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Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 12 Dec 2013 - 05:49
The year of Baggins, Potter and Spider-Man also had a wealth of lesser-known movies. Here’s our pick of 2002's underappreciated films...
At the top of the box office tree, 2002 was dominated by fantasy and special effects. Peter Jackson's The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers made almost a billion dollars all by itself, with Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets taking second place and Sam Raimi's Spider-Man not too far behind.
In many ways, 2002 set the tempo for the Hollywood blockbuster landscape, which has changed relatively little in the decade since. A quick look at 2013‘s top 10, for example, reveals a markedly similar mix of superhero movies, with Iron Man 3 still ruling the roost at the time of writing, followed by effects-heavy action flicks and family-friendly animated features.
As usual in these lists, we're looking »
Talk to actors who have worked with Paul Mazursky and the words “generous,” “affectionate,” “giving,” “hands-on,” “funny” and “smart” are liberally summoned without seeming obsequious. It’s partly because Mazursky, who is receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Dec. 13, is not all that active these days, so nobody’s lobbying for their next gig. More to the point: He’s had a transformative effect on many of their careers.
Mazursky’s movies have proved a springboard for several previously little-known performers, including Elliott Gould, who earned his sole Oscar nomination for “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice”; Christopher Walken, a young Adonis in “Next Stop, Greenwich Village”; and Molly Ringwald, who made her teen-aged film debut in “Tempest.”
He’s also triggered some career resurrections, including that of Art Carney, known primarily for his television work in “The Honeymooners” prior to winning an Oscar for Mazursky’s “Harry and Tonto”; and Richard Dreyfuss, »
- Steve Chagollan
Marlon Brando in ‘A Dry White Season,’ James Earl Jones in ‘Cry the Beloved Country’: Apartheid movies (photo: Marlon Brando in ‘A Dry White Season’) (See previous post: “Nelson Mandela: Sidney Poitier and ‘Malcolm X’ Cameo Apperance.”) Besides the Nelson Mandela movies discussed in the previous two posts, South Africa’s apartheid has been portrayed in a number of films in the last few decades. Among the most notable ones are the following: Zoltan Korda’s Cry the Beloved Country (1951). Based on Alan Paton’s novel, this British-made film features Canada Lee and Charles Carson as two men struggling to deal with the disastrous consequences of apartheid. Ralph Nelson’s The Wilby Conspiracy (1975). Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine star as, respectively, an anti-apartheid South African activist and a British engineer on the run from South Africa’s secret police, headed by racist Nicol Williamson. Chris Menges’ A World Apart »
- Andre Soares
There are many things I’m still not over when it comes to the 2011 film Warrior. I’m still not over how freaking good Tom Hardy was. I’m still not over how it did not receive the amount of praise it deserved. I’m still not over the fact that there’s a large number of people who have no idea what film I’m talking about right now. But most of all, I’m still not over the ending of the film.
For those of you who haven’t seen it, I just checked, and it’s on Netflix, »
- Samantha Highfill
var brightcovevideoid = '2855202665001'; Adam Levine, People's newly anointed Sexiest Man Alive, admitted that "becoming this cool, confident and seductive has been quite a journey." "A lot of people trivialize this sort of thing. They say it's shallow and think it's just a media stunt used to sell magazines and perpetuate the image of Hollywood being based on looks. And that's totally true," the Maroon 5 frontman, not being entirely serious, said on Wednesday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live. "But I'm completely cool with that." He thanked his mother and father - "both incredibly sexy," he said, "especially my dad ... thanks, »
- Stephen M. Silverman
"Jimmy Kimmel Live" had a special guest Wednesday (Nov. 20) -- the 2013 Sexiest Man Alive, "Voice" mentor and singer Adam Levine. He was presented with an award (a mirror on a pedestal) in front of a giant picture of his People magazine cover. And fighting the giggles, he had this to say:
Thank you. This is a tremendous honor. Unbelievable. A lot of people kind of trivialize this sort of thing. They think it's shallow, they think it's just a silly media stunt used to sell magazines and perpetuate the image of Hollywood being based on looks. And that's totally true. It is. But I'm completely cool with that.
This award actually means everything to me. Becoming this cool, confident and seductive has been quite a journey. In fact, I made a list of people I would like to thank:
First and foremost, my momther and father, both increadibly sexy. Especiall my dad, »
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With the news that Adam Levine is expected to be People’s Sexiest Man Alive, we thought it was time to go back and review past covers. We don’t think the magazine always picked the actors at their peak hotness. (Ben Affleck circa 2010, anyone?) But then again, the magazine didn’t pick them at their worst. (Oh, Nick Nolte…) Let’s take a trip down memory lane and check out each man at their best, worst and People‘s cover.
Check out all of People’s sexiest men here. »
- Stacy Lambe
Who knew Jonathan Demme.s The Silence of the Lambs could be so funny? Demme knew that he should keep the above bloopers on the cutting room floor, choosing to maintain the tense, dramatic tone of Thomas Harris. best-selling novel instead of turning it into a flat-out comedy. These bloopers were shared on YouTube. It.s primarily just actors like Scott Glenn, Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster cracking each other up as scenes peter out. Needless to say, breaking the tension on set worked out pretty well for pretty much everyone involved. I guess it.s just offsetting seeing comedy coming out of a movie that.s so very serious. Oddly enough, you don.t have to look too far to find similar blooper reels from dramatic fare. For example, Lambs beat Barbra Streisand and Nick Nolte.s The Prince of Tides in the Best Picture race in 1992 . and That »
Robert Redford would be a busy man even if he wasn't 77 years old: appearing in the forthcoming “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” in going solo Oscar-possibility “All is Lost” and lining up to star in and direct “A Walk In The Woods,” an adaptation of Bill Bryson's book about hiking the Appalachian trail alongside Nick Nolte, which he had planned to direct. Perhaps inevitably, something had to give.Deadline is now reporting that “A Walk In The Woods” has finally settled on someone else to direct, namely Larry Charles, of “Borat” and “Bruno” fame. It's somewhat hard to imagine what a script must be like if Charles, Redford and Richard Linklater (at one time) all seemed like possible directors for it, but the book—about Bryson teaming up with an old and immensely irritating high-school buddy to hike the trail—is very funny, and Charles is certainly the most »
- Ben Brock
Walk in the Woods
Michael Arndt ("Little Miss Sunshine") penned the script about a middle-aged travel writer who decides to hike all 2,000 miles of the Appalachian Trail with an old High School friend. [Source: Broadway World]
The film is based on the book which Neil Strauss wrote with the band members and details how they rose from playing local clubs on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip to touring the world as global rock stars. [Source: Fox News]
Untitled Scott Rudin Project
- Garth Franklin
Curb Your Enthusiasm regular director Larry Charles has found his latest comedic project in a film adaptation of Bill Bryson’s best-selling novel A Walk In The Woods. Charles, who’s best known for helming Sacha Baron Cohen’s trio Bruno, Borat and The Dictator, has terrific cast already in place with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte set to lead the film which has a script by Oscar-winner (and Star Wars: Episode VII contributor) Michael Arndt.
Shooting is targeted for March and the comedic plot centres on an ageing writer’s road-trip after deciding to hike the 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail. Bringing along his former high school pal despite avoiding him for years.
Speaking about the project, Charles said:
Growing up in the wilds of Brooklyn, you can see why I was the natural choice to direct A Walk In The Woods. I didn’t see a tree till I was »
- Craig Hunter
The adaptation of Bill Bryson’s comic memoir A Walk In The Woods has bounced around like a problem child for a while now. Directors have either been attached (like Barry Levinson and Richard Linklater) or approached (such as Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton), but none have stuck. Earlier this year it appeared that the project’s shepherd and star, Robert Redford, would end up doing the job himself. Now, though, Borat and Bruno man Larry Charles is taking on the challenge.With a script by Michael Arndt, the story will follow an aging travel writer (Redford) who takes it upon himself to hike the 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail. Along for the journey is a long-estranged high school friend (Nick Nolte) he’s been avoiding for years, and the two men don't exactly make for easy travelling companions.Charles is a great call to handle the film, and released a typically »
Taking a look at Larry Charles' most recent films, such as Borat, Bruno and The Dictator, it's an odd sight to see the filmaker signing up to direct veterans Nick Nolte and Robert Redford. Larry is set to direct a script written by Michael Arndt who was up until recently penning Star Wars: Episode VII. Not to be fooled by the appearance though, A Walk in the Woods is still set to be firmly planted in the realm of comedy, as much as the cast could at first fool you.
The story follows Bryson, an ageing travel writer who had been living in England for 20 years, who decides he wants to reconnect with his American homeland by hiking the 2,100 mile Appalachian trail. The journey is tough and full of pitfalls, only made worse by his hiking partner Katz, a formerly forgotten and neglected high school friend and previous substance abuser. »
Larry Charles (Borat, Bruno, The Dictator) will direct Robert Redford and Nick Nolte indie comedy A Walk in the Woods which Im Global is selling to international territories at the American Film Market, reports Variety. Michael Arndt wrote the script based on the 1998 book “A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail" written by Bill Bryson. The story recounts Bryson's effort to walk the Appalachian Trail with a friend, a trail that runs from Georgia to Maine. Producing A Walk in the Woods are Bill Holderman and Redford via Wildwood Entertprises as well as Chip Diggins of Route One Films. »
Larry Charles has signed on to direct A Walk in the Woods, which has Robert Redford and Nick Nolte attached to star. Richard Linklater, Chris Columbus and Barry Levinson had previously been attached to direct at different times during the project's development.
The story is adapted from Bill Bryson's book that centers on a travel writer (Robert Redford) who reconnects with an estranged friend (Nick Nolte) he's been avoiding for years, by hiking up the 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail. Along the way, they end up squaring off with each other while meeting an assortment of colorful characters. Here's what the director had to say about the project in a statement.
"Growing up in the wilds of Brooklyn, you can see why I was the natural choice to direct A Walk in the Woods. I didnt see a tree till I was 27. I've pitched a lot of projects, but I've never pitched a tent. »
Larry Charles has signed on today to direct Robert Redford and Nick Nolte in an adaptation of Bill Bryson’s best selling memoir A Walk In The Woods. The film will tell the story of an aging travel writer who decides to hike the 2000 mile Appalachian trail, accompanied by an old friend whom he doesn’t quite get along with. What begins as a regular buddy movie becomes something deeper, and the trail slowly comes to represent how they see each other.
The ever-humourous Larry Charles had this to say on the whole affair:
Growing up in the wilds of Brooklyn, you can see why I was the natural choice to direct A Walk In The Woods… I didn’t »
- Rob Batchelor
Though writer Michael Arndt may not be scripting Star Wars: Episode VII anymore, that doesn't mean he doesn't still have work coming to the big screen. In fact, Deadline reports director Larry Charles will bring Arndt's script A Walk in the Woods to life, and Robert Redford and Nick Nolte are slated to star. Those names might make you think that Charles is looking to get into the dramatic game, but the film is actually a road trip comedy following Bryson, an aging travel writer an Iowa native who has been living in England for 20 years, as he aims to reconnect with America by hiking the 2,100 mile Appalachian Trail. But his connection with the homeland isn't smooth as he learns some hard lessons about being a woodsman, falling into plenty of mishaps and problems, many hilarious conundrums. Along the way he encounters a group of terrible Boy Scouts and a »
- Ethan Anderton
Im Global is selling international territories at the American Film Market. The project had been for sale at Cannes.
Redford and Bill Holderman are producing through their Wildwood Entertprises banner with Route One Films’ Chip Diggins. Route One is financing through its partnership with Union Investment Partners in South Korea. Exec producers are Route One’s Jay Stern and Russell Levine and Kim Young-Don of Union Investment Partners.
The project is adapted by Michael Arndt from Bill Bryson’s 1998 book “A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail,” which recounts his attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail, which runs from Georgia to Maine, with a friend.
- Dave McNary
Expectations of the Robert Redford vehicle A Walk In the Woods should be shifting with news that the director of the Sacha Baron Cohen prank-fueled comedies Borat and Bruno has signed on to helm, replacing Redford. Deadline reports Larry Charles will helm the road trip comedy that co-stars Redford and Nick Nolte as two estranged friends whose bond is put to its limit on an ill-advised hiking trip. Regarding his hiring, Charles joked with the outlet: "Growing up in the wilds of Brooklyn, you can see why I was the natural choice to direct A Walk In The Woods. I didn.t see a tree till I was 27. I.ve pitched a lot of projects, but I.ve never pitched a tent. But A Walk In The Woods is not merely about a hike. It is an epic, intense, absurd journey through our collective past, present and future. A journey »
The adaptation of Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods has seen Richard Linklater and Robert Redford lined up to take the director's chair, but it now looks as if Larry Charles (Borat) will have the honor. Charles is a bit of an odd choice, not just based on his resume which includes the Sacha Baron Cohen-fronted trio of oddball character films and episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm, but also because the Brooklyn native is not exactly the image that springs to mind when conceptualizing a trek down the Appalachian Trail. Long in development, A Walk in the Woods stars Redford and Nick Nolte as two high school friends who meet up later in life to tackle the Appalachian Trail, catching each other up on their respective lives while making observations about the world around them during the journey. Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) penned the script. The »
- Dave Trumbore
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