19 items from 2012
Admittedly I've been a skeptic about Drift for a while. Sam Worthington in a mullet didn't exactly inspire confidence. But after this epic trailer, featuring Myles Pollard finally in the leading role he deserves, consider me sold. This has the vibe of Lords of Dogtown, which is a very good thing.Here's the official synopsis:Australia, 1970s. The Kelly brothers, Andy and Jimmy, have one great passion: riding big waves. As kids, their mother escaped from Sydney to Margaret River, a sleepy coastal town with some of the world's most challenging and dangerous waves. For the next 12 years, the boys perfected their surfing skills, always searching for the perfect ride. Free-spirited Jimmy is a gifted surfer and innovator but he starts to slip toward a life of »
It's been about three years since Something Wicked, which marked Brittany Murphy's final film appearance, wrapped; and finally the flick has made its way out of post-production. Read on for the latest.
From the Press Release
Fans of the late actress Brittany Murphy will no longer have to wait to see the beloved star in her last role. Something Wicked, Murphy’s final film, has completed post-production and will be presented to distributors in the next few weeks. Fans can follow the Something Wicked Facebook page for updates.
The film completed production in late 2009 but was delayed in post due to the tragic death of Murphy. In addition to Murphy’s performance as Susan, the moral center of the film, Something Wicked stars Shantel VanSanten (“One Tree Hill,” Final Destination), Julian Morris (Valkyrie, “Pretty Little Liars”), John Robinson (Elephant, Lords of Dogtown), James Patrick Stuart (“Supernatural”) and introducing Angelique Perrin. »
- Uncle Creepy
Wow, the 21st Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival already has been amazing!
Sliff’s main venues are the the Hi-Pointe Theatre, Tivoli Theatre, Plaza Frontenac Cinema, Webster University’s Winifred Moore Auditorium, Washington University’s Brown Hall Auditorium and the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville, Il
The entire schedule for the 21st Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival be found Here.
Here is what will be screening at The 21st Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival today, Thursday, November 15th
Shorts Program 8: Quirky Relationships
Shorts Program 8: Quirky Relationships plays at 5:00pm at the Tivoli Theatre
Shorts that give romance a twist.
Boo! (Rupert Reid, Australia, 2012, 5 min.): An aging married couple keep their love alive by staying one step ahead of each other. Coffees (Alex Beh, U.S., 2012, 11 min.): As a last-ditch effort, Mikey decides to go to his ex »
- Tom Stockman
Cleo 5 a 7, Agnes Varda
Anatomy of Hell, Catherine Breillat
Everyone Else, Maren Ade
Connection, Shirley Clarke
35 Shots of Rhum, Claire Denis
Meshes of the Afternoon, Maya Derin
Meek’s Cutoff, Kelly Reichardt
Headless Woman, Lucrecia Martel
Wayne’s World, Penelope Spheeris
Point Break, »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 4, 2012
Price: DVD $39.98, Blu-ray $49.98
The HBO comedy-drama TV series How To Make It In America: Season 2 continues to follow the adventures of Ben (Bryan Greenberg, October Road)) and Cam (Victor Rasuk, Lords of Dogtown), two 20-something friends and entrepreneurs who aspire to making it in the New York City fashion world.
HBO officially cancelled the television show in December, 2011 and will not renew it for a third season.
Still hustling to succeed in the ultra-competitive fashion industry, Season 2 opens with Ben and Cam scouring the NYC downtown scene in search of new business connections that will help get their new Crisp line of T-shirts and hoodies off the ground. But as the stakes get higher, the lovable would-be-moguls encounter new obstacles that will require all their street smarts to overcome. »
Yesi Ramirez is a casting director at StarCast Auditions and has been part of the casting teams on the movies “Blood Diamond,” “Lords of Dogtown,” “Lemonade Mouth,” “Love and Other Drugs,” “Cheri,” “21 Jump Street,” “The Watch,” and more. In my nine years of working in casting, I’ve watched countless auditions for roles in everything from blockbuster films to tiny indies, television pilots and series. From show-stopping performances to jaw-dropping flubs, believe me, I’ve seen it all. But while the roles and the films change, the general principles that make for a great audition remain relatively consistent. So I’ve pulled from my first-hand experience to develop these 10 keys to impressing casting directors and nailing auditions, no matter what the project is. Be polite. Always. To everyone. There are lots of actors that are qualified to play the role. So unless »
- Yesi Ramirez
About ten years ago, BMW created a series of short films called The Hire. Clive Owen starred as "The Driver," a wheelman who transported things for various characters throughout the different shorts. The Social Network director David Fincher produced that series, and now it looks like he's putting his producing hat on once again. THR reports Fincher has signed on to produce a mysterious thriller called Iou, with Mean Creek helmer Jacob Aaron Estes directing. Plot details are scant, but we know Turistas scribe Michael Arlen Ross wrote the script and Fincher has a good track record when it comes to producing. It's worth noting that aside from The Hire series and Catherine Hardwicke's Lords of Dogtown, Fincher has never produced anything that he hasn't directed himself. I'll take that to mean that the story for Iou is pretty damn good. If Fincher has enough faith in it to »
- Ben Pearson
Filmmaker David Fincher rarely lends his name to projects that he isn’t directing, so when he actually does decide to take a producing credit on a film it’s not to be taken lightly. Heat Vision reports that Fincher has committed to produce Mean Creek writer/director Jacob Aaron Estes’ thriller Iou. Plot details on the project are firmly under wraps, but Michael Arlen Ross (Turistas) wrote the script and Estes will be directing. Fincher actually has a connection to the project as Media Rights Capital is producing both Iou and Fincher’s upcoming Netflix series House of Cards, for which he directed the pilot and serves as executive producer. Estes wrote and directed last year’s Sundance pic The Details, and he’s currently writing the script for Matt Reeves’ Frankenstein thriller This Dark Endeavor. The only other feature films for which Fincher has served as a producer »
- Adam Chitwood
David Fincher doesn't produce very often, so you can bet if he's throwing his weight behind something, he believes in it. To date, Fincher has put his name on those BMW ads in the early '00s directed by folks like Joe Carnahan and John Frankenheimer, Catherine Hardwicke's "Lords Of Dogtown" and, oddly, the Brittany Murphy vehicle "Love And Other Disasters" (we're sure there's a story there). But next is a project that certainly sounds intriguing.
Jacob Aaron Estes, the helmer behind the taut little thriller "Mean Creek" and the Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks starring dark comedy "The Details" (more on that in a second), is prepping his next effort "Iou" which has Fincher lending his producing powers, with Media Rights Capital financing (they are also behind Fincher's "House Of Cards"). What's it all about? Your guess is about as good as ours, because the plot of »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Playing an iconic character in a movie franchise that's also a cultural phenomenon can be a proverbial blessing as well as a curse. On the plus side, portraying Bella Swan has brought Kristen Stewart fame, fortune and a (frighteningly) dedicated fan-base who thinks she can do no wrong. On the other hand, there are pockets of film-lovers who can't stand the "Twilight" films or think Stewart is nothing more than a doe-eyed ingénue. "Gossip Girl" star Blake Lively recently admitted: "I don't think I'd say, watch 'Gossip Girl' for my best quality of work. But I am very lucky to have had that experience." I honestly believe Stewart feels the exact same way about "The Twilight Saga." Because, regardless of what you think of the five "Twilight" films (or the Stephenie Meyer books on which they were based), Stewart is a fascinating young actress who deserves to be »
- Sandie Chen
The big finale of "American Idol"'s 11th season is finally upon us this week, and we noticed that this year's two finalists look as cut out for the camera as they do for the stage (hello Phillip Phillips!).
It certainly doesn't hurt that so many "Idol" alums before them have successfully launched from the show's giant platform into the world of film.
In fact, there have been a lot of reality stars in general who've made a name in the movie scene. Here are our top 15.
Credits: "Soul Surfer"
For "Idol" Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood, five Grammys, dozens of other accolades, four successful albums, and pretty hair just wasn't enough. She first gave her thespian itch a scratch on the small screen in 2010 with guest stints on "Sesame Street" and "How I Met Your Mother" before going full-blown Hollywood for 2011's "Soul Surfer, »
- Amanda Bell
In an ideal world, Australian actor Heath Ledger would have been celebrating his thirty-third birthday today. Heartbreakingly, he isn't here for it: the actor passed away from an accidental prescription drugs overdose just over four years ago, on January 22, 2008. At the time, the actor was shooting Terry Gilliam's "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," and the director managed to finish the film with Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law paying tribute to the late actor by joining the production.
Ledger had a rare talent that seemingly wowed everyone he would work with -- Matt Damon, who appeared with the actor in Gilliam's "The Brothers Grimm," recently called him "the best actor I ever worked with" -- and it's hard not to be distraught at the thought of the performances we'll never get to see. But even so, Ledger left behind an enormously impressive body of work for one so young, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
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Director Catherine Hardwicke has signed with Manage-ment, the Westwood-based management firm. Hardwicke directed the first film in the Twilight series, which opened in November 2008 and went on to gross $393 million worldwide. It opened to $70 million in the U.S., the biggest opening ever for a female director. Her other credits include Thirteen (2003), Lords of Dogtown (2005), The Nativity Story (2006) and Red Riding Hood (2011). THR reported in February that Hardwicke is slated to direct Plush, an erotic thriller set in the Los Angeles music world. Hardwicke co-wrote the script for the project, which would star Evan Rachel
- Daniel Miller
Hardwicke was shooting the movie with late actor Heath Ledger and Emile Hersch in California when she tumbled over the lip of an empty swimming pool, and the nasty fall almost claimed the filmmaker's life - she spent 10 days in hospital recovering from serious head injuries.
Speaking about the accident in a New York Magazine article, she recalls, "Ten-foot fall. Cracked my head. Everyone thought I was dead. There’s video of it where people are screaming, crying." »
Catherine Hardwicke's career arc doesn't make much sense to me. Her directorial debut was the edgy teen drama Thirteen, followed by the likeminded skater tale Lords of Dogtown. The first major detour came in 2006 with the chaste The Nativity Story. Next she kicked off the Twilight Saga phenomenon, but instead of returning for the sequels, moved on to the panned Twilight knockoff Red Riding Hood. To get back on track, Hardwicke may return to her roots. THR reports that Hardwicke is attached to direct Plush, and her Thirteen star Evan Rachel Wood is attached to star. The script that Hardwicke co-wrote with Artie Nelson is described as an erotic thriller set in the L.A. music world. Honestly, I tune out when I hear the phrase "erotic thriller," but reuniting with Wood is a smart move if Hardwicke wishes to reconnect with the critical community. Knockout, a boxing drama starring Noomi and Ola Rapace, »
- Brendan Bettinger
Seems like Catherine Hardwicke ("Thirteen," "Lords of Dogtown") is trying to hone in on a grittier return behind the camera. After "Twilight" and "Red Riding Hood," the helmer was linked to an adaptation of the potentially franchise-spawning "The Maze Runner," but soon focused her attentions on troubled-teen tale "The Bitch Posse" and a biopic of Swedish boxer Bo "Bosse" Högberg starring former partners Noomi and Bo Rapace. Having described that boxing film, "Knockout," as a story that "goes back to more of my 'Thirteen' days," it looks like Hardwicke has been trying to hark back to her earlier sensibilities -- a notion which is now affirmed by the fact she's circling an erotic thriller set in the L.A. music industry titled "Plush" that has also Evan Rachel Wood attached to star. The project was co-scripted by Hardwicke and Artie »
Evan Rachel Wood is reuniting with director Catherine Hardwicke for an erotic thriller set in the turbulent world of Los Angeles' rock-and-roll community, TheWrap has confirmed. Although the script to "Plush," which Hardwicke and Artie Nelson wrote, is under wraps, the movie is said to be a 21st century "Fatal Attraction." The movie will be Hardwicke and Wood's first collaboration since their 2003 "Thirteen." Im Global is selling the project at the European Film Market in Berlin. CAA is handling U.S. rights. Since working together on "Thirteen," Hardwicke has directed "Lords of Dogtown," "Twilight" »
- Joshua L. Weinstein
HollywoodNews.com: The Writers Guild of America, West has tapped Zooey Deschanel (New Girl,  Days of Summer) and Joel McHale (Community, The Soup) to co-host the Wgaw’s 2012 Writers Guild Awards L.A. show on Sunday, February 19, 2012, at the Hollywood Palladium.
“I am excited to host the WGA awards. It should be a lot of fun! I am very honored to be included,” said Deschanel.
“I’m deeply excited to co-host the WGA Awards with Zooey Deschanel. She has that rare combination in that she’s beautiful, funny, and smells good. Without writers, movies and TV would be worse than untreated syphilis, so I’m thrilled to hand these fine people awards for their great work,” said McHale.
- Josh Abraham
Prior to 2001, Stacy Peralta was “just” known as one of the young luminaries of skateboarding, a wunderkind skater who turned his sense of civil disobedience into some of the most influential tricks and techniques in the sport’s history. But after “Dogtown and Z-Boys,” Peralta became something of an official biographer for skateboarding as a whole, not just creating a riveting documentary but spawning the fictionalized version of his younger days, “Lords of Dogtown.” At the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Peralta is back with another skating documentary, “Bones Brigade: An Autobiography,” in which he chronicles the rise of the Powell-Peralta skateboarding company, which he co-owned, and the transformation of the sport into an international industry. The Playlist caught up with Peralta recently via telephone to talk about 'Bones Brigade.' In addition to discussing the process of putting the film together, he talked about the »
19 items from 2012
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