The all-too-short life of Whitney Houston is the subject of Whitney, a new documentary from Kevin Macdonald. Featuring never-before-seen archival footage and interviews with people closest to Houston, Macdonald’s film attempts to shed light not just on Houston’s career but also traumas from her childhood. Watch the Whitney trailer below.
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For a long time, Whitney Houston was simply “The Voice,” the uber-talented diva who could hit any note, who could pull off any run — and dominated the music charts for it. Then, she became the face of the tabloids, of washed up singers who struggled with a life of drugs, erratic behavior, and scandals. It was a bittersweet, beautifully transient career for the legendary singer that was cut short by her tragic death at the age of 48. Now, a documentary approved by the singer’s estate, will remind us of why we’ll always love Whitney Houston. See the Whitney trailer below.
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Next month, Netflix will be releasing a new documentary film titled Sky Ladder: The Art Of Cai Guo-Qiang. The film takes a look at a revolutionary new contemporary artist who creates art that is beautiful, explosive, and can only be experienced in a singular moment. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald’s (The Last King of Scotland, State of Play, Touching the Void) film chronicle’s Cai’s journey to create his most ambitious piece yet, a 1,650 foot ladder of fire that will connect Earth with the universe. Watch the Sky Ladder trailer now, embedded after the jump.
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Director Guillermo del Toro has spent a few years trying to get Killing on Carnival Row made. Written by Pacific Rim scribe Travis Beacham, the dark fantasy tale once had del Toro set to direct and Hugh Jackman attached to star. That iteration of the project fell apart, but over a year ago, the rights reverted to Beacham, and he and del Toro decided to develop the story into an Amazon series with the help of Legendary Pictures. Amazon has ordered the pilot for the show, now titled Carnival Row, in addition to a few other titles.
Below, learn more about the five Amazon pilots.
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If movies have taught us anything, it’s that money drives people mad. Movie after movie depicts people doing terrible things for money. Killing, kidnapping, and worse. Now take that tension between people desperate for money, shove it into a super-confined space, and push the container deep under the ocean. The result is Black Sea.
Directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), Black Sea stars Jude Law as a submarine captain who is let go from his job. Desperate to make a buck, he agrees to lead a rouge mission into the depths where one of Adolf Hitler’s World War II submarines is sitting at the bottom of the ocean, reportedly filled with gold.
Black Sea, which co-stars Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn and David Threlfall, opens January 23. Check out the Black Sea trailer below. Read More »
Even in death, the King is still making movies. Several stories based on Elvis Presley are in development around Hollywood but one just emerged from the pack. It’s called Last Train to Memphis, based on a book by Peter Guralnick, and follows Presley from his teenage years up through his blossoming into a rock and roll legend. Fox 2000 has been developing the project for years and finally, they’ve hired a director. It’s Kevin MacDonald, who also directed The Last King of Scotland, Touching the Void and State of Play. He’s joined by Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger, who’ll produce and John Fusco (Young Guns) who adapted the book. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 by Angie Han
Jay Baruchel has built a nice career playing lovable nerds, but for his newest role he’ll be transforming himself into a full-on rock star. The former Undeclared actor has signed on to star in The Rebel Kind, based on a memoir by John Armstrong. As frontman of The Modernettes, Armstrong — or “Buck Cherry,” as he was called then — was at the heart of the rising Vancouver punk scene in the ’80s.
Reg Harkema (Monkey Warfare) has written the script and is set to direct, with Patrick Carroll, Andria Spring, and Kevin Eastwood producing. The Rebel Kind will shoot next fall in Vancouver. Baruchel will next star in the hockey comedy Goon, which he wrote with Evan Goldberg. [Variety]
After the jump, Atonement actress Saoirse Ronan revisits World War II — this time as a New Yorker — and Skins star Kaya Scodelario steps in for Rooney Mara.
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Last summer, people from around the world filmed themselves going through their daily lives and put the videos on YouTube. Director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, State of Play) and producers Tony and Ridley Scott then went ahead and made a movie out of those videos, editing them together to show a snap shot of the world on one single day. In doing so they’ve created a film that needs to be seen to be believed.
Life In A Day had its world premiere live on YouTube and at the Sundance Film Festival becoming one of my favorite movies there. And though its difficult to put into words the incredible variety of people, emotions, experiences, visuals and more that are portrayed, this trailer does the trick. Check it out after the break. Read More »
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Produced by Ridley and Tony Scott, directed by Kevin Macdonald and shot by the world, Life in a Day is epic. Culled from 4,500 hours of videos submitted from 192 countries, all shot on July 24, 2010, the film provides a snapshot into how people of all cultures, ages and walks of life spend a nice, summer Saturday. Most of us have a daily routine and because of that, it’s easy to forget how much is going on in the world at any given second. There’s emotion, creation, destruction and while today might be mundane for you, it’s likely momentous for others. In 90 minutes, Life in a Day conveys all of this through breathtaking imagery or real people in real places doing real things. It simultaneously premiered at Sundance and on YouTube and will open in July 2011. Read More »