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Next year, the world of shape-shifting, super-strong superheroes returns to television in the form of "Heroes Reborn," NBC's resurrection of the divisive superhero series. Little is known about the project, other than the fact that it'll air in 2015, with creator Tim Kring once again at the helm. Who will star in the new "Heroes" reboot? Again, too soon to say — none of the original players, like Masi Oka as Hiro or Zachary Quinto ...
By Josh Wigler »
Shane Dawson is already make waves in traditional media through a comedy project he sold to NBC. Now, it looks like the popular YouTuber may come to premium cable, too. Dawson is one of two stars on The Chair, a Starz reality series where he will trying to make the best possible adaptation of a film called How Soon Is Now. The Chair will run for 10 episodes and will pit Dawson against Anna Martemucci, a filmmaker who previously earned praise for her film Breakup At A Wedding. Both Dawson and Martemucci will adapt the same material (a script about students who return home for their first Thanksgiving since leaving for college) and both will receive mentorship from a group that includes actor Zachary Quinto; however, the final creative decisions will be up to the two directors themselves. The winner, determined by fan voting, will take home $250,000. This may seem like an unfair advantage for Dawson, »
- Sam Gutelle
Not only is the idea behind Starz new effort, The Chair, one that makes for a rough road as a show, it’s one that has only a theoretical draw insofar as gaining an audience, and who the target demographic might be. The show will follow two hopeful directors as they each make their own version of a film based on the same script.
Zachary Quinto, and several others, will serve as mentors during the process, which will provide some draw, but as these directors take us through the process of creating a coming-of-age film, does anyone actually want to be a part of that? Sure, the idea sounds good, but it’s hard to tell what the show really looks like, and whether or not watching the behind-the-scenes effort of… who knows what, is really going to draw a crowd.
I guess we’ll find out.
One Screenplay. Two Films. »
- Marc Eastman
Emily Browning appears to be one of the busiest actresses around, starring in a variety of projects – each different from the next – ranging from Pompeii, to God Help the Girl to Magic Magic. It’s the latter which we discussed with the talented performer about – speaking to us on the phone from La.
Magic Magic was shot on location in Chile, and we spoke to Browning about her experience in the country, where she worked closely with one of her best friends Juno Temple. She also tells us about her life in La, why she misses London, and her thoughts on why so many Australian actors leave their home town to seek pastures new.
Of course choosing a project is down to the script and material, the director, the cast – but it must be a pretty nice bonus when it involves shooting on location in Chile?
Oh yeah, absolutely. Everything »
- Stefan Pape
EW reports that Starz has ordered The Chair, a reality series from the producer of Project Greenlight. The competition will follow two first-time directors as they direct their version of the same movie script. A team of mentors — including Zachary Quinto — will oversee the process.
Twilight alum Booboo Stewart has joined the cast of The Descendants, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That’s the Disney Channel movie about the children of villains from classic animated Disney movies. Stewart will play the son of Jafar.
After CBS announced that Stephen Colbert would take over as The Late Show host, the fun was watching the meltdowns on the right wing blogosphere. Rush Lumbaugh responded that CBS “declared war on the heartland of America” while Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro called Colbert’s faux pundit character “political blackface“.
Meanwhile, Colbert’s promotion raises new questions like what will replace The Colbert Report »
- Lyle Masaki
The Starz Network is teaming up with Project Greenlight producer Chris Moore on its first unscripted series, The Chair. The filmmaking docuseries will pit two up-and-coming directors against one another as they work to bring the same script to the big screen. The film in question is a coming-of-age comedy called How Soon is Now, about a group of college freshmen coming home for Thanksgiving. The two filmmakers are Shane Dawson, a successful YouTube comedian with over ten million YouTube subscribers, and Anna Martemucci, who wrote and starred in the indie film Breakup at a Wedding. This battle of film-school archetypes will be overseen by a team of mentors, including Star Trek and American Horror Story star Zachary Quinto. Sounds promising, but it will be hard to top Project Greenlight, the show that not only introduced the world to Shia Labeouf, but also gave us Ben Affleck’s glorious Chris Moore impression. »
- Anna Silman
Chris Moore, the executive producer of Oscar-winner Good Will Hunting and HBO’s Project Greenlight, is back with a new filmmaking competition series with a twist. The Chair, which Starz has ordered as its first original unscripted series for 10 episodes to air in fall 2014, follows two directors as they take their first feature film to the big screen. The catch: Each director is provided with the exact same screenplay to transform into his or her own distinct movie.
Both finished films will air on Starz and in theaters, with the winner of the $250,000 prize being determined by viewers’ digital voting and ticket sales. »
- Stephanie Robbins
Billy Eichner is not afraid to ask the tough questions on "Billy on the Street," but today he's asking a really easy question: Would you have sex with Paul Rudd for a dollar? And would you admit it to Paul Rudd, who's standing right here? The correct answers: Yes and Yes Oh Hi Paul Rudd. As always, the best is when Billy uses the game to take potshots at his celebrity pal's filmography. I'm still laughing over that time he told Zachary Quinto that New Yorkers collectively dislike him for "Margin Call." »
- Louis Virtel
Metrodome has finalised deals on five films for distribution in UK and Ireland, including a deal with K5 for Simon Helberg’s directorial debut We’ll Never Have Paris.
The film follows a neurotic young man rattled by a sudden declaration of love from an attractive co-worker moments before he is about to propose to his girlfriend.
Helberg comented on the deal: “After over 200 years of slightly underwhelming independence, I am proud »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
During a panel discussion following a press screening last night for HBO Films’ The Normal Heart, HBO President Len Amato (pictured left) announced that Ryan Murphy, the film’s director, would be taking over as showrunner for the HBO original series Looking in its second season.
Looking, which follows three gay men in present-day San Francisco, received mostly positive critical reviews but failed to pick up the kind of watercooler buzz surrounding HBO’s more popular series. Industry insiders view the decision to bring Murphy on board as a clear-cut strategy to bring in a wider audience.
During the panel discussion, Murphy elaborated on the exact changes he plans to make in Looking’s second season. “The biggest change — and the »
- Steven Frank
Blame it on the witches. "American Horror Story: Coven" cast a spell on viewers, and nowhere was this more evident than at PaleyFest. While the show has always been a reliable hit at the event, this year the fan reaction seemed, well, more ardent than usual. Young fans asked the cast for hugs. One asked for a job. Evan Peters got a hand-knotted panda bear cap, while Sarah Paulson got letters, a T-shirt, and was asked on a date by one young female admirer. There was screaming. A lot of screaming. As one woman sitting behind me grumbled, "This isn't a One Direction concert." Despite the similarities, the audience still managed to learn a lot -- even (gasp) details about the top-secret coming season, "Freak Show." Here are twelve factoids worth mentioning. 1) Ryan Murphy was told that "American Horror Story: Coven" would be the lowest rated season of the series »
- Liane Bonin Starr
FX’s anthology series American Horror Story is surely one of the wildest shows on television today. Over the past three seasons, viewers have explored a haunted house, a wacky 1960s insane asylum and (in the show’s strongest outing yet) a coven of modern-day witches. And along the way, showrunner Ryan Murphy has pushed buttons with ghosts in fetish suits, psychotic Santas, minotaur sex and just about every other bizarre twist in between.
Given how gleefully unrestrained American Horror Story has been thus far, Murphy’s unveiling of the subtitle for the upcoming fourth season honestly doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Today, the showrunner tweeted that the official title will be American Horror Story: Freak Show:
American Horror Story Season Four: pic.twitter.com/6OHYzGjPMd
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) March 24, 2014
If that title reveal wasn’t enough, we also learned some details about the upcoming series, »
- Isaac Feldberg
(Cbr) If you thought "Agent 47" needed some extra gravitas, look no further than today’s casting news. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ciaran Hinds has joined the ensemble behind "Agent 47", the latest attempt to adapt the "Hitman" video game franchise. Exact details of his role are unknown, except that he’s part of “a pivotal event involving a scientist.” He joins Rupert Friend as the titular assassin, with Zachary Quinto and Thomas Kretschmann both on board as lead villains. Hinds’ face and body of work are well known to fans, even if his name doesn’t ring immediate bells. He played Julius Caesar on HBO’s "Rome" and currently portrays Wildling leader Mance Rayder on "Game of Thrones". He was also in "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance", but I imagine many of you have burned that memory from your brain faster than you can pee out fire. »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
When it first hit the small screen in October 2011, American Horror Story may have seemed like a risky prospect. Conceived as an anthology horror series featuring a repertory cast, the subject matter was necessarily dark and challenging. Against all odds, however, it quickly became a critical success, enjoying impressive ratings and much excitement surrounding the premise of each new subsequent season.
Season one was set in the present day in a haunted house, season two in 1964 in an asylum for the criminally insane, and season three took place in the present day, the 1970s and the 1830s, as it followed the descendants of survivors of the Salem witch trials. Now, writer Douglas Petrie has confirmed the rumoured premise of the upcoming fourth season, while addressing the Nerdist Writers Panel Podcast. When asked by panelists Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett (Syfy’s 12 Monkeys), and Moira Kirland (Arrow, Castle, Medium) if the »
- Sarah Myles
Not too long ago we got our first look at Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan as photographer Dennis Stock and actor James Dean respectively in Anton Corbijn upcoming true life story Life and now Joel Edgerton is joining the cast of the film with production already in progress Edgerton will join the cast, which also includes Ben Kingsley and Kristen Hager, and will play Magnum Photography editor John Morris, who brokered the deal for the photos Stock was commissioned to take of Dean on a photographic journey across the Us, from La to New York and on to Indiana. Variety Edgerton will also be starring opposite Johnny Depp in Scott Cooper's Black Mass and now Guy Pearce is now in talks to play former President of the Massachusetts Senate Billy Bulger, brother of Whitey Bulger to be played by Depp. Variety amz asin="B00CO4GO7I" size="small »
- Brad Brevet
He’s played his share of good guys, but usually when you see Ciarán Hinds’ name on the casting list for a film, your mind jumps to thinking of him as the villain of the piece. We’ll have to wait and see which side of the good/bad divide he falls when he joins the team shooting Agent 47.Planned as more of a sequel than a reboot to the 2007 Hitman video-game adaptation, the new movie already has Rupert Friend busy playing the bald, tattooed assassin who takes on a super-soldier conspiracy driven by Zachary Quinto and Thomas Kretschmann. The Hollywood Reporter’s spies couldn’t find out exactly who Hinds is set to play, though they have learned that he’ll be a scientist who fits into a pivotal part of the plot.Aleksander Bach is making his feature directorial debut with the film, working from a script by Skip Woods, »
Details of Hinds' role are unknown, but will deal with a pivotal event involving a scientist. Aleksander Bach directs the project. [Source: Heat Vision]
Sienna Miller is in early talks for the female lead opposite Bradley Cooper in Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" at Warner Bros. Pictures. Miller has beaten out Jaimie Alexander ("Thor") for the part.
Cooper plays a Navy Seal who has the most confirmed sniper kills in U.S. military history. Miller would play his wife, who must raise his children while he's overseas fighting the enemy. [Source: The Wrap]
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- Garth Franklin
• The Great Gatsby star Joel Edgerton will star opposite Twilight’s Robert Pattinson and Kill Your Darling’s Dane DeHaan in upcoming period drama, Life. Anton Corbijn (The American) will direct the film, which centers around the real life friendship that blossomed between photographer Dennis Stock (Pattinson) and actor James Dean (DeHaan) when Stock was commissioned to photograph the iconic movie star for Life magazine in 1955. Edgerton will portray Magnum Photography editor John Morris, the man who brokered the deal for the photographs with Life. [Variety]
- Pamela Gocobachi
Ciarán Hinds has signed on for an unspecified role in Fox International's reboot Agent 47. While the details about his role are being kept under wraps, his character is involved in a pivotal event centering on a scientist.
Rupert Friend is starring as the title character, a mysterious assassin who has a barcode tattooed to the back of his head. Thomas Kretschmann is portraying the villainous LeClerq, who runs Syndicate International, a company striving to create an army of indestructible assassins. Zachary Quinto is portraying another villain, with Hannah Ware starring as the female lead.
Aleksander Bach is directing from a script by Skip Woods and Michael Finch. Skip Woods also wrote the original 2007 video game adaptation Hitman, based on the same Square Enix video game series this reboot is adapted from. The game has sold over 20 million units worldwide since its debut. Production is currently under way in Berlin. »
Here's the latest casting additions to the following films: Joel Edgerton is set for Anton Corbijn's Life, starring opposite Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan. Jon Hamm and Zach Galifianakis are in negotiations to star in the spy comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses, which now has Greg Mottola attached to direct. Ciaran Hinds has joined Aleksander Bach's Hitman sequel, Agent 47, starring Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto, and Thomas Kretschmann. Hit the jump for more on each project. First up from Variety is word that Edgerton will join Life, which recently began shooting in Ontario, Canada. "The story centers on the friendship that developed between photographer Dennis Stock (Pattinson) and actor James Dean (DeHaan) when Stock was commissioned to photograph the star for "Life" magazine in 1955. The assignment took the pair on a photographic journey from Los Angeles to New York and on to Indiana." Edgerton stars as Magnum Photography editor, »
- Dave Trumbore
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