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1971 was an incredibly violent year for movies. That year saw, among others, Tom Laughlin’s Billy Jack, with its half-Indian hero karate-chopping rednecks; William Friedkin’s The French Connection, its dogged cops stymied by well-heeled drug runners; Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, banned for the copycat crimes it reportedly inspired; and Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs, featuring the most controversial rape in cinema history. Every bloody shooting, sexual assault and death by penis statue reflected a world gone mad.
It seemed a reaction to America’s skyrocketing crime. Between 1963 and 1975, violent crimes tripled; riots, robberies and assassinations racked major cities. The antiwar and Civil Rights movements generated violent offshoots like the Weathermen and Black Panthers. Citizens blamed politicians like New York Mayor John Lindsay (the original “limousine liberal”), who proclaimed “Peace cannot be imposed on our cities by force of arms,” and Earl Warren’s Supreme Court, »
- Christopher Saunders
Indie sales has acquired international to Emmanuel Courcol’s “Ceasefire,” an epic Wwi-set drama starring Romain Duris (“Heartbreaker”), Grégory Gadebois (“The Returned”) and Celine Salette (“The Connection”).
Duris will star as Georges, a former soldier traumatized by the war and the death of his little brother, whom he couldn’t save. Seeking to find his own way to healing, Georges travels across France and Africa, where he bonds with Diofo, an African war comrade and his family and comes across an intriguing woman.
Courcol has brought together an topnotch key crew including vet cinematographer Tom Stern, whose worked on “American Sniper,” “Hunger Games” and “Gran Torino,” as well as costume designers Edith Vespirini, who worked on Rachid Bouchareb’s “Outside The Law,” among other movies.
“‘Ceasfire’ is an upscale, exciting project »
- Elsa Keslassy
Exclusive: Signature takes UK rights to gangster sequel.
Carnaby has taken world sales rights to action crime-thriller sequel Rise of the Footsoldier Part II, starring Ricci Harnett (28 Days Later), Luke Malby (The Prince and Me) and Steven Berkoff (Red 2).
Carnaby will have extended promo footage of the title about a man who must fight to regain his place in the criminal underworld in Cannes.
The first Rise of the Footsoldier has sold close to 1 million copies in the UK.
Also new to Carnaby’s slate is Charles Burmeister’s action-thriller Mercury Plains, set to star Scot Eastwood (Gran Torino), Nick Chinlund (Con Air) and Angela Sarafyan (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn); crime-thriller North V South, produced by Mark Foligno; and fantasy-adventure Arthur & Merlin. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »
- Jordan Benesh
Scott Eastwood is starving. On a recent afternoon, the 29-year-old heartthrob barrels into a conference room at Twentieth Century Fox after a morning of press for his new movie, “The Longest Ride,” where he plays a bull-wrangling cowboy. He eyes the lunch buffet, unwrapping tinfoil and stacking two plates with chicken, fish and vegetables, a potluck for one. Then he sits down and realizes he might need to devour this meal with his bare hands. “I don’t have a fork,” says Eastwood, the son of screen legend Clint. “I don’t know what’s going on here.” A publicist rushes over with silverware. “Ah, ah, woo-hoo! You got some forks for us,” Eastwood says.
Even though he’s acted for 12 years, mostly in smaller roles, Eastwood’s career is now on the upswing. Eastwood has just arrived in New York from Hawaii, where he plays a Nsa agent in »
- Ramin Setoodeh
As spring perennials go, a new Nicholas Sparks movie has come to seem as inevitable as tax day and allergy season, and only mildly less irritating to the senses. Though the character names and model-perfect faces may change (ever so slightly), the place (coastal North Carolina) remains the same, as do the trials and tribulations facing the star-crossed lovers who traverse its shores. The formula is by now as proven (and critic-proof) as Marvel or Tyler Perry — so why tinker with it in the least? Rest assured, “The Longest Ride” does nothing of the sort as it parallels the fates of two couples from different eras navigating the usual Sparks-ian gauntlet of war, class relations, cataclysmic accidents and life-altering medical conditions. Appealing performances by a trio of second- and third-generation Hollywood kids keep this three-hankie twaddle more bearable than it deserves, but “Ride” will surely go the longest with »
- Scott Foundas
The script was written by author Gregg Hurwitz but plot details are being kept under wraps.
Sidney Kimmel Entertainment will independently finance and co-produce the film with Double Nickel Entertainment. Sidney Kimmel will produce, along with Double Nickel’s Jenette Kahn and Adam Richman (“Gran Torino”).
“ ‘Book of Henry’ is a remarkable piece of screenwriting that has stuck with me for years,” Trevorrow said. “I feel very fortunate to be able to tell this story. It is a true original.”
Trevorrow is repped by Verve, »
- Justin Kroll
“Jurassic World” filmmaker Colin Trevorrow will direct “Book of Henry” for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, it was announced Monday by Ske’s president of production Carla Hacken. “Book of Henry” is an original screenplay written by bestselling novelist Gregg Hurwitz (“You’re Next”). Sidney Kimmel Entertainment will independently finance and co-produce the film with Double Nickel Entertainment. Sidney Kimmel will produce along with Double Nickel’s Jenette Kahn and Adam Richman (“Gran Torino”), while Ske’s Carla Hacken and Jim Tauber will executive produce. The plot is being kept under wraps, and production will start in September in New York. Also »
- Jeff Sneider
Suicide Squad is about to go into production, but director David Ayer is still adding to the cast. We’ve already got Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jared Leto as The Joker, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, but now, according to The Toronto Sun and etalk (via ComingSoon), we can add Scott Eastwood and Raymond Olubowale to the roster as well. There's been no confirmation on who they’re playing, but with filming coming up, hopefully we’ll get some official details soon. Eastwood has been building up his resume big time since appearing in some of his father’s films including Flags of Our Fathers and Gran Torino. He stars in the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation, The Longest Ride, which is due in theaters on April 10th, and he also »
- Perri Nemiroff
Scott Eastwood appears in Treats! Magazine Issue 8, where he talks about his acting career, being the son of Clint Eastwood, and why he's shirtless all the time. We've developed a serious crush on Scott over the course of the past year, between all of the hot pictures for his upcoming role in The Longest Ride and the fact that he works out shirtless in jeans. We're quickly learning there's more to him than sexy shirtless snaps, though. Keep reading for some great quotes from his interviews and, of course, a seriously handsome photo shoot. On why he's shirtless all the time: "It's all in good fun. My friends will say, 'Put a shirt on!' But I grew up surfing and hanging out on the beach, so I've sort of always liked being shirtless." On whether his father wanted him to be an actor: "To be honest, he didn't care »
Teresa Wright and Matt Damon in 'The Rainmaker' Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out.") "I'd rather have luck than brains!" Teresa Wright was quoted as saying in the early 1950s. That's understandable, considering her post-Samuel Goldwyn choice of movie roles, some of which may have seemed promising on paper. Wright was Marlon Brando's first Hollywood leading lady, but that didn't help her to bounce back following the very public spat with her former boss. After all, The Men was released before Elia Kazan's film version of A Streetcar Named Desire turned Brando into a major international star. Chances are that good film offers were scarce. After Wright's brief 1950 comeback, for the third time in less than a decade she would be gone from the big screen for more than a year. »
- Andre Soares
We all would like to believe that we have that someone special to look up to for guidance and direction. From time to time we practice the art of worship for the mentor that appears larger than life to us. Whether our designated mentors that we choose to follow are inspirational or insidious it does not matter because that yearning to follow in their footsteps are so great that we blindly give anything to replicate that original blueprint.
Maybe if one dreams of being a famous astronaut you designate Neii Armstrong or John Glenn as your mentoring heroes? Perhaps your foray into film criticism was ignited by Judith Crist, Vincent Canby or Siskel & Ebert? How about emulating your favorite actor or singer and following their paths to success?
In Follow My Lead: Top Ten Mentors in the Movies we will look at some movie characters that served as mentors to »
- Frank Ochieng
Cory Hardrict is one lucky guy! Not only does he star in blockbuster hit "American Sniper", he's also married to the gorgeous Tia Mowry and they share one of the cutest kids we've ever seen. toofab's Candice Brock sat down with the actor to get the details on filming the super successful movie, what it's like working with Clint Eastwood and the star's good-looking family! The 35-year-old appears in "American Sniper" alongside Bradley Cooper, who plays Navy Seal Chris Kyle. Like Cooper's character, Cory's Deryck "D" Dandridge was also based on a real person. "Yeah, he's real, and he's overseas. Last time I spoke with him he was on another tour," Hardrict reveals. "It's crazy when you play a real guy because you wanna make sure you do right by him, because he's going to see the movie." "He was intimidating over the phone, I'll tell you. I couldn't mess »
- tooFab Staff
Scott Eastwood is following in his father’s footsteps of becoming a leading man on the big screen.
The 28-year-old actor scored the lead in the upcoming Nicholas Sparks’ book-turned-movie, The Longest Ride, out this April. In the highly-anticipated romantic flick, Scott plays Luke Collins, a champion bull rider fighting to save his family’s ranch – an adventurous role that helped him check one activity off his bucket list. But what else is on that list? Scott spilled all while chatting with ETonline.
“Mount Everest…. Kids -- two or three,” Scott answered, before adding he’s also hoping to do another film with his dad. Most recently, Scott appeared alongside his father in 2012’s Trouble with the Curve. He also worked with his legendary pops on Flags of Our Fathers, Invictus, and Gran Torino.
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In The Longest Ride, Scott’s character »
It's the second largest February opening of all-time, fifth largest opening for an R-rated movie, it's already the highest grossing President's Day weekend release as well as the largest opening for a movie directed by a female, it is Fifty Shades of Grey, and it took in $81.6 million this Valentine's/President's Day weekend. Of course, critics weren't very big fans and neither were those that went to see it as it could only muster up a "C+" CinemaScore. No matter, money talks here as Fifty Shades amassed over $239 million globally on its opening weekend, though I do have to wonder if this means anything at all for the sequels. It appears director Sam Taylor-Johnson won't be back after butting heads with novelist and co-writer E.L. James and it isn't as if we're talking about the same kind of fanbase Twilight was sporting. Okay, yes, they may be just as sexually frustrated, »
- Brad Brevet
The untitled project will feature Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the ex-cia employee, who caused an international incident by leaking classified files.
Eastwood has boarded the project as a top Nsa agent whose life is forever changed by Snowden's actions, reports Deadline.
The movie is scheduled to be released in 2016.
A documentary about Snowden, titled Citizenfour, is vying for Best Documentary Feature at this month's Academy Awards. »
We now have actuals from most of the studios for the international weekend. Among the biggest fluctuations reported were Penguins Of Madagascar, which landed $2M higher than projected on Sunday; American Sniper clocking an extra $1M; and Jennifer Lopez’s The Boy Next Door knocking upwards by 11% to $777K in nine markets. Figures for the Super Bowl frame have been updated below on those, along with: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Taken 3, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water, The Theory Of Everything, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Big Hero 6, Into The Woods, Unbroken, Birdman, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Seventh Son, Blackhat, Project Almanac, Wild, Ouija, Let’s Be Cops, Ex Machina, The Water Diviner The Gambler and Boyhood.
Jupiter Ascending descends upon the world next weekend and Mockingjay Part 1 wings into China.
2Nd Update, 7:45 Pm Pt: It was »
- Nancy Tartaglione
2Nd Update, Tuesday 4 Am Pt: Actuals are in for the international weekend with no major discrepancies save for a big drop on Taken 3. After Sunday’s report of a $57.2M total in non-Fox markets, the confirmed total came in at $39.8M. The difference was down to an incorrect cume provided to Fox by EuropaCorp for those territories. The overseas total is now a corrected $134M. In new pics, both JLo-starrer The Boy Next Door and Johnny Depp’s Mortdecai saw small bumps (up a respective $23K and $70K). American Sniper reloaded to $18M from a previously projected $17.6M.
Updated below are final numbers on those films along with: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, Penguins Of Madagascar, The Theory Of Everything, Unbroken, Seventh Son, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Into The Woods, Ouija, The Imitation Game, Birdman, Ex Machina, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
American Sniper held strong to the number one spot, dropping less than 30% and adding $64 million and just crossing the $200 million mark. While directing is nothing new for Clint Eastwood, this is his most successful effort to date by box office standards. Sniper has already surpassed his previous highest grosser, Gran Torino's $148 million. Of the three newcomers this weekend, only one had any success. The Boy Next Door took a hammering at the hands of critics, but thanks to an almost non-existent $4 million budget it turned a nice profit with its second place $15 million debut. George Lucas' latest offering, Strange Magic, tanked, banking just $5 million for a seventh place opening. Johnny Depp's Mortdecai made an even poorer showing, earning $4 million against its $60 million production budget. Those two movie join Blackhat on a fast-growing list of major box office bombs in 2015. For the full weekend top ten, check out »
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