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Yesterday it was announced that there would be a Special Screening at the 52nd New York Film Festival. Last year, the fest didn’t have a “Secret Screening” like it had done the prior two years, so the announcement has immediately led to some speculation about what title will be playing. There’s a highly likely choice, along with some longer shots that I’ll be discussing momentarily, but I just wanted to quickly state for the record…no, there’s no chance that it’s Star Wars: Episode VII. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, we can move on. Previously, Nyff has debuted early looks at big Academy Award players that year in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, but this year they’ve done something different in scoring a 2015 release. Depending on how you interpret that, it’s either something literally »
- Joey Magidson
By Anjelica Oswald
Where feature filmmakers head into a project with a script and a plan, the path for documentarians is unpredictable. They follow real subjects and real issues often in real time — and sometimes for years at a time — and piece everything together as the footage comes along. Sometimes, things fall apart or the subject has to change, such as it with Alex Gibney’s The Armstrong Lie (2013). Though different skill sets go into the distinct film forms, some documentary filmmakers choose to transition to narrative features and vice versa, such as Spike Lee, whose next release will be a documentary titled Go Brasil Go!.
Rob Epstein and Jeff Friedman have made the jump from documentaries to feature films and have said that they intend on continuing to make both types of film. Epstein and Friedman won an Oscar for their first co-directed documentary, Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt »
- Anjelica Oswald
As the final acquisition deals roll in on Toronto’s 2014 film festival movies, a couple of overriding themes emerged that bode well for the appetite for indie fare and have sellers smacking their lips for Afm, Sundance, Berlin and beyond. In a fest where Harvey Weinstein left his checkbook home and didn’t make a single splashy deal, I have never seen so many new players make statement buys at a festival than happened in Toronto.
The other intriguing development came on the fest’s biggest deal, when Paramount Pictures swooped into the auction of the Chris Rock-directed comedy Top Five, and blew buyers out of the water by paying $12.5 million for worldwide rights. It was the second straight fest where Paramount did this, after the studio made a precedent-setting pre-buy Cannes deal for the Denis Villeneuve-directed Amy Adams sci-fi film Story Of Your Life. Some established indie »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Dennis Haybsert, one time President Palmer in 24, has joined a couple of high profile projects.
Firstly up, he's the latest addition to the cast of Seth MacFarlane's Ted 2. He joins returnees Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, and other new additions Morgan Freeman, Amanda Seyfried and Jessica Barth. His role in that one is said to be a small one.
Then, he'll also be in the cast for the adaptation of the videogame Dead Rising, that Crackle is behind. That one's being directed by Zach Lipvosky, and will get a digital release in the Us first, before getting a global rollout.
Haysbert's role in both productions is unclear. But if you're looking for a piece of his work to check out while we wait to find out more, he's excellent in the wonderful Far From Heaven. »
• Channing Tatum will star in the inspirational true story Struck by Genius for Sony. Based on the memoir of the same name released in April, it follows the real life story of Jason Padgett, who became a math genius after a traumatic brain injury outside a karaoke bar. Tatum will play Padgett and the film is expected to follow him dealing with such issues as Ptsd and the chronic pain that followed before finding some salvation in art. [THR]
- Jake Perlman
Within days of the film's premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, FilmNation has closed deals for Noah Baumbach's While We're Young in virtually every international territory. The dramedy stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a married couple whose lives are disrupted by the arrival of a younger couple, played by Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried. While We're Young also stars Charles Grodin, Adam Horovitz, Maria Dizzia and Ryan Serhant. “It is fantastic to see the distributor response match all the critical praise that Noah’s film has received,” said FilmNation CEO Glen Basner. During Toronto, While We're Young sold
- Pamela McClintock
Noah Baumbach’s newest film While We’re Young will be screened in theaters all around the world following a very well-received reception at Tiff.
While We’re Young stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a married couple who struggle with the idea that their big moments in life are behind them, and their lackluster life gets a boost when they become intertwined with a younger couple, played by Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried. Driver plays Jamie, a young, hipster documentarian, while Stiller’s Josh is a washed up documentary filmmaker, and the film plays on a conflict between the generations..
The film premiered in Toronto to rave reviews, and was quickly bought for Us distribution by A24. A24 reportedly paid around $4 million for the rights, giving While We’re Young one of the highest price tags at Tiff.
“We are enormous fans of Noah’s and were completely »
Like wild geese in reverse, movie lovers and the press corps head to the Great White North in early September— specifically, to the Toronto International Film Festival, which ended yesterday — for any number of reasons: to catch up with some of the best movies of the previous Sundance and Cannes as the flicks make one last fest-circuit stop; to see stars in their natural habitat, i.e. on a red carpet with microphone shoved in their faces; to stumble across something weird, wild or off-the-world-cinema grid that may not be coming soon, »
After his second directorial feature, A Million Ways To Die In The West, was met with disappointing reviews, Seth MacFarlane is poised to return to more financially sound pastures with his upcoming comedy sequel, Ted 2.
With Amanda Seyfried and Morgan Freeman joining the cast, production is beginning to ramp up ahead of the film’s 2015 release date. That aforementioned duo will join Mark Walhberg for the R-rated romp, who recently took to Twitter to upload an image of his character (John Bennett) sitting atop a Flash Gordon-styled motorcycle.
Ready to ride? Mark on the set of Ted 2 with a new #IndianScout pic.twitter.com/EjuKUxnIYh
— Mark Wahlberg (@mark_wahlberg) September 10, 2014
Does this mean that Flash Gordon himself — aka Sam Jones — will have another cameo role for Ted 2? At this stage, we can only hope. Nevertheless, we understand that the sequel will pick up shortly after the events of the first film, »
- Michael Briers
While Miss America hasn’t bred any headline-stealing celebrities recently, beauty pageants were once a place where future stars got their start. Oprah was Miss Black Tennessee; Halle Berry was Miss Ohio. Vanessa Williams made it all the way to the top, nabbing the Miss America title in 1984.
With Miss America’s 88th annual pageant airing Sunday on ABC at 9 p.m. Et, EW took a look at the most famous Oscar winners and television icons who once won crowns and sashes:
Leachman represented Chicago in 1946’s Miss America pageant and, though she didn’t win the ultimate crown, »
- Ariana Bacle
★★★★☆Malaise of various kinds has manifested itself in the work of American director Noah Baumbach. In 2012, the much adored Frances Ha saw the director chronicle the ailing dance career and resultant ennui of an arrested development twenty-something whilst gently ribbing consciously cool New Yorkers. His new picture, While We're Young (2014), explores both professional stagnation and sends up trendy hipster culture through a more traditional mid-life crisis narrative. Providing a further through line between the films is Adam Driver who stars alongside Amanda Seyfried, Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts in a film that talks about getting old and artistic integrity while keeping the laughs plentiful.
- CineVue UK
Mark Wahlberg's Twitter account posted a photo of the actor on the set of the upcoming "Ted" sequel, showing him on a Flash Gordon motorcycle. Check it out below. The plot has yet to be revealed, but we know that in the new movie, John Bennet (Wahlberg) is separated from Lori (Mila Kunis) and finds a new love-interest (Amanda Seyfried). Wahlberg said that Ted won't like that John has a new woman in his life, but has bigger things to deal with. "Ted 2" is once again directed by Seth MacFarlane and co-stars Morgan Freeman. It's set to hit theaters on June 26th, 2015. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
Wahlberg reprises his role as John Bennett in Seth MacFarlane's comedy sequel about the friendship between John and his childhood teddy bear (voiced by MacFarlane), which came to life because of a childhood wish.
The photo was posted on the actor's official Twitter page with the caption: "Ready to ride? Mark on the set of Ted 2 with a new #IndianScout."
Kunis starred in the first movie as John's longtime girlfriend.
Seyfried recently worked with MacFarlane on em>A Million Ways to Die in the West.
Confessions of an Aging Artist: Baumbach Humorously Reflects on Filmmaking Ethics and Middle Age
In some ways the complimentary antithesis to his last work of whimsy, Frances Ha, Noah Baumbach’s latest film, While We’re Young, clamps the cantankerous jaws of midlife crisis around hollow hipster nostalgia, inevitably asking where the importance of authenticity remains in our current media savvy culture and why we often seem to socially settle in and close up with age, ultimately losing touch with the contagious excitement of free flowing youthful creative energy. Likely the creative result of Baumbach’s relationship with his significantly younger significant other, Greta Gerwig, the notoriously bitter filmmaker seems to be grappling with his own gradual aging and inevitable disconnection from youth. Filmmaking may be a medium of immortality, but both he and his documentarian protagonist are beginning to realize that they are feeling their age, no longer relating »
- Jordan M. Smith
A couple of days ago we got some set photos from Ted 2 showing returning stars Mark Wahlberg and Sam Jones, and now the first official image from Seth MacFarlane’s comedy sequel has arrived online, featuring Wahlberg’s John Bennett sitting atop a Flash Gordon motorcycle…
Ted 2 is set for release on June 26th 2015, with Jessica Barth returning alongside MacFarlane, Wahlberg and Jones and Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables) and Morgan Freeman (Now You See Me) both joining the cast.
- Gary Collinson
Are you ready for more love to be bestowed upon the 1980 Flash Gordon in Ted 2? Returning star Mark Wahlberg has tweeted the first image of himself on set, seated on a custom red Indian Scout motorcycle that has been adorned with the semi-iconic 80s Flash Gordon logo.
Take a look:
Ready to ride? Mark on the set of Ted 2 with a new #IndianScoutpic.twitter.com/EjuKUxnIYh
— Mark Wahlberg (@mark_wahlberg) September 10, 2014
The original Ted was rife with Flash Gordon jokes and references, with Mark Wahlberg's John Bennett being a huge fan of the seminal sci-fi flop. The running gag culminates with a cameo appearance from that film's leading man Sam J. Jones making a rare big screen appearance. The actor is currently not listed as part of the cast for Ted 2, but looking at John's new ride, a surprise return is certainly not out of the question. »
While Seth MacFarlane’s second feature directorial effort, A Million Ways to Die in the West, was a bit of a bust at the box office, it’s likely that his third film will do just fine. The Family Guy creator is currently in production on the comedy sequel Ted 2, and considering the R-rated first film made over $500 million at the worldwide box office, it’s safe to assume that interest is high for the follow-up. We still don’t really know much about the pic other than the fact that Mila Kunis has a reduced role while Amanda Seyfried takes on leading lady duties, but a new Ted 2 image has arrived thanks to star Mark Wahlberg, who shared a sneak peek on his Twitter. The image doesn’t show Ted himself, but fans of the heavy Flash Gordon references from the first film will be pleased to »
- Adam Chitwood
Plot: A middle-aged documentarian (Ben Stiller) and his producer wife (Naomi Watts) make friends with a young couple (Adam Driver & Amanda Seyfried) although the generation gap proves to be harder to navigate than they assumed. Review: Now here's a movie that totally took me by surprise. Obviously I wouldn't ever walk into a Noah Baumbach movie expecting anything other than a good movie. His body of work speaks for itself. But, his serio-comic dramas are an acquired taste, with »
- Chris Bumbray
Seth MacFarlane has cast Morgan Freeman in Universal Pictures' Ted 2. He will join Mark Wahlberg and Amanda Seyfried in the production. According to Variety, Freeman will play an iconic civil rights lawyer who is brought into the story when Ted needs to resolve some legal issue. Freeman is such an incredible actor, and it seems like he has a sense of humor so he should have fun with this.
MacFarlane will be writing and directing and voicing the vulgar teddy bear. He was looking to get a high profile actor to join the project, and it looks like he found him. You can bet that there will also be a several cameos featuring pop culture icons and A-list actors. Knowing what MacFarlane has done in the past, these actors are sure to be taken out of their comfort zone.
The movie is currently shooting in Boston. »
- Joey Paur
Morgan Freeman has a very interesting body of work. He's narrated movies about penguins and Legos, co-starred with Batman and a dolphin, and next he'll star alongside a talking bear. The prestigious actor is set to join the cast of Ted 2, starring Mark Wahlberg.
Plot details are unknown, but Variety reports that Freeman would play an iconic civil rights lawyer who comes into the picture when Ted needs to resolve some legal issues.
Seth MacFarlane is again writing and directing the pic, and also voicing the brash teddy bear. Word was that MacFarlane was looking for a high-profile actor to join the cast and he found that in Freeman.
Ted 2 opens in theaters June 26, 2015.
Source: Variety »
- Laura Frances
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