When talent appears in introductions for movie trailers it should always give you pause. If you've got the goods you don't really need to try and make a movie preview more "special" than it already is. That being said, the inclusion of Dr. Dre and Ice Cube driving through the streets of Compton discussing "where it all started" before the new trailer for "Straight Outta Compton" works.
The 2015 EE BAFTA Awards were handed out in London Sunday night and while the broadcast aired hours later in the United States, it didn't stop us from chronicling the twists and turns of a show often seen as a bellwether for the Academy Awards.
Creating something original isn't easy. The Wachowskis have spent time adapting "Speed Racer" and the novel "Cloud Atlas" into movies, but they are still defined by an original creation, "The Matrix" trilogy. Their latest endeavor, "Jupiter Ascending," is an attempt to fashion another new cinematic world. So far, the critics have not been kind.
Let's jump back in time to a little over 16 years ago. It's the summer of 1998 and if you hit a gay bar or club in the continental United States, you could not miss Stars on 54's dance remake of Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind." It was simply everywhere. The track was the promotional single for "54," a movie that promised a sexy look at the infamous New York City nightclub Studio 54 but couldn't ultimately live up to the marketing hype surrounding its release.
The news that Amy Pascal will step down as chairwoman of Sony Pictures is not shocking. In fact, it was expected.* This is how Hollywood works. You spend years running a studio or acting as president of production and then something goes wrong and you segue to a “producing” deal. That’s the way it’s been for almost 30 years and that’s the way it will be for the foreseeable future. Surviving any controversy, even one outside of your own control, is simply impossible.
Surprisingly or not so surprisingly, there are a number of intriguing films screening at the Berlin Film Festival this year. Terrence Malick's "Knight of Cups" with Christian Bale, Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett will drop there along with Wim Wenders' "Everything Will Be Fine" (James Franco), Werner Herzog's "Queen of the Desert" (Nicole Kidman and James Franco again), Anton Corbijn's "Life" (Dane DeHaan, Robert Pattinson), Simon Curtis' "Woman in Gold" (Ryan Reynolds, Helen Mirren), Andrew Haigh's "45 Years," Isabel Coixet's "Nobody Wants The Night" and even, yes, Kenneth Branagh's "Cinderella" are on most cinephiles' radars.
What's in a name? Put Jean-Luc Godard on a 3D art film and you have "Goodbye to Language," one of the most overrated films I've ever seen come out of a festival (seriously, don't get me started on that one). Throw Ryan Gosling on "Lost River" and you have critics calling it a disaster before the first frame. What would have happened if the credits of these two 2014 Cannes Film Festival selections had been flipped? Or, what if each movie had been made by unknown filmmakers? Let's be frank, shall we? The reaction would have been much, much different.
Terrence Malick is planning on releasing a 40-minute version of his upcoming film "Voyage of Time" for IMAX and our guess is the lines are already around the block in Colorado.
If it's the beginning of February we're not just talking about who is going to win the Oscars in a few weeks, but who is going to be nominated next year. That's right, another edition of the Sundance Film Festival has come to an end and with it a slew of potential awards season players.
It's been a long and winding road for Eddie Redmayne since "The Theory of Everything" debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. He's won a Golden Globe, a SAG Award and could be your next Oscar winner in the Lead Actor category. Somehow, he also managed to find time to get married and begin filming "The Danish Girl" while still trekking back and forth between New York and Los Angeles for numerous awards season events including today's prestigious Oscar luncheon.