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Rome — Egyptian actor Amr Waked, his country’s biggest international star, has joined the cast of Neil Jordan’s “Riviera” as a French detective investigating the yacht explosion that precipitates the plot of the high-profile TV crime series.
Waked, who also played a French cop in Luc Besson’s “Lucy,” will play a detective named Delormes who is “trying to decipher a very complicated case,” the actor said. The show is being produced by London-based Archery Pictures for pan-European pay-tv network Sky.
Billionaire Constantine Clios is killed in the explosion, after which his new wife, Georgina, played by Julia Stiles, “is shocked to discover [that] the fortune that maintained his immaculate, ever-so-tasteful lifestyle is tainted with dishonesty, double-dealing, crime, and ultimately murder,” according to Sky’s press notes.
The ensemble cast of the series, set amid the sleazy French jet set on the »
- Nick Vivarelli
One of the most celebrated film makers of the last four decades has died. Here’s how the New York Times reported it….
The death was confirmed by Officer Jenny Houser, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department. She said that officers had been called to the house shortly before 5 p.m., and that Mr. Hanson had died of natural causes.
Julie Mann, his business manager, said Mr. Hanson had been struggling for some time with a form of dementia.
Let’s take a look at his long career. His first screen credit is for helping to adapt H.P. Lovecraft’s short story in the 1970 American International Pictures’ The Dunwich Horror starring Sandra Dee and Dean Stockwell. »
- Jim Batts
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
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 »
Curtis Hanson, the Academy Award-winning co-writer and director of L.A. Confidential and helmer of films like 8 Mile, Wonder Boys, The River Wild and In Her Shoes, has died at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 71. The cause of death is said to be natural causes, but Deadline says that the legendary filmmaker had been in poor health for a while.
Hanson made his directorial debut in 1972 with the horror movie Sweet Kill, but went on to have a four decade career with features like The Hand That Rocks The Cradle and Wonder Boys, as well as the four aforementioned movies. His crowning glory was the 1997 adaptation of the James Ellroy novel L.A. Confidential, the Russell Crowe led ensembles which picked up two Oscars, one for its supporting actress Kim Basinger, and another for Hanson and co-writer Brian Helgeland for their adapted screenplay. The film also »
- Paul Heath
The ten-episode series is a re-do of Irwin Allen’s 1965 cult TV classic and revolves around The Robinson family, a space crew who were supposed to set off on a five-year mission to explore a distant planet, but an act of sabotage by the scheming Dr. Zachary Smith – who managed to get himself trapped aboard the spaceship – leaves them adrift in space for three years. The Robinsons, pilot Don West, Dr. Smith and their trusty robot move from planet to planet, always searching for a way to return to Earth.
Stephens will play the role of the dad, astrophysicist John Robinson, while young Maxwell Jenkins will play the role of Will, the youngest Robinson child. Taylor Russell has already been cast as Judy, the eldest of the siblings. »
- Paul Heath
Curtis Hanson, director of “L.A Confidential” and winner with Brian Helgeland of an Oscar for adapting James Ellroy’s novel, was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home on Tuesday afternoon, a spokesperson with the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed. He was 71.
The official said paramedics responded to a call of an unconscious man at Hanson’s home at about 4:52 p.m. on Tuesday. He was pronounced dead at the scene. According to TMZ, which first reported the news, it appears as though Hanson died of a heart attack; while the Lapd spokesperson could not confirm that specific information, he said Hanson died of “natural causes.”
He had been retired in recent years and was reported to be suffering from Alzheimer’s.
As a producer of the stylish 1997 period film, Hanson shared the nomination for best picture and was nominated for best director. The film won an Oscar for actress Kim Basinger, »
- Carmel Dagan
Some things aren’t worth the wait.
“Blair Witch” and “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” sequels to films that first hit theaters a generation ago, both stumbled in their debuts this weekend, earning a meagre $9.7 million and $8.2 million, respectively. They were easily overpowered by “Sully,” the Clint Eastwood drama about the so-called “Miracle on the Hudson” emergency plane landing that features Tom Hanks as Capt. Chesley Sullenberger. The Warner Bros. release topped the domestic box office for a second consecutive weekend, earning $22 million and pushing its stateside total to $70.5 million.
The weekend’s other wide-release launch, Oliver Stone’s “Snowden,” was also over-shadowed by the aeronautical heroics, picking up $8 million from 2,443 locations for a fourth-place finish. The look at Edward Snowden stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and got a warm reception at the Toronto International Film Festival, »
- Brent Lang
Butler plays a workaholic whose son’s cancer forces him to become a better man in this treacly drama
“Reach deep inside and feel that small part of you that’s predatory, or there’s the door,” says Dane Jensen, played with bluster by Gerard Butler early in The Headhunter’s Calling. Dane is a ruthless Chicago-based corporate headhunter, and he’s training a new kid on the job. In closing, he tells the newbie to watch and learn from Oliver Stone’s Wall Street. He should really be talking to the film’s writer, Bill Dubuque (The Judge). The Headhunter’s Calling, the directorial debut of producer Mark Williams (Flawless), boasts none of that classic’s verve.
It starts out like most financial thrillers do, with our egomaniacal hero telling us in voiceover that he peddles “the American dream”. Dane is presented as the type of workaholic who starts »
- Nigel M Smith
Everything you missed on day 7 of #TIFF16Everything you missed on day 7 of #TIFF16Adriana Floridia9/15/2016 10:36:00 Am
We're into the second half of the Toronto International Film Festival but there are still stars to bump into and new films to see.
Last night, Gerard Butler was in town with his new film The Headhunter's Calling. The film follows Butler who plays a headhunter trying to get to the top of his company, even as it clashes with his families needs. It co-stars Alison Brie, Willem Dafoe and Alfred Molina.
Rebecca Hall was here for the Canadian premiere of her dark character drama Christine, which tells the true story of 1970s news anchor Christine Chubbuck who killed herself on live television. She's incredible in the film and we wouldn't be surprised if she gets some Oscar buzz for the role.
- Adriana Floridia
Gerard Butler plays a bit of a dick in Mark Williams directorial debut The Headhunter’s Calling, and then his son gets ill and he’s supposed to realise he’s been a bit of a dick, and then the audience are supposed to forgive him for being a bit of a dick. If you don’t abide […]
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- Stefan Pape
Continuing our series of reaction videos, Paul Heath and HeyUGuys‘ reviews editor Stefan Pape share their thoughts on the new Gerard Butler drama The Headhunter’s Calling, which premiered in Toronto this week.
The film revolves around a headhunter whose life revolves around closing deals in a survival-of-the-fittest boiler room, who battles his top rival for control of their job placement company — his dream of owning the company clashing with the needs of his family.
We said ‘The Headhunter’s Calling won’t set the world on fire, but with some brilliant performances and some wonderfully touching moments, we’ll forgive it for its short-comings plot-wise, and for the way in which it sews everything up almost too-perfectly by the time the credits roll.’
We’ve posted our full review of the film over here. Check out the boys’ instant reaction to the film below.
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- Paul Heath
The Headhunter’s Calling review, Tiff ’16.
In The Headhunter’s Calling Gerard Butler is at the top of his game at a top Chicago-based headhunting firm Blackrock Recruiting. When his boss, an enigmatic Willlem Dafoe, announces that he’s planning to step down as CEO in just three months time, he pits Butler’s Dane Jensen against Alison Brie‘s Lynn Vogel, challenging each of them and their respective teams to bag the most sales by the time that he retires. Their reward? His job as head of the company.
Jensen salivates at the opportunity but hits a massive hurdle when he discovers that his ten-year-old son (Max Jenkins) has just been diagnosed with a rare form of Leukaemia. This morality tale pits Jensen’s professional ambition against »
- Paul Heath
Sometimes it’s clear that the qualities in a role that should’ve set off warning alarms among a performer’s better instincts instead seduced their actorly vanity. In “The Headhunter’s Calling,” Gerard Butler (who also produced) plays the classic type-a corporate arsehole who gets an ultimately redemptive wake-up call when a crisis forcibly reminds him that The Really Important Thing Is Family. It’s a showboating part he attacks with a forced gusto that only underlines the string of manipulative clichés that Bill Dubuque has provided as a screenplay here. Sparing no maudlin contrivance in a quest to jerk tears that remain stubbornly dry, this hokum is slickly executed by producer Mark Williams in his feature directorial debut. But the result never rises above polished plastic, formulaic, and pedestrian.
When the film starts with one of those “Yes I am a cocky Sob!” workplace monologues that always seem »
- Dennis Harvey
Gerard Butler is bringing tears to audiences with his new family drama “The Headhunter’s Calling”. The star actor is joined by fellow stars Willem Dafoe (“Platoon”), Alison Brie (“Community”) and Gretchen Mol (“Boardwalk Empire”) in a story about a ruthless job recruiting headhunter who gets lost in a battle for company promotion, until a family […] »
- Jeremy Singer
Gerard Butler stars as a corporate headhunter who must reevaluate his priorities following a family tragedy in “The Headhunter’s Calling”. In the emotional drama premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, Butler stars as Dane Jensen, a ruthless corporate headhunter who has his sights set on climbing the corporate ladder when his boss (Willem Dafoe) […] »
- Rachel West
The talent just kept on coming on Day 4 of Deadline’s studio coverage at Tiff, with the stars of La La Land, Venice prize winner Nocturnal Animals, Miles Teller boxing vehicle Bleed For This, the Mark Duplass-written Blue Jay, and more in attendance. As Mr. Robot Season 2 winds down, star Rami Malek appeared, in support of his film Buster’s Mal Heart; and Gerard Butler discussed his new indie drama, The Headhunter’s Calling, along with his director, Mark Williams. Click… »
Making his feature directing debut at the Toronto International Film Festival with The Headhunter’s Calling is producer Mark Williams. Gerard Butler plays Dane Jensen, a hard-nosed corporate headhunter whose ambition to take over his job placement company is put in conflict by a sudden family tragedy. The world of corporate headhunters is a world well known by screenwriter Bill Dubuque (The Judge), and life balance difficulties posed by a demanding profession — headhunting but, one could also say, the entertainment business — are understood by Williams too. That’s because he’s a founder and partner of Zero Gravity Management, an L.A.-based […] »
- Scott Macaulay
Exclusive: Tucker Tooley’s production outfit strikes first-look distribution deals.
He has also signed a first-look distribution deal with Italia Film for the Middle East, Greece and Turkey.
A previously announced deal with eOne covers distribution in the UK, Canada, Australia/New Zealand, Benelux and Spain. Last week Tooley announced the hire of former FilmNation executive Gregoire Gensollen as executive vice-president of finance and strategy.
“Cdc and Italia have an outstanding track record of releasing films in some of the most important regions of the world,” said Tooley. “I am thrilled to be working with both companies as we begin to rollout outstanding content with global appeal.”
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Graeme Robertson continues his series looking at directors who damaged their careers; next up is Michael Sarne (read the first part on Richard Kelly here, the second part on Michael Cimino here, the third part on George Lucas here, and the fourth part on Michael Sarne here)…
Joel Schumacher is a strange addition to this series, mainly because his career implosion occurred much slower than previous entries, and somehow managing to survive a colossal disaster of a film that would have ended most careers. Not only surviving, but also continuing to make films with significant backing, before almost completely finishing it off by making one stinker too many.
Schumacher originally made his name as a director in the 1980s; bringing us films featuring the then popular “brat pack” group of actors, directing successful movies like St Elmo’s Fire (1984), The Lost Boys (1987).
Schumacher continuing his winning streak into the 1990s »
- Graeme Robertson
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