9:10 AM 10/21/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Based on the memoir by Solomon Northup, 12 Years a Slave begins in upstate New York, 1841. Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a fiddler by trade, follows two men to the nation’s capitol for work and is drugged and sold into slavery. Within eyeshot of the White House his captors whip his whitest shirt to bloody shreds before giving him the dull flax of an owned man.
9:22 PM 10/11/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
12 Years a Slave is Steve McQueen’s third directorial effort and the contemporary artist turned filmmaker has done nothing but hit them out the park. With such a strong body of work behind him, MoviesWithButter asked, “Now that you’re established and your work has the attention of a major international audience, did you feel at all obligated to tackle the subject of slavery?” A black man and an Englishman, McQueen said, “No, it was an incredible story.
11:12 AM 10/11/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Paul Greengrass (Bourne Supremacy) is a director known for handheld action sequences, obscured details and frenetic pacing, making him the least desirable person to direct a film set mostly at sea. Yet for all the counterintuitive casting, Greengrass demonstrates incredible care. In fact, one would presume the retelling of Captain Richard Phillips' autobiography, a story in which he's kidnapped by Somali pirates, would be carried out with watchful respect for the survivors (and it is).
1:03 PM 10/7/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
“I’m not rushing and I don’t want to do anything I don’t really like.” Adamant words from the director of Kill Your Darlings, but John Krokidas spent 10 years on this labor of love and “I don’t want to spend that long on something I’m doing just to do.”
variety.com – Universal and Imagine Entertainment look ready to the long-gestating James Brown biopic up and running as the greenlight has been given and “42″ star Chadwick Boseman has been tapped to play the iconic rock musician. “The Help” director Tate Taylor is helming the pic with Imagine’s Brian Grazer producing along with Mick Jagger and Erica... 1 year 48 weeks ago via brucelee
4:56 PM 8/5/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Fame isn’t free and the toll it takes is a subject entirely elided by Lovelace, a biopic about America’s first (and perhaps only) porn super star, Linda Lovelace. In the early 70s she became a household name by starring in Deep Throat, which unlike most porn films developed a mainstream reputation, eventually luring audiences so famous their patronage was newsworthy; paparazzi caught Jackie O buying her ticket concealed with a scarf.
8:48 PM 7/26/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
The iPhone might have sealed Steve Jobs' place in history alongside Edison, but director Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) begins Jobs, his biopic on the Apple Computers visionary, with Jobs' introducing the iPod. In a press conference after a screening of the film in San Francisco’s Century 9 Theater, Stern said his goal was to make an origin story.
screenrant.com – It’s no secret that portraying a famous figure is a great career (and awards) booster for any qualified actor or actress; the last few years alone have brought acclaim to biopic stars like Colin Firth (as King George VI in The King’s Speech), Meryl Streep (as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady), Michelle Williams (as Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn) and of course, Daniel Day Lewis (as Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln). 2 years 7 weeks ago via brucelee
deadline.com – EXCLUSIVE: Fresh from producing the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner Fruitvale, Forest Whitaker has taken over the nearly 20-year effort to bring the turbulent life of stand-up comedy legend Richard Pryor to the big screen. Whitaker is teaming with the late comedian’s widow, Jennifer Pryor, to produce the film through his Significant Productions shingle. 2 years 18 weeks ago via brucelee