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Ryan Lambie Jul 26, 2016
They cost millions and they’re very, very odd. We take a look at 12 expensive and eccentric Hollywood films from the past 40 years...
The risk-averse nature of filmmaking means that the world’s more maverick and outrageous writers and directors have to make do with relatively low budgets. Nicolas Winding Refn drenched the screen in all kinds of sordid, violent and startling imagery in such films as Only God Forgives and this year’s The Neon Demon, but the combined budget of those probably didn’t even match the catering budget for something like Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
Every so often, though, a truly bonkers film slips through the Hollywood studio system - often by accident. From horror sequels to original sci-fi adventures, here are 12 incredibly expensive and gloriously eccentric Hollywood movies from the past 40 years.
The Exorcist II (1977)
Budget: $14 million
Like most films made for purely financial reasons, »
"You will unite, or you will fall." The first film in the beloved Lord of the Rings trilogy first hit theaters December of 2001, nearly 15 years ago. To celebrate the anniversary, Miguel Branco edited together a brand new trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and it's rather wonderful. This is one of my all-time favorite films (only topped by The Return of the King) and I still remember seeing it in theaters on a cold, snowy night in December. Elijah Wood stars as Frodo, with Sean Astin as Samwise, and Ian McKellen as Gandalf; including Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, John Rhys-Davies, Liv Tyler, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, and many others. This trailer should make you smile, and put a tear in your eye. Hard to believe it has been 15 years. Here's the fan-made 15th anniversary trailer for The Lord of the Rings »
- Alex Billington
Melbourne International Film Festival revealed its full program yesterday, with a lineup that boasts over 345 films, including 24 world and 157 Australian premieres.
As previously announced.the festival will open with the world premiere of The Death and Life of Otto Bloom, the debut feature of Melbourne filmmaker Cris Jones, starring Xavier Samuel, Matilda Brown and Rachel Ward.
Other Aussie world debuts are.Bad Girl, The Family, Emo the Musical, Servant or Slave, »
- Jackie Keast
Plot details are still guarded as is Rice’s character. Holland is playing Peter Parker and Tomei will portray Aunt May while Keaton is on board for the role of a villain.
Production has started in Atlanta with the film — the second reboot of the “Spider-Man” franchise — hitting theaters on July 7, 2017. Holland appeared as Spider-Man for the first time in Marvel-Disney’s “Captain America: Civil War.”
- Dave McNary
Hacksaw Ridge is the extraordinary true story of conscientious collaborator Desmond Doss [Andrew Garfield] who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He believed the war was just, but killing was nevertheless wrong; he was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon. As an army medic, Doss single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. He was the first conscientious objector to ever earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.
- Amie Cranswick
When the order came to retreat, one man stayed. That man is, of course, Desmond Doss, a pacifist and conscientious objector who staged one of the most remarkable rescue missions of World War II when he pulled 75 men from the rubble of Okinawa – all without firing a gun.
Charging into battle without a gun to call his own, it is 99 Homes star Andrew Garfield that takes point in Hacksaw Ridge, becoming the solo American soldier who fought on the frontlines sans weapon. Such an act of defiant bravery may have drew the ire of his squad, but it was Doss who had the last laugh; rescuing more than 70 men from the clutches of the Axis forces and eventually going on to »
- Michael Briers
Mel Gibson is coming for awards season and perhaps some career redemption with “Hacksaw Ridge” this fall. His first directorial effort since “Apocalypto” and his very public meltdown, he’s lined up an ace cast — Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn and Hugo Weaving — for a true-tory tale set against the backdrop of WWII. And for […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Lionsgate has released the official poster for director Mel Gibson's latest feature "Hacksaw Ridge", a WW2 true story tale starring Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths and Vince Vaughn.
The film is the story of Corporal Demond Doss, the first conscientious objector to receive the Us congressional Medal of Honor and who single-handedly saved the lives of seventy-five men. Gibson himself recently spoke about the film and Doss himself, telling iF Magazine:
"He was the first conscientious objector to be given the Medal of Honor. He never fired a gun. He was criticised by his peers, the army tried everything to kick him out, and he endured that because he wanted to serve as a combat medic in the worst place on earth.
Okinawa was a bloodbath. The highest death-toll in the Pacific. And when nobody else would go in there, he went »
- Garth Franklin
To celebrate the release of the thriller Strangerland – on DVD and Download on 4th July 2016- we have teamed up with Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment to give away a copy on DVD.
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- Gary Collinson
The film launched both Weaving and Crowe.s careers onto the international stage, and was also Moorhouse.s breakout as a director. Proof premiered at Cannes, where it won the Golden Camera award, and has also won a host of AFI awards, including best film, director, screenplay, lead actor and supporting actor.
Since mid-May, the Nfsa has been asking Australians to pitch in $25,000 through a Pozible campaign to help restore the fim into a pristine digital format that can be shown in modern cinemas.
Funds raised by the campaign, now in its final days, will partially »
- Jackie Keast
Across the 13 movies released under its banner so far, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has featured some of the crème de la crème of Hollywood acting talent. Apart from the lead actors who it has made into stars – Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pratt spring to mind – it has also managed to coax a lot of very big names into roles of various sizes and importance.
Unfortunately, while it is great to see these familiar faces turning up in superhero movies, often they are portraying characters who demand a lot less of them than we are used to. A lot of Marvel’s villains alone have been played by some great actors in less than fulfilling roles, including Jeff Bridges, Mickey Rourke and Hugo Weaving.
The following stars, though, really drew the short straw when it came to dishing out parts in the McU movies. These 8 talents were more or »
- Christian Bone
(l-r):.Kevin Bishop,.Xavier Samuel and.Kris Marshall.in A Few Less Men.
A Few Less Men, the sequel to Stephan Elliott's 2011 comedy A Few Best Men, was helmed by Mark Lamprell, the screenwriter of Babe: Pig in the City and director of 2000's My Mother Frank and 2013's Goddess.
"It was lovely working on somebody else's screenplay because it was a really solid screenplay structurally," Lamprell said. "I could see that there was a really good movie in there. Dean's a very accomplished writer. The whole guts of it were laid out before me.".
"It's not high-brow wit. »
- Harry Windsor
Shot in Sydney late last year, Gibson called his fifth directorial outing a "100 percent Aussie film.".
"The crew and most of the cast [were Aussie], it was part-financed here and shot here. Portaying a story that takes place in Lynchburg, Virginia and Okinawa, and they totally pulled it off."
Gibson has just returned from test screenings in Lynchburg (the home town of the film's main character, Desmond Doss) and said the locals "wondered how we got in and shot there without them knowing."
The story of Virginia farmboy Doss (played by Andrew Garfield) landed on Gibson's desk after a long development process, and appealed to the Oscar winner for Braveheart because of Doss's "singular" nature.
"He was the first conscientious objector to be given the Medal of Honor. »
- Harry Windsor
Yesterday, we reported that New Line Cinema has been meeting with several actors who have been testing for the iconic role of Pennywise the clown in their remake of Stephen King's It. One of the contenders mentioned was Kirk Acevedo (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), but it wasn't clear if he was a top contender, or how many other actors the studio was meeting with. Now we have word that Bill Skarsgard (Hemlock Grove) is in final negotiations for this coveted role
When the project was moving forward with director Cary Fukunaga at the helm, Will Poulter (The Maze Runner) was attached to play Pennywise. However, The Hollywood Reporter reports that he was forced to drop out due to scheduling conflicts, after the search for a new director pushed the movie by a year, making the actor no longer available. The studio was reportedly torn over whether to »
The It remake has struggled to get off the ground for years, but in recent months, the project has finally started to make progress. The latest retelling of Stephen King’s classic horror tale will be split into two halves, and producer Roy Lee assured horror fans back in February that the script is geared towards being rated R. Now the movie may have found its new candidate for main antagonist Pennywise the Clown in Divergent star Bill Skarsgård. Skarsgård is currently New Line Cinema’s top choice to play Pennywise in the new It movie. Will Poulter was originally supposed to play the demonic clown, but eventually had to leave due to scheduling conflicts. Accord to Variety’s report, the studio had a tough time deciding whether to pick a young actor, like Poulter, or go with someone older, like Hugo Weaving. »
Sources tell Variety that “Divergent” actor Bill Skarsgard is the top choice to play Pennywise — the evil clown who terrifies a small town’s children — in the studio’s adaptation of the classic novel.
Will Poulter was originally attached to the project, but had to part ways due to scheduling conflicts. According to insiders, the studio was conflicted on whether or not to stick with a younger actor like Poulter (Skarsgard is 25) or cast an older thesp like Hugo Weaving, who was also considered for the role.
New Line recently announced the movie would bow on Sept. 8, 2017, with “Mama” helmer Andres Muschietti directing. Muschietti came on board following Cary Fukunaga’s departure from the movie last year, and quickly turned »
- Justin Kroll
It's always interesting to take a look back at what could have been. We're already waist-deep in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and in its thirteen film run thus far, the studio has locked down some serious talent. However, it cannot be overlooked that there was a time when booking a Marvel film wasn't a guaranteed success. Yet in those early years, the studio still managed to secure the likes of Edward Norton as Bruce Banner, Hugo Weaving as Red Skull, and Anthony Hopkins as Thor's father, Odin.
Hopkins turned out to be the perfect fit for the character. The original Thor was a fittingly Shakespearean tale of brotherly envy, and Hopkins' presence certainly gave the picture an air of gravitas that helped add to its appeal. Believe it or not, however, Hopkins was not the first pick for Marvel.
In a recent interview with the Guardian while promoting his new film, »
- Joseph Medina
Daniel Crooke here. In the past eight months we’ve seen Kate Winslet in her most peppery Polish accent pin a lifetime of parenting flaws on Steve Jobs, and rule a Mob roost with Russian verve in Triple 9. Audiences down under have already feasted upon her new film The Dressmaker, which won Best Actress honors for Kate, and Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor to Judy Davis and Hugo Weaving, respectively from the Australian Film Institute. Yet despite making its North American debut last year at Tiff, U.S. audiences have unfortunately been kept in the dark. A crying shame, once you’ve seen the splashy hats and dresses, striking desert landscapes, and simmering performances on display in its bold trailer so memorably exalted in Nathaniel’s Ynms.
Now, thanks to Amazon Studios, we will finally witness her smolder with a cigarette as an Aussie farmhouse carelessly blazes over her shoulder. »
- Daniel Crooke
Pomeranz, an ambassador for the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (Nfsa), made the first contribution on Pozible.
"I'm making the first donation because it was a bit rich to ask you guys to put money into this campaign, and me just sitting back and saying 'Hey, why don't you do it?'", Pomeranz said..
"It's an intriguing exploration of one man's lack of trust in the world, and how he goes about achieving it. But does he really? Even though it's a story about a man, I don't think it could have been written or made by a man. »
- Staff Writer
Plus: Sundance Institute names eight participants in Directors Lab; San Francisco International Film Festival unveils Golden Gate Award winners; and more…
Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths, and Vince Vaughn also star in the Cross Creek Pictures, Demarest Media, Icon Productions, Pandemonium, and Permut Presentations drama about of Desmond Doss, the WWII serviceman who became the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal Of Honor.
The 59th San Francisco International Film Festival has wrapped and announced the juried winners of its Golden Gate Awards. Philippe Lesange of Canada won the New Directors (Narrative Feature) Prize for The »
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