After a rough couple of weeks in which Robert Zemeckis' most recent production tanked at the box office and had his upcoming remake of Yellow Submarine canceled, the Oscar winning filmmaker is taking note of these debacles and will finally contemplate a return to live-action projects. Deadline reports that he's in talks with Paramount Pictures to helm Flight, a character study revolving around a commercial airline pilot named Whip Whitaker whose plane almost crashes but is saved thanks to his heroic skills. Instantly hailed as a hero, an investigation into the cause of the incident reveals that he was flying under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The story then follows the pilot's journey as he is encouraged to embrace his new reputation that he thinks he doesn't deserve, all while the pilot's union and airline try to keep the facts under cover because of the high stakes involved.
John Gatins, who wrote the Zemeckis-produced Real Steel (and was just hired to script a sequel to the October release), penned the screenplay and wanted to direct, but now that the man behind Forrest Gump and Contact is interested in the project Paramount is hotly pursuing him. Denzel Washington is loosely attached to play the pilot, and I'd be very interested to see the two-time Oscar-winner return to more grounded fare (I don't know about you, but if I see another Tony Scott/Denzel Washington collaboration I'll probably throw myself in front of one of the trains at the center of their last two films). Likewise, this would be the first time that Zemeckis would step on a physical set in a decade after helming performance-capture pictures like The Polar Express and Beowulf; an enticing prospect in and of itself.
Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing. A decision is expected soon as the studio hopes to begin filming later this year for a possible late 2012 release.
With Source Code covering science fiction and Hop cornering the market on family comedy, Cat Run offers a taste of sexy, stylized action and buddy humor this weekend. The film stars Paz Vega as a high-end escort who comes into possession of a hard drive containing incriminating evidence against a high-ranking government official. Scott Mechlowicz, Tony Curran, D.L. Hughley and Christopher MacDonald co-star in the John Stockwell-directed flick.
Right now we've got a trio of exclusive images from the film, which hits theaters today! Check them out below and make sure to see catch Cat Run!
The Hollywood director has collaborated with State of Play moviemaker Kevin Macdonald to create the new picture using footage submitted by amateurs.
The pair asked aspiring directors to capture a glimpse of their life on 24 July, 2010, with the successful contributors winning invites to the movie's premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah later this month (Jan11).
And Scott reveals he was pleased with the high standards of submissions.
He says, "I am delighted that we're bringing together contributors from all over the globe in such a unique way. I believe Life In A Day will inspire more people to pick up a camera and tell their stories."
Macdonald adds, "The process of making Life In A Day has been such an inspiring one for me and my team... We got insights into so many people's lives. It is a testament to the skill, insight and generosity of so many contributors that we have ended up with such a powerful, cohesive and emotionally engaging film - which really gives you a flavour of what it was like to be alive on 24th July, 2010."
The winning clips came from a diverse range of countries including Afghanistan, Egypt, Indonesia and Japan.
The two movie moguls urged web users to record their daily lives on 24 July (10) and upload the scenes to the clip-sharing website.
The videos will then be edited into a documentary called Life in A Day, set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January (11).
Scott, who is producing the project, has revealed they have now received a staggering 80,000 submissions from 197 countries in 45 languages. The massive numbers have led the moviemakers to hire a team of 20 assistants to help them scour the clips and cut the footage down to 100 hours before the final editing stage can begin.
He tells Variety, "The sheer number of uploads to the channel is astonishing and exceeds our expectations. I'm as fascinated as anyone by what kind of videos people have uploaded and the kind of film which will result from this innovative endeavour."
Project director Macdonald adds, "It's a mountain, but we're eager to climb it."
The Last King of Scotland director Macdonald has asked film fans to record their daily lives on 24 July (10) and upload the scenes to the clip-sharing website.
The videos will then be edited into a documentary entitled Life in A Day, which will be produced by Scott and is due to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January (11).
Macdonald is hoping the experiment will uncover "some real gems, some real magic" and "open people's eyes to the possibilities of user-generated film".
He adds, "Of course, it's a risk. It could be that I won't get anything interesting back - but I don't think that will be the case."
Participants whose clips are chosen for the final film will receive a co-director credit and will be flown to Salt Lake City, Utah for the Sundance premiere.
Ridley Scott, Kevin Macdonald and YouTube are taking filmmaking by committee to the next level. The two will produce and direct, respectively, Life In A Day, a film composed entirely of videos filmed by YouTube users over the course of a single day. Macdonald will then compile the "most compelling and distinctive footage" (ie. not cute things your cat did, or porn) into what they are calling “the first user-generated feature-length documentary.”
The film will serve as as a "time capsule" according to Macdonald, capturing the events of July 24th 2010. Aspiring filmmakers will submit videos taken on that day to the film's YouTube channel, and any person whose footage is used will be given a co-director credit on the film. 20 of the co-directors will be flown to Sundance in 2011 for the film's premiere. Ridley Scott's production company, Scott Free Productions, is working together with Rick Smolan, CEO of Against All Odds Productions, to distribute cameras to remote areas of the world in order to ensure a diversity of perspectives in Life In A Day. Language will also not be a barrier for the film, translators have been hired to sort through footage filmed in languages besides English.
Life In A Day could prove to be a fascinating social experiment, or a huge mess. Scott and Macdonald are both talented directors, (Robin Hood aside) but editing hundreds of disperate stories into a coherent narrative without falling back on cliches is going to be very difficult. And while I'm sure that some of the submitted footage will be fascinating, I feel bad for whatever interns will have to defy Sturgeon's Law and search through the 90% of crap videos. All I have to request to potential filmmakers is please, nobody send in video of funerals or childbirths. One, because they're really personal events, but mostly because you know that they will end up editing the two together to show how life goes on and it's a circle of life and all that corny stuff, and probably set it to a Snow Patrol song or Jeff Buckley's Hallelujah or something.
Here's the official trailer for the project, and if you want more information on uploading your own videos, visit the Life In A Day YouTube channel.
English actress Keira Knightley is reportedly "furious" at Lindsay Lohan for pulling out of the upcoming Dylan Thomas biopic The Best Time of Our Lives, because she personally persuaded the American star to sign up for the project.
Lohan quit the movie--written by Knightley's mother Sharman Macdonald--last week, citing contractual issues.
But British newspaper The Daily Mail claims the Pirates of the Caribbean star is angry at Lohan's last-minute decision, with filming due to start in early May.
Sienna Miller has replaced the Mean Girls actress as the Welsh poet's wife Caitlin in the film, which focuses on the love triangle between Thomas (played by Matthew Rhys), his wife (Miller) and his mistress Vera Phillips (Knightley).
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The death of Star Trek actor James Doohan has provoked a row between four
Scottish cities over plans to erect a plaque in tribute to his Montgomery Scott
character from the legendary sci-fi saga.
Following the news Doohan died last month, officials in Linlithgow
announced they plan to honour engineer Scotty who, according to Star Trek
folklore, was born in the city in 2222.
But, to the astonishment of Linlithgow council bosses, the cities of
Aberdeen, Elgin and Edinburgh have all also laid claim to being the correct
place to pay tribute to the Scotty character.
Councillor Willy Dunn says, "We have information that Scotty was born here
and then moved to Aberdeen. Fair dos to Aberdeen, you can see where their claim
comes from, but Edinburgh or Elgin? I'm not so sure."
Aside from the debate as to where Scotty was actually born, Dunn has another
matter on his mind: "We are trying to figure out what the name of it (a plaque)
would be, because you can't really have a memorial to somebody before they are
born, can you?"
Aberdeen councillor Pamela MacDonald confirms the city is considering a
tribute of its own, as Scotty once referred to himself as an "Aberdeen pub
crawler" in one episode, according to the official Star Trek website.
She says, "If he came from Aberdeen and there's a quotation to say that then
we should claim him."
Elgin official Keith Sands confirms his city is also looking into the
possibility of a Scotty honor as Doohan once said his character came from
"Elgin, near Aberdeen" in an interview.
Meanwhile, Edinburgh's bid relies on a tit-bit of information from website
SciFi.com, which states Scotty's birthplace as "Edinburgh, Earth".
Councillor Lesley Hinds says, "If he really is from Edinburgh then we
shouldn't let these other places claim him."
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This film is based on Elegy for Iris literary critic John Bayley's biography of his late wife the brilliant writer and philosopher Iris Murdoch. Iris is unconventional in the sense that it does not adhere to a structured plot or story line but instead focuses on their relationship by flashing back and forth between the present and 40 years ago when the two first met. In the sequences taking place in the past Kate Winslet plays a young confident Murdoch in her formative years a woman revered by men and openly bisexual. Hugh Bonneville plays the young and apprehensive Bayley hopelessly pursuing her. The present however reveals a drastic role reversal for the couple: We see Murdoch in her 70s as played by Judi Dench and witness her descent into Alzheimer's disease and the toll it takes on her husband played by Jim Broadbent. The once-subservient husband has been thrust into a caretaker position and painfully tries to cope with his beloved wife's illness and loss of sanity.
Dench deservedly received a best actress Oscar nomination for the fabulous job she does as the older Murdoch. She is convincing as a brilliant thinker and even more believable as her condition worsens--check out the heartbreaking scene when Bayley locks himself in the study to get away from her irrational behavior and she scratches the windowpane on the glass door like a cat while looking at her husband with utter helplessness. Dench conveys her character's vulnerability in a single glance. As an older Bayley Broadbent is as impressive as Dench especially as he struggles to be assertive yet avoid being too harsh. Bonneville as a young Bayley could almost be Broadbent's clone. At first glance he looks like the same actor made to look older through some sort of makeup or special effects wizardry. Bonneville skillfully hatches the young Bayley's traits and tics later perfected by Broadbent. Winslet also Oscar-nominated for Iris (in the supporting actress category) well plays Murdoch's early audacity and boldness.
Director Richard Eyre does a beautiful and seamless job flowing from the past to the present throughout the film. Although the film barely delves into Murdoch's work the importance of her writing is established with scenes from a BBC interview or a luncheon given in her honor. Eyre also does an exceptional job conveying Bayley's hopeless predicament: he fusses over Murdoch like an overprotective parent intermittently lashing out at her only to apologize sobbing afterward for having done so. It's sweet and pitiful especially since Bayley believes that the Iris he fell in love with is still in there somewhere. But while the film is visually exquisite and convincing the subject matter is not necessarily entertaining. We know Murdoch will eventually succumb to her illness but it's even more dreadful to have to watch every agonizing step. By the time Murdoch was reduced to playing in the dirt and watching Teletubbies I found myself wondering When is she going to die already?
Told from the perspective of one innocent maid Mary Macearchran (Kelly MacDonald) the story starts as she arrives at the magnificent country estate of Gosford Park. On this particular weekend host Sir William McCordle (Michael Gambon) and his wife Lady Sylvia (Kristin Scott Thomas) have invited an eclectic group to the house for a shooting party. The guests include Sylvia's two sisters (Geraldine Somerville Natasha Wightman) their respective loser husbands (Charles Dance Tom Hollander) her cantankerous aunt Constance (Maggie Smith) for whom Mary works British matinee idol Ivor Novello (Jeremy Northam) and his American friend Morris Weisman (Bob Balaban) a film producer who makes Charlie Chan movies. As the upper-crust guests bicker about money and power the ranks of house servants personal maids and valets below make sure their charges are well taken care of under the guidance of the head butler Jennings (Alan Bates) head housekeeper Mrs. Wilson (Helen Mirren) and head cook Mrs. Croft (Eileen Atkins). Through Mary's eyes we see that the glamour of the upstairs patrons and the seeming precision downstairs are not all they seem. The two worlds are destined to collide and when they do it leads to only one thing--murder.
One of the joys of an Altman movie is his uncanny ability to take a huge ensemble cast of really good actors and carve out a film from their personal stories. This style can also work to the film's detriment however and in Gosford Park the mostly British cast melds together almost too well. Often you can't even tell who's who. Still with all the talent involved there are at least a few bright moments: Smith as the wisecracking Constance an old lady who's very used to being waited on hand and foot gets all the best lines and delivers them flawlessly and veteran actress Mirren is also brilliant as the staunch Mrs. Wilson. She turns in one of the film's only heartbreaking scenes as her character grieves for the son she gave away long ago in the name of servitude. Also good are MacDonald as the young Mary Clive Owen as the valet Robert Parks who carries more than just a chip on his shoulder and Emily Watson as the headstrong chief housemaid Elsie. Northam too shows off his musical abilities as the suave piano-playing singing Novello. The rest all blend together except unfortunately the two American actors--Balaban comes off as annoying and Ryan Phillippe playing an actor pretending to be Morris' valet is in way over his head.
Interestingly the film is taken from a story idea dreamt up by Altman and Balaban. One wonders if perhaps the two were inspired to create Park after watching an episode of the classic '70s British television drama Upstairs Downstairs which was about a wealthy British household whose servant class had just as many dramas as the people they served (hmm sounds familiar). Sure it's conceivable that two Americans sitting around talking about making a distinctly British movie (and a period piece to boot) could pull it off and with a tremendous talent like Altman attached you'd think it would work. But Park misses the mark. The Altman-esque qualities are all there--the way he interweaves his characters' stories and shows real people with real emotions--but maybe just maybe Altman is simply out of his element. You enjoy the ride but it's not a ride through appealing territory and you're definitely watching from the window as the characters live a life you never really become a part of.