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The way film composer and former Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman tells it, his whole career boils down to two words: "Fuck it." He muttered that philosophical phrase when he offered an opportunity to write his first movie score – for director Tim Burton's feature debut, Pee-wee's Big Adventure – and the musician said it again when given the chance to perform his now-impressive catalog of symphonic cinematic creations in his "Music From the Films of Tim Burton" concert series.
The shows, which opened in London in 2013 and will kick off »
For decades Denise Di Novi has worked as a producer. She consulted on Videodrome; her name is on Heathers; and she was among the most significant members of the team that brought early Tim Burton films to the screen. She worked to make Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Ed Wood, for starters. Now Di […]
- Russ Fischer
Johnny Depp turns 52 this week - we can't believe it either - and his birthday has given us a great reason to take stock of his many movie roles. Depp has become famous for donning crazy costumes and makeup from one character to the next, throughout his career, in movies like Edward Scissorhands and Pirates of the Caribbean. Some looks are scary, some are sexy, and some are just plain strange. See them all here, and then reflect on how your crush on him has had just as many weird phases. - Additional reporting by Shannon Vestal »
Believe it or not, Johnny Depp turns 52 today! It seems like just yesterday Johnny was charming small-screen audiences on 21 Jump Street, but since his big break in the '80s, the actor has evolved from teen heartthrob to established leading man. Over the years, he's brought us memorable characters like Gilbert Grape, Edward Scissorhands, and Jack Sparrow and has taken on tons of different looks both on and off screen. In honor of his birthday, we're charting Johnny's evolution from fresh-faced hottie (the Kate Moss, Winona Ryder, Viper Room days) to the hat-wearing, guitar-playing king of Hollywood. See the full transformation when you keep reading, and then relive his romantic wedding to Amber Heard in February. »
It had been announced that Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation) was on sailing to direct Universal and Working Title’s adaptation of the fairy tale The Little Mermaid (not the Disney one), but now Deadline are reporting that the relationship has sunk.
The script for The Little Mermaid is currently being re-written by Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands), which was previously drafted by Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey). Abi Morgan (Brick Lane) had also done a pass on the script. The story, written by Hans Christian Anderson, follows a mermaid who gives up her life in the sea for a human prince on land and has been adapted several times over, the most famous of which being the 1989 Disney animated classic. »
- Luke Owen
Just over a year ago, we learned that Universal was looking to bring a live action take on Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid to the big screen. This is independent of Disney's crusade to bring lots of animated films to the screen in live action.
However, whilst the project is still very much active, Sofia Coppola is no longer involved. Deadline reports that she's left the film over - yes! - 'creative differences', with the key area of contention appearing to be the casting of Ariel. Coppola was after Maya Thurman Hawke for the role (the daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke), but that choice »
The live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid is looking for a new director.
Sofia Coppola was signed on to direct the film, but has pulled out due to creative differences, according to Deadline.
The story follows a mermaid who wishes to become human after falling in love with a man she saved from drowning.
Universal has been looking for a perfect Ariel for some time and it seems like the choice of actress may have been the issue that caused the partnership split.
Citing "creative differences" (as always), Sofia Coppola has exited the director's chair on Universal's live action telling of Hans Christian Anderson's "The Little Mermaid". Coppola was first attached back in March 2014 when the first draft of the screenplay from Abi Morgan (Shame, Suffragate) followed by Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey) was to be re-written by Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands) and despite Coppola's departure, Universal still plans on moving forward with Thompson's latest draft. Joe Wright, whose Pan will be hitting theaters in October was actually once attached to this project, and I would bet Universal goes even more conventional than either Wright or Coppola once they finally settle on a director. Coppola seemed like an interesting fit to begin with, her style of filmmaking being anything but mainstream and considering the reported $150 million spent on Wright's Pan, if Universal is expecting to do anything similar I would expect »
- Brad Brevet
As expected, “creative differences” are being cited as the reason for the departure, but it’s not hard to fill in the blanks there. Coppola, whose past films have included The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, Somewhere and The Bling Ring, is known for directing somber, decidedly adult dramas, and she likely had a very distinctive vision for what she wanted her take on the Hans Christian Andersen tale to look like.
Universal and Working Title likely couldn’t completely get behind Coppola’s ideas for the movie, which led to the rift between the director and the studios. That being said, The Little Mermaid is still very much a go, with Caroline Thompson (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands »
- Isaac Feldberg
It’s been over a year since we heard the news that Sofia Coppola would direct a new version of The Little Mermaid for Universal Pictures and Working Title, and we’ve heard pretty much nothing about the project since. Which makes today’s news kind of non-news: Deadline reports that Coppola has exited the project, citing creative differences. The Lost in Translation filmmaker had been tasked with crafting a new live-action take on the Hans Christian Anderson tale, but it appears that we won’t be seeing her vision after all. Per Variety, She and Universal differed when it came to casting Ariel. Coppola was keen on newcomer Maya Thurman Hawke, the daughter of Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, but the studio was wary about the choice. Despite Coppola's exit, Universal and Working Title are still moving forward with the project, with Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands) having penned the »
- Adam Chitwood
In a way, it seemed almost too good to be true. When Universal couldn't secure Joe Wright to direct their long brewing, live action take on "The Little Mermaid," they snagged Sofia Coppola. And it was a potentially promising endeavor, with Coppola making her first big studio picture, doing something unlike anything she's done before. But alas, it won't happen. Read More: Watch: Explore The Loneliness Of Sofia Coppola's Film With This Supercut Deadline reports that Coppola has exited the movie over, you guessed it, "creative differences." The movie has had a few different pens on it so far, with Abi Morgan ("Shame") and Kelly Marcel ("Fifty Shades Of Grey") previously tackling it, and Caroline Thompson's ("Edward Scissorhands," "The Nightmare Before Christmas") rewrite looking like the one that will stick. But even with Coppola's departure, the project isn't dead, with Universal apparently »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Today is Vincent Price’s 104th Birthday! Price was born here in St. Louis on this date in 1911 and is the most iconic movie star to hail from our city. Price, who died October 25th 1993, was also a gourmand, author, stage actor, speaker, world-class art collector, raconteur, and all-around Renaissance man. Vincent Price was simply one of the most remarkable people of the 20th Century. Four years ago we had the opportunity to celebrate his 100th birthday and St. Louis was the place to do it. I teamed up with Cinema St. Louis to present Vincentennial, The Vincent Price 100th Birthday Celebration, an event that lasted through much of the Spring of 2011. The following year Vincentennial won two coveted Rondo Awards, one for “Best Fan Event” and a second for myself as “Monster Kid of the Year” for directing the event. The Rondo Awards are prestigious Fan Awards given out »
- Tom Stockman
Johnny Depp is no stranger to over-the-top costumes and makeup. Basically all of his roles require some kind of physical transformation, whether that means a giant top hat and crazy orange wig for Alice in Wonderland, or ghostly-white makeup and prosthetic blade-hands in Edward Scissorhands.
He’s at it again, transforming into real-life criminal Whitey Bulger for this year’s Black Mass. Practically unrecognizable as the Boston gangster, Depp sports ice-blue contacts and a serious bald spot. Doing double duty as both a violent criminal and an FBI informant, Depp plays Bulger at the most complicated time in his life.
- Amanda Wood
Ah, the 1990s. The decade that brought us The Lion King. Titanic. Quentin Tarantino. That wordless bathroom scene in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet. Angelo Badalamenti's Twin Peaks. Duel of the Fates from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. In the Mood for Love.
It was a good 10 years for film music, no doubt.
But scratch the surface of 1991 through 1999 and there are tons of good scores ready to spring a surprise on your ears. Some were attached to sorely underrated movies, others were overshadowed by wildly successful ones, and some have simply been forgotten in the passage of time.
Here, in no particular order, are the top 25 underappreciated film soundtracks from the 1990s.
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter at the Academy Awards Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter on the Oscars' Red Carpet Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter sported matching hairdos upon their arrival at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Tim Burton's global blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, in which Helena Bonham Carter is one of the featured players (as the Red Queen), won Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. Bonham Carter was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (as another queen, Elizabeth). Helena Bonham Carter: Career boosted by Oscar nomination Helena Bonham Carter's film career began in earnest in James Ivory's 1986 Best Picture Oscar nominee A Room with a View, in which she romanced Julian Sands. She kept on working without creating too much of a stir – e.g., Lady Jane, »
- D. Zhea
Starz Digital has announced that is has acquired all North American rights to the film Boulevard, which had its premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. The film marks the final live-action dramatic performance of the late Robin Williams.
Starz will opening the film in a limited release in New York to begin with, before it expands to other major markets on July 17th.
Directed by Dito Montiel (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints), Boulevard “tells the story of a married but closeted 60-year-old bank manager (Williams), whose life changes in surprising ways after recklessly picking up a young male hustler.”
- Scott J. Davis
From Edward Scissorhands to Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp has long demonstrated a proclivity towards drastically altering his appearance when getting into a role. As it turns out, his part in his next movie, Scott Cooper.s Black Mass, is yet another performance that can be added to that ever-growing list, as the actor has once again changed his entire look in order to portray notorious real-life gangster Whitey Bulger. I know about this new extreme makeover because this evening I had the chance to watch the first ever footage from Black Mass, which was shown during the Warner Bros. presentation at the currently-ongoing CinemaCon in Las Vegas. The studio didn.t show too much from the film . basically a teaser trailer . but the footage did feature a good dose of drama to go along with Johnny Depp.s latest physical transformation. The preview began with Depp.s Whitey Bulger sitting »
After stunning audiences and critics alike with his gripping, grotesque performance in Foxcatcher, Steve Carell is taking on another dramatic project that will move the Office actor further from his comic roots. Carell will star in Robert Zemeckis’ Marwencol, a feature adaptation of the 2010 Jeff Malmberg documentary.
When Zemeckis was first mentioned in association with the project back in 2013, he and Universal were said to be eyeing Leonardo DiCaprio for the lead role, and though that evidently didn’t pan out, Carell has been making dramatic waves of his own in recent years.
The actor will star as Mark Hogancamp, who is assaulted and left with severe amnesia, unable to remember his life prior to the attack. Searching for meaning, he begins to construct an elaborate, miniature model of a World War II-era Belgian village called Marwencol. Becoming invested in the stories of the little dolls he places in Marwencol, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Steve Carell has officially completed his transformation from comedic actor to a dramatic one. No one is left doubting his talents as a versatile performer. Thus, whatever he does next is highly anticipated, and this latest project might just be the perfect fit for him to show both sides of his acting range.
The Wrap is reporting that Carell is now set to star in Marwencol, a movie based on a 2010 documentary planned over two years ago by Robert Zemeckis. Carell will presumably portray Mark Hogancamp, who as seen in the documentary is a man who was beaten brutally by teenagers to the point that he suffered brain damage and amnesia. He now spends his time creating miniature figurines of a scale, World War II era town. Here’s the full synopsis for the documentary:
- Brian Welk
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