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Dustin Hoffman joins MasterClass programe

12 May 2015 2:54 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The two-time Oscar winner will be among the first teachers on the online platform alongside Serena Williams and James Patterson.

Based in San Francisco, MasterClass aims to curate a programme of sessions involving the best in their fields.

“We’re students,” said Hoffman, who will teach an acting class. “The first year. The first five years, the first 10 years. We’re students after 50 years. 

“I never like to give advice, but I wanted to teach what I wish someone had taught me.”

Jay Roach and Bill Guttentag will direct the first set of classes.

For further details click here. »

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Watch: Jack Black And Tim Robbins Get Political In HBO Comedy 'The Brink'

7 May 2015 2:38 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

With the U.S. elections coming up and providing their own form of comedy, we'll need all the relief we can get, and HBO is stepping up. They've already got the political laffer "Veep," they're adding to their slate with "The Brink," and a new trailer for the first season is here. Read More: Watch Jack Black And Tim Robbins In First Trailer For HBO's 'The Brink' Jack Back and Tim Robbins lead the ensemble of the show which tracks the efforts of a bunch of bumbling suits, soldiers, and agents in the field as they try to avert the next World War. Jay Roach ("Meet The Parents," "The Campaign") directed the pilot and is an executive producer of the show, and as you can see, the results are quite broad, though not necessarily gut busting. Also featuring Pablo Schreiber, Aasif Mandvi, Maribeth Monroe, Eric Ladin, Esai Morales, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Jack Black And Tim Robbins Get Political In HBO Comedy 'The Brink'

7 May 2015 2:38 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With the U.S. elections coming up and providing their own form of comedy, we'll need all the relief we can get, and HBO is stepping up. They've already got the political laffer "Veep," they're adding to their slate with "The Brink," and a new trailer for the first season is here. Read More: Watch Jack Black And Tim Robbins In First Trailer For HBO's 'The Brink' Jack Back and Tim Robbins lead the ensemble of the show which tracks the efforts of a bunch of bumbling suits, soldiers, and agents in the field as they try to avert the next World War. Jay Roach ("Meet The Parents," "The Campaign") directed the pilot and is an executive producer of the show, and as you can see, the results are quite broad, though not necessarily gut busting. Also featuring Pablo Schreiber, Aasif Mandvi, Maribeth Monroe, Eric Ladin, Esai Morales, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Jack Black and Tim Robbins Get Ballsy (Or Suicidal) in New Trailer for 'The Brink'

7 May 2015 1:58 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Watch: Tim Robbins and Jack Black Try to Prevent Wwiii in HBO's 'The Brink' Teaser HBO's dark new comedy series "The Brink" focuses on a geopolitical crises in Pakistan and the trouble it causes for three very different men. We follow Secretary of State Walter Larson (Tim Robbins), bumbling Foreign Service officer Alex Talbot (Jack Black) and Navy fighter pilot Zeke Tilson (Pablo Schreiber) as they hilariously and desperately scramble to save everyone from World War III.  This political satire, created by Roberto Benabib ("Little City") and Kim Benabib, also stars Aasif Mandvi, Maribeth Monroe, Eric Ladin, Esai Morales and Geoff Pierson. It was executive produced by Jerry Weintraub, Roberto Benabib and Jay Roach (who also directed the first episode). Episode 2, meanwhile, is directed by Tim Robbins himself. The 10-episode season begins Sunday, June 21 at 10:30pm (after the premiere of "True Detective" Season 2 and series. »

- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold

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Watch: Jack Black and Tim Robbins Get Ballsy (Or Suicidal) in New Trailer for 'The Brink'

7 May 2015 1:58 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Read More: Watch: Tim Robbins and Jack Black Try to Prevent Wwiii in HBO's 'The Brink' Teaser HBO's dark new comedy series "The Brink" focuses on a geopolitical crises in Pakistan and the trouble it causes for three very different men. We follow Secretary of State Walter Larson (Tim Robbins), bumbling Foreign Service officer Alex Talbot (Jack Black) and Navy fighter pilot Zeke Tilson (Pablo Schreiber) as they hilariously and desperately scramble to save everyone from World War III.  This political satire, created by Roberto Benabib ("Little City") and Kim Benabib, also stars Aasif Mandvi, Maribeth Monroe, Eric Ladin, Esai Morales and Geoff Pierson. It was executive produced by Jerry Weintraub, Roberto Benabib and Jay Roach (who also directed the first episode). Episode 2, meanwhile, is directed by Tim Robbins himself. The 10-episode season begins Sunday, June 21 at 10:30pm (after the premiere of "True Detective" Season 2 and series. »

- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold

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Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn wrote a Silver Surfer treatment for Fox

2 May 2015 3:24 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has taken to Facebook to reveal that back in the late 1990s he spent time working on another of Marvel’s cosmic properties, producing a treatment for a Silver Surfer movie for 20th Century Fox.

“Little known fact: When I first moved to La in 1999, one of the first people I met on a meeting was an exec at Fox. He told me they wanted to make a Silver Surfer movie, and I might be right for that, so I wrote an extensive treatment. It was a huge story, cosmic as hell, and featured the Silver Surfer turning on Galactus (but no Fantastic Four – this was before the first Ff film). At the same time, I was approached by director Jay Roach and his producer Shauna Robertson about writing a live-action Spy Vs. Spy film. That film seemed more likely to get made, »

- Gary Collinson

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Jay Roach to Deliver USC Cinema Commencement Speech

28 April 2015 7:21 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Filmmaker Jay Roach is set to deliver the commencement address at the USC School of Cinematic Arts graduation on May 15 at the Shrine Auditorium. In addition, writer-producer Melissa Rosenberg will receive the Mary Pickford Alumni Award.

Roach graduated USC with a masters in film production while Rosenberg earned her masters in the Peter Stark Producing Program.

Dean Elizabeth M. Daley said in a statement, “We are so pleased that Jay Roach and Melissa Rosenberg, two of our most inspiring alumni, will join us for our graduation ceremony. Jay brings a unique approach to his work in comedy and narrative filmmaking and in both areas he has been a stellar role model for our students. Melissa Rosenberg is also someone they admire greatly, whose work as a writer and producer crosses genres, demographics and even distribution channels. They are both having the kinds of careers our students want to emulate.”

Roach is currently working on “Trumbo, »

- Variety Staff

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Education Impact Report: 110 Students to Watch

28 April 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In honor of its 110th anniversary, Variety selects 110 students who represent the future of film, media and entertainment.

Nayna Agrawal

Age: 29

School: Northwestern U.

Major: Mfa writing for screen and stage

High Marks: Agrawal’s plays have been produced in theaters in Chicago; Evanston, Ill.; Ithaca, N.Y.; New Bedford, Mass.; and Seattle. She was a writing intern with HBO last summer and the winner of an Emmy Foundation scholarship.

Viraj Ajmeri

Age: 25

School: Ringling College of Art and Design

Major: Motion design

High Marks: Not only did Ajmeri intern with Psyop and the Mill, two premier motion design studios in New York, but also has been offered a job with the latter. Ajmeri’s national and local freelance work includes a new musicvideo for Jason Derulo.

Will Arbery

Age: 25

School: Northwestern U.

Major: Mfa writing for screen and stage

High Marks: Arbery’s “The Logic” was »

- Malina Saval, Christy Grosz, Seth Kelley and Marianne Zumberge

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Julianne Moore at CinemaCon: ‘You Can’t Make a Living Doing Just Indie Films’

23 April 2015 6:21 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oscar winner Julianne Moore gave exhibitors at CinemaCon a guardedly optimistic outlook for the world of independent films.

“It’s highly highly personal — that’s why people support it,” Moore said at a Thursday lunch panel in Las Vegas called “The Independent Game: Based on a True Story.”

But both Moore and Sony Classics’ Tom Bernard endorsed seeing films on a bigscreen and bemoaned the VOD trend. “We’re always so disappointed when you hear the words ‘day-and-date.’ I think, ‘Oh, really?'”

“A movie never looks the same on television,” Moore said.

Moore’s “Still Alice,” which carried a $5 million budget, was an unqualified success at the box office with $28 million — much of that after she won the best actress Oscar for her portrayal of a professor with early-onset Alzheimer’s.

“The great parts are not going to come to you on a silver platter,” Moore noted. “You need »

- Dave McNary

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Julianne Moore Praises Indie Films At CinemaCon: “Hollywood Isn’t In The Business Of Creating Parts For Actors”

23 April 2015 1:56 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Indie films now are bigger than ever. That was the takeaway at today’s CinemaCon panel for “The 'Independent' Game: Based on a True Story” panel which was comprised of Sony Pictures Classics co-chiarman Tom Bernard, Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore, director Jay Roach and AMC Theatres president of programming, Robert Lenihan. While Hollywood gets a bad rap for shortchanging actresses over 50 with great roles, Moore credits indie films for keeping her career… »

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Watch: HBO’s Teaser for ‘The Brink’ Lands Jack Black in Pakistan

17 April 2015 6:27 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jack Black and Tim Robbins find humor in geopolitical calamity in the teaser for HBO’s new show “The Brink.”

The black comedy is set to bow June 21 following the season two premiere of “True Detective” and fellow HBO newcomer, “Ballers.”

Robbins plays womanizing Secretary of State Walter Larson, who is counting on foreign service officer Alex Talbot (Black) and ace Navy fighter pilot Zeke Tilson (Pablo Schreiber) to solve a conflict in Pakistan that could potentially result in global turmoil. (No, really — the show is a comedy.)

Aasif Mandvi, Maribeth Monroe, Eric Ladin, Esai Morales and Geoff Pierson round out the cast. Roberto and Kim Benabib created the 10-episode series with Jerry Weintraub and Jay Roach serving as exec producers. Roach will also direct the pilot.

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- Seth Kelley

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'Trumbo', 'Life' and Possible Pixar Short for 'Inside Out' in Today's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

15 April 2015 8:13 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

We'll begin today's bulletin with Trumbo, Jay Roach's new film centered on the life of Dalton Trumbo played by Bryan Cranston, which Bleecker Street will be releasing later this year. A possible Oscar contender and likely fall festival entrant, the film has scored an R rating and who knows, maybe we'll get a trailer sooner rather than later. Then there's Z for Zachariah, which played the Sundance Film Festival to a mixed response. Rated PG-13, the film was picked up by Roadside, but is still looking for an official release date. Anton Corbijn's Life is still looking for a distributor after its Berlin Film Festival premiere, but it has an MPAA rating. The film, starring Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan, will arrive with an R-rating when it does finally arrive. Next is Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look of Silence, which has been playing festivals since Venice of last year, »

- Brad Brevet

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HBO Debuts First Official Teaser for Comedy Series "The Brink"

10 April 2015 2:18 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Adding to its already-impressive rotation of comedies, HBO has just released the first teaser for its upcoming series "The Brink", a dark comedy that centers on three disparate, desperate men who must work through the chaos surrounding them in order to save the planet from falling into World War III. The show, which debuts Sunday, June 21, stars Jack Black as lowly Foreign Service officer Alex Talbot, Tim Robbins as Secretary of State Walter Larson, and Pablo Schreiber as ace Navy fighter pilot Zeke Tilson, an unlikely team of men who band together to solve a geopolitical crisis in Pakistan. Aasif Mandvi, Maribeth Monroe, Eric Ladin, Esai Morales, and Geoff Pierson help round out the cast of "The Brink", which is executive produced by Jerry Weintraub, Roberto Benabib, and Jay Roach and was created by Roberto Benabib and Kim Benabib. Check out the teaser below. yt id="lB9DlCFzzUo" width="640" »

- Jordan Benesh

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Watch: Tim Robbins and Jack Black Try to Prevent Wwiii in HBO's 'The Brink' Teaser

10 April 2015 7:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Watch: 'True Detective' Season 2 Trailer Marks the Battlefield Between Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn Jay Roach may be best known on the big screen for broad comedies such as the "Austin Powers" and "Meet the Fockers" franchises, but on television in recent years he's carved out quite a career making serious-minded political hits for HBO, including the Emmy-winning "Game Change" and "Recount." Now, Roach is making the jump from HBO movies to HBO series as executive producer (and pilot director) of "The Brink," a comedic political satire from creators Roberto and Kim Benabib. The new series starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins focuses on top U.S. government and military officials as they scramble to prevent World War III from happening amidst the chaos of a geopolitical crisis. The teaser trailer above promises everything from digs at drone warfare and the War on Terror to a tied-up, »

- Zack Sharf

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The Brink Trailer Laughs In the Face of World War 3

10 April 2015 7:03 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Austin Powers and Meet the Parents director Jay Roach has developed a nifty second act for his career as sort of a gatekeeper of political content for HBO. After directing Game Change and Recount (the latter of which is so enraging because it really nails how Bush essentially stole the office) he's switching to a lighter side of the spectrum with The Brink. Granted, this lighter tone is set against the stakes of an impending World War 3 fueled by anger and negligence, but you can feel how broad it is right away in this trailer. I love this kind of stuff but I'm actually a little hung up on the tone here. It seems just a shade too broad for me actually, but I'm willing to be there's plenty of nuance up the sleeve of this satire once the actual episodes start unspooling. Jack Black, Tim Robbins and Aasif Mandvi star. »

- Evan Dickson

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HBO to Debut Comedies ‘The Brink’ & ‘Ballers’ After ‘True Detective’ Premiere

9 April 2015 3:35 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO will boost its two new summer comedies, “The Brink” and “Ballers,” with the fan-frenzy lead-in of “True Detective’s” season-two premiere on Sunday, June 21.

All three shows will premiere back-to-back in a two-hour block, launched by “True Detective,” which returns for its eight-episode second season at 9/8c.

Ballers” will follow at 10/9c, followed by half-hour dark comedy “The Brink” at 10:30/9:30c.

Ballers” follows former football superstar Spencer Strasmore (played by Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson), who gets his life on track in retirement, while mentoring other current and former players on the business of football. The cast is rounded out by Rob Corrdry, Omar Benson Miller, John David Washington, Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, Jazmyn Simon and Arielle Kebble. The 10-episode series was created and exec produced by Steve Levinson (“Boardwalk Empire,” “Entourage”). Mark Wahlberg, Peter Berg, Dany Garcia, Julian Farino, Evan Reilly and Rob Weiss also serve as exec producers. »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Could Producer Shivani Rawat Be the Next Megan Ellison?

19 March 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dan Fogelman had built a praiseworthy list of writing credits with such hits as “Cars,” “Tangled” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” But that didn’t bring the world clamoring to finance what he hoped would be his directorial debut — a dramedy about an over-the-hill rock star who rediscovers his soul.

The sound of doors slamming shut might have become deafening had his script not fallen into the hands of an ambitious recent film school graduate named Shivani Rawat.

With the financial backing of her godfather, 5-Hour Energy drink magnate Manoj Bhargava, Rawat turned Fogelman’s passion project, “Danny Collins,” from a might-have-been into a bigscreen reality. Starring Al Pacino, Annette Bening and Christopher Plummer, it debuts in New York and Los Angeles on March 20.

Danny Collins” only whetted the appetite of Rawat, 29. “I want to be in this for good,” she said. Bhargava has now funded three films for New York-based startup ShivHans Pictures, »

- James Rainey

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Bryan Cranston’s ‘Trumbo’ Set for Nov. 6 Release

17 March 2015 12:13 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Recently launched distributor Bleecker Street has set Bryan Cranston’s “Trumbo” for an awards-season release on Nov. 6 in the U.S.

The film is based on the true story of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Cranston), who had been one of Hollywood’s top screenwriters before he was forced to testify in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1947. When he refused to cooperate, he was sent to prison for 11 months.

Helen Mirren co-stars as Trumbo’s nemesis, columnist Hedda Hopper. Elle Fanning, Diane Lane, John Goodman, Michael Stuhlbarg and Louis C.K. co-star in the pic, directed by Jay Roach.

Michael London’s Groundswell Prods. produces in association with Shivani Rawat, Monica Levinson, and Nimitt Mankad through ShivHans Pictures. Bleecker Street, headed by Andrew Karpen, launched last summer and took on distribution of the ShivHans titles.

Upon his release, Trumbo became a prolific blacklisted writer and won an Oscar for »

- Dave McNary

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2016 Oscar Predictions: Early Look at 43 Movies Vying for Best Picture

9 March 2015 8:26 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

As always, March is too early to get any kind of firm grasp on what will or won't be an Oscar contender come the end of the year, but that doesn't mean it isn't fun to speculate. Last year, only two of the nine films I predicted out of the gates actually ended up receiving Best Picture nominations at the 2015 Oscars -- Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel -- which goes to show just how much we know in advance. In fact, looking at the films I had on the outside looking in, only Best Picture winner Birdman was listed. But hey, at least I had three of the top contenders in the early year conversation, that's something... rightc When it comes to this year, I feel even less certain than I did last year. I'm not sure that's saying a whole lot since only two of the 43 films on »

- Brad Brevet

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Jay Roach Ready To Go All The Way

8 March 2015 10:04 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

They’ve just worked together on screenwriter biopic Trumbo and it appears Jay Roach and Bryan Cranston are ready to keep things historical. The director is now attached to make the HBO adaptation of Tony-winning play All The Way, which finds Cranston as 36th Us president, Lyndon Johnson.Cranston picked up a several awards, including a Tony, for his performance in Robert Schenkkan’s play, which follows the tumultuous first year of the president’s time in office, spent in the shadow of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Dealing with the escalating Vietnam War and struggling to launch a landmark civil rights bill, Johnson also had to win election for his first full presidential term.Roach has become something of a political specialist for the cable channel, having directed TV movies Recount (about the 2000 presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore) and Game Change, which chronicled what happened »

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