15 items from 2017
At the dawn of television, feature cinematographers were leery of becoming involved in the new medium, which many associated with diminished prestige. TV’s shortcomings in comparison with the glories of the silver screen included severe time constraints, tight budgets and the vagaries of network distribution.
Now, with the advent of what many are calling TV’s golden age, the segregation between film and TV cinematography is a thing of the past. This year’s Emmy-nominated DPs have many reasons for embracing the small screen. (The four who were contacted for this story spoke before the Dp winners were announced at the Creative Arts Emmys.)
Two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer John Toll, previously known almost exclusively for his cinema work, came onto Netflix’s “Sense8” after making two features (“Cloud Atlas” and “Jupiter Ascending”) with its creators, Lana and Lilly Wachowski.
He says his decision to shoot for television on the project was a natural extension of that working »
- David Heuring
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Ric Roman Waugh's latest movie, Shot Caller, explores the question of what one would do if unexpectedly sent to prison, telling the story through the perspective of Jacob, played by Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
In order to fully immerse himself in the system, the stuntman-turned-director volunteered at the Department of Corrections in California. "I wasn't going to commit a crime to get inside," he joked. "I did it the best way I thought that could give me an unflinching look at the system [on the] inside."
- April Salud
While American audiences wait for the Hollywood remake of Jacques Audiard’s gritty 2010 French thriller “A Prophet,” Ric Roman Waugh swoops in with a comparably gritty prison epic of his own: Debuting on DirecTV two weeks before hitting theaters, “Shot Caller” dramatizes how a hardcore stint behind bars transforms an otherwise docile citizen — in this case, a white-collar wheeler-dealer (Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) convicted of a DUI manslaughter charge and tossed in with the violent offenders — into a ruthless crime boss.
The character’s arc proves considerably more complex than that description suggests, as Waugh forgoes cheap action-movie gimmicks, offering up instead a haunting psychological portrait of an intelligent man forced to completely reinvent himself before he can even dream of seeking redemption for his previous sins. “Shot Caller” marks the third time that writer-director Waugh (who previously helmed “Felon” and “Snitch”) has taken audiences into this intimidating underworld, and the tough, no-punches-pulled »
- Peter Debruge
Ric Roman Waugh is no stranger to the examining the American criminal justice system.
The stunt-man-turned-director’s latest prison film, “Shot Caller,” shows how even the best of men can be corrupted by the current correctional system. Following “Felon” and “Snitch” Waugh finishes off what he has deemed his ‘Prison Trilogy’ with “Shot Caller” — a thriller that is part ’90s action movie, part character study.
I was writing a lot of movies and was very fortunate to work for a lot of major producers. I wanted to deviate away from the big, expensive action movies and direct stuff I was passionate about. I went to a really close friend, [film producer] Tucker Tooley »
- Justin Kroll
For his upcoming crime thriller Shot Caller, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau put on a serious amount of muscle to play a prison inmate who gets wrapped up in a criminal enterprise behind bars -- but for one of the posters designed for the film, the handsome star bears a striking resemblance to another leading man: Dwayne Johnson.
In fact, for the Shot Caller one-sheet, it appears as though Coster-Waldau's head has been photoshopped onto Johnson's body from the poster for his crime thriller Snitch -- both of which were directed by Ric Roman Waugh.
The Game of Thrones star sat down with Et's Leanne Aguilera while promoting his upcoming film on Tuesday, and he addressed the hilarious photoshopping controversy that has gone viral over the last few days.
Photos: Shocking Movie-Role Body Transformations
"Apparently it was a Canadian distributor who thought this was a great idea," Coster-Waldau, 47, said when presented with the side-by-side comparison. "Now I can finally »
Is “Game of Thrones” star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau a brother from another mother to Dwayne Johnson? It would certainly seem so, judging from a promotional image used by international distributors of Coster-Waldau’s upcoming film “Shot Caller.” The image — which is included on the Canadian DVD cover of the film, among other places — features the man who plays Jaime Lannister sporting a tough pose, a sweet ‘stache — and a look that will seem awfully familiar to fans of Johnson’s 2013 film “Snitch.” As Birth.Movies.Death news editor Scott Wampler pointed out Friday, Coster-Waldau’s stance, body and wardrobe are nearly identical to. »
- Tim Kenneally
Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) has a lot more bones to break in his future. The unstoppable bodyguard is returning for Angel Has Fallen, which will have him beating death for the third time. And again, a new director is boarding this strangely charming franchise. The director behind Felon and Snitch, Ric Roman Waugh, will helm Banning’s next outlandish adventure. Below, […]
- Jack Giroux
Angel Has Fallen is the follow-up to 2013’s Olympus Has Fallen and 2016’s London Has Fallen, and will see the return of Gerard Butler as Secret Service agent Mike Banning as he finds himself the target of terrorists during a flight on Air Force One. Morgan Freeman is also on board as Allan Trumbull, although Aaron Eckhart won’t be back as U.S. President Benjamin Asher for the third outing.
Ric Roman Waugh’s latest film Shot Caller was released in the States on July 20th through DirecTV Cinema, and will get a theatrical release on August 18th. Angel Has Fallen meanwhile it slated for release in 2018. »
- Gary Collinson
Butler returns as secret service agent Mike Banning and Morgan Freeman is also on board to reprise his role.
Butler will produce with his partner Alan Siegel at their G-base production banner, alongside Danielle Robinson. Millennium Entertainment’s John Thompson, Matt O’Toole, and Les Weldon will also produce, with Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, and Boaz Davidson exec producing.
“Olympus Has Fallen” bowed in 2013, grossing $170.3 million worldwide, including $98.9 million at the domestic box office. The sequel, “London Has Fallen,” did even better overseas, earning $205.8 million worldwide, leading Millennium to move forward on a third installment.
After saving the president in the first two pics, secret service agent Banning himself becomes the target of terrorists, this time while mid-flight on Air Force One.
Insiders say Butler has been a fan of Waugh’s work since seeing his first »
- Justin Kroll
The inspirational and witty film about one teen’s courageous journey through gender reassignment, 3 Generations arrived on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD, and Digital HD June 13 from Anchor Bay Entertainment. The film features an all-star ensemble cast, including Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, Susan Sarandon, and Tate Donovan. From the producers of Little Miss Sunshine, this genuine and heartfelt portrait of the contemporary family will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.
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- Tom Stockman
Separately, Chiller Films unveils release strategy for Camera Obscura.
Ric Roman Waugh directed the crime drama about an ex-con forced by gang leaders to orchestrate a major crime with a rival gang in Southern California. Emory Cohen, Omari Hardwick and Benjamin Bratt round out the key cast.
“Shot Caller is raw, gritty, expertly crafted and perfectly cast,” Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley, who brokered the deal with Wme Global, said. “We could not be more proud to partner with Bold Films and Participant Media to bring this important film to »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Ex Machina starring Alica Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, and Oscar Isaac; Dredd starring Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey; as well as Snitch starring Dwayne Johnson, Barry Pepper, Jon Bernthal and Susan Sarandon will all make their 4K Uhd Blu-ray debuts on June 6th, 2017.
These three catalog titles were all selected as potential Father's Day gifts so if you know a special dad with a 4K Blu-ray player, Lionsgate has you covered.
Packed into each of these new 4K releases is the Blu-ray and Digital HD versions. Bonus features from the previous Blu-ray releases will carry over.
Check out the 4K cover art for each new Lionsgate title below. »
Need to catch up? Check out the previous Homeland recap here.
Carrie admitted defeat to Dar Adal this week on Homeland to get a chance to see her daughter Franny. But look out, Dar: Your evil empire has some cracks in the foundation.
Carrie’s excited for her supervised visit with Franny, but first, she has to meet with Keane’s Doj nominee and testify against Dar (and Saul) in the whole Berlin mess. When the driver drops her off to testify, though, he makes an ominous reference to her visit with Franny. Carrie quickly calls the child-services worker Christine, »
We had an opportunity to speak with Nadine about her role as Jackie, women's issues and her upcoming charity project, the Total Beauty Project.
If you haven't yet seen the show (what are you waiting for?!), you'll know that Jackie, like the rest of the Seal wives, is a strong, family-oriented woman who doesn't tolerate much of anything from her husband, Buddha.
It's one of the things that attracted Velazquez to the role. »
- Lisa Babick
Jd Pardo has been cast as the lead in Kurt Sutter’s upcoming FX pilot “Mayans Mc,” TheWrap has confirmed. The series is set in a post-Jax Teller “Sons of Anarchy” world, where E.Z. Reyes (Pardo), a prospect in the Mayan Mc charter on the Cali/Mexico border, struggles with his desire for vengeance against the cartel, and his need for respect from the woman he loves. Edward James Olmos was previously cast in a supporting role. Pardo is a film and television actor, known for roles in “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2,” “East Los High,” and the Dwayne Johnson action film “Snitch. »
- Joe Otterson
15 items from 2017
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