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Johnny Depp Wanted to Be in ‘Face/Off’ Until He Realized It Wasn’t About Hockey

Johnny Depp Wanted to Be in ‘Face/Off’ Until He Realized It Wasn’t About Hockey
Everyone knows “Face/Off” isn’t about hockey. What a new oral history presupposes is…what if it had been? ShortList recently took a deep dive into the beloved, bonkers action flick starring Nicolas Cage and John Travolta (or is it the other way around?), which was almost a very different movie with a very different star. “Demolition Man” director Marco Brambilla was briefly attached to the project, and Johnny Depp was considering starring — until he realized it wasn’t about hockey.

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According to co-writer Michael Colleary, the studio was only interested in casting Cage if they could also cast Depp. Just one problem: “After finally reading the script, however, Depp refused to take part. Having read the title he thought the film would be about hockey. He was
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Newswire: Johnny Depp wasn’t in Face/Off because he was sad it wasn’t about hockey

As far as ’90s action trash goes, Face/Off is fairly sublime, combining a gleefully dumb premise with some great over-the-top acting from both John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. But the tale of Sean Archer and Castor Troy was almost a very different film—multiple times over—as revealed in a recent oral history courtesy of Ralph Jones at ShortList. Jones’ article tracks the multiple incarnations of the film, including the time it almost starred Johnny Depp—except he was too mad that it wasn’t about hockey.

The anecdote in question comes from a period when the film was briefly in the hands of Demolition Man director Marco Brambilla, when Paramount wanted Depp in one of the starring roles, opposite Cage. When Depp finally got around to reading the script, though, he realized that, contrary to what he’d thought, it wasn’t a hockey film, and he abruptly
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What's your favourite Sandra Bullock movie? Digital Spy staff picks

What's your favourite Sandra Bullock movie? Digital Spy staff picks
Many happy returns to Sandra Bullock, who celebrates her 50th birthday today!

The one-time action movie sidekick and Hollywood's favourite funny girl, Bullock has gradually refashioned herself as a bona fide A-lister thanks to her Oscar-winning turn in The Blind Side and last year's box office smash Gravity.

With such an eclectic back catalogue it's hard to single out any one movie. With that in mind, Digital Spy opened up the floor to staff to pose one simple question: What's your favourite Sandra Bullock movie? Here are the results...

Emma Dibdin, Features Editor - The Net

In the interest of full disclosure, I will say that it's been a good ten years since I last watched The Net. Viewing it now, in the cold light of the 21st century, it has not dated well. But aside from being hugely entertaining with a plot that falls just the right side of ludicrous,
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Liam Hemsworth Walks First Red Carpet After Miley Cyrus Breakup

Liam Hemsworth Walks First Red Carpet After Miley Cyrus Breakup
Liam Hemsworth is back on the scene. The Paranoia actor made his first red carpet appearance since announcing the end of his relationship with Miley Cyrus on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The 23-year-old Aussie hit up the Boss Columbus Circle flagship store opening in New York City, where he bonded with new dad Josh Duhamel. The event doubled as the premiere of Anthropocene by Marco Brambilla. The 6-foot-3 star didn't stop for interviews—presumably to avoid being questioned about Cyrus and Eiza González—but he did tell E! News in passing that he loves Hugo Boss' "suits" and "style." Inside the party, a source says Hemsworth was "doing a shimmie" near the DJ booth while listening...
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Liam Hemsworth Looks Handsome on First Red Carpet After Miley Cyrus Split

Liam Hemsworth Looks Handsome on First Red Carpet After Miley Cyrus Split
Better after breakup? It certainly appears so! Since splitting from Miley Cyrus last week, Liam Hemsworth walked his first red carpet on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The 23-year-old Australian actor looked hotter than ever at the celebration of the Hugo Boss Columbus Circle flagship opening, featuring the premiere of the Anthropocene by Marco Brambilla video installation, in New York City. Hemsworth gave a sexy smile to photographers while posing in a black fitted suit with stripped shirt, black tie and white pocket square. An eyewitness tells Us Weekly [...]
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Demolition Man: it's 20 years since Stallone was frozen

Ryan Lambie Nov 20, 2016

On this day in 1996, Sly Stallone's John Spartan was frozen in the action flick, Demolition Man. We take a timely look back...

Outside the crowd-pleasing safety of the Rocky and Rambo franchises, Sylvester Stallone’s career has seen mixed fortunes. Some of his movies were entertaining, but didn’t make huge amounts of money (such as 1981’s Nighthawks), while others were either critical or financial calamities – Stallone’s ill-advised forays into comedy, Oscar and Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot spring to mind.

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In fact, Stallone’s entire career is studded with alternating hits and misses; 1987 arm-wrestling drama Over The Top under-performed, but Rambo III came out the following year
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Joe Cornish direct sci-fi novel Snow Crash

British film-maker to follow up 2011's acclaimed Attack the Block with dystopian tale set in a Us governed by corporations

Attack the Block director Joe Cornish is to follow up his cult sci fi debut with an adaptation of Neal Stephenson's 1992 cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, according to a report on Deadline.

Snow Crash is set in a dystopian Us of the near future, where government has broken down and the country is controlled by competing corporate entities, each with its own territory. The narrative follows a hacker called Hiro Protagonist who investigates a potent drug, Snow Crash, which also operates as a computer virus that infects users' minds.

Plans for a film adaptation were announced shortly after the novel's publication, with directors such as Marco Brambilla and Vincenzo Natali previously expressing interest, but nothing materialised.

Despite Attack the Block's minimal commercial success (it had a worldwide box office take of $5.8m,
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Get Their Attention: 5 Ideas for Memorable Digital Outreach from Vimeo Fest and Beyond

The Vimeo Festival and Awards (which wrapped its second edition on Saturday, June 9) is definitely not your average film festival. Technology panels are interspersed with workshops on lighting, sound and editing; videos often run in the sub-five-minute range; and unpacking the unique challenges of being a maker in the digital age is always at the foreground of conversation. Which is to say that the focus is pretty much everywhere but the classic 90-minute-ish film you'd see in the movie theater. 'Limited Editions in the Digital World' was one session I watched with avid interest. It featured Museum of Modern Art curator Barbara London and video artist Marco Brambilla, talking about the peculiar challenges of applying notions of 'collectability' to digital works when YouTube and Vimeo make video so ubiquitous. Coming from the fine art world, they were interested in cultivating scarcity. As someone who provides digital strategy consulting to creative individuals,
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Tiff Bell Lightbox Presents The Rise of Beefcake Cinema: ‘Demolition Man’ destroys Aldous Huxley’s magnum opus

Demolition Man

Directed by Marco Brambilla

Written by Daniel Waters, Robert Reneau and Peter M. Lenkov

USA, 1993

When Aldous Huxley wrote Brave New World in 1931, he wanted to warn the present of an impending dystopia. Filled with ignorance, ostentation, and a blatant disregard for humanity, Huxley foresaw the future as being grim, and if he ever lived to see Marco Brambilla’s Demolition Man, he surely would’ve felt vindicated, if not prophetic.

Loud, kitsch, and surprisingly empty, Demolition Man aimed to use Brave New World as a foundation for its statement against executive abuses of power, but instead, it destroys Aldous Huxley’s magnum opus by becoming the exact thing it warned of.

Set in 1996, Sergeant John Spartan (Sylvester Stallone) is one of Los Angeles’ most prolific and notorious cops. Dubbed the ‘Demolition Man’, Spartan is renown for getting the job done, and causing a fiery cataclysm while doing so.
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The Golden Donkey Venice 2011

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Our Deaths, in memoriam was the project title of Lav Diaz' Kagadanan sa Banwaan Ning mga Engkanto (2007). For the Ferroni Brigade, it became the motto of Venice 2011—specters of dear lives gone seemed to roam the event, the Mostra internazionale d’arte cinematografica as well as the Esposizione internazionale d'arte, and beyond.

We always commemorate the murder of Nika Bohinc and Alexis Tioseco on September 1st 2009, quietly, invariably in Venice; it was here that we heard about the crime; now, whenever we go to the press room to check our e-mails, deep down something inside us is afraid of getting another message like that one; fittingly, one of the last films we saw this year was Diaz' latest, Siglo ng Pagluluwal (Century of Birthing, 2011), which ends with a dedication to them, and talks about the way our loved ones, just like cherished ideas, notions and visions are essentially eternal,
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Sundance: The “Future Normal” Of New Frontier

Now in its sixth year, the New Frontiers section at Sundance premiered yesterday at its new home at The Yard, in an unassuming building across from a snow-cloaked cemetery. Presenting the year’s crop of new media, transmedia and experiential video art to a room of press, Sundance programmer Shari Frilot explained her curatorial criteria, though not before a number of the pieces had to turn off their sound (a booming heart beat coming through the wall of Ho Tzu Nyen’s The Cloud of Unknowing on her left, the Wagnerian glory coming from Marco Brambilla’s Evolution (Megaplex) to her right.) “What will resonate and expand film culture?”

Speaking before the festival, Frilot expanded on the function she wants New Frontiers to serve for Sundance viewers. Whereas previous years have focused on how we use technology and new systems to blend our body and media, this year seems to
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Notebook 4th Writers Poll: The Ferroni Brigade's Double Trouble Madness '11

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Many—maybe too many, looking at this bunch of bone-tired warriors of Av-virtue—were the travels the Ferroni Brigade embarked on all through 2011: oftentimes for festivals all over Europe, sometimes for visits to this archive or that as part of our programming arbeit (to be read with a Japanese drawl). During those months in the dark, we saw a lot—some of which chimed and rhymed with new works we encountered in this multiplex back home or that gallery abroad, on this collector's Steenbeck or in that producer's private projection room (they still exist).

On one of those trips, we were joined by our main Mubi-man, His Kasness a.k.a. the Kasest with whom we plunged one evening into a brainstorming on what The Festival would look and feel like (truth be told: it was more like a communal delirium—but what do you expect from folks sitting
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Sundance Announces Artists And Projects For Their 2012 New Frontier Program

Sundance announced today the lineup for their annual New Frontier program, taking place Friday, January 20 through Saturday, January 28 as part of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. This year’s lineup features installations from multimedia artists such as Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then director Brent Green, creators Eva & Franco Mattes, and indie gaming company Molleindustria.

Now in its sixth year, New Frontier provides a venue for innovative media installations, multimedia performances, transmedia experiences, and panel discussions. For the first time, the program will be taking place simultaneously at two locations: The Yard (1251 Kearns Blvd.) in Park City and the Salt Lake Art Center (20 South West Temple). It’s free and open to the public, so if you’re in the area this January (as I suspect many of you will be), check it out.

The full lineup:


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Artists: Jeremy Mendes and Leanne Allison (Canada)

Jeremy Mendes and Leanne Allison
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New Blu-ray and DVD Releases: August 16th

Rank the week of August 16th’s Blu-ray and DVD new releases against the best films of all-time: New Releases Jane Eyre

(Blu-ray & DVD | PG13 | 2011)

Flickchart Ranking: #3143

Win Percentage: 55%

Times Ranked: 1594

Top-20 Rankings: 7

Directed By: Cary Fukunaga

Starring: Mia WasikowskaMichael FassbenderJamie BellJudi DenchImogen Poots

Genres: Drama • Gothic Film • Mystery • Period Film • Romance • Romantic Drama • Romantic Mystery

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Something Borrowed

(Blu-ray & DVD | PG13 | 2011)

Flickchart Ranking: #8753

Win Percentage: 40%

Times Ranked: 456

Top-20 Rankings: 3

Directed By: Luke Greenfield

Starring: Kate HudsonGinnifer GoodwinJohn KrasinskiColin EgglesfieldSteve Howey

Genres: Comedy • Comedy Drama • Drama • Romance • Romantic Comedy • Romantic Drama

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(Blu-ray & DVD | PG13 | 2011)

Flickchart Ranking: #6278

Win Percentage: 43%

Times Ranked: 1274

Top-20 Rankings: 5

Directed By: Scott Charles Stewart

Starring: Paul BettanyKarl UrbanCam GigandetMaggie QLily Collins

Genres: Action • Comic-Book Superhero Film • Horror • Monster Film • Religious Horror • Science Fiction • Sci-Fi Action • Sci-Fi Horror • Supernatural Horror
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Blu Monday: Muppets, Bowling Balls, and Lots of Guns!

Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Agent 8 3/4 (1964)

Directed by: Ralph Thomas

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Sylva Koscina, Robert Morley

Synopsis: Unemployed Czech-speaking writer Nicholas Whistler thinks he’s got a job visiting Prague for a bit of industrial espionage. In fact he is now in the employ of British Intelligence. His pretty chauffeuse on arrival behind the Iron Curtain, Comrade Simonova, is herself a Czech agent. Just as well she’s immediately attracted to 007′s unwitting replacement. []

Special Features: Unknown.

Armed And Dangerous (1986)

Directed by: Mark L. Lester

Starring: John Candy, Eugene Levy, Meg Ryan, Robert Loggia

Synopsis: Dooley, a cop wrongly sacked for corruption, teams up with a useless defense lawyer in their new careers… as security guards. When the two are made fall guys for a robbery at a location they are guarding, the pair begin to investigate corruption within the company and their union.
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Venice 2011 Lineup

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Dueling festival lineups! It seems that for every announcement for the Toronto International Film Festival lineup comes a competing (and often overlapping)  one from Venice.  Here we're collecting the finalized Venice lineups so far. (Above image: Philippe Garrel's A Burning Hot Summer.)


The Ides of March (George Clooney, USA) (opening night) 4:44 Last Day on Earth (Abel Ferrara, USA) Alps (Yorgos Lanthimos, Greece) A Burning Hot Summer (Philippe Garrel, France) Carnage (Roman Polanski, France/Germany/Spain/Poland) Chicken With Plums (Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, France/Belgium/Germany) A Dangerous Method (David Cronenberg, Canada) Dark Horse (Todd Solondz, USA) The Exchange (Eran Kolirin, Israel/Germany) Faust (Alexander Sokurov, Russia) Himizu (Sion Sono, Japan) Killer Joe (William Friedkin, USA) Life without Principle (Johnnie To, Hk) Quando la notte (Cristina Comencini, Italy) Seediq Bale (Wei Desheng, Taiwan) Shame (Steve McQueen, UK) Terraferma (Emanuele Crialese, Italy) Texas Killing Fields (Ami Canaan Mann,
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2011 Venice Film Festival Lineup Is Incredble

Hot on the heels of the release of the first wave of films announced to screen at the Toronto Film Festival, comes the main lineup for the 68th Venice Film Festival, which runs from August 31 to September 10. There are a few highly anticipated films that appear here that are not yet scheduled for Tiff including the spy thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy from Let the Right One In director Tomas Alfredson. Also on the list is Roman Polanski‘s Carnage and the latest film from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, whose film Dogtooth made our best end year list both in 2009 and 2010. Personally my most anticipated film is A Dangerous Method by my favourite filmmaker David Cronenberg.

Check out the full list is after the break.

In Competition

The Ides Of March, George Clooney (Us) [Opening Night Film]

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Tomas Alfredson (UK, Germany)

Wuthering Heights, Andrea Arnold (UK)

Texas Killing Fields,
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Venice Lineup Includes Films From Cronenberg, Akerman, Polanski, & Andrea Arnold

Just a few days after Tiff had announced its first 50 films from this year’s festival slate, the Venice Film Festival has announced their own lineup, and I must say, it’s one hell of a collective.

Criterion Collection nuts will have a field day here, as various directors from the collection will be bringing their new films to Italy this year.

First up, in competition, David Cronenberg will be taking his new film, A Dangerous Method, to Venice this year, making it one of the bigger fall festival season players this year. Steve McQueen’s Shame will play this year, as will Andrea Arnold’s (Fish Tank) Wuthering Heights. Roman Polanski will debut his latest film, Carnage, at Venice this year, as will Todd Solondz, who brings Dark Horse this year.

Out of competition, Chantal Akerman and Whit Stillman will debut their next projects, La Folie Almayer and Damsels In Distress respectively.
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Venice Film Festival 2011: Film Lineup: Carnage, A Dangerous Method

Carnage, A Dangerous Method, and the remaining film lineup for the 2011 Venice Film Festival has been announced. The 68th Annual Venice Film Festival “is the oldest film festival in the world. Founded by Count Giuseppe Volpi in 1932 as the “Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica”, the festival has since taken place every year in late August or early September on the island of the Lido, Venice, Italy. Screenings take place in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi. It is one of the world’s most prestigious film festivals and is part of the Venice Biennale, a major biennial exhibition and festival for contemporary art.”

The 2011 Venice Film Festival will take place from August 31, 2011 to September 10, 2011. The full listing of the film lineup for the 2011 Venice Film Festival is below.

Venice 2011 Competition

The Ides Of March, George Clooney (Us) [opening film]

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Tomas Alfredson (UK, Germany)

Wuthering Heights,
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The 68th Venice Film Festival – The full line-up

The 68th Venice Film Festival has unveiled this years line-up of movies that will show during the festival which takes place from August 31st to September 10th. Judging by the line-up it looks like the 70s are back, with new films from directors that caused a huge splash during that decade, including David Cronenberg, William Friedkin and Abel Ferrara… The full line-up:

In Competition

The Ides Of March, George Clooney (Us) Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Tomas Alfredson (UK, Germany) Wuthering Heights, Andrea Arnold (UK) Texas Killing Fields, Ami Canaan Maan (Us) (second work) Quando La Notte, Cristina Comencini (Italy) Terraferma, Emanuele Crialese (Italy/France) A Dangerous Method, David Cronenberg (Germany/Canada) 4:44 Last Day On Earth, Abel Ferrara (Us) Killer Joe, William Friedkin (Us) Un Ete Brulant, Philippe Garrel (France/Italy/Switzerland) A Simple Life (Taojie), Ann Hui (China/Hong Kong) The Exchange (Hahithalfut), Eran Kolirin (Israel) (second work) Alps (Alpeis),Yorgos Lanthimos (Greece) Shame,
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