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Edgar Wright's latest epic project  has him partnering with Quentin Tarantino, Judd Apatow, Joss Whedon, Bill Hader, Guillermo Del Toro, Joe Dante, Greg Mottola, Harry Knowles, Rian Johnson and, probably, several of you. Like all of us, Wright has a bunch of classic and cult films he's never seen. Unlike all of us, he has the means to see them for the first time on the big screen and will do just that in December  at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles during Films Edgar Has Never Seen. The director of Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World asked both his famous friends (some of which are listed above) and fans to send in their personal must see lists and, from those titles, Wright came up with one mega list from which he'll pick a few movies to watch December 9-16. After the jump check »
- Germain Lussier
Star may follow final appearance as Batman in The Dark Knight Rises with part in remake of Park Chan-Wook's cult thriller
Lee's remake is one of a number of roles that Bale may take on in the wake of The Dark Knight Rises, supposedly his final turn as Batman, which is currently filming for a July 2012 release. As well as Oldboy, Bale is said to be considering the forthcoming remake of A Star is Born, starring Beyoncé, which Clint Eastwood is directing. He is also linked to Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic, Noah, and the Michael Mann film Gold, said to be a contemporary thriller in the vein of the classic 1948 John Huston tale The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, which starred Humphrey Bogart as a prospector in 1920s Mexico. »
- Ben Child
Talk about seeing your stock rise, when you're an actor and you are about to reprise your role in the sequel to one of the top ten largest worldwide successes ever and your follow-up options include films directed by Clint Eastwood, Spike Lee, Darren Aronofsky and Michael Mann you can look yourself in the mirror and say, "Yeah, I'm doing something right."
As it turns out, Variety reports that is exactly the scenario Christian Bale is looking at once he concludes shooting The Dark Knight Rises with Christopher Nolan later this year. He will be putting an end to his time as Batman and begin a post-cowl cinematic exploration and the grass certainly looks green as I'm sure the paycheck will as well.
Let's just do a quick rundown of Bale's options and we'll go in alphabetical order by director...
- Brad Brevet
Very rarely do fans get a glimpse into the decision making process of major stars. All we know is that the biggest actors in Hollywood can often seemingly do whatever they want, so people like Johnny Depp, Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Cruise get their pick of the best scripts out there. It seems like Christian Bale could be joining that elite list. The recent Oscar-winner (something none of those other men can claim) slips seamlessly between smaller characters pieces, like The Machinist, and massive blockbusters like The Dark Knight Rises. According to Variety, Bale has a pretty impressive list of projects he can choose from after he hangs up Batman's cowl. Think of the info that follows as a glimpse at Bale's own personal desk. Will he choose A Star is Born directed by Clint Eastwood, Gold directed by Michael Mann, Oldboy directed by Spike Lee, Out of »
- Germain Lussier
Late legendary movie director John Huston is to be honoured with his own postage stamp in America.
Four stamps will be launched in the Great Film Directors series - John Ford and Frank Capra have been named as the other filmmakers to be honoured, while the fourth director will be announced at a later date. »
Broadcaster, writer and quizmaster known for Brain of Britain, Call My Bluff and Stop the Week
The broadcaster and writer Robert Robinson, who has died at the age of 83 after a long period of ill health, had an extraordinary flair for either captivating or irritating his audience, or sometimes both. The wide range of programmes he presided over for BBC television included the film programme Picture Parade (1959), the arts review The Look of the Week (1966), and the quiz shows Call My Bluff and Ask the Family (or as he labelled them, "call my agent" and "ask your dad", both from 1967 onwards). In 1961 he started the five-minute slot for viewers' letters, Points of View, which has continued until the present under a dynasty of presenters, among them two further but unrelated Robinsons, Kenneth and Anne.
On Radio 4 from 1971 to 1974, he and John Timpson were the first to make the morning news programme Today a double-act, »
- Philip Purser, Dennis Barker
It’s safe to say that most of us who are enthused by the big screen have some kind of affection for Indiana Jones. After all, what’s not to like? He’s adventurous, dry, good with the ladies, intelligent, unbelievably cool, and somewhat of a goofball.
George Lucas originally envisioned Indiana Jones as more of a James Bond variant, sipping martinis and smoking cigarettes, but Lawrence Kasdan’s wonderful script for Raiders of the Lost Ark painted him a little differently – the kind of man who only knows how to make it up as he goes, a trait which ultimately served to make him all the more human. Harrison Ford personified it majestically.
The Indy films are one of cinema’s best loved endeavours (we’ll try and forget about the latest one), and it’s assumed, as with most things, that everybody has a favourite. Unlike with The Lord of the Rings films, »
- Tom Barnard
Senses of Cinema editor Rolando Caputo introduces the new issue: "For some time now, Senses has wanted to publish an English language translation of Jean-Baptiste Thoret's seminal article, 'The Seventies Reloaded: (What does the cinema think about when it dreams of Baudrillard?),' first published in French in 2005. So, it has been some wait, but finally we've got our wish thanks to a translation by Daniel Fairfax that does full justice to the original. Thoret is both one of the most esteemed scholars on Baudrillard's writings (a long-term Editor-in-Chief of Panic, a French journal closely associated with Baudrillardian thought), and a specialist of the American cinema of the post-classical Hollywood period (author of Le Cinéma américain des années 70, 2006). Both strands come together in sticking fashion in 'The Seventies Reloaded.'"
Among the other highlights of Issue 59: Jiwei Xiao on Jia Zhangke, Peter Tonguette on King Vidor, Graham Daseler on »
It's The Descent meets The Treasure of the Sierra Madre in The Guardian . The thriller will be directed by Sergio Sanchez Suarez, who is making his English-language feature debut after the Mexican drama Tequila . The story finds three park rangers who seek treasure deep in a cave, until their friendship is "torn apart." Hmm, literally, you think? Shooting begins this fall. »
There are Tons of new releases this past week, and as my co-host and friend Travis George said, it was going to be a hell of a time to write these up for all of you people out there who want to know about Criterion’s blossoming Hulu Plus page. And as usual, I’m elated to tell you all about these films, especially if you want to join up to the service, which helps us keep this weekly article series going. I mean, come on, there’s an Ingmar Bergman film that’s not in the collection yet! More on that at the end of the article. So let’s get right to it then.
The epic film The Human Condition (1959) has been put up, separated into three videos. Parts 1 & 2, Parts 3 & 4 and Parts 5 & 6 are there for your ease of watching, so if you have 574 minutes to kill watching the »
- James McCormick
I stumbled upon a list of 41 of Woody Allen's favorite films over at This Recording, which were actually pulled from Allen's 2007 biography written by Eric Lax titled "Conversations with Woody Allen: His Films, the Movies, and Moviemaking" which you can buy from Amazon for $16.47.
Allen comments on the lists, of which he breaks up into different categories, saying, "My tastes seem to me unremarkable except in the area of talking plot comedies where I seem to have little tolerance for anything and certainly not my own films."
Unfortunately, he's pretty much right as I would bet most avid movie watchers will have seen the majority of the films he lists and then when he does get to talking plot comedies he waves a white flag in fear of looking foolish saying, "[My] taste is eccentric and there are any number of comedies I love that would make me seem foolish or should I say, »
- Brad Brevet
“How come you only show us clips from movies none of us ever heard of?”
She was 30, a single mom who’d admirably gone back to school for a business degree to better things for her and her family. She’d taken my film appreciation class as an elective, a break from the grind of her business classes, expecting it would be – her word – “fun.”
But, due to the aforementioned “movies none of us ever heard of,” she was not having the anticipated fun.
I explained, “Because most movies were made before you were born.”
Simple and obvious, it still didn’t satisfy her, and the unasked next question in her eyes I guessed to be, “But why do we have to see them?”
Most of my class – not all, but most – I knew felt similarly. They didn’t say it but I could tell: rolled eyes, glazed eyes, eyes »
- Bill Mesce
The brilliant writer/director, Michael Mann, is looking to direct an upcoming thriller, Gold, THR reports. And I think the fact that Mann is interested enough in the script to want to direct it pretty much guarantees it’s something we should all already be very much looking forward to. I know I am.
Mann will be teaming up with Paul Haggis (The Next Three Days, Crash), who was initially to direct the film but had to pull out to focus on other projects. Haggis is now going to be producing the film, alongside man and Michael Nozik, who worked with Haggis producing The Next Three Days.
Gold will be,
“a contemporary thriller in the vein of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, set around a ruthless search for the precious metal.”
I have to admit, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) is a little bit before my time, and »
- Kenji Lloyd
Looks like Michael Mann, Public Enemies director is back! He is now apparently set up to direct project titled Gold and he will team up with Paul Haggis who will serve as a producing partner for the movie that will, as you already guess, center on a search for gold.
At this moment not much is known about the whole thing but we do know that the story comes from Patrick Massett and John Zinman, co-executive producers of Friday Night Lights and The Chicago Code, who first wrote the spec script as a feature writing sample.
Mann and Haggis will produce the film alongside Michael Nozik, and they plan on developing the package before going out to studios.
At this moment, no »
It's been a couple of years since Michael Mann's most recent film, Public Enemies, hit theaters, and now we have word that he may have found his next feature. Simply titled Gold, the project is described as a contemporary thriller with hints of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, set around a ruthless search for - you guessed it - gold. Initially presented as a feature writing sample by Patrick Massett and John Zinman, writer/director Paul Haggis became attached and at one point considered directing the film himself. However, other projects drew Haggis away from the director's chair, which paved the way for Mann to come on board. Gold will be produced under Mann's Forward Pass banner with the idea to "develop and package the project before setting it up at a studio." A story like Gold easily conjures up memories of There Will Be Blood from a few years back, »
Heat Vision's Borys Kit reports Bradley Cooper has entered negotiations to star in Relativity's remake of The Crow. Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later), who boarded the project last week, is said to have hit it off with Cooper at a recent meeting. While the two supposedly share a vision for the character and film, I'm just not seeing it. My familiarity with the character is limited to the original 1994 Brandon Lee film, but in my eyes Cooper lacks that whole dark and mysterious thing the character seems to call for. I'm thinking Taylor Kitsch, but maybe that's just because I've been watching so much "Friday Night Lights" lately. Any other suggestions?
Kit also reports's Michael Mann (Heat, Collateral) and Paul Haggis (Crash) will collaborate on the The Treasure of the Sierra Madre-esque contemporary thriller Gold. The script by Patrick Massett and John Zinman (co-writers of TV shows "Friday Night Lights »
- Kevin Blumeyer
Michael Mann, perhaps one of the most talented filmmakers currently working, has many options when choosing what his next film will be. He’s kept directing, as there’s the pilot for the HBO series Luck premiering this fall, but as for features? That’s a tad unclear. Two movies we’ve heard about are Agincourt and Big Tuna, with the former being a medieval drama and the latter a Chicago-set gangster story (something he knows as well as anybody). Then there’s also Capa, a biopic of famed war photographer Robert Capa, which has already landed Gemma Arterton and Andrew Garfield for parts. Now, we have yet another project to add to the pile.
- Nick Newman
“Heat” director Michael Mann and “Crash” guy Paul Haggis are teaming up to bring “Gold” to the big screen. Described as “a contemporary thriller in the vein of ‘The Treasure of the Sierra Madre’”, the film started life as a writing sample from TV writers Patrick Massett and John Zinman, and piqued Haggis’ fancy. Haggis brought it to Mann, who also liked it. There is no studio or actor attached, and Mann and Haggis plan to develop the script, with Mann possibly directing. Haggis had originally wanted to direct, too, but decided to do other projects instead. »
Invest his time that is. There’s a famous quote from the cinema classic City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold that I’ve taken into my heart and try to live by. Jack Palance, playing Curly’s twin brother Duke, remarks to Billy Crystal’s character Mitch, “Curly was wrong, there’s two things. Whatever the hell this is… and gold.” What does this have to do with anything? Almost nothing. But Michael Mann is about to push a film called Gold up to the tippy top of his films-to-be-directed list. Gold is being described by The Hollywood Reporter as a modern take on a The Treasure of the Sierra Madre type story about competing gold prospectors chasing down the precious metal. I could always go for a good sweeping adventure story, and the mentioning of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre really gets my motor revving, but »
- Nathan Adams
I don't think you could find a pair I'm more neutral about than Michael Mann and Paul Haggis. I've never been too wild about much of anything they've done, but I've never loathed any of it either. Well now the two are coming together for a new project that I will assuredly watch while eating vanilla ice cream. It's called Gold and I can't get than damn Austin Powers character out of my head now. The story is said to be an updated variant of The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre, but »
- Paul Tassi
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