Photo: GettyThe screenwriter for the film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Kelly Marcel, said in a recent interview that her script contains “a lot of sex” but that her understanding of the material as she adapts it is as an old-fashioned love story. Nevertheless, she told The Telegraph, “It will be NC-17. It will be raunchy. We are 100% going there.”Read More »from ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ screenwriter says that the movie adaptation ‘will be NC-17′
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- Danny Bowes | Movie Talk – Tue, Jan 8, 2013 1:47 PM EST
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The DGA has announced its five nominees for Best Director, the winner of which will be announced February 2nd. The nominees are:Read More »from Directors Guild of America announces nominees
Photo: Everett CollectionThanks to crowd-sourced financing, there will be a sequel to the 2003 cult hit “The Hebrew Hammer.” Adam Goldberg will return as the titular Shaft-like private eye, with Judy Greer reprising her role as now-wife Esther Bloomenbergensteinenthal. The plot of the sequel involves their traveling back in time, teaming up with Jesus, and fighting Hitler. Thus, “The Hebrew Hammer vs. Hitler.”Read More »from ‘The Hebrew Hammer vs. Hitler’ announced
- Danny Bowes | Movie Talk – Mon, Jan 7, 2013 1:13 PM EST
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Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh's upcoming film, “Behind The Candelabra,” a biopic of entertainer Liberace, will be airing on HBO this February, but it almost wasn't even made. According to Soderbergh, when looking for financing, “We went to everyone in town....they said it was too gay.”Read More »from Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic ‘too gay’ for Hollywood
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Yesterday was a very exciting day for action movie fans: director Gareth Huw Evans tweeted that he'll be starting filming on January 19th for the sequel to “The Raid: Redemption,” which will be titled “The Raid: Retaliation” in the US. He also announced that the story will pick up a mere two hours after the first movie ends, giving protagonist Rama (Iko Uwais) almost no time to unwind after the hundreds of men he killed.Read More »from ‘The Raid Redemption’ director to shoot sequel
- Danny Bowes | Movie Talk – Fri, Jan 4, 2013 1:39 PM EST
Photo: Tri=StarThe Writer's Guild of America has announced its nominees for Best Original, Adapted, and Documentary screenplays of 2012.
The notable omissions of the ineligible “Django Unchained” and “Les Miserables” aside made way for some less-touted scripts, such as John Gatins' for “Flight” and Paul Thomas Anderson's for the surprising awards underdog “The Master.”
The nominations for Rian Johnson's “Looper” and Steven Chbosky's “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” can only help those films' chances at Oscar nominations in their respective categories. In Original, longtime locks “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Zero Dark Thirty” unsurprisingly received nods from the guild, as did prohibitive Oscar favorite “Lincoln” and almost certain nominees “Argo” and “Silver Linings Playbook” in Adapted.
With the Oscars' wider pool of eligibility, expect to see “Django Unchained” bump one of the five nominees for Original Screenplay, though the field in Adapted Screenplay may be tougher for “Les Miserables” to break in.Read More »from ‘Looper,’ ‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’ nab surprise WGA noms
Photo: GettyAshton Kutcher's typographically unique Steve Jobs biopic “jOBS” will be the closing screening of this year's Sundance Film Festival, in advance of an April theatrical release, per The Hollywood Reporter. Directed by relative newcomer Joshua Michael Stern, “jOBS” tells the story of Steve Jobs' journey from college dropout to revered entrepreneurial icon.
This marks Kutcher's first foray into dramatic roles, unless one counts his turn in “The Butterfly Effect,” so there's little basis on which to speculate on his effectiveness at playing the Apple co-founder, chairman, and CEO, especially considering it's not yet known what artistic approach will be taken; Kutcher's casting could be a stretch, or the approach may be tailored to his more-familiar light comedy talents. The fact that “jOBS” is being released in April rather than November or December, while not an indicator of the film's prospects in itself, does speak to a desire by its producers to not have “jOBS” compared too immediatelyRead More »from Steve Jobs biopic to close Sundance
Sony's remake of “Carrie,” originally scheduled for release in March, has been pushed back to October, Variety reports, where the studio feels the second screen adaptation of Stephen King's classic horror novel will be better positioned to find an audience two wees before Halloween.
This “Carrie” sees director Kimberly Peirce (“Boys Don't Cry,” “Stop-Loss”) take over for Brian De Palma and Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore for Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie. “Carrie”'s new release date is one week in advance of “Paranormal Activity 5,” the previous four installments of which have dominated the box office in traditionally horror-friendly October. A competition between Sony and Paramount (“Paranormal Activity”'s studio) thus looms: “Carrie,” as a new take by a woman director on a female-centric story previously told by men, seems to be positioned as the thinking moviegoer's October horror movie, in opposition to the fifth installment in an ongoing series. The commercial juggernaut that isRead More »from ‘Carrie’ remake pushed to October
- Danny Bowes | Movie Talk – Wed, Jan 2, 2013 6:11 PM EST
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The Producers Guild has announced its list of ten nominations for Best Picture this year, which are:
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
“Life of Pi”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Zero Dark Thirty”
The biggest surprise here is the inclusion of “Skyfall,” the wildly successful latest entry in the James Bond franchise, which, while critically well-received, is a less typical nominee for awards of this sort than, for example, Paul Thomas Anderson's historical drama “The Master,” the highest-profile notable omission.
Guild nominations do tend to prefigure Oscar voting more than critics awards, so while the PGA nominees are in no way a direct prediction, the general shape of these nominations—and especially the omission of “The Master”—can give an idea of how the Oscar nominations, coming later this month, will look.Read More »from The Producers Guild of America Movie Nominees Announced
Photo: Everett CollectionThe two highest-grossing movies of 2012 (which saw the highest domestic box office figure of all time) were unavoidable: “The Avengers” and “The Dark Knight Rises.” People—especially on the Internet—spent months talking about them, nearly everyone had an opinion, good, bad or indifferent, but everyone knew they were in theaters. The converse, then, should be true of the year's lowest-grossing titles: even the worst movies attract a certain percentage of viewers looking to bask in the disaster, so for something to really gross a truly tiny amount of money, it stands to reason that it be something no one's ever heard of. The two lowest-grossing movies of 2012 certainly fit this bill.
Coming in at #655 and last on Box Office Mojo's domestic gross list is “The Ghastly Love of Johnny X,” with a grand total of $117 (not a typo), and the delightful tagline “They Sing! They Dance! They're Juvenile Delinquents From Outer Space,” this fantasy-comedy attracted one glowing review from /Film, butRead More »from Behold: The Lowest Grossing Movie of 2012