8 items from 2013
Jon Amiel ("The Core," "The Borgias") is set to direct the pilot for Lifetime's "Deliverance Creek," a series created by author Nicholas Sparks. The story is set at the end of the Civil War in a town run by a corrupt bank. Belle Barlowe is a woman who is forced to become an outlaw as she attempts to defend her family’s land by any means necessary. [Source: The Live Feed]
Charlie Bean (Disney Xd's "Tron: Uprising") has been hired to direct the film adaptation of the popular Lego toy line "Ninjago" for Warner Bros. Pictures. Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman are penning the script which sees ninjas, samurais, and senseis fight side-by-side against dragons, snake men, and an evil warlord banished to an underworld. [Source: Heat Vision]
Osgood "Oz" Perkins is set to direct the thriller "February" from his own script at Revolver Picture Company and Unbroken Pictures. Set at an all-girls boarding school, »
- Garth Franklin
When Cartoon Network decided not to pick up Young Justice for a third season, a small part of me died. The animated-action series ended with the loss of teammates, new enemies and a bold look towards the future.
Given time to breath, Young Justice was primed to be one of the best action cartoons of all time. It may have even rivaled Justice League Unlimited. If you’ve ever watched, Justice League Unlimited (and shame on you if you haven’t), then you know what I’m talking about. The second season of Young Justice was a clinic on great story telling, superb voice acting and smart direction. The twists with The Light, The Reach and internal squabbles amongst the Team made it a truly epic drama.
- Bags Hooper
The Golden Gate Bridge celebrated its opening on May 27, 1937, and it seems like Hollywood has been doing its damndest to close the thing down ever since. The nearly two-mile-long wonder that connects California's San Francisco to Marin County has been the target of many ruthless attacks throughout movie history, from the earthquakes that might one day actually destroy the bridge to your garden variety monsters.
There's plenty of the latter on display in Guillermo del Toro monster mash "Pacific Rim," which eschews the typical landmark stomping of Kaiju movies … with the notable exception of pointy-headed beast laying waste to the Golden Gate in the film's opening prologue. Guess the temptation was too hard to resist, eh, Guillermo?
1. 'It Came From Beneath the Sea' (1955)
The late stop-motion animation genius Ray Harryhausen created the Kraken-like giant octopus for this '50s creature feature, although budget constraints forced him to remove »
- Max Evry
Despite its own D23 fanfest, scheduled for August, Disney will still make the trek to San Diego Comic-Con, where it will present Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”
Marvel Studios will once again host its panel in the San Diego Convention Center’s Hall H, which seats 6,000 gueests, on Saturday, as it has over the last several years.
Also on board for a panel July 19 are members of the art department of Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” who will discuss the process of working together on one film in Hollywood while the movie was being shot in London. »
- Marc Graser
Organizers of San Diego’s annual Comic-Con Intl. have focused on programming panels that help educate attendees on how to produce comicbooks, toys, videogames, animation or other forms of entertainment, but Hollywood has long overshadowed the event turning it into a star-studded promotional vehicle for its films and TV shows.
While upcoming tentpoles like “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “Godzilla” and Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” are expected to have a big presence at the show, the filmmaking community has also stepped up to help put a spotlight on Comic-Con’s educational aspects.
Notable members of the Art Directors Guild and Casting Society of America will pull back the curtain on how Hollywood makes movies, hosting separate panels, some for the first time, at Comic-Con. Event takes place July 18-21 in and around the San Diego Convention Center.
See Also: Comic-Con: Harrison Ford Returns »
- Marc Graser
Interview Duncan Bowles 19 Apr 2013 - 06:00
Note that the following interview contains mild spoilers for Olympus Has Fallen.
When the dust finally settled after the endless casting speculation for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, there was one name above all others that really fired up my anticipation for the movie: Aaron Eckhart. It’s now been well over a decade since I first discovered his work, and ever since the glorious slice of B-movie joy that is The Core, I’ve remained a steadfast fan, with the diversity in his work always drawing me towards films I would never normally consider. Yet to my mind he still remains very much underappreciated, regardless of his talent and some truly memorable performances amongst some great movies.
Greetings from the apocalypse! The spring equinox is upon us, and even though we know what it looks like from space what's more important is how it looks from Miami, Florida … bikinis and big booties, yo! This weekend there's lots in store for all my party peeps, unless you're on the east coast, in which case it might snow again. Spring Break, Y'all!
Friday, March 22
Pow! In Theaters
There's a cinematic grudge match happening this year between Roland Emmerich's big budget "White House Down" and this week's solid B-movie rip-off "Olympus Has Fallen," which is somehow hitting screens first. Despite a bravura attack sequence that will leave you genuinely shaken (and possibly xenophobic towards North Koreans), "Olympus" eventually descends into another carbon »
- Max Evry
Hilary Swank is pleased that cable TV continues to give her movies such strong afterlives.
This month alone, the Cinemax channels are running both of the dramas that earned her Academy Awards for best actress -- "Boys Don't Cry" and "Million Dollar Baby" -- and also are featuring her as part of the huge ensemble cast of the comedy "New Year's Eve."
And that's hardly all: Swank also is evident in March showings of "Freedom Writers" (which she also executive-produced) on MTV, "The Core" on IFC, "The Next Karate Kid" on Encore Family, and her pre-Oscars TV movie "Terror in the Family" on The Movie Channel Extra.
"I appreciate all the opportunities I've had," Swank tells Zap2it, "from my early television work until now. Some of that television work might not be the most astute material, but they were great chances for me to grow and to learn as an actor. »
8 items from 2013
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