Quentin Tarantino Still Open To The Idea Of Directing ‘Star Trek’
What’s old becomes new again. So, the story goes a little like this: in a 2015 podcast talk with Nerdist circa “The Hateful Eight” press, director Quentin Tarantino talked about many things as he’s wont to do. Topics broached were his love for “Speed Racer,” Marvel’s “Luke Cage” (he wanted to make a movie in the ‘90s) and “Star Trek,” a sci-fi property that the “Pulp Fiction” filmmaker said he preferred to “Star Wars.”
While he talked about the movies to small degree, it was the “Star Trek” TV shows that clearly made a mark on the director.
- Jordan Ruimy
‘Star Wars’: Ron Howard Shares ‘Desperate and Dangerous’ Photos From Han Solo Set
With all the drama surrounding who will and won’t direct the many “Star Wars” films coming soon to a galaxy near you, there’s been a momentary lapse in obsessing over what actually happens in the standalone Han Solo film and “Episode IX.” Ron Howard is now directing the former, which was originally to be helmed by “Lego Movie” helmers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller; as he nears completion on the untitled spinoff, the former Richie Cunningham has shared two glimpses of it.
“Shooting a scene about desperate and dangerous times in the Galaxy,” wrote Howard on Twitter yesterday. The accompanying photo is hazy, with a copper tint to it, and shows several people both in front of and behind the camera. He shared a similar picture on Instagram, »
- Michael Nordine
‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Suits Up At The Multiplex [Box Office]
All summer long, audiences were wary of sequels and reboots, with many underperforming or outright tanking. And while Fox will likely wind up being happy with the numbers for “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” it’s safe to say they were hoping for a slightly better result.
The sequel founds its way to the top of the box office this weekend, knocking out two-week champion “It.” Earning $39 million, Matthew Vaughn‘s R-rated flick only did slightly better than the $36 million bow of ‘The Secret Service’ two years ago.
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- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Blade Runner 2049’ Won’t Have a Director’s Cut, Says Denis Villeneuve
Eight different versions of “Blade Runner” have been shown in one form or another, five of which are well known: the workprint, the theatrical cut, the international cut, the director’s cut, and the final cut. In a new interview with Europe Plus, Denis Villeneuve says that “Blade Runner 2049” won’t be so complicated — there will be no director’s cut, he explains, because the version arriving in theaters next month is the director’s cut.
“The thing is, the movie you’re going to see is the director’s cut,” says Villeneuve, who most recently directed “Arrival” and “Sicario.” “There will be no further…maybe there’ll be a ‘studio version’ [laughs], maybe a producer version, but not a director’s version. That’s my director’s cut. So I don’t »
- Michael Nordine
Challenging Five Untruths about Women in the Film Business at Ifp Week’s Persona Project Panel
It’s been a wild summer for the film industry — and for anyone who has fucked with females. At Ifp Week, I was happy to see Filmmaker contributor Taylor Hess touch, ever so delicately, on some of the issues around discrimination and mistreatment that have been plaguing us all. She hosted a panel version of her Persona Project column, which celebrates up-and-coming women in film. On the panel were Sara Kiener, Head of Distribution Strategies at Cinereach; Taylor Shung, Co-Producer, A Woman, a Part; Aijah Keith, Manager of Acquisitions & Production at IFC; and Dana Vladimir, Head of Communications and […] »
- Meredith Alloway
‘Gerald’s Game’ Review: Kinky Sex Goes Wrong, but It’s Stephen King Done Right
“It” and “The Dark Tower” have the highest profiles in a year of Stephen King adaptations, but “Gerald’s Game” best demonstrates the paradoxical nature of bringing his work to the screen. The master of pulpy horror tends to go long on prose, burrowing so deep inside his characters’ psyches that the stories often lose their way. That storytelling gamble is perfectly illustrated by “Gerald’s Game,” in which a woman’s chained to a bed in a kinky sex game gone wrong, wandering the contours of her own mind. How do you make a movie out of that? Director Mike Flanagan figured it out.
It takes a specific kind of filmmaker to tackle the challenges of a single-set survival movie, whether it’s Danny Boyle in a canyon (“127 Hours”) or Rodrigo Cortés inside a coffin (“Buried”), but the closest cinematic comparison to “Gerald’s Game” is James Wan’s “Saw, »
- Eric Kohn
‘Young Sheldon’ Review: The Emotional Complexity of this ‘Big Bang Theory’ Prequel Will Stun Haters and Fans Alike
There’s a shot in the “Young Sheldon” premiere, directed by “Jungle Book” helmer Jon Favreau, so pitiful it feels pulled from a Todd Haynes film more than a sitcom spinoff. After a family dinner that proves distressing not only for the arguments had but for how ordinary the hostility comes across, the camera pulls back through a narrow doorway, framing the five-some in an inescapable box of childish bickering and unspoken frustrations. They’re trapped, and “Young Sheldon” asks how they’ll ever escape.
Of course, viewers know Sheldon gets out. The series almost immediately reframes his life in “The Big Bang Theory” as a grand success story, but that doesn’t change how this prequel series will be seen. Like a family permanently stuck in a dining room debate, viewers have to live in the moment with Sheldon, and that experience (so far) feels as heartbreaking — and fulfilling »
- Ben Travers
‘The Vietnam War’ Filmmaker on the Horrifying Execution Footage That’s ‘Unbearable to Look At’
[Editor’s Note: The following contains an image of graphic violence below, a photo taken during the war that is being discussed in context with the documentary and the Tet Offensive.]
At the halfway point of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s “The Vietnam War,” the documentary series reaches the Tết Offensive, one of the biggest military offensives by the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong that turned the tide of the war, even though it was deemed a failure. Episode 6, titled “Things Fall Apart” is one of the most relentless and graphically violent installments of the series so far, but is absolutely essential viewing to understanding how both the Vietnamese and Americans viewed the war going forward.
One of the biggest contributors to the American perception of the war occurred early on during the Tết Offensive, on its second day. After Northern Vietnamese spy Nguyễn Văn Lém violated the rules of warfare, Nguyễn was captured and then executed by South Vietnam’s General Loan. The image of the execution was captured by photographer Eddie Adams at the moment Loan’s bullet hit Nguyễn’s head. »
- Hanh Nguyen
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