The novel Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer, is really terrific. It’s good enough that you should just stop reading this now, go read Annihilation (it’s short, only 125 pages or so) then come back. Because I’m a realist I’ll assume you didn’t do that, but to avoid spoilers about the novel I’ll just say this: Annihilation is kind of sci-fi and almost horror — it’s like Tarkovsky’s Stalker crossed with H.P. Lovecraft. It is unusual and unsettling, and all the major characters are women.
Alex Garland just did some great work with Ex Machina, and he is set to write and direct an Annihilation movie. Now he has Natalie Portman in talks to play the lead role. That is excellent news. Read More »
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The big hit of CD-ROM gaming from 1993 is coming back to computer screens, but not via a game sequel. Myst, the title which became one of the runaway hits of the early CD-ROM scene and spawned several sequels and many ports, is in development as a TV series from Legendary TV. Now the Myst TV series has a home at Hulu, and we know that Matt Tolmach (The Amazing Spider-Man) is producing with Evan Daugherty (Divergent) writing the script. Read More »
Over the last few months Martin Scorsese finally shot Silence, the adaptation of the Shûsaku Endô novel that chronicles two Portuguese Jesuit priests as they journey to Japan in the 17th century. At the time, Christians were suffering persecution and had been driven underground. The lead character, Father Sebastian Rodrigues (played by Andrew Garfield) and a companion arrive in that hostile environment to investigate reports that Rodrigues’ mentor has become an apostate. The cast also features Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano, Adam Driver, and Ciarán Hinds. Scorsese has wanted to make the film for many years, and he’s close to finishing it.
Now, thanks to a wrap party that followed completion of shooting in Taiwan, we’ve got the first Silence images, and some video conversations about the film.
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The bits are flying all over the place in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:
- John Knoll talks physics of the Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One teaser trailer.
- Read the first official interviews given by John Boyega and Daisy Ridley for The Force Awakens.
- Watch some more reaction videos to the latest Force Awakens trailer.
- See a visual breakdown of every musical moment in the Star Wars series.
- Kathleen Kennedy talks about secrecy surrounding The Force Awakens.
- Check out a supercut of every single character in the Star Wars saga.
- Mark Hamill released some personal photos from the set of Return of the Jedi.
- Did J.J. Abrams film some of The Force Awakens in the world’s third largest cave?
- Find out some answers to burning questions regarding Star Wars Battlefront.
- A spoiler filled scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens is described.
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Some films are so firmly rooted in the ’70s that separating them from the time of their creation is futile. The Godfather and The Conversation. All the President’s Men. On the horror side, alongside the decade’s crop of films led by The Exorcist, Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now is among the defining films of the ’70s. The thriller follows a couple whose overwhelming grief at the loss of their young daughter is made more complicated by a nun who claims to be able to psychically see their daughter.
Roeg’s storytelling, the cinematography by Anthony B. Richmond, and the editing by Graeme Clifford are extraordinary, and the performances by Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland are so pitch-perfect that for years rumors persisted that an unusually frank sex scene in the film actually featured the two having sex for real.
Now, naturally, there’s a Don’t Look Now remake in the works. Read More »
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It goes without saying that James Cameron has a lot more story to tell in the universe first seen in Avatar. As it stands now, three sequel films are in development, and if all goes according to plan they will be released each year starting in 2017. However, according to one of Cameron’s frequent collaborators, there may be more.
James Horner, the Oscar-winning composer of Titanic who also did Avatar and Aliens, said that Cameron currently has a script for a fourth sequel – let’s call it Avatar 5 – that he’s trying to condense back into the previously planned three sequels. Read more about the Avatar sequels below. Read More »
The video game partnership between Guillermo del Toro and Hideo Kojima, announced via a mysterious demo released last year, is already dead. Silent Hills was to be led by game design veteran Hideo Kojima with significant input from co-director Guillermo del Toro, and a lead character modeled after and performed by Norman Reedus. But Kojima had a falling out with publisher Konami, and the game has officially been canceled. Read More »
In footage from Jurassic World, we see Chris Pratt riding a motorcycle amongst a pack of velociraptors. But the raptors are just CG creations; while the image is cool, it’s not actually dangerous to create. In the movie Roar, there’s a sequence where a guy rides a motorcycle through a pack of lions and tigers, and it’s the real deal.
Roar is the film which featured producer Noel Marshall (The Exorcist), his wife Tippi Hedren (The Birds) and Hedren’s young daughter Melanie Griffith (Working Girl) amongst a giant pack of big cats. Make that untrained big cats. This film was crazy dangerous to make, and arguably just a dumb idea. Watching it leads to a strange feeling — you’re seeing something that by all rights should not exist. We’ve got an exclusive Roar clip that shows off that motorcycle scene, which gives you an idea of just how bizarre this movie gets.
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Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War Of The Underworld is one of a few recent films from prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike. It looks like the sort of thing that will go over well for those who’ve loved Sion Sono’s recent movies like Tokyo Tribe and Why Don’t You Play in Hell.
Like the latter film from Sono, this movie is a bizarre gangster tale with what seems to be a heavy dose of comedy, and even a vampire. Mayan Ruhian, who played Mad Dog in The Raid and a totally different character in The Raid 2, is even on board to add a little extra energy. The film premieres in the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight next month, but you can see a Yakuza Apocalypse trailer now. Read More »