20 items from 2015
Does Hollywood try to remake/sequelize/franchise-extend every single one of its successful movies? Sometimes it feels that way, but there’s a little more nuance to studio practices than that. If you’re looking for meaning in this summer’s blockbuster season – not always easy – you could call it Dr. JurassicMax or How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Reboot. Rebooting franchises isn’t as common, well-received, or lucrative as you might think. Today let’s look briefly at the history of the reboot – and how this summer changed it.
First, what technically counts as a reboot? One school would say that anytime the cast shuffles, it’s a reboot, meaning we’re now on the second reboot (and third iteration) of Spider-Man films. That’s pretty rare; far more often, duration between films is the deciding factor, and it just doesn’t feel right to slap »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
Although Hugh Jackman will soon say goodbye to Wolverine with X-Men: Apocalypse and James Mangold's upcoming Wolverine sequel, in the process of putting away the claws the actor has to give away some other roles in the meantime. That would include the lead role in Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's much talked-about Me & Earl & the Dying Girl follow-up Collateral Beauty, also starring Rooney Mara. It was only last month when the Aussie actor signed onto the project, but time commitments apparently won't let Jackman play the role when production begins this fall. Producers don't seem too discouraged, though, for they've taken their efforts towards bagging another big-name star: Johnny Depp. Even if the Mortdecai's star seems to be fading these days, Depp does have the buzzed Black Mass coming up, in addition to another Pirates of the Caribbean sequel set for release in two years time. So don't rule out a comeback, »
- Will Ashton
Stx Entertainment is in negotiations to buy “Out of This World” from the embattled Relativity Studios.
A deal has not yet closed, but an agreement to allow rights to the project to migrate from one studio to another is expected to be reached soon. “Out of This World” is described as a “Romeo & Juliet” story that centers on the first human born on Mars, who is secretly raised on the planet after his astronaut mother dies during childbirth. As a teen, he strikes up an online romance with a girl from Colorado, prompting him to travel across the solar system to meet her, all the while pursued by Nasa.
The pact comes as Relativity is scrambling to reach an agreement with its creditors on tens of millions of dollars in debt payments. If a deal is not reached and its lenders do not allow the company to have an extension, »
- Brent Lang
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Marvel’s tiniest hero! Now starring in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s smallest movie so far. Also its most run-of-the-mill movie so far.
This was bound to happen eventually. There are only so many ways you can take a guy — always a guy! — who’s a little bit messed up but basically a decent fellow who just needs a little redemption to set him on the right road, expose him to a little magical mad science, give him a special suit to run around in, and set him loose on the bad guys.
We have seen this all before. Oh, sure, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Has filmmaker Oliver Stone ever met a political controversy he didn’t want to make into a movie? Though to be fair, the director’s been somewhat inactive in the world of mainstream movies in recent years, focusing on documentaries about the late, former Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. Stone’s last two dramatic features were 2010’s “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” and 2012’s “Savages,” two forgettable movies that both critics and audiences didn’t really care for. And Stone’s interests seemed to take him elsewhere (“Mi Amigo Hugo” and the 10-part "The Untold History of the United States," the latter of which premiered on Showtime), but the Edward Snowden story seemed to reinvigorate his passion for topical political drama and the project came together really fast. Shot earlier this year in May and due, with a quick turn around, by year’s end, “Snowden” focuses on what else, the »
- Edward Davis
Following Joe Wright's Pan, Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara are already both set to work together again on Collateral Beauty, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's follow-up to his Sundance hit Me And Earl And The Dying Girl. Now it's looking as if they'll be joined by Jason Segel, who's in talks to take on an as-yet unspecified role.Allan Loeb wrote the screenplay, which revolves around a New York advertising agency, and a man - presumably Jackman's character - struggling with depression after a tragedy that turns his world upside down. Loeb has recently been churning out comedies like Here Comes The Boom, Just Go With It and The Dilemma, but his earlier work on dramas like Things We Lost In The Fire and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is probably a more relevant touchstone here...Gomez-Rejon, meanwhile, got his start on television with Glee and American Horror Story. He also »
While a lot of us can't help but remember Shia Labeouf as a goofy teenager on Disney's Even Stevens, it's worth noting that he also had one hell of a heyday as an adult actor (please see: Transformers and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps). Sure, his career may have taken a few weird turns over the past couple of years but there's no denying that Shia is still one very attractive dude, and he made his way back to superstardom in the WWII drama Fury with Brad Pitt last year. We're looking back on Shia's hottest moments - before the plagiarism scandals, paper bag mask, performance art, and Cabaret arrest - in celebration of his 29th birthday on Thursday. Keep reading to see them all now, and don't hesitate to let yourself swoon. »
One of the big breakout films of Sundance this year is Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, which won the Audience Award and Grand Jury Award at the festival in January. It's the second feature film directed by up-and-comer Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who also directed The Town That Dreaded Sundown (the remake) before Me and Earl. Deadline has announced his next project, titled Collateral Beauty, from a screenplay written by Allan Loeb (21, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, The Switch, Just Go with It, Rock of Ages). Not only that but Gomez-Rejon has lined up talented performers Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara to star in the film, which has financing in place from PalmStar Media and Likely Story. So what is the new film about? According to Deadline, Collateral Beauty has a plot that centers on a New York advertising executive who experiences a "deep personal tragedy. When his colleagues devise »
- Alex Billington
Like other intelligent women, Mulligan would much rather tread the boards than take yet another cookie-cutter role hanging on the arm of a fully-rounded leading man. She listened when her London agent Tor Befrage told her that she was in a good enough place to be able to turn down anything that she didn't feel she had to do because she couldn't bear the idea of someone else doing it. "I like taking time off," she told me in a phone interview on her day off from her Broadway hit "Skylight," for which she and Bill Nighy both scored Tony nominations. (It's a superb, must-see play.) Will Bathsheba earn her another Oscar nod? Reviews are strong, box office so far quite solid ($8.4 million domestic). While she took the plum role of Daisy opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Baz Luhrmann's lavishly appointed "The Great Gatsby" and worked for Oliver Stone on "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, »
- Anne Thompson
Having just worked together as, respectively, Blackbeard and Tiger Lily on Joe Wright's Pan, Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara are set to be reunited. They've both signed on for Collateral Beauty, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's follow-up to his Sundance hit Me And Earl And The Dying Girl.Allan Loeb wrote the screenplay, which according to Variety revolves around a New York advertising agency, and a man - presumably Jackman's character - struggling with depression after a tragedy that turns his world upside down. Loeb has recently been churning out comedies like Here Comes The Boom, Just Go With It and The Dilemma, but his earlier work on dramas like Things We Lost In The Fire and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is probably a more relevant touchstone here...Gomez-Rejon, meanwhile, got his start on television with Glee and American Horror Story. He also directed this last year's clever remake of »
Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »
- D. Zhea
She’s also on the cover of WSJ. Magazine’s May Style & Design Issue, and she opens up about early career struggles (like getting rejected from drama school), regrets she has about roles she has accepted and rejected, and much more.
The magazine also features a great photo shoot with Mulligan looking amazing in a kind of “elegant retro” style.
Check out the full article at WSJ here, but here are a few excerpts.
Photography by Angelo Pennetta for WSJ. Magazine
Carey Mulligan On:
Her teenage years when she wrote letters to celebrities whose talent she admired:
“I was such a weird, geeky kid. I wrote to Eminem and told him I thought his songs were amazing.”
Her husband, musician Marcus Mumford, keeping »
- Marc Eastman
"The Earth will literally crack open, and you will feel it on the East coast." Hot on the heels of yesterday's new poster, the second trailer for the disaster drama San Andreas has arrived, and it brings a whole slew of destruction with it. California gets messed up beyond recognition, and Dwayne Johnson is saving people left and right, whether it's his wife (Carla Gugino) or his daughter (Alexandra Daddario) or some woman who fell in the street. Plus, in addition to the earthquake, we get a peek at one of the side effects of the earthquake, a tsunami headed towards the Golden Gate Bridge. How will Johnson survive? Here's the latest trailer for Brad Peyton's San Andreas straight from Warner Bros. Pictures: You can still watch the teaser trailer for San Andreas right here. San Andreas is directed by Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island) and written »
- Ethan Anderton
No, Dwayne Johnson isn't swinging like Austin Powers, but instead he's literally swinging from a helicopter on the new poster for San Andreas. The action thriller arrives this summer with Johnson playing a helicopter pilot trying to survive one of the deadliest earthquakes humanity has ever seen, right on the infamous San Andreas fault line. A new poster seems to give us the viewpoint of someone being rescued as the Earth crumbles and breaks above. It's a cool idea for a poster, but it also looks illustrated like concept art, so it's not all that great. But this likely means a new trailer is coming soon, so stay tuned. Look below! Here's the new poster for Brad Peyton's San Andreas from Dwayne Johnson on Twitter: You can still watch the teaser trailer for San Andreas right here. San Andreas is directed by Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island »
- Ethan Anderton
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Savages might have put a bit of a dent in Oliver Stone's ratings, but it's hard not to feel the buzz around his upcoming project, Snowden, which has just started shooting. To celebrate the start of proceedings, the film's marketing folk have released these two images of Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a Us Army reserve by the name of Edward Snowden.Yes, Oliver Stone is getting political, gathering together Nicolas Cage, Zachary Quinto, Melissa Leo, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Shailene Woodley, Timothy Olyphant and Joely Richardson (as well as Joseph Gordon-Levitt) to create his based-on-truth drama about the infamous Nsa whistleblower. Stone bought up two prime sources for his film: Time Of The Octopus, a novel by Snowden’s Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena, giving him access to the story of the whistleblower who reluctantly sought asylum in Russia and had to wait to see »
Aired on Fox for 1 season (8 episodes) from March 4 – April 14, 2008
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as John Amsterdam
Zuleikha Robinson as Eva Marquez
Alexie Gilmore as Dr. Sarah Millay Dillane
Stephen Henderson as Omar York
Susan Misner as Detective Sergeant Callie Burnett
John Amsterdam has been around for a long time…a very long time. He’s an immortal man who was blessed with the gift after saving a Native American woman during his tenure as a Dutch soldier in the year 1624. The prophecy of the spell foretold that he would be immortal until the day he meets his one true love, who will make him whole again and ready for mortality. In modern day, Amsterdam passes the time as an NYPD detective, using his centuries of knowledge to solve cases. »
- Jean Pierre Diez
A pre #Oscars Instagram exclusive. #SanAndreas #WhereWillYouBe Coming May 29th...
A video posted by therock (@therock) on Feb 22, 2015 at 3:01pm Pst
A new clip from the film was unveiled on Sunday (February 23) on Johnson's Instagram account ahead of his appearance on the Oscars.
San Andreas, which has been penned by six writers including Lost's Carlton Cuse and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps' Allan Loeb, also features Paul Giamatti, Kylie Minogue and Colton Haynes in supporting roles.
The film opens on May 29 in the Us and the UK. »
Oliver Stone's Wall Street was a hit with mainstream cinematic audiences back in the 80s. Its highly successful 2010 sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps also did well with the general public, raking in approximately $134 million worldwide. Now, it looks like the franchise is about to gain the attention of an entirely new audience with news that a Wall Street intern has up and quit her job to take part in a porn parody based on the 1987 classic. It was only weeks ago that Paige A. Jennings was quietly working as an intern in the alternative-investments marketing group at Lazard Asset Management on Wall Street. But as they say, a lot can change in a day. As we speak Jennings, working under the name Veronica Vain, is now filming in Los Angeles after taking a six-figure paycheck to star in the skin flick titled Screwing Wall Street. The deal was »
Ender's Game star Asa Butterfield has signed on to star in the sci-fi adventure Out of This World for Relativity Media. Relativity Studios is behind the project, which has Peter Chelsom (Hector and the Search for Happiness) set to direct. The story begins with a billionaire entrepreneur's mission to colonize Mars, which results in a female astronaut becoming pregnant on the planet.
The astronaut died during childbirth, but her infant son was raised in secrecy on Mars. 16 years later, after returning to Earth, the teenage boy (Asa Butterfield) enlists the help of a mission specialist and connects with a young woman he has been communicating with. They both set off on a road trip across America to find the father he never knew.
Allan Loeb (21, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, The Dilemma) wrote the original screenplay, with Peter Chelsom and Tinker Lindsay (Hector and the Search for Happiness) providing the most recent revisions. »
Now that 27 years have lapsed between its predecessor, Beetlejuice 2 will no doubt go down as one of cinema’s long-gestating sequels, joining the likes of Tron: Legacy, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. But recently, we’ve seen mounting evidence that director Tim Burton is ready to begin filming the supernatural follow-up in earnest.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, that sequel will be penned by Pride and Prejudice and Zombies‘ writer Seth Grahame-Smith, who spoke recently to the publication and revealed that the script has been designed to allow star Michael Keaton to return as the ghost with the most. In the interview, Grahame-Smith touched upon the potential of a full reboot, but opted against the casting of new characters in fear that it would dilute the magic of the character.
As a matter of fact, this perspective coincides with »
- Michael Briers
20 items from 2015
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