I attended a screening of Relativity Media and Bandito Brothers action adventure Act of Valor a couple weeks ago in the movie theater on the Intrepid aircraft carrier in the harbour in Manhattan thanks to a invite from one of the executive producers. Obviously this was the perfect venue to see a film that stars real active duty Navy SEALs. Act of Valor is a powerful and uniquely authentic action film -- real Navy Seals play most of the key parts using real ammo (first time this has been done in the last 100 years in Hollywood) with real military weaponry and equipment. Even the aviators who were involved in the film as well as the personnel in submarines are all real military members and you literally feel the realism.
No need for special effects in Act of Valor when the reality is much better; the action sequences will have you pushing back in your seat like being in the front row of a awesome roller coaster ride. The best scene in the film - when the Seals ascend onto a moving ocean-going yacht and interrogate a drug dealer-terrorist makes you feel like you’re in the scene watching from two feet away -- amazing filmmaking with great intensity enhanced by the fact that the interrogator is an actual SEALs operative.
If you like action films you’ll love Act of Valor because it breaks new ground in filmmaking by virtue of its use of non-actors in key roles. Some critics may say the dramatic scenes lack emotion because more professional actors were not used but this is just not the case. This is the real deal and as such adds an emotional depth and intensity that is impossible to fake on the big screen.
Just ask anyone who attended the special screening on the Intrepid. At the conclusion of the film there was a long standing ovation and then the audience heard from many of the SEALs in person explaining why they participated and acted in the film. These guys are true American heroes and you’ll love watching them in action in Act of Valor a valiant story of mission commitment combat weaponry and most importantly valor and brotherhood. While most movies star actors who merely portray heroes on screen Act of Valor stars actual heroes showing how they lay it on the line for the freedoms that we as civilians enjoy every day. You’re going to enjoy the ride.
Pierre Morel will step into a slot vacated by Peter Berg to direct Paramount Pictures' Dune, the latest adaptation of Frank Herbert's 1965 sci-fi classic novel.
Variety reports that Morel, who directed 2008's Luc Besson-produced Taken and the upcoming Besson-produced From Paris with Love, has signed a deal with the studio and will work to hone the script.
The film, according to the trade, is one of the biggest priorities on the slate of Paramount Motion Picture Group president Adam Goodman.
Dune had been developed by Berg, who left when he committed to Universal's "Battleship."
Berg developed a draft with Josh Zetumer. Paramount will work off Zetumer's draft, but the studio will secure another writer shortly, says Variety.
The deal makes Dune a candidate to be the next directing assignment for Morel, who is in early stage development on a sequel to Taken. He is also developing Pursuit, an action thriller at Universal.
Universal has hired a new writer for the fourth Bourne movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Josh Zetumer, also at work on the Peter Berg-directed Dune remake, is stepping in to take a shot at a fresh storyline for the series now that George Nolfi has stepped away from the project.
Nolfi was working on Bourne 4 but is also on another Matt Damon vehicle, The Adjustment Bureau, which he will direct. That film is gearing up for a September start date and thus Nolfi had to back off from Bourne.
Rather than wait for Nolfi to finish Bureau and return to the script, Universal brought in Zetumer to write a completely different screenplay -- or parallel script. The studio is keen to have Bourne as part of its 2011 slate.
However, Universal still hopes that Nolfi will finish his screenplay in due course. The question then becomes how Universal will proceed: A combination of the scripts? Could one be used for Bourne 4 and one shelved for a fifth go-round?
Writing two scripts, though rare, is not without precedent in the tentpole-movie world. THR notes that Star Trek: Generations, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Wolverine are movies that had parallel scripts commissioned and sometimes had them combined.
Earlier this week, The Playlist tracked the progress of Bourne 4 from Universal’s announcement in February last year that director Paul Greengrass and star Damon were on board for the next installment through to comments Damon made to Entertainment Weekly in the current issue.
In the issue, Damon says, "We're hoping to make a fourth, but we don't have a story and we don't have a script. I assume it can happen, but we have to come up with a storyline that's deserving. I mean, if you see the Bourne character come out again and say, 'I can't remember,' you're going to get up and leave the theater. It's like, 'Get over it, buddy -- it's been three movies. What the f***?!' "
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Today marked a sunny day for The Dark Knight.
Also for a guy who grows younger as he gets older and a kid who beats all odds to win Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
The Producers Guild of America has announced its nominations for best movies, documentaries and TV shows. Nods in this movie category often foreshadow what’s to come by way of Oscar later on.
The 20th Annual PGA Awards will take place Jan. 24 at the Hollywood Paladium.
The complete list of nominees is as follows. First, for theatrical movies:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Kathleen Kennedy & Frank Marshall
The Dark Knight
And for documenaries:
Man on Wire
Standard Operating Procedure
Julie Bilson Ahlberg
Trouble the Water
And for animation:
Kung Fu Panda
And for episodic TV/comedy:
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Lori Jo Nemhauser
And for episodic TV/drama:
David E. Kelley
Mark A. Baker
Todd A. Kessler
Robert Lloyd Lewis
Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz
And for "nonfiction" TV:
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List
Lisa M. Tucker
This American Life
And for "live and competition" TV:
Bertram van Munster
Hayma “Screech” Washington
The Colbert Report
Stephen T. Colbert, DFA
Real Time with Bill Maher
And for "long-form" TV"
Bernard and Doris
A Raisin in the Sun
Finally, honorary awards and recipients:
Brian Grazer and Ron Howard
David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures
Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television
MySpace founders Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson
The Stanley Kramer Award
Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen
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