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‘Cooley High’ Remake For MGM, DeVon Franklin, Common & Tony Krantz

‘Cooley High’ Remake For MGM, DeVon Franklin, Common & Tony Krantz
Exclusive: Cooley High has been set for a remake at MGM with DeVon Franklin, Common and Tony Krantz partnering on the seminal 1975 coming-of-age drama. Seth Rosenfeld will write the script. Set in 1960s Chicago and focused on a group of high school pals with big dreams of getting out of the South Side, Cooley High fell in with a series of terrific coming-of-age films that included American Graffiti, The Lords Of Flatbush and The Wanderers. Beyond that, the original became…
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'Carol' cinematographer Ed Lachman dishes Oscar nomination and changing technology (Podcast)

'Carol' cinematographer Ed Lachman dishes Oscar nomination and changing technology (Podcast)
Ed Lachman 's first credit as a cinematographer was on the 1974 film "The Lords of Flatbush," which introduced both Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler. More than four decades later, both he and Stalllone are nominated for the second Oscars of their respective careers. While Stallone contends again for reprising his role as Rocky Balboa in "Creed," the lenser is nominated for "Carol," another collaboration with director Todd Haynes with whom he worked on "Far From Heaven" (2002). He contended for an Oscar for that film and reaped an Emmy bid for Haynes' 2011 remake of "Mildred Pierce." -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions During our recent conversation (listen above), Lachman reflected on the changing landscape of movie-making from film to digital, from images created on set to images manipulated during post-production. &...
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Industry Veteran Fred Bernstein to Launch Astute Films

  • Indiewire
Read: Interview: Martin Davidson's "Echo"; A Hollywood Vet's Tale of Dashed Dreams The established studio executive Fred Bernstein is launching a new production and financing company, Astute Films. The newly formed company is kicking off its campaign with $50 million in private equity funding. Bernstein's venture has already made use of the capital by snatching up the distribution rights to Albert French's acclaimed, race-driven novel, "Billy." Martin Davidson ("The Lords of Flatbush") will produce, direct and adapt the work, while Wendell Pierce ("The Wire") has signed on to produce. The novel is set in rural 1947 Mississippi during a time when returning ethnic soldiers did not receive the respect and admiration they deserved, particularly in the South. It is during this time that the story unfolds, going through the events in which a young 10-year-old boy becomes tragically involved with the death of a 14-year-old white girl. The...
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Fred Bernstein Launching Astute Films (Exclusive)

Veteran Hollywood executive Fred Bernstein has launched Los Angeles-based Astute Films as a motion picture financing and production company, Variety has learned.

Bernstein, who headed production at Columbia and Universal, has assembled an initial $50 million of private equity financing and is looking to back films with mid-range budgets rather than franchises.

“We’ll be very judicious and strategic as to our spending,” Bernstein told Variety.

The company has acquired movie rights to Albert French’s novel “Billy” and set up the project with Marty Davidson (“The Lords of Flatbush”), Wendell Pierce (Selma,” “Treme”) and Jerry Leider (“On the Road”) to produce with Davidson directing from his own script.

Set in rural Mississippi in 1947, the film depicts a racially-charged incident of taunting and bullying that results in the tragic death of a 14-year-old white girl at the hands of a 10-year-old black boy named Billy. The values of the community are
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Cinema Retro Attends The Sylvester Stallone Memorabilia Auction Preview

  • CinemaRetro
By Eddy Friedfeld

If you’re above a certain age, Sylvester Stallone is more than an icon, he is an inspiration. The real-life backstory of Rocky is just as mesmerizing as the film itself, as a struggling actor refused to sell his script unless he was able to star as The Italian Stallion. The rest of his history is also ours.

Strolling through the private preview in Manhattan was a tour through my own recollections, as well as Stallone’s filmography. Over 750 props, costumes and personal items will be offered. Boxing gloves, trunks, robes, and the original handwritten script are up for sale, as well as the ball Rocky plays with as he walked through the streets of Philadelphia.

Rambo’s field jacket, machete and Bowie knife, as well as a set of costumes, prop armour and gun from Judge Dredd are on the block. You can also buy pieces
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10 Ravishing Films Shot by ‘Carol’ Cinematographer Edward Lachman

Cinematographer Edward Lachman may not be a household name, though he undoubtedly should be. One of the most highly regarded directors of photography in the business, Lachman has collaborated with some of the best filmmakers of his generation: Steven Soderbergh, Todd Haynes, Todd Solondz, Paul Schrader, Sofia Coppola, Robert Altman, Werner Herzog, George Sluizer, Wim Wenders, Mira Nair, Ulrich Seidl, and Andrew Niccol — to name a handful.

His career began in 1975 by photographing the infamous Sylvester StalloneHenry Winkler Brooklyn gang cult-fave, The Lords of Flatbush. In the last 40 years, he’s carved out a truly varied résumé. For example: in 2002, Lachman co-directed Ken Park with filmmaker Larry Clark, before moving onto direct the exercise video Carmen Electra’s Aerobic Striptease in 2003.

Lachman’s most recent feature, Carol — his third partnership with Haynes, and perhaps his finest work — just entered a limited release, so there’s no better time to
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Blu-ray Review: Class of 1984

  • DailyDead
Around the time I brought this Vestron Video release home from my local video store, I had an adolescent fascination with how the punk rock subculture that influenced my development had been portrayed in the media. In everything from video games to television and films, punk rockers were mostly portrayed as villains. There was a mythological aura surrounding the way these rebellious thugs were portrayed and it's clear in Class of 1984 that filmmaker Mark L. Lester (Commando) had a similar fascination and knew that pushing the legend made for better cinema.

Lester proudly declares now that he was prophetically making a film that bares important social significance and considers it to be the best film he's ever made, but let's be honest and admit that this movie is pure sleazy exploitation. Don't get me wrong, I love some good fun exploitation and as far as that's concerned there's no
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‘Selma’ Star Wendell Pierce to Make Film Producing Debut With Racial Drama ‘Billy’ (Exclusive)

  • The Wrap
‘Selma’ Star Wendell Pierce to Make Film Producing Debut With Racial Drama ‘Billy’ (Exclusive)
In his first foray in producing since winning a Tony Award for producing “Clybourne Park” on Broadway, “Selma” star Wendell Pierce has come on to produce the racial drama “Billy” with Jerry Leider (“The Jazz Singer”), TheWrap has learned. Writer-director Martin Davidson is behind the adaptation of author Albert French’s debut novel, which was published in 1995. Davidson is the filmmaker behind the cult classics “Eddie and the Cruisers” and “The Lords of Flatbush.” A “To Kill a Mockingbird”-esque drama set in 1947, “Billy” is an emotional roller-coaster that tells the story of how a small segregated town in Mississippi reacts.
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Trouble With a Cause: The Top 10 Movie Rebels

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Now what would the movies be like if everybody on the big screen was a conformist and blandly played by the rules? Every now and then it can be quite therapeutic to have a bad apple shape our rigid outlook with a dosage of cynicism in cinema. Whether intentionally unruly or merely questioning the status quo movie rebels can be compellingly entertaining for various reasons.

So who are your choice big screen rabble-rousers that like to stir the pot and cause dissension in the name of justice or just plain anti-establishment? In Trouble With a Cause: The Top 10 Movie Rebels let us take a look at some of the on-screen troublemakers with a taste for colorful turmoil, shall we?

The selections for Trouble With a Cause: The Top 10 Movie Rebels are (in alphabetical order according to the film titles):

1.) Brad Whitewood, Jr. from At Close Range (1986)

In director James Foley
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Hollywood Myths: Richard Gere Vs. Gerbil

  • NextMovie
"Two gerbils in a pet shop are talking and one says to the other: 'If Richard Gere comes in tell him you're a hamster.'"

That's a hacky old joke, but behind every joke lies a kernel of truth, right? Right? Richard Gere is many things: An actor, a Buddhist, an officer, a gentleman and drinking buddies with the Dalai Lama. We left off 'extreme bestiality sexual deviant' because we're still not sure where we stand on this whole "gerbilling" thing, so we dug deep (really deep) to find out just how far this thing goes.

Yes, it's another chapter of Hollywood Myths. We exposed the naked truth about Jamie Lee Curtis, and now it's time to poke and prod the man of "Pretty Woman."

History

So your basic retelling of the legend states that in the early '90s — when the actor was having boffo success with "Pretty Woman
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Sylvester Stallone, Morgan Freeman, Lori McCreary and Director Tom Hooper to be honored at the Hollywood Awards Gala

HollywoodNews.com: The 14th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, presented by Starz, are pleased to announce that Hollywood icon and Academy Award-nominated Sylvester Stallone will receive the “Hollywood Career Achievement Award,” Oscar-winning Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary will be recognized with the “Hollywood Innovator Award,” and director Tom Hooper will be honored with the “Hollywood Director Award” at the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony.

“It is a privilege to honor and to celebrate Sylvester Stallone’s extraordinary talent and remarkable career, as well as the great innovative work of Morgan Freeman and Lorie McCreary in the convergence of technology and filmmaking, and the outstanding directing talent of Tom Hooper in his new film “The King’s Speech,” said Carlos de Abreu, Founder of the Hollywood Awards Gala..

Previously announced honorees for this year’s Hollywood Awards Gala include: Sean Penn for the “Humanitarian Award”; Annette Bening for the “Actress
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Interviews: Armand Assante, Lori Petty, Richard Roeper at the 2009 BMAs

  • HollywoodChicago.com
Chicago – The 2009 Best of the Midwest Awards, at Rockit Bar and Grill in Chicago on December 1st, had many notable attendees. Actors Armand Assante and Lori Petty, along with film critic Richard Roeper, were among them.

The 2009 BMAs celebrate the best of the Midwest Independent Film Festival, and stars, directors and the film press mingled at the awards event. HollywoodChicago was there, and scored interviews with Emmy Winner Armand Assante, Lori Petty, Best Director at the BMAs and featured in “A League of Their Own” and local celebrity critic Richard Roeper. Also lending some perspective was the producer of the Best Feature, Steven A. Jones of “The Merry Gentleman.”

Armand Assante, Actor, Emmy Winner for the Miniseries “Gotti

The veteran character actor, who first made a big splash in 1980’s “Private Benjamin,” continues to smolder the screen with his distinctive style and look. He just wrapped up another Chicago-based film,
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