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John Logan has done it all. The three-time Oscar nominee has written intimate dramas ("The Aviator," "Coriolanus"), musicals ("Sweeney Todd"), historical epics ("Gladiator," "The Last Samurai"), animated films ("Rango") and giant blockbusters ("Skyfall" and its upcoming sequel, "Spectre"). He even started off writing TV movies before transitioning to his first TV series just last year, with Showtime's horror hit "Penny Dreadful." It's this story he likes most of all: Literary characters abound in his monster mash with equal doses of drama and scares. Logan planned out the first three seasons before committing to the series, but he's thinking ahead even further, now that he's in it. Below, Logan talks about learning to become a better showrunner, whether he thinks there's a stigma associated with horror at award shows and why James Bond belongs on film — not TV. Read More: 7 Things »
- Ben Travers
John Logan has done it all. The three-time Oscar nominee has written intimate dramas ("The Aviator," "Coriolanus"), musicals ("Sweeney Todd"), historical epics ("Gladiator," "The Last Samurai"), animated films ("Rango") and giant blockbusters ("Skyfall" and its upcoming sequel, "Spectre"). He even started off writing TV movies before transitioning to his first TV series just last year, with Showtime's horror hit "Penny Dreadful." It's this story he likes most of all: Literary characters abound in his monster mash with equal doses of drama and scares. Logan planned out the first three seasons before committing to the series, but he's thinking ahead even further, now that he's in it. Below, Logan talks about learning to become a better showrunner, whether he thinks there's a stigma associated with horror at award shows and why James Bond belongs on film — not TV. Read More: 7 Things...
- Ben Travers
Emma Stone’s personality suggests she is an unlikely Hollywood superstar, but her quirky, down-to-Earth charm has swept up fans from across the globe.
The 26-year-old is still a young actress, but she has starred in 30 different productions, with several major films under her belt, including the first two films from the The Amazing Spider Man series, Easy A and most recently, Birdman, which has four Oscars and a further 191 award wins to its name.
Her reputation has basically grown to the point where she’s seen as every man’s perfect woman, frequently playing offbeat, unconventional, and often tomboy-ish characters, but she has proven herself to be a hard-hitting, serious actress when called upon.
Stone is not resting on her success though, as she is set to star in Aloha this Spring, alongside a star-studded cast of Bradley Cooper, Bill Murray, Alec Baldwin, John Krasinski and Rachel McAdams. »
- Michael Potts
Josh Radnor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Gary Cole and Cherry Jones are among the eclectic cast of new Civil War drama Mercy Street – the first American drama to air on PBS in more than a decade. Additionally, directors Roxann Dawson and Jeremy Webb have joined the project, from Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Thelma & Louise) and David W. Zucker (The Good Wife) of Scott Free, and Lisa Wolfinger (Desperate Crossing, The Untold Story Of The Mayflower) and David Zabel (ER). Webb… »
To celebrate the release of Exodus: Gods And Kings on Blu-ray™ and DVD, we’re giving 3 lucky whatculture.com readers the chance to get their hands on a copy of the film on Blu Ray!
From Ridley Scott, the acclaimed director of Gladiator, comes the epic adventure Exodus: Gods And Kings, the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and engrossing 3D immersion, Exodus: Gods And Kings brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 400,000 slaves on a monumental journey to escape Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues. The Exodus: Gods And Kings 3-Disc Collector’s Edition comes with a cavalcade of bonus materials that will take you behind the scenes of the amazing retelling of the historical tale.
- Sam Driver
Russell Crowe doesn't want to get divorced from Danielle Spencer. The Oscar winner admits he still feels ''connected'' to his estranged wife, whom he separated from in 2012 after nine years of marriage, and hopes to convince her to rekindle their relationship in the future. The 51-year-old actor, who has sons Charles, 11, and Tennyson, eight, with the 45-year-old beauty, said: ''To this day everything I do is still connected to that. We haven't done the deal yet. I'm a very persistent person, you never know. ''I didn't get married to get divorced.'' The 'Gladiator' star also feels uncomfortable not wearing a wedding ring. He told Charlie Rose on 'CBS This Morning': ''I was so proud to wear that ring, Charlie. I don't feel balanced.'' Russell recently admitted he and Danielle are still ''discussing'' the status of their relationship. He said: ''Technically we're married. We are »
They have been separated since 2012, but Russell Crowe isn't giving up hope that he and estranged wife Danielle Spencer will get back together. They never legally divorced, so the Gladiator star is praying that it will work out in the end. While appearing on CBS This Morning, Crowe opened up to Charlie Rose about the state of his marriage and how not wearing a wedding ring has left him feeling unsure of himself. "I was so proud to wear that ring, Charlie," he said. "I don't feel balanced." After nine years of marriage and two kids together, it's no wonder the A Beautiful Mind actor still feels "connected" to his wife. Although he isn't sure of what's to come for »
Once upon a time, to cast Russell Crowe in a film was to immediately give the project a pedigree. He gave undeniable gravitas to period pieces like Cinderella Man and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, just a few years after getting three straight Best Actor Oscar nominations (and one win, for Gladiator). In the last few years, however, he has become a kind of Hollywood punching bag, mainly for his emotionless turn as Jor-El in Man of Steel and his fruitless attempt at playing Javert in Les Misérables. (His howlingly inept turn in Winter’s Tale is a footnote, since very few had the misfortune of seeing that abysmal drama.)
In a bit of good news, Crowe’s feature directorial debut, The Water Diviner, is a step in the right direction – even if it is a largely hit-and-miss affair. One can clearly see the influence of Crowe’s collaborators, »
- Jordan Adler
Chicago – Actor and Oscar Winner Russell Crowe, known for films such as “L.A. Confidential,” “Gladiator,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “Cinderella Man,” “Les Miserables” and “Man of Steel,” breaks out in his directorial debut and also stars in “The Water Diviner,” a story of war and his native Australia.
The film centers on Crowe as Connor, an Australian farmer who sends his three sons to World War One in 1915. The fate of the boys is the driver for the story, that takes Crowe’s character into former war zones and an exotic land. Filled with beautiful imagery under his direction, the movie – adapted from a novel – is also an homage to his native Australia, and the sacrifices that families make in times of war. “The Water Diviner” opens wide on April 24th, 2015.
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Jimmy Fallon and Russell Crowe teamed up for a revival of the Tonight Show host's classic folk protest anthem, "Balls in Your Mouth," Wednesday night, once again shedding light on the scourge of tar balls still floating in the Gulf Coast five years after the Bp oil spill.
This week marks both the fifth anniversary of the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and Wednesday's Earth Day celebration. Consequently, Fallon felt compelled to act, telling Crowe he couldn't believe that tar balls were continued to wash up on shore. »
Russell Crowe isn’t just an Oscar winning actor and blockbuster action star — he’s also a sports franchise owner and a surprisingly good singer. The “Gladiator” star showed off his passion for the former and talent for the latter when he appeared on Wednesday’s “Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon. In honor of Earth Day, the late-night host wanted to perform an acoustic song he’d written about the fifth anniversary of the Bp oil spill. “Those tar balls are still washing up,” he lamented. Because Crowe could “really feel” where he was coming from, he grabbed a guitar »
- Debbie Emery
Imagine being a custodial worker in a bunker that’s the last livable place on Earth. The air outside is unbreathable, and a select group of humans are in cryogenic slumber around you. This is life for workers Bauer and Cartwright, but great responsibility and a dark secret could threaten to destroy their sanity and the human race. Produced by Robert Kirkman and starring Norman Reedus, Air now has an official release date for late this summer. Also featured in our latest round-up is a bit of good news for Revolution fans and the cover art and synopsis for another unexpected showdown in Riverdale.
Air: Scheduled for an August 14th theatrical release, Air is the first feature film from Skybound Entertainment. Joining Reedus in the movie is Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator, Blood Diamond,Fast & Furious 7), who plays Cartwright opposite Reedus’ Bauer. Christian Cantamessa (co-writer of the video game, Red Dead »
- Derek Anderson
Ridley Scott is known for his atmospheric, highly concentrated visual style, and his films frequently showcase memorable imagery of various environments and different time periods be it 2nd century Rome (Gladiator), 12th century Jerusalem (Kingdom of Heaven), 21st century Mogadishu (Black Hawk Down), or the future cityscapes of Blade Runner. Although Ridley Scott’s trademarks may not be as apparent as Speilberg’s or Scorsese’s, his work continues to influence filmmaker world-wide. Vimeo user Martin Kessler put together this brilliant montage showcasing his eclectic body of work. Kudos to Kessler for not only choosing the best scenes from Scott’s oeuvre, but also picking the right music, ranging from 12thCentury church tunes to Public Enemy’s “Can’t Truss It”. Enjoy!
The post Video of the Day: Ridley Scott’s filmography in seven glorious minutes appeared first on Sound On Sight.
- Kyle Reese
Wamg has your free passes to the advance screening of Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Water Diviner.
Crowe also stars in the film as Australian farmer Joshua Connor, who, in 1919, goes in search of his three missing sons, last known to have fought against the Turks in the bloody Battle of Gallipoli. Arriving in Istanbul, he is thrust into a vastly different world, where he encounters others who have suffered their own losses in the conflict: Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), a strikingly beautiful but guarded hotelier raising a child alone; her young, spirited son, Orhan (Dylan Georgiades), who finds a friend in Connor; and Major Hasan (Yilmaz Erdoğan), a Turkish officer who fought against Connor’s boys and who may be this father’s only hope. »
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Adam Bakri (“Omar”) and Maria Valverde (Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings”) star as the titular star-crossed lovers, and are joined by Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland,” “Criminal Minds,” “The Princess Bride”) and Connie Nielsen (“Nymphomaniac,” “Gladiator”), playing Nino’s parents Gregor and Tamar Kipiani.
Ali Khan and Nino Kipiani live in Baku, the cosmopolitan, oil-rich capital of Azerbaijan, which, at the beginning of the 20th century, is a melting pot of different cultures. Ali is a Muslim, with his warrior ancestors’ passion for the desert; and Nino is a Christian Georgian girl with sophisticated European ways.
The two have loved each other since childhood, »
- Leo Barraclough
Spoilers: This article may contain plot details some readers may wish to avoid.
Paul Walker's unfinished scenes in Fast & Furious 7 were completed using a combination of cutting-edge visual effects, archive footage from the Fast movies and body double work from his brothers Caleb and Cody Walker.
Watch footage of the digitally-recreated Paul Walker below:
Paul passed away mid-way through the Furious 7 shoot in late 2013, leaving Universal with a blockbuster hanging in the balance.
Paul's character Brian O'Connor plays an integral part in the action film's storyline, and Peter Jackson's Weta Digital VFX firm was enlisted to help complete the actor's final big screen performance.
Director James Wan finished Paul's performance by digitally »
He is famously combative when it comes to the press and the public. But is Russell Crowe more sinned against than sinning? As he happily promotes his directorial debut The Water Diviner, he sets the record straight
Russell Crowe’s publicist has two pieces of information she wishes to impart before I’m ushered into the actor’s hotel suite. The first is a warning that Crowe “may be smoking” during the interview, about which I couldn’t care less, beyond wondering how much it is costing him to have a ciggie. Clearly whatever eye-watering charges Claridge’s levies against those who break the hotel’s smoking ban are but a mere bagatelle to the highest-paid actor in the world – one who has reportedly earned $82m (£55m) at the box office in the past year. The second is that Crowe is “on good form, very talkative”. It’s said brightly, »
- Alexis Petridis
Ouarzazate, Morocco. Officially, the Moroccan city of Ouarzazate is nicknamed "The door of the desert," resting south of the High Atlas Mountains and on the edge of the Draa Valley. Thanks to the presence of Atlas Studios, though, Ouarzazate is perhaps more appropriately known as The Hollywood of Central Morocco, or perhaps even The Hollywood of Morocco. Ouarzazate has a population of just over 50,000, but in late October of 2014, that population includes a disproportionate number of Jesuses, Judases and an absurd number of Marys, both Jesus' mom and of the Magdalene variety. It's late October of 2014 and Ouarzazate is the beating heart of TV's Biblical world. "It's a very holy town right now," laughs Haaz Sleiman, one of the Ouarzazate Jesi -- Yes, that should be the name of a fantasy baseball team -- specifically playing the title role in National Geographic's "Killing Jesus," the project that has brought me to this region. »
- Daniel Fienberg
When Furious 7 hits theaters next weekend, it will be the last time the late Paul Walker will ever be seen on the big screen. The actor passed away in November 2013, while on a brief Thanksgiving hiatus from shooting Furious 7, which lead to the production shutting down for several months, not only for the actors to mourn their friend, but for the filmmakers to figure out how to give him a proper send-off. We reported last April that the actor's brothers, Cody Walker and Caleb Walker, served as stand-ins for Paul when production resumed, but now we have new details about how visual effects artists re-created the late actor.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Peter Jackson's Weta Digital effects house took unused footage from previous Fast and Furious movies to re-create a digital version of Paul Walker for the rest of the Furious 7 production. The process is »
Later this year we'll get another sci-fi flick from director Ridley Scott, and we're hoping it's better than Prometheus. This time there's not the pressure of fitting into the Alien universe and living up to the hype as The Martian is based on the book of the same name by Andy Weir. Shooting is underway with the film slated for release this fall, and Weir himself seems to be involved on the set, or at least visiting the production as he's just posted a playful photo with Matt Damon. And if you look in the background, you can see a practical Mars rover on the set as well. It's hardly an official look at the film, but it's cool to see. Here's the photo from the set of Ridley Scott's The Martian from Andy Weir's Facebook (via Collider): The Martian is directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator, »
- Ethan Anderton
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