13 items from 2015
Kate Hurwitz likes to think of her job at Cinetic Media—a multi-hyphenate film finance, distribution and sales label—as a "proto-acquisitions" position. "I'm looking out for material that acquisitions people will be looking at just a few months later," she says, which is exactly what she's doing at this year's Sundance Film Festival. She's the eyes and ears of the firm, scouting for sales, tracking independent narratives and documentaries and tapping into new talent. "My favorite part of the job is finding those new young voices who will emerge at Sundance, whether it's a huge sale or a new, important filmmaker that has to be reckoned with in the next year to come." Last year, Cinetic, under founder John Sloss, who also spearheaded digital distributor FilmBuff, positioned Sundance 2014 buzz titles including "Appropriate Behavior," "Listen Up Philip" and "The Babadook" and "A Girl Walks Home Alone at »
- Ryan Lattanzio
If you ever wondered what a film starring Salma Hayek, playing a sexy assassin holed up in her apartment while a grueling gauntlet of gangsters and other assorted ne.er-do-wells burst their way in, shooting up the place, well, then first off, congratulations for having such a specific vision. Secondly, it seems that your eccentric curiosity is about to be sated, because the new trailer for Salma Hayek.s new film, Everly is basically everything that was just described. Making its explosive debut, Everly depicts the venerable vixen, Hayek getting back to her ass-kicking action roots in a completely original setting. It.s like a deliciously demented amalgam of Home Alone and the Kill Bill series. At 48 years old, Hayek has never been hotter. (Although, you may want to check out Frida if you.re up for a trip down that rabbit hole.) Everly clearly brings a clever mix of »
There are plenty of awful movies based on video games out there, but today I thought I’d switch it up a bit and put together a list of great, classic films that got crappy video game adaptations. As I looked back at many of the games, I realized how bad some of them really were. I owned and played several of these games growing up, but as bad as they were, I still had fun playing many of them. I was a little kid growing up in the 80s - I didn't know any better!
These are games I got because of how much I loved the movies they were based on. A lot of the time I spent playing these games was full of frustration because many of them were practically impossible to beat. I don’t recall beating any of these games! These were all made in the infancy of video games, »
- Joey Paur
If you are a Hollywood film fan, especially those more into the darker R rated genre, then you probably have seen some of producer Adi Shankar’s films. He has been behind the action thrillers The Grey and A Walk Among the Tombstones (both starring Liam Neeson), Lone Survivor (Mark Wahlberg) and Killing Them Softly (Brad Pitt), among others.
Now, the young producer is bringing the Hindi film epic drama Gangs of Wasseypur to the Us. Gangs of Wasseypur is director/writer/producer Anurag Kashyap’s ambitious and extraordinary blood-and-bullets-fueled crime saga that charts 70 years in the lives – and spectacular deaths – of two mafia-like families fighting for control of the coal-mining town of Wasseypur, India. Inspired by the real-life exploits of local gangs the film, Gangs of Wasseypur is produced by Guneet Monga (The Lunchbox), and boasts an incredible cast, including Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Jaideep Ahlawat, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Piyush Mishra, »
- Stacey Yount
Bart: The demonstrations in Paris in response to the Charlie Hebdo assassinations have been stirring, but now come the inevitable debates about “correctness” and “sensitivities.” Salman Rushdie refers to emergence of the “but brigade” – those leaders who advocate free expression, but…
There’s no room for a “but” – and all the constraints that entails. Were the French cartoonists wrong in creating their cartoons? No, I applaud them. That’s what political satire is all about. Were Seth Rogen and James Franco wrong in depicting a specific North Korean dictator? No, their film was, once again, political satire — albeit a clumsy one — and specificity added to its relevance. At many American universities these days, scores of political speakers are »
- Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr
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- Peter Sciretta
The relaunch of TV Guide Network as Pop next week is an effort to tap into the ever-rising tide of pop culture fandemonium that drives so much conversation on social media.
Brad Schwartz, prexy of entertainment and media for Pop, told reporters at the Television Critics Assn. press tour on Friday that the cabler will function as a haven for the super-fan. Pop, set to bow Jan. 14, is launching with the tagline “We’re fans too.”
The focus is on viewers in their late 30s-early 40s who have nostalgia for 1980s and ’90s TV and pop culture.
“We’re building this for what we call the ‘modern grownup,’ ” Schwartz said.
There’s also an effort to capture the different facets of fandom today, from live events to the hyper-connectedness provided by social-media platforms.
“Being a fan today is an entirely different experience” than in decades past, Schwartz noted.
The relaunch »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Vice, who teamed with Kino Lorber on the release of Ana Lily Amirpour’s breakthrough, fantastic debut A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is now partnering with Megan Ellison and her celebrated Annapurna Pictures to produce the filmmaker’s follow-up, The Bad Batch. Southern-set and dystopian, The Bad Batch has previously been described by Amirpour as a “post-apocalyptic cannibal…
The post Annapurna and Vice to Produce Girl Walks Home Alone Director’s The Bad Batch appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
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- Peter Sciretta
Remember how funny the booby traps in Home Alone are? They're violent in a cartoonish way that makes Harry and Marv's injuries acceptable for general audiences. But when you consider the reality of the burns and bruises and falls and cuts and nails puncturing feet and Bb gun shots to the crotch and face, that's some serious pain inflicted on the "wet bandits" -- not that they don't deserve it. To help illustrate how these scenes should have looked, albeit with some exaggeration that makes it cartoonish in another way, David Unger Music (aka D.U.M.) has released a new music video for a song called "Get Back" that parodies the movie's most violent moments. "It seems like Kevin McAllister killed those burglars 10 times...
- Christopher Campbell
When we interviewed Rare Exports director, Jalmari Helander, he told us his next film would be "an action movie with a love story and a warm heart, something like Home Alone meets Rambo." Now, I don't know about a love story, or the Home Alone part, but the Rambo part seems to have carried through Big Game's development process.
Designed as a throwback to the PG-13 Ambling adventure films of the 80s, Big Game features an adolescent at the heart of a global incident. Fans of Helander's evil Santa movie, Rare Exports (a film I liked and respected, but was ultim [Continued ...] »
When the news broke that Batman would be returning to the big screen in the shape of Ben Affleck (in next year's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice), there was an undercurrent of opinion that not enough time had passed since Christopher Nolan’s masterful Dark Knight trilogy to warrant another cinematic interpretation of the Caped Crusader.
Those people are likely to have similar misgivings regarding the recent announcement that Jared Leto would portray infamous lunatic serial killer The Joker in 2016’s Suicide Squad movie. The Oscar winner/rockstar joins an elite club of actors to have portrayed Batman’s arch nemesis with distinction, rubbing shoulders with Jack Nicholson, Mark Hamill and Heath Ledger and undoubtedly, it is the last name on that list that Leto’s Joker »
#10. Chinatown (1974)
Lost to: The Godfather Part II
Well, no one will argue that it should have won, but still. Roman Polanski’s film made a true leading man out of Jack Nicholson. It grabbed eleven nominations, only taking home one. That being said, that one was for Original Screenplay, written by Robert Towne, which may be the greatest even written. Entire courses could be taught on this screenplay alone and Polanski and his actors delivered a perfect translation of it to the screen. Also starring Faye Dunaway and the great John Huston, the story of power and corruption still stands as one of the greatest films of the 1970′s (or any decade for that matter). It’s just a shame it ran into the greatest movie sequel of all time.
#9. Cabaret (1972)
Lost to: The Godfather
Seems weird, doesn’t it? Well, the Liza Minnelli vehicle is on this list for »
- Joshua Gaul
13 items from 2015
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