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New York — The starry Broadway revival of Bernard Pomerance's Tony-winning play The Elephant Man has been delayed due to scheduling conflicts. Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola headline the production, which is one of the most eagerly anticipated entries of Broadway's fall season. Directed by Scott Ellis, it now begins previews Nov. 7 at the Booth Theatre, with official opening night moved to Sunday, Dec. 7, almost a month after its originally announced date. The limited engagement had initially been scheduled to run through Jan. 18 but will now close on Feb. 15 to accommodate the date change.
- David Rooney
Kent Jones with Life Itself director Steve James and Chaz Ebert on Roger Ebert at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's New York premiere: "He wanted cinema culture to be shared with everybody." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Not often can you find J.C. Chandor (director of the upcoming A Most Violent Year, starring Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo and Alessandro Nivola), Jonathan Demme, Paul Haggis, Terence Winter and Denis Leary sitting in the same cinema and overhear Morgan Spurlock in the lobby saying that Prospect Park in Brooklyn is his favorite place, while Amy Irving looks on.
Before the New York premiere of Life Itself with Martin Scorsese as co-executive producer, I spoke with the director Steve James, Chaz Ebert and Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom narrator Bob Balaban, who will be on Broadway this fall in »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Here's a look at the latest release dates: Selma - Ava DuVernay's Civil Rights picture starring David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr. opens in limited release on Christmas Day, with a theater expansion on January 9, 2015. The Homesman - Writer-director-star Tommy Lee Jones' Western drama also starring Hilary Swank and Miranda Otto will open on November 7th. Spare Parts - Sean McNamara's film that follows a team of high school students participating in an underwater robotics competition will open January 16, 2015. Hit the jump for more on each picture. In addition to the Christmas Day 2015 release date news, which qualifies the film for the 2014 Oscars race, we've also received an updated casting list. The film stars David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr., Tom Wilkinson as Lyndon Baines Johnson, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Andre Holland as Andrew Young, Omar J. Dorsey as James Orange, Alessandro Nivola as John Doar, »
- Dave Trumbore
Paramount Pictures and Pathé today announced that the feature film Selma will have a limited release in the U.S. on Christmas day and will open wide on January 9, 2015. Directed by Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere), the film is being produced by Oprah Winfrey, Plan B, the producers of the Academy Award-winning 12 Years a Slave, and Cloud Eight Films' Academy Award-winning Christian Colson (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire).
Academy Award nominee Oprah Winfrey joins the film's cast as Annie Lee Cooper, an elderly woman and visible leader amongst the civil rights protesters in Selma who tried to register to vote and was unfairly denied by the sheriff.
The film is currently shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery and Selma, Alabama.
Selma is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people - a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, »
Paramount Pictures and Pathé have set a December 25 limited release on Ava DuVernay’s Civil Rights drama and potential awards contender. Separately, Open Road has picked up what is being described as the inspirational drama Little Boy.
Selma stars the UK’s in-demand David Oyelowo (pictured) as Martin Luther King Jr and charts the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama – a pivotal event in the battle for equality that led to President Johnson signing the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
The film will open wide on January 9 2015, a timely slot that falls in the 50th anniversary year of the passage of the act.
She will play Annie Lee Cooper, an elderly woman who tried to register to vote and was unfairly denied by the sheriff.
The film is currently shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery and Selma in Alabama.
The cast includes »
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Selma is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The film’s release will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the landmark legislation.
It was also announced that Academy Award nominee Oprah Winfrey has joined the cast as Annie Lee Cooper, an elderly woman and visible leader amongst the civil rights protesters in Selma who tried to register to »
- Michelle McCue
I had been sitting back wondering whether Ava DuVernay's "Selma" would be ready in time for this year's upcoming awards season. Paramount already has a couple of things to play with, from Jason Reitman's "Men, Women & Children" to Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar." Well, add another, as DuVernay's film has just been slated for a Christmas Day limited release. The film, which is being produced by Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt's Plan B shingle, is still shooting in Atlanta, Georgia and Montgomery and Selma, Alabama, but I guess there is enough faith that the editing will come together in time. It of course tells the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s struggle to secure voting rights for all during the heated civil rights movement of the 1960s. This led to President Lyndon Johnson signing the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965. The film will go wide on Jan. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Selma, the Oprah Winfrey-produced historical drama about the landmark 1965 civil-rights march that was violently attacked by Alabama law-enforcement, will get a limited release on Dec. 25, 2014, before opening wide on Jan. 9, 2015.
David Oyelowo (The Butler) stars as Martin Luther King, Jr., who helped organize Selma’s voting-rights protests after many African-Americans were denied their right to register to vote. Winfrey will also appear as Annie Lee Cooper, “an elderly woman and visible leader amongst the civil rights protesters in Selma who tried to register to vote and was unfairly denied by the sheriff.”
The film will chronicle Dr. King’s »
- Jeff Labrecque
Selma, the Martin Luther King civil rights drama produced by Oprah Winfrey, is set for release on Christmas Day with plans to expand its theater count on Jan. 9, Paramount Pictures said on Friday. The film, which stars David Oyelowo as Mlk, also features Wendell Pierce, Alessandro Nivola, Andre Holland and Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King. Photos Most Anticipated Summer Blockbusters of 2014 Selma is being produced by Winfrey along with Plan B's Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner and Cloud Eight Films’ Christian Colson. Winfrey will also appear in the film, directed by Ava DuVernay. Shooting is underway
- Erik Hayden
Ava DuVernay's Martin Luther King Jr. film "Selma" has scored a Christmas Day limited release ahead of a wide opening on January 9th 2015. The announcement puts the film right in the path of awards season.
Oprah Winfrey is producing the film and today it has also been announced she'll play the small but key role of Annie Lee Cooper, an elderly woman and visible leader amongst the civil rights protesters in Selma who tried to register to vote and was unfairly denied by the sheriff.
David Oyelowo stars as the iconic civil rights leader in the film which tracks King’s struggle to secure voting rights for all people, culminating in the Alabama march.
Source: Screen »
- Garth Franklin
• Tom Hiddleston will star (and sing) as Hank Williams in an upcoming biopic about the country legend. I Saw The Light will be directed by Marc Abraham (Flash of Genius), who adapted the script from Colin Escott’s biography of Williams. Quite different than his role in The Avengers, Hiddleston will sing from the entire Williams catalog, with songs like “Hey, Good Lookin’,” after the rights were secured through a deal with Sony Atv. The film will follow Williams’ rise to fame before dying of heart failure at age 29. [Deadline]
- Jake Perlman
With The Company, Coco Before Chanel, Howl, Ginger & Rosa, Devil’s Knot and American Hustle under his belt, and a role in J.C. Chandor’s upcoming A Most Violent Year, Alessandro Nivola is quickly becoming the go-to actor for directors working on period pieces. Now, he’s added another one to his busy schedule in the form of civil rights biopic Selma.
Nivola will play civil rights activist John Doar in the movie, which Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere, ABC’s Scandal) is directing for Paramount and Pathe. Though the film is being marketed as a Martin Luther King Jr. biopic, it actually focuses on “the three attempts of black marchers to walk from Selma to Montgomery, the capital of Alabama, in 1965 in order to gain voting rights. The first two times they were beaten back by police, and by the third time it had become a national crusade.”
- Isaac Feldberg
We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon. Briefly: Rebel Wilson has joined the cast of the new Sacha Baron Cohen comedy Grimsby. Guy Pearce will reunite with Breathe In director Drake Doremus on the sci-fi film Equals, also starring Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult. Brian Cox has joined the cast of Adam Sandler’s video game actioner Pixels. Alessandro Nivola (American Hustle) has been added to the civil rights drama Selma. Hit the jump for more details on the aforementioned casting. Firstly, director Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk) continues to fill out the cast for the action-comedy Grimsby, as Variety reports that Rebel Wilson has signed on. Mark Strong leads the pic as a black ops spy who is forced to team up with his idiotic hooligan brother, played by Sacha Baron Cohen. Details regarding Wilson’s role are unknown, but the prospect of seeing »
- Adam Chitwood
Director: Atom Egoyan.
Running Time: 114 minutes.
Synopsis: Atom Egoyan’s haunting true mystery about who killed three children in a small town. The police identify three teens, aka the West Memphis Three, as committing the murders during a satanic ritual but the truth may be scarier as a mother (Reese Witherspoon) and investigator (Colin Firth) suspect all is not as it appears.
Devil’S Knot is based on a true story from the early 1990s where a trio of children went missing from their neighbourhood in West Memphis, Arkansas. The three were found horrifically mutilated and bound in a local river the following day, and just a few weeks later, three teenagers were arrested and charged with their murders. Atom Egoyan’s film is a dramatisation of those events of May, »
- Paul Heath
The weekend of the Tonys has finally arrived, and EW will be your shepherd through the entire night, with reports from the red carpet and Radio City Music Hall, and senior editor Thom Geier and myself hosting a live blog of the entire ceremony, beginning at 8 p.m. Et when it airs on CBS. Host Hugh Jackman must already have his eyes on a prize for next season when he returns for Jerusalem playwright Jez Butterworth’s three-person drama The River, and other starry productions are slowly finding homes for next season. Glenn Close, John Lithgow, and Martha Plimpton will »
- Jason Clark
Evan Rachel Wood has been sued, alongside As You Wish Productions, Inc., by 10 Things Films, LLC for breach of contract. The suit alleges that the actress walked out during principal photography on the film “10 Things I Hate About Life.” As You Wish Productions is the organization that provided Wood's services for the film. Also read: Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Evan Rachel Wood to Star in Joe Berlinger's True Crime Tale (Exclusive) According to the legal document, Wood accepted and retained $300,000 for her work, and then “seemingly changed her mind” about completing the film, ultimately refusing to do so. The. »
- Jason Hughes
When it comes to showstoppers, Broadway's Tony Awards are traditionally hard to beat. And, from the list of presenters who will be accompanying this year's host (returning for the fourth time) Hugh Jackman at the June 8 ceremony, few recent Tonys have promised to be so star-studded. So far, those announced to join Jackman live from the stage at Radio City Music Hall include Kevin Bacon, Matt Bomer, Wayne Brady, Zach Braff, Kenneth Branagh, Patricia Clarkson, Bradley Cooper, Fran Drescher, Clint Eastwood, Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan, Vera Farmiga, Will Ferrell, Tony Goldwyn, Anna Gunn, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Carole King, Zachary Levi, »
- Stephen M. Silverman
• Robert De Niro (The Bag Man) will star opposite Robert Pattinson (The Rover) in Olivier Assayas (Paris, je t’aime) upcoming indie action flick, Idol’s Eye. While plot details are being kept firmly under wraps, the film is being described as a “sophisticated heist/action thriller” and is set to begin principal photography in October in Chicago and Toronto.
• Johnny Depp (Black Mass) is reportedly in negotiations to star as Harry Houdini in Lionsgate/Summit’s upcoming film, The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero. Directed by Red 2′s Dean Parisot and based on »
- Pamela Gocobachi
The 2014 Tony Awards — honoring the best in Broadway theater for the 68th time – has found its line-up.
Stars taking the stage at Radio City Music Hall and presenting at Broadway’s biggest celebration, hosted by Tony winner Hugh Jackman, include Bradley Cooper, Kevin Bacon, Carole King, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Will Ferrell, Liev Schreiber, Emmy Rossum, Kate Mara, Zachary Quinto, Zachary Levi, Lucy Liu, Clint Eastwood, Patricia Clarkson, Leighton Meester, Ethan Hawke, Zach Braff, Matt Bomer, Anna Gunn, Gloria Estefan, Audra McDonald, Fran Drescher, Wayne Brady, Emilio Estefan, Kenneth Branagh, Tony Goldwyn, Vera Farmiga and Alessandro Nivola.
Theater fans will notice that »
- Marc Snetiker
CBS has announced the first batch of presenters for the 68th Annual Tony Awards, airing Sun., June 8 at 8 p.m., live from New York City.
Stars paying tribute to the best and brightest on Broadway include Clint Eastwood, Will Ferrell, Bradley Cooper, Tony Goldwyn, Kevin Bacon, Matt Bomer, Wayne Brady, Zach Braff, Kenneth Branagh, Patricia Clarkson, Fran Drescher, Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan, Vera Farmiga, Anna Gunn, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Carole King, Zachary Levi, Lucy Liu, Kate Mara, Tony nominee Audra McDonald, Leighton Meester, Alessandro Nivola, Zachary Quinto, Emmy Rossum and Liev Schreiber.
- Laura Prudom
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