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• Game of Thrones' Pedro Pascal is in talks for director Zhang Yimou's untitled Great Wall pic. The film, which marks Yimou's English-language debut, follows a group of people who fight to protect the iconic landmark. Matt Damon is also in talks for the film. Tony Gilroy wrote the most recent draft of the script. Production is scheduled to begin this Spring, with a U.S. release date set for Nov. 23, 2016. [The Wrap] • Michael Stuhlbarg has signed on for Universal's Steve Jobs movie. Danny Boyle is directing the film, which has Seth Rogen in the role of Steve Wozniak and Michael Fassbender »
- C. Molly Smith
Here’s the final entry in my annual assessment of movies that have a chance to pass the first stage of the Foreign Language Oscar race. We expect the shortlist to come out tomorrow and I’m expecting a number of the films I’ve profiled below, and here and here, will make the grade. I spoke with the directors of the films about their inspirations and expectations and I also checked in with the U.S. distributors about why they bought the movies. Below is a look at the final five titles that have generated serious buzz over the past several weeks of screenings, Q&As and consulate lunches (and there are also a handful of special mentions). The films are in no particular order:
- Nancy Tartaglione
Yep, in this 1994 footage from the Et archives, a 15-year-old Danes is seen blading on the Venice Beach boardwalk and musing about newfound fame being just around the corner.
"It's a little frightening, but I don't want to be afraid of it," Danes said at the time.
Keep in mind that at this point in her career, the actress wasn't actually all that famous; she had spent just a few short weeks in the public eye as Angela Chase, the teen lead of My So-Called Life. (Before the ABC family drama from the producers of thirtysomething came along, her TV experience included little more than a Law & Order guest spot, pretty much a prerequisite for every actor.)
"I do feel a little powerless right now," she told Et »
Writer-Director Matthew Cooke has announced a partnership with producers Adrian Grenier and Bryn Mooser to produce a series of documentaries, “The Survivor’s Guide,” highlighting issues facing the U.S. criminal justice and corrections systems.
The first installment, “The Survivor’s Guide to Prison,” will be exec produced by Susan Sarandon and focused on Bruce Lisker, who spent 26 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
His story is supported by a star-studded cast of academics, artists, musicians and actors who detail how to survive prison as an individual and as a nation, redefine the word “justice,” and look at completely different models of conflict resolution and “wellness creation” that have been proven to work.
“Cooke and I find common ground in creatively tackling complex social issues in ways that play like a summer blockbuster,” Grenier said. “This team wants to see journalism feel like entertainment and then move us into action. »
- Justin Kroll
The path to the big screen for Stephen Sondheim’s fairytale mashup has been long and winding. A read-through was held more than 20 years ago, with Goldie Hawn and Robin Williams as the infertile baker and his wife, Cher as the witch who commissions them to fetch bits and bobs (cow, slipper, cape, hair etc) from the forest so she can break the spell, Danny DeVito as the giant, Steve Martin the big bad wolf and Roseanne Barr as Jack’s mother, fed up with her son’s bad haggling. A fresh cast – including Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan and Susan Sarandon – were cued up by Jim Henson in the late 90s, before the curtain fell on that, too. Then, after the success of rootin-tootin »
- Catherine Shoard
For Kathy Bates, 2014 has been a momentous year.
After winning an Emmy for her role in American Horror Story: Coven, the actress' work during the FX hit's current season, Freak Show, recently earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie.
ETonline caught up with Bates to talk about her controversial Ahs Baltimore drawl ("I have to keep that accent warmed up"), the "fun" she had singing Courtney Love and her personal "struggle" to find purpose as an actress.
ETonline: After Ethel Darling’s reincarnation in the Nov. 10 episode, “Tupperware Party Massacre,” should we assume you’ll be around for the rest of the season?
Kathy Bates: I will be there! You will see me again since I’ve come back from the dead.
I found it amusing that you lost your head – as you did, too, during Coven – and now you’re in everyone else’s.
They will star alongside Jessica Chastain in The Death and Life of John F Donovan, according to The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline.
Harington will star as John F Donovan, an actor famous for playing a Marvel-like superhero role.
His world is turned on its head when an innocent correspondence with an 11-year-old fan is spun to look far more sinister by an unscrupulous gossip columnist (Chastain).
Bates will play Donovan's manager, with Sarandon as his mother.
"I'm so psyched about working with these two wonderful, mythical actresses," said Dolan. "My excitement is almost convulsive."
John F Donovan will be the actor and filmmaker's first time directing an English-language film.
Dolan made his directing debut with 2009's I Killed My Mother at the age of 19.
The Death and Life of John F Donovan will »
The first English language film by director Xavier Dolan has just gained two Academy Award winning actresses, in the form of Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates – immediately spiking interest in the festival favourite’s latest endeavour. Also starring Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain and Game Of Thrones star Kit Harrington, The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan is next on Dolan’s slate, following the upcoming U.S release of his Cannes Jury Prize winning Mommy, on January 23rd 2015.
The film centres on John F. Donovan (Harington) whom, we discover, is an actor famed for his onscreen portrayal of a superhero. When a manipulative gossip columnist (Chastain) exposes his correspondence with a young fan and misrepresents it as indecent, the actor’s career and life are sent into a tail-spin. Susan Sarandon will play Donovan’s mother, while Kathy Bates will play his high-powered manager.
Dolan recently discussed the project with The Hollywood Reporter, »
- Sarah Myles
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Xavier Dolan's upcoming English language debut film, The Death & Life of John F. Donovan is slowly amassing quite the cast. The Mommy director had already announced the casting of Jessica Chastain and Kit Harrington but he's also added Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates to the cast. Needless to say, the boy has taste. Also, if you're not following him on Instagram, you're really missing out. That's where he's been sharing tidbits from his upcoming film, but also more Nsfw-ey stuff like this (think he was celebrating casting Kit, Susan & Kathy?).
- Manuel Betancourt
• Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan will voice parents, mother and father respectively, of an 11-year-old Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) in Pixar's Inside Out. The story takes a deep dive into the emotions located inside Riley's head at what's called Headquarters. The emotions are: Joy (Amy Poehler), Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), and Disgust (Mindy Kaling). The film will also take a peek inside the minds of mom and dad. Peter Docter is writing and directing. [USA Today] • Kathy Bates and Susan Sarandon have signed on for Xavier Dolan's The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. The film »
- C. Molly Smith
We’ve got a trio of interesting casting developments to address this afternoon. Briefly: Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom star Jeff Daniels is being eyed to play Apple CEO John Sculley in the Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs biopic. Zero Dark Thirty actor Edgar Ramirez is in final negotiations to join Jennifer Lawrence in director David O. Russell’s next film, Joy. Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates have been added to the increasingly fantastic cast for Mommy director Xavier Dolan’s English-language debut, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. More on the aforementioned casting after the jump. Per The Wrap, Jeff Daniels is being eyed to join the cast of director Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic, which was written by Aaron Sorkin. Michael Fassbender has closed his deal to play the Apple innovator, Seth Rogen is set to co-star as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and while Natalie Portman was »
- Adam Chitwood
We already knew Jessica Chastain was starring in Xavier Dolan's next feature, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, with Kit Harington ("Game of Thrones") taking on the title role, a character made famous for playing a Marvel-style superhero -- whose life and career are turned upside-down when his private letters with an 11-year-old fan are exposed and made to look indecent by a villainous gossip columnist (Chastain). Now we have a couple more names joining the project. THR brings word Oscar-winners Kathy Bates and Susan Sarandon have joined the cast with Bates playing Donovan's high-powered manager, while Sarandon will play his mother. Dolan told the site the two actresses were his first choice for the roles and that he printed out their headshots months ago in an effort to help visualize the project. As for that plot, working from a script Dolan co-wrote with Jacob Tierney, Dolan said, »
- Brad Brevet
Edgar Ramirez is in final negotiations to play the dapper but philandering husband of Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence) in David O. Russell's film "Joy" for Fox 2000. Filming is slated to begin in early February.
Less than two weeks after entering talks for the female lead role, Natalie Portman has backed out of Universal's Steve Jobs biopic. No details were given as to why she ultimately passed or what specific role she was taking. [Source: Variety]
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan
Oscar-winners Kathy Bates and Susan Sarandon have joined the cast of "Mommy" director Xavier Dolan's "The Death and Life of John F. Donovan". Bates is being slated for the role of the title character's high-powered manager, »
- Garth Franklin
Mommy writer-director Xavier Dolan has added two big names to his first English-language film, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan: Oscar winners Kathy Bates and Susan Sarandon. The film tells the story of fictional actor John F. Donovan (Kit Harington) — famous for playing a Marvel-style superhero — whose life and career are turned upside-down when his private correspondence with an 11-year-old fan is exposed and made to look indecent by a villainous gossip columnist (Jessica Chastain). Bates is being slated for the role of Donovan’s high-powered manager, while Sarandon will
- Chris O'Falt
Welcome to Sexpositions, a weeklong Vulture celebration of sex scenes in movies and on TV. Throughout her long and fearless career, Susan Sarandon has appeared in a panoply of skin-baring scenes. She was the older, bolder woman who seduced a young widower played by James Spader in White Palace (1988). In Bull Durham (1990), she was a philosophical baseball groupie who bedded dim fireballer Tim Robbins. Atlantic City (1980) saw her slowly wiping down with a sponge while Burt Lancaster’s aging gangster peeps through her open window. Sarandon’s most famous erotic scene, though, is undoubtedly her tryst with Catherine Deneuve — the latter is a vampire attempting to swap blood, or “transfuse,” with Sarandon’s non-vamp — in Tony Scott’s 1983 horror flick The Hunger. Here, the actress talks us through one of cinema’s most memorable intimate encounters.We had to come up with who was pitching and who was catching. Originally, »
- Jennifer Vineyard
Evan Rachel Wood described Mortimer and Wells as "some of the loveliest and most hilarious people I have ever worked with. Being on the show has been an absolute joy."
Wood and Wilde will be seen playing stage versions of Doll and Em, as the pair write an off-Broadway play about themselves in the new series.
However, the production and the girls' friendship are both jeopardised when Em is cast opposite McGregor in a big-budget Hollywood action movie.
The six-part second series »
It gets harder and harder each and every year to find that perfect gift for the one you love. Thanksgiving is over, so its time to get a jump start on your Christmas shopping today! We've collected all of the biggest and best Blu-ray and DVD releases available this year in one convenient place. Whether you're hunting for Dad, Mom, a cousin, your kids or that long distant Aunt whose been living in a commune for the past three years, you simply can't go wrong with the gift of movies, or a favorite TV show. From the biggest Hollywood blockbusters to a few cult favorites, and even a very obscure release for that one snobby cinefile on your list, we have everyone covered...Even you! Take a look, and discover that finding the perfect gift really isn't that hard. Not when everyone loves a good film! Here is the best »
Mar Del Plata, Argentina — Argentina’s Mar del Plata International Film Festival, which wraps Saturday, not only marks its 29th edition this November but the 60 years since it was first inaugurated in 1954 by then President Juan Domingo Peron. Projected before every screening and on some buildings across the city, an evocative black and white institutional spot by Esteban Sapir captures the history of the festival, with scenes from classics that have played here, including Ingmar Bergman’s “Summer With Monika,” Orson Welles’ “The Trial,” Francois Truffaut’s “Jules et Jim” and Dennis Hopper’s “Easy Rider.”
What remains Latin America’s sole “A”-grade film festival lured such luminaries as Gina Lollobrigida, Errol Flynn, Mary Pickford and Edward G. Robinson its inaugural year. Argentina’s cinema industry had been fast evolving since 1909, when the very first fiction films by Italian transplant Mario Gallo emerged: “The Shooting of Dorrego” and “The May Revolution. »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
• John C. Reilly will star in Les Cowboys alongside Finnegan Oldfield and Francois Damiens. The film marks the feature debut of Rust and Bone scribe Thomas Bidegain. Bidegain co-wrote the script with Noé Debré. The story follows a father (Damiens) who, along with his son (Oldfield), goes in search for his missing daughter; she disappears after beginning to date a young, Muslim fundamentalist man. They turn to American headhunter (Reilly) for help. [Variety] • Sam Trammell (The Fault in Our Stars) has signed on for Three Generations. Gaby Dellal is directing the film, which stars Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, and Susan Sarandon. »
- C. Molly Smith
Sam Trammell has joined Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning and Susan Sarandon in the transgender drama Three Generations. Gaby Dellal is directing the indie, which Nikole Beckwith wrote from an original idea by Dellal. It centers on a New York City teen, Ray (Fanning), who has decided to transition from female to male and the impact of her decision on her single mother (Watts) and her grandmother (Sarandon), a music manager living with her lesbian partner and having her own conflict with Ray’s mother. Tate Donovan will co-star as a boyfriend of Ray's mother. Trammell will play the younger brother
- Austin Siegemund-Broka
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