Archive for the ‘News’ Category

  • Prometheus 2: King David


    When all was done and said (and said, and said, and said) about Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel, my final conclusion was that the film was ultimately far more about Michael Fassbender’s David character, an inquisitive android who perhaps oversteps his bounds against his human creators, than Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw (an altruistic human who perhaps oversteps her bounds against her own cosmic creators). Either way, both characters have an open-ending upon the films final shot leaving them slightly battered, but free to cruise the stars and have further adventures in some capacity.

    It turns out, according to The Wrap (and the internet echo chamber) that there will be a follow up, likely focusing on David. Ridley Scott is eyeing the Prometheus sequel for the director’s job; which of course assumes his health at nearly 80 permits such a huge effort as another Alien film. Twentieth Century Fox has hired the writers of Transcendence (Wally Pfister’s directorial debut about a man/machine hybrid forcefully commandeering the planet’s collective technology) and Green Lantern (yea, that one that lost Warner Brothers a few shekels) to cobble a screenplay together.

    We generally don’t focus on news items at this site, we wait for a trailer or at least a proper production still. But I cannot help myself here, as a rather enthusiastic fan of the messy but beautiful 2012 film, I hope this gets made and that they hit their targeted 2016 release date.

  • Young Toronto Filmmakers On a Deadline – The 2014 T24 Project


    2014T24POSTERFounded by Henry Wong in 2009, the Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival is an excellent programme. A short film festival geared towards the young and talented filmmakers from our great city of Toronto. Part of the festival is the T24 Project, a 24 hour film challenge. For this year’s competition, the various teams were given a theme, rather than the usual prop, shot, or line of dialogue. This year, contestants were asked to redefine “the end”, and paint their picture of a post-apocalyptic world. A done to death theme left in the hands of Toronto’s cinephile youth should offer an original eye on the concept.

    Thirteen groups signed up, and only eight made the deadline. Those eight were the films shown at the final screening. Sadly, with only a few exceptions, it’s not talent, but timing, that made the cut.

    Certain pieces had very clear potential. Hinterland by Adrienne Knott is about the last man on Earth desperately searching for someone. Anyone. The prospect of eternal solitude is terrifying, and an incredibly risky theme given the limited time available for filming. Jacky Vuong’s The Drought places the apocalypse in a comedic realm, suggesting our end of days could come about simply by a global onset of diminished libidos. Stiffilis attempts to pull cyber obsession into the mix, with an infectious meme that brings about our eventual global collapse. » Read the rest of the entry..

  • Odd Thomas Comes to DVD March 25th


    Anchor Bay and Raven Banner have just announced the Canadian DVD release of Stephen Sommers’ Odd Thomas. The adaptation of Dean Koontz’s bestseller will be available on March 25, 2014.

    The film played at this year’s Toronto After Dark Film Festival to mixed reviews, but was widely loved by fans of Koontz’s series on the oddball detective. It’s a fast-paced film, that would keep anyone engaged. Though it relies far too heavily on shoddy CGI, the film is a gem if for no other reason than its cast. Anton Yelchin as Odd Thomas himself is absolutely wonderful, and elevates the film to the highest calibre. For him alone, this is one not to miss.

    In a California desert town, a young cook Odd Thomas (Star Trek’s Anton Yelchin) with a unique ability to see supernatural forces at work encounters a mysterious man with a link to a darkness that threatens to destroy the people around him. The mysterious man comes to town with a voracious appetite, a filing cabinet stuffed with information on the world’s worst killers and a pack of hyena-like shades following him wherever he goes. Who the man is and what he wants, not even Odd’s deceased informants can tell him. His most ominous clue is a page ripped from a day-by-day calendar for August 15.

    Today is August 14. In less than twenty-four hours, the town of Pico Mundo will awaken to a day of catastrophe. As evil coils under the searing desert sun, Odd travels through the shifting prisms of his world, struggling to avert a looming cataclysm with the aid of his soul mate and an unlikely community of allies. His account of two shattering days when past and present, fate and destiny converge is the stuff of our worst nightmares—and a testament by which to live: sanely if not safely, with courage, humor, and a full heart that even in the darkness must persevere.

    Odd Thomas will launch the newest program of Sinister Cinema this Thursday, February 13th in select cinemas across Canada.

  • Adam Curtis and John Zaritsky to Receive Honours at 21st Hot Docs Film Festival


    Hot Docs has chosen English documentary filmmaker and journalist Adam Curtis as the recipient of its 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award. In honour of the award, a retrospective will be screened during the 21st annual Festival, which runs from April 24 to May 4, 2014.

    “Adam Curtis blends journalism and cinematic storytelling to critique media and power in society with an unmatched style and complexity,” says Hot Docs director of programming Charlotte Cook. “It’s our pleasure to be able to showcase the work of a master of our craft and to celebrate his incredible contribution, not only to the art form, but to our culture as a whole.”

    Adam Curtis is a multiple BAFTA award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist. Known for his visual style, he favours exploring themes of power and its function in society, allowing viewers to arrive at new perspective on sociology, philosophy and political history.  He’s been closely associated with the BBC throughout his career, and currently writes a blog for the public service broadcaster. » Read the rest of the entry..

  • Here Comes The Devil to Open at The Royal Cinema This Valentine’s Day


    If you haven’t heard of Adrián García Bogliano yet, you certainly will soon. The subject of the January feature at Rue Morgue Magazine, and a critically triumphant run in the Toronto International Film Festival’s Vanguard programme in 2012, Here Comes The Devil is, to date, his most sophisticated piece. Finally, it is getting a theatrical release, however limited.

    As any parent can attest, the safety of their children is their number one priority. But what happens when that safety is threatened – not by a tangible thing, but a force far beyond a mother or father’s control? Writer/director Adrián García Bogliano has taken this concept to new heights with Here Comes the Devil, a darkly perverse tale of the family dynamic gone grossly awry, playing in theatres in Canada February 2014, from Video Services Corp. (VSC) » Read the rest of the entry..

  • Clive Barker’s JACQUELINE ESS: HER LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT Optioned by Raven Banner Entertainment


    Raven Banner Entertainment announced this morning that it has optioned Clive Barker’s short story Jacqueline Ess: Her Will and Testament from Barker’s anthology novel The Books of Blood Vol. 1.

    Raven Banner will produce with Barker’s Seraphim Films on board to Executive Produce. The deal was negotiated by Raven Banner partners Michael Paszt, James Fler and Andrew Hunt, with Noor Ahmed of Reder & Feig LLP negotiating on behalf of Seraphim.

    Jacqueline Ess tells the story of a beautiful woman with the ability to horrifically change people’s body shapes simply with her mind. Her ability gives her the power to grant men the ultimate sexual experience, albeit one that always proves fatal. It’s a story of sex, power, and the extremes that await us at the limits of desire.

    “All of us at Raven Banner have been huge fans of Clive’s for years,” says managing partner Andrew Hunt, “and I personally have always loved the story of Jacqueline Ess. It has all the qualities one wants in a modern horror film, so I’m excited to see it finally being brought to life on film.”

    “We love what Raven Banner is doing for horror,” says Seraphim’s VP Mark Miller. “We are excited to be collaborating with them.”

    The film is currently being scripted, and is slated to go into production Fall 2014.

  • The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Announces 2014 Special Award Winners


    The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has just announced four Academy Special Award winners for the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards — Ted Kotcheff, Colm Feore, Marge Anthony and CTV News’ iGateway.

    “We are deeply honoured to present these Canadian screen leaders with Academy Special Awards,” says Academy Chair Martin Katz. “As we look forward to our national Canadian Screen Awards telecast on March 9, the Academy continues to recognize and celebrate Canada’s most talented actors, directors and digital innovators, as well as the broadcast executive who made ‘first’ her personal trademark,” says Katz. » Read the rest of the entry..

  • Ben Affleck is the new Batman.


    See the confirmation by Entertainment Weekly right here.


  • George Clooney goes on epic rant tearing into hedge fudge founder.


    A few days ago, Daniel Loeb, the founder of hedge fund Third Point, a major investor in Sony, sent a letter to his investors stating how fed up his was with Sony and their recent box offices failures (e.g. White House Down, After Earth).

    In a recent interview with Deadline, George Clooney, had a few things to say about Mr. Loeb.

    Here is the rant in its entirety and, I assure you, it’s well worth the read, particularly for anyone interested in the behind-the-scenes studio nonsense that goes on:

    I’ve been reading a lot about Daniel Loeb, a hedge fund guy who describes himself as an activist but who knows nothing about our business, and he is looking to take scalps at Sony because two movies in a row underperformed? When does the clock stop and start for him at Sony? Why didn’t he include Skyfall, the 007 movie that grossed a billion dollars, or Zero Dark Thirty or Django Unchained? And what about the rest of a year that includes Elysium, Captain Phillips, American Hustle and The Monuments Men? You can’t cherry pick a small time period and point to two films that didn’t do great. It makes me crazy. Fortunately, this business is run by people who understand that the movie business ebbs and flows and the good news is they are ignoring his calls to spin off the entertainment assets. How any hedge fund guy can call for responsibility is beyond me, because if you look at those guys, there is no conscience at work. It is a business that is only about creating wealth, where when they fail, they get bailed out and where nobody gets fired. A guy from a hedge fund entity is the single least qualified person to be making these kinds of judgments, and he is dangerous to our industry.

    [Loeb] calls himself an activist investor, and I would call him a carpet bagger, and one who is trying to spread a climate of fear that pushes studios to want to make only tent poles. Films like Michael Clayton, Out of Sight, Good Night, And Good Luck, The Descendants and O, Brother Where Art Though?, none of these are movies studios are inclined to make. What he’s doing is scaring studios and pushing them to make decisions from a place of fear. Why is he buying stock like crazy if he’s so down on things? He’s trying to manipulate the market. I am no apologist for the studios, but these people know what they are doing. If you look at the industry track record, this business has made a lot of money. It creates a lot of jobs and is still one of the largest exporters in the world. To have this guy portraying it that Sony management is the bad stepchild and doesn’t know what it is doing and he’s going to fix it? That is like Walmart saying, let me fix your town, putting in their store, strangling all the small shops and getting everyone who worked in them to work for minimum wage with no health insurance.

    “It’s crazy he has weight in this conversation at all. If guys like this are given any weight because they’ve bought stock and suddenly feel they can tell us how to do our business — one he knows nothing about — this does great damage than trickles down. The board of directors starts saying, ‘Wait a minute. What guarantee do you have that this movie makes money?’ Well, there are no guarantees, but if you average out the films Will Smith and Channing Tatum have made, you will take that bet every time, even if sometimes it just doesn’t work out.

    Hedge fund guys do not create jobs, and we do. On the movie we just made, we put 300 people to work every day. I’m talking about nice, regular people, and when we shot in a town, we’d put another 300 people to work. This is an industry that thrives; there are thousands of workers who make films. You want to see what happens if outside forces start to scare the industry and studios just make tent poles out of fear? You will see a lot of crap coming out.

    What do you think about what Clooney had to say to Deadline? Do you think he makes valid points? Do you think Loeb is correct in his view of trying to please investors? Chime in with your thoughts!

  • Ellen DeGeneres Hosting Oscar Ceremony 2014


    Ellen DeGeneresSome people watch Oprah, some people watch The View (dear God, why? squak squak squak!) and some people watch Fox and Friends. Me? I subscribe to the Ellen channel on YouTube. Although her stint at the Oscars a few years back didn’t work all that well, I still think she’s great at being funny with her stand-up and guest interviews alike. She does all sorts of good humanitarian work and makes people laugh while doing it. Also, she’s great in Finding Nemo. It’s safe to say I’m a fan.

    And now we get this Tweet from her earlier today:

    So yeah, I guess this is official. I’m willing to give her a second try on this one and actually look forward to it. Would I have chosen someone different to host if I were in charge? Yeah probably. But I’m happy with this choice.

  • FYI: Delpy, Hawke and Linklater Doing an AMA on Reddit


    Hey everyone! Just a heads up that tomorrow morning (Thursday, June 13th) at 11:45 AM ET / 8:45 AM PT, be sure to head over to Reddit’s very popular subreddit, IAmA (“ask me anything”) for a go between the three stars of Before Midnight and the fans. Signin and ask them anything! Hopefully you’ll get a response.

    That is all. See you there!

  • Penny is the New Bond Girl


    Thanks to Mamo’s Matt Brown’s happy Tweet, I learned two things about Bond today that I wasn’t previously aware of. One, Sam Mendes is coming back for the next installment. This is news that has been out for some time apparently and I managed to miss it somehow. So, yay. Two, Queen Penélope will now be amongst the elite. She will join the club of a small but fortunate group of ladies known as “Bond girls.” Yes, Penélope Cruz has signed on to play 007′s (Daniel Craig) love interest in the follow-up to the most successful Bond film to date, Skyfall.

    From “a source”:

    “The producers have tried to get Penelope before, but she has never been available because of other commitments. The discussions have been going on for some time and they are working out the contract details now … She got back into shape fast after the first baby and will no doubt regain her figure quickly this time. She’ll be a great Bond girl. Bond girls are always brainy as well as sexy, and that’s totally Penelope.”

    Turning 40 next year, this makes Cruz the oldest Bond girl to ever play the role. And I for one, couldn’t be happier about the news. I wouldn’t have thought Skyfall could be topped; one of my favorite films from last year. But this is one very large step in that direction.

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