Movie Of The Day: Alexander (2004)

Back in 1964, the huge financial failure of The Fall Of The Roman Empire pretty much single-handedly buried the big-budget peplum genre, and it wasn’t until forty years later that new attempts at grand American sword and sandal epics were made. Indeed Gladiator‘s success back in 2000 slowly revived interest in the genre, which led to the release of no less than three such films in 2004: King Arthur, Troy and Alexander.

Existing in three (very) different cuts, the film is obviously based on the life of Alexander The Great and follows the Macedonian king through his childhood, youth and tenure as king, his loves, conquests and relationships with friends and family. Directed by Oliver Stone (W.), who co-wrote the film with Laeta Kalogridis (Pathfinder) and Christopher Kyle (K-19: The Widowmaker).

Alexander stars Colin Farrell (Pride And Glory), Angelina Jolie (Changeling), Val Kilmer (Felon), Anthony Hopkins (Fracture), Jared Leto (Chapter 27), Rosario Dawson (Eagle Eye), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Children Of Huang Shi) and Christopher Plummer (Closing The Ring) among others. Trailer and review after the jump. Continue reading

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Chihuahas bite the weekend in the US

When it was revealed that Disney was making a movie called Beverly Hills Chihuahua from the director of Big Momma’s House and Scooby-Doo, the movie world took a collective stand of disgust, but Disney sure knows what the people wants, and what they want is apparently to see chihuahuas talk on the big screen, making that movie the most successful of the weekend by far. The only other new release to make the top five was Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist, at number three. The other five big new releases more or less flopped, but none less than the comedy How To Lose Friends And Alienate People, which came in nineteenth place. Last week’s winner Eagle Eye slipped into second, while the fourth and fifth spots were filled with the romance Nights In Rodanthe and the western Appaloosa respectively. Another big winner which deserves a mention is the Anne Hathaway starrer Rachel Getting Married, which averaged nearly 32600 dollars per screen while showing in only nine cinemas.

Full top 20 with earnings after the jump. Continue reading

Links of the Week

Last week’s /Filmcast and /Filmcast: After Dark.

The 500 greatest films of all time according to 10200 polled people here.

The 50 greatest animated films of all time according to a bunch of critics here.

The plot for The First Avenger: Captain America has been revealed here.

Director Guillermo Del Toro talks about The Hobbit and Frankenstein here.

Eagle Eye screenwriter Travis Wright explains his idea for a Blade Runner sequel here.

Awesome Lego diorama from the Zombie Apocafest 2008, whatever that is, here.

Watch the first five minutes of Blindness here.

Bonus: Awesomely hot Rachael Leigh Cook bikini pictures here.

Sequelitis: 300, Kung Fu Panda, Transformers and…Cats & Dogs?

Star Shia LaBeouf (Eagle Eye) got injured again while working on Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen, this time cutting himself under the eyebrow (ouch). Filming was not interrupted.

Chris O’Donnell (Kit Kittredge: An American Girl) and Jack McBrayer (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) are currently filming Cats & Dogs: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore in Vancouver, under the direction of Brad Peyton (an assistant on Hedwig And The Angry Inch). The script was written by duo Ron J. Friedman & Steve Bencich (Open Season).

The new Sherlock Holmes movie from Guy Ritchie (RocknRolla) is expected to start a franchise.

Kung Fu Panda 2 will be released in the US on June 3rd 2011, and will be presented in IMAX 3D. The first film’s writers are back, as are most, if not all of the main cast.

Zack Snyder (300), while doing press for his adaptation of Watchmen, has declared he won’t have anything to do with potential franchise continuation.

Meanwhile, the planned 300 sequel will likely take place between the Battle of Thermopylae and the Battle of Plataea.

Source: /Film

Hollywood has gone IMAX crazy

After both Jon Favreau (Iron Man) and D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye) both expressing their wish to shoot part of their next respective films in the IMAX format, word has come out that director Michael Bay (Transformers) actually is doing it right now with the currently-filming Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen. This year’s record breaking The Dark Knight is the culprit responsible for starting the trend.

As you may or may not know, IMAX screens, in addition to being much bigger, are much more square-shaped than “normal” ones, with an aspect ratio of 143/100 as compared to 185/100 which is the standard for most films these days. I wasn’t lucky enough to catch The Dark Knight in IMAX but a lot of people who did insist it is truly amazing to behold. From what I understand, the image would expand for certain scenes, offering the viewer a greater immersion into the film.

If any of you have seen The Dark Knight in IMAX, please tell me is it really worth all the hassle? Is IMAX the big new cinematic revolution?

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Links of the Week

Last week’s /Filmcast and /Filmcast: After Dark.

/Film’s David Chen interviews Eagle Eye producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci here.

Friends, family and fellow thespians chime in about the recently deceased Paul Newman here.

Marvel Studios teams up with Paramount Pictures to distribute films here and DC’s The Green Lantern may start filming in early spring here.

Probably realising her film career is prettty much dead, actress Sarah Michelle Gellar (The Return) is planning her return to TV here…hey, at least she lasted longer than fellow hasbeen Jennifer Love Hewitt (CBS’ Ghost Whisperer)!

A first look at Alice In Wonderland, the anticipated new movie from Tim Burton (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Streethere. Also Tweedledee and Tweedledum have been cast here.

Must see: legendary film critic Roger Ebert answers a Disaster Movie fan here.

Eagle Eye wins weekend in the US

As expected, Eagle Eye, the new thriller from Disturbia director D.J. Caruso took the top spot at the US box-office this weekend, making more than 29 million bucks. The romantic comedy Nights In Rodanthe came in second while last week’s big winner Lakeview Terrace dropped to third place. Finishing up the top 5 are the Christian-themed drama Fireproof, which did incredibly well consider its theater count, and Burn After Reading, which is holding quite well. Interestingly, Miracle At St. Anna, the World War II film from Inside Man director Spike Lee flopped big time, entering at number 9 with only three and a half million.

Full top 20 with earnings after the jump. Continue reading