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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Timeline Revealed, Includes Replicant Prohibition & Hunger Crisis
Saturday’s “Blade Runner 2049” Comic-Con panel was, in appropriately futuristic fashion, introduced by Jared Leto in hologram form. The actor showed up to hype the sequel to Ridley Scott‘s classic, promising fans that Denis Villeneuve‘s new installment in the series wouldn’t disappoint.
Do we really need Hologram Jared Leto’s assurance, though? (No offense, Hjl, in case you’re reading this.) With a string of assured, well received movies under his belt, including “Arrival,” “Prisoners,” “Sicario,” and my personal favorite, “Enemy,” Villeneuve has yet to miss the mark.
Continue reading ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Timeline Revealed, Includes Replicant Prohibition & Hunger Crisis at The Playlist. »
- Eli Fine
9 Films New to Netflix to Watch in August 2017, Including ‘The Matrix’ Trilogy and ‘Jackie Brown’
Netflix may have cancelled the Wachowski’s cult hit “Sense 8,” but its adding two of their defining works to its streaming library next month. All three entries in “The Matrix” trilogy are heading to Netflix, as is the ambitious “Cloud Atlas,” which means you’ll be able to bring summer to an end by bingeing mind-melting science fiction.
Read More: Netflix Is Not the Problem: Why Bad Theatrical Presentations Are Destroying the Experience
Other titles joining the streaming service include underrated gems from Quentin Tarantino and Michael Haneke, plus two of the year’s most exciting documentary films. Check out a complete list of all the new movies joining Netflix in August 2017 below, including our 7 must-binge choices.
“The Matrix” Trilogy (August 1)
- Zack Sharf
‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Poster Teases Captain America’s Nomad & More
In case you couldn’t hear the hooting, hollering and cheers all the way from San Diego, Comic Con took place over the weekend and fans were happily deluged with geek, fanboy, super hero and genre content. DC Films delivered some goods that impressed fans — a new “Justice League” trailer, news of a “Flash: Flashpoint” movie and more — but it was Marvel that once again stole the show according to every piece of social buzz you can imagine.
- Edward Davis
Exclusive: Clip From ‘The Last Face’ Featuring Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem & Adèle Exarchopoulos
The stories of doctors working in dangerous regions of the world is rich with cinematic potential, that’s likely what drew Sean Penn to “The Last Face.” His latest directorial effort brings together a star-studded cast and dives right into a drama set in the midst of conflict.
Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Jared Harris, Jean Reno, and Denise Newman, star in the film about a romance that unfolds between two people who are committed to helping those face war and strife.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Sigourney Weaver Modeled Her Icy ‘Defenders’ Villain on Wealthy Trump Supporters
Outspoken activist and celebrated actress, Sigourney Weaver did not mince words when it comes to politics. Without naming names, she made it quite clear what she thinks of wealthy businessmen who pat themselves on the backs for supporting the arts while profiting off of the planet’s demise. Like all great actors, she channeled that anger into her her latest role as Alexandra in “Marvel’s The Defenders,” coming to Netflix in August.
Speaking to Inverse at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend, Weaver said:
“My role models for this were all men in business, men I’ve met who are great patrons of the arts, but all their money comes from burning fossil fuels or some awful other thing. They think they’re terrific, they love what they’re doing, »
- Jude Dry
Barry Jenkins Will Return to SXSW As 2018’s Film Keynote Speaker
“Moonlight” filmmaker and Oscar winner Barry Jenkins’ very well-deserved victory lap is about to come full circle. While next year’s SXSW Conference and Festivals is nearly nine months out, the director has been tapped to deliver the 2018 Film Keynote speech, returning him to the festival that helped launch his career.
Jenkins premiered his debut film, “Medicine for Melancholy,” at the festival back in 2008. It went on to screen at Laff and Tiff and helped launch Jenkins’ career.
“We are overjoyed to invite Barry Jenkins back to SXSW as a Film Keynote having presented the world premiere of his first feature, ‘Medicine for Melancholy,’ in 2008,” said Janet Pierson, Director of Film, in an official statement. “’Moonlight; is a magnificent piece of work, transcendent, and made on his own terms. We couldn’t be »
- Kate Erbland
How Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ Was Inspired by His Trippy Sci-Fi ‘The Fifth Element’
Luc Besson was born to make “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.” Based on the influential French comics series “Valérian and Laureline” (written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières), it’s sci-fi on steroids with a multitude of exotic aliens and baroque environments. Very French and very weird.
But before Besson could tackle his ambitious passion project about a pair of “spatio-temporal agents” (Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne) protecting the intergalactic city of Alpha, he first had to make “The Fifth Element.” That was 20 years ago, at the dawn of CG, and his experimental tune-up for “Valerian” became a cult classic.
Bruce Willis played a flying taxi driver in futuristic New York who goes on a wild adventure with the orange-haired, humanoid savior of the universe (Milla Jovovich). Besson even hired Mézières as an uncredited designer because it was easier than just ripping off his comic series. »
- Bill Desowitz
Christopher Nolan Talks The Problem With Tentpoles & Why He’s Not Ready To Direct TV
No one is advocating for the power of the cinematic experience with as much enthusiasm and conviction as Christopher Nolan. The director’s commitment to analog film formats and seeing movies as they were intended, on the big screen, is nothing new. However, the man behind “Dunkirk” — the first non-franchise movie to top the box office since March — also has a few things to say about the current tentpole climate.
Continue reading Christopher Nolan Talks The Problem With Tentpoles & Why He’s Not Ready To Direct TV at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Spike Jonze is Filming A Secret Project With Frank Ocean and Brad Pitt — Watch
The R&B singer performed covers of Carpenters’ “Close to You” and the Jackson 5’s “Never Can Say Goodbye.” Brad Pitt appeared just off stage and was filmed miming a telephone conversation. The live shoot is the second time Jonze has appeared filming Frank Ocean this month. He was at the Lovebox festival in London two weekends ago.
Jonze has not announced any official new project in the works, but clearly him and Frank Ocean are cooking up something. Jonze got his start making music videos for the likes of Beastie Boys, Weezer, and Sonic Youth, among many others, »
- Zack Sharf
‘Twin Peaks’: “This Is The Place” [Episode 11]
**If you’re afraid of spoilers, turn back now**
Can TV be riveting if very little is happening? It can in the capable hands of David Lynch, who gave us one of the best episodes of the “Twin Peaks” revival thus far, an hour that started with a surging rush of adrenaline and ended feeling as though we’d been given a welcome sedative, something calm and reassuring underscored with a somber tune from longtime Lynch composer Angelo Badalementi.
Continue reading ‘Twin Peaks’: “This Is The Place” [Episode 11] at The Playlist. »
- Anthony Casella
‘Dolores’ Trailer: Feminist Pioneer Dolores Huerta Finally Gets Her Due in Peter Bratt’s Wide-Ranging Documentary
After a successful run around the film festival circuit — including a premiere at Sundance and award-winning screenings at San Francisco, Montclair, and Seattle — Peter Bratt’s essential new documentary “Dolores” is gearing up for a fall release. The doc follows “iconic labor leader and feminist pioneer Dolores Huerta, who fought for racial and economic justice alongside Caesar Chavez but has never enjoyed the same recognition — until now.”
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The film puts a spotlight on Huerta, one of America’s most important — and often overlooked — activists who fought alongside Cesar Chavez as an equal partner in the country’s first farm workers unions. Huerta, now in her late eighties, is only continuing to fight, and the film presents a vital and energetic look at an equally as vital and energetic crusader.
Bratt and his team were granted unprecedented access to Huerta, »
- Kate Erbland
IndieWire Fall Film Festival Wish List: The 56 Movies We Want to See Most
“Dunkirk” aside, deep summer looks like a fallow season for major films — but appearances are deceiving. This is perhaps their most-essential moment on the movie calendar, as it’s when distributors huddle, haggle, and negotiate to determine which movies will head for the almighty awards-season launch festivals of Venice, Telluride, Toronto, and New York.
From the festivals’ perspectives, they’re vying for the starriest red-carpet gala world premieres. (The exception is Telluride, which doesn’t have to vie; it gets to cherry pick its impeccably curated four-day Labor Day Weekend selection in secret.) Ahead of next week’s rollout of announcements, we called around for intel on what we can expect to see.
Of course, some films either won’t be ready to screen until year’s end, or will skip festivals and go straight to audiences. »
- Anne Thompson and Dana Harris
‘Wonder Woman’ Star Gal Gadot Inspired A Little Girl To Tears at Comic-Con
Hearts melted over the weekend when a video circulated of Gal Gadot comforting a tiny “Wonder Woman” fan. The girl, named Ashley, was overcome with emotion when meeting her favorite superhero — one who looked just like her. Ashley arrived head to toe in “Wonder Woman” garb to meet Gadot, who was signing autographs with other members of the “Justice League” at San Diego Comic-Con.
Read More‘Spider-Man’ vs. ‘Wonder Woman’: In the Summer Box-Office Battle, the Lady Wins
When she began to cry, Gadot reached across the table and took her hand. “There’s no reason to cry, all right,” Gadot said. “Here we are together.”
“She was so happy to meet her that she was tearing up,” said Ashley’s mother, Christine Keller, on Twitter. She later wrote on her Facebook page: “These characters matter and can have a huge influence on young people. What a great role model and genuine, »
- Jude Dry
Spike Jonze & Frank Ocean Working On Project, Possibly Involves Brad Pitt
Frank Ocean is currently on tour, bringing his jams from Blonde and beyond with him. However, cinephiles might want to keep their ear to the ground, because a director with a rich history in music videos has been seen tagging along.
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Rock and Siri Made a Short Film That’ll Make You Wish Your iPhone Was This Badass — Watch
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has shared the screen with the likes of Kevin Hart, Zac Efron, Mark Wahlberg and Vin Diesel, but no one compares to his brand new co-star: Siri. That’s right, Apple’s artificial intelligence assistance is top-billed in “Dominate the Day,” a short film in which The Rock and everyone’s fun-to-mess-around-with iPhone voice team up to prove that Johnson can do just about anything in a single day.
Read More: Dwayne Johnson Isn’t Your Average Superstar: How The Rock Has Built a Career With Smart Choices
“I partnered with Apple to make the biggest, coolest, sexiest, craziest, dopest, most over the top, funnest (is that even a word?) movie ever made,” Johnson wrote on Instagram about the short film. “And I have the greatest co-star of all time, Siri. I make movies for the world to enjoy and we also made this one to »
- Zack Sharf
New Trailer For Restored, 70mm Epic ‘Lawrence Of Arabia’
With Christopher Nolan‘s “Dunkirk” reminding moviegoers the pleasures of a true, big-screen experience, we’d gladly welcome a full blown 70mm revival. Certainly, there is no shortage of classic movies that play best on the large format, but the cream of the crop is easily “Lawrence Of Arabia.”
David Lean‘s epic film has a new trailer touting its 70mm restoration, and the promo certainly makes you ache to see it on the biggest screen possible.
Continue reading New Trailer For Restored, 70mm Epic ‘Lawrence Of Arabia’ at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Why ‘The Leftovers,’ ‘Transparent,’ and ‘BoJack Horseman’ Missed Out on Major Emmys
Not every TV show can get the Emmy nominations they deserve. That’s been a fact of life since the awards ceremony began 68 years ago, and it’s only intensified in the new golden age of television.
“The Leftovers” earned one Emmy nod, for Ann Dowd as Guest Actress. “BoJack Horseman” landed one, as well, for Kristen Schaal’s voice acting. And “Transparent” did very well in total nominations — landing seven, including three acting nods — but missed out on Outstanding Comedy Series for the first time in its three seasons of eligibility.
All this came after massive Fyc campaigns, sterling reviews, and enthusiastic support from fans. Heading into the nominations, »
- Ben Travers
‘Game of Thrones’: Season 7, Episode 2 Is ‘Stormborn’ [Recap]
Sometimes it seems that it’s only called “Game of Thrones” since “Family Matters” was already taken. Family problems. We all got ‘em, they’re just a whole lot worse in Westeros. Marauding pirate uncles, undermining sisters, long-lost nephews—it’s all just a stew of madness and warring bloodlines. That’s never more evident than in Season 7, Episode 2, “Stormborn,” written by Bryan Cogman, directed by Mark Mylod.
Continue reading ‘Game of Thrones’: Season 7, Episode 2 Is ‘Stormborn’ [Recap] at The Playlist. »
- Katie Walsh
‘Game of Thrones’ Review: Family Means Nothing in ‘Stormborn,’ As History Begins to Die Too
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 7, Episode 2, “Stormborn.”]
Family has meant nearly everything in the world of “Game of Thrones.” The reputation of notable houses, the legacy of rulers and great men that line those history books have done as much to guide the actions of these characters as their own instincts. But after the events of “Stormborn,” that guiding principle of using the past to help shape the future looks to be as outdated as it’s ever been.
Take Aerys Targaryen, the Mad King whose very nickname casts a shadow on Westeros’ coming war, even after his successor’s successor’s successor has been wiped from the throne. In Dany’s new stronghold of Dragonstone (introduced at the top of this episode like Xanadu or some Transylvanian castle from a pre-code monster flick), Varys’ past allegiances are the first to be questioned. Dany’s short learning curve as a leader has meant a careful weeding out »
- Steve Greene
‘Ballers’ Premiere Review: Season 3’s ‘Seeds of Expansion’ Promises to Extend The Action Beyond Miami
Read More‘Ballers’ Season Finale Review: Here’s How Hard The Rock Balled in Season 2 [Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Ballers” Season 3, Episode 1, “Seeds of Expansion.”]
As always, the life of a baller is filled with ups and downs, especially on “Ballers.” Thus, in the season premiere, we see the beginning of key storylines for Vernon (Donovan Carter), Charles (Omar Miller) and Ricky (John David Washington): Vernon’s got a new apparel business in the works, Charles is taking on more responsibility as a member of the Dolphins’ front office… and whoops, looks like Ricky is going to be a father, courtesy of a not-so-stable past (and present) hook-up.
It’s an awful lot of set-up, which we’ll undoubtedly dig into more as the season progresses, but none of the questions surrounding those narratives are as important as this one…
Someone read our dream journal: Season 3 of “Ballers” literally begins with The Rock balling. Specifically, he’s playing a »
- Liz Shannon Miller
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