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Tatiana Maslany, the critically adored star of BBC America series “Orphan Black,” will make her New York stage debut this spring in the world premiere of Neil Labute’s “The Way We Get By,” starting performances in May at Second Stage Theater.
She’ll topline the two-hander with Thomas Sadoski, the theater alum (“Other Desert Cities”) who’s a regular on HBO’s “The Newsroom,” in a production helmed by Leigh Silverman, nommed for a Tony earlier this year for the Broadway revival of “Violet.”
Maslany has earned a cult of fans playing about a dozen characters, and counting, in “Orphan Black,” the sci-fi saga about cloning. Two years in a row supporters have taken to the Internet to voice their ire over her perceived snubbing by the Emmys.
In “The Way We Get By,” Maslany will play Beth opposite Sadosky’s Doug, two sexual predators who hook up at »
- Gordon Cox
Gossip Girl would surely have a field day over this casting: Penn Badgley will recur on NBC’s miniseries The Slap as the 25-year-old boyfriend of Mary-Louise Parker’s character, our sister site Deadline reports.
The eight-episode mini — based on an acclaimed Australian project and written by Jon Robin Baitz (The West Wing) — is about how one man’s punishment of another couple’s child explodes into a complex family drama.
Halloween is coming and we thought with all those kids that are out trick or treating, dressing up to be grown ups, that we would give these halfstacks their due, children can be creepy as well. The staff has got together and compiled thirteen films where children are to be feared.
Tom Shankland’s film shares themes in common with a couple other “youth gone mad” films of the past, but these kids are terrifying in their own way. A virus of some sort is turning the children into blodthirsty, malevolent creatures. They still look sweet, but they’re ready to kill, kill, kill. The scary imps in Cronenberg’s The Brood are spooky, but nothing freaks me out more than a normal looking child becoming violent. Kids toys become tools of murder here, and a parent’s worst nightmare is born. This well directed »
- Andy Triefenbach
Thandie Newton and Melissa George have been cast in “The Slap,” NBC’s upcoming eight-part miniseries, joining the previously announced Peter Sarsgaard, Mary-Louise Parker, Zachary Quinto and Brian Cox.
Based on an Australian series of the same name — which itself is based on a novel from Australian author Christos Tsiolkas — “The Slap” depicts the spiraling aftermath of a man slapping another couple’s child. Newton will play Aisha, a “stressed but philosophical” doctor as well as Hector’s (Sarsgaard) wife and mother to their two children. George will play Rosie, the overbearing mother of Hugo, the slapped child. George won a Logie Award, Australia’s Emmy equivalent, for her performance in the same role in the Australian original in 2012.
All eight episodes are written by “Brothers & Sisters” creator/Ep Jon Robin Baitz and produced by Universal Television. Joining Baitz as executive producers are Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald, Ted Gold and Tony Ayres. »
- Kevin Noonan
NBC is getting a little slap-happy. The network has added Thandie Newton and Melissa George to its upcoming miniseries, The Slap, which is based on the 2011 Australian project of the same name. Written by Jon Robin Baitz (The West Wing), The Slap is described as "a complex family drama that explodes from one small incident where a man slaps another couple’s misbehaving child." From there, secrets are exposed, a lawsuit is filed, and all kinds of drama ensues in the miniseries, which has an eight-episode order. Newton and George join a cast already featuring Peter Sarsgaard, Mary-Louise Parker, Zachary Quinto, »
- Samantha Highfill
NBC's The Slap has added two more players. Thandie Newton and Melissa George have boarded the eight-episode miniseries in co-starring roles, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The Slap centers on the fallout after a man slaps another couple's misbehaving child at a family barbeque. This small event sparks a massive family dispute that exposes secrets, prompts a lawsuit and tears the family apart. Peter Sarsgaard, Mary-Louise Parker, Zachary Quinto and Brian Cox star. Newton has been cast as Aisha, Hector's (Sarsgaard) wife, who is a doctor and mother of their two children. Organized, she readies herself for
- Philiana Ng
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard, Alia Shawkat, Logan Miller, Kai Lennox, Katherine Waterston, James Le Gros, Traber Burns | Written by Kelly Reichardt, Jonathan Raymond | Directed by Kelly Reichardt
Director Kelly Reichardt has made a career out of making unassuming films that are mediations on the human conditions. Based on the subject matter of her latest film Night Moves one might think she is making a departure from her established style. This thriller follows a group of eco-terrorists as they attempt blowup a hydroelectric dam. As one would except with a director like Reichardt this thriller has camouflaged tension that only shows itself at the right opportunities. Night Moves is a lingering piece of entertainment that makes you the ultimate observer into a relatively untold world.
- Dan Clark
Tobey Maguire is teaming up with Sony Pictures to produce the sci-fi action film Eden Project. Sony has picked up the script by Christina Hodson, whose screenplays have been featured on The Black List for the past two years.
Story details are being kept under wraps, but the plot reportedly revolves around two female characters, and is the first part of a conceived trilogy. Heat Vision's sources claim the deal for Christina Hodson's script was for $750,000, a high figure in a sagging spec script marketplace these days.
Tobey Maguire will produce alongside his Material Pictures partner Matthew Plouffe. The deal marks the second in the last few weeks for Material Pictures company, having sold their chess drama Pawn Sacrifice, starring Tobey Maguire, Peter Sarsgaard and Liev Schreiber, to new distributor Bleeker Street, after its debut at the Toronto Film Festival.
Filmmaker and metal drummer S Craig Zahler will direct the project from his own script.
The film follows four men trying to rescue a group of captives from a cannibalistic tribe that live away from civilisation.
Insidious actor Wilson will play Arthur O'Dwyer, a cowboy whose career as a foreman at a cattle outfit was halted by a disastrous accident.
Former Lost star Fox will appear as John Brooder, who is said to have a dark history and is skilled with weapons.
Things are changing behind the scenes of the developing horror Western Bone Tomahawk. While Kurt Russell remains in the lead, Patrick Wilson and Matthew Fox are on board to fill out the cast.The new actors replace Timothy Olyphant and Peter Sarsgaard, who had been set to star previously. Meanwhile the rights to the film are once more up for grabs.S. Craig Zahler wrote the script and will direct the film, which sees four men trying to rescue captives from a band of cannibalistic troglodytes who live on the fringes of civilization. Wilson is set to play Arthur O’Dwyer, an ambitious cowboy whose rise to the rank of foreman on a cattle-driving team is shattered by an accident. Fox will be John Brooder, a smooth sharp-shooter who headed to the frontier because the ability to put bullets in people lets him channel his darker impulses.They join Russell, »
There’s certainly been a lot of water under the bridge since we last heard any news about Calibre Media’s Bone Tomahawk. The violent yarn has been in development for a long while, with Timothy Olyphant and Peter Sarsgaard attached to star at one point. Back in October 2012, Kurt Russell joined the flick, along with Dexter‘s Jennifer Carpenter. Since then, talk on the film has been largely silent. Things are picking back up for the western again, however, as Insidious star Patrick Wilson and Lost alum Matthew Fox have joined the project.
The pair will join the previously-announced Russell, as Sheriff Franklin Hunt, and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor, Six Feet Under) as a man named Chicory. No news on whether Carpenter will return, however.
In what is being termed a brutally violent tale, the film will follow four men who traipse out into the back end of beyond »
- Gem Seddon
“Lost” star Matthew Fox and “The Conjuring's” Patrick Wilson will join Kurt Russell and Richard Jenkins in the violent Western “Bone Tomahawk,” which writer S. Craig Zahler is directing for Caliber Media, the company announced Wednesday. Peter Sarsgaard and Timothy Olyphant were previously set to star, while Magnolia Pictures had been nearing a deal to distribute a previous iteration of the project. Domestic rights are available again, and they'll be represented by CAA and UTA, with Celluloid Dreams handling foreign sales. Also read: ‘Ant-Man’ Delay Forces Patrick Wilson and Others to Exit In ”Bone Tomahawk,” four men attempt to rescue a group of. »
- Jeff Sneider
Edward Zwick is a great filmmaker, but he rarely gives you subtlety. Some have criticized his medium-to-large-budget action films – titles that include Glory, Defiance and Blood Diamond – as too simplistic, which would have stained those efforts more if they were not so compelling and exciting. So, to hear that the director was behind a film about the introspective game of chess and its most famous player, the complex and controversial Bobby Fischer, was nerve-wracking. Would the film skimp on the nuances of the New York chess sensation? Could the Last Samurai director figure out a way to depict the game in an inventive way onscreen?
Well, although Zwick has still not managed to find a way to visually communicate the game of wits and cunning, he has still made a biopic and thriller that should entertain those who do not even know how to play chess. Pawn Sacrifice is a »
- Jordan Adler
Toronto — It’s quite remarkable that up until now there has never been a biopic on the life of Bobby Fischer, arguably the greatest chess player of the 20th Century. Yes, his name was used in the acclaimed 1993 film “Searching for Bobby Fischer,” but that referenced his potential successor. Fisher’s life and his greatest moment, a dramatic match against his Russian counterpart, are finally depicted in the new drama “Pawn Sacrifice,” which screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Fisher’s genius as a chess player first manifested at the age of 12 and by 13 he had become the youngest winner of the U.S. Junior Chess Championships. He enjoyed a spectacular rise as a master chess player and by 1957 he won the first of eight U.S. Championships (a competition he never lost). The world stage, on the other hand, was different. Rising to prominence at the height of the Cold War, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Andrew Karpen’s newly minted distribution company Bleecker Street has acquired the domestic rights to the movie, which is directed by Ed Zwick from Steven Knight’s screenplay about the 1972 iconic Fischer-Spassky match in Iceland. Peter Sarsgaard also stars.
The deal closed Wednesday at the Toronto Film Festival, a day before the world premiere of “Pawn Sacrifice.”
Producers are Zwick, Gail Katz and Maguire.
CAA and Wme Global repped the filmmakers. Lionsgate is handling international sales.
News was first reported by Variety sister site Deadline Hollywood.
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: In a low-seven-figure deal, Andrew Karpen’s Bleecker Street has acquired North American rights to Pawn Sacrifice, the Ed Zwick-directed drama that stars Tobey Maguire as enigmatic U.S. champion Bobby Fischer and Liev Schreiber as the Russian champion Boris Spassky, whom Fischer challenged in a historic match that captured the world’s attention in 1972. The Steven Knight-scripted drama covers Fischer’s rise leading up to the historic match. Peter Sarsgaard also stars and Maguire, Gail Katz and Zwick produced. The film was one of the highest profile titles and it premieres tomorrow night in Toronto’s Gala premiere section. CAA repped the film with Wme Global.
This is a big deal for Karpen, the longtime former co-head of Focus Features who launched Bleecker Street, putting back together a lot of his old team. They were expected to make a splashy buy, and they have. The film will be released next year. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Acute portrayals and nice performances by leads Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen as best friends who pledge to lose their virginity before college, helps this mildly racy but ultimately innocuous teen sex film Very Good Girls stay a step or two above the exploitative premise to emerge as something almost worthwhile. Boyd Holbrook also gives more than the role calls for as the handsome street artist who becomes their would-be conquest. His role is believable and even brings out Fanning’s performance, delivering something that could have been icky, but remains tender and even a tad affecting. Olsen is good as well, but Fanning’s always seemed a lightweight before.
The problem with Very Good Girls (besides the 25-year old Ms. Olsen being far too old for this role) is that, despite the sexually tinged subject matter, the script is never fleshed out beyond what’s needed to service the plot. »
- Tom Stockman
Based on the 2011 Australian miniseries of the same, the Americanised version of The Slap has a couple of new additions to its impressive cast. Zachary Quinto (Heroes, American Horror Story) and Brian Cox (Manhunter) have signed on to co-star in this modern morality tale. Set around an altercation at a family barbeque, the story involves the repercussions after one man slaps a badly behaving child. The kid’s not his, hence the heightened social responsibility aspect, that’s no doubt gonna make Christmas well awkward.
Quinto is in line to play the slapper (ahem), Harry. A married man with a teenage boy, he deals in antiquated European cars. And it would seem punishment, as well. Cox will play the family’s gruff old-time grandpa, Manolis. They’ll both co-star opposite Peter Sarsgaard as Hector, a married man with kids who submits to the advances of a much younger woman; and Mary Louise Parker, »
- Gem Seddon
Kyle Gallner ("Veronica Mars") and Holliday Grainger ("The Borgias") have joined the cast of Craig Gillespie's true-disaster feature "The Finest Hours" for Disney Pictures. The story chronicles the massive rescue mission that’s launched when two oil tankers collided off the coast of Cape Cod in 1952.
Gallner plays the rescue-boat's engineman, a man who feels he has a lot to prove. Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Josh Stewart and Graham McTavish also star in the film which begins production this month in Massachusetts. [Source: Deadline]
Untitled Game Brain Project
Albert Brooks and Gugu Mbatha-Raw are in talks to join Peter Landesman's upcoming feature about football concussions at Sony Pictures. Will Smith and Alec Baldwin lead the cast for the Ridley Scott-produced film based on the GQ article "Game Brain".
Brooks will play Cyril Wecht, the chief forensic pathologist who mentors forensic neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Smith) and »
- Garth Franklin
Heroes and Horror Story alum Zachary Quinto will deliver the titular, catalytic strike in The Slap, NBC’s eight-episode miniseries about how one man’s punishment of another couple’s child explodes into a complex family drama.
Related Zachary Quinto to Guest-Star on HBO’s Girls
Specifically, Quinto will play Harry, a married father who’s seemingly pleased with his life yet “perennially angry,” always game to pick a fight — but he »
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