When word came out that The Maze Runner director Wes Ball would be directing a new Planet of the Apes movie for 20th Century Studios, there was some initial confusion about whether or not it would be another reboot or be a continuation of the story that played out over the most recent Apes trilogy. Ball quickly put that to rest, saying “Caesar’s legacy will continue,” and now he’s spoken a bit more about what he hopes to achieve with the upcoming sequel.
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Run Sweetheart Run, an indie horror thriller which had its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, has been acquired by Amazon Studios and will be heading to Amazon Prime Video, according to a new report. The movie, from writer/director Shana Feste (Endless Love, The Greatest), stars Ella Balinska (Charlie’s Angels) as an L.A. woman who goes on a first date with a handsome guy played by Pilou Asbæk (Game of Thrones), only for the date to spiral out of control and her to discover that the man is not what he seems. Read More »
“The Gang Breaks a Television Record” should be the subtitle for the upcoming season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which has officially been picked up for its 15th season. This historic renewal makes the show the longest-running live-action comedy series in American television history; it will finally overtake The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, which has held that record since it went off the air in 1966.
And in case there was any doubt, the Sunny gang is going to address the coronavirus pandemic in the new season. Read the statement from creator Rob McElhenney below. Read More »
Josh and Benny Safdie, the writer/directors behind anxiety-inducing indie thrillers like Good Time and Uncut Gems, are heading to premium cable. The duo and their Elara Pictures production shingle have set up a two year first look deal with HBO, and A24 – the company that produced and distributed their two biggest movies – is also involved. Read more about the new Safdie Brothers HBO deal below. Read More »
We haven’t seen the last of Lisbeth Salander.
The skilled computer hacker, best known as the title character in Steig Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo novels and the subsequent movie adaptations, is going to be the subject of a standalone TV series at Amazon. Read More »
According to WarnerMedia chairman and HBO Max head Bob Greenblatt, the infamous Snyder Cut of Justice League “does not exist.” Yet. But as was revealed last week, HBO Max is going to be providing funding so Snyder can make a finalized version, and one report claimed the new streamer would be spending $30 million to make that happen.
But in a new interview, Greenblatt suggests it will cost much more than that to complete, and calls the new version “a radical rethinking of that movie” and says it will be “wildly expensive.” Read his full quotes 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 Movie: Romancing the Stone
Where You Can Stream It: Hulu
The Pitch: When a romance novelist’s sister is kidnapped, the novelist finds herself flung into a dangerous, whirlwind adventure that’s fit for one of her books – including meeting a brash, handsome stranger who helps her on her quest. But can he be trusted?
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Since 2020’s summer movie season has been significantly altered (to say the least), now seems like a great time to take a trip back to 1984 and watch one of the very best summer blockbusters of that decade in American cinema. Robert Zemeckis directed Romancing the Stone, a combination of action, adventure, and romance which hits just about every beat you could want from those genres. Two of the hottest actors from the era star in a pulpy, globe-spanning thrill ride, with their characters dashing through exotic locales with life or death stakes driving the whole thing. It rules. Read More »
Nearly one hundred years after they first hit theaters, the classic Universal Monster films remain timeless allegories about the complicated, conflicted nature of mankind. Now Vice Press and Bottleneck Gallery are aiming to pay homage to films like Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, and more with a new poster and print collection dedicated to the Universal Monsters, and it kicks off this week with Anthony Petrie‘s twisted take on Frankenstein. Check out the full piece below and find out how to get your hands on one.
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Cool Posts From Around the Web:
I know time has essentially ceased to matter in the quarantine era, but for those of you who still appreciate marking things like anniversaries, Bong Joon-ho‘s Oscar-winning masterpiece Parasite is coming up on the one year anniversary of its premiere at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Neon, the up-and-coming distributor which helped guide the movie to its historic award season run, has released a video celebrating “a year of cinema” and tracking the movie’s incredible journey from Palm d’Or winner to the Oscar afterparty. Read More »
One of the best things about Star Wars is how it distilled dozens of unrelated inspirations into a sci-fi world that felt simultaneously familiar and unlike anything people had ever seen. Tasked with wrapping up the entire Skywalker Saga, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker didn’t have quite the same freedom to innovate as George Lucas’s scrappy original 1977 film, but distilling reference material into new things is still an essential part of the franchise’s fabric.
Case in point: some new concept art has revealed that Leia’s lightsaber from The Rise of Skywalker was inspired by an art deco lamp. Check out the artwork below. Read More »