14 items from 2014
When the distribution contract that Paramount Pictures had enjoyed with Dreamworks Animation came to an end in 2012, the studio took the bold step of forming their own, new animation division – Paramount Animations – for the first time since 1967. Jumping straight in, the studio are stomping their foot on the gas with Monster Trucks, which has now added Rob Lowe to its cast list.
But this is not just a Cars imitator with bigger tires – not at all. Plot details are being kept a closely guarded secret, but we do know that this will be a combination of live-action and animation. What this means for the cast – which currently also includes Jane Levy, Barry Pepper, Thomas Lennon, Amy Ryan, Danny Glover and Frank Whaley – is unclear, but with a release date set for May 29, 2015, we will soon find out who will be onscreen, and who will be there in voice only.
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- Sarah Myles
Some casting news you can use... First, for the big screen, Danny Glover has booked a role in the live-action debut of Chris Wedge, best known for Ice Age and last year's Epic. Glover joins Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Frank Whaley, Amy Ryan and Holt McCallany in what is said to be a tent-pole project for Paramount titled Monster Trucks. Plot details are being kept underwraps, but, given the title, one can only speculate that it's maybe a Transformers rip-off? Its budget is listed at $125 million. Derek Connolly (Jurassic World) is penning the script. Glover plays a man who runs a junkyard. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The story follows a Tuscon police officer who hires two mercenaries on a journey to track down a notorious drug lord in Mexico. Villeneuve will film this before jumping onto "Story of Your Life" starring Amy Adams. [Source: Variety]
Kristin plays a cash-strapped woman who agrees to transport black market organs with a man she just met (Rockwell). Janney would play Wiig's intimidating boss who has two boyfriends. Filming begins in May in North Carolina. [Source: The Wrap]
- Garth Franklin
Paramount Pictures is gearing up for production of Monster Trucks . The Hollywood Reporter says that Frank Whaley, Danny Glover, Amy Ryan and Holt McCallany have joined Lucas Till and Jane Levy in the May 29, 2015 release. To be directed by Chris Wedge ( Epic , Ice Age ), the film will reportedly be about a young man (Till) who befriends a monster truck and is described as having a Transformers -meets- Gremlins vibe by the trade. They add that Whaley will play Till's father, a man who's been drifting from job to job since leaving his son a decade earlier. Glover is a man who runs a junkyard. Derek Connolly, who penned the upcoming Jurassic World , wrote the most recent draft of the script for the $125 million production. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) »
• Brad Pitt (12 Years a Slave) is in early talks to star in an untitled World War II romantic thriller from Eastern Promises scribe Steven Knight. No director or distributor is attached yet. Graham King’s Gk Films will produce. [Deadline]
• Meryl Streep (August: Osage Country) will star as a rock-and-roll-loving mama in Rick and the Flash, written by Diablo Cody (Juno). Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs) will direct the film, which finds Streep’s character reconciling with her estranged daughter. TriStar Productions will finance and distribute the movie, with shooting beginning in the fall. [Deadline]
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- EW staff
Opening March 21st, Rob the Mob is a heartbreaking crime-thriller inspired by the true story of Tommy (Michael Pitt) and Rosie (Nina Arianda) Uva, two small-time crooks from Queens whose crazy-passionate love for one another fueled their audacious heists of Mafia social clubs in the 1990s and led to a startling discovery. The film directed by Raymond De Felitta from a screenplay by Jonathan Fernandez boasts an impressive cast that also includes Andy Garcia (who also produces), Ray Romano, Griffin Dunne, Cathy Moriarty, Michael Rispoli, Val Vazquez, Frank Whaley and Burt Young. At the film’s recent press day, Garcia, De Felitta, Romano, Fernandez and composer Stephen Endelman spoke about how the project emerged, why Fernandez’s well written script and De Felitta’s directing style helped attract an incredible cast, how the actors approached their characters and brought the fascinating story to life, De Felitta’s unique collaboration with »
- Sheila Roberts
Rob the Mob Millennium Entertainment Director: Raymond De Felitta Screenplay: Jonathan Fernandez Cast: Michael Pitt, Nina Arianda, Andy Garcia, Michael Rispoli, Samira Wiley, Ray Romano, Frank Whaley, Cathy Moriarty, Griffin Dunne Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 3/6/14 Opens: March 21, 2014 “Rob the Mob,” which is based on an actual adventure by two naïve lovers who raided and ripped off money and jewelry from mafia “social clubs,” is all the more amazing for being true. In the hands of director Raymond De Felitta, whose “City Island” is a delightfully funny tale of a dad whose poker nights are really spent going to an acting class, the tale reaches proportions that [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
After weeks of ironing out budgetary concerns, Paramount is pulling the trigger on its next franchise hopeful, Monster Trucks, and is in deep casting mode. Photos: 35 of 2014's Most Anticipated Movies: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past,' 'Mockingjay,' 'Spider-Man 2' The latest: actor-director Frank Whaley and Danny Glover are boarding the production, joining Amy Ryan and Holt McCallany in the tentpole, which is acting as the live-action debut of Chris Wedge, best known for his work Ice Age and last year's Epic. The studio already has deals in place with Lucas Till, the up-
- Borys Kit
When Quentin Tarantino's brilliant, groundbreaking Pulp Fiction was released twenty years ago, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was the 13-year-old star of the Disney sports comedy Angels in the Outfield. Last night, he starred in a live reading of Pulp Fiction as Vincent Vega (John Travolta's character), effectively getting a do-over on 1994.
The Film Independent at Lacma Live Read, now in its third season of unrehearsed public performances of classic screenplays with new actors, was founded by Jason Reitman, who has stepped aside in recent months in favor of a sequence of guest directors. »
The Miami International Film Festival unveiled its 2014 lineup, which will include the North American premiere of the Shirley MacLaine-Christopher Plummer pairing Elsa & Fred. Directed by Michael Radford, the film is a remake of the 2008 Argentine/Spanish film of the same name. Also in the cast are Marcia Gay Harden, George Segal, Chris Noth, James Brolin, Wendell Pierce, Jaime Camil and Osvaldo Rios. The 10-day event, which runs March 7-16, also will include the world premiere of Rob the Mob, directed by Raymond De Felitta and starring Andy Garcia. De Felitta and Garcia previously collaborated on 2010's City Island, which also premiered at Miff. Rob the Mob also stars Michael Pitt, Ray Romano, Burt Young, Griffin Dunne, Frank Whaley, Cathy Moriarty, Aida Turturro, Yul Vazquez and Nina Arianda. In total, 92 feature
- Tatiana Siegel
Directed by Dan Lerner
Airs Mondays at 10pm Et on NBC
When the new shows for fall 2013 were being announced, it seemed all but guaranteed that The Blacklist would the standout from the bunch. It had a great lead in the form of James Spader and a solid episodic premise that just might border on intrigue, but instead, The Blacklist proved to be consistent at one thing among others: disappointment. That was true for the first half of the season, at least. Could this new year mean a better, more improved show? It doesn’t seem likely.
Following the attack on the FBI safehouse and Red’s (James Spader) ensuing abduction and escape, the FBI are simultaneously searching for Red, who has gone Mia, and attempting to identify the mole inside the FBI that helped Anslo Garrick kidnap him. »
- Drew Koenig
Remember those episodes of The X-Files, the ones where they pretty much forgot about the mythology arc and instead focused on an individual "monster/murderer-of-the-week" case? The ones that made you think, Sure, there's a huge global conspiracy afoot, with millions of lives in danger when the aliens finally invade, and people have been kidnapped and there are bees involved and you can't trust anyone at work, but go ahead and take the time to investigate a murder in Ohio, Mulder?NBC's The Blacklist is sort of like that. I don't know about you, but I want to see more of the agent stuff. Red and the international intrigue and the assassins and the secret headquarters. You know, the blacklist? Instead we get episodes with creepy, Criminal Minds–ish killers who kidnap and torture people in gruesome ways. Sometimes I wonder what show I signed up to watch. Tonight's episode »
- Bob Sassone
Raymond Reddington is no longer working with Lizzie and the FBI on "The Blacklist" (at least for right now) but that doesn't mean he's not still around.
Reddington is bent on figuring out who was behind his kidnapping and torture in the fall finale. He first takes out everyone remotely connected to it, then in order to find the big fish behind the incident, he does what one should always do in situations like these -- he follows the money.
Aram, the nice programmer we met last fall, appears to be the FBI mole at first, but it's a frame-up. Red actually discovers that the person behind the kidnapping is Newton Phillips (Charles Baker).
You won't remember Newton Phillips by that name. He's been referred to as "Grey" and seen acting as a sort of butler-like person to Red. Most notably, Grey was the man who interviewed Liz's »
Written by Jonathan Fernandez, the film is led by Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael Pitt in the true story of a young hood and his beautiful female partner Rosie (Nina Arianda) who come up with a dangerous plot to steal from the social clubs of the organised crime syndicates of New York City. However, it’s not long before they’re the target of the mob, with the FBI also wanting a piece of what they know about the gangsters and their dealings.
- Craig Hunter
14 items from 2014
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