Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 by Angie Han
A few years ago, James Cameron started touting higher frame rates — 48 or 60 frames per second instead of the industry-standard 24 — as the future of cinema. “If watching a 3D movie is like looking through a window, then [with this] we’ve taken the glass out of the window and we’re staring at reality,” he boasted at ShoWest 2011. Then we finally got our first look at an actual feature film shot and projected in 48 fps in 2012 in the form of Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The results were spectacularly underwhelming, and the so-called “cinematic revolution” stalled before it even began.
But maybe it’s finally time to give the high frame rate thing another go. This year, Ang Lee brings to screens the first feature film ever shot in 120 frames per second, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. The first footage from the Iraq War drama screened at the National Association of Broadcasters trade show this past weekend, and attendees have begun sharing their impressions of the film itself and the higher frame rate. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Dunkirk may feature a crew of newcomers at the center of its cast, but director Christopher Nolan is filling in the margins with as many impressive actors as he can. The latest actor to join this World War II drama is Cillian Murphy, the Irish actor who already who already has a long history with Nolan, having appeared in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and Inception. At this rate, Dunkirk is rapidly shaping up to be a regular Christopher Nolan film-set-family reunion.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 by Angie Han
Lenny Abrahamson wasn’t exactly a newcomer when he directed Room — it was his fifth feature — but the film definitely served as a breakout in a way that none of his other films had. It snagged him a Best Director nomination, establishing him as a filmmaker to watch, and since then we’ve been waiting anxiously to see what he’d do next. Today, we might have an answer. Abrahamson has signed on to direct The Grand Escape, a World War I drama about POWs attempting a mass breakout. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2016 by Angie Han
Miles Teller‘s had a bit of bad luck lately. Fantastic Four was an epic flop, The Divergent Series: Allegiant inspired thinkpieces about the death of YA, and the long-delayed Get a Job looks poised to sink without a trace this weekend. Fortunately, his next new film looks like it could get him back on the right track.
Directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover), War Dogs stars Teller and Jonah Hill as two 20something stoners who score a $30 million contract from the U.S. government to arm the Afghan military. Which sounds kind of far-fetched, except that War Dogs is based on an all-too-true story. The first War Dogs trailer has just hit, and you can check it out after the jump. Read More »
The pop sensation One Direction is currently on hiatus, allowing each of the British boy band’s members to pursue their own solo careers. And it sounds like Harry Styles may be taking his career in a completely different direction with his free time.
A new report indicates that Styles has an offer for a role in Dunkirk, the World War II drama that will be directed by Christopher Nolan and already has an impressive cast that includes recent Oscar winner Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and Tom Hardy. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, March 10th, 2016 by Angie Han
Christopher Nolan has worked with some of the biggest and brightest movie stars around, from Leonardo DiCaprio to Christian Bale to Matthew McConaughey, and he’s already got a seriously amazing cast assembled for his next film Dunkirk including Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, and Mark Rylance. But the trio are just playing supporting characters. As we reported last year, Nolan was determined to find unknown actors to play the leads, and now he’s found one in British newcomer Fionn Whitehead. Read More »
Just last week we wrote up a clever advertisement Sam Raimi directed for Chevy. The commercial played with horror tropes — and the tropes that come with seeing a horror movie with a loud audience — and it certainly made us wish Raimi would make another horror picture. He directed the pilot of Ash vs The Evil Dead, but he hasn’t made a movie in the genre since 2009’s delightful Drag Me to Hell.
One of Raimi’s next potential projects isn’t a horror movie, but it is about World War III, which could be pretty horrific.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 by Angie Han
It seemed like Amy Schumer was cracking jokes everywhere in 2015. She had her first starring feature role in Trainwreck, and her first HBO stand-up special Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo. She hosted Saturday Night Live for the very first time and returned to Comedy Central for the third season of her sketch series Inside Amy Schumer.
But after that impressive run, it seems Schumer is ready to branch out into new territory as an actress: drama. Schumer has just boarded the PTSD drama Thank You for Your Service, joining Miles Teller. Oscar-nominated American Sniper writer Jason Hall is directing. Read More »
Christopher Nolan‘s next movie, the World War II action thriller Dunkirk, will already serve as a reunion for several of the filmmakers previous collaborators. Tom Hardy is slated to star in the film and Hans Zimmer will compose the score. And now one more name who has worked with Nolan preivously has come on board the project as well.
Instead of going with his usual director of photography Wally Pfister, Nolan made Hoyte van Hoytema his Interstellar cinematographer. And now van Hoytema has been confirmed to reunite with Nolan for Dunkirk as well. Read More »