Leonardo DiCaprio eyeing ‘Twilight Zone’ remake

Leonardo DiCaprio is eyeing a big-screen remake of cult television series "The Twilight Zone," it was reported Friday.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, DiCaprio's production company Appian Way is seeking script ideas for a film based on the classic television series, which spanned more than 150 episodes between 1959 and 1964.

The report said a "Twilight Zone" feature film would probably be a passion project for DiCaprio, who has cited the series as his favorite show.

The Oscar-nominated star of 2006 hits "Blood Diamond" and "The Departed" will next be seen later this year in the Ridley Scott-directed spy thriller "Body of Lies" and the Sam Mendes drama "Revolutionary Road."

HBO not renewing ‘Tell Me You Love Me’

HBO has opted not to renew racy drama "Tell Me You Love Me" for a second season.

The decision was made almost a year after the sexually explicit series premiered on the pay cable channel.

(Hollywood Reporter)

Heist and prison movies make a comeback

If you're watching a Hollywood movie and a young couple on a transcontinental railroad trip gets involved in a murder, or a ragtag band of thieves plans the perfect heist, or hardened criminals scheme to break out of a tightly guarded prison, you're probably watching a Hollywood movie from another era.

Thirty years ago or more, studios turned out pictures in these golden genres like Hebrew National turns out hot dogs. They made heist pictures like "Rififi" and prison movies like "Escape From Alcatraz" and train mysteries like "Murder on the Orient Express" (along with scores of lesser efforts).

But like all Hollywood trends, what goes around comes around, or at least gets remade as a European art house film. After decades of neglect, these classic genres -- as well as Westerns, now reimagined and reinvigorated in such movies as "Brokeback Mountain" and "3:10 to Yuma" -- are enjoying something of a resurgence.

(Reuters)

Steven Spielberg’s Director’s Cut

How did Hollywood lose Steven Spielberg?

Late last month, DreamWorks, the boutique movie studio that Mr. Spielberg co-founded in 1994, let it be known that it had found a way to exit its unhappy three-year marriage with Paramount Pictures. Reliance ADA Group, a Mumbai conglomerate, was nearing a deal to give the dream workers $550 million to form a new movie company.

That Mr. Spielberg and his business partner David Geffen had found an investor wasn’t surprising. Mr. Spielberg is a superstar. DreamWorks had made it clear for months — via public comments and private grousing fed into the Hollywood grapevine — that they hated being part of Paramount and were going elsewhere as soon as it was contractually allowed.

(New York Times)

Russell Crowe’s Robin Hood movie delayed

Production on the new Robin Hood film has been postponed indefinitely according to US trade newspaper Hollywood Reporter.

Directed by Ridley Scott Nottingham the movie is a twist on the classic tale starring Russell Crowe as the Sheriff alongside Sienna Miller as Maid Marian.

Universal Pictures cited script concerns, location logistics and a potential actors' strike for the delay.

(BBC)

As He Ages, Kevin Costner Seeks Variety In Movie Roles

Asked if there is any role he couldn't pull off, Kevin Costner says, "I couldn't play a hockey player. I don't know how to skate."

Otherwise, the 53-year-old actor has shown a pretty wide strike zone — a term you might hear from one of his baseball movies — for a guy who reigned as your basic matinee king.

This time around he dons a soiled fishing cap as an alkie hick who casts the deciding vote for president in the political comedy " Swing Vote," opening Friday.

(Hartford Courant)

‘The Dark Knight’s’ Bale: Who is that masked man?

He armors himself, keeps other people guessing and likes to wear a mask.

Batman? Try Christian Bale.

Though in his case the armor and mask are metaphorical, the 34-year-old "Dark Knight" star likes to keep his personal life as shadowy as a superhero's back story. He's been known to keep a low profile -- "You will never see me at a party," he told the Times of London -- and delights in concocting stories about his life.

(CNN)

Comic-Con wrap-up: Are superheroes done for?

Jackie Earle Haley steps inside of the Night Owl's spaceship, walking gingerly past the pilot's seats toward the control panel, touching the blinking gauges and dials.

"It's still a little hard to believe," the balding, bespectacled actor says, "that I'm playing a superhero."

But if this year's Comic-Con convention, which wrapped up Sunday, has demonstrated anything, it's that comic-book and superhero movies are not what they used to be.

If anything, they're the opposite.

Gone are the lantern-jawed heroes whose raison d'être was to save mankind from villains threatening to wipe out the populace.

Instead, the anti-hero rules. He drinks heavily. He has problems performing in bed. He's as likely to kill an innocent as an evildoer. Often, he doesn't care that much for people.

(USA Today)

MOVIE OPENINGS – July 25

STEP BROTHERS

Director: Adam McKay
Stars: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly
Studio: Columbia Pictures

The Plot: Two spoiled adult men (Ferrell and Reilly) are pulled into a new sibling rivalry after their respective single parents get hitched.

READ THE REVIEWS FOR 'STEP BROTHERS'

BRIDESHEAD REVISITED

Director: Julian Jarrold
Stars: Matthew Goode, Patrick Malahide, Hayley Atwell
Studio: Miramax Films

The Plot: Charles Ryder (Goode), an officer in the British Army during WWII, looks back on his pre-war dalliances with his Oxford schoolmate, Sebastian Flyte (Whishaw), and his equally beguiling sister, Julia (Atwell), at their family's lavish estate.

READ THE REVIEWS FOR 'BRIDESHEAD REVISITED'

THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE

Director: Chris Carter
Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Billy Connolly
Studio: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

The Plot: The case of a missing FBI agent causes Fox Mulder (Ducovny) and Dana Scully (Anderson) to assume their former roles and try to solve the mystery. Assisting them on the case is a troubled priest (Connolly) whose psychic visions lead them to their first clue, as well as a pair of seasoned agents (Amanda Peet and Alvin "Xzibit" Joiner).

READ THE REVIEWS FOR 'THE X-FILES'

Netflix shuts movie financing arm to focus on core

The movie-rental service Netflix Inc. is closing a small unit that finances independent movies, partly to avoid competing with Hollywood studios with which it partners for DVD and Internet distribution.

The financial impact on the company will be small, and only four out of about 400 employees are losing their jobs.

(Associated Press)


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