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Mamet's "Speed-The-Plow" Gets A Film

7 April 2015 12:04 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

David Mamet is set to turn his own 1988 Tony-nominated, Hollywood-skewering stage play "Speed-The-Plow" into a feature film for Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films, Winkler Films & The Fyzz Facility. Mamet will adapt the script for the work which boasts two lead male and one lead female roles.

The story follows newly appointed studio chief Bobby Gould who is under pressure to deliver a hit. His longtime colleague Charlie Fox gives him a tip that will enrich Fox and enable him to land a superstar at a rival studio.

But as the men discuss, they involve an attractive temp secretary who becomes the subject of a bet between them. Turns out she has her own angle to rise up the Hollywood ladder, and manipulates both of them.

Joe Mantegna, Ron Silver and Madonna were the stars of the original Broadway hit, and the play scored a recent successful revival on London's West End. »

- Garth Franklin

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David Mamet returning to movies with ‘Speed-the-Plow’ film adaptation

7 April 2015 9:39 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hollywood is no stranger to smart, cynical, profane, edgy dialogue and writing in their modern dramas and comedies, but for a few years they’ve been without the style’s eminent champion, David Mamet. His last film was the HBO Movie Phil Spector, preceded by the 2008 Mma fighting drama Redbelt.

Deadline reported Monday that Mamet is making his way back to the big screen via an adaptation of his play Speed-the-Plow, in which Mamet himself will adapt the stage production.

Speed-the-Plow is a movie-biz satire in which two Hollywood producers angle to get a big movie star to make a film under their studio banner, despite him being under contract with another. The two also make a bet to see who can first seduce and bed a young Hollywood upstart, who has her own motives to deceive the producers. It involves a theme that Mamet would later revisit in Wag the Dog »

- Brian Welk

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David Mamet Adapting Speed-The-Plow For Screen

6 April 2015 5:17 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

First performed in 1988, David Mamet's Speed The Plow has been a hit on Broadway and in London's West End, and is now finally making the jump to the very industry it satirises. Mamet himself is writing a film adaptation. Randall Emmett, George Furla and Irwin Winkler, the team behind Martin Scorsese's Silence, will produce along with Wayne Marc Godfrey (London Fields).Speed-The-Plow involves new studio chief Bobby Gould, who's in the market for a hit to shore up his tenuous position. His colleague Charlie Fox comes to him with a project that he guarantees will snare a star who usually only works for a rival studio. But the pair then get distracted by a bet over which of them can sleep with Fox's secretary Karen, who they've involved in their creative process and has her own industry agenda.The original Broadway run starred Ron Silver, Joe Mantegna and Madonna, »

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Liam Neeson & Salma Hayek Voice Animated 'The Prophet' Trailer

1 April 2015 9:23 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"I am a prisoner. My crime? Poetry." After debuting at the Cannes Film Festival last year, the animated drama The Prophet is finally coming to the United States this year. Based on the book of prose and poems of the same name, the film features the voices of Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina and more, along with a myriad of animation styles to bring the friendship between a little girl and an imprisoned poet to life. Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar and more lend their animation expertise to the film that looks absolutely beautiful and breathtaking. Watch! Here's the teaser trailer for Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet from Gulf Film (via The Playlist): The Prophet is directed by Roger Allers, Paul and Gaëtan BrizziJoan C. GratzMohammed Saeed HaribTomm MooreNina PaleyBill PlymptonJoann Sfar, and Michal Socha. Inspired by the »

- Ethan Anderton

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Watch: First Trailer For Animated 'Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet' With Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, And Quvenzhané Wallis

1 April 2015 6:23 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Considering it premiered last year at the Cannes Film Festival, with a lot of star power among the voice cast, and lineup of directors ten strong, you would think that the animated "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet" might've attracted more notice. Instead, it's been quietly bubbling under the radar. But now, the first international trailer has arrived, and perhaps it's one to start paying attention to. Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina, and more, feature in this effort that is inspired by the titular book of prose essays, and weaves together a story involving a little girl and a poet. Here's the official synopsis:  Inspired by the beloved classic, Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a young, mischievous girl and an imprisoned poet. Interwoven with Gibran’s lyrical and inspiring words on topics such as the true nature as love, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Jim Sturgess, Freddie Highmore to star in BBC Two's Close to the Enemy

31 March 2015 3:27 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Jim Sturgess and Freddie Highmore have been cast in new BBC Two drama Close to the Enemy.

The series - written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff - will follow an intelligence officer (Sturgess), who must get a captured German scientist to develop a jet engine for the Raf following the end of the Second World War.

Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders), Phoebe Fox (The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death), August Diehl (Inglourious Basterds), Robert Glenister (Hustle) and Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones) will star alongside Sturgess and Highmore.

Lindsay Duncan (Birdman), Angela Bassett (American Horror Story) and Alfred Molina (Love is Strange) have also been cast.

BBC Two controller, Kim Shillinglaw, said: "Stephen Poliakoff is one of the country's foremost writers and directors and I'm delighted he is creating this distinctive new piece for us.

"I want BBC Two to be the place where creatives can come and do their best, »

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Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Explores The Greatness Of The Boulder Scene From 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark'

30 March 2015 9:33 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The opening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” presents one of the most iconic action sequences of film history. From the sparse, but calculated, way Steven Spielberg introduces our hero, Alfred Molina’s brave young Satipo (just kidding, I was referring to Harrison Ford’s Dr. Henry Walton “Indiana” Jones Jr., of course), to the endlessly referenced, ripped-off and parodied boulder chase, the opening of one of the most influential blockbusters of all time has a lot of details to be scrutinized. That’s probably what our friends at Cinefix must have thought, since they put together a simple, yet informative, deconstruction of the scene as part of their “Art of the Scene” series. The first half of the eight-minute video focuses on the project’s inception and pre-production process, which, even for the casual fan, will be more than familiar. However, once the sequence’s bizarre Scrooge McDuck connection »

- Oktay Ege Kozak

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Salma Hayek's passion project is finally coming to theaters in August

24 March 2015 3:27 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Salma Hayek can breathe easy now. Her passion project "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet" is finally coming to the big screen. Directed by Roger Allers ("The Lion King"), "The Prophet" is a collaborative animated tale featuring individual "chapters" from animation legends such as Tomm Moore ("The Secret of Kells" "Song of the Sea"), Joan Gratz (Academy Award winner for "Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase"),  Bill Plympton ("Guard Dog and Your Face"), Paul and Gaetan Brizzi ("Fantasia 2000") and Mohammed Harib ("Freej"), among others.  It's based on Gilbran's 1923 book and features a voice cast including Hayek, Liam NeesonQuvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella and Alfred Molina.  The film's score is by Oscar winner Gabriel Yared ("The English Patient") and it also includes additional music from  Damien Rice, Glenn Hansard ("Once") and Lisa Hannigan.  So, yes, that's a lot of pedigree talent in the mix. "The Prophet" debuted to positive reviews at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Salma Hayek-Produced 'Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet' Gets Us Release Date (Video interview)

24 March 2015 1:31 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Gkids, the American distributor behind 2015 animated Oscar nominees "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" and "Song of the Sea," will release "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet" in NY and La on August 7 before expanding wide the following week.  This animated telling of Gibran's bestselling 1923 book, which premiered at Cannes, unfolds through standalone chapters by ten directors including Tomm Moore ("Song of the Sea"), Nina Paley ("Sita Sings the Blues") and Bill Plympton ("Cheatin'"). Co-producer Salma Hayek fought hard to bring the celebrated Lebanese poet's work to the screen, and helped close this deal. Salma Hayek on Why She's Passionate About "Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet" The voice cast includes Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella and Alfred Molina. The score is by Oscar winner Gabriel Yared (The English Patient), with additional music by songwriters Damien »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Salma Hayek’s Animated ‘Prophet’ Set for Aug. 7 Release in U.S.

24 March 2015 12:48 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

GKids has set an Aug. 7 release date for “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet,” the animated feature produced by Salma Hayek-Pinault.

The Prophet” will debut in Los Angeles and New York on its opening weekend and then expand.

The story portrays the unlikely friendship between a young mischievous girl and an imprisoned poet. The film has distilled the 26 poems in Gibran’s 1923 classic into a collection of eight animated films from eight directors.

The film includes the voices of Hayek-Pinault, Liam Neeson, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina and Quvenzhane Wallis. Directors include Tomm Moore (“Song of the Sea”), Joan Gratz (“Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase”), Joann Sfar (“The Rabbi’s Cat”), Bill Plympton (“In Your Face”), Paul and Gaetan Brizzi (“The Hunchback of Notre Dame”), Michal Socha (“Chick”) and Mohammed Harib (“Freej”).

Producers are Hayek-Pinault, Clark Peterson, Jose Tamez and Ron Senkowski. Participant Media is financing along with Doha Film Institute, »

- Dave McNary

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Gkids dates 'The Prophet'

24 March 2015 7:42 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The distributor will release Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet in the Us on August 7.

Salma Hayek-Pinault is one of the producers on the animation based on Lebanese poet Gibran’s timeless book about the meaning of life.

Gkids will open the film in New York and Los Angeles prior to nationwide expansion.

The voice cast includes Liam Neeson, Hayek-Pinault, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella and Alfred Molina. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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L.A. Equity Actors Plan Union Protest

20 March 2015 6:01 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Some prominent Aea members plan to picket their union’s North Hollywood headquarters on Monday. With ballots for the controversial 99-seat plan referendum set to be mailed next week, both sides of the debate are gearing up for a battle that could shape the future of L.A.’s intimate theater scene. Frances Fisher, French Stewart and Kirsten Vangsness are set to join Monday’s protest march planned by I Love 99, a group opposing Equity’s minimum wage plan for L.A.'s intimate theaters. About 200 actors are expected to attend the march, which starts at 3 p.m. at the intersection of Lankershim, Vineland and Camarillo in the NoHo Arts District and ending in front of the Aea offices on Tujunga near Burbank Blvd., according to organizers.   Organizers also plan to read statements of support by Jason Alexander, Alfred Molina and John Rubinstein. Meanwhile, Tim Robbins (pictured) has also expressed »

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Casting: Findlay, Martinez, Palmer, Mackie

17 March 2015 6:14 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Crow

Following his confirmation of Jack Huston as the title character in "The Crow" reboot, the comic's creator James O'Barr has also confirmed that "Downton Abbey" actress Jessica Brown Findlay has scored the female lead role.

Findlay will play Eric Draven's murdered girlfriend Shelly in flashbacks in the project which Corin Hardy ("The Hallow") will direct. O'Barr confirms that much of the cast will be British with one of them to be a "Game of Thrones" veteran. [Source: Dread Central]

Message from the King

Natalie Martinez ("Secrets And Lies") has joined the cast of Fabrice Du Welz's revenge thriller "Message From The King". Chadwick Boseman plays a South African who descends into the L.A. underworld in an attempt to avenge his younger sister's death and rescue her stepson from the immoral world into which he's been sold.

Martinez will play Trish, the former neighbor of Jacob's missing sister Bianca who »

- Garth Franklin

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Gotham writer Michael Green working on new Murder on the Orient Express

10 March 2015 8:27 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Michael Green has signed up to write a new version of Murder on the Orient Express.

The Gotham and Green Lantern writer has been hired for 20th Century Fox's upcoming adaptation of the classic Agatha Christie novel, Variety reports.

Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon and Simon Kinberg are producing the project, which was first announced back in 2013. A director has yet to be secured.

The film will be based on Agatha Christie's 1934 novel, which follows Belgian detective Hercule Poirot as he investigates the murder of an American tycoon on a train.

It was first adapted as a film in 1974 by Sidney Lumet, with Albert Finney as Poirot. The film also starred the likes of Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Sean Connery, John Gielgud and Vanessa Redgrave.

Alfred Molina starred in a poorly-received TV movie version in 2001 on CBS, before David Suchet led the cast of ITV's version in 2010 alongside Jessica Chastain and Hugh Bonneville. »

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‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Reboot Sets Michael Green as Writer (Exclusive)

10 March 2015 7:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Michael Green is taking a trip on the Orient Express, coming on board to write Fox’s remake of Sidney Lumet’s 1974 detective drama “Murder on the Orient Express.”

Variety reported in late 2013 that the studio was developing the project with Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon and Simon Kinberg on board to produce. No director is attached.

Murder on the Orient Express,” based on the 1934 novel by Agatha Christie, starred Albert Finney as the genius Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigating the murder of an American tycoon aboard the train. The all-star cast of suspects were portrayed by Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Colin Blakely, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York.

Orient Express” was a commercial success with $35 million in U.S. grosses. It was also nominated for six Academy Awards, with Bergman — portraying a Swedish missionary — winning her third Oscar, her first in the supporting category. »

- Dave McNary

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7 Things You'd Be Surprised to Know About 'The Good Wife' (Including Spinoff Talk)

8 March 2015 12:30 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The Good Wife took over Hollywood on Saturday evening!

Creators Robert and Michelle King were joined by stars Julianna Margulies, Christine Baranski and Matt Czuchry on Night 2 of PaleyFest and they sure made a splash. Moderated by incoming Late Late Show host James Corden, the hourlong chat – following a screening of Sunday’s uniquely-formatted, past-exploring episode “Mind’s Eye” and a kiss between Robert King and Corden – covered everything from Will’s shocking death (we’re still not over it!) and Archie Panjabi’s impending departure to Alicia’s love life and dream guest stars. (Heck, even Steven Seagal became a talking point!)

ETonline highlights seven things you didn’t know about CBS’ acclaimed drama – and why a spinoff may not be a good thing after all.

Related: 'Good Wife' Costume Designer on Michelle Obama's Look: 'Clever Styling'

1. Will’s death is still a major point of contention

“We have to talk about Josh Charles. What »

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Cinema-on-demand service ourscreen gains Altitude

4 March 2015 4:23 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Service adds upcoming releases, is in talks with commercial and indie exhibitors for roll-out.

Fledgling UK cinema-on-demand (Cod) service ourscreen has added films from sales and distribution outfit Altitude to its growing roster.

Titles added from Altitude include Gregg Araki’s White Bird in a Blizzard, starring Shailene Woodley and Eva Green, which will also be on general release at the same time as potential ourscreen screenings, and well-received romance Love is Strange, starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina.

Catalogue titles will include Oscar winner 20 Feet from Stardom, Abel Ferrara’s Welcome to New York, Fruitvale Station and Hooligan Factory.

Upcoming titles to land on the service will include When Animals Dream, The Connection, Marshland and Narcopolis.

Ian Cartwright, director and co-founder at ourscreen commented: “It’s great to have Altitude on board, joining a great list of distributors ready and excited to embrace the ourscreen technology to engage with cinema audiences across the UK. What »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Altitude sends films to Cod service ourscreen

4 March 2015 4:23 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Cinema-on-demand service adds upcoming releases, is in talks with commercial and indie exhibitors for roll-out.

Fledgling UK cinema-on-demand (Cod) service ourscreen has added films from sales and distribution outfit Altitude to its growing roster.

Titles added from Altitude include Gregg Araki’s White Bird in a Blizzard, starring Shailene Woodley and Eva Green, which will also be on general release at the same time as potential ourscreen screenings, and well-received romance Love is Strange, starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina.

Catalogue titles will include Oscar winner 20 Feet from Stardom, Abel Ferrara’s Welcome to New York, Fruitvale Station and Hooligan Factory.

Upcoming titles to land on the service will include When Animals Dream, The Connection, Marshland and Narcopolis.

Ian Cartwright, director and co-founder at ourscreen commented: “It’s great to have Altitude on board, joining a great list of distributors ready and excited to embrace the ourscreen technology to engage with cinema audiences across the UK »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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L.A. Actors Divided Over Minimum Wage Plan

26 February 2015 10:31 PM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Film and television actors are lining up with intimate theater producers against Equity’s minimum wage proposal for L.A. performers.  Tim Robbins, Noah Wyle, Frances Fisher and Alfred Molina are just some of the prominent actors calling for local members of Actors’ Equity Association to vote no in the union’s upcoming 99-seat plan referendum. “The 99 Seat Plan gave me the opportunity, without doubt, to become who I am as an actor in every way,” Wyle, who serves as artistic director/producer at The Blank Theatre in Hollywood, said in a statement. “Please do not eliminate the Plan. It would devastate the Intimate Theatre Scene in Los Angeles.” Speaking at a town hall meeting Feb. 23, Robbins, who holds a similar position with the Actors’ Gang, said: "I've gotten so much out of it, and so have the actors. Actors have launched careers. I would urge you all to vote no. »

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New alternative poster for Love is Strange

24 February 2015 9:52 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A new alternative poster has been released for touching drama Love is Strange, which you can check out below. You can also read our review of the movie here.

A darling of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Love Is Strange has had some very strong reviews and word-of-mouth have left many waiting patiently for the film to be released. The film stars John Lithgow (3rd Rock From the Sun) and Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2) as a newly married couple , George and Ben, whose lives are turned upside down when George is let go at his job, forcing the couple to separate and find accommodation with friends and family, which puts added strain on their already stressful situation.

Co-starring Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler), you can find more information about Love is Strange here and here. Follow the movie @LoveisStrangeUK and check out the trailer below:

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- Luke Owen

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