14 items from 2016
Harry Dean Stanton and David Lynch are re-teaming at last, this time in front of the camera to co-star in actor-turned-director John Carroll Lynch‘s indie directorial debut, “Lucky.” The film, currently shooting in Los Angeles, also stars Ed Begley Jr., Ron Livingston, Tom Skerritt, Barry Shabaka Henley, Beth Grant, Yvonne Huff Lee, Hugo Armstrong, and James Darren. Logan Sparks and Drago Sumonja wrote the script specifically for Stanton, who plays a 90-year-old atheist living in an off-the-map desert town filled with quirky characters. Having out-lived and out-smoked all his contemporaries, the fiercely independent man finds himself at the precipice of life, »
- Thom Geier
After working together on The Straight Story, Inland Empire, Wild at Heart, and the undervalued Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (as well as Showtime’s 2017-bound continuation), Harry Dean Stanton and David Lynch are reteaming for a new project. However, they’ll both be in front of the camera this time.
They’ll be starring in Lucky, the directorial debut of John Carroll Lynch (Zodiac, The Invitation), which has already started production. Also featuring Ed Begley Jr., Ron Livingston, Tom Skerritt, Barry Shabaka Henley, Beth Grant, Yvonne Huff Lee, Hugo Armstrong, and James Darren, it follows Stanton as a 90-year-old atheist who embarks on a spiritual journey in his desert town.
“I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work with Harry Dean Stanton,” John Carroll Lynch tells Variety. “‘Lucky tells the story of the journey we are all on; coming to terms with the fragility of life and, »
- Jordan Raup
David Lynch will also appear in the film, which adds to the list of projects he and Stanton have worked on together, including “Wild at Heart” and “The Straight Story.” Stanton is also expected to appear in Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” reboot.
“Lucky” follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist — played by Stanton — and the quirky characters that inhabit his off-the-map desert town. He finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration.
Producers are Logan Sparks, »
- Dave McNary
Harry Dean Stanton has been set to topline Lucky, the indie pic from newbie Superlative Films that will mark the directing debut of John Carroll Lynch. Logan Sparks and Drago Sumonja penned the script with their longtime friend Stanton in mind. Ed Begley Jr, Ron Livingston, Tom Skerritt and David Lynch co-star alongside Barry Shabaka Henley, Beth Grant, Yvonne Huff Lee, Hugo Armstrong, and James Darren. Lucky centers on the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist… »
Famous Monsters. Welcome, Dale! Please, sit for a spell and tell us a little bit about the new film you are in, Regression, and the role you play.
Dale Dickey. At its core, Regression is a suspense thriller set in rural Minnesota dealing with a young girl’s cry of rape by her Father, leading a detective (Ethan Hawke), along with a psychoanalyst and a priest, to uncover the possibility of a satanic cult. Stemming from the mass ‘cult’ hysteria in the 1980s, it questions the use of regression therapy in helping to unravel the mystery. I play Rose Gray, mother of the accused, and grandmother of the victim Angela (Emma Watson). Dealing with poverty and alcoholism and an already vulnerable mental state, she is faced with »
[caption id="attachment_48437" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The Mindy Project TV show on Hulu. Image via Hulu.[/caption]
The Mindy Project TV show has been renewed by Hulu for a fifth season. The single-camera comedy series is created by and stars Mindy Kaling as Ob/Gyn Mindy Lahiri. The Mindy Project was cancelled by Fox after its third season. Hulu then picked up the comedy series for its fourth season, in May 2015.
The Mindy Project cast also includes Chris Messina, Ed Weeks, Ike Barinholtz, Beth Grant, Xosha Roquemore, and Fortune Feimster. The show comes from 3 Arts Entertainment in association with Universal Television. The Mindy Project is executive produced by Kaling, Howard Klein, Matt Warburton, Charlie Grandy, and Michael Spiller.
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James Franco, Elysium Bandini Studios and UCLA are developing “Mississippi Requiem” — a single movie consisting of four black and white shorts — Variety has learned exclusively. Franco will star in the adaptation of William Faulkner’s stories, along with Topher Grace, Amy Smart and Alicia Witt.
The pic deals with issues of race, gender and class set in the American South during the early 20th Century. Beth Grant, Marianna Palka, Elayn Taylor, Sky Van Vliet and Zackary Arthur also star, along with musician George Lewis Jr., known as Twin Shadow.
This production is the second film collaboration this year under Elysium Bandini, the newly formed philanthropic studio »
- Dave McNary
It looks like we’ll be getting a ringside seat to Leo Castellano’s Terrible Twos: The Mindy Project has been renewed for Season 5 at Hulu, TVLine has learned.
RelatedCable Renewal Scorecard 2015: What’s Coming Back? What’s Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?
The streaming service is expected to formally announce the pickup at its Upfront presentation Wednesday morning in New York. The renewal comes as the ex-Fox comedy nears the end of its fourth season.
Fans concerned about the status of co-star Chris Messina moving forward may take some comfort in the fact that the actor’s »
Though a prominent figure in modern American history, Phillipson’s casting as JFK doesn’t necessarily open up much screentime for the actor, given that Pablo Larrain’s feature will place Portman’s grieving Jacqueline (Jackie) Kennedy into the limelight soon after her husband’s assassination in Texas in 1963. Our guess? Jackie will incorporate Phillipson’s fallen president via some form of flashback sequences, as Portman’s reminisces about happier days spent walking Washington’s corridors of power.
Filming is still ongoing on the set of Jackie, and recent, sombre photos have showcased the actress donning the black veil for what we assume to be her late husband’s funeral circa November 22, 1963. It’s that trying period following JFK’s death that will serve as the basis for the movie, »
- Michael Briers
Jackie follows the movements of the First Lady following the 1963 assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, and features a cast that also includes Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, Beth Grant, Max Casella and John Hurt.
- Gary Collinson
Production continued over the weekend on the Washington D.C. set of the director’s Jacqueline Kennedy biopic, and here we get a glimpse of Portman’s widow covered by a black veil for what we assume to be her late husband’s funeral circa November 22, 1963.
Adapted for the screen by Noah Oppenheim (The Divergent Series: Allegiant, The Maze Runner), Jackie largely revolves around the emotional and political fallout in the days after the assassination of JFK, and today’s sombre new still gives us an indication of Jacqueline’s fractured mindset – portrayed with delicacy by Portman.
Behind the lens, Jackie marks a reunion for Portman and Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky, who despite emerging as an early frontrunner to take the reins of the film, remains attached as producer. »
- Michael Briers
The long-in-the-making lesbian indie “Heartland” is finally making its world premiere March 5 at the Cinequest Film Festival. The romantic drama stars Laura Spencer (“The Big Bang Theory”) and its screenwriter Velinda Godfrey as star-crossed lovers. Godfrey plays Lauren, an artist who returns to her childhood home in Oklahoma to live with her mother (Beth Grant of “The Mindy Project”) after the death of her longtime girlfriend. Her brother Justin (Aaron Leddick) is also visiting home with his girlfriend Carrie (Spencer). What starts as a friendship between Carrie and Lauren slowly progresses into a forbidden love affair. The film was first written in “Transparent” star Jeffrey Tambor’s film workshop, and has since accumulated praise from actors Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Julia Stiles, and Tambor himself. “This film emulates a reality that we all live in now,” director Maura Anderson said in a statement. “This is the world we live in »
Band of Robbers, 2016.
Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn are grown men, still searching for the hidden treasure that has eluded them since childhood.
Band of Robbers is an intriguing film right off the bat. How many movies in this generation are getting made about Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, let alone movies that put a creative spin on the highly respected works of Mark Twain? The answer is probably very few, or none at all, so when a description for a movie on-demand comes up detailing a comic caper showcasing young adult versions of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer attempting to pull off some Robin Hood shenanigans, it’s hard not to resist »
- Robert Kojder
Sibling filmmakers Adam and Aaron Nee (“The Last Romantic”) offer an appealing mash-up of quirky whimsy, caper-comedy suspense and wink-wink literary allusions in “Band of Robbers,” a modern-day twist on Mark Twain that reimagines Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn as grown-up rascals who never outgrew their appetite for adventure. You don’t really have to be familiar with Twain’s classic novels to enjoy this slickly produced indie as light and likable entertainment. But if you recall the source material as something far more pleasurable than high-school homework, you’re all the more likely to appreciate how cleverly Adam and Aron have played fast and loose with the mythos of Huck and Tom. Theatrical exposure may be fleeting, but extended shelf life in other platforms is a distinct possibility.
- Joe Leydon
14 items from 2016
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