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Directors’ Trademarx is back! At least once a month, Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. To kick things off again, we examine the trademark style and calling signs of Steven Spielberg as director.
No director is as well known, nor has had as much success in Hollywood as Steven Spielberg. He invented a style of filmmaking that audiences ate up in the 1980’s, single-handedly invented the modern blockbuster, and was influential in helping George Lucas make Star Wars. From a young age, Spielberg was fascinated by theater and film. In his teens, he used an 8mm camera to film movies with his friends. Later, he became an intern at Universal Studios, and the rest is history.
Spielberg’s career started small. First he directed segments of TV shows, and then later entire episodes. His success convinced the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
The Toronto International Film Festival is well known for exhibiting a huge variety of material in its lineup. Every genre has been covered many times over throughout the years, from horror to comedy to drama to everything in between.
Every year, there are always some enticing “based on a true story” films that make their way to the city. In past years, 12 Years a Slave, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Philomena have been some of the more critically-acclaimed entries that were based on true stories. This year brings plenty more, with films like Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game, and The Theory of Everything being high-profile films that have already generated a considerable amount of Oscar buzz.
In this quiz, we take a look at some of our favourite films that were based on a true story (however loosely). Everything from recent Academy Award winners Argo and Lincoln to literary adaptations »
- Amanda Wood
From playing a live-action Disney princess to a sexy, tough-as-nails con-artist, here are some of Amy Adams' best films.
Today, acclaimed actress Amy Adams turns 40, and in celebration of her incredible and critically praised career, we take this opportunity to look at some of her most beloved films.
Adams has been nominated for five Oscars, and has played everything from a live-action Disney princess to a sexy, tough-as-nails con-artist. Here are her seven best-reviewed films, according to their Rotten Tomatoes score.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%
The film follows Madeleine, an art dealer, whose very presence throws the lives of her middle-class, North Carolina in-laws into chaos. Amy Adams plays a childlike and naive pregnant girl who is amazed by her sister-in-law's seemingly glamorous life. This was really Adams' breakthrough performance and the first film to snag her an Oscar nomination.
6. The Fighter
Rt Score: 91%
Now playing in theaters is director Lasse Hallström’s (Chocolat) adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey. The story centers on the Kadam family, who set up an Indian restaurant in a small village in the south of France, unknowingly beginning a rivalry with the nearby classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren). However, this rivalry eventually turns into friendship as the two establishments begin to learn and appreciate the other’s cuisine. Produced by Oprah and Steven Spielberg, the film also stars Manish Dayal, Om Puri, and Charlotte Le Bon. For more on the film, watch the trailer. At the Los Angeles press day for the film, I landed an extended video interview with Lasse Hallström. He talked about how he got involved in The Hundred-Foot Journey, film versus digital, his shooting style, the first cut, deleted scenes, turning down Catch Me If You Can, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
"To Tell the Truth," one of the greatest television game shows with a timeless conceit, is purportedly coming back to air. Fremantle is heading up a new primetime version of the series that puts "an update of the familiar format with a surprising new twist that adds action and suspense and raises the stakes." I'm all for it! "To Tell the Truth" is -- with the possible exception of "What's My Line?" -- the best panel game in TV history: Four celebrities interrogate three contestants who all claim to be the same person, and then the celebrities vote on which candidate is telling the truth. It's the show that's most responsible for putting Kitty Carlisle and Peggy Cass into our cultural lexicon, and it's what Eminem is referencing when he famously asked, "Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?" Gordon Elliott and Alex Trebek hosted an early '90s version, »
- Louis Virtel
British TV director Brian Kelly is to make his feature film debut with Other People’s Money, the true story of a young con man who lived a first class lifestyle through credit card scams.
Kelly, who has directed episodes of Downton Abbey, NBC drama series Dracula and upcoming Starz series Outlander, is newly attached to the project, which is currently in development with Crab Apple Films’ Angus Lamont, producer of Yann Demange’s upcoming thriller ’71.
The development has been financed by BBC Scotland and Creative Scotland.
Neil Forsyth wrote the book, first published in 2008, with former con man Elliot Castro.
Castro was a working-class teenager in Scotland when he worked out how to use the credit card system to his advantage. Identifying banks’ security flaws, he went on a spending spree from London and New York to Ibiza and Beverly Hills, living »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Did you miss Brad Paisley's "rogue" publicity stunt on Twitter this weekend - where he posted a clip previewing his upcoming album Moonshine In the Trunk, due Aug. 25, purportedly without his label's permission? Well, have no fear - People Country has the exclusive first (err, second?) listen of "Crushin' It," his possible next single, right here. So has the singer, not particularly known for causing trouble, been drinking some of that moonshine in his trunk? Sony Music Nashville might think so. "I'm going rogue. The label doesn't know I'm doing this. Seriously. But I made a Moonshine preview teaser. »
- Danielle Anderson
It's the role that everyone has been dying to see Christoper Walken take, they just didn't know it. Walt Disney Pictures has just announced the star of a wide variety of films such as Catch Me If You Can, Hairspray, Wedding Crashers, Man on Fire and Mousehunt will take an animal role in their new live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic The Jungle Book from director Jon Favreau. The studio has announced that Walken will play King Louie, the ruler of a troop of monkeys and apes. In addition, "Breaking Bad" star Giancarlo Esposito will play Akela, the leader of the wolf pack. That's a great cast! The two new actors join an animal cast that includes Idris Elba as the tiger Shere Khan, Scarlett Johansson as the python Kaa and Lupita Nyong'o as Rakcha, the mother wolf who adopts the orphaned Mowgli in the jungle and Ben Kingsley as Bagheera the black panther. »
- Ethan Anderton
Disney has announced that they will be releasing Pirates of the Caribbean 5 in theaters on July 7th, 2017. We previously heard that that the sub-title of this movie is "Dead Men Tell No Tales," but that wasn't confirmed in the press release that was set out.
The script for the film comes from Catch Me If You Can scribe Jeff Nathanson, and it's set to be directed by Kon-Tiki's Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg. The fact that those two guys are directing gets me excited for this film. They are a couple of insanely talented directors, and I think they have the potential to give audiences the best Pirates of the Caribbean film yet.
Of course Johnny Depp will be back to reprise his role because the studio wouldn't make a Pirates movie without him. »
- Joey Paur
Having originally been set for release next year – before script and budgetary concerns forced a delay, Walt Disney Pictures has now set a release date of July 17th for the fifth instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Pirates of the Caribbean 5 – which at one point was using the subtitle Dead Men Tell No Tales – will see Johnny Depp returning for another adventure as Captain Jack Sparrow, with Kon-Tiki directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg succeeding Gore Verbinski and Rob Marshall and Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can) tackling the screenplay.
Are you happy that Disney has finally set a date for Pirates 5, or should the franchise have walked the plank after On Stranger Tides?
The post Pirates of the Caribbean 5 set for July 2017 appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow will return to the big screen in in a summer that includes strong blockbuster competition from Despicable Me 3 (June 30), Fantastic Four 2 (July 14) and an unknown Marvel movie (July 28).
The fifth Pirates instalment was originally scheduled for release in 2015, but was pushed back due to script and budget concerns.
The Pirates of the Caribbean movie series has earned more than $3.7 billion at the worldwide box office since it began in 2003.
Watch the trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl below: »
Walt Disney Pictures has announced the official release date for Pirates of the Caribbean 5 (sometimes known as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales). It will hit theaters on July 7, 2017.
Pirates of the Caribbean 5 currently has this prime summer real estate all to itself. One week before, on June 30, Universal Pictures will be releasing the anticipated animated sequel Despicable Me 3. And baring the first installment is not a complete flop, The Fantastic Four 2 will open a week later on July 14, from 20th Century Fox. Disney and Marvel Studios also have their Second Untitled Marvel Project 2017 movie opening on July 28.
While no story details have been released, Kon-Tiki directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg will be at the helm of Captain Jack Sparrow's latest adventure. The screenplay is from Jeff Nathanson, who wrote Men in Black 3 and Catch Me If You Can.
The last installment in the »
Whenever Steven Spielberg makes a movie, we pay attention – and when it was revealed that he’d be re-teaming with his Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal star Tom Hanks for his latest, an Untitled Cold War Thriller, we went from interested to excited. Add in that Ethan and Joel Coen penned the latest iteration of the script, working from an original draft from Matt Charman, and you’ve got the recipe for an absolutely terrific thriller. Now, Spielberg has enlisted the help of four other stars for major roles in the project.
Gone Baby Gone Oscar nominee Amy Ryan has come aboard as the wife of James Donovan (Hanks), “the CIA attorney who is thrust behind the Iron Curtain when he is sent to negotiate the release of captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers.” Also in talks for roles are Alan Alda (Little Miss Sunshine »
- Isaac Feldberg
Gone Baby Gone Oscar-nominee Amy Ryan will co-star as the wife of Hanks’ character, James Donovan, who won the Distinguished Intelligence Medal for his work trying to free U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers after he was shot down over Russian territory in 1960.
Also in negotiations to join the cast is another Academy Award nominee, Alan Alda, for an unspecified role, according to DreamWorks Pictures, which is co-financing »
- Anthony Breznican
Nancy Spielberg is readying a feature about World War II pilots who volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence.
The feature is inspired by the producer’s documentary Above and Beyond: The Birth of the Israeli Air-Force, directed by Roberta Grossman, which screens this week at the Jerusalem Film Festival.
“I’ve just started talking to people about making the documentary into a [fictional feature] film,” the producer told Screen. “It would make a great feature. This may sound Spielbergian but I see it as a combination of Catch Me If You Can, Indiana Jones and Saving Private Ryan. It has adventure, heart, sex, everything – it’s very universal.”
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Don’t women already have enough to think about in their lives?
Based off the short film “Piece A’ Cake,” “Audrey is a funny female-drive comedy that takes us in real-time over an hour and half of a young woman’s day as she waits and waits and waits in a restaurant for a man to arrive for their critical third date. As time ticks away and Gene is nowhere to be found, Audrey is swept up through her life as her insecurities and inner demons wreak havoc on her. Forced to face her deepest fears by circumstance — both real and hilariously unreal —Audrey finds the strength and courage she never imagined she had.
The film stars Sybil Darrow (“The Cavern,” “The Sweetest Thing”), Ed Quinn (“The Caller,” “ True Blood”), Charles Shaughnessy (“The Nanny,” “Days Of Our Lives”), Jonathan Chase (“Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas,” “Eagle Eye”), Helena Mattsson (“Seven Psychopaths, »
- Gig Patta
To get to a happy ending in a Tom Hanks movie, an innocent character has to pay the price. Here's the proof...
With the best part of $10bn banked for his movies across his career, Tom Hanks remains one of the biggest and most interesting movie stars on the planet. His most recent performance in Captain Phillips, for instance, was comfortably one of his best. And looking back on Hanks’ career, the path of increased boldness and range is easy to chart.
Furthermore, he’s achieved his successes without public meltdowns, without signs of turning into a diva, and without putting us through many poor films at all. The man is a hero.
Well, to everyone but certain characters in his movies. For, on rewatching Big, we became aware of an alarming trend: that there tends to be a character in a Tom Hanks movie whose role is to »
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
no UK release dates, but you can watch them here
Being Ginger: smartly perceptive and very brave personal documentary diary of one man’s attempts to come to terms with being an oft-derided and bullied redhead [my review] [iTunes UK] The Final Member: the world’s only penis museum is no joke, but there’s plenty funny (and enlightening, and poignant) in this sweet portrait of a man dedicated to completing his life’s work [my review] [iTunes UK] La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus: follow a humble yellow school bus as it is transformed into something joyous and defiant; it’s like discovering that your grandma has another life as a secret agent [my review] [iTunes UK]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
A Long Way Down: a suicide-club meet-cute? it shouldn’t work, but it does, as »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Our national nightmare is over... another Pirates Of The Caribbean movie is on its way, and after countless delays, we could be setting sail for 2016 with the beloved Captain Jack Sparrow, star of one and a half good movies and also some other footage! Johnny Depp is likely returning for Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales , but we haven't been certain when we were gonna see the scallywag. But producer Jerry Bruckheimer finally broke the silence. Jerry Bruckheimer has announced (via Slashfilm) that they're hoping to begin Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales early 2015. The clip comes from the Monte Carlo Television Festival, where no doubt Bruckheimer is representing several of his hit TV franchises. The film is slated to be directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (Bandidas), from a script by Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can). Of course, a lot »
Fox will also distribute the film internationally. The film will start shooting in September.
Disney and DreamWorks announced earlier this week that the U.S. release has been set for Oct. 16, 2015.
Joel and Ethan Coen came on board last month to write the script for the project, which Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger will produce with Spielberg. Adam Somner and Daniel Lupi will exec produce.
The untitled project is based on the true story of James Donovan, whom Hanks will portray. Donovan was the American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to surreptitiously negotiate the 1962 release of Francis Gary Powers, the U2 spy plane pilot who had been shot down over Russia two years earlier. »
- Dave McNary
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