Johann Johannsson Dead

Tragic news came out of Hollywood again this weekend with word that Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning composer Jóhann Jóhannsson passed away at age 48 in Berlin yesterday. A cause of death has not yet been revealed.

We remember the praiseworthy but all too short career of Jóhann Jóhannsson below. Read More »

Sicario 2 update

Sicario, the title of Denis Villeneuve’s 2015 suspenseful border thriller, is Spanish for “hitman.” The title of the upcoming sequel, Sicario 2Soldado, translates to “soldier” – which is appropriate, considering it focuses on Josh Brolin‘s morally dubious Department of Justice agent and Benicio del Toro‘s equally mysterious assassin from the first film. (Sorry, Emily Blunt.)

Production on the movie has already wrapped, and while doing press for a different film, Brolin spoke a bit about what we can expect from the follow-up, including that it’s “extremely tense.” Sounds good to me.
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Sony Pictures - Columbia Pictures - Silver and Black Release Date

Sony Pictures is setting and shuffling a handful of release dates for upcoming movies in 2018 and 2019.

Sony and their Columbia Pictures banner have set a release date for their second Spider-Man spin-off Silver and Black, as well as the sequel to the hit drug trafficking thriller Sicario. Meanwhile,the release dates for Barbie and Bad Boys 3 have been shuffled around along with a few more projects in the coming years. Get the Silver and Black release date and more information below. Read More »

sicario sequel

Filming wraps on the Sicario sequel, titled Soldado, in a couple of days in Mexico City. Just the other day, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water) gave an update on the project, saying, “If Sicario is a film about the militarization of police and that blending over, this is removing the policing aspect from it.” Soldado deals heavily with immigration, so Sheridan and producer Basil Iwanyk (John Wick: Chapter Two) believe the sequel is relevant in more than a few ways. Iwanyk is also confident the sequel is bigger, has more “bells and whistles,” and digs deeper into the characters. Below, learn more about the Sicario sequel. Read More »

SICARIO sequel

Emily Blunt isn’t returning for the Sicario sequel, titled Soldado (translation: soldier). Kate Macer (Blunt) has an arc which is completed by the end of the film, but some people were still understandably disappointed we won’t see this world any longer through her eyes. With director Stefano Sollima‘s sequel, writer Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water) wants to ask: Without a chaperone, how bad do Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro) and Matt (Josh Brolin) get?

Below, the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter discusses the Sicario sequel.

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‘Sicario’ Sequel ‘Soldado’ Adds Catherine Keener

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The Sicario sequel is bringing in some high-profile talent to aid in the war on drugs. Catherine Keener has just signed on for Soldado, joining Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin who are reprising their roles from the first film. Stefano Sollima (Gomorra) is directing this one, replacing original Sicario director Denis Villeneuve.  Read More »

Sicario 2 script

Denis Villeneuve isn’t directing the Sicario sequel, as he’s busy at the moment with Blade Runner 2. But screenwriter Taylor Sheridan did come back to pen the sequel, which will center around Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro) and Matt Graver (Josh Brolin). Sheridan says he’s exploring similar ideas and themes, except on a larger scale.

Below, screenwriter Taylor Sheridan discusses Sicario 2.

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A ‘Sicario’ Trilogy Is Already Being Discussed

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Almost two weeks ago, it was reported Stefano Sollima (Gomorrah) was attached to direct the sequel to Sicario, titled Soldado (translation: soldier). Before Soldado even begins filming, Sollima and all involved are already considering a Sicario 3, which, if it happens, would round out a trilogy of standalone films.

Below, learn more about Soldado and Sicario 3.

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sicario sequel director

Sicario isn’t the kind of film that demands a sequel, but there’s no denying the horrifying allure of the world it depicts. Even when you’re disgusted by what’s on screen, you simply cannot look away. You’re drawn into the nightmare. The story of America’s war on drugs, and the story of how the drug trade has terrorized and decimated entire communities in Mexico, is bigger than a single movie.

So there’s plenty of material for a Sicario sequel to dive into and now that sequel has a title: Soldado, the Spanish word for soldier. It also has a new director, since Sicario‘s Denis Villeneuve has officially moved on.

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Captionbot

This week, Microsoft released CaptionBot, the company’s attempt at showcasing the capabilities of Microsoft Cognitive Services. The promise and potential of CaptionBot is immense. By using natural language capabilities and image recognition software, CaptionBot can analyze any image and tell you what is happening within. CaptionBot joins How Old Do I Look? and What Dog? as Microsoft bots that have gained some amount of viral notoriety over the past couple years.

While CaptionBot can sometimes be startlingly accurate, it is clear there are still a few kinks to work out. Nonetheless, I couldn’t help but wonder how it would analyze still images from some of the best films of 2015. The results are mostly bizarre, often hilarious, and sometimes profound. Note: All of the following captions were created by uploading images straight to CaptionBot.
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