I had a personal agenda to talk to Akiva Goldsman. Not to talk Transformers, although I tried to do that too. But I became obsessed with his maligned film Winter’s Tale. The crazy film grew on me, especially with the DVD/Blu-ray’s alternate ending (think face ice), so I even read the book. All 758 pages of it.
Goldsman was on a Television Critics Association panel for his new series Underground and I got a one-on-one with him after. The drama about the Underground Railroad was also produced by John Legend. The show focuses on a group of slaves (Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge and more) planning their escape from the South. Abolitionists like John Hawkes (Marc Blucas) are also characters on the show. Underground premieres March 9 on WGN America, and I got a chance to discuss storytelling, both historical and fantasy, with Goldsman. Read More »
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We’ve all chuckled when a terrible movie throws out a line of dialogue that seems to sum up our own dismissal of the film perfectly. That idea is the inspiration for a video that uses dialogue from some of the worst films of 2014 to review the films themselves.
While there’s a movie or two in here that might not quite be among the year’s worst (Monuments Men is too optimistic to really hate, I’d argue, even if it does squander a great cast and premise) there’s nothing quite as apt as seeing dialogue from A Million Ways to Die in the West, Dracula Unbound and, yeah, Winter’s Tale (above) repurposed to talk about the films themselves. Read More »
Posted on Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 by David Chen
Dave and Devindra discuss whether House of Cards is television or not, and share their reactions to the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer. Plus, Dave launches a Kickstarter to make a movie with Stephen Tobolowsky this year. Joanna Robinson joins us from Vanity Fair. Be sure to read why House of Cards doesn’t care what you think.
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Posted on Thursday, February 13th, 2014 by Angie Han
Winter’s Tale doesn’t lack for sincerity. It’s genuinely invested in the idea of eternal love, and the notion that everything happens for a reason, and the possibility that miracles are happening around us every day, and it tries its very hardest to sell us on these pleasant beliefs. What Winter’s Tale lacks is sense.
Akiva Goldsman‘s directorial debut is thought-provoking in that it raises lots and lots of questions, but they aren’t of the deep, meaningful, existential variety. Rather, they range from the amusingly trivial (why is Satan wearing a Jimi Hendrix t-shirt in 1915 Manhattan?) to the thoroughly confounding. (Seriously, what is the point of this supposedly epic battle between good and evil?) By the time it was all over, the magical flying horse-slash-guardian angel felt like the most comprehensible thing I’d seen in the past two hours.
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Posted on Friday, January 31st, 2014 by Angie Han
After decades spent writing and producing, Akiva Goldsman is finally trying his hand at feature directing. His first effort is Winter’s Tale, an epic fantasy romance based on Mark Helprin‘s novel of the same title.
Colin Farrell stars as Peter Lake, a thief attempting to rob a mansion in turn of the century New York. Once inside the home, however, he discovers a charming young woman named Beverly Penn (Downton Abbey‘s Jessica Brown Findlay) who is dying of consumption. The two develop a love powerful enough to span across the ages and maybe even overcome death.
Also starring are Jennifer Connelly as a modern-day woman who gets wrapped up in Peter’s tale, and Russell Crowe as a disgruntled gang boss who’s out to get Peter. Watch the latest trailer after the jump.
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Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman makes his directorial debut next Valentine’s Day with Winter’s Tale. Based on a novel by Mark Helprin, it’s the story of two people whose love mysteriously travels through the ages.
Or something like that. It’s a bit difficult to put together the pieces from the first trailer, which has just been released. And maybe that’s a good thing. The film stars Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Downton Abbey‘s Jessica Brown Findlay. Check out the romantic fantasy trailer below. Read More »
Thanks to her performance as Lady Sybil Crawley in the two seasons of Downton Abbey, which has become an unexpected smash hit for PBS in the US, Jessica Brown Findlay is on the cusp of being far more well-known than her otherwise limited on-screen resume would lead you to expect.
Her sharp and Abbey-related career upswing is very likely what helped bring Findlay to the attention of writer producer and now director Akiva Goldsman, who is about to make his feature directorial debut with an adaptation of Mark Helperin‘s novel Winter’s Tale. Goldsman has now chosen Findlay to be the woman at the center of the story, who falls in love with a thief who breaks into her mansion home. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 by Angie Han
Though Akiva Goldsman has been behind some of Hollywood’s biggest hits of the ’90s and ’00s as a screenwriter and a producer, it’s only now that he’s gearing up to make his directorial debut. For the past few years, he’s been trying to get together an adaptation of Mark Helprin‘s magical realism novel Winter’s Tale, and he finally got the green light from Warner Bros. last year. Now the project is taking another big step forward, as two huge names enter talks to star: Russell Crowe and Will Smith. More after the jump.
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Akiva Goldsman is still working towards the realization of his first effort as a feature film director. For quite some time, the writer/producer has wanted to bring to the screen an adaptation of Mark Helprin‘s novel Winter’s Tale. In February Warner Bros. agreed to make the film, though at the time it looked like the project was going to have to wait until after the shoot for the first feature in the Dark Tower series, which Goldsman is writing and producing.
With The Dark Tower sidelined for the time being, Goldsman is actively working on Winter’s Tale. A casting shortlist has emerged, and while the picks aren’t final by any means, this will give you an idea of where he’s going with the project. Read More »