The common wisdom in screenwriting is that bad novels make great movies and great novels turn into duds. I can think of plenty of arguments to disprove the theory, though – from The English Patient to Apocalypse Now (adapted from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness), from La Confidential to The Age of Innocence, from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre to The Lord of the Rings.
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- Hossein Amini
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Which action movie star said of the Rio Games: “It’s a sore point I never got to the Olympics. They got seven million for the diving per year. They deserve it. The divers now are just terrific. I started too late. I should have done a different sport.”
Who of the following did not have a cameo in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie?
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- Peter Bradshaw
Frank Ocean: musician, visual-album releaser, list-making cinephile. Following on the heels of his latest album finally being made available to the eager public, Ocean has revealed his 100 favorite films. Originally posted on Genius, which has a breakdown of how movies like “The Little Mermaid” and “Eyes Wide Shut” made their way into his lyrics (“I’m feeling like Stanley Kubrick, this is some visionary shit/Been tryna film pleasure with my eyes wide shut but it keeps on moving”), the list contains a mix of familiar favorites (“Annie Hall,” “The Royal Tenenbaums”) and comparatively obscure arthouse fare (“Woyzeck,” “Sonatine”). Avail yourself of all 100 below.
“The Last Laugh”
- Michael Nordine
After a few delays, Frank Ocean‘s Channel Orange follow-up, Blond, has now arrived and, with it, not only an additional visual album, but Boys Don’t Cry, a magazine that only a select few were able to get their hands on. (Although, if you believe the artist’s mom, we can expect a wider release soon.) In between a personal statement about his new work and a Kanye West poem about McDonalds, Ocean also listed his favorite films of all-time and we have the full list today.
Clocking at 207.23 hours, as Ocean notes, his list includes classics from Andrei Tarkovsky, David Lynch, Ingmar Bergman, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Orson Welles, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Jean Cocteau, Alfred Hitchcock, Francis Ford Coppola, Fritz Lang, Werner Herzog, Akira Kurosawa, Ridley Scott, Bernardo Bertolucci, Sergei Eisenstein, F. W. Murnau, Luis Buñuel, and more.
As for some more recent titles, it looks like The Royal Tenenbaums »
- Jordan Raup
It’s not uncommon for people to work in the “family business” but when the family business involves Hollywood, it’s an entirely different story.
Certain last names have earned such respect and reverence in the entertainment industry that being born into one of these families practically ensures success should they decide to pursue a career in entertainment. Some families, like the Coppolas, span generations and involve a complex web of well-connected cousins and siblings. Others, like the Smiths, represent the new Hollywood family, with their social-media famous kids appealing to the children of their parents’ fans.
- Amanda Wood
Over the next two months, Scream Factory’s releases include five Blu-rays limited to 1,000 units apiece. Each release will highlight an obscure and underseen sci-fi, horror, or fantasy film from the ’70s and ’80s, and the cover artwork and details on each Blu-ray have been revealed.
Deathstalker (Richard Hill) is a mighty warrior chosen to battle the evil forces of a medieval kingdom who sets off on a journey to the most challenging tournament in the land. To the winner will go the throne of the evil wizard, the ultimate mystical power and the love of the beautiful Princess Codille (Barbi Benton). But first Deathstalker must prove himself worthy of his legacy . . . and treachery lurks at every turn.
Deathstalker II (1987)
- Derek Anderson
There will be loads of movie posters that have caught your eye over the years. We see them all the time on massive billboards, the side of bus stops and just about everywhere that you look inside a cinema.
The question is, which is the greatest movie poster ever created? We have attempted to shorten the list of millions down to these ten standout examples.
However, United Carlton need your help to decide which one deserves the prestigious honour of being the best. Take a look at our seven choices below, then head across to their Twitter page and let them know the one you like best. We would love to hear your alternative suggestions too.
- The Hollywood News
Amanda Milius says the sweeping wide-angle shot of the blazing sun in “The Lotus Gun,” her thesis film from USC, is not an homage to “Apocalypse Now,” for which her father, John Milius, penned the script. “The director of photography came up with that shot, it’s his signature,” the filmmaker recently told IndieWire.
Milius’ intimate knowledge of film – classic and cult – can be seen in every gorgeous shot of “The Lotus Gun,” which she directed and co-wrote. (She shares writing credit with Johnathan Eisenman). Set in a post-apocalyptic desert landscape, “The Lotus Gun” follows Nora (Lauren Avery) – a gun-toting, pot-smoking, anti-hero – and her love, Daphine (Dasha Nekrasova) as they survive alone in the wilderness. When a male intruder from a drug-addled commune absconds with Daphine, Nora must save the day and take revenge.
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- Jude Dry
For over six decades, Disney has been igniting in little girls the dream of being a princess. Then, in 2001, with the help of Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway, the House of Mouse showed us that wearing the tiara is not all it’s cracked up to be. The Princess Diaries opened in theaters 15 years ago today. Hathaway’s Mia Thermopiles learns just what kind of pressure and responsibility is involved with being princess when she learns she’s the heir to the crown of Genovia. “I don’t want to run my own country. I just want to pass 10th grade,” she moans. It was the film debut of Anne Hathaway, who has since become Hollywood royalty herself, earning an Oscar for Les Misérables and nabbing coveted roles like Catwoman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. The Princess Diaries gave us Anne Hathaway, and it also gave us »
- Emily Rome
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The 2013 remake of Evil Dead was quite significant, not only for bringing back a franchise, which filmmaker Sam Raimi hadn’t explored since his 1992 movie Army of Darkness, but also because it introduced much of the world to Uruguay-born director Fede Alvarez.
Alvarez’s second feature, the unsettling home invasion thriller Don’t Breathe, will open in the next month, but since Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell have brought back the popular character of “Ash” Williams for their hit Starz television series Ash vs. Evil Dead, many fans have wondered whether we might ever see a direct sequel to Alvarez’s film.
Much of the talk at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend was about the »
Fantasy Studios today will unveil its refurbished 1,820-foot Fantasy Film Center in the Bay Area, used for sound mixing.
Formerly the Saul Zaentz Film Center, the full-service theater in Berkeley seats 50 guests and has been revamped to include the latest technologies, all the while conserving the feel of the original 1981 theater.
Over 200 films have been mixed at the Fantasy Film Studios, including the Oscar-winning classics “Amadeus,” “The English Patient,” “The Right Stuff,” “Blue Velvet” and “Boogie Nights.” The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also does screenings at Fantasy Film Studios.
“When I put the question to top people in the industries we service, ‘what would you think if we reopened the third floor mix stage?’ everyone responded unanimously,‘Fantastic!’ They all raved about the sound and build quality of the room, as well as the convenience and comfort,” said Fantasy Studios’ director Jeffrey Wood.
“We are proud to »
- Maria Cavassuto
For my money, the most intriguing trailer to emerge from Sdcc was for Kong: Skull Island. Whatever expectations you might have had for the film, chances are you didn't think it was going to be Apocalypse Now meets Cloverfield. "We needed to make this film different and different for a reason," says director Jordan Vogt-Roberts to Yahoo Movies. He continued, "We've had so many Kong stories in the past, we didn't want to tell the Beauty & the Beast story over again. We wanted to present audiences something new - a new story but within the mythology. we wanted to take this character that people love Kong, and take this place, Skull Island and do something new with it but ground it in characters." For more from the cast and crew, including Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman, Corey Hawkins, and Jason Mitchell, watch the video below. Kong: Skull Island arrives in theates »
Brie Larson had a pretty good Saturday at Comic-Con, I think it’s safe to say. She's had to do a fair amount of juggling around this film so far. When she won her Oscar this spring, she had to fly in from where she was shooting Kong: Skull Island to do so, and Saturday, they had to pull her away from her press duties for Kong: Skull Island to take the stage in Hall H to announce that she is officially signed to play Captain Marvel, aka Carol Danvers, in what will easily be one of the most eagerly awaited films Marvel has ever made. But before we get all crazy about a movie that doesn’t even have an announced director yet, let’s look at the other film she came to San Diego to discuss today, because that is a seriously awesome trailer. Jordan Vogt-Roberts and screenwriters Max Borenstein, »
- Drew McWeeny
"Monsters exist." It's time! Warner Bros has unleashed the first Comic-Con trailer for the new King Kong movie, Kong: Skull Island, and it's looks totally awesome. Jordan Vogt-Roberts directs this adventure to Kong Island, telling the origin story of King Kong, where they encounter the giant ape and try to take him out with machine guns. Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson star along with a huge cast including Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly, Tian Jing, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, John Ortiz, Thomas Mann, Shea Wigham, Toby Kebbell and Eugene Cordero. This trailer doesn't fully reveal King Kong yet, but there are some stunning shots. And it kind of feels like Vogt-Roberts made the Apocalypse Now of Kong movies. Which is a good thing as far as I can tell. I really can't wait to see it! Enjoy. Here's the first full trailer (+ poster) for Jordan Vogt-Roberts' Kong: Skull Island, »
- Alex Billington
Warner Bros. has debuted the very first trailer for Kong: Skull Island today at Comic-Con. The upcoming reboot of the franchise is particularly exciting as it’s set to become part of a shared universe for the studio’s other monster films, like Godzilla. That won’t happen until much further down the road, but for this particular outing, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts looks to have one hell of an adventure in store for us.
Set in the 1970s, the film will find a group of explorers on an uncharted island where the titular beast resides, and what starts off as a “mission of discovery” ends up resulting in an “explosive war between monster and man.”
As the first footage in the trailer above proves, it definitely looks like Skull Island may venture into a bit of horror as well, with some eerie and chilling, Apocalypse Now-like vibes permeating throughout. »
- Josh Wilding
Coppola unveiled details of the multi-year project at a news conference Saturday, following his month-long collaboration with 75 UCLA students and faculty on “Distant Vision,” the story of three generations of an Italian-American family whose history spans the development of television.
The collaboration culminated Friday with a 27-minute live broadcast of the “Distant Vision” script from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s Freud Playhouse to a limited audience. The tasks for the students and faculty included operating over 40 cameras, acting and working on sound, set design and construction, costume, props, editing, stage management and producing.
UCLA co-sponsored the workshop with American Zoetrope, Coppola’s production company. Coppola was the writer and director.
Coppola’s “live cinema” concept is based on using »
- Dave McNary
Here's your tech-savvy vocabulary term for this week's Mr. Robot episode: "kernel panic." It's what happens when an operating system comes across an internal fatal error — something essentially and deeply broken within itself — that it can't recover from. For old-school PC users, it's when the screen becomes a snowstorm of indecipherable numbers and commands — when the machine examines itself and finds something it doesn't know how to process. It's what happens when the shadows on the wall of the cave cease to form a coherent narrative.
It's the same thing »
NEWSFilm scholar V.F. Perkins, author of the essential book Film As Film (1972), has died at the age of 80.The BFI in London has announced Black Star, the UK's largest celebration of black screen actors, to run October 17 - December 31, 2016.Consummate Hollywood director Garry Marshall, best known for Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride and such television productions as Happy Days and Mork & Mindy, has died at 81.Filmmaker and Mubi team member Kurt Walker and filmmaker Isaac Goes are launching online film exhibition space Kinet, "catered to the dissemination of new and boundary pushing avant-garde cinema." Kinet's first program, which begins next week, includes Masha Tupitsyn's epic Love Sounds.Recommended VIEWINGThe feature debut of Canadian director Isiah Medina, 88:88, which received its global online premiere on Mubi last spring, is now streaming for free.An English-subtitled, behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of Johnnie To's excellent thriller, Three.The teaser trailer for »
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Justin Jordan (John Flood, Spread) tackles a provocative topic—the violent drug cartels of Mexico—partnering with artist Raúl Treviño, who lives in Mexico and is drawing on his first-hand experiences to inform the story.
A DEA agent who disappeared in Mexico years ago has resurfaced and is now out-brutalizing some of the cartels he was sent to investigate. His daughter has been tasked with stopping him…by any means necessary.
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Sombra takes us to a dark place (har, har): Mexico in the midst of the Drug War. A DEA agent named Conrad Marlow has gone rogue after the violence of the war got to him, and Danielle Marlow, has decided to try and go after him. Conrad has decided that the only way he can beat the cartel is to beat them at their own game, »
- Zeb Larson
The video clip features snapshots of the film, with behind-the-scenes footage and voiceover. The poster shows a battle taking place on water and land with the Death Star fading into the sky.
The poster includes the tagline: “A Rebellion Built on Hope.”
London — Before proceedings began, emcee Gwendoline Christie paid tribute to the victims of the Nice attacks. Akin to a moment in “Casablanca,” pockets of the audience broke out into a version of ‘La Marseillaise’ broke out before the 4,000-person crowd bowed their heads in quiet reflection.
“Rogue One” director Gareth Edwards, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and key cast were also on hand to give fans a first look at Darth Vader in the film’s second trailer, which premiered to fans at London’s ExCel centre on Friday evening. »
- Seth Kelley and Ian Freer
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