In a move that should surprise no one, a biopic is in the works for the highly-decorated (and denigrated) Penn State football coach, Joe Paterno. What may come as a shock is that Al Pacino is attached to portray him. Currently, it isn't clear which way the film, which is structured around the Joe Posnanski book, Paterno, is going to be marketed: as a true-to-life biopic of Paterno or as a true-crime focus on the Penn State sex scandal. Hit the jump for much more. As Deadline reports, Pacino is attached to play the late Joe Paterno in a biopic that may be equal parts anticipated and dreaded. It's now impossible to celebrate the coach, who was (and still is) worshiped by the faithful in Happy Valley, without reflecting on how his life came crashing down around him in the end. Pacino can surely handle the part and the material, »
- Dave Trumbore
Sports Night and 24 producer Tony Krantz is teaming up with the NFL to make a movie with the league's official blessing, a patina that eluded films like Any Given Sunday and those innumerable films about college football. Written by Ron Shelton — whose career canvasses baseball (Cobb, Bull Durham), basketball (White Men Can't Jump), boxing (Play It to the Bone), golf (Tin Cup), and, yes, football (The Best of Times) — the project is described by Variety as "interweaving storylines in the vein of Crash," with "PG-13 content, since the NFL is very protective of its family-friendly brand." NFL: The Movie (we made that up, but feel free to run with it, guys) will detail the final three weeks of an NFL season through the perspectives of fictional coaches, players, and significant others. Studios should be bidding on the project right around the time the NFL starts its season this September. »
- Zach Dionne
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 23, 2012
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $34.98
Based on the novel by Don Winslow, the crime film follows two budding pot entrepreneurs, Ben (Aaron Johnson, Albert Nobbs) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch, John Carter) and their shared girlfriend Ophelia (Blake Lively, Green Lantern). Ben’s all peace and love, Chon’s a former Navy Seal and Ophelia’s happy with a credit card and a mall.
All’s good in marijuana-growing paradise until the Mexican Baja Cartel, headed by Salma Hayek (Frida), decides it wants in on Ben and Chon’s business. When Ben and Chon turn down the Cartel and Hayek responds by sending henchman Benicio Del Toro to kidnap Ophelia, the peaceful pot entrepreneurs must delve into violence to make everything right.
Chicago – Few directors were made for Blu-ray like Stanley Kubrick and recent editions of some of his classics, including the Criterion releases for “The Killing” and “Paths of Glory” and the stunning anniversary edition of “A Clockwork Orange” are among the best in my collection. His penultimate film, “Full Metal Jacket,” was just released in a Digibook HD edition from Warner Bros. and while it may not be one of my favorite flicks, it’s another visual masterpiece from Kubrick, which makes it a perfect fit for Blu-ray.
The Blu-ray release of “Full Metal Jacket” comes with new packaging and a new disc that includes a new hour-long documentary about the making of the film called “Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes.” Other than that, it’s nearly identical to the previous Blu-ray release, including the same HD transfer. Given the increased purchase price (the previous Blu-ray is still available at »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Do you love soccer? Do you love the pursuit of love? Do you love romantic comedies? If you’re in the mood for a movie that combines two great things – soccer and love – you’re in for a treat! Romantic comedy “Playing for Keeps” is scheduled to open in the Us on December 7, 2012, according to IMDb. The film stars Gerard Butler (“300,” “Law Abiding Citizen”), Jessica Biel (“Total Recall,” “The A-Team”), Uma Thurman (“Pulp Fiction,” the “Kill Bill” movies), Catherine Zeta-Jones (“Rock of Ages,” “The Terminal”) and Dennis Quaid (“The Day After Tomorrow,” “Any Given Sunday”). If follows a charming, down-on-his luck former soccer star (Butler) who returns [ Read More ] »
Directors to Foxx – Don’t follow your instincts, do us all a favor.
Jamie Foxx is being refreshingly open and honest as he promotes Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained ahead of its upcoming Christmas release. We’ve talked about it here over and over again, how actors get in front of a journalist or group of journalists and drone on and on about things about which even their most hardcore fans could give a shit less. So it’s nice when a guy packs his sense of humor and cuts loose a little bit, which Foxx did in spades this week at a press roundtable in San Diego, after fronting the Django Unchained panel at Comic-Con.
Foxx regaled reporters with Oliver Stone’s less-than-rosy assessment of his abilities while hard at work on Any Given Sunday, Foxx’s first feature film and the worst movie ever made about professional football. »
- Josh Converse
In little more than a fortnight, the athletes of Team Gb will finally put to use the months and years of pain and sweat and sacrifice that they've endured in order to represent their country at the Olympics. There, in a blaze of grit and sinew, they will compete against the greatest in their class from around the world to determine who will go down in sporting history as the best of the best. They personify humanity at its most pure, its most perfect, its most elite. They are better than you in almost every way imaginable.
I say "almost" because, crikey, do they like crappy films.
British Airways has conducted a survey of all the Team Gb and ParalympicsGB athletes to discover their favourite sports films. Perhaps this survey was »
- Stuart Heritage
Aside from some of the usual grumbling about a few important options missing from last week's poll, it seems like Film Junk readers largely agreed on Oliver Stone's best film to date, and that would be Platoon. It picked up Best Picture at the Oscars in 1986 and marked one of two Best Director awards that Stone has earned in his career. JFK also received a significant number of votes in second place, followed by Natural Born Killers and Wall Street. His football drama Any Given Sunday rounded out the top 5, finishing slightly higher than I expected. At the other end of the spectrum, W., U Turn and Nixon were locked in a close race to the bottom, with Nixon eventually losing (winning?) out. Do you agree with these results? 1. Platoon -- 34.4% 2. JFK -- 25.9% 3. Natural Born Killers -- 15.5% 4. Wall Street -- 7.6% 5. Any Given Sunday -- 5.4% 6. Born on the Fourth of July »
HollywoodNews.com: I’ve already allotted five paragraphs to The Amazing Spider-Man, so it’s time to discuss the other films. There were two other wide openers this weekend. Oliver Stone’s Savages debuted on Friday of the holiday weekend, proving to be relatively successful counter-programming. The $45 million hard-r drug thriller earned $16.2 million. Considering most of the stars (Blake Lively, Salma Hayek, Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, and Benicio Del Toro) are not box office draws, the director was the main attraction here. While supporting player John Travolta probably helped a bit, this was Oliver Stone’s unofficial return to gritty, adult-skewing genre fare. World Trade Center, W., and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps were exactly kids flicks, but the unapologetic auteur behind Platoon, JFK, and Natural Born Killers hadn’t been seen since Any Given Sunday back in 1999 . As such, it stands as the third-biggest debut of his career, behind »
- Scott Mendelson
Do believe some of the hype: Savages is a return to old school Oliver Stone, the guy that brought us such violent excursions into human psyche as the 1983 Scarface and Natural Born Killers. However, Savages isn't as sharply edged as those earlier stories, and it also contains one serious and major storytelling flaw that nearly costs the film all of its good qualities.
Ben (Aaron Johnson) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch) are two best buds growing their own bud. Self-made millionaires living the slacker good life right on beachfront property in California, they share their success (and bed) with a girl named O (Blake Lively). Ben and Chon's potent herb is so superior over the competitors that it forces the hand of the Mexican drug cartel owned by Elena (Salma Hayek) to offer a savage deal to the pair: either partner up with the deadly Mexicans for three years and show »
- Patrick Sauriol
Oliver Stone loves his country, but he is also its loudest critic. Whether tackling history head-on in films like "Platoon" or "Born On The Fourth Of July," or profiling presidents in "JFK," "W." and "Nixon," and even in seemingly genre-centered material like "Natural Born Killers" or "Any Given Sunday," Stone views America in his own unique, if sometimes contradictory ways. His track record is certainly marked by tremendous highs, definite lows and curious middles (mostly with genre excursions like "U-Turn," "Any Given Sunday" and "The Doors") but he is never one to sit still. For evidence of Stone's constantly changing priorities one can look to his last few films — "World Trade Center," "W.," "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" — and truly get a sense of a director driven both by passion and finance, and by a love for his country that is »
- The Playlist Staff
In a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, director Oliver Stone proudly claimed that "grass is God's gift" and that "California makes the best in the world." Apparently, he's looking to prove both of these statements true in his newest film, "Savages." Based on the Don Winslow book, "Savages" follows two California pot dealers (Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Ben and Taylor Kitsch as Chon) who get mixed up with the Mexican cartel. Along for the ride is a dirty DEA agent played by John Travolta, a wig-wearing drug lord played by Salma Hayek, and Benicio Del Toro as a terrifying yet comical cartel assassin. There's also a whole bunch of sex, guns, blood, torture and, of course, marijuana. So how does the film as a whole hold up? Let's find out in this week's Pro/Con. Pro: Benicio Del Toro The last time Del Toro had this much fun in a movie was 2005's “Sin City, »
- Alex Suskind
It’s always unfortunate to watch a filmmaker slip further away from his better work with age – but even more so when it’s one who exhibited the sort of storytelling craft that could both frustrate and engage his audience all at once. Director Oliver Stone has always been one to challenge his viewers. From his days of illustrating with his pen the brutal confines of a Turkish prison in “Midnight Express” to the conspiracy minded reels of “JFK,” Stone has honed an ability to tell seemingly documentary ready material in a more compelling cinematic narrative – treating fiction like reality (and occasionally blurring the line between the two). That all began to slip even in the eyes of some of Stone’s most adamant defenders in the early 2000s, where after the semi-respectable “Any Given Sunday,” Stone sat in the director’s chair for “World Trade Center,” and “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, »
- Benjamin Wright
There are people, we're told, who just rock up to the theater on Friday night and see whatever is coming on next. We have never been those people. We scan the release calendar weeks, even months in advance, in order to check out what's coming to theaters, so we know what we're queueing up for, and when we'll be seeing it.
But it can be a little overwhelming, when every week sees a half-dozen movies or more released, whether wide or more limited. So to help you along your way, we've picked ten films that are unspooling in the next 30 days or so. So with no further ado...
Look, you've probably got your IMAX midnight tickets booked, so this is almost unnecessary to say. But it's certainly the most anticipated film of the month for 90% of the population, and there's no way this wasn't going to be atop this list. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Oliver Stone is coming back to narrative filmmaking this summer with his adaptation of Don Winslow’s novel Savages, a glossy yet amoral and hedonistic tale of two drug dealers who get involved with the Mexican cartel. It looks to be a return to the form of 1983′s Scarface (which Stone wrote the script for).
Over the span of his career, Stone has crafted a niche for himself (for better or for worse) as a deeply political filmmaker, a trademark which stems out of him serving 15 months in the Vietnam War. He started out as a high profile screenwriter winning an Oscar for 1978′s Midnight Express. He then turned to more genre fare with Conan the Barbarian and Scarface. He made his directorial debut with the horror film The Hand, establishing himself as a director before he could truly go on to make the films he wanted to make.
- Will Chadwick
12 June 2012 9:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Every so often, a Hollywood film will come along that presents professional sports in an unflattering light. Think, for example, of Any Given Sunday from Oliver Stone. One of the noteworthy aspects of Stone's film is that the director created a fictional league (Associated Football Franchises of America) instead of using the NFL. In interviews after the film came out, Stone suggested that the NFL was "very sensitive" about what he was presenting onscreen, like domestic abuse among players. In all likelihood, the league wouldn't allow Stone to use team names, logos and uniforms, which it insists are trademarked. But
- Eriq Gardner
Cameron Diaz will be in theaters again this weekend, starring as Jules in What to Expect When You're Expecting. Diaz has built up quite the résumé leading up to her turn as a lady with a bun in the oven. Just see if you can match the image to the movie it's taken from - it's harder than it looks! Question 1 of 5Name That Movie: My Sister's Keeper Bad Teacher Any Given Sunday There's Something About Mary »
- Maggie Pehanick
Exclusive Media has acquired international rights in all media to the feature film At Any Price, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Ramin Bahrani (Goodbye Solo, Chop Shop) and starring Dennis Quaid (What To Expect When You.Re Expecting), Zac Efron (The Lucky One), Kim Dickens (Footloose) and Heather Graham (The Hangover), it was announced today by Alex Walton, Exclusive Media.s President of International Sales and Distribution, who will be presenting the film to international buyers at the upcoming Marche du Film in Cannes.
CAA is representing the domestic rights to the film.
The film is produced by Black Bear Pictures, TreeHouse Pictures, Killer Films and Noruz Films. Producers are Pamela Koffler, Teddy Schwarzman, Justin Nappi, Kevin Turen, Christine Vachon and co-writer/ director Ramin Bahrani. Ron Curtis, Mo Al Turki, Eric Nyari and Brian Young serve as Executive Producers. »
- Michelle McCue
Cameron Diaz might be best-known for her work in comedies like "There's Something About Mary," "Shrek" and, most recently, "Bad Teacher," but one would be remiss to forget she's held her own with edgier material too, including "Vanilla Sky" and "Any Given Sunday."
The film will be based upon author Cormac McCarthy's script and will feature Scott's "Prometheus" star Michael Fassbender in the lead as an attorney who muddies up his clean reputation and endangers his formerly respectable life by involving himself with cocaine trade.
Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem (who won an Oscar for his last McCarthy match-up, "No Country for Old Men") and Penelope Cruz are also attached to star, with Diaz playing the "strong supporting role" of Malkina, »
- Amanda Bell
Today CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker, in collaboration with director Tony E. Valenzuela and Collective Digital Studio, launched BlackBoxTV, the highly anticipated premium YouTube original channel dedicated to horror. Appropriately launching on Friday the 13th, BlackBoxTV will present the best in horror, thriller and sci-fi online programming, building upon Valenzuela's BlackBoxTV anthology started in 2010. The relaunched channel has been attracting an impressive stable of talent, including Bill Bellamy (How To Be A Player, Lottery Ticket and Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday), Goran Visnjic (‘ER,’ Pan Am, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Drake Bell (Nickelodeon’s Drake & Josh, Superhero Movie), Justin Deeley (90210), Yvonne Zima (Daisy Carter in The Young and the Restless), Rene Auberjonois (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Boston Legal, Saving Grace) and Jordan Hinson (A Very Harold & Kumar 3-D Christmas), who have signed on to be a part of the upcoming programming
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- Drew Baldwin
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