8 items from 2015
Screen Daily interviewed famed Chinese director John Woo to discuss his admiration for films during the Tokyo International Film Festival. Woo is known for directing action-octane films such as "The Killer" and "Hard Boiled" with actor and frequent collaborator, Chow Yun-Fat.
Woo migrated to Hollywood in the mid 90's and directed a variety of action-thrillers such as "Broken Arrow" with John Travolta and Christian Slater, "Face/Off" with Nicholas Cage and John Travolta, "Mission Impossible II" with Tom Cruise, and "Windtalkers" with Nicholas Cage and Adam Beach.
Woo has since moved from the action films of Hollywood and focused on directing other passion projects such as the two-part historical epic, "Red Cliff" and "Red Cliff II." Woo was asked if he would ever return to Hollywood with the director stating, " I have never left. I still enjoy working with Hollywood. I still have a couple of projects," said Woo, "So after Manhunt, »
- J.B. Casas
Into the Grizzly Maze has already been released through Video-on-demand, within North America (May 19th). The film will be released on DVD, in this territory on August 4th. Fans of more natural threats will want to keep this film on their radar as Into the Grizzly Maze promises an engaging cast. The film stars: James Marsden (X-men), Adam Beach (Windtalkers), Billy Bob Thornton (Bad Santa) and Thomas Jane (The Mist). Also, the United Kingdom distributor (Signature Entertainment) has just released three new clips for the film; each preview can be viewed here. From the story, a rogue grizzly bear is on the hunt. A true man-eater, this huge animal has his eyes on several hunters, who hope to take down this mythical beast. Unfortunately, this living brick wall is not easily overcome, nor tracked down. Now, an Alaskan community quakes in fear as this creature tears through the countryside. The »
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I interviewed actor Christian Slater in November, 2008 for Venice Magazine. Having long had a reputation as an "enfant terrible" in his youth, Slater surprised me somewhat with his calm, measured demeanor and thoughtful outlook. He was promoting his well-reviewed, but ultimately short-lived, TV series "My Own Worst Enemy," which we discussed a bit, but Slater was eager to reflect on his entire career and life, which he did with aplomb. My other memory of the chat is that during our dinner, the power went out in the restaurant or hotel where we met (the location of which has been lost to time) and the halogen streetlights outside casting our talk in a strange, other-worldly glow for a good 30 minutes. All these factors made our meeting a memorable one. Slater can currently be seen on the new USA Network series "Mr. Robot," which is also being lauded critically, and will hopefully »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
"Somebody help me..." Second part? But we haven't even seen the first! Indeed, true. Eventually one day it will get a Us release. John Woo has been in China directing a massive two-part epic called The Crossing, billed as the "Chinese Titanic" - you will see why with this trailer. There are some shots right out of James Cameron's Titanic in this. The film is set during the Chinese Civil War in the 1940s, following three couples from different backgrounds whose are affected by the sinking of the steamer Taiping, which was traveling to Taiwan and led to the deaths of over 1,500 people. Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Song Hye-kyo, and Huang Xiaoming star. It looks like Woo went all out, hopefully for the best. I'm curious to check this out. Here's the new official trailer for John Woo's The Crossing, found on Deadline's YouTube: The Crossing is a »
- Alex Billington
It was with great sadness that we learned yesterday of the death of composer James Horner at just 61 years old. Horner died in a plane crash, piloting a small aircraft that went down a day ago in California. The composer is a multiple Oscar winner, taking home Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for Titanic, marking just one of his many collaborations with filmmaker James Cameron. All told, Horner was nominated by the Academy ten times, with various other nominations and wins to his credit. He was a well respected musician and giant in the industry, so he will certainly be missed in a big way. Horner was cited by the Academy for his work on not just Titanic, but also Aliens, An American Tail, Apollo 13, Avatar, A Beautiful Mind, Braveheart, Field of Dreams, as well as House of Sand and Fog. All of the »
- Joey Magidson
The prolific Oscar winning composer James Horner has died in a plane crash at the age of 61. (June 22, 2015). Variety confirmed the news Monday evening.
Brilliant Composer James Horner, friend & collaborator on 7 movies has tragically died in a plane crash. My heart aches for his loved ones.
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 23, 2015
Listen to samples of his genius. James Horner will be profoundly missed.
From James Horner’s bio (Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency):
Having composed the music for more than 130 film and television productions, including dozens of the most memorable and successful films of the past three decades, James Horner was one of the world’s most celebrated film composers.
He earned two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for »
- Michelle McCue
Jared Leto was notably absent from the cast photo taken during the table reading of David Ayer's "Suicide Squad" script this week. Today, David Ayer followed up that posting with a shot of Leto (with his dyed green hair) in a shot reminiscent of the cover for Alan Moore's iconic "The Killing Joke" comic.
#WhereIsJared #SuicideSquad pic.twitter.com/D5tMnMGBop
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) April 10, 2015
Yesterday's cast photo also confirmed the inclusion of several actors not previously announced including Adam Beach ("Windtalkers"), Ike Barinholtz ("The Mindy Project") and Jim Parrack ("True Blood").
A few hours after it was released, El Mayimbe posted a report which suggested what roles they will take on - Beach is Ravan, Barinholtz is Dr. Hugo Strange, and Parrack is Deathstroke. Joe Manganiello, who was rumored to be playing Deathstroke before, is said to not be involved. »
- Garth Franklin
The project, produced by Hong Kong’s Media Asia, sees a prosecutor framed for robbery, rape and multiple murders. He sets out on a strenuous solo mission to clear his name.
The book “Kimi yo Funnu no Kawa o Watare” (aka “Hot Pursuit”) by Juko Nishimura was previously adapted as a movie in Japan in 1976, directed by Junya Sato, and starring Ken Takakura (“Black Rain”) as the prosecutor. In 1978 it was the first foreign film released in China after the end of China’s ‘Cultural Revolution,’ and became a massive hit.
Media Asia confirmed that the film will start shooting in 2015, which makes it Woo’s next film after he completes two part wartime epic “The Crossing.” Woo was previously attached to an ambitious aerial project “Flying Tigers” focused on how Chinese and U. »
- Patrick Frater
8 items from 2015
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