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The Austin Film Festival has selected Brian Helgeland as recipient of its Distinguished Screenwriter Award, to be presented Oct. 31.
Helgeland won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for “L.A. Confidential” and was nominated for “Mystic River.” He directed and wrote “Legend,” “42,” “A Knight’s Tale” and “Payback” and wrote “Man on Fire,” “The Taking of Pelham 123,” “Conspiracy Theory,” “Green Zone” and “Blood Work.”
Helgeland has also won awards from the Writers Guild of America, as well as the Pen Center Literary Award, the Edgar Allan Poe Award and the USC Scripter Award. Universal launches “Legend,” starring Tom Hardy, on Oct. 2.
- Dave McNary
Thirty years ago, Marty McFly was riding high with the smash hit Back To The Future, while Sylvester Stallone enjoyed his most successful year yet with the one-two punch of Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rocky IV. It was an era of family sci-fi and teen comedies and bullet-spraying action, where The Breakfast Club and Teen Wolf rubbed shoulders with Death Wish 3 and Commando. Then there were low-key dramas like Out Of Africa and The Color Purple, which were both awards magnets at the Oscars.
Away from all those big hits, 1985 saw the release of a wealth of less successful movies, some of which found a second life on the then-huge home video circuit. Here's our pick of 20 underappreciated films from the year of Rambo, »
When we asked our staff to vote on the best comic book movie adaptations, we were afraid the results would consist only of superhero films. While there are many superhero movies listed below, it is great to see a bulk of non-Hollywood films appearing on the list as well. We set out to compile a list of 50 movies but as it were, we ended up with 5 ties, and so the list consists 55 films instead. Let us know if you think we missed something. Enjoy!
Spielberg’s first venture into animation is one of his best. Taking notes from the classic Raiders of the Lost Ark playbook, Spielberg crafted another spirited, thrilling, and always entertaining adventure. The Adventures of Tintin is one of the most pleasurable, family-friendly experiences, that boils down to one grand treasure hunt. There’s much to admire on-screen, but it is the spectacular »
Hoult will play Jd Salinger, who rose to global fame when his 1951 novel The Catcher In The Rye was first published and became a rallying cry for disillusioned youth.
Danny Strong will directed from the screenplay he adapted from the Kenneth Slawenski biography Jd Salinger: A Life.
Rebel In The Rye offers a glimpse at the life and mind of Salinger, from his rebellious youth to service in the Navy during WWII, Ptsd, spiritual awakening and his eventual self-imposed isolation after worldwide fame.
“The Catcher In The Rye is a classic coming-of-age story which continues to make a significant impression six generations later,” said Bloom’s Alex Walton.
“The world has »
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Remember that time last year when the humble Cornetto ice cream cone briefly became a revolutionary symbol? (Revolutionary, that is, within the narrow spectrum of blockbuster cinema.)
On May 24, 2014, the day after Marvel Studios announced that writer-director Edgar Wright had stepped down from helming Ant-Man after years in development, Wright tweeted a rapidly-deleted image of Buster Keaton holding a Cornetto, bearing a single-word caption: "Selfie".
The message was clear - Keaton famously regretted his decision to give up independent filmmaking and work for MGM in 1928, calling it "the worst mistake of [his] career" because of his loss of creative control. The Cornetto, being a reference to Wright's blood-and-ice cream trilogy, clarified beyond the shadow of a doubt Wright's disillusionment with his studio masters.
More than a year on, Wright is still yet to speak publicly about what led him to jump ship from a project he had spent eight years developing, »
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema – mainly the continuing failiure of Fantastic Four, a bunch of Star Wars Universe news, the plot of Toy Story 4 and the latest casting in the Baywatch movie…
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The not-so-fantastic news keeps a-coming. Allegedly, Twentieth Century Fox nearly fired Trank just days before shooting began, but decided »
- Oli Davis
20th Century Fox
Just over a year ago we got news that Shane Black was set to reboot the ailing Predator franchise. Things have largely been quiet on that front, until now, with producer John Davis weighing in on the project via an interview with Collider. Long story short, the film’s still happening and what Davis has seen of Black’s screenplay is very promising:
” I think it’s genius and it’s entertaining…I’m telling you, you’re going to get something you don’t expect”.
Davis has been with this franchise since the beginning, in fact his first credit as a 28-year old producer was Predator in 1987, so the enterprise is pretty close to his heart. I was psyched when Black (who has a small part in the ’87 original) came on-board to write the movie, namely because for better or worse, Black will give you something different. »
- Daniel Kelly
Shane Black, who appeared in the original Predator as Hawkins, is writing a new Predator sequel with his writing partner Fred Dekker, and Black is attached to direct as well. It’s been a year since we learned of the deal, and in the meantime Black has directed his next film, The Nice Guys. But his Predator […]
- Russ Fischer
Over one year ago, it was revealed that Fox was looking to get to the chopper for a new Predator movie with Shane Black in the director's chair and Fred Dekker on the keyboard, but since that initial announcement, the news front for the project has been as quiet as its stealthy galactic hunter... until recently, when producer John Davis broke the silence.
Speaking with Collider's Haleigh Foutch at the Television Critics Association, Davis, co-producer of the original Predator and producer of the upcoming entry to the franchise, said that the new Predator film—considered a sequel rather than a reboot—is still very much on track and that the script from Black and Dekker (longtime friends who worked together on the beloved 1987's Monster Squad) is spectacular:
“Shane shot a movie and he’s doing a pilot now, but I’ve read a lot of his script and I think it’s genius. »
- Derek Anderson
Shane Black has nearly finished the script for the Predator sequel A year ago, the news broke that Shane Black (Iron Man 3, Lethal Weapon) had targeted a reworking/”inventive sequel” to 20th Century Fox’s Predator. So what progress has been made in the year since? According to Collider‘s recent interview with producer John Davis, writer/director (not to mention…
- Max Evry
Last summer, Shane Black was hired to helm a new Predator movie, which we later found out won't be a reboot, but an "inventive sequel." The Iron Man 3 director is also co-writing the script with Fred Dekker, and during a conversation with Collider at the Television Critics Association, producer John Davis said the planned film is still on, however Black has been a little busy... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
In case you forgot, Predator actor and Iron Man 3 director Shane Black was hired to write the treatment for and direct a new Predator movie for 20th Century Fox last year. Fred Dekker (RoboCop 3) also came on board to pen the screenplay. Over the past year, very few details about the sequel to the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic have emerged, leaving fans in the dark on the film’s status; however, a producer on the film, John Davis (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), recently gave an update to Collider.
He continued by talking about how Black has been busy lately with other projects, but also complimented Black’s work on the film so far, calling him an “amazing storyteller.” On the »
- Justin Cook
It has been quite some time since there has been any movement on a new "Predator" movie. At last report "Iron Man 3" and "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" writer/director Shane Black, who funnily enough had a small role in the original film, was attached to helm the project which would boast a screenplay he was writing with his old "Monster Squad" co-writer Fred Dekker.
At the time it was reported to be a reboot of the franchise. However, a new interview at the Television Critics Association this week with producer John Davis has revealed that it will instead be an "inventive sequel" that will make use of the mythology of the franchise.
"Shane shot a movie and he's doing a pilot now, »
- Garth Franklin
The film will be written and directed by Black, which just the idea of is a positive in itself, and it looks like the filmmaker has an awesome plan to bring the franchise back to life after the duds that were Predator 2 and those Aliens Vs Predator movies, which should have been so much better.
Producer John Davis spoke to Collider about the reboot/ sequel.
“I think it’s genius and I think it’s entertaining, and what it did is recreate a famous franchise in a different, interesting way; looking at it from a different light. He’s just an amazing writer-director. »
- Paul Heath
It's been some time now since we heard word on the new Predator movie, which was originally reported as being a reboot, but in fact will be a sequel. Shane Black is set to direct the movie, and he's been working on the screenplay too with Fred Dekker. It's set to be Black's next project once he's fully finished with The Nice Guys, starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe (which is due in cinemas next summer).
Producer John Davis has given an update on the project now too, and he says that "I've read a lot of his script and I think it's genius".
"I think it’s genius and I think it’s entertaining, and what it did is recreate a famous franchise in a different, interesting way; looking at it from a different light. »
Shane Black is hard at work on a Predator movie that while originally was set to be a reboot of the property, is now apparently going to be an “inventive sequel.” We haven’t heard too much about it just yet, but at the Television Critics Association, Collider caught up with producer John Davis and asked him what the status on the project is, to which he replied:
“Shane shot a movie and he’s doing a pilot now, but I’ve read a lot of his script and I think it’s genius. I think it’s genius and I think it’s entertaining, and what it did is recreate a famous franchise in a different, interesting way; looking at it from a different light. He’s just an amazing writer-director. He’s got a way of looking at this that makes you excited again. I love this franchise. »
- James Garcia
“Don’t be so gloomy. After all it’s not that awful. Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love – they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock!”
The restored, 4k update of The Third Man opens Friday, August 7th in St. Louis at Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Theater
Roger Ebert called Harry Lime, the character played by Orson Welles in the 1949 classic The Third Man, his favorite screen villain of all time. Fittingly, he gets one of the great movie character introductions — an unforgettable one involving a doorway, a cat, and a sudden beam of light. There’s a reason that the only Academy Award won by The Third Man, one of the most beloved films of all time, »
- Tom Stockman
(1949, Carol Reed; StudioCanal, PG, DVD/Blu-ray)
From the moment the first audiences saw the opening image of Anton Karas’s zither filling the screen with the nerve-jangling Harry Lime Theme (before, indeed, they had heard the word “zither”), they knew that with the second collaboration between director Carol Reed and author Graham Greene they were in for something special. At its end they recognised they’d seen a near-perfect work, what we now call a noir classic. The title rapidly entered the language and took on new meanings as the careers of Greene as wartime intelligence agent and Kim Philby as cold war traitor became linked.
The story features an evil, charismatic anti-hero who fakes his own death and makes his home in a Viennese sewer, and ends with its dull, perplexed leading man being silently snubbed by the beautiful, unsmiling heroine in a deserted cemetery. This new print does »
- Philip French
Better Call Saul
The first photos have one up from the second season of AMC's "Breaking Bad" spin-off series "Better Call Saul". Shooting is underway in New Mexico on the episodes which are expected to premiere early 2016 on AMC. [Source: Deadline]
AMC and Channel 4 have picked up an eight-episode second season of the science fiction drama "Humans". Production will begin next year.
The series, about a couple who purchase a servant/personal assistant android to help their relationship, opened to 1.7 million viewers last month on AMC and has averaged 2 million viewers for its first season. The premiere episode was Channel 4's highest rated original drama in twenty years. [Source: The Live Feed]
The series bowed to a 0.6 ratings and 1.75 million viewers last week, and even a Justin Bieber cameo »
- Garth Franklin
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