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The Greatest Directors: The New Breed

Here is our final group of directors whom we have categorized as The New Breed, the ones we have watched in recent years and will continue to over many years to come.

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May 24

Rotten Tomatoes changes audience score system, seeking proof you saw movie when rating it

by The Associated Press

Rotten Tomatoes is taking another step to verify that users posting a rating of a movie have actually seen it.

The review aggregator says Thursday that users who have purchased tickets on Fandango will get a verified badge next to their review, beginning with films out this weekend like "Booksmart" and "Aladdin." The verified audience scores will also be displayed on Fandango, which owns Rotten Tomatoes.

Fandango president Paul Yanover says in a statement that this step will increase consumer confidence in the sites.

Rotten Tomatoes' audience score had been a place where trolls could post negative scores for films that hadn't yet been released, which happened most recently to "Captain Marvel." The company responded by shutting down user reviews until a film officially hits theatres.

Continue Reading at: Canoe.com

May 23

'Terminator: Dark Fate' trailer: Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger reunite and return

by Adam Wallis

Arnold Schwarzenegger will live up to his promise of "I'll be back" once again, as Paramount Pictures dropped an official teaser trailer for Terminator: Dark Fate - the series' sixth installment - on Thursday.

Although the upcoming film follows 2015's Terminator: Genisys, it does not pick up where it left off. In fact, now that director James Cameron (The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgement Day) is back, serving as the executive producer, Dark Fate will be a direct sequel to the franchise's first two films.

Better yet, Dark Fate will see T-800 (Schwarzenegger) and Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) onscreen together for the first time since 1991 in T2.

Schwarzenegger, 71, has appeared in five of the six films, excluding Terminator: Salvation (2009) - which featured a very questionable CGI model of the actor - whereas Hamilton, 62, only appeared in the first two.

Check out the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Global

May 23

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: Quentin Tarantino cuts five cast members from new film

by Jacob Stolworthy

The new film from Quentin Tarantino premiered at Cannes earlier this week and some critics noticed that several actors who were confirmed to appear failed to make the final cut.

Considering the runtime of the director's ninth feature Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood – it clocks in at a lengthy 165 minutes – he would have had a lot of footage to work through, meaning that some of the efforts applied by his cast have proved futile.

Among the casualties in the edit room are Westworld actor James Marsden and James Remar, as well as frequent Tarantino collaborators Tim Roth and Michael Madsen.

According to IndieWire, Gilmore Girls actor Danny Strong also fails to appear in the film despite being confirmed to do so.

The new film received a seven-minute standing ovation following its premiere at the Cannes film Festival earlier this week. Lead stars Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie were all present as was he director himself whose second film, Pulp Fiction, won the coveted Palme d'Or 25 years earlier.

Continue Reading at: Independent

May 21

The New 'Toy Story 4' Trailer Introduces Keanu Reeves' Hilarious New Character

Here comes the new "Toy Story" character Duke Caboom in this screenshot from the new entry "Toy Story 4" (image courtesy Pixar)

Our relationship with Toy Story has already come a long way.

Like most people, we're huge fans of the original trilogy, and we were anxious hearing Disney and Pixar would be returning to the franchise after what felt like a clean, definitive ending. However, after a few teasers and few trailers centering on the series' newcomers - Bonnie, Key and Peele's plushy animals, Tony Hale's Forky - we're encouraged.

The latest trailer unveils another new toy: Keanu Reeves' hardcore Canadian stuntman Duke Caboom.

He's brash, showy and comes with a bunch of customizable poses. We're in! It's been a fun time to be a Reeves fan. John Wick 3 is the year's most impressive action movie so far, he has a minor (hilarious-looking) part in the upcoming Netflix rom-com Always Be My Maybe and now he's gracing the most beloved Pixar franchise ever with his unique brand of cool.

Check out the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Relevant Magazine

May 20

Nova Scotia's harsh winter coast stars in horror film screened at Cannes

Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson on the set of "The Lighthouse" in Yarmouth, N.S. (image courtesy Screen Nova Scotia / Eric Chakeen)

by Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press

Nova Scotia's unforgiving coast has a starring role - alongside Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson - in a new fantasy-horror film that screened to strong reviews at the Cannes Film Festival in France this weekend.

"The Lighthouse," the followup to director Robert Eggers's critically acclaimed 2015 feature "The Witch," features Dafoe and Pattinson as lighthouse keepers stranded together in late 19th-century Maine.

The filmmakers went to Cape Forchu on the western tip of Nova Scotia, a short drive from Yarmouth, to build the titular lighthouse in a setting that fit the barren landscape and isolated mood of the movie.

Co-producer Mike Volpe kept mum on the story's details in an interview Saturday, but said " the ocean is a character" in the black-and-white thriller where the untouched, intimidating views were key to establishing the characters' world.

The cast and crew were battered by the area's tough winter weather while building the set and filming last year, spending more than $6.8 million over the four-month filming period.

Continue Reading at: CBC

May 19

Box Office: 'John Wick' Dethrones 'Avengers: Endgame' With $57M Opening

Keanu Reeves (left) and Halle Berry in a still from "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" (image courtesy Lionsgate)

by Mia Galuppo

After three weekends at the top of the domestic box office, Avengers: Endgame's reign has come to an end thanks to a retired hitman.

Lionsgate's John Wick: Chapter Three-Parabellum had a huge opening weekend, earning $57.2 million stateside over 3000 theaters, beating out Endgame's $29.4 million domestic earnings.

Parabellum's larger-than-anticipated bow out performed the opening weekends of the franchise's first two installments - John Wick ($14.4 million) and John Wick: Chapter 2 ($30.4 million).

Keanu Reeves returns in Parabellum as the formerly retired hit man who finds himself stripped of the protection from a shadowy international assassin's guild. Now stuck with a $14 million bounty on his head, Wick must fight his way through the streets of New York as he becomes the target of the world's most ruthless killers. Franchise newcomers Halle Berry and Anjelica Huston join in on the fight.

Endgame wracked up its $29.4 million over 4,220 locations, as well as $46.8 million in international markets. The Marvel title's cumulative box office currently sits at $2.614 billion, still trailing behind all-time box office earner Avatar's $2.788 billion. Domestically, the franchise installment hit the $771 million mark, passing Avatar's $761 million. Endgame now holds the No. 2 all-time stateside spot behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($937 million).

Also opening this weekend is Amblin Entertainment and Universal's A Dog's Purpose sequel, A Dog's Journey. The family film dug up $8 million on 3,267 screens stateside.

A Dog’s Journey sees the return of beloved family dog Bailey (voiced by Josh Gad), who comforts and protects his owner as he is reincarnated time and time again. Directed by Gail Mancuso, the movie is based on the best-selling novel by W. Bruce Cameron and stars Dennis Quaid and franchise newcomers Betty Gilpin and Kathryn Prescott.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

May 17

Chris Rock To Reboot 'Saw' Franchise With Lionsgate & Twisted Pictures

Chris Rock is a big fan of the "Saw" franchise (image courtesy Delphine Diallo)

by Anthony D'Alessandro

Chris Rock is teaming with Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures for a fresh reimagining on the next Saw movie. The comedy multihyphenate has written a story that is being adapted by Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg, and Rock also will executive produce. Lionsgate has dated the film for release on October 23, 2020.

"When Chris Rock came to us and described in chilling detail his fantastic vision that reimagines and spins off the world of the notorious Jigsaw Killer, we were all-in," said Lionsgate's Motion Picture Group chairman Joe Drake. "Saw is one of the highest-grossing horror franchises of all-time, and it's one of Lionsgate's most successful film series. This upcoming film will still be as mind-bending and intense as all the previous Saw films. Chris conceived this idea, and it will be completely reverential to the legacy of the material while reinvigorating the brand with his wit, creative vision and passion for this classic horror franchise."

Said Rock: "I've been a fan of Saw since the first film in 2004. I am excited by the opportunity to take this to a really intense and twisted new place."

Added longtime series producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules: "Chris wants to put his own spin on the Saw franchise in the way Eddie Murphy put a completely fresh perspective on buddy-cop films with 48 Hours. This new Saw is going to be an event film in the making for horror fans. It will have all of the twists and turns and hardcore layers that our fans expect directed by one of the masters of the craft, Darren Lynn Bousman. We can't wait to get started."

Continue Reading at: Deadline

May 16

Nearing the endgame: is Hollywood's lust for sequels destroying cinema?

by David Cox

Coming not so shortly: a new helping of either Star Wars or Avatar for every Christmas between 2021 and 2027. Disney's latest release schedule also promises eight more Marvel comic-book adaptations by 2022. Meanwhile, this year will see the spawn of not just behemoths such as Avengers, X-Men, Frozen, Toy Story, Spider-Man, The Lego Movie and Star Wars, but also less obvious franchise-launchers such as Godzilla, Men in Black, Shaun the Sheep, Angry Birds, Kingsman, Zombieland, Shaft and even Rambo. Never before have film sequels been so many and so varied.

They are nothing new, of course. The first specimen, The Fall of a Nation, released in 1916, followed the infamous 1915 Birth of a Nation. But in their early days, sequels were mainly cheap B-pictures churned out to reuse sets, costumes and props. Now, each new movie in a series grows bigger and costlier. The budget of the super-sequel currently hogging our screens, Avengers: Endgame, was $356m, compared with $220m for Avengers Assemble.

The industry's eagerness to recycle is not hard to explain. As in the past, there can be cost savings, but revenue is a much bigger factor. Avengers: Endgame has become the fastest ever film to make $2bn, and has outstripped the lifetime take of the series original by more than $1bn. Of the all-time top 10 grossing films, six are now sequels – all released in the last four years.

More important than the scale of these earnings is their reliability. America's highest grossing title ever (adjusted for inflation) is not a sequel: it is Gone with the Wind. Unfortunately, although an original hit may prove a bigger prize, nobody knows whether an untried property will succeed – however big its budget or stellar its talent. The success of a sequel is virtually guaranteed.

There are occasional misfires, like Solo: A Star Wars Story. But they are the exceptions to the rule. With its armoury of Star Wars hits alongside the bottomless Marvel treasure-trove and the soon-to-be augmented Avatar, the House of Mouse will be able to pursue its ambitious expansion plans with nary a qualm.

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Continue Reading at: The Guardian

May 14

'Bond 25' Suspends Shooting After Daniel Craig Injury

Daniel Craig as James Bond in a scene from 2015's "Spectre" (image courtesy Columbia Pictures)

by Robert Mitchell

The difficult road to production on the latest James Bond film has hit another hurdle after shooting was reportedly suspended following an injury to star Daniel Craig. According to British newspaper The Sun, the actor fell while sprinting on the set in Jamaica last week and has been flown to the U.S. for X-rays, resulting in a suspension of the shoot.

The newspaper cited an unnamed source as saying that Craig was shooting one of his final scenes in Jamaica. "He was sprinting during filming when he slipped and fell quite awkwardly," the source said. "He was in quite a lot of pain and was complaining about his ankle."

While it is unknown how long the production might be delayed, The Sun reports that filming at London's iconic Pinewood Studios, which had been scheduled to begin at the end of the week, has been canceled.


It is not the first time that Craig, who performs many of his own stunts, has been injured on the set of a Bond film. He had two teeth knocked out during his first stunt scene for his Bond debut in "Casino Royale"; sustained a number of injuries, including slicing off the tip of a finger and tearing a shoulder muscle, on "Quantum of Solace"; and injured his knee during a fight scene for his most recent outing as the super spy in 2015's "Spectre."

A potential production delay would be the latest setback for "Bond 25" following a troubled script process that saw original director Danny Boyle leave the project over creative differences with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, resulting in a delay to the start of production and a subsequent delay to the planned release, originally slated for October 2019. The release is currently scheduled for April 8, 2020

Continue Reading at: Variety

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