Blog Posts by Will Perkins

  • A ‘Sixth Sense’ reunion? M. Night Shyamalan and Bruce Willis reuniting for ‘Labor of Love’

    M. Night Shyamalan and Bruce Willis in 2013. (Getty Images)

    When filmmakers fall on hard times, it’s not uncommon for them to return to their roots.

    After a string of big budget failures, that’s exactly what “After Earth” director M. Night Shyamalan appears to be doing for his next project. According to Deadline, Shyamalan is set to reunite with actor Bruce Willis, the star of arguably the director’s two best movies: "The Sixth Sense" and "Unbreakable."

    The new film, appropriately titled “Labor of Love,” follows a man (Willis) who sets out on a cross country trek of the United States after the death of his wife. The movie is reportedly based on a script that Shyamalan sold early in his career and, much like his first two films, will probably be set and shot in Philadelphia where the director grew up. Given his recent, more fantastical work, “Labor of Love” is about as "back to basics" as Shyamalan can possibly get.

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  • Meg Ryan to reunite with Tom Hanks in her directorial debut, ‘Ithaca’

    Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks together again? Is it 1998 all of a sudden?

    Obviously, it’s no longer the 1990s, but the erstwhile rom-com queen and king aren't going to let a little thing like the decade keep them apart.

    According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ryan and Hanks (the stars of modern rom-com classics like “Sleepless in Seattle” and “You've Got Mail”) are set to re-team for “Ithaca,” an adaptation of William Saroyan's 1943 novel “The Human Comedy.” The movie will also be Ryan’s directorial debut.

    Despite the novel's title, “Ithaca” will not be a romantic comedy. The movie centres on a young bike messenger named Homer Macauley, who is left to care for his family while his older brother is off fighting in the war. Ryan and Hanks will star opposite Sam Shepard, Melanie Griffith, and Jack Quaid (Ryan's son with ex-husband Dennis Quaid).

    "Ithaca" will be Ryan and Hanks' fourth collaboration, and the first time the two have shared the big screen in 16 years. In addition to 1992's "Sleepless

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  • The Toronto International Film Festival tightens rules for movie premieres

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    After having big movie premieres like “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Argo,” “Gravity,” and “12 Years a Slave” scooped up by the rival Telluride Film Festival just days before their Canadian debut, the organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival are giving an ultimatum to studios and filmmakers: If you want your movie to premiere at TIFF, steer clear of the Colorado-based film fest.

    “All films playing in the first four days of the festival must be world premiere or North American premieres," TIFF Artistic Director Cameron Bailey told Indiewire on Tuesday. "'World premiere' means the first public screening of the film anywhere in the world. 'North American premiere' means the first public screening anywhere in Canada, the United States or Mexico. Invited films that screen elsewhere in North America prior to their Toronto screening will be scheduled from the Monday of our festival onward. In additional the festival's Opening Night film must be a world premiere. The closing night film

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  • Cinema owners want spoiler-free movie trailers

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    Have you ever watched a trailer for a movie and thought, “That just gave the whole movie away”?

    Being spoiled by movie trailers is an increasingly common problem for moviegoers, and it’s an issue that only seems to be getting worse as film budgets get bigger. Studios rely on trailers to put butts in seats for a film’s all-important first weekend, which means that a flashy, $20 million visual effects shot is definitely going to end up in the trailer, even if it should have been saved for opening night.

    That could change very soon, though.

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  • ‘Snow White’ director Rupert Sanders to take on live-action ‘Ghost in the Shell’ remake?

    For years, Dreamworks has been been trying to get a Hollywood version of the cult animated film “Ghost in the Shell” off the ground. The studio has already gone through several screenwriters (including “Shutter Island” scribe Laeta Kalogridis and “The Hoax” writer William Wheeler), but now appears to be zeroing in on a director.

    According to Deadline, “Snow White and the Huntsman” director Rupert Sanders is being tapped by Dreamworks to adapt the 1995 Japanese anime classic. Sanders currently has a number of projects in development, but the lure of a Steven Spielberg-produced “Ghost” remake is probably enough to put those on hold.

    Sci-fi movies have been hugely influenced by the classic anime film over the past 20 years, so it's no surprise that Hollywood are finally attempting to tackle the property. The Wachowskis have repeatedly cited the film as being a huge influence on “The Matrix” movies, and countless other filmmakers have been shaped by the cyberpunk police thriller.

    Here are

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  • ‘The Trip to Italy’ clip: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon mock ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

    Even if you missed director Michael Winterbottom’s fantastic 2010 movie “The Trip,” you likely saw this viral clip of stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon having a hilarious Michael Caine impersonation contest. As seen above, the pair are back for another round of Caine-personation (plus some Christian Bale and Tom Hardy) in the first clip from the sequel, “The Trip to Italy.”

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  • Scrap-happy studios cancelling movies left and right

    Nicole Kidman in "Grace of Monaco."

    Once a film has already been made, it’s very rare for a movie studio to cancel the release -- especially a high-profile one. But that’s exactly what has happened this week, with not one but two upcoming movies!

    Just a few months before their respective releases, The Weinstein Company's "Grace of Monaco” (a biopic of Grace Kelly starring Nicole Kidman) and Universal's "Stretch" (a comedy thriller starring Patrick Wilson and directed by Joe Carnahan) have both been unexpectedly pulled from the release calendar.

    The two films were canned for very different reasons.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, the issue with “Grace of Monaco” stems from a dispute between the studio and director Olivier Dahan over suggested changes and cuts. Sources have also cited the fact that Dahan hasn’t delivered the final version the movie to TWC yet, something that would have made creating a marketing campaign for its original March 14 release nearly impossible.

    Patrick Wilson and Chris Pine on the set of "Stretch" in 2013. (Splash Images)

    As for “Stretch,” Universal apparently just

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  • ‘Her’ is a very different movie with the voice of Philip Seymour Hoffman

    "Her" trailer plus Philip Seymour Hoffman from Richard Trammell on Vimeo.

    Spike Jonze’s latest film “Her” is a touching movie about a love affair between a man and his computer. The success of this Oscar-nominated romance hinges on the relationship between loner Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) and his inquisitive Operating System (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) - and, more precisely, the performances of the film’s two lead actors.

    But what if the role of Samantha were played by someone else? Someone about as unlike Johnasson as you could possibly get? Video editor/VFX guy Richard Trammell (the same guy who put together the brilliant Tyler Durdenless "Fight Club" video) has re-edited the trailer for Jonze's film, replacing Johansson's smoky computer voice with that of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman (“The Master,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”). The results are predictably hilarious, mostly due to the straight-faced and heartfelt reactions of Phoenix's character to Hoffman's unhinged

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  • Netflix promises to rile up customers over Net Neutrality ruling

    AP Photo/Elise AmendolaIf big American internet service providers get their way, how you watch movies on streaming services like Netflix and how much you pay for those services could be changing very soon.

    Last week, a landmark court ruling put an end to Net Neutrality rules in the United States. The Net Neutrality rules were put in place by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2010 to ensure that internet service providers (ISPs) couldn’t charge customers more money for preferred access to certain websites and services like Netflix or degrade service for those who didn’t pay the premium. Net Neutrality is seen by many online advocates as the key to keeping the internet open, free, and available to everyone. Without such rules, companies can and likely will charge customers more for the right to access sites like Facebook and services like Netflix.

    Unsurprisingly, it was U.S. telecom giant Verizon (which is both a cable TV company and ISP) that appealed the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules, opening the

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  • Quentin Tarantino scraps ‘Hateful Eight’ western after script leak ‘betrayal’

    “Django Unchained” director Quentin Tarantino is, for lack of a better term, a very passionate guy.

    The filmmaker usually channels that enthusiasm into his on-screen endeavours: ultraviolent, pop culture-infused movies like “Pulp Fiction,” “Kill Bill” and “Inglourious Basterds,” but occasionally that famed fervor of his gets directed elsewhere. Sometimes the paparazzi are on the receiving end, other times it’s entertainment reporters, but in the wake of his new western script “The Hateful Eight” leaking online Tarantino has turned his attention toward Hollywood.

    Quentin Tarantino is scrapping his western 'Hateful Eight' after a script leak. (Getty Images) “I’m very, very depressed,” Tarantino told Deadline when he learned about the script leak. “I finished a script, a first draft, and I didn’t mean to shoot it until next winter, a year from now. I gave it to six people, and apparently it’s gotten out today.”

    In fact, Tarantino is so upset by the “Hateful Eight” screenplay leaking that he’s now decided to throw in the towel on the project altogether.

    “I gave it to one of the

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