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Viennale 2014. Cinema's Torch

12 November 2014 11:53 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

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

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Oscar Watch: ‘Captain America’ For Best Picture? Why Its Directors Think The Academy Should Take Comic Book Movies Seriously

26 October 2014 12:02 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

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

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Review: John Ford's "My Darling Clementine" (1946) Starring Henry Fonda; Criterion Blu-ray Special Edition

10 October 2014 3:16 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

“Ghosts Of Monument Valley”

By Raymond Benson

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. »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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WB To Retrofit Spec Script For I Am Legend Sequel

4 October 2014 3:21 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

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 »

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Steve Martin to receive AFI Life Achievement Award

3 October 2014 1:56 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Steve Martin will receive the AFI Life Achievement Award.

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.

The prize was first given away in 1973 to filmmaker John Ford, best known for directing the Westerns The Searchers and Stagecoach.

Jane Fonda, Mel Brooks, Shirley MacLaine and Morgan Freeman are the four most recent recipients 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.

His memorable films include The Jerk, Three Amigos, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Father of the Bride.

The actor has also been lauded for »

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Who needs Will Smith? 'I Am Legend' is getting a reboot

2 October 2014 7:57 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(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

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I Am Legend Is Getting Rebooted

2 October 2014 10:20 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

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. 

The original script is described as "a sci-fi version of John Wayne’s The Searchers. »

- Joey Paur

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Warner Bros. is Prepping an I am Legend Reboot

2 October 2014 10:14 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

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, »

- Nix

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Warner Bros. is Rebooting 'I Am Legend' Without Will Smith Involved

2 October 2014 7:55 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

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

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I Am Legend reboot in development at Warner Bros

2 October 2014 4:17 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Warner Bros is planning an I Am Legend reboot.

With Will Smith reluctant to film a sequel, the studio is planning a new adaptation of Richard Matheson's much-adapted horror novel.

Gary Graham's A Garden at the End of the World script is being retrofitted to the I Am Legend world, according to Deadline.

The screenplay has been described as "a sci-fi version of John Wayne's The Searchers".

When Warner Bros noticed the similarities to I Am Legend's themes and mythology, they decided to attempt a redraft.

I Am Legend producers Akiva Goldsman, James Lassiter and Joby Harold will be returning for the project.

Four films have been adapted from Matheson's 1954 novel, which centres around the lone survivor in a world overrun with creatures resembling vampires. »

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I Am Legend to be given the reboot treatment

2 October 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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

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I Am Legend getting a reboot

1 October 2014 11:10 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Warner Bros has given up trying to make a sequel or prequel to the Will Smith-headlined I Am Legend. It's going for a reboot instead.

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 »

- simonbrew

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"I Am Legend" Reboots Without Will Smith

1 October 2014 9:18 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

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.

Akiva Goldsman, James Lassiter, Roy Lee, Joby Harold and Brooklyn Weaver are on board to produce. The original film grossed $586 million worldwide.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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'I Am Legend' Reboot Happening Without Will Smith

1 October 2014 7:44 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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. »

- MovieWeb

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Warner Bros Connects With iPhone Salesman/Scribe’s Pitch For ‘I Am Legend’ Reboot

1 October 2014 6:31 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

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

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Amazon Deal Of The Week: "John Wayne: The Epic Collection"- Save 54%

22 September 2014 9:06 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

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[1] and the film for which Wayne won his Best Actor Academy »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Venice Film Review: ‘Dearest’

3 September 2014 12:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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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Venice Q&A: Jordanian ‘Theeb’ Director Abu Nowar

28 August 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jordanian director Naji Abu Nowar’s bold first feature, “Theeb,” is a Bedouin Western shot in the Jordanian desert with real Bedouins.

Nowar, who studied screenwriting at the Sundance Institute Lab’s first Middle East program in Jordan, combines Bedouin tribal culture and Western ideas and concepts to interesting effect. The film, sold by Fortissimo, is screening in Horizons at Venice and will also be in Toronto. It has already sold to Mad Solutions for the Middle East and Trigon for Switzerland. Nowar spoke at the Venice fest with Variety’s Nick Vivarelli.

If I’m not mistaken movies and cinematic storytelling are not really part of the culture in your region. This film seems to combine elements of Bedouin oral storytelling with Western tropes. How did you come up with this narrative?

Sundance came to the Middle East and I attended their first screenwriters lab in Jordan (in 2005). It really changed my life. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Viennale unveils 2014 highlights

22 August 2014 11:57 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Vienna film festival to include a tribute to Viggo Mortensen and a retrospective on John Ford.Scroll down for list of higlights

Highlights of the 52nd Vienna International Film Festival (Oct 23-Nov 6) have been unveiled, including buzz titles from Cannes and Sundance as well as a tribute to actor Viggo Mortensen and a retrospective on director John Ford.

The feature film programme includes Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language 3D, Olivier Assayas’s Clouds of Sils Maria and the Dardenne brothers’ Two Days, One Night. Other titles include Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, Ruben Ostlund’s Turist and Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank.

In the documentary line-up, highlights include Nick Cave doc 20,000 Days On Earth, from directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard; Frederick Wiseman’s National Gallery; and Tessa Louise Salome’s Mr Leos Carax.

The Viennale will pay tribute to American-Danish actor Viggo Mortensen, whose films range from The Lord of the Rings trilogy to David Cronenberg features »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Watch: Full 50-Minute John Wayne Documentary 'The Unquiet American'

11 June 2014 10:59 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Thirty-five years ago today on June 11, 1979, John Wayne passed away, three years after the release of his final film, "The Shootist," in which he played a gunfighter stricken with cancer (the disease which would eventually take his life). Wayne (born Marion Mitchell Morrison on May 26, 1907) had been one of Hollywood's most iconic stars for most of his forty-odd-year career, reaching fame after John Ford's "Stagecoach" and overwhelmingly associated with the Western genre, not least another Ford classic, "The Searchers," probably his greatest and most iconic role, of over a hundred. But Wayne was also something of a divisive figure (not least to Public Enemy...), a man whose right-wing politics, vocal support of the Hollywood Blacklist, racial views, and pro-war stance undoubtedly tarnished his career to some degree in retrospect. To mark the anniversary of the Duke's passing, below you'll find "The Unquiet American," a smart and in-depth 50-minute documentary (narrated by Peter. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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