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Adaptations of Philip K. Dick stories are always welcome and soon, we’ll be getting a whole load of them thanks to Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. This British/American co-production (exec produced by Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston) will consist of ten standalone episodes, each bringing to life one of Dick’s short stories. The currently announced adaptations are: The Commuter, The Impossible Planet, Crazy Diamond, Father Thing, Real Life, The Hood Maker and Kill All Others.
The show already boasts an impressive cast, including luminaries like Timothy Spall, Steve Buscemi, Anna Paquin, Terrence Howard, Tuppence Middleton and many more. Now, it’s been announced that Bates Motel and The Conjuring star Vera Farmiga has climbed on board. She’s set to appear in director Dee Rees’ Kill All Others, playing a demagogic politician who makes a shocking statement that encourages citizens to commit acts of violence, which »
- David James
Oscar- and Emmy-nominated actress Vera Farmiga will follow “Bates Motel” by checking in to another TV series, having signed on to star in an episode of Channel 4 anthology series “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.” Farmiga will star alongside actor Mel Rodriguez (“The Last Man on Earth”) in an episode entitled “Kill All Others,” from Emmy-nominated U.S. writer-director Dee Rees.
Farmiga plays a politician who makes a shocking statement encouraging violence. Rodriguez plays the one man who dares to question the situation and finds himself an instant target. “Straight Outta Compton” star Jason Mitchell, Glenn Morshower and Sarah Brown co-star in the episode.
Farmiga received an Academy Award nomination for her supporting role in Jason Reitman’s 2009 film “Up in the Air.” She was nominated for an Emmy in 2013 for her leading role as Norma Bates in A+E Networks’ “Bates Motel.” Rees was nominated for two Emmys for co-writing and directing single-drama TV biopic »
- Robert Mitchell
Last Man on Earth alum Mel Rodriguez and former Bates Motel star Vera Farmiga have joined the cast of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, a 10-episode sci-fi anthology series from Ronald D. Moore, Michael Dinner, Bryan Cranston and Sony Pictures TV. The show, based on short stories by the award-winning novelist, was commissioned by Channel 4, who will air the series later this year in the UK. It will launch on Amazon Prime in the U.S., joining the streaming network’s… »
California was the shooting location for 12 of the top 100 box office performers last year, trailing Georgia, the U.K., and Canada, a report by FilmL.A. showed Tuesday.
Georgia was the top-ranked location with 17, followed by the U.K. with 16, and Canada with 13. Films shot in California that were released last year included breakout hit “La La Land” and “Sully,” along with three films — horror-thrillers “Ouija: Origin of Evil” and “The Conjuring 2” and James Franco-Bryan Cranston comedy “Why Him?” — that received tax credits under the state’s expanded tax incentive program.
The state ramped up its tax credit program in 2015 by expanding its annual allocation of credits from $100 million to $330 million and establishing a selection system that gave priority to the jobs created by the films. The California tax credit »
- Dave McNary
The film community is mourning the loss of Roger Moore. The British actor, best known for playing James Bond, passed away on Tuesday in Switzerland after a short battle with cancer. Moore’s children, Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian, confirmed the news via Twitter. The actor was 89.
“The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone,” read the statement. “We know our own love and admiration will be magnified many times over, across the world, by people who knew him for his films, his television shows and his passionate work for Unicef which he considered to be his greatest achievement.”
Read More: Roger Moore, Iconic James Bond Actor, Dead at 89
- Yoselin Acevedo
Tributes to the late Roger Moore flooded social media Tuesday following the announcement that the James Bond actor had died at the age of 89 in Switzerland. Singer Boy George hailed Moore as “the king of cool” while Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe tweeted succinctly: “Roger Moore, loved him.”
R.I.P Sir Roger Moore. He was the king of cool.
— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) May 23, 2017
Roger Moore , loved him
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) May 23, 2017
At 10 I used to try to dress like Simon Templar .
My mother worked part time at the Indonesian embassy.
Added intrigue to my persona .
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) May 23, 2017
MGM chairman and CEO Gary Barber issued a statement saying the actor, who had been a “beloved part of the MGM family for decades,” would »
- Robert Mitchell
The film tells the story of a successful suburban family man named Howard Wakefield (played by Bryan Cranston), who decides to escape his life by disappearing into his attic. Surviving by scavenging for food at night, Wakefield secretly watches while the lives of his wife and children move on without him.
In a new clip from the film, debuting exclusively on People, some of the cracks in the Wakefields’ marriage begin to emerge. The scene appears to take place before Cranston’s character decamps to the attic, »
- Mike Miller
Kevin Hart and his look-alike 9-year-old son, Hendrix, hit the red carpet for the “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” premiere this weekend, and dished about everything from their growing family to Bryan Cranston’s impersonation of the comedian. Hart’s 12-year-old daughter, Heaven, was not able to make the premiere because she had a soccer game, […] »
- Sylvia Ogweng
Kevin Hart and his look-alike 9-year-old son, Hendrix, hit the red carpet for the Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie premiere this weekend, and dished about everything from their growing family to Bryan Cranston's impersonation of the comedian.
Hart's 12-year-old daughter, Heaven, was not able to make the premiere because she had a soccer game, and his son called out his dad for being "more than crazy" when he's watching his kids' games. "He gets mad," Hendrix told Et's Kevin Frazier. "He doesn't, like, cheer."
"You're on TV right now," Hart exclaimed to his son. "You don't tell secrets!"
Corroborating his son's claims, Hart admitted, "I'm not going to lie, I'm a little loud out there sometimes but it's »
This weekend, the entire specialized industry is huddled in Cannes in search of the next big things. On the home front, just three noteworthy films opened, each on a single Manhattan screen. Two of them, the Bryan Cranston-starring “Wakefield” and Steve James’ financial world set documentary “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” showed some life.
Eleanor Coppola’s “Paris Can Wait” had a promising second-weekend expansion, and looks to be the standout over the next month and more. Still, results remain minor after a couple post-awards months led by “Gifted” and “The Zookeeper’s Wife.”
Wakefield (IFC) – Metacritic: 60; Festivals include: Telluride, Toronto 2016
$14,120 in 1 theater: PTA (per theater average): $14,120
Bryan Cranston has become an omnipresent force in TV, Broadway, and features. This film, opening many months after its September festival premieres, “Wakefield” puts him front and center as a Manhattan law partner who zones out of his suburban life »
- Tom Brueggemann
With all eyes on Cannes this weekend, it was slow going for art house titles at the box office, with the slate of newcomers dominated by single-theater releases. The highest among these was IFC Films’ “Wakefield,” a drama starring Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner which made $14,120 from a single screen. Written and directed by Robin Swicord and based on a short story by E.L. Doctorow, “Wakefield” stars Cranston as a Manhattan lawyer living the stereotypical American dream: a beautiful wife (Garner), two kids and a nice house. But deep inside, he finds his domestic life suffocating and decides to »
- Jeremy Fuster
As Cannes closes its first weekend, the Specialty landscape stateside was mostly quiet save for two openers that had single location debuts. IFC Films' Wakefield starring Bryan Cranston opened to $14K, while PBS Distribution's Steve James documentary Abacus: Small Enough to Jail took in $13.6K. Their exclusive bows gave the features technically the highest per theater averages of the weekend. ArtAffects Entertainment's sports-drama Champion went out to 31 locations in its… »
IFC Films has acquired North American rights to “The Tribes of Palos Verdes,” Variety has learned.
Jennifer Garner stars in the film and executive produced the project. It’s based on a best-selling novel by Joy Nicholson. “The Tribes of Palos Verdes” centers on a teenager who struggles to adjust to life in an affluent beach community. She turns to surfing as a way of dealing with her parent’s tortured marriage, her mother’s neurosis, and her brother’s struggles with drugs.
In addition to Garner, the cast includes Maika Monroe (“It Follows”), Cody Fern (“The Last Time I Saw Richard”), Justin Kirk (“Weeds”), Noah Silver (“Tyrant”) and Alicia Silverstone (“Clueless”). Garner recently co-starred with Bryan Cranston in “Wakefield,” a drama that IFC released this month. Other recent projects include “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” and “Miracles From Heaven.”
- Brent Lang
Exclusive: Chinese buyer Apollo are hungry for European movies.
The company has secured a non revenue-sharing quota slot for the recent French hit, which Pathe is handling internationally.
The film played at the Beijing International Film Festival last month with Boon and his co-star Alice Pol in attendance. Red Apollo is also in talks with Boon about Chinese co-productions.
While Red Apollo has focused on digital distribution in recent years, Raid: Special Unit kicks off a drive to increase its slate of Chinese theatrical releases to around three to four titles a year.
The company is also hoping to secure a quota slot for Snd’s Family Heist (Mes Tresors), starring Jean Reno, before the end of 2017.
“We believe French comedies have a lot of potential »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
While Cannes is grabbing all the shine on the Specialty front, new rollouts stateside are coming this weekend. IFC Films is opening Telluride and Toronto drama Wakefield starring Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner in a day-and-date rollout, while Imagination Worldwide is launching Paint It Black in New York and L.A. Paint It Black is Amber Tamblyn's directorial debut. The two films headline a slower weekend of limited release openers following a large number of releases… »
The 45-year-old actress wore a black strapless tea-length dress with gold accents to the event, held at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema and hosted by The Cinema Society and Fiji Water. She accessorized the look with simple black pumps and silver jewelry.
Garner stars in the film alongside actor Bryan Cranston, who was also at the event. He wore a charcoal suit, white shirt, and black tie. »
- Dave Quinn
Et caught up with the 45-year-old actress on Thursday at the film's premiere in New York City, and she explained why she thinks Wakefield will resonate with audiences. In the movie, Bryan Cranston plays a man, Howard Wakefield, who has a nervous breakdown, and leaves his wife (Garner) to go live in his attic for several months.
"I think anyone can imagine just the desire to drop out of their own lives," Garner noted. "It's just to actually do it, to follow through and to live outside of your life [while] watching your own life for a year, [that] is pretty out there."
Photos: Jennifer Garner Stuns in Sexy Lace Dress While Out in NYC
As for whether she's ever thought of running away, the mother of three replied, "No I like »
Pulver will appear alongside Terrence Howard and Anna Paquin in an episode entitled ‘Real Life’, which will see Paquin as “Sarah, a policewoman living in the future who shares headspace with George (Howard), a brilliant game designer, as each pursue violent killers whose plans could have shattering consequences. In a race against time, sharing a bond that no one else can see, they learn the very thing that connects them can also destroy them.”
Electric Dreams is being executive produced by Bryan Cranston, and has assembled a rather impressive cast, which includes Cranston, Steve Buscemi, Greg Kinnear, and Timothy Spall. It is slated to air later in the year. »
- Gary Collinson
A Most Wanted Man: Swicord Hangs Doctorow on the Snide Shoulders of Cranston
For evidence of Bryan Cranston’s ability to carry a film, look no further than Robin Swicord’s sophomore film Wakefield to catch him as a sneering sociopathic suburbanite taking bizarre flight from his bourgeois bubble.
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- Nicholas Bell
Jennifer Garner is one hot mama!
The 45-year-old actress was all smiles as she arrived to The Late Show With Stephen Colbert studios at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City on Thursday – looking better than ever, we might add!
Garner wore a navy, spaghetti-strapped, pin-striped dress, with lace embellishment along the top and bottom hemline, with black, single-strap heels. She was absolutely glowing with tousled hair, smoky brown eye shadow and a neutral lip.
The mother of three is currently promoting her latest film, Wakefield, out May 19. Co-starring Bryan Cranston, the thriller follows a successful lawyer who, after a nervous breakdown, leaves his wife and hides out in the attic for several months, watching the world from afar.
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