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With a list of credits that range from True Romance to Mission: Impossible II to The Expendables , cinematographer Jeffrey Kimball attended this year's Camerimage Festival in Bydgoszcz, Poland to showcase the new 3D version of one of his famous efforts with longtime collaborator Tony Scott, Top Gun . ComingSoon.net was there and sat down with the filmmaking legend to discuss his years in the business, the changes his seen in his field over the years and where he'd like to see himself headed next. If you missed them, be sure to check out our previous Camerimage interviews here and look for more in the days to come. Cs: What has it been like having the chance to look back on your career here at Camerimage? Jeffrey Kimball: It's okay. You know? I live my career and my »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 28 Nov 2013 - 06:04
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2000, and another 25 overlooked gems...
The new millennium brought with it an eclectic range of hit films. Hong Kong action director John Woo brought us Mission: Impossible II, the most profitable film of the year at the box office. Ridley Scott enjoyed one of the biggest critical and financial successes of his career with Gladiator, while Robert Zemeckis created a memorable drama with Tom Hanks and a ball named Wilson in Cast Away.
From a comic book movie standpoint, 2000 was also a key year. X-Men not only established a successful film franchise which is still going, with X-Men: Days Of Future Past out next year, but also headed up a wave of big-budget Marvel adaptations which shows no sign of slowing down.
As ever, we've travelled far outside the »
The 21st Camerimage, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography (Nov 16-23), has revealed the competition jurors who will judge entries at this year’s event in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Jury members of the main competition jury are:
Tom Stern, cinematographer (Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, The Hunger Games);Ed Lachman, cinematographer (Erin Brockovich, The Virgin Suicides, I’m Not There);Todd McCarthy, journalist and film critic;Denis Lenoir, cinematographer (Paris, je t’aime, Righteous Kill, 88 Minutes);Adam Holender, cinematographer (Midnight Cowboy, Smoke, Fresh);Timo Salminen, cinematographer (The Man Without a Past, La Havre, The Match Factory Girl);Franz Lustig, cinematographer (Don’t Come Knocking, Land of Plenty, Palermo Shooting);Jeffrey Kimball, cinematographer (Top Gun, Mission: Impossible II, The Expendables).Polish Films Competition
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Robin Clifton, one of Australia.s most respected and successful location managers, died last Friday after a long illness. She was 71.
Born in New Zealand, Clifton worked as location manager on dozens of films and TV dramas in Australia, New Zealand, the Solomon Islands and China.
Clifton entered the industry in the early 1980s, working initially on TVCs. Her first feature was Bliss (1985), produced by Tony Buckley and directed by Ray Lawrence. She later collaborated with Buckley on Poor Man.s Orange (1987), the miniseries adapted from a Ruth Park novel, and the telemovie Heroes. Mountain (2002), the saga of Stuart Driver, who survived the 1997 Thredbo tragedy.
.Robin knew how to read a script from a director's point of view,. Buckley tells If. .No mean feat. A true professional with class. She is going to be very sadly missed..
Buckley hailed her as a .location manager par excellence. Difficult location? »
- Don Groves
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man. Chris Evans as Captain America. These are just a few staples to be found in the superhero movie genre that have really established themselves as their characters. For some, it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing these bigger-than-life figures, but for many of these movies, each role was nearly given to someone else. In this article, we'll walk you through some of these scenarios of possible alternate casting, cases where we can delve into what exactly happened and the very different franchises they could have been. Hit the jump for more. Dougray Scott as Wolverine Dougray Scott, of Mission: Impossible 2, was originally Bryan Singer’s first choice to play the Canadian mutant. Unfortunately, due to additional shooting that was needed to finish out M:I2, Scott couldn’t accept the role. With filming about to being on the first X-Men movie, »
- Evan Valentine
Since his awesomely funny stand-out turn in twisted pitch black comedy Twin Town, I’ve always had a soft spot for Dougray Scott. The Scottish actor, probably best known for his lead villain role opposite Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible II, leads tense thriller Last Passenger as a devoted single dad, who along with a small group of fellow passengers, is thrust into a fight for survival when the breaks are cut by a mysterious madman on a train travelling from London.
Overworked doctor and devoted single dad Lewis Shaler (Dougray Scott) is heading home on the last train from London with his young son Max for the Christmas holidays. Unexpectedly the train speeds through one station and then another, with flashing level crossings a fleeting blur. Discovering that the brakes have been sabotaged by a vengeful sociopath determined to cause widespread havoc, Lewis, Max and the remaining passengers face the ultimate challenge of survival. »
- Craig Hunter
Forget it, Don. It’s …”Mad Men.”
Veteran screenwriter Robert Towne (pictured) is among Matthew Weiner’s new recruits to “Mad Men’s” writing staff for the upcoming seventh and final season, which AMC announced Monday will unfold in two seven-episode batches in spring 2014 and spring 2015.
Towne is serving as a consulting producer for the AMC/Lionsgate TV drama series. He won an original screenplay Oscar for 1974′s “Chinatown” (a source of many oft-quoted lines including: “Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown”). He earned three other Oscar screenwriting noms, for 1973′s “The Last Detail,” 1975′s “Shampoo” and 1984′s “Greystoke: the Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes.” Recent credits include “Mission: Impossible II,” “Without Limits” and “Days of Thunder.”
Another film vet, Patricia Resnick (“Nine to Five”), is also on board as a consulting producer. Comedy scribe David Iserson, an alum of “Saturday Night Live” and laffers including “New Girl” and “United States of Tara, »
- Cynthia Littleton
I Love My Country climbed slightly to 2.88m (16.6%) on Saturday (August 24), overnight data suggests.
The BBC One show, which aired from 7pm, was up 110,000 from last week and down 80k from its debut.
Meanwhile, That Puppet Game Show fell to 1.9m (12.1%) at 6.30pm, down 130k on last Saturday's instalment.
The National Lottery: Break the Safe scored 4m (21.2%) at 7.45pm, while Casualty was watched by 4.30m (21.2%) at 8.45pm and Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow pulled in 2.95m (15.6%) at 9.30pm. Match of the Day followed with 3.42m (24.5%) at 10.30pm.
ITV showed Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to 4.28m (22.6%) at 7pm (489k/2.6% on +1). The latest episode of The Americans was seen by 1.09m (5%) at 9.50pm (110k/0.8%).
On BBC Two, Proms Extra 2013 aired from 7pm, with 710k (4.1%) tuning in. Dad's Army had 1.37m (7.4%) at 7.45pm and Thatcher interested 820k (6.2%) at 8.15pm.
America's Stoned Kids earned 930k viewers (4.8%) from 9.15pm, after which Qi: Xl had 1.13m (6.7%) at 10.15pm. »
I think it's time for a new Wolverine. Not just a new direction for the character, but a new actor in the role. While watching the trailer for The Wolverine, I had this fleeting feeling that I couldn't believe it had been over ten years since we first saw Hugh Jackman in the role. X-Men feels like ages ago. One of the first films to launch the current wave of comic book adaptations, Bryan Singer's simple and highly effective first foray into Marvel's Mutants is still remarkably spry. Oh sure, there are a number of things that date the film horribly like some really goofy FX work and lines of dialogue best left unspoken. The movie got so many things right. One of them being the role of Wolverine.
The role had originally »
- Flickering Myth
With the recent news that Shailene Woodley's Mary Jane Watson has been cut from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and the part could be recast, Digital Spy has taken a look back at some famous stars lined up for career-changing roles who never made it into the finished movie.
Even the biggest A-list stars aren't immune to recasting, as the following actors show...
It was the role that set off his career, but Michael J Fox wasn't the first choice to play Marty McFly in Back to the Future. Eric Stoltz was originally cast in the time-travelling classic, but got given the boot after five weeks of shooting. Producer Robert Zemeckis blamed comedic differences for the decision, saying that Stoltz's "comedy sensibilities" were a little off from what they wanted.
Hollywood heartthrob Ryan Gosling was originally offered »
Los Angeles, June 17: Russell Crowe is set to attend 59th Taormina Film Festival where he will be honoured with the ongoing fest's Taormina Arte Award.
Past recipients of the Taormina nod include Michael Douglas, Oliver Stone, Robert De Niro, Liam Neeson and Tom Cruise. In 2000, Cruise stood on the Greek amphitheater stage greeted by hundreds of lit candles and a standing ovation to celebrate his 38th birthday - he was promoting "Mission: Impossible 2".
But Crowe's presence this year at the Italo fest takes on special significance. It coincides with a radical reboot of the venerable event by artistic director Mario Sesti,. »
- Diksha Singh
He’s in good company. Past recipients of the Taormina nod include Michael Douglas, Oliver Stone, Robert De Niro, Liam Neeson and Tom Cruise, who in 2000 stood on the Greek amphitheater stage greeted by hundreds of lit candles and a standing ovation to celebrate his 38th birthday; he was promoting Mission: Impossible 2.
But Crowe’s presence this year at the Italo fest takes on special significance. It coincides with a radical reboot of the venerable event by artistic director Mario Sesti, who is turning Taormina into a mainstream showcase focused on genre pics along with auteur movies.
- Nick Vivarelli
Say it isn't so! After nabbing the role from Dougray Scott (picking Mission: Impossible II must have seemed the right idea at the time), and so far starring as Wolverine six times. could Hugh Jackman be thinking about life without chicken breast and Adamantium?
"I wasn't even sure after the first [stand-alone] film if I would do another," Jackman told EW. "I won't say never, because I'm still loving it. But there would have to be a pretty compelling reason."
Also, like many fans, it seems Jackman was left disappointed with X-Men Origins: Wolverine. "I had something to prove, and we could have done better," he said. "Somehow the first Wolverine movie ended up looking like the fourth X-Men -- just with different characters. I left unsure if we'd achieved our goal, which was to make sure people understood my character."
Here's hoping though that his next outing, in Japan tussling with samurais and ninjas, »
- Chris Cooper
Top British actors Jason Flemyng and Dougray Scott are familiar faces to sci-fi fans, film buffs and telly addicts alike, so it’s only fitting that both will be special guests at this month’s festival of all things pop culture, McM London Comic Con!
After making his mark Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, Flemyng has gone on to star in a raft of major feature films, including X-men: First Class, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button and Clash Of The Titans, as well as a duo of Alan Moore comic book adaptations – From Hell and The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Meanwhile, notable TV roles include maverick ex-cop Danny Quinn in sci-fi show Primeval, and Charlie Brooker’s Emmy-wining series Black Mirror.
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Fox has one of its better slates coming your way with the new season, especially if you take the midseason shows into account. Some of these shows may not jump out at you now as must-see, but some of them are going to take over, if I’m any judge anyway.
Clear showcase offerings Dads, Almost Human, and Us & Them are guaranteed to take off early. Almost Human has J.J. Abrams recognition to pull people in, though it looks to be a show that could flounder after a few episodes, even if I hope it doesn’t. The other two are going to become hits. Unfortunately, we have to wait until mid-season for the Gavin & Stacey remake.
Rake also looks like a winner, as long as the translation can be made to work as an Americanized product, and the show actually delivers what made the Australian original so brilliant.
- Marc Eastman
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of all-stars as the global blockbuster franchise built on speed races to its next continent in Fast & Furious 6. Reuniting for their most high-stakes adventure yet, fan favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Sung Kang, John Ortiz, Gal Gadot and Elsa Pataky are joined by badass series newcomers Luke Evans and Gina Carano.
Since Dom (Diesel) and Brian’s (Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin’s empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home and living forever on the lam have left their lives incomplete.
Meanwhile, Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (Evans) is aided by a ruthless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead, Letty (Rodriguez). The only way to »
- Movie Geeks
The 2013-14 primetime season is starting to take shape, with Fox handing out series orders to four dramas.
The new entrants encompass a legal vehicle toplined by Greg Kinnear, two cop shows — one set 35 years in the future, the other among present-day gang unit — and a time-travel fantasy “Sleepy Hollow.” Fox is clearly leaning toward guy-friendly fare to build on the momentum it has developed this season with the gory serial killer drama “The Following.”
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Kinnear plays a criminal defense attorney with a self-destructive personal life in Sony Picutres TV’s “Rake,” a redo of a Australian series.
“Lost” alum Terry O”Quinn stars and Rza star in 20th Century Fox TV/Imagine TV’s “Gang Related,” an action drama revolving around an elite members of a police gang task force.
- Cynthia Littleton
Tom Cruise has finalized a deal to star in and produce Mission: Impossible 5 for Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions. The actor will reprise his role as Ethan Hunt from Mission: Impossible (1996), Mission: Impossible 2 (2000), Mission: Impossible III (2006), and Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011).
Christopher McQuarrie has been mentioned to direct this fifth installment in the action franchise, but no deal has been finalized yet. We reported in November that Tom Cruise hoped to reunite with Christopher McQuarrie on this project, after working together on last year's Jack Reacher. Christopher McQuarrie wrote the script for Tom Cruise's 2008 World War II drama Valkyrie, and the writer-director also provided uncredited screenplay polishes on All You Need Is Kill and Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol.
Paramount will co-finance the project with David Ellison's Skydance Productions. Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol was produced on a $145 million budget, and it went on to make nearly $700 million worldwide. »
Update, 3:10 Pm: Clarifying statements from the involved parties have been flooding in since last night’s news about Netflix losing hundreds of movies from its streaming service beginning today. Reports originally said the vacating titles were from Warner Bros, but it turns out the majority were “older features that were aggregated by Epix,” a Netflix spokesman said this afternoon. Epix’s two-year exclusive deal with the streaming service expired in September; content from Epix — owned by Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM — also streams on Amazon Prime Instant Video. A source tells Deadline that that the number of expiring titles is closer to 1,000, rather than the 2,000 figure floating around online. “This ebb and flow happens all the time”, Netflix said. The company also said it is adding 500 more titles starting today, including Mission: Impossible 2. Previous, 12:03 Am: Scores of countries around the world are celebrating May Day on Wednesday, but »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Netflix was quick to respond today to the exodus of streamed content resulting from expired licensing deals with MGM, Warner Bros., and Universal that cost the online service access to several James Bond movies, Adaptation, Cruel Intentions, and Reality Bites, among hundreds of others. Yesterday, Netflix sought to calm subscribers mourning the loss of Adam Sandler’s Big Daddy, explaining that “this ebb and flow happens all the time” and promising users 500 new titles today, including Mission: Impossible 2. Today, they were quick to trumpet some of the new offerings.
- Jeff Labrecque
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