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The noughties were kind to Jack Black. That was the decade he pushed on from sporadic appearances in films such as Enemy of the State and The Cable Guy, raising his game to what has become an almost steady stream of hits by perfecting a lovable bombast and a grin almost as big as his belly.
Now very much aimed at the kids and young adult market, the Tenacious D front man has once again proven with his latest picture Gulliver’s Travels that when it comes to making a big imprint, he has the feet to do the job.
Taking on the role of Lemuel Gulliver, Black has made a change from the hunter-gatherer of Columbia Pictures’ Year One to mail-room clerk at the New York Tribune in the latest adaptation of Jonathan Swift’s classic novel. A modern take on the giant adventure, Gulliver is a cowardly no-hoper »
Updated: Ok, so I’ve had way to many emails from you guys pointing out that the Oscar form isn’t working for some of you this time around. I’ve put my best team of problem solvers on the issue and they can’t work it out, but 7 or 8 of you have told me it’s not working for you… so I presume there’s many more out there. To date we’ve had a little less entries than last time, so this problem is too much for me to ignore.
My only solution for now is for you to email your picks to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be collating results on Monday or Tuesday, so you’ve got a bit of time left to enter.
Now you’ve read our 1999 Academy Awards retrospective, here’s your chance to re-write history without the hassle of going back in »
- Matt Holmes
It's the stuff of a paranoid thriller: secret government info gets into the public domain. Stuart Heritage explains why WikiLeaks: The Movie is unlikely to happen just yet
It's a scene familiar from countless conspiracy thrillers: in a starkly lit underground bunker full of blinking monitors and whirring cold war-era machinery, a high-ranking military official yanks the cigar from his mouth and barks: "But if this information gets into the wrong hands, there's gonna be a revolution! Get me the president!"
At least, it used to be a familiar scene. Because the events of this week have largely rendered it redundant. You see, that information really did get out – in the form of the leaked Us embassy cables – and the reaction has generally been less of a revolution and more of an absent-minded tutting. This might be a wild generalisation, but the public at large seems to have been totally »
- Stuart Heritage
Joel Silver, will you please take our call? You should because the 250,000 classified U.S. diplomatic cables WikiLeaks released Sunday are something out of a great movie. It's "Rain Man" meets "Enemy of the State" and "Sherlock Holmes" with a bit of "Bridget Jones." It's even got a great hero/anti-hero in the whistle blowing website’s Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange. So to score a nice producer's fee just in time for Christmas, we thought we'd give you the pitch now: Title: "Full Disclosure." Tag Line: This Summer, the Truth Will Set You Free Release Date: July 4, 2011 Plot Summary: »
Part II: The Producers Take Back The Reins
By the late 1970s, the tremendous creative license the major studios under a new generation of production chiefs had granted the young tyros of the 1960s – Coppola, Scorsese, et al – had expired as each managed to deliver at least one, major, back-breaking flop. For Scorsese, it had been the grim musical New York, New York (1977, $13.8 million U.S. vs. a budget of $14 million); Peter Bogdanovich turned out a streak of losers including period piece Daisy Miller (1974), comedy Nickelodeon (1976), and another disastrous musical, At Long Last Love (1975, $1.5 million U.S./$6 million cost); after the back-to-back hits of The French Connection and The Exorcist, William Friedkin delivered Sorcerer (1977, $6 million U.S. against a crushing $22 million cost); and Francis Coppola, after a string of commercial and/or critical home runs including The Godfather (1972), The Conversation (1974), The Godfather Part II (1974), and Apocalypse Now (1979), turned out One from the Heart »
- Bill Mesce
Inspired by a true story, Unstoppable tells the tale of an unmanned, out of control locomotive carrying deadly chemicals on a destructive collision course with a town in Pennsylvania. Everyone remembers that fateful day, right? Despite the many liberties that must have been taken with the original event, the end result is an agreeably silly retro action/disaster film mash up. Just don’t think too hard about it, or it all falls off of the rails.
Will (Scott Pine) gets a memorable first day on the job after being introduced to grouchy mentor Frank (Denzel Washington). First, they narrowly avoid a collision with the runaway train. Mere moments afterward, Frank insists on catching up to the death trap and halting its progress, aided by a plucky dispatcher named Connie (Rosario Dawson).
To be frank, these aren’t deeply drawn characters. Like any buddy cop movie, Will and Frank intensely dislike each other at first, »
- Glenn Kay
For better or worse, Denzel Washington and Tony Scott have brought their creative minds together on numerous occasions. Over the span of 15 years they’ve tackled revenge, terrorism, time travel and, in a sense, nuclear war. This week’s Unstoppable marks their fifth collaboration together, and so we thought it’d be fun to have a look back at the duo’s track record, covering the highs and lows of their lucrative, sometimes even sensational partnership. Hit the jump to revisit their previous films.
Crimson Tide (1995)
Submarine movies are a tough sell. A story set within the confines of a steel coffin doesn’t always produce the most spectacular of results. However, there have been a handful of great sub flicks over the years, namely Run Silent, Run Deep (1958), Das Boot (1981) and the terrific The Hunt for Red October (1989). While Crimson Tide isn’t likely considered one of the all-time »
- Jeff Ames
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: HollywoodNews.com’s interview feature, “Hollywood In Ten,” showcases the creative individuals responsible for the movies we love, and corners them for some quality minutes.
After shooting their remake of “The Taking of Pelham 123,” Tony Scott and Denzel Washington needed a change of scenery. They didn’t get it. Instead of fleeing the cozy confines of a train, however, the two decided to up the ante by increasing the speed of their current production.
“Unstoppable” pits Washington and “Star Trek” standout Chris Pine as Pennsylvania rail conductors tasked with slowing down a runaway train that’s loaded with toxic chemicals. The train has no driver, and the track leads directly into the heart of a Pennsylvania mill town. When I spoke with Scott, we discussed the physical challenge of shooting the bulk of his scenes on a moving train.
“I would try and »
- Sean O'Connell
Chicago – The festival premiere of a new film is a great day for a director, and Chris Folkens is celebrating his new short film, “Diversion,” with an opening at the 2010 Hollywood Film Festival on October 23rd. Diversion is a taut thriller shot all in Chicago, as great a valentine to the city as a well-done paranoid narrative.
Barret Walz and Doug James are featured in a telephone conversation on the streets of Chicago. As the the conversation gets more personal and dangerous, Walz ventures deeper into the depths of the city, a smart addition to a tense game of cat and mouse.
Director Chris Folkens has developed his craft through work in the advertising industry, and has worked on several high-end film and video projects. Diversion is a benchmark for the filmmaker, showcasing his technical and storytelling skills to perfection. His stated goal: “to impact my audience through dramatic, compelling and cinematic experiences. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Max Peterson (West) is an It security consultant who travels the world installing security systems for companies who need their secrets secret and their information secure. However on his latest job he receives an anonymous gift – a top of the range mobile phone. But this is no oridinary phone, Max soon starts receiving text messages that enable him to win a fortune in the casinos of Prague. However his good fortune soon has him under the watchful eye of casino security, the FBI and a group of mysterious hit men. Realising that everything may not be as it seems, Max must figure out who is sending him the mysterious messages. What he doesn’t realise is that he is part of a huge »
We recently reported that Tony Scott (Enemy of the State) was interested in directing a big screen version of Mark Millar's "Nemesis" comic book and even talked about attaching Johnny Depp and/or Brad Pitt. MTV News now caught up with Millar (Wanted, Kick-Ass), who gave an update on the project. "They reckon the budget on this thing will probably be around $150 million mark," he revealed. "It's a very expensive film, it's got a lot of big set pieces. So the nice thing is, it means we can hopefully afford who we want to work with." Millar added that he would prefer Depp to star in the film rather than Pitt. And he wants to Scott to eventually direct. "Tony Scott has to be at the top of the list, he's a Hollywood legend. Every single person in the country probably has at least one of his movies on DVD. »
Most writers hope they’ll see at least one of their creations brought to life on the big screen one day, but comic writer Mark Millar has already been lucky enough to see two — and he has at least two more on the way.
Besides his secret project with Leinil Francis Yu, Millar is set to bring his and artist Steve McNiven’s antihero story “Nemesis” to life with director Tony Scott. And with the success of films like “Wanted” and “Kick-Ass,” it doesn’t appear Hollywood will stop throwing money at him anytime soon.
[Update: Mark Millar has contacted MTV News to clarify several elements that were misunderstood in the original interview. We've edited the post and placed these corrections in Bold/Capitalized text. -Rm]
“They reckon the budget on this thing will probably be around $150 Million mark. It’s a very expensive film, it’s got a lot of big set pieces,” he told MTV News while promoting his recently launched "CLiNT" comics magazine. “So the nice thing is, it means we can hopefully afford who we want to work with. »
- Jill Pantozzi
Warner Bros and Christopher Nolan are hurrying to get the "Superman" reboot into production and are now meeting with directors to take over the franchise. Some of the helmers considered are Tony Scott (Enemy of the State, True Romance), Matt Reeves (Let Me In, Cloverfield), Jonathan Liebesman (Clash of the Titans 2, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning), Duncan Jones (Moon) and Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300). We also just reported that Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler) has also been added to the short list. And now comes word that the studio recently met with Ben Affleck (The Town, Gone Baby Gone) to direct "Superman." Ironically, Affleck portrayed the actor who played character in "Hollywoodland." Warners is impressed with how well Affleck's "The Town" is performing, but Affleck has just now decided to end negotiations, taking himself out of the running. »
A few days ago, it was revealed that Warner Bros was considering five helmers to direct the studio's upcoming "Superman" reboot, which Christopher Nolan is overseeing and is written by David Goyer. The list includes Tony Scott (Enemy of the State, True Romance), Matt Reeves (Let Me In, Cloverfield), Jonathan Liebesman (Clash of the Titans 2, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning), Duncan Jones (Moon) and Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300). And now, according to La Times, Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler) has also been added to the list. Aronofsky is currently promoting his "Black Swan" film and recently revealed that he is still attached to the "Robocop" reboot. »
Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros is planning to make a major announcement regarding their DC characters in about four weeks. By then the studio will already likely know who will be directing the upcoming "Superman" reboot. Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas have already started meeting with a short list of helmers, including Tony Scott (Enemy of the State, True Romance), Matt Reeves (Let Me In, Cloverfield), Jonathan Liebesman (Clash of the Titans 2, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning), Duncan Jones (Moon) and Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300). Scott and Liebesman will likely not be able to take the job since they are busy working on other projects. Snyder recently said he has no idea how to make "Superman" happen. This leaves Reeves and Jones, who are both great choices. »
The Oscar-nominated director of Downfall, Oliver Hirschbeigel, has signed on to direct the thriller The Dark Side of the Moon (Die dunkle Seite des Mondes) based on the novel by Swiss author Martin Suter.
You can check out the The Dark Side of the Moon synopsis that goes like this: “Business lawyer Urs Blank, forty-five, has his feelings under control. Blank is an expert in merger negotiations and the star of the industry.
Recently, however, torments him feel somehow uncomfortable one reason why it extensively with his lovely Lucille tries so that introduces a completely different life than he. By Lucille he meets the magical world of hallucinogenic mushrooms.
In an overwhelming trip, »
Late last year, Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco dropped one of the best mixtapes of 2009 with Enemy of the State: A Love Story, a staggeringly eclectic collection of beats and rhymes (including one notable track that saw Lupe rapping over Radiohead's Kid A banger "The National Anthem"). Back in July, Lupe released another free piece of music that stealthily made its way onto the Internet with significantly less fanfare. It's called In the Jaws of the Lords of Death, and it came out under the name Japanese Cartoon.
But it's not a hip-hop mixtape. Instead, it consists of nine post-punk tracks that pay tribute to much-beloved British band Joy Division. Fiasco even goes as far as singing in a fake British accent to better emulate late Joy Division singer Ian Curtis. It's one of the more unusual musical projects from a guy who has made a name for himself working way, »
- Kyle Anderson
Sadly, he then followed that up with “Invasion”, a fairly lifeless reworking of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, although that seems to have had more to do with problems with the studio than with Hirschbiegel himself.
Variety have news this morning of a new project for Hirschbiegel, namely an adaptation of The Dark Side of the Moon, a novel by Swiss author Martin Stutor.
David Marconi (Enemy of the State, Die Hard 4.0) will draft the script, all about a lawyer who starts to dabble in magic mushrooms, discovering in the process of the ensuing trip that the life he had built for himself was no longer satisfying. As a result, he begins to withdraw from society. Apparently, the novel has already been translated into eight different languages and shooting is due to start in Switzerland, »
- Dave Roper
Oliver Hirschbiegel, director of Downfall, hit a little career snag with The Invasion, but started to rebound with Five Minutes of Heaven, and may still be prepping to shoot The Angel Face, about a German mafia hitman. And now he'll reportedly also direct The Dark Side of the Moon, based not on the Pink Floyd album whose cover has adorned every dorm room in America at some point, but on the novel of the same name by Swiss author Martin Suter. (Which was admittedly titled as a gloss on the Floyd disc.) The shoot should begin in the spring, says Variety, in Switzerland, France and Germany. The script is by David Marconi, of Live Free or Die Hard and Enemy of the State, so I'm guessing for now that this is an English-language production. No casting has been announced at this point; getting some names will help clear up the »
- Russ Fischer
It is written by David Marconi, who penned Enemy of the State and Live Free or Die Hard. Based on the to selling novel by Martin Suter, it tells the story of “a successful attorney whose life is turned upside down after a mind-opening mushroom trip. Realizing that all he has strived for has ceased to make sense, he begins to withdraw from society.”
Hirschbiegel’s last two films haven’t quite lived up to Downfall, so I’m excited to see him take on a more interesting project. I hated The Invasion, but Five Minutes of Heaven had moments of promise. Mushroom tripping sounds like a new adventure for the talented director.
Shooting begins next spring in Switzerland, Germany and France with the cast being decided in a few weeks. »
- Jordan Raup
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