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Exclusive: Talk about art imitating life. A writer/director who was pronounced clinically dead twice in his life and experienced an unusual phenomenon when he was “dead,” has written a semi-autobiographical film about his experience with Brendan Fraser playing a key role and Marcia Cross playing a character called ‘The Boss’ which is really God. Behind the Curtain of the Night, written/directed by Dalibor Stach, follows a boy who drowns when he is six years-old and has a… »
It’s hard to argue that one of the most shocking Academy Award upsets of all time happened close to a decade ago, when Crash took home Best Picture over Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain (and three other nominated films hailed as more deserving) at the 2006 Oscars. Considering that many were even surprised to see the movie nominated in that category in the first place, its win outraged film fans everywhere.
In a new interview with HitFix, writer/director of the film Paul Haggis, who also garnered an Oscar that night for Best Original Screenplay, admits that even he wouldn’t have picked Crash for the coveted award.
Haggis was asked about the criticism directed at the film, to which he replied, “Was it the best film of the year? I don’t think so. There were great films that year. Good Night, and Good Luck, amazing film. Capote, terrific film. »
- Justin Cook
“Where’s your spirit of adventure?” asks Drax, the film's villain, before setting off in search of the final skull of Touganda. This sums up The Phantom nicely. It might not work, but they went on an adventure and tried something interesting and different. Cinema would be richer with a greater sense of adventure. That said, the spirit of the film being expressed by the villain does serve as an example of what a muddle the team behind The Phantom movie got themselves into.
The 1996 film The Phantom is a bit of an oddity. It gets a lot of stuff really wrong, yet there are other areas where it comes up with a really interesting approach to the challenge of making a comic adaptation. It »
I’m probably one of the few people on the entire planet who genuinely enjoys the Mummy flicks starring Brendan Fraser. Although they’re more Indiana Jones-esque in nature, there were just enough genre elements for some to classify these flicks as… Continue Reading →
The post Director Alex Kurtzman Says Mummy Reboot Is Still a Horror Movie appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Todd Rigney
In the aftermath of this weeks disastrous Fantastic Four release, David Opie argues that reboots are still essential to modern day filmmaking…
Remake. Reimagining. Reboot. The Three dreaded R’s of Hollywood.
Every day, it seems that studios announce plans to launch yet another a new franchise reboot and every day, the internet responds with a collective groan louder than the sound of Fantastic Four crashing and burning at the box office.
See Also: Fantastic Four Clobbered At The Box Office
“How dare they mess with a classic!?”
“Is there no originality left in Hollywood!”
In the harshest backhanded compliment ever given, critics are describing the new Fantastic Four movie as the best so far, yet the reviews are overwhelmingly negative, seemingly confirming the fears that fans held about the project ever since it was first announced. Fantastic Four isn’t the only reboot suffering from a backlash though. »
- David Opie
Michael Caine young. Michael Caine movies: From Irwin Allen bombs to Woody Allen classic It's hard to believe that Michael Caine has been around making movies for nearly six decades. No wonder he's had time to appear – in roles big and small and tiny – in more than 120 films, ranging from unwatchable stuff like the Sylvester Stallone soccer flick Victory and Michael Ritchie's adventure flick The Island to Brian G. Hutton's X, Y and Zee, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Sleuth (a duel of wits and acting styles with Laurence Olivier), and Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men. (See TCM's Michael Caine movie schedule further below.) Throughout his long, long career, Caine has played heroes and villains and everything in between. Sometimes, in his worst vehicles, he has floundered along with everybody else. At other times, he was the best element in otherwise disappointing fare, e.g., Philip Kaufman's Quills. »
- Andre Soares
Imagine what could have been! Before Henry Cavill was cast as Superman in 2013's Man of Steel—a role he is reprising opposite Ben Affleck in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice—there was another actor in the running for the hottest role in Hollywood: Matt Bomer. As the 37-year-old star himself recently revealed in Josh Horowitz's Happy, Sad, Confused podcast, "I had screen tested with Amy Adams in the tights. I think at that session it was Paul Walker, myself and...I can't remember who the other person was. Some other big star. Thankfully [Brett Ratner] chose me for the project. Of all the parts! I mean, talk about just like...Brendan Fraser was the other person! It was a very lengthy »
"Brett chose me for the project and then it all fell apart," Bomer said. "It was a very lengthy process to get the role, I think it was over the course of three months because I went in in a cattle call. It sort of evolved from there.
"It was a month of, 'Okay, looks like this is going to happen'. »
Regrets? Channing Tatum has a few. Chief among them is agreeing to star in Paramount Pictures' G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra, directed by Stephen Sommers and written by Stuart Beattie, David Elliot and Paul Lovett. The action movie, which was released in 2009, grossed $302.4 million worldwide and also starred Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Lee Byung-hun, Christopher Eccleston, Brendan Fraser, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sienna Miller, Rachel Nichols, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, Dennis Quaid, Said Taghmaoui, Arnold Vosloo and Marlon Wayans. "Look, I'll be honest. I f--king hate that movie. I hate that movie! I was pushed into doing that movie, from Coach Carter," Tatum said during an interview on Howard »
Did you know that June 12 every year is Superman Day? We're not sure how this particular day came to be dedicated to the Man of Steel, especially since he seems omnipresent in our lives every day. A pop cultural mainstay since 1938, the Krypton-born hero never seems far away, especially in the movies.
Yet while it seems every boy has dreamed of putting on the red cape and flying, the character has been remarkably hard to cast in movies. For every Christopher Reeve, Brandon Routh or Henry Cavill who said yes, many more have said no. Here are 15 potential Kal-El's that never came to be.
"Yo, Lois!" After the success of "Rocky," it's no wonder that "Superman: The Movie" producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind considered Stallone to play the Last Son of Krypton. Reportedly, he was deemed too ethnic for the part, though other sources have said that Marlon Brando »
- Gary Susman
The Goonies celebrates its 30th birthday today, and even after all these years we still adore this '80s classic.
Rumours have been swirling for some time about a Goonies 2 (make it happen, Hollywood!) with all the original cast returning, so with this in mind we take a trip down memory lane to find out what the stars of the cult classic are doing now.
Sean Astin played the slightly dorky yet bright, braces-clad Mikey - who attempts to leads his fellow adventurers to One-Eyed Willy's hidden fortune upon his discovery of an old treasure map.
The 44-year-old actor has continued to enjoy movie success with his role as Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Texas’ incentive program is in jeopardy; “Texas Rising”’s ratings fall; and San Antonio hosts the latest installment of ABC's “What Would you Do?” It’s this week's Texas News Roundup. Texas Sees Its Incentive Plan Go SouthState incentive programs have come under intense scrutiny lately, which may be why a whopping $63 million has been cut from the Texas Moving Image Industry Program. Critics also took issue with the fact that the program included equal part incentives for film, TV, and gaming, even though all don't bring the same amount of revenue. The cuts, said film lobbyist Lawrence Collins, mean that “film and television in Texas will disappear.” Texas Rising Sees Ratings FallHistory’s 10-hour miniseries “Texas Rising,” which chronicles the Texas Revolution, debuted to 4.1 million viewers in its first hour, but saw those numbers fall 17 percent by the second hour. Directed by Roland Joffé (“The Killing Fields”), “Texas Rising »
“Texas Rising,” the 10-hour History miniseries, couldn’t come close to reaching the high-bar ratings standards set by the networks’ blockbusters like “Hatfields and McCoys” and “The Bible,” but nonetheless opened to a sizable audience on Monday night.
Nielsen estimates that the first two hours of “Texas Rising” averaged 4.1 million viewers overall, making it the calendar year’s second most-watched cable premiere, behind only AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” which bowed behind “The Walking Dead.” It also puts it ahead of other recent limited/event miniseries, including History’s “Houdini” last September (3.7 million), Discovery’s “Klondike” in January 2014 (3.4 million) and USA’s “Dig” in March of this year (1.8 million).
Still, Monday’s tune-in for “Texas Rising” was less than one-third of that for the opening night of History’s record-setting “Hatfields & McCoys” on Memorial Day in 2012 (13.9 million) and “The Bible” in March 2013 (13.1 million). “Texas” also skewed old, with only 1.1 million »
- Rick Kissell
The story of the Texas Revolution is certainly worth the scope of a five-night, 10-hour miniseries on the History Channel. However, Texas Rising, which debuts on Memorial Day, is a plodding, bloated chronicling of a potent time in American history. Its star-studded cast, with around two dozen main or featured performers, is impressive; however, the breadth of the ensemble, filled to the brim with great character actors, doesn’t allow for much depth with many of the characters. The result is not just middling, but somewhat problematic, considering the flattened portrayals of the Mexican and Comanche armies, both trying to hold onto native territory.
One surefire sign of the mini-series’ lackluster quality comes in the opening minute, as several paragraphs of text float onto the screen to explain the back-story of how “Texas is in flames.” There is so much history compressed to the few paragraphs that it is a »
- Jordan Adler
The enormity of the talent involved in History’s exhilarating new historical drama, Texas Rising, was more than evident as Bill Paxton, Olivier Martinez, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Roland Joffé walked into a hotel cottage in Pasadena earlier this year to talk to us about the 10-hour event series. It’s truly the TV event of the year with an emotionally riveting story and a cast list that extends beyond the aforementioned, which includes Brendan Fraser, Thomas Jane, Christopher McDonald, Jeremy Davies, Chad Michael Murray, Max Thieriot, Robert Knepper, Rhys Coiro, Crispin Glover, Jeff Fahey, Rob Morrow, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Trevor … Continue reading →
- Barb Oates
On the eve of Warner Bros. unleashing his disaster epic San Andreas, director Brad Peyton is fielding questions on all sorts of topics. So, it’s only natural that when we sat down with him, the opportunity arose to ask Peyton about his other collaboration with San Andreas star Dwayne Johnson – 2012’s Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. That pic, a sequel to 2008 Brendan Fraser starrer Journey to the Center of the Earth, seemed to cement Johnson as the franchise’s new leading man while also laying the groundwork for Journey 3 and even Journey 4.
According to Peyton, it’s still the plan to move ahead with two Johnson-led Journey sequels, and despite the lack of news about the projects, both films are very much in the works. The director revealed that Journey 3 (thought to take inspiration from Jules Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon) has a finished script, but the fourth installment does not. »
- Isaac Feldberg
The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) is an empty, self-gratifying, wannabe exploitation flick that’s crafted by a monkey who started by flinging poo at a wall with artistic intent – yes, The Human Centipede (First Sequence) has value – yet has now devolved into a smut-peddling attention whore who keeps flinging poo just to stay relevant. I wish I could stop my review of Tom Six’s worst movie to date right there, but I cannot – because that would be doing all of you a disservice (and because I have a minimum wordcount requirement). Six’s franchise has turned from a cheeky attempt to push unimaginable boundaries into a “for shocks only” nightmare that prays college film students will dare one another to sit through one last ass-to-mouth ensemble, cringing with every life-giving passage of waste. Unfortunately, Six’s third film is a dare with no winners, whether or not you »
- Matt Donato
Watching the first six hours of “Texas Rising,” a wonderfully cast and otherwise completely wooden miniseries, one has to wonder what inspired the History channel to expand the production from six hours to 10. Chronicling a chapter in the Lone Star state’s bloody ascent to U.S. statehood that begins in the ashes of the Alamo, the Roland Joffe-directed project juggles too many indifferently written, tough-talkin’ characters, as if “Lonesome Dove” had experienced a sharp blow to the head. Fans of Westerns will no doubt be eager to immerse themselves in this once-abundant, now-underutilized genre, but for those who tend to be discriminating about their TV watching, don’t mess with “Texas.”
Granted, History has enjoyed considerable success with oaters in this particular window — witness the breakout ratings for “Hatfields & McCoys” in 2012 — and one suspects “Texas Rising” could capitalize on a similar dynamic, albeit in a less-ostentatious way. But even with its flaws, »
- Brian Lowry
Constance Cummings: Actress in minor Hollywood movies became major British stage star Constance Cummings: Actress went from Harold Lloyd and Frank Capra to Noël Coward and Eugene O'Neill Born on May 15, 1910, actress Constance Cummings, whose career spanned about six decades on stage, in films, and on television in both the U.S. and the U.K., would have turned 105 this year. Unlike other Broadway imports such as Ann Harding, Katharine Hepburn, and Claudette Colbert, the pretty, elegant Cummings – who could have been turned into a less edgy Constance Bennett had she landed at Rko or Paramount instead of Columbia – never became a Hollywood star. In fact, her most acclaimed work, whether in films or – more frequently – on stage, was almost invariably found in British productions. That's most likely why the name Constance Cummings – despite the DVD availability of several of her best-received stage performances – is all but forgotten. »
- Andre Soares
TV Picks: “Texas Rising” is History’s tent-pole event of 2015 set to premiere on Memorial Day.The network lucked out in securing a two-time Academy Award nominated director and an all-star cast. This was a massive undertaking that was filmed in the blistering desert of Durango, Mexico, in wide format CinemaScope. Quite simply, “Texas Rising” is a high quality, compelling historical drama that you must not miss.Two-time Oscar-nominated director Roland Joffé directs “Texas Rising” with an all-star cast including: Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martinez, Thomas Jane, Christopher McDonald, Jeremy Davies, Chad Michael Murray, Max […] »
- April Neale
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