6 items from 2015
How exactly this origin tale will unfold is still unknown, other than it will follow the thief who stole from the rich in order to give to the poor.
Hollywood has much appreciated the story of Robin Hood over the years, with pics ranging from 1938’s “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” starring Errol Flynn, to 1991’s “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” with Kevin Costner.
Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.
- Justin Kroll
A further Robin Hood origin story is in development, and Leonardo DiCaprio is involved...
In what amounts to the third competing attempt to revive the adventures of Robin Hood into a new post-Avengers world, Leonardo DiCaprio and Joby Harold have joined forces to bring new life to the Princes of Thieves and his merry men. Sherwood Forest is getting awfully crowded these days…
As first broken by The Tracking Board, DiCaprio’s Appian Way production company is teaming with Harold’s Safehouse Pictures production company to produce a spec script Harold has entitled Robin Hood: Origins. As you might expect, it is a new detailed origin story for the bandit of Sherwood that with its current title is just begging for franchising capabilities.
George Eastman House is going all-out to Technicolor on its 100th birthday. If you make the trek to Rochester, New York between now and the end of April you can see original 35mm prints of films that made exceptional use of the process, including The Adventures of Robin Hood, Duel in the Sun, and The Yearling, to name just a few. (If you’ve never seen true “Ib” dye-transfer Technicolor projected on a screen you don’t know what you’re missing.) The film series is augmented by an exhibition of cameras, equipment, posters, photos and unique artifacts in the Eastman House collection. But don’t despair if you can’t attend in person: you can explore an online exhibition Here that offers many...
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- Leonard Maltin
Stumbling across that list of best-edited films yesterday had me assuming that there might be other nuggets like that out there, and sure enough, there is American Cinematographer's poll of the American Society of Cinematographers membership for the best-shot films ever, which I do recall hearing about at the time. But they did things a little differently. Basically, in 1998, cinematographers were asked for their top picks in two eras: films from 1894-1949 (or the dawn of cinema through the classic era), and then 1950-1997, for a top 50 in each case. Then they followed up 10 years later with another poll focused on the films between 1998 and 2008. Unlike the editors' list, though, ties run absolutely rampant here and allow for way more than 50 films in each era to be cited. I'd love to see what these lists would look like combined, however. I imagine "Citizen Kane," which was on top of the 1894-1949 list, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Rod Taylor dead at 84: Actor best known for 'The Time Machine' and 'The Birds' Rod Taylor, best remembered for the early 1960s movies The Time Machine and The Birds, and for his supporting role as Winston Churchill in Quentin Tarantino's international hit Inglourious Basterds, has died. Taylor suffered a heart attack at his Los Angeles home earlier this morning (January 8, 2015). Born on January 11, 1930, in Sydney, he would have turned 85 on Sunday. Based on H.G. Wells' classic 1895 sci-fi novel, The Time Machine stars Rod Taylor as a H. George Wells, an inventor who comes up with an intricate chair that allows him to travel across time. (In the novel, the Victorian protagonist is referred to simply as the "Time Traveller.") After experiencing World War I and World War II, Wells decides to fast forward to the distant future, ultimately arriving at a place where humankind has been split »
- Andre Soares
I normally publish this list on Luise Rainer's birthday but having lost her just as 2014 ended after a year already marked by the loss of several screen giants including Mickey Rooney, Peter O'Toole and Joan Fontaine, we needed some positivity to kick off the new calendar!
Olivia de Havilland, two time best actress. She's still defiantly with us!
This semi-annual list of living Oscar-vets was never intended to be a morbid countdown list as a stray commenter or three has complained. Not at all! It's a way for us to honor people while they're still conscious of our appreciation for their indelible contributions to our favorite artform. Your assignment: pick six players here and during the year, rent a key film from each so that they can receive your telepathic waves of appreciation in 2015! (That's only 1 film every other month. You can do it!)
So our very best wishes »
- NATHANIEL R
6 items from 2015
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