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"Okay, we're drifting away from the dialogue a bit. Let's bring it back. No more co-writing." By far, the most exciting element of Saturday night's live read was actually seeing Quentin Tarantino work with his cast as they performed his latest screenplay, "The Hateful Eight," for a sold-out capacity audience at The Theater at the Ace Hotel. Depending on where you were seated in the theater, the physical experience ranged from the tolerable to the punishing, with the audience in the upper balcony essentially getting a free sauna as the total lack of air conditioning and the preposterously close rows combined to make the running time of over three-and-a-half hours almost impossible to bear. It is a testament, then, to the compelling nature of Tarantino's script and to the great cast he put together that no one seemed willing to leave before the end, no matter how hard it was to stay seated. »
- Drew McWeeny
In news that's almost too good to be true, Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures announced that it would develop a TV series about Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo. Both stars were widely rumored to be bisexual, which adds another potentially interesting layer to the as-yet untitled project. Set during Hollywood's Golden Age, the show would explore Dietrich and Garbo's relationships with topliners like John Gilbert, Mercedes de Acosta, Tallulah Bankhead, Alla Nazimova, Barbara Stanwyck, Cary Grant and John Wayne. The would-be showrunners are Angela Robinson (True Blood, Hung) and Alex Kondrake (The L Word, Hung). Name your fantasy casting choices in the comments.
- Inkoo Kang
'Hung' and 'The L Word' alums Angela Robinson and Alex Kondracke, who are working with Annapurna Pictures on the project, said that they're couldn't imagine a better partner to help bring the series to life, the Hollywood Reporter reported.
The untitled drama will look at the association of the two actresses with famous figures like John Gilbert, Mercedes de Acosta, Tallulah Bankhead, Alla Nazimova, Barbara Stanwyck, Cary Grant and John Wayne, among others. (Ani) »
- Meeta Kabra
Hollywood super-producer Megan Ellison is bringing her Oscar-nominated instincts to television. Deadline reports that Ellison's production and distribution company Annapurna Pictures, which made American Hustle, Her and Zero Dark Thirty, is working on its first major TV project, focusing on the overlapping lives of Hollywood rivals Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. Ellison will executive produce and Hung and L Word duo Angela Robinson and Alex Kondracke will write the script. Set in Hollywood's Golden Age, the show will cover the starlets' relationship with icons like Cary Grant, Barbara Stanwyck and John Wayne. Bring on the period garb! »
- Anna Silman
Annapurna Pictures is headed into the realm of scripted drama television. The company is developing an untitled drama exploring the relationships of famed Golden Age of Hollywood starlets Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich.
Source: The Live Feed »
- Garth Franklin
Annapurna Pictures is entering the scripted TV business. The film production and finance company is working with Hung and The L Word alums Angela Robinson and Alex Kondracke for a scripted drama exploring the Golden Age of Hollywood and the intersecting lives of Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. The untitled drama, which marks the company's first major television project, is in development and will be taken out to networks. It will explore the relationships of the starlets with notable figures including John Gilbert, Mercedes de Acosta, Tallulah Bankhead, Alla Nazimova, Barbara Stanwyck, Cary Grant and John Wayne, among others. Photos:
- Lesley Goldberg
New Hollywood pays tribute to old Hollywood: For its first outing in TV, Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures is developing a project focusing on the intersecting lives of Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich.
The untitled project from scribes Angela Robinson (“True Blood,” “Hung”) and Alex Kondracke (“Hung,” “The L Word”) is set in Hollywood’s Golden Age and explores the relationships of the film icons with such legends as John Gilbert, Mercedes de Acosta, Tallulah Bankhead, Alla Nazimova, Barbara Stanwyck, Cary Grant and John Wayne.
Ellison will executive produce. Annapurna’s Stephen Feder will be the executive overseeing day-to-day development and production.
“We’re so excited this project found a home at Annapurna,” stated Robinson and Kondracke. “We couldn’t imagine a better partner than Megan Ellison and the folks at Annapurna to help us bring this series to life.”
Robinson and Kondracke are both repped by Wme. The deal »
- Whitney Friedlander
Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures has earned a reputation for helping to fund films that other companies weren’t willing to risk, like Spike Jonze’s Her, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty. The company is now looking to get into television, setting up an untitled project about Hollywood icons Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo.Annapurna has True Blood writer Angela Robinson and The L Word’s Alex Kondracke scripting the project, which is mostly being kept under wraps in terms of content and where it might end up. That's not surprising, since the project doesn’t yet have a network or channel involved.But we can imagine there being considerable interest in a series that would delve into the lives of two such fascinating screen legends, including their rivalry and the circles in which they mixed during Hollywood’s Golden Age. People »
An international trailer for Tommy Lee Jones’ drama “The Homesman” has made its way online. Jones stars as a man whose life is saved by a pioneer woman played Hilary Swank. In exchange, he agrees to transport three mentally unstable women from Nebraska to Iowa. Along the way, he must contend with thieves and dangerous Indians. Also read: Tommy Lee Jones to Write, Direct WB's Remake of John Wayne Movie ‘The Cowboys’ The film co-stars Meryl Streep, Hailee Steinfeld, Jesse Plemons, James Spader, William Fichtner, John Lithgow, Miranda Otto, Grace Gummer and Tim Blake Nelson. Jones co-wrote, directed and produced the film, »
- Jeff Sneider
I've been anxiously awaiting this trailer so let's hitch our Yes No Maybe So wagon to Hilary Swank's as she transports three crazies across the country to Iowa in the western The Homesman. We knew from interviews and a cursory knowledge of the novelist Glendon Swarthout only a handful of things before seeing this trailer.
Oh nos. Nathaniel is talking about me again.
2. "The Homesman" refers to the job title that Swank's farmer character Mary Bee Cuddy signs on to perform, carting insane women across the country
3. Meryl Streep's role is small and she has no scenes with Swank (according to Swank herself) but her character has some part in collecting the three women in the wagon
4. It's directed »
- NATHANIEL R
London, April 11: John Wayne's upcoming biography 'John Wayne: The Life And Legend' has revealed that he was a restless, melancholy, troubled actor struggling to live up to the screen persona he had created.
The biography, which is written by Scott Eyman, has disclosed even though he won an Oscar nomination for his part as the quintessential Us Marine, he was guilt-ridden having avoided military service during the conflict, the Daily Express reported.
The biography has revealed that Wayne's inner turmoil drove him to extremes and he smoked up to six packs of cigarettes a day, consumed heroic quantities of booze and food,. »
- Shiva Prakash
In a pre-emptive deal worth big bucks, Warner Bros. has acquired Gary Graham's hot spec “A Garden at the End of the World,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. A representative Warner Bros. did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Also read: Lionsgate Buys New Sci-Fi Spec ‘Terrestrial’ With ‘Journey 2' Producer (Exclusive) Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment will produce with Brooklyn Weaver of Energy Entertainment and Jonathan Krauss. Ian Puente will executive produce. “Garden” is described as a gritty Western in the vein of John Wayne's “The Searchers,” but with a sci-fi twist. »
- Jeff Sneider and Lucas Shaw
Barbara Walters is known for turning her interviews into sob sessions, but as she exits the business she’s known all her life, she’s determined not to do that. When the legendary broadcaster retires next month at age 84 from ABC’s “The View,” following a groundbreaking career that’s featured more than 50 years in front of the television cameras, she’s adamant she won’t shed any tears.
“I’m not going to cry,” Walters says, from her corner office at ABC News in midtown Manhattan. She recalls watching Jay Leno’s misty final appearance on “The Tonight Show” in February. “I think Jay felt that he was pushed out,” Walters says. “I don’t feel like I’m being pushed out. This was my decision.” Walters says she settled on a timeline for her departure three years ago, as rumors about her retirement began to swirl.
It’s been a long goodbye. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Following our report from last month that Captain America 3 will go up against Batman Vs. Superman in 2016, Marvel has confirmed the sequel's May 6, 2016 release date. Take a look at the studio's official announcement below, then read on for more details about this Marvel Phase Three sequel.
Following the record-breaking premiere of Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier this past weekend, the First Avenger will jump into his next big screen solo adventure in just a little more than two years on May 6, 2016!
Texas ranger Cutter (John Wayne) is forced to team up with his prisoner (Stuart Whitman) when they run into a gang of arms dealers known as the Comancheros. Lee Marvin clocks up another small but telling bad guy role in a gun-blazing western that keeps everyone on the edge of their saddles. This turned out to be director Michael Curtiz's last film, with Wayne taking over directing duties when Curtiz became too ill to continue. »
Here at Moviefone, we think America's greatness should be celebrated all year long -- or, at the very least, for an extra week. That's why we're declaring March 31 - April 4 "America F@$& Yeah" week, with five days of patriotic interviews and features that honor America and the movies.
Plenty of actors act tough and reckless off screen, but these American-born stars personify what it means to be badass and heroic in front of the camera.
Long before Johnny Depp trashed a hotel room and Shia Labeouf made headlines for fisticuffs, John Wayne and Clint Eastwood were being celebrated by fans for their portrayals of tough gunslingers and grisly macho men. They laughed in the face of danger and skillfully handled their business, man-style.
Nowadays, badass heroes aren't limited to the male of the species. Hollywood has since opened its doors (narrowly) for tough heroines, like Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, »
- Jonny Black
The video team here at HitFix constantly impresses me with not only the volume of work that they produce, but also the quality. We've gotten very lucky with the people we've hired, and they make any of our collaborations both easy and fun. Last week, they approached me about a new ongoing feature that they wanted to do, and tomorrow, we're going to shoot the first episode of "Ask Drew," which is exactly what it sounds like. I am constantly asked questions via e-mail and Twitter and in our comments section, and I feel like I never fully answer all of them, something that makes me feel terrible. I am grateful for each and every reader of the work we do here at HitFix, and if I can answer something, I try to. To that end, we are going to try something a little different here starting tomorrow. I want »
- Drew McWeeny
There are handful of actors who will forever be ingrained in the canon of film history. John Wayne, Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, James Dean, Gregory Peck, to name just a few. One of the most iconic actors of all time, Humphrey Bogart, gets his own four-movie Blu-ray collection this week. This is the kind of release that usually hits near Father’s Day. Get your shopping done early this year.
There’s no company more adept at re-releasing already available product and making it seem fresh than Warner Bros. The four blu-rays included in “The Best of Bogart Collection” are literally just the four previously-available releases in a new case (and nowhere near as extensive career-wise as the DVD-only box set released for the legend a few years ago). They’re even stacked two on top of each other on each side. However, if you don’t own maybe »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
“Good-bye, my sweetheart. Hello, Vietnam.” — Johnny Wright
Full Metal Jacket was Stanley Kubrick’s eleventh film (twelfth, if you count Spartacus) and his last to depict war and the military. Kubrick dealt with the military in Fear and Desire, Paths of Glory, and Dr. Strangelove in very different ways. In Full Metal Jacket, he would focus on the institutional and ideological aspects of American marines and their experience in Vietnam.
Full Metal Jacket is based off of the The Short-Timers by Gustav Hasford, who also had a screenplay credit along with Kubrick and Michael Herr. Hasford reportedly did not contribute much to the script except for a few lines of dialogue. Herr was chosen as collaborator because Kubrick admired his book Dispatches, which was a New Journalism take on the Vietnam War based off Herr’s »
- Cody Lang
Written by Leigh Brackett
Directed by Howard Hawks
Hatari! is essentially about a group of men with a job to do, which makes it a perfect vehicle for John Wayne and Howard Hawks. Hawks reveled in stories about professional people who take their job seriously, and more often than not, Wayne played a character who was the best man for the job. As in their other collaborations — two Westerns before and two after — this film highlights what these two can best bring to the cinematic table. While Hatari! mostly falls into the action/adventure category (though throughout its 157-minute runtime, relatively little is concentrated on extensive action), it ends up being an entertaining and amusing character study, something perhaps more in line with Hawks than Wayne.
This was Leigh Brackett’s third screenplay for Hawks (with two more to follow) and as usual, she expertly captures the banter »
- Jeremy Carr
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