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In the 50th and final instalment of our writers' favourite films series, Jason Deans plumps for a prohibition-era mob drama from the Coen brothers
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My all-time top celebrity spot? Gabriel Byrne, no question. On a Saturday in July 2003, the morning after two of my best friends marry, I'm in the bar of the Charlotte Street Hotel saying a final farewell before they fly off on honeymoon (also, the newly minted husband needs to borrow cash for the cab to Heathrow). As we swap war stories from the night before, I become aware of a familiar yet unplaceable Irish voice drifting over the conversation from behind me. After a few seconds, it comes to me – "What's the rumpus?" – so I sneak a crafty glance over my shoulder and there »
- Jason Deans
NBC and Bryan Fuller are working on a reboot of The Munsters TV series. Bryan Singer (X-Men, The Usual Suspects) recently joined the project as an executive producer and will be directing the pilot episode.
Basic plot details from earlier this month showed The Munsters reboot to be a very different take from the original show. Now, extended plot details and full character descriptions have been revealed.
According to Moviehole, the story revolves around Eddie Munster, who “begins to accept his hairy alter-ego”. They describe the show as “equal parts sweet, silly, and suspenseful.”
While casting as not yet been finalized, here is the basic plot and character breakdowns **Spoiler Warning**:
“We discover that the Munster’s have had to move to Mockingbird Heights because of what young Eddie did in the teaser. That ‘baby bear’ attacking the scout camp was a sign that the Munster’s needed a »
- Jonathan James
This preview hit the Inwebternet a while back, but it got lost in the Planet Fury shuffle somehow. Also, you might've noticed we had server issues for a few days. Plus, we overslept. Then there was that pesky combination anthrax scare and bursitis attack. Did we mention our dog ate our homework? Oh, who are we kidding. Let's fall back on that old seasonal favorite — when in doubt, blame Christmas!
Anyway, I personally don't remember the Jack the Giant Killer story being quite this, umm, intense. But, hey, it is about a boy who is almost eaten by a cannibalistic colossus. Of course, he was kinda asking for it by breaking into the big guy's castle and stealing his golden goose and prize princess. »
In October of 2010, Sound on Sight asked me to do my first commemorative piece on the passing of filmmaker Arthur Penn. I suspect I was asked because I was the only one writing for the site old enough to have seen Penn’s films in theaters. Whatever the reason, it was an unexpectedly rewarding if expectedly bittersweet experience which led to a series of equally rewarding but bittersweet experiences writing on the passing of other filmdom notables.
I say rewarding because it gave me a nostalgic-flavored chance to revisit certain work and the people behind it; a revisiting which often brought back the nearly-forgotten youthful excitement that went with an eye-opening, a discovery, the thrill of the new. Writing them has also been bittersweet because each of these pieces is a formal acknowledgment that something precious is gone. A talent may be perhaps preserved forever on celluloid, but the filmography »
- Bill Mesce
Much of our lurid film community is of the belief that America’s acting prowess died with its classic stars like Marlon Brando, James Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Grace Kelly. However, I’m here to argue that America’s actors are stronger than ever and can match up toe to toe with the likes of both Europe and Asia.
The list will be split into two parts: in part one, I delve into the modern world of Hollywood actors with actresses soon to follow in part two.
Part one: Top Ten Actors Working In Hollywood Today
Actor With The Most Potential To Hit It Big: Paddy Considine
Before I begin the list, I want to take a moment to discuss an actor whom I believe has enormous potential. While not American born, British actor Paddy Considine has been in his fair share of American films like In America, »
- Connor Folse
Bryan Singer has been having a rough time getting directorial projects off the ground since Superman Returns failed to be the franchise re-starter Warner Bros. wanted it to be. His proposed remakes of Logan's Run, Excalibur and Battlestar Galactica all struggled to get a final green light (though the later is apparently still a viable project), but fortunately for Singer fans we finally do have a trailer for a new film from the director of The Usual Suspects and X-Men 1 and 2. It's called Jack the Giant Killer and it's exactly what the title is selling; a new retelling of the classic Jack and the Beanstalk tale. From Apple: "Jack the Giant Killer" tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a...
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Director Bryan Singer first gained attention with the 1995 thriller The Usual Suspects, which introduced Keyser Soze to pop culture lexicon, before tackling comic book movies with both 2000's X-Men and 2003's X2: X-Men United, which turned Hugh Jackman into a legitimate superstar. There was no denying that Singer was on a roll, up until he moved from mutant superheroes to the iconic with 2006's Superman Returns, which, despite its moderate success, led Warner Bros. to reboot the franchise (again).
Singer rebounded a bit with 2008's Valkyrie, but is looking to prove he's regained his hit-making stride with the upcoming Jack the Giant Killer, otherwise known as "the movie Signer was contractually obligated to direct instead of X-Men: First Class."
- Ryan Gowland
Warner Bros has unveiled the trailer for "Jack the Giant Killer," a modern take on the "Jack and the Beanstalk" fairy tale, starring Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class), Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Warwick Davis, Bill Nighy, Ian McShane, and Eleanor Tomlinson. Check it out below. Plot: Tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack (Hoult), into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend -- and gets the chance to become a legend himself. The new movie is directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men, »
Bryan Singer has been having a rough time getting directorial projects off the ground since Superman Returns failed to be the franchise re-starter Warner Bros. wanted it to be. His proposed remakes of Logan's Run, Excalibur and Battlestar Galactica all struggled to get a final green light (though the later is apparently still a viable project), but fortunately for Singer fans we finally do have a trailer for a new film from the director of The Usual Suspects and X-Men 1 and 2. It's called Jack the Giant Killer and it's exactly what the title is selling; a new retelling of the classic Jack and the Beanstalk tale. From Apple: "Jack the Giant Killer" tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between...
- Peter Hall
The trailer for director Bryan Singer's (The Usual Suspects, X-Men) upcoming fantasy, "Jack the Giant Killer," is now online. New Line Cinema's live action epic looks to give a fresh take on the classic Jack and the Beanstalk folktale."Jack the Giant Killer" stars Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy, Ralph Brown and Warwick Davis.Watch the new first trailer for "Jack the Giant Killer" below;"Jack the Giant Killer" is released across the Us and UK from June 15th, 2012..Jack the Giant Killer. tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittinglyopens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first »
- Anthony Pearson
Three titles due out in 2012 offer big-budgeted, action-driven re-interpretations (or spin-offs) of classic fairy tales: Paramount Pictures’ Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters, Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman, and Warner Bros.’ Jack the Giant Killer – which reunites screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie and director Bryan Singer for a third time (following The Usual Suspects and Valkyrie).
An official teaser trailer has been released for Jack the Giant Killer; as is to be expected, the film looks to have re-imagined the relatively simple tale of a young farmer, some magic beans, and a dangerous giant, into a grand-scale, swords & steel fantasy epic.
Here is an official plot synopsis for the flick:
Jack The Giant Killer tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and ...
Click to continue reading ‘Jack the Giant Killer’ Trailer: Action-Packed Twist On an Old Fairy »
- Sandy Schaefer
"TCM Remembers 2011" is out. Remembered by Turner Classic Movies are many of those in the film world who left us this past year. As always, this latest "TCM Remembers" entry is a classy, immensely moving compilation. The haunting background song is "Before You Go," by Ok Sweetheart.
Among those featured in "TCM Remembers 2011" are Farley Granger, the star of Luchino Visconti's Senso and Alfred Hitchcock's Rope and Strangers on a Train; Oscar-nominated Australian actress Diane Cilento (Tom Jones, Hombre), formerly married to Sean Connery; and two-time Oscar nominee Peter Falk (Murder, Inc., Pocketful of Miracles, The Great Race), best remembered as television's Columbo. Or, for those into arthouse fare, for playing an angel in Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire.
Also, Jane Russell, whose cleavage and sensuous lips in Howard Hughes' The Outlaw left the puritans of the Production Code Association apoplectic; another Australian performer, Googie Withers, among »
- Andre Soares
Law & Order: Svu Rounds up a Usual Suspect
Actor and impressionist Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects) will be making his way to a courtroom near you in an upcoming guest spot on NBC’s Law & Order: Svu. This will be Pollak’s first time on a Law & Order series and he will seemingly jump right into a the trickier aspects of the law, namely: who can be trusted to do right the right thing?
As reported on TV Guide, Pollak will be playing a judge working the system. Specifics as to motivation and actions are scarce, but we do know he’s not working for justice. He could be on a mobster’s payroll or, even more twisted, he could just enjoy seeing innocent people imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. To me that would be a lot more fun than just selfishly taking money. Sadly, I doubt that would happen. »
- Brody Gibson
David Lynch, Meg Ryan and Jim Jarmusch all have one thing in common--for some reason, coffee has been a recurring set piece over the course of their careers. The ubiquitous caffeinated beverage's power to stimulate the brain and draw people together over conversation has propelled storylines in many of their films, and they are not alone.
For a while back in 2006, it even looked like Tom Hanks and Gus van Sant might make a movie about the international coffee peddler Starbucks' ability save down-and-out families. We have yet to see the "How Starbucks Changed My Life" film go into production, but countless other actors and directors have slipped in sips of java to keep scenes percolating.
Here are ten of the most memorable examples.
10. Agent Kujan makes a mess, "The Usual Suspects" (1995)
Nothing punctuates a moment of surprise in a movie quite like a coffee cup shattering on the floor -- except, »
- Brian Warmoth
Despite a 25 year gap between movies, a sequel to Top Gun was reported to be in the works last October, with director Tony Scott confirming the movie less than two weeks later. The Usual Suspects screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie was set to write the Top Gun 2 script that would again see Tom Cruise returning to the role of Maverick. Then, the news subsided, as Cruise filled his schedule with sci-fi projects and the thriller One Shot, adapted from Lee Child's novel of the same name.
Taking a break from shooting One Shot to discuss the upcoming Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol, Cruise told MTV the project is still alive. "We're working on it," said Cruise, who revealed that McQuarrie won't be.
Link | Posted 12/9/2011 by Ryan
- Ryan Gowland
'I hope we can figure this out to go do it again,' Cruise tells MTV News.
By Kevin P. Sullivan, with reporting by Josh Horowitz
Photo: MTV News
"We're working on it."
In the fourth "M:i" movie, Cruise returns as castoff secret agent Ethan Hunt — the only character he has ever revisited during his decades-long career. The question remains: Will he ever don the Navy jumpsuit again and hop into a cockpit as Maverick?
A little more than a year ago, the Internet went abuzz with rumors about Cruise, director Tony Scott and producer Jerry Bruckheimer reuniting for a potential "Top Gun" sequel. Scott confirmed he would be directing, but Cruise's involvement remained a mystery. »
Benicio Del Toro's always seemed a little uneasy with the idea of stardom. He's been working in the big leagues, on-and-off, since "Licence To Kill" in 1989, and took a big leap up with his near-incomperehensible performance in "The Usual Suspects," but every time he steps towards the A-list, he seems to take two steps back. After "The Usual Suspects?" Botched Alicia Silverstone rom-com "Excess Baggage." After his Oscar-winning performance in "Traffic?" The mediocre "Fugitive"-riff "The Hunted." After his titanic lead in "Che?" Seemingly falling asleep through most of "The Wolfman." The actor will crop up next year in Oliver Stone's "Savages," but had a pretty big offer made to him of late that promised to be his highest profile role to date; he was J.J. Abrams' choice to play the villain in the sequel to "Star Trek." More fuss was kicked up in the »
NBC and Bryan Fuller are moving forward on a reboot of The Munsters TV series and we’ll be hearing plenty about this show over the coming months. Most recently, director Bryan Singer (X-Men, The Usual Suspects) came on board as an executive producer and to direct the pilot episode. Now new plot details have emerged and reveal that this version of The Munsters will be quite different from the classic TV series.
According to a recent report, the show is being described as a “strange hybrid of the popular comedy Modern Family and HBO’s True Blood”:
“The pilot episode… will focus on 10-year-old Eddie Munster who is unaware that he’s a werewolf, and that his family is composed of terrifying creatures. The madness begins when a baby bear attacks a scouting trip, only it turns out that this “bear” is actually Eddie transformed into a werewolf. »
- Jonathan James
The Usual Suspects and X-men director Bryan Singer is in talks to helm the pilot for NBC’s new series The Munsters. Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller has been working on bringing the beloved comedy series that originally aired in 1964, back to the small screen. Having an acclaimed A-list director directing the pilot episode will certainly help as the likes of The Walking Dead (Frank Darabont) and Boardwalk Empire (Martin Scorcese) will testify.
The Munsters featured a friendly family of familiar looking characters each based on iconic horror figures. The great Fred Gwynn lead the cast as Herman, a lovable father sporting a Frankenstein style look. His wife Lily was the obvious ‘ Bride of Frankenstein’ while Grandpa was modelled on Dracula and son Eddie on ‘The Wolfman’.
Singer is actually no stranger to the television world having seen his hit show House starring Hugh Laurie win numerous awards and more »
- Craig Hunter
We have just heard that the well known and respected director, Bryan Singer, has signed on to not only be an executive producer for NBC's "darker and stranger" reboot of The Munsters but also that he is to direct the pilot episode. Bryan has such credits under his belt like X-Men, X2:X-Men United, The Usual Suspects, Superman Returns, Trick 'R' Treat and the upcoming Jack The Giant Killer. No news on when the show is actually going to get into… »
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