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Lionsgate has announced new release dates for Dean Israelite’s “Power Rangers,” Kristen Stewart‘s action comedy “American Ultra” and the Ryan Gosling-Emma Stone musical “La La Land.” “Power Rangers” has been delayed from July 22, 2016 to Jan. 13, 2017, effectively moving from summer to a less-crowded frame. Lionsgate confirmed that Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone will star in “La La Land,” a musical from Oscar-nominated “Whiplash” writer-director Damien Chazelle. Jordan Horowitz of Gilbert Films, Fred Berger of Impostor Pictures and Marc Platt produced the film, which will open on July 15, 2016 via Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment. Also Read: Ryan Gosling in Negotiations to. »
- Jeff Sneider
Walton Goggins, Connie Britton, Bill Pullman, Topher Grace and Tony Hale round out the key cast on American Ultra, about a small-town stoner and his girlfriend who becomes the target of a top secret government assassination plot.
Lionsgate moves back Summit’s Criminal from August 21 2015 to January 22 2016 and moves up Dirty Grandpa from August 12 2016 to February 26 2016.
Gods Of Egypt moves back from February 12 2016 to April 8 2016.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk has been given a November 11, 2016 release date from TriStar Pictures, which puts the military drama in theaters for Veterans Day. Based on the acclaimed novel by Ben Fountain, the movie will be a groundbreaking, cinematic event and stars Garrett Hedlund, Steve Martin, Kristen Stewart, Ben Platt, Vin Diesel, Chris Tucker and Joe Alwyn. Director Ang Lee plans to redefine the possibilities of cinema with the film, engaging the audience with an advanced cinematic experience.
Ang Lee will use state-of-the-art Sony cameras while shooting Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, utilizing native 3D and high resolution. He will also make history with a frame rate that seemed impossible just months ago. Ang Lee hopes to create a new way for audiences to experience drama with the heightened sensation a soldier would really feel on the battlefield and on the home front.
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk tells »
Tony Award-nominated director Thomas Kail (Hamilton, In the Heights) and veteran television director Alex Rudzinski (director of all 20 seasons of Dancing With the Stars, among many other broadcasts) will direct the live musical event Grease: Live that will air on Fox Jan. 31, 2016, at 7pm Et live/Pt tape-delayed, it was announced today. Kail will oversee the stage direction, with Rudzinski serving as the live broadcast director. Taking the direction will be currently announced stars Julianne Hough as Sandy and Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo. Marc Platt (“Wicked,” “Into the Woods”) is executive producer. Grease: Live is a Paramount Television production based on the original musical by Jim … Continue reading →
The post Directors announced for Fox’s “Grease: Live” appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Jeff Pfeiffer
Kail, who is currently directing “Hamilton” Off Broadway, will oversee stage direction. Rudzinski, who has directed all 20 seasons of “DWTS,” will be the live broadcast director.
“Thomas Kail’s brilliant directing work on the explosive ‘Hamilton’ and the cutting-edge ‘In the Heights’ showcase his groundbreaking talent for merging classic Broadway musical storytelling with contemporary song styles and narratives. His productions resonate profoundly with today’s audience, and his sharp instincts make him the perfect director to bring ‘Grease’ to a new generation,” said Platt.
He added, “Alex Rudzinski brings a wealth of experience in live television directing and has a modern »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Shot in native 3D and 4K, and aiming to be filmed at a high frame rate, the film unfolds in real time during the course of a football game (though does contain flashbacks). Joe Alwyn plays a 19-year-old private who survives a harrowing Iraq battle that is captured by news cameras.
His team are brought home by the U.S. administration for a promotional tour, culminating in the halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game. Unbeknownst to all, there is turmoil as the group faces an imminent return to the war.
Joe Alwyn, Steve Martin, Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart also star in the film which Lee, Marc Platt, Stephen Cornwell, Rhodri Thomas and Simon Cornwell are producing. Filming begins this month. »
- Garth Franklin
When Hollywood merges with Broadway, there are always fender-benders.
Just ask Harvey Weinstein.
As the movie aficionado and awards maven steered “Finding Neverland,” his first venture as a lead theater producer, toward the Great White Way, eyebrows raised in his wake.
He switched press agents. He swapped out the lead actors. He entirely scrapped an earlier version of the musical with a different creative team. When in spring 2014, he landed a much-coveted spot for the show on the Tony Awards telecast, naysayers tut-tutted that the play hadn’t even begun performances out of town, much less confirmed its Broadway run. Besides, Jennifer Hudson, the star of the Tonys segment, wouldn’t even be appearing in the actual stage production.
“I was criticized for Jennifer,” Weinstein recalls. “But this song (‘Neverland’) has been downloaded a million times, and all over the world people now know ‘Finding Neverland.’ In the movie business, »
- Gordon Cox
Kristen Stewart is in talks to star in an adaptation of Ben Fountain's best-selling novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, with another report revealing that Ben Platt has joined the cast. They will join newcomer Joe Arwyn as the title character, along with Garrett Hedlund and Steve Martin. Production is scheduled to begin later this month.
The story centers on 19-year-old Billy Flynn (Joe Arwyn), an infantryman who survives a firefight during the Iraq war in 2005. Billy and his surviving comrades are brought back to the U.S. by the Bush Administration for a "victory tour" that ends at the Dallas Cowboys stadium, where they are to be honored during halftime of the Thanksgiving football game, before going back to Iraq. Kristen Stewart will play Billy's older sister Kathryn, while Ben Platt is playing Josh, who works for the Dallas Cowboys organization and is in charge of taking care »
As Academy executives hunt for new Oscar producers after the departure of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, they should think less about Steven Spielberg and James Cameron, and more about Espn president John Skipper.
Whenever the job opens up for an Academy Awards producer, Oscar fans point out that this is the film industry’s biggest event and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences should corral a big name, since it has access to the greatest filmmakers in the world.
But even though the awards are a celebration of film, the Oscarcast is a television event. And producing live TV requires a very specific skill set, which is different from handling film, so Acad honchos should think outside the box and consider men and women who have produced live television: sports events, newscasts, talkshows and TV concerts.
Skipper, as president of Espn, has insights into multiple producers of sports events, »
- Tim Gray
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
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