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Roger and I thank you for joining us as we talked about the movies each week this past year. We have enjoyed producing Ebert Presents At The Movies and hope to continue sometime in 2012. This week we produced our last show.
It is the Best and Worst Movies of 2011 and begins airing Friday night, December 30, at 8:30 pm on Wttw, Channel 11 in Chicago, and all during the weekend and next week on public television stations across the nation. (Check local listings to find out what time it comes on in your town.)
In January of this year we brought back the show that Thea Flaum and Roger and Gene Siskel started 35 years ago at Wttw. Roger made the decision to bring it back to public television after it had been broadcast successfully at Tribune Entertainment and Disney Buena Vista Television for years.
We were fortunate to find two smart and »
- Roger Ebert
The buzz is building for the triumphant return of Sherlock for second mini-series on New Years Day. Mark Gatiss and Doctor Who head honcho Steven Moffatt reinvented the legendary detective by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for the modern viewer with Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and Martin Freeman as his indispensable colleague Doctor John Watson.
On the Beeb on 1st January 2012, it kicks off with A Scandal in Belgravia followed by Hound of the Baskervilles and The Reichenback Fall. This trailer has massive scope, ideas and action and…bring in on!
- Dan Bullock
We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.
Few genres have stood the test of time quite like the mystery. From the early days of literature, the concept of intrigue and the unknowable has piqued the interest of men and women alike.
Even one of the most famed detectives of literature, Sherlock Holmes, has graduated from the written word to the silver screen. In honor of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy we’re counting down the Top 7 most memorable crime-solving movies.
7. Seven (1995)
Reason: Anybody who’s actually seen this movie knows why this one makes the cut. Pun absolutely intended. I just have four words for you… “What’s in the box? »
- Calhoun Kersten
Sony have pushed the proposed remake to their production shingle Escape Artists, who made The Taking of Pelham 123 remake, and just like that movie they once again have Washington “in mind” to star. The part does call for a middle-aged but sympathetic vigilante and this is definitely the sort of movie that Washington likes to be attracted to and come to think of it if he can gauge the interest of Tony Scott, this would be yet another entry in their older leading man action movies (Man on Fire, Deja Vu, Pelham 123, Unstoppable, etc).
- Matt Holmes
It seems the name of Bruce Willis is no longer enough to get a film seen in cinemas. But does that matter anymore, wonders Simon...
There’s a reason, I’ve concluded, that Bruce Willis’ filming schedule currently finds him in the midst of four sequels. Right now, Willis has completed work, is working on, or starting shortly on The Expendables 2, G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra, A Good Day To Die Hard and Red 2. Each of those should give him a solid box office hit at the very least.
On paper, he doesn’t seem to need it, though. In 2010, he had a trio of films that topped the Us box office, in the shape of Cop Out, The Expendables and Red. However, they were his first live action hits outside of the Die Hard franchise in some time (and two of them sold off the back of an ensemble). Before that, »
With this week’s release of Horrible Bosses on Blu-ray and DVD, WhatCulture! were challenged with chronicling the 10 best hitmen in cinema history… Why, you might ask? Well, read on to discover all!
When your boss is a complete ass, what’s the most logical step to take? Quit, I hear you say… Well, no, actually…because quitting is not an option apparently. At least not to the characters of hit comedy Horrible Bosses. No, these guys answer to the age-old problem of a psychotic, nymphomaniac or just plain tool of a boss is to go out and find a hitman! Unfortunately for them, they stumble across Dean ‘Motherfuckah’ Jones (Jamie Foxx), a not so badass, not particularly efficient hitman (in fact, he won’t even perform the hits he’s that shit!).
What they really should have done though was check out one of the 10 characters below… Although, that »
- Stuart Cummins
Dorian Missick has joined the cast of Southland in a recurring role. The Lucky Number Slevin actor will play Ruben Robinson. the new partner of Detective Lydia Adams (Regina King), according to Deadline. Adams was previously teamed with Detective Josie Ochoa (Jenny Gago) until her affair with Ochoa's son Rodrigo (Maurice Compte) was exposed. Missick will make his debut as Robinson in the TNT cop drama's fourth season premiere, due to air on January 17. (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
Exclusive: Landscape Entertainment CEO Bob Cooper has hired producer Tyler Mitchell to be his head of feature films. Mitchell is one of the producers of Burt Wonderstone, the Don Scardino-directed New Line comedy that has Steve Carell set to star and Jim Carrey in talks to play rival Las Vegas magicians. He’s also a producer on the period bank robbery drama The Architect at Warner Bros and recently sold the Jonathan Abrams pitch Legal Aide to the CW. Mitchell is exec producing that pilot with Jason Smilovic, Timberman/Beverly and Robert Luketic. Luketic is directing the pilot. “Tyler’s expertise in all aspects of production will make him a huge asset to our company,” Cooper said. Mitchell started as a production vice president and head of development for FilmEngine, where he worked on the films The Butterfly Effect and Lucky Number Slevin. He left to become a partner in Dark & Stormy Entertainment, »
- MIKE FLEMING
Guy Moshe‘s live-action cartoon, Bunraku, lives or dies by its cast. The poppy world Moshe created calls for a specific type of acting, and not an easy one. The film requires a sense of unrealistic cool. Josh Hartnett plays a silent, but suave cowboy, and he has to spout out some dialog you would never hear a normal human being say. With Lucky Number Slevin, The Black Dahlia, and his brief scene in Sin City, Hartnett’s done that style of acting before. Here, he went about it differently. Instead of worrying about finding a grounding, as Hartnett says below, he wanted to embrace the odder tonal aspects. It bridges on cheesiness. But when one’s acting against Woody Harrelson cracking jokes or Ron Perlman looking the way he does in the film, it’s understandable that Hartnett would want to fit in with that scenery-chewing gang. Here’s what the actor had to say about »
- Jack Giroux
The dream is over: Joe Cornish won't be directing Die Hard 5. Instead that job goes to John Moore. The fifth film in the Die Hard franchise does a Police Academy 7 and sends cop John McClane to Russia. Cornish (Attack The Block), Nicolas Winding Refn (Valhalla Rising), Justin Lin (Fast Five) and Moore (Max Payne) were all known to be in the running to helm. Deadline.com reports that Fox also had conversations with Gary Fleder (Runaway Jury), Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin) and Mikael Hafstrom...
- Matt Chapman
Yippee ki-yay. For better or worse, it appears that Bruce Willis and 20th Century Fox have finally decided on a skipper for Die Hard 5. After searching high and low for the past month or so, they have ended up right back where they started: Max Payne director John Moore. Negotiations are now underway for Moore to replace Noam Murro (Smart People), who was originally attached to direct until he left the project to take on 300: Battle Of Artemisia. Other filmmakers that were recently rumoured to be under consideration include Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), Justin Lin (Fast Five), Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive), Gary Fleder (Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead), Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin) and Mikael Hafstrom (1408). Good to know that Fox decided to go with the least interesting choice of the bunch. According to Deadline, Fox had been long since sold on Moore for the project, »
I have followed actor Josh Hartnett's career ever since the Halloween: H20 days for a couple of reasons. One is that we both hail from that frozen tundra of a state known as Minnesota, and two, he always makes intriguing choices as an actor from big-budget blockbusters like Pearl Harbor to indie's like Lucky Number Slevin and stylized genre fare like Sin City and 30 Days of Night. The actor's next project is the upcoming indie Bunraku, which will be available on VOD platforms September 1 before its theatrical release on September 30. Josh Hartnett stars as a mysterious unnamed drifter, who rolls into a town which has become terrorized by demons and other supernatural forces. I recently had the chance to speak with Josh Hartnett over the phone about this new movie. Here's what he had to say. »
We had our first look at Jennifer Lawrence in the lead back in May, then came a nice little motion poster, and most recently a batch of images from the film. Now, the first teaser trailer has landed at MTV’s VMAs, Collider report.
There will be plenty of people, myself included, who haven’t read the book, and are partly wondering whether or not this will be the next Twilight series (Lionsgate have already announced that the second film in the trilogy of novels has been green-lit), and whether or not it will mostly play to the novels’ ‘young adult’ target audience. I remain hopeful, though, that with its pretty impressive cast, it will be enjoyable for a wider audience too.
- Kenji Lloyd
His name is carefully guarded from the general public but within the secretive inner circles of the ultra-rich Dr Alex Hoffmann is a legend – a visionary scientist whose computer software turns everything it touches into gold.
Together with his partner, an investment banker, Hoffman has developed a revolutionary form of artificial intelligence that tracks human emotions, enabling it to predict movements in the financial markets with uncanny accuracy. His hedge fund, based in Geneva, makes billions.
But then in the early hours of the morning, while he lies asleep with his wife, a sinister intruder breaches the elaborate security of their lakeside house. So begins a waking nightmare of paranoia and violence as Hoffmann attempts, with increasing desperation, to discover who is trying to destroy him.
- Paul Koren
From the creators of Academy Award winning series Law & Order comes the latest spin-off, Law & Order: Los Angeles. This brand new series fuses the classic crime-then-punishment storytelling of the landmark original series with the distinctive backdrop of La, delving into the unique attitudes, cultures and criminal element of the West Coast.
The drama follows two detectives, played by Skeet Ulrich (Jericho) and Corey Stoll (Salt, Lucky Number Slevin) as they conduct investigations throughout the diverse City of Angels as members of the Lapd’s elite Robbery Homicide Division. The cases are then prosecuted by Deputy District Attorneys portrayed by Academy Award-nominee Terrence Howard (Iron Man), Regina Hall (Scary Movie) and Alfred Molina (Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Spider Man 2).
Law & Order: Los Angeles airs weeknights at 9pm from 12th September, only on Universal Channel. »
Comic Book adaptations are the bread and butter for Hollywood at the moment. Every year sees an increase in comic flicks in development and without question the most secure genre to invest in is the superhero one. In fact, it’s hard nowadays to remember a day when the superhero blockbuster was merely a rare occurrence.
It’s such big business that both major and independent production companies are choosing to churn out original superhero films not based upon pre-existing materials. It’s a cheaper, more versatile option that removes the tangled web of title buyouts and ownership and ensures the company and director can retain full control. It’s also far riskier as their is no built in fan base. This is a fact that shows up in the figures as almost every superhero film not based upon a pre-existing comic struggles to make its money back with a tiny slither of exceptions. »
- Al White
Bunraku is not a film that many people will have heard about, but I’ve been waiting for it for what feels like forever, and this brilliant first trailer from Collider definitely makes it look like it will be well worth the wait.
Filmed back in the spring and summer of 2008, this film has been a long time coming, and it’s great to see how nicely it’s shaped up with very impressive special effects.
The film has an excellent cast, starring Josh Hartnett (Lucky Number Slevin), Woody Harrelson (Zombieland), Japanese musician/actor/writer Gackt (making his international debut), Kevin McKidd (Grey’s Anatomy), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), and Demi Moore (G.I. Jane).
Hartnett is an actor I think is highly underrated and often overlooked, but his past performances in Black Hawk Down, 30 Days of Night, and Lucky Number Slevin prove to me what an exceptional actor he is, and »
- Kenji Lloyd
The holiday weekend telly schedule starts tonight, Friday, May 27th, with Paul Merton's Birth Of Hollywood at 9:30pm on BBC2. In the first of three episodes in a new series, the comedian looks at the early silent comedies of Charlie Chaplin and the pre-Police Academy Keystone Cops, and also reveals the first 'cliffhangers', for those not familiar with the serialised start of much of the earliest motion picture entertainment, with an unflinching look at the career of Dw Griffith, all in celebration of Hollywood's hundredth anniversary.
Human Target enjoys a season 2 double-bill tonight, Friday, May 27th at 8:00pm on Syfy. The first episode, Ilsa Pucci, is followed by The Wife's Tale at 9:00pm, in the first two of thirteen last ever episodes. »
Most actors would happily admit to trampling their own mothers if it meant getting a part in a new play at the National theatre directed by Nicholas Hytner. Who wouldn't want a potentially career-defining role with the director who gave the world critically acclaimed versions of Henry V, King Lear and Hamlet? And yet how many actors, faced with the choice, would be prepared to take the role if it involved turning down a £6m golden-handcuff deal with ITV?
That is the quandary in which James Corden reportedly found himself last autumn – deliberating between a return to the stage or the opportunity to become the fourth most highly paid star on television (after Simon Cowell and Ant and Dec), but it is unlikely ever to trouble anyone else again. »
- Carole Cadwalladr
"Chronicle" screenwriter Max Landis has signed on to write the fantasy thriller "Pied Piper" for 20th Century Fox. The story is a reimagining of the Pied Piper fairytale about a musician whose music lured children away from their small German town. [Source: Total Film]
Emily Post Project
Tom Gormican has been hired to write the script for a Warner Brothers film based on the writings of Emily Post, an author famous for writing on etiquette. Described as a reverse-gender "My Fair Lady", the story centers on a prissy manners coach who attempts to turn a guy’s guy into a refined gentleman. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
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