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1 | Did Girl Meets World’s highly anticipated Shawn-Cory reunion even need a laugh track? That was one of the most serious Christmas episodes ever. And why no mention of Shawn’s love life? (We want Angela! We want Angela!)
2 | How Murray Saved Christmas: culturally insensitive foolishness, or irreverent holiday romp?
3 | Wasn’t The Affair’s Helen strangely flippant about her daughter’s potential bulimia?
4 | On Revenge, »
A week ago we learned that Jean-Claude Van Damme had been cast in the upcoming Kickboxer remake, in which he will play an updated version of the original film’s Master Chow. It's now being reported that former Mma fighter Gina Carano has joined the martial arts production.
The film has an all-star cast of badasses that Carano will be joining, such as Dave Bautista from Guardians of the Galaxy, stunt performer-turned-actor Alain Moussi from X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Ufc welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, who played Batroc in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Carano is a great addition to the cast. It's always fun to see her in action.
John Stockwell is directing the movie, and the story follows Kurt Sloane (Moussi), "a talented martial artist who travels to Thailand, where he must learn the secrets of the kickboxer to avenge his brother's death at the hands »
- Joey Paur
After the travesty that was the Aaliyah television biopic, I would think that people have gotten enough of Lifetime’s biopic projects, all of them varying in degrees of watchability. If anyone should be tired of them, it should be Lifetime itself. But, unfortunately, infamy and notoriety are better than actual good press and seeing how much social media buzz the biopics get, Lifetime assumes that Twitter buzz equals good business. This preamble was written to announce that not only is there a Marilyn Monroe Lifetime biopic, “Marilyn,” on the way, but two of the leads have already been cast. “Pan Am” actress Kelli Garner has been cast as the iconic [ Read More ]
Lifetime has found its Joe Dimaggio. Magic City alum Jeffrey Dean Morgan has been tapped to co-star as the Yankees slugger in the cable network's Marilyn, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Marilyn is a four-hour miniseries based on J. Randy Taraborrelli's book The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe. Pan Am's Kelli Garner stars as Marilyn Monroe in the mini that explores the blonde bombshell's family life and how she succeeded in hiding from an all-too-invasive world. See more Marilyn Monroe Milestones: 15 of the Icon's Biggest Pop Culture Moments Morgan will play Dimaggio, Monroe's second husband. When
- Lesley Goldberg
Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen River, Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station and Whiplash is fairly consistent in terms of quality. Last year’s crop of sixteen have almost all had their theatrical releases with Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter being the last one out of the gates (pegged with an early 2015 release). Last week we individually looked at our top 80 Sundance Film Fest Predictions (you’ll find 30 other titles worth considering in our intro) and below, we’ve split the list into narrative and non-fiction film items and have both identified and color-coded our picks in an AtoZ cheat sheet. You’ll find 2015′s answer to Whiplash located somewhere in the stack below. Click on the individual titles below, for the film’s profile. »
- Eric Lavallee
Exclusive: Morris Chestnut, who made his film debut in John Singleton’s seminal 1991 drama Boyz N The Hood, has signed a three-picture deal with Sony’s Screen Gems as an actor and producer. The first of the pics is upcoming thriller The Perfect Guy, which stars Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, and Chestnut. The next film to follow will be When The Bough Breaks, a psychological thriller that will star Chestnut and Regina Hall.
Bough, directed by Jon Cassar, tracks a professional couple who hire a blue-collar surrogate who develops a violent obsession with the husband. The pic is being produced by New Line founders and Lord of the Rings EPs Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, and Chestnut will exec produce.
Chestnut’s third Screen Gems project will be The Syndicate, from writer Cliff Dorfman (Entourage, Warrior). Chestnut is producing that project, which is exec produced by Jeff Waters and James Farrell. »
- Jen Yamato
We all know there are plenty of celebrity kids that bear striking resemblance to their parents and actual sets of twins in Hollywood, but some of the best star "twins" aren't related at all. If you've ever done a double take while looking at Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Javier Bardem, or Amy Adams and Isla Fisher, we've got the ultimate treat for you. Keep reading to see 22 of the most mind-boggling look-alike stars who could totally pass as siblings. Source: Getty »
A couple of nights ago we brought you some set photos from the Chicago leg of the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice shoot showing the crew setting up to shoot the iconic Wayne family murder scene, and now thanks to Cbm we’ve got a few more set photos, this time showing young Bruce with his parents Thomas and Martha. Is that Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Thomas Wayne?
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on March 25th, 2016 with Zack Snyder directing a cast that includes returning Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White) and Harry Lennix (General Swanwick) alongside Ben Affleck (Argo) as Batman, Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) as Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jesse Eisenberg (Now You See Me) as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons (The Borgias »
- Gary Collinson
Last month, it was reported that the Orion Oaks Country Park in Michigan was converted into a cemetery where "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" set designers were spotted putting up a tomb with the name "Wayne" on it, suggesting that Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) will be stopping by to play his respects to his deceased parents. Today, we have new photos from the set, revealing that "Batman v Superman" will actually contain a scene showing Thomas and Martha Wayne being murdered as young Bruce Wayne helplessly watches. In the comics, Bruce was a fan of Zorro, which is why his parents took him to see "The Mask of Zorro." After the film, the Wayne family exits the theaters and are confronted by a petty thief, who ends up killing Bruce's parents. It has yet to be revealed who will play Thomas and Martha, but it's believed that the role »
Due to the film’s against all odds protagonist, look for Forsaken (formerly known as Desierto) to be mentioned as a reference point to Who is Dayani Cristal?. Here, Gael García Bernal treks thru the desert again, but fights off the antagonistic forces that are Jeffrey Dean Morgan in this border drama that is still very much a white hot topic issue even for southern folks who may or may not be a in a bordering state with Mexico. Filmed in La Paz, Baja California, Jonás Cuarón’s sophomore film began production in March and benefits from a solid producing team including father Alfonso and uncle Carlos. Cuarón’s directorial debut Year of the Nail premiered at the 2006 Venice Film Festival and we imagine much of his focus was put towards 2013′s Gravity prior to focusing on this showdown.
Gist: Set against the backdrop of the border desert, where the »
- Eric Lavallee
After 200 episodes, “Supernatural,” which bowed in 2005, has been to hell and back (several times), with a few sojourns to heaven, purgatory, Oz, the past, the post-apocalyptic future and even our world along the way. The show weathered the conversion from The WB to The CW, survived the 2007-08 writers’ strike, and transitioned through several showrunners — and there’s no end in sight. Here, the stars and creative team chart the unlikely journey of the “little show that could.”
Eric Kripke (Creator): For me, the core notion behind “Supernatural” was to make a series about urban legends. I think they’re this incredibly rich mythology about the United States, and no one had really tapped into that, so when I started as a writer, one of the first ideas I ever pitched was an urban legend show.
A couple years later I tried to pitch, basically, a “Scooby Doo” rip »
- Laura Prudom
Hilarie Burton is playing a dominatrix on Tuesday's episode of Forever, but at home? She's more into flannel and boots than leather and lingerie. That's because the One Tree Hill star and her husband, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, live on a farm upstate filled with animals ranging from the typical (cows) to the not-so-typical (alpaca). "I'm normally in Carhartt flannel and covered in paint and sawdust and muck boots, so then I get to come into the city and I've gotta shave my legs and paint my nails," Burton tells EW. "It's a weird duality." On Forever, Burton's character is a »
- Ariana Bacle
The new venture will look to co-finance two to five films a year across genres in the $10m and below range. The company will also fund in-house development.
The first project on the books is Daughter Of God, Gee Malik Linton’s detective thriller starring Keanu Reeves and Cuban-born Ana de Armas that Fortitude International is selling. Cassian Elwes and CAA jointly represent Us rights.
Linton wrote the script and is directing the project, currently shooting in New York. Reeves, Linton and Robin Gurland are producing while Elwes, the Kramer Brothers and Grodnik serve as executive producers.
“Curt and Seth Kramer are brothers who come to the film business from Wall Street and are two of the largest private investors in micro-cap companies with a portfolio that includes hundreds of private »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
As final prep took place for the 35th American Film Market in Santa Monica, temperatures began rising — and so did optimism that the independent marketplace would generate significant transactions.
A flurry of deals came together in the week leading up to the Afm’s opening Wednesday: Henry Cavill starring in the action-thriller “Stratton”; Morton Csokas joining Emilia Clarke in “Voice From the Stone”; Shekhar Kapur directing “Tiger’s Curse”; Mitch Glazer’s TV series “Magic City” (pictured) becoming a movie with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Bruce Willis and Bill Murray; Jon Bernthal and Catalina Sandino Moreno joining Catherine Zeta-Jones in drug-lord drama “The Godmother”; and Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon and Elle Fanning starring in “Three Generations.”
Adding to the positive vibes were several recent funding announcements: Kevin Frakes’ PalmStar backing Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road and Bill Block’s Qed plus Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp securing $600 million in financing with Scarlett Johanssen »
- Dave McNary
• Nicole Kidman is in talks to replace Gwyneth Paltrow in The Secret in Their Eyes. The film is an English-language remake of Argentine writer/director Juan Jose Campanella's 2010 movie of the same name, which won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film. The original follows a retired attorney who writes a novel about an unsolved case and his unreciprocated love, hoping to put both behind him. Billy Ray will direct from a script he wrote, with some updates from the original. Julia Roberts and Chiwetel Ejiofor also star. [THR] • Magic City is coming to the big screen with Bill Murray »
- C. Molly Smith
Remember that series Magic City? Don.t sweat it too much if you don.t because few do. It premiered on Starz back in 2012 and only ran for two seasons before getting cancelled. Now the ritzy mob drama is about to be revived for the big screen and you won.t believe who.s being lined up for lead roles. The film, which will be penned and directed by original creator Mitch Glazer, will bring back many of the series. actors -- most notably Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Danny Huston, Olga Kurylenko, and Kelly Lynch -- but in a dream casting twist will also add two new characters played by Bill Murray and Bruce Willis. I already feel the Moonrise Kingdom magic brewing. For all intents, this isn.t an exact rehashing of the original TV show, but more of a story extension spiced with Bill Murray.s secret sauce. Now »
Bruce Willis and Bill Murray are amongst several actors set to make an appearance in "Magic City," a film continuation of Starz' cancelled series. Set in 1959 just after the Cuban revolution, the story follows a Miami hotel owner (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) forced to make a deal with a mobster (Danny Huston).
Mitch Glazer created the series, which was cancelled last year, and will direct the movie. The film version will pick up in 1962 and Morgan & Huston are expected back along with Olga Kurylenko and Kelly Lunch as the wife and former sister-in-law respectively of Morgan's character.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
It sounds like there's life after cancellation for Magic City. The Starz TV show is being revived as movie, reports Deadline.
Mitch Glazer created the period mob series and wrote the film script. He will also direct. Series regulars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Danny Huston, Olga Kurylenko and Kelly Lynch are said to be returning and will be joined by Bruce Willis and Bill Murray.
Qed's Bill Block said, "Mitch is a fantastic creative partner and we’re thrilled to collaborate with him again. We loved Magic City the series and know that with Mitch’s sensational script and this outstanding cast, it will translate beautifully to the big screen."
Glazer noted, "The chance to explore this wild time and place and this compelling family saga is a dream come true."
What do you think? Is this a good idea? Do you »
If you don't remember "Magic City," don't sweat it too much, because no one else does. The short-lived Starz series ended last summer after two seasons, in which a promising premise was executed with more sleaze than brains. The show, set in the late '50s and early '60s in Miami, chronicled the story of the owner of a fancy hotel (Jeffery Dean Morgan) who tries to put his troubled past behind and go legit, but tangles with a smarmy mobster (Danny Huston, chewing the scenery). It was diverting enough, the but show spent to much time showing skin and delving into potboilery subplots. But for whatever reason, the powers that be think a movie is a good idea. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Danny Huston, Olga Kurylenko, and Kelly Lynch will all return, with Bruce Willis and Bill Murray joining the cast. The film kinda follows the show, and picks up in 1962, with JFK, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
To be frank, the idea of a TV series being resurrected on the big screen now seems old-fashioned! In this day and age, nary a day goes by without a film being earmarked for a TV pilot. So, hearing that Starz’ cancelled show Magic City is being developed as a feature is refreshing indeed. Well, as refreshing as a reboot can get.
Per Deadline, series creator Mitch Glazer will return to script and direct his starry ensemble for a full-length take of the 1960s Miami drama. Reprising their roles will be Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Danny Huston, Olga Kurylenko and Kelly Lynch, who all appeared in the initial two-season run. For the big screen outing, they’ll be sharing the spotlight with a couple of big-hitters who’ve recently joined the project: Bill Murray and Bruce Willis. Unfortunately though, there’s no further details on who exactly they’ll be playing, »
- Gem Seddon
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