17 items from 2015
This summer, the Mad Max series returns to the big screen. It's been 35 years since George Miller released the last Mad Max (Beyond Thunder). Today, Warner Bros. released a trailer that brings together the whole series, from beginning to upcoming. Check it out below.
Mad Max: Fury Road is a post-apocalyptic action set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.
Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There’s Max (Hardy), a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following »
- Laura Frances
The site reports that the studio is keen to fast track the project, and aims to begin shooting early next year once Lawrence and company have finished the promotional tour for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.
- Gary Collinson
Francis Lawrence has been busy prepping, filming, editing or promoting some Hunger Games movie or another for years now. Today, he’s deep in post production on his third and final picture in the sequence, Mockingjay: Part Two, and that will be with us in November.
Then, after a Christmas in which I imagine he’ll do very little but sleep, Lawrence will be up and at ‘em again. Deadline say he’s re-teaming with Mockingjay co-writer Peter Craig, producer Nina Jacobson and studio Lionsgate for a film version of The Odyssey.
In many ways, an epic undertaking.
The Odyssey is the second classical poem credited to Homer, after The Illiad. It tells the story of Odysseus after Troy and on his voyages home. If you’ve seen The Coen Bros.’ O Brother Where Art Thou, it’s like that but with less Dapper Dan and more sandals.
The Odyssey has… »
- Brendon Connelly
This is not to be confused with a new take on the story that Warners was developing last Summer which had Fedor Bondarchuk attached to direct.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Hollywood has been all about epics, and there’s no story in all of recorded more epic than the ancient Greek epic poem by Homer, The Odyssey. Centuries later, that story will now be getting fully retold on the big screen.
Francis Lawrence and Peter Craig, the director and the writer of the last two films in the Hunger Games franchise, will direct and write an adaptation of the story to be produced by Nina Jacobson and released via Lionsgate, Deadline reported Wednesday. Lionsgate has put this film on the fast track as soon as Lawrence is finished with promotion for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.
The Odyssey has been adapted countless times in cinema, TV and other literature, everything from Big Fish, O Brother Where Art Thou?, and a segment on The Simpsons. But with the exception of a 1997 TV series, the Odyssey itself has never been directly adapted. »
- Brian Welk
Lawrence took over directing duties on Lionsgate’s “Hunger Games” franchise (including the upcoming “Mockingjay — Part 2″) after Gary Ross exited following the first film, and Jacobson has produced all four films through her Color Force producing banner.
- Dave McNary
But make no mistake, the midseason thriller (premiering Sunday at 10/9c) is inspired by the epic poem.
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As series co-creator Peter Horton explains, “Three-and-a-half years ago, I had been working with my writing partners, Adam Armus and Kay Foster, on a different project that didn’t work out, so we were looking for something else to do. [British producer] Simon Maxwell came to us and said, »
A forthcoming remake will do well to match the power of John Schlesinger’s 1967 Hardy adaptation, which is rereleased this week
I bid you good luck, young Thomas Vinterberg, if you think your forthcoming remake of Far From The Madding Crowd will outstrip John Schlesinger’s version from 1967, now extensively reupholstered and rereleased for our delectation.
Schlesinger’s Hardy was derided back then for its casting of Julie Christie and Terence Stamp, mere months after they’d been name-checked in the Kinks’ Waterloo Sunset, and who then seemed more Swinging London than Wailing Wessex. Time and distance have eradicated that feeling, however, and I delighted in the credits as they unfolded: not just Terry and Julie, but Peter Finch and eternal peasant-pagan Alan Bates, all perfectly cast; Stamp in particular, as the vile Sergeant Troy, whose name should really be “destroy”.
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- John Patterson
Taylor Swift was crowned Woman of the Year at the Elle Style Awards. The 'Blank Space' hitmaker, 24, was presented with the accolade by fellow singer Sam Smith during last night's ceremony (25.02.15) which was held in the Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street in London. Also honoured at the 18th annual awards was Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who picked up Model of the Year, while fellow beauty Cara Delevingne took home the Breakthrough Actress award after swapping the catwalk for the silver screen and starring in 'Tulip Fever' and 'Pan', which are due out this year. 'Troy' star Diane Kruger was named Best Actress, with 'I'm Not The Only One' hitmaker Sam Smith taking home Musician of the Year. Designers Christopher Bailey, Mary Katrantzou, Erdem and Manolo Blahnik were honoured with the Editor's Choice, Red Carpet Designer, Designer of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Awards respectively. 'The X Factor »
by Vic Schiavone
Hosts Nasty Neal, Annabelle Lecter, and Terrible Troy welcomed “The Godfather of Gore” Herschell Gordon Lewis. Herschell, along with producer James Saito, participated in a roughly 75-minute interview which centered around the new anthology film “Herschell Gordon Lewis’ Bloodmania”, which is due to be released in Spring 2015.
Highlights included the following:
• Wyh: What made you decide to get back into making films?
Hgl: “This is what I do. I have a good time; I enjoy the business immensely…I feel too many of the movies today are…the word I use is “derivative”. You think you’re watching the same movie over and over and over again. Besides which, they lack a total sense of humor. I think the industry has gone far enough now that that is an element that we can add profitably both from our point of view in getting people to »
The upcoming rendition of Knights of the Round Table has just cast itself a new fatherly figure. Eric Bana has joined the Arthurian blockbuster from director Guy Ritchie (whose The Man from U.N.C.L.E. trailer just dropped yesterday). The former Hulk and Troy star is set to play the father of the timeless tale.s iconic protagonist and future legend lore king, Arthur Pendragon. Bana will join what is increasingly becoming an impressive cast for this ambitious redux, kicking off what the studio hopes will be a six-part series of films. According to Variety, Bana has nabbed the role of Uther Pendragon, the plate-wearing paternal figure for the future King Arthur. Playing what has been described as not an overly significant role, Bana will join confirmed cast member Charlie Hunnam who will play his son, and peers in Jude Law and Djimon Hounsou in the Knights of »
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There are dozens of striking images in the new sci-fi thriller H., and almost all of them are creepy. Much like 2014’s evocative masterpiece Under the Skin, writer-directors Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia aren’t interested in telling a cohesive story so much as creating an auditory and visual experience. Frustrating and fascinating in equal measure, H. is a brilliant mindbender that cinephiles should seek out.
There are strange things afoot in the village of Troy, New York. Objects streak across the sky, a black horse gallops through the streets, and alarming numbers of people disappear without a trace. And, oh yes, there is an enormous head floating down the Hudson River. H. begins with a quote from Homer’s Iliad and continues to borrow heavily from the Greek epic throughout. Fittingly, the two main characters are both named ‘Helen. »
- J.R. Kinnard
There's something strange in the waters of Troy, New York. Something life-changing in the skies. Some of us can see it, some of us can hear it. Some of us will wander into the woods to find it, leaving our friends and family at home to wonder. The curious pieces to this puzzle will remain floating in our mind's eye, reflected in a stone face, resonating in mysterious frequencies across radio and TV. This is the nature of Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia's third feature, H. a science fiction experiment that works in allusions and iconography all the way from the epics of Homer to small town stories of Raymond Carver.Much like their previous film, the delightfully off-beat Recommended By Enrique, Attieh and Garcia are...
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The Award was formed in order to recognise an individual.s achievements, abilities and successes throughout their career, and honours the achievements of Australians working in both the domestic and global film and television industry.
In a statement released to the media, Aacta described the Award as .recognition of the multi-disciplinary achievements of talented Australian screen practitioners who inspire others with their portfolio of work, acknowledging their valuable contribution to promoting Australian screen culture and excellence, both here and abroad..
- Emily Blatchford
International actuals took their time arriving after the long holiday weekend in the U.S. Most studios have now reported, and in some cases have included grosses through Monday. There were no massive fluctuations, but some of the Oscar nominees including The Theory Of Everything, Boyhood and Birdman enjoyed nice bumps in holdover markets. Figures have also been added below for Jason Statham’s Wild Card, which opened to a strong hand in France, two weeks ahead of its domestic debut.
Figures for the above films have been updated below along with: Taken 3, Seventh Son, Big Hero 6, Penguins Of Madagascar, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, American Sniper, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Into The Woods, Unbroken, Ouija, Blackhat, Dumb And Dumber To, Horrible Bosses, Honig Im Kopf, Gone Girl, Let’s Be Cops, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and stars used the Golden Globe Awards to pay tribute to the 12 victims killed in the attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo this week.
During the awards show, HFPA president Theo Kingma told attendees his organization understands the importance of artistic expression.
“As it’s not only an integral part of the American fabric, but a beacon that is reflected across the globe,” Kingma said. “Together, we will stand united against anyone who would repress free speech anywhere, from North Korea to Paris.”
See photos: Golden Globes: Red Carpet Arrivals (Photos)
Kingma’s rousing »
- Alicia Banks
Donning the cape and tights to play a big screen superhero was often seen as career suicide for actors. This idea is mined to brilliant effect in Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, with a former comic book star looking to relaunch his career with an ambitious Broadway play.
Adding extra spice to Birdman is the casting of Michael Keaton, himself a former Batman whose post-tights career has been somewhat hit and miss. This film, however, is a stunning reminder of just how good an actor Keaton is and proof that careers don't end when on-screen superpowers fade away.
Digital Spy takes a look at 20 ex-superhero stars to see how they fared after leaving an iconic comic book role behind.
20. Billy Zane
17 items from 2015
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