Kathryn Bigelow (born 27.1.1951)
Kathryn Bigelow is an Academy Award-winning American film director.
Kathryn Bigelow: Childhood
Kathryn Bigelow was born in San Carlos, in California. She first became involved in film through her work as a painter. Bigelow then earned a master's degree from the graduate film program at Columbia University, where she studied theory and criticism. Among her tutors there were Susan Sontag and Vito Acconci.
Kathryn Bigelow: Career in Film
The Set-Up, in 1978, was Bigelow's debut short film. Her debut full-length feature was 1982's The Loveless, which she co-directed with Monty Montgomery. Five years later, Bigelow directed Near Dark, which she also co-scripted with Eric Reid.
Reid and Bigelow worked together again in 1990 on Blue Steel, which starred Jamie Lee Curtis and Ron Silver. The following year, Bigelow directed Point Break, staring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. The film was produced by Bigelow's ex-husband, James Cameron.
In 1995, Kathryn Bigelow directed Strange Days, which was also produced (and written) by James Cameron. Strange Days starred Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Lewis and Angela Bassett. 2000's Weight of Water was based in the novel by Anita Shreve and the film version starred Elizabeth Hurley and Sean Penn.
Two years later, Bigelow directed K-19: the Widowmaker, with Harrison Ford in the lead role and also starring Liam Neeson. K19: the Widowmaker was a low point in Bigelow's career and was seen by many as her downfall as a director. It would be seven years until Bigelow found herself back in the director's chair.
However, when Kathryn did return to work as a director, her reputation took a dramatic upturn, with the release of The Hurt Locker. The film was first shown at the Venice Film Festival in September 2008. The lead actors of the film are Brian Geraghty, Anthony Mackie and Jeremy Renner. Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes and David Morse also have cameo roles in the film. Bigelow has received a number of accolades for her directorial work on The Hurt Locker. She became the first woman to receive the Directors Guild of America award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe for her work on the film. Early in 2010, Kathryn Bigelow received an Oscar nomination for Best Director, becoming only the fourth woman in film history to earn that accolade. Before her, were Lina Wertmüller (for Seven Beauties), Jane Campion (for The Piano), and Sofia Coppola (for Lost in Translation).
Kathryn Bigelow: Other works
Kathryn Bigelow directed the music video for New Order's 'Touched by the Hand of God' in 1987.
In 1983, Kathryn Bigelow played the role of a newspaper editor in Lizzie Borden's 1983 film Born in Flames.
Kathryn Bigelow: Personal Life
Between 1989 and 1991, Kathryn Bigelow was married to the Oscar-winning film director James Cameron. Both directors were nominated for the same award at the 2010 Academy Awards.
Women are still horrendously underrepresented in Hollywood but we pick out those who command the most respect.
Despite an unfortunate continuation of women in subordinate roles, female actresses in Hollywood are very much in the ascendance, refusing to play second fiddle to the traditional male hierarchy. However, it is behind the camera where male domination prevails. Only four women in the entire history of the Academy Awards have been nominated for the Best Director Oscar, Lina Wertmüller for Seven Beauties (1976), Jane Champion for The Piano (1993), Sofia Coppola for Lost In Translation (2003) and Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker (2009). Bigelow is the only female director to take home the award. Such an overwhelming consortium of male influence seems perturbing, but a slew of female industry players are intent on overthrowing the status quo, breaking down gender barriers and paving the way for innovation on multiple levels. From the increasingly gargantuan Marvel juggernaut to low budget art-house pictures, women are beginning to make their mark in spheres in dire need of a feminine touch, free from a traditionally testosterone-fuelled male outlook.
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Kathryn Bigelow - Celebrities attend 2013 BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards Presented by BBC America at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 10th November 2013
Chris Pratt is bulking up for his role in the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Chris Pratt, the 34-year-old actor who has bagged himself some pretty tasty roles in recent years, is bulking up for his role in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Pratt is the latest movie star to undergo a dramatic physical transformation and posted his progress in an Instragram photo this week.
It's not the first time the Parks and Recreation actor has changed weight for a movie role - he sported a hugely toned physique for his role as a member of Seal Team Six in Kathyn Bigelow's Osama Bin Laden movie 'Zero Dark Thirty' last year.
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Director chosen for Point Break movie
The remake of Kathryn Bigelow’s classic movie Point Break has now got a director on board. According to Empire Online, Alcon Entertainment, who have been developing this one for some years now, have announced that they have Ericson Core on board to direct. Not only does Ericson Core have a superb name, for an action movie director, but he’s got pretty good form too. Rest assured, folks, he wasn’t selected on the basis of his name alone (we can’t actually verify that, we’re just assuming that he wasn’t).
It’s long been known that Kurt Wimmer has written the screenplay for the remake but now they have the man behind The Fast and the Furious, Daredevil and Payback (as cinematographer) on board. He’s also directed episodes of Family Law as well as the Mark Wahlberg-starring Invincible. According to IMDB, Core is currently attached to a project named Fair Trade, though no cast have actually been allocated to that one just yet, the site suggests. It’s likely that Point Break could well become the next project for Core, if Fair Trade isn’t going to fly.
The original Point Break, of course, starred Keanu Reeves as an FBI agent trying to infiltrate Patrick Swayze’s gang of adrenaline-hungry bank robbers. According to Empire, the remake “evolved” from an original plan to create a sequel.
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