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An elevator incident that almost eclipses Solange-gate! Pat O'Brien claims in his memoir I'll Be Right Back After This that Angelina Jolie once told him in an elevator that she was "really horny" and on a manhunt after splitting from Billy Bob Thornton in 2002. In a snippet of the tell-all, obtained by the Daily Mail, the former Access Hollywood host claims the elevator run-in with Jolie occurred over a decade ago at Beverly Hills hotel L'Ermitage. "I said, 'What's up baby?'” O'Brien recalled of bumping into [...] »
A24, in conjunction with director Matt Shakman, the film's producers and in partnership with Directv, announced today that they have acquired all Us rights to Matt Shakman's directorial debut Cut Bank. The film had a successful Us premiere at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival and will next make its International debut at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
Written by Roberto Patino, Cut Bank is an exciting modern-day thriller with an incredible ensemble cast that includes Liam Hemsworth, John Malkovich, Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Dern, Teresa Palmer, Oliver Platt, and Michael Stuhlbarg.
Says Matt Shakman,
"I'm thrilled to team up with A24. Their smart, eclectic taste is inspiring. And their passion and plan for the film felt like the ideal way to bring it to the world. It's been a tremendously exciting journey with the best group of collaborators possible-from a brilliant script by Roberto Patino, to the incredible support »
A24, in conjunction with director Matt Shakman, the film’s producers and in partnership with Directv, announced today that they have acquired all Us rights to Matt Shakman’s directorial debut Cut Bank. The film had a successful Us premiere at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival and will next make its International debut at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
Written by Robert Patino, Cut Bank is an exciting modern-day thriller with a cast that includes Liam Hemsworth, John Malkovich, Billy Bob Thorton, Bruce Dern, Teresa Palmer, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Oliver Platt.
Dwayne McLaren (Liam Hemsworth) a high school star athlete recently turned auto mechanic, dreams of getting out of his tiny Montana town and whisking his pageant-hopeful girlfriend, Cassandra (Teresa Palmer), away to the big city. But his plan sets in motion a deadly series of events and thrusts him into a police investigation headed by Sheriff Vogel (John Malkovich »
- Michelle McCue
Liam Hemsworth thriller Cut Bank has been acquired by A24 and DirecTV for U.S. distribution ahead of its Toronto International Film Festival debut, the companies announced today. Matt Shakman makes his directorial debut with the pic about a former high school star athlete turned mechanic (Hemsworth) whose plan to escape his small Montana town with his girlfriend (Teresa Palmer) leads to a deadly series of events. John Malkovich, Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Dern, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Oliver Platt also star in the Roberto Patino-scripted film that premiered this summer at the La Film Fest. Financing came via Kilburn Media and the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation. Laura Rister, Edward Zwick, Mickey Barold, Mark Manuel, Ted O’Neal, and Dan Cohen are producers. Entertainment One Films International is distributing in Canada and selling international rights.
- The Deadline Team
“Cut Bank” will screen Sept. 10 at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival in the Contemporary World Cinema program. A24 plans a 2015 release in collaboration with DirecTV.
John Malkovich, Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Dern, Teresa Palmer, Michael Stuhlbarg and Oliver Platt also star. Matt Shakman directed from Roberto Patino’s screenplay about an athlete-turned-auto mechanic who dreams of getting out of Cut Bank, Montana and discovers a murder.
Armie Hammer had initially been attached to play the role. Hemsworth came on board just before shooting started last year in Edmonton.
- Dave McNary
When it comes to analyzing awards, the Emmys are the hardest to gauge. The Academy Awards have the luxury of looking to Guild Awards or BAFTAs, which share a voting body with the Academy, but the Emmys noms are determined by a panel of unknown—and unpredictable—judges, before going to the voting body. Still, Variety’s Debra Birnbaum and Jenelle Riley take their best guess at who will bring home the gold Monday night.
Supporting Actor in a Drama
Jenelle: In a category of stellar turns, it’s really a three-man race between previous winners Aaron Paul for the final season of “Breaking Bad,” and Peter Dinklage for “Game of Thrones” and three-time Emmy nominee Jon Voight of “Ray Donovan.” Dinklage submitted a showy episode where he gets a great speech, demanding a trial by combat. Voight is beloved and considered the best thing about the Showtime drama. Still, »
- Debra Birnbaum and Jenelle Riley
Another print icon bites the dust.
Leonard Maltin’s 2015 Movie Guide will be the final edition of this film lovers’ guide, which started in 1969 under the title TV Movies. But in recent years, the annual guide, which now numbers 1,611 pages and features nearly 16,000 capsule movie reviews, has become a victim of the changing times and the way information is consumed by a new generation. The new edition, which comes out Sept. 2, is the last, bad news for many industry-ites and film lovers who used it religiously.
“An entire generation has been raised to acquire all their information online from their mobile devices or computers,” Maltin told me this morning. “These are not the likely customers for a physical paperback reference book. Our sales have sharply declined in recent years.”
The virtual death of bookstores likely didn’t help the cause either. “We still have a loyal readership,” Maltin said. “It »
- Pete Hammond
Emmy weekend will be busier than usual this year, with the telecast shifting to Monday and contending with rush hour traffic near downtown L.A.’s Nokia Theatre. The party scene will also be complicated by Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards at the Forum in Inglewood, with Video Vanguard Award winner Beyonce, Maroon 5, Usher, Ariana Grande and 5 Seconds of Summer scheduled to perform. Here’s your guide to the festivities.
Wednesday, Aug. 20
Directors Nominee reception, 7 p.m. at the DGA. The Television Academy salutes the director nominees.
Thursday, Aug. 21
Icon Mann pre-Emmys Salute to Black Men in Television: The Evolution of Character, 6 p.m. at the Charles Aidikoff Screening Room. SAG-aftra’s David White will moderate a panel discussion celebrating black actors in television.
Two Feet Project’s Pre-Emmy dinner, 7 p.m. at Rivabella. The cocktail reception and dinner is a fundraising event for Two Feet Project’s work in Kenya. »
- Janine Lew
For those who need a little more incentive to get invested in the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, nationally syndicated oddsmaker Benjamin Eckstein has a solution – gamble on it.
While betting money on the Emmys in the state of Nevada might technically be illegal, it doesn’t mean the odds aren’t worth a glance (see full list below).
According to Eckstein, HBO’s decision to enter “True Detective” into the competition as a drama series instead of miniseries is unlikely to pay off for the crime drama, as it faces stiff competition from “Breaking Bad,” which sits at 1/5 odds ($5 would win $1) to “True Detective’s” 5/1.
Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” meanwhile, is Eckstein’s surprise favorite to win in the best comedy series category at 3/2 odds, which would hypothetically end “Modern Family’s” four-year winning streak. ABC’s defending champ, undefeated in the comedy category, is close behind at 5/2 odds. »
- Kevin Noonan
The six nominees for the 2014 Emmy for Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie all share one thing in common: None of them have an Emmy on their mantle (or anywhere else in their home, for that matter).
Related Emmy Poll 2014: Who Should Win Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie?
One of these fellas, of course, won’t be like the other by the time the August 25 telecast is over, but until then, let’s celebrate their unity in the “It’s an Honor Just to Be Nominated” Club by listing all six — and the number of career Emmy nods they’ve tallied. »
This story originally appeared in EmmyWrap: A Golden Year It was not a promising beginning. When Colin Hanks got the screenplay for the first episode of Noah Hawley‘s “Fargo,” a miniseries inspired by but not based on the Coen brothers movie, Hanks’ character — timid Duluth policeman Gus Grimly — didn't appear until one of the script's final scenes. And when he did show up, Gus pulled over Billy Bob Thornton‘s implacably murderous Lorne Malvo, but then let him drive away when Malvo explained, with icy calm and abundant menace, that it would be in the best interests of Gus. »
- Steve Pond
If there was a prize strictly for diversity among this year's Emmy nominees, Martin Freeman might be the frontrunner. He has double nominations for playing a supposedly meek insurance agent on "Fargo" and a faithful doctor sidekick on "Sherlock: His Last Vow." -Break- Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, iTunes and YouTube In a recent audio podcast with Gold Derby (listen below), Freeman says, "I'm happy enough to just be in the shows, because that's what any actor wants really is to be in good writing and working with good people. To be nominated for any of them is delightful." For the FX miniseries "Fargo," Freeman plays small town Minnesota salesman Lester Nygaard. He accidentally meets up with hitman Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) in the opening episode and goes down a dark path of murder and deception over the 10 installments. He is up for Best TV M. »
Billy Bob Thornton has strung together a career’s worth of memorable performances in films including Sling Blade, A Simple Plan, Primary Colors, Bad Santa, Monster’s Ball, Love Actually, Friday Night Lights, and the Joel and Ethan Coen-directed Intolerable Cruelty and The Man Who Wasn’t There. Has he ever played as riveting a character as his small screen turn as Lorne Malvo, the manipulative, malevolent murderous catalyst for the series transfer of the Coen Brothers film classic Fargo? Thornton is smack in the center of an Emmy category stacked with fellow movie stars lured by the superior writing and character development largely missing from features nowadays. Here, he tells Deadline why the small screen was the perfect forum for his resurgence, and what happens when an actor interprets a mortal character as something else.
Deadline: Lorne Malvo facilitated all the good and bad that happens in Fargo‘s snowy Minnesota town. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Gold Derby Editors come out swinging over the three frontrunners for Best Movie/Miniseries Actor: Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton for "Fargo" and Mark Ruffalo for "The Normal Heart." We give winning arguments for all three of them, making this one of the toughest -- and most exciting -- Emmy races of the year. Senior Editor Daniel Montgomery, Contributing Editor Riley Chow and I battle it out over who will win. (Watch the entire slugfest below.) -Break- Emmy experts predict movie/mini winners: 'Fargo,' 'The Normal Heart,' ... If this truly is a showdown between Freeman, Thornton and Ruffalo, where does that leave the other trio of nominees Benedict Cumberbatch ("Sherlock: His Last Vow"), Chiwetel Ejiofor ("Dancing on the Edge") and Idris Elba ("Luther")? Unfortunately, those three may fall victim to the enormous amount of buzz and industry support for "Fargo" and »
Allison Tolman is having a Moment with a capital M. The Fargo star is up for her first Emmy against powerhouses such as Ellen Burstyn, Frances Conroy and Julia Roberts for her work on the FX series. Fargo is one of few credited acting roles (outside of theater) on her resume. The current "It Girl"—she's it, gang—stopped by Late Night With Seth Meyers to discuss bowling outings with Billy Bob Thornton and her early commercial work. You see, before you're starring opposite Oscar winners, you have to get your start somewhere. Tolman told host Seth Meyers that her first gig was a Denny's commercial where she had to look at an omelet. Other work followed, such as the commercials below, including the »
Is it a simple choice of good versus evil in one of Emmy’s most contested categories? A blunt activist or a psychopathic contract killer? A furrowed brow or Dutch-boy bangs? In a word — yes. The heatseekers in this star-packed race are Mark Ruffalo, for his role as intrepid AIDS activist Ned Weeks, and Billy Bob Thornton, as the malevolent Lorne Malvo. Pity the poor Emmy voters who have to choose between these two, and the others on the list. Ruffalo and Thornton are both very, very good — even if one of them plays a very, very bad man.
“The Normal Heart” is a textbook Emmy magnet. An ultra-high-end production based on an acclaimed play, filled with top stars and tackling an Important Subject. HBO undoubtedly expected Ruffalo to steamroll to the win in this category — until “Fargo” came along. The expectations were low because of the poor track record of movie-to-tv adaptations. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Hard work deserves recognition. And in showbiz, there is no better recognition than an award. So here are the first Emmy Tubthump Awards, which salute the innovative and/or goofy work of Emmy campaigners — those people who work hard to make sure that you become as obsessed with Emmys as they are.
Headless But Not Mindless Award: Fox Broadcasting sent headless horsemen to visit media outlets throughout L.A. to drum up awareness for “Sleepy Hollow.” And it hosted a screening of the show at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Topical Thunder Award: Comedy Central promoted “Key & Peele” with the tagline “Vote for us or Donald Sterling wins.”
- Tim Gray
Despite “Fargo’s” total 18 Emmy nominations, as well as his own for supporting actor in a miniseries, Colin Hanks is still taken aback by the response the show has garnered. “It’s an awesome feeling,” he says. “This is on par with so many of these shows that I admire – that someone would think of ‘Fargo’ in the same breath is sort of surreal.”
Though the role of soft-spoken police officer Gus Grimley had only one scene in the pilot, Hanks was instantly in love with the script and the concept. “Never mind if I get the part, that’s out of my control,” Hanks says he told himself back in the audition stage, “But this is a fun afternoon. This is an audition I don’t mind driving across town for.’”
“That pilot script was so gripping and so much fun to read, but more importantly I think was »
- Shelli Weinstein
“It’s one of my favorite events of the year,” exclaimed TV Academy governor Bob Bergen of Monday’s Performers Peer Group party at Montage Beverly Hills. “We get to celebrate the Performers Peer Group and the nominees as well — it’s so wonderful.”
And celebrate they did. Nominees and members of the Peer Group turned out to mingle and celebrate ahead of the 66th Emmy Awards with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Billy Bob Thornton and Joe Morton among the attendees.
“There’s nothing like a party with some old friends and some new friends, and we’re all here to breathe, I think,” said Morton, nominated for his role on “Scandal.” This will be the actor’s first Emmy Awards, and he says he is “really looking forward to it.”
- Shelli Weinstein
While it’s become a bit of a cliche for nominees to say it’s a thrill just to be included, this year’s slate included 25 newbies, including stars like Matthew McConaughey, Mark Ruffalo and Billy Bob Thornton, who might actually mean it.
And thanks to the success of “Orange Is the New Black,” time served at Litchfield Correctional Facility has indeed been life-changing for the cast.
“On the day that I got this job, I had quit acting,” says Uzo Aduba, whose portrayal of Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on the Netflix dramedy earned her a guest actress nod. “I had gone to an audition that I was sure I wasn’t going to get. I left the audition and I cried from the casting station all the way to the train.” That night Aduba started plotting her options — she knew going to law school would please her Nigerian parents. »
- Carita Rizzo
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