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In 1997, a film cynic was born.
Seeing Star Wars ruined should have been a sign that 1997 would be the worst year ever for blockbusters. George Lucas’s Special Editions, intended to “improve” the original trilogy but mostly doing the opposite, started arriving in January. By the time of the release of the new version of Return of the Jedi in March, my anticipation for anything ought to have been demolished. But I couldn’t have imagined that was only the beginning.
Actually, the first steps towards the end of an era were made in the early ’90s. That just wasn’t a great time for big movies compared to the prior decade. Some of my biggest letdowns of all time included Hudson Hawk in 1991 and Death Becomes Her in 1992. Jurassic Park wasn’t good enough for me, having read the book. Independence Day put me to sleep in the theater. Beloved »
- Christopher Campbell
The stars of yesterday now are making three films a year you never knew existed until they show up on Netflix.^ Real Movie ^
In my prior life as a script reader, I certainly read a lot of bad scripts, but at times, an even more common occurrence was a script that seemed to do a great many things right, but somehow fell just short of being something you wanted to champion as a movie. As draining as the terrible scripts were, there’s something pure about clear-cut bad. It takes little effort to explain why they’re unfit.
The real challenges were the scripts that had kind of a decent premise, kind of an okay twist or two, and a lead character who wasn’t bad so much as he or she was just… there. The raw materials are there for what Could be a script. They just happen to be assembled in the least compelling way »
- The Bitter Script Reader
With Baby Driver arriving this summer — which looks to be a propulsive and highly entertaining ride — writer-director Edgar Wright is already moving forward with this next project. His attachment was first announced years ago, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, Wright has re-secured the rights (see what I did there?) to an adaptation of Grasshopper Jungle, a young adult novel that charts the coming-of-age and youthful love narrative amidst an apocalypse of unstoppable 6-foot grasshoppers hellbent on destroying humanity.
Now set up at New Regency instead of Sony Pictures, Wright is no stranger to beloved adaptations (Scott Pilgrim vs. the world), nor riotous action with a beating heart (Three Colours Trilogy, the aforementioned comic book adaptation, and seemingly, Baby Driver). What remains to be seen is if the material can be elevated above its target audience to hit cinema-goers as a whole, but let’s be honest, it’s Edgar Wright. »
- Mike Mazzanti
David Crow Apr 13, 2017
It's five years since Edgar Wright's last film, which makes the imminent release of Baby Driver all the more exciting. Having already wowed crowds at SXSW, the picture appears to be a subversive take on the heist/crime genre, and indicates Wright may wish to continue deconstructing archetypes… including perhaps a Young Adult take on the end of the world in Grasshopper Jungle.
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Step inside a wonderful cage where all your wildest fantasies become reality.All the Cage.
Earlier this week the esteemed and never grumpy Christopher Campbell brought to my attention a brand-new Vr simulation called ‘The Cage Cage.’ At Cage my interest was piqued, but at double the Cage my full attention turned towards this new creation.
My first step was to visit TheCageCage.com and so that’s what I did. Upon my arrival I was greeted with a wonderful picture of Nicolas Cage and the following note: “This is a Vr simulation of what it’s like to be trapped in a cage and forced to watch Nic Cage movies.”
This is exactly as it sounds. ‘The Cage Cage’ places you in the center of a cage and you’re surrounded by a wall of Nicolas Cage clips.
As I tried to take this all in I was overwhelmed with a wave of emotions. Watching »
- Chris Coffel
Isn’t it time we have a whole day dedicated to celebrating all that is Nicolas Cage?“I am not a demon. I am a lizard, a shark, a heat-seeking panther. I want to be Bob Denver on acid playing the accordion.”
The summer of 2017 marks a very special milestone for me, one that I’m going to safely assume many others out there share. This summer I will celebrate the 20 year anniversary of Nicolas Cage changing my life. I didn’t know it then, but in the summer of 1997 Cage wielded a mighty power, a power far greater than any I have experienced since. And that summer he made a profound impact.
To fully appreciate the situation we have to flashback to 1997, back when I was merely a stupid 11-year-old kid. At that point I was certainly aware of Nicolas Cage. I had seen him before and I’d venture to say I had watched a »
- Chris Coffel
Cage re-teams with Simon West. Do they create more magic?“I’m not the squirrel playing with his nuts here.”
This week I decided I wanted to check out a newer-ish Cage movie that I hadn’t yet seen. After sifting through the few Cage movies I’ve missed over the last fives years I finally landed on Stolen.
Stolen is a 2012 film that pairs Cage back up with director Simon West. You may recall that back in 1997 Cage starred in West’s directional debut, a masterpiece of a film called Con Air. These two getting back together is something I’m entirely on board with. Why it took me five years to finally get to Stolen I’ll never understand.
Cage stars as Will Montgomery, a notorious thief specializing in bank robberies. While he and his crew are in the middle of a heist that will net them $10 million, Will »
- Chris Coffel
Simon Brew Mar 21, 2017
How many of us revisit a film, if it didn't work for us first time around?
A bit of clickbait avoidance. The answer to the question posed in the title is: it clearly depends on the film. But I think there’s a bit more to it than that. Hence this article.
Let’s start, then, with Stephen Fry. In his relatively recent memoir More Fool Me, he spends a welcome chunk of the opening section discussing books, and how memories of books can leak over time. He ties it into Guy Pearce’s character in Memento, thus earning a few extra geek points from the jar.
But there’s a sentence he writes, on page 15, that struck me at the time, and has struck me regularly since. For he simply recalls that “A friend of mine pointed out recently how absurd it was that people reread »
Cage runs off with Laura Dern while doing his best Elvis impression.“Did I ever tell ya that this here jacket represents a symbol of my individuality, and my belief in personal freedom?”
I don’t remember the first time I saw every Nicolas Cage movie I’ve seen but the ones I do remember I’ll never forget. Wild At Heart is a first-time viewing I will most certainly never forget. I saw it for the first time when I was about 18, roughly 13 years or so after the film was released. By that time I was already a huge fan of Cage so I was making my way through his back catalogue, tracking down all the stuff I hadn’t seen yet.
I would go to Borders (shout out to those that remember Borders) just about every Friday and pick up a new DVD. On this particular Friday I had purchased Wild At Heart. A »
- Chris Coffel
Earlier today, Sony’s planned Venom movie finally secured a 2018 release date, one that Aquaman originally held before Warner Bros. moved it, but it appears as if reports of The Mummy‘s Alex Kurtzman taking the helm were premature. The Hollywood Reporter has now revealed that he’s not currently attached to the project and that Venom is without a director at the moment.
What the film does have, however, is a fresh set of writers, as the trade reveals that the latest draft of the screenplay by Dante Harper is set to be rewritten by the team of Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. Both men worked on the upcoming Jumanji reboot together, while Rosenberg’s previous projects have included Con Air and Gone In Sixty Seconds. Pinkner, meanwhile, contributed to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and The Dark Tower.
What most fans are wondering right about now is how this »
- Josh Wilding
Sony Pictures has dated a movie focusing on Spider-Man villain Venom for October 5, 2018. Alex Kurtzman has signed on to direct the film. (Update: Exhibitor Relations announced the date and failed to update that Alex isn’t directing.) Hit the jump for more details on the Venom movie. Update: Scott Rosenberg (Con Air, Gone in Sixty Seconds, High Fidelity) and Jeff Pinkner […]
- Peter Sciretta
At the Academy Awards on Sunday night, Kevin O’Connell just broke the longest streak for Oscar nominations without a win. The 59-year-old New Yorker had been nominated 21 times in total, making 2017 a very good year for him.
Who else among Hollywood’s finest has had to weather a storm of nominations without a win? Well, even just keeping it to over 10 nominations, it’s a healthy list. Let’s take a look.
O’Connell’s win must have been somewhat bittersweet for Russell, who’s directly behind the elder sound mixer in the category of most nominations without wins. »
- Alex Heigl
In the third episode of the latest season of our original animated web series, Cage & Goldblum: Roomies, we see the boys head to Troublemaker Studios to meet with Robert Rodriguez about making Con Air 2. However, it seems they've run into more than they bargained for when Donald Trump buys Mexico and both Al Pacino and Christopher Walken get tossed into the mix. Throw in a cock fight, a donkey... Read More »
- Paul Shirey
Directed by Mark H. Young (Wicked Blood, Tooth and Nail), the new horror-thriller Feral now has a first look early trailer. Feral stars Scout Taylor-Compton (Rob Zombie’s Halloween, The Runaways), Olivia Luccardi (It Follows, Orange Is the New Black), Lew Temple (The Devil’s Rejects,The Walking Dead), Renee Olstead (Unfriended), Brock Kelly (Pitch Perfect), Landry Allbright (Con Air) and […] »
- Brad Miska
Rome Fortune's new music video inspired by Jordan Peele's Get Out tops today's Horror Highlights, and we also have details on the campaign to make Schlitzie: One of Us and trailers for Atomica, Us and Them, and Feral.
Get Out Music Video: "Watch artist Rome Fortune’s music video inspired by the film.
In Universal Pictures’ Get Out, a speculative thriller from Blumhouse (producers of The Visit, Insidious series and The Gift) and the mind of Jordan Peele, when a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation.
Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya, Sicario) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams, Girls), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy (Catherine Keener, Captain Phillips) and Dean (Bradley Whitford, The Cabin in the Woods).
At first, Chris reads »
- Derek Anderson
Kevin O’Connell (Courtesy: Getty Images)
By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
“I’ve never been more appreciative, humbled and just overall excited about the fact that I’ve been nominated,” says Hacksaw Ridge sound mixer Kevin O’Connell of his 21st Oscar nomination — which he shares with Peter Grace, Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright — as we sit down at The Hollywood Reporter to record an episode of THR‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. “I don’t want to say I took it for granted in the past, but I certainly don’t take it for granted anymore.”
O’Connell, 59, has worked in Hollywood for nearly 40 years, and is one of the most respected practitioners of his craft. But he is best known for a dubious distinction: in Oscar history, no person has accumulated more nominations without ever winning. His noms span 33 years, from 1983’s Terms of Endearment through Mel Gibson‘s 2016 war film, »
- Carson Blackwelder
Author: Thomas Alexander
It is now one of the hottest, most eagerly anticipated, fixtures on calendars and the recent 2017 Glasgow Film Festival (Gff) programme launch proves there is plenty to look forward to.
The thirteenth annual film festival kicks off on February 15th and will see Ben Wheatley once again feature in the programme. This year Wheatley returns with Free Fire, a 1970s based shootout flick starring Brie Larson and Armie Hammer, and will host a special Q&A (as already reported).
As always with Gff, there will be a variety on offer from world cinema and beyond including Paul Verhoeven’s Golden Globe winner, Elle, and Shin Godzilla (Shin Gojira) directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi.
The Lost Boys will »
- Thomas Alexander
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Danny Trejo is finally going to tell his most personal story yet.
The big screen tough guy is currently in production on Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo, a documentary that will chronicle his life and career — from his early days on the streets that led him to prison, to getting clean and working with directors like Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez and appearing in films such as Heat, Con Air and Machete.
"Today, Danny Trejo is temperate, benevolent and likely one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. But he »
- Aaron Couch
In the season finale of Season 1 of Roomies, the year-long feud between Al Pacino and Robert De Niro came to a head at the Academy Awards. Now Season 2 is here and ready to introduce some new roomies/characters! This second episode has Jeff Goldblum putting on a screening of Jurassic Park with the original cast as Nicolas Cage tries to get someone to notice his script for Con Air 2. Things get ugly when Chris... Read More »
- Paul Shirey
Ronning is in post-production on Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales,” which he co-directed with Espen Sandberg. Rønning will also write the script with his brother Andreas Rønning.
Paramount, which made a pre-emptive purchase of Ronning’s pitch, is keeping details of the plot under wraps. Bruckheimer, who has produced all five “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, will produce “Origin” through his Paramount-based Jerry Bruckheimer Films company.
Bruckheimer began his career at Paramount with Don Simpson during the 1980s with “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Top Gun” and “Flashdance” and then spent nearly two decades at Disney with “Armageddon,” “The Rock,” “Con Air,” “Crimson Tide,” “National Treasure” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise with Johnny Depp. After a costly flop with Depp’s “The Lone Ranger,” Bruckeimer returned to Paramount »
- Dave McNary
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