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The Good Wife actor Dylan Baker played an off-screen superhero on Tuesday. The 55-year-old helped save his elderly neighbor after a fire broke out in their high-rise Manhattan apartment complex. Baker says the burning apartment was right next door to his own home on the 33rd floor of the building. "We had just returned home," he told New York City's ABC 7. "All of a sudden the alarm went off in the hall and I went out and there was smoke." He continues, "So I went to her door and pounded on it and called her name. I opened the door and there were flames in the kitchen and the living room and smoke everywhere. I couldn't go in." Baker had to leave to ensure »
Dylan Baker, known for his role as Dr. Connors in “Spider-Man 2” and work on CBS’s “The Good Wife,” attempted to rescue his elderly neighbor from a fire that had broken out in her apartment. According to NBC New York, Baker was returning to his home on the 33rd floor of a high-rise in Hell’s Kitchen just before 4:30 pm on Tuesday, when he noticed flames coming from his neighbor’s apartment. “When I opened the door, it was a full-fledged fire,” he said. “It was terrifying.” Also Read: 'The Good Wife's' Mike Colter, 'Anchorman 2 »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
The end of days is nigh in the new trailer for Fire City: End of Days, directed by Tom Woodruff Jr. Also: new programming announcements from the 2015 Mile High Horror Film Festival, release details for Aquarius Season 1 and zombie web comic When It's Over.
Fire City: End of Days: Press Release: "Burbank, CA - Academy Award Winning Creature and Character Effects Designer Tom Woodruff Jr. makes his highly-anticipated directorial debut with Fire City: End of Days, hitting DVD and Digital October 6 from Uncork’d Entertainment.
Set in a world where demons live among us, this exhilarating vitrine of effects and action sees a hard-boiled demon named Vine confronted with the ultimate choice between the salvation of his own kind and the life of an innocent human girl. Tobias Jelinek (Hocus Pocus), Danielle Chuchran (Saga: Curse of the Shadow), Glee’s Harry Shum Jr, and Kristin Minter (TVs E.R) star. »
- Tamika Jones
Cobie Smulders took the expression, "break a leg," a little too literally! E! News confirms that the How I Met Your Mother alum has broken her leg and needed to pull out of HBO's highly anticipated Anita Hill movie. Starring Kerry Washington, Grace Gummer and Dylan Baker, Confirmation will have to find a new actress to replace Smulders. She was set to begin filming either this week or last. The biopic follows the story of Hill, the attorney who sued Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas for sexual harassment in 1991. Hill was one of Thomas' aides at the Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Upon suing him she was called upon to testify against him during the »
Ouch! Cobie Smulders won’t be calling Kerry Washington a costar after all. The How I Met Your Mother actress has to be recast in HBO’s upcoming Anita Hill flick, Confirmation, after she unfortuately broke her leg, an insider confirms to Us Weekly. Photos: Celebrity injuries Smulders was set to appear in the movie alongside the Scandal star and Grace Gummer, Dylan Baker, and Peter McRobbie, but can no longer take on her role due to her injury. According to the insider, the Avengers star was supposed to start [...] »
Read More: Watch: Alex Karpovsky is a Medical Method Actor for Dylan Baker in Acclaimed Short 'Actor Seeks Role' Billed as the first ever narrative film shot entirely using moonlight, "Refuge" is a short sci-fi thriller directed by Sam Shapson. Shapson shot it with 51,200 Iso, using Sony a7 cameras with Canon Cinema Prime lenses and Atomos Shogun 4K recorders. Obviously due to the incredibly low lighting, the images appear grainy, though it gives the film an attractive low-budget horror aesthetic and makes for some beautiful shots. The film itself deals with three biological researchers working on an off-world biosphere, though they find things are working in a bizarre way. First, the plants seem to be rapidly evolving and then it turns out some kind of alien parasite is infecting and controlling people, a la "The Thing" and "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." The tension grows, ending up in a standoff that, »
- Ethan Sapienza
After premiering to acclaim on the festival circuit in April, Michael Tyburski's short "Actor Seeks Role" has made its online premiere. Read More: Rooftop Films Announces Short Films Lineup for the 2015 Summer Series Alex Karpovsky ("Girls") and Emmy nominee Dylan Baker ("The Good Wife") co-star in the 20-minute film about a method actor (Karpovsky) who catches the attention of a quirky medical instructor (Baker). Struggling to land traditional roles, the actor takes on a part-time gig performing symptoms of various illnesses for student doctors. Well-observed, bitingly funny and riddled with idiosyncracies, "Actor Seeks Role" has much to recommend, including its superb acting duo. Karpovsky ably ranges from melancholic to absurd, while Baker gives a performance of typical flair. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at its premiere at the Independent Film Festival Boston in April, and it has since been selected to screen at the Nantucket »
- David Canfield
HBO has released our first on-set look at Kerry Washington as Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill, who, in 1991, gave testimony that accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment while she was working for him, derailing his ascension to the highest court in the land. It's the subject of Rick Famuyiwa's upcoming Confirmation, in which Thomas will be played by the great Wendell Pierce, who has a long history with HBO in both The Wire and the superb post-Katrina drama Treme. I wouldn't exactly expect as lovable personages as his beleaguered Baltimore detective, Bunk, or the Trombone-blowing Antoine Batiste in his depiction of the famously flippant Thomas, however. [caption id="attachment_374901" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Open Road Films[/caption] The film, written by Erin Brockovich and In Her Shoes scribe Susannah Grant, will also serve as Famuyiwa's follow-up to his enjoyable, enlivening Dope, which hits theaters in a limited release this coming weekend. »
- Chris Cabin
Rick Famuyiwa isn't just sitting around basking the critical acclaim of "Dope" which opens in theaters this week. He's already moved on to "Confirmation" at HBO and it tells the sensational true story of a political and legal scandal that made headlines across the nation. Read More: Watch: New Red Band Trailer And 3 Clips For 'Dope' Kerry Washington leads the movie as Anita Hill, who accused Clarence Thomas (Wendell Pierce) of sexual harassment during his Senate hearings to become a Supreme Court judge. The cast is rounded by Greg Kinnear (as Joe Biden!), Dylan Baker (Senator Orrin Hatch), Grace Gummer (Ricki Seidman), and Alison Wright (Clarence Thomas' wife). No word yet on when the film will air but if it captures even half the drama of the real life story, it'll be some compelling stuff.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Rick Famuyiwa isn't just sitting around basking the critical acclaim of "Dope" which opens in theaters this week. He's already moved on to "Confirmation" at HBO and it tells the sensational true story of a political and legal scandal that made headlines across the nation. Read More: Watch: New Red Band Trailer And 3 Clips For 'Dope' Kerry Washington leads the movie as Anita Hill, who accused Clarence Thomas (Wendell Pierce) of sexual harassment during his Senate hearings to become a Supreme Court judge. The cast is rounded by Greg Kinnear (as Joe Biden!), Dylan Baker (Senator Orrin Hatch), Grace Gummer (Ricki Seidman), and Alison Wright (Clarence Thomas' wife). No word yet on when the film will air but if it captures even half the drama of the real life story, it'll be some compelling stuff. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Here’s photographic proof that Kerry Washington’s latest role comes with just as much scandal.
HBO has released the first photo of the Gladiator in Chief as Anita Hill in “Confirmation,” its upcoming biopic about Clarence Thomas’ Senate hearings to become a Supreme Court judge. Hill was Thomas’ aid at the Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission who accused him of sexual harassment.
The cast also includes Wendell Pierce as Thomas and “Americans” actress Alison Wright as his wife, Virginia. Greg Kinnear plays Joe Biden, who at the time served as chairman of the Thomas’ Senate Judiciary Committee hearings. Other cast members include Dylan Baker as Senator Orrin Hatch, who also served on that committee, and Grace Gummer as Ricki Seidman, the Ted Kennedy aide to whom Hill confided about the harassment.
- Whitney Friedlander
Parenthood alumna Erika Christensen and How I Met Your Mother alum Cobie Smulders are among the latest additions to HBO Films’ upcoming movie Confirmation, toplined by Kerry Washington. Also cast in the project, directed by Rick Famuyiwa, are Grace Gummer, Dylan Baker (The Good Wife) and Law & Order veteran Peter McRobbie. Confirmation, set to begin production shortly, details the Supreme Court hearings for Clarence Thomas (Wendell Pierce) that were rocked by testimony by… »
Lenny Bruce: Dustin Hoffman in the 1974 Bob Fosse movie. Lenny Bruce movie review: Polemical stand-up comedian merited less timid biopic (Oscar Movie Series) Bob Fosse's 1974 biopic Lenny has two chief assets: the ever relevant free speech issues it raises and the riveting presence of Valerie Perrine. The film itself, however, is only sporadically thought-provoking or emotionally gripping; in fact, Lenny is a major artistic letdown, considering all the talent involved and the fertile material at hand. After all, much more should have come out of a joint effort between director Fosse, fresh off his Academy Award win for Cabaret; playwright-screenwriter Julian Barry, whose stage version of Lenny earned Cliff Gorman a Tony Award; two-time Best Actor Oscar nominee Dustin Hoffman (The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy); and cinematographer Bruce Surtees (Play Misty for Me, Blume in Love). Their larger-than-life subject? Lenny Bruce, the stand-up comedian who became one of the »
- Andre Soares
“Applesauce,” Onur Tukel’s latest and most accomplished microbudget exercise in cynical absurdism, throws dismembered body parts into a couple of amicable marriages and charts the resultant explosions as paranoia runs rampant. This time around, Tukel casts his charmingly perverse, sardonic persona in the role of a high-school history teacher exhorting peaceful conflict resolution; his addiction to a radio talkshow that asks “What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?” leads to wildly unforeseeable consequences. With its sarcastic dialogue, deadpan humor, believably flawed characters and surreal logic, “Applesauce” may expand Tukel’s growing indie fan base into niche release.
Ron (Tukel) is pried away from the phone just as he is about to confess his worst deed to talkshow host Stevie Bricks (the incomparable Dylan Baker). He is pried away by his wife, Nicki (Trieste Kelly Dunn), who is impatient to join their best friends, Les (Max Casella) and Kate (Jennifer Prediger), for dinner. »
- Ronnie Scheib
Gere stars as a hedonistic philanthropist who interferes in the lives of newly married couples in an attempt to relive his past. Dakota Fanning, Theo James, Clarke Peters, Cheryl Hines and Dylan Baker also star.
Production companies are Celerity Pictures and TideRock Media in association with Treehouse Pictures, Follow Through Productions, Soaring Flight Productions, Audax Films and Magnolia Entertainment. Producers are Kevin Turen, Jason Michael Berman, Jay Schuminsky and Thomas B. Fore.
The deal was negotiated by Ian Puente and Angel An on behalf of Samuel Goldwyn Films, and by Wme Global and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers. Fortitude International will be handling sales in Cannes on behalf of Qed International.
- Dave McNary
Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired U.S. rights to Franny, a drama starring Richard Gere that premiered during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. The debut feature from writer-director Andre Renzi, Franny features Gere as a hedonistic philanthropist who insinuates himself into the life of his dead friend’s daughter (Dakota Fanning) and her husband (Theo James). The film also stars Clarke Peters, Cheryl Hines, and Dylan Baker. Franny is presented by Celerity Pictures and… »
Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired U.S. rights to writer-director Andrew Renzi’s feature debut “Franny,” which stars Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning and Theo James, the company announced Friday. “Franny,” which recently debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival, stars Gere as the title character, a hedonistic philanthropist who manipulates his way into the lives of a deceased friend’s young daughter (Fanning) and her new husband (James). Co-starring Clarke Peters, Cheryl Hines and Dylan Baker, the film explores the pangs of the past and reflects on what it is to be family. Also Read: Shailene Woodley and Theo James Sizzle »
- Jeff Sneider
The distributor has picked up writer-director Andrew Renzi’s feature debut and recent Tribeca selection starring Richard Gere. Fortitude International handles sales in Cannes on behalf of Qed International.
Franny centres on a hedonistic philanthropist who inveigles his way into the lives of a deceased friend’s daughter and new husband.
Michael Finley, Ruth Mutch, Walter Kortschak, Justin Nappi, Richard Loughran, Shelley Browning, Michael Diamond, George Paaswell, Andrew Corkin, John Friedberg and Mark Moran are on the executive producer roster.
Samuel Goldwyn Films brokered the deal with Wme Global and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Check here for a complete list of our essays. Just one glance at the Oscar nominees for 1998 might make it seem less a questionable choice for “best year in film” — and more an insane one. Instead of a 1974 – The Godfather II, The Conversation, Chinatown, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, etc – or even a 1994, where Shawshank, Quiz Show, and Pulp Fiction lost to Gump – you choose a year where the Oscars would allow Roberto Benigni to climb atop both the figurative and literal chairs of the Shrine? Fine, step away from the Oscars. Would you still celebrate a year that saw not one, but two movies about asteroids threatening the Earth? A year that saw such scars carved across cinematic history as Patch Adams, My Giant, Stepmom, and Krippendorf’s Tribe? It bears repeating: Krippendorf’S Tribe? »
- Michael Oates Palmer
Bypassing the sarcastic vampire approach of last year’s Summer Of Blood (S.O.B.) for a film revolving around severed body parts and infidelity, director Onur Tukel returns with Applesauce, a film that not only supplies enough laughs and awkward moments to fill an Andy Kaufman special, but also raises the question of whether or not sins of the past come back to affect the future. It’s a film that keeps its viewer wondering what will happen next, from the very opening of the film, to the moment the credits roll, and is by far Tukel’s best work yet.
Playing the Ron Welz, a married teacher who does his best to get his students to think of hypothetical alternatives to various wars in history, just to get continually disrespected and never full getting his point across. Welz is a nice guy, an avid listener to a shock radio host, »
- Jerry Smith
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