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One thing that can be said about actor Emile Hirsch, whose career began at the age of 12, is that as he's grown older, he's been a lot more selective about the roles he plays. Despite appearing in a number of teen comedies, playing a big screen version of Speed Racer and giving a memorable turn in Sean Penn's Into the Wild , Hirsch certainly has been trying to transition into more adult roles while getting away from the double-edged sword of still looking younger than his actual age. Having premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, Twice Born pairs Hirsch with the gorgeous Oscar-winning actress Penelope Cruz, who in turn reunites with her Don't Move director, Sergio Castellitto, once again adapting a bestselling novel by his wife Margaret Mazzantini. Cruz »
This is where we start a war. We'll lose friends, and cause controversy. Because somewhere on this list below is something you're dying to see. In fact, you might be fanatical about some of these inclusions (Christopher Nolan fans, we're staring straight at you). But it's inevitable. And unavoidable. Hollywood is releasing hundreds of movies in 2014. Some of them will be good. Some of them will be bad. And some will be box office disasters. In compiling this list, we're not declaring that all, or even any, of these movies will be unwatchable. Some will be quite good. Maybe even a masterpiece or a classic in the making. There are a few that we're desperate to see ourselves. We really want them to succeed. But every movie here is a risk taker. And some of this shit? Hollywood should clearly know better. These are the 14 Biggest Potential Bombs of 2014.
South Korean star Rain will also star in the film, according to his local agency Cube DC.
Production on the film is expected to begin after Thanksgiving in Alabama.
Bruce Willis will play a man who confronts a retired Las Vegas mob enforcer, forced to return to the city after his daughter goes missing. »
Following the news that Bruce Willis – he who was ‘bored’ with action movies – would be taking on low-budget thriller The Prince, the cast list has now expanded with the addition of Jason Patric and John Cusack in key roles.
Patric will play Paul, a retired mob enforcer who is forced to return to Las Vegas when his daughter goes missing. There, he must confront old enemies, including Omar – played by Willis – who has waited years for the opportunity to settle a score. Details of Cusack’s role have yet to be confirmed, but we understand that Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (Escape Plan), Johnathon Schaech (Ray Donovan), Gia Mantegna (The Frozen Ground), and actor/singer Rain (Speed Racer) will round off The Prince‘s ensemble cast.
- Sarah Myles
Lately, it seems like the legendary Bruce Willis just can’t be arsed. More often than not he’s phoning performances in, while his promotional work is even more embarrassing. Fingers crossed the strong supporting cast being assembled for The Prince sees the Die Hard actor inspired to bring his best for actor/writer/director Brian A. Miller with him playing the chief villain.
Well, I say “strong” but it does include Curtis “50 Pence” Jackson. However, the rapper (or crapper as I like to call them) recently turned in decent performances in The Frozen Ground and Escape Plan. In addition, they’ll be joined by fellow Frozen Ground stars John Cusack, Gia Mantegna as well as Jason Patric (Sleepers), Johnathon Schaech (Ray Donovan) and international pop-star-turned-actor Rain (Speed Racer).
The Prince has a focus on a family man (played by Patric) whose secret past as a high-level Las Vegas mob »
- Craig Hunter
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Hulk’s Favorite Movies: Speed Racer” — Film Crit Hulk is to be commended for defending the bizarrely disliked candy-colored gem from The Wachowskis. An excellent piece. You might need this. “Read an exclusive excerpt from ‘Pulp Fiction: The Complete Story of Quentin Tarantino’s Masterpiece” — Jules undergoes a spiritual change in this chapter from Jason Bailey’s new book. “Why TV Hasn’t Killed Movies, With Alfonso Cuaron” — I can’t wait for Esquire’s “Why Sculpture Hasn’t Killed Painting,” but joke’s aside, this is a keen conversation with the Gravity director. “Grace-Infused: Notes on Director Wes Anderson’s Working Relationship With Actor Jason Schwartzman” — Chuck Bowen at Roger Ebert pings off a moment in the pair’s new short film to encapsulate a long-standing collaboration. “How Friends Decided to Pair Off Monica and Chandler” — Josef »
- Scott Beggs
Fast & Furious 7: Vin Diesel shared more behind-the-scenes photos from Fast & Furious 7, one with himself, Jason Statham and a glass of wine, which he captioned: "You could hear a pin drop … P.s. Going over the scene... Fine-tuning... the quiet before the storm." The other features Diesel, fully armed. [Facebook via Collider] John Belushi: Emile Hirsch will play the late, great comic actor John Belushi in an upcoming movie about his life. Reportedly, Hirsch, known for his starring roles in Speed Racer and The Girl Next Door, will be gaining weight for the role, which is scheduled to begin shooting in the spring of 2014 under the direction of Steve Conrad, who also wrote the script. Belushi soared to stardom on Saturday Night Live and in National...
- Peter Martin
Emile Hirsch (Speed Racer, Alpha Dog, Into the Wild) has been cast as John Belushi in the untitled biopic based on the 2005 biography Belushi, which was written by Belushi’s widow Judy Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby.
Steve Conrad (The Promotion) will write and direct the film, which will cover the “heights of Belushi’s fame in The Blues Brothers as Jake Blues and Animal House as John Blutarsky along with being the biggest star on the first four seasons of Saturday Night Live. The series, which launched in 1975, included Belushi’s introductions of the Blues Brothers and Samurai Warrior characters along with memorable impressions of Wiliam Shatner, Joe Cocker, Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor.”
The comedian’s death in 1982 from a mixture of cocaine and heroin at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.
- Philip Sticco
Emile Hirsch has signed on to play John Belushi in an as-yet-untitled biopic, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film will reportedly take place during the height of the comedian's fame, focusing on his stint on Saturday Night Live and his roles in Animal House and The Blues Brothers, through his death of a drug overdose at age 33 in 1982. It will be the second Belushi biopic, following Wired, in 1989.
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The movie will be written and directed by Steve Conrad, who »
Appearing at an Australians in Film awards dinner late last week, the Wachowski siblings spoke a bit about their upcoming science-fiction epic "Jupiter Ascending" which is targeting a Summer 2014 release.
Andy Wachowski says the film has wrapped shooting and is well into post-production now. On the one hand, he says editing on the film has been a lot smoother than it was with the more narrative complex "Cloud Atlas". On the other, the new film's visual effects are "way more complicated."
Talking about the film's content and scale, Lana Wachowski kept the details secret. She said:
"It's a science-fiction space opera. It has a lot of things from a lot of genres that we love. It's got a lot of original action, it's got a lot of romance.
We seem not to be very good at making small things. We keep saying 'Let's go make a small movie.' But »
- Garth Franklin
First announced three years ago , writer-director Steven Conrad's still-untitled biopic of John Belushi has found its leading man. The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Emile Hirsch, best known for projects like Into the Wild , Milk and Speed Racer , will play the legendary comedian. Warner Bros. acquired the rights from Belushi's estate with Belushi's widow, Judith, who published the book "Belushi" in 2005 with Tanner Colby. She will serve as an executive producer on the project, as Judith Belushi Pisano (she's since remarried) with the book informing the screenplay. It is officially described as follows: On the day he turned thirty, John starred in America's number-one movie ("Animal House"), starred in the number-one late-night show »
Over three years ago, it was revealed that Old School and The Hangover director Todd Phillips was going to produce and direct a biopic about late comedian John Belushi with a script from Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), but we haven't heard anything since then. Now the project has life again, but Conrad will step up to make this his sophomore directing effort following The Promotion in 2008. In addition, Conrad is already looking for an actor to bring the large than life comedian to life, having met Emile Hirsch (Speed Racer, Into the Wild) and "Workaholics" star Adam Devine. THR also reports Joaquin Phoenix might also be in the mix, but there isn't a frontrunner out of the group just yet. Hirsch and Phoenix are interesting choices since they haven't taken on much comedy in their career. Hirsch has early work like The »
- Ethan Anderton
A speed-obsessed snail hits the racetrack in DreamWorks' nonsensical digimation
A garden snail gets to chase the chequered flag in the Indy 500 in DreamWorks' latest 3D digimation, which seems less like a riposte to Pixar's Cars than a peculiar addendum to the Wachowskis' Speed Racer.
Even by the infinitely flexible standards of wacky kids' fantasies, the plot makes no sense whatsoever – humans in big machines racing molluscs in tiny shells; hell, not even the sizes add up. Still, the graphics are colourful and kinetic in a souped-up computer game sort of way, and there's pleasure to be had in watching the racetrack zoom by at full throttle. Bill Hader has fun as the voice of slimy race ace Guy Gagné, Turbo's inspiration turned rival in the battle for the finish line.
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- Mark Kermode
Update: Stuntman/second-unit director Simon Crane will direct Hot Wheels. Crane was stunt coordinator and second-unit director on World War Z, Men in Black III and Salt, among others. Also, Legendary took the Hot Wheels project with them when they jumped from Warner Brothers to Universal.
June 20, 2011 - Mattel, Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures are teaming up to make a Hot Wheels movie...but they're being clear: it's Not for kids.
What? Why? Well:
1. Mattel already put their toe in the water with Speed Racer. That was intended to be the Hot Wheel-movie but it flopped harder than a toy car in a loop-de-loop that didn't gather enough initial speed.
2. Mattel gnashes its teeth at the big business the PG-13 The Fast and the Furious movies do: in their eyes, That should be Them. That's why filmmakers say Fast and Furious is the model for the Hot Wheels movie. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Simon Crane is set to direct the bigscreen adaptation of Hot Wheels based on the Mattel toys, which Legendary acquired the film rights to in 2011, reports Variety. Other than the Fast & Furious franchise success, Disney's Need for Speed with Aaron Paul starring is opening March 14th, 2014, also looking for its share of adrenalin rush seeking car fanatics. True, both Need for Speed and Hot Wheels are popular properties with their own fanbase, however, how much on screen speed can audiences actually stomach? There was 2008's Emile Hirch starrer Speed Racer, and that one had Andy and Lana Wachowski of the Matrix trilogy on board, so both of the abovementioned films will need something quite special to succeed. Paul Attanasio is scripting, doing a rewrite from the draft by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. »
Each one of composer Michael Giacchino's movie scores took a lifetime to write. Be it the forties French jazz of Ratatouille, the hyperactive pulsation of Speed Racer, the retro-futuristic adventure ballads of Star Trek, or the unexpected melancholia of Up, Giacchino's orchestral sounds aren't just logical responses to a picture. They're the culmination of the composer's vast pop culture memory, and when Giacchino starts banging out the notes that will eventually comprise the score to a movie like The Incredibles, he's tapping into his affection for film and letting it pour. Vulture talked to Giacchino about the instincts, inspirations, and instrumentals that helped him discover the sounds of his feature film work. How did he know that arrangement at that moment would work that well? Here's a look back at Giacchino's finest big-screen moments and the composing lessons they each illustrate. (Oh and one small-screen lesson from Lost because »
- Matt Patches
Emile Hirsch, one of the best actors in young Hollywood has been a little quiet of late with last year’s fantastic Killer Joe being the last time we saw him on-screen. With the exception of the Wachowski’s epilepsy inducing Speed Racer, Hirsch has had a pretty strong career within the independent movie industry with highlights including Milk, the previously mentioned Killer Joe and Into The Wild, for which he should have at least been nominated for an Oscar.
People thinking that Hirsch was on hiatus would be wrong as the actor has actually been exceptionally busy. Recently we brought you the trailer for his next screen outing Prince Avalanche, which will be released in the UK on 18th October. Today we bring you not one, but two trailers featuring Hirsch, The Motel Life and Bonnie And Clyde.
- Kat Smith
It’s oh so quiet….Not much to report on this week really. Things will probably kick up a gear as the dark nights draw in further and the kids get a week off at some point in October.
About the best thing I could write about at the moment really is how good is the final season of Breaking Bad?!? So so very good and if you aren’t watching it then all of it is on Netflix for you to absorb. Only two episodes left now and man it is looking like it’s going to go out on a massively epic and unexpected note. If they stick the landing this will be one of the best crime saga’s of all time standing alongside The Wire and The Sopranos.
Anyway, here’s what else is playing…
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
David O’Russell’s triumphant comedy drama from »
- Chris Holt
The first wave of anime to arrive in America was usually found in syndication, filler in the mornings and afternoons for the off-network stations in the New York area. It all started with Astro Boy but was quickly followed by Eighth Man and Gigantor, Kimba the White Lion to the Amazing Three. And then there was Marine Boy, the first of the color animated series to be broadcast in America. In his native Japan, the name translated to Undersea Boy Marine and was therefore Americanized.
Produced by Minoru Adachi and Japan Tele-Cartoons, there were 78 episodes in total and the first season or 26 episodes, have now been collected by Warner Archive, which is fitting since Warner was the company to distribute the series back in the 1960s.
Sometime in the future, there lived a boy, maybe 15, remarkable enough to serve as a full-fledged agent of the Ocean Patrol. Their mission was »
- Robert Greenberger
One of the things that makes Dragon Con special is the parade. Try walking down the street on a Saturday morning on Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, and you will be crushed against the sides of buildings as the streets are lined with people ready to see all the finest cosplay groups walk down Peachtree Street. Dragon Con is filled with cosplayers, but watching the grouped together by fandom is incredibly cool. It's even cooler when they have vehicles. All comic book conventions have people walking around hotels and exhibit halls in costumes. Dragon Con has Speed Racer driving the Mach 5, ghostbusters with multiple Ecto-1s, and a pirate ship just to name a few. And this parade finished up with a wedding between two Darth Vaders with a steampunk Boba Fett officiating. One more thing to keep in mind: it was about 80 degrees outside, so please keep in mind »
- Matt Goldberg
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