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5 Movies Due For a Remake

21 July 2014 10:45 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

What keeps any story or idea relevant is continuous adaptation. The blanket statement that “remakes suck” discounts a lot of great remakes and ignores the fact that mankind has been retelling and remixing stories forever. A good example of reinvention is Batman, who will see his 4th cinematic incarnation and is popular worldwide and across all ages. Buck Rogers on the other hand hasn’t had a new movie since 1939 and grows more irrelevant with each passing year.

All five movies that I think are due for a remake are 15 years or older. Four of these are adaptations from other media. For each movie I break down their faults or misfortunes, the opportunity in the source material or potential in a remake, how a remake makes fiscal sense, its current and past remake status, and finally a bit of fanboy wishful thinking.

Wild Wild West (1999) Why It's Due for a »

- Free Reyes

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Spotlight on Billionaire David Ellison

20 July 2014 12:03 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Name: David Ellison Source Of Wealth: Family Bio: Son of Oracle’s Larry Ellison, whose net worth is estimated between 41.8 billion (Bloomberg) and $48 billion (Forbes). Brother of uber-producer Megan Ellison. USC film school graduate. Accomplished acrobatic pilot. Marital Status: Married to actress/singer Sandy Modic. Hollywood Connections: His father once co-owned the 450-foot, $200 million yacht Rising Sun with fellow billionaire and DreamWorks co-founder David Geffen. David Ellison began career as an actor, appearing in and co-financing the 2006 MGM flop “Flyboys.” Founded Skydance Productions label, named for his love of flying. Raised $350 million to co-finance movies with studio partner Paramount Pictures. Re-upped co-financing pact with Paramount through 2018. Films Of Note: “True Grit,” “Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol,” “Jack Reacher,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “World War Z.” Combined, those films have made more than $2.4 billion at the global box office—Deadline. Film Projects In The Work: *“Terminator: Genesis.” Director: Alan Taylor. »

- Robert W. Welkos

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“Hey, Glad You Won But…”: Top 10 Nominees Deprived of Oscar Gold in Favor of Another Contender

19 July 2014 5:37 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The knock on the Academy Awards throughout the years always seem to be how certain actors, directors and films are snubbed in favor of other chosen nominations. Sometimes the justification for these overlooked selections in performances and motion pictures are warranted. Many will agree that a lot of injustices have been committed based on how some Oscar-worthy selections were slighted.

Has anyone ever considered the equal possibilities of omission when one Oscar nominee wins the  golden statuette over another nominee that one thought was more deserving for the victory? There have been numerous instances when observers who have witnessed an Oscar win thought that their competitor should have received it instead. It is only human nature to have an opinion as to feel who should have claimed Oscar gold as opposed to the fellow nominee that actually accomplished the goal.

Let us look at the top ten instances where it »

- Frank Ochieng

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Hailee Steinfeld On 'Begin Again,' Working With Mark Ruffalo & Keira Knightley

17 July 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Hailee Steinfeld, best known for playing opposite Jeff Bridges in the Oscar-nominated True Grit, takes on a lighter and more modern role in John Carney’s Begin Again.

Hailee Steinfeld On 'Begin Again'

Steinfeld’s character Violet is the daughter of Ruffalo’s music-business executive Dan, who is estranged from her mother, played by Catherine Keener. Working with Ruffalo and Keira Knightley – a singer/songwriter in the romantic comedy – was an experience the 17-year-old Steinfeld won’t soon forget. One of her highlights on the Begin Again set was when she met Knightley for the first time.

“I met Keira for the first time on camera, which was not necessarily planned, but that was exciting,” Steinfeld told uInterview exclusively. “It was the first time I ever did anything organic like that, so that was pretty cool.”

From their first meeting on set, Knightley, 29, became something of a mentor to Steinfeld, »

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Romeo and Juliet (2013)

14 July 2014 2:34 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

Downton Abbey scribe Julian Fellowes applies his popular touch to the Bard's great, doomed romance. True Grit's Hailee Steinfield and Douglas Booth play the 'star-crossed lovers' whose illicit affair ignites a bitter rivalry between Verona's ruling families - the Capulets and the Montagues. Paul Giamatti pops up as the sympathetic Friar Lawrence and Homeland's Damian Lewis sports an interesting barnet as Lord Capulet. »

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Able to Disable: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Disability-Bound Movie Characters

12 July 2014 10:15 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The old saying goes is that if you want to win an Academy Award then the best way is to undertake playing a disabled part or portraying a famous personality in a biopic. In some cases, actors have accomplished both themes and reached their Oscar-attaining goals (see Patty Duke in The Miracle Worker or Daniel-Day Lewis in My Left Foot for instance).

In Able to Disable: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Disability-Bound Movie Characters we will look at the top movie characters that became Academy Award-winning figures within their films. Interestingly, there have been a couple of performers that were real-life disabled individuals that convincingly embodied their fictional disabled alter egos (see Harold Russell from The Best Days of Our Lives or Marlee Matlin from Children of a Lesser God).

Anyway, this selection of Able to Disable: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Disability-Bound Movie Characters are (in alphabetical order according to film title): »

- Frank Ochieng

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“Haht” of Gold: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Actors from Massachusetts

11 July 2014 1:03 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It is not too shabby in what the Northeast (New England) part of the United States has produced in terms of past and present actors/actresses making their show business dreams come true. Film careers can be a lot like ice cubes–they start out solid and cool but if you sit around in stagnation your efforts and hard work can melt away before one’s very eyes. Certainly no one can accuse this talented crop of thespians of being one-hit wonders on the big screen. After all, one does not become a recipient of an Academy Award by just sheer luck and charitable fortune.

As a native Bostonian and life long New Englander, I felt compelled to spotlight those Massachusetts-born and bred actors from the same region that had ultimate success on the big screen in winning the Oscar for their acting achievement and contribution to the motion picture industry. »

- Frank Ochieng

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The Duke Yucks It Up In "McClintock!"

2 July 2014 4:16 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

The Duke. There was only one man like him. The craggy face and squinted baby-blue eyes, with that drawling, patient voice that commanded authority with every “Pilgrim.” Those who knew him on set said that he was a true “presence,” and not that many stars were or are. He was a cinematic titan; still holding the record for the most leads roles (142) and a timeless icon of a certain man in a certain era. With a career of mostly dramas, Wayne discovered a funny bone with 1960’s North to Alaska, directed by Henry Hathaway, who would later get the actor his first and only Oscar for the one-eyed Rooster Cogburn in True Grit. With two ensemble epics just under his belt, The Longest Day and How The West Was Won, Wayne moved handedly back into the spotlight with McLintock!, a western slapstick riff with good values and men being men. »

- Kyle North

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Watch This: 'Shadows In The Valley' - A Tribute to Dp Roger Deakins

2 July 2014 8:52 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

One of the real masters of modern cinematography is Roger Deakins, a British cinematographer who has been nominated a whopping 11 times for the Best Cinematography Oscar, yet hasn't won one yet. Every year he always seems to end up a talking point during the awards season, because every year he continues to turn out amazing work. Plot Point Productions has decide to pay tribute to Roger Deakins in a video they've just released called "Deakins: Shadows In The Valley", a five-minute montage of some of his best shots and visual techniques. From Skyfall to The Assassination of Jesse James to Fargo to Prisoners to True Grit, his work is always astounding to see, and this video beautifully highlights some of his finest work so far. Enjoy. That wonderful music is from The Assassination of Jesse James, the track "Song for Bob" by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. For more, see Plot Point's Vimeo page. »

- Alex Billington

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'Begin Again' (2014) Movie Review

27 June 2014 8:52 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It has been seven years since writer/director John Carney's breakout hit Once, which made stars out of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova and ended up winning an Oscar for Best Original Song. The film was fantastic, not only for its music, but the delicate nature of its authentic and welcoming storytelling. There have been a couple of projects between then and now for Carney, but his latest feature, Begin Again is, for all intents and purposes, his true follow-up effort to the 2006 success. Disappointingly, everything that made Once so great is absent from this film, which is nothing more than a soap opera-level melodrama. Set in New York, the story follows Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a washed-up record producer, and his eventual professional relationship with Gretta (Keira Knightley), a singer-songwriter that has just broken things off with her boyfriend (Adam Levine) after he finds success in the music biz »

- Brad Brevet

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'Begin Again' (2014) Movie Review

27 June 2014 8:52 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It has been seven years since writer/director John Carney's breakout hit Once, which made stars out of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova and ended up winning an Oscar for Best Original Song. The film was fantastic, not only for its music, but the delicate nature of its authentic and welcoming storytelling. There have been a couple of projects between then and now for Carney, but his latest feature, Begin Again is, for all intents and purposes, his true follow-up effort to the 2006 success. Disappointingly, everything that made Once so great is absent from this film, which is nothing more than a soap opera-level melodrama. Set in New York, the story follows Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a washed-up record producer, and his eventual professional relationship with Gretta (Keira Knightley), a singer-songwriter that has just broken things off with her boyfriend (Adam Levine) after he finds success in the music biz »

- Brad Brevet

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“Begin Again”: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine

26 June 2014 12:21 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Directed by: John Carney Written by: John Carney Main Cast: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine, Mos Def, Catherine Keener, CeeLo Green, James Corden, and many more… Past Oscar relations: Keira Knightley (Pride and Prejudice), Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), and Catherine Keener (Being John Malkovich and Capote) have Academy Award nominations, while John Carney’s Once won Best Original Song Here now we have a brand spanking new article in this ongoing series of mine concerning 2014 releases hoping to compete for some kind of Oscar attention as contenders at the impending/upcoming 2015 ceremony. Next up for us is the musical dramedy Begin Again, which looks to use catchy music to hopefully capture the Academy’s attention. This film comes to us from filmmaker John Carney, who blew most of us away a couple of years back with Once. Starring the eclectic cast of Keira Knightley, »

- Joey Magidson

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Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton to Play Varying Degrees of Crazy in Coens’ ‘Hail Caesar’

24 June 2014 4:27 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

2011 and 2012 were tough years. Before then, things were plentiful, as every year a new Coen Brothers film would release right on schedule. No Country for Old Men, Burn After Reading, A Serious Man and True Grit. Truly, it was a great time to be alive. But the next two years after True Grit were a desert. No Coen films. No Coen anything. Not a single trace of dryly broad (or broadly dry?) comic sensibilities, nor the gentle pop of John Goodman’s vocal chords exploding after one screamed line too many. Those were dark times. And when Inside Llewyn Davis swooped in to remind us that Joel and Ethan Coen were both still alive and still capable of putting story to celluloid, things got a little lighter. But still the question remained: when would the Coens return to hibernation? We should be in the clear for now. Their latest film has progressed enough to call it quits »

- Adam Bellotto

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Comparing Cinema’s Surprisingly Numerous Rooster Cogburns

11 June 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Today marks the 45th anniversary of True Grit. But just because the original is the one regarded most fondly doesn’t mean there aren’t other True Grits out there. The franchise is actually bigger than you’d think — with a novel and four films, True Grit has as much franchise moxie as Jaws does (sadly, what True Grit lacks is a theme park ride where an animatronic John Wayne heaves himself against your boat, causing a Universal Studios tour guide to blast him with a grenade launcher). Yes, once you include the sequel Rooster Cogburn, the Coen Brothers‘ remake, and the forgotten-by-society TV movie True Grit: A Further Adventure, we’ve got four True Grit movies on our hands. And with so many, we’ve also got numerous Rooster Cogburns: John Wayne in the original ’69 True Grit and its ’75 follow-up Warren Oates in A Further Adventure Jeff Bridges in the only 21st Century True Grit. But »

- Adam Bellotto

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'Some Came Running' Star Martha Hyer Dies at 89

10 June 2014 11:23 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Martha Hyer, who received an Oscar nomination for playing a prim small-town schoolteacher opposite Frank Sinatra and Shirley MacLaine in the 1958 drama Some Came Running, has died. She was 89. The striking blonde, who also was memorable as William Holden’s society fiancee in Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart’s Sabrina (1954), died May 31 in her home in Santa Fe, N.M., The Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper reported. Hyer was married to producer Hal B. Wallis (Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, True Grit) from December 1966 until his death in October 1986. The glamour girl also starred in Battle Hymn

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Josh Brolin Reuniting with Coen Brothers in 'Hail Caesar' Comedy

10 June 2014 7:05 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Following news that Josh Brolin would provide the voice of Thanos when the Marvel villain makes an appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy later this summer, the actor has another fantastic role lined up. Universal Pictures just announced their acquisition of Joel & Ethan Coen's next film Hail Caesar, the comedy that already has George Clooney on board. The press release also revealed that the film will see the Coen Brothers reuniting with their No Country for Old Men and True Grit star in the film, though Brolin's role remains undisclosed at this time. This will be the first time Brolin is taking on comedy with the duo. For those just joining us, the film follows a man named Eddie Mannix (Clooney), who works for the movie studios of Hollywood as a fixer, someone who protects the reputations of their biggest stars from being tarnished. This was not an uncommon practice in the 50s, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Josh Brolin to reteam with the Coens in Hail, Caesar!

9 June 2014 11:28 PM, PDT | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

Josh Brolin is set to revive his professional relationship with the Coen brothers, with the star having been added to the cast for Hail, Caesar! Having previously collaborated with the brothers on No Country For Old Men and True Grit, Brolin has taken an undisclosed role in the new project, which currently has George Clooney attached in a starring role. Details about the new film remain scarce, but what we do know is that it is set in 1950s Hollywood, and follows a fixer charged with protecting the stars of the day. It is...

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- George Wales

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George Clooney and Josh Brolin reuniting with Coens for 'Hail, Caesar!' at Universal

9 June 2014 10:43 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Since breaking onto the cinema scene with 1985's "Blood Simple," Joel and Ethan Coen have made movies with Miramax, Focus Features, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Studios, the long-gone Gramercy Pictures, Universal Pictures and CBS Films. Recently, the duo have partnered with uber-producer Scott Rudin on three straight movies, but now they are taking a break from their "True Grit" collaborator and reuniting with longtime buddies Working Title for "Hail, Caesar!" And, in something of a surprise, news broke today that the film will be released by Universal Pictures instead of the company's mini-major and previous Coens home, Focus Features. Could the Clooney factor be the reason? According to Deadline, "Hail, Caesar!" is a comedy that centers on a Hollywood fixer, Eddie Mannix, whose job is to protect studio system stars from press, paparazzi and who knows what else. It's still unclear whether Clooney or Brolin are playing Mannix. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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George Clooney, Josh Brolin to star in Coen brothers' Hail Caesar

9 June 2014 6:25 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

George Clooney and Josh Brolin will star in Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's new film Hail, Caesar.

The Academy Award-winning filmmakers have inked a deal with Universal Pictures for the upcoming comedy, reports Deadline.

Hail, Caesar is an original script by the Coens about a Hollywood fixer named Eddie Mannix who protected the stars of the era.

Clooney has been a frequent collaborator with the Coen brothers, having starred in their films O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Intolerable Cruelty and Burn After Reading.

Brolin earned a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination as part of the cast of the siblings' 2007 movie No Country for Old Men, and also appeared in their remake of True Grit.

No release date has been set yet for Hail, Caesar.

Watch a trailer for True Grit below: »

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Josh Brolin Joins Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar!

9 June 2014 5:08 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s been a few years since Josh Brolin joined the Coens’ gang, putting in an excellent turn as one of the main characters in No Country For Old Men and True Grit. Now The Wrap reports that the actor has signed on to appear in their next film, Hail, Caesar!

Hail, Caesar! already features Coen go-to guy George Clooney, presumably playing the lead role as Eddie Mannix, a fixer who works for the Hollywood studios of the 1950s to protect stars from scandals. Given that the Coens have dealt with that time period several times, including in their intense and darkly funny comedy Barton Fink, we can hope for some pitch black humor and possible nastiness in this story. The film is being directed by the Coens from their own script, as per usual.

It is not yet clear what part Josh Brolin will be playing for Hail, Caesar! »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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