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Written and Directed by Paul Feig.
A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster.
Martin Scorsese has Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro, Tim Burton has Johnny Depp, and Paul Feig has Melissa McCarthy. Some actor/director combinations fit like a glove, and for the third straight outing (Bridesmaids and The Heat) we have another success with Spy.
Unexpectedly, there is also an admirable amount of unexplored range channeled from Melissa McCarthy, not portraying the sassy, loudmouthed, obscene character right out of the gate that we have grown accustomed to. Instead, she plays Susan Cooper, a CIA field operative assistant of 10 years with low self-esteem that decides to jump into the heart of the action when her good friend Bradley Fine »
- Robert Kojder
Disney have been having a field day of late reworking their animated back catalogue into live action blockbusters. Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella has been to the ball and left with wads of cash, and with Tim Burton announced as helmer for the transfer of Dumbo the House Of Mouse shows no signs of slowing down. Next to get the green light is a character who could well be mistaken for a green light herself – Tinker Bell!
The perpetually high-wattage Reese Witherspoon is to star in and produce Tink, a vehicle for Peter Pan’s tiny winged companion. Written by Victoria Strouse, it’s reportedly a period piece. J.M. Barrie’s source material evolved into a play and a novel in the early twentieth century.
- Steve Palace
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2012: the year the movie universe sparked, Universal struggled, and young adult adaptations really took off...
The big blockbusters of summer 2011 were the ones that followed fairly straightforward rules. The majority of them were sequels in linear movie franchises - Harry Potter, Transformers, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Fast & Furious - and it felt for the most part like a template was being followed.
Sure, there were surprises. Bridesmaids broke through and proved to be a massive R-rated hit. X-Men: First Class, meanwhile, came through unscathed - and in fine shape - from its reboot, whilst Jj Abrams took us temporarily back to the 1980s with Super 8. But other than that, the pattern was set: the big, pre-ordained films took the lion's share of the cash, and regular sequels were the order of the day.
The signs of change were there in 2011, of course. Thor was a bigger hit than most were expecting, »
Strand Releasing has acquired Us rights to Apitchatpong Weerasethakul’s Un Certain Regard premiere "Cemetery of Splendour." This drama marks his first feature since Cannes 2012 special screening "Mekong Hotel." In 2010, he won the Palme d'Or for "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives," when Tim Burton was president of the jury. (Watch "Cemetery of Splendour" clips below.) Here's the synopsis: Soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness are transferred to a temporary clinic in a former school. The memory-filled space becomes a revelatory world for housewife and volunteer Jenjira, as she watches over Itt, a handsome soldier with no family visitors. Jen befriends young medium Keng who uses her psychic powers to help loved ones communicate with the comatose men. Doctors explore ways, including coloured light therapy, to ease the mens’ troubled dreams. Jen discovers Itt’s cryptic notebook of strange writings and blueprint sketches. There may »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Eight-time Emmy nominee Gavin Polone (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Zombieland), who directed six episodes of ABC series Twisted, is to make his feature directorial debut on the thriller, which is produced by Matt Berenson (A Place Beyond the Pines).
Psycho Killer follows a nameless murderer, wearing a nightmarish mask, who stalks his way across the Us, leaving a long trail of random victims left in bloody tribute to Satan.
A chance encounter with a highway patrolman on a Kansas highway ends tragically, but this time there is a witness; the patrolman’s wife, Jane, a fellow police officer. Jane, who has »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
There are various reports circling that the Ender's Game actor is the first of "approximately five actors" in line to play the iconic Marvel superhero.
Deadline and Latino Review are both reporting (with varying degrees of certainty) that Butterfield could have already signed with Sony and Marvel Studios.
With all the rumours flying around about Andrew Garfield's replacement, we're taking this with a pinch of salt until we hear anything official.
The two studios recently entered into a deal which will see Peter Parker and his web-slinging alter ego appear in Marvel's films, while Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will be involved in the production of Sony's next Spider-Man film.
Meanwhile, Butterfield will definitely »
It would be fair to say that 20th Century Fox's efforts to reboot the Planet Of The Apes movie series have been far more successful second time round. The early 2000s Tim Burton film seems long forgotten now in the wake of Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (both critical and commercial hits). And, unsurprisingly, Fox is pressing ahead with the next film.
That's been known for some time, to be fair, but it now seems as though the new movie has a title. Collider reckons it's going to be called War Of The Planet Of The Apes (Wotpota to its mates), and Matt Reeves - who directed Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes - is returning to call the shots.
The Spider-Man casting extravaganza continues, and today’s rumor now narrows the choices down to exactly one. Last we heard, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures were reportedly closing in on Ender’s Game star Asa Butterfield and In the Heart of the Sea actor Tom Holland to play the new Peter Parker, after those two names first landed on a longer shortlist in April. Now, following an earlier report that Butterfield was the frontrunner, El Mayimbe is reporting that the studios have made their decision, and the 18-year-old Butterfield is now “officially” in negotiations to play Peter Parker in the McU and in a series of standalone films for Sony. [Update: Multiple trade reporters have taken to Twitter to say that they're hearing a deal isn't on the table just yet, and other actors (namely Holland) remain in the mix as Marvel and Sony continue to test.] Butterfield first came to prominence as the young star of Martin Scorsese’s 2011 film Hugo, going on to fill the role of Ender Wiggin in 2013’s Ender’s Game. He’s a solid actor and is certainly a star on »
- Adam Chitwood
If there’s one thing Fox has done right over the last several years, it’s how it’s treated the Planet of the Apes franchise. After Tim Burton’s film fans felt as if all was lost, but Dawn and Rise proved otherwise… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
Holofcener is also writing the pic which based on the 2008 memoir by Lee Israel.
Israel was a respected biographer who fell on hard times and turned to counterfeiting the letters of deceased writers and celebrities in order to pay her rent. When the forgeries started to raise suspicion, she turned to stealing the actual letters from library archives and sold them through an ex-con fence she met in a bar, while the FBI was closing in on the scam.
Anne Carey will produce the pic.
O’Dowd had a busy 2014, with “Cavalry,” “Cuban Fury” and “St. Vincent” all bowing in the past year. Though O’Dowd is best known for his comedic chops, his next pic, “The Program,” gives him an opportunity to show his dramatic range »
- Justin Kroll
Read More: Cannes: Matteo Garrone's 'Tale of Tales' Review and Roundup Monty Python by way of Tim Burton and "The Princess Bride," Italian director Matteo Garrone's first English language feature "Tale of Tales" is a nutty compendium of outrageous fairy tales unfolding within the constraints of a single unseemly kingdom. Although wobbly in parts like so many cinematic anthologies, Garrone's alternately silly and entrancing adaptation of Giambattista Basile's Neapolitan stories provides a welcome gothic antidote to more stately treatments of similar material. Garrone's bizarre narrative incorporates four overlapping stories in a kingdom filled with the usual ensemble of mythological beasts, magical powers and royal schemes. While every sequence goes to certain outrageous extremes — plot twists include the consumption of a giant sea monster's heart and the nurturing of a dog-sized flea — Garrone cuts between them with a fluid approach that successfully conveys the »
- Eric Kohn
To be directed by Gavin Polone, the thriller centres around a nameless murderer, who stalks his way across the Us wearing a nightmarish rubber mask.
Matt Berenson (A Place Beyond the Pines, I, Frankenstein) is producing.
“Andrew’s pedigree as a writer is unparalleled for this kind of nail-biting ride into terror,” say K5’s Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur. “We were hooked from page one and blown away by how he has developed this into a clever but equally horrifying movie.”
Big Eyes is a curious spin for Tim Burton, but one that showcases many of the abilities that have earned him so many fans. Most of all, he knows how to get the most out of conversation, whether it’s a layered confrontation, or a subtle moment of manipulation.
Leave it to Burton to take a true story that no one knew they cared about, and deliver a complex, multi-faceted analysis of relationships, eras, society, and more. All of it, simply by way of one woman who was taken advantage of, and the man who became rich and famous by doing so.
— Catch our Big Eyes Podcast review here
Christoph Waltz is about as good as he’s ever been as Walter Keane, the man who first became famous for creating a pop art movement, and then became even more famous when it was learned that his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams »
- Marc Eastman
Tim Burton, Joel Schumacher, Christopher Nolan, and Zack Snyder have all done what most superhero junkies could only dream of doing: direct a Batman movie. But there was one other filmmaker privileged enough to have suited up the masked manhunter for cinema, achieving almost overnight success in 2003 and a cult classic amongst Batman fans—without the “superpowers” of a million dollar budget or the tyranny of studio executives. The director: Sandy Collora. The film: Batman: Dead End.
“Behind The Mask”, a 90-minute documentary on the life and career of Sandy Collora, was shown recently at Monsterpalooza in Burbank, CA, telling the story of the indie filmmaker’s refusal to “sell out” to major studios and finding satisfaction in directing his own films.
- Holly Interlandi
Mark Wahlberg and wife Rhea Durham on the Oscars' Red Carpet Mark Wahlberg and wife Rhea Durham at the Academy Awards Mark Wahlberg and wife Rhea Durham in a red-and-golden outfit are pictured above on the 2011 Academy Awards' Red Carpet, just outside the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony was held on Sunday, Feb. 27. Wahlberg, decades ago known as underwear model Marky Mark, was an Oscar nominee as one of the producers of Best Picture contender The Fighter – which ultimately lost to odds-on favorite The King's Speech. Mark Wahlberg was the only major player in the David O. Russell-directed boxing drama who failed to be nominated for an Academy Award in the acting categories. Co-stars Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, and Christian Bale were all shortlisted; Leo and Bale ended up winning in their respective supporting categories. Wahlberg, however, was a Best Supporting Actor nominee four years ago: for »
- D. Zhea
If you saw the trailer for The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened?, the fascinating documentary about Tim Burton and Nicolas Cage’s dashed hopes to bring the superhero to life back in the 1990s, you might be itching to see more. We’ve got some exclusive images from the doc in a gallery lower down the page and a new clip of Burton talking up the original reaction to him casting Cage. Filmmaker Jon Schnepp wrangled many of the key talent involved in the attempt to bring a Burton’s vision for Superman to life, including producer Jon Peters, writers Dan Gilroy, Wesley Strick and Kevin Smith, plus those who worked on costume and effects development. The film itself may never have seen the light of day, brought low by creative wrangling and studio pressure, but we do at least have footage of Cage trying on different suits and »
With the overwhelming hate and backlash the naysayers have spewed about the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman, it makes me wonder how bad the internet trolling would have been in 1989 when Michael Keaton played the lead role of Tim Burton’s take on The Dark Knight and its sequel. I was a kid when those films were released, and even I remember being a bit concerned that “Beetlejuice” and “Mr. Mom” was going to be playing my favorite superhero on the big screen. I mean, this guy was a comedian, he was too short, and he didn’t fit the M.O. of Bruce Wayne/Batman at all, in any way. He wasn’t classically good looking and he sure as heck didn’t look like he could beat the holy snot out of anybody.
I don’t particularly care for Burton’s Batman films, but there is one »
- Dominic F
Logging time with Quentin Tarantino, Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, Roman Polanski, and currently Sam Mendes, Christoph Waltz has certainly been guided by filmmakers with distinctive voices and visions. It's good schooling as the actor now ventures behind the camera for his first stab at moviemaking. Screen Daily reports that Waltz will direct and star in "The Worst Marriage In Georgetown." Based on the New York Magazine article (read it here) by Franklin Foer, and adapted by David Auburn ("Proof," "The Lake House"), the story follows the social climbing Albrect Muth, who ran in some of the most elite circles of American power and influence, but soon ran into trouble when his wealthy wife was found murdered. It's a meaty role that's well suited for Waltz's more flamboyant tendencies, but directing a movie is hard. And directing yourself is even harder. Read More: Christph Waltz May Play The Villain Role In »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Christoph Waltz will star and make his directorial debut on crime drama “The Worst Marriage in Georgetown.”
Voltage Pictures has come aboard to fully finance and produce the picture, which will be sold at Cannes.
The project, based on the New York Times Magazine article by Franklin Foer, centers on Albrecht Muth (played by Waltz), an eccentric social climber who seduced and married a wealthy older widow, Viola Drath. Muth and Drath entered the top political circles as they threw lavish events, with Muth lying extensively about his background — which came to light after Drath was found murdered in 2011 at their home in Georgetown.
Muth was 26 when he married the 71-year-old Drath in 1971. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to 50 years in prison last year.
- Dave McNary
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