12 items from 2013
Heading into Easter Weekend, the Oscar-winning film Les Miserables is available on Blu-ray and DVD, the perfect musical to get you in the mood for this upcoming Holiday. We recently caught up with one of the producers on the film Cameron Mackintosh, and the man who perfected Jean Valjean on stage before taking the role of the Bishop on screen, Colm Wilkinson. Both have a long and storied history with the production, from its stage roots to its place as one of cinema's great musicals. Here's our exclusive conversation.
Actor Colm Wilkinson
Les Mis was originally supposed to be turned into a film musical nearly twenty-five years ago. It didn't happen. Were you involved with the first incarnations of this project's life as a movie?
Colm Wilkinson: No. We never talked. It never got that far, »
Paul Bettany is in negotiations to star alongside Academy Award nominee Johnny Depp in Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister's directorial debut, Transcendence, it was announced by Broderick Johnson and Andrew A. Kosove, co-founders and co-CEOs of Alcon Entertainment, which is financing and producing the project.
Principal photography is set to begin in April in Los Angeles. Warner Bros. will release in mid 2014 via its output deal with Alcon.
The screenplay, written by Jack Paglen, was developed by Annie Marter and Straight Up Films, whose company principals include Marisa Polvino, Kate Cohen and Regency Boies. Polvino, Marter and Cohen will produce along with David Valdes (The Book of Eli), Johnson and Kosove. Boies will co-produce.
Johnny Depp's representatives confirmed yesterday that Transcendence would be his next film. The feature was written by Jack Paglen and marks the directorial debut of Wally Pfister, cinematographer on The Dark Knight. All that's currently known about the plot is that it's a present-day science fiction story, though you can now add Paul Bettany to the cast. Bettany's career hasn't exactly been on the rise as of late as he is known more now as the voice of "Jarvis", Tony Stark's computer butler in the Iron Man films, a "role" of which he'll be reprising in Iron Man 3. Otherwise, a role in Margin Call in 2011 and then all the way back to Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World mark the best work he's delivered in the last ten years. Unfortunately it's just been a matter of bad roles and hopefully this one will set him back on the right track. »
- Brad Brevet
Feature James Clayton 1 Mar 2013 - 06:39
Nevertheless, the new crime drama directed by Allen Hughes does contain both Wahlberg and Crowe. Playing, respectively, a wronged private investigator and the Mayor of New York, the pair have the opportunity to exhibit their great acting range, which is something I feel neither A-lister always gets due credit for. They’re both excellent actors whose best performances are possibly overlooked because they’re embedded in an ensemble cast or played opposite a scene-stealing extrovert.
This is definitely true for Marky Mark if you consider Boogie Nights, The Fighter and »
Trevor Hogg chats with senior visual effects supervisor Dan Glass; visual effects supervisors Stéphane Ceretti, Matt Dessero, Geoffrey Hancock, Alessandro Cioffi, Florian Gellinger, Angela Barson, Clark Parkhurst, Russell Earl and Falk Gärtner; and executive visual effects producer Ismat Zaidi about their work on Cloud Atlas. Be warned, there are spoilers...
“In a strange way our work relationship isn’t like it ended and began again; we continuously collaborate and have done for many years now,” says Dan Glass of his long-time creative partnership with filmmakers Andy and Lana Wachowski which dates back to the sequels The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003). “The only break in it was Batman Begins . While I was doing The Tree of Life  I also did Speed Racer  with them and Ninja Assassin . Cloud Atlas  came up after Ninja which was directed by James McTeigue. Andy and Lana were given the novel by Natalie Portman »
James D'Arcy sweeps into the London restaurant, grabs my hand in a matey greeting, and slides in beside me on the banquette. He wriggles out of a black sweater, revealing an olive T-shirt and tanned forearms.
I have just seen Hitchcock, his most recent film, an enjoyably heightened account of the making of Psycho in which he gives an eerily exact rendering of Anthony Perkins, wringing his rolled-up script anxiously in the presence of Hitch (played by Anthony Hopkins). Like most of his work to date, it gives no clue as to whom D'Arcy might be offscreen; he is equal parts talent, pointed handsomeness and mystery.
Though alert and nuanced in everything from the briny melee of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World »
- Ryan Gilbey
Former stuntman and director of Snakes on a Plane
The brazenly trashy, cheap-and-cheerful B-movie is more or less defunct in modern cinema. One of its few authentic latter-day practitioners was the film-maker David R Ellis, who has been found dead at the age of 60 in a hotel in South Africa, where he was preparing to make a live-action version of the violent anime Kite.
Ellis came to widespread attention in 2006 when he directed Snakes on a Plane, the exploitation action thriller with a title that doubled as its own synopsis. Samuel L Jackson played an FBI agent on board a flight packed with venomous snakes planted to kill the witness who is in his care. There have been dumber and more precarious murder plots in the movies, but not many.
Ellis was brought in as a replacement for the original director, Ronny Yu. When word circulated online of a proposed »
- Ryan Gilbey
He may not be a household name nor will he likely be remembered as "one of the greats", but Hollywood has lost a veteran b-movie maestro this week as stuntman-turned-director David R. Ellis has reportedly passed away at the age of 60. The cause of death is currently unknown, although he was in Johannesburg, South Africa where he was preparing to shoot his latest film Kite, a live action adaptation of the 1992 anime. Ellis is perhaps best known for directing the high concept thriller Snakes on a Plane, but his career started as a stuntman in the mid to late '70s with Smokey and the Bandit being one of his first credits. Ellis eventually moved on to become a stunt co-ordinator before getting a break as second unit director on the TV movie Condor followed by Fatal Attraction and eventually such films as Waterworld, The Matrix Reloaded and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World »
In some unexpected and sad news, film director David R. Ellis has died. He was 60 years old.
Ellis' body was found in his hotel room in Johannesburg, South Africa, and cause of death is unknown at this time. Ellis was in pre-production on a remake of the 1998 Japanese anime "Kite" that Samuel L. Jackson is attached to.
Ellis began his career doing stunts in the likes of "Smokey and the Bandit," "Scarface," "Lethal Weapon," and "Fatal Attraction." He moved onto second unit directing on the likes of "Patriot Games," "Clear and Present Danger," "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World," "The Perfect Storm," "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" and "The Matrix Reloaded" before trying his hand at full-time directing.
- Garth Franklin
David R. Ellis, the stuntman turned filmmaker who brought us killer sharks, killer snakes and even the wrath of the Grim Reaper himself, died today in Johannesburg, South Africa, according to Deadline. He was 60.
Born in Los Angeles on Sept. 10, 1952, Ellis got his start in Hollywood as a stuntman, performing feats of derring-do in dozens of films, including "Scarface," "Lethal Weapon" and "Road House." He also served as second unit director on such big Hollywood productions as "Patriot Games," "The Negotiator," "The Matrix Reloaded," "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" and "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."
Ellis will probably be best remembered for his work as a gleefully subversive exploitation director. After making his directorial debut on "Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco" (1996), Ellis seemed to feel the most at home in the action-horror genre, conjuring gruesome and often astonishingly creative death scenes in "Final Destination 2 »
- NextMovie Staff
Director David R. Ellis — who helmed mass entertainment like Snakes on a Plane, Cellular, and The Final Destination — died today, EW has confirmed. He was 60 years old. No cause of death has been released.
Ellis got his start as an actor and stuntman, transitioning into directing the second units on action-based productions like Waterworld, The Perfect Storm, The Matrix Reloaded, and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. His feature directing debut was the 1996 family production Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco, but he quickly transitioned to genre-soaked thrillers starting with 2003′s Final Destination 2.
According to Deadline, »
- Adam B. Vary
Hollywood director David R. Ellis, best known for gory genre films "Snakes on a Plane" and "Final Destination 2," died today (Jan. 7) at the age of 60 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The cause of death is unknown.
Ellis was prepping a reunion with "Snakes" leading man Samuel L. Jackson on the anime-adaptation "Kite." He most recently completed second unit directing on the upcoming fantasy film "Winter's Tale" starring Colin Farrell, "Downton Abbey's" Jessica Brown Findlay, Will Smith, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Matt Bomer.
Ellis' career began in acting with roles in Disney's "The Strongest Man in the World" and TV series including "The New Adventures of Wonder Woman" and "Flying High." He then transitioned into stunts in the late '70s and achieved great success throughout the '80s and into the early '90s. He served as stunt coordinator on projects ranging from hit films "Misery" and "The Addams Family »
12 items from 2013
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