Posted on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
There are some filmmakers who deserve the benefit of the doubt no matter what absurd projects they add to their plates. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are on that list. Here are two guys with strong instincts for comedy and storytelling, whose misfires at least have the benefit of being interesting rather than bad. They continuously surround themselves with talented people and aren’t afraid to push themselves into fresh new territory. And yes, This Is the End is pretty much a masterpiece.
So I grit my teeth and keep this in mind when I read about this duo attaching themselves to the long-gestating Where’s Waldo movie, which just sounds like a terrible idea. A literally plotless children’s book series does not seem like a strong foundation for a feature film, but hey, I trust these guys.
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An adaptation of Meg (short for “megalodon”) has been in the works for almost 20 years. Back in 2007, director Jan de Bont (Speed) was attached to the a version produced by Guillermo del Toro (Crimson Peak), but after two and a half years of production and millions of dollars spent, New Line pulled the plug.
The killer shark movie has seen signs of life over the years. Eli Roth (Knock Knock) recently signed on to direct Meg, but after being attached for less than a year, he’s dropped out. Now, the director of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Cool Runnings, Jon Turteltaub, is Roth’s potential replacement.
Learn more about Meg below.
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A remake of the 1974 classic Death Wish has been in the works for quite some time now, but development has seen its fair share of speed bumps. The film was originally a passion project for director Joe Carnahan, who wanted Frank Grillo to star, but he dropped out once the studio insisted on casting Bruce Willis. Then Gerardo Naranjo stepped in to direct, but nothing came of that.
Now, two new filmmakers are attached to the project and this thing suddenly has my undivided attention all over again. Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado may not be household names, but this duo has been on the rise and their track record suggests that they’re a perfect match for a new Death Wish.
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Chris Weitz has had a varied career. Weitz directed The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Golden Compass and co-directed About a Boy and American Pie with his brother, Paul Weitz (Being Flynn). Chris Weitz’s career is a little all over the map, but he’s clearly comfortable with drama, as exhibited by About a Boy and his last feature, A Better Life.
For his next directorial effort, he might depict the hunt for Adolf Eichmann. Learn more about the project below.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 by Angie Han
Michael B. Jordan has already revived one flagging franchise with Creed, and now MGM’s turning to him to bring another old property back to life. He’s set to lead a remake of the classic heist thriller The Thomas Crown Affair, which was originally released in 1968 and remade in 1999. And yes, this means Jordan is this generation’s Steve McQueen, or at least its Pierce Brosnan. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, January 11th, 2016 by Angie Han
A Rocky spinoff about Apollo Creed’s son may have sounded like a terrible idea on paper, but when Creed actually opened it was an unqualified success. Audiences loved it — it’s made $105 million so far in the U.S. and counting — and critics adored it. It made a creaky old franchise feel fresh again, without undoing all the earlier installments. Heck, it even won Sylvester Stallone a Golden Globe last night.
All of which is to say a Creed sequel was only a question of when, not if, and now we have our answer. MGM is reportedly eyeing a November 2017 release date for the film, putting it about two years after Creed‘s release. That’s the good news. The bad news is what this might mean for director Ryan Coogler‘s involvement. Read More »
In order to star in boxing movies like Creed, actors like Michael B. Jordan have to train with real boxers. Not only does it get the actors in the right shape, but it helps them appear as if they could be real boxers and aren’t just pretending. And when it comes to the Rocky movies, there’s something else that makes the actors really feel like they’re in the ring.
While appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, co-star Sylvester Stallone explained that in the Rocky films, there is a tradition of shooting what is called a “dead man walking scene” where the actor in the ring actually gets punched in the face by a real pro fighter. And that tradition ended with Michael B. Jordan knocked out on the set of Creed. Read More »
Creed just crossed the $100 million mark domestically at the box office. By this point, following the glowing reviews and the tremendous audience response, it’s fair to say director Ryan Coogler hit this sequel/spinoff out of the park. The film left you excited to see more of Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), and Bianca (Tessa Thompson) taking on more personal and physical challenges.
Following the success of Creed, it’s been confirmed we will see a sequel, but it’s only a matter of when. Find out more about the Creed sequel after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
We know /Film is a movie website, but maybe you’ll forgive us for delving into the wide world of sports for a moment. After all, few moments have impacted culture worldwide like the 1985 exhibition boxing match between Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago. This event shook the sporting world to its core and rattled the foundation of international politics – the world was never the same after Drago hit the mat and Balboa stood triumphant. It’s no accident that the Cold War finally came to an end a few years later.
Now, this astonishing match is finally getting the attention it deserves in a new episode of 30 for 30, ESPN’s acclaimed documentary series chronicling the most important figures and events in the history of sports. Whether you were alive and watching in the days of Balboa’s prime, or too young to realize just how much this event changed life on this planet, this is required viewing.
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