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In his directorial feature debut Jimi: All Is By My Side, John Ridley attempts the seemingly impossible. By zeroing in on the year before guitar giant Jimi Hendrix (played with grace by Outkast’s Andre Benjamin) skyrocketed into fame, Ridley — who just won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for 12 Years a Slave — tells the man’s story without the aid of his legendary music. (Hendrix’s estate refused, like it did with past directors such as Paul Greengrass and the Hughes brothers, to grant rights to the music.) Asked how Ridley will battle the reflexive disappointment Hendrix fans might feel »
- Karen Valby
Exclusive: Jimi Hendrix has become an ICM Partners client. The agency has signed Experience Hendrix LLC, the family-owned enterprise that controls the songs and rights of the legendary late guitar player. The agency’s first order of business: to amplify its client’s efforts to produce a feature film chronicling Hendrix’s life story. The film will be the very first to be authorized by and have the full cooperation of Experience Hendrix — and believe me, many actors and film companies will covet that opportunity. The company was founded by the guitarist’s father James “Al” Hendrix and now is helmed by Janie Hendrix, President and CEO and the sister of the guitar great, who died in 1970 after recording just four albums that were enough to make him arguably the greatest rocker to plug a guitar into an amp. I’ve written numerous times over the years about attempts by »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
THR reports that Roadside Attractions and the newly formed Black Label Media who are backing a trio of (Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition, Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario and Philippe Falardeau’s The Good Lie) in the works items from Quebecois auteurs turning toward American productions, will deploy Yann Demange’s break-out Berlin Film Fest debut for sometime early next year. Jack O’Connell (who dazzled in David Mackenzie’s raw drama Starred Up) toplines the thriller. When discussing timelines, ’71 appears to be a strong precursor event to Paul Greengrass’ Bloody Sunday.
Gist: Written by Gregory Burke, this tells the tale of a young British soldier accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. It takes place over a single night, during which the soldier has to navigate solo in a deadly environment where he can’t tell friend from foe.
Worth Noting: Demange received a »
- Eric Lavallee
Showing the vitality of Liam Neeson carrying a gun and a broken heart, Non-Stop recently gave the new action hero one of his biggest box office weekends so far. Involving an air marshal using a particular set of skills to hunt and kill someone threatening his plane (to paraphrase Taken), the film may seem like a generic Neeson actioner. But while his character might be a composite of previous roles, the anxiety he tackles within this film is fresh. Considering its box office success (and my mother’s intense experience in watching the movie), Non-Stop works efficiently as a thriller in 2014 because it provides viewers with imagery of in-flight chaos not seen since before 9/11. It is also the indication of a natural progression for how Hollywood films are »
- Nick Allen
It's currently being reported that Barkhad Abdi earned just $65,000 (£38,880) for his BAFTA-winning role in the $55 million-budgeted Captain Philips.
The 28-year-old Somalian-born actor made his debut alongside Tom Hanks in the Oscar-nominated drama, and according to The New Yorker was reduced to living off per diems from studio Sony Pictures at the Beverly Hills Hotel while promoting the film.
Meanwhile it's estimated that Hanks made a staggering $50 million from his lead part in the Paul Greengrass film.
We find other surprisingly low movie salaries - from low-budgeted films to blockbusters, accepted by up-and-coming newbies to certified stars - below:
1. Jonah Hill - Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
The 30-year-old actor said on The Howard Stern Show that he was paid the five-figure sum "before commissions and taxes »
Hollywood has been attempting to get a biopic of Martin Luther King Jr. off the ground for years, with filmmakers such as Paul Greengrass to Oliver Stone attempting in vain to get an unflinching portrait of the civil rights leader made. While Greengrass still plans on getting to Memphis someday, Mlk’s story will first be told on the small screen courtesy of HBO and The Wire creator David Simon. A six-hour miniseries adaptation of Taylor Branch’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book trilogy America: In the King Years in currently in the works at the network, which would delve deeply into the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Hit the jump for more. Per Deadline, Simon will spearhead the miniseries adaptation America: In the King Years with his Treme co-creator Eric Overmyer. Also onboard is Oprah Winfrey, who will back and produce the event series despite the fact that she’s »
- Adam Chitwood
The Captain Phillips star is finding it hard to make ends meet, despite his Oscar nomination for best supporting actor
• Interview: Barkhad Abdi
Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi was one of the breakout stars of the awards season for his critically acclaimed turn as a Somali pirate in Captain Phillips. But a new profile in the New Yorker reveals the Mogadishu-born actor has been struggling to make ends meet since being catapulted into the Hollywood spotlight.
Abdi was paid $65,000 two years ago for his role in Paul Greengrass's true life thriller. Despite having been put up by studio Sony at the plush Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, he has been living day to day on expenses and wore borrowed clothes for a number of awards season functions. A taxi driver friend from Minneapolis, where Abdi's family settled at the turn of the century after emigrating from Somalia, has been driving him to events for free. »
- Ben Child
Filmmakers have been trying to bring Jimi Hendrix’s life to the big screen for decades, and with Jimi: All is By My Side, John Ridley has finally succeeded where directors Paul Greengrass and the Hughes brothers had been stymied in recent years. The Oscar-winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave brought the iconic rock star, who died in 1970 at the age of 27, back to life with the help of André Benjamin. The movie didn’t have the support of the Hendrix estate so it makes do without his music, but critics nevertheless applauded when the biopic debuted at last fall’s Toronto Film Festival. »
- Jeff Labrecque
The feature film adaptation of the John D. MacDonald novel The Deep Blue Good-By novel has taken one step forward and one step back. The mystery novel kicks off the fan-favorite Travis McGee series and was first set up as a starring vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio, with the actor courting directors like Oliver Stone and Paul Greengrass to take the helm. With a very busy schedule already on his plate, though, DiCaprio has now opted not to star in the pic, but Deadline reports that The Wolverine director James Mangold is negotiating to take the helm of Fox's potential franchise-starter. Hit the jump for more. Though DiCaprio has backed out of starring in The Deep Blue Good-By, Deadline notes that the actor is still set to produce the project through his Appian Way shingle McGee is described as a “beach bum gumshoe” and the prospect of a Travis McGee movie »
- Adam Chitwood
James Mangold may be developing a follow-up to The Wolverine, but in the meantime, he is going to set his sights on directing an adaptation of the mystery novel The Deep Blue Good-by featuring sleuth Travis McGee. This will mark the first big screen adaptation of the character despite attempted films from directors Oliver Stone and Paul Greengrass. Travis McGee recurred in over twenty novels by author John D. MacDonald and served as a precursor to other characters like Jake Reacher. What »
- Alex Maidy
After countless award nominations, including one for an Academy Award, many may think that Captain Phillips star Barkhad Abdi had made it. But the truth of the matter is, the 28-year-old is struggling to stay afloat, according to a New Yorker story. Abdi, who played Muse, the leader of the group of Somali pirates who take on Tom Hanks in Paul Greengrass' film, earned $65,000 for his performance in the $55 million film, but that was more than two years ago. "When Abdi is in Los Angeles to promote the film, he subsists on a per diem, good at the Beverly Hilton, where the studio likes to put him up," the report states. "The town car is available only for official publicity events. His clothes »
While Jonah Hill revealed that he worked for peanuts ($60,000) on Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf Of Wall Street," the reality is that he can easily afford the pay cut. But for real people, sixty thousand dollars is real money, and for a fellow Oscar nominee, it may not be enough. A recent New Yorker story on "Captain Phillips" star Barkhad Abdi — who plays Muse, the leader of the group of pirates who take on Tom Hanks in Paul Greengrass' film — reveals he was paid a total of $65,000 for his part in the movie, and is now struggling to make ends meet. Now, the low figure isn't entirely surprising. This is the actor's first role ever, so it's not like a big pay day was ever on the table (and even Hanks and Greengrass didn't take their usual rate to make the movie). Abdi was selected out of a casting »
- Edward Davis
This week it finally happened, Lovefilm is no more, it has now been completely consumed by its Amazon overlords and is now known as Amazon Prime and something that operates totally through your Amazon account should you have one.
At first this was a baffling experience, there was rumours of a lot more new content being added and when you logged into the Ios app for Lovefilm/Amazon post switchover, suddenly you were faced with A Lot of new content, things like Aliens, Congo, Cujo, Invaders from Mars and lots of HBO shows including Eastbound and Down, Enlightened and the Sopranos as well as Community in the ‘Recently Added’ section.
Of course this was too good to be true and you could add these to your watchlist but then not actually watch them. So when things calmed down and you logged back in, these titles it turned out were part »
- Chris Holt
Jared Leto Best Supporting Actor Oscar 2014 speech (photo: Jared Leto, Bono, and producer Guy Oseary at the 2014 Oscar Nominees Luncheon) As expected, first-time Academy Award nominee Jared Leto was the 2014 Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner for his performance as an AIDS-stricken male-to-female transgender person in Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club. Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner co-star. Besides thanking those who worked on Dallas Buyers Club; his mother, "a high school dropout and a single mom" who "somehow … managed to make a better life for herself and her children"; Leto, apparently speaking for (many? some? a handful of?) other Oscar 2014 attendees, also remembered people’s protests / revolutions in the Ukraine and Venezuela: "I want to say we are here and as you struggle to … to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible … We’re thinking of you tonight." And of course, Jared Leto also remembered those who have died »
- Steve Montgomery
Here we are again after the Golden Globes, Mike Fleming and Anita Busch taking on the task of play by play during the most wide-open Oscar race we can remember. Even on the party circuit, industry insiders who usually have a grasp of who’ll walk away with Oscars were evenly torn between Alfonso Cuaron’s 3D masterpiece Gravity and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave. Then again, there were so many terrific films that got Best Picture nominations, and all of them have at least a puncher’s chance at an upset. Related: Oscars: Pete Hammond’s Absolute Final Predictions That includes American Hustle, where David O Russell co-wrote the Best Original Script nominee with Eric Warren Singer and got tour de force performances and nominations for Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Perfs so strong there was no room on the nomination roster for perennial Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The 86th Academy Awards are upon us and it's time to watch the show and announce the winners of the most prestigious award in Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony is being broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre with another returning, exuberant host - Ellen DeGeneres. Last year featured a vivid and memorable set of movies, from Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity to Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave to Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street to Spike Jonze's Her to David O. Russell's American Hustle to Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips as the key contenders, among many others. Who will win? Time to finally find out at the 2014 Oscars. The full list below will be updated with winners marked as they're announced live tonight - refresh for updates. Picture: 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen Director: Alfonso Cuaron forGravity Actor: Matthew McConaugheyfor Dallas Buyers Club Actress: Cate Blanchett forBlue Jasmine Read on »
- Alex Billington
1 Proper Red Carpet Catastrophes
It's all very well turning up in smart suits and designer frocks that look fabulous on the pages of the glossy magazines, but here in the cheap seats what we really want is Celine Dion wearing a white tuxedo back to front, or Björk dressing up as a swan – these are the things that we remember and treasure, not some well-considered fashion statements that shine a spotlight on deserving up-and-coming designers while promoting ethical trade practices.
2 Brilliant Presenters
After the embarrassment of watching Seth MacFarlane singing We Saw Your Boobs last year (the sexism was ironic, apparently) things can only get better. Indeed, hopes are high for the returning host and all-round good egg Ellen DeGeneres to right the Mc »
- Mark Kermode
2013 was one of the best years for cinema in recent memory, and the very many snubs for performances, directors, screenplays and films, that have taken place during Oscar season only accentuates this. During the last quarter of the year, critics weren’t the only ones heaping acclaim on filmmaking artists and their movies — the movie theater had also become a cinephile’s delight.
Quick, try to choose your favorite: Wolf of Wall Street? Captain Phillips? American Hustle? The Hunger Games: Catching Fire? Her? There’s an endless list of films you could make an argument for and aptly drag your friend, your parents, or your grandparents into seeing on a Friday night.
If this wasn’t the year of the indie (bless you Megan Ellison, Sony Classics, Fox Searchlight and others), then it was certainly the year of the auteur. A floodgate of quality movies were released by Martin Scorsese, »
- Mark DiStefano
Somali-born actor had been directing hip-hop videos before responding to a casting call, though his relative inexperience did feed into his portrayal of a desperate pirate in Captain Phillips
Until recently, Barkhad Abdi was doing shifts at his brother's Minnesota mobile-phone shop. Now the 28-year-old has acting plaudits coming out of his ears thanks to his turn as khat-chomping rookie pirate Muse in Captain Phillips, Paul Greengrass's retelling of the real-life 2009 hijack of the Maersk Alabama off the Somali coast. When we meet, he's just snatched the London Critics' Circle supporting actor gong from the jaws of Jared Leto and Michael Fassbender and, two weeks later, he scoops the same award at the Baftas.
But it's his Oscars nod that's proving most difficult to digest. "It is surreal, I would say," muses Abdi, sitting in his room at the hotel that hosted last night's ceremony, wearing an oversized suit and Nikes. »
- Rachel Aroesti
Name: Captain Phillips
Release Date: Oct. 11, 2013 (wide)
DVD Release: Jan. 21, 2014
Run Time: 2 hours, 14 minutes
Box Office: Opening weekend, wide release: $25.7 million; domestic total: $106.9 million; international total: $110.7 million (as of Feb. 23)
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93 percent Fresh
What Owen Gleiberman Said: “Phillips must guard his crew, negotiate with the pirates, and keep his own fears in check, and Hanks acts with »
- JoJo Marshall
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