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It’s been a while since we saw a truly great Steven Spielberg film; arguably the last one being Munich. There’s been plenty of good (The Terminal), and very good (Saving Private Ryan) and one atrocious (a fourth outing for a certain archaeologist), but as far as Bridge Of Spies goes, this is Spielberg’s best since Schindler’s List. With such a diverse career, spanning all periods and genres, it’s quite the claim, but one that is justified in the sheer excellence of everything and everyone present on screen in his fourth collaboration with Tom Hanks.
Set in 1957, the film starts with one of the most memorable openings of recent years; a tense, almost dialogue free sequence that follows Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance). He paints, gives suspicious looks, goes out for a walk, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The Martian and Goosebumps swap spots at the top of this weekend's box office, and Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies settles into third. Despite four new wide releases, the 43rd weekend of 2015 looks a lot like the 42nd as none of the new releases could muster any better than fourth place. As a result, the top twelve was down 7.4% from last year when Ouija managed to bring in the genre audience this weekend's offerings failed to deliver. Vin Diesel's The Last Witch Hunter suggests the Fast and Furious star isn't much of a box office draw without his Furious family and a couple of musical bombs prove to be not only two of the worst openings of 2015, but of all-time given their theater count. And the latest in the Paranormal Activity franchise is unable to find much traction as Paramount tested a new release strategy, the overall results »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
We're now fully in the midst of awards season, when kids are in school and mature adults are expected to flock to the theaters to see Oscar-worthy dramas.
It ain't happening.
This week saw kiddie horror comedy "Goosebumps" top the chart while three other new wide release movies aimed at adults had to struggle. And this season's other Oscar hopefuls also aren't doing as well as expected.
"Goosebumps," also the widest new release of the week, debuted with an estimated $23.5 million. That was enough to dethrone the champ of the past two weeks, "The Martian." The sci-fi hit took second with an estimated $21.5 million. So Steven Spielberg's nostalgic spy thriller "Bridge of Spies" had to settle for a third place opening ($15.4 million), while Guillermo del Toro's R-rated gothic horror romance "Crimson Peak" opened below expectations in fourth, with an estimated $12.9 million. Both films had been expected to open in the $18 to $20 million range. »
- Gary Susman
The prolific writer, director, producer and studio executive is, of course, the grandfather of the blockbuster, his shark flick Jaws earning the term after it smashed box office records and made the Cincinnati native a household name. It would catapult Steven Spielberg into a long-term deal with Universal Studios and forever change the landscape of cinema – and all this from a guy who couldn't get into USC's School of Theater, Film and Television.
In theatres this week, Bridge of Spies, marks the fourth collaboration between Spielberg and Tom Hanks. It's been over a decade since the pair last worked together on 2004's The Terminal, and now, for their latest offering, we're getting something completely different.
Hanks stars as American lawyer James Donovan who is recruited by the CIA to help rescue a pilot who has been detained in the Soviet Union. Things are going to get intense as it's up »
- Andrea Miller, Emma Badame and Rachel West
When last we heard any talk about Indiana Jones 5, the rumor was that Disney and director Steven Spielberg wanted Chris Pratt to take over for Harrison Ford as the iconic archeologist and adventurer. The film series was always envisioned as a James Bond type serial that would see a different actor picking up the mantel every couple of years. And when Disney bought Lucasfilm, it seemed as though they were intent on rebooting the property. Maybe that's not true. This weekend, while promoting his latest film Bridge of Spies, Steven Spielberg claimed that he wants to make Indiana Jones 5 with Harrison Ford, bringing forth one more true sequel.
Development on a new Indiana Jones movie has stalled as Disney gets its version of the Star Wars series off the ground. In December, we will get Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first live-action Star Wars movie in over ten years. »
When Disney purchased Lucasfilm, they instantly set into motion plans for more Star Wars movies, but the Mouse House also received the rights to Indiana Jones. While rumors had been circulating early on, it was only confirmed earlier this year that a fifth film about the adventurous, whip-cracking archaeologist would be returning to the silver screen. Who will be back? Will Harrison Ford return? Will Steven Spielberg? The director touched upon his future with the franchise during a recent interview. Speaking with Yahoo Movies, Spielberg joked that Tom Hanks and Ford are now tied with the number of movies they’ve made for him. Ford has done four Indiana Jones films, while Hanks is the star of Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal, and now Bridge of Spies. According to Spielberg, he has to rectify this. Now, I’ll probably do »
"Bridge of Spies" arrives in theaters next Friday (Oct. 16) with inevitably high expectations, coming as it does from director Steven Spielberg and actor Tom Hanks, who are teaming up for the first time since "The Terminal" in 2004. They have five Oscars between them – not to mention another four for Joel and Ethan Coen, who co-wrote the screenplay. Does this film live up to their collective reputations? -Break- Dish the Oscars with Hollywood insiders in our red-hot forums It certainly won over the crowd at the New York Film Festival where it world premiered on Sunday and was greeted with a prolonged standing ovation. And critics are cheering too. The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy calls it "An absorbing true-life espionage tale very smoothly handled by old pros who know what they're doing." Vulture's David Edelstein finds it "sober but stirring." And Variety's Peter Debruge proclaims »
Director Steven Spielberg has been one of the most successful directors in Hollywood for four decades, with major commercial hits that have broken records at the box office. His latest film, Bridge of Spies, premiered Sunday night at the New York Film Festival and centers on an American lawyer (Tom Hanks) who is recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to help rescue a detained pilot from Soviet Russia.
Spielberg’s last collaboration to star Hanks, 2004’s dramedy The Terminal, failed to earn any nominations from the Academy, whilst their previous collaboration, 2002’s Catch Me If You Can, earned just two Oscar nominations (best supporting actor for Christopher Walken, best original score for John Williams) but was unable to take home either, despite positive reviews and large box office numbers.
Despite having won three Oscars in his career, and the multitude of iconic films that he has helmed, »
- Patrick Shanley
Lionsgate and Hasbro are moving ahead with the concept of a movie based, in some fashion or other, on Monopoly, which is arguably the most popular board game of all time. According to the press release, the film will be “visually sumptuous, heartwarming, and full of action and adventure” as it tells the story of a boy rising from humble Baltic Avenue to make his fortune (and avoid going directly to jail).
Really, this all sounds kind of unnecessary and is probably further evidence of the popular opinion that Hollywood has truly run out of ideas. But on the other hand, there’s always a slim chance that something so bizarre in nature ends up being really special. And, you have to love the fact that the studio has brought on Andrew Niccol to write the script. He has previously excelled at creating bizarre and dream-like worlds, as he wrote »
- Marc Eastman
Who is the Standing Man? That's a question the latest trailer from Bridge of Spies sets out to answer. DreamWorks Pictures and Fox 2000 Pictures have released this latest sneak peek via Entertainment Weekly. And it looks and feels like another classic drama from the two men who gave us Saving Private Ryan, The Terminal and Catch Me If You Can. The film is directed by three-time Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg, and stars two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks. The film will surely garner them each another nomination.
Set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, Bridge of Spies recounts the story of James Donovan (Tom Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen »
Following the Saul Bass-inspired previous promo image, here's a slightly more traditional new poster for Steven Spielberg's Bridge Of Spies: same face, different design. Once again teaming the director with his old Saving Private Ryan and The Terminal cohort Tom Hanks, this one's a spy thriller. Could you tell?The story is based on the true-life tale of James Donovan (Hanks); a lawyer who was pushed headfirst into the Cold War during the 1960s when he had to negotiate for the release of downed U2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers (Austin Stowell) after the airman was shot down over Russia.The title refers to the popular Cold War nickname for what's now the Glienicke Bridge connecting Wannsee and Potsdam: East and West Germany at the time the film is set. Its official name then was the Bridge of Unity, but it garnered its alternate moniker due to »
Steven Spielberg’s next film, spy thriller Bridge Of Spies, teams him up again with with his old Saving Private Ryan and The Terminal cohort Tom Hanks for what’s shaping up to be a heart-stopping Cold War thriller. It has a new poster that recalls the Saul Bass-inspired opening credits of another Hanks/Spielberg movie, Catch Me If You Can, and more recently that stylish falling man Mad Men aesthetic. It’s also got a big photo of Tom Hanks on it, which we’re always in favour of.May 1, 1960. While American moviegoers were watching David Niven and Doris Day hamming it up Please Don't Eat the Daisies, Us pilot Gary Powers’s U2 spy plane was plunging through Russian airspace after a Soviet Sam missile put pay to his covert mission. Next to the Cuban Missile Crisis, the incident's fallout brought America and the Soviet Union as »
A while ago, Ridley Scott was developing a big screen version of the "Monopoly" board game. Apparently that project fell apart, but now comes word that Lionsgate has teamed with Hasbro to give the property another shot. Lionsgate will finance the film and has hired Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show, Gattaca, The Terminal) to write the script. "Monopoly" is being envisioned as a family-friendly tentpole. The story centers on a boy from Baltic Avenue who uses both Chance and Community in a quest to make his fortune, taking him on an adventure-filled journey. It's about making your own luck, what makes you truly rich and avoiding jail time. Monopoly has been played by more than 1 billion people in 114 countries and has been translated into 47 different languages, according to Hasbro. »
Of all the absurd ideas for commercially motivated films based on known properties, the long-gestating Monopoly movie certainly distinguishes itself as one of the most prominent. However, it appears that after a nixed summer shoot, the board of this prospective big-budget game bonanza has been reset with the acquisition of a new scriptwriter, revealing an intriguing family-friendly direction. In an official announcement from the film's financier, Lionsgate, it was revealed that screenwriter Andrew Niccol has been tapped to pen the Monopoly script. Niccol is known as the rather eclectically focused scribe behind the groundbreaking Jim Carrey concept comedy, The Truman Show, dystopic sci-fi vehicle, Gattaca, Tom Hanks dramedy, The Terminal, and the 2013 failed Ya tent-pole attempt, The Host. The acquisition indicates a possibly wholesome direction for the Monopoly film. According to the film's official description: The story centers on a boy from Baltic Avenue who uses both Chance and Community »
Every time it feels like Hollywood has decided to remake a property that couldn’t be more sacred, they one up the ante. Michael Bay has been prepping a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s suspense/horror classic The Birds, and Variety reports that the project has now found its director: Dutch filmmaker Diederik Van Rooijen. Van Rooijen has directed the thrillers Tape and Daylight previously, but never a film in the English language.
Hitchcock’s film from 1963, arguably his last great movie and the story of how birds terrorized a small town in Northern California, has never been officially remade, but its influences are everywhere. Heck, even Jurassic World has a scene with pterodactyls worthy of Hitch.
No details on additional plot points or when production is expected to begin have yet been revealed.
So far the list of movies based on board games includes Clue, Battleship, Jumanji, and maybe someday, »
- Brian Welk
Hasbro is moving forward with its long-planned feature film based upon the classic board game Monopoly, with Variety reporting that the toy manufacturer has partnered up with Lionsgate for the project, which will be scripted by Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show). The film will revolved around “a boy from the game’s modest Baltic Avenge on a quest to make a fortune.”
“Hasbro is a partner with incredible global reach, one of the most compelling brand portfolios in the world, and a signature brand in Monopoly that has multigenerational appeal,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-president Erik Feig. “Andrew Niccol is the ultimate world creator responsible for such disparate and imaginative films as The Truman Show, Gattaca and The Terminal. He is an inspired choice to develop this timeless property into a big, crowd-pleasing event film that will appeal to kids, families and anyone who has ever played the Monopoly game. »
- Gary Collinson
The studio has struck a deal with the toy manufacturer to adapt the beloved board game and has brought on Andrew Niccol.
Lionsgate will finance what it said would be “visually sumptuous, heartwarming, and full of action and adventure.”
Niccol will write the screenplay about a boy from Baltic Avenue who uses Chance and Community on a quest to seek his fortune.
“Hasbro is a partner with incredible global reach, one of the most compelling brand portfolios in the world, and a signature brand in Monopoly that has multigenerational appeal,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-president Erik Feig.
“Andrew Niccol is the ultimate world creator responsible for such disparate and imaginative films as The Truman Show, Gattaca, and The Terminal. He is an inspired choice to develop this timeless property »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Lionsgate and Hasbro are partnering to bring the iconic game Monopoly to the big screen with Academy Award-nominated and BAFTA award-winning writer/producer/director Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show) writing the screenplay.
“Hasbro is a partner with incredible global reach, one of the most compelling brand portfolios in the world, and a signature brand in Monopoly that has multigenerational appeal,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-President Erik Feig. “Andrew Niccol is the ultimate world creator responsible for such disparate and imaginative films as The Truman Show, Gattaca, and The Terminal. He is an inspired choice to develop this timeless property into a big, crowd-pleasing event film that will appeal to kids, families and anyone who has ever played the Monopoly game.”
“As we’ve seen with our other movies and television series, Hasbro’s brands are terrific »
- Michelle McCue
The latest movie adaptation news out of Hasbro's impressive collection of properties concerns Monopoly, the family-favorite board game that teaches financial management and the brutal practice of capitalism. Hasbro Allspark Pictures will be producing the picture (ie the player) with Lionsgate now coming onboard to provide financing (ie the banker). In addition to this partnership, Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show) has been set to pen the adaptation, which is expected to center on a boy from the game's budget-priced Baltic Avenue who sets out into the world to make his fortune. [caption id="attachment_385963" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Hasbro[/caption] Variety reports on the progress of Monopoly, though there's little mention of Emmett/Furla, the production company that previously acquired the rights to the board game adaptation from Hasbro. They've been trying to get the project off the ground since 2013. This past January, producer Randall Emmett said that he expected to announce a cast and director soon, »
- Dave Trumbore
Lionsgate announced this morning they are resurrecting a film adaptation of the board game Monopoly, a project Ridley Scott was attempting to get off the ground for many years to no avail. The studio is teaming with Hasbro on the project and have brought aboard Andrew Nicool (The Truman Show, Gattaca, The Terminal) to write the screenplay, no word yet on whether or not he will also direct. "Hasbro is a partner with incredible global reach, one of the most compelling brand portfolios in the world, and a signature brand in 'Monopoly' that has multigenerational appeal," said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-President Erik Feig in a press release. "Andrew Niccol is the ultimate world creator responsible for such disparate and imaginative films as The Truman Show, Gattaca and The Terminal. He is an inspired choice to develop this timeless property into a big, crowd-pleasing event film that will appeal to kids, »
- Brad Brevet
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