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We’ve heard it before: an accomplished actor making the transition to directing his first movie — along with starring and producing in it. While it seems to work as much as it fails, hopefully, Michael Sheen falls into the former category, as he is set for his directorial debut with Green River Killer, a true story about Gary Ridgway, who, in 2003, pled guilty to the murder of 48 women between the ’80s and ’90s. Sheen will also star as Ridgway, in a script penned by Sheen himself. It will be an adaptation of the Eisner award-winning Dark Horse graphic novel, Green River Killer: A True Detective Story.
The story is dark, but one that, “ultimately finds hope and meaning in that darkness,” Sheen states to Variety. “The story of Tom and Gary, and how they are bound together in time, pulled me in from the beginning and wouldn’t let go. »
- Mike Mazzanti
Michael Sheen will make his feature directorial debut and star in the upcoming true crime thriller Green River Killer, about the most prolific American serial killer in history, based on confirmed murders. The star of Masters of Sex also wrote the screenplay, based on Dark Horse Entertainment’s graphic novel Green River Killer: A True Detective Story, which in turn was written by the lead investigator’s son Jeff Jensen, and illustrated by artist Jonathan Case.
The Green River Killer, Gary Leon Ridgway, strangled at least 49 women in Washington State during the 1980s and 1990s. Ridgeway got his nickname after the first five victims were found in the Green River. Detective Tom Jensen worked the case from 1984 to 2001, first as part of a task force and then as the only full-time investigator. »
Michael Sheen is to make his feature directing debut on - and star in - the true crime thriller, based on the actor’s own script
The film will be based on Sheen’s own screenplay, adapted from Jeff Jensen’s graphic novel Green River Killer: A True Detective Story, about American serial killer Gary Ridgway (to be played by Sheen) and Tom Jensen, the man who hunted Ridgwayfor two decades. The script was included on last year’s Black List of highly regarded but unproduced screenplays.
Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg of Dark Horse Entertainment, publisher of the graphic novel, will produce with Sheen and QC’s Sean McKittrick and Ray Mansfield. QC’s Edward H Hamm Jr and Shaun Redick will serve as executive producers.
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Michael Sheen is set to both star in and make his directorial debut with “Green River Killer.” The film will follow Tom Jensen, a detective who dedicated 20 years of his life searching for and eventually catching the Green River Killer — a serial killer who took 49 lives in Seattle during the ’80s and ’90s.
Sheen will play the killer, Gary Ridgway. He also wrote the script for the film, which was adapted from the Dark Horse Entertainment graphic novel by Tom Jensen’s son “Green River Killer: A True Detective Story” and had placed amongst the best on the Black List in 2015.
The film will be produced and financed by QC Entertainment. Producers Sean McKittrick and Ray Mansfield said, “Michael has written an elegant script which brings his sophisticated vision to subverting the typical serial killer movie. Jensen »
- Kyle Kizu
Sheen will portray the serial killer Gary Ridgway, who pleaded guilty in 2003 to 48 charges of first-degree murder of women in the state of Washington during the 1980s and 1990s. He was spared the death penalty in exchange for cooperation in locating the victims.
Sheen will direct from his own screenplay, which was named to the Black List in 2015 and is adapted from the Dark Horse Entertainment’s graphic novel “Green River Killer: A True Detective Story.” The book, which won the Eisner Award, was written by Jeff Jensen and based on his father, Tom Jensen, and artist Jonathan Case.
The film tells the story of the relationship between Tom Jensen, who spent two decades looking for the Green River Killer, and Ridgway. The two men were forced to live and »
- Dave McNary
Clark Gable is still sufficiently frisky in this late career western to attract four well-chosen frontier women -- who in this case happen to be a quartet of robbers' wives, sitting on a rumored mountain of ill-gotten gains. Raoul Walsh abets the comedy-drama, as Gable's fox-in-a-henhouse tries to determine which hen can lead him to the promised golden eggs. The King and Four Queens Blu-ray Olive Films 1956 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 86 min. / Street Date May 24, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Clark Gable, Eleanor Parker, Jo Van Fleet, Jean Willes, Barbara Nichols, Sara Shane, Roy Roberts, Arthur Shields, Jay C. Flippen. Cinematography Lucien Ballard Production Design Wiard Ihnen Film Editor Howard Bretherton Original Music Alex North Written by Richard Alan Simmons, Margaret Fitts from her story Produced by David Hempstead Directed by Raoul Walsh
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Olive's latest dip into MGM's United Artists holdings brings up the cheerful, not particularly »
- Glenn Erickson
An Encore Edition brings back Fritz Lang's searing police corruption tale, with the great performances of Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame and Lee Marvinaided by several pots of fresh, hot coffee. As is usual, Fritz Lang leads the way in modernizing a genre -- this one is a keeper. The Big Heat Blu-ray Encore Edition Twilight Time Limited Edition 1953 / B&W / 1:37 Academy / 89 min. / Ship Date February 9, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando, Alexander Scourby, Lee Marvin, Jeanette Nolan, Willis Bouchey, Robert Burton, Adam Williams, Howard Wendell, Dorothy Green, Carolyn Jones, Dan Seymour, Edith Evanson, John Crawford, John Doucette. Cinematography Charles Lang Film Editor Charles Nelson Original Music Henry Vars Written by Sydney Boehm from the book by William P. McGivern Produced by Robert Arthur Directed by Fritz Lang
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Four years after Twilight Time's initial release, this Encore Edition »
- Glenn Erickson
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