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Exclusive: CAA has signed actor Taylor Kitsch. Here’s the guy who – after playing one of the great recent TV characters in fullback Tim Riggins on Friday Night Lights and then a small but showy role as Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine – seemed like he was going to be the next big leading man. That was before he suffered a hellacious summer when the two big movies he starred in, John Carter and Battleship, both flopped. But Kitsch has put himself back on the track with a good showing in the Oliver Stone-directed Savages and most recently playing the Medal of Honor-winning Long Island-bred Navy Seal Michael Murphy in the Peter Berg-directed Lone Survivor. Kitsch was last repped by Wme but has been agent-less this year until now. He continues to be managed by Untitled Entertainment, and he next stars in the ensemble of HBO’s adaptation »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Mnpp do dump or marry: two Hemsworths, one Ben
Dark Horizons Hugh Jackman planning to hang up the Wolverine claws soon. Yes! I 100% co-sign everything my friend Ja says about this one on his blog:
Honestly at seven films down I'm kind of ready for Jackman to do something else, too. As long as he keeps taking his clothes off, of course! But the bulging vein Wolverine look has gotten to be too much. »
- NATHANIEL R
Less than 24 hours after renewing "Looking," HBO continues its big gay roll: The network has set May 25th for the debut of one of the most anticipated (in my eyes, at least) films of 2014, "The Normal Heart." Based on Larry Kramer's groundbreaking 1985 play, the film is based on a screenplay by Kramer itself. It follows New York-based writer and gay activist Ned Weeks as he struggles to pull together an organization focused on raising awareness about AIDS, which at that point had yet to even find a name (before it was AIDS, it was called, seriously -- Grid, or Gay Related Immune Deficiency). Mark Ruffalo plays Weeks in the film, and he leads a pretty dreamy cast that impressively includes a lot of out gay men: Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, Julia Roberts, Alfred Molina, Joe Mantello, Jonathan Groff, Denis O’Hare, Stephen Spinella, Corey Stoll, Finn Wittrock and Bd Wong. »
- Peter Knegt
The star-packed project based on Larry Kramer’s Tony Award-winning play of the same name tells the story of the onset of the HIV-aids crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, “taking an unflinching look at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial.” The cast includes Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons and Julia Roberts. A trailer (not yet released »
- James Hibberd
The Normal Heart will premiere on Sunday, May 25 at 9 Pm on HBO, the network said today. Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons and Julia Roberts star in the HBO Films presentation based on Tony-winning Larry Kramer’s play. Kramer also penned the adaptation and Ryan Murphy directs the story of the onset of the HIV-aids crisis in New York City in the early 1980s. Alfred Molina, Joe Mantello, Jonathan Groff, Denis O’Hare, Stephen Spinella, Corey Stoll, Finn Wittrock and Bd Wong also star. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
The HBO Films presentation The Normal Heart is scheduled to debut Sunday, May 25 at 9:00 p.m. (Et/Pt) on HBO. Starring Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons and Julia Roberts, the drama also stars Alfred Molina, Joe Mantello, Jonathan Groff, Denis O'Hare, Stephen Spinella, Corey Stoll, Finn Wittrock and Bd Wong. Directed by Ryan Murphy and written by Larry Kramer, adapting his groundbreaking Tony Award-winning play of the same name, The Normal Heart tells the story of the onset of the HIV-aids crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, taking an unflinching look at the nation's sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial. Roberts plays Dr. »
While The Lego Movie continues to play in the No. 1 spot — and sets a release date for its sequel (May 26, 2017, for the long-range planners among us) — the weekend’s new releases eked out expectedly mild Friday debuts.
The tiny building blocks enjoyed a $7.3 million Friday, bringing their domestic total to $159 million and worldwide earnings to $215 million. This weekend should net out in the mid-$30 million range.
Kevin Costner’s 3 Days to Kill — the McG-directed spy thriller about a CIA agent one job away from retirement — snagged the second-place spot, opening to an estimated $4.01 million. Relativity’s modestly budgeted action pic »
- Lindsey Bahr
The thing I find most surprising about Pompeii is that there aren’t two rival Pompeii movies. The Paul W.S. Anderson movie has the look and feel of Deep Impact/Armageddon and Volcano/Dante’s Peak (though, believe it or not, Roman Polanski was once attached to direct).
Alas, Pompeii has the field to itself, a big-budget 3-D disaster epic that lands smack in the box-office dead zone of February. It’s just crazy enough to work!
- Jeff Labrecque
Here is Variety’s annual look at the standouts in fields that don’t offer kudos–the animal trainer on “Inside Llewyn Davis,” the stunt coordinator on “Lone Survivor” and the video game designer on “Her.”
Animal Trainer Herded Scene-Stealing Cats
It’s not easy to steal the limelight from Oscar Isaac, but his feline friend in “Inside Llewyn Davis” manages to accomplish the unthinkable. Ulysses, the red Mackerel that helps Isaac navigate the Greenwich Village folk scene, is actually portrayed by three rescued tabbies. Tigger, the rover of the bunch, was carried around the city, while Jerry and Daryl divided the action work, jumping out of windows, running down fire escapes and breaking free in subway trains.
With only six weeks to prep — half the usual time — head animal trainer Dawn Barkan had to transform the trio from farm pets to city cats by desensitizing them to New York »
- Maane Khatchatourian, Andrea Seikaly and Francesca Bacardi
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man 3, Phase Three, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, Batman vs. Superman, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow and more...
Well, The Avengers: Age of Ultron has kicked off production this past week, with the crew heading to Johannesburg for a fortnight of filming in South Africa (with the city apparently doubling for Johannesburg, rather than Wakanda), so we should expect to see and hear plenty from the Joss Whedon-helmed sequel over the coming weeks and months, and to get us started new cast addition Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marelene, Godzilla) has spoken about her costume for the Scarlet Witch, reiterating that we'll be seeing something different than the »
- Gary Collinson
Making it to the Hollywood A-list is incredibly difficult. Staying there is even harder. While the likes of Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Sandra Bullock and Leonardo DiCaprio have remained enduringly popular stars for decades now, there are plenty of former A-listers that have seen their star wane alarmingly, with Mel Gibson and Nicolas Cage two of the more prominent names.
Jennifer Lawrence recently completed her meteoric rise to stardom in the space of a few years, but it isn’t always that easy. Being launched in at the deep end didn’t go so well for former ‘next big things’ Sam Worthington and Taylor Kitsch. Similarly, it took the well-respected likes of Samuel L Jackson, Gary Oldman and Christian Bale years of hard work and dedication to reach the top of the mountain.
Whether it be an actor that has grafted away for decades without a big break, »
- Scott Campbell
Last year Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie) expressed his interest in taking on the role of Gambit in a potential X-Men movie, with producer Lauren Shuler Donner subsequently stating that she's "dying" to make it happen. Of course, we've already seen the Cajun card-thrower on the screen before, with Taylor Kitsch portraying the character alongside Hugh Jackman's Logan in the forgettable X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Kitsch has now responded to the Tatum casting talk during a chat with the Chicago Tribune.
"I would under the right circumstances,” said Kitsch when asked if he'd be up for a return as Gambit. “But if [Tatum] does it, good on him. He’ll kill it. It’s such a cool character. Whoever plays him will be a lucky guy. It is what is it, I’m not going to be like ‘Oh my God, why don’t I get to play him? »
- Gary Collinson
Fans of Parks and Recreation will already know the name Chris Pratt. Outside of Nick Offerman's Ron Swanson, Pratt's loveable and slightly dense Andy Dwyer is one of the most beloved elements of the hit show. Whether he is shining shoes, singing for Mouse Rat or being his alter-ego Bert Macklin, Chris Pratt never fails to raise a laugh. His comedic timing is perfect, he can do slapstick when needed and he is charismatic and good-looking enough to command the screen even when he is just in the background. As a supporting actor he's great, but now is the time to show that he can also be the leading man. 2014 is going to be Chris Pratt's year.
Every year, without fail, a new emerging actor comes out of the woodwork to star in a big budget »
(Cbr) Taylor Kitsch originated the live-action adaptation of New Orleans mutant Remy “Gambit” LeBeau in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine", but another actor has his eye on continuing the part: Channing Tatum. While Kitsch says he would reprise the Gambit role “under the right circumstances,” he has no problem with the idea of Tatum taking over the character. “If he does it, good on him,” he told the Chicago Tribune. “He’ll kill it. It’s such cool character. Whoever plays him will be a lucky guy.” “I’m not going to be like ‘Oh my God, why don’t I get to play him?’ If it’s »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
Remember last year when through its Amazon overlords Lovefilm put several pilots online including the pretty good failed Zombieland pilot? Well, they are at it again with ten new pilots, none of which have committed to series yet but with which the lucky few will go to one of those full season exclusive type deals that Netflix do so well.
I don’t know about you but I kind of wish they would just commit to something right out the gate and take the risks, its paid off for Netflix so far and Amazon are attracting some major talent to their stable too.
The pilots include; Bosch a detective show based on a Michael Connelly book series and starring the great Titus Welliver, Kids shows Wishenproof, Hardboiled Eggheads, The JoB and Graff Show and Gortimer Gibbons Life on Normal Street. We also have comedy from The Rebels; a kind of »
- Chris Holt
For the last several years, Channing Tatum has been talking about wanting to play Gambit, the character that Taylor Kitsch ended up playing in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." Then last month, "X-Men" producer Lauren Schuler Donnner revealed that a Gambit movie may become reality and she would like to make the film with Tatum. In a new interview, Kitsch spoke about Tatum being considered for a solo Gambit movie and whether he would be willing to return if asked. "I would under the right circumstances," he replied. "But if [Tatum] does it, good on him. He'll kill it." Kitsch continued: "It's such a cool character. Whoever plays him will be a lucky guy. It is what is it, I'm not going to be like 'Oh my God, why don't I get to play him?' If it's meant to be, it's meant to be. And if not, I'll move on. If »
A while back, Magic Mike actor Channing Tatum threw his hat in the ring to take over the role of Gambit from Taylor Kitsch should the card-flinging mutant ever grace the screen again. Then more recently, X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner said that she'd love to get a Gambit movie up and running with Tatum in the title role. But what if the opportunity arose for Kitsch to play the character again? “I would under the right circumstances,” the actor told the Chicago Tribune while promoting Lone Survivor Foundation’s Concert for a Cause. “But if (Tatum) does it, good on him. He’ll kill it. It’s such a cool character. Whoever plays him will be a lucky guy. It is what is it, I’m not going to be like ‘Oh my God, why don’t I get to play him?’ If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. »
"I would under the right circumstances. But if (Tatum) does it, good on him. He'll kill it. It's such a cool character. Whoever plays him will be a lucky guy."
Would he protest if Tatum were to supplant him?
"It is what it is. I'm not going to be like 'Oh my God, why don't I get to play him?' If it's meant to be, it's meant to be. And if not, I'll move on. If they cast (Tatum), I wish him nothing but the best. I hope he »
- Garth Franklin
Metropolis Movie Music
One of the more surprising developments this winter has been the financial success of Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor, a half true-to-life action thriller about 2005′s failed Operation Red Wings. Against the Oscar fare that typically hits multiplexes this time of year, it’s grossed an estimated $108 million as of February 7. It’s also fueled debate over the authenticity of the film’s events as adapted from Patrick Robinson’s gussied-up memoir. In addition to multiplying the number of Taliban forces Petty Officer Marcus Luttrell and his team fought, Lone Survivor makes little effort to complicate U.S. involvement in the Middle East beyond black-and-white terms. While some of the blame falls squarely on Berg’s (and Robinson’s) shoulders, Lone Survivor’s score deserves some heat, too.
Enlisting the services of Texas post-rockers Explosions in the Sky »
- David Klein
"Lone Survivor" is a well-constructed 'gory war porn' that camouflages an error of judgment on moralistic grounds and glorifies American patriotism.
Based on a true story by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson, it is an eyewitness account of Operation Red Wings revealing the tale of the Us Navy Seals and Army Special Operations soldiers who lost their lives in the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan in 2005.
The film narration starts off in a non-linear fashion with the medical team attending the rescued lone survivor.
What follows, is the chronicle of. »
- Arun Pandit
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