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By no means are directors expected to make the same movie over and over again – but they also don’t tend to fly genre to genre like some kind of bipolar carnival game either. Here are a few directors who – if they were to put on an autograph signing – would find themselves in the midst of a very polarized crowd of fans. 12. Guy Ritchie – Snatch to Swept Away It’s not fair to say that the romantic Madonna horror-fest that is Swept Away had a fan base sustainable enough to actually appear at a theoretical Guy Richie autograph signing, however if they did exist I feel like they’d be the scariest bunch there. I tried watching this movie once but got distracted trying to see how long I could hold my hand directly in an open flame instead. 11. Kevin Smith – Cop Out to Red State Kevin Smith tends to joke about his lack of ambition when »
- David Christopher Bell
Feature Den Of Geek 5 Dec 2013 - 10:34
We get the chance to interview famous people every now and them. We ask them their favourite Statham movie. Here's what happens...
With The Statham heading back to UK cinemas this week with Homefront, we finally got the chance to ask the man himself the question we've been asking lots of people for years: 'what's your favourite Jason Statham movie?'
Now that he's answered it, we've gathered together lots of the responses we've had in one document. And so here it is:
Evan Goldberg: "It was him in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, right? That’s the best one."
Alice Lowe: "I've never seen any of his films. »
Feature Matt Edwards 3 Dec 2013 - 06:46
At Den of Geek, we have spoken once or twice about our appreciation for action cinema powerhouse that is Jason Statham. Simply put, we’re fans of his work.
When the opportunity to spend a little bit of time on the phone with Jason came up, we were obviously thrilled. I reasoned that the best way to start the conversation would be tell him everything I loved about Crank, but after completing my list of bullet points it became apparent that this approach would leave no time to ask him any questions. I abandoned the Crank list, assuming that you’d all sooner read what the man himself has to say. Besides, he’d surely just assume I loved Crank.
There’s something tantalizingly gratifying about watching Jason Statham beat thugs senseless. I can’t put my finger on it, but he brings a certain level of badassery that other genre actors can’t reach – a certain violent spark if you will. Sure, we’ve seen Jason time and time again in films like The Transporter, Crank, The Expendables, and Death Race, sporting one of the most robust henchman bodycounts in Hollywood – but I just can’t get enough of it.
Homefront is the latest movie to launch Statham into action, and while this bayou brawler doesn’t do anything astonishingly new, the simple pleasures of explosions, fist-fights, and bad accents make the watch an endurable one. I mean, how many times are you going to see Jason Statham fight James Franco?
DEA Agent Phil Broker (Jason Statham) is a top-notch asset to his team, but being so good at »
- Matt Donato
Oliver Davis counts down the best ever casino films...
5. Ocean’s Eleven
It’s got more stars than a sky-gazing evening with Brian Cox, Ocean’s Eleven was a dream team-up movie with as-yet-unmatched ‘name’ power.
George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts…even Bernie Mac, the 2001 remake even surpassed Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.’s original. Flashy, Soderbergh-slick and with a twisting Las Vegas casino heist climax, Ocean’s Eleven was successful enough to spawn two sequels…which makes the current Ocean’s count around 36.
At the Casino Royale, James Bond (Daniel Craig) is up against Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) in a high-stakes game of poker. It’s so tense, the bad guy cries blood. Which is how all villains should weep.
The casino setting is a Bond movie staple, so it’s a smart convention to embrace for Craig’s first outing as the character. »
- Gary Collinson
Jason Flemyng is probably best known to film fans for his supporting roles in movies like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch., Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class, but now there's a good chance that he'll henceforth be known as "that guy who Tweeted out an image of the Star Wars: Episode VII script." Earlier today the English actor posted the above image on Instagram (via Bleeding Cool) with the caption, "Pint of Stella and "Star Wars" script! That.s me sorted till 5!", and while the photo has since been deleted from his feed, we all know nothing can really be permanently deleted from the internet. The unfortunate side of this story is that it really doesn't give us any new info about the next Star Wars film. Black text on red is pretty damn hard to read by itself - which I'm pretty sure is the point - but »
Art by Benoit Dromby
Doctor Who fans will be excited to hear to that Matt Smith might be up for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII. There's no information on whether he had an audition, a screen test, or just talked with Jj Abrams. But the rumor is out there thanks to Bleeding Cool, and it would be pretty awesome if there was any truth to it.
Then there's X-Men: First Class and Snatch actor Jason Flemyng, who posted the following photo of an audition script from Star Wars Episode VII. The photo (via: Comic Book) came with the following note,
Pint of Stella and " Star Wars" script! That's me sorted till 5!
The movie will start shooting in spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios in the U.K., and it will be released on December 18th, 2015!
- Joey Paur
It’s no secret that director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy are currently deep into the casting process on Star Wars: Episode VII. Saoirse Ronan herself admitted that nearly every actor her age was auditioning for the film, and even 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor hinted that he’s up for a role. Now it appears that we have another actor to add to the “potential Star Wars star” pile, as Jason Flemyng (Snatch) has not-so-subtly revealed that he may be reading for a part. Flemyng’s connection to Episode VII actually goes all the way back to when Matthew Vaughn was in the mix for the director’s chair, as he sorta kinda confirmed that Vaughn might be taking the helm in a video interview. Now Flemyng has posted an image on Instagram that he claims is the “script” for Star Wars: Episode VII. Hit the jump for more. »
- Adam Chitwood
• Jason Statham: five best moments
In the film, Connolly's unnamed criminal protagonist is revived after apparently suffering a fatal gunshot wound at the end of Layer Cake. It is not known why Craig, now the star of James Bond, has not returned to the role. But it should offer Statham the chance to return to the type of grimy British »
- Ben Child
Arguably the role that launched Daniel Craig’s career, arriving two years before Casino Royale rebooted James Bond, the unnamed protagonist in Layer Cake is set to return to the screen with Jason Statham acquiring the rights to J.J. Connolly’s follow-up novel, Viva La Madness.
Deadline reports that Statham and his manager/producing partner Steve Chasman (The Transporter, Blitz) have bought the rights to Connolly’s novel, published back in 2011, with Connolly set to pen the script, as he did with Matthew Vaughn’s original Layer Cake adaptation.
The sequel arrived in print just over a decade after Layer Cake hit the shelves, and with Vaughn’s film hitting theatres in 2004, four years after the novel was published, let’s hope that it won’t be long before Viva La Madness hits screens.
Coming via Amazon, here’s the synopsis for the original novel:
The authentic voice of British gangster fiction, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Based on J.J. Connolly's 2000 novel, Layer Cake marked not only the directorial debut of Matthew Vaughn, but is also seen as the movie that led to Daniel Craig, who took the lead as a character known only as Xxxx, being cast as James Bond. On top of all that, it is a fanatstic movie, and one of the best British crime movies of the last few years. Despite the ending seemingly making it impossible, the movies nameless protagonist will return in Viva La Madness. Craig, sadly, is not returning, being replaced here by Jason Statham. While he probably wouldn't be anyones first choice for the role, Statham has proven he can deliver great performances without resorting to kicking men through walls. The likes of The Bank Job, Snatch, and Hummingbird spring to mind, and I'm curious to see him in this role. Based on Connolly's 2011 sequel to his book, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
While Jason Statham has pushed more towards action in his film choices recently, he’s clearly still looking to nod back towards his Lock, Stock / Snatch days. Statham and producing partner Steve Chasman have snapped up the rights to J.J. Connolly’s novel Viva La Madness, the sequel to Layer Cake.As he did with Cake, Connolly is turning Madness into a script, with Statham looking to take over the nameless leading character role from Daniel Craig, who starred for Matthew Vaughn in 2004.Despite ending up with a gunshot wound at the end of that film, the sequel will find our hero alive and pondering retirement, looking for somewhere warm and beach-tastic to spend the rest of his days. Instead, what he finds is a world of drug deals, money laundering, electronic fraud, London gangsters and cartels. Vaughn is not currently attached to the film, but if it does get made, »
Anything that puts Jason Statham back in the gangland territory of Snatch and Lock Stock is music to my ears. The bald Brit, next to be seen in action-thriller Homefront, has acquired the big-screen rights of J.J. Connolly’s follow-up novel to Layer Cake, alongside manager and producing partner Steve Chasman.
Layer Cake was a terrific, darkly comic and violent thriller adapted by the author Connelly and led by Daniel Craig as an unnamed rising hotshot in the London criminal underworld. It marked Matthew Vaughn as a talent to watch after making an impressive directorial bow and as we know, just as his pal Guy Ritchie, has gone on to make name for himself in Hollywood.
Connolly will again pen the screenplay from his own novel Viva La Madness, with Statham playing the same, seemingly doomed character we last saw take bullet from Ben Whishaw. He’s one of only »
- Craig Hunter
Exclusive: Jason Statham and his manager and producing partner Steve Chasman have acquired rights to the J.J. Connolly novel Viva La Madness. That is Connolly’s follow-up novel to Layer Cake. Just as he did with the the Matthew Vaughn-directed film that starred Daniel Craig, Connolly again is turning his novel into a script. Connolly never names his chief protagonist anti-hero, but Statham will play the same nameless character we last saw trying to survive a gunshot wound in Layer Cake. It took Connolly more than a decade to follow that tale. Here, his protagonist is looking for a beach to land on in retirement, but instead he gets involved with trans-Atlantic drug deals, money laundering, high-tech electronic fraud, London lowlifes and Venezuelan drug cartels. Statham and Chasman will test the idea that a protagonist can play the same character in different movies, the way that everyone from from Mel Gibson to Lee Marvin, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Get On Up follows Brown's life and career from his tough childhood to becoming one of the greatest soul performers of all time.
It's been awhile since we've seen Jason Statham do a real comedy film. He actually started his career in comedy with films such as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. Now he's looking to jump back into it with Melissa McCarthy's new spy comedy, Susan Cooper.
According to Deadline, Statham has met with director Paul Feig to talk about playing a spy alongside McCarthy, who is an unlikely secret agent.
Statham will next be seen in Homefront with James Franco. He just wrapped The Expendables 3 and is starting work on Fast and Furious 7. I hope that Susan Cooper will be a good project for him. It will be fun seeing him do some comedy again. I seriously doubt that it will be as good as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, though.
This is the third project that McCarthy and Feig have worked on together. »
- Joey Paur
If there’s anything one could take away from Jason Statham’s career over the past few years, it’s that he likes to kick a lot of ass. He’s one of the few reliable action stars in the business, always fun to watch even if his movies aren’t always worth writing home about. Now he might be getting a chance to flex his comic muscles, teaming up with Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, and director Paul Feig in “Susan Cooper.” Statham is currently in talks to star in the “Casino Royale”-inspired comedy with McCarthy playing an unlikely secret agent and Statham a spy, while other details regarding the film are currently being kept under wraps. Statham, of course, made his film debut in Guy Ritchie’s caper comedies “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” and “Snatch,” so he’s no stranger to the genre. Meanwhile Feig and »
- Ken Guidry
Brilliant British beefcake Jason Statham is currently working on the seventh film in the Fast & Furious franchise after completing filming on Expendables 3 but may be set to appear in Paul Feig’s forthcoming comedy Susan Cooper. The film will reunite the filmmaker with Bridesmaids and The Heat’s Melissa McCarthy for a third time with a plot seeing the scene-stealing comedienne as an unlikely secret agent.
The Stath has met with Feig and is thrashing out a deal with 20th Century Fox to see him co-star as McCarthy’s ass-kicking sidekick. It will be the first time he’ll be able to test his comedic chops since The Pink Panther (stop sniggering). In all fairness though, Statham’s delivered many laughs in the likes of Lock Stock, Crank and Snatch, so seeing him opposite the hilarious rising actress could be memorable.
The post Statham Set For ‘Susan Cooper »
- Craig Hunter
Exclusive: Jason Statham has been working up a storm in serious films, but he’s taking time to go back to the comic roots that launched his career with Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. I’m told that Statham has met with director Paul Feig and that talks will start soon for him to join Melissa McCarthy in Fox‘s Susan Cooper. That comedy, which puts Feig and McCarthy back together after they did the hits Bridesmaids and The Heat, casts her as an unlikely secret agent. Statham will play a spy on the same side, if the deal makes. He’ll next be seen with James Franco in Homefront, and he just wrapped The Expendables 3. Statham is just beginning work on The Fast & The Furious 7. He’s repped by CAA and managed by Steve Chasman. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Schism is written by Adam Gierasch and his partner, Jace Anderson (both of whom teamed for Night of the Demons and Autopsy), with Gierasch once again in the director's chair. Callum Blue ("Smallville"), Vinnie Jones (Snatch, Midnight Meat Train), and Ashlynn Yennie (The Human Centipede) star.
Dylan White leads an easy, if unambitious life: He has a good job that doesn’t require much thought and a girlfriend who wants only so much commitment. The world doesn’t demand much of him and he’s okay with that…until terrifying experiences intrude upon his everyday life. Are they visions, nightmares, glimpses into another world? Forced onto a journey of self-discovery that takes him into the seedy underbelly of crime-ridden New Orleans, »
- Uncle Creepy
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