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Sources tell Variety that Stone has offered the part to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and that the actor has agreed to do it. Though negotiations have not yet begun, both sides want the deal to happen.
Snowden’s story is now familiar to most: the former U.S. intelligence analyst released more classified documents than anyone since Daniel Ellsberg’s leaking of the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War. He has been on the run ever since.
Stone acquired the rights to the book “Time of the Octopus” by Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, which is considered the closest thing to a documented account of the events since Snowden first released the documents.
If the deal is made, »
- Justin Kroll
Several unspoken-for films came into this year’s Toronto International Film Festival determined not only to find a distributor, but to set a 2014 release date. In the case of Still Alice, the touching drama of a woman’s descent into early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, that plan worked spectacularly well. It had a stirring world-premiere screening on Sept. 8 in a less-visible afternoon slot at Tiff and quickly sparked Oscar buzz for star Julianne Moore, a four-time nominee who has never won.
Sony Pictures Classics presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard quickly recognized the kind of role that has Oscar written all over it, and two days later the picture sold to Spc (which, despite having its largest slate of Oscar hopefuls ever, still had an »
- Pete Hammond
• 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
A few casting stories have surfaced this afternoon. Briefly: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star Toby Kebbell is in early talks to take on the villain role in the Ben-Hur remake. The lovely Andie MacDowell will bring some femininity to the sequel Magic Mike Xxl. Anthony Mackie is in talks to join Sandra Bullock in the excellent-sounding political drama Our Brand Is Crisis. Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting. Just after casting Boardwalk Empire alum Jack Huston in the titular lead role, Variety reports that MGM and Paramount have entered talks with Toby Kebbell to play the villainous Messala in the Ben-Hur remake. Kebbell wowed audiences this summer as Koba in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and most recently wrapped the antagonist role of Dr. Doom in The Fantastic Four. Timur Bekmambetov is onboard to direct Ben-Hur in anticipation of a February 26, 2016 release »
- Adam Chitwood
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” star Anthony Mackie is joining Sandra Bullock in political dramedy “Our Brand Is Crisis,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. Directed by David Gordon Green, the film is based on the 2005 documentary of the same name about a U.S. political strategy firm hired by a controversial South American politician in a presidential election. Peter Straughan wrote the script. Also read: Sandra Bullock in Talks to Star in George Clooney-Produced ‘Our Brand Is Crisis’ (Exclusive) George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing through their Smokehouse Pictures banner, while Bullock will also serve as an. »
- Linda Ge
Anthony Mackie, who soared as Sam "The Falcon" Wilson in one of this year's biggest films, has closed a deal to join Our Brand is Crisis, the political dramedy starring Sandra Bullock. David Gordon Green is directing the Warner Bros. film, which is based on the 2005 doc Our Brand Is Crisis. The story focuses on the use of U.S. political campaign strategies in South America. Halt and Catch Fire's Scoot McNairy recently joined the cast. Peter Straughan wrote the script, and George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing through their Smokehouse Pictures banner. Bullock will executive produce, and
- Rebecca Ford, Borys Kit
Although we may already know more than this official synopsis hints at, it’s nice to get a few words from the people behind the film. Avengers: Age Of Ultron is the sequel to the massive, huge, gigantic, incredible, Marvel mash-up that was The Avengers (or the lamely titled Avengers Assemble in the UK). The synopsis makes mention that it will be an act of Tony Stark that kicks off events which will see James Spader’s Ultron try and do what is best for humanity, probably by destroying us all.
Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Guess who's back to romantic comedies? Chris Evans. After years of playing Captain America, Evans is romancing Michelle Monaghan in the trailer for Playing It Cool. He plays a screenwriter who wants to be writing heavier stuff, but his agent (Anthony Mackie) just wants a good romantic comedy script. Enter a woman so perfect in every way - except she's taken. What's a guy to do? I guess we'll find out when the movie is released sometime . . . in the future. There's no Us release date. Let's just hope this isn't as forgettable as The Nanny Diaries or What's Your Number? Front Page Image Source: Voltage Pictures »
Those anxiously waiting to see The Punisher back on the big screen after the rights reverted to Marvel Studios and Disney may have already gotten their wish, though they just don't know it yet. According to the directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Frank Castle may have made a cameo appearance in their sequel, which just hit Blu-ray and DVD last week.
Brothers Joe Russo and Anthony Russo teased that the anti-hero is present (though not seen) in two important action sequences in Captain America: The Winter Soldier as the driver of a giant yellow Penske truck. The truck first shows up when Nick Fury is under fire. Fury is able to escape when the big yellow vehicle plows into his attackers. Later in the movie, the same yellow truck reemerges when Agent Sitwell is thrown into traffic, where he is hit by the moving rig at a very high speed. »
Captain America: The Winter Soldier Blu-Ray Review
The Captain America franchise is a somewhat strange creature among the other features included in the recent trend toward kicking out tons of comic book films. They are films born mostly out of the desire to get The Avengers off the ground, and create possibilities for crossovers. Unlike most other comic adaptations, especially going back a few years, this is a franchise fighting the uphill battle of its main character not having a host of fans to claim. Despite that stumbling block, the first film was one of the better action films to come along in a while.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier does a lot of things very well, and infuses new twists on developing the character, but it shrugs off much of what made the first film so interesting and entertaining in favor of spectacle, and the result is a film that isn’t terrible, »
- Marc Eastman
Chris Evans is a screenwriter who wants to write an action movie. But according to his agent, he's gonna have to write a rom-com first. What will this emotionally stunted bro do? That's the premise to Playing It Cool, a film directed by Justin Reardon, and one that seems to have sat on the shelf for a bit. But with the charming Evans as lead (and featuring Aubrey Plaza, Anthony Mackie, Topher Grace, Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, and Martin Starr), it's like we're getting another shot at What's Your Number? and we'll take it. »
- Lindsey Weber
Chris Evans doesn't just play Captain America in the Marvel movies. He also likes to star in quirky little romantic comedies. We've got a trailer for his upcoming flick Playing It Cool, and his Captain America: The Winter Soldier co-star Anthony Mackie is in it, too. The movie also features Michelle Monaghan, Aubrey Plaza, Topher Grace, Luke Wilson, Philip Baker Hall, Giovanni Ribisi, and Martin Starr.
This is the story of Me (Evans), a young man disillusioned by love, who meets a breathtaking young woman, Her (Monaghan), at a charity dinner by pretending to be a philanthropist. Only one problem: she’s engaged. Yet, he engages into a platonic relationship to be able to keep seeing her. Like a young Walter Mitty using the power of imagination and wild vignettes, He will stop at nothing to conquer Her heart.
Playing it Cool looks like an entertaining movie that I'd take »
- Joey Paur
While at a DVD and Blu-ray signing at Amoeba Music in Hollywood, California for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the Russo Brothers were on hand to answer questions from fans who all came in a variety of cosplay.
When asked by Coming Soon about cameos in the movie, the Russos talked about a particular truck that may be driven by a Marvel Universe vigilante who could be getting their own One-Shot down the line. According to the brothers, when Nick Fury is being attacked in the streets, a yellow Penske truck slams into his attackers and then later on in the movie, when Agent Sitwell is thrown into traffic, he is hit by the very same Penske truck. They then gave a very tongue in cheek response to indicate this person may be someone we recognise…
“The man who drives that truck is very highly trained,” joked Joe Russo. “He thinks on his own terms. »
- Luke Owen
Chris Evans is a rom-com writer who hates rom-coms in the first trailer for the upcoming rom-com Playing It Cool. Got all that? In the film, Evans plays a guy who hates commitment until he happens to meet Michelle Monaghan's character. Unfortunately, she's engaged to be married, although that doesn't stop the two of them from soon getting naked. Evans' character finally takes a stand to win her over with a very dramatic gesture at the beach, but it might not be enough. (Who can resist a romantic gesture at the beach?) Anthony Mackie, Aubrey Plaza, Topher Grace, Luke
- Ryan Gajewski
I’m just going to put this out there: romantic comedies are now really hard to write. I mean, as a creative endeavour, it’s a full-on cliché minefield. To correctly balance all the elements required – chemistry, tension, humour, romance – while avoiding the most well-worn cinematic devices, is monumentally difficult. A fool’s errand, some might say. And yet, still they appear, because still writers try to bring something new and fresh to the genre. Still we buy those tickets, and sit in the dark – hoping to be pleasantly surprised, but knowing we will probably be disappointed.
So, here we are again, with a new trailer for another daring attempt. The film is titled Playing It Cool in this preview, but was previously known as A Many Splintered Thing. Does it achieve the impossible dream? Is this film that most elusive of treasures – that mythic creature that continually slips our collective grasp? »
- Sarah Myles
Today we have the trailer for the upcoming romantic comedy "Playing It Cool," starring Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Wilson, Topher Grace, Anthony Mackie, Aubrey Plaza, and Phillip Baker Hall. Check it out below. Plot: This is the story of Me (Evans), a young man disillusioned by love, who meets a breathtaking young woman, Her (Monaghan), at a charity dinner by pretending to be a philanthropist. Only one problem: she's engaged. Yet, he engages into a platonic relationship to be able to keep seeing her. He will stop at nothing to conquer Her heart. The new movie is directed by Justin Reardon. A release date has yet to be announced. Trailer: »
Captain America: The Winter Soldier stars Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie are back together again, playing vastly different roles in the first trailer for Playing It Cool, formerly known as A Many Splintered Thing.
Chris Evans plays a screenwriter who is trying to write a romantic comedy, only he is hindered by the fact that he doesn't believe in love himself. That all changes when he meets "Her" (Michelle Monaghan), a young woman he falls for before realizing that she's engaged. Using the power of his imagination, the writer tries to conquer "Her" heart. Anthony Mackie, Aubrey Plaza, Ashley Tisdale, Patrick Warburton, Giovanni Ribisi, Topher Grace, Ioan Gruffudd and Luke Wilson round out the ensemble cast in director Justin Reardon's romantic comedy, which doesn't have a release date in place at this time. You can also check out the first photos from Playing It Cool below.
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The film reunites Costner with his director from The Upside of Anger, Mike Binder. Together, they've created a film that is not just about race relations, but also about the bare bones concepts of what it is to be a family.
Costner plays Elliot, a widow raising his granddaughter after his daughter died in childbirth. In the midst of his grieving, the child's grandparent on her father's side, played by Octavia Spencer (The Help), enters Elliot's life, demanding that the young girl be returned to her drug addict father.
Here are five things we learned at the »
- Sasha James
Playing It Cool has released a first trailer.
The film centres around a screenwriter (Evans) whose agent wants to push him from doing action movies into rom-coms. Unfortunately, he is deeply suspicious of the concept of love.
He finally meets a wry and witty woman (Monaghan) who seems perfect for him, only to discover that she is engaged to her boyfriend (Ioan Gruffudd).
Playing It Cool is yet to announce a release date. »
Over the years there have been many romantic comedies that tried to subvert their own genre – from When Harry Met Sally to No Strings Attached. Despite pages upon pages of wry commentary and gentle mocking of romance tropes, however, even the most meta-humorous of these romcoms have a tendency to snap back into formula by the time they reach their closing chapter. Men and women can be just friends, and they can be just friends with benefits, but not as far as Hollywood is concerned.
The number of well-known romcoms where the guy doesn’t get the girl (or vice versa) can probably be counted on the fingers of one hand, and based on the trailer it doesn’t look like Playing it Cool (formerly titled A Many Splintered Thing), a new romcom starring Chris Evans ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
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