16 items from 2016
It's funny to remember that at one time, "Collateral Beauty" was in dire straights. Originally, it was set to star Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara, with "Me And Earl And The Dying Girl" director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon behind the camera. But first Jackman left, only to be replaced by Will Smith. Then Mara and Gomez-Rejon both exited, and the project seemed to be in peril. But man, has it ever bounced back. Read More: Watch 15-Minute Talk With Will Smith And 'Concussion' Filmmakers Kate Winslet has joined the ensemble which now includes Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Michael Peña and Naomie Harris. Dang. It's certainly the biggest roster of stars that David Frankel ("The Devil Wears Prada," "Marley & Me"), now tasked with directing, has ever worked with. And it perhaps indicates that Allan Loeb's ("Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," "Just Go With »
- Kevin Jagernauth
New Line is rounding out the cast of “Collateral Beauty” in a big way, as Oscar winner and current nominee Kate Winslet is in negotiations to join Will Smith in the unconventional drama, TheWrap has learned. David Frankel is directing the movie, which surrounds Smith with a top-notch ensemble including Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, Michael Pena and Naomie Harris. Rachel McAdams had previously been eyed for the key supporting role that her fellow best supporting actress nominee Winslet is nearing a deal to play. Also Read: Helen Mirren Thinks 'It's Unfair to Attack the Academy' for #OscarsSoWhite Allan Loeb wrote the. »
- Jeff Sneider
It’s been a busy twenty-four hours in the Collateral Beauty camp. Earlier today, we brought you the news that Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema had finally settled on a release date for David Frankel’s character drama – opposite Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, no less – and now Keira Knightley is the latest in line to join the film’s starry ensemble.
Will Smith is front and center for this one, headlining Collateral Beauty as a New York marketing executive who finds himself down in the dumps after a personal tragedy strikes. Flanking him for Frankel’s unconventional drama are Helen Mirren, Edward Norton and Naomie Harris, along with End of Watch and Ant-Man star Michael Peña. And though casting specifics have remained under lock and key for now, Knightley is reportedly circling the role of Love.
- Michael Briers
Here’s a good sign of momentum: weeks after a documentary premiered at Sundance and received its first wave of fine reviews, the figure known as Jt Leroy is having their life story turned into a feature film. THR tell us Kristen Stewart, James Franco, Helena Bonham Carter, and writer-director Justin Kelly (the Franco-led I Am Michael) will team for Jt Leroy, which examines the eponymous figure — itself the outlet for a writer and actor who fooled the world with “a man who identifies as transgender, tricking the rich and famous in Hollywood, the fashion world and elite literary circles.”
If contracts are arranged, Carter and Stewart will respectively star as Laura Albert and Savannah Knoop, Leroy’s writing and public personas. There are many directions in which this narrative can reach, evidenced by the fact that writer-director-actress Asia Argento, who adapted Leroy’s The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, »
- Nick Newman
New Line/Village Roadshow’s Collateral Beauty is starting to pick up steam after a wild ride that has included recasting its lead (Will Smith, replacing Hugh Jackman), its director (David Frankel, replacing Alfonso Gomez-Rejon) and now a key female role. Keira Knightley is in talks for the part that once was meant for Rooney Mara. Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Naomie Harris and Michael Pena are also confirmed for the ensemble. Warner Bros yesterday set a December 16 release… »
Keira Knightley is nearing a deal to co-star alongside Will Smith in New Line’s “Collateral Beauty,” TheWrap has learned. David Frankel is directing the movie, which boasts a top-notch ensemble including Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Michael Pena and Naomie Harris. Rachel McAdams had been in talks for a key supporting role, though a deal failed to materialize. Knightley is not replacing her, as she’s in negotiations to play a different character. Also Read: Helen Mirren Thinks 'It's Unfair to Attack the Academy' for #OscarsSoWhite Allan Loeb wrote the script, which follows a New York advertising executive (Smith) who experiences a personal tragedy. »
- Jeff Sneider
Producers are Anthony Bregman, Bard Dorros, Allan Loeb, Michael Sugar and PalmStar CEO Kevin Frakes. Smith will portray a successful New York advertising executive who experiences a personal tragedy and retreats from life entirely, prompting his colleagues to devise a drastic plan to help him recover.
The movie will hit theaters on Dec. 16, 2016, putting it in prime position for an awards season run. Production will start this month in New York.
- Justin Kroll
Will Smith will portray a successful New York advertising executive who experiences a personal tragedy and retreats from life entirely, prompting his colleagues to devise a drastic plan to help him recover.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
On paper, it sounds like a crazy idea, opening a movie against "Star Wars." But this holiday season showed it can be done. Universal decided to gamble on Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's comedy "Sisters," having it debut the same weekend as "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." The result? The counter-programming move worked, with the comedy quietly going on to bank over $100 million worldwide, and showing some impressive legs in its first couple weeks of release (in fact, it had nearly zero percent audience dropoff from week one to week two). So, this winter, Warner Bros. is going to give it a try. The studio has decided to open the Will Smith-starring "Collateral Beauty" on December 16th, the same day as "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story." Gasp! Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Michael Peña and Naomie Harris are »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Warner Bros. Pictures has announced that it has pushed "Chicken Soup for the Soul" from its December 16th 2016 release date, replacing it with New Line's David Frankel-directed "Collateral Beauty" which stars Smith, Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Naomie Harris and Michael Pena. The only other film opening that day? Disney's "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story".
In 'Collateral,' Smith plays a New York advertising executive who experiences a deep personal tragedy and retreats from life entirely, prompting his colleagues devise a drastic plan to help him recover.
Smith's NFL sports drama "Concussion" opened this past Christmas, one week after the release of J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in cinemas. It was a battle 'Wars' easily won - "Concussion »
- Garth Franklin
Keira Knightley is in negotiations to join the all-star cast of Collateral Beauty, New Line’s unconventional drama being directed by David Frankel. Will Smith leads a cast that already includes Helen Mirren, Ed Norton, Michael Pena and Naomie Harris. The Allan Loeb-written script centers on a New York advertising exec (Smith) who experiences a deep personal tragedy. His colleagues devise a unique plan to break him out of his depression — which works, but not in a way that anyone imagined. One of the movie’s conceit concerns actors playing walking embodiments of Love, Time and Death. Knightley would
- Borys Kit
Warner Bros. announced Monday that it has moved “Chicken Soup for the Soul” out of the Dec. 16 slot into 2017 and replaced it with New Line’s “Collateral Beauty.” The “Star Wars” spinoff is the only other title scheduled for release that day.
Producers are Anthony Bregman, Bard Dorros, PalmStar CEO Kevin Frakes, Allan Loeb and Michael Sugar. Smith will portray a successful New York advertising executive who experiences a deep personal tragedy and retreats from life entirely, prompting his colleagues devise a drastic plan to help him recover.
- Dave McNary
New Line and Warner Bros. have set a Dec. 16 release date for Collateral Beauty, the same day that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters. Collateral Beauty, also starring Helen Mirren, hopes to serve as counterprogramming to the Star Wars spinoff. Edward Norton, Michael Pena and Naomie Harris also star in the drama about a New York ad man (Will Smith) who is sent into a downward spiral after a tragic event. The Devil Wears Prada and Marley & Me helmer David Frankel is directing from a script by Allan Loeb. Village Roadshow Pictures is partnering with New
- Pamela McClintock
Collateral Beauty hasn’t had the easiest time getting made. At first, it was set to be Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. At that time, Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara were on board. Then, Jackman dropped out and was replaced by Will Smith. Shortly after that, both Mara and Gomez-Rejon left.
Now, David Frankel is on board and today, we got word from The Wrap that along with Smith and Helen Mirren, the studio has roped in Edward Norton, Michael Pena, Rachel McAdams and Naomie Harris. Pretty solid list of talent, eh?
We’re not sure who everyone’s playing just yet, but we do know that Will Smith is set to step into the shoes of a New York ad exec who “experiences a personal tragedy and falls into a deep depression after which his colleagues resort to an »
- Mark Cassidy
Will Smith may have missed out on an Oscar nomination for Concussion, but his next project, Collateral Beauty, is shaping up to be quite a feast for the eyes, since it.s going to be filled with famous faces. According to The Wrap, the film will be helmed by director David Frankel. He directed films like Marley and Me, The Devil Wears Prada and Hope Springs, and has helmed episodes of Entourage and Sex and the City. Allan Loeb, writer of Rock of Ages and Here Comes the Boom, among others, is crafting the screenplay. Will Smith takes on the lead role in Collateral Beauty, as an advertising executive who undergoes a personal tragedy. His colleagues come up with a plan to make him feel better, and it works, but not in the way they expected. Smith.s most recent films are Concussion and last summer.s underrated Focus. Also »
New Line and director David Frankel are pulling together a star-studded cast to join Will Smith and Helen Mirren in “Collateral Beauty,” as Edward Norton, Michael Pena and Naomie Harris are set to join the ensemble, while newly-anointed Oscar nominee Rachel McAdams is also in talks, multiple individuals familiar with the situation have told TheWrap. New Line did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Written by Allan Loeb, “Collateral Beauty” follows a New York advertising executive (Smith) who experiences a personal tragedy, so his colleagues try to come up with a plan to get him out of his funk. »
- Jeff Sneider
16 items from 2016
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