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These days, we're used to the marketing hype for a major film building up about two years ahead of release. Visitors to Comic-Con got a preview of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, for example, more than two years ahead of its due date. Our collective hunger for a first look at major forthcoming films is such that, it seems, studios are keen to show off their work-in-progress earlier and earlier.
But there are ways of teasing a forthcoming movie without showing a frame of the finished product, which is where the following list comes in. They're all examples of promos that manage to get across the flavour of a future film without going into story details. Some of them were made before a foot of celluloid was exposed, »
Santino Fontana has joined the cast of Shades Of Blue, NBC's straight-to-series drama directed by Barry Levinson. It follows a tight-knit crew of police officers who are effective at keeping the streets safe but also corrupt when it comes to lining their pockets and protecting their own. When one of the officers (Lopez) is forced to become a federal informant, she must decide between her own family's welfare and that of her police family. Fontana will play Stuart… »
Edward Aiona, the prop master for 31 feature films, including three that won Academy Awards for best picture, “Ordinary People” (1980), “Rain Man” (1988) and “Unforgiven” (1992), as well as 28 episodes of network series television, died March 31 at Tarzana Hospital of lung cancer compounded by chronic heart trouble. He was 83.
Aiona was closely associated with Clint Eastwood: Aiona made his debut as property master on Dirty Harry film “Magnum Force” in 1973 and then worked on every Eastwood film until Aiona’s retirement in 1996.
Between films with Eastwood, Aiona also collaborated as prop master with directors including Martin Scorsese (“Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”), John Milius (“Big Wednesday”), Sydney Pollack (“The Electric Horseman” and “Absence of Malice”), Barry Levinson (“Rain Man”) and John Carpenter (“Memoirs of an Invisible Man”).
“He was extreme in getting what was required for the screenplay,” said Mike Sexton, Aiona’s assistant before becoming prop master at Eastwood’s »
- Variety Staff
Sarah Jeffery (Rogue) has joined the cast of Shades Of Blue, NBC's straight-to-series drama directed by Barry Levinson. It follows a tight-knit crew of police officers who are effective at keeping the streets safe but also corrupt when it comes to lining their pockets and protecting their own. When one of the officers (Lopez) is forced to become a federal informant, she must decide between her own family's welfare and that of her police family. Jeffery will play Lopez’s… »
Is this heaven? Nope, it’s Opening Week.
It all started Sunday night with the Cardinals at the Cubs with St. Louis winning 3 to 0.
To celebrate the first pitch of Opening Week, here’s our list of the best Baseball movies.
One of the best baseball biopics to come along over the years, The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid, tells the true story of Jim Morris, a man who finally gets a shot at his lifelong dream-pitching in the big leagues. A high school science teacher/baseball coach, Morris’ players make a bet with him:if they win district, »
- Movie Geeks
Last week we reported on Steven Spielberg’s plans to direct an adaptation of the cult sci-fi novel by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One. Color us excited. The novel involves players of a video game journeying into a virtual reality world rife with pop culture references and Easter eggs to the real world. The player who can decipher all the mysteries and references in the world wins the opportunity to control it. In Spielberg’s capable hands, it has the potential to be a technical marvel and a modern classic.
That is, if he actually makes it. Ready Player One poses some unusually problematic challenges on just a practical standpoint. Cline’s story falls into the “unfilmable novel” territory, not just for the digital world necessary for a filmmaker to recreate, but also in terms of licensing. To get the rights to depict the many iconic film and TV characters »
- Brian Welk
Exclusive: Newcomer Hampton Fluker has landed a regular role opposite Jennifer Lopez on Shades Of Blue, NBC's straight-to-series drama directed by Barry Levinson. The series follows a tight-knit crew of police officers who are effective at keeping the streets safe but also corrupt when it comes to lining their pockets and protecting their own. When one of the officers (Lopez) is forced to become a federal informant, she must decide between her own family's welfare and… »
You've definitely seen the set-up of Ghoul before but you've never seen it quite like this and what's better, you probably haven't seen it be this effective in years.
The last found footage movie that got us all excited around here was Barry Levinson's The Bay (review) and though Ghoul is a completely different beast, something about the trailer suggested that this would be better than the rest and indeed, it does not disappoint.
Co-written and directed by actor-turned-director Petr Jákl, Ghoul starts with the typical trope of kids with cameras going somewhere. In this case, we have a group of American documentary filmmakers who hea [Continued ...] »
In 20 years at Polygram, Universal and Working Title, in both London and Los Angeles, David Livingstone mastered the art of selling quirky British movies to a global audience. He drove the campaigns for everything from “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Trainspotting” to “Billy Elliot” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”
So it’s only fitting that, having decided in 2012 to quit as president of worldwide marketing and distribution at Working Title Films in order to strike out on his own as a producer, Livingstone should be rewarded with the Bafta for outstanding British debut, alongside writer Stephen Beresford, for “Pride,” the true-life story of others who left their comfort zone for the greater good — gay activists who help raise money for striking miners in ’80s Britain.
A stage musical version of the movie and a biopic about Judy Garland are next for Livingstone, who admits that launching his production company, »
- Adam Dawtrey
If one Woody Allen movie is in post-production that means another is about to begin filming. The four-time Oscar winner already has "Irrational Man" scheduled to open on July 24 and now some big names are reuniting for his 2016 release. According to Deadline, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg and Bruce Willis have been tapped as the leads for Allen's latest "Untitled Project." There are no details on the movie's storyline or locale, but it does mark the second project Stewart and Eisenberg have agree to star in over the past year. The duo have already wrapped "American Ultra" which will hit theaters sometime in 2015. Stewart and Eisenberg first appeared alongside one another in 2009's "Adventureland." Over the years Willis has been rumored to star in Allen's a number of films, but this appears to be the first time it will actually come to pass. After dipping his toes a bit into indie features, »
- Gregory Ellwood
With his tufts of gravity-defying, shoe-polish hair and burnt-orange tan, Al Pacino has been sporting the look of a glammer-than-thou aging rock star for so long now that it’s only fitting he’s finally gotten around to playing one — which he does, exceedingly well, in “Danny Collins.” For his directorial debut, screenwriter Dan Fogelman has crafted a familiar late-in-life redemption narrative, made surprisingly palatable by Pacino’s winning comic bravado, a superb supporting cast, and currents of real feeling that cut through the expected bromides about the emptiness of fortune and fame. Though it’s unlikely to score quite the same home run with the Social Security crowd as the Fogelman-scripted “Last Vegas” did ($134 million worldwide), this March 20 opener should leave the staff of new distributor Bleecker Street humming a happy tune.
This is the second time in a year that Pacino has played a celebrated star in the throes of an identity crisis. »
- Scott Foundas
Paris– French pubcaster France Televisions has inked a first-look deal with Universal, according to Gaul’s news website Bfmtv.
Under the deal, France Televisions, which operates five free-to-air channels, has a first look right on new series produced by Universal, which previously had an output deal with Gaul’s top commercial net TF1.
Among the Universal series expected to roll out on France Televisions are the medical show “Heart Matters” with Melissa George; Barry Levinson’s cop drama “Shades of Blue” toplining Jennifer Lopez (pictured above) as a single mother recruited by the FBI as an undercover agent; and “Telenovela,” the comedy skein starring and exec produced by Eva Longoria.
The deal with Universal was signed in the run-up to a major shakeup at »
- Elsa Keslassy
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 actually releases on March 6th so don't go looking on the shelves until Saturday, or, then again, if you want my advice, don't go looking for this one at all. It's not very good.
Foxcatcher I thought Foxcatcher was a great film, but one I have no real desire to revisit. The Blu-ray comes with some deleted scenes as well as a new "The Story of Foxcatcher" featurette. Not exactly enough to get me to want to spring for a copy.
The Humbling Mike didn't really like this one and I can't say I have too much interest in it. Director Barry Levinson just isn't really hitting it out of the park any longer, or even really hitting singles at the moment, though Rock the Kasbah looks like it could be good.
The Captive I was mildly interested in this one, »
- Brad Brevet
While The Humbling features an amazingly low-key performance by Pacino, the narrative approach muddles the story into nonsensical mumbling. It is kind of hard to blame director Barry Levinson or the screenwriters (Buck Henry and Michal Zebede) for failing to successfully adapt a Philip Roth novel for the silver screen. As we have learned time and time again, Roth's writing seems almost too cerebral and internalized to be captured with cinematic images. »
- Don Simpson
Las Vegas…the hotbed haven where dreams of high rollers are realized among the glitzy bright lights, the element of chance and luck and the adrenaline for instant fortune. But there is a deception to Sin City that is overlooked–the isolation of a gambler’s anxiety and desperation, the false sense of confidence at the craps table and the swinging doors of the psychological lows more so than the rewarding highs.
Still, Las Vegas has its excitable aura–both innocence and guilt–where one arrives to skillfully manufacture their financial profile or go bust. In some instances, the hedonistic expectations are defined in other fun, precarious ways. It is no wonder that Hollywood has come calling to put its distinctive spin on the capital city of adult entertainment. For decades, the movies have made Las Vegas its backdrop for wonderment, degradation, intrigue, comical curiosity and soul-searching revelations.
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- Frank Ochieng
The 13-episode series follows police officers who are effective at keeping the streets safe, but also corrupt when it comes to lining their pockets and protecting their own. Lopez will star as Det. Harlee McCord, a single mother recruited to work undercover for the FBI’s anti-corruption task force. When McCord is forced to become a federal informant, she must decide between her own family’s welfare and that of her police family.
Liotta has been cast as Lt. Bill Wozniak, the enigmatic and resourceful patriarch of the group of cops. Wozniak steps outside the limitations of the law to protect his precinct and effectively navigates his own moral code until he comes to believe he’s been betrayed by one of his own. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Over the past week, we’ve been celebrating the losers — those talented filmmakers whom Oscar has foolishly overlooked. In this final entry, we ask the Zoltar Machine for a do-over. If you asked me specifically which Oscar-winning director should have their gold snatched away and given to Penny Marshall, I don’t know that I’d have an answer. The year she would have been eligible for Big, Barry Levinson won for Rain Man. The year she would have been eligible for Awakenings, Kevin Costner won for Dances With Wolves. The year she would have been eligible for A League of Their Own, Clint Eastwood won for Unforgiven. There’s no easy way to rewrite history and slide her name in where someone else’s was previously, although a case can easily be made that Big and Rain Man (the Best Picture of 1988) share near-identical emotional DNA. The following year, the »
- Scott Beggs
The Humbling Millennium Entertainment Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B Director: Barry Levinson Screenwriter: Buck Henry, Michal Zebede, based on a Philip Roth Novel Cast: Al Pacino, Greta Gerwig, Nina Arianda, Dylan Baker, Charles Grodin, Dan Hedaya, Billy Porter, Kyra Sedgwick, Dianne Wiest Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 1/13/14 Opens: January 23, 2015 There may be some truth to the idea that actors—like Al Pacino’s character in Barry Levinson’s “The Humbling”– can lose their minds, unable to untangle reality from fantasy. Levinson, best known in these parts for “Rain Man” (an autistic savant who lives in his own world), takes on a similar theme [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Open Road Films has recently acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the animated family film "Blazing Samurai." The film is described as being "loosely based" on the 1974 Mel Brooks film "Blazing Saddles," which was, in turn, a spoof of '50s/'60s cowboy movies. The official synopsis reads: "An action-packed comedy about a scrappy young dog named Hank who fights to save the town of Kakamucho from becoming the litter box of a nefarious feline warlord, transforming society and himself on his quest to become a true samurai." Open Road Films recently distributed "Nightcrawler," starring Jake Gyllanhaal, and the company's upcoming features include Oliver Stone's Edward Snowden biopic and Barry Levinson's "Rock The Kasbah." "Blazing Samurai" is directed by Chris Bailey ("Alvin and the Chipmunks") and Mark Koetsier ("Kung Fu Panda," "How To Train Your Dragon") from a screenplay »
- Elizabeth Logan
ComingSoon.net are today reporting that Paramount Pictures has re-adjusted its horror slate for 2015, with news that two of its newest entries into their scary franchises have new dates.
The latest entry into the Paranormal Activity franchise, known as Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, has been pushed back from March 13th this year to the far spookier date of October 23rd. Details are sparse on the film, but the story is reportedly set around ghostly goings-on in a house that may be linked to Katie and Tobey from Paranomal Activity 4.
In addition to Paranormal, Paramount is resuscitating another horror franchise in the shape of Rings, the third entry in the Ring series. The latest entry has been bumped up to November 13th »
- Gary Collinson
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