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Billy Bob Thornton’s unexpected meteoric rise to Hollywood superstardom first began with a supporting role in Carl Franklin’s highly-effective 1992 independent thriller One False Move (co-written by Thornton himself) in which he played the psychotic villain opposite a brilliant Bill Paxton. It wasn’t until his incredible turn as mentally-challenged murderer Karl Childers in Sling Blade five years later – a role originated from the short film Some Folks Call It A Sling Blade which Thornton wrote and directed – that the actor began to turn heads. The role won »
- Craig Hunter
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 14 Nov 2013 - 06:19
The overlooked greats of the year 1998 come under the spotlight in our list of its 25 underappreciated movies...
Dominated as it was by the financial success of two giant killer asteroid movies, gross-out comedy hit There's Something About Mary and Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, 1998 proved to be an extraordinary year for cinema.
Okay, so history doesn't look back too fondly on Roland Emmerich's mishandled Godzilla remake, and Lethal Weapon 4 was hardly the best buddy-cop flick ever made, despite its handsome profit. But search outside the top-10 grossing films of that year, and you'll find all kinds of spectacular modern classics: Peter Weir's wonderful The Truman Show, John Frankenheimer's rock-solid thriller Ronin, and Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line.
Then there was The Big Lebowski, the Coen brothers' sublime comedy that has since become a deserved and oft-quoted cult favourite. »
Olson on Noir! continues at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing "One False Move," Roger Corman protege Carl Franklin's ("House of Cards," "Devil in a Blue Dress") noirish thriller following three low lifes who off a bunch of people in La to score cocaine. Although originally released straight to video, critical acclaim resulted in the film being given a brief theatrical release. »
- Trailers From Hell
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 24 Oct 2013 - 06:46
Another 25 unsung greats come under the spotlight, as we provide our pick of the underappreciated films of 1995...
The year covered in this week's underrated movie rundown was significant for a number of reasons. It was the year that saw the release of Toy Story - the groundbreaking movie that would cement Pixar's reputation as an animation studio, and set the tempo for CG family movies for the next 18 years and counting. It was the year that saw James Bond (played by Pierce Brosnan for the first time) emerge for GoldenEye after a six-year break. It was also the year of Michael Mann's Heat, Dogme 95, and the moment where Terry Gilliam scored a much-deserved hit with 12 Monkeys.
As ever, we're focusing on a few of the lesser-known films from this particular year, and we've had to think carefully about what's made the cut and what hasn't. »
These days, most people think of Billy Bob Thornton as an actor, thanks to his unforgettable performances in pictures like the Coens’ “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” Sam Raimi’s “A Simple Plan” and Terry Zwigoff’s “Bad Santa,” so much so that it’s easy to forget that Thornton wrote, directed and starred in the Academy-Award winning “Sling Blade” (Best Adapted) and co-wrote genre classics like Carl Franklin’s “One False Move” and Raimi’s “The Gift.” His latest effort as a co-writer, director, and star is “Jayne Mansfield's Car,” which opens today in theaters and on demand, a charming comedic drama about a southern family whose matriarch leaves, marries a man in England, and then dies (you can read our review from Berlin earlier this year here). The movie takes place on the eve of her funeral, with the two families (one stiff-upper-lip, one deep-fried-south) collide.Robert Duvall »
- Drew Taylor
Chicago – There was a time when it looked like not only would Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton be one of our great actors but possibly a threat behind the camera as well. Everyone knows the impression of his character from “Sling Blade” but many forget that he directed it as well. He followed that up with the flawed but ambitious and interesting “All the Pretty Horses.”
Then his career faded, failing to find the parts that could really show his undeniable talents in front of the camera and simply not working behind it.
His first directorial effort since 2001’s awful “Daddy & Them” is making its debut on some On Demand platforms and in limited release this Friday and, despite some interesting performances and ideas, “Jayne Mansfield’s Car” is not the movie to give Billy Bob his much-needed comeback. It’s episodic, uneven, bizarre, clichéd, and boring all at the same time. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Of the many excellent things about this year's "House Of Cards" — outside from being produced by David Fincher and penned by "Ides Of March" writer Beau Willimon, not to mention the stellar cast — was the array of directorial talent behind the camera. After Fincher set the tone with the first two episodes, he passed the reins to some seasoned veterans including James Foley ("Glengarry Glen Ross," 3 episodes), Carl Franklin ("One False Move," Devil In A Blue Dress," 2 episodes) and even Joel Schumacher knocked out a couple solid entries too. But things are changing a bit for the second season. The Playlist has learned that while Fincher is still executive producing the show, he wasn't able to get behind the camera for the next round and direct any episode (you'll remember we heard this was likely going to be the case anyhow a few months ago). And while that may be a bummer, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Of the many excellent things about this year's "House Of Cards" — besides being produced by David Fincher and penned by "Ides Of March" writer Beau Willimon, not to mention the stellar cast — was the array of directorial talent behind the camera. After Fincher set the tone with the first two episodes, he passed the reins to some seasoned veterans including James Foley ("Glengarry Glen Ross," 3 episodes), Carl Franklin ("One False Move," Devil In A Blue Dress," 2 episodes) and even Joel Schumacher knocked out a couple solid entries too. But things are changing a bit for the second season. The Playlist has learned that while Fincher is still executive producing the show, he wasn't able to get behind the camera for the next round and direct any episode (you'll remember we heard this was likely going to be the case anyhow a few months ago). While that may be a bummer, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Walt Disney Studios clearly went to the D23 Expo to impress, offering up its big hitters like Thor, Captain America, Maleficent, Cinderella, even Mary Poppins. But as it promoted 11 live action films it will release through the end of 2015, the disappointment was palpable, even for a brief moment, when “Star Wars” fans realized they weren’t going to be shown much.
Each film being hyped received a polished presentation, with some top talent on hand like Angelina Jolie and Anthony Hopkins even getting standing ovations from the thousands who packed the Anaheim Convention Center’s arena. But that didn’t matter to some — granted a smaller but very vocal group — since many had made the trip to D23 wanting to see one thing: “Star Wars” — at least any new insight into what J.J. Abrams has planned around the seventh film in the franchise, out in summer 2015.
For Disney, this is the future. »
- Marc Graser
"This is not a formal proceeding. You are not under oath."
Despite those words from Atlantis Cable News attorney Rebecca Halliday (Marcia Gay Harden), Maggie (Alison Pill) knew she was in the hot seat as Sunday's (Aug. 4) episode of HBO's "The Newsroom" began. Written by creator and executive producer Aaron Sorkin, and directed by Carl Franklin ("One False Move"), "Unintended Consequences" also revealed the reason for Maggie's short, red new hairstyle.
Though Rebecca tried to be disarming, a tense-as-ever Maggie was determined to "expunge the notion that I'm damaged." While being deposed about her trip to Uganda with Gary Cooper (Chris Chalk) -- really his name, though it initially cracked Rebecca up every time she heard it -- Maggie recalled being around Acn before the trek, and pre-hair-change, to see Will's (Jeff Daniels) on-air deconstruction of Occupy Wall Street activist Shelley Wexler (Aya Cash).
Just before that interview, Shelley had »
Ahead of Comic Con next week, Entertainment Weekly spoke with "Doctor Who" show runner Steven Moffat and asked him a bunch of questions regarding the 50th anniversary special, the regeneration of The Doctor in this year's Christmas special, and next year's eighth series. Here's the breakdown:
50th Anniversary Special
"I think you could call it movie-length, yeah. I mean, I’m saying that with a slight hint of vagueness because I don’t know the finished running time. [Laughs] It’s certainly well over an hour."
Smith & Tennant In 50th Anniversary Special
"They’re quite a fun pairing, I would say. There’s a bit of the normal joshing of each other but they’re both such enthusiastic Doctors. While they might be sort of competing slightly, they’re both standing there saying, 'Oh god, it’s so cool, there’s two of me!' So, it’s very different. I »
- Garth Franklin
The search is still underway for that lucky actor who will be cast as the 12th iteration of the Doctor on BBC’s Doctor Who. We’ve heard a ton of rumors and speculation but so far, we don’t have anything official and likely won’t for some time. What we do have though is an update from showrunner Steven Moffat, who has opened up a bit about the future of the hit series.
Speaking to EW, Moffat wouldn’t reveal who he has his eye on, but he did talk a bit about the casting process and how they are going about it.
“Well, it’s always just terrifying. If you’re a Doctor Who fan, as I have been all my life, you’ve been doing fantasy casting for this part for as long as you can remember. But when you’re suddenly faced with the reality »
- Matt Joseph
The showrunner told Entertainment Weekly that there are "different ways you could go" in casting a replacement for Matt Smith.
"If you're a Doctor Who fan, as I have been all my life, you've been doing fantasy casting for this part for as long as you can remember," he explained.
"But when you're suddenly faced with the reality that you are going to sit there and you are going to make that decision it does feel absolutely chilling.
"There's a very big range of people who could play it and different ways you could go with it. We must get this right. One false move and the show's over."
Moffat also confirmed that the new Doctor will debut in the sci-fi drama's 2013 Christmas special, with the 12th actor to play the Time Lord »
News Louisa Mellor 11 Jul 2013 - 07:45
Steven Moffat has been chatting to EW about the 50th anniversary special, the Twelfth Doctor announcement, and more...
In conversation with EW, the Who showrunner discussed all manner of things, including Matt Smith's departure, saying it was always Smith's plan to do three series, the 50th anniversary, and the Christmas Special before vacating the role. That doesn't mean he didn't try to talk him out of going, though. Comparing Smith's decision to leave with David Tennant's, Moffat said that both wanted to leave on a high to pursue other things, and both reasoned, "If I do another series, I think I might do two more series, or three more series. I think I might never leave. »
Last month, the BBC announced that "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith had decided to leave the 50-year-old British science fiction show after this year's special Christmas episode. So how goes the search for the next Doctor? "Well, it's always just terrifying," says "Doctor Who" executive producer Steven Moffat, who recruited Smith to replace his predecessor, David Tennant, back in late 2008. "If you're a 'Doctor Who' fan, as I have been all my life, you've been doing fantasy casting for this part for as long as you can remember. But when you're suddenly faced with the reality that you are going to sit there and you are going to make that decision it does feel absolutely chilling. There's a very big range of people who could play it and different ways you could go with it. We must get this right. One false move and the show's over." »
Last month, the BBC announced that Doctor Who star Matt Smith had decided to leave the 50-year-old British science fiction show after this year’s special Christmas episode. So how goes the search for the next Doctor? “Well, it’s always just terrifying,” says Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat, who recruited Smith to replace his predecessor, David Tennant, back in late 2008. “If you’re a Doctor Who fan, as I have been all my life, you’ve been doing fantasy casting for this part for as long as you can remember. But when you’re suddenly faced with the »
- Clark Collis
Jeff Nichols’ ‘Mud’ is ‘no ordinary movie’ (photo: Matthew McConaughey in ‘Mud’) Ostensibly, writer-director Jeff Nichols’ Mud is about the titular character, played by Matthew McConaughey, who’s on the run from the law and the family of a man he killed for love of a woman, Juniper, played by a bedraggled Reese Witherspoon. That’s a fine, if ordinary, foundation for a thriller — though this is no ordinary movie by any stretch. In fact, Mud isn’t even about the character Mud; instead, it’s a coming-of-age story that’s part mystery, fable, and thriller. Beneath it all lies a love story — indeed, several love stories, all tied together through the heart of a young boy called Ellis (The Tree of Life‘s Tye Sheridan in an accomplished performance): a witness to the death of love in his family, Ellis feels it in his heart and is willing to do anything, »
- Tim Cogshell
Get ready for another music biopic! It’s time for a movie that will tell us the true story of the legendary singer and songwriter Sam Cooke, and according to the latest reports, One False Move helmer Carl Franklin is attached to direct the whole thing! Sounds like A Change Is Gonna Come, huh? So, at this moment we know that Franklin will direct the movie from a script written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, which is based on Peter Guralnick’s book Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke. The film will tell us the true story of the soul legend Sam Cooke, who...
As we've said before, music biopics tend to take a long time to develop. Music rights, pleasing various interests, getting the right talent in place can be tricky, and getting it all lined up at the right time even more difficult, but the wheels seem to be moving on a biopic on soul music legend Sam Cooke. Those of you with a good memory will recall that back in 2011, the project was first announced with veteran British writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais (the pair behind "The Commitments" and "Across The Universe") having delivered a screenplay, but not much has been heard since. Until now... Shadow & Act reports that Carl Franklin ("One False Move," "Devil In A Blue Dress," "House Of Cards") is now attached to direct the film. Abkco, the record company which owns most of Cooke's output, are independently producing the project which is based on the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Christopher Nolan may stand as Hans Zimmer’s choice of cinematic collaborator these days, but for a good stretch of more than a decade, Zimmer and Ridley Scott cut a string of iconic projects, starting with 1989’s “Black Rain” through to ventures like “Gladiator” and “Black Hawk Down.” The 1991 classic, “Thelma and Louise,” proved one of their early successes on that timeline, and now a rare interview with both men reflects their approach toward the unique material on show. With Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis in the lead, the film served as a showcase for really all involved -- particularly when it came to the soundtrack, composed by Zimmer and featuring guitar arrangements from musician Peter Haycock (himself responsible for the score to Carl Franklin’s neo-noir “One False Move”). In the clip, Zimmer discusses creating his work with Haycock -- as well as “something unobtainable” and “boisterous” for the soundtrack overall --. »
- Charlie Schmidlin
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