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David Morse has been cast opposite Benicio del Toro in Showtime's limited series Escape At Dannemora, directed and executive produced by Ben Stiller. Escape At Dannemora, starring del Toro, Paul Dano and Patricia Arquette, is based on the headline-making true story of a 2015 prison break in upstate New York, which spawned a massive manhunt for convicted murderers Richard Matt (played by del Toro) and David Sweat (Dano). The pair were aided in their escape by married… »
Want to see a comedy show, New Yorkers? The upcoming Netflix series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” needs talent to portray comedy club patrons this month! There are also roles available in the upcoming Ben Stiller-directed Showtime miniseries “Escape at Dannemora” and the aptly-named pilot “New York State of Mind.” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Comedy Club Goers Background casting is underway for the upcoming 1950s-set Amazon series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Male and female talent aged 18–35 are sought to portray comedy club goers. Actors must be comfortable working around smoke and not have an allergy to wool. Male actors must be okay with getting a 1950s haircut, and female actors must have single colored hair only. Fitting is Aug. 2 and 3 with shooting on Aug. 7 in NYC. Pay is $154 for 12 hours for nonunion actors and SAG rates for union actors. Apply here! “Escape At Dannemora” The upcoming Showtime eight-episode series “Escape at Dannemora, »
RelatedFall TV First Impression: CBS’ Me, Myself & I
That was a recurring topic as CBS’ Me, Myself & I held court at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Tuesday. The freshman sitcom stars five-time Emmy winner Larroquette, SNL vet Moynihan and Jack Dylan Grazer as wannabe inventor Alex Riley — at age 65 in the year 2042, at age 40 in the present day and as a 14-year-old in the year 1991. Meaning, all three actors are all playing the same role, »
This video is not about There Will Be Blood—it is, rather, about using Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2007 masterpiece as a case study for the exercise of counting a movie’s cuts. In so doing, the latest Nerdwriter video elucidates a method of understanding a movie’s rhythms, and taking a more objective viewpoint of its various shots. Here we see that There Will Be Blood’s patient pace—only 678 cuts in the entire movie—gradually but steadily increases over the film’s runtime, and that Anderson and cinematographer Robert Elswitt were able to minimize cuts by framing multiple people and objects in the same shot. They’re images that gradually evolve as the scene demands it.
- Clayton Purdom
Stiller plays the titular Brad, who, despite a good career and happy family, is obsessed with the better fortunes of his old friends from school. While escorting his musical prodigy son (played by Austin Abrams) on an East Coast tour of colleges, he is forced to confront the success of his friends and his own feelings of failure.
“My mind drifts at night,” he says in a voiceover. “I work for a nonprofit and I have nothing to show for it.”
By comparison, his college pals are now a Hollywood bigshot (White), a hedge fund founder (Luke Wilson), a tech entrepreneur (Jemaine Clement), and a political pundit and bestselling author (Michael Sheen).
“Dad, are you having a nervous breakdown?” Abrams asks after noticing his father’s anxiety.
Sidney Kimmel Entertainment first unveiled the project last year after White »
- Dave McNary
Talk about a twinning moment!
Gwyneth Paltrow and her mother Blythe Danner were spotted in the Hamptons Thursday wearing matching floral Prada pantsuits for a Summer Soirée event at the Goop Mrkt pop-up. The mother-daughter duo arrived at the party, which was hosted by the 44-year-old actress, alongside her two kids Apple, 13, and Moses, 11.
Both stars wore pajama-inspired Prada outfits featuring bright floral prints. Paltrow rocked a green-and-white combo consisting of a button-up shirt tucked into tailored pants. Danner, 74, opted for a red-and-black color palette with a longer »
- Briana Draguca
Narcos‘ Eric Lange has landed a lead role opposite Patricia Arquette in Showtime's limited series Escape At Dannemora (fka Clinton Correctional), directed and executive produced by Ben Stiller. Escape At Dannemora, starring Benicio del Toro, Paul Dano and Arquette, is based on the headline-making true story of a 2015 prison break in upstate New York, which spawned a massive manhunt for convicted murderers Richard Matt (played by del Toro) and David Sweat (Dano). The pair… »
“Dunkirk” is finally upon us after months of anticipation, and it’s clear the long wait has been worth it. IndieWire has named the WWII epic the best movie Christopher Nolan has ever made and a certain Oscar contender in the months ahead. As audiences nationwide get to discover why the film is such a monumental war epic, questions as to who exactly is in the cast are bound to come up.
Unlike Nolan’s recent star-driven efforts like “Inception” and “Interstellar,” “Dunkirk” features an eclectic mix of relative newcomers, Oscar winners and the director’s reliable collaborators. Getting a blend of known and unknown talent was crucial for Nolan, as including too many stars would’ve distracted from the urgent nature of the story. In following mostly fresh faces, Nolan is »
- Zack Sharf
The true crime saga, based on Rodney Sheldon’s manuscript, surrounds the founding and expansion of the Chippendales nightclub and male strip show during the 1980s by Paul Snider and immigrant Somen Banerjee — who eventually pleaded guilty to attempted arson, racketeering and murder for hire, and was found dead in his jail cell in 1994.
Patel is in talks to play Banerjee while Stiller has been attached since 2014 to portray Nick De Noia, who became Bannerjee’s partner and was murdered in 1987. Snider killed himself and Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten — who had designed the Chippendale collars and cuffs — in 1980.
Producers are seeking a director with “Bubbles” writer Isaac Adamson having written the latest version of the script. “Chippendales” will be produced by Permut Presentations’ David Permut, Bold’s Michel Litvak and Gary Michael Walters, and »
- Dave McNary
The following excerpt serves as the forward to the paperback edition of Tom Roston’s book “I Lost It at the Video Store: A Filmmaker’s Oral History of a Vanished Era,” which is now available here. The new edition features more interviews with younger screen stars, including Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan, as well as new era film visionaries such as Tim League and Burnie Burns.
If you’re a film freak much under the age of 40, you likely have no personal memory of the history of film being anywhere other than at your fingertips. Those of us older than that lived through the last era of “cinematic scarcity.” And it was no joke—I remember putting in for vacation time from work just to be sure I could finally see “Mean Streets”—I saw that it was scheduled to show in a month or so for one night »
- Tom Roston
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Showtime will make its India debut via an agreement between CBS Corp. and Indian streaming platform Hotstar, owned by 21st Century Fox’s Star India.
The content licensing and trademark agreement for Showtime will introduce to India such programming as the new Twin Peaks, comedy series Smilf and Escape at Dannemora, starring Benicio Del Toro, Patricia Arquette and Paul Dano, which will be available on the Hotstar Premium service. Also included are shows such as The Affair, Billions, Ray Donovan and I’m Dying Up Here.
CBS has inked similar agreements for Showtime content in other international markets, including with »
- Nyay Bhushan
The conversation is changing. With each passing week, more and more female stars have shared their experiences with rampant Hollywood sexism, from horrifying stories about giving “blowjob eyes” at auditions to tales of pay inequality and pushing for more female-led stories. While the sheer scale of the stories is upsetting — it seems like every actress has their own tale to tell — that these stars feel comfortable speaking out on the subject is heartening, one step closer to an industry that doesn’t have this kind of discrimination seemingly baked into its everyday operations.
While there have certainly been misfires along the way — actress and director Elizabeth Banks was recently taken to task for (incorrectly) calling out Steven Spielberg for never directing films with female leads, and “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke compared sexism to racism in an ill-concieved statement to Rolling Stone — the recent uptick in discussion is proof that the, »
- Kate Erbland
Zoe Kazan is no stranger to Hollywood: her parents, boyfriend and late grandfather Elia all found fame in the industry. Now it’s her turn – and she’s doing it differently
Zoe Kazan has been in a lot of movies but, as she tells me on the short walk from a photo studio in Manhattan to an Indian restaurant for lunch, she has been troubled by the paparazzi only once. The actor is in pale dungaree shorts and an embroidered denim jacket, and at 33 is slight and earnest; she could, if she wanted to, still just about carry off bunches. To her bemusement, she is sometimes referred to as “Hollywood royalty”, on account of her famous grandfather, the late Hollywood director Elia Kazan, and also nudges into the demographic of celebrity couple: Paul Dano, Kazan’s boyfriend of 10 years, is the more recognisable of the pair, but neither has been »
- Emma Brockes
[…] Was one to believe that there was nowhere a god of hogs, to whom this hog personality was precious, to whom these hog squeals and agonies had a meaning? Who would take this hog into his arms and comfort him, reward him for his work well done, and show him the meaning of his sacrifice?—Upton Sinclair, The Jungle (1906)1Regarding The Jungle, the socialist author Upton Sinclair remarked that although he’d meant to “aim for the public’s heart,” he’d accidentally “hit it in the stomach.” The novel, about the life of a Lithuanian meat packer in Chicago, was treated with shock and mortification. But the public’s disgust was largely in response to Sinclair’s reports of dirtied meat products, not the plight of the working class. The subsequent frenzy only further undermined the novel’s critique of capitalism, which was ultimately reduced to a matter of meat and hygiene. »
Directed by Joon-ho Bong.
Meet Mija, a young girl who risks everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named Okja.
Not only is Okja the latest charmingly warped, socially relevant concoction from one of the most exciting working directors today Joon-ho Bong (Snowpiercer), it’s also a call to arms regarding abusive practices toward animals in the meat industry, and something of a calling card for animal-rights activists across the globe. Okja isn’t just merely exceptional filmmaking that intelligently juggles tones ranging from Disney fable, action epic, scathing social commentary, black humor, international storytelling, and an examination of corporate greed (which on paper sounds like it would translate to an absolute mess in »
- Robert Kojder
In a world where we are running out of food and our population is increasing, finding an answer to the problem is something the world is working on. Okja shows the dark side of solving the problem, where meat becomes a currency that can be manufactured for economic gain.
Mija (An Seo-Hyun) is a girl who has grown up in the mountains of South Korea with her best friend Okja. A massive “super pig” created by a the Mirando Corporation, it is not long before they decide to take it away and show it off to the world. Once Mija discovers this though, it leads to her giving chase around the world to save her beloved friend.
- Paul Metcalf
It’s not every day that a film’s release becomes more controversial than either the film’s quality or the merits of its narrative. However, when you’re a Netflix-backed, initially Cannes-approved drama/comedy, you’re apparently set for a firestorm.
That was the case for director Bong Joon-ho and his latest effort, the delightfully weird and completely uneven Okja. Getting the ever-important Cannes stamp initially, the film and all of its Netflix support sparked great outrage on the Croisette, as it has become something of a lightning rod for the polarizing discussion that is surrounding the very future of film distribution. But what has seemingly gotten lost in the shuffle is what ultimately started the whole fracas. With auteur credentials and a cast to die for, it’s no wonder the team programming the Cannes Film Festival decided to add it to its 2017 ranks. But is it ultimately worthy of that status? »
- Joshua Brunsting
Bong Joon Ho’s “Okja” debuted on Netflix and in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Wednesday, leaving subscribers to decide whether to watch the movie at home for free or pay extra to see it on the big screen. While distributors have been releasing films using the day-and-date model for more than a decade, “Okja” actually has the potential to be a global blockbuster, putting it in an entirely different category than movies that get dumped on streaming platforms the same day as beginning a limited theatrical release. The Cannes Film Festival official selection also cost a reported $50 million to make, and comes from an acclaimed auteur filmmaker.
But unlike so many movies made on a similar scale, “Okja” isn’t being promoted as a big theatrical release, per Netflix’s custom. However, that didn’t stop some people from seeking out the experience.
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- Graham Winfrey
When asked about all the disturbing slabs of meat and sense of death in his paintings, the artist Francis Bacon often replied that, if you wanted real horror, "then you only need to think about the meat on your plate."
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In his own playful, stylistically fluid way, South Korean director Bong Joon-ho uses his sci-fi comedy Okja to do the same thing: it forces us to confront the everyday horror of the meat on our plates. Assuming you're not a vegetarian already, Okja may just convince you to switch pork sausages for soya ones.
Okja is what's known as a super pig - a gigantic mammal reared »
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Bong Joon Ho’s “Okja” is now streaming on Netflix, which means millions of subscribers have the chance to watch the latest adventure from one of South Korea’s most entertaining filmmakers. The story centers around a young girl (newcomer Ahn Seo-hyun) who travels from South Korea to New York City in order to save her pet super-pig from the clutches of an evil corporation. Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Jake Gyllenhaal and Lily Collins co-star.
Anyone who streams “Okja” will get to a part in the film where the corporate leaders of the Miranda Corporation sit down to watch video footage of destruction caused by the super-pig. During the animal’s transport from Seoul to America, an environmentalist group led by Dano’s character attempts to save it, prompting a »
- Zack Sharf
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