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• Denzel Washington, about to end a run on Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun, is in talks to star in a remake of the 1960 western The Magnificent Seven for MGM. Washington would once again work with Antoine Fuqua, who directed his Oscar-winning performance in Training Day and the upcoming film The Equalizer. Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt had previously been eyed for the project with drafts of the script written by Nic Pizzolatto (True Detective) and most recently John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side). [The Hollywood Reporter]
- Jake Perlman
Peer Pedersen is writing and directing.
The film follows the matriarch, played by Keener, of a dysfunctional family who’s pushed to her tipping point by the disappearance of her son.
Production will begin next week in Boston.
She is repped by UTA.
- Justin Kroll
It’s one thing to read early Academy Award predictions to see what folks like myself think will happen at the end of the year, but it’s another thing entirely to actually know which films will be in contention. To that end, once or twice a week for the next month or so I’ll be running down some of the major contenders in each Oscar category. Basically, the format will have me saying a few words about what/who I feel are the top tier contenders right now in said categories, along with a longer list afterwards of many of the other hopefuls. Consider this a sort of pre awards season cheat sheet. Today I’m beginning with the big one…Best Picture. Here are the ten films that I have right now cracking the Best Picture lineup: 1. Unbroken – To me, Angelina Jolie’s sophomore directorial outing is »
- Joey Magidson
ABC cancelled The Neighbors but the network has renewed their other Friday night sitcom, Last Man Standing. Tim Allen and company will return for a fourth season.
The Last Man Standing sitcom stars Allen as Mike Baxter, a manly man who's surrounded by family and friends who challenge his conservative ideas. He's joined in the cast by Amanda Fuller, Christoph Sanders, Flynn Morrison, Hector Elizondo, Kaitlyn Dever, Molly Ephraim, and Nancy Travis.
The series is down about 10% in the ratings year-to-year but has performed pretty consistently for the network. The 22 episodes averaged a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.11 million viewers.
What do you think? Do you enjoy this sitcom? Are you glad that it's been renewed or do you think it should have been cancelled instead?
Amazon.com Widgets »
The explosives have begun to go off in the “Year of the Crowes” FX’s Justified with just two episodes left. Art Mullen’s (Nick Searcy) been shot and his deputies need to step up while he lies on a hospital bed in critical condition. Raylan Given’s (Timothy Olyphant) struggle with the Crowe family reached the point of no return, as has the partnership between Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) and Wynn Duffy (Jere Burns). Oh and Ava (Joelle Carter) has just asserted herself as an alpha in the prison system and builds her own criminal rep. Five years in, Justified continues to help lead the pack of superb television and as always there are plenty of cogs in motion, and we’ve got Executive Producer/Showrunner Graham Yost on board to talk about this current and next year’s final season, how their writer’s room is unique, and »
- Ernie Estrella
Scrambling to finish my own Film Bitch Awards now, as Oscar night looms. Two new categories announced today: Best Supporting Actress completes the traditional Oscar parallel categories. It won't surprise you to see Oscar nominees Lupita Nyong'o and Sally Hawkins listed but otherwise I'm off-Oscar with three other acting triumphs I just couldn't shake. They deserve longer write-ups but the tradition requires these mini-capsules.
I've also added The Breakthrough Category because it's not right to let the year go by without naming the five newish actors I'm most excited to see again. The list begins with 17 year olds Kaitlyn Dever (Short Term 12) & Tye Sheridan (Mud) -- who'll soon be co-stars! -- and continues on through the oldest, The Great Gatsby's Elizabeth Debicki, 23, who is only 23 so it's a really young group this year. Debicki was so grabby a screen presence that she didn't get lost in Baz's gaudy »
- NATHANIEL R
Director: Lynn Shelton
Writer: Andrea Seigel
U.S. Distributor: A24
Her characters wear their emotions on their sleeves and normally, she is a wearer of many hats, but for this time out, mayoress of the Seattleites Lynn Shelton worked from a screenplay that is not her own and yet, according to the critical response at Sundance, we find much of the same charisma and tone in previous comedic items such as Touchy Feely , Your Sister’s Sistere and Humpday.
Gist: Written by Andrea Seigel, a young woman Megan (Keira Knightley) reacts to her boyfriend’s (Mark Webber) marriage proposal by pretending to go on a business retreat but she actually hangs out with a new 16-year old friend Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz »
- Eric Lavallee
With production starting last month on his follow-up to Labor Day, Jason Reitman is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down, and has already acquired the rights to a new novel, The Possibilities, attaching himself to direct.
THR reports that Indian Paintbrush and Reitman’s Right of Way Films have optioned The Possibilities, the next novel from Kaui Hart Hemmings, writer of The Descendants. The novel is set to hit stores on 13th May via Simon & Schuster.
Courtesy of Amazon, here’s the synopsis for the upcoming original novel.
A grieving mother struggles to overcome her son’s death, when a strange girl enters her life with a secret that changes them both forever.
Sarah St. John, a single mother, is reeling from grief: Three months ago, her twenty-one-year-old son, Cully, died in an avalanche near their home in the ski resort town of Breckenridge, Colorado.
As Sarah tries her »
- Kenji Lloyd
If you've yet to check out writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton's Short Term 12, what are you waiting for? The film hit shelves on Blu-ray/DVD on January 14th, rendering the "it's not playing anywhere near me" excuse invalid. I had the opportunity to watch it last weekend and I was blown away. Much has been made of Brie Larson's performance and for good reason: it's terrific. She's not alone in that regard, though. The turns by Kaitlyn Dever and Keith Stanfield are nothing short of excellent and, in particular, a scene between Stanfield and John Gallagher Jr. in which Stanfield's character, Marcus, bares his emotional scars via an original rap verse is equal parts heartbreaking and jaw-dropping. Watching Short Term 12 is an emotional roller coaster. You'll laugh, cry, feel anger, love, hope, and despair. You'll catch a glimpse of just how lonely a life can be and, »
- Jason Barr
Lynn Shelton's Laggies starring Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz and Sam Rockwell, has been picked up for N. American distribution by A24. The film scripted by Andrea Seigel follows a woman struggling to mature who lies to her fiancé about going on a retreat and instead, spends time hanging out with friends. Also in the cast are Kaitlyn Dever, Gretchen Mol, Ellie Kemper, Mark Webber and Tiya Sircar. Craig Chapman, Kevin Scott Frakes, Alix Madigan, Myles Nestel, Rosalie Swedlin and Raj Brinder Singh produce. »
A24 has just picked up domestic rights to Lynn Shelton's Laggies starring Keira Knightley, Chloe Moretz, and Sam Rockwell. The film, written by first time screenwriter Andrea Seigel, had its Sundance premiere on Friday. The film also co-stars Ellie Kemper, Mark Webber, Jeff Garlin, Gretchen Mol, and Kaitlyn Dever. A24 is planning a summer theatrical release for the film.
Laggies was produced by Anonymous Content and The Solution Entertainment Group, in association with Merced Media Partners, Palmstar Media Capital, and Penlife Media. Producers are Alix Madigan, Rosalie Swedlin, Steve Golin, Myles Nestel, Kevin Scott Frakes, and Raj Singh.
The deal was brokered by UTA Independent Film Group and CAA. The Solution is handling international rights on the film.
Laggies is a coming of age story about a 28 year-old woman stuck in permanent adolescence. Unable to find her career calling, still hanging out with the same friends, and living with her high school boyfriend, »
Her name virtually synonymous with a particular breed of shaggily perceptive, semi-improvised relationship comedy, Lynn Shelton takes a step closer to the mainstream with “Laggies,” her sixth feature film and the first one she didn’t write herself (it was scripted by promising newcomer Andrea Seigel). Starring a delightfully loose-limbed Keira Knightley as an aimless young woman who retreats from her close circle of friends to figure out what she wants to do with herself, this perky comedy of regression follows a familiar late-coming-of-age trajectory, and Shelton’s admirers may well feel she’s sacrificed authenticity and spontaneity for a bright, plasticized commercial sheen. Yet it remains a consistently amusing and appealing romp, bolstered by warm supporting turns from Chloe Grace Moretz and Sam Rockwell that should help steer it toward an appreciative off-Hollywood audience.
Ten years after graduating from high school, Washington suburbanite Megan (Knightley) has no career and no motivation, »
- Justin Chang
Ahead of the Laggies' debut at the Sundance Film Festival later tonight, the first photo has been released, featuring star Keira Knightley. This indie drama from writer-director Lynn Shelton centers on Megan (Keira Knightley), who panics when her boyfriend (Mark Webber) suddenly proposes. She retreats to the home of her new 16-year-old friend Annika (Chloe Moretz) and her single dad (Sam Rockwell) while trying to figure out what to do with her life. Take a look at this new photo, and we'll keep you posted if this film is acquired for distribution in Park City this weekend.
Having spent her twenties comfortably inert, 28 year old Megan (Keira Knightley) reaches a crisis when she finds herself squarely in adulthood with no career prospects, no particular motivation to pursue any and no one to relate to, including her high school boyfriend (Mark Webber). When he proposes, Megan panics and given an »
Justified Season 5 Episode 2: The Kids Aren’t All Right
Every new season of Justified is like getting a block of sandstone you chip away at, knowing you’ll unearth a treasure, a precious fossil or gem perhaps. But it requires patience to get that treasure out and hours of work. The season premieres are usually front-loaded with information; they are usually followed by some stand alone episodes containing more of that stone being chipped away – a little here, and a little there. Episode 502 continues that annual trend as our attention is diverted slightly from what transpired in “A Murder of Crowes” to follow up on one of our favorite recurring characters: Loretta McCready (played by Kaitlyn Dever, who never fails to impress).
You might remember her as the young girl Mags Bennett took in during season two, after her sons killed Loretta’s father. We also got to see »
- Ernie Estrella
Justified, Season 5, Episode 2: “The Kids Aren’t All Right”
Written by Dave Andron
Directed by Bill Johnson
Airs Tuesdays at 10pm Et on FX -
In case you missed the news, FX’s John Landgraf announced that Justified will end next year with its sixth season. This lines up with what Graham Yost and Timothy Olyphant have been saying for years about the series having a natural endpoint that wasn’t too far into the future, but today that became official. Assuming it gets a standard episode order for 2015, Justified has 24 episodes remaining after this one, “The Kids Aren’t All Right.”
While Landgraf admitted that he’d be perfectly happy to keep the show around in perpetuity, he deferred to the wishes of the creatives, and it’s hard to fault them. After all, Justified, for its astounding guest casting and ever-expanding geographical span, is ultimately about Raylan »
- Simon Howell
Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched this week’s episode of Justified, ”The Kids Aren’t All Right” (written by Dave Andron and directed by Bill Johnson), stop reading now. As he’ll do throughout the season, executive producer Graham Yost takes us inside the writers room.
Entertainment Weekly: Let’s start with the Harris brothers — The Wire’s Wood Harris and Awake’s Steve Harris — guesting as members of Hot Rod’s crew, who wind up tangling with Loretta (Kaitlyn Dever) and her boyfriend after they stiff Hot Rod (Mickey Jones) on a weed deal. Loved them, but »
- Mandi Bierly
“Short Term 12” is a special film. If through some true miracle, Brie Larson’s name is announced on Oscar nominations morning, that sound you hear is me screaming in childish glee. She certainly deserves it for this daring, honest piece of work, one that dares to suggest that there are numerous ways to stop the emotional bleeding. It could be rap, it could be art, it could be taking a bat to a car, or it could be love. Destin Cretton won the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Filmmaker and it was one of this year’s winners of which I was most proud we were recognizing. This is a special movie.
The Blu-ray is nicely loaded with special features, most interestingly including the 21-minute short that was originally expanded into the full-length. The cast is different (except for the Great Keith Stanfield) and the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The dirty devils of Harlan County’s underworld hollers are always going to jail, and that’s not always a good thing for lawman Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) and Justified. Over the course of its four seasons, the FX drama has routinely sent its winning corps of low-life losers to the clink, including its most magnetic menace, Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins), as well as weedy gimp Dickie Bennett (Jeremy Davies) and Raylan’s bad daddy Arlo (Raymond Barry), who met his final fate there. Every time the show sends its troublemakers to the big house, I start counting the minutes »
- Jeff Jensen
Things got crazy at SXSW 2013. So crazy in fact, that it was impossible to cover everything and I opted to skip out on a little something called “Short Term 12.” Nine months later, I had seen the film a half dozen times and named it my second favorite movie of the year. But even though I missed out on a few months of celebrating the film’s prowess, now I can watch it as many times as I’d like because “Short Term 12” is due out on DVD, Blu-ray and digital platforms on Tuesday, January 14th. The film stars Brie Larson as Grace, a young woman working as a supervisor [ Read More ]
- Perri Nemiroff
Based on the beloved book by Timm Sharp, The Spectacular Now is the story of Sutter Keely (Miles Teller) - high school senior, effortless charmer, and self-proclaiemd "life of the party" - and of how he unexpectedly falls in love with the "nice girl" Aimee Fineky (Shailene Woodley). While Aimee dreams of the future, Sutter lives in the now. And yet somehow, they're drawn together. What starts as an unlikely romance becomes a sharp-eyed, straight-up snapshot of the heady confusion and haunting passion of youth - one that doesn't look for tidy truths. As the movie makes its debut on Blu-ray January 14, we have an exclusive clip from this critical favorite, which features co-star Brie Larson arguing with Miles Teller's Sutter about his new found infatuation Amy. Check out this endearing moment, and then be sure to pick up the movie next week to add to your best of 2013 collection. »
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