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.
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.
Salma Hayek can breathe easy now. Her passion project "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet" is finally coming to the big screen.
We have someone (actually two people, the Coen bros.) to preside over the famed Cannes Film Festival jury and now we have a poster. Next? The movies themselves.
The Festival du Cannes revealed the poster for the 68th edition of the famed international film festival today and this year's edition puts the spotlight on Ingrid Berman. The acclaimed Swedish actress presided over the Cannes Jury in 1973.
Hervé Chigioni and Gilles Frappier designed this year's poster which always sets the stage for the upcoming festival.
Besides the poster, the festival also released an animated video inspired by the new image featuring the music that plays before every Cannes screening, "The Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saëns. This version was arranged by two Swedish musicians, Patrik Andersson and Andreas Söderström. You can watch the new video below the embedded poster image in this post.
The 68th Festival du Cannes runs from May 13 to May 24 and HitFix will provide you the latest news and reviews from la Croisette.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation announced a number of winners (but not all) for the 2015 GLAAD Media Awards at a ceremony in Beverly Hills, CA Saturday night.
Jim Carrey and Keanu Reeves have both dipped their toes into the indie world throughout their careers, but it's been quite awhile since they were involved with a project that has as much advance buzz as "The Bad Batch" does.