Hollywood has been trying to get a US remake of Ghost in the Shell off the ground for years, and now it’s finally happened. Scarlett Johansson stars front and centre in the lead as Major, a cyborg cop tasked with bringing down the most dangerous and notorious criminals. Continue reading
Paramount’s Ghost in the Shell adaptation has added its second big Japanese star to the cast, with Rila Fukushima joining the Scarlett Johansson-led sci-fi blockbuster. The film was originally set up at Disney for release next year. But when their partnership with DreamWorks wasn’t renewed, Paramount snapped up the North American rights alongside the international rights they already owned. Continue reading
Based on the real-life 2010 Chilean mining accident, The 33 is among Warner Bros.’ awards hopefuls arriving at the end of the year. Continue reading
March has been a pretty mixed bag. Chappie got us off to a fairly soft start, but this month is sure to do the complete opposite. Furious 7 is first up on our must-see movies of April, set to light up the box office in a big way with nine-figure projections.
If the blockbuster sequel performs as expected, it will be the first film of the year to gross more than $100m. in a three-day opening – technically American Sniper did over the long MLK weekend, but that was four days. But it will only be the highest-grossing film of the year for four weeks, before Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron dominates at the start of May. Fortunately for us in the UK, we’ll be getting it a week early, and I can’t wait for it to hit.
Furious 7 – April 3rd US, UK
Since reigniting the franchise six years ago with Fast & Furious, Universal has had string of successively bigger and bigger hits. Fast & Furious 6 was the first film in the series to deliver more than three quarters of a billion dollars at the global box office, and with Furious 7 estimated to open to over $100m. in the US alone, there’s every chance it will once more outperform its predecessor. Continue reading
The ceremony, essentially a French equivalent of the Oscars, has a prominent focus on filmmaking talent coming out of France. Coming off the back of an Oscar nomination, Oscar winner Marion Cotillard has picked up another nod here for her leading role in the Dardenne brothers’ Two Days, One Night. Continue reading
Bowing at Cannes last year to great acclaim for director Olivier Assayas and his three leading actresses, there had been expectations that Clouds of Sils Maria might make it into cinemas before the end of last year in order to qualify for the upcoming Oscars.
Ultimately, those predictions didn’t quite pan out, and I’ll be keen to see if Juliette Binoche and her co-stars Kristen Stewart and Chloë Grace Moretz are given Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress campaigns for their work come the end of this year.
IFC may well have been expecting to focus their awards efforts on Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, which has picked up plenty of awards and nods in the past few months, keeping Clouds of Sils Maria back for next year’s race. With its spring release on the horizon, the Sundance Selects release has launched a new trailer for its arrival in the US. Continue reading