18 items from 2012
London – The BBC has teamed with the Science Channel to produce a one-off biographical drama starring William Hurt centered as scientist Richard Feynman on his search for truth in the wake of the Nasa Challenger space shuttle disaster Feynman was instrumental in uncovering the truth behind the space shuttle Challenger disaster of 1986. Hurt will star alongside Bruce Greenwood (Thirteen Days), Brian Dennehy (First Blood), Joanne Whalley (The Borgias), Kevin McNally (Wuthering Heights), Henry Goodman (Notting Hill) and Eve Best (The King’s Speech). James Hawes (Doctor Who) directs from a script by Kate Gartside (Mistresses). When Challenger exploded 73 seconds
- Stuart Kemp
Pacific Rim and Saw screenwriters Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan are currently hard at work re-writing the feature film adaptation of the epic video game God of War. The first draft of the script was written by the film's producer David Self (Road to Perdition, Thirteen Days).
In a recent interview in IGN the two talk about the project and what we can expect to see. The first thing they mention is that the script wasn't re-written because it was bad, it was re-written because it was outdated,
The only problem with that is it was written before Clash of the Titans, Wrath of the Titans, 300 and Immortals, and those movies borrowed quite a bit from the God of War stories. It was just a little bit outdated, so we wanted to differentiate it from those other movies.
When they started on the project the first think they felt they »
- Joey Paur
Mike Newell is currently prepping his indie drama Reykyavik, a fact-based political film surrounding the legendary Cold War peace talks that took place in Iceland in 1986 between Us President Ronald Reagan and Russia’s chief Mikhail Gorbachev. Michael Douglas will play the former film star-turned-commander in chief Reagan and it will mark his second biopic in quick succession, following Steven Soderbergh’s Behind The Candelabra in which he’ll portray the late gay entertainer Liberace. No word yet on who will take to role of Gorbachev.
I’m hoping for a similar effort to Roger Donaldson’s Kevin Costner-led terrific nail-biter Thirteen Days, which documented how close the world was to the brink of Wwiii with the Cuban-missile crisis. Not forgetting Ron Howard’s gripping portrait of two ego’s going head to head in Frost/Nixon. We’ll keep you posting on more casting as soon as we have it. »
- Craig Hunter
DVD Release Date: Sept. 11, 2012
Price: DVD $64.99
Studio: CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount
Tom Sellect broods in Blue Bloods.
The story of a multi-generational family dedicated to New York City law enforcement stars Selleck as Frank Reagan, the New York Police Commissioner who heads both the police force and the Reagan brood.
He runs his department as diplomatically as he runs his family, which includes his unapologetically bold father Henry (Len Cariou, Thirteen Days), the former commissioner; his eldest son Danny (Donnie Wahlberg, the Saw franchise), a seasoned detective and Iraqi war veteran who uses dubious tactics with his partner Jackie (Jennifer Esposito, TV’s Samantha Who?) to solve cases; and his daughter Erin (Bridget Moynahan, Battle Los Angeles), an Assistant D. »
Aug. 12: Actor George Hamilton is 73. Actress Jennifer Warren is 71. Singer-guitarist Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits is 63. Singer Kid Creole is 62. Actor Sam J. Jones ("Flash Gordon") is 58. Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny is 58. Actor Bruce Greenwood ("Thirteen Days") is 56. Country singer Danny Shirley (Confederate Railroad) is 56. Guitarist Roy Hay of Culture Club is 51. Rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot is 49. Actor Peter Krause is 47. Actor Michael Ian Black ("Ed") is 41. Actress Rebecca Gayheart is 41. Actor Casey Affleck is 37. Actress Maggie Lawson ("Psych") is 32. Actress Imani Hakim ("Everybody Hates Chris") is 19.
Aug. 13: Actor Pat Harrington is 83. Actor Kevin Tighe is 68. Actress Gretchen Corbett ("The Rockford Files") is 65. Actor Danny Bonaduce is 53. Actress Dawnn Lewis ("A Different World," "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper") is 51. Actor John Slattery is 50. Actress Debi Mazar is 48. Actress Quinn Cummings ("Family") is 45. Country singer Andy Griggs is 39. Drummer Mike Melancon of Emerson Drive is 34. Actress Kathryn Fiore ("Reno 911!") is 33. Singer James Morrison is 28.
Back in 2000, a film called Thirteen Days chronicled the 1960's Cuban Missile Crisis from the Kennedy administration's perspective, and despite the presence of both Kevin Costner and Bruce Greenwood, it remains one of the few movies I've seen in which I've actually fallen asleep. Now THR reports that The Adjustment Bureau director George Nolfi is set to rewrite and direct another take on the Cuban Missile Crisis called One Minute to Midnight, based on Michael Dobbs' book. However, this film follows three intersecting stories, all with ties to this tense time for the United States and several other nations. Read on! In the film we'll see Khrushchev's plan to eliminate the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay; the handling of Soviet nuclear warheads on Cuba; and the harrowing tale of a U-2 spy plane that got lost over Russia at the most dangerous time imaginable. Here's hoping Nolfi can »
- Ben Pearson
While "The Adjustment Bureau" became a surprise sleeper hit last spring, taking in over $120 million worldwide, George Nolfi has remained mostly under the radar since. He's got a couple projects brewing as a producing and/or screenwriting vehicles, and he was shortlisted to helm "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," but it looks like he's got another directorial gig lining up. THR reports that that Nolfi has signed on rewrite and direct "One Minute To Midnight." Based on book "One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War" by Michael Dobbs, with a previous draft of the screenplay written by Robert S. Edwards, the movie will find Nolfi taking on the Cuban Missle Crisis. The topic was already tackled in the respectable 2000 drama "Thirteen Days" whicle nerds will recall that it served as the backdrop for "X-Men: First Class." But it's one of those historical events that can. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Released early last year, The Adjustment Bureau was a smart, emotionally driven sci-fi romance that seems to be a bit under-appreciated. Hollywood seemed to recognize though, as director George Nolfi became a top contender to helm the sequel to Captain America, but after that didn’t come to fruition, he’s now looking towards his next project, which may send him back in time to Cuba.
The Hollywood Reporter updates that Nolfi has signed a deal with Fox 2000 to rewrite a film about the Cuban missile crisis, with plans to possibly direct the feature. Titled One Minute to Midnight, the film is an adaptation of a novel by Michael Dobbs. From Robert S. Edwards‘ original script, the book tells the tense “hour-by-hour” account of this major event. Nolfi had a strong sense of pacing in his directorial debut — and even his screenwriting work like The Bourne Ultimatum – so I can »
- email@example.com (thefilmstage.com)
We all know there are historical inaccuracies littered throughout the world of Film and that any who believe everything they are told by Hollywood are, to put it bluntly, morons. It’s one thing to misrepresent an event in time completely, but in my own opinion there is nothing worse than Hollywood’s willingness to play fast and loose with the roles of individuals in their retelling of history. After all, these individuals misrepresented deserve better than to be portrayed as something they are not. Is it worth besmirching the memories of historical figures for a little extra value? Does Hollywood have no decency that they would risk upsetting descendents and falsely educating those stupid enough to believe what they are told?
Rather than go with the obvious, I’ve tried to go with lesser known historical figures, of course many of you will already know this information but here it is anyway… »
- Curtis Evans
Seeking Justice is a film that was released in a limited number of theaters back in March and was quickly dismissed by most critics as “a typical potboiler with another phoned-in performance from Nicolas Cage” according to Rotten Tomatoes, where the movie stands at a measly 24%. So imagine my surprise when I pop in the Blu-Ray and discover that the film is really not quite that bad. Cage has never exactly been a master thespian, but as far as potboiling goes, the film has a bit to offer.
Will Gerard (Nicolas Cage) is an English teacher who is married to Laura (January Jones), a musician. One night, Laura is assaulted by a stranger, putting her in the hospital. It is there that Will is approached by Simon (Guy Pearce), who offers him the chance to get revenge on the man who did this to his wife. Will is obviously skeptical of the offer, »
- Jeff Beck
• Chris Pine will star in Mantivities, a comedy he co-wrote with pals (and fellow actors) Will Greenberg (Modern Family), Robert Baker (Grey’s Anatomy), Ian Gotler (The Lxd), Anthony Liebetrau, and Drew Howerton, about an ex-child star spurred into taking hold of his life by a bunch of his buddies. Michael Patrick Jann (Drop Dead Gorgeous) will direct. [Screen Daily]
• Amy Adams is in talks to star in Dark Places, an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-seller about a woman who is confronted by a group of amateur crime investigators about the murder of her family when she was seven years old. »
- Adam B. Vary
Pierce Brosnan.s production company Irish DreamTime has entered into a multi-picture financing and distribution deal with The Solution Entertainment Group (.The Solution.), it was announced by The Solution.s co-founders and partners Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel and Irish DreamTime.s Brosnan and partner Beau St. Clair.
The first film under the deal is the espionage action-thriller November Man starring Brosnan (The Ghost Writer, The Matador) and Dominic Cooper (The Devil.S Double, My Week With Marilyn), directed by Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job) from a script by Michael Finch (Predators) & Karl Gajdusek (Trespass).
Based on the book There Are No Spies by Bill Granger, November Man is the first film from a series of beloved espionage novels and is being developed as a franchise opportunity. Beau St. Clair is producing alongside Sriram Das of Das Films, who jointly developed the script. Dino Conte is executive producing.
November Man »
- Michelle McCue
2011 was without doubt Jason Statham’s best year so far. He managed a grand total of four cinematic releases, though at one point that total was nearer six, until 13 seemed to vanish without a trace and Safe was sensibly pushed back to 2012, thus avoiding an overload of machismo greater than the average human could cope with.
As a result of his insane productivity, our long-standing list of his greatest movies so far needed an update, an event that will hopefully need to be done annually, as he continues to be one of the most productive actors working today.
Statham’s still sensibly chosen to concentrate on making action movies and thrillers all squarely aimed at an adult audience, providing a constant and much-needed fix for someone as bloodthirsty as me, »
Director: Roger Donaldson
Running time: 105 minutes
Though he has the acting chops when he wants them – look no further than Bad Lieutenant and Leaving Las Vegas – Nicolas Cage has carved himself a little niche of throwaway action-thrillers, to which he is happy to return on what feels like a monthly basis. This is, of course, a relatively broad subgenre, and whilst Justice is more 8Mm than Drive Angry, it’s unmistakably very Nic Cage. Here he plays Will Gerard, the English schoolteacher who becomes entangled with a mobster-esque gang of vigilantes after his wife is raped. Serving up some cold hard revenge on his behalf, the mysterious group have Gerard in their pocket, and when he rejects their asking price, they put out a hit on both himself and his wife (January Jones).
- Tom Fordy
Presence of genuine Us Navy Seals makes for riveting action sequences, says John Patterson, shame about the dialogue though
An image of military life the Pentagon would prefer you not to see at the movies: a friend of mine was in the Us Air Force during Desert Storm, stationed on a huge air base in Germany repairing warplanes on gruelling 12-hour shifts that ran 24/7. After dismissal, he and his pothead buddies tramped a mile to the west gate to toke up. Problem was, airmen are subject to random drug searches at all times. Solution: carry tinfoil, twist it round a Biro shaft to fashion a pipe, smoke up, then grind the foil into the tarmac with your boot-heel. Looking westward at sunset, he said, the road twinkled mesmerisingly with one-hit pipes ground into it by generations of airmen, as pretty as the Yellow Brick Road.
Pure poetry, I've always thought, »
- John Patterson
By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: Yes, as expected by everyone and their cat, Lionsgate will indeed unleash the first trailer for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn part II two weeks from tomorrow, attached exclusively to prints of The Hunger Games. It’s an obvious move, using one massively popular franchise to prop up a new franchise that shares at least some core demographics. But what is most heartening about the move is that Lionsgate will in fact be keeping the trailer offline that entire opening weekend. That’s right, Twi-hards, there may be crummy YouTube bootlegs popping up online on Friday morning, but if you want to see a quality copy before Monday, March 26th (at 3:00am Pst… really guys?), you actually have to buy a ticket to The Hunger Games over its opening weekend. What a novel concept!
It seems like a pretty obvious concept, actually debuting big movie trailers in theaters, »
- Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: Dan Angel, a partner in the La-based production company, The Hatchery LLC, has optioned Dark Eden (Katherine Tegen Books), the newest multimedia young adult novel by Patrick Carman, a leader in marrying digital content with printed and electronic books.
Dark Eden is a psychological thriller about seven teens sent to a remote institution to be cured of their crippling phobias. Sequestered in mysterious fear chambers, they are forced to confront their worst nightmares. A recent winner of the Qed award for quality, excellence and design in ebooks from Digital Book World, Dark Eden was recognized as a ?revolutionary idea in ebook publishing.? The novel is enhanced by a downloadable app that enriches all the elements of the traditional narrative. The digital components are delivered through a mobile application that transmits new episodes sequentially as the story unfolds. Designed to engage wired readers, complete episodes include innovative story artifacts such as still images, »
- Josh Abraham
Three new wide releases are set to battle it out for box office glory. Teen superhero drama Chronicle and spooky Daniel Radcliffe vehicle The Woman In Black both have a shot at earning a number one debut, while Drew Barrymore’s warm-and-fuzzy whale drama Big Miracle will need just that to really succeed. Here’s how the Top 5 might shake out:
1. Chronicle – $19 million
Fox’s $15 million found footage gamble has been nagging at my box office prognosticating mind all week. »
- Grady Smith
18 items from 2012
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