Deadpool 2 Kept A Scene Where Ryan Reynolds Totally Broke A Prop While Filming - cs, 2018-08-16 23:46

It's a fact that Ryan Reynolds' Wade Wilson shares a cinematic universe with the characters from Logan, X-Men: Apocalypse and the unseen New Mutants. And the A-lister borrows from them as often as he can.

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‘Treadstone,’ Drama Set in Jason Bourne Universe, Lands Series Order at USA Network

USA Network has ordered the drama “Treadstone” straight to series, Variety has learned. The series centers on the fictional CIA black ops program Operation Treadstone, which was the program that created superspy Jason Bourne. The covert program uses behavior modification protocol to turn recruits into nearly superhuman assassins. The first season follows sleeper agents across the […]
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IATSE President Matthew Loeb Blasts Editors Guild Leader Over Contract Dispute

Matthew Loeb, president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, has blistered Cathy Repola, national executive director of the editors guild, amid an escalating fight over the proposed IATSE master contract. Leaders of 12 of the 13 West Coast IATSE locals have backed the new three-year tentative agreement with studios and networks. Leaders of […]
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TNT Orders ‘The Alienist’ Season 2, Titled ‘The Angel of Darkness’

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TNT has given the green-light to The Alienist season 2. Like the Alienist follow-up book of the same name, the new season will be titled The Angel of DarknessAlienist stars Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans and Dakota Fanning will all reprise their roles for the limited series.

Last month, TNT announced that their limited series The Alienist was the first installment of their “Suspense Collection”, an anthology brand name that would continue on with Patty Jenkins’ I Am the Night. But TNT isn’t done with the world of The Alienist just yet. The network has ordered The Angel of Darkness, a follow-up to The Alienist, based on the novel by Caleb Carr.

“We could not be prouder of The Alienist’s outstanding, award-worthy performance and all of the work the incredible actors and crew put in to bring that story and time period to life,” said Sarah Aubrey, executive VP of original programming for TNT. “Our audience fell in love with these multi-dimensional, timeless characters and the journey of their struggles living in complicated times. With this new story in TNT’s Suspense Collection, we will further immerse viewers into their world as they are confronted with a new enemy.”

The three main characters of The Alienist – Daniel Brühl as Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, Luke Evans as John Moore, and Dakota Fanning as Sarah Howard – will all return for The Angel of DarknessThe Alienist found these individuals investigating a serial killer in late 1800s New York City. The Angel of Darkness has them once again in the midst of a ghastly mystery. Here’s the synopsis of the Angel of Darkness novel:

June 1897. A year has passed since Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a pioneer in forensic psychiatry, tracked down the brutal serial killer John Beecham with the help of a team of trusted companions and a revolutionary application of the principles of his discipline. Kreizler and his friends—high-living crime reporter John Schuyler Moore; indomitable, derringer-toting Sara Howard; the brilliant (and bickering) detective brothers Marcus and Lucius Isaacson; powerful and compassionate Cyrus Montrose; and Stevie Taggert, the boy Kreizler saved from a life of street crime—have returned to their former pursuits and tried to forget the horror of the Beecham case.

But when the distraught wife of a Spanish diplomat begs Sara’s aid, the team reunites to help find her kidnapped infant daughter. It is a case fraught with danger, since Spain and the United States are on the verge of war. Their investigation leads the team to a shocking suspect: a woman who appears to the world to be a heroic nurse and a loving mother, but who may in reality be a ruthless murderer of children.

I found The Alienist to be a triumph of production design, but it left me a bit cold overall. Still, the three leads are compelling enough, and I’m always up for more stylish, gothic mysteries, so I look forward to seeing what The Angel of Darkness brings.

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‘Candy Crush Saga’ Earned Just Under $1B in Past 12 Months (Analyst)

“Candy Crush Saga” brought in an estimated $930 million in revenue over the 12 months proceeding July 2018, the game’s highest grossing 12 months since its launch in 2012, according to Sensor Tower Store Intelligence estimates. The record earnings represent a 34 percent increase over the preceding 12 months, which saw about $693 million in […]
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Manchester City Players Attend Premiere of Amazon’s ‘All or Nothing’

Amazon Prime Video premiered its original sports documentary series “All or Nothing: Manchester City” in Manchester, England Wednesday. The first episode of the series, which focuses on the English soccer champions, was screened in the presence of the whole Manchester City squad and its coach, Pep Guardiola, who previously coached Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Among […]
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How Deadpool 2 Chose Its Pop Culture References, According To Ryan Reynolds - cs, 2018-08-16 23:17

There's a method to the madness.

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Wait, Ben Affleck And Jennifer Garner Still Aren't Divorced Yet? - cs, 2018-08-16 23:14

Here's why Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are stalling when it comes to finalizing their divorce.

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Social Distortion’s Mike Ness Accused of Punching Pro-Trump Fan at Concert

Sacramento police are investigating an incident last month during which Mike Ness, the lead singer of the band Social Distortion, allegedly punched a Trump-supporting fan at a concert. In an interview with Sacramento’s CBS13 that aired on Wednesday, Tim Hildebrand, 30, said he held up his middle fingers during a July 19 concert in response to […]
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Crazy Rich Asians' Henry Golding Explains Why He Originally Said No To The Movie - cs, 2018-08-16 23:03

The actor almost turned down the lead role in Jon M. Chu's film that is shaping up to be this weekend's sleeper hit.

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Riot Director Calls Harassment ‘Horrible And Inexcusable,’ ‘Important To Fix’

A design director on “League of Legends” responded to concerns over Riot Games’ harassment issues in his personal blog and tweeted from his Twitter account Wednesday. Greg “Ghostcrawler” Street writes that some of the situations he has heard about since the story broke about the rampant sexism at Riot Games qualify as “horrible and inexcusable.” “I […]
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‘Chuck Steel’ Director Mike Mort on How He Made His ’80s-Inspired, Stop-Motion Animated Action/Horror/Comedy [Fantasia Film Festival Interview]

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“It’s not 1985 anymore; it’s 1986,” explains one of the many characters voiced by British writer/director Michael (Mike) Mort in his first feature-length stop-motion animation work Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires, the follow-up of sorts to his 2013 Chuck Steel short, Raging Balls of Steel Justice. Like the short, this film is a send-up of 1980s American action movies like Die Hard and Lethal Weapon. But with Trampires, Mort adds a bevy of tributes to horror films of the decade as well, including very funny and graphic shouts out to the Evil Dead trilogy and John Carpenter’s The Thing, among others.

Mort’s screenplay and storyline don’t seem to have any issues crossing the politically incorrect line (also an ’80s staple), and the film feels all the more vital and exciting as a result. The story involves Steel and an elderly vampire hunter named Abraham Van Rental (both voiced by Mort, as is Steel’s too-old-for-this-shit captain, Jack Schitt) solving a series of mysterious disappearances of people leaving L.A. clubs and bars, which they eventually tie to a type of vampire — the trampire — that prefers blood with a high blood-alcohol content. Sporting a high production value, Trampires is a ridiculous, often tasteless romp that comes courtesy of the newly created British animation house Animortal Studio. The film is currently looking for a distributor after it finishes a series of film festival appearances.

/Film spoke with Mort (along with one of the film’s producers, Randhir Singh Heer) the morning after a triumphant North American premiere at Fantasia Festival in Montreal (read our review here). For stop-motion animation geeks and ’80s movie fanatics, Mike has a great deal to say about the detail-oriented, time-consuming nature of the production, the many action and horror movie references, and about where he goes after this labor of love.


Last night was the second screening ever of this film, and during the Q&A, people were skating around the issue of the film’s political incorrectness. Has that ever been a concern, especially in more recent months?

In more recent months yes, but when we were making it, no. This have changed fairly recently in terms of sensitivity around virtually everything. So the anti-PC jokes are making people a bit more nervous than when we started the film. I don’t think that’s a bad thing, even though I do think we’re taking ourselves a bit too seriously these days. I think a film that comes along and laughs at everyone is what we need.

You really don’t spare anyone, especially the misogynistic white male asshole at the center of your film.

Right. Exactly right.

Let’s back things up, you said yesterday you created this character when you were around 15. What was going on and influencing you at that age that birthed Chuck Steel?

Obviously, over the years, it’s been honed and refined into more of a story with more details and layers, but when I first drew him, he was a square-jawed action hero. I used to love monster movie and horror films, and Evil Dead 2 was a big influence on me and Ash as a character, there are a lot of similarities with Ash’s attitude. When I started as a doodle in my school book, it was just something I liked to draw in it, and then I started making a few short films.

And I do remember the original short, and there’s none of that in the feature, correct?

There’s one gag when the police are being emasculated by the psychologist in the montage. You see someone cross out “Most Wanted” on the poster and write “Most Misunderstood,” and all the criminals on the poster are the criminals from the short.

That’s great. You mentioned Evil Dead 2, but there a moment at the end where a creatures head is twisting that looks like it’s right out of The Thing.

Yeah, all those rubber head, stretchy effects, you’re meant to spot those references and say “This is from this, this is from that.” They aren’t necessarily direct homages to particular films; it’s more of a feel and a throwback to those types of films.

What’s interesting about those effects from those movies in particular is that they were originally stop-motion or otherwise practical effects.

We build rigs on those stretchy-head things so you could animate the stretch, but it was the some principle as a prosthetic rubber head. We’re just pushing something through and stretching it.

You also said that Animortal Studio was created to make this film. Talk about that part of the process.

The Chuck Steel character was something I’ve tried to get off the ground in a project over the years for quite a long time. And this script, I wrote it in 2001 and tried to get it off the ground then, and doors would open and then close. I just couldn’t move it forward, so I parked it on a shelf and moved on with work. I was frustrated that I wasn’t getting anywhere with it, so I decided to make the short film in my basement. So I started making the models and sets from things I’d collected over the years. I’d cannibalized old armatures and used those instead of making the models [from scratch], because I didn’t have any backing. It was also the first time I’d tried to do any voice work, so I did the voices on the short film.

Early on in the process of making that, I got introduced to my now business partners through a colleague. Rupert Lywood, who isn’t here and is the third partner with me and Rand here, he’s a big animation fan and he loved something I’d done years ago called Gogs, a film about a caveman family. He basically backed the short film, and when we finished that, he said “Let’s make a feature film.” And then it was just a matter of them getting the financing together. As of right now, it’s been about four years since we started production. The film took about two-and-a-half years; with setting up the studio, three years; and another year of wrapping everything up and getting to this point. We’ve not been the fastest [laughs].

I’ve interviewed folks from Laika and Aardman over the years, and I know they digitally print all of these different expressions and use face replacement to speed up the process, but you didn’t do that. You stuck to old-school molding each expression one frame at a time. Was that by necessity?

With the short film, I didn’t have any other choice. That’s what I knew how to do, and I knew how to make that that way. And I didn’t want the look of the feature to veer off wildly from the short, so we stuck with the same technique. For the next time, there are shortcuts that we need to take. The rapid-prototyping printed face thing, if you’ve got the budget and time, you can do that really well. If you don’t, that can be poppy and jerky, so I stuck with what I knew well.

It looks expensive, so congratulations on achieving what appears to be a high production value. How did you get it to look that way—big, widescreen, colorful, huge crowd shots, explosions?

We didn’t use any CGI characters; the only CGI in the film is the cityscape when we’re doing flying scenes. The fire has live-action element pumped in. There’s a lot of composite work and VFX work. One of the things we did was add a little bit of camera movement in post, so there’s a little bit of wobble, a bit of life, to things. We also have lens flares; big-budget films always have a bit of lens flare. Those are quite simple things that can help things look bigger. If you want to know, it cost $20 million to make this movie.

That’s incredible. I would never have asked.

That’s refreshing to hear you say that. Everyone wants to know. They want to compare you to all the other animation house budgets. I can tell you, we were less than all the others.

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‘The Royals’ Canceled After Four Seasons at E!

“The Royals'” reign has come to an end. E! has canceled the one-hour drama series after four seasons, Variety has learned. “E! will not be moving forward with another season of ‘The Royals,’ which launched in 2015 as the network’s first original scripted series,” a spokesperson for E! told Variety in a statement. “Over four seasons, ‘The Royals’ […]
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Johnny Depp Allegedly Accused Amber Heard Of Pooping In Their Bed After Argument - cs, 2018-08-16 22:58

Reports allege Amber Heard may have left poop on their bed after a heated argument.

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Mile 22 Review - cs, 2018-08-16 22:49

It may only be a little over an hour and a half long, but Mile 22 doesn't need that much time to tell you that it's thunderingly, insensitively dumb.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - cs, 2018-08-16 22:49

Hobbiton: Eat at the world's greatest hobbit feast
The other thing I couldn't help but be amazed with is Sir Peter Jackson's attention to detail. As you find out during the tours, to stop birds flying into the back of shots he used an eagle brought in from overseas that was trained to do circles of the ...

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Official Trailer for 'Kusama - Infinity' Doc About Artist Yayoi Kusama Movie Trailers - cs, 2018-08-16 22:44
Kusama - Infinity Trailer

"I come up with new ideas so quickly. My canvas can't keep up with me." Magnolia Pictures has debuted the first official trailer for Heather Lenz's fascinating artist documentary Kusama - Infinity, which first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Lenz's Kusama - Infinity profiles world-renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, now 89 years old and still creating. The film "traces Kusama’s trajectory from a conservative upbringing in Japan to battling sexism and racism in 1960s NYC to her unstoppable rise to international fame." She has re-established her prominence with the highly successful "Infinity Room" and other recent art projects and global exhibitions. I saw this at Sundance and it's a wonderful, intriguing, inspiring doc film about a truly masterful artist, spanning her entire life and career. Highly recommended. ›››

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T.J. Miller Denies Bully Accusations From Silicon Valley Actress - cs, 2018-08-16 22:43

According to former Silicon Valley actor T.J. Miller, he never bullied a certain actress.

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‘Hard Powder’ is the Liam Neeson Snowplow Action Movie You’ve Been Waiting For

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Who says cinema is dead? As long as someone is ready to make a Liam Neeson snowplow action movie, the medium of film will live forever. Neeson is set to star in Hard Power, a remake of the 2014 Norwegian film In Order of Disappearance. Neeson plays a snowplow driver going up against a drug cartel. If that doesn’t excite you, I don’t know what else to say.

Anyway, we now know when this miracle will hit theaters.

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Hard Powder

Liam Neeson made a snowplow action movie, and Lionsgate has given the film a new release date: February 8, 2019. Per Deadline, the film has Neeson playing a character named Nels Coxman, and really that should be all you need to know. But if you want more info, here goes: Nels Coxman is “a local snowplow operator recently named Citizen of the Year of his small Colorado ski town for keeping the roads open through the winter. Nels’ quiet life with his wife (Laura Dern) abruptly spins out of control when their son is unjustly murdered by a local drug cartel. Taking the law into his own hands with only the tools of an outdoorsman and snowplow driver, Nels sets out to find those responsible but inadvertently ignites a gang war that threatens to engulf the town – unless he ends it first.”

That’s right – Laura Dern is in this too. Just give me this movie immediately. If this (strange) plot sounds somewhat familiar, that’s because Hard Powder is a remake of the 2014 Norwegian film In Order of DisappearanceHans Petter Moland, who directed the original film, is directing this one as well. In the Norwegian film, Stellan Skarsgård played the main character, and here’s my favorite part – his name was Nils Dickman. That’s right, they’ve updated the character name from Nils Dickman to Nels Coxman. Movies! Here’s the In Order of Disappearance trailer, to give you a better idea of what the remake might be like.

In Order of Disappearance

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Hard Powder‘s new February 8 release date originally belonged to another Lionsgate film: Flarsky, a comedy starring Charlize Theron and Seth RogenFlarsky “centers on an unemployed journalist (Rogen), battered by his own misfortune and self-destructive ways, who endeavors to pursue his childhood crush and babysitter who now happens to be one of the most powerful and unattainable women on Earth (Theron).” I guess that sounds okay, but let’s be honest: Flarsky doesn’t feature Liam Neeson or a snowplow, so what’s the point?

With Hard Powder now set for that February 8 date, Flarsky is moving to June 7, 2018.

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‘The Nun’ Eyes Huge $32 Million-Plus Opening Weekend

After popcorn season comes to a close, Warner Bros. is hoping to scare moviegoers back into theaters with “The Nun.” Early tracking suggests the fifth installment in “The Conjuring” franchise is on pace to open to more than $32 million when it opens on Sept. 7, though some estimates predict it could make as much […]
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