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By Lee Pfeiffer
Ernest Borgnine's final film, The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vincente Fernandez has been released on Blu-ray on the Indican video label. The following is my review of the film's recent theatrical release:
The independent production is a modestly-budgeted family comedy/drama that presents the legendary Oscar-winner with the kind of showcase role that actors in their nineties almost never have. Borgnine makes the most of it, too, giving a terrific and moving performance that earned him the Best Actor award at last year's Newport Film Festival. Written and produced by Elia Petridis, Fernandez centers on Rex Page (Borgnine), a cantankerous old coot given to griping about every aspect of life. He seems oblivious to the fact that he has an adoring wife (June Squibb), a devoted middle-aged daughter (Dale Dickey) and and a worshipful granddaughter (Audrey P. Scott). Rex is frustrated by his failure »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
It's like Christmas in May for Austin classic film fans. Last week the schedule for the summer classic film series at Paramount and Stateside was announced. Movies from various decades will screen in 35mm at Paramount and digital HD projection at the Stateside from late May through early September. The lineup this year is lighter on the screwball genre than I would prefer, but there is still oh-so-much to choose from. There's sure to be something for everyone.
Tickets for each film are $8 (this covers double features as well) online. If you expect to see many, buying Flix-Tix or becoming a Film Fan could be a worthwhile investment. [Pro tip from Jette: The higher-level Film Fan memberships include free garage parking during the movies.]
Here are some of the selections we Slackerwood contributors find noteworthy:
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) -- Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty rob banks in Arthur Penn's game-changing crime romp that blazes through north Texas [my Lone Star Cinema post]. (Wed 5/29 at 10 pm, Stateside)The Wild Bunch (1969) -- »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
The 44-year-old is considering an undisclosed role in Warner Bros.' forthcoming movie, which will be set in the present day.
Smith will co-produce the movie under his Overbook Company along with Warner Bros. and they are currently searching for a new writer and director, reports contactmusic.com.
- Machan Kumar
Actor confirmed for update of Sam Peckinpah's iconic film, reportedly featuring DEA agent on tail of Mexican drug baron
Will Smith is set to star in a modern-day remake of The Wild Bunch, Sam Peckinpah's classic tale of a gang of ageing outlaws organising one last heist in the dying days of the American old west, reports the Wrap.
A new version of Peckinpah's iconic western has been gestating in Hollywood for almost a decade. The late British director Tony Scott was at one point tipped to direct, with End of Watch's David Ayer having previously been in the hot seat. The latter's idea for a contemporary remake set in Mexico and featuring firefights between CIA agents and drug cartels appears to have survived the long pre-production process. The new take is said to follow a disgraced DEA agent who assembles a team to go after a »
- Ben Child
According to The Wrap, the new version would see Smith play a disgraced DEA agent who pulls together a team to take down a Mexican drug cartel.
Warner Bros previously hired Training Day's David Ayer to write a script for a Wild Bunch reboot. More recently Brian Helgeland and Tony Scott were working on a screenplay, but work on the project stopped after Scott's death last year.
The original film was set in 1913, and starred William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Edmond O’Brien, Ben Johnson and Warren Oates as a band of outlaws in the final days of the wild west. Smith’s modern version would be a lot different. Instead of being one of the outlaws, Smith would be one on a team of DEA agents who assemble to take on a Mexican drug cartel.
Smith plans to co-produce through his Overbook company. He and Warner Bros. are on the hunt for a writer and director.
Smith can next be see in After Earth, which lands on June 7.
Source: The Wrap »
- Laura Frances
Will Smith: The Wild Bunch remake (photo: Will Smith in After Earth) Will Smith has been mentioned in connection with Focus, the caper tale that was to have starred Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart, and is to star in Edward Zwick’s Hurricane Katrina drama The American Can. But that’s not all. His producing company is working on a remake of the Broadway musical Annie — which got a less-than-satisfactory screen version back in 1982 — and apparently he wants to revive The Wild Bunch as well. Set during the Mexican Revolution of the 1910s, Sam Peckinpah’s ultra-violent 1969 classic Western features William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Edmond O’Brien, and other movie veterans as a group of outlaws fleeing from Robert Ryan while out to do one last job in war-torn northern Mexico. The Will Smith The Wild Bunch reboot, however, is to be set in the present, though the perilous »
- Zac Gille
After Tony Scott passed away, many suspected that his planned reboot of The Wild Bunch would never see the light of day. According to The Wrap though, Warner Bros. have brought in Will Smith to revive the project by producing and starring in it. No director has been chosen as of yet but the current draft of the script was written by David Ayer and Brian Helgeland, though the studio may give it to a new writer for a re-write.
The reboot will take place near the Texas-Mexico border and be set in the present day. It will deal with drug cartels and a disgraced D.E.A. agent, presumably played by Smith. We haven’t heard anything on other cast members just yet but apparently the studio is hoping to give their star a “strong ensemble.”
If you’re unfamiliar with the original, which was directed by Sam Peckinpah »
- Matt Joseph
Will Smith is in talks to star in and produce a modern remake of the Western The Wild Bunch for Warner Bros. If a deal is finalized, he will produce alongside Jerry Weintraub, who the actor-producer worked with on the 2010 The Karate Kid remake.
Sam Peckinpah directed the original classic The Wild Bunch, which starred William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, and Edmond O'Brien as a group of aging outlaws who plan one final score on the Texas-Mexico border. The reboot will be set in present day, and focus on a crooked DEA agent who puts a team together to go after a Mexican drug lord's fortune.
Back in January 2011, The Wild Bunch was mentioned as one of several titles Warner Bros. was looking to remake, along with Lethal Weapon and The Dirty Dozen. Tony Scott was in talks with the studio in August 2011 to direct the project, before »
Will Smith is looking to star in and produce a contemporary remake of Sam Peckinpah's 1969 western classic The Wild Bunch. A remake of The Wild Bunch was set into motion couple of years ago, and at one point, the late Tony Scott was going to direct it.
I'm not sure if this new version that Smith is looking to do is the same project or not. I'm not sure if I like the fact it's going to be a contemporary remake. I like the old west feel. The original story follows an aging group of outlaws in 1913 looking for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them. It starred William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, and Warren Oates.
The Wrap reports that modern remake involves cartels south of the border, and it's "expected to follow a disgraced D.E.A. agent who assembles a »
- Joey Paur
He's busy working on remaking the musical classic “Annie,” but Will Smith already has yet another reboot in his sights: “The Wild Bunch.” Smith is currently in negotiations to star in and produce a revamped version of the 1969 classic western about a gang of aging outlaws set to pull off one final heist on the Mexican-American border in 1913. The reboot would be set in modern times, and focus on a disgraced DEA agent who pulls together a team to hunt down a Mexican drug lord -- and his money. Warner Bros. and Smith's producing partner, Jerry Weintraub, have been trying to wrangle together a “Wild Bunch” remake for some time, most recently with director Tony Scott on board and a screenplay half-finished. But that plan was put on hold after Scott's death last year, and now the filmmakers are looking for a new writer to pen the project. The Wrap »
- Katie Roberts
Will Smith is now looking to both produce and star in a remake of The Wild Bunch, but for those of you who are having horrific flashbacks of Wild, Wild West, I have an interesting extra detail - the remake won't be set in the old west. While the original film featured actors including William Holden and Ernest Borgnine as aging outlaws who pull one last job before retirement, The Wrap says that the new film will be set in modern times and "follow a disgraced D.E.A. agent who assembles a team to go after a Mexican drug lord and his fortune." The reimagining has been in development for some time now, with David Ayer (End of Watch) previously hired to work on a draft. Tony Scott and Brian Helgeland also worked on the project and wrote half the screenplay, but unfortunately Scott died last year. Warner Bros. »
Will Smith is setting his sights on a reboot of a classic Western in the near future. Warner Bros. has been developing a remake of Sam Peckinpah’s classic 1969 film The Wild Bunch for a couple of years now, with Tony Scott most recently attached to take the helm. Scott sadly passed away before his iteration of the film could make it to the screen, but Warner Bros. is still keen on getting this thing going and they’re roping in some major star power to move it forward as Will Smith is currently in negotiations to star in and produce the Wild Bunch remake. Hit the jump for more. For those unfamiliar, the original Wild Bunch centered on a group of aging outlaws that were planning one last score on the Texas-Mexico border at the beginning of the 20th century. The pic boasted a stellar ensemble cast that included William Holden, »
- Adam Chitwood
Cloud Atlas The Wachowskis and co-director Tom Tykwer tackled some interesting things with Cloud Atlas and it had one of the best scores of last year, but I can't deny the fact I really have no interest in returning to it. The Blu-ray does have a large number of features to explore and perhaps a little more discussion could improve my impression, but after seeing it in Toronto last year, and discussing it there, I'm not sure there is much that could be revealed to change my opinion that much.
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Written and directed by Roman Coppola, this one arrived shortly after he and Wes Anderson were nominated for an Oscar for their Moonrise Kingdom screenplay, but the reviews and comments I've seen don't suggest this is a film worth searching out and, in all honesty, the involvement of Charlie Sheen turns »
- Brad Brevet
Will Smith is, according to The Wrap , eyeing a leading role in an contemporary remake of Sam Peckinpah's 1969 western classic The Wild Bunch . He would also likely come aboard the project as a producer. Set in 1913, the original film starred William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Edmond O'Brien, Ben Johnson and Warren Oates as a band of outlaws in the final days of the wild west. The new version would follow a team of DEA agents who assemble to take on a Mexican drug cartel. Smith, who last summer headlined Men in Black 3 , can be seen starring opposite his son, Jaden Smith, in the upcoming After Earth . He's also set to play a supporting role in Akiva Goldsman's directorial debut Winter's Tale , to headline Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's crime romance Focus and to then return »
Here’s some good news for any East Coast horror fans out there! New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center, located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is gearing up to bring back their “Midnight Movies” series in June, and judging from the initial lineup, it sounds like a lot of fun, read on!
“The return of the Midnight Movies series in June will be bookended by two John Carpenter/Kurt Russell crowd pleasers, with The Thing (1982), the edge-of-your-seat thriller of a body-duplicating alien versus a handful of men, re-opening the series on Friday, June 7, and Big Trouble In Little China (1986), which both begs definition while it gleefully mixes genre, closing out the month on Friday, June 28. In between, Midnight Movies will screen Wes Craven’s Deadly Blessing (1981), a tale of horror in Amish country and Richard Donner’s anti-Christ horror staple, The Omen (1976).”
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For a guy who claimed to have once alienated himself from the film industry, Christopher McQuarrie now seems to have a couple of options on his plate. While he’s still trying to decide whether or not to helm “Mission: Impossible 5” that just saw Tom Cruise officially sign on, Warner Bros. has now given McQuarrie the chance to write and direct a project that’s long been gestating at their studio. The project is a remake of “Ice Station Zebra.” The original was released in 1968 by MGM and starred Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine, Patrick McGoohan, and Jim Brown. The film became a major hit at the time and is credited for helping to boost Rock Hudson’s then-floundering career. 'Zebra' centered on an American Naval submarine team that races Russians to retrieve sensitive photographic material in the arctic. But soon, the crew discovers that there is a traitor on »
- Ken Guidry
Any idea what Ice Station: Zebra is? Until now I had no idea. However after the fantastically entertaining Jack Reacher, today's news that Christopher McQuarrie has signed on to direct the remake of this icy adventure makes it a must see in my books.According to the interwebs, Ice Station: Zebra is a 1968 cold-war era suspense and espionage film directed by John Sturges, starring Rock Hudson, Patrick McGoohan, Ernest Borgnine, and Jim Brown, loosely based on Alistair MacLean's novel of the same name. The movie had an all-male cast, something which will surely be one of the first things to change with a remake.Here's the synopsis from the original movie: Commander James Ferraday, Usn, has new orders: get David Jones, a British civilian, Captain Anders, a...
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While it’s expected he’ll take on the next Mission: Impossible instalment, reuniting again with his Jack Reacher lead Tom Cruise, writer/director Christopher McQuarrie will first helm a remake of the Cold War thriller Ice Station Zebra for Warner Bros.
The original 1968 movie, directed by the legendary John Sturges and based on the same-titled, best-selling novel by Alistair McLean, centred on an American Naval submarine attempting to retrieve top secret photographic material with the Russians also hot on their trail. The all-star action-thriller included a cast of Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine, Patrick McGoohan and Jim Brown.
Any fans of the original film happy with Oscar-winner McQuarrie onboard?
- Craig Hunter
Sneak Peek clips from the Oscar-nominated spy thriller "Ice Station Zebra", in anticipation of writer-director Christopher McQuarrie's upcoming Warners remake, based on the 1963 spy novel by author Alistair MacLean.
The original feature directed by John Sturges, starred Rock Hudson, Patrick McGoohan, Ernest Borgnine and Jim Brown, with a screenplay by MacLean, Douglas Heyes, Harry Julian Fink and W. R. Burnett, with a parallel to real-life events in 1959:
"...'Commander James Ferraday', captain of the nuclear submarine 'USS Tigershark' is dispatched to the polar ice region on a rescue mission when an emergency signal is received from research station, 'Ice Station Zebra'.
"On board the sub is a civilian and likely spy, 'David Jones', whose orders are secret. Along the way, they collect two additional passengers, a Russian named 'Boris Vaslov', likely also a spy, and 'Us Marine Capt. Leslie Anders' who takes command of the Marines traveling as passengers. »
- Michael Stevens
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