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The long-in-the-works Dennis Wilson bio-pic The Drummer will most likely never go into production. According a report in The Hollywood Reporter, Aaron Eckhart - who was set to star in the film as the troubled Beach Boys drummer - backed out of the project because he was too exhausted following the shooting of I, Frankenstein.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association served up a nice helping of justice Thursday morning, honoring a number of kudos-deprived performers and shows with Golden Globe nominations. In fact, for the first time in recent memory, the Globes got way more right than it got wrong. That’s not to say this year’s list is perfect though. Because it’s not. (Someone please send the HFPA a copy of Vera Farmiga’s Bates Motel reel.) So, without further adieu, I give you the good, the bad and the downright ugly from Gg Nods 2014.
Related | Golden Globe Nominations: The Complete List »
- Michael Ausiello
The Dennis Wilson Trust said that it does not plan to proceed with The Drummer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Scheduled to shoot in June 2012, the actor pulled out, citing exhaustion from his work on I, Frankenstein.
Eckhart had spent six months learning to sing and play the piano and drums.
Wilson's son Carl and daughter Jennifer were attached as co-producers, but their unease over the Drummer script had also led to delays.
Catch up on all the latest TV and Movies releases in Digital Spy's Screen Time: »
In 2013, Digital Spy has embraced all that UK and Us television has had to offer - from the very best of comedy and drama, to the merely middling, to the absolute stinkers.
But now it's time to celebrate only the finest cuts - it's our top TV shows of the year, starting with 25-21.
25. Bates Motel
Norman Bates: The Teen Years sounds like a guaranteed disaster, right? So just how was A&E's Bates Motel - which got a UK outing on Universal - so damn good? Once you'd got over the culture shock - lurid horror and gloss replacing the black-and-white chills of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho - there was so much to love about this show, one of 2013's most underrated new drama series. Freddie Highmore - once the cutesy child star of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Finding Neverland - is a memorably creepy Norman, with more »
Nominations for the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced on Wednesday morning, and Breaking Bad led the TV field with four nods, including best ensemble, best actor for Bryan Cranston and best actress for Anna Gunn.
Related | Emmys 2013: The Complete Winners List
Glaring omissions include Orange is the New Black (which entered itself as a drama), The Good Wife, Mad Men, House of Cards‘ ensemble (and Robin Wright for actress), Arrow‘s stunt team, Parks and Recreation leading lady Amy Poehler, »
- Michael Ausiello
Wedding Crashers and The Change-Up director David Dobkin has teamed up with Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall to bring us a drama called The Judge. We have the first photo from the film featuring the two lead actors.
The story follows Hank Palmer (Downey Jr.), "who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before."
- Joey Paur
The film revolves around Downey who plays an attorney returning to his hometown for his mother’s funeral. Although Duvall’s character is the town judge, he’s also the only suspect in his wife’s murder and Downey’s character must balance years of estrangement and emotional distance in his effort to uncover the truth about what really happened.
Vincent D’Onofrio, Vera Farmiga and Leighton Meester also star in the film. It is expected to land in cinemas on the 17th October, 2014 in the UK and a week earlier on the 10th in the Us. Check out the first still from the film above.
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- Paul Heath
Today we have the first photo from the upcoming drama "The Judge," starring Robert Downey Jr, Robert Duvall, and Vera Farmiga. Check it out below. Plot: Hank Palmer (Downey) returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town's judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before. The new movie is directed by David Dobkin (The Change-Up, Fred Claus, Wedding Crashers) and is set to hit theaters on October 10th, 2014. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
Here’s the first image for the upcoming drama The Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall. Not a whole lot of meat to the shot, but it’s got Duvall doing what he does best: pointing and being dramatic. The film marks the first time David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers, The Change-Up) has moved into the dramatic scene and for the outing he’s joined by screenwriter David Seidler (The King’s Speech).
The Judge follows Hank Palmer (Downey Jr.) as he returns to the home he grew up in only to find that his distant father, who is also the town’s judge (Duvall), has been accused of murder. Palmer begins searching for clues to his father’s innocence and in the process rebuilds bridges with the rest of his estranged family. Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl), Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring), and Billy Bob Thornton (Bad Santa) also star. »
- Christopher Sheridan
Warner Bros. has released brand new images from some of their 2014 offerings, and Robert Downey Jr. leads the pack in a decidely nono-superpowered role. The "Iron Man" star shares a serious-looking encounter with Hollywood legend Robert Duvall in the below still from "The Judge." Rdj plays a hotshot lawyer who goes home for his mother's funeral, where he finds that his estranged father is suspected of murder despite being a locally respected judge. Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Dax Shepard, Jeremy Strong, and Billy Bob Thornton also star in the film from director David Dobkin ("Wedding Crashers"). It opens October 10, 2014. It's cold »
- Dave Lewis
Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor, Shanley Caswell, Hayley McFarland, Joey King, Mackenzie Foy, Kyla Deaver, Sterling Jerins | Written by Chad Hayes, Carey Hayes | Directed by James Wan
Can horror movies be scary anymore? This is an interesting question because for the most part horror fans don’t watch horror expecting to be scared because they’ve seen it all before. When a little bit of magic happens and that twinge of fear does spark then that tends to make us enjoy the film even more. This is a rarity, especially in “Hollywood horror” but The Conjuring actually manages to get a few good scares.
The Conjuring is based on the true story of the Perron family who moved into an old Rhode Island farm house. Not long after moving in strange things start to happen when soon escalating to attacks on the family leading to the »
- Paul Metcalf
Adèle Exarchopoulos (‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’) and Cate Blanchett (‘Blue Jasmine’): Best Actress tie two years in a row at Los Angeles Film Critics Awards (photo: Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos in ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’) (See previous post: "James Franco Tattoos, Gold Teeth: Lafca Winners." Another non-Hollywood Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s selection was Best Actress co-winner Adèle Exarchopoulos, cited for her performance as a young woman who falls in love with blue-haired Léa Seydoux in Abdellatif Kechiche’s controversial Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color. The lesbian romantic drama also took home the Lafca’s Best Foreign Language Film Award. Blue was also the luckiest color, at least in the Best Actress category: Cate Blanchett was Exarchopoulos’ co-winner, for her performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, in which she plays a character somewhat similar to A Streetcar Named Desire »
- Andre Soares
Warner Bros. has released the above first picture from The Judge, a new film from David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) starring Robert Downey Jr. as big city lawyer Hank Palmer who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town's judge (Robert Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before. The film co-stars a fleet of names including Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio, Dax Shepard, Leighton Meester, Melissa Leo, Billy Bob Thornton, Balthazar Getty, David Krumholtz, Grace Zabriskie and Denis O'Hare and is set for an October 10, 2014 release. I didn't even know this movie existed until receiving the picture. I guess it sounds interesting enough, that is one hell of a cast and it might be interesting to see Dobkin tackle something that isn't a flat-out comedy. In fact, it doesn't sound »
- Brad Brevet
Trailer Louisa Mellor 9 Dec 2013 - 07:08
Bates Motel is reopening its doors in March 2014. Here's a look at what Norman and Norma have been up to over the break...
Despite the inevitable and to some extent, justified criticism of Bates Motel's existing property-mining concept, the series proved its worth by delivering careful character work and tense, atmospheric scenes. Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore were beautifully cast as dysfunctional mother/son pair Norma and Norman Bates, and the direction established an uneasy tone that provided horror and drama in equal measure.
Good news then, that it's returning for a second stab this March on A&E in the Us, and shortly thereafter on the UK's Universal channel (exact dates are still to be confirmed).
If you've been missing Norma and Norman, here are a couple of symbolism-heavy teasers for what's to come in season two...
Read our spoiler-filled Bates Motel season one reviews, »
The Conjuring, 2013.
Directed by James Wan.
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.
The Conjuring is the latest film to try and recapture the feel of old school horror. Surprisingly enough,it is able to do that with flying colors. In the film, the Perron family - Carolyn (Lili Taylor) and Roger (Ron Livingston) and their five daughters - move into a new home that turns out not to be what they had hoped for. Their new home is plagued by some form of evil spirit that terrorizes them and will stop at nothing. Not knowing what to do the family calls upon the services of Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed Warren (Patrick Wilson), paranormal investigators who are experts in dealing with dark forces, to help them »
- Gary Collinson
Ironically, Vera Farmiga of A&E's "Bates Motel" and her younger sister Taissa Farmiga of American Horror Story: Coven play mother and daughter in At Middleton. Farmiga plays Garcia's love interest. Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga star as parents taking their teens to a college tour at Middleton when the two strangers decide to play hooky instead and relive their own days at university. Academy Award® nominees Andy Garcia (Ocean's 11, City Island) and Vera Farmiga (A&E's "Bates Motel", Up in the Air) star as straight-laced George and eccentric Edith, who fail to connect with their kids. But what begins as an afternoon of fun soon becomes
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The first season of Bates Motel was amazing! I was so happy with how it turned out, and it found it place on my list of favorite current TV series. A&E has released two promo teasers for the upcoming second season giving us a haunting look at Norman and Norma Bates.
There's no premiere date for Season 2 yet, but it will begin early next year. Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga will be reprising their roles as Norman and Norma Bates. They are perfectly cast in this series, and in my opinion give award worthy performances.
- Joey Paur
Director: James Wan
Running Time: 111 minutes
James Wan keeps it horror with yet another haunted house film, although many would argue Insidious was a haunted child movie. The Conjuring takes place in the 1960s, as well as taking influence from many genre pieces of the 1970s. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga play real life demonologists/ghost hunters/kooks, Ed and Lorraine Warren, probably best known for their involvement with The Amityville Horror. They find themselves called to aid the Perron family, who are pestered by some kind of demonic spirit.
From the outset James Wan builds the atmosphere well. It’s tense, it’s unsettling, and it isn’t at all rushed. The dark colour palette and period setting work in conjunction with the brilliant cinematography. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
A&E offered an all-too-brief tease for "Bates Motel" Season 2 a few weeks ago, but now we have a pair of extended teasers that actually have some meat on them. In this case, we're actually getting some footage featuring Norman and Norma Bates. Season 2 begins early next year with Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga reprising their roles as Norman and Norma Bates. Kathleen Robertson, Paloma Kwiatkowski and Michael Vartan are going to be newcomers to the series. No debut date has been set. »
Nae Caranfil’s “Closer to the Moon” offers an absurdist take on a real event: an audacious 1959 bank robbery carried out by high-ranking Jewish members of the Romanian Communist Party, who pretended they were shooting a movie. Caranfil imagines the protagonists as fully cognizant of the sociopolitical inanities that surround them — not least of which is the government’s totally false propaganda film about the heist, in which the culprits are forced to participate after having been arrested and condemned to death. Shot in English with a name British and American cast, this surprisingly entertaining black comedy could connect with American auds.
The plot recalls one of the enduring masterpieces of Romanian New Wave cinema, Lucien Pintile’s equally absurdist “Reconstruction” (1970), which also revolves around the filmed re-enactment of a crime. Apparently the Securitate (the Romanian secret police), as evidenced by these two films’ storylines, took great pains to not only rewrite history, »
- Ronnie Scheib
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