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Exclusive: CAA has signed actor Taylor Kitsch. Here’s the guy who – after playing one of the great recent TV characters in fullback Tim Riggins on Friday Night Lights and then a small but showy role as Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine – seemed like he was going to be the next big leading man. That was before he suffered a hellacious summer when the two big movies he starred in, John Carter and Battleship, both flopped. But Kitsch has put himself back on the track with a good showing in the Oliver Stone-directed Savages and most recently playing the Medal of Honor-winning Long Island-bred Navy Seal Michael Murphy in the Peter Berg-directed Lone Survivor. Kitsch was last repped by Wme but has been agent-less this year until now. He continues to be managed by Untitled Entertainment, and he next stars in the ensemble of HBO’s adaptation »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Every single year we seem to get some sort of trend in the movies. Sometimes it’s Oscar themed (remember how many 2013 prestige releases were about survival of some sort?), while sometimes it’s a specific sort of a disaster movie, or even a particular type of genre outing, like how the apocalypse has been in of late. 2014 looks to be the year that the Biblical Epic returns to the screen, with both Darren Aronofsky’s Noah and Ridley Scott’s Exodus looking for awards attention (and just this past weekend Son of God opened, though that’s basically just an expansion of that TV series The Bible, so it’s hardly an epic in my eyes). That got me thinking about what other trend could be next… Personally, I never mind if we get two astroid movies in one year or something like that, as long as they each offer something different. »
- Joey Magidson
The festival also released a new trailer, created and produced by Filipino critic Michael Mirasol.
- Dave McNary
Hollywood has been attempting to get a biopic of Martin Luther King Jr. off the ground for years, with filmmakers such as Paul Greengrass to Oliver Stone attempting in vain to get an unflinching portrait of the civil rights leader made. While Greengrass still plans on getting to Memphis someday, Mlk’s story will first be told on the small screen courtesy of HBO and The Wire creator David Simon. A six-hour miniseries adaptation of Taylor Branch’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book trilogy America: In the King Years in currently in the works at the network, which would delve deeply into the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Hit the jump for more. Per Deadline, Simon will spearhead the miniseries adaptation America: In the King Years with his Treme co-creator Eric Overmyer. Also onboard is Oprah Winfrey, who will back and produce the event series despite the fact that she’s »
- Adam Chitwood
James Mangold has set his sights on a film titled The Deep Blue Good-By at Fox, picking up where Oliver Stone and Leonardo DiCaprio were once attached and working on a draft of the screenplay previously written by Dennis Lehane (author of "Shutter Island" and "Gone Baby Gone"). amz asin="B009FKTTMQ" size="small"The story is based on the books by John D. MacDonald centering on his long-running character Travis McGee, this being the first in the series. Here's the book's plot: Travis McGee isn't particularly strapped for cash, but how can anyone say no to Cathy, a sweet backwoods girl who's been tortured repeatedly by her manipulative ex-boyfriend Junior Allenc What Travis isn't anticipating is just how many women Junior has torn apart and left in his wake. Enter Junior's latest victim, Lois Atkinson. Frail and broken, Lois can barely get out of bed when Travis finds her, »
- Brad Brevet
Way back in 2010, we heard that director Oliver Stone was considering taking on an adaptation of John D. MacDonald's novel The Deep Blue Good-by from 1964, featuring recurring character Travis McGee. Before that, Leonardo DiCaprio was circling the lead role back in 2009, but it appears both talents have fallen away from the project. Deadline reports The Wolverine and Walk the Line director James Mangold is in talks to direct the mystery adapted by author Dennis Lehane. And while DiCaprio isn't starring in the film anymore, he's still on board as producer through his own Appian Way production banner. More below! The Deep Blue Good-by is the first in a 21-volume series featuring Travis McGee, a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs »
- Ethan Anderton
As you know, Leonardo DiCaprio signs up for a lot of projects, and as you might expect, not all of them get made. Way back in 2010, the actor was attached to star in "The Deep Blue Good-By," with Oliver Stone to direct. It was viewed as a potential franchise starter, but for whatever reason, it never really got moving and the pair moved on. But now, 20th Century Fox are turning to James Mangold to make to it happen. "The Wolverine" helmer is now slated to direct 'Good-By,' with the latest draft of the script penned by Dennis Lehane ("Mystic River," "Shutter Island"). Based on the 1964 book by John D. MacDonald, the story centers on Travis McGee, a Florida-based “salvage consultant” who, as is usual with this genre of pulpy fare, tends to get mixed up with women and in far deeper than you might expect. Here's the Amazon »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The feature film adaptation of the John D. MacDonald novel The Deep Blue Good-By novel has taken one step forward and one step back. The mystery novel kicks off the fan-favorite Travis McGee series and was first set up as a starring vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio, with the actor courting directors like Oliver Stone and Paul Greengrass to take the helm. With a very busy schedule already on his plate, though, DiCaprio has now opted not to star in the pic, but Deadline reports that The Wolverine director James Mangold is negotiating to take the helm of Fox's potential franchise-starter. Hit the jump for more. Though DiCaprio has backed out of starring in The Deep Blue Good-By, Deadline notes that the actor is still set to produce the project through his Appian Way shingle McGee is described as a “beach bum gumshoe” and the prospect of a Travis McGee movie »
- Adam Chitwood
James Mangold may be developing a follow-up to The Wolverine, but in the meantime, he is going to set his sights on directing an adaptation of the mystery novel The Deep Blue Good-by featuring sleuth Travis McGee. This will mark the first big screen adaptation of the character despite attempted films from directors Oliver Stone and Paul Greengrass. Travis McGee recurred in over twenty novels by author John D. MacDonald and served as a precursor to other characters like Jake Reacher. What »
- Alex Maidy
Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, handed out top honors to 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska at this afternoon's 29th Film Independent Spirit Awards. Blue Jasmine, Fruitvale Station, Blue Is the Warmest Color, Short Term 12, This Is Martin Bonner and 20 Feet from Stardom also received awards at the ceremony, which is held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.
Highlights from last night's ceremony hosted by Patton Oswalt include: The first ever award delivered via Wild Rabbit's state-of-the-art drone. Mid-show Oswalt also received multiple motivational messages via Skype from Sarah Silverman, Reggie Watts, 'Weird Al' Yankovic and... his parents. Also showcased during the ceremony, the Indie-izer, Patton's newly developed app that turns any Hollywood big budget film into an indie film.
The Spirit Awards were the first event to exclusively honor independent film, »
Untangling the threads of Hollywood’s competing in-development biopics about Civil Rights Movement leader Martin Luther King, Jr. is a task that’s complicated at best; rumors and murmurs on a number of dueling projects detailing the man’s life have been bouncing around for several years at the time of this writing, with no end in sight to the apparently Herculean struggle to secure a green light for any of them. If Oliver Stone and Paul Greengrass can’t get Mlk pictures off the ground, who can?
- Andy Crump
The 85-year history of the Academy Awards is rife with statistical oddities, and one that has the potential to play out this Sunday is among the most intriguing: a split between the films that win Best Picture and Best Director.
Though conventional wisdom has long held that only one film will walk away with both prizes on Oscar night, many pundits are predicting that the awards will instead go to two different movies this year, with "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuaron expected to snag the Best Director statuette, while "12 Years a Slave" (or "American Hustle," depending on where your loyalties lie) is the favorite to win Best Picture.
While such a split has occurred just 22 times since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences started handing out trophies in 1929, four of the first five ceremonies produced a divide between the Best Director and Best Picture prizes. "Wings," dubbed the original »
- Katie Roberts
Paramount is in final negotiations to acquire domestic distribution rights to the long gestating Mlk-themed feature "Selma".
The story deals with Martin Luther King‘s 1965 landmark voting rights campaign regarded as the peak of the civil rights movement.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Interview Simon Brew 27 Feb 2014 - 05:44
In the first of a two part look back at his career, James Woods chats to us about family, Scorsese, Stone, Leone and more...
It took a false start or two before we finally got James Woods on the end of the phone. There was no agent connecting us, no middle person to monitor what we were saying. Just a problem with a charging cable, oddly enough.
When we were connected, we launched into an interview that was intended to last 15 minutes, but as it turned out, it passed the hour mark. And heck, we got through a lot: so much, that we've split this interview into two articles. A genuinely fascinating man.
Regular readers will know that we've been long-time fans of James Woods - as highlighted by our look at some of his least appreciated films, here - and as our conversation started, »
"I don't think [Obama's] that interesting enough, I think that's more of a Spielberg movie because, you know, the first black President of the United States, it's a good story and I'm sure you can sell it on a symbolic level," Stone explained.
The 67-year-old went on to fault Spielberg's "view of exceptionalism" and claims the Lincoln director has a different view of history to his own.
"I fault Spielberg for his view of exceptionalism. He grew up in that America, he has to sell that idea," he said.
"He has a different view of history. He said himself, 'I was born Jewish, »
The second season of Dan Rather’s “The Big Interview” starts with a bang: Oliver Stone firing shots at fellow director Steven Spielberg. The Academy Award-winning filmmaker behind “Platoon” kicks off new episodes of the legendary newsman’s hour-long interview series on Axs TV. When Rather asked Stone if he would ever make a President Obama film, he replied: “I don’t think he’s that interesting enough, I think that’s more of a Spielberg movie.” Stone, unprovoked, added, “I fault Spielberg for his view of exceptionalism.” Also read: Oliver Stone Blasts Obama (Again): ‘He’s a Snake »
- Tony Maglio
Oliver Stone’s reputation precedes him. He’s known for being notoriously difficult to work with, antagonistic toward his actors (he once told Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx, “You’re just not good at all, are you?”), and occasionally downright reckless (remember that whole James Woods and a gun incident?). His directing debut, which he also cowrote, contains an appropriate amount of on-screen and offscreen menace. The 1974 film Seizure, about a horror novelist’s recurring nightmare that shockingly comes true, is a nice slice of cult weirdness. The cast is equally entertaining. Where else can you find Dark Shadows’ Jonathan Frid, Bond and Hammer Films hottie Martine Beswick, Fantasy...
- Alison Nastasi
Censorship standards have become looser over the years in some ways but much stricter in others. Some types of violence and nudity are easier to get away with – for example if one can prove that it’s being done in a comedic or satirical fashion, it is more likely to be allowed. But if the violence is exploitative or too realistic, it is an entirely different story. There are films from years past that got away with extremely brutal, realistic, graphic acts of violence and or exploitative nudity that would very likely raise more than a few red flags by today’s standards. With that in mind, we have put together a list of five titles that would likely never be released today!
This film is still notorious for the zest with which it exposed young children to a nude Julie Brown dancing around her room while putting »
- Tyler Doupe
Did you know Oliver Stone's first movie was a 1974 horror quickie called “Seizure”? Probably not, especially given that he doesn't want you to know that (hell, even we skipped over it in our retrospective of the director in 2012) . The official story is that Stone got famous writing screenplays in the late 70s and early 80s — “Midnight Express,” “Conan the Barbarian,” “Scarface” — but he made “Seizure” and 1981's “The Hand” (with Michael Caine!) first. He wasn't exactly proud of the work, though, and though it did come out on VHS, “Seizure” has never had a DVD release: Stone has bought the rights to ensure it never happens. But thanks to the interwebs, you can still get a (blurry) look at the whole thing. The film “stars” Jonathan Frid (who played Barnabas Collins, in the original TV run of “Dark Shadows”), Martine Beswick (famous for “catfight” scenes in both “One Million Years BC” with Raquel Welch, »
- Ben Brock
Jackson Ball continues our Al Pacino Retrospective with Scarface...
Some films are almost inexplicable watchable. Measured solely on their individual components – such as foul language, unrelenting gore and non-stop, start-to-finish intensity – these films ought to drive audiences away, or at least make them think twice about a second viewing. However, the ultimate sum of those components can result in a film that is so unashamedly gripping that it demands the audience’s attention, almost hypnotically, time and time again. Brian De Palma’s Scarface is one such film.
It is easy to forget that De Palma’s film is a remake; a retelling of sorts of the 1932 film of the same title. Fans of the original will recognise the same rise-and-fall narrative, however now it has been saturated with the bright lights and dark pastimes of 1980’s Miami. De Palma’s vision, combined with Oliver Stone’s script, pumps the »
- Gary Collinson
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