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It’s an interesting combination of veterans who represent, respectively, the worlds of live television and the film world.
Hill was a longtime 21st Century Fox/News Corp. executive who stepped down in June to launch a production banner that focused on live TV events. Hill is known for his skill at overseeing live sports production, and was key in building Fox Sports; in recent years he’s overseen “American Idol” for the Fox network.
Hudlin is an Oscar-nominated producer for “Django Unchained,” and last year produced the Governors Awards. He has been the executive producer of the NAACP Image Awards since 2012. Hudlin was the first president of entertainment for Bet Networks from 2005-09.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences announced the moves Tuesday, but did not indicate if this is a three-year pact. »
- Tim Gray
Exclusive: Docu-drama selected for BFI London Film Festival.
Artscope has taken on international sales of UK artist and experimental director Ben Rivers’ Morocco-set The Sky Trembles And The Earth Is Afraid And The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers, a picture which explores the act of film-making.
Shot against the backdrop of the Atlas Mountains and the Moroccan Desert, the multi-layered film combines an adaptation of the late Tangiers-based, Us writer Peter Bowles’s 1947 short story A Distant Episode with footage of contemporary films sets.
“Part documentary, part fiction, we believe the film will not only speak to audiences familiar with Ben’s work as an artist but also to cinephiles and festival-goers eager to be shaken by different forms of expression,” said Sata Cissokho, head of Artscope, the specialist art film label of Paris-based Memento Films International.
The BFI London Film Festival (Lff) announced on Tuesday that the film would screen in its line-up in October. The feature »
The San Francisco Film Society has revealed the eight finalists for the seventh annual Sffs/Hearst Screenwriting Grant. The $15,000 grant will be awarded to a screenwriter, or screenwriting team, that has been practicing for at least five years and who has previously written at least one feature screenplay. The grant is intended for Us-based writers, with priority given to those whose past works were successfully made into finished films. The winner will be announced mid-October. This year's finalists listed below. One of the past grant winners, Ian Olds, is just now going into production on "The Fixer" starring James Franco. This year, finalists include "Howl" and "The Celluloid Closet" writer/director Rob Epstein, and Maris Curran, whose David Oyelowo-starrer "Five Nights in Maine" premieres in Toronto. Read More: Tiff First Look: David Oyelowo and Dianne Wiest Lead 'Five Nights in Maine' Andrew Burrows-Trotman (writer/director) – If »
- Ryan Lattanzio
"Robert Pattinson is attached to play the lead role in Claire Denis’s upcoming English-language sci-fi film, written with British writer Zadie Smith," reports Screen's Andreas Wiseman. More projects in the works: Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer are writing a comedy together. John C. Reilly will star in Jacques Audiard's English-language debut. Barry Jenkins is working on his first feature since Medicine for Melancholy (2008). Plus Mia Hansen-Løve's The Future with Isabelle Huppert, Robert De Niro as Bernie Madoff, Bryan Cranston teams with James Franco and more. » - David Hudson »
First up, "The Grey" and "Narc" helmer Joe Carnahan is set to direct "Five Against A Bullet," a potential franchise launcher boasting a script by Alex Litvak and Carnahan. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Jordan Schur and Mimran Schur are producing.
Bruce Willis was previously attached to an earlier version of the project which follows five elite bodyguards who are tasked with keeping a Mexican mayoral candidate safe through the elections as a drug cartel kingpin has sent an army of hitmen after him.
- Garth Franklin
Currently shooting The Magnificent Seven with Antoine Fuqua, Vincent D'Onofrio has clearly developed a taste for the Western. He's now set to make his second film as a director* with The Kid. He'll also star in the film, alongside James Franco and Ethan Hawke.Newcomer Andrew Lanham (his civil rights drama Just Mercy has Michael B. Jordan attached) wrote the screenplay, which is a new take on the often-filmed legend of Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid. The focus is a young boy, whose uncle has murdered his father and turned his sister out onto the streets. The boy tries to rope Billy into avenging his father by killing said uncle, but finds his romantic notions of the gunfighting outlaw are false. He then finds a true hero in Sheriff Garrett.Who's playing who hasn't been revealed at this point, but the set-up, like Joe Carnahan's Five Against A Bullet, »
Exclusive: Jordan Schur, the former Geffen Records president, Suretone Records founder and manager of acts including Fleetwood Mac, Zz Top and Lonestar, is jumping squarely into the film business with his Suretone Pictures banner. Schur has set the venerable actor and Daredevil star Vincent D’Onofrio to make his feature directorial debut on The Kid, a Western he will star in with James Franco and Ethan Hawke. Schur has set the film for domestic release with Lionsgate and… »
Ahead of American Ultra’s release in UK cinemas, we look at the rise of the stoner in film, from the 30s to the present...
"The motion picture you are about to witness may startle you. It would not have been possible, otherwise, to sufficiently emphasize the frightful toll of the new drug menace which is destroying the youth of America in alarmingly increasing numbers. Marihuana is that drug - a violent narcotic - an unspeakable scourge - the Real Public Enemy Number One!
So reads the opening crawl to the now infamous film Reefer Madness. Originally released in 1936, it was designed as a hard-hitting expose of marijuana and its inherent dangers. The drug could cause "violent, uncontrollable laughter," the movie's introduction read. It could induce "dangerous hallucinations," "monstrous extravagances," all eventually leading to "shocking acts of physical violence... ending often in incurable insanity."
Reefer Madness was one of many »
Having wowed the world as Walter White in Breaking Bad, we.re still really waiting for Bryan Cranston to have a proper whack at becoming a big-screen presence. But with Trumbo on the horizon, as well as a plethora supporting roles, Cranston looks as though he.s going to be constantly popping up in movies over the next few years. In fact, he.s now even signed up to star in a mainstream comedy alongside James Franco. According to Variety, Bryan Cranston and James Franco have agreed to star in Why Him? for 21 Laps and 20th Century Fox, and the studios have expectations that it could turn into a holiday classic. Set over the festive period, Why Him? will star Cranston as a Midwestern father who travels alongside his family to visit his daughter at college. However, when he arrives, he suddenly finds himself vying for her affections and attention »
Robert Pattinson: Actor to play E.T. astronaut. Robert Pattinson to star for Claire Denis If all goes as planned, Robert Pattinson will get to star in French screenwriter-director Claire Denis' recently announced – and as yet untitled – English-language sci-fier, penned by Denis and White Teeth author Zadie Smith and her novelist husband Nick Laird, from an original idea by Denis and writing partner Jean-Pol Fargeau. Among Claire Denis' credits are the interracial love story Chocolat (1988), the sociopolitical drama White Material (2009), and the generally well-regarded Billy Budd reboot Beau Travail (1999), winner of the César Award for Best Cinematography (Agnès Godard). Robert Pattinson, for his part, is best known for playing the veggie vampire in the wildly popular Twilight movies costarring Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. Robert Pattinson, astronaut In Claire Denis' film, Robert Pattinson is slated to play an E.T. astronaut. But what happens to said astronaut? Does »
- Zac Gille
Variety is reporting that Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston is set to join James Franco in the upcoming comedy Why Him?, which is being directed by John Hamburg (Meet the Parents, I Love You, Man) from a script by Ian Helfer (Meet the Parents, Zoolander).
According to EW, Why Him? follows “a Midwestern dad and his family as they travel to see their daughter at college over the holidays. When they arrive, the family learns their little girl has a new wealthy tech industry boyfriend, who the father must now compete with for her affection.”
Why Him? is set to start production in February and is expected to arrive some time next year.
- Gary Collinson
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Bryan Cranston and James Franco recently worked together on the upcoming drama In Dubious Battle (which was also directed by The Interview star), and Variety is reporting that Cranston and Franco are set to reteam for a comedy titled Why Him? John Hamburg (I Love You, Man, Along Came Polly) will direct from a script he's co-writing with Ian Helfer. Shawn Levy (21 Laps) and Ben Stiller (Red Hour Films) are... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
There's been a hard-fought battle raging for weeks at Gold Derby over who our users want to host the Oscars, with the final three contenders in our polls being Ricky Gervais, Ellen DeGeneres and Robert Downey Jr. More than 14,000 of you voted in our poll, and we can now reveal that Gervais is your overwhelming #1 choice for who you want to host the 88th annual edition of the Academy Awards on Feb. 28. Congrats, Ricky! -Break- Poll: Who should get honorary Oscars? As of this writing, Gervais leads with 73% (10,691 votes), followed by Downey at 21% (3,032) and DeGeneres at 5% (672 votes). (The remaining 1% of our users thought that none of these three should preside over the next Oscars ceremony; perhaps they're holding out for a reprieve by former emcees James Franco and Anne Hathaway?) Though he hasn't hosted the Oscars, Gervais made the Golden Globes must-see viewing for three years in a row (2010-2012) with his acerbic, »
20th Century Fox has announced that Bryan Cranston and James Franco will star in the "Why Him" comedy, which will be directed by John Hamburg (I Love You Man) from a script co-written by Ian Helfer (The Oranges). The film takes place over the holidays as a Midwestern dad (Cranston) travels with his family to visit his daughter at college, and soon finds himself in a bitter rivalry for her affections with her new, brash tech billionaire boyfriend (Franco). Production is set to begin in Los Angeles in February. »
We aren’t the only ones sending tons of YAYwaves to the newly-engaged couple Dave Franco and Alison Brie today. Dave’s older brother James Franco too has issued his ’gram-based congrats to the adorable pair, equipped with ring and heart emojis and a wittle bit of baby talk because whether he’s 30 or not, Dave will always be James’s ’lil bro. »
Australian actor Luke Bracey ("Point Break") will join Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington and Vince Vaughn in the cast of Mel Gibson's World War II drama "Hacksaw Ridge". Filming begins in Australia next month with Gibson helming from a script by Robert Schenkkan and Randall Wallace.
Garfield play Desmond T. Doss, a medic and the first conscientious objector to win the Congressional Medal of Honor after saving dozens of soldiers during the Battle of Okinawa. Bracey will portray Smitty, the main villain and one of the leaders of Doss' platoon. [Source: Variety]
Australian actor Anthony Hayes has joined the cast of David Michod's "War Machine" film for Netflix and Brad Pitt's Plan B productions. Filming begins this Fall and Netflix will open the film in select theaters next year as well as stream the film on its online service.
Pitt plays a four-star general whose track record »
- Garth Franklin
Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has signed on to join James Franco in the upcoming 20th Century Fox comedy Why Him? We first reported on the project back in February, when James Franco signed on to star for producers Shawn Levy and Ben Stiller. Production is scheduled to begin this coming February in Los Angeles.
The story centers on a father (Bryan Cranston) from the Midwest who decides to travel with his family to visit their daughter at college over the holiday season. The dad gets quite a surprise when he meets her new tech billionaire boyfriend (James Franco). A bitter rivalry ensues between the father and his daughter's boyfriend that quickly spirals out of control.
Bryan Cranston has just worked with James Franco on one of the latter’s recent directorial outings, In Dubious Battle, which he’s putting through post-production now. They’re set to team up again, this time both just as actors for the new comedy Why Him?John Hamburg, who appears to be channelling his own work on the Meet The Parents films (and a little pinch of TV’s Cuckoo) has cooked up the idea, which finds a Midwestern father taking his family to visit his daughter, who is attending Stanford. But the Christmastime trip is soured somewhat when he meets her boyfriend, an ambitious Internet billionaire (think Sean Parker more than Mark Zuckerberg), played by Franco and immediately takes a disliking to him. Thus kicks off a battle for his daughter’s attention as the dad tries to compete with this charismatic new rival. Hamburg co-wrote the script with »
The One Who Knocks and the One Who Plays Britney Spears on Piano are about to face off onscreen: Brian Cranston and James Franco will star in John Hamburg’s comedy Why Him? “The comedy is set over the holidays, when a Midwestern dad travels with his family to visit his daughter at college, and soon finds himself in a battle for her affections with her brash new tech billionaire boyfriend.” It sounds like Meet the Parents, but with the cantankerous ex-cia father replaced by Bryan Cranston (we're assuming Cranston will play the father and Franco the brash boyfriend, though how great would it be if they reversed it?). Cranston also has a smaller role in Franco’s upcoming adaptation of John Steinbeck’s 1936 novel In Dubious Battle, which depicts a worker who organizers a major strike by fruit pickers. The film wrapped up production earlier this year. A release »
- Greg Cwik
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