4 items from 2015
Tim Burton fans rejoiced last week with news that a “Beetlejuice 2” is in the works nearly 27 years after the original film. Lovers of the 1988 flick are (dare we say) dying for more of Michael Keaton’s stripe-suited spirit, but we have to ask: What is taking the second film so long? Sometimes, in film franchises as in life, the good stuff is worth the wait. Here are 10 more movie sequels that took a decade (or longer) to arrive. “The Godfather: Part III”The third part of one of the most beloved trilogies of all time, “Part III” was released more than 15 years after its 1972 and 1974 predecessors. It picks up the story of Al Pacino’s (now aging) mafioso Michael Corleone, but received mix reviews in comparison to the first two “Godfather” films. Still, Francis Ford Coppola’s belated third installment earned seven Oscar nominations, and remains part of the classic film canon. »
Locarno –What should be the policy of Switzerland towards Cuba now that the political situation in Cuba has turned? a Swiss journalist asked Andy Garcia at the beginning of a journalists’ group interview in Locarno, where Garcia received the Leopard Club Award Friday night.
That got Andy Garcia going. “The political situation is Cuba has not turned,” Andy Garcia said politely, but very adamantly. “There is one government, a dictatorship. The Castros are still in power. There’s never been a popular election in Cuba. Nothing will change in Cuba until the Castro regime leaves and the people are free.”
And Garcia expanded on the state of Cuba for another full minute. Later on at the presser, at the stately Orsalina Hotel, high above a crustal blue Lake Maggiore in the Swiss Alps, Garcia, more relaxed, ironized that whenever he gave an interview, whatever he spoke about, the only headlines would be about Cuba. »
- John Hopewell
Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »
- D. Zhea
Earlier this week, Marvel confirmed that Anthony Russo and Joe Russo will direct both Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2, taking over the Avengers franchise from director Joss Whedon. The news didn't come as too much of a surprise, since Joss Whedon revealed in January that he didn't want to direct the two-part Infinity War, and he also said last month that his upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron was "a nightmare" to shoot. Entertainment Weekly recently sat down with Joss Whedon, who discussed why he does not want to direct Infinity War. Here's what he had to say below.
"Every movie I have ever made has been an ensemble piece of increasingly enormous proportions. That many balls in the air, it's only going to get bigger with Infinity War. I'm not going to be able to give it what I would need to. It's a young man's game. »
4 items from 2015
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