‘The Walking Dead’ Renewed For Season Six

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The fifth season of The Walking Dead returns this weekend but, almost a week before that, AMC has already renewed the show for another. Not a surprise for what continues to be one of the most popular shows on all of cable TV. Read more about The Walking Dead Season 6 below. Read More »

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Antoine Fuqua Tragic Life of Robert Peace

Antoine Fuqua has The Equalizer in theaters now, and this week set up a new film to direct. He’s now attached to direct a film based on the book The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League, which as the title suggests tells the story of a young man who made it to Yale, only to face a violent end. Read More »

Sony Spends Big on New ‘Robin Hood’ Pitch

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Robin Hood will never die, at least not at movie studios where a recognizable royalty-free character concept is a big deal. (Above you see Russell Crowe as the character in Ridley Scott’s 2010 film.) A new pitch has been making the rounds and Sony is now putting up some big bucks for the story. Just how much the character will be seen is open to question, as the pitch is described as being set “in the world of Robin Hood.” Get the available details on the potential new Robin Hood movie below. Read More »

Richard Kelly Gone Girl
I’ve always loved hearing filmmakers discuss movies. We’ve often printed interviews where we ask filmmakers about their favorite films and the /Filmcast has tried to bring on directors to review the latest big screen movies. That hasn’t been as constant of a feature as David Chen and I originally planned, because as it turns out, people in the movie industry generally don’t like to publicly bas other filmmaker’s projects and we generally only got yeses from those directors who had a positive take on the film at hand. But I’ve always enjoyed hearing filmmakers discuss the movies they love and the current state of cinema.

Richard Kelly, writer/director of Donnie Darko, Southland Tales, and The Box, has always made his opinions and himself very accessible (actually, I almost wish he wouldn’t have explained the intentions and meanings behind his films, as they serve better as mysteries with no definitive answer). And this week, like many of us, he saw David Fincher‘s latest film Gone Girl and wrote a bit about it on his blog. Find out more about the Richard Kelly Gone Girl review, after the jump.
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JK Rowling / Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Every day, conversations in the film community gravitate to how DC, Marvel and Lucasfilm are working on huge, interconnected universes on the big screen. Innumerable other franchises are emulating this blueprint too, whether it be the Universal Monsters or Ghostbusters. But a similar franchise largely kept out of the conversation is Harry Potter.

In the next decade, we’re going to get at least three new films in Potter’s universe. The spin-off series, set years before Harry’s story, is called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. J.K. Rowling herself is writing the screenplay and David Yates, who helmed the final four Potter films, is returning to the world of witchcraft and wizardry. Warner Bros. has set a release date of November 18, 2016 for the film and latest news on the series comes from the series creator herself.

Rowling took to Twitter to confirm she’s now “tweaking” the Fantastic Beasts screenplay. Read her quotes and more on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them below. Read More »

Inherent Vice trailer

Paul Thomas Anderson‘s new film Inherent Vice premiered at the New York Film Festival over the weekend, and along with the first reviews and reactions to the film, we’ve got a lot more information about the Thomas Pynchon adaptation. The Inherent Vice soundtrack has been revealed, and that’s great. And then there’s a lot of other info that came out of the festival.

For one, you can now watch the 30-minute press conference for the film featuring Anderson and many members of the film’s crowded cast. That’s a good treat, but also contains a lot of talk about a film that most of us haven’t yet seen.

More friendly to those who want to preserve the experience of watching the film is the rundown of the film’s soundtrack, and an accompanying playlist featuring all the tracks. There are a couple great tracks from Can, and an unreleased Radiohead song called ‘Spooks.’ (The Radiohead song is represented in the playlist by a live version.) Read More »

Olive Kitteridge

Mainstream cinema isn’t exactly brimming over with meaty leading roles for women over 40, but we’ve seen a lot of fine actresses find exciting work on TV. Add to that list Frances McDormand, who appears to deliver another stunning turn in the upcoming HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge.

Directed by Lisa Cholodenko and based on the novel by Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge centers on an abrasive teacher living in a small New England town. Okay, so that’s not the most exciting premise on paper — but strong reviews out of Venice and a top-notch supporting cast that also includes Bill Murray and Richard Jenkins suggest it’ll be worth a look.

Watch the Olive Kitteridge trailer after the jump. Read More »

Horns review

All good films get two things right: pace and tone. You can have the most gorgeous visuals, best performances, incredibly well-written script, but if the director doesn’t keep the movie moving forward with a consistent feel, it can all fall apart. Alexandre Aja‘s Horns is a textbook example of this.

Based on a revered novel by Joe Hill (the son of Stephen King), Horns tells the story of a man named Iggy. Played by Daniel Radcliffe, Ig’s accused of killing his long time girlfriend (Juno Temple). His whole Northwestern hometown is sure he did it and, in his despair, Ig mysteriously begins growing a pair of horns. The horns give him incredible powers, and Ig uses them to try and solve the murder.

Right there, you can tell this is going to be difficult. How do you make a murder mystery with religious overtones, a pop sensibility, humor, and Harry Potter? The truth is there’s no real answer as Aja’s film combines lots of strong elements that never quite come together in a cohesive manner. Read More »

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