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2008/07/27 at 12:00am

Leonardo DiCaprio and Warner Bros. to adapt ‘The Twilight Zone’

07.27.2008 | By |

Leonardo DiCaprio and Warner Bros. to adapt 'The Twilight Zone'

Warner Bros. and Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way are in the early stages of seeking material for a feature take on one or more episodes from the classic TV series “The Twilight Zone,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The trade says that the studio and production company are quietly putting out word to creators that they are looking for pitches and script ideas based on the show for feature development.

The companies are not seeking to remake an episodic movie, as the only big-screen version of the show did 25 years ago, but rather hope to build one continuing story line based on one or more episodes.

Warners owns rights to the Rod Serling-penned episodes, which comprise the bulk of its 1959-64 run.

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2008/07/27 at 12:00am

Will Smith confirmed for ‘I Am Legend 2’

07.27.2008 | By |

Will Smith confirmed for 'I Am Legend 2'

Last year, Will Smith starred in an update of Richard Matheson’s future shock novel I Am Novel, which became the second-biggest non-sequel of 2007, and ever since then, there’s been a lot of rumors and speculation and curiosity whether Warner Bros. would try to do some kind of prequel or sequel to it. (Note: If you haven’t seen it or read the book, the next sentence will probably spoil both.) A prequel would be the most obvious because it would mean that Will Smith could return as Dr. Robert Neville, and we’d be able to see more of the time in between the virus being unleashed in New York and where the first movie picks up the story.

Francis Lawrence was at Comic-Con International to talk about the new NBC series “Kings” for which he directed the pilot and the first couple of episodes, and we had a chance to ask him a few questions about the rumor about a prequel, which he confirmed he would definitely be involved with. “Yes, yes, absolutely, we’re actually trying to crack that. We’re trying to figure out some ideas for it, but yes, it would be a prequel.” He did confirm that Will Smith, who’s done a couple of sequels in his career, would definitely be into doing more with the character.

The pilot for “Kings” has a lot of great aerial shots of New York City, which is doubling for the city of Shiloh, and talking about that lead to us talking about how it was portrayed in Legend. “Akiva and I really wanted to do ‘Legend’ in New York, because it’s such an iconic city and it’s just more striking to see it abandoned than Los Angeles, ’cause honestly, parts of Los Angeles can look abandoned in the middle of the day.”

We asked him whether he’d have go through the same things in creating an abandoned New York as he did for I Am Legend and whether it would be easier for a prequel, having already figured out how to do it. “Well, even as we went through them with the movie itself, it got easier. The first time you got out there and shut down 6th Avenue, it’s like, ‘How are we going to do this day after day after day?’ but by the end, it’s just like you know how to do it. You got the P.A.’s who know how to shut it down, how to let the traffic through in between set-ups and you just sort of get the routine down, so that’s not the issue.”

That led directly into Lawrence sharing some interesting ideas that might go into making the proposed prequel: “In the prequel, it’s slightly different because it’s earlier. We were three years later so we did a lot of research into the way nature would have sort of overtaken the city, with the cracks in the streets and the weeds, so if it’s just back earlier, it’ll be slightly different so the approach will be different. We’re not positive of the time of the year, because if you go in winter, you can do some entirely different kinds of things.”

As far as getting Richard Matheson’s blessing on this prequel, Lawrence commented, “I’m sure we’ll definitely keep him involved in the prequel just in terms of updating him and inviting him to read the script and see what he has to say. Matheson was very happy (with the first movie). It was a great moment when we showed him the movie. He had read the script and I invited him when we were done to see the movie and he brought his family, and I called him when we were on the international junket in Japan and I was really nervous, because it’s an adaptation and it’s different, and he knew along the way, it’s Richard Matheson. He really loved it and I had this great letter from him about it.”

As far as some of the other things on Lawrence’s slate, he told us, “There’s something on my IMDb page called ‘Eddie Dickens and the Awful End,’ which is not happening. That was an animated project that I was going to do alongside with ‘Legend’ and that we sort of decided with the studio not to do. Then there’s a Disney thing called ‘Snow and the 7’ that I’m still working on which is a modern retelling of the Snow White story.” He said that it would be a family movie in the sense of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies. “It’s in that kind of a vein. It’s 19th Century China, a British girl is discovering who she really is, and it’s a great action-adventure story. That one’s a ways away but we got this great writer in and we’re working on the script. This great world and great ideas.”

 

Alex Florez

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2008/07/26 at 12:00am

Darren Aronofsky is confirmed to direct ‘Robocop’

07.26.2008 | By |

Darren Aronofsky is confirmed to direct 'Robocop'

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures has signed Darren Aronofsky to direct and David Self to write a new installment for its ROBOCOP franchise. Aronofsky, the director of “The Fountain,” and Self, the writer of “Road to Perdition,” make a formidable creative team, fast tracking the ROBOCOP motion picture and spotlighting it as one of the most anticipated new films for 2010.

The announcement was made today by Mary Parent, Chairman, Worldwide Motion Picture Group, MGM.

In making the announcement Parent said: “Darren is undeniably one of the most talented, original and visceral film makers, and David is one of the greatest writers in Hollywood. All of us at MGM couldn’t be more excited.”

Phoenix Pictures’ Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer, Brad Fischer and David Thwaites will produce ROBOCOP. Cale Boyter, Executive Vice President Production at MGM will oversee the project for the studio.

Phoenix Pictures’ Chairman and CEO Mike Medavoy said: “After making the first ROBOCOP at Orion more than 20 years ago, I’m thrilled to be helping to return this character to the screen with our partners at MGM and through the eyes of Darren Aronofsky and David Self.”

Phoenix co-presidents Brad Fischer and David Thwaites added: “With a filmmaker of Darren Aronofsky’s vision and imagination and a writer of David Self’s caliber, we are poised to bring to the screen an entertaining and provocative film, which will now be under the creative guidance of two of the best storytellers working in our industry today.”

Aronofsky’s credits include “Pi,” “Requiem for a Dream” and “The Fountain.” He is completing the feature, “The Wrestler” with Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood. He is repped by CAA and attorney Carlos Goodman.

David Self’s credits include “13 Days” and “Road To Perdition.” He wrote “God of War” for Universal, to which Brett Ratner is attached to direct, and was a writer on Universal’s “Wolfman” currently in production. He is represented by UTA and attorney Karl Austen.

The original ROBOCOP, which premiered in 1987, was “part man, part machine and all cop.” The film’s storyline focused on the future of law enforcement as a terminally wounded cop returns to the police force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories. The original film was nominated for two Academy Awards — Best Film Editing and Best Sound. Since the film’s debut, ROBOCOP has become one of the most successful titles in MGM’s vast film library. The franchise continues as a worldwide phenomenon, especially in the U.S., Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom. ROBOCOP, ROBOCOP 2, and ROBOCOP 3 have sold approximately 4.1 million gross DVD units worldwide.

Alex Florez

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2008/07/25 at 12:00am

Luis Buñuel – The World Remembers the Lengendary Filmmaker

07.25.2008 | By |

Luis Buñuel - The World Remembers the Lengendary Filmmaker

The Retrospective at the Berlinale this year was devoted to Luis Buñuel, an odd choice perhaps for the German capital, but exceedingly valuable as it offered viewers not only the familiar surreal landmarks of the 1920s and those from the end of his long career, but also a look at just about everything that came between, when the director was earning a living churning out all sorts of films in France, Spain, Mexico and the US as producer, uncredited director, and writer.

Many of these have been forgotten, or certainly neglected–and sometimes for good reason. The stage transformations Buñuel produced in Madrid, like Don Quintín el Amargao, had virtually zero theatricality or cinematic interest, and bore the unmistakably primitive look of mid-1930s pre-fascist Spanish features. The anti-fascist Spanish documentaries Tierra sin pan (1933) and España 1936 forced the director to the US and then to Mexico, where conditions stylistically and financially improved, under the producer Óscar Dancigers.

But not right away. Gran Casino (1947) was a routine musical, barely melodramatic, but at least showcasing singers Jorge Negrete and Libertad Lamarque as a fairly unlikely pair of lovers. By 1950, with Los Olvidados, the socially-conscious and dramatically-surprising Buñuel, with the stunning images of cameraman Gabriel Figueroa, was propelled back to international acclaim, via Cannes.

The Mexican 1950s produced masterworks like Él and Nazarín, but also such films as a remake of Don Quintín (La Hija del engaño, 1951), a Maupassant adaptation (Una Mujer sin amor, 1952), a version of Wuthering Heights, the rather pallid social melodrama El Bruto (1953), which at least had Katy Jurado slicing off some flower tops in an assassinist fashion), the fairly languid, unfeverish political drama La Fièvre monte à El Pao (1959), a co-production with France starring the miscast but otherwise gorgeous couple Gérard Philippe and María Félix, and the bizarre La Joven (1960), a curious mixture of Robinson Crusoe, The Defiant Ones, and Lolita, marked by at least one Buñuelian fetish, high heels, and Figueroa’s stark photography.

The titles from the 1960s, from France, Italy, Mexico, and an ultimately forgiving Spain, all offered their more familiar, discreet, obscure, fantasmic, anti-clerical Buñuelian charms: Viridiana, El Ángel exterminador, Le Journal d’une femme de chambre, Simón del Desierto, Belle de Jour, Tristana–up to the culmination of his career, Cet obscur objet du désir in 1977.

Apart from the Buñuels, handsomely arranged by the Berlin Kinemathek curator Rainer Rother, the Berlinale had further delightful surprises on hand. There was a tribute to Italy’s Francesco Rosi; the print of perhaps his most celebrated film, Cristo si è fermato a Eboli, had its colour so browned-out that it seemed almost intentional in its view of scorched southern Italy. Among the restorations were The Belle of Broadway, produced for Columbia by Harry Cohn in 1926. This had Betty Compson in a dual role, as a Parisian theatre star in the 1890s and an American girl thirty years later, in a story that anticipated elements of Evergreen (1934) and Madame X (1929). Die Gezeichneten, directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer in 1922 (and newly restored by the Danish Film Archive), depicted a Russian pogrom in 1905–all the more chilling as it was filmed entirely in and around Berlin, well before 1933. The sets were convincing, the performances striking, and the film had the invaluable accompaniment of Maud Nelissen at the piano, plus accordion.

Ms. Nelissen also led a contingent of the Komische Oper orchestra in her new score for an entirely non-Berlinale showing of Erich von Stroheim’s The Merry Widow (1925). Lehár’s score was admirably synthesised into something quite as original as Stroheim’s eccentric take on the operetta, and the result (thanks also to a nice print from Vienna) was easily a highlight of this Berlin visit. MGM’s massive production, with Stroheim’s obssessive Habsburg detailing, the spectacular sets and costumes (Cedric Gibbons and Richard Day), and the astonishing matte and glass shots outflanked much of the purported opulence of Metro in the 1930s. The pre-1914 Balkan atmosphere was so realistically charged that the assassination of a crown prince became almost inevitable, and any residual operetta glamour came from the expert playing of Mae Murray and John Gilbert, reaching a climax in their voluptuous waltz-tango at a Parisian ball, surely one of the most enduring cinematic souvenirs of the ‘20s.

Alex Florez

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2008/07/25 at 12:00am

George Lopez chats from the set of ‘Henry Poole’

07.25.2008 | By |

George Lopez chats from the set of 'Henry Poole'

Mexican actor/comedian, George Lopez, chats up ShowBizCafe.com, about his new flick ‘Henry Poole is Here’ , where  Luke Wilson, Adriana Barraza and Albert Torres round off the cast.  Wilson plays Henry, who discovers that he only has six weeks of life and therefore, leaves to his fianceé’s and the famiy business to find solitude to think about his last days of life.

Alex Florez

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2008/07/24 at 12:00am

Step Brothers

07.24.2008 | By |

Rated: R for crude and sexual content, and pervasive language.
Release Date: 2008-07-25
Starring: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay
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Country: USA
Official Website: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/stepbrothers/index.html

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Step Brothers
Alex Florez

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2008/07/24 at 12:00am

The X Files: I Want to Believe

07.24.2008 | By |

Rated: PG-13 for violent and disturbing content and thematic material.
Release Date: 2008-07-25
Starring: Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz
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Country: USA, Canada
Official Website: http://xfiles.com/

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The X Files: I Want to Believe
Mack Chico

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2008/07/24 at 12:00am

Nothing Like the Holidays – First teaser poster

07.24.2008 | By |

Nothing Like the Holidays -  First teaser poster

The film Humboldt Park, which now will be called ‘Nothing Like the Holidays’ (far better name), will be released November 26, but we already obtained a leaked poster of the movie which contains some scenes of the Latino protagonists. With its all-star Hispanic cast, this is definitely going to be one of those hyped up films fopr the Spanish market.The film stars John Leguizamo, Luis Guzmán, Jay Hernandez, Alfred Molina, Melonie Díaz and Freddy Rodriguez.

Afiche de Humboldt Park

Mack Chico

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2008/07/23 at 12:00am

Miley Cyrus might go nude for “Undiscovered Gyrl”

07.23.2008 | By |

Miley Cyrus might go nude for “Undiscovered Gyrl”

Miley Cyrus is itching for a starring role as the lead character in “Undiscovered Gyrl” a screen adaptation of the popular novel by Allison Burnett.

The racy movie is described as the story of “a lovable, lost suburban girl who descends into a life of reckless partying and promiscuity.”

And despite creating a stir with her partially-nude photo in the June issue of Vanity Fair, Miley’s latest venture will definitely include nude scenes, according to MSNBC spies.

“It is still early days, but Miley is really interested in the film, which follows the story of a lovable, lost suburban girl who descends into a life of reckless partying and promiscuity. If she does get the part, you will be seeing a lot more of her than you did in the Vanity Fair photos – there would definitely be nude scenes.”

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2008/07/22 at 12:00am

Tom Cruise gunning for Top Gun 2?

07.22.2008 | By |

Tom Cruise gunning for Top Gun 2?

UPDATE: It appears that Tom Cruise will not be returning to the franchise that made him bigger than life, and has officially not been cleared for take off.

Earlier this week, reports surfaced suggesting Cruise was in line to reprise his role as Maverick in the fighter jet film, 22 years after the original.

However, “Access Hollywood” has confirmed those reports are false.

As Tom Cruise continues to hunt for a new project to follow-up Bryan Singer’s Valkyrie, we’ve been hearing a lot of rumours about the possibility of him returning to a familiar franchise in the hopes of re-establishing his bankability. First it was a new Mission Imposible movie that was supposedly on the table, and now this week we have a somewhat unsubstantiated rumour that says there is a possibility of a Top Gun sequel, some 22 years after the original was released.

According to the NY newspaper ‘The Sun’, there is a script floating around for a new Top Gun flick where Maverick is now an instructor who “has to deal with a cocky new female pilot”.

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