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War of the Gods becomes Immortal – John Hurt and Isabel Lucas join the cast

Posted by LiveFor on April 7, 2010

Clash of the Titans has done rather well at the box office. Despite poor reviews and a bad 3D conversion it topped the charts and made $61.4 million in its opening weekend. I have yet to see it. Therefore, sword and sandal films have got a bit of a kick start.

Tarsem Singh (The Fall) has been casting War of the Gods, which is now going to be called Immortals. Latest casting news, via JoBlo, is that John Hurt and Isabel Lucas are on the team. Hurt is always great and Lucas was the human Decepticon in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

They join Mickey Rourke, Frida Pinto, Stephen Dorff, Kellan Lutz, Henry Cavill, Robert Maillet, Corey Sevier, Alan Van Sprang, Mercedes Leggett, Steve Byers, Romano Ozari and Neil Napier.

The story follows a purported bastard who retains an allegiance to his mother despite the fact that he longs to join the quest of a king who is battling demons in ancient Greece later embarks on a grail of discovery that has him finding he is the king’s son and also fated to become his country’s greatest hero as he leads the successful war against long-imprisoned Titans who are hoping to use the demons to restore their power.

Due for release on 11th November 2011.

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War of Gods – Tarsem Singh gets Dorff

Posted by LiveFor on March 31, 2010

The other film that isn’t Clash of the Titans or Percy Jackson gets another cast member. Stephen Dorff (Blade, Public Enemies) is in talks for Relativity Media’s Greek mythology film War of Gods (or War of the Gods or Dawn of War), directed by Tarsem Singh (The Fall) according to Variety. Dorff will portray Stavros, a master thief who joins Theseus on his quest to help free Greece from the dark threat of the Titans.

Kellan Lutz, Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke and Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) also star.

The story centers on the young warrior Theseus (Cavill) who leads his men into battle with the immortal Greek gods to defeat evil and the powerful elder gods of the Titans in order to save mankind. Mickey Rourke is the big bad King Hyperion, Kellan Lutz (Twilight) will play Poseidon and Frieda Pinto is Phaedra, an oracle priestess who also joins Theseus on his quest.

War of Gods will begin shooting in early April in Montreal with the film due out on 11th November 2011.

Source: MovieWeb

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Holy Deacon Frost – Stephen Dorff to star in Blade prequel

Posted by LiveFor on July 7, 2009

Stephen Norrington directed the original Blade. That was a really good film, with some fine action sequences. Since then his career has been a bit hit and miss – He directed The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (check out my review to see what I thought of that).

No Norrington has spoken to exclusively about the fact that he is planning a return to the Blade franchise following his work on the reboot of The Crow.

His leading man of choice is Stephen Dorff, who co-starred as the megalomaniacal Deacon Frost in the film. Of course, Frost apparently died at the end of the first movie as Blade cut him down just as he was about to transform into a vampire god.

Dorff told UK’s The Sunday Mail that the new movie would be “a prequel to the Blade movies, Deacon’s story. It’s a new trilogy the director has created. It will [be] cool.”

Norrington confirmed the news although said the movie is “not exactly how the article describes but close.”

The director credits Dorff with coming up with the idea for the new project, which “has evolved into a very interesting story.”

While that evolution may have carried it away from the source material, Norrington tells us the film is definitely envisioned as part of the existing mythology. “The linkage to ‘Blade’ is still big in the equation.”

Presently Dorff is occupied filming Sofia Coppola’s ‘Somewhere’. Earlier this year, the actor starred in the comic-based TV mini-series ‘XIII’. He can be seen on screen now in ‘Public Enemies’.

Not sure about this one. Deacon Frost was a good character, but can he carry a trilogy? Also Blade: Trinity pretty much killed off the franchise. Can you see a prequel being succesful? What would you want to see in it?


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Public Enemies, 2009 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on July 1, 2009

Director: Michael Mann
Starring: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Stephen Dorff, Billy Crudup, Channing Tatum, Stephen Graham, David Wenham, Jason Clarke, Emilie De Ravin
Running Time: 140 minutes
Score: 8 / 10

This review by me. Check out my report from the press conference.

John Dillinger. He seemed unstoppable and in the 13 months from his release from prison to his death he lived for the moment and became a legend. Paroled in May, 19933 and by July 1934 he was dead.

Michael Mann’s Public Enemies tells the tale of Dillinger and his pursuit by G-Man Melvin Pervis, the inspiration for the look of Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy.

My first thoughts on the film – It was good, but not a masterpiece as some are calling it. However, after watching it again that may change for the better, hell it may change while I get my thoughts sorted in this review. The reason being the way it was filmed.

Let me explain. We are all used to films from that era to have certain look and feel to them. That period sheen were you know, not just from the cars and costumes that you are looking at something from the past. The look that film can give you. However, Mann used HD cameras as he did with Collateral. As you know this has a contemporary immediacy about it. It can remind you of a home video or a documentary and lots of the shots in Public Enemies had a hand held look to them as you follow Dillinger and his gang on numerous bank robberies. What I am trying to get at is that this film seemed as if it was shot back then but with todays technology. It’s unlike any other period film that I’ve seen in that regard and it took me a while to get used to it. I found myself enjoying the film more as it went on. Hence if I watched it again I would probably get more out of it.

With that out of the way, let’s get on with it. Depp as Dillinger is superb. You get him straight away. He’s got out of prison after a lengthy sentence for a minor teenage crime. The world around him is full of colour, fun and opportunity and he wants it all right now and to hell with tomorrow. Johnny Depp plays him with a devil may care smile and you can see why the public loved John Dillinger. He played the PR thing before it was invented.

What got me was how cool he was under pressure. From walking around the Dillinger Task Force offices surrounded by photos of himself to breaking out of Lake County Jail with a gun he carved out of a chopping board he just didn’t seem to care what happened to him.

This Lake County breakout was one of my favourite scenes. Depp with his wooden gun takes a few guards hostage before driving out of the prison in the warden’s own car. The audacity of the man was amazing. If you feel that it was a little far fetched it turns out that Michael Mann toned it down from reality as in real life Dillinger took 13 guards hostage but Mann felt the audience would find that a little hard to believe!

The fact that this scene and many others were filmed at the actual locations where events took place makes it all the more realistic. It also went someway in helping the actors play the roles. Little Bohemia Lodge where the FBI surrounded Dillinger and his gang only for them to get away once again. The Biograph theatre in Chicago where Dillinger watched his final film, Manhatten Melodrama (where Clark Gable basically plays Dillinger), was renovated for the film and when Dillinger meets his end in the film, Depp falls in the exact same spot that Dillinger did.

Marion Cotillard is great as Dillinger’s girl, Billie Frechette. She has that wounded innocence that was seen in A Very Long Engagement and in an interrogation scene with the FBI she is wonderful. Like many of the actors she is not actually in the film for that great a length of time, but she lights up the screen every time she is.

Christian Bale plays Melvin Purvis. Hand picked by J Edgar Hoover (a great portrayal by Billy Crudup) the straight laced G-Man finds he has to bend his strict moral code to bring Dillinger to justice and you can see it cutting him up as the film goes on. Bale, as usual, plays it well. He oozes professionalism as the man who tracked down Dillinger and then the frustration as he escapes once again. There is no Batman growl, but he did keep the accent all through the shooting of the film.

Bale and Depp only have a few minutes of screen time together – Mann seems to like doing this with big names, Pacino and De Niro in Heat had a similar amount of time together – but they do it well. Two sides of the same coin. One buttoned down and in control, the other living for the moment, but both keenly aware that they are losing friends and that one day soon only one of them will still be alive.

Around these three big names are numerous other great actors. Many of whom are only on screen for a short time – Stephen Dorff as Homer Van Meter, Channing Tatum as a blink and you’ll miss him Pretty Boy Floyd, Stephen Graham (This is England, Snatch) was brilliant as Baby Face Nelson, David Wenham (300, Australia), Jason Clarke, Emilie De Ravin and many more. All of them were great. Yet sadly not enough time was spent on getting to know some of them. Some of the characters were long time friends of Dillinger, yet you don’t get a chance to know them before they disappear never to be seen again.

The look of the film is spot on. Everything looks authentic – cars, guns, clothes, buildings – and Mann directs with his usual aplomb. The gunfight scenes are all gripping and loud. This is to be expected from Mann whose gun battle in Heat is still one of my favourites.

My main problem with the film was that I felt curiously uninvolved in the first part of the film. This may have been due to the way it was filmed as I mentioned at the start, but it also felt as if you were dropped into the middle of things and then moved quickly to the next scene and then the next, before things settled down a little after the first third. This may have been intentional though to get you into the hectic life of the Dillinger gang, but it did make it hard to get a handle on the characters.

The look and feel of the film did remind me a lot of Arthur Penn’s Bonnie & Clyde.

It was 140 minutes in length but it flew by and I felt a little extra time spent on some of the minor characters would have added to my enjoyment. I definitely want to see it again though as I would appreciate the film more now I know how the HD camerawork affects the look of it all.

Don’t get me wrong, the film is well worth seeing especially if you are a fan of Mann’s previous work. Plus Johnny Depp is always great to see. Be prepared for the curious effect the HD has on the period look and you will enjoy it all the more.


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Sofia Coppola + Party Boy = Somewhere

Posted by LiveFor on May 20, 2009

Chris Pontius has signed on for a role in Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Jackass star will play Sammy, best friend of the character played by Stephen Dorff, a decadent, bad-boy actor living at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood who begins to re-examine his life after a surprise visit from his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning).

Coppola, who wrote, directed and produced Marie Antoinette and Lost In Translation, is doing the same for Somewhere. Francis Ford Coppola, Fred Roos and Paul Rassam are executive producers on the American Zoetrope/Focus Features production.

No production date has been set.

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Don Johnson loves the Porn

Posted by LiveFor on April 29, 2009

Don Johnson will play a mustached porn director in the comedy Born to Be a Star for Sony Pictures and Happy Madison says The Hollywood Reporter.

Nick Swardson is starring as a small-town nerd who learns his quiet and demure parents were famous porn stars in the 1970s. This motivates him to leave northern Iowa for Hollywood, hoping to follow in their footsteps and fulfill his destiny as the biggest adult-film star in the world.

Johnson plays a down-on-his-luck director who discovers Swardson and gives him a shot. Christina Ricci stars as Swardson’s innocent girlfriend and Stephen Dorff as adult film star Dick Shadow.

Tom Brady is directing from a script co-written by Adam Sandler and Swardson. Sandler and Jack Giarraputo will produce.

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Bill S. Preston is reopening The Gate

Posted by LiveFor on February 12, 2009

Alex Winter (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, The Lost Boys and he directed the excellent Freaked – go out and watch that one if you get the chance) is supposedly going to be directing a 3D remake of the 1987 Stephen Dorff film, The Gate.

The original was directed by Hungarian filmmaker Tibor Takács and starred Stephen Dorff (above). The plot followed three kids who accidentally release a horde of small horribly cool stop motion demons from a hole in their backyard. Below is a clip showing the little demon buggers (be warned it does contain spoilers).

Do you want to see a remake of The Gate? Should Stephen Dorff be in it?

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Public Enemies, 2009 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on February 6, 2009

Director: Michael Mann
Starring: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Channing Tatum, Billy Crudup, Leelee Sobieski, Emilie de Ravin, Stephen Dorff, Giovanni Ribisi, Marion Cotillard, Stephen Graham
Score: 10 / 10

This review from JoBlo – Spoilers ahoy!

I went to see the screening of Public Enemies, on Wednesday night. The new film by Micheal Mann starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale. The movie is about the “public enemy era” of the 1930’s during the great depression, and focuses on the famed gangster / bank robber John Dillinger, played by Depp, and the man sent to capture him Melvin Pervis, played by Bale. The movie also included a vague side story of how the FBI was formed into what it is today.

The film starts off in 1933 with the prison break that Dillinger planned and executed, almost flawlessly. The movie starts with some action and bloodshed which in my opinion is always a good way to get the movie started. We then follow the newly acquired Dillinger gang to a hide away.

At this point, Mann, introduces Pervis, while he is trying to apprehend a famed gangster “pretty boy” Floyd. After Pervis has done his job he is commissioned by J. Edger Hoover to head the man hunt for Dillinger. We also learn of the governments doubts about the FBI and J. Edger Hoover’s involvement.

The film continues to follow the chase for Dillinger, and his many exploits that include the famous photograph in which he puts his arm around the prosecuting attorney. His escape from jail with a gun he carved out of a bar of soap. It all ends outside the Biograph Theater (**MAJOR SPOILER ALERT**) where Pervis and his hired help shot and killed Dillinger in the alley next to the theater after this brothel associate gives him up in hopes to avoid deportation.

Micheal Mann has found his perfect blend of drama and action in this picture. As well as he combined his style of handy cam, and set shots. All and all, it was his best film yet. Johnny Depp gets more and more outstanding as an actor every film he makes. Christian Bale, is as he always is… fairly dull. (sorry for any Bale fans out there, I know, Bale was the bomb in Batman yo!… but still) There are tons of cameo’s from stars that you’ll recognize but can’t think of their names off the top of your heads.

I would be surprised if this film doesn’t make it’s run as a might contender for the best picture of the year in 2009. I would give it a 10/10.

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XIII – News on the Val Kilmer, Stephen Dorff mini-series

Posted by LiveFor on February 1, 2009

The controversial Belgian comic book “XIII” by Jean Van Hamme and William Vance is coming to American television in February, courtesy of Prodigy Pictures and Cipango. The four-hour television miniseries starring Stephen Dorff as the amnesiac assassin code named XIII will be broadcast on NBC February 8 and 15. Val Kilmer also appears as the Mongoose, an agent of a secret organization staging a coup from within the American government. CBR News spoke with producer Jay Firestone of Prodigy Pictures about bringing the renowned comic book to TV.

“It’s a bit ‘Bourne Identity,’ it’s a bit ‘Manchurian Candidate,’” Firestone told CBR. The television miniseries begins with the assassination of Sally Sheridan, the first female president of the United States. A man tattooed with the roman numeral XIII appears to have pulled the trigger, but he has no memory of this event or anything else about his life. On the run from both the U.S. government and those behind the conspiracy of which he may or may not be a part, XIII must uncover the truth about his own identity to save America from a much greater threat.

The television version of “XIII” is co-produced by Firestone’s Prodigy Pictures, which is based in Canada, and Cipango, a French company. The series premiered in France late last year. “The French love American stories,” Firestone said. “There’s actually a trend more and more toward American stories being more successful in Europe. There were a few years there where countries wanted domestic programming, and were doing very domestic shows, but were not getting the audiences that top American shows did. In this case, we had a combination of the two: we had a well-known Belgian story but with an American storyline.

“We brought in some writers and producers who had worked on a lot of American shows, ‘CSI,’ and ‘24,’ and sort of knew the genre, and they all got inspired by it, as well. We spent a couple years developing a great script, and once we had that we had everybody excited.”
As with any adaptation from one medium to another, Firestone and his team found themselves changing some aspects of the original comic book story to fit the four-hour miniseries format. One notable change, though, was casting the American president, whose assassination kicks off the story. In the comics, the President was a man. In the “XIII” TV miniseries, the President is a woman. With the recent inauguration of America’s first African-American president, it may be easy to forget that very recently it would have seemed more likely that the country would instead be marking the election of its first female commander-in-chief. But Firestone said that while many aspects of “XIII” do reflect the current political culture, the inclusion of a female president was merely a matter of “updating the concept.” “We just thought it was a fun idea,” the producer said.

Firestone did note, though, that “XIII” fits very well with the current international attention on the American political stage, and with a lot of perceptions about the country’s standing in the world. “It’s incredibly timely. A lot of people actually believe that things that are significant elements of our story are actually going on. We’re not speculating on whether they’re true or not,” he laughed. “But a lot of people believe it.”

CBR have lots more on this along with many photos.

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Public Enemies – New photos. Depp has a gun, Bale looks like a smooth criminal

Posted by LiveFor on January 28, 2009

Aceshowbiz had some new photos from Public Enemies. They show Christian Bale’s Melvin, Marion Cotillard’s Billie Frechette and Johnny Depp’s John Dillinger.
“Public Enemies” revolves around legendary Depression-era outlaw John Dillinger and FBI agent Melvin Purvis. In the time when the Great Depression storms America and Dillinger and his gang are unstoppable, J. Edgar Hoover is trying to elevate his Bureau of Investigation into the national police force that became the FBI. Declaring that Dillinger America’s first Public Enemy Number One, he sends Purvis in the thrill ride to capture the charismatic bank robber.
Adapted from Bryan Burrough’s book Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34, the crime drama is directed and co-written by Michael Mann. As well as Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard and Johnny Depp the film also stars Channing Tatum, Giovanni Ribisi, Stephen Dorff and Billy Crudup. Universal Pictures helm the film and it’s due out on 1st July in the USA.

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