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• Guy Pearce and Dominic West have signed on for Genius, joining Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, and Laura Linney. Michael Grandage is directing the film, marking his feature debut. John Logan adapted A. Scott Berg’s book for the screen. Pearce will play F. Scott Fitzgerald, while West will portray Ernest Hemingway. The film will relay the true, complicated relationship between novelist Thomas Wolfe (Law) and his editor, Max Perkins (Firth). Kidman will play Aline Bernstein, with Linney as Louise Perkins. Genius comes as the third collaboration between Grandage, producing partner James Bierman, and John Logan. Filming kicks off »
- C. Molly Smith
The big-screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has been through a lot. David O. Russell was originally set to direct, but he dropped out and Mike White stepped in. Then Craig Gillespie took over, and now Burr Steers is behind the camera. That's just the beginning the musical chairs. The cast has been the subject of rumors and shifts since the project was first announced in 2009. With the latest addition of Game of Thrones' Lena Headey and Charles Dance to the movie, we're sorting out who's actually involved and who has passed on Pride. »
Like the living dead, the movie adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has refused to die, shambling on with development despite having multiple directors and leads over the past several years. Now stateside viewers will get to see zombies roam the countryside of 19th century England on the big screen, as Screen Gems has picked up Us distribution rights to the book adaptation that has added two Game of Thrones stars to its ranks.
Deadline reports that today Screen Gems secured the rights to distribute Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in the Us, while Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions purchased the rights to release the picture in Latin America, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Iceland. The film is scheduled to start principal photography tomorrow.
- Derek Anderson
Based on Liz Jensen's novel and adapted by Minghella, the story centers on a psychologist (Jamie Dornan) who begins studying a young boy after a near-fatal fall. The doctor gets drawn into a complex mystery that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. Aaron Paul will play the boy's father. [Source: Variety]
Elisabeth Moss will join Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett in James Vanderbilt's "Truth," a film about the scandal that followed after reporter Dan Rather claimed George W. Bush received preferential treatment to avoid the Vietnam War draft.
The aftermath, unfolding against George W. Bush's re-election campaign, left Rather's reputation in shreds and his key producer Mary Mapes sacked. »
- Garth Franklin
Peter Dinklage is set to star in period crime drama The Thicket, based on Joe Lansdale’s novel. He plays Shorty, a crafty bounty hunter enlisted to find a woman who has been kidnapped by a violent killer at the turn of the 20th century. He and his fellow trackers venture into the deadly no-man’s land known as the Big Thicket, a place where blood and chaos reign. Gianni Nunnari’s Hollywood Gang is producing with Dinklage and the actor’s manager David Ginsberg. Dinklage stars on HBO’s Game Of Thrones and next appears in the comedy features Taxi and Pixels. He is repped by CAA, attorney Karl Austen and Ginsberg.
John Magaro has been cast in Disney’s The Finest Hours. The Craig Gillespie-directed film chronicles the massive rescue mission that’s launched when a pair of oil tankers split in two off the coast of »
- The Deadline Team
Here's some casting news for you this morning. According to Variety, Ben Foster (Lone Survivor) and Holliday Grainger (The Riot Club) have joined Craig Gillespie's (Million Dollar Arm) The Finest Hours. Filming is already underway on the Disney film, and it also stars Chris Pine and Casey Affleck. The Finest Hours is an adaptation of Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias’s 2010 book of the same name, is based on the true story of "a rescue attempt by the »
- Jesse Giroux
The Finest Hours is based on the true story of a rescue attempt in 1952 after pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard.
The Finest Hours is currently shooting in Massachusetts. »
• Billy Bob Thornton is in talks for Our Brand Is Crisis. The Warner Bros. political dramedy is being directed by David Gordon Green and already stars Sandra Bullock and Scoot McNairy. Smokehouse partners George Clooney and Grant Heslov will produce. Bullock will executive produce. Our Brand Is Crisis is based on Rachel Boynton’s 2005 documentary of the same name, which explored the use of American political campaign strategies in Bolivia by James Carville and Stan Greenberg, former consultants to President Clinton. Bullock will play a retired American political consultant, “Calamity” Jane Bodine. Details regarding Thornton’s potential role are unknown at this time. »
- C. Molly Smith
As he kicks off shooting, director Craig Gillespie is gathering the remainder of the ship crew needed for real-life rescue tale The Finest Hours. Variety reports that Ben Foster and Holliday Granger will be part of the film.The drama will tell the true story of two oil tankers caught in a massive Nor’easter storm off the New England coast in 1952. The ships split in two and their crews were thrown into the raging seas. The coast guard was called out and had to attempt a rescue in tempestuous waves.Chris Pine and Casey Affleck will be part of the crew on deck while Kyle Gallner has landed the key role of the main rescue boat’s engineer, a young sailor with a lot to prove on the mission. There’s no word yet on which roles Foster and Grainger are taking, though we’d bet good money Foster will be setting sail. »
Billy Bob Thornton ("Fargo") is in talks to join Sandra Bullock and Scoot McNairy in David Gordon Green's political dramedy "Our Brand Is Crisis" for Warner Bros. Pictures. George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing the film which begins shooting this Fall..
The film is a narrative adaptation of the 2005 doco about the use of American political campaign strategies in Bolivia by President Clinton's former consultants. Bullock plays a retired American political consultant who often quotes famous people to help hammer home her talking points. [Source: The Wrap]
Leslie Mann ("The Other Woman") is in negotiations to join the cast of the "Vacation" reboot at New Line. The film follows the now grown-up Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) who takes his family on a road trip similar to the one he, his parents and his sister took when he was young.
Mann would play his sister Audrey Griswold. »
- Garth Franklin
The plot is based on the true story of a 1952 Coast Guard rescue mission, following one of the worst storms ever to hit the East Coast, which literally ripped an oil tanker in half. Facing sub-zero temperatures and waves as high as 70 feet, four Coast Guard members set off in a lifeboat to rescue over 30 crew members who were stranded in the sinking vessel. The mission is still considered to be the greatest 'small boat rescue" in Coast Guard history. No details were given for Ben Foster's character.
Craig Gillespie (Million Dollar Arm) is directing from a script by Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson (The Fighter), which was adapted from the book by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias. Production is currently under way.
Ben Foster most recently starred »
Set in 1952, the film charts the true tale of the Coast Guard’s valiant efforts to rescue the crew of two wayward oil tankers — the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer — caught amidst an unforgiving Nor’easter storm in the Atlantic ocean. Loosely based on Casey Cherman’s non-fiction novel, The Finest Hours: The True Story Behind the Us Coast Guard’s Most Daring Rescue, the script will be penned by Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson — the creative duo behind 2010’s Oscar-winning drama, The Fighter.
In terms of Foster, the »
- Michael Briers
The film is based on a true story revolving around a rescue attempt by the Coast Guard in 1952 after pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard.
Production is currently under way in Massachusetts.
The UTA-repped Foster was last seen in Universal’s “Lone Survivor” and can be seen next in the untitled Lance Armstrong pic where he portrays the cyclist, followed by Legendary’s adaptation of “Warcraft.”
- Justin Kroll
Production is set to begin in September on the new Walt Disney Studios film The Finest Hours, starring Chris Pine (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Star Trek), Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Casey Affleck (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Ocean’s Thirteen), and Holliday Grainger (Cinderella, Bonnie & Clyde).
The thriller, which will be directed by Craig Gillespie (Million Dollar Arm, Lars and the Real Girl) and produced by Jim Whitaker (Cinderella Man) and Dorothy Aufiero (The Fighter), will shoot on location in Quincy and Chatham, Massachusetts. “We are thrilled to be able to film The Finest Hours on location in Massachusetts, and are grateful to the Massachusetts Film Office for all their support,” says Aufiero.
In February of 1952, one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast struck New England, damaging an oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod, literally ripping it in half. »
- Mike Tyrkus
Disney's Coast Guard thriller The Finest Hours is starting production later this month. The period piece, which is being directed by Craig Gillespie, has some serious talent attached to it, including Chris Pine, Casey Affleck and Holliday Grainger.
The Finest Hours, based on the book by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Touglas, is set in 1952 and focuses on four Coast Guard members that use a lifeboat in a desperate attempt to rescue 30 sailors who are stranded in freezing water after a horrible storm stroked their oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod. The script was written by Oscar nominees Paul Tamsay, Eric Johnson, and Scott Silver.
The film will be released in the U.S. in Fall 2015.
Source: TheWrap »
- Laura Frances
• After taking a break from the franchise, Orlando Bloom has revealed that he has been in discussions to return as blacksmith-turned-pirate Will Turner in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Johnny Depp has already signed on to reprise his Oscar-nominated performance as Captain Jack Sparrow in the fifth film of the Disney series, which seems to be what has sealed the deal for Bloom. Norwegian directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are taking the commands of the ship from a screenplay by Jeff Nathanson (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull). The film is scheduled for a July 2017 release date. »
- Jake Perlman
Earlier this year, Chris Pine was in talks to star in The Finest Hours, a real-life tale of rescue and heroism on the high seas. He’s now fully aboard alongside Casey Affleck, and rising star Kyle Gallner has just signed on to join them.The film will tell the true story of two oil tankers caught in a massive Nor’easter storm off the New England coast in 1952. The ships split in two and their crews were thrown into the raging seas. The coast guard was called out and had to attempt a rescue in tempestuous waves.Pine and Affleck will be part of the crew on deck while Gallner has landed the key role of the main rescue boat’s engineer, a young sailor with a lot to prove on the mission. Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson wrote the script, working from Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias’ 2010 non-fiction book about the incident, »
Kyle Gallner ("Veronica Mars") and Holliday Grainger ("The Borgias") have joined the cast of Craig Gillespie's true-disaster feature "The Finest Hours" for Disney Pictures. The story chronicles the massive rescue mission that’s launched when two oil tankers collided off the coast of Cape Cod in 1952.
Gallner plays the rescue-boat's engineman, a man who feels he has a lot to prove. Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Josh Stewart and Graham McTavish also star in the film which begins production this month in Massachusetts. [Source: Deadline]
Untitled Game Brain Project
Albert Brooks and Gugu Mbatha-Raw are in talks to join Peter Landesman's upcoming feature about football concussions at Sony Pictures. Will Smith and Alec Baldwin lead the cast for the Ridley Scott-produced film based on the GQ article "Game Brain".
Brooks will play Cyril Wecht, the chief forensic pathologist who mentors forensic neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Smith) and »
- Garth Franklin
Production is scheduled to begin in September on The Finest Hours, starring Chris Pine (“Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” “Star Trek”), Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Casey Affleck (“The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” “Ocean’s Thirteen”) and Holliday Grainger (“Cinderella,” “Bonnie & Clyde”).
In February of 1952, one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast struck New England, damaging an oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod and literally ripping it in half. On a small lifeboat faced with frigid temperatures and 70-foot high waves, four members of the Coast Guard set out to rescue the more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the rapidly-sinking vessel.
“The Finest Hours” is the story of their heroic mission, which is »
- Michelle McCue
Walt Disney Studios will begin production this month on "The Finest Hours." Shot on location in Massachusetts, the new film reunites Disney with "Million Dollar Arm" director Craig Gillespie, who will helm this retelling of the February 1952 Coast Guard rescue of more than 30 stranded sailors on a sinking vessel off the New England Coast. The film stars some of Hollywood’s easiest-on-the-eyes, including Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, and Holliday Grainger. Screenwriters are Oscar nominees Paul Tamsay and Eric Johnson (“The Fighter”), and Academy Award nominee Scott Silver (“The Fighter,” “8 Mile”). Will "The Finest Hours," based on the book by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias, deliver a prestige "thriller," or join the ranks of bulked-up, action-packed blockbusters? We'll know when the film is released in Fall 2015. »
- Elaina Patton
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