Sooner or later the actor Russell Crowe wants to sit in the director's chair and personally shout "Action!" Russell Crowe is eager to make his debut in directing for several years. For his first film, he chose a criminal drama "77", the effect of which will unfold in the seventies of last century.
The plot of the film has based on the story of writer James Ellroy, the master of detective, whose "LA Confidential" was filmed in 1997. The film "The Black Dahlia" based on the novel, has been filmed by Brian De Palma, and for the "White Jazz" for a long time has been watched George Clooney.
The movie is based on real events. In 1974 there was a shootout between the LA police and simbionistic Liberation Army. It lasted for five hours and was like a scene from some westerns, but unlike a movie in the life of casualties. Heroes - two cops, black and white, against this background, were investigating the murder of their colleague.
Most likely, one of the characters will play Crowe himself, but whom, is not yet known. The actor already has some experience in directing. He shot a documentary about his band "Thirty Odd Foot Of Grunts", entitled "Texas."
Russell Crowe is attributed to a number of projects, including the history of Australian surf-gangs "Bra Boys", a criminal drama "The Long Green Shore", film version of the series "Equalizer", as well as musical "Dirt Music". Crowe is going to wait until the script of "77" will be correct, and depending on the result he will begin shooting. Or will implement one of many current acting projects.
Zack Snyder - one of the most extraordinary filmmakers of modern times, with his unique and inimitable style. Moreover, despite the attractiveness of the visual component, his films did not yield in the plot and the emotional component.
The actions of the film "Sucker punch" take place in 1950. To remove all traces of his crime, the evil stepfather sends a young girl, the witness of the crime, to a psychiatric hospital, where he pays a local doctor in order he makes lobotomy for her as soon as possible. A girl, which hospital staff simply calls a doll, submerged in her own fantasy world, where imagines her escape from the crazy hospital. On this deal she has only 5 days.
Unfortunately, this story is the most disastrous part of the picture. Hallucinogenic delirium and nothing more. As the story, offscreen voice will always talk about a guardian angel, fight for our own destiny, but it exists in complete isolation from what is happening on screen. Even the final monologue is not quite fit in with what are doing the main character at this moment.
In addition to the impressive design of the characters and scenery, it should be noted, and local action. Filigree use of slow-mo at the time of the most spectacular shots - trade mark of Zach, and here he has not changed his style. Almost no shaky camera, but because the viewer always sees what is happening on the screen and can savor every frame fisticuffs.
The same can be said about the music, which is ideally complements the picture. Very interesting decision of filmmakers to re-sing known hits like "Sweet Dreams". It turned out very atmospheric and key episodes from the music just chills run.
And now, let us summarize. This is a very stylish, fascinating picture, with a completely empty plot and not very interesting characters. I was quite satisfied with the picture, albeit with some disappointment.
Director of the film "Orphan" and "Unknown" Jaume Collet-Serra negotiates concerning replacement of John Hillcoat in the remake of "Le cerce rouge". Before, on the project has also worked Johnnie To.
The movie by Jean-Pierre Melville is one of the vertices of the French criminal cinema. The hero of Alain Delon, Koryo, lefts prison, having a large fire at a jewelry store. At the same time from the convoy, jumped out the window train, escapes gunman Vogel (Gian Maria Volonte). Along the way he saves the Koryo. Together criminals decide to organize a robbery, taking the third member the vegetative former policeman Jensen (Yves Montand). But the trail of accomplices has been astute by commissioner Matei (Burvil). The culmination of the story will be delicately staged robbery of the store.
The latest project of Jaume Serra was the film "Unknown", who has led the U.S. box office last week. Hero of the picture is Dr. Martin Harris played by Liam Neeson, getting accidently in Berlin hospital he recognizes that no one in this world knew him.
The script for the new "Le cerce rouge" for Working Title Films Company in the face of the producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will be written by Steven Knight ("Eastern Promises").
In today's review, pilots news: Work It (ABC), Lost and Found (ABC), Pan Am (ABC), Poe (ABC), Wonder Woman (NBC), The Council of Dads (FOX), Family Album (FOX).
Work It (ABC) - The multi-comedy from screenwriters Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen. In the center of the plot - two unemployed agent for the sale of motor vehicles, who realize that living in a world of women. So they decided to put on women to get the sales representatives of pharmaceutical companies. Oddly enough, but this work makes them better men, husbands and fathers, and also causes appreciate the time spent in the bar, where they can be themselves.
Lost and Found (ABC) - The multi-comedy about a narcissistic New York bartender and party girl, whose life is suddenly turned upside down when it appeared her conservative 18-year-old son, whom she long ago gave up for adoption. The script is written by Marisa Coughlan.
Pan Am (ABC) - drama from writer and producer Jack Orman (ER) tells about the pilots and flight attendants working for a famous airline "Pan American" 60 years of the last century. In the director's chair sits Thomas Shlemm.
Poe (ABC) - crime drama that tells about Edgar Allan Poe, the world's first detective, who used unconventional methods of investigating mysteries in the 40's of 19 century in Boston. Chris Holler (Kyle XY) wrote the screenplay.
The Council of Dads (FOX) - one-part documentary comedy is based on a book of Bruce Feiler. A man discovers that he was dying and, therefore, seek the promise of five friends to help his wife in bringing up their two children. In the book, Feiler told his story, when in 2008, found himself in life-threatening cancer, and, feeling that father's absence in the lives of his two daughters to anything good for them does not lead, formed a "Council of the Dad’s" which consisted of six of his best male friends who agreed to assist in education. Fortunately, in reality, Feiler is fully recovered and have recourse to the plan and not have to. However, in the serial version is expected to that his father died, and the show will talk about how "The Council of Dad’s" helps educate children. The book has been adapted by creator of "Rescue Me" Peter Tolan.
Family Album (FOX) - one-part comedy tells of the stubborn head of the family, who firmly intend to spend family time. Each season of the show (if any will be released) will speak about family summer vacation.
Wonder Woman (NBC) - director of "Charlie's Angels" and fourth "Terminator" McG is considered the main favorite to place directed the pilot episode. McG is currently busy in a variety of TV projects - Nikita, Human Target, Supernatural and Chuck.
Crime drama "The Town" has confirmed that Ben Affleck's directorial debut "Gone Baby Gone" was no accident. Now the actor chooses a new project. Perhaps, there will be a film under the name "American Bullshit" – according to scenario of the "Black List".
Every year in Hollywood is published so-called "black list" with very interesting scenarios, which for various reasons have not been in production.
Of course, sometimes the scripts from the blacklist still get the green light. One of the closest of these films will be "Beaver" Jodie Foster.
"American bullshit" has been written by the author of "International" Eric Singer. The basis of his script is a real special operation conducted by the FBI under the code name "Abscam". It was held in the late 70's - early 80's and was originally aimed at the investigation of trafficking in stolen goods. The FBI was going to introduce in a criminal environment of their agents under the guise of middlemen who buy the stolen masterpieces for wealthy collectors in the Middle East. Subsequently, the operation turned into expose corruption at various levels.
In 1978 FBI has founded a front company Abdul Enterprises, Ltd. on behalf of a fictional Eastern Sheikh Kambira Abdul Rahman. Office staff recorded their negotiations on behalf of Sheikh with the authorities. "Rahman" wanted to acquire American citizenship and to build several casinos in the United States.
In search of support for authorities alleged Sheikh sent to the United States his people who should have received U.S. passports, a license for gambling, as well as generously reward anyone who will help them.
Abscam was mostly developed by Melvin Weinberg, a former swindler specifically rescued from prison for the occasion. It is interesting that the roles of representatives of Sheikh FBI has attracted about a hundred criminals of Arab, made a deal with prosecutors and passing in the witness protection program. Such a decision came for a simple reason: while there were not so much FBI agents with the eastern appearance and knowledge of Arabic.
The operation was completed in 1980. According to its results before the court should have brought 17 senior officials, including two senators and six congressmen. Total in the early 80's on charges of corruption have been convicted more than 18,000 people. How many of them turned out to be behind bars by the actions of the FBI - not known: there was only declassified Operation Abscam.
Ben Affleck's participation in the project has not yet been approved, but the director is serious concerning the new movie. He had in mind there are two scenarios. The Trade - about how the New York Yankees pitchers swapped wives and Replay - Ken Grimwood's novel adaptation of a 43-year old DJ, who dies, comes in an 18-year-old and re-living his life.
Actor and director Luc Bellevue from Jan. 21 starts filming crime drama "Une nuit", based on a history of the brutal murder of Kitty Genovese. In starring role will be Charlotte Gainsbourg, her husband, Ivan Attal and Natalie Bay.
Kitty Genovese's name became popular not only in history but also in psychology textbooks. On March 13, 1964 in New York the killer has killed the woman in front of several witnesses, but none has seen fit to intervene. Such phenomenon is called "Genovese Syndrome" or "outsider effect".
Someone Winston Moseley struck twice Kitty with a knife, then fled. But after a while he returned to the scene found the wounded victim, raped her and inflicted several stab wounds. At least a dozen people saw what was happening, but did not realize what was happening. Most felt the cries of the dying Genovese as a drunken quarrel.
Public response, which caused the death of Kitty, has led to reform of the receiving phone messages about crimes.
Murder of Kitty Genovese, not only stirred the public, but also left a legacy in pop culture. In particular, in the graphic novel "Watchmen" grim vigilante Rorschach decides to fight crime after the murder of Genovese and wears the face mask, made of her dress.
It is not reported, what will be the roles of Gainsbourg, Attalia and Bai, but it can be assumed that Charlotte will play the victim of infamous crime. The last film with the actress was the drama "Tree", which has closed the last year Cannes Film Festival, most likely this year Gainsbourg appears again on the Cote d'Azur with a new picture of Lars von Trier's "Melancholy".
Prominent British-American director Peter Yates, the author of films "Bullitt," "The Hot Stone", "Friends of Eddie Coyle," "The Deep", "Krull," "The Dresser" and many others, died on the 82-year life.
He began his way in the British cinema as a server. Among those whom served Yates on the set was Tony Richardson.
The first truly notable work Yeats work becomes the crime film "Robbery" after which he moved to Hollywood to put out there, perhaps his most famous painting - "Bullitt" with Steven McQueen. Now chase from the film is considered a reference and copied in many other films.
Yates, by genre, was rather versatile writer. Following the "Bullitt" he shot melodrama "John and Mary" (starring Dustin Hoffman and Mia Farrow) and a military movie "Murphy's War." Again to the criminal subject he addressed in an ironic film-robbing "The Hot Stone". One of the most brilliant, but, unfortunately, is not so notable works of director at the time was the film "Friends of Eddie Coyle" - is extremely tough and realistic adaptation of novel by George V. Higgins.
A huge box office success has enjoyed the adventure film "The Deep". In two years after it was released, producer has gotten his first nomination for an Oscar for the drama about growing up - "Breaking Away."
After the commercial failure of fantasy "Krull" Yates shoots is certainly one of his best films - "The Dresser", where the main role performed by associates of the British "kitchen sink drama" Tom Courtenay and Albert Finney, noted for his performance nominations for an Oscar. Tape claim awards in five categories, but received no one statuettes.
In addition to prominent movies, Yates career is also full of strong and simple genre films, such as thriller "Eyewitness", "Suspect" and "An Innocent Man". Over the past 20 years the director was shooting not as active as in the new century, confined himself to television work, including adaptation of "Don Quixote".
Peter Yates has died aged 82 after a long illness.
A screen adaptation of the novel "London Fields" by Martin Amis, crime thriller from the writers' of "Quantum of Solace", the role of Courtney Love - Englishwoman Gemma Arterton did not like to hold her tongue, in contrast to overseas colleagues and gladly shares her plans.
Of course, such public policy is a headache for actress publicist. Recently, he was forced to deny rumors that the ward is a female candidate on a major role in the new "Alien", but Gemma at the Toronto Film Festival has confirmed that Ridley Scott actually asked her to meet and discuss some project. "I do not know what's going on, but I really liked him in the "Disappearance of Alice's Creed."
In an interview with GQ magazine, Arterton said, that she would soon play a "very cool role in the life" from director Michael Winterbottom, who is going to filmed novel by Martin Amis "London Fields". The main character is planning her own death, as potential murderers are minor crook, striving to become a champion in a game of darts and weak-willed aristocrat with a hyperactive son.
The problem is that Winterbottom believes that the project is still very far from realization. In June this year, director said that he need to wait several more years. But if Gemma Arterton is really in the main role, there is a chance that the "London Fields" is closer than it seems.
Arterton also can play in crime drama "Corsica 72" on scenario of the authors of two recent pictures about agent 007 by Nile Pervis and Robert Wade. According to the plot, two criminals on Italian island Corsica, falls in love with the same girl. Gemma said that it is the "best scenario of all that I ever read." The director of the project is going to be Luke Guadanino.
And finally, Arterton can take part in two projects related to the legends of rock. The actress casts into the role of Marianne Feytfull and Courtney Love.
Film about Feytfull is yet at a very early stage of development, while the drama "All Apologies" about Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love may be a new work directed by Oren Moverman.
In the near future Arterton has shooting in "Clash of the Titans 2", and western movie by Richard E. Grant "In With The Outlaws" and Henrik Ibsen's performance "The Builder Soilnece" in one of London theaters.
Despite the fact that the latter union of two great actors did not become a sensation - crime drama "Righteous Kill" earned negative comments of critics and $ 77 million in worldwide box office, there is a chance that Al Pacino and Robert De Niro will film together again, but this time in the gangster drama of Martin Scorsese "The Irishman".
Two years ago, Scorsese and De Niro planned to tackle the adaptation of the novel by Charles Brend
"I Heard You Paint Houses". The book's title refers to the mafia slang, means that a person that is accessed in this way, works killer, mercenary, and after the murder on the walls and floors of houses are still stained with blood.
In his work Brend described the life of a real-life killer Frank "Irishman" Sheeran, with whom he met shortly before his death. He confessed to the writer that worked at one of the biggest underworld crime bosses, and that he killed Jimmy Hoff, the former U.S. trade union leader, suddenly disappeared under mysterious circumstances.
In addition to Pacino, the project looks closely and Joe Pesci, who worked with Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro on the "Casino", "Goodfellas" and "Raging Bull". Script from a book has been written by Stephen Zeyllyan, author of "Gangs of New York" and "American Gangster".
Now Martin Scorsese takes his three-dimensional project "Hugo Cabra" by a graphic novel by
Brian O. Selznick. "Irishman" is on the line along with several other films. In particular, maestro wants to film the book Shusako Endo "Silence" in 1966 on heavy everyday life of the Jesuits, seeking to bring Christianity in Japan 17-th century. At the draft have been already attributed such actors as Benicio Del Toro, Daniel Day-Lewis and Gael Garcia Bernal, but shooting was postponed indefinitely.
To date, I've seen only two seasons of the series "Sons of Anarchy". Can not but rejoice that fact that channel FX has decided to extend the series for a third season, which started on the channel last week.
So, what is this series about? The series is about biker club called "Sons of Anarchy", which was established many years ago by bikers, before the narration of our history in order to protect their civil rights and liberties. By the beginning of the movie action, the club has turned into a serious organization, major earnings which are the sale of weapons. But what is an amazing, that city residents, where is settled Club, love and trust bikers, "sons" do not give to sell the drugs on the streets and watching the city order. But not all so smoothly...
... For the life in the quiet town is closely watching the bikers from the club "Mayan family" and neo-drug dealers, whom the "sons" are prevented from doing business, and they had no objection by any means clear the way to the streets of their city.
In the center of the picture is the life and inner experiences of the young vice-president of the club, the son of the founder of the club, which is trying to decide for himself what kind of Club he want to see in the future - continued to engage in criminal business, or returning to the origins of its creation...
In general, the series is a serious family crime drama from the creators of the police series "The Shield", with great actors in the lead roles.