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Mark Hamill to direct something that could be The Black Pearl

Posted by LiveFor on April 20, 2010

No not Captain Jack Sparrow’s ship. I’ll get to the Pearl in a bit.

Mark Hamill (Star Wars, Batman: The Animated Series) was talking at the Los Angeles Comedy Shorts Festival and mentioned a project that he’d been trying to get off the ground for some time. However, he couldn’t go into details but would announce it at the Cannes Film Festival.

He did drop some hints thought – it’s based on a comic book that Hamill wrote, it’s set in the real world, and “at first glance it’s a drama, but it has dark humor.”

Like The Wrap I think they are talking about his 1996 comic book miniseries The Black Pearl which was originally written as a screenplay before being turned into a comic. Eric Johnson was co-writer on the comic.

Hamill described the tale as “a crime thriller, fairly raw in terms of violence … about tabloid journalism and sensationalism and all the things that thrillers come from.”

He went on to say that they had got a $7 million budget for the film that he will be directing.

“My two co-writers wrote a David O. Russell film for Paramount,” he said, “and now they’ve very hot. So now there are people who are willing to give us $30 million to make the movie. But if we took that deal, I wouldn’t get to direct.

“If you go over about $8 million, you have to start getting foreign sales before you start shooting. But if you stay in the $5-to-$7 million range, you don’t have to do presales and you can maintain much more creative control.”

The goal, he says, is “to make a movie the studios wouldn’t make.”

I remember reading the first couple of issues of the Dark Horse miniseries – mad to think that it is 14 years old – I enjoyed what I read of the story, the main character was a bit of a sod if I remember, but I was unable to get hold of the last 3 issues so never found out what happened. It was ahead of its time considering Kick-Ass and the other non-superhero superhero comics and films that have come out recently. Of course it might not be The Black Pearl that they are talking about.

Would be good to see what Hamill does directing the film and if anything I reckon the small budget will make the film better. They’ll make sure that every penny counts.

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Kaboom – Gregg Araki’s sex horror comedy sci-fi film

Posted by LiveFor on April 16, 2010

One of the films that caught my attention in the 2010 Cannes film festival (see previous post) was Gregg Araki’s Kaboom. Check out the synopsis:

A hyper-stylized TWIN PEAKS for the Coachella Generation, featuring a gorgeous, super hot young cast, KABOOM is a wild and sex-drenched horror-comedy thriller that tells the story of Smith (Thomas Dekker), an ambisexual 18-year-old college freshman who stumbles upon a monstrous conspiracy in a seemingly idyllic Southern California seaside town…

Smith’s everyday life in the dorms – hanging out with his arty, sarcastic best friend Stella, hooking up with a beautiful free spirit named London, lusting for his gorgeous but dim surfer roommate Thor – all gets turned upside-down after one fateful, terrifying night. Tripping on some hallucinogenic cookies he ate at a party, Smith is convinced he’s witnessed the gruesome murder of an enigmatic Red Haired Girl who has been haunting his dreams

Twin Peaks, hallucinogenic cookies! How can it go wrong.

Source: Talking Films

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2010 Cannes Film Festival line up

Posted by LiveFor on April 16, 2010

No Inception and no Tree of Life, but some nice films showing and lots I’ve not heard of which is cool.

OPENING NIGHT PREMIERE
Robin Hood (US) – Ridley Scott

IN COMPETITION
Another Year (UK) – Mike Leigh
Biutiful (Spain-Mexico) – Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Burnt by the Sun 2 (Germany-France-Russia) – Nikita Mikhalkov
Certified Copy (France-Italy-Iran) – Abbas Kiarostami
Fair Game (US) – Doug Liman
Hors-la-loi (France-Belgium-Algeria) – Rachid Bouchareb
The Housemaid (South Korea) – Im Sang-soo
La nostra vita (Italy-France) – Daniele Luchetti
La Princesse de Montpensier (France) – Bertrand Tavernier
Of Gods and Men (France) – Xavier Beauvois
Outrage (Japan) – Takeshi Kitano
Poetry (South Korea) – Lee Chang-dong
A Screaming Man (France-Belgium-Chad) – Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Tournee (France) Mathieu Amalric
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Spain-Thailand-Germany-U.K.-France) – Apichatpong Weerasethakul
You, My Joy (Ukraine-Germany) – Sergey Loznitsa

UN CERTAIN REGARD
Adrienn Pal (Hungary-Netherlands-France-Austria) Agnes Kocsis
Aurora (Romania) – Cristi Puiu
Blue Valentine (US) – Derek Cianfrance
Chatroom (UK) – Hideo Nakata
Chongqing Blues (China) – Wang Xiaoshuai
The City Below (Germany-France) – Christoph Hochhausler
Film Socialisme (Switzerland-France) – Jean-Luc Godard
Ha Ha Ha (South Korea) – Hong Sang-soo
Les Amours imaginaires (Canada) – Xavier Dolan
Life Above All (France) – Oliver Schmitz
Los labios (Argentina) – Ivan Fund, Santiago Loza
Octubre (Peru) – Daniel Vega
Qu’est-il arrive a Simon Werner? (France) – Fabrice Gobert
Rebecca H. (France) – Lodge Kerrigan
R U There (Taiwan) – David Verbeek
The Strange Case of Angelica (Portugal) Manoel de Oliveira
Tuesday, After Christmas (Romania) – Radu Muntean
Udaan (India) – Vikramaditya Motwane

OUT OF COMPETITION
Kaboom (US) – Gregg Araki
L’Autre Monde (France-Belgium) – Gilles Marchand
Tamara Drewe (UK) – Stephen Frears
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (US) – Oliver Stone
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (UK-Spain) – Woody Allen

SPECIAL SCREENINGS
Abel – Diego Luna
Chantrapas – Otar Iosseliani
Draquila – L’Italaia Che Trema & Sabina Guzzanti
Inside Job – Charles Ferguson
Nostalgia De La Luz – Patrizio Guzman
Over Cities Grass Will Grow – Sophie Fiennes

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The Rum Diary – Johnny Depp’s next Hunter S Thompson film could be at Cannes

Posted by LiveFor on April 8, 2010

I am really looking forward to seeing The Rum Diary. Been ages since we heard any movement on it but looks like we’ll be seeing it soon.

Nina Saxon Design, one of the entertainment industry’s leading design production studios, specializing in main and end titles, title sequences, and animated motion graphics logos for major motion pictures, television movies and TV programs, and entertainment production companies, has completed the main title design sequences for one upcoming, and two recent, high profile feature films. The announcement was made by the company’s president, Nina Saxon, widely acknowledged for close to 30 years as one of Hollywood’s most accomplished and successful title designers.

Nina Saxon Design has completed the main title sequence for the GK Films release “The Rum Diary,” starring Johnny Depp, Amber Heard and Aaron Eckhart, based on a novel by Hunter S. Thompson. That film, from producer Graham King, is currently seeking distribution at the Cannes Film Festival. “The Rum Diary,” directed by Bruce Robinson (who also wrote the screenplay), depicts the story of Paul Kemp (Depp), a freelance journalist who finds himself at a critical turning point in his life while writing for a run-down newspaper in the Caribbean.

Regarding her title design projects, Saxon says, “I see my work as providing an introduction to a film that sets both an artistic and a thematic tone. When I do my job well, the audience is involved with the film, before the credits have even finished.”

Nina Saxon Design also completed the entire opening sequence for the recent film “The Yellow Handkerchief,” for director Udayan Prasad and producer Arthur Cohn. That film, which stars William Hurt, Maria Bello, and Kristen Stewart, presents the story of a road trip through Louisiana, which transforms three strangers, who were originally brought together by their respective feelings of loneliness.

Check out some photos from the shoot. More here and here

Source: Shoot Online

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The Rum Diary – Johnny Depp in Neguabo, Puerto Rico

Posted by LiveFor on June 1, 2009

It has been a while since there has been anything new on The Rum Diary film. Now Pam has sent me these two photos. Both were shot in Naguabo, Puerto Rico on 25th May.

According to local reports Depp was supposed to have attended the Cannes Film Festival, but had to cancel due to rain causing delays during shooting.

Location shooting for the adaption if Hunter S Thompson’s The Rum Diary will end as expected around 5th June.

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Brad Pitt Inglourious Basterds Cannes interview

Posted by LiveFor on May 21, 2009

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Robert Pattinson says there will be a Twilight Episode 4!

Posted by LiveFor on May 20, 2009

Stephanie Meyer’s vampire novel series will see a fourth film after all. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Twilight star Robert Pattinson confirmed to the site that the fourth novel in the series, Breaking Dawn, will be turned into a film as well.

Pattinson confirmed the fourth film adaptation at the Cannes Film Festival, and he also confirmed that he is attached to star in the fourth and final novel adaptation in the series.

The actor stopped by the festival on his way to Italy, where he was to finish filming the last days of The Twilight Saga’s New Moon. The busy actor will also be shooting Remember Me, which will film for eight weeks before he heads up to Vancouver to film The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

It was said that a production start-date on Breaking Dawn was unclear as of yet, due to Pattinson’s busy schedule.

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Robert Pattinson says there will be a Twilight Episode 4!

Posted by LiveFor on May 20, 2009

Stephanie Meyer’s vampire novel series will see a fourth film after all. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Twilight star Robert Pattinson confirmed to the site that the fourth novel in the series, Breaking Dawn, will be turned into a film as well.

Pattinson confirmed the fourth film adaptation at the Cannes Film Festival, and he also confirmed that he is attached to star in the fourth and final novel adaptation in the series.

The actor stopped by the festival on his way to Italy, where he was to finish filming the last days of The Twilight Saga’s New Moon. The busy actor will also be shooting Remember Me, which will film for eight weeks before he heads up to Vancouver to film The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

It was said that a production start-date on Breaking Dawn was unclear as of yet, due to Pattinson’s busy schedule.

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Pedro Almodóvar talks about Broken Embraces at Cannes Press Conference

Posted by LiveFor on May 19, 2009

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Lars von Trier and the cast of Antichrist at a press conference in Cannes

Posted by LiveFor on May 18, 2009

Antichrist director Lars Von Trier and stars Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg went to a press conference to discuss the new film.

As previously mentioned, critics have not enjoyed it. The first question here was “Why did you make this film?” It is all for your viewing pleasure below.

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