Director Brad Anderson is looking to rebound from the debacle that was his last movie, Vanishing on 7th Street — which only made a measly $22,729 at the domestic box office — by taking the helm of Troika Pictures' thriller The Hive from outgoing director Joel Schumacher.
Written by Richard D'Ovidio (Exit Wounds), the movie is described as a "fast-paced suspense pic" about "a 911 operator who who must face her own fears in order to save a teenage girl from a serial killer." more about The Hive >> Posted 01.04.12 by BrentJS
Director Joel Schumacher made his mark in the 1980s with "Brat Pack" movies like St. Elmo's Fire and The Lost Boys, before almost destroying the Batman franchise with the widely panned sequels Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. Lately, Schumacher has been directing mostly thrillers and horror movies like Town Creek, The Number 23 and Phone Booth, and his latest movie, Trespass, is no exception.
Starring Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman as an affluent couple whose home is broken into by extortionists, Trespass is a reunion between Schumacher and Cage, who worked together on 1999's 8mm. While Cage was cast as the husband, once on set, the actor tried to convince Schumacher to let him play the role of the villain instead. "I know Nic would have been brilliant as the bad guy, but I wanted him to play the hero," Schumacher told EW in January. "It went back and forth and finally ended up where it should be." watch the trailer >> Posted 08.18.11 by Ryan
Since being cast as the villain Bane in director Christopher Nolan's upcoming sequel, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception actor Tom Hardy has remained relatively quiet about the situation, until he appeared on British talk show Alan Carr: Chatty Man (via Batman-News). Hardy won't be the first actor to portray the character of Bane in a Batman movie, a fact that Hardy himself mentioned.
"Have you seen Joel Schumacher's Batman & Robin?" asked Hardy, after which a photo of the character (played by the late Jeep Swenson) next to fellow villain Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman). "Doesn't look very menacing does he?"
Hardy maintains that his Bane will be very different from the 1997 version. "Christopher Nolan will revisit that territory entirely, so I wouldn't go by that at all." Tom Hardy needs to get more stones? >> Posted 02.22.11 by Ryan
ReelzChannel Celebrity Rundown
Somehow a racy photo shoot featuring an exhibitionist loses a bit of its punch, but earlier this month Lady Gaga got wet and increasingly naked for the clothing brand Supreme, which was featured in the French magazine Purple. Yesterday Gaga left little to the imagination, prancing around the 37-degree NYC set of an HBO special in a leotard and fishnet tights.
While Justin Bieber got his hair cut yesterday, claiming he "wanted to change it up" and that the finished product was "kind of a mature look," Paramount is releasing a director's cut of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never this Friday that includes 40 minutes of new footage. Director Jon M. Chu said, "Justin's dedication to his fan base is unwavering and I was inspired as a filmmaker to attempt to provide them a unique experience that showed even more of his world."
Tom Hardy has been asked to gain 20 pounds to play the villain Bane in Christopher Nolan's next Batman pic The Dark Knight Rises. He has until May, when shooting starts. In an interview with U.K. talk show host Alan Carr, Hardy also dismissed any comparison between his new Bane and Joel Schumacher's Bane in 1997's Batman & Robin, played by the late Jeep Swenson. "Christopher Nolan will revisit that territory entirely so I wouldn't go by that [the earlier movie] at all."
Filming Now: The Twilight cast is arriving in Vancouver to shoot the Breaking Dawn movies. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart flew there together on a private jet, but the couple then drove separately to the Sheraton Wall Center Hotel. Posted 02.22.11 by reelz
It may be unfair to place the blame for the demise of the original Batman franchise at the feet of Akiva Goldsman, but he did write the screenplay for the Joel Schumacher-directed disaster that was Batman & Robin, a fact that does not escape Goldsman.
What got lost in Batman & Robin is the emotions aren't real. The worst thing to do with a serious comic book is to make it a cartoon. I'm still answering for that movie with some people.
Following Batman & Robin, Goldsman's screenwriting career took a hit. However, writing the screenplay for the multiple Academy Award-winning film A Beautiful Mind helped put Goldsman back on the map and he followed it up with a string of high-profile scripts, including The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, I Am Legend, and I, Robot. Despite Batman & Robin, Goldsman has not sworn off superheroes or comic book properties. Goldsman is currently producing four DC Comics properties: Jonah Hex, The Losers, Lobo, and Swamp Thing.
In a recent interview with the LA Times, Goldsman compared his Jonah Hex to a classic "Spaghetti Western."
[Hex is] a character that has been described as having one foot on Earth and one foot beyond the grave, that he speaks to the dead ... at the same time he is very much [like Italian director Sergio Leone's] The Man With No Name.
For Swamp Thing, Goldsman is hoping to avoid comparisons to the 1982 Wes Craven movie, instead aiming for a tone more closely in line with the classic Alan Moore comic book stories.
We want a film with real Southern, dark horror overtones, a little bit like a classic Universal horror film. Posted 10.18.09 by BrentJS
Several new teasers and one-sheets have been released to get movie watchers hyped up about fall and winter releases.
Director Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus gets the deluxe treatment in a new teaser poster featuring the late Heath Ledger, as well as Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Jude Law, and ... floating heads? The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus opens December 25.
Lionsgate serves up a dose of "Nazi horror" with the obscure Blood Creek, by director Joel Schumacher. Blood Creek stars Dominic Purcell and Michael Fassbender and recently opened in select theaters.
And, if you're looking for something on the lighter side, there's Disney's return to animated 2-D, The Princess and the Frog, about a young girl (Princess Tiana) living in the French Quarter of New Orleans during the Jazz Age. The Princess and the Frog features the voices of Terrence Howard, John Goodman, and Oprah Winfrey and opens December 11. Posted 09.28.09 by BrentJS
The things you get fired for when you're young are the same things you win awards for when you're old.
Tomorrow, ReelzChannel TV broadcasts the US premiere of the new series Hollywood's Best Film Directors. We're kicking it off with six back-to-back half-hour episodes starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT. If you're up early enough, get a sneak peak with an episode of Francis Ford Coppola at 9:30 a.m. ET/PT and again at 12:30 p.m. ET/PT. In it, Coppola recounts the first time he introduced The Godfather to Marlon Brando in a private meeting that involved a tray of deli meats, black shoe polish, boxes of Italian cigars, and a Japanese robe.
In the back-to-back block, directors Chris Columbus, Barry Levinson, Richard Donner, Joel Schumacher, and Rob Reiner divulge their tales of movie making. Tune in and get to hear who said:
No, it's about love, friendship; it's about hope, it ends high, it ends great. Couldn't get anybody to make it. Did it with independent money.
How television became this thing that has moved in and has rearranged everything in terms of how we think.
These two wannabe movie stars meet on a dead set…There's the glamour of Hollywood except the lights are off so it's not quite a movie set, it's a dead set with two people that will never be actors.
It was basically born out of my life experience as a person who was making an utter mess of my dating life.
It's like having sex for the first time, it feels good but you don't know if you're doing it right.
Watch our six back-to-back episodes starting with director Chris Columbus this Saturday, May 2nd, starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT. And be sure to catch Hollywood's Best Film Directors at its regular time every Thursday night, 8-9 p.m. ET/PT. Posted 05.01.09 by reelz