5 items from 2014
The movie world has a long and awkward association with Edgar Rice Burroughs’ half-naked hero Tarzan. Still best remembered for his Johnny Weissmuller incarnation from the 1930s and 40s, we’ve not seen a memorable live action interpretation since, though producers have certainly given it a stab with releases such as Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan (1984) and Tarzan In Manhattan (1989). Disney brought us two animated versions (one of which was scored by Phil Collins for some reason) and now Warner Bros hopes to breathe life into the old loin cloth yet. Guardians Of The Galaxy star Djimon Hounsou has been announced in the role of “Chief Mbonga” for what the studio are banking on being an action-adventure smash.
- Steve Palace
The legend of Tarzan - the young boy raised by gorillas in the African jungle - gets a CGI-heavy retread thanks to the German director who brought us Animal Kingdom. When the parents of young Jj - New York entrepreneur John Greystoke and his wife - are killed in a helicopter crash, he's founded abandoned in the wreckage by a female ape - Kala - who raises him as her own. The colourful, motion-captured animation will please younger children. »
With I, Frankenstein in theatres, The Creature is sure to be on a lot of people's minds; and if you're in the UK, you'll soon get a chance to check out Michael Sarrazin in the role when 1970's TV movie Frankenstein: The True Story finally arrives to your shores.
One of the most acclaimed versions of Mary Shelley’s classic tale, Frankenstein: The True Story, featuring a stellar all-star cast including James Mason and Leonard Whiting, makes its UK DVD debut on 10 March 2014 thanks to Second Sight Films.
Originally airing on NBC in 1973, this much lauded film also stars David McCallum ("The Man From U.N.C.L.E."), Jane Seymour ("Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman"), Tom Baker ("Doctor Who"), Ralph Richardson (Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes), John Gielgud (Ghandi), Peter Sallis (Last of the Summer Wine), and Michael Sarrazin (They Shoot Horses, Don't They?; Feardotcom) as The Creature.
In 19th century England, »
- Debi Moore
The Friends of the USC Libraries have selected Academy Award-winning screenwriter Robert Towne as the 2014 USC Libraries literary achievement award honoree. The literary achievement award recognizes writers who have made significant contributions to the art of adaptation throughout their careers.
“I am gratified to receive the USC Libraries Literary Achievement Award, knowing that it is an award I share with all those whose work I have drawn upon in the adaptation process and, indeed, all those whose work has edified and inspired me,” Towne said in a statement.
Towne won an Oscar for his Depression-era screenplay “Chinatown,” and has been nominated three other times, for “The Last Detail” (1973), “Shampoo” (1975) and “Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan” (1984).
He has recently joined the writing team for the final season of AMC’s “Mad Men,” currently in production by Lionsgate Television.
Towne will receive the award at the ceremony on Feb. 8 at the 26th annual Scripter Award ceremony. »
- Francesca Bacardi
Best Supporting Actor Oscar Predictions 2014 (photo: Jared Leto in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’) As explained in our previous Oscar 2014 predictions post, this year’s Academy Award nominations in the Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories initially looked impossible to predict. For Best Supporting Actor, Jared Leto was the front-runner for his performance as a transsexual with AIDS in Dallas Buyers Club, and Michael Fassbender was another strong possibility for his evil planter in 12 Years a Slave — but who else? (See also: "Oscar Predictions 2014 Best Actress: Meryl Streep Possibly to Break Another Record," "Oscar Predictions 2014 Best Actor: Robert Redford Possible Near-Record," "Best Supporting Actress 2014 Oscar Predictions: Jennifer Lawrence and/or Scarlett Johansson to Make Oscar History?" and "Oscar Predictions 2014: Best Picture, Best Director.") A couple of weeks ago, the SAG Award nominations helped to clarify things some, but, just as in the Best Supporting Actress category, there remains quite »
- Steve Montgomery
5 items from 2014
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