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Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 14 Nov 2013 - 06:19
The overlooked greats of the year 1998 come under the spotlight in our list of its 25 underappreciated movies...
Dominated as it was by the financial success of two giant killer asteroid movies, gross-out comedy hit There's Something About Mary and Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, 1998 proved to be an extraordinary year for cinema.
Okay, so history doesn't look back too fondly on Roland Emmerich's mishandled Godzilla remake, and Lethal Weapon 4 was hardly the best buddy-cop flick ever made, despite its handsome profit. But search outside the top-10 grossing films of that year, and you'll find all kinds of spectacular modern classics: Peter Weir's wonderful The Truman Show, John Frankenheimer's rock-solid thriller Ronin, and Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line.
Then there was The Big Lebowski, the Coen brothers' sublime comedy that has since become a deserved and oft-quoted cult favourite. »
Robin Clifton, one of Australia.s most respected and successful location managers, died last Friday after a long illness. She was 71.
Born in New Zealand, Clifton worked as location manager on dozens of films and TV dramas in Australia, New Zealand, the Solomon Islands and China.
Clifton entered the industry in the early 1980s, working initially on TVCs. Her first feature was Bliss (1985), produced by Tony Buckley and directed by Ray Lawrence. She later collaborated with Buckley on Poor Man.s Orange (1987), the miniseries adapted from a Ruth Park novel, and the telemovie Heroes. Mountain (2002), the saga of Stuart Driver, who survived the 1997 Thredbo tragedy.
.Robin knew how to read a script from a director's point of view,. Buckley tells If. .No mean feat. A true professional with class. She is going to be very sadly missed..
Buckley hailed her as a .location manager par excellence. Difficult location? »
- Don Groves
It looks like pre-production on Warner Bros.' Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman is about to step up a gear, with a tweet from Production Weekly revealing that a production office has been opened in Raleigh Michigan Studios in Pontiac, as well as confirming that Patrick Tatopoulos has been brought in by Zack Snyder as production designer.
Tatopoulos' previous production design credits include Independence Day, Dark City, Underworld: Evolution, Live Free or Die Hard, Total Recall and the upcoming 300: Rise of an Empire, which has Snyder producing. Be sure to check out an interview we posted last year, during which Patrick discussed the craft of production design.
Batman vs. Superman is expected to begin filming in Detroit in February, with Ben Affleck (Bruce Wayne / Batman) cast alongside returning Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill (Clark Kent / Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent) and Lawrence Fishburne »
- Gary Collinson
News Simon Brew 30 Oct 2013 - 06:49
Costume rumours, the new Batmobile chatter, production design and David S Goyer, all in our latest Batman Vs Superman round-up...
The first shots are in the proverbial can for Zack Snyder's 2015 Batman Vs Superman movie, with some early footage taken the weekend before last of an American Football game. That's to be used in a match-up in the film between the Gotham City University and Metropolis State University teams.
The full shoot isn't set until 2014, though, but that hasn't stopped bits and bobs of news rolling in.
Firstly, Production Weekly has confirmed that the movie now has a production office, at Raleigh Michigan Studios in Pontiac. More interestingly, though, it's also revealed that Patrick Tatopoulos has signed on as Production Designer for the movie. He's previously served as Production Designer on the likes of Independence Day, Dark City, the Total Recall remake and, »
Infini, a futuristic sci-fi thriller from director Shane Abbess, starts shooting in Sydney on Monday.
Scripted by Abbess and Brian Cachia, the privately financed film focuses on a search and rescue team sent into deep space to retrieve a stranded soldier.
It.s the first project from Storm Vision Entertainment, a joint venture between production companies Storm Alley Entertainment (Shane Abbess and Sidonie Abbene) and Eclectik Vision (Brett Thornquest).
The Storm Vision partners plans to collaborate on a number of genre projects of varying budget sizes for 2014 and beyond. Matthew Graham is the lead producer on Infini, which is Abbess. follow-up to Gabriel, a fantasy-action-horror film about an archangel who fights to bring light back to purgatory and save the souls of the city's inhabitants. »
- Don Groves
Director James McTeigue worked his way up through assistant director ranks, notably for Alex Proyas on Dark City, for Lana and Andy Wachowski on The Matrix trilogy, and George Lucas on Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. His directorial debut – produced and written by the Wachowskis – was the stylish and impressive graphic novel adaptation V for Vendetta, which marked him as a talent to watch. McTeigue’s follow-ups, however, proved less than mind-blowing. While 2009′s Ninja Assassin delivered on the title’s promise – lots of killer ninja action – there was little else to recommend about it. And 2012′s The Raven, starring John Cusack in a fictional account of the still-mysterious last days of ...
- Anthony Vieira
Veteran screenwriter Lem Dobbs ("Dark City," "The Limey," "The Company You Keep") has been hired to pen the script for the film adaptation of Frederick Forsyth's latest thriller novel "The Kill List".
The story follows a U.S. Special Forces agent tasked with tracking down a powerful terrorist in a high-stakes cat-and-mouse game.
Forsyth penned such legendary works as "The Day of the Jackal," "The Odessa File" and "The Dogs of War" which all saw film adaptations. 'Kill List' though would mark the first adaptation of a Forsyth novel since 1987's "The Fourth Protocol" starring Michael Caine and a young Pierce Brosnan.
Source: The Los Angeles Times »
- Garth Franklin
As previously reported, director Rupert Sanders' next gig behind the camera will be an adaptation of Frederick Forsyth's fourteenth novel The Kill List. The project now has a screenwriter, in the reliable form of Lem Dobbs.Not to be confused with Ben Wheatley's brutal existential horror, Forsyth's Kill List was published just last month. The title refers to the Us government's most wanted terrorists, and at the top of this version is Zulfiqar Ali Shah (Aka The Preacher). He's a "cyber-evangelist" exhorting radicalised Muslims to murder. On his trail is Us marine Kit Carson (Aka The Tracker), for whom the vendetta is personal as well as professional. Cue much in the way of technological military savvy and globe-trotting action.Forsyth, of course, is the veteran thriller writer behind the likes of The Day Of The Jackal and The Fourth Protocol (that was his last novel to be filmed, »
We've kept this one just under our radar until casting began to heat up, and that it most certainly has! The Alex Proyas (The Crow, Dark City) directed Gods Of Egypt will tell the story of Horus' mission to avenge his father Osiris' (god of the Underworld) death at the hands of his uncle, Set (god of the desert) joining forces with a human hero (isn't there always one?) in the process. Game Of Thrones' Nikolaj Coster-Waldau will play Horus, Gerard Butler will play Set, and Geoffrey Rush has now signed on to play the sun god Ra, father of Set and Osiris. Proyas wrote the script with Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, who are behind Universal’s upcoming horror saga Dracula Untold .This sounds interesting, and could be something special...then again it could also be Clash Of The Titans! Thoughts? »
It has been four years since we've seen a new Alex Proyas (Knowing, Dark City) film, largely due to him dropping out of directing a Dracula origin story and the collapse of Paradise Lost. Now he's lined up Gods of Egypt over at Summit with Gerard Butler, Jaime Lannister (aka Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Geoffrey Rush. The pic will follow a story set in motion when one ruling god, Set (Butler), kills another, Osiris. When Osiris' son Horus (Coster-Waldau) fails in his attempt to get revenge, and has his eyed plucked out, it's up to a young human thief in love with a slave to help defeat the mad god. Rush will play the sun god Ra, the father of Set and Osiris who is also Set's ultimate target. Proyas wrote the screenplay with Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, both of which penned the screenplay for the upcoming Dracula Untold, which »
- Brad Brevet
• Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan) and Peter Sarsgaard (Blue Jasmine) are in talks to star in the Bobby Fischer film Pawn Sacrifice, starring Tobey Maguire as the chess genius. Ed Zwick (Love & Other Drugs, Blood Diamond) is set to direct the movie about Fischer’s historic match against Russian chess champion Boris Spassky (Schreiber). Sarsgaard would take on the role of a priest who helps Fischer get through the trying time. [THR]
- Lindsey Bahr
THR is reporting that Gerard Butler is being eyed for a role in a new fantasy film from Lionsgate titled Gods of Egypt. Already set to star in the film is Games of Thrones‘ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and behind the camera will be Dark City helmer Alex Proyas.
Penned by Dracula Untold scribes Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, the story will follow a God named Set (Butler) who kills another God names Osiris. Coster-Waldau will play Osiris’ son Horus, who seeks revenge but doesn’t find much success. Also thrown into the story will be a human thief who “takes it upon himself to help defeat the mad god.”
Sounds a bit hokey and honestly, I’m already imagining another Clash of the Titans type disaster. Then again, I’m a big fan of Proyas and with his talents behind the camera, at the very least, we’ll get some interesting visuals and stylistic choices. »
- Matt Joseph
After taking a stand as a Spartan in 300, actor Gerard Butler (fresh off this year's Olympus Has Fallen) is looking to get back into epic action in another ancient time period. THR reports the Scottish star is currently in talks to join "Game of Thrones" and Mama star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in God of Egypt, a new fantasy from Lionsgate. We heard about this project last year, and Dark City director Alex Proyas will still be at the helm of the film with a screenplay from Dracula: Year Zero (now titled Dracula Untold) writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. The film is expected to begin shooting early in 2014 in Australia. The story takes place after one ruling god named Set (Butler) kills another god named Osiris. The murdered deity's son Horus (Coster-Waldau) attempts to get revenge, but fails, resulting in his eyes being plucked out of his skull. After these tragic events, »
- Ethan Anderton
For many horror fans, the word "remake" tends to send chills up the spine more than ghosts, goblins and gore ever could. Intense hatred of remakes is common among the genre community, as an influx of them in the past decade has left fans yearning for the days when filmmakers were still coming up with original ways to scare us. It seems that pretty much every horror movie we love has either already been remade or is on the ol' remake chopping block – to the point where it’s getting hard to rattle off a list of films that haven’t been remade by now. Try it sometime; you might be surprised. That being said, I hope today to instill in you some small sense of comfort by showing you that just because a studio wants to remake a movie, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to happen. »
- John Squires
Chicago – Robert Redford has slowly become that grandfatherly figure who spends his time in the corner at family gatherings, lecturing nearby whippersnappers on the importance of challenging authority, while reminiscing about the war protests of generation’s past. He’s a well-meaning guy, but his crusty words of wisdom could use a shot of adrenaline.
Redford’s latest work is virtually unrecognizable from his 1980 directorial debut, “Ordinary People,” a phenomenally acted, delicately nuanced family drama that notoriously beat out “Raging Bull” for the Best Picture Oscar. There’s more tension in the scenes between troubled Timothy Hutton and his icily removed mother than there is in all 122 minutes of the sleepy-eyed thriller, “The Company You Keep,” a talky mystery fueled by the same finger-wagging preachiness that marred Redford’s 2007 effort, “Lions for Lambs.”
Blu-ray Rating: 2.5/5.0
Yet since Redford is a living legend, not to mention the creator of America’s most influential film festival, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The first thing that is likely to catch your eye about The Company You Keep, the latest directorial effort from Robert Redford, is the vast amount of star power it contains. I can’t recall having seen so impressive a cast for at least the last several years. Take a look at this list: Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Richard Jenkins, Terrence Howard, Julie Christie, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Brendan Gleeson, Anna Kendrick, and Sam Elliott. These names, most of whom have won or have been nominated for an Academy Award, would be enough to convince most people to give the film a shot, but then again, more details on the film couldn’t hurt.
The plot revolves around a group of ex-radicals known as the “Weather Underground.” A few decades ago, they staged numerous protests and even committed a number of violent acts, including a bank robbery. Years later, »
- Jeff Beck
Directed by Christian Alvart
Written by Travis Milloy
Three significant events have occurred in 2013 that lend credence to the claim sci-fi is on its death bed as far as mainstream moviemaking goes. Star Trek Into Darkness continued to drive its franchise further and further away from its ideological roots in pursuit of money spinning breakneck action with a loose plot better suited to the Mission: Impossible series; the announcement that Star Wars will be revamped under the tutelage of the very same J.J. Abrams shows that rather than create new iconic franchises the executives would rather bleed dry the old ones; and Avatar will be graced by three sequels, suggesting a lack of faith in fresh ideas on the part of James ‘Mr. Innovation’ Cameron.
We’re a long way from Stanislav Lem and 2001: A Space Odyssey when you look at what is over the space-set horizon, »
- Scott Patterson
For those seeking to have some butter with their popcorn, Carl Freedman studies the political and social underpinnings which can be explored in the crime genre with his sequel to The Incomplete Projects: Marxism, Modernity and the Politics of Culturepublished in 2002. The crime genre is broken into three categories: Western, Mob, and Film Noir with the reason for doing so explained in the introduction for Versions of Hollywood Crime Cinema. “The Western takes for its setting an entire society in which crime flourishes, yet is fought against [frequently by the protagonists of these films], while the mob movie tends to concentrate on a subculture of organized crime that is represented as embedded within a larger and mainly law-abiding society – though the legitimacy of this society is something rigorously questioned by most of the greatest mob movies. Film noir most often [though certainly not always] deals with crimes committed by individuals who are not regarded as habitual or ‘natural’ criminals.’”
A James F. »
The Starz drama "Da Vinci's Demons" is far from a dry account of the legendary artist and inventor. The historical fiction series was created by David S. Goyer, whose previous writing credits include more sci-fi/fantasy oriented projects like "Dark City," "The Dark Knight," and this summer's "Man of Steel." Indeed, Goyer takes a more modern view of the original Renaissance man, likening him to other brash modern heroes: "I guess he's like 'House' in that way, or the modern 'Sherlock' – the Benedict Cumberbatch one – or even Tony Stark. I think it's impossible to have that level of genius without having a certain amount of self-destructive qualities." "House" and "Sherlock" certainly have strong Emmy track records: "House" earned four nominations for Best Drama as well as five wins in other categories, including writing and dir »
For those who truly appreciate the art of screenwriting, David S. Goyer is one of the best in the biz. Not only was he the story architect behind Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy, but he also wrote the Blade trilogy and brought us the underrated Dark City and TV shows such as FlashForward and the current Starz hit series Da Vinci's Demons. Now he turns to another superhero by reinventing Superman in fascinating ways with Man of Steel, debuting in theaters nationwide June 14 (clickHere to read my full review). I recently had the chance to sit down with the writer at the press junket to discuss his approach to Superman, how long it took him to write the script, and much more. Here's what he had to say.
I was »
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