12 items from 2015
The Austin Film Festival has selected Brian Helgeland as recipient of its Distinguished Screenwriter Award, to be presented Oct. 31.
Helgeland won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for “L.A. Confidential” and was nominated for “Mystic River.” He directed and wrote “Legend,” “42,” “A Knight’s Tale” and “Payback” and wrote “Man on Fire,” “The Taking of Pelham 123,” “Conspiracy Theory,” “Green Zone” and “Blood Work.”
Helgeland has also won awards from the Writers Guild of America, as well as the Pen Center Literary Award, the Edgar Allan Poe Award and the USC Scripter Award. Universal launches “Legend,” starring Tom Hardy, on Oct. 2.
- Dave McNary
This week on Off The Shelf, Ryan is joined by Brian Saur to take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of August 4th, 2015, and chat about some follow-up and home video news.
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Episode Links & Notes Follow-up Vudu News Miyazaki Box Set BFI titles announced Land Before Time Kl Studio Classics: Phantom of the Opera / The Knack Criterion’s Dressed To Kill stretched, resolved Funimation to release Speed Racer on Blu-ray + (Ghost in the Shell to theaters) Clue Club from the Warner Archive on August 11th The Hunger from the Warner Archive on August 18th The World According To Garp from the Warner Archive on August 25th The Iron Giant New Releases Big House, U.S.A. Blast from the Past Flamenco, Flamenco Foreign Intrigue Free Willy He Ran All the Way I Love Lucy: The Ultimate Season 2 Innerspace The Man from U. »
- Ryan Gallagher
Fundamental Films has picked up an untitled action pitch from Frank DeJohn and David Hedges, TheWrap has learned. Plot details are being kept under wraps, though the pitch is said to be in the vein of “Taken” and “Man on Fire.” Gary Glushon brought in the pitch for Fundamental Films, the Shanghai-based film financing/distribution/production company that co-produced the upcoming “Transporter” reboot with Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp. Also Read: Fundamental Films, Todd Garner Team on Action-Comedy Pitch (Exclusive) DeJohn and Hedges won the 2013 Nicholl Fellowship award for their script “Legion,” a historical drama that’s currently in development at Dibonaventura Pictures. »
- Jeff Sneider
Last time there was a major Kray Twins film it starred those Kemp brothers out of Spandau Ballet. 25 years later it's a job for a single man, with Tom Hardy playing both Ronnie and Reggie in Brian Helgeland's Legend. Following the teaser and the recent poster, here's the latest full trailer, showcasing the humour as much as the violence. And, of course, Hardy's amazing solo double-act.For a time in the ‘50s and ‘60s, Ronnie and Reggie Kray ruled East London with fists, pistols and pure, simple intimidation. Their gang, the unimaginatively-named but viciously effective The Firm, took control of the shadowy underworld and carried out armed robberies, arson, racketeering, assaults and murder.Brian Helgeland (writer of La Confidential and Man On Fire, director of Payback) is piloting us through this crime arena. Legend dips into the dark underbelly of the swinging ‘60s, when sharp-suited gangsters warred for turf and control, »
Sony sets Release Date for Sequel to Antoine Fuqua‘s The Equalizer. Sony has officially given The Equalizer 2 a release date, providing complete assurance that this is actually happening. The Equalizer 2 will be released on September 29, 2017.
I haven’t seen the initial entry into this soon-to-be-franchise yet, but from what I’ve heard its a fairly average Denzel Is The Man action-thriller. I’ve seen my fair share of those, and don’t feel the need to spend time on the lesser ones. After all, can you get a cooler Denzel than the Man on Fire (2004), Training Day (2001), or American Gangster (2007) variety? In any case, Denzel Washington is set to return, no word on Antoine Fuqua yet.
On the production of the first film:
- Marco Margaritoff
There's good and bad news this morning for anyone following the tortuous and slow development of Neuromancer. The good news is that the adaptation of William Gibson's cyberpunk classic is still out there and has just secured some new funding. The bad news is that the long-attached Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice) is no longer directing. And with him has gone the Gibson-approved screenplay that was supposed to have been cracked.The UK-based Gfm films remain in play on the project, and the company has now partnered with the Chinese C2M Media Group for co-financing and further development. Producer Lucas Foster (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Man On Fire) is currently in talks with unspecified new writers and a new director.Published in 1984 (two years after Blade Runner, which, when he saw it, almost caused him to stop writing), William Gibson's book was part of the vanguard of the cyberpunk movement. »
Exclusive: Gfm Films hopes to feed film through UK-China co-pro agreement.
C2M, a co-production partner of Cj Entertainment, recently backed successful Chinese-Korean productions A Wedding Invitation and Miss Granny.
William Gibson’s influential sci-fi novel from 1984 follows a smooth ‘computer cowboy’ who is banished from cyberspace after double-crossing the wrong people until a shadowy conspiracy offers him a second chance at redemption.
Foster said: “William Gibson’s books have been very prescient on the topic of Super Intelligence, which people variously call Machine Intelligence or A.I. As we surrender more and more of our thinking and imagining over to software, we lose something important and tangible in ourselves »
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Dakota Fanning's in the hot seat! The actress stopped by "Watch What Happens Live" on Tuesday, where she was grilled during a game of "Plead the Fifth" and "Never Have I Ever Whatsoever." Check out the video above to see what the "Man on Fire" star said about Tom Cruise and which "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star she thinks should get the boot! So who would the blonde beauty like to see off the reality show? "Brandi [Glanville]," Fanning confessed. "She's just a little aggressive for me on the show, I think." Dakota was also grilled about working with the 52-year-old action star and asked what was the weirdest thing he ever did on the set of their movie "War of the Worlds." "Nothing," the 21-year-old admitted, "Honestly, I have nothing odd that he did." But the fun didn't stop there, host Andy Cohen also convinced Fanning and fellow »
- tooFab Staff
This week, Shondaland's jaw-dropping Thursday shows delivered more Omg moments than we could count! The doctors on Grey's Anatomy gave sight to a blind man, Scandal First Lady Mellie announced her lofty political aspirations, and a new suspect was introduced (and arrested) in the murder of Sam Keating on How to Get Away with Murder.
Last Week: Omg T.G.I.T.! The Jaw-Dropping Moments From 'Grey’s Anatomy,' 'Scandal' and 'Htgawm'
The Omg Moment:
Tonight’s episode was a heartbreaker for Jackson and April, as they had to say both hello and goodbye to their baby boy, who was diagnosed with the much more dire type 3 osteogenesis imperfecta. However, the real Omg moment came at the episode's end, in the hospital’s chapel. Owen walked »
Controversy struck Michael Mann’s new cyberhacker actioner from within this week when composer Harry Gregson-Williams accused the director of “slicing and dicing” his work on the film. So who wants credit for Blackhat’s hacked-up score?
“I would like it to be known for what it’s worth that the ‘score’ for Blackhat maybe credited to me, but contains almost none of my compositions,” Gregson-Williams declared Monday on Facebook, four days after the Chris Hemsworth starrer premiered in Los Angeles. It was only during Thursday’s premiere, Gregson-Williams wrote, that he “discovered, to my horror, music that shocked and surprised me…quasi emotional (synth) string pieces that I’d never heard in my life before.
“I knew of at least one other composer, a good one at that(!), that had put in months of work on this movie just as I had, but this appeared to me to be »
- Jen Yamato
The Sundance Film Festival announced today that it will hold a series of panels titled the "Art of Film Weekend" which will take place Jan. 29-31. This new initiative should create more buzz worthy moments during a period when the Festival is traditionally winding down. The slate will kick off with a conversation between Festival founder Robert Redford and George Lucas that will be streamed online at Sundance.org. In a release, Festival Director John Cooper noted, "Exploring cinema, body and soul, Art of Film Weekend will take aspiring filmmakers and film-loving audiences behind the scenes to see the creative, collaborative spirit of artists at every stage of the independent filmmaking process that is so core to our Festival." A full rundown of the panels are as follows: Power of Story: Visions of Independence — Kicking off Art of Film Weekend, join Robert Redford and George Lucas—two iconic filmmakers who »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Sundance Film Festival is launching an “Art of Film Weekend’ series of programming, kicking off Jan. 29 with Sundance founder Robert Redford and George Lucas discussing their careers and creative process with Leonard Maltin.
“Exploring cinema, body and soul, Art of Film Weekend will take aspiring filmmakers and film-loving audiences behind the scenes to see the creative, collaborative spirit of artists at every stage of the independent filmmaking process that is so core to our festival,” said festival director John Cooper.
The first panel — “Power of Story: Visions of Independence” — will be live streamed on sundance.org.
Other panels include “Art of the Score: A Performance and Discussion with Harry Gregson-Williams.” His credits include the “Shrek” series, “The Chronicles of Narnia” series, “The Town,” “Man on Fire,” “Kingdom of Heaven,” “Spy Game” and the upcoming “Blackhat.”
A panel on “A New Language in Filmmaking: Virtual Reality” will include Chris Milk (Beck’s “Sound and Vision, »
- Dave McNary
12 items from 2015
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