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My name is Mario-Francisco Robles. I’m a writer/critic here at Latino-Review, but offline I’m someone who’s dedicated my life to entertainment. I’ve been entertaining audiences professionally over 15 years. Entertainment, in all its forms, is my life. Some of my favorite moments have been up on stage, giving my all to a sold out crowd, but I’ve also had some equally life-altering moments being in the audience. In this ongoing column, I’ll bring my passion, experience, and perspective to a number of topics that move me as someone whose life revolves around arts and entertainment.
Entry #1: Why Movie Studios Don’t Care About You. Yes, You.
If you’re reading this, then you’re part of the online fan community that frequents film sites. You like to stay up-to-date on upcoming movies. You likely have a love of superheroes and/or comic books. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Update: Ouija is back from the dead. Michael Bay is still producing and the first actor was cast today. In the story, a gruop of teens try to contact their dead friend with a Ouija board but contact a very, very evil spirit. "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" star Daren Kagasoff will play Trevor, who doesn't think trying to connect with the dead friend's spirit is a good idea. Juliet Snowden and Stiles White wrote and will co-direct, they co-wrote The Possession and the Nicolas Cage movie Knowing.
Aug. 25, 2011 - Ouija has been scrapped by Universal, allowing producer Michael Bay to shop the film elsewhere. Fandango reports that he already took it to Paramount (where he's made over $1 billion this year alone with Transformers 3) and they said no. In this case, we can safely assume that it supersucks because Paramount definitely owes Bay one. Universal's original multipicture deal »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Peter Berg wrote and directed Universal’s year-end opener “Lone Survivor,” which centers on Marcus Luttrell, who was part of a Navy SEALs mission in 2005 to capture Taliban leader Ahmad Shahd. It was a difficult shoot, with the mountains of New Mexico doubling for Afghanistan. But Berg is quick to praise his team and the collaboration.
Editor: Colby Parker Jr.
Colby has edited everything I’ve ever done. He understands what I like and vice versa. And he understands how to edit the mass amount of uncatalogued film I dump in his computer every night: I tend to shoot three cameras all the time. The film’s gunfight is almost an hour-long, with lots of different experiences within that. There are moments when it’s calm, quiet, slow and precise, also moments when it’s dynamic, disorienting, chaotic. We had to create it like a piece of music, with different builds, »
- Tim Gray
Many a year ago, Taylor Kitsch was lauded as the next great male heartthrob. Then came John Carter. Then, Battleship. Now, he’s lucky to have landed a role in Almost Heroes 3D, the next animated feature from DigiArt Productions (which sounds more than a little like an accredited online institute). Kellan Lutz has clearly been studying under Kitsch’s wing- stepping into the spotlight as a somewhat generic megahunk with the Twilight films and Immortals, then plunging immediately downward. The actor may be a part of the next Expendables film, but so is every other male actor in Hollywood; the only two starring roles he’s got lined up now are a couple of low-budget clunkers. Neither Hercules: The Legend Begins nor Tarzan 3D have a whole lot going for them. So let’s start with Hercules, shall we? The film is already in the unfortunate position of going up against Dwayne Johnson‘s 265 pounds of »
- Adam Bellotto
As James Brown memorably hollered: “it’s a man’s world, but it don’t mean nothing without a woman or a girl.” This is especially true in the cinematic world; female roles have become stronger and stronger in recent years, and Hollywood is currently awash with talented actresses who continue to light up the screen. And it certainly helps that most of them are absolutely stunning in the looks department, too.
When I originally conceived this piece, it was to be a straightforward “sexiest women in cinema” article, but – in an attempt to be slightly less misogynistic – I compiled a list of women at the top of their game who have either dominated cinema this year or are set to do so in 2014. The fact that they are all very beautiful is merely a coincidence, though it’s certainly a happy one.
As a nod to the previously considered list, »
- Barry Marshall
Lance Armstrong has been a hot topic in Hollywood over the past few months. A documentary titled The Armstrong Lie has opened [read our review here], and there's two other movies about the cyclist in development.
One of these two movies being produced by J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot company, while the other, which stars Ben Foster (Aint' Them Bodies Saints) as the disgraced cyclist, has just signed Lee Pace (The Hobbit, Guardians Of The Galaxy) for an unidentified role.
Pace and Foster are joined by Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids, Thor: The Dark World), Guillaume Canet (The Beach, Tell No One) and Jesse Plemons (Battleship, Breaking Bad) in the cast of the Untitled Lance Armstrong Biopic, which has been written by John Hodge (Trance) and is directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen). »
- Gary Collinson
"I don’t give a s*** if you get your a** busted. You get to go home at the end of the day. You get to go to your hotel room. You get to order f****ng chicken. Or your steak. Whatever the f*** it is. For actors to sit there and talk about 'oh I went to Seal training? I don't give a f**k what you did... You don’t do what these guys did. For somebody to sit there and say 'my job was as difficult as being in the military.' How f**king dare you, while you sit in a makeup chair for 2 hours."
I agree with his sentiment that it's not the same thing and actors »
- Gary Collinson
Over the past week we've seen several character posters for The Lego Movie, and now we have a new one-sheet featuring lead character Emmet (Chris Pratt) alongside Batman (Will Arnett), Superman (Channing Tatum), Wonder Woman (Cobie Smulders), Green Lantern (Jonah Hill) and a host of other minifigures; check it out here....
"The Lego Movie follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. Emmet (Chris Pratt) is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which he is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared."
The Lego Movie is directed by Chris Miller & Phil Lord (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street) and Chris McKay (Robot Chicken) and also features the voice talents of Will Ferrell (The Campaign, Anchorman: The Legend Continues), Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises, »
- Gary Collinson
Universal's indie-financed "Lone Survivor," a tough, unremitting, authentic, and intimate Afghan war film starring Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, Taylor Kitsch and Eric Bana, had its world premiere at AFI Fest November 12. I have long been a Peter Berg believer. He is a gifted director, who can now be forgiven for "Battleship," a misbegotten Hasbro/Universal concoction that he agreed to do so that he could make "Lone Survivor." When his producing partner Sarah Aubrey insisted that he read the memoir by Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell during production on "Hancock," Berg locked himself in a conference room and finished Luttrell's recounting of the failed June 28, 2005 Seal Team 10 mission "Operation Red Wings" in one sitting. Luckily Luttrell liked "The Kingdom" and the two men hit it off. While Universal did agree to distribute the movie, Berg had to raise financing overseas, which wasn't hard with this ensemble. They filmed with constantly. »
- Anne Thompson
According to a Hollywood truism, you’re only as good as your last project. So the awards buzz for this year’s directors is doubly gratifying: Prizes are nice, but for some of these helmers, the 2013 films are a way to rebound — or to remind the biz that they never lost it.
It’s hard for a bad director to make a good film, but a good director can make a film that’s … well, not great. So it’s nice to see a slew of directors back at the top of their game: Lee Daniels (with “The Butler,” after “The Paperboy”), Stephen Frears (“Philomena,” following “Lay the Favorite”), Paul Greengrass (“Captain Phillips,” after “The Green Zone”) Ron Howard (“Rush,” after “The Dilemma”). In a digital world where everything is under intense and often negative scrutiny, most of the helmers’ previous films were noisily lamented, with occasional speculation that the filmmaker had lost it. »
- Tim Gray
Director Peter Berg made a massive misstep with 2012′s Battleship. There was a decent ninety-minute popcorn movie buried underneath all the bloat, but worst of all, it had no personality. It didn’t feel like a movie Berg had to make. Not every movie has to be a serious passion project, but when the passion is onscreen, it speaks volumes. That theory is proven well by Berg’s latest film, Lone Survivor, his best film since The Rundown. The true life story follows, if you haven’t guessed yet, a lone survivor, Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg). You could consider that a spoiler, but the movie opens with the rescue of Luttrell. It’s a questionable creative decision because a good deal of filmgoers will discover Luttrell’s journey with this film, but then it becomes more a matter of how Luttrell got there rather than who survived. Berg goes about introducing Luttrell and his team — Matt Axelson »
- Jack Giroux
With Breaking Bad now at an end, you may need something to fill that meth-shaped hole in your life. To accompany the recent WhatCulture list which gave you 10 Ways To Get Your Breaking Bad Fix Now It’s Over, this one has 10 lesser-seen movies featuring 10 of the most featured cast members in the show. Some of the movies feature them in minor roles, while others have them standing front and centre. Also: the films range from being made prior to Breaking Bad, whilst others were made whilst they were cast members.
Unfortunately, I was unable to find suitable movies for two of the main actors. Both Rj Mitte, who plays Walt Jr., and Betsy Brandt, who plays Marie – these two had been involved in little film work prior to Breaking Bad and the show might be considered to contain their break-out roles. Instead, I opted to include two other notable »
- Robert Grimminck
Leaving the summer-movie frivolity of “Battleship” behind him, writer-director Peter Berg delivers his most serious-minded work to date with “Lone Survivor,” a scorching, often unbearably brutal account of a June 2005 military mission that claimed the lives of 19 U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan’s Kunar province. Adapted from the eyewitness narrative of now-retired Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell, this dramatic reconstruction of the ill-fated Operation Red Wings is perhaps the most grueling and sustained American combat picture since “Black Hawk Down,” as well as a prime example of how impressive physical filmmaking can overcome even fundamental deficiencies in script and characterization. Berg’s blunt, pummeling style offers few nuances and makes no apologies, but his broad brushstrokes have clearly found an ideal canvas in this grimly heroic rendering of hell on earth.
Given the public’s general aversion to movies about America’s post-9/11 incursions into the Middle East (a rare exception »
- Justin Chang
The recent vogue for extreme solitary survival tales -- Life of Pi, All Is Lost, Gravity -- continues with another significant entry in Lone Survivor. A very intense, close-up visualization of the best-selling memoir about a botched Navy SEALs raid in Afghanistan written by the only man who lived to tell the tale, Marcus Luttrell, Peter Berg's film rates comparisons to Black Hawk Down as an unflinching account of a U.S. military operation in the Middle East gone very wrong. The film is concerned only with what directly confronts the characters -- and, by extension, the audience -- at any given moment. But even without any discernable political tilt in the point of view, other than for a clear enthusiasm for gung ho manliness, no »
- Todd McCarthy
It seems like things are finally starting to move forward with the long delayed Terminator 5 as casting is well underway on the science fiction sequel. Although Thor: The Dark World’s Alan Taylor is still unconfirmed as director of the film, it seems all but official at this point with screen tests due to take place next week.
The original Terminator and its sequel directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, are heralded are two of the greatest genre films of all time. Terminator 3: Rise Of The MacHines and Terminator Salvation however gained incredibly mixed reception from both fans and critics despite Schwarzenegger and Christian Bale’s involvement. The upcoming fifth film in the series is being labelled as a reboot of sorts with time travel no doubt playing a vital role due to the age of the actors and actresses wanted for the sequel.
Earlier in the week, »
- Ben Read
Universal Pictures just unveiled the second trailer for the upcoming "Lone Survivor" thriller, starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, and Eric Bana. Check it out below. Plot: The true story of four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative who are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. "Lone Survivor" is directed by Peter Berg (Battleship, Hancock). It's set to get a limited theatrical release on December 27th before getting a wide release on January 10th, 2014. Trailer: »
• Robert Pattinson is reportedly set to star in the long-gestating adaptation of David Grann’s The Lost City of Z about the British explorer Percy Fawcett, who will be played by Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness). The report did not specify who exactly Pattinson would be playing in director James Gray’s (We Own the Night) adaptation. Brad Pitt, who was originally set to star as the explorer, is now just attached in a producing capacity. Pattinson can be seen next in The Rover and David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, and is currently gearing up to work »
- Lindsey Bahr
Here's some more casting news: Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers) and Michael Caine (The Dark Knight Rises) are set to star in George C. Wolfe's Harry and the Butler. Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga) will join Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) in James Gray's The Lost City of Z. Taylor Kitsch (Battleship) is set to play a sadistic cop in director Julian Jarrold's Exit 147. Hit the jump for more on both pictures. Screen Daily reports (via The Playlist) that Pattinson is on board Gray's adaptation of The Lost City of Z. David Grann’s bestselling non-fiction narrative tells of British explorer Percy Fawcett who ventured into the Amazon jungle and never returned. Cumberbatch is in talks to star as Fawcett, who survived the perils of the jungle once and discovered a mythical lost city, but wasn’t so lucky when he journeyed back for proof. »
- Dave Trumbore
While prowling the floor of the American Film Market this morning, we spotted two pieces of sales art. The first is for The Autopsy of Jane Doe, the next film from Trollhunter director Andre Ovredal. The film is "set in a small-town, family-owned mortuary and follows father and son coroners who receive a mysterious homicide victim – a beautiful young “Jane Doe.”
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Santa Monica – Battleship star Taylor Kitsch has signed on to star in Exit 147, a thriller directed by British helmer Julian Jarrold (Becoming Jane) which UMedia is presenting to buyers at the AFM. The Friday Night Lights alum will play a sadistic cop who stops a traveler driving through the desert at night and begins playing mind games with him. Jarrold, whose credits also include Kinky Boots and Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974, will direct from a script by Travis Milloy (Pandorum). Production is set to begin in the second quarter of 2014. Mandalay Vision
- Scott Roxborough
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