6 items from 2015
"He was a superhero, a real living superhero," "Jackass" star Johnny Knoxville told EW about stuntman extraordinaire Evel Knievel, adding "he was the ultimate showman/salesman. He was so smart, and he was so charismatic. He could talk anyone into anything. He’s one of the great characters of the 20th century, period." Knoxville shares that sentiment in this exclusive clip from the forthcoming documentary "Being Evel," premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. Co-produced by Knoxville and directed by Daniel Junge ("Fight Church," the Oscar winning "Saving Face"), the film takes viewers back to a time when a real life superhero captured the nation's imagination in the 1970s, risking life and limb (and often broke many in the process) to accomplish fantastic, unprecedented feats. And as you'll see in this exclusive clip, with Knievel visiting Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, sometimes those attempts went horribly, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Evel Knievel is synonymous with daredevil, but unless you saw him at his heights in the late 1960s and early 1970s, it's difficult to imagine how he built that reputation into something millions of people actually cared about. Beginning with Knievel's disastrous attempt to jump the fountains at Caesar's Palace in 1967—which made him a star once it aired on ABC's Wide World of Sports—millions tuned into his stunts to see if he could defy death one more time. In Being Evel, the documentary that debuts on Jan. 25 at the Sundance Film Festival, director Daniel Junge (They Killed Sister Dorothy »
- Jeff Labrecque
After sitting on the bookshelf for for a long while, the bestselling collaborative autobiography written by one of the most badass rock bands of all time, Motley Crue, is finally going to be made into a movie. With a screenplay already at disposal, Focus Features just picked up the scandalous biopic in hopes of getting it up and running. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Focus Features picked up the biopic along with Jeff Tremaine to direct. Tremaine, the director of the Jackass movies should have no problem bringing the extreme, hedonistic story to life. The screenplay was written by Rich Wilkes, xXx writer, and Tom Kapinos, writer for Californication. If the script has any inkling of their their styles demonstrated in xXx and Californication you know it is going to be a gritty ride. The notorious rock band must be thrilled to see the project moving forward. Members of Motley »
Production company Focus Features has announced that they have pick the rights to the bestseller novel “The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Band” which recounts the story of the popular rock band Mötley Crüe. The members of the band Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, and Nikki Six as well as author Neil Strauss wrote the novel.
According to THR, Focus promises a “Dr. Feelgood” movie in a larger than life depiction of the band’s high and low points .The screenplay was penned by Rich Wilkes and Tom Kapinos. The band members will serve as co-producers.
Casting for the film will begin shortly. Stay tuned for additional details.
Source: THR »
- Munir Abedrabbo
Colin Hanks, Johnny Knoxville, Alex Pettyfer, Tracy Letts and Sky Ferreira have joined the cast of Liza Johnson’s upcoming drama “Elvis & Nixon,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.
The group joins titular leads Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey, who will play rock icon Elvis Presley and President Richard Nixon, respectively. The film, inspired by a true meeting of the two vastly different personalities on the morning of Dec. 21, 1970, also co-stars Evan Peters (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”).
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Cary Elwes penned the script, »
- Travis Reilly
Jeff Tremaine will direct from a screenplay written by Rich Wilkes and Tom Kapinos based on the 2001 autobiography “The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band” by band members Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, and Nikki Sixx, along with author Neil Strauss.
The band is currently on its “final tour” with the slogan “All Bad Things Must Come to an End.”
The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter. »
- Dave McNary
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