The Old Oak: is it right to ban the XL Bully?

T.J walks through a graveyard, visiting his wife who is buried there. By his side, his tiny mongrel pup, Marra, yapping about and waggling his tail. Like all dogs, he is just grateful to be outside, and grateful to be alive. Marra suddenly runs, catching a scent and following his instincts. T.J pursues, calling his… Continue reading The Old Oak: is it right to ban the XL Bully?

Pixar Lays Off 14% of its Employees

Last year, Pixar Animation Studios, a subsidiary of Walt Disney, had already eliminated 75 positions, including key creatives behind the box office disappointment “Lightyear,” sources told Reuters. Now, The Hollywood Reporter (THR) is reporting that an additional 14% of Pixar’s workforce has been laid off as part of Disney’s cost-cutting efforts. This marks the largest… Continue reading Pixar Lays Off 14% of its Employees

A24 Acquires Ruben Östlund’s ‘The Entertainment System Is Down’

Renowned filmmaker Ruben Östlund is set to begin shooting “The Entertainment System is Down” in early 2025, making it unlikely to debut at next year’s Cannes Film Festival. Instead, a 2026 premiere on the Croisette seems more probable. With the script finalized, casting is now underway. Keanu Reeves has been confirmed for a starring role,… Continue reading A24 Acquires Ruben Östlund’s ‘The Entertainment System Is Down’

First Look: Dwayne Johnson in Benny Safdie’s Biopic ‘The Smashing Machine’

Cameras are rolling on Benny Safdie’s “The Smashing Machine,” produced by A24, with the studio unveiling a first-look image. There’s a slim chance we might see this film in late 2024, just in time for awards season—a strategic move A24 is known for. “The Smashing Machine,” starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, is based on… Continue reading First Look: Dwayne Johnson in Benny Safdie’s Biopic ‘The Smashing Machine’

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ set to have two Different Reboots

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer has confirmed that the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise will see more than one reboot. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly (EW), Bruckheimer stated, “It’s two different movies. We hope to get ’em both made, and I think Disney agrees—they really want to make the Margot one, too.” The upcoming reboots will take different… Continue reading ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ set to have two Different Reboots

Directed Focus: Christopher Nolan

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“You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger darling” Christopher Nolan is probably the Best Director of all time. His capacity to synthesize and merge complex story narratives with breathtaking cinematic set pieces is unique and due even more spectacular to the fact he authors what we see, or usually what we try our… Continue reading Directed Focus: Christopher Nolan

2001: A Space Odyssey still leaves an indelible mark on our culture 55 years on

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2001: A Space Odyssey is a landmark film in the history of cinema. It is a work of extraordinary imagination that has transcended film history to become something of a cultural marker. And since 1968, it has penetrated the psyche of not only other filmmakers but society in general. It is not an exaggeration to… Continue reading 2001: A Space Odyssey still leaves an indelible mark on our culture 55 years on

Denis Villeneuve to Direct “Smaller Movie” Before “Dune: Messiah”

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After the success of “Dune: Part II,” Denis Villeneuve is taking a breather from the world of Arrakis before diving into the third installment, “Dune: Messiah.” According to THR’s Bory Kit, Villeneuve has already chosen his next project, and it’s going to be a “smaller movie.” Kit suggests that “Messiah” won’t be happening anytime soon.… Continue reading Denis Villeneuve to Direct “Smaller Movie” Before “Dune: Messiah”

Cinema of the debauched: SCALA!!!

“Drugs, crime, sex and absolute debauchery” said the expectant moviegoer.  “Screen 1” replied the dazed usher – a brief interaction that may very well have occurred between 1981 to 1993 just around the corner from King’s Cross station. Why may this have occurred? Well because Scala cinema was the ultimate cinema of sin. Founded by… Continue reading Cinema of the debauched: SCALA!!!

Nosferatu at 102: how the seminal vampire film shaped the horror genre

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It’s the centenary of the cinema premiere of the German horror film Nosferatu. Now recognised as a classic of the silent era and one of the first examples of cinematic horror, it used elements of Gothic style to present a dark dreamworld. Ripe with undertones that link it not only to contemporary troubles, it also… Continue reading Nosferatu at 102: how the seminal vampire film shaped the horror genre