9 items from 2010
By the time its final episode premieres on December 11, "30 for 30" will have aired thirty films on the last thirty years of sports. Nine were about football, six about baseball, five about basketball, two about boxing, two about running, and one each about BMX, hockey, Nascar, rugby, soccer, and tennis. The series, designed to celebrate Espn's thirtieth anniversary, featured the work of thirty different directors, but through its entire range of filmmakers and topics, one theme dominated the year of "30 for 30": money's insidious effect on the purity of sports.
Consider its very first episode, "King's Ransom," about the trade of Wayne Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings. The Oilers' motivation? Money. Or "The Two Escobars," about the destructive impact of drug money on the Columbian national soccer. The pursuit of money was the obvious subject of some of the films, like "Small Potatoes: Who Killed the Usfl? »
- Matt Singer
Even if "Fable 3" doesn't include Kinect support at launch, it will have a King's ransom worth of Xbox Live Achievements to unlock, and you don't need to be intimately familiar with the series to understand why the list looks like a mash-up of "Fallout 3" and "The Sims" accomplishments. A little Ghostbusters humor may sneak up on you, however, but you'll understand why after you read the rundown below.
"The Ruler of Albion," "Coronation Chicken," "Dye Hippie, Dye" and "I Am The Keymaster" are all titles granted to achievements in "Fable 3," according to the game's new listing on Xbox360Achievements.org. You'll have to figure out how to pull all 50 of them off in both single and multiplayer modes in order to acquire the 1000 points available, but now that you know what they are, that shouldn't be a problem:
• The Guild Seal (10): Unleash your heroic potential.
• And So It Begins »
- Brian Warmoth
Traditionally, late April hasn't been the most exciting time at the box office, but Hollywood has been making more and more attempts to capitalize on the days leading up to the summer movie season. Five Years Ago - 2005 The Interpreter topped the box office with $22.8 million at 2,758 theaters. It was one of the biggest-grossing debuts for a political thriller at the time. In second, The Amityville Horror (2005) had a solid second weekend hold by horror standards, while Sahara held well in third. The other nationwide debuts were a bust: A Lot Like Love opened to $7.6 million, Kung Fu Hustle mustered just $6.7 million and King's Ransom was ignored with $2.1 milllion. * Weekend Report Ten Years Ago - 2000 Trying to offer summer excitement in April, U-571 emerged with a chart-topping $19.6 million at 2,583 sites. That was and still is the highest-grossing debut ever for a submarine thriller, although it didn't pack quite as many »
- Brandon Gray <email@example.com>
I haven't seen Akira Kurosawa's 1963 "High and Low," which I'm ashamed about. I'm ashamed about a lot of things.I know that the movie is based on the book "King's Ransom" by Evan Hunter and the Kurosawa iteration is closely linked to Asian culture (sorry guys who actually know - I'm grasping at straws).In 1999 Martin Scorsese and producer Scott Rudin optioned a re-make and set David to write the film.Now, that project has re-surfaced with Chris Rock as the new writer and Mike Nichols (dir "Closer," "Charlie Wilson's War") on board to direct.I'm actually greatly in favor of this, because it's shaping up to be interesting. As far as Chris Rock's drama adaptations go, the only one that exists is "I Think I Love My Wife," which was a remake of "Chloe in the Afternoon."He's also starring in "Death at a Funeral," a re-make as well, »
The story follows a wealthy executive whose son has been kidnapped and he's prepared to pay the ransom using funds he needs for a critical corporate buyout. Before he can send the payment though, he realises the kidnappers have mistakenly abducted the child of his chauffeur and thus the decision becomes much more complicated.
Now, Black Voices reports that Rock has been hired to pen a new draft of the script for Mike Nichols who will serve as director. »
- Garth Franklin
Brewer Directing Footloose, Crawford Bails: I have a hard time believing the departure of Chace Crawford and the attachment of Craig Brewer as director for the forthcoming Footloose remake is merely coincidental, then again I never thought I'd see Brewer going from Hustle and Flow to Black Snake Moan only to end up directing a remake of a Kevin Bacon '80s dance flick that once had Kenny Ortega attached to direct. So who knows, maybe it is coincidence. Paramount has said casting a new lead will begin immediately with production expected to begin this summer. [Variety]
Chris Rock Penning Kurosawa Remake?: In a strange bit of news, Chris Rock will reportedly step in for David Mamet of all people to write the screen adaptation of Akira Kurosawa's kidnapping thriller High and Low telling the story of a kidnapped boy, ransomed for 30 million yen. The film was a loose »
- Brad Brevet
Chris Rock revealed his next project to Black Voices: writing the screenplay remake/adaptation of Akira Kurosawa's 1963 detective thriller High and Low for director Mike Nichols. If you were going to ask me who might replace David Mamet on this modern day remake/adaptation, Rock would certainly have been near the bottom of the list. Here are the details from Bv: Based loosely on Evan Hunter's 'King's Ransom,' the story follows an executive named Kingo Gondo, who learns that his son has been kidnapped. He is prepared to pay the ransom amount until he discovers that the kidnappers mistakenly abducted the child of his chauffeur. Gondo must decide between keeping the money he has saved up for a critical corporate buyout or using it to save his driver's son. Mike Nichols's filmography includes Who's Afraid of Virgina Wolf, The Graduate, Catch-22, Annie, The Birdcage, Closer and Charlie Wilson's War. »
- Peter Sciretta
Way back in 2008 we heard about a remake of Akira Kurosawa's High and Low, a 1963 detective thriller, which would be scripted by David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross, Heist) and directed by Mike Nichols. It's been a long time since then and we haven't heard one bit of new information until today, and to be honest, it's not the most thrilling update, though it is rather peculiar. While out promoting another remake, Death at a Funeral, Chris Rock mentioned to Black Voices (via ComingSoon) that he will be writing a new draft of Mamet's script with Nichols still directing. Come on, guys, April Fool's Day is getting old at this point! The Kurosawa film was based on King's Ransom, a crime novel by Ed McBain, and starred Toshirô Mifune as Kingo Gondo, a wealthy, hardworking businessman. As Gondo plans a coup that will secure his position as the head »
- Ethan Anderton
This week I was inspired by me recent purchase of "Akira Kurosawa: Master of Cinema" to watch a pair of Kurosawa films I had yet to see and then I finally got around to watching a Coen flick I had been neglecting for quite some time.
The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) Quick Thoughts: One look at my Netflix queue tells me I've had this film at my house since December 28, 2009. It only took three months for me to find the time to sit down and give it a watch when there wasn't anything more pressing asking for my attention. I wasn't avoiding it, I had actually tried watching it a couple of times and things just sort of ... got in the way. No matter, here it is, and I finally have it under my belt and it isn't all that bad, although it seems to be the least talked about »
- Brad Brevet
9 items from 2010
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