In a less than shocking move, Disney-Fox quietly pulled the Brad Pitt sci-fi drama Ad Astra from its release calendar yesterday, just three weeks before the movie was scheduled to open during the Memorial Day weekend. The studio had no comment on the film’s disappearance.
Strangely enough, this isn’t the first time Ad Astra has been moved around on Fox’s release calendar; in October of last year, the studio decided to push the film back from its original January 11, 2019 slot to the most recent May 24, 2019 slot.
While Disney-Fox has yet to announce a new release date for Ad Astra, studio insiders tell Silver Screen Beat that the film, which is still in post-production and undergoing extensive VFX work, will likely be done in time for a debut on the fall festival circuit, where it could hit fests such as Venice and Toronto before making its way into theaters.
Ad Astra is directed and co-written by James Gray and follows space engineer Roy McBride (Pitt) as he travels through the solar system to find his father (Tommy Lee Jones), who left on a one-way mission to the planet of Neptune more than 20 years ago in order to find signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence.
The film’s cast also includes Ruth Negga, Jamie Kennedy, and Donald Sutherland.
Pitt, in addition to starring in the film, also serves as a producer under his Plan B banner along with partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner. Rodrigo Teixeria, Anthony Katagas, and Gray are also producers.
An eerie new trailer for ‘The Lighthouse’ is here to send you into a world of nautical madness
One simple question arises in the latest trailer for Robert Eggers’ new film The Lighthouse, the “hypnotic and hallucinatory tale” starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe as two lighthouse keepers driving each other mad, and, quite frankly, it’s a pretty good one: “what?”
That one simple question pretty much sums up my feelings about The Lighthouse, which seems to be appealing to my very particular brand of weird with all these peculiar trailers where Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe go at each other’s throats and talk about spilling beans and shit.
Needless to say, all of the raves The Lighthouse has received over the past few months following its debuts at festivals like Cannes and, most recently, TIFF have also piqued my interest — right now the film boasts an impressive 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 70 reviews.
I suppose we’ll find out what all the buzz is about when The Lighthouse hits theaters October 18.
‘Joker’ just won the Golden Lion award at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, because of course it did
In its continuing effort to be the most bonkers fucking film festival on the planet, the Venice Film Festival jury has just selected Todd Phillips’ Taxi Driver/King of Comedy riff Joker as the recipient of this year’s Golden Lion award, while convicted rapist Roman Polanski received the second-place Grand Jury Prize for An Officer and a Spy.
Haifaa Al-Mansour and Shannon Murphy, the only two women directors who were selected to compete at Venice this year, both went home empty-handed, though Murphy’s Babyteeth star Toby Wallace did pick up the festival’s Young Actor award.
The complete list of 2019 Venice Film Festival winners is as follows:
Joker; dir: Todd Phillips
Grand Jury Prize
An Officer And A Spy: dir: Roman Polanski
Silver Lion, Best Director
Roy Andersson; About Endlessness
Volpi Cup, Best Actress
Ariane Ascaride; Gloria Mundi
Volpi Cup, Best Actor
Luca Marinelli, Martin Eden
Yonfan; No. 7 Cherry Lane
Special Jury Prize
La Mafia Non E Più Quello Di Una Volta; dir: Franco Moresco
Marcello Mastroianni Award for for Best New Young Actor or Actress
Toby Wallace, Babyteeth
Atlantis; dir: Valentyn Vasyanovych
Theo Court; Blanco En Blanco
Special Jury Prize
Verdict; dir: Raymund Ribay Guttierez
Marta Nieto; Madre
Sami Bouajila; A Son
Jessica Palud, Revenir
Best Short Film
Darling; dir: Saim Sadiq
LION OF THE FUTURE — LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS VENICE AWARD FOR A DEBUT FILM
You Will Die At 20; dir: Amjad Abu Alala
VENICE VIRTUAL REALITY
The Key; dir: Céline Tricart
Best VR Experience
A Linha; dir: Ricardo Laganaro
Best VR Story
Daughters Of Chibok; dir: Joel Kachi Benson
Best Documentary on Cinema
Babenco; dir: Barbara Paz
Ecstasy; Gustav Machaty
Deck the halls with…bloody murder? The trailer for Blumhouse’s remake of ‘Black Christmas’ is here
We were pretty jazzed to hear earlier this year that Blumhouse had begun production on a remake of Bob Clark’s 1974 slasher classic Black Christmas and now, just a few months later, we’re pleased to inform you that we have an official trailer for the film to accompany that incredible one-sheet they dropped a few months back.
Imogen Poots stars here as Riley Stone, leader of the Mu Kappa Epsilon sisters, who are preparing to throw a Christmas party as Hawthorne College quiets down for winter break. However, it isn’t long before one of them disappears at the hands of a black-masked stalker, who begins killing off sorority sisters around the campus one by one.
With the body count at Hawthorne rising, Riley and the Mu Kappa Epsilon sisters begin questioning whether they can trust any of the men in their lives, including their own boyfriends, crushes, and professors. “Whoever the killer is, he’s about to discover that this generation’s young women aren’t about to be anybody’s victims,” the film’s synopsis reads.
As excellent as director Sophia Takal’s update on Black Christmas looks, the trailer does seem to reveal quite a few different plot developments and twists, so if you’re sensitive to spoilers, it’s probably best to avoid the trailer for now so you don’t unintentionally ruin anything for yourself.
Black Christmas hits theaters on Friday, December 13, so mark your calendars accordingly, folks.