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Deadline reported Wednesday that HBO has officially greenlit Show Me a Hero, a six-hour miniseries from David Simon (co-creator of The Wire). The miniseries will star Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, and the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII) and Catherine Keener (Captain Phillips, Being John Malkovich). Academy Award-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby) is set to direct.
The series centers on Nick Wasicsko (Isaac), a big-city mayor who ends up in the middle of a racial controversy brought on when a federal court tasks him to build low-income housing units in the white neighborhoods of his city of Yonkers, NY.
Simon and Baltimore Sun journalist/The Wire writer William F. Zorzi have adapted Lisa Belkin’s nonfiction book of the same name, which focuses on the real life Yonkers mayor and the precarious situation that managed damage the local government and eventually wreaked havoc on his political career. »
- Randall Unger
Frank Darabont to direct ‘The Huntsman,’ formerly known as ‘Snow White and the Huntsman 2′ Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman 2, now retitled The Huntsman, already has a 2016 release date. Huntsman Chris Hemsworth and Evil Queen Charlize Theron are in; Snow White Kristen Stewart and apparently Prince Charming — aka Prince William — Sam Claflin are out, unless they show up in star cameos. And as reported a few weeks ago, former The Walking Dead executive producer Frank Darabont (he was fired from the show in July 2011) has been set to direct the prequel to Rupert Sanders’ Snow White and the Huntsman. Darabont reportedly beat Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) and Andy Muschietti (Mama) following a pitch focusing on Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman character. Thor in tights and with a Scottish burr? Frank Darabont movies Besides his The Walking Dead gig, Frank Darabont also happens to be the director of two major blockbusters »
- Zac Gille
Week in Review rounds up the best of the rest of film and TV news hitting the web this week. Check out the rest of the Sos Blog for more news updates.
Unless your name is Edgar Wright, it’s hard to imagine a superhero movie of any caliber and pedigree not somehow getting made in today’s day and age.
And yet in 1997, that’s exactly what happened. Tim Burton, many years after the success of his original Batman, was attached to direct Superman Lives, originally starring none other than Nicolas Cage as everyone’s favorite Kryptonian and adapted from a screenplay by Kevin Smith.
Just how in God’s green Earth did this brilliant, strange mash-up of talents in a movie never come to light is the question behind a documentary currently in production, The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?
The film is being directed by Jon Schnepp, »
- Brian Welk
A topic worth thinking carefully over though this stream of consciousness must do for now.
Esquire claims that 1999 was the last Great Year of Movies. Several good points are made but Of Course the writer had to throw out that exhausting false equivalent "tv is better than film" argument again that actually has very little to do with the topic at hand. Stop people of the internet. Think before you type. The two art forms are not interchangeable - they have different strengths and weaknesses and the transcendent TV series are but a tiny sliver of the product on TV just as the most magical movies are a tiny sliver of films made. The best TV is not equivalent to cinematic blockbusters, what's equivalent to that if you must have your damn equivalencies are massively watched shows like The Big Bang Theory, The Voice, Duck Dynasty and Modern Family and »
- NATHANIEL R
Photos from the upcoming eighth series finale showcase that the episode is set to recreate the iconic scenes from the second Doctor serial "The Invasion" a full 46 years after the original.
The famous photo of Cybermen marching down the steps of St. Paul's Cathedral is being redone with the latest version of the Cybermen. [Source: io9]
BBC America has unveiled an extended trailer for its new sci-fi series "Intruders" starring John Simm, Mira Sorvino, Robert Forester and James Frain. Almost David Lynch-ian in its flat out cryptic nature and obtuseness, it kind of looks like an "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" update.
The event miniseries follows the epic tales of Harry Houdini as he emerges as America’s first bonafide world-renowned superstar. »
- Garth Franklin
A group of Israel’s most prominent young filmmakers have publicly called upon the government of Israel to declare a ceasefire in its current conflict with Gaza, while Spike Jonze, who despite the conflict traveled as planned to the Jerusalem Film Festival, scrapped a scheduled masterclass meant to coincide with a screening of “Being John Malkovich.”
“Dear filmmakers and filmgoers, I apologize for not being there with you tonight. It felt like the wrong time for me to be talking about movies with everything going on,” Jonze said in a statement. “I hope you understand. I will come back and screen movies and talk film when the time is right. My heart is with you and everyone who is suffering right now.”
- Debra Kamin
Festival also moves Dancing Arabs screening indoors.
Spike Jonze has cancelled his Jerusalem Film Festival masterclass on July 16 because of the current conflict.
Jonze did travel to Jerusalem as planned but decided not to go ahead with the event. He said in a statement: “Dear filmmakers and filmgoers, I apologise for not being there with you tonight. It felt like the wrong time for me to be talking about movies with everything going on. I hope you understand. I will come back again and screen movies and talk film with you when the time is right. My heart is with you and everyone who is suffering right now.”
The festival said it appreciated Jonze coming to Jerusalem and understood his decision.
Noa Regev, director general of the Festival, said “We respect Mr. Jonze’s decision, and we apologize to the many people who we’re looking forward to this event.”
The festival »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
I was still on the road to Jerusalem — where I had been invited to serve as a member of the documentary jury at this year’s Jerusalem Film Festival — last Thursday, when the first air raid siren sounded. “Can you hear it?” asked the driver charged with transporting me and two other American journalists from the Tel Aviv airport as he rolled down the window. Apparently, protocol in these situations is to pull over, exit the vehicle, and lie down on the ground. But our driver proceeded apace, noting with delight that there was now much less traffic on the highway.
Israelis seem sanguine about the rocket attacks. But the festival saw some guests cancel and the opening night gala had to be rescheduled. Otherwise the festival’s opening weekend went off without any visible hitches. To be sure, the mood has been occasionally tense: on Saturday afternoon, during an »
- Scott Foundas
Michael Sugar: " I have to sell it - so I have to love it."
The production and management company Anonymous Content that has backed any number of films, directors and TV series (among them Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Wild at Heart, Winter's Bone, and HBO's True Detective, recent recipient of 12 Emmy nominations (*) and the upcoming The Knick, from Steven Soderbergh and starring Clive Owen) has been the subject of a special focus at Karlovy Vary.
Under the direction of its founder Steve Golin, the veteran producer behind Being John Malkovich, and producer and partner Michael Sugar, the company represents directors such as Richard Linklater, Marc Webb, Steven Soderbergh and Nicolas Winding Refn, and actors including Emma Stone, Idris Elba, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright and Ryan Gosling, among many others.
- Richard Mowe
Directors are among the high-profile international guests at this year’s festival.
The festival said in statement: “Despite the security situation, more than 100 distinguished international guests are on their way to Jerusalem…The Festival’s international guests have expressed their support of the non-cancellation of the Festival and are due to arrive in Jerusalem in the coming days.”
Jonze, who recently won an Academy Award for best original screenplay for his sci-fi romance Her, will give a masterclass following a screening of his Oscar-nominated fantasy comedy Being John Malkovich — which marks its 15th anniversary this year.
It is the first time Jonze, whose father was descended from a German Jewish family, has visited Israel.
Korea’s Park will also give a masterclass and participate in a panel on his country’s cinema »
By Jennica Lynn Johnson
After seeing the trailer for Warm Bodies (2013), I made a mental note to steer clear of it in movie theaters. Zombies-- although they have had their popularity throughout horror history-- have become significantly trendy within the horror community for the past decade with movies such as 28 Weeks Later (2007), Zombieland (2009), and Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies (2012). By the time the third season of The Walking Dead aired in 2012, it was clear that the end of the current zombie craze could be upon us. I suspected that Warm Bodies would be the last nail in the coffin of what started out as a delightfully gory ride.
I’m not entirely sure why I expected Warm Bodies to be such a failure. Perhaps I feared that it would be another teen romance movie with just a dash of horror elements. Or maybe I thought the leading lady, Teresa Palmer, »
Barnes & Noble has just kicked off their 50% off Criterion sale and while it's impossible to suggest titles that will suit everyone looking to beef up their collection at this perfect time of year, I will do my best to offer some suggestions. Let's get to it... My Absolute First Pick I am almost done going through this collection and it was a collection I got for Christmas under these exact circumstances. Typically priced at $224.99, you can now get this amazing set of 25 Zatoichi films for only $112. Box sets, in my opinion, are what sales like this were made for. Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Next Ten Recommendations It isn't easy so this is a collection of just some of my favorite films (of all-time and within the collection) and a little variety, though pretty much my standard, go to Criterion first picks, especially if you are just starting out. Persona Breathless »
- Brad Brevet
Mistaken for Strangers, the documentary about The National frontman Matt Berninger and his wayward filmmaker brother Tom, arrives in UK cinemas today (June 27), and is a reminder that siblings can sometimes make for great cinema.
Whether it's the constant squabbling of Will Ferrell and John C Reilly in Step Brothers, the epic Corleone rivalry in The Godfather or Marlon Brando and Rod Steiger in On the Waterfront, brothers can make for highly-charged drama.
The National to release "huge bonus version" of Mistaken for Strangers doc
Digital Spy takes a look back at 5 movies about brothers - from entirely different genres - that are essential viewing for film fans.
Dead Ringers (1988)
It’s simply astonishing how effortlessly Pete Docter is able to condense massive amounts of plot & exposition into the most accessible and comprehensive manner possible. Take a gander at the opening of Docter’s previous film Up, distilling an entire life span and romantic relationship into just ten minutes. The filmmaker’s latest Pixar venture Inside Out – set for release a year from today – (on paper) could seem almost unbearably convoluted, but in Docter’s deft hands it all becomes so very easy to follow. Set inside an adolescent girl’s mind, Inside Out focuses on the ‘emotions’ – Anger, Joy, Sadness, Fear & Disgust – that control the personality and actions of their host’s body. Think of the film sort of as the Disney version of Being John Malkovich. The genius of Docter is to mix the art-house cerebral ideas of that film (e.g. the existential quandaries of identity) with »
- Tommy Cook
Is the possibility of having a romantic relationship with some sort of artificial intelligence all that farfetched? While the concept is still largely the stuff you would find in science-fiction films like A.I. or the recent Johnny Depp dud Transcendence, in many ways it has become a reality. On Facebook, we "friend" people without ever meeting them in real life. Full-fledged conversations are often carried out on our smartphones in lieu of talking face-to-face. We also use our personal electronic devices to fight with one another, use emoticons to "kiss each other goodnight" and on occasion, we even end relationships on them. There is even the odd instance where some has wanted to take it to the next level by wanting to marry their computers. As advances in technology continue to "bring us together," it also continues to further and further isolate us.
For Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), the »
Arriving on these shores following a hearty endorsement by Kevin Smith (who released this in the Us under his distribution label), the Clerks director can certainly spot potential when it comes his way. The directorial debut of 26-year-old Canadian Matt Johnson (who is stars in the film, as well as co-writing, producing and editing), he’s fashioned a dark and unsettling socially relevant meta-mockumentary – think a Man Bites Dog-like psychological expose, shot in that faux verite style favoured by disposable Us ‘reality’ shows like The Hills.
High school friends Matt and Owen exist on the fringes of their society. They are a pop culture-obsessed duo (the likes of Irreversible, Pulp Fiction and Being John Malkovich are referenced) who are forever picked on and harassed by the popular jocks in their class. Matt, the more immature and fanciful of the two, begins to retreat further into his own head, detaching himself from reality. »
- Adam Lowes
‘Maps to the Stars’ trailer and clips: Julianne Moore goes ballistic after losing a role, Robert Pattinson learns that Mia Wasikowska’s parents are brother and sister (photo: Robert Pattinson in ‘Maps to the Stars’) The Hollywood satire Maps to the Stars, the second David Cronenberg-Robert Pattinson collaboration to be screened in competition for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival — following Cosmopolis two years ago — is one of the most anticipated films at the festival for obvious reasons: although an international box office disappointment, the brainy, stream-of-consciousness Cosmopolis earned a number of enthusiastic reviews and was the runner-up (trailing only Leos Carax’s fellow white limo movie Holy Motors) on the list of Best Films of 2012 compiled by the prestigious Cahiers du Cinéma. Check out below the "international" (as in, with French subtitles) red band trailer for Maps to the Stars clip, and you’ll »
- Andre Soares
Marcella Plunkett (Dark Touch) has been booked as a recurring on FX‘s How And Why, from Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich). It tells the story of Goodman Hesselman (John Hawkes), who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works but is clueless about life. After losing his gig hosting children’s science show How And Why, he tries to start over with a new show in a little TV market in the middle of nowhere when he encounters the supernatural world. We hear Plunkett is playing two roles, Cynthia, a photographer at Goodman’s new TV station in Murfreesboro, and Magda, Mendelson’s (Michael Cera) secretary, whose day is spent in a cramped, tiny room, not much bigger than her desk. Plunkett is with Radius Entertainment and Lisa Richards Agency in Ireland. Newcomer Sofia Mattsson has been cast in the »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Friedkin will receive the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema, and present a restored version of one of the central films of his career, “Sorcerer,” at the festival. “Sorcerer” sparked controversy at the time, but is now hailed as a masterpiece.
Friedkin was a key figure in the New Hollywood era, helming such pics as “The French Connection” and “The Exorcist.” His controversial excursion into New York’s S&M subculture, “Cruising,” is considered one of the most original thrillers of the 1980s, while action drama “To Live and Die in L.A.” enjoyed critical acclaim.
Since its founding in 1999, Anonymous Content has focused on cultivating artistic freedom while maintaining commercial viability, said the fest. Its credits include not only hot pics »
- Leo Barraclough
Over the course of a career spanning over three decades, actor John Malkovich has gained a number of fans for his work in movies such as Dangerous Liaisons, Mulholland Drive, Con Air, Burn After Reading and, of course, Being John Malkovich. However, unlike many of his peers, Malkovich’s television appearances have been largely limited to miniseries. In light of this, many fans of the performer were interested to learn that he had signed on to the role of Blackbeard in the upcoming NBC series Crossbones. Malkovich stars in the series alongside Yasmine Al Massri, Richard Coyle, and Julian Sands. With the show set to premiere on May 30th at 10 pm Est, the first trailer for the show has now been released. The trailer can be seen below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
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