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This Week In Movie History…

August 15th is a very significant date in the history of film…for two reasons. We’ll cover them here in order by date, but both are, no doubt, some of the most memorable advances in movies and storytelling.

On August 15, 1934, director Christy Cabanne (The Mummy’s Hand, Scared to Death) released the first audio-visual film adaptation of Charlotte Bronte‘s famous novel Jane Eyre. Excluding the popularity of the novel, the film was part of a series of classic-literary adaptations produced by Monogram Pictures between 1933-1934. Four classic 19th-century novels were all made into big-screen adaptations that featured sound, a new technology for the era. The novels were Oliver Twist, Black Beauty, Jane Eyre, and The Moonstone. Cabanne was well-known at the time as a silent film director, but was also beginning to indulge in sound-projects. For the movie, which only runs a total of 62 minutes, the studio recruited actors Colin Clive, best known for the role of Dr. Frankenstein in the original 1931 James Whales’ classic, and newcomer Virginia Bruce (Born to Dance, The Invisible Woman) to star as Jane Eyre. Oscar-nominated screenwriter Adele Comandini (Beyond Tomorrow, Three Smart Girls) to adapt Bronte’s novel for the film (which admittedly must have been a challenge considering Jane Eyre runs for a total of 38 chapters with 400+ pages in most publications).

Also on August 15th, but in 1979, Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather, The Conversation) released his world-renowned masterpiece, Apocalypse Now. The film is famous not only for its cinematic brilliance, but also for its whirlwind of a production Continue reading

Sin City 2 To Hit Theaters This August, Sin City 3 Already In The Works

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Director Robert Rodriquez is nearly finished adding all the special effects for the upcoming, long awaited sequel to Sin City, A Dame To Kill For, and the film should be able to honor its scheduled August 22nd release date. The original film from Rodriquez and graphic novelist Frank Miller came out in 2005 and featured an all-star cast that includes Bruce Willis, Benicio Del Toro, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Josh Hartnett, Clive Owen, Elijah Wood, and Mickey Rourke. The film was highly recognized at the Cannes Film Festival for its groundbreaking visual effects and cinematography, and with the new film taking so long in post-production, we must be in for even more mind-blowing visuals. The sequel will reunite most of the original cast, and will also add some new faces to the mix, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Josh Brolin, Jeremy Piven, and Ray Liotta. Miller and Rodriquez are also already talking about how to approach part 3, but until A Dame To Kill For is released and box office numbers come in, the fate of a third installment has yet to be determined.

Guy Ritchie Could Direct Upcoming King Arthur Project For Warner Bros.

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Warner Bros. is currently trying to get a new King Arthur project off the ground, and now may have Guy Ritchie behind the camera. The director’s last big screen project was Sherlock Holmes and its sequel, A Game of Shadows, with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. He is currently wrapping up production on The Man From “U.N.C.L.E.” with actors Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) and Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger). The movie follows a CIA agent who teams up with a KGB operative to stop a mysterious organization from mass developing nuclear weapons in the 1960s Cold War era. Ritchie had an Arthur project in the works with Warner Bros. back in 2010, but the project never made it into full production. The studio also decided to drop a remake of Excalibur, a film by director John Boorman which was released in 1981, as well as another project by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers). The new project with Ritchie may be the first in a series of six films, although there are no reports confirming this information. The last Arthur project that hit Hollywood was King Arthur (2004) with Clive Owen and Keira Knightley which was distributed by Touchstone Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer. The new film is being produced by Akiva Goldsman and Lionel Wigram and will be written by Joby Harold. We’ll look for news of a first draft, if the project does ever make it off the ground.

Sin City Sequel Set For August 2014

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Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez have kept audiences waiting for a sequel to their blockbuster hit Sin City, based on Miller’s graphic novel of the same name. The film included an all star cast including Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson, Jessica Alba, and Clive Owen and reports have indicated that Willis and Rourke will be returning to reprise their roles in the upcoming sequel. Some new names will also be taking on new roles including Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Jeremy Piven, and the film has been set for an August 22nd release date for 2014. There have been some recent changes to the project, including the name being switched from Sin City: A Dame to Kill For to Sin City: A Dame to Die For, which may or may not have some influence on the plot, but with Miller and Rodriguez on the project I doubt fans have anything to worry about as far as disappointment goes.