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It would probably be incorrect to call Amy Schumer comedy's next great talent, because she already is one. She has already conquered stage and television, the latter medium thanks to the hit "Inside Amy Schumer," and this summer she tests her movie wings with Judd Apatow's "Trainwreck." But confidence around Hollywood is strong as she's got another high concept vehicle in the works. THR reports that Schumer will write and star in a mother/daughter action comedy movie for Fox. Paul Feig will produce the film that apparently is in the same spirit as his movie "The Heat," and perhaps that's not surprise, considering screenwriter Katie Dippold penned this first draft of this new project. She'll stay on as a producer, while Schumer and her sister, Kim Caramele, rewrite the script that apparently involves a vacation gone wrong. Read More: SXSW Review: Judd Apatow's 'Trainwreck' With Amy Schumer, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
John Gordon Sinclair has clarified reports that he has quit acting to become a full-time writer.
The TV and stage actor, who is perhaps best known for his starring role in Gregory's Girl, was quoted last year as saying that he has always felt "uncomfortable" with acting.
However, he told Digital Spy that this isn't the case, although he does enjoy working in the comfort of his own garden. He is currently writing his third novel, following Seventy Times Seven and Blood Whispers.
"I was asked a question of if I could only do one, what would it be, and I said if I could only choose one of the two I'd choose writing books for the rest of my life," he said.
"But that was turned into saying that I was giving up acting, so it was one of those journalistic licence moments. I'm much happier sitting at the bottom of my hut writing, »
I forget sometimes how long Britney Spears has been famous. We're coming up on two decades -- more if you count "The Mickey Mouse Club." It's about time we round up her greatest moments and make fun of them too. Like this episode of The Snap? Check out all our episodes. Ep. #47: How Robin Thicke ruined everything Ep. #46: The 5 Worst Disney Princesses Ep. #45: Why "RuPaul's Drag Race" is the only reality show that matters Ep. #44: Who Should (and Shouldn't) Win Oscars Ep. #43: The Many Charms of Kanye West Ep. #42: Why We Need a Missy Elliott Comeback Ep. #41: The Worst Oscar Snubs Ever Ep. #40: The Real Meanings Behind Emojis Ep. #39: The Problems with Your Favorite Christmas Movies Ep. #38: The Biggest Flaws in the Best Movies of 2014 Ep. #37: Why Madonna is the Greatest Celebrity of All Time Ep. #36: Why We're Thankful for Beyonce, »
- Louis Virtel
One of the best films of the year thus far has arguably been Alex Garland's excellent directorial debut, the sci-fi movie Ex Machina. Garland made what looked like an effortless transition to directing, and it doesn't look like it's going to be too long before we see his next film.
It's been known for a while that he's to direct a take on Jeff VanderMeer's novel, Annihilation, for Paramount Pictures. The book tells the story of a biologist who "signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don't apply".
The film is expected to start shooting early in 2016, and Variety is now reporting that Natalie Portman is in talks to take on the lead role in the movie. And once she's in place, names being considered to »
Scarlett Johansson Oscar dress Scarlett Johansson at the Oscars Looking great in a long purple dress, Scarlett Johansson displays her tight-fitting costume and bare back at the 83rd Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Oscar 2011 co-host and Best Actor nominee James Franco (for Danny Boyle's 127 Hours) thus introduced Johansson and fellow Oscar presenter Matthew McConaughey: "I am six degrees of Kevin Bacon away from our next two presenters. Figure it out on the Internet." Well, if you're lucky. Some have remarked that Franco was a more effective Oscar host online, where he tweeted some of the evening's to-dos, than on the stage of the Kodak Theatre. His fellow equally panned Oscarcast host was actress Anne Hathaway. Scarlett Johansson movies Scarlett Johansson has been featured in more than 40 films since her debut at age 10 in Rob Reiner's North, back in 1994. Johansson, in fact, »
- D. Zhea
Actress Natalie Portman is in early talks to star in Ex Machina director Alex Garland's new sci-fi project entitled Annihilation. We first reported on Annihilation back in October, when Alex Garland signed on to write and direct this adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer's novel. The deal is dependent on production starting in early 2016, and it is believed that both sides will come to an agreement on the starting date very soon.
The story centers on a team of four scientists who embark on an expedition to explore a bizarre place known only as Area X, which is cut off from all civilization. There have been 12 previous expeditions to Area X, with the story centering on a biologist (Natalie Portman) who goes on this latest trek to find out the truth about why her husband disappeared. Many of the other trips to Area X resulted in team members committing suicide, »
Had I been taking notes while I moderated a Q&A with Ex Machina writer/director Alex Garland a few weeks back I would have added a little more to the news we first heard about back in October as more has been coming to the surface lately regarding his next project, though today that news got even a bit more interesting. First off, the project is an adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer's "Annihilation", the first book in VanderMeer's "Southern Reach Trilogy", centered on a group of four women, said to be the twelfth expedition from Area X as nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. These four women -- an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist; and a biologist -- are tasked with mapping the terrain, recording all observations of their surroundings and of one another, and, above all, avoid being contaminated by Area X itself. amz asin »
- Brad Brevet
After years as a respected genre scribe, Alex Garland broke out into the mainstream in a big way this summer with sci-fi fable Ex Machina, which he both wrote and directed. All eyes are on the helmer as he plots his follow-up, a post-apocalyptic horror adventure titled Annihilation, and now we’re learning that Garland already likes Black Swan Oscar winner Natalie Portman for the lead role.
The story, based on the brilliant Jeff VanderMeer novel (which is part of a trilogy), is best described as an environmental horror-thriller. It centers on a biologist (Portman) who leads a four-person expedition into the mysterious Area X, a quarantined patch of land in the U.S. where abnormal occurrences have kept human investigators at bay. The biologist’s group is the twelfth to venture into Area X; some of the previous expeditions have ended in mass suicide, murder and cancer diagnoses, while »
- Isaac Feldberg
Garland will write and direct the pic that follows a biologist who signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply. Paramount had no comment.
The deal is dependent on production starting no sooner than the beginning of 2016, but sources say it seems like the two sides will settle on a start date soon.
Given the critical and commercial success of “Ex Machina,” top talent are determined to find a way to work with Garland. Sources add that the role of Portman’s co-star is being chased by everyone from Julianne Moore to Tilda Swinton, but the studio »
- Justin Kroll
Even a Swedish brute like Ivan Drago -- ahem, Dolph Lundgren -- understands that when you're offered a role in a Coen brothers film, you don't turn it down, even if you feel you might be just a tiny bit out of place. "The casting was a bit of a shocker. They called me out of nowhere a few months ago," tells Lundgren of his small role in the Coens' next film, Hail, Caesar! "I'm a huge fan of theirs and I never expected to be in any Coen brothers movies, but I guess I am!" The quotes come from a recent interview with Creative Screenwriting, in which Lundgren speaks mostly of his upcoming film Skin Trade, which he wrote, but also informs us a bit about his experience on the set of the Joel and Ethan Coen's latest project. "It's a movie set in the 1950s called Hail, »
- Jordan Benesh
Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen's next film, Hail Caesar!, has been in the works for years and will finally hit theaters February 5, 2016, but details are still scarce. We know the story revolves around a challenging day in the life of a Hollywood "fixer" who works to protect the stars of the 1950s studio system. Like all of the Coen Brothers' films, Hail Caesar! is led by an incredible ensemble cast that includes Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, and Jonah Hill. The film will also feature a cameo from action star Dolph Lundgren, who recently spoke about his time on set in an interview with Creative Screenwriting. Lundgren spilled some details about his cameo, and a little bit about Tatum's role too. It was a bit of a shocker. They called me out of nowhere a few months ago. It’s a movie »
- Haleigh Foutch
No one could ever accuse the Coen Brothers of skewing predictable in their movies, and their upcoming period comedy Hail, Caesar! sounds just as bonkers and brilliant as you would hope. Dolph Lundgren, who co-stars in the pic, recently let slip some details about both his role and that of Channing Tatum’s – and what the action star had to say was highly intriguing.
Speaking with Creative Screenwriting about action movie Skin Trade (opening this Friday), Lundgren touched on his part in the movie, about a studio fixer named Eddie Mannix (George Clooney) who deals with a vast array of problems on a Hollywood backlot during one crazy day, from a knocked-up starlet to a muckraking journalist.
Lundgren is well-aware that he’s not the kind of actor you see in movies by directors like the Coen Brothers. He admitted:
It was a bit of a shocker. They called me »
- Isaac Feldberg
Natalie Portman and husband-to-be Benjamin Millepied on the Red Carpet Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied at the Oscars Best Actress winner Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied (at the time, Portman's husband-to-be)* arrive at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Portman took home the Oscar for her performance as a mentally unstable ballerina in Darren Aronofsky's psychological drama Black Swan. An international box office hit, Black Swan was also a Best Picture nominee, ultimately losing the Oscar to Tom Hooper's The King's Speech. Besides Natalie Portman and dancer-choreographer Benjamin Millepied, also in the Black Swan cast are Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, Barbara Hershey, and Vincent Cassel. Portman's fellow Best Actress contenders were: Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right. Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine. Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole. Jennifer Lawrence for Winter's Bone. Natalie Portman had been previously nominated in »
- D. Zhea
There is so much HitFix at HitFix.com. In the HitFix Daily Snap, we'll round up key features from the site worth reading and re-reading. Get into it. Sterling Cooper Daenerys Targaryen Alan Sepinwall somehow manages to absorb and understand the drama of "Mad Men" and "Game of Thrones" without exploding. Congrats to him and the human race for producing such a brave specimen. Flip Your Wiig Has any former "SNL" cast member been more aggressive and savvy than Kristen Wiig in picking movie projects? Her filmography is already dotted with great moments. She's proven herself a bankable thespian. We picked ten of her finest non-"SNL" gems. How I Spent My Schumer Vacation This is why I wake up every morning and scream "God bless you, Kris Tapley!" to the sky. Our awards guru looked at 15 under-the-radar movies coming to theaters this summer. We've got Amy Schumer (feat. Tilda Swinton! »
- Louis Virtel
Four locations and 87 years ago, the Whitney Museum of American Art was founded. Today, it was rededicated. Magnificently. Who was in this crowd of about 1,500 people — including every Whitney staff person and many guards and kids, and no Lady Gaga, James Franco, Tilda Swinton, or Marina sightings that I know of? In addition to super-patron and Zen believer in the arts Flora Miller Biddle — granddaughter of the museum's founder, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney — sitting on stage on Gansevoort Street, looking toward the new museum, were Mayor de Blasio (a better speaker than I thought); Whitney architect Renzo Piano, who began his speech looking around at all of this, saying, "Mamma mia," and everyone in eyeshot nodded in agreement; director Adam Weinberg, who, with his deputy, Donna De Salvo, should be given keys to the city, or at least a lifetime Mta pass; some other Whitney mucky-mucks who helped »
- Jerry Saltz
During one of the hottest days of June in 2014, Collider ventured to the Big Apple for a set visit on director/producer Judd Apatow’s next film, Trainwreck. It was hot. So hot in fact, that the hottest comedian on the planet, Amy Schumer, just happened to be starring in the film. The big twist on this comedy is that Apatow, for the first time, is only directing the star of Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer. Trainwreck is Schumer’s screenplay. This wasn’t your typical set visit. We didn’t have to worry about taking pictures that would leak characters, nor come up with creative superlatives to beat around obvious questions. In fact, we were welcomed right into this comedy family and got a chat with the star herself and the film’s director. As we learned on that hot day in New York, this comedic duo wasn »
- Bob Trate
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Time's inimitable critic, Richard Corliss (1944 - 2015), pictured above. Visit David Hudson's roundup at Keyframe Daily for coverage. In the past week there's been more additions to the Cannes Film Festival lineup, including new movies by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Naomi Kawase and Gaspar Noé.When Manoel de Oliveira died earlier this month, word spread that he had made a film that would be released only upon his death, Memories and Confessions. Now word has come that its premiere screening will be on the 4th of May in Porto.Above: We're on the fence whether we should be excited for this, but the trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's The Visit certainly has us intrigued.New York's essential film listing site Screen Slate has turned to Kickstarter to help fund its project. Speaking of New York, this May the Museum of the Moving »
In 2013/2014 the world was introduced to Only Lovers Left Alive, a film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. It stars Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as the titular lovers. It first premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival before it opened in the United States on April 11, 2014. Since its release, the film world is a better place.
Only Lovers Left Alive is a vampire love story that does not spend the entire film focused on the fact that the two many characters are vampires. They don’t spend their time feasting on homeless locals or drunken clubbers. Very little time is devoted to explaining the rituals of their lives as vampires. If it weren’t for the fact that Swinton and Hiddleston drink blood occasionally for the first half of the film (out of classy cocktail glasses) we would hardly realize their true nature.
Instead the film focuses on the two souls that are these characters, »
- Sarah Sommer
David Simon, creator of The Wire, has spent the night engaged in an online conversation about Baltimore. Also in today's roundup: Tilda Swinton and Chuck Close in conversation, Jonathan Rosenbaum on Mark Rappaport, David Bordwell on David Koepp, Harun Farocki on Michael Klier, interviews with Lech Majewski, Roy Andersson, Daniel Clowes and Ennio Morricone, essays on Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face, Laura Mulvey, Orson Welles and Citizen Kane and John Schlesinger’s Darling, remembering cinematographer Andrew Lesnie, plus news of an unseen film by Manoel de Oliveira and more. » - David Hudson »
"Boob Tube" is the theme of the new issue of cléo, which includes essays on Angela Lansbury (Murder, She Wrote), Veronica Mars, Transparent, Top of the Lake and more. Also today's roundup: Peter Bogdanovich on Jean Renoir, Jonathan Rosenbaum on Orson Welles, an interview with Abdolreza Kahani, celebrating Johnnie To's 60th birthday, a close reading of Steven Soderbergh's re-edit of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, Rian Johnson and Alex Garland in conversation, Ethan Hawke on Richard Linklater, Tilda Swinton on Amy Schumer, Oprah Winfrey on Lee Daniels, Michael Caine on Christopher Nolan and more. » - David Hudson »
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