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“Money alone sets all the world in motion.”
—Publilius Syrus, Maxim 656
The desire for money, for personal gain or business interests, is a frequent catalyst for dramatic action in William Friedkin’s films. In The Night They Raided Minsky’s (1968), The French Connection (1971), Sorcerer (1977), The Brink’s Job (1978), Deal of the Century (1983), To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), Blue Chips (1994) and, more recently, Killer Joe (2011), the pursuit of money entails underhand tactics, struggle, betrayal and violence. Dollar bills are passed from one person to another, in plain view or sight unseen; or promised at the completion of a job; or seized, burned or spent. But the money always materializes again, somehow, coursing into the narrative economy and organizing social relations.
In a notable sequence in To Live and Die in L.A. we see this material created illegally, and witness its eruption and flow into the system. Friedkin here offers an »
- Yusef Sayed
"The Mummy" series producer James Jacks died Monday of a heart attack. He was 66. He started his producing career with Richard Linklater's "Dazed and Confused" and three early films by the Coen brothers, and introduced Hollywood to John Woo, backing his first Hollywood production "Hard Target." I first met Jacks on the set of "Raising Arizona" and we became fast friends. He was one of those rare people who navigated this risky business with cheer and grace. He deeply loved movies and creative people and worked hard to come through for his filmmakers. Since he left Alphaville Productions in 2004, which had an exclusive overall deal at Paramount Pictures, where he was partnered with former Universal Pictures president Sean Daniel and produced such films as Billy Bob Thornton's "The Gift" and William Friedkin's "The Hunted," Jacks had been developing five mid-budget projects under his Frelaine banner that were »
- Anne Thompson
Movie producer James “Jim” Jacks, who worked with independent-minded filmmakers including the Coen brothers, Richard Linklater, Sam Raimi and Billy Bob Thornton, died Monday of a heart attack at his Los Angeles home. He was 66.
Though his most commercially successful venture was the “The Mummy” franchise, which he launched in 1999 with longtime producing partner Sean Daniel through their Alphaville Films banner, Jacks was known for championing American auteur filmmakers even while working in the studio system at Universal. Alphaville launched in 1992, and the shingle produced Linklater’s “Dazed and Confused,” “Tombstone,” John Woo’s “Hard Target” and Kevin Smith’s “Mallrats.”
After studying to be an engineer and getting an Mba, Jacks pursued screenwriting and worked as an entertainment analyst. »
- Dave McNary
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