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15 Movie Characters Who Look Nothing Like They Did In Real Life

26 September 2014 11:38 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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There’s nothing the movie industry loves more than a true story. You can pour over comic books or jet off into space all you want, but few things can match just how crazy the real world can get.

This naturally creates a problem that can be less of an issue in totally made up movies; authenticity. There’s an added pressure to make period dressing accurate and, rather than picking an actor based on a character description and maybe a concept sketch, the film’s team have to cast someone can at least skew moderately close to a fully existing person.

Sometimes you may see a real person actually play themselves. United 93 had various people, most prolifically Faa National Operations Manager Ben Sliney, cast as themselves in a recreation of the September 11 terrorist attacks. That’s not really feasible much of the time, with various »

- Alex Leadbeater

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The Strain – Episode 11 Review

24 September 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

As we venture down into the tunnels for episode eleven ‘The Strain’ attempts to get back on track…..

I love a bit of subtext. That’s no euphemism, just a desire for something more from my television entertainment. To say that The Strain has provided more than its fair share of peaks and troughs is stating the obvious. If I were to take that further, which it seems only fair to attempt, one might suggest that disappointment and elation are bi weekly bed fellows. As the makers continually attempt to provide original drama one week or offer up a shallow ‘no brainer’ another, things are becoming more difficult to judge fairly.

For those who remember 9/11 there seems little need to open up a wound, which for many represents a landmark in history rather than an allegorical reference point. Examples of film tackling it range from Oliver Stone’s World Trade »

- Gary Collinson

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Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass in Talks for New 'Bourne' Movie

15 September 2014 4:55 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass just may have another Bourne movie up their sleeve. Despite months of denials, and months of rumors, sources say Damon and Greengrass are indeed talking to Universal about bringing the amnesiac assassin back to the big screen. And here’s the kicker: Greengrass would not only direct, but also write the script. (The Bourne trilogy was written by Tony Gilroy, among a handful of others scribes, and this would be the first time Greengrass, who wrote United 93 and directed the second and third Bourne installments, will have a hand in penning the adventures.) If a deal

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- Borys Kit

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Paul Greengrass to Direct Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill in New Movie

12 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Paul Greengrass is looking to diect Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill in a new film set up at Fox that tells the true story of a security guard named Richard Jewell. The movie is based on a 1997 Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner called "The Ballad Of Richard Jewell."

Hill is playing Jewell, who was the security guard that discovered a backpack full of explosives in the Olympics compound at the 1996 Atlanta games. "Initially hailed a hero for reporting the suspicious knapsack and then helping clear bystanders from the area before it exploded, Jewell was subsequently vilified just three days later as a potential suspect, his life and reputation torn apart in the advent of the 24 hour news cycle."

Leonardo DiCaprio is set to play a lawyer described as "a Southern attorney who mostly did real estate closings and seemed in over his head, but he guided Jewell through a »

- Joey Paur

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Paul Greengrass May Direct Hill & DiCaprio's Olympic Bombing Drama

11 September 2014 10:53 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Back towards the beginning of the year, we learned that The Wolf of Wall Street stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill would team up again for The Ballad of Richard Jewell, a story based on a Vanity Fair article about the security guard who discovered an explosive laden backpack at the 1996 Olympics compound in Atlanta and cleared bystanders, only to be turned on when he was labeled a potential suspect three days after being called a hero. The film is set up at 20th Century Fox and now Deadline reports United 93 and The Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass is circling the director's chair. More below! The project would reteam Greengrass with his Captain Phillips screenwriter Billy Ray, who has already adapted the 1997 article by Marie Brenner, and would make for quite the Oscar contender when the time comes. As previously reported, Hill would play the lead role of Jewell »

- Ethan Anderton

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Paul Greengrass set for American Nightmare with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill

11 September 2014 10:51 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After their huge critical and box-office acclaim opposite each other in The Wolf of Wall Street from Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill are set to re-team on American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell, a film based on the life of Richard Jewell, a American security guard who became a suspect in the Olympic Park bombing.

Today, Deadline reports that the project may have found its director in the shape of Paul Greengrass (United 93, Captain Phillips). The siet suggests that Greengrass is circling the film, but no deal has been made as of yet.

Based on the Vanity Fair article of the same name by Marie Brenner, the film will feature Hill as Jewell, whose life is thrown into turmoil following allegations of his involvement in the disaster. DiCaprio, meanwhile, will play his lawyer. Jewell was eventually exonerated, but not at the expense of an investigation that, »

- Scott Davis

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'Bourne' Director To Team With DiCaprio and Hill For Richard Jewell Film

11 September 2014 9:55 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Deadline is reporting that Paul Greengrass, best known for his work taking the Bourne series to new heights after a so-so first film, is in talks to helm a movie that Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have been looking to make for a while now. I reported several months ago that DiCaprio and Hill, fresh off their well-received onscreen pairing in The Wolf of Wall Street, were looking to work together again and had chosen the real-life story of disgraced security guard Richard Jewell as their next project. 

The film will be based on an article from Vanity Fair called The Ballad of Richard Jewell and tells the sickening story of how Jewell, a security guard that helped quell a terrorist attack at the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta, was turned into a prime suspect and object of ridicule by the news media despite being innocent. What happened to Jewell would »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Reflecting On Our Future: How a Tom Cruise Movie Predicted 9/11

11 September 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Picture yourself in a New York City movie theater. It’s December 14, 2001. The film you’re watching is Vanilla Sky, a sci-fi fantasy from director Cameron Crowe and Tom Cruise, who delighted the world with Jerry Maguire a few years earlier. You are probably not enjoying yourself (it received a D- on Cinemascore) and as the film nears its twisty, trippy conclusion, your mind might be drifting towards more actionable realities, like which subway line to take home or what to eat for dinner. But then you come to the final scene, and you immediately snap to attention. You watch Cruise stand atop the tallest building in New York at dawn and willfully leap. He falls past endless office windows, braces for impact and hits the pavement. It’s hard to imagine any New Yorker watching this scene and not immediately flashing back to the events that occurred just three months prior, when »

- Noah Gittell

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Leonardo DiCaprio's Olympic-Bomber Docudrama May Lure Paul Greengrass

11 September 2014 6:48 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

With Bloody Sunday, United 93 and Captain Phillips, Paul Greengrass has won critical praise and Oscar accolades for turning real-life traumas into compelling dramas. So it's little wonder he's being eyed for the helm of the developing docudrama involving the 1996 Olympic Games. Deadline reports Paul Greengrass is currently considering taking the helm of the Jonah Hill/Leonardo DiCaprio vehicle The Ballad of Richard Jewell, which will unravel the disturbing tale of Richard Jewell, the American police officer who discovered a backpack filled with pipebombs at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. Having made the discovery before anyone could be injured, Jewell was first hailed as a hero. But before long the media turned on him, accusing him of planting the bomb himself. Greengrass's experience in translating true dramas into compelling cinema makes him an excellent pick for The Ballad of Richard Jewell. Should he sign on, this docudrama will reteam him »

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Paul Greengrass Considers A New Truth-Based Drama

10 September 2014 7:21 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Paul Greengrass has had great success bringing reality-based dramas to vivid life with the likes of Bloody Sunday, United 93 and Captain Phillips. So it’s hardly surprising that Leonardo DiCaprio and 20th Century Fox want him to direct the as-yet-untitled film about Atlanta Olympics security guard Richard Jewell.The film will be based on Marie Brenner’s 1997 Vanity Fair article The Ballad Of Richard Jewell, which digs into Jewell's story during the 1996 event. Initially Jewell was hailed as a hero after he found a suspicious backpack in the sports compound and helped to clear bystanders before the bomb contained within it detonated, killing two people on the day and inuring 111 others. But soon the Atlanta Journal Constitution, working on a law enforcement tip, reported that Jewell fit the profile of a possible bomber and the media descended, camping outside the house where Jewell lived with his mother and spurring an FBI investigation. »

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Paul Greengrass Eyes American Nightmare with Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio

10 September 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Following their critically-acclaimed performances opposite one another in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have been planning a new feature film based on the life of security guard Richard Jewell who, in 1996, became both a national hero and, immediately thereafter, a suspect in the Olympic Park bombing. Today, Deadline reveals that the project may have found a director in Paul Greengrass (United 93, Captain Phillips). They report that Greengrass is circling the film, but has not yet made a commitment. »

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Paul Greengrass Circling Richard Jewell Pic With Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill

10 September 2014 5:41 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Paul Greengrass is circling to come aboard and team with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill in the Fox film they are making about Richard Jewell, the heroic security guard who discovered a suspicious backpack in the Olympics compound during the 1996 games in Atlanta. He soon was vilified as a possible terrorist, and his good work in helping clear bystanders from the area before the bomb exploded turned into a trip to the Twilight Zone. Script is by Billy Ray, who wrote Greengrass’ Captain Phillips.

The film is based on Marie Brenner’s 1997 Vanity Fair article The Ballad Of Richard Jewell, and the plan is for Hill to play Jewell and for DiCaprio to play a Southern attorney who knew Jewell casually. The lawyer, who mostly did real estate closings, seemed over his head but guided Jewell through the demoralizing nightmare that signaled the downside of the advent of the 24-hour news cycle. »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Kite Runner star launches Cairo cinematheque

9 September 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: British Egyptian actor Khalid Abdalla talks new film venue in Egypt.

British Egyptian actor Khalid Abdalla (The Kite Runner, United 93), in Toronto with the premiere screenings of Danis Tanovic’s Tigers and Tala Hadid’s The Narrow Frame of Midnight, is one of the driving forces behind a new cinematheque in Cairo.

‘Cimateque’ [Cima being the Egyptian slang for cinema], currently under construction, will include an 80- seater cinema, 8 and 16mm labs, library, digital archive, DVD library and cafeteria. The hub will host screenings, workshops and events throughout the year.

“Filmmaking courses and scriptwriting programmes have already taken place,” Abdalla explained to Screen. “This will be a base from which to host activities in Cairo and beyond”.

“There’s a lot of film that’s very difficult to access in Egypt,” he continued. “The country has an extraordinary film history but there are few channels for alternative filmmaking, especially for the new wave of films emerging in the region.”

Abdalla and fellow »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Watch: Visual Effects at Work in Pascale Ferran’s Bird People

27 August 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

“Confounding in a good way” is probably a cop-out way to describe a film, but I can think of few other ways to succinctly sum up Pascale Ferran’s Bird People. As you may have deduced from the title, this binary portrait features a supporting character of the avian persuasion, who turns in some of the most seamless VFX work this side of The Wolf of Wall Street. The above video from French special effects company Buf — who also handled The Matrix series, United 93 and The Dark Knight — reveals that nearly every background in the film was transposed onto a green screen. This would seem logical as […] »

- Sarah Salovaara

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Paul Greengrass To Direct Al Qaeda Thriller 'Agent Storm'

29 July 2014 7:13 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

The book has not even been released yet, but Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda — which is being developed into a film by Sony Pictures — is already on track to be a massive Oscar contender.

Sony has assembled a team of director Paul Greengrass and producer Scott Rudin, who previously collaborated to make the wildly successful 2013 Best Picture nominee, Captain Phillips.

Greengrass — whose previous films include United 93 and the Irish civil rights movie Bloody Sunday — has a wonderful knack for adapting harrowing true stories into tense dramatizations.

Agent Storm seems like it is right up the director’s alley.

The nonfiction book, which comes out in September, follows the unbelievable account of Morten Storm, a red-haired Dane who adopted radical Jihadism. After a decade of militant extremism, Storm realized that his friends and colleagues had pushed his limits, and were becoming far too dangerous. Storm became a double agent for British, »

- Harrison Okin

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Paul Greengrass wanted for adaptation of Agent Storm: My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA

29 July 2014 5:33 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony has picked up the rights to the upcoming book Agent Storm: My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA, and are looking at Paul Greengrass to direct.

The book is based on the life of Morten Storm, “a troubled youth who, after spending time in prison in London, converted to Islam and moved to Yemen in 2001 to study the Quran. There, he met and worked with extremists, but he eventually realized how dangerous the groups were and was recruited by the CIA as a double agent.”

This certainly sounds like a good fit for Greengrass, whose previous films include The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, United 93, Green Zone and Captain Phillips.

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- Gary Collinson

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Paul Greengrass Set to Direct 'Agent Storm' Al Qaeda & CIA Thriller

28 July 2014 10:42 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Following his direction of the true story Captain Phillips, filmmaker Paul Greengrass is sticking with non-fiction. Deadline reports The Bourne Ultimatum and United 93 director will develop to direct and produce an adaptation of Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda and the CIA. The book (hitting shelves in the United States this September) is written by the titular agent, Morten Storm, along with Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister, and tells about his life as a former Islamic radical as he became a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence. That certainly sounds like quite a compelling spy thriller. Here's the official synopsis of the book: Morten Storm was an unlikely Jihadi. A six-foot-one red-haired Dane, Storm spent his teens in and out of trouble. A book about the Prophet Mohammed prompted his conversion to Islam, and Storm sought purpose in a community of believers. He attended a militant madrasah in Yemen, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Captain Phillips

4 July 2014 3:39 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

Tom Hanks takes the titular helm of this maritime thriller based on the true story of the Mv Maersk Alabama, an American cargo ship seized by Somali pirates off the coast of Africa in 2009. As the military rescue is mobilised, Captain Richard Phillips (Hanks) and his crew must endure a terrifying ordeal at the hands of the volatile hijackers. With Bourne and United 93 director Paul Greengrass calling the shots, it's a jaw-clenching test of everyone's nerve. »

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What’s Fact and Fiction at Fruitvale Station?

8 June 2014 7:41 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb…

The recent UK release of Fruitvale Station has inevitably provoked conversation on this side of the Atlantic, whereby re-reading articles from last year only seems to blur lines further:

“Hoping to stir the public, though, the film dances around the facts. Its first problem is how to handle its 22-year-old subject [Oscar Grant III] … flaws are depicted in the film, but nevertheless “Fruitvale Station,” a debut effort from young filmmaker Ryan Coogler, tries to fit a halo on its subject, seemingly to play up the audience’s sympathies.”

Read the full article by Kyle Smith, from July 2013, here.

Following the release, it does seem that clarity over the “truth” about the events is somewhat hazy. Finding a video of the phone footage at Fruitvale Station on YouTube reveals a CNN video that stresses the “fictionalised account” of the story in the film. When we are observing »

- Simon Columb

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LipSync Post hires Sven Taits

2 May 2014 9:16 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Leading re-recording mixer to join LipSync’s award-winning sound team.

LipSync Post has appointed Sven Taits to join its BAFTA Craft award-winning sound team.

Leading re-recording mixer Taits will join on May 12 and spent seven years at De Lane Lea before going freelance in 2008. His credits include The Constant Gardener, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Layer Cake and United 93.

Peter Hampden, managing director, The LipSync Group, commented: “Sven’s diverse experience and outstanding audio skills make him an ideal addition to out talented sound team.”

Taits will work on feature film and television projects, starting with Toa Fraser’s period action epic The Dead Lands. »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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