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There was once a time, not so long ago, when Gael Bigirimana was called Baby Tiote by Newcastle fans: a mark of respect but also of expectation. Fast forward less than two years and the former Coventry man, whose rise from out of nowhere was meteoric in comparative terms, has just been loaned to Yeovil.
The move has been met with frustration – mostly because of the player’s lack of progress – and lamentation that the club haven’t done more to help him progress. Others meanwhile were baffled at the very idea that getting rid of him – considering his lack of impact on the first team – was anything but a bad idea, and letting him get first team football was the right approach.
But the problem at Newcastle is that the loan system is fundamentally broken: players don’t go out to develop, they go out »
- Simon Gallagher
The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Donnie Yen will be making a return to the Us to star in a new English-language film titled 'Noodle Man'. He will play an ex-cop from China who now runs a noodle shop in New York's Chinatown. One day, he meets in his shop the drug lord responsible for killing his partner 15 years ago. Noodle Man will be a Us-China co-production directed by Chen Daming (who helmed the Chinese version of What Women Want starring Andy Lau and Gong Li) and produced by Michael Shamberg, producer of films such as Pulp Fiction, Out Of Sight, Contagion and Django Unchained. In the early 2000s, Yen appeared in Highlander: Endgame, Blade 2, and Shanghai Knights. Noodle Man will be his first English-language film since the...
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Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
The cast and crew, fly high in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), directed by visionary Alejandro González Iñárritu. Michael Keaton stars as Riggan Thomson, a washed-up actor who never bounced back from his peak stardom days as part of a 1990s superhero franchise, and who is desperate to gain back some spark for his faded career. Riggan attempts to jolt himself back into the limelight through the triple threat of writing, directing and starring in a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.
- Christopher Clemente
Director and producer Steven Soderbergh is one prolific filmmaker responsible for over 25 feature-length films, making Jennifer Lopez a credible actress (see: Out of Sight), and re-inventing the Rat Pack with George Clooney and Brad Pitt in the Ocean’s Eleven series. While he was seemingly in his prime, Soderbergh suddenly announced his retirement in 2011, promising that his films, Liberace and Man From U.N.C.L.E., would be his last.
Since then several things happened. Liberace, starring Matt Damon and Michael Douglas, was retitled Behind the Candelabra and released on HBO in May 2013 while U.N.C.L.E. didn’t pan out. The film went to Guy Ritchie and Soderbergh packed his retirement plans with several projects and later clarified his statement about quitting Hollywood. In 2013, the filmmaker said he “won’t be directing ‘cinema.’”
No matter the definition of his retirement, Soderbergh, like many entertainers who promised »
- Stacy Lambe
Last week Michael B. Jordan offered up a few thoughts on the criticism towards his casting as Johnny Storm / The Human Torch in 20th Century Fox’s upcoming reboot of The Fantastic Four, and now co-star Miles Teller (a.k.a. the new Mister Fantastic) has chimed in with some comments on the negative reaction that the reboot has received from fans of Marvel’s First Family.
“There are a million blogs and websites talking about the casting and they hear one little thing, like, oh, there was rumor it was a found-footage movie, so then there were a million comments on that.” said Teller in an interview with The Huffington Post. “If we’re going to be up for everybody’s public disposal of it, I try not to get too caught up with anything on the Internet. Out of sight is out of mind for me a lot of the time. »
- Gary Collinson
Internet fans . particularly those who support (worship?) comic book films . are prone to snap judgments. So its interesting, and slightly encouraging, to hear that the actors playing the heroes we.re paying to watch on screen snap to harsh judgments as well. even before their movies open up in theaters. Miles Teller currently is promoting his work in the outstanding drama Whiplash. But as is the case in the modern film conversation, he also had to talk about the superhero movie he.s working on, in this case, next summer.s The Fantastic Four. Lo and behold, Teller thinks everyone already has made up their minds about the movie, and his portrayal of Dr. Reed Richards, aka Mister Fantastic. He tells the Huffington Post: I try not to get too caught up with anything on the Internet. Out of sight is out of mind for me a lot of the »
During a recent interview with the Huffington Post, Miles Teller discussed his Whiplash movie as well as his role as Reed Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic, in the forthcoming Fantastic Four reboot. When asked if he is bothered by the mostly-negative response to his casting and seemingly Josh Trank's overall direction, Teller vented that, "there are a million blogs and websites talking about the casting and they hear one little thing, like, oh, there was rumor it was a found-footage movie, so then there were a million comments on that." He continued, "If we’re going to be up for everybody’s public disposal of it, I try not to get too caught up with anything on the Internet. Out of sight is out of mind for me a lot of the time. I already know that people hate me for the fact that I’m playing Reed Richards and »
As the fall season gets underway, I'm starting to finally get a look at some of the movies I've been most excited about, including "Birdman," which I get to see tomorrow. I couldn't be more excited about the movie based on what I've heard, and I'm doing my best not to watch clips or to learn too much. I want to see it all in context. Well… almost all. They did send me some new images from the film today that I'm going to share, featuring the cast and, in one shot, the director. Is it weird that one of the things that makes me happiest about the mere existence of this film is that Michael Keaton is front and center again? In general, Michael Keaton's career has been the source of confusion for me for a while now. Keaton is the quintessential '80s leading man, the cloth »
- Drew McWeeny
Pulp Fiction exec and BuzzFeed consultant hails digital opportunities for filmmakers.
Acclaimed Us producer Michael Shamberg has hailed the filmmaking opportunities afforded by digital platforms and new technology, during his Zurich Summit keynote today (Sept 27).
“There are enormous opportunities in this space,” the Pulp Fiction executive producer told Screen ahead of his address.
“Digital is the medium of now and it will only grow. Within a year or two in the Us there will be more money spent on digital advertising than on TV advertising – $80bn per year. As the revenue shifts for storytellers, more and more Hollywood industry will work in the digital space.”
“Just as Quentin Tarantino wrote scripts while working in a video store and a young Steven Spielberg made films on Super 8 in his bedroom, future filmmakers will emerge from having made films that they post online,” continued the Oscar-nominated producer whose credits include Get Shorty, Erin Brockovich, [link »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
We're heading into the home stretch for "The Knick" season 1, and tonight's episode was both the last one I saw before I wrote my initial review, and the most satisfying of those. Some thoughts on both "Get the Rope" and season 1 to date coming up just as soon as I write a love poem to the suction machine... "The Knick" is a period piece that's tried to make clear that our stodgy past was the thrilling, scary present for Thack and the other characters. But if there's a lot of forward momentum within individual episodes — this one in particular — the season as a whole has taken its sweet time moving stories forward. The big arc of the season has been Dr. Edwards' struggle to gain Thackery's respect and be allowed to practice medicine to the best of his ability. And while it feels realistic that Edwards wouldn't be accepted overnight »
- Alan Sepinwall
A million leggy models/bartenders/aspiring red carpet hosts are having a little cry on the inside as George Clooney prepares to marry lawyer Amal Alamuddin in a reported 4-day fete in Venice. We tv shares the same sentiment as they announced a “Bye George!” Roseanne marathon, airing Clooney-centric Roseanne episodes starting Sunday, Sept. 28, at 10 a.m. E.T. To those around the world who are still holding a candle for the Cloonz, here’s a nostalgic look back at some of Clooney’s great romantic roles in past and recent history.
E/R (1984-1985) – Dr. Mark “Ace” Kolmar
- Teresa Jue
When you’re asked if you want to go to lunch with Adam Pally, the first thing you do is say yes. Then, from there, you and Adam can probably figure the rest of it out, in terms of what you want to talk about, what you can eat at 11 a.m., etc. In fact, your lunch might end up going a little something like this …
Having lunch at 11 a.m. can feel a bit odd, but it’s a fact that Pally will acknowledge before ordering lobster anyway.
Entertainment Weekly: So how are things going? When did you get here? »
- Samantha Highfill
Everybody says, bring back those great, gritty 70s adult thrillers. Scott Frank makes one with Liam Neeson in A Walk Among The Tombstones, and not enough people show up to launch it into a franchise. With $13 million in ticket sales so far, it’s $5 million short of what it is needed to trigger more films based on the Matthew Scudder character from Lawrence Block’s mystery novels. I can sit here and wonder if the results would have been better had Universal opened it after Denzel Washington’s turn in The Equalizer this Friday, when appetites will be whetted for challenging adult films and heroes without capes. Or I can point to the squeamishness of some critics who blasted Frank for faithfully adapting a novel about Scudder’s hunt for two serial killers preying on the girlfriends and daughters of drug dealers. It is hard to pretty that up, but one normally smart, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
A Walk Among the Tombstones is a tidy, character-forward procedural offering up Liam Neeson in this year’s second “Liam Neeson movie” working in a more somber, less super-heroic mode than in Non-Stop or the Taken bonanza. A Walk Among the Tombstones finds haunted P.I. Matthew Scudder hunting a couple of sick slashers targeting 1990s New York women in a grim but engrossing dot-connector the likes of which you have certainly seen before, yet is still worth a run due to a well-casted ensemble and the elegant filmmaking of writer/director Scott Frank (he also scripted Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Minority Report) and cinematographer Mihai Malamaire (D.P. on The Master, so that’s enough of a draw for me).
- Gregory Fichter
Although the trailers and other marketing materials being utilized to sell "A Walk Among the Tombstones" will have you believing that it's another run-of-the-mill Liam Neeson thriller, it's not. The movie is intricate and beautifully done, with one of the finer Neeson performances in recent memory, a twisty crime movie plot (based on a Lawrence Block novel of the same name), and nary a superhero in sight. We recently got to chat with Scott Frank, the film's writer/director, who you might know from his long and illustrious resume that includes collaborating with Steven Spielberg ("Minority Report"), Steven Soderbergh ("Out of Sight") and several other people who aren't named Steven (including Jodie Foster, Kenneth Branagh, Barry Sonnenfeld and Aaron Sorkin). He's also one of the most sought after script doctors in Hollywood. During the course of the interview we talked about everything from the pressure of adapting well-known mystery novelists to the. »
- Drew Taylor
Directed by: Scott Frank
Running Time: 1 hr 53 mins
Release Date: September 19, 2014
Plot: An ex-cop (Neeson) investigates the kidnap and murder of a drug dealer’s (Stevens) wife.
Who’S It For? Even Neeson fans will wish they had skipped this one.
It is uncertain who or what sliced up and scattered the potential of A Walk Among the Tombstones. Was it writer/director Scott Frank, who’s written some good scripts in his time (Out of Sight, for one), but also has a slim and shabby directorial filmography? Or maybe it was one or some of the higher powers that be, the slew of producers (including Danny DeVito) that steered Frank’s passion project too much towards the inherited conceits of casting Liam Neeson? The mystery, however, is unimportant. Whoever did not do it, »
- Nick Allen
Opening this weekend is director Scott Frank‘s crime thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones. The film stars Liam Neeson as a troubled ex-cop who investigates the kidnapping of a heroin drug lord’s wife, teaming up with a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) and his brother to hunt down the men responsible for the crime. Unlike his Taken role where Neeson is nearly impossible to pin down, A Walk Among the Tombstones takes place in the real world, where the characters need to use their brains and not rely on an endless supply of bullets to get the job done. Frank has a number of great credits as a screenwriter (Minority Report, Out of Sight), and he did great work directing The Lookout. I'm happy to say I really enjoyed A Walk Among the Tombstones and definitely recommend checking it out this weekend. During my video interview with Liam Neeson »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Before sitting down to watch the new Liam Neeson movie, audiences have been prepped to see the weary-faced action star kicking ass with class, thanks to entertaining flicks like “Taken,” “Non-Stop,” and “The Grey.” But, for every “Taken” there’s a “Taken 2,” and if one year the grizzly Irishman can come out with something as forceful as “The Grey,” the following year “Battleship” can sink people’s opinions once more. It’s just not simple to put a finger on the prospects of a new Neeson film, particularly one directed by screenwriter-turned-director Scott Frank. The only previous feature Frank has directed was the overlooked and underrated “The Lookout,” and he's also got “Get Shorty” and “Out Of Sight” under his writing belt, as well as the less memorable “Flight Of The Phoenix.” With this combined pedigree from the actor and writer-director, the two dominant forces behind “A Walk Among The Tombstones, »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
A man walks into a bar... behind him follow gun-toting thugs, sparking a shootout that spills into the street. It's a grand entrance for Liam Neeson as Matt Scudder, the creation of novelist Lawrence Block, who leaves the NYPD and quits the booze after going 'Wild West' in the city. Sure, the film is littered with clichés, but a towering performance from Neeson and some delicate artistry from writer-turned-director Scott Frank (screenwriter of Out of Sight and Minority Report) lifts it above bog standard.
Even the opening credits are well-considered, with Neeson framed from below as he descends a flight of steps to finish off one of the gunmen. It's a subtle echo of the cop movies that were playing in the '70s when Block first put pen to paper on the long-running Scudder series, »
After more than a decade in development, writer/director Scott Frank has succeeded in turning best-selling novelist Lawrence Block’s signature book into a harrowing suspense thriller with an intriguing premise in A Walk Among the Tombstones. Liam Neeson stars as Matt Scudder, a troubled former N.Y.P.D. officer turned private detective whose quest for redemption leads him to help a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) track down the men (David Harbour, Adam David Thompson) who brutally murdered his wife. Adapted for the screen by Frank, the crime drama also stars Boyd Holbrook, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Sebastian Roché, Mark Consuelos, and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson. At the film’s recent press day, Frank talked about how the project first came together, why it took so long to bring to the screen, what convinced Neeson to come on board, casting Stevens into the dark role of a drug trafficker, the pivotal »
- Sheila Roberts
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