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Paul Rudd's 'The Catcher Was A Spy' pulled from Toronto

11 August 2017 11:40 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Drama was set to premiere in Galas next month.

The Catcher Was A Spy has been pulled from the Toronto International Film Festival line-up due to the production schedule.

The ensemble drama led by Paul Rudd was announced recently as one of the world premiere Galas selections set to screen in Canada next month.

However Screen has confirmed the film is still in post and will not be ready in time.

Worldwide rights holder PalmStar Media finances the feature with Windy Hill Pictures, and produces with Animus Films. UTA Independent Film Group was preparing to take the project to Toronto and field offers from buyers.

Guy PearceSienna Miller, Mark Strong, Tom Wilkinson, Paul Giamatti, Jeff Daniels, Connie Nielsen, and Shea Whigham also star.

The story centres on professional baseball player Moe Berg, an Ivy League graduate and polyglot who became a spy during the Second World War and helped the Americans win the race to »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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'The Catcher Was A Spy' pulled from Toronto

11 August 2017 3:40 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Catcher Was A Spy has been pulled from the Toronto International Film Festival line-up due to the production schedule.

The ensemble drama led by Paul Rudd was announced recently as one of the world premiere Galas selections set to screen in Canada next month.

However Screen has confirmed the film is still in post and will not be ready in time. »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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Tim Miller gives an update on his planned animated adaptation of The Goon

6 August 2017 9:40 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

During an interview with Collider (via Cbm), Deadpool director Tim Miller has provided an update on his planned animated adaptation of the Eric Powell comic book series The Goon, revealing that an official announcement can be expected soon.

“Eric (Powell) is amazing, we’ve known him for a long time now,” said Miller. “I have known Mike Richardsonat Dark Horse for a long time, and I tried to get the comic, so they said yes, and we developed it. Eric wrote the script, which is fucking great. Which I think, normally with these things in Hollywood, the creators are often pushed aside. We didn’t want to do that, we brought Eric right in. And Eric wrote the script, its great, it’s just a hard one, because it’s not Disney, it’s not G rated. So it took a while. Then we pitched it, and we got a lot of nos, »

- Gary Collinson

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The Best Movie Fight Scenes — IndieWire Critics Survey

31 July 2017 10:31 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of the bone-crunching “Atomic Blonde,” what is the greatest movie fight scene?

Read More‘Atomic Blonde’: How They Turned One Amazing Action Scene Into a Seven-Minute Long Take Erin Oliver Whitney (@cinemabite), ScreenCrush

I’ve got a soft spot for wuxia so the “best fight scene” immediately evokes Zhang Yimou in my mind. I could list every fight in “Hero,” sequences so spellbindingly beautiful and graceful you forget you’re watching violence. The bamboo forest battle from “House of Flying Daggers” is another all-timer, a mesmerizing fight that almost entirely takes place in the air. And the bone-crunching, table-smashing »

- David Ehrlich

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12 Worst Casting Decisions In Spider-Man Movies

14 July 2017 12:52 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Paul Giamatti as Rhino. Seriously? »

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12 Worst Casting Decisions In Spider-Man Movies

14 July 2017 12:52 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Paul Giamatti as Rhino. Seriously? »

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Spider-Man Movies Ranked From Worst To Best

6 July 2017 10:01 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If the positive hype around “Homecoming” tells us anything, it’s that Spider-Man will never get old because Spider-Man is always in the process of growing up. In a genre where so many of the most popular heroes speak to each other like countries instead of characters, arguing about civic philosophy in a way that has no practical application to any of our lives, Peter Parker is a superhero for the rest of us. He’s relatable.

Spidey has squared off against some of the superhero genre’s best villains (and some of its worst), but it never feels like he’s saving the world. On the contrary, his greatest struggles are recognizable as our own — self-sacrifice, forgiveness, repurposing his guilt into something productive.

Read More: With “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” Marvel Has Finally Started to Figure Out the Future of Superhero Movies

Spider-Man is a friendly neighborhood hero in an age of foreboding cinematic universes. »

- David Ehrlich

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Amazing Spider-Man 2 Honest Trailer Is a Savage Reminder of the Past

6 July 2017 9:45 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Three years ago, one of the worst and ultimately best things happened to the Spider-Man franchise. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was a colossal failure on a great many levels, but the degree of that failure ultimately led to Sony finally making a deal with Marvel Studios to allow Spider-Man to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With Spider-Man: Homecoming about to arrive in theaters and with the early word being insanely positive, it almost makes The Amazing Spider-Man 2 seem worth it. Almost. But the Honest Trailer is a sobering reminder of just how bad this movie is.

The folks over at Screen Junkies have finally decided that, given the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, it's time to give The Amazing Spider-Man 2 the Honest Trailers treatment. And they pulled absolutely no punches. Including making some pretty hilarious but definitely insensitive jokes about Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) getting her spine snapped. »

- MovieWeb

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Ranking the Spider-Man movie villains

6 July 2017 3:29 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ricky Church ranks the Spider-Man movie villains…

Since 2001, we have been given five Spider-Man films, with the sixth – Spider-Man: Homecoming – opening in cinemas this week. Through these movies we’ve been introduced to many villains from Spider-Man’s rogues gallery, some of whom are very well known, and some not quite as famous as the others.

As we prepare for the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, I take a look back on the past villains in Spidey’s films and present my ranking of them based on their character development, depiction and the actor’s portrayal. So, which one is the best Spider-Man villain to appear on film?

Honourable Mention: J. Jonah Jameson

While not a villain by any means, J. Jonah Jameson is a clear antagonist to everyone’s friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. Jameson purely doesn’t like Spidey and does whatever he can to cast distrust among his supporters and humiliate Spider-Man. »

- Ricky Church

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Spider-Man Movie Villains Ranked, From Venom to The Vulture (Photos)

5 July 2017 7:21 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Spider-Man: Homecoming” features some of the best Marvel movie villains in both the Spider-Man and McU movies to date. Here is TheWrap’s rankings from the worst to the best. 12. Rhino It’s no surprise that the Andrew Garfield Spider-Man movies were an atrocity hence why most of their villains end up at the bulk of the worst list. Paul Giamatti’s cheesy bad guy with a silly accent in a mech suit was an atrocity. 11. Venom Sam Raimi’s third “Spider-Man” film has run out of gas with a lackluster villain played by Topher Grace. One of the more »

- Umberto Gonzalez

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‘Spider-Man’ Radical Redesigns: How Sam Raimi, Marc Webb and Jon Watts Updated Spidey and His Villains for Each Reboot

5 July 2017 11:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

From the sensitive Tobey Maguire to the nerdy Andrew Garfield to the clumsy Tom Holland, Peter Parker/Spider-Man has evolved into the ultimate teenage, superhero misfit. And, as Sony’s top franchise, the web-slinger has experienced different rites of passage under the direction of Sam Raimi (“Spider-Man,” “Spider-Man 2,” “Spider-Man 3”), Marc Webb (“The Amazing Spider-Man,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”), and Jon Watts (“Spider-Man Homecoming”).

But until Sony made a deal in 2015 to share the Spider-Man movie rights with Disney and Marvel Studios, the Marvel Comics superhero remained separate from the McU. That changed with the decidedly younger Holland making a guest appearance as Parker/Spidey in “Captain America: Civil War” (2016). Following his first solo stint in “Homecoming” (July 7th), Holland will appear in “Avengers: Infinity War” (May 4, 2018), followed by the sequel, “Homecoming 2” (2019).

Spider-Man” (2002)

Marvel Comics’ high-school crime fighter from New York City with spider-like superpowers finally became a movie »

- Bill Desowitz

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Exclusive: Why ‘Actress’ Doesn’t Ring True for ‘Billions’ Breakout Star Asia Kate Dillon

14 June 2017 12:22 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Change can be as simple as walking through an unmarked door, or, in Asia Kate Dillon’s case, writing a letter to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences about the gender requirements for submitting nominees to the Primetime Emmys’ acting categories. Turns out, there are none. “The rules have always stated said any performer can enter either category for any reason,” says Dillon, who identifies as nonbinary, just like their season two breakout character, Taylor, from the Showtime series Billions.

The definition of the word ‘actor’ has a long history that does not include the gender of the performer, which Dillon wrote about in their initial inquiry to the Emmys. The words ‘they/them’ have a long history, too, of being used as a gender-neutral pronoun, and as more people come out about not fitting into the simple categories of men and women, use of the pronoun -- preferred by Dillon -- has increased by individuals who identify »

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‘The Chamber’ Review

6 June 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Johannes Kuhnke, Charlotte Salt, James McArdle, Elliott Levey | Written and Directed by Ben Parker

When submarine pilot Mats (Johannes Kuhnke) is approached by a low-rent Donald Pleasence to take a three-man Special Ops team deep into contested waters near the 38th Parallel, he’s understandably sceptical. Leading the mysterious trio is “Red” Edwards (Charlotte Salt), who’s joined by the belligerent Parks (James McArdle) and the gentle Denholm (Elliott Levey).

While submerged, the top ship is boarded, and suddenly the four explorers are trapped together in the underwater chamber. To add vinegar to the wound, catastrophe strikes and they start taking on water. Tensions fray. Clichéd dialogue is exchanged. Who, if anyone, will emerge alive?

The Chamber is the feature debut for writer-director Ben Parker, and it’s a pretty standard micro-budget setup: a high-concept thriller almost entirely confined to a single set. Sadly, it’s a bit of »

- Rupert Harvey

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Remote Controlled: ‘Billions’ Star Maggie Siff on Finale Twist, Those Sex Scenes and What’s Ahead for Season 3

2 June 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.

In this week’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV Debra Birnbaum talks with Maggie Siff, star of Showtime’s hit drama “Billions.” Siff plays Wendy Rhoades, the in-house performance coach at Bobby “Axe” Axelrod’s (Damian Lewis) hedge fund — and the wife of district attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), Axe’s nemesis. At the end of the season, she had a surprise reconciliation with her husband after a season-long estrangement.

“I saw it coming a little bit before the end of the season,” admits Siff. “Sometimes it’s hard to parse out what my character wants and what I want. I love working with Paul, so I think we were both hoping that the relationship would be rich and ongoing.”

Siff says she often gets asked what Wendy and Chuck see in »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Lead Actor in a Drama: The Frontrunners and Dark Horses for 2017 Emmys

31 May 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

There is some serious star power in the race this year, including Oscar winners Kevin Spacey (sure to land his fifth consecutive nom for “House of Cards”) and Anthony Hopkins, a newcomer for “Westworld.” There are also Oscar nominees like Paul Giamatti (“Billions”), “Goliath’s” Billy Bob Thornton (an Oscar winner for screenwriting and a nominee for acting), Tom Hardy (“Taboo”) and Terrence Howard (“Empire”) in the mix. They’ll likely face off against last year’s winner for “Mr. Robot, “ Rami Malek, and returning nominees Kyle Chandler (“Bloodline”), Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”), Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”) and Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”). Other first-year hits that could break in include Kiefer Sutherland (“Designated Survivor”) and Dan Stevens (“Legion.”) But the frontrunner is likely an actor who just became a household name in the last 18 months, Sterling K. Brown. He won an Emmy last year for channeling Christopher Darden in “The People v. O.J. Simpson »

- Variety Staff

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Billions: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Three on Showtime?

16 May 2017 11:50 AM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Vulture WatchHave the mighty fallen? Will the Billions TV show be cancelled or renewed for a third season on Showtime? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Billions season three. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?  What's This TV Show About?Airing on the Showtime premium cable channel, the Billions TV show stars Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff, Malin Åkerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile, and Condola Rashād. Eric Bogosian will recur and Mary Louise Parker will guest star in season two. Billions follows U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) and self-made billionaire Bobby Axelrod (Lewis). The second installment picks up right after the season one finale, which ended in a confrontation between Rhoades and hedge fund king "Axe." Now, the duo will engage in a "scorched-earth battle" »


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Emma Stone and Steve Carell Face Off in First Trailer for ‘Battle of the Sexes’ (Watch)

16 May 2017 10:21 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox Searchlight has released the trailer for the dramedy “Battle of the Sexes” starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell.

Directed by “Little Miss Sunshine” helmers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the film follow the competition between tennis pros Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, which captured the zeitgeist back in 1973 when, at 29, the No. 2 ranked King beat the 55-year-old retired former Wimbledon champion.

The trailer highlights include how Riggs treated the promotion leading up to the match as joke, the infamous press conference and King’s love affair with hair stylist Marilyn Barnett.

The footage also shows Riggs disparaging many women, including King. “I’m not saying women don’t belong on the court — who would pick up the balls otherwise?” Carell’s Riggs says.

Later in the press conference, Stone’s King chides, “Keep talking Bobby. The more nonsense you spout, the worse it’s going to be when you lose. »

- Justin Kroll

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The Top Five Moments of Billions Season 2

12 May 2017 4:30 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Billions is a world-class Showtime series starring Paul Giamatti as Chuck Rhoades and Damian Lewis as Bobby Axelrod. Their respective love interests are Wendy Rhoades played by Maggie Siff who was last seen on the small screen as Jackson Teller’s wife on “Sons of Anarchy”, and Malin Ackerman as Lara Axelrod, who played Tom Cruise’s main squeeze in “Rock of Ages” on the big screen. So, the second season actually contained better character development and tighter storylines than the first season. What were the best moments of the season? Well, we’ve compiled five of them even though the entire season

The Top Five Moments of Billions Season 2 »

- Nat Berman

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Billions season 2 finale ratings beats season premiere

9 May 2017 3:05 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The season two finale of the Showtime series Billions outperformed the season’s premiere episode in terms of ratings.

The Damien Lewis and Paul Giamatti-led drama aired the finale of its second season over on Showtime this past Sunday, and folks will be pleased to hear that more tuned into watch than did for the season’s opening episode.

According to Nielsen data, Sunday’s finale drew in 1.02 million viewers, averaging 753,000 in its initial airing. All of this means that the finale outperformed the premier by 35 percent. Quite the upgrade.

The season two premiere also managed to improve upon season one’s final episode which happened to pull in 1.01 million viewers last year.

Over its multiple airings, the season two premier achieved 1.32 million viewers.

This will of course be good news to all involved, including the fans who already have a third season to look forward to – announced back in March. »

- Samuel Brace

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Critic's Notebook: 'Billions' Caps a Much-Improved Season 2

9 May 2017 12:51 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

[This contains spoilers for the second season of Showtime's Billions, including the May 7 season finale.]   As Sunday's second-season finale of Billions reached its conclusion, with emotionally tortured antiheroes Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) and Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) returning home, each man wondering what he'd find when he got back, Josh Ritter's "Homecoming" began to blare on the soundtrack.   I laughed, because Billions has never encountered a soundtrack choice that the editors deemed too on-the-nose, and I wrote, "Man, even when this show is hitting on all cylinders, it just can't get out »

- Daniel Fienberg

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