December 09, 2016

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Review: ‘Predators’ is a worthy follow-up that’s almost as good as the original film

HollywoodNews.com: Not for nothing, but ever since the original was released in 1987, it’s felt a little bit like the Predator series has spent much of its time chasing the tail, sometimes literally, of Alien. And after 23 years, two follow-ups and two crossover films, it finally has a second installment that lives up to, and develops the story of the original in much the same way James Cameron’s Aliens did Ridley’s Scott’s Alien. But even though it’s the collective nostalgia of the best of both of those series that drives Nimrod Antal’s intended direct sequel to the 1987 original, Predators is nevertheless a gloriously entertaining movie that qualifies as quite possibly the best fan-service sequel of all time, and one of my favorite films of the summer.
The film practically defines in medias res as it opens with Adrien Brody’s character, Royce, free-falling from an unseen, unknown aircraft towards a vivid, green landscape that seems in an equal hurry to swallow him up. After landing gracelessly in the jungle below, Royce discovers that he’s not the only warrior to be subjected to such unceremonious treatment: there’s drug cartel henchman Cuchillo (Danny Trejo); Nikolai (Oleg Taktarov), a minigun-wielding member of the Russian Special Forces; ex-con Stans (Walton Goggins); African death squad soldier Mombasa (Mahershalalhashbaz Ali); strong, silent Yakuza member Hanzo (Louis Ozawa Changchien); Israeli defense force veteran Isabelle (Alice Braga); and Edwin (Topher Grace), a quick-witted doctor who seems dangerously out of place among these trained killers.
Before long, they encounter Noland (Laurence Fishburne), an eccentric loner with some crazy ideas about the occupants of the jungle, and his new companions’ place in the pecking order. Slowly realizing that they haven’t merely been kidnapped, but recruited to participate in a deadly hunt where they’re the prey, Royce and the others band together to figure out where they are, who’s hunting them, and most importantly, how to survive.

Other than reviving Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character Dutch, Predators has just about every single thing I could imagine wanting in a sequel to the original Predator. Screenwriters Alex Litvak and Michael Finch more or less reconstruct the bifurcated military-sci-fi script for the original in a similar but just-different-enough location, insert a colorful ensemble of formidable, unique and interesting characters, and then unleash irresistible forces on unmoveable objects. Suffice it to say that much like in McTiernan’s ’87 film, the deck is stacked against the humans in favor […]

“Star Wars,” Indiana Jones and Marilyn Monroe part of massive Hollywood auction

Hollywoodnews.com: We place a lot of emphasis on modern Hollywood. Which Jonas brother is cutest? Who is Paris Hilton dating? What did Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and the “Twilight” cast eat for lunch yesterday. But it’s important that we remember Hollywood’s past every now and again.
With that in mind, Profile’s In History will be conducting a massive online auction of vintage Hollywood memorabilia, and one of the items on the block is Marilyn Monroe’s iconic pink satin gown from the “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” sequence in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” The auction will be held June 10-12.
The gown was worn by the late bombshell in her role of Lorelei Lee. It was later used (or, a replica, at least) by Madonna in her “Material Girl” video. The dress is estimated to sell for between $150,000 and $250,000.
That’s not the only item of note in the auction, however. Several “Wizard of Oz” items will be auctioned off, including Margaret Hamilton’s infamous, black “Wicked Witch of the West” hat, which is estimated to sell between $100,000 and 150,000.
Also included is an extensive collection of Elvis Presley clothing, jewelry and personal effects, including his stage used guitar he gave to Norman Taurog (who directed Elvis in numerous films); a collection of stop-motion puppets and props from Tim Burton’s “A Nightmare Before Christmas;” “Star Wars” items from Academy Award-nominated producer Gary Kurtz’s collection, including Darth Vader’s light saber ($60,000 to $80,000), Princess Leia’s blaster ($20,000 to $30,000) and Yoda’s hero cane ($12,000 to $15,000), all three from “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.”
Additional highlights from this massive summer auction include:
Johnny Depp’s signature scissorhand gloves from Edward Scissorhands $15,000-20,000 and a “Jack Sparrow” jacket from Pirates of the Caribbean $8,000-12,000;
Julie Andrews’ signature “Mary Poppins” carpet bag from Mary Poppins $10,000-12,000;
Fess Parker’s iconic coon skin cap from Daniel Boone $10,000-12,000;
Clayton Moore’s trademark “Lone Ranger” mask with gloves from The Lone Ranger $12,000-15,000;
Marilyn Monroe test footprints and signature set in cement from Grauman’s Chinese Theatre $30,000-50,000;
An original screen-used “Jeannie” bottle from I Dream of Jeannie $15,000-20,000;
Michael Jackson’s handwritten signed lyrics to “Beat It,” $4,000-6,000;
Steve McQueen rifle from The Magnificent Seven $12,000-15,000;
Bruce Lee’s signature “Kato” hat from The Green Hornet $12,000-15,000;
An H.R. Giger hero screen-used Alien creature head from Alien $40,000-50,000;
A screen-used animatronic Predator mask and costume from […]

Russell Crowe, Ridley Scott talk ‘Robin Hood,’ Alien prequels, and ‘Gladiator 3-D’

By Todd Gilchrist
HollywoodNews.com: A decade after Ridley Scott resuscitated his career and more or less launched Russell Crowe’s with Gladiator, the duo reunites for Robin Hood, an origin story of the infamous 12th century bandit. Having worked together three times in between these particular bookends, the two seem now to get along like an old married couple – at least evidenced by the way they often finished each other’s thoughts during a recent interview. But what obviously makes their longtime partnership work best is not their ability to anticipate just what the other might say, but to understand what each one does best, which is why their latest film seems to resonate the most strongly of their collaborations thus far.
Hollywood News recently joined a small coterie of journalists to speak with Crowe and Scott at the Los Angeles press day for Robin Hood. In addition to discussing their work together, they revealed the often-discussed but little-understood development process that went in to finding the film’s story, offered their opinions on the use of 3-D technology, and talked about Scott’s next project, a pair of prequels to his 1979 film Alien.
[Note: Although “Hollywood News” is used to distinguish questions from answers in the text below, our journalist was just one of many reporters asking questions of the filmmakers.]
Hollywood News: (Waiting for Russell Crowe) Ridley, we were talking about how excited we are for your next project.

Ridley Scott: Alien, yeah. We’re doing that now. We’re on the fourth draft. It’s alright; it’s really good…Of course, it’ll be 3-D.
Hollywood News: Will you be using the same technology Cameron used to shoot Avatar?

Scott: No, I think we’ve already moved beyond. Jim said that this technique, which had taken them four years, he’d said that now you could do it in two. Technology’s shifting all the time. I could have converted Robin Hood. They’d said last October, I could have squeezed it under the hammer and got it in as a 3-D version of Robin Hood.
Hollywood News: Given your visual style do you have to make a lot of changes to compose shots in 3-D?

Scott: It’s not that different. People always agonize whether it’s 1.85 or 2.35 and I don’t really give a shit. If you’ve got an eye, it’s not a problem. If you don’t have any eye, then it turns into science.
Hollywood News: 3-D requires a lot more light, and […]

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