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William Faulkner’s 1930 novel As I Lay Dying is one of those books that’s routinely called unfilmable, and with good reason: The relentlessly bleak story of a family beset by constant injury and misfortune on a quest to bury their dead matriarch, this less-than-mainstream tale is also narrated by fifteen different characters. Any straightforward adaptation, then, would lose one of the things that’s most distinctive about the book. That hasn’t stopped James Franco, who has directed and stars in a version that debuted yesterday at Cannes.Don’t be fooled by the somewhat conventional-looking trailer that recently bowed online: Franco has made a movie that unspools with almost constant split screen (Brian De Palma and Mike Figgis, you’re here in spirit), suggesting simultaneous points of view from different characters. Franco explained the technique at a student Q&A today thusly: “For instance, they’re digging the grave for the mother, »
- Kyle Buchanan,Jada Yuan
Warner Brothers celebrates the gangster genre with these five modern takes on the Tommy gun toting mobsters. However, the only new item you.ll get is the addition of a Paramount title and new packaging and artwork. Not that it is a bad thing since the movies are fantastic. Mean Streets (1973) . Martin Scorsese makes his arrival as a filmmaking force with his semiautobiographical tale of the first-generation son and daughters of New York.s Little Italy. Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro give star-making performances. The Untouchables (1987) . Director Brian De Palma.s tour-de-force from David Mamet.s screenplay is a larger-than-life depiction of Al Capone (De Niro), the mob warlord who ruled Prohibition-era »
- Jeff Swindoll
Ultimate Gangster Collection — Contemporary
Due Out: May 21, 2013
The “Ultimate Gangster Collection: Classics“ and “Ultimate Gangster Collection: Contemporary” are available on Blu-ray 5/21
Who’S It For?
My wife hasn’t seen Mean Streets, The Untouchables, Goodfellas or Heat. So while I would normally say this is the perfect gift for guys on Father’s Day, it’s really perfect for my wife. These are movies that must be seen by every adult. Not only to they showcase how the ugly side of society has evolved, but it’s also the evolution of gangster crime. Every one of these films is brilliant, and yes, I’m including The Departed. Jack Nicholson’s performance has someone gotten a bad rap. I’m convinced if it wasn’t for Martin Scorsese zooming in on the rat at the very end, everyone would still worship this film. »
- Jeff Bayer
Blu-ray Release Date: Aug. 13, 2013
Price: Blu-ray Tba
Studio: Twilight Time
In the film, Craig Wasson (The Boys in Company C) is Jake, a struggling actor in L.A. whose claustrophobia causes him to lose his latest job as the lead bloodsucker in a vampire flick (Jake can’t cope with the coffin scenes). Later that same day, Jakes also loses his longtime girlfriend and apartment, But not to worry—Jake’s new friend (Gregg Henry, Any Day Now) lends Jake his awesome pad up in the hills, which is outfitted with a telescope to so he can spy on his gorgeous neighbor Gloria (Deborah Shelton). But Jake’s voyeurism »
Credit the cameraman who can keep up with Taylor Swift.
The hugely popular singer-songwriter isn't one to remain stationary when she can avoid it, as she proved again at Sunday's (May 19) 2013 Billboard Music Awards by staying in motion as much as possible in her live television debut of performing her current hit, "22."
In a sequence worthy of such movie directors as Martin Scorsese and Brian De Palma -- both of whom are famous for using the technique -- Swift started the tune in one prolonged, single-camera shot that saw her pushed around on chairs, walking through hallways and up a staircase, riding on the back of a bicycle, and ultimately making her way through the crowd at Las Vegas' MGM Grand up to the stage.
It's not the first time Swift has tried, and succeeded at, such complicated choreography: She also pulled it off in 2009, for the first time she »
As we all know, the Cannes Film Festival is the swankiest festival on earth. You pretty much have to wear a tuxedo to go to breakfast (there are "no tails, no croissant" signs up everywhere), and you can't throw a large rock without hitting someone rich and undeniably fabulous. But there's a dark side to the glamour, as Deadline is reporting that there was a jewelry heist that took place on Thursday night, with a brazen thief making off with over $1 million worth of Chopard jewelry. French authorities are asking festival goers to keep an eye out for a man in a black-and-white striped shirt carrying a large bag with a money sign on it.
What's ironic is that the theft took place on the same night that "The Bling Ring" premiered. "The Bling Ring," of course, is based on a series of robberies that were committed by young kids in Hollywood, »
- NextMovie Staff
BBC America's conspiracy clone thriller Orphan Black was renewed for a second season, and we recently chatted with Jordan Gavaris about his character Felix, how he got involved on the show and much more.
Read on to check out the full interview, and catch an all new episode of Orphan Black on May 18th.
Amanda Dyar: Can you tell us how your career in acting got started and how long you have been doing it?
Jordan Gavaris: I started acting in my senior year in high school. I was working at a local video store and, at the time, was fascinated by counter-culture directors like Terrence Malick, Robert Altman, and Brian De Palma (even though, at 17, I didn't fully understand their work). I was convinced I was going to be a director. I wanted to learn more about an actor's process, so I enrolled in a local acting studio. »
- Amanda Dyar
Above: Via blogger John Sisson at Dreams of Space, the daily science publication io9 has unearthed a hilarious comic strip adaptation of Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey from, of all things, a 1968 Howard Johnson's children's menu.
"Coppola's films, like those of Brian de Palma or some of Spielberg's, are the mannerist side of American cinema. How can one define this mannerism? Nothing happens to human beings, everything happens to images - to Images. Images become characters with pathos, pawns in the game. We tremble for them, we want them to be kindly treated, they are no longer just produced by the camera, but manufactured outside it, and its 'pre-visualization,' thanks to video, is the object »
Blanchett plays Janet, who travels to Los Angeles for the funeral of her grandfather, a Hollywood visual effects artist who moonlighted for U.S. special ops agencies. Her grandfather’s well-kept secrets become a threat to her, forcing Janet to discover the truth about a man who dedicated his life to making illusion reality.
Photos: Leonardo DiCaprio, ‘Gatsby’ kick off the Cannes Film Festival
“Blackbird” is produced by Said Ben Said’s Paris-based Sbs Prods., which established a reputation from its 2010 launch for producing films by heavyweight directors aimed at adult audiences: Roman Polanski’s “Carnage,” Brian De Palma’s “Passion,” and David Cronenberg’s upcoming “Maps to the Stars,” starring Julianne Moore, John Cusack and Robert Pattinson, which Ben Said »
- John Hopewell
When you think of Kennedy conspiracy theories and movie directors, you usually think of Oliver Stone. But, another talented filmmaker is helming a JFK project that will attempt to put a new spin on the decades old assassination. David Mamet will direct Blackbird and has nabbed Cate Blanchett to star. Variety reports that Blackbird will be produced by Sbs Productions, the French based group behind Roman Polanski's Carnage, David Cronenberg's upcoming Maps To The Stars, and Brian De Palma's »
- Alex Maidy
Iron Man 3 screenwriter Drew Pearce has been hired to write Mission: Impossible 5 for Tom Cruise and Paramount Pictures. Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie is still in discussions with the studio to direct the film. Crusie is also producing the movie alongside J.J. Abrams who, as you know, recently dedicated himself to developing Star Wars: Episode VII for Disney and Lucasfilm. Pearce also wrote Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim and is penning the third Sherlock Holmes film.
There are no plot deals for the fifth installment of this franchise yet, but I'm sure they've got something pretty cool up their sleeve. I really enjoyed the last one directed by Brad Bird, but I think the first one, directed by Brian De Palma, is still the best.
What's you're favorite Mission: Impossible film so far? Where would you like to see the story go in the fifth movie?
Source: THR (http://www. »
- Joey Paur
Fun fact: if you write a Mission: Impossible screenplay, it doesn’t have to be on self-destructing paper. That may seem counter-intuitive, which is why David Koepp wrote 4 drafts of the 1996 film that all exploded before he could deliver them to Brian De Palma, but you can use totally normal printer stock. That’ll be good information for Drew Pearce to have because according to The Hollywood Reporter, the writer with credits for Iron Man 3 and Pacific Rim will be tackling Mission: Impossible 5. Pearce first caught Marvel’s eye with his cult series No Heroics, which featured superheroes in a sit-com setting. Now, while Iron Man 3 is on its way to making all the money and a healthy bit of the critical love, Pearce is leveraging his new position smartly. The interesting thing here is that, as we reported earlier, Christopher McQuarrie is rumored to be in the mix for the directing gig. That »
- Scott Beggs
Next week sees the release of "Random Access Memories," the jaw-dropping new album by French electro robots Daft Punk. The album is a sprawling, visionary, singularly weird affair, elegantly toggling between at least a half dozen genres and styles, with live instrumentation that simultaneously suggests music's distant past while boldly pushing it forward. It's one of those timeless, album-with-a-capital-a albums, and in the lead-up to the release, the reclusive Frenchmen, who appear in public as glittery androids, have been granting some rare interviews. In one of these interviews, the pair suggest that they might be collaborating with one of their biggest heroes – director Brian De Palma. In an extensive, gorgeously produced interview with Pitchfork that's just as gloriously overstuffed as the album itself, the discussion turned to "Touch," the centerpiece of "Random Access Memories" and probably the single most gorgeous piece of music you'll hear all year. It's an 8-minute. »
- Drew Taylor
Our American friends are celebrating Mothers Day tomorrow and in honour of mothers everywhere, Columbia Pictures have released this rather sweet CinemaMosaic with a special message from everybodys favorite telekinetic teen Carrie White. Synopsis: The quiet suburb of Chamberlain, Maine is home to the deeply religious and conservative Margaret White (Moore) and her daughter Carrie (Moretz). Carrie is a sweet but meek outcast whom Margaret has sheltered from society. Gym teacher Miss Desjardin (Greer) tries in vain to protect Carrie from local mean girls led by the popular and haughty Chris Hargenson (Portia Doubleday), but only Chris' best friend, Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde), regrets their actions. In an effort to make amends, Sue asks her boyfriend, high school heartthrob Tommy Ross (Ansel Elgort), to take Carrie to prom. Pushed to the limit by her peers at the dance, Carrie unleashes telekinetic havoc. Brian De Palma’s 1976 film version of "Carrie" earned Oscar. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
It’s not often a horror remake lands a super cast and filmmaker but luckily for fans of Stephen King’s best-seller Carrie (previously adapted into the 1976 masterpiece by Brian DePalma), Oscar-nominated filmmaker Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’T Cry) should be the perfect candidate to bring us the modernised version of the troubled telekinetic teen. The young girl pushed to the limit come Prom Night.
To celebrate Mother’s Day in the Us, Screen Gems has revealed this brand new CinemaMosaic poster from the film starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday, Alex Russell, Gabriella Wilde, Ansel Elgort and Julianne Moore. After all, Carrie White is a (tortured) mummy’s girl!
Carrie is unleashed in Us cinemas 18th October and the UK from 29th November.
Source: Columbia Pictures
- Craig Hunter
Margaret White has an extraordinary relationship with her daughter, Carrie. So much so that the supernatural little scamp has created this wonderful animated Mother's Day card just for her! Check it out!
Look for Kim Peirce's Carrie in theatres on October 18th. For more information visit WhatHappenedToCarrie.com! If you're Super brave, you can even give the White residence a call at 207-404-2604.
Related Story: Official Carrie News Archive
A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.
The quiet suburb of Chamberlain, Maine, is home to the deeply religious and conservative Margaret White (Moore) and her daughter, Carrie (Moretz). Carrie is a sweet but meek outcast whom Margaret has sheltered from society. »
- Uncle Creepy
Stop the presses! Tom Cruise has signed on to star in and produce the fifth "Mission: Impossible" film following Brad Bird's wildly successful "Ghost Protocol" (2011, $700 million worldwide). Needless to say, such a vital franchise is the life's blood of the studios these days. And Cruise is one of the few movie stars who has some standing as a marquee draw even apart from his signature role as Ethan Hunt. (Would you believe that this franchise was brought back to life in 1996 by Brian De Palma?). "M:i 4" was Cruise's biggest grosser to date. Fifteen of Cruise’s films have grossed over $100 million in the United States and, showing his substantial star power overseas, nineteen have grossed over $200 million globally, including his current sci-fi thriller "Oblivion," which is limping to $75 million stateside. Paramount Pictures and its Skydance Productions -- who collaboratively backed "Ghost Protocol" and, now, "Star Trek Into Darkness" -- will produce with Cruise, »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
Body Talk: Sheean’s Debut Forgoes Thrills for Moody Drama
Eron Sheean, best known for writing the 2011 Xavier Gens film, The Divide, arrives with his curiously titled Errors of the Human Body, a sort of medical drama thriller that sounds instead like a documentary series on the Discovery channel. At first playing like a treatment by Robin Cook with a mad scientist angle, the film eventually reveals that it has no interest in delivering the thrills or chills that its foreboding first half painstakingly constructs, instead settling for mediocre melodrama.
Geoffrey Burton (Michael Eklund) is a medical researcher that has dedicated his life to finding a cure for Burton’s syndrome, a deadly genetic disease caused by a mutation that claimed the life of his infant son and ruined his idyllic marriage. Taking a job in Dresden, he spends his time developing pre-natal tests and living out an angsty existence »
- Nicholas Bell
I watched Scarface for the first time recently. I am of course referring to the 1983 Brian De Palma/Al Pacino version, not the old Howard Hawks flick. When people talk about Scarface, they mostly talk about a few things: say hello to my little friend, huge shootouts, mountains of cocaine, flared collars, constant f-words littered throughout, and Al Pacino’s career-defining performance as iconic character Tony Montana. It’s a film with one of the biggest fanbases of all time, and is followed by an immense reputation.
So going into it fresh was one of those times when your expectations are so high that it’s hard for a movie to possibly reach them. The great thing about a movie like Scarface though is that its credentials are well earned. It deserves the following it has. It’s a tremendously influential movie, and it’s obvious just how much of »
- Darren Ruecker
The Toronto-lensed reboot of director Kimberly Peirce's "Carrie" is back in the city for 3 days of second unit re-shoots, May 6 through to the 8th.
"...the quiet suburb of Chamberlain, Maine is home to the deeply religious and conservative 'Margaret White' and her daughter 'Carrie'. Carrie is a sweet but meek outcast whom Margaret has sheltered from society. Gym teacher 'Miss Desjardin' tries in vain to protect Carrie from local mean girls led by the popular and haughty 'Chris Hargenson', but only Chris’ best friend, 'Sue Snell' regrets their actions. In an effort to make amends, Sue asks her boyfriend, high school heartthrob 'Tommy Ross' to take Carrie to prom. Pushed to the limit by her peers at the dance, »
- Michael Stevens
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