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Mel Gibson, whom I interviewed for Venice Magazine in late 2000, was my first real childhood hero I sat down with. If you were a Gen-x male, Mel Gibson was the closest thing we had to Paul Newman, Steve McQueen and Sean Connery: a guy's guy whom guys wanted to emulate and women wanted to copulate. If you were a guy who liked girls, the math in the previous equation was pretty simple: be like Mel. Sadly, Gibson's life has taken a very public turn for the worse in the last decade, since his personal legal and troubles stemming from a 2006 DUI arrest in Malibu were made public, one from which his image has yet to fully recover. It was an unfortunate fall from grace for a guy who literally had Hollywood, and the world, in the palm of his hand after sweeping the 1995 Oscars with his box office smash "Braveheart. »
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From The Andromeda Strain to Jurassic Park to Prey and beyond, the late Michael Crichton offered readers numerous gateways to intelligent escapism on the printed page. Published posthumously, 2011's Micro is no exception. DreamWorks Studios seems to agree, as the company has picked up the film rights to the thriller.
Press Release: "Los Angeles--(Business Wire)--DreamWorks Studios has acquired the film rights to the Michael Crichton novel, “Micro,” it was announced today by Michael Wright, CEO of DreamWorks Studios. Frank Marshall is on board to produce, with Sherri Crichton and Laurent Bouzereau set as executive producers for CrichtonSun LLC.
The high-concept thriller follows a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company—only to find themselves miniaturized and cast out into the rain forest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them.
"Micro" was unfinished when Michael Crichton passed »
- Derek Anderson
The mysteries of America’s foremost intelligence agency are fertile ground for storytellers, but the truth is always more powerful than fiction – particularly in the case of the 2014 biography The Good Spy: The Life And Death Of Robert Ames. Now, producing super-team Laurie MacDonald and Walter Parkes (Flight, Catch Me If You Can, Minority Report, Road To Perdition, the Men In Black franchise) have snapped up the rights to The Good Spy, and are planning to deliver a dramatic adaptation of it to the big screen.
Robert Ames was a CIA operative and the intelligence agency’s Near East Director. He allegedly made the first high-level infiltration of the Plo during his career, and was renowned for building productive and effective relationships with Arab intelligence figures. These bonds were seen to hold the key to lasting peace – but those hopes were dashed when he was killed in the suicide »
- Sarah Myles
Julia Stiles will return for the fifth 'Bourne Identity' film. The actress has been confirmed for the latest instalment in the popular action thriller series which is set to begin filming later this year. Last year, Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass revealed they would also be coming back to make the movie, which is scheduled to be released next year, after neither Julia or Matt appeared in 2012's 'The Bourne Legacy'. The 34-year-old star - who plays covert agent Nicky Parsons - had a key role in the third film, 2007's 'The Bourne Ultimatum', although it is currently unclear how she will be involved in the upcoming movie, which is set to open in cinemas on July 29 2016. However, the blonde beauty - who wrapped filming on crime thriller 'Beyond Deceit' with Al Pacino, Anthony Hopkins and Josh Duhamel earlier this year - recently »
Exclusive: Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 has inked a first-look deal with Brian Kavanaugh-Jones’ Automatik. The deal is the latest from Robinov’s upstart production banner as it continues to build up its slate and partnerships with filmmakers. Kavanaugh-Jones most recently completed the horror film Insidious: Chapter 3, directed by Leigh Whannell, and Autobahn with Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley. The latter film is co-produced with the UK’s… »
Julia Stiles will return for the fifth ‘Bourne Identity‘ film.
The actress has been confirmed for the latest instalment in the popular action thriller series which is set to begin filming later this year.
Last year, Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass revealed they would also be coming back to make the movie, which is scheduled to be released next year, after neither Julia or Matt appeared in 2012’s ‘The Bourne Legacy‘.
The 34-year-old star – who plays covert agent Nicky Parsons – had a key role in the third film, 2007’s ‘The Bourne Ultimatum‘, although it is currently unclear how she will be involved in the upcoming movie, which is set to open in cinemas on July 29 2016.
However, the blonde beauty – who wrapped filming on crime thriller ‘Beyond Deceit’ with Al Pacino, »
- Paul Heath
The upcoming science fiction series, based on the cult classic 1973 film of the same name written and directed by novelist Michael Crichton, is produced for HBO by Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy and J.J. Abrams. Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin. The story follows the operation of a futuristic theme park created by a brilliant scientist (Anthony Hopkins) as well as the people who pay to "live" inside of it. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, HBO Original Programming Executive Vice President Michael Ellenberg discussed the current slate of upcoming series for the premium cable network. Regarding Westworld, which has apparently already "blown its initial plan to launch later this year," Ellenberg commented: "The pilot »
- Pietro Filipponi
Back in February, Patrick Stewart indicated that his good pal Ian McKellen would be returning to the role of Magneto for next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, however McKellen has now confirmed to Digital Spy that he won’t donning the helmet for the 2016 sequel.
“I haven’t heard [the rumours], I don’t think I am, no, no, they are currently making the film and I’m not in it… I was very happy to be a part of the films but I have other things to be doing. I’ve just done Mr. Holmes, I just done some filming for a sitcom, a film for BBC TV with Anthony Hopkins, so there are compensations for not getting caught up in blockbusters.”
- Gary Collinson
Sir Ian McKellen won’t be returning to the ‘X Men‘ franchise.
The 76-year-old-actor – who had previously played the role of Magneto in the sci-fi movies – has confirmed that he won’t be returning to the role in the much-loved Marvel series.
When asked if the rumours that he will be joining the cast on the latest film were true, Sir Ian said: “I haven’t heard that, I don’t think I am, no, no, they are currently making the film and I’m not in it.
“You want to be in movies people want to see, I always thought the ‘X Men’ stories were superior to my taste, to any other fantasy movies.”
Opening up about how he feels about not being a part of the ‘X Men’ family anymore, the star said he’s »
- Paul Heath
Besides making people forever afraid of motel-room showers, Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" continues to have an incalculable impact on popular culture. Though it was released 55 years ago this week (on June 16, 1960), it continues to inspire filmmakers and TV producers. In just the last three years, we've seen the 2012 film "Hitchcock" (based on Stephen Rebello's book "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of 'Psycho,'" and starring Anthony Hopkins as the director and Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh) and the ongoing A&E TV prequel drama series, "Bates Motel."
Still, for all of the "Psycho" trivia revealed in "Hitchcock," the biopic barely scratches the surface of how the film got made, from the men who inspired the invention of Norman Bates, to the trickery Hitchcock used to tease the press while keeping the film's convention-shredding narrative twists a secret, to the film's unlikely connection to "Leave It to Beaver." Here, »
- Gary Susman
Ovation TV has partnered with the Actors Hall of Fame Foundation to air the Actors Hall of Fame induction ceremony — marking the first time the event will be televised.
“This will not be a ‘traditional award show.’ There are enough of those already!” said Actors Hall of Fame president Rusty Citron, who made the announcement with Liz Janneman, Ovation’s exec VP of network strategy. “We wanted to partner with Ovation TV because, as the foremost arts broadcast network, they understand that an actor who has achieved this level of success deserves the respect and honor worthy of their accomplishments.”
The special, which will air in October, will honor 15 as-yet-to-be-announced actors for their career achievement in film, TV and theater. Past recipients have included Gene Hackman, Meryl Streep, William H. Macy, Morgan Freeman, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Kirk Douglas, Angela Lansbury, Julie Andrews, Anthony Hopkins, Robert DeNiro, James Earl Jones and Hal Holbrook. »
- Whitney Friedlander
With the death of horror film legend Christopher Lee, the last of the legendary honor guard of horror has passed on. He was part of an elite group that created the horror genre. Lee’s passing is a reminder that it’s been a long time since we had a new horror film superstar. Is the day of the horror film specialist gone forever? Where are the big-screen boogie-men for the 21st century?
Once upon a time there were a group of actors, known as the ‘screen boogiemen’ who created the horror film/monster movie genre (starting in Universal Studios and later in Hammer Studios.) They were specialists who understood the psychology and performance style of horror cinema and became legends in the industry. The first was silent film star Lon Chaney Sr. (Phantom of the Opera, London After Midnight, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, the Unholy Three, the Monster, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
To say that they both play characters who are rather, well, intense is a bit of an understatement — given that one’s a drug (and power) addict and the other’s a serial killer who thrills in torturing women. But in person at Variety’s Actors on Actors studio, Michael Kelly (Netflix’s “House of Cards”) and Jamie Dornan (Netflix/BBC’s “The Fall”) were only too happy to shed those dark on-screen personas. Clearly fans of each other’s work, they shared their secrets of finding humanity in those indelible roles.
Michael Kelly: What do you look for in a part?
Jamie Dornan: I think in recent parts, it looks like I like to play really creepy psychopaths or sociopathic people, but I love the idea of just really exploring a side of myself I haven’t explored before. I feel like I’m a million miles away from (character Paul) Spector, »
- Debra Birnbaum
Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis continues his weekly look at what treats are in-store this week on Blu-ray in the UK: Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, some incoherence in Inherent Vice, Johnny Depp in Mortdecai and some society parties in Brian Yuzna’s Society…
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Both a critical and public darling, Matthew Vaughn’s hugely exciting spy adventure has been a massive success across the globe as well as in the UK and Us. Colin Firth, Taron Edgerton, Mark Strong and Michael Caine are part of an elite British espionage team trying to track down the evil Samuel L. Jackson.
See Also: Read our review of Kingsman: The Secret Service
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Incoherent Vice is more like it – Paul Thomas Anderson’s hugely anticipated new film split audiences like Marmite, with many loving it’s eccentricities and humour, »
- Scott J. Davis
Taymor's latest Shakespeare film, shot by her "Frida" cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, combines her 2014 acclaimed Brooklyn live theater production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with hand-held close-up filming. (See video highlights of my onstage Q & A with her below.) Shakespeare is Julie Taymor's touchstone. She comes back to him not only in countless stage productions but on film as well, from the exhilarating visual and violent "Titus" with Jessica Lange and Anthony Hopkins to Helen Mirren's incomparable take on Prospero in "The Tempest." Taymor also loves the Beatles ("Across the Universe"), Frida Kahlo ("Frida"), "The Lion King" (the $1 billion-grossing Tony-winning musical), opera (Mozart's "The Magic Flute," life partner Elliot Goldenthal's "Grendel") and her swooping version of the Broadway hit "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark"--for which she successfully sued to get »
- Anne Thompson
NBC's "Hannibal" premiered its third season on June 4, and it continues to receive rapturous praise from critics (84 on MetaCritic as of this writing). But as good as it is, could it be – gasp – even better than "The Silence of the Lambs"? -Break- Is Mads Mikkelsen now the greatest Hannibal the Cannibal? (Poll) "Silence," directed by Jonathan Demme in 1991, wasn't the first film to feature the infamous serial killer Hannibal Lecter – that was "Manhunter" in 1986 – but it was certainly the one that made him a star. It was so dazzling that the motion picture academy momentarily forgot their snobbish bias against horror films and awarded it the Oscar for Best Picture and gave Anthony Hopkins the Best Actor prize as Lecter. What's more, it's one of only three films in Oscar history to win the big five awards (Picture, Director, Actor, Actress for Jodie Foster and Scr »
NBC's "Hannibal" is back for its third season with another rousing chorus of huzzahs from TV critics, which makes me wonder: is star Mads Mikkelsen now the definitive Hannibal Lecter? -Break- Hannibal the Cannibal was created by author Thomas Harris in his 1981 novel "Red Dragon" and was first portrayed on film by Brian Cox in the 1986 cult hit thriller "Manhunter," directed by Michael Mann. But the first Hannibal most of us remember was the one portrayed by Anthony Hopkins in 1991's "The Silence of the Lambs." Watch Our Past 'Hannibal' Chats: Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy Hopkins's Hannibal was such a pop culture force of nature that the role won him the Best Actor Oscar despite relatively little screentime. He also helped earned the film the Best Picture prize, a stunning feat since the academy usually shuns horror movies. Hopkins returned as Lecter in the 2000 sequel "Han..."' »
This article contains spoilers for Avengers: Age Of Ultron and various other comic book movies - if you're not entirely up to date, then watch out as you read on...
As you know, we're enjoying a golden age of comic book movies and there are around 30 more of them pencilled in before the decade is out. Since Marvel Studios started experimenting with continuity between movies and whole franchises, there's been criticism of its use of MacGuffins and plot exposition - it provokes nightmares of long-winded recaps of already established stuff, starting with dreaded phrases like 'as you know'. And who'd start anything with those three words?
It's not that we're mistaking the use of exposition for poor storytelling - it's a super-broad term to describe something that's kind of essential to most stories. »
"The Silence of the Lambs" This is definitely my favorite Best Picture-winning horror movie featuring Chris Isaak in a supporting role. Let's just think about the glamor of 1991 for a minute: "Point Break" occurred. Kate Nelligan was in whatever movie she wanted. CeCe Peniston was a reigning pop star, which is important because her last name has "penis" in it. And "Silence of the Lambs" was an ominous and unconventional movie that everyone agreed was fantastic. Anthony Hopkins is in "Silence of the Lambs" for less than 20 minutes but his performance lingers far after the credits roll. Jodie Foster is charismatic and august as Clarice Starling, who is no mood for fava beans by the time the movie is over. "Rain Man" I keep pretending I'm incapable of enjoying Tom Cruise in movies anymore, yet "Rain Man" is about as timeless and likable as a 1988 drama is allowed to be. »
- Louis Virtel
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