15 items from 2007
- [Editor's Note: While I'm still impatiently awaiting for a first screening of There Will Be Blood (Joseph is too) in my neck of the woods, I've asked our more regular film journalists Benjamin Crossley-Marra (NYC), Yama Rahimi (L.A) and Joseph Belanger (Montreal) to include their year end top 10's and in Ben's case, a more elaborate year end list. Without further ado here are the three lists - safe to say that we pretty much agree on the majority of the top titles.]Benjamin Crossley-Marra's Top Twenty + 4 films not yet distributed(in numerical order)20. Grindhouse: I'm the kind of guy that can appreciate a film like this. What most audiences didn't get was that this was supposed to be a tribute to the nostalgic corniness of splatter cinema, I think audiences went in expecting another Kill Bill or Sin City. I'm disappointed that the whole experience didn't make it to DVD.19. Black Snake Moan: Again...another movie audiences didn't get. It never ceases to amaze me how satire is lost on mass audiences. I found Black Snake Moan to be a funny, spot-on comedy on social moors in the South. Any comedy that doesn't involve stoners realizing their full potential and getting that impossibly hot girl is a plus in my book.18. Eastern Promises: David Cronenberg should enjoy his deserved status as one of today's most well-respected directors. With Eastern Promises »
Actresses Rosario Dawson and Anne Hathaway have pledged their support to Jennifer Love Hewitt after she hit out at the media for criticizing bikini photographs showing her in an unflattering light. Hewitt was snapped in her black two-piece swimsuit last month as she enjoyed a dip in the sea - but the Ghost Whisperer star's voluptuous bottom soon became the subject of ridicule on many celebrity blogs. The 28-year-old then posted a message on her own website saying she is content with her figure, but is unhappy that comments on her weight will put young girls under more pressure to diet. And Sin City star Dawson couldn't agree more, telling People.com, "They'll make a whole story about it if someone gains five pounds. I think there is a huge obsession with size-zero jeans, and it's just really scary. It makes me really nervous, because I don't know how in the world we're supposed to be that thin unless we're totally starving and drugging up." Hathaway adds, "I don't think women should only be defined by their bodies and their weight. It's a cycle we've been in for some time, and I don't really like it." »
- Mickey Rourke has signed on for the lead role in Darren Aronofsky's latest, The Wrestler, slated to begin filming in January. Rourke will play an over the hill wrestler who returns to the ring for one last shot at glory. Originally the role was set for Nicolas Cage, but he's since left the project.I've always been a Rourke fan. After a long absence from cinemas, he's since bounced back in several high profile supporting roles, most notably as the anti-hero Marv in Sin City, Rourke has several films in the pipeline, including the upcoming Bret Ellis adaptation, The Informers, and the long delayed Killshot - based on the Elmore Leonard novel. I think Rourke is a far better choice to be playing an over the hill grappler. He famously gave up acting in the nineties to pursue a career in boxing, so he'll definitely be believable in the role. »
Actor Mickey Rourke was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Florida on Thursday morning. The Sin City star - real name Philip Andre Rourke Jr. - had just left a Miami Beach nightclub with an unnamed woman at around 4am when he was busted for making an illegal turn on his Vespa scooter - right in front of a policeman. A paparazzo who witnessed the incident tells Tmz.com, "They... crossed Washington Avenue to go to his scooter. They both got on it, and he did a U-turn to go north. He was pulled over within a block. The cop says to him: 'You swerved right in front of me.' And Mickey answered, 'No, no, dude, I'm all right.'" According to the police report, Rourke's eyes were bloodshot, his face flushed and his speech slurred as he told the officer: "What the f**k did I do?!" before saying, "I'm not drunk, I didn't even drink that much." The 51-year-old was booked into the Miami-Dade Pre-trial Detention Center at 9.30am local time and is being held on $1,000 bond. »
Jodie Foster has ripped into Robert Rodriguez's Sin City because she found the film offensive. While many critics raved about the director's adaptation of Frank Miller's comic book, Foster admits it's one of the most recent films she switched off after renting it on DVD. Foster rants, "That was so painfully cartoonish I was offended." And she admits that she doesn't enjoy watching films based around abduction and child molestation - as the mother of two young boys. She tells newspaper USA Today, "I don't know how you enjoy or laugh about a child abduction and molestation. What part of that sentence is funny? I can't get beyond that. I don't know if everyone understands the impact of that movie's message." »
Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan already have boarded the project, which will be directed by Disturbia helmer DJ Caruso. Eagle Eye revolves around a young man and a single mother who are framed as terrorists and forced together in becoming members of a cell with plans to carry out a political assassination. Dawson will play a government agent.
Dawson, whose credits include Sin City, Rent, Alexander and 25th Hour, most recently appeared in Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof of the double feature Grindhouse. She currently appears onscreen in Descent, which is the first film produced under her production banner, Trybe Films.
Based on true events, Pardon centers on Toni Jo Henry (King), the first and only woman to be executed by the state of Louisiana, and the sensational case that resulted in her electrocution. Anton co-wrote the script with Sandi Russell.
Filming is under way in Shreveport, La.
She is repped by WMA, Flutie Entertainment and Myman, Abell, Fineman, Fox, Greenspan & Light. »
Brittany Murphy has confirmed reports she is a married woman after tying the knot with British screenwriter Simon Monjack in Los Angeles last month. The 29-year-old actress's nuptials come nine months after she ended her engagement to best-boy grip Joe Macaluso, who she met on the set of Little Black Book. The Sin City star's representative tells People magazine, "They were married at their home in Los Angeles several weeks ago in a very intimate ceremony. It was officiated by a rabbi and they were surrounded by their families." Wedding reports started over the weekend at the Kentucky Derby, where the couple were spotted wearing wedding rings. A joint statement from the newlyweds reads, "This was our first trip as a married couple. We came to the Kentucky Derby and had a wonderful time." Murphy is set to star in her husband's forthcoming movie The White Hotel, which he is both writing and directing. »
Sin City star Brittany Murphy has wed her screenwriter boyfriend Simon Monjack. The 29-year-old actress and Monjack were seen wearing wedding rings at a Playboy magazine event at the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. A source tells UsMagazine.com, "They didn't want photographers to take pictures of their rings because they were waiting to make a formal announcement." Murphy called off her engagement to ex-boyfriend Joe Macaluso in August 2006, following an eight month relationship. She was also engaged to talent manager Jeff Kwatinetz for six months in 2004. »
- Better known to horror fans for his work in front of the camera in films like the Scream Trilogy and “Masters of Horror” creator’s Stephen King’s Riding the Bullet, David Arquette makes his debut as feature film director with The Tripper, a slasher film set at an outdoor music festival where a bunch of hippies have gathered to camp out and get high. The party has an uninvited guest – a hippie-hating killer decked out in a very realistic looking Ronald Reagan costume.This is also the feature film debut for producer Steve Niles, a name that should be, for comic book fans, synonymous with horror. Niles has penned some of the best horror stories to make it to the illustrated page in the past decade, including the story that laid the groundwork for the upcoming 30 Days of Night (due just before next Halloween), about an Alaskan town under siege by vampires. »
Actress Rosario Dawson has found love again after splitting from hunky actor Jason Lewis - she's dating Hostel director Eli Roth. The couple fell for each other while promoting Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's new Grindhouse double-bill, in which Dawson stars and Roth contributes a quirky hoax trailer, according to gossip blogger Marc Malkin. Dawson has been single since she split from former Sex & The City star Lewis after a two-year romance in November. It seems the Sin City star likes men with good bodies - Lewis was a well-toned former model and Roth was voted Most Fit Director by Men's Health magazine last year. Malkin reports Dawson and Roth aren't the only Grindhouse lovebirds - director Rodriguez is dating his star Rose McGowan. »
Movie beauty Jessica Alba was taught to act by husband-and-wife Hollywood stars William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman. Before finding fame, the Sin City star enrolled on an intensive six-week long course at the Atlantic Theater Company that Macy founded with writer David Mamet. And Alba has mixed memories of the grueling experience. She tells PageSix, "Felicity was very hard on me. She's a tough cookie, that one. I just remember her making me cry because I didn't prepare a scene right, or I didn't talk loud enough." »
- Director Bong Joon-ho’s The Host begins in the year 2000, when a morgue assistant in Korea is ordered to empty bottles of hazardous waste down a drain, even though he the boss who gives the order both know the chemicals will end up in the Han River. Two years later, fishermen are finding small mutated creatures. By 2006, a leviathan sea beast is hanging from the Han River Bridge. Among the people gathering to watch the creature is Gang-du, a good-hearted but lazy slacker who works in a food stand along the bank of the Han. Mayhem erupts moments later when the creature rushes onto land and begins to kill and devour everyone in sight. In the ensuing pandemonium, Gang-su’s young daughter Hyun-seo is grabbed by the creature and carried into the depths of the Han River.Later, at a relief shelter for survivors of the attack, Gang-du and »
Rosario Dawson will be honored as supporting actress of the year at ShoWest, the film industry convention that will be held March 12-15 at the Bally's and Paris hotels in Las Vegas.
"We just know that Ms. Dawson is going to electrify audiences worldwide with her performance in the eagerly anticipated 'Grindhouse, ' " Mitch Neuhauser, co-managing director of the event, said in announcing the award, which will be presented at ShoWest's closing-night ceremony March 15.
Dawson also is starring in Descent, the first film she has produced, for director Talia Lugacy. The film will premiere in April at the Tribeca Film Festival. She will be seen later this year in Killshot, directed by John Madden, and also is on tap for Rodriguez and Frank Miller's Sin City 2.
ShoWest is managed by Nielsen Business Media, parent company of The Hollywood Reporter. »
On the eve of today's Berlin premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel 300, Gianni Nunnari, one of the film's producers, began putting together the next Miller adaptation.
Nunnari and his Hollywood Gang shingle have a script by Peter Aperlo, which White will polish before shopping the project around town.
Miller, the comic book auteur, has developed a Hollywood following, with such titles as Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Sin City, which Robert Rodriguez adapted into a 2005 film. Miller created Ronin, published by DC Comics, after his acclaimed run on the Marvel Comics series Daredevil in the early '80s.
The story centers on a ronin who is reincarnated in a dystopic near-future New York populated by squatters, factions and mutants. The ronin must try to destroy a demon with a mystic sword, which also is to be found in New York. »
15 items from 2007
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