20 items from 2010
Paramount have releases in their run-up to the animated feature Rango a nice wee featurette on the techniques director, Gore Verbinski (Pirates Of The Caribbean) utilised when making his first animated film.
The featurette shows how, much like Avatar and other motion capture techniques, the actors themselves act out every moment but more as a animators guide rather than the preciseness that Avatar and others aim for. It does look fun but also promotes itself as a completely unique way of animated filmmaking which is not the case as this is something Nick Park over at Wallace And Gromit have been doing for years.
Rango also has a large and impressive cast for a animated feature outside of Pixar, Disney and Dreamworks with Johnny Depp, Bill Nighy (Underworld), Timothy Olyphant (Justified), Isla Fisher (Confessions Of A Shopaholic), Alfred Molina (Spiderman 2), Ned Beatty (Homicide Life On The Street / Deliverance), Ray Winstone »
- Paul Koren
British director/producer John Boorman is to receive a top honour at Italy's Turin Film Festival next month, celebrating his contribution to contemporary cinema.
The Oscar-nominee will be the guest of honour at the 28th annual Turin Film Festival's award ceremony on 1 December, when he will be presented with the Gran Premio Torino (Torino Grand Prix).
The award is handed out to filmmakers who "have promoted the renewal of the film language, the creation of new aesthetic models and the popularisation of the most important trends in contemporary cinema".
Boorman, 77, will also be on hand for a special presentation of his 1972 classic, Deliverance.
The Turin Film Festival will run from 26 November to 4 December. »
John Boorman, 1972
Warner Brothers originally fancied Roman Polanski for director. The novel's famously macho author, James Dickey, wanted Sam Peckinpah. And originally under consideration for the leads (later taken by Burt Reynolds and Jon Voight) were Lee Marvin and Marlon Brando. But Deliverance as it was finally made is so indelible, even after 38 years, and its impact has been so lasting, that even those mouthwatering possibilities are obliterated by what John Boorman finally wrought.
Depending on your viewpoint, Deliverance is the first eco-thriller (Dickey's novel was published in 1970, the year of the first Earth Day celebration, and remained a bestseller throughout the 70s), or a meditation on American machismo in its suburban, postwar variant. The thoughtful, sedentary adman Ed (Voight) must find it in himself to embrace the hunter-warrior ethic of his tougher friend Lewis (Reynolds) when the latter is crippled by his injuries, and Ed both loves and hates »
- John Patterson
Set in the backwoods of America, Winter's Bone eschews hillbilly cliche to create a moving drama of love and fortitude
Debra Granik's impressive second movie, Winter's Bone, adapted from a novel by Daniel Woodrell, takes place in President Truman's home state of Missouri and down near the border of Bill Clinton's native Arkansas. But the setting is of one of those pockets of impoverished rural America that have been in the backwoods for centuries in mountains ranges like the Adirondacks, the Appalachians and the Ozarks.
These white, Protestant communities are populated by the descendants of British immigrants who arrived in the 18th century and have retained old manners of speech, music and a tight-lipped clannishness from generation to generation. On occasion, the lives of these poor whites have become the subject of serious political attention. In the New Deal era of the 1930s, the Tennessee Valley Authority sought »
- Philip French
Burt Reynolds has been given a reprieve from his ex-wife Loni Anderson as he continues to recover from heart surgery - she's waived the $400,000 (£266,670) he owes her in back child support, according to a U.S. tabloid report.
The Deliverance star was ordered to pay actress Anderson $4,000 (£2,670)-a-month to help raise their adopted son Quinton when they divorced in 1993 after five years of marriage.
But Reynolds allegedly failed to keep on top of his financial responsibilities and would send his ex a cheque every few months.
According to the National Enquirer, he has now racked up a debt of $400,000 with Anderson - but she has decided to write off the amount following his recent health struggles.
The actor underwent major heart surgery earlier this year after he was diagnosed with clogged arteries, months after completing a stint in rehab for alleged addictions to prescription drugs and alcohol.
And Anderson - who has since wed her high school sweetheart, folk singer Bob Flick - is said to have wiped the debt out of sympathy for the star.
She has reportedly told pals, "I feel sorry for Burt. I'm not going to pursue it anymore. I don't want to call him a deadbeat bad on top of all his other troubles.
"I almost feel guilty for being so happy, and with Burt so vulnerable I don't want to end up looking like the bad guy."
A source adds, "Loni could use the money Burt owes her. She isn't working much, but she's decided not to go after him any longer."
The former couple's son, aspiring DJ Quinton, is now 21 and studies at a technical school in California. »
Movie veteran Jon Voight is relying on technology to stay in contact with his globe-trotting grandkids while shooting his new TV show in Texas.
The Deliverance star recently reconciled with his daughter Angelina Jolie following an eight-year estrangement, and he is just getting to know the actress' six-strong brood of adopted and biological children.
And Voight, who will soon relocate from Los Angeles to Texas to film new series Lonestar, is determined not to miss another moment of his family growing up - he is having internet phone system Skype installed to stay in contact with Jolie and her family.
He tells People.com, "It's hard for me to be away from my grandkids, yes, but I'll stay in touch with them. Thank God we have this technology, and you know, we use all of it.
"We're just setting it (Skype) up now. Anyway, I love being in touch with the family."
Big cars, crashes and foul-mouthed sheriffs – it's time to celebrate the majesty of Smokey And The Bandit...
Car porn. Modern cinema is full of it. Whether it be Nicolas Cage pining after his old Mustang in Gone In 60 Seconds, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker jousting with their suped-up jalopies in The Fast And The Furious, or Seann William Scott and Johnny Knoxville jumping over stuff in The Dukes of Hazzard.
Speaking of the Duke cousins, it was somewhat apropos that Burt Reynolds was cast as the nefarious Boss Hogg in the 2005 film - as anyone who has seen an episode of the original show will attest that, without a certain Reynolds flick from 1977, the show probably wouldn’t have been green-lit in the first place.
The film in question is of course, Smokey And The Bandit.
In 1977, Burt Reynolds was one of Hollywood’s brightest stars. After years working »
The 71-year-old Republican calls Democrat Obama, "the first American president that lied to the Jewish people, and the American people as well, when you said that you would defend Israel, the only Democratic state in the Middle East, against all their enemies."
Voight continues, "You have done just the opposite. You have propagandized Israel, until they look like they are everyone's enemy - and it has resonated throughout the world. You are putting Israel in harm's way, and you have promoted anti-Semitism throughout the world.
"You have brought this to a people who have given the world the Ten Commandments and most laws we live by today. The Jewish people have given the world our greatest scientists and philosophers, and the cures for many diseases, and now you play a very dangerous game, so you can look like a true martyr to what you see and say are the underdogs.
"But the underdogs you defend are murderers and criminals who want Israel eradicated."
He also blames Obama for the immigration problems at home, particularly in Arizona - where politicians have marked plans to turn the state into an illegal alien-free zone.
The actor writes, "You have brought to Arizona a civil war, once again defending the criminals and illegals, creating a meltdown for good, loyal, law-abiding citizens. Your destruction of this country may never be remedied, and we may never recover. I pray to God you stop, and I hope the people in this great country realize your agenda is not for the betterment of mankind, but for the betterment of your politics."
Voight ends his rant by writing, "With heartfelt and deep concern for America and Israel, Jon Voight." »
Tucked way in the outback of the Ozarks, where the soundtrack consists of random rifle pops and the ceaseless barking of dogs, Debra Granik's bleak and sturdy film explores family, honour and (of all things) protocol amongst a criminal clan of hillbillies. The poverty stricken setting, timeless to the point where it is unclear whether or not the film is a period piece except for a cell phone in the background and the cars driven by the police. It is winter, but no snow has fallen, and two children bounce in the sparse woods on trampoline outside of a cluttered and ramshackle home. Have you ever wondered why the old women in these places have such weathered and hard faces? Well circumstance and trials faced by young Ree Dolly (played powerfully and willfully by Jennifer Lawrence), in her battered flannels and animal sweaters, certainly evokes a little of that journey towards haggardness. »
We all know there's no place like home, but is there a place big enough for seven - yes, seven - more cinematic follow-ups to that classic musical it's okay to like, The Wizard of Oz (1939)?
L. Frank Baum's classic novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, has had its fair share of screen adaptations since it was released way back in 1900, but it appears as though a spell has been placed on Hollywood, with producers seeing big pots of gold somewhere over the rainbow.
It was revealed in April that a prequel titled Oz The Great and Powerful, which details the Wizard's early life, was gathering momentum, and came hot on the heels of news that two sequels - one about Dorothy's granddaughter, and the other about Dorothy's great-great granddaughter - were in early development.
Of course, these mooted projects are not even the half of it, with two »
- Jim Pembry
Judging from the way movie people are flocking back to Oz, it seems the little girl from Kansas might've missed something in her first trip.
As of today there are six, count them, films in development that have something to do with Frank L. Baum's timeless classic or the Victor Fleming film adaptation and that's not even including the much awaited stage to screen translation of Broadway blockbuster Wicked.
But before we surrender to confusion let's go through each of the projects.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Set for release in 2011, this CGI adaptation of the original book will »
10. Lonnie – Deliverance (1972)
‘If you go down to the woods today, you’re in for a big surprise…’ Never have truer words been rung than these for a small band of city boys, led by Burt Reynolds, as they decide to take one last canoe trip up the river. Their first sign that something wasn’t quite right should have been banjo-picking hillbilly boy, Lonnie (Billy Redden). With a face only a mother/sister could love, this walking deformity is kind enough to offer us a friendly smile when we first encounter him – it’s a gift we soon regret as pure revulsion is revealed in the young one’s toothless, inbred grin…
What did we learn?: The next time a woodsman tells you you’ve got a pretty mouth… run!
9. The Grady Twins – The Shining (1980)
You know how it is – you’ve got psychic issues, your mum’s a »
- email@example.com (Michael Burgess)
This weekend I had the opportunity to sit down with Ryoo Seung-Wan, who was being honored with a retrospective of his work at the Korean Film Festival in L.A. One of the most impressive directors working in Korean cinema today, his films blend electrifying action sequences with riveting plot-lines, and expend far more energy on characterization than the average genre pic. His feature debut was in 2000 with the excellent "Die Bad," which was formed from four shorts about two high school friends who grow up on opposite sides of the fence - one to be a gang boss, the other a detective.
I really enjoyed re-watching "Die Bad," in which you give a great performance as a cocky teenager taking his first steps into a life of crime. Does acting give you as much pleasure as directing, and do you intend to continue acting in your own films?
Los Angeles - Actor Burt Reynolds has undergone heart bypass surgery and is expected to make a quick recovery at home, his manager said on Wednesday.Reynolds, 74, a Hollywood star in the 1970s whose hits include "The Longest Yard," "Smokey and the Bandit" and more recently "Boogie Nights," had quintuple bypass surgery last week, according to Entertainment Tonight. He is now being cared for at his Florida home."Mr. Reynolds has been released from a hospital in Florida in which he had a scheduled bypass operation. He wants to thank everyone for their good wishes and doctors plan on a speedy recovery," his manager Erik Kritzer said in a statement.Kritzer denied media reports that Reynolds had been rushed to the hospital.Last year Reynolds spent time in a drug rehab clinic to overcome an addiction to painkillers prescribed to him after back surgery, according to his manager.He went »
He's survived Deliverance, endured the Cannonball Run and made it through The Longest Yard. Now Burt Reynolds is looking to bounce back from some serious ticker trouble. The former box office champ is recovering from quintuple bypass surgery. Reynolds, 74, had the operation last week, according to Entertainment Tonight, and is now back at his Florida home with 24-hour nursing care. The Hollywood icon has battled other health issues in recent years, including back surgery that led a prescription pill addiction and trip to rehab in 2009. ________ Did you hear the news? If not, you probably haven't signed up for E! Online's SMS alerts! »
Attending the Irish Film and Television Awards in Dublin the other week, actor Jon Voight talked with Swedish publication MovieZine and mentioned plans to re-team with his "Deliverance" and "The General" director John Boorman on a new project.
"To be honest. We just talked about another project. No one knows about this one. So let’s see if that goes. We were talking about working together again anyway, so that would be nice. He just gave me the script to me yesterday and I read it overnight. I didn’t read it all together because I wanted to get some sleep, but I couldn’t put it down. I had to read it all the way. It’s a very magical piece" said Voight.
What that piece is could be either something we've yet to hear about, or one of the two upcoming projects that Boorman's name has been linked »
- Garth Franklin
The pair filmed their adventures for their Long Way Round television series, which also spawned a bestselling book of the same name.
Boorman has revealed he underwent surgery to remove one of his testicles earlier this month after doctors found a lump.
He has now been given the all-clear from medics and is urging other men to check themselves thoroughly.
He says, "The doctors dealt with it very, very quickly. I had a testicle removed and a silicone one put in. I was lucky and everything is fine. In fact, it's quite pretty. Seriously though, it is very important for men to check themselves out properly if they notice any changes. Early diagnosis is key." »
As Angelina Jolie continues her working-mom trip to Europe, she has made a point of family bonding - not only with her six kids and partner Brad Pitt, but with her long-estranged dad, too. On Feb. 21, the actress, 34, was photographed with father Jon Voight, 71, in Venice, where the Jolie-Pitts spent some time last week before heading to Paris. Voight joined the entire family for a trip down Venice's celebrated Grand Canal. So what spurred the public reunion, which marked the first time the father-daughter duo had been photographed together in several years? Voight was in Dublin for the Irish Film »
- Mary Green and Michelle Tauber
The makers of the upcoming Robin Hood-inspired fright flick Sherwood Horror continue to keep us updated on the latest goings-on with their film as it continues to creep towards the filming stage. The latest being the signing of a legendary screen tough guy who may be most famous for the scene in Deliverance when he made Ned Beatty squeal like a pig.
Here's the press release sent our way regarding the latest news on the status of Sherwood Horror.
Legendary bad-guy actor Bill McKinney (Deliverance, The Outlaw Josey Wales, First Blood) is in talks to play a small but important role as the modern-day version of Richard the Lionheart in "Sherwood Horror" a contemporary set reimagining of the Robin Hood legend with bite. Ex-con Rob Locksley (DJ Perry) returns home after a six-year absence to find his town under the rule of vampires. He must join forces with his old »
Bill McKinney, recognizable '70s character actor from Deliverance , The Gauntlet and more recently Tim Sullivan's 2001 Maniacs , is in talks to play Richard the Lionheart in Sherwood Horror . Director John Regan's contemporary take on the Robin Hood legend (with a horror twist) is gearing up to start production. Ex-con Rob Locksley (DJ Perry) returns home after a six-year absence to find his town under the rule of vampires. He must join forces with his old roughneck hunting buddies to wage war against the evil Sheriff and his horde of blood-sucking minions. Production outfit Collective Development Inc. has narrowed filming locations down to three possible states, even though director John Regan is lobbying hard to bring Sherwood Horror to Virginia. Recently, the Los »
20 items from 2010
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