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The official logo for the Dune remake has been revealed. While Warner Bros. didn't intend for the logo to make its way online just yet, it was shown at a recent convention in France and several people in attendance took photos that were posted to Reddit and have since been spread across social media. It is difficult to put Pandora back into the box, so the image is out there in the world and, while not too revealing, the logo itself is rather interesting.
In the image that has surfaced online, the title is positioned, rather fittingly, over a sand dune. The lettering is where things get interesting, as they have decided to use a U shape to form all of the letters in the title. For the E at the end, they have used a lens flare effect to create the dash in the middle of the letter, so it doesn't read as DUNC. Since the movie isn't scheduled to come out until December, we probably won't be getting a more official look, such as a trailer, for at least a few more months. We did get some Dune remake set images not too long ago, but they didn't show much.
Denis Villeneuve, the man behind Arrival, Sicario and Blade Runner 2049, is in the director's chair for this new adaptation of Frank Herbert's legendary sci-fi novel. He describes his version of Dune as a brutal, shocking and scary nightmare. Dune was previously adapted for the big screen by David Lynch, as well as a TV miniseries for SyFy. It seems Warner Bros. hopes that this can become a major, prestigious franchise. A recent, early reaction that surfaced online compared it to The Lord of the Rings, which was certainly encouraging to fans who have been eager to see this story done justice on screen. The first Dune footage screened has gotten an overwhelming response.The cast includes Timothée Chalamet Call Me by Your Name, Rebecca Ferguson Mission: Impossible - Fallout, Oscar Isaac Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Josh Brolin Avengers: Infinity War, Stellan Skarsgard Avengers: Age of Ultron, Dave Bautista Guardians of the Galaxy, Zendaya Spider-Man: Far From Home, David Dastmalchian Ant-Man and the Wasp and Stephen Henderson Lady Bird. Rounding out the ensemble are Charlotte Rampling 45 Years, Jason Momoa Aquaman, Javier Bardem Skyfall and Chang Chen Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts co-wrote the screenplay.
As stacked as the cast is, and as promising as all of the pieces of this puzzle are, this is also a potentially huge risk. Blade Runner 2049 had arguably just as much going for it. Yet, due to its high budget, wound up becoming something of a box office disaster despite the fact that it was one of the most critically praised movies to arrive that year, and those who saw it generally loved it. Will this movie be able to avoid the same pitfalls and find the mass appeal it needs to become a success? Dune is set to hit theaters on December 18 from Warner Bros. Be sure to check out the logo for yourself....
Paul Schrader‘s First Reformed follow-up The Card Counter has some new cast members. We already knew that Oscar Isaac was set to lead the film, and now Schrader himself has confirmed that Willem Dafoe, Tye Sheridan, and Tiffany Haddish will appear as well. This is not your average cast, and that’s pretty exciting. The Card Counter follows “a gambler and former serviceman who sets out to reform a young man seeking revenge on a mutual enemy from their past.”
During an interview with Metrograph, Paul Schrader opened up a bit about his new film The Card Counter:
“But now, in another week, I’m gonna go back to work. I’ve written a new script and I’m making a new film. We’re cast and we’re financed. It’s an original script, very much in the style I like to do. Nice cast. Oscar Isaac is the main guy. Tye Sheridan and Tiffany Haddish. And Willem [Dafoe’s] in it too. I love Tiffany. I’ve never met her, but I was on the phone with her for an hour. She’s a firecracker. It’s like talking to a live-wire connection. She’s very funny and, of course, she makes you funny. When someone’s sharp, that makes you get sharp because you want to keep up. So that’s all good. In my films, I’ll sort of combine two worlds that seem to have nothing to do with each other. In the new one, it’s the world series of poker and Abu Ghraib.”
The Card Counter “follows William Tell Isaac, a gambler and former serviceman who sets out to reform a young man seeking revenge on a mutual enemy from their past. Tell just wants to play cards. His spartan existence on the casino trail is shattered when he is approached by Cirk, a vulnerable and angry young man seeking help to execute his plan for revenge on a military colonel. Tell sees a chance at redemption through his relationship with Cirk. Gaining backing from mysterious gambling financier La Linda, Tell takes Cirk with him on the road, going from casino to casino until the unlikely trio set their sights on winning the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. But keeping Cirk on the straight-and-narrow proves impossible, dragging Tell back into the darkness of his past.”
While HanWay Films has acquired international sales rights to the pic, there’s no domestic release info yet. Schrader even reveals in the interview that both Netflix and Amazon passed on the movie, which is a bit of a bummer. “My new film was turned down by Amazon and Netflix,” he says. “It’s not a question of, you know, ‘They’ll do anything.’ I’m still outside their system.”
Hopefully, Schrader will find a home for The Card Counter soon.
In 1955, Oscar-winning actor Charles Laughton, who appeared in films like Witness for the Prosecution, Mutiny on the Bounty, and Spartacus, stepped behind the camera as a director for the first and only time. The result was The Night of the Hunter, a dark, moody thriller starring Robert Mitchum as a serial killer, and a movie that is beloved by cinephiles and has influenced generations of filmmakers and storytellers. It’s a stone-cold classic: not just one of the best films ever directed by an actor, but a movie that many including the revered film magazine Cahiers du cinéma consider to be one of the best films ever made, period.
So while it’s not exactly surprising to learn that Universal is developing a remake, the news does arrive with the same exhausted sense of, “But…why?” that always accompanies stories like this.The Night of the Hunter Remake
Variety broke the news about the remake, which is described as “a contemporary version of the original thriller, rather than a period piece.” Screenwriter Matthew Orton is developing the movie for Universal Pictures. Orton only has one produced credit to his name thus far: he wrote a 2018 spy thriller called Operation Finale which I have not seen but it looks pretty good. Peter Gethers Lay the Favorite and Amy Pascal Spider-Man: Homecoming, Little Women will serve as producers. Still, knowing how great this movie is makes news about a remake tough to swallow. There are thousands of middling movies with solid premises from the golden era of studio filmmaking – why mess with a classic?
The 1955 film, which is based on a novel by author David Grubb, follows a sociopathic preacher who travels the country marrying women for their money, murdering them, and then moving on to the next town. During a stint in jail, the preacher learns that his cell mate has $10,000 stashed somewhere; after the cell mate dies and the preacher gets out, he goes looking for the money, conning the cell mate’s widow into a relationship and trying to coax the location of the cash out of her two young children.
Mitchum’s preacher becomes increasingly unhinged as his patience wears thin, and his menacing performance scared the hell out of an entire generation of moviegoers, and many people have called The Night of the Hunter one of the scariest films they’ve ever seen. Here’s the very old-fashioned trailer with an introduction by Gremlins filmmaker Joe Dante explaining how it scarred him as a child, followed by a spoiler-heavy video in which Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro talks about how much the film means to him because of the way it blends horror and beauty on screen:
The 2006 Oscars will forever be remembered as the infamous ceremony where “Crash” beat “Brokeback Mountain” for Best Picture. Ang Lee’s groundbreaking gay romance was the critical favorite and it won three of the eight Oscars it was nominated for that year: Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score. Headlining actors Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal both earned Oscar nominations for their performances. The actors were asked to present during the 2007 Oscars telecast, but Gyllenhaal revealed in a recent interview with Another Man magazine via NME that Ledger turned down the opportunity because it would mean making jokes at the expense of the gay “Brokeback” love story.
“I mean, I remember they wanted to do an opening for the Academy Awards that year that was sort of joking about it,” Gyllenhaal said. “And Heath refused. I was sort of at the time, 'Oh, okay... whatever.' I'm always like, ‘It's all in good fun.’ And Heath said, 'It's not a joke to me — I don't want to make any jokes about it.’”
Gyllenhaal, “That's the thing I loved about Heath. He would never joke. Someone wanted to make a joke about the story or whatever, he was like, 'No. This is about love. Like, that's it, man. Like, no.'”
Ledger was nominated in the Best Actor category but lost to “Capote” star Philip Seymour Hoffman. Gyllenhaal lost to George Clooney in “Syriana” for Best Supporting Actor. “Brokeback Mountain” marked the first Oscar nominations for both actors. Ledger would go on to be nominated and win his Oscar in the Best Supporting Actor race for his role as the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight.” Ledger received the Academy Award posthumously. “Brokeback” remains Gyllenhaal’s sole Oscar nomination to date.
Gyllenhaal has previously spoken about Ledger’s disdain for “Brokeback Mountain” jokes, but this is the first time the actor has revealed his late co-star turned down the Oscars. Gyllenhaal told “Today” in July 2019 that “Brokeback” marked a pivotal moment in his career. “It opened tons of doors,” he said. “It was crazy. It was amazing. It's defined my career in different ways. [But the film] is bigger than me...It has become not ours anymore. It's the world's.”
Read Gyllenhaal’s latest interview in its entirety on the Another Man website.