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Robert Duvall has a few inviolable rules when he's making a movie: If there's a horse to be ridden, he will ride it; if there is a dance to be danced, he will dance it, and if there is a song to be sung, he will sing it.
"Those three things I am going to do myself without a double, unless it's a dangerous stunt," the legendary actor tells Rolling Stone Country.
So when the script for his new film, Wild Horses, called for him to sing the western standard, »
After working together on last year’s The Judge, which scored Robert Duvall an Oscar nomination, Team Downey’s Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey are reteaming with screenwriter Bill Dubuque to develop a currently untitled dramedy set in the high-stakes environment of televised presidential debates.
The pic will take place during three presidential debates, where (as per Variety) “millions of dollars and months of campaigning come down to 270 minutes of highly scrutinized political theatre.”
No actors or director are yet attached, though it’s not hard to imagine Downey Jr. taking on the role of a hungry political operator, either in front of the cameras as a candidate or behind it as a figure pulling the strings. Team Downey and Dubuque jointly hatched the idea, so they’ll likely be intimately involved »
- Isaac Feldberg
The team behind “The Judge” is taking on the political scene next as Team Downey’s Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey, and screenwriter Bill Dubuque are developing an untitled presidential debate dramedy for Warner Bros.
The comedic drama is set in the high-stakes backdrop of three presidential debates where millions of dollars and months of campaigning come down to 270 minutes of highly scrutinized political theatre.
The original idea was hatched by Team Downey and Dubuque. No actors or director are currently attached to the project.
Team Downey recently announced that Paul Thomas Anderson would be writing their reimagining of “Pinocchio,” while Dubuque’s scripted thriller “The Accountant,” starring Ben Affleck, just wrapped shooting.
- Justin Kroll
Franco and Vince Jolivette will produce through their Rabbit Bandini Productions, along with O’Reilly, who may take a lead acting role.
Marwood’s debut novel, “The Wicked Girls,” earned her the Edgar Award for paperback original. “The Killer Next Door,” published last year, centers on six neighbors who are forced into an unlikely alliance, without realizing that one of them is a killer who will do anything to protect his secret.
Franco and Jolivette have become prolific independent producers. Franco directed and produced a pair of indie dramas this year — “In Dubious Battle,” based on John Steinbeck’s 1936 novel, with a cast that includes Franco, Selena Gomez, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris and Bryan Cranston; and “The Long Home,” based on William Gay’s coming-of-age story set in 1940s rural Tennessee, »
- Dave McNary
From spoofs to point-and-click adventure games, here are 10 of the most memorable unusual incarnations of Sherlock Holmes...
We don’t know a great deal about the content of the 90-minute Sherlock special set to air later this year, but one thing has emerged from the set photos and tantalising titbits of information we’ve seen so far. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson will be in nineteenth-century garb, pitching them back into the setting of the legendary detective’s original adventures: 1895, to be precise. Why that happens is as yet unclear, but all will be revealed.
For those still craving their Holmes fix in the meantime, the new film Mr. Holmes offers us Ian McKellen’s take on the character, musing upon an old case as he looks back on his long career from the vantage point of retirement. Jonny Lee Miller’s ultra-modern, Us-based Sherlock will be entering his fourth »
Songs On Screen: All week HitFix will be featuring tributes by writers to their favorite musical moments from TV and film. Check out all the entries in the series here. When we talk about underrated directors, it's hard not to mention Walter Hill. Hill is an underrated director, the way Michael Ritchie and Peter Yates were underrated directors, the way Roger Donaldson, Joe Dante, and Fred Schepisi are underrated directors. They’re all underrated because it’s only when you look at their filmographies that the numbers start to total up and you realize, boy, he directed a lot of really good movies. In Hill’s case, that list includes "The Warriors," "48 Hours," "The Long Riders," "Southern Comfort,: "Hard Times," "Trespass," and "Wild Bill." Some great. Some solid. (My personal favorite of those is Hard Times, a pulpy film about bare-knuckle boxers in the Great Depression.) There were clunkers »
- Michael Oates Palmer
For all of his Marvel movie success, the projects in between the comic book blockbusters haven't been particularly memorable for Robert Downey Jr. Last year's awards season bait "The Judge" whiffed fairly hard aside from a token Oscar nomination for Robert Duvall. "Due Date" was a retread of "The Hangover" films in its basic structure and the watered down antics of Zach Galifianakis, with 2011's "Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows" marking the last true non-Marvel success for the actor. But like many A-listers around town he's got handful of vehicles brewing and Rdj has added another. Read More: Robert Downey Jr. Is The Highest Paid Actor In Hollywood WB has snapped up the rights to David Howard's non-fiction book “Chasing Phil: The World’s Greatest Con Man, Two Undercover FBI Agents, and Their Amazing Around the World Adventure” along with the life rights of FBI agents Jim Wedick and Jack Brennan, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
'Father of the Bride': Steve Martin and Kimberly Williams. Top Five Father's Day Movies? From giant Gregory Peck to tyrant John Gielgud What would be the Top Five Father's Day movies ever made? Well, there have been countless films about fathers and/or featuring fathers of various sizes, shapes, and inclinations. In terms of quality, these range from the amusing – e.g., the 1950 version of Cheaper by the Dozen; the Oscar-nominated The Grandfather – to the nauseating – e.g., the 1950 version of Father of the Bride; its atrocious sequel, Father's Little Dividend. Although I'm unable to come up with the absolute Top Five Father's Day Movies – or rather, just plain Father Movies – ever made, below are the first five (actually six, including a remake) "quality" patriarch-centered films that come to mind. Now, the fathers portrayed in these films aren't all heroic, loving, and/or saintly paternal figures. Several are »
- Andre Soares
Musical innovators Asian Dub Foundation will perform their latest live soundtrack to George Lucas’ 1971 visionary cult sci-fi classic Thx 1138 at ten venues nationwide in October 2015, following its UK premiere at the Barbican on 19th June.
Retaining much of Lalo Schiffrin’s distinctive score and soundtrack, Asian Dub Foundation’s sparse and beautiful new interpretation creates a memorable live experience to Lucas’ chilling, stylistic dystopian fantasy where mood-stabilising drugs are mandatory, sex is prohibited, and a young Robert Duval rages against the system. Talking about the project for the Barbican podcast, Steve Savale of Adf says, “after the success of Battle of Algiers and La Haine I wanted to find a film that’s technically possible to rescore so that audiences can actually watch the film and experience the music live… it was very important to respect the avant-garde, »
The entertainment industry is constantly changing, and it's important to stay aware of what’s going on. Want to find out who’s casting? What projects are happening? What’s coming up? Call Sheet highlights will help you stay in-the-know: Rj Mitte of "Breaking Bad" is set to star in the cerebral palsy pic “Triumph” this summer. Levy/Gruer is casting and shooting is set to commence in the foggy heat of Baton Rouge on July 27. Rich Delia Casting is searching for Aaron Paul's missing cast members in the film “Come and Find Me” set to shoot this July in Vancouver. Universal TV has been shaking up their staff with Bela Bajaria moving up to President, Mike Clements taking on Evp of Comedy Development, and Jim Donnelly moving in as Svp of Comedy Development. Former ICM agent Nigel Meiojas is finding a welcoming new home at UTA; but will »
Update, 3 Pm: UTA has confirmed Deadline’s scoop that it has hired former ICM Partners talent agent Nigel Meiojas. Deadline broke the story Friday that he was exiting ICM after six years and was expected to land at UTA. The latter said today that his clients including Robert Duvall, Alexander Ludwig, Jonny Weston, Annabelle Wallis, Allen Leech, Genesis Rodriguez, Lucas Black, Kevin Zegers, Virginia Gardner, Josh Stewart, Jencarlos Canela and Alyssa Sutherland are expected… »
United Talent Agency (UTA) has hired ICM Partners agent Nigel Meiojas, the agency announced Tuesday. Meiojas will join UTA as an agent in the talent department. He spent the past six years as an agent at ICM after joining the company as an agent trainee. Meiojas’ clients include Robert Duvall, Alexander Ludwig, Jonny Weston, Annabelle Wallis, Allen Leech, Genesis Rodriguez, Lucas Black, Kevin Zegers, Virginia Gardner, Josh Stewart, Jencarlos Canela and Alyssa Sutherland. They are expected to follow him to UTA. Also Read: Michael De Luca Staffs Up New Company, Hires Elishia Holmes, Lucy Kitada (Exclusive) “Nigel is a great »
- Jeff Sneider and Joe Otterson
Robert Chartoff, who shared an Oscar with partner Irwin Winkler to produce “Rocky,” and was Oscar-nommed for Martin Scorsese’s “Raging Bull” and Philip Kaufman’s “The Right Stuff,” died Wednesday in Santa Monica. He was 81 and had been battling pancreatic cancer.
The duo were responsible for numerous influential films of the late ’60s and 1970s through their Chartoff-Winkler Productions, including Sydney Pollack’s “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?,” Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall starrer “True Confessions,” John Boorman’s “Point Blank” and James Caan starrer “The Gambler.”
- Pat Saperstein
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
Whether storming a beach or a besieging castle, marching on foot or charging on horseback, in a historical epic or a fantasy extravaganza, battles scenes are some of the most complex and intricately choreographed of all action scenes. Capable of zooming in to a one-on-one fight between two foes or zooming out to show a big picture look at the action–and featuring anywhere from dozens to hundreds to thousands of extras, either flesh and blood or digital–these are the scenes in which wars are fought, tides are turned, and glory is won. »
- Shane Ramirez
Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos’s 1965 film The Shop on Main Street, which was the first film from Eastern Europe to win an Academy Award, celebrates it’s 50th anniversary this year. The Laemmle Town Center 5 in Encino, CA will be holding a special one-night-only showing of the 128-minute drama on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 7:30 pm. Scheduled to appear in person are film director Ivan Passer and Michal Sedlacek, Consul General of Czech Republic in Los Angeles.
From the press release:
The Shop On Main Street (1965) was the first film from Eastern Europe ever to win an Academy Award. Fifty years ago this powerful Czech drama won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. Directed by Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos, it was one of the key films in the Czech New Wave that flourished in the 1960s, before the Soviet invasion of 1968 stamped out this vital movement. Josef Kroner »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Real comedy still happens on late night, we can prove it. If you like Conan comedy gold, Fallon friendliness, cutesy Corden, list-making Letterman, kneedy Kimmel, and all the rest, I hope you’ll enjoy this column too.
A lot has happened. This is a brief overview of the best and funniest parts from last week.
Over the weekend, John Oliver begged big international brands and sponsors like Coca-Cola, McDonalds, and Visa to force Sepp Blatter to resign. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert announced the band leader, New Orleans legend Jon Batiste. Plus, Jen Kirkman got raw on life and face-eating with Conan, Seth Meyers had some good Jeb Bush jokes and talked well with Alan Cumming, and lots more.
John Oliver again skewers FIFA amid a new international football corruption scandal.
Of the many FIFA officials indicted this week on corruption, bribery, racketeering, »
- Max Wood
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Jude Law was on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" and he and Jimmy played a giant game of pool (billiards) bowling, which actually looks really fun and should definitely be a new national pastime. Sit down, baseball.
In his interview, Jude discussed getting an invitation to go down to Bolivia for a carnival, so the president of Bolivia showed up and they did a conga together.
Bryce Dallas Howard was also on "The Tonight Show" and she said she wanted to interview Jimmy about their movie, since he has a cameo in "Jurassic World." Probably smart of them to give him a cameo since it made him gush »
- Gina Carbone
The archetypal film cowboy is a man with rawhide skin, an unshakable moral code, and a firearm to enforce it. Wild Horses' Scott Briggs is no different; to him, gays are evil, his land is sacred, and if you trespass he will shoot your legs out from under you, right after he gets help climbing onto his horse. In his latest directorial vision, Robert Duvall takes up the saddle as the octogenarian Briggs to explore how his prejudicial value system has torn his diverse family apart. Coinciding with the estranged family's reunion is an investigation into the disappearance of Briggs's outed son's lover, led by Samantha, a Texas Ranger. These competing narratives are connected haphazardly by visual transitions that feel like someone sat on the DVD remote, plus jarring to »
Streaming now on Netflix is Christopher McQuarrie's action/thriller Jack Reacher, adapted from the Lee Child novel One Shot. This one had been sitting in my queue for some time and it finally got the call up this past week when Adam kindly gave notice that it would be leaving Netflix on June 30th. Released by Paramount in 2012 as the first movie adaptation of Child's popular book series, Reacher garnered modest box office returns domestically but played well enough abroad for the studio to move forward with a sequel, possibly with Oscar winner Edward Zwick at the helm. I consider this to be good news because Jack Reacher is actually pretty damn solid. Starring Tom Cruise as the titular character, McQuarrie's film assembles a fantastic cast around him that includes Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Richard Jenkins, Robert Duvall, and Werner Herzog in an excellent turn as the villain known »
- Jason Barr
Its been a while since we've had a worthwhile disaster movie at the cineplex. Back in the 1970s, the genre was a staple of the summer movie season with audiences devouring multi-strand plots, which saw stars both old and new struggling for survival against any and every catastrophe an ambitious movie producer could think of.
Despite giving audiences some bona fide classics such as The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and The Towering Inferno (1974), the genre has been rather dead as of late with lackluster offerings such as Poseidon (a weak 2006 imitation of the far better original) and the overly confident 2012 (2009). Yet this week, the genre hopes for a resurgence with the impressive looking San Andreas (2015). Starring Dwayne Johnson, San Andreas details a rescue pilot’s frantic search for his family following the most powerful and devastating earthquake ever to hit the West Coast.
One of the few noteworthy offerings following the post- »
- Frank Calvillo
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