Just about everyone who loves cinema appreciates all the great movies made by Quentin Tarantino. However, most people don’t realize that none of Tarantino’s films would have been made possible if it wasn’t for the work of one producer. That producer, Lawerence Bender, is known in Hollywood as the man who discovered the legendary Quentin Tarantino.
Back in the 1980s, before Bender was a well-known name in the world of Hollywood, the aspiring producer was working as an assistant on a number of low budget productions. After years of hard work, Bender graduated to producing straight to video slasher films. Lawrence Bender wasn’t exactly setting the movie world on fire by the end of the 1980s. However, in 1990, things began to change thanks to a chance meeting with one of the biggest writer-directors of the coming decade.
It was at a friend’s barbecue that Lawrence Bender met Quentin Tarantino for the first time. At the moment, Tarantino wasn’t much better off than Bender. Tarantino was a struggling actor and a semi-employed screenwriter with aspirations of directing his own films. During their first meeting, Tarantino pitched Bender on a heist movie told from multiple points of view. Sensing some potential in the idea, Bender encouraged Tarantino to go off and write the script.
Two years later, that chance meeting turned into “Reservoir Dogs.” The duo finally had their foot in the door of Hollywood. And with their chance to make a film with a bigger budget, the two decided to go for it all. In 1994, Lawrence Bender produced Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction,” widely considered to be one of the greatest films in cinema history. Starring Bruce Willis, , Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta, “Pulp Fiction” is beloved by film fans around the world. The film would earn Bender the first of three Academy Award nominations for Best Picture.
Born in the Bronx, in 1962, Lawrence Bender has spent over three decades as a Hollywood producer. Among the credits on Bender’s resume include “Jackie Brown,” “Good Will Hunting,” and “Inglorious Basterds.” As he enters his next decade of filmmaking, Lawrence Bender looks to bring more groundbreaking movies to the big screen.
Bend It Like Beckham may get all the headlines, but as far as pure, unadulterated soccer films go, there’s no better one than Goal!: The Dream Begins. Goal!: The Dream Begins was produced by Lawrence Bender, the man behind such legendary Hollywood films as Inglourious Basterds, Good Will Hunting, Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and 2, An Inconvenient Truth, Jackie Brown, Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. Born in 1957 in New York City’s world-famous borough the Bronx, Lawrence Bender has made a career out of having an eye for great stories and ensuring that they lose nothing during the transition from page to screen. As such, and especially considering Bender’s resume, one of the best compliments I can give Goal!: The Dream Begins is to say that Lawrence Bender’s work on the film is one of the best examples of his skills as a producer to date.
Goal!: The Dream Begins is a story about a young Mexican American named Santiago Munez who is plucked from obscurity and his modest upbringing in Los Angeles and thrust into the middle of the world of professional soccer in England after a British scout discovers him. Over the course of his first season as a professional footballer, we witness Santiago’s struggles and triumphs as he transitions from following his dreams to facing the reality of what a dream come true actually looks like in the real world.
What makes Goal!: The Dream Begins so special is its ability to perfectly balance the wide-eyed optimism of pursuing your dreams with the stark realism you will face as you struggle to face the consequences of making your dreams come true. It is an inspiring story but with the caveat that you should be careful what you wish for, because you might just get it. By that, I simply mean that Goal!: The Dream Begins doesn’t sugarcoat the realities of the life of a professional soccer player, which enables its message to hit home in a way that being too realistic or too optimistic would never allow.
That type of balanced storytelling is the reason Goal!: The Dream Begins is my favorite Lawrence Bender film. That’s saying quite a bit considering Bender has produced three films that have earned Academy Award nominations for Best Picture (Inglourious Basterds, Pulp Fiction, and Good Will Hunting). Despite the greatness of those films, I stand firmly by my belief that Goal!: The Dream Begins is the best movie Lawrence Bender has ever produced.
News has recently went around about the passing of Gene Wilder. Gene Wilder has been known for many of his works which include Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Jim in Blazing Saddles, and his various works with Richard Pryor in movies like Silver Streak and See No Evil, Hear No Evil. Gene Wilder was born as Jerome Silberman who was born to a Russian father and a mother from Illinois. He has had a 50 year career as an entertainer. He has been in only 37 films. However, he has made a huge impact in the entertainment industry as well as other media.
Gene Wilder has had four marriages in his lifetime. He was married to Mary Mercier, Mary Schutz, Gilda Radner, and Karen Webb. Gene Wilder has also got involved in spreading awareness of cancer after Radner died from ovarian cancer. He has helped with the founding of non-profit called Gilda’s Club. Gilda’s Club has been put in place in order to spread awareness of cancer and help bring forth better treatment for cancer. It is also very helpful for the friends and family of the people who are suffering from the ailment.
Gene Wilder has also kept active in Hollywood as an aging star. He has made appearances in plenty of shows throughout the rest of his days. Among the most recent appearances he has made was a children’s show called Yo Gabba Gabba. Gene was also a writer. He has helped with the story of See No Evil Hear No Evil. He has also had some very interesting experiences on the set of his film, especially with his co-star and friend, Richard Pryor. One thing that often happened on the set of the films was that they would read a line and then Richard Pryor would improvise. Gene Wilder would respond as was natural and they would go with it. This is how they have made some great magic together in their films.
Queens of Drama is a reality show that follows soap opera stars and former soap stars. The show premiered on POP in April of 2015, and the first season features 10 episodes. The women work together to produce a show, and are both in front of and behind the camera. By the end of the season, the actresses hope to land a pilot deal for their new primetime show. The show is often seen as a soap opera within a soap opera, and drama ensues between the cast members to make the episodes more interesting. Donna Mills appears on the show as a dramatized version of herself for entertainment purposes. Mills is also portrayed as the leader of the group, since she is a veteran in the soap opera business. Other cast members include Vanessa Marcil, Chrystee Pharris, Hunter Tylo and Lindsay Hartley.
Crystal Hunt is also one of the cast members of Queens of Drama. Hunt is best known for her role as Lizzie Spaulding in the popular soap opera Guiding Light. Crystal was on the show for three years, from 2003 to 2006. Spaulding was the troubled daughter of Philip and Beth Raines. In 2005, she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actress In a Drama Series. Hunt also played Stacy Morasco on One Life to Live from 2009 to 2010.
In addition to being a soap opera actress, Hunt is a photographer, and has also starred in a number of commercials. She got her start in beauty pageants when she was just two years old, and acting was the talent she showcased. TV.com shows Crystal was in a commercial with N’SYNC to support an anti-drug campaign. She also starred in a Walt Disney World commercial to celebrate the park’s 25th anniversary. Hunt also owned the Pet Dream Boutique, which was a high-end salon for animals in her hometown, Clearwater, Florida. See clips from Hunt’s professional career on YouTube.
Crystal Hunt is a world renown actor who has years of experience as a professional actor. Her first ever performance was on the CBS show Guiding Light when she was seventeen. The show was nominated for numerous Emmy Awards over its lifetime. It wasn’t until she played a troubled teen on Little Spaulding did Hunt catch the attention of fans and directors.
Crystal Hunt was born on February 5th, 1985 in Clearwater, Florida and spent most of her childhood there. When she became a teenager her family moved to New York City where she began to attend the Actors Workshop. It didn’t take long for her to be noticed by an agent looking for new actors for roles on Guiding Light. This position was enough to help her get a role on Little Spaulding, which earned an Emmy nomination for. After four years on the show she left and switched her focus to feature length movies, hoping to hit it big. Hunt was talented and lucky enough to win the audition for Derby Stallion, which saw an overall box office success in the United States. She followed Derby Stallion with a modern re-telling of the classic fairy tale Snow While titled Sydney White.
In the early 2010 Crystal Hunt made her return to television with ABC’s One Life To Live. She played and adult dancer named Stacy Morasco. She played the character for another three years before switching back to movies, staring in the gritty, thriller NYC Underground. This is where she met her now good friends Dania Ramirez, Arielle Kebbel, and Evan Ross. Crystal Hunt was the first person that Dylan Baker asked to join his first film when he became a director. The movie, 23 Blast, was about a star football player in high school who becomes blind. It was released in October 2014 and made millions in revenue.
Crystal wanted to take a break from the fast paced movie world as she began to start a family. She turned to reality television and stared in a show called Queens of Drama which took a look at former daytime and prime time actors as they try and produce their own show. It aired in April 2015. As much as she wanted to settle down Hunt was still constantly on the move. Her time was split between Savannah, Georgia where her family was and Los Angeles, California where the show was filming.
PRNewswire reported that Crystal Hunt scored a role in Magic Mike XXL, and is grabbing rave reviews. The film is a sequel to Magic Mike by Steven Spielberg. Ms. Hunt plays the role of Lauren in this comedy about the adventures of a male stripper who comes out of retirement for one last show. It was filmed in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and it was released on July 7th, 2015. The film has grossed $33.4 million so far.
Crystal Hunt was born in Clearwater, Florida, and she won an Emmy for outstanding young actress for her portrayal of Lizzie Spaulding in the Guiding Light a daytime soap opera appearing on CBS TV. She was also nominated for a Soap Opera Digest Award in 2005 for her performance of Lizzie. On the daytime soap On Life to Live, she played Stacy Morasco from 2009 to 2012. Currently, she is appearing the series “Queens of Drama” where she portrays herself. It is a documentary about soap stars who form a production company.
She starred in the films Derby Stallion as Jill Overaton, and in Sydney White she had the role of Demetria “Dinky” Rosemead Hodgekiss. The beautiful daytime soap star also produced her own movie entitled “Talbot County” in 2014.
If there was any question if Rumer Willis was in love with “Dancing With The Stars,” a new tattoo should answer that question. Rumer Willis decided to get a tattoo of a pose she did while on the show. The show has truly changed Rumer’s life for the better, and many now know her as the brilliant dancer from the show, not just the daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis. Rumer Willis Tattoo. Rumer has yet to tell the world what she plans on doing in the future, but for now, she is still basking in the success she had from the show.
The best part about the show is that you can be a star underneath someone else’s name, or you can be a star in your own right. Steve Murray certainly likes this. Although Rumer Willis was a star because of her parents, she’s now a star in her own right.
Fans of Western movies might be happy to know that one of the all time classics, “The Magnificent Seven,” is being remade. Its cast will include Ethan Hawke, Chris Pratt, Denzel Washington and Kevin Seawright and Peter Sarsgaard is in final negotiations to play the bad guy in the new film, according to xing.com. It is slated for early 2017 release, and It’s good to know that amidst all the futuristic, superhero type movies a good old Western is in the Hollywood line up as well. Jason Mamoa recently turned down a role in this movie. He will be playing Aquaman in “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which hits theaters next year. There will also be a standalone film for the Aquaman character, so it looks like Jason Mamoa’s film-making schedule is already busy.
The cast of this remake are certainly talented actors who can hold their own in any movie. That said, any remake of the original classic western will have unbelievably big shoes to fill. It will be interesting to see a modern film take on this story, but it will have to be damn good to come close to beating, Yul Brenner, Steve McQueen and James Coburn in their prime. Eli Wallach was also one of the best bad guys on film in the role of the despot Calvera. I don’t envy the actors who will face the inevitable comparisons to the original film, but as good as the original was, this might pull off a surprise and show it up. Only time will tell.
Recently, Native American actors and crew members walked off the set of Adam Sandler’s new movie “The Ridiculous Six”, citing racist and misogynistic jokes spread throughout the movie’s script. One might wonder what many of the actors assumed would be in a “spoof” genre movie from the creators of The Waterboy and others. Adam Sandler’s career has basically risen thanks to these kinds of jokes, so it is no surprise a movie that is a spoof on the western style of movie, has these kinds of jokes included.
To dive deeper into the movies of Adam Sandler to see if there is any sort of connection between these kinds of jokes and the production level, it is necessary to look at the films in different groupings. First, there is the “Payday” movies, which simply put, bring in more money than the others. Movies in this group includes “The Waterboy,” “Mr Deeds,” “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” and “Grown Ups.” Essentially, all of these movies made more than $320 million at the box office, yet few would call these movies good. In fact, Sandler only has a single movie above 75 according to Ray Lane of Rotten Tomatoes. So, it is up to debate what is more shocking, the fact that Sandler would use play on words and possibly derogatory terms in a western spoof movie, or that the actors believed it would be a wholesome flick free of any negative stereotypes.
‘Furious 7’ star Vin Diesel and his partner welcomed a baby girl to their family this month. The actor has confirmed that he named the infant to honor the memory of fellow actor Paul Walker.
Diesel and Walker rose to super-stardom as the main stars of the ‘The Fast and the Furious’ film franchise. Paul Walker died in November 2013 after the car in which he was a passenger slammed into a tree. The Porsche GT veered off of the road and burst into flames almost immediately following the incident. Diesel has referred to Walker as a “friend and brother” in many media interviews.
Diesel opened up about the girl’s birth on “The Today Show.”
“He was in the room,” Diesel said of Walker, recalling his youngest daughter’s birth. “I knew he was there. I was thinking about him as I cut the umbilical cord.”
The actor revealed that he and long-time girlfriend Paloma Jiminez named the infant Pauline.
Dan Newlin reported that Walker and Diesel were still filming ‘Furious 7’ when the fatal car accident occurred. Walker’s brother, Cody, stepped into the actor’s signature role of Brian O’Connor to allow the film to be finished. ‘Furious 7’ made a private debut at the SXSW festival this month and will arrive at big screens across the nation on April 3.