14 items from 2013
Photo by Pooneh Ghana/NME Theo and Sasha Spielberg, two of Steven Spielberg's children with Temple of Doom star Kate Capshaw, have formed a band called Wardell and they're about to release their first Ep, Brother/Sister. Obviously the only reason we're writing about them is because they're the children of one of the most famous filmmakers of all time, but thankfully for our ears they're pretty talented musicians. In particular Sasha, who has appeared in some of her father's movies as well (The Terminal, Munich and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), has a lovely set of pipes. It's not hard to imagine their first released song, "Opossum," popping up in a darling little indie movie. And while that sounds like a complaint, we mean that in a good...
- Peter Hall
It seems rather coincidental that earlier this week Dread Central had the opportunity to speak with Hitchcock director Sacha Gervasi while we're in the midst of celebrating Indie Horror Month right now.
After all, Gervasi's latest project explores the Master of Suspense's personal and professional life while making Psycho- one of the most influential and successful independent horror movies of all time - and the UK-born filmmaker himself found much success on the festival circuit with his often moving and hilarious documentary Anvil: The Story of Anvil, which he produced independently back in 2008.
During our chat with Gervasi, we heard more about his involvement with Hitchcock and the parallels he found between himself and the legendary director's career paths. Gervasi also discussed the controversy of tackling such a well-known figure like Alfred Hitchcock, his upcoming project about "Fantasy Island" star Hervé Villechaize (Tattoo) with Peter Dinklage, and much more. »
The Oscar-nominated actor has admitted he does not enjoy working on CGI and 3D films, despite starring in the new 3D movie Jack the Giant Slayer
I know him. Isn't he that guy from that thing? Yes. He's Stanley Tucci.
Stanley Whocci? You know, the actor. Bald, charming, does a good job in a supporting role in 43% of American movies.
You're exaggerating for comic effect, right? Of course I am. The true percentage has not yet been calculated. So far he has done Prizzi's Honor, Road to Perdition, Lucky Number Slevin, The Lovely Bones, The Devil Wears Prada, Captain America, Beethoven, The Hunger Games, The Terminal, Burlesque, It Could Happen to You, Julie and Julia, Space Chimps, Robots, The Pelican Brief, Space Chimps 2 …
By Joey Magidson
Whenever Steven Spielberg decides to take up a new directorial endeavor, he doesn’t do it alone. He gets his stock company of talent on the phone, and once he has the gang together, they go off and make a movie. It’s certainly not the same as when Spielberg was making little films in his backyard as a kid, but in a way the spirit is still the same. One big difference, though, is that when these movies get made, Oscar often takes notice.
Spielberg films almost always receive Academy Awards attention. On his own, he has 15 nominations (one of which came for just producing Letters from Iwo Jima, which he didn’t direct), while his crew has gotten dozens of nods. The last film of his not to get at least a nom was The Terminal, and before that it was Always. Believe it or not, »
- Joey Magidson
Anghus Houvouras asks whether movies are getting needlessly longer...
"No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough." - Roger Ebert
A very apt statement, and yet I feel like modern filmmakers are challenging this concept. I've been in a number of conversations this year over the sheer length of so many films. And I suppose that begs the question:
Are movies getting needlessly longer?
It's a difficult question to answer. I have to admit I'm squarely in the camp of people who think there have been a lot of recent releases that feel indulgent to a fault. Over the next dozen paragraphs or so I will try to examine the ever expanding run times of high profile films hitting the theaters. First up, the film that started this entire conversation:
Django Unchained (165 Minutes)
Django Unchained is a prime example of a movie that felt longer than necessary. »
- Flickering Myth
Director: Sacha Gervasi
Running Time: 98 minutes
It’s always going to be a difficult task putting together a film about one of the greatest directors of our time and Alfred Hitchcock is one intriguing enigma to try and unravel. However, I left Hitchcock with an unexpected glow of satisfaction as it uncovers not only his obsessional side but also the man who fought personal demons on his way to seek perfection, and most importantly for any artist, it was a challenge he had to take on.
It’s unashamedly obvious to see that Hitch wasn’t exactly a likeable soul, as his obsession with his leading ladies often over-shadowed other elements to his film-making but… »
- Dan Bullock
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Given how long it’s been since we saw a solid-gold, inarguable instant classic from Steven Spielberg, many have come to feel that the director has lost his way somewhat since his last masterpiece, Saving Private Ryan, releasing films in its wake that were distinctly average (The Terminal, War of the Worlds, War Horse), disappointingly underwhelming (A.I.), and downright awful (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), with only a few legitimate greats in between (Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can, Munich, The Adventures of Tintin).
Perhaps we simply have come to warrant too much from the world’s most famous director, and the expectations for his Abraham Lincoln biopic were appropriately shifted, anticipating the possibility that Spielberg’s oft-indelicate direction might stifle even the most dedicated Daniel Day-Lewis performance. It’s a pleasure to report, then, that his Lincoln feels absolutely nothing »
- Shaun Munro
Disney and Johnny Depp have had an immensely successful partnership over the years, with the Pirates franchise grossing upwards of $3.5bn. around the world, and Alice in Wonderland grossing more than $1bn. back in 2010. We recently heard that the studio had hired a writer to pen an Alice in Wonderland sequel, and now it looks like they’re getting back on board (no pun intended) for Pirates of the Caribbean 5.
And as if that wasn’t sweet enough, the studio have set a release date for July 2015.
Depp is naturally expected to return as Cap’n Jack Sparrow – because, of course, you can’t make a Pirates film without him – and though no deal is yet in place, the actor has »
- Kenji Lloyd
Disney has hired the screenwriter of Catch Me If You Can to write Pirates of the Caribbean 5. The follow-up to 2011's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will be the latest entry in a series that has grossed more than $$3.5bn (£2.2bn) worldwide. Variety reports that Jeff Nathanson is now on board to write the script, with his other previous credits including Rush Hour 2, The Terminal and Tower Heist. Nathanson is also currently writing the script to DreamWorks's adaptation of adventure series The 39 Clues. (more) »
- By Paul Martinovic
Just a quick update for all rum-lovers out there: Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 is definitely coming, and Jeff Nathanson will be penning the script for the fifth movie! In case you’re not so familiar with Nathanson’s work, let us right here remind you that this guy is responsible for Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal as well. Guess that should be enough for the beginning?
Unfortunately, that’s basically all we know about this project. At this moment – no director is attached to the project, plot details are still unknown, and, beside Johnny Depp (who is definitely set to return as Captain Jack Sparrow) there’s no word if any of the other cast members like Geoffrey Rush, Penélope Cruz or Keira Knightley will be returning.
But, at the end of this report, let us once again remind you that the Pirates of »
- Jeanne Standal
Ready? Alright then, here it is. If you are a fan of the Pirates Of The Caribbean movies, then you'll be really excited with this news (if you're a Real fan then you know the franchise died in the third movie). Variety is reporting that the scribe behind Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal (two Steven Spielberg movies), Jeff Nathanson, will be penning the script for the fifth movie in the Disney's Pirates Of The Caribean franchise, which has Johnny Depp set to return to the leading role of Captain Jack Sparrow and Jerry Bruckheimer as the producer. So far, no director is attached to the project, also there's no word if any of the other cast members like Geoffrey Rush, Penélope Cruz or Keira Knightley will be returning and no plot details are known either. So stay tuned on Cbm for more on Pirates Of The Caribean »
Yo, ho, ho and a bottle of rum (as well as a bank vault full of cash). Disney has officially begun the process of triggering a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and has hired a noted screenwriter to help the sequel set sail. Jeff Nathanson, whose credits include Steven Spielberg.s Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal (as well as Speed 2: Cruise Control, the last two Rush Hour movies and Tower Heist), has been handed the duties for Pirates of the Caribbean 5, with producer Jerry Bruckheimer steering the ship. Variety reports that Johnny Depp is .set to return. as Capt. Jack Sparrow, though they could not confirm if other key characters from the Pirates series would be along for the ride. Geoffrey Rush continued to play Barbossa in the 2011 installment, On Stranger Tides, but original stars Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom have gone on record of »
Back in January 2011, five months before Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was released, we reported that Terry Rossio was brought on to write the Pirates of the Caribbean 5 screenplay. Ted Elliott, who co-wrote the first four movies with Terry Rossio, did not return to work on the script. It isn't known if Jeff Nathanson is starting from scratch, or if he is re-working Terry Rossio's draft.
It isn't known if franchise stalwarts such as Geoffrey Rush and Kevin McNally are coming back for this fifth adventure. The franchise has earned a whopping $3.5 billion worldwide, with the last movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, earning more than $1 billion.
Three new posters for The Host have been released. Twilight author Stephenie Meyer's follow-up novel, which is described as an adult sci-fi story, has been adapted by Andrew Niccol (In Time, The Terminal).
Set in a future where Earth has been invaded by aliens that take possession of human bodies, resistance fighter Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) becomes the host for one of these alien beings. Max Irons plays (more) »
- By Emma Dibdin
14 items from 2013
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