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Top 10 Ryan Lambie 22 Apr 2014 - 06:45
For a while there, it looked as though South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer would never get an official English-language release at all. Late last year, it emerged that Bong's ambitious science fiction film had been picked up for release in English-speaking countries by The Weinstein Company. When the Weinsteins, true to form, voiced their desire to produce a shorter version of Snowpiercer, the director understandably dug his heels in and refused to budge.
For several months, Snowpiercer hung in limbo, even as its release in territories like South Korea and France saw great financial returns and rave reviews. But in February this year, it was announced that Snowpiercer would be coming out after all, and oddly, in »
Review Ryan Lambie 18 Apr 2014 - 06:25
While Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer was ploughing ahead in the director's native South Korea, making $65m in that country alone last year, the sci-fi dystopia's release in English-speaking markets ground to a halt. The intentions of The Weinstein Company were much-publicised: to lop out around 25 minutes of character development from the film's 125-minute duration. There were also (thankfully false) internet rumours about a plan to paste in a Neil Gaiman-penned narration over the footage which remained.
The stand-off between director Bong and the Weinsteins, who wanted to make Snowpiercer accessible to "audiences in Iowa and Oklahoma" has, thankfully, been resolved since, and it seems that Snowpiercer will soon be screened uncut in countries such as Britain and America. In a strange parallel between life and art, »
The third Sundance London Film and Music Festival hits the capital from April 25th-27th, bringing in a variety of great independent films, as well as live music, panel discussions, and special anniversary screenings to the capital’s O2 Arena.
As well as the 21 feature films and 18 shorts, the festival will be hosting special screenings of three films highlighted in the past at Sundance: Grand Jury Prize winner Winter’s Bone, starring Jennifer Lawrence; Quentin Tarantino’s heist classic Reservoir Dogs; and Christopher Nolan’s psychological thriller Memento. These three screenings are being shown as a joint celebration of the festival’s 30th anniversary, as well as the 25th anniversary of Empire Magazine.
Highlights of the festival include the following:
An offbeat comedy starring Michael Fassbender, Scoot McNairy, Domnhall Gleeson, and Maggie Gyllenhall, directed by Adam and Paul helmer Lenny Abrahamson. Joining an avant-garde rock band, an aspiring musician »
- Katie Wong
Crowe will play a struggling novelist dealing with depression while raising his 5-year-old daughter, while Seyfried will play the older version of his daughter 20 years later.
According to Deadline, Fonda has signed on to play Crowe's longtime friend and literary agent.
Fonda has several projects in the pipeline, including a comedy series with fellow veteran actress Lily Tomlin.
She recently received an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award for her decades-spanning movie career. »
Today, we have two more names to add to the already impressive cast of Gabriele Muccino’s upcoming film, Fathers and Daughters. Deadline reports that Jane Fonda and Bruce Greenwood have joined the generation-spanning drama, which also stars Russell Crowe, Aaron Paul, Amanda Seyfried, Diane Kruger, Quvenzhane Wallis, Haley Bennet and Octavia Spencer.
The film was written by newcomer Brad Desch and is described as “a love story between a troubled father and his daughter.” Crowe plays Jake Davis, a famous writer and widower who struggles with mental illness while trying to raise his 5 year-old daughter Katie. The story spans 25 years, from the 1980′s to the present day, and has Seyfried playing Katie as an adult, who eventually has demons of her own that were caused by her troubled upbringing.
Fonda will play Davis’ longtime friend and literary agent, while Greenwood will portray his brother-in-law, who wages a legal battle »
- James Garcia
• Gerard Butler is attached to star in the sci-fi adventure Geostorm. Longtime writer-producer Dean Devlin (Independence Day) is writing and directing the movie which posits a world where satellites can control the climate. When they begin to malfunction, Butler’s “charming satellite designer” has to work quickly to save the world from the imminent storm. [THR]
• Javier Bardem will join Charlize Theron and Adèle Exarchopoulos in the Sean Penn-directed movie The Last Face. Theron and Bardem will play doctors doing humanitarian work in a conflict-ridden region of Africa. Exarchopoulos will play a journalist. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
Here's the latest casting news: Gerard Butler leads Geostorm, writer-director Dean Devlin's sci-fi adventure film recently picked up from Paramount by Warner Bros. Taylor Lautner is in negotiations to lead Run the Tide, an indie roadtrip picture scripted by Rajiv Shah which will be directed by Soham Mehta. Jane Fonda and Bruce Greenwood are the latest additions to Gabriele Muccino's Fathers and Daughters, which stars Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Aaron Paul, Diane Kruger, Quvenzhané Wallis, and Octavia Spencer. Hit the jump for more on each picture. Heat Vision reports that Gerard Butler leads Geostorm as "a stubborn but charming satellite designer who, when the world’s climate-controlling satellites malfunction, has to work together with his estranged brother to save the world from a man-made storm of epic proportions. A trip into space follows, while on Earth a plot to assassinate the president begins to unfold." So Olympus Has Fallen in space? »
- Dave Trumbore
Love mockumentaries? Freestyle Releasing has got a brand new mockumentary ready for distribution called “Jesus People.” The mockumentary is based on the awesome web series and follows an awful Christian pop band. Here’s more about “Jesus People”. “Jesus People” is available now in theaters and available on iTunes, DirecTV and On Demand. The film is directed by Jason Naumann and is written by Dan Steadman and Rajeev Sigamoney. The film stars Wendi McLendon-Covey, Mindy Sterling, Jennifer Elise Cox, Tim Bagley, Laura Silverman and Octavia Spencer. Speaking of Spencer, we’ve got a clip from the film below featuring Spencer singing a hilariously awful gospel song about Jesus being the only good [ Read More ]
In the vein of great comedic mockumentaries like Waiting For Guffman and Best In Show, Jesus People is based on the hilarious and popular Independent Comedy Network web series that charts the rise and fall of America’s worst Christian pop band, Cross My Heart.
When Pastor Jerry (Joel McCrary from Best In Show) gets possibly awful medical news he is determined to reach his rebellious teen son (Chris Fennessy) while he still can. He finds four young musicians with varying levels of talent and their first single “Save The World” takes off on multiple (and some unexpected) radio formats just as the band starts to unravel.
In a search for some Christian music to expose to his teenage son, Pastor Jerry stumbles upon the music video for “Jesus is my good man.”
Check out the hilarious video for the song, which is featured in the film, with a great cameo from Octavia Spencer. »
- Michelle McCue
Exclusive: Voltage Films has set Jane Fonda and Bruce Greenwood to join Fathers And Daughters, the Gabriele Muccino-directed film that stars Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Aaron Paul, Diane Kruger, Quvenzhané Wallis and Octavia Spencer. Production just got underway in Pittsburgh. The film is a love story between a troubled father and his daughter who lives in New York 25 years after him, Crowe plays a famous novelist suffering from depression as he tries to raise his 5-year-old daughter. Seyfried plays the girl as an adult, who has struggles of her own, shrapnel from that childhood. Fonda will play the novelist’s longtime friend and literary agent while Greenwood will play the writer’s brother-in-law, who with his wife (Kruger) wages a legal battle to forcibly adopt the young daughter (Kylie Rogers). Fonda has been on a tear, next starring alongside Jason Bateman and Tina Fey in This Is Where I Leave You, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
View Photo Gallery The year was 1999 and anything could happen, like, Drew Barrymore going back to high school as an undercover reporter. In Never Been Kissed, Barrymore played a Chicago copy editor looking for her first big break when she decides to go undercover as a high school senior. The comedy blurred the lines between the teen films (Varsity Blues, She’s All That, 10 Things I Hate About You) that were popular at the time time and the adult world of RomComs that Barrymore fans were used to. The film turned out to be a box office success and introduced fans to a cast of fresh young actors. While Leelee Sobieski, Michael Vartan and David Arquette were the stars, it was James Franco, Octavia Spencer and John C. Reilly among others who turned out be the big gets. On the 15th anniversary we look back on our favorite stars who »
- Stacy Lambe
ABC wants to expand Good Morning America to three hours, the New York Daily News claims, which would let it compete against the four hour Today Show. The article gets confusing, however, since it seems to discuss local programming
Own has ordered Tulsa, a mini-series starring Octavia Spencer about the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 that left one of the wealthiest African-American communities destroyed. The event has been suppressed from the history books until recently. Additionally, Toni Braxton will star in the channel’s upcoming movie about Darlene Love.
Which musicians have benefited the most from judging reality shows?
David Letterman‘s resignation announcement has prompted the expected speculation about his potential replacement. That includes Vulture‘s call for Neil Patrick Harris, Slate‘s argument for Ellen DeGeneres and Think Progress’ list of 12 unexpected suggestions.
Amid all the speculation about Letterman’s replacement, »
- Lyle Masaki
Let no one accuse Oprah Winfrey of letting her Own channel become the unofficial Tyler Perry network. Now comes word that Own is developing "Tulsa" (working title), a two-night miniseries set to star Oscar winner Octavia Spencer ("The Help"). The miniseries will tell the story of the largest race riot in U.S. history, during which 300 people are believed to have been murdered. With Spencer's name above the title, we can't help but think this is sure to be Emmy Awards bait. Describing this as "a story that was largely covered up for decades," Own says that Spencer will be playing the role of Mattie Clay, a journalist who moves back to Tulsa after a stint in Chicago where she must "face the demons of her past and decide where her future lies." The miniseries will be executive produced by Nancy Miller ("Saving Grace"), and co-executive producers are Valerie Woods »
- Liane Bonin Starr
It’s been a dismal season for freshman comedies on the networks, based on ratings. That’s the industry’s general perception, which is unfortunate, because it overshadows some notable efforts to break the sitcom mold. The most promising trend might be called the heart attack — shows that deftly add dollops of emotional depth, feel-good moments and real-world conflicts to their mix of one-liners and pratfalls.
NBC’s “About a Boy” and Fox’s “Enlisted” are good examples of how to weave heart into the fabric of a comedy in a way that doesn’t make you groan and doesn’t scream “Very Special Episode.” Credit the skill of showrunners Jason Katims (“Boy”) and Mike Royce (“Enlisted”) for deftly guiding their laffers along that fine line. ABC’s “The Goldbergs” also has a pleasingly pulmonary touch. This is a welcome improvement after too many years of shows that were inane »
- Cynthia Littleton
The Oprah Winfrey Network announced its upfront slate on Thursday morning, making official its plans for its first miniseries and finding a lead for recently announced telepic My Name Is Love: The Darlene Love Story. Octavia Spencer, an Oscar winner for her role in The Help, will topline Tulsa -- a two-night scripted event about the largest race riot in U.S. history, where more than 300 people were believed to have been murdered in the Oklahoma city. Additionally, singer Toni Braxton will star as 20 Feet From Stardom singer Darlene Love. The TV movie is set to bow in
- Michael O'Connell
Oprah Winfrey’s Own cable network is developing a two-part miniseries chronicling one of the ugliest and least-known chapters in U.S. history.
In Tulsa, Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer (The Help) plays a journalist who investigates the 1921 Oklahoma race riots, where an estimated 300 people were believed to have been murdered amid post-wwi racial tension surrounding segregation laws and the prosperous black community of Greenwood. According to a 2011 New York Times story on the subject, “The Tulsa race riot of 1921 was rarely mentioned in history books, classrooms or even in private…an episode so brutal that this city, in a »
- James Hibberd
In addition, Octavia Spencer will star in a two-night event miniseries tentatively titled Tulsa, about the largest race riot in U.S. history, in Tulsa, Okla. Spencer will play journalist Mattie Clay.
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- Liz Raftery
In a series of announcements set for the cabler’s upfront presentation Thursday, Own has also set Octavia Spencer to topline a miniseries revolving around a contemporary journalist investigating the notorious mass murder and cover-up in Tulsa, Okla., in 1921.
OWN has ordered 20 more episodes of Tyler Perry’s hit primetime soap “The Haves and the Have Nots,” bringing it to 56 episodes to air through 2015. A new Perry drama series, “Single Mom’s Club,” is set for a fall debut with a 20-episode order.
Another programming tentpole planned for next year is the seven-part docu series “Belief,” examining the origins of faith “through the eyes of believers.”
- Cynthia Littleton
Own: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today six-time Grammy-winning artist and actress Toni Braxton is set to star as Darlene Love in the network’s first scripted TV film My Name Is Love: The Darlene Love Story. In addition, superstar Justin Timberlake will kick off a star-studded new season of Oprah’s Master Class. on May 11, and Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer will star in a two-night event mini-series Tulsa (working title) currently in development. The network also announced today a groundbreaking seven-part television event Belief presented by Oprah Winfrey, which explores humankind’s search for meaning and connection. Also, Tyler Perry’s popular drama series The Haves And The Have Nots and previously announced new series Single Moms Club. (working title) each have received 20-episode orders. Here’s a look at the shows: “My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story”. – Premieres December 2014 Executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Academy Award-winning »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Toni Braxton is starring in OWN's first scripted TV film, “My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story,” and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer will star in a two-night miniseries about the largest race riot in U.S. history. The new season of “Oprah's Master Class,” meanwhile, will premiere May 11 with Justin Timberlake. And the network also plans a seven-part series called “Belief” about humankind's search for meaning and connection. The Tyler Perry series “The Haves and Have Nots” and the new series “Single Moms »
- Tim Molloy
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