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Bart: Critics don’t like to admit it, but the conditions under which you see a film strongly influence your opinion. Birdman is a good example: If you see a film like this with a pack of cinephiles like at Telluride, everyone gets every inside joke, and you instinctively go along with the crowd. I made it a point to see Birdman with a paid civilian audience and it was like screening it in a mausoleum. No laughs, just occasional grunts and lots of walkouts. Some reviews predicted Birdman “will captivate arthouse and multiplex crowds alike and send awards pundits into orbit” (the Variety review). Well that ain’t happening with the audiences; we’ll see about the awards. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (Spwa) has acquired rights from Protagonist Pictures to the Ricky Gervais comedy in multiple territories led by the UK.
Rights have also gone in Latin America, Australia/New Zealand, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and South Africa.
Gervais wrote, will direct and star in Special Correspondents alongside Eric Bana.
The remake of the French comedy Envoyés Très Spéciaux is scheduled to commence shooting in New York and Vancouver in spring.
The story centres on a radio journalist and his technician who fake frontline war reports and must travel to Ecuador to find the rebels they have been reporting on after the global response to their stories gets out of hand.
Bron Studios and Unanimous Entertainment are co-producing in association with Creative Wealth Media Finance.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has picked up the distribution rights to multiple territories for Special Correspondents, Ricky Gervais’ remake of the French comedy Envoyés très spéciaux. Gervais wrote the script and is directing. He is also co-starring opposite Eric Bana. SPWA’s deal with Protagonist Pictures, which is handling international sales, includes rights for the U.K., Australia/New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. The story tells of a once-hot radio journalist (Bana) and his technician (Gervais) who, when tasked with reporting on a rebel uprising in Ecuador, fake their own kidnapping while pretending to be
- Borys Kit
Fresh from his power-mongering role on Netflix’s political drama House of Cards, Kevin Spacey has reportedly signed on to star in historical drama Elvis & Nixon as the titular president, while Man of Steel’s Michael Shannon is on board to play the King of Rock and Roll.
With Liza Johnson in the director’s chair, the film will recreate the famous meeting between the pair, which originally occurred on December 21st, 1970. On that date, the Mississippian music legend showed up at the White House and requested a meeting with the Potus in the Oval Office — such was the appeal of Mr. Presley in the early 70s that he even requested to be an undercover federal agent.
- Michael Briers
Originally slated to star Eric Bana and Danny Huston, the long in the works "Elvis & Nixon" now has a new leading duo which should get it off the ground. Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey will star in the movie, co-written by Cary Elwes, that recounts the morning of December 21st 1970, when the King of Rock’ n Roll (Shannon) showed up on the White House lawn to request a meeting with the most powerful man in the world, President Richard Nixon (Spacey). He had a very urgent request: to be sworn in as an undercover Federal Agent at large. This intimate moment in the Oval office between two men at the height of their powers has never been told. Elwes had been planning to make his directorial debut with the project, but that gig has been handed over to Liza Johnson ("Return," "Hateship Loveship"). No word yet on when shooting might begin but financing is underway. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
With the Afm in full swing, Relativity Media has shuffled around its upcoming film release schedule to make room for acquisitions and to better position its new features.
Most notably there's " The Transporter Legacy," the upcoming reboot of the action franchise with Ed Skrein replacing Jason Statham in the role of Frank Martin. It's a high-profile title that aims to be the first of a new trilogy.
Originally slated for a February 27th release next year, the film has been delayed four months and will now open in the more lucrative prime Summer release slot of June 19th.
Finally, Relativity »
- Garth Franklin
Over three years ago, we learned that actor Cary Elwes, best known for his roles in films like The Princess Bride and Robin Hood: Men in Tights, would make his feature directorial debut with Elvis & Nixon, a film following the interesting visit that iconic musician Elvis Presley paid to President Richard M. Nixon at the White House on December 21st, 1970. At the time, Eric Bana was slated to play "The King" and Danny Huston was going to play "Tricky Dick," but now the production banner Bloom has set Michael Shannon to play Elvis Presley and Kevin Spacey to play Richard Nixon. That's quite an awesome new duo. Read on! Here's how the project is described in the press release: Two men at the height of their powers, conscious they could not stay on top forever, both ripped with fear of the inevitable, sharing one famous private moment in the Oval office. »
- Ethan Anderton
The project, based on the 1970 meeting of the two figures at the White House, is being introduced at Afm to foreign buyers by sales-financing banner Bloom.
The meeting took place on Dec. 21, 1970, when Presley showed up on the White House lawn to request a meeting with Nixon to be sworn in as an undercover agent.
Shannon is repped by CAA, Wetzel Entertainment and Morris, »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Historical drama Elvis & Nixon has set two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey to play President Richard Nixon opposite Oscar nominee Michael Shannon as rock ‘n’ roller Elvis Presley as the reconfigured project hits Afm this week. Written by actor Cary Elwes with Hanala and Joey Sagal, Elvis & Nixon centers on the historic 1970 meeting between King and the president that famously yielded one of the more curious White House photo ops in pop culture history.
Liza Johnson (Hateship Loveship, Return) is directing Elvis & Nixon, which The Butler’s Cassian Elwes is producing with Holly Wiersma. Byron Wetzel is executive producing alongside Tim Smith and Paul Brett for Prescience, which is backing the project. Bloom’s Alex Walton and Ken Kao are taking Elvis & Nixon to foreign buyers at Afm. CAA and Elwes are co-repping domestic rights.
More about that meeting: On the morning of December 21, 1970, Presley showed up on the White »
- Jen Yamato
The Secret Scripture centres on an Irishwoman wrongly branded a nymphomaniac who is sent to a mental hospital where she spends the rest of her life awaiting the arrival of the unborn son she was accused of killing.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Concept Art by Christopher Ross Get ready for larger-than-life action as the Marvel Superhero bursts from comic book pages to the big screen in The Hulk! Eric Bana stars as David Banner, whose involvement in a freak lab accident exposes him to gamma radiation. As a result, whenever the mild-mannered man becomes angry, he transforms in to a huge, rampaging creature that destroys everything in this path. Banner's ex-girlfriend Betty Ross (Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly) believes that his father (Nick Nolte) may hold the answer o the desperate situation, but can she make the connection in time to save a terrified world? Directed by Academy Award winner Ang Lee, The Hulk is bursting with heart-pounding adventure and explosive special effects! Hulk (2003) was directed by Ang Lee, from a screenplay written by James Schamus, Michael France and John Turman. »
• Nicole Kidman is in talks to replace Gwyneth Paltrow in The Secret in Their Eyes. The film is an English-language remake of Argentine writer/director Juan Jose Campanella's 2010 movie of the same name, which won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film. The original follows a retired attorney who writes a novel about an unsolved case and his unreciprocated love, hoping to put both behind him. Billy Ray will direct from a script he wrote, with some updates from the original. Julia Roberts and Chiwetel Ejiofor also star. [THR] • Magic City is coming to the big screen with Bill Murray »
- C. Molly Smith
Details have emerged regarding Ricky Gervais’ next big-screen directorial project, a satire entitled Special Correspondents, that will star Eric Bana in the lead role. According to Collider, Bana has been cast as an arrogant radio journalist who decides to give his career a boost by pretending to be reporting from the frontline of a global conflict. According to the official synopsis, “Bana will play a struggling New York based radio journalist whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career.” “With his job on...
- George Wales
The last time Ricky Gervais took on writing, directing and co-starring duties for films, we got the double gut punch of The Invention Of Lying (dodgy, underseen) and Cemetery Junction (better, but also mostly ignored). He’ll be hoping for better things with Special Correspondents, for which he’s recruited Eric Bana.Gervais has scripted the film and plans to start shooting in New York and Vancouver next spring. Bana will play a Manhattan-based radio journalist who enjoys privileged status but has slowly being undoing himself thanks to arrogance and his decadent lifestyle.When his bosses decide they’ve had enough, he volunteers to report from the front lines of a conflict – only to fake the dispatches from his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in the heart of the Big Apple, aided and abetted by his technician sidekick, played by Gervais.Sales company Protagonist will be pushing the film to »
Find out when the final episode of The Colbert Report will air - Vulture Is a conspiracy afoot on How to Get Away With Murder? - HuffPost Entertainment Whatever happened to the kid from E.T.? - Moviepilot The definitive guide to TV's November premieres - Moviefone Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana sign on for a remake - Splitsider Listen to the full playlist of songs from Tvd's newest episode - The Vampire Diaries Here's a guide to TV's best Halloween movie marathons - BuddyTV 21 casting ideas that would have changed movie history - Cracked Bring out your inner Anastasia with this Fifty Shades makeup - Popsugar Beauty »
With films like Deliver Us from Evil, Lone Survivor and Hanna on his resume, it’s easy to forget that Eric Bana kicked off his career with the sketch comedy series, Full Frontal. However, Bana is about to step back into the comedy realm for a brand new movie called Special Correspondents. It’s being described as a satirical comedy drama and will feature Bana as an arrogant New York radio journalist who pretends he’s reporting from the front lines of war. Ricky Gervais penned the script and is set to direct the film as well. Production is scheduled to begin in the Spring of 2015 in New York and Vancouver. Hit the jump for more on Special Correspondents. This is a pretty clever idea. Sure it’d take some serious legwork and research to pull one over on the public, but really, what’s to stop someone from faking »
- Perri Nemiroff
Are you ready for a movie described as a mix of "The Raid" and "Drive"? If the answer is yes, "A Prayer Before Dawn" promises that blend, with Charlie Hunnam signing on for the movie "based on the true-life story of Billy Moore’s incarceration in a barbaric Thai prison, Klong Prem (aka the Bangkok Hilton); he starts to train in the art of Muay Thai Boxing." An adaptation of Moore's book, with Jean-Stephane Sauvaire ("Johnny Mad Dog") directing, filming starts next summer. [Screen Daily] Paz Vega joins Sarah Jessica Parter, the legendary Claudia Cardinale, Rosie Day, and Raoul Bova in the romantic comedy "All Roads Lead To Rome." Currently filming, the story follows "an uptight woman (Parker) and her former Italian lover (Bova) who go on a road trip around Italy to pursue her rebellious daughter (Day)." Ella Lemhagen directs. [Screen Daily] Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana are teaming up for the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Ricky Gervais has set Eric Bana to help him bring that Golden Globes cynicism to a movie about journalism. They’ll star in Special Correspondents, a satirical comedy that Gervais wrote and will direct next spring. Bana will play a struggling New York based radio journalist whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career. With his job on the line he fakes front line war reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in the heart of Manhattan. Pic’s a co-production between Bron Studios and Unanimous Entertainment in association with Creative Wealth Media Finance and they’ll sell at Afm. Unanimous’ Chris Coen, Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert, and Manuel Munz will produce. Creative Wealth’s Jason Cloth and Larry Sanisky are executive producers. Wme Global’s selling domestic; Protagonist is dealing international.
Bana will do it after wrapping The Finest Hours at Disney. While »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Gervais is writing, directing and starring in the satirical comedy, which is a remake of a 2009 French release.
Special Correspondents follows a struggling New York-based radio journalist (Bana), who fakes news reports from the front line while hiding out above a Spanish restaurant.
Principal photography is expected to begin in Vancouver and New York City in spring 2015.
Special Correspondents will be co-produced by Bron Studios and Unanimous Entertainment, in association with Creative Wealth Media Finance.
Gervais is also working on the release of his first David Brent movie Life on the Road, which is set for release in 2016.
The story will focus on Eric Bana's character, a struggling New York radio journalist who has found his career troubled by his own arrogance and decadent lifestyle. When he finds his job is in jeopardy, he decides to fake front line war coverage from the comforts of his luxurious hideout above a Spanish restaurant in the heart of Manhattan.
In the 2009 original, the story revolved around France's mobilized efforts to free two kidnaped journalists in Iraq, though only the victims know that the crime has been faked. This new take on Special Correspondents is being co-produced by Bron Studios and Unanimous Entertainment in association with Creative Wealth Media Finance. Wme Global will sell the domestic rights, while Protagonist Pictures is handling the sale overseas. »
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