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Watch: Universal's Video Tribute To Paul Walker

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 5, 2013 9:02 AM
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"It always pained me when critics and internet talkbackers slammed him as an actor because I knew the truth about the guy: he was fucking awesome in every way," "Running Scared" and "Pawn Shop Chronicles" director Wayne Kramer recently shared via Deadline about his friend and collaborator Paul Walker. "And he was just coming into his own as a strong leading man. I always told Paul that his most exciting years were going to be his 40s and 50s, and even beyond, as a masculine American tough guy in the vein of Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin. We talked about how Paul was going to be my Lee Marvin and we were hungry to make those kind of films that could show Paul in that light."

Alec Baldwin Is 'Caught Stealing,' Johnny Depp Shoots Cameo In 'London Fields'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 29, 2013 4:54 PM
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A few casting updates for you so let's dive right in ... We just spoke with Alec Baldwin at the Savannah Film Festival, and while we didn't have time to get into what his next project would be, we didn't have to wait long to find out. He'll be reteaming with his "The Cooler" director Wayne Kramer for "Caught Stealing."

Review: 'Pawn Shop Chronicles' Starring Paul Walker, Elijah Wood, Brendan Fraser, Thomas Jane, Matt Dillon, Lukas Haas & More

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 10, 2013 7:05 PM
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There’s an alternate reality somewhere, wherein “Pawn Shop Chronicles” is not released in theaters on July 12th, but instead is projected on the wall of a small, narrow hallway in Comic-Con, never to be heard from again. Somehow, a cast of capable, popular actors show up in what seems like the very last vestiges of early aughts direct-to-DVD Tarantino bite-offs, a movie not so much directed as punched into existence by director Wayne Kramer. Once considered a promising filmmaking voice (his “The Cooler” netted Alec Baldwin an Academy Award nomination once upon a time), Kramer is now reduced to essaying a flippant grotesquerie that carries the names of nineteen producers and executive producers, the primary one appears to be Fred Durst.

Wayne Kramer To Direct Futuristic 'Ecstasia'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2011 4:26 AM
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Wayne Kramer: overrated or underrated? Depends who you ask. He made a name for himself with the indie "The Cooler" and followed it up with post-Tarantino multi-strand Paul Walker thriller "Running Scared" which in this writer's opinion doesn't deserve the cult following the film has. After that, Kramer switched it up again with the political drama "Crossing Over" which found him battling with the Weinsteins who ultimately buried the film. Earlier this year, Kramer was tapped to direct the Sylvester Stallone vehicle "Headshots" but later bowed out over "creative differences" with word that he had his another project brewing that was close to getting financed. Well, it has.

Sylvester Stallone Thriller 'Headshots' & Steve Carell Comedy 'Burt Wonderstone' Both Lose Directors

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 6, 2011 1:21 AM
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It's got to be hard for a director to walk away from a feature-directing gig. If you're lucky, you get to make a film once every couple of years, and, while some helmers are able to boost their income with rewrite work or commercials, or TV and music videos gigs, sometimes that one feature is your only income. But at the same time, you only get to make a certain number of movies in a career, and if the stars aren't aligning correctly, sometimes the only thing you can do is pack your bags. It's not an uncommon occurence -- Guillermo Del Toro leaving "The Hobbit" and Darren Aronofsky bailing on "The Wolverine" being two recent examples -- and it's just happened on another pair of A-lister-led projects.

Sylvester Stallone To Star In Wayne Kramer's 'Headshot'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2011 1:36 AM
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Wayne Kramer's career has been a bit of a headscratcher. The director came out of nowhere with "The Cooler," the Sundance sensation that went on to earn Alec Baldwin a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. Kramer then followed that up with the the pulpy "Running Scared," a ludicrous post-Tarantino tale that is severely overrated by its niche of fans. He then shifted gears again for the "Crash"-aping "Crossing Over" which was ultimately taken out of his hands by Harvey Weinstein and hacked down from its original 2 hour and 20 minute runtime to the version that's out there now. So what will Kramer do next? Well it appears that he's moved on from "Kane & Lynch" after producers re-approached him last fall and his "Pretty Boy Floyd" gangster pic, announced last summer, we presume remains in development. Looks like he'll just crank out a mindless cop picture in the interim.

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