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Need For Speed director Scott Waugh became a stuntman in 1982 and retired in 2005. Waugh was the president of Stunts Unlimited for three years, the most prestigious stunt organization in the world. During his tenure, Stunts Unlimited was involved in such box office hits as Spider-Man, Talladega Nights, 24 and Bad Boys II. Under Waugh’s leadership, Stunts Unlimited received three consecutive Emmy Awards for Best Stunt Coordinator. He has been involved in more than 150 film and television productions in various capacities and gained his first-hand filmmaking knowledge from directors Michael Mann, Steven Spielberg and Oliver Stone while on their sets.
His feature film directorial debut, Act of Valor, which Relativity Media released in February 2012, opened #1 at the U.S. box office and went on to gross more than $80 million worldwide. He followed that up with this years high-octane racing action flick Need For Speed, which sees Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul star as Tobey Marshall, »
- Phil Wheat
Since we're running Allan Arkush's commentary on Oliver Stone's The Doors this week, I thought it might be fun to share a story with you. I loved the Doors' music from the moment I first heard it as a teenager growing up in La. It seemed to capture the ethos of the 60s, a time of rule-breaking and rebellion, of limitless possibilities and deep disappointments, a time when you felt that everything you did and every choice you made was important and might make a difference in the world.
Needless to say when I was in Paris in 1997 for the first time since 1981, I made sure to take a trip to Le Pere Lachaise Cemetery where Jim Morrison and many other poets, novelists, composers and artists are buried.
While there, I took a photo of rock critic, Brett Meisner (now deceased), at Morrison’s grave. If you look »
- Elizabeth Stanley
Today on Trailers from Hell, Allan Arkush talks Oliver Stone's 1991 biopic about 1960s prog-rock band The Doors. The film spent over 10 years in development, running through several studios and potential leading men before settling on Val Kilmer as the band’s self-aggrandizing/self-destructive lead singer, Jim Morrison. Critical reaction was mixed and the box-office weak, but all of Oliver Stone's films are passion projects and "The Doors" is no different: like Morrison himself, Stone’s movie is never dull or doctrinaire. »
- Trailers From Hell
Oliver Stone’s bio-pic about 60’s prog-rock band The Doors spent over ten years in development, running through several studios and potential leading men before settling on Val Kilmer as the band’s self-aggrandizing/self-destructive lead singer, Jim Morrison. Critical reaction was mixed and the box-office weak, but all of Oliver Stone’s films are passion projects and The Doors is no different: like Morrison himself, Stone’s movie is never dull or doctrinaire.
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- TFH Team
When the lights went down at New York's packed Paris Theatre for the world premiere of Woody Allen's Magic In The Moonlight, starring Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Jacki Weaver, Eileen Atkins, Simon McBurney, Hamish Linklater and Marcia Gay Harden, a very special festive hush descended over the star-studded audience.
Among those attending the Dolce & Gabbana - Sony Pictures Classics (Michael Barker & Tom Bernard) invited screening were Audrey Tautou, John Turturro, Oliver Stone, Fed Up's Katie Couric, Danny Strong, Gina Gershon, Josh Lucas, Christina Hendricks, Dane DeHaan, Dana Delany, Mia Moretti, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Anna Wintour, Christine Baranski, Olivia Palermo, Michael Stuhlbarg, Regis Philbin and Soon-Yi Previn.
"Tell me, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Will "Travis McGee" finally get made? The project has been bouncing around Hollywood for years, at one time was positioned as a vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio (who is still producing), while directors like Paul Greengrass and Oliver Stone circled at various times. Now James Mangold ("The Wolverine," "Walk The Line") is attached to direct and an old friend may star. Christian Bale is in early talks for the movie which is franchise material, based on the books by John D. MacDonald and centers on a beach bum “salvage consultant,” who specializes in recovering client's otherwise forever lost property in return for half the property's value as a fee — his first case (based on the novel "The Deep Blue Good-By") finds him reluctantly in search of a treasure hidden by a soldier after World War II. Will Bale be the one to get this moving? We'll see. [THR] Speaking of long developing projects, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Circling through various stages of development for some time, it looks like John D. MacDonald’s best-selling series is finally about to make it to the big screen, with Christian Bale eyeing the lead in The Deep Blue Goodbye.
The 1964 novel is the first of twenty-one in the Travis McGee series, and has previously had the likes of Oliver Stone and Paul Greengrass in the director’s chair, as well as Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead.
DiCaprio is still on board as a producer, but talks have commenced with Christian Bale to star as the hero, Travis McGee. And though there’s no offer yet, Bale is reported to have agreed to star, and an offer is expected shortly.
James Mangold, coming off the back of helming The Wolverine, has just closed his deal to direct, and DiCaprio will be producing alongside Jennifer Davisson Killoran (The Ides of March, Out of the Furnace »
- Kenji Lloyd
The casting of True Detective season two is ongoing, with the latest reports being that Colin Farrell has been targeted for one of the leads roles this time around. One person who won't be taking the project on is Christian Bale though, who has reportedly turned down the show.
Instead, he's gravitating towards starring in the long-in-gestation film adaptation of John D MacDonald's novel, The Deep Blue Good-by. The novel, which centres on the character of Travis McGee as he comes to the aid of a friend in need - and in the path of an unpleasant man named Junior - has been targeted for a film for some time. Directors such as Paul Greengrass and Oliver Stone have been mooted in the past, with James Mangold currently in the director's chair. »
The film adaption of the John D. MacDonald novel The Deep Blue Good-By has taken a rather convoluted path towards the silver screen. Fox got close to deals with both Oliver Stone and Paul Greengrass to direct the film before going after James Mangold (hot off saving The Wolverine from disaster). Initially Leonardo DiCaprio intended to play the part of Travis McGee in the intended franchise but had to pull out for scheduling reasons. He remains onboard as a producer, but now reports have Christian Bale eyeing the lead role (though a formal offer has yet to be made). Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time a film has flirted with both Stone and DiCaprio before moving on to Bale (an early version of American Psycho had the pair attached). Now, apparently having passed on True Detective Season 2, Bale is keen on this project as well. Hit the jump »
- Evan Dickson
After spending years in development, it seems the adaptation of The Deep Blue Good-By, featuring John D. MacDonald's recurring character Travis McGee, is finally making progress. The Wolverine director James Mangold boarded the film this past spring, after directors like Paul Greengrass and Oliver Stone flirted with the project and Leonardo DiCaprio wanted to star. But now a new name might end up with the lead role as Variety reports Out of the Furnace and American Hustle star Christian Bale is in early talks to play the self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game who appears in 21 books. Read on! Bale doesn't have an official offer, but apparently the actor has agreed to star and is currently working out a deal as we speak. Mangold is officially signed to direct for Chernin Entertainment and Leonardo DiCaprio will still produce through his Appian Way banner along with Jennifer Davison-Killoran. »
- Ethan Anderton
The iconic Travis McGee is set to have another turn at a film adaptation and Christian Bale is eyeing the literary character. The Deep-blue Good-by would reteam Bale with his 3:10 To Yuma director, James Mangold. Leonardo DiCaprio, who is producing, was actually planning to play the McGee role at one point with Oliver Stone directing, now that would have been something to see! Not to take anything away from Bale and Mangold of course, those two are fantastic overachievers. Travis McGee is »
- Graham McMorrow
Sometimes the stories of films that never got made are more interesting than the ones that actually did. Such is the case with Return of the Apes, a rebooting of the Planet of the Apes franchise that was set to have Oliver Stone direct and Arnold Schwarzenegger star in the lead role. In typical Hollywood fashion, the project fell apart once one executive was promoted and another took over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t all look back at what Stone and Schwarzenegger were planning to do. Allow us to reassure you that, yes, it was totally insane. Topless Robot has put together a fascinatingly detailed piece about the film’s script and genesis that highlights all the kookiness Stone planned (he thought the original films were dumb and tossed out an off-the-cuff...
- Mike Bracken
Who of our modern filmmakers will justify lavish, career-spanning box sets in the next generation (presuming there is such a thing and we’re not 100% digital)? We’ve seen Oliver Stone, Martin Scorsese, and Alfred Hitchcock sets in recent years but who will get the same treatment in ten or twenty years?
One man who I’d love to see dissected from first film to last is the essential Spike Lee. He has had an undeniably spotty career with films both considered masterpieces and complete failures. But Spike is always working, always trying something new, always willing to challenge himself and the viewer. Did his “Oldboy” remake work? No. He picks himself up, dusts himself off, and gets back to it. Spike has been everywhere lately, promoting and discussing the 25th anniversary of his masterpiece, “Do the Right Thing,” and so someone figured it was a good time to release »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
We’re trying to make cinema that encourages thinking
The Golden Dream is a stunning first feature by Diego Quemada-Diez, who has previously worked camera for, among others, Alejandro Inarritu, Oliver Stone, and, most influentially, for Ken Loach. The Golden Dream has recently become the most awarded Mexican film in history, scooping up awards from Thessaloniki to Tallinn, including Un Certain Regard at Cannes. Juan (Brandon Lopez), Sara (Karen Martinez), and Chauk (Rodolfo Dominguez) are three Guatemalans, barely burgeoning on adulthood, who leave the poverty of their slum and head for a treacherous dream, a life—a fantasy better life—in the United States. First as illegal immigrants in Mexico, they must make their way west and then up, to become illegal immigrants in Los Angeles, joining a river of migration through an incredibly hostile environment. Besides robbery (if it’s not bandits, it’s the police who rob them), hunger, »
- Dr. Garth Twa
Here we are, at the top of the mountain. We’ve had plenty from every war imaginable, some supportive of war efforts, some not. But the more interesting war films really focus on the people; the internal struggles those men and women have about what they are doing. Whether made in America, Germany, the United Kingdom, or anywhere else, war is not just a battle between good and evil. It’s a life and death struggle between opposing sides that may not be that different. The movies at the top of this list may be subtle or straightforward, but each of them is a clear snapshot that lets audiences see what it means to fight, so they don’t have to.
10. Paths of Glory (1957)
Directed by: Stanley Kurbick
Conflict: World War I
- Joshua Gaul
A pop-culture touchstone, a nearly all-purpose metaphor and one of the most beloved sci-fi franchises of the Seventies and beyond, the Planet of the Apes films do what all good what-if fantasies should do: hold up a mirror to humanity and reflect our own conflicts, issues and failings back to us through a wildly outrageous premise. The original 1968 movie mixes satire, social commentary, action and suspense, capped by a first-rate twist at the end. ("Damn you, damn you all to hell!")
Stalingrad 3D’s producer-director Fyodor Bondarchuk has a Us major in his sights for the national and international distribution of the forthcoming Russian war film, Battalion Of Death, set during the First World War.
Speaking during a presentation of the first footage of Dmitry Meshiev’s drama about the women battalions formed in 1917 to fight on the Eastern front against the Germans, Bondarchuk said that negotiations were underway with “a big company” to handle distribution in a way “very similar to Stalingrad.”
The $30m war drama Stalingrad was released in Russian cinemas by Sony Pictures Releasing International on October 10, 2013 and posted the strongest opening weekend ever for a locally produced film with $14.3m from 1,400 screens. In total, the film took $52m (RUB1.75bn) at the Russian box office to become the top release of 2013 and was also a hit for Sony in China with takings of over $11.5m.
Bondarchuk, whose production company Art Pictures Studio co-produced Battalion »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
Top twenty. Now we start to see the more widely recognizable films that people have some emotional attachment to. World War II gets a few mentions in this portion of the list, but this is one of the more diverse sections, overall. We get a mention of the Boer War, the Algerian War, and the Korean War, as well as the only movie about the American Civil War on this list.
20. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
Conflict: Boer War, World War I, World War II
The only film on the list that spans multiple wars is also probably the least battle-focused film on the list. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp is told through an extended flashback, following Major-General Clive Wynne-Candy (Roger Livesey) as he rises through the ranks of the British military from war to war. The flashback is »
- Joshua Gaul
This year, the Fourth of July holiday is oddly devoid of blockbuster entertainment, with a handful of smaller movies (including Warner Bros' "Tammy" and Screen Gems' "Deliver Us From Evil") heading to the multiplex instead of the usual onslaught of spectacle and bombast. This maybe was a response to last year's disappointing turn from Disney's mega-budgeted "The Lone Ranger," which suffered in the primo slot, handily out-earned by those weird yellow minions in "Despicable Me 2."
This year, the big guns are pulled the week before the holiday, in form of Paramount's "Transformers: Age of Extinction," the fourth (!) entry in the based-on-the-plastic-toys franchise that began way back in 2007 with a relatively straightforward (and fun) tale of a teenage boy and his first car, which turns out to be a robotic alien shape-shifter. Ah, those were simpler times.
- Drew Taylor
Eli Wallach, the star of many a classic Old Hollywood Western, passed away Tuesday, The New York Times reported. He was 98.
Wallach was most notably known as Tuco from Sergio Leone’s masterpiece The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, but he also worked alongside Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe in The Misfits, Yul Brynner in The Magnificent Seven, Al Pacino in The Godfather Part III and many more as one of the finest character actors of his day.
As an actor, he took up the “Method” school of thought and studied at the Actors Studio alongside Marlon Brando, Sidney Lumet and his eventual wife, actress Anne Jackson, with whom he leaves three children.
Wallach first came to stardom in Elia Kazan’s 1956 Baby Doll, earning him a BAFTA for Most Promising Newcomer to Film and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The Academy eventually awarded him with »
- Brian Welk
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