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The Society of Camera Operators has announced the recipients of its Lifetime Achievement Awards for 2014. The Camera Operator Award goes to Chris Haarhoff, whose credits include Saving Private Ryan, Fight Club and Almost Famous. Other honorees are William Coe (Jersey Boys, The Avengers, J. Edgar), Lifetime Achievement as Camera Technician; Barry Wetcher (GoodFellas, Quiz Show, Sherlock Holmes), Lifetime Achievement as Still Photographer; and Jack Carpenter of Carpenter Camera Cars (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Crash, The Matrix Reloaded), Lifetime Achievement as Mobile Camera Platform Operator. The society’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Service goes to Stan McClain, founder of Filmtools Inc., and the President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement will be presented to Leonard Chapman, founder of Chapman–Leonard Studio Equipment, for his support of the camera operator. The awards will be handed out February 15 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Speaking on the Israeli investigative programme Uvda that aired on Monday night (November 25) Milchan spoke of his service to his country.
Milchan said Shimon Peres, who currently serves as Israeli president, recruited him to the secretive Bureau Of Scientific Relations in the 1960s.
According to a report on the BBC website, Milchan was running a fertiliser company at the time and gathered industry data for the Bureau to pass on to defence sources.
The executive continued clandestine operations as a Hollywood producer. At one point in the interview he said the late Sydney Pollack helped procure sensitive military equipment.
Milchan also addressed longtime rumours that he was an arms dealer.
“I’m not an »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The mid-season finale of "Beauty and the Beast" ended with a bang and a breakup as Vincent refused let Catherine's father live, and his decision to attack forced Catherine to shoot Vincent. With Catherine's father in jail, Vincent wounded, and Catherine essentially done with Vincent, what's coming next for The CW's supernatural drama?
Zap2it got the chance to pick the brain of executive producer Brad Kern after a special screening of "Man or Beast" at The CW last week, and he revealed that Cat shooting Vincent was the "northern light" for the first eight episodes of the season and will fundamentally change their relationship going forward. "It's huge. We try to make a very big point in this episode that she's tying the relationship into his decision," Kern says. "As a poker player, Catherine was all in saving Vincent, coming at a pretty big expense to her. The question »
Tom Cruise is really eager to get the Warner Bros. comedy El Presidente off the ground. And that’s not all – Cruise also wants Jack Nicholson, who does not seem eager to be in any movies, to appear in the movie.
Presidente follows a “straight-arrow” Secret Service agent who is assigned to protect America’s worst former president (presumably Nicholson, if he agrees), an alcoholic and womanizing sleazebag who was elevated from VP when the president died. When a threat is made on his life, the duo must go on the run. (Great, another White House Down, or is it Olympus Has Fallen? We get those mixed up.)
According to THR, the movie has been in development since 2010. Jay Roach was once attached to direct. Now the project has gone to Doug Liman (Mr. And Mrs. Smith, Jumper, Fair Game). The newly-chosen director and Cruise are both hoping Nicholson will »
- Laura Frances
Things are heating up for the Warner Bros. comedy El Presidente. Tom Cruise has been flirting with the project for some time, and he’s now courting an acting veteran to play a bumbling sleaze of a former U.S. President. Cruise is wooing Jack Nicholson to sign on as his co-star in the film, going so far as to tell the actor he won’t do the project without him. The story of El Presidente revolves around an overly committed Secret Service agent (Cruise) who is assigned to the worst former president. When a threat is made on the ex-president's life, the two are forced to go on the run together. It sounds like an action comedy in the vein of Midnight Run and definitely feels like it could be a fantastic vehicle for Nicholson. Hit the jump for more, including which blockbuster director has agreed to take the helm. »
- Adam Chitwood
Long considered unfilmable, Mark Helprin's novel "Winter's Tale" has been kicking around Hollywood waiting for someone to take it on. And that someone is Akiva Goldsman, the blockbuster producer ("Mr. And Mrs. Smith," "I Am Legend") has written the adaptation and is making his feature debut with the flick. And full credit to him, with the first trailer arriving this evening, it looks like he's poured all he's got into it. Starring Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Jessica Findlay-Brown, the story follows a thief who breaks into a wealthy man’s home, sparking a relationship with the man’s terminally ill daughter, with the apocalypse, rainbow bridges, resurrection, reincarnation and a flying, time-travelling white horse all part of the narrative. On the one hand, the movie looks pretty great visually, and Crowe in particular looks like he's having fun skulking around as the baddie. On the other hand, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
While the romance between Vincent and Catherine continues to be tested on Beauty and the Beast - by little things such as memory loss and beastly manipulations - watch for the twosome to take to the dance floor tonight.
Yes, Vincent and Cat will dance.
You’ll have to tune in for “Liar, Liar,” to know the full context of why they trip the light fantastic, but I have a feeling my fellow Beasties will love it no matter what.
I sat down with Jay Ryan last week in New York City to talk about this installment, along with what the changes in Vincent mean this season and how he ends up moving and grooving opposite his love interest. (To hear how Ryan is taking to being a dad in real life, check out my recent Notebook post). Scroll down for excerpts from this exclusive Q&A...
TV Fanatic: The »
- email@example.com (Jim Halterman)
After working as a stunt coordinator and being considered one of the best second unit directors in town, Simon Crane is finally making his feature directorial debut with Legendary Entertainment's adaptation of Mattel's miniature car toyline Hot Wheels. The project has been developing since 2011, and still seems like one of those terrible established intellectual property deals with a studio trying to make a cash grab with a recognizable brand name. Directors like McG and writers like Cormac Wibberly (National Treasure) and John Gatins (Real Steel) tried to crack it, but to no avail. So it's no surprise that it will mark Crane's debut. That's not to say Crane isn't a talented man behind the camera. After all, the trade says he's "one the premier second-unit directors in the business" working on films like World War Z, Salt, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Troy (was he also around to film Brad Pitt being born? »
- Ethan Anderton
Beauty and the Beast Boss: Cat and Vincent Have to Fall In Love All Over Again
On the episode (Monday at 9/8c, The CW), Catherine (Kristin Kreuk) and Vincent (Jay Ryan) track a beast while keeping their individual agendas secret from one another in a game of cat-and-mouse. In our exclusive sneak peek, the two dance while Cat threatens Vincent to tell her what's going on — or else her backup, Tess (Nina Lisandrello) and Gabe (Sendhil Ramamurthy), are prepared with tranquilizers.
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- Robyn Ross
"There's a very real scenario where we don't get out of this alive." As we wait to see whether or not a likely Christmas release of The Wolf of Wall Street pushes back Paramount's release of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit starring Chris Pine, a new international trailer with some footage not seen in the initial full trailer has surfaced. It gives us a little more Keira Knightley (with a slight Mr. and Mrs. Smith dynamic), Kevin Costner (a little bland) and Kenneth Branagh, who seems like he'll be a rather intimidating villain (he's also directing the film). It feels like a Bourne movie, so we're hoping for the best. Watch now! Here's the new international trailer for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, originally from IGN: Kenneth Branagh directs Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit with a script written by Steven Zaillian, Anthony Peckham, Adam Cozad and David Koepp. The film isn't adapted from a particular Tom Clancy novel, »
- Ethan Anderton
Still enjoying the success of his latest, The Butler, Lee Daniels is considering what to make next. A new project he’s adding to the list is an unconventional action movie, and he wants Alex Pettyfer – who had a small role in Daniels' film – to star.The film doesn’t have a title yet, but it does have an intriguing spin on the usual guns-n-ammo characters. If you don’t want to know what that is (because Daniels himself sees it as a twist, despite giving the game away in the quote below) don’t read on further than this paragraph.Daniels is describing the film to Out Magazine as a “gay Mr. And Mrs. Smith, with the two good-looking guys as the action heroes. But we don’t find out they’re gay until the end of the movie.” Um... I think we just did find that out, Lee. »
And I say why not? In a new exclusive interview with Out Magazine, director Lee Daniels says that he's developing what he calls an "interracial love affair action movie," with an interracial gay couple.though he didn’t give any more details about the premise for the film, although he did say to think of it as a "gay 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith,' but the two good-looking guys as the action heroes." Mr. and Mrs Smith being the Doug Liman-directed 2005 movie about a bored married couple surprised to learn that they are both assassins hired by competing agencies to kill each other. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie starred in it.The twist in Daniels' own movie?"We don't find out they're gay »
Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels (Precious, The Butler) is openly gay, and now that he has proven himself to Hollywood, he believes it's time to tackle a passion project which is an action film focusing on a gay, interracial couple. In a new interview with Out Magazine, Daniels revealed that Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) will play the white character in a story the director described as "a gay 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith.'" He went on to say that the gay angle is a spoiler. "We don't find out they're gay until the end of the movie." The director also made a bizarre statement about why he thinks Pettyfer is right for the role. "He's so hot, isn't he? So hot. And so aware of his hotness in a way that's so... I love him to death." But before he can begin filming, "I have to find the right black guy opposite him, »
After Lee Daniels wrangled a losing political battle over the title of “The Butler” into a domestic box office take upwards of $100 million, he's found himself with a bit of studio wiggle room and an array of projects from which to choose. This being the man who helmed the wonky fever dream spectacle “The Paperboy” though, the chances of the director playing it rather safe again are rather slim, and sure enough he's hinted at a new genre project that doesn't reveal its subversion until late in the game. Apparently Daniels and “Magic Mike” actor Alex Pettyfer clicked creatively when he starred as a slave-driver amidst a cast of dozens in this year's White House drama, because now the director has decided to place him center stage in his new film. In an interview with Out Magazine, Daniels revealed that he's cast Pettyfer as one-half of a interracial male couple »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Musicians read Mean Tweets, Pat Robertson says AIDS came from a polio vaccine, Dominic Raiola apologizes for gay slur he says he didn’t make
Lee Daniels says that he wants to make an action hero movie with an interracial gay couple at the center. “Alex Pettyfer is in it, [but] I have to find the right black guy opposite him. He’s so hot, isn’t he? So hot. And so aware of his hotness in a way that’s so…I love him to death.” He says it’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith with a gay couple, and the twist is that you don’t find out they’re a couple until the end. Not much of a twist once you tell us that, is it Mr. Daniels? As for how you get something like that financed in Hollywood, “I don’t think I’m going to have a problem now. »
- Ed Kennedy
To anyone familiar with the works of director Lee Daniels -- whose previous films include the Oscar-winning "Precious" and its follow-up, the pulpy B-movie "The Paperboy" -- the success of "The Butler" was sort of surprising, especially given how far removed it was from his outrageous earlier work. Well, following that movie's blockbuster $100 million-grossing run, Daniels will once again be back in the controversial saddle.
While speaking with Out Magazine, Daniels said that his next film will feature a gay action hero, played by Alex Pettyfer. Daniels describes the movie as "a gay 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith,'" which makes us wonder why he didn't just make a "Mr. and Mr. Smith" joke, although he does go ahead and spoil the ending, "we don't find out they're gay until the end of the movie."
Daniels seems very aware of his new position as one of Hollywood's power players and »
- Drew Taylor
The film is yet to be titled, but Daniels described it as "Mr. and Mrs. Smith but [with] the two good-looking guys as the action heroes".
The filmmaker told Out magazine of Pettyfer: "He's so hot, isn't he? So hot. And so aware of his hotness in a way that's so… I love him to death."
Daniels added that he is looking for an African-American actor to star opposite Pettyfer in the "interracial love affair action movie".
He also said: "We don't find out they're gay until the end of the movie."
Meanwhile, Us President Barack Obama »
After finding massive critical acclaim and box office success for the historical drama The Butler, Lee Daniels is going another direction entirely. The openly gay director told Out magazine that he 's attached Alex Pettyfer to an "interracial love affair action movie" he's planning centering around an interracial gay couple. The Ambiguously Gay Duo this is not. Daniels described the untitled flick as a gay "Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but [with] the two-good looking guys as the action heroes." The filmmaker, who produced Monster's Ball before hitting it big as a helmer with 2009's Precious for which he received an Oscar nod for directing, added that he's still searching »
We've had action heroes of both genders and many races and ethnicities. Yet, one thing that hasn't really been done is an action movie with a gay male protagonist.
Lee Daniels, riding high off the critical and commercial success of "Lee Daniels' The Butler," plans to change that. Daniels tells Out.com that he's set "Magic Mike" star Alex Pettyfer to play "one-half of a gay interracial action hero couple" for a film Daniels has in development.
Daniels calls it a "gay 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith,' but the two good-looking guys are the action heroes." There's a twist though - "we don't find out they're gay until the end of the movie."
Asked about casting, Daniels says: "Alex Pettyfer is in it, [but] I have to find the right black guy opposite him. He's so hot, isn't he? So hot. And so aware of his hotness in a way that's so… »
- Garth Franklin
After releasing the Tom Cruise-starring big-budget sci-fi action thriller Edge of Tomorrow next June, director Doug Liman will be taking on a drama about a deaf cellist involved in a low-stakes chess tournament. Just kidding! He.s going right back to making another action flick, as TheWrap reports he is in early talks with 20th Century Fox to take over controls of Narco Sub, which Tony Scott was attached to direct a couple of years ago before his untimely death. We.re assuming they.re sticking with the same screenplay written by Safe House scribe David Guggenheim, who developed the project with Simon Kinberg, who wrote the scripts for Liman.s Jumper and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Kinberg will also be producing through his Genre Films, along with Scott Free productions. The film sounds like it.s right up Liman.s alley, set in the dangerous world of drug smuggling. »
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