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Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant and co-writing star Matt Damon re-team for this cautionary environmental tale. Oil company salesman Steve Butler (Damon) uses his small-town background to his advantage when he persuades poor rural towns to sign over the mineral rights beneath their homes for the controversial 'fracking' natural gas extraction method. However, he doesn't get it all his own way when the people of McKinley begin to have second thoughts »
Starz’s original filmmaking experiment, “The Chair,” will premiere at 11 p.m. Sept. 6, the cabler announced today.
The series, created by “Project Greenlight” and “Good Will Hunting” executive producer Chris Moore, is a 10-part documentary that follows two first-time directors through the process of bringing their debut feature to the big screen. The up-and-coming directors, who have unique backgrounds and skill sets, were provided with an identical screenplay and challenged to craft their own film. The show will follow the creation, marketing and theatrical release of both adaptations, which will also air on Starz. Both directors received the same budget and used locations in the same city, Pittsburgh. Through multiplatform voting, viewers will determine which director will be awarded the $250,000 prize.
Filmmakers Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci adapted “How Soon Is Now,” a coming-of-age, feature-length comedy written by Dan Schoffer that chronicles the first homecoming on Thanksgiving weekend by a »
- Laura Prudom
A film adaptation of the popular manga series Death Note has been brewing for some time now, and last we heard about the project, Iron Man 3 helmer Shane Black was working with his The Nice Guys co-writer Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry on a new iteration of the script. The movie is set up at Warner Bros., which has a strong relationship with Black thanks to the Lethal Weapon franchise and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, so his involvement seemed like a done deal. However, now we’re hearing that Black might no longer be involved with Death Note, and his replacement is none other than Milk director Gus Vant Sant.
Death Note, an English-language adaptation of the manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, follows a high school student who finds a mysterious notebook that allows him to instantly kill any person by writing their name within its pages. »
- Isaac Feldberg
It is not too shabby in what the Northeast (New England) part of the United States has produced in terms of past and present actors/actresses making their show business dreams come true. Film careers can be a lot like ice cubes–they start out solid and cool but if you sit around in stagnation your efforts and hard work can melt away before one’s very eyes. Certainly no one can accuse this talented crop of thespians of being one-hit wonders on the big screen. After all, one does not become a recipient of an Academy Award by just sheer luck and charitable fortune.
As a native Bostonian and life long New Englander, I felt compelled to spotlight those Massachusetts-born and bred actors from the same region that had ultimate success on the big screen in winning the Oscar for their acting achievement and contribution to the motion picture industry. »
- Frank Ochieng
Three years ago, it was revealed that Warner Bros hired Shane Black (Iron Man 3) to direct a live-action adaptation of the Japanese manga series "Death Note." But Black has recently signed on to direct a "Predator" sequel, and in the process, dropped out of "Death Note." The studio quickly started looking for his replacement, and now comes word that Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) has signed on to direct. "Death Note" revolves around Light, a bright student who stumbles across a mystical notebook that has the power to kill any person whose name he writes in it. Light decides to launch a secret crusade to rid the streets of criminals. Soon, he finds himself pursued by a famous FBI criminal profiler known only by the alias L. »
It's been well over a year since we've had anything to report about the long-gestating live action adaptation of the Japanese manga series Death Note, which Shane Black was originally hired to direct.
Now it seems he's off the project, and The Tracking Board reports today that Gus Van Sant will direct the film for Warner Bros. Yes, That Gus Van Sant, the man behind the camera for films like Good Will Hunting, Milk, and that remake of Psycho we choose to ignore here on Dread Central.
- John Squires
According to The Tracking Board, the long gestating Us adaptation of the popular Japanese manga Death Note may be getting new director. Shane Black (Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Iron Man 3) had been attached to direct for the last couple years, but now that he is working on the Predator reboot sequel it appears he has had to drop out. They report that Gus Van Sant (Psycho, Good Will Hunting) has been tapped to take over.
For those unfamiliar, Death Note “follows the story of a high school student who finds a mysterious notebook that lets him instantly kill any person by writing their name in the book. As the student’s body count piles up, a nameless FBI agent begins tracking him.”
Death Note trailer
- Chris Connors
Three years ago it was announced that a live action feature film adaptation of the anime and Japanese manga Death Note would be directed by Iron Man 3's Shane Black. It seems Black has dropped out of the project, and Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant could be stepping in to take his place.
These are two very different directors with very different styles, and I never imagined that Van Sant would ever do an anime adaptation. The guy is very talented, he likes to experiment, and maybe this is just something he would like to try his hand at.
The news comes from The Tracking Board, and they give no reason as to why Black left. I can only imagine that if he's been working on this for three years and nothing has come together that he'd be ready to move on. Then there's also the fact »
- Joey Paur
Well, here's a surprising pairing of director and material ...While it's been known for quite some time that there was a Hollywood adaptation of hugely popular Japanese manga Death Note - already adapted to the big screen in Japan - there's been no news on the project in quite a while. Shane Black was reportedly attached to direct as recently as last year but has moved on and now, according to The Tracking Board, Black has been replaced by Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant. Black leaves behind the current draft of the script, which he co-wrote along with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry.Van Sant is, to put it mildly, a surprising choice to tell the story of a high school student who discovers...
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Shane Black and Gus Van Sant couldn’t be more different as filmmakers. Black is a pillar of pop culture cheekiness, known for sticking jokey asides into his screenplays and mining glib wisecracks out of pulpy genre fare (ranging from Lethal Weapon, to his directorial debut, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, to last year’s Iron Man 3); he’s also obsessed with Christmas. Van Sant, meanwhile, takes himself more seriously, outputting a fluctuating mix of topical neo-realist dramas (Elephant), biopics (Milk, Last Days), and hits like Good Will Hunting, with occasional disasters such as Psycho sprinkled in between.
So the idea of Black jumping ship on a project and handing the wheel over to Van Sant seems kind of ...
- Andy Crump
Plans for a live action movie based on Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's Death Note have been bumbling around for the best part of half a decade now. At one stage, Shane Black was attached to the project (as recently as 2013), and was set to write and direct the movie. However, it seems that things may be back on track, as it's being reported that Milk, Good Will Hunting and Paranoid Park director Gus Van Sant is now set to take on the film.
Death Note tells the story of a student who happens upon a strange notebook. By writing the name of someone in the book, he can instantly kill them.
Back in January 2011, Shane Black signed on to direct from a script by Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, but we never heard anything else about the project until now. The Tracking Board reports that the most recent script was written by Shane Black, Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, and that Shane Black was still attached to direct up until 2013, which is, coincidentally, when his blockbuster Iron Man 3 hit theaters.
Death Note is based on the Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, which follows a young student who finds a bizarre notebook. He discovers that he can kill anyone instantly simply by writing their name in the notebook, as an FBI agent starts tracking him when the bodies keep piling up. »
‘I have no desire to operate on my own children’
Dennis Lehane explains why he is against adapting his own books.
Best-selling author, Boston native and screenwriter Dennis Lehane has been accused of a few things in life. For instance there are people convinced this author of hard edged thrillers wrote Mystic Pizza. That late eighties, tissue thin chick flick which helped launch Julia Roberts onto the world stage before Gary Marshall, Richard Gere and a Lotus finished the job. Dennis Lehane wrote Mystic River by the way, just to avoid any confusion.
Then there’s the small issue of his fan mail. Not all of it you understand, just the celebrity stuff he continues to receive for writing The Departed. You see his only problem is William Monahan wrote the book, adapted it into a screenplay and received the Oscar. »
- Gary Collinson
For his third directorial outing - following Adulthood and 22.214.171.124 - Noel Clarke is tackling sci-fi. As such, The Anomaly arrives in UK cinemas this weekend, and he took some time out to tell us about the film, about his future projects, and - of course - his favourite Statham movie...
There's a distinct lack of logos at the start of The Anomaly. If you compare this to the last film you directed, 126.96.36.199, that had a huge procession of companies involved. This has Universal, your company and The Tea Shop & Film Company. Is that indicative that this was a slightly easier project to pull together? That the currency you've built up over your past few projects makes it a slightly easier sell?
It's not necessarily easier. It's just indicative of, »
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
When Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore and Alex Keledjian teamed up to create Project Greenlight in 2001 (which ran on HBO for two seasons and then on Bravo for season 3), the entertainment business was a vastly different place that matched up nicely with a behind the scenes and unscripted look into the herculean effort that goes into making independent films.
This compatibility was due, in large part, to the indie film movement of the ’90s that had made rockstars out of filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Robert Rodriguez and both Affleck and Damon, who were launched into the mainstream by the success of Good Will Hunting. But as Project Greenlight gets ready to return to HBO for a season 4, there are a lot of questions.
- Jason Tabrys
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