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For several years now, filmmaker Danny Boyle has found himself at the awards season table. The surprise hit “Slumdog Millionaire” swept the Oscars in 2008, and he was back at it with James Franco in 2010's “127 Hours.” Boyle took a break from serious drama in 2013 with the twisty heist/hypnotism caper “Trance.” That movie was originally set to star Michael Fassbender, but the actor dropped out. But it didn’t take long for him to reteam with Boyle, and he now leads the awards-bait drama with “Steve Jobs.” Read More: Watch: Danny Boyle & Darren Aronofsky Talk Directing, Moviemaking, & More In 20-Minute Video The project does, however, come with baggage. Produced by Mark Gordon and Scott Rudin among others, the movie was written by Aaron Sorkin and set up at Sony, and was seemingly all set to be helmed by David Fincher in what would have been a reunion of the creative »
- Edward Davis
There’s a vast and growing list of prominent gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender media and entertainment figures — just don’t count movie stars among them.
Celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres, Caitlyn Jenner and Neil Patrick Harris have kicked open the closet door with little to no damage to their careers. In some cases, they’ve found themselves more in demand after revealing their sexual preferences or gender identification.
Yet there’s one glass ceiling that remains stubbornly resistant to cracks.
No A-list film actor has yet to come out publicly while at the pinnacle of his or her career. Sure, Jodie Foster gave an elliptical Golden Globes speech about being a lesbian, and out actors Ian McKellen and Zachary Quinto helped anchor the “X-Men” and “Lord of the Rings” series, and the rebooted “Star Trek” films, respectively. Yet despite their prodigious talents, none of them has the power to »
- Brent Lang
After half a century of making films, the director is back on form with The Salt of the Earth and shows no signs slowing down
Wim Wenders is responsible for some of the most profound films made about America – quite a feat considering he doesn’t have a drop of starred-and-striped blood in his body. Paris, Texas is the obvious example: a western in mood and iconography, no matter that it is set in 1980s Los Angeles. It won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1984 and remains the director’s masterpiece. In that film, and many others, he showed the world what America looked like, and helped America to see itself through foreign eyes. Even those pictures not set in the Us – such as the great 1970s road movies Alice in the Cities and Kings of the Road, which made Wenders an arthouse darling – explore the influence, the voodoo romanticism, »
- Ryan Gilbey
It's sort of crazy to think that Josh Hutcherson is still only 22-year-old. The Kentucky native has already been a centerpiece of two major studio franchises ("Journey" and "The Hunger Games"), appeared in a Best Picture nominee ("The Kids Are All Right"), starred in an unnecessary remake ("Red Dawn"), voiced a major character in an animated release ("Epic") and starred in two classic family films ("Bridge to Terabithia" and "Zathura"). His four-year journey as Peeta comes to an end this November, but Hutcherson is actually spreading his wings into his first real adult role this weekend with "Escobar: Paradise Lost." Directed by first-timer Andrea Di Stefano, "Escobar" centers on a Canadian surf boarder (Hutcherson) who falls for one of the nieces of the notorious Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar (Benicio Del Toro). While the movie's storyline is fiction it was inspired by the tale of a young Italian who made »
- Gregory Ellwood
Ashton Kutcher will appear on an upcoming episode of the ABC reality series “Shark Tank.” The reality competition shows follows entrepreneurs as they present their products to a panel of successful business people in a bid to secure investments. Kutcher will appear as a “guest shark” in at least one episode, according to TVLine. Kutcher, in addition to his acting work, has invested in a number of tech companies in recent years, including video chat software company Skype, temporary lodging site Airbnb and local search and discovery app Foursquare. Also Read: Ashton Kutcher, Josh Hartnett Join James Franco Indie, ' »
- Joe Otterson
Hello again, dear readers. I’m guessing a lot of you got out to see Jurassic World this past weekend, considering how much money it made, and I hope that you enjoyed it as much as I did. And as the summer movie season continues, the Trailer Trashin’ column is back from its recent absence, with a look at the international trailer for director Werner Herzog’s new film Queen of the Desert.
Premise: A chronicle of the life of Gertrude Bell (Nicole Kidman), an English traveler, writer, archeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.
My take: German filmmaker Werner Herzog is a fascinating figure in every sense of the word. He has directed dozens of films, both fictional stories and documentaries, and established a style unlike that of anyone else in cinema. In the process, he has gone all »
- Timothy Monforton
Because nothing says Father’s Day like ripping your children’s mother, actor Charlie Sheen let loose Sunday with blast at his ex-wife Denise Richards. “A heretic washed up piglet” and “shame pile” is how he referred to the mother of his two daughters in a Tweet sent Sunday morning. Simultaneously, he called another ex-wife, Brooke Mueller, with whom he’s had two sons “a sexy rock star that I adore.” Also Read: 7 Juiciest Charlie Sheen Revelations From Jon Cryer's Memoir He also linked to a picture of James Franco and included a line pulled from the film “The Interview »
- Todd Cunningham
Britney Spears, Beyoncé, Fergie, Jennifer Lopez, Betty White, James Franco and other stars took to Instagram on Sunday to pay tribute to their dads on Father's Day. Britney posted a photo of herself smiling with her father, Jamie Spears, while Queen Bey shared a sweet childhood pic of herself with her dad, Mathew Knowles. "Happy Father's Day to all the fathers around the world," she wrote. In addition, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner paid a special tribute to Caitlyn Jenner, who recently transitioned to become a woman. Check out heartwarming Father's Day photos and messages shared by celebrities on Father's »
Skin is in this week! Lady Gaga shows off her bare backside while soaking up the sun on vacation, Colton Haynes flaunts his chiseled chest in a shirtless selfie and "Victoria's Secret" stunner Nina Agdal hilariously splits her pants at the gym. Elsewhere, Zac Efron takes in the sights while on location for his new movie in Hawaii, Paris Hilton shows off her hot bod while partying in Ibiza and James Franco looks like one hot mama wearing a long brunette wig and a vintage corset. Plus, Adam Levine tries to get through his plane's turbulence with some meditation, Andy Cohen sticks out his tongue with Miley Cyrus at amfAR's Inspiration Gala and Selena Gomez shows off her sleek new 'do! Click "Launch Gallery" above to see these stars' personal pics and even more celeb selfies in this week's best celebrity TwitPics! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Voltage topper Nicolas Chartier will produce with Dominic Rustam overseeing. Ethan Furman has adapted a script from the 1978 novel, in which protagonist Hank Chinaski is a celebrated poet and writer and is faced with a variety of women who provide him only temporary fulfillment.
The Chinaski character appeared in eight other Bukowski novels: “Confessions of a Man Insane Enough to Live With the Beasts” (1965), “Post Office” (1971), “South of No North” (1973), “Factotum” (1975), “Ham on Rye” (1982), “Hot Water Music” (1983), “Hollywood” (1989) and “Septuagenarian Stew” (1990). Bukowski died in 1994 in Los Angeles.
Bukowski also wrote the screenplay for 1987’s semi-autobiographical “Barfly,” directed by Barbet Schroeder and starring Mickey Rourke as Henry along with Faye Dunaway. The movie also features a cameo appearance by Bukowski himself.
- Dave McNary
Frameline turns 39 this year and in spirit, the fest has programmed an ambitious showcase of hot circuit titles, world premieres and retrospectives, with juried and audience awards to follow. In total there are 180 films lined up from 33 countries, including 18 first features and 64 films directed by women. For San Francisco movie lovers, Frameline offers a wonderful West Coast counterpart to La's Outfest in July. Tonight, the world's longest-running Lgbt film fest opens with "I Am Michael," an earnest portrait of gay activist turned born again heterosexual Michael Glatze (James Franco) and his strained relationship with his longtime partner (Zachary Quinto). Writer/director Justin Kelly, a protege of Gus van Sant, lures a strong performance out of Michael as a troubled and, at times, hard-to-like man who took the opposite trajectory of most gay men. Debutante director Joey Kuhn's "Those People" examines the betrayals a triad of handsome upper-crust Manhattanites »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The Way centers on one family involved in a cult-like religious movement as they deal with issues like power, marriage, and the idea of going after the life you want to live. Paul will play opposite lead actress Michelle Monaghan as her husband Eddie Cleary. Eddie will question all he’s come to believe when his faith is challenged at its core.
Hulu announced The Way back in March 2015. Executive produced by Michelle Lee and Emmy-winner Jason Katims, The Way was written by Jessica Goldberg (of Parenthood fame). Hulu’s original series is produced by Katims’ True Jack Productions and Universal Television.
Paul is not the first big-league Hollywood actor to join one of Hulu’s original programming projects. »
- Bree Brouwer
Paul will star opposite Michelle Monaghan, as her husband, Eddie Cleary, a convert to a controversial movement with a wayward past who suffers a crisis of faith when all that he’s come to accept as truth in his life is fundamentally challenged.
“The Way” follows a family at the center of a controversial movement struggling with relationships, marriage and power, with each episode taking an in-depth look at what it means to choose between the life we live and the life we want.
The 10-episode project, hailing from Universal Television and Katims’ True Jack Productions, was created by Jessica Goldberg who will write and exec produce the series with “Parenthood” creator Katims and Michelle Lee, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Queen Of The Desert Trailer. Werner Herzog‘s Queen of the Desert (2015) movie trailer stars Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson, James Franco, and Damian Lewis. Queen of the Desert‘s plot synopsis: “A chronicle of Gertrude Bell’s life, a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.”
The movie trailer for Werner Herzog’s new film is out, and it feels terribly flat to me. I’m a humongous Herzog fan. His documentaries and general style of verite that he infuses into even his fictional feature films is something I love about his work. He blurs that line between real life and dream-weaving better than anyone else, really. Though sometimes, he can get lost in atmosphere and nuance, forgetting that a through-line and structure is there for a reason.
The last fiction feature of Herzog’s I saw was Rescue Dawn, »
- Marco Margaritoff
Read More: Berlin Review: Why 'Queen of the Desert,' Starring Nicole Kidman, is Werner Herzog's Worst Movie in Years Werner Herzog and Nicole Kidman are bringing the larger-than-life heroine Gertrude Bell to the big screen in "Queen of the Desert." The drama co-stars James Franco, Robert Pattinson and Damian Lewis. Pattinson's character, T.E. Lawrence, was iconically portrayed by Peter O'Toole in the 1962 film, "Lawrence of Arabia." The film's official synopsis reads: "The film tells the story of Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) who, as historian, novelist and member of the British secret service, played a decisive role around 1920 in setting the course for the new political order in the Middle East...Predestined to be a mediator between the Orient and the British Empire, she contributes to defining the new borders in the region after the First World War. And then love enters her life. Werner Herzog uses the vast desert landscapes to depict the. »
- Kaeli Van Cott
Werner Herzog’s last actual drama was way back in 2009 with My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, a thriller that is (literally) miles away from his latest. Queen of the Desert is a historical biopic on the life of Gertrude Bell, a British adventurer and scientist who explored the Middle East at the dawn of the 20th Century.
Nicole Kidman plays Bell in what looks to be an award-caliber performance, alongside James Franco, Damian Lewis, and Robert Pattinson channeling his best Peter O’Toole impression as T.E. Lawrence, Aka Lawrence of Arabia. The first trailer for the film has been released following its World Premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, where early reviews were notably rough (a dismal 38 on Metacritic), even for a Herzog movie.
Queen of the Desert opens September 3 in Germany and is expected to have a 2015 Us release date, though none has been announced yet. »
- Brian Welk
The Grace of Monaco actress appears in the biopic as the real-life explorer and political attaché, who played a major role in Middle Eastern politics during the early 20th century.
In the first trailer, Gertrude is seen yearning to escape from the day-to-day formalities of British high society, and is posted to Tehran.
Franco replaced Jude Law, who was previously cast as army officer and politician Henry Cadogan but dropped out following scheduling conflicts.
Twilight star Robert Pattinson also stars in the movie as Te Lawrence.
Naomi Watts was originally attached to star in the project.
No UK release date for Queen of the Desert has been announced, but it will open in Us cinemas in »
Nicole Kidman, James Franco and Robert Pattinson star Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert, “based on the life of British traveller, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer and political officer Gertrude Bell. »
- Ryan Adams
"Every step in the desert, life and fire claim me... And I'm consumed." An international trailer has recently debuted for Werner Herzog's Queen of the Desert, the German filmmaker's latest fictional feature film, about Gertrude Bell. Not to be confused with The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, this "Queen of the Desert" was a very well-educated, vivacious, ambitious woman who became an important political player in the Middle East in the 1920s, helping establish the Hashemite dynasties in what is today Jordan as well as in Iraq. Nicole Kidman stars as Gertrude Bell, and James Franco and Robert Pattinson play two of her suitors. It's not the best film (it first premiered at Berlinale) but Bell is a very interesting person. Here's the first international trailer for Werner Herzog's Queen of the Desert, found via The Film Stage: The film tells the story of Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) who, »
- Alex Billington
Today we have an international trailer for the upcoming "Queen of the Desert" film, which stars Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson, James Franco, and Damian Lewis. Check it out below. Plot: A chronicle of Gertrude Bell, a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, historian, and member of the British secret service that played a role in setting the course for the new political order in the Middle East. The new movie is directed by Werner Herzog. A Us release date has yet to be set, but it will be shown in Germany in September. Trailer: »
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