15 items from 2014
After lensing three early great Coen Brothers films, "Blood Simple,""Raising Arizona" and "Miller’s Crossing," Barry Sonnenfeld decided to leave the director of photography game to become a director and gifted us with "Get Shorty" and "Men in Black," only later to undo all of that goodwill with "Wild Wild West," "Men in Black II "and "Rv." The brothers went on to hire Roger Deakins for their enduringly adored "Barton Fink" and a long-lasting partnership ensued. Just like composer Carter Burwell, the name Roger Deakins is now synonymous with the Coens. So now the folks at Blag Films have put together a four-minute tribute to the Deakins/Coen’s partnership, full of shots that could easily be framed and hung in your swanky bachelor pad. The montage, mostly accentuated by Carter Burwell’s grandiose score from "Fargo," showcases the full range of Deakins’ work: from the »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
Who of our modern filmmakers will justify lavish, career-spanning box sets in the next generation (presuming there is such a thing and we’re not 100% digital)? We’ve seen Oliver Stone, Martin Scorsese, and Alfred Hitchcock sets in recent years but who will get the same treatment in ten or twenty years?
One man who I’d love to see dissected from first film to last is the essential Spike Lee. He has had an undeniably spotty career with films both considered masterpieces and complete failures. But Spike is always working, always trying something new, always willing to challenge himself and the viewer. Did his “Oldboy” remake work? No. He picks himself up, dusts himself off, and gets back to it. Spike has been everywhere lately, promoting and discussing the 25th anniversary of his masterpiece, “Do the Right Thing,” and so someone figured it was a good time to release »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
This weekend we might see Transformers: Age of Extinction make somewhere around $47 million or so, but that won't be enough to make it one of the highest grossing July 4 weekend totals. Using data from Box Office Mojo, directly below are the highest July 4 weekend box office results, both actual dollar figures and adjusted for inflation. Perhaps most interesting, to me, is the fact not a single release has ever topped $100 million for the July 4 weekend, though, I guess when you consider a lot of these are actually released a few days before it's not really a fair barometer. After all, while Transformers: Dark of the Moon may have made $97.8 million on July 4 weekend, by the end of said weekend its domestic total was already up to $162.6 million. I guess the biggest question is to wonder how many of these massive money makers are actually goodc See anything you truly lovec »
- Brad Brevet
In 1999, Barry Sonnenfeld's Wild Wild West hit theaters. It had the twelfth largest opening that year and was banking on the rising star that was Will Smith after he made Bad Boys, Independence Day and Men in Black. The film was, in fact, the movie Smith made after turning down The Matrix... perhaps it was the $170 million budget versus the $63 million the Wachowskis were playing with, but whatever it was, it seemed Wild Wild West was discussed just as much as The Matrix fifteen years ago, though for entirely different reasons. With that $170 million, Wild Wild West went on to gross only $222 million worldwide, split almost evenly between domestic and foreign markets. Reviews were dreadful and all I can remember was that title song blasting on the radio every five minutes and I never ended up seeing the movie, which ended up becoming the 17th highest grossing movie of »
- Brad Brevet
(Cbr) Rosario Dawson has joined the cast of Netflix's "Daredevil" series, as announced Friday on Marvel.com. Dawson's exact role on the series was not specified, but described as "a dedicated young woman whose quest to heal the wounds of Hell’s Kitchen brings Matt Murdock unexpectedly crashing into her life, while her own journey forever alters the course of his battle against the injustices of this broken city." "Rosario Dawson is one the most charismatic, talented and powerful actresses in Hollywood, so she was always at the top of our list for 'Marvel's Daredevil,'" Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television, said in a statement. "Her role in the series is absolutely critical to Matt Murdock's journey to become the hero we know as Daredevil." Since her film debut in 1995's controversial "Kids," Dawson has worked in a variety of genres in her acting career, with appearances ranging from »
- Albert Ching, Comic Book Resources
Marvel announced today that Rosario Dawson has joined the cast of Netflix's Daredevil. According to Marvel, Dawson "will play a dedicated young woman whose quest to heal the wounds of Hell’s Kitchen brings Matt Murdock [Daredevil] unexpectedly crashing into her life, while her own journey forever alters the course of his battle against the injustices of this broken city." Part of us wants to say they are talking about Elektra (played by Jennifer Garner in the Daredevil movie), because that would be cool, but that description also sounds a lot like Daredevil's civic-minded eventual wife Milla Donovan. Either way, the New York born and raised Dawson will continue her career of playing New York City residents. Even when she played an alien, in Men in Black II, it was one who worked in Soho. »
- Jesse David Fox
Unless your name is James Cameron, sequels seem to have been the easiest way to generate big box office for the last couple of decades. With brand recognition and franchise appeal becoming increasingly important to the studios in regards to their big-budget output, high-profile sequels now tend to have release dates before the first movie even hits theaters.
Based on this blockbuster template of turning every successful movie into a franchise, it should come as no surprise that 37 of the 50 highest-grossing movies in history are sequels of some sort. Unsurprisingly for something that is designed to generate maximum profits, sequels have a reputation for being commercial exercises over creative ones. For every great sequel like The Godfather Part II, Dark Knight or Toy Story 2, there are plenty of terrible ones such as Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Men in Black II or Blair Witch: Book of Shadows.
With that in mind, »
- Scott Campbell
After the curious case of Edge Of Tomorrow’s surprise critical popularity, Rob investigates a strange Hollywood happening…
The release of Edge Of Tomorrow - which opened in the Us this past weekend, following its bow in the UK a week earlier - has brought, not for the first time, a strange Hollywood trend to light. And it's this: do we trust big stars to make decent movies anymore?
Many people, this writer included, took a lot of convincing to venture out and see Tom Cruise in a hugely expensive sci-fi spectacular (notwithstanding the fact that Cruise has fine form in science fiction). The film in question, Edge Of Tomorrow, is directed by Doug Liman of The Bourne Identity, and based on a graphic novel with a cool title. So surely this should have been a movie which audiences were enthusiastically anticipating? Yet It didn’t seem that way, »
Hong Kong-based Distribution Workshop has picked up international rights to animated feature Where’s The Dragon, directed by Sing Choong Foo.
The project has attracted major voice talents including Zhang Ziyi (The Grandmaster) and Wang Leehom (Lust, Caution). Currently in post-production, it is being lined up for release in late 2014 or early 2015.
The story follows a ten-year-old girl who teams up with animals from the Chinese Zodiac to search for a lost dragon and save the world from a treacherous conspiracy. Voice cast also includes Michael Wong, Fish Leong and Maggie Chiang.
George Lee and Sew Yee Liew are producing the film through Beijing DeTao Masters Academy and Hong Kong-based Colour Engineering.
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- email@example.com (Liz Shackleton)
Top 10 Ryan Lambie 4 Apr 2014 - 06:26
There's nothing new about directors returning to the stories and characters they first brought to the screen years before. Director Fritz Lang directed his first film featuring the mesmeric master of disguises Doctor Mabuse in 1922; he then returned to make The Testament Of Dr Mabuse in 1933, before heading back one final time for The Thousand Eyes Of Dr Mabuse in 1960 - the director's last film.
In recent years, however, it's become increasingly common for directors to return to the film series they began years earlier. It's an attempt, perhaps, to return to themes that still interest them, or to tell a new story in the same landscape as before, or maybe because of a Hollywood deal too lucrative to turn down. As the selection below proves, »
Johansson's unnamed character inhabits the body of a young woman in order to lure male hitchhikers to their deaths, as she travels around Glasgow in her white transit van.
The silver screen has a long tradition of both spine-tingling and silly sci-fi seductresses, so prepare to be charmed by a few of our favourites below:
The Astounding She-Monster (1957)
"If you're not too afraid, make a date with a woman you'll never forget... a woman impervious to bullets....The Astounding She Monster!!!" warns the trailer for this 1957 sci-fi horror.
Shirley Kilpatrick played a beautiful yet highly-radioactive alien who lands on earth after accidentally crashing her spaceship. Unbeknownst to her, she's capable of killing with the touch of her delicate, bare hands, and begins stalking and unwittingly harming humans around her. »
Washington, March 14: Hal Douglas has passed away at his home in Lovettsville, Va.
Douglas' daughter Sarah said that he died due to complications caused by pancreatic cancer, Us Magazine reported.
- Meeta Kabra
Togas-to-go and abs to die for atop the UK box office, while Grand Budapest Hotel books in a surprise third
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Seven years after the original 300 film, and with Gerard Butler's slain character missing this time around, it was by no means certain that audiences had an appetite for second helpings. But backers Warners and Legendary Pictures will be plenty happy with the opening numbers for 300: Rise of an Empire in the Us and internationally. In the UK, the film, from director Noam Murro (Smart People) and starring Australian actor Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom), achieved a robust £2.76m debut. While that's well down on 300's opening salvo – £4.75m including previews of £784,000 – it's not bad for a film that seemed short of marketable elements other than the 300 brand name.
Rise of an Empire knocked The Lego Movie off the top spot after a three-week run. »
- Charles Gant
Will Smith has been hard to miss ever since breaking out as a hip-hop artist in the late '80s.
Perhaps the biggest star of the last 20 years, the musician-turned-actor has seemingly been in one commercial success after another, from his start on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" to "Men in Black" to "Hitch." This Friday, however, Smith takes an uncharacteristically minor role in the Colin Farrell-starring "Winter's Tale."
Whether or not you've had a chance to see Smith of late, there's still much to know about the multi-talented star. From his early achievements as a musician to his unbelievable Rubik's Cube skills, here are 17 things you probably don't know about Will Smith.
- Jonny Black
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014
Price: DVD $Tba,Â Blu-ray/DVD Combo $Tba
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2) might look a bit like Harry Potter with his glasses in Kill Your Darlings, but don’t be fooled. He’s playing beat generation poet Allen Ginsberg.
Set in 1944, the biography movie tells the story of Ginsberg at Columbia, where he finds stuffy tradition clashing with modern ideas and attitudes embodied by Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan, Chronicle). Shy, unsophisticated Ginsberg is fascinated by Carr and drawn into his hard-drinking, jazz-clubbing friends, including William Burroughs (Ben Foster, Contraband), the dissolute scion of a wealthy family, and David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall, TV’s Dexter), an older hanger-on who resents Ginsberg’s position as Carr’s new sidekick. Everything gets shaken up when there’s a murder.
Based on true events, Kill Your Darlings follows »
15 items from 2014
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