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Exclusive: Long regarded as an actor’s actor with a trail of great performances in films from Heat to The Perfect Storm and Black Hawk Down, William Fichtner is stepping behind the camera to make his directorial debut. Roadrunner Inc., Anamorphic Media, Trilight Entertainment, and Primary Wave Entertainment are co-producing Cold Brook, a drama that will shoot this summer in Buffalo and Cortland County, New York. Fichtner will direct, and he will star with Sons of… »
Espn’s tough mix of subscriber losses and higher programming costs put Disney on the defensive during its fiscal second quarter earnings conference call.
Disney chairman-ceo Bob Iger tried to get out in front of the news, emphasizing during his opening remarks that Disney has been working for the past two years to transform its sports media powerhouse for the new era.
“We recognized the early signs of a shift in the industry, anticipated its impact, and reacted quickly with a strategy that reflects the reality of the evolving market,” Iger said.
The perfect storm of higher programming costs in the first year of Espn’s new NBA contract, higher production costs from three college bowl games that weren’t in the comparable quarter last year, and subscriber erosion led to a 3% year-over-year decline in operating income for the cable networks, which came in at $1.8 billion for the quarter.
Freeform and Disney Channels Worldwide also suffered subscriber »
- Cynthia Littleton
The radical terror army known as Isis operates far less in the shadows than the underground rebels of Al-Qaeda. Yet for most Westerners, the image of the Islamic State remains that of an abstract and rather murky cult of hooligan warriors. “Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of Isis,” a powerful and important documentary directed by Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested, is a movie of multiple achievements, and one of them is that it lets you look right into the face of this hydra-headed paramilitary beast. We see footage of fighters from the Free Syrian Army, many of whose members were later assimilated into Isis, entering Aleppo, a city ravaged by civil war, and they have a goon-squad fearsomeness that announces itself as beyond the law. At the risk of sounding like I’m trivializing real-world atrocity, it’s very much like that moment in “The Road Warrior »
- Owen Gleiberman
Despite what everyone says, being an actor is hard work. You have to be on set for hours on end, day and night, constantly in the media spotlight, and often do crazy stunts for the purpose of authenticity. But no matter how hard that is, it doesn’t compare to some of the jobs that they must re-create on the big screen.
Deepwater Horizon, for example, is a true life story that records the oil-rig disaster off the Gulf of Mexico, in which Mark Wahlberg plays the extremely brave and courageous Mike Williams, who must save as many workers on board as possible amongst the fire. And although this is a very rare occurrence onboard a rig, it does demonstrate the worst case scenario for a job such as that, as the below films do also.
To celebrate the release of one of the most powerful and breath-taking disaster movies »
- The Hollywood News
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Forty years ago, Wolfgang Petersen was a successful, 35-year-old TV director back in Germany, who had just made the heist film Vier gegen die Bank (Four Against the Bank), based on the novel The Nixon Recession Caper by Ralph Maloney. Petersen’s two Oscar nominations, for writing and directing his magnum opus, Das Boot, were still several years away, not to mention titles such as The Neverending Story; In the Line of Fire; the movie that launched the career of compatriot Diane Kruger, Troy; and two further films featuring boats in peril, the George Clooney vehicle The Perfect Storm and his last »
- Boyd van Hoeij
5 items from 2017
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