Sundance Institute tonight offers a first look at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival by announcing the nine feature films that will screen in its iconic Midnight section.
Conventional wisdom says Hollywood doesn’t have as many true movie stars as it used to, with the brightest stars’ wattage trending down ever since the days of Humphrey Bogart. Even in the 21st century, however, when devastatingly-good looks and charisma meet in one earthy vessel who makes good career choices, tickets get bought. A lot of tickets. These ten beautiful people’s films have generated over two billion apiece at the box office.
Everyone’s favorite “21 Jump Street” star made the leap to the big screen with everyone’s favorite ’80s slasher flick “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” But what’s the best Johnny Depp movie? That, dear readers, we leave you to decide.
It’s a dream pairing, one that’s almost hard to believe hasn’t happened before. Leading man Johnny Depp will return to his indie roots (WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE?, ED WOOD, BENNY & JOON) to star in auteur Wes Anderson’s next project, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL.
Every week there are dozens of film news stories. Every week, we read them all and bring you the five most important ones in the single most important blog post you’ll ever read (today [at this moment]). This week, we’ve got Oscar snubs, Oscar branding and some Johnny Depp/Edgar Wright gossip.
New movie trailers were a little slim this week, so what I bring you instead are four of the worst new movie posters. Let’s start with my favorite, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL. This isn’t the main poster, but one of a series featuring an image of each supporting character with the same slogan, only with Paula Patton here dressed up like a prom queen, the slogan “No Plan, No Backup, No Choice” reads more like an ad for birth control you might see in Planned Parenthood.
Now here’s a trend we can get behind: Mainstream movie audiences are increasingly turning their backs on cleverly marketed but shoddily made movies in favor of higher quality films.
Citing disappointing box-office results from middle-brow movies on which the big studios had pinned blockbuster hopes – remakes like THE WOLFMAN and THE A-TEAM, star vehicles like KILLERS with Ashton Kutcher and THE TOURIST with Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, and sequels like SEX AND THE CITY 2 – and the surprising success of more complicated pictures like INCEPTION and THE SOCIAL NETWORK – the New York Times’ Brooks Barnes asserts that “studios are finally and fully conceding that moviegoers, armed with Facebook and other networking tools and concerned about escalating ticket prices, are holding them to higher standards. The product has to be good.”
These most excellent posters created by Moxy Creative House depict iconic glasses of famous names, five of which also get their own posters: Kanye West (The Ye’s), Yves Saint Laurent (The YSL’s), Andy Warhol (The Warhol’s), Ghandi (The Ghandi’s), and Johnny Depp (The Depp’s).
Up close and fantastical: An interview with director Terry Gilliam on THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS
For 35 years, critically acclaimed director Terry Gilliam has introduced audiences to the fantastic and the bizarre with films such as BRAZIL, THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN, THE FISHER KING, and 12 MONKEYS. His latest film, THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS, follows its characters through a new world of dreams and desire, but was not…
Terry Gilliam next fantastical foray comes in the form of THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS starring Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Colin Farrell, and Christopher Plummer as the titular character. Doctor Parnassus, the leader of a traveling theater troupe that offers audience members a chance to go beyond reality through a magical mirror in…