Back in 2007, Viggo Morstensen gave us one of the best performances of his career with the Russian mob thriller Eastern Promises, directed by David Cronenberg. For a long time, a sequel was in development, but it never came together. Focus Features isn’t letting the script go to waste though, because now it’s being turned into a new crime thriller called Small Dark Look that will have Jason Statham in the lead role. Read More »
Mads Mikkelsen is officially replacing Johnny Depp as the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the upcoming third film in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise. With the exception of the die hard Johnny Depp supporters and have taken to the web to demand that his ex-wife Amber Heard be removed from Aquaman 2 as well, most fans are simply wondering what Mikkelsen will do with the villain role in the still-untitled Fantastic Beasts 3. And now, the Rogue One and Hannibal star has talked about it. Read More »
Whoa. In what has to be the biggest movie news story of the year, Warner Bros. has just announced that it will premiere its entire 2021 slate of films theatrically and simultaneously on HBO Max.
This game-changing decision means HBO Max subscribers will be able to see every film from the studio without paying an extra dime, and more importantly, without leaving the safety of their homes during an ongoing public health crisis. (At least for the first month of these releases). Read on for a full list of titles that will be included in this new deal, including The Suicide Squad, Dune, The Matrix 4, and tons more. Read More »
It’s the end of the world, and somehow, it’s Sabrina Spellman’s fault. Must be Tuesday. But this apocalypse is different than all the others, because it’s the final battle that Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) and the witches of Greendale will ever fight, as Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is set to wrap up its run on Netflix with its fourth and final season. And what a battle it will be: against the ancient, worlds-destroying “Eldritch Terrors.” Watch the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina trailer below.
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The Lord of the Rings is becoming the one show to hire them all. The latest casting news from the Amazon Studios series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy novels features a whopping 20 (!) actors who are joining the sprawling cast of the show.
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Can you even imagine going on a cruise again? I’m sure some people are perfectly fine with the idea – heck, some people would be willing to go right now, this very second, if they could. But here in the age of the coronavirus, cruises seem like floating Petri dishes; isolated barges with no escape. Which makes Steven Soderbergh‘s curious Let Them All Talk already feel weirdly dated. It’s set in a world where people gather freely, maskless, throwing their cares to the wind. They board a huge ship and take to the sea. It’s almost surreal at this point.
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Gal Gadot may already have Wonder Woman under her belt, but now she’s going to add another high-profile role to her resume: the “female” James Bond. Well, so to speak. Gadot is set to star in Heart of Stone, an original spy thriller that’s being billed as a “female spin on action franchises like Mission: Impossible and 007.”
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(Welcome to Scariest Scene Ever, a column dedicated to the most pulse-pounding moments in horror. In this edition: The Invisible Man delivers its biggest jolt by subverting its innovative use of negative space.)
As 2020 finally draws to a close, the time to review and reflect upon the year’s best cinematic offerings is upon us. This bizarre year might have thrown a complete wrench in everything, including the theatrical release slate, but it didn’t slow horror down in the slightest. The genre repeatedly proves that it can thrive in any setting, from the box office to the small screen. Among this year’s best in horror is Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man, a new take on a Universal classic that just so happens to be one of the last theatrical experiences pre-pandemic lockdown.
Whannell consistently delivers new thrills and chills in modern horror, using a savvy movie-goer’s knowledge against them. With The Invisible Man, Whannell wields negative space like a weapon, creating nail-biting tension throughout, thanks to audience expectations and innovative camera work. It culminates in one of the film’s biggest scares; Whannell subverts his careful crafting of negative space to pull the rug out from under the viewer with a shocking jolt.
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Carey Mulligan had her flirtation with playing something other than the repressed British housewife, but now she’s back to period dramas — this time playing a repressed British widow. Jokes aside, The Dig, which also stars Ralph Fiennes and Lily James, looks to be the most British drama Netflix has released in a while, and one that the streamer is also squeezing into the Oscar race. Watch The Dig trailer below.
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(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Series: Primal
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: When a caveman and a tyrannosaurs rex both experience terrible tragedies, they form an unlikely bond as they join forces to survive in a dangerous prehistoric world full of deadly creatures, mystical beings, and treacherous environments.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Genndy Tartakovsky is one of the greatest names in animation. As the creator of Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, and the original 2D animated Star Wars series The Clone Wars, he’s proven to have an incredible eye for stylish animation, clever humor, and mesmerizing action. But more importantly, he knows how to tell a poignant story in a short window of time. With his latest series Primal, he pulls out all the stops to deliver an animated series about a caveman and a dinosaur who become unlikely friends as they try to survive a harsh prehistoric world. But this isn’t just a buddy-buddy cartoon. It’s some of the best animated storytelling in recently memory. Read More »