The Iceman is a textbook case of how to take a fascinating true story and make it far duller than it actually ought to be. It can’t quite decide whether it wants to ditch the facts and just be a rollicking story or stick close to the truth in order go deep into reality – and its indecision results in a film that doesn’t seem to know quite what it’s for, other than killing a lot of people. [Read more…]
With Frankenweenie and Paranorman, we may be seeing a resurgence in family films that are meant to be a bit scary, rather than the anaemically nice kid’s movies we’ve had for the last few years. While Tim Burton’s animated movie is never too intense for youngsters, it’s gently creepy and touches on some tough themes, such as learning to come to terms with death.
Victor Frankenstein is a young lad who’s devastated when his beloved pet dog, Sparky, is run over by a car and killed. Unable to accept his pooch’s untimely demise, Victor comes up with an incredible plan to use electricity to bring the animal back to life. Miraculously it works, although Victor realises he must keep the revived Sparky a secret. [Read more…]
Winona Ryder has joined Jason Statham and James Franco in the cast of Homefront for director Gary Fleder, who will be working from a script by none other that Sylvester Stallone (it isn’t known if he’ll be starring in the film himself), according to THR.
The movie is about an ex-DEA agent (Statham), who moves to a small town in search of some peace. His quiet life doesn’t last for long, after he clashes with a nefarious meth dealer named Gator (James Franco). Winona Ryder will play a former biker who is associated with Gator. Child actor Izabela Vidovic is also on board as the DEA agent’s daughter.
The script is adapted from a novel by Chuck Logan. Shooting is scheduled to begin September 24th in New Orleans.
Winona Ryder must have enjoyed being involved in the weirdness of Black Swan, as it seems she wants to make her own version, although with less of a budget, and James Franco making one of his lightly random appearances. Winona stars as a playwright, who begins to mentally unravel before premiere night. She is plagued by dreams and visions of being watched, but cannot decide if she is at the centre of a manipulative plot or simply losing her grip on reality.
After more than a year of trying to pull things together, The Iceman is finally getting ready to shoot, although there’s had to be a bit of a cast shuffle, with Deadline reporting that Winona Ryder will step in for Maggie Gyllenhaal in the movie.
The project is a fact-based film about Richard Kuklinski (Michael Shannon), a serial killer whose homicidal urgings found the perfect outlet when the mob called upong him to become a Mafia hitman. He earned his nickname by freezing the bodies of his victims, disguising the time of death, and throwing police off-track.
Ryder will play Kuklinski’s wife, Deborah, who was unaware that he was a contract killer and thought her hubby was a businessman. Maggie Gyllenhaal was originally down for the role, and it’s not clear why she’s left. Chris Evans will also star, playing Kulinski’s protege, Robert Pronge. Ariel Vromen will be directing from a screenplay co-written with Morgan Land, based a Anthony Bruno book “The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer”.
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