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Terry George (“Hotel Rwanda”) is directing from a script he wrote with Robin Swicord, centering on a love triangle in 1922 with a medical student, an American journalist based in Paris and a beautiful and sophisticated woman, portrayed by Charlotte Le Bon. Bale will play the reporter, and Isaac will portray the student, conflicted by old-world traditions.
Cromwell will play an American ambassador who becomes heroic when challenged, while Reno will play a French admiral deeply conflicted in the face of life-threatening danger. The story is set amid the final days of the Ottoman Empire.
Shohreh Aghdashloo and Daniel Gimenez Cacho also star.
- Dave McNary
Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac and The Walk’s Charlotte Le Bon are already all in the cast, but director Terry George isn’t finished filling roles for his new historical drama The Promise. He’s now adding Jean Reno and James Cromwell. The Hotel Rwanda/ Reservation Road director is calling the shots on this one, based on the script he wrote with Robin Swicord. The Promise is set in the dying days of the Ottoman Empire (the 1920s) and explores the relationships between three people: Michael (Isaac), a gifted medical student; Chris (Bale), a renowned American journalist working in Paris; and the beautiful and sophisticated Ana (Le Bon).Reno is aboard to play a French admiral who faces life-threatening danger and finds himself unable to act, while Cromwell will be an American ambassador who shows a heroic side when challenged. The cameras are rolling now in Spain and Portugal with George shooting through December. »
'And Then There Were None' movie with Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, June Duprez, Louis Hayward and Roland Young. 'And Then There Were None' movie remake to be directed by Oscar nominee Morten Tyldum One of the best-known Agatha Christie novels, And Then There Were None will be getting another big-screen transfer. 20th Century Fox has acquired the movie rights to the literary suspense thriller first published in the U.K. (as Ten Little Niggers) in 1939. Morten Tyldum, this year's Best Director Academy Award nominee for The Imitation Game, is reportedly set to direct. The source for this story is Deadline.com, which adds that Tyldum himself “helped hone the pitch” for the acquisition while Eric Heisserer (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010, The Thing 2011) will handle the screenplay adaptation. And Then There Were None is supposed to have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, thus holding the »
- Andre Soares
We just got a first look at Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson as Lyndon Baines Johnson in Rob Reiner's upcoming biopic about the 36th president. Like Bryan Cranston's recent Tony-winning performance as Lbj in Broadway's "All the Way," it seems pretty convincing. It also looks creepy as hell. Take a glimpse. Woody Harrelson as Lyndon Johnson This got us thinking: What are some other chills-worthy portrayals of commanders-in-chief? These immediately sprang to mind. Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan (with Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan) Thankfully Rickman and his claymation-faced version of Reagan only appeared in Lee Daniels' "The Butler" for a short time, otherwise we'd have been subjected to his melted "Land of Confusion" mug for longer than is advisable. Jane looks great as Nancy, but this was some baldfaced stunt casting. Robin Williams as Teddy Roosevelt I can't believe we have a series of movies about the »
- Louis Virtel
London — The first image has been released from TV miniseries “The Young Pope,” which stars Jude Law as Lenny Belardo, Pope Pius Xiii. The image shows Belardo on a reclining chair under the Rome sun.
Paolo Sorrentino, who directed the Academy Award-winning film “The Great Beauty” and “Youth,” which played in competition in Cannes this year, will direct all eight episodes of the drama, which started shooting recently.
The show is a co-production between pay TV companies Sky, HBO and Canal Plus.
- Leo Barraclough
Ann-Margret movies: From sex kitten to two-time Oscar nominee. Ann-Margret: 'Carnal Knowledge' and 'Tommy' proved that 'sex symbol' was a remarkable actress Ann-Margret, the '60s star who went from sex kitten to respected actress and two-time Oscar nominee, is Turner Classic Movies' star today, Aug. 13, '15. As part of its “Summer Under the Stars” series, TCM is showing this evening the movies that earned Ann-Margret her Academy Award nods: Mike Nichols' Carnal Knowledge (1971) and Ken Russell's Tommy (1975). Written by Jules Feiffer, and starring Jack Nicholson and Art Garfunkel, the downbeat – some have found it misogynistic; others have praised it for presenting American men as chauvinistic pigs – Carnal Knowledge is one of the precursors of “adult Hollywood moviemaking,” a rare species that, propelled by the success of disparate arthouse fare such as Vilgot Sjöman's I Am Curious (Yellow) and Costa-Gavras' Z, briefly flourished from »
- Andre Soares
Uggie: 'The Artist' dog star. Uggie, 'The Artist' scene-stealing dog star, has died The biggest non-human movie star of the 21st century, Uggie, whose scene-stealing cuteness helped to earn Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist the 2011 Best Picture Academy Award, has died. According to his official Facebook page, Uggie had been suffering from prostate cancer; he was euthanized last Friday, Aug. 7, '15. Born in 2002, Uggie was 13 years old. An announcement posted on Tuesday night, Aug. 11, on the Fb page Consider Uggie read: We regret to inform to all our friends, family and Uggie's fans that our beloved boy has passed away. We were not planning on posting anything until we healed a little more but unfortunately somebody leaked it to TMZ and they will be announcing it. In short, Uggie had a cancerous tumor in the prostate and is now in a better place not feeling pain. »
- Andre Soares
Amazon has unveiled a sneak peek — or should we say Sneaky peek? — of its newest potential series.
The trailer for Sneaky Pete, a drama pilot that was initially passed on by CBS, was made available Tuesday, ahead of the episode’s Amazon launch.
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Executive-produced by David Shore (House), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Seth Gordon (The Goldbergs), the drama stars Giovanni Ribisi as a con man who, upon getting out of jail, assumes the identity of his former cellmate.
Beginning Friday, Aug. 7, the Sneaky Pete pilot will be available on Amazon for free for 30 days, »
"That'll do, pig. That'll do."
It's been 20 years since the world fell in love with the sheep-herding pig at the center of the film "Babe," which opened August 4, 1995. The movie was hailed as a kids' movie that delighted viewers of all ages -- it was the rare children's film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar -- as well as an advance in effects magic that launched a wave of live-action, talking-animal flicks.
It's hard to imagine that the G-rated classic came from George Miller, the same filmmaker behind the ultra-violent, hard-r "Mad Max" franchise. That's one of many things you may not know about "Babe," here are 19 more:
1. In 1986, producer/co-screenwriter Miller became interested in the story during a long plane flight from Sydney to London, where the woman seated next to him was laughing uproariously at Dick King-Smith's book, "The Sheep-Pig." Upon landing, he found the book in »
- Gary Susman
The Michael Fassbender-Marion Cotillard led "Macbeth" is set to stream exclusively on Amazon soon after its December theatrical release. The Weinstein Company has not set the exact release date on Amazon for the film though.
New Line has closed a deal to acquire Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis' script pitch "The Children" which will be fast tracked to go into production early next year. The story follows a social worker investigating the mysterious disappearance of two children discovers her own family might also be in jeopardy. [Source: Deadline]
Lionsgate has pushed back its London-set action thriller "Criminal" from January 22nd to April 15th next year. Gary Oldman, Kevin Costner, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds star in the film in which a dead CIA operative's memories, »
- Garth Franklin
Jude Law and Diane Keaton are starring in Oscar-winner Paolo Sorrentino’s The Young Pope, the eight-episode series that tells the fictional story of the beginning of the Pontificate of Pius Xiii, an Italian-American born Lenny Belardo. Production on the Sky, HBO and Canal Plus drama began last week with the full cast now set. James Cromwell is in as Cardinal Michael Spencer, Lenny’s mentor. Silvio Orlando (The Caiman) is set as Secretary of State Cardinal Voiello; Scott… »
After casting Jude Law in the title role as a young conservative American pontiff, and Diane Keaton as a nun, the cast for Paolo Sorrentino-directed TV series “The Young Pope” has been rounded out with a slew of top international talent.
Joining the three-way Sky, HBO and Canal Plus papal production as prelates are:
James Cromwell, who will play Cardinal Michael Spencer, who is Lenny’s mentor; Silvio Orlando, a regular in Nanni Moretti movies, who is set for the role of Cardinal Voiello, the Secretary of State; and Scott Shepherd, who will play Cardinal Dussolier, from South America.
Cecile de France will play Sofia, who is in charge of marketing in the Vatican City; while Javier Camara is set to play Cardinal Gutierrez, the Master of Ceremonies of the Vatican City. Ludivine Sagnier (“Swimming Pool”) (pictured) will play Esther, the wife of a Swiss guard, and Italian theatre »
- Nick Vivarelli
“Halt and Catch Fire” didn’t stoke many embers ratings-wise, but its second and potentially final season went out, on the show’s understated terms, in a blaze of glory. AMC’s attempt to craft another “Mad Men”-esque period piece from producers behind “Breaking Bad” remained as chilly and emotionally distant as its high-tech setting, but the second-season gambit of dramatically altering the relationships and narrative largely worked, creatively speaking, if not in terms of earning a reboot from the audience. The finale, moreover, deftly left the story open enough to continue while providing appropriate closure if this serves as a full halt.
Blessed with the benefit of hindsight about how computers and digital technology have impacted our world since where this season began 30 years ago, the show remained at its best when exploring those business machinations, and less compelling in its web of relationships. Simply put, watching Gordon »
- Brian Lowry
The best way to ensure a hot-button documentary doesn’t disappear is to get someone famous to rally behind the film. Jim Carrey’s Twitter diatribes against Gov. Jerry Brown signing into law mandatory childhood inoculations in California has given the 2014 docu Trace Amounts new life. Now, Mance Media has acquired and set a September 4 U.S. release for the Janek Ambros-directed Imminent Threat, and the film will get the hefty help of James Cromwell, star of The Artist, L.A… »
Amy Richau reviews the second episode of Halt and Catch Fire season two…
In the second episode of Halt and Catch Fire, ‘New Coke’ Gordon’s storyline starts to intersect with Mutiny’s (beyond his marriage to Donna) while Joe finds himself trapped in the basement in a new job.
Was anyone really surprised to find out that Joe’s free spirit girlfriend Sara has a rich father? Me either. As cute as Joe and Sara are together it’s hard to believe Joe has changed so completely overnight. When Joe does meet Sara’s father Jacob Wheeler (James Cromwell) Jacob tells Joe quite bluntly that he knows that Joe will have a hard time finding a new job in the midst of offering him a job at his own company.
Sara isn’t happy about Joe taking this job offer, or moving from Austin to Dallas, but Joe thinks »
- Amy Richau
Out of sheer necessity, nearly every TV critic lied about how good the second-season premiere of Halt and Catch Fire was compared to the season that preceded it. In reality, the second season of Halt picks up qualitatively in largely the same place where the final two episodes of season one left off, thanks largely to the show’s choice to slowly but surely make Joe (Lee Pace) less of an insufferable asshole.“New Coke” takes the largest strides yet to reforming Joe’s horrible personality defects by putting him in direct contact with his fiancée’s father, Jacob Wheeler, a wealthy man who works in the oil industry and has a promising job opportunity he thinks Joe should take him up on, after strongly implying that Joe wasn’t likely to round up a better deal. It doesn’t hurt that Wheeler is played by the always-phenomenal James Cromwell, »
- Libby Hill
Since Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979, the Star Trek cinematic outings have proved to be a smorgasbord of references and famous actors (or those who would go on to be), and often had complex behind the scenes events that stopped some rather, ahem, fascinating moments making it to the final version. We found lots of nerdy spots in the first six films here.
This time out we look at the films featuring the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation and choose 47 factoids. Granted, there's a lot more than that of interest, but we've tried for ones that you might not be aware of.
Oh, and there are some major spoilers...
Star Trek: Generations (1994)
1. The first of the Next Generation films was something of a rush job as principal photography »
“Halt and Catch Fire” certainly didn’t live up to the latter part of its name, which made AMC’s decision to renew it somewhat puzzling. Bearing the weight of unflattering comparisons to “Mad Men,” this period drama returns looking very different from the show that originally premiered, with the setting and relationships having changed dramatically. That makes the series reasonably watchable, but the characters still produce barely enough sparks to keep the storyline from fizzling out. Simply put, when “Halt’s” finale comes, likely sooner than later, don’t expect parades or fireworks.
Set in the burgeoning world of computers during the early 1980s, the series has essentially shuffled the deck. Beginning in 1985, more than a year after the first season’s conclusion, the main thrust now involves a nascent online gaming enterprise, being run by tech wiz Cameron Howe (Mackenzie Davis) and the more business-minded Donna (Kerry Bishe), whose husband, »
- Brian Lowry
The latter’s sales operation was severely compromised following the departure of Qed International founder Bill Block and sales John Friedberg. Shapiro and Lessine are involved in litigation with Block.
Qed International’s Cannes office will be operational as Shapiro, Lessine and director of legal and business affairs Alex Davis meet partners and distributors and join de Barros in strategic sales meetings.
De Barros and her team of vice-president of international Katie Irwin and new director of international sales and marketing Samantha Peel will premiere new footage of Jason Bateman’s The Family Fang starring Bateman, Nicole Kidman and [link »
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I saw "Babe" 20 years ago when I was nine, and aside from the fact that it was a movie my grandparents tolerated, here's everything I remembered about it: -The mice were cute. -Christine Cavanaugh, the late voice artist behind Chuckie on "Rugrats" and Dexter on "Dexter's Laboratory," voiced "Babe." -It was nominated for Best Picture and Cavanaugh carried a pig-shaped purse to the Oscars. This was, of course, the beginning of my certifiable obsession with the Oscars. -I was so, so embarrassed and sad at the part where the farmer's granddaughter hates the dollhouse she gets for Christmas. I wanted to reach out to Farmer Hoggett and say, "She's being a brat. I hope you know that, and I hope your feelings aren't hurt." Damn, remember when you'd evaluate kids in movies as your peers? -James Cromwell's face was a long, solemn, Easter Island-type granite block. Strangely, »
- Louis Virtel
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