December 27, 2013 |
Director and former documentarian Paul Greengrass has consistently demonstrated a knack for fact-based dramas, including "Bloody Sunday," "United 93" and his latest film, "Captain Phillips. " The latter film, starring Tom Hanks and based on the real-life hijacking of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates in April 2009, also resonated with Greengrass on a personal level. At the Envelope Screening Series , the director talked about what attracted him to the project.
October 4, 2013 |
Aboard the USS Truxtun last spring, Tom Hanks and director Paul Greengrass were about to shoot what they hoped would be a powerful scene in their new movie, "Captain Phillips," when a Navy captain intervened. "He said, 'You know that would never happen,'" Greengrass said. It was a delicate moment in the production. Working in the claustrophobic spaces of a U.S. Navy destroyer sailing off the coast of Virginia, the cast and crew had prepared for a shot where two key characters converge.
October 18, 2002 |
Irish director and producer Jim Sheridan ("My Left Foot" and "In the Name of the Father") refers to Bloody Sunday as an event the Irish can never forget and the British don't want to remember. Thanks in large part to Don Mullan's influential 1997 book, "Eyewitness Bloody Sunday: The Truth" the British government launched a new inquiry a few years back and publicly exonerated the participants in the 1972 march.
March 12, 2010 |
You have to hand it to "Green Zone." Made with daring and passion, it attempts the impossible and comes remarkably close to pulling it off. So close, in fact, that the skill and audacity used, the shock and awe of this highly entertaining attempt, are more significant than the imperfect results. As created by director Paul Greengrass, screenwriter Brian Helgeland and star Matt Damon, this risk-taking endeavor uses the narrative skills and drive Greengrass honed beautifully on "The Bourne Ultimatum" and "The Bourne Supremacy" and marries them to reality-based political concerns.
August 3, 2012 |
Matt Damon didn't want to make another Jason Bourne movie, and neither did director Paul Greengrass. When your leading man and star filmmaker have departed one of your most profitable series, the alternatives aren't great. But in today's Hollywood, those options do not include throwing in the towel. Opening Friday, "The Bourne Legacy"is Universal Pictures' audacious answer to its spy series quandary. Rather than ditch Damon for another actor - the case when Harrison Ford replaced Alec Baldwin in the Tom Clancy movies or repeatedly with James Bond - the studio decided to create a parallel plot with a new actor, "The Hurt Locker's" Jeremy Renner, and added a fresh director, "Michael Clayton's" Tony Gilroy.
October 10, 2013 |
When Paul Greengrass directs a thoroughly dramatic tale based on true events and Tom Hanks takes on the title role, you think you know what to expect. But just you wait - the piercingly realistic "Captain Phillips" will exceed your expectations. The story of the six days that Richard Phillips, captain of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama, spent in April 2009 first trying to avoid a gang of Somali pirates and then as their restive captive, this film does an impeccable job of creating and tightening the narrative screws.
December 27, 2013 |
Movie crews can number as many as 300 people. And yet amid all that hubbub, film directors can craft the most personal moments: Joaquin Phoenix confessing his love for an operating system in "Her"; Robert Redford facing his mortality in "All Is Lost"; James Gandolfini realizing he's too old to have his heart broken again in "Enough Said. " In the fifth annual Directors Panel, six of the year's most distinguished filmmakers discuss how they carve intimacy out of chaos, what it feels like sitting across from actors dying in auditions and what they wish they had learned before they started making movies.
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December 11, 2006 |
Clint Eastwood's World War II drama "Letters From Iwo Jima" -- a recollection of the famed 1945 battle told from the Japanese perspective -- was named best movie of the year Sunday by the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. It's the second such honor for the film in less than a week -- the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures also named "Iwo Jima" the top film of the year -- and the decisive wins make it an early front-runner for the Academy Awards.
December 5, 2013 |
For Paul Greengrass, the journey of "Captain Phillips" took him through unfamiliar waters in which he had to make himself at home. "For some reason with this one, I took a few days to find my way," the director says. "I remember feeling I was a bit inhibited with the material. I spoke to Chris Rouse, my editor, one night and said, 'I'm worried the stuff I'm doing is a bit boring.' He said, 'Oh, I thought it was a choice!' "So the next day I thought, 'We're going to go for it now,' and I started to really let rip. Tom came up to me a few hours later, 'That's more like it!
February 26, 2014 |
Oprah Winfrey has come aboard as a producer on "Selma," a biopic about the iconic Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to be distributed by Paramount Pictures, according to a report by Deadline Hollywood. The long-gestating film will focus on King's historic 1965 voting rights campaign and will be directed by Ava DuVernay, who became the first black woman to win best director at the Sundance Film Festival with her 2012 microbudget indie drama "Middle of Nowhere. " DuVernay rewrote the "Selma" script after joining the project in July and sent it to Winfrey, who took notice, the report says . British actor David Oyelowo, who starred in "Middle of Nowhere" and "Lee Daniels' the Butler," is set to play King.