Universal and Paramount are both celebrating their centennial anniversary in 2012, and like Paramount, Universal is debuting a new logo to mark the occasion. That logo will bow on March 2 in front of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, and be on all Universal films going forward.
The studio is doing something much better than that, however. A press release announces that Universal will also restore thirteen classic films this year. The films are: All Quiet on the Western Front, The Birds, Buck Privates, Dracula (1931), Dracula (Spanish, 1931), Frankenstein, Jaws, Schindler’s List, Out of Africa, Pillow Talk, Bride of Frankenstein, The Sting and To Kill a Mockingbird. Precise details of the restorations are yet to be revealed.
Many of those will hit Blu-ray, starting with To Kill a Mockingbird this month; Jaws and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial will follow, with 2012 finishing off with Blu-ray releases of Universal’s classic monster lineup and Alfred Hitchcock films. The full press release is below. Read More »
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In recent months, Hollywood has been working to re-animate the Frankenstein legend with a bevy of remakes, reboots and reimaginings that are in various stages of development. The one that’s furthest along is Fox’s Frankenstein, which just landed Real Steel and Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy and is based on a script by Max Landis, son of legendary director John Landis. It’s previously been described as a revisionist story that presents “a sci-fi take on the traditional Mary Shelley story, focusing on themes of friendship and redemption.”
Landis recently spoke to Shock Till You Drop about the film and not only revealed a few precious details, told a great story of how he became interested in the mythology in the first place. You’re sure to learn something about Frankenstein, both this movie and the legend, after the jump. Read More »
Last week, rumors circled that Real Steel director Shawn Levy was thinking of leaving the 3D remake of Fantastic Voyage and looking to jump ship to another Fox project: Frankenstein. Variety is now reporting that, a few minor details aside, that’s become a reality. The film is written by Max Landis and is reportedly a revisionist story that presents “a sci-fi take on the traditional Mary Shelley story, focusing on themes of friendship and redemption.” Levy’s involvement puts this film in the pole position to come out before a half-dozen similar films currently in development. Read More »
I guess that Will Smith meeting didn’t go too well. After news broke that Shawn Levy might leave Fox’s 3D reboot of Fantastic Voyage based on a meeting with the actor, now word has it he’s thinking about staying at Fox but jumping ship over to their Frankenstein project written by Max Landis. Read more after the break. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2011 by Angie Han
Because it’s just before the start of the fall television season and right in the middle of TV pitch season, August tends to be a pretty busy month for TV news. As a result, we’ve got tons of TV bits for you today. Hit the jump for more on:
- The season 2 trailer of Boardwalk Empire
- CBS picks up a Bewitched remake
- ABC develops a TV adaptation of The Lincoln Lawyer
- NBC orders a Frankenstein project
- FOX grabs the rights to Leif G.W. Persson’s Swedish crime novels
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In addition to giving out Oscars every year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the world’s largest movie related organization, does its best to preserve the history of cinema. One of the many ways does they do this is by keep an extensive catalog of every movie poster produced by a major studio. They’ve now decided to go a little outside of the studio system though and begin archiving posters from an independent producer: Mondo, the collectable art boutique of the Alamo Drafthouse.
To commemorate this incredible honor, Mondo is releasing their most impressive poster yet. They’ve managed to get legendary poster artist Drew Struzan out of retirement to do a screenprint for the 1931 Frankenstein starring Boris Karloff. It’s the first screenprint Struzan has ever done and it’s stunning.
After the jump, we talk with Mondo Creative Director Justin Ishmael about being honored by the Academy and working with Struzan. Plus, you can check out the piece and Mondo’s brand new website. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 by Angie Han
Clint Eastwood cast Beyonce Knowles as the female lead in his A Star is Born remake some time ago, but he’s been searching for someone to take on the male lead. Now it’s being reported that his top choice for the part is Leonardo DiCaprio, who worked with Eastwood on the biopic J. Edgar. DiCaprio is just the latest of several candidates who have been named for the part over the past couple of years — Russell Crowe, Gerard Butler, and Will Smith are among the actors once rumored for or attached to the film. DiCaprio would presumably be playing the role of Norman Maine, a fading star with a drinking problem who helps to launch the young starlet’s (Knowles) career.
DiCaprio isn’t the first actor I would’ve thought of for the part, but I’m all the more intrigued for it. We already know DiCaprio can do gloomy and brooding, but how often have we seen him do gloomy and brooding while surrounded by singing and dancing?
Eastwood’s A Star is Born is scheduled for a 2012 release. DiCaprio and Eastwood’s next collaboration, J. Edgar, will open later this year. [Deadline]
After the jump, the Sixth Sense kid is now old enough to play college students, and Jamie Chung signs up for a gritty indie.
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Oh, good. So this week, Frankenstein films are the new Snow White/Wizard of Oz/etc. We’ve got news on two Frankenstein-related projects that have both moved forward today.
Matt Reeves moved from director of interest thanks to Cloverfield to something approaching A-list status with Let Me In. He’s certainly lining up a few high-profile genre projects, and the latest is This Dark Endeavor, an adaptation of the Kenneth Oppel ‘young Frankenstein’ novel that Summit optioned not too long ago. The other is The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein, which Sam Raimi‘s Ghost House pictures is producing. That one just hired playwright David Auburn to script. More detail on both, as well as vague updates on several other Frankenstein projects, after the break. Read More »
Danny Boyle‘s stage version of Frankenstein has been doing great business in London, and will soon have performances broadcast to cinema screens on March 17 and March 24. The play stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller, who switch between the roles of Doctor Frankenstein and the Monster each night. Here’s a trailer for the production which is a bit editing heavy, as it overlays each man’s performance over the other. But you can still see glimmers of what each actor offers in both roles. In addition, we’ve got a list of US theaters that will show the March 17 broadcast, after the break. Read More »