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In the golden age of movies, big name actors would often direct and produce their own movies. Spending 16 hour days on a film set is sure to teach you a thing or two about filmmaking and in some cases, this helps actors make the best directors. With the Cambridge Film Festival coming up, Cambridge storage solutions provider Storebox, wanted to celebrate a few of those actors who decided to branch out in the industry. They take a look at some of the ‘actor to director’ success stories and highlight just a few of the actors who took to directing and won.
Some may know Ron Howard better as Happy Days Richie Cunningham, and best friend of The Fonz. However, after leaving the hit show in 1980, he changed course and directed his first, low-budget film Grand Theft Auto. Since his directorial debut, Ron Howard has gone on to direct »
- Phil Wheat
Clint Eastwood is set to bring another real life story to the screen with his next movie, with THR reporting that he has signed on to direct Impossible Odds, which tells the tale of kidnapped American aid worker Jessica Buchanan.
Based on the memoir from Buchanan, her husband Erik Landemalm and Anthony Flacco and scripted by Brian Helgeland (Blood Work, Mystic River), Impossible Odds will follow Buchanan’s journey after being kidnapped by land pirates in Somalia in 2011. She and a co-worker then spent 93 days being held in the desert before President Barack Obama authorised a rescue from Seal Team 6, who parachuted into the area, killed the pilots and extracted the pair.
Eastwood’s most recent film Sully was released in the States last month and has so far grossed over $175 million worldwide. It will open in the UK on December 2nd. »
- Amie Cranswick
THR is reporting that Joel and Ethan Coen have signed on to pen the screenplay for Dark Web, a thriller from 20th Century Fox which has previously been scripted by Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River and Shutter Island.
Formerly titled Silk Road, Dark Web is based on a Wired magazine article from Joshuah Bearman, which “centers on a 29-year-old idealist named Ross William Ulbricht (aka Dread Pirate Roberts) who built an online illegal-drug marketplace called ‘The Silk Road’ and along the way allegedly became a murderous kingpin.”
The Coen brothers most recently wrote and directed Hail Caesar!, which was released earlier this year, and they have also written the script for George Clooney’s next film Suburbicon, which is slated to arrive in 2017. »
- Gary Collinson
After wrangling with Hollywood’s Golden Age for ensemble comedy Hail, Caesar, Joel and Ethan Coen are poised for a return to thriller territory in 2017 with George Clooney’s mystery drama, Suburbicon. It just entered production as of October 11 in Los Angeles, but thanks to The Hollywood Reporter we now have word of an equally intriguing project that has attracted the talented siblings.
It’s called Dark Web, a feature film based on a two-part Wired article by Joshuah Bearman that Joel and Ethan Coen will adapt. Setting up shop at Chernin Entertainment, this is a project that has been kicking around since 2013, when award-winning author Dennis Lehane (Shutter Island, Mystic River) had a crack at the first screenplay. Now, the movie formerly known as Silk Road is officially a go, and it’s landed two screenwriters that are arguably perfectly suited to the material.
Lifted from a true story, »
- Michael Briers
In Scenic Routes, Mike D’Angelo looks at key scenes, explaining how they work and what they mean.
“Over the years,” David Mamet writes in his slim volume On Directing Film, “I have observed that there are two subdivisions of the thespian’s art: one is called Acting, and the other is called Great Acting.” His argument is too lengthy to quote in full, but he’s decidedly a fan of Acting, not of Great Acting, defining the latter as ostentatious performances that encourage viewers to identify with the actor rather than the character. My own taste runs in a very similar direction. Rarely do I get excited about performances that are widely acclaimed, especially when they involve the sort of histrionics that make for powerful Oscar clips. In 2003, for example, both Sean Penn and Tim Robbins won Oscars for their work in Mystic River; I found both of ...
- Mike D'Angelo
As Sully‘s well-deserved box-office success continues, Clint Eastwood begins moving towards his next directorial effort — and, yes, it’s another story of American exceptionalism, but probably more along the lines of his last feature than the controversy-stirring American Sniper. THR gives word that the project is Impossible Odds, a kidnapping tale based on the memoirs of Jessica Buchanan, Erik Landemalm, and Anthony Flacco. Buchanan, an aid worker in Somalia, was, alongside a colleague “sold out by their escort and protector” and kidnapped by land pirates in October of 2011, then held captive for 93 days while her husband, Landemalm, sought to have her rescued, a task eventually completed by Seal Team 6.
Brian Helgeland (previously of the director’s Blood Work and Mystic River) will handle writing duties, which includes, among other things, the unique task of giving an Eastwood picture (or an Eastwood anything) some positive stance on Barack Obama, being »
- Nick Newman
It's been just over a month since Clint Eastwood's Sully hit theaters, and it didn't take long for the 86-year-old filmmaker to line up his next project. Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to Jessica Buchanan's autobiography Impossible Odds, which she wrote with Anthony Flacco, for a feature adaptation that Clint Eastwood is in talks to direct. Brian Helegeland will write the screenplay adaptation of the book, which chronicles Jessica Buchanan's harrowing true story.
Jessica Buchanan was an American humanitarian aid worker, who traveled to Somalia to help local children. On October 25, 2011, she and a colleague were captured by Somali pirates and held for ransom in harsh conditions. After 93 days of negotiations, President Obama ordered Seal Team Six to attempt a daring rescue operation, and on January 25, 2012, the team of 24 Navy Seals killed all nine pirates and rescued the hostages safely.
Variety reports that Anthony Flacco and »
If American Sniper displayed Clint Eastwood’s knack for tackling true-life drama – bagging $547 million and six Oscar nominations in the process – Sully took that creative process to the skies, producing a gripping account of the Miracle on the Hudson that was flawed, yes, but also incredibly entertaining throughout.
It seems Eastwood has developed a taste for the sub-genre, too, now that The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the esteemed actor-turned-director has honed in on his latest feature film to be ripped from the headlines. Lifted her own Impossible Odds memoir, THR confirms that the picture will chronicle the story of Jessica Buchanan, the American aid worker kidnapped by Somali pirates five years ago. Held captive for 93 days while the pirates demanded ransom, Buchanan was ultimately rescued thanks to a Seal Team Six mission carried out under the cover of darkness.
Blending character drama with a tense, nail-biting finale, the cinematic »
- Michael Briers
Clint Eastwood is turning to another real-life tale of survival for what might be his next film. Just two years removed from “American Sniper” and with “Sully” still in theaters, the director will likely be helming Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Jessica Buchanan and Erik Landemalm’s memoir “Impossible Odds,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
An account of Buchanan’s 93 days of captivity at the hands of Somali land pirates, during which time her husband worked to facilitate her rescue, the book was previously optioned by Clear Pictures Entertainment and Silver Reel Partners. The ordeal, which took place in 2011, ended when President Obama approved Seal Team 6 to parachute in and rescue Buchanan and a fellow aid worker.
- Michael Nordine
After tackling a true-life story with Sully, Clint Eastwood is setting his sights on another: that of kidnapped American aid worker Jessica Buchanan. Warner Bros, Eastwood's longtime home studio, has optioned Impossible Odds, the memoir written by Buchanan, her husband Erik Landemalm, and Anthony Flacco. While it's a beat early in the development stages, Eastwood is looking at it as his next project. Brian Helgeland, who worked with Eastwood on the Oscar-winning 2003 film Mystic River, as well as 2002's Blood Work, is writing the script. Buchanan was working in Somalia when, in October 2011, she and
- Borys Kit
Directors’ trademarks is a series of articles that examines the “signatures” that filmmakers leave behind in their work. This month, we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of Clint Eastwood as director.
Clint Eastwood became an american film star in the 1960’s thanks to his acting performances in a number of western films. As he began to branch out with new roles in front of the camera, he sought out to have more creative input into the types of film projects that he would be involved in. One way he was able to accomplish this was by creating his own production company which eventually allowed him to work behind the camera as director. His first film as director was 1971’s Play Misty For Me, which was well received by critics and did well at the box office. HIs second film as director was High Plains Drifter (1973), in which he also starred. »
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Jordan Harrison’s 2014 Pulitzer Prize-nominated play “Marjorie Prime” explores what happens when artificial intelligence enters the home and tries to aid us. It follows the 86-year-old Marjorie (played by Lois Smith in the first production), whose mind routinely falls into confusion and fading memories. But then she acquires a handsome new companion who resembles her late husband and is programmed to tell her the story of her life. The question is, “What would you remember, if given the chance?” Now director Michael Almereyda (“Experimenter”) will adapt Harrison’s play to the screen with Smith reprising the title role and Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”) as Marjorie’s new companion. The film also stars Geena Davis (“The Accidental Tourist”) and Tim Robbins (“Mystic River”). Watch an exclusive teaser for the film below.
Smith is best known for his long, illustrious theatrical career, »
- Annakeara Stinson
Ben Affleck is gearing up for quite the awards season. Not only is the Academy Award winner starring in “The Accountant” (and vying for a best actor nomination in the process), he’s directing and starring in the anticipated follow-up to his “Argo” and “The Town”: gangster thriller “Live by Night.” Read: ‘Argo’ Stars Offer Advice on Awards Season Adapted by Affleck from the award-winning 2012 novel by Dennis Lehane (author of other book-to-film hits like “Mystic River” and “Shutter Island”), “Live By Night” stars Affleck as Joe Coughlin, a Boston police captain’s son who slowly immerses himself in a life of organized crime, eventually becoming a notorious gangster. The two-minute clip is packed full of the film’s sleek violence and showcases a smattering of promising turns from Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Elle Fanning, Chris Cooper, Sienna Miller, Brendan Gleeson, and Chris Messina. Watch the first official trailer for the release below. »
After winning rave reviews in front of the camera for playing Batman in Warner Bros.' Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Ben Affleck will pull double duty by both starring in and directing the studio's new thriller Live By Night. The actor-director shared the first look photo when filming began last October, but today we have the first trailer. The filmmaker will be going back to his roots with this film, in more ways than one.
The trailer, which debuted on YouTube, gives us our best look at the actor-director's character Joe Coughlin, who hails from Boston just like the actor does. This story is also adapted from the novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane, who wrote the book Gone Baby Gone that was adapted into the 2007 movie of the same name, which served as Ben Affleck's directorial debut. Earlier this summer, Warner Bros. pushed Live By Night »
Eastwood vividly depicts the 2009 harrowing landing of a major aircraft on the Hudson river multiple times in his otherwise perfunctory drama centered on the embattled pilot who saved 155 lives
In person, Clint Eastwood recently has the tendency to come across as brash and combative (in an August interview he derided much of America as a “pussy generation” while telling people to “just fucking get over” Donald Trump’s many controversial remarks). As a film-maker, however, the 86-year-old is the antithesis. His best work – Letters From Iwo Jima, Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River, Unforgiven – all share an understated quality that means the emotional impact of his stories rings authentic. Eastwood’s most recent, Sully, squarely fits that bill.
Related: Clint Eastwood defends Trump's 'racist' remarks: 'Just get over it'
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Mel Gibson is having a busy year in 2016, with his new action film “Blood Father” set for commercial release next month and his latest directorial effort “Hacksaw Ridge” to be in theaters by November. Now, The Hollywood Reporter announces that Gibson and actor Sean Penn will star in a new film entitled “Professor and the Madman.” Gibson acquired the film rights to Simon Winchester’s book of the same name back in 1998, and now it will soon see the light of day.
“Professor and the Madman” is a tale of two obsessive men trying to complete a project larger than both of them, infusing madness and genius together in the process. Gibson stars as Professor James Murray, a man who in 1857 set out to compile the Oxford English Dictionary, one of the most ambitious projects ever conceived at the time. »
- Vikram Murthi
Exclusive: Brian Helgeland, who was previously unrepresented by a talent agency, has just signed with CAA. The talented filmmaker won an Academy Award for his screenplay of L.A. Confidential and was also nominated for his screenwriting adaptation of Mystic River. He also wrote and directed Legend, 42, and Payback. In addition, he penned the rebooted The Taking of Pelham 123M and Man on Fire. He will continue to be repped by his attorney Alan Wertheimer of Jackoway… »
Go figure. I was recently wondering when we would start hearing about which big titles were playing in the main slots at the New York Film Festival. Then, yesterday morning we get word that the Opening Night spot at Nyff has been filled. That coveted position was announced to have been taken by Ava DuVernay and a surprise documentary of hers called The 13th. This will be the first documentary to play in this position, in the 54th incarnation of the fest. As the first Nyff opener to be a non fiction title, history has been made. Consider me very intrigued by this one. This has definitely shaken up how I expected Nyff to go, but that’s never a bad thing. DuVernay obviously broke through in a big way a few years back with Selma, and this seems like one that could only make her a higher profile and more diversely talented filmmaker. »
- Joey Magidson
The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th as the Opening Night selection of the 54th New York Film Festival (September 30 – October 16), making its world premiere at Alice Tully Hall. The 13th is the first-ever nonfiction work to open the festival, and will debut on Netflix and open in a limited theatrical run on October 7.
Chronicling the history of racial inequality in the United States, The 13th examines how our country has produced the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with the majority of those imprisoned being African-American. The title of DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing film refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution—“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States . . . ” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass incarceration and »
- Kellvin Chavez
If the languid summer tentpole season has you down, fear not, as the promising fall slate is around the corner and today brings the first news of what we’ll see at the 2016 New York Film Festival. For the first time ever, a non-fiction film will open The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s festival: Ava DuVernay‘s The 13th. Her timely follow-up to Selma chronicles the history of racial inequality in the United States and will arrive on Netflix and in limited theaters shortly after its premiere at Nyff, on October 7.
“It is a true honor for me and my collaborators to premiere The 13th as the opening night selection of the New York Film Festival,” Ava DuVernay says. “This film was made as an answer to my own questions about how and why we have become the most incarcerated nation in the world, how and why we regard »
- Jordan Raup
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