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Ever since the Cannes International Film Festival knocked down a few walls between itself and the West in 2001 with festival director Thierry Frémaux coming on board to liven up the Croisette with more of a Hollywood acceptance, the connection between the annual May event and the awards season has become more pronounced. Films like Baz Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge!," Roman Polanski's "The Pianist," Clint Eastwood's "Mystic River," Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Babel" and David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence" all started their Oscar trajectories in the south of France, while others like Paul Greengrass' "United 93," Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" and "Midnight in Paris" and Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" got high profile beginnings out of Competition. A coveted Palme d'Or win sometimes leads to a significant boost in the Oscar season, even if no recipient of the festival's »
- Kristopher Tapley
Glenn Beck is putting his faith in Hollywood – literally. The conservative radio host has been refurbishing the Studios at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas, according to The Hollywood Reporter, as the setting for at least one "faith-based" movie, as part of his new venture into film producing. He also has two other movies in the works – one set in ancient history and another THR describes as being set in modern history – and he has optioned several other films, as well.
Muse Criticize Glenn Beck, Rightwing 'Conspiracy Theory Subculture'
As you may or may not have heard Baz Luhrmann has been in the news again this week. 2013 was another big year for him with The Great Gatsby exceeding expectations (financially). The buzz on Baz hasn't quieted in this new year. On March 2nd, his wife Catherine Martin won another pair of Oscars to match her Moulin Rouge! statues and new collaborations for the Bazmark spouses are on the way.
First up is the stage musical adaptation of his breakthrough debut hit Strictly Ballroom (1992). The Guardian featured him a few days ago -- the video is more of a commercial for the show really than a true interview but there are clips from the show and Baz statements worth parsing.
I was 29 for the film. In the back of my mind I always thought 'it's got to be a musical'. I thought 'God, I hope I don't end up 40 and I'm doing Strictly Ballroom musical. »
- NATHANIEL R
Baz Luhrmann has hopped between genres in his career, though he’s usually maintained some blend of period romance and music for the likes of Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, Australia and last year’s The Great Gatsby. But if he takes on a new job for Legendary Pictures, we could be in for a very different Luhrmann movie, as he’s in talks to make Kung Fu.Legendary has been trying to turn the 1970s David Carradine-starring show into a film for years now. When it last kicked our news radar, word was that Bill Paxton might be picking up the megaphone to get it made. It would seem that that didn’t work out and now Luhrmann is considering the idea. The Hollywood Reporter cautions that it’s unclear how far the talks have progressed: for all we know, Luhrmann is simply chewing over the notion.If he does go ahead, »
Now this is a curious combination as THR reports Baz Luhrmann of all people is in talks to direct Kung Fu for Legendary Pictures. The project is a big-screen adaptation of the 1970s martial arts Western television show that starred David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin monk who came to the American West in search of his half brother. The show featured flashbacks to Caine's training as a teen in which his master called him "young grasshopper." THR reports a source saying the current script, written by John McLaughlin (Black Swan), switches the action to China and finds Caine in search of his father -- at one point ending up in a prison where he must fight to survive. Cory Goodman (Priest) and Rich Wilkes (xXx) have written previous drafts of the screenplay and Bill Paxton was, at one time, attached to direct back in 2011. Luhrmann will do »
- Brad Brevet
Legendary Pictures is producing a feature film adaptation of the 1970s martial arts Western television show starring David Carradine.
Luhrmann is in the midst of negotiating a deal, which would stipulate that he'd be able to rewrite the movie's script, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The original show, which aired from 1972 to 1975, featured Carradine as a shaolin monk who travels to the American West in search of a lost brother.
Sources suggest the remake will take place in China, with the lead character searching for his father and serving time in prison.
Australian director Luhrmann is known for his work on Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet.
Kung Fu was a massive hit on television back in the 1970s. It starred Kill Bill star David Carradine as a monk named Kwai Chang Caine, who ‘walked the earth’ literally kicking butt using some pretty decent kung fu moves. Now it looks like Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann is looking to bring it to the big screen.
The filmmaker is in talks to direct the film, which previously had actor-turned-director Bill Paxton attached.
Luhrmann doesn’t seem the obvious choice for a Kung Fu movie, but it’s certainly an interesting one.
- Paul Heath
The King speaks. Often in motion pictures, in point of fact. Colin Firth has been a mainstay in British and Hollywood cinema since his terrific debut opposite Rupert Everett in the boy's school classic Another Country (1984). But it's not all stiff homoerotic upper-class Brit movies (though there's a fair share of that). He seems to have no ego whatsoever working in large ensembles, occasionally headlining, and (we assume) gets along with everyone given how often he returns to the same co-stars and directors (multiple films with Kidman and Everett and Egoyan and more). This year Us audiences are getting not one not two but Six Colin Firth films: Gambit (released a couple of years ago in the UK), Atom Egoyan's Devils Knot, Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight, and three (!!!) with Nicole Kidman: Paddington (he's the voice of the bear), the thriller Before I Sleep and the »
- NATHANIEL R
If a deal is made, his first order of business will be to rewrite the script, which was most recently worked on by Rich Wilkes (xXx, Marvel's Iron Fist), although it isn't clear how far along the negotiations are at this stage. Bill Paxton was once attached to direct back in October 2011. Other writers who have worked on the script include John J. McLaughlin (Black Swan) and Cory Goodman (Priest, Apollo 18).
The original Kung Fu TV series starred David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin monk who roams the countryside of America, searching for his long lost half-brother. The show, which aired from 1972 to 1975 on ABC, featured flashbacks to his days in training, where he was called "young grasshopper by his master, »
Though he’s probably the last person that you’d expect to helm a big screen adaptation of the 1970′s TV series Kung Fu, Baz Luhrmann is stepping up to the plate for Universal, reports THR. The director is in talks to help the studio get the project off the ground, as it’s been sitting on the shelf for a while now.
If you recall, Bill Paxton was once set to step behind the camera, but that quickly fell through and things went quiet for a few years. Now, it looks like Universal is putting things into motion again and hopes to have the Australian director re-write the script as well.
Luhrmann is an odd choice for this type of project, that’s for sure. Mostly known for his glittery films that overload the senses with dazzling visuals and fantastic music (see: Moulin Rouge), I would have never thought »
- Matt Joseph
In an unexpected pairing, "Moulin Rouge" and "The Great Gatsby" director Baz Luhrmann is reportedly in talks to direct the film adaptation of the famous 1970s martial arts TV series "Kung Fu" for Legendary Pictures.
David Carradine starred in the ABC original as a Shaolin monk who came to the American West in search of his half-brother. Flashbacks showed his training as a teen in which his master referred to him as "young grasshopper".
The current script reportedly switches the action to China and sees the character go in search of his father - at one point ending up in a prison where he must fight to survive.
Rich Wilkes ("XXX") penned the script which Luhrmann would first do a rewrite on if the deal goes forward.
The project marks a welcome departure for Luhrmann, the Australian director known for his lavish production values and highly stylized filmmaking tackling a »
- Garth Franklin
Filmmaker Baz Luhrmann has a penchant for displays of extravagance, and now it looks like he might next be putting his talents towards a martial arts Western adaptation of a popular TV show. THR reports that the Great Gatsby director is in talks to helm an adaptation of the 1970s TV series Kung Fu, which starred David Carradine and revolved around a Shaolin monk who came to the American West in search of his half-brother. Legendary Pictures is producing the effort, and the 19th Century-set feature would certainly make for an ambitious challenge for Luhrmann. The director has yet to tackle an action-oriented pic, opting instead for the operatic or theatrical with films like Moulin Rouge! and Australia. Hit the jump for more on the Kung Fu movie adaptation, including how the film will differ from the TV series. Per THR, this new Kung Fu iteration would move the action »
- Adam Chitwood
Washington, April 8: Nicole Kidman gives her family the credit for keeping her sane.
While talking to E! Online, the 46-year-old actress, who has two daughters with her husband of seven years Keith Urban, said that her family life is completely normal where they have dinner and breakfast together, talk, and hang out.
The 'Moulin Rouge!' star continued saying that there is nothing like going out after dinner to get ice cream with her daughters and hubby.
Kidman added that she travels a lot with her husband and daughters and feels pretty safe and sane with her tight little unit of a family. (Ani) »
- Abhijeet Sen
Los Angeles (AP) — With several films set to debut this year, including such disparate turns as a taxidermist villainess, mysterious amnesiac and an actress-turned-princess, Nicole Kidman will again become a familiar face in theaters. While maintaining a steady presence in Hollywood for more than two decades, the 46-year-old Academy Award winner has been focusing more in recent years on raising her two daughters with husband and country star Keith Urban — away from the spotlight in Nashville, Tenn. For her latest role in "The Railway Man," out April 11, the "Moulin Rouge" and "The Hours" star plays a supportive wife to World War II veteran Eric Lomax (Colin Firth). In the autobiographical adaptation, Patti and Eric Lomax confront his past as a prisoner of war in Thailand, where he worked on the "death railway," a 258-mile stretch of treacherous train track running into Burma. Upcoming this year, Kidman will also play a villainess in "Paddington, »
- Derrik J. Lang, AP
Here's abstew with a tribute to an actor we lost too soon.
Today, April 4th, 2014, would have been Oscar winner Heath Ledger's 35th Birthday. Tragically, the talented young actor's career was all too brief. (It's crazy to think that 2 of the 5 Best Actor nominees from 2005 are no longer with us.) But let's not dwell on the sadness, but celebrate the life and work of this amazing Aussie.
This past week marked the 15th anniversary of the film that brought Heath to movie-goers' attention, 10 Things I Hate About You. (No, the Fox show Roar does not count as his breakthrough. Even though it co-starred TV's Felicity and I do actually remember watching it.)
At the time, 10 Things seemed like just another late 90s teen movie based on a Shakespeare play. (You'd be surprised how much that was a thing back then. And they all starred Julia Stiles.) But there was »
On March 22, John Leguizamo’s fifth HBO comedy special, Ghetto Klown, premieres, and if you find yourself watching the hilarious, brutally honest journey through his personal and professional ups and down and do a spit-take, you’re not alone. Having perfected the show on Broadway and on tour, Leguizamo’s seen it all. “There were spit-takes, people getting up and walking toward the stage to high-five me when it was a good joke,” he recalls, laughing. “There was a lot of people smokin’ up their doobies trying to enjoy it a little bit more, and I appreciate people being altered in their substance abuse, »
- Mandi Bierly
Gaudy and ridiculous, Paul Verhoeven's cult classic nonetheless has its merits – just don't watch it with your parents
My Guilty Pleasure: the rest of the series
"Next up … Showgirls." The mere recollection of the TV announcer's words still strikes fear into my bones. When you're a teenager, nothing is worse – not getting caught kissing behind the bike sheds by your teacher, not forgetting your Pe kit and having to play hockey in your knickers – than having to watch a highly vigorous 1min 30sec lapdance scene while sitting in the same room as your mum and dad. I was nine when the film originally came out, so it wasn't until a few years later – once it had royally flopped at the box office and been confined to a midnight movie slot – that Showgirls came into my life. But it has never really left it since.
- Harriet Gibsone
2013 was something of a turkey for the biopic: while success has been found in recounting the stories of the lesser-knowns like 12 Years A Slave, Wolf Of Wall Street and Captain Phillips, it was the big films for the big names that fell flat and failed to excite both critics and the box office. Alfred Hitchcock, Princess Diana, Walt Disney, Julian Assange and Steve Jobs have all had the Hollywood treatment to very little success.
Exactly why remains to be seen, but it’s clear that something needs to be done about any and all future biopics destined for the big screen. Some would argue the very idea of ‘the biopic’ should be scrapped – passing it off as little more than a glorified PR exercise, while those who still see a future in it would tell you that merely recounting one’s life is not sufficient – those films must offer something more; comedy, »
- Toby McShane
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There are countless tales in television and film of women who sell their love for money–and for some reason we can’t stop falling in love with them! Julia Roberts was already a rising star when she played Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman, but it’s her performance as a Hollywood hooker that made her the biggest movie star of her generation. Nicole Kidman dazzled us as the doomed Satine in the romantic and over-the-top Moulin Rouge and Rachel Brosnahan is the latest to steal our heart with her conflicted but beautiful portrayal of Rachel Posner on the hit Netflix series, House of Cards.
Like another one of our favorite fictional hookers, Klute‘s Bree Daniels, Posner gets mixed up in the deadly world of Washington politics leading to shocking twist in season 2. The moment leaves us unsure about how good or how bad her character is. »
- Meghan O'Keefe
Guess what unforgettable movie about people wanting to forget is about to celebrate its 10th anniversary?
Have you ever thought about what your favorite shot from it is? Or which shot best represents the movie as a whole? Have you ever wondered how it can possibly be that the cinematographer Ellen Kuras has only done 4 narrative features in the ten years since?
You know where this is going right?!
Break out the bubbly because "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" returns on March 18th (We're moving it to Tuesdays at 9 Pm to give people the weekend to screen the movies and be ready!). If you're new to the blog or haven't yet experimented with actually participating, I guarantee a good time. Everyone who has participating religiously has said that they've gotten a ton out of it. Plus it proves the point 'the more the merrier' because the best episodes offer »
- NATHANIEL R
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