Stephen King may be one of our most prolific writers, but he tends to let others get the ol’ finger blisters when it comes to adapting his tales for the big screen. One exception? The forthcoming, Peter Askin-directed A Good Marriage, for which Uncle Stevie did decide to pen the screenplay version of his novella.
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Edge of Tomorrow, Tom Cruise’s summer sci-fi movie about a reluctant soldier who’s cursed with the gift of reliving the same day that he’s killed by aliens over and over again—until he navigates through battle safely—wasn’t the blockbuster that it might have been. It inched past $100 million in the U.S. and grossed a total of $369 million, but critics heaped praise on Cruise, whose Major William Cage reminded some of A Few Good Men‘s lackadaisical Daniel Kaffee, and Emily Blunt, who played a heroic supersoldier with a sixth sense for slaughtering the spidery aliens that invaded Earth.
The film’s lukewarm box-office reception was held up as evidence of Cruise’s diminished clout, but those pundits weren’t in London in November 2012, when the city shut down Trafalgar Square so that Cruise and co. could land a helicopter right in the heart of one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions. “In the history of England, a helicopter has never landed in Trafalgar Square,” says director Doug Liman, in a Blu-ray extra. “And Tom just gives one of his smiles, and next thing you know, [location manager] Sue Quinn comes back and says, ‘Yes, we’re going to land a helicopter in Trafalgar Square.'”
Patton Oswalt, Amy Poehler, Sarah Silverman, Adrian Grenier, and Werner Herzog are among the more than 80 actors, directors, and academic and civic leaders who are collaborating on the digital series We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can’t Afford to Miss. Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock’s Cinelan will produce the series of informative and entertaining films that tackle serious economic issues.
“At its core, the vision of this project is to fuse artistry and storytelling with economic expertise to engage the public in a truly informed dialogue about the U.S. economy,” says Carole Tomko, general manager and creative director of Vulcan. “This esteemed group of artists and thinkers galvanizes our mission of bringing innovation to the public discourse about the economy, and empowering people to make better economic choices in their own lives.”
Directors such as Adam McKay, Catherine Hardwicke, Joe Berlinger, Ramin Bahrani, Barbara Kopple, Albert Hughes, and Steve James recruited famous friends and sat down with Nobel laureates (Joseph Stiglitz), activists (Robert Kennedy Jr.), and economic insiders (CNBC’s Jim Cramer) for short films about crucial money matters.
On Oct. 21, the free series will launch across multiple platforms, including online, VOD, broadcast, mobile, and theatrical. READ FULL STORY
Ever had one of those days when you wake up in a hospital following a car accident to discover the cops believe you killed several of your friends and that a surgeon has mistakenly grafted a Nazi-zombie arm onto your right elbow? Who hasn’t, right? Regardless, that is the situation facing Martin (Vegar Hoel) in the new horror film Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead. Like 2009’s original, undead-Nazi tale Dead Snow, this sequel is directed by Tommy Wirkola (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) and finds Hoel’s Martin once again facing down Ørjan Gamst’s dreaded—and deaded—Colonel Herzog.
Is it possible to set an entire film on a computer screen? Yes! In the new thriller Open Windows, Elijah Wood plays a blogger obsessed with an actress named Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey) who is persuaded to spy on the star by an unseen but seemingly helpful third party. The twist? Well, there are a few of them in this film from Timecrimes director Nacho Vigalondo. But the most obvious is that the movie does, indeed, all take place on a computer screen.
Who on earth would set a high-octane, high-body count, bulletfest of an action movie in a single room? The answer is director Joe Lynch. The filmmaker’s new film, Everly, stars Salma Hayek as a prostitute who must kill a small army of assassins sent to murder her at an apartment by a yakuza crime boss. At Christmas.
Calling 20,000 Days on Earth “a documentary about Nick Cave” is both accurate and deeply reductive. Yes, its primary focus is a walk through Cave’s life and career and zeroes in on the creation of his last album, 2013’s Push the Sky Away, but it is so full of stunningly considered ideas and cheeky surrealism that it is unlike any rock doc ever made.
That was the point, according to Cave. “Music documentaries are often very similar to meeting a hero, you know? You love the person’s music but you wish you never met them,” he told EW during a discussion of the film. “They often do more damage than good, I think. They attempt to make the subject of the documentary human, and that’s not really what we want to see.” READ FULL STORY
The Black Maria Limited Edition box set of director Tobe Hooper’s horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre may not contain a kitchen sink—or, for that matter, an actual chainsaw—but this 40th anniversary four-disc DVD/Blu-ray combo pack has pretty much everything else a Leatherface lover could desire. The film itself is presented in new 4K digital transfer with a 7.1 surround sound mix supervised by Hooper itself.
“The film works as well, if not better, than it originally did,” the filmmaker told EW earlier this year. Bonus features include commentaries, making-of featurettes, and trailers while purchasers will also become the proud owner of a mini-poster and a Leatherface apron, with which you can amuse your friends (and worry your neighbors). Also, the actual box has been styled after the Black Maria which arrives at the end of the film.
James Rolfe is famous for reviewing video games on his Angry Video Game Nerd web series. Now, Rolfe is taking his alter ego into films with the just-released-to-VOD Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie, a comedy in which he tries to find out if Atari really did bury millions of the copies of the notorious E.T. video game at a landfill site in Alamogordo, N.M.
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