6 items from 2012
Werner Herzog has dragged a real-life steamship across a real-life mountain; he once pulled a gun on his longtime star collaborator Klaus Kinski and told him to act or die; he took a film crew to the lip of la Grande Soufrière, a volcano in Guadeloupe that seismologists had predicted would erupt at any moment (it didn't); he was accidentally shot in the stomach during a filmed interview with the BBC ("It is not a significant bullet") and once, aided by Californian chef Alice Waters, he cooked – with garlic and herbs – and then ate his own shoe, an event chronicled in his friend Les Blank's evocatively title docushort Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe.
These are the bedrock fables of the »
- John Patterson
Zak Penn and Chris Morgan are both known for their contributions to Hollywood's big blockbuster world. Penn is best known for his work in the superhero genre, having a hand in movies like X2, Elektra, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Incredible Hulk and The Avengers; while Morgan has written the last three Fast and Furious movies and has number four currently in production. With their history it only makes sense for Penn and Morgan to team up, so that's just what they're doing. Deadline says that two two writers have successfully pitched a new action movie idea to Universal described as being "in the vein of Chronicle." Penn, who has directing experience making films like Incident at Loch Ness and The Grand, will be helming the new project and writing the script, while Morgan is attached as a producer. Outside of the comparison to Josh Trank's hit from earlier »
27 July 2012 5:08 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
A Santa Monica office property that houses an outpost of talent agency Innovative Artists has sold for $6.3 million. The deal for the property at 1617 Broadway St. closed in mid-July. The buyers were a group of investors led by Jay Rifkin, a film producer whose credits include Waiting..., Hesher and Incident At Loch Ness. The seller was Szs Crossroads Associates LLC, the entity of undisclosed investors. Innovative's headquarters are nearby in Santa Monica on 10th Street; the company occupies the third floor of the Broadway Street building, where it houses its production department. Innovative has about five
- Daniel Miller
My thanks to Martha Thomases for her column this week. In it she confessed to having a fondness for the 1980 Flash Gordon film that started the immortal Sam Jones and Max Van Sydow. It’s bad film and she knows it but she has legit reasons for her fondness of it. Martha, just so you know, the 2007 SyFy TV series is much worse, not even having space ships, for crying out loud! Flash Gordon without space ships?! Talk about not getting the concept!
I say thank you because I had no idea what I was going to do for my column this week and now I do. There are bad films and one CD that I know are horrible but I felt a compulsion to go out and buy a copy of them. This isn’t the same as the weird films of which I own a copy and that »
- John Ostrander
So I finally joined the clamoring hordes who have gone to see The Avengers and, yes, I had a really good time. No spoilers but I can define my favorite scene in two words that won’t spoil the show: “Puny god.” ‘Nuff said. Those who have seen it know what I’m talking about. I also really enjoyed the little scene at the end of all the credits.
It’s made a billion dollars worldwide, and its already on its way towards making a bazillion, I’m sure. Marvel has played it very canny, building up to it by way of Iron Man (I and II), Thor and Captain America. You’d almost think that The Avengers success was inevitable and you’d be terribly, terribly wrong.
I got two words for you.
Joss Whedon is the real star of the film, having both written and directed »
- John Ostrander
One cryptozoological oddity I'm surprised has been explored more - especially in the "found footage" arena - over the last few years is the Loch Ness Monster.
Sure, we've seen a few films in the past few year - including Incident at Loch Ness - but I'm talking about a genuinely scary monster movie.
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6 items from 2012
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