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Ja from Mnpp here, taking a look at the first trailer for Darren Aronofsky's bible-epic Noah, giving us the titular tale of one man, one god, two of every animal, and a whole bunch of water. There have been whispers of a battle between the studio and the director over the film's tone - they want it to play straight for the church crowds and that Passion of the Christ money, while Darren Aronofsky, well, is Darren Aronofsky, and I think he probably doesn't have a lot of interest in not complicating Ye Olde Tale a little bit. Well now we've got an inkling, two and a half minutes of inkling, what's what. .
. So let's break that sucker down into Nat's patented three-tiered system.
-- Darren Aronofsky, of course - I might be more pro-Aronofsky than a lot of you, so perhaps you should take my opinion on »
Odd List Simon Brew 15 Nov 2013 - 07:08
Lots of films are dedicated to, or in memory of someone. But it's not always clear why. We've been finding out...
Back when Breaking Bad returned for its final batch of episodes in August 2013, it had a dedication at the end of it. The card read 'Dedicated to our friend Kevin Cordasco'. As it turned out, Kevin Cordasco was a 16-year old who had been battling cancer for seven years, who had met both Bryan Cranston and Vince Gilligan. Cordasco died before he could ever get to see the episode dedicated to him.
I found this such a moving story, that it got me wondering about the dedications that appear on films, and what the story behind them was. After all, the dedications are there for a reason. What I uncovered was some funny stories, mainly extremely sad ones, and some extremely moving dedications. »
Survival movies are having a moment this fall with "Gravity," "Captain Phillips"and the recently premiered "Lone Survivor" (read our review) but of course, as our feature 20 Survival Films That Will Take You Into The Abyss points out, it's not exactly new cinematic territory. Still, one has to wonder how recently Dwayne Johnson saw the Robert Redford starring "All Is Lost" before signing onto this project (or maybe he's just a big fan of "The Perfect Storm"). The Rock will take the lead in "Not Without Hope," the adaptation of the memoir by Nick Schuyler. The true story will tell the tale of four football playing buds (hence the need for someone of Dwayne Johnson's size), who set sail from Tampa Bay on an early winter's day in 2009, only to have their boat flip 35 miles from shore, and have to fight for their survival. Only one came back alive. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After years of trying to get it off the ground as a feature, producer Amy Baer and filmmaker Wolfgang Petersen are set to turn the story of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton into a limited series for cable television.
"Endurance" deals with Shackleton's 1914 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition which aimed to cross the icy continent from sea to sea via the South Pole.
Disaster struck when his ship, Endurance, became trapped in pack ice and was slowly crushed before the shore parties could land. For well over a year they struggled to survive and reach help - ultimately they were all rescued with no loss of life.
Petersen ("Air Force One," "The Perfect Storm") will produce and direct from a script by Steve Zaillian. Alan Gasmer ("Vikings") will also produce for Sony Pictures Television. Negotiations are presently underway with a cable network.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
★★★☆☆ Wedged in between Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur's two English-language, action-driven popcorn flicks - 2012's Contraband and 2013's 2 Guns - The Deep (2012) sees the roving director back on home soil for a downbeat but engrossing tale which is about as far removed from his glossy, disposable State-side fare as you can get. Coming across initially like a drab, unsentimental version of the George Clooney-starring seafarer yarn The Perfect Storm, The Deep follows six hard-drinking, seasoned Icelandic fishermen gearing up for yet another trip out to the sub-zero seas of the North Atlantic Ocean.
Scant time is spent with the film's characters before disaster strikes and the vessel's huge fishing net gets snagged on the sea bed. Within minutes, the boat has capsized, dragging most of the men to their icy demise. Three of the men remain, desperately treading water. While one opts to begin swimming towards the shore, Gulli »
- CineVue UK
Photographer Tim Hetherington understood that conflict was not all about dramatic moments. His friend and collaborator Sebastian Junger talks about the new documentary film, Which Way Is the Front Line From Here
• Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? – review
• Tim Hetherington obituary
Early on in Sebastian Junger's film about his late friend, colleague and regular collaborator Tim Hetherington, there is an eerie shot, prosaic yet haunting. The camera pans jerkily across the back seat of a car, as the Bee Gees's How Deep Is Your Love blasts tinnily from the radio, and a caption tells us we are looking at Chris Hondros and Guy Martin. Those familiar with the circumstances of Hetherington's death during an assault on rebel forces in the Libyan city of Misrata in 2011 will be aware that Hondros was killed in the same attack, and Martin severely wounded. Hetherington, it becomes clear, shot this piece of film himself, »
- Andrew Pulver
Beyond breaking the box office record for best opening in October, best opening in the Autumn, and best opening ever for a Sandra Bullock film, "Gravity" had the distinction of finally taking George Clooney's debut weekend record away from... "Batman & Robin"? Yep, somehow Clooney's career -- which has clearly improved post-"Batman," had never offered him an opening weekend of over $45 million until "Gravity" came along. The closest that came to it was Joel Schumacher's final nail in the first "Batman" series, which ended up a huge disappointment when it finished with a $107.3 mlilion final gross. Notably, Clooney's been something of a grower at the box office. While "Batman" is his highest opening weekend, it comes in at #5 in terms of final grosses, and will surely be #6 within a week or two given the promise "Gravity" has shown. So while topping "Batman" is a given, can "Gravity" end »
- Peter Knegt
‘Gravity’ box office record? Has the Sandra Bullock and George Clooney solar system thriller truly had the biggest October opening ever? (Photo: Sandra Bullock in ‘Gravity’) Distributed by Warner Bros., which reportedly saved it from turnaround purgatory at Universal, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity has had what’s officially the biggest ever opening weekend in October at the North American box office. As explained in my Gravity weekend box office post last night, Cuarón’s $100 million-budgeted solar system thriller starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney was expected to earn around $40 million by Sunday evening. Instead, if studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo are on target, Gravity opened this weekend, October 4-6, 2013, with a spectacular $55.6 million (including $1.4 million from late Thursday shows) at 3,575 venues — 3,150 of which showing the film in 3D and representing 80% of its gross. (Note: Not including marketing and distribution expenses, some sources estimate Gravity‘s budget to range between $80 million and $120 million. »
- Zac Gille
Alfonso Cuarón was last in Venice with the impressive Children of Men, a tale set in a dystopian world with one man striving to save humanity. In Gravity, it is up to one man, Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney), to save crew member Dr Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) after disaster strikes their space mission. Humanity lies below them, oblivious to the drama taking place miles above.
The story begins with the astronauts hard at work, or at least Dr Stone is busy keying in data whilst Kowalsky ambles around her, boring Houston with rehashed stories and repeating the line “I have a bad feeling about this mission”. This is to be his last trip and he is the equivalent of an old sea dog, comfortable in his surroundings and with a cool head on his shoulders. Stone, on the other hand, is on her first mission and we learn that Houston »
- Jo-Ann Titmarsh
Besides an abiding interest in men who wear masks or spandex (see: Daredevil and Hollywoodland), Ben Affleck shares one more thing in common with Batman: Their big screen careers look exactly alike. There was the sensational start. (Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns; Affleck’s acting breakout with and Oscar-winning script for Good Will Hunting.) There was the embarrassing implosion. (Joel Schumacher’s Batman and Robin; Affleck in Gigli and the aptly titled Paycheck.) There was the brilliant reboot. (Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy; Affleck’s rightly praised work as actor and director in The Town and the Oscar-winning Argo). Now, »
- Jeff Jensen
Exclusive: Legendary Pictures has closed a deal with Sean O’Keefe to adapt The Esperanza Fire, based on the John Maclean book about a wildland fire started by an arsonist that killed a tightly knit forest service engine crew that bravely battled the blaze. Maclean, the son of A River Runs Through It author Norman Maclean, was an investigative journalist for the Chicago Tribune who has written several books around wildfire disasters. This one described the equivalent of ‘The Perfect Storm’ of wildland blazes. The firefighters who perished were pillars of their community, which was devastated by their deaths. An “area ignition” that took the lives of the men resulted in the first conviction of a wildland arsonist for first-degree murder and the death penalty. O’Keefe wrote the Black List script The Paperman, which is in development with producer Joe Roth, as well as Riders On The Storm at Fox. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
While doing press for the international release of his action-thriller 2 Guns, Mark Wahlberg revealed he is interested in taking over the Iron Man franchise from Robert Downey Jr., and revealed that he was previously in talks for another superhero role.
"I would like to take over the Iron Man franchise for Robert Downey Jr., [but] it's one of those things where I kind of like playing real people, [so] I've never been asked. Once I was kind of being talked about for the Robin role in Batman Forever -- somebody dodged a bullet!"
Back in April, Robert Downey Jr. expressed his interest in retiring from the Iron Man role, and it was later confirmed that Iron Man 3 is the actor's last stand-alone Iron Man movie, although the actor will be back as Tony Stark in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Despite his desire to play Tony Stark, and his starring role in Transformers 4, »
This weekend will find Aubrey Plaza, Bill Hader and Andy Samberg flashing back to 1993 in "The To Do List." Naturally, we've decided to do the same. Because the Internet remains perennially hungry for '90s nostalgia and because there's no better way to recall the time period than through its movies, here's a look at the decade's quintessential depictions in film.
As If Cher and Dionne's plaid wouldn't make this list.
The ultimate slackers are also the ultimate representations of 20-something grunge.
"Pretty Woman" (1990)
Throughout her evolution from hooker to upper-crust girlfriend, Julia Roberts' Vivian Ward defines early-'90s fashion of all calibers.
"Before Sunrise" (1995)
"Wayne's World" (1992)
It doesn't take a "Bohemian Rhapsody" rock-out to detect these guys' fitting fashion sense, »
- The Huffington Post
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Like the film of Sebastian Junger's The Perfect Storm, Baltasar Kormákur's movie faithfully reconstructs a marine tragedy involving a fishing boat, in this case an ageing craft working from one of the Westman islands off Iceland, that sank one freezing night in March 1984. There was a single survivor, the cheerful, overweight Gulli (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson), whose final conversation with a fellow member of the crew ends ironically with him being forbidden to reveal the denouement of Jaws. It's a gripping, downbeat film that poses and then (with help from British naval researchers) answers the question of his seemingly miraculous survival: a bit of willpower and a lot of blubber. Gulli proved a very reluctant hero.
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- Philip French
Last night saw the premiere of Syfy’s Sharknado—a remake of 2000’s The Perfect Storm that replaced George Clooney with Tara Reid, and “the perfect storm” with a shark-tornado, thus making it even more perfect. And, as you already know because you’re on the Internet, it’s all anyone has been able to talk about: At the peak of its social media dominance last night, Twitter recorded around 5,000 Sharknado-related tweets per minute, with the film eventually generating enough social media impressions to come within a few thousand of matching the frenzied online reaction to »
The official poster for the most recent Syfy original movie proclaims, “Sharknado. Enough Said!” But the Internet sure had a lot more to say about the TV movie, which premiered Thursday night and stars Tara Reid and Ian Ziering battling sharks swept up in a tornado headed straight for Los Angeles. The perfect storm of sharks, disaster porn, and C-list actors struck a chord with viewers, eliciting a tempest of tweets, a gale of GIFs, and even a drizzle of daytime news coverage.
During its TV run, #sharknado and #TaraReid made waves on Twitter. Reid and Ziering promoted the program via the social-media site, »
- Maricela Gonzalez
Gary Collinson presents an extract from his book Holy Franchise, Batman! Bringing the Caped Crusader to the Screen detailing director Wolfgang Petersen's aborted DC superhero cross-over movie Batman vs. Superman....
Although Warner Bros was finding it difficult to relaunch the Dark Knight after Batman & Robin, the struggle was nothing compared to that of its other major DC property, Superman. Having ushered in the modern superhero film in 1978 with Richard Donner’s Superman: The Movie, the Man of Steel had been absent from the screen since his own franchise-killer, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, which the studio co-produced with Cannon Films back in 1987. The failure of Superman IV brought an end to a proposed fifth instalment in the Christopher Reeve series, with Batman producer Jon Peters subsequently coming on board in the early 1990s and commissioning a number of scripts based upon DC Comics’ ‘The Death and Return of Superman »
- Flickering Myth
There's something about the Boston accent in cinema that forces actors to feel like they really have to nail it. Of course, there are movies set in other cities (Chicago or New York, for example) featuring normally straight-voiced actors straining to sound like they're from the area. But it's not as seemingly mandatory as it is with a Boston-set movie.
If a movie takes place in Boston — and an increasing amount of them do — it's apparently federal law for an actor to wind up and take a wild swing at their best McLaugh from Southie. Some knock it straight over the Monster, while others Buckner the chance and watch helplessly as Ray Knight frantically scores the winning run. (We'll have to wait and see about Friday's "The Heat.")
Let's take a look at the best of the best, and the wuhhhssst of the wuhhhhsst.* (*To be read with a terrible Boston accent. »
- Nick Blake
If William Fichtner is playing a hero, there has to be a catch.
Famously edgy in the series "Prison Break" and such movies as "Heat" and "The Perfect Storm," the actor is having a big summer professionally. Besides appearing in two of its biggest films -- "The Lone Ranger" and "Elysium" -- he has the central role in "Crossing Lines," an internationally flavored NBC crime drama premiering Sunday, June 23.
With "Criminal Minds" and "Third Watch" veteran Ed Bernero as an executive producer, the show casts Fichtner as a disgraced and drug-addled New York cop-turned-operative for the International Criminal Court, pursuing felons on a global scale.
"I'd been traveling back and forth to every movie location in the American Southwest, »
The Oscar-winning acting icons had been in different portions of "The Godfather Part II" -- which Fichtner cites as one of his favorite films -- but they shared space and dialogue in "Heat," writer-director Michael Mann's widely praised 1995 crime drama.
Fichtner was just starting a screen career that would come to include "The Perfect Storm," "Armageddon" and this summer's "The Lone Ranger" and "Elysium" ... but he has strong memories of being in "Heat" as a traitor tracked down by a vengeful career crook (De Niro).
"I had done a handful of movies, if that," he tells Zap2it, "and it wasn't lost on me that this was Pacino and De Niro's first time on screen together. What I remember about reading the script was »
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