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THR reports that Sony Pictures Classics has snagged North American rights to "Truth," starring Robert Redford as Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett as his producer, Mary Mapes, whose 2005 memoir "Truth and Duty" serves as the basis for this film. "Truth" centers on the firestorm that broke out in September 2004 when the former CBS Evening News anchor made libelous claims that President Bush received special treatment during his Air National Guard tenure in Vietnam. The authenticity of Rather's sources was called into question, Mapes was swiftly fired and Rather resigned in 2005. Elisabeth Moss, Topher Grace and Dennis Quaid also appear in "Truth," the directorial debut of "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "White House Down" screenwriter James Vanderbilt. Brad Fischer, William Sherak, Vanderbilt and Mikkel Bondesen produce with Brett Ratner, Doug Mankoff and Andy Spaulding, and Mythology Entertainment. Sony Pictures Classics has »
- Ryan Lattanzio
We have reached the halfway point in this year’s prestigious Cannes Film Festival over in France, and a big portion of talk across the Channel is focused on Cate Blanchett and her performance alongside Rooney Mara in Todd Hayne’s critically-acclaimed Carol. And her good form continues today with Deadline reporting that her next project, Truth, has been sold to Sony Pictures Classics for $6 million.
The film, directed by screenwriter James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) co-stars Robert Redford (All Is Lost), Dennis Quaid (The Day After Tomorrow), Topher Grace (Interstellar) and Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and tells the story of “Rathergate”, a famous scandal from the 1960’s which involved CBS news anchor Dan Rather and 60 Minutes producer Mary Mapes. Redford plays Rather whilst Blanchett stars as Mapes.
Truth is based on a 2005 memoir by Mary Mapes entitled Truth And Duty: The Press, The President And The Privilege Of Power. Early indications »
- Scott J. Davis
From director Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) and writer Max Landis (Chronicle), Eisenberg and Stewart reunite in this supercharged action-comedy about a stoner whose past comes back to haunt him in the form of a government operation set to wipe him out.
American Ultra is a fast-paced action comedy about Mike (Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart), is suddenly turned upside down. Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. In the blink of an eye, as his secret past comes back to haunt him, Mike is thrust into the middle of a deadly government operation and is forced to summon his inner action-hero in order to survive.
- Michelle McCue
Sneak Peek new images from the upcoming action comedy feature "American Ultra", written by Max Landis and directed by Nima Nourizadeh, starring Jesse Eisenberg ("Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice") and Kristen Stewart ("Twilight") , opening August 21, 2015:
"...a stoner and his girlfriend's sleepy, small-town existence is disrupted when his past comes back to haunt him in the form of a government operation set to wipe him out..."
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- Michael Stevens
The first posters and still have arrived online for director Nima Nourizadeh’s upcoming comedy American Ultra, which is scripted by Max Landis and features Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. Check them out via MTV..
“American Ultra” is a fast-paced action comedy about Mike (Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart), is suddenly turned upside down. Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. In the blink of an eye, as his secret past comes back to haunt him, Mike is thrust into the middle of a deadly government operation and is forced to summon his inner action-hero in order to survive.
American Ultra is set for release August 21st in the States and August 28th in the UK, and features a cast that also includes Connie Britton, Topher Grace, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman, Walton Goggins and Tony Hale. »
- Gary Collinson
Judging by the first posters for Nima Nourizadeh’s genre mash-up American Ultra, Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart are a long way from the idyllic, low-key setting of Adventureland. For the atypical comedy, the stars will play Mike and Phoebe, respectively, two laid-back stoners who will act as the crux of Ultra‘s tale of love, lust and eccentric hair.
MTV debuted our first look at the dramedy, and the outlet also sat down to talk with Nourizadeh about the creative process behind the film and how it’s proven to be a difficult butterfly to pin when it comes to actually pitching the concept during marketing.
“You start with this kind of like sweet love story. I don’t want to turn people off with that, but what’s really unique about this movie is the fact that it’s like this kind of crazy action-comedy, but really at »
- Michael Briers
Scarlett Johansson Oscar dress Scarlett Johansson at the Oscars Looking great in a long purple dress, Scarlett Johansson displays her tight-fitting costume and bare back at the 83rd Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Oscar 2011 co-host and Best Actor nominee James Franco (for Danny Boyle's 127 Hours) thus introduced Johansson and fellow Oscar presenter Matthew McConaughey: "I am six degrees of Kevin Bacon away from our next two presenters. Figure it out on the Internet." Well, if you're lucky. Some have remarked that Franco was a more effective Oscar host online, where he tweeted some of the evening's to-dos, than on the stage of the Kodak Theatre. His fellow equally panned Oscarcast host was actress Anne Hathaway. Scarlett Johansson movies Scarlett Johansson has been featured in more than 40 films since her debut at age 10 in Rob Reiner's North, back in 1994. Johansson, in fact, »
- D. Zhea
Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan battle valiantly to keep the banter frothy and the bromides fresh in “Playing It Cool,” a broad romantic comedy that submits the genre to such a rigorous self-examination it nearly tips over into parody — which would have been a good thing. Debuting feature director Justin Reardon leans on first-person narration to comment on the action throughout, a conceit that sucks much of the romance out of the story, and makes it feel a bit like a class project. Available on VOD for more than a month, the movie is getting a limited release from distributor Vertical Entertainment, perhaps in hopes that “Avengers: Age of Ultron” co-star Evans can somehow save the day here, too.
In “Playing It Cool,” Evans is a screenwriter — to drive the meta aspect home, he’s identified in the closing credits as “Me” — commissioned to punch up the third act of a romantic comedy. »
- Bill Edelstein
Chris Evans is currently embodying the noble hero in his role as Captain America in "Avengers: Age Of Ultron." But in the upcoming romantic comedy "Playing It Cool," he plays something a little more relatable to many people: a regular young guy who has given up on love… until he meets that one special person. Joined by Aubrey Plaza, Luke Wilson, Martin Starr and Topher Grace, the film tells the story of a screenwriter tasked with writing a rom-com, but who has trouble finding a way in due to his own views on love. But that all changes when he meets a woman (played by Michelle Monaghan) at a party, but there's a problem: he never got her name. And in this exclusive clip, Evans tells his circle of pals about the person that has suddenly left him smitten, and which leads to a roundtable discussion on the nature of love. »
- Edward Davis
Lionsgate has announced a slew of new release dates and release changes this afternoon. Perhaps the most surprising, coming out of nowhere is the anticipated indie “American Ultra” starring Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Walton Goggins, Connie Britton, Bill Pullman, Topher Grace, and Tony Hale. Directed by Nima Nourizadeh and written by Max Landis, the movie was thought maybe to debut at a film festival sometime this or next year, but Lionsgate has decided to release the film later this summer on August 21st. Here’s the official synopsis and note, it’s being described as an action comedy: A stoner and his girlfriend's sleepy, small-town existence is disrupted when his past comes back to haunt him in the form of a government operation set to wipe him out. Also exciting is the news that Damien Chazelle’s next picture will be a musical called “La La Land” starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. »
- Edward Davis
Walton Goggins, Connie Britton, Bill Pullman, Topher Grace and Tony Hale round out the key cast on American Ultra, about a small-town stoner and his girlfriend who becomes the target of a top secret government assassination plot.
Lionsgate moves back Summit’s Criminal from August 21 2015 to January 22 2016 and moves up Dirty Grandpa from August 12 2016 to February 26 2016.
Gods Of Egypt moves back from February 12 2016 to April 8 2016.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Kristen Stewart, 'Camp X-Ray' star, to join cast of 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' Kristen Stewart to join 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' movie After putting away her Bella Swan wig and red (formerly brown) contact lenses, Kristen Stewart has been making a number of interesting career choices. Here are three examples: Stewart was a U.S. soldier who befriends an inmate (Peyman Moaadi) at the American Gulag, Guantanamo, in Peter Sattler's little-seen (at least in theaters) Camp X-Ray. She was one of Best Actress Oscar winner Julianne Moore's daughters in Wash Westmoreland and the recently deceased Richard Glatzer's Alzheimer's drama Still Alice. She was the personal assistant to troubled, aging actress Juliette Binoche in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria, which earned her a history-making Best Supporting Actress César. (Stewart became the first American actress to take home the French Academy Award. »
- Andre Soares
Vertical Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Shane Abbess’ sci-fi thriller “Infini,” starring Daniel MacPherson, Grace Huang, Luke Hemsworth, Bren Foster and Luke Ford, Variety has learned exclusively.
Vertical plans to release the film in theaters day-and-date on May 8.
The story centers on a search and rescue team that is transported through deep space in the 23rd century to a distant mining colony to save the sole survivor of a biological outbreak. During their mission, they find a lethal weapon that is set to arrive on Earth within the hour.
- Dave McNary
Stars: Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Iaon Gruffudd, Anthony Mackie, Topher Grace, Aubrey Plaza, Patrick Warburton, Martin Starr, Luke Wilson, Matthew Morrison, Ashley Tisdale, Philip Baker Hall | Written by Chris Shafer, Paul Vicknair | Directed by Justin Reardon
Imagine if love was easy, we’d have less rom-coms for a start. These comedies that look at the complications of love tend to make themselves out to be the only movie that does the re-tread tale in this certain way, the truth being most follow a similar structure (because it works). The success of the film relies on making the audience care for the characters and charming the hopeless romantic in them into submission. The question is can Chris “Captain America” Evans charm you by Playing it Cool? The answer is probably yes.
Chris Evans plays a screenwriter given the task of writing a script for a rom-com. Being the jaded type he »
- Paul Metcalf
Taylor Swift just landed her best gig yet: Godmother! The "Style" singer took to Instagram on Sunday to announce the news and to share a sweet snapshot of herself rubbing Jaime King's bare baby bump. "Guess who just got named Godmother of this little one..... (Me)," she captioned the cute candid, where the expecting star is putting her belly on display. The "Hart of Dixie" actress also announced Taylor's new role, writing, "And @taylorswift will forever be looking over our new baby @kyle_newman -we all love you!!!! Xx." King and husband Kyle Newman already have one son, James Knight. The 16-month-old also has a set of celebrity godparents ... Jessica Alba and Topher Grace! In fact, Jaime reached out to Alba to get advice on motherhood. "It was really just watching her over the years, the balance that she creates," she told E! last year. "She had kids before »
- tooFab Staff
Playing It Cool, 2015
Directed by Justin Reardon
Unrequited love motivates a guy to write about his experiences.
First time director Justin Reardon clearly has a lot of friends in high places. Along with first time writers Chris Shafter and Paul Vicknair, they have managed to amass a cast that includes Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie, Spider-Man 3‘s Topher Grace, Fantastic Four‘s Ioan Gruffudd and Parks and Recreation‘s Aubrey Plaza, as well as Martin Starr, Luke Wilson and Michelle Monaghan. Now a cast list wouldn’t seem that out of the ordinary for most motion pictures, this is for Playing It Cool (formally A Many Splintered Thing), a simple rom-com that is now available on VOD. Is it a bad movie? »
- Luke Owen
HitFix Award Gurus Kris Tapley and Greg Ellwood are both attending Saturday's Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday (February 21) afternoon in Santa Monica and they left me to handle HitFix's Independent Spirit Awards Winners & Losers list. And once I'm watching Saturday's show, I might as well be live-blogging Saturday's show as preparation for Sunday's Oscars live-blog, especially since is the last time that "Birdman" and "Boyhood" will be going head-to-head for Best Picture (along with "Selma" and "Whiplash") before the Academy Awards. So follow along and say "Hi" in the comments below... And remember that Saturday's show, hosted by Kristen Bell and Fred Armisen, is airing live on IFC, not that obnoxious tape-delayed thing they used to do! 1:50 p.m. Pt. The show hasn't started, but if you're following the Winners list, you know that "Birdman" has already won for for cinematography, while "Whiplash" won for editing, both results I can accept. »
- Daniel Fienberg
With an all-star cast that includes Chris Evans (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Michelle Monaghan (Due Date) and Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Playing It Cool is an offbeat romantic comedy from debut feature director Justin Reardon and is described as Swingers meets 500 Days of Summer.
Check out the trailer below:
Playing it Cool is this generation’s ‘Swingers’ meets ‘500 Days of Summer’, a fresh and quirky story of a slight pretentious man, our ‘narrator’ (Evans), who falls for an unlikely girl, ‘her’ (Monaghan), and will stop at nothing to get her even after realizing she is already in a relationship. Like a young ‘Walter Mitty’, it tells the story of a quarter-life crisis amidst figuring out who you are and what your destiny holds.
- Luke Owen
Content Media has bulked up its Efm slate with international rights to Dark Factory’s recent Sundance revenge thriller Reversal.
Tina Ivlev stars in a potential breakout role alongside Richard Tyson in the story of a woman who flees her abductor and engages in a game of cat-and-mouse when she discovers she may not be the only victim.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Sundance: IFC Midnight has swooped on Us rights to Dark Factory Entertainment’s revenge thriller following its world premiere at Sundance.
Mexican film-maker J M Cravioto’s English-language debut stars Tina Ivlev and Richard Tyson in the story of a young woman who flees her captor only to learn more about his sadistic plan. Rock Shaink Jr and Keith Kjornes co-wrote the screenplay.
IFC brokered the deal with Paradigm on behalf of the film-makers.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
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