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20 Crazy Details Behind The Making Of Braveheart

Braveheart was a movie released in 1995 that told the story of Sir William Wallace - a knight from Scotland who was a key figure in the first war of the independence of Scotland. The screenplay was written by Randall Wallace, who based it on the poem called The Actes and Deidis of the Illustre and Vallyeant Campioun Schir William Wallace, which was a romanticized retelling of the life of William Wallace.

The script for Braveheart landed on the desk of Mel Gibson, who turned the movie into a personal passion project. There was a lot of doubt from the studios that there was a profit to be made in war epics that happened in Scotland, but Gibson proved them all wrong by bringing in over two-hundred and ten million dollars at the box office. Braveheart would go on to win five Academy Awards, with Gibson earning one for Best Director.
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7&7 picks up thriller 'Dark Sense' for Afm (exclusive)

The film is based on Peter A. Flannery’s novel ‘First And Only’.

London based sales agency 7&7 Producers’ Sales Service has picked up international rights on British paranormal thriller Dark Sense ahead of the American Film Market.

The independently-financed film was produced in Scotland by Simone Bett and Magnus Wake’s Encaptivate Films, and was first screened as a work-in-progress at last year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival.

It is based on Peter A. Flannery’s novel First And Only, and follows psychic Simon, who, after having foreseen his own death at the hands of a serial killer, enlists the
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Mel Gibson On ‘The Wild Bunch’ Remake: “It Started As A Bad Idea”

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Mel Gibson On ‘The Wild Bunch’ Remake: “It Started As A Bad Idea”
Mel Gibson made a surprise appearance Tuesday night at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood for the American premiere of Dragged Across Concrete, the brutal heist movie from writer-director S. Craig Zahler that stars Gibson and Vince Vaughn as compromised cops planning a score of their own.

A subdued and bearded Gibson joined Vaughn and fellow cast members Tory Kittles, Michael Jai White and Fred Melamed and Zahler (Brawl in Cell Block 99) for a lengthy post-screening stage interview. When the Oscar-winning firebrand figure mentioned his just-announced plan to direct a remake of Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch, he got an enthusiastic response from the crowd of genre fans.

“This film is related, it’s in that Peckinpah realm,” Gibson said about Dragged Across Concrete, which made its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival but screened Tuesday night as the finale-night programming for this year’s Beyond Fest. The
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Kristen Bell Reveals the Most Annoying Things Dax Shepard Has Ever Done

Kristen Bell Reveals the Most Annoying Things Dax Shepard Has Ever Done
Vacationing with Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell is probably non-stop entertainment. The Veronica Mars and Frozen actress and comedy film star, who have been married since 2013 and share two daughters, opened up on his Armchair Expert podcast on Thursday about some things he's done during trips that have annoyed her. Problem No. 1: Dealing with the Tsa: Shepard is not a fan of being told what to do in general, so it's no wonder that having to obey the often bizarre commands of Tsa agents makes his blood boil. "You go in there like you're in Braveheart, ready for battle," Bell said. "I went through one of those things where it circles around...
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Tim Roth, Clive Owen Star In Francois Girard-Helmed ‘The Song Of Names’

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Tim Roth, Clive Owen Star In Francois Girard-Helmed ‘The Song Of Names’
Exclusive: Tim Roth and Clive Owen will star alongside Catherine McCormack (Braveheart), Jonah Hauer King (Little Women) and Gerran Howell (Genius) in The Song Of Names, the drama that The Red Violin director Francois Girard begins shooting tomorrow in London. Based on the Whitbread-winning novel by classical music scholar Norman Lebrecht, the screenplay is by Jeffrey Caine (The Constant Gardener), and the musical score is by Oscar Winner Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings).

The film is produced by Robert Lantos, Lyse Lafontaine and Nick Hirschkorn, with Viktoria Petranyi co-producing. Mark Musselman, Peter Touche and Stephen Spence are exec producers. Pic will also shoot in Budapest, Treblinka, Montreal and New York.

The Song Of Names is an emotional detective story spread over two continents and half a century. Beneath the film’s stunning and emotional musical revelation burn the horror of a war and the lost souls extinguished from history.
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Netflix's Outlaw King Cuts 20 Minutes After Poor Premiere Reception

  • MovieWeb
Netflix showcased a handful of awards season hopefuls this year at various film festivals. They had a very big showing at the Toronto International Film Festival recently, which amounted to high praise for movies such as Roma and 22 July. However, director David Mackenzie's Scottish epic Outlaw King wasn't so lucky as the movie was met with a very poor response from critics at the festival. As a result, Mackenzie has decided to revisit the movie in the editing room, cutting a significant amount of footage in the hopes of improving upon his passion project. Mackenzie said he knew things weren't right during the screening at Tiff.

"I could feel what the audience was like in the theater. I'm sensitive to the way they felt."

Outlaw King tells the story of Scottish king Robert the Bruce, played by Chris Pine, the successor to William Wallace of Braveheart fame. However, Mel Gibson
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Mel Gibson To Direct Remake Of Sam Peckinpah's "The Wild Bunch"

  • CinemaRetro
By Lee Pfeiffer

Mel Gibson has announced that he will co-write and direct a remake of Sam Peckinpah's controversial 1969 Western classic "The Wild Bunch". We can hear retro movie lovers around the globe shout "Oh, no!" But Gibson, who is enjoying a career renaissance since making some drunken, racist rants years ago, has a knack for making hit films out of seemingly unpromising ideas. He won the Oscar for Best Director for "Braveheart" and turned "The Passion of the Christ" and "Apocalypto" into surprise boxoffice hits. Still, tampering with Peckinpah's revisionist Western, which is better regarded today than it was at the time of its release, will be seen as treading on dangerous ground. No details are known at this time, as Gibson is working on a WWII film, "Destroyer" after which he is to commence work on "The Wild Bunch".  Gibson's co-scripter Bryan Bagby,  has a slim list of credits on IMDb.
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Wild Bunch Remake Is Coming from Writer and Director Mel Gibson

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Wild Bunch Remake Is Coming from Writer and Director Mel Gibson
Sam Peckinpah's classic 1969 western The Wild Bunch is getting the remake treatment at Warner Bros. with Mel Gibson on board to co-write, direct, and executive produce the project. Gibson is co-writing the remake with Bryan Bagby. It's not yet evident if Gibson will be making a remake or deviating from Peckinpah's original version. Warner Bros. has been trying to work with Gibson for a while now and reportedly asked him to helm Suicide Squad 2. He ultimately turned the sequel down.

The Wild Bunch was controversial upon its release in 1969 for graphic violence. The film tells the story of an aging group of outlaws going after one last score on the United States and Mexico border, while being pursued by a merciless posse. In addition to being notable for graphic violence, Sam Peckinpah's original was also known for intricate, multi-angle, quick-cut editing using normal and slow motion images, which
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"The Wild Bunch"

  • SneakPeek
Oscar winner Mel Gibson ("Braveheart") will co-write and direct an updated version of director Sam Peckinpah's bloody, award-winning, Old West action feature "The Wild Bunch" (1969), following an aging outlaw gang as they look for one last big score:

"...'Pike Bishop', leader of a gang of crusty outlaws, is seeking retirement with one final score: the robbery of a railroad office containing a cache of silver. But Pike is ambushed by his former partner, 'Deke Thornton', leading a posse of bounty hunters hired and deputized by the railroad. A bloody shootout kills several of the gang.

"Pike escapes with the only survivors, 'Dutch Engstrom', brothers 'Lyle' and T'ector Gorch', and 'Angel'.The loot from the robbery turns out to be a decoy: steel washers instead of silver coin. Glad to be alive, the men reunite with old-timer 'Freddie Sykes' and head for Mexico.

"Pike's men cross the Rio Grande to Angel's old village,
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Mel Gibson to Write and Direct Wild Bunch Remake

Tony Sokol Sep 24, 2018

Warner Bros is putting Mel Gibson in Sam Peckinpah's saddle for a Wild Bunch remake.

"We all dream of being a child again, even the worst of us," Don Jose said in Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch. "Perhaps the worst most of all." The director then took the most graphic violence and realistic gunshots to turn the wild south west into a beautifully tortured regression in time. Warner Bros. is handing the film over to Mel Gibson, who will co-write, executive produce, and direct a remake of the influential 1969 American epic Western movie, according to Deadline.

The Wild Bunch is about a gang of aging outlaws on the Mexico–United States border in 1913 led by William Holden. Lee Marvin was originally cast as the lead, but backed out to do the Western genre musical Paint Your Wagon. Veteran actor Holden was at the beginning of a major comeback.
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David Mackenzie And Cast On His Grueling Medieval Festival Opener ‘Outlaw King’: “It Was Relentless” – Toronto Studio

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David Mackenzie And Cast On His Grueling Medieval Festival Opener ‘Outlaw King’: “It Was Relentless” – Toronto Studio
Scottish director David Mackenzie ruffled a few feathers this year with the festival’s opening film, a violent period drama that many considered to be a companion piece to Mel Gibson’s 1995 Oscar-winning drama Braveheart.

“The story’s about Robert Bruce,” explained Mackenzie when he brought several members of his huge cast to the Deadline studio. “He’s a man who was a founding father of Scotland, 700 years ago. It covers a certain period in his history, where he goes from being an aristocratic Lord who surrendered to King Edward of England—who’s basically subsumed the whole [of Scotland] into his country—and he goes on a journey to where he finds himself really unable to stick with the surrender that he’s agreed to, and he starts to kick back.”

Chris Pine, who starred in Mackenzie’s last film, the Oscar-nominated thriller Hell or High Water, explained what attracted him
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Cynthia Erivo’s Harriet Tubman Movie Lands at Focus

  • Variety
Focus Features has come on board “Harriet,” a feature film chronicling the life of abolitionist Harriet Tubman with Tony Award-winner Cynthia Erivo in the lead.

Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles, and Clarke Peters are also starring. Kasi Lemmons (“Eve’s Bayou”) will direct a screenplay she co-wrote with Gregory Allen Howard.

Focus announced Thursday that production will start in October in Virginia. Producers are Debra Martin Chase with Martin Chase Productions, Daniela Taplin Lundberg with Stay Gold Features, and Howard. Cinematographer John Toll, won back-to-back Oscars for “Legends of the Fall” and “Braveheart,” is also on board. Josh McLaughlin will oversee the production.

“Harriet” follows Tubman on her 1849 escape from slavery and subsequent missions to free dozens of slaves through the Underground Railroad in the face of growing pre-Civil War adversity.

“This is the story of a seemingly powerless woman who accomplished the extraordinary to save her loved ones,
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Tiff 2018: ‘Outlaw King’ Review: Dir. David McKenzie (2018)

Outlaw King review: One could have been forgiven for rolling the eyes at the news of the casting of Chris Pine as Robert The Bruce in David McKenzie’s probable big-budget Netflix epic Outlaw King, a new portrait of the Scottish hero, but he’s not the worst thing about the film which opened this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. In fact, there’s not much to pick apart at a first glance of this historical epic, which is almost certainly more suited to the big-screen than TV, tablet and mobile phone handsets through the streamer.

Outlaw King review [Tiff]

It’s the 1300s, and Scotland, through Sir Robert VI de Brus (James Cosmo) and his son, also Robert (Pine), have pledged their allegiance to England, and its reigning king, Edward I (Stephen Dillane). To cinemagoers with a lack of knowledge of 14th century Britain, this is roughly when Mel Gibson’s Braveheart ended,
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Toronto International Film Festival 2018 Review – Outlaw King

Outlaw King, 2018.

Directed by David Mackenzie.

Starring Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Florence Pugh, Billy Howle, Tony Curran, Alistair Mackenzie, James Cosmo, Callan Mulvey, and Stephen Dillane.

Synopsis:

An epic story about the renowned King of Scots, Robert the Bruce, and the war of liberation he waged against the English occupation of Scotland.

Director David Mackenzie and star Chris Pine reunite after their film Hell or High Water in the historical fiction epic, Outlaw King. Following the early reign of Scottish king Robert the Bruce, the film explores the beginnings of his rebellion against the English to regain Scotland’s independence. The film, which will hit Netflix in November, is entertaining with Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass) and Billy Howle (On Chesil Beach) giving the most memorable performances of the film. Where Outlaw King really excels at, though, is in its technical aspects through its natural lighting, cinematography and brutal battles.

Pine
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‘Outlaw King’ Review: Netflix’s Lame ‘Braveheart’ Spinoff Will Force You to Admit that Mel Gibson Did it Better — Tiff

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‘Outlaw King’ Review: Netflix’s Lame ‘Braveheart’ Spinoff Will Force You to Admit that Mel Gibson Did it Better — Tiff
“Friends, join us: We have a spectacle!” So Edward I of England bellows in the extraordinary first shot of David Mackenzie’s “Outlaw King,” and he isn’t kidding. Over the course of one fluid motion, the camera tracks from inside a musty tent — where Robert the Bruce (a gray-bearded Chris Pine) is renouncing his claim to the throne and joining the other prominent lords of Scotland in pledging reluctant fealty to the hegemonic English sovereign — and out onto the muddy field beyond, where the largest catapult ever constructed is waiting to hurl a flaming metal boulder at a distant castle. Somewhere along the way, we’re also introduced to the Prince of England (an eminently hatable Billy Howle), and given ample opportunity to appreciate his demented bowl cut.

In the span of roughly 10 minutes, “Outlaw King” establishes that Scotland has been cowered to its knees, that its rightful heir
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‘Outlaw King’ is a Brutal Historical Epic That Will Leave You Exhausted [Tiff]

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‘Outlaw King’ is a Brutal Historical Epic That Will Leave You Exhausted [Tiff]
If you’ve ever watched Braveheart and thought, “What happened after all that?”, have I got a film for you! It’s called Outlaw King, and it’s an unrelentingly brutal, often funny, haphazardly edited affair. Outlaw King had its big debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, and will debut on Netflix on November 9, 2018. Hell or […]

The post ‘Outlaw King’ is a Brutal Historical Epic That Will Leave You Exhausted [Tiff] appeared first on /Film.
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Toronto Film Review: Chris Pine in ‘Outlaw King’

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Someone at Netflix must love movies, because they keep on making them: massive, large-canvas sagas that beg to be witnessed on the big screen — like Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” (shot on 65mm) and Martin Scorsese’s upcoming “The Irishman” (whose budget has reportedly swollen past $140 million) — even if virtually everyone who does see them winds up doing so on the plasma TV, or laptop, or iWatch, or whatever. Picking up where “Braveheart” left off, “Outlaw King” tells the story of Robert the Bruce, the Scottish leader who invoked the memory of fallen rebel William Wallace, “Remember the Alamo!” style, on his way to reclaiming Scotland’s independence.

The project is David Lean grand and deserves — nay, demands — to be viewed in theaters, so vast is the spectacle of this bloody, mud-covered bonanza, featuring crowds of grubby early-14th-century Scots rising up against their English occupiers. Only there, beamed onto walls as tall as castles,
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‘Outlaw King’ Review: Chris Pine Soldiers Bravely Through Crowded Epic

  • The Wrap
Before introducing the director of this year’s opening night film at Tiff, festival artistic director Cameron Bailey said his group is always looking for “filmmaking craft which shows just what big screen filmmaking can do.”

The audience got that and then some with David Mackenzie’s bursting-at-the-seems Scottish war epic “Outlaw King,” which stars Chris Pine and played for the first time ever at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theater.

Pine stars as Robert the Bruce, the historic warrior-king who helped wrestle the crown of Scotland from British control and establish the country as independent in the 1300s. To Americans, Robert the Bruce is probably most famous for being played by Angus Macfadyen in Mel Gibson’s Oscar-winning William Wallace biopic “Braveheart,” and yes “Outlaw King” repays the favor by also featuring Wallace as a character. This is notable because you’re sure to hear a lot of comparisons of the films from viewers,
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The 2018 IndieWire Tiff Bible: Every Review, Interview, and News Item Posted During the Festival

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The 2018 IndieWire Tiff Bible: Every Review, Interview, and News Item Posted During the Festival
Lineup

Tiff Reveals First Slate of 2018 Films, Including ‘Beautiful Boy,’ ‘High Life,’ ‘First Man,’ ‘Widows,’ and Many More

Tiff 2018 Lineup: ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘First Man,’ ‘Beautiful Boy,’ and Many More

Tiff Reveals Full Canadian Lineup, Including 19 New Films and Special Premiere Event of Rob Stewart’s Final ‘Sharkwater’ Doc

Xavier Dolan’s ‘The Death and Life of John F. Donovan’ to World Premiere at 2018 Toronto International Film Festival

Tiff 2018 Announces Platform Lineup, Including New Films From Karyn Kusama, Alex Ross Perry, and Tim Sutton

Tiff Announces Midnight Madness and Documentary Slates, Including ‘Halloween’ and ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ World Premieres

Tiff Announces Chris Pine-Starring ‘Outlaw King’ Will Open Festival and Kristen Stewart’s ‘Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy’ to Close

Tiff Adds More High-Profile Titles, Including Jonah Hill’s ‘Mid90s,’ ‘Boy Erased,’ ‘Hold the Dark,’ and Many More

TV Comes to Tiff: Julia Roberts-Starring ‘Homecoming’ and More Set for World Premiere
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Dwayne Johnson To Play Kamehameha In ‘The King;’ Robert Zemeckis Directs

Dwayne Johnson has added another movie to his upcoming rosters, a Robert Zemeckis-directed film called The King where he is set to play Hawaiian King Kamehameha. Braveheart‘s Randall Wallace has written the screenplay for the film, so reports Deadline.

The trade adds a synopsis for the film, which we presume will kick off shooting once Johnson has finished up work on the likes of Red Notice, where he reunites with his Skyscraper direct Rawson Marshall Thurber, the planned sequel to the box-office juggernaut Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, and the soon-to-start-shooting Hobbs and Shaw, a spin-off from the Fast & Furious movies.

Kamehameha is the legendary king who was the first to unite the warring Hawaiian islands, which fulfilled the prophecy that surrounded his fabled life since birth. He took control of Hawaii’s destiny, and gave the islanders leverage in advancing the culture in trading with the
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