstaking stop-motion animation to create the illusion of life over a production period that lasts a couple years per film.
We’ve all seen in-process video of Laika artists at work, but the final shot of the studio’s most recent film, The Boxtrolls, illustrates the process in a beautifully meta fashion. It may be The Boxtrolls best scene — and there are no spoilers involved, even for those who haven’t seen the film. Check it out below.
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Laika has produced three gorgeous stop-motion features so far: Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls. Now there’s a new one coming, as the fourth Laika movie has been announced as Kubo and the Two Strings. It’s an original story from Paranormal writers Marc Haimes and Chris Butler which the company describes as “a sweeping, swashbuckling adventure set in a mythical ancient Japan.”
As usual, the film is being animated at the company’s home base in Oregon, and is being directed by company founder Travis Knight, who is also producing with Arianne Sutner (ParaNorman). The film uses, as the press release calls it, Laika’s “innovative 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid technique.”
Get the full voice cast list and more info on Kubo and the Two Strings below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
As a theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking isn’t usually one to weigh in on recent movies. But The Theory of Everything is naturally of special interest to him, seeing that it stars Eddie Redmayne as Hawking himself.
For their part, critics have been gushing about Redmayne’s performance. He’s widely considered a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination, and has been ever since the film’s festival debut. But Hawking would know better than anyone whether Redmayne really did a good job — so what did Hawking think? Get the Stephen Hawking Theory of Everything reaction after the jump. Read More »
There’s nothing like a nostalgia movie set during the decade you grew up in to make you feel old. The Nineties were my time. My teenage years. The films, music and culture of that decade have helped define who I am, which probably explains a lot about me. When it’s happening though, you never think you’ll see a time when the period you’re in will be looked back at with fond nostalgia. Until it happens, that is, and you realize how times have changed.
As time moves on, every era becomes a period film and the latest is the Nineties. Director Jon M. Chu, director of several Step Up movies, G.I. Joe Retaliation and the upcoming Jem and the Holograms as well as Now You See Me 2, has just sold a pitch to Focus Features for a Nineties-era dance film called Can’t Touch This. Read more about the Can’t Touch This movie below. Read More »