- Watch: 'Amblin,' the Short Film That Launched Steven Spielberg's Career
- Geek Bites: Robocop Joins 'Star Trek 2', Turn Your Bicycle into a Lightcycle, Batman on 'SNL', and Spielberg Talks 'Transformers' and 'Indy 5' (Updated)
- 'The Dark Knight Rises' Countdown: The Art of Saying Nothing
- Bid on This: Dinner With George Lucas, John Lasseter, Francis Ford Coppola, Chris Columbus, and Philip Kaufman
- Toronto 2011 in 60 Seconds: Nic Cage and the Naked Man, Chloe Moretz Has No Regrets and Tweets, Marketplace Warms Up
Monday, 05 December 2011
-- Actor Peter Weller earned his sci-fi flick street cred when he appeared in Robocop, and now the actor’s prepared to add to his legacy with a major role in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek 2.
No word yet on who Weller might play, but sources tell Deadline that this will be a big part in the film and not some minor supporting role or cameo. This means Weller will be joining the returning original cast (Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto) and newcomer Benicio Del Toro on the film, which is slated for release in May of 2013. Meanwhile, Abrams and Paramount spent the rest of their weekend denying reports that Del Toro would be playing Khan – the character made famous by Ricardo Montalban in an episode of the original series and the second feature film. Feel free to start speculating who Del Toro and Weller might play – your guess is as good as ours at this point. UPDATE: Vulture is reporting that talks broke down last week with Del Toro over monetary issues, and he's no longer appearing in the film.
Thursday, 22 September 2011
It’s the dawn of a new era for Batman on the comics page, and news continues to trickle in for his next cinematic adventure at a slow, but steady pace. Several cast members have been making the rounds at various media outlets talking about other projects, but given the status of The Dark Knight Rises as being a sequel to one of the highest grossing films of all time, it didn’t take long for journalists to turn their questions toward the direction of Gotham’s city limits.
Since there’s been a few of these, let’s start with the earliest one, which came from MTV Movies’ interrogation of Marion Cotillard.
Thursday, 22 September 2011
The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) created the charitable organization Stand Up to Cancer in order to raise funds for groundbreaking cancer research that will hopefully be able to save the lives of the thousands of people dying each day. They're teaming up with Lucasfilm in celebration of the Star Wars
Blu-ray release this month, asking fans to help fight cancer by using the force and bidding on rare Star Wars
items and other goodies. One of those prizes includes dinner for two with filmmakers George Lucas
, Francis Ford Coppola
), John Lasseter
(of Pixar and Toy Story
fame), Chris Columbus
and Harry Potter
), and Phillip Kaufman
writer and Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Thursday, 15 September 2011
The pace of celebrity sightings slows ever so slightly as new distribution deals start finalizing, all in tonight's recap.
Nicolas Cage told reporters today that he was once awoken at two in the morning by "a naked man wearing my leather jacket eating a Fudgesicle in front of my bed. I know it sounds funny ... but it was horrifying." The actor appeared in support of his new film Trespass
, due out on October 14. (Reuters
) (Above: Jason Merritt/Getty Images.)
Star sightings in the past 24 hours: Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Garner, Paul Williams, Johnny Rotten, Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones, Adam Brody, Greta Gerwig, Analeigh Tipton, Ashley Greene, Alicia Silverstone. (National Post
, Toronto Star
, Toronto Life
Thursday, 15 September 2011
Norwegian neighbors get cozy, romantic relationships are examined, and a stand-up comedian enjoys a standout weekend, all in this week's column.
Pick of the Week
Bearing in mind that I haven't seen any
of the films opening in limited release this weekend, my pick is Happy, Happy
, a film about life, love, romance, and sex involving two neighboring couples in Norway. I have three reasons for my pick:
1. Country of Origin: Norway, which means it's likely to be shot through with wry, delightful humor that punctures any sense of self-importance. As a point of interest, it's also Norway's official submission for the Foreign Language Academy Award.
2. Critical Response
: Very good. Stephen Saito wrote
at IFC: "Even without the unexpected jolts of the brightly-attired men's chorus that pops up periodically, Happy, Happy shines when its lead Agnes Kittelsen is on screen." After seeing it at Sundance, Amanda May Meyncke suggested
at Film.com that it "may be one of the nicest and sweetest films about infidelity ever made."
3. The Trailer
: Excellent. It conveys a sense of fun, yet also a degree of thoughtfulness. Watch it below and judge for yourself
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Don’t panic. This may not be stellar news, but it’s also not the worst thing in the world (that distinction still belongs to Chelsea Handler). Nevertheless, fans of classic cinema and / or things that are sacred may want to take a deep breath before reading the next sentence: Variety is reporting that some L.A. production outfit called Splendent Media (which has nothing to do with Chelsea Handler, really) just acquired the rights to 69 Akira Kurosawa projects -- 24 films he directed, 26 films he wrote, and 19 scripts he wrote that were never produced. And exhale.
Splendent Media’s Sakiko Yamada had this to say about the deal, which is explicitly intended to streamline the process of remaking Kurosawa’s material: “We are thrilled... to help contemporary filmmakers introduce a new generation of moviegoers to these unforgettable stories.” Which I guess is sort of like introducing a new generation of art lovers to da Vinci’s Mona Lisa by doodling it on a napkin at the Olive Garden.
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
What local films have been playing on movie screens in Asia in recent weeks? And will any of them travel to North America?
With students flocking back to school, collegiate romantic comedy Star Crossed Love is well-timed. Debuting at the recent Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, Star Crossed Love is set in modern Manila, revolving around a "friends with benefits" relationship between a poor, geeky boy (Edgar Allan Guzman) and a rich, hot girl (Mercedes Cabral, Serbis, Thirst).
Friday, 19 August 2011
and Movies.com once again present the International Trailer Domination Tour
, a selection of the best trailers from upcoming international films. This edition brings you balding, overweight men sliding rocks across sheets of ice, the reunion of Jet Li and Tsui Hark, South African crime noir, French cabaret dancers and an unclassifiable oddity from Japan. Five films, three continents. Not bad.
Friday, 19 August 2011
This is a movie that looks like it's ready to walk off the screen and fight someone. Basically, this looks like everything the first movie should have been. But then again, was there any doubt we'd be in for a testosterone overload with the Crank duo at the helm?
Thursday, 18 August 2011
If sci-fi fans thought life couldn’t get any better when it was announced that Ridley Scott would return to the Alien franchise with his new film Prometheus, then today’s mega-news is something they’d better sit down to hear.
Scott, who’s apparently feeling a bit nostalgic lately, has committed to producing and directing a new version of his film Blade Runner. The 1982 original, which featured Harrison Ford as a burnt out Blade Runner tasked with tracking down escaped androids called Replicants, has gone on to become a cult classic. Through the years, there’s been talk of a sequel – but nothing’s come of it. We suspect that will change now that Scott is involved.
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