Apocalypse Now may be universally hailed as a cinematic masterpiece, but that hasn’t stopped director Francis Ford Coppola from tinkering with it multiple times since its 1979 release. It only took 40 years, but the Oscar-winning director is finally satisfied. The upcoming Apocalypse Now Final Cut is being touted as Coppola’s favorite version of the film, and viewers can finally experience it at its special 40th anniversary theatrical re-release in IMAX theaters this month. A new Apocalypse Now Final Cut trailer teases this IMAX release as well as the 4K Blu-ray release later this month. Watch the Apocalypse Now Final Cut trailer below.
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Showtime’s Halo TV series hit a snag at the end of last year when Rupert Wyatt departed the project as director. Today at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Showtime executive Gary Levine made some Halo announcements and took our questions, indicating that the Halo series is very much on track.
Find out when Halo goes into production, when we can see it, what has changed since Wyatt left, and who has been cast alongside Pablo Schreiber‘s Master Chief. Read More »
After two globe-trotting movies with a certain suave spy, Skyfall director Sam Mendes is making his return to the period piece with 1917. A war drama that follows two soldiers in a single day at the height of World War I, 1917 has a stacked cast full of every British actor in existence, including Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Madden, and Hot Priest himself, Andrew Scott. Watch the 1917 trailer below.
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When a character in Inglorious Basterds looks down at the camera and says, “I think this just might be my masterpiece,” it’s clear that writer-director Quentin Tarantino is carving a self-congratulatory blurb for his own World War II film. Maybe he’s earned the right to gloat. As a viewer, when I think of Tarantino, I think of chapterized revenge. The revenge in Inglorious Basterds is of a historically revisionist nature. It unfolds in five chapters, which collectively serve as a five-point-palm exploder on the moviegoer’s chest. As Once Upon a Time in Hollywood hits theaters this Friday, we can hazard a guess that it might take a similar revisionist approach to its treatment of the Manson murders.
Tarantino was the quintessential filmmaker of the 1990s and he’s never made a movie that was as culturally significant as Pulp Fiction. That kind of era-defining success only comes once in a career. There are cinephiles who prefer Jackie Brown—a like-minded exercise in restraint that consciously appeals to an older audience. These two entries are linked in Tarantino’s directorial filmography in that they’re the only instances where he’s shared a writing credit with someone else. Roger Avary helped conceive the story for Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown is based on an Elmore Leonard novel.
As great as those movies are, it’s the exuberance and unpredictability of his more original screenplays that made me a fan of Tarantino’s work. In Inglourious Basterds, these elements come into play in a film that is perhaps the truest expression of Tarantino’s style, which is simultaneously cartoonish and craftsmanlike. Tempering some (but not all) of his excesses, he distilled his ideas for a TV miniseries down into a punchy script with sections that play like short stories. Don’t let the title fool you: the results were glorious.
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Disney’s remake of Aladdin just recently crossed the $900 million mark at the worldwide box office, making it only the sixth live-action Disney film to cross that major milestone. So there’s no better time to keep the hype train going than by teasing the next remake of one of their beloved animated classics.
Mulan is based on the 1998 feature animated action adventure inspired by one of China’s most popular folktales. The film follows a young woman who masquerades as a man to take her father’s place in the Imperial Army, and now that story is getting the live-action reboot treatment. However, don’t expect the musical part of the original movie to make a comeback this time.
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Edward Zwick‘s Civil War drama Glory is turning 30 this year, and the film will march back into theaters to mark the occasion. Fathom Events, Sony Pictures, and Turner Classic Movies, have partnered to show Glory on 600 movie screens around the U.S. on two select days. The screenings will feature pre- and post-film commentary that delves deeper into the production.
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At some point, Independence Day director Roland Emmerich must have watched Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor and thought, “I can do that.” And so he did! The result is Midway, which might as well be called Roland Emmerich’s Pearl Harbor Remake. The visual aesthetic of the film, right down to the digitally enhanced destruction and oversaturated lighting, looks nearly identical to Bay’s WWII flick. But hey, at least he did away with that love story stuff. Girls – yuck! Watch the Midway trailer below.
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Hollywood has been trying to make a movie based on the popular Gears of War video game franchise since 2007, shortly after the first game became a huge hit for the Xbox 360. The most recent attempt is in the hands of Universal, who is collaborating with Microsoft on the project. Last we heard anything about the project was the hiring of F. Scott Frazier, who wrote xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, to script the movie. But now some new details on what fans can expect from the Gears of War movie have surfaced thanks to The Coalition video game studio head Rod Fergusson. Read More »
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When the United States decided to declare war on Iraq, it was because there was apparently evidence that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction that he could use to wreak havoc on the world. But as we’ve learned since then, it seems that intelligence might have been manipulated to force a war that didn’t need to happen. And the American people weren’t the only ones who were tricked by their government.
Official Secrets is a new drama that tells the story of whistleblower Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley) a civilian translator at the Government Communications Headquarters intelligence office in the United Kingdom, who learns that members of the UN Security Council were being spied on in order to force through the resolution for the US and the UK to tackle Iraq head-on. Risking her own life and freedom, she sets out to do what is right in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, all in service of the greater good and the people of Britain. Watch the Official Secrets trailer below to see how that goes. Read More »
Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, and Luca Marinelli will be taking orders from Charlize Theron in the upcoming Netflix action film The Old Guard. The co-production between Netflix and Skydance media is a sci-fi action film starring Theron as a leader of a small, covert group of immortal mercenaries who discover the existence of a new immortal. Read more about The Old Guard cast below.
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