Inferno

Tom Hanks stars in Columbia Pictures

Dan Brown writes books faster than Ron Howard can make movies. The filmmaker was at one point planning — alongside a hundred other projects — to make The Lost Symbol as a third installment of the Robert Langdon Da Vinci Code series with Tom Hanks back in the lead role, but according to Deadline Hollywood, Sony is skipping over that entry in order to make an adaptation of “Inferno.” The latest novel in Brown’s series hit just two months ago, but more than simply being current, Howard had dropped out of making The Lost Symbol, wanting to produce it instead of directing, but something has enticed him to return to the helm here. The development mess that Symbol had become might be a big part of that — a desire to be back in this narrative world on his own terms. Whereas the previous project would have seen Langdon running around D.C. on a highly personal quest, Inferno will follow him in Italy (again) as he solves hidden meanings in paintings (again) and wrestles with Dante (if you couldn’t guess by the title) on the edge of a global pandemic. The script is being written by David Koepp, who adapted the repetitive string of events that was “Angels and Demons,” so he’s not new to the Langdon universe. Thus, the powers behind a relatively harmless, forgettable mystery series are back to make another.

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Song placement plays a very important role in a film – a song can make you feel happy, sad, nostalgic or make you laugh. Scores can certainly do the same thing, but sometimes a well-placed song works better than any composed piece could. However this tact rarely applies to horror films, especially when leading up to a climatic moment or a jump scare. You can usually sense when these moments are coming – the score becomes ominous, (or even drops out completely) causing your heart beat to quicken as you sense something terrifying is about to be revealed. These moments are almost always driven by score and rarely (if ever) feature a lyric-filled song. And this choice makes sense since lyrics would probably distract from the suspense of the moment instead of drawing it out and, in turn, drawing you into the horror. For horror films, songs with vocals are usually left for party scenes or if a character on screen happens to be listening to the radio, but they are rarely placed within the scene to underscore it. It raises a great question: can a pop or rock song fit into these pivotal moments and have the same effect? Or is this strictly a score or silence choice? I spoke with composer Kurt Oldman who is well-versed in the world of horror film scoring having lent his style to the creepy scores for Killer Holiday, Babysitter Wanted and Neighbor to get his perspective on this idea, how he approaches scoring horror films […]

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It seems as if Lindsay Lohan might be most comfortable playing anyone but herself. Lohan has constantly imitated Marilyn Monroe in photo shoots over the years, and the actress was long attached to Matthew Wilder’s Linda Lovelace biopic, Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story. The film seemed stalled out due to the Lohan commitments that could never come to fruition. Lohan was dropped from the project in November of 2010, and Malin Ackerman stepped in to the role shortly after. So, if you can’t be Marilyn and you can’t be Lovelace, who can Lohan be? If a report from Deadline Hampstead is to be believed, Elizabeth Taylor. I’m sorry, what? The outlet reports, quite bizarrely, that Lohan is “in early talks for the female lead in Lifetime’s original movie Elizabeth & Richard: A Love Story, chronicling the enduring love of movie icons Taylor and Richard Burton, whose fiery romance was the most notorious, publicized and celebrated love affair of its day.” The film has been written by Christopher Monger, who also penned the Temple Grandin biopic and directed the forgotten Hugh Grant-starrer The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain). Let’s parse that – Lindsay Lohan might play Elizabeth Taylor in a TV movie written by a guy most famous for writing an award-winning film about a high-functioning autistic woman who loved animals. Well, okay, you’d think Monger would be getting better work, but them’s the breaks, I guess.

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Arrow Video recently released Dario Argento’s Inferno onto Blu-ray for the first time. They’ve brought their trademarked kick-ass presentation, in both packaging and content, to Dario Argento’s film about murderous and mystical happenings in New York City. The Movie: Inferno is the middle film in Argento’s well known Three Mothers trilogy. Thankfully it sits closer in both style and quality to the first of the trilogy, Suspiria, and far from the ugly disaster that is part three, Mother Of Tears. Set in New York City, the story finds a young poet named Rose (Irene Miracle) researching the history of her building because she’s grown bored trying to find a word to rhyme with orange. She discovers a mystery surrounding the building’s origin and owners and traces it to a trio of evil wenches. Or maybe they’re witches. Regardless, the second of the three mothers has made her home in the Big Apple and people are going to die in some grotesque and overly elaborate ways.

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Your daily allowance of random movie stuff, stories that fell through the cracks and news you can’t use.

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A few days ago Allison Nastasi over at Cinematical shared the news of Lindsay Lohan’s newest announced role as seventies porn icon Linda Lovelace, in the film Inferno. The movie, to be directed by Matthew Wilder, is still in development — which means there is plenty of time for Lohan to do what she does best; causing the folks with cash in their pocket to keep it there until she’s gone.

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Anna Faris is pulling out of the Linda Lovelace biopic Inferno because it’s too serious a role. Is she right to stick to comedy?

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Anna Faris

This movie, more than any other, has given us the opportunity for excellently misleading titles. As we reported back in September, in another misleadingly titled news piece, Anna Faris will be strapping on her work boots to play Linda Lovelace in the upcoming biopic also misleadingly titled Inferno.

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