For a man whose directorial debut has earned almost uniformly stellar reviews, Alex Garland seems slightly pessimistic about what might come next. It's likely because of his experiences writing "Sunshine," "Never Let Me Go" and "Dredd." All three earned some heaping of critical praise, but either disappointed or had middling success at the box office. "Ex Machina," which has already had success on the other side of the Atlantic, may break that trend.
The Academy got some scheduling news out of the way today announcing the timetable for the 88th Academy Awards as well as broadcast dates for the 2017 and 2018 Oscars.
Vin Diesel is jumping back into the prestige movie world. And, yes, that's "back." Diesel has made his name in the "Fast and Furious" and Riddick franchises, but many forget he actually has a Steven Spielberg movie on his resume ("Saving Private Ryan"). He also starred in the cult drama "Boiler Room" and voiced the title character in the classic animated film "The Iron Giant." What many have already forgotten, however, is that Diesel earned the best reviews of his career in Sidney Lumet's 2006 courtroom drama "Find Me Guilty." Now, Diesel is getting serious again by teaming up with another cinematic master, Ang Lee.
One of the amazing things about the Sundance Film Festival is it attracts people from all walks of life from all over the globe. As one of the world’s preeminent film festivals that might seem obvious, but my experience during the world premiere of “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” may surprise even the most callous industry observers.
Will this upcoming awards season be the year of Tom Hiddleston? The popular Brit already has Guillermo Del Toro's "Crimson Peak" on tap for October and, now, he's officially in the mix for his performance as the iconic Hank Williams in Marc Abraham's "I Saw The Light."
Sometimes movies can do a good job of sneaking up on you when you least expect it. A prefect example is "Senna" director Asif Kapadia's new documentary about Amy Winehouse, "Amy." The project was first announced with a lot of fanfare a little under two years ago, but now the final product is ready for its debut.
There are now officially two competing movies about the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013. 20th Century Fox already has "Boston Strong" in development with Daniel Espinosa ("Safe House") directing. Now, CBS Films has announced "Patriot's Day" is in the works from screenwriter Matt Chapman ("Bridge of Spies") and producers Scott Stuber, Mark Wahlberg, Dylan Clark, Stephen Levinson and Michael Radutzky.
It's probably something of a compliment that a "Weinstein Company" movie has become its own genre. Back in the day this would be known, of course, as a "Miramax" movie, but Harvey Weinstein has managed to keep this trope alive even at his relatively new company.
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.