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Dance into the Fire: Five Things You May Not Have Heard About This Week

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | August 18, 2013 | Comments ()


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Important Stuffitude.


5. Darren Negotiated to Direct Red Sparrow.

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With Noah in post-production, Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler, Requiem for a Dream) already has his eye on a new project—the adaptation of Jason Matthews’ (a 33 year CIA veteran) spy thriller. Red Sparrow follows Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova, a “sparrow” (aka “seductress”) assigned to get close to a CIA officer who in turn, covers an important Russian agent—with a chase extending from Moscow to Helsinki, Washington D.C., and Athens. With the right female lead, this could be brilliant…just please, not Natalie Portman.


4. We Got a Taste of the Disney Imagineering Documentary.

Leslie Iwerks (Citizen Hearst, The Pixar Story, Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible) turns her attention to Walt and Co. and the creation and construction of Disneyland, EPCOT, and Disney’s California Adventure. The endlessly fascinating look at how some of our favorite attractions came into (and continue to enter) existence is expected to also feature footage of newer parks (Disneyland Shanghai) and attractions (Star Wars exhibitions at Disneyland’s Tomorrowland and Hollywood Studios [FL], Ratatouille ride [Disneyland Paris], and Avatar at Animal Kingdom); thus, we’ll not see the finished product until 2016.

3. John Crowley’s Closed Circuit Trailer Hit the Street.

With a script by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) and stars like Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Jim Broadbent, Riz Ahmed, Ciarán Hinds, and Julia Stiles, Closed Circuit has the makings of a great thriller. Ex-couple and lawyers Bana and Hall are the defense team for an international terrorist on trial for a London market explosion; things get hairy when they realize they may be in the midst of a government cover-up. Closed Circuit hits theaters August 28th.

2. We Got a Subtitled Trailer for Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises.

This latest Studio Ghibli feature is based on a manga, in turn based on Tatsuo Hori’s short story about fighter plane designer, Jiro Horikoshi. After a young Horikoshi dreams of meeting Italian engineer Giovanni Battista Caproni, he embarks on his own career of design and engineering. This fictionalized biography chronicles both Horikoshi’s professional and personal life as he invents planes and meets the woman who will become his wife. The Wind Rises will compete at the 70th Venice International Film Festival before its worldwide release; it premiered in Japan July 20th to controversy, due to the country’s current debate over military defense.

1. Isaiah Washington Induced Chills in This Blue Caprice Trailer.

Alexandre Moors makes his feature film directorial debut with this dramatized account of the 2002 Beltway Sniper attacks. Tequan Richmond (“Everybody Hates Chris,” Ray) stars as Lee Boyd Malvo, the young man Washington’s psychotic John Allen Muhammad befriended, then enlisted as his partner in a series of Washington D.C. area murders. The film explores the bizarre relationship between the two men as it chronicles their crimes from the snipers’ points of view. Blue Caprice debuted at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews; it opens in wide release September 13th.

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  • Muscleman

    Little Drew from "Everybody hates Chris" is playing a killer, I'm there....

  • LexieW

    Hmm, so several years after his infamous gay slur incident (which prompted his firing from Grey's Anatomy) Isaiah Washington is back. He does cold/creepy very well... could be a new start to his career.

  • e jerry powell

    What was the first start? I vaguely remember him from Girl 6 and a few other lesser Spike Lee joints from the first half of the nineties, but that's about it.

  • e jerry powell

    Is is just me, or have Miyazaki films always seemed like they'd be better drawn by Alison Bechdel?

  • At first glance, my brain read Alexis Bledel (and the answer was a resounding, "No").

  • e jerry powell

    The reverse happens to me all the time...

  • AvaLehra

    Red Sparrow = Dagmara Dominczyk.

  • Uriah_Creep

    I really thought that was a picture of Noah Wylie, not Aronofsky.

  • HMDK

    You're not alone.

  • AudioSuede

    Forgot that some people have an unnatural hatred of Natalie Portman. Thanks for reminding me.

  • HMDK

    Well, my dislike doesn't rise to the level of hatred, but believe me, it's plenty natural. It's even organic and free of pesticides.

  • Tenacious_EJ

    Stop. You had me at the Duran Duran reference.

  • UglyBattery

    OHmigosh Blue Caprice looks like it might be one of those movies that deeply disturbs a person with its cold, real depiction of what happened. It makes me wonder how the families of the victims feel about this, since it has only been 11 years since this happened. 11 years is not very long when someone you loved was so violently and senselessly taken from you. I'm gonna have to suck it up and see this one, I will regret it if I miss it.

  • dizzylucy

    One of my best friends lives and works near the Maryland shootings. I remember her telling me how scared everyone was to go anywhere.
    While I can see a film like this having some great performances, sometimes it seems like every tragedy is turned into a film, and sooner and sooner. I'd be willing to bet someone's working on a Boston marathon film script right now. I can't imagine what it must be like for victims and families.

  • Green Lantern

    That's a safe bet, Lucy.

  • emmalita

    I've lived in the DC area for 20 years. No-one I knew was killed in the sniper attacks, but this still might be too close to home. 2001 - 2002 was a weird tense time to live in the DC area.

  • maydays

    That was when I realized that the news isn't always filming the lowest common denominator. We really WERE walking all serpentine through the parking lots and pumping our gas behind tarps.

  • Another Kate

    The snipers shot one of their victims a mile up the road from our house -- the night before our daughter was born. Later, I read that they had been looking for, among others, a pregnant woman to target. It looks like a very well-made movie that I will never, never see.

  • emmalita

    That must have been really scarey and creepy for you. I don't know about you, but I felt even more unsettled after Muhammad and Malvo were arrested. I expected it to be a random crazy person, but a crazy man making a young teen boy his instrument of death was even more upsetting.

  • Another Kate

    It was -- I still remember my husband driving us right past the crime scene on the way to the hospital (by that time it was all police cars and news vehicles). My parents came to visit after the baby was born, and the police got Muhammad and Malvo the day they left -- they called from the road all "What in the HELL is going on up here, we're in the middle of a convoy of like a million news trucks." It was definitely a very strange time.

  • A. Smith

    I had family that lived near the area for years. Once the shootings happened both ended up bolting out.

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    Well, my dislike doesn't rise to
    the level of hatred, but believe me, it's plenty natural. It's even
    organic and free of pesticides.

  • emmalita

    I got a lot of calls from family asking me to leave. But, I still loved my job at that time.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Definitely want to see Blue Caprice.

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