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Are film directors like cupids? Are they armed with a bow and arrow, shooting their particular and peculiar vision of life at the audience so some spell can begin? If so, Eric Rohmer's arrows are philosophically tinged, though aimed more at the heart and the many-tiered prejudices surrounding it than the head. Sometimes mistakenly branded intellectual, his cinema is the personification of the Shakespearian invocation at the beginning of Twelfth Night, “If music be the food of love, play on...” His music is talk and the talk is of love, and though it can stray into discussions of Plato, Pascal, and Kant, its end is the heart because the fleshy fist ultimately decides who we stay with and who we leave, who's in and who's out—the fist answers Rohmer's main question, Who, out of all the people I attract or I'm attracted to, is my type?
Rohmer's least seen, »
- Greg Gerke
Time to put up your Dukes! (DVDs, that is!)
John Wayne: The Epic Collection Debuts -Now Shipping!
DVD Collection Of 40 Warner And Parmount Films Is Largest John Wayne Box Set Ever
Includes Hours Of Special Features And Remarkable Memorabilia
Amazon Buyers Get Exclusive Wayne Belt Buckle
Here is the original press release from earlier this year:
Burbank, Calif., February 24, 2014 -- To commemorate one of America’s most iconic film heroes, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will introduce a comprehensive new DVD set -- John Wayne: The Epic Collection -- on May 20. The spring release, just in time for Father’s Day gift-giving ($149.98 Srp), will contain 38 discs with 40 Wayne films (full list below), including The Searchers, once called one of the most influential movies in American history and the film for which Wayne won his Best Actor Academy Award®, True Grit (1969). The collection comes packaged in a handsome book with »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
The new issue of the bilingual film quarterly desistfilm features interviews with Peter von Bagh and Jeanne Liotta and articles on Vertical Cinema, Patrick Keiller, Paul Morrissey's Mixed Blood (1985) and George Miller's Mad Max (1979). Also in today's roundup of news and views: James Sibley Watson's Tomatos Another Day (1930), a sober Lars von Trier, David Thomson on Alain Resnais's Hiroshima mon amour (1959), Christoph Huber on John Ford's The Searchers (1956), early rounds of best-of-2014 films and books lists and more. » - David Hudson »
This year's poster for the Vienna International Film Festival is of a flame, and while around the world in other cinema-loving cities and at other cinema-loving festivals one might that that as a cue for a celluloid immolation and a move forever to digital, here in Austria cinema and film as film aren't burning up but rather are burning brightly.
The tributes and special programs in artistic director Hans Hurch's 2014 edition make this position clear: John Ford, Harun Farocki and 16mm, with new films by Tariq Teguia, Jean-Luc Godard, and Jean-Marie Straub accompanying older ones by the same directors. These aren't just retrospectives, they are revitalizing redoubts, inexhaustible fountains of flame, of sensitivity, of consciousness, and of intervention. With such a profound retrospective program, I hope you'll forgive me telling you very little of anything new at the festival; unless, that is, you like me count cinema revived as something always new. »
- Daniel Kasman
A Marvel comic book movie as a serious contender for a Best Picture Oscar nomination? My reaction when the idea was recently pitched to me by a top publicity firm floating the April 4 release Captain America: The Winter Soldier was that this publicist must be on crack.
Don’t they know the Academy is basically made up of snobs? The Imitation Game, The Theory Of Everything, Boyhood, Yes, but c’mon, Comic Book movies have no place in the Best Picture race. That became painfully obvious when The Dark Knight was egregiously overlooked as a Best Pic nominee in 2008.
That led the Academy the next year to expand the number of possible Bp nominees from five to ten in an effort to include deserving popular fare like Knight. However to date the expansion has only resulted basically in a larger number of the usual suspects that normally get recognized among the year’s best. »
- Pete Hammond
“Ghosts Of Monument Valley”
The great John Ford made many outstanding westerns, and My Darling Clementine (1946) is certainly one of them. I would argue that not since Stagecoach (1939) had there been as good a picture in the genre, and it didn’t even star John Wayne.
Purportedly the story of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, the Clanton Gang, and the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, the film is hogwash as far as the truth is concerned. But as pure entertainment, it’s right up there with the best of the classic westerns that have given us stylistic and physical imagery that is today considered cliché. And in order to become cliché, whatever it is has to have been great to begin with. It must be a trend setter, a groundbreaker, an artistic decision that resulted in an iconic piece of celluloid. Much of what John Ford did accomplished just that. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
In 2007, I Am Legend, which starred Will Smith ("Six Degrees of Separation") as 'Dr. Robert Neville', earned Warner Bros. $586 million at the worldwide box office. Then in 2012, Warner Bros. decided that they wanted a follow-up and hired Grace of Monaco screenwriter Arash Amel to pen a prequel, that would've featured Will Smith's 'Neville' just before the outbreak. That attempted failed to get a greenlight from WB, and it was scrapped. Fast forward to this past April, Warner Bros. purchased a the spec script A Garden At The End Of The World that was written by an unknown screenwriter, Gary Graham. The script has been described as a "sci-fi version of John Wayne’s The Searchers." WB noticed that Graham's script could work as a follow-up to I Am Legend with some tweaking and here and there. WB then approached the original I Am Legend producers Akiva Goldsman, James Lassiter »
The American Film Institute has announced that it will give its most prestigious prize to the iconic comedy actor in June 2015.
A gala will be held in Martin's honour in Los Angeles, at which he will be formally announced as the 43rd recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award.
Martin has received many other accolades throughout his career, such as an honorary Academy Award and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humour.
The actor has also been lauded for »
(Cbr) Warner Bros. is going back to the post-apocalyptic well with another adaptation of Richard Matheson’s "I Am Legend" film. This one won’t feature Will Smith, who starred in the 2007 film, and sounds as if it won’t have much in common with the source material. According to Deadline, the studio asked Gary Graham to repurpose his script "A Garden at the End of the World" into a reboot. The original screenplay, which garnered a lot of attention on the Black List website, was described as a sci-fi version of "The Searchers," the 1956 John Ford classic in which John Wayne combs the West for the Comanches niece kidnapped his nieces and killed the rest of the family. This will mark the fourth time Matheson’s 1954 novel has been adapted for film. Vincent Price starred in the 1964 film "The Last Man on Earth," Charlton Heston played the lead in »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
Warner Bros. has been trying to figure out a way to get a sequel for I Am Legend off the ground for years. Well, they've finally given up on that sequel and they are looking to just reboot the damn thing.
The news comes from Deadline, who says that the franchise reboot will not include Will Smith. The actor doesn't seem very interested in doing any sequels these days anyway. He's been dodging that Independence Day sequel for years.
The studio is basically taking an already existing spec script that they acquired earlier this year called A Garden At The End Of The World, and changing it up to fit the I Am Legend story. The script was written by Gary Graham, who worked at the Apple store in midtown Manhattan before his script was picked up.
- Joey Paur
If it ain’t broke, and you can’t get Will Smith back for a sequel… Reboot Time! Deadline reports that the studio has snapped up the spec script “A Garden At The End Of The World” (described as “a sci-fi version of John Wayne’s ‘The Searchers'”) and will be adapting it as an “I am Legend” reboot. Yes, they couldn’t even make the effort to just write an original (sort of) script for their reboot. Talk about lazy, sheesh! The film, of course, was based on Richard Matheson’s book of the same name, about the last survivor of a vampiric plague who continues to fight on despite losing all hope. He realizes he’s not alone after all when he meets some other survivors. Warner has been trying to get Smith to reprise his Neville character from the movie for years now, even exploring the option of a prequel, »
After years of trying to figure out the right way to do a sequel to the 2007 apocalyptic action thriller I Am Legend starring Will Smith, it sounds like Warner Bros. has finally figured it out. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) for fans of the original film, it won't have Will Smith involved, and will actually be a reboot of the property with hopes of a new franchise being launched. Deadline reports the the studio is toying with a spec script by Gary Graham called A Garden at the End of the World that they will retrofit into a reboot of I Am Legend. Graham was a mere Apple store employee who had his script get buzz after posting it on The Black List website, and ended up getting representation because of it. More below! Warner Bros. picked up the script that is described as a sci-fi version of the classic John Wayne film The Searchers, »
- Ethan Anderton
Warner Bros is planning an I Am Legend reboot.
When Warner Bros noticed the similarities to I Am Legend's themes and mythology, they decided to attempt a redraft.
Four films have been adapted from Matheson's 1954 novel, which centres around the lone survivor in a world overrun with creatures resembling vampires. »
Having taken nearly $600 million worldwide when it was released in 2007, it’s no surprise that Warner Bros. have been trying to get a sequel to I Am Legend off the ground. However, given the… hmmm… nature of the ending, it was always a question of “how?”. A prequel had been discussed but all plans put in motion fell apart. So what do you do when you have no other avenues to look at? Reboot.
Deadline are reporting that Warner Bros. will be retooling a spec script they purchased called A Garden at the End of the World from writer Gary Graham into a reboot of I Am Legend. Graham was a former Apple store employee who posted the script, described as a “sci-fi version of John Wayne’s The Searchers“, on the Black List. Warner Bros. purchased the script and are now working with Graham to retool it to fir their franchise. »
- Luke Owen
This story contains - or implies at least - a spoiler for I Am Legend.
It's been just six years since the Will Smith-headlined take on I Am Legend proved to be a monster hit in cinemas. Since then, Warner Bros has been dabbled with how to make a sequel to the film which, er, isn't narratively the easiest thing to do given what happens in the first movie. At one stage it was going down the prequel route, but it couldn't find a way to make it work.
So it's hatched a new plan: it's going for a reboot. Hurray.
A new take on I Am Legend is being put together, using as its basis a screenplay for a film that was »
Warner Bros. Pictures have decided to turn the Will Smith-led 2007 film adaptation of the classic horror story "I Am Legend" into a potential new franchise. This means rebooting the property sans Smith.
The studio has taken Gary Graham's spec script "A Garden At The End Of The World," a project described as a sci-fi version of John Wayne's "The Searchers," and have decided to retrofit it for the 'Legend' reboot. There is reportedly enough similarities Graham himself was brought in to do it.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Warner Bros. has long tried to find a way to make I Am Legend 2 work, but could never quite crack the story. Now, they've completely given up on a sequel, and instead are rebooting the movie without Will Smith's involvement in the hopes of launching a whole new franchise.
Warner Bros. believes it has found a way to continue on using the I Am Legend brand without the star, who has been reluctant to commit to sequels outside of the Men In Black franchise. They plan to take a spec script they recently acquired titled A Garden at the End of the World and retrofit it so that it falls in line with the story of the last man on earth. The screenplay was bought back in April from Gary Graham, who was working at an Apple store in Manhattan when he published the script on the Black List website. »
Exclusive: After years of trying, Warner Bros finally has found a way to extend its hit Will Smith last-man-on-Earth blockbuster I Am Legend into a potential new franchise. The studio is working on a reboot that isn’t meant to star Smith, who has been reluctant to do sequels and so far has avoided a reprise in Independence Day 2. Warner is retrofitting A Garden At The End Of The World, a spec script that the studio bought back in April from Gary Graham, who was working at the Apple store in midtown Manhattan when he posted his script on the Black List website and got the attention of CAA and manager Brooklyn Weaver. They signed him and sent his script out. Amid several bids, Warner Bros acquired what was described as a sci-fi version of John Wayne’s The Searchers. When Graham was brought in to rewrite his script, the »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Amazon's best-selling titled "John Wayne: The Epic Collection" is on sale this week at an astounding 54% off. That means you save $80 on this massive DVD collector's set that includes 38 of the Duke's classic movies. Also included are bonus collectibles and a Duke belt buckle available exclusively through this Amazon deal.
Below is the original press release from Warner Home Video pertaining to the set's debut on Father's Day.
Burbank, Calif., February 24, 2014 -- To commemorate one of America’s most iconic film heroes, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will introduce a comprehensive new DVD set -- John Wayne: The Epic Collection -- on May 20. The spring release, just in time for Father’s Day gift-giving ($149.98 Srp), will contain 38 discs with 40 Wayne films (full list below), including The Searchers, once called one of the most influential movies in American history and the film for which Wayne won his Best Actor Academy »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
As if the subject of child abduction weren’t enough to get anyone’s blood boiling, throw in China’s one-child policy (no replacements allowed without a death certificate) and you have the makings of high-stakes melodrama. For its first hour, Peter Ho-Sun Chan’s overlong and heavy-handed “Dearest” reeks of self-righteous social-issue filmmaking, laying on the violins as a divorced father scrambles to retrieve his kidnapped son. But then quite , giving global distribs reason to take interest.
On the strength of his film “Comrades: Almost a Love Story,” Chan was named one of Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch in 1998, and though he’s subsequently become a major box office force in Asia, his films have received only limited exposure beyond the festival circuit abroad. With “Dearest,” he segues into feel-bad “Babel” territory, though instead of inventing an emotionally manipulative story from scratch, he turns to a true story as source material. »
- Peter Debruge
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