PETE'S DRAGON

David Lowery‘s Pete’s Dragon is a simple, beautiful and warm tale of friendship. It’s a refreshingly sparse story that hardly resembles the original Disney film. Lowery and co-writer Toby Halbrooks lifted very little from the ’77 musical; they made a movie that stands on its own and doesn’t rely at all on nostalgia.

The film was well received when it was in theaters, but now that it’s on home video, more viewers will likely embrace Elliot and Pete’s heartfelt and tender adventure. With Pete’s Dragon now on Blu-ray, we recently had the chance to speak with Lowery again, and he reflected on some of the toughest and most enjoyable days during the shoot, not reading the reviews, the lessons he learned, and the experience of working with Robert Redford again.

Below, read our David Lowery interview.

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Jurassic World 2 Justice Smith (The Get Down)

Jurassic World 2 has been out looking for potential dino chow, and now it’s honed in on Justice Smith. The young star of Netflix’s The Get Down has just been cast in the J.A. Bayona-directed sequel, joining franchise newcomers Rafe Spall and Toby Jones and returning stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Oh, and speaking of Howard, she’s got some good news coming her way, too. After her Claire spent most of Jurassic World sprinting around the jungle in stiletto heels, writer and producer Colin Trevorrow has promised she’ll get much more comfortable footwear in the next film.  Read More »

gold release date

Harvey Weinstein‘s name is synonymous with the Academy Awards. The producer has had films famously dominate the awards ceremony before. This year he’s pushing Lion and The Founder as serious contenders, and hopefully Sing Street will get more attention come awards season. Another Oscar hopeful for Weinstein’s is Stephen Gaghan‘s new film Gold, which based on the trailers, also has a chance of finding an audience when it goes wide at the end of January.

Below, learn the new Gold release date.

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Black Mirror Season 3 Review

It’s been nearly two years since the last episode of Black MirrorCharlie Brooker‘s tech dystopia anthology series, and over three years since the last proper full season aired. Naturally, then, news that Netflix had commissioned 12 more episodes was met with a combination of excitement and trepidation.

On the one hand, Black Mirror is second to none when it comes to chronicling the way humanity and technology intersect in 2016. On the other, we’ve seen tons of shows renewed after extended hiatuses, only to return as shells of their former selves. Could the third season of Black Mirror live up to the greatness of the first two? Based on the two episodes that screened at TIFF, “San Junipero” and “Nosedive,” the answer seems to be yes.  Read More »

Black Mirror Season 3 Episode Descriptions

We’ve been waiting for season three of Black Mirror for quite some time, and we’ve heard episode titles, filmmakers and cast but we haven’t heard much about what kind of stories we can expect from the six new episodes…until now. Hit the jump to find out what the Black Mirror Season 3 episodes will be about.
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Gold trailer

Gold has attracted no shortage of talent over the years. What was once a Michael Mann and Christian Bale project is now the second directorial effort from Stephen Gaghan, who won an Academy Award for writing Traffic and years later made his directorial debut with Syriana. It’s been 11 years since that intense drama came out, so after over a decade of waiting to make another feature for theaters — he did direct for television — Gaghan is back with Gold, which stars Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramirez, and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Below, watch the Gold trailer.

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‘Black Mirror’ Goes Retro in First Season 3 Images

Black Mirror Season 3 images

Netflix announced last year that it was picking up Black Mirror for a third season, and last month revealed that the new episodes would premiere this fall. But as we say in the age of Instagram and Facebook, pics or it didn’t happen. So showrunner Charlie Brooker has now shared the first Black Mirror season 3 images for us to enjoy. And some of them look surprisingly… retro? The series has thrown some pretty shocking twists at us over the years, but even we did not see a 1980s episode coming.

That’s Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis up there in those fetching ’80s fashions, and still other photos offer our first look at Bryce Dallas Howard in an episode directed by Joe Wright. Check out the new Black Mirror season 3 images below.  Read More »

pete's dragon clips

Director David Lowery is probably doing something right with his upcoming remake of Pete’s Dragon because I’m not a fan of the 1977 original in the slightest but I fully intend to see the new version in its opening weekend. Maybe my soft spot for tales of isolated youngsters finding families is showing, or maybe I’m just a sucker for dragons, but everything we’ve seen from this movie looks charming and sweet and the right shade of adventurous.

Two new clips from the film have arrived online and they haven’t changed my mind. This looks like it could be one of 2016’s better family movies.

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Pete's Dragon image

Disney’s last remake, The Jungle Book, made close to a billion dollars. Audiences keep turning out to see their live-action reimaginings, and maybe partly because they’re improving in quality. Following up some of the studio’s previous efforts, like Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent, both Cinderella and The Jungle Book surpassed some’s expectations. Not everybody pegged them to be, creatively and financially, as successful as they are. Going into David Lowery‘s (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) loose remake of Pete’s Dragon, perhaps some of those skeptics will have higher expectations for this tale of friendship.

Below, watch the first Pete’s Dragon clip.

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Pete's Dragon TV Spot

Adding to the barrage of Disney’s remakes, late this summer comes a contemporary take on Pete’s Dragon, the film that blended animation with live-action all the way back in 1977. This looks like a magical update of the old movie from Ain’t Them Bodies Saints director with a performance from young star Oakes Fegley that feels like the kind of child actor that Steven Spielberg would have discovered. But will this movie have the same kind of heart and spirit of adventure of the director’s films? A new Pete’s Dragon TV spot is certainly reassuring, complete with a nice little song to guide us. Watch it below. Read More »