Nearly 20 years in the making is one of the most famous biographical movies of Hollywood - a film about the comedian Richard Pryor. Now the picture is taken by producer Forest Whitaker, and he has already secured the support of Pryor's widow, Jennifer Pryor.
Richard Pryor - American comedian, writer and broadcaster, who was known for his uncompromising and sometimes sharp humor. Pryor, did not hesitate and spoke about the problems of African Americans. Because of his talent, Richard was one of the leading comedians. Actor Jerry Seinfeld called him "Picasso of his profession."
Since 1963, Pryor began performing in New York clubs, shared with the musician Bob Dylan and budding comedian Woody Allen. Since 1970, Prior's career took a new turn - he was called to write scripts for television. He led one of the shows, the first season of "Saturday Night Live" and in 1977 on NBC started "Richard Pryor Show", unfortunately, closed after four episodes: TV viewers did not take Pryor’s jokes.
Since the mid of 1970s, Pryor began acting in films, mostly comedies. Best known painting "See No Evil, Hear No Evil", "Stir Crazy" and "Brewster's Millions". Pryor worked on the script for the comedy of Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles." He was to play a major role, but the studio refused to insure him, the actor is addicted to drugs and alcohol.
In 1980, Pryor was trying to drink rum and inhale cocaine, so that caught fire and was taken to hospital with burns on the body. Severely undermining health, Richard continued to maintain the reputation of a difficult actor, he was late to the shooting, foul the air and exhibited excessive requirements (e.g, to the site he was taken in a helicopter).
Health problems gradually discourage Prior to working in film: in the early 1990s, the actor was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. David Lynch's "Lost Highway" movie has became the latest for comedian. In 2004, Pryor lost his voice. December 10, 2005 the actor suffered a heart attack and died.
Last time rumors about biography of Pryor were in October 2010, when the role of comedian was going to play Marlon Wayans, and Bill Condon should be director. Time passed, the director signed up to work on two films "Twilight" and withdrew from the project on Pryor. Other known attempts - Martin Scorsese, who even before the actor's death in 2005, wanted to put a picture of him with Damon Wayans in the lead.
Now the story of Richard Pryor has back in the news reports. Forest Whitaker takes on the producer's function and will soon begin work on a new script. Who will play Pryor in this new project is not yet reported.
Elegy "Yi dai zong shi" of Wong Kar-Wai opened the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival. The picture was a real long-term project of director - it took 6 years to design and three years to shoot. But the wait was worth it. Director and the main stars of the picture Zhang Ziyi and Tony Leung Chu Wai presented to journalists their new creation.
The last film of Wong Kar-Wai was released at the big screen in 2007, when "My Blueberry Nights" opened the Cannes Film Festival. On the French Riviera director appeared much more frequently than in the German capital. Among the projects of Kar Wai, were "Happy Together" (the prize for Best Director), "Mood for Love", "2046" and above English-language debut.
"Great Masters" (Yi dai zong shi) are considered the biographical film about Ip Man, the legendary practitioner of martial arts, a representative of the style of wine-chun, a teacher of Bruce Lee. But from the very first frame it's clear that before us is not familiar to all tape from the category of "born-learned-married." Tony Leung Chu Wai, the mascot of Kar-Wai, in a white hat and a long black coat in the pouring rain easily deal with crowds of "experts of Kung Fu."
The action begins in 1936, when Ip Man was already 40 years old. Before this age he did not work and did not need anything ("My parents were so rich and famous, that in the district Foshan was named a street after them"). He married the beautiful aristocrat, lover of music, often went to the "Golden Pavilion", the brothel for the rich ones of this world. But the place with golden walls was also a gathering place for the masters of Kung Fu. Foshan was the center of the southern Chinese martial arts during the Republic of China.
When, in 1936, Japan won the north-eastern provinces of China, the great master Baosen Ghosn, head of the martial arts world in the north, arrived in Foshan. In the "Golden Pavilion" should be held a ceremony in honor of the departure from the post of Gon. Old master fights with young fighters, the best of which is the Ip Man. Daughter of Gon ( Zhang Ziyi) also arrives in Foshan. She's the one who knows the deadly technique of 64 hands. This style will experience Ip Man, but the fight with the girl turns into an elegant and sensual dance. In the end, all the movies of Kar-Wai are about love.
This is only a two-hour tie of the movie, which in the first version of the assembly lasted four hours, but in China it was shown for 2 hours 13 minutes. To cut the ribbon for the international distribution Kar-Wai has decided recently.
The history of Ip Man interested Wong Kar-Wai in 1996. Kar-Wai decided that will tell a story of martial arts of 1911-1949 period, which was a difficult time for China. Director has plunged into research questions and talked with many of the masters of Kung Fu. "You know what surprised me? They are extremely simple and humble people. " This discovery helped the director to build the line and atmosphere of the film. The main thing in "Great masters" - not the biography of Ip Man, although, of course, it is a great place, and a sense of calm and concentration that is required for understanding of martial arts.
It is known that the shooting of the "Great Masters" interrupted for a long time due to financial problems, and because of serious injury of Tony Leung Chu Wai.
Director so enthusiastically talked about the project, that no one was left in doubt: Kar-wai was able to realize his dream. And what was the biggest challenge during the process? "I do not practice kung-fu" - said director.
Now that Abraham Lincoln played by Daniel Day-Lewis returned to the public interest to the American president, NBC decided to keep up with fashion trends. TV channel has launched a George Washington (working title) drama series from Oscar-winning screenwriter David Sedler (The King's Speech), Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana.
After working on a biography of the British King George the Sixth, a British screenwriter Sedler undertake the life of the American commander, running country into a war for independence from the British Empire. Sedler will write the script based on the book by Ron Chernow “Washington”, received the Pulitzer Prize. Levinson sits in the director's chair.
George Washington described detailed look at the enigmatic leader, the father of the nation for some, and a terrorist to others, a man who wants to destroy the British Crown at any cost. In the course of the narrative series tells about the life of the president and war hero, famous and fabulous stories of his survival and triumph, and the first time will be shown his true character. It will not be the man that cut down the cherry tree.
"There is a George Washington - an icon of the nation, gazing sternly with a dollar bill to the mouth of the wooden teeth, and there is another - George Washington, twist an affair with his wife's best friend - said Sedler. - George Washington, obsessed with social status, quality clothing, his own way. Not an icon, but a simple man who has learned to lead people. That's what I want to understand Washington. "
Sedler, Levinson and Fontana executive producers of the project.
"I wonder what the life of a man who played the most important role in the fate of our country, still do not really know - Levinson said. - We are aware of myths about the man, but in fact he was imperfect and problematic character, overcome his weaknesses in order to become one of the most prominent leaders of the nation. "
Imagine Entertainment film company has planned biopic about one of the best football players in the world - Brazilian Pele. The script will write Zimbalist brothers, Jeff and Michael, who made a documentary film "The Two Escobars". They will share the project director's chair.
According to the bosses of Imagine, the film shows the formation of the future star of football and will trace the life history of Pele from his birth to obtain the title of best player of the World Cup in Sweden in 1970.
Pele, whose real name - Edson Arantes Nascimento, was born in October 23, 1940 in the town of Tres Korosoyns in the family of a former football player. His name was in honor of the American inventor Thomas Edison, but the parents at the last minute decided to delete "and" from "Edison". His father was the first teacher of the boy. At 7 years old Edson began performing in local children's team, which has a very entertaining and rewarding game in attack. One of the coaches of the team, the former Brazilian national team player Waldemar de Brito, organized Edson show at the club "Santos." By the way, the nickname Pele Edson was in school because the mangled name of his favorite goalkeeper Bile from the club “Vasco da Gama”.
On the football field in the "Santos" Pele was released 15-year-old teenager. During his first match he scored a goal right away. The young player made his debut in the national team at the World Championships in Sweden (1958). Pele was just 17 years old when he was recognized by the audience, as well as experts and rivals, becoming the youngest champion in the history of the world championships.
Pele is the best player of the twentieth century by FIFA and according to International Olympic Committee is the best sportsman of the twentieth century.
The film rights to the life history of a legendary football player owns a British businessman, the owner of the club New York Cosmos Paul Kemzli. He turned to Imagine a proposal to shoot a feature film.
Filming is scheduled for next year and will be held in Brazil. It is planning to release a picture before the next World Cup in football, which will be held in Brazil in 2014.
Studio Paramount Pictures is going to get a picture of "The General” of the first U.S. president George Washington. As director of the project is attributed to Darren Aronofsky. It is interesting that the writers of the film are Adam Cooper and Bill Kolladzh responsible for the youth comedy "We have taken," and crime comedy "Tower heist".
If in the coming days, Paramount will not get a project, then it can find another buyer: after the "Black Swan" has collected 329 million dollars in worldwide box office, the name of Aronofsky became more interested in the large studio. As for Paramount, then it has "the right of first night" on all projects, was up by Darren Protozoa Pictures.
Plot details are kept secret, but Variety indicates that the script is more like a western "Unforgiven," rather than the typical historical drama.
George Washington was born to a landowner in 1732. As a thirty-year, joined the militia, took part in the hostilities against the French and Indians, was in captivity. In 1758 he retired with the rank of colonel. Over time, became one of the richest planters in Virginia. In 1787 he was elected chairman of the Constitutional Convention, developed in the 1787 Constitution of the United States. Two years later he was elected the first president of the United States. Portrait of Washington to this day adorns the dollar bill.
Darren Aronofsky is currently casting the project of his dream - the biblical drama "Noah." Russell Crowe got the title role, but what his wife could play Jennifer Connelly, has withdrawn from the director of "Requiem for a Dream."
Thus, the "General" is added to the list of new projects Aronofsky, where, in addition to "November", already in biographical drama studio Weinstein brothers' Get Happy for Judy Garland with Anne Hathaway stars as the legendary "Wizard of Oz." Fox Searchlight is waiting for Darren take the time off for its film "Jackie" and waiting on Warner directed the fantastic drama of Human Nature. However, the Aronofsky is interested in the "General", so that the picture of Washington could be his next project after "November".
Biographical film "The Drummer" of the drummer for the band The Beach Boys Dennis Wilson can not be considered an expensive Hollywood project, which, however, does not interfere with this independent film to gain a solid cast. Aaron Eckhart plays the main character, Vera Farmiga - participant of the group Fleetwood Mac, Christine McVie. Also in the film will be occupied Chloe Grace Moretz and Rupert Grint.
Dennis Wilson was not only a drummer, but also the founder of The Beach Boys, which included brothers Brian and Carl Wilson and Mike Love's cousin. The group was formed at the suggestion of Dennis in August 1961 and immediately gained popularity due to the songs about surfing. Despite the fact that the image of the group was based on a California beach and surfing culture, from all the participants only Dennis is really surfed.
The Beach Boys influenced the formation of many musicians, including Elton John and Fleetwood Mac. As far as Dennis Wilson, his role in the group had not been a leading - sometimes Brian Wilson hired drummer to record albums. Dennis resigned to the situation, but eventually began to record solo projects. His only solo album Pacific Ocean Blue was released in 1977 and became a cult album a few years later, after the death of Dennis - he was drowned December 28, 1983, while in an intoxicated state.
Note that The Beach Boys drummer was familiar with Charles Manson, who in the late 1960s, was interested in music career. Manson and his commune "Family" often stayed in the house of drummer, who introduced Charles to the producer Terry Melcher. For some time he was interested in Manson's album, but ultimately refused. It was assumed that suppressed anger at the man who rejected his music, and resulted in the brutal murder of the wife of director Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate of her house guests, as Melcher once lived in it.
Star of movie "Kick Ass" and "Hugo" Chloe Moretz plays the daughter of Dennis Wilson, Jennifer. Jennifer Wilson, she is one of the producers of the film.
Rupert Grint, familiar audience for the franchise, "Harry Potter", won the role of Stan Shapiro, mail delivery man in the company of William Morris and a friend of Dennis in the last years of his life.
At the helm of "Drummer" is director Randall Miller, whose latest film "Bottle Shock" was released in 2008 (it starred Chris Pine and Alan Rickman). Filming will begin on June 15. The plot of "Drummer" will focus on the last six years of Dennis Wilson life.
Hollywood has long chosen to the biography of South African President Nelson Mandela, but came from the other side. Mandela appeared in "Invictus" and Clint Eastwood drama "Winnie" on the second wife of the president, but Nelson himself remained in the shadow. Perhaps the picture, directed by Justin Chadwick's "Long Walk to Freedom” will correct this mistake. Nelson Mandela could play Idris Elba, whereas the role of Winnie Mandela's got a new Bond girl Naomi Harris.
According to Screen Daily, a project Chadwick will be epic scope. The film will cover the full life of Nelson Mandela, including his imprisonment, which lasted 27 years. Winnie Nelson was the second wife of politician. They were married in the late '50s, when the famous Mandela has just started to gain momentum. Divorced his wife in 1996.
Earlier in film biography of Mandela undertook a variety of directors. In the nineties, Morgan Freeman could play the South African president in the film of Shekhar Kapur. In the end, Freeman has embodied this image from Clint Eastwood. Tom Hooper recently looked in the direction of Mandela biopic, but then came "The King’s speech” and director's career went in another direction. The history of relations between Nelson and Winnie is reflected in the Anglo-French TV movie "Mrs. Mandela", where the couple played by David Harewood politicians and Sophie Okonedo, but about the full meter Mandela has not yet been formed.
A few weeks ago it became known that the star of series "The Wire," Idris Elba is attributed to the role of Mandela in the project producer Anand Sinha. Recently, Singh drew a picture of the director staged "Another one of a kind Boleyn" Justin Chadwick, with whom he worked on the drama "The Pioneer".
The script for "Long Road to Freedom" written by William Nicholson, twice nominated for "Oscar" for scripts for the films "The Land of Shadows" and "Gladiator." He also had a hand in composing historical melodrama "First Knight" and worked on a sequel to "Elizabeth" called "Golden Age".
Today the company to Chadwick and Elbe was added British actress Naomi Harris. She played a witch Tiyu Dalma in "Pirates of the Caribbean" and is now removed in the 23th of the film 007. Harris also worked with Chadwick over the "Pioneer".
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.
Some time ago James Franco refused the role in the biographical drama "Lovelace" of Amanda Sayfred. Now the actor finally decided to appear as director and actor in the project "Squall". Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman will play Franco's Playboy empire founder Hugh Hefner.
At first, James Franco offered the role of husband of Linda Chuck Traynor. It was he who pushed his wife in pornography almost at gunpoint. But the actor has too busy schedule, so it did not work, and the role went to Peter Sarsgaard.
However, the actor still found some time to devote to the project and now talks about the appearance in the film in the role of Hugh Hefner. It is expected that Franco will hold on the set one day.
Also in "Lovelace" will star Hank Azaria - he plays the director of "Deep Throat" Jerry Damiano. Damiano was proud that he managed to shoot a porno movie with a plot, characters and the normal sense of humor.
The star of "Sex and the City" Chris North and Bobby Cannavale of "Cops in a deep stock" investors will play a movie, deciding to invest in "Deep Throat". Linda's husband filmed the main distinctive feature of his wife.
Robert Patrick was a father of Linda. His hero at first like the son-in-law, but the dubious glory of Linda disappoints him.
In the role of Linda mother is Sharon Stone, best friend porn star reluctant to play Juno Temple, and her second husband - Wes Bentley.
Filming began in Los Angeles on December 20.
Daniel Radcliffe in all possible forces is trying to go away from the stereotypes associated with his stay in the role of magician Harry Potter. The actor starred in the horror "The Woman in Black", plays on Broadway, and now comes off as a beatnik poet Allen Ginsberg.
More recently, this role was played by James Franco in the drama "Howl." Ginsberg as a character has been appearing in various scenes from the seventies. Therefore a great variety of actors have played him - John Turturro, Hank Azaria, David Cross, Ron Livingston - but Ginsberg for the first time will be shown so young.
The founder of Beatles movement Allen Ginsberg took an interest in poetry in his youth, but at the insistence of the family was preparing to become a lawyer. During his youth he showed political activism, participating in political protests of different manifestations - from the Vietnam War to the fight against drugs.
Ginsberg adds spice to the history of the fact that the poet was an openly gay and has lived with his partner, writer Peter Orlowski, more than 30 years.
The project, which, according to the site Twitchfilm, will participate Radcliffe is called Kill Your Darlings. For the first time about it was announced in 2009 and auditioned for the lead role Jesse Eisenberg, Chris Evans and Ben Wishaw. Since then much water has flowed under the bridge, the actors have changed, so that the director-debutant John Krokidasu had to find a new hero.
In the independent film scripted by Austin Bunna actions will focus on the relations of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Lucien Carr. Who exactly will play the remaining characters, has not been announced.
Daniel Radcliffe, this year, has farewell to the Harry Potter franchise and eyeing the independent projects. In February of this year the actor has eyeing the role in the comedy "Amateur Photographer", but so far the fate of this film is foggy.