4 items from 2011
The next new “Sherlock Holmes” movie is out, and if you loved the first film, it’s more of what you loved — more slam-bang Victorian action, more whimsically anachronistic dialogue, more sly homoerotic innuendo and of course, more Robert Downey Jr. doing what he does best, which is to say, upend every convention »
- Jeff Yang
Though his career’s wandered down plenty of other interesting (Smoke) and less interesting (Because Of Winn-Dixie) paths, director Wayne Wang will always best be known as the premier chronicler of the lives of Chinese-Americans and Chinese in America on screen, from his influential debut Chan Is Missing to The Joy Luck Club. It’s a subject he’s returned to recently with 2007’s digitally shot double feature A Thousand Years Of Good Prayers and The Princess Of Nebraska, and in Snow Flower And The Secret Fan, he takes a step further, setting the film entirely in China. Adapted »
The calm before the blockbuster storm. This weekend's offerings are mostly limited releases from notable film festivals. For starters we have the the critically-acclaimed Amardillo, A Screaming Man and The Princess of Montpensier making their post-Cannes debuts. And if that isn't your cup of tea there's always The Imperialists Are Still Alive! and The Double Hour, as choices because other than that, I wouldn’t put much stock in studio fares like Wes Craven’s reboot-rehash Scream 4. U.S Indie Atlas Shrugged: Part I - Paul Johansson - Rocky Mountain Pics. This questionable adaptation of Ayn Rand’s free-market manifesto is short on acting, story and production value. With computer-generated bullet trains and dystopian cityscapes, more suited for the syfy channel, this film from first-time producer John Agialoro was dead on arrival. Just ask Casey Jones. : 27% : 29.8% The Conspirator - Robert Redford - Roadside Attractions. Redford's period piece »
Ron Bass (who’s wrote both Rain Man and Entrapment, so there’s that) has written an Albert Einstein biopic, and the hit-or-miss Wayne Wang (Chan Is Missing, Last Holiday) will direct it. The project’s titled Einstein for now. Because, you know, it’s about the German mathematician.
Paul Schiff will produce the film for Hollywood Studios International while Hsi CEO Steven Saxton will executive produce, as will Eric Christenson, the Hsi Films President. Koldo Eguren of Hero Pictures is executive producing also, as well as Golan Ramras of Go Long Productions, who’s on as producer.
Here’s the film’s trajectory via press release [Deadline]:
“[Einstein] chronicles the true inspirational story of the trials, tragedies and vindication of the single-most celebrated scientist of the 20th century. Torn between the burdens of a family and his restless pursuit of unlocking the mysteries of the universe, he not only achieved »
- Dan Mecca
4 items from 2011
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