Jonathan Liebesman is a movie writer and director from South Africa He was born on the 15th of September, 1976. He was a student of Filmmaking at the prestigious AFDA and also The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance which is present in South Africa itself. He also learned at the Tisch school of Arts which is affiliated to New York University. At the latter film institute, he along with some others wrote as well as directed a small movie of length 8 minutes titled Genesis and Catastrophe which was based on a short story written by Raoul Dahl.

The film was adorned with the Best Short Film Award given at the 2000 Austin Film Festival. It also brought him 2000 Hollywood Film Festival’s Hollywood Young Filmmaker Award Darkness Falls of 2002was the first movie to be directed by him. He was just 26 when he did so. Darkness Falls earned an estimate of $33 million in the United States and around $15 million in the rest of the world. However, this movie did not get very good reviews. The motion picture earned a well- deserved nomination for Best Horror/Thriller by the 2003 Teen Choice awards.Not only this, it also brought the actress of the movie Emma Caulfield the Face of the Future Award which belonged to the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films.

Along with Ehren Kruger, he wrote Rings, a short film of 15 minutes which was based on the previously released movie The Ring. This work of his brought him a lot of praise and attention. One person who was impressed by Leibesman was Michael Bay who owns the company producing films, Platinum Dunes. In turn, he was asked to direct The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning for him. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning was a hit with the movie audience worldwide. It earned a total of $50 million worldwide, with the budget of its making being only $16 million. He made The Killing Room in 2008 which was his third film of full length. It was a thriller related to politics, and the cast included Nick Cannon, Timothy Hutton, and Chloe Sevigny.

He directed Columbia Pictures’ sci-fi movie Battle: Los Angeles in the November of 2008. Adapted from Chris Bertolini’s story, this picture was about a marine troupe’s adventure and struggle with some aliens in Los Angeles. Battle: Los Angeles was ranked No. 1 at the United States box office and gathered around $200 million worldwide. He can also be credited with the direction of Odysseus in 2009, a film by Warner Bros. which is inspired from Homer’s ancient epic Odyssey. He worked on Wrath of the Titans in June 2011 which was next in the series of Clash of the Titans movie. This movie’s actors included Liam Neeson, the talented Sam Worthington, and Ralph Fiennes.

The shooting started in the summer of 2011 in South Wales, England and also in studios on the outskirts of London.it also took place on the beautiful Canary Islands. Wrath of the Titans was finally released on the 30th of March 2012. Leibesman and Warner Bros. together attempted to make a picture based on the life of Julius Caesar in July 2011. He also showcased his direction with work on the movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the February of 2012. This movie won five Golden Raspberry Awards. Jonathan Leibesman’s contribution to the world of films is definitely worthy of attention.

Jonathan Levine English Actor

Jonathan Levine

Jonathan Levine works as a director as well as a screenwriter in America. He is remembered best for directing the film 50/50.He was born on the 18th of June, 1976. He completed his graduation from Brown University.He obtained his Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) specialising in Film Directing from the AFI Conservatory or the prestigious American Film Institute. He won a nomination in 2006 by Black Reel Awards in the category- Best Independent Mini-Feature Award for the short film Shards (2004). He created this movie as a part of his AFI thesis. At Brooklyn Film Festival of 2005, this picture also bagged a Certificate of Excellence for Best Cinematography by famous cinematographer Petra Korner.Love Bytes of 2005 was another short documentary which he wrote as well as directed. All the Boys Love Mandy Lane was Jonathan’s first movie which he directed. It was a horror drama released in 2006 and which had Amber Heard in the lead role. This film first played at the Toronto International Film Festival of 2006. He was also the director and writer of the 2008 movie The Wackness, which had John Peck in the starring role. It secured for itself the Audience Award at the Sundance film festival of 2008and also received a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize in the Dramatic category too. Other awards bagged by this motion picture were-Most Popular Feature Film Award at the Melbourne International Film Festival of 2008, Best Narrative Feature given at the Los Angeles Film Festival of 2008, Independent Spirit Awards’ nomination for a Best First Screenplay and lastly, Best International Feature Film at Zurich Film Festival of 2008. He worked on the direction of the much-loved movie 50/50 of 2011. Anna Kendrick, Seth Rogen, and Joseph Gordan-Levitt were the cast of the picture. The awards that this film received were the 2011 Aspen Filmfest’s Audience Award and the same award by Stockholm Film Festival. It also got adorned with the Achille Valdata Award given at the Torino International Film Festival of 2011. He did the direction of the 2013 movie Warm Bodies which featured actor Nicholas Hoult in it as a zombie. A year later, he directed Rush’s (a medicine drama TV series) Pilot with the assistance of screenwriter Grant Scharbo and Gina Matthews. In 2015, he co-wrote and directed another movie which had Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in it. He had worked with these actors before for the film 50/50.It is a comedy film based on the Christmas Holiday time titled The Night Before. Besides the two film stars mentioned above, it also featured Mindy Kaling, Lizzy Caplan, Anthony Mackie and Jillian Belland. At one point, Jonathan also assisted famous director Paul Schrader before he started directing films on his own. Levine also worked on the pilot episode for a comedy show telecast on Showtime, a TV channel. This show, named I’m Dying Up Here is made and produced as an executive by the talented actor Jim Carrey. It is said that Levine would also be working as a director for Brooklyn Castle based on a documentary made in 2012 having the same title. He also took part in scripting parts of some of the films he directed like Shards of 2004, The Wackness of 2008 and The Night Before of 2015. He worked on the writing of a single episode of the Television program The Screen Junkies Show. The show was named Zombie Acting Tips. Levine created the screenplay for the small motion picture The Weight of 2009, with Arbitrage fame Nicholas Jarecki acting as its director. This year, he produced the movie Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, with Jake Szymanski doing the direction. The film’s cast includes talented Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza. Even after doing only a few films till date, his talent has earned him a good name in the Hollywood film industry.

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Jonathan Mostow

Jonathan Mostow took his birth on November 28, 1961, in Woodbridge, Connecticut, USA. Jonathan Mostow graduated from Hopkins School in Connecticut, and he went to the Harvard University next. After his graduation, he went for training at American Repertory Company and Lee Strasberg Institute. Soon after his studies, he didn't enter into the film industry. Previously, he did a few short films, documentaries and music videos. He debuted as the director to Beverly Hill's Bodysnatchers in 1989. In 1991, he directed Flight of Black Angel. His 1997 film ‘Breakdown’ was a massive hit then. This movie is an action thriller, and Kurt Russell played the main role in Breakdown. The plot construction and the screenplay convey the maturity of the director in the film industry. It is a commercial as well as the fan-entertaining picture. Though the movie has a tight story, the suspense in the first hour added to the interest in the climax. Jonathan Mostow and Hal Lieberman went into a deal with Universal and then, Mostow and Michel Douglas started a movie ‘U-571’. This film was based on the consequences of the Second World War. In spite of some issues, this picture hit the screens in 2000 and won an Oscar for Best Sound Editing and two other academy award nominations. Soon, he directed the third sequel of ‘Terminator’; Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. It released to the audience in 2003. Many critics said that they could easily differentiate between Cameron's Terminator and Mostow's Terminator. But he can be applauded for the continuation of the themes and ideas that appeared in the first two series. But the storyline is a bit weak. It was a magnificent and unexpected commercial hit. Jonathan Mostow is also the director for the movie ‘Surrogates’ which hit the screens on September 25, 2009. Surrogates is the magnum opus of Jonathan Mostow's film career. One of the best comic books ever is the base for the story and the plotline. Though a part of the movie is highly sci-fi, this couldn't continue until the end. The actors too didn't attract the audience with their acting. The plot line is also noticeably slow which made the audience a bit disappointed. Jonathan Mostow's mastery in the field of direction is evident in his very first movie, and when he dared to take the third series of Terminator, anyone can understand his passion to be the best director. He also contributed for the movies House at the End of the Street and The Megas.

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