Whenever I get the itch to sit down and watch Apocalypse Now, I always lament the fact that I can’t follow it up by playing a video game that allows me to venture into the horrors of the Vietnam War, all while listening to the insane ramblings of Colonel Walter E. Kurtz. Now I won’t have to worry about that anymore.
A new Kickstarter project has begun, in association with director Francis Ford Coppola and his American Zoetrope production banner, to create an RPG video game based on the classic 1979 movie starring Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, Dennis Hopper and more.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
Sometimes, all you need to do is put a bunch of interesting personalities in the same room, turn on the camera, and watch a fascinating conversation unfold. The latest Director Roundtable from The Hollywood reporter finds Damien Chazelle (La La Land), Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge), Denzel Washington (Fences), Oliver Stone (Snowden), and Mira Nair (Queen of Katwe) all talking about their work and it’s always fascinating to see such a varied group of talented folks having an upfront chat about their experiences.
Watch the 2017 directors roundtable chat below.
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Posted on Monday, January 23rd, 2017 by Angie Han
The Yellow Birds is guaranteed to attract a certain amount of attention simply because it’s Alden Ehrenreich‘s last major role before Han Solo, and Star Wars fans will be gratified to see that Lucasfilm’s faith in him is not misplaced. He puts in an unforgettable lead performance as Bartle, a young soldier who’s deployed to war and comes back a haunted man, for reasons he’s unwilling or unable to articulate.
But The Yellow Birds is far more than an acting showcase for Ehrenreich’s talents, and would deserve to be seen no matter what big franchises its stars were doing next. It’s a war drama that’s far less interested in the heroism of battle than its cost, as told through the story of a single soldier and those in his immediate orbit. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 16th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
The trailer for Their Finest is selling a movie that looks to scratch a number of very specific itches. It looks like a war movie about life in England during the London Blitz, when air raids by German planes were a daily fact of life. It looks like a movie about institutionalized sexism, as Gemma Arterton‘s character struggles to make her name in a male-dominated industry. And since that industry is film and she’s working as a screenwriter, it also looks like a movie about the power of cinema and how a great movie can harness the hearts and minds of nations. Can that blend work? I certainly hope so, because there’s a lot to like in this preview.
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Considering how battered and bruised 2016 left the world in general, the only sane thing to do is look at 2017 with caution and fear. Except for the movies. The movies look pretty cool. A bunch of new images from the year’s biggest movies have arrived online, suggesting that we may get to see some pretty cool movies before civilization completely collapses.
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Sylvester Stallone and Adam Driver co-starring in a movie sounds good, but Stallone directing that film sounds great. It’s been nearly seven years since Stallone has stepped behind the camera. Thankfully, we now know the actor’s next directorial effort might be Tough as They Come, based on the life of United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills.
Below, learn more about the new Sylvester Stallone project.
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There haven’t been too many overt nods to the original Planet of the Apes franchise in the new films. Caesar himself and the brief mention of the Icarus disappearing in Rise of the Planet of the Apes are the most obvious connections to the past, but Matt Reeves‘ upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes features one of the most prominent ties yet to the original series.
Below, find out which character is appearing in the sequel after the jump.
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story introduced a new piece to Darth Vader’s legacy. While the first Star Wars anthology movie poses far fewer questions than Star Wars: The Force Awakens, most of the queries I’ve been getting about Rogue One surround Darth Vader’s castle. We have some of the answers.
This location’s origin is steeped in Star Wars lore, and we already know quite a bit about its new canon backstory (which may include some appearances in future Star Wars projects). Hit the jump to learn more about Darth Vader’s new residence which is introduced on screen in Rogue One.
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The shot above is not from the version of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that you’ll see in theaters. It’s no secret that Rogue One went through an extensive set of reshoots, which very likely led to a better movie. After seeing the film for the first time, I was amazed at how much footage and dialogue in the trailers and marketing wasn’t in the film itself.
In fact, the first Rogue One teaser trailer is comprised almost entirely of footage that wasn’t in the finished film. Some of it is completely different, while other parts are alternate takes and altered dialogue. Iconic lines that were part of the marketing campaign (like “I rebel!”) are nowhere to be found in the completed film. Heck, even the imagery of Stormtroopers patrolling in knee-deep water used in most of the poster and billboard advertising isn’t in the finished film.
The curious part of me wonders what Rogue One was like before the reshoots. What was changed in the process? We might not know the answers to these questions for a while, but I think, looking back at the marketing, that we can find some clues in the unused shots from the trailers. So join me as we adventure through the Rogue One trailers in an effort to decipher this mystery.
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Millions will be headed to movie theaters this weekend to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Before the movie starts, trailers for some of the biggest blockbusters of 2017 will be played, but at select locations, audiences will be treated to a 5-minute prologue from Christopher Nolan‘s upcoming World War II drama Dunkirk.
Since most of Dunkirk was shot on 65mm IMAX cameras, Christopher Nolan is making this prologue only available in select IMAX theaters so it’s seen in the best format possible. If you’re not sure if your local IMAX theater is worthy of this honor, a full list of theaters playing the prologue around the world has been made available online.
Get the full Dunkirk prologue IMAX theaters list after the jump. Read More »