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Classics That Might Have Been: 25 Unmade Films (Part 1)

31 December 2012 9:14 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Unmade Classics: Part 1 of 2:

The film industry is a place for ideas but not all those ideas will reach the big screen. Many projects are announced each year and most of them will reach the pre-production stage but many will go no further. Only about half of the films announced will ever be completed. For various reasons, many intended movies will just fade away. Some may die during the script writing stage, while other will actually begin production before the whims of fortune cause the demise of the project. Here is Part One of a list of 25 tantalizing unmade films that could have been classics.

 

The Adventures of Flash Gordon: In the mid-1970s, George Lucas was enjoying critical success from his American Graffiti films. Being a life-long science fiction fan, he was planning to make a big-Budget film version of Flash Gordon. He had many ideas for »

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Classics That Might Have Been: 25 Unmade Films (Part 1)

30 December 2012 9:14 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The film industry is a place for ideas but not all those ideas will reach the big screen. Many projects are announced each year and most of them will reach the pre-production stage but many will go no further. On average, only half of the films announced will ever be completed. For various reasons, many intended movies will just fade away. Some may die during the script writing stage, while other will actually begin production before the whims of fortune cause the demise of the project. Here is Part One of a list of 25 tantalizing unmade films that could have been classics.

The Adventures of Flash Gordon: In the mid-1970s, George Lucas was enjoying critical success from his American Graffiti films. Being a life-long science fiction fan, he was planning to make a big-Budget film version of Flash Gordon. He had many ideas for the film but he »

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This week's new films

28 December 2012 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Safety Not Guaranteed | Jack Reacher | Midnight's Children | Grabbers | Zaytoun | Parental Guidance

Safety Not Guaranteed (15) (Colin Trevorrow, 2012, Us) Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni, Jenica Bergere. 86 mins

A man puts an ad in the local paper seeking a companion for his time-travel mission. Is this a prelude to a sci-fi adventure or an inventive lonelyhearts ad? We're strung along as to whether or not this guy's genuine for so long, there's room to smuggle in a relaxed indie romcom in the interim – Plaza is great company as she forges a connection with the paranoid inventor (Duplass). The sci-fi element isn't quite a red herring, but by the time it flowers, we've already learned plenty about living in the past.

Jack Reacher (12A) (Christopher McQuarrie, 2012, Us) Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins. 130 mins

After the atrocity of Rock Of Ages, Cruise is back in his comfort zone as Lee Child's lone-wolf military detective, »

- Steve Rose

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The films of Roman Polanski

28 December 2012 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A world of cruelty, where men are cold-blooded and women cold-hearted … The BFI begins a Roman Polanski retrospective – with extended runs of Repulsion and Chinatown – that showcases the director's fascinating pathology

Any hopes that the BFI's forthcoming retrospective – its second in less than a decade – will turn attention away from the glum key terms of Roman Polanski's life (the Kraków ghetto, Manson, statutory rape) back to the riches of his work are based on false reasoning and certain to be dashed. To watch Polanski's films is to be reminded of what produced their dazed brutality, those early experiences of the oppression of the weak that stole his innocence and distorted his sense of things. If ever there was a body of work on intimate terms with cruelty and domination, and steeped in a vision of men as cold-blooded and women as cold-hearted, this is it.

When, in Polanski's first film, »

- Leo Robson

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Fuzz Track City – The Review

14 December 2012 6:07 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Review by Dane Marti

This film rocked my Rock and Roll World. How’s that for an obnoxious way to open a serious film review? I don’t care if I sound juvenile. As I write this, I am listening to Led Zeppelin, to be followed by The Stooges first album.

Anyway, this movie put me in a damn good mood. Of course, having spent years in the local music scene, hanging out with friends dedicated to the lovely pursuit of vinyl acquisition, I was definitely interested in the film, an obsessive and positive interest that would compel many of my generation to enjoy the movie. I collect old records, and I know this unique and obsessive world. Fuzz Track City rings true.

The main character – a Detective named Murphy Dunn (seems stuck in the past. Trapped in a lava light – .no, trapped in a bad 70′s cop show. He »

- Movie Geeks

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Giveaway - Win tickets to the Roman Polanski retrospective at BFI Southbank

13 December 2012 11:20 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Throughout January and February 2013 BFI Southbank is presenting a retrospective of acclaimed filmmaker Roman Polanski, including extended runs of Repulsion and Chinatown, and to celebrate we're offering one lucky reader a pair of tickets to a film of their choosing.

More than half a century after he made his feature debut with Knife in the Water, and at 80 this year, Polanski’s films keep on coming. From the short films that kick off the first part of this retrospective, to classics such as Rosemary’s Baby, an acute sense of what makes cinematic storytelling special has always been in his bones.

Along with the aforementioned films, the retrospective also includes Cul-de-sac, Dance of the Vampires, Macbeth, What? and The Tenant. You can check out a full list of all the screenings and purchase tickets here.

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets, firstly make sure »

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Blu-ray Feature: The 10 Best Blu-rays of 2012

11 December 2012 2:53 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – It’s that wonderful time of year when we look back on the 11 months that just sped by and try to capture what was best, worst, overlooked, and more. While most of these pieces will just make people disagree, our annual cavalcade of year-end features starts with a piece that you can use to do your holiday shopping! These were the best Blu-ray releases of 2012, a year that saw a bit of a plateau in the technology but still produced enough quality to make a top 20 easy to produce.

First, a few notes.

Considering how easy it would be simply to make a top ten list that was comprised entirely of Criterion Collection Blu-rays, the tough decision was made to eliminate them entirely from contention. While it would be unfair to include them as they’d probably take up at least half the list, it seems just as unfair to ignore them entirely. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Jane Fonda and Sandra Bernhard Take Over "Watch What Happens Live" And We All Win

7 December 2012 6:54 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

It's no secret that Jane Fonda is my favorite movie star of all time, so when she sits down with a gregarious homosexual (two, in fact -- hey, Sandra Bernhard!) on live late night TV and spills about Elizabeth Taylor ("A mensch!"), Faye Dunaway ("Sad."), and Ted Turner's misbegotten fling with Bo Derek, I need to make it everyone's responsibility to listen up.

First, let's learn about the role Jane desperately wanted and didn't get. 

Next, let's watch as Jane spills on Lindsay Lohan, Faye Dunaway, Robert Redford, Katharine Hepburn, and Lily Tomlin.

And for the hell of it, let's watch as Jane and Sandra sort through a bunch of workout tape titles and pick out the real and phony ones.

Here are my reactions, numbered as usual.

1) Love the Bonnie and Clyde shade. It's interesting to think of Jane in the role of Bonnie Parker, but Cat Ballou »

- virtel

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Seitz on Sons of Anarchy’s Season Five: Way to Commit

5 December 2012 11:15 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

FX cemented its reputation as the “Holy crap, was that really necessary?” network last night during Sons of Anarchy’s fifth season finale, when ex-Sons member Otto, an incarcerated killer who’d murdered an infirmary nurse last week, bit off his own tongue, spit the bloody hunk out on an interrogation room table, and giggled maniacally. “Wow, Otto,” said the murdered nurse’s brother, Lee Toric (Donal Logue), watching through a two-way mirror. “Way to commit!”  You can tell a lot about a filmmaker based on what kind of cameo he gives himself; Otto, played by Sons of Anarchy creator and head writer Kurt Sutter, is a demonic imp, on par with the nostril-slitting creep played by Roman Polanski in Chinatown. Toric’s peanut gallery comment sums up my own attitude toward Sons of Anarchy, season five — the whole run of it, really. I don’t like every episode or every scene, »

- Matt Zoller Seitz

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DVD Playhouse--November 2012

14 November 2012 3:11 PM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

By Allen Gardner

Pier Paolo Pasolini’S Trilogy Of Life (Criterion) Pier Paolo Pasolini was Italy’s last Neo-Realist, a product of post-ww II Europe who was fervently Catholic, openly gay, defiantly Marxist, and one of the most original voices of the 20th century’s second half. Before his brutal murder in 1975 (after the premiere of his still-controversial swan song, “Salo”), Pasolini directed a trilogy of films based on masterpieces of medieval literature: Boccaccio’s “The Decameron,” Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales,” and “The Thousand and One Nights (also known as “The Arabian Nights”). The three films celebrate the uninhibited, earthy, raw carnal nature of the original texts, leaving little to the imagination, but also offering Pasolini’s own very unique and pointed views on modern society, consumerism, religious and sexual mores (and hypocrisies), and an unexpurgated celebration of the human body, both male and female. Extraordinary production design by Dante Ferretti and another evocative, »

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Jack Nicholson May Play Robert Downey Jr.'s Father in 'The Judge'

13 November 2012 7:35 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

The legendary Jack Nicholson has only made three films since 2003, but that isn't stopping Warner Bros. from pursuing the Chinatown star to play the father of Robert Downey Jr.'s character in The Judge. Set to be directed by Wedding Crashers helmer David Dobkin, the story follows a big-city lawyer (Downey) who returns home after the death of his mother only to discover that his estranged Alzheimer's-ridden father is suspected of murder, so he represents his father in the case. Downey is producing through his Team Downey Productions, and though THR says this isn't a done deal, we hope this works out. Read on! Nick Schenk, who wrote Gran Torino and the RoboCop remake, took the first crack at the script, and though previous reports mentioned writer Bill Dubuque had done subsequent work on the story, his name is absent from this most recent report, so it's unclear if they've »

- Ben Pearson

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DVD Review: Criterion Captures Horror Classic in ‘Rosemary’s Baby’

12 November 2012 6:44 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Any film fan that hasn’t seen Roman Polanski’s “Rosemary’s Baby” has not yet completed Movies 101. The fact is that this work is a reference point for so many others that anyone who loves cinema simply must see it to understand the form. Roman Polanski’s 1968 adaptation of Ira Levin’s hit book is a near-perfect example of urban horror, the scary story built around the idea that any door in any apartment building could be hiding pure Hell. It’s the latest addition to The Criterion Collection and a fantastic choice by the brain trust at the company that chose to include it.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

“Rosemary’s Baby” was a hit book in 1967 but the film version could have gone in any number of directions. Polanski was not yet the legend he is now. He hadn’t made “Chinatown” and was reportedly brought to the United States »

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President Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, and Steve Jobs join Bartlett's club

9 November 2012 11:12 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

So much has changed since we last heard from “Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations,” a decade ago.

Barack Obama was a state legislator. Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasilla. Steve Jobs had just introduced a portable music player called the iPod.

And digital books were a relic from the dot-com bubble.

The 18th edition of the venerable reference work has just been released, the first for the electronic age and a chance to take in some of the new faces, events and catchphrases of the past 10 years. General editor Geoffrey O’Brien says he has expanded upon the trend set by his predecessor, »

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Weekly Poll Results: Best Roman Polanski Movie

7 November 2012 7:55 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Last week's poll was, somewhat surprisingly, another blow out. Roman Polanski's Chinatown easily topped all of his other films and came away victorious with 44% of the votes. Only Rosemary's Baby and The Pianist put up much of a fight, coming in at #2 and #3 respectively. The Ghost Writer and Repulsion both finished in a deadlock for fourth place, rounding out the top 5. The other remaining options didn't get much love, with his most recent film Carnage pulling up the rear. Do you agree with these results? 1. Chinatown -- 44.8% 2. Rosemary's Baby -- 23.6% 3. The Pianist -- 15.4% 4. The Ghost Writer -- 3.5% 4. Repulsion -- 3.5% 6. The Tenant -- 3.1% 7. Frantic -- 2.3% 8. Cul-de-Sac -- 1.9% 9. Knife in the Water -- 1.2% 10. Carnage -- 0.8%

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- Sean

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Our Kind of Voting Pt. 2

6 November 2012 3:32 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

image shamelessly grabbed from My New Plaid PantsI'm feeling anxious today -- everyone around me is too.

We won't know who won the Presidential Election until late tonight but since all I can think of today is voting, we'll continue with our actual favorite kind of voting: Oscar voting.

Or, rather, retroactive hypothetical Oscar voting. See part one if you missed it or enjoy this exercize

So tell me who wins your vote in some of the most famously divisive, contentious, or just plain fabulous categories ever! Explain your choices in the comments.

2003 Best Actor

Sean Penn (Mystic River) vs. Bill Murray (Lost in Translation) vs. Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean) vs Jude Law (Cold Mountain) vs Ben Kingsley (House of Sand and Fog)

1974 Best Actress

Ellen Burstyn (Alice Doesn’t…) vs. Diahan Carroll (Claudine) vs. Faye Dunaway (Chinatown) vs. Valerie Perrine (Lenny) vs. Gena Rowlands (A Woman Under the Influence »

- NATHANIEL R

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When Comedy meets Horror (part four)

30 October 2012 9:24 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Before getting into the penultimate edition of when comedy meets horror, let’s get into the honourable mentions.

Treevenge is a Canadian short film about Christmas trees getting revenge that has an evil dead attitude to gore, from the director of Hobo with a Shotgun. Feast, a siege movie starring Henry Rollins as a group of drinkers are hit by mysterious monsters, the film also boats as referential pallet for video games. Dead & Breakfast, a comedy horror musical in which a night at a local bed and breakfast turns into a supernatural fight to the death. Blacula and Scream Blacula Scream could be included, because if we learned anything from Black Dynamite, it’s that all Blaxploitation films are ripe for parody. There are countless other films that could be included; this endeavour could easily stretch to around the 150 films mark. Until tomorrow, the last one is The Cottage, a »

- Rob Simpson

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Fifty Shades of Grey Movie: 10 Actors Who Shouldn’t Play Christian Grey

26 October 2012 6:03 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

I have read 50 Shades of Grey. I know what happens. I know it’s a lusty fantasy where a shy young virgin gets her Skittles diddled by a dominating business tycoon with a fondness for Ben Wa balls. I also know that it is going to be made into a feature film, delighting ladies who love the smut, but to have good celluloid smut, one needs a sizzling leading man.

None of these gentleman here are sizzling. They are the definition of the anti-sizzle and if they were to be cast as Christian Grey, the screams coming from inside the theatre would not, I repeat Not, be screams of titillation and enjoyment.

They would be screams of aghast terror.

10. Jack Nicholson

I’m just gonna put it out there – I would have tapped Jack back in the day, around the time he was shooting Chinatown and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. »

- Amy Maynard

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Polanski Sex Victim Writing Memoir

9 October 2012 9:00 PM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

New York -- The former teen whom Roman Polanski was convicted of having sex with – leading to one of Hollywood's most notorious scandals and the director's flight from the U.S. – is writing a memoir.

Samantha Geimer, now 47, has a deal with Atria Books for "The Girl: Emerging from the Shadow of Roman Polanski." Atria, a Simon & Schuster imprint, announced Tuesday that the book will come out next fall. According to Atria, Geimer will provide "insight into many dimensions of the story that have never previously been revealed."

"I am more than `Sex Victim Girl,' a tag the media pinned on me," Geimer, who long ago identified herself as Polanski's victim, said in a statement released through Atria. "My friends in junior high, scolded by their parents to stay away from that girl, also labeled me. I offer my story now without rage, but with purpose – to share a »

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Roman Polanski rape victim Samantha Geimer gets book deal

9 October 2012 5:48 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Samantha Geimer, the former teen with whom Roman Polanski was convicted of having sex, has a book deal with Atria for a memoir titled "The Girl: Emerging from the Shadow of Roman Polanski."

According to Atria Books, a Simon & Schuster imprint, Geimer, now 47, will offer "insight into many dimensions of the story that have never previously been revealed."

Geimer says in a statement, "My friends in junior high, scolded by their parents to stay away from that girl, also labeled me. I offer my story now without rage, but with purpose -- to share a tale that in its detail will reclaim my identity. I have been dogged by tired thinking and easy tags nearly my entire life. I am not a stick figure. I know what it is like to be a woman and a victim in the realest possible way."  

Polanski, the director of films like "Chinatown" and "Rosemary's Baby, »

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Forget It, Eddie, It’s Toontown – The Crime Fiction Roots Of Roger Rabbit

1 October 2012 4:51 AM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

My friend’s dad took us to see Willow one sunny summer’s day in 1988.  It was a good movie and all, but honestly I was extremely distracted throughout the whole thing.  All I could think about was one of the coming attractions I’d seen for a film called Who Framed Roger Rabbit.  I’d seen Bedknobs and Broomsticks and other fare where cartoons were mixed with live action.  But this flick looked much different—it had sex and violence and swear words.  Mix those with cartoons, and it was everything my almost adolescent heart could desire.

Thing was I was gonna have to wait until the next summer.  Sharp-eyed kid that I was, though, I’d seen in the trailer credits that the flick was based on a book called Who Censored Roger Rabbit? by a guy name of Gary K. Wolf.  The next weekend, I rode my »

- Jimmy Callaway

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