Oliver Stone‘s Snowden may seem like an odd fit for Comic-Con, but the controversial filmmaker and his cast took the stage at Hall H earlier today to premiere a new trailer for his Edward Snowden biopic and engage an audience of nerds on topics that are a bit more heated than your average pop culture discussion. The full panel was apparently a weird one (for starters, Stone said that Pokemon Go was a big step toward totalitarianism), but movie itself looks like a fairly straightforward examination of Snowden and his controversial actions. This movie is going to ruin a few family dinners no matter its stance on its subject, so start arming yourself for the inevitable screaming match between you and the people you love by watching the new trailer below.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 by Angie Han
Quentin Tarantino has the kind of career just about any filmmaker would envy. He’s worked with huge names like Leonardo DiCaprio and Ennio Morricone, revived John Travolta’s career, and transformed Christoph Waltz and Michael Fassbender into international stars. His films are hits with budding cinephiles, picky critics, and general audiences alike. They’re constantly quoted in casual conversations, pored over for thinkpieces, and memorialized on dorm room posters.
But even so, Tarantino has no intention of doing this forever. The filmmaker has long maintained that he plans to quit directing after his tenth film, and he recently reiterated that that’s still the case. For those keeping count, The Hateful Eight was his eighth film, since Tarantino counts both Kill Bills as one movie. Read More »
The Russo Brothers are one of the biggest surprises in blockbuster action filmmaking in the last decade — a very smart find by Marvel head Kevin Feige. I remember seeing their film Welcome to Collingwood at the Boston Film Festival in 2002 and thinking that they had had a promising career as comedy filmmakers ahead of them. I was wrong, they instead ended up in television. I don’t think that even the biggest fans of their work on television shows like Arrested Development and their paintball episodes of Community could have expected their ascension as some of the smartest blockbuster action filmmakers today.
Darren Foley at Must See Films has published a good video essay on how the Russo Brothers direct action. Watch it now after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
In news that should surprise absolutely no one, Disney has no plans to end the Indiana Jones franchise after the upcoming fifth film. They may, however, have plans to reboot it. CEO Bob Iger says while we shouldn’t expect a Star Wars-style Indiana Jones universe, the series might head in a new “direction.”
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. At the moment, Disney is still developing Indiana Jones 5. The studio has already announced that Steven Spielberg will be back to direct, with Harrison Ford starring and John Williams scoring. Now we’ve learned that George Lucas will be back as well, serving as an executive producer. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 by Angie Han
A few days ago news broke that Independence Day: Resurgence would not screen for critics until Friday — the morning after the film hits theaters for the general public. That did not seem to bode well for the movie. Generally speaking, if a studio is working that hard to keep critics from reviewing a movie, it’s because they expect the reviews will be terrible.
But those reports were only half true. While American critics won’t see Independence Day: Resurgence until Friday, journalists in other countries have already seen the film. The first reviews have started to trickle out, and you can get the Independence Day: Resurgence buzz below. Read More »
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When it was announced that Star Wars-themed lands would be constructed in Disneyland and Disney World, one of the weird asides was that we’ll finally get to take in the smells of the creatures and food of this galaxy far far away. But it looks like you won’t have to wait until The Star Wars Experience opens later this decade (unofficial estimate, no opining date has been officially announced) to find out what a Jedi smells like. Lifestyle, an affordable German perfumer manufacturer, is selling a set of three Star Wars fragrances. What does a Jedi smell like? Find out more, after the jump.
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After revealing the sleek new look for Bumblebee’s vehicle form in Transformers: The Last Knight, director Michael Bay has added the return of a fan favorite Decepticon to the roster of robots.
The Decepticon Barricade has been confirmed to return for the fifth film in the franchise, and following the suit of Bumblbee’s new vehicle form as a customized 2016 Camaro, the villain’s new vehicle form is an updated Ford Mustang Saleen. Check out the Transformers The Last Knight Barricade new look after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, June 9th, 2016 by Angie Han
Andrew Stanton had built his entire career on animation, with films like Finding Nemo and Wall-E, before making his live-action debut with 2012’s John Carter. This summer’s Finding Dory brings him back into the Pixar fold, but he’s already looking to mix things up again. In a new interview, Stanton revealed that he wants to take a break from animation and return to live-action. And we may not have to wait long to find out what that next project is. Read More »
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we catch up with the boys who (heart) metal music, unpack stand-up comedy, blow right past Haley Dunphy’s unfortunate attempt at something trying to resemble horror, get all “noo-cue-lerr” about a power plant, and find something worth stopping for in America.
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