12 items from 2015
Thora Birch (American Beauty) is set for a major recurring role in USA Network’s upcoming drama series Colony, set to premiere on January 14. From Lost executive producer Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal, Colony is set in near-future Los Angeles, which exists in a state of occupation by a force of outside intruders. Some people choose to collaborate with the authorities and benefit from the new order, while others rebel and suffer the consequences. Birch, repped by Berwick… »
Wes Bentley was the It Boy of 1999 when he starred opposite Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening and Thora Birch in "American Beauty" ... but then, things took a shocking turn. The then-20-something actor fell into a drug spiral and began working on projects that didn't receive quite the same acclaim as the Oscar-winning film. While he's since resurrected his career with roles in "The Hunger Games," "American Horror Story," "Interstellar" and the upcoming live-adaptation of "Pete's Dragon," he is very open about his struggles with sobriety. "I didn’t do anything in high school. I was one of those kids in high school who looked down on people who smoked pot or you know partied and even drank," he says in a new interview with "Larry King Now." "It really became a problem in 2006 when it really started to take hold of me and the drugs got harder and I got deeper in it. »
- tooFab Staff
30. Lady Snowblood Part 1 and Part 2
While American comic books have struggled for legitimacy as adult entertainment for decades, their Japanese counterparts have long enjoyed acceptance as legitimate elements of mainstream culture. So while the American comic book movie only properly took off in the last fifteen years, jidaigeki adaptations of popular manga have been a staple of Japanese pulp cinema since the early 1970s. The best of these remains Lady Snowblood, director Toshiya Fujita’s two part revenge opera of a woman checking off a kill list of the gangsters who killed her family and left her for dead. Any familiarity to Kill Bill is entirely intentional, with multiple visuals, soundtrack elements and plot points lifted whole cloth by Tarantino. But even for those only familiar with the update, Fujita’s films remain feats of hard edged efficiency, actress Meiko Kaji a goddess of death in a world of opposing colors and sudden violence. »
Having carved out a successful career on television, co-creating Homeland and Tyrant, Gideon Raff is now setting his sights on getting back to the movies. He's already attached to adapt Alice Laplante's novel Turn Of Mind for Fox, and he's now also sold his treatment for Operation Brothers to the same studio. Raff will write, produce and direct the film, based on the true story of the evacuation of Jewish Ethiopian Civil War refugees from from Sudan to Israel in the late 1970s and early '80s. On the orders of then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin, Mossad set up a secret base in a deserted Sudanese holiday camp, and orchestrated the mass extraction by sea and air. It's Argo meets Exodus, is no doubt the pitch somewhere. Alexandra Milchan (The Wolf Of Wall Street) is producing.Raff was an assistant to Doug Liman on Mr. & Mrs Smith before going on »
The long-delayed Dungeons & Dragons movie reboot is finally moving ahead now that rights issues have been resolved.
An announcement of a new film based on the role-playing game coincides with Sweetpea Entertainment and Hasbro resolving their dispute over sequel rights.
Warner Bros executive Greg Silverman said today (August 3): "We are so excited about bringing the world of Dungeons & Dragons to life on the big screen.
"This is far and away the most well-known brand in fantasy, which is the genre that drives the most passionate film followings.
"D&D has endless creative possibilities, giving our filmmakers immense opportunities to delight and thrill both fans and moviegoers new to the property."
After months of legal disputes between toy giants Hasbro and production company Sweetpea Entertainment over the sequel rights to Dungeons & Dragons, Warner Bros. has announced that a settlement has been reached and a new film is in the works.
Greg Silverman, Warners Pictures’ Creative Development and Worldwide Production head-honcho said: “We are so excited about bringing the world of Dungeons & Dragons to life on the big screen. This is far and away the most well-known brand in fantasy, which is the genre that drives the most passionate film followings. D&D has endless creative possibilities, giving our filmmakers immense opportunities to delight and thrill both fans and moviegoers new to the property.”
Under the new deal, both Hasbro and Sweetpea Entertainment will produce the film with WB, with The Conjuring 2 writer David Leslie Johnson assigned to pen the script.
“This settlement accomplished our overarching goal of unifying all Dungeons & Dragons rights under Hasbro’s control, »
- Scott J. Davis
Eccentric author and illustrator Daniel Clowes twice adapted his own funny-sad comic books to the screen for director Terry Zwigoff. Before 2006's "Art School Confidential," there was "Ghost World," the 2001 cult classic starring Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson as a pair of misanthropic misfits drifting out of high school and through their hilariously pathetic suburban wasteland world. Well, in a new interview with The Guardian, Clowes admits that he may want to revisit the beloved "Ghost World" characters that got him a screenplay Oscar nom (which, by the by, he should have won). Before appearing in book form in 1997, the "Ghost World" story was serialized throughout the '90s in his "Eightball" series, which gets the anthology treatment this July. "I’ve thought about doing the 'Ghost World' girls as adults," Clowes says. "I think one day I may just revisit all the characters. I may do something. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Joe Dante has to be one of our favourite underrated directors. The man brought Gremlins to the big screen as well as its sequel Gremlins 2: The New Batch, a film I watched far too much as a young child. He’s also responsible for The Howling, The ‘Burbs, Innerspace and the cult television classic Eerie Indiana.
His last big screen outing was the ridiculously creepy kids film The Hole. Don’t confuse it with the Thora Birch, Keira Knightley teen thriller, Dante’s film saw a trio of kids unearth a mysterious hole in their new house. The hole had the ability to read people’s darkest fears and has some truly terrifying scenes. Seriously I don’t know how kids made it through that film!
Now just over five years later Dante is back with a deliciously dark romantic zombie comedy. The film stars Anton Yelchin as Max, »
- Kat Smith
For many millennials, 1995 was a very important year, because it brought about the wonderful, wise coming-of-age film Now and Then - not to mention the movie's crazy-good soundtrack. (Who didn't have "Sugar, Sugar" on repeat while daydreaming about a Summer fling with Devon Sawa?) It's been nearly 20 years since we first met the group, but although the story was set in 1991 and flashed back to 1970, the movie's messages still ring true. There's a lot to learn from the life and relationships of Roberta, Samantha, Chrissy, and Teeny, and since actress Thora Birch turns 33 this week, now is the perfect time to look back on the movie. Reliving the good, the bad, and the hilarious, enjoy a quick dose of nostalgia with 18 life lessons from Now and Then. »
Harrison Ford injured in plane accident (image: Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff in 'Ender's Game') Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark actor Harrison Ford was supposed to be in critical condition – later reports have upgraded that to "fair" or "stable" condition – following an accident with a small airplane on Los Angeles' Westside. Earlier this afternoon (March 5, 2015), a vintage, one-engine two-seater crash landed at the Penmar Golf Course, located in the Los Angeles suburb of Venice, not far from the Pacific Ocean and just west of Santa Monica Airport. Its pilot, 72-year-old Harrison Ford, was found "seriously" injured. He was alone on the plane. There were no injuries on the ground. As explained in the Los Angeles Times, "fire officials would not identify the victim of the crash but said he was conscious and breathing when paramedics arrived." Ford was later transported to an unidentified hospital. Eleven »
- Zac Gille
Wow, we haven't seen Thora Birch in forever! The "American Beauty" star attended the premiere of Jennifer Aniston's new movie "Cake" in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Sporting a black and pink patterned dress, black pumps and her hair in natural waves, the actress was the spitting image of her younger self. We haven't seen the 32-year-old in public much, since she appeared in the TV movie the "Pregnancy Pact" back in 2010.Birch was joined on the red carpet by the movie's leading lady who looked gorgeous in her white crop top and matching lace empire skirt. Jen completed her look with black pumps, silver jewelry and wore her hair in a messy ponytail. The "Friends" alum's dramatic role has been generating rave reviews, and while Aniston was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, she was snubbed from this year's Oscar nominees which were announced Thursday morning. In the flick, »
- tooFab Staff
12 items from 2015
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