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Michael Apted, prolific filmmaker and former president of the Director's Guild of America, launched a campaign Monday on Indiegogo to fund the third installment of his “Married in America” film series. Cable networks supported the series’ first two films, but it became apparent that Apted (the “7 Up” films, “The World is Not Enough”) would need to find additional funding for the third. It is part of a larger shift as established filmmakers turn to crowdfunding to finance pet projects that networks and studios believe have limited appeal. Also read: ‘Batkid’ Filmmakers Seek Indiegogo Funding “I'm very taken with it,” Apted said of. »
- Gina Hall
Michael Apted is launching a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for the third installment of his “Married in America” series.
“Married in America” chronicled the journeys of nine diverse couples wed in 2001 — using a format similar to Apted’s “7 Up” series. A&E aired the first segment in 2002 and Hallmark broadcast the second in 2007.
“I made the films because I’m fascinated by relationships and what makes them work,” Apted said. “I also wanted to look at how marriage is changing in the early 21st century — more women becoming the major breadwinners, both spouses working full-time, bi-racial and interfaith marriages increasing, and same-sex marriages becoming more accepted.”
Apted’s “Up” series, produced by Granada Television, has followed the lives of 14 British children, starting when they were 7 years old. The most recent segment, “56 Up,” aired in 2012 on ITV.
“The ‘Up’ films worked because one company stood by them, but it’s much »
- Dave McNary
With the Middle-Earth grand-finale The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on the way this December and Marvel Studios' "Phase Three" launcher Ant-Man hitting next July, respective franchise stars Orlando Bloom and Michael Douglas are teaming up with the previously-attached Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) for a new thriller, Unlocked. Alex Walton and Ken Kao of Bloom today made the announcement alongside word that they will handle international sales on the film, which is set to be directed by Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader). »
Academy Award Winner Michael Douglas (Ant-Man, The Reach, Behind the Candelabra, Wall Street) and Orlando Bloom (The Hobbit franchise; the Lord of the Rings franchise; the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise) will join star Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Child 44, Prometheus) in Unlocked, with Lorenzo Dibonaventura (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Salt, Red, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) producing alongside Georgina Townsley and Erik Howsam.
Alex Walton and Ken Kao’s Bloom will handle international sales on the new thriller directed by Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) and based on a screenplay by Peter O’Brien.
With principal photography beginning on November 3, Unlocked tells the story of a »
- Michelle McCue
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a go a bit old school and take a look at an A-lister who’s been around for a while now…Pierce Brosnan. A very charming actor, he went from being well known and well liked on television to a mega star when he became one of the notable few ever to essay the role of secret agent 007 in the James Bond franchise. Brosnan has also been one of the more successful post Bond actors, doing his best not to be defined by the iconic role. As such, he’s retained that A-list status and is well deserving of today’s spotlight piece. Here we go! Brosnan had his beginnings on television, in made for TV movies and bit parts, before he became a known commodity with his series Remington Steele. That show made him a small screen star (and »
- Joey Magidson
Pierce Brosnan‘s spy thriller “November Man” is getting the jump on the Labor Day weekend at the box office with its Wednesday opening. Espionage action films are familiar turf for Brosnan, who played the iconic 007 in the James Bond movies “Tomorrow Never Dies,” “The World Is Not Enough” and “Die Another Day” more than a decade ago In the Relativity Media-distributed “November Man,” he plays former CIA agent Peter Devereaux, who is lured out of retirement for a final mission to protect a key witness (former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko) in a case involving Russian war crimes. That puts him. »
- Todd Cunningham
The folks behind Bond 24 had a tough time with that script. Even though Neal Purvis and Robert Wade opted out of the 24th installment after working on The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Skyfall, back in June, news broke that the duo would actually return to do some work on John Logan’s Bond 24 script, specifically stepping to give it some “punch.” However, it turns out, giving it a little punch might have been a bit of an understatement. Even though it’s being reported that Logan’s script was in really bad shape, apparently they’ve fixed it up enough now to move forward with casting because there’s a rumor out there that Sam Mendes has his eye on Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color) to star opposite Daniel Craig in the film. Hit the jump for »
- Perri Nemiroff
Just last week, Baz Bamigboye over at The Daily Mail reported that John Logan, who co-wrote Skyfall back in 2012, had been moved aside from his work on Bond 24 so that franchise veterans Robert Wade and Neal Purvis (The World Is Not Enough, Casino Royale) could come in and help add some much needed “thrills” to the script.
Directed again by Sam Mendes, it is rumoured that the original version of Bond 24 wasn’t up to scratch, and that the work that the Bond veterans are currently doing on it will be “substantially different” to what has been contributed by Logan. However, whatever issues with the script there may be, the producers are still set for filming, which is set to go ahead in November or December this year.
Of course, with filming set to begin before the year is out, it also means that casting rumours are sure »
- Scott Davis
"I am just hammering it [the script] out now. It’s gruelling but it’s fun,” director Sam Mendes said last month at a Films Without Borders event at Windsor Castle, talking about the "Skyfall" followup (via Screen Daily). But it turns out the process of finishing that screenplay was more arduous than expected. Baz Bamigboye reported last week that after being pushed aside for John Logan, "Skyfall" writers and franchise veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (who also penned "The World Is Not Enough," "Die Another Day," "Casino Royale," and "Quantum Of Solace") answered a "five-alarm call" to come in and punch up Logan's work and add more "thrills." The script was reportedly in such bad shape that Purvis and Wade's work is "substantially different" than what Logan brought to the table. But it seems whatever issues there were have been rectified, and filming has been given »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Have you ever wondered what Jet, Wolf, and the rest of ITV's Gladiators did after the show finished? Wonder no more...
ITV’s Gladiators - the show that for eight years made children everywhere become interested in sports, eating well and keeping fit... for about five minutes on a Saturday night, then we all went back to our natural state of sitting on the settee eating sugar straight from the packet.
What was it that inspired this minor surge of enthusiasm for being buff? That would be the gladiators themselves. Every week, twelve superhuman powerhouses - six men and six women - would intimidate, bully, and otherwise humiliate whichever puny contestants stepped up to try their luck, beating or hindering them in a series of physical skill games. This took place before the big finale – where the contenders would race each other up a downwards escalator, while the gladiators were »
Director Michael Apted is no stranger to documentaries as his Up series has chronicled people over the span of 56 years now. This time he's putting the focus on the process that allows him to actually photograph his films with a documentary called Bending the Light. The film focuses on the creation of camera lenses in a top notch Japanese factory and the photographers who use them so effectively to brilliantly capture a single moment in time. As you'll see in the trailer, there's talks with some of the foremost experts on intricate lens-crafting, as well as cinematographers from the feature film world and more. Watch below! Here's the first trailer for Michael Apted's Bending the Light from Thompson on Hollywood: Bending the Light is directed by Michael Apted (The Up Series, The World is Not Enough). A journey of glass, the film explores the relationship between the artisans who »
- Ethan Anderton
Need a palate cleanser from all of the recent Comic-Con news? Well the first trailer from director Michael Apted's new biographical documentary Bending the Light should do just that. Whether it's cutting-edge movie cameras, space-age telescopes, or even our own eyes, we view the world through a variety of lenses. Apted's latest film focuses on the former two styles of lens in Bending the Light, which explores both the creation of camera lenses from a premier Japanese factory to the award-winning photographers who use them to capture fleeting moments of everyday life. Featuring Greg Gorman, Laura El-Tantawy, Richard Barnes, and Stephen Goldblatt, Asc, Bending the Light opens on August 3rd. Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The first trailer from Bending the Light comes courtesy of Thompson on Hollywood: And here's the official synopsis for Bending the Light: From acclaimed director Michael Apted ("The Up Series," "Masters of Sex, »
- Dave Trumbore
Set to world-premiere at Michigan's Traverse City Film Festival on August 3, tireless Brit auteur Michael Apted's upcoming documentary "Bending the Light" takes a close look at the relationship between camera lenses, and photographers and filmmakers. Toh! has an exclusive on the film's trailer, below, plus the synopsis: From acclaimed director Michael Apted ("The Up Series," "Masters of Sex," "The World Is Not Enough") comes a revealing look at the art of filmmaking and photography. A journey of glass, the film explores the relationship between the artisans who craft camera lenses and the masters of light who use these lenses to capture their art form. "Bending the Light" features never-before-seen footage from inside a premier Japanese lens factory, intimate interviews with lens engineers, and a peek into the world of award-winning photographers and cinematographers Greg Gorman, Laura El-Tantawy, Richard Barnes, and Stephen »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Even though production has been delayed on Bond 24 until December, the producers are still working to secure locations for the new 007 adventure. MI6 reports that Luciano Sovena, the new head of the Lazio Film Commission, has met with Bond 24 to secure an important shoot in Rome for an action-packed car chase.
Here's what Luciano Sovena had to say to members of the Italian press, although it's clear that nothing is finalized yet.
"I met the producers of the Bond series, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, and we discussed the project. One of the key scenes, among the most spectacular in the film, will be a car chase in Via Quattro Fontane. I'm already excited. I hope that the City streamlines the procedures for the granting of permits, it would be a shame to miss this great opportunity because of the bureaucracy."
The Via Quattro Fontane translates into The Four Fountains, »
Denise Richards is one hot mama! The 43-year-old blonde beauty showed off her amazing bikini bod while on the beach in Malibu with her daughter Lola on Monday. Rocking a hot pink string bikini, the "Drop Dead Gorgeous" star looked fit and fabulous while soaking up the sun. Denise is not shy when is comes to showing off her figure -- she works hard for that body! "I am very active. I found what works for my body -- everyone's body is different and I think it's best to find what works for you. For me it's Pilates and dance," she told Self magazine. Richards definitely looks as good now, as she did when she played a Bond Girl in 1999's "The World Is Not Enough"! How do you think Denise looks? Tell toofab in the comment section below and check out the galleries to see even more celeb beach bods, »
- tooFab Staff
So far, the Making Of story around Bond 24 has been one of changes and turnabouts, and it appears at least one more twist has appeared in the tale. According to Baz Bamigboye, veteran Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have been drafted in to punch up John Logan’s script for the new movie.The pair appeared to have been dumped back in late 2012 when it was announced that Logan, who co-wrote Skyfall across different drafts to the pair, would be tackling both 24 and 25 as a two-part story, though that has apparently since been narrowed down to just one new film. Purvis and Wade, who have been with the franchise since The World Is Not Enough, were reportedly off to pursue other projects, including a job on the TV version of Barbarella for Nicolas Winding Refn.Now, however, there has been a reshuffle on the writing front, with »
Turnabout is fair play, as veteran James Bond scribes Neil Purvis & Robert Wade have been reinstated to add a bit of witty repartee to the upcoming "Bond 24," according to the reliable Baz Bamigboye of UK's DailyMail. Purvis & Wade, franchise staples since Pierce Brosnan's "The World is Not Enough" (1999), turned over the screenwriting reins to John Logan for "Bond 24" after he was brought in to polish their work on "Skyfall," which, of course, become the first billion Bond in franchise history. While tag-teaming the scripting of Bond is not unusual, the return of Purvis & Wade has caused "polite turmoil," according to an exec, and will push production back on "Bond 24" from October to December, but still on course for its 2015 release (October 23 in the UK and November 6 domestically). This obviously means that director Sam Mendes, Bond star Daniel Craig, and producers Michael Wilson and Barbara »
- Bill Desowitz
Before Bond 24 goes into production, it looks like the script is going to get a polish. Screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have been brought back on board to work on the script that was written by John Logan. The two screenwriters have a history with Bond and have worked on the scripts for Skyfall, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, and Quantum Of Solace.
According to Daily Mail, this has been causing some issues behind the scenes, and will delay production. A source had this to say to say about it:
"Let’s call it polite turmoil. People are getting on with their work, but we have to wait for the script, so filming won’t begin till December, a few months later than they wanted."
Apparently one of the main reasons producers have asked Purvis and Wade to come back was to "punch »
- Joey Paur
“Skyfall” director Sam Mendes came on board last July for the 24th film in the franchise along with Daniel Craig as the iconic British spy. MGM, Sony and producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced at that point that they had locked in release dates for the yet-to-be titled film, setting the U.K. launch for Oct. 23, 2015, and U.S. for Nov. 6, 2015.
“Skyfall” is the top grosser in the franchise with $1.1 billion worldwide, the best DVD/Blu-Ray seller and the all-time best performer at the U.K. box office. It also won Oscars »
- Dave McNary
It has been a tumultuous time for the James Bond franchise. Questions about directors and screenwriters have abounded, and even when things seem to be solidly in place there is still the chance for upheaval. The latest on the as-yet untitled Bond 24 is the return of screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who are coming back to do some apparently needed work on the script of their Skyfall co-writer, John Logan.
The Purvis and Wade issue began when the pair departed more than a year and a half ago, leaving scriptwriting duties solely to Logan. After some “polite turmoil,” the writers are now back to give some punch to Logan’s script, which just happens to be a reversal of the Skyfall situation, where Logan was brought in to work on their script. Purvis and Wade have been involved in the James Bond franchise since The World Is Not Enough, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
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