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After crafting a bona fide white-knuckle ride with last year’s Oscar-winning American Sniper, screenwriter Jason Hall is breaking new ground to make his directorial debut with Ptsd drama, Thank You For Your Service. Having penned the script for the war flick himself, Hall is iterating on his American Sniper storytelling in a big way, and today The Wrap brings word that Whiplash and Fantastic Four star Miles Teller is in contention to join the nascent project.
It’s worth keeping in mind that there is currently no deal in place for Teller to board the DreamWorks flick, though early signs indicate he could be in line to play one of three Us soldiers in the post-traumatic stress narrative. Arriving home from the Iraqi war, Thank You For Your Service charts the trials and tribulations left facing servicemen and women who try to assimilate back into society and the humdrum »
- Michael Briers
As he dusts himself off after the belly flop of the new Fantastic Four and looks instead to the future, Miles Teller is finding no shortage of work. He’s now in early negotiations to star in American Sniper writer Jason Hall’s directorial debut, Thank You For Your Service. The writer adapted the script from David Finkel’s nonfiction 2014 tome, which followed what happened to American veterans home from Iraq and their struggles to adapt to civilian life after their experiences in combat. And the script focuses on three specific soldiers who must deal with what they saw overseas and how that affects their re-integration into family life and the workplace. From the sounds of it, Teller is up for the role of one of the troopers, and it sounds like something he could bring some intensity to. There’s no word on when the film might start production. »
DreamWorks Studios has hired veteran executive Andrew Calof as vice president of production.
He will report to production president Holly Bario. Calof has worked for the past four years at New Regency Productions, where he held the title of VP of production and worked on best picture Academy Award winners “Birdman” and “12 Years A Slave.”
Calof joined New Regency in 2011 from Paramount Pictures where he served as director of creative affairs and worked on “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “World War Z” and “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.”
He began his career at Dimension/Miramax Films and The Todd Phillips Co.
- Dave McNary
Wamg has your free passes to the advance screening American Ultra in St. Louis.
American Ultra is a fast-paced action comedy about Mike (Jesse Eisenberg), a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), is suddenly turned upside down. Unbeknownst to him, Mike is actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. In the blink of an eye, as his secret past comes back to haunt him, Mike is thrust into the middle of a deadly government operation and is forced to summon his inner action-hero in order to survive.
Wamg invites you to enter for a chance to win passes (Good for 2) to the advance screening on Tuesday, August 18th at 7Pm in the St. »
- Movie Geeks
It seems that with the release of Fantastic Four Miles Teller is the "it" guy right now - at least until the weekend is over. Well, even when you.re riding high, following up a role in an Academy Award winning film with a Marvel/Fox superhero flick, not everything comes up a win. Take for example the fact that Teller got uncerimoniously dropped Damien Chazelle.s La La Land because he was no longer "creatively right" for the role. In an interview with Esquire Magazine Teller spoke about being offered a role in the second feature film from the director of Whiplash, only to abruptly lose it after a call was made to the actor.s agent. In the article, Teller explains that he almost had to drop Todd Phillips. Arms and the Dudes to be a part of the musical, but then found out through a third party »
Paris– Mark Gordon, one of Hollywood’s most prolific film and TV producers, is set to deliver a keynote at Mipcom, the Cannes-set international TV confab.
Gordon’s keynote, scheduled on Oct. 5, will be part of the Mipcom’s “A New Creative Excellence” conference program.
The Mark Gordon Company develops and produces upscale content for global distribution. Through its alliance with Entertainment One (eOne), Gordon’s shingle also finances independent, third-party film and television productions. The partnership with eOne has led to the creation of an independent studio that combines Gordon’s track record of working with emerging and established talent with the financial and distribution expertise of eOne.
Gordon ’s TV slate includes five scripted series across multiple platforms: “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC and “Criminal Minds” on CBS — two of the longest-running series in recent television history; “Ray Donovan” on Showtime; upcoming drama series “Quantico,” premiering Sep. 27 on ABC; and spinof. »
- Elsa Keslassy
There are a special collection of films that the masses tend to endlessly gravitate around; films that the collective human race are somehow pre-programmed to re-watch over and over again on a regular basis, for no reason other than: “This… again!”
You know the films. Romantic comedies slapped with slightly suggestive two-word titles like Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman. Lengthy, hopeful dramas with life-affirming messages such as The Shawshank Redemption. Mainstream flicks with just a hint of edginess, like Fight Club. And, of course… anything that Christopher Nolan turns out.
Not that there’s anything nothing wrong with these particular movies; they’re popular for a reason, and people go back to them time and time again because they offer up a sense of tried and tested goodness – they’re comforting, like your favourite hot meal.
But whereas a lot of very popular motion pictures deserve their good reputations, »
- Sam Hill
- Sasha Stone
There was a point four or five years ago where it seemed like every studio comedy released was some variation of the guys-being-guys trademarked formula. You know – dudes knocking down beers, talking about chicks, engaging in various gross out antics, ribbing one another… Judd Apatow ushered in this bromance with The 40-Year Old Virgin and Todd Phillips took the blueprints to its nihilistic breaking point with his Hangover series. These were the biggest comedies around… until suddenly they weren’t. Look no further than the not-so-spectacular box-office results of Entourage and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 as proof. There’s something almost quaint nowadays about the genre. Watching out-of-shape grown men playing x-box, smoking a doob, picking their noses, lying about not doing anything, cursing one another off, scratching their balls – it’s all become dare-i-say… humdrum. I guess part of the initial appeal is the shock value, that ‘oh »
- Tommy Cook
After American Sniper was the biggest box office draw of 2014, it seems anyone will pay to see Bradley Cooper in uniform again. Deadline reports Cooper is set to produce Ghost Army, a World War II story about an agency tasked with feeding the Nazis fake intelligence about the actual number of American troops, with the hope that Cooper will star. Cooper, Todd Phillips, and Andrew Lazar are producing a script by Henry Gayden (Earth to Echo), working from a non-fiction book entitled The Ghost Army of World War II and a 2013 documentary also titled Ghost Army.
Not even a year after Tom Wilkinson portrayed Lyndon B. Johnson in Selma, Woody Harrelson will now portray our former president in Rob Reiner’s political drama simply titled Lbj. Via Variety, production will begin in the fall on a film about the life of Johnson up through his childhood and how he was »
- Brian Welk
Aloha was a rare stumble for Bradley Cooper, but now he’s dusting himself off and pressing forward with another intriguing project. Cooper and Todd Phillips are teaming up for Ghost Army, a World War II adventure based on real events. The title refers not to a squadron of lost dead souls, but to a special […]
- Angie Han
Though Aloha was a critically derided dud, the film’s failure isn’t expected to hurt star Bradley Cooper, seeing as much of the scorn was leveled at director Cameron Crowe and (to a lesser extent) Emma Stone for playing a character outside her race. With culinary pic Adam Jones and biopic Joy out this fall, Cooper is gearing up for a much better rest of his 2015, and now he’s boarding another fascinating project.
According to Deadline, Warner Bros. has secured rights to Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles’ WWII nonfiction The Ghost Army Of World War II: How One Top-Secret Unit Deceived The Enemy with Inflatable Tanks, Sound Effects, And Other Audacious Fakery. Cooper and Todd Phillips are producing out of 22 & Green, with American Sniper producer Andrew Lazar also on board in the same capacity, and they’ve set Earth to Echo writer Henry Gayden to pen a script. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Back when The Monuments Men came out, Dave suggested that Hollywood turn The Ghost Army into a movie and a year later, it's happening! Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. just scored the rights to Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles' The Ghost Army Of World War II: How One Top-Secret Unit Deceived The Enemy with Inflatable Tanks, Sound Effects, And Other Audacious Fakery. [caption id="attachment_473607" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via PBS[/caption] Bradley Cooper and Todd Phillips are producing via 22 & Green and will be joined by American Sniper producer Andrew Lazar. The trio and the studio have locked Earth to Echo scribe Henry Gayden to pen the script about the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, an army unit of artists, architects, actors, set designers and engineers who were assigned to pose as Us Army soldiers and stage combat to deceive the enemy. Apparently the group's actions saved thousands of lives and there's currently a campaign underway »
- Perri Nemiroff
Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired the rights to tell the true story tale "Ghost Army".
The WW2-set story follows a squadron of recruits from art schools, ad agencies and other creative businesses who were tasked with fooling the Nazis into thinking the U.S. had larger troop numbers than it actually did.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Clearly enjoying the producer's hat he recently donned for Hyperion, Bradley Cooper is now also putting together a WWII project at Warner Bros. He's developing, along with regular honcho Todd Phillips and American Sniper's Andrew Lazar, the WWII tall tale Ghost Army. Henry Gayden (Earth To Echo) has been tasked with the screenplay, adapting Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles' recently-published history The Ghost Army Of World War II: How One Top-Secret Unit Deceived The Enemy With Inflatable Tanks, Sound Effects, And Other Audacious Fakery. Beyer already used the material in a 2013 documentary, also called Ghost Army.That extended title probably tells you all to need to know about the film in the offing. The stranger-than-fiction story involves a secret squad made up of artists, designers, advertising execs and other creative types who were tasked with making the Us army look a lot bigger than it was, and in a »
Exclusive: Warner Bros has acquired rights to tell the story of Ghost Army, a squadron of recruits from art schools, ad agencies and other creative businesses who were tasked with fooling the Nazis into thinking the U.S. had larger troop numbers than it actually did. Bradley Cooper & Todd Phillips’ 22 & Green are teaming with Andrew Lazar, who just teamed with Cooper on American Sniper. The studio has acquired The Ghost Army Of World War II: How One Top-Secret Unit Deceive… »
Bradley Cooper’s long-planned adaptation of Dan Simmons’ Hugo Award-wining sci-fi novel Hyperion is heading to Syfy as an event series. Cooper is set to produce alongside Graham King and Todd Phillipps, while Itamar Moses (Boardwalk Empire) will handle scripting duties.
“It is an absolute honor to enter into the world created by Dan Simmons that is arguably one of the greatest works of science fiction, and help realize it for television audiences,” said Cooper, who has been circling the adaptation since 2011.
“As Syfy continues to forge important partnerships with award-winning talent on and off screen, this powerhouse team led by Bradley Cooper, Graham King and Todd Phillips brings an extraordinary track record in producing entertainment of the highest creative ambition,” added Syfy President Dave Howe. “Epitomizing the gold standard of science fiction story-telling, Hyperion tackles smart and provocative themes that help define Syfy’s development vision.”
Set on the »
- Gary Collinson
Dan Simmons' Hugo Award-winning novel Hyperion is getting the small screen treatment as a Syfy Channel event series. Boardwalk Empire and Men of a Certain Age scribe Itamar Moses will write the adaptation, and will also serve as a co-executive producer on the project alongside Gk Films' Graham King (The Departed, Argo), and Bradley Cooper and his The Hangover director Todd Phillips through... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Four years ago came the surprising news that Bradley Cooper had written, on spec, an adaptation of Dan Simmons' astonishing sci-fi novel Hyperion and was developing it with producer Graham King and Warner Bros. That iteration of the project ultimately came to nothing, but Cooper and King have now regrouped and repurposed Hyperion as an "event series" for SyFy. The pair will act as executive producers along with Todd Phillips, while Boardwalk Empire's Itamar Moses has taken over the writing duties.The Hyperion sequence, modelled on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and channelling Boccaccio and Keats, deals with an intergalactic war against the titular planet, which does a nice line in energy trees, time-travelling artefacts and dangerous beasties (namely the enigmatic and terrifying Shrike). It follows seven pilgrims, alternately taking each of their viewpoints, as they undertake a journey to end the conflict and resolve their own personal dramas.But »
Starz has gone on a serious Power trip.
Less than a week after its Season 2 debut, the crime drama has been renewed for a 10-episode third season, the premium cabler announced Wednesday.
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Power‘s June 6 season premiere brought in 1.4 million total viewers — tripling its June 2014 series debut, up 32 percent versus its freshman finale and delivering the largest audience ever for a Starz season premiere.
Production on Season 3 will begin in Brooklyn this September, with a premiere slated for 2016.
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