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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 »
Blackbird centres on a woman who travels to Los Angeles for the funeral of her grandfather, unaware that the Hollywood effects artist’s history of moonlighting for Us special ops is about to place her life in jeopardy.
ICM Partners and Sbs represent Us rights.
“Blackbird is a quintessential suspense thriller in the vein of Mamet’s other great work, The Spanish Prisoner,” said Ben Saïd. “The Solution is just as passionate and committed to the project as I am and will choose the right international partners to bring this film to a global audience.”
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The Solution Entertainment Group will handle international rights to writer/director David Mamet’s thriller Blackbird starring Oscar winning actress Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), it was announced today by The Solution Entertainment Group’s (“The Solution”) founders and partners, Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel.
Janet (Blanchett) travels to Los Angeles for the funeral of her grandfather, a Hollywood visual effects artist who moonlighted for U.S. special ops agencies. After his death, hergrandfather’s well-kept secrets become a threat to her life, forcing Janet to discover the truth about a man who dedicated his life to making illusion reality.
The Solution will present the project to buyers at the Toronto International Film Festival with ICM and Sbs handling Us rights.
“Blackbird is a quintessential suspense »
- Michelle McCue
Exclusive: Modern Family star Ed O’Neill has signed with Paradigm, joining his longtime agent Iris Grossman who moved from ICM Partners to Paradigm earlier this month. O’Neill, who is managed by Brillstein Entertainment Partners, is the third major Grossman client to follow her from ICM to Paradigm joining Mandy Patinkin and Fraces Conroy. O’Neill stars as patriarch Jay Pritchett on ABC’s Emmy-winning comedy Modern Family, a role that has earned him two Emmy nominations. He is one of the highest-paid actors on TV as he also has ownership in the show. O’Neill’s previous series credits include Married… With Children, John From Cincinnati and The West Wing. In features and on stage, O’Neill has a decades-spanning affiliation with the Pulitzer-winning playwright David Mamet, appearing in his films The Spanish Prisoner, Spartan and Redbelt and stage productions of Lakeboat and Keep Your Pantheon. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
A critical digest of the week’s latest U.S. theatrical releases. Where applicable, links to longer reviews have been provided.
The last time M. Night Shyamalan tried his hand at a big-budget “Man vs. Wild” episode, with 2008’s “The Happening,” the unseen villainess was none other than Mother Nature herself. In the decided non-happening that is Shyamalan’s latest, “After Earth,” the threats lurking on a post-apocalyptic blue planet include baboons, predatory birds and a giant alien beastie that looks like a rejected prototype from H.R. Giger’s workshop. (At least there are no Tom Cruise clones.) But it’s Shyamalan’s career, and that of producer-director Will Smith, that seem to be struggling for survival in this listless sci-fi wilderness adventure — a grim hodgepodge of “Avatar,” “The Hunger Games” and “Life of Pi” that won’t come anywhere near equaling those juggernauts with the ticketbuying public. »
- Variety Staff
The tricks are as flashy as the plotting is flimsy in “Now You See Me,” an illusion-filled caper from director Louis Leterrier that poses no serious challenge to Christopher Nolan’s “The Prestige” or David Mamet’s “The Spanish Prisoner” in the pantheon of cinematic sleight-of-hand. Thanks to some accomplished hocus pocus and an appealing cast, this would-be “Ocean’s Eleven” of the magic world remains watchable throughout, even as it plods along without ever quite fulfilling its potential. Pic’s title portends its fortunes at a crowded summer box office, with considerably more robust ancillary prospects in store. Indeed, “Now You See Me” feels like nothing so much as a passable time-filler stumbled across by chance on latenight cable.
A jaunty pre-credits sequence introduces us to four illusionist protags: cocky prestidigitator J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg); escape artist Henley (Isla Fisher), who was once Atlas’ assistant; hypnotist/mentalist Merritt »
- Scott Foundas
6 items from 2013
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