Monday, March 31, 2008
Here's a plot outline from the IMDB: In a hospital a little girl with a broken collar bone meets a bedridden man who starts telling her a fantastical story which reflects his state of mind. As time goes by fiction and reality start to intertwine in this uplifting epic fantasy.
There are only a handful of reviews available, one of the being a pretty dismissive pan from Dennis Harvey in Variety. Roger Ebert is quoted on the poster as calling the film "Magnificent" (he was a huge champion of THE CELL, calling it one of the best films of the year) but no full review is available on line.
I will add the trailer for THE FALL in a moment.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Aint-it-cool is linking its readers to the original source of the story...here's that link:
The proposed series would air on the Sci-Fi channel; Eick is starting to write the pilot any day now. I will be keeping a close eye on this project.
Stone has been one of my absolute favorite filmmakers ever since I started taking film seriously. His last film was WORLD TRADE CENTER, which I thought was excellent, though a major departure from what audiences have come to think an "Oliver Stone film" is or should be. I wonder if Stone will be bashing Bush or playing it safe? I don't know what events are depicted in the script and how expansive the film's timeline will be. In any case, this is one of my most anticipated up-coming films. The other presidential films of Stone's career, including JFK and NIXON, have been masterworks as far as I'm concerned. My only question at this time over the film is who will be serving as Stone's cinematographer. He used to exclusively work with Robert Richardson (one of my favorites) but since ANY GIVEN SUNDAY, Stone has bounced from dp to dp (Salvatore Totino shot SUNDAY, Rodrigo Prieto shot ALEXANDER, and Seamus McGarvey shot WORLD TRADE CENTER). I am hoping for the return of Richardson.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Now, I am posting this with the full disclosure that I am sick of all of the Tom Cruise bashing. It's boring, obnoxious, and pretty tired at this point. So what....the guy is a Scientologist, is outspoken, and likes to jump on chairs. Big fucking deal. As long as he continues to deliver great performances in quality films that's all I really care about. I have never quite understood how some people turned their back on him. What people do in their personal life shouldn't make a difference when it comes to actors and people we pay to entertain us. Unless you want it to interfere. Personally, I could care less what celebrities say and do on their free time. That's their business. As long as I am not let down when I pay my hard earned money to watch their movies is pretty much all I care about. In the case of Tom Cruise, it's just asinine to be honest. He is arguably the biggest movie star of all time. Look at his resume: TOP GUN, RAIN MAN, BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY, A FEW GOOD MEN, THE FIRM, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, EYES WIDE SHUT, MAGNOLIA, VANILLA SKY, MINORITY REPORT, WAR OF THE WORLDS, JERRY MAGUIRE, THE LAST SAMURAI, COLLATERAL. I am sure I have missed others. He's always intensely committed to whatever project he's working on, and he always delivers. At least for me.
Now, having got all that out of the way, the above video represents the greatest celebrity impression that I think I have ever seen. The actor's name is Miles Fisher and he plays Cruise in the upcoming spoof movie SUPERHERO MOVIE, which comes out this weekend. As for the movie, I won't be seeing it until it hits DVD (if that...). I also want to state that I absolutely hate the TV spots for SUPERHERO MOVIE with the news reporter ending the trailer with the phrase "Tome Cruise is dead." It's utterly tasteless and not funny in the slightest. But this clip clearly demonstrates a serious comedic talent in Fisher, and an uncanny ability to impersonate one of the biggest celebrities of all time. He has everything down: the voice, laugh, mannerisms, and hand gestures. It's uncanny.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
"William Monahan will pen a fact-based thriller for Paramount based on an article that will appear in Playboy later this year. It's the story of a drug dealer who traded a prison sentence to go undercover at a maximum security hospital for the criminally insane, where he tried to get a serial killer to divulge the whereabouts of his victims. Graham King will produce with Alexandra Milchan, and the Par project kicks off a first-look deal that King's GK Films has made with Monahan, who will take an office in King's new Santa Monica HQ. Joel Gotler will be exec producer. "We really connected on 'The Departed,' and it'll be fantastic to have a writer of Bill's caliber in the office every day, not just to write, but to bounce ideas off," King said. "When I told Bill this incredible story I'd bought, he said, 'I've already got the movie in my head.'" Monahan followed "The Departed" by scripting the Ridley Scott-directed Warner Brothers thriller "Body of Lies," starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe. He just wrote the thriller "Nothing in the World" and recently signed to adapt the remake of hit Korean film "The Chaser" for WB."
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Clint Eastwood is now set to direct and star in GRAND TORINO for Warner Brothers. The fast production already has a December 2008 release planned. Clint is also behind this November's THE CHANGELING, a child abduction drama, for Universal. He's directing that film with Angelina Jolie toplining. No plot details have surfaced about GRAND TORINO, but one would assume it has to do something with cars...and we also have to assume that both of these films will be award contenders...
Peter Berg (THE KINGDOM, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) is now officially attached to direct a big-budget re-make of DUNE for Paramount. I am a huge fan of Berg and his filmmaking aesthetic so the chance to see him tackle a crazy, cerebral sci-fi films is quite exciting. Although someone like Ridley Scott might, on paper, be a better choice for an epic like DUNE, Berg hasn't disappointed yet so I am willing to bet on him at the moment.
Anthony Minghella (54) and Arthur C. Clarke (90) passed away yesterday; very sad. Condolences to their families.
My favorite movie blogger, Jeffrey Wells @ www.hollywood-elsewhere.com , lost his sister to cancer yesterday as well. Losing a family member is never easy; my thoughts and prayers go out to him.
Director James Mangold (3:10 TO YUMA, WALK THE LINE) is set to make his first action film -- CYCLOPS -- which is based on a graphic novel, for Warner Brothers. The story is trippy, with this description from Variety really grabbing my interest: set in the near future, the actioner concerns mercenary forces whose soldiers wear Cyclops-like cameras in their helmets and broadcast in real time to both central command and living rooms. One mercenary chosen to lead an elite squad begins to realize he isn't fighting for freedom and justice as much for commerce. Sounds very cool to me. Very cool.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
I was very pleased to see that THE BANK JOB held really well at the box office this weekend. Granted, it will only be a modest success in it's theatrical life, but the fact that it only fell 20% or so in it's second weekend means that the people who have seen it have loved it (it's terrific, the most entertaining film of the year so far) and they've told their friends to make an effort to see it in the theaters. It's a great genre film, with strong writing and juicy characters. It's a sexy piece of entertainment desgined for thinking-cap adults who respond to complicated plots that yields explosive divedends. If THE BANK JOB had a better title, I really think it would have done even better. Still, if it's able to gross $25-30 million in the theaters, that'll be sweet. It'll do a bundle on dvd, a market where films like this tend to do really well.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Also, I should be getting last years quirky Michael Douglas comedy THE KING OF CALIFORNIA from nextflix tomorrow; looking forward to that one.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
"Werner Herzog's docu about the daily lives of Antarcticans, "Encounters at the End of the World," will be distribbed jointly by ThinkFilm and Image Entertainment in partnership with Discovery Films. "Encounters," which will bow June 11, preemed at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival and marks Herzog's return to the theatrical documentary form after 2005's critically hailed "Grizzly Man." He previously partnered with Discovery Films on that pic, which saw healthy domestic B.O. of about $3 million. Herzog is known for visually stunning and insightful portraits that telescope the starkest of individual experiences into metaphors about the human condition. Here, lensing entirely on location, he explores the existence of people working in literally blinding conditions, as well as natural elements such as a volcano and, yes, penguins.
Herzog begins at the populated research center McMurdo Station, with its yoga studios and ATMs, and journeys deeper into the vast landscape of the South Pole. Docu was written, directed and narrated by Herzog."