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How about we take a break from all the news about Star Wars: The Force Awakens to talk about one of the Star Wars spin-off moves that is currently in development. /Film came across some information regarding the plot of the Star Wars standalone film that is being directed by Gareth Edwards and written by Gary Whitta. If you don't want to know anything about this, then I suggest you steer clear of the rest of this article.
Apparently, the 2016 Star Wars movie is going to tell a story about a group of people who will pull off the "ultimate heist in a galaxy far, far away." I'm a huge fan of heist movies, so a heist movie set in the Star Wars universe sounds awesome! Now, what does the heist entail? According to the report, the group is going to steal "one of the most important linchpins in »
- Joey Paur
2015 is nearly upon us and that means it's about time to start hearing more and more about the upcoming Star Wars films. We know the first Star Wars standalone film is hitting in 2016, and that filming will begin early next year, and now we may know what it's about. Come inside to see the latest report and our thoughts on it!
If you've been upset over the severe drought of solid Star Wars movie news recently, the heavens are preparing to open. The first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to hit select theaters this weekend, and that will be kicking off a real push for marketing on the new Star Wars films. While we know the first standalone Star Wars flick (independent from the new trilogy) is being directed by Gareth Edwards with a script from Gary Whitta...but that's all we really know. The »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
SlashFilm are usually reliable when it comes to scoops (they got that news about the release of the trailer debut for The Force Awakens right), so don't be afraid to start getting excited about Godzilla director Gareth Edwards' 2016 Star Wars spinoff. According to the site, it's going to focus on a group of bounty hunters hired by the Rebel Alliance to steal the plans of the first Death Star. That obviously means the movie will be set before A New Hope, but this is a pivotal moment in Star Wars history as it kicked off the events of the Original Trilogy. In terms of the approach to the movie, the site reveals that we should, "think the Seven Samurai or Suicide Squad meets Ocean’s Eleven in the world of Star Wars." They have some other interesting details too though, including the fact that the Millennium Falcon is somehow involved, »
While we have some new titles to look at this week, I want to point out to you that Barnes & Noble is having its 50% off Criterion sale right now and I've already posted a massive article offering a look at several titles I would personally recommend, including The Complete Jacques Tati and Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman as well as a selection of favorites and new 2014 titles to consider... Here's a snippet of that: A Selection of My Absolute Favorites Persona Breathless 8 1/2 Seven Samurai Yojimbo and Sanjuro The Battle of Algiers The Seventh Seal Sweet Smell of Success The Wages of Fear The Night of the Hunter New Recommendations for 2014 2014 offered plenty of new titles to consider from top directors and classics in desperate need of a proper upgrade. Here are a few of my favorites. New David Lynch and David Cronenberg Eraserhead Scanners read my review here New Federico Fellini »
- Brad Brevet
It's that time of year again and it's time to update the list for the second half of 2014 as Barnes & Noble has just kicked off their 50% off Criterion sale and as impossible a task as it is to cut things down to just a few titles, I have done my best to break Criterion's titles down into a few categories. Hopefully those looking for box sets, specific directors or what I think are absolute musts will find this makes things a little bit easier. Let's get to it... First Picks I was given the Zatoichi collection for Christmas last year and being a collection that holds 25 films and another disc full of supplementary material it is the absolute definition of a must buy when it comes to the Criterion Collection. It is, once again, on sale for $112.49, half off the Msrp of $224.99, and worth every penny. I spent the entire year going through it. »
- Brad Brevet
Tokyo International Film Festival’s ‘Seven Samurai’ directors compared the restrictive studio-controlled filmmaking environment of modern-day Japan to the golden age of Akira Kurosawa at a talk event on Sunday.
For this year’s edition, the festival has selected seven directors, who have achieved a degree of international recognition, to promote Japanese cinema to the world. Three of the seven attended the talk event: Keishi Otomo, who has directed two hit films based on the Rurouni Kenshin manga series; Takashi Yamazaki, whose Parasyte is closing the festival; and Lee Sang-il, whose credits include the Japanese remake of Unforgiven.
The other four ‘Samurai’ are Takashi Miike (13 Assassins), Tetsuya Nakashima (Confessions), Eiichiro Hasumi (Umizaru series) and Daihachi Yoshida, whose Pale Moon is the only Japanese film in Tiff’s competition section. The event was followed by a screening of Kurosawa’s 1954 Seven Samurai.
Asked to compare filmmaking in Japan today to the era when Seven Samurai was made, the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
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Above: there is no news this week more monumental than that of the return of Twin Peaks. In 2016, we'll have nine new episodes, all directed by David Lynch. The 72nd issue of Senses of Cinema is now online, and amidst a plethora of content, features an amazing dossier on "one of the true legends of Australian screen culture," John Flaus. Also included is a piece by Tony McKibbin on a new Alain Robbe-Grillet box set—and in Mubi Us, we're currently hosting a retrospective on the Robbe-Grillet featuring Trans-Europ-Express, L'immortelle, Eden and After, and Successive Slidings of Pleasure. Writing for Reverse Shot, Adam Nayman offers his two cents on Mia Hansen-Love's Eden:
The IMDb stands as a sort of method of cultural shorthandedness. When somebody asks whether or not a movie is any good or not, it’s perfectly acceptable to say: “Well, it has an 8.1 on the Internet Movie Database,” and nothing else really needs to be said. The reason people seem to value this system as an indicator or quality, then, stems from the fact that the scores assigned to movies on the IMDb are the results of user votes: not critics or movie buffs, necessarily, but regular folk who love motion pictures and like to log on and grade what they’ve seen.
The IMDb Top 250, then, provides an incredibly value resource for those who like movies and are looking for what to see next. If you’re in doubt, scan the list of 250 films, pick one at random, and chances are you’ll find yourself gazing upon an absolute classic. »
- Sam Hill
With Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer hitting theaters this weekend (read Brad's review) and his Jake Gyllenhaal boxing drama Southpaw in post-production, it was only a matter of time before Fuqua chose his next project, and it appears he is re-teaming with The Equalizer star Denzel Washington for a remake of The Magnificent Seven. John Sturges' 1960 western is itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, so it seems we will have a remake of a remake on our hands here. Concerning The Magnificent Seven, the film follows a band of gunfighters hired to protect a small peasant village. It was nominated for one Oscar, a Best Score nod for Elmer Bernstein (Sweet Smell of Success). As for Fuqua's plan of attack, he couldn't give away any details to MovieWeb, but he did offer this up: My biggest influence is Seven Samurai, that's what I really love. The Magnificent Seven »
- Jordan Benesh
"The Equalizer" and "Olympus Has Fallen" director Antoine Fuqua, out doing press rounds for the former, has confirmed to Movieweb that his upcoming remake of classic western "The Magnificent Seven" will be his next project.
John Sturges helmed the original 1960 film, which itself was based on the Akira Kurosawa 1954 cinematic classic "Seven Samurai". Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter and Horst Buchholz starred in 'Magnificent' as a group of American gunmen hired to protect a small Mexican village from a group of savage bandits.
The remake will star Denzel Washington as one of the seven, and they're currently seeking actors to play the other six. In regards to the film he says:
"Yeah, that's (The Magnificent Seven) where all of my attention is going. When I get back to L.A., I'll meet the casting team and start to get into it with the producers and everybody next week. »
- Garth Franklin
Earlier this week, I had the chance to speak with The Equalizer director Antoine Fuqua, and towards the end of our chat, the talk naturally drifted towards other projects he's working on. We reported in May that the filmmaker was attached to direct Narco Sub, which the late Tony Scott was once set to direct, that centers on illegal submersible ships used by cartels to smuggle narcotics. Just a few days later, we also reported that Antoine Fuqua is re-teaming with The Equalizer star Denzel Washington on The Magnificent Seven remake.
"No, Narco Sub, it doesn't look like I'm going to do it."
Antoine Fuqua is a filmmaker I have always admired and respected, not only for his skill behind the camera, but for the diversity of projects he undertakes. After cutting his teeth by directing a number of iconic music videos in the 1990s, including Coolio's "Gangster's Paradise," Prince's "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World," and Toni Braxton's "Another Sad Love Song," Antoine Fuqua transitioned into features with The Replacement Killers and Bait before his breakout hit Training Day, where he directed Denzel Washington to a Best Actor Oscar.
From there, he took on a number of vastly different films such as the war drama Tears of the Sun, the medieval epic King Arthur, the grounded action-packed adaptation Shooter (which I still think is vastly underrated), the urban crime drama Brooklyn's Finest and last year's big-budget action-thriller Olympus Has Fallen.
A kimchi Western with a heavy helping of spaghetti and tasty trimmings of humor, “Kundo: Age of the Rampant” delivers a thoroughly entertaining if overlong gallop through the trusty old story of honorable bandits stealing from nasty rich people and distributing the proceeds to downtrodden peasants. , “Kundo” has run rampant at the South Korean box office, and should continue to do well abroad with its high-impact action sequences and funky Tarantino-esque packaging.
Setting the all-time record for opening-day biz (but eclipsed a week later by seafaring actioner “The Admiral: Roaring Currents,” now the highest-grossing South Korean film ever made), “Kundo” is a rollicking good ride that’s marred just slightly by its tendency to linger a little too long on minor story threads here and there. But in the more critical departments of supplying well-defined heroes worth rooting for, hissable villains and an infectious spirit of fun and adventure, the film scores high marks. »
- Richard Kuipers
San Sebastian – At Spain’s 62nd San Sebastian to accept a career-achievement Donostia Award and present, alongside Antoine Fuqua, Sony Pictures’ fest opener, “The Equalizer,” Denzel Washington denied any idea of playing President Barack Obama.
“Barack Obama is a story that hasn’t finished yet. It’s not something I’m thinking about, and he’s busy. said Washinton, dressed casually in a dark grey jacket and looking very young for his 59 years.
But Washington did set something of a roadmap of future plans. He will not topline “Shovel Ready,” a Warner Bros. adaptation of a debut novel by journalist Adam Sterbergh., he said Friday at a San Sebastian press conference.
It’s too early to call, he argued when asked by Variety, if he would star in “The Equalizer” sequel. »
- John Hopewell
It's like Star Wars, but refracted through a strange lens. Here's Han Solo, but he's green, like the Toxic Avenger, and has gills. Here's Luke Skywalker, but he's a powerful general with a white beard and a flinty look in his eye.
All this can be found in what is now commonly called The Rough Draft of The Star Wars, originally written by George Lucas back in 1974. A kind of mid-point between the somewhat vague ideas Lucas first had for his space fantasy movie earlier in the decade, and the fourth draft - which was used as the shooting script for the 1977 film - The Star Wars is a jarring document from the franchise's early history.
The question 3 months ago was whether Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington would board MGM's long-in-development remake of "The Magnificent Seven" (the 1960 American western directed by John Sturges, which was itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai"). The news this month is that the pair are no longer on the fence, as Fuqua himself confirmed that the pair would tackle the remake next - a revelation he made after the Tiff premiere of their latest collab, also a remake (of a TV series), "The Equalizer." As recently as 2012, Tom Cruise was attached to star in the remake, although, at the time, there was no director »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Earlier in the year news broke that a remake of legendary western The Magnificent Seven was in the works with Antoine Fuqua (Olympus Has Fallen) taking the hot seat and Tom Cruise, Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman just a few names being linked with a role. Since then not much else has been revealed about the planned remake. However while promoting his latest flick The Equalizer at Tiff, Fuqua announced that one actor has already signed on, Denzel Washington.
This will mark the third time time Fuqua has directed Washington since they first worked together 13 years ago on Training Day. Fuqua praised Washington on his professionalism and why he enjoys working with him:
“Denzel’s all about the work…He’s all about the acting. He’s an actor. He’ll tell you himself, ‘I’m not a movie star, celebrity, something else, I’m an actor’…He steps on »
- Gavin Logan
Stars: Paul Walker, David Belle, RZA, Gouchy Boy, Catalina Denis, Ayisha Issa, Carlo Rota, Andreas Apergis, Richard Zeman, Robert Maillet, Bruce Ramsay | Written by Luc Besson, Bibi Naceri | Directed by Camille Delamarre
Hollywood remaking a foreign film is far from a new phenomenon, and adaption in this manner has yielded some truly great films. We have seen such successes like Seven Samurai transformed into The Magnificent Seven, and Infernal Affairs altered into The Departed.
On the other hand, there are movies like Brick Mansions. This remake of the Luc Besson / Pierre Morel French parkour action fest District B13 has much in common with the original including plot structure, action sequences, and even shares one of the co-leads. What it lacks is energy, craftsmanship, and originality. Fans of the original have little reason to examine this new take, and those coming in fresh will also find it difficult enjoy this tired dud of an action movie. »
- Dan Clark
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
Principal photography will start in Tokyo on September 19, with other locations including Los Angeles and San Francisco.
“I’m particularly excited about filming Kanzo Uni, who choreographed many of Mifune fight scenes,” Okazaki enthused. “His claim to fame is that he was killed by Mifune more times than anyone, around one hundred and fifty times, four times in one movie. »
- Nick Vivarelli
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