7 items from 2013
Los Angeles, CA (May 10th, 2013) – Following their successful collaboration on 2 Guns and Lone Survivor, Foresight Unlimited, Envision Entertainment and Emmett/Furla Films are joining forces to produce the surreal thriller Hotel 33, starring Oscar®-winning actor Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas), it was announced today by Foresight CEO Mark Damon and Emmett/Furla’s Randall Emmett.
Foresight Unlimited will handle international sales for Hotel 33, which will be produced by Randall Emmett and George Furla, and executive produced by Envision Entertainment’s Remington Chase, Stepan Martirosyan and Vitaly Grigoriants, and Foresight’s Mark Damon. Malek Akkad is also an executive producer on the film.
Newcomer Kellie Madison wrote the script and will direct Hotel 33 which will start production in September 2013.
The film is based on the presumed event surrounding »
- Andy Greene
Foresight Unlimited (Foresight) has come aboard to produce, finance, and handle worldwide sales on the epic biopic Spinning Gold written by Timothy Scott Bogart. Emmy® and Grammy Award®-winning Renaissance man Justin Timberlake (The Social Network, Inside Llewyn Davis) will take on the lead role of the famous 1970s record icon Neil Bogart.
Bogart, a legendary music business entrepreneur, is credited with discovering, launching and nurturing the careers of a generation of music superstars during the 60’s and 70’s including Curtis Mayfield, Bill Withers, Gladys Knight, Kiss, Parliament, Donna Summer and The Village People among many others. Featuring some of the most iconic music of the era, Spinning Gold tells the rags-to-riches story of a poor kid from Brooklyn who went on to become the man who defined the pop music culture of his time. Neil Bogart died prematurely in 1982 at age 39.
Foresight’s CEO Mark Damon will produce the film alongside Timberlake, »
- Michelle McCue
The Sopranos will forever be instilled in the fabric of culture. Its success and game-changing format was intrinsic to the success of HBO and revitalised televisual drama forever. Without The Sopranos HBO would not have experienced the success it enjoys today and we would not have shows like Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and True Blood. This successful model was adopted by other networks like AMC, FX and Showtime who have given us Dexter, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad. The Sopranos was the game changer and revolutionalised television forever. Televisual drama is now considered a valued art form akin to film thanks to the success of The Sopranos.
The series’ rich and compelling storylines captivated audiences for 8 years and won a host of Emmys over its six seasons. Tony Soprano is still one of the most fascinating characters in television history but he was helped by a phenomenal supporting cast »
- Gearoid Gillett
Odd List Simon Brew 26 Mar 2013 - 06:44
A superb character actor James Woods has turned in some remarkable performances. Here are a few of his underappreciated roles...
If you're looking for an actor who's far more interested in being a character than a hero, then surely James Woods is your man. He's built up a body of work over several decades that has rightly brought him a degree of acclaim - Videodrome, the brilliant Cop, Ghosts Of Mississippi, Contact, Salvador, and his growing collection of excellent TV roles - but in the 80s and 90s, he popped up in lots of films that are rarely talked about now.
There are so many seemingly lost great James Woods roles, that it seemed long overdue we try and right that particular wrong. So here's a collection of perhaps the lower profile, yet brilliant, performances from his career. And this is just a few of them. »
There are two kinds of Western films. Those that came before Sergio Leone and those that came afterward.
With only six films to really speak of the Italian director who made Clint Eastwood a superstar left behind a spellbinding body of work that capitalzes mainly on the mythology surrounding the old American West. Throughout his films the themes of violence, treachery, and ways of life meeting their end are consistently explored like in Once Upon a Time in the West where the outlaw is soon becoming a thing of the past with the coming of the railroad and Once Upon a Time in America where the gangster is slowly being forced to reform or risk being gunned down.
There is something unique about the experience gained from watching each of Leone’s movies. The characters are often amoral and sometimes don’t even have names, however, somehow despite their surreal »
- Michael Thompson
Opening in New York this Friday and in Los Angeles on March 22nd, Reality is acclaimed writer-director Matteo Garrone’s follow-up to his award-winning crime drama Gomorrah. In this darkly comic fairy tale where magical realism meets neo-realism, Garrone honors Italy’s cinematic past while focusing on the highly contemporary subject of reality television and today’s fascination with instant celebrity. He introduces an indelible cinematic everyman, Luciano (Aniello Arena), whose unforgettable journey from small-town fishmonger to big-city superstar becomes a universal fable about dreaming big that is at once delightful, delirious and deceptive. In an exclusive interview, Garrone talked to me about the true story that inspired his fascinating character study, how he navigated the subtle line between reality and fantasy, why he cast a former Mafia hitman in the main role, the similarities he sees between Arena and Robert De Niro, how the death of D.P. Marco Onorato »
- Sheila Roberts
Josh Brolin headlines this weekend's "Gangster Squad" as the tough cop who looks to take down gangster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) in 1940s Los Angeles. Behind the scenes, Brolin was also instrumental in getting his good friend Penn to star as Cohen (after passing on the role himself), as well as in shaping his own character -- even if that meant cutting his lines. At the film's press conference, Brolin said that his big fist fight with Penn in the movies was tough: "One of us is a smoker and the other an ex-smoker," he explained. When I walked into the room to speak with Brolin -- where he discussed everything from gangster movies to firing a tommy gun -- the pack of cigarettes on the table confirmed that he isn't the one who quit. [Spotting the cigarettes] Ahh, that's why the fight scene was so tough on you. You know, I didn't smoke during the movie. »
- Sharon Knolle
7 items from 2013
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