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It doesn't feel like the last time we reported on a Us remake of TimeCrimes was almost a year ago. But it was back in January that Steven Zaillian was reported  as the screenwriter responsible for the roadmap for the remake of Nacho Vigalondo's fan-favorite time-travel thriller. He was working from a previous draft from Tim Sexton, and Zaillian was producing as well. Rumors that David Cronenberg might direct  had been scuttled, and at the time we didn't know who might direct the remake. Now, while doing the press rounds for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which Zaillian wrote, he says that he'd like to direct the TimeCrimes remake. Speaking to ComingSoon , Zaillian said, [Timecrimes is] something I might direct but I don't know. We have to cast it, but it's a tricky one, because I want to make it really low budget. I don't want to do a really big budgeted film for that. »
- Russ Fischer
The career of F. Murray Abraham has always somewhat puzzled me. An Oscar winner for his absolutely brilliant work in Milos Forman's Amadeus, Abraham's career over the last 27 years has largely consisted of small roles and mediocre films that fail to compare to titles early in his filmmography, like All The President's Men and Serpico. But do you know who could turn that around in a heartbeat? The Coen brothers. Variety has learned that Joel and Ethan Coen are circling F. Murray Abraham for a role in the upcoming Inside Llewyn Davis. Loosely based on the life and times of '60s folk singer Dave Van Ronk, the film is already set to star Oscar Isaac as the titular talented musician trying to make it big in New York. The cast also includes Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, and John Goodman. The new report also says that Jeanine Serralles, best »
Steven Spielberg's Tintin provides a welcome view of journalism as an inspiring, heroic trade – the one I fell in love with
One of the best things about the film Tintin is the return of the intrepid reporter. When Hergé's famous comic-book hero first appeared he was a daring reporter, investigating the Land of the Soviets. Tintin's day job as a journalist gradually became less important – in the later books we even encounter negatively the dreaded paparazzi of postwar Europe as baddies or at least irritants – but Steven Spielberg's film stresses that Tintin is a famous journalist.
Quite right too. It's time to bring back positive images of the press.
I know, I know. The real-life antics exposed in the hacking scandal have put paid to romantic images of reporters. But some of us fell in love with the idea of journalism through glamorous cultural portrayals.
Elizabeth Sladen, who died this year, »
- Jonathan Jones
Though it's described as a spy thriller, thrilling is not how I would refer to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Adapted from the John le Carre novel of the same name and a story that was previously adapted into a well-respected, six-hour BBC miniseries back in 1979 starring Alec Guinness, director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) has trimmed those six hours into two and yet it still feels long. Alfredson, however, has made a technically marvelous film that lives and breathes its 1970s setting with grey skies, occasional amber hues and appropriate period attire, but technical proficient isn't where filmmaking ends, you have to tell a compelling story and this search for a Russian mole near the top of Britain's secret service just didn't have enough meat to keep me interested.
The story is guided by George Smiley (Gary Oldman), an ex-agent who was forced out only to later be »
- Brad Brevet
Sidney Kimmel Entertainment will co-finance and co-produce German writer/director Sandra Nettlebeck's comedic melodrama “Mr. Morgan’s Last Love” reports Reuters.
Based on Françoise Dorner's novel “La Douceur Assassine” and set in Paris, the film follows on a retired and lonely American widower (Michael Caine) whose chance encounter with a free-spirited, beautiful young French woman brightens his life.
- Garth Franklin
A few years ago Kathryn Bigelow cast a little known actor named Jeremy Renner as the lead in her Best Picture-winning war film "The Hurt Locker." He'd been in a few things, but no one was banging down his door to cast him, but an Oscar nomination later and the dude is now The go-to-guy for any kind of testosterone-fueled franchise role.
Bigelow seems to think she can work her magic again as she's cast another left field/off-the-radar thesp to take her cast into battle for a still-untitled drama about the (fruitful?) hunt for Osama Bin Laden.
Deadline broke the news that the role will go to Aussie Jason Clarke, who appeared as one of Johnny Depp's partners in crime in "Public Enemies" and has a supporting role in Baz Luhrmann's upcoming "Great Gatsby."
The movie is being put together through Sony and notable financier Megan Ellison, »
- Max Evry
In our writers' favourite films series, Jonathan Haynes is enchanted by a swashbuckling tale of silly names, sillier dialogue and true love
Fittingly enough, the first time I saw The Princess Bride I was languishing in bed with flu. Bizarrely, that's an ideal state for a tale which begins with a grandfather determined to read a proper story to a similarly sickly boy.
At first glance an opening scene of a child playing a computer game and the entrance of Peter Falk, looking inescapably like Columbo, even without the cigar and overcoat, does not bode well. One's own scepticism at what is to come is mirrored by the boy's uncertainty over the prospect of his grandfather reading from a book. "Has it got any sports in it?" he asks warily. »
- Jonathan Haynes
Hollywood film producer and veteran studio executive
The Hollywood studio executive and producer John Calley, who has died aged 81, once characterised running a film studio as "a guy lying in a bed in a rented apartment in Century City at four in the morning in a foetal position trying to decide whether or not to say yes to a $175m budget for Spider-Man. In the end, it comes down to one guy who has to use his gut."
When Calley was production chief at Warner Bros in the 1970s, it was his gut instinct that led him to green-light such hit movies as A Clockwork Orange, The Towering Inferno, The Exorcist, Dog Day Afternoon, Dirty Harry, All the President's Men, Blazing Saddles, Superman and Chariots of Fire. However, in 1980, when he was about to sign a new seven-year contract worth $21m, he decided to give it all up. "I wasn't enjoying it, »
- Ronald Bergan
The Ides of March is George Clooney's fourth film as director and his second dealing specifically with politics, and his career as a publicly engaged film-maker now inevitably invites comparison with that of Robert Redford. Goodnight, and Good Luck, Clooney's movie about ethical communications and the confrontation in 1953 between liberal broadcaster Ed Murrow and witch-hunting cold warrior Joe McCarthy, is his equivalent of Quiz Show, Redford's movie on burgeoning corruption in the media in the 1950s. The Ides of March is his version of The Candidate, Redford's 1972 picture about democratic politics and the sacrifices and compromises involved in winning elections. The title from Plutarch and Shakespeare is intended to make us think about the scheming and backstabbing that accompanied the assassination of Julius Caesar on 15 March 44Bc, and perhaps to suggest that things were ever thus. »
- Philip French
Wind down your window, take your ticket and find a space for this week's clips celebrating the magic of the multi-storey
One of the great glories of cinema is that it has the power to take the mundane and make it magical. To most of us, car parks signify a world of pain, where fearsome red-and-white crash barriers dictate our fate and where finding a space is often like finding meaning in the collective works of Martin Lawrence. To others, they meant lost Saturday afternoons spent waiting for your mum to finally come out of Woolworths so you could rush home to catch Terrahawks. Either way, car parks are grey and dull. In the movies, however, they are fantastic places, filled with high-level espionage, high-octane chases and Willem Dafoe going down on Madonna. Here are five car park sequences worth reserving a permanent bay for …
1) The Way of the Gun »
Considering the star power he still wields both in front of and behind the camera, it's extraordinary that Robert Redford's latest (admittedly preachy) drama The Conspirator (2010, Universal, 12) managed to come and go almost unnoticed in UK cinemas. The first salvo from the American Film Company, which has a remit to make "historically accurate" dramas, this solidly constructed and surprisingly engrossing affair concerns the kangaroo court set up in 1865 in the wake of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Called to defend the demonised Mary Surratt (Robin Wright) in whose boarding house the killers allegedly hatched their plot, Union war hero and upcoming lawyer Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy) is forced to question his political loyalties, learning along the way that civil liberties are not to be disposed of lightly.
You don't have to look far to find powerful »
- Mark Kermode
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is inaugurating a clever new series called "Film Independent at Lacma" curated by Elvis Mitchell, in which a bunch of actors reenact a famous screenplay on the stage, with a really interesting first performance: John Hughes' classic script for "The Breakfast Club" spearheaded by director Jason Reitman. He's put together a very cool (if age-inappropriate) cast. According to The Hollywood Reporter and Reitman's Twitter feed, they include Reitman alums Jennifer Garner (in Molly Ringwald's role), Patton Oswalt (Anthony Michael Hall) and J.K. Simmons (as Carl the janitor), plus James Van Der Beek as Emilio Estevez's Andy, Mindy Kaling as Ally Sheedy's Allison, and "Breaking Bad"'s Aaron Paul as Judd Nelson's Bender.
The fact that the actors are all my age or older will certainly lend the reading an interesting feel: I suspect they've all got deep personal »
- Matt Singer
George Clooney recently listed the 100 best movies from 1964-1976, his favorite period. IMDb founder Col Needham checked his IMDb vote history (up-to-date of course) and did his own advanced title search: I've seen a total of 764 movies from this range and included below are the 41 which I have rated 9/10 or 10/10 on IMDb; the list is in reverse chronological order but my 10/10s are: Jaws, Network, Once Upon a Time in the West, Taxi Driver, Carrie, The Godfather, High Plains Drifter, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and From Noon Till Three, All the President's Men. »
20 Political Movie Quotes'The Candidate' (1972)
Bill McKay (Robert Redford): [after winning the election] "What do we do now?"
Happy Monday from George Clooney! He's shared his 100 favorite films (from 1964-1976, "the greatest era in filmmaking by far"). Among the collection (which he's gifted to friends for Christmas) are the following classics (it won't surprise you that Clooney has good taste): All The President's Men (also a favorite of Aaron Sorkin's), American Graffiti, Badlands, Bonnie & Clyde, Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, Chinatown, A Clockwork Orange, Cool Hand Luke, Dog Day Afternoon, Easy Rider, The Exorcist, Godfather I & II, The Graduate, Harold and Maude, Jaws, Last Tango in Paris, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Midnight Cowboy, My Fair Lady, Network, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Rosemary's Baby, The Sting, Taxi Driver and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. If that list doesn't »
 George Clooney may be among the most prominent of celebrities, a fabulously wealthy, incredibly successful man at the very top of the A-list. But it seems there's a side of him that isn't so very different from film geeks like us who watch his movies. (Yes, all of that was a long-winded way of saying "Clooney: He's just like us!") For a recent interview about his upcoming Ides of March, which Clooney directed, produced, and starred in, Clooney revealed his top 100 films from 1964 to 1976, which he believes to be "the greatest era in filmmaking by far." The list is definitely cinephile-friendly, if not especially surprising: it includes tons of major classics and a handful of somewhat lesser known gems, all across a very wide variety of genres. Read the top 100 after the jump. Clooney told Parade  magazine that of that 100, his top five favorites are All the President's Men, Network, »
- Angie Han
In December 2011, Dynamite Entertainment proudly returns to the future of law enforcement to clean up the mean streets of Detroit. "Serve the public trust, protect the innocent, uphold the law." And it all begins in the all-new, high-octane adventure of RoboCop: Road Trip #1. Based on the cult classic film of the same name, Dynamite's RoboCop: Road Trip series combines director Paul Verhoeven's original world of a futuristic dystopian Detroit with a larger, overarching conspiracy theory (in the spirit of All the President's Men) and high action, extreme violence and satire. Once again spearheading RoboCop is the acclaimed writer, Rob (Ghost Rider) Williams, with art by Unai and covers by the amazing Fabiano Neves! Be sure to pick up RoboCop: Road Trip #1 this December! "Road Trip is our first chance to take a look at Robocop's twisted version of America outside the confines of Old Detroit, »
Movie mogul John Calley has died at the age of 81.
Born in New Jersey, he began his career in the NBC mail room.
He quit the film industry in 1980 and returned to produce pal Mike Nichols' films a decade later.
A statement from the director reads, "As a friend he was always there and always funny. As a studio head he was unfailingly supportive and didn't try to do the filmmaker's job. When he believed in someone he trusted and supported him and when very rarely he had a suggestion it was usually a life saver. In fact, that's what he was: a life saver."
Calley was the recipient of the Irving G. Thalberg Award at the Oscars in 2009, but he was unable to accept in person due to illness. »
Longtime Hollywood producer and studio executive John Calley has died after a long illness. He was 81. While at Warner Bros. in the 1970s (as production chief, president, and vice chairman), the controversial and groundbreaking movies Calley supervised included Alan Pakula's All the President's Men, Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, William Friedkin's The Exorcist and Don Siegel's Dirty Hairy. A witty conversationalist ("The problem of making a comedy with John is that he was usually funnier than the actors," said Buck Henry), Calley enjoyed telling colorful behind-the-scenes stories of working with mavericks like Kubrick. He was a supportive mentor to many in the industry, from producer Lucy Fisher to Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal, who said: John Calley was more than a mentor and boss he »
"Cliff Robertson, who starred as John F Kennedy in a 1963 World War II drama and later won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a mentally disabled bakery janitor in the movie Charly, died Saturday, one day after his 88th birthday," reports Dennis McLellan in the Los Angeles Times, adding that Robertson " also played a real-life role as the whistle-blower in the check-forging scandal of then-Columbia Pictures President David Begelman that rocked Hollywood in the late 1970s… In a more than 50-year career in films, Robertson appeared in some 60 movies, including Pt 109, My Six Loves, Sunday in New York, The Best Man, The Devil's Brigade, Three Days of the Condor, Obsession and Star 80. More recently, he played Uncle Ben Parker in the Spider-Man films."
In Charly, "he played a lovable bakery worker with the Iq of a 5-year-old whose intelligence is raised to genius level by an experiment, »
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