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Mack Chico

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2008/08/08 at 12:00am

Natalie Portman to remake Dario Argento’s ‘Suspiria’

Natalie Portman to remake Dario Argento's 'Suspiria'

One of the hipper projects in Hollywood is shaping up to be the remake of Dario Argento’s psychedelic horror flick, Susipira, from director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, George Washington). Bloody Disgusting just confirmed minutes ago that Natalie Portman will headline the film, which means she’ll hop into ballet slippers and battle a coven of beautiful, gossipy (foreign?) witches.

The actress’s shingle, Handsome Charlie Films, is producing. If you’ve seen the original, you’re probably wondering what the plans are for the soundtrack, but those details haven’t been announced. Here’s what Green told MTV about the project a few months ago…

“Supiria is a classic to me. I want to be scared. I want to be afraid,” he said to MTV. …”It’s an opportunity to take all artistic excellence and be inspired by what was a low budget Italian 70’s gore movie. Where the art world meets the violent and supernatural. I would love to get every geek that loves torture porn and every old lady in line to see ‘Phantom of the Opera’ to come and have this insane experience.”

With its enchanting candy colors and surreal lighting, Dario Argento’s 1977 flick, widely cited as his best work, rivals Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot Le Fou for its stained-glass color palette. The story dips into nightmare-logic as we follow an American student at an elite European dance academy who discovers it’s a front for evaaal. Argento’s inventive, deranged use of gore is outmatched by a harrowing, instrumental soundtrack by the band Goblin. While it’s not exactly a perfect film, with time Suspiria has arguably transcended the cult genre.

Mack Chico

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2008/08/08 at 12:00am

‘The Goonies’ to have sequel?

'The Goonies' to have sequel?

A very, very, very good source – if I revealed his name, you’d know straight away this was a solid bit of news – informed me a few days ago that “the sequel Corey Feldman has been telling media will never happen”, one “Goonies 2”, is indeed… happening. 

Now I don’t know when it’s going to happen, because it has been on the drawing boards for a good decade now (“Star Trek” and “Transformers” scribe Robert Orci told me today that he was involved in a draft in about 1998), but it does seem to be inching forward.

So what have I been told? well, Warner Bros are finally going to give it the respect it deserves – this will be a large-scale theatrical release. It will not be a direct-to-video release.

(A source at Warner Bros has since confirmed this – saying they are developing it as a major movie, but won’t share anything other than that. Nothing we didn’t already know though)

We’ve been told that there are writers on the project – and they’re being paid rather nicely for their services too.

I’ve no idea what the script is about, nor do I know how far into the script the writers are, but we’re told that it’ll apparently involve some of the original cast – I doubt Josh Brolin will return though; and even if he was keen, would Warner want to pay him the hefty fee he now gets? Doubtful – and some new cast members. I can’t imagine ‘all’ of the original “Goonies” coming back, can you? I’d think Corey Feldman, Sean Astin and, er, Short-Round would be the most likeliest recruits for a reprise… if only because they haven’t disappeared off-the-map (Martha Plimpton where art thou? Keri Green… does she still act?). You never know, ‘Chunk’ might even get a call too.

But there you have it, after years and years of rumours – and even some attempts to get the film up by original director Richard Donner – “The Goonies 2” will soon be a reality.

Mack Chico

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2008/08/07 at 12:00am

Elegy

Rated: R for sexuality, nudity and language.
Release Date: 2008-08-08
Starring: Nicholas Meyer
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Official Website: http://www.onpictures.com/peliculas/elegy/index.htm

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Elegy

Catalan film director Isabel Coixet won various Goya awards in Spain (equivalent to the Oscars in the US) in 2006 for a small English spoken film called ‘The Secret Life of Words’ (La Vida Secreta de las Palabras) starring Tim Robbins and Canadian actress Sarah Polley. An ironic event since her native tongue isn’t even Spanish. Now, two years later, Coixet is at it again, in the Anglo-Saxon language, as she teams up with screenwriter Nicholas Meyer to bring to the big screen ‘Elegy’, starring Ben Kinglsley and Penélope Cruz.

The premise, based on Philip Roth’s short novel ‘The Dying Animal’, tells the story of the relationship between literature professor David Kepesh (Ben Kingsley), who is renowned for his cultural pedigree and Consuela Castillo (Penélope Cruz), his young and sensual Cuban student who falls in love with him.

But there is more here than just sexual play, the narrative essentially centers on how Kepesh deals with the fear that Consuela may leave him because of his age (thought to be around 55 or 60). Kingsley gives a charming and engaging performance that could be his best work in years. Cruz complements him beautifully as she plays the part of the erotic muse to perfection. Great dialogue, fabulous acting by a strong supporting cast (Dennis Hopper and Patricia Clarkson), along with unexpected sub-plots keep you absorbed for the entirety of the film.

A note, if you’ve been watching summer blockbuster Hollywood films one after another, the normal pacing of this film will either be a drastic change for you or a sight for sore eyes. I’ve noticed that after sitting in a dark theater consuming films the likes of ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘The Mummy’, you become rather impatient with mid-tempo cinema. ‘Fight through it’, I say ardently! Elegy will be worth your troubles.

 

Mack Chico

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2008/08/07 at 12:00am

Johnny Depp confirmed for Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Johnny Depp confirmed for Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland'

After it was announced that Tim Burton would direct “Alice in Wonderland 3-D,” a take on the classic Lewis Carroll fairy tale, fans assumed that Johnny Depp would somehow have to be involved. Burton and Depp have previously collaborated on six previous films, including “Sweeney Todd,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “Edward Scissorhands” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

Now, Entertainment Weekly is reporting that fans’ suspicions are absolutely true. But whether he will play the rumored Mad Hatter is still unknown.

A source revealed that the film will be live-action until Alice (Mia Wasikowska) jumps down the rabbit hole and meets the loopy tea party host. Even if Depp does take on the Mad Hatter, there is still the question of whether he will have to do any acting or simply lend his voice for the computer-generated part of the film.

At this point, the new movie is set to begin filming early next year for a 2010 release. Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King) penned the script.

Mack Chico

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2008/08/07 at 12:00am

Lethal Weapon 5?

Lethal Weapon 5?

Hollywood tracking board TrackingB.com reports that Shane Black, who wrote the first Lethal Weapon movie, has written a spec script for Lethal Weapon 5 without telling anyone. The site adds that he contacted franchise producer Joel Silver and said that he wanted to continue the story.

This time, homicidal Riggs (Mel Gibson) is about to retire, but pulls Murtaugh (Danny Glover) out of retirement to solve one final case, before they both officially head off into the sunset.

TrackingB.com says that Gibson and Glover are down to return, but no deals have been signed.

The first film was released in 1987, the second in 1989, the third in 1992 and the fourth in 1998.

Alejandro Arbona

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2008/08/06 at 12:00am

Pineapple Express

Rated: R for pervasive language, drug use, sexual references and violence.
Release Date: 2008-08-08
Starring: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Judd Apatow (historia)
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Official Website: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/pineappleexpress/

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Pineapple Express

The title “Pineapple Express” refers to one plot element that turns out to be perhaps the movie’s most influential character: an especially potent kind of marijuana. It’s Pineapple Express that Saul Silver (James Franco) sells to Dale Denton (Seth Rogen), a sample that only Silver has. And it’s Pineapple Express that Dale is smoking when he witnesses a murder. And it’s due to drug cartels warring over Pineapple Express that that murder takes place. Now the killers, played by Gary Cole and the Puerto Rican actress Rosie Perez, spot the Pineapple Express that Dale dropped when he fled in terror, and they set out to kill Saul and his customer.

“Pineapple Express,” the movie, is an unexpected and interesting combination of three different genres, only one of which comes across in the synopsis I just gave you. It’s a hilarious comedy; it’s a buddy picture, about two friends adventuring and bonding; and, as you can gather from the above paragraph, it’s a crime story that eventually becomes excessively violent. That may just be this movie’s biggest surprise: that a Judd Apatow-produced comedy with the usual cast and improvisational style – usually associated with comedies about boy-men growing up like “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up” and “Superbad” – suddenly climaxes in shootouts, explosions, dead bodies and tons of blood. But, jeez, they sure do make that violence funny.

 

Mack Chico

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2008/08/06 at 12:00am

Tarantino to cast Britney Spears

Tarantino to cast Britney Spears

Britney Spears has accepted a role as a psychotic lesbian stripper in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming remake of the 1965 cult classic Faster Pussycat! Kill Kill!

The Pulp Fiction director has cast 26-year-old Britney as “Varla,” an adult entertainer who leads a trio of exotic dancers is murdering a young couple trapped alone in the desert.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Brit’s character murders the boyfriend with her bare hands before taking the girlfriend hostage, with whom she will engage in a number of sex scenes.

“Quentin is convinced Britney will be brilliant.”

“Britney is delighted, she thinks it could turn her career and her life around. A successful film could help her get out of her current nightmare,” an excited insider confirms to The Daily Telegraph.

“It is perfect Tarantino material. He wanted to get Britney first. She’s playing the most important character.”

Quentin is still on the hunt for a pair of Hollywood starlets to take on the roles of the remaining two strippers.

Mack Chico

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2008/08/06 at 12:00am

Jason Statham to play Daredevil?

Jason Statham to play Daredevil?

Death Race and Crank star Jason Statham wants to be in a big screen reboot of the popular Marvel character Daredevil. But Statham doesn’t want to play the baddie Bullseye, he wants to take over as the blind man behind the red mask – Daredevil, who was played by Ben Affleck in Mark Steven Johnson’s 2003 film.

Frank Miller, who is credited for adding new depths to the comic book series in the 1970’s, has also given his approval: “I think he should be Daredevil too,” Miller told the LA Times.

Mack Chico

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2008/08/05 at 12:00am

The Counterfeiters

Rating: 5.0

Rated: R for some strong violence, brief sexuality/nudity and language.
Release Date: 2008-02-22
Starring: Stefan Ruzowitzky
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Official Website: http://www.sonyclassics.com/thecounterfeiters/

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The Counterfeiters is a great film which tells the true story of the Nazi attempts to forge bank notes during the Second World War.They grouped together from the camps anybody that had any printing, paper, forging, currency knowledge etc. They set about to create a mini-production line to forge the Pound (UK Currency) and the later the Dollar (USA Currency).

For the men involved their lives depended on their success. Due to the work involved they were treated well compared to others, but their lives were always in the balance.

The lead actor, Karl Markovics, who played Salomon Sorowitsch was amazing and stole the film to my mind. He played the character well, ruthless in one respect, compassionate in another. Although he was a criminal, a master forger, he lived by his own set of ethics. Which he stood fast to, regardless of the situation.

This film really questions your own beliefs, what would you do in this situation? If you help, then you help to fund the Nazi war machine. Let them put more people in camps, in the same position as you.

If you stick to your morals/ethics/beliefs whatever you like to call them. Then you face certain death. You are basically between a rock and a hard place regardless. So you can either give up all you belief in an effort to survive, or you can stick to your beliefs and die. What is more important?

A very good film indeed and to me Karl Markovics played a stunning role. He is certainly an actor I will look out for in the future.

 

Alex Florez

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2008/08/05 at 12:00am

Bottle Shock

Rated: PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexual content and a scene of drug use.
Release Date: 2008-08-08
Starring: Jody Savin, Randall Miller, Ross Schwartz
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Bottle Shock

It’s always a tricky situation to have a film’s protagonist be some-thing rather than some-one.  Such is the case with Bottle Shock, wherein California wine, in particular the one from Napa Valley, plays the underdog that goes for glory against all odds.  It may sound absurd, but at times this film does indeed have this ‘Rocky’ sensibility to it, where respect is earned and hearts are won. 

Based on a true story, the film tells us of a moment in time (1976) when a small American winery competed against the exalted French wines, putting californian vineyards on the map for decades to come.  Unfortunately, director Randall Miller muddles the picture with a few other story-lines that to be quite honest detract from the film.

Bill Pullman plays Jim Barrett, the founder of the Montelena vineyard that will eventually compete, but whose perfectionist ways don’t bode well for his son Bo Barrett (Chris Pine), who seems to disappoint his old man on a daily basis.  This father-son dynamic continues throughout the film while a contrived love triangle develops between Bo, his best friend Gustavo (Freddy Rodriguez), and a gorgeous intern named Sam (Rachel Taylor).

Then there’s the Steven Spurrier story – the British connoisseur played by an affable Alan Rickman, that travels to northern california in search of bottles for an upcoming wine tasting event he’s put together in europe to promote the diversity of offerings in his failing Paris shop.

But none of these plot lines are fully developed and so they aren’t as compelling as the competition itself.  A sad notion when you consider that said competition is only as long as a round in one of the famous Rocky bouts.

Still, those who are not wine enthusiasts or connoisseurs will find some of the scenes rather silly.  I’m referring to the faces the actors make when they taste the wine, when they caress the grapevines, and gaze upon the acres of land while the wind dances around the vineyards.  

There’s no question this small film has passion, but its also careful enough not to overdo or over glamorize the events that took place in the mid 70s. What’s hurts its chances nevertheless, are the many subplots that are touched upon so subtly but so forcefully thrown together. 

 

While it won’t leave a bad taste in your mouth, you might be more inclined to stick the cork back in the bottle, and call it a night.  

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