Paramount Pictures has filed a lawsuit against the heirs of the writer Mario Puzo. Studio says that the family's "Godfather" is not authorized to write any continuations of the famous novel.
This week in District Court in Manhattan entered a lawsuit against Paramount Pictures. Its essence is this: in 2006, relatives of the Mario Puzo have published a novel of Mike Winegardner "Revenge of the Godfather," and gave the go-ahead to publish the book by Edward Falco, "Corleone family", which should be on the shelves of American stores on May 8, 2012, all of which was allegedly done without the consent of the studio, which owns all rights to the book of Puzo.
Paramount believes that the heirs of the writer thus disgracing an existing brand and introduce customers to confusion with respect to original works of Mario Puzo.
"The agreement signed in 1969 between Paramount and Puzo, transfers all rights to the original novel" The Godfather "(except for the publishing rights) studio Paramount, - said in the lawsuit. - Puzo is not left behind him no rights to publish the sequel to "The Godfather." Thus, Puzo's relatives do not have the right to publish any novels associated with the "Godfather", in addition to reprints of the original books. "
It is worth noting that in 2002 Paramount and relatives of the writer failed to agree on the publication of "Revenge of the Godfather," released in 2004. However, the studio believes that Mario Puzo's son, Anthony Puzo, managing his late father deals, didn’t understand that he had to negotiate with Paramount Publishing any other novels about the family Corleone.
"The Godfather" from director Francis Ford Coppola has been released in 1972 and was awarded three "Oscar" awards: for Best Actor (Marlon Brando), for Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture. Painting with a budget of 6 million earned in the U.S. box about 133 million dollars. "Godfather 2", released in 1974, received six "Oscars", while the third part has limited just with nominations.
Last year, Michael Fassbender pleased his fans by frequent appearances on the screen: "Jane Eyre", "X-Men: First Class," "Knockout," "Dangerous Method," now here "Shame." But on 2012 the actor has not so much plans, but the projects are no less interesting to them and today added another - the screen of Celtic myths.
As you know, the life of every actor comes a point when he decides to do his own project, not only embody the wrong idea. And Michael - it is impossible not to notice pretty quickly - went up to this step in his career. Together with his friend Ronan Bennett, author of the script "Public Enemies", Fassbender is going to make a long-standing dream - to move on cinema screens ancient Iceland myths and one of their central characters - the warrior Cuchulain.
This character is known rather badly in the world. In the comics, as the Torah, it is not skidded, so the circle of friends with him, we can say is limited to the Irish, Celtic culture lovers, the former at the height of fashion in the mid-90s, and those who are lucky enough as a child to read customized legends and fairy tales of Ireland.
But the film adaptation of this figure is worthy of no less than others. The first legend about the exploits of Cuchulain was laid in the VII-VIII centuries. According to this legend, he was born in the thirties, BC. for the first time he took arms in 7 years (this is a separate event tells the legend), he spent his youth, as it should be a hero, in deeds and died at age 27. Ethnicity as it is described in different ways, and he looked quite bizarre, according to all descriptions. In another characterization meet all the stories about Cuchulain: he was very cunning, strength of mind close, for example, Odysseus.
The greatest feat of Cuchulain and the central legend of him - "The Rape of Kualnge bull." In this story, the queen of furniture attacking Ulster, the ancient capital of Northern Ireland. The nephew of King Conchobar, Cuchulain, alone and without any tricks keeps the defense, while the entire army for five days is struck witchcraft.
Apparently, on these grounds, and wrote his script Ronna Bennett. It is expected that he Fassbender, in whose veins flows an Irish blood will perform the title role. True, the actor twice as old as the time of his hero, "Abduction," but it is not seen as a significant hindrance.
Well, the first in the list of the most anticipated projects with Michael - this, of course, "Prometheus" by Ridley Scott. Next comes the sequel to the project "X-Men: First Class" - its script is still in development, and the release date is still in question. But the authors promise that the extension will be even more devoted to the hero Fassbender, Magneto.
Actor Antonio Banderas will play the founder of cubism in the biographical drama "33 days" (33 dias) honored Spanish director Carlos Saura. In an interview with the Spanish edition of El Pais, he has hastened to declare that the image of the famous painter of his long-pursued. It is noteworthy that the actor was born in Malaga in the four blocks from the place where Picasso was born.
The plot of the Saura tape will be centered around just one episode in the life of the artist and talk about his emotional experiences while working on the painting "Guernica."
Massive anti-war message to the canvas was created by a master in 1937, commissioned by the Spanish government. "Guernica" was Picasso's response to the bombing of the eponymous town in the Basque country, arranged by volunteer unit of the Luftwaffe in the spring of that year, when the town within three hours had dropped several thousand shells, and about two thousand residents were under the rubble.
The artist, impressed by occurred, wrote his epic picture of a little more than a month, and work on the "Guernica" by Picasso helped to cope with personal crises. Subsequently, the sheet was taken and mixed public and critics. Some people treated him rather indifferently, or other thought, "Guernica," a propaganda document, or praised as "a terrible indictment of fascism and the Franco regime."
Biopic "33 days" will record not only the process of working on a painting by Pablo, but also focus on the relationship of the artist Dora Maar with a photographer, lover and muse of the master for nine years.
The script of the drama is written by producer Elias Kerehetoy by Carlos Saura with Louis-Charles Siryak. It is likely that the project as an operator to take part by Vittorio Storaro, who worked on the film "Apocalypse Now" and "Last Tango in Paris". He collaborated with Saura in six films.
Filming in French and Spanish will start next summer in Paris and in fact in Guernica. The project budget will be almost eight million dollars.
Previously, Saura had already turned to images of famous artists in his films. Thus, his drama "Goya in Bordeaux" tells the story of the last years of the famous Spanish painter and engraver. For Antonio Banderas the role of Picasso can also be not the last acting job of such plan: a star of "Skin, in which I live" is assigned to the project by Simon West on Salvador Dali.
House of Cards before reaching the screen had pretty made some noise. The project deals with Netflix, the battle for the serial cable bypassed known brands. Given the dominant role of the Netflix streaming video on the market, many companies are already predicting the fate of HBO. Secondly, the project received an unprecedented order at once for two seasons (26 episodes). Even the cable channels today prefer to test pilot, and then ordered the entire season. Given that the shooting of one series would cost $ 4-6 million, we are talking about investments in more than $ 100 million. Risky project. If you do not say more. Third, David Fincher has agreed to deliver the first series. Starred Kevin Spacey. Fincher, Spacey, Eric Roth (screenwriter movie "Forrest Gump," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Your Man"), Joshua Donen will act as executive producers. Bo Uillimon ("The Ides of March") will be a show runner of the series. He also wrote the pilot, which will begin shooting this spring. The premiere is scheduled for autumn.
At a meeting of the Democratic Party, Francis "Frank" Underwood says a solemn speech in honor of U.S. elect President Garrett Walker. Frank - Richard III, Iago and Hannibal Lector in one person, cunning and clever. Frank is largely contributed to the election of Garrett, backed by the right people and finding sponsors for the campaign. During his political career he has seen a lot, but after spending a congressman in the Senate many years, decided to work well-deserved rest at the White House. If is elected, he promised him the post of defense minister. However, Frank learns that the position went to another. Frank sees the new government in the Senate, where it can promote the adoption of laws. Frank - a man of the old school, he used to play by the rules, principal among them - to contain promises. He does not show the anger and wrath, but a plan for revenge has already begun to mature in his head...
Zoe Barnes - a smart and hungry for sensational news reporter in the newspaper «Washington Gerald». Usually, she highlights the work of the city council, which would be handled the random words. Zoe wants to write about politics and events in the White House, but this she has yet to grow and grow. She is well versed in the internal political intrigues, and understands that the post of minister of defense was prepared for Frank. Coming to his home, Zoe suggests making an agreement, but has no idea that she will become a pawn in Frank’s game.
The first draft of the new government will focus on education reform. Frank offered to take a look at the text of the law and make the necessary corrections. The project is still too raw and "left" for the current government. But this Draft Frank "merges" Zoe, who writes a crushing article provides a first strip in the new issue of the newspaper ...
These characters and events - just a few of the actors and story lines, designated in the script of Bo Uillimona. House of Cards - a good example of a pilot for cable television. The absence of an exciting story writer redeems much more important factor for the series – the heroes and their characters. Not surprisingly, the project has attracted the attention of so many famous people. There is no doubt that in addition to Kevin Spacey in the series we will see many familiar faces. Why not? It's simple - even the minor characters are multi-faceted, well spelled out and look like real people with their positive qualities and shortcomings.
House of Cards, to some extent resembles the "Ides of March": a slow, thoughtful and attentive to detail, with the conflicts within the party and a statement of the thesis "journalism and politics - a hell mixture."
Nominees for the Academy Award - Viola Davis, Glenn Close, Rooney Mara, Gary Oldman, Christopher Plummer, Martin Scorsese - tell us how to react to received news.
"This second nomination for "Oscar" will affect my life more than the first one. Believe me, I can not wait to once again be able to do what I love: playing. February 27, when all will be left behind, I'll get back to my old life. I love the rewards that are earned, I am so proud of them, but I do not take them with me when I go to bed. What I'm staying and at the end of the day, it's an actress. I'm incredibly happy to be "prohibitively loud and terrible to close" was nominated in the category "Best Film". It was the last, which is announced, and I just shook with fear, I really was ... We salute movies often technically perfect, but not necessarily coming from the heart. I've always liked underdogs and dark horses that appear out of nowhere. It proves that you can not predict what will hurt people. "
Glenn Close (Best Actress in "Albert Nobbs")
"Rejoice, rejoice, and rejoice once again. My role was stunning and technically and emotionally. Image of Alberta is a contemplative nature, you need time to feel like this character come to life. And then comes the crucial moment when you are no longer you are. I am happy that Marshall Kornevil, Lynn Johnson and Matthew B. Mangla are nominated for best makeup and will compete for the award with their colleagues, working on the "Deathly Hallows: Part 2" and "Iron Lady." In their work they were minimalists. Their work - the very grace and beauty. Without them, my Albert would not have turned out. "
"I was asleep, and suddenly my phone began to rip off the hooks. I know that I have a small chance, but, honestly, though it was unexpected. I do not know what the principles of the nomination of the nominees, but I think our film later came into the game, and that many films that have won awards, were released much earlier. I feel incredibly flattered and embarrassed, being on the list. I wouldn’t coupe without David Fincher and he should be aware of the contribution and responsibility for the nomination. "
Gary Oldman (Best Actor, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy")
"I'm in Berlin, we've got premiere of the movie "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy". I gave an interview to German newspaper, when it became clear that I was nominated for an award. My manager came up to me with tears in his eyes. Personally, I did not expect anything. It was an ordinary working day, and a final interview to the press about the "Spy." The irony, is not it? "
Christopher Plummer (Best Supporting Actor, "Beginners")
"Our film is a charming, warm and touching. Story is so beautifully built and so beautifully designed. I am also very pleased that my colleague in the film" The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo "Rooney Mara was nominated in the category "Best Actress".
Martin Scorsese (Best Director, "Hugo")
"Hugo" received 11 nominations - for crying out loud, but we can not allow hopes to increase for this. I'm trying to control myself. "
Ray Donovan - a new project of the channel Showtime, telling about man, who settles the most delicate and slippery issues in the world of famous and wealthy people in Los Angeles. Liev Schreiber will play a major role.
Ray Donovan, 45, wakes up from loud rap music. Not having to be a curse, he is forced to answer a phone call. Deonte, rising star in the NBA, in a panic has found next to him a woman who died from a drug overdose. Ray specializes in such cases. If you have a lot of money, you live in Los Angeles, and you need to hush up a case, Ray - your person.
Getting out of bed, Ray, first call Avi-Jew, his chief assistant, characterized in solid muscle with fat, ordered him to get to the hotel, where Deonte lives and "clean up" the room. The second call goes twenty eight years old Lena, the second mate, loving same-sex date for one night.
Ray calls Lee Drexler, one of the lawyers who control the city of angels. Lee is furious antics of Tommy Jenkins, a young Hollywood star, who is coming in a month two hundred millionth heterosexual blockbuster, but a couple of days ago, a guy picked up a ladyboy on Sunset Boulevard. Ray finds a way to kill two birds with one stone, "provides" an alibi to Deonte, and Tommy left with a dead girl, thoroughly tidied up in a hotel room that police have no doubts in the usual overdose. After that anonymous reports to journalists about the incident. Tommy Ray warns that he will have to go through the ninety-day course of treatment in drug treatment clinic, but his sexual orientation is now no one will cause problems, but on drugs in Hollywood for a long time nobody pays attention.
And this is only the beginning of the day. Ray's next client - Stu Feldman, requiring follow up his mistress, Ashley Rucker, famous pop singer. The last time Ray saw Ashley more than ten years ago (she was then sixteen), helping in the process against parents who have decided to take all her money. Starting follow Ashley, Ray and Avi noticed stalker, watching the girl. Ray reports that Ashley, quickly realizes that man has been hired by Stu. Ashley is an epileptic and weird girl who immediately sunk to the Ray and trying to get him into bed.
And if you think that the work of Ray is a real madhouse, you still do not know anything about his family. Ray is married to Abby. They have two children: Bridget (14) and Conor (12). Ray does not like to talk about his relatives. His mother died when he was a child. The sister committed suicide at the age of seventeen. Ray has two brothers: Terry, who suffers from Parkinson's disease after boxing career, but still finds the strength to keep the gym where he trains young boxers, and Bunch, who was raped by a priest as a child and now he can’t survive without serious binge for more than a couple of months. After meeting with his brothers, Ray finds out that a few days ago to the freedom was released Mickey Donovan, their father, being in jail for twenty years. If ever there were a man whom Ray hates most of all, it is - no doubt his father. Ray warns Terry to stay away from Mickey, if he does not want to lose his gym, and Bunch advised to forget about his existence, if he wants to save $ 1.4 million, recently adjudged at the church. But Bunch does not listen to Ray, and together with farther enjoy coke.
Ray Donovan, having started as another fun gadget from Showtime, rapidly changes its color to dark color: the closer to the ending of the pilot, the harder it becomes darker and the story, making wonder whether the creators dare to further exaggeration.
For Jason Statham has been secured a major role in the thriller remake "Heat" of 1986. For setting the film undertakes Brian de Palma. The modern adaptation of the story for the company Sierra / Affinity will take two-time winner of "Oscars" by William Goldman.
The text of the original paintings, orchestrated a quarter century ago, Dick Richards and Jerry Jameson, was also written by Goldman (a famous novelist and screenwriter of the film "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "All the President's Men"). Moreover, the story of "Heat" has based on his own eponymous novel.
The film of the 1980th spoke of the former military, who works in Las Vegas security guard, wants to dig some money and go to Venice, but engaged in a showdown with the Mafia. The new version of events spun around a guy that serves something of a bouncer in the industry and hooked on roulette. Getting up to protect his girlfriend was brutally beaten by bandits, he finds himself on the warpath with the underworld.
Production of the film will begin in late 2012 or early 2013th. The right to movie release Sierra / Affinity plans to sell at the open Berlin Film Market.
For Jason Statham remake of "Wrath" will be the second experience of cooperation with the said company. In October of this year will be released on the big screen crime thriller Sierra / Affinity "Parker", in which the actor also played a central role.
Meanwhile, director Brian De Palma is preparing to shoot another remake. In the film "Passion", the French version of the crime drama "The crime of love" starring are Numi Rapas and Rachel McAdams.
Director of "Avengers" Joss Weedon answered questions from users of social networking site Twitter.
The film plot will be taken from one of the Avengers comic book or this is completely new story?
"It will be a hodgepodge: classic, original idea, plus a little "Richie Rich" and Julia Child cookbook "Mastering the Art of French cuisine".
Is there an Avenger, which you would like to see in the film, but this idea did not materialize for any reason, be it time or budget?
"I'm a big fan of the Wasps. She is confused and grasping."
What about the cameo of Spider-Man?
"There will be no cameo of Spider-Man. But the Avengers, however, win the darkness."
Do not you hid some Easter eggs? And if so, how much will need to be attentive to the audience did not step on them?
"Painted eggs will be real. Try to find them all!"
People always ask about the most difficult moment in the filming. And what was the easiest?
"To control the puppets of flesh ... I mean, actors."
Will the heroines, especially the Black Widow, demonstrate guys, how strong they are, and how?
"The ladies will spend time complaining about life, dealing with pastries and suffering on mathematical calculations." (Sarcasm)".
What was your reaction when you learned that will become director of "Avengers"?
"What a fool tied to it? Show me this idiot that I mock him!"
Can I get the pleasure of "Avengers" not watching at the other movies?
"You do not have to watch a movie production of Marvel, in order to like "The Avengers". But you must watch "Steel Magnolias" six times, not less."
How much time it took to make a movie?
"I started when I was 12 and should finish at 23:59 on May 3."
Who was the biggest prankster on set?
"I killed the joker on the third day."
Producers David Shore and Katie Jacobs, along with the leadership of Fox channel announced the closure of the TV series "House" - the eighth season would be the last one.
The reason for this - falling ratings, as well as the reluctance of the lead actor Hugh Laurie to continue to play the genius misanthrope doctor. The rest of the series has not yet shown to be broadcast until April.
The series "House" is on the air on American television from the fall of 2004. The action of the epic is built around the Princeton-Plainsboro Hospital, located in New Jersey. There works a brilliant diagnostician Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) - a complex person in dialogue, but in fact the only one who can recognize even the most complicated cases, which he investigates with his own team of diagnosticians, but often providing his weighty support in addressing the problem.
He is also quite resourceful person, in order to gain insight into the psychological problems of some of their patients (and colleagues too), which are often not reliably describe the symptoms. Because one of the main principles of the House - "everybody lies".
At the same doctor for many years suffered from pain in his leg, to appease them, he always takes the most powerful painkiller Vicodin, which have formed dependence at House on what being built important aspect of the plot.
The series was one of the main driving forces of the channel, which, however, did not spare it from the lower ratings. "House" has brought Actor Hugh Laurie a wide popularity, as well as two awards "Golden Globe" in the category "Best Actor in a Drama Series."
A considerable share of the glory due to TV series has received and Olivia Wilde, who plays Dr. Remy Hadley, whose sarcastic nickname was Thirteenth.
Among the initiators of the series there is the author of "Suspicious persons" and "X-Men" Bryan Singer, directed two episodes.
Midnight Sun - a new project of NBC channel, a remake of the Israeli series Timrot Ashan (Pillars of Smoke). Lisa Tsverling (ER, Flash Forward, The Event) wrote the script of pilot episode.
Alaska. The town with a population of about 1,500 people. Residential complex "Midnight Sun", which settled environmentalists trying to change life for better. Their community, but rather a sect, is headed by Maxwell Bennett, a charismatic leader with the appearance of Hollywood star. On the sectarians were not paying attention. Until today ... when all 37 people disappeared in unknown direction. They seemed to have evaporated.
To investigate the case is taken Sam Fuller, a deputy of sheriff. Local people used to the oddities of Bennett, but there is a limit. To the surprise of Sam in a few hours of all interested in the FBI, from which comes on the scene agent Leah Kafka. Feds fifteen years closely followed by Maxwell, suspecting him in several acts of eco-terrorism. Bennett owns real estate across the country. His organization received solid contributions. Four years ago, Bennett moved to Alaska, where he founded the "Midnight Sun". Since then, nothing remarkable. The FBI believed that all this time he was getting ready for something serious and the disappearance of people - this is just the beginning of action.
The plot of Midnight Sun can’t be called original. How many TV series / movie about the mysterious occurrences have we seen? Hundreds! However, the script is notable for a rare piece: the main character, Leah Kafka, appears only on the fifteenth page, when a quarter of the history is behind us (in the pilot script - 63 pages). During this time, Lisa Tsverling (Screenwriter) has time to look at Bennett people and walk on their premises through the eyes of four year child, to present a dozen of characters, to initiate an investigation, headed by Sam. If we do not read series description, then we can decide that Sam - the main character. In modern cinema, it is impossible: if the protagonist is not represented in the initial stage, he is obliged to be present in the second. Serial world operates on slightly different rules. But still - a brave and risky move.
Leah - the observer, she does not make decisions, the search for missing directs and coordinates the sheriff Garth Harring. But in order to please and be remembered by the audience, the hero must act, so Leah takes the initiative: poll of local residents, tells them how to organize a search. But her good intentions do not like sheriff, who without the help of "lady in expensive clothes," does well his job. Thus, the writer introduces a line, which is always running - a stranger in a small town, coming into conflict with the local population.
Since Leah is not so simple. She hears strange voices and a bit of suffering hallucinations. Since coming to Alaska, have passed three days, but Leah has not closed her eyes because of the constant sunshine. Her glitches are the blame of insomnia, or something else?
Closer to the finale the girl will establish relations with Sam, with whom she investigates the matter, and they have a number of clues. However, the pilot can’t just go to the blackout. Over the last ten pages of interesting facts emerge about the past of the protagonist, forcing a fresh look at the story. In addition, because of certain events in Leah's suspicions appear that the inhabitants of the town is full of skeletons in the closet. Can she trust them?
Midnight Sun - unhurried detective with good characters and the desired portion of the mystical and mysterious elements. Hopefully, if the channel will order a series, further action is not reduced to the countless secrets for the sake of new secrets, and will emphasize on the characters, atmosphere and stick to more or less verified storyline.