Welcome to the 392nd Edition of my series. I've been in rehearsals for INHERIT THE WIND and the show is coming together very well and am really enjoying the character I play. The show is around June and will give more details around then. Yesterday, I auditioned in Farmland for ROMEO AND JULIET which is to happen in late July to early August. I won't find out for a couple weeks but if I get a part it will be my first show in Farmland, Indiana and it will also be my first Shakespeare show. I'll keep everyone posted on that one. Also, please check out my friend Sarah's website at http://www.gofundme.com/Family-Documentary. She is looking for funding to get the necessary camera to film this documentary that has a lot of potential if it gets off the ground. I will now give my selections for the week.
Doc's Last Night (2012): This is a more personal selection and is a video that features my good friends Ashley and Stephen playing at Doc's Music Hall in Muncie on the last night they were open. The biggest reason I made this selection is because Ashley's birthday is this Thursday, the day after mine, and I thought this would be a good birthday gift. Her father and my friend Mark put this together as he brought in his video camera and featured them singing Van Morrison's MOONDANCE, Johnny Cash and June Carter's JACKSON, and closed out by a great rendition of Ashley singing Leonard Cohen's HALLELUJAH. In the last song Mark put together a great photo montage that shows friends, family, and times at Docs which even include a little bit of me and much of the photos that I took at her shows as well. I can also be seen for like a second walking across after a song was done so I guess in a sense I am an extra and you'll see my trademark Hawaiian shirt over a t-shirt. This is about a 13 minute video of some great music and a video that is very well put together. I tagged anyone who was in the montage and friends with me on Facebook. Here is a link to watch the video. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=3900598353190&set=vb.1226118628&type=3&theater
Hollywoodland (2006): Allen Coulter directed this film that takes a rather dark look into the world of Hollywood. There are two different time periods happening. One period is where Adrian Brody stars as private detective Louis Simo who is hired to investigate the death of actor George Reeves who was most known to play the part of Superman. The autopsy determined that Reeves committed suicide but others believed it was murder. It also shows his struggling family life like the difficult relationship with his son and showed that when people though George Reeves killed himself, kids believed that Superman killed himself. The other side stars Ben Affleck who plays George Reeves and goes into his life as an actor and how much he hated playing Superman. It also shows conflicts with people in the industry. The story of Simo is a fictional detective and created a story of an investigator who finds that his life is parallel to the man he was investigating. Simo is somewhat based on the real-life detective Milo Speriglio who really did investigate the death of Reeves and believed that the bullet was fired from at least 16 feet away but it was something that was never proven. His most notable investigation was towards Marilyn Monroe who he believe was murdered which was also never proven but could very well be true. In looking into the story of Reeves, it appears that much of that was true like having an affair with the wife of MGM general manager Eddie Mannix, played by Bob Hoskins. Diane Lane co-stars as Toni Mannix and does a pretty good job while I thought Affleck was pretty good as Reeves. I also thought that while fictional, the investigation story was pretty compelling. Robin Tunney, Lois Smith, Dash Mihok and Molly Parker all co-star in this film
The Dark Knight Rises (2012): This is part one of a Christian Bale series that will be at least two parts and part one of a two-part Joseph Gordon-Levitt series. This is the conclusion to Christopher Nolan's trilogy on Batman where the series ends very well. Christian Bale reprises his role as Bruce Wayne who has not been Batman for eight years and the public believes Batman to be a murderer. We first see Bruce as a recluse and Gotham City's crime has went down a lot but he does not seem to know what to do with himself without being Batman. Soon, a new evil comes to town in the form of Bane, played by Tom Hardy, who is possibly Batman's strongest rival and Bruce finds the Bat is needed once again. Many of the actors return like Gary Oldman playing Commissioner Gordon, Michael Caine playing Alfred, Morgan Freeman playing Lucius Fox, even Cillian Murphy from the first movie making a cameo Jonathan Crane and a Liam Neeson cameo as Ra's Al Ghul. One newcomer to this third film is Anne Hathaway who plays jewel thief Selina Kyle most known as Catwoman. They way she is portrayed in this film is that she is more about survival and Batman tries to make her his ally. Joseph Gordon-Levitt co-stars in this film as idealistic police officer Blake who has not stopped believing in Batman. Marion Cotillard, Juno Temple, and Matthew Modine also co-star. This was pretty popular but I'm aware it got mixed opinions. I will say that this was the second time I had seen it and I liked it the first time but liked it more the second time around. I found that this movie is more centered around Bruce Wayne who had a hard time finding his place in life due to not being Batman. In this trilogy, I think some of the best moments between Bruce and Alfred take place. Alfred is kind of a mentor of sorts to Bruce and shows a lot of concern leading to some really good conversations. I also really like the dialogue between Batman and Gordon in these movies. Many people did not like the voice Hardy used for Bane but I did not really see much issue with it and understood him fine. To watch this film, you really need to have watched BATMAN BEGINS and THE DARK KNIGHT in order to understand this one. I for one have enjoyed this much darker take to Batman and this movie concludes it well.
So You're Going to be a Father (1947): This is my classic short for the week that is from the Joe McDoakes series which are a series of situational shorts. In this one, Joe is not a big fan of kids and they don't really like him very much. Soon his wife tells him that he is to soon become a father where he now understands he must prepare and soon envisions a son going to West Point and becoming president. There are some pretty funny moments, especially at the end.
The Shopworn Angel (1938): This is actually a remake of a 1928 film directed by H.C. Potter bringing back James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan for their second of four teamings which the most known is the 1940 film THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER. Stewart stars as naive WWI soldier Bill Pettigrew who being sent to New York for basic training and soon meets actress Daisy Heath, played by Sullavan. He takes an immediate liking to Daisy and she agrees to pretend to his girlfriend to impress his friends. In this pretend relationship, a real romance happens but Pettigrew gets called to service which makes things very complicated. Walter Pidgeon co-stars as Sam who is a long-time friend of Daisy and longs for a steady relationship with her. This was carried by very good performances from the leads.
7 Women (1966): John Ford directs what would be his last film that takes place in 30s China. A group of missionaries lead by the rigid Agatha Andrews, played by Margaret Leighton, go to China but soon Mongolian bandits come invade and they must do what they can to survive. Anne Bancroft plays Dr. Cartwright who joins the group and is very no-nonsense much to the chagrin of Agatha. Cartwright becomes the leader in looking to help them get away. Sue Lyon also co-stars as staff member Emma and shows a lot of potential. She is most known for playing the title character in the original LOLITA but did not have that big career but made her big mark in the 60s. Bancroft was also good as the more open-minded character who Agatha did not like but Emma admired. Mike Mazurski stars as bandit leader Tunga Khan as is really pretty believable as an American playing an Asian which was far more common in that era. This by no means is Ford's best but not a bad movie to go out on as some have ended with much worse. I found the religious themes to also be pretty interesting. This appears to be rather hard to find but is available on TCM On-Demand until May 31st and is worth a look.
Flicka (2006): I guess this is my second remake for the week. Allison Lohman stars as the headstrong Katy who returns home from boarding school to the horse ranch that her family runs. Tim McGraw stars as her father Rob who wants her to continue boarding school while she wants to take over the ranch someday. Katy soon encounters a wild horse that she decides to take in and names it of the movie title. She sets out to tame this wild horse but does not come to agreement with her father who is concerned of the danger from a wild horse. Maria Bello stars as Katy's mother and TRUE BLOOD alum Ryan Kwanten plays her brother. This is something that needs to just be taken for what it's worth and that is a movie to watch with the family. I have not seen the original version though I now know I need to. This is not great but still good and harmless. I have seen complaints that Lohman looks too old for 16 but I have seen real high school students who look older so I have come to just accept that type of thing. Country star McGraw does pretty good as the father.
The Little Foxes (1941): Now I go to a classic that is directed by William Wyler and based on a play by Lillian Hellman. This is a story centered around greed lead by Regina Giddens, played well by Bette Davis, who is part of the greedy Hubbard family in the deep South at the turn of the 20th century. Teresa Wright, in a great film debut, co-stars as Alexandra who is Regina's daughter who is wrapped around her finger but Alexandra soon sees that she is manipulated by her mother. Herbert Marshall is good as Horace who is Regina's estranged husband and is a lot nicer but is terminally ill which is a very important storyline. Richard Carlson plays David who has never liked the Giddens family but sees that Alexandra can be a good person. This movie has a lot of great dialogue and performances. This movie stands the test of time and is a great showing of the price of greed.
Straight Time (1978): This is part three of my Harry Dean Stanton series. Ulu Grosbard directs this film based on the novel NO BEAST SO FIERCE by Edward Bunker who also helped write the screenplay. Bunker is probably most known for playing Mr. Blue in the 1992 film RESERVOIR DOGS. Dustin Hoffman stars as Max Dembo who is just being released from prison on parole for burglary. Dembo is looking to go straight but his parole officer Earl, played by M. Emmet Walsh, does not make it easier and does not appear to make that look easy. He soon has to go back to prison from a set-up at the heads of Earl and when getting out, he then takes revenge on his parole officer and returns to his life of crime. A young Gary Busey co-stars as Willy who is Max's old partner in crime and also trying to go straight. His real-life son Jake plays his own son when he was four years old which made some pretty good interaction between the two. Kathy Bates and Theresa Russell also co-star in this gritty film. Hoffman's studio Sweetwall Productions bought the rights to the novel and Hoffman was going to direct it but decided to hire Grosbard to do it instead. Bunker wrote this novel inspired from events in his own life. This seems like a pretty underrated film that really deserves a watch.
Coriolanus (2011): Ralph Fiennes makes his directorial debut in this modern-day Shakespeare play. Fiennes stars as the title character who is soldier of Rome who does a lot for the town but despises the people. He is soon banished from Rome from the politicians and his own mother where he soon joins his sword enemy Tullus Aufidius and offers his services. I will say that I had never heard of this Shakespeare story until I found it available on Instant Netflix. Coriolanus was a real-life roman leader whose full name is Gaius Marcius Coriolanus. I did like the modern day look of the film and the performances were pretty good between the leads while mostly keeping the Shakespearean dialogue. Brian Cox, Jessica Chastain, James Nesbitt, and Vanessa Redgrave all co-star. This probably is not for everyone but did keep my interest and is available on Instant Netflix to take a lot at with Fiennes' debut.
Well, that is it for this week. Tell me what you like and what you hate. Stay tuned for next week which so far includes more Christian Bale, more Joseph Gordan-Levitt, Mickey Rourke, Edward G. Robinson, Burt Lancaster, James Mason, Richard Gere, and many others.
FUN AND USELESS FACTS.
Keep in mind, I focused on actors from different movies and not interconnections like the many there are in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.
Allen Coulter (Hollywoodland director) directed a couple episodes of the tv series LUCK which starred Dustin Hoffman (Straight Time).
Adrien Brody (Hollywoodland) won a bid for "Tea with Gerard Butler (Coriolanus)" to benefit Artists for Peace and Justice.
Adrien Brody (Hollywoodland), Kathy Bates (Straight Time), and Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises) were in the 2011 film MIDNIGHT IN PARIS.
Diane Lane (Hollywoodland), Lois Smith (Hollywoodland) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises) were in the 2008 movie KILLSHOT.
Diane Lane (Hollywoodland) and Woody Strode (Seven Women) were in the 1984 film THE COTTON CLUB.
Bob Hoskins (Hollywoodland) was the henchman to Dustin Hoffman (Straight Time) in the 1991 film HOOK.
Bob Hoskins (Hollywoodland) and Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises) were in the 2009 movie A CHRISTMAS CAROL.
Bob Hoskins (Hollywoodland) plays J. Edgar Hoover in the 1995 film NIXON. Brian Cox (Coriolanus) plays Hoover in the upcoming 2013 tv movie THE CURSE OF EDGAR. Christian Bale (The Dark Knight Rises) plays G-man Melvin Purvis who Hoover assigns to take down John Dillinger in the 2009 film PUBLIC ENEMIES.
Lois Smith (Hollywoodland) and Jason Kwanten (Flicka) play grandmother and grandson in the HBO vampire series TRUE BLOOD.
Lois Smith (Hollywoodland) and Nestor Carbonell (The Dark Knight Rises) were in the 2002 tv movie THE LARAMIE PROJECT.
Lois Smith (Hollywoodland) and Anne Bancroft (Seven Women) were in the 1995 film HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN QUILT.
Lois Smith (Hollywoodland), Harry Dean Stanton (Straight Time), and Vanessa Redgrave (Coriolanus) all had parts in the 2001 film THE PLEDGE.
Dash Mihok (Hollywoodland) and Dustin Hoffman (Straight Time) were in the 1996 film SLEEPERS.
Ben Affleck (Hollywoodland) and Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises) star in the 2002 film THE SUM OF ALL FEARS.
Ben Affleck (Hollywoodland) and Maria Bello (Flicka) were in the 2010 film THE COMPANY MEN.
HARRY POTTER FRANCHISE
-Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises) plays Sirius Black
-Ralph Fiennes (Coriolanus) plays Lord Valdemort
Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises) and Dustin Hoffman (Straight Time) in the 2011 film KUNG FU PANDA 2.
Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises) has cited James Stewart (The Shopworn Angel) as an influence.
Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises) plays Dracula in the 1992 film DRACULA which is my favorite adaptation. Gerard Butler (Coriolanus) plays Dracula in 2000 film DRACULA 2000.
Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises) plays Pontius Pilate in the 1999 tv movie JESUS. James Nesbitt (Coriolanus) plays Pilate in the 2008 mini-series THE PASSION.
Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises) cites Ralph Fiennes (Coriolanus) as one of her favorite actors.
Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises) and Vanessa Redgrave (Coriolanus) were in the 1998 movie DEEP IMPACT.
Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises) and Dustin Hoffman (Straight Time) were in the 1995 film OUTBREAK.
Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises) plays Coriolanus in the 1979 movie CORIOLANUS which did not seem to get much exposure. Ralph Fiennes plays the part in this week's feature CORIOLANUS which was made in 2011 and is a modern day take.
Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises) and Brian Cox (Coriolanus) were in the 2010 film RED.
William Devane (The Dark Knight Rises) and Dustin Hoffman (Straight Time) were in the 1976 film MARATHON MAN.
William Devane (The Dark Knight Rises) and Vanessa Redgrave (Coriolanus) were in the 1979 film YANKS.
Liam Neeson (The Dark Knight Rises) and Ralph Fiennes (Coriolanus) were in the 1993 film SCHINDLER'S LIST.
Liam Neeson (The Dark Knight Rises) is the son-in-law of Vanessa Redgrave (Coriolanus).
Liam Neeson (The Dark Knight Rises) and Brian Cox (Coriolanus) were in the 1995 film ROB ROY.
Matthew Modine (The Dark Knight Rises) and Jeffrey Nordling (Flicka) were in the 1993 tv movie AND THE BAND PLAYED ON.
Christian Bale (The Dark Knight Rises) plays Jesus Christ in 1999 movie MARY, MOTHER OF JESUS. Ralph Fiennes (Coriolanus) voices the part in the 2000 film THE MIRACLE MAKER.
Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) plays Heathcliff in the 2009 tv movie WUTHERING HEIGHTS. Ralph Fiennes (Coriolanus) plays Heathcliff in the 1992 movie WUTHERING HEIGHTS.
Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) and Jessica Chastain (Coriolanus) were in the 2012 film LAWLESS.
Michael Caine (The Dark Knight Rises) and Vanessa Redgrave (Coriolanus) were in the 2011 movie CARS 2.
Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises) and Vanessa Redgrave (Coriolanus) were in the 2007 film ATONEMENT.
Walter Pidgeon (The Shopworn Angel) and Bette Davis (The Little Foxes) played "substitute attorneys" on the tv series PERRY MASON when Raymond Burr was recovering.
Walter Pidgeon (The Shopworn Angel) and Teresa Wright (The Little Foxes) were in the 1942 film MRS. Miniver.
James Stewart (The Shopworn Angel) and Dan Duryea (The Little Foxes) were in the 1950 film WINCHESTER '73.
John Ford (Seven Women director) directed James Stewart (The Shopworn Angel) in many westerns including CHEYENNE AUTUMN which co-stars Mike Mazurki (Seven Women) and THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE which co-starred Woody Strode (Seven Women) who Ford would call his best friend.
Anne Bancroft (Seven Women) and Dustin Hoffman (Straight Time) had an affair in the 1967 film THE GRADUATE.
Anne Bancroft (Seven Women) played the part of Ma Beckoff in the 1988 film THE TORCH SONG TRILOGY. My Facebook friend Sonja played the part in a Muncie Civic Studio Theater production of the same title.
Anne Bancroft (Seven Women) played the part of Annie Sullivan in the 1962 film THE MIRACLE WORKER. My Facebook friend Tonya played the part ina a recent production at the Muncie Civic Theater.
Anna Lee (Seven Women) and Bette Davis (The Little Foxes) were in the 1962 film WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE.
Eddie Albert (Seven Women) plays Ali Hakim in the 1955 film OKLAHOMA. My Facebook friend Jason played the part in a 2008 production at the Muncie Civic Theater in which I played Slim.
Mike Mazurki (Seven Women), Kathy Bates (Straight Talk), and Dustin Hoffman (Straight Talk) were in the 1990 film DICK TRACY.
Tim McGraw (Flicka) and Kathy Bates (Straight Talk) were in the 2009 film THE BLIND SIDE.
Bette Davis (The Little Foxes) plays Queen Elizabeth I in the 1955 film THE VIRGIN QUEEN. Vanessa Redgrave plays Elizabeth in the 2011 movie ANONYMOUS.
Kathy Bates (Straight Talk) plays Mrs. Hannigan in the 1999 tv movie ANNIE. My Facebook friend Jane played the part in a 2008 version at the Anderson Mainstage Theatre in which I played the lead homeless bum and Cordell Hull.
Gerard Butler (Coriolanus) cites Christian Bale (The Dark Knight Rises) as his favorite actor.
Vertical Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to the thriller SCENIC ROUTE, starring Josh Duhamel (Safe Haven, Transformers 1,2, and 3) and Dan Fogler (Balls of Fury and Kung Fu Panda) at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival. The film marks Kevin and Michael Goetz directorial debut from a screenplay by Kyle Killen (The Beaver). SCENIC ROUTE first premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival to strong reviews and will be released theatrically in August 2013. Vertical Entertainment’s Rich Goldberg announced the deal today.
“Josh Duhamel has over one billion dollars in box office to his name, yet somehow finds a role in SCENIC ROUTE, unlike any other he’s had before” said Goldberg. "He truly has brought himself to another level, and paired with the wonderful Dan Fogler, we felt the success of the film couldn’t be questioned in the independent market. We plan on utilizing every platform possible, from theatrical, digital and VOD, physical, as well as all other ancillary markets to get this film to as broad an audience as possible.”
“Given the ever-changing landscape of domestic distribution, Vertical’s experience, spirited initiative and resourcefulness simply places SCENIC ROUTE in the best position to find its audience and prosper,” said producer Brion Hambel. “Rich and his team leave no stone unturned…and in a time of slimmer margins, this is paramount to the overall success of an independent film.”
SCENIC ROUTE was produced by Brion Hambel and Paul Jensen of Best Medicine Productions (Natural Selection), Anonymous Content’s Luke Rivett (Something Real and Good) and Scott Freeman; and executive produced by Duhamel, Keith Redmon (Rendition, The Beaver) and Paul Green (Fun Size, The Beaver).
The deal was negotiated by Peter Jarowey on behalf of Vertical Entertainment and Matthew Sugarman of Weintraub Tobin on behalf of the filmmakers.
Premiere Entertainment is handling international sales during the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival.
Mitchell (Josh Duhamel) and Carter (Dan Fogler), life-long friends who have drifted apart, are on a road trip when their old pickup breaks down, leaving them stranded on an isolated desert road. Nobody can pick apart a man like his best friend, and as the relentless elements of the desert grind them down, they start to attack each other’s life decisions with unwavering brutality. As they question who they are and who they could have been, their agitation leads to physical confrontation and ultimately knife-wielding madness, and what begins as an inconvenience becomes a very real life or death struggle.
“Audiences love possession films and this one is filled with all the thrills they’re known for,” commented Kevin Kasha, Executive Vice President, Acquisitions and Co-Productions.
Grieving the shocking loss of his wife, Michael King (Johnson) sets out to disprove the existence of the supernatural but as he journeys deeper into the occult, he discovers that some questions are better left unanswered. The film co-stars Dale Dickey (Iron Man 3, Winter’s Bone), Tomas Arana (Gladiator), Ella Anderson (Touchback) and Julie McNiven (The Rapture, “Mad Men”). The Possession of Michael King is being produced by Gold Circle Entertainment and is currently in post-production.
After Dark Films announces the fourth film in its After Dark Originals 2 series, "Children of Sorrow". The film joins "Dark Circles", "Red Clover" and Asylum". No release has been announced yet.
For more information on After Dark Originals 2, you can goto: http://www.afterdarkoriginals.com/
After Dark Films proudly announces the fourth film in its After Dark Originals 2 series (ADO2), CHILDREN OF SORROW. A film that delivers a petrifying look into a cult psyche. CHILDREN OF SORROW is directed by Jourdan McClure (Rogue River, Die Maniacs Die!), written by Ryan Finnerty (Rogue River, Smosh), starring Bill Oberst Jr (Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies, Take this Lollipop) and Hannah Levien (The Palace Players) .
"We are so excited to welcome Jourdan McClure into the After Dark Family. He's an incredible talent. Children of Sorrow is such a thought provoking and disturbing film. It sparked many debates and was the cause of endless sleepless nights." -Stephanie Caleb, EVP Creative Affairs
Simon Leach is a very, very sick man. Thriving on despair, pain, and panic, he unites a group of broken and desperate people in the middle of the desert. He showers them with the love and affection they're so desperate for, but Simon has a much greater plan for his followers.
"Belongingness can be a terrifying subject, even more so when acceptance is disingenuous. Children of Sorrow is the nightmare version of that." -Jourdan McClure, Director
In more Image Entertainment news, they've recently announced that they've acquired the US and Canadian rights to the upcoming action thriller "Tokarev". The film is set to star Nicolas Cage. The film begins physical production in Alabama in June with a early 2014 release date.
Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, has acquired all US and Canadian rights to Hannibal Classics’ new action-thriller Tokarev, starring Nicolas Cage. Tokarev (working title) is scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2014. The deal was announced today by Image Entertainment’s Chief Acquisitions Officer, Bill Bromiley.
“We are excited to add this action-thriller to our slate next year,” said Bromiley. “Nicolas Cage elevates the film to new heights, reaching a wider audience not only domestically but internationally as well.”
Tokarev begins physical production in Alabama in June. Hannibal Classics’ sales division will handle worldwide sales and will be selling the film in Cannes.
“Our experience with Image Entertainment has always been positive,” says Hannibal Classics’ CEO and Tokarev Producer, Richard Rionda Del Castro. “The commitment of their key executives to aggressively distribute Hannibal Classics and Hannibal Pictures’ films makes us all winners. We are thrilled they have teamed with us once again and with equal dedication to Tokarev.”
Tokarev marks Spanish Director Paco Cabezas’ American debut. Final casting is underway. Joining Rionda Del Castro as Producer is Michael Mendelsohn. Executive Producers are Nicolas Cage, Patricia Eberle, Mike Nilon, Hayley Magouirk, Jim Agnew, Sean Keller, Cam Cannon, Martin J. Barab and Frederico Lapenda.
Tokarev tells the story of Paul Maguire (Cage), a former criminal in search of his daughter’s kidnappers.