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One of the most exciting filmmaking careers to watch right now is that of Ben Wheatley. He directed his first feature, 2009's Down Terrace, relatively late in life but has made up for it ever since. His latest, Free Fire, is his sixth movie in about eight years, and in that time he’s also directed music videos, episodes of Doctor Who, and shorts, including a bit for the anthology horror film The ABCs of Death.
His movies don’t lack in quality for being so many in quantity, either. Some are better than others, yet none of them has really been negatively reviewed, and he maintains a fanbase among the film geek crowd that almost gets to celebrate him annually at Fantastic Fest given his consistent output. Want to know how he does it? Below »
- Christopher Campbell
Paramount has announced that it’s giving a whole (fake) theme park to perpetual pain magnet Johnny Knoxville. According to Deadline, the studio has green-lit Action Park, a movie that asks, “What if a full-on-Jackass-mode Johnny Knoxville had his very own amusement park?”
The film is being directed by Veep and Look Around You director Tim Kirkby, from a script by Knoxville and Silicon Valley’s John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky. That’s a pretty top-loaded team for a movie that sounds like an excuse to film a hundred takes of dudes getting smacked in the nuts by a Tilt-a-Whirl, but Knoxville has earned a little leeway from Paramount; their last collaboration, 2013’s Bad Grandpa, managed to bring in $152 million on a $15 million budget.
- William Hughes
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