Although I really don’t know the truth of the matter, I imagine that the past year has been a frustrating one for Paul Greengrass. Green Zone came out in March 2010 and was almost immediately labeled an underperformer. After a great deal of extra time was taken to reshoot and cut the not-exactly crowd-pleasing film, it probably could never be anything but. Then multiple projects came and went, most notably the civil rights film Memphis, which got the thumbs-down from both Universal and the Martin Luther King, Jr. estate.

So what will the director make next? The biggest possible option seems to be a film based on the merchant-vessel meets Somali pirates hostage situation chronicled in the memoir A Captain’s Duty. But there is also a Formula One film called Rush, written by big-time screenwriter Peter Morgan, that may be on the horizon. Read More »

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Last year there was the announcement that a Queen/Freddie Mercury movie was in development with Peter Morgan set to write and Sacha Baron Cohen signed to play Freddie Mercury. The casting sounded so potentially perfect that I figured the movie would end up dying on the vine, as so many biopics do. But that’s not how this one is going. According to the band, the film is scripted and set to shoot later this year for a 2012 release. Read More »

Briefly: This is really just a rumor control post. Looking around the web today you might see mentions of the pre-production of Bond 23 being halted, which is probably confusing if you’ve been keeping tabs on the film’s development. But it’s really Variety that was confused, as the trade re-ran or re-wrote (and since pulled) a report with info mostly from April 2010, when pre-production on the film was first halted. If you gave the trade report more than a cursory glance it was pretty clear that something was amiss, but the report is already spreading anyway. (And, if you’ll recall, this is the second time the ‘Bond 23 has halted’ news has been re-reported. Last time was July 2010.)

So, bottom line, someone screwed up, and there is no Bond news to report. All is as it was last time, which is… that there’s nothing yet to report. As you were.

MGM filed for bankruptcy yesterday, and while there’s no need to go into all the financial specifics yet again, this is just the next step in the company’s reorganization. This pre-packaged bankruptcy should leave MGM creditors with equity in a new version of the company, with Spyglass Entertainment holding the studio reigns.

And, as part of discussions of the studio’s future, MGM reps now say that new James Bond films could be released every two years starting with Bond 23 in November 2012. Read More »

Sacha Baron Cohen to Play Queen Singer Freddie Mercury

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Here’s some news that could be eerily on point: Peter Morgan, the guy who wrote The Queen, is now going to write about the band Queen. (That’s not the on-point part, but it is a good factor.) More specifically, he’s writing an as yet unnamed biopic of Queen singer Freddie Mercury. Even better: to play Mercury, the production has just signed Sacha Baron Cohen. Raise those lighters and sing along with Sacha. Read More »

TIFF Movie Review: Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter

Clint Eastwood‘s new film Hereafter is one of the most talked about films going into this year’s festival. When the schedule for the festival was announced, it featured one sole performance, and no press screenings.

Industry bloggers threw a fuss and Warner Bros responded that they planned to have a press screening sometime on the first Saturday of the festival. And they followed through with that promise. TIFF Press received an e-mail less than two hours before the newly announced screening. Most critics learned about the screening after it was too late. And what kind of screening room did they find to screen this highly anticipated movie? One that fit less than 140 people. To give you perspective, the biggest press screening room fits 557 people (I know this because we just saw Dustin Lance Black’s directorial debut on that screen).

Why would Warner Bros be so elusive about a press screening? Why screen the film only once publicly? Could it possibly be THAT bad? Might they be trying to prevent bad buzz from spreading fast? And if so, why submit the film to a film festival in the first place?

Update: I have talked to someone involved who says the press screening was scheduled weeks in advance. But the information was not available on any of the press schedule board updates. So I’m not sure why the majority of press were only alerted of it an hour and forty five minutes before the screening.

I can’t answer any of the questions above, but I can tell you what I thought of the film.

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Is this a Clint Eastwood movie or one by M. Night Shyamalan? OK, I’m kidding, and now that I’ve completely stacked the deck against Hereafter by even mentioning that name I guess I should backtrack.

Clint Eastwood has called Hereafter his ‘chick flick.’ It features Matt Damon as a retired/reluctant psychic who brings together a boy (twins Frankie and George McLaren) who lost his brother and a woman (Cécile De France) who nearly died in the 2004. The film is certainly about loss and dealing with the ugly turns life takes, more than it is about the supernatural. Oh, hell, I’m probably not doing this one any favors. Just watch the trailer, after the break, and hopefully that will get the idea across. Read More »

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Quick one here, but Summit, in the not-so-long stretch before Twilight expires in the rosy two-fisted film fan-gasm that (might) be Breaking Dawn, is coming up with new projects. One is said to be Riptide, a sort of closed door mystery that takes place on a ship called the Nautica. Three people are involved or, as it were, victimized: “a handyman, a young stock broker, and the stock broker’s girlfriend. One of the men is found dead floating in the sea. The girlfriend is found at a nearby hotel. An investigator is called in to figure out what happened and why.” Read More »

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