11 items from 2009
Plenty of votes were cast in last week's poll, but in the end, The Coen Brothers' Raising Arizona was chosen as Nicolas Cage's finest film to date, followed closely by Spike Jonze's Adaptation. A ways behind those two films, Face/Off was a bit of a surprise at #3, while Leaving Las Vegas and Lord of War rounded out the top 5. All in all, the votes were spread around quite a bit, and various suggestions of additional films like Wild at Heart, Vampire's Kiss and Bringing Out the Dead make it clear that, contrary to popular belief, the man actually has a decent array of respected flicks under his belt. Do you agree with these results? Where would Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans rank in the list? 1. Raising Arizona -- 24% 2. Adaptation -- 21.4% 3. Face/Off -- 10.1% 4. Leaving Las Vegas -- 9.4% 5. Lord of War -- 8.3% 6. The Rock -- 8.1% 7. Matchstick Men »
The last time we reported on the video game adaptation, Bioshock, the movie was put on hold because of (you guessed it) money troubles. Universal Pictures took a look at the $160 million dollar budget, and decided to pull the plug in the pre-production stages, letting staff go (for that time being) until they and the then-director Gore Verbinski could figure out a way to do the movie (basically) without it costing as much.
And it looks like they’ve done just that, as well as finding a replacement director for Verbinski in the form of Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, who you’ll probably know best for co-writing and directing 28 Weeks Later. He is in talks to direct from a script written by John Logan (Gladiator, The Last Samurai).
So how have Universal and Verbinski revamped their budget plan to make Bioshock for less? Well, they’re going to film outside the U. »
- Ross Miller
Golightly has spent the past 12 years as president of Saturn, the production shingle of Nicolas Cage.
A Cage spokesperson said Golightly is leaving to pursue new opportunities. A replacement has not been named. Saturn will continue to function as an independent production company for the actor.
Golightly began his tenure with Saturn and Cage on the production of "Shadow of the Vampire," which was released in 2000. Since then, Golightly and Cage produced multiple features under their Saturn Films banner including "The Life of David Gale" and "Lord of War" as well as the television series "The Dresden Files."
- By Borys Kit
Looks like Al Roker hasn’t let the beef with Speidi slide just yet. This morning on the “Today” show, talk of his controversial interview with Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag on Monday was inevitable, as the “weatherman” proclaimed he could take Spencer in a fight and would have “dumped him like a bag of dirt.” Although Al was just firing back at Spencer (who told TMZ that he “would’ve ripped the dude’s head off” if he hadn’t been saved by Jesus), I’m not quite sure if the 52-year-old host of a family friendly show should be talking such smack on morning TV. But it was entertaining to say the least.
- Tim Kash
Earlier this month when Academy Award-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson was cast in Columbia Pictures' reimagining of The Karate Kid, we asked you if she brought any credibility to the project. Tonight it has been revealed that a new screenwriter has been hired for the Will Smith-produced reboot. Who is the new scribe? Steven Conrad, whose credits include Wrestling Ernest Hemingway, The Weather Man, The Pursuit of Happyness and the underrated comedy The Promotion. An obvious choice considering Conrad's connection to Smith. But will a new screenwriter be able to save this project from expected doom? Don't count on it, especially considering the bits and pieces of information that leaked out of Chris Murphy's previous draft. Lets just hope that the final film is retitled The Kung Fu Kid, or something else entirely. source: RiskyBiz »
- Peter Sciretta
It looks like Will Smith is assembling a very serious team for his family reboot 80s classic The Karate Kid. Not only has he drafted screenwriter Steve Conrad who penned tear-jerker The Pursuit Of Happyness for himself and his son, but he has also signed Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson to play Jaden's single mother.Conrad, who wrote The Weather Man for Nicolas Cage, replaces newcomer Chris Murphy who was original hired to form the script. The established writer currently has two other irons in the script-writing fire with both familial drama Aloft and Brad Pitt look-alikey comedy Chad Schmidt in pre-production.Production on The Karate Kid/ Kung Fu Kid or whatever they are calling it now, kicks off next month with Agent Cody Banks director Harald Zwart overseeing the proceedings. Jackie Chan - who will assume the Mr Miyagi mentor mantle, now called Mr Han - must be practising his "wax on, »
We all know how it is. You'd like to get out to see a new movie this weekend, but you’ve been stuck on a hijacked subway train too many times to find any cinematic amusement in that scenario. But you can have something close to that blockbuster experience at home with the proper application of DVDs. In fact, you might even be able to one-up everyone else at the watercooler come Monday, because while they're saying, "Hey, did you see that remake The Taking of Pelham 123?" you can respond, "No, I saw the classic movie that was the real inspiration for it." Instead Of: Imagine That, in which Eddie Murphy discovers how to be a better corporate employee by spending more time with his cute little daughter and indulging her imagination... Watch: Bedtime Stories, featuring the fantasies of little children springing to life and harassing Adam Sandler, which teaches »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Sorcerer’s Apprentice has been in production for the past two months and they are still hiring actresses. When Screen Rant mentioned the film before, it didn’t have the incredibly beautiful Monica Belluci (The Matrix Reloaded) attached to it. She has since joined cast members Nicolas Cage, Alfred Molina and director Jon Turteltaub (Cool Runnings) in Disney’s big screen adaptation.
Sorcerer’s Apprentice is loosely (read not at all) based on the original poem by Johann Wolfgang Goethe; Disney drew its inspiration from the poem for the famous scene in the animated classic Fantasia. Based in modern-day Manhattan, Cage is sorcerer Balthazar Blake who is fighting the forces of darkness with the help of his young protégé (Jay Baruchel). Molina plays evil sorcerer Horvath who teams up with Drake Stone (Toby Kebbell) to “gain ultimate powers”.
Bellucci takes on the role of sorceress Veronica, who is Blake’s long-lost girlfriend. »
- Paul Young
Seven Pounds is coming to BluRay and DVD March 31st and from Sony we have the specs. Will Smith reunites with the director and producers of The Pursuit of Happyness for the emotional drama Seven Pounds. In the film, Smith plays Ben Thomas, an IRS agent with a fateful secret who embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers. Seven Pounds was produced by Todd Black (The Great Debaters, The Pursuit of Happyness), Jason Blumenthal (The Pursuit of Happyness, The Weather Man), James Lassiter (Hancock, I Am Legend), Steve Tisch (The Pursuit of Hap »
Until the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy came along, destroying everything in its path like a particularly pissed-off Kraken, director Gore Verbinski had made a career out of flitting from genre to genre and mid-size film to mid-size film, from The Weather Man to Mouse Hunt to The Ring.And now he’s signed on to potentially direct a drama that stands in stark contrast to his current projects, animated movie Rango and giant-sized videogame adaptation, Bioshock.The movie in question is written by Michael Gilio and revolves around a retired rancher who loses his life savings after being conned by a phone solicitations company. Currently untitled, it was formerly called Black Hole and was one of the scripts that wound up on last year’s Black List, the unofficial list of the hottest unmade scripts doing the rounds in Hollywood.Verbinski has set up the project at Universal and »
Gore Verbinski's flicks tend to inhabit two extremes. Either you have the big, sweeping action epic like "Pirates of the Caribbean" or the smaller films like "The Weather Man" which don't cost $50 bajillion dollars (yes, it's a real number—I saw it on CNBC). While I was under the impression that Verbinski's next flick would be an adaptation of the must-play videogame, "Bioshock", it looks like Universal has different plans for the director. Universal has bought an untitled Michael Gilio script and is hoping to develop it as a directing project for Verbinski. Of course, that's slightly in the distance as Verbinski is currently at work on his first animated feature, Rango which is set for release in 2011. However, I like the angle of Gilio's script as it focuses on a retired rancher who responds to a phone solicitation swindle that »
11 items from 2009
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