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Film Festivals

Like me, every year you may hear about the Film Festivals on the news and say hey, that sounds cool, all those movie stars going to these events. But you wonder what is the idea, what is the role of the festival? How long have they been around and where did they start? This article will take a brief look at film festivals and their role in the movie industry.

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July 29

Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge Trailer Is Harrowing, Bloody and Heroic, Watch It Now

by Dirk Libbey

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of Hollywood movies about soldiers and war. Of those, an high percentage are about World War II. However, Hacksaw Ridge looks to be a very different kind of movie from others in the genre. The new film by Mel Gibson isn't about a great soldier who killed a bunch of Nazis. It's about a doctor who never touched a gun, and still saved dozens of his fellow countrymen. Check out the first trailer for Hacksaw Ridge below.

In Hacksaw Ridge, Andrew Garfield plays Desmond Doss, who was a medic on the front lines of World War II in Okinawa, Japan. He fought in what's considered one of the bloodiest battles of the war, and received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his efforts saving lives. All of this notably happened while Doss was recognized as a conscientious objector who refused to carry a weapon of any kind.


Hacksaw Ridge is part of an attempted return to form for Mel Gibson as a director. The filmmaker has been keeping a low profile since some serious personal issues led Hollywood to sour on him a few years back. Even this trailer doesn't use his name, simply referring to "the director of Braveheart" - the film for which he won Academy Awards for Best Director as well as Best Picture. He'll also be returning to the front of the camera in August in the action film Blood Father.

Continue Reading at: CinemaBlend

July 28

Venice Film Festival Lineup Delivers Tom Ford, Mel Gibson

A still from the Tom Ford film 'Nocturnal Animals' (image courtesy Focus Features / Pinterest)

by Yohana Desta

The lineup for the prestigious 73rd Venice Film Festival has arrived.

Titles in competition at the world's oldest film festival include Damien Chazelle's La La Land, Derek Cianfrance's The Light Between Oceans, and Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals. Ana Lily Amirpour, who broke out in 2014 with indie darling A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, will also compete, debuting her sophomore film The Bad Batch, starring Jason Momoa, Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey and more.

Also in competition is Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi thriller Arrival, starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker. Terrence Malick's Voyage of Time, which stars Cate Blanchett, will compete this year as well.

Out of competition titles include Antoine Fuqua's star-studded The Magnificent Seven, which will also open the Toronto International Film Festival, and Mel Gibson's World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge, which stars Andrew Garfield and Vince Vaughn. The first two episodes of Paolo Sorrentino's miniseries The Young Pope starring Jude Law will also appear.

Natalie Portman will star in two high profile projects at the festival — Rebecca Zlotowski's Planetarium, which also features rising star Lily-Rose Depp, and Pablo Larrain's Jackie. In the latter, Portman will play first lady Jackie O. The film is produced by Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky.

Continue Reading at: Vanity Fair

July 27

James McAvoy Has 23 Personalities in the Trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's Split

by Eliza Berman

Whatever it may say about us, audiences can't seem to get enough stories about abducted women (see: Room, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Thirteen, most of the programming on Lifetime), and M. Night Shyamalan is only happy to indulge the obsession. The writer-director of The Sixth Sense and Signs adds to the genre with Split, a forthcoming thriller about three young women kidnapped by one very bald, very creepy James McAvoy. Sporting the 'do that's served him well as Professor X, McAvoy plays a man with 23 personalities, at least one of which is majorly threatening to the young women's prospects for both escape and survival.

The unlucky young women are played by Anya Taylor Joy, who broke out in 2015's historical horror film The Witch, and Haley Lu Richardson and Jessica Sula, who both star in the Freeform series Recovery Road. The film reunites Shyamalan with Sixth Sense producer Jason Blum, and the director also enlisted cinematographer Mike Gioulakis, who helped propel It Follows to one of the most buzzed-about horror movies in recent years.

Split hits theaters on Jan. 20, 2017.

See the disturbing trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Time

July 27

Will Smith, Margot Robbie on Suicide Squad red carpet in Toronto

Robbie and Smith are very expressive as they talk to the media on the red carpet in Toronto (image courtesy Toronto Star)

By Ryan Porter

They play two of summer's most anticipated anti-heroes, but Margot Robbie and Will Smith were all charm on the red carpet at an event in the Distillery District on Tuesday. The co-stars hit Toronto to hype their comic book rogue's gallery team-up Suicide Squad, which was filmed in the city last year.

"Rolling through The 6 with our woes!” Smith sang, paraphrasing Drake's Toronto ode "Know Yourself" as he took the stage at the Fermenting Cellar event space alongside Robbie, Toronto Mayor John Tory, director David Ayer and host Ben Mulroney.

The space was transformed into the "Belle Reve Penitentiary Fan Experience," inspired by the prison where the film's supervillain squad are imprisoned.

Toronto hosted much of the sprawling shoot, which ran from April through August last year.

"I've filmed in big cities before," Robbie said. "And I've never had the people living in that city be so nice about it. When you guys see the movie, you'll see your hometown all the way through it."

The warm feelings, apparently, are mutual. Tory presented the cast with a plaque and gave Robbie, a New York Rangers fan, a Toronto Maple Leafs cap. "My second favourite team!" she laughed, noting that she did see a Leafs game while she was in Toronto. "They were playing the Rangers," Smith said.

Click the Continue Reading at link to see red carpet footage with Magot Robbie, Will Smith and director David Ayer.

Continue Reading at: Toronto Star

July 26

TIFF 2016 to open with The Magnificent Seven

By Jessica Wong

Antoine Fuqua's The Magnificent Seven, a star-studded remake of the 1960s ensemble western that puts Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke into the saddle, will open the Toronto International Film Festival.

TIFF CEO Piers Handling and artistic director Cameron Bailey unveiled the festival's first slate of films for this September's edition, at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto on Tuesday morning.

"We are pleased to welcome acclaimed filmmaker Antoine Fuqua back to the festival," said Handling, who noted it would be the American director's third time bringing a movie to the festival.

"Fuqua has delivered an exciting character-driven film on a grand scale, while putting his own unique spin on the genre, making for a thrilling opening night."

Check out the action packed Magnificent Seven trailer:

Continue Reading at: CBC

July 25

Brie Larson confirmed as 'Captain Marvel'

Brie Larson at the 2016 Oscars and a conceptual image of Captain Marvel from Marvel's website (images courtesy Today / Marvel)

by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press

Oscar winner Brie Larson has a new title to add to her resume: Superhero.

Disney and Marvel announced Saturday at Comic-Con that Larson will star in "Captain Marvel" as the butt-kicking air force pilot Carol Danvers who gets special powers after an alien encounter.

"Captain Marvel" will be the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to center on a female character. The film is scheduled for release in March of 2019.

"Guardians of the Galaxy" writer Nicole Perlman and "Inside Out's" Meg LeFauve are co-writing the screenplay. No director has been announced.

Continue Reading at: CTV

July 24

Box Office: 'Star Trek Beyond' Beams Up $59.6M; 'Ice Age 5' Bombs With $21M

CPO: We wonder if the tagline was somehow prophetic? (image courtesy Blue Sky / 20th Century Fox)

by Pamela McClintock

It was a topsy-turvey weekend at the box office.

Justin Lin's Star Trek Beyond beamed up a strong $59.6 million from 3,928 theaters, more than enough to win the weekend and marking one of the best openings of summer to date. However, the third chapter in Paramount and Skydance's rebooted franchise came in 14 percent behind the opening of Star Trek Into Darkness ($70.2 million) as Hollywood battles a bad case of sequelitis. (The 2009 film Star Trek blasted off with an even better $75.2 million.)

Still, 14 percent is a relatively modest drop. And it's nothing compared to Ice Age: Collision Course, which fell off a cliff in its U.S. debut with $21 million from 3,392 theaters — 55 percent behind the 2012 launch of Ice Age: Continental Drift ($46.6 million) and the worst showing for a studio animated tentpole in a decade. The good news: Collision Course, which eked out a fifth-place finish, is a vibrant player overseas, earning $127 million even before it landed in North America.

Instead, U.S. audiences preferred Universal and Illumination's animated holdover The Secret Life of Pets, which placed No. 2 in its third weekend with $29.3 million from 4,048 locations for a domestic total of $260.7 million and worldwide haul of $323.7 million (Pets earned another $10 million overseas this weekend from 14 markets.)

Ice Age faced tough going all the way around; Pixar's Finding Dory placed No. 6 in its sixth weekend with more than $7 million, pushing its domestic total to $460.2 million - the ninth-best showing of all time - and global cume to $781.7 million after earning another $19.5 million overseas from 45 markets.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

July 24

New 'Fantastic Beasts' Trailer Featuring Eddie Redmayne Reveals Magical Monsters

by Nicholas Hautman

More magic and more monsters! A brand new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer debuted at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, July 23, sending Muggles everywhere into a frenzy.

The film's director, David Yates, took the stage during the Warner Bros. panel on Saturday afternoon to introduce the cast of the movie, which was written by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. After protagonist Eddie Redmayne, who plays Newt Scamander, was greeted by a roar of cheers from the audience, he started handing out magic wands to thousands of fans, with some help from Warner Bros. crew members.

"Everyone here is getting their own wand!" Comic-Con host Conan O’Brien said.

After Potterheads were instructed to point their wands at a screen onstage, the Fantastic Beasts trailer began to play. The teaser starts with Colin Farrell, who plays Auror Percival Graces, investigating the sudden arrival of several dangerous creatures in New York in the mid-1920s.

As fans know, and as is later revealed in the trailer, the so-called "fantastic beasts" escaped from a magical briefcase owned by none other than Newt (Redmayne). Although several promos for the upcoming movie have previously been released, the Comic-Con video gives viewers a first look at the beasts themselves.

Check out the Comic-Con trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Us Weekly

July 23

Watch the New Trailer for Secret 'Blair Witch' Sequel

by Natalie Stone

Seventeen years after The Blair Witch Project spooked audiences at the 1999 summer box office, a sequel to the horror film has been released.

In a surprise twist to San Diego Comic-Con-goers on Friday evening, Lionsgate shocked fans when the studio unveiled that its upcoming film The Woods is, in actuality, a new sequel to the 1999 horror-mystery. Upon entering a screening for the film at SDCC, the studio swapped The Woods posters for the newly unveiled project: Blair Witch.

Set to hit theaters on September 16, 2016, Blair Witch follows a group of college students who venture into Maryland's Black Hills Forest to uncover mysteries surrounding the disappearance of James' sister, who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. During the group's hunt, they are visited by a menacing presence.

Watch the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

July 23

Justice League Trailer Revealed at Comic-Con 2016: Ben Affleck's Batman Confronts Aquaman and The Flash

by Corinne Heller

The Avengers, X-Men...you've got some fierce competition.

The first teaser trailer for Zack Snyder and DC Entertainment's new superhero ensemble movie Justice League was posted on YouTube and unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con International 2016 Saturday, marking the first released footage from the anticipated film, and it looks kick-ass.

In the clip, Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, talks about building an "alliance" of "warriors" with "special abilities" to fight against an "enemy" coming from far away. The actor had previously played the superhero role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

In the Justice League teaser, his character is shown talking to Diana Prince / Wonder Woman, played by fellow past co-star Gal Gadot, and getting into a physical confrontation with Arthur Currry / Aquaman, played by franchise newcomer Jason Momoa.

"I hear you can talk to fish," Affleck says.

Ray Fisher also returns as Victor Stone / Cyborg, while Ezra Miller reprises his Batman v Superman cameo role as Barry Miller / The Flash and showcases his skills to Batman.

See the Comic-Con footage here:

Continue Reading at: E! Online

July 22

Daniel Craig could return to play James Bond as the next movie gets delayed until 2018

Daniel Craig, here in a still from 2015's "Spectre", may be back as Bond after all (image courtesy Columbia / Sony)

by John James Anisiobi

For all of you Daniel Craig fans out there, prepare to get excited!

The general consensus so far has been that Daniel would never again order a martini, shaken not stirred.

But the next James Bond film will not hit cinemas until late 2018, according to reports, so there's a chance Craig could be back for one more outing.

The delay is due to producer Barbara Broccoli working on two other films first, and also because she allegedly wants time to convince Daniel Craig to sign back up.

A source told The Sun: "Barbara is not going to be rushed into a Bond and wants to work on two other film projects next year.

"It will give her time to work out a script and try to convince Daniel to maybe return."

Broccoli is currently in London making Film Stars Don't Die with actor Jamie Bell, who was at one point one of the favourites to be the next 007.

Continue Reading at: Daily Mirror

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