Katie Holmes is just about the last person you’d expect to see with a gun in her hand, angrily staring down violence in a small town. And that’s probably a significant part of the reason she was cast in Miss Meadows, from writer/director Karen Leigh Hopkins. Holmes plays a small-town teacher who has a dark secret. She doesn’t just teach manners to young kids; she also violently enforces them by night, with a pistol rather than a ruler. Check out the Miss Meadows trailer below.
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Leprechaun: Origins helmer Zach Lipovsky will be directing a Dead Rising movie based on the popular Capcom survival horror video game series. The film is being produced by Legendary Pictures’ new Legendary Digital Media division and Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. After the jump we have a lot more information on the project.
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Mention a Galaxy Quest sequel and the Internet sets on fire. Earlier this month, a few quotes from the cast of the cult 1999 comedy got people very excited for a possible follow-up to the film. Alas, there’s no actual movement on a film sequel. There is, however, a Galaxy Quest sequel coming to your local comic shop. A second one in fact. You can see a glimpse at the cover above, but the full thing and more info about the latest Galaxy Quest sequel comic are below. Read More »
We’re back in a familiar part of a cycle with respect to James Cameron and his films, where, in the long and seemingly fallow period between movies, people tend to question the wisdom of his next move. It happened before Titanic, and before Avatar. We know how both of those films turned out, at least from the perspective of business and cultural impact. But we still wonder about the value of making not one, but three Avatar sequels.
Cameron and Fox have been developing the movies for a while, and will soon start in earnest on production, with the first film scheduled for release in late 2016. And to hear the writer/director tell it, Avatar is the vehicle through which he can express all his artistic ideas going forward. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by Angie Han
For most cinephiles, there’s nothing more obnoxious than a glowing cell phone screen in the middle of a dark theater. But the fact is that there are plenty of other moviegoers who don’t mind, or even prefer, texting during movies. And now some theaters are experimenting with a new way to welcome them. Certain cinemas in China are rolling out “bullet screens,” which will display text messages from the audience about the film that’s playing. More details after the jump.
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Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness.
Header Photo: James Hance’s “Galaxy Explorers” painting
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Tragic as the reason was, there’s been a muted pleasure in seeing people go back to The Fisher King in the wake of Robin Williams‘ death. The 1991 movie is among the least flashy of Terry Gilliam‘s films, and one that in the past decade or so seems to have taken a back seat to consideration of higher-profile films like Brazil and Twelve Monkeys.
The Fisher King is a great movie, and a strange one. But it grounds Gilliam’s quirky and excessive tendencies in a handful of really wonderful characters who are brought to life by great performances. Robin Williams, in particular, is at the top of his game as a man whose life has turned completely upside-down in the wake of his wife’s death. The film can be relentlessly brutal, but it is also beautifully funny, and full of life. At it’s heart, this is a musical, and it’s a pleasure to see Gilliam and the cast play.
There are a lot of treasures hidden on now out of print Criterion laserdiscs, and here’s one of them. This feature commentary from Terry Gilliam isn’t in print any longer, as it only appeared on the laserdisc release of the movie. But you can listen to the Fisher King commentary below. Read More »
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For better or worse, Frank Miller helped define superheroes in the ’80s with his grim and often violent stories featuring Marvel’s Daredevil and DC’s Batman. His work on those books had an influence that is felt in comics and film today, 30 years after the publication of some of Miller’s work. The most recent run of Batman films, directed by Christopher Nolan, bore significant Miller influence, not least being the title The Dark Knight. But Miller hasn’t seen those movies. In fact, Frank Miller hates Batman movies, and can hardly bear to watch any film based on characters he has worked on. Read More »