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Bennett Miller, who nabbed a Best Director Oscar nomination for his work on Foxcatcher, is trying his hand at something a little less severe: toilet paper. Miller recently helmed a trio of Quilted Northern commercials, which feature no actual actors (sorry, Channing Tatum fans), but rather a toy alligator, a rabbit figurine, and a photo of "great-grandpa Thaddeus." (The Hollywood Reporter writes that the campaign is the brainchild of New York–based ad agency Droga5, in case you're interested.) It's too bad they couldn’t work Steve Carell’s fake nose into the commercial somehow. »
- Greg Cwik
A flamboyant turn by Richard Gere is the heart and soul of “Franny,” an off-kilter character study of a Philadelphia philanthropist whose eccentricities both mask and manifest a dark side. The movie ends in a more conventional place than the one where it begins, yet it still marks a surprising and graceful first fiction feature for writer-director Andrew Renzi. (The helmer’s “Fishtail,” an hourlong doc, showed at Tribeca last year.) Acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films, “Franny” could, like “Arbitrage,” receive an awards push centered on Gere’s showy and seasoned perf, though this tough-to-classify movie doesn’t have the thriller hook that fed that 2012 release’s boffo day-and-date B.O.
Part of the pleasure of “Franny” is figuring out exactly what the title character is up to. We first see Francis L. Watts (Gere) talking about the design of a children’s-hospital project he’s working on with married »
- Ben Kenigsberg
Over the course of its run, The Daily Show has had a rich history of accomplished writers who found success on the show making a name for themselves elsewhere, from Steve Carell to John Oliver. Thus, few were surprised at the news of current writer Samantha Bee striking off on her own following the signing of a contract with TBS, with many fans excited to see the comedian’s solo efforts. The excitement, however, did come tempered with a level of sadness at her departure from The Daily Show, a series where she has been working since 2003, and currently holds the record for being the correspondent with the longest tenure.
Last night’s episode marked Bee’s last one on The Daily Show, and host Jon Stewart marked the occasion with a montage that includes some of her most memorable interviews, while also personally reflecting on her work on the show. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Bennett Miller has gone from showing us the dangers of mental illness to the power of toilet paper. Miller, who directed the Oscar nominated drama “Foxcatcher” starring Steve Carrell and Channing Tatum, directed a new series of ads for toilet paper manufacturer Quilted Northern. In the ads, Miller takes a cold, hard look at life in the bathroom from the perspective of three inanimate objects. In the first ad (see above), a toy alligator can’t help but remember each time someone comes into the bathroom. “Daddy Gator sees all and forgets nothing,” the narrator says. See Photos: Oscars 2015 Winners: 'Birdman, »
- Joe Otterson
There are several questions that will always plague the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Just how much control over the Hulk does Bruce Banner have? What is the science behind Iron Man’s suit? How does Thor keep his hair so beautiful? Questions that, most likely, will never have answers.
But thankfully, we have answer to one of the biggest questions ever: is Captain America a virgin?
“It’s funny when you think about it – he’s probably a virgin,” Evans told EW. “He’s probably a virgin! I don’t know when it would’ve happened.”
So, there you have it. Unless he had some super soldier time with one of the Uso dancing girls? “He was on tour. That’s true,” he admits. “Maybe one of those [dancing] girls blew his mind. [Laughs] He’s probably just a good guy. He was probably holding out for Peggy Carter and he’s a »
- Luke Owen
Several of the film actor nominees have Hollywood star status, including “Glassland’s” Jack Reynor, who last year appeared in “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Miss Julie’s” Colin Farrell, who stars in “True Detective,” and “Frank’s” Michael Fassbender, who was Oscar nominated for “12 Years a Slave,” and toplines in “Steve Jobs” and “Assassin’s Creed.”
- Leo Barraclough
Several of the film actor nominees have Hollywood star status, including “Glassland’s” Jack Reynor, who last year appeared in “Transformers: Age of Extinction”; “Miss Julie’s” Colin Farrell, who stars in “True Detective”; and “Frank’s” Michael Fassbender, who was Oscar nominated for “12 Years a Slave” and toplines in “Steve Jobs” and “Assassin’s Creed.”
- Leo Barraclough
The Irish Film & Television Academy has announced the nominees for the Ifta Film and Drama Awards, set to take place on May 24 at Dublin’s Mansion House.
In the best actor cateogy, Patrick’s Day’s Moe Dunford will go head to head with A-listers Colin Farrell (Miss Julie) and Michael Fassbender (Frank) as well as Transformers star Jack Reynor (Glassland).
As previously announced, the annual »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Try as they might, Hollywood just can't get John D. MacDonald's pulpy Travis McGee books turned into the franchise they want. "The Deep Blue Goodbye" has been kicking around Hollywood for years, with Leonardo DiCaprio (now producing) once eyed to star, and directors like Paul Greengrass and Oliver Stone taking a look. Things seemed to settle last year when Christian Bale signed up, with James Mangold ("The Wolverine," "Walk The Line") at the helm. But it looks like the "3:10 To Yuma" reunion with director James Mangold has been sidelined. THR reports that Bale has suffered a torn ACL which will keep him out of the action thriller. The actor is currently shooting the financial world drama "The Big Short" with Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, and Steve Carell, but 'Goodbye,' which was scheduled to start lensing in May, would've required more fancy footwork. The story follows a “salvage consultant, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Breaking: The knee injury suffered by Christian Bale is serious enough that Fox will postpone the John D. MacDonald novel adaptation The Deep Blue Goodbye until its director, James Mangold, completes Wolverine 3 with Hugh Jackman. Bale suffered torn knee ligaments in an accident at his home. He has been filming The Big Short with Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt and Steve Carell in New Orleans, but they play stockbrokers and it’s not physically demanding. He plays a salvage hunter… »
For the fifth episode of Sos This Week, we’re taking over the Sound on Sight Podcast iTunes feed. If you currently subscribe to that podcast, our new podcast should now appear in that feed, and welcome to our new listeners! And if you now subscribe to the Sound on Sight podcast feed you can listen to Episode 5 and all the previous episodes as well. Keep posted for an iTunes feed specifically for Sos This Week in the coming weeks. And as always, check out the links to all of the stories we discuss on this episode below:
Star Wars: Rogue One gets plot details and teaser The Lego Movie team behind animated Spider-Man feature Four Robin Hood movies are currently in development Emma Stone and Steve Carell on board for Battle of the Sexes Valiant comics Bloodshot and Harbinger getting film adaptations Michael Winterbottom signs on »
- Brian Welk
Based on Michael Lewis’ bestselling non-fiction book “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine,” the film tells the true story of the genius contrarian investors who, recognizing just how insane the housing bubble had become, figured out how to “short” the market prior to the financial collapse of 2008.
Besides joining “The Big Short,” Greenfield is also developing “Beginning of the Adventure,” which he plans write, direct and star in. That project is currently set up at Red Crown Productions.
Greenfield broke out with his role of Schmidt on “New Girl,” which was »
- Justin Kroll
There must be something fashionable to the idea right now of stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Hollywood now has four Robin Hood movies in production, more than anyone really needs, perhaps even the poor. Tuesday Deadline reported that Warner Bros. had “quietly” put a new Robin Hood movie into production, this one being developed by the script writer for the upcoming Aquaman movie Will Beall. Deadline counts three others for it to storm the castle with: a family friendly swashbuckler from Disney called Nottingham & Hood, a Batman Begins style origin story aptly titled Robin Hood: Origins, and one from Sony that’s described as “Fast & Furious meets Mission: Impossible style reinvention of the tale.” With those four incredibly original ideas, anyone think this is the rich stealing from the poor?
Robin Hood isn’t the only Hollywood property currently with competing projects. A few weeks back, »
- Brian Welk
Anchorman 2 director Adam McKay is directing the film which stars Christian Bale (The Dark Knight Trilogy), Brad Pitt (Fury), Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) and Ryan Gosling (Drive), as well as newly announced additions Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler) and Melissa Leo (The Fighter).
McKay re-wrote the film from a previous script from Charles Randolph (Love and Other Drugs), which is based on bestselling non-fiction book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis. The book tells the remarkable true story of the genius contrarian investors who, recognizing just how insane the housing bubble had become, figured out how to “short” the market prior to the financial collapse of 2008.
- Scott J. Davis
Little Miss Sunshine directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris will helm the project, while Emma Stone (Birdman) and Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) are set to play King and Riggs respectively. Simon Beaufoy, Oscar winning screenwriter of Slumdog Millionaire has written the script, which is being co-produced by Danny Boyle (127 Hours).
The race to get the film out first will be crucial, as two other rival projects are set to go into production this year as well: Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti are playing King and Riggs in a HBO and Playtone production, while Will Ferrell is still circling Match Maker, which is being co-produced by his own Gary Sanchez Productions.
The story of King and Riggs became a zeitgeist event back in 1973, when the 29-year old No. »
- Scott J. Davis
Adam Mckay, best known for his outrageous comedy sensibilities, may be gearing up to deliver a heavyweight drama for Paramount. The Big Short is based on a book by Michael Lewis and tells the story of a group of genius investors who figured out the property bubble was about to self implode and figured out a way to short the market prior to its collapse in 2008. If all of that sounds like it might not translate to screen, bear in mind Lewis' previous books Moneyball and The Blind Side managed to do quite well for themselves after being adapted for the big screen. Joining Adam McKay on the project is the kind of A-List cast the immediately screams Oscar glory come awards season. Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell and Marisa Tomei will be joining Melissa Leo for the film. Production is reportedly already underway in New Orleans. »
- email@example.com (Dave Higgins)
New movie alert! Paramount Pictures, New Regency and Plan B Entertainment has announced that “The Big Short,” a movie written and directed by Adam McKay of “Anchorman” franchise and “The Other Guys” fame, will begin filming in New Orleans. Also announced were several big names associated with the film. Christian Bale, Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt will star in the film as well as Melissa Leo and Marisa Tomei. Also starring in the film are Tracy Letts, Hamish Linklater, Byron Mann, John Magaro, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong and Finn Wittrock. McKay based the script for “The Big Short” on another script by Charles Randolph (“Love and Other Drugs”) [ Read More ]
We've already had a couple of 'another actor joins big ensemble movie' stories this morning, and this one will be no different. Apart from the names and the film, obviously. This time it's Adam McKay's financial drama The Big Short, and the actress in question is Marisa Tomei. She joins the already-aboard Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell and Melissa Leo, Anchorman director McKay has been developing this one for a while now, working up something very different from his usual comedy brand. It's based on Moneyball author Michael Lewis’ book, subtitled 'Inside The Doomsday Machine', and follows several key people who had roles in creative the toxic credit bubble that sent the financial markets into panic mode over the last decade. Also announced as having just signed up are Tracy Letts, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Byron Mann, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong and Finn Wittrock, although »
Paramount Pictures, New Regency and Plan B Entertainment today announced casting for “The Big Short,” with Christian Bale (“American Hustle,” “The Dark Knight” trilogy), Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher”), Ryan Gosling (“Drive,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love”) and Brad Pitt (“Fury,” “World War Z”) coming aboard the project for director Adam McKay (the “Anchorman” films, “The Other Guys”). The film also stars Melissa Leo (“The Fighter,” “Frozen River”) and Marisa Tomei (“Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “The Wrestler”). The film’s screenplay is written by McKay, from a script by Charles Randolph (“Love And Other Drugs”), based on Michael Lewis’ bestselling non-fiction book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. “The Big Short” is the remarkable true story of the genius contrarian investors who, recognizing just how insane the housing bubble had become, »
- Philip Sticco
Writer/director Adam McKay is not only funny, but he's passionate about the economic disparity that plagues this country. Aside from the fact that I love most of his movies, I love his political outrage, which I find to be well-honed and persistent but in a way that's not irritating and actually has a chance of reaching people beyond the converted. So while The Big Short looks like it will be markedly less humorous than his other films (on purpose, it's a drama), I'm betting he nails it. And he'll have a lot of great help too. We reported earlier that Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale were onboard the film, and provided a more recent update that Steve Carell had joined the team. Now comes the news that The Big Short has started shooting and that Melissa Leo and Marisa Tomei have joined the cast. McKay and Charles Randolph »
- Evan Dickson
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