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In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
In The Town That Dreaded Sundown, a copycat of the Phantom Killer who struck 66 years ago reignites the Moonlight Murders in a small Texas town. And in Horns, a man suspected of killing his girlfriend wakes up to find horns jutting from his forehead, thus bringing a little hell on Earth. These two films are among those joining the 10th anniversary celebration of Austin’s Fantastic Fest.
The Hive, It Follows, Everly, and Open Windows are also included in the recently announced final wave of programming for Fantastic Fest, which takes place September 18th-25th in Austin, Texas. We have the official press release with full details:
Austin, TX – Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - “Fantastic Fest celebrates its 10th Anniversary with its biggest year yet with 80 exciting films including 22 World Premieres, 43 North American & Us Premiere screenings and 38 short films. The final wave includes Horns, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, The Hive, It Follows, »
- Derek Anderson
Visionary director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie) puts a surreally disorientating spin on the series as Sigourney Weaver's Ripley endures her fourth encounter with the nastiest xenomorphs in the universe. Here, she is resurrected by geneticists who - somewhat foolishly- have cloned her in an attempt to replicate the alien DNA that has been impregnated within her for 200 years. So when a crew of space smugglers (including Ron 'Hellboy' Perlman and a mysterious Winona Ryder) intercept the research vessel she's on, they get more than they bargained for. »
White City, Selfie, Show Me A Hero, and other television productions have all made recent TV show casting, TV movie casting, and TV directing news. These shows and movies air on AMC, HBO, ABC. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) Brian Patrick Wade has been cast as The Absorbing Man, Crusher [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
The project stars Avan Jogia (Twisted) as King Tutankhamun, the youngest Pharaoh ever to lord over Ancient Egypt. Gadiot will portray his close confidant and seemingly loyal friend from childhood, Ka, who harbors a secret love for Tut’s wife.
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Cara Delevingne could soon be leaving the runway behind, Chris Martin and Jennifer Lawrence head to the vineyard for some romance, Daniel Radcliffe is more than content with his love life, and more celebrity news to jumpstart your day.
Model Cara Delevingne could soon be rocking out to The Beach Boys in the upcoming film All Summer Long. [Elle] Chris Martin and Jennifer Lawrence’s fling may be getting serious. [E!] Sorry, ladies. Daniel Radcliffe says he’s “very, very happy with someone.” [Cosmopolitan] Robin Williams‘ body has been cremated and his ashes were scattered over the San Francisco Bay. [TMZ] After three years of dating, Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp have split. [Us Weekly] Michelle Rodriguez is in an “unconditional state of mind” after her split with Zac Efron. What does that even mean? [Just Jared] The first (real) American Horror Story: Freak Show teaser trailer is here. [YouTube] Bill Murray‘s Rock the Kasbah, starring Bruce Willis, »
- Taylor Ferber
Winona Ryder, Alfred Molina and Jon Bernthal have joined HBO's upcoming miniseries “Show Me a Hero,” a network representative told TheWrap. From “The Wire” co-creator David Simon, the miniseries is based on the Lisa Belkin nonfiction book of the same name. It tells the story of a mayor, Nick Wasicsko (Oscar Isaac), who's charged with building low-income housing in his hometown of Yonkers, N.Y. The project brings to the surface class prejudices, almost shuts down the local government and ruins the mayor's political career. Also read: ‘Show Me a Hero’ on HBO Casts James Belushi, Terry Kinney, Michael Stahl-David Ryder (“Reality Bites, »
- Jethro Nededog
Set in Yonkers, New York in 1985, the story follows a young mayor (Oscar Isaac) faced with a federal court order that says he must build a small number of low-income housing units into the more affluent, mostly white neighborhoods of his town.
His attempt to do so tears the city apart, paralyzing the entire municipal government and destroying his political future.
Ryder will portray Vinni Restiano, a Yonkers councilwoman who lost her seat due to her vote, but staged a comeback four years later and won as City Council president.
Bernthal will play Michael H. Sussman, a Harvard-trained lawyer who represented the NAACP when it joined the government’s anti-segregation case against Yonkers.
Molina plays councilman Henry J. 'Hank' Spallone, a former Bronx »
- Garth Franklin
HBO's David Simon miniseries Show Me a Hero continues to add to its impressive cast. Winona Ryder, Walking Dead favorite Jon Bernthal and Alfred Molina have joined the ranks of the six-hour entry, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Based on the nonfiction book by Lisa Belkin, Show Me a Hero is set in an America generations removed from the greatest civil rights struggles of the 1960s. It centers on Nick Wasicsko (Star Wars: Episode VII's Oscar Isaac), the young mayor of a midsize American city who is faced with a federal court order that says he must build a small number
- Lesley Goldberg
After success with The Wire and the shorter run of Generation Kill on Us cable channel HBO, writer/producer David Simon is taking a shot at a miniseries for the network, with Winona Ryder, Catherine Keener, Oscar Isaac, Jon Bernthal and Alfred Molina all set to star in Show Me A Hero.Drawn from Lisa Belkin’s non-fiction book, Hero will be set in an American city overseen by young, idealistic mayor Nick Wasickso (Isaac). When tasked by a federal court order with building low-income housing units in an upscale part of his town, he sparks protests that threaten to tear the place apart and kicks the struts out from under his own political career.Keener will be Mary Dorman, a homeowner who discovers some key information about the plan, while Ryder will be Vinni Restiano, a confidante to the mayor who loses her seat after voting for the housing, »
Parks and Recreation scored a second consecutive win for best comedy series in the 2014 EWwys, EW’s annual reader-voted awards for the Emmy-snubbed. But more importantly, after finishing as runner-up in the best actor in a comedy race the last two years, the show’s leading man, Adam Scott, finally earned a golden ewe statue of his very own. He phoned in to EW Radio (SiriusXM 105) Monday to accept the honor during our live awards broadcast and did his best not to reveal anything about Parks and Rec’s final season, which began shooting just last week. “We’ve been sworn to secrecy about everything, »
- Mandi Bierly
Ari Folman, visionary director of Waltz With Bashir, brings us a journey beyond imagination in his upcoming movie The Congress. Robin Wright (pictured above) plays a version of herself in this thought-provoking film, which merges live-action and colourful animation. To celebrate the release of The Congress today (our review is here), we take a look at some other movies which have embraced a live-action/animation mash-up.
1) Mary Poppins
Family favourite Mary Poppins delighted audiences when it first burst onto screens in 1964, and now 50 years later the magical tale continues to enchant a brand new generation of film fans. The hit adventure’s wonderful mix of live-action and fantasy animation was surely one of the elements which won it five Oscars at the 1965 Academy Awards, including Best Visual Effects.
- Phil Wheat
Winona's Ryder's Rag and Bone campaign has been unveiled. The 'Girl, Interrupted' actress makes her modeling debut for the brand in their autumn 2014 campaign which has been released via their Facebook page. The sultry shoot - consisting of black and white images of the brunette beauty along with Prada model Michael Pitt- was shot by Glen Luchford on Coney Island, New York, in May this year, marking the actress' first major fashion campaign in over a decade. Rag & Bone's managing partner, Marcus Wainright, is thrilled that the brand have collaborated with the 42 year old and added that the ''cool'' star was chosen because of her ''beautiful, timeless quality.'' He told Wwd: ''To us, Winona Ryder is a bona-fide icon. One of the things that makes her so cool is that although she has this incredible career, she isn't interested in being a movie star.'' The campaign will »
Gwyneth Paltrow officially moves on from ex-hubby Chris Martin, Farrah Abraham has a new job, Jamie Dornan is “great at being soft and hard at the same time,” and more news to celebrate the end of your work day.
Looks like Gwyneth Paltrow is on to the next one: Glee co-creator Brad Falchuk. Did their romance start on set? [Daily Mail] Farrah Abraham is working at an Austin strip club for “research.” [E!] Screenwriter Kelly Marcel thinks Jamie Dornan deserves an Oscar for his 50 Shades of Grey performance. [Us Weekly] Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian are missing $50,000 worth of cash and products from their homes. [Naughty Nice Rob] Jk. Anna Kendrick took to Twitter to say she isn’t dating Game of Thrones star Alfie Allen. [Gossip Cop]
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Courtney Stodden, 19, is engaged to Lost star Doug Hutchison, 59… again. [Huffington Post] Winona Ryder is looking fierce in the new Rag & Bone ad campaign. [Elle] We’ve missed Kerry Washington since she’s been M.I. »
- Taylor Ferber
On the occasion of the Karlovy Vary Film festival tribute to Anonymous Content's Steve Golin and Michael Sugar, I sat down with the veteran manager who handles the careers of Joe Wright, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Winona Ryder, Richard Linklater, Marc Webb, Gavin Hood, Patty Jenkins, Scott Burns, Cary Fukunaga and Steven Soderbergh, among others. As we talked, HBO's "True Detective," entirely directed by Fukunaga, is competiing for multiple Emmys and coming up was Soderbergh's elegant new Cinemax series "The Knick," starring Clive Owen as a forward-thinking surgeon in 1900 trying to save lives under primitive conditions at New York's Knickerbocker Hospital. How long have you been working with Steven Soderbergh? I’ve been working with him… it’s now been six years. And so you’ve navigated this interesting career trajectory. Soderbergh is like the canary in the coal mine: someone who sees the future sooner than others. What did he go. »
- Anne Thompson
I had a much busier week than last with movies, beginning with Into the Storm, Calvary and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in theaters, and I've already reviewed all three of those. I also watched the first couple episodes of "The Knick", which I reviewed and commented on here. Then last night I watched, for the first time, Alfonso Cuaron's Great Expectations, which I did not think was any good, followed by Ben Stiller's Reality Bites, which was nice little film. The one thing I noticed, however, watching Reality Bites is how much Keira Knightley's acting style was pretty much taken directly from Winona Ryder. I wonder if that was a conscious thing or if it's just coincidence, because try watching that movie and not seeing Knightley in pretty much every single thing Ryder does. Other than that, not much to share. I'm about half-way through "Ready Player »
- Brad Brevet
Ariel Vromen’s next film – Criminal – is shaping up to be proof positive of the filmmaker’s ability to attract fascinating casting combinations. Where his previous movie – 2012’s The Iceman – featured Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta and David Schwimmer, his forthcoming venture is bringing in names even more legendary in nature.
The plot centres around a dangerous criminal, who is tasked by the CIA to complete a dead agent’s mission after they implant that agent’s memories and experiences into his brain. Kevin Costner will feature in the leading role, with Ryan Reynolds, Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Oldman also signing up. By anyone’s standards, that’s quite a lot of testosterone, so we now have the announcement that Alice Eve will also co-star.
Having built a solid foundation for herself in recent years, with supporting roles in films such as The Raven, »
- Sarah Myles
Like Curry For Chocolat: Hallstrom Sticks to the Fruits of the Bestseller List
If you’re going to compare director Lasse Hallstrom’s latest film, The Hundred-Foot Journey to his extensive filmography over the past decade, then it stands out like a bright shiny penny. Another of Hallstrom’s adaptations of recently beloved bestselling novels, this tries to recreate the magical culinary delights that drove his 2000 hit Chocolat to such great heights. Here he has stapled another grand actress into the cast with Helen Mirren (moonlighting with her best French accent—the magical chocolate film had Juliette Binoche) and has producers like Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg behind it. It’s an entirely prim and proper endeavor and appears clearly calibrated for a particular audience that favors a certain conservative strain to storytelling, where life’s uglier conceits like carnal knowledge and racist tendencies of the pastoral French are »
- Nicholas Bell
Our favorite film festival in the world is nigh. Later next month, Austin, Texas will host hundreds of genre fans for Fantastic Fest 2014!! We have the full list which includes the Us Premiere of Tusk as well as the World Premieres of ABCs of Death 2 and Horsehead. These won’t be all the films that will play the 10th anniversary of the film festival but it would be enough if it was. Look forward to more announcement waves of programming and don’t forget to follow up with our predictions that we made last week. I have added trailers above the film titles, if available. If the trailer is not available, there will be a still above the title.
From the Press Release
- Andy Triefenbach
Some sequels are doomed to live in the shadow of the hits that triggered them. Here are a few examples...
Following up a successful movie with a sequel is a tough proposition for any writer or director, and it's often the case that such follow-ups fail to recreate the magic of their predecessors. But sometimes, sequels can offer a different yet entertaining experience of their own, and it's even possible that, if they didn't happen to share the same name as an earlier hit film, they might even have been better received.
This article's dedicated to a few of these kinds of films. They offer lots of excitement, comedy, jolts of terror and a smattering of great performances, and might have fared better with audiences and critics had they not been sequels. At the very least, they attempted to do something a little different than the films they followed. While other examples undeniably remain, »
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