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• A new Jedi Knight Academy? Some possible plot details of "Star Wars: Episode VII" kick into hyperdrive. [ScreenCrush]
• "Anchorman: The Legend Continues" will hit theaters — in San Diego and otherwise — on Dec. 20, 2013. Classy. [The Hollywood Reporter]
• Have you seen the pic of our President trapped in Spider-Man's web? Look at it again. [Hypable]
• "Batman Returns," "Die Hard" and other Christmas movies that aren't really about Christmas. [Moviefone]
• What is the best comedic movie of 2012? Vote, for laughter's sake! [BuzzSugar]
• "Home Alone" came out 22 years ago (head explodes). See what Kevin McCallister's awful family is doing now. [Mental Floss]
• 7 awful Christmas movies that flopped. Well, we don't know if we'd call that Michael Keaton snowman movie "awful." [The Week]
- Bryan Enk
American movies have been moving towards Zero Dark Thirty, however fitfully, for the past decade. The specter of 9/11 and the ensuing War On Terror has struggled to make itself seen, emerging most frequently in fantasy (The Dark Knight) and in the distant past (Munich), but rejected wholesale when it came to resemble reality too closely (Green Zone, Lions For Lambs). If there is any precedent for what Zero tries to do, it was set by United 93, the critically praised but not widely seen film released less than five years after the events it depicted. But where United 93 unfolded in real-time, Zero goes on for years and years, tracing false starts, botched missions, and a steady evolution in counter-terrorism practice. It is a depressing, violent and singularly ugly process, and it's unlikely that Americans would have been able to accept something like this even a few years ago, or »
- Anders Nelson
Filmmaker Paul Greengrass, who was born in Surrey and directed such movies as The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum and Green Zone, has received an honorary degree from Kingston University London.
Recognised for his outstanding contribution to television and cinema, Greengrass told an audience at the graduation ceremony that universities like Kingston had a vital role to play in preparing young people to work in the creative industries.
"Youngsters starting out probably aren't going to be supported and developed like I was in my early career, they're much more likely to be chewed up," he said. "This places a greater weight on universities like Kingston, which is a breeding ground for talent, to educate kids about the importance of point of view - it's the easiest thing to lose but the most important thing to hold on to."
Famous for his quasi-documentary technique, Paul is not only known for two »
- David Bentley
The New York Film Critics Circle have had their say, handing out three awards for “Zero Dark Thirty” and three for “Lincoln.” Here’s what we’ve learned about the Oscars from this first batch of precursor prizes. -Insertgroups:8- Best Picture: "Zero Dark Thirty" “Zero Dark Thirty” is now a surefire Best Picture nominee, especially with the expanded field. Since the Circle was formed in 1935, only eight of their top picks have not been nominated for Best Picture: “Day for Night” (1973), “Amarcord” (1974), “The Player” (1992), “Leaving Las Vegas” (1995), “Topsy-Turvy” (1999), “Mulholland Drive” (2001), “Far from Heaven” (2002), and “United 93” (2006). Thirty-one of the Nyfcc Best Picture winners repeated at the Oscars: “The Life of Emile Zola” (1937), “Going My Way” (194 »
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The New York Film Critics Circle will let us know in a few hours. Instead of announcing their decisions all at once, the esteemed East Coast collection of critics is revealingits annual awards list as its members debate, deliberate, and decide on each category. That means we’re getting about three winners per hour.
It’s an important award for those in the long-haul race for the Oscars because it can highlight a previous fringe-dweller and get the guild-award groups to pay closer attention, which in turn means Academy voters may do the same. »
- Anthony Breznican
Variety reports that English filmmaker Paul Greengrass (United 93, The Bourne Ultimatum) is set to produce and direct an untitled crime thriller, involving New York crime syndicates, penned by Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio. The film will reunite Terrio with Argo producers Grant Heslov and George Clooney, with Clooney attached to star.
Greengrass’ last film was the 2010 thriller Green Zone, but he appears to be back in action. Next fall will see the release of his hostage drama Captain Phillips with star Tom Hanks, and his next effort will reportedly be a Martin Luther King Jr. biopic “Memphis.”
This will be the first collaboration between Greengrass and Clooney, who will be in theaters next starring opposite Sandra Bullock in Alfonso Cuaron’s sci -fi thriller Gravity. He’s also currently in negotiations to star in Brad Bird’s alien invasion film 1952, while simultaneously preparing for his next directorial effort, the WWII »
- Patrick Grieve
A Criminal Amount Of Talent. Clooney, who co-produced the Oscar tipped Argo, has hired the writer of Ben Affleck's said tour de force, Chris Terrio, and now has convinced Bourne Ultimatum and United 93 director Paul Greengrass to climb aboard a project that is beginning to sound rather tasty. The unnamed film will be set in New York and will star Clooney as a member of a crime syndicate. »
The world is essentially looking at Zero Dark Thirty as “that movie about killing Osama Bin Laden,” which is sort of exactly what it is – we’re just not sure how it’s going to go about doing such a thing, and whether we’re going to get a wonderfully-rendered shot of a bullet making its way into the head of the world’s most wanted terrorist (well, former terrorist), or if the film will choose to play things on the subtler side.
Zero Dark Thirty opens worldwide in January, but some critics have already seen the movie. Woah. Oh My Gosh. They have? After whetting your appetite with those expertly-deployed choice phrases, we can happily report that first thoughts have been extremely positive. Here’s what a whole bunch of people had to say about Kathryn Bigelow‘s new flick:
Todd McCarthy at The Hollywood Reporter:
“Whether you call it well-informed speculative history, »
- T.J. Barnard
Kathryn Bigelow told the audience she was tired. She didn't look it. "Speaking in complete sentences is still difficult for me," the Oscar-winning filmmaker confessed yesterday in Los Angeles just minutes after screening Zero Dark Thirty, her highly anticipated follow-up to The Hurt Locker, which was completed only a few days ago after several months of postproduction and not much sleep. It was the first unveiling of a movie that's been almost as shrouded in secrecy as its subject matter: With a screenplay by Mark Boal — who also wrote Bigelow's Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker — the fact-based Zero Dark Thirty follows one determined CIA analyst (Jessica Chastain) and her decade-long quest to find and kill Osama bin Laden. So now that the film has finally been declassified, what do you need to know?1. If Argo and United 93 had a baby, it would be Zero Dark Thirty.… but don't »
- Kyle Buchanan
Despite the fact that Universal Pictures dropped a previous production deal, Paul Greengrass, the critically acclaimed English director that took the helm for two Bourne sequels and United 93, has sought other methods for making his exciting new biopic about the last days of clergyman and activist Martin Luther King, Memphis, the place were the great man was killed.
Producer mastermind Scott Rudin has given the go-ahead to push the project into pre-production, creating some alluring rumours as to who will play the big-man-with-a-dream-himself. We also have the unprecedented rivalry of a DreamWorks Martin Luther King film, but Memphis won’t have that traditional feel of a cinematic biography as we had with Spielberg’s Lincoln or last year’s Clint Eastwood effort J. Edgar. Controversially, we will have the unblinking image of King in his final days indulging in alcohol, smoking and a portrayal of his failing marriage as »
- Sam Gilbert
Not to be confused with the big screen musical adaptation Memphis or Amy Berg's documentary West of Memphis, there's another project that shares a name with the famous Tennessee city that's back in development. United 93 director Paul Greengrass has been trying to make a film called Memphis about the final days of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. since January of 2011, but when Universal Pictures backed out, the project fell apart. And despite the fact that DreamWorks has its own Mlk biopic in the works, Deadline reports that funding for Memphis is coming together and this could be Greengrass's next directorial effort. Memphis is not a traditional biopic, juxtaposing Dr. King's efforts to organize a sanitation strike in Tennessee with the hunt for his killer, James Earl Ray, by the FBI. Sounds like a non-linear narrative, which which might be enough to separate this story from some of »
- Ben Pearson
Both Martin Luther King Jr.’s living kin and the Civil Rights icon’s former confidante Andrew Young, are very protective of the man’s legacy – which is why biographical projects like Precious director Lee Daniels’ Selma and filmmaker Paul Greengrass’ (Bourne Ultimatum, United 93) Memphis have fallen into Development Purgatory over the past couple years (due to objections from both Young and the King family about how the scripts portray the famous reverend).
However, just a few months ago, we learned that Daniels is moving forward with a different Mlk flick titled Orders to Kill, with Hugh Jackman playing the attorney who investigated Mlk’s assassination. Furthermore, reports are in that Greengrass’ Memphis is regaining momentum and looks to become his next directorial effort.
- Sandy Schaefer
It appears that the Martin Luther King, Jr. drama Memphis isn’t dead after all. Director Paul Greengrass (United 93, The Bourne Supremacy) wrote the script, which takes place during the final days of Dr. King's life, and previously set the film up as a directorial project early last year alongside producer Scott Rudin (The Social Network, No Country for Old Men), but Universal Pictures abruptly backed out of the pic, forcing Greengrass and Rudin to shelve the project due to a lack of financing. Now it appears that the film is coming back around with a new backer, with Greengrass hoping to make it his next project. Hit the jump for more about the film. The story of Memphis takes place during the final days of Dr. King’s life and centers on his struggle to organize a protest on behalf of striking black municipal sanitation workers in the titular Tennessee city. »
- Adam Chitwood
News about Memphis, Paul Greengrass's film about the last days of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., began percolating nearly two years ago. Now the project is reportedly back on, with the film potentially slated to be the Bourne Ultimatum and United 93 director's next work. Deadline's Mike Fleming has read Greengrass's screenplay and calls it "Oscar caliber stuff" and "as good as any script I’ve read in years." But will it have to battle against Lee Daniels's biopic of a noted Mlk conspiracist? »
- Zach Dionne
After making two of the most successful films in the Bourne franchise, then scoring a Best Director Oscar nomination for the harrowing United 93, Paul Greengrass seemed capable of doing just about anything, the rare director who had the commercial clout and critical acclaim to get a movie made on his name alone. Then came Green Zone, a financial flop, and the end of plans to make a fourth Bourne, and with that Greengrass's momentum seemed to have slowed considerably. He got back to work recently on Captain Phillips, a drama starring Tom Hanks based on the real-life capture of an American shipping vessel by Somali pirates, and now he seems to have regained enough momentum to bring back a project that seemed dead. According to Deadline Greengrass and producer Scott Rudin are once again putting together Memphis, a drama about the final days of Martin Luther King, Jr. They »
Deadline is reporting that Paul Greengrass is planning on making his next project the long-rumored Martin Luther King Jr. assassination tale, Memphis . Based on Greengrass' own research, the film follows the weeks leading up to King's death in 1968 and is said to be cut against the manhunt for James Earl Ray in the wake of the April 4 tragedy. Greengrass, best known for films like The Bourne Supremacy , The Bourne Ultimatum and United 93 , will next release Captain Phillips . Set for release on October 11, 2013, that project stars Tom Hanks in the title role of the man who was taken hostage by armed Somali pirates, attempted to escape and was eventually rescued by the U.S. Navy. Scott Rudin remains aboard Memphis as a producer. (Photo Credit: WENN.com) »
The gray rolling seas thundered through the forest of pilings under the piers, sometimes cresting enough to send a geyser of wind-whipped froth up onto the decking. Other places, it poured through the gaps the wind and tide had eaten through the dunes and poured into the beach town streets. It pulled boats large and small from their moorings in the lagoon marinas and piled them like a child’s toys up on the land. Some in apartment buildings would tell of the cars in the ground level garage floating against each other bathtub playthings. But there was nothing childlike in the way it took entire houses, made seaside villages look like an extension of the ocean and not the land.
For the day and a half I watched Hurricane Sandy pound my home state of New Jersey – which was all the time I had before I lost my cable »
- Bill Mesce
Like the convict bus crash in The Fugitive, the nuclear strike in Threads, the entire United 93 a great action/ disaster film starts with a big bang. And Robert Zemeckis blows things up real good in Flight, his first live action feature since Castaway, which also featured a plane crash. Flight.s extended, excruciating plane failure and crash is a nerve jangling, stomach turning event that actually feels like certain death approaching. It.s visceral and upsetting and gives us a small taste of what people go through in plane crashes that appear in news headlines from time to time. But the film.s greatest strength is Denzel Washington.s masterful performance as Whip, a man challenged by his own desires »
- Anne Brodie
And now for your in-flight viewing pleasure, watch a movie likely to make you start squirming and possibly screaming in your cramped seat.
Movies like "Up in the Air," which is a sophisticated look at the life of a million-mile-club executive, and "Bridesmaids," which has one of the funniest plane sequences ever on the big screen, are passenger-approved. But there's nothing like an airline disaster movie to freak out even the mellowest of frequent fliers. As we wait for our "Flight," here are nine movies that should probably be saved for when you're firmly on land.
To quote its gushing review of Robert Zemeckis' first live-action film in 12 years, the Hollywood Reporter describes the movie's pivotal flight sequence (in which Denzel Washington's hungover pilot successfully orchestrates an emergency landing) as a "gripping 20-minute interlude" that will "mesmerize and terrify audiences in a manner that will »
- Sandie Angulo Chen
Remember when some entertainment journalists speculated that Hollywood would never make a film about 9/11 until decades had past first? There was the expectation that any potential film project should put a certain distance between itself and the actual events. Well, 11 years later, there’s word that yet another 9/11 project is currently in the works.
Unlike previous films that documented the world-changing terrorist attack – most notably Paul Greengrass’ United 93 and Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center – the script for September Morn reportedly takes audiences behind-the-scenes to portray the discoveries made by the 9/11 Commission. With a top-notch cast featuring Woody Harrelson, Martin Sheen and Ed Asner, the film is being touted in some circles as a 9/11 drama styled in the same vein as Sidney Lumet’s classic 12 Angry Men.
- Laura Grande
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