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When we talk about difficult film productions, the same names seem to come through. Apocalypse Now and The Deer Hunter, for instance, are productions with well-told stories of how those behind the scenes went to proverbial hell and back. In more recent times, most of us are more than familiar with the hell that those behind World War Z went through to get it to the screen.
What I though would be a bit different though is take a generally very successful film, and dig a bit deeper to see if there was a troubled story there. One where behind the scenes issues are rarely talked about. Given that I've come to this piece straight after writing about 1991's movies, here, I settled on The Addams Family. »
Everybody says, bring back those great, gritty 70s adult thrillers. Scott Frank makes one with Liam Neeson in A Walk Among The Tombstones, and not enough people show up to launch it into a franchise. With $13 million in ticket sales so far, it’s $5 million short of what it is needed to trigger more films based on the Matthew Scudder character from Lawrence Block’s mystery novels. I can sit here and wonder if the results would have been better had Universal opened it after Denzel Washington’s turn in The Equalizer this Friday, when appetites will be whetted for challenging adult films and heroes without capes. Or I can point to the squeamishness of some critics who blasted Frank for faithfully adapting a novel about Scudder’s hunt for two serial killers preying on the girlfriends and daughters of drug dealers. It is hard to pretty that up, but one normally smart, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Directed by Tobe Hooper
Now a legendary horror film, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre as it seems to be called just as often (hereafter Tcsm either way), was at the time of its release a most unusual feature. Why the movie still resonates today though, why it still has such a strong cult following, and why it remains one of the genre’s greatest entries, is for many of the same reasons it was so groundbreaking in 1974. The Vietnam-era angst has since dissipated (or has perhaps been replaced by a new sort of battle fatigue) and the notion of a post-Night of the Living Dead horror film renaissance has certainly gone by the wayside, but Tcsm remains just as expressive and as masterfully effective it ever was.
The opening scroll touts »
- Jeremy Carr
With Marvel set to give us our first look at its Netflix series Daredevil at the New York Comic Con next month, Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb has taken a moment to discuss the upcoming show during an interview on Kfi Am 640 (via ComicBook), stating that fans wanting to know what they’re not doing with Daredevil need look no further than the 2003 feature film starring Ben Affleck.
“When we started talking to our actors and to our directors, this is with all due respect to the film, if you want to know what we’re not doing, go watch the movie. If you want to know what we’re doing, it’s very much steeped in the world of the comics, but it also has a life of its own and that’s really what television and our films really do is that we take the best… »
- Gary Collinson
Our weekly round-up of the latest superhero news and talking points, including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Punisher, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Daredevil, Big Hero 6, Deadpool, The Fantastic Four, Venom, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Superman Returns, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, Constantine, Lucifer, Supergirl, Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles, Powers and more…
It looks like Marvel Studios is gearing up to kick off the promotion for next year’s sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, with this week bringing us the first official synopsis for Joss Whedon’s eagerly-anticipated follow-up to his 2012 blockbuster, which reads as follows:
“Marvel Studios presents Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, »
- Gary Collinson
Bob Palmer, a Hollywood publicist for six decades who created the Oscar campaign for The Silence of the Lambs’ best actor winner Anthony Hopkins, has died. He was 85. Palmer, who worked for ABC, Screen Gems, MGM and Universal Studios and had his own firm during his long, fruitful career, died peacefully in his Pacific Palisades home on Monday after a brief illness, his family announced. Most recently, Palmer had been representing longtime friend and client Dick Van Dyke. Bob Palmer Public Relations also represented such actors as Faye Dunaway, Sada Thompson, David Soul, Peter Strauss and Michele Lee. Palmer
- Mike Barnes
Bob Palmer — who, through a 60-year career as a publicist, represented clients including Anthony Hopkins and Dick Van Dyke as well as some of the most popular TV shows of the 1960s and 70s — died Monday at his home in Pacific Palisades of natural causes. He was 85.
After working for ABC and several major studios, Palmer started his own firm in 1979, representing Hopkins, Van Dyke, Faye Dunaway, Sada Thompson, David Soul, Peter Strauss, Michele Lee and Larry Schiller Prods., the latter of which produced the TV movie “The Executioner’s Song.” Palmer for a time represented Hopkins as a manager, and created the 1992 Academy Award campaign for Hopkins’ performance in “The Silence of the Lambs,” for which he won the Oscar for best actor.
In an interview, Hopkins said he first met Palmer while doing a publicity junket in 1973 at the Century Plaza Hotel, and afterward they became “very good friends. »
- Ted Johnson
Daredevil’s martial arts mentor Stick will be played by Scott Glenn…
With Marvel’s Netflix-based Defenders universe not expected to materialise on-screen until next year, it’s nice to have some reassurance that the constituent shows are pushing ahead at a healthy pace.
Today, we’ve learnt that Stick, martial arts mentor to Daredevil, has been cast. Teaching The Man Without Fear to punch, kick and other important things will be veteran screen actor Scott Glenn.
It’s likely you’ll recognise Glenn from somewhere. In a prolific career spanning back to the 1970s he’s played Lieutenant Colby in Apocalypse Now, Jack Crawford in The Silence Of The Lambs, Captain Mancuso in The Hunt For Red October, Wise Man in Sucker Punch and Ezra Kramer in the Bourne series.
Stick first appeared in the comics in 1981’s Daredevil #176, and has acute control of his senses as well as telepathic and life-draining abilities. »
I’ll most definitely be checking out Marvel’s Daredevil Netflix show (even though my excitement may have dimmed a bit in the wake of writer Drew Goddard’s departure). The last we’d heard on the casting front was that Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) would be signing up for the role of Karen Page. Now we’ve got confirmed news that Scott Glenn (The Silence of the Lambs, The Right Stuff) will also be joining the series as Stick, Matt Murdock’s mentor. I can definitely see this working, Glenn has a terse reserve that allows him to be commanding without being broad. Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire) will star as Murdock/Daredevil, along with Elden Henson (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) as Murdock’s best friend and legal partner Foggy Nelson, Vincent D’Onofrio as the crime lord Kingpin, and Rosario Dawson, who has an unknown ‘critical’ role on the show. »
- Evan Dickson
Jeph Loeb, Marvel's Head of Television says: "Stick is one of the most important figures in Matt Murdock's life and Scott Glenn embodies all the qualities of someone so integral to this hero's journey. There are few actors who could bring such the authenticity, gravitas and charisma to such a key role in Matt's journey to become the super hero we call Daredevil."
Source: Marvel »
- Garth Franklin
Scott Glenn has been announced by Marvel to play the mysterious martial artist and mentor to Daredevil, Stick, in the upcoming Netflix series which is set to debut next year. Glenn is best known for his roles in The Bourne Ultimatum, The Silence of the Lambs, Training Day and Apocalypse Now. This is not the first time that the character of Stick will appear in live action, with Terence Stamp previously playing the role in Elektra back in 2005.
“Stick is one of the most important figures in Matt Murdock’s life and Scott Glenn embodies all the qualities of someone so integral to this hero’s journey,” said Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television. “There are few actors who could bring such the authenticity, gravitas and charisma to such a key role in Matt’s journey to become the super hero we call Daredevil.”
Glenn joins a growing cast »
- Thomas Roach
The anticipation for Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix continues to grow as the series begins to fill in key roles; and today’s news is no exception. The last casting news was that Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) will be playing Karen Page, which is awesome. Now it’s confirmed that Scott Glenn (The Silence Of The Lambs, The Right Stuff) will be joining the series as Stick, Matt Murdock’s mentor. You may have recently had the pleasure of watching Glenn chew »
- Graham McMorrow
Elephant Song (La chanson de l’éléphant), 2014.
Directed by Charles Binamé.
A psychiatrist is drawn into a complex mind game when he questions a disturbed patient about the disappearance of a colleague.
A young boy seeks out his mother who is a successful opera singer at a party but she has no interest in dealing with him. The flashback sequence transitions to a present day scene. An investigation is taking place involving the conduct of a psychiatrist when dealing with a patient who claims to have information about the whereabouts of a co-worker. Further flashbacks occur revealing that the home life is unsettled for the medical officer and that his ex-wife works with him at the psychiatric facility.
Everything revolves around a patient who has a fascination with elephants and seeks to manipulate the circumstances »
- Trevor Hogg
“The Town That Dreaded Sundown,” a horror pic from “American Horror Story” director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, features the Orion label in a trailer released Wednesday, its first appearance since 1999’s “One Man’s Hero.” Gomez-Rejon’s film follows the recreation of the Texarkana Moonlight Murders after a mysterious killer attempts to remake the events over 60 years later.
Orion Pictures declared bankruptcy in 1991. After exiting bankruptcy in 1996, Orion was bought by MGM, ending its nearly two decade run.
MGM brought back the Orion label as a television brand in 2013, which is currently used on syndicated court show “Paternity Court.” With no staff assigned to the label, MGM intends to use the venerable indie name Orion as an international brand for smaller releases on VOD and limited theatrical. »
- Sebastian Torrelio
Orion Pictures is alive again. The mini-major studio and distributor behind The Terminator, RoboCop and Best Picture Oscar winners Amadeus, Platoon, Dances With Wolves and The Silence Of The Lambs was acquired by MGM in 1997 after flailing financially through most of the 1980s and ’90s, but it fell off the map within a few short years. Now MGM quietly is positioning Orion Pictures as a specialty multiplatform distribution arm, starting with the October release of horror sequel The Town That Dreaded Sundown.
Deadline revealed this week that Orion will release the Jason Blum- and Ryan Murphy-produced low-budget slasher, which MGM is framing as the first new title from the revived brand. The familiar Orion constellation logo even caught some viewers’ eyes when it appeared in the film’s trailer yesterday. MGM is taking small steps; it won’t be launching the new Orion as a stand-alone initiative and »
- Jen Yamato
This Halloween season, annual scary movie marathons will take place in living rooms around the world, with friends and families gathering to watch films featuring monsters ranging from brain-eating zombies to cruel high school classmates. Showcasing a variety of villains to be viewed around Halloween, MGM and Fox have released 13 retro horror films on home media with limited edition cover art by Skuzzles.
The 13 horror titles listed below are now available in Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Best Buy Canada, Walmart Canada, and other major retailers nationwide. These releases from Metro Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Fox Home Entertainment can be purchased on Blu-ray for $7 – $8 and on DVD for $5 – $7. The artists at the cult decor company Skuzzles have crafted limited-edition faceplates for each release, providing horror hounds with fresh ways to look at old favorites. We have images of the cover art for all 13 films below.
Jeepers Creepers Child’s Play Misery »
- Derek Anderson
Big Game, 2014.
Directed by Jalmari Helander.
Trapped in the wilderness after Air Force One is forced down by a terrorist attack, the President of the United States must rely on the survival skills of a 13-year-old woodsman.
Upon the arrival of his 13th birthday, a Finnish boy embarks on coming-of-age ceremony where he hunts alone on a mountain and is expected to bring back his killed prize which will mark his passage into manhood. While this is taking place the President of the United States is aboard Air Force One heading for a conference being held in Finland. The stories become entwined when a terrorist shoots down the presidential aircraft and the world’s most powerful man has to rely on a youth who is armed with a bow and arrows for his survival. »
- Trevor Hogg
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
This week Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller ran into The Silence of the Lambs star Jodie Foster at an Emmys after-party, and Tweeted an image that ignited enthusiastic fan speculation that Fuller was courting her to direct some episodes of his hit series.
Foster has taken on less acting roles over the last few years, and has instead turned her attention toward directing. She’s directed films like The Beaver and Home for the Holidays, and recently helmed a few episodes of popular Netflix shows House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. The role of Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs is perhaps her most iconic, and fans would love to see her involved in the newest iteration of the series.
According to Fuller, however, it’s not in the cards. Not only does Foster have a full slate of upcoming projects (including the film Money Monster »
- James Garcia
At a recent Emmys party, Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller ran into The Silence of the Lambs star Jodie Foster. The result was the enthusiastic Twitter pic you see below. This encounter - a mix of two people hailing from two separate Hannibal screen adaptations - spurred rumors that Fuller was courting Foster for a directing gig on the upcoming third season of Hannibal.
I spoke to Fuller this afternoon and he provided some clarification and sobering truth.
- Ryan Turek
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