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Feature Simon Brew 19 Nov 2013 - 06:40
Just a silly comedy? There might be more to Mrs Doubtfire than it's given credit for...
This article contains spoilers for Mrs Doubtfire.
If you dig through the box office takings for the films of Robin Williams, then - taking aside his supporting performance in Night At The Museum - his most lucrative film at the Us box office remains 1993's Mrs Doubtfire. Inflation-adjusted, it tops the list.
The film was released in the aftermath of Disney's record-breaking Aladdin (and followed the fascinatingly flawed Toys), and in the years that followed, Williams would enjoy a bunch of further hits, including the likes of Jumanji, The Birdcage (two films that, fact-fans, passed $100m at the Us box office on the same weekend), Patch Adams and Flubber. He'd nab an Oscar in the midst of that run for Good Will Hunting, too. This was Robin Williams »
Summit Entertainment hasn't had the easiest of roads when it comes to development on its Highlander reboot; we've already seen both director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) and leading man Ryan Reynolds (Turbo) depart the project, but it seems the studio hasn't given up hopes of bringing Connor MacLeod back to the screen with Deadline reporting that Cedric Nicolas-Troyan has signed on to make his feature directorial debut. An Academy Award-nominated VFX supervisor for Snow White and the Huntsman, Nicolas Troyan's other VFX credits include One Hour Photo, The Ring, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, while he's also served as second unit director on Disney's upcoming Maleficent.
"I have been working on my pitch for this since the summer, and when I got there I met the original producer and I just started geeking out and he loved it, »
- Gary Collinson
In 2008, Summit Entertainment purchased the film rights to Highlander, with plans of rebooting the franchise. Soon they hired Iron Man screenwriters Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. The following year they selected Fast & Furious director Justin Lin, but dropped out due to other projects. Lin, was replaced by 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, but he too would leave the project, citing creative differences. Along that journey, Ryan Reynolds named was attached to star, but he too exited the Highlander reboot. That brings us up to speed. Today, Deadline is reporting that Cedric Nicolas-Troyan has landed the directing gig. The Highlander reboot will be his directorial debut. He is known for his visual effects work on The Ring, One Hour Photo, and Snow White and the Huntsman, where he also served as a second unit director. “I have been working on my pitch for this since the summer, and when »
News Simon Brew 29 Oct 2013 - 06:25
Summit Entertainment finds a new director to steer its big screen reboot of Highlander...
It would be fair to say that the planned big screen reboot of Highlander has not been without a problem or two. The most recent director for the film, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) departed the project, whilst over the summer, Ryan Reynolds - who was set to star - also bowed out. It was seemingly back to square one.
Undeterred, Summit Entertainment has apparently landed a new director for the project, and Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is the man who's landed the job. It'll be his directorial debut, with his background thus far being in visual effects, on the likes of Snow White And The Huntsman, The Weather Man, The Ring and One Hour Photo.
We're still none the wiser regarding the identity of the new Connor MacLeod, but as we hear more, »
Odd List Greg Foster 18 Oct 2013 - 06:16
We look at 20 former A-list actors, and the interesting film choices they've made...
There comes a time in every A-list actor's life when they gather their thoughts and take a step back into smaller budget or more leftfield fare - and for a variety of reasons. They may want to work with a certain director or an emerging directing talent. They might be taken by a fantastic script. They might fancy a new artistic direction. They may even have a spiritual epiphany and decide to eschew Hollywood and all its decadent trappings, or they may simply just not have a choice, since the big roles have long since dried up for them.
The reason for this list then, is to look at some of those shining lights, the household names, and at the films they took up as proof of their artistic integrity. »
Long before he gave breath to Community’s obliviously needy Dean Pelton or needled Angelina Jolie’s leg while accepting an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Descendants, Jim Rash was just another unknown actor trying to catch a break. Vulture was thrilled to learn, while prepping for a lunch interview with Rash to promote his duties as the host of the Sundance Channel talk show The Writers’ Room (which wraps up its first season this Monday at 10 p.m.), that the blink-and-you’ll-miss-him role as a man picking up snapshots from Robin Williams’s stalker-y clerk in the 2002 movie One Hour Photo is officially named Amateur Porn Guy. Rash was gracious enough to discuss that acting résumé gem with Vulture, and he also regaled us with stories about experiences shooting two other small parts in 2002 movies, both of which found him stricken with flop sweat.One Hour Photo »
- John Sellers
Villains are an essential part of genre cinema. Though scores of filmmakers have attempted to create truly great villains throughout the history of film, only a few have succeeded in achieving this difficult goal.
This article will take a look at the great film villains of the 2000’s.
The criteria for this article is the same as my previous articles Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1970’s, Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1980’s and Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1990’s: the villains must be from live-action films only, and must pose some type of direct or indirect lethal threat. The villains can be either individuals or small groups that act as one unit. The villains must be human or human in appearance. Also, individuals who are the central protagonists/antiheroes of their respective films were excluded.
- Terek Puckett
Never one to go the traditional route, Jay-z has taken a rather fascinating approach to the video for his latest single, “Picasso Baby.” The hip-hop artist collaborated with director Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go, One Hour Photo) to put together a piece of performance art for the track, and the result is a 10-minute short film called Picasso Baby that debuted on HBO Friday night. Jay-z and Romanek set the piece up at Pace Gallery in New York City with the intention of seeing what would happen if Jay-z performed specifically to a single person instead of an arena full of fans. The result is a highly entertaining piece of work with appearances by Judd Apatow, Michael K. Williams, Taraji P. Henson, Alan Cumming, Adam Driver, Jim Jarmusch, Jemima Kirke, and many more. Of course, Romanek has plenty of experience crafting memorable music videos, as he’s the man »
- Adam Chitwood
If the art world and the hip-hop world have one thing in common, it's a hearty appetite for controversy. (And before members of both camps start flaming me, yes, I realize they have more than just that in common.) So it was probably inevitable that Jay Z's decision to stage a "performance piece" at the Pace Gallery over the course of six hours would stir passions. To some in the art world, ever suspicious of celebrity incursions, it was a debasement of the form. To some in the hip-hop world, ever suspicious of crossover betrayals, it was a flagrant display of elitism.
But what was Jay Z himself trying to achieve? According to Mark Romanek, who conceptualized the event and directed the resulting half-hour documentary (set to air on HBO this Friday at 11 pm), the inspiration was simple. Romanek had seen the 2012 film "Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present, »
- Mike Hogan
Tomorrow night, at 11 pm, Jay Z (the hyphen is gone!) will premiere his brand-new video for "Picasso Baby" on HBO, a highlight from his recently released Magna Carta Holy Grail album. It's an art installation-style 10-minute short film, in part based on Marina Abramovic's "The Artist in Present," an installation (and later, feature-length documentary) at New Year's Museum of Modern Art, in which the famous artist sat at a table for hours on end while everyday people would sit across from her and stare. For the Jay Z project, the rapper rented out a downtown Manhattan art gallery and invited people to perform the song too. So it was kind of like the Abramovic thing, except much more of a party. We got a chance to talk to Mark Romanek, the director of "One Hour Photo" and some of the most memorable music videos of the past two decades, »
- Drew Taylor
Bates Motel has added three new actors for its upcoming sophomore season. Rebecca Creskoff (Hung) will play Christine, a society woman who befriends Norma and introduces her into White Pine Bay society. She is described as "charming and witty," and the "first female friend" Norma Bates has ever had. Michael Vartan (Alias, One Hour Photo) will play Christine's older brother, George, recently divorced and now with a crush on Norma (we all know how well that worked out last time). Kenny Johnson (Blade, Sons of Anarchy, and to be seen on upcoming episodes of Dexter) will play Caleb, the brother who raped Norma all through their childhood.
The Poltergeist remake has landed its Diana Freeling. The role, originally filled by Jobeth Williams, will now be played by Rosemarie DeWitt (United States of Tara). The remake will be directed by Gil Kenan, based on a script by David Lindsay-Abaire. The hunt »
- Alyse Wax
In the beginning (sort of), there was The Da Vinci Code, a delightful summer beach novel which most people read too much into. Due to its popularity, it was turned into a box office hit in 2006 by director Ron Howard. The Da Vinci Code wasn’t the first book to feature the adventures of Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, who was played in the film by Tom Hanks, and it also wasn’t the last. So on the heels of the latest Langdon book, Inferno, burning up the best-sellers list, Sony is looking at putting this latest romp through European art history into active development for a 2015 release.
Deadline broke the news today that both Howard and Hanks have signed a deal to come back for a third Langdon movie after 2009′s Angels & Demons. Additionally, blockbuster script doctor David Koepp (Jurassic Park, War of the Words) has been assigned the task »
- Adam Donaldson
Sy is a photo technician at a SavMart development center who has a fierce, almost reverent passion for what cameras can do. They can provide a window into someone else’s life. They can preserve everything we hold dear in two dimensions. They can capture a person. Played in One Hour Photo as a quiet force of nature by Robin Williams, Sy worships photography almost as fervently as he does the blissful life of the textbook suburban family that he plans on getting closer to. With a filmmaker as visually florid as Mark Romanek, you’d expect a more bombastic debut, but the acclaimed director approached his first feature with a simple, colorful elegance that suited its precise protagonist. Sy the photo guy would approve. A little over a decade later, the film is now available on Blu-ray — giving us a new opportunity to hold it up to the light box and try to find some sympathy »
- Jack Giroux
Father's Day is just around the corner (Sunday, June 16 for all you forgetful children out there) and time to buy dad the perfect gift is slowly running out. So why not try to win him an awesome gift instead!
Moviefone has the perfect gift for classic movie-loving papas -- a prize pack filled with the most macho movies around. The prize features "The Henry Fonda Collection" on DVD, which includes "Jessie James," "The Boston Strangler," "The Grapes of Wrath," "The Longest Day," and many more.
All you have to do to enter to win is leave a comment below naming your favorite movie dad. Do it by 12pm Est on Friday, June 14, and you're entered. One lucky winner will be chosen at random. »
- Dana Taddeo
When a comedic actor ventures into drama the results tend towards the unpredictable; for Robin Williams it's been a bumpy road, but an undeniably interesting one with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's Good Will Hunting, the dramedy Patch Adams, the quasi-spiritual What Dreams May Come, and Bobcat Goldthwait's sentimentally cynical World's Greatest Dad (among quite a few others). He's played roles that run the gamut, but if you had to pin down the creepiest character he's ever undertaken, it's hard to argue with his portrayal of the emotionally scarred Seymour Parrish in the otherwise forgettable One Hour Photo. A few tremendous leaps of logic (sometimes called plotholes) and a sloppy attempt at explaining away Parrish's damaged mind, ultimately sabotage Romanek's offbeat thriller, but not before it manages to creep out the audience with how convincingly Williams plays the kindly stranger you wouldn't think about but who just might be stalking your family. »
- Lex Walker
Here’s a look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases. What will you be picking up? Jack Reacher (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) - $19.99 (50% off) Upstream Color (Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack) - $19.99 (33% off) Mama (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) - $21.96 (37% off) One Hour Photo [Blu-ray] - $14.96 (25% off) The Great Escape [Blu-ray] - $9.99 (50% off) Fringe: The Complete Fifth Season [Blu-ray] - $27.99 (44% off) An Officer and a Gentleman [Blu-ray] - $13.86 (31% off) Safe Haven (Blu-ray + DVD Combo) - $22.96 (43% off) The Oranges [Blu-ray] - $14.99 (50% off) Superman: Unbound [Blu-ray] - $13.99 (44% off) Click here for hundreds of other Blu-ray deals. Note: Collider earns a small referral fee when our readers purchase something on Amazon through one of our links. The money generated helps pay our staff and keep the site running. Thank you for reading and supporting Collider. »
- Adam Chitwood
Mark Romanek is an incredibly talented filmmaker from whom we have seen far too little. The director first gained notice for his work in the world of music videos, helming Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer”, Michael and Janet Jackson’s “Scream”, and most notably Johnny Cash’s hauntingly beautiful “Hurt.” Then in 2002, Romanek directed his second feature, the psychological thriller One Hour Photo starring Robin Williams. The film was met with both critical and commercial success, and is now getting its long-deserved HD treatment with a Blu-ray transfer that was supervised by Romanek himself. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Romanek on the phone in anticipation of the Blu-ray release for One Hour Photo (available now), and during the course of our conversation, the Never Let Me Go filmmaker talked about what it was like to revisit one of his films so extensively a decade after its release, the Blu-ray’s extras, »
- Adam Chitwood
Even before Mark Romanek yelled "Action!" on "One Hour Photo," his debut feature film, he was already a trailblazer behind the camera. The filmmaker had made a name for himself as a music video director, helming iconic spots for Lenny Kravitz ("Are You Gonna Go My Way"), Nine Inch Nails ("Closer"), Madonna ("Bedtime Stories"), Michael Jackson ("Scream"), Fiona Apple ("Criminal"), Johnny Cash ("Hurt") and much, much more. His videos were bold and found Romanek able to easily switch genres musically and stylistically without batting an eye, delivering evocative spots that both defined the director and the artists he worked with. But when it came to his feature film, he largely kept the flashy stylization at bay. "One Hour Photo," starring Robin Williams playing a photo developer at a mega chain who develops an obsession with his favorite customers, is an exercise in control, with the thrills and dread coming as »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Director Mark Romanek's 2002 thriller One Hour Photo makes its Blu-ray debut May 7th from Fox Home Entertainment. Robin Williams stars as Sy Parrish, a photo shop employee who develops a dangerous obsession with a typical suburban family. To celebrate this high-definition release, we have a contest lined up where fans can win a copy of this Blu-ray. Act fast, because these prizes will be gone before you can get your family photos developed! Read on for details on how you can enter to win.
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Robin Williams delivers his "finest hour" (USA Today) in "one of the most absorbing, effective »
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This Tuesday is packed! Warner Brothers has issued some re-releases in steelbook form today as well as some other quality releases today from Severin Films, Impulse Films, Vinegar Syndrome and more.
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