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[[tmz:video id="0_zwqmzna6"]] Forget Ben Stiller or Andy Warhol (yes, seriously) ... the greatest WWE celebrity cameo Ever was executed (painfully) by Jon Stewart ... so says WWE legend Scott Hall. Stewart was famously Slammed to the mat by John Cena during "Monday Night Raw" back in August -- earning him Tons of respect from the wrestling faithful. And when we saw Hall out in NYC ... along with Diamond Dallas Page and Jake 'The Snake' Roberts ... they all seemed to »
- TMZ Staff
The script for the film has been doing the rounds for some time now, with the likes of Ben Stiller, Sacha Baron Cohen and Timur Bekmambetov linked to it at one time or another. But now it seems the combination of heavyweights Cumberbatch and Gyllenhaal may well get the project going after all.
THR also reports that Me and Earl and the Dying Girl director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon will direct the film, which tells the story of Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse’s discovery of the stable electric current. However, Gomez-Rejon is set to direct Collateral Beauty with Will Smith in the next few months, so The Current War may be a little way off just yet.
Gyllenhaal can currently be seen in Everest »
- Scott J. Davis
"The Current War" has been knocking around Hollywood for a while now. Timur Bekmambetov, Ben Stiller, and Paul King all toyed with directing at various points, and Sacha Baron Cohen circled a lead role a couple years ago, but nothing ever came to fruition. Now, the starriest concoction yet is being mixed and hopefully this is the version that gets off the ground. THR reports that Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal are in talks for the movie, which has a Black List-approved script by Michael Mitnick in the can and ready to go. "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon will direct the true story of Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse's battle to produce the first stable electric current. It doesn't sound like the most invigorating story on paper, but let's hope all involved bring some charge to it (sorry). Read More: On The Rise 2015: 20 Directors »
- Kevin Jagernauth
That’s it, it’s war! No, Jake Gyllenhaal and Benedict Cumberbatch aren’t looking to go into battle over who can deliver the funniest talk show anecdote or whose name causes the most trouble for spellchecking. They’re both in talks to play rival inventors in The Current War.Michael Mitnick’s script has been strolling the halls of development since Timur Bekmambetov plucked it from the pile as a potential directing gig. Since then, Ben Stiller has flirted with the job, but now The Weinstein Company has Me And Earl And The Dying Girl’s Alfonso Gomez-Rejon considering the idea, potentially lining it up for him to work on after Collateral Beauty, which is set to shoot in the coming months. The Current War, set in the late 1880s, follows the real-life public clash between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse as to who was going to decide the future of the electricity industry. »
Everywhere you look, filmmakers are talking about how they make films — from behind-the-scenes featurettes for each episode of a cable series to now-ubiquitous YouTube interviews with directors of even the most artless action movies. So perhaps it’s no wonder that the most august of fests, the 53rd New York Film Festival, is presenting documentaries on filmmakers Brian De Palma, Nora Ephron, Haskell Wexler, Robert Frank, Jia Zhang-ke and even one-time producer Ingrid Bergman. It’s a bigger reflexive lineup than at any Nyff in recent memory.
No film embodies this trend better than “Hitchcock/Truffaut,” which examines the two legendary auteurs through interviews with Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Richard Linklater and other filmmakers. Yet in a strange twist, despite garnering acclaim in Cannes, Telluride and Toronto, it was overtly snubbed by Nyff’s director, Kent Jones — who also happens to be the director of “Hitchcock/Truffaut.”
As Jones wryly notes, »
- Gregg Goldstein
Director: Robert Cohen
Featuring: Cobie Smulders, Seth Rogen, Nathan Fillion, Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Michael J. Fox, Ben Stiller, William Shatner, Catherine O’Hara, Jason Priestley, Martin Short, Eugene Levy, Howie Mandel, Will Arnett, and Rush.
Synopsis: What does it actually mean to be Canadian? This humorous documentary, featuring interviews with a who’s-who of famous Canadians, hopes to find the answer.
Having visited Canada a few times, and the fact that my other half is Canadian, I was eager to see how Robert Cohen‘s documentary would show those charismatic folk with all their unique revelry and in Being Canadian, he’s created a funny and inimitable representation – and celebration – of the country we know something about but we’re not always exactly sure what that is, or if it’s true.
Being Canadian is written and directed by Calgarian Robert Cohen, a man who moved to L.A. »
- Dan Bullock
Amy Schumer is the latest celebrity to be listed as an honoree at the Britannia Awards Oct. 30 at the Beverly Hilton.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles will award Schumer with the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy, which the org said “recognizes talent whose popularity and cultural impact exemplifies the uniquely transcendent quality of excellent comedy.”
“In just a few years, Amy Schumer has established herself as a performer of great courage and discipline. With ‘Trainwreck’ and ‘Inside Amy Schumer, ‘she has dared her peers to tackle the most difficult subject matter but in the smartest and most entertaining way,” said Kieran Breen, BAFTA/La chairman.
“As one of the most fearless, incisive, and socially engaged contemporary artists in the comedy realm, »
- Mannie Holmes
Had it been made fifteen or twenty years ago, Lolo would be the sort of European comedy that gets a Martin Short-starring remake put into production before the end of its first opening weekend. In 2015, it now feels like its own reinterpretation of American domestic farces the ‘90s and ‘00s that tended to star Billy Crystal, then Ben Stiller. While this particular subgenre hasn’t become any fresher in the years since higher concepts and filthier content started to gain a foothold, a trio of funny lead performances make Lolo easier to swallow as a knowing throwback, rather than dismiss as a commercial rehash.
That Lolo never asks you to excuse its French is perhaps the most modern thing about it. The movie’s first exchange is a lewdly garrulous discussion between co-writer/director July Delpy’s Violette, a Parisian divorcee, and her best friend (Karin Viard, in a »
- Sam Woolf
"A Clockwork Orange" (1971)"A Clockwork Orange" is handful of different genres all warped up into one, and perhaps its most terrifying element is the way in which it toys with home invasion evil. In the infamously prolonged sequence from Kubrick's masterpiece, the director manages to completely dismantle one of the most memorable musical sequences in cinematic history, which is no easy feat. Sung by Alex DeLarge (Malcolm McDowell) as he beats and rapes a middle-aged husband and wife with his droogs in hand, "Singin' in the Rain" is injected with unshakable horror. The song is terrifying all the more for the way in which Alex so effortlessly harnesses the gleeful memories of Gene Kelly's dance steps to carry out his own barbaric actions and quench his thirst for ultra-violence. "The Cable Guy" (1996)Most home invasion movies find themselves operating in the horror and/or thriller genres, but leave it »
His cult sitcom Community may be over, but his sci-fi cartoon for
Adult Swim proves the mercurial showrunner’s comic experiments are far
Harmontown is a 2014 feature documentary profiling the writer and showrunner Dan Harmon, as he tours his podcast of the same name around the Us. In it, a murderer’s row of comic talent line up to pay their respects to the creator of the dazzlingly overwrought, criminally undervalued sitcom Community. Ben Stiller calls him “kind of a genius”. John Oliver, the British stand-up whom Harmon cast in a recurring guest role on Community, describes him as “a human hand-grenade with a predilection for pulling his own pin out”. Sarah Silverman, who headhunted Harmon to write for her own comedy series The Sarah Silverman Program, sums it up. “I’m his biggest fan,” she says. “And I fired him.”
A mercurial, wild-bearded, apparently abrasive 42-year-old from Wisconsin, »
- Graeme Virtue
Cinecitta Studios in Rome is reaping the benefits of the generous new Italian tax credit, which has recently been extended to all audiovisual activity, including high-end TV drama.
Speaking at the Venice Film Festival (Sept 2-12), Cristina Giubetti, Cinecitta sales manager for international productions, has revealed the full extent of the support that major international films coming to Cinecitta can receive.
According to Giuebetti, on the recent Paramount MGM remake of Ben Hur, the tax credit was worth around €14m to the producers - 25% of the €56m spent in Italy.
Timur Bekmambetov’s remake of the Roman epic, starring Jack Huston as the falsely accused nobleman who survives years of slavery to take vengeance on the best friend who betrayed him, will also receive substantial Vat returns.
Giubetti explained: “[Cinecitta Studios] directly manage the executive production in Italy for major productions that shoot on our stages.
“We grant them 25% of the Italian expenditure and Vat re-imbursement within 12 months of end »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoffrey Macnab)
Bold and confident film from Aleksandr Sokurov roams the corridors of the Paris museum to reflect on its history from the Renaissance to the present
With this sophisticated, complex and thoroughly absorbing film, Aleksandr Sokurov has had another night at the museum reverie, a cine-prose poem or animated installation tableau, weaving newsreel footage with eerie floating images above the streets of contemporary Paris – presumably filmed with a drone – and dramatised fantasy scenes.
Thirteen years after Russian Ark, that renowned single-take movie journey through the Hermitage museum in St Petersburg, Sokurov has now alighted on the Louvre in Paris. Francofonia has all sorts of wayward digressions and perambulations around the idea of French and European culture, and the role of the museum in conserving art and promoting the idea of what it means to be human. I suspect, incidentally, that it was Russian Ark back in 2002 that planted a seed for other film-makers’ thoughts on museums, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Project Name: Burp Girl
Asking For: $35,000 on Indiegogo
Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $3,645
Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 22
Description: Burp Girl is seeking funds to tell the eight-episode story of the titular female superhero who defeats villains through her ultimate superpower: burping. She’s joined by a host of other crazy characters who also have repulsive powers and titles, like Fire Crotch, Dandruff, Fatman, Nose Picker, The Urinator, and Upchuck. Burp Girl already has a pilot episode, thanks to Stan Lee’s Pow! Entertainment and YouTube Space La’s “World of Superheroes” contest from earlier this year.
Creator Bio: Burp Girl creator, director, and star Christina Jacquelyn Calph is the brains behind the comedy YouTube channel Bad Girl’s Ball. Calph originally started acting in New York City and landed roles in feature films like Arthur (with Russell Brand and Helen Mirren »
- Bree Brouwer
Don Lemon wants to to out-Zoolander Ben Stiller and challenged the actor on Monday by introducing his new alter-ego. After meeting Stiller at CNN, Lemon posted a challenge on Instagram. See video: 'Zoolander 2' Trailer: Ben Stiller Returns to Model Form in New Teaser Look out @benstiller, my new move ala Zoolander. #ChocolateThunder A video posted by Don Lemon (@donlemoncnn) on Aug 31, 2015 at 6:23pm Pdt Stiller seems to be buying into Lemon’s best Zoolander impression. @donlemon workshopping his new look #ChocolateThunder #Zoolander2 #ridiculouslygoodlooking https://t.co/ncSr8vOi7q – Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) September 1, 2015 “Zoolander 2 »
- Jordan Chariton
Justin Bieber is relying on his massive social media presence and famous friends to help promote his new single “What Do You Mean?” And with almost 67 million Twitter followers, who can blame him? The pop superstar has been uploading photos and videos of celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, Mark Wahlberg, Britney Spears and Ben Stiller counting down the days until he unveils the song at Sunday’s Video Music Awards on MTV. Bieber will also be performing alongside other top music icons such as Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd, Demi Lovato and Kanye West as MTV hands out the coveted Moonman awards. »
- Joe Otterson
Now that the first ridiculously good looking teaser is out in the open, fans are keeping one eye trained on February 12 in anticipation of Zoolander 2. Paramount Pictures may be kicking tradition to the curb by releasing a sequel nearly 15 years after its original, but the reception of the announcement at the Paris fashion show back in April was enough to convince Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson that, yes, there is more to life than being ridiculously, ridiculously good looking.
Filming on the fashion sequel is well underway, and though there are scant details about the actual plot, we can expect the follow-up to apply its goofy, over-the-top humor to the modern fashion landscape and the Instagram generation. One of the main questions looming over Zoolander 2, however, is whether the film still holds the cache since the release of the original at the turn of the Millennium. It’s »
- Michael Briers
Bryan Cranston and James Franco recently worked together on the upcoming drama In Dubious Battle (which was also directed by The Interview star), and Variety is reporting that Cranston and Franco are set to reteam for a comedy titled Why Him? John Hamburg (I Love You, Man, Along Came Polly) will direct from a script he's co-writing with Ian Helfer. Shawn Levy (21 Laps) and Ben Stiller (Red Hour Films) are... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has signed on to join James Franco in the upcoming 20th Century Fox comedy Why Him? We first reported on the project back in February, when James Franco signed on to star for producers Shawn Levy and Ben Stiller. Production is scheduled to begin this coming February in Los Angeles.
The story centers on a father (Bryan Cranston) from the Midwest who decides to travel with his family to visit their daughter at college over the holiday season. The dad gets quite a surprise when he meets her new tech billionaire boyfriend (James Franco). A bitter rivalry ensues between the father and his daughter's boyfriend that quickly spirals out of control.
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