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Production is slated start Monday. The film will be directed by Bob Pulcini and Shari Berman (“American Splendor”) with producers Anne Carey and Amy Nauiokas for Archer Gray Productions, Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray for Maven Pictures, and Luca Borghese.
“Ten Thousand Saints,” set in the Lower East Side of New York City in the 1980s, follows three screwed up young people and their equally screwed up parents.
- Dave McNary
Playing an icon must be difficult for any actor, but how much more difficult would it be if that icon is still alive? That’s the challenge facing Miles Teller, who is now in talks to play Saturday Night Live funnyman Dan Aykroyd in the upcoming John Belushi biopic.
Emile Hirsch revealed Teller’s potential involvement in the Belushi biopic during a party for the Creative Coalition on Saturday, which Teller also attended. For those who don’t know, Hirsch has long been attached to play the role of John Belushi in the film, which is based on the biography Belushi (by the comedian’s widow Judith Belushi Pisano). Belushi and Aykroyd were longtime friends and comedic collaborators, best known for their stint on the first (and best) seasons of Saturday Night Live, as well as their performances as Jake and Elwood Blues of The Blues Brothers fame.
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
For much of his career, John Belushi was joined at the hip with Dan Aykroyd. The men starred on Saturday Night Live together, wrote together, vacationed together, played music together and starred in one of the most beloved comedies of all-time together. The relationship worked because the men each brought enough different things to the table to give-and-take. They were equally talented in their own ways. Consequently, when Emile Hirsch was announced as the topliner for the Belushi biopic, the immediate goal became to find someone with enough charisma to play Aykroyd. Fortunately, after much searching, it appears director Steve Conrad has finally found his man: Miles Teller. The rising star who crushed life in the brilliant and underseen 2013 release The Spectacular Now was reportedly offered the Aykroyd role recently. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he hasn.t officially accepted the job yet, but Hirsch reportedly felt good enough about »
While Sundance is currently teeming with celebs, agents, managers and more, all maxing out expense accounts, back in Hollywood, the grind continues, with actors and projects coming together. So here's a rundown of what's been happening in casting news the past few days... Partying at Park City, Emile Hirsch let is slip that that he'd soon be working with Miles Teller. "A shout-out to Miles Teller!” he said to a packed room. “We’re going to be working together soon. He’s playing Dan Aykroyd in the Belushi movie.” Screenwriter Steve Conrad ("The Secret Life of Walter Mitty") is penning and directing the movie about the late, great, comic actor with a spring production start in New York City on the schedule. Teller's people cautioning that the actor hasn't committed to the movie yet, and won't make a decision until after he does press rounds for "That Awkward Moment" opening later this month, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Miles Teller, the star of one Sundance's most buzzed about films, Whiplash, is set to play Dan Aykroyd in the John Belushi biopic in development. Teller is an awesome choice, and he will star alongside Emile Hirsch who is playing Belushi. It was Hirsch who actually made the announcement at a Sundance party, saying...
The actor's reps say that the announcement is premature, but that Teller has been offered the part. They go on to say that "the actor will take a beat to committing to any new project until after Sundance wraps and he finishes his press duties for his upcoming movie That Awkward Moment."
- Joey Paur
Miles Teller—the in-demand star of The Spectacular Now, the upcoming Divergent franchise, and this month’s Sundance opener Whiplash—has been offered the role of Dan Aykroyd in the upcoming biopic of John Belushi, EW has confirmed. Emile Hirsch is set to star as the late comedian, with Steve Conrad writing and directing, and Aykroyd on board as executive producer. Teller’s rep says that the actor is going to hold off on making a final decision until he finishes promotional duties for That Awkward Moment, a rom-com with Zac Efron and Michael B. Jordan that opens in U. »
- Karen Valby
Miles Teller was in attendance at the festival, where his new film Whiplash was the opening night film, before it was acquired by Sony Pictures. The actor's agency, CAA, confirms the actor has not officially signed on, though he does have an offer to star. Miles Teller will consider which project to take on next after the festival concludes, and he finishes his press commitments for his upcoming comedy That Awkward Moment, hitting theaters »
CAA quickly followed that up, saying Teller does have the offer but won't commit to a new project until he wraps "That Awkward Moment" press commitments in a few weeks.
Aykroyd himself is executive producing the project.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Miles Teller, who is drawing praise for his work in Sundance’s opener Whiplash, may have found his next project: Dan Aykroyd in the John Belushi biopic, which is being directed by Steve Conrad. Emile Hirsch is starring in the movie and it was Hirsch who made the announcement at a party for the Creative Coalition Saturday night. "A shout-out to Miles Teller!” he told the packed party. “We’re going to be working together soon. He’s playing Dan Aykroyd in the Belushi movie.” Teller was in the room when Hirch made the proclamation. CAA, however, is saying any announcement
- Borys Kit
WGA Awards 2014 nominations: Woody Allen, ‘American Hustle’ in; ’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’ ineligible (photo: Cate Blanchett and Woody Allen on the ‘Blue Jasmine’ set) The Writers Guild of America has announced the nominees for the 2014 WGA Awards. The lists — adapted and original screenplay, documentary screenplay — mostly feature the expected titles, in addition to a handful of surprises chiefly because several of this year’s top contenders for screenplay awards have failed to meet the WGA’s strict eligibility rules. Among the out-of-contention screenplays for the 2014 WGA Awards were John Ridley’s 12 Years a Slave, Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope’s Philomena, Asghar Farhadi’s The Past, Abdellatif Kechiche and Ghalia Lacroix’s Blue Is the Warmest Color, William Nicholson’s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Peter Morgan’s Rush, Destin Daniel Cretton’s Short Term 12, and Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station. The winners of the »
- Steve Montgomery
Writers Guild of America’s just-announced nominees have reason for optimism in terms of the upcoming Academy Awards, but they come with a load of footnotes and caveats.
The WGA has a pretty solid track record at predicting Oscar winners, though as far as nominations, there are more discrepancies, due to the guild’s eligibility rules.
Original screenplay candidates are David O. Russell and Eric Singer for “American Hustle”; perennial fave Woody Allen with his 21st nom, “Blue Jasmine”; Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, “Dallas Buyers Club”; Spike Jonze, “Her”; and Bob Nelson, “Nebraska.”
Adapted screenplay: Tracy Letts, “August: Osage County”; Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, “Before Midnight”; Billy Ray, “Captain Phillips”; Peter Berg, “Lone Survivor”; and Terence Winter, “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
Many of these contenders will be mentioned again when Oscar noms are announced Jan. 16. But there will undoubtedly be some changes, due to Writers Guild restrictions. »
- Tim Gray
Mixing mainstream and specialty titles, the Writers Guild of America has nominated Tracy Letts for “August: Osage County,” Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke for “Before Midnight,” Billy Ray for “Captain Phillips,” Peter Berg for “Lone Survivor” and Terence Winter for “The Wolf of Wall Street” for its adapted screenplay award.
The WGA selected Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell for “American Hustle,” Woody Allen for “Blue Jasmine,” Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack for “Dallas Buyers Club,” Spike Jonze for “Her” and Bob Nelson for “Nebraska” for top original screenplay.
- Dave McNary
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