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.
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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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Posted on Thursday, May 12th, 2016 by Angie Han
Sony Pictures has unveiled the first teaser trailer for Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Ang Lee‘s drama about a squad of soldiers who are brought home from Iraq for a victory tour around the U.S. Much has been made about Lee’s groundbreaking use of 120 fps to heighten the realism of the war flashbacks, but the present day unfolds at a Thanksgiving Day football game, where the soldiers are to be honored in a glitzy halftime show.
“It is sort of weird being honored for the worst day of your life,” observes Billy (played by newcomer Joe Alwyn), and that’s this movie in a nutshell — it exists in the dizzying space between our sentimental celebration of the troops, and the harsh realities they face every day. Watch the Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 by Angie Han
Four years after the technically audacious, jaw-droppingly gorgeous Life of Pi, Ang Lee is back this fall with Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Based on the novel by Ben Fountain, the modern wartime drama follows a squad of heroic American soldiers brought home for a victory tour culminating in a showy appearance at the Thanksgiving Day game. Get your Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk first look below. Read More »
If you’ve recently looked over the slate of films arriving in 2016 and thought “Man, I really wish there were two films about the American Civil War coming out this year,” you’re officially in luck. In addition to Free State of Jones, we will soon be treated to Men Go to Battle, which looks about as far removed from that bigger, more bombastic take on this material as possible. Zachary Treitz‘s feature debut as a director looks small and scrappy, but there’s an undeniable charm on display in this trailer. The film landscape is no stranger to offbeat and darkly comedic looks at life during wartime, but this particular conflict is usually treated with a certain amount of historical sanctity. It’s about time that the Civil War got weird at the movies.
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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 »
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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