current war tiff

The last thing cinema needs right now is another movie about a brilliant man whose brilliance is expressed through being a stubborn jerk. We already have a wealth of these artist as needlessly mean, antisocial guy portraits, and to keep adding more at this point goes well beyond beating a dead horse.

But Me and Earl and the Dying Girl director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon manages to get some great milage by taking such a setup and approaching it through a deconstructed lense with The Current War. The brilliant jerk in question this time is none other than the Wizard of Menlo Park himself, Thomas Edison. Edison, that brilliant inventor and sometimes thief, is played by Benedict Cumberbatch, an actor who has made almost an entire career playing brilliant jerks. It’s typecasting to the nth degree, but it also works. Cumberbatch brings an amusing, detached air to Edison, playing the genius as an overly competitive, short-tempered savant who wants to slap his name on everything.
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The Current War Trailer

Today, electricity surges through our homes, offices and restaurants and we’re hard-pressed to get anything done without the power it provides. But back in the 19th century, electricity was in its infancy, and it was at the center of a war between two of the greatest minds of the time to see who would control the marketplace for energy. The story of that historic battle is coming to the big screen this fall.

The Current War stars Benedict Cumberbatch as inventor Thomas Edison and Michael Shannon as entrepreneur and engineer George Westinghouse as the two battle to see whose idea for bringing electricity to the masses would become the primary source for power. The battle stems from Edison’s company wanting to use direct current while Westinghouse thought alternating current was the way to go, hence the title of the movie. Read More »

guillermo del toro projects shape of water

Guillermo del Toro has a tendency to juggle several passion projects before some of them make it to the theater after an excruciating wait, and others fall by the wayside. (RIP Hellboy 3.)

But with his newest film The Shape of Water receiving rave reviews at the Venice Film Festival this week and coming to theaters later this year, the Mexican auteur can finally turn his eyes to his next dark fairy tale: Pinocchio.

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Shape of Water Reviews

Guillermo del Toro‘s dark fairy tale, The Shape of Water, made a splashy premiere at the Venice Film Festival this week, with early reviews lauding its lush visuals, incisive social commentary, and enchanting love story. It seemed like critics had only praise for the film, with each review gushing that del Toro’s 1960s-set fantasy could easily be his best film since his magnum opus Pan’s Labyrinth.

Starring Sally Hawkins, frequent del Toro collaborator Doug Jones (finally getting a starring role after playing monsters and extras in most of his films), Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer and Richard JenkinsThe Shape of Water is a love story between a mute lab cleaning woman (Hawkins) and a gilled fish creature (Jones) set against the backdrop of the Cold War.

Check out what some of the early The Shape of Water reviews have to say below.

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The Shape of Water Photos

Guillermo del Toro has created some terrifying human beings in his movies. Michael Shannon plays his next antagonist and I can imagine del Toro turning him into one truly terrifying presence in his fairy tale. The trailer already has me fearing what he might do to Michael Stuhlbarg, who after his fantastic performance in Fargo, I expect to be the recipient of more pain and suffering. Shannon’s character, Strickland (a strong villain name if there ever was one), is probably more interested in harming the fish-man (Doug Jones) he has trapped.

Below, check out Strickland, the fish-man, and more in some new The Shape of Waters photos.

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Fahrenheit 451 movie

While a sequel to 2015’s superhero flop Fantastic Four seems like a long shot, it looks like actor Michael B. Jordan (Creed) didn’t need to suit up as the hot-headed Johnny Storm again to be exposed to more fire. He’s co-starring in a new Fahrenheit 451 movie alongside Michael Shannon (Man of Steel), and Jordan has revealed the first photo from the movie on Instagram. Check it out below.
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The Shape of the Water trailer

The first trailer for Guillermo del Toro‘s new fantasy film The Shape of Water is here.

Starring Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, and Michael Shannon, The Shape of Water is a return to the deliciously dark fantasy stories that del Toro excelled at in Pan’s Labyrinth and his Hellboy films. Now, see his macabre fairy tale vision unleashed in The Shape of Water trailer.

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Sofia Boutella Fahrenheit 451

It’s strange to think that Sofia Boutella emerged out of nowhere in 2014 to steal the show Kingsman: The Secret Service, and has since then starred in several massive blockbusters, with only more high-profile projects in the future.

Now, Boutella has signed on to play the female lead in the HBO Films’ adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s sci-fi classic, Fahrenheit 451, also starring Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon.

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fahrenheit 451 movie

Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon are teaming up to star in Fahrenheit 451, the HBO Films adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s sci-fi dystopian novel.

Well, “team up” is a misnomer, as Jordan will be playing the young, disillusioned “fireman” in a dystopian future who abandons the government-sanctioned burning of books, while Shannon will be playing his former mentor with whom he clashes.

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michael shannon cable

When you’re looking for someone to play a grim, muscle-bound, super-powered soldier displaced from his dystopian alternate future timeline, you probably don’t think about Michael Shannon. And yet, according to a new report, the two-time Oscar nominee, who is, you know, just one the finest actors currently drawing breath on the planet, is currently the frontrunner to play the stoic superhero Cable in Deadpool 2.

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