Mark L Smith interview

The Revenant is a genuine epic. As large as the film is in scale, with its vast landscapes and its long journey into a chilly hell, both director Alejandro González Iñárritu and screenwriter Mark L. Smith wanted to tell a personal, intimate story amongst all the chaos. The two-and-a-half-hour film is about revenge, but to Smith, it’s about far more than that.

The screenwriter has been working on the project for years now, starting all the way back in 2007. It’s easy to see why any writer would be drawn to this story, to have the oppurtunity to tell a story through behavior and images, rather than exposition — which there’s very, very little of in The Revenant.

We spoke with screenwriter Smith about the internalized father-son story. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.  Read More »

Why We Haven’t Seen Leonardo DiCaprio in Tights Yet

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby

Leonardo DiCaprio has had a tremendous career so far. Most of his filmography is compromised of auteur-driven dramas, almost all of which have been very successful. Without any romantic comedies or superhero movies or tentpole projects, he’s become one of the most recognized and respected actors working today. It’s doubtful the actor has never been offered the opportunity to put on a cape, and according to DiCaprio, he has.

Will we ever see a Leonardo DiCaprio superhero movie, though? Read his thoughts on the idea after the jump.

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The Revenant Featurette

We’re just a few short days away from Christmas Day, which means some audiences will be able to enter the brutal world of The Revenant, the latest film from Birdman director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Oscar hopeful Leonadro DiCaprio stars in the story inspired by true events, playing American folklore legend Hugh Glass in a story of survival and revenge. The trailers for the film have already gotten my full attention, and now The Revenant featurette dive into the thematic elements of the story. Read More »

What ‘The Revenant’ Was Originally About

The Revenant Changes

On the surface, The Revenant is a revenge film. Co-writer Mark L. Smith and co-writer/director Alejandro Iñárritu weren’t particularly interested in the revenge element, though. To them, The Revenant is about much more than that — a spiritual journey through what’s both heaven and hell.

After the jump, Smith shares what the original driving force of The Revenant was.

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the revenant posters

No 2015 film looks more miserable than The Revenant, and that’s just how director Alejandro G. Iñárritu likes it. Even when he’s making a supposed comedy like Birdman, no director takes greater delight in shoving an audience’s face right into the literal and metaphorical muck. His movies are gorgeously made exercises in making you feel awful. Whether he cranks out masterpieces or one-note exercises in senseless misery is a debate that rages on.

New posters for The Revenant have shown up and yep, they are definitely selling a movie from Iñárritu. Of the three official one-sheets, one is beautiful and ever-so-slightly full of itself. The other two are more traditional, falling into the “big floating head” style of film poster, but they feature Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy looking completely and utterly miserable, so that’s something.

Endure the harshness of the Revenant posters after the jump.

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behind-the-scenes on The Revenant

Whenever I see the trailer for Alejandro G. Iñárritu‘s The Revenant play in a theater, everyone goes silent. The intense mood and images just shut everybody up. You can feel the cold and harsh conditions in that footage. Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman) used no electrical lighting, only natural lighting. Throughout principal photography — which went over schedule and over budget — Lubezki was sharing some beautiful photos from the locations on his Instagram account (via Indiewire).

Take a behind-the-scenes look at The Revenant after the jump.

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The Revenant images

Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s The Revenant has been plagued by reports of ballooning budgets, scheduling delays, safety concerns, weather woes, producer drama, and disgruntled crew members. One anonymous individual went so far as to call the shoot “a living hell.”

But while the film may be a mess behind the scenes, it thankfully looks quite lovely on camera. A new batch of stills offer a better look at this beautiful film, accompanied by some new details about the story. See the new The Revenant images after the jump. Read More »

Inception on Elm Street

Thanks to the twisted mind of the recently passed horror icon Wes Craven, we’ll forever have Freddy Krueger to haunt our nightmares. And while one of the Nightmare on Elm Street films finally decided to have Freddy’s victims go out of their way to fight back in their dreams, only one dream expert has the power to stop him once and for all: Leonardo DiCaprio.

More specifically, it’s Leonardo DiCaprio as Cobb, the character from Christopher Nolan’s dreamscape action thriller Inception. A trailer mash-up entitled Inception on Elm Street makes Cobb the dream gatekeeper that Freddy Krueger has to get by first before he came leap from our dreams into the real world. It makes for a rather intriguing concept. Read More »

Devil in the White City movie

There was a lot of talk about whether or not Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio intended audience sympathies to lie with the lead character in their last collaboration, The Wolf of Wall Street. For their next film together, there won’t be any such uncertainty about how they view DiCaprio’s character.

The book Devil in the White City, which among other things follows a faux doctor and real serial killer who haunted Chicago during the days of the 1893 World’s Fair, has been in development with various major film studios for over a decade.

Now Devil in the White City is back at Paramount, and Leonardo DiCaprio has brought Martin Scorsese onto the project. DiCaprio will play the killer, and Scorsese will direct. Read More »

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El Chapo Movie

Ridley Scott may go back to the drug trade at some point in the future. The director explored some ugly inevitabilities of the drug trade in The Counselor, and now he is signed to make a film based on Don Winslow‘s recent novel The Cartel.

The novel, which follows ten years’ worth of the diverging paths of two former friends, one in the DEA and the other in a drug cartel, is based in part on the story of Cartel boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, who has made global headlines since escaping from a Mexican prison earlier this month. While The Cartel won’t quite be an El Chapo movie, but it might be close.

Update: Following the initial report about this project, further info emerged saying that Leonardo DiCaprio is being courted to play the character Keller. More below.

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