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Ultimate Gangster Collection — Contemporary
Due Out: May 21, 2013
The “Ultimate Gangster Collection: Classics“ and “Ultimate Gangster Collection: Contemporary” are available on Blu-ray 5/21
Who’S It For?
My wife hasn’t seen Mean Streets, The Untouchables, Goodfellas or Heat. So while I would normally say this is the perfect gift for guys on Father’s Day, it’s really perfect for my wife. These are movies that must be seen by every adult. Not only to they showcase how the ugly side of society has evolved, but it’s also the evolution of gangster crime. Every one of these films is brilliant, and yes, I’m including The Departed. Jack Nicholson’s performance has someone gotten a bad rap. I’m convinced if it wasn’t for Martin Scorsese zooming in on the rat at the very end, everyone would still worship this film. »
- Jeff Bayer
ABC has officially ordered the Avengers spinoff Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for its fall schedule. The show won’t actually feature too many characters from Avengers — with one rather notable exception. As Marvel godfather Joss Whedon announced many months ago, the show will feature the return of Clark Gregg’s Agent Phil Coulson. Of course, as we all know, Coulson appeared to die in The Avengers. And by “appeared to die” I mean “Yes, of course, they could have faked his death, but we saw blood running out of his mouth, and his death formed the emotional core of the film’s third act. »
- Darren Franich
• Arnold Schwarzenegger is in talks to star in a reboot of The Toxic Avenger to play the Exterminator, who helps the Toxic Avenger (a weak kid who has an unfortunate accident at a toxic chemicals plant) learn to use his newfound powers for good. So, they team up to take on the evil polluters. Writer and director Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) is leading the adaptation, and Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz (directors of the 1984 cult classic) will serve as executive producers. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
• Martin Scorsese has found a new leading man in Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man) for his feature Silence, based on Shusaku Endo’s 1966 Japanese-language novel. The fictional story follows a 17th century Portuguese Jesuit missionary to Japan. Ken Watanabe (Inception) also stars in the film, which will be largely shot in Japanese. At one point, Daniel Day-Lewis and Benicio del Toro were going to star in the film. [Variety]
- Lindsey Bahr
Directed by: Joseph Kosinski
Containing manic energy is a skill. Suppressing it is hazardous. When Tom Cruise was bouncing off walls and generally making himself into a punch line cliché, you could still sense the charisma that made him a star. In Joseph Kosinski's sci-fi epic Oblivion, Cruise smirks and struts his way through a post-apocalyptic earth like he's on downers and barely registers a heartbeat.
After Earth was ravaged by Scavengers (or Scavs) by destroying our moon, the human race fled to space station called the Tet and started a colony on Titan. Now it's 2077 and the only humans left on Earth are Jack Harper (Tom Cruise), a tech support to huge machines siphoning our water to bring to Titan, and Victoria (Andrea Riseborough), a communications officer who keeps things running, »
- Alexandra West
Trevor Hogg chats with visual effects supervisor Bjørn Mayer, digital effects supervisor Paul Lambert, animation supervisor Steve Preeg and previsualization supervisor Nick Markel about bringing the world of Oblivion to the big screen. Beware there are spoilers...
Joseph KosinskiFor his sophomore effort filmmaker Joseph Kosinski shifted from an established franchise to an original project which he wrote as a 12 page story five years before directing Tron: Legacy (2010). “I have seen a lot of concept art which was derived from that but not the novel itself,” states Bjørn Mayer (The Hunger Games) who collaborated with Eric Barba (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) to orchestrate the visual effects for Oblivion (2013). There is a booklet from Comic-Con three years ago and there are a lot of pictures.” The science fiction thriller which revolves around security repairman Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) who discovers that he is not as alone as previously thought on »
American musician known for his performance at Woodstock who put a soulful, fiery twist on folk songs and covers
Richie Havens, who has died of a heart attack aged 72, is best known for his opening performance at the historic 1969 Woodstock festival. He had been scheduled to go on fifth, but major traffic snarl-ups delayed many of the performers, so he was put on first and told to perform a lengthy set.
He entranced the audience for three hours, being called back time and again for encores. With his repertoire exhausted, he improvised a song based on the spiritual Motherless Child. This became Freedom, his best known song and an anthem for a generation. His inclusion on the subsequent film of the festival – where he can be seen strutting around the stage, pouring every ounce of emotion into the song – further enhanced his reputation. The song was included on the soundtrack »
- Derek Schofield
You know, when I say that Jamie Foxx is a chameleon, I sort of meant that to mean that he's a versatile actor. Think about it: did you really see the brilliance of films like Ray and Collateral and Django Unchained coming from the guy who once also made Booty Call? No, you didn't. But that's okay because no one did!
And Jamie Foxx has continued to slay Hollywood, with a glorious resume and knockout talent. But this leaked photo from the set of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (no, Tobey Maguire is still not coming back, it's Andrew Garfield now, stop asking) features Foxx not just looking electric blue, but his skin looks strange and chameleon like. I would definitely never mistake that guy for an alumnus from In Living Color. Not a chance in hell. Take a shot below:
What do you think of the first look at Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2? »
- Terron R. Moore
Feature James Clayton 12 Apr 2013 - 06:17
Sci-fi thriller Oblivion has arrived in cinemas, and that means that audiences have a fresh sci-fi blockbuster to enjoy. Sometimes snubbed, misunderstood and casually dismissed to sulk in its own tech-interfaced ghetto, the genre has got a bit of a (micro)chip on its shoulder. It's therefore always nice to see original science fiction stories making waves on the movie scene and reaching wider cinema audiences.
Of course, the crucial draw of Oblivion for many isn't its vision of a future Earth ravaged by alien warfare, overseen by survivors who inhabit floating towns and »
Foxx has amassed an impressive body of work over the years, working with such respected directors as Michael Mann ("Miami Vice," "Collateral" and "Ali"), Oliver Stone ("Any Given Sunday") and, of course, Quentin Tarantino ("Django Unchained"). He won the Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of musician Ray Charles in "Ray" (2004) and received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Mann's "Collateral."
Foxx will next be seen as the President of the United States in "White House Down," the Channing Tatum action film opening June 28, and is set to write, direct and possibly star in a five-episode horror anthology series that will air on Syfy this fall. He'll be seen next summer as the villainous Electro in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."
"As a comedian, »
- NextMovie Staff
Exclusive: Resolution has signed Peter Segal and his Callahan Filmworks producing partner Michael Ewing. They leave CAA and rejoin their longtime agent Adam Kanter, who with Martin Spencer made waves when they left CAA together to help start Resolution’s Motion Picture lit department. Segal is currently in post-production at Warner Bros on Grudge Match, the comedy that stars Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone as former boxers who get in the ring one last time to settle a long dispute. Segal directed it and he and Ewing are among its producers. The cumulative grosses of Segal’s films, including The Longest Yard, 50 First Dates, Anger Management and Get Smart, put him over $1 billion, but the one I’ll always treasure most is Tommy Boy, which best brought Chris Farley’s unique charm and physical comedy talents to the big screen. Segal is still repped by attorney Lawrence Rose. Between Kanter and Spencer, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The project is described as a partly Hong Kong-set cyber-thriller which sees American and Chinese agents teaming up for a task force to pursue a common adversary - a hacker engaging in cyber-theft who hails from the Balkans and is now based somewhere in Southeast Asia.
Chris Hemsworth ("Thor," "The Avengers") stars in the project. Mann has been location scouting around Hong Kong, and the likes of Tang Wei, Nick Cheung Ka-fai and Shawn Yue Man-lok have all reportedly had meetings with Mann about roles.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
DVD Release Date: May 7, 2013
Price: DVD $19.98
Witness: A World in Conflict Through A Lens
Witness: A World in Conflict Through A Lens is a four-part HBO Documentary Films TV miniseries that examines present-day conflict zones in Mexico, Libya, South Sudan and Brazil, as shown through the lenses of three war photographers.
Some of the world’s most dangerous places are never declared war zones, but cities and regions where drug trafficking, poverty, gang violence, political corruption and ethnic warfare have combined to create the most violent hotspots on Earth. Only a handful of photojournalists remain in these zones major news organizations have left, armed with just their cameras, to document what’s happening and attempt to make sense of the complicated issues that perpetuate in these locations. Witness follows three young combat photographers—Eros Hoagland, who explores the gang-and-drug related violence in both Juarez, Mexico and Rio de Janeiro, »
"Millions of galaxies of hundreds of millions of stars, in a speck on one in a blink. That’s us, lost in space." — Vincent, Collateral
Though he's most widely known for his action movies — the Mission: Impossible movies, in particular — superstar actor Tom Cruise has also starred in a handful of sci-fi movies in his career, including War of the Worlds (2005), his highest grossing domestic release to date. After an eight-year hiatus from sci-fi, Cruise will return to the genre on April 19th in Oblivion, a post-apocalyptic epic from director Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy) in which Cruise plays one of the last drone (read: clone) workers on an Earth that is all but abandoned following a devastating war with an alien race known as the Scavs.
In anticipation of Oblivion's imminent release, we thought this would be a great time to look back on Cruise's rather extensive filmography to determine, »
- BrentJS Sprecher
Stuart Beattie has been hired to write the adaptation of the Ya bestseller, Daughter Of Smoke & Bone, from Laini Taylor. The adaptation is seen as a potential franchise for Universal. In its basic sense, the plot revolves around a young woman who comes in contact with spirits, propelling her on a journey rooted in her family’s history. How vague can I be?
This is what Laini had to say about the hire:
“I’m thrilled to have Stuart Beattie adapting ‘Daughter of Smoke & Bone’; it’s been fantastic to delve into the world of the book with a screenwriter of such insight and experience…Between Stuart, Joe Roth, and Universal Pictures, we’ve got a team with massive epic flair, and I can’t wait to see what unfolds as we move toward bringing Karou, Akiva, Brimstone, and the world of ‘Daughter of Smoke & Bone’ to the screen.”
- Andy Greene
Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Set in the tangled lanes of Prague, a mysterious young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. A star-crossed romance and the search for the truth about her past soon take over her life. [Source: THR]
Fox Searchlight has acquired film rights to Nickolas Butler’s debut novel "Shotgun Lovesongs". The story follows the friendship between four men in their early 30s who live near one another in the same Wisconsin town where they grew up.
Some in the quartet have left while others have not, and they are just now coming into their own as husbands and fathers with each hoping to finally find real purchase in the world. »
- Garth Franklin
Universal Pictures has now selected a screenwriter for its adaptation of Laini Taylor's best-selling gothic Young Adult fantasy novel Daughter Of Smoke And Bone. Per a press release issued today, the studio has hired Stuart Beattie to script the story, and Beattie comes with a boatload of experience. He previously helped develop the Pirates of the Caribbean series and wrote the screenplays for G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and Collateral. Laini Taylor herself said of the news, "I’m thrilled to have Stuart Beattie adapting Daughter of Smoke & Bone; it’s been fantastic to delve into the world of the book with a screenwriter of such insight and experience. Between Stuart, Joe Roth, and Universal Pictures, we’ve got a team with massive epic flair, and I can’t wait to see what unfolds as we move toward bringing Karou, Akiva, Brimstone, and the world of Daughter of Smoke & Bone to th. »
Some movement is finally taking place on Universal’s adaptation of author Laini Taylor’s popular Ya fantasy novel Daughter of Smoke & Bone. The studio bought the rights to the book back in December of 2011 after an intense bidding war, but we haven’t heard anything about the project since. Now Heat Vision reports that Stuart Beattie (Collateral, 30 Days of Night) has been tapped to write the script for the feature film adaptation, with Joe Roth (Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and the Huntsman) onboard to produce. The story centers on a 17-year-old art student whose father sends her all over the world collecting human teeth for a mysterious purpose. The young woman realizes that she’s part of an ancient struggle between angels and demons, and finds herself in a love affair with a warrior angel (as one does). The story is decidedly fantastical, and it’ll be interesting »
- Adam Chitwood
Stuart Beattie, the high-profile screenwriter whose credits include Collateral and 30 Days of Night, has been tapped to write Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Universal’s adaptation of the Ya fantasy by Laini Taylor. Joe Roth, the producer of Oz the Great and Powerful and Universal’s own Snow White and the Huntsman, is producing the project. Photos: Teenage Dreams: 17 of the Most Popular Ya Properties Adapted for TV and Film The first installment of the trilogy, published in September 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, tells the tale of a 17-year-old art student whose father
- Borys Kit
Exclusive: Screenwriter-director Stuart Beattie has signed with Resolution. He follows his longtime agent Martin Spencer, who moved from CAA to join Jeff Berg’s agency start-up. Beattie’s credits include Collateral, Pirates Of The Caribbean, 30 Days Of Night, and G.I. Joe: Rise Of Cobra. He just directed his script I, Frankenstein for Lakeshore with Lionsgate distributing, and is adapting the Laini Taylor novel Daughter Of Smoke And Bone for Universal and producer Joe Roth. This follows the move of Doug Liman to Resolution and Paranormal Activity helmer Oren Peli to Wme in the wake of Spencer and Adam Kanter’s exits for Resolution. I expect there will be more client fallout to follow. Beattie is a writer who works all the time on big studio projects and this is a coup for Resolution. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
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