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Feature Den Of Geek 5 Dec 2013 - 10:34
We get the chance to interview famous people every now and them. We ask them their favourite Statham movie. Here's what happens...
With The Statham heading back to UK cinemas this week with Homefront, we finally got the chance to ask the man himself the question we've been asking lots of people for years: 'what's your favourite Jason Statham movie?'
Now that he's answered it, we've gathered together lots of the responses we've had in one document. And so here it is:
Evan Goldberg: "It was him in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, right? That’s the best one."
Alice Lowe: "I've never seen any of his films. »
Brad Anderson's rollercoaster ride is a lean, taut, brilliant B-movie
The Call is a welcome little late summer treat, a juiced-up B-movie kidnap thriller from regular Fringe director Brad Anderson, admirably succinct at 87 minutes, constructed around the conversations between an abducted girl (Abigail Breslin) and the responder (Halle Berry), who picks up when the girl calls 911 from the trunk of the kidnapper's car. It's a machine designed to thrill, please and satisfy; a one-sentence pitch – 911 responder breaks rule No 1, and gets emotionally involved – deftly realised, manipulative and clever enough to be irresistible. Add an ending that's midnight-black, morally, yet somehow just right, and it's the kind of throwaway thriller that could only be improved by seeing it in a nighttime drive-in with a date, some reefer and a fifth of Old Harper. Pure guilty pleasure.
The set-up is simple. Six months earlier, Berry botches a 911 call – promises her first abductee she'll get her home, »
- John Patterson
No stranger to superhero roles, he's already talking about his intense exercise regimen ahead of next year's much anticipated Captain America: The Winter Soldier! Here are five things you may not know about Chris Evans.
1. Born Christopher Robert Evans on June 13, 1981 in Boston, Ma -- his father is a dentist and his mother a dancer.
Pics: Star Sightings
2. One of his first roles was on the short-lived 2000 TV show The Fugitive, a remake of the 1960s classic.
Video: Chris Evans Talks Favorite Childhood Superhero
5. Appeared in Marilyn Manson's music video Tainted Love.
Video: What Legendary Superhero Inspired Stan Lee? »
What constitutes an 'ass-kicking'? Glad you asked. It ranges from as harmless as "incapacitating a bad guy to question him" to as devastating as "stabbing a bad guy in the neck." (Stabbings were deemed allowable because Statham is usually doing something cool with his knives, like throwing them or spinning them in his hand for no reason.)
Do guns count? Of course not.
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Infographic designed by Max Evry.
*We should also note that while it's not represented here, Statham also dreams about beating up four more people in "Mean Machine."
**Also, all of the numbers here represent men, with the exception of one: He beat up a lady in "Cellular."
Also Check Out: Supercut - Jason Statham Driving Angry (Film. »
- Nick Blake
The venerable “from hell” movie subgenre (e.g., nanny from hell, secretary from hell) picks up an unlikely addition — the rental car from hell — in “Vehicle 19,” a South African-made B-grade quickie looking to cash in on a time-tested combination of elements: Paul Walker and mass automotive mayhem. Neither particularly fast nor furious, this mostly preposterous high-concept clunker (which feels padded even at barely 80 minutes sans credits) makes a pit stop in a handful of North American theaters this week en route to a July 23 homevid debut.
“Vehicle 19” turns on the modest novelty that, once Walker’s Michael Woods enters the titular Hertz minivan in the pic’s opening scene, he never leaves. Nor does director Mukunda Michael Dewil’s camera, making this something like the “Cosmopolis” of car-chase movies, though Dewil (a veteran commercials helmer) proves less adept than David Cronenberg at continually reinventing his claustrophobic locale. Instead, »
- Scott Foundas
Justin Lin may strike some as out of place in the pantheon of contemporary auteurs. The Taiwanese-born American filmmaker, best known for having directed Fast Five and its sequel, Fast & Furious 6, makes unabashedly populist blockbusters for mainstream audiences—hardly the purview of a "serious" artist. His films, wafer thin in narrative and thematic conception, concern themselves principally with street racing and bank heists. His camera, more functional than expressive, remains trained on glistening bodies and the expensive cars they drive, his highest aspirations clarity and expediency. And the dialogue, scripted now three times by Cellular's Chris Morgan, is deli »
His movies were hit or miss, but I loved that David Ellis was one of the few non-pretentious big-screen directors out there, making fun genre flicks and having a good sense of humor about himself and his movies (he wanted Shark Night to go out under its original title: Untitled 3D Shark Thriller). So it's a huge shame that he suddenly passed away a couple months back while gearing up to reteam with his Snakes on a Plane star Samuel L Jackson on a new film, because we're not likely to have another guy like him any time soon.
And we're also »
- Sara Castillo
Streaming shows online is already a popular way to watch TV and now, with the success of House of Cards, will there be more web-only commissions too? It's a quiet revolution…
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Speaking at a Bafta-organised forum a fortnight ago, director Peter Kosminsky said he'd had an epiphany. Like a great many TV fans right now, he'd stayed up late watching back-to-back episodes of House of Cards, the new political drama starring Kevin Spacey that is currently enjoying a Killing-esque vogue. "I realised," said Kosminsky, "that I was watching the end of an era."
The end of an era because House of Cards was commissioned, produced and funded to the tune of $100m (£64m) by online subscription-service Netflix, which started life as a DVD rental outfit. All of the drama's 13 episodes were available to view as soon as it was launched at »
- Tom Lamont
Interview Sarah Dobbs Jan 15, 2013
Seen Grabbers yet? The Irish monster movie captured our hearts last year, and we’ve been singing its praises ever since. Now that it’s out on DVD (and Blu-ray), we decided it was time we stopped tweeting at writer Kevin Lehane and actually picked up the phone to talk to him about the film.
If you haven’t seen the film yet, there might be some mild spoilers contained in this interview, so if you’re intending to see it, you may want to bookmark this and come back later. If you have seen it, or if you're just cavalier about spoilers, though, read on. It’s pretty fascinating to hear about how things changed between Kevin’s original script and the finished movie, »
In her latest movie, Halle Berry gets the call to be a hero, but how believable is it that a 911 operator actually gets involved in finding the kidnapper of a young girl? HIghly unlikely, but it is a movie and we have to suspend belief that Halle Berry's character will do what the Lapd is incapable of doing. The Call also rings eerily familiar to another film, Cellular (2004), starring newcomer Chris Evans as a man out to save a woman (Kim Basinger) from Jason Statham after receiving an emergency call alerting him of her kidnapping.
Since winning the Best Actress Academy Award for Monster's Ball in 2003, Berry's had a string
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The Call concerns Emergency Call Center Operator Jordan (Halle Berry) who takes, well, a call from Casey (Abigail Breslin) a teenage girl who has been abducted and carried away in the trunk of a car. The kidnapping plays out in real time as Jordan and Casey work together to track down the killer.
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Former stuntman and director of Snakes on a Plane
The brazenly trashy, cheap-and-cheerful B-movie is more or less defunct in modern cinema. One of its few authentic latter-day practitioners was the film-maker David R Ellis, who has been found dead at the age of 60 in a hotel in South Africa, where he was preparing to make a live-action version of the violent anime Kite.
Ellis came to widespread attention in 2006 when he directed Snakes on a Plane, the exploitation action thriller with a title that doubled as its own synopsis. Samuel L Jackson played an FBI agent on board a flight packed with venomous snakes planted to kill the witness who is in his care. There have been dumber and more precarious murder plots in the movies, but not many.
Ellis was brought in as a replacement for the original director, Ronny Yu. When word circulated online of a proposed »
- Ryan Gilbey
David R. Ellis, a filmmaker best known for the 2006 movie Snakes on a Plane, which he directed, was found dead in the bathroom of his hotel room in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Monday, his manager confirmed to the Associated Press. He was 60. Police say no foul play is suspected, while results of an autopsy have not been released. "So sad to hear of David R. Ellis passing!" Tweeted Samuel L. Jackson, who starred in Snakes. "So talented, so kind, such a Good Friend. He'll be missed. Gone too soon!" Ellis, who started his career as an actor and stuntman in the '70s, »
- Stephen M. Silverman
1.) Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the latest name to join Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. His character, a cocky gambler named Johnny, is considered one of the film's leads and was originally offered to Johnny Depp. "I love how the first move uses VFX, not to make fake things look real, but to create a heightened world unburdened by the look and feel of reality," Gordon-Levitt said of the project. "Plus, nobody makes a badass like Mr. Rodriguez." Deadline also expects a few "tough guy actors" to be added shortly, with Josh Brolin considered one good possibility. As for Gordon-Levitt, the deal takes him out of the running for a few other roles he has been mulling over. One of those was the lead in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, which now has Jim Sturgess, Zachary Levi and John Krasinski among those left in contention. 2.) Speaking of Gordon-Levitt, he passed »
- Kevin Blumeyer
The actor-turned-director tragically died on Jan. 7, his manager confirmed. His body was found in a South Africa hotel — so sad.
David R. Ellis, the actor-turned-stuntman-turned-director, died in Johannesburg, South Africa on Jan. 7. He was 60 years old.
His manager, David Gardner, confirmed the tragic news the day of his death. His body was found in a hotel room, although no other details surrounding his death were available.
“So sad to hear of David R. Ellis passing!” the actor tweeted on Jan. 7. “So talented, so kind, such a good friend. He’ll be missed. Gone too soon!”
- Christina Stiehl
Sad news from Hollywood today. Veteran action director and former stuntman David R. Ellis has passed away in South Africa while preparing for his new film Kite which was slated to start shooting soon. He was 60. No news on cause of death at this moment.Ellis had made a name for himself in the action genre as a second unit director on large scale movies, shooting action scenes for the likes of the Wachowskis and Peter Weir and we all know him as the director of the cult phenomenon that was Snakes On A Plane.He made his mark as a director to look out for with his amazing sequel Final Destination 2 and the under appreciated Cellular but with the box office failure of the viral phenomenon Snakes...
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Former stunt co-oridinator-turned-director David R. Ellis has been found dead in South Africa while prepping production on his latest project Kite – an action thriller based on the same-titled Japanese anime and set to star Samuel L. Jackson. There is no word yet on his cause of death but it was said to be ‘sudden’ and unexpected.
Ellis began his film career in the 1970s, working on the likes of Smokey & The Bandit, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, Sharky’S Machine and William Friedkin’s classic, modern noir, To Live & Die In L.A. Countless others include Scarface, Lethal Weapon, Roadhouse and Patriot Games, before making his directorial debut with 1996s Homeward Bound 2 and then moving on to fun horror sequel Final Destination 2, seven years later.
- Craig Hunter
In some unexpected and sad news, film director David R. Ellis has died. He was 60 years old.
Ellis' body was found in his hotel room in Johannesburg, South Africa, and cause of death is unknown at this time. Ellis was in pre-production on a remake of the 1998 Japanese anime "Kite" that Samuel L. Jackson is attached to.
Ellis began his career doing stunts in the likes of "Smokey and the Bandit," "Scarface," "Lethal Weapon," and "Fatal Attraction." He moved onto second unit directing on the likes of "Patriot Games," "Clear and Present Danger," "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World," "The Perfect Storm," "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" and "The Matrix Reloaded" before trying his hand at full-time directing.
- Garth Franklin
David R. Ellis, who is probably most known for the Samuel L. Jackson movie “Snakes on a Plane” (though he’s directed a ton of other movies, including “Final Destination 2″ and “Cellular”) has passed away at the age of 60. The director died Monday morning in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was preparing to shoot a live-action version of the popular Japanese anime “Kite”, which was set to star his “Snakes on a Plane” leading man Samuel L. Jackson. There is currently no cause of death. After making his feature film directorial debut with 1996′s “Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco” (I kid you not), Ellis made his way to the horror genre, where he’s most known these days, with 2003′s “Final Destination 2″. He would return to direct another installment of the franchise, 2009′s “The Final Destination”. His most recent film was 2011′s “Shark Night 3D”. No »
"Snakes on a Plane" director David R. Ellis has died. He was 60 years old. Ellis' manager, David Gardner, confirmed his death Monday but declined to provide details. The Hollywood Reporter says Ellis' body was found in a hotel room in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was working on "Kite," a remake of the 1998 Japanese anime film that was to have starred "Snakes on a Plane" actor Samuel L. Jackson. No cause of death has been released. Ellis' directing credits included "Shark Night 3D," ''The Final Destination," ''Cellular" and "Final Destination 2." He also worked on such films as "Misery," »
- Derrik J. Lang (AP)
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