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Morgan Freeman has opened up about the prominent filmmakers who he has worked with throughout his illustrious career.
When asked by Collider if there are any common traits with all the directors that he has worked with, Freeman answered: "No. I'll be more explicit here. Great directors are great directors by product, not by process. You work with some great directors that drive you nuts, because they'll shoot 17 or 25 takes.
"There are other great directors who move through a production like s**t through a goose, they just don't stop, they keep moving and they come up with good product. They're under budget and on time, or a little quicker than on time.
From Tommy Lee Jones directing himself and The Swank we turn to another far more accomplished actor-turned-director. Clint Eastwood has won four Oscars in his career from two films (Unforgiven & Million Dollar Baby) but the 83 year old director has had a bit of a rougher run than usual in recent years, critically speaking. He's back with Jersey Boys based on the Broadway jukebox hit about the Four Seasons.
Let's divvy up our reactions to the trailer.
• There will be a lot of music
• Counterprogramming in the blockbuster realm of summer movies could help with critical reception so that's a smart move.
• Newish handsome actors in plum star-making position (if the movie is good and they ace it)
- NATHANIEL R
From director Clint Eastwood comes the trailer for the big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys. The film opens in theaters on June 20th.
The film tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons.
The story of their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the songs that influenced a generation, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Dawn,” “Rag Doll,” “Bye Bye Baby,” “Who Loves You,” and many more.
These classic hits are now being embraced by a new generation of fans through the stage musical, which has been running on Broadway for more than eight years and has also enjoyed successful tours around the globe.
- Michelle McCue
Clint Eastwood Week with Alan Spencer! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Spencer introducing "The Dead Pool."The fifth and final film in Eastwood’s “Dirty Harry” series is memorable for early career appearances by Liam Neeson and Jim Carrey. Directed by Buddy Van Horn whose remarkably long and action-packed career as a stunt man (beginning in 1951 with the Byron Haskin western Warpath) was sidetracked by three directorial jobs for Eastwood, including Dead Pool, Pink Cadillac and Any Which Way You Can. Versatile cinematographer Jack Green went on to provide the uniquely noirish western look for Eastwood’s oscar-winning Unforgiven. »
- Trailers From Hell
The fifth and final film in Eastwood’s “Dirty Harry” series is memorable for early career appearances by Liam Neeson and Jim Carrey. Directed by Buddy Van Horn whose remarkably long and action-packed career as a stunt man (beginning in 1951 with the Byron Haskin western Warpath) was sidetracked by three directorial jobs for Eastwood, including Dead Pool, Pink Cadillac and Any Which Way You Can. Versatile cinematographer Jack Green went on to provide the uniquely noirish western look for Eastwood’s oscar-winning Unforgiven.
The post The Dead Pool appeared first on Trailers From Hell.
- TFH Team
The video team here at HitFix constantly impresses me with not only the volume of work that they produce, but also the quality. We've gotten very lucky with the people we've hired, and they make any of our collaborations both easy and fun. Last week, they approached me about a new ongoing feature that they wanted to do, and tomorrow, we're going to shoot the first episode of "Ask Drew," which is exactly what it sounds like. I am constantly asked questions via e-mail and Twitter and in our comments section, and I feel like I never fully answer all of them, something that makes me feel terrible. I am grateful for each and every reader of the work we do here at HitFix, and if I can answer something, I try to. To that end, we are going to try something a little different here starting tomorrow. I want »
- Drew McWeeny
Directed by filmmaker Vic Armstrong (Thor, Amazing Spider-man, War Of The Worlds), the apocalyptic action-adventure also features Chad Michael Murray, Cassi Thomson, Nicky Whelan, Lea Thompson and Jordin Sparks.
Left Behind follows Rayford Steele (Cage) who is piloting a commercial airliner just hours after the Rapture when millions of people around the globe simply vanish. Thirty thousand feet over the Atlantic, Rayford is faced with a damaged plane, terrified passengers, and a desperate desire to get back to his family. On the ground, his daughter, Chloe Steele (Cassi Thomson) is among those left behind, forced to navigate a world of madness as she searches for her lost mother and brother.
- Michelle McCue
Among the most highly anticipated films to be released in 2014, Stoney Lake Entertainment announces the full-length action-adventure motion picture Left Behind. The movie stars Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage as Rayford Steele, as well as Chad Michael Murray, Cassi Thomson, Nicky Whelan, Lea Thompson and Jordin Sparks. The movie is directed by veteran filmmaker, Vic Armstrong, widely renowned for directing action sequences. Left Behind is produced and distributed by Stoney Lake Entertainment, with the national release slated for October 3, 2014.
Left Behind follows Rayford Steele (Nicolas Cage) who is piloting a commercial airliner just hours after the Rapture when millions of people around the globe simply vanish. Thirty thousand feet over the Atlantic, Rayford is faced with a damaged plane, terrified passengers, and a desperate desire to get back to his family. On the ground, his daughter, Chloe Steele (Cassi Thomson) is among those left behind, forced to navigate a world »
Directed by Sang il-Lee.
An aging swordsman is lured back to perform one final job.
Walking into the showing of Yurusarezaru Mono, the remake of the 90s western Unforgiven, with it’s poster echoing the original directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, the question has to be asked whether the sentiments of following another film’s story so closely in a remake can be seen as a positive. Is it just as high an achievement to bend and change details from a film to better fit the original and achieve a good story, as it is to take an original movie and take it to entirely new places?
This film slaves to be as close to the original as possible, with a steely determination to stick to the story that came before it, but there »
- Gary Collinson
Released to widespread acclaim back in 1992, Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winning revenge tale Unforgiven is fondly remembered as a valiant last stand by an American movie genre that had been slowly dying a death for decades. The West, as it transpired, had been well and truly won, despite several sporadic attempts to spur the old horse back into life (see Open Range, the Coen brothers' True Grit and, most recently, Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained). Now, 22 years on from Eastwood's original, director Lee Sang-il presents Yurusarezaru mono (2013), a loose remake transposed to nineteenth century Japan. »
- CineVue UK
We Are What We Are (18)
The story of an archaic backwoods family with very good reasons for their insularity, this spends such a long time laying out its twisted domestic set-up, it's almost as if it's in denial about being a horror movie (remade from a Mexican original). It's a wise decision. If you don't know the family's Big Secret already, it would be a shame to spoil it; let's just say it pulls the story into real shock and gore territory.
The Book Thief (12A)
- Steve Rose
As much as we talk about the stats and trends of the Oscars, each year of the awards seems to present us with a new piece of history. This year, Dallas Buyers Club could make history as the first film to win both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in a film that did not receive a Best Director nomination. While Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto seem to be locked into their wins, this did provide an interesting jumping off point to look at the recent history of this category.
Here are the films in the past 25 years that have managed a Best Actor and Supporting Actor nomination:
1989: Driving Ms. Daisy – Morgan Freeman and Dan Ackroyd
1993: Schindler’s »
- Terence Johnson
It’s not often that American films get a foreign language adaptation (it’s usually the other way around), but director Lee Sang-il has taken Clint Eastwood’s revisionist Western, Unforgiven and placed it in Eighteenth Century Japan. We’ll get to watch the critically acclaimed when it comes out in UK cinemas this Friday, but let’s take a look at other surprising remakes of foreign language remakes (and vice versa!).
Title: Yurusarezaru Mono (2014)
Who Made It?: Ken Watanabe stars as a lone former samurai who is drawn back to his violent past when he’s enlisted by prostitutes to exact revenge on a no good John.
There Was An Original?: Yes! Unforgiven, 1992’s Best Picture winner directed by Clint Eastwood. Watanabe took Eastwood’s lead role in the remake, while Akira Emoto makes for an excellent counterpart to Morgan Freeman as his partner in crime.
- Paul Heath
Stranger By The Lake (18)
Sex and death take a synchronised swim in this bold thriller, shot at a single lakeside location. It's a popular cruising spot, and the rituals of its regular (and regularly naked) male visitors are observed with a combination of frankness, lyricism and mischievous satire. But a more mysterious tone takes hold when newcomer Franck sees his Selleck-moustachio'd crush commit a terrible crime. The riptide of desire drags him into a dangerous game.
Making Twilight look like Sesame Street, Jarmusch gives us the coolest vampires imaginable – too cool to even do much vampire stuff. »
- Steve Rose
That Lars von Trier, he's a naughty one, eh? And befitting its subject matter, his latest grandiose provocation has been preceded by a prolonged foreplay-session of teaser trailers and titillating rumours. Now, for one night only, you can watch both halves of the movie back to back before it goes on release in two halves later this month. Despite being four hours long and sexually explicit, it's far from the sado-masochistic experience it sounds, with digressions into baroque music, fly fishing and dessert forks, and a steady procession of familiar faces including Uma Thurman, Christian Slater, Jamie Bell and Willem Dafoe. Afterwards, you'll be rewarded with a satellite Q&A, live from the Curzon Chelsea, in which three of the film's stars – Von Trier veteran Stellan Skarsgård and Britons Stacy Martin »
- Steve Rose
Kind of a good news/bad news situation this week. Bad news for those of us who like to watch sitcoms of 30 minutes in length whilst we eat dinner during the week, Channel 4 has decided to remove most of its good content including Peep Show, The It Crowd and Black Books from Netflix and Lovefilm as of February 15th. You can still watch these online but you have to go through their frankly useless 4Od app which I have never managed to watch a full episode of anything on without it crashing at the bloody adverts. Whilst its admirable that Channel 4 are taking things back in-house, they really need to improve their software first, or maybe they already have because I gave up on it back in 2012 and never finished season two of The Killing.
The good news is that Netflix have debuted season two of political drama House of Cards, »
- Chris Holt
Ahead of its UK release later this month, Warner Bros. has debuted a new trailer for Yurusarezaru Mono (A Thing That Can't Be Forgiven) - a.k.a. the Japanese remake of Clint Eastwood's western classic Unforgiven, which sees Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, Inception) taking on the Eastwood role, albeit as an aging samurai in feudal Japan.
Yurusarezaru Monu is directed by Lee Sang-il (Akunin) and also stars Koichi Sato (The Magic Hour) in the Gene Hackman role and Akira Emoto (Villain) as the main character’s old friend, portrayed by Morgan Freeman in Unforgiven.
Yurusarezaru Monu is set for a UK release on February 28th.
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- Gary Collinson
The story takes place on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido in the 1880s, during a time when Japanese settlers were displacing the native Ainu people. Watanabe plays a samurai with a fearsome reputation as a swordsman who is living in retirement with his Ainu wife when poverty and a large bounty tempt him into action again.
The movie also stars Kunimura Jun, Yagira Yuya, Sato Koichi, Emoto Akira, Koike Eiko, and Kutsuna Shioli. Unfortunately there's still no U.S. release date, but hopefully we get one soon. »
- Joey Paur
Warner Bros. U.K. has posted a trailer for the Japanese remake of Unforgiven. For those who haven’t seen Clint Eastwood’s 1992 masterpiece, it centers on an old gunfighter who reluctantly joins his former partner and a swaggering hotshot to claim the bounty on two men who attacked a prostitute. The remake changes the setting to Hokkaido in 1880 and from gunslingers to samurai, but the general plot remains mostly intact. When I saw the film at Tiff last year, I thought the technical craft was superb, but director Lee Sang-il has trouble figuring out how to significantly separate his picture from Eastwood’s. Hit the jump to check out the trailer, which we posted last year, but this new one now has subtitles. The film stars Ken Watanabe, Akira Emoto, Jun Kunimura, and Shiori Kutsana. Unforgiven opens in the U.K. on February 28th. »
- Matt Goldberg
I’ve only seen the Japanese trailer for Lee Sang-il’s “Unforgiven” so far, but even then it looked like a pretty faithful retelling of the Clint Eastwood Western. Here’s the English-subtitled trailer, which was cut for the film’s upcoming UK theatrical release later this month, which is odd, because though it’s based on a very well-known and Award winning Hollywood movie, I don’t think the film is getting any Stateside love at all. Weird. Anyways, the UK trailer confirms my initial conclusion that the remake is very faithful (to a fault, in some cases) to the original. Check it out below, check it outers. For the first time in Japanese cinematic history, an American Academy Award is coming to life. Released worldwide in 1992, Unforgiven, starring and directed by Clint Eastwood, was hailed by critics as a cinematic masterpiece. It was nominated for nine Oscars and bought home four, »
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