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Our favorite French Oscar winner celebrated the big 5-0 today.
Better news: Several movies on the way!
In both the would be blockbuster Godzilla and Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria, both arriving this year, she has potential talent imbalance problems with co-stars (CGI Monster, Kristen & Chloe respectively) but both films might be great, fingers crossed.
She's also currently filming the true-story The 33 with Antonio Banderas and Rodrigo Santoro which is about that Chilean miners who were trapped for weeks. Three more movies have been announced but announcing and actually happening are two different things with movies. We'll see. Hollywood has lost interest (Hollywood only allows one French lady at a time so Marion Cotillard has to watch her back with Léa Seydoux rising) but we shouldn't!
What's your favorite Binoche? Mine is 100% Trois Coleurs: »
- NATHANIEL R
According to Deadline, Sony Pictures is moving forward with a planned reboot of the “Zorro” franchise based on the 2005 Isabel Allende novel, which centers on the young Zorro who witnesses the brutal injustices dealt to Native Americans.
Screenwriter Chris Boal, brother of Mark Boal (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Hurt Locker”), has come onboard to rewrite a draft previously penned by Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia. Boal was a competitive fencer on the national circuit before becoming a writer.
This new project will have nothing to do with the Antonio Banderas films The Mask of Zorro and The Legend of Zorro but will have a sort of “Batman Begins” style of approach, with a new backstory, gritty realism and emotional core. So for those of you who have seen the Banderas films, this will follow Anthony Hopkins character’s backstory. There will be swordplay, combined with the martial arts that came »
- Kellvin Chavez
If you’re someone who believes that Hollywood isn’t coming up with anywhere near enough new and original ideas, then you may want to turn away now!
Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are already producing a reboot of the Men in Black franchise, but Sony have now enlisted them to oversee a remake of Zorro as well. The iconic character obviously has a long history in all forms of media, but his last big screen outing was 2005′s The Legend of Zorro starring Antonio Banderas in the title role.
According to Deadline, playwright Chris Boal has signed a deal to pen the screenplay, and the the plan is for Zorro to be less of a traditional swashbuckler in order for there to be a bigger focus on “a Dark Knight-style unveiling of the character with a new backstory, gritty realism and emotional core.”
The site goes on to add that, »
- Josh Wilding
The project is based on Isabel Allende's 2005 novel of the same name, with Stephen Scaia and Matthew Federman previously working on the script. This reboot is said to be less of a traditional swashbuckling tale and more of a dark and gritty version similar to The Dark Knight, giving this iconic character a new origin story with an "emotional core." There will be swordplay featured in the story, although it will be infused with European martial arts that combine swords and daggers with grappling and bare knuckle combat. Before he became a writer, Chris Boal was a competitive fencer on the national circuit.
In today’s day and age, movie franchise reboots are a dime a dozen. Some successfully introduce characters to a new generation, while the rest go back on the shelf and await their next reboot. Zorro was one of those characters, after coming back from the dead in 1998′s The Mask of Zorro, starring Antonio Banderas in the titular role, and its sequel, 2005′s The Legend of Zorro. The first film grossed $250 million worldwide and earned an 86% on Rotten Tomatoes. The follow-up made only $142 million and fared far worse with critics, landing a sad 26%.
Thus, the franchise was put aside and placed on Sony’s reboot list, though it apparently has been a priority “for some time.” Now that it’s been nearly ten years since Zorro was last in theaters, the studio is moving forward with the reboot and has hired Chris Boal to pen the screenplay. Boal is relatively new to the business, »
- James Garcia
In Doha, there was once a buzzing festival and schemes to nurture local talent, but now much of the the money in the Qatari film business goes to projects elsewhere – such as the $55m co-production Black Gold
A video appearing to show Omar Sharif slapping a woman was not supposed to be the biggest story to come out of the 2011 Doha Tribeca film festival. The focus should have been on Black Gold, a $55m Qatari co-production – and arguably the most ambitious film shot in the Middle East since Lawrence of Arabia – which had had its world premiere just days earlier. To the irritation of the organisers, however, it was the right arm of the 1962 epic's octogenarian breakout star, incensed by a persistent fan, which stole the headlines.
Landing less than a year after this diminutive, gas-rich Gulf state contentiously won the right to host the 2022 World Cup, »
A new Zorro has been developing for a long time at Sony. Antonio Banderas last donned the black hat for Martin Campbell back in 2005, and a reboot has been in the works pretty much ever since. There are still no director or star attached, but this morning we do finally at least have news of a writer. Chris Boal will pen the latest draft, with a view to introducing the masked swordsman to a new generation.Christopher Stetson Boal, to give him his full moniker, hasn't had any films released so far, but has written an untitled Julius Caesar film for Jonathan Liebesman, and Viking actioner The Vanguard, which has Alexander Skarsgard attached to star. Before the writing he was a competitive fencer on the Us national circuit, so he knows how to swash a buckle, and could presumably carve an expert Z into your clothing if you asked him nicely. »
Quite a bit of time has gone by since we last talked about the Zorro reboot. The last time we saw the character portrayed was back in 2005 with Antonio Banderas in the lead. A little Legend Of Zorro anyone? Those were pretty okay flicks. Banderas was the hot thing along with co-star Catherine Zeta Jones, also hot. It worked nicely. Oddly, my memories of the character go back to when Guy Williams wore the mask. That was way before I was born, but when nothing else was on TV at my »
- Niki Stephens
What would the Oscars be without Jimmy Kimmel's annual post-awards special? Well, they would still be the Oscars, of course, but we would be robbed of several hilarious spoofs starring seemingly every A-list actor. In 2012, there was "Movie the Movie" with Antonio Banderas, Edward Norton, Josh Brolin and George Clooney. In 2013, there was with "Movie the Movie 2V" with Angelina Jolie, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Chastain and Samuel L. Jackson. This year, Kimmel looked ...
By Alex Suskind »
Exclusive: Melanie Griffith has followed her longtime agent Manny Nunez to Paradigm. She’s following the same path as her husband Antonio Banderas, who moved with Nunez a day after the agent became the latest CAAer to land at Paradigm, joining Bob Bookman, Ken Stovitz and Rand Holston. Griffith, whose credits span film, TV and theater, is currently working on the thriller Ithaca, the adaptation of William Saroyan’s novel The Human Comedy that Meg Ryan is directing and Tom Hanks is executive producing with his Playtone partner Gary Goetzman. Sam Shepard and Ryan’s son Jack Quaid co-star. She is next up in the sci-fi film Autómata alongside Banderas and Dylan McDermott. Griffith has Oscar (for Working Girl), Golden Globe and Emmy nominations over a career she began as a model at 9 months old. She continues to be repped by Untitled Entertainment. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Exclusive: Melanie Griffith has followed her longtime agent Manny Nunez to Paradigm. She’s following the same path as her husband Antonio Banderas, who moved with Nunez a day after the agent became the latest CAAer to land at Paradigm, joining Bob Bookman, Ken Stovitz and Rand Holston. Griffith, whose credits span film, TV and theater, is currently working on Ithaca, the adaptation of William Saroyan’s novel The Human Comedy that Meg Ryan is directing and Tom Hanks is executive producing with his Playtone partner Gary Goetzman. Sam Shepard and Ryan’s son Jack Quaid co-star. She is next up in the sci-fi film Autómata alongside Banderas and Dylan McDermott. Griffith has Oscar (for Working Girl), Golden Globe and Emmy nominations over a career she began as a model at 9 months old. She continues to be repped by Untitled Entertainment. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Director: Terrence Malick
Writer: Terrence Malick
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Joel Kinnaman, Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Imogen Poots, Cate Blanchett, Teresa Palmer, Joe Manganiello, Nick Offerman, Wes Bentley, Nicky Whelan, Antonio Banderas, Isabel Lucas, Freida Pinto, Jason Clarke, Shea Whigham, Katia Winter, Thomas Lennon, Ryan O’Neal, Kevin Corrigan
There aren’t too many filmmakers turning up twice on our list, but Knight of Cups and the formerly titled Lawless (#81) are in a traffic jam of their own, hopefully getting a green light at some major film festival where the final guest list shall let us know who made the final cut.
Gist: This is about celebrities and excess.
Release Date: Cannes or Venice.
- Eric Lavallee
It has been four years since the not-so-jolly green ogre Shrek (Mike Myers) has romped through a fairy-tale land in Shrek Forever After. Now we.re hearing we might not have to wait an additional four years to see the beloved Shrek and his hilarious friends on screen again. In an interview with Fox Business Network (via Variety), DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg suggested that a fifth Shrek movie probably is in the cards. He boldly stated: "We like to let them have a little bit of time to rest. But I think you can be confident that we.ll have another chapter in the Shrek series. We.re not finished, and more importantly, neither is he." The "them" in the quote refers to Myers: Cameron Diaz (Princess Fiona): Eddie Murphy (Donkey): And Antonio Banderas (Puss in Boots): And why not? The Shrek film franchise has banked $2.9 billion worldwide, »
Ex-mma fighter Gina Carano had dabbled in acting a bit before 2011, but it was Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire that really made her name in the world of action cinema. The director wasn’t the only recognizable name on the picture as he made sure to surround his star in the making with a cast that included Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas, and Michael Fassbender. It wasn’t a big hit by any means, and no one was impressed with Carano’s acting abilities, but action fans took note and looked forward to whatever Hollywood would offer her next. That whatever turned out to be a supporting role in Fast & Furious 6 and a guest spot on Fox’s Almost Human. If you saw Haywire then you know that’s a bullshit waste of an impressive talent right there. Fortunately, that dry-spell is coming to an end this year as Carano finally gets a second »
- Rob Hunter
With the release of the eagerly anticipated sequel The Raid 2: Berandal just around the corner, Screen Gems and Xyz have decided to cash in on the success of Welsh filmmaker Gareth Evans' hard-hitting Indonesian action hit with a Hollywood remake.
According to The Wrap, Patrick Hughes - director of the excellent Aussie western Red Hill and the upcoming action sequel The Expendables 3 - has signed to helm the remake of The Raid, with Brad Inglesby (Out of the Furnace) scripting and Gareth Evans remaining involved as producer.
It's said that the remake will follow a similar plotline as the original (a S.W.A.T. team storms a heavily fortified tower block, while a young rookie attempts to rescue his drug-dealing brother), "though it may be difficult for Hollywood stars to perform the brutal hand-to-hand fight scenes and other stunts with the same intensity as the original film’s martial arts experts. »
- Gary Collinson
To mark the release of Machete Kills on 17th February, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
In this sequel to Machete, Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federal agent Machete, who is recruited by the President of the United States (introducing Carlos Estevez) for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man – he must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer (Mel Gibson) who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet.
Machete Kills stars Amber Heard, Alexa Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, Jessica Alba, Sofía Vergara, Mel Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Lady Gaga, Danny Trejo, Charlie Sheen, Antonio Banderas, Demián Bichir, Cuba Gooding Jr., Walton Goggins and is directed by Robert Rodriguez.
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Robert Rodriguez's sequel to the movie that began life as a fake trailer makes its way to DVD and Blu-ray...
Machete Kills is a rare beast indeed, a sequel that manages to surpass its predecessor in pretty much every way. When the rather superb Robert Rodriguez announced that we’d be getting a sequel to his grindhouse-trailer-turned-movie, Machete, I have to say that my heart sank a little. It wasn’t just because the first film had left me a little disappointed after all it promised, but because it seemed like a terrible shame that Rodriguez would choose to make a franchise out of his least impressive feature, while the much yearned for Sin City 2 (and even Predators if you count his hands on approach to producing) was left languishing on the shelf.
So it was with absolute apprehension that I approached Machete Kills, »
It's been a while since we've seen or heard anything about the testosterone-filled action sequel The Expendables 3, but thanks to Manly Movie we've got a few new photos from the set of the film featuring Mel Gibson's bad guy Conrad Stonebanks and Sylvester Stallone's Barney Ross...
In The Expendables 3, Barney, Christmas and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks, who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables -- but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes »
- Gary Collinson
Machete Kills, 2013.
Directed by Robert Rodriguez.
Starring Danny Trejo, Alexa Vega, Mel Gibson, Carlos Estevez, Amber Heard, Vanessa Hudgens, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Alba, Lady Gaga, Michelle Rodriguez, Cuba Gooding Jr., Demián Bichir, Zoe Saldana, Edward James Olmos, William Sadler, Antonio Banderas, Tom Savini, and Walton Goggins.
Machete is recruited by the U.S. President to take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet.
While the original Machete trailer was one of the highlights of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's 2007 double feature Grindhouse, containing more entertainment value in its two minutes than the entirety of Death Proof, the 2010 feature version failed to live up to the promise of the faux trailer. Personally, I thought it played things a little too straight, if you can say that about a film that has its protagonist abseiling from a »
- Gary Collinson
Stars: Danny Trejo, Alexa Vega, Mel Gibson, Demian Bichir, Amber Heard, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofía Vergara, Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Walton Goggins, Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Hudgens, Tom Savini | Written by Kyle Ward | Directed by Robert Rodriguez
I’ve always been a fan of Robert Rodriguez whether it was Desperado and its sequel or From Dusk Till Dawn, maybe even the Spy Kids movies or Planet Terror. Machete was a film that was born out of a fake Grindhouse trailer and it got the joke, it set the tone correctly and felt just right, flaws and all. Machete Kills is the continuation of the idea and for the most part should work, but how long can the joke go on?
- Paul Metcalf
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