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Exclusive: The Casual Vacancy actress joins A+E miniseries as as would-be girlfriend.
Up-and-coming British actress Simona Brown has joined the cast of A+E Networks miniseries reboot Roots. In the first episode, Brown will play the would-be girlfriend of lead character Kunta Kinte before he is taken from her.
Last month, Screen broke the news that former Screen Star of Tomorrow Malachi Kirby would play the lead in the historical portrait of American slavery, which will air over four nights as an eight-hour event miniseries.
The actress was recently cast in ABC pilot Guilt and prior to that had roles in AMC series The Night Manager and HBO/BBC Film drama The Casual Vacancy, written by J K »
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Of the many influential film-makers to have emerged from Australia in the 1970s, Phillip Noyce is one of the most political. Most of Noyce’s body of work consists of political dramas and thrillers, often with a side of geopolitical intrigue – titles such as Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Saint, Catch a Fire, Salt and The Quiet American.
In the early 2000s the director made a rare voyage back to Australian shores for the hard-hitting stolen generations drama Rabbit-Proof Fence, a personal but polemical film advertised in America with an incendiary poster tagline: “What if the government kidnapped your daughter?”
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- Luke Buckmaster
Murray will play Brad Radwell, the Hollywood talent agent older brother of Dollar Scholars frat brat Chad Radwell (Glen Powell). [Source: TV Line]
Mario Van Peebles, Phillip Noyce, Thomas Carter and Bruce Beresford will direct episodes of the project which also stars Laurence Fishburne, Malachi Kirby and Rege-Jean Page. Filming is now underway in New Orleans and South Africa. [Source: The Live Feed]
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Odenkirk and Cross reunite for four new 30-minute episodes, »
- Garth Franklin
And the Oscar winners go to… A&E’s Roots revival.
Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) and Anna Paquin (The Piano, True Blood) are among the A-listers who’ve boarded the four-night, eight-hour scripted miniseries about one family’s struggle to survive the American slavery system, the network announced today.
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Whitaker will play Fiddler, a slave who risks his life trying to mentor and aid in the escape of protagonist Kunta Kinte, while Paquin has been cast as Nancy Holt, “the wife of a Confederate officer who has »
Christopher Doyle is a ball of energy, all nerves, tics and lofty ideals, wrapped in the sunburned wrinkles of an older man who has lived plenty of the good life.
His “Hong Kong Trilogy,” an experimental film that premieres in Toronto, mirrors some of those kinetic internal contradictions. It also reflects the puzzle that is present-day Hong Kong — a city with its own currency, laws and traditions that is coming to terms today with being part of modern-day China.
Doyle himself washed up in the city in the 1970s after quitting his native Australia on a merchant ship.
Hong Kong suited him well. It allowed Doyle to be reborn as Du Kefeng, a Cantonese and Mandarin-speaking artist turned star cinematographer. As d.p., Doyle/Du has worked with Chen Kaige, Zhang Yimou, Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, Phillip Noyce, Gus Van Sant, M. Night Shyamalan and most notably, Wong Kar Wai.
When Doyle »
- Patrick Frater
With Ewan McGregor busy preparing to make the Philip Roth adaptation American Pastoral as his directorial debut, he’s adding more cast members to the ensemble. In his latest round of hires, he has Orange Is The New Black’s Uzo Aduba ready to jump aboard alongside David Strathairn, Peter Riegert and Valorie Curry.Set during the Vietnam War years, American Pastoral follows Seymour ‘Swede’ Levov (McGregor), a once all-conquering high-school athlete, who’s married to a beauty queen (Jennifer Connelly) and runs the business he’s inherited from his dad. All seems well in Swede’s world until his daughter Merry (Dakota Fanning) joins the countercultural clamour of the time, signing up as a revolutionary and committing a fatal act of violence that throws all their lives into chaos.Lakeshore Entertainment has been trying to get this one on to screens since 2003, as it had been languishing at Paramount »
Dean Jones: Actor in Disney movies. Dean Jones dead at 84: Actor in Disney movies 'The Love Bug,' 'That Darn Cat!' Dean Jones, best known for playing befuddled heroes in 1960s Walt Disney movies such as That Darn Cat! and The Love Bug, died of complications from Parkinson's disease on Tue., Sept. 1, '15, in Los Angeles. Jones (born on Jan. 25, 1931, in Decatur, Alabama) was 84. Dean Jones movies Dean Jones began his Hollywood career in the mid-'50s, when he was featured in bit parts – at times uncredited – in a handful of films at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer In 2009 interview for Christianity Today, Jones recalled playing his first scene (in These Wilder Years) with veteran James Cagney, who told him “Walk to your mark and remember your lines” – supposedly a lesson he would take to heart. At MGM, bit player Jones would also be featured in Robert Wise's »
- Andre Soares
Ahead of American Ultra's arrival in UK cinemas, here's our pick of the 25 finest, sneakiest secret agents in film...
Operatives. Spies. Moles. Infiltrators. Secret agents go by many names. In fact, Britain's national security agency doesn't even call them agents - they're covert human intelligence sources, or simply “officers".
Whatever we choose to call them, secret agents lead necessarily furtive and obscure lives - so obscure that most of what we know about them is defined by what we've seen and read in books and movies.
During the Cold War, the image of the secret agent as a well-groomed sophisticate in a suit proliferated all over the world, and even in the high-tech landscape of the 21st century, that image still stands - just look at such movies as Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and, of course, the Bond franchise. But secret agents can come in many other guises, »
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
Julie Rapaport has left the Weinstein Company and joined Amazon Studios as a development executive in its feature film department, TheWrap has learned. Rapaport most recently served as senior VP of production and development at the Weinstein Company, where she oversaw films such as John Wells’ “August: Osage County” and “Burnt” starring Bradley Cooper, as well as Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes,” Phillip Noyce’s “The Giver” and the period drama “Tulip Fever.” Rapaport started her career as an intern at Walden Media before landing a job in the William Morris mailroom in New York City. Her first big break was working as. »
- Jeff Sneider
Michael Caine young. Michael Caine movies: From Irwin Allen bombs to Woody Allen classic It's hard to believe that Michael Caine has been around making movies for nearly six decades. No wonder he's had time to appear – in roles big and small and tiny – in more than 120 films, ranging from unwatchable stuff like the Sylvester Stallone soccer flick Victory and Michael Ritchie's adventure flick The Island to Brian G. Hutton's X, Y and Zee, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Sleuth (a duel of wits and acting styles with Laurence Olivier), and Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men. (See TCM's Michael Caine movie schedule further below.) Throughout his long, long career, Caine has played heroes and villains and everything in between. Sometimes, in his worst vehicles, he has floundered along with everybody else. At other times, he was the best element in otherwise disappointing fare, e.g., Philip Kaufman's Quills. »
- Andre Soares
The remake of a quintessentially American miniseries which traced slavery through multiple generations including the Revolutionary and Civil Wars will have three Australians in key creative roles.
Phillip Noyce and Bruce Beresford will each direct an episode and DoP Peter Menzies Jr. will shoot all four episodes of Roots for A&E Networks. The original Roots based on the Alex Haley novel Roots: The Saga Of An American Family was the third most watched series in Us history when it screened on the ABC network in 1977.
Laurence Fishburne will play the narrator, Kunte Kinte, portrayed in the original by LeVar Burton, who is among the producers of the remake with Mark Wolper. Mark.s father David produced the first series and the 1979 sequel, Roots: The Next Generations.
Beresford tells If, .One of the things I like about working in the Us is that producers, studios and networks are perfectly »
- Don Groves
British actor Jimmy Akingbola ("Holby City") has scored the recurring role of DC Comics villain Baron Reiter (aka. Baron Blitzkrieg) in the fourth season of The CW's "Arrow". The character will be an adversary for Oliver and appear in the flashback scenes.
In the comics, the character is the leader of the nefarious group Shadowspire. He joins three other already cast villains this season including Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk, Alexander Calvert as Lonnie Machin/Anarky and Echo Kellum as DC superhero Mister Terrific. [Source: THR]
Phillip Noyce ("Patriot Games") and Thomas Carter ("Coach Carter") have been hired to direct nights one and three of the four-night, eight-hour scripted event series remake of the mini-series classic "Roots". Directors for nights two and four are yet to be announced.
Grammy-winning Questlove has also come onboard the project as executive music producer and will create the authentic African sound and themes for »
- Garth Franklin
With ABC's hugely lauded 1977 adaptation of Roots officially ranking as the third most-watched TV event of all time, it's a brave team that would attempt a remake. That's precisely what's about to happen, however: A&E Networks have just announced a new four-episode / eight-hour version of Alex Haley's novel, of which Philip Noyce and Thomas Carter will direct an episode each (the two further directors have yet to be announced).Haley's Roots: The Saga Of An American Family was first published in 1976, and, along with the TV version, became a cultural phenomenon. It involves the Gambian Kunta Kinte, sold into slavery in 1767, and his multiple generations of descendents throughout the following 200 years, each of whom passes on an oral history of their ancestor. Later chapters of the book became a further TV series, Roots: The Next Generation, in 1979.Noyce (Clear And Present Danger, Salt) will direct the first episode, »
A+E Networks announces two directors and the executive music producer of its "Roots" remake - a four-night, eight-hour scripted event series that will air in 2016. Directors Phillip Noyce ("Patriot Games," "Clear and Present Danger," "Salt") and Thomas Carter ("Coach Carter," "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story") are set to direct nights one and three respectively. Directors for nights two and four are to be announced. Additionally, Questlove, from the Grammy Award winning band The Roots, is set as the executive music producer. Per the press release, for "Roots," Questlove will "create the authentic African sound and themes for the characters as well as produce the overall sound as the music progresses each night." Can someone tell me what exactly the "authentic African sound" is, please? It must be something like the "authentic African accent" casting directors are sometimes...
- Tambay A. Obenson
A+E Networks announces two directors and the executive music producer of its "Roots" remake - a four-night, eight-hour scripted event series that will air in 2016. Directors Phillip Noyce ("Patriot Games," "Clear and Present Danger," "Salt") and Thomas Carter ("Coach Carter," "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story") are set to direct nights one and three respectively. Directors for nights two and four are to be announced. Additionally, Questlove, from the Grammy Award winning band The Roots, is set as the executive music producer. Per the press release, for "Roots," Questlove will "create the authentic African »
- Tambay A. Obenson
A+E Networks has tapped Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games) and Thomas Carter (Coach Carter) to direct nights one and three, respectively, of its four-night eight-hour scripted event series Roots, a remake of one of the most celebrated TV programs of all time. Directors for nights two and four are yet to be announced. In addition, A+E has named Questlove (appropriately from the Grammy-winning band The Roots) executive music producer. He will create the authentic African sound… »
The 90s saw Joe Eszterhas become the world's most famous screenwriter, selling scripts for up to $4m apiece. But what became of the films?
By the end of the 1990s, the screenwriting career of Joe Eszterhas was in sharp decline. His hyped Hollywood satire, Burn Hollywood Burn: An Alan Smithee Film had come, bombed and swept the Golden Raspberry Awards. Furthermore, projects that were previously live and kicking were being swept under the carpet.
But for a long while, Joe Eszterhas was that rarest of things: a genuine Hollywood writing superstar. And in a movie era where the writer seems to have, for the most part, fallen down the pecking order again, I thought it was worth digging through the many big money scripts that Joe Eszterhas sold in and around the 1990s, to see just what ultimately became of them. Some you'll have heard of, but I'd wager »
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