8 items from 2014
The Equalizer is going to be first among equals this weekend, even with that R rating, and even with those faltering reviews. It runs a bit over two hours, but it's a romp, and it should do fairly well with the menfolk. For precedent it seems like Two Guns is our best bet, that opened at $27 million about thirteen months ago. I don't have much imagination, so that's where I'm putting this one too. At a $55 million budget this one will come down to international dollars, but if you watch the trailers you'll quickly figure out not much of that money will be coming from Russia. The BoxTrolls is our next topic for discussion, it immediately brings to mind Frankenweenie and ParaNorman. Neither of those opened particularly strong, but there's some hope in late September, just last year Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs owned at the box office. That »
- Laremy Legel
Over the weekend, while all the cool kids were in Baltimore for the Harvey Awards and the convention, I was at a family wedding. As such occasions are wont to do, I ruminated over my life and times.
On Friday night, at the rehearsal dinner, I was talking with a cousin who remembered that visiting our house as a child was fun because we had comic books, which her mother didn’t allow. At that time (late 1950s to early 1960s), comic books were still accused of causing juvenile delinquency, disrespect for authority and Communism.
Certainly, they did that to me.
My cousin’s life is about as different from mine as I can imagine, given our demographic similarities (over 60, female, college educated, Jewish). I live in an apartment in Manhattan; she lives in a rural part of western New York State. Until recently she worked as a carpenter; I »
- Martha Thomases
Mr. Turner among first 12 films named in the Riff line-up.
British filmmaker Mike Leigh has been named the guest of honour at the Reykjavík International Film Festival, ahead of its 11th edition (Sept 25 - Oct 5).
More than 80 features will be screened at the festival and 12 films by new directors will compete for the Golden Puffin in the New Visions category.
Other strands include Open Seas, featuring a variety of recent prize-winning films; green movies, comprising documentaries on environmental matters, in strand titled A Different Tomorrow; Icelandic short films; and a variety of docs.
Ahead of releasing the full line-up, an initial 12 titles have been teased out. As well as Mr. Turner, these include: »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Destination America has two new shows heading our way later this month, and if you're a monster aficionado, you'll want to mark your calendar accordingly. Read on for the details!
From the Press Release:
Across the American wilderness, millions of acres of uncharted swamplands and underground lairs are rumored to be inhabited by unidentified monsters. Generations of speculation have piqued the curiosity of nearby communities and monster enthusiasts alike, but none have come close to solving the mystery of what these elusive creatures are… until now.
Destination America hunts for the truth in the new three-part series "Swamp Monsters," premiering Friday, August 22nd, at 9/8c, followed by back-to-back premiere episodes of the new six-part series "Monsters Underground" at 10/9c and 10:30/9:30c.
First, deep in the heart of Louisiana’s bayou, upwards of 100 people go missing each year, and if you ask locals, many will say "Swamp Monsters" got ‘em. »
- Debi Moore
Authorities are trying to determine why a man identified as a patient fatally shot a caseworker at a hospital complex in a Philadelphia suburb and whether a psychiatrist who pulled out his own gun and wounded the gunman had concerns about him. The psychiatrist, Dr. Lee Silverman, was grazed in the temple during the gunfight in his office Thursday afternoon with patient Richard Plotts, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said. "We do believe that there were some issues between the doctor and the patient, but whether or not he actually feared him is unclear," Whelan said. Plotts, 49, was hospitalized in critical condition. »
- Associated Press
Madrid – Denzel Washington will receive a career achievement 2014 Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award at September’s 62nd San Sebastian Festival, the highest-profile fest in the Spanish-speaking world.
Sony Pictures’ big-screen redo of the ‘80s hit TV show, with Washington playing McCall, a hero who helps the hopelessly helpless, “The Equalizer” is already being talked up as a potential awards contender, though it will not be seen until it world premieres at the Toronto Festival where, on paper at least it weighs in as on of the festival’s highlights and commercial heavyweights.
Oscar talk is a reflection, however, of the kudos trawl for “Training Day,” the first teaming of Fuqua and Washington which earned the U.S. actor his second Academy Award after a supporting actor nod for »
- John Hopewell
A first-look image has arrived from Universal's "Everest," starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes and Jake Gyllenhaal as climbers in two different expeditions faced with one of the fiercest snowstorms ever recorded on the daunting mountain face. The film, which just started principal photography on location in Nepal, is directed by Baltasar Kormakur (helmer of Iceland's 2013 Oscar entry "The Deep," "Two Guns," "Contraband"), and adapted for the screen by Mark Medoff and "Slumdog Millionaire" Oscar winning scribe Simon Beaufoy. It also stars Martin Henderson, Emily Watson, Michael Kelly and Thomas M. Wright. Here's the official synopsis:Inspired by the incredible events surrounding a treacherous attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest of elements »
- Beth Hanna
Warm and candid, Baltasar Kormakur, who is Iceland’s top film director and producer, is attending Goteborg fest to receive the inaugural Nordic Honorary Dragon Award and give a masterclass. While taking a quick break from shooting “Everest,” the helmer chatted with Variety about his work philosophy, his balancing act between Iceland and Hollywood, and various projects, including “Vikings” and “On the Job.”
Repped by Wme and attorney Peter Nelson, Kormakur’s credits include “The Deep,” the previous Icelandic candidate for the foreign-language Oscar, and “Two Guns” with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.
While leading a prolific career in the U.S., Kormakur is also, via his outfit Rvk Studios, a leading force within the Icelandic film biz, producing ambitious local movies and TV series, such as real-life survival tale “The Deep” and the skein project “Vatnajokull.”
Variety: You have an interesting background, you’ve done acting, directing, producing plays, »
- Elsa Keslassy
8 items from 2014
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