19 items from 2014
In this new golden age of television that we are currently living in, the television industry is poaching some of cinema’s greatest minds more than ever to create their own long form stories after being restricted to the hour and a half to maximum four hours that film allows. The gap is getting increasingly small between the two in terms of quality, and some would argue that TV has already overtaken film in some respects.
Steven Soderbergh, Guillermo del Toro, Eli Roth, Martin Scorsese, and Lars Von Trier have or are about to make the leap from the silver screen to the small screen with The Knick, The Strain, Hemlock Grove, and the upcoming Shutter Island prequel and The House That Jack Built. They’re not the first major filmmakers to create a show; both Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch famously did so with Alfred Hitchcock Presents »
- Max Molinaro
Stream of consciousness is my most abused term, my tool for any defence. I have turned and twisted the words Organic and Stream of Consciousness together with great effect to camouflage my lazy writing for far too long. I have always maintained that I fear being institutionalised and branded by any school of thought because I feared any sort of competition. I feared being exposed and not knowing enough. I feared being intimidated and humiliated even if I was wholeheartedly ready to just sit on the bench and simply applaud for everyone.
Side Hero is a very personal, semi-autobiographical story inspired by various exaggerated events of my childhood. The events that happen are not all true but honest, unabashed and mostly unrealized fantasies that were the truth of my childhood. Using the personal card gives me much more of an edge to fight with the world and accuse »
- Vasan Bala
Coming up with song titles for a score or soundtrack can be a tricky business. The music for a film is usually released before the film itself to get audiences excited, but if the track listing reads like a spoiler list for what happens in the film, the music can end up being more upsetting than enticing. Other times the titles that make up a film score can be boring and forgettable (even if the music is not). However composer Michael Giacchino has taken a different approach by making his track titles stand out by giving them funny (even pun-y) titles. For Giacchino’s most recent project, the score for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, he created one of his most comedic listings yet which Big Fish and Frankenweenie writer John August pointed out on Twitter: With track titles like these plus “Level Plaguing Field,” “Look Who’s Stalking,” “Past »
- Allison Loring
Tom Huller look at this amazing commissioned poster for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Black Maria the nuance of silence in Ida
Stage Buddy reviews the cast album of the Tony Winning "Lady Day"... won't someone please make it into a movie so Audra McDonald can have an Oscar?
Cinema Blend Stan Lee getting greedy in his old age - wants to cameo in DC movies, too
- NATHANIEL R
Today’s film is the 1998 short God. The film is written and directed by John August, and stars Sam Pancake, Martin Yu, and Melissa McCarthy. McCarthy rose to prominence with her role as Sookie St. James on the tv show Gilmore Girls, going on to roles in tv shows such as Samantha Who? and Mike and Molly, as well as movies such as The Nines (where she reprises the character from this short film), Bridesmaids, and The Heat. Her newest feature, titled Tammy, which she also co-wrote, is now playing in wide release in American theatres.
The post Saturday Shorts: ‘God’, starring Melissa McCarthy appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The Oscar-nominated actor will portray Chief Mbonga, although no specific character details were given at this time. The story centers on John Clayton III (Alexander Skarsgård), who was raised in the jungle by apes before returning to London as an adult. Margot Robbie is playing the love of John's life, Jane Foster. Although their characters have not been confirmed by the studio, Christoph Waltz is reportedly playing a military man who encounters Tarzan in the jungle, with Samuel L. Jackson playing Civil War veteran George Washington Williams, who teams up with Tarzan to overthrow an evil warlord.
Mark looks back at the much-reviled Matrix sequels and asks: what went wrong?
This article contains spoilers for the Matrix trilogy.
It seem like a long time ago to some of our younger readers, but those who were there will remember that 2003 was branded “the year of the Matrix” by Warner Bros. Four years after the first film knocked everybody's socks off, Andy and Lana Wachowski made two sequels, an animated anthology, a video game and numerous other tie-ins to expand upon a world that was only hinted at in the original.
The Matrix Reloaded became the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time when it was released in May and held that record until the following Easter's The Passion Of The Christ. A vitriolic critical reception and bad word of mouth undercut any chance that the final instalment, The Matrix Revolutions, had in terms of topping its predecessor when »
Is Marvel's She-Hulk "a giant, green porn star"? Dark Knight and Man of Steel screenwriter David Goyer seems to think so. He recently was a guest on John August's Scriptnotes podcast. While on the show he shared his theory about the character She-Hulk saying,
“So the Hulk was this classic male power fantasy. It’s like, most of the people reading comic books were these people like me who were just these little kids who were getting the shit kicked out of them every day…. And so then they created She-Hulk, right? Who was still smart, so it was like, I think She-Hulk is the chick that you could f--- if you were Hulk, you know what I’m saying?… She-Hulk was the extension of the male power fantasy. So it’s like if I’m going to be this geek who becomes the Hulk, »
- Joey Paur
Towleroad Harvey Milk stamp unveiling live at 3Pm today!
John August's screenwriting podcast talks to the professionals about writing superheroes, masculinity and rebooting past franchises. Featuring: Conan the Barbarian, Captain America and Batman among others
The Av Club suggests that the only appropriate director for the Elvis biopic is... David Lynch?
It’s an almost biblical rags-to-riches tale infused with elements of horror, farce, and even science fiction, and while many have tried to bring it to the screen, there’s yet to be a definitive biopic.
Gawker more 'celebrities reading mean tweets about themselves' feat. Julia, McConaughey, and Emma Stone
In Contention I forgot to mention The Search in my Cannes collection last night, so here's Guy Lodge on »
- NATHANIEL R
The rivalry between Marvel and DC runs deep, and has for decades. So when a creative voice associated with one party comments on record about a character in the other company.s stable, you know that their words are going to be picked over and analyzed by both fervent fan bases. particularly when the comments can be interpreted with sexist and borderline misogynistic undertones. David S. Goyer has a long history with DC Comics, having penned screenplays for motion pictures based on iconic DC characters like Superman (Man of Steel) and Batman (Christopher Nolan.s Dark Knight films). That doesn.t mean Goyer doesn.t pay attention to the Marvel stable of heroes, and he commented on one . She-Hulk . during an appearance on screenwriter John August.s ScriptNotes podcast. Goyer was one of several panel members recording in front of a live audience, including co-host Craig Mazin, as well as »
Just because David S. Goyer is currently hard at work on DC Entertainment properties in both film (Batman V. Superman) and television (Constantine) doesn’t mean he doesn’t have any opinions about Marvel characters -- even though many fans of Marvel may wish differently. During an appearance on screenwriter John August’s Scriptnotes podcast alongside Andrea Berloff, Craig Mazin and Captain America: The Winter Soldier screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, Goyer talked about his theory about the character She-Hulk. Story: David Goyer Joins James Cameron for ‘Fantastic Voyage’ (Exclusive) “So the Hulk was this classic male power fantasy,” he said.
- Graeme McMillan
First off, thank to themarysue.com for coming across this. John August and Craig Mazin host Scriptnotes Podcast, and on last night's broadcast they interviewed writers: Andrea Berloff, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely and David Goyer. the discussion was centered on adapting superheroes for film, and this is when Goyer chimed in with some unflattering comments regarding Martian Manhunter and She-Hulk. Let's first look at his comments about Martian Manhunter, aka J'onn J'onzz. As many of you know, he's the green alien that is part of the Justice League. He conceals his identity on Earth by posing as a Lieutenant Homicide Detective for the Metropolis police department under the identity of John Jones. When Goyer was approached about adapting the character for film he harshly criticized the character, implying that Martian Manhunter was too obscure for the general audience. “How many people in the audience have heard of Martian Manhunter?” After »
Leaders of the Writers Guild of America are touting their new contract as addressing key problems for TV writers — who are now seeing far shorter seasons.
“Importantly, we have now placed limits on the options and exclusivity requirements often imposed on episodic television writers,” said negotiating commmitte co-chairs Billy Ray and Chip Johannessen in a note to members.
“Our negotiations on these issues were complicated and protracted, but the companies worked with us to find solutions,” the duo said in the note. “As a result, the endless unpaid holds that have become more and more commonplace in television have now been addressed in the Mba (minimum basic agreement) for the first time ever.”
The tentative three-year deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers was reached late Tuesday following two days of talks over the options and exclusivity requirements. The other issues had been settled as of the first week of March. »
- Dave McNary
Screenwriter and director John August and his colleagues at Quote-Unquote Apps have launched Weekend Read, a full-featured screenplay reader for the iPhone. The app imports scripts in Final Draft, Pdf, Fountain, Markdown and text formats and then creates an “optimized view” that’s perfectly sized for the iPhone’s 4″ screen. Fonts can be increased, decreased or changed; there’s a “night mode”; and scripts can be imported from Dropbox, a URL, email or any app that has an “Open in” option. I read screenplays on my iPad using Goodreader to narrow the margins and thus increase the font size. It’s a decent […] »
- Scott Macaulay
David Yates is helming the pic. Plot details are still vague but the film will be released in 3D.
A bigscreen adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ series of novels, “Tarzan” is produced by Jerry Weintraub and Alan Riche, with Mike Richardson and Yates exec producing. Numerous scribes worked on the script, including John August, Marianne Wibberley and, most recently, Adam Cozad.
Warner Bros. is already seeing this as a big summer with the untitled Superman-Batman movie set to open on May 6, 2016.
- Justin Kroll
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 6 Feb 2014 - 06:08
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2007, and another 25 overlooked gems...
For some reason, the number three was a common factor in several blockbuster movies of 2007. The third film in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series (At World's End) dominated the box office, Spider-Man 3 marked Sam Raimi's last entry as director in the series, while Mike Myers went for a hat trick of hits with Shrek The Third.
I Am Legend was the third and most financially successful attempt to bring Richard Matheson's classic novel to the big screen, Rush Hour 3 marked Jackie Chan's last action pairing with Chris Tucker, while Zack Snyder's musky sword-swinger 300 was notable for having the number three in the title.
Iffy attempts at numerology aside, 2007 was also a superb for year for movies in general - particularly underappreciated ones, »
Film Independent has scheduled a special conversation with Oscar and Spirit Award nominated director Alexander Payne (“Nebraska”) on February 27 at the Directors Close-Up Series. Also recently added to the February 19 panel "Writing and Directing" are writer-actress and Spirit nominated Julie Delpy (“Before Midnight”), Spirit nominated Bob Nelson (“Nebraska”) and scribe John August (“Frankenweenie,” “Big Fish”).Already announced panelists include Alfonso Cuarón (“Gravity”), Scott Cooper (“Out of the Furnace”), Ernest Dickerson (“The Walking Dead,” “The Wire”), writer-producer Scott Neustadter (“The Spectacular Now”), Jeremy Podeswa (“Boardwalk Empire,” “The Newsroom”), and Jill Soloway (“Afternoon Delight”).The panels cover the following topics:Tuesday, February 11– Alfonso Cuarón: The Force Behind GravityWednesday, February 19– Writing and Directing Thursday, February 27– The Independent Spirit: A Conversation with Alexander PayneWednesday, March 5– Casting and Directing »
- Beth Hanna
Who can keep up this week?
Vanity Fair Katey Rich on the embarassing Armond White display at the New York Film Critics Circle awards ceremony. I seriously don't know why the Nyfcc risks their reputation this way each year?
BBC Jane Campion will head the Cannes jury this year. Yay! (Although this article weirdly states that Campion is the only female to win the Palme D'Or which is no longer true. Lea Seydoux & Adele Exarchopoulus won with their director for Blue is the Warmest Color
Time 50 things you didn't know about Nicolas Cage for his 50th birthday
THR hilarious interview about the forthcoming Golden Globes with »
- NATHANIEL R
Alexa here. Josh Abraham is a man of many hats: writer, producer, cartoonist. At his etsy shop he sells some of his artwork that has a film spin; I particularly like his Manic Pixie Dream Girl print, which is updated to include Samantha from Her. In a series of prints he's titled "Screenplay Heroes," Josh has turned his had to sketching some famous writers like Woody Allen and the Coen brothers (in the running for Oscar noms again this year) onto pages of their screenplays. His vaguely Hirschfeld-esque portraits really lend themselves to the black and white pages.
19 items from 2014
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