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Damon is managing a busy schedule in an attempt to find time to take the lead role in the Legendary Pictures movie.
The film will explore the mysterious origins of the historic structure. Cranston's role has not been revealed.
Legendary's Thomas Tull - who will produce the movie - has been attempting to get the feature made for several years.
"The Hobbit" actor Dean O'Gorman has signed on to portray legendary actor Kirk Douglas in the upcoming biopic "Trumbo". Helen Mirren, John Goodman, Diane Lane, Michael Stuhlbarg, David James Elliott and Peter Mackenzie also star.
Bryan Cranston plays Dalton Trumbo, one of the highest-paid screenwriters in Hollywood during the 1940s and early 1950s who was blacklisted when he refused to testify in front of the House Un-American Activities Committte.
Kirk Douglas starred in and executive produced "Spartacus" and hired Trumbo to write the script. He also gave Trumbo credit under his own name, that gesture chipping away at the negative stigma placed on the blacklisted writers.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Bryan Cranston is starring as Dalton Trumbo, who was one of the highest-paid screenwriters in town during the 1940s and early 1950s. He became one of the blacklisted writers known as "The Hollywood 10" when he refused to testify in front of the House Un-American Activities Committte (Huac), forcing him to write under pseudonyms for several years.
Kirk Douglas both starred in and executive produced the 1960 epic Spartacus, where he hired Dalton Trumbo to write the script, and gave him credit under his own name. That gesture helped destroy the negative stigma placed on the blacklisted writers. The supporting cast also includes Helen Mirren, John Goodman, Diane Lane, Michael Stuhlbarg, David James Elliott and Peter Mackenzie.
• John Travolta, Kate Bosworth, and Devon Sawa have signed on to star in Life on the Line. David Hackl is directing the action drama, which tells the story of linemen who fix electric grids on high wires. The group finds it difficult to maintain relationships with the women they love until a storm threatens to destroy their lives. Primo Brown, Dylan Scott, and Peter Horton wrote the script. Marvin Peart and Phillip Glasser are producing. Chad Dubea is executive producing. Production begins next week in Vancouver for six weeks. The budget is about $10 to $12 million. [The Wrap]
• Peter Dinklage is attached to star in The Thicket, »
- C. Molly Smith
Trumbo has found its Kirk Douglas. Dean O’Gorman, who plays the dwarf Fili in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit adaptations, will portray the iconic actor in the Dalton Trumbo biopic starring Bryan Cranston. Jay Roach is directing the indie, which sees Cranston portraying the screenwriter who was blacklisted in Hollywood’s golden age for his ties to the Communist party. The movie already has David James Elliot playing Hollywood icon John Wayne, Michael Stuhlbarg as actor Edward G. Robinson. There’s also Diane Lane as Trumbo’s wife and Helen Mirren as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. The cast also includes John Goodman, Peter Mackenzie
- Borys Kit
Alessandra Stanley has responded at length to criticisms that her article about Shonda Rhimes was offensive and ill-conceived, a criticism supported by the public editor of the Times, though apparently not by Stanley's direct editors. Stanley writes: In the review, I referenced a painful and insidious stereotype solely in order to praise Ms. Rhimes and her shows for traveling so far from it. If making that connection between the two offended people, I feel bad about that. But I think that a full reading allows for a different takeaway than the loudest critics took. The same applies to your question about “less than classically beautiful.” Viola Davis said it about herself in the Nyt magazine, more bluntly. I commended Ms. Rhimes for casting an actress who doesn’t conform to television’s narrow standards of beauty; I have said the same thing about Helen Mirren in “Prime Suspect.” I didn »
- Margaret Lyons
Shakespeare is Julie Taymor's touchstone. She comes back to him not only in countless stage productions but on film as well, from the exhilarating visual and violent "Titus" with Jessica Lange and Anthony Hopkins to Helen Mirren's incomparable take on Prospero in "The Tempest." Taymor also loves the Beatles ("Across the Universe"), Frida Kahlo ("Frida"), "The Lion King" (the $1 billion-grossing Tony-winning musical), opera (Mozart's "The Magic Flute," life partner Elliot Goldenthal's "Grendel") and her swooping version of the Broadway hit "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark"--for which she successfully sued to get royalties. One of the high points of the recent Toronto International Film Festival was not only watching the world premiere of Taymor's latest Shakespeare film--shot by her "Frida" cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, combining her recent acclaimed Brooklyn live theater »
- Anne Thompson
Will a James Bond (or two) ride to Castle‘s rescue? Will New Girl revisit an old romance? Who on Once Upon a Time is having a ball? What new tricks does Arrow have up his sleeve? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
Related Fall TV Spoilerpalooza: Exclusive Scoop and Photos From 42 Returning Favorites, Including Castle
Have any scoop on what will be happening with Ryan and Esposito in the beginning of Castle Season 7? –Dani
Well, if you want to talk about the very beginning, know that RySpo arrive at the car crash scene just moments after Beckett, »
Entertainment One reveals plans to reorganize global film structure.
eOne veteran Patrice Theroux is to leave the production-distribution powerhouse with former DreamWorks executive Steve Bertram joining the company as president, Global Film Group, reporting to Darren Throop, CEO.
Théroux, who joined eOne in 2007 to run the outfit’s film division, will continue to collaborate with eOne through a film and TV development deal.
Former Paramount and Relativity exec Bertram joins eOne from DreamWorks where he most recently led new business development and operations.
Reporting directly to CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, Bertram was responsible for building and managing the company’s new technology initiatives and strategic partnerships.
Bertram will lead film activities globally for the acquisitive mini-studio eOne, including supervision of eOne’s direct distribution operations in Canada, the UK, the Us, Australia/New Zealand, Spain and the Benelux.
He will also oversee the company’s growing film production and international sales operations and will work to expand the company »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Feelgood comedy drama leads the pack on social networks in the UK.
The true story of gay activists who supported miners during the strike of 1984 generated more than 2,400 comments from Sept 4-10, with 43% of those expressing intent to view.
The film, starring Bill Nighy, Andrew Scott and Imelda Staunton, opens across the UK today (Sept 12). Pride received its world premiere at Cannes in May and screened at the Toronto International Film Festival last week.
The film drew more than three times as many comments as animation The Boxtrolls 3D and Anton Corbijn’s A Wanted Man, both of which open this weekend.
After a week on release, there were strong showings for light-hearted culinary drama The Hundred-Foot Journey, starring Helen Mirren, and Adam Wingard’s psychological thriller The Guest, starring [link=tt »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Holmes optioned “All We Had” in July and Scribner published the book, Weatherwax’s debut novel, on Aug. 5. The story centers on a mother and her 13-year-old daughter, living on the edge of poverty, who find an unlikely home amid the quirky residents of small town America.
“I am very excited and honored to be collaborating with Jane and Josh on this project and look so forward to bringing Annie’s incredible characters to the screen,” said Holmes.
Holmes stars as a vigilante in dark comedy “Miss Meadows,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and will be »
- Dave McNary
Sex Tape has claimed the top spot in the UK box office chart.
Helen Mirren's Hundred-Foot Journey is new at four with over £694,000.
The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (-) Sex Tape - £1,431,058
2. (1) Lucy - £1,197,432
3. (-) Before I Go To Sleep - £790,271
4. (-) The Hundred-Foot Journey - £694,875
5. (5) Guardians of the Galaxy - £678,943
6. (2) Let's Be Cops - £663,761
7. (3) The Inbetweeners 2 - £633,341
8. (-) The Guest - £313,003
9. (6) If I Stay - £237,755
10. (10) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - £168,137 »
Orlando Bloom, Michael Douglas and Noomi Rapace are set to star in the upcoming Michael Apted-directed thriller "Unlocked" for Bloom. Peter O’Brien wrote the screenplay and shooting begins November 3rd.
The story follows a CIA interrogator (Rapace) who races to thwart a biological warfare attack on London after she unwittingly gives information to terrorists.
Boswell For The Defence
Coogan will play the Scottish lawyer who takes on the case of a female convict sentenced to death in the period legal drama which Current Entertainment will produce.
- Garth Franklin
Anghus Houvouras on whether Americans are too stupid for subtitles…
Recently Helen Mirren stirred some controversy while discussing her latest film, The Hundred-Foot Journey. Mirren was hoping for the movie to be filmed in French, the native language of where the story is set. Sadly, that was not to be. As the lovely Ms. Mirren put it (courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter):
“The reality is that it’s a Disney movie,” Mirren said. “The other reality is that the vast American public will not accept films with subtitles. People in Ohio have to go and see the movie.”
Are Americans too stupid for subtitles? As the most American writer on Flickering Myth, I believe I am best equipped to answer this question.
Short answer: Yes.
Americans hate work and despise a challenge. Not All Americans, mind you. There are those Type-a go-getters who found Microsoft and take home gold medals at the Olympics. »
- Anghus Houvouras
Disney-Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the summer’s biggest success story, ruled at the sleepy U.S. box office with an estimated $10.2 million at 3,221 locations in its sixth weekend.
“Guardians” provided the only heat at multiplexes after the major studios had eschewed opening any new releases — and moviegoers responded by staying away, leading to what’s likely to be the quietest weekend of the year as “Guardians” notched the lowest first-place finish of 2014. The top 10 took in a combined $48 million, or about half of what “Guardians” grossed in its opening weekend on Aug. 1-3.
The only new entry was Freestyle’s faith-based “The Identical,” which showed little traction with $1.9 million at 1,966 sites, counter to recent Christian-driven successes such as “Heaven Is for Real,” “God’s Not Dead” and “Son of God.” “The Identical” came in 11th behind Universal’s seventh weekend of “Lucy.”
“Guardians” declined 41% in scoring its third »
- Dave McNary
Helen Mirren: "At one time I tried to become an actress working in France and rented a little garret in Paris... " Photo: Richard Mowe
Lasse Halström’s appetising comedy about competing cuisines and clashing cultures, The Hundred-Foot Journey, gives Helen Mirren a gift of a role as the elegant, haughty and imperial Madame Mallory who runs a three-star Michelin restaurant and suddenly finds a rival Indian establishment in competition with her. At the Deauville Festival of American Cinema, Mirren talks about food, sex, and her love affair with France.
Q: What is your connection to cooking?
Hm: My relationship is more as a consumer. I love to eat but I am not a great cook. I am English so of course I am not a good cook! Just in case of criticism I should point out that British food is actually pretty damn good at the moment. So I love to eat, »
- Richard Mowe
The cast of the much-anticipated comedy drama The Hundred Foot Journey attended a press conference in London on Tuesday to promote and speak about the film. The Hollywood film, which has a French and Indian theme to it, has been directed by Lasse Hallstrom and produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake and is based on the novel by Richard Morais. Starring Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon in pivotal roles, The Hundred Foot Journey is a quirky, yet gratifying tale which anyone who is a big foodie will certainly relish. The music has been composed by the charismatic A R Rahman, who offers some nice and mellow compositions to accompany the film.
Asked during the press conference if he found it intimidating in any way to work with acting stalwarts such as Helen and Om, Manish Dayal had this to say. “I’d say definitely. »
- Bodrul Chaudhury
Mirren evidently wanted to play the role of French restaurateur Madame Mallory in French, in fact, it was one of the primary reasons she took on the role. But DreamWorks ultimately decided against using the scenes she shot in French.
“I shot most scenes in French and in English, hoping they would use the French, but they didn’t,” Mirren told The Guardian. “But I did poke in as much French as I could.”
Although she fought hard and “argued very passionately” for the use of French, the Oscar winner said she understands the realities of the movie industry.
“The reality is that it’s a Disney movie,” Mirren said. “The other reality is that the vast American public will not accept films with subtitles. People in Ohio »
- Maane Khatchatourian
In cinemas now in the UK and the Us, The Hundred-Foot Journey directed by Lasse Hallström and produced by Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Juliet Blake, stars Academy Award winning actress Helen Mirren, veteran Indian film actor Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Canadian-French actress and television personality, Charlotte Le Bon
A flavour brimming mix of food, passion and heart, The Hundred-foot Journey is a story of persistence and triumph over exile. The film depicts a gastronomical fusion of cultures and cuisine and a boy’s compassionate drive to find himself in the comfort of a new home in a foreign country.
In the film, Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. When Hassan and his family, led by Papa (Om Puri), move to a quaint village in the South of France with the grand plan of opening an Indian restaurant in the picturesque countryside, »
- BollySpice Editors
Louis C.K has reportedly been cast in the upcoming Dalton Trumbo biopic.
Trumbo's titular character was arrested for refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee during the Red Scare.
Despite being blacklisted from Hollywood, Trumbo would go on to win two Oscars under different pseudonyms.
Louis C.K. will play fellow screenwriter Arlen Hird, who was also blacklisted and would fall on hard times.
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