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Interview conducted by Tom Stockman August 14th, 2014
Despite his appearance and the roles you’ve often seen him in before, it turns out that actor John Turturro is one sexy stud! In Fading Gigolo he’s nothing like the nervous genius he played in Quiz Show, or the angry hothead from Do The Right Thing, or that weasel Bernie Bernbaum he played in Miller’S Crossing. No, in Fading Gigolo, which Turturro wrote, directed, and starred in, he played Fioravante, an honest-to-goodness gigolo whose eagerly-paying clientele include Sofia Vergara and Sharon Stone! With Woody Allen as Murray, his unlikely pimp, Fading Gigolo sounds like the most oddball vanity project project to come down the pike in decades. But Fading Gigolo was a funny, gentle, and surprisingly sensitive comedy with a witty script, amusing characters and a jazzy sense of life in New York that felt like an old-fashioned Woody Allen movie, »
- Tom Stockman
Between January and August of 2014, local cinemas worldwide entertained moviegoers with themes of sci-fi, documentaries, animation, fairy tales, horror and thrillers.
Glowing up on the big screen were images of clicking colorful bricks, racing trains, mysterious creatures, superheroes – both shielded and guarded, coming-of-age tales and a fond farewell to the best Movie Geek ever.
Small and original storylines or epic stories with big stars, it’s been a good time at the movies this year and a lot for ticket buyers to choose from.
With so many to great films in the first half of 2014, including Snowpiercer, Under The Skin, Enemy, Lone Survivor, Edge Of Tomorrow, and Noah, whittling it down to a list of our “10 Favorite Movies of 2014… So Far” was a challenge.
Check out our lineup and let us know in our comments section below what your favorite movies have been this year. Some of these films are »
- Movie Geeks
With the first wave of festival announcements out of the way, it appears to me the sexiest get of them all is New York's opening night selection of David Fincher's "Gone Girl." Fincher has danced with the awards season with his last few films and this one is probably his most hotly anticipated effort in a while, given that it's an adaptation of an immensely popular novel. Indeed, author Gillian Flynn even came on board to pen the adaptation herself, which isn't typical but may have been shrewd in this case; fans will be clamoring to see how the twisting and turning novel has been transitioned to the screen, and having a familiar name talking it up along the way will be beneficial. The book was really destined for theaters, because as Flynn reveals in a recent interview with the Film Society of Lincoln Center (who puts on the »
- Kristopher Tapley
When chef Marco Pierre White published his autobiography in 2006, his infamously tumultuous life was guaranteed to be a dramatic read. Originally titled White Slave, the book was released in America under the new moniker, The Devil In The Kitchen, and readers were not disappointed. Now, it seems the story of the man widely regarded as the first ‘celebrity chef’ may be headed for the screen, as Ridley Scott, Giannina Facio and Colet Abedi have optioned the work for development.
Following the man from his humble and tragic beginnings in Leeds, UK, to the height of fame and fortune at the centre of London’s restaurant scene, The Devil In The Kitchen depicts the genesis of “the godfather of modern cooking.” Earning his stripes from some of the best chefs in the country, such as Albert Roux and Raymond Blanc, White himself would go on to train Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal, »
- Sarah Myles
Sneak Peek "Batman Begins" actor Christian Bale as the Egyptian-trained, Hebrew warrior 'Moses', in the first trailer from "Exodus: Gods and Kings", directed by Ridley Scott ("Gladiator"), written by Bill Collage, Adam Cooper and Steven Zaillian, also starring Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver ("Avatar") and Ben Kingsley ("Iron Man 3"):
"...Bale stars as "Moses' and Edgerton is 'Rhamses' filming in the Spanish towns of Almería and Pechina with 4000 extras with another 2000 extras filming in Fuerteventura. Director Scott shot additional footage in Pájara and Antigua..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Exodus: Gods and Kings"...
- Michael Stevens
Baer launched Gidden Media in November 2013 and has secured a seven-figure development fund through private investors. Good Universe handled international sales on her first feature as producer, Last Vegas.
Baer’s development slate includes drama A Storm In The Stars to be directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour; sports drama Sarge; Endurance based on a script by Steve Zaillian; true-crime drama The Brian Banks Story; ensemble comedy Sundance Is Bulls**t; and comedy The Wedding Detective »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Following an Oscar nod for his work on American Hustle last year, Christian Bale could well be in line for similar recognition this December when Ridley Scott unveils his biblical epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings.
The film is set to retell the story of Moses leading the Israelite slaves out of Egypt, and is sure to have one of the biggest scopes of any film this year.
Scott is directing from a script first co-written by Bill Coolage and Adam Cooper (Assassin’s Creed, Tower Heist), with Oscar winner Steven Zaillian (Moneyball, Schindler’s List) hired to do a subsequent rewrite.
- Kenji Lloyd
The trailer shows the pair in combat, as the Ten Plagues descend on Egypt.
Exodus: Gods and Kings hits cinemas on December 12.
Christian Bale - career in pictures: »
Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings is one of the many bible epics that's set to hit the big screen in the near future. 20th Century Fox finally released the first trailer for the December-release, featuring Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Ramses. Check it out below.
The story of Moses has been adapted before – most brilliantly by Cecil B. DeMille in 1956's The Ten Commandments, which I watched religiously as a kid (call me crazy) – and some of you might be dismissing this film because of its bible roots. But this is a Ridley Scott production and here's what can be said about this short teaser: if anything, it'll be visually stunning. For some reason, the trailer only focuses on Moses relationship with Ramses (them growing up like brothers), and holds back from what came later – Moses taking the people of Israel out of Egypt's bondage. »
- Laura Frances
Over the course of a career going back nearly 50 years, director Ridley Scott has garnered a large amount of commercial and critical acclaim, helming classics such as Alien, Blade Runner, and Thelma and Louise alongside other well-regarded films such as Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Kingdom of Heaven, and American Gangster. Many were thus excited to learn that Scott had already begun work on a new project. Titled Exodus: Gods and Kings, Scott directs from a screenplay by Steven Zaillian, Bill Collage, and Adam Cooper, working with a cast that includes Christian Bale, Aaron Paul, Sir Ben Kingsley, Joel Edgerton, and Sigourney Weaver. The first trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Here’s our first look at Ridley Scott‘s biblical epic that’s hitting theaters at Christmastime. Christian Bale stars as Moses, who rises up against Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton) and leads more than a half-million slaves out of Egypt. Aaron Paul, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley co-star in the action-adventure film written by Steve Zaillian from Bill Collage & Adam Cooper’s story. Fox releases Exodus: Gods And Kings on December 12. Have a look: Related: Biblical and Faith-Based Movies: In Hollywood To Stay? »
Later tonight, the first trailer for Ridley Scott's Biblical epic Exodus: Gods & Kings will arrive. We've just gotten a first look at the film starring Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton as Moses and Ramses II respectively, and now the two stars are featured on some golden posters for the film arriving just before Christmas this winter. They're not all that great, to be honest, mostly because the head of Christian Bale looks poorly Photoshopped onto his body in both posters featuring the actor. Plus, we can't help but notice that Edgerton looks pretty odd as the Pharaoh on these posters, though we can't see his orange skin. Look! Here's the teaser posters for Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods & Kings from Yahoo: Exodus: Gods and Kings is directed by Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Robin Hood, Alien, Blade Runner) and written by Adam Cooper & Bill Collage (Tower Heist, Accepted), with a rewrite by Steve Zaillian (American Gangster, »
- Ethan Anderton
In Life Itself, veteran documentarian Steve James adapts Roger Ebert’s memoirs to throw a light on the life of the celebrated Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic, who died in 2013 following a long battle with thyroid cancer.
Jeremy Kay talks to James about his revealing film, Ebert’s period of dramatic self-discovery, a unique time in film criticism and a remarkable voice actor. Magnolia releases Life Itself in the Us on July 4.
How did the movie come about?
It was [executive producer] Steve Zaillian’s idea. He read Roger’s memoir and they reached out to Roger with the idea of it and Roger was intrigued. They reached out to me and I hadn’t read the memoir and fell in love with it and thought it was a great piece of writing. I wouldn’t have done the movie if it had just been about Roger the film critic and parsing his career as a critic and what he »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
On a December morning, in 2012, Steve James walked into a patient's room at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and immediately felt remorse. With his lower jaw removed from several surgeries related to a 11-year battle with cancer of the thyroid and salivary glands, Roger Ebert, the iconic film critic, was all strung up, looking rather helpless, sound asleep. "I remember looking [at him] and going, Aw shit, I dunno," the filmmaker recalls of the emotional first day of shooting Life Itself, his documentary on Ebert. "I don't know how people are going to feel about this. »
Ridley Scott’s new film, Exodus: Gods and Kings hits theaters this December, and looks to be Scott’s triumphant return to the sword and sandal genre. The movie stars Christian Bale as Moses, as he begins a revolution against Egyptian Pharoah Ramses II (played by Joel Edgerton).
Some new images of the film have surfaced, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, featuring Scott’s trademark visuals and an idea of the film’s large scope. Check them out below.
Written by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage (Tower Heist) with rewrites from Steve Zaillian (American Gangster, Moneyball) Exodus: Gods and Kings stars Bale, Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, and John Turturro.
The first trailer debuts next week in front of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, while the film itself will hit theaters on December 5th.
- James Garcia
We've seen just one image of Christian Bale from Ridley Scott's next film, the Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings. But now some more images from the film have surfaced, showing off the size and scope of the film following Bale as Moses as he begins a revolution against Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II, played by Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby). We finally get to see Edgerton looking much more tan, along with our first look at Sigourney Weaver as Tuya, mother of Ramses, and Ben Kingsley as well. There's a great story at EW about Aaron Paul having an adverse reaction to the camel smell on set, but can you spot him? Here's the new photos from Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods & Kings from Entertainment Weekly: Exodus: Gods and Kings is directed by Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Robin Hood, Alien, Blade Runner) and written by Adam Cooper & Bill Collage (Tower Heist, »
- Ethan Anderton
Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producers Martin Scorsese and Steven Zaillian are bringing the documentary Life Itself to audiences to celebrate the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert. Based on his best-selling memoir of the same name, Roger Ebert’s story is personal, funny, unflinching and very human, whether it’s in his work or in his family life. During a roundtable at the film’s press day, filmmaker Steve James talked about working with Roger Ebert’s words on a cinematic level, while Roger’s widow, Chaz Ebert, who is by his side through much of the film, talked about what she learned about Roger through this process, what she loved most about him, what being a part of this project means to her, the relationship between Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, and what she’s been learning about »
- Christina Radish
When: Tuesday, July 1st at 1-2:30pm Pt / 3-4:30pm Ct
Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present Life Itself, a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert – a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent.
Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, Life Itself explores the legacy of Roger Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.
The film will be in theaters July 4th. »
- Michelle McCue
Joel and Ethan Coen came on board last month to write the script for the Cold War project, which Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger will produce with Spielberg. The Coen Brothers, who won screenwriting Oscars for “Fargo” and “No Country for Old Men,” are revising Matt Charman’s script.
The untitled project is based on the true story of James Donovan, who Hanks will portray. Donovan was the American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to surreptitiously negotiate the 1962 release of Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 spy plane pilot who was shot down over Russia two years earlier.
Variety reported that Hanks had come on board the project in mid-April. »
- Dave McNary
Many moviegoers consider the world of film as a reprieve from their current existing realities. This is rather interesting because in looking to escape the everyday realities for a fantasized slice of reality in cinema might seem quite redundant for some folks. However, the realities that are portrayed on the big screen are varied so whatever life experiences are depicted we may not have quite lived that particular episode therefore making it intriguing and fresh for our entertaining curiosities.
Films, when capturing a fragrance of reality through triumph and tragedy, are usually armed with a special messaging about the human condition through sacrifice, self-discovery, suffering and of course social awareness. In It’s About the Message: The Top 10 Oscar-winning Socially Aware Films we will take a look at Academy Award-winning movies that dared to examine the spirit about being socially aware–through inspiration and insidiousness (or both simultaneously)–and put »
- Frank Ochieng
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