6 items from 2013
Last week, we took a look at the career of master director John Carpenter, a true legend of modern horror. This week we take a look at the career of a legendary actor who.s also made his mark on the genre... The Bounty, which is director Roger Donaldson's take on Mutiny On The Bounty, portraying Hopkins' Captain Bligh in a balanced way that doesn't glamorize the role of iconic mutineer Fletcher Christian (played by a young Mel Gibson). With a score by Vangelis and a supporting cast »
- Chris Bumbray
When Elmore Leonard's Stick was published in Britain in 1984, one newspaper called it "a fine first novel". At almost 60, the author would have been amused at such an accolade; it was, in fact, his 21st novel, and Leonard, who has died aged 87, had been selling his fiction regularly, occasionally to Hollywood. But the genres in which he chose to work often failed to attract serious critical attention: westerns first, then crime novels set in the contemporary urban hinterlands.
Westerns as a literary genre still lack respectability, but the craft and energy of Leonard's crime novels, which include Get Shorty, Out of Sight and Labrava, eventually made them impossible to ignore. Still, recognition came late: only in 1992 did the Mystery Writers of America grant him its highest accolade, the Grand Master Edgar. »
- Nick Kimberley
Elmore Leonard, a towering figure in American crime fiction, has died at 87 after having suffered a stroke earlier this month. Sometimes called the “Dickens of Detroit,” Leonard largely wrote Westerns for the first two decades of his career, which stretched back to 1953′s The Bounty Hunters and included such memorable titles as Hombre, Last Stand at Saber River and Valdez is Coming. He later became known for gritty crime stories rife with snappy, realistic dialogue, many of which were made into films. It was a pair of adaptations in the 1990s, though — 1995′s Get Shorty and Quentin Tarantino’s [...]
- Stacey Harrison
Author Elmore Leonard, whose gritty crime novels including the "Raylan" [Givens] novels that FX's hit series "Justified" is based on, "Get Shorty" and the short story to film "3:10 to Yuma," died Tuesday morning from complications from a stroke. He was 87. Leonard becamme a part of the FX series "Justified" which stars Timothy Oliphant, serving as executive producer. A son of New Orleans, he eventually settled in Detroit area when he was 11. Hs father worked for General Motors. It was in the fifth grade that some literature published in the Detroit newspaper caught his attention and fostered his love for writing in later years. Leonard's first novel, The Bounty Hunters, a western, was published in 1953. He »
- April Neale
Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion), Luke Bracey (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Bill Smitrovich (Iron Man) are set to join Pierce Brosnan in the espionage action-thriller November Man directed by Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job). The announcement was made by producers Beau St. Clair of Irish Dreamtime and Sriram Das of Das Films. Written by Michael Finch (Predators) and Karl Gajdusek (Oblivion), the script was developed from Bill Granger’s There Are No Spies, the seventh book in Granger’s thirteen-part November Man series.
With shooting set to start in Europe on May 20th, November Man tells the story of an ex-cia operative (Brosnan) who finds himself pitted against his former pupil (Bracey) in a race to find a woman hiding from her past (Kurylenko) who holds the key to an international conspiracy. November Man is financed by Merced Media Partners, Envision Entertainment Corporation and PalmStar Media Capital. Executive Producers include Merced’s Raj Singh and Stuart Brown, »
- Michelle McCue
Triple Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis has cited the vanity-free actor Phil Davis as a key inspiration, alongside Brando and Streep. Is it time the star of Quadrophenia and Whitechapel was recognised as a British acting great?
Phil Davis calls himself "the nose-and-teeth man". He says he sometimes looks in the mirror and thinks: "Look at that tired old boat race." And it's true that, with his pink skin, squinting eyes and shock of vanilla hair, there is something of the naked mole rat about him.
But this week the largely unsung hero of British screen acting was cited by Daniel Day-Lewis as one of the biggest influences on his career. In an article for Port magazine, Day-Lewis ranked Davis alongside Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep and Marlon Brando: the actor's 1977 turn in Gotcha, he wrote, had made a "deep impression". Day-Lewis has won three Oscars (Lincoln, There Will Be Blood, »
- Ryan Gilbey
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