4 items from 2007
- Nicolas Cage has signed on for the lead in Knowing- to be directed by Alex Proyas (The Crow, Dark City, I, Robot). The pic will start shooting March 17 in Melbourne- and will be produced and distributed by Summit Entertainment. Cage will be playing a teacher who, upon examining a time capsule unearthed at his son's school, discovers that the world is going to end within a week. This project has been in development for years, at one point it looked like it might be Richard Kelly's follow-up to Donnie Darko. That didn't happen- and Proyas signed on over two years ago. With the writer's strike in full gear, and the upcoming Screen Actors Guild strike looming on the horizon, a lot of back burnered project are getting the greenlight- and this appears to be no exception. I've always been a Proyas fan- The Crow is a classic, »
- It’s been seven long years since a Guy Ritchie film has played in theaters stateside, but Revolver has finally arrived. Has Ritchie’s much awaited return to the gangster genre been worth the wait?The seven year gap statement does leave out 2002’s Swept Away, a remake of an 1974 Italian film starring Madonna (Ritchie’s wife), which was universally panned by critics and didn’t resonate with the cult following the director had amassed with his first two films, Lock, Stock, and 2 Smoking Barrels and Snatch, a pair of brilliant British crime capers loaded with bloody violence, wacky characters, ultra-flashy visuals, rapid editing and constant twists and turns. This same cult following, at least the stateside members, have been waiting with equal parts dread and anticipation for Revolver, a film that was released in Europe in 2005 to abysmal reviews (aside from the few odd critics that praised the film), and has now, »
Next month's HD Expo will feature a conversation with director of photography and newly-elected International Cinematographers Guild president Steven Poster. During the event, scheduled for June 7 in Chicago, Poster will discuss the future of cinematography, the impact of new tools and technology on the creative process, and how creative vision is protected in the midst of such a changing landscape. Poster's credits include Southland Tales and Donnie Darko. »
Poster (Daddy Day Care, Donnie Darko) overcame a challenge by guild veteran Haskell Wexler by a 58%-42% margin, in a vote count of 1,391-1,023, the highest election participation in the history of the IATSE local. Wexler had been second national vp.
Balloting was tabulated Saturday night, and officials results were announced Sunday.
"Our campaign focused on issues, laying out exactly what we wanted to accomplish, and the members responded by giving us a mandate," said Poster, who was elected president by the guild's national board Aug. 5, filling the unexpired term of Gary Dunham after Dunham was removed from office July 8.
"We pledge to fight for more jobs, including the training needed to stay ahead of the curve with new and hybrid technology, to rebuild the Local 600's respect in the industry and to strengthen our ties with the International and other IA locals that we bargain alongside."
Poster, an IATSE member since 1969, previously was as an ICG vp. »
4 items from 2007
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