To celebrate the triumphant re-release of Back to the Future, the time travel comedy which changed our perception of DeLoreans forever, we’re taking a look back at our favourite trilogy and desperately trying to work out what was going on. What’s going to happen in 2015? Why don’t hoverboards work on water (unless you’ve got POWER)? And did Robert Zemeckis have any idea what sort of four-dimensional can of worms he was opening way back in 1985? That’s the power of BTTF…
For some time now the JJ Abrams/Steven Spielberg super project, Super 8, has been an unidentified object hovering at the edge of film journalism. It’s drawn plenty of attention – most of it focusing on what on Earth (or perhaps not on Earth?) the film is all about. With this latest piece of casting news, could the mystery finally be unravelling? No, probably not.
Do you have a favourite actor? How about a least favourite? In our semi-regular J’Accuse feature, two of Best For Film’s most opinionated writers go head to head in a no-holds-barred tussle over an actor or film which one thinks is super and the other reckons to be shite. This week: everyone’s favourite couch-jumping superstar, Tom Cruise!
Picture a day on the set of a big-budget Hollywood film. The scene comprises pimped-out trailers peopled with an entourage of lovies. You have make-up artists and busybodies loading dressing tables with edible gold leaf (low cal, obv) and Peruvian mineral water chilled at exactly 1.5 degrees, not to mention L.A.’s most sought after spray-tanner contouring in washboard abs on some screen starlet’s 14” waist. Okay, now exit the trailer and look to your right…
Kayleigh Dray studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry and specialised in Muggle Literature and Creative Writing. Since then, she has written for Cosmopolitan and The Film Pilgrim, perfecting her signature sarcastic tone (and dating advice) just in time for her arrival at Best For Film. She grew up on film sets and, looking at her eclectic selection of DVDs, it seems her dream film might be Killer Dinosaurs From Space: The Musical, starring Audrey Hepburn (complete with lightsaber and Scream mask), written by Tim Burton and directed by Steven Spielberg. Now THAT’S entertainment!
There are sacred texts one encounters as a child, tomes that come to inhabit every faculty of future existence. Past generations bore witness to the dreams of Spielberg and Lucas. Future filmmakers will speak in hushed voices of the wintry day they sat unassumingly and were touched by the boyish tones of Efron. For me, an unofficial trilogy formed during the mid-1990s that forever changed the face of cinema. On my video shelf. Nicolas Cage unleashed The Rock, Con Air and Face/Off, and in my tiny brain a love was born. Life has continued in this vein.
…well, dollars at least. It has been announced today that the 19-year-old Harry Potter starlett has this year earned $19 million, making her the highest paid actress of 2009. She beat out the likes of Cameron Diaz and Angelina Jolie, as well as being the youngest person on Varietys best paid list at number 14.
Imagine if Steven Spielberg directed Twilight or James Cameron the first Harry Potter. That’s the level of hype we’re talking here, when one of this generation’s best-selling books joins forces with one of the biggest directors of our time in this month’s The Lovely Bones.
Yesterday the States celebrated the national holiday of Martin Luther King Jr, and so it’s fitting that Dreamworks has chosen today to announce the writer for the official biopic of his life. The lucky fellow? Ronald Harwood, writer of The Diving Bell and The Butterfly, Australia, and The Pianist.