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In a strange Marvel team-up, Elizabeth Olsen (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Godzilla) has signed on to join Tom “Loki” Hiddleston (The Avengers, Only Lovers Left Alive) in the upcoming Hank Williams biopic, I Saw The Light.
Olsen has been signed to play Williams’ wife, Audrey Mae, in the film, which is being co-produced by Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment company. Long-time producer Marc Abraham (Flash of Genius) is set to direct the film from his own script, which is based on the book Hank Williams: The Biography which was published in 1994 and written by Colin Escott, George Merritt and William MacEwen.
Producers have also secured the rights obtained rights from Sony Atv for many of Williams’ songs and catalogue, including “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “I”m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and “Hey Good Lookin’.”
Set to go into production next month, I Saw The Light is set for a 2015 release, »
- Scott Davis
With the cameras set to begin shooting next month, the cast for Hank Williams biopic I Saw The Light is starting to come together around lynchpin Tom Hiddleston, who will play the country star himself. Elizabeth Olsen is now aboard to play his wife, Audrey Mae.Marc Abraham will direct the script he wrote, which adapts Colin Escott, George Merritt and William MacEwen’s biography of the man who scored hits with songs such as ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart’, ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ and ‘Lovesick Blues’. Williams, who struggled with spina bifida and died in 1953, is still considered one of the most influential country music artists ever. He rose quickly, burned brightly and passed away at the age of 29 from heart failure brought on by pills and alcohol.Brett Ratner is acting as executive producer for this one, which will shoot in and around Louisiana. Thanks to Olsen’s casting, »
The story is adapted from the 1994 book Hank Williams: A Biography, by Colin Escott, George Merritt and William MacEwen. Elizabeth Olsen is playing the singer's wife, Audrey Mae Williams. The producers have obtained the rights to Hank Williams' songs, such as hits "Your Cheatin' Heart," "I"m So Lonesome I Could Cry" and "Hey Good Lookin'", which will be sung by Tom Hiddleston himself.
Born in 1923, Alabama native Hank Williams' music career took off after World War II with his first hit, "Move It On Over." He struggled with addictions to alcohol and prescription medication, while suffering from spina biffida, before passing away at the age of 29 due to heart failure.
Marc Abraham is directing from his own adapted screenplay, »
Olsen will play Williams’ wife Audrey Mae in the RatPac Entertainment/Bron Studios project in association with Creative Wealth Media Finance.
Olsen recently completed filming Avengers: Age Of Ultron and starred in summer release Godzilla.
I Saw The Light will commence production in Louisiana in October.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Elizabeth Olsen has joined the cast of RatPac Entertainment and Bron Studios’ I Saw The Light, the film about the life of country western singer Hank Williams. Deadline’s Mike Fleming broke the news this summer that Tom Hiddleston nabbed the Williams role and will be singing classics like “Your Cheatin’ Heart”, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and “Hey Good Lookin'”. Olsen will play Williams’ wife Audrey Mae. Marc Abraham is directing from his own script about Williams’ meteoric rise to fame, and the price that fame took on his personal life. He died at age 29 of heart failure.
Pic is based on the biography by Colin Escott and is produced by RatPac’s Brett Ratner and Bron Studios’ Aaron L. Gilbert, along with G. Marq Roswell and Abraham. James Packer will executive produce for RatPac Entertainment. I Saw The Light is also a Creative Wealth Media Finance co-production. »
- Jen Yamato
Producers have obtained rights from Sony Atv for Williams’ songs, including “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “I”m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and “Hey Good Lookin’.”
Williams was born in 1923 in Alabama and broke out in the post-World War II era with the song “Move It on Over.” Among his hits are “Lost Highway, »
- Dave McNary
When Jerry Bruckheimer moved his production company back to Paramount Pictures late last year, it was said that part of his deal included the long-developing sequels Beverly Hills Cop 4 and Top Gun 2. The former already has Eddie Murphy back in the lead role with Brett Ratner directing the film for release in 2016, and now the latter is finally making some progress as THR has learned the studio is hiring Justin Marks to do another rewrite of the script said to focus on modern day fighter pilots controlling remote combat drones in a new story that will "partially examine the end of the era of fighter pilots." More below! It's not clear if anything in the story has changed, especially since The Town writer Peter Craig was supposed to take a crack at the script back in 2012 (before Tony Scott passed away). But since drones have become a hot-button issue, »
- Ethan Anderton
Update, Monday, 3:35 Pm: Overseas actuals have been logged for Lucy, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Hercules, Into The Storm, Tmnt, The Fault In Their Stars, If I Stay, 22 Jump Street, Sex Tape, Deliver Us From Evil, Boyhood, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Let’s Be Cops, Step Up: All In, As Above, So Below, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and Relatos Salvajes. Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore rom com Blended flew past $80M abroad, a bonus considering the film flatlined stateside, next to the duo’s previous outings, with $46.3M. Total global stands at $126.3M. More to come. — Anthony D’Alessandro contributing with Monday actuals.
Previous, Sunday, 4:15 Pm Pt: This weekend domestically is projected to be the lowest grossing of 2014, off 23% from a year ago. And yet, the international frame is »
- Nancy Tartaglione
The British actor, who is set to portray the country legend in the upcoming I Saw the Light biopic, surprised crowds when he took the stage at the Wheatland Music Festival in Michigan this weekend.
In addition to reportedly performing Williams’ first big hit, “Move It on Over,” in fan-shot video, Hiddleston sings “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” with country star Rodney Crowell on guitar.
Hiddleston is spending time with Crowell to prep for his role as the successful but tortured »
- Carolyn Todd
While red-carpet preems and celeb parades aren’t stopping anytime soon, the close of Toronto’s opening weekend brings a mood shift that widens the spotlight for festival docs and related biz.
“Sunshine Superman,” Marah Strauch’s portrait of Base-jumping pioneer Carl Boenish, soared into auds hearts at its two weekend screenings, scoring positive early reviews and, according to Submarine’s Josh Braun, now has momentum with multiple offers on the table.
Nick Broomfield’s look at the unsettling impact of alleged serial killer “Tales of the Grim Sleeper,” which Variety chief film critic called the veteran U.K. director’s “sharpest, most substantial work in at least a decade,” turned buyer heads in Telluride, with Sunday’s [Sept 7] industry screening timed to heat up talks in advance of Wednesday’s international preem.
- Jennie Punter
Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past has unquestionably been a huge success, and is currently ranked as the highest grossing X-Men movie worldwide, but there is a very important number one spot it has not yet achieved within the franchise: biggest domestic release. The movie has made $233,666,000 to date, but that number still falls short of $234,362,462, the total that Brett Ratner's X-Men: The Last Stand managed to bring in back in 2006. While you may think that the race is over, considering that Days of Future Past is entering its 16th week of release, the reality is that 20th Century Fox isn't giving up yet. Instead, the studio has given the movie a small but significant push in the last couple weeks, presumably in an attempt to try and claim a very important record for the marketing department. MoviePilot first picked up on the move, noticing that Fox »
Highland Film Group announced today at the Toronto film festival that Academy-nominated, BAFTA Award-winning actor Steve Coogan (“Philomena”, “The Trip”) has signed on to play the title role of James Boswell in a feature film adaptation of acclaimed West End play, Boswell For The Defence.
Gregor Jordan (“Buffalo Soldiers”, “Ned Kelly”) will direct from a script by Patrick Edgeworth, who also wrote the play. Mark Pennell and Steve Chasman will produce. Armyan Bernstein (Beacon Pictures) will executive produce. The project is represented by Highland Film Group Internationally.
Production is set for 2015.
Boswell For The Defence tells the true story of how James Boswell (Coogan), in the twilight of his career and life, takes on an impossible case – to save the life of the convict Mary Bryant from the gallows. A case no one else wants or cares about. The tragi-comic Boswell is the most unlikely hero from the most unlikely quarter. »
- Michelle McCue
Tom Hiddleston made an unannounced appearance at a music festival and sang to the crowd.
The actor surprised visitors at the Wheatland Music Festival in Michigan yesterday (September 6) by singing 'Move It On Over' by Hank Williams on stage.
Hiddleston will be playing Williams in the biopic I Saw The Light, which starts shooting in Louisiana next month (October).
The Midnight in Paris star will do his own singing in the film, which will feature country songs including 'I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry' and 'Your Cheatin' Heart'.
Other cast members in the project have not yet been revealed.
It’s become shorthand among fans to declare X-Men: The Last Stand the worst film in the X-Men franchise, and not without reason: it’s second only to Origins: Wolverine in its blatant disregard for fanbase expectations or even remotely credible casting choices (seeing Vinnie Jones embody a half-baked Internet meme as the Juggernaut gives you an idea of this film’s sense of flare). It makes a mockery of the Dark Phoenix Saga; people infuriatingly die off-screen or without pretense; characters are introduced for the sake of novelty and never fleshed out while others disappear for long stretches, perhaps while their actors cash their checks and seek more gainful and less humiliating employment elsewhere. The point being, it doesn’t hold up well.
Except that for all the acidity foisted upon it, The Last Stand is not a film entirely devoid of quality. In fact, it manages throughout »
- Christopher Michael Ballard
Here’s a first look at the hilarious new trailer and poster for Horrible Bosses 2.
Jennifer Aniston and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx also reprise their Horrible Bosses starring roles, while Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) star as new adversaries standing between the guys and their dreams of success.
Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick (Bateman), Dale (Day) and Kurt (Sudeikis) decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business in Horrible Bosses 2. But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company. »
- Michelle McCue
Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys adaptation may not have blown up the box office when it released earlier this Summer, but if you're a fan of the broadway show it's based on, you're more than likely going to want to pick up this title when it releases in November. Warner Bros. has revealed exactly when you'll be able to pick this blu-ray up, and what all is included on the disc. Come inside to learn more!
Based on the Tony Award-winning musical, “Jersey Boys” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on November 11 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Directed by Oscar® winner Clint Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Unforgiven”), “Jersey Boys” is an inspiring drama featuring The Four Seasons’ songs that influenced a generation.
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
James Vanderbilt's Truth, the high-profile movie chronicling the scandal that derailed Dan Rather's career, has gotten the greenlight to begin shooting this fall. Brett Ratner's RatPac Entertainment and Echo Lake Entertainment will finance the movie, starring Robert Redford as the iconic news anchor and Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes, Rather's producer. At the same time, FilmNation has come aboard to represent international rights and will pre-sell the project to foreign buyers at the Toronto Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday night (based on the cast, it's sure to whet appetites). Mythology Entertainment is the driving force behind Truth,
- Pamela McClintock
Yes, it’s for commercial purposes, but who doesn’t want to see this team work together? Martin Scorsese will be directing a short film to promote Melco-Crown Entertainment, a global resort and casino brand. The short will star early Scorsese favorite Robert DeNiro, late Scorsese favorite Leonardo Di Caprio and an unknown newcomer named Brad Pitt. Ratpac Entertainment’s Brett Ratner and Rsa’s Jules Daly will produce the film. The film’s content is not known, but it will probably be pretty glitzy. It will premiere next year at Melco-Crown’s new film-themed resort Studio City in Macau. This will be the first time DeNiro and DiCaprio will have worked together in a Scorsese film (though outside of Scorcese, they teamed on "This Boy's Life," with De Niro pointing his young co-star Scorsese's way). If this news made you think of Scorsese as a mere commercial director, here »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
Since its rebranding, Esquire is hardly the highest-profile network around, but it’s making a pretty strong bid to be one of the more obnoxious. Pushing a jet-setting lifestyle, the channel and movie producer Joel Silver have turned to Jean “Johnny” Pigozzi, an investor in high-tech firms — born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth — who has parlayed that into friendships with famous people. Their casual conversations provide the foundation for “My Friends Call Me Johnny,” but other than eliciting boorishness from the likes of director Brett Ratner and American Apparel’s ousted CEO Dov Charney, seldom has a half-hour felt this long.
Pigozzi describes his outlook on life as follows: “Never go to the office before 12. Business can be fun. And women like to have sex.” Setting the third aside, the first two would fall squarely into the “Nice work if you can get it” column.
Unfortunately, nothing »
- Brian Lowry
Charlie Hunnam is about to be seen in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy" on FX and after that it will likely be a long stream of movies and the schedule is starting to fill up. He was recently named the title star of Guy Ritchie's Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, he will almost certainly be back for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim sequel and now he's rumored to be the top contender to play Snake Plissken in the remake of John Carpenter's Escape from New York alongside a couple others still in the mix. Hunnam as well as Dan Stevens ("Downton Abbey", The Guest) and Jon Bernthal (Fury, "The Walking Dead") are reported to be the top three choices for the lead role, looking to pick up after Kurt Russell as Plissken, a convicted bank robber in a crime-riddled New York City-turned-maximum security prison, coerced »
- Brad Brevet
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