As an assistant cameraperson for over six years, writer-director Patty Jenkins learned the ropes of the entertainment industry the hard way: through long hours of toil. But unlike most first time dire...
No offense to Gwyneth Paltrow and Scarlett Johansson, but it's about time that Marvel got ready for a female lead with some actual superpowers. Both Katee Sackhoff and now Natalie Portman (already of the Thor franchise) have made cryptic remarks during a conversation with SciFiNow about the studio launching a female superhero film sometime after 2015. Both actresses have been careful to tread lightly without promising anything, but with Edgar Wright's Ant-Man finally getting a confirmed release date for late summer 2015, Marvel is barrelling into the "Phase 3" they've been promising.
There's a reason why the segment of Iron Man 3 where Pepper got to use her Extremis abilities was so thrilling — because it's fun to see our favorite heroes fighting alongside the people they care about instead of simply for them. And if the main hero is a woman, and the male characters are beside her? Why not? Female characters like Captain Marvel have existed just as long as fellow Phase 3 rumors like Doctor Strange, and if audiences will accept a wisecracking raccoon, there's no reason why they should balk at a film with -Woman at the end instead of -Man. Besides, characters like Black Widow, Peggy Carter, and Jane Foster have all been well-written and motivated characters in their own right, just ones that have been stuck on the ground instead of given otherworldly strength.
So far, fans and critics alike have been calling for a Captain Marvel film. A former Air Force officer, Carol Danvers is super strong, can withstand great injury, can absorb different types of energy, and can fly. These powers are begging to be shown off in a huge action setpiece. Sackhoff, most famous for playing the wild card pilot Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica, is a logical fit. Portman, not so much, but maybe she's being considered for Wasp, Ant-Man's wife and fellow Avenger who is smaller, more pixie-ish and clever (with plenty of powers as well, including wings and sonic blasts). Then again, Portman didn't actually say she was being considered for any more characters in the Marvel Universe, merely that she was very excited for one to be a woman. Maybe she'll be stepping up as a producer, as she expressed great disappointment when director Patty Jenkins was not able to direct the original Thor. Either way, it's good to hear these great actresses are on Marvel's radar.
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The smoldering S&M passion of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey may soon be enfolded in luxurious tracking shots, impeccable fabrics, and delicate, sun-dappled lighting. Yep, Joe Wright, the director of Anna Karenina and Atonement, is in talks with Focus Features and Universal to adapt E.L. James' bestselling bodice-ripper Fifty Shades of Grey, The Hollywood Reporter says.
It'd be a surprising move for Wright, who's previously chosen more lofty projects. But like David Fincher's take on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, a Joe Wright-directed Fifty Shades of Grey could prove to be a fascinating transformation of a trashy subway-read into something more. That's the direction Universal's reportedly been taking in their search for a director, having already started discussions with other such pedigreed helmers as Bennett Miller, Patty Jenkins, and Gus Van Sant, who recently shot test footage with Alex Pettyfer in the role of the 27-year-old billionaire title character, Christian Grey. More than any of these others, Wright has demonstrated an affinity for smoldering passion in his work. I mean, this is a guy who actually made Aaron Taylor-Johnson swoon-worthy. And Wright's Ophuls-style tracking shots would certainly make Steele's repeated proclamations of "Holy crap!" more palatable.
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Never underestimate the power of Jennifer Aniston. While Lifetime's five-part, generation-spanning breast cancer miniseries Five, on which she served as a co-executive and co-director on (alongside Demi Moore, Alicia Keys, Penelope Spheeris, and Patty Jenkins), earned lukewarm reviews from critics and wasn't quite the ratings hit it was expected to be when it aired last October (according to The Hollywood Reporter it averaged an average 1.3 million viewers), the Emmy-nominated saga could still get another shot at the small screen.
Lifetime has confirmed to Hollywood.com that a sequel for the 2011 project, which attracted the likes of talents such as Rosario Dawson, Patricia Clarkson, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Jeanne Tripplehorn as stars, is in its final stages of development for the network.
According to Deadline, the follow-up, which is tentatively titled Five 2 (no, not this) will follow the same overlapping stories structure, but this time will feature short films dealing with mental illness. They also report that Aniston will be back on for the new miniseries, which is nearing a green light, as will her former Friends boss Marta Kauffman, among others. (No word yet on whether original contributors like Moore and Keys will also return this time around).
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At this point, the Russos' helming of the new flick is just a rumor. But Marvel isn't exactly opposed to finding unexpected individuals to adapt its stories. Before taking on Thor, Kenneth Branagh was known best as a Shakespearean visionary. The 2003 incarnation of Hulk was directed by Ang Lee, a man most closely associated with soft, romantic character pieces like Brokeback Mountain. The trend continues: Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) is on for Iron Man 3, while Patty Jenkins (Monster) was sought for Thor 2, which is now being handled by TV director Brian Kirk. Clearly, Marvel does not have what you'd call a limited scope.
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The Ghost star checked into Sherman Oaks Hospital in Los Angeles where she received treatment over two days before heading home.
Her publicist claimed Moore was battling "stresses" and "exhaustion" and needed professional assistance to "improve her overall health".
Now Monster filmmaker Jenkins has assured Moore's fans the star is getting better, telling E! Online, "I just saw her and she's doing great. I think she's doing much better than it's made out to be.
"Demi is awesome and so strong. I also hate when people make it a bigger drama than what is going on. She's great."
The man behind cult TV fantasy drama Game Of Thrones has been appointed the new director of the Thor movie sequel. Alan Taylor, who also worked on The Sopranos, replaces filmmaker Patty Jenkins, who quit the project earlier this month (Dec11) due to creative differences.
Long ago, the HBO network happened upon a man named Alan Taylor—an up-and-coming director with little more than Palooka Joe and Canadian television gig to his name. Over the course of the next fifteen years (and counting), Taylor would lend his vision to HBO series including Oz, Six Feet Under, Sex and the City, Carnivàle, Deadwood, Rome, Big Love, The Sopranos, Bored to Death, Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones. Needless to say, the man has done some good for the viewing world. And now, he is reported to be revisiting the big screen as the new director for Marvel's Thor 2.
A lot of news has surrounded the directorial seat on the Thor sequel. Patty Jenkins (writer/director of Monster, along with a few of her own television gems: Arrested Development, Entourage, The Killing) was at one point confirmed as the film's director. Earlier this month, Jenkins left the project, which was apparently quite upsetting to Natalie Portman.
Since Thor has been rendered Jenkins-less, Taylor has been discussed as a possible replacement. Today, it is reported that Taylor should be officially taking the spot. The installment of this new director will keep the project on schedule for Nov. 15, 2013. Thor stars Portman and Chris Hemsworth are on board to reprise their roles.
More turmoil in Asgard: Patty Jenkins' recent departure from the Thor 2 director's chair has reportedly rankled its female lead. THR's Kim Masters reports that Thor star Natalie Portman, who played the earthly love interest to Chris Hemsworth's Norse superhero in the summer blockbuster and is slated to reprise her role in the sequel, is "deeply upset" over Marvel Studios' decision to relieve the Monster helmer of her duties. Portman had apparently lobbied hard for Jenkins to secure the high-profile gig and wasn't notified of the firing in advance. But, being the trooper that she is, Portman will reportedly remain in Thor 2 and abide by the terms of her Marvel contract, which no doubt spans a dozen or so lifetimes.
It's unlikely that Marvel execs, a famously cost-conscious lot who've shown little sympathy toward disgruntled actors in the past, will be swayed by Portman's alleged grumbling. The could just as easily pull a Cheadle and replace Portman, who is hardly an essential piece of the franchise, with another, more compliant actress who looks vaguely similar. Say, Keira Knightly, perhaps. If they really wanted to get cheeky, they could go with Mila Kunis.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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Alan Taylor, who also worked on The Sopranos, has emerged as the favourite to pick up where Kenneth Branagh left off.
Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Natalie Portman have all confirmed that they will return for the Thor sequel, which was to have been directed by Jenkins. She won the role this summer (11) but exited the project earlier this month (Dec11).
Just days after Patty Jenkins lost the Thor 2 directing gig over those ever-pesky "creative differences," Marvel is said to be narrowing its list of possible replacements. THR reports that Alan Taylor and Daniel Minahan, two prolific TV directors with minimal feature-film experience, are the leading candidates to helm the sequel to the 2011 summer blockbuster, which starred Chris Hemsworth as the hammer-wielding Norse hero and Natalie Portman as his plucky love interest. THR adds that the studio is mulling different writers for the job of re-tooling Don Payne's Thor 2 screenplay draft, including John Collee (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World), Robert Rodat (TNT's Falling Skies) and former Tarantino collaborator Roger Avary.
Thor 2 may not have a director or a screenwriter, but it does have a release date: November 15, 2013.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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While at AFI, made five short films including "Velocity Rules"; selected in the shorts program at the 2001 AFI Fest
Worked as an assistant cameraperson for six years on commercials and music videos in New York
Directed first major motion picture "Monster," with Charlize Theron playing Aileen Wuornos. Based on the true story of a female serial killer executed by lethal injection in 2002
Moved to Los Angeles to attend the American Film Institute's Directing Program
As an assistant cameraperson for over six years, writer-director Patty Jenkins learned the ropes of the entertainment industry the hard way: through long hours of toil. But unlike most first time directors, Jenkins knew the ins and outs of working on set before directing her first feature, "Monster" (2003), the true-life story of Aileen Wuornos, a prostitute executed in 2002 in Florida after being convicted of murdering six men. Despite her inexperience as a director, Jenkins elicited a bravura performance from her lead actress, Charlize Theron, who created a tremendous amount of Oscar buzz.
Jenkins grew up in Kansas with Beat Generation heavies William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg as neighbors. A young Jenkins spent much of her spare time at the local cinema where she saw all kinds of movies. Though she later considered this her "film education", it never occurred to her at the time to be a filmmaker. After high school, Jenkins attended Cooper's Union in New York to study painting, but quickly traded her brushes for a camera package. Jenkins spent the next six years as a cameraperson on commercials and music videos for directors Tarsem and Brett Ratner. After this period, Jenkins moved to Los Angeles to attend the American Film Institute's Directing Program, where she made five short films that ranged in genre and form, including the female superhero short, "Velocity Rules" (2001). The short was selected to be shown at the 2001 AFT Fest.
It was because of her entry into the AFI Fest that Jenkins was able to pitch her story about Wuornos, the first female serial killer to be executed in the state of Florida. Manager Brad Wyman liked the pitch and signed on to produce. Though they barely able to crack seven figures with the budget, Jenkins managed to score top talent to play her main character. In fact, Theron waived her usual fee in exchange for a producing credit, and later put up her own money for finishing costs.
Meanwhile, Jenkins contacted Wuornos on death row in order to make sure that she would tell the story as accurately as possible-a result of the tabloid-style journalists who labeled Wuornos a monster fit to be killed. Wuornos was executed during pre-production, an event that strengthened Jenkins's resolve to tell her story in the most realistic and honest way as possible. The result of her hard efforts was a film that was hailed all around the festival circuit: it was nominated for three 2004 Independent Spirit Awards, and was voted one of the 10 best films of 2003 by the American Film Institute. Meanwhile, critics heaped praise on Theron, who became a top contended for an Oscar nod. Not bad for someone who just a few years ago didn't consider a career in filmmaking.
New York’s Cooper Union
Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute