Interview: Director Chris Butler on ‘Missing Link’ – Check Out the Trailer Premiere!

Interview: Director Chris Butler on 'Missing Link' - Check Out the Trailer Premiere!

In Missing Link, LAIKA’s upcoming film by director Chris Butler (ParaNorman), the studio shines a bigger, brighter light on the art of stop motion animation and expands the type of stories created with it.

Missing Link follows the epic adventures of monster hunter Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman), who travels to the Pacific Northwest and discovers a creature widely considered to be a myth: the legendary missing link, aka Mr. Link (Zach Galifianakis). Together they travel the globe in…

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‘Jonny Quest’ Gets ‘Lego Batman Movie’ Director; Here’s Everything We Know

'Jonny Quest' Gets 'Lego Batman Movie' Director; Here's Everything We Know

In the fall of 1964, the animated series Jonny Quest debuted on television in prime time, to the delight of children (and some adults) everywhere. After 26 episodes, the sci-fi/action-adventure show was canceled, yet it lived on in the memories of everyone who saw it, whether during the original broadcast or in syndication. The show was revived, first in the 1980s and then in the 1990s.

Now a planned, live-action version for the big screen is finally moving forward (again). Chris McKay (The…

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Interview: ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’ Director Fede Alvarez on Casting New Lisbeth and Reinventing the Series

Interview: 'The Girl in the Spider's Web' Director Fede Alvarez on Casting New Lisbeth and Reinventing the Series

It’s been eight years since Lisbeth Salander last surfaced on the big screen as part of a big English-language adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Now she’s back in The Girl in the Spider’s Web (in theaters November 9; tickets now on sale) – this time portrayed by The Crown actress Claire Foy – in a more explosive story that centers on Salander and the complicated history she has with her own family. Spider’s…

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The Week in Movie News: ‘Flash Gordon’ Remake Gets a Director, ‘Clueless’ Remake Announced and More

The Week in Movie News: 'Flash Gordon' Remake Gets a Director, 'Clueless' Remake Announced and More

Need a quick recap of the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:

 

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Julius Avery will direct the Flash Gordon remake: Perfectly timed to the week of a Queen biopic's release, an update on the Flash Gordon remake arrived, naming Overlord helmer Julius Avery as writer and director. Read everything we know about the project here. 

 

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Andy Muschietti is making an Attack on Titan…

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New ‘Flash Gordon’ on Its Way From ‘Overlord’ Director; Here’s Everything We Know

New 'Flash Gordon' on Its Way From 'Overlord' Director; Here's Everything We Know

Alex Raymond created Flash Gordon in a comic strip first published in January 1934 and the character soon leaped to the big screen. He appeared in a live-action television series in the 1950s and then debuted on the small screen in animated form in the late 1970s, leading to his return in a starring role in 1980's Flash Gordon.

Sam J. Jones starred in the beloved adventure, featuring a memorable soundtrack by Queen. With Queen getting their place in the sun this week, courtesy of the…

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‘It’ Director Andy Muschietti Plans an ‘Attack on Titan’ Movie; Here’s Everything We Know

'It' Director Andy Muschietti Plans an 'Attack on Titan' Movie; Here's Everything We Know

After his achievement with last year's record-breaking adaptation of Stephen King's It, Andy Muschietti should be able to do anything his heart desires — once he delivers the sequel, It: Chapter Two, of course. For his next project, the filmmaker, who got his start turning his own short film into the feature Mama, care of mentorship from Guillermo del Toro, could even take things a little easy.

Instead, however, he is going for something more ambitious: according to Variety,…

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Director Fede Alvarez Says The ‘Labyrinth’ Sequel Has a Script and Is Moving Forward

Director Fede Alvarez Says The ‘Labyrinth’ Sequel Has a Script and Is Moving Forward

 

Back in 2017 it was announced that Lisa Henson of the Jim Henson Company was plotting a sequel to the 1980’s fantasy cult hit, Labyrinth, and that Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe, The Girl in the Spider’s Web) was brought on to help develop the project as an upcoming directing vehicle. We haven’t heard much about it since then – just that David Bowie’s iconic Goblin King character wouldn’t be featured, but that the film would be a sequel and not a…

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono Biopic in the Works From ‘Big Little Lies’ Director; Here’s Everything We Know

John Lennon and Yoko Ono Biopic in the Works From 'Big Little Lies' Director; Here's Everything We Know

We'll never have too many Beatles biopics. From the band's early days in Liverpool to their stint in Hamburg to the assassination of John Lennon, filmmakers continue to be fascinated with the stories of the Fab Four (and the former and unofficial band members, too). Now it's time for the relationship of Lennon and Yoko Ono to make its way to the big screen.

There was something to this effect in the '80s on British TV (featuring Doctor Who's Peter Capaldi as George…

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The Girl on the Train’s Haley Bennett and Director Joe Wright Expecting First Child Together

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Congratulations are in order for The Girl on the Train’s Haley Bennett and Darkest Hour director Joe Wright as they are expecting their first child together, a source confirms to PEOPLE.

Wright, 46, is already father to sons Mohan, 3, and Zubin, 7, with ex-wife Anoushka Shankar. It will be Bennett’s first child.

According to Page Six, the baby is due this winter. “They are very happy,” a source told the outlet after saying Bennett, 30, is about six months along.

Bennett and Wright first sparked romance rumors just days after news of his split with Shankar was reported in January.


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The actress and the director kept their relationship relatively under wraps until September when Bennett shared a photo of herself and her love.

“Cling to me, Joe, my bliss,” Bennett captioned a photo of herself and Wright passionately kissing.

The couple attended a New York Film Festival screening over the weekend for Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War.

Bennett shared a photo from their outing on Instagram, which shows the actress cuddling up to Wright, who can be seen kissing her forehead.


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Joe and I the chance to preview #PawelPawlikowski #ColdWar last night at #NYFF. With a backdrop of Poland during the Cold War, this complex and potent romance spanning over a decade kept me at the edge of my seat and finally tipped me over with unexpected grief. Powerful and Thrilling. I humbly suggest you see this little masterpiece when it arrives in select theaters in December.

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The Atonement director was previously engaged to Rosamund Pike. The pair met on the set of the 2005 film Pride & Prejudice.

The couple got engaged in 2008 and were meant to marry that same year, however, the director suddenly called off the wedding.


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‘Venom’ Director Spills on All Those Big Spoilers

SPOILER ALERT: Be warned, this article contains big spoilers about Venom. Proceed at your own risk.

Venom has officially arrived, and like most comic book movies, it came with its share of surprise reveals and telling Easter eggs. We asked director Ruben Fleischer about what the movie’s biggest surprises mean for the future of the franchise, and here’s everything we found out.

Yep, That Is Definitely Carnage in the Post-Credits Scene

In the big post-credits scene, Eddie Brock, his journalism career restored, interviewed an enigmatic inmate played by none other than actor Woody Harrelson. In case the rumors didn’t give it away, the shock of bright red hair and pointed use of the word “carnage” made it official: Serial killer Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage, will find his way into a potential Venom sequel. “What’s so exciting about [Venom] and this world is that it can really go anywhere,” Fleischer told FANDOM of the big Carnage reveal.


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Who is Carnage, and why is he a big deal? In the comics, Eddie Brock met serial killer Cletus Kasady in jail, where Kasady was serving eleven consecutive life sentences. When the Venom symbiote tried to break Brock out of prison, it gave birth to another symbiote. This baby symbiote bonded with Kasady, creating the creature Carnage. Yup, comics are weird.

This bond heightened Kasady’s instability, and Carnage went on a murderous rampage all over New York City. Carnage is a true villain and shouldn’t be taken lightly — it’ll be interesting to see how he fits in with Venom’s humorous PG-13 world, especially with Woody Harrelson driving.

That Dead Astronaut Might Be an Important Spider-Man Link

In Venom, one of the astronauts killed upon re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere had a very familiar and possibly important last name: Jameson. You probably know J Jonah Jameson as the Daily Bugle newspaper editor constantly shouting for more pictures of Spider-Man in Sam Raimi’s Tobey Maguire-led movie trilogy. You might also remember that in 2004’s Spider-Man 2 Jameson’s son John, an astronaut, was engaged to Mary Jane Watson before she left him at the altar.


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In the Venom comics, the Jameson family has a more superhero-centric backstory. J Jonah Jameson’s son, J Jonah Jameson III, was a NASA astronaut who later became the character Man-Wolf — a very fancy kind of space werewolf. The quick ‘Jameson’ reference in Venom is our first reference to the family since Tom Holland took over as Spider-Man in 2017. Could this mean a more connected Venom/Spider-Man universe?

When asked about Jameson, Fleischer didn’t rule anything out. “Who knows where this will all go, but we tried to lay the groundwork for some intersecting worlds, and I think it’s exciting to imagine the possibilities of really exploring all of these different directions.”

We Could (and Should) Get More She-Venom

One of the best moments in Venom was Anne Weying’s brief appearance as She-Venom. When asked about her portrayal of Anne, actor Michelle Williams told FANDOM that she wanted Anne to be “a woman who was empowered and believed in her own worth enough to ask for respect and equality.” What could be more fitting equality than getting a symbiote alter ego of her own?

We asked Fleischer if we might see more of Anne as She-Venom in the future, and his answer gave us a lot of hope: “Nothing is ruled out.” We know that Michelle Williams is down to take on the role in a larger capacity, and we’re certainly ready to see more She-Venom, so yes, let’s do this.


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Fleischer continued, “One of my favorite moments is the appearance of She-Venom, albeit brief. That is certainly a character I would like to spend more time with and would be excited to see where she goes in the future.” And considering Anne got a heavy make-out session with Eddie while she was taken over by Venom, is a twisted love triangle on the table now? Only time will tell.

Venom is in theaters now.

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Meet the Film Director Putting the Spotlight on Human Trafficking

Adisa Septuri is an award-winning director, producer, and philanthropist with a track record of putting the spotlight on traumatizing events and social injustices around the world. In 2009 he produced A Day Without Mines, a documentary on child miners in the Kono District of Sierra Leone. “I was in Sierra Leone as part of a film crew to capture something completely different but as fate would have it, I was exposed to the child miners,” said Septuri. While over there, I contracted the deadly Hanta Virus and nearly died over there as a result of it. After being hospitalized for several weeks on life support, I survived that incredible ordeal. While barely clinging onto life, I remember thinking in my darkest moments of the children that I met there and their innocent faces that gleamed with brightness when I gave them a soccer ball to kick around. It was those memories of children laughing and playing in Sierra Leone that pulled me through that ordeal, leaving doctors to refer to me surviving as nothing short of a miracle.” A Day Without Mines won Best Short Documentary at the Beverly Hills Film, TV & New Media Festival. It was also showcased on The National Black Programming Consortium, an affiliate of PBS.

The traumatic effects of babies born addicted to drugs are another issue Septuri has captured through the film. Now, with his recently released film Skin In the Game, he’s activating change by shedding light on human trafficking another topic affecting millions of people in the United States. While human trafficking is often thought of as something that happens overseas, a quick Google search tells a different story. Recently, Wisconsin and Tennessee have shown a spike in human trafficking and according to FBI statistics, Atlanta ranks among the top 14 cities in the United States for domestic minor sex trafficking.

Skin in the Game stars Erica Ash (Survivor’s Remorse, In Contempt) and is produced by Howard Barish and Kandoo Films, the production company behind 2017 Oscar-nominated, and BAFTA award-winning Netflix documentary 13th by Ava DuVernay. We caught up with Septuri to learn more about his career.

Where does your passion for putting the spotlight on traumatizing events and topics come from?

Although my parents were divorced, my brother, sister, and I had plenty of everything we needed—love, security, and a solid foundation. But growing up in West Oakland, I was surrounded by kids that were not as fortunate—kids that wore second-hand clothes, went to bed hungry or stole because they were trying to survive, so I kind of grew empathetic toward them. I always felt the pull to help and also wanting to be accepted played a big part. I would literally give someone the shirt off my back if they needed it. I saw so much at an early age that children always held a special place in my heart and that passion just continued to grow as I got older. So for me, vulnerable children are a top priority. I am drawn to their stories in a way that I can somehow help or shed light on or activate change.

Human trafficking came to my attention a few years ago and I have a deep compassion for the victims, which are mainly children. Again, I wanted to activate change, so I developed a script and directed a feature called Skin in the Game. I keep a healthy optimism. My work, although reflecting harsh realities, always leans on posting a vision of a future that can be shaped and altered.

Children don’t have many choices and it’s up to us as adults to assist them and give them the safety I felt as a child. So I guess I get it from my parents in that they blanketed and protected me, which is what I am continuously striving to do with them in my work and in my life.

What are the key messages that you want people to take away debut feature film Skin in the Game?

Human trafficking is a worldwide epidemic. It denigrates woman and makes us less than human. It destroys lives, families, and robs us of any hope for a future. The internet has grown so fast and so wide that predators, traffickers, and pimps are using it to recruit our children. They have all types of manipulative ploys such as “sexting,” which has to do with a young person sending a nude picture of herself or himself to them thinking they are sending it to a newfound love only to have that other person threaten to show it to their family, church, or friends if they don’t comply and many children fall victim to this type of manipulation. The threat is real and lasting and could happen to anyone of us or anyone we might know.

And just like our protagonist in the film Lena, who used to be an ex-prostitute and now rescues girls caught up in prostitution, never give up on our children. Lena may rescue a dozen girls and because of brainwashing, the girls often go back to their pimp, but Lena never surrenders her faith and belief in them. It can be an endless cycle, so try to always instill positivity in our young people and a sense that they are great and no matter what happens, we won’t give up on them.

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