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Silver Reel and Lotus Entertainment are teaming with di Bonaventura Pictures and Cj Entertainment to bring the new take on 'Vengeance' to the screen.
Meanwhile, Harvey Weinstein has reportedly "had a conversation" with actor Donnie Yen and director and martial arts choreography legend Yuen Wo Ping about the "Seven Samurai" remake in development at TWC.
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- Garth Franklin
In the months that followed the big announcement that there would be more "Star Wars" movies, every subsequent press release seemed to hint there would be lots and lots more "Star Wars" movies. There was the Han Solo, Yoda, and Boba Fett spin-offs, plus talk of a "Seven Samurai" remake with Zack Snyder. Then Disney said that we can expect a movie every summer starting in 2015, all before a frame of the first movie, "Episode VII," has been shot. Things appeared to be moving at the speed of light.
But what if "Episode VII" was a complete and utter failure? It's extremely unlikely, but that would definitely put a squash on the spin-offs and standalone movies. When MTV News' Josh Horowitz spoke with J.J. Abrams in London during the press junket for "Star Trek Into Darkness," the director suggested that plans for follows-up hinged on the success of "Episode VII. »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
I’ve seen a lot of movies, but yet I haven’t. This is the story of my life. Is it possible to see every film ever made? No, but you can work on seeing the ones that interest you. A rational starting point would to be watching the classics of cinema, and then venturing off to the stranger pastures it has to offer. I have willingly done the opposite. I’ve seen the 16mm Canadian masterpiece Things multiple times over instead of cinema’s masterpiece Citizen Kane (even though I own it). I’ve gladly purchased Evil Dead II on three formats instead of taking a chance on a film I’ve never seen before. If there were a screening of The Last American Virgin the same time as Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, you can guarantee my touche would be planted in a seat for the former.
- Justin Edwards
Lucasfilm parent company Disney has announced that the studio will release a new "Star Wars" movie every summer starting in 2015.
The franchise will launch with director J.J. Abrams "Episode VII", reportedly followed by a film reimagining director Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai", a stand-alone 'Yoda' movie, a stand-alone 'Boba Fett' bounty hunter film and a young 'Han Solo' film.
"...'Ania Solo' found a lightsaber inside a broken 'Imperial' communications droid. Now she is being pursued by the local police -- and a determined 'Imperial Knight' who is willing to kill to get the weapon. Fortunately, as a black-market salvage dealer, Ania has made some formidable friends of her own..."
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- Michael Stevens
Archaia has announced Rubicon.
Mark Long and Mario Stilla's book reimagines the events of the movie against the backdrop of the war in Afghanistan.
"A team of Us Navy SEALs help a remote farming village in Afghanistan defend itself against Taliban marauders," said Archaia.
Archaia and Meteor previously collaborated on the Hawken: Genesis graphic novel.
Rubicon will debut in June. »
We hope you're hungry for more "Star Wars," because word coming out of CinemaCon in Las Vegas is that Disney will be delivering a movie from a galaxy far, far away ever summer starting in 2015.
Disney announced (via ComingSoon) during their CinemaCon presentation indicates that once J.J. Abrams kicks things off with "Episode VII" in 2015, we can expect a new "Star Wars" movie every summer from then on. "Episodes VIII and IX" would, in theory, hit theaters in 2017 and 2019, with standalone movies playing in the even years between installments.
There's no word on what will happened once Disney and Lucasfilm runs out trilogy movies to make six years from now, but early rumors have suggested possible topics for those yet-to-be-announced standalone movies.
Entertainment Weekly reported that films following Boba Fett and young Han Solo were in the works, and Ain't It Cool News revealed a developing Yoda movie. One of »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
Cinema has been around for more than a century and in that time has evolved from a static actuality to action packed spectacles with CGI. No matter the technology, a truly great film will not fall victim to time. For all of its studio staginess, “The Wizard of Oz” still provides the same amount of vivid magic and imagination as it did in 1939. A Charlie Chaplin film such as “The Kid” or “City Lights” still has the sweetness and humanity that transcends sound and color.
In that time, however, some films have fallen victims of age. They seem antiquated or outdated by today’s standards. All the following films fall into several of the same categories. There are the message films in which it acts like an afterschool special. Then there are the special effects or action films that does not compare to modern quality. In a sense, these also »
- Patrick Hao
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 363 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies, the Up docs and Decalogue) and of those 363, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 362 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies and Decalogue) and of those 362, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Last Saturday marked the birthday of visionary director, Akira Kurosawa, on what would have been his 103rd birthday. For years, I have known the high regard reserved for Kurosawa but have never seen any one of his films all the way through. I vaguely remember falling asleep during Ran and Rashomon during my early teens. With so many films to choose from, I decided to watch Kurosawa’s winner of the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival nominated for two Academy Awards, Seven Samurai (1954). The film is Kurosawa’s most popular in the West and has spawned dozens of remakes since its release.
This story of sixteenth century feudal Japan is deceptively simple: a poor farming village is terrorized by bandits who threaten to steal their entire crop and raze the village. The villagers »
- Katherine Springer
Looking for any excuse, Landon Palmer and Scott Beggs are using the 2012 Sight & Sound poll results as a reason to take different angles on the best movies of all time. Every week, they’ll discuss another entry in the list, dissecting old favorites from odd angles, discovering movies they haven’t seen before and asking you to join in on the conversation. Of course it helps if you’ve seen the movie because there will be plenty of spoilers. This week, they celebrate the magical ability of Akira Kurosawa‘s Seven Samurai to thrive despite giving birth to a plot cliche that refuses to die. In the #17 (tied) movie on the list, poor townsfolk turn to a band of samurai to help protect them from brutal bandits. But why is it one of the best movies ever? Landon: So the other day, I had the pleasure of watching a film about a band of comrades who gather »
- FSR Staff
It is confession time once again, and this month is a special Easter edition of Full Disclosure. In our monthly efforts to catch up with revered classics and widely-considered must-sees that have thus far passed us by, not only are we admitting our own fallibility as mere mortal cinephiles, but more importantly resurrecting a number of cinematic masterpieces for renewed debate and scrutiny.Seven Samurai (dir. Kurosawa Akira, 1954 Japan)Winner of the Silver Lion, Venice Film Festival, nominated for 2 Academy AwardsTodd Brown, Founder & Editor:The remarkable thing about Kurosawa's Seven Samurai is not that it breaks ground or does anything particularly new. No, by this point we've all seen this basic story structure - a downtrodden village enlists the help of rogue warriors to protect...
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Opening this weekend is director Antoine Fuqua’s White House actioner Olympus Has Fallen. The film stars Gerard Butler as a disgraced Secret Service agent called back to duty when terrorists take over the White House and capture the President (Aaron Eckhart). The film also stars Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Ashley Judd, Melissa Leo, Robert Forster, Dylan McDermott, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, and Rick Yune. If you’ve been waiting for Butler to return to action, you’re going to be very happy watching Olympus Has Fallen. Not only is the film a hard R for graphic violence, it features Butler kicking ass in some great action set pieces. Watch some clips here. A few days ago I landed an exclusive interview with Fuqua here in Los Angeles. During our wide-ranging conversation we talked about what it's been like promoting the film all over the country, how Seven Samurai was »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Tomorrow, March 23, is Akira Kurosawa's birthday. The iconic and influential director would have been 103-years-old had he lived long enough to see it, but that isn't to say he hasn't left a lasting legacy keeping him alive in the hearts of cinephiles. To celebrate the occasion, Criterion and Hulu have made available 24 of Kurosawa's films on Hulu free of charge to nonsubscribers (with commercial interruptions, and only in the U.S.) through midnight Sunday, March 24 and it includes all the hits and then some. Now I haven't seen all of Kurosawa's films, but I would like to at least offer up some suggestions for those of you looking for a starting point, or just a diversion from all this Ncaa Basketball. 1.) Seven Samurai - The obvious starting point is Seven Samurai. It's the film most everyone immediately associates with Kurosawa even if it isn't necessarily one they consider his best or their favorite. »
- Brad Brevet
Last month, Hulu made the entire Criterion Collection available for a few days, and now they're giving cinephiles another treat from the esteemed feature film collection. In case you didn't know, legendary director Akira Kurosawa's birthday is on March 23rd, and to celebrate the occasion, Hulu and Criterion have made all 24 of his films in the line-up available to watch for free from now until Sunday at midnight. This includes classics like Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Yojimbo along with his final film Madadayo. Sounds like the perfect opportunity for people to get acquainted with Kurosawa's filmography. Here's George Lucas talking about the influence Akira Kurosawa had on him from Hulu: All of the films total about 44 hours, so you can watch all of them if you're dedicated enough. Here's a list of the other Kurosawa films available for viewing: Drunken Angel, The Bad Sleep Well, The Hidden Fortress (which »
- Ethan Anderton
When you're one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, your life is likely to be thoroughly documented by others, and that's certainly the case for Akira Kurosawa. The director behind "Seven Samurai," "Rashomon," "Ran" and many, many more seminal works has been boxed, written about, discussed at and more, all at length, but his work is so rich and influential, there is always more to discover. And for those looking for a bit of a film class to start of their week, you can perhaps spend your lunch hour on this. Alex Cox's 1999 documentary "Kurosawa: The Last Emperor" has surfaced online, and while it's brief at only 50-odd minutes or so, the participants are fairly heavyweight. Directors John Woo, Bernardo Bertolucci, Francis Ford Coppola and Paul Verhoeven are among those who share their thoughts on Kurosawa. The doc may not be comprehensive, but among the topics discussed are »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It seems like nowadays, anytime an action flick comes out where it.s one guy taking on a multi-headed threat, it always gets compared to Die Hard, and when it.s more than one guy taking on the bad guys, the comparisons immediately jump to The Magnificent Seven or that film.s inspiration, Seven Samurai. Admittedly, it mostly happens when there are actually seven people involved. That.s exactly what.s happening with Relativity Media.s latest acquirement, a gritty thriller called Borderland, which is being developed as .a modern-day Western meets Magnificent Seven,. Deadline reports. The film is being written by Sheldon Turner, whose screenplay for Up in the Air, co-written with Jason Reitman, gained him quite a few awards, as well as an Oscar nomination. (His work on 2006.s Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning wasn.t quite so well received.) There is the possibility that Turner will also »
Jonathan Lack, Associate Editor and film critic for We Got This Covered, has just announced publication of his first book, available now from Amazon.com.
Titled Fade to Lack: A Critic’s Journey Through the World of Modern Film, the book is an extensive critical survey of contemporary American cinema, filtered through the experiences of an author who has been reviewing films professionally since the age of ten. Before joining We Got This Covered in 2011, Lack wrote film criticism for subsidiaries of The Denver Post, including the youth reporting outlet Colorado Kids and community journalism initiative YourHub, dating all the way back to 2002. Fade to Lack – named for his weekly YourHub print column in The Denver Post – is in part a chronicle of these experiences, of lessons learned and observations made from a lifetime studying the medium.
In addition to substantial new material, including a section on Lack’s favorite »
- WGTC Staff
One can't help but think that maybe every major media outlet should just agree to not talk about Star Wars: Episode VII for at least a few months. Yeah, that's not gonna happen, but at least we'd be sure that we didn't get any false information. Remember when it was circulated that Zack Snyder was going to directed an awesome sounding Jedi film inspired by Seven Samurai? Yeah, it sucked to hear that it wasn't true, and I'm guessing a few will go through a similar experience with this story. »
- David Hoffman
Donald Richie, who spent more than 60 of his 88 years in Japan and introduced the English-speaking world to post-World War II Japanese cinema, died February 19 in Tokyo. He is best known for his writings on the great Japanese directors Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu. In 1959, Richie and Joseph Anderson wrote “The Japanese Film: Art and Industry” which is considered the first English language book on the Japanese cinema. In addition to writing nearly 40 books, including several on Kurosawa, he recorded commentary for the Criterion Collection’s DVDs of many films, including Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai” and Kon Ichikawa’s “Fires on the Plain” and wrote the English subtitles for several of Kurosawa’s films. He was also active in the experimental film world in the 1950s and 1960s, making lyrical 8 and 16 mm movies. Born in Lima, Ohio in 1924, Richie first set foot in Japan in 1947 as part of the »
- Aljean Harmetz
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