To Live and Die in LA TV series

William Friedkin‘s film To Live and Die in L.A., released in 1985, is a compelling and vividly stylish ’80s thriller featuring William Peterson, Willem Dafoe, and John Pankow in the story of two Secret Service agents on the trail of a counterfeiting operation. The film was a return to form of sorts for Friedkin, and now the story might offer him that opportunity again.

Friedkin is directing a To Live and Die in L.A. TV series for WGN America. Read More »

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The new X-Files series has been shooting for a while now, aiming for the January, 2016 premiere date. The revival of Fox’s ’90s hit series, which originally ran nine seasons from 1993 to 2002, once again features David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as the lead characters, former FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Not long ago, a social media post gave us a minor look at Anderson and Duchovny in character, and now a set of new X-Files photos offers fans more to take in. Read More »

Chariots of Fire sequel

I caught the original Vacation on TV over this past weekend, and the scene with the Griswolds arriving at Wally World, constructed as a parody of the beach race from the British film Chariots of Fire, left me wondering about the lasting impact of the great 1981 film.

In 1983, anyone seeing Clark and Rusty Griswold run in slow motion to the tune of a pulsing synthesized score would have recognized the joke, that Clark had elevated his impulsive family vacation to the status of personal myth — a status that the characters in Chariots of Fire earned through real struggle.

Chariots of Fire had been a success both at home and in the US. That synthesizer theme, composed by Vangelis, didn’t just act as a perfect encapsulation of the film’s spirit; it became a hit as a pop single. Now, how many US viewers would link Vacation or any other parody use of the theme to the actual film? As it turns out there might be a chance for a resurgence in visibility for the ’81 film, as a de facto Chariots of Fire sequel is moving towards production, with Joseph Fiennes starring. Read More »

Masterminds trailer

Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess returns with Masterminds, a comedy about two dopes and a schemer (played by Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson, respectively) who team up to steal a truckload of money. Amazingly, the heist goes well, but the fallout isn’t so easy to deal with. In the aftermath of the robbert, when everyone wants the money, things get weird. Among other problems, there’s Jason Sudeikis, turning in a potentially scene-stealing performance as a hired killer.

And then there’s the simple fact that everyone involved in this heist scheme seems to be a total idiot. Which might make the movie really entertaining, in a seriously over the top way. Check out the Masterminds trailer below. Read More »

Mad Max anime

There’s a book to be written on the decade and a half development of George Miller‘s Mad Max: Fury Road. At varying times, plans for the film featured a roster of other projects which came and went as Fury Road itself soldiered on.

A companion film called Furiosa was planned at one point. Even earlier on, that movie was envisioned as an anime prequel or companion to Fury Road. Now we’ve got designs from that abandoned Mad Max anime, done by Mahiro Maeda, thanks to a Japanese TV show.  Read More »

Netflix Series The Crown

One of the upcoming original series from Netflix is The Crown, which will follow the story of England’s Queen Elizabeth II, “and the prime ministers who shaped post-war Britain.” If that sounds like a series with big ambitions, it is. The Crown is called a “decades-spanning” series, with the young Claire Foy chosen to play Elizabeth II in the series scripted by Peter Morgan.

Now Matt Smith of Doctor Who and John Lithgow (whose resume shouldn’t need to be named) have been cast in the upcoming series as well. Read More »

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Punk'd celebrity pranks movie

When the MTV show Jackass made the transition from TV to movies, few people understood why. Then they saw why. With a bigger budget than the show, but still considerably smaller than most movies, the show was able to go way beyond what people saw on TV at a relatively cheap price. The result was massive box office success and multiple sequels and spin-offs.

Now, the same kind of transition might happen with Punk’d, or at least the idea of Punk’d. Co-creator of that show, Jason Goldberg, has signed with STX Entertainment to do a series of $5 million movies that would be released around April Fool’s Day. The first would be similar to Punk’d in that it would consist of 9-10 segments pranking famous celebrities from all walks of life. Warner Bros. is interesting in distributing. Read More »

Ice and the Sky trailer

The closing slot at Cannes isn’t exactly a revered programming position to take, but this year’s closing selection might be better than most. The film was Ice and the Sky, aka Le galce et la ciel, and it comes from March of the Penguins filmmaker Luc Jacquet. This film also documents science in the Antarctic, but in this case the focus is glaciologist Claude Lorius, whose studies of ice in Antarctica raised some of the first alarm bells for global warming.

This first Ice and the Sky trailer is narrated in French, but you’ll still be able to enjoy the cinematography, and the sweep of the filmmaking. Read More »

Gambit origin story

Channing Tatum is going to create a new portrayal of the mutant Gambit for a film centering on the character, with a chance that we’ll see the guy in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse when that film opens in May 2016. We figure this version will pretty much wipe out the one played by Taylor Kitsch in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, just as Ryan Reynolds’ new version of Deadpool blows away his first turn at the merc in Origins.

Whether or not Gambit pops up in Apocalypse, we now know that the solo film will be some version of a Gambit origin story, as revealed by Channing Tatum. Read More »