Update: Two more images were released over the weekend, and you can see them in the gallery below.
We’ve seen another shot or two, semi-official and not at all official, of John Cusack in costume as Edgar Allan Poe in James McTeigue‘s film The Raven. Now this is the first for-real official shot of the character, and the only downside is that it looks like the other shots.
Still, The Raven has settled on a March 9, 2012 release date (and evidently decided to keep the title The Raven), and I’m very interested to see more from the movie in which Poe ends up looking for a killer whose methods seem tied to the author’s work. We’ll see some footage at Comic Con when Relativity presents the film in Hall H on Friday July 22, but for now you can see the full image after the break. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 by Angie Han
Woody Allen famously has a habit of casting a stand-in for himelf in his comedies, and you can usually tell which one it is — while neuroses and Judaism aren’t requirements, they’re often indications that you’re looking in the right direction. But in case there’s any doubt, Film Drunk‘s Oliver Noble has Woody Allen surrogatism (which is not a real word, but you know what I mean) down to a science. He’s put together a supercut of the director’s stand-ins over the years, from John Cusack in 1994′s Bullets Over Broadway to Owen Wilson in this year’s delightful Midnight in Paris, and pinpointed the essential qualities that mark these characters as Woody Allen surrogates. Jesse Eisenberg*, I hope you’re taking notes. Watch the compilation after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 by Angie Han
A couple quick updates on James McTeigue‘s The Raven today: The Edgar Allan Poe thriller, starring John Cusack as Poe, has lost its title, and is currently being referred to by the working title The Untitled Raven Project. On the plus side, the film now has an official release date of March 9, 2012. Read more about the project after the jump.
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Briefly: John Cusack has been lucky enough to enjoy more than one period of career high. He had career spikes in the early ’80s and a great run from the mid ’90s to 2000. The last decade hasn’t produced a High Fidelity, but it had some solid gigs. He keeps working and even taking unexpected roles, such as playing Edgar Allan Poe in The Raven, which is in post-production now. (Strangely, he’s also got two unreleased films sitting around: Shanghai and The Factory.)
Now to follow The Raven John Cusack has got Dictablanda, which he’ll also produce. Read More »
James McTeigue (V For Vendetta, Ninja Assassin) is putting the finishing touches on The Raven, which stars John Cusack as author Edgar Allan Poe. The story is a fictionalized look at the writer’s last days, when he embarks upon a search for a killer who may be copying events from Poe’s novels. Now Relativity has picked up distribution rights to the film, but a release date has not yet been set. Hope for October; maybe Relativity will have the balls to go up against Contagion and Paranormal Activity 3 on Oct 21.
Read the relevant portions of the press release after the break, along with info on the pickup of Morgan Spurlock’s new film by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. Read More »
Here’s your first official look at John Cusack as famed gothic author Edgar Allan Poe in The Raven, directed by James McTeigue (V For Vendetta, Ninja Assassin). We’ve seen one image of the actor in costume, but this is obviously a finished, approved promo shot as opposed to the previous paparazzi on-set snap. The film presents a fictionalized look at the writer’s last days, when he embarks upon a search for a killer who may be copying events from Poe’s novels.
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Nevermore will you say you haven’t seen what John Cusack looks like as legendary master of horror, Edgar Allen Poe. The High Fidelity actor is currently in Budapest shooting The Raven with director James McTeigue, who directed V for Vendetta. In the film, Poe goes on a search for a murderer who is mimicking crimes from his works. Check out the full body shot and more info about the film after the jump. Read More »
From time to time, we like to point out articles in other publications and websites which might be of interest to the /Film readers. This weekend the Los Angeles Times published an article titled “Hollywood’s little secret: movie purgatory” which uses the recently released Case 39 (the supernatural horror film starring Renée Zellweger and Bradley Cooper which was shot in 2006) to talk about the growing Hollywood practice of shelved movies.
“Case 39″ was stuck in a little discussed corner of the industry: movie purgatory, where films with marketable stars — not just Cooper but Matt Damon, John Cusack, Eddie Murphy and Mel Gibson — can linger for months, even years, trapped by marketing disagreements, creative clashes, executive shuffles, money shortfalls or the judgment that they are such surefire flops that it makes no sense to throw good money after bad and distribute them.
In a larger sense, experts say, the trend speaks to the financial house of cards that is the feature film these days. Although they seem to arrive by the bundle at the multiplex every weekend, studio-produced movies now take more time and money to make and market than ever before — and then go before an ever-smaller and more fickle theater-going audience. In the old days of movie distribution — say, the early 2000s — many orphaned movies might have been granted a pass out of purgatory with a direct-to-DVD release. But the cratering of the home video market makes that less economically attractive. A direct-to-DVD release also risks offending the sensitivities of stars and other creative people the studios want to work with again in the future. These shelved movies often have their champions, who might note that at least one modern classic, “Diner,” and one recent Oscar winner, “Slumdog Millionaire,” were temporarily orphaned. But often these champions find themselves speaking into a void.
You can read the full article on LATimes.com.
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