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Gold Derby has confirmed that Frances O'Connor ("The Missing") will compete at the Golden Globes in the race for Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actress. Some award-watchers believed she'd compete in the supporting slot because she has less screen time than male co-star James Nesbitt, but she's clearly the lead actress of the Starz miniseries and she delivers a big, powerful performance. Members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association previously acknowledged her as a lead star in that same top category when they nominated her in 2000 for "Madame Bovary." Now she competes against Jessica Lange ("American Horror Story: Freak Show"), Frances McDormand ("Olive Kitteridge") and Cicely Tyson ("The Trip to Bountiful"). -Break- Watch Starz' Golden Globes frontrunner 'The Missing' free online now In the gripping new miniseries now airing on Starz -- you can watch free online her »
Following on from the recent promo and posters for next year’s Inside Out [see here and here], Disney has now given us a sneak peek at Pixar’s second offering of 2015, The Good Dinosaur, by releasing a piece of official concept art…
The Good Dinosaur tells the story of Arlo, a lively Apatosaurus with a big heart who sets out on a remarkable journey, gaining an unlikely companion along the way—a human boy.
Directed by Peter Sohn (Partly Cloudy) and produced by Denise Ream (Cars 2), The Good Dinosaur features a voice cast that includes Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), John Lithgow (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Judy Greer (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Bill Hader (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2) and Frances McDormand (Transformers: Dark of the Moon). The film opens in the Us on November 25th and in the UK on December 4th. »
- Gary Collinson
Pixar’s Jurassic era animation The Good Dinosaur is still a full year from release, but had things gone differently, the film could very well have made it to the silver screen much, much earlier. But, in the wake of an 18 month delay and a director changeover, the renown studio chose to completely reimagine the tale of Arlo, the 70-foot Apatosaurus.
This reworking also instigated a makeover of the titular dinosaur himself, and a new image published on The Los Angeles Times has unveiled our first look at the reworked dino (which you can glimpse in the gallery below).
Now, The Good Dinosaur will be helmed by Up co-director Peter Sohn, who replaced Bob Peterson on the project as he was “proving too slow to make creative decisions.” Interestingly, while the core tenets of the film remain intact — with the story orbiting around a revisionist version of history that sees »
- Michael Briers
Disney has released a piece of new concept art for Pixar’s prehistoric animated adventure, The Good Dinosaur. It gives us a good look at the two main characters in the story: Arlo the apatosaurus dino and his young human companion, Spot.
The Good Dinosaur asks the generations-old question: What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? The film is a humorous and exciting original story about Arlo, a lively 70-foot-tall teenage Apatosaurus with a big heart. After a traumatic event rattles Arlo’s tranquil community, he sets out on a quest to restore peace, gaining an unlikely companion along the way—a young human boy named Spot.
- Joey Paur
The story centers on Arlo, a teenage dinosaur who befriends a young human boy named Spot. The movie hit a snag in August 2013 when original director Bob Peterson was dismissed, which caused Pixar to push the animated adventure from its original May 30, 2014 release date all the way to November 25, 2015. Over the past year, new director Peter Sohn has been reworking the story, and while the basic premise remains the same, the filmmaker revealed to The Los Angeles Times that a lot has changed.
"The heart of the story remains the same. It's always been about this young dinosaur growing up. But the world itself has changed a lot. Nature has become a character."
Pixar's general manger Jim Morris revealed how tough »
Bydgoszcz, Poland — The European Co-Production Award — Prix Eurimages, which honors an individual working in the vanguard of European movie co-productions, will go to Irish producer Ed Guiney.
The award will be presented during the European Film Awards ceremony in Riga, Latvia on Dec. 13.
Element has been involved in the production and distribution of more than 30 feature films. Current and upcoming Element productions include Yorgos Lanthimos’ first English-language film, “The Lobster,” starting Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Lea Seydoux and Ben Whishaw, “Room,” an adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s novel, directed by Lenny Abrahamson and starring Brie Larson, Joan Allen and William H. Macy, Gerard Barrett’s “Glassland,” starring Jack Reynor, Toni Colette and Will Poulter, and Jerzy Skolimowski’s “11 Minutes.”
Recently completed Element productions include Abrahamson’s “Frank, »
- Leo Barraclough
Josh Brolin plays a fixer for the Hollywood studios in the 1950s with the action in the film kicking off in the wake of a star mysteriously disappearing during the middle of a shoot.
Lambert will play Arne Slessum, a married European filmmaker whose scandalous affair with a young starlet (Johansson) becomes another headache for the studio.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
He may be best known for his 1980s film career, but Christopher Lambert is headed for the 1950s, and we don’t mean in a DeLorean. He’s joined the already sprawling, eclectic ensemble cast for Joel and Ethan Coen’s latest, Hail, Caesar!The film, set during one of the golden ages of the big studio system, is focused on a private detective-turned-fixer (Josh Brolin) for the movie companies, who tracks down and covers up scandals among its contracted players and directors. His current case involves him digging into the mysterious disappearance of a big star mid-way through a shoot.Lambert is aboard to play Arne Slessum, a European filmmaker who claims to be happily married but is carrying on an affair with a starlet (Scarlett Johansson), which causes problems for the studio. He joins a cast that already boasts George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Channing Tatum, »
Hold onto your butts, ’cause this is an unexpected piece of casting information. Christopher Lambert, star of the most important ’80s genre pic ever, Highlander, has joined the cast of The Coen Brothers’ next comedy, Hail, Caesar!
The sibling duo’s upcoming chucklefest is based in the backlots and studios of Hollywood’s Golden Age, and follows the story of a ‘fixer’ named Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin). The title has nothing whatsoever to do with veterinary medicine. In 1950s Hollywood, this was the term applied to the dogsbodies who were given the boring lackey jobs on sets. When a famous starlet goes missing, it’s up to Mannix to track her down. It’s a brilliant premise that ought to be the perfect vessel for the Coens’ typically zany commentary on society.
As production began on the shoot earlier this month, the casting roster has plumped up further with today’s left field announcement. »
- Gem Seddon
Christopher Lambert, the actor best known for starring in 1980s cult classics Highlander and Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, has joined the all-star cast of Hail, Caesar!, the Hollywood-set period comedy helmed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Caesar tells the comedic tale of a fixer, played by Josh Brolin, who worked for the Hollywood studios in the 1950s. The story finds him at work when a star mysteriously disappears in the middle of filming. Among the cast are George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Alden Ehrenreich and Jonah Hill.
- Borys Kit
Hello all, Manuel here with a number of Lgbt-related news to kick off your Monday.
- Let’s start with the pretty. Love these images of the Looking boys for their OUT100 spread. The magazine named the HBO series TV show of the year. HBO's been busy hosting their Artists Series where they invited some select lucky few to visit the set, keeping social media abreast of what the boys are up to. Check it out: #LookingForPatrick #LookingForAgustin #LookingForDom
Oh and look, a teaser trailer for season 2!
- Speaking of HBO (1), they’re going ahead on the provocatively titled series Bros Before Hos which centers on a queer black man and well, his brothers. The show is from the team behind Red Tails and, more recently, Dear White People. The show, they state, aims to "reflect the growing diversity of the American experience." You can check out a rough cut »
- Manuel Betancourt
Amy Berg speaks at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Berg, in support of her debut feature film Every Secret Thing which stars Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, Dakota Fanning and Nate Parker, appeared with directors Aaron Katz (Land Ho!); Megan Griffiths (Lucky Them); Adam Rapp (Loitering With Intent) and Stephen Belber (Match) with moderator Mark Adams for a Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper - Adaptation & Creation panel in April. She spoke about the cooperation between Laura Lippman, the author, and her producer Frances McDormand.
Director Amy Berg Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
At this point, An Open Secret remains an unopened secret due to the fact that the scheduled press screening was cancelled earlier this week and the divide between Berg and Esponda Productions.
"Doc NYC regrets »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Joel and Ethan Coen’s latest feature Hail Caesar! is to start filming Monday in Los Angeles on location and in studios. The film, which boasts a starry cast including George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Jonah Hill, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johannson and Alden Ehrenreich, is a Hollywood satire set in the 1950s.
As usual, the Coen brothers wrote and directed the film, which is a Working Title/Mike Zoss production.
Hail Caesar! represents the eighth collaboration between the Coen brothers and Working Title production powerhouses Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. The quartet previously worked together on A Serious Man, Burn After Reading, The Man Who Wasn’t There, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Big Lebowski, Fargo and The Hudsucker Proxy.
Universe will release the film domestically February 5, 2016.
- Ali Jaafar
The Coen brothers wrote and will direct the film.
Brolin plays Eddie Mannix, a Hollywood fixer in the 1950s who works to keep the studio’s stars in line. Clooney plays a movie star who is kidnapped while filming a Roman epic and spends the film dressed in period garb.
It marks the eigth film collaboration between the Coen Brothers and Working Title following »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
“Hail, Caesar!” marks the eighth film collaboration between the Coen Brothers and Working Title following “A Serious Man,” “Burn After Reading,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” “The Big Lebowski,” “Fargo” and “The Hudsucker Proxy.”
Universal has dated the film for a February 2016 release date in the U.S.
- Leo Barraclough
Hail! Caesar, the Coen Brothers' upcoming comedy, starring George Clooney as a 1950’s Hollywood film idol, is set to start principle photography on Monday in studios and on location in Los Angeles. The film will also feature turns from Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Alden Ehrenreich and Jonah Hill, with Joel and Ethan Coen producing alongside Working Title Films’ Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan. Read more Coen Brothers' 'Hail, Caesar!' Adds Four (Exclusive) Hail! Caesar, which Universal has dated for release in Feb. 2016, marks the eighth collaboration between the Coen Brothers and
- Alex Ritman
Shy bladder group protests DirecTV ad starring "Painfully Awkward Rob Lowe" The ad featuring “Painfully Awkward Rob Lowe” unable to pee at a urinal is in poor taste, says the CEO of the International Paruresis Association, which estimates that some 7% of Americans have some form of “shy bladder syndrome.” Members of the group have asked DirecTV to pull the ad, but the satellite company says the ads are staying put. Plus: DirecTV unveils “Crazy Hairy Rob Lowe." A 2nd “Phantom of the Opera” TV series is in the works -- from the director of "Amelie" Two weeks after ABC and “Desperate Housewives” honcho Marc Cherry announced their “Phantom of the Opera,” Endemol announced it is remaking the classic French tale with Tony Krantz and “Amelie” director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Watch George R.R. Martin eat a hamburger on a 1987 episode of “Beauty and the Beast” The “Game of Thrones” honcho recalled his »
- Norman Weiss
Great television can be hard to watch – at times, it can be the truest marker of a show’s quality, it’s ability to engage us on a subconscious level that makes us feel uncomfortable, challenging our preconceptions and beliefs, or simply presenting a reflection of ourselves we’re afraid to recognize. And this doesn’t apply to dark, cynical television shows like The Sopranos or Breaking Bad as many may think; it can be found in inspiring stories like Rectify or Enlightened just as easily. Olive Kitteridge, HBO’s adaptation of Elizabeth Strout’s award-winning collection of short stories, is a little bit of both – or rather, a lot of darkness with just enough light in the right places to be heartbreaking and cathartic at the same time. Starring Frances McDormand as the titular character, Olive Kitteridge isn’t just the story of a cranky, old woman: it’s the story of a long, »
- Randy Dankievitch
This literary adaptation is painstakingly characterised and carefully acted, but the pacing feels stagnant, with a high misery quotient
We can learn a lot based on the opening credits of Olive Kitteridge, HBOs latest miniseries that aired parts one and two on Sunday 3 November, and will conclude with parts three and four on Monday 4 November at 9pm Et. As the credits appear we see close-ups of familiar items magically transformed. The powder falling down on a donut mimics a snowfall, and then the snowy fields of Maine in the wintertime. A glass of whiskey filled with ice first looks like a glacier, then just a highball glass; but when the glass is moved, the wet ring on a napkin seems to carry the outline of a faint smile.
- Brian Moylan
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Previously TV great piece on a key scene in the awesome series Transparent (on Amazon - you must watch it if you haven't, especially if you're interested in the psychology of family dynamics or in trans issues)
Mnpp if you missed any episodes of Jason's "13 Phones of Halloween" now is the time to rectify that. Was your holiday good this past weekend?
- NATHANIEL R
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