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Sony Pictures went out and hired an Oscar-winning screenwriter for their big screen adaptation of the hit video game Uncharted. The writer's name is Mark Boal, and he's written the scripts for the incredible war films Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker. He's a much better choice than the writer of the National Treasure movies, who is one of the writers they previously hired.
According to THR, Boal is a big fan of the video game franchise, and he envisions the story as a "swashbuckling adventure in the vein of Indiana Jones." That's basically a description of the video game, but if he can help bring the story and the Nathan Drake character to life on the big screen in an amazing way, then what more can the fans ask for?
The last we heard, the plan was to start shooting in 2015, so they've still got some time to get the script right. »
- Joey Paur
This review will be largely thematic, rather than a straightforward recapping of the events, which you can find out by watching the episode anyway (which is really good, and the review contains spoilers, so you might as well first watch it on official catch-up).
Season 2 sees the new Director Coulson's smaller, in-the-process-of-being-reconstructed Shield become underdogs, trying to stop Hydra while simultaneously evading the likes of the ridiculously gung-ho (and newly promoted) Brigadier General Glenn Talbot (Adrian Pasdar). (Seriously, how did he ever make any friends (that's assuming he has any), or get married, or even get promoted at in the first place? He's extremely tenacious, but kind of a jerk, using power to intimidate anyone who might possibly get in his way (or even try to work with him). And his idea of motivating people is to explain to them that he's threatening them less.)
The plot is somewhat reminiscent »
Manny Camacho reviews episodes 4 – 5 of Sleepy Hollow season 2….
Sleepy Hollow has been a fun ride since it’s series inception. A very specific tale of the fabled Hessian Horseman whose head is decapitated, rises from the grave and searches for the head he lost.
This series has been written in a similar style to Once Upon A Time with a dash of Lost tastefully mixed in. The stories have been solidly incorporating a variety of other characters and tales from many different pieces of folklore and combining them with biblical concepts to interweave the storyline we have today. Mainly concepts from the biblical stories of revelation. Setting up our main characters as the two who bare witness to the coming of the end of days.
The recent episodes for this season have continued to burrow down the rabbit hole of storied characters by utilizing the Pied-Piper and The Weeping Lady. »
- Manny Camacho
Briefly: After dying in nearly everything that's he's starred in, it sounds like Sean Bean is poised to survive a feature film. THR has word that the Lord of the Rings and National Treasure star has landed a role in The Martian, the next sci-fi drama from Alien director Ridley Scott. The film follows an astronaut (Damon) who is stranded in a Martian colony and struggles to survive, hoping he can last long enough for Nasa to organize a rescue mission. Bean will play a Nasa flight director, presumably back on Earth, trying to sort things out. Bean joins an interesting assembly of talent that includes Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Kristen Wiig and Donald Glover. The film arrives on November 25th, 2015. »
- Ethan Anderton
In "The Front," our team of Blacklist FBI agents have ditched their search for crazy docs and moved on to crazy eco-terrorists (like bio-terrorists who care about the environment). Liz and Ressler need to find these radicals who are on a search of their own, looking for a killer plague. Red is searching for something as well: his long-lost daughter. It's a night of quests in the vein of National Treasure, letting us catch a glimpse of a vulnerable Liz, a determined Red and an Amar who has us asking, "Just how smart is this guy?" »
Marketing veteran Jack Pan is the latest hire at Robert Simonds’ new film and television company, joining a collection of studio hands that includes former Universal Pictures chairman Adam Fogelson and former Disney and 20th Century Fox exec Oren Aviv.
Pan has served as senior marketing executive at both Disney and Summit Entertainment, helping on the rollout of the “Twilight,” “National Treasure,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Divergent” franchises. He is known for being a pioneer of online marketing, who is credited with helping the “Twilight” films reach their core audience of passionate readers.
As president of marketing at Simonds’ still unnamed studio, he will oversee research and analytics, creative advertising and other forms of promotion. He will report to Aviv and starts at the studio immediately.
Pan previously worked with Aviv at Disney. His hire gives the Simonds team a strong backing in marketing, as both Aviv and Fogelson »
- Brent Lang
Written by Mark Goffman
Directed by Ken Olin
Airs Mondays at 9pm (Est) on Fox
Few shows are returning this fall with higher expectations than Fox’s Sleepy Hollow. What appeared last year to be an inexplicable pickup turned into the season’s most engaging new series, managing to successfully balance its utterly ridiculous concept with strong character work and a clever sense of humor. It was a win for quality that also translated into a ratings win for Fox, who made the interesting choice of bypassing a back-nine and ordering a second season right away. All of this was encouraging, but continued to raise the question of how long its brand of lunacy could be sustained, or if whatever energy the writers had grappled onto would dim in between seasons.
Those questions are answered in large part by “This Is War,” and »
- Les Chappell
Nicolas Cage is so much more than a man; he's a legend. This is in part because of his long list of iconic movie credits, from Leaving Las Vegas to National Treasure, Moonstruck to Kick-Ass. It's in part because of his outrageous performance style, and crazy Cage eyes. But it's also because of all those stranger-than-fiction true tidbits about his life that pop up--like that he named his son after Superman, or that he bought himself a pyramid. You hear stories like these, and think, "Well, of course he did. He's Nic Cage!" Well, thanks to Idris Elba, we've got a new one to add to ever-expanding encyclopedia of inexplicable Cage behavior. As part of his continued efforts to promote his latest thriller No Good Deed, Idris Elba took to Reddit to offer up an Ama. Amid answering questions about The Wire and Luther, Elba shared a story from the »
The 18th century German classic about an apprentice magician is brought bang up to date in contemporary Manhattan by the team behind National Treasure. In this expanded adventure, Nicolas Cage plays Balthazar Blake, a sorcerer who has to save the city from his arch nemesis Horvath (Alfred Molina). Crucial to his quest is physics prodigy Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel) who just may be the chosen one to thwart Horvath and his diabolical plans. »
After we took a week off to have a baby, The Podcast returns! Our 178th podcast features plenty of tasty movie goodies including Tom’s Trivia Three – We teach you things about Time Bandits, National Treasure and Hayao Miyazaki Reviews – If I Stay, The Grand Seduction, Let’s Be Cops A critically acclaimed screen actor quotes lines from movies he hasn’t starred in – This week our acclaimed actor takes on Pirates Of The Caribbean Ultimate Recast Reboot – We recast and reboot 3 Men And A Baby News – Guardians Of The Galaxy rules the box office, Irish film Trampoline get’s picked up in the States and the worst possible movie news ever And we have plenty of ways of making you listen... TuneIn App Users Click here – iOS / Android / Windows Phone Stitcher Users Click here – iOS / Android Subscribe on iTunes – Click here (Click view in iTunes and the click Subscribe »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
Theatrical horror is notoriously disappointing, so the expectations I had for As Above, So Below were almost nonexistent. The lure of cave exploration (a la The Descent) is 100% the only reason I went to see the film, and I’m glad to say that I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed myself. I caught the film during a matinee and I was the only person in the theatre. Despite sitting alone amongst 149 empty seats, I was filled with an overwhelming amount of claustrophobia and admit to jumping in my seat on more than one occasion. Is the film groundbreaking or particularly original? No. However, As Above, So Below is one of the more enjoyable “found footage” films I’ve seen in a long time.
- BJ Colangelo
From Indiana Jones (the good) through to National Treasure (the not so good), films have often played upon the desire that resides in every single young boy that never really grew up, but only grew taller. The dream of finding untold treasure hidden away in a dusty tomb or a missing galleon filled to the brim with solid gold coins unseen for hundreds of years is a powerful one. To this day, people make careers out of gambling everything they have, buying a ship and heading out on the open waves with little more than hope and a rumour to guide them – only to return months later, haggard and with eyes filled with horror, clutching a single golden cup or a small, delicate emerald ring worth half a billion dollars alone.
It is these real life mavericks who inspire the films, and the games like the Uncharted »
- Thomas Wesson
As Above, So Below, the latest and (hopefully) greatest “found footage” horror movie to attempt something supposedly “different,” is admittedly scream-worthy at times. France’s catacombs are creepy enough in the daytime as it is, making them an ideal location for first person Pov horror, but the scares are all inherent. All the work is done for the Dowdle brothers, showcasing walls lined with human skulls that remind us that every scene takes place in an underground mass grave, but besides a few religiously-inspired jump-scares, little is done to truly capitalize on Paris’ darkest secret. Buried among the bones and bodies is the Dowdle’s own story, only unearthing enough cohesion to stumble from Point A to Point B, but in establishing a wicked game where your deepest fears become the enemy, rules are glossed over in favor of archeological advancement. It’s a shame, because such a fresh concept »
- Matt Donato
It was confirmed last night by Deadline that Tom Hanks and Ron Howard are bringing back Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon for a third time after The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons as Inferno, based on the Dan Brown novel, will head into production in April 2015. Worldwide the first two films brought in $1.24 billion worldwide with only 28% of that total coming from the domestic box office, which is to say this has a big overseas following despite the fact reviews for the first two movies were never stellar. As for this next installment, which skips over The Lost Symbol when it comes to the chronological release of the books' publication dates, here's the synopsis: In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon (Hanks), is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces... Dante's Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles »
- Brad Brevet
As I tend to watch movies for a living, periodically I am faced with potential career choices that might be more lucrative for me. A stint aboard a space mining freighter for the Weyland-Yutani Corporation is a bit too futuristic for me, and I’ve missed the boat for enrolling in med school or law school. However, there seems to be one way to make money that doesn’t seem to take any formal schooling: treasure hunting. Of course, before I kiss my wife and kids good-bye and embark on a whirlwind global journey to get rich off of other people’s plundering, I had to look into this career choice a bit. I started by thinking: Where can I dig up a buried pirate’s treasure chest? The Answer: Only in the movies, unless you get creative or have unlimited funds. Pirate treasure has been the source of many entertaining films, including »
- Kevin Carr
Project Name: Snarky Sidekick Asking For: $6,500 on Indiegogo Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $3,390 Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 19 Description: Snarky Sidekick is a comedy web series that takes a satirical swipe at Indiana Jones and National Treasure. Its protagonist is Simon, a computer nerd who throws out one-liners from the comfort of a surveillance truck while assisting treasure hunter Tom Raker in his quest for priceless artifacts. When Raker dies, Simon is left in charge of his mission, and that requires him to go into the field and outside of his comfort zone. In the Snarky Sidekick pitch video, creator Matthew Starr displays the comedic tone of his series. "He too is afraid of snakes," says Starr of Simon, "and also girls, and deep water...generally, he's risk averse." Creator Bio: Starr, as with many other comic actors who create their own web series, »
- Sam Gutelle
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find everything wrong with National Treasure; the top 10 films that derailed the franchise; 26 amusing facts about amusement parks; and a Breaking Bad / True Detective mash-up. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
To kick things off today, FilmSchoolRejects has 38 Things We Learned from the Aladdin Commentary.
CinemaBlend has 5 Unsung Movies You Have To Catch Before Summer Ends.
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There are the movies that disappointed legions of fans. WatchMojo.com, counts down their picks for the top 10 movies that derailed the franchise.
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- Justin Vactor
Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. Header Photo: Full-Size Han Solo Blaster […]
- Peter Sciretta
Confession: I think Nicolas Cage is a great actor. And not just because of Oscar-quality performances like those in Adaptation and Leaving Las Vegas. No, the movie that introduced me to Cage’s gifts was National Treasure. And while Cage did return to the big screen for a sequel, the series deserves to become an even bigger franchise.
The National Treasure movies were made in the wake of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, an immensely popular, thrilling, if not particularly well-written novel about conspiracy theories and mini-art history lessons. National Treasure is the American Da Vinci Code—and »
- Jacob Shamsian
Sean Bean starred in two of the biggest fantasy franchises of all time — as Ned Stark in Game of Thrones and Boromir in Lord of the Rings — so naturally, his (very long) Reddit Ama revolved around these roles. Topics covered include his bastard son Jon Snow (or is he!?), how one does not simply walk into Mordor, and his characters' chronically low survival rates. He also talked a little bit about his new TNT show, Legends, on which he promises not to die, and a lot about food. Sean Bean loves food! As one Redditor aptly put it, "What I've learned from this Ama is that Sean Bean should host a cooking show."When asked to share an anecdote from filming National Treasure: There was one where I went back to Nic Cage's house, and we'd had a few drinks, we were playing pool and he accidentally knocked over »
- Anna Silman
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