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Smoky bars and rundown, vacant buildings are surrounded by cheap shacks that barely pass for homes… and I haven’t even begun to describe the people. But I think you can imagine the occupants in this universe. The film-noir genre has taken a journey into even seedier territory over the years. Gone are the days where you have fast-talking detectives and two-timing gals. Now we are treated to a world of cops and crime that is caked in a thick layer or dirt, grime, and blood. Films like Gone Baby Gone, Eastern Promises, The Town, Out Of The Furnace, and Killing Them Softly, all have recently focused on crime and corruption on the working-class level of society. Is “poor-noir” an apt description? What about “working-class noir?” At any rate, this is a trend that Belgian director Michael Roskam also explores with his new film The Drop. Roskam previously garnered a »
- Michael Haffner
A conversation occurs midway through Sarik Andreasyan’s “American Heist,” in which a thug quotes Thomas Jefferson, his favorite Us president; “The banking institutions are more dangerous than the army.” Our mind immediately calls back to Brad Pitt’s closing monologue in “Killing Them Softly” where he singles out the very same Jefferson as a hypocrite, guilty for founding America as a business. Some films have a tendency to comment scathingly on an allegedly corrupt American financial system, dispelling the myth of the American dream with eager cynicism (most especially certain films that call attention to these critiques by including the word ‘American’ in their title. Some, like Andrew Dominik’s exceptionally colloquial piece, artfully unravel the fabric of this culture through intelligent and subtle cinematic means, while others tear into the very same fabric with a blunt instrument, until the viewer is left exasperated. Andreasyan’s film doesn’t waste much time in firmly. »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
In this new golden age of television that we are currently living in, the television industry is poaching some of cinema’s greatest minds more than ever to create their own long form stories after being restricted to the hour and a half to maximum four hours that film allows. The gap is getting increasingly small between the two in terms of quality, and some would argue that TV has already overtaken film in some respects.
Steven Soderbergh, Guillermo del Toro, Eli Roth, Martin Scorsese, and Lars Von Trier have or are about to make the leap from the silver screen to the small screen with The Knick, The Strain, Hemlock Grove, and the upcoming Shutter Island prequel and The House That Jack Built. They’re not the first major filmmakers to create a show; both Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch famously did so with Alfred Hitchcock Presents »
- Max Molinaro
Just days before its debut at the Venice International Film Festival, the first trailer and clip has been released from Cymbeline, a modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare's play of the same name.
Ethan Hawke leads an all-star cast including Ed Harris, Milla Jovovich, Anton Yelchin and Dakota Johnson in this story set against the backdrop of a deadly battle between crooked cops and and a drug-dealing biker gang. Take a look at the first footage, then read on for more details from Lionsgate's official press release.
Lionsgate's Grindstone Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Hamlet writer/director Michael Almereyda's modern day adaptation of Shakespeare's play Cymbeline ahead of its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, it was announced today by the film's producers, Michael Benaroya of Benaroya Pictures and Anthony Katagas of Keep Your Head Productions. The film, starring Academy Award nominees Ethan Hawke (Boyhood »
Lionsgate’s Grindstone Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Hamlet writer/director Michael Almereyda’s modern day adaptation of Shakespeare’s play Cymbeline ahead of its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, it was announced today by the film’s producers, Michael Benaroya of Benaroya Pictures and Anthony Katagas of Keep Your Head Productions.
The film, starring Academy Award nominees Ethan Hawke (Boyhood) and Ed Harris (A Beautiful Mind), Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil), John Leguizamo (Chef), Penn Badgley (Margin Call, Easy A), Dakota Johnson (the upcoming 50 Shades of Grey) and Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness) will be distributed in spring 2015 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
Cymbeline unfolds amidst an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang, set in a corruption-riddled contemporary America. In the style of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, Cymbeline is a fresh take on a universal story of love, betrayal and revenge. »
- Michelle McCue
Netflix will be adding a host of new TV and movie options that will be rolling out on the streaming service throughout September.
Netflix's September Additions
Netflix is kicking off September by adding seasons of Californication, Chasing UFOs, Doomsday Preppers, Hinterland, Unsealed: Alien Files and Zero Hour. Soon to follow will be seasons of The League, The Blacklist, Arrow, New Girl, How I Met Your Mother, Parks and Recreation, The Walking Dead and more.
As for movies, Robin Williams’ films Good Morning Vietnam and Flubber have been added in addition to Cool Runnings, Lords of Dogtown, Crocodile Dundee and others. Among those coming soon are A Simple Man, Silver Linings Playbook and Bad Grandpa.
See Below for Complete Lists of Netflix’s New TV & Movies Offerings:
“Californication,” Seasons 1-7, Sept. 1
“Chasing UFOs,” Season 1, Sept. 1
“Doomsday Preppers,” Seasons 1-3, Sept. 1
“Hinterland,” Season 1, Sept. 1
“Unsealed: Alien Files,” Season 1, Sept. 1
“Zero Hour, »
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie once vowed never to get married until everyone in America could legally do so. But kids can be persistent. And over the years, their children repeatedly asked about if - which later became when - Mom and Dad would tie the knot. (And to be fair, Pitt and Jolie were both romantically drawn to the idea, too.) On Saturday, of course, they finally wed - with "I do" replacing "I won't," "I might" and "I will someday." It was a long road to that joyful day, though. Below, check out the couple's evolving views on the topic, »
- Tim Nudd, @nudd
It's almost September, which means a whole new slew of titles on Netflix! August proved pretty lucrative on the quality title front, but it looks as though September it's going to blow the rundown out of the water.
TV takes spotlight this month, with the latest full seasons of "The Walking Dead," "New Girl," "The League," "The Blacklist," "Arrow," "Bones," and "Parks and Recreation" primed and ready for streaming before their fall premieres. And fans still mourning the loss of "How I Met Your Mother" (in more ways than one) can rewatch the ninth and final season to their heart's content. Ah, memories. Showtime's recently departed "Californication" can be seen in its entirety (Seasons 1 -7) as well, starting September 1. That's a lot of TV.
- Tim Hayne
You’ve probably seen him in lots of stuff: he’s been in a ton of great movies but he’s a bit of a chameleon and looks different in all of them. He’s one of those actors who, when his name pops up in the credits, you know you’re in for a good time when he’s onscreen.
So even though I would like you to stop looking, you pretty much couldn’t go to the movies anymore if you did.
(If you »
- MaryAnn Johanson
There are prison movies, and then there are prison movies. David Mackenzie's Starred Up is a harrowing, violent, bold new take on the "prison movie" that is worth your time to take a look at, playing in theaters now and also available on VOD. The film also introduces the astonishing Jack O'Connell (now well-known thanks to Yann Demange's '71 and 300: Rise of an Empire, plus he stars in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken), who stars as the lead character Eric alongside Ben Mendelsohn, another badass we've already seen in the likes of Animal Kingdom, Killing Them Softly, The Dark Knight Rises and The Place Beyond the Pines. Together they take on an entire prison in Starred Up, and it's a hell of a ride. It's our next Monthly Must See film. Deep down at its core, Starred Up is much more than just a prison movie, and like »
- Alex Billington
Andrew Dominik, the New Zealand writer-director of Chopper, Killing Them Softly and the criminally under-seen western The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford will next write the screenplay for Shaolin Temple, the big-budget remake of the 1982 Shaw Brothers classic, for Justin Lin.The Fast And Furious director is currently in production on the latest instalment of The Bourne Identity franchise, but will then turn his attentions to this 3D reinterpretation of the film that debuted the talents of a young Jet Li more than three decades ago. Produced by Troy Craig Poon of Perfect Storm Entertainment, Bruno Wu of Seven Stars and Wang Changtian of Beijing Enlight Pictures, this Chinese co-production has already been tagged as a large scale tentpole release with...
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Even in the annals of unlikely filmmaker collaborations, we’re not sure anyone would have foreseen Chopper/Killing Them Softly’s Andrew Dominik writing a remake for Fast & Furious veteran Justin Lin to direct. Yet that’s exactly what’s happening with Shaolin Temple.Dominik will write the script for the film, which takes as its basis the 1982 movie that launched Jet Li’s screen career. Based on Shaolin folklore, it’s set as the Sui Dynasty ebbs and the Tang Dynasty rises to power. When the Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his most trusted generals, the son of one of his slaves escapes to the temple, trains in kung fu and heads out to stop the traitor.Lin – who is currently focused on TV projects and developing the next instalment in the Bourne franchise – will tackle Shaolin Temple once his duties with Aaron Cross and co. are complete. »
Sometimes I forget Andrew Dominik (Killing Them Softly, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) not only directs, but writes his films and now he's preparing to write a script for someone else and it's hardly one you'd expect. Deadline is reporting Dominik will pen the screenplay for a 3D remake of the 1982 Jet Li starrer The Shaolin Temple, with Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6) set to direct. The film tells the story of a slave worker who escapes from the cruel retainers of the emperor of the Tang dynasty. He seeks asylum at the Shaolin Temple and enters the monkhood and trains with the monks. His motivation, however, is far from saintly having promised to use the skill he learns for defense only, he seeks revenge on the man that murdered his father. When the project was announced back in 2014, Perfect Storm Entertainment, CEO Troy Craig Poon, »
- Brad Brevet
Filmmaker Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Killing Them Softly) has signed on to write the screenplay for the Shaolin Temple remake, which has Justin Lin attached to direct.
The original Shaolin Temple, which was released in 1982, marked the feature film debut of Jet Li. The story is set between the Sui Dynasty and the Tang Dynasty, centering on the son of a Tang emperor slave worker who escapes to the temple to learn kung fu, so he can get revenge on the General who betrayed the emperor. The project was first announced back in January, with Perfect Storm Entertainment and Beijing Enlight Pictures backing the 3D project which will likely cost more than $100 million.
After writing and directing Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Killing Them Softly, this will be the first project that Andrew Dominik will only write and not direct. »
Andrew Dominik ("Chopper," "Killing Them Softly") has come onboard to write the Justin Lin-directed China-set 3D feature "Shaolin Temple" for Perfect Storm Entertainment and Beijing Enlight Pictures. Troy Craig Poon, Bruno Wu and Wang Changtian are producing.
A remake of the 1982 film which served as Jet Li's screen debut, the story is set in the period between China's Sui and Tang Dynasties. When the Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, the son of one of his slave workers escapes to the temple, trains in kung fu, and sets out to kill the traitor. [Source: Deadline]
The story follows detective Billy Graves, whose tainted past comes back to haunt him when he takes on a »
- Garth Franklin
In an interesting mix of filmmaking talent on the page and behind the camera, Andrew Dominik (writer and director of Killing Them Softly and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) is teaming up with Justin Lin (Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6) for a 3D remake of the 1982 Chinese action flick Shaolin Temple. The original film marked the feature debut of martial arts star Jet Li with a story loosely based on Shaolin folklore and set during the transition period between the Sui Dynasty and the Tang Dynasty. Sounds like completely different film territory for Dominik in more ways than one. More below! The film unfolds after the Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, and one of his slave workers who escapes to the temple decides to train in kung fu, and sets out to kill the traitor. This is expected to be pretty »
- Ethan Anderton
In an unlikely but extremely promising match-up, Killing Them Softly writer-director Andrew Dominik has been tapped by Perfect Storm Entertainment and Beijing Enlight Pictures to pen the script for Shaolin Temple, a martial arts revenge epic which is set to be directed by The Fast and the Furious helmer Justin Lin.
The pic, a remake of the 1982 movie on which martial arts legend Jet Li made his feature debut, is being planned as a big-scale 3D epic with a hefty budget (when it was announced back in January, Shaolin Temple‘s projected budget clocked in at over $100 million). It’s inspired by Shaolin myth and takes place in ancient China, during the transition period between the Sui Dynasty and the Tang Dynasty.
As per Deadline: When the Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, the son of one of his slave workers escapes to the temple, trains in kung fu, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Justin Lin has tackled muscle cars, military boxers, and criminal Asian kids, and now he’s setting his sights on the Shaolin temple. Lin, who directed the last four “Fast and Furious” movies and is scheduled to tackle the next “Bourne Identity” installment, has signed on to helm a remake of the 1982 movie “Shaolin Temple,” which is probably best known for being the big screen leading man debut of Jet Li. The China-set film will be written by, of all people, New Zealander Andrew Dominik, the man who gave the world “Chopper,” “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” and most recently, “Killing Them Softly” with Brad Pitt. Apparently the original was “based on Shaolin folklore and set during the transition period between the Sui Dynasty and the Tang Dynasty. When the Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, the son of one of his »
Exclusive: Here’s a China-set project worth getting excited about. Andrew Dominik, the writer-director of Chopper and Killing Them Softly, has been set to write the script for Shaolin Temple for Fast And Furious‘ Justin Lin to direct. The film is backed by Perfect Storm Entertainment and Beijing Enlight Pictures with Beijing Enlight also distributing. Troy Craig Poon of Perfect Storm Entertainment, Bruno Wu of Seven Stars and Wang Changtian of Beijing Enlight are producing.
The 3D film is a remake of the 1982 film which marked the screen debut of iconic martial artist Jet Li, and was based on Shaolin folklore and set during the transition period between the Sui Dynasty and the Tang Dynasty. When the Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, the son of one of his slave workers escapes to the temple, trains in kung fu, and sets out to kill the traitor. This »
- Mike Fleming Jr
For many years I was the head of film programming for the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles, a non-profit film group that currently runs the Egyptian and Aero Theatres. As part of my job I tried to keep my finger to the pulse of national cinemas from around the globe, both new and old, by combing through festival catalogues, talking to other programmers and watching as many movies as I could get my hands on (much of these in the old VHS days!)
In the 1990s and early 2000s I saw the rediscovery of some amazing bodies of world cinema such as Italian Horror and Giallo Cinema from the 1960s & 1970s by directors like Mario Bava and Dario Argento, and Japanese Outlaw Cinema from the same period by hard-hitting genre filmmakers like Kinji Fukasaku, Seijun Suzuki and Kihachi Okamoto. But one thing I didn’t see, in repertory film calendars, »
- Dennis Bartok
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