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Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg on the Oscars' Red Carpet Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Spielberg has taken home two Best Director Oscars: Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Schindler's List also won Best Picture, but Saving Private Ryan lost to John Madden's Miramax-distributed Shakespeare in Love. There was quite a bit of animosity at the time, as some felt that Miramax, owned by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, overdid its Oscar campaigning – while still managing to sway enough Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members to vote for its film. Somewhat ironically, at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony Steven Spielberg presented the Best Picture Award to The King's Speech. Toplining Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, and Claire Bloom, this British production was »
- D. Zhea
Tim Burton, Joel Schumacher, Christopher Nolan, and Zack Snyder have all done what most superhero junkies could only dream of doing: direct a Batman movie. But there was one other filmmaker privileged enough to have suited up the masked manhunter for cinema, achieving almost overnight success in 2003 and a cult classic amongst Batman fans—without the “superpowers” of a million dollar budget or the tyranny of studio executives. The director: Sandy Collora. The film: Batman: Dead End.
“Behind The Mask”, a 90-minute documentary on the life and career of Sandy Collora, was shown recently at Monsterpalooza in Burbank, CA, telling the story of the indie filmmaker’s refusal to “sell out” to major studios and finding satisfaction in directing his own films.
- Holly Interlandi
Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney on the Red Carpet Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney Oscars photo Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre at (almost) the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in downtown Hollywood. Ruffalo was a 2011 Best Supporting Actor nominee for his role as a chauvinistic male slob who disrupts the family life of a lesbian couple in Lisa Cholodenko's Best Picture contender The Kids Are All Right. The dramatic comedy co-stars Best Actress nominee Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Josh Hutcherson, and Mia Wasikowska. This was Ruffalo's first Academy Award nomination. As it turned out, The Kids Are All Right didn't win a single statuette on Sunday night. But at the 2011 Spirit Awards held the day before, Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg's screenplay was chosen as the best of the year among independent films. »
- D. Zhea
For some reason, Hollywood fell in love with British actors again in the 1990s. Sparked by Alan Rickman's turn as Hans Gruber in Die Hard at the back end of the 1980s, many movie villains were either Brits, or in the case of Cliffhanger, John Lithgow taking on the mannerisms of a British antagonist.
Yet in particular, Hollywood went recruiting British comedy talent, with faces then mainly - but not exclusively - known for their small screen work getting roles of various sizes in Hollywood productions. Here are some who racked up the air miles - starting with the man who arguably became one of the most successful...
Hugh Laurie - 101 Dalmatians
Laurie is a man of many talents, who ultimately cracked America with »
Despite gaining plenty of critical acclaim and taking in a healthy $233 million worldwide in 2011, there hasn't been any movement lately on a sequel to David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The project was based on the first of author Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy books, which were followed by The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. There has been plenty of talk over the past few years about whether or not The Girl Who Played with Fire would ever move forward, but now we have a new report from The Hollywood Reporter indicating the sequel may very well happen, although without director David Fincher.
The new interest in getting a sequel off the ground comes from the recent announcement that Knopf is publishing a new Millennium series novel entitled Spider's Web, written by David Lagercrantz. While this new entry was »
With Hollywood looking for franchises wherever it can find them, it seems mighty odd that The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, a highly successful novel with a film adaptation that had Rooney Mara, David Fincher, and James Friggin’ Bond attached, is not already swimming in sequels. The American version of Stieg Larsson’s novel wasn’t exactly a blockbuster, but it made $233 million worldwide on a $90 million budget. It seems like a no-brainer.
Now there’s talk from THR that a sequel could arrive soon enough, but Sony is debating the possibility of turning Larsson’s last two books, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, into a single film. They may even lump in a new novel starring hacker Lisbeth Salander by David Lagercrantz called The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Larsson passed away in 2004, before the books were even »
- Brian Welk
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony has not yet given up hope of a sequel to David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and is considering rounding out the trilogy by combining Stieg Larsson’s remaining two Millennium books, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest, into a single sequel, which would then be followed by an adaptation of the upcoming fourth book, The Girl In The Spider’s Web, penned by David Lagercrantz.
The U.S. version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo starred Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander and Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist, and was eyed as the first of a trilogy of film’s based on Larsson’s books, with Fincher aiming to shoot the two sequels back to back. However, progress seemed to stall, with Rooney Mara stating on several occasions that it looked »
- Gary Collinson
With a fourth instalment in the late Stieg Larsson's best-selling Millennium novel series on the way, attention has turned back towards its iconic hacker character Lisbeth Salander and her on screen future.
Though David Fincher's adaptation of the first novel "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" under performed, Sony Pictures has been pursuing the sequel slowly - keen on a follow-up so long as it can be done for a fraction of the $90 million budget Fincher did the first film on. Sony has already paid quite a bit for Steve Zaillian's script adaptation of the second book "The Girl Who Played with Fire".
Today though comes a report from THR that suggests there's talk of turning that second book and the third book "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" into one feature. Should that be a success then the new novel, "The Girl in the Spider's Web" penned by David Lagercrantz, »
- Garth Franklin
A story published early this morning by The Hollywood Reporter asks the question, "Will New Dragon Tattoo Book Sequel Become a Moviec", and while I continually hope and pray the franchise isn't totally dead, no matter all the signs pointing to the contrary, I can't help but assume I will never see a sequel to David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, or at least not one made the way I would like it to be -- Fincher back as director, Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig in the lead roles, and a budget and runtime that allow misfit hacker and ward-of-the-state Lisbeth Salander's stories to breathe. Back in February, Mara told E! Online the sequels are likely dead, telling the outlet, "I don't think it's going to happen. I'm sad never to do it again, but it just doesn't seem like it's in the cards." However, recently a »
- Jordan Benesh
David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo remake caused a stir when initially announced. Sony, who threw a sizeable budget at the movie, were hoping for a significant return on their investment. Bearing in mind the popularity of the Millennium series of novels on which it’s based, that assumption wasn’t unrealistic. But the end product still flopped at the box office, anyway.
In the four years since, much talk has been made out of the sequel, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and the possible threequel, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest. Even though the studio hired Steven Zaillian to write a screenplay for Fire in the recent past. it’s seemed as if the entire U.S. franchise was dead in the water.
That may have changed, however, in light of a new report from THR, who believe that the studio are still »
- Gem Seddon
Updated: As Knopf pushes ahead with a September 1 release date for "The Girl in the Spider's Web," David Lagercrantz's fourth installment in Stieg Larsson's Millennium series, a possible sequel film without Fincher is back on the table. According to THR, "there's talk of turning the second and third books into one film without Fincher and having 'Spider's Web' close out the trilogy." But for ex-Sony chief and "Dragon Tattoo" producer Amy Pascal, this would mean shelving Steve Zaillian's expensive and already-penned second installment. Amazon already has a high volume of pre-sales for "Spider's Web." Knopf expects 500,000 copies to hit shelves in the Us alone. Earlier: For the past two years, David Lagercrantz has been writing the authorized sequel to the late Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy, which features the return of tough hacker Lisbeth Salander, set for August publication. Publisher Norstedts in Sweden plans the »
- Anne Thompson
Sony has sunk a lot of money into the "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" franchise: the studio must pull the trigger on a potential sequel or just let it die. To recap: David Fincher's R-rated thriller did decent but not spectacular box office, making it harder for Sony to just greenlight a sequel. Fincher and producer Scott Rudin commanded big upfront fees and A-list screenwriter Steven Zaillian was also paid quite well for several drafts of 'Dragon Tatoo' and “The Girl Who Played With Fire.” Toss in executive arguments and a high price tag before anyone even arrived on set, and you have a sequel that went nowhere as well as a money pit. And far as Rooney Mara, i.e. Lisbeth Salander, is concerned, she doesn't hold out hope for reprising the character. But hey, if "Need For Speed" can get a sequel, anything can happen. THR reports »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Like anything else, it’s about money. According to a feature in the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter, and excerpted on their website, Sony have plans for The Millennium Trilogy – soon to be tetralogy – that don’t involve David Fincher.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo made over $230 million on a $90 million budget. Assuming marketing costs of another $90 million, that’s still a profit, but prices on sequels tend to go up. One belt-tightening scheme that the studio has considered is to combine both the second and third books into a single film and then to make it without David Fincher.
And then, after the follow-up book comes along later this year, Sony would use that as the basis of a third film, rounding out the trilogy on a more recent, more hyped adaptation.
According to THR, Amy Pascal has an issue with this plan. She »
- Brendon Connelly
By the 1990s, studios were waking up to movie marketing, and the era of the blockbuster. Tim Burton's Batman, released in summer 1989, had introduced the idea of a big opening weekend, and modern movies now target their promotional work to get just that. As such, it's harder and harder for smaller films to snare the top slot at the Us box office, even for one weekend.
In the 1990s, particularly the first half of the 1990s, that wasn't so much the case though. In fact, many films that have long since fallen from the public conscious topped the chart. And in this piece, I've tried to capture some of them.
Inevitably, you're going to have heard of some of them, and what a UK dweller sees as a »
This article contains spoilers for, er, Clear And Present Danger.
How many times have you walked out of seeing a big summer blockbuster movie, and felt like you'd been treated like a grown-up? Christopher Nolan movies, whether you like them or not, treat you with that level of respect. But when it comes to major thrillers, there's generally something about them where you feel you've been shortchanged.
It's why it puzzles me that Clear And Present Danger doesn't get a lot more love. From the day I saw it for the first time back in 1994, and on every viewing since, I've really loved this film. I love that it isn't afraid of a dense plot, isn't afraid of putting a big movie star on the poster yet finds time for supporting characters, »
As more and more time passes, the chances of David Fincher returning to film The Girl Who Played With Fire look slimmer and slimmer. And even if Fincher didn't return to direct, the chances of Rooney Mara returning to reprise the role of Lisbeth Salander that she first realised in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo are looking slight.
"I don't think it's going to happen", Mara has now admitted. Chatting at an Oxfam benefit in New York, she said that "I'm sad never to do it again, but it just doesn't seem like it's in the cards. I think because [Sony] already has spent millions of dollars on the rights and the script ... it will result in something". And of that script, she said that "I can reveal as much as it »
Oscar 2015 winners (photo: Chris Pratt during Oscar 2015 rehearsals) The complete list of Oscar 2015 winners and nominees can be found below. See also: Oscar 2015 presenters and performers. Now, a little Oscar 2015 trivia. If you know a bit about the history of the Academy Awards, you'll have noticed several little curiosities about this year's nominations. For instance, there are quite a few first-time nominees in the acting and directing categories. In fact, nine of the nominated actors and three of the nominated directors are Oscar newcomers. Here's the list in the acting categories: Eddie Redmayne. Michael Keaton. Steve Carell. Benedict Cumberbatch. Felicity Jones. Rosamund Pike. J.K. Simmons. Emma Stone. Patricia Arquette. The three directors are: Morten Tyldum. Richard Linklater. Wes Anderson. Oscar 2015 comebacks Oscar 2015 also marks the Academy Awards' "comeback" of several performers and directors last nominated years ago. Marion Cotillard and Reese Witherspoon won Best Actress Oscars for, respectively, Olivier Dahan »
- Steve Montgomery
Sean Penn: Honorary César goes Hollywood – again (photo: Sean Penn in '21 Grams') Sean Penn, 54, will receive the 2015 Honorary César (César d'Honneur), the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts has announced. That means the French Academy's powers-that-be are once again trying to make the Prix César ceremony relevant to the American media. Their tactic is to hand out the career award to a widely known and relatively young – i.e., media friendly – Hollywood celebrity. (Scroll down for more such examples.) In the words of the French Academy, Honorary César 2015 recipient Sean Penn is a "living legend" and "a stand-alone icon in American cinema." It has also hailed the two-time Best Actor Oscar winner as a "mythical actor, a politically active personality and an exceptional director." Penn will be honored at the César Awards ceremony on Feb. 20, 2015. Sean Penn movies Sean Penn movies range from the teen comedy »
- Steve Montgomery
David Koepp has a rather solid CV as a director, including Secret Window with Johnny Depp, the underrated ghost story Stir Of Echoes, and the really fun Joseph Gordon-Levitt bike messenger action film Premium Rush. But as a screenwriter, he’s worked on some of the biggest films of the last 25 years – Jurassic Park and its sequel, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Angels and Demons, Mission: Impossible, and Spider-Man.
He’s also had a hand in other notable Hollywood hits (and flops) including Carlito’s Way, The Shadow, Snake Eyes, Zathura, Panic Room, Death Becomes Her, and many, many more. He’s had a fascinating career.
His latest directorial effort is Mortdecai, a »
No, this isn’t an informative article about building shelves and benches but rather the first major short film from Josh and Mitch and Jam Flicks, better known for their adverts. Cantering around one man, Andrew (Anton Saunders), who’s left broken after discovering his wife has had an affair. Unable to confront her about it, he tracks down the man she’s sleeping with and goes to his place of work – a D.I.Y store.
This is easily the best short film I’ve reviewed so far. There’s almost nothing to it; no real action, or strong dialogue. In fact then entire script is basically the guy serving Andrew and being bemused with his spaced out behaviour. It all pretty much rests on Saunders’s acting and portrayal of a man torn between doing nothing and brutally assaulting the man sleeping with his wife. Fortunately, he does a stellar job. »
- Nicky Johnson
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