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WWII Pic The Catcher Was A Spy Adds Sienna Miller And Giancarlo Giannini

23 February 2017 2:40 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Giancarlo Giannini and The Lost City of Z‘s Sienna Miller are the latest stars to climb aboard The Catcher Was a Spy, Ben Lewin’s WWII drama poised to take the incredible true story of former Mlb player Moe Berg and pitch it for the big screen.

Deadline has the scoop, confirming that Giannini and Miller now join an ensemble comprised of Ant-Man‘s Paul Rudd, Guy Pearce, Paul Giamatti and Jeff Daniels. Dawidoff’s biography, The Catcher Was A Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg, has been labeled as the primary source of inspiration, creatively speaking, as it tells the story of Berg’s double life as a multilingual pro baseball player, who spent his time away from the field operating as an agent for the Office of Strategic Services – the U.S. intelligence agency that went on to become the CIA we know today – during »

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Sienna Miller, Giancarlo Giannini Join ‘The Catcher Was A Spy’

23 February 2017 12:29 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive:  Sienna Miller and Giancarlo Giannini have joined The Catcher Was A Spy, the Ben Lewin-directed drama that stars Paul Rudd, Guy Pearce, Paul Giamatti and Jeff Daniels. Robert Rodat adapted the script from Nicholas Dawidoff’s bestselling book that tells the true story of Moe Berg, a major league ballplayer who was an important spy against the Nazis in WWII. While they call catcher’s equipment “the tools of ignorance,” Berg was the extreme exception, an Ivy… »

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Sienna Miller joins 'The Catcher Was A Spy'

23 February 2017 5:12 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Paul RuddGuy PearcePaul Giamatti and Jeff Daniels among previously announced cast.

Giancarlo Giannini has also joined the cast of Ben Lewin’s story about professional baseball player and polyglot Moe Berg.

The Ivy League graduate became a spy during the Second World War and helped the Americans beat the Germans in the race to make the atomic bomb.

Robert Rodat wrote the screenplay based on Nicholas Dawidoff’s book.

Miller will play Berg’s love interest Estella Huni, while Giannini will portray Italian physicist Professor Eduardo Amaldi.

PalmStar Media and Animus Films are co-producing The Catcher Was A Spy. PalmStar Media is financing the film with Windy Hill Pictures.

UTA Independent Film Group packaged the project and jointly represents the film with PalmStar.  »

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Trump, Triumph and Speaking Truth to Power: Politics Take a Bow at 2017 Writers Guild Awards

19 February 2017 9:50 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

When you think about the Writers Guild of America, which hosted two award ceremonies on Sunday night in two Blue cities, New York and Los Angeles, it’s no surprise that the writers spoke out. (Check out videos of some of the best bits below.)

For example, while accepting his life achievement award, filmmaker Oliver Stone got two standing ovations. After conservative James Woods was targeted at the top of the evening by WGA West Awards show host Patton Oswalt, retaliating by going onstage to steal his shoe, Woods presented the WGA award to the ultra liberal Stone, who starred him in “Salvador,” won three Oscars for “Midnight Express,” “Born on the Fourth of July” and “Platoon,” and penned “greed is good.”

Stone thanked mentors Robert Bolt and Ernest Lehman as well as Wma agent Ron Mardigian. He reminded that when he told Billy Wilder about his “Nixon” running time of 3 hours 10 minutes, »

- Anne Thompson and Kate Erbland

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Trump, Triumph and Speaking Truth to Power: Politics Take a Bow at 2017 Writers Guild Awards

19 February 2017 9:50 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When you think about the Writers Guild of America, which hosted two award ceremonies on Sunday night in two Blue cities, New York and Los Angeles, it’s no surprise that the writers spoke out. (Check out videos of some of the best bits below.)

For example, while accepting his life achievement award, filmmaker Oliver Stone got two standing ovations. After conservative James Woods was targeted at the top of the evening by WGA West Awards show host Patton Oswalt, retaliating by going onstage to steal his shoe, Woods presented the WGA award to the ultra liberal Stone, who starred him in “Salvador,” won three Oscars for “Midnight Express,” “Born on the Fourth of July” and “Platoon,” and penned “greed is good.”

Stone thanked mentors Robert Bolt and Ernest Lehman as well as Wma agent Ron Mardigian. He reminded that when he told Billy Wilder about his “Nixon” running time of 3 hours 10 minutes, »

- Anne Thompson and Kate Erbland

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The Catcher Was A Spy Fills Out Cast With Paul Giamatti And Jeff Daniels

9 February 2017 11:57 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Deadline reports that Jeff Daniels and Billions star Paul Giamatti have closed deals to join WWII drama The Catcher Was a Spy.

They’ll buddy up with Ant-Man‘s Paul Rudd and Guy Pearce, who climbed on board to play military specialist Furman just last week. Daniels is attached to the role of O.S.S. Chief “Wild Bill” Donovan – commonly referred to as the “Father of Central Intelligence” long before the CIA was born – while Giamatti will portray a physicist known as Goudsmit. Leading the charge for this one is Rudd, who signed on to play Moe Berg early on in development. A multilingual pro baseball player, in his time away from the field, Berg secretly moonlighted as an agent for the Office of Strategic Services – hence the title – during the throes of World War II, accepting assignments all across the Caribbean, South America and even mainland Europe.

Adapted from Dawidoff’s biography, »

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Paul Giamatti & Jeff Daniels Join Paul Rudd In ‘Catcher Was A Spy’

9 February 2017 9:54 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Paul Giamatti and Jeff Daniels are joining Paul Rudd and Guy Pearce in Catcher Was A Spy, the Ben Lewin-directed and Robert Rodat-scripted drama that begins filming Monday in Prague, with shooting also in Boston. The film is fully financed and produced by PalmStar Media with PalmStar’s financial partner Windy Hill Pictures. It’s a PalmStar and Animus Films production, with Palmstar’s Kevin Frakes producing with Windy Hill’s  Buddy Patrick, Jim Young, Tatiana… »

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Oprah Winfrey will lead the cast of the Terms Of Endearment remake

8 February 2017 10:19 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Oprah Winfrey is set for the Terms Of Endearment remake over at Paramount Pictures. so reports The Wrap.

The original film opened all of the way back in 1983, and starred Shirley MacLaineDebra Winger and Jeff Daniels. According to sources, Winfrey will play the MacLaine role in the planned film, which will be directed by Lee Daniels (Precious, The Butler).

Here’t the plot of the original.

Widow Aurora Greenway (Shirley MacLaine) and her daughter, Emma (Debra Winger), have a strong bond, but Emma marries teacher Flap Horton (Jeff Daniels) against her mother’s wishes. When the marriage grows sour due to Flap’s cheating, Emma eventually splits from him, returning to her mother, who is involved with a former astronaut (Jack Nicholson). Soon, Emma learns that she has terminal cancer. In the hospital, supported by Aurora, she tries to make peace with Flap and her children.

Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, »

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Lee Daniels and Oprah Winfrey Are Reportedly Eyeing a ‘Terms of Endearment’ Remake

8 February 2017 9:27 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Terms of Endearment” is a 1983 dramedy feature adapted from the novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry, written, directed and produced by James L. Brooks. Starring Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Jeff Daniels, and John… Continue Reading → »

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Oprah Winfrey in Talks to Star in Lee Daniels’ ‘Terms of Endearment’ Remake

8 February 2017 3:07 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Oprah Winfrey and Lee Daniels could be teaming up in the near future for a remake of the 1983 Oscar winner “Terms of Endearment.” According to The Wrap, Paramount Pictures secured the rights to the project for Daniels to develop, with Winfrey in negotiations to star as Shirley MacLaine’s hard-to-please character Aurora Greenway.

The original film was based on Larry McMurtry’s novel of the same name and was adapted by James L. Brooks, who also directed the feature. “Terms” told the story of widow Aurora and her daughter, Emma (Debra Winger), two women with a strong bond that face challenges after Emma marries Flap Horton (Jeff Daniels) against her mother’s wishes. After her marriage crumbles, she returns home to find out that she has terminal cancer.

Paramount had no comment regarding the remake.

Read More: ’13th: A Conversation With Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay’ Is An Essential Companion »

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Newswire: Oprah to star in Lee Daniels’ Terms Of Endearment remake

8 February 2017 2:38 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Realizing that we will be seeking comfort or catharsis in cinema now more than ever, Paramount has announced it’s remaking the delightful and weepy dramedy, Terms Of Endearment. What’s more is, according to The Wrap, Empire impresario Lee Daniels is in talks to helm the film, which will reportedly star Oprah Winfrey. Daniels previously directed Winfrey in his 2013 film, Lee DanielsThe Butler.

Representatives for the studio and talent declined to comment, but The Wrap’s sources say Paramount has secured the rights to the project. The 1983 original was directed by James L. Brooks, and starred Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger as a mother and daughter with a contentious yet loving relationship. Jeff Daniels was in it, too, and he played an asshole, while Jack Nicholson had a charming turn as an aging lothario/astronaut. Brooks won three Oscars for his film, while Nicholson nabbed a ...

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‘The Squid and the Whale’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

23 January 2017 2:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Owen Kline, William Baldwin, David Benger, Anna Paquin | Written and Directed by Noah Baumbach

As they bicker over the tennis net and over the dinner table, there’s tension in the Berkman family from the start. The year is 1986, and a pair of middle class Brooklyn parents are on the cusp of divorce. As we discover, it’s been coming for a long time. Joan (Laura Linney) had an affair for four years. Bernard (Jeff Daniels) is jealous of his wife’s blossoming career, as he finds his own on a down slope.

Upon hearing the devastating news of the separation, the younger son Frank (Owen Kline) starts speaking obscenely and behaving obscener. His older brother Walt (Jesse Eisenberg) is more measured in his grief, but his cocky swagger is no more convincing a mask for the pain. As Joan and Bernard bellow, »

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The 24 Most Anticipated New TV Shows of 2017

5 January 2017 10:49 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Television in 2017 needs Jon Stewart, and that’s exactly who they’re going to get. We could also use a “Young Pope,” more than a few messages addressed, “Dear White People,” and why not throw in a little porn to boot?

Yes? We get all of that? And more? Ok, great! Looks like it’s going to be one helluva year.

Read More: The 17 Netflix Original Series To Be Excited About in 2017

While many were busy saying goodbye to 2016, IndieWire was already looking ahead to 2017 — specifically, to all the great television on the way. In the gallery above (or click here), we’ve picked 24 of our most anticipated new shows expected to hit this year, and even now we’re still pretty astounded at the onslaught of intriguing titles headed our way.

Jon Stewart, Steven Soderbergh, David Simon, Todd Field, the Duplass brothers, Sarah Polley, Marti Noxon, Dee Rees and so many more prominent producers, »

- Ben Travers

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The 24 Most Anticipated New TV Shows of 2017

5 January 2017 10:49 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Television in 2017 needs Jon Stewart, and that’s exactly who they’re going to get. We could also use a “Young Pope,” more than a few messages addressed, “Dear White People,” and why not throw in a little porn to boot?

Yes? We get all of that? And more? Ok, great! Looks like it’s going to be one helluva year.

Read More: The 17 Netflix Original Series To Be Excited About in 2017

While many were busy saying goodbye to 2016, IndieWire was already looking ahead to 2017 — specifically, to all the great television on the way. In the gallery above (or click here), we’ve picked 24 of our most anticipated new shows expected to hit this year, and even now we’re still pretty astounded at the onslaught of intriguing titles headed our way.

Jon Stewart, Steven Soderbergh, David Simon, Todd Field, the Duplass brothers, Sarah Polley, Marti Noxon, Dee Rees and so many more prominent producers, »

- Ben Travers

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‘The Purple Rose of Cairo’ Blu-ray Review

2 January 2017 4:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello | Written and Directed by Woody Allen

Sumptuously designed and realised, Woody Allen’s 1985 fable didn’t exactly set the box office alight and isn’t always cited as a classic. Yet Allen, here drawing upon his dual-coast adorations for New York and Hollywood, himself regards Purple Rose as a favourite, and I would be inclined to agree.

Cecilia (Mia Farrow) is a weary waitress, eking a living in Depression-era New Jersey. Her husband (Danny Aiello) is a boor and a bore, all beer and women, and Cecilia’s sole escape is the cinema. She’s watches The Purple Rose of Cairo – an utterly convincing high adventure story about sphinxes and socialites – repeatedly, and falls in love with its star, Gil Shepherd (Jeff Daniels).

One day, Gil’s character Tom turns to the audience and starts talking to Cecilia. Tom then enters the real world, »

- Rupert Harvey

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