It has been in talks for a long time that Steven Spielberg would direct a film about Abraham Lincoln's life. Rumored to originally star Tom Hanks, then Liam Neeson was attached to star in the role, then Daniel Day-Lewis was officially confirmed to play the beloved 16th President. Reuniting with his Munich screenwriter Tony Kushner and his frequent collaborators in cinematography, editing, and music, this would seem to end up like a traditional Spielberg film.
I am no stranger to underwater creature features. Not including shark movies, it’s the main horror-centric micro-genre I actively seek out and willingly suspend disbelief for. I’ve endured the likes of DeepStar Six and Lords of the Deep in search of a decent underwater monster, and only found a minute selection of films worth watching. While films like The Abyss and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest get nods for great special effects and some stand-out moments, they’re far too long and don’t play up the horror quite enough for my tastes.
After it was announced that Jamie Foxx may join the cast of the Amazing Spider-Man sequel, it was announced today that Sony is currently in talks with three different actors for the role of Harry Osborn, who was originally played by James Franco in Sam Raimi's trilogy. The studio is reportedly looking for a guy that is large, athletic, dark and edgy.
Geek BD is a weekly column in which we discuss the week's blu-ray releases, both new releases and catalog titles. One title will serve as that week's pick with a selection of other notable titles mentioned. Clicking the title of a film will take you to that disc's Amazon page for ordering. This weeks new releases aren’t too exciting, unless you really loved Brave, which was admittedly one of the summer’s better films, but there are some interesting catalog releases that range from distinguished classics to genre oddities making their Blu-ray debut.
In 1956, a little B-picture titled Invasion of the Body Snatchers opened across the United States, playing up the country’s fears of communism. The film struck a chord, and has since been officially remade no less than three times (1978, 1993, and 2007). The film was a rip-off of sorts of the novel The Puppet Masters, published in 1951 and written by Robert A. Heinlein (who also wrote the novel Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers is loosely based on).