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Feature Aaron Birch 13 Dec 2013 - 07:24
As one of the most successful and high profile franchises around, why hasn't Hollywood snapped up Rockstar's GTA?
Regardless of which side of the controversial fence you sit when it comes to Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto series, there's one undeniable fact - it's hugely successful. Even before the record-shattering sales of latest entry, Grand Theft Auto V, which is reportedly the fastest-selling entertainment title ever, generating over $1 billion in only three days, the series always managed to make its owners a mint. GTA III, Vice City, San Andreas and GTA IV have all sold impressive numbers, and with each iteration Rockstar pushes the boundaries, expanding and improving on the sandbox title.
Grand Theft Auto V is arguably the pinnacle of the series, and with such a hefty fan base and massive sales figures, not to mention a firm place in popular culture and movie »
Apologies to the five or so of you who read this with any regularity, there was no column last week. Day job woes and Christmas combined to stomp my ass into a fug of inactivity in terms of watching and writing about it. Therefore you get a bumper edition this week with two weeks’ worth of content.
In other big news House of Cards returns to Netflix with season two in February and the Turbo super-fast snail animated series, based on that DreamWorks film that recently came out, debuts in December. Now TV also has you covered during Christmas week by adding a new big title pretty much every day between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, although apart from Elf on Now TV and a dedicated Christmas selection, there is a disturbing lack of Christmas themed films on the other services.
- Chris Holt
Today marks the debut of Bret Easton Ellis's eponymous podcast (in case you prefer your Gravity spoilers in audio form), and his first guest is none other than Kanye West. 'Ye and Ellis are still working together on a top-secret film project, so the podcast is mostly about films: 12 Years a Slave, Flight, There Will Be Blood, and all the movies they watched as kids. (Kanye: "I think the movie I've probably seen most in my life is Menace II Society.") This being a Kanye conversation, there is also some discussion of his creative vision and his frustration with the fashion community. (Kanye: "I got into this giant argument with the head of Zappos that he's trying to tell me what I need to focus on. Meanwhile, he sells all this shit product to everybody, his whole thing is based off of selling shit product.") Bonus fact: Kanye and »
- Amanda Dobbins
While we.re still waiting for and wondering about the delayed horror/sci-fi anthology series that the multi-talented Jamie Foxx is developing for Syfy, we now have a pretty good look at what it might look like, as Foxx just dropped his directorial debut, the exceedingly strange short film And She Was My Eve. The short was made in collaboration with Ron Howard and camera giant Canon.s Project Imaginat10n, which takes fan-submitted photographs and works a film around them. In steps Foxx and his wacky ass sense of style, along with writer Allan Loeb (Rock of Ages), and this unique short somehow came together. Tyrin Turner (Menace II Society) plays a man whose ability to communicate with women was stunted as a child, when he embarrassed himself in front of his schoolmates. As an adult, he apparently thinks the only way that he.ll find love is if »
The 21st Camerimage, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography (Nov 16-23), has revealed the competition jurors who will judge entries at this year’s event in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Jury members of the main competition jury are:
Tom Stern, cinematographer (Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, The Hunger Games);Ed Lachman, cinematographer (Erin Brockovich, The Virgin Suicides, I’m Not There);Todd McCarthy, journalist and film critic;Denis Lenoir, cinematographer (Paris, je t’aime, Righteous Kill, 88 Minutes);Adam Holender, cinematographer (Midnight Cowboy, Smoke, Fresh);Timo Salminen, cinematographer (The Man Without a Past, La Havre, The Match Factory Girl);Franz Lustig, cinematographer (Don’t Come Knocking, Land of Plenty, Palermo Shooting);Jeffrey Kimball, cinematographer (Top Gun, Mission: Impossible II, The Expendables).Polish Films Competition
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
She's not the name that some of you have expressed interest in seeing play Olivia Pope's mother on Scandal (that honor goes to Angela Bassett), but Khandi Alexander will assume that role for at least one episode of the hit ABC drama, starting this Thursday. The veteran award-winning actress/choreographer/dancer is known for her long running roles on Treme, CSI: Miami, Newsradio, and ER, as well as for her compelling work on HBO's The Corner, and in films like CB4, Menace II Society, Poetic Justice, and Sugar Hill. Her Scandal character's name will be Maya Lewis. It'll be a recurring role. Should we expect fireworks? Scandal, created by Shonda Rhimes, starring Kerry »
- Tambay A. Obenson
She's not the name that some of you have expressed interest in seeing play Olivia Pope's mother on Scandal (that honor goes to Angela Bassett), but Khandi Alexander will assume that role for at least one episode of the hit ABC drama, starting this Thursday. The veteran award-winning actress/choreographer/dancer is known for her long running roles on Treme, CSI: Miami, Newsradio, and ER, as well as for her compelling work on HBO's The Corner, and in films like CB4, Menace II Society, Poetic Justice, and Sugar Hill. Her Scandal character's name will be Maya Lewis. It'll be a recurring role. Should we expect fireworks? Scandal, created by Shonda Rhimes, starring Kerry Washington, airs on Thursday nights, at 10pm, on ABC. The series is enjoying its best season ever, in terms of ratings. Also, look for Alexander in the upcoming fourth and Final season of Treme, which premieres Sunday, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Earlier this year, Jamie Foxx got behind the camera in Brooklyn, NYC, to direct his Canon "Project Imaginat10n" short film, which we now know is called ...And She Was My Eve.The film stars Tyrin Turner (Menace II Society) and Foxx's Django Unchained co-cast member Nichole Galicia. Official synopsis reads:a man scarred early in life by unrequited love works to attain the perfect mate. In the end, he may get more then he bargains for.You'll recall the announcement made last fall that Canon U.S.A., Inc. had aligned with 5 selected directors to helm short films, based on winning photographs selected from »
- Tambay A. Obenson
In a city full of lies, revenge is the only form of justice – something an impressive roster of Hollywood heavyweights soon figure out as Broken City comes to Blu-ray and DVD on June 24, 2013, courtesy of StudioCanal. We have three copies of the Blu-ray to give away to our readers.
Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg – Ted, Contraband and the upcoming dark comedy Pain & Gain) is an ex-police officer turned private detective who is struggling to make ends meet. When the Mayor (Russell Crowe – Les Miserables, Robin Hood and the upcoming blockbuster Man Of Steel)) offers him $50,000 to investigate his wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones – Side Effects, Rock Of Ages) over suspicions that she’s having an affair, he readily accepts but in becoming the Mayor’s eyes and ears, he also becomes his scapegoat when it becomes clear that the city’s leader has more than a few secrets of his own. Double-crossed and framed, »
- Matt Holmes
Allen Hughes takes on his first feature solo with Broken City, which has Mark Wahlberg as a private investigator hired by Myc Mayor Russell Crowe to investigate his wife, whom he suspects is having an affair.
The Hughes Brothers have made some interesting choices along the way, from the urban horror stories of Menace II Society to the dangerous back alleys of London in deepest Ripper country for the misguided adaptation of From Hell. It follows that Allen Hughes would look to another decaying landscape to set his next scene and Brian Tucker’s script revels in the corruption of New York City.
The film is due on DVD and Blu-ray on the 24th of June and we’ve got a deleted scene for you to enjoy.
Here’s your clip,
The post Here’s a look at a Deleted Scene from the Broken City DVD appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Jon Lyus
It’s ironic that I stumbled onto this recent Grantland article about Tyrin Turner, considering that, just a few weeks ago, I watched the Hughes Brothers’ Menace II Society for the first time in many years.It’s amazing as well that it’s been over 20 years since that film was made, and that, even today, it is, unfortunately, still as relevant as ever. Perhaps even more so. It is a grim experience watching that film and wondering how many young black men (and women) have ended up dead since that film came out.But what about those involved with the film? The Hughes brothers are still making films. Bill Duke and Larenz Tate are still around, and Samuel l. Jackson hasn’t been exactly »
Broken City is a place where crime may be low, but the moral corruption seeping from the inner workings of City Hall are at an all-time high. Similar to the Stepford Wives of politics, simply based on face value the world is an ideal place full of purity, but beneath is the seething soul awaiting the next backstabbing deal or shadowy late night bribe. That is the world that director Allen Hughes and screen writer Brian Tucker attempted to create with their latest film. Hughes—who as one half of the Hughes Brothers directing duo gave us the gritting crime drama Menace II Society and the Denzel Washington dystopian disaster film Book of Eli—is now directing his first solo feature. Even greener to the »
- Dan Clark
I read an article over the weekend mentioning that Leonardo DiCaprio can pretty much quote the entire film Menace II Society. Movie quotes are like a second language to movie geeks; it's how we communicate with each other. However, reciting an entire film requires more than a casual viewing.
I can quote Braveheart word for word. I can act out the whole movie for you and do the voices of the characters, accents and all. It's one of my many talents. I can probably perform a one man show of the Mel Gibson epic if I wanted to. I've seen the movie hundreds of times. It still holds my record of the number of times I've seen a single movie in theaters. I saw Braveheart in theaters 12 times. I also have a friend that can perfectly quote Adam Sandler's Billy Madison, then there's our editor Eli who can get »
- Joey Paur
This past Wednesday, RapFix Live celebrated the 20th anniversary of "Menace II Society" by inviting the actors behind Caine and O-Dog, Tyrin Turner and Larenz Tate, onto the program to reminisce about the street movie classic.
During his stay on the RapFix couch, Turner shared a story about a famous fan of the film, who left a major impression on him.
"We were in New York, and Leonardo DiCaprio, who is a friend — I just recently met him and we got close — recites all of the lines from 'Menace' at the club," Turner said. "He almost did them better than me."
According to Turner, the "Django Unchained" actor knew practically every line from the film.
Head over to the RapFix Blog for more breakouts from the "Menace II Society" tribute.
- Kevin P. Sullivan
Believe it or not, “Menace II Society” was released over twenty years ago. The film launched the careers of Albert and Allen Hughes (“From Hell”, “Book of Eli”), who made the film when they were just twenty years old. While the film proved to be a critical and commercial hit at the time, the production was not without its problems. Tupac Shakur was originally supposed to play a role in the film but was fired by Allen Hughes, apparently because Tupac was causing problems on the set. The firing lead to Tupac and Allen Hughes actually coming to blows and Tupac wound up being found guilty for assault and battery, as a result.The stars of “Menace II Society,” actors Tyrin Turner and Larenz Tate, recently dropped by MTV’s “RapFix Live” to celebrate the film’s 20th anniversary and they talked about Tupac’s brief involvement with the film. »
- Ken Guidry
This past Sunday (May 26) marked the 20th anniversary of the seminal film from the Hughes Brothers, "Menace II Society." To commemorate the occasion, the two stars of the film, Larenz Tate and Tyrin Turner, will be stopping by RapFix Live to sit down and talk with Sway about the film's influence, especially on rap culture, all of these years later.
RapFix Live begins today (5/29) at 4 p.m. Et, and that's when you'll be able to see our exclusive sit-down with Turner and Tate about the importance of "Menace II Society" and why it still matters today.
Check it all out in the video player above starting at 4 p.m. Et.
- MTV Movies Team
Jamie Foxx stepped behind the camera in Brooklyn, New York last week as Director for Canon’s “Project Imaginat10n.” Starring Tyrin Turner, a long-time friend and star of cult classic, Menace II Society and Nichole Galicia, from Django Unchained, Jamie was a hands-on director. And he had some great visitors on set – Ron Howard, his mentor on the project, David West from the Pacers and tons of fans including the Sanitation Department that was across the street on the last day of filming.
Filmmakers of all skill levels can select from the same pool of 91 winning photos to showcase their creativity and storytelling abilities by taking a seat in the director’s chair. Submissions will begin on June 4, 2013 at imagination. »
- Philip Sticco
Jamie Foxx got behind the camera in Brooklyn, NYC last week, to direct his short film for Canon's "Project Imaginat10n." I only just learned that the film stars Tyrin Turner (Menace II Society) and Foxx's Django Unchained co-cast member Nichole Galicia. No word still on what exactly this film is about, but, recapping, you'll recall the announcement made last fall that Canon U.S.A., Inc. had aligned with 5 selected directors to direct short films under the watchful eye of producer/director Ron Howard. The five were/are Jamie Foxx, Eva Longoria, Biz Stone, Georgina Chapman and James »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Director Ron Howard and daughter/actress Bryce Dallas Howard have teamed up to jump on the user-generated content bandwagon with the new film contest for Canon, "Project Imaginat10n." A number of celebrity directors are getting involved in the project, including Eva Longoria, James Murphy, Georgina Chapman and Jamie Foxx, who recently starting shooting his short film in Brooklyn.The film stars Tyrin Turner, Foxx's longtime friend and the star of "Menace II Society," and Foxx's "Django Unchained" co-star Nichole Galicia. Howard, along with Foxx's mentor on the set, David West, paid on-set visits during shooting.Beginning June 4, filmmakers of all skill levels can submit up to five photographs per 10 storytelling prompts -- among them, "setting," "mood," "backstory" and "the unknown." Submissions close in the fall and after a judging panel selects finalists in mid-October, Ron Howard and a public vote will determine 91 winning photographs. Then, directors will choose 10 photos, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Brooklyn, New York was the scene of Jamie Foxx’s newest film. This film isn’t your standard Hollywood blockbuster, though; it’s a film for Canon’s “Project Imaginati0n.” Foxx was the director for the latest film in the Canon project. The film stars Tyrin Turner, one of Foxx’s long time-friends and star of the cult classic “Menace II Society,” along with “Django Unchained” actress Nichole Galicia. “Project Imaginati0n” mentor Ron Howard and visitors including David West from the Indiana Pacers and fans populated the set. You can take a look photos from the film set below the post. Other celebrity directors for Project Imaginat10n include Eva Longoria, James Murphy, Biz Stone and [ Read More ]
The post Jamie Foxx Directs Project Imaginati0n Film in Brooklyn appeared first on Shockya.com. »
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