Each year a poll of 150 development executives and high-level assistants is compiled called the Black List. The resulting list contains a ranking of the hot screenplays making the rounds in Hollywood, which will not be released in theaters during that calendar year. The top three entries of the 2005 list where Things We Lost in the Fire, Juno, and Lars and the Real Girl. So it’s definitely a great list to be on.
The top film on the 2007 Black list was Recount, a behind-the-scenes look at the 2000 presidential election and the scandal that resulted. Written by 33-year old actor turned screenwriter Danny Strong, and directed by Jay Roach (Meet The Parents, Austin Powers), the completed film will premiere on Sunday May 25th at 9:00pm on HBO, and we have the teaser trailer. Kevin Spacey stars as Ron Klain, former Vice President Al Gore’s Chief of Staff, John Hurt as Warren Christopher, who supervised the contested Florida recount, Laura Dern as Katherine Harris, former Secretary of State for the State of Florida, Tom Wilkinson as James Baker and Denis Leary as Michael Whouley.
Spoiler warning: Bush wins the Presidency. Ouch.
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BloodyDisgusting reports that Universal Pictures has begun casting for Jurassic Park IV. Apparently the new film involves dinosaurs which have been outfitted with weapons by the US government (presumably for battle purposes). If this is true, than Universal should shut down production right now. It’s one thing to expect such stupidity from the recent batch of direct-to-dvd sequels, but a big budget Spielberg produced sequel? Steven, please say it ain’t so!
Why is it that most good movie franchises are ruined by ridiculous plot concepts? The studios seem to believe that the higher the number next to the movie title, the more ridiculous the story must become. I would think that Hollywood would look at the successful franchises and study them. There are reasons why the JAWS, Batman and Superman sequels were less successful (people want real, not slapstick). Sequels like Toy Story 2 and Aliens raise the bar.
Jurassic Park 4 will shoot in Kauai, Hawaii later this year. I wonder who’s going to be directing this disaster? Last I heard, Jurassic Park III helmer Joe Johnston bowed out, even after Steven Spielberg publicly announced that he would direct it. Laura Dern was reportedly asked to return for the new film. No word on if any of the other stars will be featured in the fourth film. But what else are Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill doing these days?
And before anyone asks, the JP4 logo is a fan-made design.
Directed by Todd Robinson, grandson of the main character of this true-story film, Lonely Hearts is an interesting story that explores the psychology of two lovers and notorious killers, and the detectives that seek to catch them.Â Lonely Hearts takes place in the 1940s, where detective Elmer C. Robinson (John Travolta) is investigating a string of murders committed by lovers Martha Beck (Selma Hayek) and Raymond Fernandez (Jared Leto), known as the Lonely Hearts Killers.Â Raymond crosses the country with Martha, who poses as his sister, luring lonely rich women into his arms.Â The two then mercilessly kill the women and take their money.
This story has been made into film twice before.Â What makes this incarnation unique is the fact that Robinson chooses to focus on his grandfather Elmer Robinson as the main character, rather than the killers themselves.Â This allows for a deep and near-perfect psychological depiction of Detective Robinson, as he deals with not only his investigation of the cruel cold blooded murderers, but also his own family life, which is falling apart after the death of his wife.Â
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Jurassic Park actress Laura Dern believes a new film may be in the works for a 2008 release.
“I’m told its happening and I’m told they’re calling me. I’m told that Ellie Sattler is involved in it,” Dern told Collider. “I think within the year. I think they want to release it in 2008.”
When asked if Dern would be involved, she replied:
“Well a certain fellow is the one that called me and it’s hard to say no to him cause he’s always got something totally genius up his sleeve so we’ll see what they have in mind. But I don’t know anything about it at this point.”
Certain fellow? Hmmmmm. Interesting.
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One of the films I really dug at Sundance this year was Year of The Dog, the directorial debut of Mike White.
You probably know White from his quirky screenplays (Chuck and Buck, The Good Girl, School of Rock, Nacho Libre). You might also recognize him as Buck from Chuck and Buck, or the religious security guard from Good Girl. His new comedy stars Molly Shannon as an obsessive dog lover who tries to find meaning after her dog dies. Laura Dern, John C. Reilly, and Peter Sarsgaard also star.
You can see the first theatrical poster to the left. I love the colorful Thumbsucker/Squid and the Whale like illustration. And as always, Left click to see a higher res version.
Year of the Dog hits theaters on April 13th 2007.