Movie Mixtape: 6 Movies With Connections to ‘The Circle’

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(Welcome to Movie Mixtape, where we find cinematic relatives and seek out interesting connections between new releases and older movies that allow us to rethink and enjoy what’s in our theaters as well as the favorites on our shelf. In this edition: James Ponsoldt’s The Circle.)

So far on Movie Mixtape, we’ve danced with a beast and tangoed with Scarlett Johansson’s ghost, and now we’re dipping our toes in a dystopia that feels a bit closer to our home screens.

Based on the Dave Eggers novel, The Circle sees entry-level tech employee Mae Holland (Emma Watson) swimming through the hipster-bait open office of a Hooli-esque search engine company. Her life perks up as she rises through the ranks of the company, but success is a matter of compromising. Mae has to trade away something that most of us trade away everyday by using Facebook and Twitter and Instagram: her private life. At the heart of the company is its rock star founder Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks) who wants to help society by making it more open and free.

Yes, the whole thing is one big trigger for introverts. It’s also a case of too-good-to-be-true revealing its price tag.

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The Devil’s Advocate

Always remember to read the fine print. The Devil’s Advocate is the perfect message movie about winning everything in life while losing your soul. A real Matthew 16:26 type situation.

As Kevin Lomax, Keanu Reeves smooth-talks his way through Floridian court rooms and Manhattan murder cases by twisting the letter of the law and his own moral compass. The American Dream is handed to him and his wife Mary Ann (Charlize Theron) on a silver platter. The gorgeous apartment. The massive salary. The high life. The only catch is that they’re working for Satan (played by Al Pacino, doing some of the best scream-acting of his career). Like The Circle, it presents a corporate reality where being a team player in a deeply flawed, unethical system, is the key to success, and the whole world is on the line.

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Tomorrow Never Dies

Speaking of which, there’s an unmistakable Bond villain quality to Tom Hanks’ Eamon, who exudes evil as benevolence. A mad genius who sees beyond society as it is to what it could be if “perfected.” Like a fictional Elon Musk.

Bond’s nemeses have been toying with tech for a half-century, but the grandest (dumbest?) experiment with global social tools came from Tomorrow Never Dies‘ Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce), a Rupert Murdoch figure who angled to start a major war in order to boost profits for his media empire. It turns out that unchecked power over the informational flow isn’t a good idea. Neither is getting lax on missile security.

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Travel with me now, 22 years into the past, to a magical time when floppy disks were king, hacking into the FBI only took typing super fast, and modems were laughably slow. It’s fascinating to get a double-feature view of Zero Cool (Johnny Miller), Acid Burn (Angelina Jolie), and the gang matching wits with the skateboarding corporate hacker The Plague (Fisher Stevens) as the latter attempts to extort millions by threatening the ballast programs on oil tankers.

Hackers is a perfect example of how films of the time treated the emergent internet, giving us a mystical view of game-changing technology that many people didn’t have access to. Ridiculous as it was even then, there’s something quaint about the film’s targets: telephone networks, street lights, banks. The internet’s nefarious intrusion is on physical spaces while everything in the era of the social network shows how far the internet has come (with us as willing conspirators) to invade our very personalities and behaviors.

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Shane Black’s ‘The Predator’ Will Use Practical Effects

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The temptation to rely on CGI is huge these days, but director Shane Black is trying to buck that trend.

For his take on The Predator, the fourth installment in the Predator franchise following Predator (1987), Predator 2 (1990), and Predators (2010), he will be revisiting the practical effects that made the first film so iconic. That means getting a 7-plus-foot actor to don a heavy rubber suit in the jungle heat.

A day after the announcement that The Predator would be pushed back to August 2018 for a summer-friendly release date, Black took to social media to share something that will make movie fans very happy: he was standing next to a fully practical Predator.

The titular “Predator” was played by the 7-foot-2-inch Kevin Peter Hall in the original Predator film, and it loomed over the bulky hero played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. With the help of a frightening character design by legendary FX artist Stan Winston, it became an iconic movie monster.

Black — who, if you recall, actually starred in the first Predator and probably witnessed Hall’s hulking presence up close — will apparently try to recreate the terror instilled by the practical effects used in the 1987 original. That film also benefited from its expert harnessing of mystery — the deadly creature terrorizing Schwarzenegger and his team doesn’t appear on screen until the second act of the film — which Black has said that he wants to recapture as well:

[But] I’ll tell you a little bit about it. It’s an attempt to event-ize the Predator and make it more mysterious. The Predator has been so overdone in a way — very low budget with a guaranteed return, every couple of years there’s a knock off churned out … I want people to say, “The Predator is coming, I know it’s coming, we want to see it, it’s mysterious, interesting, it’s got the same sense of wonderment and newness that Close Encounters had when that came out.” That’s what we want. That’s very impossible to achieve, but we’re going to try.

Black joins a growing group of filmmakers who are forgoing CGI as much as possible in favor of practical effects, often to critical acclaim from audiences and critics who are tired of the green screen. It’s a choice that recalls the genre films ’70s to the ’90s, and the directors who are remaking or rebooting older films are often making sure to pay as much homage to practical effects as possible.

J.J. Abrams notably employed as many practical effects as possible for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Christopher Nolan has been famously resistant to over-reliance on CGI, and George Miller created the gorgeous spectacle of a film that was Mad Max: Fury Road with mostly practical effects and stunts.

The Predator is set to be released on August 3, 2018.

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‘The Lion King’ Casts Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumbaa

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Today, Walt Disney Pictures set release dates for a bunch of their movies coming to theaters over the next couple years, and that included their live-action remake of the modern animated classic The Lion King. Director Jon Favreau is tackling the project after remaking The Jungle Book for Disney last year with Donald Glover taking on the role of Simba and James Earl Jones reprising the role of his father Mufasa, with Beyonce being eyed to play Nala. Now two of the most important characters in the movie have been cast as well.

Undoubtedly the most entertaining characters in The Lion King are the meerkat and warthog duo known as Timon and Pumbaa. The characters were voiced by Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella respectively in the 1994 animated musical, but in the live-action remake, they’ll be voiced by Billy on the Street host Billy Eichner and blockbuster comedy star Seth Rogen.

Find out more about The Lion King remake cast below.

The casting of Timon and Pumbaa (reported by The Wrap) is arguably more important than that of Simba. The two characters were easily the most memorable from The Lion King, and they’re also responsible for the most popular and infectious musical number, “Hakuna Matata.” The song is an upbeat, lively and fun tune that means “no worries” when translated from Swahili to English. If you’ve somehow forgotten how that goes or you’ve been living under a rock, here it is:

There has been no confirmation as to whether or not this remake of The Lion King will be a straight-up musical like the animated original, but since the Beauty and the Beast remake went that route, it’s not out of the realm of possibility, especially with musical talents like Donald Glover (who raps as Childish Gambino) and Beyonce taking the two lion leads. Then again, the remake of Cinderella wasn’t a musical, and The Jungle Book only utilized two songs from the original movie. Still, remaking The Lion King and excluding “Hakuna Matata” would be a mistake, even if it’s one of only a few songs in the movie.

We know that Billy Eichner can carry a tune pretty well, even if it’s not as good as Nathan Lane, but Seth Rogen doesn’t have the same caliber of voice as Ernie Sabella. That could be an indication as to whether this is actually a musical, but it wouldn’t be hard to touch up Rogen’s voice or make his contributions to the song less of a vocal stretch. More importantly, they both have the right persona and presence to nail each character. I can just hear Timon’s lines coming from Billy Eichner already, and it brings a smile to my face.

Now the next question is, who will Jon Favreau get to play Scar? Christoph Waltz seems like the most obvious choice, but that’s almost too easy. Maybe Mads Mikkelsen is up for the task?

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‘The Walking Dead’ season 8 begins filming on May 1

As usual, The Walking Dead will be back in production on the first Monday in May, which in this case falls on May 1. Though we don’t know much about what the new season will bring, Chandler Riggs, who plays Carl on the show, is promising the first episode won’t disappoint. just finished reading 801 of twd and oooo man it's good — chandler riggs (@chandlerriggs) April 19, 2017 We’ve also heard there are already “Do Not Mow” signs posted around Senoia, GA, another sure signs filming is about to get underway. In addition to Senoia, TSDF is reporting there are more signs on Hwy 20 in Hampton at 4th St and Solomon in Griffin, and at Tyrone Rd and Flat Creek in Fayetteville. If you spot TWD filming in Georgia, let us know about it at!

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Jai Courtney & Lily James in Trailer for WWII Romance ‘The Exception’

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«Can an officer have a loyalty to anything greater than his country?» A24 has unveiled a trailer for a WWII romantic thriller titled The Exception, based on a novel by Alan Judd titled «The Kaiser’s Last Kiss«. The film stars Jai Courtney as a German soldier investigating the Dutch resistance in Holland, looking for a spy in the home of Kaiser Wilhelm. He meets a young Jewish Dutch woman played by Lily James and falls in love with her, hence the title (she’s «the exception»). The full cast includes Christopher Plummer, Ben Daniels, Janet McTeer, Eddie Marsan, Mark Dexter, and Martin Swabey. This honestly doesn’t look half bad, but I’m not sure it seems that good either. Lily James is great, but Jai Courtney not so much. ›››

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VOTD: Hans Zimmer Unleashes ‘The Dark Knight’ Live at Coachella 2017

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Though I’m personally more fond of the Batman theme that was composed by Danny Elfman for Tim Burton’s adaptation of DC Comics’ Caped Crusader, there’s no denying Hans Zimmer wrote some incredible music for The Dark Knight trilogy. In fact, the music that Hans Zimmer has composed for all of his collaborations with Christopher Nolan have been rather influential on other film score composers, prompting plenty of imitation.

Fans attending Coachella this year were treated to a special performance by composer Hans Zimmer, complete with a full orchestra and some other choice instruments in an assembly of several medleys from his various soundtracks. We’ve already highlighted his showcase of Inception, and now you can watch and listen to The Dark Knight performance too.

Watch as Hans Zimmer performs The Dark Knight live at Coachella 2017 below.

Unlike most live performances of film scores, this isn’t just an arrangement that plays tracks just as they appeared on the soundtrack. Instead, this is almost like a remix of themes from The Dark Knight with some added instrumentals that feel right at home in a rock concert. At times the added electric guitar and bass almost make The Dark Knight sounds like the score for Mad Max: Fury Road, a score that also deserves to have a live performance at a festival like Coachella.

If you’re interested in the Hans Zimmer experience (and it looks like quite the trippy one), he has nearly two dozen tour dates in the United States at the end of the summer. Check out the list below to see if he’s coming near you and get tickets right away, because I’m sure they’re going fast:

  • 07/13 – Dallas, TX @ Verizon Theater
  • 07/14 – Houston, TX @ Smart Financial Center
  • 07/16 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheatre
  • 07/18 – Atlanta, GA @ Verizon Amphitheatre
  • 07/21 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
  • 07/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
  • 07/23 – Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Resort Casino
  • 07/25 – New York City, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
  • 07/26 – New York City, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
  • 07/28 – Canandaigua, NY @ Constellation Brands PAC
  • 07/29 – Boston, MA @ Boch Center
  • 07/30 – Montreal, QB @ Bell Center
  • 08/01 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
  • 08/03 – Cincinnati, OH @ US Bank Arena
  • 08/04 – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
  • 08/06 – Denver, CO @ 1STBANK Center
  • 08/09 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theater
  • 08/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium
  • 08/12 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena

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Fox Confirms 2018 Dates for ‘Deadpool 2’, ‘X-Men’ and ‘New Mutants’, Shuffles ‘The Predator’, ‘Maze Runner’ & More

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This morning 20th Century Fox caught everyone off guard by announcing new release dates for all four of the developing Avatar sequels that will start shooting this summer. But that wasn’t the only release date news the studio had to offer.

Fox has also confirmed the release dates for all of their Marvel movies in 2018, which includes X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Deadpool 2 and New Mutants. In addition, they’ve also shuffled the dates for The Predator, the delayed Maze Runner: The Death Cure, the remake of Murder on the Orient Express, and the spy thriller Red Sparrow. Plus, they’ve also given a release date to Steven Spielberg‘s next movie.

Get all the updated 20th Century Fox release dates after the jump.

First up, the Deadpool 2 release date is much more prime real estate than its predecessor’s February debut last year. This time the Merc with a Mouth will hit theaters on June 1, 2018. However, it won’t be the first Marvel movie from Fox that year, because they’ve set New Mutants for a debut on April 13, 2018. Then the X-Men line-up will conclude the year with X-Men: Dark Phoenix on November 2, 2018.

Meanwhile, there’s good and bad news for fans eagerly awaiting The Predator from director Shane Black. The bad news is Fox has pushed back that movie from its February 2018 release date all the way back to August 3, 2018. The good news is that’s actually a vote of confidence in the movie. They’re putting it in that first August weekend, which is where the first Guardians of the Galaxy cleaned up at the box office since there’s usually not much competition in the rest of the month. That means they think it’ll be a solid summer release, but they don’t want it to contend with the rest of the blockbuster madness that summer.

Moving into The Predator‘s evacuated February 9, 2018 release date will be Maze Runner: The Death Cure, which had previously been set to come out the month before. The film’s production was delayed when star Dylan O’Brien was injured in a stunt gone wrong. The film was meant to resume production early this year, so either they’ve already started or they will soon and they’ll have the rest of the year for post-production after that.

In addition, the spy thriller Red Sparrow starring Jennifer Lawrence is going to take the actress back to The Hunger Games box office territory by moving from its initial November 2017 release date back a few months to March 2, 2018. The film got some solid buzz when the trailer played at CinemaCon not too long ago, and it should be a solid spring release for the studio.

Taking Red Sparrow‘s old November 10, 2017 release date will be the remake of Murder on the Orient Express, starring Kenneth Branagh (who also directs), Daisy Ridley, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, Lucy Boynton and more. It could be one that goes for some awards, especially in the acting department.

Also looking for some awards love will be the new film from Steven Spielberg. The press release from 20th Century Fox lists the film as untitled, but it’s presumably the film known as The Post that we learned about just last month., since that’s the only movie the director has set up at Fox. The film will see Spielberg directing Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in a story about The Washington Post‘s showdown with the United States government over the “Pentagon Papers,” a classified military document that was leaked to the press by military analyst Daniel Ellsberg.

Finally, for those who are itching for the sequel to Kingsman: The Golden Circle, it’s been bumped up just a tad to September 22, 2018, a week before it was supposed to hit theaters. We’re still waiting on a new trailer to hit the web, but it’s on the way, so stay tuned for that and updates on all these films from 20th Century Fox.

Which one of these movies are you looking forward to the most?

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First Trailer for Action Film ‘Pilgrimage’ with Jon Bernthal as ‘The Mute’

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«You will see the safe delivery of our holiest relic to Rome. Go with God.» RLJ Entertainment has debuted a trailer for an indie action thriller titled Pilgrimage, set in the religious times of 13th century Ireland. The film is about to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this month, hence the release of the trailer to build extra buzz. The story follows a group of monks who must escort a sacred relic across the «Irish landscape fraught with peril». There’s plenty of gnarly violence in this. Starring Richard Armitage, Tom Holland, John Lynch, Stanley Weber, Lochlann O’Mearáin, Hugh O’Conor, Eric Godon, plus the badass Jon Bernthal as a character named «The Mute». This actually looks pretty cool, consider me interested. ›››

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