"Diana," German director Oliver Hirschbiegel's biopic of the late Princess of Wales, is eagerly awaited in many quarters -- it's hard to underestimate the devotion the so-called People's Princess still inspires in millions across the globe, nearly 16 years after her death, and this is the first major feature film to take her as its principal subject. Two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts is filling the princess's chic shoes, and the wordless teaser trailer below promises a reasonable physical approximation.
I hate that this project doesn't have a title yet so I can give it a proper headline, but anyway, Legendary Pictures announced start of production today on Michael Mann's untitled latest feature. The director hasn't gone back to the feature film well since 2009's "Public Enemies," which was widely dismissed, but I was a fan. There was a detour into television (and some nasty brawls with David Milch, as I hear it) with HBO's short-lived "Luck," but he's getting back on the horse with a Morgan Davis Foehl-scripted cyber-theft thriller starring Chris Hemsworth and Viola Davis.
Oh yeah, "This is the End" hits theaters today. Well, sneak previews in advance of tomorrow's official release. YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY GO SEE IT. Seriously, I laughed so hard in this movie that my face hurt. But lest you think it's brainless humor, the film is actually very smart about how it pitches its theme, while at the same time sending up Hollywood image and culture. There have been few times this year that I've had this good a time watching a movie. Here's Drew McWeeny's review. So with that endorsement, I'll be waiting here to hear back from you on what you thought. If you're way ahead of me, rifle off your take in the comments section and vote in our poll. The rest of you: GO!
When "After Earth" crashed and burned at the US box office last week -- the latest in a long line of commercial misfires for director M Night Shyamalan, though a comparatively rare one for star Will Smith -- many column inches were spent dissecting, explaining and, in some cases, frankly revelling in its failure. After it dropped a calamitous 61% in its second weekend Stateside, tumbling to seventh place and inching to a total gross of just $46 million, casual box office surveyors eagerly prepared to read the film's last rites.
When AMPAS last year set the unprecedentedly early date of January 10 for the unveiling of their nominations, several other precursors -- those that feel duty-bound to precede the Oscars, come what may -- duly felt the crunch. None more so than the BAFTAs, which have been fashioning themselves as the Oscars' principal shadow event since 2000, and thus found themselves announcing their nominations a mere day before the Academy. It was a slightly chaotic bit of scheduling, and not one we're in a hurry to repeat.
At the stroke of 8pm PT last night, reviews for Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" hit the internet like a speeding bullet. The verdict? Mostly positive, in some corners, breathlessly so. HitFix's Drew McWeeny gave the film a glowing A+ review, calling it the Superman movie he's waited his whole life to see, "a winner top to bottom." Some will find the spectacle overwhelming, others will warm to its exciting vision, but few can argue that it's not a unique entry in the franchise to date.
All eyes are on the Father's Day weekend, when this first contact story of an alien with two dads crashes onto screens nationwide, bringing with it the hopes for a new DC universe on screen. It enters a long legacy of screen incarnations that stretches back to 1951's "Superman and the Mole Men" and features a bold new take on a legendary icon and myth. So how does it stack up in that legacy, and what can be expected as it soars into theaters? In another "3 on 3" installment, a trio of HitFix's staffers ponders that and more.
Spike Lee razzes Bloomberg and the Weinsteins recall their film roots at the eighth annual 'Made in NY' Awards
NEW YORK - The eighth annual "Made in NY" Awards were presented tonight at Gracie Mansion under a torrential Gotham downpour braved by the city's elite. The awards are given each year to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to various fields in New York's entertainment and digital industries, and this year's recipients covered the gamut from filmmaking to journalism to technology and all points in between.
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) couldn't make up its collective mind in a number of key races at tonight's BTJA Critics' Choice Television Awards. Three categories ended in ties, two of them major categories of Best Drama Series (which went to "Breaking Bad" and "Game of Thrones") and Best Reality Series (which went to "Push Girls" and -- dear lord -- "Duck Dynasty").
Don't get too excited. Unlike "Star Trek," the Superman franchise hasn't yielded all that much fodder for a discussion of Academy Awards along the way. But there are a couple of things worth mentioning, as well as, of course, speculation to be tossed around regarding the Oscar chances of the latest installment. So let's take a look.
The Weinstein Company's "Grace of Monaco" is something of a question mark on the year-end prestige slate. Some pundits believe that Olivier Dahan's dramatization of Grace Kelly's ascent to European princess status has the makings of an awards contender: the Academy often looks kindly on biopics of Hollywood royalty and actual royalty alike, after all, so why wouldn't they go nuts for a film that combines the two?