Columbia Pictures has optioned remake and sequel rights to the 2007 Japanese movie, Big Man Japan, and hired Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (Clash of the Titans) to write a screenplay. The original movie, directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto, tells the story of an accident-prone head of the Department of Monster Prevention, who uses electricity to grow 10 stories tall to protect the citizenry from Godzilla-sized creatures. Check out the trailer for the original film after the jump:
Tag: Foreign language films (21-30 of 30)
Are you starting to feel bored by the current wave of American vampires, with their pouty lips and their convoluted mythologies and their desperation to appeal to audiences barely through puberty? Worry not, fellow traveler, your friends in Germany may have just the thing for you. It’s called We Are the Night, and it’s the crazy-looking tale of a dissolute Berlin punkette who runs afoul of a group of club-hopping hotties… who are also centuries-old vampires. In no time at all, our heroine has become a proudly Euro-trashy vampire. She apparently has some sort of flirtation with a cop who looks like Undeclared-era Charlie Hunnam. Also, techno music and girls making out! Let’s see Priest top that! Check out the trailer after the jump… READ FULL STORY »
Television stars Wentworth Miller (Prison Break) and Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) are in talks to join Loft, a remake of the 2008 Belgian thriller, according to Variety. The film, which already includes Patrick Wilson and James Marsden, is about five married cads who suspect each other of murder after a dead body is found in the pad they share to conduct their extramarital affairs. Stonestreet, who plays the sensitive gay husband and father on ABC’s hit family comedy, also has a role in this year’s upcoming Muppet movie.
Chen Zhen, for those who are uninitiated, is beloved by martial arts fans on a level commensurate with Batman — an iconic character, first played by Bruce Lee in the 1972 classic Fist of Fury, and then by Jet Li in 1994′s Fist of Legend. A 1995 TV series resurrected Chen Zhen, then played by Donnie Yen, who returns as the lead once again in this feature film. READ FULL STORY »
The Tribeca Film Festival announced selections for its World Narrative, World Documentary, and Viewpoints competitions at its 10th annual event, running from April 20 to May 1 in New York. Eighty-eight features (such as Angels Crest, with Jeremy Piven) and 61 short films from 32 different countries were selected from more than 5,600 submissions to screen at the festival. “In programming the Festival this year we had to make some incredibly difficult decisions, but we are excited about the quality, ingenuity, risk-taking and diversity of this year’s program,” David Kwok, Director of Programming, said in a statement. “We are particularly proud that we have 12 directors returning to Tribeca with their feature films as well as the opportunity to showcase an excellent number of films that have been supported by the Tribeca Film Institute.”
Click below for an up-to-date complete listing of the films in competition (The remaining feature-film lineup will be announced on March 14): READ FULL STORY »
Adrien Brody has reached a settlement with the producers of Giallo, the film he had legally blocked from a U.S. release while claiming he was still owed $640,000 for his work. The matter was settled 10 days ago, according to Hannibal Pictures’ CEO Richard Rionda Del Castro, and though financial terms have not been disclosed, Del Castro says that those issues were “resolved satisfactory for him and for us, and we’re just happy to have the matter behind us.” The agreement clears the path for Giallo, in which Brody plays an FBI agent on the trail of a serial killer, to receive a theatrical, or more likely, a DVD release, in the U.S.
The Berlin Film Festival will screen several of Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s award-winning films, including his 2006 film, Offside, in an effort to support the imprisoned filmmaker and protest his incarceration. Panahi had been selected to be a member of festival’s jury, but that was before he was imprisoned in his home country for inciting protests and making films without state permission. “We are going to use every opportunity to protest against this drastic verdict,” Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick said in a statement. In addition, there will be a panel with Iranian artists discussing censorship and the restriction of freedom of opinion in Iran on Feb. 17.
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American moviegoers can be forgiven if they’re unaware of this Italian romance series — the previous installments haven’t been released stateside. But with the third movie featuring Robert De Niro (who, as you may remember from The Godfather Part II, speaks fluent Italian) and that country’s reigning sex-symbol siren Monica Bellucci, the trailer is getting more attention (we saw it on Slashfilm). READ FULL STORY »
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