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Cinema’s Top Underwater Thrillers

The new aquatic adventure film The Chamber – where a submarine mission goes badly wrong – is the epitome of an underwater thriller. It plunges you into the action and makes you feel as if you’re right there with the crew fighting amongst each other, and fighting for their lives, sinking into the depths of the Yellow Sea. Here are eight more deep sea chillers that’ll have you struggling for breath.

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)

“Race from outer space to seven miles below the sea … with amazing aquanauts of the deep!” In this classic sci-fi adventure Walter Pidgeon is in charge of a nuclear submarine whose very mission is to save the planet Earth. Directed by Irwin Allen, who went on to make disaster movies like The Poseidon Adventure and The Swarm, the film features the sub being attacked by a giant octopus, which should be recommendation enough.
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John Grisham’s ‘The Rainmaker’ Gets Adapted Again As New TV Series

In the string of John Grisham adaptations that arrived in the 1990s —legal thrillers like “The Firm,” “The Pelican Brief,” “The Client” and “A Time To Kill“— Francis Ford Coppola‘s “The Rainmaker” starring Matt Damon might be better remembered than “The Chamber,” but it’s still considered to be among the less successful of the lot.

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61 film books that are well worth your time

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Looking for good books about the movies to read? We've got a bumper selection of recommendations right here...

A confession. I actually started writing this article in 2013, and the reason you've only reading it now is that I've made sure I've read every book on this list, save for one or two where I've marked otherwise. As such, what you're getting is a very personal list of recommendations. Each of these books has at least something to it that I think is of interest to someone wanting to learn more about film - or just enjoy stories of movie making.

I've tended to avoid picture books, with one exception, as these ones I've chosen are all intended to be chock-full of words, to relax with at the end of a long day. Which is what I did. There are one or two notable omissions, as I'm still
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'Fifty Shades of Grey' Sequels Are Shooting Back-to-Back

'Fifty Shades of Grey' Sequels Are Shooting Back-to-Back
Back in August, we reported that Universal Pictures' front runner to direct the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, Fifty Shades Darker, is James Foley, but negotiations hadn't started quite yet. That report also revealed that the filmmaker is in the running to direct the third adaptation of E.L. James' novel trilogy, Fifty Shades Freed, and that the studio was trying to decide whether or not they should shoot Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed back-to-back. Today, we have a new report from The Wrap, revealing that James Foley has finalized his deal to direct both sequels, which will in fact be shot back-to-back.

Author E.L. James' husband, British writer Niall Leonard, signed on in April to write the screenplay adaptation for Fifty Shades Darker. This new report reveals that he has also signed on to write Fifty Shades Freed. Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson
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Fifty Shades Darker attracting Glengarry Glen Ross director

James Foley looks set to direct the new Fifty Shades film, taking over from Sam Taylor-Johnson.

Well, help yourself to a few quid from the prize pot if you saw this one coming. Assuming there’s a few quid in there. Universal is keen to get up and running on Fifty Shades Of Grey follow-up Fifty Shades Of Darker early next year, but there’s the small matter of a new director to find.

Sam Taylor-Johnson, who helmed Fifty Shades Of Grey, opted out of the sequel, and all the pointers are in the direction of a not very happy working relationship with the book’s author, E L James. That notwithstanding, the studio has a working shortlist of three directors, and at the top – and apparently the frontrunner by distance – is James Foley.

Foley, in recent times, has been directing episodes of Hannibal and House Of Cards, but his
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'Fifty Shades Darker' Targets 'House of Cards' Director

'Fifty Shades Darker' Targets 'House of Cards' Director
Shortly after the release of Universal Pictures' blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey, it was confirmed that director Sam Taylor-Johnson will not come back to make the movie sequel, Fifty Shades Darker. One month later, it was revealed that author E.L. James' husband, Niall Leonard, will write the screenplay adaptation, with the studio setting a February 10, 2017 release date. Today we have word from Deadline that filmmaker James Foley is the front runner to direct this hotly-anticipated follow-up.

This report also reveals that he may also sign on to direct the third installment, Fifty Shades Freed, which has been given a February 9, 2018 release date. The studio is still working out whether or not they should shoot both Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed back-to-back. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are coming back to reprise their roles as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey.

Negotiations haven't started yet for James Foley to take the helm,
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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 Auditions #3 - Detroit

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 Auditions #3 - Detroit
Greetings from Park City, Utah, where the Sundance Film Festival comes to a screeching halt so that I can recap the Wednesday, January 22 episode of "American Idol." Yup. The Festival has stopped all screenings for two hours tonight just for me. Isn't that sweet of them? And then I'll head over to see "Land Ho!" So click through and follow along for all of the Detroit auditions, or all of the Detroit auditions our condo wifi will allow me to watch... 8:00 p.m. Et. Things are tense in The Chamber. Just as Chris O'Donnell. See, he was in a movie...
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Jacob's Ladder remake still active, director found

News Simon Brew 21 Nov 2013 - 06:32

The new take on Jacob's Ladder recruits an interesting director to steer it, as James Foley is appointed to the project...

When we've been talking about the remake/reboot/whatever of RoboCop, our thoughts have been the same. Nobody really wants a new take on a film that was damn near perfect, but if you're going to have one, appointing Elite Squad director Jose Padilha to direct it gets us interested.

A few months ago, the news broke that a second take on Adrian Lyne's Jacob's Ladder was on its way through the Hollywood sausage making machine. And it turns out that this is a project that's very much active. Jake Wade Wall and Jeff Buhler have been working on the script for the new film, which will keep the themes of the original but set them against a contemporary backdrop.

And now,
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James Foley Will Direct the Jacob's Ladder Remake

James Foley Will Direct the Jacob's Ladder Remake
James Foley, who hasn't directed a feature since 2007's Perfect Stranger, is in negotiations to direct the Jacob's Ladder remake for Ld Entertainment. We first reported on the project back in June.

The original thriller, directed by Adrian Lyne, starred Tim Robbins as a Vietnam veteran who suffers from bizarre hallucinations while trying to uncover clues about his checkered past. The new film is said to be more of a contemporary homage than a remake, introducing new characters and situations while tackling the same existential themes as the original.

Jeff Buhler (Midnight Meat Train) is writing the script, based on a first draft by Jake Wade Wall (When a Stranger Calls). Ld Entertainment's Mickey Liddell and Jennifer Monroe are producing with Michael J. Gaeta and Alison R. Rosenzweig. No production schedule was given.

James Foley is best known for films such as Glengarry Glen Ross, Fear, The Chamber and The Corruptor.
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Mike Darnell: For TV Critics, the Gift That Kept on Giving

Mike Darnell leaving Fox? After all the hell he put multiple entertainment chiefs — including Sandy Grushow, Peter Roth and Gail Berman — over the years? Say it ain’t so.

Years ago, somewhere between “When Animals Attack” and “Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?,” I suggested that some struggling network, like Upn back when it existed, should hand its programming schedule over to Darnell, with this disclaimer: “Try not to get anyone killed.” Given a free rein beyond that, my guess was he could substantially improve their audience, in the same way Faye Dunaway’s character did in the movie “Network” (which appears especially prescient in terms of certain Darnell-developed titles.)

In truth, nobody is meant to hang around in one of these jobs for close to two decades, and even with the enviable freedom he was granted by Fox, Darnell’s “golden gut” (to use a description once used in
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Safe House director for John Grisham's The Racketeer

News Simon Brew Feb 13, 2013

Daniel Espinosa looks set to direct the movie version of John Grisham's thriller, The Racketeer...

Movies based on John Grisham books used to be a near annual occurence in the 1990s. We had good ones (The Client, A Time To Kill), we had bad ones (The Pelican Brief, The Chamber), and we had ones that were fun, but seemed to go on forever (The Firm). And for a while, of course, it seemed as though director Joel Schumacher would keep making them alternately with his Batman projects.

When Batman & Robin bombed though, Schumacher abandoned his plan to make The Runaway Jury (which subsequently turned up in 2003, with Gary Fleder directing), and Grisham seemingly became less interested in selling the movie rights to his bestselling thrillers. In fact, the last film based on a Grisham book was 2004's Christmas With The Kranks, which was the movie take on Skipping Christmas.
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Daniel Espinosa to Direct Adaptation of John Grisham's 'Racketeer'

In the mid-90s, it seemed only a few months would pass until another film adaptation of a John Grisham novel popped up at a multiplex. The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Chamber, and The Rainmaker all came out between 1993-1997, adding to Grisham's legacy as one of America's most popular thriller writers. The most recent film adaptations of his work, Runaway Jury and Christmas with the Kranks, weren't big successes, but THR reports that a film version of Grisham's newest novel, The Racketeer, will hit the big screen under the direction of Safe House helmer Daniel Espinosa. Read on! Here's the official synopsis of The Racketeer from Amazon: Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered.
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Mark Wahlberg Joins The Partner

Back in the 1990s, you could hardly move for John Grisham adaptations. In the space of five years there were films of The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time To Kill, The Chamber, The Rainmaker and The Gingerbread Man (an original Grisham screenplay), often attracting hugely impressive casts, and directors of the calibre of Francis Coppola and Robert Altman. That hot streak may have burned out, but now Mark Wahlberg has belatedly jumped on the bandwagon. He's planning to produce and star in The Partner.The Partner was written in 1997, towards the end of that Grisham heyday, perhaps explaining how it missed being picked up before. This one's about a lawyer - of course - who's become disgruntled with his lot, and sets about embezzling a fortune from his firm and faking his own death. It works for a while, but his perfect crime eventually ends up not quite going according to plan,
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John Grisham Gets the Last Laugh on the Law

John Grisham Gets the Last Laugh on the Law
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John Grisham, who has penned bestsellers that deal with mob lawyers, hate crimes, and the death penalty, wants readers to know that the law also can be funny.

Grisham’s latest book, “The Litigators,” released this week, is written with a lighter touch than some of his previous blockbusters. The new novel tells the story of lawyers at an ambulance-chasing Chicago law firm. “Finley & Figg’s scam was hustling injury cases, a daily grind that required
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The working titles of Hollywood blockbuster movies

What do you do if you want to keep your film’s production a secret, or if you haven’t thought of a title yet? Choose a working title…

Thanks to the perpetually churning rumour mill that is the Internet, it’s extremely difficult to keep a secret for long – particularly if you happen to be one of the most respected mainstream directors currently working, and your latest film is a $150 million sci-fi thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Back in 2009, the secretive Christopher Nolan began filming something called Oliver’s Arrow, and actors on the movie's production were wandering around with ‘sides’ in their hand (the miniature scripts which contain the scenes they’ll be working on that day) bearing that title. It didn’t take long, however, for people to work out that Oliver’s Arrow was, in fact, Inception, Nolan’s much-anticipated movie set in “architecture of the mind.
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Tony Scott to Direct Shia Labeouf in 'The Associate'?

Tony Scott to Direct Shia Labeouf in 'The Associate'?
Remember the obsession with John Grisham back in the '90s? It started with the The Firm, followed into The Pelican Brief, and continued with The Client, A Time to Kill, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, and The Gingerbread Man. For a handful of years, his stories spread like wildfire. But they also burnt out quickly, and the 2000s have only offered Runaway Jury in the typical thriller vein, plus the easily forgotten Christmas with the Kranks and the screenplay for Mickey.

At the end of 2008, it looked like the scribe might be slated for a return to form with Shia Labeouf starring in his not-yet-out novel, The Associate. Though the project hasn't moved much recently, it's finally gotten new life as new reports see Tony Scott circling the project.

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In Memoriam: Harve Presnell (1933-2009)

Actor, singer and Broadway star Harve Presnell died July 1, 2009 at the age of 75. Born September 14, 1933, Presnell started his career on stage, playing prominent roles on Broadway in shows such as The Unsinkable Molly Brown, before moving into film work in the late 1960s. Perhaps best known as the domineering father-in-law to William H. Macy's sheepish wannabe kidnapper in Fargo, Presnell enjoyed a career resurgence in the 1990s and became one of the more recognizable character actors of the last two decades.

Presnell's performance in Fargo was one of those that made even cinephiles wonder, who is this guy? Playing Wade Gunderson, the gruff and obstinate father of the film's kidnap victim, he complemented the desperate ambition of Macy's Jerry Lundegaard and the smalltown sensibleness of Frances McDormand's Marge Gunderson. That same year, he appeared in several other movies, including The Whole Wide World, Larger Than Life and The Chamber,
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William Monahan Adapting John Grisham for Shia Labeouf

Of all the John Grisham film adaptations A Time to Kill remains my favorite, The Client was pretty good, The Rainmaker was okay, The Chamber entertained for about a minute as did The Runaway Jury, The Pelican Brief I can't even remember and The Firm I did not like at all. Of that bunch I only read "The Firm" and when it disappointed me sorely I never picked up another Grisham until about five years ago when I read "The Partner" and "The Street Lawyer" but I never picked up "The Associate" but that appears to be the next Grisham novel to be getting a feature film treatment. Variety reports Paramount has brought on The Departed scripter William Monahan to pen the screenplay with an eye for Shia Labeouf to star. As I am sure many online Labeouf haters will scoff at the idea, but I can definitely buy into
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Revolution picks Foley for 'Stranger'

Revolution picks Foley for 'Stranger'
James Foley has been tapped to direct the Halle Berry psychological thriller Perfect Stranger for Revolution Studios. The project was brought in by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Revolution Studios partner and head of Revolution's New York office, who also will produce the film. Deborah Schindler is serving as executive producer. The screenplay, by Todd Komarnicki from an original script by Jon Bokenkamp, tells the story of a woman (Berry) who gets caught up in the world of obsessive love and death online when she goes undercover to investigate a friend's murder. The film is set to go into production this winter. Foley's directing credits include Confidence, The Chamber, Fear, Glengarry Glen Ross and At Close Range. Foley is repped by CAA.

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