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Ansel Elgort is riding the success of “Baby Driver” right into the fall, in which he stars opposite Chloë Grace Moretz in the indie murder mystery “November Criminals.” Based on the novel of the same name by Sam Munson, the film stars the two Ya favorites as a pair of college-bound friends who team up to try and solve the mysterious death of one of their classmates. Think “Brink” with a dash of romance and a bit more conventional.
“November Criminals” is directed by British journalist-turned-filmmaker Sacha Gervasi, best known for directing the documentary “Anvil! The Story of Anvil” and the Anthony Hopkins-starring “Hitchcock.” He’s currently in production on the HBO original movie My Dinner With Hervé, starring Jamie Dornan and Peter Dinklage. The supporting cast includes Tessa Albertson, Catherine Keener, and David Strathairn.
- Zack Sharf
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Short Film of the Day: Spike Jonze filmed part of a new short dance film starring Mia Wasikowska and Lakeith Stanfield on The Tonight Show: Music Video of the Day: John Carpenter revisits and pays tribute to his adaptation of Christine in his new music video: Movie Parody of the Day: James Corden is Pennywise the clown at the office in this Late Late Show parody of It: Cosplay of the Day: Speaking of Pennywise, watch a time-lapse video of a BFI staffer being turned into the It clown: Visual Effects Reel of the Day: Ilm shared a look "behind the magic" of its visual effects...
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- Christopher Campbell
Spike Jonze is a multi-talented writer, director, and now, a dance show producer. The award-winning director behind such fare as Her and Being John Malkovich tried his hand at creating a “live dance film” for the first time, on the set of The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. And the result is a short film as abstract and eccentric as […]
- Hoai-Tran Bui
Denis Villeneuve has decided to celebrate the upcoming release of “Blade Runner 2049” by commissioning three short films that bridge the gap between the original “Blade Runner” and his highly anticipated sequel. The first centered around Jared Leto’s villain, the Replicant manufacturer named Niander Wallace, and now the second short film has arrived and puts David Bautista’s Sapper Morton front and center.
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Bautista already has one blockbuster under his belt this year thanks to Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” where he reprised his role as Drax the Destroyer, and “Blade Runner 2049” should easily be his second. We’ll have to wait until the full feature to learn everything there is to know about Sapper, but the prequel short does prove one thing we all know: Bautista »
- Zack Sharf
Filmmaker Spike Jonze adapted his new theatrical dance piece, Changers: A Dance Story, into a short film live on The Tonight Show Wednesday. The piece stars Mia Wasikowska (Alice Through the Looking Glass) and Lakeith Stanfield (Atlanta) and features choreography from Ryan Heffington.
Changers explores the evolution of a relationship through dance, and Jonze's Tonight Show short offered a snippet that blends lovestruck energy and uncertainty. The performance begins with a clever visual gag as Wasikowska and Stanfield wake up in bed to a bright spotlight and twinkling piano, exchange »
Famed director Spike Jonze used Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show on Wednesday as the set for a live dance short. The film features actor Lakeith Stanfield (known for his roles on FX series Atlanta and Get Out) with actress Mia Wasikowska.
After laying together in bed, the two get up and slowly go through the motions, in what seems to be morning, before jostling into a dance routine choreographed by Ryan Heffington — the man behind Sia's moving dance-based video for "Chandelier." The song is "Nobody Speak" by DJ Shadow featuring Run the Jewels, and the short is a snippet adapted from Changers: A »
- Megan Armstrong, Billboard
Spike Jonze previewed his upcoming dance performance show in the only way he knew how: by filming a short film live on the set of “The Tonight Show.” Host Jimmy Fallon took a step back to let Jonze, along with stars Mia Wasikowska (“Crimson Peak”) and Lakeith Stanfield (“Atlanta”) take over the set for around four minutes. The two actors in the performance, which sets up the couple’s relationship as it will be seen across “Changers, A Dance Story.” The story about relationships, as told through movement and dance, will be playing at the Ellen Stewart Theatre in New York City this. »
- Carli Velocci
Watch out, Gary Oldman. Just when it seemed like the actor had this year’s Oscar-ready transformation on lockdown, here comes Kevin Spacey to throw a major curveball. The first trailer for Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World” has arrived, and it features a shockingly unrecognizable Spacey as J. Paul Getty.
Scott’s second feature of the year following the disappointing “Alien: Covenant,” “Money” finds the director firmly back in adult drama territory. Written by David Scarpa, goes behind the scenes of the kidnapping of 16-year-old J. Paul Getty III. Spacey is joined by Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg.
Ridley Scott stormed Oscar season in 2015 with “The Martian,” which went on to earn nominations for Best Picture and Best Actor. Ridley Scott was one of the major snubs left out of the Best Director race, and he’s still seeking his first ever Oscar win for directing. »
- Zack Sharf
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” got a shot of adrenaline last night when Spike Jonze showed up to shoot a live music video starring indie darling Mia Wasikowska and Lakeith Stanfield. Jonze shot the entire three-and-a-half-minute short film live on Fallon’s set, which makes it’s overwhelming beauty all the more impressive.
The piece is adapted from Jonze’s “Changers: A Dance Story,” a 30-minute narrative told entirely through dance and body movement. The performative piece is playing at the La MaMa Experimental Theater Club in New York beginning this Friday. The music is from Run the Jewels.
“I decided to make this 40-minute dance narrative where there’s no dialogue,”Jonze told Fallon. “All the dialogue is communicated through their dance. This is the first piece of a 30-minute film.”
- Zack Sharf
Jennifer Lawrence is earning a ton of buzz for her shocking performance in Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!,” but that’s not the only new role of hers you’ll get to see in the near future. 20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for next year’s espionage drama “Red Sparrow,” which finally gives the Oscar-winning actress the James Bond role we’ve been waiting for.
“Red Sparrow” reunites Lawrence with director Francis Lawrence, who was behind the camera for three “The Hunger Games” movies. The actress plays a Russian ballerina named Dominika who becomes the newest recruit for the Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. Her allegiance is tested, however, when she meets an American CIA agent, played by Joel Edgerton.
Watch the first “Red Sparrow” trailer below. The movie opens on March 2, 2018.
- Zack Sharf
Crown Heights is a gripping thriller/drama based on the true story of a teenage immigrant from Trinidad accused of murdering a man he never met. The film takes us on a harrowing journey of an innocent man’s descent into the criminal justice system but also illuminates the resilience of the human spirit and the power of friendship. Elevated by a remarkable quiet yet powerful performance by Lakeith Stanfield, Crown Heights is as tense and nail-biting as any taut fictional crime thriller, but with the chill of truth underscoring the events.
Writer/director Matt Ruskin based his film on a true story of injustice brought to light in an episode of NPR’s “This American Life.” Colin Warner, an 18-year-old Trinidad native living in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights in 1980, is falsely accused of murder, »
- Cate Marquis
From director Adam Wingard and based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows high schooler Light (Nat Wolff), who comes across a supernatural notebook. Upon realizing that it holds a dangerous and scary power that allows its owner to write someone’s name in it while picturing their face, resulting in their death, Light quickly becomes caught up in the godlike ability offered to him by Ryuk (voiced by Willem Dafoe), attracting the attention of his classmate Mia (Margaret Qualley), as well as the mysterious L (Lakeith Stanfield). During this 1-on-… »
- Christina Radish
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Justice League, Justice League Mortal, The Batman, Justice League Dark, Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman 2, Shazam, Suicide Squad 2, Batgirl, The Joker, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, Titans, Batman and Harley, Batman and Harley Quinn, The Lego Batman Movie, Deadpool 2, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Fantastic Four, Avengers: Infinity War, Thor: Ragnarok, Iron Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Inhumans, The Punisher, Luke Cage, Daredevil, The Defenders, The Crow, Hellboy and more…
The mystery surrounding Joss Whedon’s credit on Justice League appears to be solved, with a credit list for Warner Bros.’ upcoming DC blockbuster revealing that Zack Snyder is to receive sole director’s credit, while Whedon is listed as a screenwriter alongside Chris Terrio. Meanwhile, some new rumours on the much-publicised reboots have surfaced, claiming that Whedon is maintaining Snyder’s vision »
- Gary Collinson
Okay. So you read the title and you clicked. By now you know what you’re getting yourself into. A review about a film that’s based on an anime which I have never seen. Yes, that’s right. I have never seen the original ‘Death Note‘ anime. I have heard of it before and even know that Taylor Swift wrote a hit song based on it. With that being said, I will do this review more as if the film is a standalone rather than make heavy comparisons to the source the film is based on since I do not feel qualified to do. Now that that’s out of the way let’s get onto the review.
(Caution: Some spoilers ahead)
- Chris Salce
Chicago – There is no justice for the poor. That should be carved in stone on courthouses beside all the platitudes of American “equality” and “law.” In an eye-opening narrative film based on a true story, “Crown Heights” explores just how an impoverished individual can be found guilty and imprisoned unjustly for years.
Colin Warner, the prisoner of the film, is also an immigrant and a person of color, but that doesn’t play into his prosecution as much as simply being railroaded into a guilty verdict. The story is an example of the cracks in the American legal system… law enforcement who just desire to clear the dockets and call it a win, overworked public defenders, prosecuted victims who don’t understand the system and remote politicians who “promise” punishment, making new laws that just make the system more overloaded. Of the approximately 2.5 million incarcerated persons in the U. »
- [email protected] (Adam Fendelman)
From director Adam Wingard and based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows high schooler Light (Nat Wolff), who comes across a supernatural notebook. Upon realizing that it holds a dangerous and scary power that allows its owner to write someone’s name in it while picturing their face, resulting in their death, Light quickly becomes caught up in the godlike ability, attracting the attention of his classmate Mia (Margaret Qualley), as well as the mysterious L (Lakeith Stanfield). During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, actress Margaret Qualley talked … »
- Christina Radish
From director Adam Wingard and based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows high schooler Light (Nat Wolff), who comes across a supernatural notebook. Upon realizing that it holds a dangerous and scary power that allows its owner to write someone’s name in it while picturing their face, resulting in their death, Light quickly becomes caught up in the godlike ability, attracting the attention of his classmate Mia (Margaret Qualley), as well as the mysterious L (Lakeith Stanfield). During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, actor Willem Dafoe talked … »
- Christina Radish
While we’re still a bit apprehensive regarding the DC Extended Universe as a whole, there’s no denying that there’s still a lot of promise to be had with the impending DC films. This can especially be said of the impending standalone Joker film, which is set to be directed by The Hangover director Todd Phillips and produced by Martin Scorsese.
Unlike all the other films on the DC slate right now, this Joker film won’t be confined to the world of the Dceu. Instead, Warner Bros. will allow the filmmakers to tell exactly the story they want with no pressure to connect it to a greater universe. Given that Warner Bros. is a director-focused studio, this is actually fantastic news that helps open up the possibilities for these characters, allowing them to think outside the box.
One outside the box aspect could be utilized in the casting of the Joker himself. »
- Joseph Medina
Ever since it was revealed that Warner Bros. is planning an origin movie built around Batman’s archenemy, the Joker, speculation has been rampant about which actor will fill the character’s clown shoes.
The film will be under an entirely new DC banner, one that exists outside of the DC Extended Universe, meaning that Suicide Squad’s Jared Leto won’t be making an appearance in the project. According to the report, Todd Phillips will direct and co-write the screenplay with Scott Silver, and Martin Scorsese will produce.
While the film’s concept may leave some viewers confused, given how the Joker is already an established character within the studio’s other movie universe, it does leave DC with a blank canvas ripe with exciting story, creative team and casting possibilities. As for the latter, actor Lakeith Stanfield has already thrown his hat in the ring for the role. »
- Justin Cook
Another actor has just thrown his hat in the ring to play Warner Bros.' new Joker. It was recently announced that the studio is working on a Joker origin movie, with Todd Phillips (The Hangover) directing and Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas) producing. No disrespect to Phillips, but it is Scorsese's name that has everyone excited. Including Death Note and Get Out star Lakeith Stanfield, who has now expressed interest in portraying the legendary DC villain in the movie.
Lakeith Stanfield took to Twitter over the weekend to declare his interest in starring in the Martin Scorsese produced Joker movie. His declaration was not long winded, or overly articulate, but it most definitely gets the point across. Here's what he had to say.
"Scorsese I'd like to play the Joker."
Simple enough. The idea of playing a legendary villain like the Joker for an equally legendary filmmaker like Martin Scorsese is »
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