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“Tracks” has been a long time coming. Ever since Robyn Davidson wrote her 1979 memoir of her 1700-mile, eight-month trek across the Australian outback from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean, and the book became an award-winning best-seller around the world, Hollywood has been sniffing around it. Multiple attempts to mount an adaptation have been made — Julia Roberts was attached to a version for much of the 1990s — but it finally took the producers of “The King’s Speech” and the oft-undervalued New York-born, Australian-based director John Curran (“We Don’t Live Here Anymore,” “The Painted Veil”) to get it made. And for many, it’ll have been worth the wait: it’s a very handsome film with a terrific central performance, even if it’s not quite an unqualified triumph. Mia Wasikowska takes the lead role of Davidson who, haunted by tragedy and far from comfortable around civilization, heads to »
- Oliver Lyttelton
By Anjelica Oswald
Every year, the glittering lights and unique experience of Broadway lures Hollywood actors to the East Coast; some are veterans of the stage and others are making their Broadway debut. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), James Franco (This is the End) and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) all made their Broadway debuts earlier this year, with O’Dowd receiving a Tony nomination for Of Mice and Men and Cranston winning a Tony for All The Way. Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), who hadn’t been on Broadway since his 2004 run in Assassins, scored his first Tony nomination and win for Hedwig and the Angry Inch this summer.
The Broadway lineup for the end of the year hosts a number of Hollywood actors making their Broadway debuts, and they are joined by an illustrious group of Broadway vets returning to the stage.
- Anjelica Oswald
Oscar producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan are already confirmed to return to their posts for the next ceremony. Will they bring along last year's host Ellen DeGeneres for another turn at the podium? -Break- It will be the third time for Meron and Zadan in charge of the Academy Awards. Actor, comedian, and animator Seth MacFarlane was their choice in 2012. The ceremony last March was the highest-rated since 2000 and was a big hit on social media. That was largely due to the selfie DeGeneres took with such stars as Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong'o, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, and Meryl Streep. Take our new poll below, and let us know who you think will be selected to host the next Oscars. Discuss your choice for Oscar host in our notorious forums If not DeGeneres, will the producers go back to the well with a past emcee like Billy Crystal, »
Adapted from Robyn Davidson's memoir of the same name, "Tracks" -- which bowed at Venice 2013 and hits theaters this weekend -- is a vastly engaging chronicle of the author's 1700-mile journey across the Australian Outback in 1977 with her dog Diggity, four ornery camels and infinite clouds of dust, beginning in Alice Springs and ending at the Indian Ocean. Along the way, she naturally encounters all manner of danger, from wild bull camels (Australia has 50,000 of the feral beasts roaming its interior) to her own physical and emotional limitations. Julia Roberts was one of many actresses attached to "Tracks" during its long, difficult journey to the big screen, but it's Mia Wasikowska who impressively rises to the challenge of portraying Davidson, an unremarkable 27-year-old who mostly remains an enigma throughout the story. She has baggage - her mother hanged herself when she was nine - but Davidson's reasons for making this extreme, »
- Matt Mueller
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “The Death of Adulthood and the Rise of Pleasure, or Why Seth Rogen is More Serious Than Woody Allen” — Adam Sternbergh’s response to A.O. Scott’s thought-catalyst on maturity, pointing out the age-old element of these discussions and the kernel at their core. “Cultural essays about the death of adulthood are often Trojan horses for a different complaint: the death of seriousness. These essays read as modern analogues to the mid-20th-century jeremiads about middlebrow, which were, similarly, taking people to task for not being sophisticated (i.e., adult) enough in their cultural tastes.” “The Darkness of Kristen Wiig” — Noah Gittell at Esquire finds seriousness in the funny woman’s latest films (and in her earlier funnier ones). “How Julia Roberts became an icon by playing the Girl Next Door” — Matt Singer »
- Scott Beggs
Star power and social media savvy propelled “No Good Deed” to the top of the box office this weekend.
The $13 million film nearly doubled its production budget in its first three days of release, pulling in an impressive $24.5 million. The home invasion thriller was able to trump box office predictions because Sony and Screen Gems, the companies behind the film, expertly deployed Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson on Twitter to hawk the story of a district attorney menaced by a killer.
“You have two terrific actors who have followings and this weekend showed their collective star power is very powerful,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak.
Both actors will likely see their stars rise as a result. Elba has had showy supporting roles in “Thor” and “Prometheus,” but hasn’t carried a film to these kind of heights on his own shoulders since 2009’s “Obsessed.” He retains »
- Brent Lang
Exclusive: Im Global’s Stuart Ford has been in Toronto selling out to the walls on The Secret In Their Eyes remake as Julia Roberts joined Chiwetel Ejiofor and Gwyneth Paltrow. Now, he’s just set up a new film here. They’ve set Reginald Hudlin to direct and produce an untitled comedy which he co-wrote, with CAA selling the domestic rights and Hudlin producing through his Hudlin Entertainment banner. Hudlin, fondly remembered for helming the sleeper hit House Party, most recently was Oscar nominated for producing the Quentin Tarantino-directed Django Unchained. Hudlin wrote the script with Chris Spencer (Real Husbands of Hollywood) and Eric Daniel. He separately wrote the graphic novel The Black Panther for Marvel Comics and exec produced the animated series, and he has directed episodes of TNT’s Murder in the First and the upcoming NBC shows Bad Judge and Marry Me, and the Fox sitcom Weird Loners. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Under the pact, the Los Angeles-based production, financing and sales company will develop, produce and finance feature projects alongside Fuqua and his producing partner Kat Samick, as well as providing the firm with business affairs and back-office support.
Fuqua, whose latest thriller The Equalizer received its world premiere in Toronto last night, said of Im Global: “They are producing the most exciting projects in the business right now and their enthusiasm and great taste make them the ideal collaborators for us.”
Im Global CEO Stuard Ford said: “Antoine is such a great creative force whose career is going from strength »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Im Global’s Stuart Ford has signed a deal to partner in projects with with Antoine Fuqua’s Fuqua Films. Fuqua and producing associate Kat Samick will come up with the projects. Im Global will provide the overhead and this gives Fuqua an opportunity to expand his reach, since most of these projects he will produce. He’s got plenty of action on the directing front, about to launch The Equalizer, which has a sequel in the works at Sony that he’ll direct, and he’s developing the Magnificent Seven remake at MGM also with Denzel Washington.
Said Ford, “Antoine is such a great creative force whose career is going from strength to strength and we look forward to »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Im Global has signed a production partnership deal with Antoine Fuqua’s Fuqua Films, two days after the world premiere of the director’s “The Equalizer,” starring Denzel Washington, at the Toronto Film Festival.
Im Global is in post-production on three thrillers: “Autobahn,” directed by Eran Creevy and starring Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley; “Viral,” directed by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost; and “Incarnate,” starring Aaron Eckhart and directed by Brad Peyton. It’s also in pre-production on Billy Ray’s “The Secret in Their Eyes,” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Roberts.
- Dave McNary
• Julia Roberts has joined fellow Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow and 12 Years A Slave nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor in the remake of the 2009 Argentinian film The Secret in Their Eyes. The original feature won the Best Foreign Language film Oscar in 2010. Billy Ray, who wrote the screenplay for The Hunger Games and Captain Phillips, will write and direct the story about a former Mi-5 agent (Ejiofor) on a joint task force with the FBI, who thinks he’s finally found the man who murdered the daughter of his former partner and friend (Roberts). [Deadline]
- Jake Perlman
The Last Witch Hunter: Vin Diesel shared the first official photo from The Last Witch Hunter, in which he stars in the titular role. In the movie, his character partners with a natural enemy -- a female witch -- to stop her fellow witches from unleasing a global epidemic. Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood and Michael Caine also star; Breck Eisner (The Crazies) directs. [Facebook via Collider] The Secret in Their Eyes: Julia Roberts will star in The Secret in Their Eyes, a remake of an Academy Award-winning thriller from Argentina. She will star opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor, with Gwyneth Paltrow set for the second female lead. Billy Ray wrote the screenplay, converting a character from male to female and tailoring it for Roberts after she expressed an interest; he'll also...
- Peter Martin
YouTube announced a contest this week in collaboration with director Guillermo Del Toro in which entrants with YouTube channels can submit a short horror story to be judged by Del Toro, with the winner getting the opportunity to sign a deal with Del Toro’s Legendary Pictures.
The contest is called “You Tube Space House of Horrors: A Legendary Halloween“, and starting September 22, YouTube will open up YouTube Space locations in Los Angeles, London, New York and Tokyo to applicants to produce their horror film on one of YouTube Space’s custom sets. Variety has details on some of the sets YouTubers can utilize for the contest, all of which are inspired by Del Toro’s films.
And for lucky applicants who demonstrate a well-managed production schedule, a strong concept for their film and promising talent, Del Toro will be on hand to provide support and feedback during the filming and editing process. »
- Brian Welk
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One of the most talked about films of 2010 was the Argentinian thriller The Secret In Their Eyes. Not only did Juan Jose Campanella's chilling tale about a retired detective turned crime novelist win the rousing praise of critics worldwide, it also earned the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. With prestige like this, it's no wonder that an American remake was soon in development. Surprising, is that Julia Roberts has now signed on to star in what is sure to be a deeply dark drama. Deadline reports Oscar-winner Julia Roberts' name is on the lips of countess attendees of the Toronto International Film Festival as Im Global announces her ties to The Secret In Their Eyes as the company pursues overseas distribution. Roberts is set to star opposite Oscar-nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) and Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow. The Secret In Their Eyes will center on a »
Movie News - Julia Roberts is to star in the remake of 'The Secret in Their Eyes'. The 'August: Osage County' actress has been signed up to play the female lead in the upcoming Billy Ray-directed remake of the 2009 Argentine crime thriller, Deadline reports. '12 Years A Slave' star Chiwetel Ejiofor is set for the male lead of a former Mi-5 agent who returns to Boston on a joint task force with the FBI. Roberts will play his friend and former partner whose daughter was murdered. Ejiofor's character refuses to get over the crime and digs up the case years later when he thinks he's found the man who got away with it. Gwyneth Paltrow has also been signed up to appear alongside Ejiofor and Roberts, who recently impressed in HBO series 'The Normal Heart'. 'The Secret in Their Eyes' is scheduled to begin shooting in Los Angeles in October with Mark Johnson producing. »
Back towards the beginning of the summer, 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor and Iron Man franchise leading lady Gwyneth Paltrow signed on for the remake of the Argentinian thriller Secret in Their Eyes. The story, which changes things a bit from the original, follows a retired attorney who returns to Boston, obsessed with closing an unsolved murder case. It just so happens that his unrequited love for his superior is waiting for him there as he's writing a book about the whole scenario to end that chapter in his life. Now THR has learned that Julia Roberts has come on board the film in a rather interesting way. More below! Roberts is taking a role that was originally meant for a male actor, but screenwriter Billy Ray (who is also directing the film) rewrote it for the actress. However, her specific role was not detailed in the report. Production »
- Ethan Anderton
Julia Roberts has done it. NBA players have done it. Now its time for some NFL players to get their share of the Internet’s vitriol.
Jimmy Kimmel brought in a gaggle of current and retired football players (and one Erin Andrews) Thursday night for a special NFL edition of “Mean Tweets,” just in time for the regular season to commence. From Michael Strahan’s infamous tooth gap to DeSean Jackson’s penchant for affordable mall-style clothing, Twitter does not leave any possible insult hanging. Below, watch Terrell Owens get called a piece of donkey excrement (in slightly less euphemistic terms) and more. »
- Teresa Jue
Written and directed by Billy Ray, the man behind the screenplay for Captain Phillips, State Of Play and The Hunger Games, has already confirmed Gwyneth Paltrow and Chiwetel Ejiofor and is now in negotiations with Julia Roberts to come on-board.
Roberts is still at the highest peak for an actor and so can definitely pick and choose the best parts, so if everything goes according to plan this could be one hell of a scoop for The Secret In Their Eyes. The film has this official synopsis:
A retired legal counsellor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior – both of which still haunt him decades later. »
- Dan Bullock
If you haven't seen "The Secret in Their Eyes," the Argentine crime thriller that ended up winning the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Feature (something of an upset, if we recall correctly), please stop reading this silly post and go watch it. In 129 minutes you can return to this post (it'll still be here), but you will be absolutely woozy drunk in love with the power of cinema and the propulsive nature of Juan Jose Campanella's assured storytelling.
All that said: the American remake seems to have been in the works for forever, but it's finally found a super-a-list star in one miss Julia Roberts.
The announcement was made at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the movie is being shopped (it's being fully financed by independent production unit Im Global), according to the Hollywood Reporter. The report also suggests that the production is going to bend over backwards for the recent Emmy-winning star. »
- Drew Taylor
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