4 items from 2011
 Brian Kirk hasn't totally sealed the deal for Thor 2 just yet, but he's eyeing another new project that could come afterward. Kirk has entered talks to direct a rodeo romance titled Paper Wings, which Tom Cruise is developing and will probably star in. Writer Leslie Bohem (Dante's Peak) and producer Marty Bowen initially developed the idea in 2005, and set the film up at New Line in 2006, but progress has been slow-going since then. The talks with Kirk are the first new development since a table read  last year with potential stars Cruise, Will Smith, Anna Kendrick, and others. Read more after the jump. Written by Bohem, the script centers around a rodeo star who falls in love with an aspiring country singer. No actors are officially signed on at this point, but it seems very likely that Cruise will star as the rodeo rider. Reese Witherspoon was previously attached to play the singer, »
- Angie Han
What do you do when you're offered the chance to direct Thor 2? You agree to direct a cowboy movie. At least that's the vibe I'm getting from this latest news, courtesy of Variety, who claim Game of Thrones director Brian Kirk is circling Paper Wings, a rodeo drama about a rootin' tootin' bull riding champ who falls in love with a country singer. Think 8 Seconds meets Pure Country meets Top Gun. And speaking of Top Gun, word is Maverick himself has stepped in and offered his services on the project, going so far as to select Kirk for the gig. He may even star in the film. More after the jump. Paper Wings has apparently been in development hell for some time now. After writing the script back in 2005, screenwriter Les Bohem (an Emmy-winner for Steven Spielberg's Taken) met with Marty Bowen (Twilight) at the 2005 Nashville Screenwriters Conference and formulated the idea. »
- Jeff Ames
Us film producer who became an innovative London cinema owner
David Stone, who has died aged 78, played significant roles both in radical Us film-making of the 1960s and in Britain's golden age of arthouse cinemas in the 1970s. In 1974, David and his wife, Barbara, acquired the former Classic cinema, at Notting Hill Gate, west London, which they transformed and renamed the Gate. They opened their own distribution company, Cinegate, whose first acquisition was three films by the young German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder: The Merchant of Four Seasons (1971); The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972); and Fear Eats the Soul (1974). The first Fassbinder films to be shown in Britain, these brought the Gate instant critical and box-office success at its opening in September that year.
Kecia J. Benson is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker who is looking to complete a documentary on the renowned Blues musician Memphis Gold.
Kecia needs our support so she can finish the remainder of the film in Memphis, Tn, to document Memphis Gold’s journey in becoming the legendary artist he is today.
Via Kickstarter, Kecia is asking for $5,000 by April 14, 2011 and so far she has raised $1,1623 as of March 20.
There are some nice perks for donating, including a free download of Memphis Gold’s latest single How you Gonna Play the Blues, thank you credits in the film, tickets to the New York premiere of the film, and an autographed signature of his latest album Pickin in High Cotton – all depending on how much you give.
I’ve actually had the pleasure of meeting Memphis Gold, and he is an amazing guy! He still performs to this day, even with a fairly recent spinal cord injury. »
- Alece Oxendine
4 items from 2011
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