20 items from 2009
Ever since I saw Sherlock Holmes I've been excited all over again about Jude Law, an actor who was so amazing 10 years ago-- The Talented Mr. Ripley! A.I.!-- but has lately been stuck in a long series of unimaginative roles. And while Sherlock may mean a creative resurgence for Law on the screen, first we're stuck with another role he seems to have taken for the money-- Repo Men. The film's trailer debuted today at MySpace, and you can watch it embedded below behind an age gate. It's set in a future in which you can buy expensive replacement organs, but if you can't pay the bills, repo men like Law's characters will come cut it right out of your body. Of course at one point he's forced to consider the consequences of his job and go on the run from the authority, and this is the kind »
Over the course of a filmography spanning 20 years and dozens of movies, Jude Law has become one of the most successful actors of his generation -- in fact, just a few years ago, he made the industry's "top 10 most bankable" list. Ten years ago this Christmas, Law scored one of his earliest high-profile roles with The Talented Mr. Ripley; this weekend, Law caps off a decade in the spotlight with Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes, co-starring with Robert Downey, Jr. (who earned his own Total Recall a few weeks ago -- click here to check it out). To celebrate, »
Lesbian tennis champ Amelie Mauresmo has officially retired from the sport as of today. The 30-year-old said she doesn't want to train anymore. A Reuters profile of the French woman notes that she's been open about her sexuality since 1999, noting, "With admirable dignity, Mauresmo let her tennis do the talking and she became established as one of the biggest draws in the sport." Good luck with your future endeavors, Amelie. You know, if you're free, I've always wanted to learn French.
Model and alleged Ruby Rose gal pal Catherine McNeil graces the cover of this month's Vogue Australia. According to Pedestrian.tv, she was wearing a dog tag necklace with Ruby's name on it at a party, despite making the recent statement, "I have known her for six years and we are just friends." I love when my friends give me necklaces with their names on it and french me in public. »
- Trish Bendix
And Universal's The Wolfman continues down a bumpy road toward its February 12, 2010, release date. On the editing front Dennis (The Chronicles of Riddick, The Fog-2005 version) Virkler is apparently out, and Mark Goldblatt and Walter Murch are in.
Goldblatt started out strong with The Howling, Halloween II, The Terminator (1 and 2), and he most recently worked on X-Men: The Last Stand and G-Force. Murch did editing and sound work on such diverse fare as Apocalypse Now, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Godfather: Part III, and Jarhead.
The news was somewhat buried in a Variety article, but /Film did a good job fleshing it out. At this point we can only wonder about director Joe Johnston’s day-to-day involvement with the picture after all the myriad changes it's undergone, and as more details are made available, we'll pass them on.
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- Uncle Creepy
More news out of Afm. (How dare it be this busy after the hellish month of October, by the way? Sorry. Just venting.) This time it concerns psychological thriller Cry of the Owl.
According to The Hollywood Reporter Myriad Pictures is planning to release the film in U.S. theaters this fall.
Dig on the early sales art and the trailer below.
Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley), Cry of the Owl is a psychological thriller about a troubled young man, Robert (Paddy Considine), a depressed but fundamentally decent man, who leaves the big city to escape a tumultuous marriage and his ex-wife for the tranquility of a small town. He »
- Uncle Creepy
Variety reports that Myriad Pictures has signed a deal to release the Cry of the Owl in this U.S. this fall.
Cry of the Owl is written and directed by Jamie Thraves. It follows a young woman (Julia Stiles) who finds out she is being stalked by a troubled local man (Paddy Considine). Her fear then turns to attraction until her boyfriend finds out and puts together an elaborate scheme to frame Considine's character for a false murder.
Paramount Home Entertainment is going to release the film on DVD, VOD and pay per view. Myriad will take care of theatrical, pay TV and other U.S. markets.
More news from Afm. Myriad Pictures has inked a deal to release the psychological thriller Cry of the Owl domestically in the fall. The feature stars Julia Stiles ( The Omen 666 ) and Paddy Considine and is based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith, who also wrote the The Talented Mr. Ripley . Written and directed by Jamie Thraves, the story centers on a young woman (Stiles) who discovers she is being stalked by a troubled local man (Considine). Her fear turns to attraction until her boyfriend finds out and devises an elaborate scheme to frame Considine's character for a murder that never happened. According to the original Variety post, Paramount Home Entertainment will release Cry of the Owl on DVD, VOD and pay per view, while Myriad will handle theatrical, pay TV and other »
'When girls fight, girls fight to kill,' co-star Minka Kelly tells us during our visit to the set of the thriller.
Photo: MTV News
Culver City, California — Believe it or not, there are some people out there who don't remember "Single White Female" (a random polling of MTV interns yielded sad, sad results). There are others who wouldn't mind seeing the classic thriller reimagined for a post-Internet, post-cell-phone generation. And for all these folks, Leighton Meester, Cam Gigandet and Minka Kelly have been hard at work filming the story of "The Roommate" from hell.
"The biggest change now is it's a different time and people are dealing with things in a different way, and information is passed a different way," Gigandet explained of the very loose update of the 1992 Bridget Fonda/ Jennifer Jason Leigh hit. »
Patricia Highsmith wrote her suspense/thriller novel Deep Water in 1957 - now, fifty years later, it will be a film from Fox. Highsmith is probably best known for her thriller novel Strangers on a Train which Hitchcock adapted into the most famous of several film versions and the novel The Talented Mr. Ripley.
In Deep Water, set in the small town of Little Wesley, Vic and Melinda Meller's loveless marriage is held together only by a precarious arrangement whereby in order to avoid the messiness of divorce, Melinda is allowed to take any number of lovers as long as she does not desert her family. Eventually, Vic tries to win her back by asserting himself through a tall tale of murder-one that soon comes true...
Having faced Charlie Wilson's War, Mike Nichols is gearing up for his next film, and this time, there's a good dose of murder. Variety reports that he's going to direct Joe Penhall's adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel Deep Water. Set in an American suburb, the book reveals the life of a loveless marriage between Vic and Melinda -- one that survives only because Melinda is allowed to take on as many lovers as she pleases (as long as she doesn't pack up and go). However, then her lovers start to die.
Penhall, you might recall, adapted Cormac McCarthy's The Road, while Highsmith was the novelist behind Strangers on the Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley. But it's the magic of Nichols that really makes this appealing. While he's had a quite varied film career that extends from Catch-22 to dolphin assassins, Nichols has always excelled the most »
- Monika Bartyzel
Fox has tapped Mike Nichols to direct and Joe Penhall to write their film adaptation of the 1950's Patricia Highsmith novel, Deep Water. Highsmith also wrote Strangers On A Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley, so you know the project will have a delicious amount of deceit and seduction. This is especially true when you read the synopsis: “In "Deep Water," a couple in a loveless marriage hang on through an arrangement whereby the husband permits the wife to take lovers. »
- Paul Tassi
Variety reports that the story revolves around a couple who are in a loveless marriage. They hang on through an arrangement whereby the husband permits the wife to take lovers. Suspense builds as those lovers begin dying.
Highsmith is reponsible for the stories The Talented Mr. Ripley and Strangers On A Train. Penhall adapted Cormack McCarthy's The Road, which is due out next year. It stars Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron. »
David Frank shares a piece of himself in digital ink... Some mark their lives by a diary or the cars or pets they owned. Others use the good ol' calendar. I mark mine by movies. Yeah, it's a little pathetic. But, I'm a movie guy. That's my lens for life. What do you expect? So I can't help but find symbolism in my life through cinema. Or maybe not so much spotting out emblematic patterns (which as humans we are always attempting to create from nothing), but rather taking notice of the films that coincidentally find themselves tethered to landmark moments in my life. Next week my wife and I are buying our first house. People keep telling me that's a big step along the path of adulthood. They repeat those words often, usually while I'm standing in my SpongeBob SquarePants undies and slurping milk from the carton (I recommend »
- David Frank
What's turning me on this week? Being a bad, bad girl. Yes, my column is a few days late, but thank God I'm not. In other news: I've been deliciously sinful this week, and I'm not going to tell you why. Consequently, I've decided to re-name Memorial Day. It is now Memorial Week. Or, better yet, No Memory Week. Or, even more accurately: That Week When I Was At The Beach And "Accidentally" Spilled Cheap Vodka Into My Terminator: Salvation Commemorative Slurpee And Realized I Had Stumbled Onto Something Fantastic, So I Just Kept Doing It. For Days On End. And Now I Can't Remember Whether I Attended A Beach Bonfire Or, Quite Possibly, May Have Thrown An Arson Party. Also I Lost My Free Willy Beach Towel. My hedonistic goal for the beach was to commit each of the Seven Deadly Sins: Vodka, Rum, Tequila, Whiskey, Everclear, Beer, and Wine. Mission »
- Bethany Perryman
*Note: This list originally ran on August 10th, 2007
Sometimes villains can be hot! Here are ten of cinema's sexiest bad boys...
T-1000 (Terminator 2)
As a shapeshifting machine sent backwards in time to assassinate a future enemy, Robert Patrick managed to turn the cold single-mindedness of the T-1000 into a strong and silent sexiness. There was a gracefulness the his efficiency of his movement, which gave his villain a mix of menace and harsh beauty.
Todd Gaines (Go)
As an urban legend come to life, Tony Todd was so unwavering and assured in his strength it was easy to see the seductive side of the fearsome spectre. Todd's low voice was so comforting »
HBO is premiering "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" roughly a year to the date of Anthony Minghella's death. This is a sad coincidence, but also a good chance to stop and recall the sublimely talented writer and director of "The English Patient," "The Talented Mr. Ripley," "Cold Mountain" and, lest we never forget, "Truly Madly Deeply." The two-hour pilot for "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency," which he directed and co-wrote with Richard Curtis, is effectively Minghella's final credit and it can be watched in various ways. It's obviously the point of introduction for HBO's ongoing series and to »
Like buses, movies about the Beat poets seem to be coming along in twos, with news that Jesse Eisenberg will play Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, a dramatisation set in the early days of the Beat movement.Unlike the Ginsberg biopic Howl, also in production, Kill Your Darlings delves into altogether murkier territory, depicting the murder of David Kammerer in 1944. Kammerer, who had fallen in with Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs and the Beat crowd, was found floating in the Hudson River, in a case that scandalised New York and remains controversial to this day.Fittingly for a movie about young literary doyens, Kill Your Darlings is chock full of Hollywood's bright young things: alongside Eisenberg, soon to hit our screens as Adventureland's wide-eyed graduate, is Chris Evans as Kerouac and Ben Whislaw who plays Lucien Carr, the Columbia Uni student implicated in the murder.Our hope is »
The actors have teamed up to launch the Minghella Movie Marathon - a mini film festival in tribute to the star, who died last year after a battle with cancer.
The event will take place in Newport on the Isle of Wight - a tiny island off the south coast of England - this weekend (14-15Mar09) and will feature screenings of some of Minghella's most famous films.
A statement on behalf of the Minghella family reads, "Anthony was passionate about everything he loved, including film making and the Isle of Wight. It seems entirely fitting to celebrate his memory with a movie marathon on the island and we look forward to welcoming his many, many film industry friends to Newport this weekend." »
Pupi Avati's "Giovanna's Father" will have its world premiere at the Mann Chinese 6 Hollywood Theatre on Feb. 15 as the opening event of the weeklong fourth annual Los Angeles Italia -- Film, Fashion and Art Festival.
The celebration of Italian culture will showcase of the U.S. premieres of four other Italian films: Massimo Spano's documentary "Franco Cristaldi: An Italian Legend," Maurizio Scaparro's "The Last Pulcinella," Brando de LSica's "Christian de Sica: Talk About Me" and Pierpaolo Pasolini's "La Rabbia."
Chaired by Oscar-winning filmmaker Bobby Moresco and co-chaired by Marina Cicogna, Tony Renis, Mark Canton, Paul Haggis and Steven Zaillian, the fest, headed by festival director Pascal Vicedomini, also will include a tribute to the late Anthony Minghella.
"Most people know Anthony Minghella from his big studio movies like 'The English Patient' and 'Cold Mountain.' But there will always be a place in my heart for a little movie called 'Truly, »
Josh Brolin Milk -- Josh Brolin is in his prime as an actor. Besides playing President George W. Bush in Oliver Stone's W. this year, he took on a challenging supporting role in another political film: Gus Van Sant's remarkable Milk, a meticulously re-created slice of American political history charting the heroic life and tragic demise of openly gay San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk. Brolin plays fellow supervisor Dan White, an ostensibly sharp, all-American family man who at first seemed to blend into the political arena of 1970s San Francisco. But White struggled with inner demons that led him to commit two murders, of Milk and Mayor George Moscone, and later take his own life. How does one play a mentally tormented real-life assassin whose motives can be speculated on yet never truly known? Brolin wisely allows the ambiguities surrounding White's meltdown to remain, while illuminating certain factors that »
20 items from 2009
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