10 items from 2014
• Leonardo DiCaprio is no longer attached to star as the scrappy Florida beach bum Travis McGee in the big-screen adaptation of John D. MacDonald’s The Deep Blue Good-by (the first in a 21-book series). Though it was being developed for DiCaprio, who earned an Academy nod for his performance in The Wolf of Wall Street, the actor decided to exit due to scheduling conflicts. Still, the project does seem to be moving forward for 20th Century Fox: It was just announced that Wolverine’s James Mangold is in negotiations to direct, and Mystic River’s Dennis Lehane penned the »
- Lindsey Bahr
(Cbr) Tom Hardy, the man behind Bane, is taking a cue from his "Dark Knight Rises" co-star Christian Bale, who played twin brothers in the magician-thriller "The Prestige". Screen Daily reports the actor is under consideration to join writer-director Brian Helgeland’s upcoming movie, "Legend". If he joins the project, Hardy would play identical twins Ronald and Reginald Kray, real-life gangsters who ruled London crime during the 1960s. The brothers were sentenced to life in prison in 1968. The film will reportedly center more on Reginald and his attempts to control Ronald’s psychotic tendencies. (via Slash Film) »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
The Transcendence trailer may give you a look at a Johnny Depp that you never imagined. The curious sci-fi effort puts Depp in the role of transferred consciousness, and sets him against a group trying to make sure no one ever… does what he already did.
This is a different-looking film, and it showcases the cast awfully well, even if it may have some trouble selling you on what’s going on. One of the coolest parts of the trailer is how it runs toward the weird, possibly starts losing you with the pure oddity of what it shows, and then pulls Morgan Freeman out of the wings, and leaves you thinking, “Oh, well, I guess it’s fine then.”
Whatever your take on the trailer, this is going to be an interesting film.
Check out all the info below, and let me know what you think of this one. »
- Marc Eastman
This sci-fi drama is about a group of scientists developing an artificial intelligence that will transcend human intelligence, basically bringing on the singularity. When Will (Depp) is shot by a representative of a radical anti-technology group, his work/love partner Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) convinces the other scientists to "upload his consciousness." While the group known as Rift (Revolutionary Independence From Technology) works to stop what Will and the other scientists have come to call transcendence, things definitely take a turn for the worse when Will starts demanding more and more power. Is this AI even Will any more? Can Evelyn let go of her dead lover before he wreaks havoc on the world?
- Jenni Miller
Acclaimed director Terry Gilliam will attend the première of his new film, The Zero Theorem, in Glasgow later this month, it was announced today. The Glasgow Film Festival has announced several big name guests who will be present at this year's events, including Richard Dreyfuss and Jason Priestley for Cas & Dylan and Thomas Imbach for Mary, Queen Of Scots. Japanese director Sang-il Lee will introduce Unforgiven, his adaptation of the Clint Eastwood classic, and Jean-Paul Salomé will discuss Playing Dead.
Alongside this international line-up will be Scottish talent including Paul Brannigan, star of The Angels' Share, and David Mackenzie, who directed Perfect Sense and will be introducing his new film Starred Up. There will also be a chance to meet Ricky Jay, the celebrated stage magician whose work has appeared in everything from Boogie Nights to The Prestige.
You can read our full coverage of the festival <a »
- Jennie Kermode
Upstaged though he was at times by his own hairpiece, Christian Bale made a welcome return to our screens last month as Irving Rosenfeld, the ambitious con artist at the centre of David O Russell's American Hustle.
Having been on an extended hiatus since The Dark Knight Rises, Bale now has a packed slate of completed projects: he stars as a blue-collar worker seeking vengeance in this week's Out of the Furnace, will be seen later this year in Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups, and just wrapped playing Moses for Ridley Scott.
To celebrate, we've selected our five highlights from Bale's CV to date.
Empire of the Sun (1987)
A 13-year-old Bale played his first starring role in Steven Spielberg's under-appreciated coming of age drama, which chronicles a young boy's experiences during World War II. After losing his parents in Shanghai, Bale's Jamie goes from a sheltered life of »
Feature Robert Zak 24 Jan 2014 - 06:16
Christian Bale's performance in American Hustle sets him up for a future in which he can become screen legend, but for a while it seemed like we may never see the scope of his unique gifts as a character actor.
From the moment he fire-axed his way onto the Hollywood A-list with American Psycho in 2000, Christian Bale became a cult film icon. His character, murderous banking executive Patrick Bateman went on to become one of the most quotable film characters ever, as evidenced by the sheer amount of internet memes and YouTube clips dedicated to him. Bale set the bar high for himself with a performance that hit the extremes of darkness and hilarity, if not exactly emotional complexity. We »
To celebrate the release of Rush later this month, we though we’d check out some of the most memorable movie rivalries in recent memory…
World heavyweight champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) comes up with the idea of allowing a local underdog a shot at his title when his opponent drops out of the championship due to an injured hand. Selecting Rocky Balboa when he takes an interest in his nickname (‘The Italian Stallion’), what occurs is a rivalry of the most professional kind. The film culminates in the fight to end all fights, with the two clashing in a monumental battle – the winner? If you’ve not seen it, I’m not going to spoil it for you here.
Woody v. Buzz Lightyear - Toy Story (1995)
It’s actually pretty difficult to recall a time when Woody and Buzz Lightyear weren’t each other’s favourite deputies. »
- Phil Wheat
Reminding us that its slate of films and filmmakers is a wealth of talent waiting to be mined, the Slamdance Film Festival has announced that its first-ever Founder's Award will be granted to Christopher Nolan. Photos: The Top 11 Oscar Snubs Before reinventing the Batman franchise for Warner Bros. and brewing original ideas like Memento, Inception, The Prestige and the upcoming Interstellar, Nolan screened Following, his first film shot for a mere $6,000, at the 1999 festival. Nolan will be honored at the Slamdance Film Festival headquarters, in the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City. "Throughout his incredible successes,
- Matt Patches
Feature Louisa Mellor 3 Jan 2014 - 07:00
Now that The Empty Hearse has aired, we look at how it coped with the final problem: how Sherlock Holmes survived the fall…
Warning: Sherlock spoilers.
Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called "The Pledge". The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course... it probably isn't. The second act is called "The Turn". The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you're looking for the secret... but you won't find it, because of course you're not really looking. You don't really want to know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn't clap yet. Because making something disappear isn't enough »
10 items from 2014
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