9 items from 2009
Director: Beeban Kidron
Summary: Follows the love story of Oz editor Richard Neville and Louise Ferrier. Neville and his cohorts launch the London edition of Oz amidst the 1960s counterculture and are subsequently put on trial for distributing a sexually explicit issue.
Analysis: One of the most troubled productions in Working Title's history, 'Hippie' began development back in 1998 but failed to get beyond script stage both in 1999 and in 2002 when "Elizabeth" helmer Shekhar Kapur was attached to direct. Filming finally got underway late 2007 with director Beeban Kidron in charge and shooting seemed to proceed without issue aside from feminist author Germaine Greer being vehemently unhappy about being depicted on film.
Actually the film scored quite a bit of free press for a skinny dipping scene where full-frontal shots of actress Sienna Miller shooting the sequence »
- Garth Franklin
Robert S. Baker and Roger Moore on the set of The Persuaders
On September 30, producer Robert S. Baker passed away at age 92. Baker had a long history of feature film production credits, mostly on B movies in his early years. However, he was a major force in British television in the 1960s. It was Baker who managed to bring both
The Saint and The Persuaders to the air. He became Roger Moore's producing partner and the two made the 1969 adventure film Crossplot together. He also served as executive producer on the short-lived, but excellent British series The Baron.
In an E mail to Cinema Retro, legendary Hammer horror writer and director Jimmy Sangster wrote:
"I first met Bob Baker when he and his partner , Monty Berman,asked me to write Blood of the Vampire. Later I went on to write four or five other scripts for them. He was an extremely good producer and director, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
British film producer Robert S. Baker teamed with Monte Berman to produce, and occasionally direct, a handful of Gothic horror and science fiction films in the late 1950s. The duo produced the classic 1958 terror tale Blood of the Vampire (1958) starring Sir Donald Wolfit, and the cult sci-fi thriller The Crawling Eye (aka The Trollenberg Terror) (1958) starring Forrest Tucker. They produced and directed the 1959 gruesome recounting of Jack the Ripper (1959), and told the tale of the bodysnatching team of Burke and Hare in 1960’s The Flesh and the Fiends (aka Mania, The Fiendish Ghouls) starring Peter Cushing and Donald Pleasence. They also produced the period thriller The Hellfire Club (1961) and the horror comedy No Place Like Homicide! (aka What a Carve Up!) (1961).
Baker was born in London on October 27, 1916. He served in the Royal Artillery in North Africa during World War II, before being transferred to the Army Film and Photographic Unit. »
- Harris Lentz
Earlier this week, a Russian trailer for the upcoming Angelina Jolie action-thriller Salt found its way online, but was quickly pulled down by Sony... and really, who wants to see a low-quality, dubbed version of a trailer anyway? (A lot of people... I know.) Today they have debuted the first domestic trailer for the film over at Yahoo! , and although it looks fairly action-packed, I can't say there is anything all that noteworthy about it either. Is Angelina Jolie really the biggest current female action star? It seems weird to say that, but I guess her filmography proves it. Either way, I'm sure they're hoping to attract fans of Wanted with this one. The production history on Salt has kind of a weird twist in that Tom Cruise was originally supposed to star in the lead role (and not in drag). Somewhere along the way they rewrote the story so »
According to VancouverFilm.Net , the September 2009, British Columbia provincial budget contains no new tax relief for the local film/TV industry, looking to increase BC's 35% labour-based tax credit. The new budget was revealed as British Columbia currently faces the biggest provincial deficit in its history. In recent weeks, the BC film/TV sector become increasingly agitated as the province began losing Us projects to Ontario, including the recent move to Toronto of Vancouver-based Brightlight Pictures, noted for a string of Uwe Boll-directed features, setting-up shop in Ontario to lense a Us service production remake of the 1962 UK TV series The Saint, based on the works of author Leslie Charteris. Sneak Peek the first episode of The Saint »
Phillip Noyce will direct the indie police thriller Mixed Blood, with Samuel L Jackson to co-star, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Kelly Masterson (Before the Devil Knows You're Dead) is adapting from Roger Smith's novel of the same name, which was published last year by Henry Holt & Co.
The story will center on an American fugitive being forced to make violent and terrifying choices to protect his family while drawing the attention of murderers, kidnappers, corrupt cops and a detective, portrayed by Jackson.
Principal photography is scheduled to start early next year.
Phillip Noyce. Thriller. Disaster Zondi. You could say that this news had me excited at the word 'Zondi,' even though I have no idea what it means. So for your sake and my own, some clarification: Phillip Noyce, the man who directed Clear and Present Danger, Patriot Games, The Bone Collector, The Saint, and Catch a Fire (and the forthcoming Salt) has been tapped to direct a thriller (that one was easy) that involves an American fugitive who struggles to protect himself and family against the world of corruption and killing in South Africa. Oh, and there's a character played by Samuel L. Jackson named Disaster Zondi. If you heard a record needle just scratch, either your annoying roommate thinks it's cool to collect vinyl or your brain has the correct natural response to hearing that Sam Jackson got cast in something. Jokes aside, it turns out that 'Zondi' is a common last name and that »
- Dr. Cole Abaius
I was on the Austin, TX set of the Platinum Dunes remake of Friday the 13th last June and, while it wasn't until months later that it was confirmed, I don't think anyone on that set thought that the Platinum Dunes Wouldn't get to do the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. The Dunes triumvirate of executive producer Michael Bay and producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller, have been on a rampage through the horror genre since the production company's formation in 2001 and, with the buzz surrounding Friday the 13th, I'm sure I wasn't the only one not surprised when the Dunes deal for A Nightmare on Elm Street was inked in December. They have the principals in place - screenwriter Wesley Strick, director Samuel Bayer, Jackie Earle Haley as the iconic Freddy Krueger and young leads Kyle Gallner and recently announced Rooney Mara as Quentin and Nancy, the »
In Little Children, Jackie Earle Haley played a paedophile. In Watchmen, he played a maniac on a never-ending mission of his own devising. Now he's combining the two in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, where he will play Freddy Krueger.Yes, that's right: they're remaking A Nightmare on Elm Street. Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes are (of course) behind it, along with original studio New Line. Music video director Samuel Bayer is directing, from a script by Wesley Strick. Strick wrote Arachnophobia and Wolf, but also the films of Doom and The Saint, so it's anyone's guess as to how this will turn out.Filming's due to start in Chicago next month, with a bunch of nubile victims teens still to be cast between now and then. Let's hope Haley brings his usual quality performance to this, and that it doesn't harm the good name of the original. »
9 items from 2009
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