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New Line has acquired the true crime saga, Dukes of Oxy, with Michael De Luca in talks to produce and Ansel Elgort circling a leading role. Based on the 'Rolling Stone' article by Guy Lawson (who also wrote the article that inspired Todd Phillips' Arms and Dudes), Dukes of Oxy recounts the true-life story of Doug Dodd and Lance Barabas, a pair of Florida-based teenagers who built a multi-million dollar drug-smuggling business, blackmarketing OxyContin and other painkillers. Per Deadline, Elgort is in talks to star as Dodd, the level-headed member of the drug smuggling duo. At the start of their enterprise, Dodd sought advice from an ex-con family member, who did time for dealing drugs, and learned a set of useful rules - don't talk on the phone, no guns, cut ties with anyone under investigation - sensible drug dealing stuff. [caption id="attachment_450635" align="alignright" width="348"] Image via Rolling Stone/Doug Dodd[/caption] The pair »
- Haleigh Foutch
The article has only just been published in Rolling Stone magazine, but The Fault In Our Stars' Ansel Elgort and producer Michael De Luca have already snapped The Dukes Of Oxy up for screen adaptation. They're setting up the drug smuggling drama at New Line.Still on news stands in the Rolling Stone issue with Kurt Cobain on the cover, The Dukes Of Oxy is the unlikely story of some high-school wrestlers who built a multi-million dollar sideline smuggling prescription painkillers out of Florida in exchange for teddy bears stuffed with cash. Doug Dodd and his wrestling partner Lance Barabas were the principal playas, with Elgort eyeing the role of Dodd, apparently the more rational of the two.The article itself is by Guy Lawson, who also wrote Arms And The Dudes for Rolling Stone, which is currently underway as a film with Todd Phillips directing and Miles Teller »
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Check here for a complete list of our essays. Just one glance at the Oscar nominees for 1998 might make it seem less a questionable choice for “best year in film” — and more an insane one. Instead of a 1974 – The Godfather II, The Conversation, Chinatown, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, etc – or even a 1994, where Shawshank, Quiz Show, and Pulp Fiction lost to Gump – you choose a year where the Oscars would allow Roberto Benigni to climb atop both the figurative and literal chairs of the Shrine? Fine, step away from the Oscars. Would you still celebrate a year that saw not one, but two movies about asteroids threatening the Earth? A year that saw such scars carved across cinematic history as Patch Adams, My Giant, Stepmom, and Krippendorf’s Tribe? It bears repeating: Krippendorf’S Tribe? »
- Michael Oates Palmer
The Hangover is a hysterical series of comic events. The three R-rated films involve road-trips, gambling, and confusion. The Hangover movies are directed by Todd Phillips and star Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, and Justin Bartha. Each of the films portrays the "Wolfpack" friends as they travel, continuously finding themselves in unusual and often hilarious situations. In the first Hangover film, the four friends travel to Las Vegas to celebrate the bachelor party for their friend, Doug Billings. However, three of the friends, Stu, Phil, and Alan have no recollection of the events of the preceding night and end up frantically searching for Doug the morning of his wedding. The second film revolves around similar themes. However, this time Stu is to be married, in Bangkok. The final film presents the comical adventures of the four men as they travel together on a haphazard road trip. The Hangover »
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A version of this story first appeared in the April 10 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Two years ago, Ray Donovan executive producer Bryan Zuriff made headlines when he was arrested in a high-stakes sports-betting sting. With his two years of probation just up (Zuriff also was sentenced to six months of home confinement, 300 hours of community service and a $20,000 fine), he has three projects in play. Arms and the Dudes, a Warners movie with Jonah Hill and Miles Teller, is shooting with Todd Phillips, a good friend of Zuriff's, behind the camera.
- Rebecca Ford
Bradley Cooper is in talks to direct Warner Bros.' remake of 1937 musical "A Star Is Born," which would make this his first feature. Cooper, along with Jon Peters, Bill Gerber and Basil Iwanyk, will also produce this version of William A. Wellman's Oscar-nominated Tinseltown tale of aging movie star Norman Maine who ushers a hopeful young starlet's rise to fame while grappling with alcoholism and the near-end of his career. The film has already been remade twice: first in 1954 with Judy Garland, who was in the hospital during her notorious Oscar snub, and in 1976 with Barbra Streisand. Clint Eastwood was attached to this latest remake back in 2011, with Beyonce Knowles in talks to play Esther Blodgett. That fell through and Eastwood shifted to another musical, "Jersey Boys." According to THR, Cooper is shopping several projects to direct for Warner Bros. In 2014 he and "Hangover" director Todd Phillips signed a three-picture, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Bradley Cooper is in talks to make his directorial debut with the long-planned A Star Is Born remake for Warner Bros. The film originally had Beyoncé Knowles attached to star, with Clint Eastwood directing. Though Clint Eastwood is no longer involved with the project, the hope is that Beyoncé Knowles will return, and Bradley Cooper will co-star alongside her.
Beyoncé Knowles is wanted to take the lead as a young woman whose dreams of stardom are helped along by a former Hollywood icon (Bradley Cooper) whose better days are behind him. Bradley Cooper was originally interested in the role when Clint Eastwood was attached to the project. The actor is set to take a pass at the screenplay with writer Will Fetters, who penned the most recent draft. He will dive into the project whole heartedly once he wraps his Broadway role in The Elephant Man, which he is currently performing in London. »
Bradley Cooper is stepping behind the camera, and he wants Beyonce to be his leading lady. The three-time Academy Award-nominated actor is in talks to make his directorial debut with Warner Brothers' long-in-development remake of A Star is Born. Based on the 1937 film starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, the film centers on an aging, self-destructive actor who helps an aspiring actress achieve her dreams of stardom. Cooper will also produce alongside Jon Peters, Billy Gerber and Basil Iwanyk, and Deadline reports that they have their eyes set on Beyonce Knowles for the female lead. Beyonce was previously courted for the picture when Clint Eastwood attached to direct. Eastwood tried to get the project off the ground at Warner Brothers for years, looking at a number of A-list actors for the male lead including Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Cooper himself. Eastwood's version of the film fell apart with Beyonce's pregnancy, »
- Haleigh Foutch
Bradley Cooper is a single man again.
But according to the magazine, the former couple is still clearly on good terms -- though they reportedly broke up before the Oscars in January, they still attended the awards show together as friends.
Photos: They Dated?! Surprising Celebrity Hookups
Despite both Bradley and Suki remaining tight-lipped about their relationship, there were signs that the two broke up at the Insurgent premiere in New York City on Monday. Et caught up with Suki, who has a role in the film, and she definitely wasn't in the mood to discuss her A-list boyfriend. When asked if Bradley liked the Divergent series, Suki shrugged and replied, "It's about me tonight."
Meanwhile, Cooper has been staying close to his guy pals. On Wednesday, he had had »
Bradley Cooper and Suki Waterhouse have called it quits. The American Sniper actor and the model split after two years of dating, a source tells People. Cooper's rep could not be reached for comment, while Waterhouse's declined comment. The couple ended their relationship before the Oscars in January but remained friends and attended the award show together, the source says. They were even spotted dining at Nobu Malibu with another pal the next night, though an onlooker says they didn't seem affectionate during the meal. Cooper, 40, spent Wednesday night at an Elton John concert, later partying at Surrender Nightclub in »
- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston
Aside from playing the crazy Señor Chang, Ken Jeong is known for being, as he calls it, a “lifer” on “Community,” sticking with the show from its beginning to its current state, in season six on Yahoo Screen. Jeong spoke to Variety about dealing with the show’s cancellation on NBC, cast changes and why he’ll never leave the cult favorite.
You’re six seasons in. Are you still enjoying it?
This has honestly been my favorite season out of all them because there’s a new lease on life. There’s a new freshness to it. We still have most importantly Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna and all the great writers from last year. Table reads are my favorite part of this whole experience for me. We get to read the scripts for the first time. It’s fun going to a Dan Harmon table read, to discover »
- Debra Birnbaum
[Press Release] Burbank, Calif. -- Principal photography is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Arms & the Dudes,” starring Oscar nominee Jonah Hill (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Moneyball”) and Miles Teller (“Whiplash”). “The Hangover” trilogy director and Oscar nominee Todd Phillips (“Borat” screenplay) is directing the film. Based on a true story, “Arms & the Dudes” follows two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a $300 million deal to arm the Afghan Military—a deal that puts them in business »
- Pietro Filipponi
Based on a true story, Arms & The Dudes follows two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a $300 million deal to arm the Afghan Military—a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government.
Phillips directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jason Smilovic »
- Michelle McCue
Principal photography is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures' Arms & the Dudes, starring Oscar nominee Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street, Moneyball) and Miles Teller (Whiplash). The Hangover trilogy director and Oscar nominee Todd Phillips (Borat screenplay) is directing the film. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.
Based on a true story, Arms & the Dudes follows two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a $300 million deal to arm the Afghan Military - a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U. »
Neil Burger, “Divergent” director, is attached to helm the project, which Olen Steinhauer (author of “The Tourist” and “An American Spy”) adapted from his novel of the same name. Nick Wechsler will produce with Chockstone Pictures partners Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz along with Chockstone’s Roger Schwartz, who will serve as a co-producer.
Shooting is expected to commence by the end of the year.
“All the Old Knives” takes place in the idyllic town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, where two ex-lovers — one CIA spy and one ex-cia spy — meet for dinner and to relive their memories of a disastrous hijacking, possibly in an effort to get to the bottom of a conspiracy.
Gordon and eOne announced the partnership in January. EOne will handle »
- Dave McNary
Here’s an interesting coincidence – Jake McDorman, who starred alongside Bradley Cooper in American Sniper (he played Biggles) will now take the lead in the TV version of Limitless, the Bradley Cooper vehicle from 2011.
Deadline describes this character as “the role Cooper originated in the Limitless movie.” However, as our commenters have pointed out before, Cooper’s character was an author called Eddie Morra. As far as we can remember, the FBI didn’t feature at all either.
It’s a bit of a mystery, then, whether the show will be linked to the film at all, or whether it will be a »
Vince Vaughn moved to Hollywood at age 18, straight out of high school. And, like many starry-eyed aspiring actors, one of his first stops was Grauman’s Chinese Theatre to see where famous stars like Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe had encased their hands and feet in cement.
More than 25 years later, much has changed. It’s now called the Tcl Chinese Theatre. Many other actors have been added from Jennifer Aniston to Tom Cruise. And Vaughn has gone from struggling actor to bonafide movie star, with hits like “The Lost World,” “Wedding Crashers” and “Old School” on his resume. His latest comedy, “Unfinished Business,” hits theaters March 6.
So when Vaughn was told the theater wanted to encase his hands and feet in cement in the forecourt on March 4, he was thrilled.
“Getting the letter asking me, I thought about growing up and being a fan of all those folks,” he says. »
- Jenelle Riley
Las Vegas…the hotbed haven where dreams of high rollers are realized among the glitzy bright lights, the element of chance and luck and the adrenaline for instant fortune. But there is a deception to Sin City that is overlooked–the isolation of a gambler’s anxiety and desperation, the false sense of confidence at the craps table and the swinging doors of the psychological lows more so than the rewarding highs.
Still, Las Vegas has its excitable aura–both innocence and guilt–where one arrives to skillfully manufacture their financial profile or go bust. In some instances, the hedonistic expectations are defined in other fun, precarious ways. It is no wonder that Hollywood has come calling to put its distinctive spin on the capital city of adult entertainment. For decades, the movies have made Las Vegas its backdrop for wonderment, degradation, intrigue, comical curiosity and soul-searching revelations.
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- Frank Ochieng
Sources tell Variety that Leonardo DiCaprio’s production banner Appian Way has come on as a producer of “The Crowded Room,” an adaptation of the Daniel Keyes nonfiction book that centered around Billy Milligan, the first person to successfully use multiple personality disorder as a legal defense.
DiCaprio will produce alongside Jennifer Davisson and Alexandra Milchan.
The pic has been in development for quite some time at New Regency. Story follows Milligan, who was charged in the late ’70s with armed robbery and the rapes of three women on the Ohio State University campus. Milligan, who was diagnosed with multiple personality syndrome, »
- Justin Kroll
Leonardo DiCaprio is getting closer to playing a role he's eyed for nearly 20 years — that of Billy Milligan, who was the first person to successfully use multiple personality disorder as a defense in a court of law. DiCaprio's Appian Way has come aboard to produce The Crowded Room with New Regency, while Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg have been hired to write the adapted script. Smilovic's credits include Lucky Number Slevin and Todd Phillips' upcoming Arms and the Dudes at Warner Bros. Read More Oscars 2015: Fox Searchlight, New Regency Nab Second Straight Best Picture Win In addition
- Pamela McClintock
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