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The folks at THR have released yet another roundtable interview, this time focusing on producers. Emma Thomas (Interstellar), Cathleen Sutherland (Boyhood), Eric Fellner (The Theory of Everything), John Lesher (Birdman, Fury), Marc Platt (Into the Woods), and Peter Chernin (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Exodus: Gods and Kings, St. Vincent) take part in the 40-minute roundtable discussion, which touches on a number of topics from their unique perspective. Two of the participants used to be studio heads, which leads to some interesting discussion about the current state of the movie studio culture (note: this was filmed before The Interview debacle). The producers talk about everything from being fired, working with big directors, dealing with budgets, how China figures into the planning equation nowadays, and much more. It’s a fascinating talk from a unique perspective on the filmmaking process. Check out the roundtable discussion after the jump, and »
- Adam Chitwood
I have another Oscar contender roundtable for you lovely people out there. This one concerns the producers of some of the most talked about films this year. Unfortunately, this roundtable is moderated by Stephen Galloway, so you will have to deal with that. But the things they talk about are still interesting. This roundtable includes Peter Chernin (St. Vincent, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Cathleen Sutherland (Boyhood), Marc Platt (Into the Woods), Emma Thomas (Interstellar), John Lesher (Birdman, Fury), and Eric Fellner (The Theory of Everything). It would have been interesting for this conversation to be filmed after the hack at Sony. It obviously would have come up, especially due to the e-mails from Scott Rudin and Amy Pascal. Alas, you can tell this has been in the can for quite a bit, so we will not get to enjoy that bit of talking. I thought Emma Thomas, »
- Mike Shutt
The Golden Globes will be presented on January 11, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Best Motion Picture – Drama
“We’re grateful to the HFPA for recognising the fantastic work of the whole team behind The Theory Of Everything with these four nominations. This film reflects the extraordinary lives of Stephen and Jane Hawking, and tells their personal story in a way audiences have never seen before. We’re delighted that Eddie’s astonishing performance as Stephen and Felicity’s as Jane have received the recognition we feel they so richly deserve, and we congratulate them and everyone who worked so hard on this film.”
“To receive a Golden Globe Award nomination is a great early holiday gift, one »
In a speech both touching and funny at Friday’s March of Dimes Celebration of Babies, Chris Pratt shared about his son Jack’s premature birth, born nine weeks early at just 3 pounds, 12 ounces. “That’s a decent-sized bass,” he said to laughs from the star-studded crowd at the Beverly Wilshire. “Very small for a human.”
“I’ve done all kinds of cool things as an actor — I’ve jumped out of helicopters and done some daring stunts and played baseball in a professional stadium, but none of it means anything compared to being somebody’s daddy,” Pratt said. While Jack was in the Nicu, Pratt said he cherished moments where he’d cradle his son skin-to-skin. “I made promises in that moment about what kind of dad I wanted to be and I just prayed that he’d live long enough that I could keep them.”
Pratt and his »
- Janine Lew
Boniadi will play Esther, the role that Gal Gadot was in discussions before conflicts knocked her out of the running. Boniadi also beat out Sofia Boutella ("Kingsman: The Secret Service"), Moran Atias ("The Next Three Days") and Natalia Warner ("Learning To Breathe") for the role. [Source: Deadline]
Tom Hanks reprises his role of Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon who awakens in an Italian hospital with amnesia. He teams up with a doctor (Jones) whom he hopes will help him recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
The long-gestating adaptation of David Ebershoff’s novel, The Danish Girl, is picking up speed as The Rum Diary star Amber Heard is now in negotiations for a role. Per Deadline, Heard is in the running for a “strong supporting” part, which if all goes to plan, will see her performing opposite Eddie Redmayne (The Theory Of Everything) and Alicia Vikander (The Fifth Estate).
Published in 2000, the novel reimagines the story of real-life artist, Einar Wegener (Redmayne), and his wife Gerda (Vikander). In 1930 Wegener opted to undergo gender reassignment surgery, and emerged as one of the first men to ever seek the experimental procedure. Ebershoff’s novel examines the couple’s life following Wegener’s transition to Lili Elbe, and it strikes us as the perfect material for a big screen reworking. If Heard signs on, she’ll be tackling the meatier supporting part of Oona.
After the project stalled »
- Gem Seddon
Einar - later known as Lili Elbe - transitioned in the 1920s, and was one of the first patients to undergo then-experimental gender confirmation surgery in 1930.
Exclusive: Amber Heard is in talks to join Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl for the strong supporting role of Oola opposite Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) and Alicia Vikander (Testament Of Youth). The film sees director and producer Hooper re-teaming with Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. The trio previously worked together with much success on Les Miserables.
Inspired by the novel written by David Ebershoff, Danish Girl is a love story about Danish painters Einar Wegener and his wife Gerda. In 1930, Wegener was one of the first men ever to undergo operations to become a woman. Lucinda Coxon adapted the screenplay. Gail Mutrux developed the film and will produce through her Pretty Pictures banner alongside Anne Harrison and Linda Reisman.
- Ali Jaafar
The producers of The Theory of Everything – Anthony McCarten (also the screenwriter) and Lisa Bruce – talk in this video shot at Deadline’s The Contenders event about the years-long process of filming the love story of physicist Stephen Hawking and first wife Jane Hawking. Bruce also talks here with Deadline’s Pete Hammond about the strong female character at the film’s heart whose presence (and memoir) made this biopic unusual among so many Hollywood movies.
James Marsh directed the film, which stars Anthony Redmayne as Stephen and Felicity Jones as Jane. Other notable cast members include David Thewlis and Emily Watson. Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan also produced. The film, which debuted strongly in limited release two weeks ago, is distributed by Focus Features.
Have you seen the film? What did you think?
- David Bloom
Joel and Ethan Coen’s latest feature Hail Caesar! is to start filming Monday in Los Angeles on location and in studios. The film, which boasts a starry cast including George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Jonah Hill, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johannson and Alden Ehrenreich, is a Hollywood satire set in the 1950s.
As usual, the Coen brothers wrote and directed the film, which is a Working Title/Mike Zoss production.
Hail Caesar! represents the eighth collaboration between the Coen brothers and Working Title production powerhouses Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. The quartet previously worked together on A Serious Man, Burn After Reading, The Man Who Wasn’t There, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Big Lebowski, Fargo and The Hudsucker Proxy.
Universe will release the film domestically February 5, 2016.
- Ali Jaafar
The Coen brothers wrote and will direct the film.
Brolin plays Eddie Mannix, a Hollywood fixer in the 1950s who works to keep the studio’s stars in line. Clooney plays a movie star who is kidnapped while filming a Roman epic and spends the film dressed in period garb.
It marks the eigth film collaboration between the Coen Brothers and Working Title following »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
“Hail, Caesar!” marks the eighth film collaboration between the Coen Brothers and Working Title following “A Serious Man,” “Burn After Reading,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” “The Big Lebowski,” “Fargo” and “The Hudsucker Proxy.”
Universal has dated the film for a February 2016 release date in the U.S.
- Leo Barraclough
Hail! Caesar, the Coen Brothers' upcoming comedy, starring George Clooney as a 1950’s Hollywood film idol, is set to start principle photography on Monday in studios and on location in Los Angeles. The film will also feature turns from Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Alden Ehrenreich and Jonah Hill, with Joel and Ethan Coen producing alongside Working Title Films’ Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan. Read more Coen Brothers' 'Hail, Caesar!' Adds Four (Exclusive) Hail! Caesar, which Universal has dated for release in Feb. 2016, marks the eighth collaboration between the Coen Brothers and
- Alex Ritman
This weekend is shaping up to mirror early fall, when specialty distributors packed theaters with new titles. Many of those disappeared quickly, and this weekend could be similar as companies usher in about a dozen limited-release theatrical newcomers. Focus Features’ The Theory Of Everything, however, has amassed a good amount of attention. Directed by Oscar winner James Marsh (Man On Wire), the Stephen Hawking biopic is opening two months after its Toronto debut. Two notable nonfiction titles also join the fray this weekend: Cinema Guild’s Actress, from director Robert Greene, and Zipporah Films’ National Gallery by nonfiction maverick Frederick Wiseman. Both deserve attention as the awards-race heats up. Two years after the theatrical bow of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, the 16th U.S. President is the focus of Amplify’s The Better Angels — though it focuses a very different phase of his life. Distrib Films is opening Italian political »
- Brian Brooks
No question one of the year’s best films, I still have to confess I was not champing at the bit to see a biopic on Stephen Hawking. But The Theory Of Everything is not your average biopic because at heart it is really a love story and it comes not from the point of view of Hawking, but rather Jane his wife on whose book Anthony McCarten’s superior screenplay adaptation was based. With brilliant lead performances from both Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, this film reveals aspects of Hawking we never really knew — at least I didn’t.
Spanning a quarter of a century we meet him in college when he was young and in love and a budding genius. But shortly after getting married he gets a devastating diagnosis of Als and given no more than two years to live. That might be enough to doom any relationship but not this one, »
- Pete Hammond
We Are Your Friends is about what it takes to find your voice. Set in the world of electronic music and Hollywood nightlife, an aspiring 23-year-old DJ named Cole (Efron) spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights working on the one track that will set the world on fire. All of this changes when he meets a charismatic but damaged older DJ named James (Bentley), who takes him under his wing. Things get complicated, however, when Cole starts falling for James’ much younger girlfriend, Sophie (Ratajkowski). With Cole’s forbidden relationship intensifying and his friendships unraveling, »
- Michelle McCue
Warner Bros. has acquired Zac Efron's DJ drama We Are Your Friends. The studio announced on Wednesday that it has picked up the North American rights to Max Joseph's (Catfish: The TV Show) feature film debut, which stars Efron as a Cole, 23-year-old DJ trying to make it in the world of electronic music and Hollywood nightlife. The film also stars Wes Bentley (Interstellar, The Hunger Games) as James, an older DJ who takes Cole under his wing and helps him jumpstart his career, as well as Gone Girl star Emily Ratajkowski as his girlfriend, whom Cole falls for. »
- Emily Blake
Warner Bros. has picked up North American distribution rights to We Are Your Friends, Zac Efron’s drama set in the world of DJing. Max Joseph directed the feature, which stars Efron as well as Emily Ratajkowski (the model who made waves with Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines video and appeared in Gone Girl) and Wes Bentley. Studiocanal, which financed the film, is distributing in France, the U.K., Germany, Australia and New Zealand. Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Liza Chasin produced the drama, which wrapped shooting in September. The announcement was made by Warner Bros., who provided plenty of plot details: Set
- Borys Kit
Max Joseph’s (MTV’s “Catfish: The TV Show”) feature debut, “We Are Your Friends” is a Working Title film toplining Zac Efron (“Neighbors”), Emily Ratajkowski (“Gone Girl”) and Wes Bentley (“Interstellar”).
Studiocanal, who financed the film, is handling international sales and will be distributing in France, UK, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.
The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, prexy of creative development and worldwide production, and Sue Kroll, president of worldwide marketing and international distribution at Warner Bros. Pictures.
“We are so delighted to be working with the visionary team at Warner with whom we are excited to begin working on making ‘We Are You Friends’ a cult movie reference worldwide for the young generation of today,” said Anna Marsh, Studiocanal’s head of international sales. »
- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell
Working Title producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are Oscar perennials ("Les Mis," "Atonement," "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy," "Anna Karenina"). And they and their distributor, Universal's Focus Features, know they have a robust awards contender in "The Theory of Everything," the moving $18-million love story of Stephen and Jane Hawking, played by Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. Both are in the Oscar race, along with the film's director James Marsh (Oscar-winning doc "Man on Wire," "Shadow Dancer") and New Zealand-born screenwriter and Hawking obsessive Anthony McCarten, who nurtured for many years his adaptation of Jane Hawking's memoir "Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen Hawking." I interviewed Redmayne and Jones in Toronto right after their movie's rousing debut (video below). Focus chose to skip Venice, Telluride, New York and London fests in favor of the Tiff launch and a »
- Anne Thompson
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