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From The Andromeda Strain to Jurassic Park to Prey and beyond, the late Michael Crichton offered readers numerous gateways to intelligent escapism on the printed page. Published posthumously, 2011's Micro is no exception. DreamWorks Studios seems to agree, as the company has picked up the film rights to the thriller.
Press Release: "Los Angeles--(Business Wire)--DreamWorks Studios has acquired the film rights to the Michael Crichton novel, “Micro,” it was announced today by Michael Wright, CEO of DreamWorks Studios. Frank Marshall is on board to produce, with Sherri Crichton and Laurent Bouzereau set as executive producers for CrichtonSun LLC.
The high-concept thriller follows a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company—only to find themselves miniaturized and cast out into the rain forest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them.
"Micro" was unfinished when Michael Crichton passed »
- Derek Anderson
Membership First has been quietly gathering signatures in recent days for its nominating petitions, which are due at 5 p.m. Pdt on Friday.
Howard announced on June 1 that he would seek re-election with endorsements coming from George Clooney, Bryan Cranston, Betty White, Rita Moreno, Octavia Spencer, Ron Perlman, Clark Gregg and Josh Gad. SAG-aftra Los Angeles VP Jenny O’Hara joined Howard for secretary-treasurer as part of the Unite for Strength and United Screen Actors Nationwide slates.
Election ballots will be mailed to members who are paid up on dues on July 21 and tabulated on August 20. Turnout in the 2013 election — the first for the merged »
- Dave McNary
Sumire Matsubara has joined the cast of The Shack, the faith-based pic based on William Paul Young’s best-seller. It centers on a man (Sam Worthington) who receives a mysterious note inviting him to the Shack. The letter is signed Papa, his wife's nickname for God. Mack responds and finds himself in the presence of God (Octavia Spencer) and takes a life-transforming journey of truth, forgiveness and ultimately acceptance. Matsubara will play Sarayu, aka the Holy Spirit… »
Lionsgate has announced that six filmmaker finalists and one wildcard winner of The Storytellers – New Voices Of The Twilight Saga were presented with plaques by Stephenie Meyer and Kristen Stewart at the Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards last night in Los Angeles.
This contest was made part by Lionsgate teaming up with Facebook, Women In Film, Tongal, and Stephenie Meyer to create short films based on characters from the World of Twilight, creating a unique opportunity for fans and female filmmakers.
The Storytellers – New Voices Of The Twilight Saga were chosen through Tongal, a crowd source site, where fans voted on their favorite characters and aspiring female filmmakers submitted screenplays and director pitches. The six winning shorts were financed through production advances, and fans, »
- Michelle McCue
Tim McGraw has been added to the cast of The Shack, an upcoming film based on the 2007 bestselling novel by William Paul Young. The faith-based drama stars Sam Worthington as a father whose young daughter was kidnapped and believed to have been murdered while on a family camping trip. Years later, he receives a note from "Papa" — which is his wife's nickname for God — asking him to return to the shack where his daughter's bloodied clothes were found. It is there where his mourning is met with a spiritual epiphany. »
When Corey Stoll accepted the guest role of Pakistan station captain Sandy Bachman on Showtime’s “Homeland,” he knew his biggest challenge would be convincing the audience that Bachman was a cool, confident professional with a long career ahead of him, although that wasn’t actually true.
“It was important that the audience not think that I was going to die in the first episode,” Stoll says. “Part of what the creators wanted was for the audience to assume that I was going to be a major part of the story moving forward.”
Though Bachman did not survive that season four premiere, Stoll says he read as much as he could about the life of a spy in the short time he had to prep.
“I don’t really speak that much in the one episode I’m in, but it was important for me have a sense of a biography, »
- Christy Grosz
Shailene Woodley and co. are hard at work! The actress was photographed shooting scenes for The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1 in Atlanta Monday, and was joined by co-stars Ansel Elgort, Zoë Kravitz, Keiynan Lonsdale and Octavia Spencer. The Summit Entertainment movie, directed by Robert Schwentke, is scheduled for release on March 18, 2016. The second sequel picks up right after the events of 2014's The Divergent Series: Insurgent, in which a video was released to the public at the end of the Erudite headquarters raid and revealed the truth about the faction system. It also announced that Divergent were needed outside the city's walls. In Allegiant – Part 1, factionless »
“Tomorrowland’s” Tim McGraw and “Elyisum” star Alice Braga will join Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer in Lionsgate’s adaptation of “The Shack,” director Stuart Hazeldine revealed on Facebook on Sunday.Based on the bestselling 2007 novel by William Paul Young, “The Shack” is a faith-based drama stars Worthington as a man whose youngest daughter is abducted during a family vacation. Evidence found in an abandoned shack leads authorities to believe she was murdered. Four years later, the man receives a note, apparently from God, inviting him back to the shack. Against his better judgment, he accepts the invitation and finds something there. »
- Jeff Sneider
Exclusive: Graham Greene, most recently on the A&E (and now Netflix) crime drama Longmire, has joined Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer in Lionsgate’s faith-based feature film The Shack. The pic is based on the bestselling Christian novel by William Paul Young; the book was initially self-published in 2007 and has sold more than 10 million copies. Initially, Forest Whitaker was circling to adapt, star and direct, but he left to do The Story Of Your Life. Stuart… »
After drawing out sensational performances from Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone and Chadwick Boseman in his last films, Tate Taylor has zeroed in on Emily Blunt to star in his latest, Paul Hawkins adaptation The Girl on the Train.
DreamWorks is behind the buzzy project, which tells the story of a lonely, alcoholic divorcee named Rachel, who fantasizes about the idyllic lives of a young couple whose home her train passes each day on her way to work. When she witnesses a shocking event in the home one morning, Rachel finds a new sense of purpose in trying to get to the bottom of the ensuing mystery.
Kate Mara is apparently also being courted for one of the other lead female roles (there are three). Though neither Blunt nor Mara have signed a deal, they’re the preferred choices of both DreamWorks and Taylor, who are expected to make »
- Isaac Feldberg
Over the course of its 202 episodes, The X Files attracted many notable guest stars. Some appeared before they hit the big time (Ryan Reynolds, Jack Black, Seth Green, Felicity Huffman, Shia Labeouf, James Franco, Jane Lynch, Bradley Whitford, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Octavia Spencer, Luke Wilson, Grant Heslov, Giovanni Ribisi and Titus Welliver), while many appearances were made by people who were already legends in their own fields, with talented performers such as Lily Tomlin, Ed Asner, Michael McKean, Peter Boyle, Gary Shandling, Lance Henriksen, Roy Thinnes, Veronica Cartwright, Floyd ‘Red Crow’ Westerman, Brad Dourif, Kathy Griffin and Ricky Jay providing some of the show’s most memorable moments. With six new episodes about to shoot for a limited series event, that prestigious list of guest stars is already expanding, with Joel McHale being the latest addition.
The plot of the brief new series remains unknown, but Deadline is reporting »
- Sarah Myles
SAG-aftra Los Angeles VP Jenny O’Hara will join Howard as she runs for secretary-treasurer as part of the Unite for Strength and United Screen Actors Nationwide slates. Election ballots will be mailed to members on July 21 and tabulated on August 20.
Current secretary-treasurer Amy Aquino is not part of the slates.
Rhea Perlman, S. Epatha Merkerson, Chris Messina, Stephen Wallem and Tom Bergeron also endorsed Howard and O’Hara, along with union officers executive vice president Gabrielle Carteris, Los Angeles president Clyde Kusatsu, New York president Mike Hodge and national vice president for recording artists Dan Navarro.
“I love my work — both as an actor and as SAG-aftra president,” said the Emmy and Tony Award-winning Howard. “But while entertainment and media have always been tough businesses, »
- Dave McNary
Really great performances from Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer, but this inspired-by-fact tale of a white maternal grandfather and black paternal grandmother fighting for custody of their mixed-race grandchildren only just skims the many provocative issues it touches on, and is rather anticlimactic in the end. I’m “biast” (pro): love Costner and Spencer
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
(My Ratings posts are a quick way for me to share my reaction to a film. This post will be updated if/when I ever write a review. Feel free to discuss the movie in depth in the comments section.)
See also my #WhereAreTheWomen rating of Black or White for its representation of girls and women. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
DreamWorks acquired the rights to Paula Hawkins’ debut thriller in 2014, prior to the novel’s publication, and set Erin Cressida Wilson to adapt for the screen. Marc Platt will produce the film, while Jared LeBoff of Marc Platt Productions will serve as executive producer.
In “The Girl on the Train,” Rachel, who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.
- Michelle McCue
Lionsgate has announced that principal photography has officially commenced in Atlanta on the upcoming "The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1," the third installment in the blockbuster action adventure franchise.
Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Keiynan Lonsdale and Jonny Weston, Mekhi Phifer and Daniel Dae Kim are all set to return for the next film. This time they're joined by Jeff Daniels, Nadia Hilker and Bill Skarsgard.
In the wake of the events of "Insurgent," Tris and Four must scape beyond the Wall that encircles Chicago to finally discover the shocking truth of what lies beyond.
- Garth Franklin
Lionsgate announced today that principal photography has commenced in Atlanta on the feature film adaptation of The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1, the third installment of the blockbuster Divergent action adventure franchise, starring Golden Globe nominated Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, and Academy Award nominated Naomi Watts.
After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, in Allegiant Part 1 Tris (Shailene Woodley) must escape with Four (Theo James) beyond the Wall that encircles Chicago to finally discover the shocking truth of what lies behind it.
Golden Globe nominated Jeff Daniels joins the cast.
- Michelle McCue
Lionsgate announced today that production is officially underway on the penultimate installment in the Divergent franchise, The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1, in Atlanta. As is all the rage, the final book in author Veronica Roth’s trilogy is being split in half, but Allegiant – Part 1 and Allegiant – Part 2 are being shot separately. The story for Part 1 finds Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) escaping beyond the Wall that encircles Chicago to finally discover the shocking truth of what lies behind it. Filmmaker Robert Schwentke, who did a surprisingly solid job at the helm of Insurgent, returns to direct Allegiant – Part 1, and new cast additions include Jeff Daniels as the morally ambiguous David, with Bill Skarsgård and Nadia Hilker filling the roles of Matthew and Nita respectively. Returning cast members include Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Keiynan Lonsdale, Jonny Weston, Mekhi Phifer, »
- Adam Chitwood
Shailene Woodley and Theo James are back to work today, as Lionsgate/Summit has announced that cameras have officially started rolling on the third film in the Divergent Series, the first half of Allegiant's adaptation for the big screen.
If you couldn't tell by my riveting opening paragraph there, I'm not all that excited about the fact that The Divergent Series: Allegiant - Part 1 (a ridiculously long and unnecessary title by the way), has started filming. However, I know the series has it's fans, despite being mediocre books and mostly boring movies, so I'm dishing out the information as given:
Lionsgate announced today that principal photography has commenced in Atlanta on the feature film adaptation of The Divergent Series: Allegiant – Part 1, the third installment of the blockbuster Divergent action adventure franchise, starring Golden Globe® nominated Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer, and Academy Award® nominated Naomi Watts. »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
The Divergent Series: Insurgent starring Theo James, Shailene Woodley, Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Ansel Elgort and Miles Teller will first make its home video debut on July 21 exclusively on Digital HD. Those of you wanting the physical media versions including Blu-ray 3D will have to wait until those arrive on August 4.
The Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray combo pack versions with DVD and Digital HD will each come packaged with a lenticular slipcover. Lionsgate is including a Dolby Atmos mix so you can expect Divergent: Insurgent to not only look great in 1080p HD but sound fantastic as well.
Underestimated by many including us, and kept going by firm fanbase, "The Maze Runner" is a Ya franchise survivor in a sea of also rans. And it's a feat made more remarkable given there are really no big names in the cast — certainly none on the level of Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, and Philip Seymour Hoffman (to name a few) in "The Hunger Games" series or Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer and more in the "Divergent" flicks. But yet, "The Maze Runner" pulled in a healthy $340 million worldwide last fall on a budget of $34 million. It's easy math, the numbers are good, and so comes "The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials." “The first movie was the mystery of ‘Where are we and what is this place? And can we get out?’ But the second movie is about the repercussions of getting out and the discovery of »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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