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Mike Judge’s fresh out of the box HBO series, Silicon Valley, has only aired a single episode on the premium channel, but the comedy show has already surpassed last year’s star-studded feature outing, The Internship, in nearly every way possible. If you’ve forgotten the 2013 summer comedy, well, good for you, but the first episode of Silicon Valley will likely jog some memories loose for you – especially when main characters Richard (Thomas Middleditch) and Big Head (Josh Brener) head off to work at a sparkly, cultish campus that looks a whole hell of a lot like Google. Shawn Levy’s film centered on a pair of recently laid off old school sale dudes – Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, a reunion that basically served as the film’s only real attraction – who snag internships at Google (and, yes, actual Google, which feels like it just bankrolled the entire production) and attempt to reinvent themselves at the »
- Kate Erbland
Hollywood is mourning the death of Mickey Rooney, who passed away Sunday at the age of 93.
Had the honor of shooting w MickeyRooney on NATM3 just last month. »
- EW staff
Multiple Oscar winner and all-around Hollywood institution Mickey Rooney died Sunday at the age of 93. Shortly before his death, Rooney was reportedly at work on the next comeback in a nine-decade career filled with near-constant ups and downs. He was working on a film called The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Night at the Museum 3 director Shawn Levy reported via Twitter Sunday that he had shot scenes with Rooney for the movie just last month. Over the course of his career, Rooney earned two honorary Academy Awards, four Oscar nominations and
- Patrick Brzeski
Mickey Rooney, the acting icon who starred in more than 200 feature films, has passed away at the age of 93.
A four-time Oscar nominee and honorary winner in 1939 and 1983, Rooney shot to fame as a teenager playing Andy Hardy in MGM's film series. So successful was Rooney as a child star, he became the biggest box office draw in America from 1939-1941.
In a career that spanned 10 decades, Rooney worked with Hollywood icons such as Judy Garland and Elizabeth Taylor. In recent years he cameoed in The Muppets and Night at the Museum. His final film role will be reprising his role as security guard Gus in Night at the Museum 3.
Digital Spy collects reactions from Rooney's famous fans and admirers below:
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mickey Rooney. One of the greats!
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) April 7, 2014
Had the honour of shooting w MickeyRooney on NATM3 just last month. »
Spike Jonze. David O. Russell. Paul Thomas Anderson. And now Denis Villeneuve. Amy Adams has the pick of the auteur litter and according to Deadline, the A-list actress might flex her “sci-fi” muscles. Produced by FilmNation, David Linde’s Lava Bear Films, 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy and Dan Levine, Story of Your Life would be the helmer’s 2015 project.
Gist: Written by Eric Heisserer, this is an adaptation of a short story by Nebula. The story is set in motion when alien crafts land around the world and an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. As she learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that become the key to unlocking the greater mystery about the true purpose of their visit.
- Eric Lavallee
FilmNation Entertainment and Lava Bear Films are financing and producing.
The script, based on a short story by Ted Chiang, is written by Eric Heisserer and is centered on an alien spacecraft landing on Earth. Adams would play a linguist for the military to determine the intentions of the aliens, who have already reached out.
Chiang’s story, published in 1999, won the Nebula Award.
Heisserer is also exec producing.
The news was first reported by Deadline.com.
- Dave McNary
The story is based on Ted Chiang's short story, which was adapted by Eric Heisserer (The Thing, Final Destination 5), centering on a linguist (Amy Adams) who is recruited by the government, after alien spacecraft start to appear all over the world. She must try to determine whether these extraterrestrials come in peace, or if they mean to do us harm. As she begins to communicate with them, the linguist experiences flashbacks that help unlock the mystery of why they are really here.
FilmNation, which acquired the project back in 2012, is producing and financing the project alongside Lava Bear. Shawn Levy and Dan Levine are producing through their 21 Laps Entertainment company. No production schedule has been given at this time.
Amy Adams will next »
From improbably remote arthouse origins, Québécois director Denis Villeneuve is turning into quite hot Hollywood property. A couple of years after his Middle Eastern melodrama "Incendies" scored an Oscar nomination, his austere formal gifts and taste for high-concept tragedy combined to make his starry but profoundly bleak kidnap thriller "Prisoners" a risky mainstream hit last autumn. The smaller-scale surrealist exercise "Enemy," which premiered near-simultaneously at Toronto and was released in the Us last month, took him back to specialty territory, but showed he has enough clout to attract an A-lister like Jake Gyllenhaal to a very eccentric indie. All options are effectively open to him. With that in mind, it looks like he's returning to the multiplex, lining up not one but two mainstream genre projects with, encouragingly enough, lead roles for major female stars. Emily Blunt is in talks for police thriller "Sicario," which Villeneuve will follow up immediately »
- Guy Lodge
Amy Adams is in negotiations to star in Story of Your Life, an adaptation of a short story by Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author Ted Chiang, which is being directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners). Eric Heisserer has written the script for the project, which is being financed and produced by FilmNation and David Linde's Lava Bear Films. Also producing are 21 Laps' Shawn Levy and Dan Levine. Story: What's Next for 2014 Oscar Nominees The story is set in motion when alien crafts land around the world, and an expert linguist, to be played by Adams, is recruited by
- Borys Kit
Based on a short story by Ted Chiang and adapted by Eric Heisserer, the story begins as alien crafts land around the world. An expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine their intentions.
As she learns to communicate with them she begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that become the key to unlocking the greater mystery about the true purpose of their visit.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Fresh from her Oscar-nominated performance in American Hustle, Amy Adams is in early talks to team with Prisoners helmer Denis Villeneuve on Story Of Your Life, the sci-fi thriller based on a short story by Ted Chiang, a top contemporary author in the genre. Scripted by Eric Heisserer, the thriller takes place after alien crafts land around the world. An expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. As she learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that become the key to unlocking the greater mystery about the true purpose of their visit. It would be a departure for both Adams and Villeneuve, who broke through with Incendies. FilmNation Entertainment, in partnership with Lava Bear Films, is financing, producing and handling worldwide sales for the project. The producers are 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy and Dan Levine »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Amy Adams is in early talks to team with Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve on Story of Your Life , reports Deadline . Based on an award-winning short story by Ted Chiang, Story of Your Life is said to be a mind-bending science fiction thriller. After aliens land around the globe, a linguist is recruited by the Us government in a race to decipher their intentions on Earth. The script was written by Eric Heisserer, who is also executive producing. FilmNation Entertainment, in partnership with Lava Bear Films, is financing, producing and handling worldwide sales for the project. The producers are 21 Laps. Shawn Levy and Dan Levine along with FilmNation and Lava Bear. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) »
Ben Stiller is the new museum nightwatchman who finds his shift anything but peaceful when the exhibits come to riotous life. As the night wears on, he finds himself face to face with Owen Wilson's cowboy, President Roosevelt (Robin Williams) and Steve Coogan as a mini Roman centurion with anger management issues. Cheaper By The Dozen director Shawn Levy orchestrates the chaos in one of the biggest fantasy adventure hits of this - and any other - century. »
Unfortunately, his role is currently being kept a secret (this is Marvel we’re talking about after all), but we do know that he’ll join Paul Rudd as Scott Lang and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym. Evangeline Lilly has also been confirmed as starring (presumably as The Wasp) while Patrick Wilson and Michael Pena are still in talks for – you guessed it! – undisclosed roles in the Marvel movie.
Stoll will next be seen in Shawn Levy’s This Is Where I Leave You, along with Guillermo del Toro’s FX series The Strain. Who he’ll play in Ant-Man is anyone’s guess right now, but here’s hoping his character »
- Josh Wilding
Plot details are still vague, but fans have suspected Wright is taking a different approach. It is also unknown what role Stoll would be playing.
If a deal closes, Stoll would round out what looks to be a full ensemble with production to begin next month. Patrick Wilson, Michael Pena and Evangeline Lilly are also in talks to join the cast. Marvel had no comment on the casting.
Stoll gave s scene-stealing perf as Ernest Hemingway in 2011′s “Midnight in Paris.” He gained more name recognition as troubled politician Peter Russo in the first season of Netflix’s ”House of Cards »
- Justin Kroll
As "Parks and Recreation" has progressed from season to season, one of the joys of the show has been watching the way they've built out the supporting cast, creating a world of lunatics who all live in Pawnee. One of my favorite recurring characters on the show is Jean-Ralphio Saperstein, played by Ben Schwartz. He's not only a great foil for Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari), he's also just a great hilarious force of nature in his own right. He's been a staple of the La comedy scene for a while now, but Jean-Ralphio launched him to a new level of visibility, and at this point, it seems like he must work non-stop. In recent seasons, they've started to expand Jean-Ralphio's family, first with his insane sister Mona Lisa (Jenny Slate), and more recently with his father, Dr. Saperstein (Henry Winkler). Each new thing we've learned about his family only makes him seem even weirder, »
- Drew McWeeny
Exclusive: Cristela, the semi-autobiographical multi-camera comedy co-created by and starring rising stand-up comedian Cristela Alonzo, remains in fall contention at ABC. The network, which originally bought the 20th TV-backed comedy in August with a sizable penalty, has greenlighted what it calls “proof of concept” for the project, which has fans among ABC top brass. On the breakdown for Cristela released today, it is listed as a pilot presentation with John Pasquin directing a cast of 10, led by Alonzo. The show, co-written by Alonzo and Kevin Hench, tells the story of Cristela (Alonzo), an American Latina straddling two cultures while not fully belonging to either. Cristela, in her sixth year of law school and living rent-free with her sister and brother-in-law, hopes to land a prestigious law firm internship as her mother hectors her about getting a real job, her brother-in-law encourages her to move out and her sister runs low on patience. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Many actors have been rumored for a part in the movie, set for release Dec. 18, 2015, but with filming beginning in a few months, decisions are finally being made about who will inhabit this “galaxy far, far away.”
Lucasfilm and Disney declined to comment on the initial story, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Who doesn’t love Tina Fey? Well, besides Sarah Palin’s staunchest supporters. She’s one of television’s sharpest writers and comic actors, and she has a decent track record in film too (Baby Mama, Date Night and Admission were modest hits which benefited from her everywoman sensibility). Now, the 30 Rock creator and one half of everybody’s favorite Golden Globes hosting duo is set to star in The Taliban Shuffle, based on journalist Kim Barker’s memoir.
Barker’s book is a blend of dark comedy and tragedy, recounting the journalist’s experiences shifting between Pakistan and Afghanistan while covering the War on Terror in its early years. Unlike other unsparing accounts of violence and imminent death which became bestsellers over the last 10 years, The Taliban Shuffle actually has a lot of funny and absurd moments. In a New York Times review of the 2011 memoir, reviewer Michiko Kakutani »
- Jordan Adler
Tina Fey recently did an incredible job co-hosting the Golden Globes last month with Amy Poehler, but now it looks like she’ll be tackling something a bit more dramatic for an upcoming film. The Wrap reports that Fey is attached to star in and produce an adaptation of Kim Barker’s memoir The Taliban Shuffle, which recounts the journalist’s time in Kabul trying to do the “Taliban Shuffle” between Afghanistan and Pakistan. As Barker delved deeper into the hapless countries, her love for them grew along with her fear for their future stability. Fey’s longtime 30 Rock executive producer/collaborator Robert Carlock will pen the Paramount feature film adaptation, and Lorne Michaels will also produce. Fey balanced drama quite well in last year's Admission, and she’ll be tackling the same kind of tone in Shawn Levy’s upcoming dramedy This Is Where I Leave You. Barker’s »
- Adam Chitwood
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