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2015 is almost upon us and there's plenty of exciting new releases in store for film buffs. This promises to be the year of the blockbuster, with the likes of Ant-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Spectre, Fantastic Four and, of course, Star Wars: The Force Awakens all hitting cinemas.
That's not all - smaller films like Suffragette, Foxcatcher and Selma carry weightier themes to counterbalance the spectacle-driven extravaganzas. Digital Spy takes a look at 30 must-watch movies for 2015, with numbers 30-16 below and the top 15 due tomorrow (December 31).
Release date: February 13
Why you should see it: Don't you want to know what all the fuss is about? Fifty Shades has been a hot topic ever since it shot up the bestsellers' book charts in 2011. The movie version has had its fair share of behind the scenes problems (Jamie Dornan stepping in last minute for Charlie Hunnam), but »
2015 is shaping up to be a busy year for Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis, with Victor Frankenstein, American Ultra, Me Him Her and Mr. Right all in various stages of production, but he’s still found time in his schedule to write and direct a new found footage short entitled Jane La, which he describes as “a short film about a girl and her art project”. Check it out here…
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- Gary Collinson
Odds are, Max Landis’ 2015 is looking a lot busier than yours. The absurdly prolific writer/director —who made a big splash with the nifty screenplay for his found-footage superhero flick “Chronicle” back in 2012— will have his name as the sole screenwriting credit on no less than four features in the upcoming year. Among those projects are “Victor Frankenstein,” a re-telling of the familiar Frankenstein myth as seen from the perspective of the good Doctor’s assistant Igor, as well as “American Ultra,” a loopy-sounding stoner comedy that reunites “Adventureland” leads Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart under the direction of “Project X” helmer Nima Nourizadeh. With so much on his plate, one wonders how the restless young filmmaker manages to find time to, you know, breathe. He's certainly active on social media, including Twitter and YouTube, and often makes low-key, personal shorts with his friends. Which brings us to “Jane La, »
- Nicholas Laskin
Landis has been behind Trailers from Hell for a while and he's also been making his own videos on YouTube but I haven't paid much attention until today when the web exploded with news that Landis had uploaded a short film titled Jane La.
The set-up is straight forward: Landis plays a version of himself, a filmmaker who is making a documentary about an art student named Jane (the titular Jane), played by Zena Grey, and her art project: making a bomb. Everyone seems to assume that Jane is off her rocker or exaggerating her bomb project, including Landis... or is she?
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Max Landis (Chronicle, and the upcoming American Ultra and Victor Frankenstein) has released a new short film called Jane La. The 12-minute short film is a documentary/found footage-style story about a girl named Jane who claims to be creating a bomb as an art project. How much of her plan is a joke and how much of it is real? […]
- Peter Sciretta
Max Landis – screenwriter of Chronicle – has four, yes four movies dropping in 2015. Me Him Her starring Haley Joel Osment and Geena Davis, Victor Frankenstein starring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy, American Ultra starring Kristen Stewart and Topher Grace and Mr Right starring Anna Kendrick, Anson Mount and Sam Rockwell.
But it seems Landis isn’t satisfied with just four movies being released next year. In fact there is a fifth in development called Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling. It’s a short film and is being dubbed a kind of sequel to his early short parody film The Death and Return of Superman, which he wrote and directed in 2011 and cameoed the likes of Elijah Wood and Mandy Moore.
Landis made the announcement via a video and spoke exclusively to /Film about what to expect:
“It’s a Death/Return style retelling of 20 years of wrestling storyline. It’s fully actually crazy… »
- Gavin Logan
In 2012, Screenwriter Max Landis (Chronicle, and upcoming American Ultra, Victor Frankenstein) released a short film called The Death and Return of Superman which starred Elijah Wood, Mandy Moore, Ron Howard, Chris Hardwick, Simon Pegg and more. The short, described as “an educational parody,” told the hilarious, literal, insider version what happened in 1992 when DC Comics decided to kill, then […]
The post Watch: Max Landis Announces Death and Return Of Superman Sequel ‘Wrestling Isn’t Wrestling’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
Fans finally got their first look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens earlier today when the trailer finally debuted. The footage has been received with largely positive reactions since its debut just a few hours ago, and we've compiled a few tweets from celebrities and filmmakers, expressing their opinions on the footage. Check out what Anna Kendrick, Colin Hanks, Edgar Wright, Kevin Smith, Ben Schwartz, Chris Hardwick, Rob Liefeld, Lloyd Kaufman, Paul Scheer, Jason Eisener, James Gunn, Josh Gad and Jaime King had to say about the first footage.
Star Wars!!!!! Language and emojis fail to express what's in my heart at this moment.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) November 28, 2014
That Star Wars trailer is pretty killer…
— Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) November 28, 2014
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) November 28, 2014
At the El Capitan theater this morning waiting to »
A staple of the Sundance Film Festival since Courtney Hunt’s Frozen River in ’08, her Park City premiered filmography as a cinematographer was followed by Little Birds, Shut Up And Play The Hits, For Ellen, Kill Your Darlings, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, and last year’s The Skeleton Twins and War Story. Late this summer, Reed Morano took an all-encompassing approach to visual storytelling, taking on double duties as director first, cinematographer second. Olivia Wilde toplines Meadowland and the hard-hitting drama includes the likes of Luke Wilson, John Leguizamo, Elisabeth Moss, Giovanni Ribisi, Juno Temple, Kevin Corrigan, Scott Mescudi and Ty Simpkins. The ideal kind of auteur theory should be more inclusive. Add cinematographers. Case in point.
Gist: Written by Chris Rossi, this follows a couple, David and Sarah, dealing with their son’s disappearance. David finds solace in a traditional form of healing, only to lose his moral compass. »
- Eric Lavallee
For someone who was ultra transparent during production, it’s almost as if Max Landis has placed a self-imposed gag order or the more likely scenario, simply didn’t really need to rush his directing debut in post production when we consider his sizeable workload. Backed by Big Beach Films – the prod co. with a winning formula and streak of Sundance comedies such as Little Miss Sunshine and Safety Not Guaranteed, 2015 should be a banner year for Landis name in the film stratosphere as it’ll include a whopping trio of penned items in Paul McGuigan’s Frankenstein, Nima Nourizadeh’s American Ultra, Paco Cabezas’ Mr. Right and finally, the sexual identity non-labeller comedy Me Him Her (we had on the radar last year) that sounds like a cozy fit for Park City. Worth noting, this features the work of cinematographer Ross Riege (The Kings of Summer).
Gist: Exploring sex, »
- Eric Lavallee
After more than a decade of working in the short form (this includes the 2010 Sundance hit Tub – see below), Bobby Miller landed the attention getting cast of Johnny Galecki, Anna Friel, Kyle Gallner, Oliver Platt and the splendid Anjelica Huston for his feature film debut. The film world is full of garbage comedy-horror genre items and in short supply of standout items. The Master Cleanse went into production this past July/August — here’s hoping that this is a worthy pilgrimage towards enlightenment and is both unique and stunning in concept and design.
Gist: When Paul (Johnny Galecki) is left at the altar by his fiancé and loses his job, he quickly deteriorates into a depressed and meaningless existence. In order to get his life back on track, he signs up for a three-day cleanse retreat sponsored by the creator of ‘The Master Cleanse’, only this cleanse releases something far »
- Eric Lavallee
When 20th Century Fox released the official synopsis for Victor Frankenstein back in June, it became clear that this was not your typical Frankenstein movie, since it is told from the perspective of Igor (Daniel Radcliffe), the troubled assistant to the title character (James McAvoy). While promoting Horns, Daniel Radcliffe offered new details about director Paul McGuigan's film, which he describes as a "fun adventure movie" and offers new details about Victor and Igor's relationship.
"I think our Frankenstein is a really kind of rip-roaring, fun adventure movie version of Frankenstein. I would really struggle to class it as horror. I think there are horror elements to it and nods to previous versions of Frankenstein, but it's much more a film about - the thing that I hope will make it stand out is the relationship between James' character and I. Victor and Igor are two people who come »
While Daniel Radcliffe continues to shed his Harry Potter stardom this month by starring in the grisly horror comedy Horns, the actor has already turned his attention to another upcoming project, in which he takes on one of his most against-type roles to date. In 20th Century Fox’s Victor Frankenstein, Radcliffe will put a new spin on the hunchbacked Igor, assistant and friend to the brilliant and destructive medical student Victor von Frankenstein (James McAvoy).
That a household name like Radcliffe is taking on the part of Igor, traditionally a supporting player in adaptations of Mary Shelley’s horror classic, marks one of many ways in which Victor Frankenstein will set itself apart from the crowd. When asked during an interview for Horns how his Frankenstein would sidestep comparisons to other works, Radcliffe explained that, in addition to there being “a lot of action:”
“I think our Frankenstein is a really kind of rip-roaring, »
- Isaac Feldberg
When Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis started tweeting excerpts from a 436-page script for a Super Mario World movie he dreamed of making back when he was 19, I thought the whole thing was a joke. Sure, the screenwriter posted some photos of pages – but anyone could write a few scenes to make the gag seem real. It just didn’t seem feasible to me that someone would actually write 436 pages of script about a Super Nintendo game… but I was wrong. As it turns out, Landis did indeed write a novel’s worth of words about Mario’s biggest (at the time) adventure – and now he’s sharing the whole thing (and some concept art) with his fans. I’ll probably never read the entirety of Landis’ ode to the portly little plumber, but the story of...
- Mike Bracken
"This. Script. Sucks." warns writer Max Landis, the script is for a Super Mario Bros. movie and it's 436 pages long. A properly written script is about a page a minute, so by that measurement the movie is over 7 hours long. This first and only draft of the script was created by a then 19-year-old Landis, making the script 10 years old.
There is a four page intro to the script that Landis wrote yesterday that all aspiring writers should read. He dissects and destroys the script and talks a bit about his journey as a writer.
I've selected a couple excerpts from the intro, but I highly recommend that you read the entire intro:
Writing, I’ve come to learn, is a patience game. Because you do not start out as a good writer. Or rather, I did not start out as a good writer, and have never met anyone who did. »
- Free Reyes
Fans of Nintendo’s flagship character – and especially those of the classic Snes game Super Mario World – may want to head over to Max Landis’ blog today, as the Chronicle screenwriter has posted a 436-page(!) script for a Super Mario World movie, which he penned when he was 19. In his own words, “this script sucks”… still, it can’t be any worse than the Super Mario Bros. we did get, can it?
While you’re here, check out some concept art that Landis commissioned from artist Darren Calvert…
The post Max Landis releases early script and concept art for Super Mario World movie appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
If I pulled out a script I worked on when I was 19, I’m sure it would be a Nightmare On Elm Street movie with little ambition or reason for not being in the trash. It’s what you do when you’re an aspiring writer sometimes, take something you know very well and put your own spin on it. Well, that’s what Max Landis (Chronicle) did when he was 19 apparently when he went and wrote a 436-page script (about 7 hours of screen time) for Super »
- Graham McMorrow
If the one thought you had while playing Super Mario was that the game could really use some Game of Thrones-level of character development and story detail, Chronicle scribe Max Landis has you covered. On his blog, the screenwriter released today his 436-page take on the classic Super Nintendo game Super Mario World. Written originally when he was 19, Landis has included a foreword in the script, which can be downloaded in full at his website, cautioning readers of what's in store. Among those words of warning: "This script sucks"—which Landis repeats, in case the initial admonition of his »
- Jonathon Dornbush
There are plenty of aspiring screenwriters out there who want to turn their favorite comic book, video game, toyline and whatever else Hollywood snatches up, into a feature film. However, few of them ever actually have the drive or ambition to actually do it. Enter Max Landis, the writer of the found footage superhero flick Chronicle and the forthcoming new take on Frankenstein starring Daniel Radcliffe. Landis is now 29 years old and has a lucrative screenwriting career, but just 10 years ago he was a 19-year old with the dream of turning the popular Super Nintendo video game Super Mario World into a feature film. More below! Posting on his own website (via SlashFilm), Landis revealed that he wrote a 436-page adaptation of the video game (read it all here). For those who don't know, the standard model for scripts is that each page equals about a minute of running time. »
- Ethan Anderton
“This script sucks.” Those three words are emblazoned across a new file screenwriter Max Landis has uploaded to his website. It’s a 436 page script for a movie version of Super Mario World. Yes, the first Super Nintendo entry in the Super Mario Bros. series. Landis uploaded the script as a joke. Just to make […]
- Germain Lussier
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