OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Review

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We can find truth in deception.  We find the deeper truth beneath the artifice.  Sam Raimi‘s Oz the Great and Powerful makes no secrets of its deception, and shows how deception can be used for good or evil.  We just don’t call it deception when it’s used for good.  Then it’s an illusion, not a trick.* Oz creates a beautiful illusion that we can get lost in not because of the visual effects wizardry or the size of the canvas, but because of the honesty of the characters and Raimi staying true to his oddball style.

Screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire Talks RISE OF THE GUARDIANS, POLTERGEIST Remake, OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, THE FAMILY FANG, and More

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With Rise of the Guardians opening this week, I recently got to see the finished film at DreamWorks Animation and it’s really well done.  Not only is the animation great to look at, it’s got a strong story that’s character driven and it doesn’t rely on stupid jokes.  In addition, unlike most superhero films that spend half the time introducing characters by explaining their origin and showing off their powers, what’s fantastic about Rise of the Guardians is we join almost everyone in the middle of the story.  If you’re not familiar with the story, it  revolves around the rebellious Jack Frost (Chris Pine) teaming up with other mythical figures North aka Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), E. Aster Bunnyman aka Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), Tooth aka The Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), and the Sandman to battle the evil Pitch (Jude Law).  Here’s my video blog review and all our previous coverage.

To help promote the film, last week I got on the phone with Rise of the Guardians screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire.  We talked about how the film didn’t tell a typical origin story, the tone, whether there were any dramatic changes along the way, and more.  In addition, with Lindsay-Abaire writing the Poltergeist remake, he talked about the status of the script, whether he wrote it for a PG-13 or an R rating, and when it might shoot.  Finally, since he’s also working on Sam Raimi‘s Oz The Great and Powerful and adapting The Family Fang with Nicole Kidman and Good People, he gave me updates on both projects.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS Review

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The quirky spin on its famous characters isn’t the most interesting aspect of Rise of the Guardians.  The most interesting part of the film is how it upholds fame as the biggest power in the world.  It’s an odd subtext for almost any movie, and especially a family film.  On the surface, there’s not much going on other than some fast-moving visuals and a smattering of jokes that wear too quickly on the premise.  Director Peter Ramsay and screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire may not have crafted a particularly thrilling adventure, but they’ve perhaps unintentionally created a fascinating value judgment.

Screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire Talks POLTERGEIST Remake, Tone, Script Progress, and More

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Earlier today, Steve spoke with Rise of the Guardians screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire about the upcoming film (you can click here for Steve’s thoughts on the movie).  Lindsay-Abaire is also writing the upcoming remake of Tobe Hooper‘s 1982 classic horror film, Poltergeist, which is being produced by Sam Raimi.  During the interview, Lindsay-Abaire spoke about his progress developing the script, the tone he’s going for, capturing the emotion of the original, and the film’s priority for the studio.

Hit the jump for a transcript of what Lindsay-Abaire had to say.

Could Sam Raimi Be Directing the POLTERGEIST Remake After All? [Update: No]

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When it was first announced that director Sam Raimi’s horror classic Evil Dead would be getting the remake treatment, fans were understandably a little apprehensive.  The redo was approached the right way (if there is one), however, as Raimi, Bruce Campbell, and Rob Talpert remained integral to the production as producers.  The first incredibly bloody footage from the Fede Alvarez-helmed remake was unveiled last weekend at New York Comic-Con to an overwhelmingly positive response (read Matt’s recap right here), so it looks as though the update might actually be getting some very rare fan-approval.

Raimi is also involved in another curious remake, an update of Poltergeist, but after some initial confusion over his duties on that film it was confirmed in April that he would only be producing.  Now an interesting report has surfaced online that suggests Raimi could actually be directing Poltergeist after all.  Hit the jump for the details. [Update: THR has amended their original story to say that Raimi will not be directing the remake, he's still just producing.]

Sam Raimi Says THE EVIL DEAD Remake Will Definitely Be R-Rated and is “So Bloody It Will Make Your Head Spin,” Plus Update on POLTERGEIST Remake

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Earlier today, Collider got the opportunity to chat with horror master Sam Raimi on the phone, to discuss the creepy thriller The Possession, which he is producing.  Based on a true story, the film (starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick) shows what happens to one family who must save their youngest daughter from a malevolent force, known as a Dibbuk, that wants to devour her body.

While we will run the full interview closer to the film’s August 31st theatrical release, we did want to share what Sam Raimi had to say about the upcoming remakes of The Evil Dead and Poltergeist.  Having seen almost all of the dailies for The Evil Dead, he said the film is really bloody and really goes for it, that it will definitely be R and could maybe be worse, that there were a lot of ways to improve on the original film, and how exciting it is to see what director Fede Alvarez brought to it.  He also said that David Lindsay-Abaire is currently working on the screenplay for Poltergeist, and that he hopes to have a draft by around the first of October.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

David Lindsay-Abaire to Pen Adaptation of THE FAMILY FANG for Star Nicole Kidman

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In 2010, David Lindsay-Abaire scripted the screen adaptation of his award-winning play Rabbit Hole and, in the process, helped earn Nicole Kidman an Academy Award nom. Today comes news that the two will seek to replicate that success, as Lindsay-Abaire has signed on to write the script for The Family Fang, which Kidman will star in. Based on the 2011 Kevin Wilson novel, Fang tells the story of two performance artists who forced their two children to take part in their “madcap pieces;” filled with bitterness and royally messed up, the kids reluctantly return home as adults to find their parents have designs on one last great performance and still intend for their offspring to play an integral role, whether they want to or not. Kidman will play the clan’s matriarch. Hit the jump for more, including a full synopsis of the book.

David Lindsay-Abaire Adapting His Play GOOD PEOPLE for Focus Features; Frances McDormand to Star

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David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole) opened Good People last month on Broadway, and he’s in negotiations to cash in the rave reviews for a script deal with Focus Features.  24 Frames hears Frances McDormand is attached to reprise her role as Margie Walsh from the stage production.  Lindsay-Abaire, a Boston native, set the drama in the working-class, predominantly Irish neighborhood Southie.  Margie is a high school dropout and single mother of a mentally disabled daughter who struggles to make ends meet.  Tate Donovan (Damages) plays a successful former classmate of Margie’s — their relationship anchors the class politics explored in the production.  It is not specified if Donovan or other cast members are involved in the talks with Focus; Dan Jinks (Milk) is on board as producer.

Hit the jump for the official synopsis and few clips from the play.

RABBIT HOLE Review

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Rabbit Hole is simplistic on the outside. But once opened, the honest portrayal of grief can leave one with a myriad of emotions that strengthen the further you get from the film. Recovering from the loss of a child is a process that people deal with in different ways, and that strain can pull the fibers out of a marriage and fray the family around them. Yet, riding performances that examine the depth of real human emotion and dimension, this isn’t the one-trick pony that it could have been. Instead of treating the theme with nothing but morose sadness, director John Cameron Mitchell utilizes levity and threads it throughout with an earnestness that is at once unfamiliar yet comforting. So hit the jump to follow me further down Rabbit Hole.

Sam Raimi’s Next Film Will Be OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

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It’s been a topic of discussion since this summer.  Now, we finally have confirmation that Sam Raimi’s next stint in the director’s chair will come via Disney’s Oz: The Great and Powerful.  Raimi, who has two other projects on his table in addition to Oz, committed to the Disney project with production set to begin next year on the 3D film.  In addition to Raimi’s commitment, Disney has also brought David Lindsay-Abaire on board to perform re-writes on the Mitchell Kapner (The Whole Nine Yards) script.  Lindsay-Abaire recently adapted his Pulitzer Prize-winning play Rabbit Hole for the silver screen.  That film stars Nicole Kidman and was picked up by Lionsgate at the Toronto International Film Festival last month.

For more on Robert Downey Jr.’s involvement with Oz,  Raimi and Lindsay-Abaire’s previous collaboration, and Raimi’s “other two” projects, hit the jump.

First Images from PASSION PLAY and RABBIT HOLE; Starring Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox, Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart

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Continuing on the journey of first look images, after the jump you can check out the first images from writer-director Mitch Glazer’s Passion Play and director John Cameron Mitchell’s (Shortbus, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) Rabbit HolePassion Play stars Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox, Bill Murray, Kelly Lynch, and Rhys Ifans, while Rabbit Hole stars  Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest, Miles Teller, Tammy Blanchard, and Sandra Oh.

While Mitch Glazer wrote Scrooged, Great Expectations, and The Recruit, this is his first time behind the camera, so fingers crossed he’s made a solid transition.  On the other hand, John Cameron Mitchell has only made two films in the last ten years, so I’m very curious to check out what got him behind the camera again.  I just wish he hadn’t cast Nicole Kidman, as her frozen face has distracted me from enjoying her performances of late.  If this had been the Kidman of ten years ago, maybe I’d have a different opinion.  Anyway, hit the jump for the first images and the synopses:

SPIDER-MAN 4 Start Date Pushed Back, Release Date Now Uncertain; Could Film Be in 3D?

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The next installment of the Spider-Man franchise could lose its coveted May 11, 2011 opening (due to script problems).  Director Sam Raimi has yet to settle on a script, a process that has already involved screenwriters Jamie Vanderbilt, David Lindsay-Abaire, and Gary Ross.  Currently in the hands of Alvin Sargant, who wrote Spider-Man 2 and 3, Sony is still planning on a Summer 2011 release but studio sources are saying, “It is unlikely that May 11, 2011, date will be made.”

Originally set to start filming in February, production was pushed back to early March then late March or early April.  Currently there is no official start date.  While Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal assured fans they were still working toward the original date saying, “I’m going to do everything I can to make May,” she acknowledged the importance of having a completed script, “…I’m not going to start a movie where the script isn’t right yet. Not unless I want my career to be over.”

Hit the jump for more on Spider-Man 4 in 3D and casting.

Spider-Man 5 and Spider-Man 6 Are a Go! James Vanderbilt Writing Next Two Spidey Films!

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While “Spider-Man 4″ is still being put together, Sony is not wasting any more time scheduling Peter Parker’s future adventures on movie screens as they’ve hired James Vanderbilt (“The Losers”, “Zodiac”) to pen both “Spider-Man 5″ and “Spider-Man 6″! So what does that mean for the future of the franchise and director Sam Raimi’s involvement? It’s after the jump:

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