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Read Four Pages of Vincenzo Natali's 'Swamp Thing' Script

12 hours ago

It's always fascinating for film nerds like myself to read about projects that never actually make it onto the big screen. Whether it's concept art, aborted scripts, or screen tests, we are able to see a little bit of what's behind the curtain. You can see how studios either dodged a bullet, or in some cases, passed up on something special. Yesterday, Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice, "Hannibal") posted four pages of his "aborted" screenplay for Swamp Thing from 2010 that could have been really special. Swamp Thing is a property with a checkered past. When I was a kid, I have fond memories of the "Swamp Thing" animated TV show. It's far from award-winning animation, but it was one of my favorites. From there I sought out the live action movies from the '80s. Like the animated series, most people tend to forget they exist, or at least try to forget. »

- Charles Dean

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'Demolition', 'Sinister 2', 'Pixels', 'Ricky and the Flash' & More in Today's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

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Today's MPAA ratings bulletin begins with Demolition from director Jean Marc-Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club, Wild) as rumors surfaced only recently it may follow in the footsteps of his last two films and play the Toronto Film Festival, only this time perhaps as the fest's opener. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts and follows a young investment banker (Gyllenhaal) struggling to understand his emotional disconnect following the tragic death of his wife in an auto accident. As he tears apart his life in a distraught effort to see where he went wrong, he becomes obsessed with destruction and develops a unique relationship with a single mother (Watts) who rescues him. The pic is still without a release date. Next is the Maggie Smith dramedy The Lady in the Van in which Smith plays a transient woman living in her car that's parked in man's driveway. They form a bond. »

- Brad Brevet

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Four Clips from the 'Hannibal' Season 3 Premiere

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Occasionally I drop a teacup to shatter on the floor on purpose. I'm not satisfied when it doesn't gather itself up again. Some day, perhaps, the cup will come together. I just finished writing my review and recap of the first episode of this third season of "Hannibal", which I'll be posting immediately after it airs this Thursday, June 4 at 10 Pm Est, but until then I came across a piece at Wired discussing "Hannibal" composer Brian Reitzell. I think most of us that watch this show love Hannibal's use of the teacup metaphor. I don't know how most interpret it, but I best see it as Hannibal believing himself to be something of a god and/or an agent of chaos. In these terms he views those that come into his circle as a teacup, a collective whole of which he has shattered and won't be satisfied until they »

- Brad Brevet

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Clint Eastwood to Direct 'Sully,' Biopic About Heroic Pilot Capt. Sullenberger

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Even though Clint Eastwood has been around Hollywood for decades, the legendary actor/director is just coming off his biggest film to date. 2014's American Sniper, a biopic about Navy Seal Chris Kyle, earned $543 million worldwide (more money than any other Eastwood film and largest domestic release of 2014) and garnered a Best Picture nomination. Eastwood will follow that film with another biopic titled Sully about heroic pilot Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger for Warner Bros (via THR). Frank Marshall, Allyn Stewart, Tim Moore and Eastwood will produce. Todd Komarnicki will adapt Sullenberger's memoir "Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters", which the pilot co-wrote with Jeffrey Zaslow. The film will begin production this fall. amz asin="0061924695" size="small""I am very glad my story is in the hands of gifted storyteller and filmmaker Clint Eastwood, and veteran producers Allyn Stewart and Frank Marshall," Sullenberger said of the project via statement. »

- Cory Woodroof

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'Spider-Man' Director List Narrows Yet Again

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As Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures narrow their list of potential actors to take over the role of Peter Parker aka Spider-Man, they're also trying to sign the new director to take over the multi-billion dollar franchise. While it seems Asa Butterfield and Tom Holland have the upper hand as far as playing the titular character, Deadline is reporting Sony is looking at Ted Melfi (St. Vincent) or Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) to sit in the director's chair. Both directors definitely wouldn't be the first choices for most studios to direct a high profile superhero epic, but Marvel Studios has a history of hiring directors that are new to the action adventure genre. Last year, Marvel released movies from Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy). Both movies went on to perform incredibly well domestically and worldwide. The Russo Brothers were »

- Charles Dean

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Sony's James Bond Rights Set to Expire After 'Spectre' Release

16 hours ago

Everyone's favorite British MI6 agent might have to find a new home after the release of his latest adventure. Variety is reporting Sony's rights for the James Bond franchise are set to become available after the latest Bond film Spectre hits theaters on Nov. 6. Sony joined with MGM at the start of Daniel Craig's tenure as 007 and renewed their contract in 2011, releasing Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012) and the upcoming Spectre (2015). The first three films have performed well at the box office and with critics. "The reality is that Sony's had a fantastic run with the Bonds," Sony Pictures Entertainment motion picture group chairman Tom Rothman said to Variety. "Sure we're going to compete for (the rights), but let's be honest, so is everybody in the business." Sony will surely be a contender for the rights, but the studio may face a major competitor in Warner Bros. Variety »

- Cory Woodroof

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Samuel L. Jackson Reveals 'Hateful Eight' Was Shot on a Refrigerated Set

16 hours ago

By now you may have seen any number of pictures from Quentin Tarantino's upcoming film The Hateful Eight -- like these, or these -- and if you haven't, chances are you at least know the film revolves around travelers who seek refuge at a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass in wintry Wyoming in the years following the American Civil War. Wyoming is one of those places that gets cold in the winter, really cold, and instead of opting for a bunch of CGI snow and fake breath, Tarantino shot the film during winter in Telluride, both in actual snow and on a refrigerated set to give his actors a sense of what their characters were going through, freezing half-to-death as they make their way across the tundra. In an interview with Collider, star Samuel L. Jackson said of the shoot: All of us are so anxious to see this movie because, »

- Jordan Benesh

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The Rock to Test His Reflexes with 'Big Trouble in Little China' Remake

19 hours ago

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson isn't ready to leave Los Angeles just yet. The former wrestler will ditch his helicopter in San Andreas and jump in a truck towards San Francisco's Chinatown as he'll star in and produce a remake of John Carpenter's cult-classic Big Trouble in Little China, a property once again set up at 20th Century Fox. Johnson will play Jack Burton, an American-as-can-be truck driver who winds up fighting centuries-old Chinese entities within the back alleys and various abandoned buildings in San Francisco. Carpenter's leading man of choice Kurt Russell frontlined the original film, but the 1986 feature only grossed $11.1 million from its $20 million production. Chances are Johnson will bring more cash to the new project, especially with the $54.5 million his last starring vehicle earned during its opening weekend. Johnson's producing partners, Dany and Hiram Garcia from Seven Bucks Productions, also are on board and were the ones »

- Will Ashton

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'Entourage' (2015) Movie Review

19 hours ago

Entourage isn't so much a movie as it is a 104-minute, extended episode of the hit HBO television show stitched together with deleted scenes included. The end result is good for some laughs, but there's very little at stake and to say the film has an ending is to suggest anything really happens at all, which it doesn't. Having only watched the first two episodes of the first season of the series the night before my screening, I can say I was familiar with the characters, but not so much the eight season journey Hollywood superstar Vinnie Chase (Adrian Grenier) his boys -- Eric (Kevin Connolly), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) and Johnny (Kevin Dillon) -- and agent Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) have taken to reach this point, but suffice to say, you don't need much of a road map. Vinnie has divorced his wife after a week of marriage, Ari is »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: First Trailer for Pixar's 'The Good Dinosaur'

20 hours ago

Pixar can enjoy a couple of good little tie-ins when it comes to The Good Dinosaur, which hits theaters on Nov. 25. First off, Jurassic World will get all the kids dinosaur crazy and Inside Out will get everyone Pixar crazy as for the first time ever the animation house will be releasing two films in the same year. Today the first trailer for The Good Dinosaur arrives, introducing us to a story that asks the question: What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinctc The film follows the story of Arlo, a lively 70-foot-tall teenage Apatosaurus with a big heart. After a traumatic event rattles Arlo's tranquil community, he sets out on a quest to restore peace, gaining an unlikely companion along the way--a young human boy named Spot. The voice cast includes Judy Greer, John Lithgow, »

- Brad Brevet

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Stephen King's 'Dark Tower' Alive at Sony with 'Dragon Tatoo' Scribe Eyed to Direct

20 hours ago

After Ron Howard flirted with the idea of directing the adaptation of Stephen King's fantasy series "The Dark Tower" at both Warner Bros. and Universal with the goal being three movies released alongside an interconnected television series, the project fell apart and has now landed in the lap of Sony. Now it appears they've finally settled on a helmer to direct the first film in the series, which will apparently still include a completementary TV series. According to Deadline, Nikolaj Arcel will direct The Dark Tower for Sony, telling the first part of the story following the path of the last gunslinger, Roland Deschain of Gilead, and his search for titular Dark Tower. Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner co-wrote the current draft of the screenplay, which begins with the first book in King's seven book series, "The Gunslinger" telling of the first meeting of Roland and his protege Jake Chambers. »

- Brad Brevet

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Five "Must-See" Movies for June 2015

21 hours ago

I hate to admit it, but it's true: I failed you guys last month. I don't say that because I ultimately recommended you check out a couple of stinkers in May's monthly movie preview (we'll get to that in a moment), but rather because, of the five movies I mentioned as "must-sees", I actually only saw two of them. I led last month's post with the caveat that there wasn't much of note coming out during May, but still, if I'm gonna recommend movies I should probably watch 'em too, and I vow to do so from now on. Unless I change my mind. Or run out of money. Or everyone else tells me they're bad and that I should run for the hills and avoid them forever. Point is, I'll try. Not to make excuses, but I did have a lot going on last month. I finished grad school, »

- Jordan Benesh

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'Jupiter Ascending', 'Focus', 'SpongeBob', 'The Wire' & More On DVD & Blu-ray This Week

22 hours ago

Jupiter Ascending Like pretty much everything from the Wachowskis as of late, the word "ambitious" applies, but the end result is not so good.

Focus Another new release and another movie I gave a "D+" review. Will Smith and Margot Robbie will be reteaming on Suicide Squad, let's hope the end result is better than Focus.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water I didn't see it, though I'll admit to a couple chuckles seeing the trailers for this new release on TV.

McFarland, USA Another one I didn't see, looked like your standard, inspirational feature. This isn't to say it's probably bad, but just a movie that didn't necessarily inspire me to make a trip to the theater.

The Wire: The Complete Series I received this set about two or three weeks ago and have been making my way through. It's my first time seeing "The Wire" and, unsurprisingly, »

- Brad Brevet

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'24' Spinoff in Works, For Now Without Jack Bauer

22 hours ago

The clock has started to tick on a new spinoff of the popular Fox series "24." TV Line is reporting showrunner Howard Gordon confirmed a new twenty-something lead will be cast for a new "24" limited series, one with the potential for a long-term property. Manny Coto and Evan Katz (last year's miniseries "24: Live Another Day") have been hired as writers and executive producers on the spinoff. Series star Kiefer Sutherland (Jack Bauer) is not currently in the plans to join the new project as a regular, though TV Line says a guest appearance is not out of the question. The same goes for Yvonne Strahovski, who played Kate Morgan in "24: Live Another Day." The report also says a more experienced female agent will also be a part of the spinoff's cast. "24" continues to be one of the more beloved TV properties of the last decade, so a Jack Bauer-less »

- Cory Woodroof

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New 'Ant-Man' Pictures, Poster, TV Spot & Spider-Man Easter Egg Rumor

1 June 2015 5:00 PM, PDT

Marvel has released a gallery of new images from the upcoming Ant-Man along with a recently released poster and a new TV spot for the newest origin story to be added to the Marvel Cinematic Universe releasing in theaters on July 17. However, in addition to the new marketing goodies there's also a rumor from Latino Review that Ant-Man will have the first Spider-Man easter egg, ahead of the webslinger's cameo appearance in next year's Captain America: Civil War. The site reports a rumor the film will include references to both Spider-Man and OsCorp as the film's antagonist, Darren Cross (Corey Stoll ), will be "attempting to sell the Ant-Man/Yellowjacket weapons technology to other corporations and organizations" one of those, presumably, would be OsCorp. This doesn't mean you'll actually see Spider-Man and it's likely this will be more along the lines of the LexCorp hints in Man of Steel. But hey, »

- Brad Brevet

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Linklater's Next Film Retitled and Synopsized, Plus Soundtrack Details

1 June 2015 3:31 PM, PDT

Last we knew, Richard Linklater's next film, described as a spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused, was going to be called That's What I'm Talking About and would take place in the world of college life in the 1980s. But that information is now only partly true, as the film has received a new title that sounds a bit more in line with what I expect the film to explore. "You show up at college and you're listening to Van Halen, but you go to discos to chase women, but then you end up at a punk club or a country bar because Urban Cowboy was big at that time," Linklater told Marc Maron earlier this year on the Wtf Podcast (via The Film Stage). The Van Halen note is where emphasis should be placed, as Linklater's film has recently been retitled Everybody Wants Some, according to The Film Stage. »

- Jordan Benesh

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Christopher Nolan Revisits 'Inception' Ending During Princeton Graduation

1 June 2015 3:25 PM, PDT

The ending of Christopher Nolan's Inception has, and always will be, a conversation starter. We're nearly five years removed from its release (yes, it really has been that long), and it still feels as if the fate of Leonardo DiCaprio's Dom Cobb can provoke some of the more intense movie-oriented debates to be had (here's Brad's take on the ending back from when the film was released). Was Cobb really awake when he reunited with his children, or was he merely still in a pleasant dream that stands as a metaphor for finding peacec The film's now-famous last shot of the spinning top (his wife Mal's totem) only makes the finale harder to decipher. Even though it's not a clear-cut answer as to what happened, Nolan gave a fascinating look into the film's ending, among a bevy of other great ideas, during a speech at Princeton's graduation Monday »

- Cory Woodroof

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Eli Roth's 'Green Inferno' Lands Under New Genre Label, Blumhouse's Bh Tilt

1 June 2015 3:00 PM, PDT

Producer Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions have become something of a phenomenon as of late, not only have they managed to redefine the current state of horror with low budget films such as Paranormal Activity, The Purge, Insidious and Sinister grossing over $1.4 billion worldwide, but Oscar winner Whiplash and Emmy and Golden Globe winner The Normal Heart were also released under the Blumhouse label. Now Blum is dipping his toes in distribution with a new genre label Bh Tilt set up at Universal Studios where the production company has a first look deal and the first release will be Eli Roth's cannibal horror feature The Green Inferno. Previously set up at Open Road, The Green Inferno was originally going to hit theaters this past September when financier Worldview Entertainment didn't live up to their P&A commitment. That September release date was going to be almost a year »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: Video Essay Explores the Cinematic Use of... Chairsc

1 June 2015 2:39 PM, PDT

Ah, the chair, quite an invention isn't itc I'm sitting in one as I write this article, and perhaps you are too while you read it. Funny thing about the chair though, unless it is really comfortable, really uncomfortable, being thrown across the room or broken across one's back, it is unlikely we pay much attention to the specific characteristics of that chair: what type it is, how much it cost, its shape, what its made of, how specifically it is used, and so on. But in film chairs can be of surprising importance, something Vimeo user Tony Zhou explores in the latest installment of his ongoing series, "Every Frame a Painting". In the video embedded below, Zhou tells us to consider what a chair is doing in a particular scene and what it means for the characters or the film as a whole. For instance, perhaps it is simply an extension of the world, »

- Jordan Benesh

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Sofia Coppola Drops Out of Directing Live Action 'Little Mermaid'

1 June 2015 2:10 PM, PDT

Citing "creative differences" (as always), Sofia Coppola has exited the director's chair on Universal's live action telling of Hans Christian Anderson's "The Little Mermaid". Coppola was first attached back in March 2014 when the first draft of the screenplay from Abi Morgan (Shame, Suffragate) followed by Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey) was to be re-written by Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands) and despite Coppola's departure, Universal still plans on moving forward with Thompson's latest draft. Joe Wright, whose Pan will be hitting theaters in October was actually once attached to this project, and I would bet Universal goes even more conventional than either Wright or Coppola once they finally settle on a director. Coppola seemed like an interesting fit to begin with, her style of filmmaking being anything but mainstream and considering the reported $150 million spent on Wright's Pan, if Universal is expecting to do anything similar I would expect »

- Brad Brevet

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