The dedication J.J. Abrams‘ exudes in his storytelling is, by now, so well-known and so well-documented that it’s officially turned into an unfunny joke. Which, of course, means it’d be a little tired to say, for instance, that this new project is so secret we won’t even know what it’s about after it hits. Because, you see…
Anyway, we’ve heard from Variety that Bad Robot and Paramount have made the move to acquire a spec script from Matt Stuecken and Josh Campbell, which is only summarized as “a [low-budget] contained thriller with sci-fi elements.” That could, in all reality, mean almost anything, so any interest on my part will have to stem directly from a simple trust of Abrams‘ taste and sensibilities — a few big missteps in his filmography obviously notwithstanding. Because, boy, that logline sure isn’t giving us anything, and I’m not going to bother reading a lot into it for the time being.
Could something special lie in this project, or can we not make any real judgement right now?
With this year’s Cannes Film Festival halfway done, one of the clear highlights is Coens‘ 1960′s-set folk music tale Inside Llewyn Davis. Profiling a down on his luck musician (Oscar Isaac), whose natural talent indicates he is destined for success, the film is a vivid portrait of what it means to be a starving artist. In [...]
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, staff writer Danny King, associate editor Nick Newman and I review J.J. Abram‘s new entry in his flagship franchise, Star Trek Into Darkness. Before that, though, we run down our top 3 most-anticipated films of the Cannes Film Festival. Finally, we take a look at the [...]
There is truly something magical when you combine the French Riviera, the global film market and thousands of hungry filmgoers and critics. The end result is what has come to be known as the most prestigious film festival in the world, the Cannes Film Festival, currently in its 66th iteration. This is my third year [...]
The Archive is a collection of cinephile-friendly findings around the web, including rare or never-before-seen photos, interviews, footage or any other bits related to classic or independent cinema. If you have any suggestions, feel free to e-mail in or tweet to @TheFilmStage. Check out the rundown below. Above, an unused Taxi Driver poster made for SpokeArt’s Martin [...]
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