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Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's Eleven) tapped into his years of editing experience for a strange and creepy experiment that surfaced this week on his website Extension 765: a feature-length fusion of Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 classic Psycho and Gus Van Sant's controversial shot-by-shot color remake from 1998. The end result is titled, not surprisngly, Psychos. I had to put aside my apprehension about Van Sant's oddball vanity project when digging into this one, but it was well worth the effort; Soderbergh has carefully aligned the two films (which already sync up very closely, as Van Sant was consciously copying the original's pacing and tempo) so that key scenes from both are often shown overlapping... with Marion Crane's legendary shower murder forming the centerpiece (naturally) of the entire project. While Soderbergh removed the color from most of Van Sant's version to match Hitchcock's, that scene is the only one he left as-is. »
- Gregory Burkart
The Crawleys are in London, including Cora's mother and brother, for Lady Rose's presentation to society. While there, Rose is keeping company with Freda Dudley Ward, who in real life was the mistress to the Prince of Wales, just like here on "Downton." The prince is Edward VIII, son of George V and uncle to the present-day Queen Elizabeth II.
There's a whole heist storyline, as Freda's love letter from the prince is stolen from her handbag by the nefarious card cheat Sampson. Robert's Eleven swing into action to get the letter back, with Bates emerging as the big hero when he manages to swipe the letter from Sampson's overcoat and all is safe with the British monarchy (for now).
Today we have the first teaser trailer for the upcoming "The Knick" mini-series, which is directed by Stephen Soderbergh (Traffic, Ocean's Eleven) and stars Clive Owen (Sin City). Check it out below. The mini-series will take a look at the professional and personal lives of the staff at New York's Knickerbocker Hospital during the early part of the twentieth century when medicine and safety practices were still very crude. The 10-episode series will premiere this summer on Cinemax. Teaser: »
News Simon Brew 21 Feb 2014 - 06:35
Some people, when they take on a remake, give themselves a more straightforward job than others. Few were too bothered, for instance, when Steven Soderbergh remade the Rat Pack heist movie Ocean's 11, primarily because the original was rubbish, and few cared about it.
But what do you do when the original is outstanding, proclaimed as one of the finest in its genre for years, and has an equally acclaimed sequel arriving? How do you tackle a film where the emphasis was on months of gruelling physical production?
Plot details are being held under wraps, but the project will take place in Macau, China and is said to be in the same vein as Ocean's Eleven. Tom Gormican will be directing from a script he wrote. Scott Aversano, Brett Ratner and John Cheng will produce.
Tom Gormican, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan previously worked together on the director's romantic comedy That Awkward Moment. The pair are also rumored to make up half of Josh Trank's The Fantastic Four, which will begin shooting this summer with a June 19, 2015 release date.
No production schedule has been released. »
Set in Macau, the film is expected to share the light-hearted tone of films such as Ocean's Eleven.
Jordan and Teller are also in line to star together in 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four reboot
That Awkward Moment - which is currently screening in cinemas - was the writing and directorial debut of Gormican.
Watch a trailer for That Awkward Moment below (Warning:: Not safe for work): »
Rising young stars Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan have already teamed up in That Awkward Moment, and we're still waiting to hear if the two will be officially cast in the reboot of Fantastic Four after being rumored to play Mr. Fantastic and The Human Torch respectively. While Fox still figures out their cast of the comic book franchise mulligan, Teller and Jordan have already decided to start together in another film at Warner Bros. The Wrap has word that the two stars will reteam with the Tom Gormican, the writer and director of the aforementioned sex comedy released last month, for an untitled heist film. Details on the plot weren't revealed, but the heist is said to be in the same vein as Ocean's Eleven and will be set in Macau, and Brett Ratner is producing. It would have been smarter to announce this project when That Awkward Moment »
- Ethan Anderton
The story follows photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson), who strikes up an unlikely friendship with James Dean (Dane DeHaan) after landing an assignment with Life Magazine to take the movie star's picture. [Source: ]
The story centers on a special-ops team that fights supernatural beings that have taken over New York City. The tone is described as "Black Hawk Down"-esque. [Source: Heat Vision]
Untitled Heist Film
- Garth Franklin
Here's today's latest casting news: Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan will reunite with That Awkward Moment director Tom Gormican for his untitled heist movie set up at Warner Bros. Elodie Yung is the latest addition to Alex Proyas' Gods of Egypt, starring Gerard Butler, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. James Badge Dale is reported as being in negotiations for Legendary's supernatural thriller, Spectral, directed by Nic Mathieu. Hit the jump for more on both pictures. The Wrap reports that Jordan and Teller will reteam with Gormican for an untitled heist picture. Brett Ratner and John Cheng will produce with Warner's Scott Aversano. The film will be set in Macau and is said to be in line with comedic capers like Ocean's Eleven. The reunion project has been in the works for a few weeks, but was not announced earlier since That Awkward Moment star Zac Efron will not be involved. »
- Dave Trumbore
Half-term brought Warners' Lego film a strong opening weekend, well ahead of George Clooney's men-on-a-mission movie and the Valentine's Day releases
• The Lego Movie – review
• The Monuments Men – review
Animation is the one film genre that regularly supplies big hits without the benefit of character familiarity, with successes from studios such as Fox/Blue Sky (Ice Age), Universal/Illumination (Despicable Me) and Pixar (everything bar the sequels). Even recent Disney successes such as Tangled and Frozen barely traded on audience affection for their fairytale origins. However, the explosive opening numbers for The Lego Movie suggest brand familiarity can be an asset in animation, just as it invariably is in live action.
Opening with £8.05m including £2.16m in previews, The Lego Movie has achieved the strongest start for a non-sequel animation since The Simpsons Movie in July 2007 – although excluding preview figures, it was beaten by the opening weekend of 2009's Up, »
- Charles Gant
Following the release of his That Awkward Moment earlier this month, writer/director Tom Gormican is getting ready to re-team with leading men Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller. TheWrap reports that both actors have signed on to headline a currently-untitled heist thriller at Warner Bros. that Gormican is both writing and directing. Little is known about the specifics of the new project, although the tone is likened to that of Ocean's Eleven and the action is said to take place in Macau, China. Although nothing has been confirmed, Jordan and Teller are still heavily rumored to form one half of director Josh Trank's The Fantastic Four , which is set for a summer shoot and a June 19, 2015 release. Aversano Films' Scott Aversano will produce the Gormican heist project »
There are some really great remakes, among them The Fly, The Thing, The Departed, The Maltese Falcon, Ocean's Eleven, Some Like It Hot and Cape Fear. And there are some really terrible remakes, basically the majority of them. But there are plenty that are okay, maybe even good, and these tend to fall toward the negative side anyway due to the general thinking about their kind. I'll lump the new RoboCop in there. I enjoyed all of what it was doing, idea-wise, ignoring its strange lack of any sense of entertainment value. It's a good story, maybe not great cinema, and sometimes that's enough for me to enjoy a sci-fi movie. Especially if it's commenting -- never mind how overtly -- on something as contemporarily significant as military drones. I...
- Christopher Campbell
The cast of The Monuments Men is having so much fun promoting the film this month that we almost forgot the movie centers around fine art, Hitler, and Nazi Germany. Notorious prankster George Clooney and his costars - Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, and Jean Dujardin - have been zigzagging the globe and bringing their boyish antics to numerous photocalls and red carpets. Most recently, the boys got silly during a premiere in Paris and randomly created a conga line at the Berlin Film Festival. By the looks of it, you'd almost expect them to be doing press for a buddy comedy or an Ocean's Eleven reboot. Keep reading to see a timeline of the bro-iest moments from the Monuments Men promo tour so far. View Slideshow › »
- Brittney Stephens
Its main characters were barely known in the UK, but that hasn't stopped this spin-off from the 1960s Us cartoon Rocky & Bullwinkle rocketing to the top spot
• More on the UK box office
Despite competition from paid previews on The Lego Movie, DreamWorks Animation's Mr Peabody & Sherman posted a decent debut of £3.92m. Mind you, it's worth noting that Mr Peabody & Sherman likewise pursued a previews strategy – likely a knock-on effect of the Lego tactic – and these contributed a considerable £1.39m of the total. The figure compares favourably with previous DreamWorks Animation release Turbo, which landed with £3.89m, including £1.77m in previews, last October.
While Turbo, the story of a motor-racing snail, was one of DreamWorks Animation's lesser appealing titles, Mr Peabody & Sherman might still have struggled to match it. Conceptually, it's not an obvious easy sell – the story of an erudite beagle who adopts a »
- Charles Gant
Director: George Clooney; Screenwriters: George Clooney, Grant Heslov; Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Cate Blanchett; Running time: 118 mins; Certificate: 12A
Art imitates life in George Clooney's latest, albeit the last moments of life before a total flat-line. He co-writes, directs and stars in The Monuments Men, a tribute to the Us platoon charged with protecting history's greatest artworks during the Second World War. It's a noble quest but Clooney pushes the point too hard - when he isn't trying to lighten the mood.
There is nothing intrinsically funny about the story which sees a bunch of uniformed art experts risking life and limb to recover stolen treasures across Germany. Still, Clooney tries to frame it like an old-fashioned heist caper in the vein of The Dirty Dozen and Kelly's Heroes with a parping trombone section to underline the bits where you're supposed to be amused. »
When George Clooney's "The Monuments Men" was pushed back from its scheduled 2013 release date, the message was clearly sent that it wasn't seen as awards material -- but that didn't have to be a bad thing. Perhaps it was simply a fun commercial caper to brighten up the drab February release slate, an "Ocean's 11" in period dress. Then the reviews came out, suggesting there truly was cause for concern: Kris is among the few with at least a kind word for it, but others (including HitFix's Drew McWeeny) have piled on it for being dull, pompous and featherweight all »
- Guy Lodge
Sly Stallone and The Expendables are muscling their way onto Channel 5 from 9pm this Sunday. Expect action, explosions, bad one-liners and even worse verse
"We are the shadows and the smoke, we rise. We are the ghosts that hide in the night" – Barney Ross
Do you like the basic idea of Ocean's Eleven, but not the showy finesse of its execution? Do you like big, old-fashioned action films, but not the way that sometimes they'd do a one-liner that accidentally made sense? Do you wish that, say, Schwarzenegger's Commando had been remade starring clones of the scary old zombie bathtub lady from The Shining? You do? Great news – The Expendables is on TV this weekend.
The Expendables is the holy grail for a certain type of film fan – a movie starring all of your favourite past-it action heroes. Sylvester Stallone! Dolph Lundgren! Jason Statham (who technically isn't past it)! Bruce Willis »
- Stuart Heritage
Despite competition from the tape-delayed opening Olympics ceremony, box office was strong yesterday, with "The Lego Movie" (Warner Bros.) taking in a robust $17,140,000 ahead of what is likely to be a very strong matinee-fueled weekend, though not record-breaking for February (the best remains "The Passion of the Christ"). "Lego" looks to be among Warners' third recent #1 film to open to over $50 million --along with "Gravity" and "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"-- and will be the biggest opening of 2014 so far. Coming in a distant second, around expectations, is George Clooney's "The Monuments Men" (Sony) at $7 million. This is actually by some distance the best first day gross for a film he directed (doubling the take for "The Ides of March"). With an all-star cast and heist theme, it is aimed more at a wider "Ocean's Eleven"/sequel audience, with its full weekend gross (likely around $20 million) a »
- Tom Brueggemann
Review Ron Hogan 10 Feb 2014 - 06:03
Throughout World War II, as the Nazi war machine brought Europe to its knees, the highest levels of the Fuhrer's government had ideas on home decoration that were almost as evil as their plan for the Jewish people. Europe is home to some of the world's most beautiful art, masterpieces like the Ghent altarpiece, the Mona Lisa, the Madonna and Child, and thousands of other painting, sculptures, and buildings that are irreplaceable markers of human achievement and mankind's ability to create something beautiful out of pigments in oil or a block of marble.
At the highest levels of power, the Nazi government decided to use the world's greatest art museums as their personal shopping mall, except they didn't pay for their art and »
The Lego Movie is pretty fantastic for a feature-length commercial, but George Clooney's long-delayed The Monuments Men isn't worthy of its esteemed cast. Here's what to see and what to skip at the movies this weekend. See ThisThe Lego Movie var brightcovevideoid = '3166760524001'; One theory holds that an ear worm - a particularly catchy song you can't get out of your head - only goes away when you reset the lyrical loop by singing the whole thing. In an effort to help you out in advance, here's a link to "Everything Is Awesome," because you will be seeing »
- Alynda Wheat, PEOPLE Movie Critic
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