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Both sides in the dispute over the authorship of Warner Bros.’ “Trouble with the Curve” are asking a federal judge to grant summary judgment in the case, in which a college-baseball-player turned screenwriter is accusing Warner Bros. and other defendants of a “conspiracy” to cover up the lineage of the pic’s screenplay.
On Friday, attorneys for Ryan A. Brooks, who contend that his idea for a project called “Omaha” was stolen for 2012 Clint Eastwood movie “Trouble with the Curve,” filed a motion for partial summary judgment, relying heavily on the opinions of three experts who concluded that not only are the two projects “substantially similar” in “both a qualitative and quantitative respect,” but that “these works are in many respects the same story.”
“In fact, all three experts opine that the two scripts share countless identical details and even a shocking degree of grammatical and stylistic identities and sequences, »
- Ted Johnson
Nelson Mandela movies (photo: Idris Elba in ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’) Nelson Mandela, the former South African president who spent 27 years in jail and who played a fundamental role in the demise of that country’s apartheid system, died of a lung infection yesterday, December 5, 2013. Mandela was 95. One of the best known political figures of the late 20th century, Nelson Mandela inevitably became a topic for filmmakers. Below are a few examples. Idris Elba in ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ British actor Idris Elba plays Nelson Mandela in Justin Chadwick’s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, based on Mandela’s autobiography, and which opened this past weekend in the United States. Written by William Nicholson, the film — much like Richard Attenborough’s Best Picture Oscar winner Gandhi — is a de facto biopic (or rather, hagiopic, according to reviews), covering Mandela’s life from his childhood years to his election »
- Andre Soares
In film, the role of the former Anc activist and president of South Africa has traditionally been approached with great reverence
The voice. The gentle, mysterious smile. The walk – generally an older man's walk, across a garden, or presidential office, or prison exercise yard. The enigmatically polite manner: intimidating, even awe-inspiring for allies and adversaries alike. The list of actors who have tried all this is long: Morgan Freeman, David Harewood, Terrence Howard, Danny Glover, Sidney Poitier, Clarke Peters, Dennis Haysbert, Idris Elba – and Lindane Nkosi, the one South African actor who has managed to make some sort of impression as this character in Anglo-Hollywood circles, for a film called Drum, about the 1950s anti-apartheid campaign, that played at festivals in London and Cannes.
Nelson Mandela has been a role to be approached reverently, a difficult part and a career hurdle in some ways, like a royal figure in a Shakespearian play, »
- Danny Glover, Peter Bradshaw
For such a widely revered public figure, Nelson Mandela was oddly underrepresented when it came to major motion pictures. The South African leader, who passed away yesterday at age 95, was portrayed only a handful of times, mostly in marginal fare that barely registered critically or commercially. Part of this probably has to do with the unusual contours of his long life, 27 years of which were spent in prison -- daunting subject matter from the perspective of a filmmaker, who must place those decades in context.
The latest attempt to render Mandela's life and legacy on the big screen comes from director Justin Chadwick, in the form of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," a biopic that we got to see earlier this year at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Star Idris Elba brings a lot of conviction to the challenging role, giving Mandela great depth and shying away from the »
- Drew Taylor
Martin Scorsese will receive the Cinematic Imagery Award at the 18th annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards on Feb. 8, the org announced on Thursday.
The kudofest, set to take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, will be hosted by standup comedian Owen Benjamin.
Scorsese took home a long-awaited Oscar in 2006 for helming “The Departed” in 2006; his additional eight nominations from the Academy include those for “Raging Bull,” “Gangs of New York,” “The Aviator” and, most recently, “Hugo.” His latest pic, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” bows in theaters Dec. 25.
In addition to the contributions Scorsese has made through his films, he will be celebrated for founding the Film Foundation and the World Cinema Project, two non-profit organizations dedicated to the preservation, restoration and protection of film.
Previous recipients of the Cinematic Imagery Award have included the production designers behind the James Bond franchise, the principal team behind the Harry Potter films, »
- Allegra Tepper
The passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela at the age of 95, touched people all over the world and celebrities took to Twitter and other social media networks to honor the late activist. Read on for statements from Bill Clinton, Anderson Cooper, Paul Simon, John Legend, and more. Morgan Freeman, who played Mandela in Invictus, also shared his thoughts in a statement released to the press earlier on Thursday.
I met him once, in February 1995. He’d not long been President of the new Republic of South Africa and a debate was on to write the new constitution. A »
- Jake Perlman
It is with sadness that Thn report this evening the death of Nelson Mandela. He was 95 years old. South Africa’s first black President had been in hospital for three months receiving treatment for a lung infection having been critically ill for six months. He was discharged in September, but continued to get ongoing treatment at home.
“Fellow South Africans, Nelson Mandela brought us together and it is together that we will bid him farewell.”
“Our nation has lost its greatest son.” He added.
Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, charged with sabotage, and led the transition of white party rule following his release in 1990.
He became president in 1994 and ruled until 1999.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “A great light has gone out in the world. »
- Paul Heath
Nelson Mandela passed away Thursday at the age of 95. Imprisoned from 1962 to 1990, the former South African president (1994-1999) fought to abolish apartheid and worked to end poverty. Known as “The Father of a Nation” the celebrated leader was the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize winner and received the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, among many other honors.
It’s no surprise that his inspirational story has made its way to the big screen. In addition to the current film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which is in theaters now, the South African leader has been the subject of several feature films and documentaries in recent years. »
- Erin Strecker
It's amazing to consider how prolific Clint Eastwood has been as a director. When actors direct, they tend to focus on just a few projects. Kevin Costner, for instance, has just three directing credits to his name. Mel Gibson has four. And yet it took Eastwood almost twenty films before he received the same accolades that they did for his skills. (He currently stands at 35-plus movies.) It took him that long to be properly acknowledged. Luckily, because he has so many, we can genuinely chart his growth and progress as a creative force in ways we can't with those other filmmaker/stars. High Plains Drifter, which has arrived in freshly minted Blu-ray form, was the first Western he directed, and remains one of his most challenging (and disturbing) efforts behind the camera. Hit the jump for my full review. It's a far cry from more confident and polished directing jobs waiting in his future. »
- Rob Vaux
Warner Bros. doesn't think a federal judge should waste much time on a lawsuit that contends its 2012 film, Trouble With the Curve starring Clint Eastwood as a cantankerous aging baseball scout, was stolen and wrongfully held out to be one writer's vision through conspiracy. In court documents filed on Wednesday, Warner Bros. has unleashed its go-to legal pitbull Daniel Petrocelli to demand that the case "be brought to a halt before defendants have to incur any further costs defending it." Story: Producer Claims 'Trouble With the Curve' Came About Through Conspiracy In October, Gold Glove Productions brought
- Eriq Gardner
"It always pained me when critics and internet talkbackers slammed him as an actor because I knew the truth about the guy: he was fucking awesome in every way," "Running Scared" and "Pawn Shop Chronicles" director Wayne Kramer recently shared via Deadline about his friend and collaborator Paul Walker. "And he was just coming into his own as a strong leading man. I always told Paul that his most exciting years were going to be his 40s and 50s, and even beyond, as a masculine American tough guy in the vein of Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin. We talked about how Paul was going to be my Lee Marvin and we were hungry to make those kind of films that could show Paul in that light." While what might've come will never be known, his legacy will live on in the "Fast & Furious" franchise where his charisma and »
- Kevin Jagernauth
While everyone at Universal is trying to figure out what direction the future of the "Fast and Furious" franchise will take, the studio has taken some time out to create a two-minute video tribute to Paul Walker, the late young actor who helped make the franchise the success it was.
One of the film's that Walker received most acclaim for was the thriller "Running Scared". That film's director, Wayne Kramer, recently spoke about what the future might have been for Walker: "I always told Paul that his most exciting years were going to be his 40s and 50s, and even beyond, as a masculine American tough guy in the vein of Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin. We talked about how Paul was going to be my Lee Marvin and we were hungry to make those kind of films that could show Paul in that light."
- Garth Franklin
Fox has sold all of its TV ad inventory for Super Bowl Xlviii, slated to be played February 2 and broadcast by the 21st Century Fox-owned network from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Now the network is moving to line up clients for other types of marketing related to the gridiron classic, including ads in its digital stream of the game, commercials in pre-and post-game programming and content on Fox Sports 1 in the week leading up to the event.
“The in-game is presently sold out, but many opportunities remain,” said Neil Mulcahy, exec veep of Fox Sports ad sales, in an interview. Fox has sold more than 50% of the inventory that will accompany its digital stream of the game on FoxSports.com, and, possibly, other venues.
To be certain, NBC, CBS and Fox – the three networks that currently have rights to broadcast the game on a rotating basis – never »
- Brian Steinberg
Los Angeles, Dec 4: Actor Ben Stiller immortalised his hand and foot prints in cement outside Hollywood's Tcl Chinese Theatre IMAX.
"I've always loved the history of Hollywood and the history of the movies. It's very, very meaningful to me, and to be in any way a part of it is a dream come true," femalefirst.co.uk quoted Stiller as saying.
"I'm humbled, touched and very proud to know that wherever I go, long after I'm dead, my footprints will be here in Hollywood, being stood. »
- Ketali Mehta
A fourth Jurassic Park has always seemed inevitable. All three previous Jurassic Park movies were box office hits including the third chapter. As a kid growing to love movies, I remember Steven Spielberg’s first two Jurassic Park films being some of the first movies to really transport my mind to another place and make me connect with and believe in and fantasy that seemed all too real. The franchise thrives on bringing the dinosaurs of the past to life to haunt and scare the people of today. It’s a gimmick that has worked time and time again and will continue to work no matter who the actor is running from a tyrannosaurus rex or other hybrid clone of dinosaur DNA.
- Zachary Leeman
“The Man with No Name” started as a studio invention to sell a trilogy — three spaghetti Westerns starring Clint Eastwood, directed by Sergio Leone — but the character became a legend. It was a role that brought Eastwood to fame, making him an icon of American masculinity. Eastwood’s portrayal brought a morally ambiguous hero to the big screen for the first time in the genre — a soft-spoken tough guy who was an outsider and loner, but thought nothing of shooting first and asking questions later. We learn more about the man behind the gun in this 1977 BBC documentary, presented by Iain Johnstone, which features interviews with Eastwood (in his backyard, petting a freaking deer). Director Leone also makes an appearance, discussing the...
- Alison Nastasi
Yesterday, we reported the tragic news that beloved actor Paul Walker passed away at the age of 40, after a horrific car crash in Valencia, California. While Hollywood morns the loss of this talented man, his work will be remembered and loved for ages. Although he was best known for his work in The Fast and the Furious franchise, he shined in a number of other films before, during and after that popular series. Here are our eight favorite roles that Paul Walker gave to the world.
Before becoming fast and furious as Brian O'Conner, Paul Walker shined as high school hero Skip Martin in this 1998 Gary Ross classic. The story centers on two siblings (Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon) who are mysteriously transported inside a classic television series that is set in an idyllic small town, where everything is sunny side up. This role showed Paul Walker's true potential as a leading man, »
After the tragic death of Paul Walker on Saturday, there has been a tremendous outpouring of grief and memories of the late actor, heralding his qualities as a friend and father. But one colleague, Wayne Kramer, who directed him in 2006′s Running Scared, wants the world to know about Walker, the consummate actor. He posted a lengthy tribute on his Facebook page, praising Walker’s work ethic, his unifying on-set behavior, and his multi-faceted life.
“A filmmaker could not ask for a better or more supportive collaborator than Paul,” wrote Kramer. “So many people who knew him will talk about »
- Jennifer Arellano
The director has never been short of opinions – so why has he become evasive when we catch up with him in Brooklyn?
With the interview over, Spike Lee finally opens up. For 40 minutes the film director has sat in a defensive crouch, with his arms folded and his legs crossed, parrying questions as though they were accusations. More evasive than abrasive, he insists that neither new technology, changes in his personal life or the way that he's perceived have any effect on him or his work. A couple of times he responds as though there was another interviewee in the room.
Asked a perfectly reasonable questions such as: "How does an independent filmmaker like yourself measure success?", he'd say: "It depends who you ask."
"Well I'm asking you," I keep pointing out, hoping, in vain, for a credible answer.
Lee is small, slender and stylish. He is dressed all in black – sneakers, »
- Gary Younge
Paul Walker movies: Few worthwhile efforts away from the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise (photo: Paul Walker in ‘Hours’) (See previous post: “Paul Walker Dead: Fast and Furious Actor Killed in Fiery Car Crash.”) Aside from the Fast and Furious franchise, Paul Walker was featured in about 15 movies since the turn of the century; most of those were little-seen releases that did nothing to expand his following beyond fans of slick, high-speed shenanigans, e.g., John Glenn’s thriller and straight-to-dvd release The Lazarus Project (2008), co-starring Piper Perabo; Wayne Kramer’s box office bomb Running Scared, with Vera Farmiga; John Stockwell’s mix of deep-sea adventure and crime thriller Into the Blue, with Jessica Alba and Josh Brolin; and another straight-to-dvd effort, Mukunda Michael Dewil’s poorly received thriller Vehicle 19 (2013). Paul Walker’s handful of more prestigious and/or successful films were Clint Eastwood’s World War II drama Flags of Our Fathers »
- Andre Soares
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