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  • Posted 3/31/15 at 3:10 AM
  • Ouchies

Johnny Depp’s Injury Continues to Stall Pirates of the Caribbean 5

Johnny Depp's nebulous hand injury from earlier in the month has put production of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales on pause for roughly four weeks, The Hollywood Reporter writes. After suffering an off-set incident in Australia, Depp flew for surgery in the U.S., where he reportedly needed a pin put in his finger. Producers thought their production schedule would only be off by two weeks; however, Fairfax Media reports that the movie's crew said there would be no work for at least another two weeks. Filming should start up again in mid-April, and the release date of the film apparently still hasn't changed ... yet. Get well soon, Captain Jack!

  • Posted 3/30/15 at 11:04 PM
  • Goals

Vin Diesel, Meet Your Newest Superfan: Helen Mirren

You might know Helen Mirren from the RED movies or When Harry Met Sally 2 or anything to do with the queen of England, but what she really wants to do is co-star in a Fast and Furious movie. "My claim to fame is I always do my own driving — I was on Top Gear, and I did [my lap] in a very good time," she told Yahoo! "I keep putting it out there, and they never ask me. I’ll be in Fast and Furious 8. I have to say Vin Diesel is brilliant. I love Vin Diesel. He’s a great guy, smart — I love him. It’s partly because of him I’d like to be in one, but also the driving." We're pulling for you.

4 Reasons Dwayne Johnson Should Host the Oscars

Vin Diesel inspired a lot of raised eyebrows last week when he said that his cars-go-boom sequel Furious 7 ought to be a serious Oscar contender. Does a franchise distinguished by muscle tees, muscle cars, and even more muscular actors have any business getting near the Academy Awards? I vote yes, though not for the reasons Diesel might think: Instead of putting Furious 7 in the Best Picture race, I’d like to hand the Oscar-host steering wheel to Diesel’s co-star, Dwayne Johnson. Sure, it might seem like an unlikely fit at first, but once you mull over Johnson’s Oscar-hosting bona fides, I suspect you’ll want to get onboard this idea train, too. (In true Fast & Furious fashion, you’ll board the train via souped-up Dodge Chargers that are shot out of a cannon dropped from the Space Shuttle.) Here are four reasons why the man formerly known as the Rock should be considered for the Academy's big gig.

Give him a chance! »

Disney’s Mulan Is Going Live-Action

Let the live-action Disney remakes continue! After Cinderella's box-office success, Disney is planning a live-action version of 1998's Mulan — the cartoon musical that centered around the story of Chinese legend Hua Mulan. Get ready to start that dream casting list, but remember: Donny Osmond is not prepared for katana training. 

  • Posted 3/30/15 at 1:42 AM
  • Mashups

Superman Plus San Andreas Equals Supermandreas

Evidently, illustrator Nick Acosta isn't a huge fan of the Rock (might've missed SNL). He noticed that some of the scenes from the forthcoming San Andreas movie looked similar to 1978's Superman — specifically the Hoover Dam and Golden Gate Bridge snippets. "They are almost shot for shot the same," he wrote on his Vimeo page. "I decided to re-edit the San Andreas trailer to take out The Rock and his wooden acting and put in a 27-year-old Christopher Reeve as Superman. I even rotoscoped him flying from the 1978 film into San Andreas." The recut trailer is appropriately titled Supermandreas.

  • Posted 3/28/15 at 2:21 PM
  • Movies

Welcome to New York Review: Abel Ferrara’s DSK Movie Is a Perfect Match of Director and Material

I’m not the world’s biggest Abel Ferrara fan, but even I must admit that the 64-year-old director of Bad LieutenantKing of New York, and Ms. 45 — he of the extended stretches of cataclysmic addiction and self-destruction and career implosion — seems like the ideal person to take on the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case. Strauss-Kahn (or DSK as he’s more commonly known) was the former IMF head and budding leftist political savior busted for allegedly raping a maid in a New York hotel in 2011. Though the charges were later dropped, the case and its fallout uncovered a world of almost unimaginable debauchery and scuzziness, of international high-level sex rings and sex parties and, as one later accusation disturbingly (but memorably) put it, “aggravated pimping.” This is not the kind of material for a stately biopic or a political drama. This is nasty, strange business — perfect for Ferrara, whose work often hovers between art and exploitation, between angst and sleaze.

The man knows self-destructiveness and decadence firsthand. »

Errol Morris on His Early Films, and What He Thinks of The Jinx

This week sees the release of wonderful new Criterion editions of three of the greatest documentaries of all time: Errol Morris’s first three films, Gates of HeavenVernon, Florida, and The Thin Blue Line. Re-watching these films, it’s at times odd to think that the same man made them: Gates of Heaven is the deadpan, deliberate tale of pet cemeteries in California; Vernon, Florida is a weirdly meditative, austere portrait of the offbeat personalities in a rural southern town. And The Thin Blue Line, one of the most influential documentaries of all time, is a gripping investigation into a cop killing in Texas — complete with an evocatively tense Philip Glass score, stylized cinematography, and detailed, cinematic slow-motion reenactments. (The film was famously instrumental in the eventual release of Randall Dale Adams, who had been wrongfully convicted of the murder and condemned to die in the electric chair.) But look closely and you’ll see that the films share a remarkable sense of candor, of empathy, and a fascination with offbeat yet very human characters. That fascination with people, combined with an investigative spirit, has served Morris well over the years, as he has become one of the foremost filmmakers in the world — with films like A Brief History of TimeFast, Cheap & Out of Control, and The Fog of War among his many credits. He spoke with us recently about his early films, his interviewing style, and some of the potentially ethical issues around getting involved with a true crime tale. And yes, we did ask him about The Jinx.

"I started The Thin Blue Line having no idea it was going to become The Thin Blue Line." »

Spooks: The Greater Good Trailer: Jon Snow Is Jack Bauer

Were you a fan of MI-5 before it was cruelly wrenched from Netflix? Then you might enjoy this trailer for its spinoff movie, Spooks: The Greater Good. (MI-5 is called Spooks in the U.K.; it was renamed in America for obvious reasons.) It's got Peter Firth from the original series, plus Jon Snow and Jennifer Ehle to entice newcomers. Too bad the movie doesn't currently have a U.S. release date, but that will likely change as soon as they figure out exactly what to call it.

  • Posted 3/27/15 at 3:10 PM
  • Movies

It Follows Spoiler Bomb: The Director Explains All Those Twists and Shocks

It Follows has quickly become the horror hit of the year, expanding into over 1,200 theaters this weekend after weeks of rave reviews and sterling word of mouth in limited release. The premise is irresistible — after hooking up with her shady boyfriend, Jay (Maika Monroe) learns she will be stalked by a shape-shifting monster unless she passes her affliction on to someone else through sex (though if the monster then slays that person, it will return to hunting Jay). But even after seeing the movie, fans still had plenty of questions about what it all meant and how key sequences were conceived. Vulture recently called up It Follows writer-director David Robert Mitchell to explain himself, and perhaps shed light on some of the story's pivotal shocks. Be forewarned: The following interview includes massive end-of-movie SPOILERS. Don't read it until you've watched the film! (And after this weekend, you'll have no excuse not to.)

Read on, if you dare. »

New Terminator: Genisys Trailer Has a Whole Lot of J.K. Simmons

With J.K. Simmons on your team, anything's possible. Even beating a bunch of scary robots who may or may have not traveled through time. We're still confused about exactly what's going on in Terminator: Genisys, but that won't stop us from rooting for our main man, J.K. Hope these 'bots don't drag. Or rush. 

Sam Claflin on The Riot Club, Playing a Wanker, and His Pretty Woman Moment

When The Riot Club debuted at the Toronto Film Festival last September, I predicted it would be your next favorite pretty-boys flick. Think The History Boys meets Skulls, but with satirical commentary on the English class system and a cast straight out of British GQ. Based on Laura Wade’s play Posh, the film follows a club of hedonistic wankers, including The Hunger Games’ Sam Claflin, Jupiter Ascending’s Douglas Booth, and The Host’s Max Irons. But no cast member has more to chew on than Claflin, whose character Alastair has spent his life living in the shadow of his older brother, and [spoiler] who actually stands on a table during a debauched formal dinner and makes a speech about how much he hates poor people. Claflin, for the record, grew up very much not posh in Ipswich, Suffolk. Vulture spoke to him by phone about playing the bad guy for once, his new movie with Emilia Clarke, and what he’s taking from The Hunger Games set. 


Movie Review: Home Has Silly Aliens But Real Emotions

The new DreamWorks animated film Home is a surprisingly moving tale of friendship and family, dressed up as an adorably frivolous sci-fi comedy. It kicks off on a cute-creepy note, with our cuddly, barrel-shaped, space-alien protagonist Oh (Jim Parsons) introducing his kind: the Boov, a species of intergalactic cowards constantly on the run — usually from the nasty, planet-destroying Gorg, another alien race. "The Boov," Oh tells us, are the "best species ever at running away." He adds, in his patented diction: "I am very excitement to make a fresh start. We are all moving to the best planet ever for to hide in." That planet, in case you haven’t seen the trailers, is Earth. How exactly do they plan to deal with us humans? Easy. They turn off gravity, harvest us in giant bubbles, and send us all to Australia — turning the continent into a massive suburban prison colony. They also take anything they deem worthless — bicycles, toilets, etc. — and collect them in giant clusters in the sky. Like I said, creepy, but cute.


Wim Wenders on Salt of the Earth and What Happened to Until the End of the World

In the late 1970s and '80s, if you were into serious cinema, you had to be into Wim Wenders. The German director of Paris, TexasAlice in the Cities, and Wings of Desire was the international poster-child for artful ennui and existential despair. But his films were also remarkable for the way they mixed a very continental brooding with a love of pop culture, usually American. That’s what made his films so brilliant, in a way — they were serious, but accessible. As evidenced by his triumphant recent MoMA retrospective, which screened brand-new restorations of his films, Wenders has proven to be a remarkably resilient and adaptable filmmaker over the years. He still makes narrative films, but he is now known as much for documentaries like The Buena Vista Social Club and Pina as he is for his earlier classics. This week sees the release of the Oscar-nominated Salt of the Earth, a documentary about the famous Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, directed in collaboration with Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, the photographer’s son. As Wenders tells it, the collaboration was not an easy one — taking many years to finally settle on a finished film. In this wide-ranging interview, the director discusses his new film, how filmmaking has changed over the years, his love of new technologies, and what exactly happened with his ambitious, ill-fated 1992 epic Until the End of the World.

"I could never get a film financed today without a script. Kings of the Road was financed with a half page of exposé. Unthinkable today." »

  • Posted 3/27/15 at 12:10 PM
  • Movies

Movie Review: Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart Can’t Save Get Hard’s Stale Jokes

The new Will Ferrell–Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard is designed to provoke you, and maybe even piss you off a little. Does it cross the line into actual racism, and/or homophobia, as some contend? Maybe. Probably. Everybody’s threshold for offense is different, and the movie flaunts its “edge” like it’s going out of style. But the real problem is that Get Hard’s very idea of edge is itself pretty stale. It feels like a bunch of off-color jokes the filmmakers have been trying to tell for years, and they’ve crammed them all into one film — with tiresome results.

Get Hard eventually becomes just one big prison-rape joke. »

If They Gave an Oscar for Getting Super-Ripped, Jake Gyllenhaal Would Definitely Win One for Southpaw

Remember when Jake Gyllenhaal got incredibly jacked to play a boxer in a movie? Now that movie has a trailer, so you can see all those glorious muscles in pristine 720p. His acting's not bad, either!

The 6 Most Miraculous Things Scientology Has Ever Done (According to Scientologists)

According to Alex Gibney's Going Clear, which airs on HBO Sunday night, the Church of Scientology is a vindictive, repressive cult responsible for decades of criminal harassment and abuse. But, as numerous Church members will tell you, that's just half of the story. The other half is the testimony of Scientology's devoted celebrity members, who credit the religion with extraordinary healing powers. Their stories are literally incredible!

According to its adherents, Scientology can ...

Marlon Brando: "That really helped. I actually feel different!" »

Hungarian Thriller White God Is the New Gold Standard for Nature-Bites-Back Movies

In the cunning, nimble Hungarian thriller White God, homeless city dogs are driven to the breaking point and turn on their human abusers. Coming from Eastern Europe, it’s the sort of film that gets labeled a parable (slaves versus masters, etc.) for added prestige, but I like it just fine as a B revenge movie with A-plus direction by Kornél Mundruczó and a cast of canines so personable that even when they tear out people’s throats you still want to take them home.

Who better to explore the fetid back alleys, rubbish-strewn lots, and brutal prisons of an august Eastern European capital than a stray dog? »

You Have to Watch the Unusual Trailer for Sundance Sensation Dope

Rick Famuyiwa's riotous, rollicking Dope was the big hit of January's Sundance Film Festival, and now it has a trailer that's as unique as the film itself. "In many ways, a teaser trailer these days has just become a short version of the full-length trailer, as opposed to something that grabs you and teases you and makes you go, 'Whoa, what is this?'" Famuyiwa said in a conversation with Vulture this morning. "This trailer really is a piece unto itself, a throwback to traditional teasers."

Watch it! »

Cate Blanchett Turns Cinderella Junket Interview Into a Debaucherous Free-for-All

Only Cate Blanchett can turn a quick chat about children's tale Cinderella into one about booze and sex — "This is a family movie, what are we talking about?" Blanchett jokingly yells midway through. To be fair, she brought us here. There was a clip floating around that just included the few minutes at the end — that cat question — that called out the interviewer for "causing her to storm off." But you can see here that's not exactly how it happened. (To be fair, the interviewer did post a mash-up of the thing on his Instagram, calling it "what might have been the best worst interview I've ever done.") But it's all good! Press junkets are always the worst. 

Every Will Ferrell Movie, Ranked From Worst to Best

Will Ferrell will turn 48 years old this summer. That’s how old Marlon Brando was when he was in The Godfather. Ferrell’s post-SNL movie career — and he has been gone from the show for 13 years — has been among the most successful in the show’s history; he has now been headlining big-budget studio comedies for more than a decade. This means there’s a trove of Ferrell movies to dig through and rank. Twenty-seven, to be exact. Now, to properly rank Ferrell movies, we had to put down some ground rules: No movies in which Ferrell is only a voice actor — this excludes Megamind, but not The Lego Movie; no movies that went direct to video — sorry, 1997’s Men Seeking Women, in which Ferrell was a supporting actor to Grant Shaud. And no glorified cameos — sorry, Wedding Crashers, Starsky & Hutch, and, yikes, Boat Trip. This list isn’t solely a ranking of the best films to feature Ferrell, though there’s an aspect of that; it’s more a ranking of the films by their maximizing of Ferrell’s essence. Which movie best captures the Will Ferrell Experience? As always, this list is purely scientific and unassailable.