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We first reported on this project back in October 2013, when Pierce Brosnan signed on to play a successful book publisher whose friendship with a young I.T. consultant goes awry. The publisher soon finds his life being turned upside down, as his former friend begins threatening everything and everyone close to him.
William Wisher Jr. (The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Abyss, Live Free or Die Hard) has signed on to rewrite the original script by Daniel Kay, and he will also serve as co-executive producer. Nicolas Chartier and Craig J. Flores are producing through their Voltage Pictures company, alongside Friendly Films' David T. Friendly and Pierce Brosnan's producing partner Beau St. Clair. No production schedule was given, but Voltage will be selling the project »
Steven Quale’s career seems to have been constantly submerged in water. Having worked with James Cameron back on The Abyss, their relationship has meant Quale’s involvement on multiple projects including Titanic and a co-director credit on the documentary Aliens Of The Deep. Quale’s solo feature directorial debut was on Final Destination 5, which wasted no time in plunging most of its cast into water, though they were mostly followed by rather heavy and deadly objects.
We caught up for a chat with Mr Quale to discuss his experiences of soaking actors in water and the challenges of filming a special effects heavy blockbuster, while managing to present a film with a new narrative perspective, as Into The Storm incorporates a first-person perspective into its story, »
The Supporting Actress Smackdown of '89 arrives on Sunday August 31st, two weeks from now. We'll be celebrating 1989 here and there until then as "the year of the month". You need to get your votes in, too, (instructions at the end of the post). If you've wandered in from elsewhere and are like, "What's a Smackdown?," here's how it started and here's last month's entry on 1973 with its companion podcast. The year in question this time is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
no, these ladies are not the panelists
The Smackdown Panel for August
Without further ado let's meet the voices who will be watching and discussing the '89 hits Steel Magnolias and Parenthood. They'll also be sounding off on the Oscar-winning bio My Left Foot and the underseen actressy curio Enemies: A Love Story. Stay tuned.
Kevin B Lee
Kevin B. Lee is a filmmaker, film critic and »
- NATHANIEL R
As production looms for the pilot episode of HBO’s televisual Westworld adaptation, the cast continues to grow. When you have to create a whole creepy theme park and fill it with people, a large cast is to be expected.
Last week we brought you the news that Jeffrey Wright (Boardwalk Empire), Rodrigo Santoro (both 300 movies and Dominion), Shannon Woodward (Raising Hope), Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (Hercules), Angela Srafyan (The Good Guys) and Simon Quarterman (The Devil Inside) were all joining Anthony Hopkins on the show. Cyclops himself, James Marsden, also joined the ranks yesterday (although Film Divider had revealed his involvement some time ago).
Ed Harris is heading to TV in a villainous role.
The “Apollo 13″ and “The Abyss” actor has signed on to join HBO’s “Westworld” in key evil role, Variety has confirmed. He joins an already-announced cast of Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright and Shannon Woodward.
Harris will star as The Man in Black, described as the “distillation of pure villainy into one man.”
J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Bad Robot’s Bryan Burk are producing the adaptation of Michael Crichton’s 1973 film, which followed a robot malfunction that led to terror in a theme park. “Person of Interest’s” Jonathan Nolan will produce and direct the Warner Bros. Television one-hour drama, and co-wrote the pilot with exec producer Lisa Joy. Kathy Lingg serves as co-executive producer, with Athena Wickham as a producer, David Coatsworth as co-executive producer and line producer and Susie Ekins as co-producer.
The role is a return to HBO for Harris. »
- Alex Stedman
The four-time Oscar nominee’s character is called The Man in Black, and is described as “the distillation of pure villainy into one man.” He joins previously cast star — and fellow series television newcomer—Anthony Hopkins, along with Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, and Shannon Woodward.
The Warner Bros.-produced sci-fi pilot produced by J.J Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, and Bryan Burk updates Michael Crichton’s 1973 classic film about a theme park where androids fulfill dark human desires. »
- James Hibberd
Add one more to the growing population of “Westworld.” Veteran actor Ed Harris has joined the Warner Bros. Television/HBO production, TheWrap has learned. Harris will play the ultimate baddie, The Man in Black, who's described by project's producers as “the distillation of pure villainy into one man.” This is a return to HBO for Harris. Previously, he garnered a Golden Globe award and Emmy nomination for “Game Change.” The actor's many film credits include “Gravity,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “The Abyss” and “The Rock.” Harris will soon be seen in the upcoming feature film Run All Night, starring opposite Liam Neeson and Joel. »
- Jethro Nededog
Coming between "Aliens" and "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," James Cameron's "The Abyss" is for better or worse, not as well remembered as either of those films. That said, few films would be, sandwiched inside two game-changing, blockbuster, sci-fi movies. But 25 years ago, on August 9th, Cameron delivered his underwater thriller well before he would make "Titanic," or take a submarine to the Mariana Trench, and while the weekend kept us busy, this making-of documentary might be a good way to kick off your week. Running one hour long, this doc kicks off with a bang, with the director underwater announcing: "I'm James Cameron, and I want to take you into a world of cold and darkness, and unrelenting pressure — the movie business." It then cuts to Cameron sit down interview where he announces that his aspirations: "If I couldn't do when '2001: A Space Odyssey' did for science »
- Kevin Jagernauth
“Twenty five years. Makes a girl think.” So said Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot, and she was rarely wrong about anything, except maybe her taste in husbands. Cinematically, an awful lot can happen in 25 years and Hollywood as we know it today, emerged from seismic developments that took place a quarter of a century ago. 1989 was a game-changer; an absolutely pivotal year in the evolution of 21st century Hollywood. Chances are, whatever you watch at the multiplex this weekend will be genetically traceable to that dark, iPad-less, internetless, Jedwardless time. For those of us who are not going gentle into the dark night of their forties, the specific date of this Big Bang was August 11th 1989. That was the day that Batman finally opened in the UK.
I had never seen a line of people actually queuing around the block, except in vintage documentaries about Star Wars, but »
- Cai Ross
For John Bruno, it was surreal directing James Cameron's record-breaking solo voyage into the deepest part of the ocean in the Mariana Trench for the "Deepsea Challenge 3D" doc. That's because the journey into the abyss this time was real after first working with Cameron as VFX supervisor on "The Abyss" 26 years ago. "In 1988, those of us who worked on the film, 'The Abyss,' thought that it was the ultimate stress test. We had T-shirts made that read: 'You can’t scare me. I worked on The Abyss.' But no one's life was at risk back then. It was just a movie. 'Deepsea Challenge' was different. It was life imitating art and the stakes were real. Someone could die. The success or failure of the Challenger mission was in the hands of a very small guerrilla team of brilliant mathematical, mechanical, and electronic geniuses, most of »
- Bill Desowitz
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at one of directing’s biggest A-listers of them all. The filmmaker in question? Well, that would be James Cameron, of course. A filmmaker who also does his best to literally change the world, Cameron is pretty special. In many ways, he really is the king of the world, so it’s only appropriate that we take a look at him in this particular article series. In any event, here we go now. Cameron got his start working behind the scenes on low budget exploitation before being given a chance to direct Piranha Part Two: The Spawning. He was fired from that project, but still has a credit. If ever there was an outlier on a resume, it’s that one. From there, he set out to make a true first feature, one that turned out to be none other than The Terminator. »
- Joey Magidson
The film's main subject isn't supposed to be Cameron himself but rather his record-breaking submarine voyage to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest recorded spot on Earth. But Deepsea Challenge has too little interest in anything that's not Cameron's personal experience. The film begins with a dramatized account of Cameron's boyhood fantasies of oceanic exploration.
After that, he explains how his filmmaking career has dovetailed with his yen for deep-sea diving, from writing and directing The Abyss in 1989 to using remote-controlled robots to explore the Titanic's wreckage in 20 »
At ten o’clock on the evening of Saturday 26 July, as the lights dimmed inside a 159-seat auditorium inside Wrocław’s nine-screen Kino Nowe Horyzonty, the resounding ambience consisted of chatter, cheers, the clatter of glass bottles and that inimitable sea of punchy hisses as the capacity audience cracked open one beer can after another.
They’d come for a triple bill: Amir Shervan’s Samurai Cop (1989), Don Dohler’s Nightbeast (1982) and Arizal’s American Hunter (1990). Numbers had depleted and decibels had doubled by the time the lights came back on at around quarter-to-three the next morning. The marathon formed part of ‘Midnight Madness: VHS’, the late-night retrospective at New Horizons, western Poland’s excellent film festival, whose annual program also boasts some of the most dependable arthouse titles from the previous twelve months.
Had anybody been observing the scene of ordered anarchy that night, they may have »
- Michael Pattison
Let no one suggest that James Cameron doesn’t put his mouth — and the rest of his body — where his money is. When he isn’t busy tugging at the boundaries of the modern Hollywood blockbuster, the director and National Geographic “explorer-in-residence” lives a lifestyle worthy of one of his own protagonists, whether scouring the real-life wreckage of the Titanic or plummeting into the depths of the Mariana Trench. That last expedition (conducted in 2012) is scrupulously documented by Cameron’s longtime visual effects supervisor John Bruno and co-directors Andrew Wight and Ray Quint in the 3D “Deepsea Challenge,” which follows Cameron as he attempts to re-create the historic 1960 trench dive by Swiss oceanographer Jacques Piccard and U.S. Navy Lt. Don Walsh. While watching Cameron get in touch with his inner Jacques Cousteau won’t be to everyone’s taste, fans of the director and oceanography gearheads should swoon to the immersive, »
- Scott Foundas
San Diego Comic-Con now in full swing, Universal has announced a host of new in-development comic-to-tv adaptations, including an as-yet untitled collaboration between Warren Ellis and Gale Anne Hurd's production company.
First up is a TV version of Frank Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham's Five Ghosts, a 1930s-set adventure story about a treasure hunter with the titular number of spectres living inside him. The twist (as if that premise needs more) is that said ghosts are literary phantoms Merlin, Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes, Musashi and Dracula, all of whose abilities the hunter can dip into as necessary. Sounds pretty exciting, huh? Ucp agrees, and has optioned the TV rights to the series. The headache of portraying all that on the screen belongs to pilot writer Evan Daugherty (Snow White And The Huntsman »
Thirty years ago, a killing machine from 2029—assuming the form of an Austrian bodybuilder—arrived with a lethal directive to alter the future. That he certainly did. The Terminator, made for $6.4 million by a couple of young disciples of B-movie king Roger Corman, became one of the defining sci-fi touchstones of all time. Its $38 million gross placed it outside of the top-20 box-office releases for 1984, yet the film grew into a phenomenon, spawning a five-picture franchise that’s taken in $1.4 billion to date and securing a place on the National Film Registry, which dubbed it “among the finest science-fiction films in many decades. »
- Joe McGovern
For the second day of our Stan Winston Week celebration, I wanted to shine the spotlight on another monster movie that I’ve always enjoyed, but it never seemed to get as much love as I thought it should- George P. Cosmatos’ Leviathan. It’s a movie that wasn’t perfect by any means, but it was endlessly entertaining all the same, featuring a top-notch ensemble and tons of wonderfully weird and creepy creature effects created by Winston and his team of artists.
Starring Peter Weller, Richard Crenna, Daniel Stern, Ernie Hudson, Amanda Pays, Hector Elizondo, Meg Foster, Michael Carmine and Lisa Eilbacher, Leviathan was released in theaters everywhere on March 17, 1989 and took a respectable second place for the weekend, right behind Chevy Chase’s Fletch Lives. It only stayed in theaters for a total of three weeks, but still managed to haul in over $15 million during that run, which »
- Heather Wixson
Steven Quale, a James Cameron protege whose credits grew from production assistant on The Abyss to, eventually, second unit director on Titianic, surprised a lot of audiences in 2011 with his solo directing debut, Final Destination 5. Now shockingly well regarded for what appeared on the surface to be just another attempt at a fading horror franchise, Final Destination 5 delivered an inspired take on the series beloved for both its stylish special effects gore and its wickedly clever twist ending. Now, with Into Storm hitting theaters August 8, Quale is getting ready to deliver his sophomore feature, a disaster thriller that trades in Final Destination's supernatural terror for true-science horror, imagining an all-out weather worst-case-scenario that hits a small town, unfolding over the course of less than a single day, primarily told through three intertwining stories. »
Scream! Factory is bringing the underwater cult classic Leviathan to Blu-ray for the first time on August 19. It was one of three big underwater films released during 1989; the other two were James Cameron's The Abyss, and Deep Star Six.
Leviathan stars Peter Weller, Richard Crenna, Amanda Pays, Daniel Stern, Ernie Hudson, Michael Carmine, Lisa Eilbacher and Hector Elizondo in the story of a deep sea mining team that stumbles upon a genetic experiment that has gone horrifically wrong. A storm rages above leaving no escape as one by one the crew becomes infected by the disease.
For its Blu-ray debut, Scream! Factory is packing the Leviathan Blu-ray with new interviews from actors Hector Elizondo, Ernie Hudson and creature effects artists Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr., as well as the original theatrical trailer.
Leviathan on Blu-ray will be presented in 2.35:1 1080p video and 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio. It can »
When you sign onto a film, obviously your hope is that it will be smooth sailing. You’ll get along with the cast, the director will be nice to you, you’ll be shooting in a tropical paradise, and you’ll generally have an awesome experience that you’ll spend the entirety of the press tour gushing about. Yeah. That would be nice. Unfortunately, as glamorous as the film industry can appear, this is pretty much a pipe dream. Sure, every once in a while you get lucky, but you can’t bank on that.
That’s why, a lot of times, you’ll see directors and actors working together over and over again. It’s that fear of the unknown — they’re just trying to minimize the chances of having a bad set experience. Because everyone who works in the movie industry has at least one personal »
- Audrey Fox
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