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According to Amy Nicholson of La Weekly, Tom Cruise's Maverick was a phony in Tony Scott's 1986 film Top Gun. Nicholson released a video essay called "Why You're Wrong About Top Gun," and she seriously makes some very interesting and valid points that makes me see this movie in a completely different light. In her opinion, Maverick wasn’t actually a tough guy in the the story, he was just a scared kid who was trying to be a tough guy.
Nicholson wrote a book called Tom Cruise: Anatomy of an Actor, which is described as follows:
The Anatomy of an Actor series takes ten roles by a single actor, each studied in a dedicated chapter, and identifies the key elements that made the performances exceptional - carefully examining the actor's craft for both a professional audience and movie fans alike. This title looks at Hollywood icon Tom Cruise. »
- Joey Paur
Catching up with Joseph Trapanese is like getting a summary experience for a hustling composer. In the past year, he's scored, worked in sound design and arranged for a diverse array of films, including franchises like "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" and the "Divergent" series; remakes like "Annie"; a sequel like "The Raid 2"; and original scripts like "Nightcrawler." He's dipped into TV like for "Wonder Woman," and nabbed further video game gigs like he did for racing title "The Crew." On top of all that, he's still active in the pop music sphere, having just completed work with repeat customer Kelly Clarkson and collaborating with acts like M83 for live performances. I sat down with Trapanese back in January, after "Raid 2" punched Sundance in the face, and even after only 10 months, it was time we caught up. This week, during our chat, Trapanese exclusively revealed that he's on tap as »
- Katie Hasty
“It’s certainly a nice thing,” says the journalist Evan Hughes, whose Atavist-published story “The Trials of White Boy Rick” was optioned last week by Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski for six figures, according to a couple of sources — a sum larger than either Hughes or his three-year-old digital-only publisher had previously seen. “It makes the extreme amount of time I spent on this seem less ridiculous.”It’s been about a year and a half since Hughes first heard of Detroit cocaine supplier Rick Wershe — convicted at 17 under a draconian drug law and still in jail 26 years later, despite that law being eventually rolled back — and began digging into claims that the local icon, whom Kid Rock name-checked in a song and Eminem reportedly wanted to play in a movie, was actually (spoiler alert!) a betrayed FBI informant. On his way to confirming that fact and much more, »
- Boris Kachka
After directing big-budget sci-fi movies such as Tron: Legacy and Oblivion, director Joseph Kosinski is taking on a much smaller project, the adaptation The Trials of White Boy Rick for Universal Pictures.
The plot is based on the Atavist article of the same name written by journalist Evan Hughes, which chronicles the life of Rick Wershe, a teenager living in Detroit in the 1980s. He became a notable cocaine trafficker in the predominantly African-American East Side of Detroit, which earned him the nickname "White Boy Rick." While he was rising through the ranks of Detroit drug dealers, Rick was also working as an undercover informant for the FBI and DEA. The story was first published on The Atatvist website on September 29.
Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark are producing through their Bluegrass Films company, which is based at Universal. Evan Ratliff, who co-founded The Atavist with Jefferson Webb, is serving as an executive producer. »
Set in Detroit in the 1980s, the true story tale follows a teenager who was arrested on suspicion of being a drug kingpin who rose through the ranks of New York City. He later claimed to have actually been undercover for the FBI since he was 14.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
While it sounds like The Trials of White Boy Rick could easily be an alternate title for the sequel to Joe Dirt that's inexplicably happening with David Spade, it's just a true crime adaptation being set up at Universal Pictures. THR reports the studio has optioned the article of the same name by Evan Hughes which focuses on Rick Wershe, a teenager who lived in Detroit in the 1980s and ended up becoming a notorious drug kingpin on the East Side of the city, as well as a cocaine trafficker with the nickname of, you guessed it, White Boy Rick. But the twist is that Wershe was actually an undercover informant for the FBI and DEA. The article comes from The Atavist, a digital non-fiction publication, who posted the story just last month. And now the trade reports that Oblivion and Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is attached to direct »
- Ethan Anderton
Tron: Legacy and Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski is looking to take on a very different, non sci-fi project called The Trials of White Boy Rick. The movie is based on an article written by Evan Hughes, and it tells a true-crime story that centers on a teen named Rick Wershe who lived in Detroit in the 1980s. He ended up joining "the ranks of the drug kingpins on the predominantly black East Side to become a prolific cocaine trafficker, going by the name 'White Boy Rick.'"
I'd never heard of this story until today, but the report goes on to say that it uncovers the true identity of Wershe, who became one of the biggest drug dealers in the city while working undercover for the FBI and DEA.
This sounds like it will make for an interesting film, and I'm glad that Kosinski is taking it on as a project. »
- Joey Paur
Joseph Kosinski has been established as a sci-fi director thanks to Tron Legacy and Oblivion, his work on the Black Hole remake, and commercial work such as his recent Destiny spot. But he’s working to move in other directions, with non-sci-fi developments. One was the project Go Like Hell he and Tom Cruise were trying […]
The post Joseph Kosinski to Direct ‘The Trials of White Boy Rick’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Universal Pictures has optioned “The Trials of White Boy Rick” by Evan Hughes with Joseph Kosinski attached to direct, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. Set in 1980s Detroit, “The Trials of White Boy Rick” follows the true story of a teenager who was arrested on suspicion of being a drug kingpin who rose through the ranks of New York City, and later claims to have actually been undercover for the FBI since he was 14. Also read: Tom Cruise, ‘Oblivion’ Director Joseph Kosinski to Reteam for Fox's ‘Go Like Hell’ (Exclusive) Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark will produce. »
- Linda Ge
Filmmaker Joseph Kosinski is looking to step out of the sci-fi realm. The visually-gifted director behind Tron: Legacy and Oblivion has become attached to direct the true crime story The Trials of White Boy Rick for Universal Pictures, per THR. Based on a story by Evan Hughes published in The Atavist last month, the film will tell the true tale of Rick Wershe, a teen living in Detroit in the 1980s who rose to prominence on the predominantly black East Side as a prolific cocaine trafficker by the name of “White Boy Rick.” Hughes uncovered the truth of Ricky, which was that he was working as an undercover informant for the FBI and DEA while becoming one of the biggest drug dealers in Detroit. More after the jump. The Trials of White Boy Rick marks a departure for Kosinski, who dabbled in heavy sci-fi for his first two features. 2013’s »
- Adam Chitwood
Universal has optioned true-crime story The Trials of White Boy Rick with Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski attached to direct. Journalist Evan Hughes wrote the article, which centers on Rick Wershe, a teen living in Detroit in the 1980s. He joined the ranks of the drug kingpins on the predominantly black East Side to become a prolific cocaine trafficker, going by the name "White Boy Rick." Hughes' story uncovers the true identity of Wershe, who worked as an undercover informant for the FBI and DEA while simultaneously rising to become one of the biggest drug dealers in the city.
- Rebecca Ford
Destiny is the latest game from Halo developers Bungee, and despite the fact that it's only been on sale for a few days, one gamer has already used it to recreate the brilliant opening scene from James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy. It's obviously not an exact recreation, but it's still a pretty fun video which will have to keep us going until we can all watch the scene again and again when the DVD and Blu-ray hits! Pretty cool, eh? If you'd like to learn more about Destiny, click here for the trailer and here for the live-action promo directed by Oblivion's Joseph Kosinski. »
Even by the expensive standards of modern blockbuster video game making, Bungie's new release Destiny — a first-person shooter set in a massive, Star Wars-like universe, out today for current and last-generation PlayStations and XBoxes — still seems pretty extravagant. The game's voice cast features Peter Dinklage and Nathan Fillion. The ad campaign includes a slick live-action commercial directed by Oblivion's Joseph Kosinski and soundtracked by Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song." And maybe most impressively, Paul McCartney contributed music to the score. We spoke with Bungie's Community Manager Eric Osbourne about how they pulled it off. Suppose that I’m a casual player of video games and I’m trying to figure out exactly why Destiny is such a big deal. I know that it is, because your TV ad has a Led Zeppelin song, which couldn't have been cheap. But I’m not sure exactly what separates Destiny from »
- Lane Brown
Destiny, the newest video game from Halo creators Bungie, is set to hit store shelves tomorrow. To get you in the mood for all the futuristic cooperative shooting you’re going to be doing in the days ahead, we’ve got this totally awesome live-action trailer for the game. Helmed by Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski, the new two-minute clip follows one of the game’s three-soldier units as they blast across the galaxy dealing with alien forces on a multitude of planets. Stylish to the extreme, and backed with a rocking Led Zepplin soundtrack, the clip has already convinced gamers and nongamers alike that a Destiny movie could be something pretty special. We’re all in, as long as Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage promises to come along and do...
- Mike Bracken
Oh man, until game dialogue and delivery gets better these games will never live up to their own instance that they are somehow becoming better than movies.
What you see here is Joseph Kosinski's live action trailer for the recently released Destiny, the latest big-deal in gaming which looks like every other scifi shoot 'em up since Gears of War. The ad is an undeniably gorgeous affair full of exciting action and quipy one-liners rivaling any from the Star Wars prequels.
A Fireteam heads out on an epic, action-packed road trip across our Solar System to face our enemies, take back what is ours and, in the end, Become Legend.
Featuring “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin.
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Bungie and Activision are teaming for the “living game world” of the next-gen game title Destiny, and now Joseph Kosinski has directed a live-action ad/trailer for the game. While “live-action” might at first seem a bit generous in this context, as so much of the ad is CG, eventually you’ll see stunning environments pulled from […]
- Russ Fischer
Tron: Legacy and Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski directed this insanely cool live-action/CGI trailer for Bungie's new sci-fi video game Destiny. It also features the voice of Peter Dinklage as one of the main characters, which I thought was great. Here's a little description that came along with the trailer:
A Fireteam heads out on an epic, action-packed road trip across our Solar System to face our enemies, take back what is ours and, in the end, Become Legend. Featuring “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin.
I enjoyed watching this immensely, it has a lot of great action, fun humor. Then, of course, the visuals were stunning. If a Destiny movie ever happens, Kosinski is obviously the guy who needs to make it. Enjoy the trailer! »
- Joey Paur
Tonight's NBC NFL Kickoff 2014 will be highlighted by a pair of high profile concerts taking place before the game, as well as a highly anticipated video game commercial set to air during the game.
On the concert front, Grammy-Award winning singer, producer and songwriter Pharrell Williams will take the stage to warm up the crowd. It's too early to know if Pharrell's infamous hat will make an appearance but I'd be shocked if it didn't. Maybe he'll break out a new color scheme for it that matches Seattle's jerseys.
Just outside of CenturyLink Field in Seattle on a specially constructed stage is where native band Soundgarden will be performing.
During the game is when Activision and Bungie will air the Destiny 'Become Legend' video game trailer directed by Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy) and featuring the music of Led Zeppelin. The version that will air on TV during NFL Kickoff 2014 runs 90 seconds; however, »
After making a sleek but somewhat narratively clunky directorial debut with Tron Legacy, director Joseph Kosinski followed it up with Oblivion, a superior film that shows he has vision, but maybe not a lot of originality in the storytelling department. Well, now Kosinski has gotten back behind the camera to direct an awesome live-action commercial for the forthcoming next generation video game Destiny. Complete with the help of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song," this is a pretty badass commercial for the video game, with flares of Oblivion and the Halo game franchise (the game has the same creators) in its visuals. Watch! Here's the live-action commercial for the video game Destiny, from the game's YouTube page: From the creators of Halo and the company that brought you Call of Duty, Destiny is a next generation first person shooter, with rich cinematic storytelling set in huge worlds to explore. Personalize and »
- Ethan Anderton
Best know for Oblivion and Tron: Legacy, director Joseph Kosinski tries his hand at this live-action trailer for the upcoming, multi platform video game Destiny. While it won't make me run out to get the game (I'm currently soured on any first person shooter for console. Thank you Call of Duty), it does have me wishing for a Kosinski directed balls out sci-fi action flick. Also look out for some neat references to Star Wars and Independence Day. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
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