20 items from 2010
When the original “Tron” was released in 1982, its cutting-edge CGI animation and odd story about bits and users and data storage was a little ahead of its time for a populace whose majority had never touched a computer. It languished as a cult film for many years until Disney greenlit the splashy revival “Tron: Legacy,” which brings star Jeff Bridges back onto the gamegrid in spectacular fashion.
But if Disney is willing to fork over hundreds of millions for a direct sequel to an old underperformer like “Tron,” what’s to stop other studios from reviving cult sci-fi properties from two decades ago?
Nothing, really (unless common sense counts as something), so we compiled a list of our favorite underappreciated ’80s sci-fi titles along with our own fanciful ideas of how to expand them into a franchise.
9. ‘*batteries not included’ (1987)
Cute family of small sentient spaceships from another planet helping »
- Max Evry
With director Omar Naim’s supernaturally-tinged Dead Awake opening in limited release this Friday, December 3 (the flick is set to hit DVD/Blu-ray on March 29 of next year), this writer caught up today with one of the film’s principals, actress Amy Smart, who dished on the movie as well as the possibility of a third film in the Crank series and her potential inclusion in a future horror project.
Known best as a comedic actress for her turns in the films Just Friends and Road Trip (among others) and to genre fans for her roles in The Butterfly Effect and Mirrors (as well the gonzo action flicks Crank and Crank: High Voltage, in which she portrayed the girlfriend of actor Jason Statham’s adrenalized hit-man ‘Chev Chelios’), Smart appears in Dead Awake as ‘Natalie’, the long-lost love of young funeral parlor employee ‘Dylan’ (actor Nick Stahl), a young man »
Actress Mira Sorvino will star in director Nancy Savoca's indie feature "union Square", following a reluctant reunion between two estranged sisters: one on the verge of marriage, the other on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
Screenplay is by Savoca and Mary Tobler.
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- Michael Stevens
With America’s collective noggin now firmly in Thanksgiving mode, the news has slowed to a crawl. But there’s still time to report that Mira Sorvino has locked in a deal to star in Union Square, a new indie drama.Nancy Savoca co-wrote and will direct the film, which will also star Michael Rispoli, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Tammy Blanchard and Patti LuPone.Union Square sounds like it’s taking a page from Rachel Getting Married’s book – as the plot focuses on two sisters, one who seemingly has her life together and is about to get married, the other who is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. But who wants to guess that the sibling on the eve of her nuptials will eventually find problems?There’s no word on when the film will get shooting, though given the apparently tiny nature of the production, it’ll probably kick off before Christmas arrives. »
The first official photos from the upcoming film The Rum Diary have made their way out via Film Totaal. The stills give a look at Johnny Depp as protagonist Paul Kemp. This is Deep’s second film based on a Hunter S. Thompson book.
Begun in 1959 by a then-twenty-two-year-old Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary details the life and events of Paul Kemp, a freelance journalist who finds himself at a critical turning point in his life while writing for a run-down newspaper in the Caribbean. Paul is challenged on many levels as he tries to carve out a more secure niche for himself amidst a group of lost souls all bent on self-destruction. Thompson delivers a potent story that pushes the sometimes-brutal truth of human relations into your face in such a way that it would be absurd to not laugh.
- Allan Ford
The long awaited big screen adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's debut novel The Rum Diary is set to hit screens sometime next year. Johnny Depp, who played Thompson in Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, once again slips into the skin of this wily Gonzo journalist. Film Totaal has our first look at Depp in character on the set of The Rum Diary. You can check out the images below:
Begun in 1959 by a then-twenty-two-year-old Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary details the life and events of Paul Kemp, a freelance journalist who finds himself at a critical turning point in his life while writing for a run-down newspaper in the Caribbean. Paul is challenged on many levels as he tries to carve out a more secure niche for himself amidst a group of lost souls all bent on self-destruction. Thompson delivers a potent story that »
FilmTotaal has posted the first two photos from The Rum Diary , starring Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart, Amber Heard, Michael Rispoli, Richard Jenkins, Giovanni Ribisi and Amaury Nolasco. Written/directed by Bruce Robinson and based on the debut novel by Hunter S. Thompson, the film tells the increasingly unhinged story of itinerant journalist Paul Kemp (Depp). Tiring of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, Kemp travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local San Juan newspaper, the San Juan Star, run by downtrodden editor Lotterman (Jenkins). Adopting the rum-soaked life of the late '50s version of Hemingway's "The Lost Generation," Paul soon becomes increasingly obsessed with Chenault (Heard), the »
Chicago – In our latest action/comedy edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 15 admit-two run-of-engagement movie passes up for grabs to the new film “Kick-Ass”! The film opened on April 16, 2010. These passes are valid at participating Chicago movie theaters during the film’s run.
The film stars Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (“Superbad,” “Role Models”), Nicolas Cage, Mark Strong, Garrett M. Brown, Clark Duke, Evan Peters, Deborah Twiss, Lyndsy Fonseca, Sophie Wu, Elizabeth McGovern, Stu “Large” Riley, Johnny Hopkins, Ohene Cornelius, Michael Rispoli and Corey Johnson from writer and director Matthew Vaughn (“Stardust,” “Layer Cake,” “Snatch,” “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”).
To win your free “Kick-Ass” movie pass, all you need to do is answer our question in this Web-based submission form. That’s it! Directions to enter this HollywoodChicago.com Hookup and immediately win can be found beneath the graphic below.
The movie poster for “Kick-Ass”.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Shim created the bumbling character for TV during the 1980's and has since gone on to play him in at least a half dozen films.
Filming is currently underway in Los Angeles for release around the end of the year. »
- Garth Franklin
Harvey Keitel stars in the Shim Hyung-rae film According to Variety, Korea's Cj Entertainment has come aboard director Shim Hyung-rae's The Last Godfather. The film stars Harvey Keitel and Jason Mewes.
Cj Entertainment is going to co-produce, finance and distribute the $13.4 million film.
Story follows a mafia boss who trains his mentally impaired son Younggu to be his successor. Shim will play the part of Younggu. This is a popular comedy character he created for TV during the 1980s.
The Last Godfather is going to be released at the end of this year.
The Last Godfather comes to theaters in 2010 and stars Harvey Keitel, Jason Mewes, Michael Rispoli, Blake Clark, Jocelin Donahue, Jon Polito, Jack Kehler, John Pinette. The film is directed by Hyung-rae Shim. »
Chicago – This 23-image slideshow contains all of the official press images for Matthew Vaughn’s “Kick-Ass” with Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong, Chloe Grace Moretz, Omari Hardwick, Xander Berkeley, Michael Rispoli, Clark Duke, Lyndsy Fonseca, Evan Peters, Jason Flemyng, and Nicolas Cage. The film opens on April 16th, 2010.
Official Synopsis: ““How come nobody’s ever tried to be a superhero?” When Dave Lizewski – ordinary New York teenager and rabid comic-book geek dons a green-and-yellow internet-bought wetsuit to become the no-nonsense vigilante, Kick-Ass, he soon finds an answer to his own question: because it hurts. But, overcoming all the odds, the eager yet inexperienced Dave quickly becomes a phenomenon, capturing the imagination of the public.
However, he’s not the only superhero out there – the fearless and highly-trained father-daughter crime-fighting duo, Big Daddy and Hit-Girl have been slowly but surely taking down the criminal empire of local Mafioso, Frank D’Amico. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Warning! That “Kick Ass” clip below featuring Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) going to town on some gangsters in a warehouse? Well it eventually cuts to a scene featuring Mark Strong that Contains A Possible Spoiler. So, uh, don’t watch it? Or watch it, but keep in mind that it could ruin a very big plot point for you if you think about it too hard. You have been warned. Anyways, new WonderCon poster featuring Big Daddy (via Hitflix) and red band clip (via MSN) below. Starring Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong, Aaron Johnson, Lyndsy Fonseca, Xander Berkeley, Clark Duke, Chloe Moretz, Michael Rispoli, Omari Hardwick, Adrian Martinez, Tim Plester, Deborah Twiss, and directed by Matthew Vaughn. Get some kick ass April 16, 2010. Get more images and videos at our “Kick Ass” preview page. »
The House of the Devil is director Ti West’s note-perfect recreation of 80’s cinema, and unlike many retro movies, the film is without any of the self-referentialism or self-awareness that plagues those types of films. Instead, the movie plays out like a film lost to time before being unearthed and unleashed on an unsuspecting public, and I do mean unleashed! The House of the Devil is an unrelenting, unforgettable journey into the darkest realms of fear, and for me is easily the best satanic-themed movie since Race With the Devil and has already earned it’s status as a classic of the genre.
Key to the success of the film is actress Jocelin Donahue (pictured above), who, in her first leading role as our heroine Samantha, carries the film from start to finish. I was recently lucky enough to get a chance to speak to Jocelin to discuss The House of the Devil, »
Part three arrives and it comes with 20 more films to keep an eye on this year as potential Oscar candidates. If you missed parts one and two, the links for both of those can be found on the bottom of page two of this post.
With today's list of films it brings the total previewed thus far to 60 early Oscar contending films and already one reader has sent in a potential new candidate I am looking into further to see if the list again will grow from it's current total of 73 films to 74 and what may amount to a fifth film for Helen Mirren. With no films this year for Meryl Streep, it looks like Mirren is stacking the deck.
I will again remind you, this is merely a guide to potential nominees, not a guarantee, not a lock, but simply films that could potentially go on to be remembered at the year-end Oscar race. »
- Brad Brevet
Directed By: Matthew Vaughn
Smartly structured to sell the same old superhero story in a fresh way, Kick-Ass (2010) is more your Unbreakable or Watchmen style comic book adaptation as opposed to Spiderman or even Chris Nolan’s Batman. It’s a satire with severed limbs. And the C-bomb. From an eleven year old girl.
About an ordinary high schooler who one day decides to become a superhero for no real reason at all, Kick-Ass is a smooth as blend of cartoon violence and very real consequences. From wannabe hero Dave Lizewski’s (Aaron Johnson) first attempt at vigilantism resulting in his stabbed, battered body being carted into the Emergency Room, to a later scene when he shoots a guy in the face with a Taser gun ‘Hangover style’, the tone is all over the place, and yet, ironically, as steady as a rock. »
- Chris Laverty
The “Kick Ass” official site has debuted the latest poster for Matthew Vaughn’s “Kick Ass”. It looks very ’80s. Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan with a few friends and who lives alone with his father. His life is not very difficult and his personal trials not that overwhelming. However, one day he makes the simple decision to become a super-hero even though he has no powers or training. Starring Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong, Aaron Johnson, Lyndsy Fonseca, Xander Berkeley, Clark Duke, Chloe Moretz, Michael Rispoli, Omari Hardwick, Adrian Martinez, Tim Plester, Deborah Twiss, and directed by Matthew Vaughn. Lose some teeth April 16, 2010. »
“The Taking of Pelham 123″ has a bit of a strange title (copied from the 1974 film of the same name), but as a viewer it is an easy to follow action film which we are graced with the loveable and slightly ‘dad-like’ character of Barber, a New York metro tube operator, played by none other than Denzel Washington. John Travolta plays the movies’ bad guy with Tony Scott taking the directing reigns. The supporting cast includes John Turturro, James Gandolfini, Victor Gojcaj, Michael Rispoli and Luis Guzmán.
The story unfolds as one of the trains in Washington’s mandate is hijacked by Travolta and his gang. It’s unclear from the outset exactly what he’s after but as the film unfolds, we begin to learn a lot more about Travolta’s character. Although the good guy, we also learn that not all of Washington’s past is as rosey as he’d like either! »
- Laraine Sztypuljak
I've never been to South by Southwest. That, Fantastic Fest and Bnat are three festivals I have yet to attend. I don't go to SXSW because it happens the same time as ShoWest and Vegas is much much closer to me than Austin, Texas. I mean, how can I pass up the combination of movies, poker, overpriced clubs, fountain shows and the possibility of being arrested? Can Texas offer me that? No. Ok, maybe the poker and getting arrested part. I hear you cowboys can get mighty rowdy at the country bars.Still, it looks like it'll be a lot of fun, especially if they're going to be showing movies like Kick-Ass. Here's the press release:Earlier today, the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced it will host the world premiere of Lionsgate and Marv Films’ Kick-Ass for its 2010 Opening Night. A twisted, funny, high-octane adventure, based on »
Earlier today, the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced it will host the world premiere of Lionsgate and Marv Films’ Kick-Ass for its 2010 Opening Night. A twisted, funny, high-octane adventure, based on the comic written by Mark Millar and John S. Romita, Jr., Kick-Ass was directed by Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake, Stardust) from a screenplay by Jane Goldman & Vaughn. The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival runs March 12 – 20, 2010 in Austin, Texas.
Kick-Ass tells the story of average teenager Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), a comic-book fanboy who decides to take his obsession as inspiration to become a real-life superhero. His life is forever changed as he inspires a subculture of copy cats, is hunted by assorted violent and unpleasant characters, and meets up with a pair of crazed vigilantes, including an 11-year-old sword-wielding dynamo, Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) and her father, Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage), and »
There are films I can’t wait for, films I really can’t wait for, and then there’s Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass, the adaptation of Mark Millar’s graphic novels that has been getting such positive buzz I would pay on the spot to see it.
And if you’re headed to this year’s SXSW (South By Southwest) Film Festival in March, you might be lucky enough to attend the premiere of the film (although it did screen in rough form at Harry Knowles’ birthday party last month).
From the official press release for the event:
SXSW Film Festival To Kick-ass In 2010
Austin, Texas — January 6, 2010 – Earlier today, the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced it will host the world premiere of Lionsgate and Marv Films’ Kick-Ass for its 2010 Opening Night. A twisted, funny, high-octane adventure, based on the comic written by Mark Millar and John S. Romita, »
- John Cooper
20 items from 2010
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