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Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola in the fourth of a five-part feature... read parts one, two and three.
“[Preston Tucker] developed plans for a car way ahead of its time in terms of engineering; yet the auto industry at large stubbornly resisted his innovative ideas,” remarked moviemaker Francis Ford Coppola who wanted to do a musical on the life and times of the post-World War II maverick car designer with Leonard Bernstein composing the music. The project was stalled with the financial collapse of Coppola’s studio. “I thought it was the best project Francis had ever been involved with,” stated filmmaker George Lucas (American Graffiti). “No studio in town would touch it; they all said it was too expensive. They all wanted $15 million Three Men and a Baby  movies or Crocodile Dundee, Part 73 sequels.” Lucas agreed to provide the funding for the $24 million budget which »
His reputation is legendary, but no one will argue Scott Rudin isn't one of the most creative and prolific producers in cinema history. Over the past 20 plus years, the New York based movie and stage producer has shepherded blockbusters such as "Sleepy Hollow," "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut," "Sister Act," "The Addams Family," "Ransom," "In & Out," "The First Wives Club," "Clueless" and "The Village." Rudin's specialty though, is prestige filmmaking with such critically acclaimed dramas as "Notes on a Scandal," "There Will Be Blood," "The Hours," "Wonder Boys," "The Royal Tenenbaums," "Searching for Bobby Fischer," "Doubt," "Margot at »
In terms of total dollars, once the smoke clears this weekend will end up much like the last. The major difference will be the distribution of cash flow, with a more top-heavy Social Network phenomenon grabbing the headlines. But how high will it soar? Read on! #1 movie predicted correctly: 0 Weeks In A Row The Social Network There simply isn't much in the way of precedent for this film. Searching for Bobby Fischer maybe? Michael Clayton? Hackers? Nothing seems to be very comparable, making a prediction on this one tough.
Add in the massive buzz coming from reviewers and you've got a very noisy room to predict from. It's a good movie (though I'd argue it wasn't a great one) and it should have a solid holdover going forward. But is it really going to open higher than The Town? October is a graveyard for drama, one has never opened above $30m for a weekend. »
- Laremy Legel
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg in the fourth of a five part feature... read parts one, two and three.
Collaborating with co-director Douglas Day Stewart (Listen to Me), filmmaker Steven Spielberg produced a ninety-minute video release called The Visionary (1990). The Western centres around a psychiatrist who skeptically recruits the services of an Indian medicine man to heal the troubled relationship between an American Native Indian and his wife.
A modern-day retelling of a classic children’s tale by British playwright J.M. Barrie was the next theatrical release for Spielberg. Hook (1991) stars Robin Williams (One Hour Photo) as the middle-aged Peter Pan who must return to Neverland in order to rescue his kidnapped son and daughter from the clutches of his pirating archenemy Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman). “When I was eleven years old, I, along with other kids, directed a shorten version of Peter Pan in my elementary school, »
Today in history, September 1, 1972… American chess legend Bobby Fischer beat Boris Spassky of the then Soviet Union to win the international chess crown in a match made for the cold war era, in Reykjavík, Iceland.
In 1993, Laurence Fishburne co-starred in a drama titled Searching For Bobby Fischer, which wasn’t about the chess master, but rather was based on the life of another chess prodigy, Joshua Waitzkin, who wasn’t even born when Fischer won the 1972 title. The title of the film speaks to Waitzkin’s desire to be the kind of winner that Fischer was in his prime.
But I’d like to point you to another film in which the rules of the game of chess play a pivotal role in the progression of the film and the influence it has on its characters. I’m referring to Boaz Yakin’s 1994 crime drama, Fresh, which I rarely hear mentioned anymore, »
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AP The Kate Winslet ~ Sam Mendes power duo is no more. Pardon my insensitivity (I assumed this would happen a year ago) but the errant gossip fantasy fodder thought just struck me while reading the news: I know that they're not exactly each other's type but do you think the world would explode if Kate & Leo ever gave it a go the next time they were both single?
Cinematical Green Lantern casts its aliens choosing Temuera Morrison and filmmaker/actor Taiki Waititi (also known as Taiki Cohen). Incidentally I met Taiki at Sundance and his new film Boy is tons of fun. Art house audiences will love it should any American distributor ever bite.
- NATHANIEL R
Remember when "Searching for Bobby Fischer" came out and everyone was confused because it wasn't a movie about a guy named Bobby Fischer? Well, you curious folk and especially chess fans will finally get that Fischer biopic. Variety reports that "Fight Club" director David Fincher will helm "Pawn Sacrifice" at Columbia Pictures, which also produced his upcoming Facebook movie "The Social Network."
"Pawn Sacrifice" will tell the first half of the chess Grandmaster's life story, from his beginnings as a prodigy of the game through to his historical (mostly for the media's hyping its Cold War significance) 1972 World Championship match against Russian rival Boris Spassky, after which Fischer became a celebrity and then, surprisingly, retreated into early retirement.
Oscar-nominated screenwriter Steven Knight ("Dirty Pretty Things") wrote the biopic, and Gail Katz ("The Perfect Storm") and actor Tobey Maguire will produce the film. Maguire's involvement was announced last month with claim »
- Christopher Campbell
David Fincher’s filmmaking style can easily be compared to a game of chess in its strategy, intelligence, and attention to detail. Now, the Oscar-nominated director (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) has aligned himself to direct upcoming biopic Pawn Sacrifice, the story of chess great Bobby Fischer.
That name may sound familiar because we already got a film about Fischer in 1993, entitled Searching For Bobby Fischer. Still, that Joe Mantegna/Laurence Fishburne film was an indirect tale told through the eyes of a boy looking for the chess hero – this new film would be David Fincher’s version of A Beautiful Mind.
After all, the comparisons between Bobby Fischer and Mind’s John Nash are close, considering their at times frayed states of mind and escape from reality into a world of unique talent. The story, penned by Steven Wright, has been a hit in Hollywood, landing on the »
- Mike Eisenberg
9 items from 2010
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