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A two-time Academy Award-winner (with a further four nominations under his belt), Washington has achieved just about all there is to achieve in his glittering Hollywood career. Picking out his five best movies is a tricky job, but we've attempted to do it anyway. Read on to find out which Denzel movies we think are the absolute essentials...
Edward Zwick's American Civil War drama starred Washington as Private Silas Trip, a soldier in the first Union Army unit to be made up entirely of African-American men. Washington stole the movie from its leading man Matthew Broderick, and bagged a Supporting Actor Oscar win for his troubles. He was nominated two years prior for playing activist Steve Biko in Cry Freedom, but this was the movie that »
Jimmy Kimmel has been named as host and co-stars Jennifer Garner, Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Chastain are among the first wave of stars announced to pay tribute to Matthew McConaughey as he becomes the 28th recipient of the American Cinematheque Award. The organization’s annual benefit gala is October 21 at the Beverly Hilton.
Others announced this morning for the show include Cole Hauser, who co-starred as Benny O’Donnell opposite McConaughey in 1993’s Dazed And Confused, the star’s first film. Lili Fini Zanuck, producer of McConaughey’s 2002 film Reign Of Fire, has also been added to the show, with more co-stars and associates expected to be named in the coming days.
Witherspoon appeared opposite McConaughey in 2013’s Mud, while Chastain is in his much-anticipated upcoming November 14 release Interstellar. Garner worked with him on Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past and last year’s Dallas Buyers Club, for which he won the Best Actor Oscar. »
- Pete Hammond
Chastain is also a co-chair of the event along with Toby Emmerich, Jim Gianopulos, Adam Goodman, Brad Grey, Woody Harrelson, Anne Hathaway, Alan Horn, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ryan Kavanaugh, Sue Kroll, Donna Langley, Blaine Lourd, Ron Meyer, Kevin Morris, Rick Nicita, Christopher Nolan, Lynda Obst, Amy Pascal, Nic Pizzolatto, James G. Robinson, Ted Sarandos, Jeff Shell, Greg Silverman, Emma Thomas, Jim Toth, Kevin Tsujihara, Thomas Tull and Paula Wagner.
The mid-career salute raises funds for the American Cinematheque’s year-round programming. Jerry Bruckheimer was honored in 2013.
- Shalini Dore
McConaughey, capping a great year with his Oscar win for "Dallas Buyers Club" and the Emmy-nominated HBO southern gothic "True Detective," will be toasted by Jennifer Garner, Cole Hauser, Reese Witherspoon, Lili Fini Zanuck and "Interstellar" (out November 7) costar Jessica Chastain with in-person tributes. Jimmy Kimmel will emcee the evening. Event co-chairs include such Hollywood who's-who as Chastain, Brad Grey, Woody Harrelson, Anne Hathaway, Alan Horn, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Donna Langley, "Interstellar" director Christopher Nolan, Amy Pascal and "True Detective" creator Nic Pizzolatto, among many more. McConaughey was unanimously tapped for the honor by the Cinematheque Board of Directors, who've feted Jerry Bruckheimer, Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr. and Matt Damon in recent years. More info on this starry night here. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The newly minted company is aiming to fund and produce its own projects in the mid-budget range. “Lions of Lucerne,” which is planned for a shoot in Switzerland for the fall of 2015, will have a budget in the $60 million to $70 million range.
“The Lions of Lucerene” follows Scot Harvath, a young Navy Seal turned U.S. Secret Service agent who survives an attack, which leaves 30 of his fellow agents dead and the president of the United States kidnapped. He begins a worldwide hunt for those responsible in an attempt to rescue the president.
- Dave McNary
Operation: Save the Ewings went off (relatively) without a hitch on Monday’s two-hour Dallas season finale, but as we all know, victory tends to be short-lived at Southfork.
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As promised, the finale claimed the life of a Ewing family member, though not the one most fans predicted. In the episode’s final moments, a car explosion — possibly a marketing ploy for TNT’s new “boom” slogan — burnt poor Christopher to a crisp. A Crisp-topher, if you will.
Of course, his death wasn’t »
“Rarely do we come across an entertainment powerhouse who not only raises the bar for the standard of television, but changes the landscape of the industry altogether,” said Producers Guild Awards co-chairs Todd Black and Ryan Murphy.
The 2014 recipient of the Norman Lear Award was Chuck Lorre and previous recipients include J J Abrams, Don Mischer, Dick Wolf, Jerry Bruckheimer, Garry K Marshall, Aaron Spelling, Steven Bochco, David E Kelley and Mark Burnett. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
In a statement Monday, PGA awards co-chairs Todd Black and Ryan Murphy said, “Rarely do we come across an entertainment powerhouse who not only raises the bar for the standard of television, but changes the landscape of the industry altogether. Mark Gordon is that powerhouse, whose vision has brought us some of the most essential television shows of our time, such as ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Criminal Minds,’ ‘Army Wives’ and ‘Ray Donovan.’ Through Mark’s abiding passion for storytelling and his profound impact on contemporary television, he truly lives up to this award’s namesake. We are so pleased to honor him this year with the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.”
The 26th annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. »
- Tim Gray
Dallas’ third season has been a wild one — arson, murder and sexual seizures are now commonplace at Southfork — but star Josh Henderson assures TVLine that Monday’s killer two-part finale (TNT, 9/8c) is “the biggest episode we’ve done yet.”
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“We won’t all make it out alive,” Henderson says, confirming that TNT is making good on its nerve-wracking “One. Ewing. Will. Die.” promo mantra. “For the first time, nearly every character is in danger all at once. The stakes have never been higher.”
In fact, John Ross will be throwing himself »
Production on the fifth season of HBO's "Game Of Thrones" continues in Croatia with the town of Sibenik appearing to be turned into scenes from the city of Braavos. Actors Maisie Williams, Mark Gatiss, Roger Ashton-Griffiths and Ian Beattie have been spotted in costume filming their scenes, head to Jutarnji for more photos.
Season 4 Spoilers Ahead.... In other 'Thrones' news, actor Charles Dance has revealed to MTV that Tywin Lannister will appear on the show in some capacity next year - likely a flashback: "I'm not completely missing out on the new series. More than that I'm not going to say."
FX has officially renewed its Middle Eastern dynasty drama "Tyrant" for a thirteen-episode, second season. Filming will begin in the spring ahead of a premiere next summer.
"Tyrant" averaged 5.1 million total viewers in its first season, but critically remained steady throughout its run, and pulled »
- Garth Franklin
TNT is looking to be high and dangerous (pun intended) new series. They just ordered up Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer’s new series Cocaine. The pilot order is for Untitled Cocaine Project, which we are not sure if that is the legit title of the show or not. The show will be based around the 70s drug trade that went on in Florida back in the day. Michelle Ashford will be working on the pilot order as a writer. No word yet on a TV premier release timeline was given either.
This show sounds very risky, but also a popular choice. Cable TV loves a good series all about people doing the wrong things and TNT is clearly hoping to be the next cable network to have that success with a series such as that. That is their goal and we can see that is why they chose a big name production for that. »
- Sarah Peel
TNT is dabbling in drugs.
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Written by Masters Of Sex creator Michelle Ashford, the potential show is described as a serialized character drama set in a wild and unpredictable world. It is inspired by Billy Corben’s 2006 documentary Cocaine Cowboys, which chronicled the rise of the cocaine trade and the resulting crime epidemic that swept Miami in the 1970s and 1980s. »
Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Bay and TNT are apparently big on cocaine these days. Or, at least, high on the idea of doing a show about cocaine. TNT has placed a pilot order for an offering currently being referred to as Untitled Cocaine Project, which Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay will executive produce. Also read: DC Comics’ ‘Titans’ Nears Pilot Order at TNT The project is described as a serialized character drama that brings the audience into the captivating, wild and unpredictable world of the Florida drug trade in the 1970s. Jonathan Littman (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”) and “Cocaine Cowboys” duo Billy Corben and Alfred. »
- Tim Kenneally
In what might be the most colorful official temporary title in recent memory, TNT has given a pilot order to “Untitled Cocaine Project.” Bonus: It’s from mega-producers Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer, along with Jonathan Littman, Billy Corben, and Alfred Spellman.
The pitch: “A serialized character drama that brings the audience into the captivating, wild and unpredictable world of the Florida drug trade in the 1970s.” The pilot was written by Michelle Ashford (Masters of Sex).
The project was originally set up at HBO and is based on Corben and Spellman’s 2006 documentary Cocaine Cowboys (which was also the »
- James Hibberd
Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay are investigating the drug trade business, as TNT has ordered an untitled serialized drama pilot about the cocaine business in 1970s Florida from their Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Bay Films shingles in association with Warner Horizon Television.
Michelle Ashford (“Masters of Sex”) wrote the script and is exec producing along with Bruckheimer and Bay. Bruckheimer TV’s Jonathan Littman is also exec producing. So are Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman, who are respectively known for directing and producing the 2006 documentary “Cocaine Cowboys” about the Miami drug trade of that era. Bruckheimer TV’s KristieAnne Reed is co-exec producing.
Bay is an exec producer on TNT’s “The Last Ship,” which was a ratings win for the network over the summer. Bruckheimer recently partnered with “Awkward” creator Lauren Iungerich on the comedy mystery pilot “Couch Detective” for ABC.
- Whitney Friedlander
TNT may be looking for new leadership, but that isn't stopping the cable network from prepping its new pilot slate. The Turner-owned cabler has ordered an untitled cocaine drama from executive producers Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Bay and Michelle Ashford, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Sources say the drama has been in the works for a long time under programming president Michael Wright, who is poised to exit the entertainment group he has been a part of for a decade. The untitled entry is described as a serialized character drama centering on the captivating, wild and unpredictable world of the Florida drug
- Lesley Goldberg
TNT is nearing a pilot deal for a new TV series based on the popular DC Comics title Teen Titans, which will simply be called Titans. The character Nightwing will lead the group, with the pilot being co-written by Akiva Goldsman, best known for his I Am Legend and A Beautiful Mind screenplays.
Akiva Goldsman is co-penning the pilot script with Marc Haimes, an executive turned writer. Titans centers on former Batman side-kick Dick Grayson (aka Robin) who emerges from the shadows of The Dark Knight as Nightwing to lead his own fearless band of superheroes, which may include Starfire and Raven. While no other characters are mentioned by name in the source story, also part of the group in the DC Comics and animated series are Cyborg (rumored to be making an appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Beast Boy and Terra. It is not known which »
'Top Gun' Sequel
The Top Gun sequel, which has long been rumored, could finally be getting off the ground. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer revealed back in March that he was hoping to get the project underway and that there was already a concept for the film in place. One thing holding production back at the time was Cruise’s availability.
“The concept is, basically, are the pilots obsolete because of drones? Cruise is going to show them that they’re not obsolete. They’re here to stay. It’s just getting to the starting place," Bruckheimer told The Huffington Post. Fortunately for Tom, he’s very busy, so you have to find a slot he can fit into and get a budget that Paramount feels they can make the picture. »
Long-awaited sequel Top Gun 2 looks to be moving forwards once more, with THR reporting that Paramount is in negotiations with a potential screenwriter. Justin Marks is the writer in question, having recently penned the screenplay for Disney’s update of The Jungle Book, which is currently in production. With Jerry Bruckheimer having recently joined the studio, the wheels appear to be turning again on a project that had stalled since the tragic passing of the late Tony Scott. A screenplay had previously been drafted by Peter...
- George Wales
It's been decades in the making, but "Top Gun 2" may be inching closer to actually happening, with the project currently courting a new screenwriter.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Justin Marks -- who penned the screenplay for Disney's upcoming adaptation of "The Jungle Book," directed by Jon Favreau -- is hammering out negotiations to rewrite the script to the long-gestating sequel, set to be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Bruckheimer recently switched over his producing loyalties from Disney to Paramount, which is making the follow-up to the 1986 Tom Cruise flick.
The last time the "Top Gun" sequel script got an overhaul was in 2012, when "The Town" scribe Peter Craig took a crack at it. But that iteration faltered, held up in part by the suicide that year of director Tony Scott, who helmed the original and was set to take the reins on the follow-up, too.
It seems that this time, »
- Katie Roberts
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