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It is not too shabby in what the Northeast (New England) part of the United States has produced in terms of past and present actors/actresses making their show business dreams come true. Film careers can be a lot like ice cubes–they start out solid and cool but if you sit around in stagnation your efforts and hard work can melt away before one’s very eyes. Certainly no one can accuse this talented crop of thespians of being one-hit wonders on the big screen. After all, one does not become a recipient of an Academy Award by just sheer luck and charitable fortune.
As a native Bostonian and life long New Englander, I felt compelled to spotlight those Massachusetts-born and bred actors from the same region that had ultimate success on the big screen in winning the Oscar for their acting achievement and contribution to the motion picture industry. »
- Frank Ochieng
Who needs nudging relatives when you've got Elliott Gould? Asked about his longtime Ocean's costar George Clooney's engagement to Amal Alamuddin, the veteran actor says he's thrilled for his friend and is rooting for him to take another big plunge. "I want him to have some children already!" Gould, 75, told People at Wednesday night's L.A. premiere of the Showtime series, Ray Donovan. Gould, who played a fatherly role to thieves Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt in Ocean's Eleven and its two sequels, believes Clooney is destined for fatherhood. "He's got a good role model as a father - Nick is great, »
- Abby Franklin and Emily Strohm
Melissa Maerz: Jeff,
When the Emmy nominations were announced this morning, I was sitting at my desk, shouting, “Hodor! Hodor! Hodor!” Game of Thrones dominated with 19 nominations! Hot pie for everyone! I’d quibble with the fact that Noah Hawley’s fantastic update of Fargo didn’t get a best drama nod, especially since it was the runner-up with 18 nominations, and The Good Wife was unjustly ignored in that category, coming off its best season ever—it might be the only network drama that I truly loved—but the rest of the list was pretty solid. Among the smartest choices »
- Melissa Maerz
Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem, which stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen, an eccentric and reclusive computer hacker who is “plagued with existential angst,” will finally arrive in the United States in limited theatrical release in September. This week, a new U.S. trailer debuted online.
As the trailer indicates, Qohen spends most of his time in isolation; that’s because he’s hard at work on a mysterious project assigned to him by Management (Matt Damon) aimed at finding the meaning of life (or lack thereof). Mélanie Thierry, David Thewlis, and Tilda Swinton also star.
The film debuted in »
- Chancellor Agard
Coming hot on the heels of the first trailer for his next film Exodus: Gods and Kings [which you can see here], Variety is reporting that filmmaker Ridley Scott is lining up another biblical epic with an adaptation of the David and Goliath story.
According to the site, 20th Century Fox has hired Jonathan Stokes to begin work on a script on behalf of Scott’s production outfit Scott Free and Exodus partner company Chernin Entertainment, which will reportedly revolve around David’s post-Goliath time as the King of Israel.
At this point, it’s unclear whether Scott has any plans to direct; his next directorial offering is said to be The Martian with Matt Damon, while he also has Prometheus 2 and the Blade Runner sequel on his slate.
- Gary Collinson
Terry Gilliam's "Orwellian triptych" is going out with a bang. 29 years after "Brazil" and 19 years after "12 Monkeys," the acclaimed director is returning to paranoid form with "The Zero Theorem," a dystopian sci-fi starring two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz as a reclusive computer genius attempting to unlock the meaning of life. Now a new trailer for the film has arrived, and based on the collection of colorful, slightly off-kilter images on display it appears the comparisons to Gilliam's two earlier sci-fi classics are well-founded. Also starring Melanie Thierry, David Thewlis, Lucas Hedges, Tilda Swinton, Matt Damon and Ben Whishaw, "The Zero Theorem" divided critics when it premiered at last year's Venice Film Festival (read Guy Lodge's review here), with Waltz's performance singled out by many as one of the film's highlights. It's slated to hit U.S. screens on September 19. Check out the trailer above, then let us know »
- Chris Eggertsen
Though Gladiator filmmaker Ridley Scott is still in post-production putting the final touches on his upcoming Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, the director is already planning to bring another fabled Biblical hero to the big screen. This time, Scott has set his sights on the story of David, said to have become the king of Israel after slaying the giant Goliath in his youth with a stone from his sling.
However, Scott (who is not signed to direct yet but has boarded as a producer) won’t be centering on the battle between David and Goliath – the film is reported to instead follow David through his post-Goliath years, during his reign as the king of Israel. Jonathan Stokes, who has written four Black List scripts in three years and had a record four scripts recognized on the Hit List for most-liked but unproduced spec scripts, will be penning the screenplay. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Plot details are being kept under wraps but sources say Baldwin’s character would be a high-ranking CIA officer who oversee Cruise’s division, similar to the role Laurence Fishburne had in “Mission: Impossible III.” Drew Pearce penned the script.
The studio is still looking to find the female lead after Jessica Chastain passed on the part. The pic is set to bow on Christmas Day 2015.
He is repped by CAA and N2N Entertainment and can be seen next in Cameron Crowe’s untitled film »
- Justin Kroll
It’s director Terry Gilliam’s first film since The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus in 2009, and that one was barely released. His newest, The Zero Theorem, looks like vintage Gilliam with its eye-popping design and strange humor. Will Gilliam’s tale of a computer programmer in a dystopian futureworld city be his first hit since 12 Monkeys? That remains to be seen and while he didn’t cast any of his fellow Monty Python alums this time, any movie featuring Christoph Waltz, Matt Damon, and Tilda Swinton certainly has potential.
Check out the new trailer for The Zero Theorem:
Acclaimed director Terry Gilliam (Brazil, 12 Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) returns with the visually stunning sci-fi epic The Zero Theorem, starring Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz as Qohen, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius. Living in isolation, Qohen is obsessively working on a mysterious project personally delegated to »
- Tom Stockman
Say what you will about how successful Terry Gilliam's movies are or aren't, no one makes movies that look like Terry Gilliam's and the new trailer for Zero Theorem shows that Gilliam is still in fine visual form. The trailer promises a movie where a computer genius (Christoph Waltz and his X-Box controller) is tasked with discovering the reason for human existence via the zero theorem, which states that everything adds up to nothing. I know Terry Gilliam's mind-bending movies aren't for everyone, but I'm pretty excited for this one. Despite the surreal tone, the movie looks to be pretty loaded with social commentary on how every-day life and work distracts us from asking the big questions. Zero Theorem is directed by Terry Gilliam (12 Monkeys, Brazil, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), written by Pat Rushin and stars Christoph Waltz, Melanie Thierry, David Thewlis, Matt Damon, Ben Whishaw, »
- Matthew McKibben
Ridley Scott has a thing for the bible. Shortly before the first trailer for Exodus: Gods and Kings dropped, Variety announced that Scott wanted to bring another Old Testament story to the big screen; this time, the story of David and Goliath.
Fox has hired Jonathan Stokes to write an untitled pic inspired by the character from the “David and Goliath” story and focusing on the King of Israel. The plot, however, will probably focus on David's time as the king of Israel. We're unsure it his famous fight against Goliath will be included.
Though Scott will most likely direct the pic, it hasn't been made official. Thus far, we know that he will produce through his Scott Free banner and along with Chernin Entertainment. Then again, Scott has a lot on his plate, including the release of Exodus: Gods and Kings, The Martian, starring Matt Damon, and the sequel »
- Laura Frances
Yesterday the first trailer for Ridley Scott's Moses film Exodus: Gods and Kings was released, and it looks pretty damn good. The director isn't done with adapting Bible stories, though. According to Variety he's looking to adapt the story of King David for the big screen.
20th Century Fox has hired Jonathan Stokes to write the screenplay for the film, which is tentatively titled David. The movie is inspired by the character from the "David and Goliath tale and [focuses] on the King of Israel. Though the plot is under wraps, it’s likely that the film would focus on the king’s reign post-Goliath."
As of right now Scott is only set to produce, but he's also looking to direct it as well. He is currently prepping to direct The Martian, starring Matt Damon, as well as the Prometheus sequel. I imagine the studio will wait until Scott's »
- Joey Paur
Ahead of its U.S. release, a new trailer has arrived online for The Zero Theorem, the latest film from Terry Gilliam (Brazil, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus), and you can check it out below after the official synopsis…
Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) is an eccentric and reclusive computer genius who lives in an Orwellian corporate world and suffers from existential angst. Under the instruction of a shadowy figure known only as “Management”, Qohen works to solve the “Zero Theorem” – a mathematical formula which will finally determine whether life has any meaning. Qohen’s work in the burnt-out chapel that serves as his home is interrupted by visits from Bainsley, a seductive woman, and Bob, the teenage son of Management.
The Zero Theorem sees Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) leading the cast alongside Melanie Thierry (Babylon A.D.), David Thewlis (Harry Potter), Matt Damon (Elysium), Tilda Swinton (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Peter Stormare »
- Gary Collinson
Universal has found success bringing Robert Ludlum's covert asset Jason Bourne to the big screen with a film trilogy starring Matt Damon, and a spin-off franchise starring Jeremy Renner. Now one more might be added to the mix as Variety reports the studio is in early talks with Dwayne Johnson to lead The Janson Directive. Similar to the main character from the Bourne series, the book follows a former consular ops agent who leaves the covert operations behind due to a high number of sanctioned serial killings. Like a less aggressive Jack Reacher, Janson decides to go into business as private security consultant. More below! However, rather than working by himself, Janson teams up with a sharpshooter and only takes assignments that he believes will lead to helping those in need. Universal is hoping this can turn into another viable franchise (after picking up the book in 2011), especially with »
- Ethan Anderton
Universal Pictures is in early talks with Dwayne Johnson to star in their adaptation of Robert Ludlum's novel The Janson Directive. The studio is currently seeking writers for the project, and if a deal is made with Dwayne Johnson, he will also produce.
The project has been in development at Universal since October 2011, when John Hlavin (Underworld Awakening, Risk) signed on to write the script, but that was the last we heard about The Janson Directive.
The story centers on Paul Janson, a former Navy Seal and spy for the government agency Consular Operations, who leaves the agency after a number of sanctioned serial killings. He becomes a private security consultant, teaming up with a sharpshooter, striving to help only those who are in need, although he must uncover a vast conspiracy when he is targeted for assassination. No production schedule was given.
Sources claim that Universal views this as a Jason Bourne-esque franchise. »
The studio has hired Jonathan W. Stokes (Blood Mountain) to write the screenplay, which has the working title David and focuses on his reign as the King of Israel, although the story will likely be set after he defeated the mighty Goliath. No specific story details were given at this time.
It is unclear if Ridley Scott will be attached to direct, since he is currently circling several other projects, such as The Martian, which has Matt Damon attached to star and will reportedly start shooting this fall, along with Prometheus 2. Even if he doesn't take the helm, Ridley Scott will produce through his Scott Free Productions company, alongside Peter Chernin's Chernin Entertainment.
Since Prometheus 2 already had »
Universal Pictures has had such huge success with the "Jason Bourne" series starring first Matt Damon and then Jeremy Renner, that it was only time before they went back to Bourne creator Robert Ludlum looking for more material. According to Variety, the studio has bought the rights to Ludlum's 2002 post-humous release The Janson Directive and are in early negotiations with Dwayne Johnson, once known as the professional wrestler "The Rock," to lead what they hope will be another franchise. »
Back in March, Amplify and Well Go USA acquired the domestic distribution rights to director Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem, although a specific release date was not announced. Today, the studios have debuted a new trailer, while announcing that the film will debut on iTunes and VOD formats August 19, ahead of its theatrical debut on September 19.
Christoph Waltz stars as computer genius Qohen Leth, who is determined to discover the definitive meaning of life while living in isolation. Matt Damon, Mélanie Thierry, David Thewlis, Ben Whishaw and Tilda Swinton round out an all-star cast for this sci-fi drama from the visionary director of Brazil, 12 Monkeys and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Acclaimed director Terry Gilliam (Brazil, 12 Monkeys and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) returns with the visually stunning sci-fi epic The Zero Theorem, starring Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz as Qohen, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius. »
Yeah, we know. It seems like there have been a zillion trailers for this thing already, and you're right, there have been (not to mention a poster banned by the MPAA). But the U.S. release for Terry Gilliam's "The Zero Theorem" is finally on the horizon, so yes, that means another trailer, but it's a reminder that there are few filmmakers out there who deliver a cinematic experience quite like Gilliam. The basics you already known at this point. Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Thierry, Lucas Hedges Tilda Swinton, David Thewlis and Matt Damon star in this one about a reclusive, angsty computer genius tasked with solving a riddle that will render the meaning of life as, well, nothing. And the existential task is made more difficult by a constant parade of visitors—including a teenager and a very sexy woman—while he battles his own objections to what seems like a soul-crushing job. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Brazil, Terry Gilliam’s Orwellian, dystopia masterpiece, turns 30 next year, and if that film was made to imagine a bleak future for life today, Gilliam has made his latest, The Zero Theorem to go a step further into the future. The film was released at several festivals back in 2013, and our reviews can be read here and here, but the film finally drops stateside on September 19. The film, starring Christoph Waltz, Melanie Thierry, Matt Damon, David Thewlis, Ben Whishaw and Tilda Swinton, just released a new trailer. Watch it below, and watch the film’s first trailer here.
- Brian Welk
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