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The agonies of screenwriting were on full view Thursday night at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, where 11 scribes nominated for WGA Awards took part in the guild’s Beyond Words program.
One of the biggest laughs from the full house came when “Spotlight” writer Josh Singer admitted that he and writer-director Tom McCarthy spent several years going through the Boston Globe’s investigation of pedophile priests.
“We did research for a long time,” Singer said. “Anything to put off writing.”
McCarthy admitted that interviews with the victims of the scandal was a turning point. “The story really came together once we talked with survivors,” he added.
Both “Spotlight” writers were effusive in their praise of the Boston Globe journalists portrayed in the film, noting that editor Martin “Marty” Baron (portrayed by Liev Schreiber) even supplied them with extensive emails to keep the timeline straight. They also credited the initial producers, »
- Dave McNary
Enchanting, startling; a rare story about a girl at a precarious age. Full of that exquisite Studio Ghibli sorcery that captures the beauty of the ordinary. I’m “biast” (pro): love Studio Ghibli’s films
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It’s another enchanting animated film from Studio Ghibli, but this one is really special. Less overtly fantastical than some of Ghibli’s other projects — though it’s still primarily a ghost story — When Marnie Was There is grounded in an adolescent reality that we almost never see onscreen: that girls have a rough time, too, in the transition from childhood to adulthood, and in finding a path through conflicting and confusing emotions to our own true identities.
The details of her pain are doled out slowly, over the course of her story, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Leonardo DiCaprio has had one of the most interesting and diverse careers in Hollywood. After all, not many actors can claim to have worked with James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan. On top of that, he has starred in a groundbreaking Shakespeare adaptation, an acclaimed summer blockbuster and the 12 year record holder as the highest grossing film of all time.
Now with the release of The Revenant, it’s the perfect time to celebrate DiCaprio’s many standout performances throughout his career.
Check out my top 5 performances from DiCaprio below and pray that he finally receives his Academy Award next month:
5. Inception (2010)
Before 2010 DiCaprio had carefully avoided both action blockbusters (no Titanic doesn’t count) and science fiction films. However, after a little known director called Christopher Nolan broke box office records with the universally acclaimed film The Dark Knight, he apparently changed his mind.
Inception is »
- Ben Read
The Big Short, 2015.
Directed by Adam McKay.
Starring Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Brad Pitt, Finn Wittrock, Max Greenfield, Melissa Leo, Rafe Spall, Hamish Linklater, Tracy Letts, John Magaro, Jeremy Strong, Marissa Tomei, Karen Gillan, Stanley Wong, Byron Mann, Margot Robbie, and Selena Gomez.
Four denizens of the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000’s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.
Adam McKay at the Oscars you say? The same Adam McKay who helped introduce the world to Ron Burgundy, Mark Wahlberg being funny and the infamous and hilarious vocal styling of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly’s delightfully crude rendition of Boats and Hoes? One and the same. The rule usually states that comedians (actors, writers or directors) just don’t usually win the big prize, bar a few exceptions »
- Scott J. Davis
On the heels of steering economic crisis movie The Big Short into an awards success story – bonkers hairpieces and all – Adam McKay is already looking further afield to get his next project up and running. While a direct sequel to Step Brothers has long been on the cards, it’s been revealed that the director’s next creative venture may spell a reunion with Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, but for something new entirely.
Pulled from a roundtable chat at DGA studios from late last year (via The Playlist), McKay recently featured on the latest episode of The Director’s Cut podcast alongside fellow filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson. It was here that the former dropped a tantalizing teaser regarding his next project, which could send Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly out to defend America’s borders as two patriotic buffoons.
“I’m actually talking with [Will] Ferrell and John C. Reilly »
- Michael Briers
Coming off the Oscar nominated success of his Gfc comedy/drama "The Big Short" and his work on the script for "Ant-Man," filmmaker Adam McKay has spoken about his potential upcoming projects with one of them seeing his re-teaming with his "Step Brothers" and "Talladega Nights" co-stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.
In a new The Director's Cut podcast released this week but recorded late last year at the DGA studios in Los Angeles , McKay sat down for a half-hour interview with questions being asked by none other than "There Will Be Blood" and "Inherent Vice" filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson. In the funny conversation, McKay says he plans to continue his new polticial and social edge in his comedies - this time taking on anti-immigration rhetoric:
"I'm actually talking with [Will] Ferrell and John C. Reilly about doing a comedy about two guys who go down to defend America's borders against the immigrants, »
- Garth Franklin
Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly will star respectively as Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in a new BBC production titled "Stan and Ollie". The film is shaping up as an affectionate tribute to the legendary comedy duo and will concentrate on their last personal appearance tour which took place in the UK in 1953. Hardy's health was failing at the time but they continued the tour as initially anemic attendance statistics began to grow. Ultimately the tour proved to be highly successful even as Laurel and Hardy came to the realization that their long-time professional partnership was at an end. Oliver Hardy died in 1957. Stan Laurel passed away in 1965. For more click here. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
The new Suicide Squad trailer has landed, in all its Bohemian Rhapsody-spewing glory. It explains the plot to us better than previous promos, as well as showcasing more characters and closer-to-being-finished special effects. All this is understandable, considering that David Ayer’s villainous super-team movie is now only a few months away (it lands on American and UK screens alike at the start of August).
Here’s everything we could deduce by breaking down the trailer shot by shot…
Is this the real life…
The trailer sets out the basics of the Suicide Squad premise very effectively. If it wasn’t clear before, these villains have been locked up for rather a long time, and they’re taking it a variety of different ways.
Being that his recent Time Out of Mind left a strong impression on us, making its way into a couple of year-end lists, we’re intrigued by news that Oren Moverman has found a follow-up project — one not only based on well-regarded material, but also with Richard Gere back in tow and a strong cast surrounding him. Variety tell us he’ll next write and direct The Dinner, an adaptation of Herman Koch‘s novel in which two brothers, Paul and Stan Lohman (Steve Coogan and Gere, respectively), have a meal with their wives, Claire and Barbara (Laura Linney and Rebecca Hall, respectively). The former sibling is out-of-work; the other is a beloved politician on the cusp of grabbing his state’s gubernatorial position. What unites them is a “monstrous crime [that] has been committed by the Lohman kids,” and what accelerates the unease between these couples is how the matter »
- Nick Newman
It happens very rarely, but when inspired casting and beloved subject matter coincide, something very special is created. Such is the case with the upcoming film project Stan And Ollie, which has just found its two leads in the form of Academy Award nominees Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly. Meeting the legendary pair in their later years, the film will centre on their 1953 tour of the UK, during which the stars each met challenges head-on, and reaffirmed one of the most iconic partnerships in entertainment history.
UK born Stan Laurel and Us born Oliver Hardy were both well-established contract players in their own right when they first collaborated onscreen in the 1927 silent short film, Putting Pants On Philip. They remained in partnership at Hal Roach film studios until 1940, when they began to work together with other production companies. Their final feature length film was titled Atoll K, which was »
- Sarah Myles
Nowadays, in addition to our entertainment on TV and in movie theaters, people get their comedy from internet videos featuring cats scared of cucumbers or YouTube stars talking directly into the camera who end up getting deals at Netflix. But decades ago, from 1927 to 1950, one of the most reliable sources of laughter were […]
- Ethan Anderton
Jeff Pope's script for Philomena was a low-key winner, smart about the way it approached a painful and difficult subject. Pope was nominated for an Oscar along with Steve Coogan, who shared the writing credit, and while they didn't win, it must have been a good experience. After all, Coogan's just agreed to star in Stan & Ollie, the latest script by Pope to make it to the screen, and John C. Reilly has signed on to co-star, with Jon S. Baird (Filth) set to direct. Over the years, I've read lots of stories about tensions behind the scenes with some of Hollywood's great comedy teams, and I am curious to see what Pope and Baird do with the story of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Wisely, they are focusing on a specific moment in their careers, rather than trying to tell the entire story. Set during their farewell tour »
- Drew McWeeny
BBC Films is moving forward with a biopic on comedy legends Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, with actors Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly signing on to play the title characters in Stan and Ollie. Screen Daily reports that Steve Coogan is playing Stan Laurel, and John C. Reilly is portraying Oliver Hardy in this movie, which centers on the comedy duo's final U.K. tour in 1953. Here's a description of the plot from Screen Daily.
"Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, they face an uncertain future. As they set out, crisscrossing the country, attendances are disappointingly low. But they've always been able to make each other laugh and as the charm and beauty of their performances shines through their audiences laugh too, and they re-connect with legions of adoring fans, old and new. The tour becomes a hit, »
It's not often that movies are made concerning figures from Hollywood's classic era (and I presume such classic personalities will be sent up in next month's Coens' joint "Hail, Caesar!"), but a long brewing project regarding two of cinema's classic comedians is now moving forward. Read More: Michael Winterbottom's 'The Trip To Italy," Starring Steve Coogan And Rob Brydon Deadline reports that Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly are teaming up for "Stan & Ollie," a movie about, you guessed it, Laurel & Hardy. Jon S. Baird ("Filth") is set direct the Jeff Pope ("Philomena") penned tale that will focus on Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy's farewell tour of Britain in 1953, where attendance was low and their partnership was waning. “It’s really a love story between two guys who come to realize they can’t live without each other. It’s a really, really beautiful tale,” Baird said about the. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Bringing back the classic comedy! There's a new project in the works called Stan & Ollie, from filmmaker Jon S. Baird (of Filth most recently), and it's about the two legendary comedians Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. The report states that comedic actors Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly have been cast to play Laurel & Hardy, respectively, and will begin filming later this year. The project is being produced by Faye Ward's Fable Pictures for BBC Films. This seems like perfect casting, and a great opportunity to bring these two back into contemporary cinema. At least it's not a remake attempt like that awful Three Stooges movie. The film isn't so much about Laurel & Hardy's time in Hollywood, as it is about their time after Hollywood. And how fame and success fades, but friends don't. Here's the full-length synopsis from the original report: The film will focus on the now-legendary »
- Alex Billington
In the early days of Hollywood, acts like Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy's madcap mayhem found themselves translating from the stages of Vaudeville to the soundstages of the motion pictures. But as the years went on, and screen comedy evolved, it was back to the stage for Laurel and Hardy, as they would go on to tour across the Us and in the UK after World War II. Now, a film chronicling one such tour is being made, and two perfect candidates have been cast as the legendary comedic duo. None other than Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly have been cast to play Laurel and Hardy, respectively, in the upcoming film Stan & Ollie. According to a recent item from Variety, the film will focus on one of those UK tours they embarked on together. The film's focus will be on the 1953 tour that Laurel and Hardy engaged in, and »
The story follows Laurel and Hardy as they set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. Diminished by age and with their golden era behind them, they face disappointing turnouts, long buried ghosts, and Oliver's failing health which threatens their partnership.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Well now, this is some inspired casting. Deadline is reporting that Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly have been cast in Jon S. Baird's Laurel and Hardy biopic Stan & Ollie. The pair are to play the titular roles of one of the premiere comedic duo's from Hollywood's golden age. The film will focus on the now-legendary 1953 tour embarked on by the ageing duo. Once the world's favourite comedy double act, but now diminished by age and their golden era a distant memory, Laurel & Hardy set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. As they set out, crisscrossing the country, attendances are disappointingly low. But they've always been able to make each other laugh and as the charm and beauty of...
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Deadline is reporting that Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly have signed on to play the legendary comedy double act Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in Fable Pictures and BBC Films’ biopic Stan & Ollie, which is set to be directed by Jon S. Baird (Filth) from a script by Jeff Pope (Philomena).
“Like so many others I grew up watching Laurel & Hardy and I’m therefore honoured to help bring this incredible true story of love, laughter and friendship to the big screen,” said Baird, with Pope adding that, “Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are my heroes. When I watch their movies, in my head it is forever a Saturday morning and I am six years old watching the TV at home utterly spellbound. I am aware of the huge responsibility of bringing their characters to life, but I have not treated the boys with kid gloves or looked at them through rose coloured specs. »
- Gary Collinson
Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly will portray comedy icons Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, respectively, in a new biopic titled “Stan & Ollie,” BBC Films announced Monday. The film, described as “an epic story about the world’s most famous comedy double-act to date, told with great insight and heart,” will follow the duo during a troubled 1953 tour. Fable Pictures and Sonesta Films are producing. Jeff Pope wrote the screenplay and also reunited with his “Philomena” co-writer Coogan, who also starred in that movie. Jon S. Baird is set to direct. Also Read: John C. Reilly Says He Will Star »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
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