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There is a point late on in "Genius," the directorial debut of London theater director Michael Grandage, when literary cause celebre Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law) talks to a friend about his doubts regarding his legacy. He has written two extraordinarily well-received bestsellers, the success of which has fattened his ego to the roughly the size of one of his doorstop books —but, he confides, he wonders if posterity will remember him. It feels heavily ironic (and most of the irony in "Genius" is fairly heavy) that the friend he's talking to is F. Scott Fitzgerald (Guy Pearce), a writer whose own legacy has endured in far more spectacular fashion than Wolfe's. There's a reason one feels the urge to constantly qualify his name with "not the Tom Wolfe who wrote 'Bonfire of the Vanities.'" But that relative obscurity (and it is highly relative, as Wolfe's work has lived on in literary influence, »
- Jessica Kiang
Genius is an exploration of the creative partnership between author Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law) and editor Maxwell Perkins (Colin Firth). Embedded in that quick synopsis are the challenges posed by the material: movies about books and writers can be met with cynicism or skepticism. Wolfe’s most notable work, novels such as Look Homeward Angel and You Can’t Go Home Again, are rich and mystifying challenges that elude easy adaptation. Given these potential challenges, it is impressive that Genius succeeds to this extent.
Michael Grandage‘s drama spans the birth and death of a relationship rather than the lives of its key players. Beginning with Max Perkins discovering the manuscript for Look Homeward Angel, the film layers Wolfe’s prose over the introduction to Max’s life. Max commutes on the train home and is greeted by his army of daughters but is never pulled out of the hypnotic »
- Zade Constantine
It's not easy to make the task of writing cinematic, and I can only imagine that doing the same for editing is even more difficult. But Michael Grandage will attempt to do just that with his directorial debut, "Genius." The film centers around editor Max Perkins (Colin Firth) and "Look Homeward, Angel" author Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law), and the creative relationship between the pair. Perkins, who also worked with Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, is regarded as an important figure in the lives of those writers, helping them cut through the clutter to find their voice. But as anyone who has read Wolfe knows, his beautiful prose is already a thicket of words to begin with, and this clip from EW shows how the movie depicts Perkins' valuable insights. Read More: The 10 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2016 Berlin Film Festival “I think [Perkins’] genius was that he had great instinct »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Variety reports Amazon has cast Dominique McElligott in a regular role in its upcoming TV show pilot, The Last Tycoon. McElligott joins Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer, and Lily Collins, who were previously cast. McElligott was in ABC's The Astronaut Wives Club, which ended quietly with its first season, leaving it effectively cancelled.
A 1930s period drama, The Last Tycoon is based on the unfinished F. Scott Fitzgerald book of the same name. The pilot is written, directed, and executive produced by Billy Ray. Fitzgerald's novel had been previously adapted into a 1976 film, starring Robert De Niro, Tony Curtis, Robert Mitchum, and Jack Nicholson.
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Dominique McElligott, who most recently starred in ABC’s “Astronaut Wives Club,” has been cast as a series regular in Amazon’s pilot “The Last Tycoon,” Variety has learned exclusively. She will star alongside Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer and Lily Collins in the period piece drama.
Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel, “The Last Tycoon” centers on Monroe Stahr (Bomer), Hollywood’s first wunderkind studio executive in the 1930’s, who is based on real-life film mogul Irving Thalberg. The series would follow Monroe as he climbs to the height of power, pitting him against his mentor and current head of the studio, Pat Brady (played by Kelsey Grammer) who is inspired by MGM co-founder Louis B. Mayer.
McElligott will play Kathleen Moore, a pretty and intelligent waitress who works at the restaurant frequented by most of the studio’s writers, which is where she meets Monroe who »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The wolves of Wall Street have been an elusive target for television dramatists.
Even the wave of antiheroes unleashed by Tony Soprano has yet to yield a show revolving around the megalomaniacs who rule the financial sector.
Showtime chief David Nevins has long sought a series set in the investment arena, going back more than 15 years to his days as head of development at Fox. Writer-producers Brian Koppelman and David Levien have pursued the same prize on and off for a decade. Andrew Ross Sorkin, the influential New York Times business writer, knew there was great narrative drama to be mined from the world he covers.
The invisible hand of the market — with a little push from CAA — brought those mutual interests together during »
- Cynthia Littleton
Tinkershrimp & Dutch
"Maleficent" actor Sam Riley and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" star John Boyega will lend their voices to Nickelodeon's new animated series "Tinkershrimp & Dutch" which will premiere on the on-demand service Nick Play from January 15.
The series follows two best friends, a langoustine named Tinkershrimp and a loris named Dutch (Boyega), who are time-traveling bodyguards for an eccentric monarch. Riley will voice a miserable headless chicken. [Source: Deadline]
"The Lord of the Rings" actor John Rhys-Davies will both star and executive produce the action-horror movie "Aux" for Evolutionary Films. Shooting begins January 13th. John Adams directs from a script he co-wrote with Peter Adams while Diane Shorthouse is producing.
The story begins when two young boys discover the entrance to a secret military bunker that has been undetected since World War II with both subsequently killed. A police investigation is initiated but the officers are killed in grotesque and »
- Garth Franklin
Fox’s “Rocky Horror Picture Show” event special is filling out its cast with the additions of Victoria Justice and Ryan McCartan, who will play sweethearts Janet and Brad, plus Reeve Carney, who will play Riff Raff and Staz Nair who will star in the title role.
Justice’s casting comes after the Nickelodeon alum inked a talent deal with Fox and 20th Century Fox last year. McCartan is known to young fans from starring on Disney Channel’s “Liv and Maddie,” Carney stars on “Penny Dreadful” and Nair is a newcomer.
“Rocky Horror” will shoot this winter. The two-hour event, based on the cult classic, is slated to debut in fall 2016 on Fox.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Lily Collins has been cast as the young female lead opposite Matt Bomer in The Last Tycoon, Amazon's drama pilot based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's final unfinished novel. The project, written and directed by Billy Ray, has assembled a boldface-name core cast that also includes Kelsey Grammer and Rosemarie DeWitt. The Last Tycoon, from Sony TV’s TriStar Television, was inspired by the life of film mogul Irving Thalberg, on whom the book's protagonist Monroe Stahr was based… »
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