20 items from 2009
You may not know his name, but everyone in America has seen David Koepp's work. Remember that Spielberg movie about dinosaurs that came out in 1993? Koepp wrote it. Remember its sequel in 1997? Koepp wrote it. Remember that film about that superhero with spider powers from 2002? Koepp wrote it. Remember the most recent Indiana Jones movie and how it made you want to vomit blood? Koepp wrote that, too. He is the go-to man for blockbusters in Hollywood, but always gets overshadowed by the bigger name (Spielberg, Lucas) or the bigger character. He has also been directing since 1994, but has yet to have the same success that he has had as a writer. That, however, may change very soon. Variety is reporting that Sony has tapped Koepp to direct Premium Rush, a big-budget action film scripted by John Kamps, whom Koepp previously worked with on Ghost Town and Zathura. The »
David Koepp, who's probably better known as a screenwriter than a director, has set up his next directing project at Sony. Koepp will helm Premium Rush, a bike messenger action movie, being produced by Gavin Polone (who last worked on Zombieland). The story centers on a New York bike messenger who picks up an envelope at Columbia University to deliver. A dirty cop is desperate to get his hands on the envelope as well, and chases the bike messenger throughout the city. The screenplay was written by Koepp and his frequent collaborator John Kamps. I've got to admit, this sounds like it'll be awesome, I'm already excited to see it. Koepp last directed Ghost Town as well as Secret Window, Stir of Echoes, and The Trigger Effect before that. His most recent screenplays include Angels & Demons, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Zathura, and War of the »
- Alex Billington
Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant
Directed by: Paul Weitz
Running Time: 1 hr 48 mins
Release Date: October 23, 2009
Plot: A teenager (Massoglia) stumbles upon a freak show and meets a wide variety of unusual characters. He must decide if he wants to change his normal life and become a vampire’s assistant for Crepsley (Reilly) in order to save a friend.
Who’S It For? Need your vampire fix before The Twilight Saga: New Moon? This should do the trick. Heck, if you check out the movie posters, they even try to get Massoglia looking a little like Robert Pattinson.
Expectations: Reilly is great. I’ll happily sit through anything the man attempts. One of my favorite moments was getting to see him perform at a small Chicago bar while he was in character as Dewey Cocks. »
- Jeff Bayer
Heads are still turning after we posted shots of Taylor Lautner on the cover of GQ but today we think we can top that. Yes, it is hard to do but we uncovered this New Moon 3-D poster on RobertPattinson.au and we had to share it with you. Team Edward and Team Jacob will love this new picture as the hunks of Twilight phase in and out of the New Moon 3-D poster available at Forbidden Planet. Okay, stop staring! We have Twilight business to attend to and up first is a great outtake from Self Magazine with some of the New Mooners. Kellan, Ashley, and Rachelle pose for a fun outdoor shoot that has them playing around in the woods and enjoying marshmallows by the campfire. Speaking of cute, Rob just spoke out about how his mother reacts to what she reads about her son. We also have a new Ashley Greene interview, »
- email@example.com (Colleen Joyce)
Nearly five years ago, The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse's leading lady was babysitting the outerspace kiddies in Zathura: A Space Adventure. In that film, she portrayed the irritable elder teen sister "Lisa" to a tee. Take this video scene, for instance, in which Lisa responds to the little ones' attempts to enlighten her as to the mystical powers of th ... In Zathura, the bigger of those little boys ("Walter," in the film) was Josh Hutcherson, the newly seventeen (happy belated birthday)-year-old star of Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant. In a recent self-propelled interview that Hutcherson had in the following MySpace video, one of the fan-submitted questions asked Hutcherson about his former co-star, saying "What was it like to work with Kristen Stewart on Zathura, and do you guys still talk?" Said he: Unfortunately, I haven’t talked to her … actually you know what? »
It's been a little over a month since Jon Favreau was announced as the director of "Cowboys and Aliens," but little has been heard about his involvement in the project since—which is completely understandable given his presumably hectic schedule with post-production on "Iron Man 2."
Still, that doesn't mean Favreau isn't concurrently working on the Platinum Studios adaptation—just ask producers and screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, who spoke to Collider about Favreau's involvement in "Cowboys and Aliens."
"We just started and we're getting along really well [with Favreau]," said Orci. "We've sent ourselves back to school and we're watching Westerns together and analyzing them. We're just getting into it."
While Kurtzman and Orci stated that they'd already been pouring over the Western genre in anticipation of "Cowboys and Aliens," the producer pair said that Favreau brings "an incredible fountain of Western knowledge" to the table.
Of course, there's more »
- Josh Wigler
Last week, I wrote a little about the reasons someone would decide to become a filmmaker. On one hand, they have a passion for it and their first project is a labor of love that clearly has something to say. On the other hand, they just feel like it is the right thing to do in their career, and they make the jump from actor/writer/cinematographer/etc. up to the director’s chair. There was a third reason out there that I wasn’t thinking about, and it didn’t hit me until I was reflecting on the new comedy, Couples Retreat. The third reason someone might become a filmmaker is that their friends have a screenplay that “needs” to get done, and they turn to you to fill the director’s role. Whatever lack of vision comes with the second of these three reasons is certainly made even »
Sometimes it's easy to forget that Kristen Stewart is a relatively established actress before the Twilight films came along, which explains for why she wasn't nominated for Choice Breakout Female at this year's Teen Choice Awards. And then you remember that she's done a couple of movies that I saw before: Panic Room, with Jodie Foster, and that children's flick Zathura. I even told my sister that when the movie came on the television one day. "Want a frozen Kristen Stewart?" I said when I realized she was on it, too.
Amidst all the "ohmeegowsh!" type of articles about her that you see pretty much everywhere post-Twilight, it's quite nice to see an interview on her that does something else. Not so frantic, actually. »
Kristen Stewart has insisted that she has not missed out on social interaction by leaving school at an early age. The 19-year-old Twilight star has appeared in a number of movies since her debut at Jodie Foster's daughter in 2002's Panic Room, including Speak, Into The Wild and Zathura. Stewart told The Times: "I'm glad I could do those films, and I was glad to leave school. I couldn't relate to kids my own age. They are mean and don't give you any chance. "I think the social aspects I haven't missed out on. I am around (more) »
- By Mayer Nissim
Disney surprised a lot of tweeters this morning when the company announced its acquisition of Spider-Man and X-Men publishers Marvel Entertainment. Kevin Smith, Jeff Katz, Dax Shepard, and many others chimed in with thoughts on the purchase.
Elsewhere, the tweets are still trickling in from those remembering DJ Am, including renowned Vegas party-goer Paris Hilton. The list of tweets today was actually fairly thick to sort through, with all of these reactions, a photograph of a "Twilight" star biting into a horse and Bob Saget's response to a fan's request for him to tell the "Aristocrats" joke on Twitter. It's all below in the Twitter-Wood Report for August 31, 2009.
Twitter Pic of the Day:
@peterfacinelli http://twitpic.com/fxukr - I want to thank the mall yesterday for providing snacks during the signing. I was so hungry I could eat a horse.
- Brian Warmoth
Kristen Stewart says she is very glad that she started her acting career at an early age. She considers her early fame has given her the ability to cope with the pressures of fame during her adolescence. "I think that if I had started now or just a couple of years ago, after the age of 14, if I had waited two more years, I would be wrought," the 19-year-old beauty says.
"I couldn't deal with the scrutiny. I feel like starting out as a teenager may not have been as good," Stewart explains further. "I conquered fears at a young age because I wasn't considering them, I just took them for whatever."
Kristen Stewart's debut in acting industry was in 1999, during when she made an appearance on TV series "The Thirteenth Year". Since then, she has been starring on more than 20 flicks, including "Panic Room", "Zathura", "Into the Wild »
Warmoth's out, and he stuck me with the Twitter-Wood duties. He was here in the office only a few hours ago. Why didn't I force him to sit down and write it, under penalty of torture?!??!?! I don't have the routine down the way he does, so I hope you'll forgive what is sure to be a lesser Tw column. I try my best, but Warmoth's shoes are big ones to fill.
I think I hit the main beats. "Twilight" star Peter Facinelli 'fessed up to being a "Star Trek" fan after a follower called him out for referring to a lousy "Trek" fight from the original series. Also, Mandy Moore proved that she has good taste in music while Dax Shepard and Stephen Fry both made some stunning sociological observations. Plus a very special Twitter Pic of the Day from "Harry Potter" star and "Superbad" fan Tom Felton, who »
- Adam Rosenberg
If you were at Comic-Con this past weekend, you may have seen the dazzling “Iron Man 2” footage that included War Machine in battle and that iconic red-and-yellow suit soaring through the sky while dodging explosions.
It sure was impressive work from Jon Favreau, a man who came up in indie films like “Swingers” and “Made,” and not too long ago raised geek concerns with his appointment since the only big-budget film he’d ever made was “Zathura.” Recently, we caught up with the director on the set of “Iron Man 2,” and he was eager to talk about how much the first film had taught him about blending the two worlds.
“The trick is really integrating them well,” he said of CGI stuff vs. the footage he was able to shoot on the set. “We actually have shot more with a practical suit this time than we did last time, »
- Larry Carroll
23 July 2009 9:04 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Sony wants to keep producer Michael De Luca in the fold.
The studio has once again extended its first-look arrangement with De Luca, who first parked his Michael De Luca Prods. on the Sony lot in 2004. De Luca will now have a home there through 2011.
"He brings us fantastic projects, enormous enthusiasm and consummate producing skills," Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal said. "And he loooves movies."
Columbia Pictures co-president Matt Tolmach added: "Mike's grasp of mainstream pop culture and excellent filmmaker relationships are helping us tell real-life stories in highly entertaining ways. We've come to depend on his great taste in material and filmmakers."
In concert with the deal renewal, De Luca promoted Mdlp assistant Bryan Haas, who's been with the company since 2004, to creative executive.
De Luca built a reputation for creative risk-taking and championing new filmmakers while he was president and COO of New Line Prods. during the 1990s. »
- By Jay A. Fernandez
It took being called out by Hairspray director Adam Shankman to remind me that I really need to do a massive update to the Directors, Screenwriters and Actors on Twitter list that I created in March, but haven't updated since April. We've added over 50 new names to the list, brining the grand total to over 175 people. Directors: Judd Apatow - 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People Eric Appel - FunnyorDie director: Gobstopper, Bacon'd! Darren Lynn Bousman - Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV, Repo! The Genetic Opera David Bruckner - The Signal Wes Craven - Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream Cherien Dabis - Amreeka Fred Durst - The Education of Charlie Banks, The Longshots Dan Eckman - Mystery Team Jon Favreau - Iron Man, Made, Zathura, Elf Paul Feig - Freaks & Geeks, Unaccompanied Minors, I Am David Ruben Fleischer - Zombieland Ari Gold - The Adventures of Power James Gunn »
- Peter Sciretta
11 June 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
How top executives have transitioned into producers
Chernin, Pope tune in TV
On June 30, Peter Chernin will leave the studio preserve for the wilderness of independent producing. When he steps down as president and COO of News Corp. after 13 years, he will join the swelling herd of former top executives prowling the Hollywood Serengeti.
That adjustment -- from buyer to seller, from traffic cop to frustrated driver -- is never easy. But Chernin is making the transition at an especially difficult time as the industry constricts in ways that are squeezing even the most seasoned producers.
"It's a moment of truth in terms of really deciding what you want to do with your life," says Michael De Luca, who ran production at New Line and DreamWorks before becoming a producer at Sony.
The indie ranks are rife with execs who have made a run at producing with various degrees of success. »
- By Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit
Although Kristen Stewart now finds herself elevated to the status of a big Hollywood player thanks her role as Bella Swan in “Twilight,” the actress has long insisted that she never hunted for fame when she was working to get a career in Hollywood. In fact, back when she was auditioning for her small-but-radiant role in Sean Penn’s “Into the Wild,” the then-15-year-old told Interview magazine that her early success was as much a burden as a blessing.
“Well, this is never something that I sought out. For most actors, it’s such a struggle to get work,” she told “Zathura” director Jon Favreau, who interviewed her for the story in 2005. “Once they have it, they feel that there’s an enormous amount of pressure on them to make it work, and have everyone love them. In my case, it was never like that.”
Stewart credited her grounded nature to her family, »
- Jocelyn Vena
Kristen Jaymes Stewart, who is currently in the midst of filming The Twilight Saga: New Moon, is officially nineteen years old today (April 9th)! Including her current projects (The Twilight Saga: New Moon, K-11, and The Runaways), Stewart's youth has proved no obstacle to accomplishment as she boasts twenty-two films (and counting) on her resume already. Beginning back in 2001 with her role as Sam Jennings in The Safety of Objects, and up to her latest completed and newly released picture Adventureland, Kristen Stewart has seen the kind of success that most actors might only dream about. Kristen's curriculum vitae includes the following films (in order from oldest to newest): The Safety of Objects, Panic Room, Cold Creek Manor, Speak, Catch that Kid, Undertow, Fierce People, Zathura: A Space Adventure, In the Land of Women, The Messengers, The Cake Eaters, Into the Wild, Cutlass, The Yellow Handkerchief, What Just Happened, »
Zathura focuses on two brothers, Walter and Danny, who are always fighting. This story was not just made by showing up some extraordinary effects in the movie but also leaves us with the value of how family is; it give us a lesson to learn. Aside from the two brothers they have a sister, Lisa, played by Kristen Stewart of now Twilight fame, whose always out of the house for some gigs and parties. The three of them are living with their father, who promised to have quality time with the two kids but was unexpectedly summoned for some business matters and must leave the house for a few hours. The three of them were just left in the house and Lisa was responsible for watching after the two, because they were told by their father not to go out as long as he is not there. Due to boredom, »
Could this be the next Wanted? New Line things so! Screenwriters Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (pictured above), who, like Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Transformers), have become two of the biggest writers in Hollywood, are set to adapt a forthcoming novel called "The Thirteenth Hour" being written by Richard Doetsch. The thriller follows a man accused of murdering his wife who gets to go back in time -- in one-hour increments over 12 hours -- with the chance to stop his wife's killer. The book has been referred to as "a fast-paced thriller with a supernatural twist and characters who really pop." I wish we knew more about this, but then again, a good screenplay is usually enough to indicate that this might be a good movie in the end. Michael De Luca, of Zathura, Ghost Rider, 21, and The Love Guru most recently, is producing for New Line. Brandt »
- Alex Billington
20 items from 2009
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