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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.
- James Rainey
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.
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
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
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 »
Award-winning director Jay Roach is lined up to direct the upcoming HBO adaptation of the Broadway play All The Way.
Bryan Cranston is also on board to reprise his Tony Award winning portrayal of President Lyndon B Johnson.
All The Way documents President Johnson's first year in office following the assassination of his predecessor John F Kennedy amidst building escalations in the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War.
Roach will join executive producer Steven Spielberg on the project, The Wrap reports.
Cranston and the play's author Robert Schenkkan will serve as producers.
Game Change earned Roach his third and fourth Primetime Emmy Award win for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special, and for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie. »
Jay Roach will direct an HBO biopic adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play “All the Way” centering around President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Bryan Cranston, who played Lbj in Broadway’s “All the Way,” will reprise the role for the HBO adaptation. Also Read: John Goodman in Talks to Join Bryan Cranston in Jay Roach’s ‘Trumbo’ (Exclusive) Cranston won the Tony for lead actor for his Lbj role in addition to the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theater World Awards. Also Read: ‘Game Change’ Director Jay Roach Follows Agent Dan Aloni to Wme “All the Way” chronicles Lbj’s first year in office, »
- Jordan Chariton
I know, I know... it's early in the year and the Oscars just ended and Oh my God what are you doingc Yet, the wheels keep turning and I like to be ahead of the game rather than playing catch up at the end of the year so I'm trying to make sure the database is locked and loaded for Oscar 2016 and I just got done adding a few contenders, contenders such as... Luca Guadagnino's A Bigger Splash, which Fox Searchlight just acquired for distribution starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson and Aurore Clement. The pic centers on a high profile couple, a famous rock star and a filmmaker (Schoenaerts and Swinton), vacationing and recovering on the idyllic sun-drenched and remote Italian island of Pantelleria are disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter (Fiennes and Johnson) - creating a whirlwind of jealousy, »
- Brad Brevet
Plummer and Pacino together – this scene alone makes me want to see the film.
Al Pacino stars as aging 1970s rocker Danny Collins, who can’t give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager (Christopher Plummer) uncovers a 40 year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, he decides to change course and embarks on a heartfelt journey to rediscover his family, find true love and begin a second act.
Go behind-the-scenes of Danny Collins in this featurette. The film opens in select theaters March 20th.
Bleecker Street is also releasing this fall Trumbo, a film I can’t wait to see and one to watch when awards season comes around. The successful career of 1940s Hollywood »
- Melissa Thompson
New Projects is a weekly round up of movies and TV shows recently announced and currently in development for the near future.
Who’s that bad remake? (Shut your mouth!) New Line Cinema has reportedly acquired the rights to the Shaft franchise and intends to remake the ’70s blaxploitation classic yet again, following the 2000 remake starring Samuel L. Jackson. The Wrap reports that John Davis (Predator) is producing the remake, apparently forgetting that no one understands Shaft but his woman.
Perhaps someone at Bad Robot had a lightbulb (get it?) go if in their head, as The Wrap has reported that J.J. Abrams’s production studio is developing a movie on Thomas Edison as a “rugged, eccentric genius”. Abrams is currently working on a series for Hulu based on one of Stephen King’s novels around the Kennedy Assassination.
If you thought a Monopoly movie was ridiculous, it doesn’t »
- Brian Welk
The Psychopath Test: Scarlett Johansson will star in The Psychopath Test, a psychological thriller that will be directed by Jay Roach (Meet the Parents). Kristen Gore is set to adapt Jon Ronson's book, which explores the world of "remorseless, deadly psychopaths" and the industry that has sprung up to diagnose and treat them. [Deadline] Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: The Pirates are going Down Under. Production has begun in Australia on the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. This time, Jack is pitted against Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), who has escaped from the Devil's Triangle and is determined to kill every pirate at sea. Jack's only hope of survival is...
- Peter Martin
The Psychopath Test: Scarlett Johansson will star in The Psychopath Test, a psychological thriller that will be directed by Jay Roach (Meet the Parents). Kristen Gore is set to adapt Jon Ronson's book, which explores the world of "remorseless, deadly psychopaths" and the industry that has sprung up to diagnose and treat them. [Deadline] Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: The Pirates are going down under. Production has begun in Australia on the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. This time, Jack is pitted against Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), who has escaped from the Devil's Triangle and is determined to kill every pirate at sea. Jack's only hope of survival is...
- Peter Martin
Scarlett Johansson is studying up to take "The Psychopath Test," Deadline reports. The actress will lead the Jay Roach ("Game Change," "Meet The Fockers") directed movie, based on Jon Ronson's book about "how the medical community tries to diagnose and classify an elusive group: remorseless, deadly psychopaths." Kristin Gore (David O. Russell's aborted "Nailed" aka "Accidental Love") penned the script for the psychological thriller, which is set up at Universal. Deadline also reports that Jerry Lewis is joining the Nicolas Cage movie "The Trust," playing the latter's father. Whoa. Elijah Wood and Sky Ferreira co-star in the movie about "two corrupt cops who are stuck working the evidence room of the Las Vegas police department. When one discovers there is a vault full of drug money sealed in the back of a convenience store, both cops team up to pull a heist. Lewis will play the father of. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Johansson is set for a busy couple of years, with Avengers: Age of Ultron almost ready for its release in April, while she is also set to squeeze in reprising her role as Black Widow / Natasha Romanoff in next year’s Captain America: Civil War, opposite Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr., before taking the lead in the long-awaited live-action version of Ghost in the Shell,
- Scott J. Davis
Even though Scarlett Johansson just had her first child not too long ago, she's wasting no time lining up a series of future project. The actress will be back as Black Widow in Captain America: Civil War, and she's taking the lead in the big screen adaptation of the anime Ghost in the Shell. Now Deadline reports Universal Pictures has attached the actress to lead The Psychopath Test, a psychological thriller from writer Kristin Gore, based on Jon Ronson's book of the same name. Game Change and Meet the Parents director Jay Roach is attached to direct with Brian Grazer producing through his own Everyman Pictures banner. Roach and Gore and just coming off a comedy pilot for HBO called "Women in Space," following a group of women tasked with the mission of colonizing another planet. As for Ronson, you should be familiar with his work since he wrote »
- Ethan Anderton
Scarlett Johansson's latest project sounds a little spooky. She's signed on to star in an adaptation of Jon Ronson's book "The Psychopath Test," a non-fiction book about psychopaths and "the madness industry." It's not exactly clear how the book will be adapted into a narrative, or where Johansson will fit in, but it's being described as "a psychological thriller." Here's the Amazon description of the book:
When Jon Ronson is drawn into an elaborate hoax played on some of the world's top scientists, his investigation leads him, unexpectedly, to psychopaths. He meets an influential psychologist who is convinced that many important business leaders and politicians are in fact high-flying, high-functioning psychopaths, and teaches Ronson how to spot them. Armed with these new abilities, Ronson meets a patient inside an asylum for the criminally insane who insists that he's sane, a mere run-of-the-mill troubled youth, not a psychopath - »
- Jenni Miller
Scarlett Johansson has signed up to star in The Psychopath Test.
The synopsis for the original book reads: "What if society wasn't fundamentally rational, but was motivated by insanity? This thought sets Jon Ronson on an utterly compelling adventure into the world of madness.
"Along the way, Jon meets psychopaths, those whose lives have been touched by madness and those whose job it is to diagnose it, including the influential psychologist who developed the Psychopath Test, from whom Jon learns the art of psychopath-spotting.
"A skill which seemingly reveals that madness could indeed be at the heart of everything. »
Jon Ronson is a renowned investigative journalist who has spent years exploring the more hidden aspects of society for radio, television, and print. His books, including Clubbed Class, Them: Adventures With Extremists and The Men Who Stare At Goats, all feature a narrative structure that is specific to Ronson’s work – setting factual investigation within the gripping flow of his experiences in tracking down the information. Each account has the reader essentially riding shotgun with Ronson as he goes to get the story. The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through The Madness Industry, published in 2011, features this structure, too, and is now being developed by Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment as The Psychopath Test, starring Scarlett Johansson.
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through The Madness Industry sets out to explore the murky world of psychiatric diagnosis, and in doing so, looks at the mental health industry, including the media, the professionals and the patients – specifically psychopaths. »
- Sarah Myles
Now we're sure that author Jon Ronson will correct us on this if we've got this wrong, but there's an incident that he describes at the start of his excellent book, The Psychopath Test. He talks about a threat being made to an unnamed website, as a consequence of an interview that was run with Ronson himself.
Er, we think that was us. Let's just say that we certainly had a few (friendly) phone calls about it. If you've read the book, you'll know which bit we're referring to. Again, it may be another website that we don't know of, but reading Ronson's words brough back some memories.
If you've not read the book, then you may be tempted to go for a film version of The Psychopath Test instead. Universal Pictures is backing the movie take on the book, »
The Psychopath Test: Scarlett Johansson will star in The Psychopath Test, a psychological thriller that will be directed by Jay Roach (Meet the Parents). Kristen Gore is set to adapt Jon Ronson's book, which explores the world of "remorseless, deadly psychopaths" and the industry that has sprung up to diagnose and treat them. [Deadline] Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: The Pirates are going Down Under. Production has begun in Australia on the...
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