Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has taken five years to become a stage musical, for reasons logistical – Sam Mendes, the director, was out for three of them doing Skyfall – and practical: the book is a tricky one to adapt. There are the kids; the old folks in bed; the pyrotechnics of the chocolate factory. There is the ambiguous character of Willy Wonka himself. And there is the question that hangs over the entire production: what on earth to do about the Oompa-Loompas. "It's big," Mendes says of the task before him. "Christ, it's so big."
We are in a rehearsal space in south London, where the company is going through its paces before moving to Drury Lane. Anticipation for the show is feverish, thanks to the success of Matilda, another Dahl adaptation, and Mendes's post-Bond nuclear glow. »
- Emma Brockes
Despite getting our first look at Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) as Mary Jane Watson back in February, things have fallen pretty silent on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 front as cameras continue to roll on the Marc Webb-directed sequel. However, with the shoot now moving outdoors to a giant Times Square set, we should probably expect to see several spy photos popping up over the coming days, and The Daily Mail has got the ball rolling by giving us our first look at Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained) in full make-up as the film's villain Maxwell Dillon, a.k.a. Electro...
Update - Thanks to Screen Crush, we have a few more photos of Foxx as Electro, this time illuminated by a practical lighting effect...
- Flickering Myth
Screenwriting isn’t quite as hard as novel writing or literary writing of any kind, but it is still a difficult thing. Forming a character and its words is a most disagreeable endeavour – imagine what Tolstoy went through – but there are some people who have gone a long way in making screenwriting as important as the film itself – almost. The script is as we know a blueprint for what could be a great thing. There are thousands of screenwriters but only a few who have gone on to utter greatness but in my mind there is only one who has never failed, and he ranks at number 1 on this list. That person’s films are so enjoyable that even the bad ones are fun to watch.
Considering a small list like this means considering an awful lot of people and making it a small list – 5 points – makes it that much »
- Quinn Steers
Throughout April, we're counting down to the release of Marvel's Iron Man 3 with our picks for the Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time; here's #20...
Road to Perdition, 2002.
Directed by Sam Mendes.
After winning an Oscar for his directorial debut American Beauty, director Sam Mendes turned to Max Allan Collins' epic crime drama Road to Perdition for his second film, assembling a stellar cast of acting talent that included Tom Hanks, Jude Law and Paul Newman, along with future Marvel stars Stanley Tucci (Dr. Abraham Erskine in Captain America: The First Avenger), Dylan Baker (Dr. Curt Connors in Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3) and Ciaran Hinds (The Devil in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance).
Originally published by the DC imprint Paradox Press, Road to Perdition »
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Some of you (hopefully) may have noticed my recent profile on the late, great Robert Mitchum. In the course of researching the piece, I came across the fun tidbit that Mitchum had been a favorite of film critic Roger Ebert.
The mind rarely works in linear fashion, and I suspect mine may even be more chaotic than most. That item pinballed around the ol’ noggin, and, somewhere in all that bouncing here and there, triggered a bit of nostalgia. Probably because I was working on the piece during Oscar week, the mention of Ebert reminded me that there had been a time when this would’ve been the point in the year I’d be looking forward to the annual “If We Gave Out the Oscars” (or something like that) show done by Ebert along with his on-screen partner of nearly two dozen years, fellow film critic Gene Siskel.
- Bill Mesce
Hunger Games star Wes Bentley has joined the drama Things People Do.
The actor has been cast in a leading role, reports Deadline.
Filming is scheduled to begin on Wednesday (April 3) in New Mexico.
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With the arrival of Spring Breakers imminent, Nick looks at seven former child stars who've gone on to enjoy film careers as grown-ups...
Making a name for yourself while young is definitely an appealing way to get into the acting business, for pushy parents and wannabe stars alike. The pros are obvious – fame and fortune at a young age, established links with the industry, and an early chance to make your mark. But for many, being a child star is the only thing they know, and once adulthood comes around, there goes the career.
Options can become limited once you’ve gone past your cute sell by date (just ask Macaulay Culkin), so is it any wonder that Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez and Ashley Benson have decided to explode their child star image by starring in boundary pushing and very adult Spring Breakers? »
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including The Wolverine, Kick-Ass 2, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Solider, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Deadpool, Venom, Ninja Turtles, The Fantastic Four, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Man of Steel, Arrow, Young Justice, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Superman: Unbound, Ultimate Spider-Man and more...
Wolverine trailers... you wait ages for one and then two come along at once. Yes, 20th Century Fox's marketing department finally remembered this past week that they have a big-budget superhero blockbuster coming out in the summer by giving us our first look at Hugh Jackman's latest outing as the adamantium-clawed mutant Logan in director James Mangold's The Wolverine. Things got underway on Monday with the arrival of two posters (one of which looks like it's been put together via a "Your »
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We’ve got more news from the FX Upfronts today, including the exciting announcement of five limited series with some big names attached to them. The first one up is a 10-episode run of Fargo, that will premiere in the Spring of 2014. Production will begin this fall and Joel & Ethan Coen will be executive producers along with Warren Littlefield. Noah Hawley (Bones, The Unusuals) is going to write series.
President and General Manager, FX Networks, John Landgraf announced that it will be a true crime series with a new case and new set of characters with the trademark Fargo style, sense of humor and charm that made the 1996 murder mystery a cult favorite and Academy Award-winning film.
“For years, people have tried to adapt this Academy Award-winning gem into a TV series with no success,” said Landgraf in a statement. »
- Ernie Estrella
Earlier this month John Carvill wrote about the best Hollywood happy endings. This week we've flipped the structure on its head: which film finales have left you feeling unhappy?
If you subscribe to the view that happy endings are too often used to satisfy audiences, there's a good chance you'll revel in endings that offer the complete opposite. Why conform to generating cheery satisfaction on a mass scale when you can leave audiences stunned, disgusted or bewildered? Some of Hollywood's most powerful final scenes are also some of the most emotionally unsettling.
The twisted demise of our innocent protagonist in The Wicker Man (1973) comes as a tremendously shocking blow, even for a horror/thriller. As the agonising final scene unravels, the possibility of Edward Woodward's character, Howie, escaping from this deadly situation, hits: he's not getting out alive.
Family bonds have been mended »
Rosario Dawson and ex-boyfriend Danny Boyle are not on good terms. The 33-year-old 'Sin City' actress and Oscar-winning 'Slumdog Millionaire' director, who ended their 'unlikely' romance earlier this month, reportedly went out of their way to avoid each other while promoting their new movie 'Trance' in Los Angeles over the weekend. A source told UsMagazine.com: 'Rosario and Danny didn't interact during interviews. It was pretty obvious they're no longer a couple. He was talking to a group of people when she arrived and it was awkward - like a cold greeting, no hug, and they got through it as quickly as possible.' The former couple got together after Danny cast the American beauty in his new movie last year. Despite »
Aksel Hennie was the star of one of last year’s biggest foreign language hits, “Headhunters,” and he’s since cashed in by securing a supporting role in Brett Ratner’s “Hercules” alongside Dwayne Johnson. But Hennie’s next project is "Pioneer," another Norwegian effort from the same production company behind "Headhunters," an '80s-set conspiracy thriller set to the backdrop of the Norwegian Oil Boom. The film is set for an August release in Norway, but after the success of "Headhunters" and the involvement of Stephen Lang (“Avatar”) and Wes Bentley (“American Beauty,” "The Hunger Games") among the cast – not to mention the star of another foreign language hit, “Miss Bala” lead Stephanie Sigman – we’d be surprised if this doesn’t get some kind of North American theatrical release. That’s especially the case now that we’ve seen the first trailer, which promises action, explosions and underwater intrigue. »
- Joe Cunningham
Some of the best films ever conceived have also been made early in a director’s career, but some have even been the very first. A solid debut film can solidify a certain filmmaker as genius right off the bat, yet a terrible debut can make it incredibly difficult for anyone to get another film made.
It’s a vicious cycle, but I have come up with a list of 10 films that rise above the pressures of the business and have each solidified themselves as masterpieces. These 10 selections are more than just the 10 greatest debut films of all time, they also announced the arrival of 10 very unique and incredibly influential directors behind them.
Without further ado I present to you the 10 greatest debut films of all time…
10. American Beauty
Easily the newest film on the list, American Beauty is an incredibly well directed film that makes excellent use of all of its actors’ abilities. »
- Dolan Reynolds
Now that he's developed super powers and what have you, Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker isn't going to be short of female attention, and the latest spy photos from the set of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 show the two main ladies in Peter's life coming face to face as Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) meets Mary Jane Watson (Shailene Woodley). Check them out, courtesy of Just Jared:
Update - A set video has also made its way online:
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is currently filming in New York City under returning director Marc Webb, with a cast that also includes Sally Field (Lincoln), Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained), Paul Giamatti (Sideways), Dane DeHaan (Chronicle), Chris Cooper (American Beauty), Colm Feore (24) and Felicity Jones (Like Crazy). Here's the official synopsis:
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Trevor Hogg chats with Susan Beth Lehman about the creative relationship between theatre and cinema as well as her book Directors: From Stage to Screen and Back Again...
“I was born in New York City, but raised in Texas and moved to L.A. when I was a teenager,” states Susan Beth Lehman who experienced some cultural confusion. “I started acting at the Alley Theater in Houston when I was 12. I have a BA in Theatre and an Mfa in Acting, both from UCLA. But La is a company town, so crossing over to film is very natural. After moving to the Philadelphia area some years ago, I started teaching in academia.” A cinematic adaptation of a Steven King story has left a lasting impression on the Assistant Professor of TV and Film at DeSales University. “The end of The Shawshank Redemption  is one of the most emotionally and visually »
A project we first alerted you to in late 2011 is now set to make its world premiere at the 2013 Dallas International Film Festival. Director Norry Niven’s directorial debut, titled Chasing Shakespeare, is described as a love story for the ages, replete with disapproving families and the bonds of culture and tradition, it's a modern-day tale that parallels Romeo & Juliet. Danny Glover plays William Ward, a man dangerously close to giving up after losing the love of his life. From her deathbed, William recounts his history with Venus, the Native American beauty descended from the mystical Lightning Clan, and all of their challenges and triumphs. William’s current state of mind is »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Aw, little Teeny is not so tiny anymore -- Thora Birch turns 31 years old today! The adorable actress who played the loveable pre-teen in "Now and Then" has had huge success since starring in the cult classic. The popular film followed four 12-year-old best friends during their very eventful summer filled with love, some mystery and heartbreak, set in a small suburban town in the 1970s. Since starring in the popular flick, which featured stars like Demi Moore, Melanie Griffith, Rosie O'Donnell and Rita Wilson playing the girls' older selves, Thora's gone on to land roles in box office hits like "American Beauty," "Anywhere But Here" and "Deadline." Sadly, Birch's co-star Ashleigh Aston Moore (who played Chrissy) reportedly passed away from pneumonia in 2007 and Walter Sparrow, who played Crazy Pete, also passed away in 2000.Find out what the rest of the star-studded cast has been up to by clicking "Launch Gallery" above! »
- tooFab Staff
Rosario Dawson and Danny Boyle have split up. The 33-year-old 'Sin City' actress - who was recently said to be 'deeply in love' with the Oscar-winning 'Slumdog Millionaire' director - has ended their 'unlikely' romance. A friend close to the 56-year-old British moviemaker told the Sunday Telegraph newspaper: 'It's all over. It's very sad, but they always were an unlikely couple, in many ways.' The couple got together after Danny cast the American beauty in his film 'Trance' last year. Despite their 23-year age gap, the former couple were a great match according to friends and had a lot in common. An insider previously explained: 'She's not your typical selfish Hollywood actress. She grew up in a New York squat »
Before Sony has rebooted the Spider-Man franchise under director Marc Webb and star Andrew Garfield, Sam Raimi was set to reunite with Tobey Maguire for a fourth instalment in the series. Of course, the project ultimately fell apart, paving the way for the studio to take the wall-crawler in a different direction with last year's relaunch The Amazing Spider-Man and now Raimi has offered an insight into how plans for Spider-Man 4 fell apart.
"It really was the most amicable and undramatic of breakups," said Raimi during an interview with Vulture to promote his latest film Oz the Great and Powerful. "It was simply that we had a deadline and I couldn't get the story to work on a level that I wanted it to work. I was very unhappy with Spider-Man 3, and I wanted to make Spider-Man 4 to end on a very high note, the best Spider-Man of them all. »
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Though “Skyfall” was the most successful James Bond movie in the franchise's history, director Sam Mendes won't be on board for the next in the series. He told Empire magazine it was “a very difficult decision,” but he's committed to other projects -- including a theatrical production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The Oscar winner for “American Beauty” made “Skyfall” the most brooding, personal, and perhaps soul-searching Bond movie yet. So, whoever directs the 24th installment could put his or her own very distinctive touch on the classic series. With that in mind, here are five completely out-of-the-box, tongue-in-cheek suggestions for 007's next director: »
- Kelly Woo
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