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Who will be the nominees and winners in the eight television races at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards? Our new predictions center is now open for you to log your picks. While the Screen Actors Guild Awards for film are typically an excellent predictor of the Oscars, the same hasn't always been true of SAG's relationship to the Emmys. -Break- However, the SAG Awards last January did preview five of the six series winners at this summer's Emmys: "Modern Family," its supporting player Ty Burrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep") first prevailed here on the comedy side while "Breaking Bad" and its leading man Bryan Cranston were winners over in drama. But while scene stealer Maggie Smith ("Downton Abbey") won at SAG, "Breaking Bad" supporting player Anna Gunn repeated at the Emmys. With "Breaking Bad" no longer in the race, thr...' »
Gareth Edwards made a big leap from the small scale of 2010’s Monsters to the 2014 summer blockbuster Godzilla, and in doing so he showed that he has the skills for big budget movie-making (which may be why Lucasfilm scooped him up to direct a standalone Star Wars film). Godzilla features a number of epic set pieces that show Edwards has a great skill and understanding of how to stage and build action. But the film also has a huge weakness: none of the human characters are as interesting as the titular monster. Perhaps that’s to be expected, but it’s why the film is impressive while also being a little boring. Aaron Taylor-Johnson leads the film, which also features Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, Bryan Cranston and David Strathairn. My Godzilla Blu-ray review follows after the jump. The film opens in 1999 with Joe (Cranston) and Elle Brody (Juliette Binoche) going to work. »
- Andre Dellamorte
The Great Wall is Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s latest project, and centers on the development of the eponymous landmark. Damon is currently slated to star, but Legendary is trying to find room on the actor’s busy schedule alongside projects like The Martian and the next Bourne film.
That’s all to say that if Cranston is singing on, it should be soon. However, ...
- Anthony Taormina
Cara Silverman, an editor on Super from Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn and the Ken Kwapis films He’s Just Not That Into You and Big Miracle, has died. She was 54. On Sept. 22, two days before her birthday, Silverman was found dead in her Los Angeles apartment, where she lived alone, her sister, Marjorie, told The Hollywood Reporter. No cause of death was immediately available. Silverman just finished work on the CBS Films comedy Get a Job, directed by Dylan Kidd and starring Anna Kendrick, Miles Teller and Bryan Cranston. “I’m so sad. She was a wonderful
- Mike Barnes
Opening this weekend is Laika’s The Boxtrolls. Making their stop-motion debut is directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable and the film is based on the children’s novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow. Featuring the voices of Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, and Jared Harris, The Boxtrolls is about a young orphaned boy named Eggs (Wright) who is raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors who he must save from evil exterminator Archibald Snatched (Kingsley). For more on the film, click here for trailers, images, interviews, and everything we've posted on the film. At the L.A. press day I landed a video interview with Elle Fanning. She talked about how she got involved in The Boxtrolls, the incredible artistry, if she "borrowed" anything from set, the recording process, how excited she is to work with Bryan Cranston on Trumbo, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
19-year-old Brad Joyner’s biggest wish was to meet his ‘Breaking Bad’ hero.
19-year-old Brad Joyner had recently graduated high school when, in March, he was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a terminal brain cancer that required him to undergo radiation treatment and chemotherapy.
After his diagnosis, Brad started putting together a bucket list — or, as he calls it, a “Living List.” “This cancer is nasty with a low rate of survival. But I have a strong faith and wanted to really live,” Brad told Buzzfeed.
Some things he checked off pretty easily (riding in a train) while others were more difficult (swimming with sharks). But his number one item was meeting the star of his favorite TV show: Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston.
Brad’s mom and aunt thought up the hashtag #BreakingBrad and it spread on Facebook and Twitter, with people around the world posing for pictures with signs supporting the campaign.
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Meeting Bryan Cranston was on the bucket list of 19-year-old Brad Joyner, a North Carolina teen with terminal brain cancer. Thanks to his loved ones and the Internet, he got his wish. After his diagnosis six months ago, Joyner and his family and friends launched the #breakingbrad campaign, which went viral and caught Cranston's attention. The teen's mother Aimee Pettigrew shared on YouTube a video showing her son's emotional reaction after she and her husband and his stepdad told him he was going to get to talk to the actor, his "idol," in part because of the kindness of "complete strangers." "That's amazing," Joyner told his mother, sobbing. Cranston, who won five »
Jimmy Kimmel has been named as host and co-stars Jennifer Garner, Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Chastain are among the first wave of stars announced to pay tribute to Matthew McConaughey as he becomes the 28th recipient of the American Cinematheque Award. The organization’s annual benefit gala is October 21 at the Beverly Hilton.
Others announced this morning for the show include Cole Hauser, who co-starred as Benny O’Donnell opposite McConaughey in 1993’s Dazed And Confused, the star’s first film. Lili Fini Zanuck, producer of McConaughey’s 2002 film Reign Of Fire, has also been added to the show, with more co-stars and associates expected to be named in the coming days.
Witherspoon appeared opposite McConaughey in 2013’s Mud, while Chastain is in his much-anticipated upcoming November 14 release Interstellar. Garner worked with him on Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past and last year’s Dallas Buyers Club, for which he won the Best Actor Oscar. »
- Pete Hammond
Back in TV’s Jurassic era, you had no choice but to watch a show exactly as it was presented: one episode at a time, interrupted by hiatuses and commercials. This is why so few series dared to tell long-form stories or make callbacks to past installments. That started to change in the ’80s and ’90s, but it wasn’t until the advent of DVRs and online streaming that you could break a show into Cubist fragments, examining particular facets and excluding others. It’s now possible to cherry-pick episodes on the basis of your own private manias, transforming one show into several smaller shows about particular characters or themes. Here are three examples.Malcolm in the Middle: The Breaking Bad Prequel In a DVD extra, Bryan Cranston and his Malcolm in the Middle co-star Jane Kaczmarek parodied their sitcom marriage after Breaking Bad ended by having Malcolm’s »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
Matt Damon and Bryan Cranston, everyone's favorite Jewish dentist, are both in early talks to star in The Great Wall for Legendary Pictures. Acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers) has signed on to direct the film which will explore the mysteries behind why the Great Wall was built and the secrets it holds. The most recent draft of the screenplay was penned by Bourne writer Tony Gilroy (also of Michael Clayton). Damon is certainly making himself busy these days. He is about to start shooting The Martian with Ridley Scott and now another Bourne is in the works. Cranston, fresh off his Emmy win for the final season of "Breaking Bad" (a show I've still managed to not watch), can now find the time to probably do whatever movie he wants. I am not well versed in Yimou's filmography, but what I have seen is rather impressive. »
- Mike Shutt
Who will be the nominees and winners in the 11 television races at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards? Our new predictions center is now open for you to log your picks. -Break- At last year's awards, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," its leading man Andy Samberg and Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation") were the comedy winners. On the drama side, it was first wins for "Breaking Bad" and Bryan Cranston plus Robin Wright ("House of Cards"). Among returning laffers, look for possible continued support of "The Big Bang Theory" (Jim Parsons), "Episodes" (Matt LeBlanc), "Girls" (Lena Dunham), "House of Lies" (Don Cheadle), "Louie" (Louis C.K.), "Modern Family" (Sofia Vergara), "New Girl" (Zooey Deschanel), "Nurse Jackie" (Edie Falco), "Orange is the New Black" (Taylor Schilling), and "Veep" (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). Freshman contenders ...' »
Julie Delpy is getting ready to return behind the camera with her next directorial effort "Lolo." And while plot details seem to be thin on the ground at the moment, it has emerged that Danny Boon, Vincent Lacoste and Karin Viarde make up part of the cast. Delpy and Boon will play a husband and wife with Lacoste as their "antisocial" son. Production will begin soon and the film is scheduled to hit theaters in France in October 2015. [via Film Divider] Aaron Paul is lining up alongside Jamie Dornan for Alexandre Aja's "The 9th Life Of Louis Drax." Penned by Max Minghella, the story "begins on Louis Drax's ninth birthday, when he suffers a near-fatal fall. In order to reveal the strange circumstances surrounding the young boy's accident, Dr. Allan Pascal (Dornan) is drawn into a thrilling mystery, testing the boundaries of fantasy and reality." Production starts next month. [The Wrap] Bryan Cranston and Matt Damon both. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
There is no denying that there is a strong argument for TV to be recognized as being better than films. With the silver screen seeing so many franchises and reboots, TV has had an injection of creative life force within the last few years. And though we see so many new shows repeatedly getting cancelled after the first series (that is if they survive beyond the pilot) TV has seen some seriously good highlights that has everybody talking from Game of Thrones to True Detective. So to celebrate the release of the wickedly good Hannibal, the complete season two (on DVD and Blu-Ray now) we have put together some of our most favourite series finales.
Beware of massive spoilers!
The most celebrated show at this year’s Emmy’s, Breaking Bad is the kind of show an entire generation across the globe will remember. The writing was second »
- David Agnew
Casting a Hollywood biopic must be difficult, not least because you have to find contemporary stars who vaguely resemble past ones. That’s one of the many problems facing the producers of Trumbo, a biopic about the famous Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo who was blacklisted during the McCarthy era.
Dean O’Gorman, best known for his role as Fili in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit movies, has come on board Trumbo in the part of the iconic Hollywood star. He’ll join an ever-growing cast that already includes Bryan Cranston in the titular role, David James Elliot as John Wayne, Diane Lane as Trumbo’s wife, and Helen Mirren as the gossip columnist Hedda Hopper.
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- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
• Bryan Cranston and Matt Damon are in very early talks to star in Zhang Yimou’s China-set movie The Great Wall. This is the second time the film has tried to go into production after a failed attempt by director Ed Zwick that was to star Henry Cavill and Benjamin Walker. The latest draft of the supernatural adventure picture was written by Tony Gilroy (The Bourne Identity) and follows the mystery surrounding the construction of The Great Wall of China. [Deadline]
- Jake Perlman
A bit of a Breaking Bad themed casting roundup for you guys: Bryan Cranston is in talks to co-star in Legendary Pictures' The Great Wall for director Zhang Yimou. Aaron Paul has signed on to Miramax's The 9th Life of Louis Drax for famed horror director Alexandre Aja. Hit the jump for more on these two established and talented actors continuing to get work. Starting off with Bryan Cranston, Deadline is reporting that he is in talks to co-star in The Great Wall for Zwick. This project really seems to be picking up steam since it was only yesterday that we were reporting on the possibility of Matt Damon tackling a different role. The story was developed by Legendary Pictures' Thomas Tull and Max Brooks (author of World War Z). It appears to be a sci-fi take on how the wall was built, which begs the question, "are »
- Evan Dickson
Damon is managing a busy schedule in an attempt to find time to take the lead role in the Legendary Pictures movie.
The film will explore the mysterious origins of the historic structure. Cranston's role has not been revealed.
Legendary's Thomas Tull - who will produce the movie - has been attempting to get the feature made for several years.
There’s a huge movie bubbling away over in China under the direction of legendary filmmaker Zhang Yimou. Legendary’s Thomas Tull has linked up with The Dark Knight producer Charles Roven and Yimou to look at bringing a movie based around the origins of the country’s Great Wall to screens. Titled The Great Wall, the film revolves around the building of the legendary landmark, which stretches over 21,000 km long.
We’re hearing this morning that Matt Damon is set to lead the movie with Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston also considering a role. The film is scripted by Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick, who was attached to direct at one point for Warner Bros. The film will be set in the 15th century, and will revolve about British warriors who happen upon the hurried construction of the massive wall.
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- Paul Heath
"The Hobbit" actor Dean O'Gorman has signed on to portray legendary actor Kirk Douglas in the upcoming biopic "Trumbo". Helen Mirren, John Goodman, Diane Lane, Michael Stuhlbarg, David James Elliott and Peter Mackenzie also star.
Bryan Cranston plays Dalton Trumbo, one of the highest-paid screenwriters in Hollywood during the 1940s and early 1950s who was blacklisted when he refused to testify in front of the House Un-American Activities Committte.
Kirk Douglas starred in and executive produced "Spartacus" and hired Trumbo to write the script. He also gave Trumbo credit under his own name, that gesture chipping away at the negative stigma placed on the blacklisted writers.
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- Garth Franklin
Bryan Cranston is starring as Dalton Trumbo, who was one of the highest-paid screenwriters in town during the 1940s and early 1950s. He became one of the blacklisted writers known as "The Hollywood 10" when he refused to testify in front of the House Un-American Activities Committte (Huac), forcing him to write under pseudonyms for several years.
Kirk Douglas both starred in and executive produced the 1960 epic Spartacus, where he hired Dalton Trumbo to write the script, and gave him credit under his own name. That gesture helped destroy the negative stigma placed on the blacklisted writers. The supporting cast also includes Helen Mirren, John Goodman, Diane Lane, Michael Stuhlbarg, David James Elliott and Peter Mackenzie.
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