10 items from 2012
With Anthony Mackie already locked down for the key role of Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel is now looking to fill out some additional supporting roles in the upcoming sequel. In particular, they are in search of a female lead for the movie, most likely to play a new love interest for Steve Rogers. Deadline reports that directors Joe and Anthony Russo have narrowed their choices down to a shortlist of five young actresses, many of which primarily have TV experience on their resumes. However, this character may not be the only prominent female role in the film: word on the street is that Scarlett Johannson will also make an appearance as Black Widow. Hit the jump to see who's on the shortlist. Although it's not yet clear what role these actresses are vying for, many believe that it will be Sharon Carter, the niece of Peggy Carter »
With a career that dates back in the 1950s, Robert Altman started out making industrials and working in television before switching to features in 1970 with "Mash," a film that kicked off a decade where the director flirted with perfection, with classics like "McCabe & Mrs. Miller," "The Long Goodbye," and "Nashville." The 1980's wouldn't be as kind after Altman started the decade with the musical "Popeye," but he would eventually bounce back commercially with 1992's "The Player" and 1993's "Short Cuts" before receiving his fifth Academy Award nomination for directing with 2001's "Gosford Park." The director's career career ended with Altman's death in 2006, and documentarian Ron Mann ("Comic Book Confidential") is planning to examine his career in the upcoming Epix Original Documentary "Altman."
"Altman defined cinema for me — he had an extraordinarily rollicking career," Mann told Variety. The Canadian director is planning to start shooting the doc in the fall, but »
- Ryan Gowland
The Stephen Frears-directed “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” has had no shortage of casting updates since things got underway back in February, with future “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” star Benjamin Walker joining the fold as Kevin Kennedy, a Supreme Court clerk who supported Ali and even wrote briefs that would help to maintain the boxer's status as a conscientious objector of the war, all in this tale of Ali’s trial following his arrest for anti-Vietnam sentiments and behaviour when drafted to serve in the war.
Well now Deadline has the word on a new onslaught of impressive performers, with Danny Glover, Barry Levinson, Pablo Schreiber, Ed Begley Jr., Bob Balaban and Kathleen Chalfant jumping in the ring with the self-proclaimed world’s greatest. You’ll remember that Ali will be presented in archival footage of the case, with Glover playing the legendary Justice Thurgood Marshall, who was the »
- Benjamin Wright
Hawaii Five-0 fans wondering how leading man Alex O’Loughlin‘s impending hiatus will impact the series finally have their answer.
TV Guide Magazine has confirmed that O’Loughlin and his alter ago, Steve McGarrett, will only miss one full episode of the CBS cop drama — though, unfortunately, said installment happens to be Five-0‘s buzzy NCIS: La crossover event (airing April 30 and May 1).
A spokesperson for O’Loughlin announced earlier this month that the actor was seeking treatment for prescription pain medication, and would be taking leave from Hawaii Five-0 for an unspecified amount of time.
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- Megan Masters
The Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s Death Of A Salesman came out of the gate and broke the house record for the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. It needed only seven performances in that first week to post a $780,000 gross. The star cast certainly helps–Mike Nichols directing Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amazing-Spiderman star Andrew Garfield and Linda Emond–but it’s a becoming a word of mouth hit and is a hot ticket until its limited run ends June 2, that will most certainly sell out long before that. It shows what can happen when storied subject matter is handled skilfully with experienced directors and strong producers, which to me is the neat thing about the staggering weekend gross of The Hunger Games. Having read that book while Deadline was revealing the construction of that movie from the hiring of Gary Ross as director to the film’s casting, I was intrigued »
- MIKE FLEMING
Sacha Gervasi, who helmed the excellent Anvil! The Story of Anvil, is set to direct Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psychom which will focus on Hitchcock at the top of his game, setting out to make a horror film that no studio would touch. Of course, the end result is regarded as not just one of the finest films of its genre but one of the most significant films of all time, so it will be interesting to see how the story of its making will be portrayed on screen.
The film is scripted by John McLaughlin (Black Swan), based on the non-fiction book by Stephen Rebell, and already features a star-studded cast that includes Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock, Helen Mirren as Alma Reville, the filmmaker's wife, James D’Arcy »
Biel, who is engaged to Justin Timberlake, and Johannson, who was once romantically linked to the pop star after playing his love interest in the steamy What Goes Around... Comes Around video, will play Vera Mills and Janet Leigh respectively in Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho.
Looks like the already impressive Joseph Gordon-Levitt is looking to become even more so by adding a new line to his resume: Director. Gordon-Levitt announced today on his blog (well, Deadline helped) that the financing had come through for his directorial debut, a modern-day Don Juan comedy which he also wrote. Jgl will star along with Scarlett Johannson and another lead female who hasn't yet been cast. Ram Bergman Productions is teaming with Gordon-Levitt's hitRecord Films to produce, and shooting will begin this April. Moving behind the camera is becoming de rigeur for actors these days (from Mel Gibson and Robert Redford to Kevin Spacey, Julie Delpy and Jodie »
Did you know "This Means War" could have had two different endings? Turns out McG toyed with the idea at one point. In other film news, Warner Bros. opens a new theater in Washington DC, Bret McKenzie laments not being able to perform at the Oscars and five new "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" images hit the web.
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Should Reese Witherspoon choose Tom Hardy or Chris Pine at the end of "This Means War"? Turns out there was once a potential reality where she wouldn't have had to make that decision. Movieline reports that, during a press day for the flick, director McG admitted that he almost released two different endings with Witherspoon choosing a different guy. We'd opt for option three, where the two men end up with one another. In other "War" news, »
- Terri Schwartz
The new Film Quarterly is out and, of the four pieces online, the standout for me is Caetlin Benson-Allott's: "Since Marey's motion studies at the end of the 19th century, film has been a tool for providing visible evidence, a record of things seen. The development of digital imaging technology over the past twenty years has transformed that original empirical function. Advancements in CGI enable convincing depictions of things impossible to see in everyday life: dinosaurs, hobbits, viruses. It has become necessary to speak of 'hypervisibility' to describe the way movies can realistically render such previously hard-to-envision phenomena. Steven Soderbergh's Contagion tries to contest this prevailing logic by insisting on the limits of visibility."
10 items from 2012
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