My interview with David Belton, producer and co-writer of Shooting Dogs (2005), AKA Beyond the Gates, is now up at CT Movies. I may post a longer version here in a few days. Read more

It has been over a dozen years since the Rwandan genocide — an atrocity in which as many as 800,000 Tutsis and Hutu sympathizers were killed by Hutu extremists in just a few months, while the outside world turned a blind eye or, worse, withdrew what little help it had offered in the first place. David Belton covered the genocide as a reporter for the BBC. He went on to become a producer of documentaries like War Spin and Soldiers… Read more

Time for another quick batch.1. Variety reports that Gerard Butler — star of 300, Beowulf & Grendel (2005), Dear Frankie (2004) and others — hopes to play Snake Plissken in a remake of Escape from New York (1981).2. I just noticed today that Becket (1964) will finally come out on DVD on May 15 — with a commentary track by Peter O’Toole!3. Matt Page at the Bible Films Blog passes on the news that a new animated version of The… Read more

Fox Faith is releasing The Inquiry, AKA The Final Inquiry, next month. A team of German and Canadian filmmakers is developing The Sword of Peter. And Screen Gems and Tim LaHaye are collaborating on The Resurrection — the release date of which, incidentally, was recently bumped to February 27, 2009.And now … another film joins the mix! Variety reports:Making a foray into the faith-based arena, Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment is producing “Risen –The Story of the First Easter.”Hyde Park… Read more

You may have heard that 300, Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel about the Battle of Thermopylae, broke a box-office record or two when it opened this weekend.If its estimated $70 million gross holds up when the actual figures are released today, it will beat the Ice Age movies (2002-2006) for biggest March opening weekend ever, and it will be second only to The Passion of the Christ (2004; $83.8 million) among movies that opened between January and… Read more

Here are the figures for the past weekend, arranged from those that owe the highest percentage of their take to the Canadian box office to those that owe the lowest.Pan’s Labyrinth — CDN $5,094,436 — N.AM $35,435,000 — 14.4%The Number 23 — CDN $4,070,518 — N.AM $30,481,000 — 13.4%Zodiac — CDN $2,367,321 — N.AM $23,727,000 — 10.0%300 — CDN $6,093,145 — N.AM $70,025,000 — 8.7%Music and Lyrics — CDN $3,765,833 — N.AM $43,847,000 — 8.6%Bridge to Terabithia — CDN $5,687,584… Read more

Believe it or not, there are two more sets of movie critics’ awards that I took part in, that I have not yet mentioned here.First, the American Film Renaissance Awards, which were actually posted a couple weeks ago — yeah, I’m way behind on this one:Best Picture: The Pursuit of HappynessRunners-up: Apocalypto, United 93, The Queen, The DepartedBest Documentary: Border War: The Battle Over Illegal ImmigrationRunners-up: Islam: What the West Needs to Know, Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story, 49 Up,… Read more

The Revealer linked to both versions of my interview with Bridge to Terabithia author Katherine Paterson today.They note that Christianity Today’s website has “curiously” posted the article twice, but as I noted here last month, one version was published exclusively on the CT Movies website, whereas the other version originally appeared in the CT magazine and now appears on the magazine’s section of the CT website. Read more

Just a few more quick updates.1. reports that the new Star Trek movie will actually be a complete reboot of the franchise, and not a prequel:First things first: From the sound of it, fans can rest assured that subtitles about undiscovered countries and insurrections are a thing of the past. Kurtzman and Orci told MTV that their film is titled, quite simply, “Star Trek.” “That’s the intended title. I don’t think we want to put any colons or anything… Read more

Time for a few more quickies.1. Variety reports that Shia LaBeouf really is in “final talks” to play Harrison Ford’s son in Indiana Jones IV.2. The Los Angeles Times has an article on the problems that face foreign film directors who make the switch to Hollywood, and Exhibit A is Oliver Hirschbiegel’s The Invasion:In fact, a number of gifted foreign directors have struggled trying to make the transition to Hollywood. One recent example is Oliver Hirschbiegel, a German director whose… Read more

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