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Although the trailers and other marketing materials being utilized to sell "A Walk Among the Tombstones" will have you believing that it's another run-of-the-mill Liam Neeson thriller, it's not. The movie is intricate and beautifully done, with one of the finer Neeson performances in recent memory, a twisty crime movie plot (based on a Lawrence Block novel of the same name), and nary a superhero in sight. We recently got to chat with Scott Frank, the film's writer/director, who you might know from his long and illustrious resume that includes collaborating with Steven Spielberg ("Minority Report"), Steven Soderbergh ("Out of Sight") and several other people who aren't named Steven (including Jodie Foster, Kenneth Branagh, Barry Sonnenfeld and Aaron Sorkin). He's also one of the most sought after script doctors in Hollywood. During the course of the interview we talked about everything from the pressure of adapting well-known mystery novelists to the. »
- Drew Taylor
Exclusive: Legendary Pictures has closed a deal for Max Borenstein to write the screenplay for the sequel to Godzilla, which Gareth Edwards will direct. It is the latest example of how Borenstein is becoming a go-to guy for Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni’s event-film factory. Borenstein wrote the first installment that relaunched the reptile and also penned Skull Island. The latter was teased at Comic-Con and just got Tom Hiddleston starring and Jordan Vogt-Roberts directing. Borenstein also scripted the upcoming Seventh Son for Legendary.
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- Mike Fleming Jr
“Lyndsay brings invaluable experience and key skills that will help drive the planning and execution of DreamWorks’ immediate and long-term financial strategies,” Small said. “She joins us at a pivotal time in our evolution and her experience will prove invaluable as DreamWorks looks to the future.”
Prior to joining DreamWorks, Harding was CFO at Evergreen Studios. She also worked as a senior VP at MGM overeeing corporate development and financial planning.
Before breaking into the media-entertainment, Harding worked on »
- Dave McNary
If the National School Boards Association is to be believed, we're in a golden age of education Oscar movies. Fox Searchlight announced today that a partnership with the Nsba, New Regency and Penguin Books will make copies of the 2014 Best Picture winner "12 Years a Slave" and Solomon Northup's autobiographical source material available to America’s public high schools. This follows Participant Media's own educational campaign for "Lincoln," which put DVD copies of Steven Spielberg's historical film and the necessary projection technology in a number of underserved communities. According to Fox's press release, the initiative was the brainchild of director Steve McQueen and Montel Williams, the latter feeling particularly strong about getting the film in front of young eyes. Educators who gain permission to teach the movie in class can receive the "12 Years a Slave" educator toolkit, which includes a DVD, book and study guide. The push doesn't end there. »
- Matt Patches
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts' L.A. arm will honor the starry bunch during an October 30 ceremony at the Beverly Hilton, hosted once again by comedian Rob Brydon. The show will then air Sunday, November 2 on BBC America. This historic award season ramp-up event will dole out its five discrete prizes as follows: Robert Downey Jr. will receive the storied Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, whose prior recipients include Daniel Day Lewis, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, George Lucas, Denzel Washington and Steven Spielberg. In October, Downey Jr. can be seen in his Oscar hopeful "The Judge," a drama he also produced. The Britannia Humanitarian Award goes to Mark Ruffalo for his work with nonprofit Water Defense, which the Emmy-winning "Normal Heart" star cofounded to raise water resource awareness. Emma Watson will receive the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) has announced that Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Emma Watson, Mike Leigh and Dame Judi Dench are among the first honorees of this year’s Jaguar Britannia Awards ceremony. Each year, BAFTA Los Angeles honors "individuals who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art forms of the moving image in the U.S., U.K. and beyond." Hosted by Rob Brydon ("The Trip to Italy"), who returns for his second consecutive year, the award ceremony will take place on Oct. 30, 2014 and air on BBC America the evening of Sunday, Nov. 2. Folks might remember last year's broadcast, when Sacha Baron Cohen caused a stir after pushing a wheelchair-bound old lady off stage as he accepted the Charlie Chaplin Award for Excellence in Comedy: Since 1989, when James Bond producer Albert "Cubby" Broccoli earned the first Britannia award, BAFTA »
- Matt Patches
Fox’s earnest teen hospital drama got off to a weak start in the ratings Wednesday night, while NBC’s preview of Debra Messing’s cop dramedy delivered a healthy sampling.
The Steven Spielberg-produced Red Band Society had only 4 million viewers and an anemic 1.3 rating among adults 18-49 at 9 p.m., slipping a tad from its Hell’s Kitchen lead-in. Red Band Society follows a group of teens who cheerfully endure various medical hardships and live in a pediatric hospital ward run by tough-love nurse (Octavia Spencer). Industry insiders have been skeptical that the concept would be a reliable draw, »
- James Hibberd
A British student has become the first ever recipient of a BAFTA scholarship to study fine arts in Hong Kong.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the names of the first ever recipients of BAFTA scholarships in Hong Kong, ahead of a series of events in October as part of its continuing outreach into Asia.
British student Tian Macleod Ji, from Oxford, has been awarded a scholarship to study Master of Fine Arts (Mfa) in Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong as part of the BAFTA Scholarship Programme supported by the Yip Foundation.
In addition, Wan Pin Chu has been awarded the BAFTA Yip Foundation Scholarships, reserved for Hong Kong residents, towards the Master of Composition (MComp) in Composition for Screen at the Royal College of Music in London.
The scholarships, which are aimed at talented individuals in financial need, cover course fees and also include a bursary for expenses »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Fox’s “Red Band Society” has already drawn comparisons to “Glee,” “The Breakfast Club” and “My So-Called Life,” but the show’s stars believe this is a story unlike anything viewers have seen before. The series, created by Margaret Nagle and produced by Steven Spielberg, focuses on the young inhabitants of a hospital’s pediatric ward and the staff members who often serve as their teachers, mentors and surrogate parents, in addition to overseeing their medical care.
Variety sat down with “Red Band” stars Octavia Spencer and Dave Annable at the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour to learn more about their characters (Spencer plays the no-nonsense Nurse Jackson, and Annable plays Dr. Jack McAndrew, the country’s top pediatric surgeon) as well as their experiences working on the dramedy, which premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on Fox.
What primarily attracted you to the project?
Octavia Spencer: I know »
- Laura Prudom
Warner Bros. has released a new The Judge trailer for director David Dobkin’s upcoming drama, and it goes rather heavy on the sentimentality. Robert Downey Jr. plays an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to learn that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder. Reviews out of the film’s Tiff premiere weren’t great and this trailer lays on the schmaltz pretty hard, but Downey Jr. still manages to be engaging. I was also somewhat surprised to find out that Steven Spielberg’s longtime collaborator Janusz Kaminski was the cinematographer on the pic, marking another rare foray outside of his Spielberg partnership. Watch the new The Judge trailer after the jump. The film also stars Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard, David Krumholtz, Balthazar Getty, »
- Adam Chitwood
Don't be fooled by basic premise: Fox's Red Band Society isn't your typical teen drama, nor is it your typical medical show. Hailing from writer and executive producer Margaret Nagle and executive producer Steven Spielberg, Red Band Society stars The Help's Oscar winner Octavia Spencer as Nurse Jackson—sometimes referred to as "Scary Bitch"—and Brothers and Sisters veteran Dave Annable as Dr. Jack McAndrew, the two "authority figures" in Ocean Park Hospital. But don't expect death, melodrama and tears every week—or at all. "Well, I can tell you this. When you tune into a show, you know you want to be entertained. We're definitely entertaining people, but »
According to VancouverFilm.Net, a security guard was killed September 15, 2014 on the set of TNT’s alien invasion TV series "Falling Skies":
"...the man was struck by an unattended truck that rolled down a hill and pinned him against a tree. Production on the show, which is underway on the fifth and final season near Vancouver, was shut down today. Production was prepping for the next day’s shoot. The name of the security guard has not been made public.
"A five-ton truck parked on a 6% slope had been left unattended," said Scott McCloy, spokesman for 'WorkSafeBC', British Columbia’s Workers’ Compensation Board, which is investigating the accident. "The vehicle tailgate was lowered for off-loading of equipment. The truck rolled backwards down the slope and the deceased worker was caught between the tailgate and the tree..."
July 2014, TNT picked up the series produced by Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks.
- Michael Stevens
A Teamsters security guard working on TNT’s “Falling Skies” in Vancouver was killed by an unattended truck Monday night on the set, Variety has confirmed.
The accident, which happened in Vancouver suburb Burnaby, took place while production was preparing for the next day’s shoot. According to reports, Scott McCloy, a spokesperson for British Columbia’s Workers’ Compensation Board WorkSafeBC, said the security guard was standing near a 5-ton truck, which was left unattended. The truck slide down a slope and fatally pinned the security guard to a tree.
“Last night, a security guard working on the set of TNT’s ‘Falling Skies’ was fatally injured while the production was preparing for the next day’s shoot,” TNT said in a statement. “The accident is currently being investigated. We are deeply saddened by this tragic event, and on behalf of the producers and TNT, we wish to express our »
- Alex Stedman
The new Fox drama series Red Band Society is a provocative coming-of-age dramedy about a group of rule-bending friends and the adults who mentor them through the ups and downs of adolescence in Los Angeles’ Ocean Park Hospital. The pediatric ward is run by Nurse Jackson (Octavia Spencer), a caregiver with a take-no-prisoners approach to helping these teens get the most from their lives, even when they’re facing serious life-threatening issues and illnesses. During this recent interview to promote the show’s September 17th premiere, Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer talked about how she got involved with the show, what appealed to her about this project, her character’s journey this season, working with such a talented young cast, her favorite scenes, getting to learn more about her character, and finding the beauty in unexpected places. Check out what she had to say after the jump. Question: How did »
- Christina Radish
Directors’ Trademarx is back! At least once a month, Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. This month we examine the trademark style and calling signs of David Lynch as director.
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Unlike the other people who have been featured in this column in the past, David Lynch is less a director and more an artist. He is a writer, a visual artist, an actor, and a musician in addition to being a director. Above all, he is an interesting personality. His style is best described as surreal, and is not for the faint of heart. His films are typically sparse in action (but frequently violent), heavy in drama, and dwell in the bizarre. As such, despite being so well-renowned for his unique perspective, his films don’t have a lot of »
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In terms of manipulating an audience, few things are more reliable than sick or imperiled kids. With that as a given, Fox’s “Red Band Society” labors to feel uplifting, not depressing, by filtering a “The Breakfast Club”-like erosion of high-school caste systems through the leveling effect of a potentially fatal diagnosis. Narrated by a young boy in a coma (a device somewhere between “Reversal of Fortune” and “The Lovely Bones”), the pilot doesn’t do enough to establish these archetypal characters — adults or children. And there’s cause to doubt whether the show will have the time to effectively bridge that gap.
Developed by Margaret Nagle from a Spanish series, and counting the very busy Steven Spielberg among its producers, the program operates on two tracks: focusing on the children brought together by illness — creating an environment, as one helpfully notes, where “the walls break down” — and on »
- Brian Lowry
The closest most people get to understanding the singular vision and unique method of Michael Bay's filmmaking is to simply watch his finished products. Unfortunately, so much is lost in translation between the empty frame at the beginning of production and the overloaded insanity Bay packs into each and every scene by the movie's end. While I was lucky enough to see Bay's process in action while on set of his recent blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction, now you can get a front-row seat thanks to our exclusive clip. This behind-the-scenes video, which celebrates the film's release on Blu-ray/Digital, reveals a glimpse of Bay visualizing an epic scene while translating his vision to his cast and crew. Hit the jump to check it out, and for more on the upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction Blu-ray/Digital release. Take a look at our exclusive clip from the Transformers: Age of Extinction Blu-ray below: ComplexEmbed. »
- Dave Trumbore
After more than a decade in development, writer/director Scott Frank has succeeded in turning best-selling novelist Lawrence Block’s signature book into a harrowing suspense thriller with an intriguing premise in A Walk Among the Tombstones. Liam Neeson stars as Matt Scudder, a troubled former N.Y.P.D. officer turned private detective whose quest for redemption leads him to help a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) track down the men (David Harbour, Adam David Thompson) who brutally murdered his wife. Adapted for the screen by Frank, the crime drama also stars Boyd Holbrook, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Sebastian Roché, Mark Consuelos, and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson. At the film’s recent press day, Frank talked about how the project first came together, why it took so long to bring to the screen, what convinced Neeson to come on board, casting Stevens into the dark role of a drug trafficker, the pivotal »
- Sheila Roberts
Try as I might, I just couldn’t get into this summer’s series sci-fi series, "Extant," starring Halle Berry, and executive produced by Steven Spielberg . Maybe it was just me, but I found it too slow-moving and uninvolving, and was forced to give it up after a while. Yet, I’m willing to bet that it’ll will play much better as one of those “binge watching” shows, which is why I’m more than interested that it’s coming out on blu-ray DVD on December 16. The Paramount/CBS Home Entertainment release of the complete 12 episode series will include a whole host of extras, such as, "Extant: Filming Season One," "The Story of Extant," "Extant: The »
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