Sunday, July 31, 2011
* Last week, I previewed some rather interesting films opening on the last weekend of July.
* Joey Magidson recommended yet another acclaimed sci-fi thriller for his DVD Picks of the Week, and gives us his favorite Ryan Gosling performances.
* Mike Ward reported a surprising drop in the attendance for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 for last weekend.
* Joey also argued that – as a director – Ben Affleck’s star may shine brighter over time than Clint Eastwood’s.
* John H. Foote listed films from the Aughts that he feels are under-appreciated.
* Finally, the results of the ACCA 2001 are in, and I’m proud to say that the Awards Circuit community made some unexpected and delightfully idiosyncratic choices. Well done!
Saturday, July 30, 2011
The Hollywood Reporter has the exclusive:
In response to an Oscar season featuring a significant uptick in campaign parties and schmooze-fests, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is preparing to impose new restrictions on lavish festivities.
A proposal for revised regulations, which sources tell The Hollywood Reporter is currently being drafted by an AMPAS committee, still must be approved by the Academy's board of governors, which next meets Aug. 2. But the plan will almost certainly include new restrictions on the number and kind of events that can be thrown, and insiders expect new regulations to be adopted.
"There will be a tightening of the rules, no question," an Academy insider tells THR.
Friday, July 29, 2011
-Joey's Two Cents: I'm always on the verge of going to the fest, and this might be the year. This particular film could be really interesting...thoughts?
The film, starring Jason Segel, will make its worldwide debut months before at the Toronto Film Film Festival, which gets underway in early September.
In Jeff Who Lives at Home, Segel plays a man searching for the meaning of life while on a mundane errand to buy some glue for his mother.
The film also stars Judy Greer, Ed Helms, Susan Sarnadon and Rae Dawn Chong.
Jeff Who Lives at Home was produced by Steven Rales’ prolific new production company Indian Paintbrush, run by Mark Roybal, formerly withScott Rudin’s company.
-Joey's Two Cents: I very much enjoyed Cyrus, so count me in...thoughts?
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Today's (other) Trailers: Margin Call, Brighton Rock, Tower Heist, Battleship, Happy Feet 2, more...
The rest after the jump...
Any day that involves a Con Air reunion is a good day. Nicolas Cage and John Cusack, who were the stars of the 1997 action film centering on a prison-hijacked plane (genius!), are in negotiations to reteam on The Frozen Ground. The film is based on the true story of an Alaskan family man who, for 12 years, abducted over 24 women and flew them to the wilderness where he hunted them for sport. Detective Glenn Flothe teamed up with the serial killer’s only escaped victim to eventually bring him to justice.
If you thought you knew who would play what role, you’re probably wrong. Deadline reports that Cage is eyeing the part of Detective Flothe while Cusack would play Robert Hansen, the serial killer. Scott Walker wrote and will make his directorial debut on the project. If both actors sign on, this’ll make for one hell of a creepy project.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Audiences came out bigger than expected for the latest superhero to arrive on the big screen as "Captain America: The First Avenger" delivered a strong $65.1 million opening, giving it a huge victory over a rapidly declining "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2". Paramount reps were obviously ecstatic with the reception afforded to "Captain America" and the film opened almost even with May's "Thor", which started with $65.7 million.
With the arrival of "Captain America", everything has lined up nicely for May 4, 2012, when the eagerly anticipated "Avengers" film, featuring Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, Captain America, and other Marvel comic book icons finally sees its realization on the big screen. After some initial alarmingly negative reviews, "Captain America" saw its Tomatometer rise to 74% - on par with the reception critics levied upon "Iron Man 2" (74%) and "Thor" (77%).
Audiences were quite taken with the film and its throwback look and feel, grading it an A- via CinemaScore. The film has yet to make its mark overseas yet, grossing $2.8 million in Italy, the only overseas location receiving the film. Paramount and Marvel are rechristening the film internationally as "The First Avenger".
All in all, its yet another success for Marvel and Paramount, as Chris Evans lines up nicely alongside his counterparts, setting the stage for one of the most eagerly anticipated advance release dates of recent memory.
A "Harry Potter" breakdown (perhaps literally), Justin and Mila receive a warm welcome, and Indian cinema makes some headlines...more analysis, The Weekend Breakdown and The Top 40 after the cut!
Monday, July 25, 2011
Producer Mike Medavoy has acquired rights to the story of the 33 mine workers who were trapped underground for 69 days in the fall and rescued in front of worldwide news cameras.
Oscar-nominated screenwriter Jose Rivera (Motorcycle Diaries) will adapt the movie, which is scheduled to go into production next year.
The movie will recount the events surrounding the mine's collapse and the subsequent rescue efforts, which culminated in the retrieval of all 33 who had been trapped half a mile beneath the surface.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
From Entertainment Weekly:
Presenting… the fairest of them all! “I keep saying to everyone I feel like I’m walking into a snow globe, a fairy tale, every single day,” says Lily Collins, star of Relativity Media’s as yet untitled Snow White, which co-stars Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen. “It’s so epic. I was part of a costume ball today, so you can only imagine the outfits.”
The movie, out March 16, is directed by Tarsem Singh (The Fall, the upcoming Immortals) and promises a world as surreal as anything dreamed up by the Brothers Grimm. Click through for more details…
Ford is attached to star as an aging Wyatt Earp in Black Hats, an adaptation of a Max Allan Collins novel being produced by Thunder Road's Basil Iwanyk and Jason Netter of Kickstart Productions.
Kurt Johnstad, who co-wrote 300 and is co-writing its sequel,300: The Battle of Artemisia, has been tapped to pen the adaptation.
Black Hats blends fact with fiction in its telling of the story involving an older Earp, the one who spent his last years as a private detective and movie consultant in Los Angeles. The spin involves Earp learning that his friend and compatriot Doc Holliday had a son, now living in Prohibition-era New York City. While Holliday is long dead, the son has gotten himself in trouble with a rising mobster, Al Capone.
Earp teams up with Bat Masterson, one of his former deputies and now noted sportswriter for the New York Morning Telegraph, to take on the gang in what becomes a tale of six-shooters versus tommy guns.
Collins wrote the book, published in 2007, under the pseudonym of Patrick Culhane. The author, known in comic circles for creating private eye heroine Ms Tree and writing Batman stories, wrote the graphic novel Road to Perdition, later adapted into a 2002 gangster movie directed by Sam Mendesstarring Tom Hanks, Paul Newman and Jude Law.