Archive for August 18, 2012
Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers have existed in many different iterations – some of them extremely faithful to the writings of the French author – while others, like Paul W.S. Anderson’s 2011 film, not so much. But that doesn’t stop production companies from continually rejuvenating the property – breathing new life into Athos, Porthos, and Aramis.
That’s exactly what BBC America, purveyor of our weekly Whovian fix, hopes to do in their just announced Three Musketeers TV series, which they are coproducing with BBC One. Titled succinctly The Musketeers, this 10-episode series will follow the exploits of three brothers assigned to protect the King and their country.As with any good adaptation, some liberties have been taken to make the series more palatable for television audiences, and to serialize a single story into a compelling set ...
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Like Saw before it, the Paranormal Activity franchise has been a mainstay of the Halloween time movie going experience, and that train is not stopping any time soon, but continuing on with Paranormal Activity 4. A brief teaser trailer for the film was released not that long ago that set up some of the storytelling perspectives viewers will be treated to by PA 3 directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, and we have yet another teaser to whet any horror fans’ appetite.
The teaser itself isn’t as substantial as the one that precluded it, but still gives a good sense of the scares that audiences will get to enjoy. In the first trailer, it appeared that Paranormal Activity 4 might play with perspectives and moment-capturing devices, much in the same way Paranormal Activity 3 did with its multi-cam set-up, but this teaser in comprised of ...
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Billy Ray serenades Scorsese with some Sinatra; Dale Dickey gets mysterious in Iron Man 3; Emms and Chestnut Kick-Ass; Johnson and Carano are Fast & Furious and NBC get Hench.
Writer Billy Ray (NOT of Cyrus fame) has been brought in to write the script for Martin Scorsese’s Frank Sinatra biopic.
Scorsese has long been interested in bringing a Sinatra tale to the screen, originally planning a Rat Pack film that was set to star Tom Hanks and John Travolta. That seems to have gone by the wayside, with the famed director now focused squarely on Ol’ Blue Eyes.
Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams) wrote a previous draft of the script, although it looks like Billy Ray will be starting from scratch.
The big issue is casting, will Scorsese favorite Leonardo DiCaprio be top of the list? After all, ...
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We’re at a turning point in the cultural zeitgeist, concerning the representation of women. Male-dependent damsels like Bella Swan are increasingly frowned upon, in an age where princesses prefer swordplay to swooning over prince charmings. Televised hits Mad Men and Game of Thrones explore patriarchal societies in historical and fantasy context, while Homeland examines feminist ideals in the new century. This is a banner year for blockbusters featuring modern action heroines, thanks to Haywire, The Hunger Games, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Brave.
Thus, there is no time like the present for an Expendables-riff that unites all the armed-and-dangerous babes who’ve graced the silver screen. Director Simon West (Expendables 2) has revealed a desire to incorporate an “Expenda-Belles” team in a future installment, name-dropping such gals as Angelina ...
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Warner Bros. Pictures will no longer make a film based on Graham Moore's Black List script "The Imitation Game" says The Hollywood Reporter.
The story deals with Alan Turing, an English mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, computer scientist, criminally prosecuted and chemically castrated homosexual, and tortured soul who committed suicide by eating a cyanide-laced apple.
Turing was highly influential in the founding of computer science and artificial intelligence, along with devising techniques for breaking German ciphers during the Second World War. He was also one of the earliest to explore the biological process of morphogenesis.
J. Blakeson ("The Disappearance of Alice Creed") was previously in negotiations to direct and Leonardo DiCaprio was said to be interested in play Turing but DiCaprio essentially passed on the project - as a result Warners is letting go of the rights.
Now free, the property will be repackaged and shopped around to other studios. Blakeson remains attached as director.