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It seems like a given that Tom Hanks, one of today's most beloved and well-known stars, would play Walt Disney, one of Hollywood's most beloved and well-known icons, in the first film about Disney himself, "Saving Mr. Banks."
But, although Hanks jokes that he's made a "cottage industry" out of playing real people, he wasn't at all sold on playing such an icon. As he told Moviefone, once he read the script, he was on board, particularly because it's mostly Emma Thompson's movie. She plays P.L. Travers, the author of "Mary Poppins," who turned down Disney's attempts to make the books into a film for 20 years, fighting him every step of the way.
Hanks shared how working with Thompson was like "a convivial three-hour dinner with maybe a little too much wine going down one of us," why the creative process can be so damn difficult, and how he »
- Sharon Knolle
The acclaimed and contemporary American remake of celebrated 1990 UK series House Of Cards has unveiled a teaser trailer and press release confirming that the show will return on the 14th February 2014. Following a hugely successful 13-episode run, released exclusively on the increasingly popular video-on-demand service with a pilot directed by the brilliant David Fincher, Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood and the majority of the cast return for a second season. Expect more political scandal and cover-ups from the House of Representatives.
(Beverly Hills, CA – December 4, 2013) – The second season of the Netflix original series, from Media Rights Capital, “House of Cards,” premieres Friday, February 14, 2014. All 13-episodes of the season starring Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey (“Horrible Bosses,” “American Beauty,” “The Usual Suspects”) and Golden Globe® nominee Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Forrest Gump”), who both received Emmy® nominations for their performances in the first season, will be available »
- Craig Hunter
Netflix announced today that the second season of House of Cards will bow Friday, Feb. 14. All 13-episodes of the season that stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright will be available for viewers to watch instantly on Netflix.
The political series is from director David Fincher and screenwriters Beau Willimon and Eric Roth. This is what Netflix says is in store for the second season: Francis (Spacey) and Claire (Wright) Underwood continue their ruthless rise to power as threats mount on all fronts. Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara), an up-and-coming reporter and Francis’s former paramour, is inching closer to the truth about his crimes. »
- Lynette Rice
Happy early Valentine’s Day, “House of Cards” fans.
Netflix released a teaser trailer on Wednesday for the second season of “House of Cards,” and announced a premiere date of Feb. 14, 2014. Netflix is once again making all 13 episodes of the season available at once, as it did for season 1.
The trailer is just 30 seconds of Robin Wright smoking, so it’s super spoiler-free.
Season 1 of the series debuted on Feb. 1, 2013. The series was nominated for nine Emmy awards, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Kevin Spacey, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Robin Wright and Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for David Fincher. It took home three Emmys — Fincher for directing along with wins in casting and cinematography.
- Variety Staff
The second season of the Netflix original series "House of Cards" premieres Friday, February 14, 2014. All 13-episodes of the season starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, who both received Emmy nominations for their performances in the first season, will be available for members to watch instantly in all territories where Netflix is available. From director David Fincher ( The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo , The Social Network ), award-winning playwright and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Beau Willimon ( Farragut North , The Ides of March ) and Academy Award winner Eric Roth ( Forrest Gump , Munich , The Insider ), this critically-acclaimed drama slithers beneath the curtain and through the back halls of greed, sex, love and corruption in modern Washington »
Season 2 of House of Cards, the Netflix original political drama series, will be released on the streaming network in February 2014.
'House of Cards' Season 2
The Emmy-nominated series, a remake of the British show of the same name, stars Kevin Spacey as House Majority Whip Francis Underwood and Robin Wright as his wife Claire. Both actors were nominated for House of Card’s critically acclaimed first season. They’ll both be back for the series’ sophomore effort, as will director David Fincher and screenwriters Beau Willimon and Eric Roth.
“In the second season, Francis (Spacey) and Claire (Wright) Underwood continue their ruthless rise to power as threats mount on all fronts. Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara), an up-and-coming reporter and Francis’s former paramour, is inching closer to the truth about his crimes,” reads Netflix’s press release. “President Walker’s (Michel Gill) billionaire confidante Raymond Tusk (Gerald McRaney) demands »
The rest of the drama series pack is comprised of usual suspects: AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” PBS’ “Downton Abbey,” HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and Showtime’s “Homeland,” which won the 2013 trophy. Notably absent from the race this time around is AMC’s “Mad Men,” and HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” is sitting it out for the second year in a row after winning in 2012.
Broadcast network shows fared better in the comedy series heat: NBC’s “30 Rock,” CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory,” ABC’s “Modern Family” got noms along with HBO’s “Veep.” “Modern Family” has taken the trophy for three consecutive years.
The non-fiction category repped a range of genres and formats: Espn’s “30 for 30,” CNN’s “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” A »
- Cynthia Littleton
Chandor is prepping "A Most Violent Year" which will begin production early next year.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Nearly 4 years ago, we learned that Robert De Niro was being lined up to play iconic football coach Vince Lombardi in the Espn Films biopic titled Lombardi, to be written by Oscar winning Forrest Gump writer Eric Roth. However, there has been no updates on the state of that project since then. Now Legendary Pictures is looking to play football the same subject after spending time in the ballpark with their Jackie Robinson biopic 42. Deadline has word that Legendary has hired J.C. Chandor (writer and director of All Is Lost and Margin Call) to script a biopic on the Green Day Packers coach with an eye towards directing. As we've explained before, Lombardi is a legendary coach most know for his work with the Packers from 1959-67, winning no less than five NFL championships during his nine years with the team. He went on to accomplish a 105–35–6 record as head »
- Ethan Anderton
Legendary Pictures is planning to develop a biopic of Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi and have, according to Deadline , set Margin Call and All is Lost helmer J.C. Chandor to write with tentative plans to have him direct as well. Lombardi first became an NFL head coach in 1959 and famously took the Packers from their place at the bottom of the league through to being five-time NFL champions. Another Lombardi biopic, tentatively titled Lombardi , was announced in 2010. That film, which features a script by Eric Roth, is still in development with Robert De Niro attached to play the coach. Mary Parent and Thomas Tull are attached to produce with Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo on board as executive producers. »
The first place prize, which includes a $15,000 award, was announced Monday by Samuel Goldwyn Jr. (pictured above with Teri Schwartz, Dean of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television). He’s president of The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation.
Second Prize went to Jared Robbins of Uc Riverside for “Farang.” There was a three-way tie for third between Jeffrey Baker of UCLA for “Dr. Acker’s English Elixir”; Sean Harrigan of Uc Irvine for “Dust Red” and Turner Hay of UCLA for “Broken Grey.”
- Dave McNary
Four individual writers and one writing team have been selected as winners of the 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Each winner will receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at an awards presentation on Thursday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
For the first time, the event will also feature a live read of selected scenes from the fellows’ winning scripts.
This year’s winners are (listed alphabetically by author):
Patty Jones, Vancouver, BC, Canada, “Joe Banks”
Alan Roth, Suffern, NY, “Jersey City Story”
Barbara Stepansky, Burbank, CA, “Sugar in My Veins”
The winners were selected from a record 7,251 scripts submitted for this year’s competition.
Fellowships are awarded with the understanding that the recipients will each complete »
- Michelle McCue
Aussie director Garth Davis impressively held his own alongside auteur Jane Campion in five-part mini-series "Top of the Lake," which scored them both 2013 Emmy nominations for directing. Now Davis is in talks with Warner Bros. to direct his first feature, "Shantaram," with Joel Edgerton attached to star. The film is adapted by scribe Eric Roth ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Oscar winner for "Forrest Gump") from Gregory David Roberts' novel. Sprawling in scope, it centers on a heroin addict who escapes maximum-security prison to take on a new persona as a doctor in the slums of India, eventually going on to use his gun-running and counterfeiting know-how to work against invading Russian troops in Afghanistan. The film has long been with Warner Bros., since they purchased the screen rights back in 2004. It's started and stopped a few times since then, with producer Johnny Depp at one point attached »
- Beth Hanna
“Shantaram,” a project that was long considered to have been “dead” was revived early last month when it was announced that Joel Edgerton would be starring with Johnny Depp—who was previously pegged to star in the movie—climbing back on board as a producer. If that wasn’t enough to get you excited, the Warner Bros. project has now found its director.Relative newcomer Garth Davis will take the helm, with Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump”, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) penning the adaptation of the best-selling book by Gregory David Roberts. The upcoming film tells the true story of an Australian drug addict bank robber who, after escaping a maximum security prison, takes on multiple identities to evade cops in several countries. Ultimately, he reinvents himself as a doctor in the slums of Mumbai, India, and uses “gun-running and counterfeiting skills to fight against the invading Russian troops in Afghanistan. »
- Ken Guidry
Filmmaker Garth Davis, who co-directed much of Jane Campion's "Top of the Lake" mini-series, is in early talks to direct the film adaptation of Gregory David Roberts' "Shantaram" at Warner Bros. Pictures.
Joel Edgerton is attached to star as an Australian heroin addict who escapes from prison and flees to India to reinvent himself as a doctor in the slums of Bombay.
He soon becomes involved in counterfeiting, smuggling and gunrunning, which leads him to Afghanistan where he takes on the Russians with the help of a mob boss.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
The project had been in development at the studio since 2004, when they acquired the rights to Gregory David Roberts' novel. Johnny Depp was initially set to star as the book's narrator, a heroin-addicted convict who escapes from prison, relocating to India to reinvent himself as a doctor. He also uses his illicit skills as a gun runner and counterfeiter, helping Afghanistan soldiers fight off the Russian invasion.
Now, Johnny Depp is only producing, breathing new life into the project when he hand-picked Australian actor Joel Edgerton to star. Eric Roth wrote the adapted screenplay, with Johnny Depp producing alongside Christi Dembrowski and Gk Films' Graham King. No production schedule was given.
Joel Edgerton is attached to play an Australian heroin addict who escapes from a maximum-security prison and redeems himself as a doctor treating people in the slums of Bombay. Later he uses his expertise in counterfeiting, gun-running and smuggling to fight against the invading Russian troops in Afghanistan.
Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) has written the screenplay based on the Gregory David Roberts novel. Peter Weir was attached to the project but dropped out in 2006, when Depp intended to play the lead.
- Don Groves
The following films will land debut directors: Angry Birds - The animated feature based on the hit Rovio app will be helmed by debut directors Fergal Reilly (Hotel Transylvania) and Clay Kaytis (Wreck-It Ralph); Sony will distribute starting July 1, 2016. Shantaram - Warner Bros. is in early negotiations with Garth Davis (Top of the Lake) to direct the adaptation of Gregory David Roberts' novel starring Joel Edgerton. Hit the jump for more on both pictures. Deadline reports that Davis might make his narrative feature directing debut on Shantaram, scripted by Eric Roth (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). The story follows an "Australian heroin addict who escapes a maximum-security prison, reinvents himself as a doctor in the slums of India and eventually uses gun-running and counterfeiting skills to fight against the invading Russian troops in Afghanistan." Check out all the details on the Angry Birds production via this press release: »
- Dave Trumbore
Garth Davis is in early talks to direct Shantaram, Warner Bros.' Johnny Depp-produced adaptation of the Gregory David Roberts book. Joel Edgerton is attached to star in the tale, which centers on an Australian heroin addict convicted of robbery escapes from a maximum-security prison who flees to India and reinvents himself as a doctor in the slums of Bombay. He then gets involved in counterfeiting, smuggling and gunrunning, which leads him to Afghanistan, where he and a mob boss battle Russians. Sundance Review: Top of the Lake Eric Roth wrote the most recent draft of the script. Depp
- Borys Kit
Exclusive: Warner Bros is in early talks with Garth Davis to make his narrative feature directing debut on Shantaram, the adaptation of the Gregory David Roberts novel that has Joel Edgerton attached to star and Inifinitum Nihil partners Johnny Depp and Christi Dembrowski producing with Gk Films’ Graham King. Davis is an Australian helmer who was Emmy nominated for Top Of The Lake, five episodes of which he directed with Jane Campion. The mini premiered at Sundance. This is quite an ambitious move, taking on Shantaram so early in his run as a filmmaker. It’s pretty sprawling stuff. The film has been with Warner Bros since the studio paid $2 million for screen rights in 2004, back when Depp wanted to star, only to see the film stall and fall apart because of the writers strike. Depp recently jump-started the process as producer by personally courting Edgerton. The lead character starts »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
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