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‘Shooter’ Series Creator John Hlavin on Adapting ‘Point of Impact’ Novel for TV

9 June 2017 9:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When USA Network debuted “Shooter” a week after the U.S. presidential election, series creator John Hlavin couldn’t have predicted American politics would mirror a major theme of the show, which stars Ryan Phillippe as Bob Lee Swagger, an ex-Marine marksman who must protect the president from an assassination plot that leads to Russian operatives. Hlavin talks to Variety about adapting Stephen Hunter’s 1993 novel “Point of Impact” for the small screen.

When you were starting out, what was your vision for your career? 

I went to high school with Anthony and Joe Russo, who did the “Captain America” movies. I came out of college thinking maybe I wanted to direct. Anthony and I lived [in L.A.] together for three years, and at that point I had shifted more into writing. The vision was to have a career as a screenwriter. But I assumed it meant something that it wasn’t — in that the job was sort of »

- Sarah Ahern

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Cannes 2017: You Were Never Really Here Review

28 May 2017 1:51 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Jo-Ann Titmarsh

We had to wait until the bitter end for Lynne Ramsay’s new film – the last in competition in Cannes and surely a hot contender for the Palme d’Or – and it was certainly worth the wait.

Based on Jonathan Ames’ eponymous novella, the film tells the story of Joe (Joaquin Phoenix), an army vet with some serious issues. If you thought Chris Kyle in American Sniper had Ptsd problems, wait until you see this guy. At first Joe is appears to be some kind of paedophile serial killer for the film opens on him lying on a hotel with a plastic bag over his head. A girl’s jewellery and a bloody hammer are his companions. We are also given a brief glimpse into Joe’s troubled childhood, but the details remain undisclosed for now. And when he leaves Cincinatti for home in New York, the »

- Jo-Ann Titmarsh

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Kim Basinger To Appear At "L.A. Confidential" Screening In L.A., May 9

8 May 2017 12:14 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Todd Garbarini

Curtis Hanson’s Academy Award-nominated film, L.A. Confidential (1997), celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and is the subject of an exclusive screening at Laemmle’s Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre. The 138-minute film, which stars Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, and Kim Basinger, will be screened on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm.

Please Note: Actress Kim Basinger, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, in addition to the Golden Globe and Screen Actor’s Guild Award for her role as Lynn Bracken, is scheduled to appear in person for a Q & A following the screening.

From the press release:

Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: laemmle.com/ac.

L.A. Confidential (1997)

20th Anniversary Screening and Tribute to Oscar-winning writer-director Curtis Hanson

Q & A with Oscar-winning actress Kim Basinger

Tuesday, May 9, at 7:30 Pm at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre

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- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Let Us Now Praise Woody Harrelson

21 March 2017 5:52 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

In celebration of a dope master thespian.

History is cyclical, because the natural world consists of circles and spheres rather than straight lines, which I think is a sufficiently cosmological way to address the career of Woody Harrelson. The public conception of Harrelson as a space cadet (now allegedly in the past; et tu, Woody?) tends to cast a shadow over his reputation as an actor, which leads to the — at this point clockwork-like — regular intervals of reviews of new Woody Harrelson performances hailing his latest as his “best work yet” and dazed realizations that “wow, Woody Harrelson can act!” I am not going to cite specific examples, because shaming fellow critics isn’t the point here, and because I’m not the first person to point this out. I’m part of the same cycle. But that’s not the point either. The point is: Woody Harrelson is dope.

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- Danny Bowes

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Newswire: Joe Carnahan has dropped out of directing the third Bad Boys, as he is wont to do

8 March 2017 9:30 AM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

It appears that the dream of a Joe Carnahan-directed Bad Boys movie has gone the way of all Joe Carnahan projects. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the writer-director has dropped out of helming Bad Boys For Life, possibly for the same reason why Carnahan usually drops out of projects: “creative differences.” The studio is still hoping to start filming the long-delayed sequel to Michael Bay’s dumbest movie in the fall to meet a November 8, 2018 release date.

Over the years, Carnahan has developed an enviable portfolio of unrealized projects, including a revisionist remake of Death Wish (he doesn’t have kind words for Eli Roth’s more straightforward version), an adaptation of James Ellroy’s White Jazz, and a film based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s comics series Preacher, since made into an AMC series. His last theatrical release was 2011’s The Grey—a great ...

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- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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Jared Leto in Early Talks With Disney for ‘Tron 3’

3 March 2017 12:15 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney is in early talks with Jared Leto for the actor to star in and produce a live-action “Tron 3” movie.

No writer has been hired. If the project moves forward, Justin Springer will produce with Leto and Emma Ludbrook involved in some producing capacity.

Tron 3” has been in development as a sequel to 2010’s “Tron: Legacy,” which was directed by Joseph Kosinski and grossed $400 million worldwide, but has not yet greenlit “Tron 3.”

Tron: Legacy” was a sequel to the 1982 movie “Tron,” starring Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner inside a computer world. Garrett Hedlund portrayed the son of Bridges’ character in “Legacy,” while Olivia Wilde portrayed a humanized algorithm.

Springer co-produced “Tron: Legacy” and exec produced “Oblivion.”

Leto was last seen in “Suicide Squad” as The Joker. He will next appear with Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford in Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049.”

Paramount announced on Feb. 15 that Leto would »

- Dave McNary

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Movie News: Jared Leto to Direct Political Thriller '77'; Watch New 'Beauty and the Beast' Video

16 February 2017 3:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

77: Academy Award winner Jared Leto, most recently seen in Suicide Squad (above), will direct 77, described as a political thriller. Set in 1974 Los Angeles, the story follows two police officers who investigate the kidnapping of heiress Patricia Hearst as well as the nasty murder of a fellow officer. James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential) was involved in crafting the original screenplay. [THR]   Crazy Rich Asians: Constance Wu (above), currently starring on the hit TV show Fresh Off the Boat, is in negotiations to star in romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians. It's based on Kevin Kwan's novel about three wealthy Chinese families and the conflicts that arise when one of the heirs brings his American-born Chinese girlfriend to the social event of the year in Singapore. Jon...

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Jared Leto to direct James Ellroy-scripted thriller 77

16 February 2017 11:35 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

News has arrived that the actor/singer Jared Leto is to add another skill to his resume as Paramount Pictures has hired him to direct his first feature film.

The Suicide Squad actor has had an eye for creating his own visual projects for a long time; his music videos for 30 Seconds to Mars are often extravagant and particularly visual. So the news doesn’t exactly come as much surprise.

Leto has also helmed the documentary Artifact amongst his various other projects beyond that of mercurial acting choices and being a rock a star.

The Academy Award winner will be directing an original screenplay from James Ellroy, titled 77, which will be set in 1974 La and tell the tale of two police officers, a kidnapping, and a brutal murder investigation.

It promises to be a dark tale, full of violence and conspiracy.

Let is also producing the movie, and you can »

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Jared Leto Poised To Make Feature Film Directorial Debut With Hostage Thriller 77

16 February 2017 8:54 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After amassing an array of directing credits on music videos, commercials and documentaries in the vein of Great Wide Open, Into The Wild and Beyond the Horizon, Jared Leto is now poised to take the reins on his first feature film.

It’s called 77, a brutal hostage thriller adapted from James Ellroy’s novel of the same name. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount has appointed screenwriter David Matthews (Narcos) to hash out a script, with Dick Wolf and Tony Ganz of Wolf Films on board to produce. Much like his involvement in the aforementioned doc Into the Wild, Leto will also hold a producing role on the project.

Set against the politically volatile landscape of 1974 Los Angeles, 77 tells the story of “two police officers who team up to recover kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst while simultaneously investigating the brutal murder of a fellow officer. They uncover not only relentless corruption and crime, »

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Jared Leto To Direct James Ellroy’s Hostage Thriller ’77’

16 February 2017 7:55 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

“30 Seconds to Mars” frontman Jared Leto is set to make his feature film directorial debut with “77.” The movie, housed by Paramount, is a crime thriller set in 1974, following two police officers who team up to rescue abducted heiress Patty Hearst whilst concurrently investigating the murder of a comrade.

The script, adapted from the James Ellroy (“L.A Confidential“) novel, will be penned by David Matthews who is best known for his work on Netflix series “Narcos” and “Boardwalk Empire.” This will be Leto’s first feature length picture, after helming multiple music videos (under the pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins). 

Continue reading Jared Leto To Direct James Ellroy’s Hostage Thriller ’77’ at The Playlist. »

- Jay Hunter

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Jared Leto Will Direct Patty Hearst-Themed Crime Thriller ’77’ For Paramount

16 February 2017 7:28 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Jared Leto will make his feature-length scripted directorial debut with the crime thriller “77” for Paramount Pictures. Dick Wolf and Tony Ganz of Wolf Films will produce, along with Leto. Emma Ludbrook will serve as executive producer under Leto and Ludbrook’s company, Paradox.

Read More: Warner Bros. Executive Says ‘Suicide Squad’ Was a Success Due to Diverse Cast

Leto previously directed the 2012 feature documentary, “Artifact,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012. The film told the story of Leto’s band, Thirty Seconds to Mars, as they fight a relentless lawsuit with record label Virgin/Emi. He has also directed numerous music videos and commercials (under the pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins), as well as the docu short “Great Wide Open,” and the docu series “Into The Wild” and “Beyond the Horizon.”

Read More: ‘Suicide Squad 2’: Mel Gibson Being Courted to Direct Superhero Sequel — Report

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News Briefs: Jared Leto to Direct Political Thriller '77'

15 February 2017 8:44 PM, PST | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

77: Academy Award winner Jared Leto, most recently seen in Suicide Squad (above), will direct 77, described as a political thriller. Set in 1974 Los Angeles, the story follows two police officers who investigate the kidnapping of heiress Patricia Hearst as well as the nasty murder of a fellow officer. James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential) was involved in crafting the original screenplay. [THR]   Crazy Rich Asians: Constance Wu (above), currently starring on the hit TV show Fresh Off...

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Newswire: Jared Leto to direct James Ellroy crime thriller 77

15 February 2017 6:24 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

According to Deadline, Jared Leto is attached to direct 77, a thriller based on a screenplay written by L.A. Confidential’s James Ellroy. This will be Leto’s first time directing a feature-length scripted film, so he’ll soon be able to add another line to his résumé under “Rock Star” and “Damaged Clown.” The film is set in “politically charged 1974 Los Angeles,” and it revolves around two police officers who are trying to find kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst while also investigating the brutal murder of another police officer. From there, they’ll “uncover not only relentless corruption and crime, but a dark and violent conspiracy as well.”

Also, just to add another famous name to this list, Deadline says the film be produced by Dick Wolf and his Wolf Films production company.

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Jared Leto set for his feature directorial debut, with 77

15 February 2017 6:17 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Tony Sokol Feb 16, 2017

James Ellroy's thriller, 77, is being brought to the screen by Jared Leto...

Jared Leto will direct his first feature for Paramount’s upcoming crime thriller 77, about the Patty Hearst kidnapping. The screenplay for 77 was written by David Matthews (Narcos, Boardwalk Empire) from an original screenplay by author James Ellroy, who of course wrote the book L.A. Confidential.

This isn’t Leto’s first time in the director’s chair. He directed the documentary Artifact, which won an award at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, the documentary series Great Wide Open, Into The Wild and Beyond the Horizon. He also directed music videos and commercials under the pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins. Leto won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his turn in Dallas Buyers Club. He will next be seen in Blade Runner 2049, which will star Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling.

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Jared Leto Making Directing Debut With Patty Hearst Thriller ’77’ for Paramount

15 February 2017 5:29 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount Pictures has hired Jared Leto to direct the police thriller “77,” in what will be the actor’s feature directorial debut.

Leto previously helmed the documentary “Artifact,” which won an award at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival. He has also directed numerous music videos and commercials under the pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins.

The “Suicide Squad” actor will direct from from an original screenplay by “L.A. Confidential” author James Ellroy with revisions by David Matthews (“Narcos,” “Boardwalk Empire”).

The story, set in politically charged 1974 Los Angeles, centers around two police officers who team up to recover kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst while simultaneously investigating the brutal murder of a fellow officer. They uncover not only relentless corruption and crime but a dark and violent conspiracy as well.

Hearst hid out in Los Angeles that year with her kidnappers from the Symbionese Liberation Army but managed to escape before six Sla members were gunned »

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Jared Leto To Direct James Ellroy Thriller ‘77’ For Paramount

15 February 2017 5:17 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Jared Leto has signed on to direct Wolf Films’ period thriller 77 for Paramount Pictures. The film marks his feature-length scripted directorial debut. David Matthews (Narcos, Boardwalk Empire) writes from an original screenplay by L.A. Confidential author James Ellroy. Set in politically charged 1974 Los Angeles, the story revolves around two police officers who team up to recover kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst, while simultaneously investigating the brutal murder of a… »

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Jared Leto to Direct Patty Hearst Police Drama ’77’ in Feature Debut

15 February 2017 5:13 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jared Leto will make his feature directorial debut with “77,” a period drama centered around police officers investigating the kidnapping of Patty Hearst. The project is set up at Paramount, and based on a script by David Matthews from a story by James Ellroy, whose “L.A. Confidential” was also adapted to great success. The project centers around two cops in the 1970s investigating the famed kidnapping of publishing heiress Hearst. As the men search for answers, they simultaneously must solve the brutal murder of a fellow officer. Also Read: Lee Daniels to Direct Oprah Winfrey in 'Terms of Endearment' Remake »

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Jared Leto to Direct James Ellroy Crime Thriller '77' for Paramount

15 February 2017 5:09 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Jared Leto will make his feature film directorial debut with Paramount's crime thriller 77.

Leto previously helmed the 2012 documentary feature Artifact and the documentary series Great Wide Open, Into The Wild and Beyond the Horizon. He also has directed numerous music videos and commercials (under the pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins), winning over a dozen awards worldwide.

David Matthews (Narcos, Boardwalk Empire) writes from an original screenplay by author James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential). Set in politically charged 1974 Los Angeles, the story centers around two police officers who team up to recover kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst while simultaneously investigating the brutal »

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Jared Leto to direct crime noir '77'

15 February 2017 2:16 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Oscar-winning actor’s scripted feature directorial debut is a crime thriller set up at Paramount based on an original screenplay by James Ellroy.

Wolf Film’s 77 takes place in 1974 Los Angeles as two police officers team up to find kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst while simultaneously investigating the murder of a fellow officer.

Their investigation uncovers corruption and a dark and violent conspiracy.

David Matthews, whose credits include Narcos and Boardwalk Empire, wrote the screenplay from Ellroy’s original.

Dick Wolf and Tony Ganz of Wolf Films are producing alongside Leto, whose Paradox partner Emma Ludbrook serves as executive producer.

Leto directed the documentary Artifact, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, as well as a number of documentary series and music videos and comercials.

He won the supporting actor Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club in 2014 and will be seen later this year in Blade Runner 2049. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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