Monthly archives "May 2013"

Newsreel (W/e 12 May 2013)

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Tom Cruise to reprise the role of Ethan Hunt for Mission: Impossible 5.

 

Christopher McQuarrie is to write & direct a remake of the Cold War thriller Ice Station Zebra.

 

Shane Black to co-write & direct Doc Savage.

 

Director Bryan Singer confirms that X-Men: Days of Future Past is being shot in 3D.

 

MGM is moving forward with Hot Tub Time Machine 2, but with Parks and Recreation Adam Scott to star as John Cusack will not be returning.

 

Warner Bros. is planning a Dungeons & Dragons movie.

 

Jurassic Park 3’s Joe Johnston is to direct John Travolta in Gotti.

 

Andrew Garfield & Ken Watanabe are to star in Martin Scorsese’s Silence.

 

Universal postpones release of Jurassic Park 4.

 

Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden has been cast as the Prince in Disney’s live-action Cinderella.

 

Robert Redford is to direct & star in A Walk in the Woods, with Nick Nolte in the adaptation of Bill Bryson’s 1998 novel.

 

First CG-animated Marvel film from Disney will be Big Hero 6 is to be released in 2014.

 

Owen Wilson, Joaquin Phoenix & Benicio Del Toro to star in Paul Thomas Anderson’s big screen adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice.

 

William Fichtner has joined the cast of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Could he be playing Shredder?

 

Disney has a shortlist of directors for Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Rupert Sanders & Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman’s Fredrik Bond.

 

WB moves 300 sequel from August to March 7, 2014, and All You Need is Kill from that date to June 6, 2014.

 

Star Wars: Episode VII is to shoot in the UK.

 

Timur Bekmambetov is to produce Squirrels, a new horror-thriller.

 

Robert Downey Jr. is set to team with his Iron Man & Iron Man 2 directorJon Favreau for the indie comedy Chef.

 

Chloë Moretz is set to appear opposite Denzel Washington in The Equalizer.

 

Iron Man 3 continues the battle at the top of the U.S. box-office, while The Great Gatsby surprises everyone at a second place spot.

 

R.I.P. Ray Harryhausen

Opening & Closing films of the Edinburgh International Film Festival

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Drake Doremus’ emotional drama Breathe In will open this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival on 19 June 2013.

 

The film follows broke cellist Pearce, whose life is turned upside down when a British exhange student comes to stay with his daughter.

 

EIFF’s director Chris Fujiwara commented: “In a healthy year for American cinema, Breathe In is clearly a stand-out. It’s an emotionally powerful, beautifully understated and intelligent work from director-writer Drake Doremus, who reveals tremendous sensitivity, style and skill. He also draws superb performances from Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones. Breathe In is the ideal opening film for our festival this year.”

 

Doremus will attend the European premiere in Edinburgh for the film.

 

There will also be a retrospective of director Richard Fleischer. The filmmaker made a variety of Hollywood movies ranging from film noir to science fiction.

 

“Some of Fleischer’s films, such as The Vikings and Fantastic Voyage, are fantasies that can be appreciated on one level by children and on other levels by adults. Others, such as The Girl In The Red Velvet Swing, The Boston Strangler and 10 Rillington Place, are sophisticated thrillers that work in unpredictable ways to engage and challenge the viewer. He is a great director to study to see how the most mainstream forms of film entertainment can be filled with artistic purpose and imagination,” said EIFF artistic director Chris Fujiwara.

 

The retrospective includes Joan Collins as The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955), The Narrow Margin (1952) , Rachel Welch in Fantastic Voyage (1966), Tony Curtis and Henry Fonda in The Boston Strangler (1968), Richard Attenborough and John Hurt in 10 Rillington Place (1971).

 

While the Festival will close with the world premiere of John McKay’s Not Another Happy Ending, which stars Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan.

 

When struggling, maverick publisher Tomas Duval (Stanley Weber) discovers his only successful author Jane Lockhart (Gillan) has writer’s block. He knows if he does not unblock her, that he is finished. With her newfound success, she’s become too happy and she can’t write when she’s happy. The only trouble is, the worse he makes her feel, the more Tomas realises he is in love with her.

 

Chris Fujiwara, EIFF Artistic Director, said: “Speaking as somebody who, before coming to Scotland, knew Scotland partly through its portrayal in films, I’m really excited to find in Not Another Happy Ending a fresh, interesting, and almost idyllic take on the cultural vibrancy of Scottish city life. The film also shows how well the time-honoured genre of romantic comedy can work in the contemporary Scottish context. The film will add just the right note of celebration with which to close our festival this year.”

 

Producer Claire Mundell called the film “unashamedly upbeat, romantic and funny”.

 

This year’s EIFF runs 19-30 June. It will also see the revival of the missed Audience Award, returning after a two year absence.

Newsreel (W/e 5 May 2013)

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James Franco has signed on to direct & star in an adaptation of Andre Dubus III’s The Garden of Last Days.

 

A new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth is in the works with Michael Fassbender to star & Snowtown director Justin Kurzel to helm.

 

Jamie Foxx is in talks to play Daddy Warbucks in Will Gluck’s musical adaptation Annie, although he will be renamed Benjamin Stacks.

 

Kevin Costner is set to star & produce the indie drama Black and White for director Mike Binder.

 

Jon Hamm joins the cast of Minions, the Universal Pictures animation is a spin-off of Despicable Me.

 

Sharlto Copley has been cast in District 9 director Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie.

 

Downton Abbey’s Lily James has been cast in the lead role of Disney’s Cinderella.

 

Michael Mann set to direct Agincourt, an adaptation of Bernard Cornwell’s 2008 novel.

 

Bradley Cooper is the latest cast member to leave the production of troubled western Jane Got a Gun. Ewan McGregor has now stepped into the role.

 

Robert De Niro is to star in Candy Store from Syriana director Stephen Gaghan.

 

Jason Bateman stars in a mysterious new Walt Disney Animation, which is an animal comedy to be directed by Tangled’s Byron Howard.

 

Despicable Me 2 has lost one of its leading voice talents, as Al Pacino has departed the project over creative differences. Benjamin Bratt replaces him.

 

Men in Black 4 is now on development.

 

Iron Man 3 takes a big dent into the U.S. box-office.

Iron Man 3 *****

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Run time: 130 mins Cert: 12A

 

Synopsis: Tony Stark (Downey Jnr.) finds his personal world destroyed by a new enemy called The Mandarin (Kingsley). A global terrorist who will stop at nothing to achieve world domination. Tony is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him.

 

Mismatched buddies, snow, bromance and Christmas, it must be another movie from writer/ director Shane Black. After making his debut feature with the clever Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang, Black has decided to enter the world of superheroes as his follow up feature.

 

No mean feat, since Iron Man 2 was a complete train wreck with too many villains and dull set pieces. Thankfully the bad guys are anything but dull. While the action scenes maybe over the top, but they are exciting and fun at the same time.

 

The two villains in this instalment are Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) and The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). Killian appears to be a rather one dimensional character, but Pearce plays the part with relish making this slimy, crazy baddie memorable.

 

With The Mandarin, Black has decided to go with an alternative version compared to the source material. In the comic books, the character is a kind of Ming the Merciless figure. Now he is a terrorist leader trying to bring terror to the west. Which works better for the film and with one great twist. Kingsley completely hams it up to the max in his performance.

 

In regards to the other characters, Pepper Potts (Gywneth Paltrow) is given more to do and even wears the Iron suit. Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) is given some of the funniest material. While Rhodes (Don Cheadle) and Stark have more time to bond in a Lethal Weapon style relationship. Which is funny considering that film was Black’s first screenplay. Stark is more reserved in this film at the start, but this does not stop Robert Downey Jnr’s slick trademark wisecracks.

 

The actual plot flows between the general comic arc to a spy influenced narrative, which gives the movie a unusual but unique take on the genre. It takes elements from the Extremis comic-book storyline. There are more humour and twists compared to the previous sequel.

 

A much better movie than the previous film and a better script than last year’s The Avengers. If rumours are true and this is Downey Jnr’s last Iron Man film, then he has gone out in style. Stay till the end of the credits for an amusing scene that Marvel fans will get a kick out of.

 

Reviewed by Paul Logan