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Things are looking up for writer and son of comedian/director Mel Brooks. Max Brooks, creator of World War Z, has Sony Pictures snatching up another one of his stories “The Harlem Hellfighter’s” which hits bookshelves on April 1, 2014. The movie has even found it’s producers Caleeb Pinkett and James Lassiter under their Overbrook Production company. The story is the amazing recount of the 369th infantry division a.k.a The Harlem Hellfighters, an all African American unit who fought during WWI.
In 1919, the 369th infantry regiment marched triumphantly home from World War 1. They had spent more time in combat than any other American unit, never losing a foot of ground to the enemy, or a man to capture, and winning countless decorations. Though they returned as heroes, this African American unit faced tremendous discrimination, even from their own government. The Harlem Hellfighters, as the Germans called them, fought courageously on—and off—the battlefield to make Europe, and America, safe for democracy.
In THE HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS, bestselling author Max Brooks and acclaimed illustrator Caanan White bring this history to life. From the enlistment lines in Harlem to the training camp at Spartanburg, South Carolina, to the trenches in France, they tell the heroic story of the 369th in an action packed and powerful tale of honor and heart.
(via. The Hollywood Reporter)
Brooks, the son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft, wrote the book World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, which was adapted for Paramount’s Brad Pitt-starring film that grossed $202 million domestically and $540 million worldwide. A sequel is currently in development.
Did it need to happen? Nah. Will I go see it? Probably. It seems like writer/director Frank Miller, is hellbent on making 2014 his year, with the release of the 300 sequel Rise of an Empire (which he hasn’t even finished the graphic novel for) and now SIN CITY : A Dame to Kill For. Incidentally the early reviews are still rolling in on 300…, but I’m pretty sure it will have a decent weekend opening, since it’s apparently filled with more blood than the first. Getting back to this Sin City trailer, I kinda wanted to see some really groundbreaking visuals, given how the original up the ante, but the first few minutes were just…well…blah. That being said, it does get better as it goes along. By the way, is it me or is it clearly evident, that director Robert Rodriguez has a strange love affair with certain mediocre actors? I mean visually their cute, but good lord, he’s setting them up for cult status and I’m not sure that’s what some of these young ones want. Anyway that’s my opinion. Hopefully this will be as successful as the first.
The film also stars Josh Brolin, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dennis Haysbert, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Ray Liotta, Juno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia Garner. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For opens on August 22nd.
SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR weaves together two of Miller’s classic stories with new tales in which the town’s most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more repulsive inhabitants.
I don’t know if this is a leak or how long this will be up, but this scene from the new Andre 3000 film All Is By My Side has got me thinking, we may have finely found our Jimi. I don’t know about the rest of the film, written and directed by Oscar award winner John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) , but this scene with Andre and Imogen Poots, who plays his muse, is quite impressive. I wrote earlier, last year, about this film and how it won’t have any of Jimi’s original works in it due to estate issues, but it will feature some covers of stuff he did during his time in England. I have high hopes after watching this. You tell me.
This film will screen at this years SXSW.
“The function of a wrestler is not to win; it is to go exactly through the motions that are expected of him”
Roland Barthes,”The World of Wrestling Mythology”, 1957
The above quote pretty much sums up this, still misunderstood, world of pro wrestling. Not until I read this book, did I have the slightest clue as to what went into those contest I enjoyed in the eighties. Andre Roussimouf a.k.a Andre The Giant, was a thing of myth when I was growing up. His presence on the canvass was a sight to behold. I still have a hard time understanding how normal sized men could fight someone like him…and now I know. Writer and illustrator Box Brown (Love is a Peculiar Type of Thing, Everything Dies) tries, in so many words and panels, to summarize the life of this living anomaly and does so surprisingly well.
Andre The Giant is a work several years in the making for Brown. Using bits and pieces of actual interviews and biographical literature, Brown does, what I still can’t believe, could be accomplished in a graphic. The simple art and cleverly placed source material, ingeniously, tells an outstanding rags to riches story. Brown brings the world of pro wrestling to life with each page. Things I remember growing up came back to me in a flood of visuals and trade secrets, that will leave you wanting more, well after the book is done. Andre’s life, although tumultuous and filled with alcohol and women, is undeniably exciting, especially when you consider how most of the world viewed this seemingly gentle giant at the time. From interviews with WWF greats like Hulk Hogan and the retelling of God-like drunken brawls in hotels, this book is everything one needs to understand who and what this man and world,was all about back then.
Andre Roussimoff is known as both the lovable giant in The Princess Bride and a heroic pro-wrestling figure. He was a normal guy who’d been dealt an extraordinary hand in life. At his peak, he weighed 500 pounds and stood nearly seven and a half feet tall. But the huge stature that made his fame also signed his death warrant.
Box Brown brings his great talents as a cartoonist and biographer to this phenomenal new graphic novel. Drawing from historical records about Andre’s life as well as a wealth of anecdotes from his colleagues in the wrestling world, including Hulk Hogan, and his film co-stars (Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, etc), Brown has created in Andre the Giant, the first substantive biography of one of the twentieth century’s most recognizable figures.
Yeah you heard right and your probably asking yourself…”why a t.v. series?” and “wouldn’t this make a better movie?” My answer to you would be yes, but that’s not what bothers me the most about this. What bothers me most is that Rob “hackjob” Zombie is attached to this and I know it’s only because it fits him visually, but does he really have what it takes to take one of the most iconic psychopaths in history and tell a legitiment story? Especially given his track record of films. I know I’m coming off negative, but he’s one of those directors, not unlike M. Knight, that thinks anything fitting thier genre belongs to them, because hey! Look what I’ve done, and we all know shitty writing and cult followings does not a good movie make. I will say this however and that is author Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho,Less Than Zero) is a hell of a pick for a writer and is probably the only thing that’ll allow FOX to greenlight this.
Here’s a suggestion to Rob…find an amazing cinematographer and an amazing cast and allow this to be the only thing you concentrate on for the next few years. This could be your citizen Kane, but not if your not 100% focused.
The Ellis-Zombie collaboration aims to tell converging stories of people and events leading up to and after the murders, from shifting points of view. The project is envisioned as a multipart series, but it is one of many limited series projects in the works and is far away from receiving a greenlight.
The idea for the project began with Zombie and Adam Kolbrenner and Robyn Meisinger of Madhouse Entertainment. They developed the concept and brought it to Ellis and Alcon. To date, no source material has been optioned for the project, which plans to take an original approach to dramatizing stories drawn from the historical record.
The Manson Family saga was previously adapted for the 1976 CBS TV movie “Helter Skelter,” which was based on the book of the same name by prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi.
Ellis most recently penned the micro-budgeted Lindsay Lohan starrer “The Canyons,” released last year by IFC. Zombie’s last directorial effort was the 2013 indie “The Lords of Salem.”
Oh they grow up so fast, but they growed up good. This compilation of clips comes compliments of FLAVORWIRE and features all our nominees for the 2014 Oscars in some of their earlier stuff. You’ll notice one whom kinda got a huge break evidenced by, no prior work before what she’s being nominated for. Luckeeeeeeee!!
In keeping with M83′s quest to become the theme music to every new science fiction film there is, they’ve written another one for the new dysotopic tween flick Divergent starring Shailene Woodley (The Descendents), Kate Winslet (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and directed by Neal Burger (Limitless). Now I’m about to be that guy, cause this isn’t, in my opinion, the best M83 song I’ve ever heard, but it’s definitely a departure, which I guess they are allowed to do from time to time.
Various songs on the Divergent soundtrack album pair up Kendrick Lamar with Tame Impala, or A$AP Rocky with Gesaffelstein.
The Divergent soundtrack is out 3/11. Divergent hits theaters on March 21, 2014
This is without a doubt one of the films I am looking forward to seeing this year. Directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters), this latest take on the iconic Kaiju behemoth, seemingly follows the original storyline of Godzilla as the radioactive result of human endeavor. This is great for several reasons because if you’ve ever watched the 1954 black and white film, then you already know how emotionally impactful that film was in comparison to what came after. This trailer lays it out so beautifully, I’m speechless. Enjoy!
Godzilla stars Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe, and David Strathairn. Godzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.
An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
It goes without saying that with a little ingenuity, passion and respect, anyone with the know how and patience could create a better Akira film than most Hollywood directors could ever imagine. No disrespect to those in Hollywood who are trying to get this amazing Manga/Anime to the big screen, but Hollywood doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to adapting anything fanboy related, especially one that is as cult as this. We did a story awhile back about director Albert Hughes (Book of Eli, From Hell) and his struggles with Warner Bros in regards to doing Akira and then director Jaume Collet-Serra (Non Stop, Run All Night) took the helm and as far as we know he is still steering. But amidst the fog of war comes, as always, some talented VFX artists who are tired of waiting around and are putting together an Akira trailer and have even launched an indie go go campaign to raise money for the cause. Their hopes is that the trailer will be good enough for Hollywood to seed them with some cheddar to bring their idea to fruition. I think they have what it takes! I’ve watched the teaser trailer, that I’ve posted below, and it’s brilliant! It really encapsulates, in under a couple of minutes, the whole feel of the book and movie. I was really impressed, as I’m sure, you’ll be too.
The Akira Project is a crowd-sourced, non-profit project meant to create a live action fan trailer of AKIRA, the renowned manga-turned-anime film from the late 1980′s; a stunning example of both mediums as art forms. While Hollywood is trying, for the fourth time, to complete a live-action adaptation of Akira, we, as fans, felt like we ought to take a shot at making our own adaptation. A chance to stick as close to the source material as possible. A chance to do Akira Justice.
We launched an Indiegogo campaign in July 2012 as part of a crowd sourcing effort to make this project come to life. Many people contributed not just financially but also with their time and talent to help the production that happened from November 2-5th 2012. It was an intense shoot with lots of adventures and hurdles, but we managed to get something amazing that will truly give Akira fans the world over something to be proud of!
The final edit and soundtrack of the trailer have been completed in June 2013. With the help of many artists both found locally and online, we are now creating the world of Akira and the special effects needed to make this trailer the best it can be. Starting October 2013, we will be finally releasing some artwork and behind-the-scenes material throughout the next few months, prior to the release of the trailer in early 2014.