17 items from 2017
Chicago – The photograph of the 2016 movie year is undoubtedbly the iconic shot of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, caught in mid dance, in the musical “La La Land.” The film received 14 nominations for this Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony (Feb. 26th), and the “Unit Still Photographer” who got the shot was Dale Robinette.
“Uncle Dale” Robinette first contacted me via email in 2013, to give information about some photos he took on the film “Lovelace.” Ever since then he has been a reliable email pal, sending me image after image from the movie sets that he is “blessed” (his word) to work on. He has plied his skills in Hollywood as a Unit Still Photographer since 1988, after a career as a stage and television actor in New York and Los Angeles. Starting with a TV short called “The Big Five” (1988), he has worked his way up the ladder, and has built »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
THR is reporting that Sam Raimi has signed on to direct a mystery thriller based around the Bermuda Triangle, which is being produced by Skydance Productions and has been written by Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time).
The project is one of three competing Bermuda Triangle projects in development, with films also in the works at Warner Bros. and Universal. Plot details for all three are being kept closely under wraps, particularly to avoid giving away who or what is behind the Triangle’s mysterious disappearances.
Raimi hasn’t directed a film since 2013’s Oz the Great and Powerful, although he has circled several over the past year, including the tornado action adventure Stormfall, an adaptation of the non-fiction novel The Next 100 Years titled World War 3, and a remake of the French crime drama A Prophet.
He also remains attached as a producer »
- Gary Collinson
Bermuda Triangle: Sam Raimi (above) is in talks to direct a movie about the Bermuda Triangle. The most recent script was written by the team of Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard, whose previous credits include The Sorcerer's Apprentice and Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. Two other projects are also in development about the region, known for the mysterious disappearance of planes and ships. [Heat Vision] Jurassic World 2: Veteran character actor James Cromwell (Still Mine, above) has joined the cast of Jurassic World 2. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are reprising their roles, but no other character details have been released so far. The sequel begins filming later this month, aiming for theatrical release on June 22, 2018, under the direction of J.A. Bayona...
- Peter Martin
Continuing his “auteurist TV here, prestige picture there” pattern, Cary Fukunaga may follow Beasts of No Nation and forthcoming Netflix series Maniac with a recounting of the Hiroshima bombing — an ambitious-sounding project in no small part because it’s taken after such a comprehensive piece of material. Per Deadline, he’s conspiring with scribe Hossein Amini (Drive) for an adaptation of Stephen Walker’s Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima, likely with a title reduced to Shockwave, and Universal would be footing the bill.
Walker’s non-fiction text covers a lot of ground, spanning the viewpoints of soldiers on either side, Japanese civilians affected to the blast, members of the Manhattan Project, President Truman in the weeks leading up to the Enola Gay’s flight, and those connected to these parties. How to fit that into a standard-length project and do everybody justice? I don’t know, but then again, I’m »
- Nick Newman
Bermuda Triangle: Sam Raimi (above) is in talks to direct a movie about the Bermuda Triangle. The most recent script was written by the team of Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard, whose previous credits include The Sorcerer's Apprentice and Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. Two other projects are also in development about the region, known for the mysterious disappearance of planes and ships. [Heat Vision] Jurassic World 2: Veteran character actor James Cromwell (Still Mine,...
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Horror legend Sam Raimi has signed on to direct a new Bermuda Triangle mystery thriller project for Skydance Productions. The thriller is actually one of three separate films currently in development about the mysterious Bermuda Triangle, with one set up at Universal and the other being worked on at Warner Bros. No plot details have been given for any of these projects, with each studio worried about their own takes getting leaked.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the project's plot details are being kept a secret so much that Sam Raimi had to visit the Skydance Productions offices just to read the script. While the story details are being kept under wraps, it was revealed that the script itself was written by the writing team of Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard, whose writing credits include The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time and the Netflix series Narcos. »
The other two, according to The Hollywood Reporter, have set up shop across Universal and Warner Bros., though with Raimi now in talks to helm the mystery thriller, it seems Skydance’s movie is the furthest along even at this early stage in development.
Centering on the infamous stretch of sea between Florida, Puerto Rico and Bermuda, the Bermuda Triangle (Aka the Devil’s Triangle) has a long history of aircraft and ships venturing into its waters, only to disappear without a trace. Estimations are all over the place, and ever since the phrase Bermuda Triangle was first coined in 1964, that relatively small channel in the North Atlantic has become something of a worldwide phenomenon among conspiracy theorists, with potential »
- Michael Briers
Rob Leane Feb 24, 2017
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To say that we live in a very fragile political climate would be an understatement. In our increasingly globalized world, there is a pressure to try and represent the diversity that many Americans see day in and day out. Without getting too political, it’s been difficult for Hollywood to embrace this idea. The fact is they like money, and up until recently, it’s largely been white actors who have become the big Hollywood A-listers, and in a continued effort to keep the gravy train going, studios have often clung to those familiar faces, assuming they would result in better box office receipts.
Of course, with those decisions come backlashes. We’ve seen it in films like Exodus: Gods and Kings, Gods of Egypt, Ghost in the Shell, and of course, The Prince of Persia face all sorts of criticism for their choice in leads.
So what does this »
- Joseph Medina
If you’re harboring concerns of potential whitewashing with regards to Disney’s live-action Aladdin movie, don’t; producer Dan Lin has revealed that the Mouse House is making a conscious effort to recruit a diverse ensemble cast for the Guy Ritchie-directed fairytale.
Collider caught up with Lin in anticipation of The Lego Batman Movie gracing theaters this coming weekend, at which point the producer stressed that Aladdin won’t succumb to the lack of diversity seen in Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. Instead, Ritchie and the creative team are drafting up plans to cast relative newcomers as the film’s leading duo, Aladdin and Jasmine – and make no mistake, Ritchie’s live-action version will be a musical through and through.
First up, on the topic of casting concerns, Dan Lin noted that the Powers That Be at Disney want to make a movie “that’s authentic to that world. »
- Michael Briers
Luke Owen keeps track of the biggest video game movies…
To go along with our Highest Grossing Superhero Movies of All-Time list, I felt we should also keep tabs on the video game movie adaptation. Since their debut in 1993, they’ve mostly come with a bad reputation, bad reviews and often bad box office results. However, some have been genuine successes. Below are two lists collated from BoxOfficeMojo with the domestic and global takings for video game movie adaptations.
Note: We’ve not included Pixels as it’s not directly based on a game, but we’re happy to add it in if enough people complain (it would be high in both lists)…
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# Title Domestic total 1 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider $131,168,070 2 The Angry Birds Movie $107,509,366 3 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time $90,759,676 4 Pokemon: The First Movie $85,744,662 5 Mortal Kombat »
- Luke Owen
Today we learned that one my favorite television actors, Dominic West, is joining the cast of the rebooted Tomb Raider franchise. You probably remember him best from The Wire, where he played Jimmy McNulty, the protagonist of the show and a character with many personal and intriguing demons. He stamped his mark on society with this character because The Wire is considered one of the best written shows of all time, and the last time I remember West was in the only decent Punisher movie ever made where he played the iconic Jigsaw.
According to THR, West will be playing Lord Richard Croft, the father of Lara Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot. This role was originally played by Jon Voight in the Angelina Jolie Tomb Raider movies a decade ago. We know Voight is Jolie's father in "real life," and while West can't claim that over the current »
- Drew Carlton
Author: Zehra Phelan
What a year 2017 is for British-born Naomie Harris so far, not only has she been nominated for an Oscar, Bafta, Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild awards for her role as Paula in Moonlight – which is out in UK cinemas on the 24th of February, but she has now landed herself a role in the upcoming Rampage alongside Dwayne Johnson.
Harris is no stranger to the odd Blockbuster or two with her stints in Bond movies, Skyfall and Spectre, tagging along with Johnson in this video game adaptation will only add more collateral to her career as it spirals through the heady heights of Hollywood.
Naomie couldn’t hide her excitement as she took to twitter to personally thank Dwayne Johnson
Thank you so much @TheRock! Huge fan of yours! Can't wait to dive into the world of #Rampage with you! Let's go! »
- Zehra Phelan
Assassin’s Creed seemed it would be the one to turn the tide on the bad luck video game movies have faced for decades. It had all the fixing for a memorable movie: a great premise, a talented director, and an A-list cast. Unfortunately, the resulting film didn’t really seem to strike a chord with audiences, and the movie sort of fizzled out in theaters. While it wasn’t what one would categorize as a bomb, its current come of $188 million on a $125 million budget isn’t the most promising of hauls.
Yet, we know this isn’t the end. The genre of video game movies have struggled for years, and will likely continue to do so for a very long time. The fact is that there are plenty of amazing stories that can be pulled from these IPs that would do wonders for the big screen. Ubisoft has »
- Joseph Medina
After a rather cold reception for the Assassin's Creed movie, Ubisoft Motion Pictures is attempting to warm things up a bit, by sending us on a trip to frozen, post-apocalyptic New York. We already knew that Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler, Prince Of Persia: The Sands of Time) and Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, Miss Sloane) were attached to the project as stars and producers, and now we finally know who's going to sit in the director's chair : Stephen Gaghan. Gaghan won an Oscar® for Traffic (best adapted screenplay) and received a nomination for Syriana. It won't be his first contact with the world of video-games either, as he wrote the script for Call Of Duty: Ghost. "We are really excited to bring Stephen's unique vision of the game to film audiences around the globe," the CEO of Ubisoft's movie division said in a statement. The Division's director will also »
Undeterred by the critical drumming leveled at Assassin’s Creed, Ubisoft Motion Pictures is beginning to make headway on its latest game-to-movie adaptation, The Division.
After securing Jessica Chastain and Nocturnal Animals star Jake Gyllenhaal – who previously worked with the studio on Prince of Persia: Sands of Time – Variety reports that Ubi has now finally found its director: Stephen Gaghan. Best known for his recent work on Gold, the Matthew McConaughey-fronted adventure film that’s beginning to emerge as an Oscar dark horse, Gaghan will write and direct The Division for Ubisoft, though there are few story details available at the moment.
First released in March of last year, The Division is a third-person shooter in which players take on the role of an agent fighting to keep some semblance of peace and order in a post-pandemic New York City. The Big Apple has been brought to its knees following a deadly outbreak, »
- Michael Briers
The Star Wars spinoff topped the box office for the third consecutive weekend, earning just under $50 million for the three-day period and a projected $64 million for the four-day holiday. The movie business is tacking Monday on to New Year’s weekend, because many companies and schools are observing it as a national holiday. The weekend gross pushes the space opera over the $400 million mark domestically. It currently ranks as the year’s second highest-grossing domestic release, with $425 million, behind only “Finding Dory.” “Rogue One” concludes a record-annihilating year for Disney. The studio became the first to top $7 billion in a single year, has fielded four of the five top grossing domestic releases, and should see four of its movies »
- Brent Lang
17 items from 2017
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