10 items from 2015
The dramatic use of actors playing multiple characters is a bold and rather theatrical device that has its ups and downs. It goes at least as far back as Captain Hook being played by the same actor who plays the Darling children's father in stage productions of Peter Pan, a technique largely adopted in film adaptations of the story, too (hello to Jason Isaacs).
It's used a lot in cinema too. Done well, it's impressive, but when it's bad, it's Jack & Jill. Whether used in comedy or drama or outright horror, there are countless examples of actors delivering terrific performances in more than one role at once, and that's before we even get past Cloud Atlas. Still, we've had a go at totting up 25 of the best. »
“Bastards” marks the directorial debut of cinematographer Larry Sher (the “Hangover” films). Principal photography is set to start in Atlanta and Miami in September, with Warner Bros. releasing the film through Alcon’s output deal.
Simmons and former pro football player Bradshaw, who will play himself, are potential father figures to Wilson and Helms’ characters — who are brothers whose eccentric mother raised them to believe their father died when they were young. When they discover this to be a lie, they set out to find their real father.
Ving Rhames joined the cast recently as a former teammate of Bradshaw’s.
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- Dave McNary
Sad news today for fans of old school visual effects, as seven-time Oscar winner Rick Baker has announced that he’s set to retire from the industry, having contributed to some of the most memorable special effects of the past four decades.
“First of all, the CG stuff definitely took away the animatronics part of what I do,” Baker told 89.3 Kpcc (via SlashFilm). “It’s also starting to take away the makeup part. The time is right, I am 64 years old, and the business is crazy right now. I like to do things right, and they wanted cheap and fast. That is not what I want to do, so I just decided it is basically time to get out. I would consider designing and consulting on something, but I don’t think I will have a huge working studio anymore.”
Baker’s hugely impressive CV includes the likes of Star Wars, »
- Gary Collinson
Not every movie can be a winner. And not every actor can be Meryl Streep.
Even Oscar nominees make bad movies and sometimes, in an unfortunate twist of fate and bad timing, that bomb, that dud, that total and complete flop, comes out at the same time as some of the best work of their life. Here are 11 times that happened in the past 10 years:
1. Eddie Redmayne (2015)
Losing Role: Jupiter Ascending. This totally effing bonkers Wachowski sci-fi flick came out just before Oscar voting started. And once you see Redmayne as Bowie-esque space prince Balem Abrasax, it cannot be unseen.
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2. Jennifer Lawrence (2013)
Winning Role: Silver Linings Playbook. Lawrence took home Best Actress for her turn as a trouble townie named Tiffany in this dark spin on a rom-com »
Many of you will remember that Shaft was already given the reboot treatment back in 2000, but it seems that Hollywood thinks enough time has passed to bring the franchise back again. Can you dig it? The Wrap has picked up on news that New Line Cinemas - a subsidiary of Warner Bros. - has picked up the rights to the Shaft franchise and is now planning on rebooting it for a new theatrical release. As the project is obviously very much in early days, there are no writers or director attached to the project just yet, but John Davis - the producer behind movies likes I, Robot, Norbit, and Predators, is attached to navigate the film through development. In the original Shaft, which first calme out in 1971, Richard Roundtree starred as the titular John Shaft, a private detective who is hired by a crime lord to rescue the criminal's kidnapped »
“The third Beverly Hills Cop was garbage,” Murphy told Playboy Magazine.
Beverly Hills Cop movie, which opened in 1984, grossed $234 million domestically while its sequel dipped massively to $153 million. The third effort released in 1994 however, managed just $43 million.
Talk of a fourth movie has been banded around for a while, but Murphy doesn’t think it will be happening any time soon.
“I don’t think it’s going to happen in March, but it is going to be in Detroit,” he said. “And before it happens, they’ve got to get that script right. That movie has to be right. Those movies, when I travel overseas, people say, [in a foreign accent] ‘Hey, Beverly Hills Cop! Axel Foley!’ They call me that s**t. »
- Luke Owen
I think you have to be an old timer in the Oscar race to really get certain things about it. One of those things is the so-called “Norbit” myth that »
- Sasha Stone
There is a strange, altogether idiotic subset of people who actually believe Eddie Murphy lost the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for "Dreamgirls" because the raunchy, critically reviled "Norbit" hit theaters right in the thick of Academy voting. Nevermind that eventual Oscar winner Alan Arkin won the BAFTA prize for his "Little Miss Sunshine" performance, indicating industry support at the right time (surprisingly few of us picked him to win the Academy Award), or that "Dreamgirls" was obviously not held in the expected esteem by AMPAS, witnessed by a lack of major category presence in fields like Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing. They couldn't understand Murphy's apparent fall from grace, and so they falsely contextualized it and a nonsensical myth was born. This year, "The Theory of Everything" star Eddie Redmayne is bearing the brunt of this stupidity. It has even spilled onto the pages of The Washington Post, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Chicago – “Jupiter Ascending” is certainly one of the oddest and densest of sci-fi movies, this side of “Dune,” and has some of the most laughable acting and dialogue seen in a major film in awhile. But the worst offense is that the film is dull, and practically without emotion or human empathy.
There is one major current Oscar nominee is in the film – Eddie Redmayne – and fellow cast member Channing Tatum is also in the Best Picture nominated “Foxcatcher.” There might be a “Norbit Effect” (the horrible film starring Eddie Murphy, that was released the month he was favored to win Best Supporting Actor for “Dreamgirls,” which has been attributed to his loss of the trophy) for Redmayne, as the character “Balem Abrasax,” which nicely can be described as an “eccentric performance.” Not that anybody else survives the wooden script by Andy and Lana Wachowski (the “Matrix” series), and »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
We started this website back in 2007, and since then, the names of some sequels seem to come up with reasonable regularity, albeit with no sign of the film itself. And in the time we've been going, yet more names have added themselves to the list of follow-ups that are seemingly stuck in development hell.
With the new Ghostbusters film set to escape and become a real thing in the next year or two, here's just a sample of the other projects struggling to get off the ground (with one or two edging closer to a greenlight than others...)
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10 items from 2015
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