According the THR the BBC and The Weinstein Company are moving ahead on a biopic about Laurel and Hardy, which is to be penned by Jeff Pope (Philomena). The 90-minute film, “Stan and Ollie,” tells the story of the duo’s 1953 U.K. tour at the end of their careers. The tour which was meant to provide light relief for the pair who faced declining popularity and personal issues after having made 106 films together ended in disaster when Oliver Hardy suffered a heart attack. The cast will be confirmed at a later date.
The story goes that after Hardy suffered a heart attack, he tried to carry on performing on the tour, but it became clear that he was too ill. Laurel was offered the chance to perform alone, but refused. Hardy died shortly thereafter.
This is sure to make a lot of L&H fans happy that the legacy is being kept alive and looks to be in good hands. You could spend days on YouTube with these guys, and you probably should.
A new banner poster for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has popped up, revealing Spidey facing off against three villain in Time Square. Wait, three? Haven’t they learned anything? When has jamming multiple villains into a film ever worked out? Mind you, it could just be that Electro is the main villain and the other two only appear in the beginning and end of the film.
I won’t spoil the identity of the villains in question, even though it’s already all over the place, so I’ll throw the poster up after the jump!
New Trailer for Spike Jonze’s HER Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, and Scarlett Johansson’s Voice
Here is a new trailer for director Spike Jonze’s upcoming romantic drama Her which has been generating a lot of buzz out of its New York Film Fest premiere.
The story revolves around Joaquin Phoenix who falls in love with his operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson. It looks like Jonze could be channeling Charlie Kaufman here with his latest, and there’s nothing wrong with that. The film looks great, funny and relevant to our times even.
The film also stars Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, and Olivia Wilde.
Her opens in limited release on December 18th and expands wide on January 10th, watch the trailer below:
It’s that holiday season again, although if you didn’t know it you’d think it had started right after Halloween…WRONG! Wait for the gosh forsaken month people. Folks in my neighbourhood had their Christmas lights up in early November and I know someone else who had their tree up around the same time! It’s madness I tells ya, madness.
Anyway, we here at City of Films want to do our part to help out. Perhaps you’re acquainted with some lovers of cinema, maybe you’re dating or married to one. Whatever the relationship may be, sometimes it’s hard to figure out just what to get them. So in a first EVER coming together of all the contributing members of The City of Films…we present…The City of Films Super Happy Christmas Gift Guide!
We’ve each chosen a handful of items that we would want for Christmas, all movie related of course, and where you can find them. Some of the items will be regular easy to obtain items and others might be the ones we’d get if we won the lottery. We hope at least one of these items might give you an idea for those hard to buy for individuals, so without further ado…lets get to it!
Well today is the first day of December, and we all know what that means. Retailers start blasting Christmas music, it gets a little bit colder, and for myself (being located in the Pacific Northwest) the threat of a minor sprinkling of snow looms. So it only felt right that the animated short film Tuurngait is my first review of the month. Created by a group of five students as part of their final project, it has been at approximately 50 festivals and won 9 awards. Not bad for a student project!
Tuurngait tells the story of an Inuit child who wanders away from his home after being fascinated by a wild bird. While chasing the bird his father notices him missing and is out to rescue his son. The animation and texturing is fantastic with a huge attention to detail. It took approximately a year to make this make this film and it really shows in the quality of the presentation. There is a complete lack of dialogue yet this touching father/son story is presented well.
At approximately 6 minutes in length, Tuurngait is a heartwarming tale and something you could fully expect to see ahead of a major Pixar presentation at your local cinema. Take a peak after the jump!
Sad news tonight as it has been reported that Paul Walker has died, he was 40. According to Walker’s official Facebook page, he was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives in a tragic accident. Walker was attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.
The actor/producer starred in a lot of movies (check out Running Scared) but was best known as Brian O’Conner in the Fast & Furious franchise. I never saw the guy in an ugly spotlight like a lot of young celebrities growing up in movies. He came across as a down to earth actor, this is a real loss for the community where that’s hard to find. We will provide updates on his current ongoing productions as they are reported.
Our condolences go out to Mr. Walker’s family and friends.
Here’s the post from Walker’s Facebook page:
It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences. – #TeamPW
And here’s the statement from Universal Pictures, the studio behind the Fast & Furious series:
“All of us at Universal are heartbroken. Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the FAST AND FURIOUS films, and to countless fans. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul’s family.”
Yes you read that right. The Complete Series of Frasier for $49.99. That’s under $5 a season. Amazon.ca just put this set in their Lightening Deals section. It was over $200 a few minutes ago so this is quite the savings indeed. The Lightening Deal is on for the next 12 hours, although they can sell out at any time and I doubt this set will last that long as it is already fast approaching the 20% claimed mark.
This would be a wonderful gift for any Frasier/sitcom loving individual and I can safely say that you won’t find a price quite like this again for a good long while.
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Editors Note: Earlier this month Breezy joined the CoF team and good for us because now we can exploit her talents all over the site. Her blog entries at Philosofreaky make for some fantastic reading, you can read an excerpt below from her latest:
Well, how about that? One of the things on my #30Before30 list is to catch-up on all that is Dr. Who and a recent update to Netflix has answered my request! Yesterday, I started watching the first episode of the 2005 update to Dr. Who and less than 24 hours later, I am already about to embark on the tenth episode.
Over the last few months since deciding to add #DrWho to my #30Before30, I’ve ‘polled’ Dr. Who fans to get an idea of what year/season of the long-running series I should start with and almost everyone said 2005. I realize that I’m probably missing out on some amazing original doctors, but to a newbie, starting in 2005 is a little less daunting for now.
I admit – most of my life went by without my having ever heard of Dr. Who. I learned recently that my Mum watched it in her day but it wasn’t something that was passed down to me – unlike Monty Python, AbFab, and most other British comedies. It wasn’t until, well, what feels like my last year or so on Twitter and blogging that Dr. Who has come up. It started with keywords that I heard or read being tossed about… Tardis namely, so I learned things along the way without ever having any idea what it was about. After meeting new friends and elaborating my geek-resume, it became apparent that I was missing out on something and this something, was something I wanted to check out.
For those who are unawares, Dr. Who is a British TV series that originally began in 1963 and aired until 1989 before it was re-created in 2005 and continues to run today. Obviously, different actors have played the main role over time; The ‘Doctor’ is a humanoid alien who travels the universe in a time machine (the Tardis), which is written into the show each time a change occurs. There have been eleven Doctors altogether…
Read the rest of this entry at www.philosofreaky.com.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our American readers! It’s going to be a slow news day, so I will put extra effort into this weekend preview. I might even spell check, no promises. It’s the last weekend in November, so our Fall and Holiday Movie Guide has a few more weeks of relevance, get in on it.
This movie likely doesn’t stray too far from the Disney formula, but with beautiful animation and stronger than usual writing, this flick might be a very big surprise for a lot of people. If you enjoyed The Princess and the Frog (underrated) and Tangled, you should check this one out. Will it top Catching Fire from the top of the box office? Place your bets!
I really want this to be good. It’s the first movie in a long time that Spike Lee has done without talking too much about it, and the less he talks the better if you ask me. The remake wasn’t necessary, but here we are; the trailers and posters are great and Josh Brolin always delivers. Cross your fingers.
The action movie from 1995 you liked so much is back! Sylvester Stallone wrote this and James Franco took a break from the arts to star. America!
A retelling of the classic Nativity story and contender for worst title ever (both the play and movie).
The Walking Dead (Sunday, AMC) – It’s the last episode until February and by all accounts the zombie brains should be hitting the fan this weekend. It’s been building for two episodes now, and it just has to leave us satisfied. If not, we will still watch won’t we?
Quentin Tarantino is sticking to the Western genre it seems, and there isn’t anything wrong with that. During an interview on The Tonight Show, Tarantino said:
“I haven’t told anyone this publicly, but I will say the genre: It’s a western,” but wouldn’t go into any more details other than to say, it wouldn’t be a sequel to Django Unchained. Tarantino explained, “I had so much fun doing Django, and I love westerns so much that after I taught myself how to make one, it’s like ‘OK! Let me make another one now that I know what I’m doing.”
That’s about as chatty QT can get on his movies isn’t it? Watch the clip below: