February 6, 2014 |
I love true stories. I think it's because I'm constantly amazed, intrigued, inspired (and sometimes appalled) by genuine human behavior. Inventing characters is a lot of fun but I don't think I'm capable of creating a fictional character that could possibly be as dimensional, idiosyncratic or fully realized as the actual people I read about in the newspaper every day - which is another way of saying that when you're telling a true story, life itself...
January 25, 2014 |
Something in us loves a pirate. Of all the world's brigands, the pirate is the most romantic, the one whose way of life represents a breezy alternative to our drudging own. What child does not know how many men sit on a dead man's chest? They have been in the movies at least since D.W. Griffith's "The Pirate's Gold" in 1906, and you lately may have felt the franchise that is "Pirates of the Caribbean" brush your shoulder as it made its way through the marketplace. There has been the occasional TV movie, as well, but a full-fledged pirate series has been long in coming.
January 10, 2014 |
Being a pirate is filthy business. That's what Starz wants viewers to take away from its new pirate series, "Black Sails. " Set during the Golden Age of piracy in a remote Bahamas outpost, the show is told as a vicious prequel to the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novel "Treasure Island. " It shows the famous and mysterious Captain Flint at the beginning of his messianic quest to amass the largest trove of treasure the world has ever seen. PHOTOS: The scene at TCA 2014 During the Television Critics Assn.
December 13, 2013 |
Elevate your whale-watching experience this season aboard the 139-foot America yacht in San Diego. The replica of the famous 19th century racer that established the America's Cup takes visitors out to see the southward migration of California's gray whales in style -- and with a "no seasickness" guarantee. The original America won a race around Britain's Isle of Wight in 1851, bringing back a little "challenge trophy" that became known as the famed America's Cup. The replica ship docked in San Diego harbor holds 78 people and was built in 1995 for $6 million.
December 10, 2013 |
Supervising sound editors Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns put their sea legs to the test on the open-water thriller "All Is Lost. " Directed by J.C. Chandor and starring Robert Redford, the nearly dialogue-free film tells the story of a man whose 39-foot yacht collides with a shipping container on the high seas. As sound editors, Boeddeker, Hymns and their colleague Brandon Proctor collected and created sounds heard in the film - a symphony of flapping sails, creaking decks and pounding waves.
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!