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Exclusive: Writer-director William Monahan has signed a two-year first-look deal with Paramount Pictures. His company, Henceforth Pictures, has a number of projects already in development, including several Monahan originals. The deal comes as the Monahan-scripted reboot of The Gambler is in production at Paramount with Mark Wahlberg and Jessica Lange starring and Rupert Wyatt directing. Monahan also adapted the book Cocaine Cowboys into Desperado, a film that will re-team Lone Survivor helmer Peter Berg with Wahlberg and which Paramount will put into production in the fall. Monahan separately has turned in a scripted adaptation of John Le Carre’s most recent novel, A Delicate Truth, to BBC Films. He has numerous other projects in the pipeline, including Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For, as well as an adaption of Sympathy For Lady Vengeance that will star Charlize Theron, with Monahan producing with Theron and Megan Ellison. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
What will happen with the red-hot Hunger Games franchise now that Phillip Seymour Hoffman—whose character will play a major role in the Mockingjay sequels—has died? How will Lionsgate handle the absence of Hoffman? They've talked about it, and here's what they plan on doing.
Fans and fellow actors were saddened this week by the death of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. However, the people at Lionsgate—who produce the Hunger Games franchise—have something else to worry about. How do they continue the franchise without one of the major characters? The studio and director were relying on Hoffman to continue reprising his role. What will the people behind the powerhouse franchise do about the tragic loss of Hoffman?
Hoffman played a pivotal role as Plutarch Heavensbee in the latest Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire. As the head game-maker, Hoffman’s character created the obstacles meant to defeat protagonist »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Miscasting in films has always been a problem. A producer hires an actor thinking that he or she is perfect for a movie role only to find the opposite is true. Other times a star is hired for his box office draw but ruins an otherwise good movie because he looks completely out of place.
There have been many humdinger miscastings. You only have to laugh at John Wayne’s Genghis Khan (with Mongol moustache and gun-belt) in The Conqueror (1956), giggle at Marlon Brando’s woeful upper class twang as Fletcher Christian in Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) and cringe at Dick Van Dyke’s misbegotten cockney accent in Mary Poppins (1964). But as hilarious as these miscastings are, producers at the time didn’t think the same way, until after the event. At least they add a bit of camp value to a mediocre or downright awful movie.
In rare cases, »
Film producer Richard Shepherd has died, aged 86.
Shepherd was credited with rescuing the song 'Moon River' for Breakfast At Tiffany's, after executive Marty Rackin wanted to remove it from the film.
Shepherd, who was suffering from a long-time illness, produced “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and headed production at MGM and Warner Bros. before founding the Artists Agency during his 60-plus-year career.
Shepherd also produced 1959’s “The Hanging Tree,” starring Gary Cooper; 1960’s “The Fugitive Kind” with Marlon Brando and 1976’s “Robin and Marian,” starring Audrey Hepburn, whom he convinced to return to acting after a decade-long absence. He worked with longtime partner Martin Jurow on most of his projects, including “Love in a Goldfish Bowl” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
He was hired by McA owner Lew Wasserman right after graduating from Stanford in the 1940s. Shepherd would later found his own agency, The Artists Agency, and rep the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Richard Harris. He spent two decades there, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
If the 1980s were a great decade for cheesy music, the 1970s far outstrip it. There is just so much cheesy 70s music around, it is truly an embarrassment of riches. Music in the 70s tended to be either brilliant or dreadful with no in between so there are tons of cheesy songs out there.
For this article I have picked some particularly piquant pieces of cheese – the type that has you roaring and laughing. I wanted to include Richard Harris’ bombastic interpretation of McArthur’s Park, but I believe it is a late 1960s song. McArthur’s Park is the level of cheesiness we are talking about here. I have provided video links for you to sample these goods, if you have not already done so. But a warning – because it is the 1970s, please expect to see beige flares and humungous lapels in abundance.
10. Lovin You – Minnie Ripperton »
- Clare Simpson
6 items from 2014
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