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Feature Simon Brew 3 May 2013 - 07:03
It's a risky business, filmmaking. Simon looks back at some bold, expensive 1990s movies where the gambles didn't quite pay off...
This summer's blockbuster season has got off to a startling start, with Iron Man 3 being widely praised for its willingness to rip up the rule book a little, as it continues the story of Tony Stark.
In fact, there's a subset of modern blockbusters - Nolan films, some X-Men features for instance - that are garnering increasing praise for taking bold choices with the material. That they're wagering a lot of movie studio money on projects and stories that once upon a time would have struggled to get through the system.
However, we'd argue that the 1990s was rich with such gambles too, it's just most of them never really made quite the levels of cash we're seeing now. So, here's a »
Quite the week for fans of Big Blue. Not only is it Superman's 75th birthday, but the final trailer for Man of Steel was released on Wednesday to much acclaim (read Martin Deer's reaction to the trailer here). But that isn't the only news to come from the Superman camp.
Thanks to a ruling in the U.S. District Court, Warner Bros. ended its legal issues with the heirs of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel. The ruling affirms a contested 2001 agreement between the estate and Warner, with the Siegels granting the studio and DC Comics full rights to Superman and Superboy. It's looking like Warner Bros. and DC have finally won.
It seems as though the Siegel's are never out of court over the legal rights of the Superman character. The first case began in late 40s and they were in court again in the early 70s and again in »
- Chris Cooper
they're not the stars but they steal the show. Chosen by the Guide's film writers, the prizes for the 23 best supporting actors of 2013 go to …
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There are times you feel as if Swinton has made it her mission to eradicate all traces of natural provenance. She's achieved an almost clone-like physical presence: an ageless, androgynous, translucent-skinned human blank, ready to be moulded into whatever role she's assigned. And boy does she get through them. She's been everything from a distressed housewife to the Angel Gabriel; corporate lawyer to Narnian ice queen. But in personality terms, she's the complete opposite of a blank. Malleable though she may be, Swinton has ironically become her own trademark. »
- Francesca Babb, Alex Godfrey, Andrea Hubert, Charlie Lyne, Phelim O'Neill, John Patterson, Steve Rose
Denis Leary from FX’s successful firehouse dramedy ‘Rescue Me’ has been cast to play the coach of the Cleveland Browns in Ivan Reitman and Kevin Costner‘s NFL movie, Draft Day. Reitman-directed football dramedy, which is actually being planned as an ensemble film, also stars Jennifer Garner as Costner character’s secretary. Penned by Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman, the Lionsgate movie centers around a general manager (Costner) who will go to any lengths to secure his pick during the NFL’s draft. The original script topped last year’s Black List of best unproduced screenplays. Leary will reportedly play Vince Penn, the new head coach of the Cleveland...
- Nick Martin
Justin Timberlake did what everyone thought: He rode "The 20/20 Experience" to the top of the Billboard Hot 200 Albums chart.
The Timbaland-produced disc moved 968,000 units to end the week on top. It's the 19th highest debut in Nielsen SoundScan's 22-year history.
It's certainly an accomplishment, especially given that Timberlake absconded radio jingles for a cohesive project that featured eight songs over six minutes in length. But plenty of artists have released albums that have gone platinum in a week. (He's also actually sold a million in a week before: 'N Sync's 2000 album "No Strings Attached" sold 2.4 million copies, an effort they followed up with 2001's "Celebrity," which sold 1.88 million copies.)
Just last year, Taylor Swift's "Red" moved 1.2 million copies in the seven days after its release. Timberlake and Swift deal extensively in corporate sponsorships; both singers have worked with Target, and Timberlake does the dance with Bud Light (Platinum, for »
- The Huffington Post
Hollywood's Costner takes home Honorary Award Speaking of Hollywood, the French Academy has frequently given its Honorary César (an equivalent to the Lifetime Achievement Award) to some curious group of Hollywood celebrities. Among those are Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Quentin Tarantino, Hugh Grant, Will Smith, Johnny Depp, Spike Lee, Andie McDowell, and Sylvester Stallone. This year, they've made another curious choice: Kevin Costner, whose Honorary Award was a tribute to his "fabulous contribution to cinematic history." Costner, among whose movie credits as actor and/or director are Dances with Wolves, Bull Durham, JFK, The Bodyguard, The Postman, and Waterworld, thanked the French Academy of Film Arts and Sciences for embracing him "for who I am." Other César winners Among this year's other César winners were, in the supporting categories, Valérie Benguigui and Guillaume de Tonquédec for What's in a Name? / Le Prénom, directed by Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patelliere. »
- Andre Soares
"There was a chance to capture some of the spirit of the original trilogy that I'd worked on. I thought there's an audience out there -- my grandchildren, lots of original Star Wars people -- and there always will be. It's only good that we try to do some more great ones." After all the news about Star Wars recently, I'm glad we get to hear some updates directly from the people involved. Thanks to a tip from SlashFilm, it was IGN who was lucky enough to catch both Star Wars screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg at the Final Draft Big Break screenwriting awards and get some interesting, if not vague, quotes out of them. Up first, while IGN spoke with legendary Lucasfilm screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan (Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Jedi, The Big Chill, Silverado, The Bodyguard, Darling Companion), not much was »
- Alex Billington
Whitney Houston's music will live on forever - and now, she'll be immortalized in another medium as well. Madame Tussauds is remembering the legendary singer who died last year with not one, but four separate wax figures. "We were extremely honored when Madame Tussauds approached us about doing four figures of Whitney from different points in her 30-year career," Houston's manager and sister-in-law Pat Houston said in a statement on behalf of the family. "This is something we are excited to do for the fans." The unveiling marks the first time in 200 years that the museum has simultaneously created »
- Carlos Greer
It's a Star Wars avalanche: In addition to the coming Episodes VII, VIII, and IX , Disney plans to produce a number of spinoff movies that revolve around certain characters, CEO Robert Iger tells CNBC . No word yet on which characters will be featured in the standalone films (rumor is Yoda is up first ), but Iger says they are "great ... characters that are not part of the overall saga." Lawrence Kasdan (who wrote Return of the Jedi , The Empire Strikes Back , Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Big Chill, The Bodyguard , the list goes on...) is working on the »
- Evann Gastaldo
Kevin Costner turns 58 today!The actor's career is still going strong; he just won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Devil Anse Hatfield in "Hatfields & McCoys" and will appear in this summer's blockbuster "Man of Steel" as Jonathan Kent, Superman's adoptive father.Kevin had a string of hits in the early '90s, including his Oscar-winning "Dances With Wolves," "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," and "The Bodyguard."Check out the side-by-side photo of Kevin from the 1991 Golden Globes and last weekend's event.The years have been pretty good to Kevin, who is still quite handsome (especially after ditching his silly soul patch). But what about his contemporaries like Val Kilmer and Jason Patric? Do they still look as good? Find out by clicking our "Launch Gallery" button above! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
It appears that the cast for this as of yet Untitled Thriller Project, directed by McG, has been rounded up and that production has also started. If judging by the press release, I think I’ll be looking forward to this one. Here, take a look at the press release yourself and tell us what you think:
(Beverly Hills, Calif.) January 7, 2013 – EuropaCorp and Relativity Media have closed deals with Amber Heard (The Rum Diary, Paranoia), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Connie Nielsen (Gladiator) for their Untitled Thriller project starring previously announced Oscar®-winner Kevin Costner (The Bodyguard, Dances With Wolves, Open Range). McG (Charlie’s Angels, Terminator Salvation) directs the gripping action tale from a screenplay by Luc Besson (Taken, Transporter) and Adi Hasak (From Paris With Love). The film is currently in production in Paris and will continue in Serbia, where it will wrap on April 22nd.
Collaborating with »
- Vesna Sunrider
The Scorecard Review just received a new release with casting details of McG’s upcoming untitled film.
Here is a portion of the news release:
(Beverly Hills, Calif.) January 7, 2013 – EuropaCorp and Relativity Media have closed deals with Amber Heard (The Rum Diary, Paranoia), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Connie Nielsen (Gladiator) for their Untitled Thriller project starring previously announced Oscar-winner Kevin Costner (The Bodyguard, Dances With Wolves). McG (Charlie’s Angels, Terminator Salvation) directs the gripping action tale from a screenplay by Luc Besson (Taken, Transporter) and Adi Hasak (From Paris With Love). The film is currently in production in Paris and will continue in Serbia, where it will wrap on April 22nd.
This darkly comedic action film tells a story about a secret service agent who’s agreed to return from »
- Jeff Bayer
EuropaCorp and Relativity Media have closed deals with Amber Heard (The Rum Diary, Paranoia), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Connie Nielsen (Gladiator) for their Untitled McG Thriller project starring previously announced Oscar-winner Kevin Costner (The Bodyguard, Dances with Wolves, Open Range). McG (Charlie's Angels, Terminator Salvation) directs the gripping action tale from a screenplay by Luc Besson (Taken, The Transporter) and Adi Hasak (From Paris with Love). The film is currently in production in Paris and will continue in Serbia, where it will wrap on April 22nd.
Collaborating with McG behind the scenes is a creative below-the-line team including: director of photography Thierry Arbogast (The Fifth Element), production designer Sébastien Inizan (Taken 2), sound editor Stéphane Bucher (Taken 2), costume designer Olivier Bériot (Taken) and editor Audrey Simonaud (Taken 2).
This darkly comedic action film tells a story about a secret service agent who's agreed to return »
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