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 »

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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 »

Lionsgate Odyssey

In an unprecedented move, a movie studio has decided that an adaptation of a well-known story will be broken up into several movies, rather than done as a single film. That’s a joke, of course. The way things are now, it would be more surprising to hear of one film being developed.

In this case, the subject is The Odyssey, which The Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson are developing for Lionsgate. Their work is based on the epic poem by Homer that we all studied, or pretended to study while using Ray Harryausen films as our real curriculum, in school. Read More »

Runoff trailer

Kimberly Levin, a biochemist and playwright, makes her feature directorial debut with Runoff, starring Joanne Kelly of Warehouse 13, and the film looks fantastic. This first Runoff trailer is all I need to see to mark this movie as a must-see. Kelly plays a woman trapped between harsh economic realities and a tempting offer that could save her farm, but the tense and ominous trailer suggests that there will be very harsh consequences for reaching towards the easy money. This sets up Runoff as a film to complement fare like Winter’s Bone, and that is very appealing. Read More »

Nicolas Cage and Paul Schrader

Paul Schrader wrote and directed The Dying of the Light, released in 2014, with Nicolas Cage in the lead role (above). But things went bad for the film, with Schrader and the producers falling into disagreement and the producers ultimately releasing a re-edited version of the film that is reportedly far from Schrader’s original conception. Whether Schrader’s version would have been better is open to question, but the story definitely got our attention.

Now Nicolas Cage and Paul Schrader are going back to work together on a new film. It’s a crime picture called Dog Eat Dog, and this time Schrader has final cut. Read More »

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Amazon Jim Jarmusch

Amazon has made deals with two filmmakers whose work helped define rebellion against studio control and the American independent film movement. And today, Deadline wins the no-prize for burying the lede. In a wide-ranging piece about the film market landscape, specifically oriented around Cannes deals, the site mentions that Amazon has signed deals with Jim Jarmusch and Terry Gilliam, bringing the two filmmakers to the same label that already boasted Spike Lee and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Read More »

Damien teaser

Originally developed for Lifetime and now set to air on A&E alongside Bates Motel, the show Damien — a TV version of The Omen that acts as a direct sequel to the original 1976 film — is coming in 2016. The first Damien teaser is here, and it is a kaleidoscope of intimidating imagery and incredible cheekbones.

The cheekbones in question belong to Bradley James (formerly Arthur on Merlin, from the BBC) plays the adult Damien in a ten-episode series written and exec produced by Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead). Check out the promo below. Read More »

Kevin Tong's Tomorrowland print

Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness.

Header Photo: Kevin Tong‘s Stellar Mondo Art for Brad Bird’s Sci-Fi ‘Tomorrowland

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The ‘Star Wars’ LEGO Death Star Playset Reimagined With a Beautiful LEGO Friends Makeover

The ‘Star Wars’ LEGO Death Star Playset Reimagined With a Beautiful LEGO Friends Makeover

10 Most Messed-Up Versions Of The Hero’s Journey

The naked hypocrisy of Game Of Thrones’ nudity

Tomorrowland poster by MATT NEEDLE

Tomorrowland poster by MATT NEEDLE

DoesOrphan Black‘ Have a ‘Homeland‘ Problem?

EX MACHINA And The Art Of Character Identification

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