Just when you thought you’d seen every single angle someone could take on the Robin Hood story, Hollywood has come up with another. The latest is a revenge thriller centered on Robin’s friends, a la Ocean’s Eleven or The Dirty Dozen. It’s called Merry Men, and DreamWorks just spent seven figures to acquire it. Brad Ingelsby (Out of the Furnace) will write, Neal Moritz (Fast Five) will produce and Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) will direct. Read More »
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Briefly: One of the bigger laughs we had last year came via the announcement that the Wachowskis were attached to write and direct Hood, an urban retelling of the Robin Hood story. (With Will Smith attached to star.) The project didn’t exactly make waves, and rather fell off the radar as the Wachowskis moved into developing Cloud Atlas with Tom Tykwer; they’ll shoot that film later this year. Hood became something like a 2010 footnote: “remember this awful-sounding thing they flirted with before taking home the arty prom queen?”
On a parallel track, Warner Bros. has been slowly developing another Robin Hood film, this one a futuristic take set in “a dystopian London and center on a band of thieves whose activities restore hope to the city’s embattled population.” Jason Dean Hall was hired to write in 2009, and commercial director Nicolai Fuglsig attached to direct.
Now Deadline says that Michael Ross is rewriting the film. So WB is moving forward with this one, quite possibly because the Wachowskis are busy with Cloud Atlas. The question then becomes: is Hood effectively buried with this film taking priority at the studio?
As part of the screening put together in relation to the SXSW Title Design Competition, Ian Albinson from the website The Art of the Title Sequence put together a nice two and a half minute compendium of excellent film titles. (That features an occasional piece of television, too.) For any long-time film lover, this little video will probably elicit quite a few responses simply on the strength of the title cards on display. I queued several films to re-watch after exposure to just a few seconds of their titles.
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Our friends the Fine Brothers have filed the latest episode of their popular “Spoiler” series — 50 Movie Spoilers of 2010 in 3 Minutes, in one take. You might remember that we’ve featured their videos 50 Christmas Movie Spoilers in 3 Minutes, 100 Movie Spoilers in 4 minutes, Spoiling Every Best Picture Winner in Oscar History, 50 spoilers of 2009 in 4 minutes, 100 Horror Movie Spoilers in 5 Minutes, 50 Disney Spoilers in 3 Minutes and 50 Comedy Spoilers in 3 Minutes. Hit the jump to watch their latest. And if it isn’t completely obvious already, please be warned that the following video contains spoilers.
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In honor of Walt Disney Animation releasing it’s 50th full length film Tangled, our friends the Fine Brothers have filed the latest episode of their popular “Spoiler” series. You might remember that we’ve featured their videos 100 Movie Spoilers in 4 minutes, Spoiling Every Best Picture Winner in Oscar History, 50 spoilers of 2009 in 4 minutes, and 100 Horror Movie Spoilers in 5 Minutes. Hit the jump to watch their latest. And if it isn’t completely obvious already, please be warned that the following video contains spoilers.
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COMMUNITY (SEASON 1)
It’s been asserted more than once that Community didn’t start becoming good until well into its first season, and while I’d agree that the series became more assured as it went on, I’d disagree that its early episodes are any less worth watching than its later ones. When the series first aired, people (me included) hadn’t yet gotten a grasp on what Community was trying to be. Rewatching the pilot now though, its self-aware, satirical undertones are far more prevalent. This is a show that understands the age we live in, and seeks to playfully mock and celebrate it. It’s a show that’s unafraid to openly admit that the initially introduced budding romance between two characters didn’t have the spark it was supposed to, and then slyly develop it into a more chemistry-infused love triangle—one that’s as parodic as it is compelling. Is Community a sitcom, or a deconstruction of sitcoms? It’s both, among other things, and by the time it finds its groove, the balance it strikes between the two is pitch-perfect. When the series truly soars though, is when it takes on a more specific genre, such as action movies in the fan-favorite episode “Modern Warfare”. If you gave up on Community early on, and need an incentive to start watching again, this is the episode that will convince you to do so.
Available on Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: Cast & Crew Commentary on Every Episode, Outtakes!, Creative Compromises, Community Season One Cast Evaluations, “Advanced Criminal Law” Alternate, Season One Highlight Reel, Mini Episodes, Communication Studies Extended Producer’s Cut, and The Art of Discourse Commentary.
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How does a good idea become a terrible movie? That’s the perennial question in Hollywood, where the intersection of creative ideas, business sense and big egos can so easily produce something very different from what was originally intended.
That seems to have been the case with Robin Hood, which was originally meant to be based on a hot screenplay by Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris called Nottingham. Then Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott came along and everything changed. Eventually the result was a film that stands at less than %50 Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and was beat by Iron Man 2 in that film’s second weekend. So what happened?
If you haven’t seen Robin Hood, treat everything after the jump as mildly spoilerish.
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