Posted on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Academy Award winning filmmaker Curtis Hanson, whose credits include masterpieces like L.A. Confidential, hits like 8 Mile, and under-seen gems like Wonder Boys, passed away yesterday from natural causes in his Los Angeles home. He was 71 years old.
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Posted on Thursday, July 26th, 2012 by Angie Han
Earlier today, we saw Jonny Weston pushing his girlfried into porn in the About Cherry trailer, but in the first trailer for Chasing Mavericks it’s Weston who’s the wide-eyed ingenue. Weston stars as real-life surfer Jay Moriarity, whose passion for the sport drives him to try and conquer the legendarily dangerous waves at Mavericks in Northern California.
He seeks guidance from local legend Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler), who’s initially resistant but — as it always goes in these stories — eventually relents he sees something of himself in the kid. Abigail Spencer, Elisabeth Shue, and Leven Rambin also star. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Along with Fox’s reveal of the name and release date for the fifth, mostly unwanted Die Hard movie, the studio today added a bunch of other films to the calendar for 2012 and 2013. We begin with Olivier Megaton‘s sequel to Taken. The Liam Neeson action movie is currently called Taken 2, and it will open just under a year from now, on October 5, 2012.
The following month is busy for Fox: Curtis Hanson‘s surfing dram about real-life surfer Jay Moriarty, formerly called Mavericks, will co out on October 26 2012 as Of Men and Mavericks. And Parental Guidance, starring Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, and Marisa Tomei, will open on November 21, 2012.
Then a couple dates have hit for 2013: the second Percy Jackson film, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters will now hit on March 27 2013. And the BBC co-production Walking with Dinosaurs, which brings the popular show and traveling animatronic dinosaur exhibit to screens in 3D, moves up to October 11, 2013, from December 20, 2013. [BoxOfficeMojo]
Posted on Thursday, October 6th, 2011 by Angie Han
Joel Schumacher has confirmed in an interview that Halle Berry is in talks to take the lead in the tentatively titled The Hive, about “a female emergency line operator who, in trying to help a young girl, comes up against a killer from her own past.” While nothing is official at this point, the director said, he and Berry are both interested in working together and the producers of The Hive seem to be on board with hiring her.
The thriller is expected to begin shooting in February, though Schumacher has said that he may shoot another, smaller film before that. Berry will next appear in Garry Marshall’s limp-looking ensemble romcom New Year’s Eve, and is currently shooting Cloud Atlas with directors Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, and Lana Wachowski. [Coming Soon]
After the jump, surfing biopic Mavericks gets a new title and two new stars, and 50 Cent lines up yet another acting gig.
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Almost a year ago we heard that Curtis Hanson (The River Wild, L.A. Confidential) would make a film about the late surfer Jay Moriarty, who rode massive Northern California wave breaks called ‘mavericks,’ but died at 22 in a diving accident.
When we first reported on the film Sean Penn was rumored; the role he was very vaguely linked to is Rick ‘Frosty’ Hesson, the young surfer’s friend and mentor. Now Gerard Butler will play that role instead. Read More »
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In the summer of July 2008, FBI agents in Missouri arrested Bill Anthony Jakob for fraud. But his crime is a lot more interesting than most, as Jakob had arrived in the small Missouri town of Gerald, where he posed as a federal agent who was part of a “multi-jurisdictional task force” (a line he lifted from Beverly Hills Cop 2) and led a crackdown on drug dealers that went a long way towards cleaning up the town.
The film rights to his story have been kicking around Hollywood since then, and now director Curtis Hanson and screenwriter Clark Gregg are possibly bringing it to the screen. Read More »
In 2001, 22-year old surfing superstar Jay Moriarity drowned while free diving in the Maldive Islands. Now Moriarity’s life is set to hit the screen directed by Curtis Hanson, with Sean Penn possibly set to take a supporting role. Read More »
After umpteen script drafts and more how-low-an-you-go in Hollywood Limbo than is decent, it seems like Gemini Man is finally getting set in the traps and could be sprinting to the big screen soon. According to Variety, Curtis Hanson is negotiating to take the director’s chair and will be working from David Benioff‘s latest iteration of the screenplay.
Ooops. I don’t think I’ve ever liked a single David Benioff script nor cared much at all for any Curtis Hanson film. Oh – actually, Wonder Boys had some good stuff going for it. Yeah, I liked that. So I’ll take that back (well, without actually going so far as, you know, deleting it). All the same, when a film has this kind of “can’t fail to be fun” premise I can’t help but wish for a better creative team.
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