Category: Film


A feature-length documentary about the very wild life of the iconic American comedian John Belushi will soon go into production.

Directed by RJ Cutler and produced by John Battsek, it’s being made by the American cable channel Showtime, which is also responsible for the likes of Dexter, Homeland and Californication. Sky’s premium UK channel Sky Atlantic is also involved with the project.

Producers have managed to get the comedian’s widow Judith Belushi Pisano on board – the first time she’s authorise or agree to cooperate with a documentary concerning her late husband, the star of cult classics like The Blues Brothers and Animal House.

“Belushi was one of my very first heroes. At a time when film, television, and music were undergoing tectonic shifts within American culture, he was at the centre of it all,” said Cutler in a statement. “At that moment, he had the number one show on television, the number one film at the box office, and the number one record on the charts. We plan to explore his unique genius and how his creative influence is still making an impact to this moment.”

Battsek added: “This is a film I have wanted to make for many years as John was a great hero of mine. Having Judy cooperation for the first time on a feature documentary of his life is very special and means we know we will be making a truly authentic film.

“We plan to assemble a deep and three-dimensional look into the life of a man of great complexity and talent who went on to become an American comedic icon.”

A biopic on Belushi, who died in 1982 at the age of 33 after an overdose of cocaine and heroin, was announced by the comedian’s close friend Dan Ackroyd in 2013. It had been due to star Emile Hirsch, but the project is believed to have stalled.

Source: John Belushi documentary film in the works | NME.COM

Captain America: Civil War is coming out May 6, and we’ve got everything you need to know about the movie right here. It looks like this is going to be maybe the biggest Marvel movie yet, bringing together characters from all over the MCU. It’s the third movie in the Captain America series, following The First Avenger and The Winter Soldier. In addition to cast members from the last two Captain America movies, we’re also going to see most of the Avengers, Ant-Man, a couple new faces, and Robert Downey, Jr. returning as Iron Man for what he calls his “Iron Man 4.” We’ll start with the basics on what you should know about Civil War from the comics.

Spoiler Alert: There are no direct spoilers for the movie in this article, but there are spoilers for the comic book. Big surprise events that happened in the comics might also happen in the movie, so be warned if you want to see the movie totally fresh. 

The original “Civil War” story was published in 2006. It was a massive crossover event demanding that every Marvel hero “choose a side.” The event was considered highly original at the time, because instead of offering a standard “good vs. evil” story, it had a much more complicated conflict. Marvel wanted to do a story that would divide their heroes, where both sides would have strong arguments and readers could debate for themselves who was right and who was wrong. The story focuses on superhero accountability, with Iron Man representing heroes who believed they should submit to government control and Captain America leading the underground resistance.

Civil War begins with an “incident” that forces the government to reexamine how they treat super-heroes. In the comics it was an explosion in the city of Stamford, Connecticut. A group of untrained teenage heroes called the New Warriors were filming a reality TV show, and they attacked a group of dangerous villains in hiding. This reckless behavior leads to the deaths of several hundred children in a nearby school when the super-villain Nitro blew up while trying to escape. In the aftermath of Stamford, there was a massive public outcry for the government to crack down on costumed vigilantes. It’s unclear exactly what’s going to happen in the movie, but we know there will be some kind of incident similar to Stamford.

The movie seems to be calling this “The Accords” and taking a slightly different spin on it. In the comics, a law was passed called the “Superhuman Registration Act” (SHRA) requiring anyone who had superpowers to register their identity with the government. Those who refused to register, even if they weren’t actively using their powers, would still be arrested unless they complied. Heroes were forced to either go into retirement, work strictly under the orders of the U.S. Government by joining an official team, or be placed in a superhuman prison. The official government positions would also come with a salary and health benefits. In the movie it seems like similar legislation will be passed requiring the Avengers to follow government orders instead of acting independently.

The SHRA was largely spear-headed by Iron Man, who viewed the Stamford incident as a “wake-up call” to the superhero community. Iron Man believed disasters like this were inevitable with untrained heroes running around, and the superhero community had to hold themselves to a higher standard. He viewed this as a natural evolution of their role in society, and the only way society would continue to allow them to exist. Tony Stark helped the government develop prisons for rogue superhumans and eventually became the new Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Captain America believed that giving the government this much control over superheroes would lead to an abuse of power, and nobody should be trusted with the secret identities of that many people. He refused to help hunt down heroes who had repeatedly risked their lives to save others. Captain America’s resistance worked to continue saving lives while keeping heroes out of prison. They were pursued everywhere by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents trained to take on superhumans called “Cape Killers.” Despite having previously been best friends, Captain America and Iron Man viciously fought against each other when the two sides met for a climactic battle.

This conflict is particularly interesting in the movies because it represents a lot of growth for both characters. When we were first introduced to Tony Stark, he believed the government should have no say in what he did with his private property. Iron Man 2 was mostly about him refusing to cooperate when the government demanded that use of his suit should be regulated. Recent events in Age of Ultron have caused him to reverse his opinion, having seen the kind of damage he can do when he’s not accountable to anyone. Steve Rogers, on the other hand, was introduced as an obedient soldier in the military. He followed orders and trusted the American government to know what was best. After events in The Winter Soldier, Steve has personally been the victim of high-level government corruption and he no longer has the blind faith he once did.

Source: Crash Course: Everything You Need to Know About ‘Captain America: Civil War’ – Fandom – Powered by Wikia

Wild Bunch

Reclusive filmmaker Terrence Malick has dazzled us with incredible imagery for over 40 years, and now he’s finally giving us his most ambitious project yet.

For 30 years, Malick has been working on “Voyage of Time,” which is a documentary that examines the birth of the universe, and according to an IMAX press release, the film will finally come out on its massive screens October 7.

The project was first in production in the late 1970s at Paramount, then titled “Q.” But Malick ended up walking away from the project and since then has shot pieces of footage all over the world between making his other films.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the October 7 release on IMAX screens will be a 40-minute version narrated by Brad Pitt. There are also plans for a feature-length version of the documentary, the first ever by Malick, that will be narrated by Cate Blanchett. But no release date has been set yet for the longer version.

International sales company Wild Bunch describes the film as: “A celebration of the earth, displaying the whole of time, from the birth of the universe to its final collapse. This film examines all that went to prepare the miracle that stands before us now. Science and spirit, birth and death, the grand cosmos and the minute life systems of our planet — all come together in Malick’s most ambitious film to date.”

Source: This movie about the universe has been 30 years in the making, and it’s finally coming out

After months of speculation, MGM and Warner Bros have finally found their new Tomb Raider, and it is not Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Daisy Ridley.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ex Machina’s Alicia Vikander has been cast as the video-game icon, joining director Roar Uthaug who is already attached to the project.

The report details how the newly rebooted Tomb Raider will ‘tell the story of a young and untested Croft fighting to survive her first adventure’, seemingly taking inspiration from the most recent Tomb Raider games which focus on a young Lara Croft finding her feet.

Previously, Ridley revealed that she has been in “conversations” about the role, saying “I’m waiting for someone to say, ‘I want you, let’s do it’.”

Source: Tomb Raider reboot: Alicia Vikander (not Daisy Ridley) cast as Lara Croft | News | Culture | The Independent

A movie commissioned by Australia’s immigration department to deter Afghan asylum seekers has had its premiere on local TV, seeking to reinforce a widely held view that unauthorised travel to Australia is not worth the risk.

The Journey is a lavish production depicting hopeful asylum seekers who meet tragic fates crossing the Indian Ocean.

Underwritten by $6m in Australian taxpayers’ money and filmed in three countries, it was shown on Friday on two channels in Afghanistan, the world’s second-largest source of refugees and migrants in 2015, after Syria.

“It was hard to watch. It made me very upset,” Ali Reza, an 18-year-old tailor said about the film. “I know they were actors, but these things really happen to Afghans.”

Put It Out There Pictures, which produced the film for $4.34m, says on its website the movie aims to inform audiences “about the futility of investing in people smugglers, the perils of the trip, and the hardline policies that await them if they do reach Australian waters”.

Source: ‘Hard to watch’: Afghans react to $6m Australian film aimed at asylum seekers | Australia news | The Guardian

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