17 items from 2015
The 51-year-old actor adds another flop to his already long streak, but other actors aren’t betting their careers on only box-office bankability
The actor plays the Wolf in Disney’s ensemble musical “Into the Woods,” but his last leading man hit was 2011’s installment of “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Last year’s “Transcendence” fizzled, as did 2013’s “The Lone Ranger” and »
- Linda Ge
When last we saw the amazing Spider-Man on screen, he was swinging a hubcap at a charging, mechanical Rhino (Paul Giamatti) in the waning moments of Marc Webb.s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The wall-crawler's future seemed clear. He'd next be called into action to fight and defeat The Sinister Six, a villainous squad born out of OsCorp.s laboratory. Plans, though, were in flux for some time but now seem to be snapping back into place, suggesting an upcoming Sinister Six shoot. Some of this might have to be taken with a grain of salt, for reasons I'll happily explain. But a Twitter user named @ThatBlueHood posted messages that stated that The Sinister Six would be shooting in Vancouver. No time frame was given, only the knowledge that a "dude who worked on Planet of the Apes requested S6 stuff for research" and "said it was happening. »
Henry VIII, infamous king of England in the 16th century, is often remembered for his gluttonous form, the string of wives he beheaded and his disharmony with the pope. But Damian Lewis, star of the BBC’s new miniseries “Wolf Hall” — a six-part adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s prize-winning novels that will premiere in the U.K. on January 21 and on PBS’ “Masterpiece” on April 5 — plans to introduce viewers to a different sort of monarch.
“He was generally regarded as the preeminent sportsman of his era,” said Lewis on Sunday afternoon, at a quaint tea held to honor the series at the Los Angeles home of British Consul-General Chris O’Connor. “He was one of the best hunters, horsemen, jousters, archers. And he was an incredibly trim, fit man — very proud of a fine pair of calves that he had. He used to boast that his calves were better than »
- Jasmin Rosemberg
The 65th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 5-15) is to host the world premieres of Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren; Life, starring Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan; and Dagur Kári’s Virgin Mountain.
The films form part of the Berlinale Special Galas line-up, which will also include the international premiere of awards contender Selma and the European premiere of Bill Pohland’s Love & Mercy, starring John Cusack
Based on a true story, Woman In Gold is directed by Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) and stars Mirren as Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, who takes on the government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
“Selma,” which stars David Oyelowo and Tom Wilkinson, makes its international premiere in Berlin. It was described by Variety‘s reviewer as a “razor-sharp portrait of the civil rights movement.” Pic has made faltering progress in the awards season, mainly due to the lack of screeners.
“Life,” which world premieres in Berlin, stars Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan. Pic is inspired by the true story of a friendship that developed between Magnum photographer Dennis Stock and actor James Dean when Stock was commissioned to photograph the actor for Life magazine in 1955. Corbijn’s previous pics are “Control” and “A Most Wanted Man.”
- Leo Barraclough
Far be it from us to refer to the Golden Globes as "Hollywood's drunkest night," but the awards show has a bit of a reputation. And honestly, it's pretty great. The evening is a refreshing warm-up to the comparative stuffiness of the Oscars, and even the stars who don't admit to having a drink (or seven) in their speeches would probably readily admit there's a special kind of atmosphere to Globes night that lends itself to some truly memorable moments. Since we'd be here until Sunday if we recapped every hilarious or awkward incident from the Globes' history (oh wait, »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
One of Reese Witherspoon’s breakout roles was as the ambitious and persnickety Tracy Flick in Alexander Payne’s second film Election. Since then, the pair has yet to work together, but Deadline reported Wednesday that Witherspoon has joined Payne’s latest film, the much delayed Downsizing.
According to The Playlist, Downsizing was first conceived back in 2008 as a sci-fi social satire in which “enlightened,” possibly pretentious humans choose to shrink themselves down to 1/8 their size in an effort to scale back on Earth’s rapidly depleting resources. Witherspoon was originally attached along with Paul Giamatti, Meryl Streep, and Sacha Baron Cohen.
- Brian Welk
Alexander Payne began development on his then-next project, Downsizing, in 2009 before moving onto The Descendants. The troublesome social satire scripted by Payne and long-time writing partner Jim Taylor already had Paul Giamatti and Reese Witherspoon attached before it went belly-up. For whatever reason, 20th Century Fox were reluctant to invest in the story or its heavy use of CGI and lodged the flick into a permanent hiatus.
Late last year, the film underwent a shake-up. When news arrived that Matt Damon had relinquished his role in Zhang Zimou’s China-set epic, The Great Wall, in favour of the lead in Payne’s drama, the project returned to Fox’s development slate. Now, in a strange turn of events, Deadline reports that Witherspoon is back on board as the female lead. Together, the two will play a happily married couple who decide to shrink themselves out of financial concerns. Their logic? »
- Gem Seddon
Some TV casting news you can use... First, Condola Rashad has been cast opposite Paul Giamatti in the Showtime Wall Street-set drama pilot "Billions," from Brian Koppelman, David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin. The story follows 2 industry titans (Giamatti and "Homelan's" Damian Lewis), and their impending clash. Rashad will play a character named Kate, who is described as a smart, ambitious, young professional working for Giamatti's character, the U.S. Attorney General. Second, David Alan Grier has booked a co-starring role in NBC's Jerrod Carmichael sitcom, "Go Jerrod Go," which is inspired by material »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The film is set in a near future in which Norwegian scientists discover a method of shrinking human beings to an eighth of their size.
The method is adopted to reduce consumption and overpopulation, settling the shrunken humans in miniature cities, but dire consequences slowly emerge for big and small people alike.
Downsizing is yet to announce filming or release dates. »
Riding (or, perhaps more accurately walking) high on the two-punch success of Wild and Gone Girl (the latter of which she produced), Reese Witherspoon is considering her options for the future. She’s now committed to a reunion with her Election director Alexander Payne for his latest project, Downsizing.The long-gestating film sounds like a very different type of challenge for the director, so it makes sense that he’d go with someone he knows how to work with already. And he has Matt Damon set to star in the story of a man low on money who decides that life would be a lot cheaper and easier if he underwent a procedure to shrink himself. Travelling through life as a tiny person, he meets a woman (Witherspoon) and a pint-sized foreigner.It’s not actually Witherspoon’s first run at this role – she was attached to co-star back in »
Reese Witherspoon has signed on to follow up her critically-acclaimed performance in Wild with Downsizing. Ironically, the actress was initially attached way back in 2009 when we first reported on the project. Paul Giamatti and Sacha Baron Cohen were also attached to star at the time for director Alexander Payne, but it never moved forward, as the filmmaker went on to make Best Picture nominee The Descendants just a few years later. Matt Damon signed on to star back in November, playing a man who believes his life would be far better off if he shrunk himself, in what is described as a social satire.
Back in 2009, Reese Witherspoon was set to play a woman who met the shrinking man, then played by Paul Giamatti. It isn't known if she will still play the same role in this incarnation. Deadline reports that timing may be an issue with Reese Witherspoon, since »
Waaay back in the day (circa 2008), Alexander Payne was mounting a new ambitious socio-political satire with sci-fi-ish elements called “Downsizing.” It was set in a not-too-distant future world where scientists had learned to shrink human beings down to miniature size in hopes that all of society would follow and that the depletion of Earth’s natural resources would slow down for millions of years (everything would be small, the carbon footprint included). The cast of that early iteration was to star Paul Giamatti, Sacha Baron Cohen, Meryl Streep, Gong Li and one Reese Witherspoon from Payne’s “Election.” Fast forward almost seven years and Payne made two movies in the interim, “The Descendants” and “Nebraska.” Of course, now he’s back on the hill making “Downsizing” again, this time with Matt Damon in the lead. But at least one actor named in the original cast is back. Deadline reports that Reese Witherspoon, »
- Edward Davis
As she hikes the campaign trail on behalf of “Wild,” Reese Witherspoon has attached herself to star opposite Matt Damon in “Downsizing,” which reunites the actress with her “Election” director Alexander Payne, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.
While it’s not currently set up at a studio, the long-gestating dramedy takes place in a not-so-distant alternate future in which humans have perfected shrinking themselves as a means of saving resources — namely money.
Damon’s character will consider undergoing the process when he finds himself down on his luck, while Witherspoon will play the film’s female lead. »
- Jeff Sneider
N.W.A fans and cinephiles alike have been eagerly watching over the past year as Ice Cube and Dr. Dre pulled together Straight Outta Compton, a biopic that charts the rise of their seminal hip-hop group, and now the first trailer for that hotly anticipated film has arrived – courtesy of Cube himself, who screened the preview during a Sydney concert.
As such, the footage is a little blurry, but two videos (one close up but blurry, and one far away but clear) give a pretty clear picture of what was screened. And the main takeaway is that this movie looks really terrific – as the project has progressed, Cube and Dre, alongside director F. Gary Gray and producers Matt Alvarez and Tomica Woods-Wright, took great care to find actors who really embodied the members of N.W.A, and that diligence appears to have paid off.
Cube’s own son, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Expect to see ‘Spider-Man’ on the Oscars death roll call.
It’s been a strange 2014, one full of computer hacks (revealing what both celebrities and Sony look like underneath their clothes) and annoyingly-titled franchise reboots (looking at you, Genisys).
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- Oli Davis
Before he became a world-famous solo rapper and actor, Ice Cube was part of the groundbreaking and controversial gangsta rap group N.W.A., which burst onto the scene in 1988 with their debut album Straight Outta Compton. Nearly 30 years later, Ice Cube is producing the N.W.A. biopic also entitled Straight Outta Compton, and, during a recent concert in Australia, the rapper gave fans an early look at the first trailer. It isn't known when Universal Pictures is releasing the official version quite yet, but you can get your first look at the biopic below.
The story is set in the mid-1980s, when the streets of Compton, California were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., »
17 items from 2015
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