9 items from 2010
Good ideas rarely make it through the Hollywood system without being ripped off and imitated, and actually, come to think of it, the same can probably be said for bad ideas as well. I'm still not sure which category DreamWorks' Real Steel falls into, but it looks like it's about to get some direct competition courtesy of Mandeville Films (Surrogates, Beverly Hills Chihuahua). When the first photo  from Real Steel debuted online last week, a lot of people joked about the similarity to the classic '60s toy Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots. Now it looks like there is actually a real Rock' Em Sock 'Em Robots movie in development... that's right, yet another damn toy movie. According to Pajiba , Mandeville and Mattel are teaming up for a movie based around the red and blue boxing robots. However, where Real Steel seems to focus on the human characters who control the robots, »
Mattel is developing a feature film based on the plastic boxing Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em robots and has attached Wolfgang Petersen to direct this Oscar-bound opus of originality.
Instead, the “Gladiator meets Iron Man” story is about a robot who becomes part human and part machine. Does this mean his head won’t pop up? Kurt Wimmer (Equilibrium, the worst parts of Law Abiding Citizen) is possibly on board to write the script.
The trend to turn toys into movies is still baffling, aside from the millions made by Transformers, but at least there’s material to »
- Jeff Leins
Directors: Samuel Maoz
Writers: Samuel Maoz
Review by: kilowog
Rating: 5 out of 10
Far too often the major international film festivals choose to award artistically indulgent films with their highest accolades and proclamations; Lebanon is one of those films having won the Golden Lion at this past Venice Film Festival. Written and directed by Israeli filmmaker, Samuel Maoz, Lebanon is a tightly compacted 93 minutes and details the first 24 hours of the Israeli invasion of the neighboring country back in 1982. Set for all for but a few scenes within the confines of a cold steel tank, the crew manages to fill out your typical army platoon; the true soldier, the coward, the guy who quietly follows orders and the guy who probably should have, and this is one of the reasons why this film fails to resonate. Unlike The Hurt Locker there are no conversations of character and in turn, »
Cologne, Germany -- Cinematographer Jost Vacano ("Starship Troopers") has won a key legal victory in his legal battle to secure residuals for his work on Wolfgang Petersen's 1981 boxoffice hit "Das Boot."
Vacano was paid DM180,000 (around $114,000) for his lensing of the anti-war classic. The film won an Oscar for best foreign language film and Vacano's camerawork picked up an Academy Award nomination. "Das Boot" has earned an estimated $100 million at the boxoffice world-wide and substantially more on home video and DVD.
A German court of appeals has upheld a lower court ruling supporting Vacano in his efforts to find out how much producers Bavaria and public network Wdr have made from "Das Boot" since 2002. The court ruled the producers have to open their books. Only then can Vacano try and prove he is owed further compensation.
The court, however, said Vacano does not have a right to information about »
- By Scott Roxborough
Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire visionary directors of our time? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile, we ask the filmmaker the incredibly arduous task of identifying their top ten list of all time favorite films. This June we profile Ralph Ziman who will see his third film, Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema receive a limited release in New York, Los Angeles and Houston on June 11th. Here's his Top 10 as of June 2010. - Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire visionary directors of our time? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile (read here), we ask the filmmaker the incredibly arduous task of identifying their top ten list of all time favorite films. This June we profile Ralph Ziman who will see his third film, Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema receive a limited release in New York, Los Angeles and Houston on June 11th via Anchor Bay Ent. »
Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire visionary directors of our time? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile (read here), we ask the filmmaker the incredibly arduous task of identifying their top ten list of all time favorite films. This June we profile Ralph Ziman who will see his third film, Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema receive a limited release in New York, Los Angeles and Houston on June 11th via Anchor Bay Ent. Here's his Top 10 as of June 2010. Apocalypse Now - Francis Ford Coppola (1979) "War is hell. Coppola’s masterpiece. Saw it when it came out. It was mind blowing." A Clockwork Orange - Stanley Kubrick (1971) "Stanley Kubrick at his best. Perverse, insane, and technically brilliant." Das Boot - Wolfgang Petersen (1981) "Made me understand how war affects the people who fight it. Claustrophobic and masterful. So cinematic, yet shot in such a small environment." Heat - »
The former Israeli tank gunner turned award-winning director talks about his controversial film, Lebanon, and why he's still in the line of fire
Samuel Maoz was 20 years old when he killed a man for the first time. It was 1982 and Israel had recently begun fighting a war against the Plo and Syria in Lebanon, a campaign which, although supposed to last for just three weeks, would continue, in various guises, for 18 bloody and horrifying years. Maoz, an Israeli soldier by dint of the fact that he was still doing his national service when the war began, was a member of the tank corps. Specifically, he was a gunner. At 6.15am on 6 June, in the stony hills of southern Lebanon, he looked down the sight of the gun of his rackety, ageing tank. In the crosshairs was a small truck. It was speeding down a dirt track towards him, its middle-aged »
- Rachel Cooke
With an amazing number of classics under his belt, Steven Spielberg is arguably the highest-profile filmmaker in Hollywood. As such, his history is rife with collaborations with his peers on films like “Gremlins” and “Back to the Future.” But until now, nobody has known of his involvement with the children’s classic, “The Neverending Story,” and how George Lucas influenced the American cut.
In 1983, Spielberg was riding high with nine Oscar nominations for “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (his team would take home four statues that year). At the same time, a little-known German filmmaker named Wolfgang Petersen traveled to the United States for his hyper-suspenseful submarine thriller “Das Boot,” which was up for six Academy Awards.
The two directors met and became friends, with Spielberg soliciting Petersen for opinions on where in Europe to shoot “Schindler’s List.” With a bond formed, Petersen decided to approach Spielberg about a German-produced film called “The Neverending Story, »
- Brian Jacks
Benno Furmann Scales A Slippery Slope
German actor Benno Furmann was born in Berlin-Kreuzberg in 1972, cutting his acting chops on two high-profile German miniseries in his late teens, and then moved to the States shortly thereafter to study acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in New York. After appearing in high-profile titles such as Richard Loncraine's My House in Umbria, the Oscar-nominated Ww I drama Merry Christmas, the Wachowski brothers' Speed Racer, and Christian Petzold's Jerichow, Benno Feurmann's star is further on the rise with the U.S. release of North Face, director Philipp Stoelzl's harrowing drama about two moutaineers (Furmann and Florian Lukas) in 1936 attempting to scale Switzerland's foreboding Eiger moutain, with the Nazi propaganda machine prodding them on what is seemingly a suicide mission for the glory of the Fatherland. Winner of the 2009 German Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay, the film co-stars Johanna Wokalek, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
9 items from 2010
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