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While in Marrakech to attend the homage to Japanese cinema, Kurosawa told Variety his next film is being produced by a French company and will start shooting in February. The helmer, whose latest movie, “Seventh Code,” opened at Rome and earned him the best director nod, said the movie will be a love story, with Rahim cast in one of the two leading roles.
Since breaking through with Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet,” Rahim has been leading a strong international career and has worked with renowned auteurs including Lou Ye (“Love and Bruises”), Joachim Lafosse (“Our Children”) and Asghar Farhadi (“The Past”).
“It will talk about France today in a symbolic way, and it will have horror elements. It will not be a realistic movie, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Marrakech — Hirokazu Kore-eda graced the stage at the Marrakech Film Festival along with Japan’s top filmmakers to receive this year’s homage to Japanese cinema from the hands of French star and jury president Isabelle Huppert on Tuesday evening.
Upon receiving the award, Kore-eda thanked the festival’s president Melita Toscan du Plantier and artistic director Bruno Barde, among other personalities, for putting together an “impressive retrospective of 27 movies that give a glimpse of the best of Japanese cinema.”
The critically acclaimed director, whose latest pic “Like Father, Like Son” won Cannes’ jury prize and ecumenical jury award, spoke more specifically about three movies that have inspired him as a filmmaker.
“First of all, one of the best films I’ve seen in my whole life is ‘Floating Clouds’ by Mikio Naruse, then a film that rejoices me totally each time I see it – even though I don’t »
- Elsa Keslassy
It seems like Chris Pratt is going to add another famous franchise to his filmography because he is currently in talks to join the cast of The Magnificent Seven remake. Denzel Washington is already attached to the film set to be directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day). Talks are still very early -- Pratt would be the second to join the group of seven.
Magnificent Seven centered on a group of American gunslingers tasked with the job of protecting a small Mexican village from a group of criminals. What really made the movie cool is that it starred actors like Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson, who would go on to become major movie stars after the release of the film. »
- Laura Frances
As if Chris Pratt doesn’t have enough giant tentpole films to deal with as he rockets his way to the A-list, the Guardians of the Galaxy star is now in talks to star in an actual Western, as opposed to a Western with dinosaurs or talking raccoons. Pratt is set to join a remake of Magnificent Seven, currently starring Denzel Washington, directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and written by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side). An original draft of the script was originally being handled by True Detective‘s Nic Pizzolato.
Deadline reported Thursday that signing Pratt could be a big step in actually helping the film get made, with the remaining five cast members still to fall into place. Previously, Tom Cruise was rumored to be the lead, with Matt Damon, Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman reportedly courted to join him. Although Pratt is no done deal either, »
- Brian Welk
The library title, itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece Seven Samurai, was recently revised by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) and by True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto, who wrote a previous version. Antoine Fuqua (Southpaw, The Equalizer), who previously acknowledged the influence of spaghetti westerns on his approach to making violent, anti-heroes/gunmen films, is attached to direct.
The latest rework centres upon seven gunmen who come together in the post-Civil War Wild West to help a poor village against a band of savage thieves.
- Sacha Hall
If it wasn’t enough for him to be a Cowboy Ninja Viking (all right, as an assassin with those skillsets), Chris Pratt is circling a role that would require only one of those abilities: according to Deadline, he’s in early talks to snatch a role in the new Magnificent Seven.Denzel Washington is locked in to star in this one, which his Training Day/The Equalizer collaborator Antoine Fuqua is directing. John Sturges’ 1960 take on the story – itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai – saw a Mexican peasant village persuading seven gunfighters to help protect them from bandits.Fuqua’s version, which boasts a script featuring contributions from John Lee Hancock and True Detective’s Nic Pizzolatto, is reportedly set after the Civil War, as the Wild West era is coming to an end.MGM is backing this one, hoping to finally get the long-gestating film into production next year. »
Chris Pratt is circling a role in MGM’s remake of the classic western The Magnificent Seven, according to Deadline. Pratt will join Denzel Washington who is already attached to the project. Pratt is hot property in Hollywood now, being fresh off The Lego Movie and Guardians of the Galaxy, and with Jurassic World up next.
The studio has previously tried to make The Magnificent Seven a few years back with Tom Cruise starring and a script from True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto. John Lee Hannock was then brought on board to re-write, and the film is going ahead with Antoine Fuqua directing.
The Magnificent Seven was released in 1960 and starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronsan and others as gunslingers who protect a Mexican village from attackers. It is itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai.
As of yet the remake has no official release date, but »
- Thomas Roach
Chris Pratt became a movie star this year, and now his name is a major deal when it becomes attached to any project (not that it wasn't before, but for studios, it comes with a bigger, well-deserved asking price). Assuming Jurassic World is a hit, he could become an even bigger star with two successful franchises (three if you count The Lego Movie), but if that film flops at the box office or he loses some momentum (Guardians of the Galaxy 2 isn't due out until 2017), that could mean fewer opportunities. So the savvy move is to get plenty of projects while he can, and he's already signed on to star in the adaptation of the comic book Cowboy Ninja Viking. Now it looks like he's taken a shine to the "cowboy" part, because he's in talks to join Denzel Washington in Antoine Fuqua's remake of The Magnificent Seven. For »
- Matt Goldberg
Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt is in early talks to join Denzel Washington in MGM's remake of The Magnificent Seven. While the actor's character isn't being modeled after any original characters from the 1960 Western classic The Magnificent Seven, he will play a character named Farraday, if his deal goes through. The talks are in early stages at this point.
The 1960 film The Magnificent Seven, directed by John Sturges, was loosely inspired by Akira Kurosawa's 1954 classic Seven Samurai. The story follows seven gunmen who are hired by a small Mexican village to protect them from from a nefarious tyrant named Calvera (Eli Wallach). Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn and Horst Buchholz played the gunmen. The original spawned the sequels Return of the Magnificent Seven (1966), Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969) and The Magnificent Seven Ride! (1972), although none of the follow-ups featured the entire original cast. »
It's been a busy couple of years for rising star and ab model Chris Pratt. He's toiled in government work on NBC's "Parks and Recreation," listened to a Walkman in space in Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy," will soon tangle with T-Rexes in "Jurassic World," and then suit up for the more than one hero role in "Cowboy Ninja Viking." But something we haven't yet seen him do is don a stetson and a six-shooter. Will he be able to pull off the cowboy look in the upcoming remake of "The Magnificent Seven"? Pratt is in talks to join the film, which already stars Denzel Washington, and is being directed by "Training Day's" Antoine Fuqua, according to Deadline. MGM has been trying to get the film rolling for some time. At one point, Tom Cruise was attached to the film, but he exited late last year. Roger Birnbaum is on board as producer. »
- Dave Lewis
Antoine Fuqua is directing.
The 1960 original, itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai,” starred Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen. It centered on seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws.
Talks are still in the early stages, but sources say they are progressing.
Pratt has become a hot property since his star-making role in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” He has been weighing several offers over the past few months, including “Cowboy Ninja Viking” at Universal.
He can be seen next in “Jurassic World.” He is repped by CAA and Mosaic.
The news was first reported by Deadline.com.
- Justin Kroll
A remake itself of Akira Kurosawa's far more acclaimed "Seven Samurai," the 1960 original starred the likes of Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen in the story of seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
This is the way “The Hobbit” ends: not with a whimper, but with an epic battle royale. True to its subtitle, “The Battle of the Five Armies” (revised from the initially more pacific “There and Back Again”), the final installment of Peter Jackson’s distended “Lord of the Rings” prequel offers more barbarians at the gate than you can shake an Elven sword at, each vying for control of mountainous Erebor. The result is at once the trilogy’s most engrossing episode, its most expeditious (at a comparatively lean 144 minutes) and also its darkest — both visually and in terms of the forces that stir in the hearts of men, dwarves and orcs alike. Only fans need apply, but judging from past precedent, there are more than enough of them to ensure that “Battle” walks off with the dragon’s share of the upcoming holiday-season box office.
“Third time pays for all, »
- Scott Foundas
Author/screenwriter/director Nate "N.D." Wilson has recently directed an 18-minute short film called The Hound of Heaven, based on the 19th century poem of the same name by Francis Thompson. It's uncharacteristically gritty for a Victorian faith poem, and that's one of the things that drew him to the idea of making a short film around it. Of course, "short film" is an insufficient way of describing it, since it's a stunning, surreal piece of work encompassing many different forms of storytelling, as Nate himself discusses later on.
The interview also covers, among other topics, what it was like working with Akira Kurosawa's son (who executive produced), Nate Wilson's influences and future projects, and the difference between writing one's own material versus adapting someone else's.
But before that, here's the trailer:
It's also available on Vimeo (password: finaltrailer):
The Hound of Heaven | Official Trailer from Dane Wilson on Vimeo. »
Goa, India — Vidhu Vinod Chopra, writer and producer of global hit “3 Idiots,” and arguably India’s most successful film maker, remains something of an angry young man.
“One of the reasons I became successful, was because I struggled so much with ‘Khamosh’,” he said, describing his 1985 film which has since become a classic, but which he had to self-release after being rejected by distributors.
Chopra was speaking Sunday during the Film Bazaar in Goa in a master class where he was interviewed by fellow film maker Sudhir Mishra.
Despite having promised not to, Chopra peppered his discourse with choice swearwords in English and Hindi, as he took sideswipes at film festivals (“I’m not a festivals kind of man”), digital cinema (“a little bit of laziness has crept in”) and a string of named and unnamed distributors and producers.
Despite also calling himself “not a likeable person,” and saying that »
- Patrick Frater
We've collected reviews of several books that'll be of interest to movie-lovers: Farran Smith Nehme's debut novel, Missing Reels; Nicholas Rombes's The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing ("Kafka directed by David Lynch doesn’t even come close," says 3:am); memories of Shirley Clarke; new biographies of Bob Hope and Robert De Niro; Tls on Marguerite Duras; Michael McGriff and J.M. Tyree's Our Secret Life in the Movies; Anjelica Huston's memoir; a coffee table book on Bettie Page; the Guardian on Akira Kurosawa; Patrick McGilligan on Nicholas Ray and more. » - David Hudson »
Back in August we speculated on whether Studio Ghibli, the legendary animation studio behind films like Spirited Away, Grave of the Fireflies and My Neighbor Totoro, might be closing its doors due to financial difficulties. Now in an interview with the La Times, the studio’s most vaulted director Hayao Miyazaki has announced that Ghibli is in fact shuttering.
“At this point, we’re not making a new film. I think we will not be making any feature films to be shown in theaters. That was not my intention, though. All I did was announce that I would be retiring and not making any more features.” Miyazaki said, deepening the blow by reiterating that he would be retiring as well.
With that news, that officially makes The Wind Rises, released wide at the start of 2014 in the Us, is indeed Miyazaki’s last movie, and that Studio Ghibli’s When »
- Brian Welk
It's that time of year again and it's time to update the list for the second half of 2014 as Barnes & Noble has just kicked off their 50% off Criterion sale and as impossible a task as it is to cut things down to just a few titles, I have done my best to break Criterion's titles down into a few categories. Hopefully those looking for box sets, specific directors or what I think are absolute musts will find this makes things a little bit easier. Let's get to it... First Picks I was given the Zatoichi collection for Christmas last year and being a collection that holds 25 films and another disc full of supplementary material it is the absolute definition of a must buy when it comes to the Criterion Collection. It is, once again, on sale for $112.49, half off the Msrp of $224.99, and worth every penny. I spent the entire year going through it. »
- Brad Brevet
Fans are getting very psyched up as the seventh Star Wars film comes closer and closer to its release date. But many of us get nervous thinking about the prequels and Jar Jar Binks. Can the new films avoid the mistakes of the prequels? Here are 7 things that the new Star Wars films need to remember.
Despite the recent tweet from Anthony Daniels where he says that the next Star Wars film will be the best one ever, even surpassing the series standard bearer Star Wars-Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back, it’s hard to get the taste of the Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones out of our collective mouths. No doubt many people are currently thinking, ‘I hope these new films don’t end up anything like those pitiful prequels’. Here are 7 things that the new Disney-owned series needs to do—or not do—in order »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
We all know that the Rotten Tomatoes rating system isn’t entirely reliable – as an aggregator website which decides whether or not a film is fresh or rotten based on general approval or otherwise by the critics, a film’s rating isn’t always a guarantee of its actual quality, and just as some great films can find themselves with a lower rating than they deserve, so too can average or even terrible movies come out as freshly rated.
With that said, if you take a look at those films which have been certified 100% fresh it’s clear that, for the most part, these are truly exceptional films. There are plenty of cinematic masterpieces represented, from Citizen Kane and The Godfather through to the arthouse cinema greats including Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai and Francois Truffaut’s The 400 Blows. Indeed, the vast majority of the titles »
- Andrew Dilks
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