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We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
The quest to live forever has captured our collective imagination for centuries, from ancient texts in the time of Alexander the Great to current sci-fi movies. But as a scientist notes in the trailer for "Selfless," "Immortality has some side effects."
That proves to be quite the understatement. In the movie, Ben Kingsley plays an aging, brilliant billionaire who wants to extend his life. He's offered that chance by a scientist (Matthew Goode), who's developed a procedure that would transfer Kingsley's mind into a much younger body - that of Ryan Reynolds.
But after the seemingly successful procedure, things start to go awry (natch), as Reynolds' consciousness battles that of Kingsley's for ultimate control.
"Selfless" opens in theaters this summer.
- Kelly Woo
For the most part, the excellence of HBO’s “Togetherness” isn’t surprising. Co-creators Mark and Jay Duplass have a long track record with films they either wrote and directed themselves or supported in some way, Melanie Lynskey and Amanda Peet have lots of fine performances on their resumes, and even Mark Duplass himself has turned out to be an interesting and versatile actor as his career has evolved. The one unknown is the man who is in many ways the reason the show exists: co-star and co-creator Steve Zissis, a longtime friend and collaborator of the brothers Duplass who hasn’t had many prominent roles outside of their films. As Alex, a talented but underemployed actor crashing on his best friend’s couch, Zissis gets to be funny, charming, and at times heartbreaking over the course of this eight-episode first season. (Four episodes have aired so far; HBO recently ordered a second season. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Every week, Shelf Life sees Tom White select and talk about a movie that lives on his DVD shelf, one he thinks we should all see. After receiving critical acclaim and numerous awards for co-writing The Usual Suspects, Christopher McQuarrie was noticeably absent from the cinematic landscape. You may know him now for Jack reacher and Edge of Tomorrow, but back in the late nineties, he was unsuccessfully trying to get a biopic of Alexander the Great off the ground, not wanting his success with Bryan Singer's classic thriller to typecast him as 'a crime guy'. But, as the story goes, it took a cup of coffee with Benico Del Toro to change his mind, which sent him to work on his directorial debut, an action/crime thriller which turned everything we know about the usual hero dynamic on it's head. This was movie was 2000's The Way of the Gun. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
4 items from 2015
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