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Josh Trank’s debut, Chronicle, was a surprise hit of 2012. The film fused the found-footage genre with superhero tropes to create a coming-of-age story that was both fresh and exciting. Trank’s ability to transcend these tired trends and motifs made him an ideal candidate to finally do justice to the Fantastic Four franchise, one that had an unreleased early 90s film, and two poor mid-00s flicks. However, with production problems between Trank and cast members, and no advanced press screening, many pundits were concerned this would be a mess.
The results are in, and it is not only a poor film, but has been described as the worst reviewed Marvel film to-date. That’s not good. Trank responded openly via tweet to this, noting how Fox had – ah, »
- Matthew Lee
It turns out Tatum is still on board, but the incident got us thinking of some other superhero castings that nearly were but never will be:
(Nb Please take it as read that Jude Law was considered for all of these roles.)
Hugh Jackman has become so synonymous with the iconic X-Man that it's strange to think of anyone else taking on the role (even if they inevitably will). But before he had been cast, Russell Crowe was considered to play the angry Canadian mutant, and is credited with directing Bryan Singer's attention towards his fellow Aussie.
Giving UK horror fans yet another reason to attend their scare-packed festival, the fine folks at Film4 FrightFest have announced their short film lineup that features over thirty shorts, including the cannibalistic wrestling tale, El Gigante:
Press Release: "Film4 FrightFest 2015 has expanded its Short Film Showcase event, with three strands and over thirty shorts from around the world, including eleven World Premieres and seven European Premieres. With films from thirteen countries, this is the most diverse and exciting shorts event yet programmed.
Highlights include the London premiere of actress Karen Gillan’s intense directorial debut Coward, and the UK premiere of Shevenge, a darkly funny tale of revenge, directed by Buffy The Vampire Slayer alum Amber Benson. Local FrightFest alumni will also be returning: screenwriter and director James Moran is back with screams and laughter in Ghosting, and Dan Auty brings us nostalgia and magic children in his new »
- Derek Anderson
Before he got into filming his leads’ backs of heads for uncomfortably long takes, and confusing creationists with his kind-of-post-apocalyptic, staunchly environmentalist, and CGI rock monster-filled take on Noah’s Arc, Darren Aronofsky delivered an emotional gut punch to the indie status quo with 2000’s drug addiction saga “Requiem for a Dream.” In order to most effectively construct his dark and delirious vision of a group of junkies slowly but surely losing all grip on reality through prolonged drug use, Aranofsky relied on a series of quick extreme close-up shots in order to accentuate the characters’ isolation and paranoia. The most famous of these is of course the “2001”-inspired extreme close-up shot of an eye dilating, which was ripped-off and parodied to death during the early 2000s. As usual, the best parody comes from “The Simpsons.” In order to perhaps accentuate the importance of these close-up shots for the overall narrative, »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
With Channing Tatum stepping into the boots of the Ragin’ Cajun, fan favourite X-Men character Gambit will be getting his own solo movie next year, and Entertainment Weekly are reporting that Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Gambler’s Rupert Wyatt is in talks to bring the charming, playing card throwing mutant to the big screen (at one point, both Foxcatcher’s Bennett Miller and Requiem for a Dream’s Darren Aronofsky were also being considered). Wyatt’s no stranger to effects heavy spectaculars, but he can also cut to the emotional heart of a subject so I think he’s a good fit for the flawed hero. Tatum recently said in an interview with Empire that Gambit would be an unconventional origin story, with the character, real name Remy LeBeau, being a tortured soul and not a clear cut good or bad guy. Those who are »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
If you see a movie for the first time and swear you've heard the score before, it may not be your imagination...
Last month, the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (Afm) sued six major studios for reusing film soundtracks in other films without paying the appropriate compensation. It's the kind of news that will make people roll their eyes. Ah yes, they'll say after seeing the headlines. Typical Hollywood. Not even the music's original any more.
But go beyond the headlines about reusing the same music too much and delve into the lawsuit and it reveals an interesting insight into the kind of situations where music does get repeated.
The lawsuit, it soon becomes evident, isn't about the use of music in itself (a quick browse through the soundtracks for the titles in question, such as This Means War or Argo, reveals that they have »
The constant big-budget movie releases with their A-list stars, state of the art technology, and expensive advertising campaigns can make it easy to forget that most of the movie industry just doesn’t have that kind of money. Most filmmakers are working with limited resources, yet producing films that are in many cases better than those big money movies. Other filmmakers work with even less, producing films that, in the end, are often relegated to the more obscure cable channels and the bargain bin at Amazon. B-movies have been called Hollywood’s stepchild, but what they really are is its life blood.
Only a few of these films make money, but they have a greater value than simply being good for business: they are good for filmmaking. With little money, no stars, scripts that are disjointed, and often featuring poor production values, the B-movie is the primordial ooze from which new talent and ideas crawl. »
- Gregory Small
“Heaven Knows What is a horrifying and remarkable piece of cinema that feels both alarmingly alive and alien given its subject matter,” wrote Ty Landis in his glowing review from Tiff 2014. This heroin addiction drama from Ben and Joshua Safdie, is the best of its kind since Requiem for a Dream, as it’s described in this new trailer.
Harley loves Ilya. He gives her life purpose, sets her passion ablaze. So when he asks her to prove her love by slitting her wrists, she obliges with only mild hesitation, perhaps because of her other all-consuming love: heroin.
- Brian Welk
The Oscar-winning star has become renowned for taking on 'anti-vanity' parts which often render him unrecognisable in most of his adventurous acting roles to date.
Often going to unbelievable lengths for a part, we celebrate his constant movie metamorphosis with 6 incredible on-screen transformations.
1. Fight Club (1999)
Leto played the platinum blonde Angel Face, whose handsome looks are transformed after he's left toothless and grotesquely deformed following Norton's brutal beating.
The actor toned up for the role and bleached his hair and eyebrows - aspects which bear some similarities to his recent transformation into the frightening, green-haired Joker.
2. American Psycho (2000)
Ok, so »
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
Another morsel of comic book movie news arrives today from the scoopster supreme at Latino Review, El Mayimbe. His latest tidbit of insider intel isn’t connected to Warner Bros.’ DC movie-verse or Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, but Fox’s X-Men Universe. According to his knowledge, Channing Tatum has been courting a list of “big” name directors to helm his upcoming X-spinoff, Gambit.
— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) April 16, 2015
Tatum landed the leading role on the long-awaited movie back in October 2014 and has since boarded as a producer, which goes some way to explaining why he’s so proactive in seeking out the perfect director. As El Mayimbe outlines in his short-but-sweet Tweet, Tatum has already approached Foxcatcher‘s Bennett Miller And Requiem For A Dream‘s Darren Aronofsky, but alas they both declined the gig. »
- Gem Seddon
You wanna watch out for that Darren Aronofsky. He might just surprise you. After a good couple of decades making grim, magical realist dramas like Requiem For A Dream and Black Swan, he was surrounded by rumours that he was due to direct either/or the second Wolverine film or that ill-fated Robocop remake. In the end he did neither: instead, he did a big-budget retelling of Noah And The Great Flood, in a way that displeased the faithful and was of no interest to his usual audience.
That seemed like something of a left-turn for the auteur director, but it was on the cards for a good while before. Because, not so far back in the mists of time, Aronofsky was approached with an even stranger proposition. Warner Bros were floundering in the wake of their critically and commercially disappointing Batman sequels, eventually canning Joel Schumacher’s plans for another total camp-fest. »
- Tom Baker
Teresa Wright: Later years (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon.") Teresa Wright and Robert Anderson were divorced in 1978. They would remain friends in the ensuing years. Wright spent most of the last decade of her life in Connecticut, making only sporadic public appearances. In 1998, she could be seen with her grandson, film producer Jonah Smith, at New York's Yankee Stadium, where she threw the ceremonial first pitch. Wright also became involved in the Greater New York chapter of the Als Association. (The Pride of the Yankees subject, Lou Gehrig, died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in 1941.) The week she turned 82 in October 2000, Wright attended the 20th anniversary celebration of Somewhere in Time, where she posed for pictures with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. In March 2003, she was a guest at the 75th Academy Awards, in the segment showcasing Oscar-winning actors of the past. Two years later, »
- Andre Soares
Smoke them, snort them, shoot them, swallow them. No matter how they’re consumed, drugs are everywhere in movies. And in this new two-and-a-half-minute supercut, Jorge Luengo Ruiz gets us hooked on Hollywood highs. The earliest film Ruiz includes is “Easy Rider” from 1969. The most recent is Scorsese’s 2013 flick, “The Wolf of Wall Street.” If you’re going to make a supercut that details drug use over a 44-year span of cinema, I can’t think of two better films to bookend the short. The “Easy Rider” New Orleans cemetery acid trip scene induces a second-hand high upon every viewing, and no one did drugs to such excess in recent movie history as Jordan Belfort and his fraternity of stock-brokers. Naturally, “Requiem for a Dream” — Darren Aronofsky’s tale of addiction gone horribly wrong, which is a thousand times more effective at turning teens off of drugs than any D. »
- Zach Hollwedel
Despite having only six feature films under his belt to date, filmmaker Darren Aronofsky has firmly made his mark in the film world, garnering critical acclaim for, among other things, the cinematography of his work. One key aspect of his features involve tracking shots, where his camera follows the subject from behind, seeing what they see, while not getting a look at the focal performer’s face, only the back of their head. It is this aspect of Aronofsky’s cinematography that’s the focus of a new video essay by Vimeo user Jacob T. Swinney, who has edited together instances where Aronofsky has used these techniques in each of his film. This is what Swinney had to say about the video.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Remember when Marlon Wayans was attached to star in a Richard Pryor biopic? His time for the role has since passed, with Mike Epps now set to portray the late comedian in a movie directed by Lee Daniels and costarring Oprah Winfrey and Kate Hudson. But thanks to Shadow and Act, we can see some of what the Wayans version might have looked liked. The video below features the Requiem for a Dream standout performing a scene with Omar Epps that was reportedly written and directed by Dreamgirls helmer Bill Condon -- who penned the old draft of the biopic, then titled Is It Something I Said?, and was supposed to direct before departing for the final Twilight movies -- plus another stand-up bit taken from one of Pryor's actual moments on stage. The audition...
- Christopher Campbell
Then there is Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Martin Short, Reese Witherspoon, Maya Rudolph, and Benicio Del Toro, plus a bevy of other game thespians. This adaptation has a contrary effect. It makes you want to hightail it to the incinerator with every Pynchon paperback you might own. Farewell, V. Sayonara, Gravity's Rainbow.
But before I get too critical, let me just note that this apparently was a project of love for Anderson. Anyone who would tackle Pynchon's verbiage and hope to get a slightly comprehensible screenplay out of it would only do so out of an illimitable devotion for the author. Anderson's chance of success, of course, »
- Brandon Judell
Jared Leto: actor, rock star, and wearer of fanny packs, covers the latest issue of Billboard magazine. In the accompanying interview, the Oscar winner and Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman gets real about juggling his jobs, being on tour with his band, and his seemingly constant yo-yo dieting. Jared recently signed on to play The Joker in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie, which starts filming in April, and is gaining weight for the role. He said, "It means I have to eat every couple of hours - and I'm terrible at eating a lot." Jared is no stranger to weight fluctuations in his films, as he starved himself for Requiem For a Dream, gained 60 pounds to play Mark David Chapman in Chapter 27, and famously dropped another 40 pounds to play AIDS patient Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club. Keep reading for Jared's candid quotes in Billboard, then check out 24 of his hands-down hottest moments. »
Jared Leto is once again yo-yoing his weight to prepare for a role. But this time, he's packing on the pounds. The musician and actor, 43, is attempting to put on weight for his upcoming role as the Joker in the supervillain movie Suicide Squad, he said in a new Billboard cover story. "I'm trying to gain a lot of weight. It means I have to eat every couple of hours, and I'm terrible at eating a lot," he told the magazine. The 30 Seconds to Mars frontman went through the opposite transformation when he lost a significant amount of weight in »
- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos
Jared Leto is once again yo-yoing his weight to prepare for a role. But this time, he's packing on the pounds. The musician and actor, 43, is attempting to put on weight for his upcoming role as the Joker in the supervillain movie Suicide Squad, he said in a new Billboard cover story. "I'm trying to gain a lot of weight. It means I have to eat every couple of hours, and I'm terrible at eating a lot," he told the magazine. The 30 Seconds to Mars front man went through the opposite transformation when he lost a significant amount of weight »
- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos
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