Hot Docs 2014: Love and Terror on The Howling Plains of Nowhere Review

In a sparse corner of Nebraska, as far as possible from the state’s cities of Lincoln and Omaha sits the high-elevation prairie town of Chadron, population 5600. The town, described as ‘politely hanging on’ after peaking somewhere in the 19th century is host to the State College and was the hometown of NFL wide receiver Don Beebe, but is now...

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Book Review: The Man Who Seduced Hollywood

Title: The Man Who Seduced Hollywood: The Life and Loves of Greg Bautzer, Tinseltown’s Most Powerful Lawyer Written by: B. James Gladstone Publisher: Chicago Review Press (May 1, 2013) Page Count: 352 (hardcover) Google his name and there are nearly 200,000 results. That’s a significant amount of modern interest for a Hollywood lawyer who died...

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Guy Ritchie Merges Indie with Hollywood Again

In recent years Guy Ritchie has swapped his indie film making roots for mainstream. With a successful slew of Sherlock films in the bag, he has somehow managed to not be too heavily influenced by Hollywood and continues to bring his own unique brand of directing and producing to the big screen. Now it seems that Ritchie’s relationship with Hollywood big guns,...

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Trailer: The Monuments Men

Dare I say instant classic? I know, I know. Sometimes I get a little carried away. I get a little swept up in the moment. It’s a bad habit. But the evidence here just might support my case. With The Monuments Men, director, writer, and star George Clooney decided to focus on a less glamorous aspect of World War II: the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives...

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Trailer: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

What a remarkable trailer. That was my first thought after watching the preview for Ben Stiller’s adaptation of the 1939 short story, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Evoking plenty of emotion with its not-so-subtle use of the song “Dirty Paws” by Of Monsters and Men, the trailer does an excellent job of showing, rather than using a bunch of...

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Trailer: Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet, written by some dude named Shakespeare (from my in-depth research for writing this article, I’ve discovered that this Shakespeare cat was actually a guy named Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, according to a 2011 movie by Roland Emmerich), has been adapted for the big screen so many times, it actually has its own Wikipedia page...

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Chuck Palahniuk writing a sequel to Fight Club.

This isn’t really movie news, but it could eventually lead to some. Today, Chuck Palahniuk announced at ComicCon (and on his Twitter) that he is writing a sequel to what is probably his most popular novel: Fight Club. He also announced that it will be a graphic novel, rather than a traditional one, and he has been meeting with artists from Marvel, DC, and...

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Ron Howard in talks to adapt Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book.

Back in April, it was reported that Disney acquired the rights to Neil Gaiman’s fantastic children’s novel The Graveyard Book. When it was announced, Henry Selick – the stop-motion director behind The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, and Coraline – was set to direct what would be another stop-motion film. Somewhere...

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Looney Tunes to be rebooted as ‘a hybrid live-action/CG film’

According to Hollywood Reporter, Looney Tunes is set to be “rebooted” by Warner Bros. with former SNL scribe Jenny Slate and some Harry Potter producer on board to make it happen. For many of us who are 25+, Looney Tunes is sacred. Still, we can already admit that they were shit on in 2003′s Back in Action and whatever Cartoon Network tried to...

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Five (Additional) Novels Hollywood Needs to Adapt

Back in 2007, when the third row was just in it’s infancy, I wrote an article titled Five Novels I Want to See Adapted. So far, the only one actually filmed and coming to theaters is The Great Gatsby and I can only assume Baz Luhrman decided to pursue such an ambitious project because he read it (he even took on my suggestion of casting Leonardo DiCaprio,...

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