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The National Board of Review has named Warner Bros.’ Mad Max: Fury Road as the best film of 2015 while 20th Century Fox’s The Martian earned top wins for Ridley Scott as best director, Matt Damon as best actor and Drew Goddard for best adapted screenplay. Damon has been previously lauded twice by the Nbr: As part of The Departed‘s ensemble cast in 2006 and with a 1997 special achievement award that he shared with Ben Affleck for their work on Good Will Hunting. It’s a… »
With everything but the still under-wraps “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” now having unspooled for Oscar voters this year, the season’s cards are pretty much on the table. In a month (Dec. 30), ballots will be in hand, and Academy members will start to decide on nominees. But Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s “The Revenant” and Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” will be sending them to the polls with a violent pair of final salvos.
Violence and how it will be perceived by the Academy is frequently a topic of discussion this time of year. Many wondered in 2013 if the brutality of “12 Years a Slave” would push voters to the relative safety of “Gravity.” That didn’t happen (though some openly admitted to voting for Steve McQueen’s slavery drama on historical principle without having seen it). The year prior, Tarantino’s own slavery yarn, “Django Unchained,” walked away with two Academy Awards. »
- Kristopher Tapley
“Birdman” and “Boyhood.” “Citizenfour” and Julianne Moore. They all won Oscars this year. But they were also winners of 2014 Ifp Gotham Awards, the first major awards show of the season and one that really poses a chicken-and-egg question about statuettes and campaigns and who influences what.
“Because we’re so early, by putting a spotlight on our nominees and winning films we’re giving confidence to distributors, encouragement to go on and campaign,” says Joana Vicente, executive director of the Independent Feature Project, which has been sponsoring the Gothams now for 25 years. “Not that the films would need it but, especially with the smaller ones, but it’s really a boost. It ends up having an impact, which is great, though that’s definitely not the mission — the mission is to elevate and celebrate independent films.”
Two new categories have been added to the program: Breakthrough Awards will recognize achievement »
- John Anderson
Deadline is reporting that Paramount Pictures has set William Monahan to pen the script for a biopic of the iconic daredevil Evel Knievel, and is hoping to reunite Monahan with The Departed director Martin Scorsese on the project.
The film will be based upon Evel Knievel On Tour, a book by Knievel’s ex-manager Sheldon Saltman, which included allegations that Knievel had been physically abusive to a number of people. Taking exception to the book, Knievel flew to California and attacked Saltman with a baseball bat, breaking his arm and spending six months in jail for his actions.
In addition to Monahan, another Scorsese collaborator is on board in Terence Winter, creator of Boardwalk Empire and writer of The Wolf of Wall Street, who will serve as producer alongside Rachel Winter (Dallas Buyers Club).
- Gary Collinson
The most fervent of the detractors of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. prefer to obsess over the group’s Golden Globes balloting lapses, while obstinately overlooking the org’s real awards voting history.
For every Pia Zadora, there are dozens of Globes winners that consistently demonstrate a seriousness of purpose that regularly matches or surpasses the Academy’s Oscar champions.
The HFPA’s track record of rewarding edgier, more demanding achievements in the dramatic film category is ironically the benefit of the group’s recognition of comedies and musicals.
Cynics will say having both film drama and comedy/musical Golden Globes categories means more stars on the HFPA’s red carpet and awards TV broadcast and more tables sold to the producers. Those are certainly byproducts, but the more significant impact of the acknowledgement of lighter efforts is the ability to double-down on rewarding the more demanding serious fare.
- Steven Gaydos
Back in September, Sony Pictures set up an Untitled Evel Knievel Biopic with Channing Tatum attached to star and Darren Aronofsky eyed to direct. The project fell apart after Darren Aronofsky backed away to direct an untitled indie movie which has Jennifer Lawrence attached to star. Today, Deadline reports that Paramount is moving forward with an adaptation of Sheldon Saltman's book Evel Knievel on Tour, with William Monahan (The Departed) signing on to write the adapted screenplay. The studio hopes to reunite the screenwriter with director Martin Scorsese, but nothing is set in stone at this point.
The 1977 book Evel Knievel on Tour will be used as a resource for this biopic, but it isn't known exactly how faithful this adaptation will be. The book covers Evel Knievel's infamous 1974 attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon in a steam-powered rocket known as the Skycycle X-2, which failed. Author Sheldon »
Over the years there.s been many murmurs and rumors about a potential Evel Knievel film. While there.s been a passing interest in the potential biopic, most of us have been waiting to learn which individuals will both write and direct it before getting too excited. Well prepare to become hysterical. Because Paramount Pictures has hired The Departed.s William Monahan to write, and there are hopes that this will lead him to re-team with Martin Scorsese on the film. However, before Evel Knievel immediately becomes your most anticipated film in development, we.re still a long way off from William Monahan and Martin Scorsese actually reuniting for the film. While both Monahan and Scorsese have contracts with Paramount, Scorsese has allegedly made it clear that he is waiting to see how the script turns out before proceeding. According to Deadline, William Monahan, who, like Scorsese, walked away with »
Evel Knievel seems to be fascinating Hollywood again. The headline grabbing stuntman was the subject of the recent documentary "Being Evel," Sony has their own brewing movie with Channing Tatum attached, and now Paramount want to get on the motorcycle and jump some school buses with their own biopic, hoping to grab the most legendary director around to take it on. Deadline reports that the studio has tapped "The Departed" scribe William Monahan to pen an adaptation of Sheldon Saltman's notorious "Evel Knievel On Tour." The book, which presented a not so family-friendly portrait of Knievel, so infuriated the stuntman that he attacked the author with a baseball bat, breaking his arm. And even more, it details Knievel's failed Snake River Canyon jump. So, with Monahan on board, and Terrence Winter ("Boardwalk Empire," "The Wolf Of Wall Street") slated to produce, Paramount wants to grab Scorsese to complete the trifecta, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After years spent on the sidelines while creative thinkers tried to hatch a compelling script based on the legendary stuntman and daredevil, it would appear that Hollywood has taken a shine to Evel Knievel.
As reported by Deadline, Paramount has now entered the fray to assemble a crack team for a new live-action feature, and the studio has recruited Oscar-winning scribe William Monahan for the gig. Not only that, but Monahan may have a chance to reunite with his collaborator from The Departed, with the outlet revealing that Martin Scorsese is now being courted to direct.
Not to be confused with Sony’s biopic of Robert “Evel” Knievel – one which has attracted the attention of Channing Tatum and The Wrestler’s Darren Aronofsky – Paramount’s feature is designed to chart the rise and rise of the titular daredevil, who become something of a household name during the 70s after performing »
- Michael Briers
This is interesting. We’ve reported in the past few months or so that Channing Tatum is very interested in playing the role of daredevil stuntman Evel Knievel in a biopic, but that film, based over at Sony, is failing to get much traction. Now Paramount, and interestingly William Monahan are to set about making their own Knievel movie, and Martin Scorsese could end up directing it.
Monahan and Scorsese last worked together of the brilliant The Departed, and ended up clutching a couple of Oscars as a result, and their Knievel movie would draw from the Sheldon Saltman book Evel Knievel On Tour, which Paramount have also acquired. If the studio manages to get things going, the film will be largely set around Evel’s legendary attempt to jump Snake River Canyon in a rocket.
There’s no official word that Scorsese is officially on board as yet (he »
- Paul Heath
There have been several attempts at getting a film centering around famed daredevil Evel Knievel off the ground and, per Deadline, it looks as though we've got another to add to the list. The outlet reports that Paramount Pictures is in the early stages of putting together a feature film chronicling the daredevil's life and have secured William Monahan (The Departed) to... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
William Monahan, who won an Oscar for adapted screenplay for “The Departed,” will write the script, based on the Sheldon Saltman book “Evel Knievel On Tour.” Producers optioned the rights to the book, which recaps Saltman’s promotion of the Snake River Canyon rocket-cycle jump by Knievel.
Publication of the book in 1977 outraged Knievel, who asserted the book misled the public about himself and his family. A few weeks after the release of “On Tour,” Knievel went onto the Fox lot, where Saltman was a VP, and broke Saltman’s arm with a baseball bat.
Sony has been developing a »
- Dave McNary
It was just a few months ago we learned that Darren Aronofsky was eying to potentially direct an Evel Knievel biopic produced by and starring Channing Tatum. However, he recently dropped the project and set his sights on a drama starring Jennifer Lawrence. Now it looks like the story of the infamous daredevil might still see screens, but in a different form.
According to Deadline, Paramount Pictures has now brought on William Monahan, the Oscar-winning to script a competing film about the famed daredevil who gained notoriety for his often successful, sometimes failed motorcycle stunts. And in even better news, the studio is hoping Martin Scorsese will reunite with his screenwriter of The Departed for the film. The director, whose next film Silence will likely premiere at Cannes, currently has a deal with the studio through 2019. So, if things go well with Monahan’s script, perhaps this could move up »
- Jordan Raup
Exclusive: Paramount Pictures is mobilizing a feature film about iconic daredevil Evel Knievel that will be written by William Monahan. The film will be based on the Sheldon Saltman book Evel Knievel On Tour, which has been acquired as part of the package. What’s fascinating about this project is the hope it will reunite Monahan and director Martin Scorsese, whose alliance on The Departed led to Oscars for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay for Monahan and Best… »
"The Departed" scribe William Monahan is set to pen a biopic about iconic daredevil Evel Knievel for Paramount Pictures, a film that the studio is hoping to get 'Departed' director Martin Scorsese onboard for.
The story is based on the Sheldon Saltman book "Evel Knievel On Tour," a book infamous for maddening Knievel in its depiction of his life on the road and its revelationo of embarrassing personal details. He got so mad he attacked the author with a baseball bat on the Fox lot and shattered his arm, winding up in all kinds of legal and financial woes.
Terence Winter ("Boardwalk Empire") and Rachel Winter ("Dallas Buyers Club") will produce the film which is still in very nascent stages and Scorsese won't make a decision on attaching until much further down the line.
Various attempts have been made to do a movie about Knievel in recent years, one that »
- Garth Franklin
The word “remake” is a dirty word to critics, but it doesn’t always have to be the case. Once in a while, something even becomes an awards player, like when Martin Scorsese took Infernal Affairs, remade it as The Departed, and won the Oscar for Best Picture, along with his first Academy Award for Best Director. It doesn’t happen often, but it has happened. This week, another remake hoping to appeal to the Academy, namely the remake of The Secret in their Eyes (which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Feature, incidentally). This time just called Secret in their Eyes, it’s out on Friday and would love to be the next incarnation of The Departed… The film is, as previously mentioned, a remake of the Oscar winning original. It centers around the 13 year obsession over the murder of a government agent’s daughter. The agent, along with her former colleagues, »
- Joey Magidson
After a string of recent flops such as 47 Ronin, Generation Um... and his directorial debut Man of Tai Chi, Keanu Reeves got back on the right track last year with John Wick. The action star is currently shooting the sequel John Wick 2, but while we wait for that to hit theaters next year, Gulf Films has released the first trailer for the actor's next thriller, Exposed, along with two photos. The project doesn't have a release date at this time, but it does reunite the actor with one of his most recent co-stars.
Exposed, which was previously known as Daughter of God, features Keanu Reeves starring alongside Ana de Armas once again, his co-star from the thriller Knock Knock, which hit theaters last month. The actor portrays Detective Scott Galban, who has been searching for the truth behind his partner's death. He encounters a young woman (Ana de Armas) who has experienced a miracle, »
Less than 15 years after its U.S. theatrical release, Christopher Nolan's Memento is already being eyed for a remake. The film's remake rights were acquired when Exclusive Media Group's extensive film library was sold to Ambi Pictures in September, and among Ambi's first orders of business is to remake Nolan's Oscar-nominated, mind-bending thriller, Variety reports.
"Memento has been consistently ranked as one of the best films of its decade," Ambi chief investor Andrea Iervolino said in a statement. "People who've seen Memento 10 times still feel they need to see it one more time. »
Black Mass, 2015.
Directed by Scott Cooper.
The true story of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, the notorious gangster who used his status as a FBI informant under John Connolly to take over South Boston.
Black Mass is a very strange film. It’s a typical gangster film, right down the hard-boiled dialogue and era-specific music cues. But it’s one that comes dangerously close to hero-worship about one of the most psychopathic gangsters of all time.
Told in flashbacks, as various members of Whitey’s crew recall specific time periods while being interrogated by the FBI, it can be difficult to keep track of who’s telling what. But the film brings it all together in sometimes too straightforward narration that summarizes key scenes while they’re happening in front of us. »
- Amie Cranswick
While Paramount focused on the high-octane nature of Michael Bay’s high-profile thriller 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi for last week’s explosive trailers, this time around the studio is drawing attention to the harrowing stories of the real-life American who experienced the controversial event first-hand, and how their tales of bravery will be depicted in January’s thriller.
Featuring the voices of Mark ‘Oz’ Geist, Kris ‘Tanto’ Paronto and John ‘Tig’ Tiegen, today’s featurette pairs their accounts of the events that unfolded in Libya circa 2012 with never-before-seen footage from the actioner, along with a peek behind the scenes of Michael Bay’s latest feature film. Putting the politics to one side, as one voice reveals, 13 Hours is really a story about what happened for the boots on the ground, and such an approach has garnered their backing: “We decided that the story that was being told wasn’t what happened that night. »
- Michael Briers
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