9 items from 2016
It’s the eyes, isn’t it? Wide like saucers and twice as deep, they’re impenetrable. And the wooden leer of the wide open maw betrays them, separate and with its own agenda. Of course I’m referring to ventriloquist dummies, and the eerie spell they cast upon the viewer. The horror viewer, specifically; we’ll seek out anything that gives us a sense of unease. Which brings us to Richard Attenborough’s Magic (1978), a wryly creepy tale of encroaching madness and showbiz folly. (Aren’t they the same thing?)
Produced by 20th Century Fox and Joseph E. Levine (Carnal Knowledge) and released by 20th Century, Magic opened in November of ’78 in the U.S. and rolled out to the rest of the world in early ’79. Grossing nearly $24 million U.S. against a $7 million budget with positive reviews to boot, Magic was an unqualified success – with one of the »
- Scott Drebit
Exclusive: Charlie Hunnam stars in the re-telling of the 1973 classic.
The film is styled as a contemporary and gritty re-telling of Franklin J. Schaffner’s 1973 classic that starred Steve McQueen as Henri Charrière, a petty criminal sent to the notorious Devil’s Island penal colony in French Guiana after he is unjustly convicted of murder.
Charrière befriends a counterfeiter who offers to fund his escape in return for protection.
Riza Aziz, Joey McFarland, Ram Bergman and Roger Corbi produce, while Dimbort and Mercuri are among the executive producers with David Koplan, Yan-Fischer-Romanovsky, Joshua D. Mauer, Terrence Chang and Martin Hellstern. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Papillon: Charlie Hunnam (Crimson Peak, above) is eyeing the starring role in Papillon, a remake of a prison escape drama. Based on an autobiography by Henri Charriere, the 1973 original starred Steve McQueen as an unjustly convicted man sentenced to life imprisonment on a harsh South American prison island. He plots to escape with the help of a timid fellow prisoner (Dustin Hoffman). Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) wrote a new screenplay; Michael Noer is attached to direct. [Deadline] Battle of Midway: Roland Emmerich (Independence Day: Resurgence) wants to make a movie about the historic Battle of Midway. The battle between the U.S. Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy took place over four days in June 1942 and proved to be a decisive victory for the U.S. armed forces...
- Peter Martin
Deadline has learned that Charlie Hunnam is in talks for the lead role in a remake of Papillon. Hunnam is being eyed to take on Steve McQueen's role in the classic prison escape flick as a man "unjustly convicted of murder in 1930s France and condemned to life in a South American prison." Papillon is aided by a counterfeiter (played by Dustin Hoffman in the original 1973 movie)... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Papillon: Charlie Hunnam (Crimson Peak, above) is eyeing the starring role in Papillon, a remake of a prison-escape drama. Based on an autobiography by Henri Charriere, the 1973 original starred Steve McQueen as an unjustly convicted man sentenced to life imprisonment on a harsh South American prison island. He plots to escape with the help of a timid fellow prisoner (Dustin Hoffman). Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) wrote a new screenplay; Michael Noer is attached to direct. [Deadline] ...
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The original starred Steve McQueen as "a man unjustly convicted of murder in 1930s France and condemned to life in a South American prison. He plots his escape, aided by a counterfeiter (Dustin Hoffman co-starred) who finances Papillon’s prison escapes in exchange for protection in prison."
Hunnam is perhaps best known for his role as Jax Teller on FX's Sons Of Anarchy. Since the hit series ended he's been trying to transition into film, with middling results. His biggest film to date was in Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, which, although loved by del Toro's faithful, wasn't the hit it was expected to be. »
- Philip Sticco
Exclusive: You could have imagined Steve McQueen playing prodigal existentially conflicted biker gang leader Jax Teller in Sons Of Anarchy, so it doesn’t seem a stretch to envision Charlie Hunnam taking on the role originated by McQueen in the 1973 classic prison escape drama Papillon. Wolf Of Wall Street producer Red Granite is putting it together for a fall shoot with Danish director Michael Noer attached to direct a script by Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski. I hear… »
McQueen played a man unjustly convicted of murder in 1930s France and condemned to life in a South American prison. He plots his escape, aided by a counterfeiter (Dustin Hoffman) who finances prison escapes in exchange for protection. Dalton Trumbo and Lorenzo Semple Jr. penned the Franklin J Schaffner-directed original.
Danish director Michael Noer is attached to helm the remake from a script by "Prisoners" scribe Aaron Guzikowski. Riza Aziz, Joey McFarland, Ram Bergman and Roger Corbi will produce and filming will begin this Fall.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Our series on big-screen remakes continues with a cult horror film that kickstarted the illustrious career of Steve McQueen. This week, Cinelinx looks at The Blob (1958 vs. 1988). Come inside to see how these two films stack up.
The original version of The Blob was a low-budget monster film made for $110,000. The titular creature was originally supposed to be called The Molten Meteor Monster, which then was changed to The Mass, which turned into The Glob, and Finally The Blob. The film's tongue-in-cheek title song was written by Burt Bacharach and Mack David, which became a hit. The movie was directed by Irvin Yeaworth who specialized in directing motivational educational and religious films, so this was a departure for him. The film was a moderate success, grossing over $4 million, although the critics weren’t overly kind. It has a 67% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite its cheesiness, its reputation has grown over »
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9 items from 2016
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