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Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »
- Jordan Benesh
This month Alan Rickman's A Little Chaos, Ryan Gosling's Lost River and Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner see these performers make the dizzying leap from actor to director. But in which of their colleagues' footsteps might they follow?
We take a look at six different categories of actor-turned-directors.
Too handsome to be a supporting actor, and lacking the gravitas of a major star, Ben Affleck looked to be heading towards Kilmer-ville before he released Gone Baby Gone, a dark Dennis Lehane thriller he co-wrote and directed, with brother Casey taking the lead. Follow-up The Town proved solid, but his next effort, Argo, was a surprise Best Picture winner. The fact Affleck didn't receive a Director nomination suggests he's not yet been forgiven for the likes of Gigli, but the forthcoming Lehane adaptation Live By Night should fix that.
As an actor, Clint Eastwood's flinty »
John Debney’s “La Pasión Oratorio,” inspired by the composer’s Oscar-nominated score for The Passion of the Christ, was recently performed at the Mosque Cathedral of Córdoba, Spain – appropriately during Holy Week. The concert attended by 6,000 people was the first orchestral concert at the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba in more than 40 years. Conducted by Kevin Kaska, the performance featured the Córdoba Orchestra and Choir Ziryab along with performers from the film's… »
The massive success History had with The Bible miniseries in 2013 was a road to Damascus moment in many ways for broadcasters and Hollywood studios. While Mel Gibson had hit big box office with The Passion Of The Christ in 2004, faith-based productions weren’t heavily explored by the industry until Mark Burnett and Roma Downey came along with their series, which was partially inspired by the married couple watching The Ten Commandments together. Despite skeptics and… »
It’s Easter and while many of you will be tucking into your chocolate eggs there really is somebody you ought to thank for your edible wonders. The reason behind the season. The man who can. The reason behind your hot cross buns! Jesus.
Before DC and Marvel entered the world of the superhero the Bible got there first. Over 2000 years ago in fact. To the Christian Jesus Christ entered the world to battle against evil, to save our souls from eternal damnation, and perform the ultimate sacrifice. His life for ours! And as is the norm in comic books these days Jesus may have died but He also came back to life, His resurrection power. Astounding! Not His only super power of course. He also came with the power to heal, cast out demons, and even turn water into wine. Genius!
- Gary Collinson
It's not often that a movie from India gets praise from the likes of James Cameron and Alfonso Cuarón, but "Broken Horses" has seen both directors put their promotional weight behind the unique picture. Today we have an exclusive preview of the score by Oscar-nominee John Debney ("The Passion Of The Christ"). Written, produced, and directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, and starring Vincent D'Onofrio, Anton Yelchin, Chris Marquette, Maria Velverde, Sean Patrick Flanery, and Thomas Jane, the film promises an intriguing blend of genre elements. Here's the official synopsis: Set in the shadows of the Us-Mexico border gang wars, Broken Horses is an epic thriller about the bonds of brotherhood, the laws of loyalty and the futility of violence. Debney's orchestral work seems to follow the peaks and valleys of the story, while also capturing the distinct flavor of the modern setting and the musical influences found »
- Edward Davis
Warner Bros.. new religious epic Apostle Paul has found its leading man in the shape of Hugh Jackman, with the Australian set to take on the titular biblical role (a.k.a. Saul of Tarsus). Jackman will work as a producer on the project too, a position he will share with both Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. According to Deadline, Jennifer Todd and Chris Clarke will join this trifecta of bona-fide acting titans as producers on Apostle Paul. Clarke and Todd have been instrumental in bringing the film to the big-screen, which they hope will match the box office of other recent religious features such as Noah, Exodus: Gods And Kings, God.s Not Dead, Son Of God and The Passion of the Christ. Meanwhile Matt Cook has been given the duty of writing the script. Apostle Paul will see Jackman star in the role of the Jewish man of »
Prior to hitting Rome, early production went down in southern Italy's historic Matera with director Timur Bekmambetov, the visually sophisticated director of "Night Watch" and the entertaining "Wanted." "Ben-Hur" will be reconstructing Jerusalem on Cinecittà Stages and Cinecittà World’s Theme Park back lot for a four-month shoot. Other lavish international productions shot at Cinecittà include Scorsese's "Gangs of New York," Fellini's "Casanova," Fox's prodigious "Cleopatra" with Liz Taylor, "The Passion of the Christ," Wes Anderson's "The Life Aquatic" and, of course, BBC and HBO's "Rome." Cinecittà Studios, offering generous overseas tax breaks, also hosted much of the original "Ben-Hur"'s grueling shoot with Charlton Heston and director William Wyler. Read More: Will MGM's Return to "Ben-Hur" Stand Up to the Oscar »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing” series brings its most inherently commercial title — “Killing Jesus” — to National Geographic Channel, and at least with this topic, nobody needs to worry about O’Reilly claiming to have been there. Produced by Ridley Scott’s company, an outfit that’s no stranger to epics, the production lends a straightforward quality to the story, and takes its name seriously, squarely focusing on the circumstances and scheming that surround Christ’s death. Along the way there are discreet miracles, but this represents a more historical approach to material that’s currently arriving in abundance, a byproduct of History’s success with “The Bible.”
Compared with other recent depictions of Jesus, this one — directed by Christopher Menaul from an adaptation by Walon Green — is perhaps most notably characterized by restraint. So while covering a good deal of ground, the filmmakers don’t linger over the ordeal of the Crucifixion in the way, »
- Brian Lowry
Fifty Shades of Grey has claimed the Us box office for a second week after taking $23,246,000.
The erotic adaptation - starring Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele - became the highest-grossing Presidents' Day opener and second-highest February opening of all time after taking $81.6 million last week.
Kevin Costner's McFarland, USA is new at four with $11.3 million, just beating teen comedy The Duff which rounds out the top five.
100 teenagers mobbed a mall in Florida after being refused tickets to see Fifty Shades of Grey.
West Oak Mall in the Orlando suburb of Ocoee has now ruled that all teenagers must be accompanied by an adult when visiting the mall after 9pm, according to The AP.
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Fifty Shades of Grey is rated R in the Us, meaning that those under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult.
A further group of teens objected to the movie theatre's decision by rushing the mall's food court. Nobody was injured and there was no damage reported by mall officials.
Fifty Shades of Grey made history at the Us box office by taking $81,670,000 in its first weekend in cinemas, which establishes it as the highest-grossing Presidents' Day opener and second-highest February opening ever. »
Director Sam Taylor-Johnson is reportedly walking away from Fifty Shades: Darker and Fifty Shades: Freed...
With a quarter of a billion dollars banked already, Fifty Shades Of Grey has proven to be - like it or lump it - a huge box office success. The film's sizeable opening is the biggest ever for a film directed by a woman, and in the Us, it's the second biggest February opening of all time, behind The Passion Of The Christ.
However, rumours of unrest behind the scenes have hardly been downplayed in recent weeks, with director Sam Taylor-Johnson and author E L James hardly sounding like they're best chums. So much so, in fact, that it's now being reported that Taylor-Johnson wants out of the two sequels, that Universal is understandably keen to press ahead with as soon as possible.
As part of the deal to bring the books to the screen, »
"Standing on the podium and hearing it for the first time, I guess it's like seeing your child for the first time," Oscar-nominated composer John Debney ("The Passion of the Christ") says in the trailer for "Score." Fittingly enough, the feature-length portrait of the power of film music, in the works from a Los Angeles-based team of journalists, producers, and photographers, is a passion project in itself. Director and executive producer Matt Schrader and executive producer Trevor Thompson have thus far used their personal savings to fund the movie, after first discussing working on a documentary together while classmates at the University of Southern California. "There's clearly a sacrifice there," says Schrader, who left a career in journalism in Sacramento to work on "Score." "Trevor and I have both had to do some freelance stuff here and there to keep the money flowing." (Full disclosure: I was acquainted with Schrader. »
- Matt Brennan
"Fifty Shades of Grey" was already on track for a huge box office haul, but the S&M-tinged book adaptation exceeded prognosticators' wildest expectations, breaking several records along the way.
After the four-day holiday weekend, "Fifty Shades" is estimated to have pulled in $94.4 million domestically, a whopping total that far outpaces the previous four-day holiday weekend champ, "Valentine's Day," which nabbed $63.1 million back in 2010. And its $85 million three-day haul (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) beat out Mel Gibson's 2004 epic "The Passion of the Christ" ($83.3 million) as the biggest February opening ever.
Those receipts also gave "Fifty Shades" the third-highest-grossing opening weekend ever for an R-rated movie. And overseas, the numbers were equally impressive: The flick nabbed $158 million in 58 countries over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, making it the highest R-rated debut ever in foreign markets. "Fifty Shades" also grossed an estimated $14 million overseas on Monday, bumping up its international total to $172 million. »
- Katie Roberts
Matthew Vaughn's "Kingsman: The Secret Service" could not compete with "Fifty Shades of Grey" at the box office, but performed very well in second place, grossing $36 million domestically and another $44 million internationally for a worldwide debut of $80 million. The film cost $81 million to make and has a 71% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. All eyes were on "Fifty Shades of Grey," which cost just $40 million to make and ended up with a whopping $240 million global debut ($82 million domestically). The film only has a 26% fresh rating, but shattered numerous records, including... * Biggest Presidents Day weekend debut (Previous record holder was "Valentine's Day" with $56.3 Million) * Biggest debut by a female director ("The Matrix Reloaded" had a bigger debut, but Lana Wachowski was still a man) * Highest number of theaters for an R-rated opening with 3,646 locations (Previous record holder was "The Hangover Part II" with 3,615) * Biggest single-day February gross with $36.7 million on Saturday (Previous »
President’s Day isn’t exactly the biggest holiday in the Us – mostly, it just signals a day off school, no mail and yet another excuse for stores to have sales. But between Valentine’s Day and the holiday, Fifty Shades Of Grey took the top spot at the box office. Driven either by fans of the book, those wondering whether the film could bring the source material to the screen and those intrigued by all the fuss, the movie made more than $81.67 million across the three-day holiday ($94.4 million once the final Monday estimates are added), setting a new record for President’s Day, becoming the second-biggest February debut (behind The Passion Of The Christ) and the fourth-biggest R-rated premiere.Around the world, the film has now made more than $239.6 million, and that sound you hear is the klaxon blaring for the sequels to trundle into development immediately. The only »
Fans of the El James novel Fifty Shades of Grey withstood some brutal winter weather to help propel the Universal drama to a President’s Day holiday weekend record. The critically slammed erotic drama was joined by a strong start for Fox’s Kingsman: The Secret Service and excellent holds for Paramount’s The SpongeBob Movie and Warner’s American Sniper, the latter which crossed the $300 million mark on Sunday as it continued on its quest to become the number one film released in 2014.
It received a dismal 26% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an even more dire 3.9 rating from IMDb users. But all that negativity didn’t stop Universal’s $40 million adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey from stimulating moviegoers on 3,646 screens this weekend where it earned a big $81.7 million. Factor in President’s Day on Monday and the studio is looking at an opening north of $90 million. Be »
The breathlessly anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey surpassed studio expectations for the best Presidents Day weekend ever, doing $81.7 million at the box office. The movie is projected to make $90.7 million through Sunday. It was also the second biggest February opening ever, just a hair under The Passion of the Christ's $83.9-million record set in 2004. "We're all popping champagne over here," Nick Carpou, Universal's president of domestic distribution said to the Los Angeles Times. The other new release, Colin Firth's action-comedy Kingsman: The Secret Service also performed well — just not nearly as well — with $35.6 million. Last weekend's box office champ, The Spongebob Movie: Sponge out of Water, dropped to third with a still-solid $30.5 million. American Sniper continues to stick around the top five with $16.4 million. Jupiter Ascending rounded out the top five with $9.4 million. The real lesson here is that sexy movies do »
- E. Alex Jung
American audiences sometimes aren't the most discerning when it comes to appreciating quality movie-making. The promise of titillating sex or mid-school grade fart jokes tends to go a lot farther than great acting and enjoyable plots. The two new movies this weekend served to solidify the point. As expected Fifty Shades of Grey was the top grosser this weekend, hauling in a hefty $81 million. In foreign markets the intrigue factor behind what turned out to be a painfully overhyped and underwhelming resulted in opening weekend records being broken in 11 countries and Universal pictures enjoying one of its largest world-wide openings ever. However, for the domestic market it was barely enough to make the fifth highest R-rated opening, just failing to outpace another movie made controversial in part for its use of whips, The Passion of the Christ. Meanwhile, the far superior in every way (or so says pretty much every »
The highly anticipated big-screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey scored one of the biggest R-rated debuts ever this weekend, while Kingsman: The Secret Service was strong in second place.Fifty Shades was even more impressive at the international box office, where it opened to a stunning $158 million. For full overseas coverage, check out this weekend's Around-the-World Roundup.The domestic box office Top 12 earned $200.7 million, which makes this the biggest weekend ever in February. It's also the highest-grossing weekend since November 2013 (meaning bigger than any weekend in 2014).Playing at 3,646 theaters*the widest opening ever for an R-rated movie*Fifty Shades of Grey scored $85.2 million over the three-day weekend. That's the top opening ever in the month of February ahead of The Passion of the Christ; among R-rated movies, it ranks fourth behind The Matrix Reloaded, American Sniper and The Hangover Part II.For the four-day weekend, it earned $93 million, which »
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