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Last we reported on Ben Affleck’s adaptation of Live By Night, it had slipped down the actor-director’s pecking order as he focused attention on donning the cape and cowl for Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. But with a November start date fast-approaching, Affleck is ready to assemble his cast and crew for the crime drama, itself an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s (Shutter Island) eponymous novel.
The latest star to enter talks to board the thriller is The Mindy Project and The Newsroom alum, Chris Messina, who could reunite with his Argo co-star should this deal pan out. Rather than a tense hostage situation, Live By Night would have Messina step into the role of Affleck’s literal partner in crime. Then again, Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller and Zoe Saldana are all still circling the gestating project, which has suffered setbacks due to Affleck »
- Michael Briers
Great dancer Chris Messina is in negotiations to star opposite Ben Affleck in Live by Night, a Prohibition-era crime drama written and directed by the future Batting Gentleman. Messina will play Affleck’s best friend Dion Bartolo, which you could totally see. (Can’t you imagine Messina and Affleck roughhousing – Messina under Affleck’s arm, getting noogied real good?) Based on Dennis Lehane’s novel The Given Day, Live by Night’s cast also includes Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller, and Zoe Saldana. All the actors have been considered for their parts for awhile now, but production was delayed while Affleck was being a movie star/superhero. Of course, Messina previously worked with Affleck on Argo, where he showed the director/actor he could pull off period-specific facial hair. »
- Jesse David Fox
After working together on “Argo,” Chris Messina is in negotiations to join Ben Affleck again in Warner Bros.’ Prohibition-era crime drama “Live By Night,” TheWrap has learned. Affleck has had his eye on Messina to play his best friend for two years, as TheWrap sent its first inquiry about the potential reunion back in July 2013. Production was delayed in the wake of “Gone Girl” and Affleck’s casting as Batman in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana and Elle Fanning will co-star in the film, which Affleck and his Pearl Street partner Jennifer Todd are producing with. »
- Jeff Sneider
Bryan Cranston is slowly but surely achieving pop culture domination. After God knows how many Emmys (four) for his performance in AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” plus a Tony Award for playing Lbj in “All the Way,” it now seems Cranston will be going, well, all the way in his bid for hardest working actor in the biz. “Trumbo,” directed by Jay Roach with a script by John McNamara, is based on the life of 1940s Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, whose career hit a roadblock when he was blacklisted for being a suspected Communist. His fight against the U.S. government and studio heads for freedom of speech implicated John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, and countless others. Joining Cranston in the title role is Diane Lane as his wife, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Louis C.K., Elle Fanning, Michael Stuhlbarg, and John Goodman. Helen Mirren gives what looks to be a juicy supporting performance as Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. »
Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller and Zoe Saldana are also in negotiations to star, with Affleck also toplining and producing along with Jennifer Todd through their Pearl Street banner, as well as Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran through their Appian Way banner.
Like Fanning, Miller and Saldana, Messina has been eyed to star for some time, but delays in production due to Affleck’s commitments to “Gone Girl” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” forced the studio to hold off on handing out other offers. Sources say that as cameras are expected to start rolling in November, more offers are expected to be handed out. »
- Justin Kroll
Elle Fanning as a boy? It seems inconceivable, but in her upcoming movie, “About Ray,” she’ll play a young teen girl who longs to become a transgender boy. It’s her most challenging role yet and one that has Oscar potential written all over it. She’ll co-star with Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon and Tate Donovan. She has four other movies in the works, Trumbo, The Neon Demon, Live by Night and All the Right Places. ...Read More
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Sony Pictures Classics will theatrically distribute “The Meddler,” a film starring Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne and J.K. Simmons, the studio announced Tuesday. The film will have its premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. “The Meddler” follows Marnie Minervini (Sarandon) who recently became a widow and moves from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be closer to her daughter (Byrne). With an iPhone and a full bank account in tow, she sets out to make new friends and possibly find someone new. Also Read: Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon Featured in 'About Ray' Trailer (Video) Other cast members include Cecily Strong (“Saturday. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Though last year’s two biggest stars, Robert Downey, Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch, are nowhere to be found on the official, confirmed list of stars attending this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, you can’t say that Toronto will be left wanting in terms of star power.
Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, and Kevin Bacon will be in town promoting their Boston-set crime flick, Black Mass, in co-star Cumberbatch’s absence. Also, though Iron Man won’t make it up north for the Festival, Marvel’s Kate Mara (Fantastic Four) and Sebastian Stan (Captain America) will be backing up Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, and Chiwetel Ejiofor on the red carpet for this year’s undisputed big ticket, The Martian. Jake Gyllenhaal will also be on-hand in support of Tiff's opening film, Demolition.
There is also a large contingent of Hollywood legends also heading to Toronto this year, including Michael Caine, »
- Sasha James
Just as there seems to be a greater societal acceptance of non-heterosexuality after Caitlyn Jenner’s came out as a trans woman and the Supreme Court decided to legalize gay marriage, Hollywood is having watershed Lgbt moment from the looks of several potential Oscar contenders this year. Consider that two highly different transgender movies and a fictionalized account of a landmark event in the gay rights movement will take their bows at fall film festivals. In “About Ray” (Sept. 18), directed by British actress Gaby Dellal, Elle Fanning stars as a teen girl who wishes to transition into being a man, alongside Naomi Watts as her mom and Susan Sarandon as her lesbian grandmother . Eddie Redmayne, last seen winning a Best Actor Oscar for his portrait of Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” headlines another biopic in "The Danish Girl" (Nov. 27). His reunion with “Les Miserables” director Tom Hooper is »
- Susan Wloszczyna
Read More: The Indiewire 2015 Fall Preview: The 15 Films We've Already Seen (And You Won't Want to Miss) "About Ray" (September 18) Elle Fanning has long been on the cusp of a major breakout role, thanks to her steadily evolving oeuvre (that Fanning is the second sister to seamlessly translate from child star to adult actress shouldn't surprise, it seems to be their M.O.) and a filmography marked by director-driven offerings. In Gaby Dellal's Tiff premiere, the younger Fanning plays Ray, a teenager in the midst of transitioning to better suit his gender identity. Although his close-knit family -- including Naomi Watts and Susan Sarandon -- approach the situation with love and respect, things get complicated when Ray's estranged father (Tate Donovan) becomes involved (and recent comments from the film's director have reflected an uncomfortable disconnect between the material and her take on it). The film's first trailer struck an »
After the initial slate for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival was announced last month there were many observers, including this pundit, who wondered of the annual September event had once again lost the battle of premieres to its Fall festival cousins. While debuting Ridley Scott's "The Martian," Jean Marc Valle's "Demolition" and Michael Moore's "Where Do We Invade Next" is nothing to sneeze at the fact some of the most anticipated films of the year are heading to Venice and Telluride first has to be a bit disheartening. Especially when it's your 40th anniversary. Never fear fans of the Great White North, Toronto always seems to land some eyebrow raising last minute additions and this year is no different. Today Tiff announced that David Gordon Green's "Our Brand Is Crisis" with Sandra Bullock, Marc Abraham's "I Saw The Light" with Tom Hiddleston, Catherine Hardwicke's "Miss You Already »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Toronto International Film Festival has added 5 Galas and 19 Special Presentations to its huge and highly anticipated international lineup including the Closing Night Film, Paco Cabezas’s Mr. Right.
In July, it was announced that Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition will open the 2015 Festival. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper and Judah Lewis, Demolition will have its world premiere on September 10 at Roy Thomson Hall.
Toronto audiences will be among the first to screen films by directors Ridley Scott, Deepa Mehta, Lenny Abrahamson, Brian Helgeland, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, Jason Bateman, Cary Fukunaga, Catherine Corsini, Stephen Frears, Tom Hooper, Hany Abu-Assad, Meghna Gulzar, Terence Davies, Jonás Cuarón, Julie Delpy, Rebecca Miller, Rob Reiner, Catherine Hardwicke, Pan Nalin, Lorene Scafaria, David Gordon Green, Matthew Cullen, Gaby Dellal, James Vanderbilt and Marc Abraham.
- Michelle McCue
David Gordon Green’s “Our Brand Is Crisis,” starring Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton; James Vanderbilt’s CBS scandal film “Truth,” starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford; and “Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke’s “Miss You Already,” starring Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette, will world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, it was announced Tuesday.
In all, Toronto added almost 100 films (including more than 40 world premieres) across its Gala, Special Presentations, City to City, Contemporary World Cinema and Wavelengths programs. It also added 38 international short films to Short Cuts.
Special Presentations added 19 titles, »
- Jennie Punter
Trumbo Trailer. Jay Roach‘s Trumbo (2015) movie trailer stars Bryan Cranston, Elle Fanning, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Alan Tudyk, John Goodman, and Louis C.K. Trumbo‘s plot synopsis: “The successful career of Hollywood screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo, comes to an end when he is blacklisted in the 1940s for being a Communist.” This looks like a hell of a good time! The cast […] »
- Marco Margaritoff
From Breaking Bad to breaking open the blacklisting of Hollywood screenwriters in the 1940s! Bryan Cranston plays Dalton Trumbo, one of the famous writers whose career met a standstill when he was shunned by the filmmaking community for being a Communist. The first trailer for the movie, also starring Diane Lane, Louis C.K., Elle Fanning, Helen Mirren, and John Goodman, showcases Cranston like we've never seen him before. It's refreshing to see him sinking his teeth into a great role, and the Nov. 6 release date puts this movie in a good spot for potential award season recognition. Check out the trailer, and stay tuned! »
Today we have the trailer for "Trumbo," in which Bryan Cranston plays "Spartacus" and "Roman Holiday" screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. He co-stars with Helen Mirren, Diane Lane, Louis Ck, Elle Fanning, Michael Stuhlbarg, and John Goodman. Check it out below. Plot: The successful career of 1940s screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Cranston) comes to a crushing end when he and other Hollywood figures are blacklisted for their political beliefs. The film tells the story of his fight against the Us government and studio bosses in a war over words and freedom, which entangled everyone in Hollywood from Hedda Hopper (Mirren) and John Wayne to Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger. The new movie is directed by Jay Roach (Meet the Parents) and is set to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next month. It will then hit select theaters on November 6th. Trailer: »
After securing its place among the crowded attendees of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, we now have the maiden trailer for Jay Roach’s (The Campaign) upcoming biopic Trumbo, which has Breaking Bad fan-favorite Bryan Cranston in the lead role as the shunned screenwriter.
Charting the overly successful career of the titular, 1940s scribe, our first look at the feature sees Cranston’s reign atop the Hollywood writer hierarchy come to a crushing end. With a palpable anti-Communist mentality engulfing the United States, Trumbo is effectively blacklisted from Tinsel Town, leaving his professional and personal life in a tattered heap. As Cranston’s lead engineers a way to rally against the system, his campaign draws in some of the A-listers of the time including everyone from Hedda Hopper to John Wayne, and Kirk Douglas to Otto Preminger.
Once the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood at the time, Trumbo »
- Michael Briers
The film follows the successful career of Hollywood screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo, comes to an end when he is blacklisted in the 1940s for being a Communist. Cranston plays the title role.
Trumbo was responsible for writing some of the greatest movies of the last century, including Spartacus, Papillon, Roman Holiday, and even the original screenplay for the Steven Spielberg movie Always.
Jay Roach directs the biopic, which arrives in North American cinemas on November 6th, and the UK on January 22nd, 2016.
- Paul Heath
We explored the story of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in this article here ('The Oscar Winner Who Couldn't Get His Award'), and his life is soon to be brought to the screen in a new biopic, headlined by Bryan Cranston.
Trumbo will covered the writer's infamous battle against the Hollywood black list, which saw he and many others branded as Communists in America in the 1950s, and denied as a consequence the right to work. Based on Bruce Alexander Cook's biography of the writer, the film is being directed by Jay Roach (Austin Powers), and has a cast that also includes Elle Fanning, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Louis C K, John Goodman and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.
Here’s your first look at the new Trumbo trailer – one of the most anticipated movies of 2015.
Trumbo (directed by Jay Roach) tells the story of his fight against the U.S. government and studio bosses in a war over words and freedom, which entangled everyone in Hollywood from Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) and John Wayne to Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger.
Part of the Hollywood Ten, Trumbo won two Academy Awards while blacklisted. With the support of Otto Preminger, Trumbo was credited for his screenplay for the 1960 film Exodus, adapted from the novel by Leon Uris. Shortly thereafter, Kirk Douglas »
- Michelle McCue
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