13 items from 2014
• Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, and Andy Garcia are currently in negotiations to join the sci-fi adventure film Geostorm. Gerard Butler has already been tapped to star as a stubborn satellite designer who must work with his estranged brother to save the world after climate-controlling satellites malfunction. (There’s also a plot to assassinate the president for good measure.) Sturgess is in talks to play Butler’s brother with Cornish as Sturgess’ girlfriend, a Secret Service agent. Harris and Garcia would play the secretary of state and president, respectively. Dean Devlin, who co-wrote the script to Independence Day, will »
- Jake Perlman
Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly Sunday column, two old friends get together and grind their axes on the movie business. Off last Sunday, the boys have a lot on their minds.
Fleming: We have entered an age of digital fascism; render an opinion against the grain, and disagreement is followed by insults and threats to end careers. Because of an opinion.
Bart: Are you referring to Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Pedro Almodovar being attacked for signing that petition charging Israel with practicing genocide in the Gaza? It was certainly not a smart move on their part.
Fleming: I get that. Anyone paying attention can see Israel’s existence comes out of an unimaginable genocide attempt in WWII. I wonder if Bardem and Cruz read the fine print when the petition was put under their noses. Provoked by »
- Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr
Since introducing buyers to John McNamara’s buzzed-about script, eOne International has sold the film to a slew of territories including France and French-speaking territories (TF1), Switzerland (Ascot Elite), Scandinavia (Scanbox), South Africa/Pan Africa (Times Media Group), Middle East (Selim Ramia & Co), Vietnam »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Cranston will play the titular character, who made a career as a screenwriter before he was blacklisted from Hollywood in 1947 after refusing to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. After using a pseudonym, Trumbo was eventually able to claim his works, including 1960s Spartacus and Exodus, using his real name.
- Ariana Bacle
Austin Powers director Jay Roach is turning his lens on a more serious subject for latest picture Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston. Cranston plays the title role of Dalton Trumbo, the screenwriter of Spartacus amongst others, who ended up on the infamous blacklist thanks to the House Un-American Activities Committee in the late Forties. One of numerous individuals who refused to testify and hence got tarred by the Commie brush, Trumbo worked under pseudonyms, partly helped by producer Frank King. Roach wants John Goodman in the part of King and if the bear-like actor accepts he and Cranston will be back in the movie subterfuge business – the pair previously worked on a conspiracy to create a fake sci-fi film in Argo.
- Steve Palace
Trumbo was blacklisted after refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947 during the Red Scare.
He won two Oscars while working under a pseudonym before he was finally able to return to writing using his own name.
Following supporting roles in the Best Picture winning Argo, it looks like John Goodman and Bryan Cranston will deal with the Hollywood of the past all over again. The Wrap reports Goodman is joining Cranston in Trumbo, the periods drama from director Jay Roach which features the "Breaking Bad" star as screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, the writer of classics like Spartacus and Roman Holiday who was blacklisted and sent to prison during the Red Scare when the House UnAmerican Activities Committee (Huac) was questioning Hollywood talents about Communist ties, forcing many, like Trumbo, to have pseudonyms. This sounds like exactly the kind of film the Academy will swoon over, especially with a cast like this. Goodman's role in the film, if a deal closes, would be that of producer Frank King of King Brothers Productions who hired Trumbo to write for them besides being blacklisted. The actor joins Helen Mirren who »
- Ethan Anderton
The Wrap reports that John Goodman is in talks to join Helen Mirren and Bryan Cranston in Trumbo, a biopic about the Oscar-winning screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Spartacus, Roman Holiday), who was blacklisted in the late '40s after refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Cranston is to play Trumbo and Mirren will play Hedda Hopper, the gossip columnist who helped take him down, while Goodman is in talks to play Frank King, a producer who hired Trumbo while he was blacklisted. Fun fact: Along with Argo, this marks the second movie Cranston and Goodman have starred in together that has a one word, bisyllabic title ending in o. What's next on the docket — Disney's live-action Dumbo reboot? (We hope so. That would be awesome.) »
- Anna Silman
No deal is in place yet, but John Goodman is expected to accept an offer to play Hollywood producer Frank King in the Dalton Trumbo biopic. Bryan Cranston is portraying the screenwriter, considered one of Hollywood's best in the 1940s, whose career came grinding to a halt in 1947, after he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee during their investigation into the motion picture industry.
Despite being blacklisted as one of the "Hollywood 10" writers, Frank King continued to hire Dalton Trumbo, who would write under pseudonyms. The screenwriter won two Oscars while he was blacklisted for Roman Holiday and The Brave One, which was produced by Frank King.
Helen Mirren is also attached to star, although »
It was shortly before the series finale of "Breaking Bad" last year that word broke of Bryan Cranston signing on to headline Trumbo, a biopic of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo that Jay Roach (The Campaign, Game Change) will direct. Soon thereafter, Helen Mirren signed on to play gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. Now, The Wrap reports that the offer is out to John Goodman to play Hollywood producer Frank King. »
Episode 25 of 52: In which Kate confronts Angela Lansbury onscreen and the Blacklist offscreen and manages to beat both.
Early on, I stated that sometimes Kate’s career seems charmed. I’d venture 1948 is one of those charmed years. As we saw last week, Song of Love failed--Kate’s first failure at MGM. Yet some strange circumstances and good luck landed Kate in State of the Union, based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning play. I say “good luck” because in the fall of 1947, the storm that would become the Hollywood Blacklist was brewing, and Kate nearly got caught in the center of it.
Though not as cloyingly obvious as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington - no light from the Lincoln Memorial in this film - State of the Union nevertheless delivers the classic Capra Corn package: nostalgia, patriotism, and a happy ending snatched from the jaws of tragedy at the last second. »
- Anne Marie
eOne will distribute in the UK, Canada and Australia/New Zealand.
Based on a true story, charismatic screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was the highest paid screenwriter in the world in the 1930s. However, as Cold War paranoia took hold of the Us, he was dragged in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities (Huac), and, when he refused to co-operate, was ultimately sent to prison.
Remaining rebellious after his release, Trumbo became Hollywood’s most prolific blacklisted writer, secretly writing such classics as Roman Holiday and winning two Academy Awards under an alias. Helping »
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London — Entertainment One has picked up international rights to “Trumbo,” the story of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston will play Trumbo while Helen Mirren (“The Queen”) will co-star as his nemesis Hedda Hopper.
Michael London’s Groundswell Prods. produces in association with Shivani Rawat and Nimitt Mankad, through Shiv Hans Pictures.
eOne Films Intl. will handle sales of the film in all territories outside of the U.K., Canada and Australia/New Zealand, where the company has prebought the rights ahead of Cannes and plans to distribute directly.
The screenplay was penned by television writer John McNamara, who makes his feature debut. Jay Roach, best known for the “Austin Powers” and “Meet the Parents” franchises, will direct. Michael London, Janice Williams, Nimitt Mankad, Shivani Rawat, Monica Levinson, Kevin Brown and John McNamara will serve as producers, alongside Kelly Mullen, who exec produces.
Pic is based on »
- Leo Barraclough
13 items from 2014
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