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But a Walking Shadow: Franco’s Faulkner Redux Merely Serviceable
Continuing to thumb his nose at naysayers, James Franco plunges onward into his own particular directorial abyss with his second William Faulkner adaptation, The Sound and the Fury. Much like its predecessor, 2013’s As I Lay Dying, the actor-filmmaker manages a troubled synopsis of Faulkner’s enigmatic text but still remains unable to strike a visual resonance necessitating his undertaking.
Ambitious and a bit pretentious, Franco’s cinematic hubris may know no bounds, though it’s still refreshing to see him shirk the limiting lasso of mainstream sensibility in his personal crusade to create something meaningful. That said, there are several moments reaching a certain poetic pitch, collapsing a quartet of perspectives into a simplified triptych. Complex characterizations and the narrative resonance of Faulkner aren’t quite intact with this otherwise faithful transplant, but its first and third acts maintain a watchable melodramatic energy. »
- Nicholas Bell
It takes a movie such as Pan to make you realise that Oz the Great and Powerful wasn’t all that bad. Like that 2013 film, Pan is an origin-story prequel to a children’s classic that nobody asked for, but it doesn’t even lead to the point we all recognise. Through most of Pan, young Peter (Levi Miller) is brothers-in-adventure with the older James Hook (Garrett Hedlund), and remains so to the end of the movie. Hook never turns evil, nor does he lose his hand, and the film concludes with the greatest fright of all: maybe another Peter Pan movie is in the pipeline, to fill in the rest of the backstory before we get to the Jm Barrie original. »
- Jordan Hoffman
Disney is wasting no time getting some more of their live-action fairy tale movies into the pipeline. Riding the waves of success from Alice In Wonderland, Maleficent, Oz The Great And Powerful and now Cinderella, The Mouse announced no fewer than four untitled movies of this nature yesterday, and today it appears we're getting some clarity as to what one of them will be. Cruella, a live-action film... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
Warner Bros' Pan is this week's new wide release. The film is a new telling of the Peter Pan origin story from director Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement), starring Hugh Jackman as the villainous Blackbeard and newcomer Levi Miller in the title role. A week ago it was reported the film's opening weekend was tracking as low as $21-22 million, worrisome numbers for a film said to be budgeted at $150 million, and I'm having a hard time going even that high with my predictions. In an attempt to find similar titles for comparison there are plenty to choose from, one such being Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful, which opened to the tune of $79.1 million in 2013. On the opposite end of the box office spectrum there's Universal's attempt at a live-action Pan movie back in 2003, which opened with $11.1 million. Adjusted for inflation, that opening number climbs to $15.4 million, a bit »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
After the successes of Alice in Wonderland, Oz the Great and Powerful, Maleficent, and Cinderella, it’s no surprise Disney is going all-in with live-action fairy tales. The studio has announced four more for the next four years, along with two more animated films. Get the new Disney live action fairy tale release dates after the jump. As confirmed by […]
The post Disney Sets Release Dates for Four More Live-Action Fairy Tales and Two More Animated Films appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment
To celebrate the UK release of The Forger, available digitally 31st August and on DVD and Blu-ray from 7th September 2015 we have 3 x DVDs to give away courtesy of Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment.
The world’s best art forger (John Travolta – Pulp Fiction, Face/Off) makes a deal with a crime syndicate to get an early release from prison, but in return he must pull of an impossible heist – he must forge a painting by Claude Monet, steal the original from a museum and replace it with a replica so perfect that no one will notice.
He enlists the help of his father (Christopher Plummer – A Beautiful Mind, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) and son (Tye Sheridan – Mud, The Tree of Life) and together they plan the heist of their lives!
To be »
- Laura Holmes
Next month sees the return of one of the UK’s most prolific film festival, The London Film Festival (Lff). Taking place between 7 and 18 October, the festival will show over 230 films in more than 16 venues over the capital.
Showcasing an array of high-profile films, this year’s Lff will screen some of the early contenders in next year’s award season, as well as critically acclaimed offers from around the world.
Here are the choice picks of this year’s festival:
This long-awaited film adaptation, based on a novel by J.G. Ballard, will be one of the films with a gala screening during Lff 2015. Directed by Kill List’s Ben Wheatley, the film sees Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons star in this satirical take on modern living.
Awarded the Best Director prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsein delves into the »
- Katie Wong
Five months after being named head of Sony Pictures, Tom Rothman is making his first substantial restructuring of his leadership team — consolidating his position with the appointment of two new executives at the studio’s flagship Columbia Pictures and naming a new president of the TriStar label, according to a person familiar with the moves.
Rothman is moving his former right-hand from TriStar, David Beaubaire, to Columbia, where he will become an executive vice president of production. Beaubaire will be joined at Columbia by Palak Patel, who is leaving his post as president of production at Roth Films to also become exec VP of production at Columbia. Taking over Rothman’s former job as president of TriStar will be Hannah Minghella, who most recently served as co-head of production at Columbia.
All three of the newly appointed executives will report to Doug Belgrad, who remains president of Sony’s Motion Picture Group. »
- James Rainey
Hollywood’s latest revisionist fairytale boasts child-stealing pirates and a Hook who’s morphed into Indiana Jones. But Rooney Mara’s turn as a psychedelic-tressed Tiger Lily won’t do much to offset accusations of ‘whitewashing’
It’s an unwritten rule of fantasy film-making that if you can’t make a great movie, at least make one that’s utterly outlandish. This is why, for all their failings, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful, with their giant-headed queens, excitable talking animals and gorgeous warring witches, will always be remembered more fondly than furrow-browed Angelina Jolie-vehicle Maleficent, or any of the distinctly po-faced Narnia films.
- Ben Child
Star Wars creator George Lucas, composer Danny Elfman, All My Children star Susan Lucci, Disney Animator Andreas Deja and other beloved contributors to the Disney legacy will be named and honored as official Disney Legends during D23 Expo 2015 at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 14, in Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The ceremony will be hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, and will include special musical performances. There will be eight individuals in total introduced as Disney Legends next month.
The Disney Legends Awards program is a 28-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company, and the first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987. The three-day Expo provides the opportunity for Disney fans to be a part of the memorable and prestigious event. Here's what Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger had to say about the Disney Legends in a statement. »
Disney have become such a phenomenon that they can hold their own Comic Con these days. Of course Disney has always been huge, but there was a time when their name was synonymous with animated movies and catchy songs. Now they own Marvel and the Star Wars brands. Those last two properties alone are enough to assemble a mountain of geeks in convention halls to scream at news announcements.
This year Disney will be taking the opportunity to name some big names and important Disney employees as Disney legends. George Lucas seems to have jumped to the front of the queue, as his Star Wars creation looks set to bring Disney a few more billions into the bank. Elsewhere Tim Burton favourite, composer Danny Elfman also joins the legends having composed scores for the likes of Alice In Wonderland, Oz The Great And Powerful, and of course Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Continuing with the production of live-action fairytales, Disney have reportedly purchased a script based around the backstory of Prince Charming, with the intention of carrying on with their trend.
Matt Fogel (Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son) has penned the script, with Alex Young (The A Team), David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman (both producers for Beauty And The Beast) and Tripp Vinson (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) on board to produce.
Having already transformed the stories of Maleficent, Cinderella, Oz The Great and Powerful and Alice In Wonderland into epic live-action adventures (with Beauty And The Beast in the works) Disney have obviously found another facet of the market to milk. If it’s not broken don’t fix it, eh?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Some of the most memorable characters in movie history are antagonists. Here are our picks for the franchises that have make the biggest impression based on their villains alone.
A great antagonist in a film can make the effort of the protagonist seem more important. The hero’s plight becomes elevated to have meaning beyond just simple entertainment. It is those struggles that define some of the best movies ever made, and give the audience something to really cheer about.
It’s challenging enough to make one good antagonist, but what happens when you need to make a sequel? What happens if your antagonist has died but your protagonist needs more adventures to keep them busy or complete their story? Maintaining quality villains in a movie franchise is not easy to do. Some movie franchises have had better success at maintaining great antagonists, to the point of often being more »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
On Thursday, I saw the Gil Kenan (Monster House, City of Ember)-directed movie Poltergeist, a remake of Tobe Hooper's 1982 masterpiece. David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz the Great and Powerful, Rise of the Guardians) re-adapted the script from the original film, which had been conceived and co-written by Steven Spielberg. I expected the new movie to completely suck, so I'm surprised to disagree with many of my fellows and say that it's not great, but it's sort of okay.
If you haven't watched the 1982 Poltergeist, which stars Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams and Zelda Rubinstein, do yourself a favor and stop reading now. Find it on disc or online. It's the apex of family horror films and the greatest haunted house movie ever made, so it's little surprise Kenan would be chosen to direct the remake, based on his earlier Monster House. Hooper's original figures heavily in this review, and you »
- Mike Saulters
I’m “biast” (con): big fan of the 1982 original
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I don’t understand why this movie exists. There’s no reason for it. I mean, I get the business reason why someone decided it was a good idea to cash in on a nearly 35-year-old movie that many critics (including me) and fans consider one of the greatest horror movies ever made. But no one on the supposed creative side of this “new” Poltergeist could be bothered to even pretend to have something to add, something fresh to say that wasn’t said back in 1982 about the trials of a suburban American family whose house is menaced by nasty spirits. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Outside of her supporting role in blockbuster Oz the Great and Powerful, Michelle Williams has been keeping a relatively low profile since her Oscar-nominated turn in My Week with Marilyn. Now, though, with anticipated drama Manchester by the Sea in the can, the actress is lining up another highly promising project in mining drama Gold.
Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez are already attached to star in the “inspired by true events” pic, which dramatizes and takes some liberties with the story of the 1993 Bre-x Minerals mining scandal. Williams will be taking on the role of McConaughey’s wife.
Some may remember the high-profile incident, in which one part of the company fraudulently reported that it had unearthed a massive gold deposit at its Indonesian site. Stock prices soared, until gold samples were found to be a fraud, at which point Bre-x collapsed and its shares became utterly worthless.
- Isaac Feldberg
Film, TV and games companies have big plans for legendary tights-wearer Robin Hood. Here’s our primer on all the new versions…
Note: we've taken images from old Robin Hood projects because these new films and things, um, don't exist yet. Maximum geek points to whoever can remember what they're all from.
You don’t need us to remind you, but these days Hollywood and TV executives seem to have one target in mind – big franchises, hopefully with spin-offs and tie-ins galore across all possible forms of media.
An interesting consequence of all this is that the entertainment industry has begun looking beyond capes and cowls in their ‘what can we make a franchise out of?’ discussions. ‘What about other sorts of legendary characters?’ you can imagine them asking, before a big eureka moment… ‘What about Robin bloody Hood?!’
Almost simultaneously, it seems like every studio in Hollywood has latched »
She’s already run from an unstoppable killing machine in The Guest and a terrifying entity in It Follows, and now Maika Monroe is set to face off against aliens, as she’s officially joined the cast of Independence Day 2. Director Roland Emmerich announced the news himself via Twitter:
— Roland Emmerich (@rolandemmerich) April 27, 2015
It has not yet been revealed what role Monroe will be playing in the long-gestating sequel to the 1996 blockbuster, though many sites are citing her as the female lead.
Monroe joins series newcomers Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), Jessie Usher (Survivor’s Remorse), Charlote Gainsbourg (Nymphomaniac), Travis Tope (The Town that Dreaded Sundown) and Joey King (Oz the Great and Powerful), as well as original stars Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Bill Pullman and Judd Hirsch. »
- James Garcia
Whether you like it or not, the summer movie season is right around the corner! Of course, blockbusters sprout up all throughout the year, with movies like The Divergent Series: Insurgent and Furious 7 setting the box office on fire even before the "official" summer movie season kicks off...But the four-month period between May and August is simply jam-packed with big-budget tentpoles, outlandish comedies and even a few memorable indie dramas. Before you start snatching up tickets to your favorite summer movies, we have a handy guide breaking down all of the major studio blockbusters, and even a few independent flicks that have the potential to break out into the mainstream. Here our the 35 movies you simply can't miss this summer!
1Avengers: Age of Ultron - May 1
Michelle Williams is startling with tousled blonde hair in a new photo spread in the UK edition of Elle magazine that celebrates bright spring colors. Williams has a new movie on the way about forbidden love in World War II. The film, “Suite française,” is her first since 2013’s “Oz the Great and Powerful,” a Disney blockbuster that was atypical for her career. Williams, 34, has always favored smaller indie productions like 2005’s “Brokeback Mountain,” 2010’s “Blue Valentine” and 2011’s “My Week with Marilyn.” ...Read More »
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