Prepare yourself for 90 minutes of the most shirtless Dwayne Johnson you've ever seen. Baywatch is rebooted for the big screen, with guest appearances by two of the original cast — Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff. Zac Efron and Priyanka Chopra round out the cast when Baywatch comes to theaters May 26, 2017.
With Rogue One being a prequel of sorts to A New Hope, it was only a matter of time before someone combined the two. This fan edit by Barre Tong interleaves the two films chronologically to give a more real-time aspect to the story.
A boy finds an other-worldly notebook that holds the power over life and death. Writing a name and picturing the person's face brings death to them — and the notebook's new owner goes on a god-like power trip, killing those he thinks should die. Based on the hugely popular Japanese manga, Death Note comes to Netflix August 25, 2017.
Two United Nations ecologists are sent to South America to investigate an environmental disaster. But upon their arrival, they are kidnapped by the CEO of the corporation responsible for the catastrophe, and the imminent eruption of a nearby supervolcano forces the two opposing factions to work together. Directed by Werner Herzog, Salt and Fire release April 7, 2017.
In 2009, the man behind the largest Ponzi scheme in history was sentenced to 150 years in prison — the maximum allowed under the law. Over a period of decades, he defrauded investors in his wealth management business of an estimated $18 billion, crushed the finances of thousands of people, and had a hand in the suicide of his own son. Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer star as Bernie and Ruth Madoff in The Wizard of Lies, based on the book of the same name by NY Times reporter Diana B. Henriques. The film comes to HBO on May 20, 2017.
Drive-ins, double features, the grindhouse horror and exploitation flicks of the 60s and 70s — they're all gone. Movies have never been cheap, but trying to get something in a theater without major studio marketing muscle is all but impossible. Death Proof stands out as the lowest point in Quentin Tarantino's otherwise stellar career, as acknowledged by the director himself, but something often overlooked is what the movie was really meant to be — a warm look back at the way cinema used to be.
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The Old Gods are dying. As their believers wane, their power ebbs and new gods rise to take their place. But before they are gone completely, these old gods will make war against the new in one last epic battle for survival. Neil Gaiman's 2001 novel American Gods comes to Starz as an eight-episode television series April 30, 2017.
Screaming, yelling, arguing, or just plain conversating — dialogue has been the best part of movies since the advent of the talkie. Dialogue is what creates characters, from their personality to their relationship to other characters in the film. Cinefix gives a rundown of their favorite bits of talk of all time.
In an isolated castle in Tuscany, a mother dies suddenly, and her son goes mute. A young nurse is brought in to help the child through his trauma but soon finds herself caught in her own traumatic situation of supernatural origin. Starring Emilia Clarke and directed by Eric D. Howell, Voice from the Stone releases April 28, 2017.
In the idyllic America of the 1950s, naked women were something you only saw in faded black and white magazines in the bottom of your uncle's sock drawer. Then came Hugh Hefner and his Playboy magazine. Hugh brought the nude female form from low-quality prints under the counter to full-color spreads that attempted to approach the level of fine art. And the articles weren't bad either. American Playboy is Hugh's story told by the man himself, complete with unreleased footage from his own archives. The 13-episode series comes to Amazon Prime April 7, 2017.
Pixar animations are nothing short of magic and their latest film is no exception. Directed by Toy Story 3's Lee Unkrich, the story takes place in a town where music is banned but a young boy's obsession with Ernesto de la Cruz and his guitar leads him to the Land of the Dead. Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, and Benjamin Bratt provide the voices when the film comes to theaters November 22, 2017.
Wes Anderson recently took part in a question and answer session at Arte Cinema as part of a video masterclass. The director covers a lot of ground about his influences — Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, François Truffaut — and how the director of a film could be as big a star as the actors. Anderson also gave a few sparse details about his upcoming film Isle of Dogs, a stop-motion animation due sometime in 2018.
Get ready, because this video essay on Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds and creating suspense goes deep. Citing a study of the psychological roots of suspense, Lessons From the Screenplay delves into what creates feelings of tension, and how Inglourious Basterds uses those techniques to put on a theatrical masterclass in suspense on the screen.
Walter Sobchak — also known as John Goodman — got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as thanks for his important role in being perfectly calm, upholding the rules of bowling, and in helping The Dude replace his rug that really tied the room together. Jeff Bridges donned The Sweater for his speech dedicating Goodman's star on the sidewalk, in accordance with Walter's last wishes.
If Batman vs. Superman wasn't enough, Wonder Woman returns in her own film. Gal Gadot is back as the Amazonian superwoman, showing her origins as Diana, princess of the Amazons. When American pilot Chris Pine crashes near the Amazons hidden homeland, Diana agrees to return with him to help in the fight against the Nazis in WWII. Directed by Patty Jenkins, the film is scheduled for release June 2, 2017.
Edgar Wright ditches Simon Pegg and Nick Frost to introduce a new driver, but with an actual name and slightly more lines. Ansel Elgort stars as a driver named Baby who uses a personal soundtrack to overcome a childhood accident and become the best in the biz of getaways. Kevin Spacey plays the crime boss pulling the strings and keeping him from the girl of his dreams. Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Jon Bernthal, and Lily James round out the cast when the film comes to theaters August 11, 2017.
Daniel Craig might want to watch his back — he's got some stiff competition from another MI6 agent. In a future that sees an unstable Germany teetering on the brink of collapse, Agent Lorraine Broughton is tasked with delivering a dossier in the crumbling city of Berlin. Charlize Theron stars in the break-neck action thriller Atomic Blonde, coming to theaters July 28, 2017.
Underrated doesn't even begin to describe Bill Paxton. From Weird Science, Aliens, and True Lies to chasing storms in Twister, Bill managed to find great roles and still fly under the Hollywood A-list radar. Burger Fiction celebrates the career of Bill Paxton with this supercut of 20 of his best roles.
After seven movies, Dom has turned his back on The Family. Falling in with a dangerous cyber terrorist, Dom is pulled into a criminal world that he can't get himself out of. The team comes together to save not only Dom from himself but their own lives as well. With an all-star cast and the most intense action sequences yet, The Fate of the Furious smashes into theaters April 14, 2017.
It's not really a party until someone accidentally kills the stripper. Then, it's a party — and you also find out who your friends really are when the team effort begins to try and cover it up. This is what happens when a few friends get together for a not-so-typical bachelorette party in Miami. Starring Scarlett Johansson and Zoë Kravitz, Rough Night comes to theaters June 16, 2017.
At just over 38 minutes, the Battle of Helm's Deep in the The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is one of the longest battle sequences in film. Keeping an audience's attention for that long takes some doing, even if the scene is an epic fight. Nerdwriter looks at how cinematography and pacing come together to make one of the best clashes between good and evil to grace the silver screen.
Go ahead. Keep ignoring the advice of scientists and experts. We'll just control our own climate with a series of satellites. Then it will break and kill us all with a series of natural disasters and only Gerard Butler will be able to save us. Directed by Independence Day writer Dean Devlin, the film is slated for release in October 2017.
On the set of the 1958 classic Vertigo, director Alfred Hitchcock sat down for an interview about his approach to filmmaking. Hitchcock was a master at using fear and suspense to captivate audiences, and he himself explains why these emotions became such a large part of his films.
Almost half of all films made before 1950 have been totally lost. Humans seem driven to save things for the future, which makes this statistic so hard to believe. The Royal Ocean Film Society looks at three films in various states of restoration for future fans of film.
Deadpool should leave the telephone booth costume changes to one of those characters in the DC universe. And just where in any major American city is there a phone booth anymore anyway? Oh, and this nice old man is dead. Like justice, the wait for Deadpool 2 is taking too long — we'll be waiting until March 2, 2018, unfortunately.
It takes a lot of work to animate a LEGO movie. Each character, environment, vehicle, cloud, or anything else you see on the screen is made of individual bricks — pieced together like a digital LEGO set. The actual animation isn't traditional either. A stop-motion technique is used, where any changes in expression or other deformations are created by swapping out parts for ones with the desired geometry on a frame-by-frame basis. WIRED looks at this and other technical details that bring bricks to life on the big screen.
This slick supercut of panning shots never stops moving — to the right. Another great edit by Candice Drouet, the motion of the moving picture is on full display in this kinetic collection.
Buckle your swashes — the last adventure in the Pirates of the Caribbean series is just a few months away. Captain Jack Sparrow is going through a bit of a rough patch, in addition to being hunted down by the pirate-hating, formerly alive Captain Salazar and his crew of zombie sailors. The only way he can hope to escape is by finding the legendary Trident of Poseidon, and he's going to need a lot of help to get it. Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem star in Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, coming to theaters May 26, 2017.