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At a time when the six major studios continue to focus most of their attention on blockbusters, Im Global’s production and financing unit is gearing up to fill the gap for mid-budget films.
Stuart Ford’s 8-year-old banner is now producing and financing five to seven films annually, ranging from micro-budgeted, specialty genre to commercial features. The current slate includes the recently completed “The Secret in Their Eyes,” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts, and two projects in mid-production: “The Free State of Jones,” directed by Gary Ross and starring Matthew McConaughey and Keri Russell, plus “Silence,” from Martin Scorsese and starring Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson.
“When I came on in the fall of 2013, Stuart and I talked »
- Dave McNary
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The film is based on the classic comic strip character, first created in 1934 by iconic artist Alex Raymond. The hero, along with the lovely Dale Arden and mad scientist Hans Zasrkov, ends up on the planet Mongo fighting its tyrannical ruler, Ming the Merciless.
I loved the 1980 film as a kid and apparently so has Seth McFarlane who has brought Sam Jones back as Flash in his Ted films. Let's not forget Flash also inspired George Lucas to come up with Star Wars.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter.
Umberto Gonzalez If you're posting pics or quotes from that supposed #BatmanvSuperman trailer leak, »
- El Mayimbe
The character and his adventures have been a major influence on pop culture, providing inspiration for many sci-fi directors, including “Star Wars” creator George Lucas. The comic first appeared in 1934 and spawned three film serials starring Buster Crabbe, and a cult 1980 adaptation with Sam Jones in the titular role. The story followed the famous space explorer, his love interest Dale Arden and scientist Hans Zarkov as they battled ruler Ming the Merciless on the planet Mongo.
J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay (“Star Trek 3″) wrote the script, »
- Justin Kroll
It looks like 20th Century Fox has found a director for its Flash Gordon reboot, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, Kingsman: The Secret Service) is in talks with the studio about helming the film.
The new Flash Gordon has been in development at Fox for around a year now, with Star Trek 3 screenwriters J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay penning the script from a treatment by George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau), who is producing alongside John Davis.
- Gary Collinson
With Kingsman: The Secret Service going great guns at the box office ($392 million and counting worldwide), Matthew Vaughn is busy looking for his next film. And according to The Hollywood Reporter, that might just mean a reunion with Kingsman and X-Men: First Class studio Fox for the company’s new Flash Gordon film.The last time Flash approached our news radar, it was last month, with Sam Jones, star of the 1980 film, talking up the idea that this new movie will actually be a sequel to Mike Hodges’ effort. Nothing official has been released about the new project’s plot yet, so for now that must remain trapped in a rumour dungeon with the bore worms on their way.What we do know is this: the story will once more be based on Alex Raymond’s space-going hero, and the current script is by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, »
Long gestating in the bowels of Hollywood, a Flash Gordon reboot is finally moving forward at 20th Century Fox. X-Men: First Class and Kingsman: The Secret Service director Matthew Vaughn is in talks to take the helm on this sci-fi adventure. John Davis and George Nolfi will produce the movie, which is based on Alex Raymond's iconic comic stipe hero.
20th Century Fox picked up the rights to Flash Gordon nearly a year ago, with King Features producing. John Davis spent more than a year trying to wrangle the rights from the Hearst Corporation after other attempts to rejuvenate the character on the big screen failed. Flash Gordon was created in 1934. The main story follows a football player who, along with the lovely Dale Arden and mad scientist Hans Zasrkov, accidentally winds up on the planet Mongo, where they must fight off its merciless leader Ming.
Flash Gordon was »
Ever since the official word got out that a Flash Gordon reboot was indeed in the works over at 20th Century Fox, the studio has remained mum on the big-screen adaptation, with nary a rumor or casting snippet finding its way online. That radio silence has been interrupted today, however, after The Hollywood Reporter picked up that X-Men: Days of Future Past and Kingsman: The Secret Service helmer Matthew Vaughn has entered talks to direct the film.
Alex Raymond’s beloved character has been explored through a myriad of cultural products, but Fox’s adaptation is the first big-screen outing in quiet some time. Now, the artist himself is on board to produce the studio’s movie alongside George Nolfi, while script duties have been handed off to J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, whose most recent credits include the in-development Star Trek 3.
Based on the blonde-haired comic strip character we know and love, »
- Michael Briers
I debated while writing that headline whether or not to use Matthew Vaughn's name or not. Certainly those that read movie blogs on a regular basis will recognize Vaughn's name as the director of Layer Cake, X-Men: First Class and, most recently, the highly successful Kingsman: The Secret Service, but if you don't read about movie news on a daily basis, his name is hardly as recognizable to the general public as say, Christopher Nolan or David Fincher. So, I went with "Kingsman Director" and hopefully that means people will read this first paragraph and start putting two-and-two together. As for the news in the headline, well, let's get to that. THR is reporting Vaughn is in negotiations to direct Flash Gordon, a movie based on the classic comic strip character over at 20th Century Fox. Based on the character created in 1934 by artist Alex Raymond there have been »
- Brad Brevet
Matthew Vaughn is adding another comics hero to his roster. The “Kingsman: The Secret Service” and “X-Men: First Class” director is in talks to helm a remake of “Flash Gordon” set up at Fox, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay wrote the latest script based on the comic-strip character created in 1934 by Alex Raymond. John Davis and George Nolfi are producing the film. Story follows an adventurer who strives to save the planet Mongo from the clutches of his villainous nemesis Ming the Merciless. Also Read: 10 Most Ridiculously Priced Comic-Con Exclusives on eBay “Flash. »
- Linda Ge
"Flash Gordon" dates back to 1934, when it was created by famed comic strip artist Alex Raymond, and for decades after appeared in movie serials, animated fare, TV shows and a ultra camp 1980 feature helmed by Mike Hodges.
Gordon is an adventurer who, with the lovely Dale Arden and mad scientist Hans Zasrkov, ends up on the planet Mongo fighting its tyrannical ruler, Ming the Merciless.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Breaking: After turning Kingsman: The Secret Service into a Fox hit, director Matthew Vaughn is circling the studio's Flash Gordon project. Fox set that up last year, an adaptation of the pulp comic-strip hero that originally was scripted by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, who worked on Star Trek 3. John Davis is producing with George Nolfi, after Davis tied down the rights from Hearst. The strip originated in 1934, with Flash pitted on the planet Mongo fighting its… »
To most contemporary audiences, "Flash Gordon" is probably most recently remembered for one of two things: the 1980 movie being endlessly referenced in Seth MacFarlane's "Ted," or as a short-lived TV series on The Sci-Fi Channel in 2007, which lasted one season. Well, last year, Fox announced they were bringing the character back to the big screen, and indeed, the wheels are in motion. THR reports that Matthew Vaughn ("X-Men: First Class," "Kingsman: The Secret Service") is in negotiations to direct the new film. George Nolfi ("The Adjustment Bureau") penned the treatment, with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay ("Star Trek 3") writing the script for the sci-fi galactic tale. One can't help but wonder if Fox saw the mega-success of "Guardians Of The Galaxy" and got more confident that they could make a new version work much better than the super campy 1980 effort. Read More: 10 Big Screen Superheroes With Incredibly »
- Kevin Jagernauth
According to THR, Cbm fave Matthew Vaughn is in talks to direct Fox's remake (reboot, re-imagining... whatever) of Flash Gordon; the pulp comic strip hero who debuted back in the '30s. Most fans will remember the character from the cheesy, but entertaining '80s movie which featured the now iconic Queen soundtrack. This new take will be produced by John Davis and has up-and-coming scribes J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay on board to pen the script along with George Nolfi. Sony's Neal Moritz recently tried to get his own Flash Gordon flick off the ground, but to no avail. So with a director in place (unless talks fall though that is), who do guys think would suit the roles of Flash, Dale Arden, Hans Zasrkov, Ming the Merciless, and possibly Lion-Man? Okay, so they probably won't go near that cartoon! Sound off in the usual spot. »
Where once it was very unlikely that a sitting president would appear on a latenight talk show, Obama has made it a given, not just to sit with a host and do a breezy interview, but to also engage in a comedy skit.
When Obama made his first appearance since taking office on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” in 2009, pundits wondered whether it was too unpresidential; those criticisms have abated. Now the question is what can draw attention and get people listening.
Presidential contenders have made a point of visiting latenight talk shows ever since candidate Bill Clinton went on “The Arsenio Hall Show” in 1992, playing the saxophone and helping boost his likability.
“It’s become part of a political campaign, and you do violence to your own campaign »
- Ted Johnson
A year ago came word that 20th Century Fox had picked up the screen rights to pulp comic-strip "Flash Gordon" and was developing a cinematic reboot of the property with former "Star Trek 3" scribes J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay attached as writers from a story treatment by George Nolfi ("The Bourne Ultimatum").
"Flash Gordon" dates back to 1934, when it was created by famed comic strip artist Alex Raymond, and for decades after the character appeared in movie serials, animated fare, TV shows and a 1980 feature helmed by Mike Hodges.
In a new interview with the actor who played the character in said 1980 feature, Sam J. Jones, Den of Geek scored a surprising reveal. Turns out this may not be a reboot so much as a sequel to that ultra camp classic.
Asked if there were originally plans for a sequel to the 1980 film back when it was made, »
- Garth Franklin
This review is based on the first three episodes of season one, which were provided to us for review purposes prior to broadcast.
The word that comes to mind most when considering NBC’s latest dramatic venture, Allegiance, is potential. Boasting a stellar Hope Davis, an intriguing set-up and (at least three episodes in) surprisingly slick scripts, it has all the trappings of a new hit for the network – but more than that, if it stays true to its characters and time-bomb narrative, Allegiance feels like it could turn into must-watch television somewhere down the line.
It’s not quite there yet. Like FX’s The Americans (a show it has been inevitably but not entirely fairly accused of ripping off), Allegiance mixes the espionage thriller with the family drama, with an increased emphasis on the former. That’s about where comparisons to that brilliant series end, though. Whereas The Americans is a rich, »
- Isaac Feldberg
For the past few weeks, my Twitter mentions have been filled with indignation over the existence of "Allegiance," the new NBC drama starring Hope Davis and Scott Cohen as Russian deep cover agents who are pressured to recruit one of their kids to the cause. Most of them go something like this: @sepinwall The NBC promo for Allegiance might as well say, "We literally just ripped off The Americans from FX." — Clint Ward (@BTR331) January 12, 2015 And I get it. Yes, "Allegiance" (which debuts tonight at 10) is based on an Israeli series, and there are some notable differences from the FX drama: it's set in present-day, the parents are retired spies reluctantly forced back into active service, they have two adult kids (one of whom, played by Gavin Stenhouse, works for the CIA), etc. But the premise is so similar to "The Americans" — and particularly to recent plot developments on that »
- Alan Sepinwall
To get the obvious out of the way, the new NBC drama “Allegiance” clearly suffers from cable envy. Like “Homeland,” this spy thriller was adapted from an Israeli series, and the basic Russian-moles-among-us plot sounds an awful lot like FX’s Cold War homage “The Americans,” merely relocated into a contemporary setting. Putting those concerns aside, what emerges proves fast-paced and enjoyable in a check-your-brain-at-the-door kind of way, with the disclaimer that the perilous premise can take a left turn from amusingly silly to distractingly ridiculous at any moment. In terms of capitalism, while “The Blacklist” lead-in might help, ABC’s “Murder”-ous competition won’t.
Written and directed by George Nolfi (“The Adjustment Bureau”), the premiere opens with the brutal execution of a former Soviet operative on U.S. soil. That event hints at a larger plot, with a Russian go-between, Victor (Morgan Spector), approaching the seemingly idyllic couple »
- Brian Lowry
A lot of people are likely to look down on Allegiance before it even starts, and only because The Americans isn’t that old. I have to give them that, if I’m really being honest, but this one is quite a different spin on things, and I’m a lot more intrigued by the possibilities.
In this telling of the Russian agents living as American citizens story, Mark and Katya O’Connor (Scott Cohen and Hope Davis) have a complicated backstory. They fell in love when Katya was still working for the Kgb, and a deal was ultimately made that allowed the couple to marry and live in America, but with a vague understanding that one is never really out of the Kgb… or whatever.
Fast-forward a lot of years, and their son, Alex (Gavin Stenhouse), has started working as analyst for the CIA. He also rather a sharp cookie, »
- Marc Eastman
Director/writer/showrunner George Nolfi and stars Hope Davis, Scott Cohen, Gavin Stenhouse and Margarita Levieva made that clear about NBC’s new spy drama during today’s TCA panel. Allegiance centers around a young CIA analyst (Stenhouse) specializing in Russian affairs, who discovers that his parents are former Russian spies that have been re-enlisted to plan a terrorist attack against the United States. A family of spies in the USA? It's no surprise that Nolfi was asked… »
- Denise Petski
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