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The majority of Reach Me writer/director John Herzfeld‘s credits involve television, from TV series like Rob Lowe’s Dr. Vegas to TV films such as 1997’s Emmy-nominated Don King: Only in America. He’s done a bit of film work, notably 15 Minutes and 2 Days in the Valley, both films with enormous, famous casts that follow the lives of many supporting characters – falling in line closely with his latest. More importantly, he’s buds with Sylvester Stallone, who helped him crowdfund this project. In the movie, a mysterious author (Tom Berenger) has written a self-help book, entitled “Reach Me,” that’s found its way into the hands of many unsuspecting Californians, slowly changing their lives and bringing them together in ways they could not have imagined. Its themes are relevant to all: freed inmates (Kyra Sedgwick), rich rappers (Nelly), and the journalists who pursue its elusive author (Kevin Connolly and Sylvester Stallone). The book will cause »
- Emily Estep
According to the press notes, “Reach Me” director John Herzfeld first wrote the script for this ensemble dramedy circa 2001, which makes sense given that the film bears more than a faint aroma of Herzfeld’s “2 Days in the Valley” (1997), one of the least offensive of the era’s many “Pulp Fiction” also-rans. Here again Herzfeld gives us a dozen or so SoCal dreamers and schemers — soulless gangsters, aspiring starlets, undercover cops, muckraking bloggers — whose wayward lives crisscross and collide whenever they aren’t being miraculously transformed by the words of a mysterious self-help guru. A misbegotten venture that constantly ups its own ante on histrionic overacting, ludicrous plot twists and insipid empowerment mantras, Herzfeld’s puzzling concoction is likely to make most viewers reach for the remote control when it opens in limited theatrical and VOD release Friday.
Herzfeld, whose career somehow lived to fight another day after his 1983 debut feature, »
- Scott Foundas
Sneak Peek "Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." actress Adrianne Palicki as DC Comics' 'Wonder Woman' in the never-aired 2011 NBC "Wonder Woman" TV pilot, written by David E. Kelley and directed by Jeffrey Reiner:
Cast includes Adrianne Palicki as 'Diana Themyscira', Elizabeth Hurley as 'Veronica Cale', Tracie Thoms as 'Etta Candy', Pedro Pascal as 'Ed Indelicato', Cary Elwes as 'Henry Detmer' and Justin Bruening as 'Steve Trevor'.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Wonder Woman"...
- Michael Stevens
Title: Reach Me Director: John Herzfeld Starring: Lauren Cohan, Kyra Sedgwick, Thomas Jane, Kevin Connolly, Tom Sizemore, Nelly, David O’Hara, Terry Crews, Cary Elwes, Tom Berenger, Sylvester Stallone and Danny Aiello Incorporating well-meaning messages about the importance of truly embracing who you are while you strive to reach your full potential is often a riveting and inspirational plot element filmmakers infuse into their movies to make their stories more relatable to their intended audience. But integrating that all-important theme into a large ensemble action film that’s fueled by self-indulgent characters who often find themselves in morally corrupt situations can prove too be challenging. Writer-director John Herzfeld admirably tried to create [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
Exclusive: Elvis & Nixon is hitting the road internationally with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, which led strong foreign sales on the hot Afm title by taking multiple territories including Eastern Europe, Latin America, Portugal, Spain and Scandinavia. Alex Walton’s Bloom introduced the true-tale drama starring Oscar nominee Michael Shannon and Oscar winner Kevin Spacey to buyers this week in Santa Monica.
Elvis & Nixon centers on the historic meeting between Elvis Presley (Shannon) and President Richard Nixon (Spacey), when the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll came to the White House the morning of December 21, 1970. The two men, both at the height of their powers and conscious that they could not stay on top forever, shared one famous private moment in the Oval Office during which Elvis asked to be sworn in as a federal agent.
- Jen Yamato
Need more proof Marvel controls the world? This week the movie studio even made Google (Google! of all companies) do their bidding when Marvel issued a subpoena to investigate the identity of a Google user named “John Gazelle” who may have been responsible for the low-quality leak of Marvel’s trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron. The subpoena alleges that “John Gazelle” may have uploaded the file to a Google Drive account, and they have now “commanded” Google to “produce at the time, date, and place set forth below the following documents, electronically stored information, or objects, and to permit inspection, copying, testing, or sampling of the material.”
Both Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter have copies of the court document. In it it’s clear that while the first request to produce documents was granted by the courts, Marvel was not granted the right to “permit entry onto the designated premises, »
- Brian Welk
“As You Wish.” Anyone who grew up during the 1980’s should immediately recognize those three iconic words from Rob Reiner’s timeless classic The Princess Bride and now, they’re also the title of a new memoir from the film’s star, Cary Elwes, which has been tearing it up on the New York Times’ bestseller list since it was released a few weeks ago.
Elwes has more to celebrate these days too; the long-time actor who has appeared in a variety of projects like Glory, Hot Shots!, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Twister, Dracula, Kiss the Girls, The X-Files, Shadow of the Vampire and Liar Liar, has also been spending some time recently reminiscing about his role as Doctor Gordon in honor of Lionsgate’s recent re-release of James Wan’s Saw.
Elwes, busy promoting the release of his book As You Wish, recently chatted with Daily Dead briefly »
- Heather Wixson
The image above is a real moment in history, depicting the when the hip swinging singer and movie star Elvis Presley met the 37th president of the United States, Richard Milhous Nixon. And soon it'll be a movie starring Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey. Coming Soon reports Boardwalk Empire's Michael Shannon will play Presley to House of Cards star Kevin Spacey's Nixon in the docudrama Elvis & Nixon. The screenplay, penned by Hanala Sagal, Joey Sagal and Princess Bride star Cary Elwes, reportedly captures these two men--one a figure of pop culture, the other one of the most influential politicians of his time--at a moment when both were at the peak of their power, but fully aware of how short these heydays can be. Regarding the casting of Shannon and Spacey, producer Cassian Elwes said in an official statement, "After the enormous success of The Butler I have a »
Cary Elwes has written a movie about that time Elvis met Richard Nixon, and now he's gotten Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey to star as two of the Top 10 Most Outstanding Men in America. Shannon will play Elvis and Spacey will play Nixon, and it's hard to say which casting will provide for more scenery-chewing: Shannon glammed up and rambling about "Communist brainwashing techniques," or Spacey giving a paranoid spin on his weaselly House of Cards performance. This movie is going to be a glorious mess, or it'll win all the Oscars. Either way, we're so excited, we've created this exclusive preview image. Pin it to your Pinterest! »
- Nate Jones
So here's a crazy-sounding film project with an amazing cast for us to keep our eye on. The movie is called Elvis & Nixon, and Michael Shannon (Man of Steel) has been cast as Elvis Presley, and Kevin Spacey (Superman Returns) will be playing President Richard Nixon.
This is some incredibly interesting casting, and just that alone is enough to get me excited about this film project. The movie is based on the fascinating true story about how Elvis's urgent request of Nixon. Here's the synopsis:
Two men at the height of their powers, conscious they could not stay on top forever, both ripped with fear of the inevitable, sharing one famous private moment in the Oval office. Elvis & Nixon recounts the morning of December 21st 1970, when the King of Rock’ n Roll (Michael Shannon) showed up on the White House lawn to request a meeting with the most powerful man in the world, »
- Joey Paur
Originally slated to star Eric Bana and Danny Huston, the long in the works "Elvis & Nixon" now has a new leading duo which should get it off the ground. Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey will star in the movie, co-written by Cary Elwes, that recounts the morning of December 21st 1970, when the King of Rock’ n Roll (Shannon) showed up on the White House lawn to request a meeting with the most powerful man in the world, President Richard Nixon (Spacey). He had a very urgent request: to be sworn in as an undercover Federal Agent at large. This intimate moment in the Oval office between two men at the height of their powers has never been told. Elwes had been planning to make his directorial debut with the project, but that gig has been handed over to Liza Johnson ("Return," "Hateship Loveship"). No word yet on when shooting might begin but financing is underway. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Ron Howard’s "Frost/Nixon" disappointed with only $18 million at the domestic box office. So the logical thought was, "Sequel!?" Well, say hello to "Elvis & Nixon," the "Mothra vs. Godzilla" of the Richard Nixon franchise. Ok, "Elvis & Nixon" has nothing to do with Howard’s film, but it is an in-the-works docudrama starring two major talents that could prove even more fruitful than the Michael Sheen/Frank Langella pairing. Production company Bloom announced late Wednesday evening that Michael Shannon will play Elvis Presley against Kevin Spacey’s Richard Nixon in the based-on-a-true-story film. Liza Johnson ("Return," "Hateship Loveship") will direct "Elvis & Nixon" based on a script by Cary Elwes (of "Princess Bride" fame)and actors Hanala and Joey Sagal. Indie producer Cassian Elwes ("The Butler," Cary’s brother) will produce alongside Holly Wiersma ("Dallas Buyers Club"). "Elvis & Nixon" recounts the bizarre meeting between the King of Rock 'n' Roll and »
- Matt Patches
The film will focus on the pair's meeting at the White House on December 21, 1970, at which Presley requested to be sworn in as an intelligence agent.
"To work with Shannon and Spacey on this movie at the height of their careers is a dream come true."
Spacey recently demonstrated his knack for doing impressions of famous people on The Tonight Show, taking part in »
Academy Award Nominee Michael Shannon (Man Of Steel, Revolutionary Road) will star as Elvis Presley alongside two-time Academy Award Winner Kevin Spacey (American Beauty, The Usual Suspects) who will star as Richard Nixon in the extraordinary true story Elvis & Nixon.
Two men at the height of their powers, conscious they could not stay on top forever, both ripped with fear of the inevitable, sharing one famous private moment in the Oval office. Elvis & Nixon recounts the morning of December 21st 1970, when the King of Rock’ n Roll (Michael Shannon) showed up on the White House lawn to request a meeting with the most powerful man in the world, President Richard Nixon (Kevin Spacey). He had a very urgent request: to be sworn in as an undercover Federal Agent at large. »
- Michelle McCue
Kevin Spacey is returning to the White House, and he's taking Michael Shannon with him. The House of Cards actor will star as President Nixon opposite Shannon's Elvis Presley in Elvis & Nixon. The film, directed by Hateship, Loveship helmer Liza Johnson, recreates the historic meeting between the two on Dec. 21, 1970, when the music legend showed up to the White House and requested a meeting with the Potus to request to be sworn in as an undercover Federal Agen at large. Prescience is financing, while Bloom will present the film to foreign buyers at Afm. Dallas Buyers Club duo Cassian Elwes and Holly Wiersma are producing. »
- Emily Blake
Over three years ago, we learned that actor Cary Elwes, best known for his roles in films like The Princess Bride and Robin Hood: Men in Tights, would make his feature directorial debut with Elvis & Nixon, a film following the interesting visit that iconic musician Elvis Presley paid to President Richard M. Nixon at the White House on December 21st, 1970. At the time, Eric Bana was slated to play "The King" and Danny Huston was going to play "Tricky Dick," but now the production banner Bloom has set Michael Shannon to play Elvis Presley and Kevin Spacey to play Richard Nixon. That's quite an awesome new duo. Read on! Here's how the project is described in the press release: Two men at the height of their powers, conscious they could not stay on top forever, both ripped with fear of the inevitable, sharing one famous private moment in the Oval office. »
- Ethan Anderton
Elvis & Nixon
Cary Elwes along with Hanala and Joey Sagal penned the script about the morning of December 21st 1970 when Presley requested a meeting with Nixon for a very urgent reason - he wanted to be sworn in as an undercover Federal Agent at large. [Source: Screen]
Naomi Watts has signed on to star in Farren Blackburn's drama "Shut In" for Lava Bear Films and EuropaCorp. Christina Hodson penned the 2012 Blacklist screenplay and filming begins in Europe next year.
Watts plays a woman who tries to raise her catatonic son on her own and suddenly discovers a shocking secret about him. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
Kevin Spacey has signed on to play Richard Nixon opposite Michael Shannon's Elvis Presley in Liza Johnson's Elvis & Nixon, a drama about the pair's famous meeting at the White House on Dec. 21, 1970. Prescience is financing Elvis & Nixon and Bloom is introducing the project to foreign buyers at Afm. Read more 'Horrible Bosses 2' Sneak Peek: Kevin Spacey Is No Longer a Boss, But He's Still Horrible Johnson will direct from a screenplay co-written by Cary Elwes and Hanala and Joey Sagal. Cassian Elwes, whose credits include Dallas Buyer's Club and Lee Daniels' The Butler, will
- Scott Roxborough
The project, based on the 1970 meeting of the two figures at the White House, is being introduced at Afm to foreign buyers by sales-financing banner Bloom.
The meeting took place on Dec. 21, 1970, when Presley showed up on the White House lawn to request a meeting with Nixon to be sworn in as an undercover agent.
Shannon is repped by CAA, Wetzel Entertainment and Morris, »
- Dave McNary
Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon have been set to star in “Elvis and Nixon,” the historical drama based on a real meeting between the King of Rock and onetime President of the United States. Also read: Inside Netflix's ‘House of Cards’ Season 2 Premiere Bash (Photos) Shannon is set to play Elvis Presley and Spacey portrays Richard Nixon in the film to be directed by Liza Johnson from a script by Cary Elwes and Hanala and Joey Sagal. Also read: Jimmy Fallon, Kevin Spacey Nail It With Hollywood Halloween Impressions on ‘Tonight Show’ (Video) “Elvis and Nixon” recounts the morning of »
- Linda Ge
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