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Bryan Singer

Born September 17, 1965 (1965-09-17) (age 42)
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Occupation Film director

Bryan Singer (born September 17, 1965) is an American film director. Singer won critical acclaim for his work on The Usual Suspects, and is especially popular among fans of the sci-fi and comic book genres, for his work on the first two X-Men films and Superman Returns. Bryan Singer. ... is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and the entire United States. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... The Usual Suspects is a 1995 American neo-noir film written by Christopher McQuarrie and directed by Bryan Singer. ... Sci-fi is an abbreviation for science fiction. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... X-Men is a 2000 superhero film, based upon the fictional characters the X-Men. ... For the video game of the same name, see Superman Returns (video game). ...

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Biography

Singer was born in New York City. He was adopted by Norbert and Grace Singer and grew up in a Jewish-American household in New Jersey. He attended West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South (formerly just West Windsor-Plainsboro High School), then studied filmmaking at New York's School of Visual Arts and later the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles. Actors Lori and Marc Singer are his cousins. He is Jewish and openly gay, and has said that his life experiences of growing up as a minority influenced his movies. (The X Men films in particular were influenced by Anti Semitism and Homophobia he experienced growing up.) [1] New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination... “NJ” redirects here. ... West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South is a four-year comprehensive public high school located in Princeton Junction in Mercer County, New Jersey serving students in grades 9 through 12. ... This article is about the state. ... The School of Visual Arts Main Building, circa 1992. ... The USC School of Cinematic Arts, formerly named the School of Cinema-Television (CNTV), is a film school within the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Lori Jacqueline Singer (born on November 6, 1957) is an American actress. ... For the filmmaker of the same name, see Marc Singer (documentarian). ... Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... The definition of a minority group can vary, depending on specific context, but generally refers to either a sociological sub-group that does not form either a majority or a plurality of the total population, or a group that, while not necessarily a numerical minority, is disadvantaged or otherwise has...


His production company, Bad Hat Harry Productions, produces House and works in television, film, and video game media. It is named after a line from Jaws, one of his favorite films. The line, "That's some bad hat, Harry", is heard over the company's end credit animation. House, originally titled as House, M.D., is a critically-acclaimed American medical drama television series created by David Shore and executive produced by Shore and film director Bryan Singer. ... It has been suggested that Orca (Jaws boat) be merged into this article or section. ...


Work

Lion's Den

After graduating, Singer directed a short film called Lion's Den. With Lion's Den, he involved a number of friends, including actor Ethan Hawke whom he knew from his childhood in New Jersey[2] and editor John Ottman who he had met while working on a friend's short film.[3] Ethan Green Hawke (born November 6, 1970) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, writer and film director. ... John Ottman (born July 6, 1964 in San Diego, California) is an American film editor, composer and director. ...


Public Access

After a screening of Lion's Den, Singer was approached by someone who knew of a Japanese company that funded low-budget films. Singer wrote the concept with high school friend Christopher McQuarrie, fellow USC alumn Michael Feit Dougan wrote the first draft in ten days. The movie about a supposedly idyllic small town. Ottman again served as editor but this time also composed the score for the film. At the 1993 Sundance Film Festival the film was named as co-winner of the Grand Jury Prize. Christopher McQuarrie (born 1968) is an Academy Award winning American screenwriter and director. ... The Sundance Film Festival is a film festival in the United States, and ranks alongside the Cannes, France, Venice, Italy, Berlin, Germany, and Toronto, Canada festivals as one of the most prestigious in the world. ... A prize is an award given to a person or a group of people to recognise and reward actions or achievements. ...


The Usual Suspects

While attending the 1993 Sundance Film Festival, Singer and McQuarrie began discussing an idea that McQuarrie had for a story where "five criminals meet in a police line-up". The film, The Usual Suspects, won a number of awards including the 1995 BAFTA Award for Best Film and Saturn Award for Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film. Writer McQuarrie won the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay and the BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay, composer/editor Ottman won the BAFTA Award for Best Editing and the Saturn Award for Best Music and actor Kevin Spacey won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. The Usual Suspects is a 1995 American neo-noir film written by Christopher McQuarrie and directed by Bryan Singer. ... This page lists the winners and nominees for the BAFTA Award for Best Film, BAFTA Award for Best Film not in the English Language and Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film for each year, in addition to the retired earlier versions of those awards. ... The following are a list of Saturn Award winners for Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film: ... // The Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. ... 1982 - Missing - Costa-Gavras Donald Stewart E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - Melissa Mathison Gandhi - John Briley On Golden Pond - Ernest Thompson 1981 - Gregorys Girl - Bill Forsyth Atlantic City - John Guare Chariots of Fire - Colin Welland The French Lieutenants Woman - Harold Pinter 1980 - Being There - Jerzy Kosinski Airplane! - Jim... The following are a list of Saturn Award winners for Best Music: Category: ... Kevin Spacey (born July 26, 1959) is an American actor (film and stage) and director. ... The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to male actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ...


Apt Pupil

In 1998, Singer directed Apt Pupil, from a screenplay written by Brandon Boyce, another of his friends. The story, adapted from a Stephen King novella of the same name (collected in the book Different Seasons), tells of a young boy who develops a morbid fascination with a Nazi war criminal. An experience from Singer's childhood, where he and his friends briefly formed a "Nazi Club", is often cited as attracting him to this project (Singer said this club was born not out of anti-Semitism (As Singer himself is jewish.) but rather due to the kids' fascination with World War II). Apt Pupil is a 1998 film, directed by Bryan Singer and starring Ian McKellen and Brad Renfro. ... Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of over 200 stories including over 50 bestselling horror novels. ... A novella is a narrative work of prose fiction somewhat longer than a short story but shorter than a novel. ... Different Seasons (1982) is a novella collection by Stephen King containing the following stories: Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (subtitled: Hope Springs Eternal) Apt Pupil (subtitled: Summer of Corruption) The Body (subtitled: Fall From Innocence) The Breathing Method (subtitled: A Winters Tale) Three movies, The Shawshank Redemption (based on... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...

Bryan Singer with the helmet of the character Magneto from the X-Men movies.

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X-Men

Singer was initially approached by 20th Century Fox to direct X-Men after directing The Usual Suspects, but not being a fan of comics and being unaware of the characters, Singer turned them down. However his friend, Tom DeSanto, a big fan of the comics and partner in his production company Bad Hat Harry Productions, eventually persuaded Singer to reconsider and, after reading the comics and becoming familiar with the characters, Singer signed on to direct. Rejecting all the scripts and storylines that were developed over a decade of failed production attempts, Singer developed the story for the film with DeSanto in a week and then worked on the script with a friend who had actually started out as Singer's driver, David Hayter. Singer won the 2000 Saturn Award for Best Direction for X-Men. Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... X-Men is a 2000 superhero film, based upon the fictional characters the X-Men. ... Tom DeSanto (born in Edison, New Jersey, 1968) is an American film producer and screenwriter. ... David Bryan Hayter (born February 6, 1969 in Santa Monica, California), is an American voice actor, actor, and screenwriter. ... The following are a list of Saturn Award winners for Best Direction: ...


Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

In early 2001, Singer was planning to direct Confessions of a Dangerous Mind with Johnny Depp in the lead role, from Charlie Kaufman's script based on the Chuck Barris book of the same name. However financial troubles delayed production and Singer had to move on. The film was later directed by George Clooney for Miramax Films with Sam Rockwell in the lead role. Singer has said that he was "very impressed" by Clooney's direction, and the film itself. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is a 2002 drama film directed by George Clooney. ... Johnny Depp (born John Christopher Depp II[2] on June 9, 1963, in Owensboro, Kentucky) is an Academy Award-nominated and SAG Awards-winning American actor and for his performances in the films Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Whats Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Ed Wood (1994... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Chuck Barris (born Charles Hirsch Barris on June 3, 1929) is an American game show producer of the 1960s and 1970s and author. ... George Timothy Clooney (May 6, 1961) - is an American actor, director, producer and screenwriter, known for his role in the first five seasons of the long-running television drama ER (1994–99), and his rise as an A-List movie star in contemporary American cinema. ... Miramax Films is a film production and distribution brand that was a Big Ten film motion picture distribution and production company headquartered in New York City before being bought out by The Walt Disney Company. ... Sam Rockwell as Zaphod Beeblebrox in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. ...


Battlestar Galactica

In late 2001, Singer was planning to help DeSanto produce a new Battlestar Galactica television series for Studios USA (now NBC Universal Television Studio) and the FOX network. Singer was scheduled to direct the mini-series which would have served as a backdoor pilot for a potential series. Speaking to Variety in February 2001, Singer said he was "confident that the Galactica brand is a sleeping giant. It was a show I watched during its initial run, from the pilot to the final episode. The essence and the brand name is quite potent in a climate where there's a great deficit of sci-fi programming." Despite his enthusiasm, production delays caused by the September 11, 2001 attacks meant Singer had to drop out due to his commitment to direct X-Men 2. FOX then lost interest in Galactica and Studios USA took the project to the Sci Fi Channel and a different production team. This resulted in the new Battlestar Galactica 2003 mini-series and 2004 television series. Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Battlestar Galactica. ... Studios USA logo from 1998-2002. ... NBC Universal is a media and entertainment conglomerate formed in May 2004 by the combination of General Electrics NBC with Vivendi Universal Entertainment, part of Vivendi Universal. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company, usually referred to as just Fox (the company itself prefers the capitalized version FOX), is a television network in the United States. ... A television pilot is the first episode of an intended television series. ... Variety is a daily newspaper for the entertainment industry. ... 2001 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December Events: February - Iraq disarmament crisis: British and U.S. forces carry out bombing raids attempting to disable Iraqs air defense network. ... A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly... This page is about the 2003 movie X2; see X2 (disambiguation) for other meanings. ... SCI FI (originally The Sci-Fi Channel, sometimes rendered SCI FI Channel when part of a longer phrase) is an American cable television channel, launched on September 24, 1992, specializing in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal programming. ... Battlestar Galactica is a three-hour miniseries written and produced by Ronald D. Moore and directed by Michael Rymer. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


X2

In June 2002 filming began on X2 in Canada with Singer again directing, this time from a screenplay written by David Hayter, Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty. In 2004, X2 was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form, but lost to Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. X2 is a 2003 superhero film based on the fictional characters the X-Men. ... David Bryan Hayter (born February 6, 1969 in Santa Monica, California), is an American voice actor, actor, and screenwriter. ... This article, image, template or category should belong in one or more categories. ... Michael Dougherty is a promising young screenwriter who has so far collaborated with director Bryan Singer (of X-Men and The Usual Suspects fame) on two of his movies- X2: X-Men United and Superman Returns. Hes also one of the guest stars in some of the bunny shorts... The Hugo Awards are given annually by members of the World Science Fiction Convention for the best science fiction or fantasy works. ... For other persons named Peter Jackson, see Peter Jackson (disambiguation). ...


Star Trek: Nemesis

In 2002 having learned that Singer was a life long Star Trek fan, Patrick Stewart arranged for Singer to visit the set of Star Trek: Nemesis and appear in the finished film as a Starfleet officer on the bridge of the Enterprise. The current Star Trek franchise logo Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment series and media franchise. ... This article is about the actor. ... Star Trek Nemesis (Paramount Pictures, 2002; see also 2002 in film) is the tenth feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... The fictional Sovereign-class USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E or Enterprise-E) is the primary setting of the films Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection, and Star Trek: Nemesis. ...


House M.D.

On November 16, 2004 a new medical drama debuted on FOX called House, M.D. (shortened to House), with Singer attached as an executive producer. He also directed the pilot and the third episode, then appeared in a brief cameo as himself in the twelfth episode. is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... House, originally titled as House, M.D., is a critically-acclaimed American medical drama television series created by David Shore and executive produced by Shore and film director Bryan Singer. ...


King Kong

As an elaborate joke, during the final days of principal photography, Singer was called into New Zealand by director Peter Jackson to "direct" some of the last few shots of his remake of King Kong, the reason being that Jackson was exhausted from weeks of work and needed to sleep, but also needed to assure the Universal executives that progress was in fact being made. Part of these proceedings were shown on Peter Jackson's King Kong Production Diaries, as well as on the Bryan Singer's Production Journals. For other persons named Peter Jackson, see Peter Jackson (disambiguation). ... King Kong is a 2005 remake of the 1933 King Kong film about a fictional giant ape called Kong. ...


Superman Returns

In mid-2004, Singer was in negotiations to direct X-Men 3 for Fox, but he was then offered the chance to direct the new Superman film. On July 19, 2004, Variety reported that Singer had signed on to direct Superman Returns for Warner Bros. In retaliation, Fox terminated their production deal with Bad Hat Harry Productions, Singer's production company. [4] Superman Returns was filmed in Australia in 2005, and was released on June 28, 2006. Singer claims that though he had not read the comics, he had always admired and identified with the character, citing the fact that he and Superman are both orphans. He instead based Returns on his love of the 1978 film made by Richard Donner. [5] X-Men 3 is the third film adaptation of the X-Men superhero comic books. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... Variety is a daily newspaper for the entertainment industry. ... For the video game of the same name, see Superman Returns (video game). ... “WB” redirects here. ... Richard Donner (born Richard Donald Schwartzberg on April 24, 1930) is an American film director and also producer through the production company, The Donners Company, he and his wife, producer Lauren Shuler-Donner, own. ...


Valkyrie

Before embarking on the Superman sequel, Singer openly discussed helming a smaller project going back to the days of thrillers The Usual Suspects and Apt Pupil. In late 2006, screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie presented to Singer a story that took place in World War II. In the following months, the two collaborated on the project, an original thriller that would be a multi-character ensemble piece. In March 2007, the duo brought the project directly to United Artists partners Paula Wagner and Tom Cruise, who immediately agreed to finance the film. The script is based on the actual events of German generals plotting to assassinate Adolf Hitler during World War II. Singer invited Tom Cruise to take the lead role, which Cruise accepted. Filming began on July 19 in Berlin. The Usual Suspects is a 1995 American neo-noir film written by Christopher McQuarrie and directed by Bryan Singer. ... Apt Pupil (1982) is a novella by Stephen King, originally published in Different Seasons (1982). ... Christopher McQuarrie (born 1968) is an Academy Award winning American screenwriter and director. ... This article is about the film studio. ... Paula Wagner (born Paula Kauffman 12 December 1946 in Youngstown, Ohio) is an American film producer and film executive. ... Tom Cruise (born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV on July 3, 1962) is an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor and film producer. ... Hitler redirects here. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


Superman sequel

Upon finishing Valkyrie at the end of the year, Singer will jump directly into the upcoming Superman sequel (rumored title: The Man of Steel) which will begin filming around March 2008. Attending the recent Saturn Awards along with Superman Returns writers Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris and producer Gil Adler, Singer confirmed that the story had been locked down, and the first draft would be completed near the end of the year. Among the plans for the sequel include more action sequences, an alien villain, and Singer's promise to "go all Wrath of Khan on it" - a reference to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. The film is scheduled for release in Summer 2009. Valkyrie is the official working title for an upcoming film currently in production that will be directed by Bryan Singer and will star Tom Cruise. ... For the video game of the same name, see Superman Returns (video game). ... The Saturn Award is an award presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films to honor the top works in science fiction, fantasy and horror in film, television and home video. ... For the video game of the same name, see Superman Returns (video game). ... Michael Dougherty is a promising young screenwriter who has so far collaborated with director Bryan Singer (of X-Men and The Usual Suspects fame) on two of his movies- X2: X-Men United and Superman Returns. Hes also one of the guest stars in some of the bunny shorts... This article, image, template or category should belong in one or more categories. ... Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Paramount Pictures, 1982; see also 1982 in film) is the second feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ...


References

  1. ^ Stephen Applebaum. Interview: Bryan Singer. BBC. Retrieved on 2006-07-10.
  2. ^ John Ottman. Projects - Lion's Den. johnottman.com.
  3. ^ John Ottman. Projects - Summer Rain. johnottman.com.
  4. ^ Liza Foreman (August 06 2004). Fox breaks off film deal with helmer Singer. The Hollywood Reporter.
  5. ^ Daniel Robert Epstein (May 3, 2006). Bryan Singer director of Superman Returns. suicidegirls.com. Retrieved on 2006-07-10.

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