Anya Taylor-Joy thought she had played Casey Cooke for the last time. It wasn’t until a late-in-the-game test screening in Arizona that Taylor-Joy discovered what M. Night Shyamalan had up his sleeve. By taking a page out of Mr. Glass’ playbook, Shyamalan quietly masterminded one of the most shocking surprises in cinematic history as his 2017 film, Split, turned out to be a stealth sequel to Shyamalan’s 2000 cult classic, Unbreakable. While Bruce Willis’ clandestine cameo as David Dunn in Split’s coda ultimately set up Glass, the concluding film in Shyamalan’s “Eastrail 177” trilogy, Split succeeded in its own right thanks to critically acclaimed performances from James McAvoy and Taylor-Joy, plus a worldwide gross of $278 million on a $9 million budget. Shyamalan even bet on himself as he funded the $9 million budget via his earnings from 2015’s The Visit. As Hollywood’s first stealth sequel, Split also revealed itself … [Read more...] about How ‘Glass’ Star Anya Taylor-Joy Got a Film School Education on Set
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By Sonaiya Kelley Los Angeles Times Published 10:22 p.m. UTC Aug 2, 2018 Despite women and people of color at the helm of high-profile successes like “Black Panther,” “Get Out,” “Girls Trip” and “Wonder Woman,” a new study has found that diversity of representation among Hollywood films remains largely unchanged from a decade ago. The study, published by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, found that among 1,100 popular films released between 2007 and 2017, there’s been little to no improvement regarding the inclusion of women, people of color, or members of the LGBTQ or disabled communities. Though 33 of 2017’s top 100 films featured a woman as a lead or co-lead, just four of them were led by a woman of color, the study found. “When Hollywood discusses women they are thinking of white women,” said Stacy L. Smith, the report’s co-writer. “But these trends seem to be … [Read more...] about Inclusion and representation in Hollywood films stagnant since 2007, new study finds
Los Angeles-born filmmaker of Hungarian ancestry Nimród Antal made a name for himself on the international circuit with a debut that turned into a minor cult film, Kontroll. He then returned back over the pond to work on horror Vacancy, sci-fi thriller Predators, music movie Metallica Through the Never and managed to direct an episode of M. Night Shyamalan´s TV adaptation of the mystery trilogy Wayward Pines. On his recent visit to Hungary, he finished his latest feature, The Whiskey Bandit, combining the allure of Eastern European social drama with high-paced Hollywoodsy action and gloss. It's based on the real events and personality of Attila Ambrus, born in Transylvania. In the 90s, Ambrus worked as a professional goaltender (and the team´s janitor) while moonlighting as "a gentleman robber" around Budapest. He never intended to hurt anybody, and even presented tellers with flowers during multiple heists, and while his escapades coincided with a rather rocky … [Read more...] about Summer Film School 2018 Review: THE WHISKEY BANDIT, True Story Gets Superstar Treatment
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UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIF. – James Foley spilled the thought offhandedly. “It’s this funny kind of thing,” he said. “What do you pay attention to? And what do you ignore?” He was sitting in a spartan, windowless editing room on the Universal Studios lot last year. On a set of screens behind him was an image of stubbled, sharp-jawed man in a crisp white shirt and a young, lingerie-clad woman with porcelain skin and a Mona Lisa smile. Foley, a director whose work is lodged in the zeitgeist of the ’80s (Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach” video) and ’90s (David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross”), was finishing work on a pair of movies that would go on to be smashingly successful and widely smeared: “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed,” the second and third installments in the erotica-romance “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy. But Foley isn’t talking movies. His muse … [Read more...] about ‘Fifty Shades’ casts the attention of Hollywood back on Foley