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Meet some of the best directors working today, who haven't gone down the blockbuster movie route...
Ever find it a bit lame when the same big name directors get kicked around for every high profile project? Christopher Nolan, Jj Abrams, maybe the Russo Brothers? With so much focus on blockbuster films these days, getting a major franchise job seems like the main acknowledgement of success for a filmmaker. And yes, both the financial and creative rewards can be great. But there are plenty of other directors out there, doing their own thing, from art house auteurs to Dtv action specialists.
Here are 25 examples.
Even if you don’t know his name, you’ve probably seen Lee Hardcastle’s ultraviolent claymations shared on social media. He first started getting noticed for his two-minute remake of The Thing, starring the famous stop motion penguin Pingu. Far from just a cheap one-joke mash-up, »
To celebrate the release of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, released on 3D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray and DVD from 14th September 2015, we are offering 2 winners the chance to take home a copy of the film DVD!
Good intentions wreak havoc when Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) unwittingly creates Ultron (James Spader), a terrifying A.I. monster who vows to achieve “world peace” via mass extinction. Now, Iron Man, Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo)—alongside Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) —must reassemble to defeat Ultron and save mankind… if they can! This action-packed adventure is a must-own, mind-blowing blast!
Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Louis D’Esposito, »
- Laura Holmes
Schwan joins Covert Media after serving in a business development role for Grosvenor Park Media and as an Evp at Sierra/Affinity, where she oversaw the sales and distribution of films including “Drive” and “Ender’s Game.” She also headed the international division of The Film Department, which produced “Law Abiding Citizen,” and worked from 2000 to 2007 as an international sales executive at Lionsgate Films, overseeing “Monster’s Ball,” “Hotel Rwanda” and the “Saw” franchise.
Covert Media is aiming to produce, finance and distribute three to four films a year with budgets in the $10 million to $50 million range.
Its slate at Toronto includes the Bill Murray »
- Dave McNary
He then took the high spirits into the press conference, where he talked about his chilling portrayal of real-life Boston villain James "Whitey" Bulger, in the crime drama "Black Mass." Entering in a lime-green jacket and trademark tinted specs, Depp assured the press pack that what looked like a beer bottle was non-alcoholic and that if he slurred his words, "it's your fault." He was certainly sharp as a tack in graciously getting the conference adjudicator off the hook when she referred to Depp's co-star Dakota Johnson as Dakota Fanning. "My name is Dakota Fanning," said Depp. "I changed my name last week." And when the first question was whether he had to find "some evil in himself" to play a mass murderer who ruled South Boston for more than 20 years, he quipped: "I found evil in myself a long time ago and I've accepted it. We are old friends. »
- Demetrios Matheou
David Strathain (Good Night and Good Luck), Peter Riegert (The Mask), Uzo Aduba (Orange Is The New Black) and Valorie Curry (The Following) have all joined the cast, and will team up with the already announced Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind), Dakota Fanning (Night Moves) and McGregor himself.
Based on Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, the book follows Seymour “Swede” Levov, “a legendary high school athlete, who grows up to marry a former beauty queen and inherits his father’s business. Swede’s seemingly perfect life shatters when his daughter rebels by becoming a revolutionary and committing a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War.”
American Pastoral is scheduled to start filming within the next month for a 2016 release.
- Scott J. Davis
With Ewan McGregor busy preparing to make the Philip Roth adaptation American Pastoral as his directorial debut, he’s adding more cast members to the ensemble. In his latest round of hires, he has Orange Is The New Black’s Uzo Aduba ready to jump aboard alongside David Strathairn, Peter Riegert and Valorie Curry.Set during the Vietnam War years, American Pastoral follows Seymour ‘Swede’ Levov (McGregor), a once all-conquering high-school athlete, who’s married to a beauty queen (Jennifer Connelly) and runs the business he’s inherited from his dad. All seems well in Swede’s world until his daughter Merry (Dakota Fanning) joins the countercultural clamour of the time, signing up as a revolutionary and committing a fatal act of violence that throws all their lives into chaos.Lakeshore Entertainment has been trying to get this one on to screens since 2003, as it had been languishing at Paramount »
Lakeshore Entertainment announced additional casting on American Pastoral with David Strathairn as “Nathan Zuckerman,” Peter Riegert as “Lou Levov,” Uzo Aduba as “Vicky” and Valorie Curry as “Rita Cohen.”
American Pastoral follows Seymour “Swede” Levov, a legendary high school athlete, who grows up to marry a former beauty queen and inherits his father’s business. Swede’s seemingly perfect life shatters when his daughter rebels by becoming a revolutionary and committing a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War.
American Pastoral’s adapted screenplay was written by John Romano (Lincoln Lawyer) with filming scheduled for September 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pa. American Pastoral will be produced by Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi.
Strathairn won the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival and earned nominations from the Academy, »
- Michelle McCue
Lakeshore Entertainment’s American Pastoral has beefed up its cast, adding David Strathairn, Uzo Aduba, Peter Riegert and Valorie Curry, who join Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, and Dakota Fanning in the Vietnam War drama, Based on the Pulitzer-winning novel by Phillip Roth, the film follows a family torn apart when a legendary former high school athlete’s seemingly perfect life is shattered after his rebellious daughter’s antiwar activism turns to violent political… »
Uzo Aduba, David Strathairn, Peter Riegert and Valorie Curry will join Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning in McGregor’s adaptation of Philip Roth‘s novel “American Pastoral,” Lakeshore Entertainment announced Wednesday. Strathairn will play Nathan Zuckerman, the Roth alter ego and former classmate of Jewish American businessman at the center of the story. Aduba will play Vicky, Riegert will play Lou Levov and Curry will play Rita Cohen. Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing “American Pastoral,” which was adapted by John Romano. Production is about to start in Pittsburgh, with McGregor making his directorial debut. »
- Jeff Sneider
Lakeshore Entertainment has added David Strathairn, Peter Riegert, “Orange Is the New Black” star Uzo Aduba and Valorie Curry to the cast of “American Pastoral,” with Ewan McGregor directing and starring.
Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning have been previously announced as the female leads. McGregor will direct from John Romano’s adaptation of the Philip Roth novel, with filming scheduled for later this month in Pittsburgh, Pa.
The story follows Seymour “Swede” Levov, a legendary high school athlete who grows up to marry a former beauty queen and inherits his father’s business. His perfect life shatters when his daughter rebels by becoming a revolutionary and committing a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War.
- Dave McNary
Uzo Aduba is attached to co-star in Lakeshore Entertainment's adaptation of "American Pastoral," the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Philip Roth, which follows Seymour “Swede” Levov, a legendary high school athlete, who grows up to marry a former beauty queen and inherits his father’s business. Swede’s seemingly perfect life shatters when his daughter rebels by becoming a revolutionary and committing a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War. Aduba joins David Strathairn, Peter Riegert, Valorie Curry, Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning, in a film that will be directed by McGregor, from a script penned by John Romano »
- Tambay A. Obenson
John Romano adapted the screenplay to American Pastoral, Roth’sPulitzer Prize-winner about an immigrant whose daughter brings tragedy and shame upon the family when she joins an anti-Vietnam terror group.
Patton Oswalt, Ana Gasteyer, Jon Cryer, Mira Sorvino, Brandon Routh, June Diane Raphael, Adam Pally, Dean Cain, Sarah Silverman, Tig Notaro and Jenny Slate have joined the Netflix single camera original comedy series Lady Dynamite.The film will stream in 2016. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Elle Fanning's not exactly hauling in Jennifer Lawrence money yet -- she's only 17 -- but she's got a shot at earning that kinda scratch from her next job ... If she turns in an award winning performance. Luckily for Dakota Fanning's kid sis there's already some Oscar buzz for "About Ray" -- a movie she's only getting $65,000 to make -- base salary, anyway. That's the bad news. The good news is Elle's playing a »
- TMZ Staff
When Jesse Eisenberg was announced as Lex Luthor in Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice, it made instant sense. Not because he was bald, not because he looks like or Gene Hackman or anything, but just because he’s one of those actors whose screen presence is so perfectly formed. You know exactly what they’re going for with their Luthor, just by Eisenberg’s name. It’s Mark Zuckerberg vs Superman, the supergod vs the awkward genius.
But that’s not the only big action movie he’s got coming up. First he’s going to be in American Ultra, a unique stoner/sci-fi mash-up where he stars alongside Kristen Stewart (it's released in the UK on September 4th). Eisenberg first really burst into our consciousness in 2009 and 2010, where »
The co-founder and former COO of Qed International has teamed up with Media Content Capital on the production, financing and distribution company.
Covert Media’s initial mandate is to make three or four films a year in the $10-50m range before broadening the parameters and exploring episodic content.
Covert will service and support the library and upcoming projects for Qed, although details about sales personnel were not forthcoming at time of writing. Shapiro and Lessine engaged Fortitude International to oversee the slate prior to Cannes in a temporary arragement.
The Qed roster includes Barry Levinson’s comedy Rock The Kasbah starring Bill Murray, Jason Bateman’s The Family Fang with Nicole Kidman and Christopher Walken, Franny starring Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning and Theo James, Time Out of Mind also with »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Three weeks before the opening of the Toronto Film Festival, Media Content Capital and veteran film exec Paul Hanson are launching Covert Media to produce, finance and distribute three to four films a year.
The films will carry budgets in the $10 million to $50 million range, which is less popular with the six major studios, given their focus on tentpoles and franchises.
Media Content is led by financiers Sasha Shapiro and Anton Lessine. Hanson is the former co-founder and chief operating officer of Qed International and served as chief operating officer of Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures for the past two years.
He will serve as co-founder and CEO of the new company. The company said Wednesday that it will expand into a broader spectrum of budget sizes and into other media such as episodic content.
Covert will also service and support the library and upcoming projects for Qed, which has »
- Dave McNary
Dakota Fanning in any Italian fashion starts pulses racing. But pose her in sexy boyish shoes by Italian shoemaker Agl and she’ll make anyone a foot lover. who gazes on her sexy toes and long ivory legs. Her latest film, “Franny,” starring Richard Gere and Theo James, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. She’s also starring in an upcoming western drama “Brimstone,” with Guy Pearce. She plays a single mom who is accused of a crime by a vengeful preacher. ...Read More
Made in Chelsea feels like it's been off our screens for ages, so the La series couldn't come quickly enough. Luckily, it all kicked off in style last night, so read on for our 10 favourite moments - from Jamie turning out to be a goodie not a baddie to Mark-Francis actually getting a storyline (and potentially a romantic one at that...)
1. The moment when the girls land in La.
With no luggage. It's almost as if they didn't really fly in on that private plane. Ahem.
2. Jp just saw a fit girl!
"You are ridiiiiiiiiiiculous," Jp told him (you can take the boy »
From the producer of Foxcatcher and based on the novel by New York Times best-selling author Laura Lippman, Every Secret Thing is a gripping psychological thriller about the chilling consequences of the secrets we keep. Detective Nancy Porter (Banks) is still haunted by her failure to save the life of a missing child from the hands of two young girls.
Eight years later, another child goes missing in the same town just days after Ronnie and Alice (Fanning and Macdonald), the two girls convicted of the former crime, were released from juvenile detention. Porter and her partner (Parker) must race against the clock to prevent history from repeating itself. But as they begin to investigate the girls and their families, especially Alice’s protective mother (Lane), they unearth a web of secrets and deceptions that calls everything into question.
Available Now On Demand and Digital HD and on DVD August »
- Movie Geeks
Funds Mdm and Fff Bayern are providing more than $9.4m (€8.6m).
New films by Gore Verbinski, Steve Barron and Margarethe von Trotta are among the projects backed with more than $9.4m (€8.6m) by two German regional funds, Mdm and Fff Bayern, in their latest funding sessions.
Mdm stumped up $437,000 (€400,000) production support for Verbinski’s horror film A Cure For Wellness, which wraps shooting today (July 24) at the Hohenzollern Castle in Baden-Württemberg’s Hechingen, the ancestral seat of the imperial House of Hohenzollern.
The cast for the production by Blind Wink Productions, New Regency and Studio Babelsberg includes Dane deHaan, Mia Goth and Jason Isaacs, and 20th Century Fox is planning a Us theatrical release in September 2016.
A Cure For Wellness is the third major international project co-produced by Studio Babelsberg this year after serving as a partner on Eddie The Eagle, starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman, and for the fifth season of the Us series Homeland »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
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