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Cameras ready to roll on Vinny Paz movie
The movie about the incredible comeback of Rhode Island boxing legend Vinny Paz has become a reality.
After more than a decade of hoping, the cameras are getting ready to roll on the film “Bleed for This.”
Paz, a Cranston native, is a five-time world boxing champ. Midway through his career he suffered a fractured neck in an auto accident. Doctors believed he would never box again.
But Paz proved them wrong. His comeback is what hooked movie producer Chad Verdi.
“We have, again, what I consider the greatest comeback in sports history. It was a story that needed to be told,” Verdi said Tuesday.
A first-class cast and producing team has been assembled. The producers are a group of past Oscar nominees and winners.
“It’s literally one of the best producing teams ever in the history of movie making. Like, it’s nuts. Martin Scorsese’s on, Ben Younger, Emma Tillinger, Bruce Cohen. It’s unbelievable,” Paz said.
Miles Teller, who bears a striking resemblance to Vinny, will portray Paz in the movie. Aaron Eckhart takes on the role of Paz trainer Kevin Rooney.
Preproduction is under way. Cameras will roll at local locations starting Nov. 10.
“We are at Twin River. We are at the Dunk Center. We are going to Twin Oaks. We are at the Biltmore hotel, the Gregg’s restaurant,” Verdi said.
The film’s budget is between $10 million and $20 million. Verdi has high expectations.
“We would be selling this short, if it wasn’t a worldwide distribution deal in theaters,” Verdi said.
By jess • July 13, 2014 • Movies, News • Comments: 0
‘Olympus Has Fallen’ Sequel Acquired by Focus Features, Gets Release Date
Aaron isn’t confirmed about returning as the President currently but I wanted to post this anyway.
Domestic distribution rights to London Has Fallen, the sequel to last year’s White House-under-attack actioner starring Gerard Butler, have been acquired by Focus Features, the company said Thursday.
A release date of Oct. 2, 2015, has been slated for the sequel, which returns Butler as a former Secret Service agent. The action in the sequel is kick-started when the prime minister of Britain dies “under mysterious circumstances.”
Focus Features did not state whether Aaron Eckhart will reprise his role as the president of the United States or Morgan Freeman will return as Speaker Allan Trumbell.
Olympus Has Fallen, which was budgeted at an estimated $70 million, was released on March 22, 2013, by FilmDistrict and grossed over $160 million worldwide in theaters.
Antoine Fuqua directed the title, which was one of two films — the other being Sony’s box-office disappointment White House Down — released within several months of each other that depicted the an invasion of the White House.
The sequel will be written by Olympus Has Fallen writers Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt along with Christian Gudegast.
Submit your questions for Aaron Eckhart
Sky Movies is doing a Q&A with Aaron, information is below.
We’re teaming up with MSN Movies to give you the chance to ask Aaron Eckhart the questions when he drops by for a chat about his new movie, I, Frankenstein.
All you have to do is record your question via Skype, and submit it to MSN Movies.
Remember to mention your name, where you’re from and that you’re a Sky Movies fan to be in with a chance of selection.
Head here for more information on how to record and submit your video.
‘I, Frankenstein: Genesis’ Released As A Motion Comic Prologue To The Upcoming Film
With ‘I, Frankenstein‘ coming out on January 24th, 2014, Lionsgate has decided to share with us a three part online motion comic titled ‘ ’I, Frankenstein: Genesis’ to serve as a prologue for the film. The first two chapters are now available online to read. Chapter 1 will be focusing on the character of Adam, aka Frankenstein’s monster, played by Aaron Eckhart (‘The Dark Knight’, ‘Battle Los Angeles’). The next two parts will focus on the backstory of two of the film’s characters: Miranda Otto’s (‘War of the Worlds‘, ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’) Leanore with the concluding chapter to center on Bill Nighy’s (‘The World’s End’, ‘Total Recall’) Naberius.
Here is the official description for the ‘I, Frankenstein’ motion comic:
Ready to discover the history behind I, FRANKENSTEIN? Delve deep into the world of gargoyles and demons with this brand new interactive website! Here’s your chance to become the master of their stories and discover the history between the two warring clans. While on the new site, immerse yourself in the I, FRANKENSTEIN Genesis Graphic Novel! The digital comic presented in parallax motion is an abridged version of Screenwriter Kevin Grevioux’s original graphic novel created as a prequel to the film! Available online, the three chapters will highlight the origin stories for Adam, Victor Frankenstein’s creation, Leonore, the Queen of the Gargoyles, and Naberius, a demon Prince.
The motion comic is not embeddable but you can check it out right here. I highly suggest that once you start reading it that you disable the auto play in the top right hand corner.
I felt for the work put into it that it was a little too short to truly enjoy. Maybe if they had fleshed out a bit more without giving spoilers or released all three at once it would have flowed better.
What do you think folks? Is the motion comic helping to sell you on this film that could take place straight out of ‘Underworld’ or are you still as on the fence about it as I am?
‘I, Frankenstein’ starring Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, and Jai Courtney comes to life on January 24, 2014.
Gallery Update: I, Frankenstein
By jess • September 15, 2013 • Gallery • Comments: 0
Aaron Eckhart on Frankenstein role
Aaron Eckhart has spoken about his reimagining of Frankenstein’s monster for his upcoming film I, Frankenstein.
The Dark Knight actor plays the creature in a modern version of the story which sees him caught between two warring immortal clans.
He told The Hollywood Reporter: “The story revolves around a man who’s trying to find his purpose in life.
“In cinema and TV Frankenstein became a clunky, inarticulate, catatonic figure and we don’t do that at all. He’s very active, smart, sexy. Our Frankenstein really deals with the human issues and is set in this fantastical world.”
Speaking at Comic-Con, Aaron, 45, revealed he was a big superhero fan growing up.
He said: “I can’t believe I’m in The Dark Knight. I never thought I would be and now that I’ve taken on Frankenstein, that’ll be interesting.”
Aaron stars alongside Aden Young as Dr Frankenstein and Bill Nighy in horror thriller I, Frankenstein which is due out in January 2014.
I, Frankenstein Comic Con Interviews with Aaron & Yvonne
Aaron Eckhart interview: Olympus Has Fallen, White Cargo, The Core, directing and more
He’s the president in Olympus Has Fallen, and a fine, fine actor. Aaron Eckhart spared us some time for a chat about his movies…
Note that the following interview contains mild spoilers for Olympus Has Fallen.
When the dust finally settled after the endless casting speculation for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, there was one name above all others that really fired up my anticipation for the movie: Aaron Eckhart. It’s now been well over a decade since I first discovered his work, and ever since the glorious slice of B-movie joy that is The Core, I’ve remained a steadfast fan, with the diversity in his work always drawing me towards films I would never normally consider. Yet to my mind he still remains very much underappreciated, regardless of his talent and some truly memorable performances amongst some great movies.
When a handful of us went in for the round table interview, Mr Eckhart stood up to greet us all with a handshake, and it suddenly occurred to me how strange it was to see him relaxed, laid back, incredibly chatty and friendly. He even made reference to how often he wears a suit in his movies, but Eckhart’s career is highlighted by exactly that – In The Company of Men saw his white collar worker, Chad, adorn that dress code while committing his heinous acts, the same with charming uber-bastard Nick Naylor in Thank You For Smoking and his criminally overlooked portrayal of both Harvey Dent and alter ego Two Face in The Dark Knight.
Promoting Olympus Has Fallen, in which he plays (an obviously) suited President of the United States, he puts in yet another cracking performance, and had the following to say…
The President spends an awful lot of the time in Olympus Has Fallen chained up, did you at any point during production want to break free and throw a few punches?
Every day I tried to kill somebody. I threatened to kick somebody in the balls, or headbutt somebody, or rip the railing off. I mean I could’ve torn the railing off, I think I did a few times anyway, but you know that’s just not how the script was written. So I had to stay down there and that was the challenge of the movie, was to still have the energy and the intensity and basically stay in one place, while Gerry [Gerard Butler] is out there getting the chicks!
96-106 Capital FM Interview with Aaron
While doing promotion in the UK for “Olympus Has Fallen”, Aaron did an interview with 96-106 Capital FM which can be listened to by clicking here. Thank you to the show’s producer, Mark Hitchings for sending the link to the interview to me & allowing me to post it on the site.
Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart coming to SA as part of their global tour to promote Olympus Has Fallen
The cinema is all about big names, big stars, big movie titles and, of course, the big screen. It is the big screen format that does true justice to a director’s dream and vision of how a movie should be viewed.
It is only fitting then that, with the imminent arrival of two great Hollywood stars to South African in the form of Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart, Ster-Kinekor should host them at one of its state-of-the-art digital theatres – The Zone in Rosebank.
In partnership with Crystal Book Distribution, the company distributing the soon-to be-released Olympus Has Fallen, Ster-Kinekor will host a star-studded premiere of the film (by invitation only) on Monday, 8 April, with the two actors making a special guest appearance.
Butler and Eckhart will be in the country for a few days as part of their global tour to promote the upcoming release of the film, which is scheduled to launch on Ster-Kinekor screens across South Africa on Friday, 12 April. The two will also undertake various media interviews during their stay here.
In the film, Olympus Has Fallen, the White House (Secret Service code name: “Olympus”) is under attack by a terrorist mastermind. When the US President (Aaron Eckhart) is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) finds himself trapped within the building. As the national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning’s inside knowledge to help retake the White House and save the President. The film also stars Morgan Freeman and Angela Bassett.