The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, a video explores whether Ant-Man could actually be the most powerful Avenger in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Plus, Michael Douglas breaks down his career on the screen, from an early role in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest to Ant-Man and the Wasp, and look back at a vintage clip of Chris Farley being hilariously honest with a song about his life. Read More »
If you read /Film on a regular basis, you know that we love cool movie posters. And out of everyone on the site, I think I’m probably the most obsessed. I’m always scouring galleries and websites for awesome posters based on pop culture to add to my ever growing addiction collection. So, I’m really digging this set of posters called Dress the Part. It’s 10 posters of some of your favorite films, but solely of famous fashion from the film. Included in the set are American Psycho, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Dumb and Dumber, Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas, Shaun of the Dead, Superman, The Shining, The Usual Suspects, Top Gun, and Wall Street. You can check out all the posters, designed by MoxyCreative with illustration credits to James Alexander Mathers and Andrew Lau, after the jump and even find out where to buy them. Read More »
With the release of Oliver Stone‘s Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps set for April, its publicity game is just starting to ramp up. Fitting then that Vanity Fair, former mag-home of the late Dominick Dunne, has a new photo shoot for this sequel of modern greed and murder courtesy of flashy, money-strapped photog Annie Leibovitz. After the jump is a new image of Michael Douglas‘s Gordon Gekko, a vacant behind-the-scenes vid of the shoot, and thoughts on Gekko’s lease on life post-prison.
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Blowing in the trades’ ear late this evening is news that Susan Surandon has joined the cast of Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps for director Oliver Stone. Cue the loud sax and cat calls. Surandon will play the mom to Shia LaBeouf‘s ambitious, young day trader.
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Ropes of Silicon has a 50 minute interview with W. screenwriter Stanley Weiser, but who cares about W. anymore? Weiser is the same guy who wrote Wall Street and penned a treatment for a Wall Street sequel before Oliver Stone and the film’s producer parted ways.
“To make a long story short, I wrote the screenplay and Fox put it in turnaround because it was dated,” Weiser told ROS. “Everything has changed and they’re starting with a page one rewrite that deals with the current situation in the markets. So it won’t be ready for a year and by that time the economy will have changed again so I wouldn’t be too hopeful.”
But what would Weiser’s Wall Street 2 have been like?
“[The film takes place] in the present. Basically, he had gone to Europe, like this world trader Marc Rich. He had been making deals in Europe and then he decided he wanted to go back to New York and get back in the action. So he does his jail time.”
“Gekko gets out of jail. It actually opened with Gekko getting out of jail and he’s standing by a curb and a limo pulls up and he’s next to a black kid, who’s a prisoner, and the black kid gets in the limo. The black kid is a rapper and the limo is for the rapper. So he is left standing there on the street alone and no one knows who he is anymore.”
“”…The latter part was set in China and dealing with Chinese money and policing the Chinese.”
I wish I could watch that movie right now. But 21 scribe Allan Loeb is busy working on a complete rewrite. Fox is hoping to fast track the film into production under the title Money Never Sleeps, but Michael Douglas has yet to sign on. Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) will not be featured in the follow-up storyline.
With the stock market back in the news headlines due, it is no surprise that 20th Century Fox is moving forward with development on the previously announced sequel to Oliver Stone’s 1987 film Wall Street. 21 scribe Allan Loeb has been hired to pen the screenplay. I’ve heard nothing but bad things about Stephen Schiff‘s draft of the script which was titled Money Never Sleeps. Loeb will be doing a page one rewrite, and the studio hopes to fast track a sequel into production.
The story will follow Gordon Gekko, the character Michael Douglas made famous in the 1980’s. Douglas is interested, but has yet to sign on to the project. The sequel will pick up as Gekko has been let go from prison and returns to the world of… you guessed it, Wall Street. Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) will not be featured in the follow-up storyline. But I’m wondering how Gekko will deal with the highly volatile market, where it seems like no one is making money. But is that an interesting setting for
Discuss: Do you want to see a Wall Street sequel?
In a new interview with The Times UK, director Oliver Stone ponders the domestic box office prospects for his W. biopic, opening in limited release the 17th of this month. The Lionsgate film had a budget of $30 million—financed by Chinese investors—and arguably there is no precedent for how well it might do. High profile movies about U.S. presidents tend to always be posthumous (Stone’s Nixon, HBO’s John Adams, Spielberg’s planned Lincoln), and the political climate has only grown nastier and nuttier since Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 grossed $119 mil domestic in 2004 (seems longer ago). American Carol, anyone? With the election too close to call and the economy exposing orifices daily…
“I’m not sure that we’ll succeed,” Stone concedes. “But this movie is not for the 12 per cent who still approve of him – it’s for the other 88 per cent. On the other hand, I don’t think there’s anything in the movie that the other 88 per cent would have any reason to detest. It is a human portrait of a man, not meant to insult people who believe in what Bush believes in.”
How much of this majority will show up, either in hopes of a good movie or to magnify their displeasure with the current administration, remains to be seen. And back to the economic crisis, Stone says comparisons to the rampant greed and corruption depicted in 1987’s Wall Street are nil…
“I don’t even think a Gordon Gecko [sic] could exist in 2008, not as an individual buyer or seller. He’d have to work for a bank. Those [Wall Street] guys – they pigged out, man, to a degree that I never thought was possible.”
On that note, I wonder where things are at with Michael Douglas’s Wall Street 2 (Stone is said not to be involved)? Stone says he has no interest nor plans in making another war film, citing his age and specifically calling Iraq too much of a “bummer” to confront. Coming from Stone, who served in VietNam, directed numerous films related to that war (including the aborted Pinkville with Bruce Willis), and is a history buff, I’m not sure I buy it. He even seems to hint that Pinkville might be rescued in the same interview.
Discuss: How much do you expect W. to gross domestically? More than $30 million? Do you agree with Stone’s sentiments on Gekko and today’s Wall Street?