Fantastic Fest Review: ‘Bad Genius’ Is a Slick, Remarkable Caper About Exam Cheating

Bad Genius Review

A heist-style drama about genius high school students and their task to pull off the ultimate, cheating scam on behalf of dozens of wealthy peers doesn’t quite sound like the nail-biter Bad Genius ends up pulling off, but here we are. The Thai film we do get, which is directed by the very talented Nattawut Poonpiriya, not only brings with it a whip-smart screenplay, it’s an incredibly intense caper loaded with crackling dialogue and impressive performances that ranks up there with recent, instant classics like Moneyball and The Social Network. Poonpiriya keeps your attention from beginning to end and ends up delivering one of the tautest thrillers (without really being a thriller) to come along in some time. ›››

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Fantastic Fest Review: Superb Stephen King Adaptation ‘Gerald’s Game’

Gerald's Game Review

Sometimes when transferring a novel to a film, the best way to go is a straight, no-frills adaptation. The author has said all that needs to be said on the subject, and the job the filmmaker undertakes is simply bringing that source material to life through visual representation. With so many adaptations of the works of Stephen King already made – and many more just on the horizon – it’s refreshing to see a film based on his works sticking so closely to the book. Enter Gerald’s Game, based on the 1992 novel, directed by Oculus and Hush director Mike Flanagan. A streamlined adaptation, the film hits with surprising intensity and delivers ample amounts of atmosphere and scares. It also boasts a career-best performance from Carla Gugino, who aids in raising Gerald’s Game to the levels of some of the very best Stephen King adaptations. ›››

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Fantastic Fest Review: Joachim Trier’s Gripping & Unnerving ‘Thelma’

Thelma Review

Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier is an artist whose works are always delivered with a healthy dose of message. With Oslo, August 31st (2011) and Louder than Bombs (2015), the filmmaker broke onto the scene ready to force the viewers of his films into deep reflection and meticulous thought. It’s no surprise that Trier’s latest film, Thelma, comes with that same level of analysis but with an increasingly engaging, sci-fi/horror tale to go along with it. Thelma is a slow burn film, but what starts out as a low simmer eventually builds into a rolling boil, all of which is presented to the viewer with outstanding execution. It’s the kind of horror story that keeps the viewer’s skills of dissection at work long after the film is over. ›››

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Guillermo del Toro’s Fantastic Voyage Remake to Film Next Fall

Guillermo del Toro's Fantastic Voyage Remake to Film Next Fall

Guillermo del Toro’s Fantastic Voyage remake to film next fall

It was over a year and a half ago that fan-fav director Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pacific Rim) signed on to direct 20th Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment’s long-gestating Fantastic Voyage remake. Now, Deadline is reporting that it will be del Toro’s next project after he completes work and promotion on his December 8 Fox Searchlight release, The Shape of Water. The original plan was to start production next spring for a holiday 2019 release, but with his Shape of Water commitments and potential award season activity, Fantastic Voyage will now restart its lengthy prep period in spring 2018 to begin production by fall 2018 at the latest, pushing the release to 2020.

Set to make use of the same 3D technology Cameron used for AvatarFantastic Voyage is about a scientist who is dying of a blood clot. His only chance for survival is for five scientist colleagues to be miniaturized in a ship called the Proteus, and injected into his bloodstream. The film is a remake of the 1966 original, directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Raquel Welch and Donald Pleasence.

The project would unite del Toro with his longtime friend James Cameron, and screenwriter David Goyer (Batman BeginsMan of Steel) who penned Blade II. Cameron, Jon Landau, and Rae Sanchini are producing with Goyer in line to executive produce.

Fantastic Voyage remake has been in the depths of development hell for many years with a revolving door of potential directors (Roland Emmerich, Paul Greengrass, Shawn Levy), stars (Will Smith, Hugh Jackman) and screenwriters (Shane Salerno, Laeta Kalogridis, Marianne & Cormac Wibberley). Although not an official Fantastic Voyage remake, Joe Dante’s 1987 film Innerspace took a page or twelve from the original Fantastic Voyage in depicting a similar miniature trip through the human body.

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Callum Turner to Play Newt Scamander’s Brother in Fantastic Beasts 2

Callum Turner to Play Newt Scamander’s Brother in Fantastic Beasts 2

Callum Turner to play Newt Scamander’s brother in Fantastic Beasts 2

According to Variety, Warner Bros. Pictures has cast hot young British actor Callum Turner (Green Room, Assassin’s Creed) as Newt Scamander’s brother in Fantastic Beasts 2! Eddie Redmayne will return as Scamander, with Jude Law playing a young Dumbledore and Johnny Depp returning as the villain Grindelwald in the Paris-set sequel.

Turner will next be seen as the lead in the drama The Only Living Boy in New York, opposite Kate Beckinsale, Pierce Brosnan and Jeff Bridges.

J.K. Rowling, who made her screenwriting debut on the global hit Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, has also written the screenplay for the second movie. The story moves deeper into an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt Scamander and our other heroes have to decide on their allegiances.

The first film in the Fantastic Beasts series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, began a new era in the wizarding world, decades before the Harry Potter movies, which still reign as the top-grossing film franchise of all time. Acclaimed by both critics and audiences, the 2016 release became a global blockbuster, earning more than $ 814 million at the box office.

Principal photography begins this summer on the new Fantastic Beasts adventure, which will be directed by David Yates, who previously helmed the final four Harry Potter features, as well as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The film also reunites producers David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. Neil Blair, Rick Senat and Danny Cohen are serving as executive producers.

Slated for release on November 16, 2018, the film, which is the second of five planned Fantastic Beasts movies, will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

What do you think of Callum Turner playing Newt’s brother? Let us know in the comments below!

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Superhero Bits: Green Lantern Casting Hints, Mads Mikkelsen’s Fantastic Four Audition & More

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Why did Mads Mikkelsen walk out of his Fantastic Four audition? Why did Tyler Mane come back as Sabretooth in any other X-Men movies? How big will J.K. Simmons‘ role as Commissioner Gordon be in Justice League? Is Henry Cavill hinting that someone has already been cast as a Green Lantern? Want to be an extra in Fox’s new X-Men show? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

A new TV spot for Logan tries to convince some moviegoers to come see Wolverine instead of Beauty and the Beast.

If you look closely, you can see Medusa in these set photos from the production of Inhumans over in Hawaii.

Logan - Wolverine - Set Photo

Hugh Jackman tweeted out this behind the scenes image from Logan for his own Throwback Thursday on Twitter.

This past week new episodes of The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow hit a new low in audience ratings.

Check out a preview for “Kapiushon”, the 17th episode of the current fifth season of Arrow coming next week.

Tyler Mane explains why he didn’t reprise his role as Sabretooth in any later movies in the X-Men franchise.

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Baby Groot ruined the tape for Awesome Mix Vol. 2, but I hope he doesn’t do that in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Finn Jones says Iron Fist helps The Defenders understand the bigger picture at the ground-level of the MCU.

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Watch: Fantastic ‘Brix and the Bitch’ Short Directed by Nico Raineau

Brix and the Bitch Short Film

“We can find a way out of this…” This is a badass short to watch whenever you get the chance. Brix and the Bitch is an action short film written and directed by Nico Raineau, a friend & fan of the site, and up-and-coming filmmaker. This short has been picking up tons of awards at festivals throughout 2016 and is now available online to watch. It’s about a tough woman caught up in an illegal fight club who must fight the one person she refuses to harm in order to escape. Starring Dre Swain and Alex Marshall-Brown. It’s best to take a moment and watch this without reading any more about it, you may dig it more than expected. ›››

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