17 items from 2014
Today I’m going to be pressing on with another series for you all here at the site, one that I started last week. Basically, it’s a spinoff of the Spotlight on the Stars series. As a quick refresher, each week I look at an actor/actress/filmmaker that I’d like to celebrate in some kind of way. It could be due to something of theirs coming out that weekend (like in many of the cases so far, including today) or just because I feel they deserve to have a moment in the sun all their own, but each time it’ll be a bit of positivity about someone who I’d like to pay tribute to. Here though, I’m going to look at more of an under the radar individual as opposed to a tried and true star. For this week’s sophomore piece, I wanted »
- Joey Magidson
The latest slice of broody Scandinavian quality drama, Pioneer, is already touted for a Us remake. Like The Abyss without all the bothersome alien space tubes, it tells of a group of civilian divers who encounter the perils of the deep first-hand when they're sent to help construct a new oil pipeline deep below the surface of the North Sea. To add the requisite atmosphere and mood, French band Air have stepped up to deliver a score that is rich in both. There's no official soundtrack per se, but the band has composed a series of unnamed cues for the film and Empire is happy to be able to share six of them with you right here.Air, of course, have a rich film pedigree. They scored Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides and supplied tracks for Lost In Translation and Marie Antoinette, and in 2010 composed a new score for Georges Méliès great silent sci-fi, »
Feminist are chanting "Off with her head!" after Marie Antoinette star Kirsten Dunst's latest comments on gender roles were revealed in the May issue of Harper's Bazaar UK. The 31-year-old cover girl has a more traditional view when it comes to relationships between men and women. "I feel like the feminine has been a little undervalued," she told the magazine. "We all have to get our own jobs and make our own money, but staying at home, nurturing, being the mother, cooking – it’s a valuable thing my [...] »
Sofia Coppola’s directing credits don’t trend to any thread of sci-fi; she’s known for movies like The Bling Ring, Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette. Presently though, she is rumored to be attached to the a live adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen‘s The Little Mermaid. THR is reporting that Coppola is in talks to direct the […] »
- Jess Orso
Universal Pictures is currently in negotiations with Sofia Coppola to direct their live-action adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale The Little Mermaid. The movie is currently being rewritten by Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands).
The story was published in 1837, but I know most of you are familiar with the Disney animated version. It is about a young mermaid who is willing to give up her life in the sea and her identity as a mermaid to gain a human soul and the love of a human prince.
Coppola is a talented director who has brought us films such as Lost in Translation, Somewhere, The Bling Ring, and Marie Antoinette. The Little Mermaid would be her biggest studio movie to date, and I think she's a solid choice to develop this story into a film.
Via: Deadline »
- Joey Paur
Well, Ariel does know a thing or two about being Lost in Translation. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Sofia Coppola is in negotiations to direct Universal's live-action adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale The Little Mermaid. Joe Wright, best known for Atonement and other period films starring Keira Knightley, had been previously attached to direct. The Little Mermaid marks a departure from the adult themes of Coppola's previous films, which include Lost in Translation, Somewhere, Marie Antoinette and The Bling Ring. THR also reports that Warner Bros. is working on a live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book. »
- Alex Heigl
Is Ariel going to be getting the Marie Antoinette treatment? Well, not the guillotine part, but the Hans Christian Andersen-turned-Disney heroine may be brought to the big screen next by Sofia Coppola, who's in negotiations to direct a live-action version of the classic tale, E! News confirms. A script has been in the works for a while, and Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands, The Addams Family) is working on the latest draft, according to Deadline. Considering Coppola's penchant for bringing a candy-colored, fairy-tale-like-and-yet-super-hip view to her films, all of which have featured at least one major part for an actress to sink her teeth into, the intense romance about a mermaid willing to »
The latest Disney classic to be given the live-action treatment is The Little Mermaid. Based on the fairy tale written by Hans Christensen Andersen, the film looks set to be directed by Sofia Coppola.
Joe Wright was once onboard to direct but he has moved onto another classic children’s story with Pan. Coppola is more known for her subversive, existential dramas, so it will be interesting to see how she handles a project intended for a younger audience. One thing is for certain, it will more than likely have a killer soundtrack if previous works like Marie Antoinette, and The Virgin Suicides are anything to go by. The script is being written by Caroline Thompson of Edward Scissorhands fame.
The next task for production company Working Title will be to capture it’s mermaid Ariel. The character is currently being embodied by JoAnna Garcia Swisher in ABC’s magical Once Upon A Time, »
- Kat Smith
I'm going to have months of fun fantasizing about what this film will be like. According to Variety, Sofia Coppola is in talks to helm a new version of "The Little Mermaid", the flexible originally quite gloomy Hans Christian Anderson tale of a mermaid who gave up her life for the love of a human. The project, which once belonged to Joe Wright who is now working on a different sort of tale with fairies, called Pan (but we've discussed that enough recently), was aiming to mantain the original unhappy ending.
Though it's easy to giggle trying to juxtapose Sofia Coppola's high end lost rich girl aesthetic onto the familiar tale -- check out this tweet for a good Lol -- once you stop to consider even for a minute it's not that large a stretch.
Coppola does like to dramatize the hazy inchoate longings of fish out of water girls, »
- NATHANIEL R
Sofia Coppola ("Lost in Translation," "Marie Antoinette") is in negotiations to direct a live action version of the classic Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale "The Little Mermaid" at Universal Pictures and Working Title.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
This week it finally happened, Lovefilm is no more, it has now been completely consumed by its Amazon overlords and is now known as Amazon Prime and something that operates totally through your Amazon account should you have one.
At first this was a baffling experience, there was rumours of a lot more new content being added and when you logged into the Ios app for Lovefilm/Amazon post switchover, suddenly you were faced with A Lot of new content, things like Aliens, Congo, Cujo, Invaders from Mars and lots of HBO shows including Eastbound and Down, Enlightened and the Sopranos as well as Community in the ‘Recently Added’ section.
Of course this was too good to be true and you could add these to your watchlist but then not actually watch them. So when things calmed down and you logged back in, these titles it turned out were part »
- Chris Holt
The “Netflix Scroll” is an all-too-familiar activity, as the sheer volume of titles available on Netflix Streaming can make it quite overwhelming to settle on what to watch. Luckily, we’ve go three new titles to highlight that might whittle down your choices a bit in the near future. Writer/director Sofia Coppola’s 2010 film Somewhere is currently available to stream, as is the 1992 Harvey Keitel crime drama Bad Lieutenant and a current Best Documentary Feature Oscar nominee Cutie and the Boxer. Somewhere was a tad underrated when it opened a few years ago following Coppola’s disappointing Lost in Translation follow-up Marie Antoinette, but the pic is a fascinating portrait of Hollywood life as seen through the eyes of a famous actor (Stephen Dorff) and his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning). Hit the jump to watch a video highlighting all three films, which are currently available to stream on Netflix. »
- Adam Chitwood
What makes a brilliant script? Is it quotable lines? Is it nuanced dialogue? Or is it just the ability to move the story along and not get in the way? When looking back through the history of screenwriting, there are plenty of iconic films based on previous work; the Writer’s Guild of America voted Casablanca the greatest screenplay of all time, but it’s adapted. So, what is the most important piece of film writing ever written directly for the screen? This list will shift from American to international, conventional to unconventional. Most importantly, these are the scripts that demonstrate how “screenwriting from scratch” is done.
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50. Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
Written by Alain Robbe-Grillet
Empty salons. Corridors. Salons. Doors. Doors. Salons. Empty chairs, deep armchairs, thick carpets. Heavy hangings. Stairs, steps. Steps, one after the other. Glass objects, objects still intact, empty glasses. A glass that falls, »
- Joshua Gaul
We've had a complete history of nudes in art and the 10 sexiest artworks ever. Plus Clooney's on a Monuments Men-fuelled news frenzy – all in your favourite weekly art dispatch
Exhibition of the week
Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance
The art of the German Renaissance is full of witches, werewolves and supermodels. Lucas Cranach the Elder painted nudes with a lanky, bony beauty – the Renaissance's answer to heroin chic. He makes Venus look truly sinful. Cranach was Martin Luther's best man, and responsible for burning several supposed witches – so his infatuation with dangerous desire has a dark side. He and his contemporaries mix medieval folklore with the new classical ideas coming out of Italy to create bizarrely compelling masterpieces. This ought to be fascinating.
• National Gallery, London WC2N, from 19 February until 11 May.
Other exhibitions this week
German art exploded back into life during the cold war – and as this exhibition shows, »
- Jonathan Jones
Making a splash with his first role as the lead in Rushmore, actor Jason Schwartzman has garnered a number of fans over the years with lead and supporting performances in features such as I Heart Huckabees, Shopgirl, Marie Antoinette, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, along with numerous subsequent collaborations with Wes Anderson. With a number of recent supporting turns, fans of the actor were interested to learn that his next project puts him back in the lead role. Titled Listen Up Philip, the film is written and directed by Alex Ross Perry, and joining Schwartzman onscreen are Krysten Ritter, Elisabeth Moss, Jess Weixler, and Jonathan Pryce. The first trailer for the film, which will be screening at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, has now been released, and can be seen below.
(Source: Thompson on Hollywood)
- Deepayan Sengupta
Some of today’s biggest stars have given us incredible performances as kids and teens, many of which should not be forgotten so we've decided to remind you! Though they’ve moved on, grown up, and maybe even have had kids of their own, their childhood performances hold a special place in our hearts. The warm, fuzzy feeling of nostalgia is about to hit you, because these classic childhood performances from years ago will always be remembered. 1. Neil Patrick Harris, “Doogie Howser, M.D.”I cannot stress just how important it is that we never forget that Neil Patrick Harris was Doogie Howser, and will always be Doogie Howser in our hearts. Harris, whose career has brought him to Broadway, got him nominated for four Golden Globes, and showed him many starring roles, was Doogie before it all. He played the teenage genius beginning when he was 16 years old. The show lasted four seasons, »
Though Kirsten Dunst, 31, has laid relatively low since her Spiderman-Man days, she's set to be a whole lot more visible this year at least in the fashion world -- she's just been named L'Oreal Professionnel's very first spokesperson!
Well-known for her quirky style, Dunst will be showing off her blond tresses this time around, fronting the launches of Wild Stylers from Tecni.Art, Beach Waves and Absolut Repair Lipidium this year.
Pics: Who Wore What
In her first ad, Dunst goes for a rocker chic look, styling her ombre locks in voluminous blond waves and sporting heavy black eyeliner.
"I feel very close to L'Oréal Professionnel," Dunst said in a statement. "The brand is strongly connected to fashion, and I admire its commitment to innovation, constantly creating new professional services and products to achieve the most on-trend styles."
And clearly, the popular beauty brand is just as enamored with her.
"She has a strong »
17 items from 2014
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