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In his review of this week’s TV, telly addict Andrew Collins pays tribute to the final episode of Lewis on ITV after 10 years on the Oxford beat and the final series of Peep Show on C4; asks whether Sky Atlantic’s international thriller The Last Panthers is actually a grubby version of Bond; wonders what’s going on in BBC’s London Spy; praises Philip K Dick adaptation The Man In The High Castle on Amazon; is pleased to finally see series two of Rte’s Dublin gangster drama Love/Hate on Spike; and finds Zen in the end-credits disco on a 1980 Top Of The Pops
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- Andrew Collins
From the streets of Compton to the cars of the Dubai….and London….and Rio….and Los Angeles.
Following the recent success of Straight Outta Compton, director F. Gary Gray is moving to one of the biggest franchises in Hollywood as The Hollywood Reporter reports that he is set to direct Furious 8 next. This comes a week after a report that Universal was struggling to find someone to take it over with fear star Vin Diesel would want to direct also.
According to the report, Gray beat out Louis Leterrier, Adam Wingard, and William Eubank for the job. Leterrier would’ve been a safe pick after he made two successful franchise films with The Incredible Hulk and Now You See Me. Eubank is a small director with two credits — Love and The Signal — to his name at this point.
The most interesting choice would’ve been Wingard, who directed »
- Zach Dennis
As the hunt for a director to Fast & Furious 8 continues, the search is now down to four potential names, it's revealed...
We recently heard the strange story that one of the biggest franchises on the planet is struggling to find a director. With Fast & Furious 7 breaking the $1.5bn barrier and its sequel pegged for a 2017 release, The Hollywood Reporter suggested that Universal had offered Fast 8 to several filmmakers - who'd all turned it down.
James Wan, Justin Lin and Jaume Collet-Serra were all offered the Fast 8 gig, and all passed because they had other plans - Wan has Robotech and Aquaman, Lin has Star Trek Beyond, and Collet-Serra appears to be busy with The Shallows, which has something to do with a shark.
With the clock ticking on a huge, stunt-heavy production, Universal has, according to Variety, drawn up a shortlist of potential directors - and there's some interesting choices on here, »
Last week, Fast & Furious franchise star Vin Diesel revealed that a director will be announced soon for Fast & Furious 8. Furious 7 director James Wan has moved on to direct The Conjuring: The Enfield Poltergeist, and Justin Lin, who directed the last four Fast & Furious movies before that, is currently shooting Star Trek Beyond. Today, Variety reports that Universal Pictures has narrowed their directorial choice down to four candidates, F. Gary Gray, Adam Wingard, Louis Leterrier and William Eubank.
The report claims that none of these four filmmakers have emerged as the front runner yet, but the studio is reportedly close to making their final decision. Variety also reports that there is no truth to rumors that Vin Diesel may be in the mix to direct Fast & Furious 8 himself. The actor did reveal over the weekend that he wants Rob Cohen, who directed the very first The Fast and the Furious »
Actress Ambyr Childers is quickly making a name for herself in different genres on television and in movies. Since taking her first job in the BBC comedy series S Club 7 in L.A., she's moved on to bigger opportunities like a role in the popular long-running American soap All My Children and supporting characters in The Master, Gangster Squad, 2 Guns, and several others. With Vice, Childers re-enters the world of science fiction she first dabbled with in the award-winning 2011 independent film Love.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Ms. Childers about her work on Vice. She shared her experiences working with Bruce Willis and tells readers what to expect from the movie. Childers also expands on her role of Kelly the "Artificial" and takes us behind the scenes of the making of the film.
How did you get involved in Vice?
Kelly, my character, pulls a machine gun on Bruce Willis! »
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
★★☆☆☆ In 2011, first-time director William Eubank constructed a replica of the International Space Station in a driveway, out of odds-and-ends, and within it staged a flawed but ambitious science fiction saga called Love. For his next trick, he has crafted another low-budget sci-fi yarn that is just as visually admirable, but even more problematic overall. The Signal (2014) seeks to augment a tight, two-handed chamber piece with American indie sensibility, not to mention a found footage-style detour. Where Love's reach for profundity provided reason enough for viewers to look past some of its more clunky aspects, this sophomore feature suffers from failing to provide such audacious cover fire.
- CineVue UK
6 items from 2015
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