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Olivia Wilde to Co-Star in HBO's Jagger-Scorsese-Winter-Mastras Rock 'n' Roll Drama
Olivia Wilde is returning to television. The House alum has booked a co-starring role on HBO's untitled rock 'n' roll drama pilot from executive producers Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, Terence Winter and George Mastras, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Set in 1970s New York, the pilot explores the drug- and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all told through the eyes of a record executive trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound.
Bobby Cannavale stars as Richie Finestra, the founder and president of a top-
- Lesley Goldberg
Paul Wesley Talks Before I Disappear, His First Experience as a Producer, Directing an Episode of The Vampire Diaries, and More SXSW
From writer/director Shawn Christensen, the indie drama Before I Disappear (playing at the SXSW Film Festival) tells the story of Richie (Christensen), a man at the lowest point of his life who gets a call from his estranged sister (Emmy Rossum), asking him to look after his eleven-year old niece (Fatima Ptacek) for a few hours. As the night progresses, Richie finds himself caught in a battle between his two bosses, Bill (Ron Perlman) and Gideon (Paul Wesley), and soon figures out that maybe there is something else to live for. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Paul Wesley, who also served as a first-time producer on the film, talked about how he came to sign on for this project, how gratified he feels about the positive response the film is already getting, how involved he was in stretching the story from a short film (which »
- Christina Radish
Fearnet Movie Review: 'Doc of the Dead' [SXSW 2014]
Anyone who sets out to make a documentary film about the history of zombie cinema is in a no-win situation: if you stick with the obvious stuff, then the hardcore horror fans will get bored, impatient, and very annoyed. But if you focus mainly on the oddest and most obscure information regarding cinematic zombiedom, then you're leaving out all the newbies -- or the geeks who only pretend to know White Zombie from Rob Zombie.
Fortunately the movie-obsessed documentarian Alex Philippe -- his film The People vs. George Lucas is recommended to any hardcore Star Wars nut -- knows how to cover a lot of bases in a short amount of time, and the result is a light and amusing film about some of the grossest movies you'll ever see. Without rattling off all the statistics, let's just say that Mr. Philippe and his team manage to touch on all »
- Scott Weinberg
Watch 6 Clips from Muppets Most Wanted Featuring Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey
- Dave Trumbore
Rooney Mara Cast as Tiger Lilly in Joe Wright's 'Pan'
Rooney Mara has joined the cast of Joe Wright's Pan, said to be a darker take on J.M. Barrie's beloved character Peter Pan, the boy who would never grow up. Mara will play Tiger Lilly, the princess of the Tribe of Native Americans living on the island of Neverland. Yes, you read that correctly, the Native American princess, which means Mara's casting is sure to throw up some red flags considering she now joins Hugh Jackman who will play Blackbeard and Garett Hedlund as Captain Hook in a film The Wrap says is expected to feature a "very international and multi-racial" cast. Well, off to a good start. Jason Fuchs (Ice Age: Continental Drift) wrote the screenplay and the film is already set for a July 17, 2015 release through Warner Bros. Seeing how my familiarity with Barrie's "Peter Pan" is largely through Disney's animated version and my faint recollections »
- Brad Brevet
Jason Sudeikis in talks for 'Fletch.' But who is Fletch in 2014?
Jason Sudeikis is in serious talks to play Irwin M. Fletcher (a.k.a. John Cocktolstoy, a.k.a. Dr. Rosenrosen, a.k.a. Arnold Babar) in Fletch Won, based on Gregory McDonald’s novels about a smooth-talking journalist. Chevy Chase starred in a hit 1985 comedy (as well as a less beloved 1989 sequel), but reviving the character has been a long and torturous ordeal. Now, Warner Bros., which acquired the rights to the character in 2011, has approved a script from the man who’s been guiding the project for more than 14 years: David List, a former literary agent, the late McDonald’s former manager, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Star Wars 7: Five Actors Up For Lead Jedi Apprentice Role
Variety has learned that Jj Abrams is looking at the following five actors for the lead role in Star Wars: Episode 7: Ed Speleers of Downton Abbey John Boyega of Attack the Block Jesse Plemons of Friday Night Lights and Breaking Bad Matthew James Thomas, theater actor who appeared in Billy Elliot and About A […]
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- Peter Sciretta
John Boyega, Ed Speleers & More Join Jesse Plemons On List Of Actors For 'Star Wars: Episode 7'
Here's what we know so far: "Girls" star Adam Driver will be playing the villain in "Star Wars: Episode 7," while Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are widely expected to return in one way or another. But any other details are on lock down for the moment, but a few more names have dripped out as possibilities for what Variety is calling "the right Jedi to challenge Driver and the evil empire." According to the trade John Boyega ("Attack The Block"), Ed Speelers (aka Jimmy Kent from "Downton Abbey"), some theater dudes Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher, and the already rumored "Breaking Bad" and "Friday Night Lights" star Jesse Plemons are in the mix to join the movie in an unspecified lead role. So what makes this round up of names different? Apparently, they "have moved to the top of the list in recent weeks" though the net is still wide open, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Kristen Wiig Tries Her Hand At Serious Drama In Hateship Loveship Trailer
Hateship Loveship is an incredible name for a movie. I barely care what they film.s about. I just want to embrace that title, imagining it on a poster somewhere. So much more of an eyecatcher than, say, Winter.s Tale, Grudge Match or Her (as terrific as that last movie actually ended up being). How is the trailer for Hateship Loveship, though? It just dropped, via IFC.s official YouTube page, so check it out above, and then we.ll discuss. Loveship adapts a Pulitzer Prize-winning short story by Alice Munro, the Canadian author behind "The Love of a Good Woman," "The View from Castle Rock" and "Dear Life," the latter published in 2012. This particular story casts Kristen Wiig in a departure role. In other words, the usually hilarious Bridesmaids and Saturday Night Live star will play it straight and serious opposite Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld and the legendary »
SXSW: The Good, the Bad, and Top Ten Films at the 2014 Fest
I left this year's SXSW film festival with three takeaways: 1) Sundance programmed some really great titles back in January, many of which South By incorporated into their Festival Favorites category, 2) the Documentary Competition lineup was strong, and 3) the Narrative Competition lineup was not. (SXSW wrap and awards winners here.)So, to begin with the good. I caught four of the documentaries in competition, and can report they were all solid. The best of the bunch was Grand Jury winner "The Great Invisible," directed skillfully by Margaret Brown, which looks at the catastrophic Deepwater Horizon oil spill and its unsettling aftermath. Though the 2010 disaster has faded from headlines and media attention, the sizable environmental and economic ramifications continue to affect those who live in the Gulf area; Brown focuses on locals, survivors and surviving family members of those on the oil rig, and oil businessmen, to create a clear-eyed portrait of how an avoidable tragedy plays. »
- Beth Hanna
Interview: Director Lenny Abrahamson on Michael Fassbender’s Giant Head, Faking SXSW in 'Frank' & More
Obscuring the terrifically expressive and sometimes terrifying (“12 Years a Slave”) face of actor Michael Fassbender may seem like sacrilege, but that’s just what director Lenny Abrahamson (“What Richard Did”) does in “Frank,” a film that premiered atSundance but is—appropriately, for reasons that will be explained—also playing this week at South By Southwest. Screenwriters Jon Ronson (“The Men Who Stare at Goats”) and Peter Straughan (“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”) have expanded on a memoir by Ronson to create a wholly unique, comi-tragic portrait of one band’s evolution. Fassbender stars as the titular Frank, an offbeat pop musician who wears (all the time) a giant plastic head with big blue eyes and a slightly open mouth. Frank leads an American band with an unpronounceable name (the Soronprfbs) who play radically creative but (deliberately) off-putting music (read our review here). While touring the U.K., the band—including Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal), Nana (real-life drummer. »
- Kristin McCracken
‘Star Wars Episode VII’: Actors Battle for Lead Role (Exclusive)
After meeting with several young actors this past year, sources tell Variety that “Downton Abbey” thesp Ed Speleers, “Attack the Block” star John Boyega, Jesse Plemons and theater actors Matthew James Thomas, and Ray Fisher are among the men J.J. Abrams is eyeing for the lead role. Though some insiders warn the search is still ongoing, multiple sources confirm to Variety these actors have moved to the top of the list in recent weeks.
Disney had no comment.
Exact details of the character are vague but the part is believed to be a Jedi apprentice. The original draft by Michael Arndt was said to focus »
- Justin Kroll
Joss Whedon directed a post-credits scene for 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'
Joss Whedon is currently hard at work on Avengers: Age of Ultron, the superteam super-sequel that promises to turn 2015 into the most superpowered summer since 2014. But one does not merely walk into Age of Ultron. In an interview with Collider, Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige confirms that Joss Whedon directed one of the post-credits sequences for next month’s Captain America sequel The Winter Soldier. It would appear that — like the Thor sequel and Avengers — the film has two post-credits scenes, a development which promises to leave our Post-Credits Pantheon in tatters.
Whedon previously directed the post-credits scene for Thor, »
- Darren Franich
Superhero Bits: Batman vs. Superman, Sinister Six, X-Men: Days of Future, Captain America, Spider-Man
Who directed the Captain America: The Winter Soldier credits scene? Will Scarlett Johansson‘s pregnancy delay Avengers: Age of Ultron? What do the producers of Sinister Six and Venom have to say about the projects? Is Jeremy Irons excited to be a part of Batman vs. Superman? Do Guardians of the Galaxy and Pulp Fiction have […]
- Germain Lussier
Richard Linklater to Be Feted at San Francisco International Film Festival
Richard Linklater is on a roll. Oscar-nominated earlier this year for the "Before Midnight" screenplay and currently traveling the festival circuit with his revered new film "Boyhood," the prolific writer/director will receive the prestigious Founder's Directing Award from the San Francisco International Film Festival, now in its 57th year. The award will be presented to Linklater on the festival's awards night, Thursday May 1, at The Regency Center. On May 2, Linklater will also be feted at San Francisco's iconic Castro Theatre with clips, an onstage interview and a screening of "Boyhood," which took 12 years to make and stars "Midnight" star/cowriter Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette. It won him the Silver Bear Best Director prize at Berlinale. (Here's our glowing review of the film.) The casually charming, no-frills Linklater is no stranger to Sfiff. In 2013, he screened "Before Midnight," alongside star/co-writer Julie Delpy, and played "Bernie" in Sf the year before. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Richard Linklater Nabs Sfiff’s Founder’s Directing Award
Filmmaker Richard Linklater will be the recipient of the 2014 Founder’s Directing Award at the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival.
The “Dazed and Confused” writer and director will be honored for his expansive body of work which includes the “Before Sunrise” trilogy and “Slacker.” Linklater will also be celebrating the upcoming release of “Boyhood,” his highly buzzed-about new film.
He will also be publicly honored at An Evening with Richard Linklater at the Castro Theatre on May 2 with an onstage interview and a selection of clips from his directing career, followed by a screening of “Boyhood.”
“Richard Linklater is one of our country’s great creative minds,” said San Francisco Film Society executive director Noah Cowan. “His curiosity about cinema’s endless possibilities and his landmark collaborations with many of the world’s most interesting actors mark him as a profound and important force in our medium. It is »
- Nikara Johns
Prehistoric Reptile Unearthed in China Resembles a Lovecraftian Horror
In southwestern China, a team of paleontologists recently discovered the well-preserved fossil remains of an entirely new species of giant reptile... which may also be one of the creepiest prehistoric specimens ever unearthed. Photo: L.Cheng et al./Naturwissenschaften According to National Geographic, the skeleton of the nine-foot-long aquatic creature – which the team dubbed Atopodentatus unicushas – dates back to the mid-Triassic period (between 200 and 300 million years ago). Its name translates as “disturbing teeth,” and for damn good reason: this thing's freakish face makes it look more like a cosmic behemoth from the works of H.P. Lovecraft than an earthbound reptile. Image © Nobu Tamura via Spinops That strange cleft you see in the creature's snout is actually a kind of vertical second mouth, which the team theorizes might have been used to filter small organisms from the ocean floor; that material would then get scooped into the horizontal “main” mouth below it. »
- Gregory Burkart
Sarasota Film Festival Announces 2014 Lineup
The 2014 Sarasota Film Festival lineup looks — as ever — to be a nice mix of Sundance, SXSW and international titles, with a few discoveries to be had as well. The 16th edition is set to open with Rory Kennedy’s Last Days and Vietnam, and close with Charlie McDowell’s The One I Love. John Slattery’s God’s Pocket and John Rossi’s Ivory Tower mark the Centerpiece films. Other Sundance standouts are Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter; Frank; Rich Hill; Wetlands; Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart and Blue Ruin, which has seemingly made every imaginable stop on the major festival circuit. Major auteurs – Tsai Ming-Liang, Corneliu Porumboiu, Pawel Pawlikowski — dot the lineup alongside […] »
- Sarah Salovaara
Helmer Jeunet Slams Hollywood’s Approach to 3D at London Creative Summit
French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet pulled no punches at the 2014 3D Creative Summit in London March 12 as he criticized Hollywood’s approach to 3D and bemoaned poor-quality exhibition.
“I think Hollywood is killing 3D,” Jeunet told the assembled international industry audience on day one of the two-day event, who were there to see footage from his first 3D film, “The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet,” above. The outspoken helmer elicited applause as he criticised the use of 3D for fast cut, action-focused summer blockbusters and also lambasted post-production conversion, leveling direct criticizm at Paramount’s “World War Z.”
His stereographer on “T.S. Spivet,” Demetri Portelli, who also handled Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo,” blamed a late decision to convert “World War Z” in post, not allowing the filmmakers to plan for 3D. “A problem is that often the director and cinematographer don’t know they are making a 3D movie. »
- Robert Mitchell
Project of the Day: 'Pink Moon'
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. "Pink Moon" Tweetable Logline: Two teens are forced to hide an unintended pregnancy in a society where heterosexuals are persecuted and abortion is forbidden. Elevator Pitch: "Pink Moon" is a companion piece/precursor to a feature-length screenplay, which was a finalist in the CineStory and Final Draft screenwriting competitions in 2013. The film imagines what reproductive rights would look like in a world where gays are the majority, and while the concept of a homonormative world has been explored in fiction for over 50 years, it's an allegory that's more relevant today than ever before. Production Team:Writer-director: Sal Bardo His films have screened at nearly 50 film festivals in 10 countries. In »
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