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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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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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
"I may be crazy, but I'm not crazy enough to marry you twice!"
Francis Ford Coppola is mostly known for directing movies like The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, but in the 1980s, he spent a good amount of time making movies about the 1960s, such as 1983's The Outsiders and 1986's Peggy Sue Got Married.
Coppola's biggest box office success since Apocalypse Now, Peggy Sue Got Marries follows Kathleen Turner in an Academy Award–nominated performance as Peggy Sue Bodell, whose has just separated from her high school sweetheart-turned-husband Charlie (Nicolas Cage), a fact she is forced to relate while attending her 25th high school reunion with her daughter (Helen Hunt). After fainting during the reunion, Peggy Sue finds herself back in the 1960s, where she is given the opportunity to relive her senior year and see if she can change things with her husband-to-be. Jim Carrey (Mr. Popper's Penguins »
- Ryan Gowland
It's our second-to-last podcast of 2012 as we have already begun preparations on next week's Holiday Spectacular, but before we get to that today we review Zero Dark Thirty and Jack Reacher while also holding our Winter 2013 Box-Office Draft. We answer a couple of your questions, play some Over/Under, Buy or Sell and two Watch This or Watch That segments plus a fun Would You Rather provided by Disco Paco. As always, I have broken down this episode on a minute-by-minute basis if you would like to skip ahead and below I have featured the information on how to download the podcast, find us on iTunes or merely just listen in your browser. 00:00-01:34 - Introduction and the world hasn't ended 1:35-3:26 - Show notes and random chatter 3:27-10:28 - Brad watched Moonrise Kingdom and Zero Dark Thirty to help finalize his top ten »
- Brad Brevet
There is a rich and varied tradition of great directors taking cameos in other people's films. Fritz Lang appeared in Jean-Luc Godard's Le Mépris. François Truffaut appeared in Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind. And now the legendary German director Werner Herzog appears in this movie, which stars Tom Cruise as hunky military investigator Jack Reacher, directed by Christopher McQuarrie and adapted by him from the bestseller One Shot by Lee Child.
Herzog just happens to be playing the sinister-looking, scary European guy with the heavy German accent. At first glance, this looks hurtfully close to typecasting. When he read through the script, we can only imagine Herzog's subsequent, tearful phone call to his agent: "I thawwwwd I would heff the rrrole of Reeeacher, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 19, 2013
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Malick’s impressionistic take on the notorious Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate killing spree of the late 1950s uses a serial-killer narrative as a springboard for an oblique teenage romance, lovingly and idiosyncratically enacted by Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now) and Sissy Spacek (3 Women). Badlands also introduced many of the elements that would earn Malick his passionate following: the enigmatic approach to narrative and character, the unusual use of voice-over, the juxtaposition of human violence with natural beauty, the poetic investigation of American dreams and nightmares. This debut has spawned countless imitations, but none have equaled its strange sublimity.
Criterion’s DVD and Blu-ray editions of Badlands include the following features:
• New 4K digital restoration, »
Chicago – “Francis Ford Coppola: 5 Film Collection,” a four-disc/five-movie set from Lionsgate, is a unique offering in that it certainly doesn’t include “the best of” its namesake or even four movies that are thematically intertwined. There are two undeniable classics in here, two of the most important films of the ’70s, and their inclusion on Blu-ray makes the set interesting, but it’s far from a comprehensive look at the legendary director; more of a sampler set.
What would be the ideal Coppola Blu-ray set? Well, all three films of “The Godfather,” of course. (Yes, even the third one if just to complete the saga). Those aren’t here but are available in their own gorgeous Blu-ray. Then fans would probably go to “Apocalypse Now,” which is included in the Lionsgate set in two forms: the original and the very-different (and inferior) “Apocalypse Now Redux”. After that, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Netflix has held a dominant position in the movie and television streaming market since the induction of its video-on-demand service in 2007. Other companies have tried to compete, such as Amazon and Blockbuster @ Home, but so far none have been successful at taking much of the market away from Netflix.
A few months ago Redbox announced its intention to move into the streaming market by the end of the year. This move was regarded by many as the best opportunity for another company to make a dent in the market that Netflix has dominated. No specific details were released at the time, and since then it had largely been forgotten about.
Today, Redbox officially announced its new Redbox Instant by Verizon service in a press release providing a fair amount of details. I’ve broken down the highlights for you below.
The monthly fee will be $8 That fee includes 4 traditional one-night »
- Alex Lowe
Critics, Cheney apologists and liberals are at each others' throats, but film needs the scenes – as inaccurate as they are
"I'm betting that Dick Cheney will love the new movie Zero Dark Thirty," wrote New York Times columnist Frank Bruni at the weekend, firing the opening salvo in a week-long conflagration between critics and columnists on Kathryn Bigelow's new film about the hunting and killing of Osama bin Laden – more specifically, the role that torture played in that hunt.
"No waterboarding, no Bin Laden," said Bruni. "That's what Zero Dark Thirty appears to suggest."
As the awards rolled in – best film and director from the prestigious New York Film Critics Circle were quickly followed by the top honors from the National Board of Review and Boston film critics – liberal ire mounted.
"I don't believe that this film is being so well-received despite its glorification of American torture," said Glenn Greenwald in these pages, »
- Tom Shone
This story first appeared in the Dec. 21 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. It's Nov. 6, and Judd Apatow sits at a light, bright desk in his West Los Angeles "Apatower," dwarfed by a stack of papers, pondering cuts he has to make as guest editor of Vanity Fair's first-ever comedy issue. There's an article by Cameron Crowe; reams of mug shots featuring collaborators from Melissa McCarthy to Seth Rogen; an oral history of his cult TV series Freaks and Geeks; spoofs of the napalm-bombing scene in Apocalypse Now (which don't make it to the final publication);
- Stephen Galloway.
The excessive padding in Peter Jackson's 170-minute-long offering makes me think less would have been so much more
Even those free from bladder issues may be disquieted by the news that a must-see movie will demand nearly three hours of their lives. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey asks for 170 minutes. That's just to cover the first third of a children's book: over a minute's screen-time has to be extracted from each page of the source material. Some have found their initial anxiety all too justified. "The movie starts to feel like some Buddhist exercise in deliberately inflicted tedium," according to Slate's Dana Stevens, who's been far from alone in her misery.
This isn't the only film to have inflicted such torment in recent years. At a mere 154 minutes, Transformers: Dark of the Moon is up there with The Hobbit. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides challenged with its 136 minutes. »
- David Cox
Stranded, assaulted by the elements and the inhabitants of a dangerous island, and cut off from the outside world--it's been a bad trip for Lara Croft. Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix are billing this as the trailer where we get to see the "Tomb Raider" heroine make the "transition from 'survival' to 'survivor."
The latest promo expands a little more on the story (we know Lara will be responsible for protecting her ship's injured captain and finding survivors) along with a healthy dose of gameplay. "Survivor" in this context apparently means badass action heroine as we see Lara bust out some stealth kills along with a bit of brutal hand-to-hand action in the pirate village.
It's interesting to pick out a couple of borrowed shots--the last bit where she rises from the water has an "Apocalypse Now" vibe while I'm still trying to place where the broken glass/parachute sequence is from. »
- Charles Webb
Okay. So, I know what you’re thinking, ‘Universal Solider: Day of Reckoning? Why the hell should I care about the sixth entry in a series I haven’t thought about in twenty years, if ever?’ The answer is simple; the movie is damn good and incredibly ambitious. John Hyams’ second foray into the franchise after Universal Solider: Regeneration – possibly the best direct-to-video film of all time – is a mind-bending and incredibly violent epic that owes more to Apocalypse Now and Mulholland Drive than it does to the works of Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin. It is a film that demands to be seen by any serious fan of edgy action, especially those who haven’t seen any of the others. Recently, I got on the phone with Hyams to talk about the Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren and Scott Adkins vehicle, which can be seen on On-Demand, iTunes and in select 3D theaters. »
- Hunter Daniels
John Hyams’s last two films—Universal Soldier: Regeneration (2009) and Dragon Eyes (2012)—were distinguished by their keen sense of action-setpiece construction and their potent use of motion and space. Regeneration, the weightier and more accomplished of the two, even achieved a sort of tragic grandeur; its images of empty-eyed soldiers fighting ceaselessly in irradiated urban ruins play like action-movie poetry.
Hyams’ new film, however, is an ambitious radical departure—a ballsy, heady genre mutant that confirms that Hyams is something more than just a smart and talented action traditionalist. Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning—slippery, chilly, queasy—grafts an art-horror movie on to the rootstock of a violent action flick. It bears only a passing resemblance to Regeneration, and has even less in common with the original Universal Soldier (1992); in fact, the two films it brings to mind are Lost Highway and Videodrome.
Held together by an atmosphere of sustained dread, »
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Despite the fact that he’s best known for his sweeping, epic-in-scope work from the ‘70s like The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, director Francis Ford Coppola has been spending his recent years making smaller, more experimental, or at least more under the radar projects like Tetro and Twixt. Yet, even with a smaller scale bringing lower expectations, his most recent work hasn’t been able to gain the same level of esteem as the smaller films of his past, like say 1974’s The Conversation. So what does a directing legend have to do to make a dang impact in this town? Some comments he made while pushing his new five film Blu-ray box set to Inside Movies suggest that he’s planning on returning to his epic roots. When explaining why he’s recently moved from the relative seclusion of his Napa Valley vineyard to new offices at Paramount, Coppola said, “I »
- Nathan Adams
It’s been a while since audiences have had the opportunity to disappear into a world created by Francis Ford Coppola. The Oscar-winning director has been quiet of late, especially after his 2011 film Twixt (starring Val Kilmer and Elle Fanning) was met with a confused silence when it debuted on the festival circuit this year.
Now, with an upcoming five-film Blu-ray box set release, Coppola is back to fielding questions from entertainment journalists from around the globe. One informational nugget the auteur did reveal was that he had an upcoming big-budget project in the works. Coppola said that a ‘secret investor that has infinite money’ is interested in the first draft of a script he’s been working on.
Refusing to release any in-depth details, Coppola only admitted that the film is set in New York in the decades spanning from the 1920s to the late-60s. As to what »
- Laura Grande
Just when we thought Francis Ford Coppola had retreated deep into the jungles of Cambodia like the infamous Colonel Kurtz from Apocalypse Now, the Oscar-winning director has emerged from the undergrowth without a severed head in sight – and apparently he’s working on a big studio epic, albeit in way that is currently all secret and stuff. Coppola, of course, hasn’t made a studio flick since 1997′s The Rainmaker, and we all know how that turned out (not too badly, actually – apologies for making you think otherwise).
Speaking about the project, Coppola revealed he was in cahoots with “a secret investor that has infinite money”, giving us reason to believe that his investor is either a Genie or a Middle-Eastern sultan. “I learned what I learned from my three smaller films, and wanted to write a bigger film,” he went on to say, referring to his recent period making relatively unsuccessful indie movies. »
- T.J. Barnard
Between Apocalypse Now and The Godfather trilogy, Francis Ford Coppola has cemented his reputation as one of America's most influential filmmakers. Still, it's worth remembering that while these films are widely well regarded as classics now, Apocalypse Now was a major gamble that repeatedly looked like it wouldn't pay off. Decades later, Coppola is still defined by his gambles. Just last year he premiered his the horror-thriller Twixt with the wildly unconventional plan of going on tour with a series of event screenings where he would cut the thriller on the fly, based on audience response. Looking back on a career that has already spanned more than fifty years, he talked about his risk taking with EW, and gave a clue to what he's working on next, curiously confessing: I have a secret investor that has infinite money. I learned what I learned from my three smaller films, and wanted »
After his most recent film Twixt was met with some confusion at Comic-Con and received a festival run this past year, Francis Ford Coppola has been pretty quiet. Thankfully, EW recently caught up with the iconic filmmaker behind The Godfather trilogy, The Conversation, Apocalypse Now and more as a box set of five of his films is being release on Blu-Ray. Aside from looking back on those films and discussing this new release, the question was posed to the filmmaker what his next project would be. Is Coppola working on more small budget indie films like Tetro and Youth Without Youth? Actually, he's getting back to big films. Coppola divulged only a few details on this new mystery project saying: "I have a secret investor that has infinite money. I learned what I learned from my three smaller films, and wanted to write a bigger film. I’ve been writing it. »
- Ethan Anderton
You would you have to go back all the way to 1997's "The Rainmaker" to see Francis Ford Coppola's last fully fledged studio picture. Since then, the legendary director has been following his own muse, taking on ambitious if not always entirely successful features made outside of Hollywood, resulting in a trio of pictures: the fantasy "Youth Without Youth," the black-and-white sibling drama "Tetro" and the 3D horror "Twixt." Coppola has long talked about enjoying the freedom that comes with independence, but sometimes you need someone with big pockets to help bring certain stories to life, and it looks like the 73-year-old filmmaker is ready to deliver another big, epic picture. Coppola recently chatted with EW to talk about the new 5-film Blu-ray box set of his work that includes "Apocalypse Now," "Apocalypse Now Redux," "The Conversation," "Tetro" and "One From The Heart" (yeah, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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