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Exclusive: Afghan War film Hyena Road is understood to be among a band of Canadian films in the frame to open the 40th anniversary edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff).
While a Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) spokesperson said it ran against policy to comment on speculation prior to the programme announcement and there is no mandate for a Canadian film to open the festival, Canadian industry insiders are feeling bullish that a home-grown film will fly the flag.
And with more than three months to go before the 40th edition begins on September 10, speculation is already mounting that Hyena Road could become the opening night selection, which would mark the second time a film directed by Paul Gross has done so after his Wwi drama [link=tt »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Before many of our favorite actors were famous, before they won their awards and our acclaim, they starred in really ridiculous commercials which can never be forgotten. The best part about these commercials, aside from realizing these actors used to be young once, is how serious they were. We know a good actor becomes the character, gives their best performance, blah blah, but when we're seeing a young Bryan Cranston intensely talk to us about Preparation H or a teen Naomi Watts way too excited about a tampon, it's like an SNL parody…but then we remember, this is real. Here are some adjectives that best describe the videos below: embarrassing, hot, informative, misleading, surprising, sexy, expressive, »
The 69th Annual Tony Awards have some pretty big screen stars taking to the stage. Among the presenters at Radio City Music Hall on June 7 are Bradley Cooper, Bryan Cranston, Taylor Schilling, Jason Alexander, Larry David, Sutton Foster, Neil Patrick Harris, Joe Manganiello, Debra Messing and Jim Parsons. Also handing out awards and/or introductions will be Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Chlumsky, Misty Copeland, Taye Diggs, Marg Helgenberger, Jennifer Nettles, David Hyde Pierce, Thomas Sadoski, Amanda Seyfriend, Corey Stoll, Kiefer Sutherland, Sting, Ashley Tisdale, Tommy Tune and Rita Wilson. Also Read: Tony Nominations Biggest Snubs and Surprises - From »
- Tony Maglio
The 2015 Tony Awards has added a slew of stars to its list of presenters. The Broadway-lauding awards ceremony announced Thursday that the boldfaces of the current season, as well as the previous and upcoming seasons, will take the Radio City Music Hall stage throughout the CBS broadcast, including Bryan Cranston, Neil Patrick Harris, Jim Parsons, Bradley Cooper, Anna Chlumsky, Larry David, Jason Alexander, David Hyde Pierce, Jennifer Nettles, Rita Wilson, Rose Byrne, Sutton Foster and Taye Diggs. Additionally, Amanda Seyfried, Joe Manganiello, Kiefer Sutherland, Misty Copeland, Sting, Ashley Tisdale, Corey Stoll, Debra Messing, Marg Helgenberger, Thomas Sadoski, Taylor Schilling, Bobby Cannavale and Tommy Tune,
- Ashley Lee
"Andy's done the last four years with me," he explained. "He's such a talented boy... they [on Britain's Got Talent] only got him to do the older ones and I believe they sold him short.
"I know Andy and he's such a good mimic and he does all the contemporary ones. But they sort of put you in that pigeon hole - 'come on, let's put him there, then let's take the mickey out of him' - and I thought that's a little unfair if I'm honest."
The third live semi-final of Britain's Got Talent starts tonight on ITV at 7.30pm.
Watch Fleming's semi-final performance below: »
The return of “The X-Files” and the reboot of “Rush Hour” stirred strong buzz among the nearly 2,000 international television buyers who converged in Los Angeles this week for the annual L.A. Screenings program market.
Buyers made the rounds of studio screenings and parties throughout the week to get a first look at series that have been picked up by broadcast networks for the 2015-16 season, as well as new cable and digital productions.
For most buyers, the screenings are the first step in dealmaking negotiations that are finalized later. But some put their money on the table right away. »
- Cynthia Littleton
The biggest deals of this year’s Cannes Marché du Film and how the Competition titles sold throughout the festival.
Behind the glamour of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, business was booming at the Marché du Film (May 13-22), with representatives from 120 countries in attendance - up four on 2014.
A total 3,300 films were on offer this year, around 1,000 at the project stage, with an estimated 11,000 film professionals in attendance, in line with last year.
In the opening days, Marché chief Jérôme Paillard told Screen: “Acquisition agents are telling me that it’s the first time in a number of years that there are so many big projects. I’ve been told there are around 50 high profile projects on offer.”
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Fledgling indie distributor Broad Green Pictures, which has staffed up to around 60, has acquired U.S. distribution rights at the Cannes market for "The Infiltrator," starring Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") as undercover U.S. Customs agent Robert Mazur, who used mob ties to make his way into some of the world's largest drug cartels during the 1980s. Adapted by Ellen Brown Furman from Mazur's autobiography and directed by Brad Furman ("The Lincoln Lawyer"), "The Infiltrator" is one of several recent high-profile pickups by the company, including Ramin Bahrani's "99 Homes," with Andrew Garfield, Laura Dern, and Michael Shannon, and Terrence Malick's "Knight of Cups," starring Christian Bale and natalie Portman, which debuted in Berlin. In addition to Cranston, the cast includes Diane Kruger, John Leguizamo, Benjamin Bratt, and Amy Ryan. Good Films' Miriam Segal produced. Broad Green will finally open its first »
- Anne Thompson and Matt Brennan
Broad Green Pictures has announced the acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to Brad Furman's "The Infiltrator." Adapted by Ellen Brown Furman and based on the autobiography by Robert Mazur, “The Infiltrator" stars Emmy and Golden Globe winner Bryan Cranston, Diane Kruger, John Leguizamo, Benjamin Bratt, Yul Vazquez and Amy Ryan. The film's synopsis reads: "Based on the true story of a fearless operative, 'The Infiltrator' is a heart-stopping account of one of history's largest and most elaborate stings. Set amidst the lavish excess of the 1980's, 'The Infiltrator' tells the story of undercover Us Customs agent Robert Mazur (Cranston) Aka Robert Musella, who became a pivotal player for drug lords cleaning their dirty cash. He traded on mob connections to become the confidant to scores of the international underworld, and the bankers who enabled them. Laying his life on the line, he infiltrated the »
- Casey Cipriani
Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston is back in the narcotics business, only this time he’ll be on the other side of the fence. The Infiltrator sees him take the true life role of Robert Mazur, who famously went undercover to expose drug cartels operating in league with supposedly legitimate banks around the world in the 1980s.
While this news ain’t new, the announcement that Broad Green Pictures are to distribute the movie in the Us is hot off the press. The deal was brokered at Cannes, and should see the nail-biting chronicle of Mazur’s operation reach a wide audience and get it within range of awards season in 2016. Dylan Wiley and Chris Tricarico negotiated for Bg’s Gabriel and Daniel Hammond, while Wme went in the room on behalf of producers Good Films.
Featuring a mix of international intrigue and sweat-inducing subterfuge against the backdrop of the »
- Steve Palace
The deal, struck during the Cannes market this week, will see Broad Green add the film to its 2016 slate.
Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston plays Mazur, a customs and excise agent who went undercover as Robert Musella and traded on mob connections to become the confidant to scores of the international underworld, and the bankers who enabled them.
In an elaborate sting, the operation reeled in key players in a chain stretching all the way »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
The deal was closed Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival, where Wme and Relativity International have been selling rights.
Brad Furman directed the film, based on Robert Mazur’s autobiography of the same name. “The Infiltrator” stars Diane Kruger, John Leguizamo, Benjamin Bratt, Yul Vazquez and Amy Ryan. Good Films’ Miriam Segal is producing with Bank Leumi, Good Films and LipSync co-financing.
Cranston portrays undercover U.S. Customs agent Robert Mazur, who became a pivotal player for drug lords in the 1980s after cleaning their dirty cash by trading on mob connections to become confidant to the international underworld, and the bankers who enabled them. The operation reeled in key players in a chain stretching all the way to Pablo Escobar, with arrests leading to the »
- Dave McNary
Broad Green Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Brad Furman’s “The Infiltrator,” which stars Bryan Cranston as an undercover U.S. Customs agent who became a pivotal player for drug lords cleaning their dirty cash. Bgp announced the deal on Thursday after negotiating the terms at Cannes, and said it plans to add the film to its growing 2016 slate. “The Infiltrator,” which Ellen Brown Furman adapted from the autobiography by Robert Mazur, co-stars Diane Kruger (“Inglourious Basterds”), John Leguizamo (“Chef”), Benjamin Bratt (“Traffic”), Yul Vazquez (“Captain Phillips”), and Oscar nominee Amy Ryan (“Gone Baby Gone”). Also Read: Jon Hamm »
- Jeff Sneider
Broad Green Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Brad Furman's adaption of The Infiltrator, starring Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad,) and Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds). Deal is believed to be $4 million with a commitment for a wide theatrical release. Wme Global sold it off a promo at Cannes. In the Ellen Brown Furman-scripted drama, Cranston plays a U.S. Customs official uncovers a money laundering scheme involving Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Miriam Segal and… »
Fans of the hit AMC crime drama may have a hard time imagining anyone other than Anna Gunn play Skyler, the fraught and fierce wife to Bryan Cranston’s Walter White. But before two Emmy Awards and some of the loudest critical acclaim in television history, Gunn was just another actor showing up. As she told Backstage two years ago, her audition for Vince Gilligan involved miming the handjob Skyler gives Walter in the pilot episode. You can see in the video below a fully fleshed-out person, a distracted wife at the end of a long day casually giving her husband some attention. It plays as flat-out comedy as Gunn hits every beat—especially “I just, I really need you to mow at some point.” Cranston is not even in the frame and you can feel their breezy chemistry (no pun intended). With an audition this good, casting becomes a cinch. »
Jon Hamm has never won an Emmy. When he reaped his seventh consecutive Best Drama Actor bid last year as Don Draper in “Mad Men”, he distinguished himself from a half dozen of the most iconic leading men of the twenty-first century who had scored six nominations each: Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), James Gandolfini (“The Sopranos”), Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”, “Six Feet Under”), Hugh Laurie (“House”), Martin Sheen (“The West Wing”) and Kiefer Sutherland (“24”). Cranston won the race four times, Gandolfini three times and Sutherland once apiece. Hall, Laurie and Sheen were snubbed year after year like Hamm. -Break- "Mad Men" poll: Which episode should Jon Hamm submit to Emmy judges? But to equate Hamm with Hall, Laurie and Sheen would be to assume that Hamm’s bad awards luck is limited to the Emmys. Yes, he holds the record »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Mills wrote and will direct the new film, which Megan Ellison is producing through Annapurna, alongside Anne Carey of Archer Gray and Youree Henley. Annapurna’s Chelsea Barnard will serve as executive producer.
The film is set in Santa Barbara, Calif. during the summer of 1979. It tells the story of a mother who’s trying her best to raise her teenage son while looking for answers from two other remarkable women in her life.
Mills, who directed “Beginners,” set up the project in January with Annapurna. “The film is an ode to the women who raised me; my mom, my sisters, the girls I was in love with or looked up to at school and in the punk rock scene where I really learned about the world,” Mills said at the time. »
- Dave McNary
It is standard practice for studios to try and shop broadcast pilots that didn’t go forward. In the case of Bryan Cranston and David Shore’s drama Sneaky Pete, which just got a pass from CBS, I hear there have been incoming inquiries, with multiple cable networks expressing interest. It is too early to talk specifics, but it won’t be surprising if AMC is among the nets that would like to take a peek, given its relationship with Cranston, star of its hit series Breaking Bad… »
Archie Panjabi will be urging on The Good Wife at the BAFTA Television Awards on Sunday - where she's also handing out an honour - but we imagine it might be a bit strange for her. Because after six seasons as investigator Kalinda, Panjabi has left the hit show. What better time for a catch-up?
Are you excited about Sunday?
"Yeah, I think we've got a chance! And I've never handed out an award for BAFTA before so I'm really chuffed that they asked me and quite excited. It's weird, because I'm British, and yet I've done all the American ceremonies and this is my first time doing the British one! It's quite exciting. »
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