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With both an Oscar and a Grammy on his mantle, Jamie Foxx is a one-man entertainment empire.
Foxx began his career as a stand-up comedian before landing his own sitcom just a few years later -- and then he awed the world. His portrayal of Ray Charles in "Ray" (2004) earned Foxx one accolade after another and even relaunched his music career. Fresh off his Oscar win, the multi-hyphenate teamed with Kanye West and took home a Grammy for the Ray Charles-inspired "Gold Digger." This fall, he's back on the big screen as Dean "Mf" Jones in the star-studded comedy "Horrible Bosses 2" (you can also catch him in "Annie" December 19).
From his real name to the dare that launched his career, here are 33 things you probably don't know about Jamie Foxx.
1. Jamie Foxx was born December 13, 1967 in Terrell, Texas to Louise Annette Talley and Darrell Bishop.
2. He was adopted »
- Jonny Black
Josh Brolin credits his mid-career turnaround to Robert Rodriguez on "Grindhouse" which led to the Coens and "No Country for Old Men" and "True Grit," not to mention Gus Van Sant's "Milk" and Oliver Stone's "W" and "Wall Street 2" and Woody Allen's "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger." Brolin is a chiseled American actor who boasts that rare combination: dangerous masculinity and sexy vulnerability. He plays both villains and lovers. See Jason Reitman's sexy "Labor Day." Brolin clearly had a blast working with Paul Thomas Anderson on his adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel "Inherent Vice" (December 12) and gets to dig into into one of the more colorful character roles of any year. He tells me, in our video interview below, how "Renaissance detective" Bigfoot Bjornsen comes to sport his dramatic flat top. This is not your usual straight-arrow foil to 70s hippie gumshoe Doc. »
- Anne Thompson
Al Pacino has worked with some truly great directors -- Francis Ford Coppola, Oliver Stone, Steven Soderbergh, and Sidney Lumet, to name a few -- but the greatest of them all, he says, is the late Mike Nichols, who died on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at age 83. Us Weekly caught up with the actor at New York City's 21 Club, where he attended a Peggy Siegal luncheon to promote his movie The Humbling just hours after news broke of Nichols' death. The Godfather star, 74, worked with [...] »
Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, the scribes behind the Boston-based hero tale The Fighter and the currently shooting The Finest Hours, tell me after their newly minted CAA reps sold to Fox their feature script Boston Strong that director Daniel Espinosa plans to have his cameras filming at the Boston Marathon next April. That is the site of the infamous 2013 bombing that killed three and injured 264 others. The film will chronicle the heroic efforts of a city which rallied from an unimaginable tragedy to trap the perpetrators after a manhunt, killing one in a shootout and gravely injuring another and finding him after the city was cordoned off.
Most stories about heroic acts in tragedies are told when some time has passed, usually way more than two years. The script by the writers that Disney is now shooting, The Finest Hours, took place in 1952, when the Coast Guard made a »
- Mike Fleming Jr
• The Vampire Diaries’ Paul Wesley will star in Convergence, a vehicle for him to star in and produce. Little is known about the plot at this time, but the film is said to follow a group of underground biotech engineers who experiment with a new technology that exceeds their expectations. Jeff Richard wrote the script. Filming is planned for next spring in Shanghai and Atlanta. [Deadline] • Sam Huntington, of Being Human fame, has been cast as the lead in Finding Sofia. Nico Casavecchia is directing the indie comedy, which follows Huntington as a young filmmaker who buys a ticket to Buenos »
- C. Molly Smith
The Snowden Files: Rising star Shailene Woodley will reportedly play Edward Snowden's girlfriend, Lindsay Mills, in Oliver Stone's movie about the Nsa whistle-blower (officially untitled but based on the book The Snowden Files). The dancer dated Snowden for years and had moved to Hawaii to be with him but wasn't in the loop about his plans to leak files last summer. She's since joined him in Moscow, but it's hard to tell how big her portrayal will be since she wasn't there for the heavy stuff. (THR) King Arthur: Those of us who love Jude Law as a villain in Road to Perdition will be happy to learn he's taking on another bad-guy role (let's not forget he's the villain in the upcoming Jane Got a Gun, too...
- Christopher Campbell
The Snowden Files: Rising star Shailene Woodley will reportedly play Edward Snowden's girlfriend, Lindsay Mills, in Oliver Stone's movie about the Nsa whistleblower (officially untitled but based on the book The Snowden Files). The dancer dated Snowden for years and had moved to Hawaii to be with him but wasn't in the loop about his plans to leak files last summer. She's since joined him in Moscow, but it's hard to tell how big her portrayal will be since she wasn't there for the heavy stuff. (THR) King Arthur: Those of us who love Jude Law as a villain in Road to Perdition will be happy to learn he's taking on another bad-guy role (let's not forget he's the villain in the upcoming Jane Got a Gun, too). We...
- Christopher Campbell
Beverly Hills — Last week saw the world premiere of Ava DuVernay's "Selma" at AFI Fest after it had been advertised as a 30-minute footage presentation. But there was a lot more to the story behind the scenes. The plan had long been for Paramount to drop the full film as a surprise to the crowd that turned out for the presentation, assuming DuVernay could get the edit where she wanted it to be in the days leading up. Then, the festival dropped a shocker on both festival attendees and those involved with the "Selma" event: Clint Eastwood would take advantage of the Veteran's Day holiday to premiere his "American Sniper" as a secret screening right after Team "Selma" cleared the Egyptian Theatre. The pressure was on. In the end, though, it all worked out. "Selma" played like gangbusters with a deafening standing ovation and a lively post-screening Q&A moderated by actress Alfre Woodard, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Though she's been busy with young adult fare like The Divergent Series: Insurgent (watch the teaser trailer here) and the romance The Fault in Our Stars, actress Shailene Woodley is making some time for something much different. THR reports the young star is currently in talks to take the female lead in the developing film about Edward Snowden from controversial director Oliver Stone. Previously we heard that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was in the running to play the Nsa whistleblower who fled the country to avoid prosecution for his headline-making actions, and it sounds like he's still involved at this time. More below! The film has been said to be based on both Luke Harding’s The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man and Time of the Octopus, the upcoming novel from Snowden’s Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena. The film itself follows Snowden as he »
- Ethan Anderton
Shailene Woodley just had one heck of a summer with Divergent and The Fault In Our Stars, putting her in a comfortable spot where she can be more picky with projects coming her way. We just saw the first trailer for next year’s Insurgent and now we’re hearing that she may be up for a the female lead role in the intriguing Edward Snowden movie from Oliver Stone. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is already set to play the controversial Nsa leaker and Woodley would play his girlfriend in »
- Graham McMorrow
Never one to shy away from a hot-button topic when he can make a drama about it, Oliver Stone is busy putting together a film about the changing fortunes of American secrecy whistle-blower Edward Snowden. He has Joseph Gordon-Levitt now aboard to play the man himself and Shailene Woodley has entered talks to play Snowden’s girlfriend.Stone’s film, which adapts both Luke Harding’s book The Snowden Files: The Inside Story Of The World’s Most Wanted Man and the novel written by Snowden’s lawyer Anatoly Kucherena called Time Of The Octopus, doesn’t have a name at the moment. But the plot will follow his shift from Hawaii to Hong Kong, his meeting with documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras (who has shot her own account of the event, Citizenfour) and Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald where he handed over copious documents. From there, it will track his »
"Divergent" star Shailene Woodley is about to get political. The actress is reportedly in talks to join Open Road's untitled drama based on Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden, from director Oliver Stone ("JFK," "Platoon," "Savages") Woodley is in talks to play the girlfriend of Snowden, who will be played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt ("The Dark Knight Rises," "Looper") according to The Hollywood Reporter. The controversial Snowden dominated the news cycle over the last year or so, after leaking classified information from the U.S. National Security Agency in 2013, and is currently living in asylum in Russia. The film will be based on Luke Harding's "The Snowden Files" and the upcoming "Time of the Octopus," written by Snowden's Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena. Snowden is also the subject of the acclaimed new documentary "Citezenfour." After starring in this year's "The Fault in Our Stars," Woodley can currently be seen in Gregg Araki's »
- Dave Lewis
Actress Shailene Woodley took her time in choosing her follow-up project after this summer’s one-two punch of Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars, but despite the fact that she already has her own franchise, it appears that she’s still very much game for more difficult subject matter. THR reports that Woodley is in talks for the female lead role in director Oliver Stone’s untitled film about Nsa leaker Edward Snowden, which has Joseph Gordon-Levitt set to play the controversial figure. Woodley is poised to take on the role of Snowden’s girlfriend in the pic, which is based on two Snowden-centric books: Luke Harding’s The Snowden Files and Anatoly Kucherena’s upcoming Time of the Octopus. More after the jump. Per THR, preproduction on Stone’s untitled Snowden picture is currently underway in Germany with filming set to begin in January. Details regarding Stone’s »
- Adam Chitwood
Shailene Woodley is in negotiations for the female lead in director Oliver Stone's upcoming Edward Snowden movie tentatively titled The Snowden Files. The Divergent star will play the girlfriend of the Nsa whistleblower if she signs on, appearing opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Snowden.
The Snowden Files will be distributed across the U.S. by Open Road. The film is based on Luke Harding's book The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man, as well as the upcoming book Time of the Octopus which was written by Edward Snowden's lawyer Anatoly Kucherena.
Luke Harding's nonfiction book follows Snowden as he moves from Hawaii to Hong Kong. There, he meets up with with documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald to hand over top-secret Nsa documents. Edward Snowden later sought asylum in Moscow. Anatoly Kucherena's book traces the time spent at »
Woodley would play Snowden's (Gordon-Levitt) long-term girlfriend Lindsay Mills, a dancer who has moved to Moscow to live with the Nsa whistleblower.
It was announced earlier this week (November 10) that Gordon-Levitt would play the lead role in the project, which is due to start production in Munich in January.
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THR is reporting that Shailene Woodley is eyeing the female lead in Oliver Stone’s upcoming Edward Snowden film, which is currently without a title. Should she sign on, the actress would star as Snowden’s girlfriend, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing the Nsa whistleblower.
Based on two different novels, Luke Harding’s The Snowden Files and Anatoly Kucherena’s upcoming Time of the Octopus, Stone’s untitled pic will head into pre-production in Germany this January and will undoubtedly cause some controversy upon release. Although, that’s hardly a surprise given the director’s history for speaking his mind and making his political views known through his films.
As for Woodley, as much as I like seeing her in stuff like Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars, taking on a role in a more mature and adult-oriented project like this is definitely the right move to make. She’s »
- Matt Joseph
Shailene Woodley (Divergent) is set to join the upcoming Edward Snowden biopic being directed by Oliver Stone. The actress is said to be in final negotiations for lead female role in the movie opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), who will play Edward Snowden.
The film is based on the book The Snowden Files by Luke Harding which depicts the Snowden’s move from Hawaii to Hong Kong where he handed over top-secret Nsa documents to documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald.
Pre-production has already begun in Germany and the film is set to start shooting in January. The Snowden Files has not official release date although it is slated to arrive some time in 2016.
- Thomas Roach
Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars) has joined the cast of the currently Untitled Oliver Stone/Edward Snowden Project, which will see her play the girlfriend to Joseph Gordon-Levitt as he plays Nsa whistleblower, Edward Snowden. Written and directed by Oliver Stone, the film is based on the books "The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man" by Luke Harding and "Time of the Octopus" by Anatoly Kucherena. I'm not sure how much of the film Woodley will actually be in as Snowden didn't exactly have a lot of contact with his girlfriend just before or even during his time in Hong Kong, which is where he met with journalist Glenn Greenwald and documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras, whose movie Citizenfour (read my review here), offers a complete look at Snowden's path to becoming one of the most noted whistlerblowers in American history. Pre-production on »
- Brad Brevet
Shailene Woodley can afford to be choosy. The fast rising star has proven herself in a string of acclaimed indie films, and this year she showed she's a major box office draw, knocking out two big hits with Ya franchise "Divergent" and teen weepie "The Fault In Our Stars." But she's growing up a bit for her next role. The actress is joining Oliver Stone's brewing Edward Snowden film, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the lead role. Based on Luke Harding’s "The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man" and Anatoly Kucherena's "Time of the Octopus," the movie chronicles Snowden's flight from the U.S. to Hong Kong, where he met with journalist Glenn Grenewald and director Laura Poitras (Snowden doc "Citizenfour"), as his leak of Nsa secrets came to light. Woodley will play Snowden's girlfriend. Production starts in January. [THR] Lolita Davidovich »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Kucherena's book on the story is based on the Russian lawyer's time with Snowden while he waited in limbo at the Moscow airport before the Russian government decided to grant him asylum.
Stone and Moritz Borman will produce. Preproduction is underway in Germany with filming to begin in January.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
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