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The Kid Stays in the Picture, 2002.
Documentary about legendary Paramount producer Robert Evans (the film shares the same name as Evans' famous 1994 autobiography).
Robert Evans was once the most revered man in Hollywood. Throughout the late 60s and most of the 70s, Evans’ role as producer on such hits as Rosemary’s Baby, The Godfather and Chinatown made him the real star.
Or not – the truth is that, during Robert Evans’ stint as influential head of Paramount, the director reigned as king in Hollywood. But you’d not take that fact away from The Kid Stays in the Picture. Telling the story of Evans’ time as a Big Deal Producer, adapted from Evans’ book of the same name and narrated by Evans himself, Kid is out to glorify its man.
You’d think Robert Evans was the producer by which they’re all measured, »
- Flickering Myth
Henry Cavill Superman: Man of Steel vs. Superman movies of years past [See previous post: "Man of Steel Trailing Original Iron Man in Ticket Sales."] As mentioned in our previous posts, the $225 million-budgeted Man of Steel grossed an estimated $113.08 million this past weekend, including $9 million from Thursday midnight screenings. Directed by Zack Snyder, the 2013 Superman reboot stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent aka Superman. (Photo: Henry Cavill in Man of Steel.) Released in late June 2006, Bryan Singer’s $270 million-budgeted Superman Returns, starring Brandon Routh as Superman, debuted with $52.53 million, or about $64 million today. Even taking into account that Superman Returns lacked the box-office-boosting advantage of 3D surcharges, Man of Steel is obviously a much bigger hit than its immediate predecessor. Superman Returns eventually reached $200.08 million in North America, plus a slightly more modest $191 million internationally. Man of Steel will not only easily surpass Superman Returns at the domestic box office, but it’ll also earn at the very least twice as much as Superman Returns internationally. »
- Zac Gille
Henry Cavill Man of Steel to trail Robert Downey Jr in Iron Man 3 [See previous post: "Man of Steel Weekend Box Office: June Record May Not Be Broken."] As long as it grosses at least $100 million by Sunday evening — and that’s a given — Zack Snyder / Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel will boast the second-biggest opening of 2013, behind only Shane Black / Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man 3, which collected $174.14 million in early May according to Box Office Mojo. As mentioned in the previous post, Man of Steel is expected to score anywhere between $115-$140 million. Note: Figures for both Man of Steel and Iron Man 3 include Thursday evening shows. (See updated posts: “Man of Steel trailing Original Iron Man” and “Man of Steel vs. Superman movies of years past.”) (Photo: Henry Cavill Superman in Man of Steel.) For comparison’s sake: without the advantage of box-office-inflating 3D surcharges or Thursday evening screenings, the Jon Favreau-directed Iron Man debuted with $98.68 million »
- Zac Gille
This summer offers five superhero movies. Such is common now, but the Comic Book Age is still a relatively recent phenomenon in cinema, one that traces its roots back to 1978. Superheroes had appeared on the big screen before, but 1978's Superman established the template for how to make a big superhero blockbuster. The sequels ran the franchise into the ground over the next decade, by which point Batman took over the reins in 1989. After a false start with Superman Returns in 2006, Warner Bros. is pulling out all the stops to revive the character with Man of Steel. I try to capture that journey with Superman by the Numbers, a feature that provides a numbers-based snapshot of each Superman movie and its place in the filmography by looking at the box office, critical reception, and miscellaneous facts. Hit the jump for a comprehensive review of Superman, Superman II, Superman III, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, »
- Brendan Bettinger
Man of Steel vs. Superman Returns (photo: Amy Adams as Lois Lane in Man of Steel) [See previous post: "Man of Steel Box Office: June Record Likely (Sort of)."] Released in late June 2006, Bryan Singer / Brandon Routh’s Superman Returns opened with $52.53 million, or about $64 million today. Even taking into account that Superman Returns lacked the advantage of box-office-inflating 3D surcharges, Man of Steel will clearly soar much higher. (See updated post: “Man of Steel to Trail Iron Man 3: Box Office” — and possibly to trail the original Iron Man as well.) Superman Returns cumed at $200.08 million in North America, in addition to $191 million internationally. Considering the exponential growth of the international market in the last decade, expect Man of Steel to earn much more outside of than in North America. Remember, without the international market, movies that cost $225 million (not including marketing and distribution expenses) would likely never, ever get made. Directed by Richard Donner and starring Christopher Reeve in the title role, »
- Zac Gille
If Season 1 of Starz's stylish 1950s mob drama "Magic City" was about establishing the dynamic between suave Miami Beach hotelier Ike Evans (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his silent but brutal business partner, mobster Ben "The Butcher" Diamond (Danny Huston), Season 2 will be about blowing it up.
As the season opens on Friday (June 14), Ike is sitting in a jail cell after having been framed for a murder. He concludes he can no longer function with this association in his life, and he hatches a plan to rid himself of his glowering nemesis once and for all. It involves Ike's pride and joy, the Miramar Playa, along with Fidel Castro, the hotels and casinos in Havana, and a Chicago mob boss by the name of Sy Berman (Oscar nominee James Caan, "The Godfather"), who happens to be Ben's boss.
Once cleared of the charges, Ike puts his plan in motion.
Magic City Season 2 premiere date: Friday, June 17 at 9pm Et/Pt Back for its sophomore season, the sexy 1950s mob drama – Magic City – finds Miami’s Miramar Playa owner Ike Evans (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in jail for murder and his family scrambling to make bail. This season is even hotter – more deceit, more mob bosses and more adultery — and the cast list is expanded to include more A-listers. New to the cast is Academy Award nominee James Caan (The Godfather) as Sy Berman, the head of the Chicago mob and Ben Diamond’s (Danny Huston) boss. A [...]
- Barb Oates
Plunging the viewer headlong into the sweat and blood, cynicism and corruption of Metro Manila’s mean streets, “On the Job” is a gritty, convoluted but steadily engrossing crime thriller from Filipino genre maven Erik Matti. Although this fast-paced actioner takes a while to sort out its parallel plotlines, extending from an unusually porous prison system to the highest political offices, it ultimately fires on all cylinders as a tense, well-acted B-movie whose strong local flavor is unlikely to survive the inevitable offshore remake. Well Go USA Entertainment snapped up North American rights at Cannes, where the pic’s Directors’ Fortnight berth afforded Matti his broadest international exposure yet.
The brutal mob hit that opens the film takes place in broad daylight, in a crowded square in Quezon City, where middle-aged assassin Tatang (Joel Torre) initiates young thug Daniel (Filipino-American actor Gerald Anderson) into the ruthlessness of their particular trade. »
- Justin Chang
Sheffield International Documentary Festival, or – if you’re into the whole brevity thing – DocFest, is 20 years old.
To mark the anniversary of one of the most dynamic and interesting festivals in the world, the organisers have pulled out all the stops. Kicking things off this year are 3 stunning opening night events; The Big Melt – a film celebrating the Sheffield Steel Industry with a live score written by the Steel City’s favourite son Jarvis Cocker and performed by Cocker, Richard Hawley and The Sheffield Brass Band (among others) promises to be quite something; The Summit – a film about the perils of climbing K2 is being screened deep underground in the Peak District’s most evocatively named cave, The Devil’s Arse and finally, a screening of Sundance World Cinema Documentary Award Winner Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, which – tantalisingly – features a Q&A with the non-incarcerated band members.
side from that trio of events, »
When high school buddies Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster handed off their flying character to DC Comics for approximately $100,000 in 1938, little did they know their alien would leap in a single bound to become America's most beloved action hero.
Kal-El, Clark Kent, the original Big Blue Boy Scout, call him whatever, Superman is celebrating 75 years of saving the world from all conceivable threats, liberals or conservatives, earthbound or otherwise. The latest Superman movie, "Man of Steel," will be released on June 14.
In honour of the Krypton local, let's look back at some of the franchise's super feats in movies and comics; heck, we'll even throw in some trivia, too. Like what does Mario Puzo, author of "The Godfather," have to do with Superman? Did you know Lois Lane was once torn between two men? And the flying man in tights once ditched the greasy hair and just decided to grow his locks, »
- Moviefone Staff
Superman's history in popular culture might have began in the comic book - Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's Action Comics #1 from June 1938 - but his appearances in radio serials, television shows, video games and movies have all added to the character's mythology. So to celebrate the man in red and blue (but mostly blue now his overpants are gone), we're counting down the Top 5 Superman Things Not Actually From the Comics. Snappier titles welcome.
5. Chloe SullivanChloe's first appearance wasn't in a Superman comic. It was on the 2001 television series Smallville, as played by Allison Mack. She was the only character, alongside Clark Kent, to still be on the show by its tenth season. That means she's a survivor. Of both the fictional danger and fan criticism kind.
Perhaps it's because »
- Chris Villeneuve
With all the news for Star Wars: Episode: VII falling fairly quiet as of late (apart from getting a director of course), it's nice to see some stories about the original trilogy coming into our news desk.
During An Evening with Al Pacino this last weekend in London, the actor talked about how the role of Han Solo in Star Wars was his "for the taking" but he didn't take it because "I didn't understand the script".
Which certainly makes for an interesting 'what if'. Not sure what was so complicated about the script though…
The role of course went to Harrison Ford which kick started his career. Ford wasn't always George Lucas's first choice as he didn't want to work with someone he'd worked with previously (the two collaborated on American Graffiti) and he had Jack Nicholson, Chevy Chase and Bill Murray down as other potential Solos. »
During "An Evening with Pacino" in London, Al Pacino told the crowd that George Lucas offered him the role of Han Solo in "Star Wars," but he turned it down. "It was mine for the taking," explained Pacino. "But I didn't understand the script." At the time, Lucas wasn't a very well-known filmmaker, but Pacino was an Oscar-nominated actor for his work in "The Godfather" and "Serpico." The only reason why Lucas was even able to pitch the project to Pacino was because Lucas' friend Francis Ford Coppola ("Godfather") organized for the two to meet. Lucas didn't want to hire actors he worked with in the past. But even though he worked with Harrison Ford on "American Graffiti," he still decided that the actor was the best person for the role of Han Solo. Before Ford, such actors as Jack Nicholson, Bill Murray and Chevy Chase were considered. »
While Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher formed the core that would go on to create one of the biggest sci-fi franchise in history with "Star Wars," things could have played out much, much differently. Sissy Spacek or Cindy Williams could have been Princess Leia, while a gallery of tough dudes like Kurt Russell, Nick Nolte, Sylvester Stallone and Christopher Walken were all in the running for Han Solo. Another actor in the mix? Al Pacino. Yes really. Had the actor taken the role, he would've been coming off an incredible run of movies including the two "The Godfather" films by George Lucas' good friend Francis Ford Coppola, "Serpico" and "Dog Day Afternoon." While Pacino did take a look at the part, he recently explained why he ultimately didn't sign on. "It was mine for the taking but I didn’t understand the script," he told an audience »
- Kevin Jagernauth
That's what the actor told a crowd in London at "An Evening with Pacino" this weekend, where he revealed that George Lucas offered Pacino the role of the swashbuckling pilot of the Millennium Falcon. It would have been a great coup for Lucas, an up-and-coming filmmaker with only a handful of credits to his name, to work with Pacino, who had come off Oscar-nominated turns in classics like "The Godfather" films and "Serpico." The pair were connected through Lucas pal and "Godfather" director Francis Ford Coppola, and Pacino considered the part, but ultimately decided to pass.
"It was mine for the taking," he said this weekend, "but I didn't understand the script."
Ford ultimately won the role of a lifetime when he was cast as Solo, »
- Katie Roberts
Al Pacino was safely ensconced on the stage of the London Palladium when interviewer Emma Freud promised us a night of unrivalled intimacy in his first ever solo show in England. "By the end of the evening, I'm hoping you can call me Mrs Pacino," said Freud, who was partnered with film-maker Richard Curtis at the time of writing.
Her first question was rhetorical. "Would it be all right to say I want to lick your face?"
Pacino – black shirt, black tie, black suit, two black rings, black goatee – took it in his stride. "You'll get a lot of cream out," he said. Already the evening was turning into a Pacino lustathon.
"I love you," screamed a woman in the audience.
"Bullshit!" screams a man. »
- Simon Hattenstone
"After Earth" tells the story of an inexperienced boy trying desperately to please his father while making one mistake after another, and as such, it becomes an uncomfortable metaphor for itself. Jaden Smith, who stars in the film, can at least take comfort in his predecessors — Anjelica Huston stumbled through her father John's mostly-forgotten "A Walk with Love and Death" before eventually becoming an Oscar-winning actress, and Sofia Coppola survived the global embarrassment of "The Godfather Part III" to become an acclaimed writer and director. Granted, Will Smith isn't behind the »
- Alonso Duralde
Pussy Riot, Uri Geller: Sheffield Doc/Fest 2013 line-up The United Kingdom’s Sheffield Doc/Fest 2013 kicks off on June 12, featuring 27 World Premieres. Topics range from "psychic spy" Uri Geller (Uri Geller and Vikram Jayanti’s The Secret Life of Uri Geller — Psychic Spy) to shale mining (Lech Kowalski’s Drill Baby Drill), from the science behind Planet Earth’s fast-approaching climactic armageddon (David Sington and Simon Lamb’s Thin Ice: The Inside Story of Climate Science) to the life and times of international professional thieves (Havana Marking’s Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers). Below are a few Sheffield Doc/Fest 2013 highlights. (Photo: Pussy Riot — A Punk Prayer.) Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin’s Pussy Riot — A Punk Prayer follows the Pussy Riot trial in which three of the band’s members stood accused of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” following a performance staged at Moscow »
- Andre Soares
Acting guru and ex-Parisian pimp — seriously — James Lipton has never had trouble attracting big names to Inside the Actors Studio, which began airing on Bravo in 1994. Lipton’s first interview was with former Actors Studio president Paul Newman; the show’s first season also featured heavy hitters like Alec Baldwin, Sally Field, Dennis Hopper, Arthur Miller, Neil Simon, and Stephen Sondheim.
Nearly 20 years later, Lipton has chatted with hundreds of boldfaced names both awe-inspiring (Meryl Streep! Morgan Freeman! ) and… occasionally less awe-inspiring (was anyone really yearning to hear J. Lo describe her craft?). And naturally, those visits have produced days »
- Hillary Busis
An actor or filmmaker’s career is sure to have its ups and downs throughout. However, this can magnified when the talent is known for ground-breaking performances, in some of cinema’s most unforgettable masterpieces. Today, we’re celebrating the UK release of all-star romantic comedy, The Big Wedding, with a look back at some of the offerings of, arguably, the greatest living actor (although, Pacino will undoubtedly have something to say about that); two-time Academy Award-winner, Robert De Niro.
With an acting credit list of close to 100 films, we can’t look at them all, but we’ve focused on what we believe are Bob’s best, along with a few of his worst…
First coming to prevalence in Brian DePalma’s late 1960s cult trio Greetings, Hi Mom and The Wedding Party, before stand-out roles in gangster comedy, The Gang That Couldn’T Shoot Straight, and baseball drama, »
- Craig Hunter
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