With the clock winding down, and precious time to lose, Kiefer Sutherland, star of Fox’s hit (and sorely missed) television extravaganza 24, has just revealed that a movie based on the popular real-time thriller is expected to commence shooting eight months from now. A few weeks ago it was reported that Fox had passed on Billy Ray’s (State of Play) big screen treatment of 24, but now, according to a recent interview with Sutherland via Extra, everything is apparently back on track. Sutherland had this to say:
“It’s a very difficult thing to take something you’ve done for eight years, almost two hundred episodes, and try to find a story that’s going to be unique and yet service the history of the show as well”
Kiefer Sutherland has been meeting with director Tony Scott (Unstoppable) in regards to possible plot ideas for the film, though nothing official has been reported. Presumably, the film will pick up right where season eight left off, with Jack on the run Dark Knight-style. Hit the jump for the interview.
Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours is one of 2010’s overlooked gems. I happened to catch a screening of it in Las Vegas back in December and I can honestly say it’s one of the director’s finest works. Of course it helps to have James Franco on board, delivering a heart wrenching, even gutsy performance as Aron Ralston, the daredevil hiker/mountain biker who became trapped in a gorge after an accident left his right hand pinned between a rock and a hard place. I should also mention the film contains one of the most graphically explicit hand-chopping sequences I’ve ever paid witness to (the bit makes Saw look like a children’s PBS special). Despite my wild enthusiasm for the film, I’m sorry to say not many people have had a chance to see Boyle’s work. That’s because it’s currently showing on just 76 screens across the country.
Well, fret no longer movie fans! According to THR, 127 Hours is getting a pre-Oscar expansion in order to take advantage of Franco’s sure-to-be-nominated performance. Fox Searchlight is planning on expanding the film to more than 600 screens January 28, three days after the Oscar noms are announced, which should give you plenty of time to see this magnificent tour de force before the Academy Awards on February 27. Franco himself will host along with Anne “Catwoman” Hathaway. Hit the jump for the trailer and the synopsis.
Ah, the Super Bowl. An event like no other. It’s uniqueness lies in the fact that you don’t really even have to care about the teams that are playing because there’s so much more to savor. Whether it be those silly Budweiser ads, the whacked-out, over the top halftime shows that typically star musical icons many presumed dead; or, most importantly, the movie trailers.
In fact, since my Seahawks were eliminated in the Super Bowl way back in 2005 (and seeing as it’ll probably be the Steelers vs. Green Bay for XLV … yawn), the only reason I’ve watched the program is to get a sneak peak at the latest masterpieces/disasters that Hollywood has in store for us. Speaking of which, we now have our hands on this year’s locked-in Super Bowl ads, all of which are enough to get me stoked for the big day when I take into consideration the hefty lineup of films set to debut new footage.
Among those included are Paramount’s Super 8 and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. For the complete list, as well as a look at the trailers that will debut during the pre-game festivities, hit the jump.
Dimension Films has just released a new trailer for Scream 4 and it’s actually quite good with tons of new action-packed footage not seen in the original teaser. Not that I was worried or anything, but after the disappointing Scream 3, my expectations for this third sequel haven’t exactly been through the roof. In all actuality, I’m just curious to see how many members of the original cast will get offed.
Scream 4 reunites Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette and director Wes Craven. The screenplay was written by Kevin Williamson who penned the scripts for Scream and Scream 2. The thriller is set to open April 15. Check out the trailer after the jump, but be warned, there is much spoiler-ish action on display – don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Now that The Fighter has become a hit with both audiences and critics alike, it’s safe to say director David O. Russell (who recently received a DGA award nomination) has his choice of projects. Having already jumped on board to write and direct the film adaptation of the popular Uncharted video game series, Russell is also in talks to team up with actor-comedian Vince Vaughn. The duo are attempting to adapt Boom! Studios’ comic book 2 Guns for the big screen.
Universal Pictures originally positioned the adaptation as a starring vehicle for Vaughn and his Wedding Crashers co-star Owen Wilson with a script written by TV writer Blake Masters (Brotherhood). Russell will rewrite Masters’ script, and is considering tackling the project before heading into Uncharted territory. The 2 Guns comic was written by Steven Grant with art by Mat Santolouco. Hit the jump for more.
On my way home from taking my dad to see The Fighter yesterday (which marked my third time seeing the film in case you were wondering), we had a conversation regarding the authenticity of David O. Russell’s flick. Turns out Rope of Silicon’s Brad Brevet shared a similar curiosity and scoured the internet for facts. His findings, particularly in regards to the boxing matches themselves, are pretty cool and further increase my respect for the-sure-to-be-nominated boxing film. While naturally some dramatic liberties were taken, most of the fight sequences, namely the final bout with Shea Neary are quite accurately recreated – even down to the play-by-play commentaries. Those of you who are interested can check out the article here, and the Shea fight here. Also of interest (thanks to some snooping of my own) is the match between Ward and Sanchez, and Dicky Eklund’s much touted go with Sugar Ray Leonard. Oh the power of YouTube. Hit the jump for more.
Will Elijah Wood be in The Hobbit? According to Deadline the answer might be a resounding yes. File this under rumor for now, but supposedly conversations have opened up between the Lord of the Rings star and Warner Bros. regarding a possible Frodo cameo. Not surprisingly, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis and Orlando Bloom are said to be in talks to join Martin Freeman and the ever expanding cast in the much anticipated return to Middle Earth. Of course, every Hobbit fan knows of Gandalf’s and Gollum’s importance to the prequel story, but the tale occurred long before Frodo was a wee lad so where he’ll figure into the proceedings remains anyone’s guess.
In related news from earlier today, Warner Bros. will oversee worldwide distribution of The Hobbit and cover the entire cost of the prequels, which is said to exceed $500 million. How’s that for a Hobbit’s tale?
The first Hobbit film, directed by Peter Jackson, is scheduled for December 2012; part two will follow in December 2013. Hit the jump for a synopsis from of J. R. R. Tolkien’s book.
There has been much speculation regarding the next James Bond film (or Bond 23), especially after the near-demise of MGM. Recently, news broke that the company, having successfully filed for bankruptcy, had set its sights on a 2012 release date with a new Bond film to follow every other year. More importantly, director Sam Mendes (Road to Perdition) had been attached to direct the Quantum of Solace follow up, a rumor confirmed by the Academy Award-winning director’s wife Kate Winslet back in December.
Variety now reports, however, that pre-production on Bond 23 has been “halted” as the company awaits bids for its assets. A spokesman for the studio confirmed that scripting is still underway, but that the project’s timeline is “a little up in the air what with the situation at MGM, so we gave to be flexible.” Oddly enough, the article also states that no director is attached to the project. With star Daniel Craig actively pursuing other projects, including David Fincher’s adaptation of The Millenium Trilogy, and MGM in disarray, will Bond 23 ever see the living daylights?
Poor M. Night Shyamalan. After the one-two-three punch that was The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs, the young auteur, once branded the “next Spielberg” by Time Magazine, has endured a painfully long streak of bad-to-terrible films – namely The Village, Lady in the Water, The Happening and The Last Airbender. With the release of Devil he now must face a hard truth – that his best film in years is the one he did not write or direct.
Those duties belong to John Erick Dowdle, the imaginative brain behind 2008’s contrived, but freakishly thrilling Quarantine. Dowdle swoops in and, with the help of screenwriter Brian Nelson – who penned the delicious vampire fest 30 Days of Night and the equally tasty Hard Candy – molds Shyamalan’s basic premise into a 75-minute thriller that never lets up. The swift running time ensures a slick experience – like an extended Twilight Zone episode, Devil cuts through the BS and arrives at its purpose directly. You don’t have time to laugh at the proceedings – you’re too busy racing the film to its dramatic conclusion.
Top 10 lists are a dime a dozen in the Hollywood circle, but while most writers are busy compiling their “Best of” in terms of films, directors and performances I’m always more curious to explore the less-appreciated categories – particularly Best Motion Picture Score. And so without further ado, here are my picks for the Best Scores of 2010. Hit the jump to see the list.
Bad news if you’re a Clint Mansell fan. The composer’s exceptional work for Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan has been deemed ineligible for Oscar consideration due to its usage of music from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. While not exactly a surprise, it’s still a shame considering the score’s unique, even complicated structure.
According to Variety, Carter Burwell’s scores for True Grit and The Kids Are All Right (which he composed alongside Nathan Larson and Craig Wedren) and Michael Brook’s work on The Fighter have also been disqualified. Alexandre Desplat’s score for The King’s Speech, however, which recently received a Golden Globe-nomination, has been deemed eligible despite its usage of classical works. Hit the jump for more.
Here we go again – Oscar time! With The Social Network currently gobbling up the top critic awards across the nation – including the National Board of Review, the New York Film Critics Circle and even Roger Ebert – it’s obvious that David Fincher’s phenomenal masterpiece is the film to beat come March. As for the other potential nominees, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has no less than 247 (not including Network) other films to consider before narrowing their list to 10 for the Academy Awards. That number is down from 274 in 2009 and 281 in 2008.
Hit the jump for more on how the AMPAS determines eligibility.
By now it’s a universal truth that Louis Leterrier’s Clash of the Titans sucked giant, kraken-sized balls. The story was atrocious, the characters flat and the 3D FX were a terrible, headache-inducing mess. About the only thing Clash had going for it was star Sam Worthington – one of the more polished chaps on the Hollywood block if you ask me – who did his damndest in a thankless role, but still couldn’t quite save the film from the critical lambasting it received. Well, following a sudden trend in which stars like Mark Wahlberg and Shia LaBeouf publicly diss their own work, Worthington has seen fit to comment on Clash’s critical reception via Moviefone. His remarks give me hope that director Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles) and his crew have listened to the pleas of fans worldwide and will deliver a much grander sequel. Said Worthington:
“I just think we can improve on it. I think the first one, we kind of let down some people. And yeah, I totally agree. The only point of doing a sequel is either the audience demands it or you believe you can better the first one. What we’re setting out to do with this one — the writers and the director and myself — is improve. I think I can act fucking better, to be honest … Just take all the notes from people that I have been reading about on the ‘net and give them a movie they fucking want. This one I want to kind of try to satisfy a lot more people.”
Wrath of the Titans is due out March 30, 2012.
As the list of actors continues to pile up on Garry Marshall’s New Year’s Eve, one has to wonder if everyone involved will have little more than brief cameos. But who would do such a thing as place the likes of Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Jessica Biel together in a film and then give them little more than 10 to 15 minutes of screen time? Probably the same guy who directed Valentine’s Day.
THR reports the already very large ensemble — which includes Hilary Swank, Sofia Vergara, Lea Mitchele, Ashton Kutcher, Taylor Swift and Abigail Breslin — will have to make room for three more. Namely Sarah Jessica Parker, recent Golden Globe nominee Halle Berry and Zac Efron. The cast has yet to commit to the film, but negotiations are underway with everyone involved. (“So Mr. De Niro, who would you like to play?” “I’ll take the 12-minute role for $10 million.” “Done.”) New Year’s Eve is set for release December 9, 2011.
Does anyone really hate Mel Gibson? I know I sure don’t. Regardless of what he’s done, he’s still a damn fine actor. Perhaps that’s why the first trailer to Jodie Foster’s The Beaver looks so intriguing, what with Gibson’s depressed character utilizing a beaver puppet to combat his gloomy depression – maybe the Oscar-winning actor just needed a little love. Or maybe he truly is bat-shit crazy. Regardless, Summit has seen fit to release The Beaver this upcoming March, solidifying a previous rumor that mentioned spring as a likely candidate for the film.
According to the 24 Frames, The Beaver will open in select cities on March 23, 2011 before opening up to a wider audience on April 8th, suggesting a certain amount of trepidation on the studio’s behalf. Or maybe they just want to build some in-house buzz before unleashing such a risky venture on a mainstream audience. Either way, The Beaver is coming! Hit the jump to read the synopsis.