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I don’t know if I’m completely floored by this news or was subconsciously expecting it all along. Either way, Steven Spielberg is producing a live-action series set in the Halo video game universe. Part of my confusion is from my immense appreciation and distrust for Spielberg, who has directed some of my all time favorite films, but on the flipside has produced absolute crap like the Transformers movies and that one TV show that was supposed to be about Broadway musicals but was instead about anything and everything else at times. In a way I expect the best from Spielberg, but sometimes the things he producers are just disappointments.
“But this is Halo we’re talking about,” some of you will no doubt say, as if that were some universal recipe for a work of art. Yes, Halo, as a video game, is phenomenal. But you know what else? »
- Brody Gibson
This week’s show sees regulars Joe and Dave joined by recently tanned Lothario and Hollywood Booze legend, Daniel Fraser. Find out what on earth the boys have been watching, how the latest cinematic releases are faring via the box office pundown, and the verdict on this week’s releases which include The Moth Diaries, Something In The Air, Epic and the big one; The Hangover Part III.
In news this week the boys toss in their tuppence on the John Gotti gangster biopic, which Irish dreamboat is set to appear in Star Wars VII, a Halo series produced by film God Steven Spielberg, and why Lars Von Trier is shunning A-list Genitalia. Enjoy. We are also giving you another chance to bag some free booze from Nils Oscar God Lager (pronounced Good Lager)!
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- Joe Upton
Vidya Balan is surely having a great time at the 66th Cannes film festival but one thing she might not be liking is the food served over there. Vidya is one of the jury members of the Cannes film festival and she had her lunch with all the jury members and was treated with grand five course lunch which are none of Vidya’s taste. She was served with frogs and duck meat at lunch. Well trained chefs, well dressed staffs served the members who shared the table with Vidya Balal. Steven Spielberg, Nicole Kidman, Lynne Ramsay, Vidya Balan, Naomi Kawase, Ang Lee and Daniel Auteuil had lunch with the ‘Kahaani’ actress and they were tre »
Two big reboots and sequels got updates, and because they both involve Steven Spielberg and aren’t exactly substantial, we’re grouping them together.
“I’m told it’s a big reboot, a total re-jig.”
Of course, it’s not a complete reboot or remake, it is Jurassic Park 4. This likely means that there won’t be any returning actors or characters, and is a new direction for the franchise.
On the other side of the coin, is the Gil Kenan remake of Poltergeist, which is being produced by Sam Raimi. And like another recent Raimi remake, this one may be in the same universe as the original. Here’s an excerpt from Moviehole’s report:
- Andy Greene
From the rumoured vantage point of a luxury yacht, Spielberg and his fellow Cannes judges may have a different perspective to critics on the pick of this year's offerings – not least Nebraska
Rumour has it that the jurors at this year's Cannes film festival occasionally bypass the official screenings, preferring instead to watch the films from the luxury of Steven Spielberg's yacht, with its infinity pool and state-of-the-art cinema. Obviously, there is no way of knowing if such gossip has any bearing on reality (not really mixing in those circles and all), but I do relish the image of the millionaire judges – Spielberg, Ang Lee, Nicole Kidman et al – vaguely squinting at the screen while the champagne and cigars are passed around. It sounds like something out of La Grande Bellezza.
What they are thinking is anyone's guess. By this stage last year, the consensus had it that Michael Haneke »
- Xan Brooks
The Jury of the 66th Festival de Cannes, presided over by Steven Spielberg, gave its inaugural press conference on 15th May 2013 and this is what the president of the jury said. In Competition with the "survival" film, Shield Of Straw, the Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike spoke on the "giri", a Japanese term that suggests duty and moral and social obligation Read More »
Alexander Payne has become one of those figures who isn’t just a film director — he’s a genre. As much as I love Election, his 1999 breakthrough film, the Payne movie that really kicked off the Payne format was About Schmidt (2002). The leisurely, semi-planted version of the road-trip structure; the classically framed images of a falling-down American middle class that Hollywood is no longer in touch with and no longer knows how to show us; the earnest, damaged heroes with their family ties and family demons; the arcs that are built not out of screenwriting-class “story points” but, rather, out »
- Owen Gleiberman
At the Microsoft shindig yesterday where Microsoft unveiled their brand new gaming console that they’re hoping will replace not just their old Xbox, but every other console out there (the rather uninspiring Xbox One), there were also some news of interest to TV and movie fans. Of note, Steven Spielberg showed up to announce that he would be producing a live-action TV series based on the “Halo” game. “Halo”, of course, is an Xbox-exclusive game, meaning if you wanted to play “Halo”, you needed an Xbox. Says Spielberg: For me, the ‘Halo’ universe is an amazing opportunity to be at the intersection where technology and storytelling meet. Of course, just what Spielberg “producing” means is anybody’s guess. He could actually have a big impact on the finished product by developing the content and even directing an episode or two, or he could just be selling his name to »
"No, there is another." This one line spoken by Yoda during "The Empire Strikes Back" set off three years of speculation before it was revealed in "Return of the Jedi" that Leia was Luke Skywalker's twin sister and, therefore, the "other" hope to defeat the Dark Side. Yet there was no Internet to post every hare-brained theory like there is today, so where did self-respecting nerds go for their dose of rumors? There's where the great "Starlog" magazine came in.
J.W. Rinzler's wonderful "The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi" (to be released Oct. 1) recounts a disagreement between George Lucas and his collaborators over Luke Skywalker's new lightsaber -- basically, "how did he get it?" In the end, Lucas shrugged off the need an explanation, pointing out that the worst that could happen is that someone would write a letter to "Starlog."
Back in December, I went »
- Mike Ryan
Cinema has historically considered itself superior to television, with executives and critics frequently sneering that a movie or documentary has a "made-for-tv" feel. But a number of significant Hollywood film-makers – including David Lynch, Steven Spielberg and Oliver Stone – have moved to the junior medium for mini-series or documentaries and now Steven Soderbergh has paid a compliment, if a slightly qualified one, to home entertainment. "In terms of cultural real estate," Soderbergh said at the Cannes film festival, "TV has really taken control of the conversation that used to be the reserve of movies. It's sort of a second golden age of television, which is great for the viewers. … If you like your stories to go narrow and deep, TV is exciting. »
- Mark Lawson
Sometimes good stories go bad. Especially in the world of science fiction, creative types must constantly keep their ideas fresh and believable before staleness sets in. Well, the great minds behind TNT’s Falling Skies are watching their backs. In the news today, they invite Carol Barbee aboard the team to keep bringing you the best in alien smashing drama.
We had news about Falling Skies yesterday when we delivered your first look at the newest season 3 teaser promo. The video was squirm inducing to be sure. That’s what fans have come to love about the show, though. Much like AMC’s The Walking Dead, it managed to balance gore, action, and very human drama. Hey, here’s another parallel, there will be a post-apocalypse baby.
- Sasha Nova
Ms. Jackson is worth a whole lotta dough. Janet Jackson recently joined the ranks of Madonna, Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and others -- with Variety recently confirming that the singer-actress, 47, is officially a billionaire. The late Michael Jackson's most famous sibling racked up the impressive total via multiple channels: Making a reported $458 million from concert tours, $304 million from acting roles in films like The Nutty Professor and Poetic Justice, $260 million in album sales, and $81 million in sponsorships. As it happens, the "Miss [...] »
Taking a break from explosions, superheroes and mega-budgets, this week's Movie Power Rankings is topped by the mother of all international film festivals. Most of Hollywood (except for Ryan Gosling) hit up the Cannes FIlm Festival this week, where films like "Only God Forgives," "The Bling Ring," "As I Lay Dying" and "Inside Llewyn Davis" unspooled for famous folks like Emma Watson, Jennifer Lawrence, James Franco, Sofia Coppola, The Coen Brothers, Steven Spielberg, and so much more. As for the rest of this week's list... May 22, 2013 1. The Cannes Film Festival The south of France apparently has much more to offer than »
- Dave Lewis
The Cannes Film Festival is winding down, but the stars who have made appearances at the international event will have plenty of memories captured by camera lenses, and even a few A-list cell phones. Matt Damon stole the show with his multiple red carpet stops for Behind the Candelabra on Tuesday, while stars like Justin Timberlake and Garrett Hedlund buddied up for a quick iPhone snap. Steven Spielberg took in the massive crowd at the premiere of Inside Llewyn Davis earlier in the week, and Alessandra Ambrosio is just one of several celebrities who documented sightseeing adventures while off the red carpet. Click through to see how stars turned to camera phones and took advantage of photo ops while in Cannes! View Slideshow › »
- Ivana Dukanovic
To paraphrase the great screenwriter and novelist William Goldman: nobody knows anything about "Jurassic Park 4." The core creative principles are known, of course, with "Safety Not Guaranteed" director Colin Trevorrow working from a script written by the husband-and-wife team of Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver ("Rise of the Planet of the Apes"), possibly based in part on a screenplay that Mark Protosevich ("I Am Legend") wrote for Steven Spielberg in 2011. But plot specifics and casting decisions have yet to see the light of day, despite (or perhaps because of) the announcement that production was being delayed slightly. But Sam Neill, who starred in the original film and the underwhelming "Jurassic Park III," thinks that he knows what's going on: it's going to be a reboot. And honestly, if you can't trust Sam Neill, who can you trust? While talking with a New Zealand outfit about his upcoming projects as well as his, »
- Drew Taylor
The highly celebrated Russian director Alexey Balabanov has passed away at the age of 54. James Gray–whose newest film The Immigrant premieres in Cannes this Friday–has announced his next project: a sci-fi film produced by Rt Features. Variety has the details. Laurent Cantet, director of The Class, also has a new project: "Vuelta a Itaca is a Cuban set drama about Amadeo, who returns to the Havana after a 16-year exile. Over one night, he and his childhood friends retrace their lives." via Dark Horizons. At Cannes this weekend, Claude Lanzmann presented The Last of the Unjust, a companion piece to Shoah that focuses on one man whose interviews were left out of that masterwork. Check out this wonderful piece on Lanzmann and the new film in The Guardian. Above: Concept art and a frame from Hayao Miyazaki's new film, Kaze Tachinu (The Wind is Rising). Further details, »
When Danish auteur Nicolas Winding Refn brought his Ryan Gosling-starring thriller “Drive” to the Cannes competition two years ago, he earned largely rave reviews and a directing prize. It remains to be seen what this year’s Steven Spielberg-led jury makes of the latest Refn-Gosling joint, “Only God Forgives,” but the critical reception is in, and so far it ain’t pretty. A nasty, hyperviolent thriller set around Bangkok’s seedy brothels and boxing rings, the film was booed at its press screening earlier this morning, countered (as boos often are) by defiant shouts of “Bravo!” and scattered applause, indicating pockets of support.
Vapid, nihilistic exercises in style are often ripe for jeers in a competition as prestigious as this one, and Refn’s latest in particular owes a strong stylistic debt to his filmmaking mentor Gaspar Noe (he’s thanked in the end credits), himself something of »
- Justin Chang
Janet Jackson has joined the exclusive billionaires club thanks to her mega-successful albums, tours and acting roles, Variety reports.
According to the publication, Jackson has raked in a total of $260 million in album sales thanks to her hit albums Control (1986), Janet (1993) and Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989), and another $81 million off music and publishing fees. Her sold-out world tours have earned her another $458 million, with an additional $81.5 million coming from tour sponsorships and licensing fees.
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Though Jackson of course isn't the only billionaire in her marriage -- her husband, retail entrepreneur Wissam Al Mana (whom she married last year in a private ceremony), is a billionaire all on his own.
Related: Janet Jackson Confirms Marriage!
Jackson joins the exclusive list of celebrity billionaires which includes »
It finally happened. After all of the rumors, speculation, hype and nonsense, Microsoft has revealed the next-generation Xbox console, strangely dubbed Xbox One. Unfortunately, I must have missed the part where they talked about all of the cool next-gen games we'll be playing.
The new "console war" is something we've all been anxious for, but for me there may already be a clear winner. The conference started off well, quickly introducing us to the new Xbox One dashboard. But, seeing it filled with TV shows, streaming services and movies was a bit of a let down, especially after Sony came out of the gate with games in the front seat. Yesterday's event at Microsoft's Redmond headquarters felt more like a TiVo party than a games console reveal and, in all honesty, that's exactly what I expected. After learning former CBS exec Nancy Tellum was joining the team, it was clear »
- Don Hatfield
It's all too common these days for Hollywood to pick up on the success of a foreign-language film and to set about making their own version. What's decidedly rare is to see the original film's director step behind the camera again to helm the remake. But that's exact what Canadian actor/director Ken Scott is doing with this English-language remake of his own 2011 Canadian comedy Starbuck.
The Dreamworks flick sees Frat Pack kingpin Vince Vaughn taking on Scott's lead role, joined by a supporting cast that includes the always funny Chris Pratt along with Cobie Smulders, Ben Bailey and Britt Robertson.
- Emma Badame
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