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It was an emotional rollercoaster for Angelina Jolie at the world premiere of her new film "Unbroken." The actress and husband Brad Pitt made their first public appearance together as a married couple at the splashy Sydney event, where Jolie's second narrative feature — about U.S. Olympic track star and WWII hero Louis Zamperini — reportedly drew gasps from the audience during one particularly brutal moment. The film depicts Zamperini's (played by "300: Rise of an Empire" star Jack O'Connell) struggle to survive in several Japanese P.O.W. camps, where he was imprisoned and systematically tortured after surviving for 47 days at sea following a plane crash. Jolie, who shot the film entirely in Australia, became visibly choked up when confronted with a quote by Zamperini, who, prior to his death in July at the age of 97, stated that Jolie "became a great part of my life, she knows what she »
- Chris Eggertsen
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The final, and yet-to-be-seen, film of the awards season had its world premiere in Sydney, Australia on Monday. Director Angelina Jolie and husband Brad Pitt walked the red carpet for Best Picture hopeful Unbroken, along with stars Jack O’Connell and Miyavi, to greet fans, sign autographs and take photos.
The epic drama follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII—only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.
Variety writes: “Reaction to the often-intense film was largely positive, with the black-tie audience gasping audibly at one particularly shocking maritime moment and the unrelenting visceral wartime brutality that punctuates Zamperini’s tale of survival. Warm applause at the end of the film drowned out the opening »
- Michelle McCue
Promising “a night of inspiration,” dedicated “in loving memory” to pic’s subject Louis Zamperini, director-producer Angelina Jolie presented the world premiere of her second film as director, Universal’s “Unbroken,” to a packed State Theatre in downtown Sydney, Australia, Monday evening local time.
Reaction to the often-intense film was largely positive, with the black-tie audience gasping audibly at one particularly shocking maritime moment and the unrelenting visceral wartime brutality that punctuates Zamperini’s tale of survival.
Warm applause at the end of the film drowned out the opening bars of the Coldplay tune penned just for the closing credits.
Additional inspiration was provided by the presence and exposure provided to various charities, local war heroes and those who have overcome adversity.
- Eddie Cockrell
In honor of Veterans Day, join Universal Pictures in recognizing former Olympian, WWII veteran and Pow survivor Louis Zamperini and other heroes like him who have served or are currently serving in the military by taking part in the #IAmUnbroken project.
The #IAmUnbroken project celebrates and inspires unbroken spirits from all walks of life and invites users to share their own #IAmUnbroken stories.
Go to www.IAmUnbroken.com to upload your videos, photos and text or take to social media to post your inspirational story with hashtag #IAmUnbroken. Stories are now being featured on the site, and a select few will be chosen to have a team create a professional video segment of their story with the chance to be featured on NBC’s Today.
Submit your #IAmUnbroken stories, videos, photos and text here.
- Michelle McCue
<< Back to Holiday 2014 ForecastUnbrokenRelease Date: December 25th Studio: UniversalGenre: War DramaDirector: Angelina JolieWriters: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen and Richard Lagravenese and William NicholsonCast: Jack O'Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney, Alex Russell, Finn Wittrock, Takamasa IshiharaStudio Description: A chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini (Jack O'Connell), an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. Analysis: Movies set during the second World War can be a tough sell: so far this year, The Monuments Men fell short of $80 million, while Fury will likely wind up below that mark as well. Both of those movies had considerable on-screen starpower, which is something that Unbroken lacks.Unbroken does, however, have some pretty serious credentials behind the camera. Angelina Jolie doesn't much of a track record as a director*her first movie, In the Land of Blood and Money, wasn't particularly commercial*but she is undeniably »
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James Franco has posted an Instagram photo of himself shooting his film adaptation of the novel "Zeroville" alongside cast mates Seth Rogen and Will Ferrell. Rogen plays Viking Man, a character who is a thinly-disguised take on legendary writer/director John Milius. Ferrell's role is unknown, but he looks kind of like he's doing a take on producer Robert Evans.
"Voltage Pictures has scored international rights to Ken Sanzel's action title "Blunt Force Trauma". The story is set in the world of underground gunfights in South America and Ryan Kwanten plays a young man and Freida Pinto a vengeful woman who meet on their quest to locate the clandestine scene's elusive champion..." (full details)
"Starz has scored the North American rights to the action-adventure film "Northmen: A Viking Saga" starring Tom Hopper, Ryan Kwanten, Anatole Taubman, Charlie Murphy, James Norton and Ed Skrein. The story follows a gang of »
- Garth Franklin
WEtv’s first attempt at a scripted series failed, as they announced no second season for The Divide. Richard Lagravenese and Tony Goldwyn’s justice system based show did not do anything that other shows from the past did not touch on. The unique show with not the best star power was also deeply ignored with a summer release. The first and only season actually even ended without much say as it wrapped up back in August. The network finally confirmed the news that everyone expected this week.
I am sad that it failed. I don’t think WEtv knew exactly what they got themselves in with their first scripted show. Most of those need a more heavy hand in PR than their counterparts that are reality tv. However, we do applaud them for stepping out of their comfort and perhaps they learned what they need to do next time. »
- Sarah Peel
There won't be a second season for The Divide. We tv has cancelled their first scripted series after one season of eight episodes.
A legal drama, The Divide looks at how people struggle with weighing their personal morals with their professional ambitions. Christine Rosa (Marin Ireland) is an impassioned case worker and Adam Page (Damon Gupton) is an equally passionate district attorney. The cast also includes Paul Schneider, Nia Long, Clarke Peters, Chris Bauer, Joe Anderson, and Adam Rothenberg.
In a statement, We TV said of the cancellation, "We are extremely proud of The Divide and grateful to its brilliant creators, Richard Lagravenese and Tony Goldwyn, and an amazing cast and crew, for bringing this story to life as We tv's first scripted series."
The season ended on August 27th and averaged 362,000 viewers.
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Launching a scripted show is tougher than it looks: WEtv has canceled its first drama series, The Divide, after one season. The legal drama ran for eight episodes and starred Marin Ireland and Damon Gupton. The network said in a statement: "We are extremely proud of The Divide and grateful to its brilliant creators, Richard Lagravenese and Tony Goldwyn, and an amazing cast and crew, for bringing this story to life as WEtv’s first scripted series." More and more cable networks are getting into scripted programming. Bravo, E!, Wgn, Pivot, and even Animal Planet have all either recently launched, »
- James Hibberd
WEtv cancels “The Divide” after 1 season The cable network’s first original scripted series, which was co-created by “Scandal’s” Tony Goldwyn and Richard Lagravenese, ran for eight episodes this summer. HBO finalizing “True Detective” deals with Abigail Spencer, Leven Rambin, Kelly Reilly and Michael Irby Spencer, according to Deadline, is set to play the "survivor of a sexual attack." Rambin would play "a beauty with a history of drug problems.” Reilly, star of ABC’s “Black Box” this summer, would play “the self-possessed Morgan,” while Irby is poised to play Rachel McAdams’ detective partner. »
- Norman Weiss
The verdict is in: We tv’s The Divide — the network’s first original scripted series — will not be getting a second season.
Related Cable Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?
Created by Richard Lagravenese and Scandal‘s Tony Goldwyn, The Divide explored the complexities of the American justice system from the perspectives of its various participants. Among the stars were Marin Ireland (Homeland), Chris Bauer (True Blood) and Nia Long (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air).
The drama wrapped its eight-episode first season on Aug. 27.
TVLine’s Cable Renewal Scorecard has been updated. »
We Tv is putting distance between itself and “The Divide.” See photos: 11 TV Shows Canceled by Controversy – From ‘Honey Boo Boo’ to ‘Politically Incorrect’ (Photos) The network has decided not to renew the legal drama about a district attorney who uncovers new evidence that spurs the reinvestigation of a murder case. Also read: We tv Climbs Into the ‘Sex Box’ With New Pilot The series, created by Richard Lagravenese (“12 Years a Slave”) and Tony Goldwyn, starred Damon Gupton, Marin Ireland and Joe Anderson. Also read: Halloween Viewing Guide: 19 of the Week's Most Hauntingly Awesome Offerings “We are extremely proud of ‘The Divide’ and. »
- Tim Kenneally
We TV has pulled the plug on “The Divide,” its first foray into scripted drama series, after one season.
Series revolved around a lawyer’s efforts to prove a death-row inmate was wrongfully convicted. The show was produced in-house by We and hailed from feature vet Richard Lagravenese and “Scandal” star Tony Goldwyn, who wrote and directed the pilot, respectively. John Tinker served as showrunner and exec produced with Lagravenese and Goldwyn.
“We are extremely proud of ‘The Divide’ and grateful to its brilliant creators, Richard Lagravenese and Tony Goldwyn, and an amazing cast and crew, for bringing this story to life as We tv’s first scripted series,” the cabler said in a statement.
“The Divide” had an eight-episode run that began in July. We execs have said expanding into scripted is a priority for the channel, which has undergone a brand makeover during the past year under the leadership of prexy-g. »
- Cynthia Littleton
We tv is not bringing back The Divide. The one-hour drama, from creators Tony Goldwyn (Scandal) and Richard Lagravenese, will not be getting a second season from the AMC Networks-owned cable channel. The Divide, which wrapped its eight-episode run in August, was an exploration of morality, ambition, ethics, politics and race in today's justice system as viewed through the eyes of a case worker and district attorney whose views differ. See more Faces of Fall 2014 “We are extremely proud of The Divide and grateful to its brilliant creators, Richard Lagravenese and Tony Goldwyn, and an amazing
- Philiana Ng
The film is produced by Jason Newmark (“Triangle,” “Severance,” “Creep”), who developed the project with the BFI, and the script has been written by Stephen Leslie. Nisha Parti (“Honour”) is also attached to produce.
“A Bollywoof Tale” tells the story of Basil, a much-loved pet Spaniel, with a comfortable family life in London, who is set to move with his human family to Delhi. However when his crate is misplaced at Heathrow, Basil arrives alone on the other side of India in Kolkata.
With the help of a cunning street dog, Santoosh, and a holy cow, Uma, Basil »
- Leo Barraclough
My friend and I attended the Austin Film Festival's opening night screening of musical The Last 5 Years, starring Anna Kendrick (Up In the Air, Pitch Perfect) and Jeremy Jordan (a Corpus Christi native who's been in Joyful Noise and Smash). My heart was in my throat as soon as Kendrick's Cathy started singing, and this twisty story kept my emotions on edge from then on. Jamie (Jordan) and Cathy sing monologues about the current state of their relationship; her songs move backward in time as his move forward (which seems obvious after the fact, but I didn't note this at the time). They only sing together in the proposal scene.
Director Richard Lagravenese (who also directed the less-extraordinary Beautiful Creatures, which the same friend viewed with me) warned the audience before the film that The Last 5 Years is practically all song. The movie contains very little dialogue -- »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
At the beginning of every year, people make their lists of their most anticipated films of the coming twelve months. This January, films like Interstellar, Inherent Vice, Boyhood, and, for some, Captain America: The Winter Soldier topped lists all around the Internet. What about mec Well, I am a musical guy. So, clearly, Into the Woods would be my number one... Rightc That is not the case. My highest anticipation was for something much smaller. Don't think Broadway. Think off-Broadway. My most anticipated film of the year was Richard Lagravenese's adaptation of The Last 5 Years. When I would tell people that, usually the first question I heard was, "What is thatc" Well, person who just asked me that, it is a show that helped solidify my love for the musical form. It is a brutally honest, passionate, smart, and sometimes funny look at a five year relationship, built »
- Mike Shutt
Previous | Image 1 of 12 | NextFilmmaker and activist Michael Moore introduced ‘Roger and Me.’
Chicago – As the 2014 edition of the 50th Chicago International Film Festival ends on October 23rd, HollywoodChicago.com spotlights the Red Carpet events with a collection of Exclusive Portraits from photographer Joe Arce. Directors are highlighted, as filmmakers ranging from Oliver Stone to Michael Moore are featured.
Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All images © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com.
CIFF1: Filmmaker and activist Michael Moore introduced ‘Roger and Me.’ CIFF2: Actress Kathleen Turner at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival. CIFF3: Oliver Stone introduced his films ‘Natural Born Killers’ & ‘Alexander.’ CIFF4: Director Taylor Hackford presented his film ‘White Nights.’ CIFF5: Director Richard Lagravenese debuted ‘The Last 5 Years.’ CIFF6: Director Margarethe Von Trotta served on the International Feature Film jury. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
There are two upcoming movie musicals that, for a long time, I've wanted to make into motion pictures, should someone with money be willing to give me the funds to make them -- Into The Woods and The Last 5 Years. I'm both nervous and excited to see how directors Rob Marshall and Richard Lagravenese, respectfully, have interpreted the material I hold so close to my heart. I am especially nervous for Into The Woods, given Marshall's less than impressive track record. If someone is going to screw up something I cherish, it should be me. Of course, there are far more than two musicals I have a deep connection to. Some have already been made into films, like Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Les Miserables, but there is a vast collection of musicals I have thought could make fantastic films, but have never been made. »
- Mike Shutt
Defy the odds with a new trailer & posters from director Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. Based on the incredible true story of former Olympian & WWII hero Louis Zamperini, the upcoming epic drama starring Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Miyavi, Garrett Hedlund & Finn Wittrock opens in theaters on December 25th, 2014.
Universal Pictures has launched the #IAmUnbroken project inspired by Louis Zamperini’s indomitable spirit. With his determination and resilience, Zamperini exemplified the strength of the human spirit to overcome any obstacle and remain Unbroken.
The #IAmUnbroken social movement works to spread inspiring stories of triumph over adversity, reminding us to live every day to the fullest and to never doubt the resilience of the human soul. To share your own #IAmUnbroken stories, or that of a loved one, visit www.IAmUnbroken.com.
By uploading videos, photos, and social media posts with hashtag #IAmUnbroken, a few select stories will be chosen »
- Michelle McCue
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