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James Cameron Is Finally Ready to Revisit the ‘Terminator’ Franchise
According to Deadline, Cameron is crafting a new “Terminator” project and is in early talks to have “Deadpool” helmer Tim Miller direct a reboot and “conclusion of one of cinema’s great science fiction tales.” David Ellison, whose company co-financed “Terminator Genisys” and is the current rights holder, will also be involved by bankrolling the effort.
It is unknown if Cameron will reboot the whole franchise or pick up where he left off. Though, he will team up with “top-flight science fiction authors to find the movie creatively.”
- Liz Calvario
‘Split’ Psyches Out ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage,’ Heads to $34 Million Debut
Universal’s “Split” took in $14.6 million at the Friday box office, twice as much as “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” did. Heading into the weekend, experts had thought “Split” and Vin Diesel’s “xXx” would battle it out, with both having been anticipated to earn in the high-teens to low-$20 million range. But the M. Night Shyamalan film is over performing — now, the film is looking at a weekend gross of $34 million. “Split” stars James McAvoy and was produced by Blumhouse for a reported budget of under $10 million. The film premiered at Fantastic Fest on Sept. 26 of last year. “Split” is being critically. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Sundance Cyberattack Forces Box Office to Close
The Sundance Film Festival has been hacked.
“Sundance Film Festival has been subject to a cyberattack, causing network outages that have shut down our box office,” said a spokesperson for the festival. “No further information about the attack is available at this time, but our team is working hard to get our system back up and running as soon as possible. All screenings will still take place as planned.”
According to the festival’s Twitter account, a cyberattack forced the closure of its box office on Saturday.
All movie screenings will go on as planned, according to festival organizers.
“Our artist’s voices will be heard and the show will go on,” the festival added.
The cyberattack occurred shortly after Chelsea Handler led a Women’s March in Park City to protest the election of Donald Trump, at around noon Mt. Roughly 40 minutes later, online ticketing for future shows had been restored. »
- Variety Staff
Sundance Scene: Kristen Stewart, Judd Apatow, Elizabeth Olsen (Updating Photos)
The march is the big story of Sundance on opening weekend. Mirroring the massive turnout around the country, the turnout has swamped Park City in a united sea of activism. For more on the march, click here: Also Read: Fiery Hollywood Women Rally in Sundance: 'We Will Not Go Backwards' Judd Apatow, Leslie Mann, Maude Apatow The Sundance schmooze started early. On a special #DeltaFestivalShuttle from Lax, the Apatows were amongst a group of industry traveling together in “a members only club of creatives in the sky,” as Delta slugged the Thursday morning flight. Oh, hello. This is not a »
- Mikey Glazer
Veronica Mars Boss Rob Thomas Shares 'Six-Episode' Revival Update
Over the summer, leading lady Kristen Bell confirmed our initial scoop that she and series creator Rob Thomas are eyeing a limited-series format vs. a fan-funded feature film this time around, telling me at Comic-Con, “We are definitely striving to do it again… And this time around we’re not going to ask the audience to pony up for anything.”
At the Television Critics Association winter press tour last week, Thomas — who was promoting iZombie Season 3 — revealed that the »
Alan Surgal, Writer of 'Mickey One,' Dies at 100
Throughout his career, Surgal drew inspiration from the likes of television and film icons like Danny Thomas and Bob Hope and incorporated that into his hit drama, which eventually went on to achieve cult classic status in Hollywood.
Surgal was born in Chicago in 1916 where he also attended the University of Chicago. The writer served in World War II where he worked for both the Armed Forces Network and BBC as a »
- Farnoush Amiri
France's Lumiere Awards Nominations Unveiled
Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, Albert Serra’s The Death of Louis XIV, Alain Guiraudie’s Staying Vertical and Stephane Brize’s surprise Louis Delluc Prize-winner A Woman’s Life lead this year’s Lumiere nominations with four nominations each in the main categories.
All are in the running for best film and best director, with additional mentions in the acting categories.
Stephanie di Giusto’s The Dancer also scored four nominations in various acting and cinematography categories as well as a best first film nom, while Bertrand Bonello’s terrorism drama Nocturama and Lea Fehner’s acting troupe comedy Les Ogres scored three each.
Divines, which was »
- Rhonda Richford
Sundance: Netflix Takes 'Chasing Coral' Doc About the World's Coral Reefs
The film, a followup to Orlowski’s 2012 doc Chasing Ice, which looked at the melting ice caps, was produced by Orlowski and Larissa Rhodes. Chasing Coral, an Exposure Labs production, is having its world premiere at the festival Saturday.
Chasing Coral follows a team, racing against the clock, to document the »
- Gregg Kilday
‘Motherland’: Film Review | Sundance 2017
An immersive, firsthand introduction to the hospital reputed to have the world’s highest birth rate, Motherland not only provides an expressively etched account of specialized medical care, but also a telling perspective on dominant social trends and healthcare policy issues in the Philippines.
Through conversations and interactions among medical staff, patients and family members at Manila’s Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, Ramona S. Diaz’s documentary highlights several major issues subjecting many disadvantaged women to a repetitive cycle of pregnancy and childbirth. Prominent among them appear to be endemic poverty, a pervasive cultural bias favoring large families and a lack of »
- Justin Lowe
Sundance Film Review: ‘Person to Person’
In the 1960s and ’70s, a fair number of now little-remembered American independent films were cute seriocomedies about the “little people” of the big city (usually the Big Apple). Descended from the populist writings of William Saroyan and Herb Gardner, they were full of moderately eccentric (and/or “ethnic”) behavior, humorous yelling, and the occasional windy speech celebrating the funny-sad struggles of being a yooman beink. You might think nobody misses these movies — certainly no one revives them — but apparently Dustin Guy Defa does. He must: He’s gone to the trouble of making a new one, even shooting on 16mm for extra retro ambiance.
“Person to Person” seems to be set in the here and now. It would clearly prefer otherwise, however, given the lengths gone to ensure that characters barely seem to know how the internet works, or center their lives around attaining rare vintage LPs. Nostalgia is one thing, »
- Dennis Harvey
Sundance: Amazon Poised to Land ‘Big Sick’ in Blockbuster Deal (Exclusive)
Amazon Studios is in final negotiations to land distribution rights to “The Big Sick” in what is shaping up to be one of the biggest deals in the history of the Sundance Film Festival. The pact comes on the heels of the romantic comedy’s rousing premiere on Friday. The film is about a Pakistani-American comedian (Kumail Nanjiani) whose relationship with his girlfriend (Zoe Kazan) is nearly derailed over cultural differences and a health crisis. Nanjiani co-wrote the heavily autobiographical script with his wife Emily V. Gordon.
One source puts the sales figure at north of $11 million. The negotiations have stretched on past midnight on Saturday, so they could collapse as deal points are being hammered out. Nanjiani told Variety earlier this week that he wanted the film to get a theatrical release. Unlike Netflix, its rival streaming service, Amazon is a big proponent of the theatrical experience, with all »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang
'Mudbound': Film Review | Sundance 2017
Since turning heads with the intoxicating intimacy of her knockout 2009 debut, Pariah, director Dee Rees has been steadily stretching her canvas, first with the stately HBO biopic Bessie, and now with this sprawling treatment of Hillary Jordan's prize-winning 2008 book, Mudbound. It seems an audacious choice to maintain such a literary stamp on the material, right down to the Faulknerian device of multiple narrators, heard in voiceover throughout. But ultimately that's to the benefit of this densely textured, populous narrative, which is given novelistic room to breathe and a slow-burn intensity that builds to a shattering conclusion.
Rees adapted »
- David Rooney
Sundance Film Review: ‘Mudbound’
Some folks look out on the world, and all they see are the differences between people, the things that set us apart. “Mudbound” is a hymn to what we all share — the human struggle, the mutual desire to succeed and create a better world for our children — and it is a damning indictment of those who stand in the way of such progress. Set deep in the Mississippi Delta, it’s the epic story of two families, one white, the other black, who’ve each sown hope among fields too sodden to be much use — and though the sheer scope of the material overwhelms “Pariah” director Dee Rees at times, she finds shoots of optimism among the mire that couldn’t be more welcome at a moment when the country seems more divided than ever.
- Peter Debruge
‘SNL’ Ends With Musical Sidney Poitier-Inspired Obama Dedication ‘To Sir With Love’ (Video)
“SNL” ended its first episode after the inauguration of President Donald Trump on something of a somber note. It used the final moments to say “Thank You” to President Barack Obama with a song. Standing in front of a portrait Obama, Cecily Strong kicked off the song “To Sir With Love.” It’s the theme song to the 1967 Sidney Poitier movie of the same name. In the film, Poitier gets through to a group of trouble-making students in London. The song, sung by the students, is a sign of their respect for him. You can watch the full song above. »
- Phil Hornshaw
With ‘The Hero,’ Sam Elliott Takes Center Stage
Sam Elliott must have made out of John Wayne’s rib, so fully does he ooze cowpoke charm. It’s a shame that Hollywood doesn’t make many westerns these days, because no actor wears a ten gallon hat more convincingly than Elliott. Some of that ease is attributable to his handlebar mustache and the rest stems from Elliott’s voice, a Texas-tinged baritone that seems to luxuriate over every syllable. So it’s a bit intimidating to hear Elliott pick up the phone, sounding a little like he just finished wrestling longhorns.
“You’ll have to excuse me,” Elliott says with the same drawl he’s used to hawk Coors beer or beef. “I’m right on the tail end of a flu bug. Still feeling kinda like shit. I hadn’t been sick in years and I’ve forgotten what it felt like.”
After years of well-regarded character »
- Brent Lang
‘The Hero’ Sundance Review: Sam Elliott Vehicle Doesn’t Do Its Star Justice
Sam Elliott’s visceral appeal is legend by now: the oak-aged baritone that suggests a creaking porch with a pleasant view, the cigarillo frame that’s just imposing enough, and a mustache that looks like it could tell its own tales. His gentlemanly appeal over decades has livened everything from westerns to animated movies, shaded both good guys and bad guys, and drawn laughs and swoons. When he hawks beef, beer, or trucks, masculine America suddenly seems a force for good. And when he exhibited raw vulnerability as a lover from Lily Tomlin’s past in “Grandma” — primarily in just »
- Robert Abele
'The Hero': Film Review | Sundance 2017
As any fan of The Big Lebowski — and countless other movie buffs — will tell you, Sam Elliott’s smoky, whiskey-soaked baritone is one of American cinema’s undervalued treasures. A reliable source of pleasure, that voice can also be something of a saving grace: It pretty much rescues Brett Haley’s Sundance dramatic competition entry The Hero, cutting clean through the film’s pile of clichés with its gruff feeling and wry, weary wit.
- Jon Frosch
Watch ‘SNL’ Grill Aziz Ansari for Not Liking ‘La La Land’ Enough (Video)
The cops had Aziz Ansari dead to rights on “SNL” for the egregious crime of thinking “La La Land” — the prohibitive favorite for Best Picture at the Oscars next month — had too many montages. “SNL” perfectly skewered militant “La La Land” fans in a sketch that found Ansari’s Mr. Shah sitting in a police interrogation room. A pair of cops (Beck Bennett and Cecily Strong) have Shah on video on a date saying “La La Land” wasn’t his favorite movie of the year. Check out the full sketch at the top of this post. “So what’s been your favorite movie this year? »
- Phil Hornshaw
'Give Me Future': Film Review | Sundance 2017
When former U.S. President Barack Obama began normalizing relations with Cuba in 2014, it opened up several artistic avenues for a country that had been an effective pariah since the 1960s. Austin Peters's scrappy documentary looks at one such event: a free concert performed in Havana in 2015 by Edm supergroup Major Lazer. Comprised of the trio of Diplo, Walshy Fire and Jillionaire, Major Lazer had already entertained ecstatic audiences in troubled parts of the world like Caracas and Islamabad. The Havana concert, however, would be something special, both because of its political import and the many unknowns involved (the »
- Keith Uhlich
Watch Kellyanne Conway Sing Why She Stuck With Trump on ‘SNL': To Be More Famous Than Kanye (Video)
Kate McKinnon’s “SNL” version of Kellyanne Conway has struggled with her role in the Donald Trump campaign. During the election, she had to spend one whole day off explaining Trump tweets in one of the show’s more brilliant sketches. Now “Saturday Night Live” has finally explained why Conway stuck by Trump: the fame. Duh. After diverting questions from Jake Tapper (Beck Bennett) about President Trump’s plans to meet with Vladimir Putin, Conway reminded everyone that Trump, in fact, won the election. You can check out the full song above. Also Read: 'SNL': Putin Congratulates America »
- Phil Hornshaw
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