15 items from 2015
David Lynch’s masterpiece Mulholland Dr. hit the Criterion Collection last week, and it’s lost none of its terrifying, dreamlike allure. (If anything, it’s gained some over the years.) Central to the film’s artistry are its two brilliant female leads, Naomi Watts and Laura Harring. Both actresses were relative unknowns at the time — indeed, both had kind of given up on Hollywood, which fits perfectly with the film’s themes of disillusionment and despair in the Dream Factory — and Mulholland’s success supercharged their careers. Interestingly, for a while, the film itself looked like it may never see the light of day: It was originally supposed to be a TV series, but Lynch wound up reshooting and recutting it as a feature after the network rejected the pilot. Over the years Harring has starred in films like John Q, The Punisher, and Love in the Time of Cholera, »
- Bilge Ebiri
Variety reports that Ronda Rousey's Roadhouse remake has found its director: Nick Cassavetes, son of indie-film pioneer John and an industry veteran in his own right. Cassavetes's 20-year directing career has spanned comedies (The Other Woman), melodramas (The Notebook), and thrillers (John Q), but Variety reports that it was his facility with "strong roles for women" that landed him the Roadhouse gig, though "roles for strong women" would be equally applicable in this case. The new Roadhouse is expected to begin shooting next year, after Rousey's fight with Holly Holm in November. »
- Nate Jones
It’s been a full two years since Rob Cohen was attached to MGM’s remake of Road House, and the modern take quickly slipped off the radar once the director exited the project. Low and behold, by securing Ufc champ Ronda Rousey to lead the film, MGM has fired the cult classic back into the limelight, and now Variety is reporting that Nick Cassavetes has signed on to write and direct.
Throughout his writing career, Cassavetes has moulded a number of strong female characters on the big screen, and it’s believed that this impressive track record is what attracted MGM’s attention in the first place. While John Q and Alpha Dog feature on his résumé, it is writing credits on such films as The Notebook and My Sister’s Keeper that make him a fine candidate to take the reins of Road House.
As for Rousey, she »
- Michael Briers
He replaces Fast & Furious director Rob Cohen, who was originally attached to the project.
Sure, there was The Other Woman last year - 23% on Rotten Tomatoes - but let's just pretend that didn't happen.
The Road House remake has no confirmed release date, but is set to start shooting early next year. »
Be in no doubt that the remake of Road House is finally happening after sitting in development hell for many years. Last month, we learned that Ronda Rousey was to take on the Patrick Swayze role in the new Road House. Now we know who's going to be directing it.
The job has gone to Nick Cassavetes, best known for the likes of Alpha Dog, The Notebook and John Q. We'd assume that production on the movie can't be too far away now it's got its key personnel in place.
As we hear more on the new Road House, we'll let you know. Might it yet sneak in for a 2016 release, we wonder?
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As announced a month or so ago MGM is developing a new version of the Patrick Swayze action classic Road House, retooled to star Ufc fighter-turned actor Ronda Rousey. Now that project also has a writer/director. Nick Cassavetes will be sweeping up the eyeballs at the Double Deuce.Son of John, brother of Xan, Cassavetes has a long CV as an actor (he even played himself in Entourage, as did Rousey in the movie), but also has eight credits to his name behind the camera, with several other projects in the works. In terms of crunchy drama we might look to John Q or Alpha Dog for clues to what he might do with Road House. He also made The Other Woman and The Notebook, which Variety claim got him through the Road House door. "Strong female characters", y'see.The original Road House sees the owner of the sleazy bar, »
Just one month after it was announced that Ronda Rousey will star in MGM's remake of the 1989 cult classic Road House, the project has found its director. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Nick Cassavetes (The Other Woman, The Notebook) has come aboard to helm the action-packed drama. Our initial report from last month revealed that the studio is currently meeting with screenwriters, and production is scheduled to begin sometime next year.
The original Road House was released in 1989, starring Patrick Swayze, just two years after his breakout performance in Dirty Dancing. The story centered on Patrick Swayze's Dalton, who is hired to bring some order to the rowdiest bar in Missouri, known as The Double Deuce. Along with the nightly barrage of violent drunks, Dalton must also contend with a corrupt businessman, who is trying to destroy the bar and the small town along with it.
Ronda Rousey will »
So here’s some interesting news. It looks like Nick Cassavetes has signed on the dotted line to direct the Road House remake. The director of The Notebook and the son of the legendary John Cassevetes will also write the film, which is set to star Mma star Ronda Rousey (Entourage).
Variety reports the news that Cassavetes is officially on board to direct the remake of the Patrick Swayze cult classic from 1989 which revolved around the bouncer Dalton, who is sent to a dirty town to clean up the notorious nightclub, the Double Deuce. Rob Cohen was previously attached to the project.
- Paul Heath
Sources tell Variety that Nick Cassavetes has closed a deal to write and direct the re-envisioning of the ’80s action classic, with Rousey on board to star and produce.
Rousey is currently in training for her championship fight against Holly Holm on Nov. 14 at Ufc 193. Insiders say once the fight is over, the plan is to immediately begin prepping for a fast-tracked shoot in the first quarter of 2016.
Released in 1989, the original film starred Swayze as a bouncer hired to clean up one of the rowdiest, loudest bars in Missouri, The Double Deuce. Swayze’s character is put to the test when he needs to protect the town from a corrupt businessman.
This movie became a breakout hit and maintains a cult following. “Road House” follows MGM »
- Justin Kroll
Patrick Swayze starred in the original as a bouncer hired to clean up one of the rowdiest bars in Missouri, and ends up having to protect the town from a corrupt businessman.
Rousey will star in and produce the project which is being fast tracked to shoot in the first quarter of 2016. Rousey is currently in training for her championship fight on November 14th at Ufc 193 in Melbourne.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
At a nervily compact 74 minutes, “A Monster With a Thousand Heads” often feels as if it’s unfolding in real time — even as necessary narrative logistics dictate otherwise. Such is the considerable achievement of Uruguayan-Mexican helmer Rodrigo Pla’s agitated, on-the-move hostage thriller, in which the wife of an ailing man resorts to brutally desperate measures against the insurance company refusing to fund his treatment. Tempering the strong medicine of its social justice protestations with a streak of outlandish melodrama, this “Monster” may not have quite as many facets as its title implies, but Pla’s formally deft manipulation of perspective keeps the pic both urgent and even-handed. This year’s Venice Horizons opener will be popular with festival programmers, and may pack enough genre punch for modest international distribution.
For Pla, whose more contemplative previous feature “The Delay” was Uruguay’s 2012 Oscar submission, “A Monster With a Thousand Heads »
- Guy Lodge
With fresh chatter that he’ll be back in the saddle for a third Shanghai film to follow Noon and Knights, there’s more solid information about another new Jackie Chan project. He’s taking the lead role in a new action thriller called The Foreigner.According to Variety, Nick Cassavetes is in talks to direct the film, which David Marconi has adapted from Stephen Leather’s 1992 novel The Chinaman. The story finds a restaurant owner in London’s Chinatown who has to track down the terrorists who killed his daughter. It’s a typical blending of action and emotion for Chan, though could be something different for Cassavetes, whose directing CV includes films more like The Notebook, The Other Woman and My Sister’s Keeper. It does, however, hark back to one of his earlier films, John Q.Whoever ends up in the director’s chair should have the cameras rolling this October. »
By the end of the 2000s, getting number one at the American box office was a valuable marketing commodity. As such, studios pumped more and more money into making sure they at least had a great opening weekend for their product.
The consequence of this was that it was harder and harder for smaller and quirkier films to take a brief spot in the sun. Certainly towards the second half of the decade, it seems that the number one movie each week was pre-ordinained in a marketing meeting somewhere.
Still, there were some films that have since fallen out of public view that clawed their way to number one. How many of these do you remember?
January 2000, one week
Based on Marc Behm's book of the same name, »
To celebrate the release of ‘Collection’, we’re giving 5 lucky WhatCulture.com readers the chance to win a copy of the high octane, exciting thriller on DVD.
Collection (released as ‘Reach Me’ in the Us) follows the story of a diverse group of people, all making big changes on the advice of a reclusive and mysterious writer, Teddy Rayman (Tom Berenger – Inception, Training Day). The dark and enigmatic Teddy reaches out to various people and saves them from their often violent and troubled lives in this fast paced thriller.
Hollywood action film legends Stallone and Berenger are joined in this Kickstarter-funded project by Kevin Connolly (Entourage, John Q), Kelsey Grammer (Transformers: Age Of Extinction, X-Men: The Last Stand), Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down), Terry Crews (The Expendables 2, Bridesmaids), Danny Trejo (Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn) and many more.
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- Sam Driver
Exclusive: Shawn Hatosy, who’s set to do a guest arc on Amazon’s February debut series Bosch, has signed with Mgmt Entertainment (née The Schiff Company) for management. The Faculty and Outside Providence thesp earned a Critics’ Choice nomination for his turn on the NBC/TNT police drama Southland and most recently co-starred as a deliciously complex dirty cop on CBS’ short-lived legal drama Reckless. Onstage he earned raves last summer for his turn in Neil Labute’s Reasons To Be Pretty at the Geffen Playhouse. Hatosy’s credits over two decades of screen acting include Nick Cassavetes’ John Q and Alpha Dog, Wayne Wang’s Anywhere But Here, In & Out, The Cooler, Public Enemies and Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. He continues to be repped by Paradigm.
- Jen Yamato
15 items from 2015
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