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Though he was ostensibly promoting his role in the upcoming Robert Rodriguez sequel "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," Josh Brolin's Reddit Ama on Thursday was delightfully all over the map, with topics ranging from "The Goonies" ("I've never had more fun on a movie") to his disastrous "Thrashin'" audition ("an 18 wheeler ran over it") to the insanity of working with Paul Thomas Anderson ("It felt like swimming in a Ralph Steadman drawing") to that horrible moment on the set of "American Gangster" with Russell Crowe ("I went back to my trailer waiting to be fired"). But mostly he talked about "The Goonies," and god love him for it. Check out the 21 best moments from the spirited, candid and wildly entertaining Q&A below. 1. His favorite superheroes are the Hulk, Thor and...Richie Rich? @Judomonkeykyle asks: Hi Josh, are you a comic book fan? Who is your favorite superhero/supervillan? »
- Chris Eggertsen
Haugesund, Norway– European powerhouse Studiocanal will roll into Toronto with a glam slate of cast-driven, English-language titles led by Luca Guadagnino’s sexy psychological thriller “A Bigger Splash” (Working Title) and Max Joseph’s coming-of-age drama “We Are Your Friends.”
Wes Bentley has joined Zac Efron and Emily Ratajkowski (“Gone Girl”) in “We Are Your Friends,” a chronicle of a 23-year-old aspiring DJ who tries to find his voice in the electro music scene and bonds with an older DJ. Working Title is producing the film, which is shooting.
Meanwhile, “Fifty Shades of Grey” star Dakota Johnson has joined the cast of “A Bigger Splash,” an edgy and contempo twist on the cult Alain Delon-Romy Schneider starrer “La Piscine.” Johnson will play opposite Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Margot Robbie and Matthias Schoenaerts.
“Splash” centers on a glamorous couple whose holiday in Southern Italy takes an unexpected turn with »
- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell
During a pause in the missile attacks, the cameras roll and a young Palestinian girl playing the role of Anne Frank speaks her lines against the backdrop of a bombed-out school in Gaza. “Why is a nation spending more money on war than on medicine, education and art?” she asks, her words both weary and wise. It is a question for the ages, one that could be asked of any war. But in this case, it’s being asked in the middle of a war zone during production of What Does Anne Frank Mean Today?
Two days later, cameras are rolling again. There have been more missiles, more destruction, and more death. The young actress takes her mark in front of a new set of ruins and begins to talk about Anne’s hopes and dreams for a future that will never be. As she speaks her lines, two men »
- David Robb, Special To Deadline
When Bette Davis coined the phrase “Old age is no place for sissies,” she may as well have been describing the plot of “The Expendables 3.” Written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, the ensemble film features a cast of mature action vets who aren’t about to trade in their bullets for bifocals just yet. As the third entry in the popular franchise explodes into theaters on August 15, here’s a look at 12 films starring some of the toughest seniors in cinema.
Continuing his late-career reinvention as a post-middle aged action hero, Liam Neeson plays a federal air marshal who receives a series of threatening texts during a transatlantic flight. Trapping the 62-year old star in a confined location proved a wise decision as the modestly-budgeted thriller opened at No. 1 in the U.S. and earned over $200 million worldwide.
Arriving on September 26, this feature adaptation of the »
- Matthew Chernov
Wow, check out Benicio Del Toro here as Pablo Escobar. Some new images have turned up from Paradise Lost, which tells the story of a young surfer who meets the woman of his dreams. Not long after he meets her uncle, Pablo Escobar. The movie also stars Josh Hutcherson and while it’s not necessarily a biopic of Escobar, it could make for some gripping viewing. It’s not the first time an Escobar inspired movie has been on the cars as way back in 2003, Christian Bale and Javier Bardem were attached to “Killing Pablo” and Joe Carnahan was attached to direct, but ultimately that fell through. It did sound awesome though! Released: November 26th USA »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
There have been several attempts recently to get a film centered on drug lord Pablo Escobar off the ground, the one the most frequently comes to mind was Joe Carnahan's attempt which had Javier Bardem in the lead and Christian Bale co-starring, but that film was not to be and neither was Antoine Fuqua's (more on that here). One of them, however, made it through the cracks, Andrea Di Stefano's Escobar - Paradise Lost with Benicio del Toro in the title role, but it's not exactly what you might think. The film follows a surfer named Nick (Josh Hutcherson) who thinks all his dreams have come true when he visits his brother in Colombia and, against an idyllic backdrop of blue lagoons and white beaches, falls madly in love with Maria, a beautiful Colombian girl (Claudia Traisac). Things, of course, go awry when he meets her uncle, »
- Brad Brevet
The story of Columbian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar has long fascinated Hollywood. But aside from "Medellin," the Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) starring epic from "Entourage," the character has eluded Tinseltown thus far. But it’s certainly not for a lack of trying. Javier Bardem and Christian Bale were attached to a Joe Carnahan version of “Killing Pablo” back in 2003. That version eventually fell apart and as recently as 2012, Carnahan said he would make it his next movie with Edgar Ramirez likely in the lead role. That production fell through (Carnahan made “Stretch” next), but a completely different Pablo Escobar movie, “Escobar: Paradise Lost” has now been made, likely putting paid to Carnahan’s version. Starring Benicio del Toro, clearly a perfect casting choice to play Escobar, this rendition of the drug overlord's story is very different from the law-trying-to-take-the-crook-down iteration Carnahan hoped to make. Directed by Italian actor »
- Edward Davis
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
Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly Sunday column, two old friends get together and grind their axes on the movie business. Off last Sunday, the boys have a lot on their minds.
Fleming: We have entered an age of digital fascism; render an opinion against the grain, and disagreement is followed by insults and threats to end careers. Because of an opinion.
Bart: Are you referring to Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Pedro Almodovar being attacked for signing that petition charging Israel with practicing genocide in the Gaza? It was certainly not a smart move on their part.
Fleming: I get that. Anyone paying attention can see Israel’s existence comes out of an unimaginable genocide attempt in WWII. I wonder if Bardem and Cruz read the fine print when the petition was put under their noses. Provoked by »
- Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr
Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly Sunday column, two old friends get together and grind their axes on the movie business. Off last Sunday, the boys have a lot on their minds. Fleming: We have entered an age of digital fascism; render an opinion against the grain, and disagreement is followed by insults and threats to end careers. Because of an opinion. Bart: Are you referring to Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Pedro Almodovar being attacked for signing that petition charging Israel with practicing genocide in the Gaza? It […] »
Like everyone else, I've been watching the media war surrounding the military conflict in Israel and Gaza with equal fascination and horror. Images of bleeding Palestinian children, of tiny corpses, of grief-maddened mothers tell a story. But they tell only part of a story. Now we have images of sophisticated tunnels, complete with electricity and communications systems, burrowed dozens of feet beneath the ground, built to kidnap and terrorize Israelis. They tell a different part of the story. Also read: Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Pedro Almodovar Condemn Israel for Gaza Attacks As outside observers, it is all too difficult for us to know. »
- Sharon Waxman
Now that Bond 24 is back on track, and will start shooting in December, following a short delay due to script issues, the focus has returned to casting this action-packed sequel. A new report claims that Léa Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Color) is the top choice for the female lead, opposite Daniel Craig as 007.
While no specific character details have surfaced, Schmoes Know reports that the actress may be playing Miranda Frost, a character originally portrayed by Rosamund Pike in Pierce Brosnan's last James Bond adventure, 2002's Die Another Day. Here's what a casting breakdown revealed about the character.
"Lead Female (30-40) Attractive, sophisticated, cool and calm secret agent."
This version of Miranda Frost is said to be much different than Rosamund Pike's incarnation, but it still isn't clear if this is the role that Léa Seydoux is being pursued for. In Die Another Day, »
Renowned film star Jacqueline Bisset believes she’s an even better actress than she used to be, certainly backing up such a statement by turning in one of her bravest roles of her career to date, in Abel Ferrara’s contentious drama Welcome to New York.
Inspired by the now infamous Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair, Bisset plays Simone, the beleaguered wife to Gérard Depardieu’s sociopathic, somewhat repulsive Devereux, who is going through a court case following his sexual assault on a hotel maid. Bisset, who shines in her supporting role, tell us that she’s better now than she’s ever been, which is certainly saying something, given she’s starred in productions such as Bullitt and Murder on the Orient Express, across what has been a truly illustrious career.
“I’m a much better actress now than I was then,” she said. “I have a lot more life experiences, »
- Stefan Pape
When the latest battle in Gaza finally is over, as someday it will be, hard feelings could linger in the corner offices of Hollywood toward the stars who have voiced anti-Israel sentiments. But will the artists who criticize Israel military strikes -- particularly married Spaniards Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, who accused the country of "genocide" in a widely circulated July 25 letter -- suffer career backlash in a town whose power brokers tend to be strong supporters of Israel? So far, Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh is the only studio head willing to go public with his disgust. "As the grandson
- Tina Daunt, Tatiana Siegel
Following close on the heels of last week’s open letter penned by Spanish filmmakers including Pedro Almodovar, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, a handful of Korean movie-biz professionals and others have added their voices to the chorus in calling for an end to the violence in Gaza. In a letter titled “Peace in Palestine!” and posted to the website of non-profit peace organization Nanum Munhwa, Korean filmmakers including Oldboy director Park Chan-wook, The Attorney producer Jae-Won Choi and The Berlin File helmer Seung-wan Ryoo want Israel’s “massacre” of civilians to be “stopped immediately.” The petition demands that Israel’s “indiscriminate slaughter […] »
Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh has become the first major Hollywood executive to weigh in on last week's controversial letter, signed by Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, that denounced what it called Israeli "genocide." "It makes my blood boil," Kavanaugh told The Hollywood Reporter. "As the grandson of Holocaust survivors, anyone calling it Israeli 'genocide' vs. protecting themselves are either the most ignorant people about the situation and shouldn't be commenting, or are truly anti-Semitic." In response to the escalating conflict in Gaza, Cruz and Bardem were among a group of Spanish film luminaries to pen
- Tatiana Siegel, Tina Daunt
After Bardem and Cruz signed a letter last week condemning Israel's attacks against Gaza, Voight penned a column in The Hollywood Reporter calling the couple "obviously ignorant" and warning that the letter could fan the flames of anti-Semitism.
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- Liz Raftery
Jon Voight is Blasting Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem for allegedly encouraging anti-Semitism through an open letter they signed accusing Israel of carrying out a "genocide" in Gaza. The Oscar winners later clarified that they wanted "peace" for both sides, not just the Palestinians, and acknowledged that all parties involved have suffered significant hardships. But in a blistering column, Voight writes that the pair are "oblivious to the damage they have caused." See here. »
- Shari Weiss
The brutal conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has moved several high profile actors and filmmakers to voice their opinions in support of one side or the other. The latest is Jon Voight, who attacks Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz for signing a letter accusing the Israeli military of genocide. In response to the strongly-worded July 29 letter signed by Bardem, Cruz and Pedro Almodovar, among others and published in a Spanish newspaper, Voight blasted the actors this morning with his own Open letter saying they have defamed the only democratic country of goodwill in the Middle East: Israel (Bardem and Cruz later clarified their statements this […] »
My name is Jon Voight and I am more than angry, I am heartsick that people like Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem could incite anti-Semitism all over the world and are oblivious to the damage they have caused. Photos The Top Celebrity Political Twitter Commentators They are obviously ignorant of the whole story of Israel’s birth, when in 1948 the Jewish people were offered by the Un a portion of the land originally set aside for them in 1921, and the Arab Palestinians were offered the other half. The Arabs rejected the offer, and the Jews accepted, only
- Jon Voight
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