Joe Wright interview

Joe Wright has been subverting expectations since he made his feature directorial debut with Pride & Prejudice. With his period dramas and adaptations, unlike many others of their kind, the word “stuffy” is not applicable. Even in his newest film, Darkest Hour, the camera has a sense of freedom in a movie that consists mostly of dialogue-heavy interior scenes.

After making the biggest film of his career, Pan, and his lush adaptation of Anna Karenina, Wright wanted to “go back to basics a little bit,” as he recently told us. The filmmaker, who was his typical personable self as he rolled and smoked a fine-smelling cigarette outside on a nice and breezy day, also had plenty more to say about Gary Oldman‘s transformative work as Winston Churchill, his love of a good close-up, and more.

Below, check out our Joe Wright interview.

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darkest hour trailer

Dunkirk will soon be back on the big screen, but not as Christopher Nolan’s expansive battle movie. This time we’ll be seeing it on the other side of the English Channel in Darkest Hour, the tense Winston Churchill biopic starring an unrecognizable Gary Oldman.

The newest Darkest Hour trailer has Churchill beaten back by detractors and critics who don’t think he’s right for the job of prime minister as an onslaught of German troops beat back weary British soldiers in World War II. And soon after his appointment, Churchill is faced with his most daunting hurdle yet: the Dunkirk evacuation.

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the darkest hour

Gary Oldman has never been the kind of actor to go hunting for an Oscar, but Darkest Hour feels like the kind of movie that could thrust the always-brilliant actor into the awards spotlight in a big way. Vanishing under a pile of prosthetics to play Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister of Great Britain who led his nation into and through World War II, Oldman seems to be attempting a role unlike anything he has tried before.

We get our first taste of his performance in the first Darkest Hour trailer, which has just arrived.

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Hanna tv show

David Farr likely isn’t returning to write the second season of The Night Manager. He’s said before that John le Carré’s spy story is over for him, but one story he might return to is one he co-wrote years ago. The wrier-director is hoping to make a Hanna television series with NBCUniversal International Studios.

Below, learn more about the Hanna TV show.

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gary oldman winston churchill

My second favorite thing about Gary Oldman is that he’s not picky, which means we’re always getting a new Gary Oldman performance on a fairly regular basis. He’ll play heroes and villains, spies and politicians, wizards and comic book characters. He’s fought hyper-intelligent apes, the Joker, and an on-the-spectrum hitman played by Jean Reno. He’s done it all. My favorite thing about Gary Oldman is that he’s done all of this without ever phoning in a performance, offering the same kind of gravitas to B-movie  junk food like Criminal and thoughtful thrillers like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (which earned him his sole Oscar nomination). He’s even good in that RoboCop remake. The RoboCop remake!

Now, Gary Oldman is playing Winston Churchill and our first look at him in-character is remarkable.

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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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Joe Wright Darkest Hour

Joe Wright is coming off an enormous misfire. The filmmaker behind Atonement and Hanna took a huge swing with Pan, his biggest project to date, and it may have lost Warner Bros. around $150 million. Thankfully, the financial failure of Pan doesn’t seem to be slowing down the talented filmmaker. He recently directed a new episode of Black Mirror, and now his Winston Churchill project, Darkest Hour, has been picked up by Focus Features for a 2017 release.

Below, learn more about the Winston Churchill film.

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black mirror season 3

Black Mirror may be the most addictive and watchable exercise in misery ever devised. Creator Charlie Brooker‘s twisted science fiction anthology series received acclaim in its native England, but it didn’t become a full-blown phenomenon until its first two seasons arrived on Netflix last year. Naturally, the streaming giant promptly picked the show up, ordering a third season consisting of 12 brand new episodes.

While Netflix is keeping the details of the new season under lock and key, we now know that at least one of the episodes will be a bit of a star-studded affair. Director Joe Wright has signed on to helm an episode and he’s bringing Bryce Dallas Howard and Alice Eve with him.

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The Best Movies Coming to Netflix in February 2016

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Unless Dirty Grandpa tickled you to tears this past weekend, you probably consider this another “dump month” January. While plenty of December releases are still killing it at the box office and there’s still time to catch up on the major Award nominees, it’s more likely that you’ve been stuck with your streaming options these past few weeks. There’s no shortage of quality movies on Netflix, and a few more notable titles are coming to the streaming service soon.

Find out the best movies coming to Netflix in February 2016 after the jump.

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