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The first trailer for Trash, the new film by Stephen Daldry (The Hours, Billy Elliot) and written by Richard Curtis (About Time) from the book by Andy Mulligan, has been released online, and you can view it below…
Build as a possible Oscar contender come awards season, Trash stars Rooney Mara (Her) and Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now) in a story of three street kids who survive by picking through a mostly human waste-filled garbage dump on the outskirts of a large city. One day, one of them finds a small leather bag with a wallet with some money and an ID card, a folded-up map, and a key. A police officer offers them a reward for this parcel but that makes them realize something’s amiss, and they decide to hang on to it. That decision puts them in danger and they’re soon on a mission, having to lie, »
- Scott Davis
Right after Francis Ford Coppola turned a Mafia family’s travails into grand opera with 1972’s “The Godfather,” which went on to win 1972’s best-picture Oscar, he topped himself in 1974 with “The Godfather, Part II,” which became the first sequel to ever win the award. Later on, while preparing to film 1979’s “Apocalypse Now,” he tossed those Oscars out the window, shattering all but one. He was enraged that he couldn’t convince major stars such as Steve McQueen and Al Pacino to be his headliner. Eventually Marlon Brando did sign on. “The success … went to my head like a rush of perfume," Coppola recalled. "I thought I couldn’t do anything wrong.” Excess – fueled by fame, fortune and self-serving, often-destructive behavior -- often goes hand in hand with success, especially in the movie biz. Few film history books proved that as well as “Easy Rider, Raging Bulls: How the »
- Susan Wloszczyna
Our non-interactive, non-cutting edge letters page is back! Here's the latest selection...
So: our first attempts at a letters page didn't go too badly. We're carrying on, then. You're stuck with it. And here is the latest selection.
Again, with apologies to the many letters we've not been able to feature - we will try and keep these to the length of a magazine letters page - here's what you've been writing in to us about.
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Den Of Geek & Den Of Geek
I have a query which may not be quite exciting enough for the Letters Page but an answer by email would be appreciated.
Essentially, I was wondering what the differences were between Den Of Geek Us and the normal Den Of Geek website. Are the same articles run on both sites? I presume »
Imagine you're one of the bosses at 20th Century Fox. Then imagine that you have a date set for a sequel to your surprise hit sci-fi sequel, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. That date is less than two years away, and your current director doesn't think he can have the film ready in time. He promptly departs.
So with the director's chair now absent, who do you give the project to?
Most people today would likely be shocked to think that in 1972, The Godfather went into the Oscars anything but a sure bet for Best Picture. Aside from Casablanca and Citizen Kane it is recognized as the greatest American film of all time and in hind sight most people forget that not only was it tied for nominations in 1972, but Coppola lost Best Director.
Because hindsight is anything but 20/20 when popular consensus takes over, the narrative of the Hollywood Renaissance is one of Scorsese, Spielberg and Lucas getting snubbed for Taxi Driver, Jaws, Close Encounters, and Star Wars. But looking at the 1970s and the race for Best Director, what you see instead is two directors fighting it out for director of the decade, each earning three nominations.
- Mynt Marsellus
Here we are, at the top of the mountain. We’ve had plenty from every war imaginable, some supportive of war efforts, some not. But the more interesting war films really focus on the people; the internal struggles those men and women have about what they are doing. Whether made in America, Germany, the United Kingdom, or anywhere else, war is not just a battle between good and evil. It’s a life and death struggle between opposing sides that may not be that different. The movies at the top of this list may be subtle or straightforward, but each of them is a clear snapshot that lets audiences see what it means to fight, so they don’t have to.
10. Paths of Glory (1957)
Directed by: Stanley Kurbick
Conflict: World War I
- Joshua Gaul
15. Stranger by the Lake
Directed by Alain Guiraudie
Written by Alain Guiraudie
Though Stranger by the Lake premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival (and appeared on Sound On Sight’s best of 2013 list), it finally reached North American audiences in January of this year. Alain Guiraudie’s stunning noir-tinged thriller is set entirely against the backdrop of a secluded lake–known to locals as a popular gay cruising spot. A tale of murder complicated by intense sexual obsession (garnering equal parts praise and criticism for its frank depiction of unsimulated gay sex) it accomplishes the rare feat of subtly guiding the way we pay attention to details as we watch. The film’s deceptively simple geography is mapped out as much aurally (and orally) as visually. By the time of the pulse-pounding climax, Guiraudie has masterfully taken hold of all of our senses in an ever-tightening claustrophobic grip. »
‘Narrative art’ is defined as something ‘that tells a story, either as a moment in an ongoing story or as a sequence of events unfolding over time’
George Lucas has retired apparently. Having sold his empire to Disney making him wealthier than a barely developed principality with minimal infrastructure, we are now being treated to phase two in the Lucas mid-life crisis.
When I first heard that Norman Rockwell, foremost painter of post war Americana was being placed alongside original Star Wars miniatures and props it made no sense. Rockwell was known for capturing perfect moments in life which told a story or narrative beyond the confines of the frame. How could Lucas have the temerity to place his work alongside that of a real artist?
Informally known as ‘The Lucas Museum of »
- Gary Collinson
Since Sledgehammer Games’ Vietnam-set Call of Duty title was canned late last year, we’ve gradually learned more and more about the ominous, never-to-be-seen game. And today, a trio of concept images have appeared online detailing some of the ideas behind the third-person spinoff.
In truth, the stills, which come courtesy of entertainment designer Eddie Del Rio, paint a bleak, Apocalypse Now-like picture of the studio’s shelved property. The stark visual style coupled with the jungle setting hints at a Call of Duty campaign that never was; all that seemed to be missing was a solemn voiceover from Martin Sheen.
Speaking with Cvg, the company’s co-founder Glen Schofield touched upon the thematic elements of the title, which would have taken inspiration from another reputable franchise that Schofield worked on while at Visceral Games.
“We had the underground tunnels. We were definitely getting some Dead Space moments. I »
- Michael Briers
There have been so many movies called The Caretakers that it's really easy to get confused which one is actually which. However, there's something that this latest one has that truly sets it apart from the pack as it stars Bill Johnson, who gave a much beloved performance as Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.
From the Press Release
Recently named the Kentucky Filmmakers of the Year, Big Biting Pig Productions has announced the release of their eighth feature film: The Caretakers.
The movie was filmed in Madisonville, Dawson Springs, and Princeton, Kentucky, as well as Nashville, Tennessee.
The World Premiere of The Caretakers will take place on June 28th, »
- Steve Barton
South Korean filmmaker, Joon-ho Bong, has never been afraid of mixing genres. In his latest and most challenging film to date, Snowpiercer, Bong mixes action, sci-fi and satire to create a delightfully twisted prison break story. Snowpiercer owes much of its effectiveness to an ingenious script that uses 3 discrete acts to effortlessly shift its tone and genre. The first act establishes the prison; delineating the rules, hierarchy and surreal conditions. The second act takes us through the prison; peeling away each layer of corruption with frenzied action and violence. Finally, the third act deconstructs the prison; exposing the true face of tyranny and the rationale behind it. It’s an audacious script that warrants deeper consideration.
The key to any good prison break movie is establishing the prison as its own character. Whether it’s the evil warden’s twisted idea of justice or the intricate kingdoms built by the inmates, »
- J.R. Kinnard
The trailer and poster for upcoming drama The Judge, directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) have been released online through Robert Downey Jr.’s (Iron Man 3) official Twitter account. Check out both below…
Downey stars in and produces The Judge, which sees him as Hank Palmer, a big shot lawyer who returns to his hometown after his father (Robert Duvall, Apocalypse Now) is accused of murder, and sets out to find out the truth. His father, a judge himself, doesn’t hold the best of relationships with his son, and the two have been estranged for many years.
Also starring Vera Farmiga (Up In The Air), Vincent D’Onofrio (Men In Black), Dax Shepard (Hit and Run), Melissa Leo (The Fighter) and Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo), The Judge hits Us cinemas October 10th, 2014, with a UK release a week later.
The post Trailer and poster for The Judge starring »
- Scott Davis
Q: You’ve worked in various artistic media, but The Time Being marks your debut as the writer/director of a feature film. What was the inspiration behind the script?
A: I was right in the middle of pre-production on another film in Paris and the financing fell apart for the third time. I had packed up my family from Los Angeles to Paris. The night that the project was shut down, I started to write this script. I needed to deal with my creative frustrations in a productive manner. My intention with The Time Being was to create something that I could make for almost zero money. I wanted to deal with themes that I was facing, what it means to be a father, what it means to be a husband, and what kind of repercussions of career decisions »
- Gary Collinson
Martin Sheen has signed on to Netflix's upcoming original comedy series from Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, A Netflix representative told TheWrap. Sheen will play Robert, husband to Fonda's Grace, on the 13-episode first season of “Grace and Frankie.” A multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner, Sheen's best known TV role is President Bartlet on Aaron Sorkin's “The West Wing.” He also most recently appeared in a recurring role on his son Charlie's Sheen's FX series, “Anger Management.” The veteran actor's long list of movie credits include “Apocalypse Now,” “Catch Me If You Can,” and “The Departed.” Also read: Netflix Orders Mattel. »
- Jethro Nededog
This post is in partnership with Cadillac Cadillac and the Producers Guild of America recently launched Make Your Mark, a short film competition that challenges producers to create compelling content with limited resources. Contestants will make a short film over a single weekend in late June, and the 30-second Cadillac spot featuring the grand prize winner’s film will air during the 2015 Academy Awards. The Guild also recently hosted the Produced By Conference, offering some incredibly storytellers sharing their filmmaking experiences, and the event couldn’t have ended on a better note: an hour-long discussion with Francis Ford Coppola. That’s right, the legendary director behind The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Jack, The Outsiders, and perhaps his most underrated work, and one of my favorite movies, Rumble Fish. If that isn’t reason enough to attend the Produced By Conference in the future, then what is? This panel was easily the most talked about. Up »
- Jack Giroux
Eric Stanze is someone that I have known for some time now, maybe almost a decade. He has always been someone I have looked up to when it comes to independent filmmaking. The Scare Game, The Fine Art and Savage Harvest were the first truly independent films I rented on VHS. Stanze’s films introduced me to the world of B-Movie.com which was run by Salt City Home Video, a company that is still in business today under Sub Rosa Studios, which left quite an impression with me in my formative teenage years as a budding horror film fiend.
In this day & age, independent genre films seem to be getting more buzz than what you see at the mulitplex. This is good news for Eric as he has worked very hard for his art and the time is now for him to benefit from it. This is just my »
- Andy Triefenbach
Project made its market bow this week at Annecy’s Intl. Animation Film Market (Mifa) as part of its Feature Film 2014 Mifa Pitches Progam, a section that is fast emergizing as the key new talent focus at the cartoon confab.
Running around 75 minutes, the movie is accompanied by a a mini-series made up of four half-hours. Total project is budgeted at $3 million.
Targeting teens/young adults, “Darkness” has been created Rogerio Nunes. He helms and co-writes with Sergio Nesteriuk.
Lieutenant Marlowe’s story takes place this time round in a near-future Rio de Janeiro near future. Corruption-sodden, racked by riots, it is pretty much cut off from the rest of the world
A renowned –and honest – Rio cop, Marlowe is assigned to a mission of locating Captain Kurtz, »
- Emilio Mayorga
Every year, the major videogame companies convene in Los Angeles for E3. They show off big games with familiar names, games that represent untold thousands of man-hours and untold petabytes of graphical power. And every year, there is one videogame that represents the complete opposite of that: A game made by a small team, with a distinctive vision, that isn’t a sequel or a spinoff or a spinoff-sequel to a reboot-prequel.
This year’s High Nerd fixation is No Man’s Sky, a space adventure game produced by English studio Hello Games that will debut on the Playstation 4. But »
- Darren Franich
Back in April, the first cast photo for Star Wars: Episode VII was released, revealing the new cast members that will be joining the popular franchise alongside returning cast members Mark Hamill, who will reprise his role of Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher, who will be back as Leia Organa and, probably most exciting of all for Star Wars fans, Harrison Ford, who will reprise his role of intergalactic badass Han Solo. This isn't the first time Ford has reprized one of his iconic characters, playing Indiana Jones for a fourth time after nearly a twenty year break in 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and the actor is in no shortage of iconic roles, with Ford recently being sought to reprise his role as of Rick Deckard in a Blade Runner sequel. Outside of his own franchises, Ford is busier than ever, taking part in other »
- Ryan Gowland
Screenwriter Graham Yost, now the showrunner of FX’s Justified, admits that the plot of Speed sounds ridiculous: A bomb on a bus will detonate if the bus travels below 50 mph. But when the movie was released June 10, 1994, a funny thing happened: It became a hit with moviegoers and critics alike. To quote EW’s grade-a review: “The film takes off from formula elements – it’s yet another variation on Die Hard – but it manipulates those elements so skillfully, with such a canny mixture of delirium and restraint, that I walked out of the picture with the rare sensation that »
- Mandi Bierly
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