Though Sam Raimi the director is currently unemployed, having just completed his DVD duties for Spider-Man 3, Sam Raimi the producer is quite the busy man, overseeing several high-profile projects under his Ghost House Pictures banner.
One such project, The Grudge 3, is currently in the scriptwriting phase. In an exclusive interview yesterday with Reelz.com, Raimi talked about what he'd like to see in a third Grudge movie:
"I'd like some new mysteries to be created around Kayako and Toshio. I don't think the audience just wants to see them come out and terrorize people. I think we want to know more about the secret dark histories those two had. Who were they as people and what magic were they involved in? I want to get into the good stuff behind their lives and the curse -- the stuff behind the curse." Posted 10.17.07 by reelz
There are some nasty rumors floating about the the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) are taking a pass on screening Lars and the Real Girl--the surprisingly well-done little indie about a sad, shy, Midwestern man who orders a Real Doll and then believes she is his living girlfriend.
If the rumors are true, they mean that actor Ryan Gosling--who was nominated last year for his performance in Half Nelson--can be crossed off your list for potential Best Actor nominees. And we think that is just plain old sad.
True, it's become fashionable to talk about how terrific an actor Gosling is. But the thing is, he is really great--and if he treats a quirky little ditty about a man who thinks a sex doll is talking to him with as much respect as one about a teacher with a secret drug addition, then don't we think the Academy should, too?
Source: Awards Daily Posted 10.17.07 by reelz
Nicolas Cage has signed on to star in The Vanished, a thriller about a man whose college-aged, American-born Muslim son goes missing overseas. It will be the studio feature directing debut Palestinian-born director Hany Abu-Assad.
Director Tony Scott (Man on Fire, Deja Vu) will be making a movie about Don Aronow, aka the inventor of the cigarette boat. We weren't originally sure how exciting that would be, but then we discovered that Aronow was killed in a mob-style hit in Miami in 1987 after receiving a $20 million contract to build boats for US Customs agents to catch Columbian drug smugglers--who liked using his cigarette boats to smuggle their drugs.
Okay, that could work. Posted 10.17.07 by reelz
To celebrate its 25th year, the International Documentary Association (IDA) has come up with a list of the Top 25 Documentaries of All time.
On the list are popular favorites, like Winged Migration and Super Size Me, as well as An Inconvenient Truth and no less than three of Michael Moore's movies.
For IDA's complete must see doc list, click here.
One of the more exciting portions of Paramount's recent Transformers HD DVD preview event was the opportunity to chat with Peter Cullen, the man who provided the voice of Autobot leader Optimus Prime for both the live-action film and the animated series that preceded it. Speaking during the luncheon afterward, Cullen revealed that his presence in the blockbuster flick was anything but a given. In fact, the legendary voice actor had to audition three times before finally landing the role.
While Cullen himself dismissed the audition experience as "just part of the business" and had nothing but kind words to say about director Michael Bay, his stunning admission left most of the journalists on-hand dumbfounded. After all, in the minds of numerous Transformers fanboys such as myself, Cullen isn't simply the voice of Optimus; he is Optimus (albeit in the form of a kindly 63-year-old man). I can understand bringing him in for a tryout to ensure his vocal chords are intact, but three auditions seems a bit excessive. Would George Lucas have dared make James Earl Jones audition three times to voice Vader in Revenge of the Sith? Methinks he wouldn't dream of it. Posted 10.16.07 by reelz
Clive Barker's landmark 1987 horror flick, Hellraiser, about a couple with the misfortune of moving into a house inhabited by a man left skinless after being tortured by creatures that have escaped from the gates of Hell, is set for a remake.
Julien Maury and Alexander Bustillo, who made last year's French horror movie, Inside, will direct for Dimension, who is hoping for a repeat of the success with they had remaking Halloween. Barker will produce.
Source: Variety. Posted 10.16.07 by reelz
Well movie lovers, it is quite the day for DVDs as the summer blockbuster Transformers is hitting shelves.
But if reliving your '80s childhood through Japanese animatronics and big explosions isn't your bag, Richard Gere's under-recognized The Hoax as well as the fantastic documentary Crazy Love are also out today. We think both could have Awards nod potential this season, along with another new DVD, Angelina Jolie's killer performance in A Mighty Heart. So get renting!
Also out today: The Reaping, The Invisible, Lights in the Dusk, My Best Friend, Show Business, and The Trials of Darryl Hunt.
Awards Daily is reporting that Angelina Jolie is going to be honored by the Santa Barbara Film Festival with their Outstanding Performance of the Year award for her work in A Mighty Heart. Will this accolade strengthen her chances for the Oscar nod? Only time will tell.
In the meantime, Jolie is setting to work on The Changeling, a true life drama about a woman in 1920s LA who is committed to an asylum and then takes down the corrupt LA politcal system after the police return the wrong child, claiming they have found her missing son.
She will be joined by John Malkovich and Amy Ryan, who is currently getting a lot of buzz for her performance in Gone, Baby, Gone. Clint Eastwood will direct.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter. Posted 10.16.07 by reelz