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The Bible is suddenly the hottest thing in Hollywood. What other scriptural tales could work as feature films?

Hollywood is — if nothing else — a land of over-stuffed bandwagons, and as studio suits begin to tire of super-sizing fairy tales, the latest micro-trend in “let’s-try-launching-this-kind-of-franchise” appears to be feature films based on the Bible.

The first, director Darren Aronofsky’s take on Noah, just recently wrapped filming in Iceland with Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, and Anthony Hopkins. The rest of the Bible-based projects remain in some stage of development without an official greenlight, but many have A-list names hovering around them. According to Deadline, there are two possible films about Moses, with Ridley Scott and Steven Spielberg respectively circling the directors’ chairs. Will Smith is reportedly eyeing the story of Cain & Abel as his directorial debut. Paul Verhoeven is developing a biopic about Jesus, based on Verhoeven’s own book and research, that strips away all the miracles of the New Testament. Most recently, screenwriter Vera Blasi (Woman on Top) penned a script about Pontius Pilate — i.e. the man who condemned Jesus Christ to the cross — that was just snapped up by Warner Bros.

But that is just scratching the surface when it comes to Bible stories that are ready-made for the big screen, especially in the Old Testament. In the interest of providing Hollywood with even more half-baked ideas, my colleague Darren Franich and I humbly suggest the following ecclesiastical tales as sure-fire potential box office blockbusters:  READ FULL STORY

Olympics Opening Ceremony: We're live blogging it!

The Summer Games of the 30th Olympiad, or, as we prefer to call it, London XXX, have descended upon the land of cricket and crumpets. And EW’s got every last day of Olympics action covered, starting with tonight’s broadcast of the Opening Ceremony. Join Mandi Bierly, Jeff Labrecque, and me at 7:30 p.m. ET tonight as we live blog all the pomp and pageantry when 10,500 athletes from 204 countries–and one very special flame–make their way into London’s Olympic Stadium.


Will a favorite villain make a special appearance at the Olympic 2012 opening ceremony? -- SPOILERS

This article contains possible spoilers for the Olympic opening ceremony –so stop reading now if you want to enjoy it fresh.

The opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games has been shrouded in mystery, with director Danny Boyle keen to keep any details of the $42 million spectacle under wraps. However despite acknowledging that the Internet and social media make it too tempting for people to keep a secret and that spoilers are now part of “the modern world,” Boyle graciously invited 60,000 fans to witness a rehearsal of the ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in London, days before the actual event, asking them to not tweet photos and suggesting the hashtag #savethesurprise. READ FULL STORY

Sheep, cricket, and a mosh pit: Danny Boyle teases 2012 Olympics opening ceremony

We already learned that Paul McCartney will be at the Olympics’ Opening Ceremony, and we continue to hope that somehow James Bond and the Queen will kick butt in tandem while jumping out of a helicopter, but not a lot of details have otherwise been doled out about the July 27 event. Until now… READ FULL STORY

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