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Frank Capra

It goes without saying that Capra is one of the greatest and most beloved directors of all time, especially renowned for his madcap romantic comedies. He is one of the few directors who ever managed to balance whimsy with meaningfulness without loosing the ability to entertain.

Only Frank Capra, with his light hand and good sense of allowing the actors to be their roles, could carry off this tale of a naive average American used by an unscrupulous politician through a nationwide goodwill drive. No one was ever better at having strong yet vulnerable women not only aid, but often come to the rescue, of the leading man.

Frank Capra's final film is a hilarious translation of a Damon Runyon tale set in 1930s New York, as gangster Glenn Ford repays street peddler Bette Davis for her "good luck" apples by passing her off as a well-to-do society lady for her visiting daughter (Ann-Margret in her film debut). This excellent and thoroughly enjoyable remake of his own 1933 "Lady for a Day" is a beautiful swan song to a master storyteller. Widescreen!

In this black comedy about two sweet old ladies whose basement holds a murderously funny secret, Capra utilizes star Cary Grant to his zany, patented “double take” best. Capra’s brilliance in comic casting is demonstrated with such reliable character actors as Raymond Massey, Peter Lorre and Jack Carson who manage to play their parts to the hilt without chewing up the scenery.

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Sources: Cameron Bright Cast As Lead in Milla Jovovich’s Next, "Ultraviolet"

By ChrisFaile

October 6th, 2003

According to sources, Cameron Bright has been cast as “perfect little boy” Six in Screen Gems’ “Ultraviolet,” starring Milla Jovovich (see our related story on the film here). The child actor has recently finished filming lead roles in two films due for release in 2004: "Godsend," starring Robert De Niro, and "Birth" with Nicole Kidman.

“Ultraviolet” focuses on a woman, Violet (Jovovich), who becomes the protector of a 9-year-old boy targeted for death in a world of humans versus vampires. Bright’s part, Six, is described in earlier casting notices as an “otherworldly, quiet, unique, fragile, smart, insightful and lonely boy who possesses an inner stillness.” In the film, Six grew up in a laboratory, where his only friend was a white lab rat. A sort of human petri dish, he gets caught in the middle of the "blood wars," as his blood contains the antigen that could wipe out humanity. Although the film takes place in the 21st century, it is set some years in the future.

The original casting documents noted that they are “searching far and wide, as this little boy is the antithesis of the usual L.A. actor kids. We are open to any ethnicity, including those of any Asian, Latin/Hispanic or Indian/Middle-Eastern descent.”

Bright, who is 10 years old and lives in British Columbia, is sometimes credited as Cameron Crigger.

Of the two roles mentioned above, Lions Gate’s Films “Godsend” looks to be the first to hit screens, in fall 2004. The plot for that film finds a couple (Greg Kinnear, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos) approach an expert (De Niro) in stem cell research about bringing their son (Bright) back to life, after he is killed in an accidental shooting. When Adam comes back to them through an experimental cloning/regeneration process, the couple finds that their son is far different than before. "Birth," still not granted a set release date yet although it has finished filming in late April, focuses on a woman (Kidman) who meets a 10-year-old (Bright) that claims to be the reincarnation of her deceased husband.

He has also had bit appearances in the television movies “Shadow Realm,” “My Brother’s Keeper,” The Christmas Secret,” and “Higher Ground,” as well as television shows “Night Visions” and “Dark Angel” and the “Lone Hero.”

According to one source, a relative, “he is extremely excited about this new role as he feels vampires are neat.”

Screen Gems was not able to confirm that Bright has been cast in the “Ultraviolet” role.

The film is set to start filming in either December 2003 or February 2004 in Shanghai. Jovovich will film this role after she finishes her work on the Alexander Witt-directed “Resident Evil: Apocalypse” (see our script review of that film here). Kurt Wimmer (“Equilibrium”) wrote the script for “Ultraviolet” and will also direct.

The Scorecard
Director/Writer: Kurth Wimmer
Casting Directors: Justine Baddeley and Kim Davis-Wagner
Start Date: December 2003 or February 2004
Location: Shanghai
Production Company/Distributor: Sony Screen Gems