17 items from 2015
Barbara Dreyfus, the well-liked head of motion pictures for Will Packer’s production company and a longtime agent, died Friday morning at Sherman Oaks Hospital in Los Angeles of unknown causes. She was 55.
“Barbara had an amazing spirit and passion for her family and her career,” Packer said. “She will be missed for her creativity and fearlessness as an executive, but more importantly for her incredibly giving nature as a person.”
Dreyfus had led the development of comedy and drama projects through Packer’s first look deal with Universal Pictures since its inception in 2013. Prior to taking the production job, she was a senior agent in the motion picture literary department of United Talent Agency, where she represented a broad range of prominent screenwriters and directors.
“Barbara Dreyfus was a tremendous colleague, agent and friend,” UTA said in a statement. “We were lucky to have her as part of the »
- Dave McNary
DreamWorks has set Luke Greenfield, the director behind Let’s Be Cops and The Girl Next Door, to direct a script he co-wrote with Dana Stevens (The Dive) called Destiny. The deal brings him under the wing of Steven Spielberg, the legendary helmer who encouraged a teenage Greenfield to pursue filmmaking way back in the ’90s.
At the age of 16, Greenfield began an unlikely correspondence with Spielberg when the teen’s mother sent him a package containing Greenfield’s Super-8 films and asked whether her son had the stuff of a future filmmaker. Spielberg received the films, watched them and replied with a two-page letter offering storytelling tips and pushing Greenfield to pursue his passion – which he did.
- Isaac Feldberg
Exclusive: Luke Greenfield, director of the sleepers The Girl Next Door and Let’s Be Cops, has made a deal at DreamWorks to direct Destiny, a script he’s co-writing with Dana Stevens, who most recently scripted The Dive for producer James Cameron, director Francis Lawrence and Jennifer Lawrence. Greenfield has a few projects percolating — The Holiday Club at Fox/Chernin Entertainment and Slingshot with Gulfstream Pictures among them — but this one is exceptional because… »
Sebastian here, stealing sharing a great find by Slate's Dana Stevens, who tweeted out a video of the ten short films by the Lumière Brothers that were first shown to the paying public of Paris on December 28, 1895.
On their website, the Institut Llumière offers a look at the screening's program, handed out to the patrons of Le Salon Indien, a room in the basement of the Grand Café on Boulevard des Capucines.
Unfortunately the Institut's image is tiny and barely legible. So presented here, brought to you with the help of all the latest text-formatting technology, a reproduction, updated to include links to watch the films on YouTube:
14, Boulevard des Capucines, 14
Cel appareil, inventé par Mm. Auguste et Louis Lumière, permet de recueillir, par des séries d'épreuves instantantées, tous les mouvements qui, pendant un temps donné, se sont succédé devant l'objectif, et de »
- Sebastian Nebel
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) and Nicola Peltz (Transformers: Age of Extinction) are in talks to join Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike in 20th Century Fox's adaptation The Deep Blue Good-by. The novel of the same name by John D. MacDonald was published in 1964, and was the first in his 21-book series of mystery-adventure books centering on Travis McGee (Christian Bale). Leonardo DiCaprio was once attached to play McGee before Christian Bale signed on.
In the novels, McGee made his living as a "salvage consultant," living as a bachelor on a houseboat. The adaptation will be set in modern day, portraying McGee as an Afghanistan war veteran, who tries to track down stolen sapphires which leads him to a "sadistic torturer." Peter Dinklage is playing a mathematician who struck it rich after developing an app, and becomes McGee's new sidekick. Nicola Peltz is playing the woman who hires McGee to find the sapphires. »
Red-hot Us thriller Reckless is coming to Alibi in the UK next month.
But to find out exactly when it premieres, you'll have to watch our sizzling sizzle reel below:
A steamy legal drama, the show follows the relationship between a prosecutor (Gigandet) and his opposing counsel (Anna Wood) in a police scandal.
Joshua Oppenheimer's appearance at the Based on a True Story conference (Boats) at the University of Missouri's journalism school wasn't an official keynote address. But his 90-minute interview, conducted by Slate's Dana Stevens, had the force of an aesthetic manifesto, a true vision of what documentaries can do — and what they can't. Oppenheimer, who also screened his new film, "The Look of Silence" and the director's cut of his 2013 Oscar nominee "The Act of Killing" in Columbia as part of the True/False Film Festival, could be spotted all over town throughout the long weekend, nodding intently as festivalgoers seized their chance to chat up a MacArthur fellow. But given the floor, as he was at Boats, Oppenheimer responded not with soft-spoken sentences or even paragraphs but whole pages of thoughts, cogent and neatly organized, and deeply fascinating. Both "Act" and "Look" deal with the Indonesian mass killings of. »
- Sam Adams
Variety is reporting that the British actress is set to join Oscar winner Christian Bale (The Fighter, The Dark Knight Trilogy) in The Deep Blue Good-By, an adaptation of a Travis McGee novel to be directed by James Mangold, who worked with Bale in his 3:10 To Yuma remake in 2007.
Travis McGee is a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He.s also a knight-errant who.s wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule »
- Scott J. Davis
We’d heard early rumors that the fine folks over at Scream Factory might be putting out one of the most acclaimed horror films of the last year on home video. Turns out those rumors were half right. Scream Factory is actually teaming up with IFC Midnight to release the Blu-Ray/ DVD or The Babadook on April 14th, 2015!
Here are the full details and a list of the bonus features!
If it’s in a word, or it’s in a look, you can’t get rid of The Babadook. This chillingly prophetic refrain haunts the worldwide sleeper hit The Babdook, the engrossingly eerie tale of a widowed mother and her troubled young son. On April 14th, 2015, this critically acclaimed psychological thriller makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut from Scream Factory, in partnership with IFC Midnight. The Special Edition Blu-ray, housed in a striking limited run pop-up package, comes loaded with bonus features, »
- Rob Galluzzo
Scream Factory is teaming up with IFC Midnight to bring The Babadook to Blu-ray. They’ve announced release plans that include a standard Blu-ray and DVD edition, along with a special edition version with deleted scenes and additional bonus features:
“If it’s in a word, or it’s in a look, you can’t get rid of The Babadook. This chillingly prophetic refrain haunts the worldwide sleeper hit The Babdook, the engrossingly eerie tale of a widowed mother and her troubled young son. On April 14th, 2015, this critically acclaimed psychological thriller makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut from Scream Factory, in partnership with IFC Midnight. The Special Edition Blu-ray, housed in a striking limited run pop-up package, comes loaded with bonus features, including theatrical trailers and an in-depth look behind-the-scenes of the making of The Babadook with cast and crew interviews (Creating The Book with illustrator Alex Juhasz, A Tour of the House Set, »
- Jonathan James
Actress Jennifer Lawrence and Director Francis Lawrence are joining forces again for The Dive, a film that will be produced by James Cameron. Both Lawrences have previously worked together in Catching Fire and Mockinjay, parts 1 & 2, which are part of the popular Hunger Games franchise.
The Dive tells the tragic true story of freedivers and married couple Francisco “Pippin” Ferraras and his wife Audrey Mestre, who competed to dive as deep as possible with a single breath of air. Mestre tragically died while attempting to beat her own record of 557.7 feet. Ferraras paid her a tribute by diving the same depth, an attempt that was filmed by Cameron.
Dana Stevens have penned the most recent draft of the script. Stay tuned for additional details.
The Dive doesn’t have a release date yet.
Source: The Wrap »
- Munir Abedrabbo
In the fall of 2003, James Cameron filmed the record-breaking “no limits” free dive of Pipin Ferreras, which was a special event commemorating the death of Ferreras’s wife, Audrey Mestre. A year earlier, she drowned attempting the same feat of reaching a depth of 170 meters (557.7 feet) while holding her breath. During the press conference for the 2003 dive, Cameron confirmed earlier reports from that summer that he would be making a movie about the couple, and it would wind up being based on Ferreras’s 2004 memoir, “The Dive: A Story of Love and Obsession.” More than a decade later, Cameron has been focusing his directorial interests on the Avatar movies, but he’s continued developing the project with other filmmakers coming on board to take the helm. Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) became attached back in 2012, and now Francis Lawrence is the latest substitution, according to The Wrap. He also has an actress joining him for the role »
- Christopher Campbell
The Dive is a movie version of the life of couple Francisco “Pipin” Ferreras and Audrey Mestre. They submerged themselves for daredevil free-dives to see who could last the longest underwater on one puff of sweet, sweet oxygen. Appropriately enough the producer is James Cameron, who’s no stranger to deep sea antics. The Abyss famously depicted experiments in breathing below the surface, not to mention his fictional and actual exploration of the wreck of the Titanic.
Cameron co-produces with Rae Sanchini via Lightstorm Entertainment, alongside Barry Josephson. The script is by Dana Stevens. Lawrence certainly likes to mix it up a bit as the project likely follows her Magic Mop creator biopic Joy, co-starring Robert De Niro.
Source: Variety »
- Steve Palace
When the actress with the most box office success signs up to collaborate with the filmmaker that enjoys the same status, it becomes big news very quickly – and so, we have The Dive. The project has been on James Cameron’s back-burner for many years, but never really ccrystallized In 2012, the director officially vacated the helm – a move that opened the door to director Francis Lawrence, riding high after making the majority of the Hunger Games franchise. With Cameron now firmly ensconced in the producer’s chair, Francis Lawrence will shoot The Dive with his Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence in the lead role.
The film tells the true story of ambition and tragedy, centred on the record-breaking French free-diver, Audrey Mestre, and Francisco “Pipin” Ferreras. Having grown up in a family of diving enthusiasts, Mestre accrued vast experience in underwater sports, and studied marine biology. After meeting the famed free diver, »
- Sarah Myles
Dana Stevens penned the script.
Pic is based on the true story of free-divers Francisco “Pipin” Ferreras and his wife Audrey Mestre, who competed to travel as deeply as possible underwater on a single breath of air. Lawrence will play Mestre.
It’s unknown when Lawrence would shoot the film as the actress is about to begin work on another biopic, “Joy,” which starts lensing next month.
Both Jennifer and Francis Lawrence are repped by CAA, while Francis is also repped by 3 Arts. The news was first reported by the Wrap.
- Justin Kroll
The “Hunger Games” duo will tackle the tragic true tale of Francisco “Pipin” Ferraras and Audrey Mestre
“The Dive” tells the tragic true story of freedivers Francisco “Pipin” Ferraras and his wife Audrey Mestre, who competed to travel as deep as possible underwater on a single breath of air.
- Jeff Sneider
With the possible exception of Ava DuVernay losing out on a Best Direction nomination for "Selma," the most shocking snub of the 2014 Oscar nominations was "The Lego Movie" not picking up a nomination in the Best Animated Feature category. The five movies chosen instead in that category were "Big Hero 6," "The Boxtrolls," "How to Train Your Dragon 2," "Song of the Sea," and "The Tale of Princess Kaguya." The Oscars faked out "Lego" fans with false hope during nominations by revealing Best Original Song category first and nominating the film's standout tune "Everything is Awesome!!!" It would be the film's only nomination. Twitter responded with some fierce dissent, and "Lego" writer/director Phil Lord began the proceedings with polite acceptance: It's okay. Made my own! pic.twitter.com/kgyu1GRHGR — philip lord (@philiplord) January 15, 2015 tbh lego movie probably got snubbed because it stars lego people of color pic.twitter. »
- Louis Virtel
17 items from 2015
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