In case you hadn't heard, "Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter teamed up with "Training Day" and "The Equalizer" director Antoine Fuqua for the new boxing drama "Southpaw." Harvey Weinstein has been touting it since he showed footage of Gyllenhaal "training" at Cannes last May. Judging from the first preview, it may be box office heaven for The Weinstein Company.
At this time 12 months ago, Naomi Watts was coming off back to back indie misfires "Diana" (possibly one of the worst choices of her career) and "Adore." Sadly, the sheen of her second Oscar nomination for the global smash "The Impossible" only a year earlier was starting to fade.
As many expected, the big news out of last night's Academy Board of Governors meeting wasn't that the Best Picture nomination process would be changing, but that telecast producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan were out.
Yep, "Dope" features the acting debut of A$SAP Rocky. Yep, "Dope" features four new tracks from Pharrell Williams. Yep, after this one you'll never think of the Lobby Boy from "The Grand Budapest Hotel" the same way again. But, the first teaser for Rick Famuyiwa's Sundance hit wants to make sure you're down with how 90's style has made a comeback.
April is just around the corner and that means there are a bunch of highly anticipated movies on deck. "Fast 7," "Ex Machina" and, of course, "Avengers: Age of Ultron." One film that you should really pay attention to, however, is "The Age of Adaline."
There is a moment that really stuck with me from the interview HitFix's Louis Virtel conducted with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart for "Get Hard" which posted yesterday.
Roland Emmerich is entering the awards season fray once more. The filmmaker behind such blockbusters as "The Day After Tomorrow" and "Independence Day" attempted to make a smaller, more serious film with 2011's "Anonymous." That Shakespearean era tale was touted as a possible awards player before it debuted at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival to mostly negative reviews. Any hopes for prestige recognition were quickly dashed. Now, after segueing into more familiar territory with "White House Down," Emmerich is returning with a slightly more personal tale, "Stonewall."
The rumor was that "Mad Max: Fury Road" would kick off the 68th Festival du Cannes. Instead, George Miller's long awaited return to the post-apocalyptic world he originally created with 1979's "Mad Max" will take place on Thursday, May 14 and, most importantly, out of competition.
"Fury Road" stars Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult and finds Tom Hardy taking over the iconic role of Max Rockatansky that was originated by Mel Gibson over 35 years ago. It's also Miller's first live action film since 1998's "Babe: Pig in the City." The film has been described as effectively one long chase scene that finds Max Max having to team up with the Empress Furiosa Theron) who is fleeing a rabid gang in hot pursuit of her party.
Warner Bros. kicked off its campaign for "Fury Road" at Comic-Con last year and the Cannes debut will close it on la Croissette on the same day it effectively opens worldwide.
In an interview with HitFix's own Drew McWeeny earlier this month, Miller reflected on how long it took this fourth chapter in the series to come to him.
"Twelve years ago, the idea came to me," Miller recalls. "I was crossing the street, and it flashed in my mind, the central idea. I said, 'Oh, that’s a 'Mad Max' movie.' By the time I got to the other side of the street, I said, 'No, there’s no way.' Two years after that, I was on a flight from Los Angeles across the Pacific at night, and I woke up in the middle of the night, and as these things do, this is when it played out in my head."
"Mad Max: Fury Road" opens nationwide on May 15.
Look for complete coverage from the 2015 Cannes Film Festival on HitFix from May 13-24.
It's been a long and dramatic road for Vin Diesel and the cast and crew of "Fast 7." The death of Paul Walker, one of Diesel's good friends, delayed the film for almost a year and led to additional work on the picture.
In theory, the idea of Warner Bros. pairing up Bradley Cooper and Beyonce to star in a remake of "A Star is Born" is smart thinking. Cooper has become a megastar thanks to "American Sniper" and the studio clearly wants to keep him in the fold. Beyonce, on the other hand, is arguably the biggest pop star in the United States (maybe the planet) and she'd only cement her legacy by following in the steps of legends Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand who also appeared in adaptations of the original 1937 movie. There's a kicker, however. Warner Bros. is negotiating with Cooper to direct.