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Screen adaptations of the works of legendary British comic writer Alan Moore have been a bit of a mixed bag and have often differed considerably from the original work.
One that strayed quite far from the text was 2001's "From Hell". Moore's original 572-page, black-and-white work is his magnum opus - a serialised exploration of the Jack the Ripper murders that explores its themes to extraordinary lengths.
The Johnny Depp-film though bares no real relation beyond the title and subject matter, transforming the story into a more standard whodunit which pales compared to Moore's indulgent yet nonetheless astonishing creation.
Now, FX and producer Don Murphy ("Transformers," "Real Steel") are teaming for a new TV series adaptation of Moore's work which "Children of Men" screenwriter David Arata will pen. The plan is to turn this into an 'event series' with the much longer runtime than a two-hour movie allowing time »
- Garth Franklin
Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 is officially just a month or so old, but the $1 billion-backed company already is well on its way to building a slate of film projects with some high-profile names. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Robinov is in negotiations on a number of fronts and is in the process of acquiring projects that involve Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence and The Book of Eli co-director Albert Hughes. And befitting a company which has major Chinese-based financing, a third project would be a remake of a Chinese crime thriller. The projects, if they
- Borys Kit, Kim Masters
Alejandro G Ińárritu, Yimou Zhang, Mike Leigh and Jean-Marc Vallée are among the directors with films screening in competition at the 22nd Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography.
The main competition at the festival, held in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz, comprises:
Alejandro G Ińárritu’s Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance); USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki
Łukasz Palkowski’s Gods (Bogowie); Poland, 2014; Cinematographer: »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Polish film festival sets competition juries; Roland Joffe to preside over main competition.
Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, has set an impressive roster of jurors for its various competition categories.
Caleb Deschanel has been appointed president of the Polish Films Competition.
The full list of jurors is below.
Ryszard Horowitz (photographer)
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Much of the media cycle may be devoted to rumors and speculation surrounding J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, but that’s not the only trip moviegoers will be taking to the beloved galaxy far, far away in the next few years. In fact, we’ll be getting one Star Wars movie a year after 2015, and the first film out the gate after Abrams’ franchise revamp is Gareth Edwards’ mysterious spinoff, which is slated for 2016.
Edwards has already brought The Book of Eli scribe Gary Whitta on board to help pen the script, and has now found another crucial crew member to help him out: Foxcatcher and Zero Dark Thirty cinematographer Greig Fraser.
Fraser announced the news himself today while speaking with HitFix about his stellar resume and extremely busy schedule. As would be expected, he’s extremely excited about working on a Star Wars movie, but was unfortunately pretty »
- James Garcia
We don’t know what the Star Wars spinoff directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) is about, and in fact we don’t know much, beyond the release date — the current date for the film is December 16, 2016 — and fact that Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) is writing, But now we know who is shooting […]
The post ‘Foxcatcher’ Cinematographer Shooting ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Ingber joined Alcon in 2000 as a consultant on “My Dog Skip” and became head of marketing and distribution in 2007. He worked with Warner Bros., which releases all Alcon titles, on campaigns for “The Blind Side,” the two “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” films, “The Book of Eli,” the two “Dolphin Tale” films, “P.S. I Love You,” “Prisoners” and “Insomnia.”
“Richard has been instrumental in our company’s history from almost the very beginning,” said Alcon toppers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. “He’s been more than a creative marketing executive, he’s been a tremendous collaborator and true friend. »
- Dave McNary
Alcon marketing exec Richard Ingber is departing his post after 14 years with the WB-based company and seven years as its President of Worldwide Marketing & Distribution. Ingber, who also produced Alcon’s family hit Dolphin Tale, will resume his eponymous Richard Ingber Entertainment marketing firm while staying on as consultant on Alcon’s Hillsong – Let Hope Rise and their Point Break reboot.
Ingber first joined Alcon as a marketing consultant in 200 on family pic My Dog Skip. He assumed the marketing and distribution President title in 2007. During his run with Alcon and Warner Bros. he led campaigns for films including P.S. I Love You, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia, The Blind Side, The Book Of Eli, and Prisoners. Earlier this year Alcon took a huge hit on the Johnny Depp sci-fier Transcendence, which opened in April at #4 with just $10.8 million domestic.
- Jen Yamato
The world is going to end in 12 hours. Balls of fire have descended from the sky to turn the ocean into a pool of rumbling, quickly spreading magma, and the heat has already evaporated all life on many coastlines. In Perth, Australia, the clock is ticking – for those who have not already evaded the apocalypse by taking their own lives.
Bleak and blisteringly intense, These Final Hours is an end-of-the-world title from Australia that manages to give a few jolts, despite the overwhelming familiarity of this countdown to doomsday scenario. Titles like Last Night and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World explored how people choose to spend their final moments, while the ravaged roads in The Book of Eli and The Rover lead to a despairing version of a place where life has already gone to the dogs. Despite a familiar template, this is a taut, tense »
- Jordan Adler
In 2010, David Fincher reaching out to the frontman from Nine Inch Nails felt like a 90s reunion, a fan casting list straight out of BuzzFeed’s nostalgia machine. In hindsight, Trent Reznor and longtime collaborator Atticus Ross created something far more dour and steely than “The Facebook Movie” in their score for The Social Network and now two of them have golden statues to show for it. In hindsight, it seems like an inevitable collaboration between a director who found his start music videos and two of the most influential voices in music over the last quarter-century. Toss in table scraps from Fincher’s CGI-consumed Panic Room in a 2005 video for “Only,” and yeah, crazier things have happened.
Fast forward four years, dozens of awards nominations, critical acclaim and a follow-up in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and Reznor and Ross have revealed a ghostly, garbled compositional style influenced »
- David Klein
Morgan Spurlock and a group of economically-minded filmmakers are on a mission to prove that the best things on screen are free.
The “Super Size Me” director is teaming up with Landmark Theatres this month to offer the new film series, “We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss” for free at 20 locations ranging from Boston to San Diego for one night only. The film will then be made available digitally and through other platforms the next day, also without charge.
Spurlock jokes that when he first told Landmark CEO and President Ted Mundorff that he wanted to offer the film for free there was a brief moment of silence before the exhibitor quickly said he was on board.
“We want to create an event to launch this and have it really take off,” said Spurlock.
The project is a collection of twenty short films from such »
- Brent Lang
The Equalizer, 2014.
Directed by Antoine Fuqua.
A man believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and has dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her.
There’s a scene towards the end of The Equalizer where the stakes should be at their highest. The bad guy is about to kill an innocent man and, right on cue, in walks our hero, Denzel Washington. Water pours down from the sprinkler system overhead, he has a nail gun raised and poised to pull the trigger. The entire scene takes place in slow motion, the thunderous and obnoxious score blasts out, and I believe »
- Gary Collinson
Why was anyone surprised that "The Equalizer" was a solid hit, opening at an estimated $35.0 million?
Tracking suggested that the Denzel Washington movie would open only in the high 20s; after all, it's a movie based on a second-tier 1980s TV action drama that no one under 50 remembers fondly, and it's competing in the marketplace with Liam Neeson's similar "A Walk Among the Tombstones."
Nonetheless, "The Equalizer" pulled off the fourth largest September opening ever and marked the 12th straight $20-million-plus opening for a Washington wide-release movie, a track record stretching back a decade.
Clearly, Washington remains, at 59, one of Hollywood's most reliable box office draws. (And like fellow Aarp-aged action hero Neeson, Washington shows no sign of slowing down.)
What is he doing right? What does he have that others don't? Here are a few things.
Consistency. The world-weary, vengeful man-of-action role that Washington plays in "Equalizer" may »
- Gary Susman
Denzel Washington may exert the purest form of star power in movies today.
His name above the title guarantees a film will open to solid numbers, something few actors in Hollywood can credibly claim to deliver. He did it again last weekend, when his gritty R-rated thriller “The Equalizer” bowed to a sterling $35 million.
“He’s a name people trust,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “He is a brand. Really, it’s no different than Marvel or Pixar. People hear Denzel Washington and they show up.”
Over three decades in the film business, Washington’s films have generated north of $3 billion at the global box office, but he’s put up those lofty numbers in a unique way. At the age of 59, he is launching his first franchise with “The Equalizer,” an adaptation of the CBS action series that Sony, the studio behind the film, »
- Brent Lang
After all, it’s not as if The Equalizer—a 1980s CBS detective drama starring Edward Woodward as a Good Samaritan retired intelligence agent—was a brand that still lured audiences. Antoine Fuqua’s violent action movie with Denzel Washington exists in an entirely different universe, the brutal and vengeful cinematic neighborhood of Charles Bronson, Liam Neeson, and Washington himself. Call it The Equalizer or call it Man on Fire 2—this is a Denzel action film, first and last.
The film doesn »
- Jeff Labrecque
Denzel Washington loves doing action movies. I’m not exactly sure why. He’s a high-caliber actor capable of a wide-range of diverse characters, but he seems to prefer starring in films like 2 Guns, Safe House, Unstoppable, The Book of Eli, and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. And there’s nothing wrong with his prerogative, although some of these movies have been better than others. With his latest actioner, The Equalizer, Washington has found his best action vehicle yet as it blends hard-boiled, tense fisticuffs before the climax goes absolutely bonkers in the best way possible. Robert McCall (Washington) enjoys a quiet, rigid life. He wakes up early, times his morning routine, works at a Home Depot-like store, is friendly with his co-workers, eats a simple dinner, but despite his well-regimented routine, he can’t sleep. He spends his evenings at a late-night diner reading classic books and »
- Matt Goldberg
Opening at 3,234 theaters, Denzel Washington action movie The Equalizer is going to easily take first place at the box office this weekend. Meanwhile, Laika Animation's The Boxtrolls will battle The Maze Runner for the runner-up spot.The Equalizer is based on the TV show of the same name, which ran for four seasons in the 1980s. It featured a former intelligence agent who uses a unique set of skills to help average people "equalize" the odds against them. The connection to the TV show should generate some curiosity among older moviegoers, though the primary draw here is star Denzel Washington. In the past decade, Denzel has starred in 11 movies which were released in to at least 1,800 theaters; all 11 of those took in north of $20 million on opening weekend. Remarkably, nine of those 11 movies were rated R. Without a doubt, Denzel is currently one of the most bankable stars at the domestic box office. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at pretty much one of the definitions of an A-list actor. He’s Denzel Washington, a two time Academy Award winning thespian and giant in the industry. Washington does more than just act of course, he’s an iconic movie star, there’s no doubt about that. If anyone is right for this sort of a spotlight, it’s him. Washington got his start in TV movies, but on the big screen he made his first mark with Cry Freedom, which also got him nominated for Best Supporting Actor, his first nomination of what would become a half dozen (and counting). That established him as an up and comer, leading to his television role on the show St. Elsewhere, which ran for half a decade. That would open up some major film roles, including Glory, where he received »
- Joey Magidson
As anticipation and positive buzz for David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' builds, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and composing partner Atticus Ross have unleashed the first snippet of the film's score — a layered wall of sound that takes the duo into new territory. The track, reportedly titled “The Way He Looks At Me," opens with a diffused chime's haunting bellow, before layering in percussive kicks, synthy blips, bass horns, and what sounds like power saws cutting through sheet metal. Knowing Reznor, it could be. The track evokes the stress-filled scenario concocted by "Gone Girl" author Gillian Flynn, who also penned the screenplay. After his wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), vanishes, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) treads water in a sea of murder accusations and investigatory inquiries. Reznor premiered the track on the homepage of the Nine Inch Nails website, though fans have already isolated the music for easier (headache-inducing? »
- Matt Patches
Comic book writer Mark Millar continues to pen hit after hit, and after the success of Kick-Ass and Wanted, the fact that many of his creations are on their way to the big screen should come as no real surprise. The next will be The Secret Service, directed by Matthew Vaughn and starring Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson.
Looking a little further ahead to the future, we have Starlight, the tale of an air force pilot called Duke McQueen. He became a hero in outer space and saved the universe over forty years ago, but when he returned to Earth, no one believed him! Mourning the death of his wife, the much older Duke once again finds himself drafted into action for one final adventure on the planet he saved all those years ago.
- Josh Wilding
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