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Though plenty of fans were disappointed to learn that Mark Wahlberg would step into the role of Nathan Drake for David O. Russell's adaptation of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, maybe a different project with the actor will interest you. In an interview with MTV, Wahlberg revealed that he has his sights set upon Broken City, a project that would pair the actor up with director Allen Hughes, one-half of the Hughes Brothers directing duo behind films like The Book of Eli and Menace II Society. Wahlberg describes the film as a neo noir/crime thriller/mystery in the same vein as Chinatown or L.A. Confidential. Details on the story below! The actor says the plan is to shoot the film towards the end of 2011. You may remember the screenplay for Broken City appeared on the 2008 Black List of the best unproduced screenplays, so this project certainly has some potential. »
- Ethan Anderton
It's been a banner year for Mark Wahlberg. He flexed his comedic (and actual) muscles in the hits "Date Night" and "The Other Guys," and is getting some serious Oscar buzz for "The Fighter," a boxing flick that's been one of his passion projects for years. Plus, Wahlberg was recently named one of MTV's actors we're most thankful for in 2010 (quite prestigious).
As Wahlberg is finding, his 2010 successes are paving the way for a very promising 2011: He's already set to headline a surefire blockbuster (hello, "Uncharted"!) and he's poised to star in another one of his cinematic labors of love, the neo-noir "Broken City," for director Allen Hughes (a.k.a. one-half of the Hughes Brothers responsible for "Menace II Society," "From Hell" and "Book of Eli").
- Tom DiChiara
About a year ago, Tambay and others here at S&A engaged in a flurry of discussions over Lee Daniel’s controversial film, Precious. At the time, I had mentioned in passing that I planned on writing my own review of the film. For various reasons I never got around to it. Tonight, I couldn’t sleep if I didn’t at least say something and although I wouldn’t call this a straight-forward review, it may closely resemble one.
If I could present one question that came to mind after viewing Precious it would be summed up with this:
…is it better to portray the emotional horrors of child abuse through a grotesque lens better fit for Jim Crow era cinema or present it with a true grit feel that may not be as startling but more tangible to the audience it’s speaking to?
You see I was—am Precious. »
Today in history… August 31, 1888… the body of Mary Ann Nichols, a woman believed to be the legendary/mythical Jack The Ripper’s first victim is found in London’s East End. Her throat was severed deeply by two cuts, and the lower part of the abdomen was partly ripped open by a deep, jagged wound. Several other incisions on the abdomen were caused by the same knife.
Since then, Jack The Ripper has been fodder for lots of fictional tales – from music, to books, to comics, to TV shows, and of course, movies! The most memorable for a lot of you likely being From Hell, which was directed by, the Hughes Brothers – Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes – their 4th film after Menace II Society, Dead Presidents, and American Pimp.
In short, I’d say From Hell was a visually-impressive, well-acted film, but ultimately not all that thrilling, given its subject matter. »
With today’s release of Takers, a few things have been on my mind...no, it’s not really about the movie in itself nor the pretty…and there’s a lot of pretty in that film! Nah, Today my mind is on crime culture cinema. The first question I would like to pose to you all is: What is this curious fascination some of us have with films that highlight the criminal class of our society?
I thought I would start by examining my own obsession with gangster cinema. I vividly remember the first time I saw Scarface (83); it blew my mind and may have contributed to changing my world view. Watching Al Pacino as Tony Montana stand on that balcony, assault rifle in hand, yelling “You f****** Cockroaches!” was the most surreal thing I had ever seen in my short life. Back then, it was like a dirty »
With the new tv show Undercovers premiering next month, starring the already oft-mentioned Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who I know best at Freema Agyeman’s (#1 on my ‘Wifey List’) sister on Dr. Who, and pretty-boy extraordinaire Boris Kodjoe, I thought I’d focus on what seems to be, in a good way, a proliferation of Black men on tv shows lately. Although these guys are supporting characters, they’re playing some pretty intense roles and putting forth some great comedic and dramatic performances. Though none of these are network shows like Undercovers, they are often better (and sometimes better performing) than those.
Coby Bell has been working non-stop for the past decade. First as a rookie cop on Third Watch, then as team captain & starting running back Jason Pitts on The Game and now as the first cast addition since the show started three years ago – and »
- Curtis the Media Man
Any time a movie franchise -- or genre -- becomes popular enough, the parodies and spoofs of those films and that genre are sure to follow. From higher-minded spoofs like the films of Mel Brooks to the SNL-inspired tomes like "MacGruber," pointing out and exaggerating the tropes of a genre is an art form in and of itself.
On TV and at the movies, vampires and the supernatural are one of the most popular types of characters in entertainment today. The massive success of "The Twilight Saga" and of TV shows like "True Blood" make blood-sucking and forbidden passions really ripe for parody. This week, the new film, "Vampires Suck" hits AMC theatres and will do just that.
In honor of "Vampires Suck," we look back at five of our favorite spoof movies!
The Book of Eli has arrived on Blu-ray and it’s ready to deliver us. It got mediocre reviews when it was in theaters as the film was criticized for its preachy nature, uneven plot twist and lack of action. Now that the film is on Blu-ray we get to take another look at it. The question is, does The Book of Eli manage to entertain, or does it fall off the path and lose its way?
The Book of Eli is the 2010 action film directed by Albert and Allen Hughes (From Hell, Menace II Society). The film is actually more a hybrid of various genres. It has elements of the action, drama, western, adventure and thriller. The film takes place in a post-apocalyptic world that was ravaged by nuclear war. It tells the tale of one man, Eli (Denzel Washington) who is a lone wanderer across the desolate wastelands »
- Matthew Tyler
One flick we would have loved to have covered a bit more extensively is the post-apocalyptic flick The Book of Eli, but alas, despite its badassery there just weren't enough horror elements in it for us. Still, that doesn't mean we won't take this opportunity to provide you with a chance to win a copy!
That's right, Dread Heads, we've got one copy of The Book of Eli DVD/Blu-ray combo pack to give away. To win just hit us off with an E-mail Here that includes your Full Name And Mailing Address. We'll handle the heavy lifting!
Eli walks alone in post-apocalyptic America. He heads west along the Highway of Death on a mission he doesn’t fully »
- Uncle Creepy
Chicago – If there’s one cinematic trope more tired and overused than the apocalypse, it’s the Bible-quoting badass. Everyone from Jules Winnfield to the Boondock Saints have memorably demonstrated that nothing justifies mass-murder quite like the word of the Lord. Yet Eli, the mysterious hero of the Hughes Brothers’ long-awaited thriller, isn’t just armed with a few scriptural quotes. He’s got the whole book.
Despite its mediocre premise, “The Book of Eli” is a surprisingly engaging bit of nonsense, proving star Denzel Washington’s uncanny ability of making any material seem more credible than it actually is. The script by Gary Whitta is pure B-movie hokum, but directors Albert and Allen Hughes inject it with the same invention and audacity they brought to their great 1993 debut feature, “Menace II Society.” Though it’s been nearly a decade since their last film, the Hughes Brothers are still a »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The Hughes brothers remain a potent force with their post-apocalyptic thriller, Book of Eli
Hard though it may be to believe, I often get things spectacularly wrong, particularly when it comes to predicting future success or failure within the film industry. For instance, back in the late 1980s I confidently predicted that actor Dolph Lundgren would become a bigger star than either Jean-Claude Van Damme or Arnold Schwarzenegger because of the three of them he was the only bodybuilding Euro thesp who could do a decent American accent. More recently, I have been heard to declare that 3D is nothing but a passing fad, a claim which neither international box-office receipts nor the prevailing industrial wind would seem to support. My most disappointingly off-the-mark prediction, however, was made in the mid-1990s, when I pronounced that the real stars of the new black cinema were not Spike Lee, nor John Singleton, »
- Mark Kermode
I guess there's been a big isue about Hollywood casting a white kid in M. Night Hubbabubba's The Last Goofybender movie. So much of an issue that this guy decided to form racebending.com, a website dedicated to making sure Asian-Americans get cast in any role that is Asian. Which is fine, but general audiences couldn't care less. I know I couldn't care less. I'm sure the movie will be just as good or just as bad if it starred the entire cast of Menace II Society. If Avatar is such a fantastic animated series with rich storytelling then the color of the character's skin shouldn't matter much, right? And this isn't my "insensitive" racist issue on the subject. My Godson is black, my ex was Korean/Japanese, I've had Puerto Rican and Hispanic girlfriends and I was engaged to a Korean girl. Not to mention I'm a white guy »
Antoine Fuqua has revealed some of his favourite urban films. However, while praising actors such as Mekhi Phifer and Wesley Snipes, the Brooklyn's Finest director said that there is not enough funding for urban movies. Speaking to Sohh, the 43-year-old said: "There's a few of them out there, man, that I feel were good, especially the impact they had when they first came out. I think John Singleton's Boyz N The Hood was a good movie, a good solid movie, you know, that dealt with that. "Menace II Society was really good, that had a good feel as far as the texture. New Jack City, I liked New Jack, that was just a more colourful version, (more) »
- By Marcell Minaya
You can bring home Denzel Washington roaming the apocalyptic countryside on DVD and Blu-ray this June. The Book of Eli will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 15th. We don't have any pricing details on these new releases, but the Blu-ray will come with a Digital Copy and also a standard-definition version of the film as well. The film stars Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Jennifer Beals, Frances De La Tour and Michael Gambon.
Eli walks alone in post-apocalyptic America. He heads west along the Highway of Death on a mission he doesn't fully understand but knows he must complete. In his backpack is the last copy of a book that could become the wellspring of a revived society. Or in the wrong hands, the hammer of a despot. Denzel Washington is Eli, who keeps his blade sharp and his survival instincts sharper as his »
The road to a live action Akira has been a suitably long and arduous one, and the 1988 Katsuhiro Otomo anime adaptation of his own mammoth manga was not only a high point of the form, and an achievement considering the complexity and scale of the source material, but it led the way for us in the West to open our eyes to a wider, darker world.
In the twenty two years since the iconic red motorcycle blazed through the dystopian highways there has been talk (first with Sony and now Warner Bros) of making a live action film based on the Akira property. The cinematic landscape of early 90s Hollywood was changed with James Cameron’s Terminator 2, and while the world has rumbled on, the Akira project is still on the cards at the studio and Vulture have the story that The Hughes Brothers are in talks to direct.
- Jon Lyus
Whether you dig all of their films or not, Allen and Albert Hughes should at least be commended for mixing things up. Their great debut, 1993’s Menace II Society, is, arguably, the most devastating “hood” film of them all, yet since that intro the Detroit-born siblings have jumped around from a period heist (Dead Presidents) to Gothic horror (From Hell) and, most recently, post-apocalyptic action (the January hit The Book of Eli). Their names have been mentioned as possibilities for a slew of huge projects—-including a Jimi Hendrix biopic, The Lone Ranger and The Dark Knight Returns—-but it looks like they’ve settled on their next film, and, expectedly, it should be unlike anything they’ve done so far.
- Matt Barone
A live-action version of Katsuhiro Otomo's seminal manga and anime Akira has been grumbling away in development hell since the early 1990s. Last September saw the first news in a long time emerge, that a new script was being worked on by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby. And now we're hearing from New York Magazine's Vulture that Warners are finalising the paperwork with The Hughes Brothers to direct.Fergus and Ostby co-wrote the excellent Children of Men (not to mention Iron Man and Cowboys Vs. Aliens) so they've proved they know their way around a dystopia. But The Hughes Brothers are a surprise. Clearly the performance of The Book of Eli has put them in favour at Warners, but nothing on their CV (Menace II Society, Dead Presidents, From Hell) so far has hinted at future projects of the colossal magnitude of Akira.Leonardo DiCaprio's company Appian Way is part of the production team, »
While I enjoyed Book of Eli, the only movie that Allen and Albert Hughes directed that I truly care for is Menace II Society, an urban drama filmed 17 years ago. This is the reason my skin is crawling at the notion that the overrated brothers will be getting behind the camera for Akira, a live-action adaptation of the beloved Manga graphic novel from Katsuhiro Otomo. The script has been penned by Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby and Gary Whitta (who penned Eli) and set in New Manhattan, a metropolis that was rebuilt after being destroyed 31 years earlier. Akira was first adapted as a feature in 1988 as an animated film which Otomo directed. It has been nearly two years since Warner Bros. Pictures acquired the rights with Legendary Pictures from publisher Kodansha and set it up with Andrew Lazar's Mad Chance with Appian Way's Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson. »
Vulture exclusively reports that the Hughes Brothers, Albert and Allen (The Book of Eli, From Hell, Menace II Society) are currently in negotiations to direct Warner Bros. live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Ôtomo’s manga Akira. As previously reported in September 2009, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby are supposed to turn the six manga volumes into scripts for two films that will probably open in 2011. An official announcement is expected later this week. »
If you're a Lost fanatic like me, you were likely as glued to the television screen as I was last Tuesday night when the final season of this magnificent sci-fi show premiered. Like many of you, I was scratching my head as to what the hell the writers are up to for this season, and was rabidly speculating theories with my friends.
Amidst the brain melting scrutinizing, however, I found the time to geek out over two guest stars I love: the always likable John Hawkes (Deadwood, Eastbound & Down) and Japanese badass Hiroyuki Sanada (Ring, The Twilight Samurai, Sunshine).
Over the years, many recognizable actors have stopped by to do guest spots on the show, to compliment the already spectacular regular cast. While revisiting all five previous seasons of Lost in anticipation of the sixth and last season, I made a point to note all the known guest stars I spotted. »
- Arya Ponto
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