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Greg Kinnear will play the current U.S. Vice President in the film about the 1991 controversy involving the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, our sister site Deadline reports.
Wendell Pierce (Suits, The Wire) and Kerry Washington (Scandal) star as Thomas and Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill, who brought forth allegations of sexual harassment against Thomas. As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Biden oversaw the hearings.
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Robert Simonds’ aspiring studio, still more than two months away from releasing its first film, has made another grand move and launched a family and animation division.
The new unit will be geared towards multi-media, multi-platform family franchises and to this end Stx Entertainment has signed a deal with Pretty Ugly and its toy brand Uglydoll.
Stx anticipates a full-scale animated feature based on the toy and will produce alongside co-producers Gigi Pritzker – an investor in Stx – and OddLot.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
You might remember "Grace of Monaco." A Grace Kelly biopic directed by Olivier Dahan ("La Vie en Rose") with Nicole Kidman in the lead and Tim Roth as her Prince Rainier, the film was picked up for distribution by The Weinstein Company and landed an opening night slot at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. It seemed like a perfect combination of material and talent, and a possible awards player. But it ended up panned on the Croisette and destined for a premiere on the Lifetime television channel here in the Us. Earlier this week, the film's screenwriter, Arash Amel, took to Twitter to live-Tweet the Lifetime airing and, well, he had a lot to say. "The purpose of this live Tweet is to correct the record, an explanation, an apology and most of all a bit of lighthearted fun," he wrote, tagging each of his Tweets with the #GOMFacts hashtag. If »
- Kristopher Tapley
Netflix Horrors is a regular column in which Shock Till You Drop alerts you to the latest genre titles to hit the VOD service. For our archive of titles, head right here. A small update this late May Thursday, but the streaming service is now host to a mysterious Nicole Kidman thriller, a zombie animal…
The post Netflix Horrors — The Latest Titles Added to Instant, May 28, 2015 appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
Nicole Kidman’s Grace Kelly biopic, “Grace of Monaco” has had a tumultuous journey to the screen: initially generating Oscar buzz after being picked up by the Weinstein Co. in 2013, before skipping theaters and eventually premiering on Lifetime on Memorial Day.
Set in 1962, the film takes place six years after Kelly married Prince Rainier III of Monaco, and finds the princess longing to return to her acting career. The film received a critical drubbing at its Cannes premiere in 2014, with Variety’s Scott Foundas calling it a “cornball melodrama.”
In an attempt to shed light on the film’s behind-the-scenes turmoil, screenwriter Arash Amel live-tweeted the entire premiere.
“The purpose of this live tweet is to correct the record, an explanation, an apology and most of all a bit of light hearted fun,” Amel tweeted. “Also consider this to be the writer’s dvd commentary.”
According to Amel, the cut »
- Seth Kelley
This is not a drill: Nicole Kidman is starring in a Lifetime movie! Of course, Grace of Monaco was not made for the cable network — the biopic about actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly debuted on Lifetime May 25 after years of distribution troubles. The movie follows Hollywood icon Kelly as she marries Prince Rainier III of Monaco, transitioning from big screen star to political figure during the 1960s. The film was originally supposed to premiere in 2013, wound up opening the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, and didn't [...] »
Rooney Mara surprised many by taking home the Best Actress prize at Cannes, as many thought her co-star Cate Blanchett would take it -- or the two would share. Whether we like it or not, the moment marked the beginning of Mara's campaign for a second Oscar nomination (and potential win) for Todd Haynes' "Carol." It's just a matter of whether The Weinstein Company will campaign them both in lead, or place Mara in supporting. The latter seems more like Harvey, and if that's the case we can pretty much guarantee that one of the category's five slots will go to Mara. Who joins her? That depends on how big, small or good dozens of hopefuls' roles are in films we -- in some cases -- won't see until November. The mighty likes of Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Laura Linney, Jennifer Jason Leigh, »
- Peter Knegt
Jonathan Glazer’s 2004 film, about a ten year old boy who claims to be the reincarnation of Nicole Kidman’s deceased husband, is part psychological thriller and part ghost story. Glazer ("Under the Skin") explores the queasy ambiguities in the film’s premise with an elegant touch and though the movie received exceedingly mixed reviews upon its release, it has gained in favor and appears headed toward an inevitable cult status. Read More: Why Ten Years Later 'Birth' Is Still a Masterpiece »
- Trailers From Hell
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
TV Worth Watching
"Critics' Choice Television Awards" (Sunday on A&E at 8 p.m.)
FX's final season of "Justified" and HBO's "Olive Kitteridge" have the most nominations going into this year's live show, which is hosted by Cat Deeley. A one-hour red carpet special will air before the awards are handed out. Check out the nominations. Hopefully there will be some memorable/juicy moments and speeches.
"Game of Thrones" (Sunday on HBO at 9 p.m.)
If you're not into awards shows, or you just want something to cut to during commericals or boring speeches, "Game of Thrones" will be airing Season 5, Episode 8, "Hardhome" on May 31. In this episode, Arya will make progress in her training, Sansa will confront an old friend, Cersei will "struggle," and Jon will »
- Gina Carbone
Forget the “unofficial start of summer” — winter is still coming. And if the White Walkers aren’t going to take a week off, kick back and enjoy a Memorial Day barbecue or two, well, then, neither is Game of Thrones.
So we have for you a holiday weekend recap that includes the following items: dragonglass, a slit throat, a deflowering, a comeuppance, the death of a beloved character, a really long distance to go for a compliment, a reunion and Margaery’s worst hair day ever.
Wanna know how they all fit together? Read on as we review what takes place in “The Gift. »
The biggest deals of this year’s Cannes Marché du Film and how the Competition titles sold throughout the festival.
Behind the glamour of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, business was booming at the Marché du Film (May 13-22), with representatives from 120 countries in attendance - up four on 2014.
A total 3,300 films were on offer this year, around 1,000 at the project stage, with an estimated 11,000 film professionals in attendance, in line with last year.
In the opening days, Marché chief Jérôme Paillard told Screen: “Acquisition agents are telling me that it’s the first time in a number of years that there are so many big projects. I’ve been told there are around 50 high profile projects on offer.”
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With Joe Wright’s Pan flying into theaters this October, Hollywood may be about to embark on a new romance with the Boy Who Never Grew Up, and Disney is already getting ahead of the crowd with a live-action Tinker Bell spinoff, currently titled Tink. Today brings news that, to help them bring Peter Pan’s pint-sized sidekick to the big screen, the studio is calling on none other than Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon to spread some fairy dust.
Witherspoon is attached to both star in and produce the pic, which is being developed as a new take on a beloved character in the same vein as Disney’s mega-grossing Maleficent (though with a considerably smaller budget, according to reports). It will play with the classic Peter Pan narrative to give Tink (Witherspoon) her own tale, independent from her human-sized companion.
- Isaac Feldberg
Despite its very public slide from Cannes Film Festival opener and much-anticipated theatrical release to Lifetime movie of the week, you could do worse than to spend the waning hours of your Memorial Day watching Grace of Monaco. Especially if you’re a fan of Nicole Kidman and her considerable knack for playing steely stunners. There. Permission granted to watch it and enjoy it. How you handle the rest is up to you. If you approach Grace as a sort of weird amalgamation of golden-hued rags-to-riches princess tale and G-rated political-intrigue drama/mystery — rather an accurate biography of the cool blond Hollywood ingénue turned misunderstood princess — you’ll … Continue reading →
The post Grace of Monaco premieres Monday night on Lifetime appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Lori Acken
New on Netflix this June: "Sense8," the new sci-fi drama from Andy and Lana Wachowski ("The Matrix" trilogy) and "Babylon 5" creator J. Michael Straczynski, in which eight strangers suddenly find themselves mysteriously connected. Also, look for the return of Netflix original series "Orange Is the New Black" on June 12.
As for movies, you won't want to miss Jake Gyllenhaal's terrifyingly great turn in "Nightcrawler." Also new: "Life of Crime" and "Cake" with Jennifer Aniston; Philip Seymour Hoffman's last completed film, the spy thriller "A Most Wanted Man"; Gina Prince-Bythewood's acclaimed film "Beyond the Lights" starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw as a rising singer; not to mention the critically panned "Grace of Monaco," starring Nicole Kidman as Princess Grace.
Below is a full rundown of what's new on Netflix in June 2015, provided by Netflix. As always, all titles and dates are subject to change. We've also go you covered »
- Sharon Knolle
With his off-kilter sensibility (Stupid Pet Tricks?) and his penchant for the oddball (what other host runs across the stage in silhouette before starting a show, or strikes up a telephone relationship with a woman who works in an office across the street?), David Letterman has left everyone who enjoys latenight television in stitches. Now, he’s about to leave them in splinters.
When Letterman signs off CBS’ “Late Show”for the last time early Thursday morning, he will deprive TV of its last direct link to Johnny Carson and an era when just one, then two, hosts could dominate the period. The arrivals of Jimmy Kimmel at ABC, then Jimmy Fallon at NBC, and, soon, Stephen Colbert at CBS have given rise to talk of a third generation of late-night talent (if Carson, not Jack Paar or Steve Allen, is to be seen as the root of this particular »
- Brian Steinberg
While there’s a film festival going on in Cannes, so much of the festival and the buzz comes, like it is with Sundance, from purchases and pickups of many of the titles being screened there, and even those that aren’t. There are countless deals being struck, but we did our best to round up just a few of the more notable titles that will some day be arriving stateside.
First up, Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees with Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe will be distributed in the U.S. by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions. Atom Egoyan’s Remember, starring Christopher Plummer, was picked up by A24. The comedy Geezer, starring Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, has been picked up by Hyde Park International. Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert with Nicole Kidman has been picked up by Atlas Distribution for a planned September release. »
- Brian Welk
PhotosTrue Detective First Look: Season 2 Posters Deliver an Ominous Message
The latest incarnation of the series — starring McAdams, Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch — follows a trio of police officers and a career criminal who find themselves navigating “a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.”
In the teaser, McAdams shows off some impressive knife skills as Ani Bezzerides, a member of the Ventura County police department who is often at odds with the “poisoned” system »
As Harvey Weinstein unveils his company's slate of 2015 movies at the Cannes Film Festival this week, will the best bet for the Oscars be "Lion"? Based on the true story of Saroo Brierley, a young boy is raised by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman, David Wenham) after being separated from his family in India. The adult version of the boy is played by Dev Patel. With just a small amount of footage at the festival, the praise is already starting for the cinematography and for Kidman, "in a more dowdy and older role" than normal. Other films with a sneak peek were "The Hateful Eight" (Quentin Tarantino), "Southpaw" (Jake Gyllenhaal), "Adam Jones" (Bradley Cooper), "Tulip Fever" (Christoph Waltz), "Carol" (Cate Blanchett), "Macbeth" (Michael Fassbender), and "Hands of Stone" (Edgar Ramirez). HitFix -Break- The final two guests in the talk show career of David Letterman will be familia...' »
The Weinstein Co.’s Cannes presentation is always an early launching pad for fall awards season. But on Thursday afternoon at the Majestic Hotel, Harvey Weinstein actually started handicapping the 2016 Oscars race from the South of France.
Joined by Jake Gyllenhaal onstage, Weinstein said it was an outrage that the star was snubbed for his performance in “Nightcrawler,” which was released by Open Road Films last fall. “We’ll get revenge,” Weinstein said. “This transformation in ‘Southpaw’ is amazing,” Weinstein added about the upcoming summer movie directed by Antoine Fuqua, where Gyllenhaal plays a professional boxer. Weinstein revealed that “Southpaw” had been selected for Cannes, but it couldn’t play in competition because Gyllenhaal is a member of the jury.
- Ramin Setoodeh
Lionsgate has snapped up new drama Genius at the Cannes Film Festival for distribution in the U.S. for around $4 million. Here’s a first look image…
The film, which tells the story of the relationship between book editor Max Perkins, who edited works by the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe, stars Colin Firth (Kingsman: The Secret Service) alongside Jude Law (Black Sea), Nicole Kidman (Before I Go To Sleep), Guy Pearce (The Rover), Dominic West (The Affair) and Laura Linney (The Truman Show).
Directed by debutant Michael Grandage, no release date has yet been set for the film, but we could feasibly see it around awards season later this year.
- Scott J. Davis
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