7 items from 2011
20th Century Fox reports that the fifth "Die Hard" feature, starring Bruce Willis, will be titled "A Good Day to Die Hard", to be directed by John Moore ("Max Payne"), now prepping for a January 2012 start in Russia :
"...'John McClane' (Willis) has always found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, with the skills and attitude to always be the last man standing, making him enemy #1 for terrorists the world over.
"Now, McClane faces his greatest challenge ever, this time on an international stage, when his estranged son 'Jack' is caught up in the daring prison escape of a rogue Russian leader, with father and son McClane working together to keep each other alive and the world safe for democracy..."
- Michael Stevens
The classic 2000Ad character Judge Dredd was first adapted for the big screen in 1995, and the results were flawed, to say the least. Phil takes a look back…
First, let me put my cards on the table. For the best part of thirty years, I have been a huge fan of the character Judge Dredd, and the British comic 2000Ad in which he appears.
I state this at the outset just so that you can appreciate the effort it has taken for me not to revert to tedious and predictable whinging about Stallone removing the helmet, Rob Schneider being cast as Fergee, and Dredd exchanging a kiss with Judge Hershey at the film’s conclusion.
Not for me the polemic of the immovable fan-boy, but rather the dispassionate objectivity of a reasonable film critic, someone who can see that compromises have to be made, and that comic book movie franchises »
At this point, would-be Hollywood types are more likely flush with web video ideas than headshots, though both options can be tragically bad. Online video has become a viable—and necessary—step in a career of writing, acting or directing these days (not to mention all the associated editing, art directing and other such tracks.) Break Media, home of Break.com, has gone on record saying they are planning on producing more than 1,000 original videos this year. And even the great Andy Signore, Sr. Producer in Break’s Creative Lab which actually comes up with most of them, is going to be tapped out of comedic gold at some point. It isn’t every day you whip up an Interactive Hot Tub Girl. So Break decided to team up with screenwriting software site Scripped.com to launch a search for the best web video scripts, with the winning script getting »
- Marc Hustvedt
Eddie Murphy was 21 and had just finished his second season on Saturday Night Live when he appeared in 48 Hrs., an action-comedy that went through about half a dozen iterations before it landed in his hands. Developed by Lawrence Gordon with Joel Silver, the script for 48 Hours passed through the typewriters of heavy hitters like Roger Spottiswoode and Steven E. de Souza, and was reportedly being revised by director Walter Hill right up to the moment he hollered “Action!” The project had a number of different actors attached, too (including Clint Eastwood and Richard Pryor), before the producers »
Presenting short films from independent filmmakers...
StreetFighter: Legacy, 2010.
It's fair to say live-action adaptations of Capcom's Street Fighter video game franchise have been utterly disappointing - first up was the Jean-Claude Van Damme monstrosity Street Fighter (1994) from writer-director Steven E. de Souza, followed by the equally appalling 2009 reboot Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li. Step forward British filmmaker and actor Joey Ansah (The Bourne Ultimatum) who, driven by his love for the video game series, looked to rectify the situation with the highly impressive three-minute fan film StreetFighter: Legacy.
Working alongside co-director Owen Trevor (Top Gear) and a team that included producer Jacqueline Quella (Toolbox Murders) and executive producer Anthony Waye (the James Bond franchise), Ansah secured Capcom's blessing for the project, which faithfully recreates a showdown »
The 2007 release of "Die Hard 4" aka "Live Free or Die Hard", grossed $383.5 million theatrical worldwide.
The "Die Hard" movie franchise kicked off with director John McTiernan's $28 million budgeted "Die Hard", released in 1988, written by Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza, for producers Lawrence and Charles Gordon.
The "Die Hard" movie follows its source material closely, with much of the film's memorable scenes, characters and dialogue taken directly from "Nothing Lasts Forever", which was adapted as a stand-alone movie when Sinatra refused to do a sequel to "The Detective".
In 2009, comic book publishers Boom! »
- Michael Stevens
A year after kids programming producer Cookie Jar Entertainment signaled its intention to broaden its portfolio under veteran TV executive Tom Mazza, Cookie Jar's Evp and head of Worldwide TV, the company has set up a number of primetime projects in addition to several projects catering to kids. Helping the company's primetime efforts is former Upn drama head and Regency TV executive Maggie Murphy who recently joined Cookie Jar. Here is the company's development slate featuring projects for U.S. and Canadian networks produced under the primetime label The Jar and kids moniker Cookie Jar: Know It Alls—the story of a group of kids who attend a school for geniuses, from creator Todd Greenwald (Wizards of Waverly Place). The show is being developed to air on The Hub in the U.S. and Family Channel in Canada. Blah Girls—featuring animated girls satirizing popular culture, based on a Web series. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
7 items from 2011
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