Jacob Hall Biography

Whitest White People Ever Vying to Star in ‘1001 Arabian Nights’ Adaptation ‘Forty Thieves’

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by Jacob Hall November 13, 2014 01:38 PM
Lionsgate
Hollywood has been mining the seminal ‘1001 Arabian Nights’ for ideas for the better part of a century, borrowing characters, details and story beats from the folklore collection and weaving them into all kinds of movies. And for good reason: many of the tales collected within it are astonishing, reflecting a rich, complex society that is completely different from our own. It's the perfect gateway to Islamic culture and often the first step for students of literature who have exhausted what the western world has to offer. And now a bunch of white people are going to make a film version of its most famous story starring, you guessed it, a bunch of white people!

'The Wolf Man' is the Latest Universal Monster to Get Rebooted

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by Jacob Hall November 12, 2014 11:17 AM
Universal
Universal is working overtime to revive its classic monster movies for the modern age; the latest classic creature to get a big screen revival is 'The Wolf Man,' a character whose legacy as a horror great trumps the fact that his last big-screen appearance was one of the biggest disasters in the studio's history.

'Joy' Casts Robert De Niro Alongside Jennifer Lawrence For That 'Silver Linings Playbook' Magic

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by Jacob Hall November 11, 2014 04:08 PM
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Things are looking pretty good for 'American Hustle' director David O. Russell, who has spent the past five years reinventing himself. The man who was once known more for being a pain in the ass on the set of 'I Heart Huckabees' and getting in a fistfight with George Clooney while shooting 'Three Kings' has emerged as the modern master of the crowd-pleaser, crafting straightforward entertainments that make big bucks at the box office and get a bunch of Oscar attention. That's the kind of combination that keeps you making movies and convinces every actor in Hollywood to get in line to work with you. And that's probably why Robert De Niro is in talks to join the cast of 'Joy,' which will be his third collaboration with Russell in three years.

'Mortdecai' Trailer: Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp's Moustache, and Something About an Art Heist

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by Jacob Hall November 11, 2014 01:17 PM
The new 'Mortdecai' trailer has all of the necessary elements to make us write it off completely: Johnny Depp doing a dumb voice, Johnny Depp with a dumb moustache, Johnny Depp wearing at least two stupid hats and well, lets be honest here, the mere presence of Johnny Depp in a 2014 movie. And yet, there's something about this movie that intrigues us and grabs our attention, despite our better judgment.

'Exodus: Gods and Kings' Final Trailer: Ridley Scott Makes an Epic of Biblical Proportions

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by Jacob Hall November 10, 2014 12:31 PM
The final 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' trailer is an anomaly because it's the first piece of marketing for the film that doesn't make us shake our heads in disbelief. After several painfully dull trailers, we finally have a glimpse at the movie that doesn't make us guffaw. For the first time, this actually looks like a Ridley Scott film.

Please Don't Turn the Universal Monsters Into Superheroes

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by Jacob Hall November 10, 2014 01:39 AM
Universal
Few cinematic legacies are as strong as that of the Universal Monsters, whose films have spent the past 80 years aging from B-movies into genre masterpieces. These aren't just movies; they're the foundation of an entire genre, the roots of an entire cinematic language. These aren't just great movies -- they're vital components of human culture, touchstones whose reverberations can still be felt today. And Universal has no idea what to do with them.

Comic Strip: Jared Leto Targets the Joker as the Marvel/DC War Rages On

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by Jacob Hall November 09, 2014 11:45 PM
DC Comics
ScreenCrush’s Comic Strip is a weekly roundup of the hottest superhero movie/TV news items. From Marvel to DC and points in between, if it pertains to costumed comic book heroes, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, an Oscar nominee is targeted for the new Joker, Marvel reveals 'Ant-Man' snippets, and a dead 'Spider-Man' character may return.