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‘Charlie Countryman’ Director Fredrik Bond To Helm ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ Sequel

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 18, 2014 7:03 PM
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To recap: With “Independence Day 2” still in development in the spring/summer of 2013, two studios went head to head with dueling bad-guys-get-inside-the-White-House movies. Sony Pictures had “White House Down,” and released a few months earlier, FilmDistrict (now known as Focus Features) had “Olympus Has Fallen.”

10 Music Video Directors Turned Feature Filmmakers

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 13, 2013 3:06 PM
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10 Music Video Directors Turned Feature Filmmakers
Many years ago, The Playlist started off as a blog dedicated to soundtracks, scores, music movies and the rest of the middle part of the Venn diagram where the worlds of music and film collided. Though we’ve evolved since then, that overlap is still something close to our hearts. One way those worlds are inextricably interlinked is in the number of directors who come from a music video background to work in features, and with most of us being that precise age that we can still remember the first heyday of the music video, it never ceases to surprise us how many of the promos we remember best were shot by filmmakers we now associate primarily with features. Arguably the form is experiencing something of a renaissance in relevance these days, not just via YouTube, but also with high-profile bands like Arcade Fire embracing and expanding their music videos’ artistic potential, even while the Robin Thickes of the world grab some extra headlines with risque or provocative content.

Watch: Shia LaBeouf Awaits A Kiss In 'Charlie Countryman' Clip Plus Director Fredrik Bond's Johnnie Walker Commercial

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 8, 2013 2:42 PM
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What would you do for love? Everyone has their limits, but sometimes there is that one special person who takes us further than we ever thought possible, and Evan Rachel Wood may well be that person for Shia LaBeouf in "Charlie Countryman."

Rupert Sanders & More On The Shortlist To Direct 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2013 5:12 PM
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With "Pirates Of The Caribbean 5" simply an inevitability at this point -- it's already slated for a 2015 release, joining Disney's insane line-up that year -- it looks like the studio wants to keep costs down. Surely, Johnny Depp will be negotiating a Robert-Downey-Jr-making-$50-million-for-The-Avengers sized deal and taking a cut of the back end, which means that in the director's chair, a newer, cheaper face will be given a shot. So that means no Rob Marshall or Gore Verbinski, but perhaps one of these guys.

Sundance: 'Charlie Countryman' Director Fredrik Bond Shares How 'Trainspotting' & 'The Graduate' Inspired His "Coming-Of-Age Spiritual Love Story"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2013 12:56 PM
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How can you be a first-time filmmaker and a veteran all at the same time? Well, if you're director Fredrik Bond, it's easy. For the last decade or so, he's been an acclaimed, award-winning commercials director, picking up honors from the British Television Advertising Awards and being nominated twice for the Directors Guild of America’s Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials. He's been a globetrotter as well, growing up in Sweden, studying in New York, living in England and Los Angeles, and always working his passport for wherever the job would take him. But this week Bond arrives in Park City, ready to prove himself at the feature level with "The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman," and we had a chance to speak with him before the fest about the movie. The first thing he shared was how much he appreciated the Black List-ed script by Matt Drake ("Project X").

DGA Award TV Nominees Include Rian Johnson, Lena Dunham, Louis C.K., Philip Kaufman & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2013 3:19 PM
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Perhaps as further evidence that great storytelling is happening just as often on the small screen as it is in the multiplex, this year's DGA nominees for televison feature more than a few names who are seasoned in the feature film world, so let's get right to it.

First Look: Shia LaBeouf In 'The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 16, 2012 3:00 PM
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Now that he's exited the "Transformers" franchise, Shia LaBeouf is trying to carve out a new reputation as a respectable, adult lead. He's had hits outside the toy-based series with films like "Disturbia," but the actor's clearly after a little more respect, and he's been making some smart choices of late, with John Hillcoat's "Lawless," which premieres this weekend at Cannes, and Robert Redford's "The Company You Keep" among his upcoming projects.

Commerical Director Frederik Bond To Make Feature Debut Helming Zac Efron's 'Charlie Countryman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2011 10:02 AM
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Commercial director Frederik Bond has been patiently awaiting the opportunity to make his feature film debut. At various times he's been attached to direct the comc book adaptation "Hack/Slash," the remake of Bong Joon-ho's "The Host" and most recently, the sci-fi flick "Year 12." But it looks like another film will mark his first feature outing.

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