Insert Coin Review

(The SXSW Film Festival may have been cancelled, but our coverage will go on with reviews of films and TV shows made available to our critics.)

Today, most video games are played from the comfort of our own homes. But there was a time when adults, teens, and kids flocked to arcades to play the latest video games. The late 1970s and early 1980s is considered the golden age of arcade games, but it all came crashing down suddenly and hard in the late 1980s. However, there was a renaissance of coin-operated gaming in the 1990s, even in the face of Nintendo and SEGA bringing more and more advanced video games into the home. At the heart of this resurgence was Midway Games, a group of tech-savvy geeks who would create some of the most influential and popular video games of all time.

The new documentary Insert Coin, which was meant to play the SXSW film festival, tells their story, and it’s an excellent look back at this exciting period in gaming history. Read More »

Eminem

Among the approximately eight thousand film-to-TV adaptations in development, Narc is distinguishing itself with some serious behind-the-camera talent. Joe Carnahan was already on board to direct the small-screen version of his 2002 crime thriller, and now Eminem has come aboard as the show’s music supervisor. And yes, the job involves writing original music.

More details on the possible Eminem Narc hire after the jump.  Read More »

Carnahan The Grey

Part one of our Joe Carnahan interview, discussing Stretch and Death Wish, is here. Part two, talking about Nemesis and working in Hollywood, is here.

Here’s the third and final part of our massive conversation with director Joe Carnahan. After wading through some of his more pressing projects and objections to the Hollywood machine, the talk turned to future opportunities. We discussed the fact Paramount is doing a Narc TV show. We talked about whether or not he’s interested in helping with Drew Goddard‘s Daredevil TV show, having been a part of the potential film. Carnahan also discussed Frank Grillo‘s current explosion as an actor, some future plans the two have, and he talked about potentially directing a Star Wars movie. Read the finale of our Joe Carnahan interview below. Read More »

Carnahan The Grey

The reason Joe Carnahan doesn’t make more movies is he doesn’t want to make Hollywood movies. The director of The Grey, Smokin’ Aces and Narc is one of the most honest and talented filmmakers out there, which isn’t always a good combination. It means he sometimes has to leave projects he doesn’t feel passionate about or attaches himself to movies that might never get made. That’s one reason he’s been working a lot in television recently; he feels there’s more creative freedom in TV.

Thursday night, Carnahan is set to receive the Mendez Award at the Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown; to mark the occasion, /Film had an in-depth conversation with the director. We got updates on Stretch, Death Wish, Nemesis, Continue, you name it. And while we’ll run more on those soon, one of the most exciting things we talked about was Paramount’s desire to make a TV series based on his 2002 show, Narc.

Carnahan said he was writing the outline right now. He compared it, and the process, to True Detective, in that he could potentially write and/or direct the entire series. Read more about the Joe Carnahan Narc TV show and check back soon for the other updates. Read More »

What do Bridesmaids and The Devil Inside have in common? Not a lot, except that both performed even better than expected at the box office, and execs are now eager to get going on terrible-sounding sequels. After the jump:

  • Melissa McCarthy refuses to do Bridesmaids 2 without Kristen Wiig
  • Mark Wahlberg reports that The Fighter 2 is looking for a new director
  • Joe Carnahan discusses the (non) possibility of an A-Team 2, and more interestingly, the possibility of a Narc 2
  • The Devil Inside exec producer Steven Schneider says he’d “love” to do a sequel

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