8 items from 2014
The new issue of cléo features interviews with Sally Potter and Julie Taymor, a profile of Sylvia Schedelbauer and articles on Alexander Payne’s Election, Jonathan Lynn's Clue, Mia Hansen-Løve's Eden, John Fawcett’s Ginger Snaps and Jon Hall's Beach Girls and the Monster. Necsus has rolled out its autumn issue with and essay by the late Harun Farocki. In the new journal Kinetophone, we can read about Dario Argento's Opera, Jean-Jacques Beineix's Diva, Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo and Federico Fellini's E la nave va. The new Cineaste is out and Fireflies is preparing its second issue on Abbas Kiarostami and Béla Tarr. » - David Hudson »
Murder mysteries are so commonplace on TV that each week offers seemingly dozens of them on police procedural series and detective shows. But in the movies, whodunits are surprisingly rare, and really good ones rarer still. There's really only a handful of movies that excel in offering the viewer the pleasure of solving the crime along with a charismatic sleuth, often with an all-star cast of suspects hamming it up as they try not to appear guilty.
One of the best was "Murder on the Orient Express," released 40 years ago this week, on November 24, 1974. Like many films adapted from Agatha Christie novels, this one featured an eccentric but meticulous investigator (in this case, Albert Finney as Belgian epicure Hercule Poirot), a glamorous and claustrophobic setting (here, the famous luxury train from Istanbul to Paris), and a tricky murder plot with an outrageous solution. The film won an Oscar for passenger »
- Gary Susman
Rooney Mara is taking a stage play to the big screen. The actress will star alongside Ben Mendelsohn in "Blackbird," an adaptation of David Harrower's work that follows "a confrontation between a man and a woman, estranged former lovers, who clash when the woman shows up unexpectedly at the man’s office." Benedict Andrew will direct, with filming kicking off next summer. [Variety] Asa Butterfield is now confirmed for Tim Burton's “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.” Ella Purnell is also boarding the pic, which has Eva Green attached, in the adaptation of Ransom Riggs' novel about "about a teenager who finds himself transported to an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures who are out to destroy them." Cameras are aiming to roll in early 2015. [Variety] Christina Hendricks will go into the eye of "The Hurricanes." The Jonathan Lynn ("My Cousin. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The story follows three estranged and very different women who reunite to resurrect their once chart-topping 80s girl band after a rapper samples their music and sends it to the top of the charts. Annalise Davis, Rajita Shah and Jimmy Harry will produce. [Source: Screen]
David Harrower's script follows two people who once had a passionate affair meet again fifteen years later. What follows is "an unflinching excavation of damaged love" and the consequences of it. [Source: Deadline]
Untitled High School Supernatural Comedy Project
- Garth Franklin
He last brought us misfiring hit man comedy drama Wild Target, but Jonathan Lynn is hoping for more success with a musical buddy comedy. He’s now recruited Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks for The Hurricanes.Annalisa D’Innella wrote the screenplay. It follows Kim Ayers, who twenty years earlier was the perkiest member of hit '80s girl-band The Hurricanes. Today, she works as a children’s entertainer and struggles as a single parent. But then an iconic Hurricanes tune is sampled by top rapper Mc Freak and shoots straight to number one, so Kim figures the royalties will soon be pouring in.Kim tracks down Freak but soon discovers that a dodgy contract proves he owes her nothing. Nonetheless, struck by her fighting spirit, he offers her a lifeline. He will let her perform with him, but there’s a catch: he wants all three of the Hurricanes. »
Exclusive: Metro International to launch sales on female buddy movie.
Metro International is shopping Annalisa D’Innella’s script at the Afm, with shoot slated to get underway in February 2015.
Additional casting is underway.
Additional finance comes from Belgian co-producers Entre Chien Et Loup (Filth), Creative England and Cutting Edge Group (The King’s Speech).
The script was selected at the Toronto Film Festival as one of 15 projects in the Finance Forum and was one of 10 UK projects with development support from Media in 2012/13.
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
The Post-1960S, Pre-Digital Age: Real-time One-offs, 1975-1998
British filmmaker John Byrum is responsible for the first (and in some ways only) real-time period film. Inserts (1975), set in the early 1930s, is about a Boy Wonder movie director (called Boy Wonder, played by Richard Dreyfuss fresh from American Graffiti (1973) and Jaws (1975)) now washed up before the age of 30, resigned to making porn because of Hollywood’s conversion to sound. Not only is Inserts scrupulously real-time (with the exception of the opening credits sequence, which offers glimpses of the stag film we’re about to see made) and period, but it’s rather long for such a film, just shy of two hours. To tell the entire story would be spoiling the fun, but the Boy Wonder deals with recalcitrant actresses, the problem of his own potency, career problems, death, sex, after-death and after-sex…and in the end, as »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
“Life after death is as improbable as sex after marriage!”
Clue plays midnights this weekend (July 25th and 26th) at The Tivoli Theater as part of the Reel late at The Tivoli Midnight series.
Way back in 1985, before we were translating literally every board game, video game, or action figure into a movie, there was Clue.
As in the Parker Brothers board game, seven suspects find themselves in a mysterious mansion with the body of someone who has been murdered by one of them. Was it Colonel Mustard (Martin Mull) with the revolver in the conservatory? Or was it Miss Scarlett (Lesley Ann Warren) with the rope in the billiards room?
Could it be both?
Clue was filmed with three possible endings. That’s 321 fewer endings than the board game permits, but two endings more than offered by most movies.
“What are you afraid of, a fate worse than death? »
- Tom Stockman
8 items from 2014
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