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David Lean

Honored with the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award in 1990, Lean’s body of work (ranging from the intimate film to the grandiose epic) demonstrates an obsessive cultivation of craft and a fastidious concern with detail that has become the very definition of quality British cinema.

Adapted from Noel Coward’s one-act play, Lean takes a potentially boring story of middle-age flirtation and tenderly creates one of the most enduring and poignant romance films ever made. Brilliantly underplayed, two happily married strangers meet by chance in a railway station and fall desperately in love, but never physically express the undercurrent of passion that exists between them, even during their final gut wrenching separation – if your heart doesn’t ache, you’re just not human!

Demonstrating moments of intimacy through gigantic display, Lean sets up the greatness of Pip’s expectations with the magnitude of his frightful encounters; one with an escaped convict, whose emerge into the frame reminds us what it’s like to be a child in a world of oversized, menacing adults, and another with the meeting of mad Miss Havisham, in all her gothic splendor.

Peter O'Toole made an enigmatic and lasting impression in his debut role as British officer T.E. Lawrence, who helped Arab rebels fight the Turks in WWI, and Omar Sharif has perhaps the greatest cinematic intro of all time as he magically appears through the ghostly waves of the desert heat, achieving Lean’s compulsive drive to create the perfectly composed shot. Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jose Ferrer, and Claude Rains round out this incredibly talented and magnetically charged cast.

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More Details Emerge on "House of Wax" Remake

By EdwardHavens

January 27th, 2004

Further details are now emerging on Robert Zemeckis and Joel Silver's remake of the 1953 film "House of Wax," which is scheduled to begin mid-April in Australia. The feature will be directed by first-time filmmaker Jaume Serra, the Dark Castle-financed project will be presented in 3-D. Little has been known about the film outside of a three-line summary released earlier this year…until now.


According to casting documents obtained by FilmJerk.com, the film will now follow the mandatory 21st-century horror formula of featuring a hot young female as the lead. This time around, her name will be Carly Foster. An intelligent and driven college student, Carly is on the verge of leaving the Midwest and heading to New York, where she hopes to get a job writing for Cosmopolitan Magazine. The "perfect kid" in the Foster family, Carly often quarrels with her younger, grungier brother Nick. Although she and her boyfriend Wade are going through a rocky time in their relationship, Carly agrees to join a caravan of friends traveling though Iowa to attend a football game. When the fanbelt breaks on Wade's immaculate 1968 GTO muscle car, the group must stop in the quiet town of Athelston in the hopes of find a replacement part. With directions from a creepy, knife-obsessed guy with a collection of roadkill tails dangling around the interior of his truck, the group heads over to the only open business in town, a gas station operated by a handsome bad boy named Bo. The group of friends will need to rely on each other, as they slowly discover Bo is a madman, hell-bent on adding the group to his House of Wax.

All of the lead parts are now being cast. Nick is described as a nineteen year old who has everything but his act together. A grungy kid in a t-shirt, with an attitude and a thick chip on his shoulder, Nick regards his sister as a judgmental Miss Priss who always gets what she wants. A bouncer in a bar who loves to complain, Nick deeply cares for his sister beneath his tough-punk facade. When they both find themselves trapped in the nightmare town of Athelston, Nick uses his brains and his courage to help protect Carly's life.

Twenty-two years old, hip and striking, Wade Keitel is the one who first figures out Bo is actually a deranged lunatic, in murderous cahoots with his deformed and insane brother Vincent. A guy who loves scary stuff, at least until it gets in his face, Wade gets more than he bargained for when they get into Athelston.

Bo is solidly built, handsome in that bad boy way, with black eyes you'll never forget, Bo runs the local gas station in the quiet little town of Athelston, Iowa. He agrees to sell Wade a new fan belt for his car, but it's all a lie, designed to lure Wade and his friends deeper into his web of death. He's listed as being in his early 30s.

Joining the trip are: Paige Edwards, a fun and spunky hometown student from the University of Nebraska; Blake Hawthorn, Paige's soon-to-be fiancé whose relationship is free-wheeling and sexual; and Dalton Green, Nick's buddy and sidekick always adorned in a ratty Metallica tank shirt over his rail thin torso.

What aren't we telling you? Don't read any further if you don't want to know: : Bo is not alone in his doings, receiving help from his horribly deformed twin brother Vincent, as well as from Lester, the stranger the kids got directions from after Wade's car breaks down, who is the younger brother of the twins. And of the six in the caravan, only two will survive.

The Scorecard
Director: Jaume Serra
Writers: Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes
Producers: Joel Silver and Robert Zemeckis
Casting Directors: Mary Gail Artz and Barbara Cohen
Production Companies: Dark Castle, Village Roadshow, Warner Brothers
Production Start Date: Mid April
Shooting Locations: Australia