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Chicago – If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between a director and a producer, let “47 Ronin” explain how the hierarchy of creativity hinders the evolution of even the most straightforward-sounding pitches. “47 Ronin” is the type of samurai movie set in Japan that features native actors speaking only English, while Keanu Reeves stars as an outsider clearly plunked into the picture for stateside star power.
Co-written by Chris Morgan (the writer behind the “Fast & Furious” renaissance) and Hossein Amini (who wrote “Drive”), the film is directed by first-time helmer Carl Rinsch, whose popular science-fiction short “The Gift” is available for a look on Youtube. And even with the hands of Amini, Morgan, and Rinsch, the film’s vision is lost in a desperate appeal to fit different pieces that do not work together.
Better taken in the vacant mindset of a late night viewing, if at all, “47 Ronin” is »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Find Out Where 'Breaking Bad"s Finale Landed on Our 20 Best TV Moments of 2013
In a press release, the Emmy winning actor said he would, "tell the stories of my life and reveal the secrets and lies that I lived with for six years shooting Breaking Bad." As for his writing chops, Cranston has a couple »
Last week, we passed along news of a rather intriguing new project for 18-time Oscar nominee Meryl Streep: an untitled Diablo Cody script, to be directed by Jonathan Demme, in which she'd play a fame-hungry mother reuniting with her estranged family. Today, a few more choice details were announced, beginning with a title: the film is to be called "Ricki and the Flash." Tastier still: Streep will be unleashing her inner rock chick. Deadline describes the project as the story of an aspiring rock singer who abandons her family to pursue her musical career, working as a checkout clerk by day and gigging by night, before getting one last chance to reconcile with her daughter. (Shades of "The Wrestler?") This is terrain Demme should know well, having directed concert documentaries for Talking Heads and Neil Young, as well as music videos for the likes of Bruce Springsteen; you can »
- Guy Lodge
A handsome movie in many ways, but it feels like an unpolished first draft, one that can’t quite decide how fantastical it wants to be. I’m “biast” (pro): like Keanu Reeves more than most
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
This umpteenth iteration of the Japanese legend of the 47 ronin, or masterless samurai warriors, has its fair share of problems, but not as many as you’ve heard, and not as many as the presence of poor Keanu Reeves — who has unfairly become a cinematic punchline — may have led you to believe. Stolid, stoic Reeves (The Day the Earth Stood Still, Street Kings) is well-cast as the half-Japanese, half-British Kai, whose status as an outcast in xenophobic 18th-century Japan means he has to keep his eyes down and his mouth shut, and the actor maintains a modest presence throughout, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Now in its 57th year, the storied San Francisco International Film Festival has selected its Opening and Closing Night films. On April 24, the fest will kick off with Opening Night film "The Two Faces of January," Hossein Amini's Patricia Highsmith adaptation starring Oscar Isaac, Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst. Centered on a con artist, his wife and a mysterious ex-pat tour guide as they attempt to flee Greece following a violent incident that interlocks the trio, the 60s-set film premiered at the 2014 Berlinale where it picked up solid reviews. This is Amini's debut feature as a director. He wrote the slick, tightly crafted screenplay for Nicolas Winding Refn's 2011 "Drive," and was among the many scribes on both "Snow White and the Huntsman" and "47 Ronin." Amini's 1997 Henry James adaptation "The Wings of the Dove" nabbed him a Oscar nomination. Magnolia Pictures will distribute "Two Faces of January" later this year. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Fellow Homeland lovers, you’ll probably get a little amusement out of the title for Damian Lewis’ new film – Was he turned or did he choose to be a traitor? The new big-screen adaption of John le Carre’s novel is that Our Kind Of Traitor is a spy thriller being directed by Susanna White, famous for directing the BBC’s Bleak House and Parade’s End.
This time Lewis is sticking to his British accent as he’ll play a member of our UK intelligence, alongside roles for Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris and Stellan Skarsgard. The novel focuses on an English couple in Antigua who are on some form of holiday, when they’re lured in by a member of the Russian mafia things start to get awry, the British Secret Service get involved and the tension begins to build!
If you loved Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, then you »
- Dan Bullock
An English couple, Perry (McGregor) and Gail (Harris), are taking a holiday in Marrakech. By chance they bump into a Russian millionaire called Dima (Skarsgard) who owns a villa and a diamond-encrusted gold watch. He also has a tattoo on his right thumb, and wants a game of tennis.
What else he wants propels the couple on a tortuous journey through Paris to a safe house in the Swiss Alps, to the murkiest cloisters of the City of London and its unholy alliance with Britain’s Intelligence Establishment.
Our Kind Of Traitor is »
- Michelle McCue
• Meryl Streep is reportedly attached to star in Ricky and the Flash about a woman trying to repair her broken relationships with the family she abandoned to be a rock star decades earlier. Diablo Cody (Juno) penned the script and Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) is attached to direct. All are Oscar winners. According to the report, Universal and Fox 200 are interested in the movie. [The Wrap]
- Lindsey Bahr
The reemergence of Giorgio Moroder to mainstream prominence over the last year has been one of the great unexpected gifts for music enthusiasts. In the wake of his seemingly inevitable collaboration with dance icons Daft Punk, Moroder has been collaborating, remixing, and working on new material of his own—not to mention DJing live for the first time in his storied career. In the process he has introduced himself to a new generation of fans, rightly receiving his due as an influential producer and sonic innovator. But what has yet to be widely recognized is the thumbprint Moroder has left on modern film composing. His iconic, Oscar-winning scores and songs for many of the biggest films of the late-1970s and ‘80s (Midnight Express, Top Gun) have long since entered the pantheon, but with the recent popularity of nostalgia-fueled films such as Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, Moroder’s influence »
- Jordan Cronk
After winning an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his espionage drama series "Homeland" on Showtime, British actor Damian Lewis is getting into the spy thriller game back in his home country. THR reports Lewis has just landed a role in Our Kind of Traitor, the adaptation of John Le Carre's novel of the same name with Ewan McGregor in the lead. The story follows an English couple vacationing in Antigua who become entangled in the dealings of a Russian mobster desperate to defect. That's when the British Secret Service gets involved and the real suspense begins. Lewis will be playing a member of British Intelligence. Lewis joins a cast that also includes Stellan Skarsgard (Thor) and Naomie Harris (Skyfall), so it's an impressive assembly of talent for the film from director Susanna White("Parade's End") and writer Hossein Amini (Drive). Hopefully Lewis can make good use of his acclaimed »
- Ethan Anderton
With an Emmy and Golden Globe now under his belt thanks to some excellent work on Homeland, Damian Lewis is looking to beef up his film resume. Taking a step in the right direction, the actor has just joined Our Kind of Traitor, which Susanna White is set to helm.
Already set to star Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgard and Naomie Harris, the Hossein Amini (Drive) scripted project is an adaptation of John le Carre’s novel of the same name. It follows an “English couple vacationing in Antigua who become entangled in the dealings of a Russian mobster desperate to defect.” Though no specifics were given on Lewis’ role, we do know that he’ll be playing a member of the British Intelligence.
Given how superbly the results were the last few times that Hollywood adapted one of le Carre’s novels (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and the upcoming A »
- Matt Joseph
Exiting A month ago, director Marc Webb revealed that he would be returning to helm the third movie in Sony's rebooted Spider-Man franchise, which came as a surprise to many considering he very nearly backed out of directing The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Apparently, Webb draws the line at a trilogy, however, as he revealed to TheDailyBeast that he's vacating the director's chair after the threequel, despite the fact that a fourth movie is already in early stages of development.
"I’d like to be involved as a consultant, and I’ve already talked to these guys about it, but in terms of directing it, that will close out my tenure. I’ve had so much fun doing it, but after the third movie, it’ll be the time to find something else."
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Eva Mendes just can't stop gushing about her beau Ryan Gosling! The actress chatted with E! News correspondent Catt Sadler at the New York & Company launch of her NY & C Spring collection pop-up shop at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Sporting a navy blue and white flower-printed frock, the brunette beauty looked gorgeous for her clothing line launch, and couldn't help but smile while talking about the "Drive" star. When asked about working with Gosling on his directorial debut, "How to Catch a Monster," Mendes seemed over-the-moon about the whole experience. "It's basically a dark fairy tale, and I play a woman named Cat," Eva told the site. "Yeah, it's a beautiful, beautiful film," she added.So how was it working under her boyfriend? "He's the best," she explained. "He's the best.""He really created the most beautiful, collaborative, creative atmosphere on set," Mendes said of the experience. »
- tooFab Staff
Debonair leading man Ryan Gosling has spent the last few years doing terrific work for stylists Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) and Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive). But, when it comes to mainstream roles, he is still resigned to being a part of the ensemble. Now, it looks like we’ll be getting to see the actor in an exciting starring part as he’s currently circling the glamorous role of legendary Hollywood choreographer Busby Berkeley for an adaptation of Buzz, a biography of the musical legend from author Jeffrey Spivak.
Berkeley is an icon for fans of the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema, with his extravagant dance numbers featuring many, many chorus girls. Even during a time before colour film, Berkeley’s show-stoppers were lively and animated. Besides his behind-the-scenes role for the innovative musical 42nd Street, Berkeley was also a director of titles like Gold Diggers of 1933 and Babe in Arms, »
- Jordan Adler
Actor to produce and possibly take lead role in film based on biography of celebrated choreographer and director
Gosling has signed on to produce a proposed movie from Warner Bros, which has optioned Jeffrey Spivak's biography Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley. The studio plans to develop the project as a vehicle for the star of Drive and Blue Valentine.
Born in Los Angeles in 1895, Berkeley rose to fame in the 1930s with his work on dance routines for hit Warner Bros musicals 42nd Street, Footlight Parade and Gold Diggers of 1933 – all of which were released in 1933 – and the following year's Fashions of 1934. He was known for his use of kaleidoscope-style imagery incorporating showgirls and props to create elaborate fantasy motifs. »
- Ben Child
When it comes to pioneers in cinematic choreography, I won.t sit here and lie about how well versed I am on the subject, but I.m familiar with the man who was arguably the most visually interesting of them all: Busy Berkeley. We may all get to know him a little bit better (or at least Hollywood.s version of him), as Warner Bros. is giving him the biopic treatment, and the aim is to make the flick a starring vehicle for Ryan Gosling. But that.s not all. The film will be adapted from Jeffrey Spivak.s 2010 biography Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley, and Gosling will be producing alongside his Drive co-producer Marc Platt. Platt is no stranger to films that revolve around musical numbers, as he was one of the minds behind Rob Marshall.s Nine and is part of the development committee that »
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Gosling may also play the highly influential Hollywood movie director and musical choreographer in 'Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley'.
Berkeley was nominated three times at the Oscars for his elaborate musical production numbers that involved complex geometric patterns. (Ani) »
- Rahul Kapoor
Berkeley was a noted director and choreographer during the golden age of Hollywood, working on films like "42nd Street" and "She Had to Say Yes."
Jeffrey Spivak penned the biography "Buzz: the Life and Art of Busby Berkeley" upon which the film is based. A writer is now being sought to pen the script.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Events will be based on Jeffrey Spivak's biography Buzz: the Life and Art of Busby Berkeley, which details Berkeley's directorial work on several hit musicals and choreography of elaborate dance routines in the 1930s, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The studio is currently said to be looking for a writer to adapt the screenplay, with Gosling in mind for the role of Berkeley.
The Place Beyond the Pines actor may also take on directing duties for the project, which is still in the early stages.
Gosling makes his directorial debut with How to Catch a Monster later this year, starring Matt Smith.
Warner Bros executive Chantal Nong will oversee the project for the studio. »
Even if you don't know the name Busby Berkeley, you've likely seen his work (or something inspired by it). During Hollywood's classic era, the director and choreographer created some of the most visually daring, beautiful and gorgeous musical and dance numbers, elevating the form to a level that others would try to match for decades (up to now). So, a biopic about the Hollywood legend, but we're just as surprised as you to learn it'll be Ryan Gosling telling the tale. And pleased. Warner Bros. has snapped up the rights to Jeffrey Spivak's book "Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley" for Gosling and Marc Platt—the pair also worked on "Drive"—to produce, with Baby Goose also looking at the project to star in and direct. And beyond the visual potential and behind-the-scenes Hollywood tale it promises, Berkeley's life was no less dazzling. Here's the Amazon synopsis of »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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