Director visits Julian Assange at Ecuadorian embassy in London and praises the Wikileaks founder's strength of mind
Stone, a long-time supporter of Assange, tweeted a picture of himself with the political activist. He wrote: "A sad occasion in that Julian could not follow me out the door. He lives in a tiny room with great modesty and discipline."
In further tweets, Stone added: "Strong mind, no sun, friends who visit, work to be done, one documentary coming out from Alex Gibney that is not expected to be kind.
"Another film from Dreamworks which is also going to be unfriendly … I don't think most people in the Us realise how important Wikileaks is and why Julian's case needs support.
"Julian Assange did much »
- Ben Child
Downton Abbey’s loss may be the film industry’s gain. EW has confirmed that ex-Matthew Crawley Dan Stevens is in negotiations to star in Swallows and Amazons, producer Nick Barton’s upcoming adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s children’s book. Another film based on the novel was released in 1974.
The story, first published in 1930, follows a group of six children — the four Walkers, John, Susan, Titty, and Roger, and the two Blacketts, Nancy and Peggy — who meet one summer and unite against a common enemy: the Blacketts’ uncle James Turner, a withdrawn writer whom the children dub Captain Flint »
- Hillary Busis
Barack Obama may be America’s “first gay president” — but Bill Clinton is the (former) commander-in-chief GLAAD has chosen to honor at its Media Awards in Los Angeles this month. (The advocacy group’s New York Media Awards ceremony was held March 16 in Manhattan; its San Francisco awards are scheduled for May 11.)
Clinton will receive GLAAD’s inaugural Advocate for Change Award. The ex-president began advocating for marriage equality in 2011, worked against North Carolina’s proposed amendment to ban both marriage and civil unions for gay couples, and recently penned an op-ed urging the Supreme Court to overturn the Defense »
- Hillary Busis
DreamWorks Studios and Participant Media have acquired the feature film rights to the story of the Catholic Church’s decades-long cover-up of its pedophile priests in Massachusetts as uncovered by a year-long investigation by the Boston Globe, it was announced today by Holly Bario, DreamWorks President of Production, and Jonathan King, Participant Executive Vice President of Production.
Tom McCarthy has signed on to direct and co-write the script with Josh Singer. Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar and Steve Golin and Rocklin/Faust’s Nicole Rocklin and Blye Faust will produce. David Mizner, who originally brought the project to the producers, will serve as a consultant and associate producer. King and Jeff Skoll will serve as executive producers.
Life rights have been acquired to the Boston Globe’s “Spotlight Team” of reporters and editors, including then-Globe editor Marty Baron, special projects editor Ben Bradlee Jr., Spotlight Team editor Walter “Robby” Robinson and reporters Michael Rezendes, »
- Michelle McCue
DreamWorks Studios and Participant Media have acquired the feature film rights to the story of the Catholic Church's decades-long cover-up of its pedophile priests in Massachusetts as uncovered by a year-long investigation by the Boston Globe, it was announced today by Holly Bario, DreamWorks President of Production, and Jonathan King, Participant Executive Vice President of Production. Thomas McCarthy has signed on to direct and co-write the script with Josh Singer. Anonymous Content's Michael Sugar and Steve Golin and Rocklin/Faust's Nicole Rocklin and Blye Faust will produce. David Mizner, who originally brought the project to the producers, will serve as a consultant and associate producer. King and Jeff Skoll will serve as executive producers.
Life rights have been acquired to the Boston Globe's "Spotlight Team" of reporters and editors, including then-Globe editor Marty Baron, special projects editor Ben Bradlee Jr., Spotlight Team editor Walter "Robby" Robinson and reporters Michael Rezendes, »
The Plot: "The Fifth Estate" focuses on the relationship between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg, which is tested as the website becomes increasingly powerful. -Insertgroups:12- The Pedigree: The film is directed by Bill Condon, who won an Oscar for writing "Gods and Monsters" (1998) and was nominated again for his script for 2003 Best Picture champ "Chicago." He also helmed "Kinsey" (2004), which earned a Supporting Actress bid for Laura Linney, and "Dreamgirls" (2006), which won that category for Jennifer Hudson. The screenplay is by Josh Singer, based on a book by Domscheit-Berg, and another by British journalists Luke Harding and David Leigh. It's Singer's first feature screenplay, but his TV credits include scripts for "The West Wing" and "Fringe." The cast is led by rising stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Bruhl (above) and »
The story will center on the life of the late comedian. Pryor's widow Jennifer will also produce alongside Nina Yang Bongiovi.
He departed, and with Whitaker taking over he is developing a whole new screenplay. However, it isn't known if a writer is attached as yet.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Several years ago, Bill Condon was set to direct a biopic about comedian Richard Pryor with Marlon Wayans in the lead role. However, when Condon jumped to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—a move that will give him power in the long-run to get more personal projects made—the Pryor biopic languished. According to Deadline, the project has found new life with Forest Whitaker taking over to co-produce with Pryor's widow, Jennifer Pryor. Forest will develop a new script in an attempt to finally bring Pryor's story to the big screen. A biopic of the comedian has been attempted for years with black comedians such as Damon Wayans, Eddie Griffin, Mike Epps, Eddie Murphy, and Chris Rock all circling the role. Hit the jump for why Whitaker's film may finally get Pryor's biopic in front of cameras, and the unlikely actor who could be a possibility for the juicy role. »
- Matt Goldberg
For years and years, various directors and actors have been trying to get a biopic following iconic stand-up comedian and actor Richard Pryor, but none have stuck. From names like Martin Scorsese and Damon Wayans (who were trying before Pryor passed away in 2005) to Bill Condon and Marlon Wayans' most recent attempt before The Twilight Saga lured the director away, there have been plenty of iterations. Comedians like Eddie Murphy (who has an amazing Pryor impression) and Chris Rock were once linked to the project, but to no avail. Now Forest Whitaker is behind the most recent effort, but not as the star. Whitaker is instead teaming with Jennifer Pryor, the late comedian's wife, to produce the film by way of the Phone Booth actor's Significant Productions banner. Whitaker will oversee development of a new script with input from Pryor's widow, and maybe this time it will actually work. »
- Ethan Anderton
Latest adaptation of a bestselling Meyer novel has received atrocious ratings on the review-aggregator web site Rotten Tomatoes "Dopey, derivative and dull, The Host is a brazen combination of unoriginal science-fiction themes, young-adult pandering and bottom-line calculation," says New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis. And Dargis' opinion is one of the kinder ones that U.S. critics have written about Andrew Niccol's mix of romance, adventure, and science-fiction, starring Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, Max Irons, and Jake Abel, and co-produced by the author of the novel on which the film is based (Niccol himself is credited for the adapation): Stephenie Meyer, best known as the brain behind the Twilight Saga literary and cinematic franchises. (Pictured above: Ronan, a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee back in early 2008, and co-star Abel) Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets The Twilight Saga? In the story, an alien force usurps the »
- Andre Soares
Forest Whitaker has signed on to produce Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?, a biopic centering on the life of late comedian Richard Pryor. The actor will produce alongside the comedian's widow, Jennifer Pryor and his Significant Productions partner Nina Yang Bongiovi.
The actor-producer will oversee the development of a new screenplay, although it isn't known if a writer has been attached yet. Forest Whitaker recently produced the indie hit Fruitvale, which won the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
Bill Condon was previously attached to direct Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?, which had Marlon Wayans poised to play the comedy legend. The project fell apart when Bill Condon signed on to direct The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2. Since Forest Whitaker is developing a whole new screenplay, it seems unlikely »
A biopic of late, great stand-up comedian Richard Pryor is clearly a cursed production. Versions with filmmakers like Martin Scorsese and Kasi Lemmons have crashed and burned, even with stars attached. Filmmaker Bill Condon was coming off the $100 million "Dreamgirls" in 2006 and had an honest script in place depicting all the drugs, women and turmoil of Pryor's life, but the hard R rating made it difficult to land financing. It was dark with a capital "D," and stars such as Eddie Murphy, Will Smith and Jamie Foxx balked, further scaring off studios as the project bounced from Fox Searchlight »
- Kristopher Tapley
The saga of the constantly-in-development Richard Pryor biopic could fill pages upon pages but we'll try and keep it brief. At one time called "Is It Something I Said?," Martin Scorsese was linked way back in the day while Pryor was still alive and over the years it continued to kick around with Eddie Murphy at one point attached (though he recently said his involvement never really got past initial meetings), and a couple of years ago, it seemed like it was really going to happen with Adam Sandler producing (seriously), Bill Condon directing and Marlon Wayans taking the lead role with a fall 2010 shoot lined up. But then the bloody vampire money of "Twilight" lured Condon away and it's been in purgatory ever since. But someone else is hoping to bring it back to life. Forest Whitaker is now taking over producing duties on the movie, working with the comedian's widow Jennifer Pryor, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: Fresh from producing the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner Fruitvale, Forest Whitaker has taken over the nearly 20-year effort to bring the turbulent life of stand-up comedy legend Richard Pryor to the big screen. Whitaker is teaming with the late comedian’s widow, Jennifer Pryor, to produce the film through his Significant Productions shingle. Whitaker will develop a new script with input from Jennifer Pryor, and Significant Productions’ Nina Yang-Bongiovi, will also produce. The Pryor biopic has been attempted numerous times, and the most recent version had Bill Condon poised to direct Marlon Wayans in the starring role for Sony Pictures, where Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison had set the project. Condon was certainly passionate about Pryor, but everything took a back seat when he signed on to helm the final two Twilight Saga installments. The project languished. This was just the latest of many prior incarnations. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The long in development biopic of the legendary comedian Richard Pryor has switched producers yet again. The most recent news regarding the film was that director Bill Condon was going to helm the film with Marlon Wayans in the lead role as Pryor. But, maybe after seeing the monstrosity that was Breaking Dawn the producers got cold feet. That version was to have been produced by Adam Sandler. According to Deadline, Forest Whitaker has taken over producing duties on the film and will be »
- Alex Maidy
However, The Sun reports that Assange now emails Cumberbatch regularly, having initially rebuffed the actor's request to meet him when he was first cast.
"Assange now thinks Benedict better understands his actions and motivations," a source said.
Daniel Brühl also stars as Assange's business associate Daniel Domscheit-Berg, whose book WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website partially formed the basis of the film's script.
The Fifth Estate will be released in the Us on November 15, with a UK release date yet to be set. »
Stewart, Gomez, Bieber, Depp, Johnson win 2013 Kca trophies Kristen Stewart and Johnny Depp were among the movie category winners at this year's green goo-ish Kids Choice Awards. The Kca ceremony took place at USC's Galen Center, located just south of downtown Los Angeles, yesterday, March 23. Stewart was selected as the year's favorite movie actress and foremost female butt-kicker, apparently for her deeds in Bill Condon's Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the final movie in The Twilight franchise and in which the actress co-stars with fellow Twilighters Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. Depp was the year's favorite movie actor for, gasp, Tim Burton's widely derided box-office bomb Dark Shadows, maybe? Omg, don't kids read box-office reports? (Pictured above: closeup of K. Stewart on this year's Kca red carpet.) Depp, who doesn't kick any butt (or crotch) and doesn't crush any skulls (that I can remember) in Dark Shadows, was bypassed in the male butt-kicker category. »
- Zac Gille
Focus World has debuted the first official trailer and poster for the prolific Oscar-winner Alex Gibney‘s new documentary We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, focusing in on the 2010 leak of the Baghdad airstrike footage. There is, of course, another Assange movie coming this year – Bill Condon‘s The Fifth Estate, with Benedict Cumberbatch stepping into the shoes of the WikiLeaks founder who has already denounced the movie as a ‘massive propaganda attack. As for the upcoming documentary, Gibney’s focus looks to expand beyond Assange/WikiLeaks to examine what the ordeal reveals about the way our world’s governments function in the 21st century. Gibney (Taxi...
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- Nick Martin
Here's the trailer for the documentary We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks. It comes from documentarian Alex Gibney (Freakonomics, Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room), and it tells the story of Julian Assange who ended up publishing state and military secrets on his online portal WikiLeaks. It looks incredibly intense and interesting. Here's the synopsis...
Filmed with the startling immediacy of unfolding history, Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney’s We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks is a riveting, multi-layered tale about transparency in the information age and our ever-elusive search for the truth. Detailing the creation of Julian Assange’s controversial website, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history, the film charts the enigmatic Assange’s rise and fall in parallel with that of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the brilliant, troubled young soldier who downloaded hundreds of thousands of documents from classified U. »
- Joey Paur
Check out the taut new trailer for prolific documentarian Alex Gibney's "We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks," chronicling the incendiary non-profit organization, with particular emphasis on the 2010 leak of Baghdad airstrike footage by military intelligence officer Bradley Manning. The doc debuted at Sundance. Wikileaks chief Julian Assange is a hot cinema subject in 2013, with Gibney's doc hitting theaters May 24, and Bill Condon's dramatized account "The Fifth Estate," starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the white-blond Assange, slated for an Oscar-friendly November 15 release. Our Toh! interview with Gibney discussing "We Steal Secrets," Assange and Manning is here. »
- Beth Hanna
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