13 items from 2014
Written by Jack Paglen
Directed by Wally Pfister
United Kingdom, China, and USA, 2014
It’s been more than a decade since Johnny Depp moved from being a bundle of quirky nerves in the body of a heartthrob to a full-fledged movie star, and it may be the worst thing that happened to his career. Depp’s Mvp-like turn as the louche Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was stunning to audiences worldwide; he managed to appear in a big-budget blockbuster based on a theme-park attraction without seemingly selling out, crafting an utterly daffy and instantly iconic character. And in many ways, it has been Depp’s creative undoing. He’s able to choose whatever projects he wants now, as many of his bigger films are prone to grossing a billion dollars at the box office, even the garish Alice in Wonderland. »
- Josh Spiegel
According to Schmoes Know, Kick-Ass 2 writer-director Jeff Wadlow has taken on directing duties on Sony’s long-gestating live-action Masters of the Universe reboot, filling the space in the director’s chair vacated by Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation). Wadlow has recently penned the script for 20th Century Fox’s X-Men spin-off X-Force, and should this He-Man rumour prove true, it would seem that Fox will need to find another director to bring Cable, Deadpool and company to the screen.
Sony has been developing Masters since 2009, and in 2010 the studio hired Mike Finch and Alex Litvak to draft a script, which was entitled Greyskull. The script has subsequently been rewritten by Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2) and Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl), while the likes of Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), Rian Johnson (Looper), Phil Lord & Chris Miller (The Lego Movie), Kirk DeMicco »
- Gary Collinson
Orlando Bloom received his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday afternoon in a ceremony held in the heart of the city. This recognition comes after the actor has appeared in two of Hollywood's biggest franchise of all time, The Lord of the Rings and Pirates of The Caribbean. We have the video highlights from this momentous event, which you can watch here:
" For a kid in London, Hollywood seems like such a mythical place."
The actor stated. Orlando Bloom had only one film credit to his name when he landed the role of Archer Elf Legolas in The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring. This came two years before he set sail as Will Turner in Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl. Later this year, he will reprise his role as Legolas for the final time in The Hobbit: There and Back Again. »
A movie about pirates. Based on a theme park ride. Starring the eighth lead from Lord of the Rings and the second fiddle from Bend It Like Beckham. From the director of The Ring remake (which was good) and The Mexican (which was, well, The Mexican.) Yes, expectations were let’s-say-mild for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, a film which looked on paper like a high-concept travesty-in-waiting. (The full title was ten words long.)
But there was a wild card in Disney’s deck. When Pirates arrived in July 2003, Johnny Depp was a well-respected actor »
- Darren Franich
Few things in life tantalize and excite like the thought of finding treasure, whether a chest full of gold buried in your backyard by Gold Rush prospectors, a lost masterpiece at a yard sale or a couture dress at your local vintage resale shop. We thrill to the exploits of Hollywood heroes on the hunt for treasure in our favorite movies, living vicariously through their adventures and secretly hoping that we can find treasure of our own. The heart of the treasure hunter dwells within Richie Marcello, the larger-than-life star of our new reality series Treasure King, who scours the world for rare and valuable Hollywood memorabilia, often finding it in the most unlikely of places. From his devilish grin to his signature wardrobe, Richie has become his own version of a swashbuckling adventurer along the lines of Indiana Jones or Allan Quatermain. What famous movie “treasure king” would you »
- BJSprecher Sprecher
Are you ready for the hunt? April 2 is the debut of the new Reelz show Treasure King in which larger-than-life-collector Richie Marcello and his team of experts search for Hollywood valuables. In the premiere episode, Richie and the gang look for the Dukes of Hazard General Lee, otherwise known as a 1969 Dodge Charger.
But before we see if Richie can keep his title of Treasure King, we started to think: what are the top ten best treasure hunting movies of all time? Check out our list and see if you agree.
It's Good to Be King
Premiere April 2 at 10p Et/ 9p Pt
Link | Posted 3/29/2014 by Ryan
Treasure King | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre | Dead Snow | The Goonies | Raiders of the Lost Ark | The Maltese Falcon | The Mummy | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl | Romancing the Stone | National Treasure | Time Bandits »
- Ryan Gowland
Disney’s Shanghai Disneyland will include Treasure Cove, a new themed land that will include a “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride designed specifically for Chinese guests.
The first look of the attraction was revealed at Disney’s shareholders meeting in Portland, Oregon, by Disney chief Bob Iger.
The new ride will be the first ride to be based on the “Pirates” films, and revolve around a battle for sunken treasure, and incorporating new effects and technology.
Disney has previously added Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow to the “Pirates” rides in its other parks and has a “Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow” walk-through show at the Hollywood Studios park in Orlando, but the Shanghai “Pirates” will be the first actual ride to be designed around the film franchise.
Shanghai Disneyland is set to open in 2015.
- Marc Graser
In a move to expand its local language production presence in China, Columbia Pictures has secured key partnerships with local high-profile filmmakers and entered in to split-rights agreements with Chinese production companies. Included among these, Columbia Pictures announces that principal photography has commenced on the Chinese martial arts action feature "The Monk," directed by Kaige Chen ("Farewell My Concubine"). The film, which is currently shooting on location in Xianghe, in China's Hebei Province, is a Cao Huayi presentation produced by Hong Chen, who produced Kaige Chen's previous two features. "The Monk" will be distributed domestically in China by New Classics Media, and throughout the rest of the world, including Hong Kong and Taiwan, by Sony Pictures Releasing International (Spri).
The film is scheduled for Summer 2015 release.
"The Monk" marks Columbia Pictures' second recent production in Mainland China, following the Chinese co-production "Gone With The Bullets" from internationally acclaimed director Jiang Wen, »
Keira Knightley shocked the world on Tuesday when she displayed her tiny waist while attending the Chanel fashion show at Paris Fashion Week.
Knightley is the face of the Chanel fragrance Coco Mademoiselle, and attended the fashion show dressed head-to-toe in the famed designer. The focal point of her ensemble was an optical illusion dress that made her waist look even smaller than usual, a shocking visual considering Knightley’s already small frame.
The dress is comprised of a full skirt and a boxy crop top with a skintight, black clinched waist. The wide-set skirt and structured top, which hangs straight at her waist and does not mold to her body at all, makes Knightly appear more broad than she really is, making her waist stand out even more.
Knightley attended the show with her husband, James Righton and fellow celebrity attendee, Rihanna, wore a variation on the optical illusion dress, »
To my recollection Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) was the last name attached to direct Masters of the Universe for Columbia Pictures. I'm not sure when exactly he dropped out of the picture, but the studio is looking around once again as Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) has finished a new draft of the screenplay. The names apparently in contention include Mike Cahill (Another Earth, I Origins), Chris McKay ("Robot Chicken"), Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid) and Jeff Wadlow (Kick Ass 2). Masters of the Universe began in the 1980s as a toy line at Mattel. It would eventually spawn comics, a cartoon series and a live-action movie in 1987 starring Dolph Lundgren. The generic narrative centers on He-Man, a prince who turns into a mythic superhero and battles the forces of evil led by Skeletor. Looking at the list of names above, none »
- Brad Brevet
It was many years ago when I first became familiar with Kentaro Miura's anime Berserk. Actually I was playing Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage on the Sega Dreamcast. A violent warrior swinging a giant sword against hordes of demons? I was hooked! Perfect fodder for a movie.
According to IMDb (so that this with a grain of salt as they're rarely reliable) a movie is coming in 2017 with an impressive list of directors... Christophe Gans (Silent Hill, Brotherhood of the Wolf), Oliver Stone (JFK, Platoon, Natural Born Killers) and Nicolas Winding Refn (Only God Forgives, Drive, Bronson) - apparently all collaborating on the project which was originally conceived as a manga from Kentaro Miura.
Stuart Beattie (I, Frankenstein, 30 Days of Night, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) worked on the screenplay.
In the adaptation, “The Epic of Guts, a dangerous barbarian who joins »
- Uncle Creepy
It seems obvious to most fans that the highly-anticipated Batman Vs. Superman will lead into Warner Bros.' Justice League, with new casting additions such as Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) confirmed for this Man of Steel sequel. The latest unconfirmed report claims that Warner Bros. is actually shooting both Batman Vs. Superman and Justice League back-to-back, employing the same strategy previously used with The Hobbit movies and sequels to Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl and The Matrix.
This new report also clarifies that Dwayne Johnson, who teased a mysterious Warner Bros./DC Comics project last month, will be involved in Justice League. We reported earlier this month that the actor may be playing John Stewart, a.k.a. Green Lantern, although it wasn't known if he would be playing that role in Batman Vs. Superman or Justice League, or both.
You probably remember that whole American Humane Association scandal from a few months ago. You know, the one where only official monitoring body for animal care in Hollywood was actually playing fast and loose with the phrase “No Animals Were Harmed,” and covering up all kinds of animal-harming that occurred under their watch. Dozens of sea creatures were killed in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl‘s many boat explosions. A handler on the set of Failure to Launch was trying to carry a chipmunk on his shoulder when he dropped it and stepped on it, crushing it to death. An Aha monitor, who was having an affair with a Life of Pi executive, conveniently covered up the near-drowning of a tiger on the set of Life of Pi. The list goes on and on, and can be read in extreme length and detail over at The Hollywood Reporter. After »
- Adam Bellotto
13 items from 2014
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