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British director Stephen Frears, best known for The Queen, High Fidelity and The Grifters, is re-teaming with producer Jeremy Thomas and writer Peter Prince to remake their 1984 gangster road flick The Hit. [Variety]
The original starred John Hurt and Tim Roth as a pair of incompetent hitmen hired to track down an informer – Terence Stamp – at his Spanish hideout and haul him back to Paris to be executed. Everything goes completely wrong, of course. The remake is in its very early stages of development and, says Thomas, will relocate the action to Mexico and the United States.
“The idea is to make it as an American movie about an American gangster, to tell the story against the backdrop of the land of cinema,” Thomas said.
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The Vanishing (1993) is a psychological thriller (American remake of the 1988 Franco-Dutch film) directed by George Sluizer, screenplay by Todd Graff, and based on the novel of the same name written by Tim Krabbe. Starring Jeff Bridges (Tron Legacy, The Big Lebowski), Kiefer Sutherland (24, Lost Boys), Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side, The Proposal), and Nancy Travis (Almost Perfect, Becker). Barney Cousins (Jeff Bridges) is a strange man. He'… »
Mainstream horror entered something of a grey zone during the 1990s as even fans of the tentpole slasher franchises got bored with sequels and rehashes. When people recall the films from the ’90s that actually scared or disturbed them, there’s a good chance those movies weren’t horror films per se. Horror continued to crossbreed with other genres, and a number of films emerged where investigations led to the uncovering of horror in the ‘real world.’ The serial killer movie in particular took on a new lease of life after the unprecedented success at the box office and Oscars of Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs, based on Thomas Harris’s novel.
“Silence” is the third film I’ve mentioned in this series to take inspiration from the real-life killer Ed Gein; the other two are Psycho and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Three very different movies, »
- Adam Whyte
31 – Rosemary’s Baby
Directed by Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski’s brilliant horror-thriller was nominated for two Oscars, winning Best Supporting Actress for Ruth Gordon. The director’s first American film, adapted from Ira Levin’s horror bestseller, is a spellbinding and twisted tale of Satanism and pregnancy. Supremely mounted, the film benefits from it’s strong atmosphere, apartment setting, eerie childlike score and polished production values by cinematographer William Fraker. The cast is brilliant, with Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes as the young couple playing opposite Ruth Gordon and Sidney Blackmer, the elderly neighbors. There is ominous tension in the film from first frame to last – the climax makes for one of the greatest endings of all time. Rarely has a film displayed such an uncompromising portrait of betrayal as this one. Career or marriage – which would you choose?
30 – Eraserhead
Directed by David Lynch
Filmed intermittently over the course of a five-year period, »
Alfred Hitchcock and Cecil B. DeMille might have been able to successfully redo their own movies, but more recent auto-remakes, especially ones that find directors cranking out a U.S. version of their own foreign-language hit, have been a motley crew. The best, like Michael Haneke's 2007 Funny Games and Takashi Shimizu's The Grudge, tend to be merely functional enterprises that revisit what worked the first time around with added English-speaking and possibly more famous actors. But others highlight in a painfully clear way the compromises that so often come with working in Hollywood. Ole Bornedal's wan Nightwatch lost the nasty edge of the Danish original and retained no other distinguishing characteristics, and George Sluizer's 1993 The Vanishing ditched the finale of his 1988 Spoorloos, an uncompromisingly bleak and great ending, for a studio-friendly happy one that undoes everything toward which the first film built. »
25 – Halloween
Directed by John Carpenter
1978 – Us
A historical milestone that single-handedly shaped and altered the future of the entire genre. This seminal horror flick actually gets better with age; it’s downright transcendent and holds up with determination as an effective thriller that will always stand head and shoulders above the hundreds of imitators to come. Halloween had one hell of an influence on the entire film industry. You have to admire how Carpenter avoids explicit onscreen violence, and achieves a considerable power almost entirely through visual means, using its widescreen frame, expert hand-held camerawork, and terrifying foreground and background imagery.
24 – Black Christmas
Directed by Bob Clark
1974 – Canada
We never did find out who Billy was. Maybe it’s for the best, since they never made any sequels to Bob Clark’s seminal slasher film, a film which predates Carpenter’s Halloween by four years. Whereas Texas Chainsaw Massacre, released the same year, »
A few days ago, director George Sluizer (The Vanishing) revealed that he will finish "Dark Blood," the 1993 drama that actor River Phoenix (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Stand By Me) was shooting when he died of a drug overdose. The helmer said that he has been speaking with Phoenix's brother Joaquin Phoenix (Gladiator) to provide the voice of River in order to complete the film and have it in theaters by next year. Unfortunately Joaquin is denying these talks and is refusing to participate in the project. "Despite George Sluizer's claim that he has been communicating with River Phoenix's family in regard to releasing River's last film, Joaquin Phoenix and his family have not been in communication with the director nor will they participate in any way," a rep for Joaquin said. In "Dark Blood," Phoenix plays a hermit living in the desert on a nuclear »
Reports surfaced yesterday that River Phoenix’s last unfinished film, Dark Blood, was to be completed after 18 years. The late actor was still in the midst of shooting the movie — a thriller about a couple in a desert, co-starring Judy Davis — with director George Sluizer (best known for 1988′s Spoorloos/The Vanishing) when he passed away in 1993 at the age of 23. Sluizer reportedly said he was still in touch with the Phoenix family, and that he planned to ask River’s brother, actor Joaquin Phoenix, to provide the voiceover for River’s character.
This was apparently news to Joaquin Phoenix and family, »
- Sara Vilkomerson
Eighteen years after the death of actor River Phoenix (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Stand By Me), Dutch director George Sluizer (The Vanishing) revealed that he will finish "Dark Blood," the 1993 drama that Phoenix was shooting when he died of a heart attack on Halloween night outside the Viper Room in Los Angeles. After the actor's death, apparently of a drug overdose, Sluizer took "Dark Blood" footage and hid it out of fear that it would be destroyed. He has now re-edited the material and believes that with some voice over work, he can deliver a final cut of the film for release next year. He will ask Joaquin Phoenix to provide the voice of his brother. In "Dark Blood," Phoenix plays a hermit living in the desert on a nuclear testing site as he waits for the end of the world. When a Hollywood jet-set couple (played by »
Director George Sluizer (the man behind both the original and American remake of The Vanishing starring Jeff Bridges and Kiefer Sutherland) has kept the final performance of the late River Phoenix under lock and key for quite awhile. That is until now. The Dutch director of Dark Blood, who hid the footage of the film after Phoenix tragically died of a drug overdose at the age of 23 with only 11 days left in production, has stated that he has since re-edited the film with plans on releasing it next year. However, Phoenix's performance will need some Adr, a task that will use the voice of Joaquin Phoenix to help. “The voices of both brothers are very much alike,” Sluizer told THR. I'm sure this won't be a roadblock for the film's eventual release, considering that the director has stayed close with the Phoenix family, not to mention that I imagine »
- James Wallace
On Halloween night, 1993 River Phoenix cut his own life and acting career short when he died of a drug overdose outside The Viper Room in West Hollywood. Before he died, he had made a strong mark on the movie world with performances in Stand By Me, My Own Private Idaho and an Oscar nomination for his role in Running On Empty. Phoenix appeared in three films that were released in 1993, but there was one left unfinished – a thriller called Dark Blood that dealt with the long-term effects of nuclear testing and saw Phoenix playing a hermit widower living out in the desert awaiting the end of the world. Eighteen years later, director George Sluizer (The Vanishing) is announcing that he plans on editing the film into a completed print and releasing it sometime in 2012. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sluizer plans on requesting that Joaquin Phoenix do some voice over work as a stand in for his »
- Cole Abaius
 Eighteen years after his death, River Phoenix is about to appear onscreen one last time. George Sluizer, who was directing Phoenix in his final role in Dark Blood at the time of Phoenix's death, has announced that he will finally complete the picture for release in 2012. More details after the jump. The acclaimed star of such films as Stand By Me , My Own Private Idaho, and Running on Empty, 23-year-old Phoenix was one of Hollywood's hottest rising stars when he died of a drug overdose outside Los Angeles' Viper Room nightclub in 1993. He had been close to wrapping Sluizer's drama, about a hermit (Phoenix) living on a nuclear test site in the desert. When a glamorous Hollywood couple (Judy Davis and Jonathan Pryce) enter his orbit, he falls into a troubled relationship with the wife. Sluizer told The Hollywood Reporter  that following Phoenix's death, he initially hid the Dark Blood »
- Angie Han
River Phoenix's death was a devastating loss to the Hollywood community. The young and talented actor died from a heart attack/drug overdose in 1993 on a sidewalk outside of The Viper Room nightclub. It was a sad ending for a promising young star. Eighteen years later, we may be seeing Phoenix again on the big screen. THR is reporting that Dutch director George Sluizer (The Vanishing) is completing production on the movie Dark Blood — a 1993 drama that Phoenix was shooting right before he died. Apparently in an attempt to keep the film footage safe, Sluizer hid it for years fearing someone would try to destroy it. He claims that he's recently edited the movie to a point where it can be released, and he'll be asking Phoenix's brother Joaquin...
- Alison Nastasi
Update: Looks like Joaquin Phoenix and the rest of the Phoenix family want nothing to do with this so maybe it won't be happening after all. We're closing in on 20 years now since the death of River Phoenix, and although the young Hollywood star had only been acting in movies for less than a decade, it's easy to forget just how many titles he actually had under his belt. Some of the highlights include Stand By Me, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, My Own Private Idaho, and Running on Empty (for which he received his only Oscar nomination), but his final film was Peter Bogdanovich's Nashville-based comedy The Thing Called Love... until now, that is. At the time of his death, Phoenix had been working on another film called Dark Blood, an apocalyptic thriller about a hermit living in the desert on a nuclear testing site awaiting the end of the world. »
The actor, who died outside Hollywood club the Viper Room on Halloween night in 1993 after reportedly ingesting a lethal combination of drugs, had filmed 15 movies in his short career, including notable roles in "Running on Empty" and "Stand By Me."
"Dark Blood" director George Sluizer, who kept the movie under wraps for the past 18 years due to concerns over what might happen to the footage, is gearing up to release his final edit of the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In the movie, co-starring Jonathan Pryce and Judy Davis, Phoenix plays a desert-dwelling hermit whose plans for the impending apocalypse are derailed when he meets a young couple who become stranded near his campsite.
Sluizer has made a few changes to the film since it was filmed, most notably enlisting the late actor's brother, »
- Sarah Crow
It's been eighteen years since actor River Phoenix died on Halloween night in 1993 outside of The Viper Room. At the time Phoenix was working on a film with Dutch director George Sluizer called Dark Blood. The director has announced that he will recut the original footage shot for the film and release it after.
After Phoenix tragically died "Sluizer took the original Dark Blood footage and kept it hidden fearing, he says, it would be destroyed. The director has now re-edited the material and believes with a few adjustments – using voice over for instance – he can now deliver a final cut of the film for release next year." The director plans to ask Joaquin Phoenix, who is River’s brother to do the voiceover for River’s character Boy.
The film follows the story of a hermit (Phoenix) "living in the desert on a nuclear testing site as he waits »
Eighteen years after the death of River Phoenix, Dutch director George Sluizer says he intends to put the star back on the big screen.Best known as the director of the original version of The Vanishing, Sluizer was directing what proved to be Phoenix's final film when the star died of a drug related heart attack in 1993. Titled Dark Blood the picture was a drama that starred Phoenix as a sort of hermit awaiting the end of the world while living on a nuclear test site. Sluizer stashed the original footage away when Phoenix died and believes he has enough to complete the film with a bit of creative editing and by employing Phoenix's brother Joaquin to provide some voice over work.Dutch production house »
Unless you’ve been living in a hole in the ground, like a certain fictional character, it can’t have escaped your attention that The Hobbit has finally gone into production and has been filming for the majority of the year in New Zealand. Fans of Peter Jackson and J. R. R. Tolkien’s prequel to The Lord of the Rings both rejoiced and breathed a sigh of relief when principal photography finally began in March after an eight year journey from the end of The Return of the King to get the film into production. But considering all that has gone before, should we still be worried that the finished film(s) will disappoint?
An Unexpected Journey
First of all, a plotted history for those not up to speed. Jackson’s involvement with The Hobbit can be traced back to 1995: while working on The Frighteners, he considered making »
- Daniel Mumby
Hugh Grant has declared that he had no idea that Nine Months, the dopey pregromcom he made in 1995 with Julianne Moore, was a Fox movie – that is to say, one for which Rupert Murdoch was ultimately responsible. He says that if he knew then what he knows now, he never would have accepted the role.
Murdoch bought Fox in 1985 – he had to become a Us citizen to do so. But if there was a searching internal inquiry into quality at Fox – similar to the searching internal inquiry into ethics avowedly taking place at News International – how would the arguments stack up? What movies made or distributed by Mr Murdoch would be adduced in evidence? As the defendant sits impassively in the dock, perhaps behind bullet-proof glass, here are the opposing »
- Peter Bradshaw
Netflix has revolutionized the home movie experience for fans of film with its instant streaming technology. Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about independent, classic and foreign films made available by Netflix for instant streaming.
Sorry, folks… there are simply too many great films streaming this week to post an image for them all, but that’s a good thing, eh? You’ve got your movie watching work cut out for you, due in great part to Miramax releasing damn near their entire catalog of films on one day!
B. Monkey (1999)
Streaming Available: 05/01/2011
Director: Michael Radford
Synopsis: Good-hearted schoolteacher Alan Furnace (Jared Harris) desperately wants some excitement in his life — and he may just get some. One lonely night at a London bar, Alan spies the raven-haired beauty Beatrice (Asia Argento) arguing with two friends, Paul (Rupert Everett) and Bruno (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers). Beatrice quickly befriends Alan and »
- Travis Keune
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