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It's time to squish together a couple pieces of casting news into one Friday (March 7) afternoon post, as Dave Annable and Robert Buckley have both landed potential series regular roles on network pilots. Since both Annable and Buckley were last seen as regulars on ABC's short-lived "666 Park Avenue," it's almost like the fates wanted them to be mashed into the same story. Up first, Buckley has scored one of the leads in The CW's DC Comics adaptation iZombie," which focuses on a med student-turned-zombie who works in the coroner's office in order to eat brains and help solve murders. Buckley will play Major, the ex-fiance to lead character Liv (casting Tbd). A former college football player-turned-environmental engineer, Major is still hung up on Liv, but trying to be her friend. Written by Rob Thomas & Diane Ruggiero and directed by Thomas, "iZombie" will co-star Malcolm Goodwin, Alexandra Krosney and David Anders. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Like the play, which has been staged countless times since Shores wrote it in 2000, the film takes a look at four young boys – all Southern Baptists – and their journeys into adulthood and sexuality, with their parents, God and the Church watching closely over them to stop any missteps. While Sissies is filled with great laughs and musical performances, there’s a heavy dramatic message here, too, that unfortunately still applies in 2014.
TheBacklot checked in with Shores to talk about making the film (including Willam Belli’s joining the cast) as well as getting some scoop on his gone-but-not-forgotten series, Sordid Lives, which, we found out, may not be gone after all! »
- Jim Halterman
I'm excited to tell you that Bong Joon-Ho's post apocalyptic thriller Snowpiercer has finally been given a release date, and that date is June 27th, 2014 in limited theaters. We've been reporting news on this movie for such a long time, and it's great that we'll actually be able to see it!
As previously reported, the Weinsteins bought U.S. rights to the film back in 2012 based on a script and and some test footage. The deal they made included a wide release, but the director turned in a film that was over two and half hours long. The Weinsteins wanted the director to cut the film down, but he wouldn't. As a result, the Weinsteins didn't want to release it.
Just a few weeks ago, the two parties recently came to an agreement that allowed the movie to be released in theaters. Basically, the director gets to keep his cut of his film, »
- Joey Paur
Fox has tapped Dave Annable as a series regular for the network’s drama pilot “Red Band Society.”
Annable, who previously appeared in the ABC drama series “Brothers and Sisters” and “666 Park Avenue,” will play the role of pediatric oncologist and surgeon Dr. William McAndrew.
“Red Band Society,” exec produced by Margaret Nagle, Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Sergio Aguero, is a remake of the Catalan TV show “Polseres Vermelles” and follows a group of teenagers who meet as patients in the children’s wing of a hospital and become unlikely allies.
Oscar winner Octavia Spencer has already been cast to star.
- Andrea Seikaly
Brothers & Sisters alum Dave Annable is giving the prime-time soap world another go.
EW has learned that Annable has been cast as a series regular in Fox pilot Red Band Society, the hospital soap about a group of teenage patients who form a bond while being treated in a children’s wing. Octavia Spencer also recently signed onto the project.
Annable, who last appeared in ABC’s 666 Park Avenue, will play Dr. William McAndrew, a rock star pediatric oncologist and surgeon who is compassionate and dedicated to his job but tries — usually in vain — not to get attached to his young patients. »
- Sandra Gonzalez
Could it be? Your eyes do Not deceive you! There is finally a release date set for Snowpiercer here in the States. Look for it in theatres on June 24, 2014, hopefully in its original form. At least that's the rumor. Look for confirmation soon.
The English-language directorial debut of Bong Joon-ho (The Host), the film stars The Avengers’ Chris Evans, The Help’s Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Alison Pill, Tilda Swinton, and Song Kang-ho.
Based on the graphic novel Le Transperceneige, Snowpiercer is set in the not too distant future, where a new Ice Age has wiped out most of the human race. With a revolt brewing onboard, the Snowpiercer is a train of Earth’s lone survivors that travels around the cold world.
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- Uncle Creepy
Here are a couple of new release dates: Snowpiercer, from writer-director Bong Joon-ho, and starring Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt, and Tilda Swinton, will make its U.S. debut on June 27th in limited release. Kill the Messenger, directed by Michael Cuesta and starring Jeremy Renner, opens October 10th. Hit the jump for more on both films. Snowpiercer has already played all around the world, but it looks like we'll finally get to take a look at it for ourselves when it graces American shores this June. Though it's opening that weekend in limited release, it does so opposite Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction. The other problem is that The Weinstein Company agreed on releasing the director's cut of the film, but in a strategy that increases the number of theaters it plays in each week being contingent upon box office performance. In other words, if Transformers drowns it out, »
- Dave Trumbore
The 1957 musical, inspired by Romeo and Juliet, tells the story of two people from rival gangs - the Sharks and the Jets - who fall in love.
Deadline reports that Fox is keen to work with Spielberg on the project, although no writer has been set yet.
West Side Story was famously made into a film in 1961, winning 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture.
Spielberg is currently producing a new TV pilot about a group of teenagers who bond while staying in the children's wing of a hospital.
Octavia Spencer was recently cast in the show - titled Red Band Society - as a nurse who is fiercely protective of her patients while also showing tremendous compassion.
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Chicago – Get your scorecards and pencils out, because this is the last stop you’ll need for all your 2014 Academy Award predicting needs…except for the 10 million other media outlets in the age of information. Why is HollywoodChicago.com better? Because our experts have insider information that we completely make up!
Two HollywoodChicago.com veterans – Brian Tallerico and Patrick McDonald – plus our contributors Nick Allen, David J. Fowlie and David Canfield, all will be predicting Sunday’s big film night, all while debating which tuxedo host Ellen DeGeneres should wear. The crew will opine on Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor/Actress, Director and Screenplays (Original and Adapted). As in previous years, the prognostications are broken down into thoughts on who Will Win, Should Win and Should Have Been Nominated (for one last gasp of dissent). The predictors will also take on a wild card guess for several other categories, »
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"Fathers and Daughters" centres on a woman dealing with a crumbling relationship in the present and looking back on the relationship she had with her father, a famous novelist, 25 years earlier.
- Smith Cox
We all groaned when we heard that Robert Redford for .All is Lost. and Emma Thompson for .Saving Mr. Banks. failed to get Oscar nominations. Not to mention both Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker for .The Butler,. or Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer for .Fruitvale Station.. They gave great performances but in a year full of wonderful portrayals, it.s hard to give all of them nods.
So what are the biggest Oscar snubs in history? Who were the actors who failed to get Academy Award nominations for their certain performances? I compiled, who I think, were robbed of Oscar gold, heck, even just a nomination!
Without further adieu, here.s my Top 10 Biggest Oscar Snubs In History!
The cast of Gabriele Muccino’s Fathers And Daughters keeps growing. With big names such as Russell Crowe, Aaron Paul, Amada Seyfried, Octavia Spencer, Quvenzhane Wallis and Diane Kruger already attached, the latest addition comes in the form of Music And Lyrics star Haley Bennett.
With movies such as The Pursuit Of Happyness and Seven Pounds under his belt, Muccino is sure to turn this moving love story between a New York father and his daughter into one hell of a film. Moving back and forward from the 1980s into the present day, the movie follows the story of Jake Davis (Crowe), who struggles with mental illness while trying to raise his 5-year old daughter Katie, and the story of present day 30-year old Katie (Seyfried), dealing with the demons of her past.
Bennett is set to play Stacey, a college student who looks after Katie when she is young. »
- Tina Baraga
• Patrick Wilson continues to surprise. After guest starring in one of Girls’ most talked about episodes and appearing in the modestly budgeted box office smash The Conjuring, Wilson is set to go the superhero route. He’s reportedly signed on to appear in Marvel’s Ant-Man for director Edgar Wright. There are no details on his role yet. Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas are starring in the film about a biochemist who discovers a formula that allows him to shrink to the size of an ant. Disney has already set a July 31, 2015, release. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
Deadline is reporting that Haley Bennett will be joining Gabriele Muccino’s Fathers and Daughters, which already stars a pretty impressive cast that consists of Russell Crowe, Aaron Paul, Amanda Seyfried, Octavia Spencer, Quvenzhane Wallis and Diane Kruger.
Scripted by Brad Desch, the film details “the bond between a father and daughter living in New York.” The story will move between the 1980s and present day as it follows Jake Davis (Crowe), a famous writer and widower who “struggles with mental illness” as he tries to raise his 5-year-old daughter Katie.
Growing up with a troubled childhood, Katie (Amanda Seyfried) eventually has demons of her own that she has to deal with when she’s older and that’s what the present day portion of the story focuses on.
- Matt Joseph
Janet McTeer has been cast in Fathers and Daughters, the drama starring Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried. Directed by Gabriele Muccino, the story centers on a woman dealing with a crumbling relationship in the present and looking back on the relationship she had with her father, a famous novelist, 25 years earlier. The film's cast also includes Aaron Paul, Quvenzhané Wallis, Diane Kruger and Octavia Spencer. Voltage Pictures is financing, and Craig J. Flores and Nicolas Chartier of Voltage and Sherryl Clark of Busted Shark are producing. Brad
- Borys Kit, Rebecca Ford
What can Paula Patton do but grin and bear it? The single star touched down at Los Angeles International Airport Wednesday, just two days after she announced her separation from Robin Thicke. Knowing that she would likely be facing a flurry of photographers, the 38-year-old 2 Guns actress flashed her megawatt smile as she made her way through the terminal. Noticeably missing: her wedding ring. Patton had been filming her new movie, Warcraft, in Vancouver, and she is expected to attend the Film Independent Spirit Awards in L.A. Saturday. She announced the nominees with Octavia Spencer in 2013. Thicke, meanwhile, has canceled three consecutive shows on his Blurred Lines North America Tour. "I want to »
The film will also take place in the future where the daughter, Katie, will be challenged by her troubled childhood.
Bennett will play the role of Stacey, a college student who watches over the young Katie, Deadline reports.
Bennett's other attachments include Sony's upcoming remake of The Equalizer where she will appear opposite Denzel Washington. »
• Jason Statham is set to team up with Melissa McCarthy in the secret agent comedy Susan Cooper. The action star, best known for roles in high-octane projects like The Transporter and Crank, had been circling the project for some time, but was reportedly weighing other options before committing. Paul Feig, who worked with McCarthy on Bridesmaids and The Heat, is set to direct the pic for 20th Century Fox. Statham will appear next in The Expendables 3 (out Aug. 15). He’s also reprising his role as Ian Shaw in Fast & Furious 7. [Variety]
- Lindsey Bahr
In one of the highest-profile pilot castings this season, Viola Davis (The Help, Doubt) is set as the lead of ABC‘s drama pilot How To Get Away With Murder, from ABC Studios and Shondaland. This marks the first series regular role in a decade for the two-time Oscar-nominated actress. In making her foray into pilot season, Davis joins her Help co-star Octavia Spencer, who recently signed on to star in Fox drama pilot The Red Band Society. Written by Peter Nowalk, How To Get Away is described as a sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller that centers on ambitious law students and their brilliant and mysterious criminal defense professor (Davis) who become entangled in a murder plot that could rock their entire university and change the course of their lives. Nowalk is executive producing alongside Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers. Related: 2014 ABC Pilots This is the second consecutive drama pilot in »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Here is Deadline’s annual list of The Overachievers Of Pilot Season. For anyone, landing a pilot is a major accomplishment. These selected few individuals/production companies took that achievement to the next level. Related: Primetime Pilot Panic! With marquee comedy clients including Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Kevin Hart, 3 Arts has been building a strong TV production business. The management/production company has set a new personal record this season with nine greenlights. That includes one straight-to-series order for the Tina Fey/Robert Carlock comedy Tooken at NBC, one pilot/series track order at Fox for Cabot College, from Matt Hubbard, Fey and Carlock, and five more pilots: the comedies untitled Kevin Hart project at ABC, Amy Poehler’s Old Soul and Love Is Relative at NBC and Tom Papa’s More Time With the Family at CBS, plus untitled Richard Lagravenese drama at ABC. Additionally, three 3 Arts pilots from last season, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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