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Currently collaborating with Paramount Pictures on a live-action rendition of Ghost in the Shell, studio producer Steven Paul told Variety that Lone Wolf and Cub will sidestep any potential whitewashing controversy by enlisting “an essentially Japanese cast” before making the defining jump into production in early 2017.
Hatched by Kazuo and Kojima-san back in 1970, Lone Wolf and Cub is something of a Japanese phenomenon, spawning numerous feature films, stage plays and even a TV show. In 1992, the Final Conflict movie adaptation told the tale of “a noble samurai [Ittō] plotted against and framed in an assassination conspiracy the samurai disobeys his Shogun’s orders and becomes an assassin for hire with his three-year-old son [Daigorō].”
We understand that that arc will serve as the foundation for Sp International Pictures’ all-new remake, »
- Michael Briers
Gay Talese yesterday confirmed by email that the adaptation of his book The Voyeur's Motel (directed by Sam Mendes and produced by Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks) will be written by Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Darren Aronofsky's The Good Nurse).
Wilson-Cairns worked on John Logan's Penny Dreadful TV series. Logan wrote the screenplay for Michael Grandage's Genius starring Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney. He is also known for Mendes' James Bond films, Spectre and Skyfall. American Beauty, Road To Perdition and Revolutionary Road directed by Mendes were produced by DreamWorks.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
The Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, Asia’s largest genre film festival, announced a huge 302 title lineup for its 20th edition.
American actor-director Matt Ross’s Cannes prize-winning family drama “Captain Fantastic” will open the festival on Jul. 21. Closing the festival will be Yeon Sang-ho’s latest animated feature “Seoul Station,” a prequel to Yeon’s Cannes live action film “Train to Busan.”
In celebration of the 130th anniversary of Korea-France bilateral relations, the festival will dedicate a showcase to French company Gaumont. Other special programs include a David Bowie tribute, and a Nakashima Tetsuya retrospective.
BiFan will also take a look back on its own past twenty years through a program titled “20 Years, 20 Favorites.” The section features earlier works of major film makers including Darren Aronofsky’s “Requiem for a Dream,” Christopher Nolan’s “Memento,” and Na Hong-jin’s “The Chaser.”
The festival’s industry program, BiFan Industry Gathering, »
- Sonia Kil
Next month sees the arrival of the Netflix’s drama Stranger Things, a much-anticipated supernatural chiller about a missing boy, which pays homage to everything from Twin Peaks to Poltergeist and has been described by Us critics as “looking like the show Steven Spielberg and Stephen King never made”.
It also marks the next, and perhaps most important, stage in Winona Ryder’s return to Hollywood’s spotlight. Now 44, Ryder has spent the past few years slowly rebuilding her career since it imploded in the early years of this century with a conviction for grand theft, shoplifting and vandalism amid rumours of prescription drug addiction. (She was subsequently sentenced to three years probation and ordered to undergo drug counselling.) Since then Ryder has taken a low-key approach to her career. »
- Sarah Hughes
Meanwhile, Steven Soderbergh is expanding his cast for his first feature since Side Effects, Logan Lucky. Depicting a pair of brothers who plan a heist during a high-profile Nascar race, Daniel Craig, Katherine Heigl, Channing Tatum, Riley Keough, Adam Driver and Seth MacFarlane have all previously joined. Now The Playlist lets us know, ahead of a shoot this fall, that Inherent Vice star Katherine Waterston has joined in an undisclosed role and Hilary Swank will take part as an FBI agent.
Speaking of Soderbergh, a female-led continuation of Ocean’s 11 is gearing up under the direction of Gary Ross (Pleasantville, The Hunger Games). Although Jennifer Lawrence won’t take part as rumored, Showbiz 411 inform us that Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Mindy Kaling, and Helena Bonham Carter are the first to join the cast. With a rumored main team of eight, we’re halfway there as Bullock takes the role of »
- Leonard Pearce
Steven Spielberg is also producing. It’s the fourth movie that Mendes, who directed the James Bond movies “Skyfall” and “Spectre,” has directed for DreamWorks following “American Beauty,” “The Road to Perdition” and “Revolutionary Road.”
DreamWorks won an auction in April for the rights to Talese’s book, based on the life of Colorado resident Gerald Foos, who opened a hotel so he could watch guests having sex. Talese met Foos in 1980 and agreed to a confidentiality agreement that Foos voided in 2013 after selling the hotel.
An excerpt of “The Voyeur’s Motel” ran in the April 11 issue of the »
- Dave McNary
What does it take to succeed in a man’s world? A Los Angeles Film Festival panel of women cinematographers ivealed what it took to make it to the top of a competitive industry.
1. A shot of LSD. Cinema verite shooter Joan Churchill (“Last Days in Vietnam”) started out by recovering from an eight-hour acid trip, she admitted, to shoot some of the most iconic images from the Rolling Stones Altamont doc, “Gimme Shelter.” That led to the assignment of shooting the Louds in PBS’s “An American Family.” A documentary cameraperson, often working with a hand-held camera and natural light, has to have “people skills,” she said. “You have to be interested in your subjects.” When she moved to London, she couldn’t get work until she joined the Asc—and became its first woman member. Her membership card read: “Lady Cameraman.”
2. Read and reread the script. French-born Maryse Alberti »
- Anne Thompson
William Hurt, in his screen debut, experiments with that nostalgic 80s pastime, sensory deprivation, which culminates in biological devolution. Writer Paddy Chayefsky, credited onscreen as Sidney Aaron despite writing the novel his screenplay was based on, disowned Ken Russell’s wacko hallucinatory approach, which plays more like a remake of Return of the Ape Man. Original director Arthur Penn and fx maven John Dyksytra also resigned after disputes with Chayefsky, whose last picture this was. Darren Aronofsky revisited this territory in The Fountain, to equally mixed results.
- TFH Team
When it was released 10 years ago (on May 26, 2006), "X-Men: The Last Stand" seemed like the end of an era -- the conclusion of the "X-Men" trilogy, the end of director Bryan Singer's involvement with the franchise, and the last time we'd see the original cast. Little did we know that it was only the beginning, that Singer, the X-Men, and even Patrick Stewart as Professor X would all be back with a vengeance.
While "X3" was a huge hit at the box office, it was divisive with fans -- it's the poster-child for why third installments of movie franchises are usually regarded as the worst entry. In honor of the infamous threequel's tenth anniversary, here are ten things you need to know about the summer blockbuster.
1. After directing the first two "X-Men" movies to critical and commercial success, Singer famously dropped out of the third movie to make "Superman Returns. »
- Gary Susman
Cassel is one of France’s biggest stars, with films such as Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan,” Maiwenn’s “Mon Roi” and the upcoming “Jason Bourne.” In “Fleuve Noir,” Cassel will star as a disillusioned cop who starts investigating the death of a child when his estranged delinquent son walks back into his life.
“‘Fleuve Noir’ marks our first collaboration with Curiosa and we expect there will be many more to come. Olivier Delbosc and I have known each other for 20 years and we have similar tastes,” said Nicolas Brigaud-Robert, co-founder of Films Distribution, which has three films playing in Cannes: Brillante Mendoza’s competition title “Ma’Rosa, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Concept Art for "Superman: Flyby"
Welcome back to a special ongoing look at Warner Bros. and how it's handled its DC Comics properties. It's going to be a weekly, ongoing miniseries here at Lrm. This entry will look at what into relaunching the Batman and Superman franchises, and more. We'll explore all of the interesting parallels and forks in the road that brought us to where the Dceu is today.
Last week, we left off in 1997. Batman And Robin came out and was a huge black eye for Warner Bros., effectively turning what was a once promising franchise into a punchline. It was the fourth installment of that series, and it killed Batman almost as definitively as the fourth Superman film had grounded the Man of Steel exactly 10 years earlier.
But before we can look at how Warner Bros. planned to rebound its DC properties post-1997, we have to »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
E/F/O Films has announced a joint venture with legendary game company Atari to bring the two beloved arcade games "Missile Command" and "Centipede" to the big screen as live-action feature films. Both Atari games were launched in 1980, a time considered to be the "Golden Age" of video games.
"Centipede" centered on shooting a vast array of insects including the centipede from the title of the game. In "Missile Command", the point of the game was to protect cities by shooting down missile rockets.
When talking about the partnership to produce the two films, Atari CEO Fred Chesnais said:
"We are thrilled to partner with Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films to develop feature films based on two of our most beloved titles. Centipede and Missile Command are part of Atari’s unparalleled and rich library of popular games and we cannot wait to see the movies come to life."
- J.B. Casas
At 24, Logan Lerman‘s already built up a damn impressive career. He’s done the franchise thing with Percy Jackson, checked off the “Ya adaptation” box with Perks of Being a Wallflower, and worked with filmmakers like David Ayer (Fury), Darren Aronofsky (Noah), and James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma). Now he’s back this summer in Indignation, the directing debut of The Ice […]
- Angie Han
Amazon, Netflix, and other major buyers packed the Olympia theater in Cannes Thursday for a seven-minute promo screening of "Jackie," directed by Pablo Larraín ("No"), written by Noah Oppenheim ("The Maze Runner"), and starring Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy. Portman appears to have turned in a remarkably convincing portrayal of the former First Lady, nailing details like her delicate mannerisms and famously breathy voice. The movie has a grainy texture that's reminiscent of the 1960's, and includes actual film clips from 1963, which has the effect of blurring the lines between archival footage and reenactments. The movie also stars Peter Sarsgaard as Robert Kennedy and Greta Gerwig as a member of the White House staff. Darren Aronofsky, who directed Portman in 2010's "Black Swan," is a producer. "Jackie" covers a four-day period in the former First Lady's life, beginning just before the »
- Graham Winfrey
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.NEWSLiam Neeson in Martin Scorsese's SilenceWe're still waiting for Martin Scorsese's new film set in 17th century Japan, Silence (an adaptation of the same book Masahiro Shinoda's 1971 film is based on), but things may be moving quickly for his next project, the long-in-gestation The Irishman, set to star Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci. We'll believe it when we see it, but we sure want to see it!Cannes begins! If this week's Rushes seems a bit threadbare, it's because we've arrive at the Cannes Film Festival and can't think of anything else. Stay tuned on the Notebook for our festival coverage.Recommended VIEWINGOur very favorite video essayist, Tag Gallagher, has made a new one for Sight & Sound on Raoul Walsh's classic noir western, »
After debuting at last fall's Venice Film Festival, Luca Guadagnino's A Bigger Splash finally arrived stateside. It's another entry in the growing mass of festival titles taking their time to make their way to the Us, with last year's Cannes Palme d'Or winner Dheepan oh so quietly opening next week as well.
A few extra months' wait for Splash is an acceptable compromise consider the six years wait fans of Guadagnino's 2009 slice of divinity I Am Love have had to endure. This time, Guadagnino looks to trade in Love's breathless romanticism for a feverish chic, but upping the ante of the former film's sexual intrigue. It would be some kind of crime against the audience to have a cast like Tilda Swinton (Guadagnino's returning muse), Ralph Fiennes, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Dakota Johnson and not get a little randy.
But wouldn't you be willing to wait for summer to get »
- Chris Feil
Given that Seth MacFarlane’s CV is split between animated televised successes such as Family Guy and live-action movies like Ted, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that Mr MacFarlane is now plotting to jam those skillsets together and make a live-action TV series.
Fox has announced that MacFarlane is developing an as-yet-untitled live-action sci-fi show for the network. He's written the scripts, and will executive produce the series as well as starring in it.
Season 1 of the show will consist of 13 hour-long episodes, and will be set 300 years in the future. It’s all about the crew of the Orville, “a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth’s interstellar Fleet”.
MacFarlane said in a statement, “I’ve wanted to do something like this show ever since I was a kid, »
In between his attempts to revive his signature action franchises, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been flexing his dramatic muscles. First he played the grieving father of a zombie in Maggie, then he signed on for the Darren Aronofsky-produced revenge drama 478. But now he’s veering in the complete opposite direction, joining a promising new project involving some fantastic comedy […]
- Angie Han
This film was co-written and directed by the former Zowie Bowie, Duncan Jones It stars the delightful Sam Rockwell, with voice acting from the also delightful Kevin Spacey We recorded this episode right after the sad passing of Jones’ father, David Bowie I watched this film via a Blu-ray that was given to me by former guest of the show Jake Desaulniers The music was composed by Clint Mansell, who has also scored a bunch of Darren Aronofsky films I still maintain that Steve Jobs is the reason my internet was being flaky Daren Arinofsky isn’t Paul Thomas Anderson, thank goodness Mallrats cost $6 millon to make, whereas Clerks cost $27,575. This film cost »
- Arik Devens
Said to have a tone akin to "Unforgiven," the story centers around General George Washington, who must lead a dying army to fend off a band of brutal mercenaries during the Revolutionary War.
"Assassin's Creed" writers Adam Cooper and Bill Collage have penned the script while Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland are producing. Darren Aronofsky was previously attached to direct and produce through his Protozoa Pictures back in 2012 but is no longer attached.
Scorsese previously worked with Red Granite on "The Wolf of Wall Street", and his latest film "Silence" opens later this year. He remains attached to three long-gestating projects, most notably the film adaptation of »
- Garth Franklin
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