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Whether you're a fan of the Silent Hill game series or just familiar with the story through its feature film adaptations, you no doubt remember the ultra-creepy title location: a literal ghost town that's constantly ablaze, veiled in thick black clouds of smoke and raining ash from the sky. But fewer people are aware that the fictional city of Silent Hill is based on a real location: the abandoned mining town of Centralia, Pennsylvania, which shut down operations after a catastrophic fire... a fire which is still burning over fifty years later. Photo by Rick R, AndroidCentral.com The fires began in May of 1962 (a century after the Centralia mine was first opened) when a burning landfill over a strip-mining pit ignited exposed coal, setting off a chain reaction that spread through a massive network of mining tunnels. As it grew beneath the town, the blaze quickly became unstoppable, and »
- Gregory Burkart
Scheduling conflicts with his upcoming movie Warcraft, an adaptation of the popular video game fantasy series, led writer/director Duncan Jones to exit Fleming, his planned biopic about the dangerous life of author Ian Fleming and how his own adventures led to the creation of his litereary character James Bond. Matthew Brown (Clowns) and Roger Avary (Pulp Fiction) co-wrote the adaptation of Andrew Lycett’s Ian Fleming biography. According to Empire, with Jones scheduled to begin Warcraft next year with additional time needed for extensive post-production, his shot at directing Fleming evaporated. »
Neil Gaiman's classic comic book series Sandman may be heading to the big screen with screenwriter David S. Goyer and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Sources indicate that the Man of Steel writer recently pitched his take on Sandman to Warner Bros., with DC Entertainment's Geoff Johns reportedly receptive to his version.
While there are questions about whether Joseph Gordon-Levitt is involved as an actor or possibly a producer or director, it is believed that he is being eyed to play Morpheus, who represents Dreams in a family known as The Endless, comprised of siblings who represent other aspects of life such as Death, Delirium, Desire, Destruction, Despair and Destiny. The first story line in the comic book follows Morpheus being kidnapped by a magician.
The comic book debuted in 1989, running for 75 issues before being sold as a 10-volume trade paperback and five-volume hardcover graphic novel editions. To this day, Sandman »
Comic-book movie adaptations are Hollywood's bread and butter these days, and studios are scrambling to find the next big franchise. And for Warner Bros., that just might be "The Sandman."
We're taking this rumor with many grains of salt, but Badass Digest (via Slashfilm) claims that inside sources tell them that David Goyer, the screenwriter behind "Dark Knight" and "Man of Steel," is pitching a take on the Neil Gaiman comics. And Joseph Gordon-Levitt may be involved in some capacity. Badass Digest says that Warner Bros. "has been very receptive" to the idea.
What's unclear, though, is what Jgl's involvement would be. Would he star as the lead, Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams? Or, as the site muses, could he perhaps be eyed as a director candidate? Gordon-Levitt made his directorial debut this year with "Don Jon."
- Kelly Woo
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Peter Bradshaw on crime
Controversially, the cinema has always made criminals look cool. The big screen loves bad guys and, to modify Blake's description of Milton, has often been of the devil's party, while knowing it perfectly well. Yet crime and transgression are the stuff of drama and real life, too. Howard Hawks's Scarface in 1932 gave us Paul Muni's criminal sociopath Tony Camonte, brilliantly reinvented by Brian De Palma in 1983 with Al Pacino in the lead role.
The gangster genre showed how criminal networks operated inside their own fiercely moral codes and stood in direct opposition to courtroom dramas such as Twelve Angry Men, with its »
Odd List Greg Foster 18 Oct 2013 - 06:16
We look at 20 former A-list actors, and the interesting film choices they've made...
There comes a time in every A-list actor's life when they gather their thoughts and take a step back into smaller budget or more leftfield fare - and for a variety of reasons. They may want to work with a certain director or an emerging directing talent. They might be taken by a fantastic script. They might fancy a new artistic direction. They may even have a spiritual epiphany and decide to eschew Hollywood and all its decadent trappings, or they may simply just not have a choice, since the big roles have long since dried up for them.
The reason for this list then, is to look at some of those shining lights, the household names, and at the films they took up as proof of their artistic integrity. »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 17 Oct 2013 - 06:29
Here are 25 more great, unsung films - this time, from the year 1994...
Yes, 1994. The year cinemas were dominated by such whimsical wonders as The Lion King, Forrest Gump, The Mask and, erm, True Lies. It was also the year Gump dominated the Academy Awards, and Four Weddings And A Funeral loomed large at the Baftas.
As ever, there was so much more to the year's cinematic landscape than Tom Hanks' park bench ramblings or Hugh Grant mithering from beneath his gorgously crafted hair. To prove it, here's a list of 25 films that, in our estimation, are among its most underappreciated. There's much horror, drama, tears and laughter, plus a couple of classic documentaries, too.
Big news this week for comics lovers. Three graphic novel adaptations have found their top international directors. David Fincher is attached to direct the eagerly anticipated adaptation of Charles Burns' "Black Hole," a '70s-set sci-fi about the spread of a horrifying Std among a group of teens in Seattle, for Brad Pitt's Plan B. Fincher is one of several directors who orbited the project, in talks since the mid-2000s. Also on the genre front, Korean director Kim Jee-woon (the brutal "I Saw the Devil") will direct "Coward," an adaptation of Ed Brubaker's underworld crime graphic novel, and "Harry Potter" helmer David Yates is slated to direct "Who Is Jake Ellis?" for Fox, from Nathan Edmonson's espionage comic series. While Brubaker adapted "Coward" himself, screenwriters for "Jake Ellis" and "Black Hole" are yet unknown, though Roger Avary and Neil Gaiman were once attached to pen "Black Hole. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Several years ago, director David Fincher was attached to make Black Hole, based on Charles Burns' graphic novel. However, the project fell apart in 2008, when screenwriters Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary left the project.
It isn't known if Plan B has a new screenwriter attached to adapt the property as of yet. Here's the official description of the graphic novel.
"The setting is Seattle during the '70's. A sexual disease, the 'bug,' is spreading among teenagers. Those who get it develop bizarre mutations - sometimes subtle. Story follows two teens, Keith & Chris as they get the bug. Their dreams and hallucinations - made of deeply disturbing symbolism merging sexuality and sickness - are a key part of the tale!"
The adaptation was originally set up at MTV Films, »
The story follows a group of Seattle teens in the 1970s who contract an incurable sexually-transmitted disease that causes shocking mutations.
Since then though, the film has stalled and become one of several projects on Fincher's 'films I'll get around to doing one day' list.
- Garth Franklin
Back when David Fincher was first attached to direct an adaptation of Scott Burns' graphic novel "Black Hole" he was about to release The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and there was question as to whether Black Hole, Torso, The Devil in the White City or The Killer would be his next film. None of them were, he went with his remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Since then those four projects seem to have drifted away. Fincher is directing Gone Girl and there has been talk of The Girl Who Played with Fire and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, but now Black Hole has once again made an appearance. In an article at THR, they detail the upcoming slate for Brad Pitt's production house Plan B and among the titles is Black Hole with Fincher still aboard to direct. When it was last talked about Roger Avary »
- Brad Brevet
Not to be mistaken with the 1979 Disney film turned upcoming Joseph Kosinski remake, author Charles Burns' “Black Hole” remains one of the great adaptations lying in wait. Published between 1995 and 2005, the highly acclaimed graphic novel drew attention from Hollywood immediately, with Paramount snagging the rights and putting Alexandre Aja to direct and the team of Roger Avary and Neil Gaiman to pen a script. In 2008, David Fincher replaced Aja as helmer, but Gaiman and Avary drifted away shortly thereafter. The project has since become another “what-if?” scenario; one of Fincher's "lost projects" we hoped he would one day return to. And now looks like Brad Pitt and his production company Plan B is helping to make that happen. Looking to the future following their Oscar contender “12 Years a Slave,” Pitt's label Plan B has laid out an ambitious slate of projects »
- Charlie Schmidlin
George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead gets a “Collector’s Edition” Blu-ray and DVD release this week, courtesy of Scream Factory. If you’d like more information on the newly restored version, we have release details, a look at the original theatrical trailer, and two clips.
“Zombie horror fans and movie collectors will rejoice when the definitive release of Day Of The Dead Collector’s Edition Blu-ray and DVD arrives on September 17 from Scream Factory. Featuring an all-new HD transfer of the film, this must-have collector’s edition contains an all-new interview with George Romero and a bounty of insightful bonus extras. Day Of The Dead is the third film installment in the continuing saga of the undead from celebrated writer/ director George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead, Survival of the Dead »
- Jonathan James
By Todd Garbarini
When George A. Romero's Day of the Dead premiered on Friday, July 19, 1985, it was released in the same fashion that his Dawn of the Dead was distributed seven years earlier, which is to say without an MPAA rating. The poster sported the caveat (or allure, depending on your point of view): “Due to scenes of violence, which may be considered shocking, no one under 17 admitted.” Widely considered as an independent maverick in the film industry, Mr. Romero once again decided not to submit his film to the ratings board knowing full well that they would demand extensive cuts, leaving most of Tom Savini and Greg Nicotero’s best work on the cutting room floor. One of the major problems with releasing a film unrated is that the perception is that it is, in fact, a self-imposed X-rating. An “X” generally means death at the box office, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
In a horror-fantasy based on the cult video game, frantic mother Rose (Radha Mitchell) searches for her daughter in the deserted town of Silent Hill... but its eerie streets hide a resident evil. Silent Hill plays by its own rules, laid down by lots of otherworldly special effects and a script from Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction co-writer Roger Avary. »
Exclusive: Resolution has signed maverick director Paul Verhoeven. The filmmaker had been at ICM Partners, but that became tenuous after his primary, Nicole Clemens, left to take an executive job at FX. He continues with longtime manager Marion Rosenberg. It has been awhile since the blockbuster phase Verhoeven fell into right after arriving from the Netherlands when he helmed Robocop, Total Recall and Basic Instinct. The first two of those have been re-made, and it seems just a matter of time for the latter. The blockbusters ended with the release of Showgirls, a flop now regarded as something of a camp classic. More recently, Verhoeven’s Black Book was nominated for a BAFTA. He has other projects, but continues to work toward getting up and running with a movie informed by his book Jesus Of Nazareth. Muse Productions’ Chris Hanley, whose credits include American Psycho, has been funding development of »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The movie-making business is a fickle one, with projects oftentimes appearing one day, then completely disappearing the next. There are so many factors that go into making a movie that it's quite frankly a miracle so many movies actually do end up getting made. But what about the ones that are planned and announced, but never actually materialize? There are a whole lot of them, and today we take a look at a handful of horror movie sequels that found themselves stuck in the dreaded Development Hell. Before the Mask: The Return of Leslie Vernon One of the most frustrating stories in recent years within the horror genre is the story of the sequel to 2006's utterly brilliant cult classic Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon... a follow-up that, for whatever reason, just can't seem to get off the ground. Described as a "spreemake," meaning a sequel, prequel »
- John Squires
We thought we’d kick things off this week with an original trailer for George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead, which is getting an all new Blu-ray Collector’s Edition next month. We had a chance to speak with George A. Romero at Flashback Weekend yesterday, so look for new information on his upcoming projects and our exclusive interview this week. He talks quite a bit about Day of the Dead, which he says is his favorite of the “Dead” movies.
“Zombie horror fans and movie collectors will rejoice when the definitive release of Day Of The Dead Collector’s Edition Blu-ray and DVD arrives on September 17 from Scream Factory. Featuring an all-new HD transfer of the film, this must-have collector’s edition contains an all-new interview with George Romero and a bounty of insightful bonus extras. Day Of The Dead is the third film installment »
- Jonathan James
Writer Bret Easton Ellis is known for a coldly cynical, disaffected view of humanity in his novels "American Psycho," "Less Than Zero," and "Rules of Attraction," all of which have been made into films that helped define their era.
But the first story Ellis has written directly for the screen, "The Canyons," about a young actress trying to hide an affair from her movie producer boyfriend, isn't meant to be about today's beautiful people in L.A. Instead, he wanted to write a contemporary film noir -- a love triangle about a girl torn between a rich boy and a poor boy.
"When I decided to set it in Los Angeles, it became apparent that these people would be on the fringes of the industry, this kind of trust-fund douchey guy and this failed actress and the aspiring actor she used to be in love with," Ellis told Moviefone.
- Sharon Knolle
The Scream Factory has released a list of special features for its upcoming Blu-ray release of the George A. Romero classic Day of the Dead, and as always they're set to deliver in spades. Read on for details.
Look for the Blu-ray in stores on September 17th.
In this third film in the continuing saga of the undead from writer/director George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead, Survival of the Dead), a small group of scientists and soldiers have taken refuge in an underground missile silo where they struggle to control the flesh-eating horror that walks the earth above. But will the final battle for the future of the human race be fought among the living, or have they forever unleashed the hunger of the dead? Lori Cardille, Joe Pilato and Richard Liberty »
- Uncle Creepy
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