18 items from 2013
Ahead of its UK DVD release this summer, distributors eOne has released a UK trailer for the bloody Western Sweet Vengeance, a.k.a. Sweetwater. Described as "epic story of revenge set against the backdrop of the American Old West" the film stars Ed Harris (Man on a Ledge; The Way Back), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Part 2), January Jones (Mad Men; X-Men: First Class) and Eduardo Noriega (The Devil's Backbone, The Last Stand); check out the synopsis, followed by the trailer below...
"Newlyweds Miguel (Noriega) and Sarah (Jones) settle on a patch of land and soon encounter community preacher Prophet Josiah (Isaacs). As Sheriff Jackson (Harris) arrives in town Josiah hatches a plot to take Sarah’s land and dignity, forcing her to defend her rights and launch an attack of vengeance that results in a jaw-dropping showdown."
Sweet Vengeance is set for a »
- Flickering Myth
As of yesterday, Donal Logue wasn’t certain of his future on Vikings (or, led one to believe same anyway), but today the show has been renewed for a second season. Logue (interview coverage soon), who plays the Viking King, may still be uncertain, I suppose, because who knows where the show is going, but the curiosity of timing was rather interesting.
The trials of Ragnar and clan have proven a solid venture as far as ratings are concerned, and the show not only has established a loyal viewership, but has managed strong ratings from critics.
Four new episodes remain of the first season, though you’d be hard-pressed to tell that from History’s show page, and the next episode is going to be a real high point of the show. Ragnar and the Earl will finally lock horns in the more vikingly sense, and it’s going »
- Marc Eastman
Ignoring the fact that Colin Farrell's name sounds just about as Irish as it gets, there's still a shred of possibility that the southern drawl he spits as Jesse James throughout "American Outlaws" actually fooled a few theatergoers into thinking that this bushy-eyebrowed ladykiller was actually born a stars n' stripes yankee.
Let's face it: Farrell -- who currently stars in the new crime thriller "Dead Man Down" -- is a verbal chameleon, a man who has effortlessly toggled the fader on his pipes between his real Dublin-derived brogue and a convincing down-home All-American inflection throughout his two-decade-long career. Practically every role he's taken on has fit somewhere between those two points, but you'd have to subject yourself to a full-on Farrell filmography marathon to know just where each film ranks within his verbal spectrum. Accent charting clearly can't be accomplished overnight, especially when Colin Farrell is involved.
- Nick DeSantis
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 14, 2013
Price: DVD $28.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $35.99
The time-tripping science fiction mystery-drama film Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another through the past, present and future. Yeah, it’s heady stuff…
Action, mystery and romance weave through a half-dozen stories as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future. The six different-but-connected stories are set at the following places and times: the South Pacific Ocean, 1849; Cambridge and Edinburgh, 1936; San Francisco, 1973; United Kingdom, 2012; Neo-Seoul, Korea, 2144; a tropical island “106 winters after ‘The Fall’”, 2321.
The extraordinary tales of the lives and epic adventures of these warriors are told in Vikings, a new nine-part scripted series premiering Sunday, March 3 at 10 p.m. (Et) on History®. The drama portrays the world of these Dark Age raiders, traders, explorers – not from an outsider’s view, but, through the eyes of Viking society.
These 3 new TV spots will give a deeper dive into some key Vikings characters and one that will leave viewers thirsty for more.
Rollo (Clive Standen), Ragnar Rothbrok’s impulsive, wild and carefree brother whose loyalty is at times questionable but his skills as a warrior are formidable.
Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard), a design genius and close friend of Ragnar’s who helps the charismatic Viking fulfill his dreams of discovering new »
- Melissa Thompson
Check out the new poster for Vikings.
Featured is Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), a curious, compelling man who is always looking to break through barriers and discover new worlds to conquer. Covering Ragnar’s face is the bold Vikings logo that captures the spirit of the Viking culture. The two sides of the “V” represent multiple dimensions of the Vikings culture – Family/Life and Violence. Take a closer look; it is layered with great storytelling detail.
Left Side Of “V” – The left sides tells us the softer, lesser-known aspect of Vikings – Family & Life.
*The upper section is a nod to their craftsmanship/technological advances
*The middle section represents brotherhood and unbreakable bonds
*The lower section represents Growth & Life
Right Side Of “V” - The right side of the “V” tells a different story.
*It is about war, violence, death and conflict. It is shaped like the blade of a sword. »
- Melissa Thompson
The History Channel has released a new 30-second promo spot for their latest “historical fiction” original scripted TV show “Vikings”, starring Gabriel Byrne and Travis Fimmel (last seen blowing shit up in “The Baytown Outlaws”), not to mention Fox regular Jessalyn Gilsig (“Prison Break”). So what’s it all about? The show will chart the ambitions of young Viking, Ragnar Lothbrok, played by Australian actor Travis Fimmel, who longs to discover civilisations across the ocean. With the help of his jester friend Floki, played by Gustaf Skarsgard (The Way Back), they build a new generation of boats; that are faster, sleeker and more beautifully crafted than anything else on the sea. Here’s the new promo spot, titled, “Legend”. The Vikings conquer all March 3rd on the History Channel »
The evergreen method of adding “…in space!” to the end of an existing title in order to pitch a “new” film has finally blindsided Greek poet Homer. Good thing he’s not around to not see it. According to Deadline Hollywood, Warners has hired James Dilapo to write a new version of “The Odyssey” that takes place in space. Yes, they literally want to make a space “Odyssey.” Dilapo is a recent Nyu grad who earned a Nicholl Fellowship and placement on the Black List with his first script, Devils At Play, but there’s no word yet on how the young talent will be engaging the story and transmitting it into the world of science fiction. At its very core, it could a tale of a captain trying desperately and difficultly to get home, or it could involve more of the direct elements of the classic epic poem. Undoubtedly, it »
- Scott Beggs
1.) Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi has joined Dreamworks' car racing flick Need for Speed. The film already had a solid cast of rising stars in Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad"), Imogen Poots (Fright Night) and Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger), but it seems no would-be action franchise's cast is complete without the requisite hip-hop artist. The studio claims the project is aiming for the tone of the car-culture films of the 1970s, but they might have to bring Steve McQueen back from the dead to prove to me they're doing anything more than trying to capitalize on the success of the Fast and Furious franchise. At any rate, the film stars Paul as a street racer who joins a coast-to-coast race to get revenge after being framed for the death of a friend. Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) directs for a February 2014 release. THR 2.) MGM is taking all that money »
- Kevin Blumeyer
MGM is reportedly set to remake a classic. According to Deadline.com, the studio has plans to develop its 1959 classic, "Ben-Hur." Starring the late Charlton Heston, the epic "Ben-Hur" is credited with changing the aspirations of the film industry and inspiring current filmmakers, such as George Lucas.
While MGM released both the 1959 drama, as well as the 1925's "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ," the studio sold the rights to "Ben-Hur" to Ted Turner in the '80s. As Lew Wallace's 1880 novel "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ" is public domain, the latest "Ben-Hur" that MGM is eyeing is a script that was written by Keith Clarke ("The Way Back"). Deadline reports Sean Daniel and Joni Levin have been tapped to produce the project, while Clarke will serve as executive producer with Jason Brown.
The Clarke script is "faithful to the book" and "much different than the 1959 William Wyler film, »
- The Huffington Post
MGM has begun work on a new adaptation of Lew Wallace's 1880 novel "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ."
Keith Clarke ("The Way Back") penned the spec script for this new version which is said to stick closer to Wallace's original novel. MGM sold the rights to the 1959 film back in the 1980s, but Wallace's novel is in the public domain.
The new version will shift the focus to the adult blood feud between Jewish prince Judah Ben-Hur and Messala, the son of a Roman tax collector. The pair grow up best friends before the Roman Empire took control of Jerusalem.
Messala ultimately betrays his childhood friend and manipulates it so that Judah is sold into slavery. »
- Garth Franklin
There was a time when it looked like MGM would have to sell off everything and stop producing films. Now, with cash flowing in from Skyfall and The Hobbit, the studio is once more hunting for properties like a child running round Hamleys. It now looks like the executives have their beady eye on a new version of Ben Hur.Though Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ was adapted – by MGM itself – into the iconic, Oscar-scoring 1959 classic starring Charlton Heston, the studio thinks the time has come for a new interpretation. By which we don't mean the little-seen 2010 miniseries. Though MGM sold the rights to the movie in the 1980s, the book has long since entered the public domain, so the way is clear for this second stab. The Way Back’s Keith Clarke has come up with a spec script that is apparently more faithful to the tome. »
After nearly folding due to bankruptcy just a few years ago, MGM Studios is back and better than ever, after the success of Skyfall and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The studio is gearing up to take on what may be their most ambitious project yet, a remake of the 1959 classic Ben-Hur.
The studio has acquired a spec screenplay by Keith R. Clarke (The Way Back), which is much more faithful to the 1880 novel by Lew Wallace. While director William Wyler's Ben-Hur focused on the feud between Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) and Messalla (Stephen Boyd), this film will explore the characters' formative years, growing up as best friends before the Roman Empire conquered Jerusalem.
This script also features Jesus Christ, who encounters Ben-Hur and whose tale is told in parallel to the title character. Ben-Hur begins to believe that Christ is the Messiah, before the savior is killed by Pontius Pilate. »
I guess it was only a matter of time, but the classic Charlton Heston film Ben-Hur is set to be remade by MGM. The film will be based on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ. According to Deadline the studio is buying a spec script for the film written by Keith Clarke (The Way Back), and it will be produced by Sean Daniel who says,
It’s one of the great stories of friendship and betrayal, and faith, that works in the context of a big onscreen action thriller for a global audience.
This will be the third Ben-Hur movie that MGM will have produced over the years. The first was a 1925 silent film called Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ, and the second was the 1959 film that we all know and love. Apparently the new film that the studio wants to make is more faithful to the book, »
- Joey Paur
New year, same old Hollywood. We're officially two weeks into 2013, and the first stomach churning reboot news has surfaced. William Wyler's 11 Oscar winning "Ben-Hur" (tied with "Titanic" and "The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King" as the only film to accomplish that feat) is now getting a reboot. Why? Mostly because they can. MGM has bought a spec script from Keith Clarke ("The Way Back") that is based on the Lew Wallace novel "Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ," as the Wyler picture was. However, the project is aiming to tell a different story than 1959 picture, breaking off onto its own in two key ways: firstly, it will focus on the "formative years" of Judah Ben-Hur and Messala, leading up to the moment in which the latter betrays the former, selling him into slavery which (eventually) leads to revenge and chariot races. And oh yeah, this »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: What a difference $2 billion in late fall box office business has done for MGM‘s ambitions. The studio is planning to unleash a new version of Ben-Hur, based on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ, which outsold every book but The Bible until it was eclipsed by Gone With The Wind. MGM, which emerged from bankruptcy and is raising new funding after Skyfall crossed $1 billion worldwide gross and The Hobbit heads to the $900 million mark, is buying a Ben-Hur spec by Keith Clarke (he scripted the Peter Weir-directed The Way Back), and the package comes with Sean Daniel and Joni Levin attached to produce, and Clarke and Jason Brown exec producing. MGM actually released the 1959 Charlton Heston-starrer Ben-Hur, as well as the 1925 silent film Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ. The studio isn’t looting its library titles: MGM, which has seen many »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Many cinephiles consider 1959's Ben-hur to be an achievement in filmmaking. But what if I told you they were putting this story on the reboot pile? Since MGM is on the up and up, it looks like they are expanding their horizons for bigger and better project to undertake in the next few years. They can thank Skyfall and The Hobbit for everything. The studio has decided to buy Keith Clarke's (The Way Back) spec script for Ben-hur. Don't go looking for this to be a remake, as I said it's a »
- Niki Stephens
MGM is planning a new adaptation of Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ , Deadline reports. The text has been previously adapted for stage, screen and radio with William Wyler's 1959 version the most well-known version today. The outlet suggests that plans for the new version, to be based on a spec script by Keith Clarke ( The Way Back ), will follow Wallace's original novel and the life of Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince sold into slavery who then vows revenge against the man responsible. Set in the early years of the first century, Ben-Hur's struggles parallel those of Jesus Christ. No director is currently attached to the project, but Sean Daniel and Joni Levin will produce with Clarke and Jason Brown executive producing. »
18 items from 2013
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