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Variety has a long, damning article about the lack of diversity in TV directing. The story is a familiar one: White men make up the vast majority of TV directors (about three-quarters of the gigs) — a fact as true for first-time directors as it is for established ones. Apparently, it's even hard for someone like John Singleton to break through. “The initial response was the kind of automatic response, which is ‘We can’t, he’s never done it before. He doesn’t know how,’” said Ilene Chaiken, one of the showrunners of Empire when she brought him up as a possibility.That's right: Oscar-nominated director of Boyz n the Hood, Shaft, and Rosewood was considered under-qualified to direct a Fox drama. The concern was that Singleton hadn't directed television before, so it wasn't clear if he would be able to handle the quicker pace of TV. “It’s that »
- E. Alex Jung
Patrizia von Brandenstein will receive the Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
The award will be presented at the 20th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards on Jan. 31 at the Beverly Hilton.
Von Brandenstein began her film career in 1972 as a set decorator on “The Candidate” and subsequently worked as a costume designer on “Between the Lines” and “Saturday Night Fever.” She teamed with her husband and fellow production designer, Stuart Wurtzel, on “Hester Street” and moved into art direction for “Breaking Away” and “Ragtime.”
She collaborated with Mike Nichols on “Silkwood,” “Working Girl” and “Postcards From the Edge.” Her additional production credits include “A Chorus Line,” “Billy Bathgate,” “Leap of Faith,” “A Simple Plan,” “Shaft,” “The Last Station” and “Albert Nobbs. »
- Dave McNary
The Austin Film Festival (Aff) has announced its lineup for 2015, which features standout awards contenders like “Brooklyn,” starring Saoirse Ronan and Domhnall Gleeson; “Carol,” starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara; and “Legend” as particular draws. The latter Tom Hardy vehicle is slated as the festival’s Oct. 29 opening feature. Academy Award winning actor Chris Cooper and writer-director John Singleton will also be presented with the festival’s Extraordinary Contribution to Film and Acting Awards, Oct. 31. Cooper has over 50 film and television credits to his name, among them “August: Osage County,” “American Beauty,” “The Bourne Identity,” and “Adaptation,” for which he won the 2002 Oscar for best supporting actor. He will be in attendance for the festival’s “Heart of Film” screening of “Coming Through the Rye,” in which he portrays author J.D. Salinger. As a veteran filmmaker, Singleton’s credits include writing and directing “Boyz n the Hood” and “Shaft,” among others. »
Read More: Watch: Tom Hardy Fights Tom Hardy in Trailer for Gangster Drama 'Legends' The 2015 Austin Film Festival has announced its full lineup, which includes award contenders like "Legend" and "Carol." "Legend," a crime thriller that stars Tom Hardy in the dual roles of London gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray, is slated to open the festival on Thursday, October 29. The festival is also set to honor Chris Cooper with its Extraordinary Contribution to Acting Award, as well as screen his new movie, "Coming Through the Rye," in which he plays author J.D. Salinger. John Singleton, director of films like "Boyz n the Hood" and "Shaft," will receive the Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award. The Austin Film Festival runs October 29 through November 5. The full lineup is as follows: Marquee Features"The Adderall Diaries""Brooklyn""Burning Bodhi""Carol""Go »
- Karen Brill
The awards will be presented on Oct. 31 at the Austin Club.
Singleton’s credits include writing and directing “Boyz n the Hood,” “Poetic Justice,” “Higher Learning,” “Shaft” and “Baby Boy” and directing “2 Fast 2 Furious,” “Four Brothers” and “Abduction.” He’s directed an episode of “Empire” and developed “Snowfall,” an original series for FX.
Singleton will present a retrospective screening of “Boyz n the Hood” at the festival. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for the 1991 film.
Cooper’s award will be presented by “Lonesome Dove” creator Bill Wittliff. His credits include “August, Osage County,” “The Bourne Identity,” “Capote,” “The Horse Whisperer,” “Lonesome Dove,” “The Town,” “American Beauty” and “Adapation,” for which he received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. »
- Dave McNary
Imagine "Empire" with Shaft in the lead role ... that was the vision one guy had, but it never got made ... and now he believes the creators of the show owe him $500 million for stealing his idea. A guy named Jon Astor-White is suing EPs Danny Strong and Lee Daniels -- as well as Imagine Entertainment and 21st Century Fox -- claiming he shopped around a show called "King Solomon" back in 2007 ... which bears a lot of similarities to "Empire. »
- TMZ Staff
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
A fortnight ago, we brought you the news that Shaft – like seemingly every other project released before 2000 – is in line for the reboot treatment, with Black-ish creator Kenya Barris attached to bring back the cult procedural drama. Now, we have an update on the show’s new groove, which will reportedly reinvent the story made famous by Richard Roundtree in the early 70s.
In development over at New Line, producer John Davis allayed fears that the studio’s modern take on the original Blaxploitation film won’t sully its reputation; instead, the creative team is said to be gunning for a more drama-oriented procedural, with comedic elements scattered throughout. During the recent Television Critics Association press event, here’s what David had to share in anticipation of the Shaft retelling.
“It’s a reinvention of the story so that it’s both fresh and harkens back to what we love about that character. »
- Michael Briers
Not everything needs a reboot. Particularly when you are a film that already has endured a remake. So when news started to circulate that Gordon Parks. Shaft was inspiring a reboot . even after Samuel L. Jackson slipped into the role for a remake . several people became enraged. But the anger and frustration carried by David F. Walker came with extra significance. Walker has been writing Shaft stories for Dynamite Comics, as well as the novel Shaft.s Revenge, and has a close connection to the badass character, in his mind. When he heard that the creator of Black-ish wanted to do a comedic take of Shaft for New Line, Walker wrote an open letter on his blog claiming that such an approach proves that the studio "is more interested in shitting the bed, than making a good Shaft movie." It only got worse from there. Walker showed real passion for »
Today he posted an open letter on his website objected to reports from earlier this week which indicated New Line is developing a reboot of the blaxploitation hero with Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow penning the script.
Specifically he's not happy that the new version is said to take the franchise in a more comedic direction, saying that the studio is "more interested in sh--ting the bed, than making a good Shaft movie" and that the film will be a flop that will "ruin the chances of there ever being a decent Shaft movie in the remainder of my lifetime."
Walker says a comedic "Shaft" will essentially just be »
- Garth Franklin
Gambit: Channing Tatum was confirmed more than a year ago to be starring in the titular role in Marvel's Gambit, but now an unconfirmed report claims that the actor's deal is "in jeopardy of falling apart and he is planning to exit" the project. Tatum has talked about his affection for the character, a Southern gambler and ladies' man, several times in the past, and it's not clear why he may be moving on. Rupert Wyatt is set to direct the movie, which is currently scheduled for release on October 7, 2016. [The Wrap] Shaft: Private eye John Shaft first roared to life on the big screen in 1971, winning great popular success and an Academy Award (Best Original Song), and inspiring two sequels, as well as a remake in 2000, with Samuel L. Jackson...
- Peter Martin
With its Vacation remake out this Friday, New Line is already reaching back to the ’70s to dust off another title. Shaft, the cult 1971 Blaxploitation flick starring Richard Roundtree, is being remade with a new script from Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow, an executive producer-writer on ABC’s The Goldbergs.
The plan is for Shaft to adhere to the action roots of the original while adopting a comedic tone – perhaps in line with Sony’s 21 Jump Street remakes.
The original film centered on a private detective (Roundtree) who was hired to find a missing girl in Harlem. It attracted praise and criticism for its place in the Blaxploitation genre – though films like Shaft seemed to empower black individuals and afford black actors the opportunities to »
- Isaac Feldberg
Back in February, word arrived that New Line had decided to take yet another crack at the John Shaft character played so memorably by Richard Roundtree in 1971 and (in the form of his nephew) Samuel L. Jackson in 2000. We don’t yet know who will be filling that iconic role, but we do know who will be putting words in his mouth, with TV writer/producers Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow snagging the job. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it looks like the studio and producer John Davis are hewing closer to the 21 Jump Street model this time, though probably not quite as wacky. Still, the presence of two men who are currently working on sitcoms points to the tone that the company is looking for.Barris is the brain behind Anthony Anderson-starring comedy show Black-ish, in which a black family man deals with his kids endlessly adopting the »
MGM’s 1971 blaxploitation film was based on Ernest Tidyman’s novel and directed by Gordon Parks. John Shaft was portrayed by Richard Roundtree, who navigates mob neighborhoods in New York City to find the missing daughter of a mobster.
The film was a major success at the box office, pulling in $13 million on a budget of $500,000. Isaac Hayes’ “Theme from Shaft” won the Academy Award for original song. Parks and Roundtree also teamed on “Shaft’s Big Score” in 1972 and “Shaft in Africa” in 1973. “Shaft” was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry »
- Dave McNary
John Singleton starred in a 2000 reboot with Samuel L. Jackson in the role which was actually the nephew of the character. Whilst that one had a relatively serious tone, this new one is said to be more comedic.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
New Line wants to give you the shaft. The company, which opens the reboot of Vacation on Wednesday, is in development on a reboot of Shaft, the cult Blaxploitation movie from the 1970s. Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow, an executive producer-writer on ABC’s The Goldbergs, have been tapped to write the script. John Davis, who is producing the upcoming Man from U.N.C.L.E. reboot and the new take on Frankenstein with Victor Frankenstein, is producing with Ira Napoliello. The original movie told of a private detective named John Shaft, played by Richard Roundtree, who
- Borys Kit
Another forgotten gem from the mid-1970s receiving a new Blu-ray treatment is 1975’s Report to the Commissioner, a textured police procedural examining changing social mores and the generalized internal corruptions we’re used to in these scenarios, resulting in tragic circumstances thanks to the sincere ignorance of its protagonist. Yaphet Kotto, a regular supporting player in a number of Blaxploitation features from the decade, is a standout as a weary, sympathetic detective numbed by the machinations of law enforcement. It’s a greatly overlooked title of the era, featuring a variety of recognizable names in early roles as street hoods, and based on a novel by James Mills (The Panic in Needle Park, 1971), adapted for the screen by Abby Mann (Judgment at Nuremberg, 1961) and Ernest Tidyman (Shaft; The French Connection, both 1971). Though its narrative is, at times, a bit rough around the edges, this deliberately paced thriller features rich characterizations and excellent chase sequences. »
- Nicholas Bell
Kino Lorber resurrects the obscure and fascinating 1974 Blaxploitation gem Truck Turner this month for the first time on Blu-ray. One of Isaac Hayes’ most notable acting performances, it’s a head above the general trend of similar genre titles of the period, even though the film features a familiar narrative already well re-tread by the time of its release. Hayes fashions his own soundtrack for this retro classic, an oddity begging to be rediscovered.
Truck Turner (Hayes) is a football star turned bounty hunter, in the midst of hunting down a vicious, sadistic pimp named Gator (Paul Harris) with the help of his sidekick, Jerry (Alan Weeks). But Gator proves a hard target to pin down, leading up to a dramatic showdown where Truck is forced to kill the pimp in self-defense. His death causes a ripple in the criminal community of Los Angeles and forces the aggressively violent Madame »
- Nicholas Bell
It’s hard to dislike Tom Hardy as an actor. Whatever cinematic challenge he takes on, from atypically brainy blockbusters like Inception and The Dark Knight Rises to taut dramas like Bronson and Locke, he always gives it his all, digging under his character’s skins with a diligence and canniness that elevates him above possibly any other actor of his generation. Along the way, he’s found particular success in embodying strong, silent types, the kinds of men who more resemble wild animals than well-mannered gentlemen. Hardy’s characters are like caged wolves – as much as you want to reach in and pet them, you might lose your hand if you do.
In Child 44, the actor is up to his usual tricks. As Leo Demidov, a dedicated security officer tasked with cracking down on traitors in Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union, Hardy plays another hardened man’s man, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Jeffrey Wright (born December 17, 1965) is an American actor and producer. He is known for his roles in movies, television shows, and plays such as Shaft, Boycott, Angels in America (both on television and on stage), Cadillac Records and Boardwalk Empire. He’s also well known for his roles as Felix Leiter in the James Bond films […]
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- Ryan McDonnell
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