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7 items from 2011

Robert Downey Jr. asks Hollywood to forgive Mel Gibson at American Cinematheque Awards

15 October 2011 8:11 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Last night at the 25th Annual American Cinematheque Award Ceremony, which was honoring Robert Downey Jr., the Iron Man actor asked Hollywood to forgive Mel Gibson.

Gibson was invited onstage to present Downey Jr. with the prestigious award, since, in the words of Garry Shandling, “The Cinematheque was concerned a bit about Robert’s checkered past, so they chose someone to present the award who could help balance that out and the choice was so obvious, Mel Gibson.”

Gibson spoke kindly of the star, who he famously helped to make a comeback by paying Downey Jr.’s insurance bond so »

- Grady Smith

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Chris Nolan Is Going All Supernatural Again!

5 July 2011 3:23 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

It appears Christopher Nolan has caught the producing bug lately, as word spread on Thursday (apologies for the lateness in a write-up but we have just launched a new site!!) that his company Syncopy will be lending their help to a supernatural thriller from writer/director Keith Gordon. Hot off directing the TV hit Dexter and an episode of the magical The Killing, Gordon previous cinematic credits include an early Robert Downey Jr comeback movie titled The Singing Detective and the 1992 war picture A Midnight Clear. In the 90′s he was known as a smart and talented director who never got his big commercial break and his career somewhat flounded. Nolan, clearly a fan of his mature themed work, is about to give him the biggest platform of his career.

Interestingly the supernatural thriller will be based on a novel that Nolan has bought the rights too but is keeping under-wraps. »

- Adam Lock

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Christopher Nolan Taps Into Horror Genre by Producing Supernatural Thriller

1 July 2011 6:39 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Christopher Nolan has set up a horror movie through his production company Syncopy, but will only serve as an executive producer on the film, ComingSoon is reporting. The ‘Inception’ director has hired Keith Gordon to write and helm the untitled supernatural thriller. Gordon has worked with Nolan before, serving as his assistant on several films, including ‘Batman Begins.’ Gordon is also serving as a co-producer on the upcoming ‘Dark Knight Rises.’ As an actor, he’s most remembered for playing Arnie Cuningham in the 1983 horror film ‘Christine.’ He has also directed such movies as ‘Waking the Dead’ and ‘The Singing Detective.’ Nolan will co-produce the thriller with his partner Emma »

- karen

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Christopher Nolan Sets Keith Gordon to Direct Supernatural Thriller

30 June 2011 3:32 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Though Christopher Nolan normally only produces projects that he intends to direct himself, he recently made an exception with the Superman reboot Man of Steel. David S. Goyer came up with an original idea for a new Superman movie, and Nolan decided to shepherd that vision and produce the new film, eventually choosing Zack Snyder as director. Now Nolan is working behind the scenes on another film he won't be directing, as Deadline reports that he has tapped Keith Gordon (The Singing Detective) to write and direct a supernatural thriller for Warner Bros. Nolan and partner Emma Thomas will act as executive producers on the project, which the report says is based on a novel (though Deadline isn’t sure what book exactly). Gordon started his career as an actor, landing the lead role in the 1983 horror film Christine. He made his directorial debut with 1988’s The Chocolate War, and »

- Adam Chitwood

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Christopher Nolan has hired Keith Gordon for a supernatural thriller

30 June 2011 12:26 PM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

Christopher Nolan usually stays in the directors chair, although sometimes he makes exceptions. Okay, he's made one exception--letting Zack Snyder helm Man Of Steel. Now he's making another. Nolan has hired actor turned director Keith Gordon for a supernatural thriller. Syncopy, Nolan's company has set the film up over at Warner Bros. Gordon has directed Waking The Dead and The Singing Detective as well as episodes of Dexter. You might remember Gordon as Arnie Cunningham in the 1983 »

- Niki Stephens

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Mel Gibson: saint and sinner

6 June 2011 2:15 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

On the eve of his movie comeback, can Mel Gibson finally tame his demons?

It was a balmy spring evening in Cannes. Arriving for the premiere of his latest film, The Beaver, Mel Gibson seemed anxious as he walked the red carpet last month, a little uncomfortable posing for the massed ranks of photographers who were shouting his name. When the movie's director, Jodie Foster, leaned across to adjust his bow-tie, Gibson smiled, right on cue. But while the two of them chatted and laughed for the cameras, the actor's brow remained furrowed. The next day's photographs would all show the three deep wrinkles cut horizontally across his tanned forehead, giving him the air of someone who expects disappointment and – more often than not – is rewarded with it.

He was understandably worried, perhaps, about how the film would be received. The Beaver, in which the 55-year-old Gibson plays a depressed »

- Elizabeth Day

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5 Named to Film Independent's Annual Directors Lab

9 February 2011 9:49 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Film Independent named five projects to participate in its 10th annual Directors Lab taking place in Los Angeles through the end of March. The Lab is an intensive nine-week program designed to assist directors with "strong, original voices" develop new narrative feature films, improve their craft, and advance their filmmaking careers. This year’s Lab Mentors include Keith Gordon ("The Singing Detective," "Waking the Dead"), Karyn Kusama (“Jennifer’s Body,” “Girl Fight”), and Jeremy Podeswa (“The Pacific,” “Fugitive Pieces”). »

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