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Today, the adventure genre of gaming is all but ignored by the vast majority of gamers. Websites like this are dominated by articles about first person shooters, World of Warcraft, Halo and the like. Of course, that makes perfect sense given that those types of games are what keep the gaming industry thriving. But for me, adventure games are the best possible rebuttal to critics who insist video games cannot be art. And nothing exemplifies the adventure genre better than the Myst series. Roger Ebert has become particularly notorious among gamers for his repeated assertion that video games will never be an art form. I doubt your average shoot’ em up would persuade him otherwise. But if he were to play Myst, he might begin to reconsider.
Released in 1993, Myst helped to popularize the CD-rom format and was the best selling computer game of all time until The Sims took that title. »
- Thomas Ahearn
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A steampunk murder? Fetch me my monocle and combat boots, I need to dress ironically vintage while solving crime! But wait, before we get to that, I need some nonironic coffee. What is this? No coffee? Not even instant? Wait, is this communist Russia after all?
The detectives have been called in early, but the truly distressing part is this lack of coffee. Det. Jane Rizzoli simply cannot understand it. No coffee, why don’t you just take away her sarcasm and gun, too. Shall there be nothing left of her? If you take away her Ponytail of Righteous Justice the angels will weep.
Maura helpfully chimes in with suggestions of green tea and Mama Rizzoli has the accompanying mint. Yes, as we all suspected, a conspiracy is afoot. Lt. Cavanaugh is making the homicide squad participate in “Week of Health.” Why it’s not just called “Health Week, »
- dorothy snarker
Update: Conditions look good for Brad Pitt to board the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Director David Fincher has said he'd like Brad Pitt to play master harpooner (or is it harpoonist?) Ned Land. Fincher and Pitt are long time colleages, with Pitt starring in Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fight Club and Se7en. Now, Pitt tells MTV, "I'd love to, I mean, he's my man. He's got a great take on it. That's just gonna be about schedule and time allocation, but he's my man." So, that's a yes?
May 18, 2010 - When Rich Ross was promoted to head cheese of Disney Studios, one of his first acts was axing the remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea because he thought it was off-brand for the Mouse House. Now, Disney is trying to revive the project in a high-class way: they're in negotiations with Oscar-nominated director David Fincher and »
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Not too long ago, we heard that director David Fincher was seeking frequent collaborator Brad Pitt to star as Ned Land in his anticipated remake of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, which is an adaptation of the classic Jules Verne novel. Walt Disney Pictures are currently trying to decide whether or not to greenlight the movie, and Fincher isn't pursuing any other projects in the meantime. Now, speaking to MTV while promoting his latest film, Killing Them Softly, Pitt is asked if he would be interested in 20,000 Leagues. Not surprisingly, he's very much into working with Fincher for a fourth time (after the two worked together on Se7en, Fight Club and The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button). "I’d love to. I mean, he’s my man. He’s got a great take on it. That’s just gonna be about schedule and time allocation, but he’s my »
Early chatter claimed the film was a drama about stem cell research, but it is now being described as being in a similar vein to Inception and 2001: A Space Odyssey. It will tell the story of a man who creates a computer that develops an evil life of its own.
Depp will reportedly get a massive payout for the role - at least $20 million, or 15 per cent of the gross profits if that's a greater figure.
Fellow Hollywood heartthrob isn't so much transcending as descending. He is being courted by David Fincher to star in a new adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. »
- David Bentley
Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. The Green Ray is playing on Mubi UK starting today through December 5.
Smitten by a viewing of Eric Rohmer's 1972 film, Love in the Afternoon, French actress and filmmaker Marie Rivière felt compelled to write the director a letter expressing her fondness of the film and offering her professional services. By 1978, she had been given a small role in Perceval, the director's minimalist take on Chrétien de Troyes's 12 century romantic text. Rivière was later given an expanded role in 1981's The Aviator's Wife, the first entry in Rohmer's six-film cycle of Comedies & Proverbs. By 1986, Rivière was called upon to play Delphine in the director's semi-improvised masterpiece, The Green Ray, a film whose form and content innovatively draws upon the actor's personal experiences and fragile emotional state at the time. Such was her connection with Rohmer and his work, »
- David Jenkins
David Fincher's "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" is the movie that's taken forever to get made. The director's been attached to the project for more than two years, and now we're learning that the film has been put on hold by Disney.
Variety is reporting that production on "20,000 Leagues" has been put on a "three-month hold" while Disney waits for writer Steven Zaillian to submit his new script. It's worth noting that Fincher never got a green light on the project despite working on it since 2010, so Disney's decision following the three-month hiatus is a pretty big deal.
Fincher reportedly has a back-up plan to garner more interest in the project: Brad Pitt. Variety says that Fincher is trying to get Pitt to play Ned Land in the flick. If anyone could get Pitt involved, it would be Fincher, as they worked together on "Fight Club," "Se7en" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button »
- Terri Schwartz
Although he is plenty busy with his upcoming House Of Cards series, more Girl With The Dragon Tattoo films, and Internet panhandling, David Fincher is still intent on his adaptation of the Jules Verne classic 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea—a film Disney has been hoping to produce since 2010, so that it can finally take its Kirk Douglas-starring original and burn it in front of his face before he dies. The film still hasn't received an official greenlight yet, and at last report Fincher had commissioned a script rewrite from Se7en's Andrew Kevin Walker, but Disney »
Machete Kills: Danny Trejo is joined by a wonderfully absurd cast in Machete Kills, including Mel Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Lady Gaga and Charlie Sheen as the president of the United States. The film has been acquired for distribution by Open Road Films, which has released the first official image, featuring Amber Heard as Miss San Antonio and Trejo as the titular ex-Federale Machete. Look for Machete Kills, directed by Robert Rodriguez, in theaters on July 31, 2013. [Collider] 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: David Fincher has been itching to make his own version of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for years, but Disney has been hesitant about pulling the trigger for what is sure to be an expensive project. Now Fincher is reportedly talking to Brad Pitt about...
- Peter Martin
Machete Kills: Danny Trejo is joined by a wonderfully absurd cast in Machete Kills, including Mel Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Lady Gaga, and Charlie Sheen as the President of the United States. The film has been acquired for distribution by Open Road Films, which has released the first official image, featuring Amber Heard as Miss San Antonio and Trejo as the titular ex-Federale Machete. Look for Machete Kills, directed by Robert Rodriguez, in theaters on July 31, 2013. [Collider] 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: David Fincher has been itching to make his own version of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for years, but Disney has been hesitant about pulling the trigger for what is sure to be an expensive project. Now Fincher is reportedly talking to Brad Pitt about...
- Peter Martin
David Fincher has been circling a 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea reboot for some time now, but the project hasn’t been able to hold water for various reasons. In between efforts to get the movie moving forward, Fincher has filled time with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the upcoming Netflix drama, House of Cards. But a card might have landed on the table that will help Fincher get back into the 20,000 Leagues boat … and it’s a familiar card in the director’s deck. Variety reports that Fincher wants his frequent collaborator Brad Pitt to step into the boots of Captain Nemo, the hero of Jules Verne’s classic novel. The actor’s rep didn’t confirm the possibility of Pitt playing Nemo on screen … nor...
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1.) Open Road Films has picked up Robert Rodriguez's Machete Kills for a 2013 release. The film features Danny Trejo, once again, in the lead role as ex-Federale agent Machete, who is recruited by the President of the United States for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man - he must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet. Along with Trejo the film stars Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Demian Bichir, Alexa Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding, Jr., William Sadler, Marko Zaror and Mel Gibson. You can get a full-sized look at the pic above right here. 2.) David Fincher is still trying to put together his adaptation of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at Disney while Steve Zaillian finishes the script »
- Brad Brevet
According to Variety, Disney has put David Fincher‘s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on hold for three months while they decide whether they want to make it or not. In a way, it’s understandable considering the size of the investment, but Fincher might have a trick up his sleeve in frequent collaborator Brad Pitt. It’s reported that the director is hunting down the actor (who’s appeared in three other Fincher films) to take on the harpooning role played by Kirk Douglas in the 1954 version of Jules Verne’s novel. The question becomes whether that will be enough to grab the greenlight. Here’s the funny thing: neither Fincher nor Pitt are necessarily known for bringing in massive amounts of cash. That may seem counterintuitive considering Pitt’s profile especially, but neither are huge money earners despite critical acclaim and a metric ton of tabloid covers. If it did move the needle for Disney, the »
- Cole Abaius
Once upon a time a crab once told me that “Life sure is better, down where it’s wetter”, but Disney seem to be taking that a step further with a new adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic adventure story, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Disney currently have David Fincher lined up to direct, but he is on a three month hold, so if the company fails to move he walk away rather than languishing in development hell. If the film does get the greenlight then Fincher would like none other than his three time collaborator Brad Pitt to take on one of the lead roles.
Pitt would take the role of Ned Land, a harpoon master aboard the massive submarine known a The Nautilus. Meanwhile an older A List star will be chosen for the role of Captain Nemo, and right now I’m going to place my bets on Liam Neeson. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
With the Hollywood version of "The Girl Who Played with Fire" still stuck in the scripting stage, filmmaker David Fincher is turning his attention back to his proposed adaptation of Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" at Disney.
Variety reports that the studio has placed a three-month hold on the filmmaker as it decides whether to move forward with the project. Last we heard about the film was a year ago when Andrew Kevin Walker came onboard to re-write the script.
Fincher is now said to be courting his frequent collaborator Brad Pitt to star as sailor and master harpooner Ned Land, the role Kirk Douglas played in the 1954 film adaptation. A veteran A-List star will likely play the iconic Captain Nemo.
While neither Disney nor Pitt's reps would comment, scheduling wise both Fincher and Pitt have the availability to tackle such a tentpole. »
- Garth Franklin
While David Fincher awaits the script for The Girl Who Played with Fire, the follow-up to his 2011 thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, he has decided to move forward on Walt Disney Pictures adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo.
Right now, Walt Disney has placed a three-month hold on the director as the studio decides whether or not they want to move forward with the property. The film has not yet received a green light.
After the one-two punch of The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, director David Fincher has taken his time in choosing his next feature project. He helmed the first couple of episodes of the new Netflix series House of Cards with Kevin Spacey, but with modest box office returns on Dragon Tattoo the follow-up adaptation has been slow-going. Fincher has a number of options on his plate at the moment, but he’s been pretty passionate about getting his 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake off the ground for the past couple of years. Now it looks like there’s finally some movement on 20,000 Leagues, as Fincher is courting frequent collaborator Brad Pitt to lead the project as sailor Ned Land while Disney decides whether to greenlight the film. Hit the jump for more details. Variety reports that, while Fincher waits for a draft of the The Girl »
- Adam Chitwood
Although the project has not been given the go-ahead by the studio, Variety is reporting that director David Fincher wants Brad Pitt to star in his would-be adaptation of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea . Originally scripted by Scott J. Burns, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is based on the classic Jules Verne novel of underwater adventure with Captain Nemo and the crew of his submarine vessel, the Nautilus. Although Andrew Kevin Walker has since come aboard to provide a rewrite, Burns, recently spoke with ComingSoon.net and dropped a few details about the tone of his screenplay. "'20,000 Leagues' came about because David and I were trying very hard to find something to do together," he said. "I wanted to do something that was science »
We look back at the work of Herbert Lom, the much-loved Czech-born actor who has died aged 95. His career took in everything from low-budget noir to the Pink Panther movies
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A refugee from the Nazis at the age of 22, Lom arrived in London in 1939 and immediately set about continuing the acting career he'd started in his home city of Prague. His first role was a small but eyecatching one: Napoleon, in the Fox-produced biopic The Young Mr Pitt, with Robert Donat as the wily but principled British prime minister – starts at 6:30. (He would play Boney again in 1956, in the Audrey Hepburn War and Peace.)
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Lom's unmistakeable charisma quickly won him admirers: though lead roles would be few and far between later on, he quickly scored one as the mysterious hypnotist in Brit thriller The Dark Tower, where he exerts his fateful, »
- Andrew Pulver
Academy Award - winning director, producer and actor Kevin Costner has signed with Atria Books for a thrilling and innovative new serialized illustrated adventure called The Explorers Guild --reminiscent of Joseph Conrad and Rudyard Kipling, with the epic sweep of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The first book in the series, The Explorers Guild, Volume One: A Passage to Shambala} will be published in 2014. In the tradition of great books like Arabian Nights, the book will combine captivating storytelling with lush visuals to deliver a literate, wholly entertaining multi-book adventure that will be an exciting publishing event. Produced and developed with writer and art director Jon S. Baird, and to be illustrated by Rick Ross, the series will appeal to readers from young adult to more mature mystery and adventure enthusiasts.
A natural progression for Costner since it combines his passion for history, adventure, and storytelling, the project will be »
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