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Adam Whyte joined Obsessed With Film in April of this year and has contributed regular feature articles and reviews from Scotland. This year he attended the Edinburgh Film Festival, reporting daily reports of all that he saw and writing several excellent full length reviews. It’s my hope he will once again attend the festival for us this year and continue his superb writings on movies past, present and future for us.
I particularly love the Top Ten of the year he has turned in here with great detailed reasons why the following are the best he saw in 2010. And having seen and very much enjoyed all the films on the list, I certainly concur…
10. Shutter Island
- Adam Whyte
Watch a recent interview with actors Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg on the film “The Fighter” by director David O. Russell (I Heart Huckabees, Three Kings) and starring Christian Bale (The Dark Knight, Terminator Salvation), Mark Wahlberg (The Odd Life of Timothy Green, The Other Guys) and Amy Adams (Janis Joplin: Get It While You Can, Leap Year). Synopsis: The Fighter, is a drama about boxer “Irish” Micky Ward’s unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer who rebounded in life after nearly being Ko’d by drugs and crime. Stay tuned to Shockya.com for the latest from “The Fighter”. »
- Brian Corder
I have been asked a couple of times how I came to be writing for HeyUGuys and I confess I am not sure how the ball got rolling. A tweet from the site saying that they were looking to recruit more writers somehow found its way into my Twitter feed and I promptly e-mailed in, expressing my enthusiasm to get involved. A few short weeks and a load of frenetic film writing later and I was on board and happy as a pig in muck. I love writing and I love films and the opportunity to combine both every day for a site as well regarded as this one is a real privilege. I have been writing for the site now since the summer, almost entirely in reporting the news, but occasionally dipping into DVD reviews. It is great fun and a thoroughly enjoyable challenge to my burgeoning writing skills »
- Dave Roper
We here at Fsr pride ourselves on speaking with authority. It doesn’t always happen (especially when I’m writing about Inception after drinking three boxes of wine), but it’s the goal we strive for. We’re bursting on the brink of boastfulness to provide a service most other film sites don’t offer – the ingenuity and odd creativity of our team of writers. Our readership is up 46% this year and that’s thanks in a major way to our fans, to the fourth box of wine, and to these features and editorials. If you missed them the first time, enjoy adding your two cents. If you’re catching them for the second time around, feel free to flame on for old time’s sake. (Click on any of the titles below to read the full articles.) 15. The Movie World Cup By: Cole Abaius and Rob Hunter (and readers) Where else can you see The Dark Knight vs »
- Cole Abaius
People: Julie Jordan exclusively reports that actress Natalie Portman has become engaged to and pregnant with the child of Benjamin Millepied, who served as her off-screen choreographer/on-screen dance partner during the making of “Black Swan.” Portman is the favorite to win the best actress Oscar for her performance in the film.
Hollywood-Elsewhere: Jeff Wells passes along a recently-posted YouTube video that is just about the last thing that the “Toy Story 3” awards campaign needs right now. Running for more than two minutes, it features longtime, low-level Disneyland employees claiming that Disney is reneging on a promise (or at least an understanding) to cover their health care costs (in exchange for lower wages), and closes with several of the employees — and their young children — urging, “Academy members, vote your conscience… don’t reward Disney for being hypocritical… don’t vote for ‘Toy Story 3′ for best picture.”
Gold Derby: »
- Scott Feinberg
Nicole Kidman wanted to attend group grief counselling sessions to prepare for her role in harrowing new movie Rabbit Hole - but she was banned from taking part because of strict rules protecting parents.
The actress plays a woman who has lost a child in the heartbreaking new film, starring opposite Aaron Eckhart as her onscreen partner.
The Dark Knight actor recently revealed he attended a counselling session to help him understand his role as a mourning father, and Kidman admits she wanted to take part in a similar scheme.
But actress found she wasn't welcomed into the group therapy.
She tells Watoday.com.au, "I read stuff (to prepare). I tried to go to a grief group but I was told 'No, you're not allowed. You can only step into these rooms if you lost a child.' I totally get it, yet for whatever reason, that rawness was available to me. Maybe it was from giving birth (to daughter Sunday Rose) 11 months prior." »
A leaked copy of the script for The Dark Knight Rises, the third and final Batman film from director Christopher Nolan, has found its way online. Before quickly being removed, Comic Book Movie managed to grab some of the details, which listed Dr. Hugo Strange, Killer Croc, Black Mask and Talia al Ghul as the main villains to appear in the film.
Here is what Comic Book Movie had to say:
“The female lead is Talia al Ghul. And Sarah Essen, and Bullock is in the film. Dr. Hugo Strange is the main villain, Black Mask replaces Salvatore Ramoni, and Black Mask recruits Killer Croc as the muscles to take down the bat, Killer Croc is known to be a psychopathic killer with a skin diseased reptile function skinned, who’s an expert in hand to hand combat and extremely agile. Oh and that’s not a lot of villains because everything ties in perfectly. »
Before he dons the classic black cape and cowl of the Dark Knight in the third and final installment in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, Christian Bale will be putting on the black and white collar of a clergyman in director Zhang Yimou's (Hero) new $90 million period drama, Nanjing Heroes. The movie is based upon Yan Geling's novel The 13 Women of Nanjing and focuses on the horrific true story of the 1937 "Nanjing Massacre," a six-week period during the Second Sino-Japanese War in which soldiers of the Imperial Japanese Army slaughtered hundreds of thousands of Chinese civilians and unarmed soldiers and raped tens of thousands of women. The movie will go into production in January and be shot approximately 40 percent in English and the rest in Mandarin. Bale has the featured English-speaking role of John, an American Catholic priest who shelters a group of women during the incident. »
- BrentJS Sprecher
#Gift There's nothing like leaving it to the last minute to finish your Christmas shopping and in that spirit CinemaSpy has waited until Christmas Eve to give you its recommendations of the eight Bd releases you should buy this side of 2011. If you are still looking for that gift to fill someone's stocking, maybe we can help relieve the sense of panic that accompanies the realization that there is only one—yes, that's one—shopping day until December 25th.
What follows is a selection of some of the best Blu-ray releases of the year (although not necessarily the best films). Feel free to add your own recommendations (for those Boxing Week shopping trips) or just tell us what you got in the comments section below. Here goes, Santa baby…
The Alien Anthology
Without doubt this is my choice for Number One Blu-ray release of the year. »
Hollywood actor Christian Bale is heading East - he's set to star in a new movie by Chinese director Zhang Yimou.
The Dark Knight star has signed up to become the first big American actor to take on a lead role in a domestically-financed Chinese film.
Thirteen Women of Nanjing will feature Bale as a pious man "who attempts to save a group of young women forced into prostitution by the Japanese Army" during World War Two, Yimou announced in a press conference in Beijing on Wednesday.
And the filmmaker hopes Bale's attachment to the project will boost international interest in Chinese cinema.
Producer Zhang Weiping adds, "Hollywood stars are expensive, but they are worth it because they can influence the whole world."
The film is due to be shot on location in Nanjing, China. »
Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight was shut out of the 2008 Oscar race for Best Picture, but with ten slots available for the 2010 nominees, it’s looking likely that his critically-acclaimed box office smash Inception will be getting a nomination. However, since there are still only five slots for Best Director, there are really only five nominees for Best Picture and then five honorable mentions. Warner Bros. wants to get Inception on the short list and so they’ve released a “new” behind-the-scenes featurette for the film. It’s mostly Epk (electronic press kit) footage, but the beginning and end of the featurette are new. This isn’t so much to encourage people to see the movie (chances are you already have), but to remind Awards voters that Nolan made a remarkable picture. While all the momentum seems to currently be behind The Social Network, it’s still early enough »
- Matt Goldberg
Christian Bale will star in a movie Nanjing Heroes, an upcoming project that comes from Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou.
We’re little surprised as well, but we have nothing against this news.
As the matter of fact, it will be quite interesting seeing actor, (who’s currently co-starring in the boxing drama The Fighter) jump into the priest suit.
Yes, you read it correctly, because Bale is set to play an American priest who shelters a group of prostitutes and some young female students in the Chinese city in 1937. Why Bale?
“I gave him the names of some books that he should read about the Nanjing massacre.” the director said.
“When I went to see him, I saw those books were lying open on his table, and I was very touched.”
The film will be the latest Chinese film version of the infamous 1937 incident called the Nanjing Massacre or the Rape of Nanking, »
Hollywood heavyweight Christian Bale is set to star in Zhang Yimou’s upcoming film, “Nanjing Heroes,” which deals with the Nanjing Massacre that occurred in 1937 when Japanese troops killed thousands of Chinese citizens in what was then the nation’s capital.
Bale will play an American priest named John who helps a number of Chinese citizens escape what looks to be certain death, notes The Hollywood Reporter.
Yimou is considered one of China’s most famous directors (his credits happen to include the mind-blowing 2008 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony) and he has already been nominated for an Academy Award, not once, but twice.
His 2002 film “Hero” earned a “Best Foreign Language” film nomination, and his 2004 “House of Flying Daggers” nabbed a “Best Achievement in Cinematography nod.
But an Oscar-nominated director and a fan-favorite actor aren’t the only forces behind this new film. Throw in Dark Side FX—the special effects »
- Elizabeth Durand
Getting into the swing of things, I have noticed my fellow colleagues are posting their best, worst and other assortments of lists. I will keep mine straight and to the point, and have chosen ten films I have seen this year, that have for different reasons had a profound impact on myself personally and/or the way I view cinema as a medium and as an art. I hope you enjoy the list and more to the point hope you see these films, to see what I am raving about!
Gaspar Noe's seminal, (both literally in terms of semen and relating to his work) Enter The Void is an epic mind fuck. It is the simple story of two siblings, one of them dies in Tokyo right near the beginning of the film and then... his body freely floats through the neon nightmare, delving »
As we told you back in October, Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen, Sucker Punch) will be directing the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures reboot of Superman (a.k.a. Superman: Man of Steel), which is being overseen by producer/director Christopher Nolan (Inception, Untitled Batman Project) and written by David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) and Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises).
Now, thanks to superkal over at Cbm who picked up DC Comics‘ graphic novel edition of Geoff Johns and Gary Frank‘s Superman: Secret Origin, we may actually have some insight into where the Superman story is heading in the forthcoming reboot. The foreword of the graphic novel was written by David S. Goyer, it hints at the direction the film will take and sights Geoff Johns story in Secret Origin as being a source of inspiration for the film.
Check out the foreword below:
“There is a heart »
- Jason Moore
Cherokee Summer discusses the contenders for the 68th annual Golden Globe Awards...
The Golden Globes – a legitimately credible award show or just a laughing stock? Probably the latter for me, but it’s been like that for a while – live streaming the Globes just to see all these ridiculously young looking actors and actresses gobsmacked when they take to the stage, thanking their manager, family and friends with a little tear in their eye. And of course, God for making it all happen (well, at least the schmaltzy ‘Hollywood’ of it all is more endearing and a welcome pat-on-the-back-at-least-you-tried than the boredom that is the BAFTAs).
Now that the nominees for the 68th Globes have been announced, what were we expecting? Pretty much exactly what we got in most categories – minus the likes of Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours and the Coen Brothers’ True Grit – but the real ‘Wtf’ moment comes »
If you're a fan of IMAX, the interview I did with David Keighley yesterday is going to make your week. That's because, as the Executive Vice-President of IMAX, Keighley is the one in charge of IMAX post production and he works hand-in-hand with some of the biggest directors in Hollywood like Christopher Nolan, James Cameron, and now Joseph Kosinski for Tron: Legacy. While the purpose of my interview was to talk about Tron and what the company did to make it look awesome in IMAX, our conversation covered so many other subjects that it would be impossible to sum it up in a short intro. However, I'll tease you by saying if you're curious about how Keighley worked with Nolan on The Dark Knight and what IMAX is doing right now to get ready for The Dark Knight Rises, you're going to want to hit the jump. In addition, Keighley »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
- China's premiere director Zhang Yimou (Hero, the Beijing Olympic Games) has named Christian Bale to star in Nanjing Heroes. The $90 million period epic tells the story of the Nanjing Massacre, when Japanese troops killed thousands of Chinese in the capital city (1937). Bale will play an American priest who assists citizens in escaping impending death. Zhang also announced the hiring of special effects house Dark Side FX (The Dark Knight). The film will mix English and Mandarin (40/60), he said. No Chinese film or director has ever taken home an Academy Award in a major category. (Zhang himself had back-to-back Oscar nominations for Ju Dou in 1990 and Raise the Red Lantern in 1991.) "It's the overall strategy for Chinese cinema to approach »
Before Oscar bound Christian Bale tackles the cape and cowl of The Caped Crusader for the third and final time in The Dark Knight Rises late Spring/early Summer, the Welsh born actor will sneak another project in as his next feature. Well, ‘sneak in’ probably is the wrong term as that would indicate a small movie and this certainly won’t be that.
In fact, this will likely be the most expensive film made this year or any year. Well in it’s native China at least, where it’s one of their most expensive films of all time…
THR are reporting that Bale will lead the 600 million yuan ($90 million) budgeted Nanjing Heroes, an epic spectacle from director Zhang Yimou (Hero) that focuses on the Najing Massacre of 1937 when thousands of people were murdered by invading Japanese troops in what was then the capital of China. Shooting begins January »
- Matt Holmes
From Blastr: David S. Goyer is all over the comic book-movie genre, having written the original stories for Batman Begins and The Dark Knight with Christopher Nolan, the Blade movies (as well as writing and directing Blade: Trinity), and he’s currently writing the script for Zack Snyder‘s Superman: Man of Steel. His foreword to the new graphic novel Superman: Secret Origins may have given away details of his approach to the new film’s story.
This excerpt from Goyer’s foreword seems to telegraph his intentions:
“There is a heart breaking moment halfway through the first chapter in which young Clark is told the truth about his heritage. He races out into the night, sobbing, stumbling through the cornfields. Eventually, his foster father, Jonathan, finds him.”
‘I don’t want to be someone else,’ says Clark. ‘I don’t want to be different. I want to be Clark Kent. »
- Anthony Vieira
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