10 items from 2014
If the guy from the Dos Equis commericals is The Most Interesting Man In The World, it’s possible that Tilda Swinton is The Most Interesting Woman – though she has the advantage since she’s real, and so are her accomplishments. Taleted, thoughtful and endlessly idiosyncratic, Swinton has been crafting indelible characters on film since the late 1980s, when she worked with late director Derek Jarman, and slowly moved into more mainstream projects where her natural singularity created distinctive, memorable characters and performances. And since 2005, she has collaborated closely with equally unique filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, in whose latest project, Only Lovers Left Alive, she plays Eve, an anachonristic – and yet timeless – vampire in a long-term, and long-distance relationship with her equally immortal partner Adam (Tom Hiddleston).
Swinton recently spoke to press at the film’s Los Angeles press day, where she unpacked the film’s themes – and its impact on »
- Todd Gilchrist
With no more skin in the "Bourne" game—he's decidedly not involved with Justin Lin's "Bourne 5" coming next summer—Tony Gilroy has some time on his hands and what better way to spend that free time than to talk screenwriting with some BAFTA members. The half-hour long lecture finds Gilroy shedding light on his "entire Kama Sutra of Hollywood experience," joking about how he's "assumed both positions as a screenwriter." The talk finds the "Michael Clayton" writer-director in his usual completely honest mode. Essentially, any time with a writer of Gilroy's stature is definitely something you'll want to check out. Whether you're a fan of the filmmaker or just wanting to learn more about the industry, this lecture—part of BAFTA's Screenwriters Lecture series—is well worth a look. Watch it below. »
- Cain Rodriguez
Even in a generic corporate office, in the middle of an exhausting multi-city promotional tour, Tilda Swinton couldn't help but be cheeky. The statuesque Scottish Oscar-winner gave an impromptu tour of her home for the day — an antiseptic room at Sony Pictures Classics, distributor of her slow-burn vampire film Only Lovers Left Alive. (It opens Friday, April 11th.) She pointed out the framed, crookedly hung Sony logo on the wall ("That's a lovely piece of art," she said dryly, "Can you imagine?") and commented on a lonely bulbous vase guarding »
Feature Simon Brew 31 Mar 2014 - 05:42
Blockbuster season is almost upon us, but what will next summer's big hitters be? Here's a roundup
Once upon a time, summer blockbuster season 2015 was set to be packed with the biggest collision of big franchises we'd ever seen together. However, one by one, lots of these films moved away to other dates. As such, you won't be seeing Star Wars: Episode VII, Pirates Of The Caribbean 5, Independence Day 2, Batman Vs Superman or Finding Dory in a cinema next summer.
But even with those films gone, there's still no shortage of huge movies battling for your cash in a year's time. And as is traditional for us at the start of summer blockbuster season, we've taken a look at what's coming up in 12 months' time.
When a well-known actor takes a job for the cash, the final result generally comes off as little more than a paycheck for all involved. Actress Tilda Swinton is lucky, in that regard. Her work-for-hire performances have served the likes of David Fincher, Tony Gilroy, the Coen Brothers, and the perfectly fine adaptation of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Those pictures aren’t Swinton “selling out,” but taking on respectable gigs with people whose work she admires. What revs the actress up the most are the kind of projects that represent who she is. “That’s just the way I roll,” says Swinton on her long history of staying in the trenches with the projects and filmmakers that she deeply connects with. She’s someone that stands by her director. If you recall, when Bong Joon-Ho’s director’s cut of Snowpiercer was in danger of being chopped up for its Us release, Swinton »
- Jack Giroux
After taking in three Academy Awards with Paul Greengrass. 2007 spy thriller The Bourne Ultimatum (for editing, sound mixing and sound editing), Universal .s series went back to no nominations with Tony Gilroy.s The Bourne Legacy in 2012. While we wait to see who or what will get attached to the fifth Bourne film, Universal is keeping award-friendly directors around for all their adaptations of Robert Ludlum novels. The studio is bringing back their take on the 1982 bestseller The Parsifal Mosaic, with revered Chinese director Zhang Yimou gracefully fistfighting his way to the director.s chair. A Chinese director handling a Hollywood film is as rare as a moon that is actually colored blue without a scientific explanation. My interest is certainly piqued. The interest wasn.t there as much back in 2009 when Ron Howard was attached to direct, before that fell apart and he made the modern spy masterpiece The »
New York – February 7, 2014 – Producers and writing partners Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer have signed on to Syfy’s new supernatural drama Dominion as Executive Producers and to be co-Showrunners along with Executive Producer Vaun Wilmott, the channel announced today. The series is from Universal Cable Productions and Bold Films, and is slated to premiere on Syfy in June of this year.
In joining Dominion, Slavkin & Swimmer extend a long-running creative working relationship with Syfy and Universal Cable Productions. They are Executive Producers and writers on the upcoming second season of Defiance, having been consulting producers for groundbreaking show’s first season in 2013. They were also consulting producers »
- Erin Willard
In honor of the Sochi Games, PopWatch is taking a look back at a few of our favorite Winter Olympics-themed movies. First up: The Cutting Edge, the classic 1992 “hockey player meets figure skater” romantic comedy. We talked to star D.B. Sweeney — who played cocky ex-hockey star Doug Dorsey, opposite Moira Kelly’s snooty ice queen Kate Moseley — about the making of the film, the impossible physics of its climactic bounce-spin-throw (the “Pamchenko”), and its truly wretched sequels. Toe pick!
Entertainment Weekly: First of all: Do you resent people still asking you about The Cutting Edge?
D.B. Sweeney: No, it’s great. »
- Hillary Busis
Director: Dan Gilroy
Writer: Dan Gilroy
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Not a character spin-off from the X-Men series, but rather the directing debut from the writer of Real Steel, The Bourne Legacy and the more noteworthy title in his scribing filmography: The Fall. Paired with cinematographer Robert Elswit (Paqul Thomas Anderson’s right-hand man), this is an adult dramatic thriller might be our L.A. Confidential for the new age. Off the record, on the Qt, and very hush-hush.
Gist: A young man stumbles upon the underground world of L.A. freelance crime journalism.
Release Date: Shot in October of last year, it would not be impossible to see this break into Cannes but this will likely be a red carpet premiere in Toronto where films featuring Jake »
- Eric Lavallee
Avengers: Age of Ultron is shaping up to be an international affair, following an earlier report from this week that production will take place in northern Italy, and a new, unconfirmed report that reveals shooting will also take place in South Korea. The production has also added a new cast member in South Korean native Soo-hyun Kim as an unspecified villain.
The sequel will use Incheon City, described as one of the South Korean capitol Seoul's "satellite cities," and Seoul's Gangnam neighborhood as shooting locations, although it isn't known when production will begin, or what the locations will be used for. Stars Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson will be present for the shoot.
As for Soo-hyun Kim, the relatively unknown actress beat out 40 other hopefuls for the role. She is fluent in English and has experience in handling action sequences, both of which are said to be factors in her landing the role. »
10 items from 2014
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