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Gary Oldman and producing partner Douglas Urbanski are teaming with producer/writer/director Tony Krantz of Flame Ventures to produce an original series for Spike TV called “Deep Web,” the network announced Tuesday. Inspired by a recent Time cover story on the Silk Road online marketplace, “Deep Web” will tell the story of an ambitious computer aficionado in Silicon Valley who, with the help of his friends, evolves into an Internet underworld crime boss fueled by a web portal where people can buy anything from a kidney to cocaine to a rocket-launcher. Also read: Gary Oldman in Talks to Join Kevin Costner. »
- Linda Ge
Gary Oldman’s exec producer credits are getting a boost courtesy of a deal struck between the Spike TV network, Flame Ventures and Flying Studio Pictures (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), which the actor runs alongside Douglas Urbanski. Deep Web is about a Silicon Valley computer expert who becomes the mastermind behind a globe-spanning illegal web portal, landing him on the Most Wanted list from the comfort of his own office. Sounding like a variation on Breaking Bad with megabytes instead of meth, the project is written by Scott Gold from Under The Dome. Drew Comins and Tony Krantz of Flame were instrumental in optioning Deep Web (inspired by a Time magazine cover story about the Silk Road cyber enterprise) and bringing Flying Studio to the table. Krantz is producing.
It’s Oldman’s first TV production job and whether he steps in front of the camera or not this is »
- Steve Palace
In today’s world of comic-book remakes, it’s rare that an actor gets to portray multiple characters within any given universe. It’s even more rare that an actor gets to take part in a story that hasn’t been told before. But Ben McKenzie has done both.
In 2011, McKenzie got the chance to voice an animated Bruce Wayne in Batman: Year One, and three years later, he’s playing a young James Gordon in Fox’s upcoming series, Gotham. And despite the fact that Gotham is a prequel and therefore telling a new story, McKenzie is very aware »
- Samantha Highfill
Let’s get this out of the way up-front – the opening episode of Gotham is very good indeed. Many may have been sceptical about a Batman show without Batman, but Warner Bros. has created something highly interesting here.
While there are a few moments that might entice an angry minority in some comment boards (aren't there always?), we got the feeling at this screening that the vast majority will love Gotham’s premiere outing. And while we’re not going to discuss plot details here, there was plenty of other stuff to love.
Firstly, from literally the opening shot, it’s very clear that executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (whose previous offering The Mentalist has already impressed on Channel 5) has done his homework. His portrayal of Gotham City hits all the right notes – its dingy alleys, »
As you likely know by now, Hollywood is taking another crack at Dracula. Yes, pop culture's most famous vampire is about to make his gazillionth appearance on-screen in Dracula Untold. This time, the man taking on the storied role of Dracula is Luke Evans. His name will now sit on a list that includes the likes of Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, Gary Oldman, Gerard Butler, and many, many more who have played the fanged mad man.
This iteration of the vampire extraordinaire will seemingly position him as a sort of anti-hero. Here's an all-new clip, showing the character's descent into darkness:
Here is the extended TV spot for the film.
Dracula Untold is directed Gary Shore, who is making his feature directorial debut. It will make its way into cinemas on October 10. The cast also includes Dominic Cooper (Captain America), Sarah Gadon (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Charlie Cox (Daredevil), and »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Get sci-fi thriller RoboCop half-price in Sky Store. Shiny reboot of the classic 1987 future-shocker with Joel Kinnaman as the critically wounded Detroit detective who is rebuilt by the global OmniCorp as a crime-fighting cyborg. But while his creator (Gary Oldman) fights to keep his personality intact, company boss Michael Keaton sees the human factor as a major bug in his money-making program. »
Once again today I’m going to be taking a look back at a recent Oscar lineup and explaining what my vote would have been in each of the big eight categories we all follow so intently each season. I previously mentioned that potentially I could do this once a week with previous Academy Award ceremonies, and while I’m going to be truing to do that, time will still tell. Again, if nothing else, this gives you an interesting look into my cinematic tastes. Over the course of the year you can sort of get a feel for what my current favorites are, but now we can look to the past a bit more. Alright, here goes nothing: Best Picture – Moneyball The nominees here for this ceremony were The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, and War Horse. »
- Joey Magidson
The Toronto Film Festival is only half over, and though several promising festival films have already emerged as Oscar contenders—like Foxcatcher, The Theory of Everything, and Wild—there are still several curious and intriguing movies yet to debut. One of them is A Little Chaos, Alan Rickman’s period romantic-drama that will be Tiff’s closing-night film on Sept. 14. Kate Winslet stars as Sabine De Barra, a strong-willed 17th-century French gardener who challenges sexual and class barriers when she vies to design and build one of the main showcase attractions at King Louis’s Xiv’s new palace at Versailles. »
- Jeff Labrecque
With less than two weeks to go before the much anticpated Batman prequel series Gotham it is clear that many fans are excited to see this show. Gotham will follow James Gordon as a young detective and explore the origins of some of Gotham City’s criminals, as well as Bruce Wayne, who is set to be played by young actor David Mazouz. However, Wayne will only be a child for the duration of the series and likely take a back seat for most of it. The showrunners may try to incorporate the character as much as possible, but without his alter ego Batman do we really care?
- Thomas Roach
Director: Anton Corbijn; Screenwriter: Andrew Bovell; Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Willem Dafoe, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Daniel Brühl; Running time: 122 mins; Certificate: 15
Philip Seymour Hoffman's still has two more appearances in The Hunger Games finale Mockingjay before he's gone from our screens forever, but his last starring role is this John le Carré adaptation about a German intelligence agent tracking a Chechen illegal immigrant in the port city of Hamburg.
Hoffman's Günther Bachmann is a man operating in the shadows and, like George Smiley (played superbly by Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), he can be low-key to the point of anonymity. Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin) is the refugee who arrives through the city docks and into the crosshairs of Bachmann, who believes he could be a terror threat.
Of course, this being a le Carré yarn, the web of intrigue spins out far and wide, »
In the latest Fmtv’s Movie Newsgasm, Owen Rhys reveals the latest addition to the Star Wars cast for , has a look at the new Batman prequel television series Gotham (starring Benjamin McKenzie and Donal Logue) and gives an exciting new update on the expanding DC Movie-verse over at Warner Brothers. Unfortunately, no Booster Gold plans just yet…
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Gotham is set to premiere on Fox on Monday, September 22nd, with Ben McKenzie (The O.C.) starring as Detective Jim Gordon alongside Sean Pertwee (Dog Soldiers) as Alfred Pennyworth, Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy) as Harvey Bullock, newcomer Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, David Mazouz (Touch) as Bruce Wayne, Robin Lord Taylor (Another Earth) as Oswald Cobblepot, »
- Oliver Davis
Shooting for Man Down will begin in New Orleans on October 30.
Does Gary Oldman have a thing for movies that are set after the whole world has gone to shit? Variety is reporting The Book Of Eli and Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes star has been cast in the post-apocalyptic thriller Man Down, and the site has also learned Shia Labeouf and Kate Mara will star in the film as well. Dito Montiel (A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints, Fighting) will direct the movie from a script by Adam Simon (Synapse), and producer Dawn Krantz says she "knew it was »
- Jesse Giroux
It's been well over two years since we talked about director Todd Phillips' project Arms and the Dudes, but with today's major casting news, it's likely we'll be talking about it a lot more in the coming months. Shia Labeouf and Jesse Eisenberg are reported as being in talks to star in the film, which is based on Guy Lawson's Rolling Stone article about a pair of stoners who land a $300 million military contract to supply arms to America's allies in Afghanistan. If that wasn't weird enough, the story takes another turn when Pentagon turns on the dudes. Hit the jump for more. As The Wrap reports, Labeouf and Eisenberg are in talks to play the pair of characters inspired by real-life arms dealers David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli. No offers are currently on the table, but this pairing is certainly an interesting one. The story is compelling enough to warrant a big-screen treatment, »
- Dave Trumbore
• Once he takes off his Batman cape, Ben Affleck will direct Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana and Elle Fanning in the Prohibition Era film Live By Night. Affleck has adapted the Dennis Lehane novel himself, reuniting the pair after Affleck’s feature debut Gone Baby Gone, which was also based on a Lehane novel. The story centers around Joe Coughlin, the police captain’s son who gets himself involved in the world of organized crime. Miller will play Emma, the girlfriend of Coughlin’s mobster boss whom he falls in love with. Saldana has been cast as Graciella Suarez, a woman Coughlin meets in Tampa, »
- Jake Perlman
Shia Labeouf (Transformers, upcoming Fury), Emmy nominee Kate Mara (Netflix's House of Cards, upcoming The Fantastic Four) and Oscar nominee Gary Oldman (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Dark Knight Rises) are set to star in the psychological thriller, Man Down, it was announced today by producers Dawn Krantz (Doonby), Stephen McEveety (The Passion of the Christ) and Jon Burton (The Lego Movie).
Currently in pre-production, principal photography is scheduled to start on October 30th in Louisiana.
The Solution Entertainment Group ("The Solution") is handling international rights and will present the project to buyers at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel from The Solution are also executive producing the project alongside Roger Goff. Also slated to executive produce are Russell Geyser and Clay Pecorin. Patrick Hibler will co-produce the feature film. »
While some filmmakers are busy debuting their work at the Toronto International Film Festival, others are using the event to try and get their projects off the ground, like Dito Montiel and his next feature, Man Down. Montiel is just coming off his fifth feature, Boulevard, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. The Solution Entertainment Group is busy handling the international rights to Man Down up at Toronto and with Shia Labeouf, Kate Mara and Gary Oldman on board to star in the film, they’ve got quite the package to sell. Hit the jump for more on the project. Man Down is a psychological thriller from Adam Simon who just penned a sci-fi feature called Synapse. This one focuses on a troubled Afghanistan war veteran who’s having a tough time dealing with his past. On top of that, he’s also busy looking for his family in a post-apocalyptic America. »
- Perri Nemiroff
Perhaps the only good film that director Dito Montiel has delivered was his 2006 directorial debut A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints. And now maybe he can get back to making good movies as a press release from The Solution Entertainment Group has revealed that Montiel will reteam with recently troubled actor Shia Labeouf, one of the stars of the aforementioned film (who isn't supposed to be famous anymore), for a new thriller called Man Down. The film follows a haunted Afghanistan war veteran who attempts to come to terms with his past while searching for his family out in a post-apocalyptic America. In addition, "House of Cards" star Kate Mara and the always incredible Gary Oldman are set to star in the film as well. The script comes from Adam Simon (Synapse), and the logline certainly sounds like something different for Montiel. After all, we're not sure why there's a post-apocalyptic world in the film, »
- Ethan Anderton
Shia Labeouf (Transformers, upcoming Fury), Emmy nominee Kate Mara (Netflix’s “House of Cards,” upcoming The Fantastic Four) and Oscar nominee Gary Oldman (Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, The Dark Knight Rises) are set to star in the psychological thriller, Man Down, it was announced today by producers Dawn Krantz (Doonby), Stephen McEveety (The Passion Of The Christ) and Jon Burton (The Lego Movie).
Currently in pre-production, principal photography is scheduled to start on October 30th in Louisiana.
The Solution Entertainment Group (“The Solution”) is handling international rights and will present the project to buyers at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel from The Solution are also executive producing the projectalongside Roger Goff. Also slated to executive produce are Russell Geyser and Clay Pecorin. Patrick Hibler will co-produce the feature film. »
- Michelle McCue
Though the project is still in the nascent stages of development, Montiel’s latest has rounded up an impressive roster of talent both in front of and behind the camera, including producers Jon Burton, Stephen McEveety and Dawn Krantz. Screenplay duties are currently being handled by Adam Simon — The Haunting In Connecticut (2009) — and the early internal impressions are already looking good.
“When I read this script for the first time I knew it was something very special. We are so thrilled to be able to have put together such an exemplary cast with an outstanding Director to tell the story.”
Not much is known regarding roles at this point in time, but it’s understood that Man Down will follow a former »
- Michael Briers
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