Posted by LiveFor on February 16, 2010
Whether you have been turned in to a hairy beast because you could not love, or have sold your soul for eternal youth, curses have been the basis for many a film plot. Sometimes it has been said however that the likes of Mrs Ganush herself have infiltrated movie sets causing some strange goings on during and after production has ended. Are these a series of unfortunate events, bad publicity stunts, or is there something more sinister going on? Carrying on from last weeks Film Production Nightmares, Live for Films brings you The Real Life Film Curses…
The Exorcist – Widely regarded as a horror classic, William Friedkin’s adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s novel of a young girl possessed by a demonic spirit had its fair share of creepy tales. The set itself was thought to be cursed after a fire burnt down and destroyed it forcing production crews to rebuild. It is also believed that a priest was asked to come in and bless the set as well as the actors themselves. A handful of cast and crew members are rumoured to have died during production, including actor Jack MacGowan who played Burke Dennings, but perhaps the strangest thing is Linda Blair, who played the possessed Regan, apparently foretold the deaths of crew members’ weeks before.
The Omen – You really have to wonder if making films about demonic children is a smart move. The events surrounding this Richard Donner directed film were scarier than your friends’ kid with redeye in a birthday snapshot. Along with trained Rottweiler’s attacking their handlers and the principal cast members being involved in a head on crash first day of filming, Donners hotel was bombed by the IRA, star Gregory Peck and writer David Seltzers planes were struck by lightning in two separate events. Peck would again have another close escape when a flight he cancelled at the last minute would later crash killing everyone on board. But perhaps the most frightening was that Visual Effects Supervisor John Richardson’s wife was beheaded on the set of A Bridge Too Far a year later, in a scene eerily reminiscent of that from The Omen.
Rosemary’s Baby – Another classic film another troubling aftermath for Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby. The critically acclaimed tale of a woman (Mia Farrow) who believes she is carrying the son of Satan has been linked to some horrifying events following its release in 1968. Director Polanskis pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate, was murdered by Charles Manson at their home in 1969. This was part of an infamous killing spree for the Manson Family which he named Helter Sketler after the Beatles song. On the 8th December 1980, Mark Chapman killed Beatles legend John Lennon outside the Dakota Building where Rosemary’s Baby was filmed. Make of it what you will.
Poltergeist – Along with The Omen, Steven Spielberg and Tobe Hoopers Poltergeist is probably the most publicised example of the film ‘curse’. The film which features ghosts communicating to the other side through a television set spawned two sequels and the basis for the curse comes from the fact four actors have died during the six year years between the first and third film. Dominique Dunne who played the older daughter in the first film was strangled by her boyfriend in 1982, Julian Beck (Poltergeist 2) died aged 60 from stomach cancer in 1985, Will Sampson (also Poltergeist 2) died from post op complications from a kidney operation in 1988 and Heather O’ Rourke who played Carol Anne in all three films sadly died also in 1988.
Superman – The Man of Steel may be able to stop, but the men who have played them have not been so lucky. George Reeves portrayed Superman in the US television series in the 50’s, but was found dead in mysterious circumstances on his wedding day in an apparent suicide. Ben Affleck would portray Reeves in Hollywoodland in 2006. Perhaps the most well know incarnation of Clark Kent was that of Christopher Reeve who starred in Superman (1978) directed by Richard Donner, as well as three sequels. In 1995, Reeve was involved in a tragic horse riding accident which left him paralysed from the neck down. Reeve did however battle on, defying the odds and continued to star in TV and film before his death in 2004. Reeves co-star Margot Kidder who played the role of Lois Lane was found by police in undergrowth in LA after suffering a manic breakdown; she was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
The Dark Knight – Christopher Nolan’s follow up to Batman Begins was a success both critically and commercially when it was released in 2008, but the death of Heath Ledgers just shortly after filming wrapped left a black cloud hanging above it and was the starting point for another curse rumour. More strange incidents followed; a stunt driver was killed during filming, Morgan Freeman was involved in a car accident which would break his arm and at the opening premiere, Christian Bale would be arrested for allegedly assaulting his mother.
Rebel without a Cause – It is a well known fact that James Dean died while driving the Porsche Spyder used in Rebel Without A Cause in 1955, while co-stars Sal Mineo and Natalie Wood both died prematurely years later. However was the car itself cursed? A real life Christine? The mechanic who recovered the wreck apparently had his leg broken as the vehicle collapsed on him. Later, parts of the car were sold to two separate buyers; both the cars also crashed claiming the lives of the drivers.
The curse is also known to have struck Quantum of Solace, Valkyrie and Blade Runner; in which companies like Coca Cola that were used for advertising suffered big losses. Shame.
So what do you guys think? Real, or desperately made up by people who should be doing something better with their time like working out what is going on in Lost or something? Check out Good Actors Turned Bad next week…
By Richard Bodsworth.
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Posted by LiveFor on July 7, 2009
This French film seems like it could be set in the same world as the excellent Last Night (check out the review), but with added sauciness!
It stars Mathieu Amalric (Quantum of Solace) and directed by Arnaud Larrieu and Jean-Marie Larrieu.
It’s the last days on earth; a global apocalypse is about to destroy all mankind. As a final quest, a man (Robinson) sets on a journey from France to Spain, searching for the woman he once madly loved (Laetitia).
But as the world is turning upside down, Robinson’s odyssey takes an unexpected turn: most people – in the light of panic – have decided to simply enjoy their last days on the planet…In deserted castles and empty hotels, the few remaining survivors Robinson meets abandon themselves to some last moments of pleasure and lust.
Still, Robinson, though not refusing some temptations, is determined to reunite one last time with Laetitia, even if this means heading back to the high danger zone Paris…
What would you do if the world was to end tomorrow?
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Posted by LiveFor on June 12, 2009
Some interesting news regarding the next James Bond film has come to light via AICN
MORGAN, PURVIS & WADE TO WORK ON BOND, JAMES BOND
LOS ANGELES, CA June 12, 2009 – Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions Ltd and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures have today announced that Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen), Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale) will be the screenwriters of the 23rd James Bond adventure.
Daniel Craig will reprise his role as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 in the film, which will be a MGM release of an EON production. Bond 23 is the latest installment in the longest-running franchise in motion picture history and will be produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. A date for the start of production is yet to be confirmed.
“Peter, Neal and Robert are extraordinarily talented and we’re looking forward to working with the three of them,” commented Wilson and Broccoli.
Peter Morgan is the award-winning writer of such films as The Last King of Scotland, The Queen and Frost/Nixon, which was based on his play. He has also scripted the upcoming The Special Relationship for HBO and Hereafter for DreamWorks. He will turn his attention to Bond 23 on completion of these duties. Morgan is represented by UTA (US) and Independent Talent Group (UK).
Since 1991 Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have collaborated on a diverse range of projects including The Italian Job, Johnny English and the past four Bond films. They recently adapted John Le Carre’s The Mission Song and are also working on the upcoming sequel The Brazilian Job. Purvis and Wade are represented by Endeavor (US), Casarotto Ramsay & Associates (UK).
Now I loved Casino Royale but was left disappointed with Quantum of Solace. Hopefully, having a great writer like Morgan onboard means the next Bond (rumoured to be set in Afghanistan) will be another fine addition.
Do you think Morgan will write a good Bond film? What or who do you want to see in it?
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Posted by LiveFor on December 3, 2008
MTV spoke to J. Michael Straczynski about his World War Z adaption of tha Max Brooks book. It’s about to begin production with Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) at the helm. Here’s what Straczynski had to say:
“We talk about it as a thriller, the closest comparison being ‘The Bourne Identity, Most zombie movies to this point have been small, focusing on a few people in a house. And this has got real scare. You’re in India with hundreds of boats trying to get out of there with a tidal wave of zombies. The scale of what we’re doing here is phenomenal.”
“Now that Marc is here, I’m working with his notes to make one final pass on the script, Our hope is to get it moving into production by the first of the year.”
“The fictional concept of the book is that its written by someone with the UN, so let’s tell that story. Let’s show the book being written. We follow this guy all over the world as he goes on these interviews, and he has his own personal story as well. You’re cutting between the past and the present, how he got to this point. It has that international feel to it, and because it goes backward and forward in time, we can cherry-pick our favorite moments in the book. Some of it is crazy in scale.
It’s huge. It’s as political as the book was. And it ends with that book being completed.”
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Posted by LiveFor on November 17, 2008
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, obviously has Vin Diesel returning as the character who I thought died. Rob Cohen returns and it is going to be written by Michael Ferris and John Brancato who wrote Terminator 3. Variety have more on the story.
Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville)are writing the screenplay for Robotech. This is a manga / anime tale of humans reverse engineering the technology of an alien spaceship that crashed into Earth and the alien race arriving to take it all back by force and invade the planet, Lots of giant robots and shouting basically. The Hollywood Reporter have more.
Christopher McQuarrie is set to write both The Monster of Florence and The Champions big screen outing. The Champions was a television series way back in 1968/69 which featured three government agents who were in a plane crash in the Himalayas and were nursed back to health by an advanced civilisation and given amazing abilities.
Blood Disgusting scored the exclusive news that Guillermo del Toro is working on a stop-motion version of Pinnochio together with artist Gris Grimly and The Jim Henson Company.
Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight, Thank You For Smoking) has signed on to star in Columbia Pictures’s big sci-fi action film Battle: Los Angeles. Chris Bertolini’s spec screenplay tells the story of a Marine platoon’s battle against an alien invasion in downtown Los Angeles. Eckhart will play the platoon leader.
James Bond is back and bigger than ever before with “Quantum of Solace” raking in $71 million for its three-day opening weekend. The amount easily shatters the $60M estimates made by the studio, the $40M opening of the previous film “Casino Royale”, and the $47M opening of the previous record holder “Die Another Day” in 2002.
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Posted by LiveFor on November 1, 2008
altarsofscience.com is a viral site for the Angels & Demons movie. All to do with a missing canister of antimatter.
Sam Raimi’s new fantasy series “The Legend of the Seeker” begins airing in syndication this weekend. Check local listings for details…” (full details)
David X. Cohen, co-creator and executive producer of “Futurama” says work is nearly done on the fourth and final (for now) made-for-DVD movie ‘Into the Wild Green Yonder’ and that further ones may follow as the first two titles “greatly exceeded 20th Century Fox’s expectations”…” (full details)
Director Marc Foster shot but cut out a one-minute coda for “Quantum of Solace” that would setup a sequel to that film. Details about that alternate ending and a photo from the cut scene will appear in the latest issue of MI6 Declassified…” (full details)
Four new episodes of the cult sci-fi comedy “Red Dwarf” will be screened on the digital channel Dave next year. The series last aired a new episode back in 1999…” (full details)
The Reader trailer hits the web.
Pascal Laugier (Martyrs) is in final negotiations to write and direct Dimension’s re-imagining of Hellraiser. [THR]
Stan Lee reads The Raven. [QuickStop]
The direct-to-DVD sequel to Smokin’ Aces has been given an official greenlight. [Joe]
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen has wrapped. [bay]
Whiteout has been moved to September 11th 2009. [bloody]
Dylan McDermott, Zoe Saldana, Lake Bell, Nick Stahl, Paz Vega and Shannen Doherty have been cast in Burning Palms. [thr]
Fox has canceled King of the Hill. [AICN]
Advance ticket sales of the John Woo epic Red Cliff Part I have set a record for an Asian film in Japan. [Variety]
The reason why Terrence Howard lost Iron Man 2
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Posted by LiveFor on October 19, 2008
Director: Marc Forster
Starring: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Gemma Arterton, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu AmalricRunning Time: 106 minutes
This review by Ali
Where does a character go once he’s been reinvented? Stripped down to the bare essentials, the James Bond of Casino Royale – the 007 that Ian Fleming would have approved of – proved extremely popular with audiences and critics alike, enough for them wipe the slate clean and agree to start afresh. Bond now rebooted, battered physically and emotionally, therefore comes into this sequel a fully-formed, grounded character with places to go: a man with drive, reason, purpose. But despite his passport getting a workout thanks to a jet-setting narrative that takes him half way across the globe, the James Bond of Quantum Of Solace goes precisely nowhere. At times, you feel you can see the character – and by proxy the writers – actually thinking, “So what now?”
We pick up with Bond, James Bond, mere minutes after the finale of Casino Royale – in Italy with the sinister Mr. White (Jesper Christensen) in the boot of his car, nursing a painful looking leg injury. But perhaps British intelligence isn’t what it used to be. “We used to be so paranoid,” laughs White, “looking over our shoulders, thinking you were listening to our conversations. But you didn’t even know we exist!” White claims his organisation Quantum – think SPECTRE but without the awesome lairs – has men everywhere, and he’s not wrong. Bond travels to Haiti, London, Bolivia and Russia chasing Quantum goons, principally the weasely Dominic Greene; a smarmy eco-crusader in public, but reptilian facilitator of evil deeds behind closed doors. Think Al Gore gone insane with power.
Bond’s arc here ought to be revenge; the death of Vesper Lynd the righteous cause. But Craig’s emotionless visage is so blank, the script so bereft of character, Quantum Of Solace feels like just another day at the office for 007. Sure, he kills a few people he shouldn’t. He breaks the rules. He goes off the grid. But what kind of Bond would he be if he didn’t? It isn’t until the final scene that you’ll actually remember Bond’s motivations, so meaningless are his exploits up until that point.
Craig, it must be said, is excellent. Any doubt he could inhabit the role must surely now evaporate. His Bond is a real bruiser: smacked, cracked, bleeding and beaten from pillar to post, Craig looks like hell in the best possible way. The problems with Quantum Of Solace should not fall at his feet. This is the best Bond he could be given the circumstances.
No, the issues are with the studio’s choice of director in Marc Forster. This is a man who knows how to put dramatic audiences through the wringer (Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland, The Kite Runner) but he’s completely out of his depth handling a franchise this large. High-tempo sequences, like the opening car chase and an extremely Bournian rooftop pursuit, are disorientating in the extreme: too fast, too sloppy and too ruthlessly edited. Often, things change in the blink of an eye – one second Bond is lying on his back, the next he’s jumping out a window, the next he’s swinging from a rope. It’s often impossible to keep up.
Fight scenes often seem practised and stagey (Bond smashes an opponent through a wall with ridiculous ease), while one shot sees 007 riding a motorbike… at about 25mph. These are all hallmarks of a director unfamiliar with action; perhaps former Paul Greengrass protege Dan Bradley should be held responsible (it would certainly explain the feeling of deja vu – as Bond jumps through yet another window, you may feel like yelling, Alan Partridge style, “STOP GETTING BOURNE WRONG!”).
What’s more, the realistic tone struck by Martin Campbell in Casino Royale has taken something of a leave of absence here. MI6 use flashy, over-the-top Minority Report-style holo-computers, when anyone who reads the papers knows that British intelligence can’t even hop in a taxi without leaving their laptop in the back. Bond, leaping on a bad guy’s bonnet, finds time to fire of a clunky quip before his bullet. Amalric’s bad guy lurches uncomfortably from believably slimy to ridiculously evil, lunging at Bond with an axe in a final showdown. Though I hesitate to compare it to Indy’s infamous ‘fridge’ escape, the scene where 007 jumps out of a plane without a parachute and survives seems a little too far-fetched even for a Bond movie. All we ask is for some consistency – this isn’t Crank, this is Bond.
This is not a disaster on par with Die Another Day. In fact, in parts it’s quite watchable – Craig is a magnetic lead, those piercing blue eyes are quite the attention grabber. Judi Dench, meanwhile, is once again magnificent; all British reserve, stiff upper lip and frosty delivery (a low-key scene with M at home, removing her make-up while issuing orders, is perhaps the most disarming in the entire movie). The Bond girls look the part, too, even if Olga Kurylenko (ticking the boxes marked ‘feisty’ and ‘headstrong’) lacks personality and Gemma Arterton (Agent Shagwell) lacks any decent screen time. On a second viewing, perhaps the topsy-turvy storyline settles a little – a menagerie of accents does mean some important plot points will be missed first time around.
But make no mistake, Quantum Of Solace is a crushing disappointment. Try as you might, you’ll be unable to invest in any of the characters – now Bond’s heart has been broken, it’s like nothing ever changed and the character exists simply to get to the next location and car chase and gun fight. It’s a perfectly average action film, certainly better than the last few Brosnan outings. But when Casino Royale set the bar so high, it’s not acceptable for a follow-up to simply stroll under it. Once again, Bond finds himself at a cross-roads, standing still, without direction. So… what now?
I don’t like the fact they’ve gone from the realism that was in Casino Royale, but I’m still going to go and see it on the big screen. What do you think of that? Are you going to see the movie? Did you enjoy Casino Royale?
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