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Michael Bay was trying to come up with a good name for his new short film. It was 1988 and he had been doing graduate work at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena when a friend brought Bay's quandary to the attention of Oliver Stone. The Platoon director glanced at a list of titles Bay had supplied and zeroed in on one. "He said, 'Platinum Dunes! That's a great f—ing title!' " recalls Bay. Cut to 13 years later. It was 2001, Bay had become one of Hollywood's top directors, and he and his two partners, Andrew Form
- Stephen Galloway
Rosario Dawson has had a varied career, starting as a complete amateur in Larry Clark.s Kids to eventually working with such heavyweights as Spike Lee (He Got Game, 25th Hour), Oliver Stone (Alexander) and Quentin Tarantino (Death Proof). But there.s one gem on her resume that the Top Five actress doesn.t understand why people continue to sleep on, and the answer might surprise you. Dawson was speaking with THR about her top roles, and mentioned that the 2001 comedy Josie and then Pussycats is far better than people give it credit for. She told the trade mag: That movie is so amazing, and it really didn.t hit its audience then. People didn.t really get it. But if you watch it now, it.s so on the money . from media manipulation to endorsements and boy bands. We shot it in Vancouver, and [co-stars] Tara Reid and Rachael »
Josh Brolin plays Detective "Bigfoot" Bjornsen in Paul Thomas Anderson's newest film, Inherent Vice. More than just an odd couple pairing for Joaquin Phoenix's Doc Sportello, Bigfoot is a wonderfully rich character that represents just about everyone from the 1950's that resisted the social changes of the 1960's. I recently sat down with Brolin, along with a few other journalists, to talk about the role. We also discussed what it was like for him to work with Anderson and touched briefly on the plans for Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. Inherent Vice is now playing in limited release before going wide on January 9th. It also stars Katherine Waterston, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Eric Roberts, Martin Short, Sasha Pieterse, Joanna Newsom, and more. I heartily (and respectfully) disagree with Matt's review and urge you to see it Asap. Hit the jump for the interview. A few mild spoilers await. »
- Evan Dickson
Screenwriting software co. Final Draft will award Big Eyes duo Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski with its 2015 Hall of Fame honors at its annual Final Draft Awards, to be held February 12 on the Paramount lot. Alexander and Karaszewski join a list of previous Hall of Famers including Nancy Meyers, Lawrence Kasdan, Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Robert Towne, Stephen J. Cannell, Oliver Stone, Syd Field and Sydney Pollack and will be feted at the awards event hosted by writer-actors Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant.
Big Eyes, the true tale of artist Margaret Keane and her battle to win recognition for her famed paintings of large-eyed waifs from a credit-stealing hubby, stars Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz and marks the writers’ latest collaboration with director Tim Burton. Alexander and Karaszewski’s previous big screen portraits of larger than life characters include WGA-nominated Ed Wood, Golden Globe winning The People Vs. Larry Flynt, »
- Jen Yamato
A trailer for The Walk has been revealed.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt balances precariously on the roof of a skyscraper in the clip.
The film, originally titled To Reach the Clouds, tells the true story of highwire walker Philippe Petit's walk between the twin towers of New York City's World Trade Centre.
The story previously inspired 2008 documentary Man On Wire.
Gordon-Levitt has been working with Neil Gaiman on the Sandman screenplay. »
El-Sherif’s career of 47 years has seen him produce and star in notable Arabic-language films such as The Yacoubian Building, Atef E-Taieb’s Sawak al-Utubis (1982) and Youssef Chahine’s An Egyptian Story (1982) and Destiny (1997).
He also produced the 1976 action thriller Circle Of Revenge and went on to produce Zaman Hatem Zahran in 1986.
Meanwhile, 81-year-old playback singer Asha Bhosle has recorded more than 12,000 songs for more than 850 films. She is known for her range and versatility across various style of music from folk songs and Indian classical music to pop songs, ghazals and bhajans.
Bhosle also has a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
Bhosle has recorded more than 12,000 songs for more than 850 films in 81 years. Known for her versatility, she has been conferred the Dadasaheb Phalke award in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan from the Indian government in 2008.
Diff Chairman Abdulhamid Juma said: “Asha Bhosle is a stalwart of the Indian music scene, and we are proud to be honouring her with this Diff Lifetime Achievement Award. Her work has touched almost every corner of the world: we look forward to welcoming such a legend to Dubai and Diff.”
Earlier recipients of Diff Lifetime Achievement award include Martin Sheen, Omar Sharif, Faten Hamamah, Adel Imam, Jameel Rateb, Sabah, Morgan Freeman, Sean Penn, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Daoud Abdel Sayed, Youssef Chahine, Rachid Bouchareb, Souleymane Cisse, Nabil El-Maleh, Oliver Stone, Danny Glover, Terry Gilliam, Yash Chopra, »
The filmmaker was presented with the award on Friday night (December 5) in a ceremony held at the Paramount Studios lot.
"What [Snowden] did was probably the most extraordinary act I've ever seen so we could know more as citizens," Variety quotes Poitras as saying.
She met Snowden whilst working on an investigative programme into government surveillance following 9/11, receiving emails from Snowden under the alias "citizenfour."
Poitras eventually met Snowden, who handed over classified documents that revealed surveillance programmes being carried out by the Nsa.
It is believed the as-yet-untitled film »
Filmmaker Oliver Stone managed to make and release a narrative feature film about a sitting U.S. President with W., and it appears that the same might occur with President Barack Obama. An independent film called Southside With You is in the works, though this is not a scathing indictment of presidential policy nor is it a story of Obama’s rise to office—it’s a date movie! Written by Richard Tanne (Worst Friends), the film will revolve around the first date between a young Barack Obama and lawyer Michelle Robinson, who would later become his wife. Set during one summer afternoon in 1989, the picture is said to be in the vein of Richard Linklater’s Before Sunset. More after the jump. Per Deadline, Tanne is set to direct and produce Southside With You for Homegrown Pictures, with production poised to begin in July on location in Chicago. Get on Up »
- Adam Chitwood
Critics' year-end lists are beginning to trickle out and that's a good thing for a number of movies vying for your attention. One benefactor may just be Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice." The critically acclaimed film (which is almost un-categorizable) also hits Los Angeles and New York on Dec. 12. That might be just enough time to pump up the film's deserved awards season prospects.* *And it has already been named one of the top 10 films of the year and earned Anderson a Best Adapted Screenplay honor from the National Board of Review. As I noted after first seeing "Vice" earlier this month, if anyone deserves a nomination for this movie it's Josh Brolin. The "No Country For Old Men" star is simply superb (and hilarious) as the increasingly off-kilter Lapd detective Bigfoot Bjornsen, a man who has a very passive aggressive relationship with the film's "hero," Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix »
- Gregory Ellwood
Middle East distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment has finalized deals for 26 films from the Afm, including Oliver Stone’s Untitled Snowden Project starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, action-thriller Blood Father with Mel Gibson and Studio Ghibli’s When Marnie Was There, all from Wild Bunch.
Front Row continued to cement its long-standing relationships with the likes of Protagonist Pictures and HanWay Films, acquiring the former’s upcoming Ben Wheatley action film Free Fire, Rob Zombie’s 31, David Farr-directed horror The Ones Below and the untitled Joshua Marston drama with Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon.
From HanWay, Front Row secured Thai Boxing action film A Prayer Before Dawn, set to star Charlie Hunnam, The Limehouse Golem, written by Jane Goldman and the Kinks’ biopic You Really Got Me, produced by Jeremy Thomas.
From Embankment »
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Editor's Note: For the next ten days or so as awards season heats up, we'll be featuring individual Team Experience Fyc's for various longshots in the Oscar race. We'll never repeat a film or a category so we hope you enjoy the variety of picks. And if you're lucky enough to be an AMPAS, HFPA, SAG, Critics Group voter, take note! Here's Manuel to kick things off.
Rodrigo Prieto is one of the best cinematographers around. From the gritty urban landscapes of Amores Perros and the color-coded visual triptych that is Babel to the painterly tableaus of Frida and the kinetic Iranian vistas of Argo, Prieto has been slowly amassing quite the filmography, working with the likes of Alejandro González Iñarritú, Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese, Pedro Almodóvar, Oliver Stone, and Ang Lee. It was the first collaboration with that two-time Academy Award winning director that netted Prieto his first Oscar »
- Manuel Betancourt
Since the splashy 2011 debut of the film market and conference ScreenSingapore, which drew such attendees as Tom Hanks and Oliver Stone, the wildly wealthy city-state regularly has been recalibrating its flagship film and TV events in an ongoing bid to become the industry's premier destination in Southeast Asia. This year, it finally may have hit upon the winning formula. The newly rebranded Singapore Media Festival (Smf) pulls together the fourth ScreenSingapore, the 15th annual Asian Television Forum and Market (Atf), the 19th Asian Television Awards and a newly revitalized incarnation of the Singapore International Film Festival -- all under
- Patrick Brzeski
Exclusive: Actor Stephen Dorff has signed with Paradigm. Last year he moved to Resolution from Gersh to return to longtime agent David Unger, but the agency folded in October. Dorff started his career with films like The Power Of One, Judgment Night, and Backbeat in the ’90s — around the time he famously had Alicia Silverstone cryin’ in an Aerosmith music video. He has appeared steadily onscreen since, with credits ranging from vampire actioner Blade to John Waters’ Cecil B. DeMented, Lee Daniels’ Shadowboxer, Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, Michael Mann’s Public Enemies, and Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center.
Dorff starred in recent indie Zaytoun and The Motel Life opposite Emile Hirsch and Dakota Fanning, which premiered at the Rome Film Festival and won the Audience Award for Best Film. Forthcoming films include the recently-wrapped American Hero opposite Eddie Griffin for director Nick Love, drama Oliver’s Deal from exec producer Christine Vachon, »
- Jen Yamato
Underground movies don’t typically lend themselves to commercial interruption, what with their narrative experimentation and their devotion to artistic sensibilities over more profitable concerns. Plus, home media viewers are becoming more accustomed to streaming business ventures that are based financially solely on subscriber fees and not advertiser dollars, e.g. Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Still, there might be a time when a home viewer will be in the mood for something a little more off the beaten path and not want to pay for an additional subscription over what is most likely an outrageous Internet bill — and want to view that off-beat media legally.
So, in that scenario, sometimes Hulu becomes a good option for viewing an oddball movie that screened at an underground film festival — if one doesn’t mind the intrusive ads. Below are five incredible flicks that deserve to be seen, no matter what the option is. »
- Mike Everleth
With both an Oscar and a Grammy on his mantle, Jamie Foxx is a one-man entertainment empire.
Foxx began his career as a stand-up comedian before landing his own sitcom just a few years later -- and then he awed the world. His portrayal of Ray Charles in "Ray" (2004) earned Foxx one accolade after another and even relaunched his music career. Fresh off his Oscar win, the multi-hyphenate teamed with Kanye West and took home a Grammy for the Ray Charles-inspired "Gold Digger." This fall, he's back on the big screen as Dean "Mf" Jones in the star-studded comedy "Horrible Bosses 2" (you can also catch him in "Annie" December 19).
From his real name to the dare that launched his career, here are 33 things you probably don't know about Jamie Foxx.
1. Jamie Foxx was born December 13, 1967 in Terrell, Texas to Louise Annette Talley and Darrell Bishop.
2. He was adopted »
- Jonny Black
Josh Brolin credits his mid-career turnaround to Robert Rodriguez on "Grindhouse" which led to the Coens and "No Country for Old Men" and "True Grit," not to mention Gus Van Sant's "Milk" and Oliver Stone's "W" and "Wall Street 2" and Woody Allen's "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger." Brolin is a chiseled American actor who boasts that rare combination: dangerous masculinity and sexy vulnerability. He plays both villains and lovers. See Jason Reitman's sexy "Labor Day." Brolin clearly had a blast working with Paul Thomas Anderson on his adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel "Inherent Vice" (December 12) and gets to dig into into one of the more colorful character roles of any year. He tells me, in our video interview below, how "Renaissance detective" Bigfoot Bjornsen comes to sport his dramatic flat top. This is not your usual straight-arrow foil to 70s hippie gumshoe Doc. »
- Anne Thompson
Al Pacino has worked with some truly great directors -- Francis Ford Coppola, Oliver Stone, Steven Soderbergh, and Sidney Lumet, to name a few -- but the greatest of them all, he says, is the late Mike Nichols, who died on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at age 83. Us Weekly caught up with the actor at New York City's 21 Club, where he attended a Peggy Siegal luncheon to promote his movie The Humbling just hours after news broke of Nichols' death. The Godfather star, 74, worked with [...] »
Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, the scribes behind the Boston-based hero tale The Fighter and the currently shooting The Finest Hours, tell me after their newly minted CAA reps sold to Fox their feature script Boston Strong that director Daniel Espinosa plans to have his cameras filming at the Boston Marathon next April. That is the site of the infamous 2013 bombing that killed three and injured 264 others. The film will chronicle the heroic efforts of a city which rallied from an unimaginable tragedy to trap the perpetrators after a manhunt, killing one in a shootout and gravely injuring another and finding him after the city was cordoned off.
Most stories about heroic acts in tragedies are told when some time has passed, usually way more than two years. The script by the writers that Disney is now shooting, The Finest Hours, took place in 1952, when the Coast Guard made a »
- Mike Fleming Jr
• The Vampire Diaries’ Paul Wesley will star in Convergence, a vehicle for him to star in and produce. Little is known about the plot at this time, but the film is said to follow a group of underground biotech engineers who experiment with a new technology that exceeds their expectations. Jeff Richard wrote the script. Filming is planned for next spring in Shanghai and Atlanta. [Deadline] • Sam Huntington, of Being Human fame, has been cast as the lead in Finding Sofia. Nico Casavecchia is directing the indie comedy, which follows Huntington as a young filmmaker who buys a ticket to Buenos »
- C. Molly Smith
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