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The New Golden Age of Studio Science-Fiction is Upon Us

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The New Golden Age of Studio Science-Fiction is Upon Us
“Blade Runner 2049” is going to struggle to make it past the $100 million mark at the domestic box office, hardly the response Warner Bros. was looking for given the film’s estimated $300 million production and marketing budget. In a way, the odds were always against “2049” given that its predecessor was also a financial disappointment and only went on to become a cult classic with a very specific demographic of moviegoers. “Blade Runner” is no multi-generational favorite a la “Star Wars” or “Jurassic Park.”

But while the sequel is a box office dud, it’s unquestionably a huge step in the right direction for studio filmmaking.

Read More: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Was Never Going to Be a Blockbuster, But It Can Become Something Cooler: a Cult Classic

In a blockbuster age dominated by comic book fare and endless cash-grabbing sequels, it has become increasingly rare to see a big-budget studio film
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The Best Child Performances in Movie History — IndieWire Critics Survey

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The Best Child Performances in Movie History — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of “The Florida Project,” which has just started its platform release across the country, what is the greatest child performance in a film?

Jordan Hoffman (@JHoffman), The Guardian, Vanity Fair

I can agonize over this question or I can go at this Malcolm Gladwell “Blink”-style. My answer is Tatum O’Neal in “Paper Moon.” She’s just so funny and tough, which of course makes the performance all the more heartbreaking. She won the freaking Oscar at age 10 for this and I’d really love to give a more deep cut response, but why screw around? Paper Moon is a perfect film and she is the lynchpin.
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‘Spielberg’ Review: Star-Studded HBO Documentary Gets Personal, But You’ll Learn More From His Movies

‘Spielberg’ Review: Star-Studded HBO Documentary Gets Personal, But You’ll Learn More From His Movies
Steven Spielberg is a director who likes to push himself, but doesn’t like to be pushed. The Oscar-winning helmer says as much himself in Susan Lacy’s new documentary, “Spielberg.”

When discussing “The Color Purple,” Spielberg mentions how he “got in trouble” from film critics for not taking the romantic relationship between Celie (Whoopi Goldberg) and Shug (Margaret Avery) far enough. His explanation: “I might’ve done that had I made the move 10 years later. I was just timid,” he says. “I was a little embarrassed. I just wasn’t the right guy to do that.”

Later, while examining “Schindler’s List,” Steven’s sister Anne Spielberg said, “He had the book for over 10 years, and if anyone pushed him on it, he said, ‘I’ll know when it’s time.’ And then the time came.”

To be fair, he was right — he knew the right time to make
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‘Spielberg’ Review: Star-Studded HBO Documentary Gets Personal, But You’ll Learn More From His Movies

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‘Spielberg’ Review: Star-Studded HBO Documentary Gets Personal, But You’ll Learn More From His Movies
Steven Spielberg is a director who likes to push himself, but doesn’t like to be pushed. The Oscar-winning helmer says as much himself in Susan Lacy’s new documentary, “Spielberg.”

When discussing “The Color Purple,” Spielberg mentions how he “got in trouble” from film critics for not taking the romantic relationship between Celie (Whoopi Goldberg) and Shug (Margaret Avery) far enough. His explanation: “I might’ve done that had I made the move 10 years later. I was just timid,” he says. “I was a little embarrassed. I just wasn’t the right guy to do that.”

Later, while examining “Schindler’s List,” Steven’s sister Anne Spielberg said, “He had the book for over 10 years, and if anyone pushed him on it, he said, ‘I’ll know when it’s time.’ And then the time came.”

To be fair, he was right — he knew the right time to make
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Ahna O'Reilly in First Full Trailer for Sleepwalking Thriller 'Sleepwalker'

"What if you woke up in another world." Yeah, what if?! MarVista Entertainment has revealed an official trailer for an indie thriller titled Sleepwalker, described as a "Twilight Zone-esque" story about a woman troubled by bouts of sleepwalking and disturbing nightmares. Ahna O'Reilly stars as Sarah, a graduate student, who wakes up in a slightly different version of her world every time she sleepwalks. With the help of sleep researcher Scott White, she tries to work her way back to the reality she started in. The cast includes Richard Armitage (from The Hobbit!), Haley Joel Osment (from A.I.!), Izabella Scorupco, Kevin Zegers, and Rachel Melvin. This doesn't look that great, especially with that Flatliners remake this year. Here's the official trailer (+ two posters) for Elliott Lester's Sleepwalker, direct from YouTube: Troubled by bouts of sleepwalking and disturbing nightmares, graduate student Sarah Foster (Ahna O'Reilly) goes to her university sleep research center for help.
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Star Struck: "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" at 40

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In the cinema of Steven Spielberg, to say nothing of the cinema of science fiction, of Hollywood, and of practical effects, Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) is a landmark, like the silhouette of a small mountain in the night skyline. Spielberg’s Duel (1971), carried over from television to movie theaters, was a wisp of a story elevated by its visual dynamism. His theatrical debut, The Sugarland Express (1974), was another 70s American road movie, notable today for the way it combines the appealing grit of the New Hollywood (and of Duel) with a much warmer, more charitable view of America and its culture. It contains the director’s first broken family unit—a key theme in his career—and was his first film scored by John Williams, even if it has almost none of the Williams trademarks. Jaws (1975) was the breakout smash, a lurid bucket-of-blood movie turned into a light day-at-the-beach movie,
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Emmy Crafts: Inside The Toughest Races and the Biggest Trends

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Emmy Crafts: Inside The Toughest Races and the Biggest Trends
The Upside Down of “Stranger Things” became an apt metaphor for this divisive year, and, maybe not so strangely, “Stranger Things,” along with several other Best Drama Emmy contenders, offered unifying themes to combat the forces of oppression, hate, and turmoil.

These included “Westworld,” “The Crown,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Feud: Bette and Joan,” and “Big Little Lies.” And, not surprisingly, they all offered stellar craftsmanship in support of their unifying themes.

The Crown

Showrunner Peter Morgan told IndieWire that his biggest takeaway has been the realization of the necessary bond between the monarchy and Parliament. “Sometimes the monarchy screws up and sometimes the politicians screw up,” he said. “And it takes one or the other to fix the problem.”

In Season 1, that unity is forged between young Queen Elizabeth II (nominated Claire Foy) and that old war horse, Prime Minister Winston Churchill (nominated John Lithgow). Together, they help Great
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Author Brian Aldiss dies by Jennie Kermode - 2017-08-21 18:39:16

Luke and Harry Treadaway in Brothers Of The Head

Brian Aldiss, the science fiction author behind big screen hit A.I. and indie cult favourite Brothers Of The Head, died on Saturday, it has emerged today. He had just finished celebrating his 92nd birthday with family and friends.

Brian Aldiss pictured in Glasgow in 2005 Photo: Szymon Sokól

Aldiss, who also tried his hand at acting in 2009 short Crawlspace, was a prolific and widely admired writer whose work was a major influence on the development of the genre. His novels included Non-Stop, Hothouse, Barefoot In The Head the Heliconia trilogy and Frankenstein Unbound, which inspired a Roger Corman film. He also edited several anthologies, wrote a number of non-fiction books and received acclaim for his paintings. Though he continued to work throughout his life, he described a sensation of decreasing urgency. In short story The Worm That Flies he imagined a far
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‘Rick and Morty’ Review: Summer Takes Center Stage in a ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Therapy Session

‘Rick and Morty’ Review: Summer Takes Center Stage in a ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Therapy Session
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Rick and Morty” Season 3, Episode 2, “Rickmancing the Stone.”]

When “Rick and Morty” premiered back in April with a surprise episode that only a small group of marketing people at Adult Swim knew was coming, it treated fans who had waited since the end of Season 2 with an episode that mainly delivered on some greatest hits. Aliens had captured Rick, hellbent on stealing a secret from his subconscious. Meanwhile, life back on Earth had descended into total chaos. The last shot was even a mirror of the “100 years Rick and Morty” monologue from the end of the show’s pilot.

So how do you follow that up and get audiences excited for what the rest of Season 3 has to offer? Apparently the answer is Badass Summer. It took descending into an all-out “Mad Max: Fury Road” battle for wasteland supremacy, but it looks like the show’s central duo now has a capable third member.

Read More‘Rick and Morty’ Season 3: Susan Sarandon,
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‘Rick and Morty’ Review: Summer Takes Center Stage in a ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Therapy Session

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‘Rick and Morty’ Review: Summer Takes Center Stage in a ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Therapy Session
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Rick and Morty” Season 3, Episode 2, “Rickmancing the Stone.”]

When “Rick and Morty” premiered back in April with a surprise episode that only a small group of marketing people at Adult Swim knew was coming, it treated fans who had waited since the end of Season 2 with an episode that mainly delivered on some greatest hits. Aliens had captured Rick, hellbent on stealing a secret from his subconscious. Meanwhile, life back on Earth had descended into total chaos. The last shot was even a mirror of the “100 years Rick and Morty” monologue from the end of the show’s pilot.

So how do you follow that up and get audiences excited for what the rest of Season 3 has to offer? Apparently the answer is Badass Summer. It took descending into an all-out “Mad Max: Fury Road” battle for wasteland supremacy, but it looks like the show’s central duo now has a capable third member.

Read More‘Rick and Morty’ Season 3: Susan Sarandon,
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The First trailer for Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One throws us into an 80s pop culture maelstrom

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Author: Jon Lyus

This is one of the biggest trailers to come out of San Diego Comic Con this year. And our first steps into the world of Oasis and Ernest Cline’s pop-culture heavy Ready Player One is an assault on the senses.

Tye Sheridan stars alongside Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg and T. J. Miller in the much hyped return of Steven Spielberg to the world of sci-fi. Personally I still his Kubrick-inspired A.I. is a much misunderstood film and far better than its reputation suggests. His War of the Worlds is one of the very best sci-fi films of the post 9/11 generation and we’ve never strayed too far from those Close Encounters we enjoyed almost 40 years ago.

This new film seems perfect for Spielberg, not least because he is the embodiment of a 80s pop culture Gandalf. Embedded in this trailer are dozens
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First trailer for Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One hits the web

Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of Ready Player One, just moments after the footage debuted during the Warner Bros. panel at San Diego Comic-Con. Watch the action-packed two-minute trailer below…

Also, be sure to check out the brand new logo for the film, which was also unveiled at the convention…

First up is #ReadyPlayerOne. Check out the title treatment wrapped around Hall H#sdcc pic.twitter.com/J85erERpMs

Fandango (@Fandango) July 22, 2017

The 2018 movie will see Spielberg bringing Ernest Cline’s beloved best-selling dystopian sci-fi novel to life. This isn’t the first time Spielberg has shared his vision of the future with audiences, as he also did so with A.I. Artificial Intelligence and Minority Report. Ready Player One does, however, look to be one of the director’s more visual effects-heavy projects yet; the trailer indicates that every shot in the world of the Oasis,
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What next for Spider-Man on the big screen?

Rob Leane Jul 7, 2017

Spoilers, as we look ahead - and speculate about - the road ahead for Spider-Man in the movies...

This article contains spoilers for Spider-Man: Homecoming, and lots of speculation on things to come.

Tom Holland’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man stepped up to headline his own movie in Spider-Man: Homecoming, building on the foundations of Captain America: Civil War to bring his unique brand of nervous excitement and haphazard heroics to the big screen.

Sony and Marvel Studios will continue to collaborate on the Spidey franchise going forward, thrusting Peter into more zany situations and crossing him over with more iconic Avengers. Here’s a rundown of what to expect next, blended with a bit of our own speculation...

Avengers: Infinity War

It’s fairly widely known that Tom Holland has already begun filming for Avengers: Infinity War, the third movie in Marvel Studios’ epic team-up franchise, which
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‘Silicon Valley’s’ Haley Joel Osment on His Career Pivot, TJ Miller’s ‘Sad’ Exit

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‘Silicon Valley’s’ Haley Joel Osment on His Career Pivot, TJ Miller’s ‘Sad’ Exit
Haley Joel Osment plays a fun-loving character on “Silicon Valley” — and the actor himself is having a pretty good time these days, too. The former child star, now 29, is still perhaps best known for early-career roles in “The Sixth Sense” and “A.I.” But he’s quickly earning buzz for his turn as positive-to-a-fault VR expert Keenan Feldspar on Season 4 of the HBO ensemble comedy. “I had a blast,” the actor told The Wrap about shooting his part on “Silicon Valley.” Also Read: 'Silicon Valley' Star Thomas Middleditch on TJ Miller's Exit: 'Lots of Things Could Have Been Done
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Jude Law Needs Fewer Soulless Blockbusters and More Iconoclasts Like Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘The Young Pope’

Jude Law Needs Fewer Soulless Blockbusters and More Iconoclasts Like Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘The Young Pope’
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Jude Law, who’s always been hard to pin down, and his title role in HBO Emmy Contender “The Young Pope” is no exception.

Bottom Line: As he embraces his mid-40s, Jude Law has morphed from British golden boy to globally bankable character actor. His range is wide, from tragic robot Gigolo Joe in Steven Spielberg’s “A.I.” to Robert Downey, Jr.’s comedy sidekick Dr. Watson in Guy Ritchie’s blockbuster “Sherlock Holmes” franchise. Still stunningly handsome, Law is gaining grit and gravitas as he gets older. But there’s a sense he’s still holding back.

Latest Misfires: Law took on evil power-monger Vortigern opposite Charlie Hunnam as Arthur in Ritchie’s attempt to similarly update “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,
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‘The Young Pope’: How Jude Law Went Weird with Paolo Sorrentino for His Best Work In Years

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‘The Young Pope’: How Jude Law Went Weird with Paolo Sorrentino for His Best Work In Years
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Jude Law, who’s always been hard to pin down, and his title role in HBO Emmy Contender “The Young Pope” is no exception.

Bottom Line: As he embraces his mid-40s, Jude Law has morphed from British golden boy to globally bankable character actor. His range is wide, from tragic robot Gigolo Joe in Steven Spielberg’s “A.I.” to Robert Downey, Jr.’s comedy sidekick Dr. Watson in Guy Ritchie’s blockbuster “Sherlock Holmes” franchise. Still stunningly handsome, Law is gaining grit and gravitas as he gets older. But there’s a sense he’s still holding back.

Latest Misfires: Law took on evil power-monger Vortigern opposite Charlie Hunnam as Arthur in Ritchie’s attempt to similarly update “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,
See full article at Indiewire »

‘The Young Pope’: How Jude Law Went Weird with Paolo Sorrentino for His Best Work In Years

‘The Young Pope’: How Jude Law Went Weird with Paolo Sorrentino for His Best Work In Years
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Jude Law, who’s always been hard to pin down, and his title role in HBO Emmy Contender “The Young Pope” is no exception.

Bottom Line: As he embraces his mid-40s, Jude Law has morphed from British golden boy to globally bankable character actor. His range is wide, from tragic robot Gigolo Joe in Steven Spielberg’s “A.I.” to Robert Downey, Jr.’s comedy sidekick Dr. Watson in Guy Ritchie’s blockbuster “Sherlock Holmes” franchise. Still stunningly handsome, Law is gaining grit and gravitas as he gets older. But there’s a sense he’s still holding back.

Latest Misfires: Law took on evil power-monger Vortigern opposite Charlie Hunnam as Arthur in Ritchie’s attempt to similarly update “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,
See full article at Thompson on Hollywood »

NYC Weekend Watch: Queer Quad, ‘Safe,’ Simian Vérité & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Quad Cinema

Films by Fosse, Visconti, Chabrol, and Ed Wood play as part of “Quadrophilia: Queer Edition.”

Maurice and Funeral Parade of Roses continue playing.

Metrograph

The restoration of Alan Clarke’s Scum, a must-see, is now screening.

“Welcome to Metrograph A-z” continues, including multiple showings of Todd HaynesSafe.

A Father’s Day special occurs this Sunday.
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Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn sign overall deal with Skydance

The deal covers film and television projects through Mockingbird Pictures banner.

Skydance has entered into a multi-year overall deal for feature films and television with producers Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn of Mockingbird Pictures.

The company has several projects in development with Curtis (pictured) and Lynn, including the upcoming AMC television series Dietland.

Curtis and Lynn first partnered at Mockingbird Pictures after producing Albert Nobbs in 2012. The pair have produced seven films together, including Arie Posin’s The Face Of Love, Victor Levin’s 5 To 7, and Rodrigo Garcia’s Last Days In The Desert.

This year the duo has released Life, The Sweet Life, and Wakefield. Next on their slate is Marti Noxon’s To The Bone, which will premiere on Netflix in July.

Curtis’ industry start was as Steven Spielberg’s assistant; the beginning of a 15-year professional relationship with the director. After working on Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List, Curtis transitioned
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Skydance Media Inks Overall Deal With Producers Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn

Skydance Media has formed a multi-year overall deal for both feature films and television with producers Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn of Mockingbird Pictures, Variety has learned. The studio currently has multiple projects in development with Curtis and Lynn, including the upcoming AMC television series “Dietland.”

“Bonnie and Julie are exceptional people and incredible producers whose boundless energy, incomparable work ethic, and collective eye for mining and cultivating creative material are second to none,” said Dana Goldberg, chief creative officer of Skydance Media. “I have known and admired both of them for a long time and l am thrilled that they have become a part of the Skydance family. I look forward to the number of exciting film and television projects in our collective future.”

Curtis and Lynn first partnered under the Mockingbird Pictures banner after producing the Academy Award-nominated “Albert Nobbs” in 2012. Sine then, Lynn and Curtis have gone on to produce seven films together, including
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