9 items from 2017
David Ellison first created Skydance Productions for his own 2005 directorial debut When All Else Fails, but Skydance Media really started making waves in 2010 when it teamed up with Paramount Pictures for the Coen Brothers Western True Grit.
It went on to become the highest grossing Western ever and cemented the relationship between Skydance Media with Paramount who teamed-up for World War Z, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and other franchises like Star Trek and 2014’s Terminator: Genisys. (Obviously, some of those movies did better than others.)
For his new science fiction movie Life, based on an idea that Ellison came up with, he’s teamed with Sony Pictures, bringing together a cast that includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson as part of the crew of the International Space Station who must examine a sample of life that’s been brought back from Mars.
Lrm got on the phone with »
- Edward Douglas
Radar has acquired movie rights to Ross’ upcoming memoir “Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages.” The book is co-written by sportswriter Don Yaeger and will be published May 9 by Hachette Books.
The book centers on the final game of the series against the Cleveland Indians, during which the 40-year-old Ross became the oldest player to homer in a Game 7 of the World Series.
The Cubs won the game 8-7 in 10 innings. Ross had announced that he would retire at the end of the season following a 15-year career in Major League Baseball.
Radar has titled the movie project “Teammate: My Life in Baseball. »
- Dave McNary
Laemmle’s Royal Theatre in Los Angeles will be presenting a 50th anniversary screening of Richard Brook’s 1967 film In Cold Blood, based upon the novel of the same name by Truman Capote. The 134-minute film, which stars John Forsythe, Robert Blake and Scott Wilson, will be screened on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm.
Please Note: At press time, Actor Scott Wilson is scheduled to appear in person for a discussion about the film following the screening.
From the press release:
Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: laemmle.com/ac.
In Cold Blood (1967)
50th Anniversary Screening
Wednesday, March 22, at 7 Pm at the Royal Theatre
Followed by a Q & A with Actor Scott Wilson
In Cold Blood, the film version of Truman Capote’s immensely popular true crime novel, was nominated for four top Oscars in 1967. Richard Brooks received two nominations, for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
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One of the very few Japanese actors to make a successful transition to Hollywood, Hiroyuki Sanada has been in the movie business for more than half a century. Sanada, 56, came to the attention of international audiences for his role as a warrior and devoted family man in Yoji Yamada’s Oscar-nominated The Twilight Samurai (2002), before appearing alongside Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe in The Last Samurai the following year.
Despite his early martial arts training and graduating from Sonny Chiba’s Japan Action Club, his range is far wider than portrayals of Japan’s legendary swordsmen. He has appeared in films as »
- Gavin J. Blair
There is an alternate timeline wherein the image of a large wall keeping monsters at bay might not be soured by notions of contemporary xenophobia; where Matt Damon didn’t white-mansplain diversity to a successful black female producer before appearing as the bankable white face in an otherwise predominantly Chinese-cast blockbuster. In that time and place, maybe Zhang Yimou’s The Great Wall feels like a better film. Although even here and now it succeeds a bit more than it should. The Hollywood-infused epic fantasy plays like Warcraft meets The Last Samurai by way of Zack Snyder — but shockingly better than all that sounds.
A large portion of the film’s moderate success is born from its narrative efficiency. Clocking in at 103 minutes, it moves from set piece to set piece with a nimble pace often absent from even the best epic swashbucklers. We’re introduced to Damon’s unkempt »
- The Film Stage
The Great Wall review
There’s no escaping the PC uproar over Matt Damon’s casting in The Great Wall. It’s been the basis for a sea of unending jokes based around whitewashing. Although whitewashing has been a serious issue for years in Hollywood, Damon’s casting is actually progressive. Being a Chinese/USA co-production that employs a lot of Chinese talent; there are fewer Chinese films with non-Chinese leads, than there are Hollywood films with non-white leads. So let’s celebrate rather than moan. It’s certainly not the same as Tom Cruise taking a lead in The Last Samurai or Tilda Swinton’s divisive casting in Doctor Strange. It’s merely a big budget Chinese/USA co-production that wants to get that Western dollar. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
First, there was that inexplicable half-hour climax in “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” which exported the entire cast to Beijing. Now, Matt Damon’s battling mystical forces in medieval China. Hollywood and China’s terminally awkward shotgun wedding continues with “The Great Wall,” a clunky, effects-riddled blockbuster in which a humorless Damon joins forces with major Chinese director Zhang Yimou for a project that suits neither of their talents. There’s little need for good performances or filmmaking when every scene has been calculated to serve the bottom line.
Assailed in the West for presenting a white savior at the center of an Asian cast, the movie’s racial violations aren’t as egregious as some early critics claimed. Instead, the bland story finds Damon and two other white actors surrounded by a largely Asian cast in a Chinese-approved adventure (where it’s already generating strong, though not blockbuster, box office »
- Eric Kohn
What was your familiarity with the character from the first film?
Marshall Herskovitz: You know I had never read the books before we came to this project but I had seen the first Jack Reacher movie and I really liked it. I kind of got the idea of this guy who doesn’t take crap from anybody, who lives on his own you know. Who you know is sort of a one-man retaliatory force for justice, and that there’s a wish fulfillment in that we all feel that somebody would sort of stand up against the bad guys and just do what’s necessary in some way. And it tickled me and I was really happy when we got the call that Tom wanted us to work on this. Both [director] Ed Zwick and I have a »
- Amie Cranswick
We talk to him about his career, life, martial arts, philosophy, and many other topics.
How did you first enter the martial arts? What kind of training did you receive?
I started karate practice when I was a kid, particularly Shurite Ryu karate. When I started, the students went to the dojo twice a week. We practiced Makiwara, Kata, Kumite, we trained from basic to sparring. I got hurt and injured, sometimes, but I liked training. I remember doing a lot of practice before the tournament. I started tae kwon do practice last year. I also love Japanese sword training (iaido).
How did you end up working in movies?
I went to Toho’s contemporary acting studio for 3 years in Japan, »
- Panos Kotzathanasis
9 items from 2017
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