11 items from 2010
Dueling is truly an endangered animal in cinema. Once upon a time, in the days of Errol Flynn and Captain Blood, one could count on the movies to provide you with a an epic clash of swords and skill. In the late 70s/early 80s, George Lucas and other filmmakers of the time recaptured the fine art of the duel, resulting in some of the best battles onscreen in films like the Star Wars saga.
Today’s movie audiences only know about how a proper cinematic duel is staged by way of films like Pirates of the Caribbean (the first one, not the ridiculous overwrought sequels), but are likely more familiar with the Kung Fu tainted influenced dueling action of films like The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, or the ‘diddle your wand’ “duels” of…
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2010 will soon be history. But it's not over until the fat lady sings. And by fat lady I mean critics and by sing I mean the mass publishing of top ten lists. Since I have screeners this year, I'll try to get started a bit earlier than usual and get my top ten list out to you in the final week of December. Until then, in case you missed anything... the best of November.
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I don’t know if Hollywood has seen another couple like Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. She was 19 and he was 26 when they met doing screen tests for what would turn out to be the awesome 1935 adventure flick Captain Blood, and the chemistry between them -- onscreen and off -- was pretty much instant. And the delicious gossip about them is only made juicier by the fact that they were never really “officially” a romantic couple... and, a few hints to the contrary aside, may never even have been lovers. But their tempestuous relationship, over the course of the eight movies they made together across only six years in the late 1930s and early 1940s isn’t fascinating merely for the pure gossip fest it was: it also encapsulates the heyday of the studio system, from the power de Havilland and Flynn wielded personally as stars to how the »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Director Paul Verhoeven.
This is the first of two conversations I've had with director Paul Verhoeven, the second being for his Ww II drama "Black Book." When I met Verhoeven in the Sony Pictures commissary for lunch in October of 1997, I had been a fan of his work since seeing the classic "Soldier of Orange" in 1979. The manic energy that Verhoeven is renowned for was evident throughout our chat, and was infectious. By the time our all-too-brief lunch was over, I found myself waving my hands while I spoke in rapid clips, and using more bounce than usual in my stride, to the point where a few friends suggested I switch to decaf.
The other memory that remains vivid is the passion and high hopes that Verhoeven had for "Starship Troopers." Like the director himself, I thought this would be a groundbreaking movie event and that the world would embrace »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
There seem to be a lot of space pirate movies on the horizon. Daybreakers' The Spierig bros have Captain Blood, Christian Alvart's got Captain Future, and now Piranha director Alenxandre Aja wants to make the manga favorite Cobra—The Space Pirate into a tent-pole.
According to Deadline, "He wants to turn the futuristic saga into a tent pole-sized live action franchise. He is writing the script with Gregory Levasseur and will produce with Levasseur, Marc Sessego and Alexandra Milchan."
I don't know much about the series, but it sounds cool. »
“Just give him a sword and let him do his thing,” was the way Errol Flynn described the studio executive’s opinions of him. In his heyday, Flynn was known as the king of Hollywood Swashbucklers. He’s still best remembered today for his tights-and-fights adventures, such as Captain Blood, The Sea Hawk, Don Juan, The Prince & the Pauper and most notably The Adventures of Robin Hood. But there was more to Flynn’s career than that.
From the late 1930s through the mid 1940s, the dashing Flynn was one of the two biggest action film stars in the world (the other being John Wayne). Aside from costumed adventures, he also made Westerns (Dodge City; They Died With Their Boots On) and War movies (Dawn Patrol). Although he may have seemed miscast as a cowboy, people accepted it because it was the beloved Flynn in the white hat. And when it came to war films, »
- Rob Young
By Angel Luis Rivera-Marcano
Forty years ago on April 6, 1970 two combat photojournalists covering the Vietnam War were captured by factions of the Viet Cong and Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and never heard from again. The news of their capture received much attention in the media when the identity of the two was released. For taken along with Dana Stone, a CBS correspondent was Sean Flynn, international film star and the only legitimate son of legendary movie star, Errol Flynn and his first wife, French actress, Lili Damita. The exploits, on and off screen of Sean‘s dad, Errol Flynn have earned him a controversial, if not legendary status in Hollywood history. His fame exceeded his starring roles in such Hollywood classics as, “The Adventures of Robin Hood” (1938),“Captain Blood” (1935), “The Sea Hawk” (1940), “Dodge City »
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While Melissa holds down Hall H and the Lr crew takes the stage for the Masters of the Web panel at Comic Con, I'm over in New York is super psyched about Guillermo Del Toro re-booting the marred Haunted Mansion film franchise. Mainly, because the Haunted Mansion is one of my geek obsessions and the Eddie Murphy movie laughed at the very intriguing and Existing plot threads embedded in the Disneyland ride. I’m a big fan of Disneyland, even if the company that runs it occasionally makes NewsCorp look like the lesser of two evils. Despite Walt Disney’s numerous faults (naming names during McCarthyism to bring up the obvious), I like the idea of a man who had enough balls to devise a theme park that went far beyond a carnival, a traveling fair or cheap amusements.Disneyland as an idea, stripped of what it means to be sold childhood memories, »
Ridley Scott’s newest epic, his own take on Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe, opens in theaters Friday, May 14. While the classical lore of Robin Hood has him stealing from rich to give to the poor… the trailer suggests Scott has turned the Robin Hood tale into one helluva Gladiator-sized period action flick complete with sword fights. So, anticipating quite an awe-inspiring onscreen display of steel blade clashing, we’ve compiled our top ten list of the best sword fights captured on film.
Reader’s Choice: The Princess Bride – In an effort to show we value our reader’s opinions, we’ve included a Reader’s Choice selection this week.
In response to the overwhelming reaction to this film somehow shamefully slipping through the fingers of the Movie Geeks on this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, The Princess Bride has been added as a Reader’s Choice pick. The »
- Movie Geeks
Cannes -- If Robin Hood had never existed, Hollywood would have had to invent him.
In fact, whether or not there was an actual historical person behind the Robin Hood sung of in English ballads -- a matter of some debate -- the outlaw of Sherwood Forest owes his present-day celebrity to the big screen, beginning with Douglas Fairbanks' silent-era 1922 swashbuckler.
"America more or less hijacked Robin Hood at that point," says Thomas Hahn, a professor of English at the University of Rochester and Robin Hood scholar. "The movie took a local English folk hero and turned him into an international icon of popular culture."
Robin Hood's enduring appeal will be tested once again as the Festival de Cannes gets under way Wednesday with the world premiere of Ridley Scott's "Robin Hood," with Russell Crowe in the titular role of an archer in the employ of King Richard »
- By Gregg Kilday
The science fiction/horror blend Daybreakers didn't have a terrible opening weekend, fighting through Avatar's dominance to grab fourth place. The movie's writers-directors, Australian twins Michael and Peter Spierig, are already planning two more sci-fi-related project, including a remake of Captain Blood, an Errol Flynn sea adventure movie from 1935 that the brothers told io9 they plan to turn into a "space pirate movie." Michael admitted they were currently writing the script.
We're working on Captain Blood, at the moment.we're still developing the script with Warner Brothers at the moment. We've got a first draft of it and it's good. We're still working on it. It might still be a while before it goes into production, if it goes into production at all.
The brothers also talked about their other, more mysterious sci-fi project, which is currently untitled, though that's not the only thing the brothers are keeping secret.
- Ryan Gowland
11 items from 2010
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