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In Defense of Americanized Remakes Why even the worst U.S. versions might be for the greater good. by Rick Paulas David Fincher's new movie, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, already has a giant target on its back. No matter how "fresh" it is on Rotten Tomatoes, some people will say it's "not as good as the original" — that it's just another dumbed-down Americanized remake. Valid or not, this critique will inevitably lead to the suggestion that Hollywood stop remaking properties from abroad. "If the story's already been told perfectly, why change it for American audiences?" they'll ask. But those people will be wrong. Americanized remakes have tremendous value. Even the shitty ones. As you'd imagine, Americanized remakes vary widely in quality. There are good ones (The Departed, Twelve Monkeys, The Ring), bad ones (Taxi, Dinner [...] »
- Rick Paulas
Brad Pitt, who received a SAG Award nomination for Best Actor today, will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award for Acting at the 2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala. This is for his performance in "Moneyball" and "The Tree of Life."
Here's the complete press release from the Psiff:
Palm Springs, CA (December 14, 2011) . The 23rd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present two-time Academy Award® nominee Brad Pitt with the Desert Palm Achievement Actor Award for his lead role in Moneyball and his supporting role in The Tree of Life. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 7, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Hosted by Mary Hart, the Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees George Clooney, Glenn Close, Michel Hazanavicius, Octavia Spencer and Michelle Williams.
.Brad Pitt consistently mesmerizes audiences with the depth and versatility of his performances. He has »
From big-budget Hollywood tentpoles to tiny indie features, 2012 is full of sci-fi. Here are 10 potentially great genre films due to land next year...
As you’ve probably gathered, 2012 is an absolutely gigantic year for geek movies. From The Muppets arriving in the UK at the beginning of the year, via The Dark Knight Rises in the summer, to the first Hobbit movie near its end, 2012 is so packed full of potentially great films, we’re not quite sure how we’ll find the time to watch them all.
Next year’s also a promising one for sci-fi fanatics. And as this list aims to prove, there are some genuinely intriguing genre films coming out in 2012, from low-budget oddities to expensive epics. In compiling a run-down of the ten Sf movies we’re most looking forward to, then, we’ve tried to weight it in favour of the less well-known pictures »
Based on a true story and the best-selling book, Moneyball comes to DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack on January 10th and on digital December 22nd from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The critically acclaimed film stars two-time Academy Award nominee Brad Pitt (Twelve Monkeys, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) in an outstanding performance as Oakland A.s General Manager, Billy Beane. On the roster with Pitt are Jonah Hill (Get Him to the Greek), Academy Award® winner Philip Seymour Hoffman (2005, Best Actor, Capote) and Golden Globe® nominee Robin Wright (1994, Best Actress, Forrest Gump). Moneyball also features an all-star lineup of filmmakers. Academy Award winners Steven Zaillian (1993, Best Adapted Screenplay, Schindler's List) and Aaron Sorkin (2010, »
- Patrick Luce
We scour the interwebs for the coolest movie news and more so you don't have to ...
Swoon! Hypable reports that "Breaking Dawn - Part 1" will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD on Feb 11 -- and in special Valentine's Day packaging, of course.
It's music to hackers' ears -- The Hollywood Reporter has the full track listing for the "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" soundtrack.
Speaking of auctions and lots of money, Entertainment Weekly brings word on some early Marilyn Monroe photos being sold for over $300K.
Indiewire says Tony Scott is off the "24" movie but the big-screen Jack Bauer adventure is nonetheless set to begin filming »
- Bryan Enk
It turns out that director Terry Gilliam (Twelve Monkeys, Brazil) is a bit of a hater. In an interview with La Times, the helmer was asked about some very popular movies, and Gilliam didn't like any of them. On Michael Bay's "Transformers," he said: The audience is totally excluded, you just sit there and watch the explosions. I couldn't tell you what the movie was about." Gilliam also got to see Steven Spielberg's animated "Tintin" movie, stating: "It's just, 'Let's go, let's go, let's go, and now get ready for the sequel.' Just slow down a bit and let people breathe. It's not even a roller coaster anymore; because at least a roller coaster slows down at some point and has dips and tension." Finally, the director revealed that he's also not a fan of Christopher Nolan. "The car chase stuff in 'Dark Knight' is a video game; it is shot-for-shot, »
Could this be the beginning of a golden winter for Brad Pitt?
The megastar won the prestigious New York Film Critics Circle award for Best Actor on Tuesday, taking home the award for his work in two very diverse -- and critically acclaimed -- films.
This summer, he starred in Terrence Malick's indie epic thought piece, "The Tree of Life," playing a tough father in mid-century Texas. Then, he starred in the more mainstream "Moneyball," the true-life story of Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane and his assault on baseball traditions.
Pitt's "Tree of Life" co-star and on-screen wife in that film, Jessica Chastain, took home the Nyfcc's award for Best Supporting Actress for her own sprawling filmography. In addition to "The Tree of LIfe," Chastian starred in "The Debt" as an Israeli spy, and "The Help" as a southern woman in the 1960s.
The Nyfcc is one of the more well-regarded critics awards, »
- Jordan Zakarin
On Thursday night my fellow film blogger Andrew Jones Tweeted that he’d just enjoyed his fourth viewing of Thor (or should that be ‘Thor-th’). I was actually stunned by this. What was more surprising was that Andrew hadn’t liked the film at the first time of asking. Fair enough, as he explained to me, his second viewing was as part of a Marvel all-nighter which is what won him over and the subsequent times were on Blu-Ray. So there were reasons, but this still seemed odd to me. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed Thor well enough; it was enjoyably silly stuff with a likable cast and some witty ideas. But, given the option, would I see it four times in the six or seven months it’s been out? Heck no.
But then I wouldn’t even watch some of my favourite films again, given the option. »
- Jack Kirby
In an interview with director Terry Gilliam (Twelve Monkeys, Brazil), the helmer revealed that he doesn't understand movies like "Transformers," which he said he forced himself to watch during a flight. "You just sit there and watch the explosions," Gilliam said. "I couldn't tell you what the movie was about. The movie hammers the audience into submission. They are influenced by videogames, but in video games at least you are immersed; in these movies you're left out." He added: "In films, there's so much overt fantasy now that I don't watch a lot because everything is possible now. There's no tension there. People can slide down the side of a building that's falling and they don't get ripped to shreds? The shots are amazing, but if there is no consequence, no gravity, what's the point? I can't watch Hollywood movies anymore. There's no room for me." »
In the 35 years since Carrie came to our screens, Stephen King has become one of the most bankable names in horror and fantasy film. The list of adaptations of his work reads like a who’s-who of filmmaking: Carrie, Salem’s Lot, The Shining, Creepshow, Christine, The Dead Zone, Stand By Me, Pet Semetary, It, Misery, The Shawshank Redemption, The Mist, The Green Mile etc., etc.. It’s hard to think of any other living writer whose work has been so prolifically embraced by filmmakers.
But just as Stephen King has continued to write (despite threatening retirement in 2002), so the public’s appetite for his work remains. While recent adaptations like Secret Window and 1408 have hardly been stellar, there are plenty of other King works which would make for riveting viewing. Here are 5 that we think should be at the top of any film executive’s list for green-lighting.
- Daniel Mumby
We’re a fragile planet, and the imagined end of days has long kept storytellers busy with brainy apes, sentient computers, Emma Thompson’s cancer cure with vampiric side effects and Government sponsored culling of the populace just a few of the ways our planet will go to hell in a handbasket.
While Bill & Ted will eventually save us all with their most excellent music (and the underlying philosophical decree that we should ‘Be Excellent to Each Other’) there’s a long road ahead with many disasters, diseases and dystopian frontiers to cross. Here are a few of the recent examples of our world gone horribly wrong. Enjoy!
This is bleak vision of a doomed human race coming to its end as the population loses the ability to have children. Immediately Pd James’ stark vision of the near future has a unique and terrifying quality. The very »
- Jon Lyus
Brad Pitt is a slave to a good role.
Yesterday he was just producing, but today the "Inglourious Basterds" star will also be playing a part in the period drama, "Twelve Years a Slave," according to The Playlist.
"Twelve Years a Slave" is the latest collaboration of director Steve McQueen and actor Michael Fassbender, who first teamed up on "Hunger" and are currently taking the film festival circuit by storm with the Nc-17 sex addiction drama, "Shame."
The film is based on the 1853 autobiography written by Solomon Northup, a free black man who was tricked into slavery. Educated, married and living in New York, Northup (to be played by Chiwetel Ejiofor) was lured by a job offer in Washington only to be kidnapped and enslaved under various owners for several years.
Northup earned back his freedom when a white Canadian carpenter (to be played by Fassbender) smuggled letters to Northup’s wife, »
- Bryan Enk
World War Z has been in production long for months and months, which led me to assume that casting had been completed. Turns out that’s not the case; Deadline says that David Morse, a character actor best known for roles in The Green Mile, The Rock, and Twelve Monkeys, will be appearing in the zombie film based on Max Brooks‘ novel. His character is only described as “a prisoner living in an abandoned jail,” and, when combined with the late addition, it seems like a pretty small part. But Morse is a talented actor, so having him on board should serve as a nice little bonus.
The Marc Forster-directed film is led by Brad Pitt, with Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Elyes Gabel, and Matthew Fox rounding out the main cast. A release of December 21st, 2012 has been scheduled, and you can read a plot synopsis below:
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By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The legendary Christopher Plummer, who has been earning raves for his performance in Mike Mills’ “Beginners” as a widower embracing his homosexuality, will receive the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award” at this year’s 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, presented by Starz Entertainment. The event is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 24, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Plummer, an Academy Award nominee for his recent performance in “The Last Station,” has been enjoying even more awards chatter as of late for his turn as Hal, a closeted gay man who didn’t choose to come out until his wife passed away … much to the surprise of his son (Ewan McGregor).
His bio is below:
- Sean O'Connell
Now that Sir Ridley Scott has officially decided he will be returning to the Blade Runner universe, the next step will be to recruit a screenwriter (or two) to develop a story and script for the already highly-anticipated sci-fi project.
Oscar-nominee David Webb Peoples (Unforgiven, Twelve Monkeys) and Hampton Fancher devised the screenplay for the original Blade Runner – based on Philip K. Dick’s novel, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” – but neither one of those writers have worked on a produced script for over a decade. So while their return would be welcomed by many a fan, it’s never been considered all that likely.
- Sandy Schaefer
 Atlas Entertainment co-founder Charles Roven put his weight behind such comic book adaptations as Zack Snyder's Man of Steel and Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, and it seems he's not done with the graphic novel format yet. Roven and Atlas Entertainment colleague Alex Gartner have just acquired the movie rights to Langley High, an upcoming book conceived by Benderspink's Jc Spink and Christopher Cosmos about the teenage son of a captured CIA agent. Tomm Coker and Daniel Freedman, creators of the vampire romance comic Undying Love, have been tapped to write the big-screen adaptation. More details after the jump. Langley High centers around a student who attends the titular school, located less than two miles away from CIA headquarters. (Which, incidentally, is a real school  that actually is about 1.6 miles from the George Bush Center for Intelligence.) When his father is captured in Russia and disavowed by the CIA, »
- Angie Han
Being a Christian in the 21st century is difficult at the best of times. Even without Mel Gibson constantly putting his foot in it, or Westboro Baptist Church spitting venom at the very people they are supposed to be helping, we have to contend with a media backlash whenever a seemingly ‘Christian’ film is released.
The problem seems to be that people don’t mind Christianity per se: if people are Bible-bashing in the streets, they can ignore them or talk back. What they resent, or appear to resent, are films with Christian undertones – allegories or parables which introduce Christian beliefs or ideas in a supposedly secular context. When The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe came out in 2005, The Guardian’s Polly Toynbee accused it of “invad[ing] children’s minds with Christian iconography… heavily laden with guilt, blame, sacrifice and a suffering that is dark with emotional sadism.” Ouch. »
- Daniel Mumby
Five Cinematic Plagues and the Degrees to Which They Should Terrify Us In honor of Contagion, we get real scientists to watch Outbreak, Twelve Monkeys, and more. By Alex Heigl Steven Soderbergh's new plague movie, Contagion, has garnered some buzz over its scientific accuracy — Dr. Ian Lipkin, director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University, worked as a consultant on the film to ensure the utmost scientific accuracy in the depiction of Gwyneth Paltrow's horrible death. In tribute, we've rounded up some of our favorite movies about horrible, terrifying epidemics, and we're reviewing them on terms of plausibility, with real science-types weighing in. Hooray, science! 1. Panic in the Streets (1950) Elia Kazan's thriller is an early frontrunner of the plague-film genre, concerning the efforts of dashing Public Health Service worker Richard Widmark to contain an outbreak of pneumonic plague. The disease is [...] »
- Alex Heigl
There was one very attractive reason I watched Home Improvement every week as a child. Say it with me: Jonathan Taylor Thomas. The Justin Bieber of the ’90s, Jtt was talented, well-coiffed, and completely non-threatening, even though parents would be petrified knowing what pre-teens daydreamed about the young actor. When Home Improvement hit its stride in the mid-’90s, I hit the age in which boys were suddenly attractive, but still verboten enough to make any crush extremely embarrassing. So I used to admire Jtt secretly. When no one was looking, I’d pick up the teen magazine at our »
- Kate Ward
Science fiction has been an important genre in filmmaking since its earliest days. Georges Méliès' A Trip To The Moon was one of the earliest and most pioneering, and marked the beginning of a long relationship between the genre of possibility and the moving image.
The way science fiction has been used in movies, however, varies widely, just as it has taken many forms in literature. Some sci-fi movies are merely horror stories draped in a futuristic cloak (see It! The Terror From Beyond Space, or its ancestor, Alien), or Arthurian fantasies with space stations instead of castles (Buck Rogers, Star Wars).
Although common in literature, the subgenre of hard science fiction, that is more interested in ideas than laser battles, is comparatively rare in cinema. »
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