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Quentin Tarantino has led Christoph Waltz to two Oscars in this category, but Waltz is absent from the director's latest, "The Hateful Eight." That film boasts a whopping seven potential contenders in this category (only of the noted eight is a woman, which could get Jennifer Jason Leigh a nod in the supporting actress race). Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern and Samuel L. Jackson seem like they have the showiest parts, putting them in contention amidst a seemingly endless list of other contenders: Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels ("Steve Jobs"), Benedict Cumberbatch and Kevin Bacon ("Black Mass"), Tom Hardy ("The Revenant"), Alan Alda ("Bridge of Spies"), Bradley Cooper ("Joy"), Steve Carell ("Freeheld"), Dominic West and Jude Law ("Genius") and Mr. Waltz himself ("Tulip Fever"). We truly could go on and on... It will also be interesting to see how many nominees from last year pop up here. Beyond the noted »
- Peter Knegt
In a year with movies like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens all being released, it’s easy to forget that this November will see James Bond, 007 return to the big screen in Spectre, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2012’s Skyfall.
Daniel Craig will play the iconic Ian Fleming creation for a fourth time, while Sam Mendes is directing. That alone is reason enough to be excited, and it’s going to be very interesting to see how this instalment of the 53 year old franchise matches up to its predecessor.
As with any movie this big or highly anticipated, there are a lot of rumours surrounding Spectre. The “Sony Hack” is responsible for many of them thanks to some leaked emails and even a rough draft of the script, and they all offer up a fascinating insight into the »
- Josh Wilding
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
A lot of fans have been waiting for this one to come out. Bradley Cooper plays U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle in Clint Eastwood's Oscar-nominated war drama, which arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray on May 19. You'll have to wait until June 16 for Netflix or Redbox, but if you pick up the Blu-Ray you get special features like "One Soldier's Story: The Journey of American Sniper" and "The Making of American Sniper."
Looking for something a little more highbrow than a "Hot Tub" sequel? »
- Gina Carbone
Could a Rocky Balboa shared cinematic universe be on the cards?
We already know that Sylvester Stallone is set to return to the role of the Italian Stallion as mentor to Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis (son of Apollo) Creed in Ryan Coogler’s upcoming Creed, and now TotalRocky has word that an Ivan Drago spin-off could be in the works.
The site reports that a screenplay entitled Drago has been filed with the U.S. copyright office, which is based upon Rocky’s nemesis in the 1985 sequel Rocky IV, played by Dolph Lundgren. Based upon an earlier script entitled Communist Boxing Redemption Movie, the new version would see Ivan Dragon fighting his way through prison en route to a confrontation with world heavyweight champion Mason ‘The Line’ Dixon (played by Antonio Tarver in Rocky Balboa) in order to save his mafia boss brother.
The script for Drago has been penned by Andrew LeMay, »
- Gary Collinson
As Harvey Weinstein unveils his company's slate of 2015 movies at the Cannes Film Festival this week, will the best bet for the Oscars be "Lion"? Based on the true story of Saroo Brierley, a young boy is raised by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman, David Wenham) after being separated from his family in India. The adult version of the boy is played by Dev Patel. With just a small amount of footage at the festival, the praise is already starting for the cinematography and for Kidman, "in a more dowdy and older role" than normal. Other films with a sneak peek were "The Hateful Eight" (Quentin Tarantino), "Southpaw" (Jake Gyllenhaal), "Adam Jones" (Bradley Cooper), "Tulip Fever" (Christoph Waltz), "Carol" (Cate Blanchett), "Macbeth" (Michael Fassbender), and "Hands of Stone" (Edgar Ramirez). HitFix -Break- The final two guests in the talk show career of David Letterman will be familia...' »
Cannes — Harvey Weinstein appears to be in a good place. The Weinstein Company is, after all, coming off three-straight hits with "The Imitation Game," "Paddington" and "Woman in Gold." Thursday evening the industry titan held court for his annual Cannes preview, noting that he loved this year's slate while insisting that that's not always the case. The highlight of the evening was intended to be the first footage screened of Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight," but this pundit was much more impressed with Garth Davis' "Lion." Based on the true story of Saroo Brierley, "Lion" chronicles how, thanks to his inherent curiosity, a 5-year-old boy is separated from his family in India. Now, 25 years later, Saroo (Dev Patel) has grown up after being raised by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham) and begins a search for the biological family he believes is still waiting for him to come home. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Diego Luna has joined Felicity Jones in Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, the Star Wars spinoff to be directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards. Luna will play a co-lead alongside Jones as members of a group of solders who steal the plans for the Death Star. The news comes from Variety that also seems to confirm earlier word that Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler) and Ben Mendelsohn will also star with the latter serving as the film's primary villain. Big shocker there, Mendelsohn and Christoph Waltz ought to star in a documentary on how to get typecast as a villain. The film takes place between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope and it would stand to assume the mission to steal the plans is successful based on the events of the original Star Wars. Star Wars: Rogue One hits theaters on Dec. »
- Brad Brevet
Big Eyes is a curious spin for Tim Burton, but one that showcases many of the abilities that have earned him so many fans. Most of all, he knows how to get the most out of conversation, whether it’s a layered confrontation, or a subtle moment of manipulation.
Leave it to Burton to take a true story that no one knew they cared about, and deliver a complex, multi-faceted analysis of relationships, eras, society, and more. All of it, simply by way of one woman who was taken advantage of, and the man who became rich and famous by doing so.
— Catch our Big Eyes Podcast review here
Christoph Waltz is about as good as he’s ever been as Walter Keane, the man who first became famous for creating a pop art movement, and then became even more famous when it was learned that his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams »
- Marc Eastman
Spectre trailer embraces Bond movies past: Who's lurking in the shadows?
Daniel Craig will make his 007 comeback later this year with the release of Spectre, a continuation of the story started in Sam Mendes's Skyfall. Craig has re-energised the Bond franchise since his debut in 2006's Casino Royale, and all signs point towards Spectre being another worthy addition to the series.
Digital Spy runs down everything you need to know about Spectre ahead of its cinema debut on October 23.
A threat from James Bond's past will return
It's all in the title. Crime syndicate Spectre (Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion), headed up by Ernst Stavro Blofeld, regularly attempted world domination in Sean Connery's '60s outings, but they've been absent for decades due to an ongoing legal dispute with Thunderball co-creator Kevin McClory.
McClory passed away in 2006 and his Bond rights were eventually regained by Eon/MGM, »
Deadline reports that the film is based upon a New York Times Magazine article by Franklin Foer and ” tells the true story of Albrect Muth, an eccentric social climber who seduced and married a wealthy older widow, Viola Drath. The husband and wife threw lavish events attended by the most influential politicians from around the globe as Muth falsified his background and became a Washington, D.C. luminary. However, the house of cards he built comes crashing down when Drath was found murdered and Muth’s integrity, ethics and public persona were put on trial.”
- Gary Collinson
The initial reaction to press photos of Jared Leto and the cast of Suicide Squad have been largely negative, with people writing off the film entirely far before its release. We discuss why fanboys should tone down the negativity and why filmmakers and studios should consider scaling back the scale of teaser culture. Plus, our Wtf of the Week involves a cafe designed by Wes Anderson, and we talk the new films arriving from Christoph Waltz, Orson Welles, Nick Park, and Louis C.K. Subscribe on iTunes! And read all of these stories on the Sos Blog.
Christoph Waltz to star in his directorial debut Orson Welles heads to Indiegogo Wallace & Gromit director set to make stop-motion soccer film next Louis C.K. is set to write, direct, and star in new indie comedy Boba Fett movie planned as next Star Wars spinoff Jimi Hendrix biopic to be helmed by »
- Brian Welk
As covered by Jordan recently in his look at actors who jumped into the director's chair, more than a few performers have transitioned nicely from being told what to do to calling the shots themselves. However, most produce fairly middle-ground efforts -- like, according to Brad, Russell Crowe mostly recently with The Water Diviner -- or much worse. Where will Christoph Waltz stand in the line-upc It remains to be seen, but he's going to take a shot at it anyway as he stars and now makes his Hollywood directorial debut with the true-crime drama, Worst Marriage in Georgetown. This is not the first time Waltz has directed, as he previously helmed the TV movie Wenn man sich traut, which he also co-wrote, back in 2000. It is, however, his first time in the chair after his two Oscar wins and people appreciating his talents, beyond his native tongue, following 2008's »
- Will Ashton
Led by “The Sea of Trees’” Matthew McConaughey, “Carol’s” Cate Blanchett, Benicio Del Toro in “Sicario” and “Macbeth’s” Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, the 2015 Cannes Festival looks like one of the glitziest on recent record.
But completed Cannes movies are one thing. Cannes’ big biz drivers, script-stage projects pre-sold on the Croisette to international distributors, are another.
In what may be the biggest industrial irony of 2015 Cannes, while stars will pack out the Palais red carpet steps, and five jurors, Jake Gyllenhaal among them, are thesps, getting stars attached to projects in the first place is a far stiffer challenge that is bedeviling the big indie movie industry most probably more than ever.
“If the film hasn’t started production yet, and the cast is not yet fully complete, even if they may have the main lead, if distributors have the chance they will wait,” said Ivan Boeing, »
- John Hopewell
Christoph Waltz is prepping his directorial debut, The Worst Marriage in Georgetown, for which he will also produce and star. In the film, Waltz will play Albrecht Muth, a man who sought to enter the social elite and the privileged political circles by marrying the wealthy, 71-year-old Viola Drath when he was just 26. The couple threw lavish parties as he climbed the social ladder, but Muth increasingly lied about his background, and he was ultimately revealed when Drath turned up murdered many years later. Muth was convicted of first-degree murder and was sentenced to 50 years in prison just last year.
The Worst Marriage in Georgetown is actually based on a New York Times Magazine article of the same name by Franklin Foer (read it here). Variety reports that Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn (Proof) will be adapting the screenplay and that Erica Steinberg (Inglorious Basterds) and Nicolas Chartier will also be producing. »
- Brian Welk
We begin today's quick roundup of news of forthcoming films with Variety's Dave McNary, who reports that Jennifer Ehle will star alongside Cynthia Nixon in Terence Davies's Emily Dickinson biopic, A Quiet Passion. Also: Christoph Waltz will star and make his directorial debut on crime drama The Worst Marriage in Georgetown. Jon Hamm has signed on to star in Tony Gilroy’s political action thriller High Wire Act, with Brad Anderson directing. Blake Lively will join Jesse Eisenberg, Bruce Willis and Kristen Stewart in Woody Allen's next, as-yet-untitled film. Plus: Mia Hansen-Løve, Vincenzo Natali, Antoine Fuqua and Benoit Delépine and Gustave Kervern. » - David Hudson »
High Wire Act
"Mad Men" star Jon Hamm is set to star in the action thriller "High Wire Act" for Radar Pictures. Brad Anderson ("The Machinist," "Session 9") helms from a script by Tony Gilroy. Ted Field and Mike Weber will produce.
Hamm plays a former Us diplomat in 1980s Beirut who must save a colleague from the group that was possibly responsible for his own family's death. [Source: Screen]
The True Memoirs of an International Assassin
The story follows a mild-mannered accountant and fledgling author who is mistaken for a killer-for-hire when his fictional novel about an international assassin is published as a true story. Trying to escape sudden fame and celebrity, he heads to Belize but is immediately entangled in an assassination plot. »
- Garth Franklin
That Christoph Waltz intends to slip behind the camera and start directing films isn’t too much of a surprise – he’s already developing a romantic comedy called Up And Away. But it appears he’s closer to making The Worst Marriage In Georgetown, a new true crime drama. Waltz has a script in progress by Proof’s David Auburn that adapts a New York Times Magazine article written by Franklin Foer. It explores the story of Albrecht Muth, a strange, cunning social-climber who married an older widow called Viola Drath. Though seemingly a happy couple that threw big parties at their lavish home, there was a dark side, one that came out when Drath was found murdered and the revelations about Muth’s lies were pushed into the light of day. The actor will also star as Muth and has locked in funding from Voltage Pictures, which will sell »
Christoph Waltz seemed to come out of nowhere years ago when Quentin Tarantino cast him in the 2009 release Inglorious Basterds, though the actor had actually been working for many years prior to that. Since then, however, Waltz has won two Oscars (for Basterds, and for Django Unchained) and established himself as a major player […]
The post Christoph Waltz Will Direct and Star in ‘The Worst Marriage in Georgetown’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
President and COO Jonathan Deckter and president of international sales John Fremes will introduce The Worst Marriage In Georgetown, in which Waltz will play a fabulist who rises through Washington DC society.
Based on The New York Times Magazine article by Franklin Foer, Proof screenwriter David Auburn’s adapted script centres on social climber Albrect Muth, who married a wealthy older widow and rubbed shoulders with the Us social and political elite until his wife was found murdered.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Christoph Waltz will direct and star in The Worst Marriage in Georgetown, marking the Academy Award-winning actor's feature directorial debut. Per Variety, David Auburn's (Proof) script is based on a New York Times Magazine article by Franklin Foer about Albrect Muth (Waltz), "an eccentric social climber who seduced and married a wealthy older widow, Viola Drath." Muth falsified his background and became a prominent social figure in the upper echelons of Washington, D.C.. The couple hosted opulent parties and events in their home, which were attended by D.C.'s political elite. When Drath was found dead, Muth's lies were uncovered and he was put on trial for the murder of his wife. Production will begin on October 15, 2015 with Voltage Pictures on board to fully finance and produce the picture. In addition to directing and acting, Waltz will produce alongside Erica Steinberg (Inglorious Basterds) and Voltage’s Nicolas Chartier. »
- Haleigh Foutch
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