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Nearly lost in all the controversy surrounding the pop cultural deconstruction of slavery in Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," is what a liberating experience it was for the director and his fellow filmmakers. For Tarantino, it was a chance to improvise more than usual, but for cinematographer Robert Richardson, it was like making a rock 'n' roll movie, with its ragged quality but beautiful elegance. "It was like doing a concert or was akin to a Neil Young album," admits the three-time Oscar winner ("Hugo," "The Aviator," "JFK"). "This has been a long time coming for me, having done a rock film with The Doors. This is the first one I've done that's like what Young creates in his best work or what Dylan does with his words." And with a freer Tarantino content with watching a scene unfold before laying out all the shots rather than having it all worked out in advance, »
- Bill Desowitz
Biopics are always praised for their lead actor or actress’ realistic or unique portrayal of the subject, but what of the supporting cast? Sure, we do recognize their efforts, they might even receive an Academy Award, but rarely are they honored with something as prestigious as an online comedy list. It’s time to rectify that. Here are some of the more talented, memorable, or uncanny portrayals of people who were important enough to be featured in a movie, but not important enough for that movie to be about them. 10. Josh Brolin as Dan White in Milk It would be really easy to play a person like Dan White one-dimensionally. As a self-proclaimed defender of family and religion against homosexuals and pot smokers in the city of San Francisco, it’s not hard to picture a scowling suit driven to murder out of prejudice and frustration. Brolin didn’t make it so simple, however »
- David Christopher Bell
All of the week's hot casting news in one fell swoop ...
• We wonder if "Les Miserables" star Eddie Redmayne had to sing for his new role. The handsome up-and-comer is officially joining Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis for "Jupiter Ascending," the top-secret sci-fi film from the Wachowski Siblings. [Heat Vision]
• Samantha Barks just can't stop singing! Eddie Redmayne's "Les Miserables" co-star is in talks (or, rather, in songs) to go "Walking on Sunshine," a musical set to '80s pop ditties about a mother and daughter who fall in love with the same man while vacationing in Spain. '80s pop star Kylie Minogue has already been cast (we're assuming as the mom, which makes us feel old). [The Wrap]
- Bryan Enk
The assassination of President John F. Kennedy is one of the most iconic moments in American history, fueled largely by the controversy and conspiracy theories surrounding it. Tons of films and documentaries have devoted hours to exploring this topic - including Oliver Stone's star-studded 1991 movie JFK - and now a new movie called Parkland is telling the story of what happened on that fateful day just in time for the event's fiftieth anniversary. A press release reveals Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thorton, and Silver Linings Playbook actress Jacki Weaver have all signed to star. Read on! The movie will tell the "dramatic true story of the chaotic events that occurred at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22nd, 1963." First time filmmaker Peter Landesman is stepping behind the camera and directing his own screenplay, which is »
- Ben Pearson
Breaking: Zac Efron and Marcia Gay Harden have joined Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton and Jacki Weaver in Parkland, which Peter Landesman wrote and will direct based on Vincent Bugliosi’s book Reclaiming History: The Assassination Of President John F. Kennedy. The film is produced by Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman and also is being produced and financed by Exclusive Media and its co-chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East. Bugliosi’s mammoth book, which Playtone and Landesman originally set up at HBO, refuted the conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination that were embraced in the Oliver Stone-directed JFK. The film does not address the conspiracy aspect and focuses only on what happened at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on the day Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. The film, to be shot in Austin, is destined for a 2013 U.S. theatrical release around the 50th anniversary of the assassination. Related: Paul Giamatti, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR.
Any project starring the great Kevin Costner gets me excited and he’s looking at an action-man reinvention of Liam Neeson-like proportions with action-thriller Three Days To Kill. The project has been co-written by Taken creator Luc Besson, however, the less said about the choice of director the better (it’s the silly monikered McG by the way).
The film will see The Untouchables and JFK star as Secret Service Agent Ethan Runner, who decides to retire and spend more time with his estranged family after learning he doesn’t have long to live. He is soon offered the chance to take an experimental drug that will prolong, and even save his life – providing he takes on one last mission. This decision becomes a struggle as he tries to keep the promise he made to his loved ones and the job he must complete, with the new drug’s hallucinatory side-effects. »
- Craig Hunter
Billed as the UK's biggest collectors' show, the convention takes place at the NEC on Saturday, November 24, and Sunday, November 25.
Other guests include:
• Britt Ekland - Best known for »
- David Bentley
Home entertainment Tuesday is upon us once again, and we’ve got some good stuff for you:
Pixar’s biggest risk Brave is released giving everyone the chance to revisit the polarising tale of a Scottish girl going against the grain and trying to forge her own path. Available as a three-disc and a rather excessive five-disc set we think Brave is well worth another trip to the highlands.
Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.
Getting the same anniversary package as the UK, Lawrence Of Arabia gets the chance to enchant a new generation. David Lean’s masterpiece is mammoth at over 200 minutes, but is worth every sun-drenched second.
Epic rumination on a flamboyant and controversial British military figure »
- Sam Carey
Why would anyone want to sit through The Untold History of the United States, a documentary series directed and narrated by Oliver Stone? Fifteen years ago, no one would have asked that question; love him or hate him, the director of Platoon, JFK, Natural Born Killers, and other feverish, politically charged dramas was a giant — an influential filmmaker who pushed the medium forward while ripping the scabs off social and historical wounds. Today, Stone is thought of as Sam Peckinpah by way of Michael Moore — a Hollywood outsider and foot-in-mouth political crank, chilling with Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez in the documentary South of the Border and suggesting that American media fixated on the Holocaust and “scapegoated” Hitler while downplaying Soviet deaths during World War II because of “Jewish domination of the media.” For these and other reasons, viewers might consider the messenger of Untold History and then dismiss its message, »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
"You're close. You're closer than you think."
Released in 1991, JFK followed the investigation of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, as conducted by former New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison (played by Kevin Costner). Stone based the screenplay on two books — Garrison's On the Trail of the Assassins and Jim Marrs' Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy — as well as putting together his own team to do exhaustive research on the subject. Stone was rewarded with 8 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. Also nominated was Tommy Lee Jones for his work playing Clay Shaw, the only person charged with in connection with the Kennedy Assassination (though he was found not guilty). JFK is filled with great performances, however, with »
- Ryan Gowland
Much obscure information will never make you one of David Cameron's 'go-getters', but its custodians keep our culture rich
A rush of adrenaline that is a mixture of pride and surprise as I answer a question correctly on University Challenge is what keeps me coming back for more. Week after week I watch it, brow furrowed as deeply obscure questions are asked about particle physics and chemical reactions that seem to be in another language. Then at last: a round on soap opera theme tunes! A picture round on female politicians! I can answer some of these!
It has become a national sport to take the mickey out of University Challenge contestants (a friend's dad unkindly likes to play "spot the virgin" during the quiz), but I fervently applaud useless knowledge. I say "useless" cautiously, because of course no knowledge is useless. No, the vast majority of us will never »
- Naomi McAuliffe
I will preface this with the pronouncement that Oliver Stone has made some really great films: JFK, Natural Born Killers, Platoon, Wall Street; I’ve even heard good things about his most recent Savages. His ill-advised sword and sandals anti-epic Alexander was not one of those great films. Yet we have been gifted with not one, not two, but Three versions of Alexander, each less intelligible than the last. Well, brace yourselves, because Oliver Stone claims that he’s going to release cut number four.
This announcement comes to us via The Film Stage, who are also predictably risible about Stone’s re-cut. We also have an extensive comment from Stone himself, to whit:
“On Alexander, I released a shorter version [in theaters] because of Warner Brothers issues. And I [was] also rushed. [When] I released the director’s cut – it wasn’t called a ‘director’s cut’. It was called ‘The Final Cut »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Oliver Stone has more than tackled — he’s practically smothered himself — in controversial politics on film, from directing 1986′s Vietnam classic Platoon to features about presidents (Nixon, JFK, W.) to Wall Street, its sequel, multiple documentaries on Cuba’s Fidel Castro, and beyond. So when Stone told journalists at a small press dinner EW attended on Monday night celebrating next week’s Blu-ray release of his latest film Savages about his upcoming Showtime documentary series Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States, he sounded uncharacteristically nervous.
He’s worked on the ten-episode TV series — which premieres its first episode next Monday, »
- Solvej Schou
Here’s a first-look at the World War Z movie logo! Get ready for the exclusive trailer premiere coming in two days. The film stars Academy Award-nominee Brad Pitt (Moneyball), Mireille Enos (AMC.s .The Killing.), Daniella Kertesz in her feature film debut, David Morse (The Odd Life of Timothy Green), James Badge Dale (The Departed), Matthew Fox (.Lost.), with Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) directing.
The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Enos plays Gerry.s wife Karen Lane; Kertesz is his comrade in arms, Segen.
The geo-political thriller from Paramount and Skydance Productions was filmed in England with photography in Malta, Scotland and Hungary.
- Michelle McCue
Oliver Stone has never been one to mince words when it comes to setting his sharp laser tongue — or film lens — on presidential politics, from 1991’s JFK to 1995’s Nixon and 2008’s W. The director was just as passionately outspoken at a small press dinner that EW attended in Beverly Hills on Monday night, the day before the presidential election, celebrating the Blu-ray combo pack, DVD, and On Demand release of Stone’s drug cartel crime thriller Savages on Nov. 13.
- Solvej Schou
The prior four articles of the good and ugly in comedy horror, all of it was in the run down to this final part. We’ve looked at Frank Henenlotter, Joe Dante, and an unfathomable number of pratfalls, puns, sarcastic one liners and gore, gore, gore. If you’re favourite comedy horror hasn’t appeared, tell us what it is in the comments section below. Maybe a variation on this article will appear in 12 months with some of those omissions included.
Now to the meat of the matter, what are the greatest films that combine both comedy and horror?
Wallace & Gromit And The Curse Of The Were-rabbit
Wallace & Gromit made their debut feature length with one of best horror homages in many a year. Maybe that’s a biased viewpoint as a Brit, Wallace and his pet dog can do no wrong on these shores. »
- Rob Simpson
American novelist and screenwriter Don Winslow’s latest novel is The Kings of Cool, a prequel to a 2010 novel which he recently adapted for the screen. With Oliver Stone behind the camera Savages was one of the year’s highly anticipated films.
Winslow’s work is attracting a lot of attention in Hollywood and for any writer it is the adaptation process which determines how their voice finds itself on screen. With both Savages and his next screenplay, Satori, Winslow is deep in the process of adaptation, aligning himself with people as passionate about the story as he.
Here the author talks about the distancing of the movie and its source, how it feels as a writer to have his character brought to the screen, and which of his previous novels might be heading to a cinema soon.
HeyUGuys: When writing your books, do you write them imaging them »
- David Sztypuljak
Presumably done with World War II and space travel and turning up at every important historical event in the course of a single lifetime, Tom Hanks is producing a JFK assassination movie, just like that one Oliver Stone did. Well, since that one took the good name, this one is called Parkland, which is… also a name.
When Hanks announced this project, details were somewhat vague. Now, though, we can now tell you that both Paul Giamatti and Billy Bob Thornton have signed on to play characters of unspecific means. That’s to say, we’ve no idea who their characters are or how big their roles will be, leaving this news story about as indecisive as the JFK assassination itself. Meta!
The film is based on Vincent Bugliosi’s Kennedy assassination novel Reclaiming History, which may or may not be boring depending on how that title makes you feel. »
- T.J. Barnard
Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton and Jackie Weaver are to star in a new film about the assassination of John F Kennedy and the chaotic events at the hospital where he died, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Titled Parkland after the Dallas hospital in which Kennedy, his assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, and Jack Ruby (who killed Oswald) all passed their final hours, the film will be shot in nearby Austin. It is aiming for a 2013 release to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the former Us president's death in November 1963.
The script is based on the book Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F Kennedy, by the Edgar award-winning author and former prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi. Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are among the producers for a project that will be shopped to »
- Ben Child
Acclaimed filmmaker Oliver Stone famously began his career directing schlock like “The Hand” and having associations with the likes of Lloyd Kaufman. It seems only fitting that son Sean Stone would follow a similar path into filmmaking. But while yesterday’s up-and-comers make their bones in skeevy genre filmmaking, today’s film school brats are a bit more formalistic, emerging out of the directing womb with autocritical theories and refuting of accepted tropes. When James Cameron was making “Piranha 2,” the attempt was to build a new wheel. With Sean Stone, the attempt is to subtly tweak it. So forgive expectations for being a bit higher for the progeny of the man behind “JFK” with the new thriller "Greystone Park." This new horror film comes stamped with an “inspired by true events” tag, but they would have been better off emphasizing the film’s familiar pedigree. It’s found-footage, the mention. »
- Gabe Toro
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