always hard to break into the movie business. For each of the lucky few who
make it, there are 1000s that struggle to get their voice heard, their script
read, or their film taken notice of.
it’s fantastic to see that a few of the industries finest have banded together
to give their name and their time to a brilliant new initiative called Openfilm.
heavyweights James Caan, Robert Duvall, as well as director Mark Rydell and
actor Scott Caan form the advisory board to a company that will showcase the
brightest and best in emerging new film-makers.
advantage of the massive interest of online digital distribution trends, Openfilm
will provide a platform for new films to be shared, commented on and have
personal feedback from industry legends.
video content delivery system is one of the industry’s finest and most robust,
offering viewers unparalleled viewing clarity, even when opting for standard
over 4500 short films already loaded on the site, there’s no shortage of
incredible material to view and comment on, with more to come – all vetted for
quality before they are uploaded.
of the board James Caan is justly proud of the initiative, “At Openfilm, we’re
here to mentor the undiscovered talent who will carry forth our passion to
entertain and inspire through the powerful medium of film. So please join us
for an entertaining and fruitful journey.”
an angry time in America. Tea Partiers, Olbermann, Palin, Wall Street villains,
an endless war in Afghanistan, mercenaries in Congress, flying terrorists, high
unemployment and Twitter-addicted freaks.
it’s either a perfect time to bring out a remake of George Romero’s 1973 horror
classic The Crazies, or the timing is
really curious, if this mainstream horror reboot’s aim is to encourage viewers
to “enjoy some surprises and maybe forget their troubles for a couple hours,”
says one of the producers, Rob Cowan. The movie opens in North America today.
dramatic irony floating over the film – in which a small, idyllic Midwestern
town descends into violence and mayhem when a water-born toxin infects half the
population – might be the question whether Americans even need the excuse of a crazy-making virus to descend into anarchy.
Aren’t we on the tipping point already?
leave that for viewers to discuss. Meanwhile, this remake from Overture Films features
Timothy Olyphant (Live Free or Die Hard),
Radha Mitchell (Silent Hill) and is
directed by Breck Eisner (Sahara).
The writers, Scott Kosar and Ray Wright, have reportedly updated Romero’s
original concept from being told from the point of view of the townsfolk to the
husband and wife team of David and Judy (Olyphant and Mitchell).
In late breaking news, Disney and Odeon theatres have brokered a mutually agreeable deal that will result in Odeon backing off its threat to boycott the Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland from its theater chain in the UK and certain other countries. The dispute was over Odeon's protest about Disney's plan to release the film on DVD a scant 12 weeks after its theatrical premiere. Details were not discussed, and the DVD release is going as planned, so one wonders just what Odeon got from the deal. Click here for more.