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The Days Of Thunder vs Dick Tracy blockbuster rivalry

Simon Brew Dec 4, 2017

The summer of 1990 was supposed to be a showdown between Dick Tracy and Days Of Thunder. It was a bit of an odd rivalry...

It would be fair to say that the top five movies at the Us box office in 1990 didn’t follow the rule book. In fact, 1990 saw Hollywood’s blockbuster formula falter, to the point that conversations were rife about whether a sea change was coming. Dramtic changes in blockbuster mentality were certainly on the way, as it happened, but not for a decade or so. Yet the seed was planted in 1990 that sure-fire blockbuster hits weren’t always, well, sure-fire blockbuster hits.

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Not that many people saw it coming, Off the back of 1989’s blockbuster business, Hollywood was bullish.
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10 Things About Pulp Fiction You Never Knew

10 Things About Pulp Fiction You Never Knew
It's a certified cinema classic and one of the most quotable movies ever. Two years after Reservoir Dogs, video store clerk turned auteur Quentin Tarantino turned out another masterpiece in Pulp Fiction, the 1994 movie that rescued John Travolta from the pop culture waste bin via a now iconic performance, matched in creative and artistic firepower by Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth, Harvey Keitel, Christopher Walken, Eric Stoltz, Rosanna Arquette, Amanda Plummer, Ving Rhames, and of course, Samuel L. Jackson as the soul searching hit man Jules. Pulp Fiction still regularly plays in midnight showings at the writer/director's own New Beverly Cinema. Today we look at 10 things you never knew about Pulp Fiction.

Matt Dillon was almost Butch.

Originally Quentin Tarantino conceived of the "palooka" pugilist played by Bruce Willis as a younger up and coming boxer. He envisioned Matt Dillon in the role. But after the actor reportedly took too long to decide,
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Sci-Fi Weekender 9 Update… More Guests, More Entertainment!

With a hiss of brakes, and a rush of steam, the next phase of SFW9’s launch is engaged. We have lots and lots to tell you, so settle down, grab your beverage of choice, put your feet up, and let’s go!

That’s right folks… Its time to start planning for SFW9, coming to you next March in Wales and we have a little bit of bad news but a massive whole bunch of good news to soften that blow. First things first though: there are only 18, yes 18 rooms left on site for the weekend so if you don’t have your tickets then you better get on that now. So first off here is a little comment from Sfw themselves with a little bad news…

First off, the bad news … As regular SFWers know, sometimes guests have to drop out, and since the last announcement, both Colin Baker
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The New Golden Age of Studio Science-Fiction is Upon Us

The New Golden Age of Studio Science-Fiction is Upon Us
“Blade Runner 2049” is going to struggle to make it past the $100 million mark at the domestic box office, hardly the response Warner Bros. was looking for given the film’s estimated $300 million production and marketing budget. In a way, the odds were always against “2049” given that its predecessor was also a financial disappointment and only went on to become a cult classic with a very specific demographic of moviegoers. “Blade Runner” is no multi-generational favorite a la “Star Wars” or “Jurassic Park.”

But while the sequel is a box office dud, it’s unquestionably a huge step in the right direction for studio filmmaking.

Read More: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Was Never Going to Be a Blockbuster, But It Can Become Something Cooler: a Cult Classic

In a blockbuster age dominated by comic book fare and endless cash-grabbing sequels, it has become increasingly rare to see a big-budget studio film
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‘Top Gun 2’ Will Not Be A Movie About Drones, ‘Alien: Covenant’ Sequel Will Be More About AI Than Aliens

‘Top Gun 2’ Will Not Be A Movie About Drones, ‘Alien: Covenant’ Sequel Will Be More About AI Than Aliens
Before his death in 2012, director Tony Scott promised Top Gun 2 would be “a very different movie” from the 1986 original and hinted at the idea of involving drones in the high-flying sequel. In the subsequent years, the project has undergone numerous rewrites – so much so that it seems the drone idea has been scrapped altogether. And […]

The post ‘Top Gun 2’ Will Not Be A Movie About Drones, ‘Alien: Covenant’ Sequel Will Be More About AI Than Aliens appeared first on /Film.
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Review: Interred with Their Bones—Denis Villeneuve's "Blade Runner 2049"

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There’s a nagging question at the heart of Denis Villenueve’s Blade Runner 2049, and it’s to do with need. Why does Ryan Gosling’s Detective K need a robot wife (Ana de Armas), programmed to speak in a diaphanous lisp? Why does he need an apartment? What purpose is there for a robot to blend in? Everyone in his world can almost smell his oiled gears, his falseness. So why does he need the trappings of reality? Like Twin Peaks: The Return, Blade Runner 2049 has to interrogate its own incongruous existence so many years after the artifact that gave it life first entered the cultural bloodstream. Why does this film exist, beyond the potential box office? Why have writer Hampton Fancher and producer Ridley Scott gone back here? Who needs this? The film seems aware of itself as an automaton theatrical event. It watches itself; taking place behind glass,
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Roger Avary Assembles International Cast for His Directorial Comeback ‘Lucky Day’ (Exclusive)

Roger Avary Assembles International Cast for His Directorial Comeback ‘Lucky Day’ (Exclusive)
Oscar-winning writer/filmmaker Roger Avary (“Pulp Fiction”) has enlisted a roster of international actors for “Lucky Day,” the pulp action movie which will mark his directorial comeback.

Besides Crispin Glover (“American Gods”), Nina Dobrev (“Flatliners”), Luke Bracey (“Point Break”) and Michael Madsen (“The Hateful Eight”) who have already been announced, “Lucky Day” will also star Clé Bennett (“Jigsaw”), Nadia Fares (“Marseille”), David Hewlett (“The Shape of Water”), Tomer Sisley (“Largo Winch”) and Josie Ho (“Dream Home”).

Lucky Day” is being produced by Samuel Hadida – with whom Avary collaborated on “Killing Zoe,” “Rules of Attractions” and “Silent Hill,” among other films — and Don Carmody. Hadida and Carmody produced together the “Resident Evil” and “Silent Hill” movies.

Penned by Avary, “Lucky Day” follows an ex-con on parole who sets off to reunite with his wife and daughter and gets hunted down by a psychopathic hitman looking to avenge his dead brother.

Avary told Variety “Lucky Day” is a “True Romance
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‘Never Let Go’ Review

Stars: Angela Dixon, Nigel Whitmey, Lisa Eichhorn, Velibor Topic, Heather Peace, Rami Nasr, Sarah Perles, Samantha Bolter, Michael Xavier, Glenn Salvage, Sanita Simms, Darcie Lincoln | Written and Directed by Howard J. Ford

How best to describe Never Let Go? How about a movie that feels like Paul Greengrass directed Taken, with a kick-ass leading female of T2 Linda Hamilton proportions…

In truth, in my humble opinion Never Let Go is actually way better than those Taken movies. I know, I know, I liked them when they first came out as well, but this movie completely took me by surprise… In the best possible way. Ladies and Gents, Angela Bloody Dixon. This leading lady is fantastic, she grips the viewer by the balls and takes you on a thrilling, tour de force ride, leaving you wondering exactly how far would you go for your kids.

So I guess I should give
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Aesop Rock on Injecting ‘Bushwick’ with Haunting, Gritty, and Emotional Hip-Hop

For his first-ever film score, hip-hop artist Aesop Rock provides an exhilarating beat-heavy backdrop to Bushwick, the thriller directed by the Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott, and starring Brittany Snow and Dave Bautista. “The score is gritty, emotional, unnerving and triumphant, taking us on a journey as we weave through the streets of Brooklyn,” the directors note. We had the opportunity to speak with Aesop Rock about scoring the film and bringing an added level of intensity to the thriller.

This movie was intense, following the amazing music in the opening credits, the film was void of music for more almost 20 minutes. Talk to us about some of the discussions that limited the music.

There were many phases. There were times when there were stripped-down drums playing in some of that stuff, and various other pieces were tried. I think ultimately their decision to leave the top of the movie
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Making Canaries: bringing an alien invasion to the Welsh valleys

Nikki Baughan Aug 25, 2017

Canaries is a British feature getting a Horror Channel FrightFest screening this weekend. We've been taking a look...

Think of big screen science fiction, and it’s likely to bring to mind glossy images of alien spacecrafts obliterating the White House, monsters running amuck in New York or Tokyo, or a post-apocalyptic Los Angelean wasteland. It’s perhaps unsurprising that these are the moments which linger in our collective consciousness; on screen at least, such cataclysmic events are usually clustered around the world’s big cities, with filmmakers giving little thought to how they might play out elsewhere.

There have been exceptions of course, such as classics like Village Of The Damned (1960) and The Stepford Wives (1975) and, in more recent years, UK filmmakers have also been looking to redress the balance. Marc Price set his 2008 zombie movie Colin on a suburban British estate, for example, while Stephen Fingleton
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Quentin Tarantino’s 9 Strangest and Most Surprising Movie Projects

Quentin Tarantino’s 9 Strangest and Most Surprising Movie Projects
When you think of Quentin Tarantino, classic films like “Reservoir Dogs,” “Pulp Fiction,” and “Django Unchained” certainly come to mind. But what about the critically reviled “Saturday Night Live” sketch adaptation “It’s Pat”? Or the Michael Bay Alcatraz action movie “The Rock”? Tarantino’s fingerprints have been all over the movies ever since his breakout debut in 1992, and some of his projects are way more bizarre than others.

Read More:Quentin Tarantino Wants Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence For New Movie, And They Shouldn’t Resist

The director is currently getting together his ninth feature, which will be his penultimate effort behind the camera if his retirement talks are to be believed. Sources say Tarantino is putting together a drama involving the Manson family murders and that he’s eyeing Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence to star. As the filmmakers looks to the future for his next project, we
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‘Westworld’ Dp on Working With ‘Exhilarating,’ Emmy-Nominated Actors

While Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” hits theaters touting large-scale practical effects shot on film, a year ago his brother Jonathan Nolan was doing the same thing for the small screen with HBO’s “Westworld.” “It was exciting to be on a set for a pilot that had the same cinematic approach and expectations as a bigger feature film,” says cinematographer Paul Cameron, a first-time Emmy nominee for the smash drama series, which received a whopping 22 nominations. The veteran D.P.—who’s worked with the late Tony Scott on Denzel Washington starrers “Déjà Vu” and “Man on Fire,” and with Michael Mann on “Collateral”—spoke with Backstage about capturing the look of the series (practical effects and shooting on film included), what his relationship with actors is like on set, and why Sir Anthony Hopkins had “more fun on [‘Westworld’] than he had in years working on movie sets.” Read: ‘Westworld,
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Scribe Review

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Author: Daniel Goodwin

Writer/director Thomas Kruithof’s French, forceful debut feature recalls classic conspiracy thrillers such as The Parallax View, All The Presidents Men and Marathon Man, while standing matchless amongst its predecessors due to inherent timeless qualities; stark realism, bleak cinematography and an ability to efficiently subvert/meld several sub-genre styles and components. Mostly resembling Coppola’s The Conversation due to the nature of protagonist Duval (comfortably alone, introvert), similar to Gene Hackman’s Harry Caul, along with his comparable occupation and the central story of a Government surveyor/transcriber in over his head. Scribe also incorporates traits from 90s political thrillers with conspiratorial sub-plots about corrupt officials with ulterior motives. Meanwhile the subtle suggestion of grittier, higher octane latter Bond and Bourne films slightly informs its style, augmented by a lo/sci-fi edge and embellished by the score.

François Cluzet plays Duval, a recovering alcoholic, ex-office clerk,
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Chippendales origins film adds Ben Stiller and Dev Patel

Simon Brew Jul 18, 2017

Scarface and Magic Mike look like coming together for the Chippendales origin movie...

The backstory of 1980s male stripping group The Chippendales is quite a dark one. Even as their act was playing to audiences around the world, there was a backdrop of murders, racketeering and more. And a new film – that’s already being described as a real-life Boogie Nights – is set to bring that story to the big screen.

The movie is being penned by Isaac Adamson, and is set to mix up Magic Mike and Scarface to tell the tale. And we’ve got the first two faces in the cast for the film.

Dev Patel will be playing Steve Banerjee, who turned a run-down L.A. bar into a male exotic dance bar. Then there’s Ben Stiller, taking on the role of Nick DeNoia, who recruited the Chippendales and choreographed their shows.
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Dev Patel in Talks to Join Ben Stiller in Chippendales Murder Movie

Dev Patel is in talks to join Ben Stiller in the long-in-development movie project “Chippendales,” and Bold Films has come on the finance.

The true crime saga, based on Rodney Sheldon’s manuscript, surrounds the founding and expansion of the Chippendales nightclub and male strip show during the 1980s by Paul Snider and immigrant Somen Banerjee — who eventually pleaded guilty to attempted arson, racketeering and murder for hire, and was found dead in his jail cell in 1994.

Patel is in talks to play Banerjee while Stiller has been attached since 2014 to portray Nick De Noia, who became Bannerjee’s partner and was murdered in 1987. Snider killed himself and Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten — who had designed the Chippendale collars and cuffs — in 1980.

Producers are seeking a director with “Bubbles” writer Isaac Adamson having written the latest version of the script. “Chippendales” will be produced by Permut PresentationsDavid Permut, Bold’s Michel Litvak and Gary Michael Walters, and
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Dev Patel and Ben Stiller set for Chippendales murder movie

It looks like the long-gestating Chippendales murder movie is finally moving forward, with Deadline reporting that Bold Films has agreed to finance the picture, which has Dev Patel and Ben Stiller in talks to star.

Patel will play Steve Banerjee, a Bombay-born immigrant who turned an La dive bar into a multimillion-dollar cultural zeitgeist sensation, while Stiller will portray Emmy-winning children’s show producer Nick DeNoia, who was responsible for recruiting and choreographing the troupe of male strippers.

Banerjee and his partners would soon preside over an empire worth $8 million a year, although things would take a sordid turn, leading to the murder of DeNoia, for which Banerjee would subsequently plead guilty of orchestrating before taking his own life.

“It is the Horatio Alger story gone horribly wrong,” said Bold FilmsGary Michael Walters. “It is a true life Boogie Nights, a wild ride through the seamy underbelly where entertainment and criminality meet,
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Ang Lee’s ‘Gemini Man’ Starring Will Smith Gets 2019 Release Date at Paramount

Ang Lee’s ‘Gemini Man’ Starring Will Smith Gets 2019 Release Date at Paramount
Paramount, Skydance and Jerry Bruckheimer Films have set Ang Lee’s science-fiction actioner “Gemini Man,” starring Will Smith, for an awards-season release date of Oct. 4, 2019.

Skydance came on to the project, which has been in development for two decades, last year. Jerry Bruckheimer, Skydance chief David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger are producing. Don Murphy and Chad Oman are executive producing.

Lee became attached to the project in April. His most recent film was “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” for which he used an unprecedented shooting and projection frame rate of 120 frames per second — five times faster than the normal rate of 24 frames per second. He won Academy Awards for directing “Brokeback Mountain” and “Life of Pi,” and was nominated for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”

Smith will next be seen starring opposite Joel Edgerton in the futuristic police thriller “Bright,” set for a December release by Netflix.

In 2009, the late Curtis Hanson had been attached
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‘Top Gun: Maverick’ & Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Molly’s Game’ Starring Jessica Chastain Set Release Dates

Three major studio releases received official release dates over the weekend. The highest profile of the bunch is the hotly anticipated, 33-years-in-the-making “Top Gun” sequel, “Top Gun: Maverick.”

The film will feature the return of Tom Cruise as Maverick, who is now working as an experienced flight instructor for young pilots. It will be directed by Joseph Kosinski, whose previous directorial credits are frustratingly limited to “Oblivion” and “Tron: Legacy.” Tony Scott he is not.

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Paramount Pictures Reveal ‘Top Gun 2’ Release Date

Paramount Pictures have finally announced the release date for Top Gun 2. The film, which is titled Top Gun: Maverick, will debut in cinemas on July 12th, 2019, according to Deadline. The same source has also confirmed that the film will be directed by none other than Joseph Kosinski, which was previously rumoured a number of weeks ago. More on the Top Gun 2 release date and further sequel news below.

Top Gun 2 release date firmed up: The film will land in the summer of 2019.

The trade blog states that the film will see Tom Cruise reprise his role as Maverick, now a flight instructor teaching the young macho pilots how to do it. Jerry Bruckheimer, one of the original 1986 film’s producers, will also return for some more high-octane action.

Related: 6 Things That Must Happen In Top Gun 2

The screenplay is being written by Peter Craig and Justin Marks, along with Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz.
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