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John Ford

One of the art form's grand masters of all time, Ford is responsible for influencing the seminal directors of generation after generation. Strongly associated with the impressive body of work created over a lifetime with collaborator John Wayne, it is nearly impossible to choose just three… but here it goes.

This powerful winner of the Best Picture Academy Award is set in Wales at the turn of the 19th century, and tells the story of a family of miners, whose lives are filled with danger and repression. The film is beautifully crafted, lovingly depicting the gut wrenching sacrifices and light-hearted moments that are elemental to family life, making this film a true representation of the craft that is unmistakably John Ford.

This film is told in flashback as James Stewart, after a long absence, returns home for the funeral of a friend who saved his life from a sadistic outlaw. This classic covers every essential element required to qualify as a western epic from unlikely friends to the girl who comes between them, to the enemy they both despise, but handle with extremely different approaches, to Fords signature cast of supporting characters, all combine to make this a staple for every fan of this uniquely American genre.

This romantic comedy seen through the eyes of John Ford has John Wayne ( an American-raised boxer) go to Ireland to the village of his birth, fall for feisty Maureen O'Hara, and fight with town ruffian Victor McLaglen in one of the all time classic screen brawls. This is an exceptionally fine romantic movie that with Ford’s capable bravado manages to be a film that any man’s man can openly enjoy.

Recommended by CarrieSpecht


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