7 items from 2013
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 19 Dec 2013 - 06:30
Our journey through the lesser-known films of the 2000s continues. This week, it's 2003...
It was the year that Arnold Schwarzenegger went from Terminator actor to Governor of California, and when The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King dominated the global box office with a gross of more than $1bn. 2003 was also the year the Wachowskis' Matrix trilogy thundered to a close, the year Freddy Krueger clashed with Jason Voorhees in, er, Freddy Vs Jason, and the year Pixar scored another hit with Finding Nemo.
But as you've probably gathered by now, 2003 was also a year of quite brilliant, less lucrative films. The movies we've included in this week's list were chosen for a variety of reasons - some were ignored in cinemas, while others were harshly treated by critics. Some were modestly popular or given awards on release, »
While the story’s lesson illustrates the power of the written word, the sentiment behind it defines the philosophy of one of Hollywood’s most successful executives, Elizabeth Gabler, president of Fox 2000.
“I believe in the power of writing and telling stories,” Gabler tells Variety.
In an era when the Hollywood majors are obsessed with producing prequels, sequels and comicbook adaptations, Gabler has, for the past 14 years, run the only studio division that’s largely devoted to bringing popular and often challenging literary properties such as “Life of Pi,” “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Water for Elephants” to the bigscreen. “The Book Thief,” which opened Nov. 8 in limited release, and will expand its run in the coming weeks, is Gabler’s latest test. »
- Andrew Stewart
Each week Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. With the release of The Counselor last week, we examine the trademark style and calling signs of Ridley Scott as director.
Although Ridley Scott’s career may not have as many hits as Speilberg’s or Scorsese’s despite being active for just as long, his work has influenced the art of filmmaking just as much. While Speilberg may have blazed trails with his storytelling and Scorsese with his characters, Ridley Scott made waves due to the sensory impact of his movies on their audiences. Like George Lucas, Scott understood the importance of visual and audio stimulation and how these attributes could be used as impactful film making tools. While Lucas’ work resulted in raising audience’s expectations for special effects, Ridley Scott’s work has raised audiences’ expectations »
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Exclusive: Marc Klein has been set to write Fairy Tale Wedding, the Disney romantic pic that will be produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman through their Mandeville Films banner. Pic’s in the vein of Enchanted, and is the story of a wedding planner in a fairy tale land who cannot find love. Klein scripted Mirror Mirror for Relativity, A Good Year for Fox 2000 and Serendipity for Miramax. He’s repped by UTA, Kaplan Perrone’s Tobin Babst and Karl Austen. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
If you're not deep into martial arts cinema, you might have walked by the various movies titled "Ip Man" on the DVD shelves and mistaken them for Chinese or Japanese sci-fi or fantasy.
But the legendary Ip Man (also spelled Yip Man) is no invention of screenwriters. He's a famous figure in Chinese martial arts, guardian of several martial arts styles and the man who taught Bruce Lee his chops.
"The Grandmaster" is the latest version of his life to make it onto the screen, a regal, majestic and downright arty take on this teacher, champion and philosopher whose life spanned much of the 20th century. Co-writer/director Wong Kar Wai ("Chungking Express," "In the Mood for Love") goes for stately in this slow-moving action epic, sometimes at the expense of coherence and always in preference to pacing.
It's been a while since a Ridley Scott film fully delivered on its pre-release promise: disagreement lingers as to what degree of disappointment "Prometheus" was, while the likes of "Robin Hood," "Body of Lies" and "A Good Year" languish largely unloved in his recent history. Still, given the sheer volume of talent involved, it's hard not to get a little excited for his upcoming thriller "The Counselor" -- not least because it represents the first time an original screenplay by Pulitzer Prize winner Cormac McCarthy has been filmed. The all-star cast is also pretty mouthwatering -- in more ways than one. »
- Guy Lodge
Sneak Peek French actress Marion Cotillard for Dior's "Lady Dior Handbag" line, posing for photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino from the fashion house’s pre-fall 2013 collection designed by Creative Director Raf Simons.
Cotillard ganered critical acclaim for her roles in the features "Rust and Bone", "A Very Long Engagement", "Big Fish", "A Good Year", "Public Enemies", "Nine", "Inception", "Midnight in Paris", "Contagion" and "The Dark Knight Rises".
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Marion Cotillard...
- Michael Stevens
7 items from 2013
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