16 items from 2010
We have some great posters and synopses from the American Film Market (Afm) for the upcoming films The Three Musketeers, Source Code, and Man on a Ledge. Musketeers is the reboot of the Alexandre Dumas classic from director Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil) and stars Milla Jovovich, Orlando Bloom, and Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds). Source Code is Moon director Duncan Jones’ highly anticipated second feature film and stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan (Due Date), and Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air). Finally, Man on a Ledge is a heist film with a death-defying twist that stars Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, and Ed Harris. Hit the jump to check out the posters, the first Source Code image, and highly detailed/pretty spoilery synopses for these films.
Here’s the synopsis for The Three Musketeers, opening October 14, 2011
The hot-headed young D’Artagnan (Logan Lerman) joins forces with three veteran Musketeers to prevent »
- Adam Chitwood
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg in the fifth of a five part feature... read parts one, two, three and four.
“I admired [Stanley] Kubrick for the sheer variety of his films,” stated Steven Spielberg of the reclusive and revered American filmmaker. “Paths of Glory  was the best antiwar film ever made… Lolita  was, for me, the best picture about the social mores in America. It was way ahead of its time.” Spielberg had an opportunity to meet his cinematic idol. “I was happy to find that he was a nice guy, that he laughed and liked movies. He talked about the movies he liked, as opposed to so many of my other contemporaries who are haughty, supercilious about films, critical of them, and don’t give much credit to other people.” The two men collaborated on A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), an adaptation of a short story »
Not exactly the kind of news you want hear about the project, but still some noteworthy info worth sharing on the Toussaint Louverture film that Danny Glover has been working on for what feels like a really long time…
Not much has been reported on its progress in awhile, and, as far as I’m concerned the project is likely dead, until I hear otherwise.
However, thanks to Bombastic Element’s blog, I learned that Med Hondo, Mauritanian director, producer, screenwriter & actor, claims that Glover’s Louverture project is in fact based on his (Hondo’s) own original screenplay, and he actually wrote a damning open letter to Glover expressing his concerns.
The intriguing short version of the story goes… Hondo says he’d been working on a biopic of Toussaint Louverture when he first met Danny Glover in 1991. Glover, taken by the project, made it known to Hondo that »
If you have Netflix and are a horror fan in need of something to watch this Labor Day weekend, one look at this gargantuan list I compiled of the new terror titles Netflix has added for instant streaming in just the first three days of this month should keep you busy until Labor Day next year. You'll find something for everyone, from older titles to recent releases, famous to obscure, classic to not-so-classic, monsters to maniacs - you name it.
For the record, I considered compiling this list in alphabetical order or by year of the film's release, but then I realized I had already spent well over an hour just sorting through the massive catalogue of titles Netflix has now made available for instant streaming and realized Labor Day would be over by the time I finished arranging this list in any kind of order. Ready? Here you go. »
With the kickoff of the 37th Telluride Film Festival, so begins the 2010 Awards Season. Of special note are the special sneak previews of The King’S Speech starring Oscar hopeful Colin Firth, Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan via the Venice Film Festival and Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours. Also on the schedule are Mike Leigh’s Another Year, Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go with Andrew Garfield, Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley, and Peter Weir’s The Way Back starring Colin Farrell, Mark Strong, and Ed Harris. Many of the films listed below will continue onto the Toronto International Film Festival which runs September 9-19. So fellow Awards Watchers…let the games begin.
37th Telluride Film Festival Announces 2010 Festival Lineup Twenty-four new feature films to preview in Festival’s main program, the “Show” Claudia Cardinale, Colin Firth and Peter Weir to receive Silver Medallion Awards Special revival programs »
- Michelle McCue
Jane Lynch is not Sue Sylvester. Yes, this is tough to imagine, given how thoroughly she inhabits the towering inferno of a cheerleading coach on "Glee."In Sue, Lynch has created such a swaggering, barb-spouting, teenager-terrifying television icon, you half expect her to walk into a room proudly sporting one of the character's signature matchy-matchy sweatsuits.Yet, in person, Lynch is the polar opposite of her popular TV alter ego: affable, warm, and unfailingly modest. It's an attitude she has maintained throughout her decades as a recognizable character actor, bouncing from one scene-stealing turn to the next. After cracking audiences up with such standout supporting personas as Paula, the casually randy store manager in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," and Gayle, the inappropriate catch-phrase-spouting ex-druggie of "Role Models," Lynch is finally having her breakout star moment on "Glee." But her veteran-actor status hasn't dimmed her enthusiasm one bit; if anything, she seems »
Even for an actor who has played a vampire-hunter with a guilty conscience, a Baltimore crime lord with a taste for Adam Smith, and an asset manager with a stalker, the role of the Norse deity Heimdall – guardian of the burning rainbow bridge between the world of men and the world of gods – was always going to be a bit of a challenge.
But playing a god in Kenneth Branagh's forthcoming film Thor has turned out to be the least of Idris Elba's worries, after fans of the comic books turned on the star of The Wire for reasons that have nothing to do with his acting ability and everything to do with the colour of his skin.
When news emerged late last year that the »
- Sam Jones
On the world cinema front, we have a new film from Aki Kaurismäki (filming in the North of France), we have Lou Ye joining forces with Tahar Rahim, and another auteur in Phillippe Garrel who will be directing Monica Bellucci. - At the beginning of every month, Ioncinema.com's "Tracking Shot" features a half dozen or so projects that are moments away from lensing and that we feel are worth signaling out. This March, we've got a good grouping - apart from Fox Searchlight's wild card film from Danny Boyle, most of these films will be 2011 releases. On the world cinema front, we have a new film from Aki Kaurismäki (filming in the North of France), we have Lou Ye joining forces with Tahar Rahim, and another auteur in Phillippe Garrel who will be directing Monica Bellucci. In the indie production world, Killer Films will be commencing production »
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The decades-old taboo that drama series with minority leads cannot work finally might be broken.
Halfway through the castings of broadcast drama pilots this season, the top-billed actors on four pilots are non-Caucasian.
What's more, the four projects are among the highest-profile drama pilots this year.
The spy couple at the center of J.J. Abrams' "Undercovers" for NBC is played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Boris Kodjoe. "Undercovers," co-written by Abrams, marks his first pilot directing effort since "Lost" six years ago.
Forest Whitaker is the lead on CBS' "Criminal Minds" spinoff; Laz Alonso tops the Fox action-drama "Breakout Kings," directed and exec produced by Gavin Hood; and Freddy Rodriguez headlines CBS' CIA drama "Chaos," directed and executive produced by Brett Ratner.
- By Nellie Andreeva
DVD Playhouse—February 2010
Hunger (Criterion) Harrowing true story of imprisoned Ira member Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender) and his 1981 hunger strike protesting the British government’s refusal to recognize him, and other Ira members as political prisoners. Director Steve McQueen delivers the story with true filmmaking panache, mixing startling imagery that blends both stunning beauty and stomach-churning horror. Fassbender is absolutely brilliant in the lead. Not for the faint-of-heart, but not to be missed or, particularly, ignored. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Interviews with McQueen and Fassbender; Short documentary; 1981 episode of BBC series “Panorama” that covers the Ira hunger strike; Trailer. Widescreen. DTS-hd audio on Blu-ray.
Adam (20th Century Fox) Quirky romantic comedy about an eccentric, borderline Asperger’s Syndrome, astronomy buff (Hugh Dancy) who is drawn out of his self-imposed shell by a beautiful and sympathetic neighbor (Rose Byrne). Charming film with engaging performances by the two leads, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Ubisoft has announced that Tom Clancy.s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is in development at Ubisoft.s Paris studio and is scheduled to be released worldwide Holiday 2010. Developed by the award-winning team behind the Tom Clancy.s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter series, the game will feature cutting-edge technology, prototype high-tech weaponry, and both single-player and multiplayer modes. The folks at Ubisoft hope to take Future Soldier beyond the core Ghost Recon franchise and deliver a fresh gameplay experience that will satisfy both fans and newcomers alike. Ubisoft is offering gamers a chance to be the first to play the Multiplayer Beta this summer 2010. This exclusive beta invitation will be available for a limited time via Tom Clancy.s »
- Hector Cortez
Forget vampires and zombies – they're just corpses. Werewolves are alive and howling
Vampires and zombies have been hogging our attention so much of late that we could be forgiven for having overlooked the other class-a monster lurking on the sidelines. But now it's getting ready to reclaim its rightful place in the horror pantheon, shoulder to shoulder with the walking undead. Werewolves are go!
Although they may not have taken top billing for a while, werewolves have never been entirely absent from our screens and pages. Who is Harry Potter's favourite professor of defence against the dark arts? The werewolf Remus Lupin! Who plugs that gap in Bella's heart when her beloved vampire Edward goes awol in the second episode of the Twilight saga? Step forward Jacob Black, who shapeshifts into a wolf! The Underworld films are nominally about vampires, but who are the vampires fighting? Lycans! Which is just a fancy name for werewolves, »
- Anne Billson
Director: James Ivory
Entertainment grade: D
History grade: C–
Thomas Jefferson was one of the founding fathers of the United States.
He served as ambassador to France between 1785 and 1789.
The film begins with the story of Madison Hemings (James Earl Jones). He was the son of Sally Hemings, a slave belonging to Thomas Jefferson. Hemings claimed his father, and that of his siblings, was Jefferson himself. For two centuries, historians pooh-poohed this, arguing that Jefferson was a moral puritan, that he disapproved of miscegenation, and that the whole story was a far-fetched smear campaign. Then along came DNA testing, and whoops: it looks like Madison Hemings was probably right all along. So don't listen to historians. Anyway, the film was »
- Alex von Tunzelmann
The Blockbuster Beauty Goes IndieBy Terry Keefe
[This article originally appeared in 2006 in Venice Magazine. I had lunch with Diane Kruger at the Chateau Marmont, and I remember most distinctly two things: 1. I've never been around anyone in Hollywood who so many guys were trying to get the attention of. Several Hollywood agent types waved to her as they were entering and leaving with greetings like "Hi, beautiful." 2. She was also very polite, much more so than your typical American hot starlet, walking me out afterwards to the valet stand and generally displaying no star attitude whatsoever. She's had a great year with Inglorious Basterds. Nice to see.)
Heads turn when she walks into the restaurant, even in blase L.A. It's a bit redundant to say that she's beautiful, yet the reality is that beautiful might be understating the case. This is a woman who, after all, first came to prominence two years ago when Wolfgang Petersen cast her as Helen of Troy, whose legendary looks were so stunning that nations went to war over her. But once you're past the surface charms of Diane Kruger, what really becomes evident is how seriously she's taking the development of her craft as an actress. After Troy and National Treasure, the easy money would have had her choosing to do another string of Hollywood blockbusters. Not that she's sworn off big budget films by any means, but she's also taken an interesting journey into »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
With HeyUGuys recently posting the Top films of the Decade as voted by you the reader, I thought I would look back into noughties myself and do my own top 10 films of the last decade as I was a bit disappointed with a majority of the top 10 choices like Kill Bill, There will be Blood and Donnie Darko.
Searching for my Decadian film winners was a great experience, going through vast amount of films from the last 10 years (which has flown by) and picking my personal 10 favourite films. It was a difficult challenge choosing them and also coming up with my 10 runner up movies from each year as there were so many quality films to pick from and I had to make some difficult choices in letting some stunning films miss out like Children of Men, District 9, Hurt Locker, Let the Right one in, The Departed etc. And so here are my choices, »
- Gary Phillips
Morgan Freeman has been cast as God – twice – so he evidently has no trouble projecting moral authority. The challenge of portraying Nelson Mandela, then, was not the size of the halo, but knowing the performance would be measured against the real, familiar Mandela, and his myth. "If we can say any part of acting is hard, then playing someone who is living and everybody knows would be the hardest," Freeman says.
The role has defeated actors as varied as Danny Glover (in the 1987 TV film Mandela), Sidney Poitier (Mandela and de Klerk, 1997, also for TV) and Dennis Haysbert (Goodbye Bafana, 2007), in vehicles that were reverential and mostly forgettable. But as someone who studied Mandela over the course of three years while he replaced an »
- John Carlin
16 items from 2010
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