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Last week, I had the opportunity to spend about 20 minutes at the Loews Regency Hotel in New York with one of my favorite actors, Kevin Spacey, who had just flown in from London to do a few interviews about and attend a special screening of the new film “Casino Jack” (Ato Pictures, 12/17, R, trailer), a dramedy directed by the late George Hickenlooper in which he portrays the disgraced Washington, D.C. lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and for which he recently received a Golden Globe nod — the sixth of his career — for best actor (musical or comedy). Spacey was clearly exhausted and under the weather after his travels (he sipped on a bowl of matzo ball soup throughout our time together), but he still managed to give me a wonderful interview about his remarkable life and career, and for that I am very grateful.
Click Here To Listen To Audio Of Our Conversation! »
- Scott Feinberg
I love that a heated discussion over Titanic’s infamous Oscar sweep of 1998 has already begun over at Laurent’s excellent retrospective. I guess it’s just the nature of this particular film. There is something about Titanic that hits a raw nerve in people and they feel a need to defend/criticize it so passionately.
As it happens, I fall in the ‘unconditional love’ category and I’m not afraid to admit it. To this day I have a passion for Titanic, a film that so perfectly matches what a glorious, spellbinding, big spectacle romance against an historic backdrop should be, and those films are so rare, especially when they are made with such precise and meticulous detail from James Cameron.
We shouldn’t be embarrassed over how much we loved Titanic in the 90′s. We should embrace it. So as our third ‘Choose The Winners’ article, we are »
- Matt Holmes
Another year, another avalanche of remakes, dodgy 3D conversions and incomprehensible M Night Shyamalan dialogue. Here's how the studios need to mend their ways
1 Fewer sequels and remakes
This was probably included in lists of Things We Want From Hollywood In 2010. And 2009. And 2008. And it'll be included on every list like this until the Sun implodes and swallows the Earth. It's a perennial complaint for good reason. Only two of this year's top 10 movies are original works – Inception and Despicable Me – with the rest cobbled together from sequels (Iron Man 2), threequels (Toy Story 3), remakes (The Karate Kid) and adaptations (Harry Potter). It's horribly unimaginative, but at least next year's blockbuster season promises to be better. After all, it'll contain Super 8. And Cowboys & Aliens. Except, wait, that's based on a graphic novel. And Thor, based on a comic. And Pirates of the Caribbean 4. And The Hangover 2. And Transformers 3. »
- Stuart Heritage
This is not your typical boxing movie. The Fighter trades punches for passive aggression, jabs for guilt inducement, and uppercuts for underhanded remarks. The Fighter’s not about overcoming the other man in the ring; it’s about overcoming family.
Director David O. Russel paints a portrait of a self-destructive, self-absorbed, self-loathing family that loves each of its members in its own special way. As the story unfolds, the audience is gradually presented with this question: Is it okay to be used if you’re being used by your family?
The film follows the life of boxer Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) as he struggles to stop his family from stunting his personal and professional growth. It’s based on a real-life story and the director seems quite keen on staying faithful to that story. From the fight scenes to the ending credits (which show off the real Wards that the »
Welcome to the latest entry in our regular feature here at Blogomatic3000, where – in association with the folks at Sky Movies HD – we take a look at some of the films premiering on Sky Movies and Sky Box-Office this month.
New York 1937 and high school student Richard (Efron) dreams of bigger and better things. He loves music and performing arts. After a chance encounter/audition outside a theatre he is thrust into the world of Orson Welles who casts him as Lucius in his modern day adaptation of Julius Caesar. After he begins to sacrifice his schooling for the belief that Orson will catapult his career in the theatre, it soon becomes clear to Richard that like the title role, Orson will do anything and everything in his power to get exactly hat he wants, »
Updated: Harrison Ford’s reps have denied the story, unsurprisingly. In a way though the character is kind of dead, at least for the next four years anyway as Spielberg is busy with other things.
Warning! We have entered the silly season for gossip sites to invent new stories as Hollywood shuts down for the holidays and sites like Showbiz Spy still need to fill their quota of posts. You could say I am doing the same by reciting a story that is almost sure to be false but the truth is with this post I am explaining why it might be four or five years, probably more, before we might even get a fifth Indiana Jones film, let alone one that might kill off it’s title character.
First though, here’s the rumour…
“Harrison thinks it would be good for Indy to die and pass on his hat »
- Matt Holmes
“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all them vampires gots ta die!”
Yes, boys and girls, the Great Emancipator is Back… and starting his own private Civil War with evil vampire scrum. He’s out for blood in director Timur Bekmambetov’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and quite the hero is being eyed to play our 16th President.
The Wrap reports that Eric Bana, who has experience hunting Palestinian militants in “Munich” as well as Spock in “Star Trek,” is in heavy-talks to rock Honest Abe’s stovepipe hat, beard, and wooden stakes for the film, which is being produced by Tim Burton for 20th Century Fox.
Bana certainly has the hulking stature and presence to embody the role, but the Ozzie’s performance will no doubt be compared to Brit Daniel Day-Lewis, »
- Max Evry
Australian actor Eric Bana is considering joining Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The film, which is based on a novel by Pride and Prejudice and Zombies author Seth Grahame-Smith, will be directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Nightwatch, Wanted). Bana is due to meet Bekmambetov very soon to discuss taking on the role of the ass-kicking president, which should be a thoroughly different interpretation of the historical figure than Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis have planned. Tom Hardy was originally considered for a major role in Vampire...
- Matt Maytum
Though Daniel Day-Lewis may be taking the role of Abraham Lincoln for Steven Spielberg's long-gestating biopic, the esteemed actor certainly isn't going to be stepping into Honest Abe's shoes when he's forced to slay monsters in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. However, it does sound like we have a contender for the role as The Wrap reports Eric Bana is circling the role in the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel of the same name. Sounds like decent casting since Bana does share a slight resemblance with the iconic 16th president of the United States and he's definitely had major action experience as Ang Lee's less impressive iteration of Hulk. While nothing is official, Bana is set to meet with director Timur Bekmambetov very soon and is being seriously considered for the part. However, Variety has word on a project in which Bana is actually closer to starring. The Australian »
- Ethan Anderton
Even as Daniel Day-Lewis prepares for his deep-dive portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in director Stephen Spielberg's long developing biopic about the sixteenth President of the United States, another actor is possibly gearing up for Honest Abe — though his take is sure to be significantly bloodier.
The Wrap reports that Eric Bana is circling the title role in "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's historical horror fiction novel for 20th Century Fox. Timur Bekmambetov is directing the project with Tim Burton on board as a producer.
The report is quick to note that Bana hasn't landed the presidential role just yet — for now, he's simply "scheduled to meet with" Bekmambetov and is "certainly in contention for the part."
The title pretty much tells you everything you need to know about "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." The story, authored by the same man who wrote "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, »
- Josh Wigler
The Australian actor is reportedly set to meet director Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and is said to be "circling the role" of the film adaptation of the popular book. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter which recently went to 20th Century Fox after a much publicized bidding war is gearing up for the next phase: casting. The Tim Burton film is set for a June 22, 2012 release and is budgeted at $69 million. The Wrap is reporting that Eric Bana (Hulk, Star Trek) is in strong contention for the role and notes his physical presence would be ideal for the action-oriented role. "At 6' 4", Lincoln is the tallest American president, while Bana is the rare leading man who stands at 6' 3"." Last month another tall foreign actor, Daniel Day-Lewis, was cast as Honest Abe in the more straight forward »
- Bryan Kritz
According to The Wrap, Australian actor Eric Bana is circling the title role in 20th Century Fox’s, Tim Burton produced, big screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s revisionist horror novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
The epistolary-style book is written as a biography of Abraham Lincoln, based on his “secret diaries” kept by the 16th President and given to the author by a vampire named Henry Sturges, a role offered to Tom Hardy last month – but there’s no official confirmation that he’s taken the part yet.
Bana, whose last blockbuster role was playing the Romulan villain Neo in Star Trek, is reported to be meeting with director Timur Bekmambetov soon and if reports from Nola are correct and shooting is due to start at the end of January in New Orleans then it wont be long until we have confirmation on this one.
Bana stands at an imposing »
- Neil Upton
If a Brit can play one of America's greatest Presidents, why not an Australian? As Daniel Day-Lewis prepares his beard to play the part for Steven Spielberg's biopic, Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov is seeking an appropriately action-ready actor to star in Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. And The Wrap claims that Aussie hunk and proven badass Eric Bana is "circling" the role. Abs Lincoln? Fox has rapidly pushed the project (produced by Tim Burton) into the pipeline, with a »
- Dave Davis
Exclusive Hollywood may be looking to continue to outsource the role of Abraham Lincoln. British Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis was recently set to play the 16th President in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," and now another foreign import is being eyed to play Honest Abe. Australian actor Eric Bana is circling the title role in 20th Century Fox's big screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" TheWrap has learned. While Bana hasn't landed the coveted role yet, he's scheduled to meet with director Timur Bekmambetov soon, and is certainly in contention for the »
After months of speculation, Robert De Niro has confirmed the principal players for what can only be considered a dream line-up for Scorsese fans. De Niro will be joined by Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel in The Irishman, with Steve Zaillian (Schindler's List, American Gangster) penning the script based on the novel "I Heard You Paint Houses."
De Niro spilled the beans to Showbiz 411's Roger Friedman at a Little Fockers party last night. Scorsese is currently finishing up Hugo Cabret, but there's a chance The Irishman will be his next project.
De Niro will star as mob hitman Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, who is reputed to have carried out more than 25 murders. It's currently unknown who the other actors will play. While Keitel and Pesci have frequently turned up in Scorsese films throughout the years, it fascinates me that it has taken this long for Pacino to work with the director. »
- Kevin Blumeyer
The Academy Awards are defined as “recognizing the excellence of professionals in the film industry, including actors, directors and writers”. Now this may be true, and while most of the films awarded with the prestigious little golden man are indeed excellent, the adjective “best” that goes in front of each award sort of makes you think 'excellent' isn’t always enough.
Here is a list of 10 films, actors, directors and writers that won, they were (mostly) good films, but to deem the “best” that year in their respective categories is a little far-fetched...
10: No Country For Old Men (2008) – Best Adapted Screenplay
The 2008 Academy Awards saw two non-traditional Westerns go head to head: the Coen Brothers’ No Country For Old Men, and Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood (2008). Daniel Day Lewis rightly took home the Best Actor in a Leading Role award for his role of Daniel Plainview, »
News lately has been fixated on "who is circling a film" rather than "who has been Cast in a film," so for stories like this, we're kicking off "It's Just Talk." Because it's interesting to see the potential players who might be circling a film, but until their deal is legit, it's all just talk or speculation. So, we come to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter which is now nearing a start date with Timur Bekmambetov. The Wrap is saying that Eric Bana of The Hulk is circling the role as Lincoln. But our Fox reps say that all that's happening right now is that Bekmambetov is going to meet with the actor. I always figured that there were two great actors living today that could play Lincoln: Liam Neeson and Daniel Day-Lewis. The latter was »
Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale are the stars of "The Fighter," director David O. Russell's latest film telling the true story of "Irish" Micky Ward (Wahlberg), a Massachusetts boxer who successfully fought his way to the top thanks to coaching from his troubled brother Dicky (Bale), a former fighter himself.
"The Fighter" has earned early praise for both Wahlberg and Bale's work as well as Russell's directing, and by all accounts, it looks like the film is set to take its place as one of the great boxing movies of all time. Of course, it's got some hefty competition to weigh in against — after the jump, check out our personal picks for the best boxing movies of all time!
If he hadn't already proved himself before, Will Smith certainly showed us what he was made of with his performance in "Ali." The Oscar-nominated biopic beautifully retold the story »
- Josh Wigler
The sister of Hollywood actor Daniel Day-Lewis has cheated death in a terrifying car crash.
Tamasin Day-Lewis, a documentary maker and TV chef, was driving along an icy road near her home in south west England when her car skidded and flipped onto its roof, landing upside down in a ditch.
Shaken Day-Lewis, 57, had to kick open the driver's door and scramble out of the vehicle after the crash. She was left with a bruised back but was otherwise uninjured.
Day-Lewis, a chef on U.K. channel The Good Food Network, says, "I could have died. The passenger side was completely crushed... I was only doing 30 miles per hour on a straight stretch of road and tried to steer away from another car coming towards me. I swerved and swung it back up the verge, up the bank and it flipped - I thought 'this is it'." »
Alex Proyas (Dark City, Knowing) will produce and may direct Amp for Summit Entertainment. The studio just picked up the rights to the Daniel H. Wilson thriller novel, which is being called "a mix of scifi action and political allegory reminiscent of District 9." The plot of the unpublished book, which will hit shelves in June 2011, features "a world where the technology designed to make the disabled whole, turns them into supermen." And, yes, that's the same Daniel H. Wilson behind the novel Robopocalypse, which Steven Spielberg is set to direct  in 2012, after he finishes Lincoln with Daniel Day-Lewis. And, just as happened with the development of Robopocalypse, the idea is for the script to be written more or less concurrent with the novel. As Mr. Wilson writes, pages will be handed to a screenwriter to craft into the script. It's a process that evidently worked well for Robopocalypse, so »
- Russ Fischer
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