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“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will host the PBS Arts Fall Festival this year, beginning on October 21. The annual festival will kick off with Great Performances documentary “Hamilton’s America,” giving viewers a look at Miranda and his colleagues’ creative process during the three years leading up to the Broadway opening of the record-breaking musical.
“The PBS Arts Fall Festival spotlights some of the best of the arts across our great country. For this sixth annual Festival, I am thrilled to announce that Lin-Manuel Miranda will be our host,” said PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger. “I truly admire how Lin-Manuel Miranda has redefined the musical genre, inviting audiences to explore our nation’s history in groundbreaking new ways. As our host, I know that he will bring tremendous creative energy and help us attract new audiences to this year’s festival.”
“I’m such a huge fan of PBS. For my entire life it’s been our »
- Laura Prudom
The novel follows “Anjan” (to be played by Dayal) who turned down an offer at Goldman Sachs at the age of 22 to travel to the Congo and work as a freelance journalist during the country’s first democratic election in 60 years. “Anjan” uncovers a conspiracy involving the country’s enormous mineral wealth.
Development is being financed by restauranteurs Puneet Chandak and Sonia Batra of Spice Affair in Beverly Hills. UTA Independent Film Group will handle sales.
Dayal first found out about the book while watching a “Daily Show” episode with Anjan as guest and became fascinated about the story, which »
- Justin Kroll
On paper, the film, a $140 million adaptation of a beloved children’s book with a script by “ET” writer Melissa Mathison, had all the makings of a hit. Instead, the movie collapsed at the multiplexes, eking out less than $20 million in its opening weekend.
It’s a stunning fall for one of cinema’s highest-flying talents — a director whose finger was affixed to the pulse of mainstream tastes for decades. Yet “The Bfg” is only the latest high-profile casualty in a summer that’s seen a slew of big-budget domestic bombs. Indeed, red ink has spilled out from such misses as “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” “Warcraft,” “The Legend of Tarzan,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, »
- Brent Lang and James Rainey
In addition to being one of the greatest actresses of our time, Dame Helen Mirren also happens to have an incredibly electric (and flirtatious) personality. The actress, who turns 71 this week, seems to draw in even the most conservative of stars with her wit, allure, and one-of-a-kind sense of humor. Most recently, she shocked Late Show host Stephen Colbert with a steamy snog, and actress Blake Lively even joked about her husband, Ryan Reynolds, being besotted by the esteemed star. Ryan gushed about Helen's charm in a 2015 interview, saying, "Everybody who meets with her flirts with her. I don't care who you are - guy, girl, fat, skinny, tall, short, gay, straight - everybody flirts with Helen Mirren." In celebration of one of the baddest b*tches in Hollywood (and across the pond), we've rounded up all the men who have been honored to have been flirted with by Helen Mirren. »
- Brittney Stephens
In today’s Backstage Atlanta castings, we have two opportunities for “The Leisure Seeker,” an upcoming feature starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland (perhaps you’ve heard of them). The film seeks adult and child background actors to portray farmers, field workers, and farm kids. Shooting will take place July 25 and Aug. 1 in Atlanta, Georgia. See the full notice here. Additionally, the flick is also casting background talent to portray a hotel bellman. The actor “must be fit enough to carry luggage,” and available to shoot on Aug. 12 in Atlanta. Check out the listing here. “The Leisure Seeker,” from director Paolo Virzì, follows “a retired couple who embark on an adventure in a Winnebago.” The film is based on the 2009 novel of the same name. You can see the casting notices here and here, and be sure to check out all of Backstage’s Atlanta audition notices! And for advice from experts on acting, »
Now firmly past the halfway point in production, Universal’s onslaught of set videos for Fast 8 is beginning to reach its crescendo.
Yes, the tire tracks are still fresh from yesterday’s Fast Friday snippet, where F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) and series stalwart Vin Diesel reflected on the filming process and action sequences hitherto. Nipping at the heels of that Bts video is a post from Dwayne Johnson, who looks set to stage the prison riot to end all prison riots.
A shot of Johnson’s Luke Hobbs behind bars was released a few weeks back, indicating that our big friendly giant could find himself in a spot of bother by the time the 2017 sequel checks in. One thing’s for sure: The Iceman cometh, and he don’t fuck around.
I know you guys can see it… I have so much damn Fun playin’ the character of Hobbs. »
- Michael Briers
The latest official set video for Fast 8 has arrived online, which sees director F. Gary Gray and franchise star Vin Diesel giving us an update on the film as production reaches the half way mark; check it out here…
F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) is directing Fast & Furious 8, with Vin Diesel joined in the cast by Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Eva Mendes, Lucas Black, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell, Kristofer Hivju, Scott Eastwood, Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron. It is set for release on April 14th 2017, followed by Fast & Furious 9 on April 19th 2019 and Fast & Furious 10 on April 2nd 2021.
- Gary Collinson
As filming continues on the upcoming eighth "Fast and Furious" film, two new videos are out from the set to announced the halfway mark of filming. The first clip boasts lots of car crash and chase action, the second has Dwayne Johnson winding up extras in his prison scenes in the film.
I know you guys can see it... I have so much damn Fun playin' the character of Hobbs. A man who lives by a code of ethics, but who will also rip your throat out »
- Garth Franklin
Fast Friday is upon us, dear readers, and in keeping up tradition, Universal has rolled out the latest set video for its barnstorming action sequel, Fast 8.
Teasing vehicular mayhem and a family reunion, this week’s vignette marks a milestone for F. Gary Gray and his crew, as Fast 8 is now officially past the halfway point in production ahead of its arrival in April of next year. And what better way to celebrate than offer up a sizzle reel packed to the rafters with death-defying stunts and explosions?
Action set-pieces aside, it’s fair to say that the stars have aligned for Fast 8. Not only is Gray coming off the back of the overly successful Straight Outta Compton, but Universal’s Fast and Furious franchise reached all new heights with the launch of Furious 7 in 2015, comfortably landing the series among Hollywood’s billion-dollar blockbusters. But can »
- Michael Briers
It's the end of the work week. Which means another 'Fast Friday'video from the set of Fast and Furious 8. This one is particularly special, because it marks the half point in the production. Instead of showing off the past week's efforts in bringing the biggest and best sequel to the screen yet, director F. Gary Gray and star Vin Diesel share footage from the entire first leg of the shoot, promising some of this long-standing franchise's biggest and best action sequences. And yeah, there are some mighty big explosions amongst all the car wreckage. Says Gray about the shoot so far.
"Fast 8! We're here at the halfway mark. And it's going phenomenally well. I can't wait for you guys to see it. We're half way through. And we're smiling for a reason."
Vin Diesel then delivered this message to fans.
"I have to say it is going beyond my expectations. »
Liam Neeson is back in another action-packed film, this time based on the real-life events of the heroes who sacrificed their lives during the Korean War. Coming Soon released the exclusive trailer and new poster for “Operation Chromite,” where Neeson portrays General Douglas MacArthur, who led the attack against the North Koreans in the Battle of Incheon.
Directed by John H. Lee, the movie follows a team of South Korean Navy Special Forces who, with the help of their U.S. ally General MacArthur, infiltrate a North Korean command center by disguising themselves as North Korean.
The trailer features striking cinematography, violence, blood, sweat and tears. Jung-jae Lee also stars as South Korean Captain Jang Hak-soo who risks it all to protect his mother, Bum-soo Lee portrays North »
- Liz Calvario
Every week, the cast and crew of Fast and Furious 8 have sent out Fast Fridays videos from set, offering a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at the footage they had shot over the past few days. This week, Dwayne Johnson and director F. Gary Gray didn't feel like waiting until Friday, with the actor and director posting a new photo and video from the set. The video features Dwayne Johnson sporting his orange prison jumpsuit, promising the best prison scene in the history of cinema. It's defintely something fans have never seen in a movie before.
The Instagram video has Dwayne Johnson teasing a "jail scene" he's about to shoot with director F. Gary Gray, that will supposedly be "the prison scene of all prison scenes". Unfortunately, he doesn't shed any further light on what happens, but perhaps Hobbs is about to make his big escape. Dwayne Johnson also shared a photo »
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson prepares to bring the cavalry (spoilers: he is the cavalry) in the latest snap for Universal’s action sequel, Fast 8.
Continuing to shine the spotlight on his enigmatic man mountain, Luke Hobbs, Johnson took to Instagram to share the all-new action shot of his hulking ally walking away from an overturned car largely unscathed.
Given that F. Gary Gray’s 2017 sequel stands as Johnson’s fourth appearance in the Fast and Furious franchise, the actor himself has spoke at length about his desire to shake up the formula, and a shot of Luke Hobbs behind bars recently flamed rumors that Dwayne Johnson’s towering hero could potentially go rogue.
Whatever the outcome, switching gears to Gray’s Instagram feed and the filmmaker’s latest post offers a behind-the-scenes peek at Dwayne Johnson preparing to film an action sequence. The Iceman cometh, indeed.
@therock is killing »
- Michael Briers
With the world burning from new conflicts and wars, drone wars are definitely here as part of any military operation.
Eye In The Sky is a very intense edge-of-your-seat thriller that follows the dramatic debates between military officers, politicians and drone pilots on whether to eliminate a small group of terrorists while facing civilian collateral damage.
Lrm had an exclusive phone interview with director Gavin Hood to discuss the details with the movie in promotion of the Blu-ray/DVD release in America. We discussed the moral obligations, ethical dilemmas, CGI effects, Helen Mirren and the late Alan Rickman.
Eye In The Sky is available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download today.
Check out the full transcript of the interview below.
Lrm: Just like any obligatory interview, »
- Gig Patta
Stefanie Martini is taking the reins on the character that helped make Helen Mirren famous. According to Deadline, Martini will play a…
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- Casey Cipriani
Baby Cow, which was set up in 1999 by Coogan and Henry Normal, has worked across film and TV. Its credits include the four-times Oscar-nominated movie “Philomena,” comedy film “Alan Partridge,” and TV series “Gavin and Stacey,” “The Mighty Boosh” and “The Trip.” The company announced in April that Normal was stepping down as CEO, and that the BBC’s global distribution division, BBC Worldwide, was increasing its stake in the company from 25% to 73%. Coogan said at the time: “Whether it’s our new comedy, drama or film projects we’ll be building on the success of our first 16 years with the same commitment to distinctive, original work.”
- Leo Barraclough
It’s time to meet Jane Tennison (again).
Stefanie Martini, (Doctor Throne, Emerald City) will in effect playa young Helen Mirren in ITV’s Prime Suspect prequel, tentatively titled Tennison and written by creator Lynda La Plante. The six-part series will follow the title character, played by Mirren from 1991 to 2006, at the beginning of her police career in London circa the 1970s.
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The much-anticipated prequel - Tennison, has begun filming on location in London.
Stefanie (represented by Troika), graduated from Rada last year, and has previously featured in TV dramas Thorne, Endeavour and Emerald City. The new series follows the young Jane Tennison at the beginning of her career, revealing why she became such a complex and formidable character in the Metropolitan Police.
The 6 x 60 minute series is written by Lynda La Plante, »
- email@example.com (ScreenTerrier)
Stefanie Martini will follow in the footsteps- or should that be pave the way- of Helen Mirren after being chosen to play the young Jane Tennison in ITV’s new drama Tennison. Mirren portrayed the iconic police officer in Lynda La Plante’s Prime Suspect. Rising star Martini has a number of credits already, including Doctor Thorne and Emerald City. Also in the cast is Sam Reid (The Riot Club) and Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners). The 6 x 60 minute series portrays the young… »
Part James Bond, part “Point Break,” the original “xXx” was a cheesy action spy thriller with enough badass set pieces and trademark Vin Diesel charisma to turn a profit. The same wasn’t true for its sequel, “xXx: State of the Union,” which replaced its star with a new hero played by Ice Cube and proved just how important Diesel’s presence was in giving ludicrous action a level of actual enjoyment.
No one may be clamoring for the long dormant “xXx” franchise to be reborn, but luckily it’s coming back with its star intact this time. “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” finds Diesel’s government operative coming out of exile to hunt down a deadly weapon known as Pandora’s Box. He’s got competition in the form of Donnie Yen’s warrior Xiang, »
- Zack Sharf
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