It seems, star of "Transformers" keeps his word and really will not be acting in blockbusters. Shia LaBeouf is now finished filming in western of John Hillcoat "The most drunken county in the world" and goes to Robert Redford. Films veteran is going to put a political thriller by novel from Neil Gordon “The Company You Keep”.
Lem Dobbs wrote a script. On his account are also scripts to "Dark City", "Englishman," "Kafka" and "Knockout" by Steven Soderbergh.
"The Company You Keep" tells the story of a former member of the radical leftist group "Underground meteorologists," who for 30 years looking for the FBI. In the sixties he left his little daughter, but now again forced to embark on the run because he may be showing up. Young and ambitious journalist, was attacked on his trail and will stop at nothing to make a name for the hero's story.
Robert Redford plays a former radical, whereas the role of a reporter has performed Shia LaBeouf. The producers describe the project, "The Company" as a gripping thriller about real Americans, accustomed to defend their beliefs, believing themselves to be patriots.
Redford directing projects rarely enjoyed success at the box office. "Legend Bagher Vance" has failed, the picture "Lions for Lambs" has been criticized for being too politicized, but really someone who, as Robert Redford in his youth took a very active citizenship.
"Conspirator" with a budget of 25 million collected in the United States with 11 million dollars.
It is hoped that the new movie of director will have more luck.
You may recall how 10 years ago Tony Scott thriller "Spy Game" where Redford played in tandem with other young but already well-known Hollywood actors. After the project, Robert is no longer taking in patronage over the youngsters on the screen. So that LaBeouf will be typed experience one of the few survivors of Hollywood classics.
Work on the painting is already underway, and filming will begin in September and will be held in Vancouver.
Last summer it became known that the director of westerns, "The assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" Andrew Dominik wrote the English version of the script adaptation of Harlan Kobena "Do not tell anyone." The film based on the book already exists. It has been filmed by Guillaume Canet in 2006. In the director's chair invited the American version of Ben Affleck.
It is interesting, that Harlan Coben - American writer. Initially, his novel "Do not tell anyone," has expressed interest in Sony. The studio not only acquired the rights in 2002, but stuck to the project writers from "Star Trek" Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. However, to translate the book of Coben language cinema did not happen, and Sony refused to film adaptation.
Then the book became interested in Guillaume Canet. Actor and director managed to find a way to detective of Coben and to provide financing was going company of Luc Besson's EuropaCorp.
The protagonist, Alexander Beck can’t recover from the death of his wife - eight years ago, Margot died at the hands of a serial killer. However, after catching a maniac admitted for only eight murders – he denies his attitude to death of Margo. But some evidence found on the victim's body, allowed to accuse him a murder of Margo. Alexander tries to leave with his head in work. But when close to the place where the body was found, he found two more corpses, and new evidence, police resumes investigation.
The rights to the English version of the novel of Coben are now on Warner and Universal. In this scenario Dominica in the news does not appear. Studios hired Chris Terry, author of the thriller "Argo", which now takes Affleck. Once the director finishes on the history of the release of Americans from Iran, began to shoot, "Do not tell anyone."
Two months ago, Darren Aronofsky refused to shoot sequel to "Wolverine" with Hugh Jackman. Since then the studio Fox continues to search a candidate for the director's chair of the project. Number of applicants down to eight people. Among them Doug Liman and Justin Lin.
The loudest name is Doug Liman. He shot the first part of the trilogy of Jason Bourne, in his account thriller "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," a fantasy "Jumper" and the political thriller "Fair Game" Lyman flirts simultaneously with several projects - from the film adaptation of "The Three Musketeers" to the filming manga "All You Need Is Kill".
James Mangold, proved his worth as a versatile director, took the romantic comedy "Kate & Leo" the drama "Girl, Interrupted", a mystical horror "Identification", biopic "Walk the Line" and western "Train to Hume." His action comedy "Knight and Day" deserved a better reception - the film has collected only 260 million in worldwide box office.
Justin Lin is famous by the franchise, "Fast and the Furious." Fifth film series has already collected in world box office more than 500 million dollars. It was assumed that Lin will stage the next "Terminator", but due to the freezing career of Arnold Schwarzenegger future continuation is uncertain.
Antoine Fuqua is known as the director of "Training day", which brought Oscar to Denzel Washington. Director made an upgraded version of the adventures of King Arthur's thriller "Shooter", but "Brooklyn police" did not become a hit. For a long time, Fuqua was trying to film the story of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.
Mark Romanek is not the best candidate for a major studio project. The director refused to remove "Wolverine", despite the fact that the project was already in full swing. Former clip maker Romanek is known for his drama "One Hour Photo", as well as atmospheric adaptation of the novel "Do not let me go". "Wolverine" can become a producer breakdown in a genre of thriller.
Jose Padilla made a name for the action movie "Elite Squad", which won the Golden Bear at Berlin Film Festival. If director will be approved to "Wolverine", then this will be the second project that Padilla will take from Darren Aronofsky - previously offered to withdraw Jose remake "Robocop", which has long been attached to Aronofsky.
Gavin O'Connor shot a police thriller "Pride and Glory", and this year he filmed the picture "Warrior", where on the ring will face two increasingly popular actors - Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton.
Gary Shore - the unknown name in the list. For him can speak a trailer for the film, the work of a young filmmaker. Its action is developing in Japan, as the action of "Wolverine." As far as we know, the project remained on trailer stage.
Just few days ago, Quentin Tarantino ahs announced the launch of his spaghetti western "Django" but the casting already in full progress. Christoph Waltz will play a German headhunter, Samuel L. Jackson may also have an important role, but in the role of Jango Tarantino sees Will Smith.
In parallel, the director is looking for a studio that would release his film abroad - in America this will do The Weinstein Company. Sources say that last Friday Quentin met with bosses from Universal, who has released "Inglourious Basterds" in the world.
The same sources say, that Tarantino wants to see, starring Will Smith. The actor has not yet received any formal proposals. If the director turns to Smith, it is likely that the film's budget will automatically increase. Will is one of the highest-grossing actors of America, despite the fact that the last time he was seen on the big screen in 2008.
However, the issue of fee can be settled, as in the case of Brad Pitt, who agreed on the percentage of fees from "bastards" instead of the usual fee - so do many actors out of desire to work with the director of "Kill Bill".
According to the Quentin Tarantino plot, Django is a slave, which was free and wanted to find his wife-slave. German mercenary Dr. King Schultz, whom will play Christophe Waltz, tires to help him. Tarantino wrote this role specifically for Christophe, and the hero of the drum at this time is not a negative character. Racism and slavery irritate him, so he frees Django and teaches him his trade.
Samuel L. Jackson will play the role of the slave-owner Monsieur Calvin Candy, who has a spouse of Django - Hilda. Steven Jackson - the best slave of Candy and yet shrewd manipulator. He had already reached a certain level of influence on his master and can even insult him in the face.
Will Smith's representatives have already received the script, but not yet say whether they had read Tarantino’s work. Given that many words in the text of the letter "N", and in a tolerant America, even from "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" has been removed the word "nigger", then Smith may refuse – actor tries to preserve the image of exemplary American. On the other hand, in the film of Tarantino can be an excellent application for an Oscar, and Christoph Waltz is a great proof to this.
Since the last appearance of the knight of cloak, sword and mask on the big screen has passes already 6 years old - Antonio Banderas last played Zorro in the film by Martin Campbell in 2005. For some time in the studio Fox is brewing a new project about a famous hero, this action will only grow in the future.
Restarting of the story is called "Zorro Reborn". Former Don Diego de la Vega, instead of the usual 19-th century will be in a post-apocalyptic world. Unlike his predecessor, the new Zorro will not so much advocate unjustly, as a masked avenger, work for himself. History promises to become a kind of westerns movie in the style of Sergio Leone and the "No Country for Old Men".
Director is Rpin Syuvannat born in Thailand, who worked on pre-visualization of several well-known paintings, including "X-Men," "Van Helsing", "Superman Returns" and "The Chronicles of Narnia." In recent years, Hollywood is paying close attention to this profession. In particular, on the comics’ film Deadpool will work Tim Miller, who is also working on pre-visualization.
The script for "Zorro Reborn" has been written by Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevey. The duo has already pointed out at the studio Warner with scenario project "Harker" to revise the history of Earl Dracula.
It is expected that the role of updated Zorro will play a young actor, for which the project will be a starting point for Hollywood stars.
Novels about Zorro from writer Johnston McCulley served as the basis for dozens of films, ranging from the paintings of 20 of the last century, which starred Douglas Fairbanks. The last successful emergence of the hero on the screen was the picture of "The Mask of Zorro" in 1998 with Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Banderas. Its sequel, shot after 7 years, failed at the box office.
In the meantime, we can observe the second full trailer for the sci-fi western (a marvelous combination) "Cowboys & Aliens, where starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde. The plot is easy - a poor cowboy (Craig) wakes up in the middle of the Wild West and don’t remember anything. With questions like "Who am I?" Where am I? What is the year now?" he begins to wander around the neighborhood and harass passers-by. And of course, passers-by will not be tolerated such impudence.
But when the dusty little town has been attacked by a whole horde of aliens from outer space, Cowboy will join forces with the gloomy colonel Dollarhide (Harrison) in order to show alien scum who is the boss on the Earth. But at the same time he learns about the trump device, which had fastened on his hand…
Director, of this movie is Jon Favreau and after "Iron Man" he inspires serious expectations. Well, we shall see. The movie will be release soon on July 29.
Westerns as a genre are in limbo during the whole 21 century. Movies about Wild West are practically not released, and those that are available – have fallen in box offices. In 2010, the Coen brothers finally changed this tradition, and their "True Grit" became a hit American products. But here there is a very strange situation: on the one hand ever for a revival of popularity the genre needs commercial hit more than ever, but on the other hand – this film is not so really cool to deserve so many accolades. It has been corny overrated.
Scenes in Westerns have always been very simple (usually something like "Crossing the bandit from point A to point B") and "True Grit" does not change this tradition. History tells us about young fourteen year old girl who hires a ranger and a senior marshal, and with them goes to look for the murderer of his father. However, this path will be very long.
When you see in the credits, the names of the Coen brothers, you are waiting for something special and extra ordinary. But, alas, here from the Coen themselves has almost nothing left: most characters are dull, plot has no surprises during the whole movie, and the dynamics has visited this film only in the last 20 minutes. And this is perhaps the main problem of the picture – it has no power, some spirit of adventure, of life, if you want. With works of the Coen this happens very rarely.
The only thing that can boast writers, in the main character - her stubbornness, impenetrable will to live and finish the case were transferred just fine. A lot of these have contributed to the young actress Hayley Staynfeld, in whose talent after this role, there are no doubts. Other actors are also good - Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin are very charismatic in their roles.
There is no action here, that’s why the movie is a little dull. But even with the benefit of recreating an era in which takes place the movie, creators have coped well: costumes, camera work and human manners - all this is done at the proper level.
John Favreau in an interview has said about his fiction western "The Cowboys vs. Aliens", about the video, shown during the Super Bowl and the nude Olivia Wilde.
"At first we wanted the audience caught the atmosphere of the film. When we’ve shown the trailer to "Cowboys vs. Aliens" in November 2010, people did not know about what will be this film - funny or somber - but the movie, clearly, was impressed. Now, when the audience is a little aware of the idea of the film, they know its name, we give them to understand that they are expected an adventure".
In the first trailer Daniel Craig wakes up in the desert with unknown device on his wrist and remembered nothing. The dusty town in the western U.S., where he soon turns out to be, has been bombarded with the strange flying objects.
"Personally, I can tell about the first trailer: "Bitchen! What are the things in the sky? Where did they come from?" Then we see a blaster on guy arm. In the second trailer at the approach of the ships all rush to the shelter, except this guy who jumps on top of them ... and we'll see what will be then".
- People will be analyzing all 30-second spots, which were showed during the Super Bowl. Tell us, what we didn’t see?
You did not see aliens, we want to hold them. We do not disclose the places where the action is. All that was in the first teaser, concerns only the beginning of the film and its ties. In the second trailer - more adventures as the story progresses. We're just trying to make you jittery.
- Don’t you afraid that people find your movie a kind of comedy?
Yes, there are such fears. I think the first reaction of people on a similar name, is the idea that this film - a comedy. Previously, spectators were disappointed if they did not see Westerns tough cowboys, throwing out each other from the windows and all other moments, connected with it. Going to a western, you want to see white-haired warrior on a parched plain, this iconic figure who, as if by magic, appears on the horizon.
- Let me ask you one more important question, exciting, certainly, a lot of people. Nude Olivia Wilde at the fire looks pretty intriguing ...
Totally agree with you. The meaning of this scene is not clear now, but when you watch a movie, all will become clear.
- People are wondering, she might be - one of the aliens?
That's because she's naked?
- Yes, and it looks like some kind of ritual. Throughout the trailer Olivia throws a knowing look at Craig, and it seems that she is the one who keeps up.
OK, interesting theory. You are the first who asked me about this. Once this scene make you think over, it means that we do our jobs well. Unfortunately, I can deny or confirm nothing (laughs).
- Does criticism of some moments in the video, if it exists, of course, somehow offend you? You have probably already thought about what else you can improve in the film before it will be released in cinemas in July 2011?
You know, there are always skeptics who do not understand the things. Perhaps, seeing the movie, they said: "What is it, a parody of a horror movie?" But what is clear from the 30-second teaser during the Super Bowl? The best way for those who did not understand - ask those who know more. I'm sure till summer everything will be all right. We lit the wick, and let those who are waiting for our movie, talk to those who do not wait it.
- In other words, you call for help of the missionaries?
If people want to dig up what you're buried, they will discuss it with each other. And if they do not want to dig up, will still be talking about it (laughs).
Ten years ago it was thought that the genre of westerns has gone forever. By that time there were filmed various movies, after which it is impossible to say something new and original afterword, summarizing a rich biography. However, in this decade, a film about the brave cowboys decided to revive, but in a totally different form.
Already on the first frames of "No Country for Old Men" we can accurately determine to what genre belongs new Coen brothers’ film. Brothers are not interested in playing by the rules: moving the action from the 80's of nineteenth century in the 80 years of the twentieth, Cohen decided not to stop there and turn out the canons of western inside out.
Yes, there are mandatory heroes of such films - the bad guy, such a goodie and the sheriff, forgotten by god towns, near to which the bad guys scroll their dirty work, instead of the coach - drug jeeps full of weeds and cash, instead of the Indians - the Mexicans, instead of several thousands of dollars - two million…
Coen’s film is a pretty weird and very dark. Brothers have showed with their film that this world has long been died and became like a parched desert. For this desert goes one big man who just kills everyone. He is manic and in his eyes there is only one death. Once on his way has appeared an ordinary plodder. Later this person will regret everything in the world because no one can stop that maniac.
Coen filmed honest and magical movie about death. In this movie, all people have very sad and dead eyes. Well end of this film deserves some applause. Coens have once again proved to everyone that it is still too early to throw them in the cinematic dustbin. This film is unique because it is impossible to describe in words. In this film there are a lot of pluses and most important advantage - it's Javier Bardem. I think in this film, he played his best role.
At the result, we have a masterpiece. It's very stuffy and very dusty film with brilliant dialogues. I still remember the final dialogue Tommy Lee Jones, and once it becomes very scary. These films we need to know. You can’t love Coen for their specificity, but they are true, they shot a real bomb.
Never forget your elders…
Mighty Western "True Grit" has collected 7.33 million dollars for the fifth weekend, beating, this time a relatively small decline by 33,4%. The total cash is great for this genre of the amount of 138 million dollars. Tuesday has brought to the picture 10 nominations for an Oscar (the second after the "King"), so is unlikely in the near future is expected to place pictures of the top ten.
5.87 million dollars in 2,407 theaters for somewhat smaller 30%-s losses managed to obtain a "Black swan". Darren Aronofsky film gradually approaching the 100 millionth line, collecting a total of 83.3 million dollars during eight weeks of limited and extensive release.
On Saturday, on the 44-day of release the one hundred millionth milestone has taken "Chronicles of Narnia: Conqueror of the Dawn." Last weekend brought the third part of "The Chronicles of Narnia" 1.35 million dollars in 1,135 theaters, increasing the total cash to U.S. $ 100.6 million after seven weeks of release.
Much better was formed a full debut for drama "The Company Men" with Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones and some other well-known actors. The film has gathered 648,000 dollars in 106 theaters (6,111 dollars from the site). However and here to talk about a possible return on the 15 millionth project so far is very problematic. A romantic drama "Blue Valentine" has earned 877.8 thousand dollars on the screens of 242 theaters (19th place, just 4.42 million).
The average result for movies from Bollywood showed drama "Dhobi Ghat" in an asset which 365.3 thousand USD in 78 cinemas and 23th film distribution chart. The best result on average charges from the site showed "Barney’s version" the cash register at 143 thousand dollars at 16 theaters (only 285 thousand dollars for two weeks).
Total cash movies top ten chart was 83.4 million dollars, which is 31% less than a year ago, when the seventh victory in a row won "Avatar" (34.9 million), and 30% less than two years ago, when the leader was "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" (21.6 million).
The next week will in 2,900 theaters will be released mystical thriller "The Rite" and in 2700 cinemas - thriller "The Mechanic" with Jason Statham in the lead role. The chances of the first one are evaluated as more preferable.