18 items from 2015
20. Dead Man Walking
Directed by: Tim Robbins
Susan Sarandon earned herself an Oscar for her work in “Dead Man Walking,” a film directed by her then husband, Tim Robbins. She plays Sister Prejean, a nun who befriends a death row inmate named Matthew (Oscar nominated Sean Penn) as they confide in one another and build a convincing relationship as the days and hours tick down until his execution. Robbins intercuts the scenes with Sarandon and Penn with moments of the actual crime taking place, creating a storytelling rift that both supports and contradicts moments within the film, creating two very carefully drawn and developed characters. In addition to visiting him regularly, Prejean begins the crusade to find him a lawyer to make an appeal, doing all she can to delay his sentence being carried out. But, as she meets the families of the victims, she finds herself torn between right »
- Joshua Gaul
From humble beginnings as comic book characters, both Batman and Superman have emerged as globally recognisable icons. Whether they appear on the silver screen or as virtual slot icons on mobile websites such as au.royalvegascasino.com, they now front lucrative franchises that generate billions of dollars on an annual basis. These franchises will both gain a new layer in 2016, as DC get set to release the highly anticipated and potentially record-breaking movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
While the true nature and content of this film has yet to be fully understood, we can expect a riotous big screen adventure that incorporates spectacular special effects. What has yet to be determined is where the film will ultimately sit among the pantheon of great DC movies, so let’s consider the competition and the following rival titles: -
The Dark Knight (2008)
The Dark Knight is the most successful Batman-inspired film to date. »
- Kyle Reese
Back in 2012, we heard about a project called The Dive that was going to be produced by James Cameron. The film was said to tell the fascinating true story of Francisco Ferreras and his wife, Audrey Mestre, a free-diving couple who achieved world records in reaching crazy depths with only the breath in their lungs. Mestre died in a tragic accident when she hit 557 feet and couldn't return to the surface in time. At the time Martin Campbell was slated to direct the film, but has since fallen away, and now The Hunger Games: Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence will direct the film instead and Jennifer Lawrence will star. The Lawrences (who aren't related at all) are fresh off finishing The Hunger Games franchise with the two-part finale of Mockingjay, and they must have really liked working together if they're looking to do it again. And with Cameron producing this film, »
- Ethan Anderton
Though he’s been developing the project for years, James Cameron began to realise a couple of years ago that his commitments to the Avatar sequels would keep him from directing The Dive, the true, tragic love story of married free divers Francisco “Pipin” Ferraras and Audrey Mestre. Since then, he’s been handing it off to other filmmakers and now Francis Lawrence is set to call the shots, with his Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence in the lead.According to The Wrap, Lawrence is aboard to play Mestre, who died while she was attempting to beat her own tank-free world record dive of 557.7 feet. Ferraras paid tribute to his wife by diving to the same depth for an attempt that was filmed by Cameron, a man not unfamiliar with the concept of underwater time himself.In the time since realising he needed other people to make the film while he produces, »
James Cameron has been working on "The Dive" for at least a decade, but after "Avatar" became the highest-grossing film of all time, he dropped all other projects to focus on three new sequels. Then in 2012 came word that Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Green Lantern) was in talks to replace him, but that never worked out. And now, Jennifer Lawrence and her "Hunger Games" director Francis Lawrence have stepped up to make the film happen. Cameron is on board to produce. "The Dive" tells the tragic true story of freedivers Francisco "Pipin" Ferraras and his wife Audrey Mestre, who competed to travel as deep as possible underwater on a single breath of air. Lawrence will play Mestre, who died during an attempt to beat her own world record of 557.7 feet. Ferraras paid tribute to his late wife by diving to the same depth in an attempt that was filmed by Cameron. »
The Wrap reports that the pair will team up for The Dive - the biopic based on the real life story of freediving married couple Francisco "Pipin" Ferreras and Audrey Mestre.
James Cameron is slated to produce the 20th Century Fox film after planning to direct himself at one point.
The film will tell the story of how the pair broke records diving without the use of breathing equipment until Mestre lost her life during a 2002 dive.
The screenplay was first written by Laeta Kalogridis before a 2012 rewrite from J Michael Straczynski.
Lawrence is expected to play Mestre but the role of Ferreras is yet to be cast. »
In the fall of 2003, James Cameron filmed the record-breaking “no limits” free dive of Pipin Ferreras, which was a special event commemorating the death of Ferreras’s wife, Audrey Mestre. A year earlier, she drowned attempting the same feat of reaching a depth of 170 meters (557.7 feet) while holding her breath. During the press conference for the 2003 dive, Cameron confirmed earlier reports from that summer that he would be making a movie about the couple, and it would wind up being based on Ferreras’s 2004 memoir, “The Dive: A Story of Love and Obsession.” More than a decade later, Cameron has been focusing his directorial interests on the Avatar movies, but he’s continued developing the project with other filmmakers coming on board to take the helm. Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) became attached back in 2012, and now Francis Lawrence is the latest substitution, according to The Wrap. He also has an actress joining him for the role »
- Christopher Campbell
Jennifer Lawrence is joining forces with her Hunger Games: Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence and producer James Cameron on The Dive for 20th Century Fox. The project is based on the true story of free divers Francisco "Pipin" Ferraras and his wife Audrey Mestre, who both tried to go as deep into the ocean as possible on just a single breath of air. Jennifer Lawrence is playing Audrey Mestre, who passed away in 2002 while trying to break her world record of diving 557.7 feet underwater. Her husband Francisco "Pipin" Ferraras dove to that same depth in tribute to his late wife, a dive which was filmed by James Cameron.
Way back in 2006, James Cameron actually planned on directing this movie himself, working from a script from his Avatar co-writer Laeta Kalogridis. In March 2012, Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Green Lantern) was attached to direct, but the project never got off the ground. »
Caruso is best know for directing Eagle Eye and I am Number Four, and has done his fair share of action so he would seem to be an appropriate choice for the Joes’ third outing. Recently Martin Campbell (GoldenEye) was also rumoured to be in talks to direct.
As of yet Paramount has not revealed a release date for the film, or any official casting news, although Dwayne Johnson is expected to return as Roadblock.
- Thomas Roach
Paramount may have finally found a director for G.I. Joe 3. After G.I. Joe: Retaliation helmer Jon M. Chu jumped ship to make Jem and the Holograms for Blumhouse, the studio scrambled to find a replacement, with Casino Royale director Martin Campbell‘s name at one point ending up in the mix before he moved along. Now, though, Deadline is reporting that Disturbia director D.J. Caruso is in “early discussions” to take over the blockbuster franchise.
THR adds that, before a deal could be reached, Caruso would have to receive a stamp of approval from franchise star Dwayne Johnson, currently the only actor confirmed to return for the threequel. It makes sense that Ray Park’s Snake Eyes, Adrianne Palicki’s Lady Jaye, D.J. Cotrona’s Flint and Elodie Yung’s Jinx would all make appearances in G.I. Joe 3, but whether screenwriter Jonathan Lemkin will see fit to introduce »
- Isaac Feldberg
Fans of the G.I. Joe films are probably still left wondering if a third entry into the lucrative toy film franchise is on the horizon. Well, after a bit of a dry period on news, it appears that this wayward ship of a third film may now be back on course with a new director. This could also mean a huge role for a certain member of the Joe team. After a game of musical chairs which saw the exit of last entry head Jon M. Chu for Jem and the Holograms, and failed negotiations with Martin Campbell, it looks like D.J. Caruso is set to take the helm of the Hasbro toy franchise film. Caruso, director of the 2004 Angelina Jolie vehicle Taking Lives, was also responsible for Shia Labeouf.s early hits Disturbia and Eagle Eye, the 2011 young adult "hot teens with superpowers" genre film, I Am »
amz asin="B00Q5996EQ" size="small"Gone Girl hits DVD and Blu-ray today and screenwriter Gillian Flynn is out and about chatting with the press, offering up nuggets of information such as word she would be up for getting the gang back together in a couple years for a sequel. "There could be a sequel at some point if everyone is game to get the gang back together, it could be really fun a few years from now," she told The Daily News. "We could pick it up and see what those crazy Dunnes are up to a few years down the road and if they got on -- not well I don't think." Um, spoiler Gillian! I'm not exactly sure where they could take a sequel, though their marriage counseling sessions might be interesting and I wouldn't be in the least bit surprised if their child ends up »
- Brad Brevet
It’s not clear on which characters may return since most of them didn’t return for a sequel. However, it’s probably a safe bet that Dwayne Johnson will return as Roadblock.
Chu left last year to direct another animated cartoon-turn-action movie with “Jem and the Holograms.” Martin Campbell’s name mentioned mid-year, but it never went anywhere during the talks.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter »
- Gig Patta
(Spoilers for the G.I. Joe movie franchise ahead.)
When Channing Tatum was killed off early in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, it became apparent that the franchise was now in the hulking, powerful hands of Dwayne Johnson. That's still the case when it comes to talent who appear in front of the camera, as Johnson is reportedly the only actor officially attached to reprise his role as Roadblock in another sequel. But who will be leading the charge from behind the camera?
THR says that Disturbia, Eagle Eye, and I Am Number Four director D.J. Caruso is in talks to take the helm for Paramount and Hasbro. There was a time during which I was a big fan of Caruso, back when he was directing episodes of the great FX series The Shield, but ever since Disturbia in 2007, he hasn't done anything that's impressed me. For a long time, he was »
- Ben Pearson
Paramount has been searching for a director to take the reins on their upcoming action sequel G.I. Joe 3 since last June, when it was revealed that the previously-attached Jon M. Chu has parted ways with the project to take on Jem and the Holograms. Today, Deadline reports that D.J. Caruso is in early talks to take over as the director. While a deal has yet to be solidified, it's "all looking quite promising," according to the site.
We reported in November that Martin Campbell (Green Lantern, Casino Royale) was being eyed to take the helm, but a deal never materialized. Jonathan Lemkin (The Devil's Advocate, Lethal Weapon 4, Shooter) signed on to write the script back in July, which will center on the Roadblock character played by Dwayne Johnson in 2013's G.I. Joe Retaliation. Paramount revealed in June that G.I. Joe 3 will be released in 2016, although it isn't »
It's been quite some since we've heard anything about the follow-up to Jon M. Chu's G.I. Joe: Retaliation, but it now appears as if Paramount Pictures are finally taking aim at a director. D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye) has entered talks to helm the threequel which will put the spotlight on Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Roadblock character. Green Lantern director Martin Campbell was named as being in the running last year, but those talks apparently amounted to nothing. Caruso also directed I Am Number Four and is currently shooting the Wentworth Miller penned The Disappointments Room starring Kate Beckinsale. Do you guys think he would be a good fit for the franchise? »
Several months ago, uber-Bond director Martin Campbell (Goldeneye, Casino Royale) was rumored to be taking over the reigns of G.I. Joe 3. While Campbell has been hanging around the TV arena since directing Green Lantern, the man seemed like a solid choice to bring his style to the Joes. Well, it looks like we have another name to add to the list as word on the street is that Paramount is looking to D.J. Caruso as the man to bring Roadblock and crew to fruition in a third installment, »
- Sean Wist
Daniel Craig's James Bond films have been largely influenced by two film franchise, Mike Meyer's Austin Powers and Matt Damon's Jason Bourne films. All of the over-the-top absurdity of Bond, that peaked during the Roger Moore-era, was snuffed out and replaced with a more realistic approach to the character, which began with Martin Campbell's Casino Royale. While Craig's Bond films have been successful they did create a void for an outlandish spy film that it appears will be filled by Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service. Is it any good? See what the critics have to say. Variety: "Is as much a comedy as it is an action movie" "For those who think James Bond has gotten a little too serious in his old age, “Kingsman: The Secret Service” brings the irreverence back to the British spy genre, offering a younger, streetwise variation on the »
18 items from 2015
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