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The Campaign Begins: Inside the First Weekend Push to Woo Academy Voters with Food, Swag, and Celebs

5 December 2016 12:22 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Truth is, while there are about 6,000 voting Academy members, it can take only 300 or so Oscar votes to get a movie nominated. Hence all the relentless campaigning, which is in full gear, as distributors, foreign countries, and Oscar-whisperers plan and execute relentless rounds of screenings with public appearances — at lunches, Q&A panels, premieres, DVD launch parties, and “holiday” fetes.

Check out this slice of the past few days to get a sense of all the wining and dining that goes on. Academy members are being constantly wooed, just like the Hollywood Foreign Press Association who vote on the Golden Globes, with yummy food, drink, music, and celebrities —despite various attempts by the Academy to monitor and limit the scale of all this campaigning.

On the animation side, for example, this past week saw a Friday Academy screening of Universal/Illumination’s animated contest musical “Sing,” directed by live-action director »

- Anne Thompson

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The Campaign Begins: Inside the First Weekend Push to Woo Academy Voters with Food, Swag, and Celebs

5 December 2016 12:22 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Truth is, while there are about 6,000 voting Academy members, it can take only 300 or so Oscar votes to get a movie nominated. Hence all the relentless campaigning, which is in full gear, as distributors, foreign countries, and Oscar-whisperers plan and execute relentless rounds of screenings with public appearances — at lunches, Q&A panels, premieres, DVD launch parties, and “holiday” fetes.

Check out this slice of the past few days to get a sense of all the wining and dining that goes on. Academy members are being constantly wooed, just like the Hollywood Foreign Press Association who vote on the Golden Globes, with yummy food, drink, music, and celebrities —despite various attempts by the Academy to monitor and limit the scale of all this campaigning.

On the animation side, for example, this past week saw a Friday Academy screening of Universal/Illumination’s animated contest musical “Sing,” directed by live-action director »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Mr. Turner,’ ‘Legend’ Dp Dick Pope on Set Discipline, Digital, Collaboration

16 November 2016 7:33 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bydgoszcz, Poland – Cinematographer Dick Pope doesn’t suffer fools gladly. When he’s on the set, he demands that his crew avoid distractions and stay focused on the task at hand. “I hate small talk, reading newspapers, anything that will put the actors off doing their best.”

And when Pope is judging the films of others, even the work of new filmmakers, he will vote harshly if they haven’t done their homework. And judging films is exactly what Pope is doing this week, as jury president of the Cinematographers’ Debuts Competition at the Camerimage film festival in Bydgoszcz, Poland. The fest began on Nov. 14 and will end Nov. 19.

“They may be debut DPs but I’m not very forgiving of substandardly photographed films,” he says. “That’s true of any cinematographer. Whether it’s their first film or their 50th, they should be prepared enough so that the photography is worth watching. »

- Peter Caranicas

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Tom Hardy set to play Al Capone in Josh Trank’s Fonzo

31 October 2016 4:54 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Having delivered two sterling performances as the Kray brothers in Brian Helgeland’s Legend Tom Hardy is stepping back into his gangster garb as Al Capone in a new film from Josh Trank according to Variety. The new film, entitled Fonzo, takes a look at the declining years of the infamous Capone following his eight year […]

The post Tom Hardy set to play Al Capone in Josh Trank’s Fonzo appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- Jon Lyus

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Clint Eastwood to direct Jessica Buchanan story Impossible Odds

16 October 2016 8:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Clint Eastwood is set to bring another real life story to the screen with his next movie, with THR reporting that he has signed on to direct Impossible Odds, which tells the tale of kidnapped American aid worker Jessica Buchanan.

Based on the memoir from Buchanan, her husband Erik Landemalm and Anthony Flacco and scripted by Brian Helgeland (Blood Work, Mystic River), Impossible Odds will follow Buchanan’s journey after being kidnapped by land pirates in Somalia in 2011. She and a co-worker then spent 93 days being held in the desert before President Barack Obama authorised a rescue from Seal Team 6, who parachuted into the area, killed the pilots and extracted the pair.

Eastwood’s most recent film Sully was released in the States last month and has so far grossed over $175 million worldwide. It will open in the UK on December 2nd. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Clint Eastwood Weighs ‘Impossible Odds’ for Next Directorial Effort

11 October 2016 1:48 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

As Sully‘s well-deserved box-office success continues, Clint Eastwood begins moving towards his next directorial effort — and, yes, it’s another story of American exceptionalism, but probably more along the lines of his last feature than the controversy-stirring American Sniper. THR gives word that the project is Impossible Odds, a kidnapping tale based on the memoirs of Jessica Buchanan, Erik Landemalm, and Anthony Flacco. Buchanan, an aid worker in Somalia, was, alongside a colleague “sold out by their escort and protector” and kidnapped by land pirates in October of 2011, then held captive for 93 days while her husband, Landemalm, sought to have her rescued, a task eventually completed by Seal Team 6.

Brian Helgeland (previously of the director’s Blood Work and Mystic River) will handle writing duties, which includes, among other things, the unique task of giving an Eastwood picture (or an Eastwood anything) some positive stance on Barack Obama, being »

- Nick Newman

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Clint Eastwood to Direct Jessica Buchanan Biopic Impossible Odds

11 October 2016 10:32 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It's been just over a month since Clint Eastwood's Sully hit theaters, and it didn't take long for the 86-year-old filmmaker to line up his next project. Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to Jessica Buchanan's autobiography Impossible Odds, which she wrote with Anthony Flacco, for a feature adaptation that Clint Eastwood is in talks to direct. Brian Helegeland will write the screenplay adaptation of the book, which chronicles Jessica Buchanan's harrowing true story.

Jessica Buchanan was an American humanitarian aid worker, who traveled to Somalia to help local children. On October 25, 2011, she and a colleague were captured by Somali pirates and held for ransom in harsh conditions. After 93 days of negotiations, President Obama ordered Seal Team Six to attempt a daring rescue operation, and on January 25, 2012, the team of 24 Navy Seals killed all nine pirates and rescued the hostages safely.

Variety reports that Anthony Flacco and »

- MovieWeb

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Newswire: Clint Eastwood to direct film about kidnapped aid worker Jessica Buchanan

11 October 2016 8:19 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Clint Eastwood’s recent works, including Sully and American Sniper, offer praise to a quiet but unwavering grit that the director has come to see as distinctive to the American ideal. Alternatively, Eastwood’s recent comments offer condemnation to a generation the octogenarian social commentator has come to see as anathema to good old-fashioned American values.

Continuing his work in the milieu of American heroes who aren’t spineless candy asses, Variety reports that his next project will be an adaptation of Impossible Odds, the autobiographical account of Jessica Buchanan, a humanitarian aid worker kidnapped by Somali militants. Buchanan was held ransom for three months in 2012, until a dramatic rescue by a Navy Seal team. Warner Bros. has optioned the book, with the intention of Eastwood directing. Green Zone scribe Brian Helgeland is adapting the book, with Greg Silverman and Julia Spiro in charge of production.

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- B.G. Henne

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Clint Eastwood to take on Impossible Odds

11 October 2016 7:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Tony Sokol Oct 12, 2016

In Impossible Odds, Clint Eastwood will tackle real-life rescue of humanitarian aid Jessica Buchanan worker in Somali for his next film.

Clint Eastwood, who has most recently brought the real-life stories American Sniper and Sully to the movies, will take on another true-life story for his next film. Eastwood will adapt Jessica Buchanan’s memoir Impossible Odds for the big screen. Buchanan was working as a humanitarian aid worker in Somalia in October 2011 when she was captured by Somali militants and held ransom in the desert for 93 days. She was rescued by a Seal Team 6 in January 2012.

The book Impossible Odds was written by Buchanan, her husband Erik Landemalm and Anthony Flacco. The screenplay is being written by Brian Helgeland.

According to the official Simon and Schuster synopsis of Impossible Odds:

In 2006, twenty-seven-year-old Jessica Buchanan stepped off a plane in Nairobi, Kenya, with a teaching degree and »

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Clint Eastwood Will Remain In The Realm Of True-Life Dramas For Impossible Odds

11 October 2016 6:24 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

If American Sniper displayed Clint Eastwood’s knack for tackling true-life drama – bagging $547 million and six Oscar nominations in the process – Sully took that creative process to the skies, producing a gripping account of the Miracle on the Hudson that was flawed, yes, but also incredibly entertaining throughout.

It seems Eastwood has developed a taste for the sub-genre, too, now that The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the esteemed actor-turned-director has honed in on his latest feature film to be ripped from the headlines. Lifted her own Impossible Odds memoir, THR confirms that the picture will chronicle the story of Jessica Buchanan, the American aid worker kidnapped by Somali pirates five years ago. Held captive for 93 days while the pirates demanded ransom, Buchanan was ultimately rescued thanks to a Seal Team Six mission carried out under the cover of darkness.

Blending character drama with a tense, nail-biting finale, the cinematic »

- Michael Briers

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Clint Eastwood in Talks to Direct ‘Impossible Odds,’ Based on Memoir About Somali Pirates

10 October 2016 4:58 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Clint Eastwood is turning to another real-life tale of survival for what might be his next film. Just two years removed from “American Sniper” and with “Sully” still in theaters, the director will likely be helming Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Jessica Buchanan and Erik Landemalm’s memoir “Impossible Odds,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Read More: The Onion’s ‘Sully’ Review Mourns the Dead Geese Ignored by Clint Eastwood’s Film — Watch

An account of Buchanan’s 93 days of captivity at the hands of Somali land pirates, during which time her husband worked to facilitate her rescue, the book was previously optioned by Clear Pictures Entertainment and Silver Reel Partners. The ordeal, which took place in 2011, ended when President Obama approved Seal Team 6 to parachute in and rescue Buchanan and a fellow aid worker.

Read More: ‘Sully’ Review: Tom Hanks Is a Hero In Clint Eastwood’s Drama, But the »

- Michael Nordine

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Clint Eastwood to Direct Movie About Kidnapped Aid Worker Jessica Buchanan

10 October 2016 2:41 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Clint Eastwood has set his sights on directing a movie about the kidnapped American aid worker Jessica Buchanan, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. Warner Bros. has optioned the rights to Buchanan and her husband’s memoir “Impossible Odds.” Brian Helgeland is writing the script. In October 2011, Buchanan was working in Somalia when she and a colleague were kidnapped by militants and held ransom for 93 days. A Seal team killed all of the militants and rescued the pair. Also Read: 'Sully' Soars to $1.35 Million at Thursday Box Office Eastwood has been extremely successful with taking true-life stories and bringing them. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Clint Eastwood Eyeing Film About Kidnapped American Aid Worker Jessica Buchanan

10 October 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In typical Clint Eastwood fashion, the seemingly ageless auteur is already setting up his next directing gig even as his latest pic “Sully” is playing in theaters.

Sources tell Variety that Warner Bros. has optioned “Impossible Odds,” an autobiography by Jessica Buchanan and Anthony Flacco. The American humanitarian aid worker was kidnapped by Somali militants and later rescued by a Navy Seal team in 2012. Eastwood is considering the pic as his next project.

Brian Helgeland is writing the script. Greg Silverman and Julia Spiro are overseeing production.

Flacco and Sharlene Martin of Martin Literary Management are attached as Associate Producers.

The story tells the tale of Buchanan, who traveled to Somalia to help children only to be kidnapped by militants and held for ransom for 93 days. Her captors were killed by SEALs in a dramatic rescue mission.

Eastwood has become increasingly interested in films about ordinary people who are thrown »

- Justin Kroll

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Clint Eastwood to Tackle True-Life Story of Kidnapped Aid Worker Jessica Buchanan

10 October 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

After tackling a true-life story with Sully, Clint Eastwood is setting his sights on another: that of kidnapped American aid worker Jessica Buchanan.  Warner Bros, Eastwood's longtime home studio, has optioned Impossible Odds, the memoir written by Buchanan, her husband Erik Landemalm, and Anthony Flacco. While it's a beat early in the development stages, Eastwood is looking at it as his next project. Brian Helgeland, who worked with Eastwood on the Oscar-winning 2003 film Mystic River, as well as 2002's Blood Work, is writing the script. Buchanan was working in Somalia when, in October 2011, she and

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Curtis Hanson: A Craftsman Who, in Two Movies, Touched Greatness

21 September 2016 2:09 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Directing movies, Quentin Tarantino has said, “is a young man’s game. Directors don’t really get better as they get older…I’ve been studying all these directors’ careers, and boy, you tell me the one I haven’t thought of and I’ll bow my head.” Tarantino is right. For the most part, directors don’t get better as they get older. (The rare ones remain just as good.) There are exceptions to that rule, however, and none may be more dramatic, in its way, than the career of Curtis Hanson, who died Tuesday at 71.

For a long time, he worked under the radar. Then, in his forties, when he’d achieved a certain medium-grade commercial success, it was for making a handful of serviceable if not exactly indelible genre movies: the yuppie exploitation noir “Bad Influence” (1990), which played — with an entertaining hint of crassness — off the Rob Lowe sex-tape scandal. »

- Owen Gleiberman

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R.I.P. Curtis Hanson

21 September 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Last night, the cinematic world lost one of its own. Filmmaker Curtis Hanson passed away at the age of 71. The cause of death has been placed as natural causes. Hanson worked in the industry for well over 40 years, writing and directing movies that will stand the test of time. Oscar took notice in the late 90’s when Hanson made what most consider to be his masterpiece with L.A. Confidential, but he was a well known artist before then. He worked steadily on the big screen, also putting out the top notch HBO TV movie Too Big to Fail about five years ago. He will be missed in a big way. Hanson was an Academy Award winner and three time nominee, all for L.A. Confidential back in 1997. That highly regarded crime drama was a tale of corruption in the 1950’s, looking at how very different policemen dealt with enforcing the law. »

- Joey Magidson

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Curtis Hanson Rip: 1945-2016

21 September 2016 11:52 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Curtis Hanson--Confidentially

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Alex Simon

Curtis Hanson was my first interview with a fellow film buff and film journalist. He was nice enough to sit down with me twice, first at the Rose Cafe in Venice, then at a lunch spot in the Marina, the name of which has been lost to time. He was then kind enough to invite me to the world premiere of "L.A. Confidential" at the Chinese Theater as his guest, my first time on the red carpet at a real-life Hollywood premiere, and called me after this piece ran to thank me personally. A nice man. Hanson, and co-writer Brian Helgeland, would go on to win Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars for "L.A. Confidential."

Years later, I ran into Hanson at a book signing party for Pat York that was held in Westwood. I approached him and reminded him of our interview a decade or so earlier. »

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Goodbye, Curtis Hanson

21 September 2016 11:34 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Curtis Hanson, the Oscar-winning director of films including L.A. Confidential, 8 Mile, and In Her Shoes, has died. He was 71 years old. Hanson was born March 24, 1945 in Reno, Nevada but grew up in Los Angeles. After dropping out of high school, he pursued opportunities as a freelance photographer and editor of the now-defunct Cinema magazine before turning to screenwriting, which bore fruit with 1970's The Dunwich Horror, a Roger Corman-produced fright film that he co-wrote with Henry Rosenbaum and Ronald Silkosky. Hanson subsequently moved to directing with Sweet Kill, a 1973 horror film about a sexually-repressed man who finds gratification in murdering the women he sleeps with. That was followed by a string of other low-budget efforts in multiple genres, including Losin' It, a teen comedy starring a pre-Risky Business Tom Cruise.  Though he worked consistently through the '70s and '80s, Hanson wouldn't achieve mainstream recognition until »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Curtis Hanson obituary

21 September 2016 10:29 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Director, producer and screenwriter who won an Oscar for the film adaptation of La Confidential

To get a measure of the wide range of themes and genres covered by the film director Curtis Hanson, who has died aged 71, one need only compare his greatest critical success, La Confidential (1997), with his biggest commercial hit, 8 Mile (2002). The former is a stylish, 1950s-set noir thriller shot through with ambivalence about Hollywood, which is shown in all its dreamy allure and soul-crushing horror. The latter picture is a semi-gritty star vehicle for the rapper Eminem (Aka Marshall Mathers III) which draws on the performer’s own background in its story of a young man who uses hip-hop to escape his insalubrious trailer-park origins.

La Confidential was acclaimed by critics who had believed they did not make them like that any more; Hanson and his co-writer, Brian Helgeland, won an Oscar for their assured adaptation »

- Ryan Gilbey

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Curtis Hanson, 8 Mile and L.A. Confidential Director, Passes Away at 71

21 September 2016 10:03 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Curtis Hanson, a beloved director who made hit films such as 8 Mile and L.A. Confidential, passed away last night at the age of 71. While no cause of death has been confirmed, initial reports reveal the filmmaker was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home last night, from an apparent heart attack. However, an Lapd spokesperson would not confirm that information, stating he died of "natural causes."

Variety reports that paramedics responded to a call regarding an unconscious man at the director's Hollywood Hills home at 4:52 Pm. The filmmaker was pronounced dead at the scene, although no further details were given. The filmmaker had been retired for the past few years, with his last film being the 2012 biopic Chasing Mavericks, and other reports claim he had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Curtis Hanson was born March 24, 1945 in Reno, Nevada and he was raised in Los Angles. Despite his father »

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