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Disney may be the king of the jungle when it comes to turning classic animated movies into live-action box office titans, but they're about to get some very stiff competition from Warner Bros.. The Hollywood Reporter is sharing news that Robert Downey Jr.'s previously-announced Pinocchio movie has just attracted some serious A-list talent in the form of writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson. Yes, the guy who made Boogie Nights and There Will Be Blood is working on a live-action Pinocchio movie. This is a real thing. According to THR, Anderson is only writing the project for now and then will decide later if he also wants to direct. Downey Jr. would star as the toy maker Geppetto who creates the titular wooden boy. Apparently the two have been friends for some time...
- Peter Hall
Well, here’s some surprising news…
Warner Bros. and Robert Downey Jr. have enlisted a new screenwriter for their planned live-action Pinocchio movie, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, Inherent Vice) has signed on to pen the script with a view to directing.
The project – which will see Downey taking on the role of Pinocchio’s creator Geppetto, as well as producing – has been in development for a number of years now, with previous drafts from Bryan Fuller (Hannibal), Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret Service) and Michael Mitnick (The Giver).
- Gary Collinson
In a surprising match between filmmaker and material, Paul Thomas Anderson will rewrite Robert Downey Jr.‘s live-action “Pinocchio” movie with an eye toward directing the project for Warner Bros., TheWrap has learned. Anderson is the six-time Oscar-nominated auteur behind “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia” and “There Will Be Blood.” He most recently worked with Warner Bros. on “Inherent Vice,” which was initially slated to star Downey. The two have long wanted to work together and “Pinocchio” will mark their first collaboration. However, “Pinocchio” appears to be uncharted territory for Anderson, who doesn’t tackle a lot of open writing assignments. He’s a brilliant writer. »
- Jeff Sneider
In an intriguing match-up, "There Will Be Blood" and "Inherent Vice" helmer Paul Thomas Anderson has come onboard to pen a script draft and potentially direct a new adaptation of "Pinocchio" at Warner Bros. Pictures and Team Downey.
"The Giver" writer Michael Mitnick penned the latest draft of the script which Robert Downey Jr. has been quietly tweaking for the past six months. Downey is slated to star as Geppetto in the film and has been developing the project for years.
The film will re-tell the classic story about a wooden puppet who wants to become a human boy, and has taken on new urgency at Warners in the wake of success stories like "Maleficent" and "Cinderella" over at Disney.
The teaming of Anderson and Downey isn't unusual. »
- Garth Franklin
There.s something genuinely uplifting about learning that two established, young actors with bounds of potential still yet to flourish are going to work on a project together. Especially when that project is itself teeming with possibilities too. So the revelation that Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe are making a comedy about a man who becomes BFFs with a dead body should fill you with great joy. Variety has reported that Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe have signed on the dotted line to star in Swiss Army Man. The impressive cast has also been rounded off with the addition of Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Thanks to his turns in There Will Be Blood, Love & Mercy, and 12 Years A Slave, Paul Dano has turned into one of the most intense and compelling young actors in American cinema. Meanwhile, after his turns in the Harry Potter franchise, Daniel Radcliffe has done an exemplary »
The entwined subjects of time passing and landscapes changing have always been synonymous with the work of Chinese director Jia Zhang-ke; his latest feature, Mountains May Depart, expands these ideas to a point that exists beyond any previously established horizon. The film may well be Jia’s most ambitious to date, in this respect: it spans three decades in all, touching down in 1999, 2014 and 2025, so essentially covering our past, present and future. As with all of Jia’s work, location here plays an integral role – like Platform and Pick Pocket, the narrative revolves around the director’s hometown of Fenyang – with scenes unfolding among local festivities on packed streets, or upon the scorched earth of a local coal mine that recalls similar shots in Barbara Loden’s Wanda. And just as we witnessed the gradual construction of the Yangtze River’s Three Gorges Dam (and inevitable destruction of the »
- Nicholas Page
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Supercut of the Day: Fandor pays tribute to film fathers, including characters from The Incredibles, The Sound of Music, There Will Be Blood, The Tree of Life and of course Star Wars, in this lengthy video: Trailer Mix of the Day: Jurassic World would have been a lot better with more cartoon babies. Here's the Jurassic Park sequel mashed with Rugrats in Paris (via The Trailer Mash): Movie Parody of the Day: Technically this video doesn't seem to have any tie to Jurassic World, but a sequel where dinosaurs are pets has been proposed so here's what that might look like (via World Wide Interweb): Vintage Image of the Day: Gena Rowlands turns...
- Christopher Campbell
Now before you go off and think that this just might be the greatest product placement film of all time, The Founder is being described as "being akin to The Social Network and There Will Be Blood." The story will follow that of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed... Read More »
- Sean Wist
If you see a movie for the first time and swear you've heard the score before, it may not be your imagination...
Last month, the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (Afm) sued six major studios for reusing film soundtracks in other films without paying the appropriate compensation. It's the kind of news that will make people roll their eyes. Ah yes, they'll say after seeing the headlines. Typical Hollywood. Not even the music's original any more.
But go beyond the headlines about reusing the same music too much and delve into the lawsuit and it reveals an interesting insight into the kind of situations where music does get repeated.
The lawsuit, it soon becomes evident, isn't about the use of music in itself (a quick browse through the soundtracks for the titles in question, such as This Means War or Argo, reveals that they have »
Picking the best movies that come out in any given year is no easy feat. With over 800 movies released theatrically, there’s plenty to digest. As we reach the halfway point of the year, we decided to publish a list of our favourite movies thus far, in hopes that our readers can catch up on some of the films they might have missed out on. Below, you shall find the list of the top 30 films of 2015 to date, a list that ranges from independent horror films to documentary to foreign films and so much more. Here is part three of our three part list.
The meditative Clouds of Sils Maria weighs the passing of time and the cumulative effect of art in the life of an aging actress. Internationally renowned starlet Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) goes into an introspective tailspin following the sudden death of the »
After his breakout performance opposite Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood, Paul Dano could have drunk the Hollywood Kool-Aid (or the milk shake for that matter) and suited up for the next studio tentpole. Instead, he largely opted for little-seen indies like Being Flynn and The Good Heart, with some sinister supporting roles in 12 Years a Slave and Prisoners mixed in. But with his latest film, Bill Pohlad’s Beach Boys biopic Love & Mercy, Dano finally picked a starring role that all of young Hollywood was chasing: that of tortured music icon Brian Wilson. The 30-
- Tatiana Siegel
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
Shootouts, unlike any other type of action scenes, put death in the forefront of the audience’s mind. Whereas a car chase draws the attention onto the race, or a fight scene onto the pursuit of victory, shootouts test the mortality of our protagonists and anti-heroes. It’s more than just a hail of bullets that matters on screen, it’s who those bullets are clipping down or propping up. Legends can be made in a flurry of lead. The last man standing after the fray isn’t always the best or »
- Shane Ramirez
FX has given a 10-episode order to the drama created by the “Sons of Anarchy” creator about a Late Middle Ages warrior knight who gets pulled back into fighting just when he thought he was out. Lee Jones plays titular executioner Wilkin Brattle, a warrior knight in King Edward I’s charge.
There will be blood. #Tbx
— kurt sutter (@sutterink) May 22, 2015
Sutter wrote the pilot. He is exec producing along with Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Paris Barclay. Barclay directed the pilot. Sutter also appears in the series, along with his wife, Katey Sagal, Stephen Moyer, Flora Spencer-Longhurst and Sam Spruell. The cast also includes Darren Evans, Danny Sapani, Timothy V. Murphy, Sarah White, Sarah Sweeney, Elen Rhys, Ethan Griffiths and Matthew Rhys.
“I love history. I love theology. I love blood. It’s been very satisfying weaving »
- Whitney Friedlander
If you’re having a bad day or your week has been feeling longer than usual, this video of Paul Dano getting repeatedly beaten up in a good number of his films might make you forget about your troubles.
This video is brought to you by YouTuber Michael Brawley who was compelled to inform the world that Paul Dano has a very punchable face. While he suffers other injuries to parts of his body in this video, many of the various characters in Paul Dano’s films really like hitting him in the face, especially Daniel Day Lewis’s memorable and horrifying Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood.
While being constantly beaten up in movies might not be the most fun thing to be known for, it’s still a testament to Paul Dano’s acting chops. Not everyone can react that well to getting hit, punched, and kicked over and over again, »
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."
The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »
- Gary Susman
HitFix's recent spate of "Best Year in Film History" pieces inevitably spurred some furious debate among our readers, with some making compelling arguments for years not included in our pieces (2007 and 1968 were particularly popular choices) and others openly expressing their bewilderment at the inclusion of others (let's just say 2012 took a beating). In the interest of giving voice to your comments, below we've rounded up a few of the most thoughtful, passionate, surprising and occasionally incendiary responses to our pieces, including my own (I advocated for The Year of Our Lynch 2001, which is obviously the best). Here we go... Superstar commenter "A History of Matt," making an argument for 1968: The Graduate. Bullit. The Odd Couple. The Lion in Winter. Planet of the Apes. The Thomas Crown Affair. Funny Girl. Rosemary's Baby. And of course, 2001, A Space Odyssey. And that's only a taste of the greatness of that year. "Lothar the Flatulant, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice came and went theatrically. Much like Spike Jonze’s Her, it seems an expensive arthouse film that didn’t connect with the public, though both were nominated for Screenplay Oscars. Vice made $8 million, while Anderson’s last film The Master only made twice as much. The filmmaker hasn’t ever scored a big hit (his biggest success was There Will Be Blood, which made $40 Million), and that’s a little sad because he’s one of the greatest filmmakers working today. This noted, Vice is destined to live on as a cult favorite. It’s too drugged out not to eventually find an audience, though its resemblances to films like The Big Lebowski and The Long Goodbye are mostly superficial. Joaquin Phoenix stars as Larry ‘Doc’ Sportello, who works as a sort of private investigator, and the »
- Andre Dellamorte
Ahead of its premiere at Cannes next month, a poster has arrived online for Youth, the latest film from Oscar winning director Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty, Il Divo), which stars Michael Caine (Interstellar), Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener), Harvey Keitel (The Congress), Jane Fonda (The Newsroom) and Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood). Check it out…
See Also: Watch the trailer for Youth here
Sensing their time could be quickly running out, they decide to face the future together, regard with curiosity and tenderness their children’s confused lives, the enthusiasm of Mick’s young writers and the other guests at their hotel. Mick is scrambling to finish what he imagines will be his last important film. Fred gave up his music career a long time ago. But there is someone who wants at all costs to hear his compositions and to see him conduct again.
Youth will premiere at Cannes next month, »
- Gary Collinson
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
The gang is back in the "Entourage" movie, which picks up about seven months after the series finale and finds everyone living a whole lot larger with Ari (Jeremy Piven) running a studio and Vince (Adrian Grenier) directing his first movie. That's Hollywood.
Last year, we were invited to "Turtle's Malibu beach house" set, where we chatted with stars Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, and director Doug Ellin. Here's the vital info we learned about the big-screen baller reunion, which hits theaters June 3rd.
1. Vince is now a director.
The movie is called "Hyde," a modern-day version of "Jekyll and Hyde," where Dr. Hyde is a Tony Stark-style genius chemist "with a dark side," according to production designer Chase Harlan. E is producing, Vince is directing, and Drama's got a small role. "The guys have a lot riding on this new movie, and because it's Ari's first movie at the studio, »
- Sharon Knolle
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