20 items from 2010
Two more actors have joined the cast of J.J. Abrams’ time-warped Alcatraz pilot, according to a a spokesperson for Fox. Jonathan Coyne (Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life) will play the infamous prison’s warden and Jason Butler Harner, who appeared in the Fringe pilot, will portray his cruel lieutenant. They join a cast that already includes Lost alum Jorge Garcia and Sarah Jones (Sons of Anarchy).
J.J. Abrams to pitch new drama about Alcatraz Island »
- Jeff Labrecque
Gerard Butler is in talks to star in the bigscreen adaptation of the comic book series Afterburn. Frequently described as “Indiana Jones meets Mad Max,” the Red 5 title is set in the near future, after a massive solar flare strikes Earth, destroying the Eastern Hemisphere. Europe, Africa, Asia, India and Russia have become wastelands, and what life remains (like sharks!) is mutated. Butler would play Jake, who leads a team of “recovery experts” who venture into the danger zone to secure treasures like the Mona Lisa, the Rosetta Stone, and the Crown Jewels for wealthy Western clients. They have their competition, »
- Mandi Bierly
Adjusted for inflation, Secretariat would need to hit $24m to match Seabiscuit's 2003 take. But Secretariat has 1000 more theaters and still isn't projected to get near that number. What gives? Let's break it down! #1 movie predicted correctly: 1 Week In A Row Secretariat Our closest comparison is the aforementioned Seabiscuit, but it's not apt for a couple of reasons. First off, Seabiscuit was a summer release, and it lost to both Spy Kids 3D: Game Over and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life on the new release front. Secondly, Seabiscuit had a bestselling book as a beachhead before it hit theaters.
My take is that the buzz isn't there for Secretariat, and I'm not sure why. It's a quality film, but the tracking suggests a number in the low teens, so as low as this call is, it's still a bullish prediction. The only way it does better than this »
- Laremy Legel
We all love video games. It only makes sense to take some of our favorite digital characters and/or stories, and put them on the big screen. With the release of Resident Evil: Afterlife in 3D, we here at Wamg are celebrating with our favorite movies based off of video games. They might not all be Oscar Winners, but they have certainly entertained us at one time or another… plus, who doesn’t like ass-kickin chicks! (Relax… This is a girl writing this! I can say chick!)
We are going to start this off a little differently. There are a ton of really bad video game based movies, so instead of an Honorable Mention, we are going to dive into our list with a…
Dishonorable Mention: Max Payne
Oh… Mark Wahlberg, as much as I like you, this movie was a big bust! This film had the potential to be awesome, »
- Movie Geeks
The independently produced project will start filming this fall outside of Shanghai and, according to THR, combine romance, drama and action into a script by John Blickstead.
The character, first described in a 6th century Chinese poem, was popularized in Disney’s 1998 animated film. De Bont’s film will have no connection to the hand-drawn classic or its direct-to-video sequel.
De Bont has not directed a movie since 2003’s Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life and the equally reviled 1999 movie The Haunting. Ziyi is one of China’s most popular actresses and is best known for her starring roles in House of Flying Daggers and Memoirs of a Geisha.
The re-imagining joins several other live-action fairy tale remakes, including »
- Jeff Leins
Director Jan de Bont (Speed) has been tapped to helm Mulan starring Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) as the title character. The story is based on 6th century poem and centers on legendary female Chinese warrior Hua Mulan who joined the all-male army. The tale of Mulan was most-famously adapted in 1998 with the animated Disney film of the same name. While THR lists a variety of supporting roles that are currently being cast, there’s no mention of a wise-cracking dragon sidekick.
The English-language production is set to begin filming in Shanghai this fall. It is de Bont’s first film since 2003’s abysmal Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. Ziyi’s last English-language film was 2009’s Horsemen. »
- Matt Goldberg
Variety reports that Jan de Bont ( Speed , Twister , Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life ) will direct Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi in an independently-produced, English-language co-production of the classic tale of Hua Mulan, the legendary young heroine soldier who joins an all-male army. Mulan is set to start shooting this fall at the gargantuan lots of the Hengdian World Studios, a three-hour drive from Shanghai in Zhejiang province. Mulan is expected to wrap in January. The script was written by John Blickstead. The story was popularized in the 1998 Walt Disney animated film of the same name. Zhang's credits include Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon , 2046 , Hero and Memoirs of a Geisha . Mulan will be co-produced by Movie Plus Productions of Canada, »
Photo: Screen Gems On September 10, Screen Gems will bring Resident Evil: Afterlife to theaters. It's the fourth film in the franchise and the first Resident Evil film since Resident Evil: Extinction three years ago. The 2002 original earned $102 million worldwide on a $35 million budget. The two barely passable sequels were both made for approximately $45 million and brought in another $277 million in worldwide ticket sales. Not bad and it shows the franchise is continuing to grow, at least internationally.
I often hear people refer to the original Resident Evil as the only "good" video game-to-movie adaptation. I'm also one of those people. The first film was fun and, for the most part, made sense. Despite never having played the game, it never felt as if director Paul W.S. Anderson was forcing the style or narrative of the film to mimic the »
- Brad Brevet
Sherlock comes to an end, and Mad Men gets going again from the start. Plus lots of movies in this week's UK TV round-up...
This is a short, but especially sweet round-up of shows, with the highlight of the week being the third and final episode of Sherlock airing Sunday, August 8th at 9:00pm on BBC1, in a story that, even in name, holds a lot of promise: The Great Game.
In our interview with Mark Gatiss, co-creator and author of the final episode, he says, "There's a lot to be said for the fact that, when nothing's on, you get a lot of attention!" But, although the timing happens to be true, there's so much more going for Sherlock than that and it's been fun, surprising, and a real adventure on a Sunday night.
In fact, the show's been so good that it's replaced that vague and creeping »
It wasn't the reception she received seven years ago when she made her debut at Comic-Con to promote "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life," but Angelina Jolie brought some major star power to San Diego in a last ditch pitch for her new thriller "Salt." Debuting tomorrow, the Philip Noyce-directed thriller finds Jolie playing a CIA agent who is accused of being a Russian mole planted in the U.S. by a group of Soviet extremists. Jolie has jumped into action before, most recently in "Wanted," but claims she found "Salt" more grounded in reality. "I had done a bunch »
- Gregory Ellwood
The National Organization for Women should send Angelina Jolie a nice cheese basket (or vice versa).
The world's most famous actress-humanitarian might not have single-handedly erased gender inequality in the movie industry, but she sure has struck a major blow for actresses. How else to explain her $20 million payout for Sony's next big summer release, "Salt," an action project that originally was written to star a man -- no less than Tom Cruise?
"It's definitely unusual that a female has become an action star," "Salt" producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura says. "But it's a funny thing. She's not a female action star; she's an action star. She's really the first female to transcend gender. I don't think it's occurred before."
To di Bonaventura's point, a star must be in some rarefied atmosphere when a one-hander lead role in a huge studio action tentpole is rewritten from male to female. It's akin »
- By Jay A. Fernandez
Reports have claimed curvy reality star Kim Kardashian is wanted by film bosses to play the role of Lara Croft. The 29-year-old model, best known for starring in E! reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians, was said to be considered by bosses to play the role of the action hero in a new Tomb Raider flick.Website Global Grind reported that the upcoming film is being shot in 3D and Kardashian is the frontrunner. A source said: "Kim is wanted to play a far more comic-strip version of Lara, which would be shot in 3D and aimed at a teen audience." The role of the video game action beauty was first portrayed on screen by Angelina Jolie in the 2001 flick Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and also in the movie sequel Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.See more photos of Kim.Kim has now tossed cold water on the idea, »
Reality star Kim Kardashian is reportedly wanted by film bosses to play the role of Lara Croft. The 29-year-old model, best known for starring in E! reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians, is being considered by bosses to play the role of the action hero in a new Tomb Raider flick.Website Global Grind is reporting that the upcoming film is being shot in 3D and Kardashian is the frontrunner. A source said: "Kim is wanted to play a far more comic-strip version of Lara, which would be shot in 3D and aimed at a teen audience." The role of the videogame action beauty was first portrayed on screen by Angelina Jolie in the 2001 flick Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and also in the movie sequel Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.(Image: Splash News) »
Chicago – Historically, video game adaptations are recipes for disaster when translated into film. While “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” with Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton has a blockbuster opportunity to buck the decades-old trend, we’re just subjected to more of the same soul-deadening time drain.
“Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” will go down in history akin to other video-game-to-film failures including “Resident Evil: Extinction,” “Max Payne,” “Postal,” “BloodRayne,” “Doom,” “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life,” “House of the Dead,” “Mortal Kombat,” “Street Fighter” and “Double Dragon”. The film only succeeds in its mindless entertainment and can be considered excellent background noise while you’re making out with someone at home.
The special effects are cheesy, the costuming feels forced, you can practically see the actual sets in various scenes and ultimately the film’s 116 minutes are about 110 minutes too long. Sure, the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Frank Skinner's Opinionated, 30 Rock, Charlie Brooker and the UK bow for The Prisoner lead this week's TV highlights. Plus lots of movies too...
Frequenters of the site will be aware that we're friends of the comedians and often voice our appreciation of anything that can give us a giggle. News and current events usually don't. So, we welcome the arrival of Frank Skinner's Opinionated tonight, Friday, April 16th at 10:00pm on BBC2, a show that brings guest comedians to studio audiences around the country to talk about topical stuff. We're of the mind that if you can't laugh, you'd often cry at today's goings on, so any help in that area is promptly ticked on our telly timetables.
On Saturday, April 17th, a show that is perhaps unwise to be shown in pubs will air at 9:30pm on ITV. We say that as it's the reimagining of The Prisoner, »
We're all sat, antsy, pouring over stills and looping seconds' worth of trailers and preview snippets heralding the new Doctor into our lives.
The build up of anticipation continues and whether the offering up of alternate, past Who Doctors makes the ever-shortening wait for the new any less stinging, or eases the itch a bit, is a personal matter. But, we'll take all the Who we can get, thank you.
The Doctor-ful weekend starts today, and we think it must be the most Who-filled Easter we've seen. We'll get right to the schedules of all things Time Lordish, and the other great programmes guaranteed to make you smile, laugh - or get that puzzled expression that looks so good on you - over the next few days. »
Megan Fox is sick of all the Angelina Jolie comparisons. What a terrible problem to have. Fox feels that the media has to "package you and sell you somehow and sell their magazines, so everybody has to be 'the new' or 'the next' someone or something."
Megan has been offered the title role in the next "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" movie. "The offer has been on the table for a while but she's reluctantly turned it down. She's the logical choice to play Lara and she loves the character but the comparison with Angelina is too much," a source tells Showbiz Spy.
Jolie played Lara Croft in two movies, 2001's "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" and "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life" in 2003. Fox feels that she's been compared to Jolie because, "I am a brunette with tattoos, I curse, and I have made mention of sex before."Follow »
As noted here last month when he joined Movieline for a round of My Favorite Scene, Irish actor Ciarán Hinds is known to work frequently. Ok, a lot. And this week, the face you know from scores of high-powered indies (including There Will Be Blood and Margot at the Wedding), studio blockbusters (Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Race to Witch Mountain) and a TV watershed here or there (Rome) stars in his first leading role in The Eclipse. Writer-director Conor McPherson's genre-bending tale present Hinds as Michael Farr, a widower dealing with grief, single fatherhood, a clinically depressed father-in-law, a hyper-jealous prick (Aidan Quinn) going after a mutual love interest (Iben Hjejle), and ghosts. Or so Michael thinks -- and so the viewer thinks, thanks to McPherson's exquisite cocktail of atmospherics and jolts and Hinds's vulnerability to phantasmagoria of what may (or may not) be his own making. »
Noted Hollywood script writer Steven de Souza will conduct a Master class in Script-writing on the 16th of March at Ficci Frames 2010. The Global Convention on the Business of Entertainment, Ficci Frames 2010 will be held at Hotel Renaissance, Powai from March 16-18.
Steven de Souza will also be a panelist in ‘The Screenplay: Indian Cinema's Missing Link’, a discussion on the screenplay industry in India and the impact of quality story-telling in films will take place on the 17th of March. This discussion will be moderated by Ben Rekhi, Writer, Director and Producer and the panel will comprise of Javed Akhtar, Noted lyricist, Poet & Scriptwriter, Kamlesh Pandey, Screenwriter, Siddharth Roy Kapur, CEO, Utv Motion pictures and Vijay Krishna Acharya, Screenwriter besides de Souza. This panel discussion will be followed by a Question and Answer session.
Release Date: May 28
Director: Mike Newell
Studio Description: A rogue prince (Gyllenhaal) reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious princess (Arterton) and together they race against dark forces to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time-a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world.
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Analysis: Since Super Mario Bros. tanked at the box office in 1993, video game adaptations have consistently struggled to match the popularity of their original form. In fact, the only one to top $100 million was Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, which grossed $131.2 million in 2001. Video game movies are considered such a poor financial investment that a Peter Jackson-produced version of one of the top-selling series of all-time, Halo, was »
- Raymond Subers
20 items from 2010
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