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Hollywood remaking foreign-language films isn’t anything new, and countries as diverse as France, Japan, and Iceland have all seen their movies adapted, for better or worse, through an American lens. South Korea is a relatively new inductee into the bunch with only a handful of their films getting the Hollywood treatment leading up to this year’s much maligned Spike Lee redo of Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy. 2006′s The Lake House was the first U.S. remake of a Korean film (based on Il Mare), and it was followed by a forgettable romantic comedy (My Sassy Girl) and a trio of horror films including Mirrors (Into the Mirror), The Uninvited (A Tale of Two Sisters), and Possession (Addicted). And that’s it… for now. Per The Wrap, the latest Korean film to be slated for Hollywood reincarnation is Kim Jee-woon‘s brutally uncompromising and wickedly good I Saw the Devil (my review). Remake rights have been »
- Rob Hunter
Brad Pitt is 50 today! It's hard to believe, but it's been nearly 30 years since Brad arrived in Hollywood as a fresh-faced youngster from Missouri. Since the '80s, he's starred in big movies - from Thelma & Louise to Killing Them Softly - and dated some of the world's most famously beautiful women, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, and now, of course, Angelina Jolie. In honor of dad-of-six Brad's big day, we've rounded up 50 facts you might not have known about him. Additional reporting by Katie Henry, Lauren Turner, Meg Rooney, Maria Lara, and Brittney Stephens View Slideshow › »
- Allie Merriam
Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced today that the company will re-release director Steve McQueen's Golden Globe Award nominated film 12 Years a Slave in select cities for a special return engagement on Friday, January 17.
The most-nominated film of the year, 12 Years a Slave has already garnered over 20 major nominations from groups including The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Nominated for 7 Golden Globes including Best Picture), Screen Actors Guild (Nominated for 4 SAG Awards including Best Ensemble), Film Independent (Nominated for 7 Spirit Awards including Best Feature), and has earned numerous Critics Groups accolades including Best Picture from Washington DC Area Film Critics and New York Film Critics Online. After winning the Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Mill Valley Film Festival, 12 Years a Slave opened domestically on October 18 and has grossed over $35 million, making it the most successful English-language specialty platform release of the year. »
“There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show.” The above summary is of an an impromptu speech The Wire showrunner David Simon delivered at “The Festival of Dangerous Ideas” in Sydney this week. Simon’s work as producer has been characterized by a distinct effort to represent the “great horror show” America he mentions – the America without social mobility, the America where people are left to survive in the marginal social position they’ve inherited, the America without special interest groups to make a perpetual underclass visible in the media and worth pandering to for politicians’ votes. The Wire, as Simon attests directly, sought to represent the conditions and lives of people who are “economically worthless,” a series that lent a rare lens to ordinary people’s endurance in the face of total invisibility in the public sphere. Mainstream contemporary movies and television shows have, perhaps until very recently, almost »
- Landon Palmer
On a weekend in which most of the country was facing unusually frigid temperatures, Disney Animation's Frozen held well enough to take first place away from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Meanwhile, the lone newcomer Out of the Furnace was a major disappointment.Frozen fell 53 percent to $31.6 million, which is the highest post-Thanksgiving gross ever ahead of Toy Story 2 ($27.8 million). In comparison, Tangled fell 56 percent to $21.6 million on the same weekend in 2010. Frozen has now earned $134.3 million, and it remains on track for a total around $250 million.After hanging on well through the Thanksgiving holiday, Catching Fire plummeted 65 percent to $26.2 million this weekend. That's not a particularly good hold; for example, the last two Twilight movies held a bit better coming off Thanksgiving weekend. To date, Catching Fire has earned $335.9 million, and is still on pace to wind up north of $400 million.At 2,101 locations, Out of the Furnace opened »
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Frozen managed to climb past Catching Fire on its second weekend in theatres, giving the Disney hit its first win with an estimated $31.6 million. The sequel to The Hunger Games was not far behind with $27 million but, after that, box office estimates dropped precipitously on this notoriously low-grossing post-Thanksgiving frame. Title Weekend Total 1. Frozen $31,641,000 $134.2 2. Catching Fire $27,000,000 $336.6 3. Out of the Furnace $5,300,000 $5.3 4. Thor: The Dark World $4,740,000 $193.6 5. Delivery Man $3,775,000 $24.8 6. Homefront $3,384,000 $15.2 7. The Book Thief $2,700,000 $12 8. The Best Man Holiday $2,673,000 $67.2 9. Philomena $2,282,000 $8.2 10. Dallas Buyers Club $1,458,000 $12.4 I’m not sure when the major studios decided that the weekend following Thanksgiving was a bad time to launch a major movie, but I do know that it has remained box office gospel for at least the last fifteen years. During that time there have been only a handful of big studio films that risked a post-holiday release date, and only one of those can be considered a (qualified) financial success. »
- Nicole Pedersen
Written by Brad Inglesby and Scott Cooper
Directed by Scott Cooper
In the last few years, American filmmakers have turned to the bleak parts of the country, both to explore the sharp, darkened corners of our current psyche, and to depict a world stuck in the past. Films like Winter’s Bone, Killing Them Softly, and A Single Shot, among others, attempt to mine pathos for what amounts to a forgotten stretch of the nation, peopled with hard-bitten survivors desperately trying to get by and possibly escape. And now we can add to this list the tightly wound thriller Out of the Furnace. It is a film set in the present, but one marked by the past, both in its storytelling and visual presentation.
Christian Bale, mostly, avoids going over the top and instead opts to play his character, Russell Baze, as something close to a ghost walking the earth. »
- Josh Spiegel
Relativity Media's Out of the Furnace is the only new nationwide release on the first weekend of December, which is typically one of the slowest frames of the year. The gritty action flick is unlikely to do much business, though, which leaves the battle for first place up to strong holdovers Frozen and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.Catching Fire won last weekend with $74.2 million, though Frozen was surprisingly close with $67.4 million. With great word-of-mouth, it's possible that Frozen only dips around 40 percent*in comparison, Tangled fell 56 percent at the same point. Meanwhile, the Harry Potter and Twilight movies typically lost 60 percent on this weekend. Catching Fire should hold a bit better. Ultimately, it will be a close weekend, though Frozen seems to have a slight edge.Otherwise, this is going to be a quiet weekend. Since 2010, the major studios have completely avoided scheduling new movies on the weekend after Thanksgiving, »
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Christian Bale often oscillates between two acting modes. First, there's Christian Bale the big-screen populist, who springs up in the likes of "Terminator Salvation" and the three Christopher Nolan-directed Batman movies with cocksure swagger and something wounded underneath. Then there's Christian Bale the serious actor, who starves himself for "The Machinist" and "Rescue Dawn" and makes all other actors feel like they simply aren't doing enough earnest morphing for their roles.
Both of those modes are on display in "Out of the Furnace," the new film from co-writer/director Scott Cooper, whose last film, "Crazy Heart," won Jeff Bridges a long-deserved Oscar. Bale is clearly gunning for the same recognition here (more on that in a minute) as a steelworker who seeks to untangle a mystery involving his Iraq War veteran brother (Casey Affleck, wonderful as always), looking into the iffy hills of the Appalachian backwoods to find answers. »
- Drew Taylor
Fire Walk: Cooper’s Sophomore Effort a Somber, Fatalistic Malaise
Director Scott Cooper returns with Out of the Furnace, his first film since his Oscar winning 2009 feature debut, Crazy Heart, working from a retooled script by Brad Ingelsby. Wearing us down with its man vs. fate inevitability, Cooper’s film is clearly not out to surprise or shock. As predictable as its outcome may be, which feels like watching a slow motion train wreck, even an oddly emotional distance from all its supporting characters can’t distract from Cooper’s adept execution, giving us familiar characters in familiar scenarios via subtlety effective bits and pieces rather than being inveigled by showy flairs or hysterical melodrama. It’s a film that’s hard to love, and a rather obvious homage to Cimino’s The Deer Hunter may distract more than enhance the narrative fabric. But regardless of all this, at its »
- Nicholas Bell
Thanks to your votes, a story about a group of thieves reuniting 5 years after a failed heist to determine what went wrong and who is to blame, "Trust, Greed, Bullets & Bourbon,"won this weekend's Project of the Week contest! Congratulations to "Trust, Greed, Bullets & Bourbon" and director Scott Kawczynsk. The filmmaker will receive a digital distribution consultation from SnagFilms and the film is now officially a candidate for Project of the Month. That winner will be awarded with a consultation from the Sundance Institute. Here's what the project's about: A group of thieves reunite five years after a failed heist to determine what went wrong and who is to blame as they attempt to recover the missing loot. Starring: Max Casella (The Sopranos, Blue Jasmine, Inside Llewyn Davis, Killing Them Softly, Spike Lee's OldBoy) and 4x Tony-nominated actor Danny Burstein (Boardwalk Empire). This is the debut feature from writer/director Scott Kawczynski. »
- James Hiler
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 28 Nov 2013 - 06:04
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2000, and another 25 overlooked gems...
The new millennium brought with it an eclectic range of hit films. Hong Kong action director John Woo brought us Mission: Impossible II, the most profitable film of the year at the box office. Ridley Scott enjoyed one of the biggest critical and financial successes of his career with Gladiator, while Robert Zemeckis created a memorable drama with Tom Hanks and a ball named Wilson in Cast Away.
From a comic book movie standpoint, 2000 was also a key year. X-Men not only established a successful film franchise which is still going, with X-Men: Days Of Future Past out next year, but also headed up a wave of big-budget Marvel adaptations which shows no sign of slowing down.
As ever, we've travelled far outside the »
I have no idea why this trailer for Killing Them Softly was banned, but Annapurna Pictures just tweeted it out and considering it was one of my absolute favorites of last year and the fact director Andrew Dominik is receiving some much deserved attention as of late, not only for this film but also for the resurgence of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, I felt I must share it. amz asin="B009AMALBM" size="small"If you have yet to see Killing Them Softly, first off "shame", secondly it's an adaptation of George V. Higgins' novel following professional enforcer, Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt), who investigates a heist that occurs during a high stakes, mob-protected, poker game. The film also features Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Vincent Curatola, Max Casella, Sam Shepard and Bella Heathcote. Check out the banned trailer directly below, »
- Brad Brevet
Though the book it’s based on burned up the New York Times Best Seller list when it was released back in 2009, director James Gray has been finding it surprisingly hard to get traction on a film adaptation of David Grann’s The Lost City of Z. Benedict Cumberbatch signed on for the lead role of explorer Percy Fawcett earlier this fall, but not much other information about the status of the project has emerged since. Today, however, Screen Daily announced that Robert Pattinson has joined the cast of the film in a major role.
Pattinson’s involvement was unveiled during this week’s American Film Market, and Screen Daily revealed the casting in their first Afm-centric print issue of the year.
The film has had a long road to the big screen but with Pattinson and Cumberbatch both on board, I can’t imagine that The Lost City of »
- Isaac Feldberg
Sienna Miller and Ryan Reynolds are planning to get their "Mississippi Grind" on. The duo are set to star alongside Ben Mendelsohn ("Killing Them Softly," "The Place Beyond the Pines") in the latest film from the writer-director team of Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden ("Half Nelson," "Sugar"). "Mississippi Grind" centers on a broke gambler (Mendelsohn) who teams with teams up with a younger poker player (Reynolds) on a road trip through the South in order to break his losing streak. Electric City Entertainment's Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell will produce along with Tom Rice and Ben Nearn of Sycamore Entertainment, who is providing the film's financing. »
- Dave Lewis
Adi Shankar -- who produced Brad Pitt's Killing Them Softly, the incredibly underrated Dredd and Thomas Jane's kick-ass The Punisher: Dirty Laundry short film among many others -- has hooked ETonline up with the exclusive first look at his latest project: The Voices, starring Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick and Jacki Weaver!
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The genre-bending film focuses on Jerry Hickfang (Reynolds), a disturbed factory worker who hears advice from his pets and becomes implicated in the accidental death of his co-worker.
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Promising the visuals will be just as dynamic as the storytelling is director Marjane Satrapi, whose animated masterpiece, Persepolis, was nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe and dozens of other awards in 2007.
The Voices will open in 2014. You can follow Adi on Twitter here! »
After dominating the box office for three-straight weeks, Gravity fell to second place behind Jackass spin-off Bad Grandpa. Meanwhile, Ridley Scott's The Counselor became the latest October release to disappoint with an opening below $10 million.At 3,336 locations, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa opened to a very strong $32.1 million. That's the second-highest start in the Jackass franchise behind Jackass 3-D ($50.4 million); adjusted for ticket price inflation, Bad Grandpa's attendance was about on par with the original Jackass: The Movie.Moviegoers have clearly shown an appetite for comedy this year. Bad Grandpa is the fifth live-action comedy to open over $30 million in 2013, and that list doesn't even include We're the Millers or This is the End (which burned off demand with Wednesday openings).Bad Grandpa's success can be attributed to a number of factors. Even though it was a spin-off, the movie's painful pratfalls and documentary-style footage aligned nicely with the very strong Jackass brand. »
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There will not be a four-peat at the top of the box office as Gravity finally slips to #2 behind the second R-rated comedy to top the box office this year, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. Opening in 3,336 theaters this weekend, Bad Grandpa stormed out of the box office with $12.6 million on Friday and a "B" CinemaScore and finished the weekend, exceeding tracking with an estimated $32 million. Compared to previous theatrical installments in the Jackass franchise, this result is right on par with 2006's Jackass: Number Two, though, I guess if you take inflation into consideration it's just a shade above 2006's Jackass: The Movie, which went on to bring in $72.7 million at the domestic box office, which sounds about right. Not too shabby for a $15 million budget. Gravity, meanwhile, brought in another $20.3 million, bringing its cume to just shy of $200 million, making it George CLooney's highest grossing domestic release to date. »
- Brad Brevet
There are two all-female-cast action/thrillers – inspired by Sylvester Stallone’s hit macho action throwback franchise The Expendables – that are being developed by Hollywood right now. One is an untitled project that producer Adi Shankar (The Grey, Dredd, Killing Them Softly) is currently putting together, with Gina Carano (Fast & Furious 6) and Katee Sackhoff (Riddick) very loosely attached to star… whenever it comes together, that is.
Meanwhile, Expendables franchise producer Avi Lerner is backing a direct spinoff of Sly’s 1980s/90s-inspired action brand, called The ExpendaBelles. Since The Expendables 3 concludes principal photography in Bulgaria this week, Lerner was in the country and spoke to the country’s press about what everyone can expect ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Gravity's reign on top of the box office is likely going to come to an end this weekend, though it won't be at the hands of star-studded thriller The Counselor. Instead, laugh-out-loud previews and a strong brand should help Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa take the top spot with at least $25 million.The Jackass TV show began on MTV in 2000, and was such a phenomenon that just two years later Jackass: The Movie earned $64.3 million in theaters. The big-screen franchise has improved with each outing, and 2010's Jackass 3-D took it to the next level with a massive $50.4 million debut and $117.2 million total. In each of the Jackass movies, star Johnny Knoxville appeared in short bits as Irving Zisman, a foul-mouthed 86-year-old man who terrorized innocent bystanders in hidden camera stunts. For Bad Grandpa, Knoxville is reprising this role for a feature-length movie in which Zisman travels cross-country with his grandson. »
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