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In the past few years, time loop movies have been making a slight comeback in mainstream Hollywood. The genre is one rarely ventured into, with good reason, but the quality we’ve seen recently has been spectacular. So with baited breath, and fingers cross, I am wholeheartedly looking forward to Doug Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow this summer.
Blunt has been rising through the ranks over the years, making huge strides across a slew of genres with movies like The Adjustment Bureau, Your Sister’s Sister, and Looper, not to mention Disney’s upcoming Into the Woods. She traverses independent and blockbuster movies like few are capable of, and seeing her return to blockbuster territory here is what’s got »
- Kenji Lloyd
Universal Pictures is looking to give Timecop a redo. The 1994 film, which starred Jean-Claude Van Damme and his mullet, was an undervalued sci-fi gem. To this day, it remains Van Damme’s highest-grossing movie, but middling reviews and a crowded year of notable films meant that it was soon forgotten. And when I say a “crowded year,” I mean it. 1994 gave us The Shawshank Redemption, Forrest Gump, The Lion King, True Lies, Pulp Fiction, Natural Born Killers, Stargate, Speed, The Crow, and many more. So Timecop disappeared, except in the hearts of fans that really dug the premise.
Based on a Dark Horse Comics story, Time Cop, which was featured in an anthology for the comic book shingle, the movie told the story of Max Walker- a cop who works for a special police force that has time traveling capabilities. Ron Silver played a corrupt politician that was hellbent »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
According to Schmoes Know, Kick-Ass 2 writer-director Jeff Wadlow has taken on directing duties on Sony’s long-gestating live-action Masters of the Universe reboot, filling the space in the director’s chair vacated by Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation). Wadlow has recently penned the script for 20th Century Fox’s X-Men spin-off X-Force, and should this He-Man rumour prove true, it would seem that Fox will need to find another director to bring Cable, Deadpool and company to the screen.
Sony has been developing Masters since 2009, and in 2010 the studio hired Mike Finch and Alex Litvak to draft a script, which was entitled Greyskull. The script has subsequently been rewritten by Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2) and Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl), while the likes of Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), Rian Johnson (Looper), Phil Lord & Chris Miller (The Lego Movie), Kirk DeMicco »
- Gary Collinson
Jean-Claude Van Damme starred in the original Timecop, which was released in 1994, centering on a law enforcement agency that regulates time travel. The actor portrayed an officer who tangles with a corrupt politician (Ron Silver), trying to use time travel to further his career. Mia Sara, Bruce McGill and Gloria Reuben co-starred in the film.
The reboot is said to be more of a "gritty and grounded" crime tale, with the sci-fi elements pushed to the background. The project has drawn comparisons to Rian Johnson's 2012 time travel feature Looper, although this reboot will be much larger in scale. The story debuted as a three-part tale in the Dark Horse Comics anthology series, which spawned the original Timecop, a short-lived 1997 Timecop TV series, »
Why was the first-ever movie premiere at the restored United Artists Theatre at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles packed with hipsters Tuesday night? While the likes of Miranda July and Mike Mills, Miguel Artega, Chloe Sevigny, Vincent Gallo, Rian Johnson and Karina Longworth, The Ravenettes' Sharin Foo, Matt Dentler, Catherine Hardwicke, David Lowery and Kevin Smith were checking out the gloriously ornate 1600-seat 1927 movie palace, which was hosting its first premiere in 25 years, they were also eager to see Jonathan Glazer's visually stunning "Under the Skin," starring Scarlett Johansson, which A24 scooped up out of Venice, Telluride and Toronto, where it earned claps and boos. (Reviews are more upbeat.) The long-in-the works atmospheric sci-fi thriller backed by a hodge-podge of financiers (including Film Four, BFI, Scottish Screen, Silver Reel and foreign sales company FIlmNation) opens stateside in select cities on April 4th. (Trailer below.) Could it work here. »
- Anne Thompson
If this summer's Emmy races are half as exciting as this spring's jockeying for Emmy category position, we're gonna have a real barnburner on our hands come August. Two weeks ago, Netflix fired the first salvo, electing to submit "Orange Is The New Black" in the comedy category after going as a drama for Golden Globes contention. Personally, I think that was the smart and correct choice and, in a perfect world, "Orange" could fill out the supporting actress field on its own. [That won't happen. But it should.] Then earlier this morning, Showtime unexpectedly announced that after three years as a drama for Emmy purposes, "Shameless" will submit as a comedy this year. I'd always advocated "Shameless" as a comedy in years past and I would put Emmy Rossum in any open field of actress contenders, regardless of category. Still, I'm not quite sure how I feel about the move in this particular season, which »
- Daniel Fienberg
Last month, we unveiled our all-encompassing, most anticipated films for the current year in film. Now we peer into a future that is a little past the limits of 2014 thus we find ourselves with a quickie overview of the Top 100 Most Anticipated Films for 2015. Curated by our Nicholas Bell, with a little luck, we might see less than a finger count on one hand sum of films break this year, but for the most part, a good deal of these projects have planned 2014/15 production start dates. Here are 100 projects/filmmakers worth keeping tabs on (picks 100 to 11)
99. Lila & Eve – Dir. Charles Stone III
98. Legacy of Secrecy – Dir. David O. Russell
97. The Theory of Everything – James Marsh
96. Elvis and Nixon – Dir. Liza Johnson
95. Hier – Dir. Balint Kenyeres
92. Rocketman – Dir. Dagur Kari
90. Sweet Cheeks – Dir. »
- Nicholas Bell
Time-travel movies can be so difficult to execute that few filmmakers attempt them. Fewer still can claim success. Of those, I've reserved the highest praise, citing as the only time-travel movie that "gets it right" by being internally self-consistent, playing by its own rules while still being entertaining and managing to surprise the audience, for Nacho Vigolondo's Time Crimes. Until now. Many might ask about Rian Johnson's hit Looper, which is a good film, I agree, but which in the end breaks the rules.
Like Time Crimes, The Infinite Man is a micro-budget sci-fi story with a cast of only three characters. They are Dean (Josh McConville), his girlfriend Lana (Hannah Marshall), and her ex Terry (Alex Dimitriades), who is obsessed with Lana and wants her back.
In addition to being a brilliant crackerjack scientist, Dean is a control freak who can't be satisfied with anything less than perfection. »
- Mike Saulters
The story is rather timeless: a cult series beloved by a rabid fanbase is cancelled before its time. What happened next though is not. The every-record-breaking achievement of the Veronica Mars Kickstarter was a wonder to behold, the ultimate fan expression of love and appreciation mixed in with those sticky issues of closure and inability to let go. The idea of a Veronica Mars movie kicked around the backlot of Warner Bros. for a while, but it’s only when the fans took over that it actually happened. Now two questions remain: will it satisfy the eager beavers who forked over $5.7 million for it, and will non-fans see the appeal?
The answer to the first question is a resounding and enthusiastic, yes. The Veronica Mars movie is a colorful cavalcade of beloved characters tenderly picking up the threads left behind from the series’ three seasons and weaving a new mystery that somehow, »
- Adam A. Donaldson
Classic mystery conventions have provided fertile creative ground for any number of young American filmmakers in recent years, as evidenced by Rian Johnson’s “Brick,” Aaron Katz’s “Cold Weather” and now Lawrence Michael Levine’s “Wild Canaries.” Starring Levine and Sophia Takal (his wife and regular collaborator) as a sort of hipster Nick and Nora Charles investigating the shady goings-on around their Brooklyn apartment building, this craftily structured yet playfully loose-limbed detective yarn provides a canny narrative template for another of the writer-director’s low-budget studies of relational turmoil (following 2011′s “Gabi on the Roof in July”), its occasional descent into shrill bickering largely offset by the filmmakers’ palpable delight in their choice of material. Far too eventful, plot-driven and frankly fun to be classified as mumblecore, “Canaries” can only build on Levine’s audience; it could catch on with savvy indie filmgoers, particularly those with an affection for the genre being saluted. »
- Justin Chang
Have you ever dreamed about what it might be like to relive the same day over and over again in an endless search for the perfect 24 hour period of existence? Of course you haven't, for that is the plot of much-loved Bill Murray/Harold Ramis comedy classic Groundhog Day, and each and every possible hilarious scenario has already been played out for you via one of the sharpest and most intuitive scripts of all time.
Edge of Tomorrow, 20 minutes of which was screened for bloggers and film journalists at an event in London earlier this week, is like Groundhog Day with stringy aliens and Tom Cruise. Admittedly, there are a few other minuscule differences between Doug Liman's upcoming sci-fi piece and its forebear: Cruise is using his unusual predicament »
- Ben Child
Back in October, the long-planned Masters of the Universe live-action reboot was dealt a blow when director Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) chose to leave the project to focus his efforts on another 80s toy adaptation with G.I. Joe 3, but now it looks like Sony and Escape Artists are closing in on a new filmmaker to take us to Eternia.
According to Justin Kroll of Variety, Mike Cahill (Another Earth) and Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) are on the short list for the movie, while The Wrap is also suggesting that Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid) and Chris McKay (editor of The Lego Movie) are also in the frame. These aren't the only names we've heard as potential candidates, with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), Rian Johnson (Looper), Andy Muschietti (Mama), Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders (The Croods), and Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street) all rumoured back in January. »
- Gary Collinson
Since Jon M. Chu decided not to direct Masters of the Universe for Sony Pictures, the hunt has been on for a new filmmaker to head up the adaptation of the classic 1980s animated TV series and remake of the live-action 1987 film.
McKay doesn’t actually have any directing credits due to the fact that he has yet to helm a studio movie. However, having served as the editor (and animation supervisor/co-director) of the highly successful The Lego Movie, he seemingly has just a good a chance as the other names listed here. They could all bring something extremely different to the table, and Sony will have to choose wisely, especially as they’re hoping to build a »
- Josh Wilding
Sony Pictures' Masters of the Universe has lined up a new list of directors.
The reboot of the Mattel adaptation is once again gathering pace, according to The Wrap and Variety's Justin Kroll.
Among the listed contenders are Mike Cahill (Another Earth), Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2), Chris McKay (The Lego Movie editor, Robot Chicken) and Harald Zwart (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the Karate Kid reboot).
GI Joe: Retaliation's Jon M Chu had signed up for the project before abandoning it last year.
A host of other directors have previously been rumoured for the film, including Joe Cornish, Rian Johnson, Andy Muschietti, Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders (The Croods), and Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie).
News Simon Brew 27 Feb 2014 - 07:03
The shortlist of directors for the new Masters Of The Universe film has some interesting candidates on it...
Plans remain afoot to bring back He-Man to the big screen, in a reboot of Masters Of The Universe. Previously, the project had Jon M Chu attached, although he's now committed to making another G.I.. Joe movie for Paramount.
Since then, the likes of Rian Johnson and Joe Cornish have been linked to the film, although it seems that news of their involvement was very premature. Because the shortlist it seems is now down to four, and their names aren't on it.
The four directors on the shortlist are Mike Cahill, Jeff Wadlow, Harald Zwart and Chris McKay. Cahill was the man behind the impressive Another Earth, whilst Wadlow helmed last year's Kick-Ass 2. Harald Zwart successfully rebooted The Karate Kid, and Chris McKay was »
The news comes from Variety reporter Justin Kroll who says the final decision about said to come around next week.
This is a very different list to last month's reported 'short list' of helmers which included Rian Johnson ("Looper"), Joe Cornish ("Attack the Block"), Andres Muschietti ("Mama"), Phil Lord and Chris Miller ("The Lego Movie") and Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders ("The Croods").
- Garth Franklin
For better or worse, turning your favorite childhood memories into big-budget blockbusters is all the rage in Hollywood these days and the next beloved property on the chopping block is Masters of the Universe. Sony is trying hard to put the mediocre 1987 film behind them and reboot the franchise but it has proven to be rather difficult.
Back in November, G.I. Joe director Jon M. Chu dropped out to go work on G.I. Joe 3 and the script immediately underwent another rewrite, this time from The Lone Ranger scribe Terry Rossio. The film still seems to be moving forward, however, as we just got word that five directors are on the shortlist to helm the project.
The shortlist is as follows:
- James Garcia
Variety reporter Justin Kroll revealed on his Twitter account today that filmmakers Mike Cahill (Another Earth) and Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) are on the short list to direct Masters of the Universe for Universal Pictures, with a final decision said to come as early as next week.
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) February 26, 2014
No decisions on that but one should be coming in the next week #stopteasingyourscoops
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) February 26, 2014
Another report from The Wrap adds that Chris McKay, who served as the editor of The Lego Movie, and Harald Zwart (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) are also in contention for the directing gig. Despite never having directed a feature, Chris McKay is said to have the most momentum at this time.
When Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) dropped out of directing Columbia’s live-action reboot of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, names such as Joe Cornish, Rian Johnson, and Phil Lord and Chris Miller were rumored as possible replacements. But it seems none of those guys made the shortlist, as the following gentlemen are said to be in line to helm the project. There's not much to go on yet, but here's the Tweet from Variety's Justin Kroll Btw, Mike Cahill and Jeff Wadlow are on the short list for Masters Of The Universe— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) February 26, 2014 Apparently we'll have a decision next week. Cahill directed the pretty great 2011 sci-fi drama Another Earth, as well as another sci-fi flick which received slightly mixed reviews from this year's Sundance Film Festival, I, Origins. Jeff Wadlow of course directed Kick-Ass 2 and was in line to helm Fox's X-Force movie. »
About a week ago we reported that two actors were in contention for the coveted role of Kyle Reese in director Alan Taylor’s upcoming film, Terminator: Genesis. Those actors were A Good Day To Die Hard star Jai Courtney and relative unknown Body Holbrook (Hatfields &McCoys). At the time, it was suspected that Holbrook was the frontrunner for the role. Today, however, it’s being reported that the studio has gone with Courtney. He will join the film alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger (returning as the titular killing machine), Game of Thrones alum Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor and Zero Dark Thirty star Jason Clarke (no relation) as John Connor.
This fifth instalment in the Terminator franchise has been in the works for several years now, mostly due to legal troubles after The Halcyon Company filed for bankruptcy in 2009. The rights were then picked up by Annapurna Pictures in 2011, and after »
- James Garcia
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