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DreamWorks Pictures'/Fox 2000 Pictures' upcoming dramatic thriller directed by three-time Academy Award®-winning director Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List) and starring two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, Philadelphia), has been, as previously announced, titled Bridge of Spies. In addition, 12-time Oscar nominee Thomas Newman (The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Saving Mr. Banks) has been signed to score the film, as John Williams' schedule was interrupted and he was unavailable to score the film due to a minor health issue, now corrected.
A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, Bridge of Spies tells the story of James Donovan (Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan Coen »
DreamWorks Pictures’/Fox 2000 Pictures’ upcoming dramatic thriller directed by three-time Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Schindler’s List”) and starring two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (“Forrest Gump,” “Philadelphia”), has been titled Bridge Of Spies.
In addition, 12-time Oscar nominee Thomas Newman (“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Saving Mr. Banks”) has been signed to score the film, as John Williams’ schedule was interrupted and he was unavailable to score the film due to a minor health issue, now corrected.
John Williams. 86th Academy Awards, The Oscar Concert
A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, Bridge Of Spies tells the story of James Donovan (Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.
Screenwriters Matt Charman »
- Michelle McCue
The Cold War drama's title has also been revealed as Bridge of Spies, named after the bridge between West Berlin and East Berlin's Potsdam, where spy swaps often occurred between the West and Soviet Union.
Producer Marc Platt confirmed the project's name in an interview with The Daily Pennsylvanian.
Williams's involvement has also been confirmed - via his fan club - making Bridge of Spies his 27th collaboration with Spielberg.
The movie tells the true-life story of American lawyer James Donovan, who the CIA used during the Cold War to help rescue pilot U2 Gary Powers from detention in the Soviet Union.
Spielberg will direct from a script written by Matt Charman and the Coen brothers.
Bridge of Spies is due for release in the UK on October 9, 2015, and in the Us on »
In an interview with The Daily Pennsylvanian, producer Marc Platt nonchalantly revealed the title of Steven Spielberg's upcoming Cold War thriller, which stars Tom Hanks as an American lawyer recruited by the CIA to secure the release of a pilot in the Soviet Union: "Bridge of Spies," the term coined in the media to describe Berlin's Glienicke Bridge, site of several Cold War prisoner exchanges. Set for an October 16 release, in the midst of awards season, the film is but the first in a series of projects with Spielberg in the director's chair, three years removed from "Lincoln." Spielberg is attached to direct Jennifer Lawrence in "It's What I Do," based on the memoir by Pulitizer prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario, and the rumor mill is at full speed since Deadline reported in late January that Disney—which purchased the rights to the famed franchise from paramount in 2013—is "eyeing »
- Matt Brennan
Steven Spielberg's previously untitled and already completed Cold War thriller appears to have finally found a name. The Playlist reports that screenwriter Marc Platt has revealed in an interview that the project will be called "Bridge of Spies".
Tom Hanks plays a lawyer who was pushed headfirst into the Cold War during the 1960s when he had to negotiate for the release of downed U2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers after the airman was shot down over Russia.
The title refers to Glienicke Bridge which connected the divided East and West Germany at the time in which the film is set. Matt Charman and the Coen Brothers penned the script while John Williams has also come onboard as the film's composer
The film is currently slated for a UK release on October 9th, other countries are expected to get the film on or around that time as well. »
- Garth Franklin
Steven Spielberg completed shooting on his Untitled Cold War Thriller last year without ever settling on a name. That appears now to have changed, however, since screenwriter Marc Platt has casually revealed that it's actually called Bridge Of Spies. Tom Hanks stars in the film, which boasts a screenplay begun by Matt Charman and overhauled by the Coen Brothers.The story is based on the true-life tale of James Donovan (Hanks); a lawyer who was pushed headfirst into the Cold War during the 1960s when he had to negotiate for the release of downed U2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers after the airman was shot down over Russia.The title as it now stands refers to the popular Cold War nickname for what's now the Glienicke Bridge connecting Wannsee and Potsdam: East and West Germany at the time the film is set. Its official name then was the Bridge of Unity, »
Known for the past few years simply as the Untitled Cold War Thriller, producer Marc Platt revealed in a new interview that the project from director Steven Spielberg and star Tom Hanks is now called Bridge of Spies. We saw the first photo of both the actor and director on the set back in December, and while the project was shot under the working title St. James Place, it now has a proper title. Here's what Marc Platt briefly had to say about the project in an interview with The Daily Pennsylvanian.
John Williams Fan has also confirmed the title, and that composer John Williams will provide the score, marking his 27th collaboration with director Steven Spielberg. The plot follows an American attorney named James Donovan (Tom Hanks), who was »
Production on Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ forthcoming project has been simmering for some time, away from the prying eyes of the rest of the world. The movie tells the story of a lawyer, James Donovan (Hanks), enlisted by the CIA to negotiate the safe return of a U.S. pilot, Francis Gary Powers, who was shot down over Soviet airspace in 1960. The catchy working title of “Untitled Cold War Project” has now been wiped away though, as the movie’s official monicker has been unveiled.
In an interview with The Daily Pennsylvanian (via /Film), producer Marc Platt said: “I have a film directed by Steven Spielberg starring Tom Hanks coming out called Bridge of Spies.” Simple, to the point, and concise. However, this may, of course, change before the movie hits theaters in October. During production it was referred to as St. James Place, so we may see another »
- Gem Seddon
Like peanut butter and chocolate, Steven Spielberg and John Williams are meant to be together. The composer has worked on 26 of the director's films, and that collaborative spirit will continue on the director's next effort starring Tom Hanks, with the news confirmed by Williams' fan club. But first, it looks like the movie now has a title. “I have a film directed by Steven Spielberg starring Tom Hanks coming out called 'Bridge of Spies,' ” producer Marc Platt told The Daily Pennsylvanian. The title refers to a bridge that led from West Berlin to East Berlin's Potsdam, where U.S. and Soviet forces often conducted prisoner exchanges during the Cold War. The movie is a legal/espionage tale telling the true story of lawyer James Donovan, who is sent behind enemy lines by the CIA to negotiate the release of a U-2 pilot shot down and captured in Russia. At any rate, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Steven Spielberg’s untitled Cold War thriller (which sometimes went by the title St.James Place) wrapped production several months ago, yet we didn’t get an official title until today. Producer Marc Platt revealed the new title in an interview with The Daily Pennsylvanian. I’d call for a drum roll but the guy who drums is in the john. Let’s just go for it. Steven Spielberg’s new film will now and forever be known as…Bridge Of »
- Kevin Fraser
Ang Lee has found the star for his next film. Newcomer Joe Alwyn is in talks to play the titular role in “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 and Chinese distribution company Bona Film Group are onboard alongside Tristar and Film4. Simon Beaufoy, who won an Oscar for writing “Slumdog Millionaire,” adapted the book for Film4 and The Ink Factory. The film will be produced by Marc Platt, Ink Factory’s Stephen Cornwell, Rhodri Thomas and Simon Cornwell, and Lee. Filming is set for April. The »
- Linda Ge
Exclusive: Universal Pictures has optioned the bestselling children’s book The Princess In Black, the first of a four-book series written by Newbery winner Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, with illustrations by LeUyen Pham. Marc Platt and Adam Siegel will produce. Candlewick Press publishes the series. The heroine is Princess Magnolia, who by day wears the obligatory flouncy dresses, but by night becomes the Princess in Black. The book marries the princess tradition with the… »
Icelandic director/producer Baltasar Kormakur, who’s in Berlin to present Dagur Kari’s “Virgin Mountain,” is prepping “The Oath,” a tense psychological thriller.
He will be producing “The Oath,” along with Agnes Johansen with his Reykjavik-based Rvk Studios banner.
Penned by Olafur Egilsson and co-written Kormakur, the pic turns on Finnur, a well-respected doctor and family man whose life gets out of control after his daughter starts dating a dangerous criminal, Ottar.
“It’s about one man who has it all and another who has nothing to lose. Such opposing lives, who’s paths should never have crossed but who are now tangled up in each others futures,” Kormakur told Variety.
” ‘The Oath’ seems like the perfect project for me, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut film, Lost River, will open April 10 for a theatrical run in New York and Los Angeles and will also be available same day via national digital release in the U.S.
This news comes the same day as the announcement of the film’s North American premiere being part of the SXSW Film Festival, running March 13 – 21 in Austin Texas.
The film, from Sierra Affinity, Phantasma Films and Bold Films, stars Christina Hendricks (TV’s “Mad Men”), Saoirse Ronan (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”), Iain De Caestecker (TV’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Matt Smith (TV’s “Doctor Who”), Reda Kateb (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Barbara Steele (TV’s “Dark Shadows”), with Eva Mendes (“The Place Beyond the Pines”), and Ben Mendelsohn (“The Dark Knight Rises”).
- Michelle McCue
After having created his own cult of indie thrillers with Drive, Only God Forgives, Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines, actor Ryan Gosling is stepping behind the camera for his latest project Lost River. Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for this thriller, which stars Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan and Eva Mendes. And it looks like another underground masterpiece for the burgeoning filmmaker.
Lost River weaves elements of fantasy noir and suspense into a modern day fairytale. Set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, Billy, a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery, if their family is to survive.
Lost River is coming to select theaters this April, and will be made available on Digital HD the same day. »
Jeff Robinov’s Fosun-backed Studio 8, together with Chinese distribution company Bona Film Group, will partner with Tom Rothman’s TriStar and Film4 on the adaptation of Ben Fountain’s acclaimed novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, to be directed by three-time Oscar-winner Ang Lee.
The deal brings together several members of the family of companies at Sony Pictures, which will distribute the film worldwide, except for Greater China, which Bona Film Group Ltd will handle. Film 4 will have UK free television.
The film is now set for start of principal photography in mid-April and casting is underway.
In the film, Bravo Company, and 19-year-old private Billy Lynn, survive a harrowing Iraq battle that is captured by news cameras. They are brought home by the Us administration for a promotional tour, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of aThanksgiving Day football game, all while facing an imminent return to the war. »
- Melissa Thompson
Simon Beaufoy, who won an Oscar for writing “Slumdog Millionaire,” adapted the book for Film4 and The Ink Factory. The film will be produced by Marc Platt, Ink Factory’s Stephen Cornwell, Rhodri Thomas and Simon Cornwell, and Lee.
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Filming is set for April and casting is now underway.
The dark satire »
- Linda Ge
Anne Hathaway can now add producer to her impressive résumé.
The Oscar winner and her husband, Adam Shulman, have teamed up with Jonathan Demme — director on Hathaway’s “Rachel Getting Married” — to produce their first film, “Song One,” the debut feature from writer-director Kate Barker-Froyland.
“I really loved producing. I loved being able to support a filmmaker in a way beyond acting in a movie,” Hathaway, 32, told Variety at the film’s Cinema Society premiere in New York on Tuesday night. “I learned that the goal is the same whether I am an actor or a producer — that I will do anything to get the director’s vision.”
Hathaway (dressed head to toe in white, in an Iro blazer, Theory pants and sheer top) along with Shulman, reunited with cast members Johnny Flynn and Ben Rosenfield at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema for the first time since the picture premiered at »
- Paul Chi
NBC's "Peter Pan Live!" may not have been a smash, but Fox's previously announced "Grease: Live" is still moving forward with both a premiere date and pair of female leads. Fox announced on Saturday (January 17) that Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens will take key roles in "Grease: Live," which will be based on both the original musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, but also the 1978 feature adaptation. "Grease: Live" will air on Fox on Sunday, January 31, 2016. So yes, that's a long time for Hough, Hudgens and the yet-to-be-announced castmembers to get prepared. Blurbs executive producer Marc Platt, "'Grease' is one of the most treasured and favored pop culture phenomenons of our time. It's fun, it's endearing and we are so excited to reimagine this iconic story with a shared entertainment event suited for today's audience." Hough will play the lead role of Sandy, virginal new girl at Rydell High. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Just a day after NBC announced that the network's next live musical will either be The Music Man or The Wiz, Fox revealed at their Television Critics Association panel Saturday that they too will enter the live musical arena in January 2016 with a "re-imagining" of the Fifties' rock n' roll musical Grease.
Julianne Hough will fill the Olivia Newton-John role of Sandy in what executive producer Marc Platt called "a shared entertainment event suited for today's audience," while Vanessa Hudgens will don the character Rizzo's Pink Ladies jacket, Entertainment Weekly reports. »
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