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The 2014 Austin Film Festival will open with the U.S. premiere of Barry Levinson’s “The Humbling” on Oct. 23, along with Richard Lagravenese’s “The Last 5 Years,” an adaptation of the Jason Robert Brown musical. Jon Stewart and Maziar Bahari will present Stewart’s “Rosewater” to close the festival on Oct. 30.
“The Humbling,” (pictured) based a Philip Roth novel of the same name, stars Al Pacino as an aging actor who begins an affair with a much younger woman, played by Greta Gerwig. “The Last 5 Years,” which writer-director Lagravenese will present at the festival, explores a five-year relationship between an ascending novelist, played by Jeremy Jordan, and a struggling actress, played by Anna Kendrick.
Stewart wrote and directed “Rosewater,” based on Bahari’s book “Then They Came for Me” with Aimee Molloy about the Iranian journalist’s experience of as a prisoner in his native country for 118 days »
- Kevin Noonan
Whether you knew it or not, you've been listening to sound mixer David Macmillan's work for years. There's early stuff, like "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," "Birdy" and "SpaceCamp" (yes!). There's recent stuff like "Twilight," "Hancock" and "The 40-Year-Old-Virgin." And there's the Oscar-winning stuff scattered throughout, like "The Right Stuff," "Speed" and "Apollo 13." The guy is a legend in the field, so of course he's a great fit for the Cinema Audio Society's (Cas) Career Achievement Award. Macmillan began his career over half a century ago as an apprentice in Canadian television before eventually connecting with Francis Ford Coppola. The "Godfather" director was in the process of building American Zoetrope in San Francisco and hired Macmillan to run the company's mixing facility. From there, his career took off. He has more than 80 feature films to his credit, the three aforementioned Oscars (he won every time he was nominated), collaborations with Oliver Stone, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Austin - "Everly" puts me in an uncomfortable position. Sure, nowhere near as uncomfortable as the circumstances faced by Everly (Salma Hayek) over the course of the film, a one-room action movie, but as a film critic, I find myself really wrestling with my reaction. On the one hand, I like the energy of the film, and I think Hayek is about as appealing a lead as she's been in a while as the film opens in media hell, with her as a sex slave who finds herself at a turning point, freedom in her sights, but with a whole wall of mayhem between her and escape. The film makes a lot out of its single location, and I'm a fan of films where you watch one space get more and more destroyed over the course of an evening. Director Joe Lynch directs the film like a hungry man chasing a ham sandwich, »
- Drew McWeeny
Exclusive: Talk about a torn-from-the-headlines feature film. This might be the Chinese version of The Social Network. Just days ago, Jack Ma launched an Ipo for Alibaba on the New York Stock Exchange and finished the day with his company valued at $231 billion — more than Amazon and eBay combined — and making him the richest man in China and among the richest in the world with $26.5 billion. There’s already a fully scripted feature film on his life that is ready to be shopped, and the people behind it are formidable.
Apa soon will be shopping a script that Bruce Feirstein wrote, with Janet Yang producing. Yang, who worked for Oliver Stone and partnered with Lisa Henson, has been producing films in China including Shanghai Calling. There, she met Feirstein as he was rewriting and producing domestic audience films in China including Hong He (Red River) and writing about business subjects for Vanity Fair. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
As we venture down into the tunnels for episode eleven ‘The Strain’ attempts to get back on track…..
I love a bit of subtext. That’s no euphemism, just a desire for something more from my television entertainment. To say that The Strain has provided more than its fair share of peaks and troughs is stating the obvious. If I were to take that further, which it seems only fair to attempt, one might suggest that disappointment and elation are bi weekly bed fellows. As the makers continually attempt to provide original drama one week or offer up a shallow ‘no brainer’ another, things are becoming more difficult to judge fairly.
For those who remember 9/11 there seems little need to open up a wound, which for many represents a landmark in history rather than an allegorical reference point. Examples of film tackling it range from Oliver Stone’s World Trade »
- Gary Collinson
Joseph Gordon-Levitt in currently in talks to play Nsa whistle-blower Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone’s upcoming biopic. The Snowden Files is an adaptation of Anatoly Kucherena’s Time of the Octopus. The writer is actually Snowden’s lawyer, and as Variety explains, the book is “considered the closest thing to a documented account of the events since Snowden first released the documents.” In case you haven’t been reading the news lately,...
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The film will tell the story of Snowden, a former U.S. intelligence analyst who released more classified documents than anyone since Daniel Ellsberg’s leaking of the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War.
Kucherena's book "is considered the closest thing to a documented account of the events since Snowden first released the documents
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- Philip Sticco
Joseph Gordon-Levitt in currently in talks to play Nsa whistle-blower Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone’s upcoming biopic. The Snowden Files is an adaptation of Anatoly Kucherena’s Time of the Octopus. The writer is actually Snowden’s lawyer, and as Variety explains, the book is “considered the closest thing to a documented account of the events since Snowden first released the documents.” In case you haven’t been reading the news lately, Snowden is a former U.S. intelligence analyst who released classified documents that revealed details of several covert global-surveillance programs. He is currently living in an undisclosed location in Russia and is seeking asylum for the long-term. If Jgl takes the gig, production will start...
- Alison Nastasi
The wheels are beginning to turn on Oliver Stone’s forthcoming biopic of Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt apparently in the frame for the lead role. According to Variety, Stone has earmarked Gordon-Levitt as the perfect candidate to play Snowden, and has gone as far as to officially offer him the part. The report goes on to stress that the offer has not been accepted at this stage, but does say that Gordon-Levitt has entered negotiations to join the film, entitled The Snowden Files. The film will be...
- George Wales
Oliver Stone decided over the summer that he wants to make an Edward Snowden biopic, and now he may be closing in on a lead. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is reportedly closing in on the drama, though no deal is set in stone just yet. Hit the jump for more details on the possible Joseph Gordon-Levitt Edward […]
- Angie Han
Is the Hollywood forecast calling for 500 Days of Snowden?
According to Variety, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been offered the role of Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone’s upcoming film about the Nsa whistleblower, The Snowden Files. No official deal has been made between the two parties, but it seems the Don Jon star has agreed to play the part of the former U.S. intelligence analyst responsible for the largest leak of classified documents in American history since the Vietnam War.
Stone is no stranger to the political genre, having directed W., Nixon, Born on the Fourth of July, and more »
- Jake Perlman
This version of the asylum-seeking CIA leaker's story is based on the novel Time of the Octopus, by Snowden's Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena. The story tracks the American whistle blower as he heads to Russia, and the conversations between him and his lawyer as he awaits his request for asylum to be considered by the country. Oliver Stone and producing partner Moritz Borman also have the righs to Luke Harding's novel The Snowden Files: The Inside Story Of The World's Most Wanted Man, which will serve as a secondary basis for the movie.
The Snowden Files will begin shooting this December in Munich, Germany.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt recently wrapped production on the Philippe Petit biopic The Walk, for director Robert Zemeckis, which follows the tightrope walker's daring Twin Towers stunt. Joseph Gordon-Levitt »
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in early talks to play Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone's forthcoming movie about the Nsa leaker, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Stone is set to write and direct a movie based on two books: The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man, written by journalist Luke Harding, and the novel Time of the Octopus, written by Snowden's Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena. See more The 21 Best Movies About Whistleblowers Stone will also produce the film alongside Moritz Berman and Eric Kopeloff. Production was originally set to begin before the end of the
- Hilary Lewis, Tatiana Siegel
But together, Cronenberg and Wagner, along with Cannes Best Actress winner Julianne Moore and her excellently creepy costars Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Olivia Williams and Robert Pattinson make this black void somehow feel sinister and real. In a recent Guardian op-ed, Wagner opened up about the famed script's thwarted journey, how Oliver Stone inadvertently pushed him into writing it, why this isn't "a satire" and why "Maps to the Stars" is a dead serious ghost story. "The thought of an industry satire makes me want to vomit." Wagner grew up on the fringes of Hollywood, working at bookstores, as a limo driver for celebrities including Orson Welles ("the prospect of sitting next to him for hours was suddenly and inexplicably stressful"), an ambulance driver, a would-be actor and a pencil-pusher at Paramount, where "Maps" got its start. -"In my early 30s, Oliver Stone introduced me to Billy Wilder. I’ll never forget my frisson. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Oliver Stone, eager to be on the pulse of current events even if he doesn't know how the pulse is beating, is set to write and direct a movie based on Nsa leaker Edward Snowden. The film will be based on the book Time of the Octopus, which was written by Snowden's lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, and "is considered the closest thing to a documented account of the events since Snowden first released the documents." Americans were shocked at the news that their communications were being "monitored" (even though the news was widely misconstrued), and then went back to putting their every thought on Facebook and Twitter. According to Variety, Stone has offered the role of Snowden to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and while the actor has agreed to do it, negotiations have yet to begin. If the deal is made, production would likely begin at the end of this year or early »
- Matt Goldberg
Next fall, Joseph Gordon-Levitt will bring to life the exploits of daredevil Phillippe Petit, the man who did a high wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center back in 1974, in the film The Walk. But it sounds like he might bring another headline-making real-life person to life soon too. Deadline reports the star of Don Jon is the top choice to lead Oliver Stone's developing film about CIA leaker and Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden. Previously it was said that Stone was basing his film on The Snowden Files, the book by Luke Harding, who is also a reporter for The Guardian, the outlet who scooped the story, but it sounds like they have some new source material now from another subject close to Snowden. Read on! Stone and producing partner Moritz Borman have a deal with Snowden’s Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena to pick up »
- Ethan Anderton
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is on a biopic kick. With Robert Zemeckis' 'The Walk,' a dramatization of French tightrope walker Philippe Petit's stroll across the Twin Towers, in the can, the actor is eying up a hot-button true story that will inevitably thrust him into future awards talk. Deadline reports that Gordon-Levitt is currently circling Oliver Stone's untitled Edward Snowden drama, announced by the 'JFK' director this past June. Prepping for a December shoot in Munich, Germany, Stone's film will tell Snowden's whistleblower saga by culling material from two books: "Time Of The Octopus," by Anatoly Kucherena, and "The Snowden Files: The Inside Story Of The World’s Most Wanted Man," by Guardian journalist Luke Harding. The screen story will evidently follow the the C.I.A. document leaker as he awaits Russian asylum amidst a media frenzy. Snowden's unprecedented exposure of the Nsa's »
- Matt Patches
Oliver Stone is looking for the right man to play controversial Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden in his next film, The Snowden Files, and he's reportedly offered the part to versatile actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt. According to Variety, Gordon-Levitt has agreed to sign on, though official negotiations haven't begun.
The film – written, directed and co-produced by Stone – will be based on two books: Time of the Octopus, a novel written by Snowden's attorney, Anatoly Kucherena, which tells the fictional story of an American whistleblower spending three weeks in a transit area of »
Earlier this year it was reported that Oliver Stone would be directing a movie about whistleblower Edward Snowden, and now it appears he may have found his lead. Handsome dude Joseph Gordon-Levitt is being eyed to play the pale, bookish computer nerd in Stone's movie. Nothing is solid yet, but Jgl just wrapped "The Walk" with Robert Zemeckis and presumably has a free schedule ahead, and with Stone eyeing a December start for his movie, it could work out. But it's likely to be a film that will pack a powder keg of controversy, so we'll see if the actor will want to go along for the ride. [Deadline] With another Bourne movie brewing, though its status and when it might shoot are still unknown, Matt Damon is keeping an eye on other gigs. And right now he's taking a look at Zhang Yimou's "The Great Wall." The long-in-the works movie »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has a lot of projects going on right now. Aside from his HitRecord series and website, the actor/director is filming Xmas with Seth Rogen and just wrapped The Walk for director Robert Zemeckis. All of this as well as developing his version of Neil Gaiman's Sandman which he may direct and star in. So, why not throw in a project with Oliver Stone during his downtime? Deadline reports that Gordon-Levitt is Oliver Stone's choice to headline his adaptation of the novel »
- Alex Maidy
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