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Warren Beatty’s ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Will Open AFI Fest 2016

30 August 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Los Angeles’ own AFI Fest has been growing in stature under the leadership of director Jacqueline Lyanga over the past few years. It’s also become the go-to destination for late-breaking movies eager to gain attention right before the year-end awards season. Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” and Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” debuted at AFI Fest (taking place this year from November 10–17) before becoming Best Picture contenders. Last year, Paramount launched Adam McKay’s “The Big Short” into the awards stratosphere.

After taking his usual deliberate time to complete and burnish his latest film “Rules Don’t Apply,” writer-producer-director-star Warren Beatty is finally unveiling the period Hollywood comedy about Howard Hughes. Produced by Arnon Milchan (whose “The Revenant,” “The Big Short,” “Birdman” and “12 Years a Slave” all won Oscars, three years in a row), “Rules Don’t Apply” starring Beatty in the title role, will launch AFI Fest on Thursday, »

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NYC Weekend Watch: Madonna, ‘In the City of Sylvia,’ ‘Amadeus’ & More

26 August 2016 8:59 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

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Body of Work” presents Madonna’s more-impressive-than-you-think filmography, including the 25th-anniversary restoration of Truth or Dare. This weekend offers A League of Their Own, Desperately Seeking Susan, Shadows and Fog, and Dick Tracy.

Fantastic Mr. Fox screens on Saturday.

Film Forum

Double-billings continue with Hitchcock-Polanski, Reed-Welles, and Kelly- / Donen-Minelli.

A restoration of Howards End has begun its run. »

- Nick Newman

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"A Commercial Piece of Shit": Madonna on Film

25 August 2016 6:28 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

In his elephantine sixth edition of The New Biographical Dictionary of Film (2014), critic David Thomson reserves his most scathing, uncharitable critique for Madonna. To him, her mere existence on film is an affront to the medium itself. He finds that she is incapable of understanding the art of acting, and spends the space of nine paragraphs belaboring the point. “There is nothing in Madonna to be advertised,”he writes, “except for her ironic, deflecting contempt. She is an ad for advertising.”It is a curiously mean-spirited entry in a book filled with thoughtful, sympathetic reconsiderations of women whom critics wrote off in their time. Thomson’s entries on Tippi Hedren and Kim Novak are among his most articulate and impassioned. Yet Thomson is utterly heartless when it comes to Madonna, suspecting that “[s]he is disappointed about something, and hugely driven by resentment.” Thomson wasn’t exactly staking out a contrarian position. »

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Warren Beatty to Receive Museum of the Moving Image’s 30th Annual Salute

2 August 2016 9:58 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Warren Beatty will soon have yet another feather to add to his cap. The actor, producer, screenwriter and director — who’s already received two Oscars, four Golden Globes and even a Blockbuster Entertainment Award — will be honored with Museum of the Moving Image’s 30th annual Salute on November 2. Michael Barker and Ivan L. Lustig, who serve as co-chairmen of the Museum’s Board of Trustees, announced the news today.

Read More: Is Warren Beatty’s Alden Ehrenreich-Starrer ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Too Funny for Oscar?

Warren Beatty helped invent the new Hollywood with the fresh, distinctly modern sensibility he has brought to his work in front of and behind the camera,” said Barker in a statement. “He makes movies that are bold, provocative, and entertaining, and he has had astonishing and prolonged success as an actor, director, producer, and writer. He has been one of the most beloved »

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Is Warren Beatty’s Alden Ehrenreich-Starrer ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Too Funny for Oscar?

20 July 2016 6:11 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Warren Beatty is a known entity in Hollywood. He’s a brilliant and controlling writer-director-producer-star who will talk anyone’s ear off. He’s indecisive. He will take as much time as he can get to burnish a movie to glossy perfection. And he’s hell-bent on success. That’s why he’s Warren Beatty.

But he’s less well known to the general moviegoing public.

While he’s consistently brilliant, from “Heaven Can Wait” and “Bonnie and Clyde” to “Dick Tracy,” he’s also known for dramatic box office highs and lows. He’s had amazing successes, such as 1982 classic period romance “Reds,” which won three Oscars (including Beatty’s only win, as Best Director). Over the decades Beatty has been nominated for 14 Oscars, and received the Thalberg Award. But he also starred in such over-budget flops as $90-million “Town and Country” (2001, $6 .7 million domestic), which was “directed by Peter Chelsolm, »

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Is Warren Beatty’s Alden Ehrenreich-Starrer ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Too Funny for Oscar?

20 July 2016 6:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Warren Beatty is a known entity in Hollywood. He’s a brilliant and controlling writer-director-producer-star who will talk anyone’s ear off. He’s indecisive. He will take as much time as he can get to burnish a movie to glossy perfection. And he’s hell-bent on success. That’s why he’s Warren Beatty.

But he’s less well known to the general moviegoing public.

While he’s consistently brilliant, from “Heaven Can Wait” and “Bonnie and Clyde” to “Dick Tracy,” he’s also known for dramatic box office highs and lows. He’s had amazing successes, such as 1982 classic period romance “Reds,” which won three Oscars (including Beatty’s only win, as Best Director). Over the decades Beatty has been nominated for 14 Oscars, and received the Thalberg Award. But he’s also responsible for such over-budget flops as $90-million “Town and Country” (2001, $6 .7 million domestic) which he produced and »

- Anne Thompson

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New La La Land, Loving trailers and Rogue One featurette top our weekly news roundup!

15 July 2016 8:47 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

New La La Land, Loving trailers and Rogue One featurette top our weekly news roundup!New La La Land, Loving trailers and Rogue One featurette top our weekly news roundup!Scott Goodyer7/15/2016 10:47:00 Am

This week we got insight into at least two of our most anticipated films of this year. Damien Chazelle's first trailer for La La Land looks incredible, and is currently in the running for the best trailer we've seen all year, and this morning we got some new footage from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story! Not to mention the first trailer for Jeff Nichols' Loving, which will surely be a big player at the Oscars.

Check out our round-up of this weeks movie news below! La La Land

After seeing (and loving) Whiplash, we knew we would follow director Damien Chazelle wherever he went. And it seems he’s gone to the »

- Scott Goodyer

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Rules Don't Apply for Lily Collins and Alden Ehrenreich in first trailer for Warren Beatty's new film

14 July 2016 12:34 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Rules Don't Apply for Lily Collins and Alden Ehrenreich in first trailer for Warren Beatty's new filmRules Don't Apply for Lily Collins and Alden Ehrenreich in first trailer for Warren Beatty's new filmAdriana Floridia7/14/2016 2:34:00 Pm

It's been nearly twenty years since we saw famous actor/director Warren Beatty behind the camera, and in 2016, he's back.

His new film, Rules Don't Apply, tells the story of an aspiring actress (Lily Collins) and her driver (Alden Ehrenreich) who both work for billionaire Howard Hughes (Beatty). From the first trailer, it looks like a quirky romance, and has a rather impressive cast, from the up and coming young leads, to Beatty's real life wife Annette Bening.

Beatty is best known for directing the critically acclaimed films Reds, Dick Tracy and Bulworth, and so his return to the big screen is definitely welcome. We're also pretty excited about the casting of Ehrenreich, »

- Adriana Floridia

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‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Trailer: Warren Beatty Stars as Howard Hughes In 1950’s Hollywood Rom-Com

14 July 2016 7:24 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Warren Beatty’s new romantic comedy “Rules Don’t Apply” follows an aspiring actress, a lovable driver, and the eccentric Hollywood legend Howard Hughes (played by Beatty himself) as they struggle with each other’s own idiosyncrasies. Set in Hollywood in 1958, small town beauty queen and Baptist virgin Marla Mabrey (Lily Collins) arrives to Los Angeles to work under Howard Hughes. At the airport, she meets her driver Frank Forbes (Alden Ehrenreich), a religious Methodist who’s engaged to be married to his middle school sweetheart. Soon they fall for each other, and their attraction puts their respective religious convictions to the test, and also places them in violation of Hughes’ #1 rule: No employee will have a relationship with a contract actress. But as Hughes’ behavior becomes more erratic and strange, it intersects with Marla and Frank’s lives in challenging, compelling ways, leaving no one unchanged. The film also »

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Why Dick Tracy 2 never happened

15 June 2016 6:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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The Dick Tracy movie was a defining summer blockbuster, yet somehow never got a sequel. Here's why...

Make no mistake, the 1990 Dick Tracy movie was intended to be the next Batman. That's amusing when you consider how much of a debt Batman comics owed the grotesque rogues' gallery of Chester Gould's Dick Tracy comic strips. But from a box-office perspective, this is where things stood as we headed into the summer of 1990. And as surely as Batman launched a franchise that has continued (in some form or another) for 25-plus years, so too did Disney have ambitions for Dick Tracy 2.

Just as Bat-merchandise had begun to flood shelves in early spring of 1989, so did Dick Tracy trading cards, bubble gum, a remarkably ugly (but strangely appealing) line of action figures from Playmates (who ruled the world at that moment with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles license), making-of books, and (best of all) new reprints of the original daily and Sunday comic strips. That's a fairly optimistic program of licensing, and that doesn't even include the T-shirts, bath towels, and other novelties that followed.

The Batman similarities even extended to the minimalist movie posters, which featured an outline of Warren Beatty in primary-coloured profile, or speaking into a two-way wrist radio promising "I'm on my way." Disney's marketing department perhaps overestimated the recognisability and mass market appeal of the character, who hadn't been seen in live-action since the mid-50s, and who last actually made it to television in any form as part of a poorly-animated (and horrifically racist) Saturday morning cartoon in the '60s. Batman, on the other hand, was still an indelible pop culture icon, thanks in no small part to the inescapable presence of the Adam West TV series in syndication throughout the decade.

After Tim Burton's star-studded Batman dominated the summer of 1989 with a $250 million American haul (over $400 million worldwide), and since Dick Tracy had similar elements (top drawer celebrities in ridiculous makeup, remarkable set design, the biggest pop star of the era providing a soundtrack), studio expectations were probably stratospheric. Instead, Dick Tracy finished its theatrical run with a far more modest $162 million worldwide. While still a hefty profit over the film's $47 million budget, those certainly weren't Batman numbers, and brightly colored Dick Tracy merchandise stayed on shelves well past its Christmas 1990 sell by date.

Batmania, this wasn't. In the aftermath of the film's box office, Disney's Jeffrey Katzenberg would pen his infamous 1991 memo (which in turn inspired the film Jerry Maguire, many years later).

Dick Tracy did, however, manage to win three Oscars (two more than Batman), well-deserved ones for makeup and art direction, and a less surefire one for the Stephen Sondheim-penned and Madonna sung 'I Always Get My Man'. Even that is less puzzling than the Best Supporting Actor nomination for Al Pacino, whose slide into shouty, slouchy self-parody can perhaps be traced directly to his role as Alphonse 'Big Boy' Caprice in this film.

Dick Tracy received a somewhat less enthusiastic critical reception as well, and it's easy to see why. Despite Richard Sylbert's eye-popping and perfectly comic strip visuals, the film is remarkably thin on story, full of lifeless characters painted broadly even by blockbuster standards, and makes little use of the world's most enduring creations, the villains, virtually all of whom end up full of lead or otherwise dispatched by the film's end.

With all of the above in mind, it's almost no wonder that Dick Tracy 2 was an impossibility. Setting aside the fact that the novelty of seeing so many of the iconic villains on screen at once (William Forsythe's Flattop was a particularly memorable creation), trying to duplicate the almost absurd parade of talent on display under the makeup (including Dustin Hoffman as well as gangster movie luminaries James Caan and Paul Sorvino) for a sequel would have been a fool's errand.

But it's nothing so simple as story or economics that have kept Dick Tracy in the pen. After all, Hollywood has mounted franchise attempts no less Quixotic for lesser films, and it's surprising that there hasn't been any reboot traction for the property, either. That's because, as usual, you can blame lawyers.

Warren Beatty first acquired the rights to Dick Tracy from comic strip publishers Tribune Media in 1985. At some point, these rights were supposed to revert to Tribune if no new Tracy projects were forthcoming from Beatty, as long as they requested them via some legal gymnastics and a two-year notification process (that window would allow Warren Beatty enough time to make another Dick Tracy movie before handing the character over).

Tribune tried to make this happen in 2002, but for legal reasons that I'm not qualified to understand let alone write about, their claim was rejected after Beatty filed a suit indicating that the proper procedures weren't followed, the two-year window wasn't respected, and he still had plans to make a sequel. The case was resolved in his favour. Since then, Beatty has retained the rights, presumably with the same two-year window in place to allow him to make another movie should Tribune come knocking.

That three-year period, from when Tribune tried to exercise their claim on the Dick Tracy rights to when the suit was resolved, still doesn't account for the decade since then. At the time, Mr. Beatty claimed that Tribune's attempt to get the rights back made progress on his own Dick Tracy sequel "impossible." But considering that Beatty has never been known as the most prolific filmmaker or actor, moving at a deliberate pace with all of his projects, the fact that Dick Tracy 2 never materialised shouldn't surprise anyone.

But there always seem to be plans afoot for more...

Periodically, Warren Beatty makes some noises about his intention to make Dick Tracy 2, although I suspect this is posturing to allow him to hold on to the rights. I did reach out to representatives for Beatty to see if he'd be willing to offer some comment on this, but as of this writing, nobody has responded. 

“I’m gonna make another one," Mr. Beatty told a crowd at the Hero Complex Festival in 2011. “I think it’s dumb talking about movies before you make them. I just don’t do it. It gives you the perfect excuse to avoid making them.” This was probably a self-directed jab at the fact that he hasn't made a movie since 2001, but as with many things related to this project, I have to wonder if occasionally expressing a public desire to make Dick Tracy 2 is all that stands between Beatty and another battle with Tribune. 

In a strange maneuvre that was simply a required flexing of creative muscle to satisfy some minimum legal requirement, Beatty even donned the yellow overcoat and fedora in 2011 for the Dick Tracy Special. Beatty appears in character as Dick Tracy to give an interview with film critic Leonard Maltin, where he, as Tracy, refers to Warren Beatty...the actor who played him. "He was no Ralph Byrd or even Morgan Conway," Beatty/Tracy cracks, referencing two classic live-action Dicks from the '30s and '40s, "but I have to admit he looked remarkably like me."

No, really. See for yourself:

More recently, Beatty still made some noises about his plans to make Dick Tracy 2. This seems as unlikely now as it did five years ago.

The lawsuit that allowed Beatty to retain control of the Dick Tracy rights may have also scuttled all plans to revive the character in other media. In 2005, Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, along with Bobby Newmyer and Scott Strauss, struck a deal with Tribune to develop a live-action Dick Tracy TV series, which would have brought the famed detective into the present day. More powerful than tommy guns, a team of lawyers put a stop to that before it got off the ground.

Reportedly, these same legal issues even put the brakes on a plan by Powers creators Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming to kick off a new Dick Tracy comic book series (it's tough to imagine a more perfect creative team for that). In other words, the same thing that kept Dick Tracy 2 from happening, has also essentially retired the detective from any and all potential new adventures. So, not only will we never see a sequel to the 1990 film (which is probably for the best), but the prospects of seeing the iconic detective again in any new adventures appear increasingly dim.

However, for those devoted fans of the movie, there are other ways to immerse yourself in the film's continuity, all of which can be considered 'official' extensions of the story...

In the lead up to the film's release, three prestige format comics were released, written by John Francis Moore with wonderful art by the always brilliant Kyle Baker. The first two of these ("Big City Blues" and "Dick Tracy vs. The Underworld") are adventures that take place before the events of the movie, while the third adapts the film. You can usually find the collected edition, Dick Tracy: The Complete True Hearts and Tommy Guns on the cheap at comic conventions.

Dick Tracy: True Hearts and Tommy Guns is absolutely worth your time if you're a fan of the movie or of the character in general. Kyle Baker's art is always a treat, but he captures the larger than life flavour of the movie on these pages as well as the horrific nature of the villains in a way that the sometimes rubbery makeup of the film simply didn't. The over-the-top cartoon violence of the films is a little bloodier and more impactful here, particularly the original tales in the first two chapters. Interestingly enough, these were the first Dick Tracy comics to feature original material to arrive in thirty years, and now, twenty-five years later, they're still the only ones since 1961 (reprints of the comic strips, however, are in good health thanks to Idw Publishing, as are the comic strips themelves...published by Tribune). 

For that matter, the Dick Tracy novelisation by Max Allan Collins is also well worth seeking out. Collins, an experienced crime fiction writer who also had the distinct honour of writing Dick Tracy's comic strip adventures for 15 years after creator Chester Gould retired, brought a more authentic voice to the proceedings. Without the over the top visuals of the film, the book feels decidedly more violent (particularly the opening description of the St. Valentine's Day style massacre that begins the movie), and closer to the character's crime solving roots than what got put on screen. Warren Beatty was so impressed with Collins' flourishes that some of the dialogue from the novel was later added to the finished film.Collins also wrote two novels which can be considered 'official' sequels to the films. Dick Tracy Goes to War was published in 1990, within months of the movie's release, and was followed in 1991 by Dick Tracy Meets his Match. Another prose collection, Dick Tracy: The Secret Files was released to cash in on that year's Tracymania and was edited by Collins, but doesn't share any continuity with the film. But in short, if you want some kind of official "Dick Tracy movie universe," start with True Hearts and Tommy Guns and follow straight through with the Collins novels.

It'll have to do...because Dick Tracy is most assuredly not on his way.

This article originally ran on June 15th, 2015. It has been lightly updated with some new information. Movies Feature Mike Cecchini dick tracy 15 Jun 2016 - 16:22 Dick Tracy 2 Warren Beatty »

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'Rules Don't Apply' to the long-rumored Howard Hughes film by Warren Beatty

18 May 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Warren Beatty’s been talking about Howard Hughes as long as I’ve lived in Los Angeles. When I was in high school, one of the things I did was devour entire careers on home video as a way of educating myself about various filmmakers and eras. I was aware of Warren Beatty before that, certainly, and remember Heaven Can Wait in particular as a big commercial moment for Beatty. I loved that movie and the weird goofball guy who starred in it, but it was almost a decade later when I finally plunged headlong into his filmography and suddenly realized that I kind of adore Beatty. And why not? Look at that body of work in front of the camera first. He’s been relatively selective over the years, and considering what a giant movie star he was considered at one time, he never really became omnipresent like some of his peers. »

- Drew McWeeny

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Preview of The Complete Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy, Vol. 20: 1961–1962

17 May 2016 5:15 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This Wednesday sees the release of The Complete Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy, Vol. 20: 1961–1962, and we’ve got a preview for you here…

Dick Tracy embarks on a seven-month-long complicated manhunt when he relentlessly tracks the Brush and a million-dollar sack of cash—but with his foe on the lam without his trademark face wig, Tracy doesn’t even know what the murderer looks like! The strip enters its fourth decade as Chester Gould also presents a poignant story that rivals the “Model” narrative, when Tracy has to protect Junior from disturbing news about an important figure from the boy’s past. Included are all strips from February 20, 1961 through August 26, 1962.

The Complete Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy, Vol. 20: 1961–1962 is out on May 18th, priced $39.99.

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- Amie Cranswick

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17 movie sequels that are stuck in development hell

19 April 2016 1:51 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Meet the films sequels that might not be dead, but are certainly stuck in some kind of limbo...

Every now and then, a sequel that appears to have been in the cooker for a while – Zoolander 2, Dumb And Dumber To, Anchorman 2 – finally escapes into the wild. But the journey to the screen can be a very lengthy one, and this little lot are still trying to find their way to your local multiplex…

Dick Tracy 2

Disney gambled hard on bringing Dick Tracy to the screen in the summer of 1990, backing the vision of director and star Warren Beatty, and hoping to ape the success that Warner Bros had enjoyed the summer before with Batman. Yet whilst Dick Tracy hit, it didn’t hit too hard. The studio adjusted its-then blockbuster strategy accordingly, and it wouldn’t really be until it got to the likes of »

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Harker’s Hits: Hollywood

14 April 2016 5:22 PM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

There’s no such thing as quiet days in Hollywood. There’s always something happening and today is no exception, so let’s jump right into the fray!

• Oscar-winning legend Warren Beatty’s been keeping a fairly low profile since his wildly expensive Town & Country bombed 15 years ago. But apparently the lothario (long-rumored to be the subject of Carly Simon’s enduring hit “You’re So Vain”) is coming out of semi-retirement as news broke that his pet project based on the life of famed millionaire/movie producer/shut-in Howard Hughes will be released this fall. (He’s been working on this since the ’70s as writer, director, producer, and star.) What’s of more interest to me/us is that he also said he’s working on a sequel to his uber-stylish, three-time Oscar-winning comic-book adaptation Dick Tracy. No word on whether bold-name costars like Annette Bening, Al Pacino, »

- Harker Jones

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Warren Beatty Still Considering ‘Dick Tracy’ Sequel; Howard Hughes Film Coming Later This Year

14 April 2016 4:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Over two years ago, Warren Beatty was shooting his untitled Howard Hughes film. The actor and director prefers to take his time with each project; he’s always been more focused on quality than quantity. After almost 18 years of waiting, though, we’re finally going to see it this year. In fact, we might even see two movies […]

The post Warren Beatty Still Considering ‘Dick Tracy’ Sequel; Howard Hughes Film Coming Later This Year appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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Dick Tracy 2: Warren Beatty still planning sequel

13 April 2016 10:12 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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He might be on the verge of 80, but Warren Beatty still plans to bring a Dick Tracy sequel to the big screen....

In the aftermath of the release of Dick Tracy back in 1990 - the movie that Warren Beatty directed and starred in - then-Disney boss Jeffrey Katzenberg wrote an infamous and prescient memo questioning the future of blockbuster cinema. We explored the memo in some detail, here.

Dick Tracy was an expensive film for Disney, that the studio was hoping would repeat for it the success that Warner Bros had enjoyed with Batman the year before. But it didn't work out like that. Whilst Dick Tracy did decent money, it never turned into any kind of commercial juggernaut.

But still: since its release, Warren Beatty has continually toyed with the idea of a second film. A legal case held things up, though, and it wasn't until »

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Warren Beatty Considers A "Dick Tracy" Sequel

13 April 2016 8:02 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Over a quarter century since its release, Warren Beatty is reportedly considering making a sequel to his 1990 film adaptation of the "Dick Tracy" comics.

Beatty, Al Pacino, Madonna, Dustin Hoffman and Dick Van Dyke starred in the original which made nearly $163 million on a $47 million production budget and boasted a bright, comic book sensibility. A sequel has been talked about for years but was only possible after a rights dispute was settled in 2013.

Producer Arnon Milchan revealed the news whilst receiving the Legends of Cinema Award at CinemaCon on Wednesday, saying Beatty was "very serious" about the project. Following that, Beatty confirmed the news saying: "I'm serious about it, but I am slow about these things."

Milchan added that he hopes the project will be completed within two years. Milchan's New Regency Productions is also producing Beatty's long-gestating Howard Hughes biopic in which he plays the aged billionaire. That film, »

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Warren Beatty Eyeing ‘Dick Tracy’ Sequel, Howard Hughes Movie Gets Release Date

13 April 2016 3:27 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Updated: More than a quarter century after he brought Dick Tracy to the screen, Warren Beatty is considering making a sequel.

The news was revealed by Arnon Milchan on Wednesday at CinemaCon, as the producer accepted the Legends of Cinema Award from Beatty.

Asked after the lunch ceremony about the project, Beatty confirmed, “I’m serious about it, but I am slow about these things.” He was whisked away by a crowd of admirers before he could make any additional comments. But Milchan also confirmed that a project is being discussed and could be completed within two years.

Beatty is already at work on a film in which he plays the aged billionaire Howard Hughes. That movie is also for Milchan’s New Regency Productions, the powerhouse production company that won best picture awards for “12 Years a Slave” and “Birdman.” They expect a fall or winter release for Beatty’s long-gestating passion project, »

- James Rainey

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Oscar predictions: 'Mad Max: Fury Road' will win Best Sound Mixing

25 February 2016 1:56 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

“The Revenant" pulled off an upset at this year's Cinema Audio Society Awards, winning Best Sound Mixing over the Oscar frontrunner “Mad Max: Fury Road.” However, in good news for the Aussie import, the Cas has an uneven track record at forecasting the Oscar winner, with just 11 of the 21 previous guild champs repeating at the academy.  Let’s take a closer look at the race to see who has the best chance of winning: -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions “Mad Max: Fury Road”: Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff, Ben Osmo If Best Sound = Loudest Sound, then this trio should prepare their acceptance speeches. Jenkins is a two-time champ (“Out of Africa” [1985], “The Last of the Mohicans” [1992]) and was nominated for “Dick Tracy” [1990] and “Wanted” [2008]. Likewise, Rudloff already has a pair of Oscars (&ldqu..."' »

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Trivia Break: Best Original Song

10 February 2016 4:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Glenn here bringing you some more trivia from this year’s best original song category. Obviously, I could be mistaken about some of these, but, well, in which case la la la, not listening, move along. 

Trivia #1 – 2016 marks the first time in Oscar history that two documentaries have ever been nominated in a category outside of the non-fiction categories. While documentaries have been nominated in the original song category in the past – Mondo Cane in ’62 being the first, I believe – and Hoop Dreams scored a best editing nomination in 1995, this year both The Hunting Ground’s “Til It Happens to You” and Racing Extinction’s “Manta Ray” make for a first that two have been cited.

Trivia #2 – This year’s nomination for “Manta Ray” is the third nomination for an enviro-doc in this category in the last decade. While Melissa Etheridge’s “I Need to Wake Up” from An Inconvenient Truth »

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