Week of   « Prev | Next »

1-20 of 52 items   « Prev | Next »


Movie Review: The Wolverine series gets a superb sendoff with the brutal, R-rated Logan

1 hour ago

Wolverine uses his claws in Logan. He uses them the way that fans have always dreamed he might, the way the movies and certainly the cartoons and even the comics have never entirely allowed. They’ve always been a little ornamental, Wolverine’s claws: three per hand, harder than steel, sharper than diamond, but usually sheathed before they can do real damage. When the gruffest, toughest, and most Canadian of the mutants does cut loose, as in the show-stopping mansion rampage of the second X-Men movie, it’s cleaner than it really would or should be: Blades go in, blood doesn’t come out. But there’s nothing clean about what Wolverine does with his claws this time around. His knuckle sandwiches leave stumps, stains, and a body count.

One year after Deadpool pushed the limits of extremity in an X-Men movie, Logan pushes them further. By the end of »

- A.A. Dowd

Permalink | Report a problem


Coming Distractions: Tilda Swinton creates a monster in the first teaser for Bong Joon-Ho’s Okja

1 hour ago

Tilda Swinton gave one of her most outlandish—and that’s saying something—performances to date in Bong Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer. Well, now she’s back in Okja, the latest film from the director, to unleash another distinctive character on the world. In the first trailer for the Netflix project, her character explains, “I took nature and science and I synthesized.” Cut to a girl, Mija (Seo-Hyun Ahn), who calls out to, and finds, a beast with kindly eyes and leathery skin. Ultimately, this looks a little like Bong does Spielberg, but surely it’s weirder than we could even possibly expect. After all, the official summary explains that Mija will face “the harsh realities of genetically modified food experimentation, globalization, eco-terrorism, and humanity’s obsession with image, brand and self-promotion.” Okja was co-written by Bong and So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed’s Jon Ronson and is due on »

- Esther Zuckerman

Permalink | Report a problem


Great Job, Internet!: Wow, we never noticed how good Manchester By The Sea’s visual effects were

1 hour ago

The Oscars had its fair share of fails this year—some logistic, some ideological—but none of it captured the ire of viewers more than the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. Sure, the nominees were impressive, and The Jungle Book was a fine winner. But the Academy snubbed the most visually impressive of any film released in 2016. Yep, you know we’re talking about: Manchester By The Sea.

Finally, in a new video by Funny Or Die, viewers can finally see just how writer-director Kenneth Lonergan (who, in a bit of cold comfort, still took home the Best Original Screenplay award) brought to life the film’s cold, damp New England. How, exactly, did he construct the scene where Casey Affleck’s Lee fixes a ceiling lamp? Or the scenes on a boat in the ocean? The video also shows how the Fast & Furious sequels informed the ...

»

- Randall Colburn

Permalink | Report a problem


Newswire: J.J. Abrams says Mark Hamill deserves an Oscar for The Last Jedi

2 hours ago

The talk around this year’s Oscars is winding down—wait, who are we kidding?—which of course means it’s time to move on to discussing next year’s potential nominees. Get Out is getting a lot of positive buzz, so maybe Jordan Peele will get a nod for best original screenplay come next January. Elsewhere, J.J. Abrams is offering up Mark Hamill’s The Last Jedi performance for your consideration (or rather, the Academy’s). The Force Awakens director and Last Jedi executive producer tells The New York Daily News that Hamill’s work on Episode VIII is Oscar caliber: “I think we are all going to be very upset if he does not win an Oscar, and no one more upset than Mark.”

Abrams was quoted at the Oscar Wilde Awards in Los Angeles, where Martin Short, Glen Hansard, Caitriona Balfe, Ruth Negga, and Zachary Quinto ...

»

- Danette Chavez

Permalink | Report a problem


For Our Consideration: The Muppets don’t need another movie or TV show—they need YouTube

11 hours ago

One of my favorite YouTube videos is a scratchy, 60-second sales pitch for grocery-store chow mein. The setup is strictly Mad Men—“Behold, a sad bride who can’t cook”—but the insensitivities of a bygone era are waved away with the introduction of the weeping young woman’s co-star: “Behold a dragon, who lurketh in the pantry.” (Cue the scaly interloper in a chef’s hat: “Lurk, lurk.”) His lurking completed, the dragon proceeds to holler a gospel of stove-top Chinese-American cuisine, blithely unaware of the cans, utensils, and pans he’s flinging across the kitchen. The whole thing is a feat of puppetry, foley work, and pyrotechnics, a hectic vignette that exits as loudly and quickly as it entered—like the cheerful serpent himself.

Astute observers should be able to trace the provenance of the ad and its featured player: The half-moon eyes, felted skin, and husky bark »

- Erik Adams

Permalink | Report a problem


Newswire: Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty apparently fought over reading the Best Picture winner

14 hours ago

With what appears to be the real culprit behind Sunday’s big Oscars mix-up revealed, it’s time to start filling in the gossipy behind-the-scenes details that will make for thrilling drama whenever this is made into its own movie. Naturally, the task of filling in gossipy details falls to TMZ, which has a story that adds some juicy wrinkles to the interaction between Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty as they attempted to present the Best Picture award.

Apparently, Dunaway and Beatty had a bit of an argument during the show’s rehearsal on Saturday, with both of them fighting for the honor of reading the winner of Best Picture. This little feud between them was so vicious that they wouldn’t even walk onstage together, choosing instead to come out separately during the rehearsal, but Beatty eventually gave in and agreed to let Dunaway read the winner.

According to »

- Sam Barsanti

Permalink | Report a problem


Newswire: State Department congratulates Asghar Farhadi, then immediately takes it back

14 hours ago

During Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony, Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi won Best Foreign Language Film for The Salesman, but he didn’t attend the event in person because of Donald Trump’s immigration ban. In his place, Iranian-American space traveler Anousheh Ansari read a statement Farhadi had written beforehand that called for empathy and denounced the desire to divide the world into “us and our enemies” just to create a “justification for aggression and war.”

Shortly after that, the U.S. State Department’s official Farsi-language Twitter account tweeted a message of congratulations to Farhadi and the people of Iran, but some time later the tweet was deleted. According to a statement given to Reuters, the State Department had decided that it wanted to “avoid any misperception that [the government] endorsed the comments made in the acceptance speech.” Supposedly, this decision came from within the department and not from a ...

»

- Sam Barsanti

Permalink | Report a problem


Newswire: The men of Moonlight are, um, moonlighting as Calvin Klein models

16 hours ago

Regardless of whatever the hell went down last night at the Oscars, the cast of Moonlight will always have one thing that La La Land can’t spoil for them: They look great in their underwear. And we’re not just saying that. No less of an authority on the subject than Calvin Klein agrees, recruiting the film’s main male cast—Mahershala Ali, Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes—to serve as models for its Spring 2017 men’s underwear campaign, as well as dressing them in Calvin Klein suits for last night’s ceremony.

The campaign was launched this morning to coincide with the Oscars and features the cast in varying levels of undress, from an age-appropriate T-shirt for the youngest Chiron, 12-year-old Alex Hibbert, to 27-year-old Trevante Rhodes relaxing in a pair of black Clavin Klein briefs. The full campaign, which also features magazine-style profiles of ...

»

- Katie Rife

Permalink | Report a problem


Newswire: Vera Farmiga to play Millie Bobby Brown’s mom in Godzilla: King Of The Monsters

16 hours ago

Everybody knows Stranger Things was great, but it apparently it was so great that star Millie Bobby Brown not only gets to be in the Godzilla sequel, but she also gets to have pretty cool parents in the Godzilla sequel. We previously reported that Kyle Chandler will be playing her father, and now Variety says that Vera Farmiga will be playing her mother. We don’t know much about their roles beyond that, but Farmiga has battled supernatural forces in the Conjuring movies, so she may have some relevant experience to bring to Godzilla: King Of The Monsters.

The sequel is being directed by KrampusMichael Dougherty, and the Variety story says that the only character from the first movie who is expected to return is Ken Watanabe’s Dr. Ishiro Serizawa. That plan could change, though, since the movie won’t come out until 2019.

»

- Sam Barsanti

Permalink | Report a problem


Newswire: Middle America did not watch the Oscars this year

16 hours ago

Thanks to a last-minute twist ending/very embarrassing mix-up, Sunday’s Academy Awards broadcast just might’ve been the most exciting awards show of all time. It’s the sort of thing that Hollywood is going to be talking about forever, and the people who watched it happen live are going to get significant movie snob cred when they regale their friends with the story of the La La Land producer who revealed the mix-up. Unfortunately, though, a significant chunk of the country didn’t actually watch the Oscars, either because they had already gone to sleep or because God’s Not Dead 2 didn’t receive enough nominations, and they missed out on the whole thing.

According to a Variety report, the Oscar ratings were the lowest in nine years, pulling in 32.9 million viewers. Last year’s broadcast got 34.3 million, 2015 got 37.3, and ...

»

- Sam Barsanti

Permalink | Report a problem


Newswire: Vincent D’Onofrio wants the Kingpin to fight Spider-Man next

18 hours ago

Vincent D’Onofrio has clearly had a lot of fun playing Wilson Fisk on Netflix’s Daredevil show, but ol’ Hornhead has other bad guys to fight and the Kingpin has never really been happy settling down with only one nemesis. So it makes sense that D’Onofrio would be keeping an eye out for other Marvel heroes he could be battling. As reported by Screen Rant, though, there’s one costumed hero he wants to face off against more than anyone else: Spider-Man.

Over the weekend, a Marvel fan page tweeted at D’Onofrio to ask if he’d want to “have a showdown” with current Spider-Man Tom Holland, prompting D’Onofrio to enthusiastically respond that he would indeed be into it.

@vincentdonofrio would like to have a showdown with @TomHolland1996? pic.twitter.com/rV8NHd5Apk

— Universo De Marvel (@UniversoDMarvel) February 26, 2017

Oh yes I would. Make it happen »

- Sam Barsanti

Permalink | Report a problem


Newswire: Last night’s Oscars mix-up may have been caused by a tweet

18 hours ago

Warren Beatty was quick to let everyone watching last night’s Oscars telecast know that the unprecedented oopsie of announcing the wrong Best Picture winner wasn’t his fault. But whose fault was it? All eyes have now turned to accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, which for 83 years has been in charge of keeping the names of Academy Award winners secret until the night of the big ceremony. That’s accomplished with two identical briefcases containing two identical sets of envelopes, one of which accidentally made its way into the wrong hands at the end of last night’s telecast. Today, the firm issued a statement about the snafu:

We sincerely apologize to Moonlight, La La Land, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for best picture. The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was ...

»

- Katie Rife

Permalink | Report a problem


Newswire: Trump says the Oscars screwed up because they couldn’t stop thinking about him

18 hours ago

In an “exclusive” interview with what will soon be the only media outlet left inside the White House Press And Frozen Steak Storage Room, Donald Trump tells Breitbart that the Oscars’ Best Picture mix-up was due to their being so distracted with political talk. While this is probably indirectly true—in the same, soul-enervating sense that makes everyone’s days feel like a meaningless slog spent idly awaiting Armageddon—Trump, of course, means it with far less nuance.

“I think they were focused so hard on politics that they didn’t get the act together at the end,” Trump said of the moment when PricewaterhouseCoopers partner Brian Cullin mistakenly handed presenter Warren Beatty the envelope for Best Actress instead of Best Picture, a mistake that some have attributed to this year’s slightly more illegible design, while some others have accused Cullin of being too distracted with tweeting backstage celebrity »

- Sean O'Neal

Permalink | Report a problem


Coming Distractions: The final Kong: Skull Island trailer is surprisingly stylish

19 hours ago

The people behind this trailer for Kong: Skull Island—supposedly the last one we’re going to get—must’ve been watching some Guardians Of The Galaxy teasers, because it seems significantly funnier and more stylish than the last few have been. Also, the trailer not only prominently features a classic rock song, but it does some remix tricks and times the action to coincide with the beat of the song the way Guardians trailers usually do. Unlike some of the similarly referential teasers for the Oscar-winning film Suicide Squad, though, this one feels less like it’s trying too hard and more like it’s trying to show people that this won’t be another cinematic sedative like the last King Kong movie. It’s impossible to judge a film on one good trailer, but this one definitely is surprisingly good.

Kong: Skull Island stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L »

- Sam Barsanti

Permalink | Report a problem


Great Job, Internet!: School yourself on the history of horror films with YouTube’s foremost expert

20 hours ago

Horror contains multitudes. In the film world alone, the genre can manifest as psychological, physiological, allegorical, or sometimes just plain gross. Finding a way into its myriad nooks and crannies, however, can be a daunting proposition. Film fans always benefit from cinematic mentors, after all, and Dr. Udru is here for anyone in need of guidance.

The YouTube channel’s numerous videos succinctly and eloquently break down the origins, influences, and ripple effects of several subgenres, including slashers and Korean revenge films. It also zeroes in on particular talents (Ed Wood, Peter Jackson), properties (Hannibal Lecter, Tales from the Crypt), and industry curiosities (one video explores whether Steven Spielberg actually directed Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist).

Dr. Udru’s video on body horror is one solid example of the channel’s efficiency. In little more than six minutes, the host outlines the genre’s cultural underpinnings using specific examples from its »

- Randall Colburn

Permalink | Report a problem


Great Job, Internet!: Watch Billy Crystal voice a primitive Buzz Lightyear in this unsettling Toy Story demo

20 hours ago

Pixar originally wanted Billy Crystal to voice Buzz Lightyear in its first feature, 1995’s Toy Story (Crystal turned it down and the part went to Tim Allen). The animation studio went so far as to put some When Harry Met Sally dialogue into a piece of custom-made animation, tailored to Crystal’s character freaking out about a wagon-wheel coffee table.

Maybe it’s just because the pompous Buzz is so firmly connected with Allen’s voice 17 years and three films later, but this clip feels very wrong. It’s not befitting of a space ranger to get so worked up about a coffee table.

[via Digg]

»

- Caitlin PenzeyMoog

Permalink | Report a problem


Great Job, Internet!: How Who Framed Roger Rabbit elevated the art of animation

21 hours ago

Much as 1993’s Jurassic Park remains the gold standard for blending CGI and animatronic effects to create a realistic-looking action thriller, 1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit remains a gold standard for blending live action and animation. And while the movie’s been praised up and down for the past 30 years, this new video from the YouTube channel KaptainKristian really digs into what makes it so special. The channel specializes in “visual love letters” to pop culture, and this particular love letter is a celebration of Who Framed Roger Rabbit’s minute visual detail.

KaptainKristian argues there are three elements that elevate Who Framed Roger Rabbit into a visual masterpiece: attention to eye lines, actual physical interaction between the live-action elements and the animated characters, and a detailed depiction of light and shadow. But all three elements boil down to the animators and filmmakers dedicating long hours and ...

»

- Caroline Siede

Permalink | Report a problem


Newswire: Storm chasers pay tribute to Bill Paxton

21 hours ago

In addition to that sweet moment at the Oscars last night, the late Bill Paxton got a moving tribute from storm chasers in the Midwest yesterday. Paxton, who died on Saturday, was already a kind of patron saint to those weather-tracking jockeys, thanks to his role in Jan de Bont’s Twister. Paxton played Bill “The Extreme” Harding, a storm chaser turned weather reporter who’s pulled back into the business by some remarkable storm systems. The role helped put the profession on the map, and now the real-life experts have banded together to pay homage to the late actor. Hundreds of professional and amateur storm chasers used tracking apps to spell out Paxton’s initials by entering their Gps coordinates.

Here they are in Kansas and Oklahoma:

The letters “Bp” coming together on storm chaser Gps coordinates for actor Bill Paxton. #Twister #RIPBillPaxton pic.twitter.com/GXLlWVSfFV

— SevereStudios (@severestudios »

- Danette Chavez

Permalink | Report a problem


Great Job, Internet!: These animated maps show exactly how Twitter users freaked out during the Oscars

22 hours ago

If you watched the Oscars unfold on Twitter, you saw the twin joys of Gary from Chicago and Moonlight’s win reverberate around the internet. We received an email (courtesy of someone at health2blog.com, of all places) that used geotagged data on Twitter to map those moments as they happened, and they provide a weirdly abstracted way to relive those shocks. Here’s the moment that Gary from Chicago and his fiancée met Denzel Washington, using Twitter searches related to that event:

And the view as the entire world lived vicariously through Gary and his fiancée:

The bigger moment was the great Best Picture fuck-up of 2017, in which La La Land was mistakenly announced as the winner, instead of Moonlight. In this U.S. map, La La Land tweets are red, and Moonlight tweets are blue:

And the entire world took in what happened:

»

- Laura M. Browning

Permalink | Report a problem


Newswire: Weekend Box Office: America gets into Get Out

22 hours ago

Moonlight may have had the joy over its Best Picture win muted by the confusion at last night’s Oscars, but there’s one black filmmaker who got to enjoy a definitive victory this weekend. Jordan Peele’s racially charged horror-comedy Get Out took the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office with $30.5 million, a good opening by any non-blockbuster metric but especially impressive considering its $10,976 per-theater average—that’s a lot of sold-out screenings, thanks in part to Chance The Rapper—and the fact that the film itself cost only $4.5 million to make.

This is another win for production company Blumhouse Productions, which has low-budget horror down to a science at this point, as well as for Peele, who gets to bask in the glow of 99 percent fresh Rotten Tomatoes rating along with the film’s financial success. The infamous Armond ...

»

- Katie Rife

Permalink | Report a problem


1-20 of 52 items   « Prev | Next »



IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.

See our NewsDesk partners