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In the wake of the sickly box office figures for his last film, American Ultra, screenwriter Max Landis took to Twitter to have a little whinge. “Is trying to make original movies in a big way just not a valid career path anymore?”, he asked. “Are original ideas over?”
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- Henry Barnes
Following up on yesterday’s article on Love & Mercy, which features one of the best John Cusack performances to date, I wanted to look at his whole career and list his all time best work. As such, a new top ten list is here for your reading pleasure. This one obviously looks at Cusack’s best so far, which sadly has yet to garner him an Academy Award nomination. Hopefully he’ll score with Oscar one day, but regardless, he remains an underrated actor in Hollywood. Take a look below, and be sure to check him out in Love & Mercy this weekend, which again is one of his top notch turns. Enjoy! Here now is a look at Cusack’s ten best performances so far: 10. The Raven – Not many people give Cusack credit for this one, but he does a much better job than you’d expect, considering the silly premise. »
- Joey Magidson
The Wrap reported today that Ryan Gosling is in talks to take the lead in Guillermo Del Toro's Haunted Mansion. The live action film will be a supernatural family film based on the popular ride at Disneyland. But this will not be your Eddie Murphy's Haunted Mansion. No siree. Guillermo said back in 2010 that this film would not be a comedy. The script is being written by D.V. DeVincentis who wrote the entertaining and comically inclined High Fidelity and Grosse Pointe Blank, so I do not know where his supernatural chops lie. But Del Toro did promise back in the day that, "If you take the children, they will scream".It looks like that trip the pair made to Disneyland during Oscar weekend may have been for some...
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Ryan Gosling is in talks to join Guillermo del Toro's long-gestating project Haunted Mansion 3D. Guillermo del Toro recently moderated a panel at the South By Southwest Film Festival last month for Ryan Gosling's directorial debut Lost River, and they were also spotted at Disneyland over Oscar weekend, riding the Haunted Mansion ride together and others such as Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain Railroad and Pirates of the Caribbean. No details were given for what character Ryan Gosling may portray.
Back in July, the director revealed that he may not direct Haunted Mansion, and that they have not cracked the story quite yet. The Wrap reports that D.V. DeVincentis (High Fidelity, Grosse Pointe Blank) is currently working on the script, although there is no indication about when production may begin. If Ryan Gosling does sign on, it will mark a reunion of sorts with Disney, since he was one »
Hailee Steinfeld is an assassin trying to seem normal while attending a suburban high school
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- Christopher Campbell
For most of the four decades of his career as an actor, Jeremy Piven played That Guy. As in, “Oh look, it’s That Guy who played the cousin with anger issues on the 1990s sitcom Ellen!” Or, “Oh look! It’s That Guy who played the awful check-out clerk in the film Singles!” Or, most of all, “Oh look, it’s That Guy who always plays John Cusack’s obnoxious friend” (Piven has appeared alongside his childhood friend Cusack in Say Anything, The Grifters and Grosse Pointe Blank).
It’s not easy to be That Guy, to stand out when relegated to a bit part and surrounded by other, starrier players, as Piven seemed doomed to be. »
- Hadley Freeman
6 items from 2015
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