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I'll say this much for him: Alec Baldwin is keeping pretty busy these days. Not only is the "30 Rock" actor in talks to join the Christopher McQuarrie-directed "Mission: Impossible 5" as the head of the CIA, he's also circling the previously-announced football concussion movie starring Will Smith, according to a report today over at Deadline. His prospective role in the latter film is unknown at this time. On the TV side, meanwhile, Baldwin is currently developing a show in which he'd play a Rob Ford-esque mayor of New York City (Ford of course being the infamous Toronto mayor whose erratic public behavior set off a media firestorm last year). Written by Wells Tower and executive-produced by Baldwin, the budding project is an NBC Productions property but will be developed as a one-hour cable series. Though his frequent public outbursts have tended to obscure his career endeavors as of late, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Film legend Warren Beatty has wrapped principal photography on his Howard Hughes project--the director's first feature in almost 20 years--after a 74-day shoot. The film's plot is being kept under wraps, but reportedly focuses on a late-life affair the aviation pioneer (Beatty) had with a much younger woman (Lily Collins). Beatty is 77, Collins 25. It's taken quite some time for Beatty's film to take off: just this February, Deadline reported that billionaires Ron Burkle and Steve Bing, Windsor Media’s Terry Semel, Arnon Milchan’s New Regency and James Packer’s and Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment had finally come together to finance the roughly $27 million production. Beatty wrote the film and will star as the older Hughes, joined by Alden Ehrenreich as Hughes's assistant. In addition, Martin Sheen, Annette Bening and Matthew Broderick will also star, along with Alec Baldwin as Robert Maheu, a confidante »
- Jacob Combs
Octavia Spencer (The Help) has joined the cast of Insurgent, the sequel to Divergent and second of four planned films based on the Veronica Roth novels. Spencer will play Johanna, the leader of the Amity faction as she joins Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet, all of which are returning for the film, which will be directed by Robert Schwentke and released March 20, 2015. Deadline Nash Edgerton, brother of Joel Edgerton, and director of numerous great shorts and the 2008 film The Square, is set to direct American Express for Annapurna with Charlize Theron set to star. Plot details have not been released. Alec Baldwin has joined Warren Beatty's untitled Howard Hughes project, which is currently filming. Baldwin will play the reclusive billionaire's lawyer, Bob Maheu. The film centers on the love story between Hughes' assistant (Alden Ehrenreich) and an actress played by Lily Collins. Beatty plays Hughes with Martin Sheen, »
- Brad Brevet
Alec Baldwin must have some kind of fascination with Howard Hughes. He starred in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator as Pan American World Airways founder Juan Trippe, and has now jumped on board Warren Beatty’s upcoming, as-yet-untitled Howard Hughes film as well.
While it would have been cool to see him reprise his role as Trippe, Baldwin will be playing a different character this time around. In this film, he’ll take the part of Hughes’ lawyer, Bob Maheu.
Beatty will be directing and starring as Hughes, along with a cast that includes Lily Collins, Alden Ehrenreich, Martin Sheen, Matthew Broderick and Annette Bening. Interestingly enough, the film actually won’t be a Hughes biopic. Instead, it tells the story of his assistant (played by Ehrenreich) and his assistant’s love interest (Collins), who’s an actress.
Though this has been a passion project of Beatty’s for twenty years now, »
- James Garcia
Untitled Howard Hughes Project
Alec Baldwin is set to join Warren Beatty's untitled Howard Hughes project, portraying his lawyer Bob Mayhew. Martin Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Annette Bening, Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins which deals with a love story between Hughes' young assistant (Ehrenreich) and a woman he is seeing (Collins). [Source: Deadline]
Iraq war veteran Chris Roessner penned the script is based on real events experienced by a platoon (led by Kebbell's character) sent to repair an aqueduct in the dangerous and remote village of Baqubah, »
- Garth Franklin
Baldwin will portray Bob Maheu, who was Hughes' lawyer, reports Deadline.
Back in February, Baldwin announced in his New York magazine essay that he was retiring from the public life after being portrayed as a "homophobic bigot" by the media.
The former 30 Rock actor made headlines when it was claimed he used an anti-gay slur against a journalist last year. His his MSNBC show was suspended for two weeks as a result. »
For the second time in his career, Alec Baldwin has signed on to a Howard Hughes biopic: The first was Martin Scorsese's 2004 The Aviator. This time around, it's Warren Beatty in the director’s chair (and producer's, and lead actor's), and, Variety reports, Baldwin will play Robert Maheu, a key confidant of the eccentric billionaire. Martin Sheen, Matthew Broderick, and Annette Bening have also joined previously reported cast members Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins in the still-untitled feature. »
- Delia Paunescu
- Amith Ostwal
Beatty is producing, directing and starring as Hughes in the untitled movie, funded by Ron Burkle, Steve Bing, Windsor Media’s Terry Semel, Arnon Milchan’s New Regency and James Packer and Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment.
Maheu, a former spy, said that he never saw Hughes and received all his instructions from notes and telephone. He was dismissed by Hughes in 1970 in a power struggle and later won a libel suit against Hughes that was overturned.
Baldwin is repped by CAA.
News was first reported by Deadline Hollywood. »
- Dave McNary
It's been 10 years since Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator," if you can believe it. The film was one of two dueling Howard Hughes biopics at the time (the other coming from Christopher Nolan), a passion project developed by star Leonardo DiCaprio for director Michael Mann. Mann ended up with biopic fatigue after "The Insider" and "Ali," so he settled into a producer position and DiCaprio convinced his then-newfound colleague Martin Scorsese to direct and the rest was history. But speaking of history, the Howard Hughes story has had its own in Hollywood. During a Santa Barbara Film Festival tribute in February, Scorsese remarked that he had always shied away from it, going on to note that a number of filmmakers had wanted to do it over the years. One of those, of course, was Warren Beatty, and Beatty's version has been slowly clicking into place over the last couple of years. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. "Running Wild" Tweetable Logline: The coming of age story of Liza and Eli: two childhood friends that should be soul mates, but are sexually incompatible. Elevator Pitch: Running Wild is a comedy/romance/western/road movie/coming of age story about Liza (Zoë Worth) and Eli (Alden Ehrenreich), childhood friends with a disastrously dependent, sexual-tension-laden relationship. Back for their first winter break home from college, Liza and Eli run away together, and embark on a road trip to no where --encountering blood, sex, and a bar mitzvah. Liza and Eli tear each other apart, desperately trying to connect, and just keep running and running and running. The movie stars Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro, »
Beatty will star as Howard Hughes, as well as produce the project. There is no word on who Sheen will portray.
Back in December, Sheen was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dubai International Film Festival. »
It’s been over 15 years since Warren Beatty last got behind the camera and after many rumors, he’s now in production on a Howard Hughes biopic. With Lily Collins portraying the woman with whom Hughes (Beatty) shared a relationship during his later years, Alden Ehrenreich as her more stable love interest, himself an assistant to the legendary film producer and aviator, as [...] »
- Jordan Raup
Here's a look at today's latest casting news: Uma Thurman in negotiations to join Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart in Nima Nourizadeh's American Ultra. Martin Sheen will join Warren Beatty's untitled Howard Hughes project, starring Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins. Renee Zellweger is in talks to star opposite Daniel Craig in Courtney Hunt's The Whole Truth. Thomas Kretschmann joins Zachary Quinto and Rupert Friend in Aleksander Bach's Hitman movie, Agent 47. Hit the jump for more on each film. First up from Heat Vision is word that Thurman is in negotiations for American Ultra, the action comedy scripted by Max Landis. The story centers on "an unmotivated stoner named Mike (Eisenberg) who lives with his girlfriend (Stewart) in a small, sleepy town. One night, their lives take an unexpected turn when Mike's past comes back to haunt him, and he becomes the target of a »
- Dave Trumbore
If the Internet can’t convince Eon Productions to cast Idris Elba as James Bond, perhaps his new role can land him a villain gig in Bond 24. Elba is set to voice Shere Khan in Disney and Jon Favreau's take on “The Jungle Book.” Favreau will use live-action and VFX to bring the story to the screen. Expect to see this sooner than later as Disney is neck and neck with Warner Bros. with their own version of Rudyard Kipling’s classic. [Deadline] Warren Beatty’s old friend Martin Sheen just joined the cast of his secretive Howard Hughes movie. Beatty is set to play Hughes, with the picture led by Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins, with Annette Bening and Matthew Broderick already signed up in supporting roles. Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment are co-funding the movie with a bunch of billionaires. [Deadline] Universal Pictures picked up a pitch inspired by »
- Joshua Encinias
Untitled Howard Hughes Project
- Garth Franklin
Hughes was one of the most influential aviators in history and wealthiest people in the world. (Ani) »
- Ketali Mehta
• Jude Law (The Grand Budapest Hotel) is in talks to join Melissa McCarthy (The Heat) and Rose Byrne (Insidious: Chapter 2) in the upcoming spy comedy Susan Cooper. Jason Statham (The Transporter) has also been confirmed to co-star in the upcoming film, which centers on the adventures of a James Bond-esque female spy. [The Wrap]
• Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) is in talks to join Disney’s live-action version of The Jungle Book. Currently, the actor is in the final stages of negotiations to lend his voice to the character of Shere Khan the tiger. Jon Favreau (Iron Man) is »
- Pamela Gocobachi
You may remember Martin Scorsese’s Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator from a decade ago (feeling old), but at the time there were many rumoured Hughes biopics making the rounds, one of which was to be a labour of love from Warren Beatty. In fact, Beatty has been working on his own biopic for the last two decades. Beatty has received funding towards the $26.7 million budget via two billionaires Ron Burkle and Steve Bing, with support from New Regency and RatPac Entertainment.
Beatty is set to star as Hughes while also directing, but the focus of the film will be on Hughes’ assistant and their lover, played by Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins respectively. Beatty hasn’t appeared in a film since 2001′s Town & COUNTRYand hasn’t directed since 1998′s Bulworth. But then again, Beatty’s never overloaded himself with work.
The upcoming biopic has already shot some footage, but »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The film will focus on Hughes' assistant, played by Alden Ehrenreich (Beautiful Creatures) and a young woman with whom he falls in love with, portrayed by Lily Collins (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) as a young woman with whom he falls in love. Beatty will play Hughes, with wife Annette Bening (American Beauty) and Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller's Day Off) also set to feature.
The project first looked to be moving ahead around three years back, with Felicty Jones (Like Crazy) set to star and the likes of Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man), Alec Baldwin (Blue Jasmine), Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Shia Labeouf (Nymphomaniac) and Jack Nicholson (The Departed) all linked to roles.
- Gary Collinson
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