12 items from 2014
I'd file this one under "unconfirmed" for now. The New York Post is reporting that rapper/actor Common is being considered to star in a Broadway revival of The Great White Hope - the 1967 play written by Howard Sackler, later adapted in 1970 to a film of the same name, which was directed by Martin Ritt, and stared James Earl Jones, who also starred in the Broadway version, and won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. He was also nominated for an Oscar for his performance in the film. His co-star on both stage and screen, Jane Alexander, also won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play. Now it appears Common (aka Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr.) wants »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Cinema Retro has received the following press release:
The Hollywood Blacklist, with Screenwriter Walter Bernstein\
When: Thursday, March 6, 6:30 pm
Where: The New School, The Auditorium at 66 West 12th St (between 5th and 6th Aves.)
Register: visit www.cencom.org, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 686-5005
In the late 1940s and throughout the 1950s, Sen. Joseph McCarthy carried out a witch hunt for Communists that led to the creation of the infamous Hollywood blacklist, resulting in 150 directors, actors, writers, and others in the entertainment business, being banned from making a living for over a decade.
Don't miss our screening of The Front, written by Walter Bernstein, who received an Oscar nomination for best screenplay in 1976, and directed by Martin Ritt. Both were victims of the blacklist themselves. The movie takes a comedic look at what happened during this dark period in American History. Screening to be followed by a conversation and Q&A. »
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Did you know that only one other Oscar ceremony has ever been held on a March 2nd? That'd be March 2nd, 1944 which crowned Casablanca 1943's best picture. Let's hope Oscar chooses as well tonight.
May your favorites lose tonight ... if they're different than mine! Kisses.
Though Casablanca is one of those rare pictures that virtually everyone loves, it actually only won three of its eight Oscar nominations that night: Picture, Director (Michael Curtiz), and Screenplay. Only Hitchcock's Rebecca (1940) won fewer Oscars among the Best Pictures of the 1940s with just two statues. So I don't wanna see any online snarking if 12 Years a Slave goes home with only a 2 or 3 statues including the big one. Spreading the wealth is not a new thing and i'd argue it's a healthier thing for the movies, too.
- NATHANIEL R
Director: James Franco
Writer: Matt Rager
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
The mind-bogglingly busy James Franco experienced such success with last year’s adaptation of William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying that’s he’s fast at work on another of Faulkner’s beloved works. While Martin Ritt directed this in 1959 starring Yul Brynner, Franco has assembled some of his Dying cast to return, like Tim Blake Nelson and Danny McBride. We’re excited to see the lovely Loretta Devine in the lineup, as well. With the success of Dying, this is bound to be an interesting companion piece. And, oh yeah, Franco also directed a Bukowski biopic and is filming new projects with Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog amidst a handful of other titles. »
- Nicholas Bell
Maximilian Schell movie director (photo: Maximilian Schell and Maria Schell) (See previous post: “Maximilian Schell Dies: Best Actor Oscar Winner for ‘Judgment at Nuremberg.’”) Maximilian Schell’s first film as a director was the 1970 (dubbed) German-language release First Love / Erste Liebe, adapted from Igor Turgenev’s novella, and starring Englishman John Moulder-Brown, Frenchwoman Dominique Sanda, and Schell in this tale about a doomed love affair in Czarist Russia. Italian Valentina Cortese and British Marius Goring provided support. Directed by a former Best Actor Oscar winner, First Love, a movie that could just as easily have been dubbed into Swedish or Swahili (or English), ended up nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Three years later, nominated in that same category was Schell’s second feature film as a director, The Pedestrian / Der Fußgänger, in which a car accident forces a German businessman to delve deep into his past. »
- Andre Soares
My friends know I’m happiest when traveling. Multiply that joy by ten if I get to travel and work. So I get a little miffed by two occurrences: how rare I see films about African Americans traveling. And how frequently I see white men as the only on-air talent, photographers, writers and film crew for a travel show or documentary. They may have been credited with “discovering” foreign lands centuries ago but couldn’t we all benefit from seeing diverse perspectives on international travel now?There are a handful of films about African Americans abroad. My favorite is Martin Ritt’s “Paris Blues”. The amazing cast includes Diahann Carroll and Sidney Poitier. Additional films are mentioned in »
- Cybel Martin
• Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men) is reportedly interested in portraying Spanish explorer Hernando Cortés in Montezuma, a nearly 50-year old Dalton Trumbo (Spartacus) script that Oscar-winner Steve Zaillian (Schindler’s List) is updating. Steven Spielberg may have his sights on directing the project for DreamWorks, who currently owns the rights. Trumbo had apparently written the original script (one draft was 205 pages long!) for Kirk Douglas and director Martin Ritt. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
‘Montezuma’: Steven Spielberg next movie (or at least a Spielberg movie some time in the future)? Will Steven Spielberg next tackle the life and times of Aztec king Montezuma, from a screenplay by none other than former Hollywood Ten member Dalton Trumbo? If so, that won’t be the first time that Spielberg has adapted a Trumbo screenplay (more on that below). Anyhow, following Lincoln, which earned Spielberg his seventh Best Director Academy Award nomination, the Jaws, E.T., Schindler’s List, and Saving Private Ryan filmmaker has had his name attached to — and then detached from — a couple of projects. First, there was Drew Goddard’s adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s novel Robopocalypse, which isn’t a RoboCop spin-off but a sci-fier about a smart robot who reaches the (perfectly logical) conclusion that the only way to save the planet is to get rid of human beings. Robopocalypse, »
- Zac Gille
As of right now we still don't know what Steven Spielberg is going to do for his next directing project, but it looks like he's lining up another possibility. According to Deadline, he is looking to take on a film called Montezuma, which will tell "an epic tale of the kinship and ultimately the bloody collision between Montezuma and Cortez as the latter led the Spanish infiltration into Mexico."
The site goes on to say that Javier Bardem is up for the role of the Spanish explorer Hernando Cortez. Apparently the film was inspired by a 50-year old script written by Dalton Trumbo, which is being rewritten by Steve Zaillian, who also worked with Spielberg on Schindler’s List.
Word is the project could be retitled Cortez, because the viewpoint will be from the character to be played by Bardem. The site also points out that the project is "considered »
- Joey Paur
In Hollywood, plenty of scripts get purchased, and should they even make it to the big screen, the long and arduous process of getting them there is called "development hell". Montezuma has been living in hell for almost half a century. Written by Dalton Trumbo in 1965 as a starring vehicle for Kirk Douglas (the two previously worked together on Spartacus) with Martin Ritt (Hud) intending to direct, the story focuses on the dark and twisted history between Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortez and Aztec leader Montezuma. According to Deadline, the story is "an epic tale of the kinship and ultimately the bloody collision between Montezuma and Cortez as the latter led the Spanish infiltration into Mexico." Now, Montezuma may finally escape the bowels of damnation with the help of Steven Spielberg, Javier Bardem, and Steve Zaillian. Hit the jump for more. The involvement of three major talents like Spielberg, Bardem, and »
- Matt Goldberg
The project is based on a 50-year-old unproduced screenplay by Dalton Trumbo, which Steven Zaillian will rewrite. The 205-page script is considered one of the greatest unmade screenplays in history, which Dalton Trumbo wrote for actor-producer Kirk Douglas and director Martin Ritt in 1965. Dalton Trumbo was one of the "Hollywood Ten," a group of screenwriters who were blacklisted by the film industry after they refused to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committtee's hunt to find Communists in America. Dalton Trumbo spent 11 months in jail for contempt, but Kirk Douglas helped bring Dalton Trumbo back into the business by hiring him to write the 1960 classic Spartacus.
It's been a while since we've heard anything about what Steven Spielberg's next movie will be, which is sort of strange considering how many movies he's managed to direct over the past few years. Well, it looks like a new project has caught his eye and could be his potential follow-up to 2012's Oscar-winning "Lincoln": an almost 50-year old script by blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo called "Montezuma," about the clash between Montezuma and Cortez during the Spanish conquest of Mexico.
The project is based on a screenplay that Trumbo completed in 1965. The original version of the script, which clocked in at a whopping 205-pages and is currently being revised by "Schindler's List" screenwriter Steve Zaillian, was scheduled »
- Drew Taylor
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