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Woody Allen has wasted no time in finding a replacement for Bruce Willis ahead of his new upcoming project, with Deadline reporting that the decorated filmmaker has drafted in Foxcatcher and Despicable Me alum Steve Carell to fill the vacant role.
News of Willis’ abrupt departure (firing?) came as a big shock late last week, considering that production on the Los Angeles/New York love story had barely begun in earnest. The official word is that scheduling conflicts had cropped up, specifically in relation to Willis walking the boards on Broadway, that forced him to pull out of the project at the eleventh hour. Still, the fact that the entire thing was filed away with relatively few details released suggests that there is more to this story than meets the eye.
Whatever the case, Carell’s swift casting ensures that production can continue on Woody Allen’s latest without any need for delay, »
- Michael Briers
After news broke last week about Bruce Willis’ departure from the cast of Woody Allen’s now-shooting new film, the production has moved quickly to secure the services of Steve Carell to replace Willis, Variety reports.
Carell joins a cast that includes American Ultra stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, as well as Blake Lively (The Age of Adeline), Parker Posey (Irrational Man), Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect) and Corey Stoll (Ant-Man).
Willis had to depart the project due to scheduling conflicts with his appearance on Broadway in Stephen King’s Misery, although some reports suggest he was dismissed. No official announcement on the reason behind his exit has been made.
Allen’s new film is set to debut in 2016 and is currently untitled.
- Scott J. Davis
Last week when it was reported that Bruce Willis had exited Woody Allen's new film due to "scheduling," someone hit our comments section and teased that an "Oscar nominee" was going to replace the actor, which has happened indeed. Read More: The 10 Best-Shot Films Of Woody Allen Variety reports that Steve Carell (Best Actor nominee for "Foxcatcher") will step in for Bruce Willis in the movie. He joins an already pretty great ensemble featuring Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeannie Berlin, Corey Stoll, Anna Camp, Paul Schneider, and more, and as always, the title and plot remain under lock and key. But we do know the picture is a period piece based on set photos. It will be Carell's second time working with Allen, following a small role in "Melinda And Melinda," and it's likely a thrill for the actor who cut his teeth on comedy. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Eyebrows were raised last week when Bruce Willis unexpectedly dropped out of Woody Allen’s current project. But if you were wondering whether Sylvester Stallone or one of the other Expendables would take his place, dismiss such ideas from your noggin. Steve Carell is the man stepping into the part. As is traditional with Allen, we don’t know much of anything as to what the film will actually be about, or what Carell will be doing in it, but we do know he’ll be sharing the screen with the likes of Corey Stoll, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Ken Stott, Anna Camp, Jeannie Berlin, Stephen Kunken, Sari Lennick and Paul Schneider, and that they’re doing their thing in Los Angeles right now, before heading to New York.Carell isn’t exactly a newcomer to Allen’s work – he was part of the ensemble for »
Willis was forced to leave the production the other week due to a commitment on Broadway, though the departure caused confusion as the actor did appear on set before leaving the production.
Plot details are under wraps and the film is currently untitled and without distribution.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
As of Thursday (August 27), the Despicable Me spin-off hit the billion dollar mark worldwide, making it the third biggest animated movie of all time, reports Entertainment Weekly.
Minions easily won the Us box office in its debut weekend with $115 million and has since gone on to make $321.9 million in the North American domestic box office and $682 million internationally.
While Disney is still sitting comfortably at the top of the list - Frozen (2013) is number one with $1.27 billion, quickly followed by Toy Story 3 (2010) with $1 billion - there's still time for Minions to overtake either film as the movie has yet to open in Italy, Turkey, China and Greece.
The movie tells the story of three yellow minions who were recruited by super villain Scarlett Overkill »
The untitled project, which is written and directed by Allen, already features an all-star cast, including Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, Jesse Eisenberg, Parker Posey, Anna Camp and Paul Schneider among many others.
Willis exited the project earlier this month due to his Broadway commitment to Misery but not before he had been spotted filming on set.
The Oscar-nominated actor's next films will see him reunite with two of his Crazy, »
See Also: Watch the trailer for Freeheld
Freeheld tells the story of fearless Police Detective Laurel Hester, working to bust New Jersey drug dealers with her long-term partner and mentor, Detective Dane Wells. Though close, Laurel has never been honest with Dane about her sexual orientation and Dane nurses a long-held attraction to her. Their friendship is tested when Laurel falls in love with a younger, openly gay, car mechanic, Stacie Andree, who urges Laurel to be open about their relationship. Laurel finds the domestic happiness she’s long sought with Stacie and they buy a house together. When Laurel is diagnosed with a terminal illness, she risks coming out of the closet to ask the county commissioners (Freeholders) to grant her police pension to Stacie »
- Gary Collinson
So, Bruce Willis left the latest Woody Allen movie, and though initial reports say it was due to a scheduling conflict, the latest reports are that the Die Hard star got canned. But don't worry if you're super psyched for the neurotic auteur's next film and worried it might be delayed, because they already replaced Willis, and they landed a an A-lister to boot. According to a report from Deadline, the as-yet-untitled film has cast The Office and The 40-Year-Old Virgin star Steve Carell to take over for Bruce Willis. There's definitely a different style moving from one of these actors to the other. This will be Carell's second time teaming up with Allen, as he was also part of the director's 2004 romantic comedy-drama Melinda and Melinda. Though there is little in the way of details on this latest Woody Allen joint.he.s »
Earlier this week, reports surfaced that Bruce Willis had parted ways with the 2016 Untitled Woody Allen Comedy, just days after he was spotted shooting scenes on the set in Los Angeles. Today we have word from Deadline that Steve Carell has signed on to replace him. The casting keeps the production on schedule, with filming also set to take place in New York after the L.A. shoot wraps.
We reported in March that Bruce Willis, Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg were the first three cast members to sign on for this untitled comedy movie. Bruce Willis reportedly dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with his Broadway stage play adaptation of Misery. However, there have been persisting rumors that claim the actor was actually fired by Woody Allen, because he didn't think he was right for the role.
We still don’t know exactly what happened on Woody Allen‘s latest film that led to the departure of Bruce Willis, but in the end the show will go on. Despite having shot some of his scenes, Willis is off the film, and his role will now be played by Steve Carell. Deadline reports on the […]
- Russ Fischer
Following the report Bruce Willis was forced to leave the production of Woody Allen’s next pic, Allen has moved quickly to find his replacement as sources tell Variety that Steve Carell will replace Willis in the pic.
Carell joins Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeannie Berlin, Corey Stoll, Ken Stott, Anna Camp, Stephen Kunken, Sari Lennick and Paul Schneider in the cast, with Allen writing and directing.
The film is currently untitled and without distribution. As has been the case with several of Allen’s past films, Sony Classics is the front-runner to land the pic.
As always, plot details are under wraps, and the shoot is currently under way. Though an early report said Willis was forced to leave because of his commitment to “Misery” on Broadway, there remains some confusion surrounding his exit since the actor did appear on set before leaving the production. »
- Justin Kroll
Exclusive: Four days after Deadline scooped that Bruce Willis exited the ensemble cast of Woody Allen’s new film, Steve Carell has been tapped to take over the role. He now joins a cast that includes Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeannie Berlin, Corey Stoll, Ken Stott, Anna Camp, Stephen Kunken, Sari Lennick and Paul Schneider. The swap-out keeps the production on schedule for the pic, which as usual is being kept under wraps. It shoots… »
Slated to have its World Premiere in September at the Toronto International Film Festival, here’s a first look at the final two posters for Freeheld.
Based on the Oscar-winning short documentary by Cynthia Wade (80th Academy Awards), and adapted by the writer of Philadelphia (Ron Nyswaner), Freeheld is the true love story of Laurel Hester (Moore) and Stacie Andree (Page) and their fight for justice.
A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie. However the county officials, Freeholders, conspire to prevent Laurel from doing this.
Hard-nosed detective Dane Wells (Michael Shannon), and activist Steven Goldstein (Steve Carell), unite in Laurel and Stacie’s defense, rallying police officers and ordinary citizens to support their struggle for equality. »
- Michelle McCue
Read More: The Indiewire 2015 Fall Preview: The 28 Films We're Most Excited to See (That We Haven't Seen Yet) After landing her first Oscar win for Best Actress last year, Julianne Moore looks to have another powerhouse performance in store for audiences in the upcoming drama "Freeheld." The Peter Sollett-directed awards hopeful is based on the true story of New Jersey police detective Laurel Hester and also stars Oscar nominees Ellen Page, Michael Shannon and Steve Carell. The movie examines what happens to a loving partnership when it isn't viewed as equal in the eyes of the law. Hester (Moore) falls in love with car mechanic Stacie Andree (Page) before being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, and fearing for her partner's future, she appeals the county's board of chosen freeholders with the hopes of ensuring her pension benefits will be passed on to Stacie. The emotional storyline could not be more relevant, »
- Zack Sharf
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions bought worldwide rights to "The Meddler," starring Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne and J.K. Simmons, before the start of the production and will distribute internationally. Sony Pictures Classics will handle the 2016 North American release. Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, the film will world premiere at the The Toronto International Film Festival. On the strength of her screenplay for "Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist," Scafaria wrote and directed 2012's "Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World," starring Keira Knightley and Steve Carell, which was not well-reviewed. In "The Meddler," recent widow Marnie Minervini (Susan Sarandon) decides to start a new life, moving from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be closer to her daughter (Rose Byrne). Also starring are Cecily Strong, Jerrod Carmichael and Michael McKean. Produced by Joy Gorman Wettels of Anonymous Content, »
- Anne Thompson
Quentin Tarantino has led Christoph Waltz to two Oscars in this category, but Waltz is absent from the director's latest, "The Hateful Eight." That film boasts a whopping seven potential contenders in this category (only of the noted eight is a woman, which could get Jennifer Jason Leigh a nod in the supporting actress race). Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern and Samuel L. Jackson seem like they have the showiest parts, putting them in contention amidst a seemingly endless list of other contenders: Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels ("Steve Jobs"), Benedict Cumberbatch and Kevin Bacon ("Black Mass"), Tom Hardy ("The Revenant"), Alan Alda ("Bridge of Spies"), Bradley Cooper ("Joy"), Steve Carell ("Freeheld"), Dominic West and Jude Law ("Genius") and Mr. Waltz himself ("Tulip Fever"). We truly could go on and on... It will also be interesting to see how many nominees from last year pop up here. Beyond the noted »
- Peter Knegt
Are we underestimating that rascal Ricky Gervais to win an Emmy Award for his Netflix telefilm "Derek: The Final Chapter"? Don't forget, Gervais waged a surprise attack on awards pundits back in 2007 by winning the Best Comedy Actor Emmy for the final season of "Extras" over frontrunners Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock"), Steve Carell ("The Office") and Tony Shalhoub ("Monk"). So, it wouldn't be a wise move to count Gervais out this time around in his new category of Best Movie/Mini Actor. -Break- Oscars host poll: Ricky Gervais vs. Ellen DeGeneres vs. Robert Downey Jr. Gervais has legions of fans out there, as evidenced by his skyrocketing performance in our poll asking who should host the Oscars next. As of this writing, Gervais has 75% of 12,000 votes, crushing fellow contenders Robert Downey Jr. and Ellen DeGeneres. Emmy voters may be inclined to give that darling Derek a farewel »
Hey girl! Emma Stone is reuniting with Ryan Gosling in their third film together, "La La Land," and our favorite on-screen couple was snapped together on the Los Angeles set on Wednesday. The "Easy A" star looked chic in a blue mini with white stripe details, while her hunky leading man sported brown tweed pants, a white button-down and some sexy stubble. Directed by "Whiplash's" Damien Chazelle, the story reportedly "follows Sebastian (Gosling) and Mia (Stone), who are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts, they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart." We can already see the romantic spark between them! Stone and Gosling (and his infamous abs) first worked together in the 2011 comedy "Crazy Stupid Love" with Steve Carrell. »
- tooFab Staff
Christian Bale has agreed to star in director Michael Mann's Ferrari biopic, which the filmmaker has been trying to get off the ground for the past 15 years. Deadline reports that the project isn't set up at a studio yet, but it could very well find a home soon, with pre-sales at film festivals such as Telluride, Toronto and Venice coming up in the next few weeks. Michael Mann had once been collaborating on this project with late filmmaker Sydney Pollack, before he passed away in 2008.
Enzo Ferrari (Christian Bale) started out as a driver for Alfa Romeo in 1924, but he ended up leaving the company in the late 1930s to start his own company, Ferrari. The story takes place in 1957, a year described as one where "passion, failure, success and death and life all collided." While no specific story details were given, 1957 is the year when a Ferrari driver »
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