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Film News Roundup: Sandra Bullock to Star in, Produce Warner Bros. Comedy

In today’s film news roundup, Sandra Bullock will star in and produce a comedy at Warner Bros., Michael Stuhlbarg joins Kevin Spacey in “Gore,” and Ron Perlman comes on board “The Escape of Prisoner 614.”

Sandra Bullock has signed on to co-produce and star in an untitled comedy for Warner Bros., where she starred in “Gravity” and “Miss Congeniality.”

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The project is based on a script by the team of Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse. Bullock will produce with Michael Bostick, who developed the pitch with the writers through his production company Rocket Science Entertainment.

The logline is being kept under wraps. Bullock will be seen next year as part of the ensemble cast of Warner Bros.’ “Ocean’s Eight.”

Production president Courtenay Valenti will oversee for the studio. Bullock is represented by CAA and Cliff Gilbert-Lurie and Jamey Cohen at Ziffren Brittenham. The
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Michael Stuhlbarg Joins Kevin Spacey in Netflix's Gore Vidal Biopic

Michael Stuhlbarg Joins Kevin Spacey in Netflix's Gore Vidal Biopic
Michael Stuhlbarg, Freya Mavor and Nikolai Kinski have joined the cast of Netflix's Gore Vidal biopic starring Kevin Spacey.

Michael Hoffman is directing the film from a screenplay co-written with Jay Parini, based on Parini's 2015 biography Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal. The film focuses on the period in 1982 following Gore’s loss in the California Senate primary election. He retreats to his Italian home La Rondinaia in a Bacchanalian attempt to circumvent his writer’s block and sense of ennui. Douglas Booth and Griffin Dunne are also featured in the cast.

Stuhlbarg will play Gore’s longtime companion Howard;...
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Douglas Booth Boards Netflix’s ‘Gore’ Biopic Opposite Kevin Spacey

Exclusive: British actor Douglas Booth has joined Netflix’s Gore, starring opposite Kevin Spacey who plays the eponymous Gore Vidal. The Last Station helmer Michael Hoffman is directing Gore, which is filming in Italy and also stars Griffin Dunne in the story of the legendary writer. Douglas plays Jamie, a young British writer whose work catches Vidal’s eye. The titular character spent large periods of time in Rome in the early 1960s and later between the Italian capital…
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Douglas Booth Boards Netflix’s ‘Gore’ Biopic Opposite Kevin Spacey

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Exclusive: British actor Douglas Booth has joined Netflix’s Gore, starring opposite Kevin Spacey who plays the eponymous Gore Vidal. The Last Station helmer Michael Hoffman is directing Gore, which is filming in Italy and also stars Griffin Dunne in the story of the legendary writer. Douglas plays Jamie, a young British writer whose work catches Vidal’s eye. The titular character spent large periods of time in Rome in the early 1960s and later between the Italian capital…
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Griffin Dunne Joins Kevin Spacey In ‘Gore’ Biopic For Netflix

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Exclusive: Griffin Dunne has come aboard the Netflix biopic Gore opposite Kevin Spacey, who is playing the title character Gore Vidal. The Last Station helmer Michael Hoffman is directing Gore, which is filming in Italy. Vidal spent large periods of time in Rome in the early 1960s and later between the Italian capital and a grand villa called La Rondinaia in the Amalfi Coast village of Ravello, where he hosted an array famous faces including Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger and…
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Quick Take: Gore Vidal on Film

Variety recently announced that Kevin Spacey is to bring Gore Vidal to our screens in a Netflix original film. Directed by Michael Hoffman (dir. The Last Station), Spacey might be the most perfect casting, and judging by some coded, jovial remarks at the Tony Awards this year, may relish a role like this.

Vidal's life has previously been on screen in documentaries: Gore Vidal: United States of Amnesia and Best of Enemies, about his combative relationship with William F. Buckley.

Vidal: Writer, bon vivant, public intellectual and unapologetic homosexual has a rich, albeit chequered history in cinema. Screenwriter for the frenzied Suddenly, Last Summer, debauched bloodbath Caligula and his own notorious novel Myra Breckinridge was adapted into X-rated 1970 film.

And as uncredited writer of Ben-Hur, he was responsible for those lingering glances between Stephen Boyd and Charlton Heston - not that Heston ever knew that...
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Kevin Spacey to play Gore Vidal in Netflix biopic

Variety is reporting that two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey is set to portray the late American writer Gore Vidal in an upcoming biopic entitled Gore, which is being produced by Netflix.

Gore is being directed by Michael Hoffman (The Last Station) and will explore the life of the author, playwright and political commentator during the 1980s. The film is currently shooting in Rome, but will soon move to Vidal’s longtime villa in Ravello, where he entertained a host of high-profile friends including the likes of Greta Garbo, Lauren Bacall, Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon, Andy Warhol, Rudolf Nureyev, and Mick Jagger.

Kevin Spacey was most recently seen in Edgar Wright’s latest film Baby Driver, while his upcoming films include Rebel in the Rye, Billionaire Boys Club and All the Money in the World – all of which see him portraying real life people in Whit Burnett, Ron Levin and J.
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Kevin Spacey to Play Gore Vidal in Netflix Film

Kevin Spacey to Play Gore Vidal in Netflix Film
Two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey is next slated to play Gore Vidal in a new Netflix film about the writer's life. 

Michael Hoffman (One Fine Day, The Last Station) is directing the film for Netflix. The project is currently in pre-production in Rome. Andy Paterson is producing. 

Shooting will begin at the end of August in Rome, according to sources, and then move to the Amalfi Coast, where most of the film will take place. 

Vidal purchased his infamous cliffside mansion in Ravello, La Rondinaia in 1972 and moved there permanently in 1993. 

The writer hosted numerous international celebrities in the seven-bedroom...
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Kevin Spacey To Play Gore Vidal In Netflix Biopic

Kevin Spacey To Play Gore Vidal In Netflix Biopic
Kevin Spacey is set to play celebrated American writer Gore Vidal in an upcoming Netflix original biopic titled Gore. Michael Hoffman, who directed 2009's The Last Station starring Helen Mirren and James McAvoy, will direct the 1980s-set film with UK producer Andy Paterson (The Railway Man, Girl With A Pearl Earring) producing. The film is shooting in Italy. Vidal had a love affair with Italy, spending large periods of time in Rome in the early 1960s and later between the…
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Kevin Spacey Playing Author Gore Vidal in Netflix Original Biopic (Exclusive)

Kevin Spacey Playing Author Gore Vidal in Netflix Original Biopic (Exclusive)
Rome – Oscar winner Kevin Spacey is playing writer Gore Vidal in a new Netflix original biopic, “Gore,” which is in production in Italy.

U.S. director Michael Hoffman (“The Last Station”) is helming the 1980s-set film about the late American author, playwright, and occasional political candidate. “Gore” is currently shooting in Rome but will move next month to Vidal’s longtime villa in Ravello, a village on the Amalfi Coast, sources tell Variety.

British producer Andy Paterson (“Girl with a Pearl Earring”) is producing “Gore” for Netflix.

Netflix was not available for comment.

Vidal’s beloved gravity-defying villa La Rondinaia, nestled on a craggy cliff in Ravello a thousand feet above the Tyrrhenian Sea, will feature prominently in the movie, according to the president of the Ravello Foundation, Sebastiano Maffettone, local media reported. At La Rondinaia, which he sold in 2004, Vidal entertained his vast network of high-profile friends and acquaintances, including Greta Garbo,
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A Midsummer Night's Dream Trailer Introduces a Real Butthead

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A Midsummer Night's Dream Trailer Introduces a Real Butthead
William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream is set for a new adaptation and it features a literal butthead. Head of an ass is supposed to be the head of a donkey, but this "fresh" new take will feature a literal interpretation on the age-old pun. Bottom will have an actual ass for a face and you can see it in the picture below, no pun intended. Shakespeare wrote the comedy in 1595/1596 and it portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Thseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, the former queen of the Amazons. The events include the adventures of six amateur actors, aka the Mechanics and four Athenian lovers who are controlled and manipulated by fairies who live in the forest where most of the play is set.

The trailer for A Midsummer Night's Dream comes to us courtesy of Entertainment Weekly and in addition to the previously mentioned ass face,
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Berlin: Umedia Signs First-Look Deal With Egoli Tossell Pictures

Belgian film group Umedia has signed a development and first-look deal with Berlin-based production company Egoli Tossell Pictures, whose slate includes Michael Hoffman’s Oscar-nominated The Last Station, Olivier Assayas’ Golden Globe-winning miniseries Carlos and Jon S. Baird’s Filth, featuring Split star James McAvoy.

Under the terms of the deal, Umedia will co-finance Egoli Tossell’s film development slate and have first-look rights to co-produce any projects developed.

“This is a key part of our group’s growth strategy, and an important step forward as we continue to expand our catalog and production capability,” said Umedia CEO Adrian Politowski. “Umedia and Egoli Tossell...
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‘Carol’ Cinematographer Ed Lachman Takes Top Prize at Camerimage

‘Carol’ Cinematographer Ed Lachman Takes Top Prize at Camerimage
Bydgoszcz, Poland — “Carol” cinematographer Ed Lachman won the top award, the Golden Frog, at Camerimage Film Festival, which is devoted to the art of cinematography, on Saturday. The film, which is directed by Todd Haynes, and stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, looks at repression and romance in 1950s America.

Lachman said: “I keep telling Todd, ‘Not another one,’ and he keeps hiring me … This award really goes to my crew, my director and all of you who love cinema, and my fellow nominees — I was so inspired by their images, and I never thought that this would be the award. I will always be a student here, and whatever I contribute to this festival, I always feel like I take away much, much more.”

It was a film of “aristocratic grace and elegance,” said the jury, which was headed by director Michael Hoffman, adding: “It seamlessly evokes the period
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George Clooney Set To Helm Coen Brothers Script Suburbicon

It’s a project that has been rumoured for the best part of a decade, but it seems that the pieces are finally falling into place for Suburbicon – an as-yet unproduced script by Academy Award winners Joel and Ethan Coen. This time, however, it will not be the celebrated siblings calling the shots – it will be their now regular collaborator, George Clooney.

Suburbicon has remained a mystery – an almost mythical concept, the existence of which has only ever been confirmed by fleeting whispers on the Hollywood breeze. It has always generated interest, though, because it promises to be a return to the tone of the very first feature film directed by the Coen Brothers – Blood Simple. In conversation, it has always been characterized as a 1950s noirish crime drama, so the question becomes, will handing it over to another filmmaker be a help or a hindrance to this long awaited project?
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New York Stage and Film Launches 1st Filmmakers’ Workshop

The 31st Powerhouse season continues its support of early-career artists with the launch of its inaugural Filmmakers’ Workshop July 7. A partnership between New York Stage and Film and Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., the eight-day residency gives participants one-on-one sessions with a list of professional mentors that includes writer-actor Jennifer Westfeldt, actor-director Ken Olin, director Michael Hoffman, and award-winning writer John Patrick Shanley, among others. Six up-and-coming filmmakers were selected for the residency: Maria Agui Carter (“The Secret Life of Mariposa”); Adam Curley (“Alter”); Mozhan Marno (“Yalda”); Tyler Nilson (“Peanut Butter Falcon”); Maya Perez (“Bring Back Our Girls”); and Shawn Wines (“I Hope You’re Happy”). One of only a few programs of its kind in the country, the workshop includes screenings, panel discussions, and developmental readings geared toward bringing participants’ film projects closer to completion. The focus of this first annual workshop is on screenwriting; future summers will expand to directors as well.
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Korea Box Office: ‘Jurassic World’ Holds Off ‘Classified’ Competition

Korea Box Office: ‘Jurassic World’ Holds Off ‘Classified’ Competition
Busan — “Jurassic World” remained on top of the Korean box office. It earned $8.64 million from 1.07 million admissions between Friday and Sunday, accounting for 45% of total nationwide revenue.

With strong weekend occupancy and advanced ticket sales of 40%, Universal’s monster sequel is expected to rampage for another week. It has amassed $27.5 million after two weekends on release.

New release Korean crime drama “The Classified File” took second place, after briefly beating “Jurassic” in its opening two days. The Kwak Kyung-taek-directed feature earned $8.56 million from 1.16 million admissions between Thursday and Sunday, marking the highest opening score for all local films released this year.

Another local newcomer “The Silenced” debuted in third, amassing $1.83 million over four days. The mystery drama set under Japanese occupation has already exceeded director Lee Hae-young’s previous “Foxy Festival” which managed $1.38 million in 2010.

“San Andreas” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” slipped to fourth and fifth places, with week-on-week drops of 67% and 65%, respectively.
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Time Machine: Bachchan and Rai - Bollywood King and Queen on Hollywood Red Carpet

Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai at the Oscars Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai on the Academy Awards' Red Carpet Pictured above are Bollywood stars Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, which took place on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Two years ago, an Anglo-Indian-American co-production, Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire became not only one of the season's biggest sleeper hits, but also the eventual Best Picture Oscar winner. Dev Patel and Freida Pinto starred. Curiously, some have complained that Slumdog Millionaire was just a less interesting rehash of higher-quality Bollywood musicals and dramas that have received relatively little play outside South Asian communities around the globe. Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai movies The son of Indian cinema legend Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan has been featured in nearly 50 films. Among them are: Dhoom (2004). Director: Sanjay Gadhvi. Cast: Abhishek Bachchan. Uday Chopra. John Abraham. Esha Deol.
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Star Wars Actor Ford Injured in Plane Accident in Los Angeles Area

Harrison Ford injured in plane accident (image: Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff in 'Ender's Game') Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark actor Harrison Ford was supposed to be in critical condition – later reports have upgraded that to "fair" or "stable" condition – following an accident with a small airplane on Los Angeles' Westside. Earlier this afternoon (March 5, 2015), a vintage, one-engine two-seater crash landed at the Penmar Golf Course, located in the Los Angeles suburb of Venice, not far from the Pacific Ocean and just west of Santa Monica Airport. Its pilot, 72-year-old Harrison Ford, was found "seriously" injured. He was alone on the plane. There were no injuries on the ground. As explained in the Los Angeles Times, "fire officials would not identify the victim of the crash but said he was conscious and breathing when paramedics arrived." Ford was later transported to an unidentified hospital. Eleven
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Don't call it a comeback: Michael Keaton on biding time, waiting for a 'Birdman'

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Don't call it a comeback: Michael Keaton on biding time, waiting for a 'Birdman'
Santa Monica — It's been really easy for the media to talk about "Birdman" and Michael Keaton's award-winning performance in terms of being a "comeback," and of course, the meta angle of playing an actor who formerly starred as a superhero is just begging for attention. On one hand it's a fortunate hook to help sell the movie, but on the other, it's been a pretty simplistic reduction, not necessarily one that Keaton has had a big problem with, but one that could certainly be discussed with a little more nuance. You might have to go back to the late '90s for examples of the actor's work that really landed culturally, but in the time since, while he's certainly taken a few breathers, he's worked very consistently. He's done TV spots on popular shows. He's starred in acclaimed TV movies like "Live from Baghdad" and the TNT miniseries "The Company.
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Film Review: ‘Mortdecai’

Film Review: ‘Mortdecai’
Should the recent surge in male facial hair as a fashion accessory stall in 2015, barbers would be within their rights to blame “Mortdecai,” a perky but obstinately unfunny heist caper with a hero irksome enough to make any happily mustachioed man reconsider his life choices. Directed (but, unusually, not written) by an off-form David Koepp, the film shoots for the swinging insouciance of ’60s farce, but this story of a caddish art dealer enlisted by MI5 to assist in a knotty theft case is longer on frippery than quippery: There’s a fatal shortage of zingers to supplement its exhausting zaniness. Only particularly dedicated devotees of Johnny Depp’s latter-day strain of mugging — here channeling Austin Powers by way of P.G. Wodehouse — will delight in this expensive-looking oddity.

Eric Aronson’s script — his first feature-length effort since 2001’s little-cherished Lance Bass starrer “On the Line” — is based on Kyril Bonfiglioli
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