Doc Talk is a biweekly column devoted to documentary cinema, typically featuring an essay concentrated on a currently relevant topic for discussion followed by critic picks for new theatrical and home video releases. This week’s focus is on some of the films that screened at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.
With the presidential election only a month away, it’s time for movies tackling important national issues to… Continue reading Pictures of Health: Six Current Documentaries Tackle the Medical Issue
After the confusing prequel-ness of last weekend’s The Thing remake, Real Steel’s Shawn Levy is ready to tackle his next big project and — you guessed it — it’s a prequel. The Three Misfortunes of Geppetto by Michael Vukadinovich has been picked up by Fox, and Levy is now directing the “fresh way into the Pinocchio story.” No, this isn’t the same film as that live-action Pinocchio project being developed
Director Zack Snyder isn’t exactly known for helming compelling dramas aiming for critical acclaim, but perhaps the filmmaker is turning over a new leaf. Snyder is now set to team up with Christian Bale and Sean Penn on The Last Photograph.
The film, which tells the tale of two men who are inspired to travel to Afghanistan after seeing a photograph, has been in… Continue reading Directing Gigs: Zack Snyder to Tackle Afghan War Pic, and Paul Schrader to Helm Shark Hostage Tale 'Bait'
Stuart Beattie is now attached to direct Lakeshore’s I, Frankenstein , according to a story at The Hollywood Reporter .
Beattie is primarily known as a writer, having worked on such films as 30 Days of Night , G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl . He will both direct and rewrite the script (from Kevin Grevious, who is executive producing)… Continue reading Stuart Beattie to Tackle I, Frankenstein
Casey Abrams didn’t need any help from his friends to shine on “American Idol.” . . The quirky 20-year-old film camp counselor from Idyllwild … Continue reading 'American Idol' singers tackle their own idols