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Chatroom is based on a play by Irish author Enda Walsh, who wrote the taut script for Hunger, Steve McQueen's film on the last days of Bobby Sands, and it's directed by Japanese horror film specialist, Hideo Nakata, best known for the two Ringu pictures and Dark Water, all three remade in the States. It's an ambitious film that attempts to convey the imagined world of the internet by presenting it as a rundown hotel with endless mysterious corridors populated by weird folk prattling away and doors leading to chatrooms. The most notable of these electronic gathering places is called "Chelsea Teens", created by the malevolent, manipulative William (Aaron Johnson), whose mother is the author of successful time-travelling adventure stories. He attracts four other young people to engage with him and systematically sets about winning their confidence and undermining their lives, pushing one of them to the brink of suicide. »
- Philip French
Tron is either the first brilliant cinematic exploration of the digital world … or the silliest. Released by Disney in 1982 — over a year before the Apple Macintosh brought the graphical user interface home to consumers — Tron fascinated some, but confused most. You could argue that, alongside works like Neuromancer and Snow Crash, it ingeniously predicted a whole interconnected world behind the computer screen. You could also argue that — by portraying that world as a pseudo-Oz where people wear neon skintight bodysuits and say like “Who do you calculate you are?” — Tron got everything completely wrong. But you can’t argue with »
- Darren Franich and Keith Staskiewicz
Deadline Hollywood: Nikki Finke says that her sources at Disney and its rival studios both believe that “Tangled,” Disney’s 50th animated motion picture, had a huge opening day yesterday and will greatly exceed most box-office projections for the 5-day holiday weekend. Analysts had forecasted a cumulative take of $35-$40 million, but a Disney competitor said that early data shows that the number will be “much bigger than expected,” and sources at Disney believe that it will wind up in the high $60s when all is said and done on Sunday.
The Wrap: Dominic Patten reports the latest twist-and-turn in the investigation into last week’s murder of Oscar publicist Ronni Chasen. Yesterday, TMZ, the gossip site, posted footage from October 28 — captured by a private investigator who was looking into an unrelated matter and videoing “people entering and leaving Chasen’s luxury high-rise building on Wilshire” — that appeared to show »
- Mary Skawinski
Robert Downey Jr. is a popular choice for "Wizard of Oz"-related movies right now. He first showed up on Disney's list earlier this year for their prequel "Oz, The Great and Powerful," but Warner Bros. reportedly wants him as well for a Robert Zemeckis-helmed remake of MGM's 1939 musical classic. What's even more interesting, however, is that they want to use MGM's original screenplay as the basis for the film.
Zemeckis is still in early discussions with Disney, according to a Deadline report. Warner already owns the 1939 screenplay, which they purchased from Ted Turner, who originally bought it as part of a larger MGM library acquisition.
Warner's timing puts them in direct competition with Disney's Sam Raimi Oz film, at least as far as Rdj goes. The "Iron Man" and "Sherlock Holmes" star could of course pass on both of them, but it's an interesting place to be having »
- Brian Warmoth
Angela Lansbury, Laurence Harvey in John Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate Angela Lansbury, the three-time Oscar nominee well-remembered today thanks to the cheesy television series Murder She Wrote, will play Katherine Heigl's daughter in Adaline, to be directed by Andy Tennant, the man who brought you The Bounty Hunter, Fool's Gold, and Sweet Home Alabama. This isn't one of those serious movies about people aging prematurely. Much to the contrary. Adaline (Heigl) stops aging after she dies in a car crash and is resurrected by one of Zeus' thunderbolts (lightning, for the scientifically inclined). Eventually she meets a man who makes her reconsider her immortality. That's also when ailing daughter Lansbury needs Adaline's help. According to Deadline's Mike Fleming, J. Mills Goodloe and Sal Paskowitz penned the screenplay, which is currently "getting revisions" from Allison Burnett. Summit Entertainment will distribute Adaline, which begins shooting in April 2011. Lansbury is »
- Anna Robinson
On Tuesday, Sylvester Stallone enraged many a Twitter follower (and Movieline commenter) when he tweeted that it was time to "get the Manchurian Candidate out of the drivers [sic] seat before were [sic] All soaring off a cliff into Oblivion." Clarifying his remarks, Stallone said,"The Manchurian Candidate was a movie about fake president who was put there by foreign enemies to destroy America. Scary concept. Rise up!" It's not every day you see a major box office star comparing the President of the United States to a sleeper cell, but apparently Stallone wasn't doing that. See what he meant to say was »
No matter who they're supporting, most of the faces in the Twitter-Wood feed discussing elections in the U.S. today just want you to get out and vote. Some expressed stronger recommendations, though, such as Sylvester Stallone, who used "The Manchurian Candidate" to help illustrate his point.
In other posts, Snoop Dogg looked like he was having a good time kicking back for his birthday with a few junior football player pals. Snoop, his birthday cake and LeVar Burton with a sticker on his face await you down below.
I'm @brianwarmoth, and this is Twitter-Wood for November 2, 2010.
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Election Day pt. 1: @alyankovic Don’t forget to vote today. Unless you’re a complete idiot. In which case, »
- Brian Warmoth
Tweeting, apparently: "I voted did you?" wrote The Expendables star. "Gotta get the Manchurian Candidate out of the drivers [sic] seat before were [sic] All soaring off a cliff into Oblivion." Uh-oh. Continued Sly: "The Manchurian Candidate was a movie about fake president who was put there by foreign enemies to destroy America . Scary concept. Rise up!" Ok, then, Rock. Unfortunately for Stallone, the presidential election isn't for another two years. Dare to dream, though. [@TheSlyStallone] »
Election Day is upon us. All you diligent lever-pullers out there will be exercising your civic duty today in an important midterm election, so we at PopWatch Rewind decided to make an unprecedented political statement by endorsing a candidate. The Manchurian Candidate, that is, starring Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey and directed by the madman/genius John Frankenheimer. As frightening for its current relevance as for its evil Angela Lansbury, it should be made a legal requirement that all prospective voters must watch the tragic, thrilling tale of Sergeant Raymond Shaw, the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being we »
- Darren Franich and Keith Staskiewicz
It's Election Day, and U.S. citizens are heading to the polls! In celebration of our blessed freedom, "Extra" has put together a list of some of the best political movie quotes. Check em' out! And get out there and vote!
Top 20 Political Movie Quotes'Man of the Year' (2004)
"Politicians are a lot like diapers. They should be changed frequently, and for the same reasons." —Tom Dobbs (Robin Williams)
'Swing Vote' (2008)
"All the world's »
God might be dead, but the Great Pumpkin will live forever. That’s one of many important life-lessons you learn from It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, the iconic Peanuts Halloween special in which Linus preaches his suspicious belief system to a community of big-headed skeptics. There is a lot to love about this special — the jazzy score, the gorgeously minimal animation, the lengthy tangent in which Snoopy play-acts a World War I melodrama (complete with an extended piano sequence that can only be described as Lynchian). But there’s one thing thing that sets Great Pumpkin apart from »
- Darren Franich and Keith Staskiewicz
For being based a silly children's book, Mr. Popper's Penguins is getting a pretty solid cast from front to back, including the likes of Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Philip Baker Hall, Clark Gregg, and Ophelia Lovibond. Now the film is getting a heafty dose of gravitas. Variety reports that Angela Lansbury has joined the cast of the Mark Waters film. In the movie Lansbury will play Mrs. Van Gundy, the owner of a local tavern that Mr. Popper (Carrey) is trying to buy. The actress hasn't done a live-action film since 2005, when she played a supporting role in Nanny McPhee, but considering that her role as Mrs. Iselin in The Manchurian Candidate is one of my favorite villains of all time, it will be great to see her back on the big screen. Who says there aren't roles for 85 year old women anymore? The movie is currently in the midst »
We'll start the week with the least exciting bit and, hopefully, work up to more tantalising tidbits on telly as we go through the next seven days.
Despite the hype, the arrival of The Event tonight, Friday, October 22nd at 9:00pm on Channel 4 may be a non-you-know-what. The Us show's been accused of trading on the styles and tricks of popular predecessors in trying to fill the island-sized hole left by Lost. From reports and our own reviews, it's only so much blown sand and wind, but the curious may want to see how much of that is true and if it's the wreckage some deem it to be that's now washed up on our shores.
Slow and steady tortoises may win races but sometimes we have to stop to celebrate the hares that sprint. In the case of Angela Lansbury, who celebrates her 85th birthday today, we can do both.
<--- Angela in her Tony nominated role from A Little Night Music last season on Broadway. She's won 6 Golden Globes and 5 Tony Awards. Emmy (18 nominations) and Oscar (3 nominations) have eluded her.
Slow and Steady. She's been acting for 66 years and her longterm success is such that she means different things to different generations and may even mean different things to you at different times in your life. For example, when I was a wee lad I thought exclusively of Bedknobs and Broomsticks and as an adult, say "Lansbury" to me and it's like a switch has been flipped and I'll start talking about how great she is as Mrs. Iselin in The Manchurian Candidate. Other »
- NATHANIEL R
Red has one of the bigger-name casts of all the fall flicks: Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Bruce Willis, and Morgan Freeman. By our count that's 11 Academy Award nominations and two wins. Does it live up to the talent involved?
"...it's absolutely, thoroughly enjoyable. Red rocks like some giddy mash-up of It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, The Manchurian Candidate, Three Days of the Condor, and every movie ever made in which a hired gun yanks at his holster for One Last Stand to kill the one who brung him in the first place."
— Robert Wilonsky, Village Voice
"Although tailor-made for genre fans, it benefits from flavors of humor and romance that keep its appeal from being fanboy-only."
— John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"...serves as a throwback to the no-gloss psychological tack of Walking Tall and other '70s exploitation classics..."
— Peter Debruge, Variety
"Red stands for "Retired, Extremely Dangerous," though "Reasonably Entertaining Diversion" works too. »
- reelz reelz
Beauty and the Beast was a film where all the stars aligned, a piece of art made all the more incredible by the circumstances surrounding it. Disney has retold many timeless stories from Cinderella to the recent The Princess and the Frog, but Beauty and the Beast was groundbreaking in its technology, music, casting method, critical praise, and in its portrayal of women, breaking the mold for future Disney princesses. Romantics, children at heart, and movie lovers alike should add Beauty and the Beast to their Blu-ray collection.
Beauty and the Beast tells the story of a selfish prince (Robby Benson) who is cursed with a powerful enchantment after he dismisses an old beggar woman and leaves her to the winter cold. He is turned into a beast, and his household servants are transformed into household items like candlesticks, clocks, and teapots. If he is to break the spell, he »
- Rachel Kolb
With the release of Beauty and the Beast (and The Little Mermaid a few years before), Disney returned to a more serious status in the theatrical release department, and what a return it was. Now, Disney is also making great strides in upping their game when it comes to home releases of their titles with Diamond Editions. The second installment in the Diamond Edition series, the Beauty and the Beast release is an absolute must own.
The film itself surely needs no introduction at this point, but it is worth mentioning that this release includes three versions of the film, plus alternate beginning and ending sequences. You can watch the theatrical version, an extended version with some additional material, and a storyboard version of the film from the New York Film Festival. Together with deleted songs, alternate versions of songs, a sequence “Belle in the Library” with four new characters, »
- Marc Eastman
One of the many stories to come out of San Diego Comic-Con this year was a deal between comic book publisher Top Cow and Mandeville Films to create a big-screen adaptation of "Crosshair," one of the upcoming titles in Top Cow's "Pilot Season" line.
Co-written by comics veteran Marc Silvestri and former studio executive, movie producer, and comic book book author Jeff Katz ("Booster Gold"), "Crosshair" tells the story of a CIA assassin turned family man who discovers that he's been brainwashed with orders to kill the President in the next 48 hours. He must uncover the conspiracy behind the plan before someone triggers his "programming."
"Crosshair" is set to hit shelves October 13 as part of Top Cow's "Pilot season" event, in which readers can check out the first issues of several potential ongoing series and decide which one should continue.
I spoke to Katz about the "Crosshair" comic and movie deal, »
- Rick Marshall
He was born in 1925 when the masses were still swooning for silent icons like Rudolph Valentino. By the late 1950s he was a household name heartthrob himself if not a silent one. Still, that oft imitated Bronx accent "yonda lies the castle of my fadduh" couldn't derail his movie ascendance.
History continually teaches movie stars -- though scant few of them seem to really listen -- that what's important is not the paycheck or even necessarily a great role but working on enough top notch material with top directors to wind up in a few classics. It's one of the only ways to ensure that you are remembered, if screen immortality is indeed your goal.
Curtis, like any star, had his share of duds but history has and will continue to remember him because he appeared in a good share of classics, most notably that one-two-three-four punch of Sweet Smell of Success »
- NATHANIEL R
On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim and Jeremy are joined by guest Ryan Gallagher from the Criterion Cast to discuss their latest picks of the week, the newest in DVD & Blu-Ray releases, new trailers for Jason Eisener's Hobo With a Shotgun, Uwe Boll's Auschwitz and Todd Phillips' Due Date, relive the original The Manchurian Candidate from 1962 with Frank Sinatra, and much more! The main topic of the night was a discussion of movie stars vs. actors and celebrity fame (in honor of Joaquin Phoenix's crazy new documentary I'm Still Here, hitting limited theaters this Friday). Listen to the latest episode below! The Golden Briefcase is also broadcast Live on Tuesday nights starting at 6:30Pm (Pst). You can listen in via our Ustream page or by visiting our own live page right here on Fs. The podcast is just as fun to listen »
- Alex Billington
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