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Poster Simon Brew 23 May 2013 - 06:17
One of the most striking features of the sizeable promotional campaign for Tim Burton's 1989 blockbuster Batman was the poster. A simple, straight image of the Batman logo, it was pretty much everywhere in the build-up to the film's release, and was one of many ingredients that led to Batman being arguably the first modern-era blockbuster. It was certainly the first to really show how important the opening weekend could be to a film, and arguably sowed the seeds to the first weekend-driven ad campaigns we get with modern cinema.
But things could have been different. Over at Daybees, the site has gathered together a collection of alternative versions of movie posters. These were the drafts that never made it, and amongst examples for Unforgiven, Mystic River, The Exorcist »
Dennis Lehane is a pretty popular name around Hollywood. Films like Mystic River and Shutter Island are based on his novels and it seems that whenever someone attempts to give one of his stories an adaptation, it results in a lot of success. But what about writing films? Is that something that would interest the much loved author? Well, the answer seems to be yes as according to THR, 20th Century Fox has asked him to pen Travis McGee, a crime drama set to star Leonardo DiCaprio.
The film will be an adaptation of John D. MacDonald’s The Deep Blue Good-by. If you’re unfamiliar with the novel, here’s a summary from Amazon:
“Travis McGee is a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He’s also a knight-errant who’s wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only »
- Matt Joseph
20th Century Fox has tapped Dennis Lehane, whose books include ‘Shutter Island‘ and ‘Mystic River’ to pen the script for World War II drama Travis McGee that once had Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star. Lehane will write the adapted screenplay, based on the 1964 John D. MacDonald novel ‘The Deep Blue Good-by’, the first in a series of 21 novels centered around McGee, a Florida-based detective who moonlights as a treasure hunter with DiCaprio playing the title character. Both Oscar winner Mark Boal and David James Kelly were among those having taken a whack at the script, while Robert Schwentke, Oliver Stone and Paul Greengrass »
- Nick Martin
Figuring that an injection of new writing talent might help the project work itself free of development hell, 20th Century Fox has turned to Dennis Lehane, someone with just a little bit of crime writing experience for Travis McGee, which Leonardo DiCaprio is interested in.The planned film, based on John D. McDonald’s book Deep Blue Good-By, features the McGee character, a Floridian sleuth who moonlights as a treasure hunter. He’s featured in 21 novels, and Fox rightly figures that they could be franchise material if the first – simply being called Travis McGee at this point, in a Jack Reacher-style – works.Trouble is, it’s been lingering on the slow burn development stove for years now, with Robert Schwentke, Oliver Stone and Paul Greengrass considering directing and Mark Boal and David James Kelly among those having taken a whack at the script.So now Lehane – whose novels have »
Online gallery to showcase works by Bill Gold and others for movies including Pulp Fiction and The Exorcist
A gallery that should comfort any struggling young graphic artist is revealed for the first time today: the ones that got away, rejected original versions of posters for some of the most famous films of recent decades, including Batman, Pulp Fiction, A Clockwork Orange, The Exorcist and Cool Hand Luke.
The last three were the work of the remarkable Bill Gold, who over a 70-year career created the images that sold more than 1,000 movies.
As a 21-year-old in the art department of Warner Bros, he was asked to come up with a poster for a vehicle for one of its stars, Humphrey Bogart. His poster for Casablanca became as classic as the film itself: black and white, the other characters in a misty background, Ingrid Bergman looking yearningly towards Bogey, and Bogey in the foreground, »
- Maev Kennedy
When I look at the slate of Best Picture nominees from 2003, it appears to have been a true high-water mark for the industries’ “epic” films. While we still suffer from the aftershocks of Hollywood’s obsession with “the epicness of epicdom” (two made up words, I know, but that’s just how self-consciously epic these films are), in 2003, the tone still felt new and fresh. These epic films were not only rewarded with successful box office receipts, but high critical praise as well (thus the Oscar nominations).
In the years following, while the box office receipts have remained consistent (or even increased), the grades from critics and enthusiasts have slowly fallen away as the genre has become increasingly stale. In 2003 though, we had mostly good films from the genre in our rear-view mirror, so the potential for the genre was promising and people were ready to bite on anything that »
- Christopher Lominac
With a stellar career and two Oscars on his mantle -- best picture "Argo" and best original screenplay for "Good Will Hunting" -- Ben Affleck is gearing up for production later this year in his native Boston for his next film, an adaptation of Dennis Lehane's Prohibition-era gangster novel "Live By Night." Affleck has turned to Lehane's crime novels for source material before. In 2007, he directed Casey Affleck in his feature directorial debut "Gone Baby Gone" -- for my money, Affleck's best film -- which was also set in Boston. From a novel by Chuck Hogan, his 2010 "The Town" took place in the City on a Hill as well. Allegedly, Affleck will also take the lead in "Live By Night," about a rags-to-riches criminal who goes from petty thief to rum runner. Every film adapted from Lehane has been a critical and commercial success, from Clint Eastwood's »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Now that Ben Affleck has his second Oscar nom under his belt with Argo, the man certainly has options to choose from. A few months ago he was circling an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s Live By Night and though it was always more or less a sure thing that he would be involved, now he’s made it official, agreeing to star in, write and direct the film. In fact, pre-production began today.
The film’s story is set during the Prohibition in Boston and focuses on Joe Coughlin, “the son of a cop who finds himself slipping into a life of organized crime. As he climbs the ladder of organized crime, he journeys from Tampa to Cuba, encounters various dames, lowlifes and more in tale of revenge and redemption.”
This won’t be the first time that Big Ben is tackling a Dennis Lehane novel. His first go »
- Matt Joseph
Clint Eastwood knows it's inevitable that digital cameras will overtake 35 mm film, but he said at a Tribeca Film Festival discussion on Eastwood's career with director Darren Aronofsky on Saturday that it's a change he's resisting. The panel discussion included the world premiere of "Eastwood Directs," an hour-long love letter to the "Mystic River" director that was made by critic Richard Schickel. After the showing, Eastwood said he has done testing with digital cameras, and though he admires the depth of focus the technology brings to an image, he still believes »
- Brent Lang
There have been a few wonderful movies released recently that revolve around the stories of two well-known Presidents. These period pieces are set in the eras of great turmoil. In Hyde Park on Hudson we are placed in 1939 New York before World War II breaks out in Europe as Hitler rolled out his war machine. The other film is Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, set during the last months of the American Civil War and during the political struggles to pass the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Both films are new releases on DirecTV’s on demand network. If you haven’t signed up yet for DirecTV some websites such as saveontvdirect.com offer unique deals.
While both works have had critics raise issues about the historical accuracy of the films, it is important to note that these are fictional renditions and not intended to be documentaries in the traditional sense. »
- Guest Writer
Clint Eastwood will have lost a few Brownie points for his bizarre and frankly ill-advised conversation with an empty chair at the Republican National Congress last autumn, but he is still much-adored Hollywood royalty – old and craggy, but still directing and acting to a phenomenally high standard and responsible as actor and/or director for some of the greatest and most iconic films ever to have come out of Hollywood.
Most often associated with Westerns and understandably so (the Dollars trilogy, High Plains Drifter, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Pale Rider, Unforgiven), Eastwood also has a sterling track record within the crime genre (Dirty Harry, Mystic River, In the Line of Fire, Play Misty for Me) and with straight dramas too (Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, A Perfect World, Changeling). With Oscar statuettes and nominations coming out of his ears, he is clearly much loved by the Academy, but critics and »
- Dave Roper
“You’re killin’ me, Smalls.” That phrase echoes in memories of many people who grew up in the 1990s. It is a quote from one of cinema history’s greatest sports comedies. That comedy of course is 1993’s The Sandlot now celebrating its 20th anniversary on dazzling Blu-ray. All the fun, laughter and excitement can be experienced again and again this time in crystal-clear high definition.
For those who aren’t familiar with the film, it takes place in a California suburb during the summer of 1962 and revolves around Scott “Scotty” Smalls. Played by Tom Guiry (Mystic River), Smalls is a young boy who has recently moved to the neighborhood with his mother and stepfather. While there, he befriends a group of other young boys who play baseball in an abandoned lot named, you guessed it: “The Sandlot”. All is well until they hit a baseball into a nearby backyard »
- Randall Unger
Will the just-released 42 have the most successful opening weekend for a baseball movie? Writer-director Brian Helgeland's 42, which features Chadwick Boseman as baseball player Jackie Robinson and veteran Harrison Ford, whose credits range from The Conversation and Star Wars in the 1970s to the more recent Cowboys & Aliens, debuted with an estimated $9.1 million at 3,003 locations this past Friday, April 12, as per studio figures found on the web site Box Office Mojo. (Almost) undeboutedly, 42 will end up grossing between $25 million and $26 million by Sunday evening. If that does indeed happen, the film will boast the best debut weekend ever for a movie about baseball -- well, sort of. Pictured above: Ford, looking remarkably different under heavy makeup, plays Brooklyn Dodgers' team executive Branch Rickey in Helgeland's movie. Well, if you dwell on a planet where inflation is as real as the plots of Hollywood films -- including those based on real-life events, »
- Zac Gille
Baseball Biopic Surpassing Expectations: Will Easily Top Domestic B.O. Chart This Weekend Written and directed by Academy Award winner Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential screenwriter), and starring Chadwick Boseman as pioneering black baseball player Jackie Robinson and veteran Harrison Ford as the Brooklyn Dodgers' team executive Branch Rickey, the biopic 42 was the no. 1 movie at Friday's domestic box office; it'll surely be the weekend's top film, too. As per early, rough estimates found on the web site Deadline.com, the period drama will be the only movie grossing more than $20 million at the domestic box office. (See below more information about Scary Movie 5 and last weekend's holdovers.) (Pictured above are an unrecognizable Ford as the Brooklyn Dodgers' team executive Branch Rickey and Boseman wearing Robinson's baseball uniform.) The 42 movie brought in an estiamted $8.5 million at 3,003 U.S. and Canada venues on Friday (April 12) and by Sunday evening may possibly »
- Zac Gille
Access' Scott "Movie" Mantz weighs in on the new Jackie Robinson film, and says it's not exactly a home run, but it's definitely a hit.
Directed by: Brian Helgeland
Brian Helgeland has always been better as a writer than as a director. Try holding up his Oscar-nominated screenplay for "Mystic River" or his Oscar-winning screenplay for "L.A. Confidential" up against middling directorial efforts like "Payback," "A Knight's Tale" or "The Order," and the proof is in the pudding.
As a director, Helgeland moves up to the big leagues with ...
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Minus the excitement, which given how well-known Robinson's story is to baseball fans, is no cardinal sin. And the cast is more adequate than thrilling.
It's the sort of story that you find yourself hoping they don't screw up -- that the baseball will be convincing, that the racism isn't watered down, that the actor playing Jackie (Chadwick Boseman) comes off as a human being, not an icon. And in those regards, "42" scores.
A brief history lesson -- the narrated-over-newsreel footage context of the end of World War II -- is followed by a much longer one, as we see Robinson selected to integrate baseball by the cagey old Brooklyn Dodgers general manager and president, Branch Rickey. It's shocking to see Harrison Ford take on »
Jackie Robinson was the ideal class act to break the barrier and become the first black player in Major League Baseball.
Writer-director Brian Helgeland's Robinson biopic "42" is a class act itself, though not always an engaging act. It's such a familiar story that any faithful film biography almost inevitably will turn out predictable, even a bit routine.
With an earnest performance by Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and an enjoyably self-effacing turn by Harrison Ford as Brooklyn Dodgers boss Branch Rickey, "42" hits every button you expect very ably. It riles with its re-creations of the heartless, ignorant racism to which Robinson was subjected. It uplifts with its depictions of Robinson's restraint and fortitude. It inspires with its glimpses of support and compassion from teammates and fans.
Yet like a sleepy, low-scoring ballgame, "42" is not the jolt of energy and entertainment we wish it could be.
Unlike No. 42 Robinson's daring on the base paths, »
Batter up! Spring is in the air, baseball season has begun, and 42 is sliding into theatres this week. Chronicling the life of baseball all-star Jackie Robinson whose joining of the Brooklyn Dodgers broke racial segregation in the Mlb, 42 takes a look at the life of the one-time Montreal Royals player and his pursuits on and off the field.
The film, written and directed by Brian Helgeland, the Oscar-winning scribe behind L.A. Confidential and Mystic River, stars Chadwick Boseman as the legendary #42, Robinson. Harrison Ford joins Boseman in the ballpark as innovative Mlb exec Branch Rickey who helped break down the colour barrier on the field. Christopher Meloni, Alan Tudyk and John C. McGinley join the stadium ranks in supporting roles.
From major league players to pick-up games in school yards, baseball has long been a big screen tradition. Grab a bat and step up to the plate for our »
- Rachel West
When Warner Bros. “42″ hits screens April 12, the Jackie Robinson saga will slap moviegoers with a fresh take on just how accepted racism was in the U.S. back in 1947, when Robinson broke the color barrier as the first African American player admitted into Major League Baseball. That’s the word from Alan Tudyk, who plays Robinson tormentor Ben Chapman in the Brian Helgeland film that stars Chadwick Boseman as Robinson, and Harrison Ford as Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey. “It’s a very, very good telling of the story, starting with the amazing script Brian wrote,” notes the “Suburgatory” and “Firefly” actor. “He’s obviously a proven writer — ‘L.A. Confidential,’ ‘Mystic River’ and so many things. This is a brilliant, straightforward telling of this story. People who know the history and the trivia of this time are going to like it because it’s an accurate portrayal. A »
- Beck / Smith
Some of you (hopefully) may have noticed my recent profile on the late, great Robert Mitchum. In the course of researching the piece, I came across the fun tidbit that Mitchum had been a favorite of film critic Roger Ebert.
The mind rarely works in linear fashion, and I suspect mine may even be more chaotic than most. That item pinballed around the ol’ noggin, and, somewhere in all that bouncing here and there, triggered a bit of nostalgia. Probably because I was working on the piece during Oscar week, the mention of Ebert reminded me that there had been a time when this would’ve been the point in the year I’d be looking forward to the annual “If We Gave Out the Oscars” (or something like that) show done by Ebert along with his on-screen partner of nearly two dozen years, fellow film critic Gene Siskel.
- Bill Mesce
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