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Alex Gibney returned to Sundance this afternoon with his latest powder keg of a documentary, "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief." Like the book on which it's based by Lawrence Wright, it offered up shocking claims about the Church of Scientology that are sure to rock the public when HBO Documentary Films releases the film later this year. The extensive and scathing exposé digs into the history of founder L. Ron Hubbard, the real reason behind the breakup of Scientology member Tom Cruise and his now ex-wife Nicole Kidman, what goes on behind the closed doors of its Los Angeles Church and much more over the course of its two-hour running time. Gibney was joined onstage following the screening by Wright, some of the filmmaking team and a number of former Scientology members who were profiled in the film, all of whom received a warm standing ovation."The »
- Nigel M Smith
Proving that it learned absolutely nothing from Gracepoint, its failed remake of British mystery series Broadchurch, Fox is moving ahead with a remake of the BBC cop drama Luther, having handed the adaptation a pilot order. Additionally, the network has ordered dramas Frankenstein and Rosewood, and half-hour comedy 48 Hours ‘Til Monday.
The pilot order for Luther is dependent on which actors end up being cast. Idris Elba is (bizarrely) not attached as a star, though he and original series creator Neil Cross are attached as exec-producers (Cross will also pen the script). Chernin Entertainment’s Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope, as well as the BBC’s Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner, will also exec-produce.
Luther will again focus on John Luther, a brilliant and tormented detective who gets inside the heads of the monsters he hunts. Whether Fox will botch it as completely as they did Gracepoint remains to be seen, »
- Isaac Feldberg
"Armstrong Lie" director Alex Gibney drops his latest bomb on Park City this weekend with "Going Clear," a documentary exposé of the Church of Scientology that dragged him through the gauntlet to get made. HBO, no stranger to scandal-making with its ever-broadening documentary slate, commissioned Gibney's adaptation of Lawrence Wright's "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief" just after the nonfiction book was published in January 2013. The book analyzes the history of L. Ron Hubbard, and of Tom Cruise and John Travolta's various, and wildly public, relationships, among others. Wright gained notoriety in 2011 when he profiled screenwriter/director Paul Haggis—who broke from the Church in 2009 in the wake of its startling pronouncements about Prop 8—in The New Yorker. Anticipating legal and religious retaliation, HBO President Sheila Nevins has said that some 160 lawyers looked at the film, which premieres on HBO »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Film scripts are re-written all the time by numerous writers, with each subsequent iteration often differing from the last. Changes can take place to such an extent that you often end up with a shooting script that doesn't resemble the one that sparked a studio's interest.
Such is the case with 2013's Tom Cruise sci-fi vehicle "Oblivion" according to the film's original script writer William Monahan. Monahan, who penned the likes of "The Departed" and "Kingdom of Heaven," handed over his "Oblivion" script which then scored re-writes by the likes of Karl Gajdusek and Michael Arndt.
In a new interview with Den of Geek, Monahan surprisingly laments the loss of his original script and what Joseph Kosinski's film ultimately turned out to be:
"It differed enormously. I’d written something I think was very good, perhaps a science fiction classic, which I imagine got the film greenlit, and then »
- Garth Franklin
The 2013 Tom Cruise sci-fi vehicle, Oblivion did rather well for itself with a $280 million worldwide take. By most accounts, it was a visually stunning film with solid cast performances and even carried somewhat of an interesting series of plot twists. However, don.t expect any kind of adulation from writer, William Monahan, who penned an early draft of the film.s original script. According to Monahan, whatever he had originally written was cut up and altered to the point that there was "nothing left of me." In an interview with Den of Geek, Monahan expresses a serious case of lament regarding the fate of his original script, which would eventually fall into the narrative hands of screenwriter, Karl Gajdusek and then later, Michael Arndt. (Who would himself fall victim to the script-slicing game with the Star Wars: The Force Awakens script.) Monahan rants rather passionately of the final product that »
David Koepp has a rather solid CV as a director, including Secret Window with Johnny Depp, the underrated ghost story Stir Of Echoes, and the really fun Joseph Gordon-Levitt bike messenger action film Premium Rush. But as a screenwriter, he’s worked on some of the biggest films of the last 25 years – Jurassic Park and its sequel, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Angels and Demons, Mission: Impossible, and Spider-Man.
He’s also had a hand in other notable Hollywood hits (and flops) including Carlito’s Way, The Shadow, Snake Eyes, Zathura, Panic Room, Death Becomes Her, and many, many more. He’s had a fascinating career.
His latest directorial effort is Mortdecai, a »
Back in 2013, Tom Cruise scored a decent-sized sci-fi hit with Oblivion. The movie teamed him up with Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski, and it remains a derivative sci-fi movie, but a terrific one to look at.
However, it's also a film that differed enormously from the original script that was penned for it. William Monahan - who wrote The Gambler and The Departed - revealed to us that a lot changed from his idea for the film, to what we eventually saw.
"It differed enormously", he told us. "I’d written something I think was very good, perhaps a science fiction classic, which I imagine got the film greenlit, and then it was turned by subsequent writers into cannon fodder, despite Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman and Andrea Riseborough and Olga Kurylenko, »
There’s a reason Lars Von Trier decided to premiere his sexually explicit “Nymphomaniac” at the Sundance Film Festival last year. The mountainside gathering has a history of attracting edgy and boundary-pushing fare.
The Danish auteur won’t be showing anything explosive in Park City this time, but the 2015 edition of Sundance promises to have plenty of controversial documentaries and feature films about everything from sexual abuse to Scientology that are certain to spark debate.
Here’s a look at some of the most controversial projects looking to heat up the snowbound festival.
Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Why It Pushes Buttons: Based on the true story about a Stanford University psychological survey that had students create a mock prison setting to look at the root causes of abuse, the film will bring to mind recent clashes with authority ranging from »
- Brent Lang
I think a good way to judge whether or not you thought the past year of film was a good one is how difficult it was to compile your top ten of the year. Did you struggle to fill spots or were there a bunch of films vying for positionsc 2014 ended up in the latter category for me, which is a very good thing. I was impressed with the slate of films released this year, mainly from the smaller side. Major Hollywood studios did manage to crank out a couple of high quality, blockbuster entertainments, like Edge of Tomorrow and X-Men: Days of Future Past, which, in my opinion, is two more than they usually produce. Obviously, we are not far away enough to know how remembered 2014 will be, and if it is, for whatc Will people remember this as the year Marvel could put out whatever and people would »
- Mike Shutt
By Anjelica Oswald
With Michael Keaton winning the Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy and Eddie Redmayne winning for best actor in a drama, both men continue establishing themselves as the frontrunners in this year’s lead actor race at the Oscars.
Though not new to films, Redmayne starred in Oscar-nominated films such as Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2008) and Les Miserables (2012). His performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, however, propelled him to widespread acclaim and put him on the radar. He is one of four best actor nominees — along with Keaton, Benedict Cumberbatch and Steve Carell — to receive their first nomination this year.
For most of his career, Keaton was known for his comedic roles, such as Mr. Mom (1983) and Beetlejuice (1988), and for his turn as Batman in Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). These roles earned Keaton praise and »
- Anjelica Oswald
Technically speaking, The Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore is the new guy on the late-night television circuit, but the former Daily Show correspondent and in Living Color writer has been making us laugh — at all hours of the day — for quite some time.
The writer/actor/stand-up comedian, who got his start on The Facts of Life, has been seen on the small screen (Happy Endings, How I Met Your Mother, and The Office, which he also worked as a consulting producer on) and big screen (I Love You, Man, Dinner for Schmucks, Vamps) alike for a career that’s already spanned more than 30 years.
While Wilmore has long been a memorable “Oh, that guy!” kind of character actor, he has been making just as many waves off-screen. The Los Angeles native co-created the hit comedies The PJs, with Eddie Murphy, and The Bernie Mac Show, with the late, »
According to Deadline, he was the first choice for the role after his work on ABC's Once Upon a Time and Showtime's The Affair.
The film - inspired by the Philip K Dick short story - was based around a specialist police force that used psychics to locate and arrest murderers before crimes were committed.
The pilot will follow one of the three Precogs, who is struggling to lead a "normal" human life. However, when he meets a detective haunted by her past, he begins to see the purpose of his gift.
Werner Herzog is one quirky dude, but I love the German filmmaker. How many other Oscar-nominated directors have also starred in a Tom Cruise action flick (Jack Reacher), voiced characters on animated TV series (The Boondocks, Metalocalypse), and guest appeared on a hit sitcom (Parks and Recreation)? The back of the recent Paul Cronin book Werner Herzog - A Guide for the Perplexed (which you can purchase through Amazon here) has 24 fantastic proverbs from Mr. Werner. It's a good »
- Jesse Giroux
In 2014, the total amount earned by just the top 5 films in India netted ₹ 1940 Crore! Quite an impressive number! We thought we would give you a look into those top 5! Bear in mind that this countdown is based on pure fact and figures and what films the audience came out in droves to see! You may have liked some of the films and some of them you may have not – but come what may, these are your top five grossers for 2014.
Director – Rohit Shetty
Release Date – August 15th
- Rima Bhatia
We’re back this weekend with another round-up of horror/sci-fi news. This time we have stories regarding two titles many horror and sci-fi fans are already familiar with—The X-Files and Minority Report—as well as a casting update for Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens. New details on The X-Files reboot have also recently surfaced, and fans of the original series might be pleased to know that Fox is looking to bring back stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, as well as series creator Chris Carter.
Deadline reports that the folks at Fox are considering moving forward with a new chapter of their groundbreaking series, The X-Files, which starred Duchovny as FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder and Anderson as Special Agent Dana Scully and originally aired from 1993–2002.
New developments on the follow-up series have recently come to light, with Fox TV Group chairman Dana Walden having stated that while »
- Derek Anderson
Vulture John Travolta without his hairpiece. Ditch it permanently, John. Bald is beautiful. Or at least more beautiful than pretending you have hair (you did have a great head of it) when you no longer do.
THR Michael Keaton in talks to star in a "gritty" drama from John Lee Hancock (who, tbh, we don't associate with "gritty" since he made The Rookie and The Blind Side*) called The Founder about the rise of McDonalds and behind the scenes shady business. It sounds like there are three good male roles so I wonder who will join Keaton? Can I put in a request for Edward Norton. I want them to become »
- NATHANIEL R
It seems like the success both critically and commercially for Edge of Tomorrow has got Tom Cruise and Doug Liman thinking about their next move together. This time though — they are leaving out the Groundhog Day aspect of the story.
The Hollywood Reporter reported on Wednesday that Cruise and Liman are set to re-team for Mena, a 1980s drug thriller being made by Universal and CrossCreek. The project was originally being eyed by Ron Howard to direct, who was attached to direct the project when Universal picked it up as a spec by Gary Spinelli for a reported $1 million.
The film tells the story of Barry Seal, a fired Twa pilot who became a major drug smuggler for the Medellin Cartel. He was later recruited by the DEA and CIA to provide intelligence, with his work tying to the Iran Contra scandal. He was assassinated by Colombians in 1986.
Liman is currently finishing up the documentary, »
- Zach Dennis
Hot off a win at the Critics Choice Awards for “Edge of Tomorrow,” Emily Blunt is in negotiations to join Chris Hemsworth in Universal’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” sequel “The Huntsman,” multiple individuals with knowledge of the project have told TheWrap.
Director Frank Darabont abruptly left the high-priority project this week but Universal is moving full-steam ahead and a new filmmaker is expected to be hired next week.
Universal did not confirm the casting, though sources did confirm Darabont’s exit, citing creative differences. »
- Jeff Sneider
Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise may be divorced, but that doesn't mean they still can't enjoy each other's works. In fact, the iconic theme from Mission: Impossible pops up in Kidman's new children's movie, Paddington (in theaters now). The music sneaks up on viewers when Paddington is shown running away from Kidman, who plays an evil taxidermist determined to catch and stuff the adorable little bear. "I head that for the first time at the premiere in London," the Oscar winner told me. I was like, 'Gosh, this is ingenious because none of that was in the script." Cruise has starred as Imf agent Ethan Hunt in four Mission: Impossible movies. He filmed a fifth over »
Cutest couple ever?
John Krasinski just couldn't contain his excitement when his wife Emily Blunt won a Critics' Choice Award for best actress in an action movie for her role in Edge of Tomorrow on Thursday, stage-bombing her as she came up to accept her trophy. John was already backstage getting ready to present an award himself.
"Oh, yeah!" Emily exclaimed as John hugged her coming from behind.
Photos: Most In-Love Celebrity Couples
Check out the sweet kiss on the cheek.
Emily also of course thanked her husband of four years in her acceptance speech, joking about her more muscular physique courtesy of shooting the intense action film alongside Tom Cruise.
"And finally [thanks] to my sneaky husband for being Ok with the fact that he was married to a veiny, sinewy wrestler for the duration of this film," she smiled. "And also coming up with my favorite line ever, which was, 'I'm terrified »
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