Posted on Thursday, July 28th, 2016 by Angie Han
War movies are a common sight, and World War II is an especially popular choice of subject matter. But Hacksaw Ridge is one of the few you’ll ever see where a soldier emerges as the hero without firing a single bullet. Mel Gibson‘s first directorial effort in ten years stars Andrew Garfield as Desmond Doss, a real-life American soldier who refused to kill or even carry a gun due to his religious beliefs. Instead, he aided the war effort as a medic and saves the lives of dozens of his comrades. In 1945, Doss became the first-ever conscientious objector to win the Medal of Honor.
Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Hugo Weaving, and Teresa Palmer also star. Watch the Hacksaw Ridge trailer below. Read More »
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Michael Sugar, who recently won an Academy Award for producing Spotlight, is attempting to bring EA’s Battlefield to the small screen. The video game franchise, which is very popular for its highly-addictive online multiplayer mode, was created in 2002, starting with Battlefield 1942. Since then, Battlefield has gained a following of 60 million players, and with a fanbase that massive, UTA and Paramount smell an opportunity.
Below, learn more about the Battlefield TV series.
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Last year, I embarked on the ridiculous task of ranking every single Quentin Tarantino character and Christoph Waltz‘s Hans Landa, the scheming Nazi villain of Inglourious Basterds, landed in the number two spot. It turns out that Tarantino thinks more highly of this character than I do, since he has revealed that Landa is his personal favorite of every character he has created.
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Mel Gibson hasn’t directed a feature film since 2006’s Apocalypto. The somewhat dated digital photography aside, that thrilling and brutal chase movie is arguably his best picture as a director (the film’s biggest fan, Robert Duval, likely agrees), but it’s far from his most successful, once you compare it to Braveheart and The Passion of the Christ‘s box-office numbers. Gibson has had great success as a filmmaker. His most recent performances, however, have failed to connect with audiences. As an actor, he’s not the draw he used to be, but will that stop moviegoers from seeing one of his directorial efforts? We’ll find out this November.
Below, check out the poster for his latest film, Hacksaw Ridge.
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Posted on Friday, July 1st, 2016 by Angie Han
Todd Phillips has built his career on bro comedies, from Road Trip to Old School to the Hangover trilogy. His latest film, War Dogs, is in a similar vein, with Jonah Hill and Miles Teller as the buddies whose wacky hijinks spiral out of control until they’re in over their heads, but this time there’s a fascinating real-world twist: it’s all based on a true story.
Based on the Rolling Stone article “Arms and the Dudes” by Guy Lawson, War Dogs centers on two Miami 20somethings who go into the lucrative business of gunrunning. They work their way up the food chain, raking in bigger and bigger sums of money and getting into more and more danger, until they land a $300 million contract from the U.S. government to arm the Afghan military. Watch the new War Dogs trailer below.
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After helping to launch The Hunger Games franchise with a $700M hit, some would assume writer-director Gary Ross wouldn’t have much trouble making another film. And yet, following that box-office and critical success, Ross still struggled to get a passion project of his made. For a decade, the director behind Seabiscuit and Pleasantville worked on Free State of Jones, which has finally made its way to theaters.
Once the Civil War drama, which stars Matthew McConaughey as Newton Knight, acquired financing, Ross still found himself doing whatever he had to do to make the film, including paying a few salaries out of his pocket and working for DGA minimum. The director — who also wrote Dave and co-wrote Big — discussed his latest film and career with us. If you want to know more about Ross’ upcoming Ocean’s 11 spinoff, Ocean’s Eight, click here.
Below, read our Gary Ross interview. Read More »
Right now Christopher Nolan is working on a World War II drama called Dunkirk about Operation Dynamo, which saw the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of British, French, Belgian, Polish and Dutch soldiers in the title French city after being completely surrounded by German forces. Cillian Murphy is reteaming with Nolan for the film, but before we get to see a frame of Dunkirk, we’ll get to see the Batman Begins star carry out another famous World War II operation.
Anthropoid tells the true story of the operation of the same name which tasked two Czech soldiers (Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan) with assassinating SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the Reich’s third in command after Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler. See how the mission comes together in the first Anthropoid trailer after the jump. Read More »
Christopher Nolan has always been a little old fashioned in the best ways: he only shoots on film and he favors practical effects and real sets whenever possible. This means his films have a tangible quality to them – everything on screen looks like it belongs, with digital trickery working hand-in-hand with the real-life elements to create cinematic illusions that simply wouldn’t feel the same if they were entirely cooked up in a computer. Nolan knows that the true joy of spectacle stems from convincing an audience that what they are seeing is real, which means that he tries to keep everything on screen as physical as possible.
In what may be the most Christopher Nolan-y Christopher Nolan movie news story of all time, it is being reported that Warner Bros. has spent $5 million on a vintage World War II plane for his new film Dunkirk. And Nolan plans to crash it. Because that’s how he rolls.
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Update: A few hours ago, I reached out to writer/director Christopher McQuarrie, which, admittedly, I should’ve done in the first place. McQuarrie firmly denied the rumor that he’s supervising the reshoots:
If there are any reshoots on Rogue One, I’m not supervising them. For any outlet to say so is not only wrong, it’s irresponsible. Gareth Edwards is a talented filmmaker who deserves the benefit of the doubt. Making a film – let alone a Star Wars chapter – is hard enough without the internet trying to deliberately downgrade one’s years of hard work. Who does that even serve? Let him make his movie in peace.
Reporting on reshoots or additional photography is one thing, but this false rumor regarding McQuarrie was dismissive of Edwards’ work, which was what Christopher McQuarrie took issue with. Reporting that Edwards required supervision wasn’t fair to him, McQuarrie, or anyone else involved in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Here’s the original story as follows:
A few days ago, it was reported that Disney and Lucasfilm aren’t too keen on the dark tone of Gareth Edwards‘ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Apparently Disney believes the tone is too far removed from the original series and what director J.J. Abrams established with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so the studio ordered reshoots. The last story regarding the reshoots said that they’d take place in June, but new details have emerged suggesting that the reshoots will take up to six weeks and that writer/director Christopher McQuarrie is now heavily involved in the production.
Below, get more Rogue One reshoots details, which you should all take with a grain of salt.
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