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Meet some of the best directors working today, who haven't gone down the blockbuster movie route...
Ever find it a bit lame when the same big name directors get kicked around for every high profile project? Christopher Nolan, Jj Abrams, maybe the Russo Brothers? With so much focus on blockbuster films these days, getting a major franchise job seems like the main acknowledgement of success for a filmmaker. And yes, both the financial and creative rewards can be great. But there are plenty of other directors out there, doing their own thing, from art house auteurs to Dtv action specialists.
Here are 25 examples.
Even if you don’t know his name, you’ve probably seen Lee Hardcastle’s ultraviolent claymations shared on social media. He first started getting noticed for his two-minute remake of The Thing, starring the famous stop motion penguin Pingu. Far from just a cheap one-joke mash-up, »
One could say that Michael Rosenbaum’s prayers were answered when TV Land’s Impastor came his way. For the Smallville alum not only found in the comedy perhaps “the perfect role” – as a charming, extremely non-religious con man who co-opts the identity and life of a clergyman (who he later learns is gay) — it came on a show that proved to have legs, and as such earned a Season 2 pick-up weeks ahead of this Tuesday’s finale.
In a TV market that is “oversaturated with so many shows, I »
Back in May, we reported that WWE Superstar Sheamus had landed the role of Rocksteady in Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, after the actor was spotted on the New York City set with Gary Anthony Williams as Bebop. We knew for quite some time that both of these characters were going to be included in the sequel, but very little is known about the roles they play. As it turns out, the studio actually sought out former WWE wrestler C.M. Punk for the Rocksteady role, and in a new interview with Chicago Tribune, C.M. Punk reveals a big Spoiler for the sequel. While this has yet to be confirmed, take a look at what he has to say below.
Warning – minor spoilers below…
We’ve seen some set photos of Gary Anthony Williams and WWE Superstar Sheamus as Bebop and Rocksteady pre-mutation, and it was always assumed they would end up as the rhino and warthog that we know an love from the cartoon.
Well, looks like that is the case.
Former WWE Superstar and current Ufc trainee was originally in line to play the role of Rocksteady, before the role went to his former colleague Sheamus. “I just assumed Sheamus is a bigger dude, so they gave it to the big guy,” Punk told the Chicago Tribune. “It makes sense. They were looking for two big, muscly bouncer types. Sheamus fits the role. I think they end up getting mutated half way through. You didn’t hear that from me, though.”
So, looks like we will be getting the classic looks for the characters, though this is hardly »
- Luke Owen
Last week, The Street posted a rundown of a Viacom earnings call, where Paramount Pictures' parent company revealed that principal photography has wrapped on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2. It isn't known when exactly filming wrapped, but we haven't seen any photos from the set since late June, when we saw the motorcycles ridden by Bebop and Rocksteady (Gary Anthony Williams and Stephen Farrelly). Production started back in April in New York City, under the direction of Dave Green (Earth to Echo).
Original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stars Megan Fox (April O'Neil), Will Arnett (Vern Fenwick), William Fichtner (Eric Sacks) and the Ninja Turtles themselves, Alan Ritchson (Raphael), Noel Fisher (Michelangelo), Pete Ploszek (Leonardo) and Jeremy Howard (Donatello) reprise their roles in this action sequel. New cast members include Stephen Amell as Casey Jones, supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio playing herself, the love interest of Vern Fenwick, Tyler Perry as Baxter Stockman, »
Roger Moore In "Spectre"
What if the upcoming "Spectre" were done as a Roger Moore Bond film? A Youtube user has cut together the recent "Spectre" trailer in a way that replaces all of Daniel Craig's shots with scenes from Moore's seven film run in the character.
The different film grade and thirty year age gap mean the transitions are hardly seamless, but it's a fun mash-up nonetheless and one which Moore himself approves it would seem according to his official Twitter:
Viacom has confirmed that principal photography has wrapped on the upcoming "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" sequel. The project began shooting back in April in New York City under the helm of Dave Green ("Earth to Echo") and is scheduled for release in June next year.
- Garth Franklin
The past few years have seen a number of once-cancelled series make a return to the air in some form or the other, with numerous members of the original cast and crew involved once again, a list that has included Netflix’s Arrested Development and its upcoming Fuller House, NBC’s upcoming Heroes Reborn, and Fox’s 24: Live Another Day and upcoming The X-Files. Now the latter channel has added another show to the roster, confirming that Prison Break will be returning in a limited series capacity in the 2016-2017 television season.
Fox made the announcement on Thursday at the Television Critics Association, adding that the series would run for ten episodes to begin, and original show creator Paul Scheuring would be writing it once again. Original series stars Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell have already been signed on to the continuation, with executives confirming other as-yet-unnamed cast members »
- Deepayan Sengupta
If you’re a big fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics and are looking forward to seeing Casey Jones make a faithful transition from the panel to the screen in the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, then you may be a little concerned by the latest comments from actor Stephen Amell (Arrow), who has warned that his upcoming interpretation “is not the Casey Jones that a lot of comic fans have come to know and love.”
“It’s certainly not your father’s or your younger self’s Casey Jones, but that’s,” Amell tells IGN. “He is not the Casey Jones that a lot of comic fans have come to know and love. He is a guy with a job that lives in New York and loves hockey. When things go awry, and when he goes through the normal methods of what someone would do when »
- Gary Collinson
The founder and owner of Lucas Oil Products, cable network Mavtv, Lucas Cattle Company and the naming rights to the Indianapolis Colts’ Stadium Lucas Oil Stadium has teamed on the entertainment venture with the professional racecar driver, actor and producer.
Esx Entertainment will develop, package, finance and produce a slate of high-end, star-driven commercial projects telling “inspiring and purpose-driven stories.”
The company is supported by a media fund backed by Lucas and under the stewardship of Afshar will get involved in three to six film, TV and digital projects a year of varying budgets. Esx will also put up P&A.
Esx Entertainment will be the parent company for a family of film, television and digital labels. Afshar’s pre-existing Esx Productions will fold into the company with a feature film slate that includes the upcoming social issue drama The Wrong Side Of Right and coming-of-age story The Wizard with Jon Voight, William Fichtner, [link »
The new company is touting itself as having the ability to develop, package, finance and produce a slate of inspirational films with commercial appeal.
Afshar’s Esx Productions will fold into the company with a feature film slate that includes the upcoming drama “The Wrong Side of Right,” starring Lea Thompson, James Remar and Jayson Blair; and the coming-of-age story “The Wizard,” starring Jon Voight, William Fichtner and Afshar.
The company also inherits Afshar’s “Born to Race” franchise, which includes the original “Born to Race” feature film and the sequel “Born to Race: Fast Track,” as well as the “Born to Race” TV series currently in development.
Esx will develop, finance and produce three to six projects a year, including feature films and digital/television series.
“For me, »
- Dave McNary
While Americans across the country were celebrating the 4th of July holiday, Independence Day: Resurgence star Jeff Goldblum and director Roland Emmerich sent out two cryptic videos from their official Facebook pages, with the sequel's Twitter page sending out even more Independence Day-themed videos. Each of these viral videos includes quotes from the original 1996 classic Independence Day, with some sort of static interference that could be from the aliens who are about to return from their home planet, several years after their initial invasion. Unfortunately, we don't get any actual footage from the sequel. Since production just started last month, it's unclear when we'll get our first official look at Independence Day: Resurgence.
The new title Independence Day: Resurgence was unveiled during a live stream Q&A directly from the set of this sequel, where fans also got their first look at the movie poster and a vehicle known as the Moon Tug. »
As Hazelwood Manor awaits its grand opening, more details come to light about Amy's disappearance - and Dawn is shocked to discover Spencer was the last person to see her alive.
Virgin Atlantic: Up in the Air: ITV, 9pm
New documentary series featuring an all access behind-the-scenes look at Virgin Atlantic.
The opening episode follows the Crawley base as they prepare to celebrate the airline's 30th birthday. 58-year-old Katie hopes she can become the newest member of the cabin crew.
Crossing Lines: Alibi, 9pm
The show follows an elite police unit who tackle international crime over Europe. This week, they're on the hunt for a serial »
With the sequel currently in production, some new concept art of unused designs have come to light from last year’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which features Shredder and his Foot Clan. Some of the designs are quite different to the final version, but with Shredder set to return in the sequel, could we see them in the new film?
Check them out below:
See Also: Bebop and Rocksteady’s motorcycles spotted in new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 set photo
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is once again produced by Michael Bay, with David Green (Earth to Echo). directing. Megan Fox (April O’Neill), Will Arnett (Vernon Fenwick), William Fichtner (Eric Sacks), Alan Ritchson (Raphael), Jeremy Howard (Donatello), Pete Ploszek (Leonardo) and Noel Fisher (Michelangelo) all return to the cast, while new additions include Stephen Amell (Arrow) as Casey Jones, Tyler Perry (Gone Girl) as Baxter Stockman, Brian Tee (The Wolverine) as The Shredder, »
- Luke Owen
See Also: First look at Bebop and Rocksteady in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is once again produced by Michael Bay, with David Green (Earth to Echo). directing. Megan Fox (April O’Neill), Will Arnett (Vernon Fenwick), William Fichtner (Eric Sacks), Alan Ritchson (Raphael), Jeremy Howard (Donatello), Pete Ploszek (Leonardo) and Noel Fisher (Michelangelo) all return to the cast, while new additions include Stephen Amell (Arrow) as Casey Jones, Tyler Perry (Gone Girl) as Baxter Stockman, Brian Tee (The Wolverine) as The Shredder, Gary Anthony Williams (Boston Legal) as Bebop and WWE’s Sheamus as Rocksteady with Alessandra Ambrosio (Casino Royale) and Laura Linney (The Fifth Estate) in unconfirmed roles. The »
- Gary Collinson
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is still shooting in and around New York City, with the entire cast assembled in Down Town for what are sure to be some epic action scenes. It's been awhile since we had anything revealed on set. But today, new photos bring us a first look at the tricked-out motorcycles that belong to sequel newcomers BeBop and Rocksteady.
These two mutated minions of Shredder will be played by WWE Superstar Stephen Farrelly, a.k.a. Sheamus, who is taking on the guise of Rhino Rocksteady and voice actor Gary Anthony Williams, who is playing the warthog Bebop. They join a cast that includes Megan Fox reprising her role as TV reporter April O'Neil and Will Arnett as her cameraman Vern Fenwick. Other new additions to the cast include Stephen Amell as Casey Jones, Alessandra Ambrosio as Vern's girlfriend Alessandra, Tyler Perry as mad scientist Baxter Stockman, »
During last night’s live-streamed Q&A, it was announced that the long-awaited Indepdendence Day sequel is going by the title of Independence Day Resurgence; check out the logo here, along with a behind-the-scenes image of director Roland Emmerich, and a look at the ‘Moon Tug’ vehicle…
We always knew they were coming back. After Independence Day redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.
- Gary Collinson
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
At the Licensing Expo is a promo poster for the upcoming "Independence Day" sequel. Collider was able to take a photo of it and we now have it here for you. Check out the poster below, in addition to the official plot synopsis. Plot: After "Independence Day" redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global catastrophe on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens' advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction. The new movie is directed by Roland Emmerich (Independence Day) and stars Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Joey King, Sela Ward, Vivica A. Fox, William Fichtner, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Judd Hirsch. It's set »
Free Fire, Akira, All I See Is You, and other films have made recent film casting, screenwriting, and director news. These films come from movie studios primarily based in the United States. The castings, screenwriters, and directors are subject to change.
Untitled WWII movie
Brad Pitt has been looking for a lover for his next WWII movie and he has finally found one in Oscar winner Marion Cotillard, who’s in negotiations to join him in the untitled period film that Robert Zemeckis is directing
Steven Knight wrote the script
Pitt and Cotillard will play assassins who fall in love during a mission to kill a German official. They soon marry, but their romance is cut short when Pitt is told that his wife is a double agent working for the German government and he must kill her.
- Rollo Tomasi
The Licensing Expo is on and poppin' in Las Vegas, showing off all the toys and marketing merchandise for upcoming films and one such film is Independence Day 2, which Roland Emmerich is returning to direct with the likes of Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch and Vivica A. Fox returning along with new stars Liam Hemsworth, Jessie Usher, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Joey King, William Fichtner, Sela Ward and Brent Spiner joining in. Set for a June 24, 2016 release we still didn't have much word on what it was all about, but, along with the poster you see below, Collider delivers the film's first synopsis and it portends of a global disaster of an "unimaginable scale". After Independence Day redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global catastrophe on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. »
- Brad Brevet
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