Archive for December 24, 2011
Three weeks ago we learned that Monster director Patty Jenkins would no longer be stepping into Kenneth Branagh’s shoes to helm Thor 2. Shortly thereafter, as more details poured out on situation, fingers pointed towards Marvel Studios as the source of the controversy, indicating that they had fired her from the job, much to the displeasure of Natalie Portman, who was an advocate of Jenkins getting the gig in the first place.
Jenkins marks yet another names joining the quickly growing list of directors separating with the studio over “creative differences.” Marvel, in a hurry to lockdown a replacement, reportedly had TV directors Alan Taylor and Daniel Minahan on their shortlist, both of whom worked on Game of Thrones. As it turns out, one of them got the gig.
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Reese Witherspoon is walking in Memphis with the Devil’s Knot; we see Mel Gibson in snaps from his Summer Vacation; Dan Aykroyd gets involved in a Dog Fight between Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis; Seth Rogen joins The B Team and Andrzej Bartkowiak gets that sinking feeling with Beneath the Deep.
1. Reese Witherspoon has signed on to star in Devil’s Knot, a new drama about the West Memphis three.
Atom Egoyan (Chloe) will direct the film which sees Witherspoon “play Pam Hobbs, the mother of one of the murder victims who initially believes the trio murdered her son, but she is eventually persuaded that the three suspects are innocent and wrongly accused”.
Scott Derrickson and Paul Boardman, adapted Mara Leveritt’s 2003 book Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three for the screen, but the ...
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Screen Rant’s Ben Kendrick reviews War Horse
Only days after releasing the kid-friendly film, The Adventures of TinTin, Steven Spielberg returns with a heavier (and very much NOT kid-friendly) dramatic offering, War Horse - a World War I drama based on a children’s book by Michael Morpurgo (which also inspired a stage play from Nick Stafford).
While many film fans tend to most fondly remember Spielberg’s lighthearted sci-fi and action-adventure titles (such as E.T. and the Indiana Jones series), many of the Oscar-winner’s most celebrated works have been hard-hitting period dramas. Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List were recognized by the Academy as well as other awards organizations and, despite violent historical narratives, also drew tremendous numbers at the box office. Has Spielberg managed to once again blend evocative and entertaining period drama in War Horse? Or is the ...
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