16 items from 2012
Steven Soderbergh is a curiosity as a director, and one that makes for strange marketing tactics, and even stranger critical response. As likely to have his films billed as “from the director of x,” as to have no mention of the director at all, his resume is an odd mix that makes it difficult to know if previous films are actually liable to lend interest in his future releases.
From his earliest mark as someone willing to “go odd,” Sex, Lies and Videotape, to the titles that put him on the map (Erin Brockovich, Traffic, Ocean’s 11, etc.), there hasn’t really been an overriding cohesiveness to his projects that would convince massive audiences to rush to opening day based on his involvement. Erin Brockovich, for example, does not necessarily suggest the right things to Ocean’s 11 crowds.
What has largely remained true of his films is that critics, like »
- Marc Eastman
With takings of $88 million, "Skyfall" had the biggest opening weekend for a James Bond movie ever. Audiences love it, giving the thriller a Cinemascore of "A," and film critics rate it high, too (81 score from Metacritic and a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes). -Insertgroups:8- Next up: what will Oscar voters think? How many nominations and wins can "Skyfall" reap? One guaranteed bid: the title tune will definitely make the list for Best Song considering Adele's recent romp at the Grammys. Music composer Thomas Newman will probably score his 11th career bid, but he's overdue to win after defeats for "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994), "Little Women" (1994), "Unstrung Heroes" (1995), "American Beauty" (1999), "Road to Perdition" (2002), "Finding Nemo" (2003), "Lemony Snicket" (2004), "The Good German" (2006), and two for "Wall-e" (2008). Yet all e »
George Clooney says guten Tag! The Good German star touched down in Berlin today looking like an ordinary tourist as he begins preproduction on the upcoming World War II-era drama he's cowriting and directing, The Monuments Men. Dressed casually in jeans, Clooney was spotted outside the Concorde Hotel in the German capital's inner city borough of Wilmersdorf. No word what his exact mission is while he's in town. But according to Deadline, the 51-year-old has just signed up Daniel Craig for a key part in the film about a group of art experts who rescue European works of art stolen by the Nazis before they can be destroyed. The Monuments Men also features Clooney's Good German »
In Howard Hawks’ 1932 Scarface, Paul Muni’s Tony Camonte is an Italian who takes over the illegal booze business in Chicago from the Irish mobs. In the 1983 update from Brian De Palma, Al Pacino’s Tony Montana is a Cuban taking over the cocaine trade in Miami. Now it’s time for a new Tony to take over a new illegal trade from the outside. Universal announced a new version last September, and then hired David Ayer to write the script, but now Deadline Hollywood is reporting that they’ve hired Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco, The Good German) to do a rewrite. Ayer was a strong choice with his background writing popular action (The Fast and The Furious, Training Day) as well as his celebrated new End of Watch, but Attanasio has a similar pedigree that also includes extensive work on Homocide: Life on the Street. The question now is where the new Tony comes from and »
- Cole Abaius
While David Ayer can be proud for his work on his latest directorial effort, End of Watch, which opened to rave reviews a few weeks ago, apparently Universal Pictures wasn't too ecstatic about his latest draft on the upcoming Scarface remake and has brought in a new writer. Paul Attanasio, who wrote the script for Steven Soderbergh's 2006 film The Good German and created the series Homicide: Life on the Street, has been hired to rework the script for the new movie. Deadline says that Universal plans to update the story of an immigrant coming to America and rising through the ranks of the criminal underworld to modern times with the movie, such as what the 1983 film did for the 1932 version. The studio is keeping mum about where the main character in the new film will come from, and Deadline points out that this information has been very important in »
Sony Classical announces the release of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of Skyfall on November 6, 2012, consisting of original music written by leading film composer Thomas Newman. From Albert R. Broccoli 's Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment, the film is the 23rd James Bond adventure and coincides with the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film franchise.
Skyfall also marks the debut of distinguished director Sam Mendes in the James Bond franchise. Daniel Craig is back as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 in Skyfall, the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time. In Skyfall, Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. The film is produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and John Logan. »
The release of male flesh extravaganza Magic Mike means we are inching ever closer to director Steven Soderbergh‘s fast approaching retirement/sabbatical. It has been a weird couple of years for the filmmaker, as he discussed wanting to leave his chosen profession behind, before reneging on the decision. Recently, though, he changed his mind again and said that he was only taking a break from the industry, to recharge his batteries and to get excited about directing again.
So now we’re in a weird position. After Magic Mike, there are two more films and then that’s it, no more Soderbergh for a while. He has a psychological thriller called The Bitter Pill which reunites him and Channing Tatum for the third time and an HBO movie called Behind the Candelabra, which is based on the life of Liberace and stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.
It will »
- Will Chadwick
Hugo Weaving can (read: does) more or less equal instant attention on the part of yours truly — so, needless to say, Mystery Road gets a seat at the proverbial table — though he’s not the star of this one. Aaron Pedersen will lead for Ivan Sen (Toomelah), playing a cop brought back to his Outback hometown when a teenager is killed under mysterious circumstances. In accordance with this, Weaving has been placed into the role of “a cop with questionable motives” — something I’m sure he can pretty much nail to a T. [Deadline]
Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) is said to be playing “a pig hunter,” and Jack Thompson (The Good German, The Great Gatsby) has the part of “a pastoralist who’s seen better times.” Though all that’s really available right now, doesn’t it sound so wonderfully Australian? But I’m actually being a little serious here — this »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
If you like some music to go along with your movies, today is your treat. First up, Jack White of the now defunct White Stripes, who just released his solo album, has signed on to write, produce and perform his own original score for Disney’s big blockbuster The Lone Ranger. Despite his music being featured in a number of films and many filmmakers, including Michel Gondry, crafting his music videos, this will be his first foray into scoring a feature film. Look (and listen) for Gore Verbinski‘s film, starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, in about a year when it arrives on May 31st, 2013.
We’ve also got news that electronica artist Moby will be lending his hand to Fredrik Bond‘s feature debut, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, starring Shia Labeouf, Melissa Leo and Til Schweiger. The film revolves around a young man named Charlie Countryman »
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Steven Soderbergh has long made a habit of keeping a wide-ranging roster of regular collaborators to turn to, depending on the needs of whatever project he's working on. And with the cameras now rolling on his next effort "The Bitter Pill" he's taking a step away from the electronic-driven scores by Cliff Martinez and David Holmes of his last two films "Contagion" and "Haywire."
Sources close to the project have confirmed with The Playlist that ten-time Oscar nominee Thomas Newman will be scoring the upcoming thriller. It seems that Newman and Soderbergh have made an unofficial pact to work together every six years, first pairing up in 2000 for "Erin Brockovich" and again in 2006 for "The Good German" (with Newman earning an Ocar nod for his work). This time around he'll cue the strings for the film which stars Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Vinessa Shaw in »
- Kevin Jagernauth
With the arrival of the auteur theory, filmmakers like Michael Curtiz no longer get as much sway among the current generation of directors. Curtiz (born Kertész Kaminer Manó in Hungary in 1886), was a journeyman, a man who flourished in the studio system after being picked out by Jack Warner for his Austrian Biblical epic "Moon of Israel" in 1924. He stayed at the studio for nearly 20 years, taking on whatever he was assigned at a terrifyingly prolific rate -- he made over 100 Hollywood movies up to "The Comancheros" in 1961. And some of them are terrible, as you might expect.
But Curtiz was also responsible for some of the greatest films of the era, and those who diminish his abilities (including the director himself, who once said "Who cares about character? I make it go so fast nobody notices") are ignoring his enormous skill behind the camera, and his undeniable capacity for »
- Oliver Lyttelton
The Artist, 2011.
Directed by Michel Hazanavicius.
A silent movie star faces up to the advent of sound.
Modern audiences may struggle to realise the medium they are watching at the multiplex started without the aid of spoken words and only a musical score to accompany the picture. Sadly, some won’t have even seen a film in black and white. The Artist is both silent and black and white, and is even filmed in 1.33:1 aspect ratio. To those not familiar with aspect ratios, 1.33:1 means (in crude terms) the sides of the cinema screen are not filled, with the film looking like a ‘box’ rather than the usual full screen (typically 1.85:1 or 2.39:1) that we are used to. The effect works well in The Artist because that is how »
Starting Sunday 15 Jan with the Golden Globes and ending at the 84th Oscars on 26 Feb, Hollywood is about to go red carpet crazy. Here are Charlie Lyne's top tips
Reasons it'll do well This highly subjective (and opportunely forgetful) look back at the career of the mischievous milk snatcher refashions Maggie as both a feminist crusader and a sympathetic victim, thanks in no small part to a typically winning performance from 16-time Oscar nominee Meryl Streep. Don't count her "Out Out Out" of the Best Actress category.
Reasons it won't There's evidence to suggest that the film has already alienated people on both sides of the political spectrum, with liberals furious over its "humanising" effect on Thatcher and Tories upset that it doesn't make her look formidable enough.
Would definitely win Best Power Hair
- Charlie Lyne
Steven Soderbergh has a new film released this month. ‘Haywire’ is incredibly his 7th feature film in just 5 years, and he has another feature currently in production with Magic Mike, due for release in the summer. Working at such a fast pace Soderbergh jumps from one genre to another, tackling plots as wide as heist comedy capers in Ocean’s Thirteen to large scale historical biopics in the form of Che Part 1 & 2. And although he puts out a lot of releases his films are always interesting, individual and best off all, entertaining! What has got me thinking though, is how although Soderbergh has tackled a wide variety of genres and put his own stamp onto much of his work, he doesn’t really fit comfortable into the Autuer column off film directors.
Whilst many directors create a body of work that reflects their own political and social views and opinions, »
- Will Pond
For the last 15 years David Arnold has been the go-to-guy when it comes to scoring James Bond films. Brought on for Tomorrow Never Dies in 1997, he has written the music for all of the 007 adventures since, including The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. But just like all of the other Bond composers, Arnold's time has ended and now his replacement has apparently been named. James Bond fansite MI6 is reporting that Thomas Newman has been brought on board to write the score for the Sam Mendes-directed Skyfall. A ten-time Academy Award nominee, Newman's previous work includes films such as Wall-e, Finding Nemo, and The Good German. The news isn't too surprising, as the composer has worked on all of Mendes' previous films, with the exception of Away We Go. Should the story be true, Newman will be only the ninth different »
Always Bet On Bond. Word is that Skyfall, the 23rd Bond film currently in production, may have found its composer as well. Bond fansite MI6 HQ is reporting that Oscar nominated American composer Thomas Newman (of The Help, The Adjustment Bureau and The Debt recently) will be scoring Skyfall for director Sam Mendes and Eon Productions. Mendes & Newman are regular collaborators, with a history including scoring Mendes' films American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Jarhead and Revolutionary Road previously. As always, the more news I hear about Skyfall, the more excited I get. 2012 is the year he'll finally be back! Thomas Newman is an experienced composer who's been around for a while, working with Mendes back in 1999 on American Beauty. He even scored The Shawshank Redemption and Meet Joe Black, but really rose to prominence in recent years with Finding Nemo, Wall-e, Little Children, The Good German and Brothers. »
- Alex Billington
16 items from 2012
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