There’s just something sweet about remaking a horrible, horrible, horrible B movie especially if said flick is the one Michael Caine calls his worst film ever and disowns it. Which is why the proposed remake of The Swarm would be incredibly awesome.
Of course, this could go no where really fast. Commercial director Ash Bolland is attached to direct and they haven’t even hired a writer for this. Yep, there isn’t even a script for this project but its moving right ahead. And why should they need a writer? This kind of movie just writes itself. You got bees. You got more bees. And then they attack. Act I, II, and III right there.
And also there needs to be some sort of benchmark for a film to receive “cult” status. After all, you could call this film a “cult” classic even though I have never heard of it, but then again, that might just mean its more “cult” than I thought. Of course, I believed I had a fairly good grasp on what defines “cult” status but still there should be a unit of measurement for something like this. Perhaps you can take the year it was made, divide it by the amount of money it made domestically, factor in its cast, multiply it by the amount of obscurity over star power of its stars and...wow this got way too math heavy for me. I didn’t major in film to talk about multiplication.
No word on whether or not producers Roy Lee and Steven Schneider will draw influence from the 1978 film or the 1975 novel by Arthur Herzog, but given the negative response to the film, I think they should stick to the book.
Source: The Wrap
Rachel Weisz will have sex in her next movie. Again, Rachel Weisz will have a sex scene and possibly multiple sex scenes in 360. Oh, hello Google pervs. Nice to meet you. Please wash your hands.
Of course, we won’t get to see said sex scenes (bye Google pervs!), but the film shows great promise. Directing is Fernando Meirelles who previously guided Weisz to her Oscar win in The Constant Gardner, a riveting international drama. The story "revolves" around a constantly rotating (you like my choice of vocabulary, don't cha?) cast of characters after they have just done the whoopie (but since it’s supposed to be dark and psycho sexual, they will probably not call it whoopie). From the AB post-coital conversation, we go to the BC post-romp convo, to the CD, to the DE, till we finally come full circle back to A. Thus the 360 title. Clever isn’t it?
Which is why it was originally written in 1900 by Arthur Schnitzler titled La Ronde. But I’m sure you remembered that from your Early 20th Century German Dramatics class.
This time around, it’s being penned by Peter Morgan. Morgan is responsible for many critically lauded films like The Queen, The Last King of Scotland, and Frost/Nixon. And we all remember the sexual tension and hot passion from The Queen (hubba hubba QE2!). Hopefully, 360 will also feature Michael Sheen. We’re long past due for a Michael Sheen sex scene. Oh, hello Google pervs again!
Fans of true cinema are in for a treat with this next piece of news. City of God and The Constant Gardener director Fernando Meirelles will work with Academy Award nominated wordsmith Peter Morgan on 360, a tale of the sexual mores of various social classes. The script is inspired by Reigen, a play originally written in 1900 by Austrian author Arthur Schnitzler, who wrote the story that inspired Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut.
The play has been the subject of a few adaptations in the past, including 1950’s La Ronde, and more recently into 1998's David Hare-penned stage adaptation The Blue Room. This iteration will undoubtedly aim for a wider audience and will need a proper cast to warrant broad appeal. Meirelles, who's last film was the critically despised Blindness, needs a solid piece of work like this to get himself back into the good graces of the collective film community that is still sour over his take on Jose Saramago's brutal piece of literature.
With proper casting, this project could be a real winner. I'm already giddy at the prospect of two of the world's finest cinematic talents working together on material with such depth; big name stars willing to go to unexplored sexual and emotional territory will just heighten my anticipation for the film.
Morgan's next credit goes to Clint Eastwood's supernatural thriller Hereafter, due in theaters this December, while Meirelles has two independent dramas that he produced ready for release sometime this year: Rosa Morena, the story of a man's journey from Denmark to Brazil to get a child, and VIPs, which offers "a human look on the life of one of the biggest frauds in the world happened by important people in Brazil."
The God of Legion secular Hollywood’s latest Biblically-inspired action flick is old-school an angry spiteful Almighty with a penchant for Old Testament theatrics. Fed up with humanity’s decadent warmongering ways He’s decided to pull the plug on the whole crazy experiment and start over from scratch.
Fortunately for us the God of Legion is also a rather lazy fellow. Instead of doing the apocalyptic work himself and wiping us out with a giant flood which worked perfectly well last time He opts to delegate the task to His army of angels — a questionable strategy that starts to fall apart when the archangel charged with leading the planned extermination Michael (Paul Bettany) refuses to comply.
Michael who unlike his boss still harbors affection for our sorry species abandons his post and descends to earth where inside the swollen belly of Charlie (Adrianne Palicki) an unwed mother-to-be working as a waitress in an out-of-the-way diner sits humanity’s lone hope for survival. Why is this particular baby so important? Is it the one destined to lead us to victory over Skynet? Heaven knows — Legion reveals little details its script devoid of actual scripture. What is clear is that God’s celestial hitmen want the kid whacked before it’s born.
But Michael won’t let humanity fall without a fight. Armed with a Waco-sized arsenal of assault weapons he hunkers down with the diner’s patrons a largely superfluous collection of thinly-sketched caricatures from various demographic groups led by Dennis Quaid as the diner’s grizzled owner Tyrese Gibson as a hip-hop hustler and Lucas Black as a simple-minded country boy.
Together they mount a heroic final stand against hordes of angels who’ve taken possession of “weak-willed” humans turning kindly old grandmas and mild-mannered ice cream vendors into snarling ravenous foul-mouthed beasts. They descend upon the ramshackle diner in a series of full-frontal assaults commanded by the archangel Gabriel (Kevin Durand) the George Pickett of End of Days generals.
Beneath its superficial religious facade Legion is really just a run-of-the-mill zombie flick a Biblical I Am Legend. Bettany an actor accustomed to smaller dramatic roles in films like A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code looks perfectly at ease in his first major action role wielding machine guns and bowie knives with equal aplomb. Conversely first-time director Scott Stewart a former visual effects artist does little to prove himself worthy of such a promotion serving up some impressive CGI work but not much else worthy of note.
Billy Elliot star Fontana was set to appear as Rodolpho on 24 January (10), opposite Johansson - who will make her Broadway debut in the Arthur Miller play.
The star suffered an onstage head injury during previews last week (begs04Jan10), prompting theatre bosses to cast understudy Morgan Spector in the role while Fontana recovered.
Spector took the stage alongside the blonde beauty on Thursday (07Jan10).
But now Fontana has bowed out of the show entirely.
A statement from the actor reads, "It comes with a great deal of sadness that I make the decision to not return to this production. Knowing that I would not be fully recovered and able to return until after opening, I've chosen to withdraw with great respect to my fellow actors and to my own health."
The dance flick Stomp the Yard stayed on top at the North American box office for the second week, grossing $13.3 million.
Night at the Museum came in second, bringing its total to $205.8 million and making it the fifth highest grossing film of 2006. The only film to open wide this weekend, the horror movie The Hitcher, came in fourth with $8.2 million.
A few Golden Globe winners also saw a boost in box office. The drama The Queen got a huge lift, jumping 233 percent from last week to ninth place after star, Helen Mirren and screenwriter Peter Morgan took home Golden Globe awards. The wartime fantasy Pan's Labyrinth, meanwhile, saw its weekend gross jump 118 percent to seventh place this weekend with $4.7 million.
"Anyone who is skeptical about the positive effect a Globe win can have on a film's box office need only look at this weekend's numbers," Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers told The Associated Press. Many Golden Globe-winning films are expected to be nominated for Academy Awards this Tuesday.
The Top 12 movies grossed $75.7 million over the weekend, down 19.86 percent from last year’s draw of $94.5 million and down 22.18 percent from last weekend’s total of $97.3 million.
The Top Three films at the box office this time last year were: Sony’s Underworld: Evolution, which opened at No. 1 with $26.8 million in 3,207 theaters, averaging $8,375 per theater; Weinstein Co.’s Hoodwinked, which stayed in second place in its second week with $10.4 million in 3,002 theaters, averaging $3,467 per theater; and Buena Vista’s Glory Road, which stayed in third place in its second week with $8.7 million in 2,396 theaters, averaging $3,660 per theater (Click here to read last year's box office report).
BOX OFFICE TOP 10, ESTIMATES
(Source: Exhibitor Relations, Inc.)
No. 1: Stomp the Yard (Sony, PG-13)
• Gross: $13.3 million (-39%)
• Weeks opened: 2
• Theaters: 2,051 (unchanged)
• Per-theater average: $6,485
• Cume to date: $41.5 million
No. 2: Night at the Museum (20th Century Fox, PG)
• Gross: $13 million (-24%)
• Weeks opened: 5
• Theaters: 3,483 (-129)
• Per-theater average: $3,732
• Cume to date: $205.8 million
No. 3: Dreamgirls (Paramount, PG-13)
• Gross: $8.7 million (+4%)
• Weeks opened: 6
• Theaters: 2,214 (+307)
• Per-theater average: $3,935
• Cume to date: $78.1 million
No. 4: The Hitcher (Focus Features, R)
• Gross: $8.2 million
• Weeks opened: NEW!
• Theaters: 2,835
• Per-theater average: $2,904
No. 5: The Pursuit of Happyness (Sony, PG-13)
• Gross: $6.7 million (-25%)
• Weeks opened: 5
• Theaters: 3,066 (-103)
• Per-theater average: $2,185
• Cume to date: $146.5 million
No. 6: Freedom Writers (Paramount, PG-13)
• Gross: $5.5 million (-24%)
• Weeks opened: 3
• Theaters: 2,286 (+107)
• Per-theater average: $2,434
• Cume to date: $26.8 million
No. 7: Pan's Labyrinth (Picturehouse, R)
• Gross: $4.5 million (+107%)
• Weeks opened: 4
• Theaters: 609 (+415)
• Per-theater average: $7,389
• Cume to date: $9.9 million
No. 8: Children of Men (Universal, R)
• Gross: $3.7 million (-41%)
• Weeks opened: 5
• Theaters: 1,524 (+16)
• Per-theater average: $2,450
• Cume to date: $27.5 million
No. 9: The Queen (Miramax, PG-13)
• Gross: $3.7 million (+233%)
• Weeks opened: 17
• Theaters: 1,586 (+1,242)
• Per-theater average: $2,333
• Cume to date: $35.8 million
No. 10: Arthur and the Invisibles (MGM, PG)
• Gross: $3.1 million (-28%)
• Weeks opened: 2
• Theaters: 2,248 (+1)
• Per-theater average: $1,381
• Cume to date: $9.2 million
Scoffing at newspapers who've nicknamed his band "The Strolling Bones," 58-year-old Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has announced that he has given up on drink, drugs and partying so he can be fit enough to perform onstage. The Stones are planning a world tour and Jagger's new solo disc, Goddess in the Doorway, hits stores this week.
Assault charges against Jamiroquai lead singer Jay Kay have been dropped due to insufficient evidence, reports Reuters. Kay had pleaded not guilty to assaulting a photographer and damaging camera equipment at a London nightclub.
Kris Kristofferson was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the ninth annual Diversity Awards presented by the Multicultural Motion Picture Association. Others honored included actors Vin Diesel, Cuba Gooding Jr., Ving Rhames and the directing/producing team of Mike Tollin and Brian Robbins. The honorees are chosen for their work in improving diversity on film and television.
Actors Kevin Spacey and Judi Dench hosted a gala event Sunday in London's Old Vic theater to raise money for the victims of Sept. 11. Tickets cost up to $760 and organizers said they raised $580,000. The money will be donated to the World Trade Center Disaster Fund and a British Council program called Open Minds, created to provide a better cultural understanding.
2001: A Space Odyssey author Arthur C. Clarke was honored at an event at the Playboy Mansion Thursday night, hosted by the Space Frontier Foundation and Diamond Sky. Some in attendance included Patrick Stewart, James Cameron, Bill Paxton and guest speaker Morgan Freeman. Clarke could not join the festivities but participated from his home in Sri Lanka via satellite.
A final unfinished manuscript by quirky satirist Douglas Adams, author of the classic The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, will be published next year on the anniversary of his death, his agent told Reuters. The files for the new novel were found on Adams' computer after he died suddenly of a heart attack in May at age 49. Titled A Salmon of a Doubt will be the sixth and last part of the Hitchhiker series.
Fifty employees were laid off from Graceland, the former home of Elvis Presley, due to declining tourism from the Sept. 11 attacks. In recent weeks, visitor attendance dropped 15 percent.
Dustin Hoffman's Punch Prods. has signed a first-look production deal with Walt Disney Studios and will be producing the upcoming black comedy Goodbye, Hello starring Hoffman and Susan Sarandon. The two entities are also collaborating on the film Personal Injuries, based on the Scott Turow novel, which will also be Hoffman's directorial debut.
Australian actor Heath Ledger will play legendary Australian outlaw Ned Kelly in a new film adapted from a novel Our Sunshine by Robert Drewe. The story follows the life of the 19th century outlaw, who wore armor and became a folk hero Down Under. Production will start in April 2002.
Tickets for the Star Wars Celebration II convention in Indianapolis, Indiana May 3-5 have gone on sale. The convention will take place at the Indiana Convention Center and will pay tribute to the 25th anniversary of the first Star Wars as well as coincide with the release of Star Wars Episode II: The Attack of the Clones.
It's always a bad omen when Alan Smithee directs a movie. But what about one directed by Thomas Lee?
As every student of show-biz minutiae knows, "Smithee" is the pseudonym
Hollywood typically uses when a filmmaker wants his or her real name removed from the final credits.
"Thomas Lee," on the other hand, is a newcomer. Lee makes his first appearance as an Alan Smithee type on MGM's "Supernova," a $70 million sci-fi disaster flick starring James Spader and Angela Bassett as outer-space medical rescue workers.
In reality, Lee is veteran filmmaker Walter Hill ("48 Hours"). Hill, whose last film under his own name was 1996's "Last Man Standing," was booted from the project in February 1999.
Today, Lee's/Hill's orphaned film hits theaters - and the question is: Is "Supernova" about to implode?
"Generally speaking, it's not a good sign," says Paul Dergarabedian, of the box-office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations. "It's never good to have a director have his name removed voluntarily. Or involuntarily."
Sources say the Lee pseudonym was agreed upon by the studio and the director.
Industry watchers say the name is intended to distract audiences (and, if they're lucky, the media) from the fact that the movie is an Alan Smithee-esque production - a typically troubled Alan Smithee-esque production.
Hill, who himself replaced Aussie filmmaker Geoffrey Wright shortly before the shoot began, was removed from "Supernova" after a dispute with MGM over (what else?) money. Hill wanted an additional $1.5 million to shoot more footage. MGM balked, and tested his rough cut anyway. That was the final back-breaker - it was Hill's turn to balk. A final cut was the result of some major re-jiggering by a MGM board member by the name of Francis Coppola.
Last August, Variety reported that Hill might keep his name on the film if he approved of Coppola's version. But that cut - an 88-minute brief pared down to garner a PG-13 rating -- fared no better with test audiences. Most importantly, Hill never saw it, and the rest became credits history. "Thomas Lee" was called into service.
While "Alan Smithee" is most commonly deployed when a directors wants their names off projects, it's not necessarily the name that's used. The Directors Guild of America declined to comment on the pseudonym process, but "Thomas Lee" apparently passed its fake-name standards.
MGM can only hope "Thomas Lee" brings better luck at the box office than "Alan Smithee." Films bearing the Smithee trademark have traditionally bombed, including: "Let's Get Harry" (1986), "Morgan Stewart's Coming Home" (1987), "Ghost Fever" (1987), and the infamous "An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn" (1997), a would-be joke on the Smithee problem that ended up being credited to Smithee when director Arthur Hiller bailed.
Not one of those films grossed more than $1 million at the box office. ("Morgan Stewart's Coming Home" came the closest - taking in a whooping $799,400 during its initial run.)
"Supernova" has a few distinct advantages over its director-less predecessors. For one thing, the studio's not dumping it, opening the film in more than 2,000 theaters. Its January release date is another blessing. With many screens filled up by Oscar-oriented flicks leftover from the holidays, this is a time that welcomes second-hand schlock for the kiddies. Last year, the top grossers of the month were the arguably direction-free teen hits "Varsity Blues" and "She's All That". Even "Supernova's" story line is a plus -- it's a PG-13-rated sci-fi flick, a genre not generally made or broken by a headlining filmmaker.
"You never want to have the director change, but I think this is the right time to release it," says Dergarabedian of "Supernova." "Kids are looking for a kind of movie. They're not necessarily looking at the director. And right now, there's nothing else like it out there."
Of course, there's still a potential problem out there. Unlike the unlikely Alan Smithee moniker, "Supernova's" pseudonym begs a follow-up query: What happens when a real Thomas Lee starts directing?