Variety is a weekly American entertainment trade magazine and website owned by Penske Media Corporation. It was founded by Sime Silverman in New York in 1905 as a weekly newspaper reporting on theater and vaudeville. In 1933 it added Daily Variety, based in Los Angeles. Variety.com features breaking entertainment news, box office results, cover stories, photo galleries and more, plus a credits database, production charts and calendar, with archive content dating back to 1905. Variety has been published since December 16, 1905, when it was launched by Sime Silverman as a weekly periodical covering theater and vaudeville with its headquarters in New York City. Sime was fired by The Morning Telegraph in 1905 for panning an act which had taken out an advert for $50, said that it looked like he would have to start his own paper in order to be able to tell the truth. With a loan of $1,500 from his father-in-law, he launched Variety as editor. In addition to Sime's former employer The Morning Telegraph, other major competitors on launch were The New York Clipper and the New York Dramatic Mirror.
The original cover design, similar to the current design, was sketched by Edgar M. Miller, a scenic painter, who refused payment; the front cover contained pictures of the original editorial staff, who were Alfred Greason, Epes W Sargeant and Joshua Lowe, as well as Sime. The first issue contained a review by Sime's son Sidne known as Skigie, claimed to be the youngest critic in the world at seven years old. In 1922, Sime acquired The New York Clipper, reporting on the stage and other entertainment since 1853 and folded it two years merging some of its features into Variety. In 1922, Sime launched the Times Square Daily, which he referred to as "the world's worst daily" and soon scrapped. During that period, Variety staffers worked on all three papers. After the launch of The Hollywood Reporter in 1930, which Variety sued for alleged plagiarism in 1932, Sime launched Daily Variety in 1933, based in Hollywood, with Arthur Ungar as the editor, it replaced Variety Bulletin, issued in Hollywood on Fridays.
Daily Variety was published every day other than Sunday but on Monday to Friday. Ungar was editor until 1950, followed by Joe Schoenfeld and Thomas M. Pryor, succeeded by his son Pete; the Daily and the Weekly were run as independent newspapers, with the Daily concentrating on Hollywood news and the Weekly on U. S. and International coverage. Sime Silverman had passed on the editorship of the Weekly Variety to Abel Green as his replacement in 1931. Green remained as editor from 1931 until his death in 1973. Sime's son Sidne succeeded him as publisher of both publications. Following his death from tuberculosis in 1950, his only son Syd Silverman, was the sole heir to what was Variety Inc. Young Syd's legal guardian Harold Erichs oversaw Variety Inc. until 1956. After that date Syd Silverman managed the company as publisher of both the Weekly Variety in New York and the Daily Variety in Hollywood, until the sale of both papers in 1987 to Cahners Publishing for $64 million, he remained as publisher until 1990 when he was succeeded on Weekly Variety by Gerard A. Byrne and on Daily Variety by Sime's great grandson, Michael Silverman.
Syd became chairman of both publications. In 1953, Army Archerd's "Just for Variety" column appeared on page two of Daily Variety and swiftly became popular in Hollywood. Archerd broke countless exclusive stories, reporting from film sets, announcing pending deals, giving news of star-related hospitalizations and births; the column appeared daily for 52 years until September 1, 2005. On December 7, 1988, the editor, Roger Watkins and oversaw the transition to four-color print. Upon its launch, the new-look Variety measured one inch shorter with a washed-out color on the front; the old front-page box advertisement was replaced by a strip advertisement, along with the first photos published in Variety since Sime gave up using them in the old format in 1920: they depicted Sime and Syd. For twenty years from 1989 its editor-in-chief was Peter Bart only of the weekly New York edition, with Michael Silverman running the Daily in Hollywood. Bart had worked at Paramount Pictures and The New York Times.
In April 2009, Bart moved to the position of "vice president and editorial director", characterized online as "Boffo No More: Bart Up and Out at Variety". From mid 2009 to 2013, Timothy M. Gray oversaw the publication as Editor-in-Chief, after over 30 years of various reporter and editor positions in the newsroom. In October 2012, Reed Business Information, the periodical's owner, sold the publication to Penske Media Corporation. PMC is the owner of Deadline Hollywood, which since the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike has been considered Variety's largest competitor in online showbiz news. In October 2012, Jay Penske, Chairman and CEO of PMC, announced that the website's paywall would come down, the print publication would stay, he would invest more into Variety's digital platform in a townhall. In March 2013, Variety owner Jay Penske appointed three co-editors to oversee different parts of the publication's industry coverage; the decision was made to stop printing Daily Variety with the last printed edition published on March 19, 2013 with the headline "Variety A
House (2008 film)
House is a 2008 horror film directed by Robby Henson, starring Reynaldo Rosales, Heidi Dippold and Michael Madsen. It is based on the novel of the same name by Frank E. Ted Dekker, it covers the events that take place one night in an old, rustic inn in Alabama, where four guests and three owners find themselves locked in by a homicidical maniac. The maniac claims to have killed God and threatens to murder all seven of them, unless they produce the dead body of one of them by dawn. In the prologue, the film depicts a panicky man who, for unknown reasons, murders his wife with a shotgun; the main storyline opens with Jack and Stephanie, a bickering young couple, who are lost while driving through the backwoods. We soon learn. After getting bad directions from a state trooper, the couple get into a car accident when they run over some spiked metal in the road, which Jack dismisses as discarded scrap metal. Forced to proceed on foot and Stephanie find the gothic Wayside Inn, where they try to phone for help.
At the inn, they meet the occupants of the engaged couple Leslie and Randy. Because the phones are inoperative, both couples are forced to spend the night at the inn, staffed only by the eccentric proprietor Betty, her creepy son Pete, the gruff caretaker Stewart. After a tense dinner, in which personalities clash, the group is terrorized by a legendary local figure, the Tin Man. Armed with a shotgun, the Tin Man attempts to get into the Wayside Inn; the staff locks the Tin Man out, he responds by giving them a message scrawled on the side of a tin can. The message declares that he will kill everyone in the house unless they give him one dead body by sunrise; the staff, blaming their guests for attracting the Tin Man's attention, attempts to lock them in the freezing meat locker, threatening to leave them there for weeks. A fight ensues, the guests realize that there is a supernatural presence in the house when Betty is injured in the struggle and bleeds black fog; the couples escape the meat locker, but are unable to leave the house, which assaults them with terrifying visions involving their worst memories.
For Jack and Stephanie, the visions involve their daughter, who died after falling through the ice in a skating accident. For Randy, the visions involve his abusive father. For Leslie, the visions involve an uncle named Pete, who sexually abused her when she was a little girl. Confused by the visions, the four guests find themselves separated. Jack meets Susan, a young girl, held captive by the staff. Susan reminds Jack of his deceased daughter after she claims to have been in contact with her spirit. Tormented by the visions, stalked by the homicidal Wayside staff, under constant threat from the Tin Man, all four guests succumb to the various pressures and start to turn on each other. Shortly after they discover that the staff worships the Devil, Jack is split into two identical people; the couples escape when they are aided by Officer Lawdale, but they are recaptured when Lawdale turns out to be working with the Wayside staff. Lawdale and the Wayside staff try to force the couples to appease the Tin Man by choosing one of themselves to kill.
Past tensions lead the viewer to believe that Randy will resolve the situation by killing Jack, but he instead turns the gun on Susan. Jack deflects the gun but Susan is hit. Desperate to appease the Tin Man and Randy kill each other. Lawdale reveals that he is the Tin Man, that he and the Wayside staffers are all manifestations of pure evil. Jack and Stephanie defeat their captors by channeling the energy of pure good, flowing from Susan's dead body. Able to escape the inn and Stephanie trek back to their car, where they discover their unconscious bodies, as well as the dead bodies of Leslie and Randy; as Jack and Stephanie wake up and are taken away in an ambulance, they are watched over by a resurrected Susan, who observes that their love for each other has been reawakened by the events at the Wayside Inn. As the couple ride off in an ambulance, Jack looks out the window to see Lawdale laughing at him from the front gate of the Wayside, with the caretakers watching out of an upstairs window.
Michael Madsen as Tin Man / Fake Officer Lawdale Reynaldo Rosales as Jack Singleton Heidi Dippold as Stephanie Singleton Julie Ann Emery as Leslie Taylor J. P. Davis as Randy Messarue Lew Temple as Pete Leslie Easterbrook as Betty Bill Moseley as Stewart Paweł Deląg as Officer Lawdale Weronika Rosati as Mrs. Lawdale Allana Bale as Susan Florentyna Synowiecka as Melissa Singleton Lance Henriksen as Tin Man The film received a rating of R for some violence and terror; the film was given a limited release to theaters on November 7, 2008, where it opened in 25th place with a weekend earning of $327,445. In total it earned $575,048 during its U. S. theatrical run. The film was released to DVD on April 2009 via Lions Gate Entertainment. House on IMDb House at AllMovie House at Rotten Tomatoes House at Box Office Mojo House at Metacritic
Fantastic Four (2005 film)
Fantastic Four is a 2005 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics team of the same name. It was directed by Tim Story, released by 20th Century Fox; the film stars Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon and Kerry Washington. This was the second live-action Fantastic Four film. A previous attempt, titled The Fantastic Four, was a B-movie produced by Roger Corman that went unreleased. Fantastic Four was released in the United States on July 8, 2005, it was a commercial success. A sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, was released in 2007. A reboot was released in 2015. Physicist Reed Richards is convinced evolution was triggered millions of years ago on Earth by clouds of cosmic energy in space and has calculated that one of these clouds is soon going to pass near Earth. Together with his friend, astronaut Ben Grimm, Reed convinces Victor Von Doom, his former classmate at MIT and now CEO of Von Doom Industries, to allow him access to his held space station to test the effects of a biological sample of exposure to the cloud.
Victor agrees in exchange for control over the experiment and a majority of the profits from whatever benefits it brings. Reed brings aboard his ex-girlfriend and Von Doom's chief genetics researcher Sue Storm and her ex-astronaut younger brother Johnny Storm; the quintet travels to outer space to observe the cosmic energy clouds, but Reed miscalculates and the clouds materialize ahead of schedule. Reed and the Storms leave the shielded station to rescue Ben, who had gone on a spacewalk to place the samples. Ben receives full exposure in outer space, while the others receive a more limited dose within the station. Back home they soon develop superpowers: Reed can stretch his body like rubber, Susan can become invisible and generate force shields, Johnny Storm can engulf himself in fire and fly unaided, Ben becomes a rock-like creature with superhuman strength and durability. Meanwhile, Victor faces a backlash from his stockholders because of the publicity from the space mission, has a scar on his face that came from an exploding control console on the station.
Ben's fiancée Debbie leaves him. Ben goes to brood on the Brooklyn Bridge and accidentally causes a traffic pileup while preventing a man from committing suicide. Ben and the Storms use their various abilities to contain the damage and prevent harm, including saving the crew of an FDNY ladder truck that nearly fell off the bridge due to the chaos; the media dub them the Fantastic Four. They move into Reed's lab in the Baxter Building to study their abilities and seek a way to return Ben to normal. Victor, himself mutating, offers his support but blames Reed for the failure of the spaceflight, which has lost him his company's hope for an IPO. Reed tells the group he will construct a machine to recreate the storm and reverse its effects on them, but warns it could accelerate them instead. Meanwhile, Von Doom's arm has become organic metal, giving him superhuman strength allowing him to produce bolts of electricity, he begins plotting revenge, he drives a wedge between Reed, who has rekindled his relationship with Susan Storm.
Using the machine, Victor restores Grimm to human form, while accelerating Von Doom's condition, causing much of his body to turn to metal. Victor captures Reed. Now calling himself Doctor Doom, he puts on a metallic mask and a cloak to hide his disfigurement, Victor tortures Reed and fires a heatseeking missile at the Baxter Building in an unsuccessful attempt to defeat Johnny. Sue is outmatched. Ben arrives transformed into the Thing again by reusing the machine; the battle spills into the streets, the Storms combine their powers to wrap Victor in an inferno of intense heat, while Ben and Reed douse him with cold water, inducing thermal shock and freezing Doom in place. Ben informs Reed that he has accepted his condition with the help of Alicia Masters, a blind artist for whom he has developed feelings, the team embraces its role as superheroes. Reed proposes marriage to Sue. Meanwhile, Victor's statue-like remains are being transported back to his homeland of Latveria when the dock master's electronic manifest undergoes electromagnetic interference.
Rachel McAdams, Keri Russell were considered for Sue Storm. As in all of the previous Marvel Comics-based films, Fantastic Four co-creator Stan Lee makes a cameo appearance, he is Willie Lumpkin, the postal worker who greets the team on their way to the Baxter Building elevator, making this cameo the first time in which Lee appeared playing a character he created. Hugh Jackman reprises his role as Wolverine in a scene in which Reed Richards changes his face to resemble Jackman's portrayal of Wolverine in an attempt to woo Sue Storm. In 1983, German producer Bernd Eichinger met with Stan Lee at his home in Los Angeles to explore obtaining an option for a movie based on the Fantastic Four; the option was not available until three years when Eichinger's Constantin Film company obtained it from Marvel Comics for a price the producer called "not enormous", and, estimated to be $250,000. Warner Bros and Columbia Pictures showed interest, but were cautious of Eichinger's $40–45 million budget. With the option scheduled to expire on December 31, 1992, Eichinger asked Marvel for an extension.
With none forthcoming, Eichinger planned to retain his option by producing a l
Harve Bennett was an American television and film producer and screenwriter. Bennett was born to a Jewish family in Chicago, Illinois in 1930, the son of Kathryn, a journalist, Yale Fishman, a lawyer; as a young boy, Bennett appeared on the radio program Quiz Kids, which introduced him to show business. By the time Bennett had reached college age, the radio business was in decline, he turned to the world of film, he graduated from their film school. Following his graduation from college, in 1953 Bennett joined the United States Army, he served in the Military Police Corps, based at the United States Disciplinary Barracks in Lompoc, California. He was honorably discharged in 1955 with the rank of corporal. Bennett began his career as a production executive, he first worked at CBS in New York City and moved to the programming department of ABC, becoming Vice President of Daytime Programming. At ABC, he rose to become Vice President of Programming for a time. Following his work with ABC, Bennett moved over to production.
His first project was to develop a television series with producer Aaron Spelling called The Mod Squad, which Bennett produced from 1968 until 1973. Following The Mod Squad, Bennett joined Universal Studios where he produced a variety of television series and miniseries; the best known of these series are The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman. Other series and miniseries he produced at Universal include Rich Man, Poor Man, The Invisible Man and Gemini Man. Bennett moved to Columbia Pictures Television where he continued as a television producer, his projects at Columbia Pictures included the series Salvage 1 and the miniseries The Jesse Owens Story and A Woman Called Golda, Ingrid Bergman's final role and which co-starred Leonard Nimoy. While working at Columbia Pictures TV, Bennett was brought to Paramount Pictures to work in their television division producing television series. Only a few weeks into his contract, he was called to a meeting with top executives of Paramount Barry Diller and Michael Eisner, along with Charles Bluhdorn, head of Paramount's parent Gulf+Western.
Bluhdorn, dissatisfied with the results of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, was looking for someone new to take over the next film in the series. According to Bennett, Bluhdorn asked him what he thought of the first Star Trek film and, after Bennett said he found it boring, Bluhdorn asked him if he could make a better picture and if he could do it for less than $45 million; when Bennett said that he could, Bluhdorn said "do it" and he was hired. To prepare for the job of producing a Star Trek film, Bennett first screened all 79 episodes of the original Star Trek series in a projection room at Paramount, he was drawn to the episode "Space Seed" which featured Ricardo Montalban as the genetically enhanced supervillain Khan Noonien Singh. At the conclusion of the episode and his followers are exiled to an uninhabited planet, James T. Kirk and Spock wonder; this gave Bennett the'hook' he was looking for, led him to develop a sequel to the episode. Bennett's idea formed the beginnings of. Bennett himself developed the original story premise, worked with screenwriter Jack B.
Sowards on the early drafts of the screenplay. Nicholas Meyer was introduced to Bennett and completed the final drafts of the script, in addition to directing the film with Bennett as executive producer and Robert Sallin as producer. Star Trek II proved to be an enormous success, both in terms of the box office receipts and fan response. Following the success of Star Trek II, Bennett served as producer on the next three Star Trek films: The Search for Spock, The Voyage Home — which for a long time stood as one of the most successful of the Star Trek films — and The Final Frontier. In addition to serving as producer, Bennett wrote Star Trek III, co-wrote the story and screenplay for Star Trek IV, co-wrote the story for Star Trek V. Bennett made cameo appearances in Star Trek III and Star Trek V. Following Star Trek V, Bennett developed an idea for a sixth Star Trek film that would take a different approach from the previous films. Titled "The Academy Years", it would have focused on the characters of Kirk and Spock when they were much younger and cadets at Starfleet Academy.
It would have delved into the early relationships between these characters, shown how they developed such a close friendship over the years. While William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy would have had cameos at the beginning and end of the film to "bookend" the story in flashback form, new actors would have portrayed most of the roles in the film, including the young Kirk and Spock. Although Paramount was enthusiastic about the idea, feedback from fans was universally negative over a Star Trek film without the established actors that fans had come to know and love. Martin Davis who at the time was the head of Gulf & Western, wanted a film featuring the original cast to mark Star Trek's 25th anniversary in 1991. Paramount offered Bennett the opportunity to produce this film with the original cast offering to produce his academy film afterward, but Bennett declined, citing multiple reasons including a lack of story ideas for the requested film and the rushed time frame in which the film would have to be completed in order to coincide with Star Trek's 25th anniversary.
This marked the end of Bennett's association wit
The Puppet Masters (film)
The Puppet Masters is a 1994 science fiction film, adapted by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio and David S. Goyer from Robert A. Heinlein's 1951 novel of the same title, in which a trio of American government agents attempts to thwart a covert invasion of Earth by mind-controlling alien parasites; the film was directed by Stuart Orme and stars Donald Sutherland, Eric Thal, Keith David, Julie Warner and Andrew Robinson. When a flying saucer lands in rural Iowa, The Old Man, decides to investigate, he goes in person, accompanied by agents Sam and Jarvis, as well as Dr. Mary Sefton, a NASA specialist in alien biology, they find that aliens have indeed landed and are planning to use their mind-control powers to take over the Earth. The aliens are slug-like creatures, they are attaching themselves to people's backs, taking control of their victims' nervous systems, manipulating those people as puppets; the slugs spread and soon attack one of the agents, Sam. Controlling Sam, aliens possess the president, but are defeated by the agents.
Agents learn they can remove a slug by an electric shock, free Sam from the possession of a slug. It is soon found out all slugs share a common consciousness, a sort of a group mind; the aliens reproduce by division, soon controlling not only most of the population of the infested area, but military personnel sent to the area to fight them. As agents learn where the aliens' "hive" is located, they attempt to sneak in, release Mary, whom aliens captured earlier. Together, they find surviving people, they take one of a boy, with them, leaving the hive. It is soon found out the boy suffered from encephalitis in the past, and, the reason a slug couldn't possess him. Biological warfare is adopted, all parasites die. During a inspection of a hive, The Old Man is attacked by the last healthy slug. In a fight on a helicopter, Sam destroys the parasite attached to the body of his father. Donald Sutherland as Andrew Nivens Eric Thal as Sam Nivens Julie Warner as Mary Sefton Keith David as Alex Holland Will Patton as Dr. Graves Richard Belzer as Jarvis Tom Mason as President Douglas Yaphet Kotto as Ressler Sam Anderson as Culbertson J. Patrick McCormack as Gidding Marshall Bell as General Morgan Nicholas Cascone as Greenberg Bruce Jarchow as Barnes Benjamin Mouton as Higgins David Pasquesi as Vargas Andrew Robinson as Hawthorne Benj Thall as Jeff William Wellman, Jr. as Doctor Dale Dye as Brande John C.
Cooke as Lt. Abbey Michael Shamus Wiles as Capt. Earley The screenplay went through a number of rewrites due to differences between the writers, Terry Rossio and Ted Elliott, who wanted to remain faithful to Heinlein's story, executives at Disney who wanted an adaptation that they could sell; as a result, the final script leaves out some elements of the novel, while portions of the movie follow the basic plot. Reviews were unfavorable, as The Puppet Masters holds a rating of 26% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 23 reviews; the Puppet Masters on IMDb The Puppet Masters at Rotten Tomatoes The Puppet Masters at Box Office Mojo
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is a 1989 American science fiction film directed by William Shatner and based on the television series of the same name created by Gene Roddenberry. It is the fifth installment in the Star Trek film series. Taking place shortly after the events of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, its plot follows the crew of the USS Enterprise-A as they confront a renegade Vulcan, searching for God at the center of the galaxy; the film was directed by cast member William Shatner, following two films being directed by his co-star Leonard Nimoy. Shatner developed the initial storyline, in which Sybok searches for God, but instead finds an alien being. Series creator Gene Roddenberry disliked the original script, while Nimoy and DeForest Kelley objected to the premise that their characters and Leonard McCoy, would betray Shatner's James T. Kirk; the script went through multiple revisions to please the cast and Paramount Pictures, including cuts in the effects-laden climax of the film.
Despite a Writers Guild strike cutting into the film's pre-production, Paramount commenced filming in October 1988. Many Star Trek veterans assisted in the film's production. Production problems plagued the film on set and during location shooting in Yosemite National Park and the Mojave Desert; as effects house Industrial Light & Magic's best crews were busy and would be too expensive, the production used Bran Ferren's company for the film's effects, which had to be revised several times in order to lower production costs. The film's ending was reworked because of poor test-audience reaction, the failure of planned special effects. Jerry Goldsmith, composer for Star Trek: The Motion Picture, returned to score The Final Frontier; the Final Frontier was released in North America on June 1989, by Paramount Pictures. It had the highest opening gross of any Star Trek film in at that point and was number one in its first week at the box office, but its grosses dropped in subsequent weeks; the film received mixed to poor reviews by critics on release, according to its producer, nearly killed the franchise.
The next entry in the series, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, received a more positive reception. The crew of the newly-commissioned USS Enterprise are enjoying shore leave after the starship's shakedown cruise goes poorly. At Yosemite National Park, James T. Kirk demoted back to Captain after the events of the previous two films, is camping with First Officer Spock and Dr. Leonard McCoy, their leave is interrupted when Enterprise is ordered by Starfleet Command to rescue human and Romulan hostages on the planet Nimbus III, a planet set aside to advance dialogue between the Federation and Klingon and Romulan Empires. Learning of Enterprise's mission, the Klingon Captain Klaa decides to pursue Kirk for personal glory. On Nimbus III, the crew of Enterprise discovers that renegade Vulcan Sybok, Spock's half-brother, is behind the hostage crisis. Sybok reveals the hostage situation was a ruse to lure a starship to Nimbus III. Sybok wants to use a ship to reach the mythical planet the place where creation began.
Sybok uses his unique ability to reveal and heal the innermost pain of a person through the mind meld to subvert the hostages' and crew members' wills. Only Spock and Kirk prove resistant to Sybok. Sybok reluctantly declares a truce with Kirk, realizing he needs his leadership experience to navigate Enterprise to Sha Ka Ree; the ship breaches the barrier, pursued by Klaa's vessel, discovers a lone blue planet. Sybok, Spock, McCoy beam down to the surface, where Sybok calls out to his perceived vision of God. An entity appears bearing a large human face, when told of how Sybok breached the barrier, demands that the starship be brought closer to the planet; when a skeptical Kirk asks, "What does God need with a starship?", the entity attacks him in retribution. The others doubt a god. Realizing his foolishness, Sybok sacrifices himself in an effort to combat the creature and allow the others to escape. Intent on stopping the being, Kirk orders Enterprise to fire a photon torpedo at their location, to little effect.
Spock and McCoy are beamed back to the ship, but Klaa's vessel attacks Enterprise before Kirk can be transported aboard. The vengeful entity reappears and tries to kill Kirk when Klaa's vessel destroys it in a hail of fire. Kirk is beamed aboard the Klingon ship, where Spock and the Klingon General Korrd force Klaa to stand down. After the crews of Enterprise and the Klingon ship celebrate a new détente, Spock, McCoy resume their vacation at Yosemite. William Shatner as James T. Kirk. Shatner practiced strength training daily to prepare for the role; the physical activity and directing duties meant he woke at 4 a.m. every day during filming, no matter what time he fell asleep. Leonard Nimoy as Spock, the Enterprise's half-Vulcan, half-human science officer. Nimoy noted The Final Frontier was the most physical film in the series, which reflected Shatner's energetic sensibility and what he enjoyed doing most on the show—"running and jumping". Nimoy recalled Shatner's attempts to instruct him in riding a horse, although Nimoy had ridden many horses bareback when playing American I
Captive (2015 film)
Captive is a 2015 American crime-drama thriller film directed by Jerry Jameson and written by Brian Bird and Reinhard Denke, based on the non-fiction book Unlikely Angel by Ashley Smith. A true story about Brian Nichols, who escapes from the Fulton County courthouse in Atlanta on March 11, 2005 and holds Ashley Smith as a hostage, the film stars David Oyelowo as Nichols and Kate Mara as Smith. Filming began in October 2013 in North Carolina; the film was released worldwide on September 2015 by Paramount Pictures. On March 11, 2005, Brian Nichols escapes from the Fulton County courthouse in Atlanta, during his trial involving a rape case. In the process of the escape he murders the judge presiding over his trial, Rowland Barnes, as well as court reporter Julie Brandau, he shoots Sergeant Hoyt Teasley while escaping from the courthouse, later kills ICE Special Agent David G. Wilhelm, off-duty at his home. Nichols becomes the subject of a citywide manhunt, his frantic escape brings him to the apartment of Ashley Smith, a single mother and recovering methamphetamine addict, whom he holds hostage.
Smith gets through the time by being inspired by Rick Warren's best-selling book The Purpose Driven Life while Nichols searches for redemption. As she reads aloud and her would-be killer come to a crossroads. David Oyelowo as Brian Nichols Kate Mara as Ashley Smith Michael K. Williams as Detective John Chestnut Leonor Varela as Detective Carmen Sanchez Jessica Oyelowo as Meredith MacKenzie Mimi Rogers as Kim Rogers Matt Lowe as Randy E. Roger Mitchell as Sergeant Teasley Bill Bennett as Sheriff Walters Scott Parks as Officer Henderson J. Karen Thomas as Mrs. Nichols Fred Galle as Atlanta Police Officer Boltbee Elle Graham as Paige Johanna Jowett as Cameron Sampson Claudia Church as Melissa Michael Harding as Commander Bradley Simpson William Boyer as Sniper Sydelle Noel as Lynn Campbell On October 15, 2013, David Oyelowo and Kate Mara joined the thriller Captive based on the true story of Brian Nichols, who escapes from the courthouse in Atlanta on March 11, 2005, murdering the judge, a court reporter, a sheriff's deputy.
He takes Ashley Smith hostage at her own house. BN Films set Jerry Jameson to direct the film, adapted by Brian Bird and Reinhard Denke, based on the Smith's non-fiction Unlikely Angel. Alex Garcia, Lucas Akoskin, Terry Botwick and Ken Wales would be producing the film through Brightside Entertainment, 1019 Entertainment and Yoruba Saxon Productions. Oyelowo was set to play Nichols, Mara to play Smith, while Leonor Varela and Mimi Rogers were in the cast. Michael K. Williams joined the film's cast on October 2013 to play Detective John Chestnut. Jessica Oyelowo's involvement was confirmed on March 16, 2015, along with Jameson and Katrina Wolfe as producers. Principal photography on the film began in October 2013 in North Carolina. On March 16, 2015, Paramount Pictures acquired the worldwide distribution rights to the film and set the film for a September 18, 2015 release date. On June 16, 2015, the first trailer for the film was released. Captive has received negative reviews from critics, although praise was given towards the lead actors' chemistry.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 27%, based on 52 reviews, with an average rating of 4.5/10. The site's consensus reads, "Captive undermines committed performances from Kate Mara and David Oyelowo – and the real-life story they're dramatizing – with a thin script doubling as an ad for a self-help book." James Rocchi of The Wrap called it "A Lifetime movie shoved into a cage and fattened with sermons and platitudes until it is ready to be served up cold and bland." But Linda Cook of the Quad City Times called it "a top-notch, captivating film." Michael Foust of The Christian Post labeled it "one of the most inspiring movies I've seen" and added it was "not the typical Christian movie." Foust wrote, "I suspect the movie... succeeds because we can see a bit of ourselves in Smith or Oyelowo, two broken people whose lives intersect on a tragic day in which the power of God's Word triumphed." On Metacritic the film has a score of 36 out of 100, based on 19 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".
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