If you're ready to see actor Sam Worthington branch out and leave the swords, sandals and blue CG-skin behind, then you're going to want to keep an eye out for The Texas Killing Fields.
The film, directed by the legendary Michael Mann's daughter Ami Canaan Mann, revolves around Worthington's sheriff character who's partnered up with a new cop from New York (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) to hunt down a elusive serial killer. In this exclusive clip from the film, we get a sense of the film's moody tone, a chase between Worthington, Morgan and the killer, shrouded in shadow.
The Texas Killing Fields co-stars Chloe Moretz and Jessica Chastain, and hits theaters October 14.
On the heels of True Grit's 2010 triumph, another classic western is set to receive the remake treatment. Deadline reports that Unstoppable director Tony Scott is in talks revisit The Wild Bunch, Sam Peckinpah's 1969 tale of aging outlaws angling for one final heist during the waning days of the frontier.
Just how soon the film will be able to start shooting is unclear, as Scott's schedule is already jammed with a slew of high-profile projects, including Hell's Angels, about the legendary biker gang, remakes of Top Gun and Potzdamer Platz, and an adaptation of John Grisham's novel The Associate. According to Deadline, Scott is hoping to shoot Angels next with Jeff Bridges, but the film's start date contingent on the Crazy Heart star's equally busy schedule. That is, if he wants to make the film; apparently, the film's producers have yet to reach out to the actor regarding the role. Might want to get on that one, fellas.
Check out the trailer for Scott's most recent blockbuster, Unstoppable:
The Texas Killing Fields trailer recreates the true story of the desert wasteland outside Texas City, wherein over sixty murder victims have been discovered over the past forty years. Sam Worthington and Chloe Moretz lead a cast in what seems to be a somewhat disjointed and flat adaptation of the real-life horror story.
The film, which will be playing at the 2011 Venice Film Festival and opens October 7. Ami Canaan Mann (Heat) directs a cast including Stephen Graham (who will be returning as Al Capone in the upcoming season of Boardwalk Empire), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen), Jessica Chastain (The Help) and Jason Clarke (Public Enemies).
We’ve got the first trailer for the The Thing prequel (which is also called The Thing but you know, whatever) and for a horror movie prequel it doesn’t look half bad. Why? Mary Elizabeth Winstead, that’s why. I’d watch her watching a painting of grass grow dry.
For those wondering what the Apocalypse will sound like, it’ll be Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp pretending to be the Lone Ranger and Tonto in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced remake of the classic show. Disney set the movie for a Decemeber 21, 2012 release, just in time to watch the Mayans return to kill us all or witness an asteroid hitting earth or whatever is predicted to end the world.
So, the good news is that you get to go out in style with Hammer's Lone Ranger and Depp's Tonto. Or if that is not your style, you have the choice of Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up spinoff or Ang Lee’s Life of Pi to entertain you as you drift off into the sweet ether of the Apocalypse.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Man, Jaime Campbell Bower is just racking up the franchises. To start off, he stars as King Arthur in Camelot on Starz. Not a bad gig. But he’s also Caius in the Twilight movies and plays a young Grindelwald in the final Harry Potter films. Those are three fairly big franchises to be a part of and now he’s adding one more. Bower landed the lead in The Mortal Instruments, a film based off of Cassandra Clare’s novels.
Lily Collins also landed the female lead, Clary Fray. Apparently she can see things that normal people can’t and Bower's character is one of the people she can see. It has to do with demons, shadows, and stealing her mother back. It sounds interesting, but curse that handsome, talented actor for getting another starring role! Save some for the rest of us, no?
See George Clooney. See George run. Run, George! Run! See George wear sandals. Why does George wear sandals while running? George is in a movie by Alexander Payne. The Descendants! The movie opens December 17th. George tries to find man with whom wife had affair with. George run after the man. Run, George! Run! See George run:
UPDATE: Variety reports that Sony Pictures is negotiating to co-finance and take foreign distribution rights to Django Unchained. The news shouldn't surprise those familiar with Will Smith, who's the leading candidate the star in the pic. The actor is Sony's star player and bends over backwards to be involved in anything he does. So if he wants to travel to Tarantino land, the studio will follow with its wallet out ready to finance. It would be Tarantino's first film at Columbia Pictures/Sony ever. The Weinstein Company will handle domestic distribution.
EARLIER: Despite telling Vulture that he just “finished it on Tuesday”(referring to the completion of the screenplay for his new film), several names have already emerged as possible stars for the lead role in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. Apparently Will Smith has become the front runner to star as a freed slave on the manhunt for the plantation owner that has his wife. The character will be joined by a German bounty hunter who most will be played by Inglorious Basterds stand out Christoph Waltz. Another named being tossed around for lead role is Samuel L. Jackson, a Tarantino veteran.
Look, I’ll be the first to admit that Tarantino can sometimes get a little too wrapped up in his ego for his own good. But the man makes some damn good films. And Will Smith? That motherfucker has charm oozing out of his (sculpted) buttocks. Combining the two? Aww yeah. And Tarantino and Waltz have already proven to be a powerful team. Plus Tarantino is at his best when he’s paying homage to his favorite genres and Western's seem to be the most obvious choice for him tackle next. This just sounds too good to be true, so I’m going to get cynical and say it will never happen. Oh but I want it to so badly! Hope reigns supreme once again.
However, there's another reason to be cynical about this casting rumor. Tarantino’s scripts have never shied away from racism or the N-word. Will Smith has famously cultivated a warm, non-threatening image and appearing in a Tarantino flick is the antithesis of everything he's done in the film industry. But as the source so eloquently put it (and is the very best justification of using the N-word I’ve ever seen) “...let’s not forget that Denzel Washington won his two Oscars playing characters who used the N-word.” Well said, Hollywood Reporter. Well said indeed.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
The first and most important thing you should know about Paramount Pictures’ Thor is that it’s not a laughably corny comic book adaptation. Though you might find it hokey to hear a bunch of muscled heroes talk like British royalty while walking around the American Southwest in LARP garb director Kenneth Branagh has condensed vast Marvel mythology to make an accessible straightforward fantasy epic. Like most films of its ilk I’ve got some issues with its internal logic aesthetic and dialogue but the flaws didn’t keep me from having fun with this extra dimensional adventure.
Taking notes from fellow Avenger Iron Man the story begins with an enthralling event that takes place in a remote desert but quickly jumps back in time to tell the prologue which introduces the audience to the shining kingdom of Asgard and its various champions. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) son of Odin is heir to the throne but is an arrogant overeager and ill-tempered rogue whose aggressive antics threaten a shaky truce between his people and the frost giants of Jotunheim one of the universe’s many realms. Odin (played with aristocratic boldness by Anthony Hopkins) enraged by his son’s blatant disregard of his orders to forgo an assault on their enemies after they attempt to reclaim a powerful artifact banishes the boy to a life among the mortals of Earth leaving Asgard defenseless against the treachery of Loki his mischievous “other son” who’s always felt inferior to Thor. Powerless and confused the disgraced Prince finds unlikely allies in a trio of scientists (Natalie Portman Stellan Skarsgard and Kat Dennings) who help him reclaim his former glory and defend our world from total destruction.
Individually the make-up visual effects CGI production design and art direction are all wondrous to behold but when fused together to create larger-than-life set pieces and action sequences the collaborative result is often unharmonious. I’m not knocking the 3D presentation; unlike 2010’s genre counterpart Clash of the Titans the filmmakers had plenty of time to perfect the third dimension and there are only a few moments that make the decision to convert look like it was a bad one. It’s the unavoidable overload of visual trickery that’s to blame for the frost giants’ icy weaponized constructs and other hybrids of the production looking noticeably artificial. Though there’s some imagery to nitpick the same can’t be said of Thor’s thunderous sound design which is amped with enough wattage to power The Avengers’ headquarters for a century.
Chock full of nods to the comics the screenplay is both a strength and weakness for the film. The story is well sequenced giving the audience enough time between action scenes to grasp the characters motivations and the plot but there are tangential narrative threads that disrupt the focus of the film. Chief amongst them is the frost giants’ fore mentioned relic which is given lots of attention in the first act but has little effect on the outcome. In addition I felt that S.H.I.E.L.D. was nearly irrelevant this time around; other than introducing Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye the secret security faction just gets in the way of the movie’s momentum.
While most of the comedy crashes and burns there are a few laughs to be found in the film. Most come from star Hemsworth’s charismatic portrayal of the God of Thunder. He plays up the stranger-in-a-strange-land aspect of the story with his cavalier but charming attitude and by breaking all rules of diner etiquette in a particularly funny scene with the scientists whose respective roles as love interest (Portman) friendly father figure (Skarsgaard) and POV character (Dennings) are ripped right out of a screenwriters handbook.
Though he handles the humorous moments without a problem Hemsworth struggles with some of the more dramatic scenes in the movie; the result of over-acting and too much time spent on the Australian soap opera Home and Away. Luckily he’s surrounded by a stellar supporting cast that fills the void. Most impressive is Tom Hiddleston who gives a truly humanistic performance as the jealous Loki. His arc steeped in Shakespearean tragedy (like Thor’s) drums up genuine sympathy that one rarely has for a comic book movie villain.
My grievances with the technical aspects of the production aside Branagh has succeeded in further exploring the Marvel Universe with a film that works both as a standalone superhero flick and as the next chapter in the story of The Avengers. Thor is very much a comic book film and doesn’t hide from the reputation that its predecessors have given the sub-genre or the tropes that define it. Balanced pretty evenly between “serious” and “silly ” its scope is large enough to please fans well versed in the source material but its tone is light enough to make it a mainstream hit.
There is a time, place and means of doing remakes. Every film isn't deserving of one and the those that should (and will) be remade should respect the original. Well, as long as the film being remade is one of the greatest films ever put to film, then it should be treated with respect.
Seven Samurai is one that needs its respect when being remade (and it is one of the few "classics" that is well suited for a re-imagining or a fresh interpretation). The Magnificent Seven? That’s how it’s done. You take the central premise - seven warriors gathering to defend a place - and then transplant it to a setting that is relevant to the audience. The original spoke to the Japanese due to samurai heritage. The American remake dealt with cowboys.
Now The Weinstein Company wants to produce a contemporary remake with paramilitary officers from around the world. From the guy who directed The Tournament, Scott Mann. Didn’t see it? That’s why you should be worried about this movie. I guess I can kind of see how bringing the officers in from all over the world shows how we have become into a global community, but it still smells too much like GI Joe. Mann has been given a $60 million budget and... yeah. It should be full of big mindless action and have nothing to do with the film that inspired every action subsequent movie until said tropes became cliches.