9 items from 2015
Tim Burton is moving from “Big Fish” and “Big Eyes” to big ears, as he has signed on to direct a live-action “Dumbo” movie for Disney, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Burton has always been fond of telling stories about outsiders and characters who are considered different, such as “Edward Scissorhands” and “Ed Wood,” which makes him the perfect choice to direct the film. He has also had success with Disney fairy tales, directing the studio’s billion-dollar grosser “Alice in Wonderland.” Also Read: New ‘Cinderella’ Trailer Proves Love Conquers Snobs (Video) “Dumbo” is expected to be a combination. »
- Jeff Sneider
John Krasinski will reunite with one of his The Office co-stars for Michael Bay's 13 Hours. THR has learned David Denman will play an elite sniper named Boon in the upcoming film, joining Krasinski, James Badge Dale (The Departed), Max Martini (Pacific Rim) and Pablo Schreiber (The Wire). Besides playing Pam Beesly love interest Roy on the comedy series, Denman has also appeared in movies like After Earth, Fanboys and Big Fish, and he had a recurring role on NBC's Parenthood. »
- Jesse Giroux
Based on the incredible true story of one of boxing’s most charismatic and exciting figures, Bleed For This centers around Vinny Pazienza (Teller), who quickly shot to stardom when he dominated undefeated champion Gilbert Dele. A near-fatal automobile accident left him with the news that he would never walk again. After months of recovery and against doctors’ orders, Vinny returned to the gym under infamous trainer, Kevin Rooney (Eckhart), and made a triumphant return to the ring just over a year later.
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- Michelle McCue
The fact that production designer Dennis Gassner and costume designer Colleen Atwood both hail from the American Northwest probably had little to do with the fact that they were both hired for “Into the Woods.” But it turned out to be a very smart idea.
“Whenever you meet someone you’ll be working with, it’s like a date — you have to find a connection somewhere to start the relationship,” says Gassner (who shares his Oscar nomination with set decorator Anna Pinnock). “We both had these roots that were close to nature; this movie took me back to my youth and where I grew up, which was basically in the woods.”
The pair had worked together before, on 2003’s “Big Fish.” On “Woods” they had to trust one another to be of like mind without much direct face-to-face contact. Gassner and his team were literally among trees for a good portion of the prep. »
- Randee Dawn
We're still a few weeks out from the 87th Academy Awards, and the folks at The Academy will certainly be busy leading up to the ceremony. But Academy Originals has taken the time to post a new Creative Spark video, this time featuring screenwriter John August, writer of films such as Big Fish, Charlie's Angels, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Go. He's a hit or miss screenwriter, but online, he's been very open about Hollywood as a business, and what it takes to get a screenplay bought and produced. This time he's explaining where his ideas come from, how he writes scenes and brings them together for a film. Watch! Here's the latest Creative Spark featuring John August from Academy Originals: For more insight into screenwriting, working in Hollywood and more, check out JohnAugust.com. If you want more insight into the screenwriting process, Oscar-winning scribe Dustin Lance Black »
- Ethan Anderton
Academy Originals’s Creative Spark series profiles screenwriter John August‘s creative process. August’s list of credits include Go, Charlie’s Angeles, Big Fish, Frankenweenie and many other films. He’s probably best known for his adaptations and his collaborations with director Tim Burton. We have often featured August on the site because we’re fans of his work (Go is […]
The post Votd: How To Write Movies By Hollywood Screenwriter John August appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
Content Media announced today that it has acquired international sales rights to the boundary crashing sci-fi action/thriller Pandemic, starring Rachel Nichols (Star Trek, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Continuum), Mekhi Phifer (The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Divergent, 8 Mile), Missi Pyle (The Artist, Gone Girl, Big Fish), Alfie Allen (John Wick, Atonement, Game of Thrones), DDanielle Rose Russell (A Walk Among the Tombstones), Paul Guilfoyle (L.A. Confidential, Air Force One, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) and Pat Healy (Rescue Dawn, Magnolia).
Directed by John Suits (The Scribbler), Pandemic is an intense and unique film that features non-stop action from a first person shooter perspective (Fps), putting the audience in the middle of every fight whilst feeling in control of every punch thrown and shot fired. It's a new model of action thriller for the video game generation.
Scott Davis on films to look out for at Sundance 2015…
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when many of Hollywood’s big hitters gather together to be awarded a variety of different prices on the Awards circuit, culminating with the 87th Academy Awards on February 22nd. But on Thursday weekend in west USA (namely Utah) the Sundance Film Festival kicks off again, and many of the world’s best independent films will get their debuts to the public, and the press, over the next few weeks.
Staff Writer Scott Davis takes a look at some of the films making their debuts, and digs deep to find the next gems that could be coming out way in 2015.
When an aging travel writer sets out to hike the 2,100-mile-long Appalachian Trail with a long-estranged high school buddy, the duo learn that some roads are better left untraveled. »
- Scott J. Davis
Tim Burton is perhaps one of the most unique and exciting filmmakers working today. With a vision inspired by classic horror and a dry wit, his films are often fiercely entertaining and endlessly clever. Of course, that’s not to say that there aren’t dark spots on his filmography. Like every filmmaker he’s had his missteps but even when the movies don’t quite work Burton manages to create films that are visually stunning and artistic. With the recent release of Big Eyes and a possible sequel to Beetlejuice in the works, examining Burton’s work and influence is more important than ever.
17. Planet of the Apes (2001): Even when a Burton film has issues there are usually some redeeming factors (see Darks Shadows’ amazing style) but, oh man, one really has to look hard to find something good in this disaster of a movie. Sure, the makeup »
9 items from 2015
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