Hollywood has been trying to mount a remake of Jacques Audiard’s highly acclaimed 2009 crime thriller A Prophet for years, and Paramount Pictures has finally found its leading man for the remake. Stephan James (If Beale Street Could Talk, Amazon’s Homecoming) has been hired to play the lead role, a petty criminal who rises through the criminal ranks after a stint in prison to become a feared and respected gangster. James will join Russell Crowe in the new movie, who has already been cast as ruthless mobster that James’ character meets while behind bars. Read More »
Do you remember the French thriller A Prophet in 2009? The critically acclaimed movie was nominated for numerous awards, and won a couple international equivalents of Best Picture. It follows a delinquent young Muslim man in prison who gets caught up in a mob war between two different factions among the prisoners. Now, over 10 years later, the film is being remade at Paramount Pictures under the title American Son, and Russell Crowe has been set to star. Read More »
Black Panther is primed to rule 2018. The Marvel Studios movie directed by Ryan Coogler is one of the most anticipated movies of the year, and with tickets going officially going on sale yesterday, the frenzy over the superpowered king of Wakanda is just beginning.
It’s clear that Black Panther is unlike any movie we’ve seen before: the lush Afro-futurism, the majority-black cast, the epic political intrigue. But no movie is made in a void, and Coogler is readily sharing the movies that influenced Black Panther. And some of them may surprise you.
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Posted on Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 by Angie Han
There’s a very strong argument to be made that there’s no need to remake Jacques Audiard‘s A Prophet in the first place. But thanks to Sony Pictures, it’s happening whether you like it or not, so perhaps we should just be relieved they’ve enlisted some solid talent to help it come to life. Sam Raimi is reportedly in talks to direct the thriller, which is being written by Dennis Lehane. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 by Angie Han
After making his name on crime dramas set in his native Boston, Dennis Lehane is getting his next bit of inspiration from outside the country. The Shutter Island author has been tapped to write Sony’s English-language remake of A Prophet (a.k.a. Un prophète), Jacques Audiard‘s acclaimed French crime drama. More details on the upcoming film after the jump.
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It had to happen: someone saw mainstream potential in Jacques Audiard‘s magnificent prison/crime drama A Prophet, and has set the film up for a remake at a US studio. Neal H. Mortiz (producer of the Fast/Furious films and stuff like Total Recall and Prison Break) will produce the remake for Sony, which optioned the story. Read More »
Any time artist Tyler Stout releases a print, it’s an event. When he has his own gallery show, it’s a happening. Friday night in Austin for SXSW, the artist behind such memorable Mondo posters as Akira, the Star Wars trilogy and Kill Bill was on hand for a two-man show with Australian artist Ken Taylor. Stout premiered brand new posters for Drive, Attack the Block and Un Prophete and more, which you can exclusively see below.
We also got to talk to the artist about the new work, what it’s like to exhibit at the gallery, the pressure of popularity and having hundreds of fans camp out on a sidewalk just for a shot to buy one of his posters. Check it all out below. Read More »
As the end of the year nears, Rotten Tomatoes have released the tallies for the best reviewed movies of 2010. I thought we’d compare the list with the other movie review compilation site Metacritic.
Both sites have their advantages. Rotten Tomatoes includes a larger sample of reviews, while Metacritic features a smaller more-selected grouping of film critics. Rotten Tomatoes calculates critic scores using a positive or negative score for each review. One movie could be 100% fresh with all the critics giving the movie a 7/10 grade. Metacritic attempts to gauge the score of each critic’s review (not just a positive or negative, but a number 0 to 100) averaged together, giving you a better indication of what the response is to any given film, and not just a percentage of positive reviews.
For example, How To Train Youyr Dragon is ranked #2 for the year on Rotten Tomatoes with a 98% fresh rating based on 146 reviews. But on Metacritic, Dragon has a 74% average with 33 reviews. Honestly, I like how Metacritic calculates the numbers, but their refusal to incorporate a larger sample of film critics puts them behind Rotten Tomatoes in my mind.
Hit the jump to find out what films ranked in the best reviewed films of the year.
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It’s that time of the year when there will be one film awards ceremony and/or critical poll after another, and we’ve got the results of three to kick off this week. The European Film Awards took place in Estonia over the weekend, and Roman Polanski‘s The Ghost Writer scored six awards, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor, the latter for Ewan McGregor.
Meanwhile, at the British Independent Film Awards, The King’s Speech took best picture, while Monsters director Gareth Edwards scored Best Director. And the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association honored The Social Network, Inception and The Fighter. All the lists are after the break. Read More »
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Kick-Ass has no meaningful substance to be gleaned from it, and no thoughtful social commentary to be analyzed. You can try to justify that it does, whether it’s through its depiction of the effect of the media/internet or the way it contrasts the peppy, light-hearted tone of comic books with a more realistically obscene presentation of the horrific violence that occurs in them, but ultimately, it’s a movie defined entirely by fist-pumping energy and a ‘fuck you’ attitude. In adapting the comic for the screen, co-writer/director Matthew Vaughn brings a whole new perspective to the material, playing it as a gleeful perversion of big summer blockbusters like Spider-Man. Except in this version, it isn’t supernatural forces that force the comic book world onto our hero; it’s our hero who tries to inject the comic book world into reality. This doesn’t end well for him. He has the necessary dedication (read: insanity), but not the talent or skill to do anything with it. Enter the father-daughter duo Big Daddy and Hit-Girl, who have both the requisite ass-kicking abilities and mental instability, and use them to propel our gang of screwed up misfits face-first into a world where comic book logic rules all. As much as the movie satirizes and pokes fun at the tropes of comic books and comic book movies, it does so lovingly, and doesn’t hesitate to embrace the absurdity that they provide. And it’s all done with a fantastic sense of pace and set piece staging by Vaughn. The action sequences here are among the best I’ve seen in years, each one offering something entirely different from the last and, somehow, effortlessly maintaining a thrilling intensity despite the silliness surrounding them. Come 2011, expect to see Kick-Ass near the top of my Best of 2010 list.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – A commentary with director Matthew Vaughn, 2 featurettes (“The Art of KICK-ASS”, “It’s On! The Comic Book Origin of KICK-ASS”), and a Marketing Archive. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as an Ass-Kicking BonusView Mode, a 4-part A New Kind of Superhero: The Making of KICK-ASS featurette, and a digital copy of the film.
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