Like all superheroes (or anyone else who uses a secret identity), there came a moment when someone finally cracked the code and published my real name. To be fair, my identity was a pretty poorly-kept secret by that point. The first time I went to an actual press event, I used my real name, and anytime I met someone, I used my real name. "Moriarty" was a fun identity to slip into, and especially in the early days of the site, we played up the mythology of things. My friends all got their own spy names and would show up in the reports in the form of Henchman Mongo and Segue Zagnut and Harry Lime and more. From my end, it was silly and fun, and not something to be taken seriously. But when Film Threat ran a fairly vicious hit piece on Harry, I was also a target, and »
- Drew McWeeny
The life of a Hollywood screenwriter might sound like a glamorous one, but it's not all premieres and champagne.
As one of the smaller cogs in an often complex machine, the writer can often find his or her work changed almost beyond recognition by other hands. Such is the case with the following movies, which were all changed quite drastically in one way or another between their original draft and their final cut.
Some scripts were pressed into service as sequels. Some began in one genre and wound up in another. Rather than put together an exhaustive list, we've chosen a few examples of the script changes that intrigued or bemused us most.
Nic Cage with lank hair and a thick southern drawl. An »
We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
For a child actor of his age, Ty Simpkins is -- indeed -- a rock star. With his success in not only the Insidious franchise, but also his turn in Shane Black.s Iron Man 3, he.s already built a name for himself as a brainy smart alec, in an industry that loves to unbelievably peg kids as either adorable or wise beyond their years. While he.s definitely played both sides of the spectrum, Simpkins sets himself apart by balancing the two and coming off as a genuine child character in whatever he.s working on, the most recent testiment to this being his role of Gray in Jurassic World. I recently had the chance to speak to Simpkins as part of the press rounds for Jurassic World, and he.s a live wire. One of the best parts of that conversation -- in between talking about how »
There's one universal comment you can make about any Cameron Crowe movie, so let's get it out of the way: the soundtrack is phenomenal. It doesn't matter if you're talking about Almost Famous, Elizabethtown, or Jerry Maguire, the audio portion of the film is going to be killer, and it's going to be the thing that powers the movie. That's no different in Aloha, which is powered by the sounds of native Hawaiian singers and musicians from the very opening scenes onward. Crowe's movies always feel like they were written to a soundtrack (and always have all the way back to Fast Times At Ridgemont High), and this movie is powered by the gentle strumming ukuleles of Polynesian culture.
Brian Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper) is a former military man turned defense contractor. When rich billionaires »
This article contains spoilers for Avengers: Age Of Ultron and various other comic book movies - if you're not entirely up to date, then watch out as you read on...
As you know, we're enjoying a golden age of comic book movies and there are around 30 more of them pencilled in before the decade is out. Since Marvel Studios started experimenting with continuity between movies and whole franchises, there's been criticism of its use of MacGuffins and plot exposition - it provokes nightmares of long-winded recaps of already established stuff, starting with dreaded phrases like 'as you know'. And who'd start anything with those three words?
It's not that we're mistaking the use of exposition for poor storytelling - it's a super-broad term to describe something that's kind of essential to most stories. »
There’re few things more exciting than attending your first movie premiere, especially when it’s a movie you have been greatly anticipating. After seeing and immediately becoming a fan of both of Tom Six’s previous Centipede movies, I was more than curious to see what was coming next. Unfortunately I walked out of the theater thoroughly disappointed.
Long plot summary short, the film opens at George W. Bush prison, where slowly-losing-his-mind prison warden Bill Boss (Dieter Laser) and his accountant, Dwight Butler (Laurence R. Harvey), are trying to not only quell the multitude of prison riots and violence, but also find a way to stop the prison system from hemorrhaging money. Both these factors have convinced Governor Hughes (Eric Roberts) to fire them, but he gives the duo two weeks to turn things around. Eventually, Butler pleads with Boss to consider his idea to introduce the human centipede into the prison system. »
- Caroline Stephenson
Bomer will play the husband of a woman (Bennett) who hires a motley gang of gunslingers to help protect her town from bandits.
The actor won a Golden Globe in 2014 for his starring role in HBO's AIDS crisis movie The Normal Heart.
The all-star cast for MGM’s upcoming remake of The Magnificent Seven just got a little bigger today with word that Magic Mike Xxl actor Matt Bomer, best known for his starring role on USA’s White Collar, has signed on for a supporting role.
Bomer, who won a Golden Globe for his performance in HBO’s The Normal Heart, will play the husband of a woman (Haley Bennett) who attempts to stand up to a villainous robber baron (believed to be played by Daredevil‘s Vincent D’Onofrio). Unfortunately, it doesn’t go so well for him, leading the woman to hire a motley crew of gunslingers to protect her town from the baron’s rampaging gang of bandits.
Saddling up for the action-packed Western are Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Wagner Moura, Jason Momoa, Byung-hun Lee and Luke Grimes, making this one of the more star-studded action pics currently in development. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Amazon is keeping with its tradition to make orders during upfront week. No official word from the streaming service yet but I’ve learned of four projects that are getting pilot orders. That includes Trial, a new legal drama from The Practice creator David E. Kelley, which he co-wrote with Jonathan Shapiro. Lethal Weapon and Iron Man 3 screenwriter Shane Black has Edge, a spaghetti Western based on the Edge books by George Gilman. Fred Dekker, who is working with Black on… »
Amazon Studios is at work on a bunch of new projects for its streaming service with several important filmmakers involved in them.
First up, "Iron Man 3" and "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" writer/director Shane Black is planning an adaptation of "Edge," George Gilman's spaghetti Western books of the same name. Fred Dekker wrote the teleplay from a story by him and Black will direct while the pair will executive produce with Barry Josephson and David Greenblatt. Dekker is also working with Black on the next "Predator" sequel.
Also in the works, "The Practice" creator David E. Kelley's new legal drama "Trial" and the comedic thriller/family dramedy "The Patriot" from Steve Conrad ("The Pursuit of Happyness") with pilots for both ordered. The latter follows a father working at the state department and his two sons, a senator and a Iraq war veteran with Ptsd who wants to be a folk singer. »
- Garth Franklin
From anime to pitch-black thrillers, here's our pick of the underappreciated movies of 1987...
Sometimes, the challenge with these lists isn't just what to put in, but what to leave out. We loved Princess Bride, but with a decent showing at the box office and a huge cult following, isn't it a bit too popular to be described as underappreciated? Likewise Joe Dante's Innerspace, a fabulously geeky, comic reworking of the 60s sci-fi flick, Fantastic Voyage.
What we've gone for instead is a mix of genre fare, dramas and animated films that may have garnered a cult following since, but didn't do well either critically or financially at the time of release. Some of the movies on our list just about made their money back, but none made anything close to the sort of returns enjoyed by the likes of 1987's biggest films - Three Men And A Baby, Fatal Attraction »
In 1963, Film Quarterly published an essay entitled “Circles and Squares.” It addressed the French auteur theory, introduced to America by The Village Voice’s Andrew Sarris. Auteurism holds that a film’s primary creator is its director; Sarris’s “Notes on the Auteur Theory” further distinguished auteurs as filmmakers with distinct, recurring styles. Challenging him was a California-based writer named Pauline Kael.
Kael attacked Sarris’s obsession with trivial links between filmmaker’s movies, whether repeated shots or thematic preoccupations. This led critics to overpraise directors’ lesser films, as when Jacques Rivette declared Howard Hawks’ Monkey Business a masterpiece. “It is an insult to an artist to praise his bad work along with his good; it indicates that you are incapable of judging either,” Kael wrote.
She criticized auteurist preoccupation with Hawks and Alfred Hitchcock, claiming critics “work embarrassingly hard trying to give some semblance of intellectual respectability to mindless, »
- Christopher Saunders
"Heard of Harry Lime?" Rialto Pictures has debuted a new trailer for the 4K restoration of Carol Reed's classic film noir The Third Man, which will be premiering as a Cannes Classic selection later this month at the festival in France. This just looks so unbelievably stunning in 4K, all the cinematography is fabulous, it looks gorgeous seeing so much depth in the shadows. The cast includes Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard and Bernard Lee. This is one of those classics that if you haven't ever seen, it's always the right time to watch. Or in this case, catch it on the big screen looking better than ever before. Trailer for the Cannes Classics 4K restoration of Carol Reed's The Third Man, found via The Playlist: Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, »
- Alex Billington
Orson Welles is having one helluva 100th birthday, so much so that the legendary filmmaker was trending on Twitter yesterday. And there's more good news for fans of the actor/director/writer/showman, so let's just dive right in, because decades after his death there's still lots of his work to check out. Read: Retrospective: The Directorial Films Of Orson Welles First up, Rialto Pictures has dusted off Carol Reed's fantastic "The Third Man," given it a 4K restoration, and are ready to drop the results at the Cannes Film Festival, followed by a theatrical release this summer. It's one of the great all-time noirs, and a chance to see it on the big screen is one you can't miss. Orson Welles' performance as Harry Lime is simply one of his finest, the picture is masterfully directed, and there's a reason it's considered one of the all time greats. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Orson Welles is one of the greatest filmmakers and actors who ever lived, an icon in Hollywood and (especially later in life) a “massive” presence with myth and legend following him everywhere. Today marks what would’ve been his 100th birthday. Welles died at the age of 70 in October of 1985.
To honor the great actor and director’s life, Indiewire put together a roundup of some of his more surprising quotes and comments. The Wall Street Journal compiled a list of 10 of his essential films. And Variety reported that a screening of Touch of Evil is being shown at the historic Crest Theater as part of his birthday celebration. That film, directed by Welles, is known for an impressive opening long take of a car with a bomb driving along the Mexican/American border crossing.
But most notable as part of his birthday celebration is the anticipation for one of his long lost films. »
- Brian Welk
Happy 100th birthday to Orson Welles, who is looking better than ever thanks to a major new restoration. Welles was born May 6, 1915, and even though he passed away in 1985, he got himself trending on his birthday in 2015. That's when you know you're a #legend.
In honor of Welles' 100th b-day, Rialto Pictures is releasing "The Third Man" in a major 4K restoration. It's the first-ever for the 1949 Carol Reed classic -- considered by many to be one of the greatest movies of all time -- which stars Orson Welles as Harry Lime and Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins. According to a media release, the new restoration will have its world premiere this month in the "Cannes Classics" section of the Cannes Film Festival, with U.S. openings at New York's Film Forum on June 26 (2-week run) and L.A.'s Nuart on July 3. Showings in San Francisco, Washington, DC, Seattle, »
- Gina Carbone
Released in 1949, Carol Reed's film noir The Third Man stars Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins, a pulp novelist searching post-war Vienna for his missing friend, Harry Lime (Orson Welles). Often cited as one of the greatest British films of all time, The Third Man is being re-released in a 4K restoration and will be in UK cinemas on Friday 26 June Continue reading »
- Guardian Staff
Gwyneth Paltrow silver dress on the Oscars' Red Carpet Gwyneth Paltrow at the Academy Awards Donning a shining silver dress, Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Paltrow's latest movie, Country Strong, was up for a Best Song Oscar. It lost to the Toy Story 3 ditty "We Belong Together," by Randy Newman. More than a decade ago, Gwyneth Paltrow took home the Best Actress Oscar for John Madden's Shakespeare in Love (1998), a romantic comedy-drama also featuring Joseph Fiennes (as William Shakespeare), Judi Dench, Geoffrey Rush, and this year's Best Actor Oscar winner, Colin Firth (The King's Speech). Paltrow's (moderately) gender-bending Shakespeare in Love heroine remains her only Oscar-nominated performance to date. Directed by Shana Feste, Country Strong fared decently at the U.S. box office, but not as well as some had expected. Besides Gwyneth Paltrow, the cast includes »
- D. Zhea
Helen Hunt returns as both filmmaker and star in her latest project, Ride, co-starring Brenton Thwaites and Luke Wilson. The Screen Media Films surf comedy will open in L.A. and New York, both locales where the film shot, before going to well over a dozen theaters. The late Albert Maysles’ second-to-last film, Iris, begins its theatrical run via Magnolia Pictures. It follows flamboyant fashion guru Iris Apfel. Sean Bean, Kate Walsh, Eva Longoria, Shane Black and Tom… »
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