It’s safe to say that Ben Affleck, an Oscar-winning polymath who’s worked as a director/actor/writer/producer, knows a thing or two about producing movies. And during a recent roundtable discussion, he had some strong praise for fellow film producer Kevin Feige, calling him the “greatest” and “most successful producer who’s ever lived.” Read More »
Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Ocean’s Eleven) is not only one of the most prolific mainstream directors in Hollywood, but he’s also proven to be one of the most willing to buck trends and experiment with both form and release strategies. The fact that he is open to new ways of doing things and has never stubbornly defended the old theatrical model makes him an excellent candidate to talk about last week’s big news that Warner Bros. is releasing all of its 2021 movies in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously. And in a recent interview when that topic was broached, he didn’t disappoint.
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Fitzcarraldo. Grizzly Man. Aguirre, the Wrath of God. Little Dieter Needs to Fly. These are what many cinephiles might call the essential Werner Herzog films. For anyone who saw him for the first time as an actor in The Mandalorian, were intrigued by him, learned he was also an acclaimed director, and are looking to dive into his filmography, those entries would be a good place to start.
But if you ask the man himself, another film should be included in those ranks: 2009’s Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, which stars Nicolas Cage as a corrupt, hallucinating police officer. Read More »
Guillermo del Toro‘s Frankenstein movie, which never got made, is just one of many great “what if” Hollywood scenarios involving the cinephile director. He had been talking about making the movie as far back as 2008, but sadly, it never gained enough traction to get it to the starting line.
It did, however, get far enough that del Toro’s frequent collaborator, actor Doug Jones, saw a bust of his own head as Frankenstein’s monster, and in a recent interview, he describes what his version of the classic horror character would have looked like. Read More »
Harrison Ford does not strike me as a very sentimental guy, but he’s made a slight exception to honor his Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade co-star Sean Connery, who died this past weekend at the age of 90.
Read the Harrison Ford Sean Connery tribute below. Read More »
Writer/director James Gunn has wrangled an eccentric cast of characters for The Suicide Squad, a team-on-a-mission movie inspired by films like The Dirty Dozen. While he has teased some of the story so far, a new interview sees him finally pulling back the curtain a bit more to give us a better idea of what this film is about. And it sounds like it’s going to be big. Read More »
1984’s science fiction adventure film The Last Starfighter captured the imaginations of a generation, and screenwriters have been wanting to remake it or tell more stories in that universe for decades. Now, more than thirty-five years after the original premiered, a sequel is closer than ever.
Jonathan Betuel, who co-wrote the original film, recently gave a The Last Starfighter sequel update and explained that he is still working on a follow-up film with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story writer Gary Whitta, and that finally, after years of trying to secure the rights, “it looks like we’ll be making the deal to get it going.” Read More »
One month ago, the entertainment world and the world at large were rocked by the loss of one of Hollywood’s most promising talents when Chadwick Boseman died of colon cancer, an affliction he kept hidden from the world for years. As the shock slowly begins to wear off and the outpouring of grief at his loss gives way to stories celebrating his life, one of Boseman’s co-stars remembers a particularly generous act that highlights what type of man he really was off-screen.
Sienna Miller, who co-starred with Boseman in the cop drama 21 Bridges, has recounted a story about how she asked for a certain quote to appear in the film, and the parties involved with the movie could not or would not reach that quote – but Boseman stepped in and paid some of her salary out of his own pocket because he thought she deserved the quote she was asking for.
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Posted on Thursday, September 17th, 2020 by Ben Pearson
Surrealist filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s unmade movie adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel Dune is one of the all-time great “what ifs” in cinematic history, so I suppose it’s only natural that someone would ask him what he thinks about the new trailer that was released for Denis Villeneueve’s upcoming adaptation. And while Jodorowsky had some nice things to say about his fellow director, it also sounds like he was a little underwhelmed by what he saw in the trailer. Read More »
Director David Lynch’s Dune is among the most famous box office bombs in Hollywood history. The eclectic filmmaker behind films like Mulholland Dr and Blue Velvet did not have final cut on his film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi novel, and Lynch even had his name removed from a version of it that was later edited for television. Seeing the film morph into something beyond his control was clearly a painful experience for him, but the finished version wasn’t a total loss – in fact, new Dune director Denis Villeneuve thinks the Lynch adaptation is pretty good. Read More »