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Today's movie news offered questions and head scratchers more than usual. So I’ll present you with the questions and maybe you can help me with the answers. Or just join in the bewilderment:
• Why would David Fincher want to direct the sequel to World War Z? Obviously Pitt is a favorite of his but a sequel, really? Is this related to the fact that HBO passed on the two series he was developing for the past couple of years?
• Do we care about the feud between The Rock and Vin Diesel? And doesn’t “candy ass” sound like a euphemism for something?
- Murtada Elfadl
While 2015 marked a breakout year for Oscar Isaac, this year has been a rather quiet one for the actor (as far as movie releases go), with the exception of his villainous appearance in X-Men: Apocalypse. But with a slate of big films, which now includes Steven Spielberg’s The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, in the works, 2017 and beyond are looking rather ambitious.
As Variety reports, Isaac has just been confirmed to join Mark Rylance in Spielberg’s forthcoming religious drama The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara. The story follows a young Jewish boy living in Bologna, Italy in 1858, who was taken from his family by force and later raised as a Christian. The struggle to free him becomes wrapped in a larger political struggle between national governments and the Papacy. Isaac, who’s role is not yet known, will star opposite Rylance, who’s set to play the role of Pope Pius IX. »
- William Fanelli
The story follows a young Jewish boy in Bologna, Italy in 1858 who, having been secretly baptized, is forcibly taken from his family to be raised as a Christian.
His parents struggle to free their son becomes part of a larger political battle that pits the Papacy against forces of democracy and Italian unification. Isaac's role in the film is unknown at this point.
Tony Kushner is adapting the script based on David Kertzer's novel, while Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger will produce. Mark Rylance is also onboard the film which will shoot in the first quarter of next year once Spielberg wraps filming on "Ready Player One".
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
From Giant Country to a pulsing Italian thriller, it’s understood Rylance will reteam with Steven Spielberg on the project, itself a big-screen rendition of David Kertzer’s eponymous novel. Pulling from his regular pool of talent, Spielberg’s adaptation will be penned by Tony Kushner, who worked with the illustrious director across both Lincoln and Munich.
When it comes to Oscar Isaac’s casting, Variety didn’t disclose which role the actor has landed, but it is refreshing that Isaac is pursuing intriguing projects – Edgardo Montara, not to mention Alex Garland’s Annihilation – as a tonic to the blockbuster fare of the Star Wars universe.
First published in ’97, The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Montara recounts the »
- Michael Briers
After working with the Coens, Steven Soderbergh, Ridley Scott, Nicolas Winding Refn, Alex Garland, J.J. Abrams. and Rian Johnson, Oscar Isaac is now adding the most accomplished name in blockbuster filmmaking to his resume: Steven Spielberg. He’s in talks to join the director’s next next feature The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, which already has Mark Rylance on board, Variety reports.
Adapted by Tony Kushner based on David Kertzer‘s book, it follows a secretly baptized Jewish boy in Italy who is kidnapped to be raised as a Christian, which ignites a larger political battle. Spielberg plans to shoot the film early next year after wrapping Ready Player One, which recently went into production. As we wait for more details, including Isaac’s exact role, check out Amazon‘s description of the book below, followed by a new video essay on the historical accuracy of Saving Private Ryan.
Bologna: nightfall, »
- Jordan Raup
Star Wars star Oscar Isaac is in negotiations to star opposite Mark Rylance in The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara for Amblin Entertainment. Steven Spielberg is putting together the true-life religious drama to tackle after he wraps the sci-fi thriller Ready Player One. Tony Kushner, who worked on Spielberg’s Lincoln and Munich, wrote the script adapting the David Kertzer novel, which has been in development with the filmmaker since 2008. The true story centers on a 6-year-old Jewish boy in Bologna, Italy, in 1858 who was seized by the police and removed from his parents' home. He
- Borys Kit
Isaac will star opposite Oscar-winner Mark Rylance, a Spielberg favorite recently (“Bridge of Spies,” “The Bfg”), in the religious drama. Spielberg would shoot “Edgardo” in the first quarter of 2017 after he finishes “Ready Player One.”
Tony Kushner is adapting the script based on David Kertzer’s novel.
“Edgardo Montara” tells the story of a young Jewish boy in Bologna, Italy in 1858 who, having been secretly baptized, is forcibly taken from his family to be raised as a Christian. His parents’ struggle to free their son becomes part of a larger political battle that pits the Papacy against forces of democracy and Italian unification.
- Justin Kroll
Reminder: You can watch the live stream of Broadway's She Loves Me tonight (one of the major Tony nominees this year) on "Broadway HD" for only $9.99 this evening at 8:00 Pm Est (though I'd get there before 7:50 Pm). The show stars Laura Benanti and Jane Krakowski, two national musical comedy treasures, and some talented men, too. It's the first time in history that a Broadway show has been livestreamed and since Broadway shows aint cheap $10 is practically free. If you check it out, let us know what you thought. Our review icymi.
Variety looks back at the waves made by The Devil Wears Prada 10 years back
Vox has a very sound theory as to why the blockbusters suck this year - the disappearance of second acts in the three act structure
Shout Factory Carrie (1976) is getting a spiffy new Blu-Ray for her 40th anniversary
Birth.Movies.Death on »
- NATHANIEL R
What with it being the best shark movie in ages and all, “The Shallows” has “Jaws” back on moviegoers’ minds. That includes the folks at Screen Junkies, whose latest Honest Trailer is dedicated to Steven Spielberg’s summertime classic. The innovative blockbuster is “one of the scariest monster movies of all time — with barely any monster in it,” intones the narrator. Watch below.
Among the main jokes: pointing toward the mayor (who refuses to shut down the obviously dangerous beach lest it ruin the seaside town’s 4th of July festivities) as the real monster, calling Richard Dreyfuss’ character the “original Instagram hipster” and blaming “Jaws” for the decades of unnecessary sequels that have followed in its wake.
Read More: Watch: Honest Trailer For ‘Zootopia’ Finds Thin Line Between Tolerance And Being a Furry
As for that other shark movie, »
- Michael Nordine
As 2016 hits the halfway point, the Oscar race is even fuzzier than usual. Two things are clear: The studios are back-loading their awards hopefuls yet again, with launches at fall festivals and/or the fourth quarter; and there are more diverse films in the mix, with at least 16 potential biggies from filmmakers who are women, Asians, Latino-Hispanics, black and seniors (i.e., over 65).
In the past few years, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Boyhood” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” had been widely screened and started industry buzz by late June. This year, there is a lot of industry enthusiasm for a few January-to-June titles such as “Zootopia,” “The Jungle Book” and “The Witch.” But best-pic contenders? Not so sure.
The festivals so far have offered possibilities like “Manchester by the Sea” and “Loving.” And some pundits anointed “The Birth of a Nation” as the Oscar front-runner last January (a mixed blessing for Fox Searchlight, »
- Tim Gray
Steven Spielberg is still very much in Giant Country, as his latest film “The Bfg” opens in theaters on July 1, but the director is hoping to land soon in New York’s Upper West Side, for a remake of the musical “West Side Story.”
Spielberg has “Lincoln” screenwriter Tony Kushner working on an adaptation of the modern day story of Romeo and Juliet set in New York City’s street gang scene, THR reports. If the movie gets made, Fox and MGM will produce it together.
Spielberg has apparently been interested in remaking the story for the big screen “for decades,” he told THR, and secured the rights 15 years after first pursuing them. It’s unclear if Spielberg will direct the project himself. IMDb Pro lists him as “rumored” to be attached as the director.
- Graham Winfrey
• Universal Studios Wicked, the movie has a release date. More on this tomorrow
• Playbill Tony Kushner writing an adaptation of West Side Story for a remake by Steven Spielberg! Since that's my favorite movie of all time I feel very weird about this. Strangely the article stays that Kushner is "currently adapting the screenplay of August Wilson's Pulitzer-winning drama Fences" which would be really bad news for the movie since it's already done filming ;)
• My New Plaid Pants ...reacts to the news with a shout out to Pt Barnum look-alike Jim Broadbent
• THR The British Independent Film Awards, which helped Ex Machina along last awards season, and are adding award categories this year will try a new system to coincide with what voters have seen and where there are conflicts of interest. »
- NATHANIEL R
"What is documentary?" Little White Lies puts the question to Joshua Oppenheimer, Jeanie Finlay, Marc Isaacs, Kim Longinotto, Lucy Walker, Elizabeth Wood and Robert Green. Also in today's roundup: David Bordwell on Paolo Gioli and Jonathan Rosenbaum on American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson and Confirmation. Plus, the Time 100 includes Christopher Nolan on Kip Thorne, Rita Moreno on Gina Rodriguez, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson on Aziz Ansari, Tony Kushner on Kathleen Kennedy, Dwayne Johnson on Priyanka Chopra, Steven Spielberg on Mark Rylance, Lena Dunham on Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Paul Haggis on Oscar Isaac, David Simon on Idris Elba, Guillermo del Toro on Alejandro González Iñárritu—and more. » - David Hudson »
"In 1987," begins the Guardian's Catherine Shoard, "Steven Spielberg offered Mark Rylance a part in his new movie, Empire of the Sun. The actor refused…. Nearly 30 years on, the pair are making up for lost time." Following last year's Bridge of Spies, The Bfg will premiere in Cannes. Then came word earlier this week of another collaboration, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara with a screenplay by Tony Kushner. And Now Variety's Dave McNary reports that Rylance is "in talks" to join Simon Pegg, Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn in Spielberg's Ready Player One. We're gathering news of more projects in the works, too, from Brian De Palma, Sam Mendes, Warren Beatty, David Lowery, Ramin Bahrani and more. » - David Hudson »
After two consecutive casting announcements from Amblin Entertainment, it’s official: Steven Spielberg and Mark Rylance are, like, totally BFFs! As if collaborating their way to a Best Supporting Actor Oscar and finally bringing the Roald Dahl classic The Bfg to the big screen weren’t enough, it looks like this dynamic duo – what are we calling them - Stark? Ryberg? Spylance? – are gonna shack up for two more big screen ventures. You won’t see us complaining. If Bridge of Spies was any indication, this fusing of sensibilities has the makings of a director-actor partnership for the ages.
While we’re on the subject of theatre and film titans merging, the plot thickens. As spilled on Twitter by Mark Harris, the entertainment industry’s atom-splitter emeritus, Lincoln’s dream team of Spielberg and Pulitzer Prize (and, in a just world, Oscar) winner Tony Kushner is triangulating with Rylance to »
- Daniel Crooke
Tony Kushner penned this adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winner David Kertzer's 1997 book which recounts the story of a young Jewish boy in Bologna, Italy in 1858. Having been secretly baptized, he is forcibly taken from his family to be raised as a Christian.
The struggle to free him becomes part of a larger political battle that pits the Papacy against forces of democracy and Italian unification. Mark Rylance, who has become a 'go to' actor for Spielberg with last year's "Bridge of Spies" and this year's "The Bfg," will star as Pope Pius IX here.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
The film will be an adaptation of the book of the same name by Pulitzer Prize winning author David Kertzer, with Tony Kushner (Lincoln) writing the screenplay for the film.
In addition to reuniting with writer Kushner, Spielberg is set for another reunion with Mark Rylance, who will play set to play Pope Pius IX in the film. The actor, who starred in Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies last year (for which he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor), is also portraying The Bfg in the Roald Dahl adaptation that is due in cinemas this summer.
The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara was published in 1997 and tells the story of “a young Jewish boy in Bologna, Italy in 1858 who, having been secretly baptized, »
- Scott J. Davis
Director Steven Spielberg is heading into an incredibly busy streak, and he’s taking fellow Academy Award winner Mark Rylance with him. Having cast the actor in 2015’s Bridge Of Spies, to great acclaim, Spielberg then found a spot for him in his forthcoming rendition of Roald Dahl’s The Bfg, and has now confirmed that this fledgling creative partnership will continue with The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara.
Based on the 1997 book by Pulitzer Prize winner David Kertzer, and adapted for the screen by Tony Kushner (Lincoln, Munich, Angels In America), The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara is set in Italy, in 1858, and tells a story of religious and social intrigue that would have ramifications far beyond the community in which it begins.
Here’s the full plot summary:
“Bologna: nightfall, June 1858. A knock sounds at the door of the Jewish merchant Momolo Mortara. Two officers of the Inquisition bust inside »
- Sarah Myles
It looks like Steven Spielberg is adding another project to direct to his slate. He’s currently finishing off The Bfg, and then will move on to Ready Player One and Indiana Jones 5. But he might have another film lined up too.
He’s been linked with directing an adaptation of the book The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara, by David Kertzer.
The book is set in 1858, and tells the story of a Jewish boy in Italy, who is secretly baptized, taken from his family, and raised Christian. His parents’ attempts to free their son then become the focus of the story.
Director Steven Spielberg has settled on his next directing project, a fact-based story that will shoot this January and reteam him with Oscar-winning “Bridge of Spies” star Mark Rylance. After wrapping the sci-fi movie “Ready Player One,” Spielberg will tackle “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara” for Amblin Entertainment. Tony Kushner adapted the fact-based story from a 1997 book by David Kertzer. Also Read: Simon Pegg Joins Tye Sheridan in Steven Spielberg's 'Ready Player One' The story follows a young Italian Jewish boy in the 19th century who is removed from his family to be raised as a Christian after a secret baptism. »
- Reid Nakamura
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