Posts Tagged ‘Tom Cruise’

Berlin 2010 Preview: Panorama Dokumente, Part 1

February 8, 2010

The Panorama sidebar at this year’s Berlinale overflows with documentaries. Especially documentaries about either a) gay life around the world or b) downtown New York during the 1980s. Both of which, some might say, are closely related. As well as portraits of Warhol superstars and stories of gay life in Paraguay, there’s a search for enlightenment David Lynch-style and a new film from the director of Control Room. Click on the title for trailers and other clips.

Alle meine Stehaufmädchen – Von Frauen, die sich was trauen (All My Tumbler Girls Or All About Women Who Dare To…)

Ever wonder what it’s like being a woman over 40 living in Berlin? Lothar Lambert did, so he went out and interviewed 11 associates. Although well-known in Germany, friends like photographer Erika Rabau and painter Evelyn Sommerhoff may not mean a lot to international audiences. Lambert’s doc highlights the common threads of their lives as well as the differences.
Fun fact lazily obtained from Wikipedia: The name “Berlin” is possibly derived from “Berl,” an Old Polabian stem meaning “swamp.”

Arias With a Twist: The Docufantasy

Klaus Nomi fans will recognize Joey Arias’s name. He was the singer’s confidant during the Lower East Side’s ‘80s heyday. Since his lover’s death Arias has emerged as a formidable performance artist in his own right. Bobby Sheehan documents his collaboration with puppeteer Basil Twist on Arias With a Twist and digs up related footage that featuring Jim Henson and Andy Warhol.
Fun fact lazily obtained from Wikipedia: While working at the Fiorucci boutique, Arias took part in the first live display in the shop’s windows.

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David Cronenberg’s Sequelitis

March 31, 2009

david-cronenbergNaked rumbles aside, the London-set gangland thriller Eastern Promises did not exactly hurtle into the top tier of director David Cronenberg‘s work. But the newly-minted knight didn’t get to where he is by giving a damn what you think. He’s gone from turning stomachs into cassette decks to making a Robert Ludlum actioner with Tom Cruise and Denzel Washington. Good for the bank balance, sure, but not exactly challenging audience’s sensibilities much. Now the latest in his questionable career decisions is his revelation to MTV News that Eastern Promises 2 is in the works.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever been in a situation where I actually want to do a sequel to something. I’ve never had the desire to do that before. But in this case, I thought we had unfinished business with those characters. I didn’t feel that we had finished with Nikolai and we had done a lot of research that was more than we could stuff into that one movie.”

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The Slate: Tobey Starts His Engine, Dazeder & Confuseder

March 28, 2009

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  • With the deaths of Steve McQueen and Paul Newman, racing movies took a hit. Tom Cruise‘s insanity didn’t help much, either. (Nor Speed Racer). Undaunted, Tobey Maguire wants to get around the wheel. He’s producing The Limit, where the somnolent Spidey star will play Phil Hill, one half of a pair of real-life rivals racing for the Ferrari team during the 1960s. Maguire is especially excited about the project as he will not have to act from the shoulders down. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • As this post wisely points out, Ricky Gervais is a little too prickly for Hollywood. (And oh man, those teeth.) But the Brits will keep tossing money at him. He and his Extras/Office writing/directing cohort Stephen Merchant will make The Men at the Pru, which finds them on familiar ground–a building society (that’s Brit for “bank”)–with familiar faces–er, men–at an unfamiliar time–the 1970s. Cue play of “Come Up and See Me (Make Me Smile).” (Digital Spy)
  • Roll another number! Richard Linklater‘s follow-up to Orson Welles & Me will be a “spiritual sequel” to his most-watched movie, Dazed & Confused. Meaning? It’s about the first weekend of college in Austin, but don’t expect David Wooderson to be diving into any student rushes. It’s an all-new cast of characters. Should make for an peachy soundtrack, though. Cue play of “Oh Sherry.” (CHUD)
  • We’re getting H.P. Lovecraft battling monsters and maybe “primal grovellers.” Why not Harry Houdini? Basis for the Summit Entertainment film is a fanciful bio which claims the turn-of-the-century escapologist worked among spies and Romanovs when not swimming Niagara Falls. Harry will be “part Indiana Jones and Sherlock Holmes.” (And probably just a little Ben Gates.) Cue play of “Pomp and Circumstance,” Houdini’s theme tune. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Anybody interested in a movie where Brandon Routhplays a vegetarian paranormal detective? C’mon kids, it’s a weekend. Anyway, the movie adaptation of Umberto Eco’s favorite Italian horror comic Dylan Doghas been given the yawnsome title of Dead of Night(snore!). Routh plays the Nawlins supernatural P.I. bedevilled by Taye Diggs, who has been in Grey’s Anatomy for so long he has turned into a vampire. Anita Briemwill try to stir Routh’s DNA … and ours. (Cinematical)

The Slate: Wolverine vs. American Jesus

March 26, 2009

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  • Is anybody interested in writing a sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine? Simon Beaufoy isn’t. The Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire scribe was no sooner mooted by Ain’t It Cool News when he politely rebuffed the suggestion. Then Fox announced there weren’t even any plans for a W2, although we’re sure Hugh Jackman wouldn’t want this cash-cow turned into hamburger just yet. Based on all the homo-eroticism going on in the trailers and TV spots, we’re wondering if maybe they should just remake Boys in the Band but with more spandex and ninjas. ( Entertainment Weekly)
  • James Mangold has a movie. Now he just needs Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz to star in it. The Walk the Line director has signed up to helm an untitled romantic comedy about a woman whose enigmatic blind date leads her on an unexpected adventure. The film was originally tailored for recluse Chris Tucker and extrovert Eva Mendes. Now some script re-tooling is going on and money is being waved in front of the toothsome twosome. Can Cruise do enigmatic? Will Cameron Diaz dance in her underwear? We can but dream. (Variety)
  • Uma Thurman is going back to her Greek roots, sorta. Having made her big screen debut as Venus in Baron Munchausen, she’ll be playing the real deal in Chris ColumbusPercy Jackson. Actually, she’ll be playing Medusa. The fantasy film follows Poseidon’s son (Logan Lerman) as looks for Zeus’ lost lightning bolt in contemporary America. Pierce Brosnan will play a centaur. He’s not going back to his roots. He just has no shame. (Variety)
  • Orlando Bloom is headed south. He’s going to play a cop in a small-town whose ordinary lives are ruffled by an extraordinary stranger in Main Street. The film is the last screenplay of Horton Foote, who died earlier in the mouth. The role of local cocksman will be played by Andrew McCarthy (Weekend at Bernie’s). Other townsfolk will be played by Patricia Clarkson, Ellen Burstyn and Colin Firth, with Tony-winner John Doyle (Sweeney Todd) directing. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Director Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake) had such a wonderful time turning the excitable Mark Millar‘s graphic novel Kick-Ass into a movie, he wants to do it again. Vaughn and Millar are talking about bringing the American Jesuscomics into theatres. The story centers on Jesus (a plum part for Joaquin Phoenix, we think) returning to earth to battle the Antichrist (Howie Mandel) in modern times. Previously, this film was known as Rocky IV. (Hollywood Reporter)

David Cronenberg, Knight

March 12, 2009

rabid1If you make enough movies with a) phallic slimy things in them or b) Viggo Mortensen, then you, too can win France’s highest honor. David Cronenberg has done both–indeed, some might argue that they are the same thing. And so it is that the French are awarding him the Legion d’Honneur. The Canadian director of The Fly and Eastern Promises joins an elite group that includes Gustave Flaubert, Akira Kurosawa, Satyajit Ray, and Celine Dion.
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