Archives for July 2013


Ryan Coogler to direct sequel to “Rocky”

Move over Italian stallion

Ryan Coogler, who directed "Fruitvale Station" (REVIEW) and Michael B. Jordan, the lead actor from the same film  ("Friday Night Lights"), may be teaming up again soon to make a spin-of of "Rocky," based on the Apollo Creed character and to be centered around the events that took place after "Rocky Balboa" (2006). Creed would therefore be the sequel to the "Rocky" saga. Jordan is to play Creed's ... more >

Drug War

[Original Title: Du Zhan]
Louis Koo, Honglei Sun and Yi Huang
Directed by Johnnie To

A druglord who is a part of a large network gets arrested by the police. He does everything to save his own skin, cooperating with the police and snitching on more powerful individuals in the network--but can he be trusted? Police captain Zhang (Sun Honglei) partners with Timmy Choi (Louis Koo) after the latter is arrested. To avoid the death penalty, Choi agrees to reveal information about his ... more >


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Free Willy’s big comeback

Marking a two-decade anniversary

Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the release of the film "Free Willy," and with the support of the Free Willy-Keiko Foundation, and social media partners The Humane Society of the United States Hollywood Outreach Program and Heal the Bay, filmmaker Theresa Demarest will bring Keiko, the world-famous orca, back to Hollywood for a world premiere screening of "Keiko, the untold story of the ... more >

The Surface | BIZNEWS

Shooting set to start next week

Gil Cates, Jr. will direct and Sean Astin and Chris Mulkey will star in the thriller "The Surface," written by Jeff Gendelman and independently-financed by newcomer Good Note Productions. The film is about two strangers, each at the end of their rope, who suddenly meet in the middle of the unpredictable waters of Lake Michigan following a small plane crash. Principal photography is set to start in ... more >

A resolutely U.S.-friendly festival | DEAUVILLE

J.C. Chandor and Ryan Coogler on tap this year

American cinema is the star at France's Deauville International Festival, which takes place August 30-September 8 in Normandy. John Travolta, Nicolas Cage and Cate Blanchett will be honored this year, as was announced by organizers late last week. Program will include several first-films, including Ryan Coogler's "Fruitvale Station," (see our REVIEW) which already got the Jury's prize at the ... more >

Pacific Rim

The best game in town this year
Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi and Idris Elba
Directed by Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo Del Toro is a kid again and this summer he's invited us into his room. Digging deep within 20th century pop-geek culture while exploring his beasty imagination ("Hellboy 2: the Golden Army"), Del Toro has turned out one of the most unlikely and eery films I've seen in a while. It had to be done, in a way, and he's done just that. And who better than him for the task of convincing us that ... more >