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Remember the '90s/noughties-era debate about who was the more compelling blonde: ScarJo or Kirsten Dunst? Both actresses have since met success, with numerous awards nods and international fame thanks to riveting roles in indie stories and blockbuster hits. But back in the mid-1990s when Jumanji was casting, director Joe Johnston had to choose one actress over the other. An 11-year-old Scarlett auditioned for the role of Judy, one of the siblings who plays the game Jumanji and unwittingly releases a boy who was trapped there for 26 years (played by the grown-up Robin Williams). Her audition is supercute, but the part ultimately went to Dunst who did an excellent job in the fantasy adventure flick. If you want to see what ScarJo was like before she became a...
- Alison Nastasi
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 16 Jan 2014 - 06:20
Another 25 unsung greats come under the spotlight, as we provide our pick of the underappreciated films of 2005...
It's underappreciated films time again, and this week, we delve deep into the year 2005 - a collection of months dominated by the likes of Star Wars: Episode III, another Harry Potter, Steven Spielberg's War Of The Worlds, Peter Jackson's King Kong, and CG family movie Madagascar.
It was also the year Pierce Brosnan formally bowed out of his role as James Bond, and Martin Scorsese's The Aviator was hyped to win the director his first Oscar, but didn't. Still, the contents of this list received nothing like the acclaim of The Aviator, nor the financial pickings of a Star Wars or Harry Potter. As ever, we've focused on 25 films which we think deserve a bit more love.
So with apologies to »
It.s been a colorful career for Joe Johnston. The effects artist started out on Star Wars sets, designing some of the most beloved characters in the canon. Branching off into films, he.s logged several years in the blockbuster trenches with films like Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, Jumanji and Jurassic Park III. By watching his questionable The Wolfman, one could guess Johnston was running on fumes, with that film bereft of a clear vision or any standout sequences (though when that project was orphaned by Mark Romanek, no one expected any different). But Captain America: The First Avenger proved to be a battery-recharging project for the veteran, helping build the WWII world inhabited by the shield-slinging Avenger. His next project looks to be another big-time effort, as he.s in negotiations to direct Extinction. This high-concept sci-fi thriller is keeping its logline under wraps, but what is being »
After helming Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger to widespread acclaim, director Joe Johnston is returning to his sci-fi roots for an upcoming alien invasion thriller. Johnston, who got his start as an effects artist and arts director on the original Star Wars trilogy, has signed on to helm Extinction, a sci-fi thriller about a man trying to save his family in the face of an alien invasion.
Described as a “contained sci-fi thriller,” Extinction boasts a script by Spenser Cohen, an up-and-coming screenwriter who previously sold three spec scripts to major studios between 2011 and 2012. Good Universe, which preemptively picked up Extinction last September, compared the project to The Sixth Sense and Cloverfield, though the studio is keeping details on the story tightly under wraps. All I can imagine “contained” to mean is low-budget, so Extinction will likely have a quick shoot and get out to a studio within the next 12 to 18 months. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Yes! While it may not be a Star Wars movie (yet), it sounds like director Joe Johnston (of Honey I Shrunk the Kids, The Rocketeer, Jumanji, October Sky, JP3, Hidalgo, Wolfman and Captain America: The First Avenger previously) is considering an alien invasion sci-fi project for his next movie. In a very short news story on THR, they say that Johnston is currently in talks to direct a sci-fi project titled Extinction, being produced by David Hoberman & Todd Lieberman of Mandeville (The Fighter, The Muppets, Warm Bodies, 21 & Over). Not many plot details are known right now, but it does involve an alien invasion, but of course. Extinction comes from a script written by Spenser Cohen (Macklemore's Big Surprise, The Driver). The only plot THR gives: "it does involve a man trying to save his family with an alien invasion figuring into the proceedings." The script was on the 2013 Black List »
- Alex Billington
5 items from 2014
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