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The director has never been short of opinions – so why has he become evasive when we catch up with him in Brooklyn?
With the interview over, Spike Lee finally opens up. For 40 minutes the film director has sat in a defensive crouch, with his arms folded and his legs crossed, parrying questions as though they were accusations. More evasive than abrasive, he insists that neither new technology, changes in his personal life or the way that he's perceived have any effect on him or his work. A couple of times he responds as though there was another interviewee in the room.
Asked a perfectly reasonable questions such as: "How does an independent filmmaker like yourself measure success?", he'd say: "It depends who you ask."
"Well I'm asking you," I keep pointing out, hoping, in vain, for a credible answer.
Lee is small, slender and stylish. He is dressed all in black – sneakers, »
- Gary Younge
Gojira, Aka Godzilla: King of the Monsters, first came out in 1954. It seems that Gareth Edward’s new interpretation will also have scenes set in that same year. Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey gave an interview in the new tie-in book “Godzilla with Light & Sound”, and in his discussion about making the film, he spilled the beans about a section of the film taking place in 1954.
McGarvey says, “On ‘Godzilla’ I used the old C series anamorphic lenses, and for the section in 1954 I used really old vintage lenses from the early 1960s. They took the edge off of the very vivid, sharp sensors, and gave it a distant period feel.”
Will these 1954 scenes connect the new Godzilla film to the original somehow? »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Things haven't exactly gone swimmingly for Paul Haggis since he won that contentious Best Picture Oscar for "Crash" nearly eight years ago. Clint Eastwood's "Letters from Iwo Jima" nabbed him another writing nod a year later, and a pair of new-model Bond films kept him ticking over, but on the directorial side of things, it's been a case of diminishing returns. Only a surprise Best Actor nomination for Tommy Lee Jones kept "In the Valley of Elah" from sinking without trace, while the Russell Crowe-starring thriller "The Next Three Days" was pretty unmemorable pulp. Reviews out of Toronto for his latest, »
- Guy Lodge
Written and directed by Haggis, the film stars Liam Neeson, Kim Basinger, Adrien Brody, James Franco, Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis, and Maria Bello. Michael Nozik of Hwy61 and Haggis produced the film along with Paul Breuls of Corsan, who also provided the financing.
Haggis told Variety after the premiere that audiences would have a strong reaction to the romance.
“People are going to either love it or hate it, like ‘Crash,’” Haggis told Variety. “A lot of people want their movies to be easily understood, underlined and in bold. »
- Dave McNary
You’ve probably played Six Degrees of Keven Bacon, but have you played One Degree of Wtf?
The premise is the same, only the goal is to connect any terrible cinema (or cinematic figure) to any great cinema (or cinematic figure). Because there’s so much leeway, though, you only get one link to make the connection. I’ve played the game a lot (and seen a lot of bad movies) over the years, and what follows are some of the more dramatic connections I’ve uncovered.
Bonus points: none of these connections were made via B-movie king/mentor to the stars, Roger Corman.
6. From 3 Ninjas: High Noon At Mega Mountain…
The first 3 Ninjas movie came out in 1992, presumably in an attempt to cash in on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle “Ninja Anything” market. Three all-American brothers study karate and ninjutsu with their Japanese grandfather, who gives them all official »
- Katherine Koba
When you step off the plane at Busan’s Gimhae airport, Robert De Niro is there to welcome you. Not literally, of course, but everywhere you turn, that familiar mole, those permanently squinted eyes, and that strained, insidious smile entreat you to visit the nearby Paradise Casino, in the kind of ad campaign A-list stars once did clandestinely for foreign markets — and still continue to do, even if in the Internet era nothing stays secret for long. (And really, if De Niro needs the work, better this than more movies like “The Family.”)
Though one doubts that Bobby D has ever actually set foot in the South Korean port city of 4 million residents, his “Jackie Brown” director Quentin Tarantino was among the guests who did pass through for the 18th Busan Intl. Film Festival (Oct. 3-12). Nor was Tarantino, who stopped in Busan after picking up a career achievement prize »
- Scott Foundas
“People are going to either love it or hate it, like ‘Crash,’” Haggis told Variety. “A lot of people want their movies to be easily understood, underlined and in bold. I want people to talk about this movie afterwards. As an industry, we need to respect the audience more.”
The premiere at the Elgin evoked sustained applause for the complex drama of three intertwined relationships: James Franco and Mila Kunis in New York; Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde in Paris; and Adrien Brody and Moran Atias in Rome.
Haggis began writing the film after completing work on “The Next Three Days,” drawing largely from his own life with an emphasis on the themes of denial, loss and love. He began shooting in January with a 45-day shoot, »
- Dave McNary
Ever since Steven Spielberg pulled out of the Bradley Cooper vehicle American Sniper, a new director has been sought. A heavyweight replacement has now been found. Clint Eastwood will direct the film. Come inside for all the details.
It’s daunting to try to replace movie mega-director Steven Spielberg, but film legend actor/director Clint Eastwood is going to step in to helm American Sniper, a project which Spielberg recently quit. Eastwood has directed many critically acclaimed films over the years, including Unforgiven, Mystic River, Flags Of Our Fathers, Letters From Iwo Jima, Gran Torino and Million Dollar Baby. The film will star Bradley Cooper.
American Sniper is an adaptation of the autobiography of Navy Seal Chris Kyle, which tells the story of the 10 year career of the sniper who scored the most kills in Army history, causing Iraqi insurgents to place a bounty on his head. Despite his mastery in combat, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Is Clint Eastwood ready to return to the battlefield nearly a decade after his war movies "Letters From Iwo Jima" and "Flags of Our Fathers" earned six Oscar nominations combined? It seems that way, as the award-winning filmmaker is in early talks to direct Bradley Cooper in WB's "American Sniper," an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Steven Spielberg was previously set to direct "Sniper" before he (and co-financier DreamWorks) abruptly pulled out of the project earlier this month after the parties didn't see eye-to-eye on the budget. Also Read: Steven »
- Jeff Sneider
If a legendary director bows out of your movie, just replace him with another one!
That's what Warner Bros. is looking to do with "American Sniper," its biopic about a Navy Seal marksman. Variety reports that Clint Eastwood is in talks to take on the movie after Steven Spielberg dropped out earlier this month.
"American Sniper" tells the true story of Chris Kyle, a decorated Navy Seal and expert marksman who holds the military record for the most sniper kills. Bradley Cooper is on board to produce and star as Kyle.
"American Sniper" likely won't start filming until next year, after Eastwood wraps his movie adaptation of the hit Broadway musical "Jersey Boys."
- Kelly Woo
Last week we had the trailer for the American remake of Korea’s Oldboy, a movie that’s destined to lose impact due to familiarity with its bold source material. Now, there’s a full trailer for the Ken Watanabe remake of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven.
That film, telling the story of an old gunslinger strapping his six-shooter back on for one more ride, is also a film that depends much upon the impact it has on a first watch. An essentially beat-for-beat remake, in any language, might not garner much interest.
Forget about that then, because the new trailer gives us gorgeous scenery and Watanabe looking like he could spit nails, capturing perfectly that stoic, unmoving warrior—here, a samurai—prepared to take on any challengers. There are no subtitles here, but if you have seen the original film, the story will be clear to you.
Although I’m »
- Nathan Bartlebaugh
We've been watching American versions of Japanese films for years, whether it's "The Grudge" or Spike Lee's forthcoming retelling of "Oldboy." Clint Eastwood's classic Western "A Fistful of Dollars" was basically an English language clone of the work of Akira Kurosawa, who was of course inspired by American Westerns (cue Justin Timberlake singing "What Goes Around...")
Keeping that tradition alive, Ken Watanabe steps in for Clint Eastwood in a Japanese language remake of 1990 Best Picture Oscar winner "Unforgiven." American audiences know Watanabe from "Inception" and "Batman Begins," but let's not forget his introduction to Western folks via Tom Cruise and 2003's "The Last Samurai," where the Cruisemeister actually played the title character.
Eastwood directed Watanabe in "Letters from Iwo Jima," a mostly Japanese language World War II epic which itself was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay and took home an Oscar for Best Sound Editing. »
- Ryan J Downey
Box-sets, much like anthologies, have somewhat of an unavoidable mixed-bag mentality about them. It’s difficult, near impossible even, to ensure that each film within is of equal merit and quality. Increase the number of films, and the odds of consistency decrease in equal proportion. Which brings us to WB’s latest (but doubtfully last) Clint Eastwood retrospective. Clint Eastwood: 20-Film Collection lives up to my theory above thanks in part to a heavy concentration on Eastwood’s most recent output (which few people would argue in favor of), but it does an otherwise fine job of looking across the years at the man’s output both as an actor and a director. WB has also released a 40-Film set onto DVD. The Movies Surveying the twenty films featured here brings an immediate realization. There is absolutely no rhyme or reason to these particular selections. The set doesn’t focus on Eastwood’s director efforts. It »
- Rob Hunter
Chicago – “Clint Eastwood: 20 Film Collection” is a great Father’s Day gift that’s nonetheless a bit difficult to describe. It’s not exactly a greatest hits collection of its legendary star since it’s missing some of his most iconic films and includes some of his most notable failures. At the same time, every Eastwood fan would be happy to have at least half of these films in their collection and there’s no better way to do it then this set. It also may allow for some reevaluation and reappreciation of some of Eastwood’s less-beloved movies. I wish that Warner Bros. had taken the opportunity to upgrade a few Eastwood films that still need HD restoration but there’s enough brilliance in this box that it’s tough to complain.
Which ones are the classics in this impressively-packaged set? There are undeniable, iconic ones like “Dirty Harry, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
In celebration of their 90th Anniversary, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment released the Clint Eastwood 20 Film Collection on Blu-Ray this week. Included here are, as the title says, 20 of the legend’s films as well as two excellent documentaries: Eastwood Factor and Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story. Additionally, the set also comes with a nice little hardcover book that looks at the filmmaker’s illustrious career.
With five Academy Awards under his belt and over $2 billion at the domestic box office, the man is no doubt a legend and with this new Blu-Ray box set, there’s no better time than now to celebrate Clint Eastwood and the impact that he has had on the film world.
Though not the greatest selection, here are the 20 films that you’ll receive. Now, remember, this is a Warner Bros. release, meaning it was released to honour the actor/director’s relationship with the studio. »
- Matt Joseph
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- Natasha Young
When the global economy collapsed in 2008, Iceland was the first casualty: Its credit-driven banks went bust, and inflation rose 18%. Now the economy is bouncing back, with unemployment levels cut in half, thanks partly to its status as one of the world’s most connected countries. For a small nation, it’s also surprisingly influential, known for trailblazing economic and social policies. For example, Iceland has the world’s first openly gay prime minister, Social Democrat Johanna Sigurdardottir. Iceland also has one of the planet’s highest levels of Internet use, and the government’s next act could be groundbreaking: There is legislation to ban all forms of digital porn, not out of prudishness, but to protect children from violent sexual imagery. On the biz side, potential for satellite or B.O. growth is limited. There are only 315,000 people, two-thirds of them in Reykjavik. But the nation is a breeding ground for talent, »
- Nick Vivarelli
While there are certain aspects of film-making they can’t always control, ultimately it is the skill of the director that determines whether a movie is good or bad. To make this list of the greatest modern directors, a director must still be actively making movies and only movies from the last 15 years are considered in the ranking of the directors.
The factors in the rankings obviously include the general quality of the directors films but also takes into account the number of films made in the given time period as well, the impact of the director on the filmmaking scene as a whole, and the potential they have for making more great movies in the future. The sheer number of quality directors ensures that a good number were excluded from the list as many excellent filmmakers such as Ang Lee, Kathryn Bigelow, Edgar Wright, Danny Boyle, Nicolas Winding Refn, »
- Paul Sorrells
...and just like that, Warner Bros. has announced that production has started today on "Godzilla," with the studio, filmmakers and everyone else keeping a tight lock and seal over details or anything else concerning the production. But the press release did offer up a couple more eyebrow raising bits of casting for a monster movie that seems to be following the "Pacific Rim" playbook to a certain degree. Japanese actor Ken Watanabe ("Inception," "Letters From Iwo Jima") has come aboard, while French actress Juliette Binoche is indeed confirmed, making her first steps in a Hollywood blockbuster. Either this is one helluva script, or Binoche need to pay some bills. With the rest of the cast including Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston and David Strathairn, like Guillermo Del Toro's monster movie, it's taking an ensemble approach without an A-list, bankable star. We'd wager the studio is hoping to sell the movie on spectacle, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.
Best Actor Nominees
Previously Best Known For: “Phil” from The Hangover
Previous Oscar Nominations: None
Interesting Fact: Was a medalist on the Men's Heavyweight Crew team at Georgetown University.
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Previously Best Known For:
“Bill Cutting” from Gangs of New York
“Daniel Plainview” from There Will Be Blood
Previous Oscar Nominations: 4
Won – Best Actor, Leading Role for There Will Be Blood (2007)
Nominated – Best Actor, Leading Role for Gangs of New York (2002)
Nominated – Best Actor, Leading Role for In The Name of The Father (1993)
Won – Best Actor, Leading Role for My Left Foot (1989)
Interesting Fact: He first became interested in acting when he learned to replicate the accent and mannerisms of people in his neighborhood to avoid standing out to bullies.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
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