Dan Brown’s "Da Vinci Code" sequel earns Goldman highest screenplay paycheck ever

Nikke Finke at Deadline: Hollywood reports, I'm told that Akiva Goldsman, who adapted Dan Brown's worldwide bestseller into a $755.6 mil hit pic, is receiving $4 million for the Da Vinci Code sequel in the works by both Imagine Entertainment and Sony Pictures. Meanwhile, the Da Vinci Code pre-quel, Angels and Demons, is coming to the big screen.Finke says: In A&D, Goldsman must make sense of a plot crammed with Vatican intrigue and high-tech drama: it thrusts Langdon together with an … [Read more...]

Robert Altman, Remembered by Friends and Colleagues

A few words about Robert Altman from his friends and colleagues... … [Read more...]

Opus on “Ikiru”

I was going to just surrender blogging for the rest of the day, due to the loss of Altman, but then I discovered that Opus, one of my daily blog stops, has just published a review of Kurosawa's Ikiru, another one of my favorites, and a film that I've given a lot of attention in Through a Screen Darkly.Check out Opus's insightful overview of this classic. … [Read more...]

Rest in Peace, Robert Altman

This is a devastating day for anyone who loves great moviemaking. … [Read more...]

UPDATED: Jeffrey Wells on New Line’s decision against Peter Jackson

Wells has a forceful opinion of the fate of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit. (Earlier story here, and further thoughts here.) In short, he thinks New Line has done the right thing, and he's glad that Jackson's out. … [Read more...]

An Appeal to MGM: Get Alfonzo Cuaron to Direct “The Hobbit”

Since Peter Jackson has just made it offical... he's not going to direct The Hobbit... the biggest guaranteed blockbuster on the "Coming Soon" list is now in need of a director.MGM is probably going to have directors lined up begging for the job.And I know who they should hire.Consider this record:The timeless, beautiful children's film A Little Princess Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, the best of the Potter film franchise so far a standard-setting, earth-shaking … [Read more...]

Peter Jackson on Why He Won’t Direct “The Hobbit”

Here's TheOneRing.net's big breaking news on The Hobbit...So, since Peter Jackson will not be directing The Hobbit, but MGM is planning to find another director who will... … [Read more...]

Today, I Wrap It Up!

Today is the last day of editing for me on Through a Screen Darkly. I'll get to check the final proof in a few weeks, but this is my last day to make any changes.What a week it has been. I can't go into details, but let's just say we suffered a significant setback in our process this week that required a great deal of attention to the text. As I am also halfway into writing a new novel, and I'm working on edits for the first novel, Auralia's Colors, it's an understatement to say that I'm … [Read more...]

Sight and Sound Celebrates “Pan’s Labyrinth”

I've seen Pan's Labyrinth, and it is a harrowing, beautiful film. It leaves me with as many questions about the artist as it does about the story, and so, reading Sight and Sound's coverage of the film, I'm happy to learn a lot more about Guillermo Del Toro, and what an interesting, conflicted, brave, dedicated visionary he is. … [Read more...]

“Akeelah and the Bee” and “Half Nelson”

I was recently surprised at just how good Akeelah and the Bee really is.I'd seen it promoted as a "Starbucks movie," and that didn't exactly make me want to rush out and see it.Neither did the DVD cover, which makes it look like a cheap after-school special.What I found was a surprisingly ambitious, multi-layered piece of commercial entertainment that featured strong performances by all of the leads. And it gave us some much-needed perspective on the plight of America's schools, a … [Read more...]