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Just in time for Thanksgiving Oscar voters have a bounty of screeners to watch over the holiday. The most recent arrivals are two of our top 10 Best Picture contenders: "Bridge of Spies," Steven Spielberg's Cold War thriller with two-time Oscar champ Tom Hanks as James Donovan, a lawyer defending accused Soviet spy Rudolf Abel (three-time Tony winner Mark Rylance); and "Room," Lenny Abrahamson's dark drama with rising star Brie Larson as a kidnap victim and newcomer Jacob Tremblay as the son she conceived in captivity. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions Also arriving this week were three biopics about a trio of fascinating fellows: "Pawn Sacrifice," with Tobey Maguire as world chess champ Bobby Fischer; "Trumbo," in which Emmy and Tony champ Bryan Cranston plays the Oscar-winning scripter Dalton Trumbo who was blacklisted during the Red Sca »
In case you didn’t get your fill of Alec Baldwin and Salma Hayek’s zany relationship on “30 Rock,” the charismatic characters will be getting tipsy together in “Drunk Parents.” Noting the self-explanatory title, the film will find two empty nesters drinking their cares away after their daughter goes off to college; hilarity and bad decisions ensue. Allison Estrin and Henry Russell Bergstein are the designated casting directors for the feature. Fred Wolf will direct the New York–based production that’s looking to kick off in mid-January. Bryan Cranston is tackling Nathaniel Hawthorne in his next big-screen venture, “Wakefield.” The film, based on Hawthorne’s short story of the same name, follows a man who suddenly leaves his wife and disappears in an effort to detach from his life. But when his estate is settled and his wife, assuming her widowhood, restarts her life, he reappears. Robin Swicord will »
The unpredictability with this filmmaker-actor is that he has got plenty of projects stoking the fire and we never know which item might push forth next. Prolific, inexhaustible, enervating and stoic with literature’s greats, James Franco‘s selected career path merits its own NYC course of its own. Franco could probably fit it in his schedule and teach it. After tending to the rabbits on Broadways’ Of Mice and Men, it’s Steinbeck follow in the footsteps of Cormac McCarthy and William Faulkner as book to film interests. Production began on In Dubious Battle at the beginning of the year. Mostly shot in Atlanta, this amassed a crew of players comprised of Analeigh Tipton, Josh Hutcherson, Selena Gomez, Bryan Cranston, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ashley Greene, Nat Wolff, Ed Harris, Duvall, Zach Braff, Austin Stowell, Keegan Allen, Darin Cooper, Ahna O’Reilly, John Savage, Beth Grant, Scott Haze and of course Franco himself. »
- Eric Lavallee
Following the Trumbo première attended by Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, Diane Lane, Michael Stuhlbarg and Louis C.K., as well as Dalton Trumbo's daughters Niki Trumbo and Mitzi Trumbo, director Jay Roach mapped out for me the links between birds, Edward G. Robinson's art collection, Otto Preminger, Kirk Douglas and Spartacus; USC, Edward Dmytryk and Lee Grant; Roman Holiday, 30 Seconds Over Tokyo and A Guy Named Joe; Kitty Foyle, Ginger Rogers' mother, Hedda Hopper's hats and horse manure; Bertolt Brecht's Hollywood poem and Myrna Loy's radio show.
While Taylor Hackford, Dana Delany, Kathleen Turner, Elle MacPherson, Tony Bennett, Susan Crow, Julie Taymor, Robert Wuhl, Kate Lardner, Ruben Blades, Tim Daly, Trumbo screenwriter John McNamara, producers Michael London, Kevin Kelly Brown, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
This year’s Oscar hopefuls boasts the largest roster of biopics in recent memory. From more traditional, straight-forward affairs such as Straight Outta Compton and Black Mass, to films that focus on one particular real-life event such as The Big Short and Spotlight, to less typical takes focused on separate periods in the subjects’ lives such as Steve Jobs and Love & Mercy, this year’s films cover the entire spectrum of the biopic genre.
As a result, many of the frontrunners in the four major acting categories are for performances portraying real-life people. Looking back on the Academy’s history, it is hard to find a year in which an acting award did not go to a performer portraying a real person. Eddie Redmayne, Matthew McConaughey, and Daniel Day-Lewis (the last three best actor winners) all starred in biographical films.
This year the trend looks to continue, »
- Patrick Shanley
Stone directed Drumline and will take the helm on the comedy about an ambitious black sorority girl who teaches a dance to a clique of Kardashian-obsessed white girls in order to get into the law school of her dreams.
“Much like he did with Drumline, Charles does an incredible job of bringing subcultures into the mainstream and we are excited to see him do the same thing with Ain’t No Half Steppin,” said Alvarez.
“I just skimmed the surface of black Greek life in Drumline,” said Stone. “Ain’t No Half Steppin gives me a chance to delve deep into the art of competitive stepping.
“Chuck and the producing team have put together a brilliant, smart comedy »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Ever since Last Days in the Desert locked down Ewan McGregor for the dual role of Jesus and the Devil, the nascent religious opus went dark. In development at Broad Green Pictures, our first look at McGregor in the star role as the Messiah emerged some time ago, though now that the film has set its sights on a May 13, 2016 release date, we can readily expect the marketing machine to grind into motion.
Written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia, the drama also stars Tye Sheridan, Ciaran Hinds and Ayelet Zurer, and will base its story around an imagined depiction of Jesus’ 40 days spent in a self-imposed exile in the desert. Last Days in the Desert wasn’t the only project to have a release date pinned down, however, with Broad Green also confirming launch plans for both The Dark Horse and the Bryan Cranston-led The Infiltrator, aligning the flicks »
- Michael Briers
“Last Days in the Desert” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It follows Jesus in an imagined chapter from his forty days of fasting and praying in the desert, including a battle with the Devil over the fate of an ordinary family in crisis.
The cinematographer is Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki, who has won the last two Oscars for best cinematography for “Birdman” and “Gravity.” Garcia worked with Lubezki on “Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her,” which was awarded Un Certain Regard at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.
Broad Green announced in September that »
- Dave McNary
Broad Green Pictures has scheduled opening dates for three films: The Infiltrator starring Bryan Cranston, which is going wide on August 31, 2016; Rodrigo Garcia’s Jesus tale Last Days In The Desert starring Ewan McGregor, a limited release on May 13, 2016; and The Dark Horse starring Cliff Curtis, also limited, on April 1, 2016. Newcomer Broad Green has been busy this fall, releasing 99 Homes and I Smile Back and the docu Song Of Lahore in the awards-season corridor. It… »
Director Brad Furman's "The Infiltrator," starring Bryan Cranston as undercover U.S. Customs agent Robert Mazur, who infiltrated major drug cartels—including Pablo Escobar's—in the 1980s, will hit theaters August 31, 2016. (The film also co-stars Diane Kruger, John Leguizamo, Benjamin Bratt, Yul Vazquez, and Amy Ryan.) It's one of three titles distributor Broad Green added to its 2016 calendar today. Read More: "Broad Green Will Turn Bestseller 'Orphan Train' Into Movie" The others are "Last Days in the Desert" (May 13), from "Albert Nobbs" director Rodrigo Garcia, which stars Ewan McGregor as both Jesus and the Devil (yep, you read that right) in a struggle over the fate of an ordinary family; and writer/director James Napier Robertson's "The Dark Horse" (Apr. 1) a biopic of chess champion Genesis Potini. Read More: "John Ridley to Direct L.A. Riots Film for Broad Green and Imagine, Brian »
- Matt Brennan
Have you ever thought that you would really love the game musical chairs, if only it were more literal? If so, Thursday's "The Late Late Show with James Corden," which featured the band and the "talent" getting all up in each other's business, is for you. Read More: Watch: The Holidays Get Raunchy In New Red Band Trailer For 'The Night Before' With Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Anthony Mackie The action went down after Joseph Gordon-Levitt revealed himself to be a self-taught drummer (because of course he is) leading Corden to swap him out for regular drummer Guillermo Brown. House band leader Reggie Watts then usurped Corden's mantle, helping to interview Brown about his "new movie," which, according to fellow guest Bryan Cranston, is "awesome." While Brown was getting grilled about his upcoming slate of "four movies," Gordon-Levitt found bliss behind the drums. Just watch his sunshine smile in the video. »
- Karen Brill
Have you been craving a new boy band in your life, but you also want someone who understands your current needs and passions? Allow me to introduce you to Grown Man Boy Band, the latest group to come out of The Late Late Show With James Corden. The host is joined by Bryan Cranston for some smooth jams that address their current status as adults. Brace yourself for the inevitable chorus involving minivans. Cranston is busy promoting his new film, Trumbo, out in theaters now! »
- Maggie Pehanick
Bryan Cranston appeared on the Late Late Show Thursday night to accompany host James Corden and comedian Reggie Watts on a song called "I Can't Be Your Boy (Cuz I'm a Grown Man)." The trio, decked out in all-white outfits, were billed as the "man band" M3n Not Boyz.
"You [have] your 'NSYNCs, your New Kids, but eventually, boy bands grow up into man bands, with a whole new set of problems and totally different ways to love you," said Corden in his introduction to the segment.
As the trio »
Read More: 'Trumbo' Star Bryan Cranston is Still Just Happy to Get Work In the life of all boyz, there comes a day when they look into a mirror and realize that today, they are M3N. James Corden, Bryan Cranston and Reggie Watts shined a light on this epochal moment on Thursday night's "The Late Late Show," performing as "man band" M3n Not Boyz. Retaining the sinuous vocals and decadent dance moves of men of slightly less than their age, M3n Not Boyz performed their chart-topper "I Can't Be Your Boy (Cuz I'm a Grown Man)." The silky song is an ode to all of the cool grown man things a guy can do for his lady, once he realizes that he's the old kid on the block, so it's time to say bye, bye, bye to youth. These grown M3n may not understand Cross Fit or Edm, »
- Karen Brill
James Corden had a wild evening Thursday when his two guests, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bryan Cranston, surprised him with some questionable actions. The Late Late Show host typically welcomes each guest at the start of his program, but neither Gordon-Levitt nor Cranston was prepared. Well, to be fair, the 500 Days of Summer star was ready to take the stage but he expected the British host to stop by his dressing room first. When Jgl opened the door upon hearing his name called, he was ready to go with mistletoe! Apparently he wanted to give the Into the Woods actor a very warm greeting but was saddened to find out Corden was still on stage instead of at his door. But that didn't matter! The Night Before actor »
Bryan Cranston, James Corden, and Reggie Watts united as man boy band M3n Not Boyz on Thursday’s episode of “The Late Late Show.” The trio got the crowd moving with a new single called “I Can’t Be Your Boy (Cuz I’m a Grown Man).” The song extolled all the virtues of making love to a man, like being with someone who doesn’t use ATMs or emojis. Cranston, who stars in the new film “Trumbo,” sang out that he was capable of driving his lady home “in a bad ass snowstorm.” Watts then chimed in that »
- Joe Otterson
M3n Not Boyz are here to woo you with their very mature, very non-millennial hardships. "There is so much I still, still don't understand baby," bellows Bryan Cranston, doing a combo of his best Ryan Gosling and Barry White impressions. "What the hell is Edm?" Although this trio stiff-arms and sends up most of the boy-band clichés, they also embrace the kind of gloriously heinous matching dance moves and outfits that make one cross their fingers for more live shows. C'mon, James and Reggie — make it happen. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
The newest big screen “golden age of Hollywood” biography represents something of a 2015 trilogy, a hat trick, if you will. It doesn’t focus on the illustrious career of a celebrated actor or actress, but there are some stars involved and in support. No, this is the story of a legendary screenwriter, yes an idea man. The man in question is one Dalton Trumbo, a fellow nearly as theatrical as the thespians reciting his words. Beyond his work, he was perhaps best known as the most famous of the “Hollywood Ten” during the Communist “witch hunts” of the 1950’s. So the “cold war” is the backdrop for this bio, much as it was for Bridge Of Spies, the true life drama, and that frothy spy send-up, The Man From Uncle, both released earlier this year. It’s odd that this is the last film to arrive in theatres, though its events precede the other two. »
- Jim Batts
Written by John McNamara
Directed by Jay Roach
There is much to admire in Trumbo. The new biographical drama about the blacklisted “Hollywood Ten” has the assured direction of Jay Roach, a typically-brilliant performance from Bryan Cranston, and avoids the self-congratulatory smugness that plagues most films about persecuted liberals. It’s bizarre, then, that Trumbo never quite sparks to life. The lack of sanctimony oddly undermines the story’s rabblerousing energy, reducing this wannabe emotional powerhouse to a slick history lesson. Still, it’s a history lesson worth learning, and Cranston is a far more entertaining teacher than anyone you’ll find on campus.
When American screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Cranston) refused to testify before Congress about his involvement with the Communist Party, he effectively pulled the plug on his Hollywood career back in 1947. Trumbo, along with his 9 co-defendants (known as the Hollywood Ten), are convicted of contempt, sent to prison, »
- J.R. Kinnard
Marvelously balances the silly and the solemn. There’s almost a whiff of the Coen-esque in its slick sharpness, in its whistling past the graveyard. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
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For a prestige drama about one of the more shameful periods in American history (there are a lot of those), Trumbo is surprisingly funny. And thank god for that. It feels good to laugh at the idiocy surrounding the Hollywood blacklist of the 1950s, if only so that you don’t have to think too much about how widespread support for the most unAmerican things — all in the name of America, naturally — has been a constant refrain in American public discourse. You have to be a special kind of sheltered not to hear such nonsense demanding to »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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