The exploits of the great adventurer Ernest Shackleton are already the stuff of legend, myths of a time gone by when fearless men circumnavigated the globe just to see if they could. The Irishman led three expeditions to Antarctica, staving off sub-zero temperatures and general hardship to expand the limits of man’s knowledge of his world. Shackleton was a leader of men, often keeping his charges calm and collected during times of extraordinary peril; his ship, the aptly named Endurance, crashed on an ice floe and Shackleton kept his crew sane and alive through the harrowing ordeal that followed. He’s the sort of historical figure that macho actors line up to play, preferably in a well-financed biopic.
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It’s been months since FX offered anything new on Tom Hardy’s upcoming limited series Taboo, but if may have been worth the wait. Get a fresh glimpse of good crazy in the eight-part miniseries venture between FX and the BBC, produced by Ridley Scott.
What happens when you let Christopher Nolan make a World War II drama? That’s more of a rhetorical question than anything, but just in case you need an answer, the first teaser for Dunkirk has arrived. Although brief, Nolan’s latest film looks every bit as gorgeous and intense as we imagined — maybe even more. As if we weren’t already tired of this disappointing summer movie season, Dunkirk just gives us another reason to think that 2017 can’t get here fast enough.
Daniel Craig couldn’t have made it more clear during the Spectre press tour that he was pretty sick of playing James Bond. He even went so far as to suggest he’d pick slashing his wrists over returning as the famous secret agent for a fifth time. And now it looks like the actor is really done as 007, reportedly turning down a ton of money to star in the next Bond film. As big of a bummer as that is, it also means it’s time to speculate!
Could Tom Hardy be following in the Stormtrooper footsteps of Daniel Craig? According to the latest rumor regarding Star Wars: Episode VIII, it would appear that the simple answer is yes. And while it’s easy to believe this report based on similarly fun cameos in The Force Awakens, now would be a good time to remind you of the 40 (yes, 40) rumors about that film that turned out to be totally wrong. As always, approach this report with a bit of skepticism, but it may very well be true.
Tom Hardy isn’t a name one easily lures back to TV these days, at least not on the American side, but an eight-part miniseries venture between FX and the BBC gets the Mad Max: Fury Road star grunting under a crazy hat, and naked in the snow straightaway. Take it in, as FX debuts Hardy’s new Ridley Scott-produced period drama.
It’s official: Christopher Nolan’s next venture will be a World War II film. Yesterday we reported on rumors of Nolan’s super secretive trips to Dunkirk, France with his brother Jonathan Nolan, the location of French evacuation during WWII. Now Variety confirms that Dunkirk will be Nolan’s next film with an original screenplay from the director.
Quentin Tarantino’s tastes are…how should we say…a bit singular. In recent years, the director has declared under-seen indie Afternoon Delight, Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and Toy Story 3 as number one on his top 10 lists in their respective years, and though he admits he doesn’t have time to see a lot of new releases, his preferences are often very interesting. This year, Tarantino has gone with a more conventional pick for his favorite film, and it’s one that many of you (and many critics associations) agree with.
How good does a movie have to look to offset its other deficiencies? The Revenant is as beautiful a movie as has ever been made. The photography by master cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki is inconceivably gorgeous; sweeping wide shots that juxtapose tiny, insignificant men against the overwhelming grandeur of nature, close-ups so intimate they seem like invasions of the actors’ privacy, and action sequences of shocking violence.
This Christmas we’re getting not one, but two violent films in brutally cold wintertime settings, because nothing says the holidays like blood splattered across snow — according to Quentin Tarantino and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, anyway. A new TV spot for Iñárritu’s The Revenant has arrived online, and just as the title suggests, it features a lot of Leonardo DiCaprio fighting (and fighting…and fighting…) to survive.