Lin-Manuel Miranda is a genius and this is a case where that word deserves to be taken very literally. In fact, the writer and star of Broadway’s Hamilton may very well be the entertainer of 2016. If you look beyond his brilliant hip-hop musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton that has been nominated for 16 Tony Awards and has already won a Grammy and the Pulitzer Prize, you’ll note that he also contributed songs and music to Disney’s upcoming animated film Moana and was recently cast as the male lead alongside Emily Blunt in the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns. Yeah, he’s having a good year.
And that year is already getting busier. Miranda’s first Broadway musical, In the Heights, is finally getting ready to go before cameras. But don’t get you hopes up for a Hamilton movie anytime soon.
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A biopic about legendary comedian Richard Pryor has been developing long enough that Eddie Murphy was once considered for the lead role, but has since been hired to play the father of the iconic comic, who will instead be played by Mike Epps. The project finally seemed like it was on track to make it in front of cameras with Lee Daniels at the helm, but the filmmaker behind The Butler and Precious has now fallen away from the project, leaving it without a director.
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Posted on Thursday, April 28th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Sylvester Stallone was at the height of his powers when Paramount asked to write, direct and star in a third Godfather movie in 1983. The Rocky and First Blood star declined (reportedly saying “This is the worst idea since my conception”) and Francis Ford Coppola would cap off the series he began with The Godfather Part III seven years later.
This piece of trivia is now prologue to a very interesting new development that will once again see Stallone brush shoulders with the work of author Mario Puzo. The beloved actor is set to star in a television adaptation of Omertà, which will bring Puzo’s final novel, the climax of his “mafia trilogy,” to the small screen.
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Posted on Thursday, April 28th, 2016 by Angie Han
Alicia Vikander was downright inescapable in 2015. The Swedish actress had no fewer than seven films out in U.S. theaters last year — including The Danish Girl, which won her the Best Supporting Actress Oscar. She’ll be a little less ubiquitous in 2016, but there’ll still be plenty of her to go around. She’s got Jason Bourne coming this summer and The Light Between Oceans due this fall. And before either of those hit cinemas, she’ll be seen in Tulip Fever.
Directed by Justin Chadwick (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), the romantic drama follows Sophia (Vikander), a young woman in 17th century Amsterdam. She’s married to a wealthy older man, Cornelis (Christoph Waltz), but risks everything when she falls into a passionate affair with Jan (Dane DeHaan), the artist hired to paint the couple. Tom Stoppard wrote the screenplay, and it’s based on the book of the same title by Deborah Moggach. Watch the first Tulip Fever trailer after the jump. Read More »
Jesus Christ is one hell of a role for an actor. You get to be a brave spiritual leader, face down the enemies of both God and man, and then you get the most dramatic death scene of all time. It’s the complete package. Whether you follow the Christian religion or not, Jesus is one of most fascinating figures in human history, a vessel for a variety of a beliefs and a vehicle for examining faith and how we view the world and its inhabitants.
So the news that the great Joaquin Phoenix may play Jesus in Garth Davis‘ Mary Magdalene is just plain fascinating to me. It’s hard to imagine Phoenix playing a traditional riff on the chief symbol of the Christian faith, so the fact that he’s being considered for the role at all says a great deal about what Davis may have in store for us with this Biblical drama.
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Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Every successful business is a story. There are those hopeful and desperate beginnings, when someone puts their livelihood on the line to pursue a dream. There are those dramatic rises to power, where everything pays off and the money and accolades start to roll in. And, often enough, there are those dramatic third acts where all kinds of chickens come home to roost and the shape of that original dream has been distorted beyond measure.
The Founder tells the story of Ray Kroc, the struggling businessman who stumbled across a homegrown hamburger restaurant called McDonald’s, recognized its potential for greatness, and dragged it kicking and screaming into the future, where it set the template for how Americans would consume food for the rest of the century and beyond. Oh, and as the new trailer makes it clear, he was probably a bit of a dick.
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Roberto Durán went 103-16-0 as a boxer, with a total of 70 knockouts. Durán, who started his boxing career at the age of 16, was nicknamed “Manos de Piedra” (“Hands of Stone”). Throughout his incredible career, the Hands of Stone faced off against Sugar Ray Leonard a total of three times, but their most famous fight occurred in 1980, known as the “No Más Fight,” in which Durán called it quits.
Now, The Weinstein Company has made a film about Durán, starring Edgar Ramírez and Robert De Niro, and the historic 1980 boxing match looks like a prominent storyline in the biopic.
Watch the Hands of Stone teaser trailer below.
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Note: We originally ran this review during the Sundance Film Festival. We’re republishing it today as the movie hits theaters this weekend.
When you come to the Sundance Film Festival, you can’t wait to fall in love with a movie. As a sucker for coming-of-age movies, I’m always looking for one that really makes me run the gamut of emotions, and if it also has a hellacious soundtrack, fantastic breakout performances, and a glamorous reference to Back to the Future, then that’s even better. That’s why Sing Street, from Once and Begin Again director John Carney, is marvelous, delightful and just plain great. Read my full Sing Street review after the jump. Read More »
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With spring here and summer on the way, we’re starting to see some of the movies that hit the 2016 Sundance Film Festival make their way to theaters. If the suspense and blood in Jeremy Saulnier’s thriller Green Room isn’t your kind of thing, then you’ll probably want to take in something a little more lighthearted and fun. That would be Sing Street, a wonderful coming-of-age comedy set in Ireland back in the 1980s. And since it’s a movie from Once and Begin Again director John Carney, it’s full of some amazing original music.
The Weinstein Company doesn’t seem to be doing a great job of making audiences aware of its limited release next week. But we’re trying to change that by calling your attention to a new Sing Street TV spot, complete with a quote from our Sundance review. Plus, there’s a new music video highlighting an original song from Begin Again star and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. Check out both of the videos below. Read More »
Everybody loves a clown, so why don’t you? Well, probably because the movies have taught us that clowns tend to be insane murderers at best and child-devouring supernatural entities at worst. Anyone willing to put on a red nose and a wig, cinema says, is someone you should not trust.
But hey, at least they make pretty solid fodder for horror movies and it’s starting to look like 2016 will be a banner year for the “evil clowns kill a bunch of people” subgenre. 31 and Clown, both about evil circus folk and both represented by noteworthy filmmakers, have landed release dates. Nightmares do come true!
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