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As happens to independent films from time to time, the production of John Pogue’s Wake has run out of cash and had to close down production. The film was shooting in Cleveland, one of my old stomping grounds, and it was the local paper, The Plain Dealer, that got the scoop.
If the film gets back on track and starts shooting again it will be an action thriller starring Bruce Willis as “a sociopath who battles a team of mercenaries following his brother’s funeral.” The character sound like the polar opposite kind of action man to Die Hard’s sobbing John McClane. Let it never be said that Bruno doesn’t have range.
- Brendon Connelly
A new thriller starring Bruce Willis has hit a major snag once cameras had started rolling: the production has had to close down for the time being, less than two weeks into filming.
The film is question is Wake, starring Willis and Ben Kingsley, and it's an independent film that was shooting in Cleveland, under the stewardship of director John Pogue. Piper Perabo and Ellen Burstyn are also in the cast.
However, in spite of the fact that the shoot was set to continue until mid-April, it's being reported that "funds have dried up", and production has been suspended.
A statement from the Greater Cleveland Film Commission said that it was "aware that the film 'Wake' has discontinued filming due to a lack of financing. It is our »
The story follows a type-a couple in an idyllic suburban neighborhood who discover that their new, seemingly perfect neighbors are undercover agents. Mike LeSieur wrote the script. [Source: Heat Vision]
Jason Biggs ("American Pie") will not be returning for the upcoming third season of Netflix's prison drama "Orange Is the New Black". Biggs has played series regular Larry Bloom, ex-fiance of Piper (Taylor Schilling), since the show's star.
Biggs says that while the character won't appear in season three, there’s always a possibility he can come back. The new season will premiere on Netflix this June. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
The early cancellation of Covert Affairs has found the show’s leading lady, Piper Perabo, on the hunt for new projects. Thankfully, that hunt is now over, as the actress has signed on to co-star opposite Bruce Willis in director John Pogue’s upcoming thriller, Wake.
From screenwriter Chris Borrelli, Wake revolves around the Forrester family. When they reunite back at the family’s island homestead for a relative’s wake, they are unnerved by the arrival of the dead man’s brother, Red (Willis), who’s a diagnosed sociopath that made their lives a living hell until his disappearance years later. The tides change, however, when the family comes under attack from deadly associates of the deceased. Naturally, they’re glad to have Red and his bullish, sociopathic tendencies to protect them.
The Coyote Ugly actress will play Claire Forrester, the dead man’s widow who previously had a »
- Gem Seddon
Exclusive: Piper Perabo has been cast opposite Bruce Willis and Ben Kingsley in Wake, an indie thriller from director John Pogue. When the Forrester family reunites for a relative’s wake, they are unnerved by the arrival of the dead man’s brother, Red (Willis), a diagnosed sociopath who made their lives a living hell until he disappeared years ago. But when the family comes under siege from some deadly associates of the deceased, they’re glad to have Red on their side… »
Video Highlights of The Oscars will post to Facebook and Oscar.com directly after they air. Recently added Social Features on Watch ABC Provide Seamless Social Fan Experience
The Oscars Backstage Hosts This Year Include “Good Morning America’s” Weekend Edition Co-Anchor Paula Faris, Fusion Host Pedro Andrade, Entertainment and Sports Reporter Chris Connelly, Yahoo Fashion Correspondent Nick Axelrod and “How To Get Away With Murder’s” Matt McGorry.
The Academy, ABC Entertainment and Facebook are partnering to make this year’s The Oscars Backstage on Watch ABC the most “Likeable” ever. Beginning at 7 p.m. Et/4 p.m. Pt, the curated “Director’s Cut” feed from the award-winning The Oscars Backstage – which delivers three channels of live video feeds from over 20 cameras throughout the Dolby Theater to Watch ABC for desktop and mobile devices – will also stream on the ABC Network’s Facebook Page and be part of the Facebook Trending Oscars experience (www. »
- Michelle McCue
Widely described as an "icon" of British theatre, the actor Alan Howard has died, aged 77. He had been suffering from pneumonia.Born in Croydon, it was almost inevitable that he would gravitate towards the stage: his father was the actor Arthur Howard and his uncle was Leslie Howard. He made his debut in front of an audience in Half In Earnest at the age of 21, and by the time he was 30 had found his "spiritual home" at the Royal Shakespeare Company.His career at the RSC spanned decades and almost countless roles, but perhaps his most significant achievement was gradually racking up all of Shakespeare's historical kings (as well as King Lear and Macbeth). His Henry IV was actually Bolingbroke in Richard II (rather than the title role in Henry IV Part I), but the feat remains an enviable one among his peers.Away from Stratford his appearances included as »
“Ewan’s talent goes far beyond his on-screen work, and we’re excited to be working with a director who is as passionate as we are about telling the story of ‘American Pastoral,’” Lakeshore CEO Tom Rosenberg said in a statement.
“It’s a great privilege to be working with Lakeshore on Phillip Roth’s astounding novel ‘American Pastoral,'” McGregor said. “I’ve wanted to direct for years and wanted to wait until I found a story that I ‘had’ to tell, and in this script I knew I had found that story.”
The screenplay was written by John Romano with filming scheduled for September in Pittsburgh. »
- Dave McNary
Welcome to the latest installment of Trailer Park, our (semi) regular look at the latest trailers to hit the interwebs. This weeks line-up features a bevy of the latest movie trailers including: Minions, Unfinished Business, Poltergeist, Robot Overlords, Cinderella, Pitch Perfect 2, Magic Mike Xxl, Lost River, Fast & Furious 7, Straight Out of Compton and new UK trailers for the Netflix series’ Bloodline and Marvel’s Daredevil.
The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters—from T. rex to Napoleon—the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he—alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob—ventures out into the world to »
- Phil Wheat
From the Berlin International Film Festival, Adam Cook and Daniel Kasman continue our series of festival dialogues. Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups had its world premiere in the Berlinale's Competition.
Daniel Kasman: I must admit it's a bit difficult to begin speaking of this overwhelming film so immediately after seeing it, and especially in the atmosphere here in Berlin of almost immediate derision. I remember the boos that instantly followed the final shot of The Tree of Life's in Cannes and here I'd swear I felt that negative energy going into the giant Berlinale Palast, the anticipation of yet more Malick. Whatever that means. Few still describe well his method as a filmmaker, and whatever you may think of his last film, To the Wonder, it certainly revealed more about how Terrence Malick, a very unique filmmaker, thinks about cinema as a language, and how his cinema "works"—moves, »
If BAFTA could hand out an award for oddest movie, it would surely be won by The Boxtrolls, which is the latest animated offering from Laika, producers of Coraline and Paranorman. This tale of a society dictated by cheese and overrun by cardboard-wearing creatures was in the running for Best Animated Film.
We spoke to directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable to chew the fat, or at least the rind, over what went into the making of this eccentric chapter in the history of stop motion animation. I’m a huge fan of the medium – my Dad used to be such an animator back in the day – and I was interested to hear what the pair had to say about the project, which appears defiantly old-fashioned in this age of CGI…
Thn: There’s a British flavour to the film, coming from the source novel (Here Be Monsters by Alan »
- Steve Palace
2014 was a fantastic year for yours truly! I saw so many great films (and not-so great), met wonderful celebrities, and worked with interesting folks with various backgrounds as we travailed through this thing we call life.
So as part of our yearly tradition, I made a new demo reel for my Best of 2014, and boy oh boy, it came out splendidly! Hope you like it, and just remember one thing, this was made with love! Thank you for being a friend!
These are some of the celebrities/movies/stories you.ll see on this Manny Mashup we call Mtmg 8.0:
Wendy McLendon-Covey -- Blended
Bryan Cranston . Go »
From BAFTA to DGA, the Latest Winners this Awards Season
With the Oscars upon us, the awards season is almost over! But the last trek to the Academy Awards include many guild awards and of course, BAFTA! So here.s the latest congratulatory awards list of the winners from BAFTA to DGA, from Annie to Ace and everything in between!
Your full BAFTA winners (winners are highlighted):
The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson
Makeup and mimicry can only take an actor so far when tasked with playing one of the most enduring stars in the cinematic firmament: More crucial is that he have a certain intangible star quality of his own. Such is the success of Dane DeHaan’s magnetic take on James Dean in “Life,” Anton Corbijn’s engaging, elegiac portrait of a legend in the making. More than a standard celebrity bio, however, the pic is a loving valentine from photographer-turned-helmer Corbijn to his name-making profession, with Robert Pattinson in a sly turn as Dennis Stock, the shutterbug who landed Dean a now-classic Life magazine spread. It’s the peculiarly moving, even subtly queer friendship between the two men that distinguishes “Life” from standard inside-Hollywood fare, while gorgeous production values and ace star turns make it a thoroughly marketable arthouse prospect.
If any current filmmaker is qualified to reflect on the »
- Guy Lodge
Terence Malick is possibly the only living director that I think has had a perfect career so far. Many directors have at least one stumbling block, and for many years I believed Malick’s brilliance was only because he rarely made a film. I still remember what a big deal The Thin Red Line was when it first came out. Nowadays though, the man is a lot more prolific, with Knight Of Cups being his third film in four years.
Being a man who once gave himself a 20 year hiatus, you can always count on Malick’s films to be considered almost necessary. His latest sees Christian Bale star as a screenwriter trying to make sense of the world around him with the title derived from a tarot card:
Once there was a young prince whose father, the king of the East, sent him down into Egypt to find a pearl. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Having had its premiere over the last weekend at the Berlin Film Festival, the first poster for Terrence Malick’s (Badlands, Tree of Life) new film Knight of Cups has now been revealed by FilmNation Entertainment…
See Also: Watch the first trailer for Knight of Cups
Rick (Bale) is a slave to the Hollywood system. He is addicted to success but simultaneously despairs at the emptiness of his life. He is at home in a world of illusions but seeks real life. Like the tarot card of the title, Rick is easily bored and needs outside stimulation. But the Knight of Cups is also an artist, a romantic and an adventurer.
In Terrence Malick’s seventh film a gliding camera once again accompanies a tormented hero on his search for meaning. Once again a voiceover is laid over images which also seek their own authenticity. And once again Malick seems »
- Scott J. Davis
Oscar winner Ben Kingsley (The Boxtrolls, Iron Man 3) has joined the cast of John Pogue’s (The Quiet Ones) action thriller Wake starring Bruce Willis (Die Hard film franchise), and produced by Michael Benaroya (Lawless, Margin Call), Tobin Armbrust (A Walk Among The Tombstones, Begin Again), David Alpert (upcoming American Ultra, AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’) and Chris Cowles (The Numbers Station, Autobahn).
International Film Trust (Ift) is handling foreign rights to the film, which they are actively selling at the European Film Market. CAA is representing the domestic sales rights.
“Sir Ben is a truly one of a kind talent, with a unique subtlety to his work. He brings characters to life and charges them with emotion and power at just the right moments. He’s a tremendous addition to this cast, I can’t wait to see what he does with Kole, this film’s powerful antagonist, »
- Michelle McCue
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to join Eva Green and Asa Butterfield in Tim Burton's "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" at 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment. The film is slated to open March 4th 2016.
Burton will direct from a script by Jane Goldman, who adapted the Ransom Rigg novel about a teenager who finds himself on an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures out to destroy them. [Source: Variety]
Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Josh Charles, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Stevens, Isaach De Bankole and Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi have joined Richard Gere on the cast of "Oppenheimer Strategies" at The Solution Entertainment Group.
Joseph Cedar directs the story of a man whose life changes dramatically after he befriends a young politician who becomes an influential world leader. Filming begins on Sunday in New York and Israel. »
- Garth Franklin
Sneak Peek set footage and a trailer from director Jon Wright's "Robot Overlords", a new science fiction feature produced in the UK by Piers Tempest, starring Gillian Anderson, Callan McAuliffe and Ben Kingsley:
"...Earth has been conquered by robots from another galaxy and the human survivors must stay in their homes, or risk 'incineration'..."
Filming locations included Wales, the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Robot Overlords"...
- Michael Stevens
The adults lost the war and now the kids must save the world! Robots rule the streets and the people are locked in their homes. Stepping outside risks being vaporised by a hulking Sentry or picked off by a lethal Sniper.
Through the ruins of Britain a group of kids, led by Callan McAuliffe (The Great Gatsby), set out to join the Resistance. Hot on their heels however is their old teacher turned robot collaborator Mr Smythe, played by Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3) and his captive Gillian Anderson (The X-Files).
- Gary Collinson
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