Director Robert Zemeckis has signed on to direct Marwencol, a film based on an acclaimed documentary about Mark Hogancamp. EW has confirmed that Zemeckis will direct Caroline Thompson’s script, which follows the true life story of a man who recovers from the physical and psychological scars of a beating by building a one-sixth scale model of a WWII-era Belgian village called “Marwencol.” READ FULL STORY
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When Who Framed Roger Rabbit sprang into theaters in the summer of 1988, animation was as beleaguered as ol’ Wily E. Coyote. These were the dark days of Disney’s The Great Mouse Detective and Universal’s An American Tale, which only seemed to prove that the glory years of cartoon mice and other fuzzy critters had finally run its course. But Robert Zemeckis’s Roger Rabbit changed everything, practically overnight. Much was made of the novelty of combining live-action with animated characters, but Mary Poppins had mixed both a quarter century earlier — and Bert and his dancing penguins were hardly the first themselves. No, what really made Roger Rabbit a hit with audiences of all ages was the come-together moment from all the iconic ‘toons that had thrilled generations of children. It was like “We Are the World,” but instead of Bob Dylan and Ray Charles, there was Daffy and Donald Duck squaring off against each other on dueling pianos and there was Mickey and Bugs free-falling with Eddie (Bob Hoskins) from the top of a skyscraper.
Throw in a new wascally-wabbit named Roger and his ahh-OOOOOOOO-gaa femme fatale of a wife (voiced by Kathleen Turner), and Who Framed Roger Rabbit became the first animated movie to make the year’s top-10 box-office list in more than a decade. The next year, Disney would present The Little Mermaid, which would confirm the resurgence of animation and set the course towards the new golden age that has lasted until the present day.
Tomorrow, Roger Rabbit arrives on Blu-ray for the first time, and even though the new 25th Anniversary Edition doesn’t include any new special features, it’s a delight to revisit Toontown and get hit on the head a few times with some classic Acme-brand laughs. Below, check out 25 great one-liners from the crazy, loony, genius movie that can’t help but make you feel like you’re nine years old again. READ FULL STORY
Robert Zemeckis has given us Marty McFly, Forrest Gump, Roger Rabbit, and Wilson the volleyball.
The addiction plagued airline pilot Captain Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) in his latest film, Flight, is giving the director his best shot at awards recognition in a decade.
Zemeckis’ return to live action filmmaking has a stalwart contingent of supporters among Hollywood’s award season voters, and the film gets a nice boost from news that the Palm Springs International Film Festival will give him the Director of the Year award for Flight, where he’ll join the ranks of previous honorees and current awards contenders Ang Lee and David O. Russell.
Robert Zemeckis’ return to live-action filmmaking will bring the 50th New York Film Festival in for a landing. Festival officials announced Thursday that Flight, starring Denzel Washington as an airline pilot whose miraculous emergency landing only opens up a deeper mystery, will be the closing film of the festival, on Oct. 14 at Alice Tully Hall.
It’s the first major announcement for the festival, which will run from Sept. 28 through Oct. 14 at Lincoln Center.
Flight, costarring John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Melissa Leo, Bruce Greenwood, and Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes), opens nationwide on Nov. 2.
What if before “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot Sully Sullenberger had pulled off his heroic splashdown, he’d knocked back a few at the airport bar? That’s the entry point for Flight, Robert Zemeckis’ first pure live-action film since 2000′s Cast Away. Denzel Washington plays a pilot whose cool under fire and wizardry in the cockpit saved at last 100 lives when their plane broke apart mid-flight. But did the booze in his system play any role in the plane’s mishap in the first place? Watch the trailer below. READ FULL STORY
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