(This article is part of our Best of the Decade series.)
The importance and expansion of representation and diversity continue to reverberate throughout the film industry. So now feels like just as good a time as any to reflect on a personal area near and dear to my own heart; disability in cinema.
However, one doesn’t need to specifically hone in on the past two years or so (when representation and diversity were really pressured to improve), for the entire decade has a sampling of terrific films studying a wide array of disabilities, ranging from blockbuster films to French cinema. So let’s get to the list, and please take a chance on something if it sounds interesting. There’s nothing better than enjoying a great movie and educating oneself on vital topics.
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Neil Burger has been hired to direct The Weinstein Company’s remake of The Intouchables, starring Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston. Burger directed the 2006 Edward Norton film The Illusionist, as well as Limitless starring Bradley Cooper, and the YA adaptation of Divergent. More details on the Intouchables remake, after the jump.
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The morning of the Oscars nominations, one of the biggest snubs – in my opinion – was France’s The Intouchables not getting a nod for Best Foreign Film. Written and directed Eric Toledano & Olivier Nakache, it’s a hilarious and heartfelt true story about a quadriplegic and his unorthodox caretaker (François Cluzet and Omar Sy, above). In the United States, the film was distributed by The Weinstein Company, grossing an impressive $10 million. Add that to the $416 million (yes you read that right) it made internationally and the film seemed like a lock for a nomination.
Nope. Snubbed. It happens. Which actually was a blessing in disguise for the Weinstein Company, which has long since planned on remaking the film. With an Oscar nomination, more Americans would have been turned onto the original. Now it remains relatively obscure, leaving the door open slightly more wide for the remake.
Paul Feig was originally attached to write and direct, but has since moved on. His script remains though, along with a possible attachment from Oscar-winner Colin Firth as the quadriplegic. (Chris Tucker was rumored for the caretaker.) Now, the latest update is Tom Shadyac, the director of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Nutty Professor and Liar, Liar is in talks to make the movie. It would be the director’s first feature film since 2007’s Evan Almighty. After that he had a near-death experience and stepped back from his Hollywood life, directing an autobiographical documentary called I Am. Read More »
This morning Megan Fox, Ed Helms, and Jessica Alba announced the nominations for the 2013 Golden Globes. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the event, is famous for nominating films and performances simply based on their star factor — if there’s an actor that members of the HFPA want to hang out with, they’re sure to get a nomination.
But the HFPA is great at putting on a show, and so the Golden Globes generate a lot of attention every year. And, as the NY Times points out, with the Globes nominations coming just days before Oscar nomination voting starts, there’s a possibility that nominations here could affect Oscar voting. The Best Picture nomination set includes what is already becoming a standard set of awards favorites, such as Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark Thirty, but there are also nominations for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, and Django Unchained. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen picked up a few nominations, actually, which was one of the big surprises.
The Golden Globes will air on January 13, 2013, hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. The full nomination list is below. Read More »
Remakes live, die and get defended in this edition of Remake Bits. After the jump, read about the following:
- David Lindsay-Abaire gives an update of the Poltergiest remake.
- Sharlto Copley eases fan misconceptions about Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy.
- Chris Tucker is in talks for the remake of the French smash The Intouchables.
- Larry Clarke said a remake of Mona Lisa is dead.
- Paul Verhoeven believes the failure of the Total Recall remake could have killed a Starship Troopers remake.
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