17 items from 2014
James Mangold recently attached his name to the John D. MacDonald adaptation The Deep Blue Good-By at Fox, with a script from Dennis Lehane (author of "Shutter Island" and "Gone Baby Gone"), which had people wondering when they should expect him to film the as-yet Untitled Wolverine Sequel since he also has Three Little Words with Amanda Seyfried on his plate. Well, when asked directly about the Wolverine sequel on Twitter he replied saying, "We are figuring it all out. At the moment, I'm shooting The next Wolverine after X-Men: Apocalypse." https://twitter.com/mang0ld/status/444911156826619904 X-Men: Apocalypse, because I know you're wondering, is set to hit theaters on May 27, 2016 which means we might not see Wolverine 2 until 2017 or late 2016 at the earliest. As far as Hugh Jackman's involvement is concerned, he has yet to commit, but would a sequel without Jackman really make much sensec Jackman is »
- Brad Brevet
Hooray, a space-based miniseries! An “intergalactic mystery”! Syfy today has announced it has given the green light to 6 hour event series Ascension, and even announced it would air starting this November, running through December. None of this “green light and then who knows when it airs” stuff. It’ll be an early holiday present for us! Thanks, Syfy!
Syfy Gives 6-hour Event Series Ascension Greenlight For Launch In 2014 Original Intergalactic Mystery From Writer/Executive Producer Philip Levens To Be Produced By Sea To Sky Studios With Blumhouse Productions
New York – March 13, 2014 – Syfy is reigniting the channel’s traditional long-form scripted programming event for 4th quarter with the greenlight of the 6-hour series Ascension, it was announced today by Syfy President Dave Howe. Ascension is an ambitious original drama created and written by Philip Levens (Smallville) who will serve as Executive Producer and Showrunner. The series will be produced in Montreal, »
- Erin Willard
The first trailer for Image Entertainment’s Devil’s Knot has been release. Based upon the book Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three by author Mara Leveritt, the film tells the story of the three teenagers arrested for the brutal murders of three small boys in West Memphis. Check it out after the official synopsis...
“The police identify three teens, aka the West Memphis Three, as committing the murders during a satanic ritual but the truth may be scarier as a mother and investigator suspect all is not as it appears.”
The film is directed by Atom Egoyan (Chloe) and stars Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), Colin Firth (The Railway Man), Bruce Greenwood (Flight), Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Mireille Enos (World War Z), Kevin Durand (Lost), Elias Koteas (Chicago Pd), Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone) and Stephen Moyer (True Blood).
Devil's Knot opens »
- Gary Collinson
James Mangold has set his sights on a film titled The Deep Blue Good-By at Fox, picking up where Oliver Stone and Leonardo DiCaprio were once attached and working on a draft of the screenplay previously written by Dennis Lehane (author of "Shutter Island" and "Gone Baby Gone"). amz asin="B009FKTTMQ" size="small"The story is based on the books by John D. MacDonald centering on his long-running character Travis McGee, this being the first in the series. Here's the book's plot: Travis McGee isn't particularly strapped for cash, but how can anyone say no to Cathy, a sweet backwoods girl who's been tortured repeatedly by her manipulative ex-boyfriend Junior Allenc What Travis isn't anticipating is just how many women Junior has torn apart and left in his wake. Enter Junior's latest victim, Lois Atkinson. Frail and broken, Lois can barely get out of bed when Travis finds her, »
- Brad Brevet
I received a Kindle for Christmas and I absolutely love it. I am not a particularly fast reader, but with this device my reading speed has dramatically increased and one thing I do every day is check the Kindle Daily Deals at Amazon as they frequently offer something worth picking up for only $1.99. Well, today the list is rather long as they have 34 books that eventually inspired award-winning movies on sale. No, this doesn't mean Oscar winning as you'll notice the book that helped inspire Ron Howard's Rush is included here and the Academy couldn't even see fit to offer it a Sound nomination. However, we all saw Daniel Bruhl take home a few awards already so it definitely counts. Books that inspired this year's Oscar crop are limited to the books behind Philomena and The Invisible Woman, but there is a lot more to take away beyond that. »
- Brad Brevet
Update, 12:04 Pm: By Warner Bros jumping aboard the high-profile Johnny Depp-Joel Edgerton pic Black Mass, it means the studio won’t be taking on another Whitey Bulger project in its own backyard: the one that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon had been developing for a couple of years as a starring vehicle for Damon via their Warners-based Pearl Street Films. I’m hearing that Affleck and Damon were given a day or two advance notice that the studio was putting its eggs in the Black Mass basket, but that news came just a day before the latest rewrite was turned in by Aaron Stockard, who worked with Affleck on The Town and Gone Baby Gone and who rewrote the script by Oscar nominated The Wolf Of Wall Street scribe Terence Winter. There was much enthusiasm, then radio silence, and then…Naturally there are bruised feelings that Warners »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
It is fitting that in this week’s episode of True Detective, two characters enter a bar and order a dirty martini, putting a purring emphasis on the word “dirty.” When was the last time a television show with such uncompromisingly filthy darkness got on the air and got a following so quickly? That is one of the most fascinating things about Pizzolatto’s series: the protagonists are so devastatingly dark that, although they do not deserve our sympathy, they get under our skin. It is a blessing that the actors in their roles are so excellent and vivid, as neither Hart nor Cohle are guys I would have liked to know in real life.
The sixth episode of True Detective is more casual and leisurely than the prior two episodes, two of the finest hours HBO has aired in years, but it is not brighter. Much of this week »
- Jordan Adler
Remember last year when through its Amazon overlords Lovefilm put several pilots online including the pretty good failed Zombieland pilot? Well, they are at it again with ten new pilots, none of which have committed to series yet but with which the lucky few will go to one of those full season exclusive type deals that Netflix do so well.
I don’t know about you but I kind of wish they would just commit to something right out the gate and take the risks, its paid off for Netflix so far and Amazon are attracting some major talent to their stable too.
The pilots include; Bosch a detective show based on a Michael Connelly book series and starring the great Titus Welliver, Kids shows Wishenproof, Hardboiled Eggheads, The JoB and Graff Show and Gortimer Gibbons Life on Normal Street. We also have comedy from The Rebels; a kind of »
- Chris Holt
The 37-year-old actress grew up in a town of 700, Winthrop, Iowa, and daydreamed of becoming a journalist.
"I grew up loving current events," Monaghan tells Zap2it. "You grow up looking out when there are not a lot of other things going on in your hometown."
Monaghan lived in town, but her family had a farm and grew corn and beans. Her summer vacations were spent detasseling corn.
"I would go through rows and snap it off for $5 an hour," she says. Monaghan left Winthrop for Chicago, where she put herself through college by modeling for catalogs.
At that point, »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 6 Feb 2014 - 06:08
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2007, and another 25 overlooked gems...
For some reason, the number three was a common factor in several blockbuster movies of 2007. The third film in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series (At World's End) dominated the box office, Spider-Man 3 marked Sam Raimi's last entry as director in the series, while Mike Myers went for a hat trick of hits with Shrek The Third.
I Am Legend was the third and most financially successful attempt to bring Richard Matheson's classic novel to the big screen, Rush Hour 3 marked Jackie Chan's last action pairing with Chris Tucker, while Zack Snyder's musky sword-swinger 300 was notable for having the number three in the title.
Iffy attempts at numerology aside, 2007 was also a superb for year for movies in general - particularly underappreciated ones, »
Written by David Loughery (Lakeview Terrace, Passenger 57) and directed by Joseph Ruben (Sleeping With The Enemy, The Forgotten), Penthouse North is a thriller, and an old school one at that, mixing elements of mystery and tense, edge-of-your-seat atmosphere to create a tale of suspense that keeps you entertained for its ninety minute runtime.
The story revolves around Sarah (Monaghan) who lives in a penthouse apartment with her boyfriend, Ryan (Walker), she is a former military photo-journalist who lost her sight while on assignment in Afghanistan, and her relationship with Ryan is about to be explored as he is not all that he seemed.
The premise is intriguing and had the potential to be something dark and culturally relevant, but stumbles at times and finds itself becoming a »
- Chris Cummings
Toronto-based production company Lumanity has optioned Dennis Lehane’s “Consumers” for a feature film adaptation.
Robert Budreau will write the script, centered on a hitman who targets those in the world of high finance. Budreau will also produce and Adam Moryto will exec produce.
Lehane’s novels “Shutter Island,” “Mystic River” and “Gone Baby Gone” were adapted into films. His”Animal Rescue” is being developed by Chernin Entertainment and “They Live By Night” has been set up at Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way.
“I was attracted to the story because of the potential to combine classic Lehane elements of Boston crime-drama with a critique of American consumerism and capitalism.” Budreau said.
- Dave McNary
Toronto – Robert Budreau's production shingle Lumanity has optioned mystery writer Dennis Lehane’s short story Consumers for a feature film adaptation. Writer-director Budreau will pen the script about a colorful hitman who targets players in high finance. Budreau will also produce for Lumanity, along with executive producer Adam Moryto. Earlier: Ben Affleck in Talks to Adapt Dennis Lehane's 'Live by Night' The page-to-screen adaptation is the latest work from Lehane, after Shutter Island, Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone and the upcoming Animal Rescue, starring Tom Hardy for Chernin Entertainment, and They Live By Night from director Ben
- Etan Vlessing
Credit: Mike Lamonica
Morgan Freeman will present the SAG 50th Life Achievement Award to Rita Moreno at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer/Director Jeff Margolis and Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today.
SAG-aftra is honoring Rita Moreno for her career achievement and humanitarian accomplishments. Past recipients of the Life Achievement Award include Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Ernest Borgnine, Betty White, James Earl Jones, Charles Durning, Julie Andrews, Shirley Temple Black, James Garner, Karl Malden, Clint Eastwood, Edward Asner, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Sidney Poitier, Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Taylor, Angela Lansbury, Robert Redford, and George Burns.
Credit: Mark Hill
In 1971, Freeman and Moreno were among the stars of “The Electric Company,” a comedy variety show created by the Children’s Television Workshop (Ctw) featuring live-action sketches, cartoons, and songs. Inspired by The Motown Sound, “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” and Broadway, the series was designed »
- Michelle McCue
It's rare when a film adaptation lives up the book it was based on so with that in mind I have compiled a list of 40 books that have been adapted for the big screen that we can expect to see in theaters this year. This includes two books from Gillian Flynn, young adult adaptations of work by Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins and James Dashner, a short story from Dennis Lehane, a Nick Hornby adaptation, and an adaptation written by Nick Hornby, a new John le Carre adaptation and a prequel to the stories written by Tom Clancy as well as a couple comics and graphic novel adaptations from the likes of Frank Miller and Hiroshi Sakurazaka and Alexander O. Smith. I've added everything I could think of and while I'm sure I missed a few, please forgive me and hopefully you'll find something that appeals to your taste on the list. »
- Brad Brevet
Casey Affleck is attached to star in and produce the crime drama, based on one of the most notorious serial killers in Us history.
The film will follow a detective trying to solve the case of a notorious serial killer in Boston in the early 1960s.
The setting is of course perfect for Affleck, who was born and raised in Massachusetts, and whose brother Ben Affleck has used the city as the setting for the first two of his three feature films at the helm, with Casey Affleck himself leading his brother’s directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone.
Chuck MacClean wrote the script after pitching the project to the studio, with insiders noting that the original pitch »
- Kenji Lloyd
Tomorrow will bring us my top ten most anticipated movies of 2014, but we must first look at the ten films that fell just out of reach, though I must say this is a rather impressive grouping and it's rather obvious how much more excited I am about each one of these lists the closer we get to the top. Today's list includes a couple of comedies, my highest ranking studio franchise feature, a directorial debut we've all been looking forward to, an On Demand release and more than a few directors whose names alone get us into the theater. Check it out and if you missed either of my two previous installments there is a navigation directly below and on the final page of this post. Most Anticipated 2014 Navigation #1-10 | #11-20 | #21-30 | #31-40 #20 Knights of Badassdom January 21 Peter Dinklage and Ryan Kwanten in Knights of BadassdomPhoto: eOne Films Knights of Badassdom »
- Brad Brevet
17 items from 2014
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