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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 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)
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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)
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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)
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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.
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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)
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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)
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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.

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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

May 12

Box Office: 'Detective Pikachu' Catches $58M Amid 'Avengers: Endgame' Reign

Detective Pikachu is on the case, almost winning at the domestic Box Office this past weekend (image courtesy Warner Bros.)
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by Mia Galuppo

Avengers: Endgame has retained its No. 1 position at the domestic box office for a third week in a row - although a Pokemon made the stateside battle somewhat close.

The Marvel title beat newcomer Detective Pikachu, with Endgame earning $61.3 million stateside. The movie's cumulative global box office is now $2.485 billion, with the superhero installment only second to James Cameron's all-time earner, Avatar.

Domestically, Endgame has earned $724 million, passing Avengers: Infinity War ($679 million) and Black Panther ($700 million) to move up to the No. 3 all-time stateside spot, behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Avatar. The movie picked up an additional $102.3 million, internationally.

Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros.' Detective Pikachu still made a notable bow with $58 million in North American ticket sales in 4,202 theaters. Young men showed up in the biggest numbers, with males making up 56 percent of the audience, 57 percent of which were under 25.

The first live-action Pokemon movie earned above-average reviews, with 63 percent fresh on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, and the film faired even better with audiences, snagging an A- CinemaScore. Ryan Reynolds voice stars as the titular Pikachu in the movie that sees the popular Pokemon team up with a human counterpart, Tim (Justice Smith), who has the ability to understand what Pikachu is saying. Together, they set off to solve the mystery of Tim's missing father.

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Also making its box office debut this weekend was MGM's The Hustle, which pulled in an impressive $13.6 million, taking the No. 3 spot at the stateside box office.

The gender-bent remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels stars Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson as scam artists - one high-end and one low-rent - who team up to fleece unsuspecting victims. Wilson played double duty on the feature, also acting as a producer on the modestly budgeted feature.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

May 10

'It: Chapter 2' trailer: Pennywise the Clown is back to terrorize the town

by Chris Jancelewicz

The first trailer for horror movie follow-up It: Chapter 2 starts off relatively harmless.

It shows an adult Beverly (Jessica Chastain) returning to her childhood house in her hometown of Derry, 27 years after the events of the first movie, It.

In a nearly step-by-step recreation of the scene from the 1990 TV movie, Beverly is invited into the home by Mrs. Kersh, who is clearly not the kind, elderly woman she appears to be.

Things get creepier and creepier as the visit goes on until full-on terror sets in - when Beverly realizes that the woman is, in fact, Pennywise the Clown, the evil entity that plagued her and her friends when they were kids.

This time around, the studio looks to have upped the scary factor, with a lot of grotesquerie and disturbing imagery. The older adult cast features James McAvoy as Bill, Bill Hader as Richie, Jay Ryan as Ben, James Ransone as Eddie, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike and Andy Bean as Stanley, along with Chastain as Beverly. Of course, Bill Skarsgård is back as the terrifying Pennywise.

Check out the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Global

May 9

James Cameron salutes 'Avengers: Endgame' for beating 'Titanic' at the box office

by WENN

James Cameron has saluted Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige after Avengers: Endgame passed Titanic to become the second highest-grossing movie ever.

The latest major instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has smashed box office records, and has now made more than $2.23 billion worldwide, fewer than two weeks after it debuted in cinemas, taking it past Cameron's 1997 blockbuster Titanic's $2.19 billion earnings.

The director marked the achievement on Wednesday night by tweeting a picture showing the Avengers logo in the sea, in place of an iceberg, sinking the Titanic once more.

Continue Reading at: Canoe

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