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‘Hitchcock’ Poster & Release Date: Hannibal Lecter Plays the Master of Suspense

20 September 2012 6:26 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

There are two impending films that purport to shed some light on what is myth – and what is fact – when it comes to “The Master of Suspense,” Alfred Hitchcock. One is HBO’s The Girl, a television movie that explores the filmmaker’s notorious relationship with actress Tippi Hedren. The other is Hitchcock, a theatrical release that previously went under the working title Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho (three guesses as to what it’s about).

Hitchcock sounds like perfect Awards Season fodder; it’s a biographical work about a Hollywood historical figure, as well as testament to a landmark achievement in American filmmaking (like My Week with Marilyn meets Rko 281… sort of). Sure enough, Fox Searchlight Pictures has announced that Hitchcock will begin a limited release in the heat of the 2013 Oscar race.

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- Sandy Schaefer

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Tony Scott (1944-2012) Made a Mark Not Only in Film, But Also in Television

21 August 2012 11:14 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Rachel Bennett

Television Editor & Columnist

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As fans and colleagues still recover from the shock of Tony Scott’s apparent suicide on Aug. 19, many have not hesitated from praising the director’s long and illustrious career.

Beginning in 1969, Scott left his mark on the industry with a number of impressive films, including 1986’s Top Gun, 1993’s True Romance and 2010’s Unstoppable, which would be his last time in the director’s chair.

Not as many people know about Scott’s influence on television through Scott Free Productions, a production company he co-founded with his brother Ridley Scott. Along with films, the company has produced such TV series as CBS’s Numb3rs and The Good Wife as well as such miniseries as Starz’s The Pillars of the Earth and its sequel, ReelzChannel’s upcoming World Without End.

Several of the people he worked with remembered Scott as they heard the »

- Rachel Bennett

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Tony Scott – Love ‘im or hate ‘im, it’ll be a long time before anyone forgets him

21 August 2012 9:16 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In the late 1970s and 1980s, composer Giorgio Moroder was often accused of trying to replace the orchestral movie soundtrack with high-energy, synthesizer-heavy disco pop laid on with a trowel in movies like Thank God It’s Friday (1978), Flashdance (1983), Scarface (1983), and Top Gun (1986). I remember a magazine story on Moroder which quoted one of his many critics as saying, “The day the music died, Giorgio Moroder was brought in for questioning.”

I think some people had the same opinion about movies and Tony Scott. Full disclosure: I’m one of them. But it would be greatly unfair to Scott, who apparently committed suicide Sunday after being diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, not to admit that, for good or for ill, his 1980s feature work had an enormous impact on commercial filmmaking.

The younger brother of Ridley Scott by seven years, he was gifted – like his brother – with an outrageously »

- Bill Mesce

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Film News: ‘Top Gun,’ ‘True Romance’ Director Tony Scott Dies at 68

20 August 2012 7:58 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Los Angeles – Director Tony Scott, the high octane helmsman of “Top Gun” (1986), “True Romance” (1993), “Enemy of the State” (1998) and the recent “Unstoppable” (2010), died on Sunday of an apparent suicide. Los Angeles officials say that Scott jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, California. He was 68.

Tony Scott directed many of best action movies of the 1980s and ‘90s, putting memorable spins on genres such as military, car racing, thrillers, spy and disaster movies. Admirers constantly reference dialogue from his unforgettable “True Romance,” and the pulse of his most notable films was rapid and elemental. He worked with actors as diverse as Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Robert De Niro, Kevin Costner, Bruce Willis, Eddie Murphy, James Gandofini, Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, Susan Sarandon, John Travolta and Dennis Hopper.

Director Tony Scott on the Set in 2009 with “The Taking of Pelham 123 »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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'Top Gun' director Tony Scott jumps to his death in Los Angeles

19 August 2012 9:58 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Movie director and producer Tony Scott, who helmed films including "Top Gun" and "Unstoppable," committed suicide Sunday afternoon (Aug. 19) by jumping off a bridge in Los Angeles.

Scott, 68, climbed a fence at the apex of the Vincent Thomas Bridge in L.A.'s San Pedro section and jumped "without hesitation," the county coroner's office tells the Daily Breeze newspaper.

A Coast Guard spokesperson tells the paper that a suicide note was found in Scott's car, which was parked on the bridge.

Pics: Notable deaths of 2012

Scott, the younger brother of Ridley Scott, directed 16 feature films in his career, with his second film, "Top Gun," easily the best know. His credits also include "Beverly Hills Cop II," "True Romance," "Crimson Tide" and "Enemy of the State."

Scott had a long working relationship with Denzel Washington. He first directed the actor in  "Crimson Tide" and also worked with him on "Man on Fire, »

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R.I.P. Tony Scott

19 August 2012 9:35 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

68-year-old filmmaker Tony Scott has died in an apparent suicide on Sunday reports The Wrap. He was 68.

A suicide note was found inside Scott's black Toyota Prius, which was parked on one of the eastbound lanes of Vincent Thomas Bridge near Long Beach, California.

Scott climbed a fence on the south side of the suspension bridge's apex and "leapt off without hesitation". His body was recovered after the jump according to the L.A. County Coroner.

The younger brother of fellow film director Ridley Scott whom he also produced many shows and films with, Tony forged his own trademark style in the blockbuster action genre thanks to a successful teaming with producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer.

Scott was one of the first to extensively use flash-cut editing, slow motion in action sequences, extreme close-ups, and super-saturation and/or high contrast grainy visuals - techniques that would come to be »

- Garth Franklin

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Ray Donovan: Liev Schreiber Vehicle Picked Up By Showtime

11 June 2012 11:14 PM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

To celebrate, the Complex offers the first-ever retrospective of Schreiber’s career.

I first remember being aware of Liev Schreiber when he played the role of Orson Welles in 1999′s consistently all right HBO film, Rko 281.  I wasn’t fond of his portrayal of Welles, mainly because I had seen another actor (whose name I cannot recall) who at least looked much more like the Orson of the Citizen Kane era.  You know, the Orson that didn’t depress people.  In watching Rko 281, I didn’t feel like Schreiber captured the wild-eyed genius of the young auteur, but later the same year, I saw Schreiber playing one of the Canadian do-gooders in The Hurricane and couldn’t stop picturing him as Welles.

The point being, even in the earlier part of his career as a featured player, Liev Schreiber confounded and annoyed me.

Not that I spend a »

- Josh Converse

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Michael Mann Linked With 2 New Films But Not Certain What Is Next

14 February 2012 10:18 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Michael Mann has been linked with about a dozen film projects since he released his gangster period piece Public Enemies in 2009, and now we can add two more to the pile.

The first was announced yesterday by Deadline, who said Mann had entered talks to potentially direct the cop thriller “The Big Stone Grid” at Sony Pictures.

Based on a spec script by S. Craig Zahler, the movie has been described as a cross between Se7en and Marathon Man, and it is the tale of two New York City cops who uncover an extortion ring. It is certainly a film in Mann’s usual crime thriller wheelhouse and it was reported that Mann wanted some time with the screenplay to re-write it himself to mould his vision before he decides whether he wants to direct it or not.

The news of a second potential project comes from the mouth of the veteran helmer himself. »

- Matt Holmes

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