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Best. TV. Team-up. Ever. TV's best on-screen couple Mindy Kaling and Chris Messina are teaming up with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and we literally not be more excited. E! News has exclusively learned that The Mindy Project duo will guest star in the season two premiere of Pivot's Hit Record on TV With Joseph Gordon-Levitt, airing on June 12. Oh, and it gets even better. Gird your loins, people, because we also have two exclusive photos from their appearance, which reveal that Messina and Jgl will be tap-dancing together during the episode. What. A. Time. To. Be. Alive. We also have an exclusive first look at Mindy in the short, titled "Anchor's Away," which she actually wrote! So »
Exclusive: Hinting at a long-term relationship in the making, Christopher Woodrow’s Vendian Entertainment has emerged as a key partner with Wild Bunch on Flag Day and has come on board to co-finance and produce Sean Penn’s upcoming drama.
Penn has been in town meeting buyers to talk up the project, which Wild Bunch’s fledgling Los Angeles-based sales arm Insiders is selling here.
Production is scheduled to begin in early 2016, with Penn lined up to direct and star alongside his daughter Dylan Penn.
Flag Day tells of a young journalist who struggles to come to terms with the dark legacy of her father, a loving conman who was eventually arrested for one of the largest counterfeit money operations in Us history.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Mike Figgis has tapped Nicolas Cage to star in his thriller "Exit 147," THR reports. Written by Travis Milloy ("Pandorum"), the darkly humorous film follows Cage as a corrupt policeman who arrests a woman's abusive partner, only to become entangled in a series of sick mind games. The film will weave various story strands with multiple characters. "This is the kind of story that turns up once in a blue moon," Higgis told THR of this "dream project for a small ensemble." Figgis hasn't had a film hit quite as hard since his "Leaving Las Vegas," a deeply depressing story of a failed screenwriter (Cage, unhinged and sympathetic, won the Oscar that year) who meets a heart-of-gold prostitute (Elisabeth Shue, also nominated that year) on his way to rock bottom. Cage will soon be seen in Oliver Stone's Edward Snowden biopic opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt. “Exit 147″ is produced by Lenny Beckerman of Uber Content, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg on the Oscars' Red Carpet Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Spielberg has taken home two Best Director Oscars: Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Schindler's List also won Best Picture, but Saving Private Ryan lost to John Madden's Miramax-distributed Shakespeare in Love. There was quite a bit of animosity at the time, as some felt that Miramax, owned by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, overdid its Oscar campaigning – while still managing to sway enough Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members to vote for its film. Somewhat ironically, at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony Steven Spielberg presented the Best Picture Award to The King's Speech. Toplining Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, and Claire Bloom, this British production was »
- D. Zhea
Shared universes are big business right now, and here are seven franchises that could, and should be expanded...
It's likely that by the time you finish reading this sentence a new cinematic universe will have been born. In fact, it may be one of the cinematic universes I propose later in this article. If that's the case, I apologise for my obsolescence. Furthermore, if you're reading this in the future and any of my proposed cinematic universes have come to pass and turned out awful, I also apologise.
Just know that I'm sorry, and I've a feeling that many of us are going to be sorry and that the film industry could be in a sorry and confusing mess in five years time thanks to 'Cinematic Universe Fever' (a real affliction, and currently a very common complaint on the casebooks of doctors and private physicians in Hollywood). Right now, really »
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
Hollywood has had a long love affair with the heist sub-genre. Dating as far back as the silent film era with 1928’s Alias Jimmy Valentine, and transcending various genres like westerns (The War Wagon), war (Kelly’s Heroes) and even animation (Toy Story 3), the heist has tantalized our fantasies and outsmarted our wits for decades. Whether it’s for the very last time before retirement, gathering the gang back together for a big payday or for the thrill of pulling off the perfect robbery, all heist films share one key element: commitment to a plan. »
- Shane Ramirez
Exclusive: Christopher Woodrow flies into Cannes with a new finance and production venture that has raised $100m in equity and got behind six of the biggest titles to hit the market in the last two years.
The former CEO of Worldview will continue to raise funds to enable Vendian Entertainment to grow into a global media company capable of mounting six or more star-driven commercial films a year in the $15-65m range.
CAA advised on the formation of the La and New York-based company, which will seek to greenlight projects with North American distribution in place.
The first six projects on which Vendian will co-finance and serve as executive producer include Oliver Stone’s potential awards contender Snowden starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, which Open Road will distribute in the Us on December 25.
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Wild Bunch has closed major pre-sales on a pair of anticipated movies: Mel Gibson starrer “Blood Father” and Olivier Stone’s untitled Edward Snowden project. Wild Bunch will unveil exclusive footage of both films at Cannes.
Wild Bunch pre-sold Stone’s film to about 40 territories including France (Pathe), Canada (Elevation), Germany (Universum/Rtl), Spain (Vertigo), Italy (Bim), Scandinavia (Scanbox), the Cis (Central Partnership), Latin America and Australia (Kick In), Japan (Gaga), Korea (Activers) and Hong Kong (Edko).
“Blood Father” has been snatched up for more than 50 territories including France (Snd), Germany (Splendid), Spain (Vertigo), Cis (Central Partnership), Switzerland (Impuls), Canada (Remstar), Latin America (California) and Australia (Icon).
Stone’s movie, which toplines Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden, was picked up for the U.S. by Open Road, which has committed to giving the movie a wide release on Dec. 25. Meanwhile, “Blood Father,” directed by Jean-Francois Richet (“Mesrine”), was acquired at script stage by Lionsgate. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Who doesn’t love a good action movie? They’re among the most fun that Hollywood has to offer, particularly when they’re of a high quality. Later on this week, a reportedly amazing new one in Mad Max: Fury Road is hitting theaters, so to prep us all for that experience (I see it later on today, so yay for that), I wanted to do a countdown of the recent best that the genre has to offer. Essentially, every action flick since 2000 was eligible, and I whittled that down to a top ten list. It’s hardly the definitely “new millennium action movie” list, but I think it’s a pretty solid one, to say the least. You’ll be able to see the list below, which could very well be amended once Mad Max: Fury Road comes to town… Here now are my picks for the ten best »
- Joey Magidson
A new TV spot for Paper Towns is here! Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff star in the adaptation of John Green's novel, and it already looks every bit as great as The Fault in Our Stars. Wolff plays Quentin, who has lived across the street from Margo (Delevingne) for years before she pays any attention to him. When she finally does, it's to involve him in a revenge plot against her cheating ex. Just when things are looking up for Quentin, Margo disappears into thin air, and it's up to him to follow the clues to find her. It's vaguely reminiscent of the 2005 Joseph Gordon-Levitt film Brick, but with less of a noir feel and more of Mikky Ekko's "Smile." Pictures from the movie are sweet, but the trailers provide a much better look at the whole cast. Take a look at the new spot below, and check »
Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban at the Oscars Wolverine Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness at the Academy Awards Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, along with Best Actress nominee Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban, are pictured above arriving at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Stage and screen actor-singer Hugh Jackman was the Oscar ceremony host a couple of years ago, while Nicole Kidman was a 2011 Best Actress nominee for her performance as a bereaved mother in John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole, co-starring Aaron Eckhart and Dianne Wiest. More on Kidman further below. Recent Hugh Jackman movies The most recent film efforts of the Sydney-born Hugh Jackman were Gavin Hood's X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), in which he has the (second half of the) title role, and Baz Luhrmann's epic romance Australia (2008). Co-starring Nicole Kidman, »
- D. Zhea
A number of series are being canceled and renewed at this very second. New shows are also being announced as they get picked up for a series order by various networks. One of those shows, which we've heard quite a bit about in recent months, is Lucifer. Based on the DC Vertigo supernatural comic book, the show has been picked up at Fox. And today, we have a first look at Tom Ellis as the lead.
The news comes just one day after NBC officially announced that they have canceled another DC supernatural series, with Constantine now looking for a home elsewhere. The hope is to find digital distribution for Season 2. Will Lucifer have better luck finding an audience on Fox?
Im Global and producers Robert Teitel, Tika Sumpter and Richard Tanne announced that they have cast Parker Sawyers as the young Barack Obama in Southside with You. The romantic dramedy was inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama's first date. Parker Sawyers joins Tika Sumpter who will play Michelle.
The film covers the eventful date in 1989 when a young associate named Barack Obama was trying to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson on a summer afternoon and evening, that took them from the Art Institute of Chicago to a screening of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing to the site of their first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor.
Parker Sawyers, an American actor based in the UK, recently completed Oliver Stone's Snowden with Joseph Gordon Levitt and is about to shoot a supporting role in the feature The Autopsy of Jane Doe, opposite Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch. »
Anne Hathaway Red Dress at the 83rd Academy Awards Oscar host Anne Hathaway Wearing a blindingly bright red dress, Anne Hathaway, sporting a blindingly bright white smile, is pictured above at the 2011 Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Hathaway, a Best Actress nominee for Rachel Getting Married in early 2009, was this year's Oscar ceremony co-host alongside Best Actor nominee James Franco (127 Hours). More on that further below. Anne Hathaway movies Below is a partial list of Anne Hathaway films.* Her big-screen debut took place in 2001. Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass (2016). Director: James Bobin. Cast: Mia Wasikowska. Johnny Depp. Helena Bonham Carter. Sacha Baron Cohen. Anne Hathaway. The Interns (2015). Director: Nancy Meyers. Cast: Anne Hathaway. Robert De Niro. Interstellar (2014). Director: Christopher Nolan. Cast: Matthew McConaughey. Jessica Chastain. Anne Hathaway. Mackenzie Foy. Michael Caine. Matt Damon. Ellen Burstyn. Don Jon (2013). Les Misérables (2012). Director: Tom Hooper. »
- D. Zhea
When studios start shuffling release dates, it can be a portent of doom. Such moves are often accompanied with whispers about production problems, or executive disappointment with the finished product itself. Paramount’s sudden adjustment to the roll-out of its live action-computer animation hybrid Monster Trucks suggests the opposite, however. Of all the months to shift it to, the studio has opted to push it back to March 2016 – a month that many would give a wide berth, given that the cinematic juggernaut Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice will be pulling into theatres at that time. Not so for Monster Trucks, which will now arrive a week before that superhero smack-down.
On its previous release date – December 25th 2015 – Monster Trucks would have faced off with Concussion (starring Will Smith), Joy (starring Jennifer Lawrence), the Point Break remake, Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip, The Revenant (starring Leonardo DiCaprio »
- Sarah Myles
There is a terrifically unkind way to report today's story, and a quick scan of Twitter should give you some idea of just how strong a reaction some people are having to the short list of directors that Deadline claims are in the mix to direct Sony's upcoming reboot of "Spider-Man." First thought: Miller and Lord are making the wrong movie for the studio. Second thought: why is this so difficult for Sony? After all, the original "Spider-Man" was a huge milestone in terms of how superheroes were treated on film. Sam Raimi got the tone so right it was ridiculous, and no matter what choices he made in the film, he proved that Spider-Man could work, and that he could bring the colorful world of Marvel Comics to the screen in a way that the whole world could enjoy. Was that really just 13 years ago? I can still remember »
- Drew McWeeny
Happy Batman Day, everyone! Around the world, May 1st may mark a spring holiday, but here, it marks the first appearance of the Dark Knight, in Detective Comics No. 27, in 1939.
For the past 76 years, the Caped Crusader has been fighting Gotham City evildoers in comic books, movies, TV shows, and pretty much anywhere else you can shine a Bat-signal. Throughout the years, Bruce Wayne's alter ego has gone through many incarnations, not just in actors (from Adam West to Michael Keaton to Christian Bale to Ben Affleck, among the many), but also in character, from haunted avenger to squeaky-clean do-gooder to campy clown to kinky prowler to world-weary fighter. He's due for yet another change this week, with the releases of DC's Batman No. 40 -- in which Bruce Wayne and the Joker finally kill each other (or do they?) and a special issue of DC's Divergence, where an undisclosed character »
- Gary Susman
Las Vegas - It's not an understatement to suggest that since they last presented their wares to the world's theater owners Sony Pictures has had a pretty dramatic 12 months . December's North Korean hacking scandal made the release of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's "The Interview" a global news story where the studio and exhibitors blamed each other for not screening the film in mainstream theaters. And, frankly, when Potus gets involved there better be a lot of water under that bridge to put all that behind you. Five months later Sony has a new Chairman (Tom Rothman) and, luckily, much better films to help heal some delicate wounds. The studio didn't have the star power to rival previous presenters Paramount and Warner Bros, but they did bring a lot of new footage and also made some news. First, let's get to the news. Sony revealed that a new "Jump »
- Gregory Ellwood
At this year’s CinemaCon, Sony unveiled a ton of new footage from a number of their upcoming films and even announced a number of new projects. In terms of new stuff, new Sony head Tom Rothman announced an animated Spider-Man movie that would be masterminded by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and unveiled logos for The Equalizer 2, Uncharted, Angry Birds, Inferno, and Smurfs. Regarding new footage, attendees got to glimpse the first footage from such films as X-Mas (starring Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt), The 5th Wave (Chloe Moretz), Concussion (Will Smith), Ricky and the Flash (Meryl Streep), The Walk (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Money Monster (George Clooney and Julia Roberts), Hotel Transylvania 2, and new footage from films like Spectre, Goosebumps, Aloha, Pixels, The Perfect Guy, and more. Shortly after the presentation ended I sat down with Peter from /film and recorded a video blog about the footage »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The team from 50/50 is back and X marks the spot. Director Jonathan Levine‘s previous untitled Christmas movie starring Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie is now officially called X-Mas, which is a title Rogen was toying with while on set a few months back. Not much is known in the way of specifics about […]
- Germain Lussier
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