Denis Villeneuve is no stranger to turning ambitious projects around. He did it with 2016’s Arrival. He did it with 2017’s Blade Runner 2049. And he’ll do it once again with next year’s Dune. Yeah, that’s right, next year’s Dune. As in 2020.
As Variety reports, Warner Bros. has dated the star-studded sci-fi fantasy for a November 20, 2020 release date. With shooting set to begin this Spring in Budapest and Jordan, Villeneuve will have a little over a year to stitch this colossal beast together.
That should be more than enough time; after all, Villeneuve’s not exactly one to skip out on his homework. As he told us way, way back in our 2017 Filmmaker of the Year profile, he came into this project fully prepared to let it consume his life.
“[Dune] is going to be a long process, and I want a long process because I need to digest what happened in the past six years,” he said. “I need to figure out how I want to evolve as a filmmaker, and more importantly, I need to make sure that I will do my homework to make this adaptation possible. If you ask me right now what I want to do in life, it would be Dune. That’s what I want to do, just focus on that.”
Dune tells the story of a fallen noble family and an evil galactic emperor, who battle for control over a desert planet named Arrakis, where a rare spice drug is the most lucrative export. Villeneuve adapted the story with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts.
Rest assured, spice won’t be an issue at next year’s Thanksgiving.
“Due to new evidence as a result of today’s interrogations, the individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been released without charging and detectives have additional investigative work to complete,” Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a tweet Friday night.
The men — identified by TMZ as Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo — are brothers from Nigeria. At least one of them — Olabinjo — previously appeared as an extra on Empire. Police raided the brothers’ home on Thursday, where they found several bottles of bleach.
Smollett initially told police that he was attacked by two men outside a Subway restaurant in Chicago during the early morning hours of January 29th. The 36-year-old actor, who is openly gay, described the assailants as white men wearing ski masks, who asked Smollett if he was “that f***ot Empire n*****?” before attacking him with a rope and bleach. As they fled the scene the men yelled, “This is MAGA country!” according to Smollett.
Unlikely romances are pretty much the conceit of every romantic comedy. It’s a trope that’ll never get old, namely because everyone wants to believe in the idea that the unlikely is likely. Also: the world is eternally miserable.
Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron are the latest duo attempting to fit said mold in the forthcoming political comedy, Long Shot. Theron plays the Secretary of State looking to secure a presidential bid, while Rogen is a journalist doubling as her speechwriter.
Here’s the rub: The two share a curious past. Theron used to babysit Rogen, who had a major crush on her growing up. Naturally, as this kind of premise unfolds, feelings get tossed around, love is in the air, yadda, yadda, yadda. You know where this is going.
Still, who doesn’t love watching these two on screen? Also, if we’re judging from the first trailer, it looks like punchy, harmless fun, though admittedly much of that has to do with its use of David Bowie’s “Modern Love”. See for yourself below.
Long Shot (2019 Movie) Official Trailer – Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron - YouTube
Since you’re here — and possibly love rom-coms — you might want to check out our latest discussion on Filmography in which Film Editor Dominick Suzanne-Mayer breaks down why Rob Reiner’s When Harry Met Sally is so goddamn affecting.
Well, that didn’t take long. After just a few days of vocal controversy, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has reversed a controversial decision to announce winners of four select categories during the telecast’s commercial breaks as streaming-only content.
In hopes of shortening the length of the telecast, the Academy had planned to present four Oscar categories — cinematography, film editing, live-action shorts, and makeup and hairstyling — during commercial breaks. Pre-recorded speeches from the winners would then be aired later in the broadcast. At the end of an Oscar season which has already involved controversies regarding new categories and potential hosts, it’s merely the latest major hiccup for a 91st ceremony that can’t seem to catch a break.
The plan was heavily criticized by a number of prominent filmmakers, including Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, and Spike Lee, who signed an open letter appealing the Academy to reverse course, citing the decision as disrespectful to the below-the-line work of crew members that contribute substantially to the filmmaking process. Many other past and current nominees denounced the new policy in the days following the initial announcement.
The Academy Awards will air live on ABC, for now with all 24 categories included in the telecast, on Sunday, February 24th.
On today’s Kyle Meredith With…, Tommy James of Tommy James and the Shondells talks with Kyle about Alive, his first album in a decade. He also discusses the fateful year of 1969 and all the craziness that went on within the music industry. James even goes into what it was like doing business with the mob and the upcoming movie that will be based on his life.
Kyle Meredith With… is an interview series in which WFPK’s Kyle Meredith speaks to a wide breadth of musicians. Each episode, Meredith digs deep into an artist’s work to find out how the music is made and where their journey is going, from legendary artists like Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, U2 and Bryan Ferry, to the newer class of The National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, Haim, and Father John Misty. Check back Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for new episodes. Rate the series now via iTunes.
While Lou teased jazzy indie rock arrangements on “Skin Crawl”, the newest offering plays with more experimental, avant-garde textures — and rather fittingly, considering its intergalactic themes. Born in South Africa, but now based in Berlin, Lou contemplates her place in the universe, per a press statement:
“Space had become such a theme in my life & music, not in a scientific way but more in a metaphorical sense; drawing parallels between a planet in the expansive universe & the way that one’s tiny & seemingly insignificant existence interacts with the world. This song is about being nothing & everything. Abut being overwhelmed by the weight of existence while simultaneously being in awe & wonder of it all.”
“Galaxies” already had me reminded of Björk, but with the track’s music video, I’m almost convinced Lou and the experimental Icelandic artist are somehow kindred spirits. Directed by Chloë Lewer and Andrea Ariel, with additional animated design by Hagen Schönfeld, the surreal clip follows Lou as she floats amongst the planets. A story of a fallen star who ends up living a regular life on Earth, it was filmed in Berlin, partially at an ex-military Soviet training ground.
Check it out below.
Alice Phoebe Lou - Galaxies (official video) - YouTube
Paper Castles arrives March 8th. Lou has announced an extensive supporting tour that will take her to North America and Europe.
Alice Phoebe Lou 2019 Tour Dates:
03/03 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
03/04 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB
03/05 – Boston, MA @ Cafe 939
03/07 – Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java
03/08 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
03/10 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
03/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl at Center Stage
03/13-17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW 2019
03/20 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
03/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Moroccan Lounge
03/23 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
03/24 – Portland, OR @ Old Church Concert Hall
03/25 – Seattle, WA @ Barboz
04/05 – Istanbul, TU @ Salon IKSV
04/06 – Istanbul, TU @ Salon IKSV
04/10 – Leipzig, DE @ UT Connewitz
04/11 – Dresden, DE @ Polimagie Festival
04/13 – Hanover, DE @ Faust
04/15 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
04/16 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
04/17 – London, UK @ Earth
04/18 – Nottingham, UK @ Bodega
04/20 – Utrecht, NL @ Tivoli
04/21 – Amsterdam, NL @ Zonnehuis
04/23 – Aachen, DE @ Kulturbunker
04/24 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique
04/26 – Vienna, AT @ Flex
04/28 – Prague, CZ @ Futurum
04/29 – Erlangen, DE @ E-Werk
05/01 – Friberg, DE @ Jazzhaus
05/02 – Munich, DE @ Ampere
05/03 – Zurich, CH @ Bogen F
05/04 – Stuttgart, DE @ Im Wizemann
05/06 – Cologne, DE @ Kulturkirche
05/07 – Mainz, DE @ Kuz
05/08 – Kiel, DE @ Pumpe
05/09 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
05/11 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle
05/30-06/01 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/27-30 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
Bring Me the Horizon were given a national stage last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and the band chose to showcase their new pop-leaning sound over their metal origins, playing two songs off their new album, amo.
For the televised portion of their performance, the band performed “Mother Tongue”, with singer Oli Sykes leading a crowd sing-along during the chorus. For the second song, a Web-only performance, the UK band went with the equally poppy “Medicine”. Watch both below.
Noticeably absent from the performances was bassist Matt Kean, with eagle-eyed fans on YouTube noting that Stephen Harrison, guitarist of tour mates Fever 333, filled in.
If Sykes’ voice sounded a little strained, we now know the reason. On Friday afternoon, Bring Me the Horizon canceled the remaining two dates on their US tour, with Sykes revealing he ruptured his right vocal cord. “I’ve been told if I don’t rest it immediately, I’m in serious danger of doing permanent damage.” His full statement can be seen in the tweet below:
The canceled gigs were set to take place tonight (February 15th) in Phoenix, Arizona, and tomorrow night in Las Vegas. Bring Me the Horizon are next scheduled to play a show on Tuesday (February 19th) in London (although that seems unlikely, given Sykes’ condition), followed by a tour of Mexico and South America starting in late March. They’ll return to States in May for the Welcome to Rockville, Epicenter, and Sonic Temple festivals.
We caught the band at their recent show in New York City. You can check out our review and photo gallery here, and see their Kimmel performances below.
Every once in a while, when you think that corporations’ willingness to separate us from our money by any means necessary has finally hits its peak, a company ascends to brave new highs in the field of craven cash-grabbing.
Today’s example: Urban Outfitters, which intends to sell you used VHS movies for $40 a bundle and hope you’ll thank them for the privilege. Yes, you read that right. The nostalgia-minded fashion and lifestyle retailer has started selling the “Mystery VHS 5-Pack”, under the auspices of a curated throwback experience. The online description suggests that for the price of a decent dinner or a pair of movie tickets, you too can own such luminaries of the VHS era as A Night at the Roxbury, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Office Space, and more. Each set will apparently contain different movies, “curated exclusively” for UO, and guarantee no duds in every batch.
Rather than rolling with the initial draft of this article, which was just a series of transcribed screaming noises ending in a suggestion that you simply wad up a couple of $20s and set them on fire, we’ll gently suggest instead that there’s a much simpler way to get the same experience, and probably even a superior one, for a fraction of the cost. Just go to your local resale shop, especially if it’s a record shop, and there’s probably at least a shelf or two of dollar VHS tapes. Nostalgia is okay, everyone; just don’t get bilked out of your money indulging in it.
After radio silence for nearly five months, J.J. Abrams has finally emerged from the galaxy far, far away to confirm that, yes, principal photography has wrapped on this December’s highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode IX.
“It feels impossible, but today wrapped photography on Episode IX,” he tweeted. “There is no adequate way to thank this truly magical crew and cast. I’m forever indebted to you all.”
Included in the tweet is a photo of cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac hugging on what appears to be another sandy planet. Though, if you wanna get technical, those mountains look very dissimilar from Tatooine or Jaaku.
Take a look below.
It feels impossible, but today wrapped photography on Episode IX. There is no adequate way to thank this truly magical crew and cast. I’m forever indebted to you all. pic.twitter.com/138AprtFuZ
Despite an entertaining Twitter trend a couple of weeks ago, we still don’t even know the name of the film, which is quite remarkable given how close we are to the film’s release. However, with Star Wars Celebration set to go down in Chicago on April 11-15th, odds are we’re going to be given more details at that time, including a possible first teaser trailer.
In addition to the sequel, Disney and Lucasfilm will premiere their live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian, which will bow on the Mouse House’s new streaming platform, Disney+. The cast for that series is also insane. Two words: Werner Herzog.