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J.J. Abrams' Lance Armstrong biopic is entering its next leg, with Deadline reporting that the movie will be written by High Fidelity's D. V. DeVincentis and based on journalist Juliet Macur's book, Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong. DeVincentis also counts 1997's Grosse Pointe Blank among his screenwriting credits; as for the source material, Macur spent over a decade covering Armstrong for the The New York Times, chronicling everything from the cyclists near-fatal battle with testicular cancer to his triumphant seven Tour de France victories and »
Billy Bob Thornton has been pushing for a sequel to his 2003 "Bad Santa" comedy ever since the original film hit theaters. But there have been script issues and director Terry Zwigoff said that he has "no interest in sequels." Despite all the bad news, Thornton has now confirmed that "Bad Santa 2" will begin shooting in 2014. "It's been very hard trying to get the script right. We've been through three or four drafts but we're getting real close," he explained. "Then there's the business dealings to sort out, all the stuff I don't understand. But one way or another, the sequel will happen and the idea is to shoot it next year." He went on to admit that "we'll never beat the first film," adding: "but we'll get as close as we can." Steve Pink (Grosse Pointe Blank, High Fidelity) has stepped in to direct from a script by "Entourage" creator Doug Ellin. »
I made my Slim Pickings joke last week and this week, I got nothing. Things are a bit better this week anyway with a nice mixture of the new, the old and the quirky independent that has gone straight to VOD.
I imagine things will pick up massively into December as Now TV adds Iron Man 3 and Oz: The Great and Powerful and then the other service providers try and compete.
For now though below are the films to look out for this week, Enjoy!
The latest horror film to borrow Guillermo Del Toro’s name in order to present itself, is this ghost story from director Andres Muschietti. Jessica Chastain plays a woman who reluctantly becomes foster-mother to her partners’ two nieces after they are recovered from living feral in the wilderness. The problem is the girls were looked after by something nasty in the woods and »
- Chris Holt
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 7 Nov 2013 - 07:02
Our journey through the half-remembered, underappreciated films of the 1990s continues. Here, we look to 1997...
Dominated by the box office behemoth that was James Cameron's Titanic, 1997 was a year of high drama and outlandish special effects. The Lost World: Jurassic Park brought with it a new batch of genetically revived dinosaurs, George Lucas dug his original Star Wars trilogy out of the cupboard and added new (controversial) computer-generated sequences, while Nicolas Cage and John Travolta did impressions of one another and fired guns in John Woo's delirious action movie, Face/Off.
It was a varied year for movies, for sure, particularly by 21st century standards; it's difficult to imagine a British feel-good comedy about amateur male strippers (The Full Monty) getting into the year's 10 highest grossing films these days. But among all those winners, there had to be some »
The story centers on Leonard and Gabe, two best friends who bonded over the annual Devil's Night holiday that eventually lead to their friendship's abrupt ending. 15 years later, Leonard and Gabe must reunite to help save their town from massive destruction and chaos. The title refers to October 30, which, in the 1970s and 1980s, was an unofficial "holiday" where young men and women would commit acts of vandalism and arson. Devil's Night was previously referenced in The Crow and Grosse Pointe Blank.
In a scene in 2000's "High Fidelity," Jack Black and Todd Louiso's record store clerk characters are coming up with a list of the top five songs about death. Black mentions "You Can't Always Get What You Want," but Louiso reminds him that the song was used in "The Big Chill." "Oh, God, you're right," says Black, and the song is disqualified.
That's how toxic "The Big Chill" was to popular culture -- so much so that even unassailable items that preceded it, like the Rolling Stones classic, were tainted by association.
It's true, of course, that "The Big Chill," released 30 years ago this month (on September 28, 1983), touched a huge raw nerve in the culture and became an enormous mainstream hit as a result. It's also true that it's a very enjoyable movie, full of witty and truthful moments in well-wrought performances by a stellar ensemble of then-rising stars. »
- Gary Susman
On a brisk night in late October of last year, I was invited to go to a bar in downtown Los Angeles. To those who know me, this may not come as a shocking revelation. However, not a single drop of alcohol was consumed that night, because I did not go to the Broadway Bar to drink, but instead to visit the set of Screen Gems' comedy remake About Last Night. The entire, spacious bar was shut down for the production, which was shooting a Halloween party scene. In fact, not only were the actors dressed up in elaborate costumes, but many of the crew members were as well, since this particular shooting date was less than a week from the actual holiday, and it was actually their second to last day of production.
Minnie Driver has signed with UTA, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. She was previously with CAA. The actress will star opposite David Walton in NBC’s new single-camera comedy About a Boy, based on the novel by Nick Hornby. The series is expected to debut midseason. Photos: NBC's 2013-14 Season: 'Blacklist,' 'Ironside,' 'About a Boy,' 'Believe,' and 'Sean Saves the World' Driver was previously nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe for FX's The Riches. After well-received starring turns in Circle of Friends, Sleepers and Grosse Pointe Blank, the London native broke out
- Rebecca Sun
“Greedy And Lazy . . . A Sure Formula For Career Failure.”
That’s what Sylvester Stallone tweeted on Tuesday, just after he announced that Harrison Ford was joining his Expendables team for their next adventure, filling the action-icon void left by his onetime Planet Hollywood pal, Bruce Willis. It was impossible not to assume that Stallone was aiming his broadside at Willis, especially when The Hollywood Reporter cited “sources with knowledge of the situation” that claimed that Willis was replaced after he’d demanded $4 million for just four days of filming in Bulgaria.
I’m not Willis’ agent — who declined to comment »
- Jeff Labrecque
Few actors draw us back like John Cusack – we can't get enough of that humble, sincere, over-articulate character he plays so well. So, Carole Cadwalladr asks the star of Say Anything and High Fidelity, why all the psychopaths?
Yesterday he was in Australia. Or was it tomorrow? John Cusack is confused. He's just returned from the Gold Coast, where he was filming his latest movie – Hard Drive, a heist thriller – and there's a brief interlude before he heads off again. Somewhere in between he saw the so-called "super moon", last week's fuller-than-normal full moon, but where?
"I was flying all day, so I saw it the second day," he says. "I was in the future, then I had to fly back to the past because I was a day ahead. It was day in Australia and then I flew all the way back, and it was daylight the entire time »
- Carole Cadwalladr
Movie cliches are unavoidable; the director only has two-odd hours to take you from start to finish, so whether a high school's social structure is built on a thin foundation of classic nerd and jock stereotypes or a wedding is abruptly interrupted by the aw-shucks nice guy who's finally ready to spill his guts, there's bound to be some shortcuts along the way.
But sometimes Hollywood takes it a bit further, hitting us with cliches that are so oddly specific (and frequently divorced from reality) that they make you wonder if they've been written by a random plot-generating robot with limited resources and a tenuous grasp on the human experience. So sit back, relax, and set your deja vu detectors to "on" as we break down ten insanely specific things that are commonplace in the movieverse.
1. Character Dislikes Past/Future Version of Themselves
- Adam D'Arpino
A lot of people play video games in the movies because this is the longest movie supercut that I've even seen! It's twenty awesome minutes of video games and arcades in film. I love the old school retro clips. There's a lot of funny scenes included in the video so the 20 minutes will keep you entertained. Check it out!
Source movies, in order:
WarGames (Audio snippet)
Nightmares ("The Battle Of Bishop")
Nightmares ("The Battle Of Bishop")
Hollywood Hot Tubs
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
- Joey Paur
The Numbers Station, 2013.
Directed by Kasper Barfoed.
A former black ops agent and the young woman he's assigned to protect fight for survival after a surprise attack.
Directed by Kasper Barfoed (The Candidate) and produced by Bryan and Sean Furst (Daybreakers), The Numbers Station is a story of espionage laced with a factor of isolation. John Cusack plays Emerson; a Black Ops agent who is given a final chance by his boss, Grey (played by Liam Cunningham) after his conscience gets the better of him during his previous mission. He is assigned to a rural CIA broadcast station to protect Katherine (played by Malin Akerman) whose job it is to ensure coded transmissions are made to field agents. However, it isn’t long before this seemingly straightforward assignment becomes a lot harder than he had anticipated.
After what seemed »
- Flickering Myth
What's weirder, that the former Governor of California might appear in "The Toxic Avenger," or that there's a 21st Century remake of the freaky underground favorite in the works? The original "Toxic Avenger" was a low-budget, gross-out comedy about a nerd who mutates into a gnarly superhero and takes on the bad guys of Tromaville, NJ. Although it's not clear which part Arnold Schwarzenegger is in talks to play, this is indubitably an odd move for the former Terminator. Heck, it's an odd move to reboot this for today's audience, even with an updated story: to wit, "an average teen joins an environmental club to impress his crush. While doing some investigating at a waste plant, he is thrown into a tub of waste and transforms into a radioactive hero." Writer and director Lloyd Kaufman and his studio, Troma Entertainment, have been an endless font of modern B-movie madness since the '70s. »
- Jenni Miller
Both Arnold Schwarzenegger and The Toxic Avenger movies could be considered relics from the 1980s, but now the two worlds are going to be combined. Variety is reporting that Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has kept busy with movies like The Expendables 2, The Last Stand and the upcoming Escape Plan, is now in talks to star in a reboot featuring the famous mutated monster hero. Schwarzenegger won't be taking the titular role in the movie, but the trade says that he will be playing "another lead role." The "reimagining" is described by sources as being a more mainstream action-adventure film, suggesting that the property could lose a little of its midnight madness charm.Screenwriter Steve Pink, whose credits include Grosse Pointe Blank and High Fidelity, is working on the screenplay with newcomer Daniel C. Mitchell. The original film, directed by Troma Entertainment.s Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman, told the story »
Bringing Up Bobby, 2011.
Written and Directed by Famke Janssen.
Debut films will inevitably be hindered by flaws; they are unlikely to be perfect. That said two recent directorial feature debuts, Makinov’s Come Out and Play and Ian Clark’s Brit horror The Facility, were full of promise. Look back far enough and the Soska Sisters' Dead Hooker in a Trunk and Robert Rodriguez’s El Mariachi were two debut films that were were rough around the edges yet equally showcased a raw creative talent that could mature with time and experience. There was a sense of inspired energy about these films, infused with an inspired vision. »
- Flickering Myth
Time Out has put its heart on its sleeve and shouted its Brief Encounter infatuation from the rooftops. Will you join them in their lovebombing of the 68-year-old classic? Or have your tastes in romantic movies moved on?
Sam played it again, now it's our turn to plug in the turntable and petition you once more for your top romance films of all time. The peg? Time Out's 100 Most Romantic Films of all Time poll, which has been announced today, and which names Brief Encounter as the title most likely to get your heart a-flutter.
But by our reckoning, the Time Out folk are cruising for a bruising; when we came to the same conclusion three years ago, the readers felt we'd done them wrong, and suggested Casablanca was Mr Right when it came to romantic movies.
Do you feel the same? Has your taste for gin joints endured over the past three years? »
For those who believe that crowdsourcing site Kickstarter.com is only for funding unknown filmmakers, think again. Rob Thomas who has attempted to bring his TV series Veronica Mars to the big screen ever since it was cancelled in 2007 struck a deal with Warner Bros that if he could raise $2 million from a Kickstarter campaign by April 12, 2013 the studio would green light the project. The goal was achieve in record time as reported by The Globe and Mail as within 24 hours over 31,000 contributors pledged the required amount with one individual paying $10,000 for a speaking role in the movie.
As for the feature length screenplay which will mark the return of the sassy and witty high school student who operates after classes as a private investigator, here is the brief synopsis:
Life has taken Veronica away from Neptune. In the years since spoiling Keith's chances to be reelected sheriff, Veronica hasn't taken a case. »
Chicago – Every once in a Hollywood while, a true head-scratcher comes along. How on Earth did this movie, with this many talented people involved, end up so boring? If you told me that Stephen Frears (“The Grifters,” “The Queen”) was re-teaming with his “High Fidelity” scribe D.V. DeVincentis on a dramedy with the great Rebecca Hall and Bruce Willis, I would probably put that flick on a highly-anticipated list. Minutes into “Lay the Favorite,” recently released on Blu-ray and DVD, one knows there’s nothing to anticipate. Unless you anticipate boredom.
Poor Rebecca Hall (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” “Parade’s End”) gives it her absolute all as the naive, sweet Beth Raymer, a girl who becomes a good luck charm to the horribly named Dink Heimowitz (Bruce Willis), disrupting his business and marriage to the high-maintenance Tulip (Catherine Zeta-Jones). An incredible number of talented people flirt around the fringe of this oddball romance, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Cinelinx takes a gamble on the Lay the Favorite Blu-ray!
A stripper named Beth (Rebecca Hall) leaves her small Florida town to find a better life in Las Vegas, but things get complicated when she forms a relationship with a bookie (Bruce Willis). Based on the book by Beth Raymer. Also stars Catherine Zeta Jones, Vince Vaughn and Joshua Jackson.
Directed by Stephen Frears
What in the world happened, Stephen Frears? The director of The Queen, High Fidelity, and The Grifters managed to take an interesting, real-life story (by the real Beth Raymer) and a great cast (Willis, Jones Hall, etc.) and somehow made a completely average film. Lay the Favorite isn't bad, but for all the pedigree involved, you expect much better.
Lay the Favorite should have been a quirky character drama, but fails to provide an interesting story or engaging characters. Somehow, the screenplay made gambling seem boring, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Victor Medina)
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