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"Bond 25" is closing in on a director - the shortlist is down to three

"Bond 25" is closing in on a director - the shortlist is down to three

In a less than an eight hour period, "Bond 25" went from no director, to a shortlist of three, and now one clear frontrunner. — A Deadline report surfaced this afternoon confirming the three directors in the running to direct "Bond 25" are David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water), Yann Demange (’71), and Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner: 2049). According to Deadline sources, all three directors met with EON pictures and while Villeneuve and Mackenzie are still being considered, a new source out of Variety reports Yann Demange is now the frontrunner to take over the twenty-fifth Bond installment.

Jared Leto Rumored To Play Bloodshot for Sony's New Superhero Universe

Jared Leto Rumored To Play Bloodshot for Sony's New Superhero Universe

Two years ago Sony Pictures and Valiant announced a five feature film deal to bring Bloodshot, Harbinger, and Harbinger Wars to the big screen. — Don't know who any of these heroes are? Well your like most of the world. Sony is betting big on this little known superhero franchise. Just comparing Twitter followers, Valiant has 77,000 followers, Marvel has 5.1 million followers, and DC has 2.3M followers. So Valiant is significantly smaller just by looking at its social presence.

'Wonder Woman 2' returns December 13, 2019

'Wonder Woman 2' returns December 13, 2019

Bond 25 and Frozen 2 will each have three weeks to rule the box office until Wonder Woman crashes the party — It's official! Warner Bros. (WB) announced "Wonder Woman 2" will hit U.S. theaters Dec. 13, 2019. This announcement comes a week after WB set dates for a number of unconfirmed films, including untitled DC films set for release on February 14 and June 5, 2020. "Wonder Woman 2" officially joins Justice League (Nov. 17, 2017) and Aquaman (Dec. 21, 2018) as the only titled DC films with release dates.

2017 Toronto International Film Festival - Film Lineup

2017 Toronto International Film Festival - Film Lineup

Is there a "Moonlight" among this year's TIFF Galas and Special Presentations? — President and Toronto International Film Festival CEO Piers Handling and film critic and TIFF programmer Cameron Bailey unveiled the first slate of programmes, including 25 World Premieres, eight International Premieres, six North American Premieres, and eight Canadian Premieres, including works from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, India, Egypt, and Cambodia.

Woody Allen Retrospective: Celebrity

Woody Allen Retrospective: Celebrity

The time has come, the time has passed actually, to properly highlight Woody Allen's black and white films. Throughout his career, Woody made six black and white films (Manhattan, Stardust Memories, Zelig, Broadway Danny Rose, Shadows and Fog, and Celebrity) beginning in 1979, well past the introduction of color photography in film. Black and white photography was something producers and other film executives were more than willing to leave in the past once color photography was available. Black and white photography still has its place in a colorized world, however. Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder, in 1974, were so adamant that their film Young Frankenstein would be shot on black and white film stock that they abandoned a deal because executives wanted the film to be shot in color. In a similar way, Woody Allen has executed an artistic vision in which he has filmed some of his films, iconically so, in black and white. Many of Woody's films shot in black and white are impossible to imagine any other way. The soft black and white hues in Manhattan particularly, force the audience to focus on the actors on-screen as they explore the depth of human emotions. I tend to trust filmmakers when they make bold decisions regarding their art no matter how unconventional they may be. Celebrity, the 1998 edition of Woody Allen's film-a-year output, certainly benefits from being shot in black and white, and I am thankful that it was executed in such a way. Celebrity blends anguish and comedy as it evaluates the symbiotic relationship between the media and celebrities, all the while illustrating the lives of a man and woman after their marriage ends. Starring Kenneth Branagh and Judy Davis as the divorced pair, Celebrity is a deeply probing look at the concept of identity, how that is altered by love, and how one's own expectations can change the course of their life. Never one to shy away from the philosophical struggles of our own existence, Woody Allen delivers another top-tier film that has sadly been largely ignored amidst his other more notable features.

Watch: Westworld Season 2 should be a violent delight

Watch: Westworld Season 2 should be a violent delight

You can cosplay Dolores Abernathy but can you ride a horse like Dolores Abernathy? — HBO debuted the first trailer for season 2 of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s thrilling western sci-fi series Westworld. The dialogue-free footage accompanied by Sammy Davis Jr.’s “I’ve Gotta Be Me,” illustrates the aftermath of the massacre that occurred during season one’s finale “The Bicameral Mind” and features a violently delightful journey for hosts Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood), Maeve (Thandie Newton), and Bernard (Jeffrey Wright). Yes, Bernard! All three are confirmed for Season 2 along with appearances from Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) and Lee Sizemore (Simon Quaterman). Most significantly, the preview's final image features a long close-up on a bloodied but grimacing Ed Harris' Man in Black, who is every bit alive and well.

An Autumn Afternoon: Ozu's Last Masterpiece
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An Autumn Afternoon: Ozu's Last Masterpiece

I have written in these pages numerous times of my love for cinema, of the moments captured on celluloid, of those magical images that speak, not only to the intellect, but to my very soul. The wonder of cinema is that it can take the mundane, the ordinary, and make it enchanted; it can pour mystery into the simplest and most natural occurrences. It can reveal depths to the everyday humdrum. There has been only a chosen few directors who have been able to achieve this transcendence with regularity over a sustained period of time, and o f these few, is a director I am getting to know more and more and to love whole-heartedly: Yasujiro Ozu.

TRIPLE THREAT may be the perfect film title for Well Go USA's latest action-thriller

TRIPLE THREAT may be the perfect film title for Well Go USA's latest action-thriller

I'm not sure plot matters when you see this trio of mercenaries in Well Go USA's latest action-thriller — Directed by stuntman Jesse V. Johnson (Savage Dogs), TRIPLE THREAT follows a trio of mercenaries led by Iko Uwais (The Raid), Tony Jaa (Ong Bak), Tiger Chen (Man Of Tai Chi) who must race against time to stop assassins Michael Jai White (Undisputed), Scott Adkins (Bourne Ultimatum), and Michael Bisping (xXx: Return Of Xander Cage) who are hired to take out a billionaire’s daughter intent on bringing down a major crime syndicate.

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