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Now Casting: Last-Minute Background Needed for Season 3 of Showtime’s ‘Billions’ + More Gigs

A big last-minute gig is available in today’s roundup, as Showtime’s “Billions,” starring Paul Giamatti, is looking for talent to portray upscale Brooklynites in a shoot this Friday. Plus, a short film about a film production meeting gone wrong, an Olympics-themed digital short, and a short film about an attempt at dating are all casting. “Billions” Season 3 - Feb. 15 & 16 Showtime’s “Billions” is currently casting nonunion background actors for a last-minute shoot for its third season. Talent, aged 18 and older, is wanted to portray upscale Brooklyn restaurant patrons. The shoot takes place on Feb. 16 in the early morning and is looking for people with full day and night availability. Actors will be paid $143. Apply here! “The Production Meeting” One Imagination Films is currently casting “The Production Meeting,” a short film in which four key people on a feature film have a meeting that never gets completed, putting the next-day filming in jeopardy.
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Sundance Review: White Fang is a Modern Animated Classic

I'll say this. I'm sick of sarcastic animated films with fast-talking "cool" characters. It seems like the go-to thing to do nowadays. I remember when animated characters were innocent and noble, and now it's just a matter of who can have the silliest talking animals showing off. Well, no more, I'm looking forward to more movies like White Fang.

White Fang is a CGI animated film based on the classic Jack London novel, and it is beautiful. The art is so spectacular. While the movie is CG, the models look like the color is painted on giving it a look that seems both hand-painted and CG. It looks stunning on the animals and the scenery even more so. I could watch many of the scenes go by and just be in awe of the art. 

The other thing this movie has going for it is its simplicity. It focuses on
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Sundance Review: Private Life is a Perfect Sundance Film, But Not For Casual Movie Goers

When I heard Paul Giamatti was in a Indy film at Sundance, I was astonished. That sort of thing Never happens. He only does big blockbuster films. For those of you who can’t tell, I was being sarcastic just then. Yeah. Sarcasm. Well, this year, he’s in a few Indy films at Sundance, and one of the first ones they revealed was Private Lives.

Private Lives stars Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn as a couple who really wants to have kids either through fertility therapies or adoption. Sounds hilarious right? What sort of Hijinx are they gonna get into? Kidnap a kid? Eat a Watermelon seed? Nah. Mostly it’s them trying something and it not working and then trying something else. Like a really depressing version of Tom and Jerry.

There is some solid acting, and it really shows the drama chops of the actors involved, but
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Sundance Review: Paul Rudd is Recruited to Be an Assassin in The Catcher Was A Spy

Paul Rudd takes on one of the most dramatic roles in his career in his upcoming film The Catcher Was a Spy. I’m a big fan of Paul Rudd and he always tends to make interesting and good films with humor. This movie is definitely a departure from what we are used to seeing from Rudd, but he does a great job in it.

The movie is set during World War II and Rudd plays a major league baseball player named Moe Berg, who was a catcher for the Red Sox. It's based on the true story of how he was recruited by the government to assassinate a German scientist named Werner Heisenberg (Mark Strong) who the government believes is developing an atomic weapon for Nazi Germany and they want to stop him.

Before Moe Berg was recruited by the Office of Security Services (the precursor to the CIA), he was a catcher,
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Sundance 2018 Oscar Wrap: The Market Is Split Between Young and Old

Sundance 2018 Oscar Wrap: The Market Is Split Between Young and Old
Ever since “In the Bedroom” in 2001, Sundance has just about always delivered a few Oscar contenders a year, especially on the documentary side. (This year’s Sundance 2017 Oscar contenders include “Get Out,” “Call Me By Your Name,” “The Big Sick,” and non-fiction nominees “Last Men in Aleppo,” “Icarus” and Strong Island.”) But just as the 2018 acquisitions market is softer than previous years, there’s also a decided rift between traditional adult arthouse fare — which distributors consider a safer bet for the expensive theatrical run that builds an Oscar contender — and movies aimed at a more diverse, younger audience. The result made the awards prospects in this year’s lineup much harder to assess.

See More:Slow Sundance Sales Bring the Festival Back to Its Roots, As Filmmakers Contemplate the Future Big Plans From New Players

However, there were plenty of schemes on display. At one dinner for rookie director Michael Pearce
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Sundance 2018 Oscar Wrap: The Market Is Split Between Young and Old

Ever since “In the Bedroom” in 2001, Sundance has just about always delivered a few Oscar contenders a year, especially on the documentary side. (This year’s Sundance 2017 Oscar contenders include “Get Out,” “Call Me By Your Name,” “The Big Sick,” and non-fiction nominees “Last Men in Aleppo,” “Icarus” and Strong Island.”) But just as the 2018 acquisitions market is softer than previous years, there’s also a decided rift between traditional adult arthouse fare — which distributors consider a safer bet for the expensive theatrical run that builds an Oscar contender — and movies aimed at a more diverse, younger audience. The result made the awards prospects in this year’s lineup much harder to assess.

See More:Slow Sundance Sales Bring the Festival Back to Its Roots, As Filmmakers Contemplate the Future Big Plans From New Players

However, there were plenty of schemes on display. At one dinner for rookie director Michael Pearce
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Critics Vote on the Best Movies of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival

The 2018 Sundance Film Festival wasn’t a big marketplace compared to previous editions, but critics found plenty of cinematic highlights to celebrate in this year’s lineup, regardless of how much interest they attracted from hungry buyers. IndieWire invited dozens of critics attending the festival to vote on their favorite films of the lineup, and the movie that received the most support won no awards and didn’t even land distribution before the end of the festival, but stood out as one of the most widely praised selections anyway.

Read More:The 2018 IndieWire Sundance Bible: Every Review, Interview, and News Item Posted During the Festival

“Madeline’s Madeline,” the third feature from writer-director Josephine Decker and her first at Sundance, topped IndieWire’s annual critics survey of the top films with 15% of the vote in the Best Film category. Decker’s surreal drama, which premiered in the festival’s Next section,
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Meet Netflix’s Indie Content Team, at Sundance and Beyond

Meet Netflix’s Indie Content Team, at Sundance and Beyond
On opening night of Sundance 2018, writer-director Tamara Jenkins premiered her new film “Private Life” to rave reviews. The New York drama was headed for derailment when she submitted it to Netflix Indie Content directors of content Ian Bricke and his lieutenant Matt Levin; they loved her script about an infertile middle-aged couple (Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn) desperately trying to have a child by any means necessary. The drama turned out so well that Netflix is holding it for the fall festival circuit.

Among those in Eccles Theater seeing “Private Life” for the first time was Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. That’s because if a film is budgeted under $10 million, he delegates full greenlight authority to Bricke, who pushed the $9 million “Private Life” into production and approved the last-minute casting of unknown actress Kayli Carter.

Netflix’s Indie Content film team is also bringing (if not to a
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Meet Netflix’s Indie Content Team, at Sundance and Beyond

Meet Netflix’s Indie Content Team, at Sundance and Beyond
On opening night of Sundance 2018, writer-director Tamara Jenkins premiered her new film “Private Life” to rave reviews. The New York drama was headed for derailment when she submitted it to Netflix Indie Content directors of content Ian Bricke and his lieutenant Matt Levin; they loved her script about an infertile middle-aged couple (Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn) desperately trying to have a child by any means necessary. The drama turned out so well that Netflix is holding it for the fall festival circuit.

Read More:a Decade After ‘The Savages,’ Tamara Jenkins Returns to Sundance With a Personal Netflix Film

Among those in Eccles Theater seeing “Private Life” for the first time was Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. That’s because if a film is budgeted under $10 million, he delegates full greenlight authority to Bricke, who pushed the $9 million “Private Life” into production and approved the last-minute casting of unknown actress Kayli Carter.
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“How Do You Make Sympathetic an Intentionally Enigmatic Character?”: Editor Mark Yoshikawa on The Catcher Was a Spy

Mark Yoshikawa worked as an assistant editor for a decade before he began editing films and TV series full time. This decade he’s edited three films by Terrence Malick, the first two installments of the Hunger Games franchise and three episodes of HBO’s Westworld. His latest film, The Catcher Was a Spy, tells the real-life story of Moe Berg, a professional baseball player who became a spy for a U.S. intelligence agency during World War II. The film stars Paul Rudd, in a rare dramatic, along with cast of heavy hitters: Jeff Daniels, Guy Pearce and Paul Giamatti. Below, Yoshikawa speaks with Filmmaker about […]
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"Billions" Season 3

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Sneak Peek footage, plus images from Season 3 of the TV drama series "Billions", starring Paul Giamatti ("The Pentagon Papers") and Damian Lewis ("Band of Brothers"), premiering March 25, 2018 on Showtime:

"...the series follows the activities of a federal prosecutor of financial crimes and his legal battles with a 'hedge fund' manager. 

"Season 2, also incorporates cases involving 'Treasury' bond auction market manipulation..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Billions"...
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Sundance 2018: From Survivors to Killers, Women Dominated a Festival Without Weinstein

Sundance 2018: From Survivors to Killers, Women Dominated a Festival Without Weinstein
As Hollywood explores the notion that female-driven movies aren’t just a good idea but also seriously bankable, the Sundance Film Festival in the post-Harvey Weinstein era unspooled its most female-facing slate in years. This year’s festival boasted a lineup packed with films that happily subverted the “strong female character” trope. Instead, we had a sprawling selection of complex, messy, rich, and real roles for actresses.

The festival’s most-talked about film, Jennifer Fox’s semi-autobiographical narrative debut, “The Tale,” offered that trope’s richest rebuke. The heartbreaking drama ostensibly follows Fox’s on-screen surrogate (Laura Dern) as she comes to terms with a decades-old molestation experience; it’s spawned by her mother’s (Ellen Burstyn) discovery of a “story” she wrote when she was 13, documenting her experiences with a pair of older coaches (Jason Ritter and Elizabeth Debicki). But Fox also uses the film as a clever way to explore memory,
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‘Billions’ Season 3 Adds John Malkovich in Guest Role

‘Billions’ Season 3 Adds John Malkovich in Guest Role
John Malkovich has signed on for a guest starring role in Season 3 of the Showtime drama “Billions,” the premium cabler announced Wednesday.

Malkovich will play Russian billionaire Grigor Andolov. The role is certainly fitting considering that Malkovich previously played a Russian mobster named Teddy KGB in the movie “Rounders,” which was written by “Billions” co-creators David Levien and Brian Koppelman.

“John appeared in our first two films, ‘Rounders’ and ‘Knockaround Guys,’ and we have a long creative history together. We are ecstatic to be reunited with the man who played Teddy KGB once again,” said Koppelman and Levien.

Malkovich is an Emmy-winning and two-time Oscar nominated actor, director, producer and fashion designer. He received Oscar nominations for his roles in “Places in the Heart” and “In the Line of Fire.” In 1985, he appeared in the Broadway revival of “Death of a Salesman,” which would earn him an Emmy when it was made into a television film. He
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John Malkovich to Play Russian Billionaire on ‘Billions’ Season 3

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John Malkovich to Play Russian Billionaire on ‘Billions’ Season 3
John Malkovich is coming to Showtime’s “Billions.” The premium cable network announced that the Oscar winner will have a recurring guest role as a Russian billionaire named Grigor Andolov on the upcoming third season of the drama series, premiering March 25. “John appeared in our first two films, ‘Rounders’ and ‘Knockaround Guys,’ and we have a long creative history together. We are ecstatic to be reunited with the man who played Teddy Kgb once again,” said showrunners Brian Koppelman and David Levien in a statement. Also Read: 'Billions' Star Asia Kate Dillon on Playing Non-Binary in 'Hyper-Masculine World' (Exclusive Video) “Billions” stars Paul Giamatti...
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John Malkovich Books 'Billions' Arc

John Malkovich is returning to the small screen.

The two-time Oscar-nominated actor, director and producer has booked a guest arc in the upcoming third season of Showtime's Billions.

Malkovich will play Russian billionaire Grigor Andolov on the Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti drama about a hedge fund king and the U.S. attorney set on taking him down.

The casting reunites Malkovich with Billions creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien after the actor had roles in their first two features, Rounders and Knockaround Guys.

“John appeared in our first two films, Rounders and Knockaround Guys, and we have a long creative history together. We...
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Hey, James Franco: See who else has been snubbed at Oscars despite Globe, SAG, Critics’ Choice nominations

This year, 15 performers reaped bids at all three key precursor prizes — the SAG, Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice awards. Such recognition certainly warrants getting up early on Oscar nominations mornings. But as James Franco (“The Disaster Artist”) and Hong Chau (“Downsizing”) found out, reaping bids for that triple crown still didn’t make them sure things in the Oscars derby. They became the most recent of the 21 performers to stumble at the last hurdle and suffer an Oscar snub since the Critics’ Choice Awards introduced nominations in 2001.

Franco should take comfort from the case of Leonardo DiCaprio, who finally won an Oscar two years ago for “The Revenant” after four losses. There were two instances when he didn’t even reap an Oscar nomination despite having done well in the run-up awards. He was spurned by the actors branch of the academy for his leading performance in “J. Edgar” (2011) and
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Netflix Lost as Much as $39 Million When It Canceled Louis C.K. and Kevin Spacey’s New Projects — Report

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Netflix Lost as Much as $39 Million When It Canceled Louis C.K. and Kevin Spacey’s New Projects — Report
“Gore” is unlikely to ever see the light of day, given its star: Kevin Spacey, who faced a wave of sexual-harassment accusations late last year and was fired from “House of Cards” as a result. As for the Gore Vidal biopic, which was also produced by Netflix, the entire movie was scrapped. Louis C.K.’s planned second stand-up special met the same fate, and now Bloomberg (via Vulture) reports that not moving forward with either project cost the streaming service as much as $39 million.

Read More:Seth Meyers Kicked Off Golden Globes 2018 With An Anti-Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey Monologue

“Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey,” the streaming service wrote in a statement last November. “We will continue to work with Mrc during this hiatus time to evaluate our path forward as it relates to the show. We
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Paul Rudd on ‘Ant-Man 2,’ How Original Film Helped Him Land Role as WWII Spy

Paul Rudd on ‘Ant-Man 2,’ How Original Film Helped Him Land Role as WWII Spy
Playing a diminutive superhero helped Paul Rudd land a role as a major-league baseball player turned spy in “The Catcher Was a Spy.”

“I think it was ‘Ant-Man’ that brought us together,” director Ben Lewin said at the Variety Studio presented by At&T while promoting the World War II thriller on Friday at the Sundance Film Festival. “I remember at the premiere of ‘Ant-Man,’ I was thinking, ‘Wow, wouldn’t it be great.’ … It was a pivotal event for me. Mentally, I certainly became fascinated with you as Moe Berg as a result.”

Lewin said the film helped him see the actor in a new light, thinking, “‘Boy, you can do all sorts of stuff.'”

Rudd also discussed his relationship with Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp in “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”

“We’re very much partners in the film,” he teased.

He also said it was a thrill to work with “legends” Michelle Pfeiffer and Michael Douglas.

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Sundance Review: ‘The Catcher Was a Spy’ is a Well-Told Espionage Thriller

From the start, there’s plenty to like about The Catcher Was a Spy, directed by Ben Lewin and starring Paul Rudd. Based on the fascinating life of pro baseball player Moe Berg and adapted from Nicholas Dawidoff’s book of the same name, this is the type of film that feels slightly out of place at Sundance. There’s nothing particularly controversial about the subject matter, nothing brazen or overly ambitious in the technique. Lewin is clearly angling for a classical Hollywood studio picture aesthetic and he mostly succeeds, only sometimes betrayed by his budget.

Rudd plays Berg, a washed-up catcher who takes on a job with the Office of Strategic Services (Oss) after retiring from baseball. We learn early on that he’s a man of many faces. Unmarried but in a relationship with the longing Estella (Sienna Miller, wasted here) and Jewish but determined to blend in
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'White Fang': Film Review | Sundance 2018

'White Fang': Film Review | Sundance 2018
After numerous live action adaptations, White Fang, Jack London’s enduring 1906 novel about a wolfdog’s adventures in the Great White North, makes its feature animated debut in an international co-production that proves both visually stirring and dramatically glacial.

French filmmaker Alexandre Espigares takes full advantage of the pristine terrain, utilizing naturally-occurring light and shadow to create some truly lovely sequences. But the storytelling, wisely unfolding through the eyes of its four-legged protagonist, is less impressive in its depiction of human characters, which, at least in the guise of an American voice cast headed by Nick Offerman and Paul Giamatti, makes...
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