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The Stop and Frisk initiative in New York is about to get a whole lot scarier. The Maniac Cop remake is finally getting ready to shoot on location in the city, with production kicking off in the spring of 2016. John Hyams, best known for his Universal Soldier sequels Day of Reckoning and Regeneration, is directing. Cult favorite director Nicolas Winding Refn, the man behind 2011's Drive starring Ryan Gosling, will produce alongside William Lustig.
Maniac Cop has been in development since 2012. The screenplay is being penned by prolific comic book writer and raconteur Ed Brubaker. John Hyams says that William Lustig, the man who directed the original Maniac Cop trilogy, specifically sought him out for the role. The director explains.
"I'm a huge admirer of both producers and I'd been looking to do something that bridges the gap between action and horror like this. The script is able to re-invent »
"The script is able to re-invent the original with the same mythology. We had thought about shooting in the fall, but we decided on the spring to give ourselves enough time to get the best cast and crew."
- Derek Anderson
“I’m a huge admirer of both producers and I’d been looking to do something that bridges the gap between action and horror like this,” he said. “The script is able to re-invent the original with the same mythology. We had thought about shooting in the fall, but we decided on the spring to give ourselves enough time to get the best cast and crew.”
The 1988 original, directed by Lustig, follows a murderous cop who »
- Dave McNary
Meet some of the best directors working today, who haven't gone down the blockbuster movie route...
Ever find it a bit lame when the same big name directors get kicked around for every high profile project? Christopher Nolan, Jj Abrams, maybe the Russo Brothers? With so much focus on blockbuster films these days, getting a major franchise job seems like the main acknowledgement of success for a filmmaker. And yes, both the financial and creative rewards can be great. But there are plenty of other directors out there, doing their own thing, from art house auteurs to Dtv action specialists.
Here are 25 examples.
Even if you don’t know his name, you’ve probably seen Lee Hardcastle’s ultraviolent claymations shared on social media. He first started getting noticed for his two-minute remake of The Thing, starring the famous stop motion penguin Pingu. Far from just a cheap one-joke mash-up, »
High art meets low trash in new art book. Visionary cinema-slinger Nicolas Winding Refn is perhaps the most important contemporary filmmaker alive; a singular artist who, starting with his radical Danish films like the edgy Pusher series and the unforgettable Valhalla Rising and moving through modern works like the hypnotic Drive and the Suspiria-steeped dream thriller Only…
The post Nicolas Winding Refn and “The Act of Seeing” appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Chris Alexander
One of the film calendar's most anticipated spectacles is Fantastic Fest, a week-long descent into genre madness. The man at the helm, Tim League, also heads an expanding Drafthouse brand that encompasses distribution and exhibition and one of his biggest admirers is director Nicolas Winding Refn. The "Drive" director brought his very beautiful new art book to Fantastic Fest, a collection of vintage movie poster prints called "The Art of Seeing." This week's episode of Indiewire Influencers, recorded live from Austin, gets both of their perspectives on the festival that helped draw them together. Although Refn's films have played to the South Lamar audience, last year was his first time at the festival primarily as an audience member. "This is like going to a rock 'n' roll concert," Refn said of the experience. "It reminded me how much fun it is going to the movies. I wish there were more places like that. »
Ed Brubaker is penning the script for the project which, though originally tipped to be a prequel, is now looking to be a straight up reboot.
Source: The Playlist »
- Garth Franklin
Consequences—they’re tough to outrun. Even when you play it right and travel light and the Hollywood hills are just a few turns away. Truth is it’s simple: in L.A. a quarter million dollars doesn’t go missing for long.
Drive #2 is out on September 30th, priced $3.99.
- Gary Collinson
With Mad Men now a part of televisual history, Christina Hendricks has more time to take film roles. She’s now in negotiations to join high school-set comedy Fist Fight.The New Line comedy has a script from Van Robichaux and Evan Susser, and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’s Richie Keen directing. The basic concept finds Day as a mild-mannered English teacher who must man up when a colleague (Cube) at his less-than-top-notch school who thinks he’s trying to get him fired challenges him to a good old-fashioned punch-up. Keen will start the cameras rolling next month in Atlanta. Hendricks will be an intense drama teacher who has the hots for Cube, so come up with the steam jokes on your own time. She joins a cast that also includes Dean Norris, Jillian Bell and Tracy Morgan, who is returning to acting after a serious road accident. »
Twitch is reporting that John Hyams has signed on to direct the upcoming remake of the 80s cult classic Maniac Cop, which is being produced by Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) from a script by celebrated comic book writer Ed Brubaker.
Released in 1988, Maniac Cop starred Bruce Campbell as a young cop wrongfully accused of a string of murders by a uniformed police officer, who sets out to prove his innocence by tracking down the real killer (played by Robert Z’Dar), who has returned from the dead. The film spawned two sequels: Maniac Cop 2 in 1990 and Maniac Cop III: Badge of Silence in 1993.
- Gary Collinson
Cube and Day play teachers who work in a broken-down school system and wind up in an epic fist fight. Hendricks will play an intense drama teacher with the hots for Cube.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Ice Cube (Ride Along) and Charlie Day (Horrible Bosses) lead the cast of the comedy that has recently added Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) and Tracey Morgan (30 Rock) to its ranks. Hendricks will play an “intense drama teacher with the hots for Ice Cube’s character.”
Richie Keen (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia) is directing the film which tells the story of “two local teachers (Day and Ice Cube) who work in a broken-down school system and wind up in an epic fist fight.”
Hendricks has been plenty busy since Mad Men ended earlier this year, appearing in Ryan Gosling’s Lost River, and has recently reunited with her Drive director Nicholas Winding Refn for The Neon Demon, which opens next year.
- Scott J. Davis
The guy who made Bronson and Drive wants to take you on a trip to the 42nd Street of ’60s and ’70s New York City. As a guidebook, he offers a collection of lurid and strange movie posters. Of course Nicolas Winding Refn, a writer and director, and a participant in The American Genre Film Archive, is […]
The post Nicolas Winding Refn on the “Trash to Art” Evolution of Posters in His Book ‘The Act of Seeing’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything.
The Big Short stars Christian Bale (American Hustle), Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), Ryan Gosling (Drive), Brad Pitt (Fury), Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy), Melissa Leo (The Fighter) and Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler).
- Tom Beasley
Fantastic Fest is more like summer camp than just a normal film festival. It happens once a year in September. You get together with old friends and meet new ones. Every day and night is filled with fun activities. Most importantly though, this non-traditional camp is for fans of the most bizarre, violent, horrific, and Fantastic films you could imagine. And even still, Fantastic Fest is so much more. I will be covering Fantastic Fest once again this year starting September 24 through October 1. This will be my fourth time attending Fantastic Fest and We Are Movie Geeks fifth time covering the crazy events that take place in Austin. For eight days I will be immersed in a world that is unlike any other film festival I have ever attended. What other festival is going to feature events like an opening night Christmas party, a karaoke competition, a “nerd rap” throwdown, »
- Michael Haffner
It was a big night for HBO’s epic fantasy series Game of Thrones last night at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, with the show enjoying a record-breaking haul of 12 awards, including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor, Drama (Peter Dinklage).
In total, HBO pulled in 43 Emmys, winning Outstanding Comedy Series (Veep) and Outstanding Miniseries (Olive Kitteridge), while Viola Davis became the first African American woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress, Drama (How to Get Away with Murder) and Mad Men’s Jon Hamm finally received the award for Outstanding Lead Actor, Drama at the eighth time of asking.
Check out a full list of the winners here…
See Also: List of winners from the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards
Outstanding Drama Series
“Game of Thrones” (Winner)
“Better Call Saul”
Outstanding Comedy Series
- Gary Collinson
HitFix is live-updating all the winners from tonight's 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards. Here's the list as it stands now: Allison Janney, “Mom” **Winner** Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory” Niecy Nash, “Getting On” Julie Bowen, “Modern Family” Kate McKinnon “Saturday Night Live” Gaby Hoffmann, “Transparent” Jane Krakowski, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” Anna Chlumsky, “Veep” Supporting Actor, Comedy Tony Hale, “Veep” **Winner** Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” Adam Driver, “Girls” Keegan-Michael Key, “Key & Peele” Ty Burrell, “Modern Family” Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” Directing For A Comedy Series Jill Soloway for Transparent, “Best New Girl” from Amazon Instant Video and Amazon Studios **Winner** Phil Lord and Christopher Miller for The Last Man On Earth, “Alive In Tucson” (Pilot) from Fox and 20th Century Fox Television Louis C.K. for Louie, “Sleepover” from FX Networks, Pig Newton, Inc. and FX Productions Mike Judge for Silicon Valley, “Sand Hill Shuffle” from HBO, HBO Entertainment in association with Judgemental Films, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Carey Mulligan has criticised the film industry for being "sexist" and complained that "stories about women are largely untold".
The 30-year-old Drive star plays Maud Watts, a working class washerwoman turned freedom fighter of the women's liberation movement, in upcoming movie Suffragette. Meryl Streep stars as Emmeline Pankhurst in the Sarah Gavron-directed movie.
When asked why the film hadn't been made up until now, Mulligan opined to Reader's Digest: "I don't think it's an oversight at all. I think we have a sexist film industry, and stories about women are largely untold.
"This is one that's fallen by the wayside because of that."
She continued: "I think a lot of people have sat around tables in various production offices and decided it wasn't financially viable."
Suffragette tells the true story of the British suffrage movement from the turn of the 20th century. It's set to open this year's BFI London Film Festival. »
Read More: Watch: How Does Nicolas Winding Refn's Colorblindness Shape His Films? Say what you will about the films of Nicolas Winding Refn, but it's impossible to deny their fervent visual bravado. The Danish writer-director has emerged as one of cinema's boldest visual storytellers since breaking onto the scene with "Pusher" (1996) and becoming a household name for American cinephiles with "Bronson" (2008) and "Drive" (2011). Even more divisive efforts like "Only God Forgives" (2013) have showcased his zealous eye for aesthetics, cementing Refn as a prominent visual auteur. While the director continues to put the finishing touches on his latest project, "The Neon Demon," he's taking a minor break from moviemaking to embark on an international book tour for his new collection of never-before-seen movie posters, entitled "Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing." Featuring vintage poster art from more than 300 »
- Zack Sharf
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