After spending years in development hell, Sony’s theatrical reboot of The Equalizer is finally poised to hit theaters this fall. Will it be worth the wait? Sony certainly seems to think so, as the studio is already prepping a sequel.
Sony’s Equalizer reboot has traveled a long, winding road on its way to finally getting made. Russell Crowe was originally in talks to star, and Oscar-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis was floated as a possible director for the project. After Crowe and Haggis bowed out, Denzel Washington then came on board to play the titular character. Drive helmer Nicolas Winding Refn was then set to take over as director but that plan didn’t ...
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- Michael Kennedy
As of right now all we've seen from Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer is the above picture of Denzel Washington in the lead role as he reteams with his Training Day director to play a man described as a solitary, monastic figure who hates injustice and devotes himself to helping people who are being victimized. With a no-nonsense attitude, compassion and experience with dealing with a wide variety of situations he's a powerful and useful detective. However, test audiences have seen early cuts of the film and are apparently loving it to the point The Wrap reports Sony has already put Richard Wenk to work scripting a sequel to the film, which is set to hit theaters on September 26. Directors such as Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) and Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) were on and then off the picture with Refn telling the Los Angeles Times »
- Brad Brevet
After portraying slick, ambitious FBI agent Anthony Amado in David O. Russell’s acclaimed crime caper American Hustle, which won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and is currently up for 10 Academy Awards, Alessandro Nivola has booked another buzzy period pic: J.C. Chandor’s New York crime drama A Most Violent Year.
The film, set in the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in New York history, follows a family of immigrants who attempt to create a prospering business without getting dragged into the crime, corruption and decay of the day. Oscar Isaac stars alongside Jessica Chastain, Albert Brooks and David Oyelowo.
Nivola joins the cast as Peter Forente, a heating oil distributor and a competitor to Isaac’s character. Given Nivola’s penchant for playing sleazy characters, I’d imagine Forente will be one of the film’s main antagonists, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Jack O’Connell has been on the rise for a few years now, initially with This Is England, he then moved onto a prominent role in Channel 4′s ‘Skins‘ and is now in talks for Universal’s next spy thriller Section 6.
The drama is an Aaron Berg spec script that looks back at the origins of MI6, our very own British intelligence agency, that began during World War I. These are obviously early days for the production, so he’s the only name in the bag right now.
O’Connell has also just finished filming on Unbroken, the directorial debut of Angelina Jolie. In that he plays the lead role of Louis Zamperini, the Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. The young Brit is having one hell of a moment in his career as he also – yes, more! – has Starred Up »
- Dan Bullock
OddLot Entertainment has closed a $50m revolving credit facility with Jp Morgan and Comerica as co-lead arrangers with the option of increasing to $150m.
The arrangement will be used to fund the development and production pipeline, among other goals.
The production slate includes Mortdecai starring Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn and Paul Bettany, which Lionsgate will release, and Jon Stewart’s upcoming directorial debut Rosewater.
Petrosova joined OddLot in 2006 as svp of finance. She was instrumental in analysing and structuring finance plans for Drive, The Way Way Back, Ender’s Game, Rosewater, Draft Day and Mortdecai and took the lead in securing Us and international »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
A first-look image has arrived of Jessica Chastain in "All Is Lost" director J.C. Chandor's newest endeavor, "A Most Violent Year." The period crime drama has been in production for a couple of weeks now. Chastain stars alongside Oscar Isaac ("Inside Llewyn Davis") as the heads of an oil business who get caught up in the New York City criminal underworld. Also starring are David Oyelowo ("Middle of Nowhere"), Albert Brooks ("Drive"), Elyes Gabel ("World War Z") and Catalina Sandino Marino ("The Bridge"), while Christopher Abbott (once Charlie on "Girls") and Peter Gerety ("Inside Man") have been added to the cast with undisclosed roles. Here's the official synopsis:“A Most Violent Year” is a thriller set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city’s history. The film follows the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to »
- Beth Hanna
via: Fashionably Geek
A few years ago, a little before the wide release of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, we posted a mashup that combined the audio from the trailer for that film with footage from Star Wars. The mashup trailer, which I’ve embedded below, was cut together extremely well. I’m surprised it took this long for a proper piece of art to emerge that also put Han Solo in place of the Driver. Not only does the art do both films (and the mashup) justice, it is also available on a t-shirt. It’s available at TeeFury for only $11. That deal only lasts for today, so act fast!
- Eli Reyes
Here’s the first trailer for the action-comedy starring John Cusack and Thomas Jane, titled Drive Hard, not to be confused with Drive Angry (the 2011 Nicholas Cage flick), Drive (also 2011, Ryan Gosling) or Driven (2001, Stallone). Stupid title aside, this looks like something I’d enjoy watching on a Saturday, and I’m sure ain’t alone […]
Scott Foundas: Well, Peter, another film festival draws to a close. It seems we were only just at Sundance, and now Berlin is but a memory. Time goes by so quickly…why, it’s almost like being one of the characters in Richard Linklater’s widely admired “Boyhood,” who age a dozen years in the course of two-and-a-half-hours of screen time. On the other hand, in Berlin’s Greek competition film, “Stratos,” a relatively short amount of time passes for the characters, but the movie itself creeps along so slowly that watching it calls to mind the title of a far better Greek film by the late master Theo Angelopoulos: “Eternity and a Day.”
Meanwhile, over in the parallel festival section known as the Forum, the international press finally got its long-overdue chance to see Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s terrific “Snowpiercer,” which opened in Korea last summer »
- Scott Foundas and Peter Debruge
Though the film noir genre has spawned some of the finest movies ever made, illuminated by the likes of Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon and The Third Man – it seems to be a classic style mostly confined to the past, encapsulating the treasured 1940s era of cinema.When tackled in contemporary film, we tend to see subversions of the genre, with the likes Sin City and Drive, for example. However, Hossein Amini’s adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s eponymous novel, The Two Faces of January, is noir in its purest form, as a real attempt to recreate the quintessential pictures of old, and remain faithful to the discernible tropes and conventions. Though admiring Amini for giving it a go, this particular endeavour is uninspiring and forgettable.
Set in Athens, Oscar Isaac plays Rydal, a tour guide by day and chancer by night, always looking to make a cheap dollar off a »
- Stefan Pape
The ’80s are back in cheap, imitative and soulless form with “Down and Dangerous,” a low-budget, Kickstarter-backed drug thriller from writer-director Zak Forsman. Relying on a synthesized score, over-saturated cinematography and frustratingly cliched dialogue, this is an extremely generic, truly empty tale of a drug smuggler involved with cops and criminals alike. Despite some initial teases in shot composition, nothing much sticks out beyond the generalities at play. It’s hard to believe the film will find much of an audience beyond its social-media backers.
The project’s weird background perhaps explains some of the limitations: Forsman’s father, Robert Sabbag, authored a 1998 memoir titled “Snowblind: A Brief Career in the Cocaine Trade,” which was promptly bought for movie adaptation but has yet to make it to the screen. Unable to license the rights, Forsman instead crafted this original story made in his father’s honor, although there’s hardly anything original about it. »
- Peter Labuza
Patricia Highsmith provides the plot and writer-director Hossein Amini supplies the culture in “The Two Faces of January,” a gripping old-school suspenser starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac that plays like “The Talented Mr. Ripley” minus the sultry sexual chemistry among its three leads. While the love-triangle dynamic lacks spark, this tony adaptation should have no trouble seducing Hitchcock fans and smarthouse types with its golden-hued tour of southeast Europe. What better way to see Turkey and Greece than in the company of such beautiful law-breakers as they try to stay two steps ahead of the local authorities?
Originally developed through “Ripley” director Anthony Minghella’s Mirage shingle, this lesser-known Highsmith novel has been smoldering on Amini’s to-do list for nearly 15 years. Best known as the screenwriter of such subtext-rich adaptations as “The Wings of the Dove” and “Drive,” Amini excels at conveying the subtle, unspoken tensions between characters, »
- Peter Debruge
There were few films last year as divisive as Nicolas Winding Refn's "Only God Forgives." The near silent, intensely violent, measured, methodical picture didn't carry with it the slick cool of "Drive," and many couldn't get with the movie that featured an emasculated Ryan Gosling hunting down the cop who killed his brother, at the insistence of his viperous mother. And you can count Gary Oldman as among those who didn't roll with the movie. Speaking with Empire, when asked what the last movie he walked out of was, Oldman replied he doesn't really do that sort thing, but: "I suffer it. I was very perplexed by 'Only God Forgives.' I'm a fan of Ryan Gosling and the director, but let's say I had an itch all through that. But I sat to the end." So, the next time you feel like bailing on movie, just remember that »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Quite famously, Dune has been stuck in a very strange form of development hell for the past thirty years. Although Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel was finally adapted in the 1980s by David Lynch, the unmade Alejandro Jodorowsky film from the 70s has since become all the more infamous and now we have a trailer for the upcoming documentary Jodorowsky's Dune. Directed by Frank Pavich, Jodorowsky's Dune seems to be less of an insight into the anarchic manner of the production, and more a celebration of what could have been. Check out the trailer after the official synopsis...
Through interviews with legends and luminaries including Hr Giger (artist, Alien), Gary Kurtz (producer, Star Wars) and Nicolas Winding Refn (director, Drive and Only God Forgives), and an intimate and honest conversation with Jodorowsky filmed over the course of three years, director Pavich’s film – featuring never-before-seen realizations of Jodo’s »
- Gary Collinson
In 1974, the Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky attempted to adapt the classic sci-fi novel Dune into a major motion picture. He recruited Orson Welles, Pink Floyd, H. R. Giger, David Carradine, Salvador Dali, and Mick Jagger to the project, completed 3,000 pieces of story art, and spent millions of dollars preparing for production. Investors freaked when he asked for more money —and when they realized the script would account for a meandering 14-hour film, they pulled the plug on the project. Director Frank Pavich’s entertaining documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune makes the case for this overblown epic as a legendary lost masterpiece (read our review here). Through interviews with legends and luminaries including Hr Giger (artist, Alien), Gary Kurtz (producer, Star Wars) and Nicolas Winding Refn (director, Drive), and an intimate and honest conversation with Jodorowsky filmed over the course of three years, director Pavich’s film – featuring never-before-seen realizations of Jodo »
One of the best films I saw at last year’s Toronto Interntional Film Festival was Jodorowsky’s Dune. The documentary goes behind the scenes of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s astoundingly ambitious adaptation of the Frank Herbert sci-fi novel Dune. Frank Pavich’s documentary is a celebration of imagination and enthusiasm, and Jodorowsky’s adaptation is made except for the movie part. It’s also fascinating to see how it served as an inspiration to other filmmakers even though it was never filmed and the technology of the time probably couldn’t have brought his vision to life anyway. But for Jodorowsky, the technical, financial, and even traditional limitations (like runtime) were an afterthought, and one of the reasons the movie is so great is because it wraps us up in his excitement for the unmade feature. Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Jodorowsky’s Dune opens March 21st. »
- Matt Goldberg
You love to hate them, you hate to love them. There is an irresistible quality to the bad men in film, whose dastardly ways lure you in and keep you rooting for them until the bitter end.
With the remake of 1981’s turbulent Endless Love out this Valentine’s Day, starring Alex Pettyfer as a boy in love with a criminal past, we celebrate some of cinema’s most notorious, sometimes misunderstood scoundrels and their paths to retribution.
Dir. John Hughes, 1985
Spending the majority of John Hughes’ fantastic teen film slumped over a desk and setting things on fire, Judd Nelson’s juvenile Bender is the definition of angst. Criminally minded, troubled and at times malicious, Hughes still urges you not to give up on him, with glimmers of a better person under that grubby coat and a victory that will have you punching the »
- Beth Webb
Writer Hossein Amini (Drive, Snow White And The Huntsman) is making his directorial debut with The Two Faces Of January, an adaptation of the novel by Patricia Highsmith, who is best known for her books Strangers On A Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley. The thriller stars Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Isaac as three people intwined in a murder/conspiracy who end up on the run from authorities. The first trailer for the film presents a mysterious and suspenseful vibe and looks like »
- Paul Shirey
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Feb 2014 - 06:39
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2008 - another great year for lesser-seen gems...
For some, 2008 will be memorable as the year of The Dark Knight, with its astonishingly unhinged turn from the late Heath Ledger. Alternatively, it could be remembered as the year a legion Indiana Jones fans left cinemas glum-faced, having sat through Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.
Elsewhere, Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan sang and danced on a Greek island in Mamma Mia!, while Will Smith played an alcoholic superhero in Hancock. But as usual, 2008 offered plenty of watchable movies outside the top 10, which is where we swoop in - like Hancock after a bottle of gin.
So as usual, here's our selection of 25 underappreciated films from the year 2008 - starting with a British horror film starring Michael Fassbender...
25. Eden Lake
James Watkins had written »
It’s a little disconcerting to see Oscar Isaac in a 1960s period piece and find him without cat, guitar, or mop of overly cynical dark brown curls. Yet that’s exactly what lies within The Two Faces of January: an Isaac who’s cleanly shaven and clearly takes care of his hair. Also, he’s a tour guide in Greece who occasionally cons his customers out of their cash. And it’s in Greece where Rydal, Isaac’s character, will happen upon Chester and Colette MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst), an American couple who happen to be doing a little conning of their own. One murder later and they’re all tangled up in each others’ various crimes; forcing Rydal and the happy(ish) couple to go on the lam together. Intrigue, sexual tension and gun violence ensue. Based off a novel by Patricia Highsmith (the author whose previous work became Strangers on a Train and »
- Adam Bellotto
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