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While blockbuster cinema is largely marketed on the back of things like name recognition, brand appeal and built-in fanbases, these big-budget movies live and die by their action scenes. With tens, often hundreds, of millions of dollars being spent on these productions its a virtual guarantee that each and every trailer will contain at least one ‘money shot’ that will make the movie seem like a must-see event in an attempt to entice casual viewers to part with their hard earned cash.
Most of the time these ‘trailer moments’ are organic to the story and integral to the plot, but there can be exceptions. Take the incredibly misleading trailers for Nimrod Antal’s Predators for example; nearly every promo featured Adrien Brody’s character with dozens of weapon sights trained on him, but in the finished movie there was only one. More recently, the marketing blitz for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 »
- Scott Campbell
A total of 50 films are to make up the retrospective Eastern Promises: Autobiography of Eastern Europe at the 62nd San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 19-27).
The line-up includes movies produced since 2000 in the countries that lived under Soviet influence after the Second World War and include some that were never released theatrically in Spain.
Several directors of films in the retrospective will attend the festival to present their works including Sarunas Bartas (Lithuania), Kristina Buožytė (Lithuania), Marian Crisan (Romania), Mira Fornay (Slovakia), Bohdan Sláma (Czech Republic), Malgorzata Szumowska (Poland) and Anna Viduleja (Latvia).
A book will be published to accompany the retrospective with contributions from journalists and critics across Europe.
The titles are:
Kruh In Mleko / Bread And Milk
Jan Cvitkovic (Slovenia) 2001
A modern classic of Slovenian cinema, the tale of a man who went out for bread and milk and lost himself to alcohol »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
San Diego - Oscar-winner Melissa Leo is such a convincing actress that for a brief moment on the "Wayward Pines" press line at San Diego Comic-Con, she had me doubting whether I even knew where I really was. "I think the show is full of, like a lot of [M.] Night ]Shyamalan]'s work, you think who know you're talking to, but do you know who you're talking to?" said Leo ominously. "Do you even really know where you are?" Cue existential crisis. Thankfully, I recovered just enough to continue posing questions to Leo and her co-star Toby Jones about the upcoming Fox "event series," including whether shooting the filmmaker-driven show - which in addition to executive-producer Shyamalan features episodes helmed by such big-screen directors as Nimrod Antal ("Predators," "Metallica Through the Never") and Zal Batmanglij ("The East") - feels at times more like shooting a movie than a TV seris "In some ways yes, »
- Chris Eggertsen
The Hungarian film biz is on a roll, and keen to maintain its momentum. Variety spoke to Agnes Havas, head of the Hungarian National Film Fund, who is attending the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival this week, about the three Hungarian features playing in Karlovy Vary, the imminent rise of the production incentive to 25%, and the return of the national movie kudofest, the Hungarian Film Week.
The renaissance of Hungary’s film biz continues a year on from the Crystal Globe victory at Karlovy Vary for Janos Szasz’s “The Notebook,” the first film to receive coin from Hungary’s new movie support org, the Hungarian National Film Fund, which launched in late 2011. The film went on to be selected as Hungary’s Oscar entry and reached the Academy’s short-list of nine films. It was acquired in North America by Sony Pictures Classics. At Cannes this year, another Hungarian film, »
- Leo Barraclough
Call off the hounds! Cancel the chopper! The new Predator movie isn't a reboot after all! It's going to be a sequel instead.
Contrary to the original report that was doing the rounds - including on this site - the new Predator film that 20th Century Fox has ordered is set to be a sequel, rather than a reboot.
The clarification has come from Shane Black. Black is the man tasked with putting together the story outline for the movie, which Fred Dekker will then write. After that, Black - who last helmed Iron Man 3 - will be directing as well.
Chatting to Collider, Black said "why start over, when you've all this rich mythology yet to mine?". He added that while he's not a fan of reboots as a rule, he can "really get behind inventive sequels".
Yesterday, news broke that Iron Man 3 director Shane Black would be teaming with Monster Squad screenwriter Fred Dekker for a reboot of 20th Century Fox’s beloved Predator franchise. It came as no surprise that the studio wanted to try their hand (again) at reviving the series, but it was exciting to hear Black’s name involved. However, as is the case every time the words “reboot” or “remake” are thrown around, people tend to get a bit protective of original films, and this case is no different.
Well, we’re happy to tell you that the naysayers have nothing to worry about, because according to Black, his film won’t really be a reboot. He didn’t give any concrete details, of course, but did speak with Collider about his and Dekker’s approach to the material, saying:
“As far as Fred [Dekker] and I are concerned anyway, why start over, »
- James Garcia
In case you missed it: yesterday, it was announced that “Iron Man 3” and “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” director Shane Black was hired to direct and write the new treatment of a “Predator” film. Black, of course, also famously started his career as a writer (the “Lethal Weapon” series who eventually became one of, if not, the highest-paid screenwriter in all of Hollywood. The original report said 20th Century Fox would be rebooting the series which did raise a few eyebrows because they had just rebooted the series four years earlier via producer Robert Rodriguez and director Nimrod Antal (the film stalled out with less than $55 million domestically). So if at first you don’t succeed with your reboot, try, try again to reboot, right? Maybe not. Speaking with Collider today, Black said his version of “Predator” will not be a do-over. Describing it instead as a “inventive sequel.” “As »
- Edward Davis
It’s nearly 30 years since Black was asked to help on the script of the original 80s action classic, he said no then despite being given a small role in the movie. Now the Lethal Weapon and Monsters Squad writer appears ready to return to the concept.
Black’s last project was Iron Man 3, another successful entry into the Marvel Universe. Black was widely praised for handling the comic-book hero with the panache that saw him direct Tony Stark actor Robert Downey Jr successfully in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. The film made over $1.2bn on a $200m budget.
The original Predator was released in 1987 and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers and Jesse Ventura as commandos battling a deadly and seemingly unstoppable alien life-form in the Central American jungle. »
- Mark Worgan
It's been four years since the Robert Rodriguez-produced, Nimrod Antal-directed "Predators," a reboot of the franchise that kinda went nowhere. The film opened third at the box office in its first weekend, barely made more than $50 million domestic, and ultimately tallied up less than "Alien Vs. Predator" or "Aliens Vs. Predator - Requiem." But Fox reckons it's still a valuable property that people care about (or they're gonna make them care about it) because barely four years on, plans are underway for a reboot. THR reports that Shane Black ("Lethal Weapon," "Iron Man 3") will write the treatment and direct a new version of "Predator." What fans probably already know is that Black had a small role in the original Arnold Schwarzenegger joint, and was asked several times to give a polish to the script of that film, which he refused each and every time. So it's safe »
- Kevin Jagernauth
20th Century Fox is rebooting its Predator franchise, and it’s doing so with a curious (though also fitting) piece of talent in tow. THR reports that Lethal Weapon screenwriter and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3 writer/director Shane Black is poised to pen the treatment for the Predator reboot and is also attached to direct. The plan is for Black to hand over his treatment to collaborator Fred Dekker, who will then pen the full screenplay with Black acting as overseer. Black and Dekker (which is probably also the name of their improv troupe) previously co-wrote the excellent horror comedy The Monster Squad in 1987, which Dekker also directed. Hit the jump for more on the Predator redo and Black's potential slate. News of the new Predator reboot comes courtesy of THR, but story details are unclear at this time. Black actually has a connection to the Predator franchise, »
- Adam Chitwood
Shane Black is attached to direct a reboot of the classic 80s action movie “Predator” for 20th Century Fox, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Black will co-write a treatment for the film with “Monster Squad” director Fred Dekker, who will then write the screenplay himself. See also: Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe Circling Shane Black's Noir Film ‘The Nice Guys’ (Exclusive) John Davis will produce under his Davis Entertainment banner. Fox recently tried rebooting the hit “Predator” franchise in 2010 with Nimrod Antal directing and Robert Rodriguez producing. Black is currently focused on casting his noir film “The Nice Guys, »
- Jeff Sneider
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
new to stream
Upstream Color: a confounding intellectual mystery, an enigmatic philosophical science fantasy that’s like a cinematic Moebius strip; it must be experienced to be appreciated, even as it defies full understanding [my review] [at Netflix] The Frozen Ground: in a rote cat-and-mouse cop-and-serial-killer story, Vanessa Hudgens’ “victim” is far more compelling than either cop Nicolas Cage or killer John Cusack [my review] [at Netflix] Vacancy: Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale are trapped in the creepiest motel ever; the first Hollywood film from Nimród Antal [at Netflix]
recent movies new to streaming
Endless Love: shockingly not terrible, and says some things that need to be said more often, like how dads do not own their teenaged daughters [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] The Pretty One: far too blithe and cheery, yet nowhere near madcap and comic enough, for its potentially powerful switched-twins »
- MaryAnn Johanson
History suggests that it took about six hours for Mt. Vesuvius to bury Pompeii in a thick coat of lava and ash. It took most critics even less time to bury “Pompeii” the movie in volcanic invective, resulting in a woeful 28% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an only slightly more encouraging 41 on Metacritic. Meanwhile, the vox populi has spoken, leading to a dismal $10 million opening weekend (against a reported $100 million budget). But look closer and, like those flailing limbs jutting out from the real Pompeii’s petrified in-situ corpses, a few persuasive dissenters can be heard amid the dismissive din. They douse the violent inferno with enthusiastic praise for the movie’s action sequences, for its use of 3D, and above all for its director, Paul W.S. Anderson. And they are not wrong to do so. Welcome to the cult of the vulgar auteur.
Of course, one can scarcely »
- Scott Foundas
Remember last year when through its Amazon overlords Lovefilm put several pilots online including the pretty good failed Zombieland pilot? Well, they are at it again with ten new pilots, none of which have committed to series yet but with which the lucky few will go to one of those full season exclusive type deals that Netflix do so well.
I don’t know about you but I kind of wish they would just commit to something right out the gate and take the risks, its paid off for Netflix so far and Amazon are attracting some major talent to their stable too.
The pilots include; Bosch a detective show based on a Michael Connelly book series and starring the great Titus Welliver, Kids shows Wishenproof, Hardboiled Eggheads, The JoB and Graff Show and Gortimer Gibbons Life on Normal Street. We also have comedy from The Rebels; a kind of »
- Chris Holt
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