7 items from 2014
Despite two remarkable new films, attention has shifted away from the actress's luminous career to her political beliefs as she becomes embroiled in a controversy over the boycott of Israeli goods
It is usually the case that studios, agents and distributors will co-ordinate release dates to capitalise on a star's popularity, but it is rare that an A-list actress will be headlining two remarkable new films and an international political controversy all at the same time. That's not your run-of-the-mill Hollywood career, but then Scarlett Johansson is no common-or-garden star.
The nature of her latest movies tells you as much. In Her, which has just opened in the UK, she plays Samantha, a computer operating system that evolves in response to the user's needs and personality. She is as present as any of her flesh-and-blood co-stars despite appearing in voice only. Her is complimented by Under the Skin, in which »
- Ryan Gilbey
Rodrigo García has long been a well-respected name in the television industry, helming pilots for such successful shows like Carnivàle, Big Love and Six Degrees. In recent years, however, he’s also been gaining more credibility as a Hollywood director, thanks to the success of his films Mother and Child and Albert Nobbs, the latter of which Glenn Close and Janet McTeer both earned Oscar nominations for.
His next project certainly sounds like an intriguing challenge: an indie drama called Last Days in the Desert, about a holy man and a demon journeying through the desert together. Continuing the streak of good luck in casting that began with Albert Nobbs, García has snagged A-lister Ewan McGregor to lead the film.
McGregor will star as both the holy man and the demon, the pair of whom face questions about their fate after encountering a family clinging to life in the brutal heat of the desert. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Just when you thought the pirate trend had finally sunk with all hands, Michael Bay comes along. The visionary director/producer behind Transformers and The Island is now bringing us Black Sails, a Starz series featuring nasty pirates and buried treasure. Ahoy, mateys!
Black Sails is a prequel of sorts to Robert Louis Stevenson’s seminal pirate novel Treasure Island. It features the adventures of Captain Flint and his merry band on New Providence Island, many years before the events surrounding peg-legged Long John Silver and young Jim Hawkins. Starring Toby Stevens as the dashing Captain Flint, this first episode was directed by The Descent helmer Neil Marshall (Bay is only an executive producer on the show). We can expect all sorts of exciting pirate shenanigans from this crew of ne’er-do-wells, and probably some nice big explosions as well; this is a Michael Bay product, after all.
Although Black Sails »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
In Part One (Read It here) of our interview with Steve Jablonsky, composer of films like Transformers, The Island, Pain And Gain, Steamboy, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and most recently, Battleship, Ender's Game, and Lone Survivor, we talked about how he got into composing and his earlier work. In Part Two we discuss Transformers: Age Of Extinction, his collaboration with Explosions in the Sky for Lone Survivor, working with Michael Bay, future projects, and a certain superhero movie »
- Paul Shirey
As a bona fide movie score nut, having the opportunity to talk to one of my favorite composers was one of the coolest things to ever come down the pipe working this gig. Having listened to composer Steve Jablonsky's music ever since Steamboy and The Island, all the way up to his recent work on Pain And Gain and the Transformers franchise, as well as videogames like Gears of War. Last year, Jablonsky scored the sci-fi adaptation for Ender's Game and his most recent score is a »
- Paul Shirey
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Michael Bay made headlines this week, but not the good kind like you want. The director of films like Transformers and Transformers took a break from making his third or fourth Transformers to appear onstage at the Computer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Samsung wanted him to say a few words about their new curved TV. Bay began his speech with the tantalizing declaration, “I get to dream for a living. »
- Darren Franich
Readers panel: The hugely successful yet much-maligned director is not having a good week. To send some good cheer his way, we'd like to hear from film fans who are proud to say they enjoy his work
Poor old Michael Bay. The director of Pearl Harbor ("a big, loud, dumb, boring mega-movie" – The Guardian), Transformers ("as enjoyable as a package holiday in Helmand Province without a flak jacket" – The Guardian) and, most recently, Pain & Gain ("too long" – The Guardian), had an embarrasing moment this week when his teleprompter malfunctioned during a presentation at the high-profile Consumer Electronics Show – leading to these excrutiating scenes.
As the director of big, popular action movies, Michael Bay is an easy target for critics who find his work objectionable (see many a Guardian comment thread for evidence) – and so, to shine a little good will in Bay's direction, we'd like to hear from readers who »
7 items from 2014
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