Robert Redford is in talks to join the remake of Disney classic Pete's Dragon. The acting veteran is reportedly in negotiations to sign up to the revamp of the 1977 film as a man who tells tall tales involving dragons that no one believes, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
While the original live action/animated musical was set in a fishing village at the turn of the 20th century, the reboot will be set in a town where loggers are cutting down a nearby forest.
Young Pete, played by Boardwalk Empire actor Oakes Fegley in the remake, is raised by the titular dragon in the forest after his parents die in a car crash.
British rockers Liam Gallagher and Tim Burgess have paid tribute to former Primal Scream guitarist Robert 'throb' Young following his death. Young's passing has yet to be officially confirmed, but the news sent shockwaves through the music industry after it broke on Thursday (11Sep14) and prompted a flood of tributes on Twitter.com.
The musician, who performed with Primal Scream up until 2006, has been remembered by former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, who writes in a post on the social networking website, "RIP Robert Young AKA 'Throb'. Live Forever LG x."
Gallagher's former Oasis bandmate and current Beady Eye co-star Andy Bell adds, "Rest In Peace Robert Young of (Primal Scream). That big power chord in (Primal Scream song) Loaded is ringing out on the other side now."
The Charlatans star Tim Burgess shared a link to a Primal Scream video and added, "So sad to hear of the death of Rob 'Throb' Young... A real good un (sic)."
Further details about Young's death had yet to be revealed as WENN went to press. Primal Scream star Bobby Gillespie previously said of his bandmate's departure, "He went one way and we went another way. He stopped making music and we carried on making music. You just have to get on with your life. Robert Young's an incredible musician, an incredible talent. One of the most talented people I've ever known. I grew up with Robert and I love him like a brother, but we don't see him any more."
We opened 2014 with heated anticipation for the next great turns from Wes Anderson, Richard Linklater, Christopher Nolan, Lars von Trier, and a number of other cinematic vets. But the year has also treated us to a hefty sum of noteworthy first timers. We've caught a wide variety of debut attempts over the course of these past eight months, with enough qualitative range to incite reactions from "The next Hitchcock!" to "I might be able to get you a gig with my friend who does wedding videos, but don't tell him you know me." Here's a quick rundown of the debut flicks we've seen so far in '14, from great to terrible.
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Palo AltoDirector: Gia CoppolaWhy we're already on her bandwagon: In the vein of her aunt Sofia, the young Gia Coppola showcases an indubitable understanding of upper class ennui.
Hide Your Smiling Faces Director: Daniel Patrick CarboneWhy we're already on his bandwagon: Carbone's primarily wordless coming-of-age drama shows off his patience and pensiveness, not to mention his ability to skirt the self-importance than many films of Smiling Faces' ilk seem to bear.
Obvious ChildDirector: Gillian RobespierreWhy we're already on her bandwagon: It's funny as hell even within the margins of genre tradition, and sweet without succumbing to Hollywood sugar.
THE VERY GOOD
Zero MotivationDirector: Talya LavieShows promise of: A knack for absurdist humor and grounded character relationships alike.
It Felt Like LoveDirector: Eliza HittmanShows promise of: A uniquely keen empathy for how young people conduct themselves, both internally and among one another.
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The Bachelor Weekend/The StagDirector: John ButlerShows potential in: A good sense of humor, especially when it veers closer to Apatow than McKay.
Are You HereDirector: Matthew WeinerShows potential in: Social commentary through character construction, but Weiner needs a better handle on cinematic pacing.
The One I LoveDirector: Charlie McDowellShows potential in: Big ideas, and the presentation thereof, but lacks in the ultimate execution of where they can and ought to go.
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Beneath the Harvest SkyDirector: Aron Gaudet and Gita PullapillyThere's room for improvement regarding: A sharper attention to the characters and story, which occasionally fade out of focus at the behest of a vivid North Maine setting.
LullabyDirector: Andrew LevitasThere's room for improvement regarding The acerbic but knowing humor shared by the central family members, in favor of the intense melodrama that the film feels impelled to stuff itself with from time to time.
Cheap ThrillsDirector: E.L. KatzThere's room for improvement regarding: The energy set toward invoking a truly interesting story or course of events, rather than the allowance of the "weird" or "dangerous" to take the wheel altogether like it does here.
TammyDirector: Ben FalconeThere's room for improvement regarding: An authentic commitment to the sincerity in the characters, in place of wild and wacky antics like jetski crashes and deer mouth-to-mouth... though these were probably studio notes, we have to assume.
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Winter’s TaleDirector: Akiva GoldsmanWhat we hope he gets right next time: A more defined storytelling goal. While some of the film's elements worked in a vaccuum, Goldsman had been gestating a Winter's Tale adaptation for years, coming out the gate with something that is oddly both convoluted and terribly narrow.
MaleficentDirector: Robert StrombergWhat we hope he gets right next time: More Angie.
A Coffee in Berlin/Oh BoyDirector: Jan Ole GersterWhat we hope he gets right next time: A better understanding of the fine line between cheeky and irritating.
Earth to EchoDirector: Dave GreenWhat we hope he gets right next time: Ditch the essentially pointless found footage antic and hone in on the fleeting spirit of the kids.
TranscendenceDirector: Wally PfisterWhy we're nervous for his future: Pfister is a skilled cinematographer, but his grasp of character, story, and ambiance seem dangerously absent.
Goodbye to All ThatDirector: Angus McLachlanWhy we're nervous for his future: Ambitions seem to fall shy of originality, settling instead on retreading the same indie dramedy territory we've seen time and time again, but without any discernible charisma.
If I StayDirector: R.J. CutlerWhy we're nervous for his future: A dastardly aesthetic, paper-thin characters, a devoted marriage to teen movie cliches, and a potentially dangerous mentality driving the story altogether do not bode well for Cutler's future behind the camera.
Behaving BadlyDirector: Tim GarrickWhy we're nervous for his future: Because he thought this horrible thing could work.
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When you’ve led a life that had earned you admittance into the Order of the British Empire, presidency over the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and a handful of awards recognizing your work both in front of and behind the camera, it is safe to say that you have done pretty well for yourself. The world must bid a sad goodbye to Richard Attenborough, who has passed away Sunday, but should recall the multihyphenate’s unbounded degree of accomplishment in the world of, and beyond, cinema. Attenborough was 90 years old.
Born in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, to scholarly parents, Attenborough grew up in an environment that seems to have celebrated academia, creativity, and kindness. During the Holocast, Attenborough’s family welcomed into their home a pair of young Jewish refugees from Germany, eventually adopting the girls into the family. Attenborough himself joined the plight against the Third Reich by serving in the Royal Air Force during World War II.
While his similarly renowned brother David went on to pursue work in the fields of nature and broadcast, Attenborough took an early shine to acting, performing at the beginning of his career in films like In Which We Serve, Brighton Rock, and Morning Departure. He also experienced some work on the stage, joining up with the production of The Mousetrap by author Agatha Christie.
The late 1950s and early to mid 1960s saw Attenborough take some big name projects, notably The Great Escape and The Flight of the Phoenix, and comedic projects like I’m All Right Jack and Dr. Dolittle. Attenborough began to appear in fewer films as time went on, however — for fourteen years following 1979’s The Human Factor, he did not appear in a single film.
During this time, Attenborough honed his behind-the-camera skills. The director’s most cherished accomplishment is doubtlessly his 1982 biopic Gandhi, for which he won Best Picture and Best Director Academy Awards. The film featured Ben Kingsley in a memorable, career-expanding performance as the historical activist. Attenborough created another memorable biopic ten years later: Chaplin, starring Robert Downey, Jr. as the silent film icon.
But Attenborough did return to the screen, and in fantastic form: as the big-dreaming John Hammond in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park movies. Some of his most recent contributions to cinema include his directorial projects Shadowlands, Grey Owl, and Closing the Ring. As an actor, Attenborough has appeared in 1998’s Elizabeth and 2002’s Puckoon.
Attenborough is survived by his wife Sheila Sim, whom he married in 1945, and two children: Michael and Charlotte. Attenborough’s daughter Jane passed away in 2004.
Moviemaker Robert Rodriguez has offered pal Jessica Alba a job for life, insisting he wants her to appear in every franchise film he makes. After initially turning her down for a role when she was 17, the director has cast Alba in a string of big films, including Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D, as well as his Machete and Sin City movies.
Now he admits he wants her in every single one of his films, telling WENN, "I met her when she auditioned for me at 17. She was too young for this role for this movie I was doing but I kept my eye on her because she was of the few Latin actresses I saw trying to break through. I encouraged her and said, 'Keep going, keep going'.
"We saw each other over the years and we said we'd have to work together. When it came time for Sin City I met with her and there she was. It was hard to find the Nancy (character) in the book because it was a very difficult character to figure out. But I knew I liked Jessica and I wanted to work with her so I went, 'You know you're just gonna have to create a Nancy'. She created something that even inspired (Sin City creator) Frank (Miller) to write this next story for her... She created almost something new with him.
"I'm always trying to work with Jessica; she's awesome. She's in my Machete movies, she's in my Spy Kids movies. I'm trying to put her into every franchise I have!"
A man who was assaulted during a Hank Williams, Jr. concert in Michigan has died. Robert Kobe, 55, was caught up in a fight with an unnamed 15-year-old boy at the DTE Energy Music Theatre just outside Detroit on Sunday (17Aug14).
According to police reports the teen pushed Kobe during the concert, causing him to fall and hit his head on the concrete floor.
The boy was detained for one night at Oakland County's Children's Village juvenile detention facility and released into his parents' custody, while Kobe, who has been in hospital since the incident, was pronounced dead on Tuesday (19Aug14).
An investigation is still pending, but Kobe's son, Cory Kobe, tells the Detroit Free Press that his father and the teen knew each other prior to the incident, and Kobe may have even provoked the young man.
Cory says, "I want to make sure that this young man gets fair treatment. There are a lot of indications that there was no malicious intent."
Williams, Jr. has yet to comment on the incident.
French actress Eva Green loves her nude scenes in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For because they're just as stylised as director Robert Rodriguez promised her they'd be. The former Bond girl portrays temptress Ava Lord in the new film and admits she put her faith and trust in her director when he asked her to bare all for revealing scenes.
She explains, "He came to my trailer and swore to me that I would look amazing with the right lighting and the right shadows. You always feel quite vulnerable when you're naked on a set and you feel quite silly. With the green screen around you in your tiny thong, it's not that sexy. You trust their vision and it looks stunning. It's not vulgar and it's not indecent. It's not realistic. It's beautiful, I think."
But Rodriguez stopped short of asking his leading lady Jessica Alba to bare all for the cameras, even though her stripper character Nancy Callahan is often topless in Frank Miller's graphic novels.
He says, "When I had seen the book originally it was drawn a certain way. Frank drew these never to be movies. You couldn't find an actress of any calibre for the first movie because she was walking around topless all the time; even when she wasn't dancing.
"It was very stylised, so I knew Jessica wouldn't do topless. It was that hard thing where I could either get someone who's just like the book but can't act like Jessica, or I can get Jessica and we can just cover her up.
"People to this day think she was naked because she does it so sexy and some things were exposed. There wasn't any nudity in the first one; it was all in the mind so we could suggest a lot with costume and attitude."
And modest Alba, who famously has a no nudity clause in her contract, admits she had a ball playing a clothed Callahan in the sequel.
She adds, "In the first film I was 21 and was so young and not really comfortable in my own skin, being on a stage and dancing. It was all kind of terrifying to me. I was terrified. I didn't want to make a misstep and disappoint anyone. In this one I felt more confident and comfortable in my own skin. If I'm gonna be able to do movies I might as well go 150 per cent and really push it and be fearless. That's kind of the attitude I took this time."
And the mum-of-two didn't have to work too hard maintaining her toned physique: "The role kept me energised. I ate a lot of vegetables. You really don't want to eat tacos and burritos all day when you're in a dance costume!"
Nightmare On Elm Street star Robert Englund reprised his role as Freddy Krueger for a convention in Chicago, Illinois over the weekend (09-10Aug14) to raise money for a struggling cinema he frequented as a kid. The actor underwent two and a half hours of make-up to raise cash for Chicago's Midway Drive-In Theater, so cinema bosses can upgrade their projectors.
Englund tells the local Fox News channel, "I love the Midway, I love the fact that they're saving drive-in movies. Like many young men of the Boomer generation, I think that's where I lost my virginity."
Englund charged fans at Flashback Weekend to get their photos taken with iconic boogeyman Freddy Krueger and all proceeds benefited the cinema.
Actress Cheryl Hines married Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. in Massachusetts on Saturday (02Aug14). The Curb Your Enthusiasm star exchanged vows with the son of late senator Robert F. Kennedy at a ceremony held in the estate of the groom's mother, Ethel, at the Kennedy family's compound in Hyannis Port, in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Kennedy and Hines began dating in 2012 and announced their engagement in April (14).
Hines, 48, was previously marriage to management firm boss Paul Young and the pair has a daughter, Catherine Rose Young. They divorced in 2010.
This is the third marriage for 62-year-old Kennedy. He wed Emily Ruth Black in 1982 and they had two children before divorcing in 1994. He then married Mary Kathleen Richardson, with whom he has a further four children.
British dance stars Massive Attack dedicated their charity concert in Lebanon on Tuesday (29Jul14) to the children of Gaza as the violence between Israeli and Palestinian forces continues to rise. The Teardrop hitmakers travelled to the Middle East this week (begs28Jul14) to play a benefit gig in Byblos for the Hoping Foundation, a pro-Palestinian organisation helping to fund the ambulance service in the troubled region of Gaza.
Massive Attack members Robert Del Naja and Grant Marshall used their down time on Monday (28Jul14) to visit young refugees at the Al Naqab Center in Bourj el-Barajneh, Beirut, where they met with displaced youths and chatted to volunteers at the camp, which was initially set up to provide a safe haven for Palestinians escaping conflict in war-torn Syria, which neighbours Lebanon.
Speaking after the visit, Del Naja said, "Like most people we believe in peace and justice over violence and oppression.
"The crisis for Palestinians everywhere is most evident with the horrific violence and loss of life we have been witnessing in Gaza these past weeks. Massive Attack have always supported the Palestinian people in their struggle. We are therefore honoured to be working with these young people, and with the Hoping Foundation that serves them."
Del Naja's statements were reiterated during the band's show on Tuesday, when the stars reaffirmed their support for the people of Palestine by flashing up a message on a big screen during their hit Unfinished Sympathy.
The message read: "Gaza has been occupied or under restrictions since 1948. 8 July Israel starts Operation Protective Edge. Population of Gaza: 1,816,000. Israeli death toll 60. Civilians 7. Palestinian dead 1,200. Civilians 864."