tolkien featurette

So much is known about the rich world of Middle-earth that author J.R.R. Tolkien created, but little popular thought is given to his life before he wrote The Lord of the Rings. That will soon change with the upcoming Fox Searchlight biopic, Tolkien, which shows the early days of the legendary British author from his childhood through the publication of The Hobbit and his magnum opus, The Lord of the Rings. But what went into the choice of this time frame — of showing young, hot Tolkien other than an excuse to use that tagline? A new Tolkien featurette explains why the biopic covers the early years of a young J.R.R. Tolkien.

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apocalypse now final cut trailer

Francis Ford Coppola‘s Apocalypse Now: Final Cut is coming to theaters and 4K Blu-ray this August. Can’t wait that long? Maybe this trailer will hold you over until then. Coppola went back and reworked his acclaimed Vietnam War epic, putting together something that’s longer than the theatrical cut, but shorter than the Apocalypse Now Redux edition. Watch the Apocalypse Now Final Cut trailer below.

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apocalypse now final cut release date

Francis Ford Coppola‘s Apocalypse Now has been released (and unreleased) in various forms. But the filmmaker recently put together what he considers to be the final cut, and screened it at the Tribeca Film Festival. If you were unable to attend Tribeca, and still want to witness what Coppola has in store, you’re in luck: an Apocalypse Now: Final Cut release date has been set for both theaters and Blu-ray the summer.

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saving private ryan returning to theaters

One of Steven Spielberg‘s biggest achievements, Saving Private Ryan, will return to theaters to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. Spielberg’s 1998 World War II movie earned widespread acclaim, and won the filmmaker an Academy Award for Best Director. Fathom Events will bring the movie back to theaters for two days in June.

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ghost army movie

The military is about to get seriously spooky thanks to Ben Affleck! The former Batman is set to direct and star in Ghost Army, from a script by True Detective creator Nic Pizzolato. Despite that title, there are no specters floating around the film rattling chains. Instead, Ghost Army tells the true story of a secret World War II military force that used tricks and fakery to fool the Nazis. This premise sounds similar to Affleck’s Argo, which may be what attracted him to the project. More on the Ghost Army movie below.

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Catch-22 Trailer

George Clooney has dabbled with wartime satire as the producer and star of The Men Who Stare at Goats, but now he’s fully leaning into the unexpected comedy that comes from World War II with a series adaptation of Joseph Heller’s classic novel Catch-22.

Hulu is behind the Catch-22 series, which follows the adventures and misadventures of a US air squadron in Italy during the historical global war. Christopher Abbott stars in the series as a bombardier who isn’t too happy that thousands of people want to kill him even though they don’t even know him. But the larger problem is that the Air Force keeps increasing the number of missions men must fly in order to complete their service. And there doesn’t seem to be any way out. Watch the Catch-22 trailer below to see the kind of madness he has to deal with. Read More »

apocalypse now final cut

Francis Ford Coppola has tinkered with Apocalypse Now in the past, but now he’s ready to deliver what he considers the final cut. Coppola went back to his Vietnam War epic to craft a new, definitive version, which will debut at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. There’s no word yet on what will happen after the Tribeca screening, but it’s safe to assume the Apocalypse Now: Final Cut will find its way to Blu-ray eventually.

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1917 cast

Make way for British Men: The Movie. No, that’s not actually the name of this new movie, but it may as well be judging by the sheer amount of pale white skin and sharp cheekbones that its cast shares. The film is Sam Mendes‘ latest effort, a World War I drama titled 1917, which takes place on a single day at the height of the Great War. The 1917 cast has just added British heartthrobs young and old to its numbers, including Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Richard Madden.

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da 5 bloods cast

Spike Lee‘s Da 5 Bloods has just added two The Wire alums to its star-studded cast. Clarke Peters and Isiah Whitlock Jr. are joining the cast of the Netflix Vietnam War film, which already stars Black Panther‘s Chadwick Boseman. Joining them in the Da 5 Bloods cast are Norm LewisMélanie Thierry and Jasper Pääkkönen.

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