15 items from 2013
There are few events in the entertainment calendar as painfully glamorous as the Cannes Film Festival. A-List stars parading around a gorgeous, exotic location in dresses that cost the same as a down payment on a nice semi-detached in Chiswick - this is showbiz heaven, isn't it?
You'd think it impossible when surrounded with so much luxury to have a bad time, but sadly for some celebs their visit to the showcase was a right pain in the derrière, as the French call it. As the 66th festival kicked off last night (May 15) with a gloomy, rain-lashed premiere of The Great Gatsby, we take a moment to remember the stars who came home crying from Cannes.
Despite being one of the most well-known women in the world, Angelina Jolie is fiercely private when it comes to matters of health and family. »
Adapted from a Patricia Highsmith novel, the story follows a young married couple, whose lives are altered when their acquaintances around them start turning up dead. While no actors have been attached at this time, conversations are under way with a "big star" to take one of the lead roles. Zach Helm (Stranger Than Fiction) wrote the screenplay adaptation.
Eleven years ago Adrian Lyne directed Diane Lane to a Best Actress Oscar nomination in Unfaithful. Since then he's directed nothing. Now the director of Flashdance, Fatal Attraction and Indecent Proposal is ready to get back behind the camera with Deep Water at Fox. Written by Zach Helm (Stranger Than Fiction, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium), the film is an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's thriller telling the story of Vic and Melinda, an attractive young married couple whose mind games with each other take a twisted turn when people around them start turning up dead. Previous Highsmith adaptations include Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers On A Train and Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr. Ripley, which starred Matt Damon, Jude Law and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Deadline delivers the news and with it the unsurprising news a "big star" is already in discussions, though whether or not it's for the role of Vic or Melinda is unclear. »
- Brad Brevet
After stepping away from Hollywood for more than a decade, director Adrian Lyne is finally ready to make his big comeback. Deadline is reporting that the filmmaker best known for libidinous titles like 9 1/2 Weeks, Fatal Attraction, Indecent Proposal, Unfaithful and the 19967 remake of Lolita is now set to direct Deep Water, an adaptation of the 1957 Patricia Highsmith suspense novel. The project has actually been floating around Hollywood for a few years now, and previously had Mike Nichols attached to direct. Zach Helm, who previous scripted movies like Stranger Than Fiction and Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, wrote the script, which centers on a husband who tries to save his marriage by letting his wife sleep with other men. This turns out to be a problem, however, when all of the men that she sleeps with end up dead. The latest report says that the people behind the production have already been »
While Steven Soderbergh's "Side Effects" and Danny Boyle's "Trance" recently reignited the erotic drama/thriller, few filmmakers defined the genre in the way Adrian Lyne did. With films like "Flashdance," "9 1/2 Weeks," "Fatal Attraction," "Indecent Proposal," and "Lolita" all under his belt, he raised the temperature in the nation's multiplex before kinda dropping off the grid following 2002's "Unfaithful." But it's not like he hasn't been trying. Last year, he was linked to an adaptation of John Grisham's "The Associate," and while movement on that has been quiet, something else is gaining steam. Lyne has signed on direct "Deep Water," an adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel, produced by Steve Zaillian and written by Zach Helm. Initially reported to be a "dark, sexy comedy," it's not clear if they are taking a more sober approach (it's now described as a thriller), but the story centers on a man »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: After directing the steamy, sexy hits Flashdance, 9 1/2 Weeks, Fatal Attraction, Indecent Proposal, and Lolita, Adrian Lyne has found nothing to get excited about since 2002′s Unfaithful. Finally, he has found a project that has him hot and bothered. Lyne last night closed a deal to direct Deep Water, a Zach Helm-scripted adaptation of the classic thriller novel by Patricia Highsmith, the late author of Strangers On A Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley. Lyne is making the film with Fox 2000‘s Elizabeth Gabler, with whom he teamed on Unfaithful, the study of infidelity that starred Richard Gere, Diane Lane, and Olivier Martinez. Deep Water will be mounted as a co-production between Film Rites and Film 360. The contemporized Deep Water tells the story of Vic and Melinda, an attractive young married couple whose mind games with each other take a twisted turn when people around them start turning up dead. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Robert Redford's new film sees the Hollywood liberal play a craggy radical, hiding away from a criminally subversive past under an assumed name. Once the FBI rumbles him, the agents on his trail spend some time comparing the image of his lined face to that of his much younger, 1970s, moustachioed self.
Cinema audiences across the world have travelled down that same long, ageing trail with Redford too, watching as his luminous youth in the role of Bubber in the 1966 film The Chase was gradually replaced, first by the poised cynicism of The Candidate and then by the stately leading man in Out of Africa or the worn-out sleaze of his Indecent Proposal to Demi Moore. Yet, as a man, Redford's radical zeal remains undimmed.
- Vanessa Thorpe, Philip French
Teinosuke Kinugasa’s glorious and vibrant masterpiece, Gate of Hell, excitingly receives a Criterion digital remastering this month, a certifiable occasion because this not only recreates the film’s initial visual beauties, but the first time it will be widely available stateside (cinephiles were only previously privy to Eureka Entertainment’s UK Blu-ray release). Winner of the top prize at Cannes, as well as the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and Costume Design, Martin Scorsese names the film among one of the most beautiful color films of all time.
Based on the play Kesa’s Husband by Ken Kikuchi, the setting is 1159 Ad, known as the Heiji Era, and a rebellion has been staged against the royal family. Under siege, it is decided that a decoy must be used to distract the rebel army, and Lady Kesa (Machiko Kyo) assumes the responsibility, carted away by a group of samurais. »
- Nicholas Bell
Do you remember that magical weekend when you could see either the new movie about kids playing baseball in an empty field or the new movie about Robert Redford paying a million dollars to sleep with Woody Harrelson's wife? You do?? Then I have terrible news for you: You're Old™. Because that was 20 years ago. Yes, Indecent Proposal was released on April 9, 1993 -- Good Friday, by the way -- and competed for attention with The Sandlot, which had opened two days earlier. (It was spring break for a lot of people, hence the Wednesday release for a kid-oriented movie.) I suspect there was little overlap between the two films' audiences. In fact, it's safe to say that anyone who saw them both in the theater was either a middle-aged pervert or a horny 13 year...
- Eric D. Snider
G.I. Joe sequel tops global box office, boasting the year's no. 1 debut around the globe Here's definitive proof that audiences the world over have an insatiable thirst for Good Movies, Good Stories, and Good Acting: director Jon M. Chu's G.I. Joe: Retaliation, "2013's first blockbuster" in the words of distributor Paramount, opened with a remarkable $132 million at the worldwide box office -- the year's top weekend debut. (Pictured above in all their glory: six-packed D.J. Cotrona shirtless, Top Hunk Channing Tatum, and Big Bear Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock in the Magic Mike sequel, huh, in Gay I Joe -- er, in G.I. Joe: Retaliation) As found in The Hollywood Reporter, studio vice chairman Rob Moore remarked that the $130 million-budgeted action flick's 3D conversion and reshot sequences got it "to a great place," which helps to explain the film's international success. Said "great place" has a worse-than-mediocre 21% approval »
- Zac Gille
What’s more amazing/disturbing, that The Sandlot is turning 20 years old or that it didn’t open in the summertime? One generation’s beloved celebration of baseball and coming of age opened on April 9, 1993. That’s a couple weeks from now, but we figured we’d highlight the occasion early because a special anniversary Blu-ray hits stores this Tuesday. Let’s look back. Unforgiven had just won Best Picture. We were more than a month into the Waco siege. Snow’s “Informer” was pushing through its first month as the #1 single in America. While the adults were off watching Indecent Proposal the same weekend, their children were seeing The Sandlot, yet it really built its audience on video and through constant TV play over the two decades that followed. How has it struck a chord with so many people when it’s really just a rehash of Stand By Me with a more family friendly plot »
- Christopher Campbell
A few weeks back, I felt a burning desire to see a movie about a person with deep psychological problems who is sometimes given to violent episodes, whose marriage is a complete disaster, and who has trouble finding the right medication to deal with these assorted personality disorders. It was one of those long, grey, miserable afternoons where you just know at some primal level that seeing a movie about a deeply disturbed human being will make you feel better about your own sad little life. This, after all, is what movies are all about.
Unfortunately, I arrived at the multiplex too late to see Bradley Cooper weave his special magic in Silver Linings Playbook. So instead I caught Side Effects, in which Rooney Mara plays a person with deep psychological »
- Joe Queenan
Whether romantic, playful, or dangerous, the sex scene has always been a Hollywood staple. Suddenly, it has disappeared. EW investigates.
We all remember our first time, right? If you were growing up in the ’80s, it could’ve been when Tom and Rebecca broke every public-decency law on that train in Risky Business. Or if you were a ’90s teen, it might’ve been Demi and Patrick getting clay in places clay should never, ever be, in Ghost. For the millennials: maybe Reese and Ryan playing tongue tag in Cruel Intentions?
The first love scene you saw in a movie is hard to forget. »
- Adam Markovitz
Monica is an upcoming new feature film from producer Datari Turner, via his Datari Turner Productions, along with Gordon Bijelonic-Datari Turner Films and Imprint Entertainment. Described as a present-day Indecent Proposal, here's a breakdown for the film: An engaged aspiring artist couple make a pact in order for Monica to take a job as an exotic dancer to take care of her cancer stricken father. Once the pact the couple made is broken, there lives are changed forever. The film's lengthy cast list includes: Mariel Hemingway, James Remar, Lynn Whitfield, Omari Hardwick, Carmen Electra, Lisa Raye, Robert Hoffman, Briana Evigan, Nia Peoples, Datari Turner, Omar Gooding, Ali »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The film legend, who founded the independent festival, was furious because Hilton didn't have anything to do with the films they were showing, the Daily Express reported.
"She and her hard-partying cohorts have made the festival not much fun. There are too many people who come to the festival to leverage their own self-interest," the Indecent Proposal star, 75, ranted. (Ani) »
- Abhijeet Sen
15 items from 2013
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