4 items from 2011
From Lionsgate comes a brand new poster for the upcoming non-stop action thriller “Safe“, starring Jason Statham. In the movie from writer-director Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans, Uptown Girls), Statham portrays a former elite operative who must protect an adolescent girl (played by Catherine Chan) from the bad guys. The cast also includes Chris Sarandon, Robert [...]
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- Allan Ford
Blockbuster – the one-time giant in the home video rental business which went bankrupt last September – was bought at auction this past week by Dish Network for $320 million. According to Dish, it intends to combine its wireless technology with Blockbuster’s brand name recognition, studio relationships and digital rights to re-establish Blockbuster as a player in the direct-to-home market against Netflix and newer contenders like Amazon and a Warner Bros. online rental service to be offered on Facebook.
However this plays out long-term, the auction buy is the last page in a final chapter begun back in September when Blockbuster busted. To trot out the old cliché, it’s the – everybody now — end of an era.
The business Blockbuster used to be in seemed revolutionary in its day, though it seems almost quaint now; come Friday, some delegate from the family would trot to the neighborhood video store hoping to get »
- Bill Mesce
Shawn Levy continues to be a director in high deman in Hollywood. He has not signed on to direct a new film based on a pitch to be penned by Jonathan Tropper that will center around the demise of Kodak’s Kodachrome film. Deadline reports that DreamWorks is close to picking up the script that would be a vehicle for Levy. In case you were not aware, Kodak stopped developing Kodachrome slide film, one of the most popular brands in the Kodak family. More and more photogs have switched over to digital, using film less and less. Dwayne’s Photo, an outlet in Kansas, was the last remaining developers of Kodachrome in the country and at the end of December they no longer accepted the format for processing.
The film is inspired by the NY Times article, “For Kodachrome Fans, Road Ends at Photo Lab in Kansas” that centers around »
What makes good movies good?
As award season approaches its Oscar peak, it seems a fitting time to consider just what makes a movie stand out from the pack? What’s the difference between the popular, and a true creative accomplishment? I’m lucky enough to have worked with Chris Sarandon and he was gracious enough to take my place for the week and share some of his observations.
His breakout Oscar/Golden Globe-nominated performance as Leon, Al Pacino’s gay lover in Dog Day Afternoon (1975), launched him on a career which would include memorable roles on both the big and small screens as well as the stage, including the GQ-styled vampire in the serio-comic Fright Night (1985), the foppish villain king of The Princess Bride (1987), the voice of Jack Skellington in the animated classic The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), a turn on the New York stage as Signor Naccarelli in the »
- Bill Mesce
4 items from 2011
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