Adam Wingard‘s adaptation of the popular anime and manga Death Note has been wracked by controversy, but you got to give them props for trying. I think.
While the movie has not proven to be loyal to the ethnicity of the characters, the setting, and the cultural context, the new Death Note trailer at least proves that the Netflix movie is at least loyal to the dark, mid-2000s emo aesthetic of the original series. And hey, at least Willem Dafoe‘s Death God Ryuk looks better than the Japanese live-action’s attempt at CGI. So, yay?
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Posted on Saturday, January 21st, 2017 by Angie Han
When Jessica Williams first joined The Daily Show in 2012, she was a fresh-faced newcomer from seemingly out of nowhere. By the time she left last year, she’d established herself as one of the show’s biggest and brightest stars. Now Williams is taking her next big step forward, graduating to full-fledged leading lady status in The Incredible Jessica James with style and charm to spare. Read More »
Posted on Friday, June 10th, 2016 by Angie Han
Netflix’s Death Note is jotting down another name. Straight Outta Compton and Short Term 12 actor Keith Stanfield has reportedly closed a deal to star in the manga adaptation, alongside Margaret Qualley (The Nice Guys) and Nat Wolff (Paper Towns). Adam Wingard (The Guest) is directing. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 by Angie Han
Biopics are more traditionally associated with the year-end glut of prestige pics gunning for Oscar, but in 2016 the flood of biopics starts early. This month brings two sports biopics, Race and Eddie the Eagle, and this spring brings two music movies, I Saw the Light and Miles Ahead.
The last of those is a riff on the life of jazz legend Miles Davis, directed by and starring Don Cheadle. Miles Ahead has already hit the festival circuit, but it finally comes to theaters in April, and as of today we finally have the first trailer. Watch it after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 by Angie Han
As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Spider-Man is coming to the MCU. But the powers that be aren’t simply merging Sony’s existing Spider-Man franchise with the Marvel movies — no, this is going to be a whole new Spider-Man, which means the webslinging role is up for grabs again.
Marvel and Sony have yet to reveal whom they want to put on the Spidey mask, but while they mull it over we’ve got some ideas for them. After the jump, run down our new Spider-Man casting wishlist. Read More »
Posted on Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Angie Han
Casting for any sort of musical movie can be tricky, since great actors don’t necessarily make for great musicians and vice versa. But the filmmakers behind the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton seem to have lucked out with Keith Stanfield.
The 23-year-old actor and rapper, who broke our hearts with his big musical moment in Short Term 12, is set to play a young Snoop Dogg in the upcoming film. Hit the jump for all the latest updates on Straight Outta Compton.
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Posted on Friday, January 3rd, 2014 by Angie Han
Here’s one way 2014 won’t be much different from 2013: The flood of sequels, reboots, and remakes isn’t slowing down anytime soon. After the jump:
- Short Term 12 star Keith Stanfield will be part of The Purge 2
- That Starship Troopers remake will be closer to the source material
- Jon M. Chu talks G.I. Joe 3 and dropping Masters of the Universe
- What do the new Ninja Turtles action figures tell us about the movie?
- The guys are back together for a new Horrible Bosses 2 image
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Editor’s Note: Short Term 12 opened in New York and Los Angeles last weekend and expands this week. Below we’re republishing Germain’s review from South by Southwest 2013 and click here for an interview with the director.
Sometimes you watch a movie and, at the end, can’t think of anything in the film that could have been done better. The whole thing just feels perfect or magical, a shining example of what cinema is all about. Short Term 12 is one of those movies.
Written and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton based on his award-winning 2009 short film of the same name, Short Term 12 stars Brie Larson as Grace. She’s young woman who spends her days overseeing a huge group of foster kids in a group home, many of whom are mentally ill. They suffer from depression, have suicidal tendencies and OCDs. It is Grace’s job — and that of her boyfriend Mason (The Newsroom‘s John Gallagher Jr.) and a new guy (Rami Malek) — to try and keep the kids content while they go about their lives. This is easier said than done when Grace is probably more messed up than everyone else in the building.
Funny, moving, surprising and emotional, Short Term 12 is an awards contender from top to bottom. The performances are mindblowing, the writing sharp, and the direction beautiful. It’s a very special movie, and worthy winner of the 2013 South by Southwest Grand Jury and Audience Awards. Read More »