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Since introducing buyers to John McNamara’s buzzed-about script, eOne International has sold the film to a slew of territories including France and French-speaking territories (TF1), Switzerland (Ascot Elite), Scandinavia (Scanbox), South Africa/Pan Africa (Times Media Group), Middle East (Selim Ramia & Co), Vietnam »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
John Goodman has been pretty busy in the past couple of years, and he's showed no signs of slowing. In addition to being one of the voices bringing Autobots to life in Transformers: Age Of Extinction, he's signed on for the Bad Robot science fiction thriller Valencia, as well as a remake of the classic Kenny Rodgers movie The Gambler. What more could a prestigious actor of his degree want on their upcoming production slate? Answer: a movie that has "award nominee" written all over it, with Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren already signed on to keep them company. The Wrap announced that Goodman is talking to director Jay Roach to join his upcoming biopic, Trumbo, which tells the story of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. The scribe behind such films as Spartacus and Papillon, Trumbo was demonized for being at one point Communist, as well as his refusal to testify »
Cranston will play the titular character, who made a career as a screenwriter before he was blacklisted from Hollywood in 1947 after refusing to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. After using a pseudonym, Trumbo was eventually able to claim his works, including 1960s Spartacus and Exodus, using his real name.
- Ariana Bacle
Austin Powers director Jay Roach is turning his lens on a more serious subject for latest picture Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston. Cranston plays the title role of Dalton Trumbo, the screenwriter of Spartacus amongst others, who ended up on the infamous blacklist thanks to the House Un-American Activities Committee in the late Forties. One of numerous individuals who refused to testify and hence got tarred by the Commie brush, Trumbo worked under pseudonyms, partly helped by producer Frank King. Roach wants John Goodman in the part of King and if the bear-like actor accepts he and Cranston will be back in the movie subterfuge business – the pair previously worked on a conspiracy to create a fake sci-fi film in Argo.
- Steve Palace
Trumbo was blacklisted after refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947 during the Red Scare.
He won two Oscars while working under a pseudonym before he was finally able to return to writing using his own name.
Following supporting roles in the Best Picture winning Argo, it looks like John Goodman and Bryan Cranston will deal with the Hollywood of the past all over again. The Wrap reports Goodman is joining Cranston in Trumbo, the periods drama from director Jay Roach which features the "Breaking Bad" star as screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, the writer of classics like Spartacus and Roman Holiday who was blacklisted and sent to prison during the Red Scare when the House UnAmerican Activities Committee (Huac) was questioning Hollywood talents about Communist ties, forcing many, like Trumbo, to have pseudonyms. This sounds like exactly the kind of film the Academy will swoon over, especially with a cast like this. Goodman's role in the film, if a deal closes, would be that of producer Frank King of King Brothers Productions who hired Trumbo to write for them besides being blacklisted. The actor joins Helen Mirren who »
- Ethan Anderton
The Wrap reports that John Goodman is in talks to join Helen Mirren and Bryan Cranston in Trumbo, a biopic about the Oscar-winning screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Spartacus, Roman Holiday), who was blacklisted in the late '40s after refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Cranston is to play Trumbo and Mirren will play Hedda Hopper, the gossip columnist who helped take him down, while Goodman is in talks to play Frank King, a producer who hired Trumbo while he was blacklisted. Fun fact: Along with Argo, this marks the second movie Cranston and Goodman have starred in together that has a one word, bisyllabic title ending in o. What's next on the docket — Disney's live-action Dumbo reboot? (We hope so. That would be awesome.) »
- Anna Silman
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2
Harry Shum Jr. ("Glee") has been cast as one of the young leads in Woo-ping Yuen's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" sequel for The Weinstein Company. Filming kicks off this week in New Zealand and China.
Set twenty years after the events of 'Crouching Tiger,' the story revolves around four heroes of the martial arts world - Silent Wolf (Donnie Yen), Yu Shu-lien (Michelle Yeoh), Tie-Fang (Shum Jr.) and Snow Vase — who must use their courage and skills to keep the legendary sword Green Destiny from the hands of the villainous Hades Dai. [Source: Heat Vision]
A Biggger Splash
Based on the 1969 French crime drama "La Piscine," the story revolves around an uneasy triangle »
- Garth Franklin
Here's the latest casting news out of Hollywood: John Goodman is in talks to star alongside Brian Cranston in Jay Roach's Dalton Trumbo biopic, Trumbo. Dakota Johnson joins Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton in A Bigger Splash, directed by Luca Guadagnino. Domhnall Gleeson is in negotiations to join Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy in Alejandro González Iñárritu's The Revenant. Elle Fanning to play Mary Shelley in Haifaa Al-Mansour's period romantic drama A Storm in the Stars. Hit the jump for more on each project. First up from The Wrap is news that Goodman is in early talks to star in Trumbo. Cranston stars as the title screenwriter, "whose career writing classics like Spartacus and Roman Holiday came to a halt when he was blacklisted in Hollywood after refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947. He was forced to write under pseudonyms, winning two »
- Dave Trumbore
There's an “Argo” reunion brewing, as John Goodman is in early talks to join Bryan Cranston in Jay Roach‘s Dalton Trumbo movie “Trumbo,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Four-time Emmy winner Cranston will star as stand-out screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, whose career writing classics like “Spartacus” and “Roman Holiday” came to a halt when he was blacklisted in Hollywood after refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947. He was forced to write under pseudonyms, winning two Oscars while blacklisted before he resumed his career using his own name. Also read: John Goodman Joins Mark Wahlberg, »
- Jeff Sneider
They may not have shared any scenes, but Bryan Cranston and John Goodman were both great in Argo. Now they may get the chance to shine together as director Jay Roach has Goodman in talks for a role in Trumbo, which Cranston is locked to star in alongside Helen Mirren.It’ll be based on the experiences of Dalton Trumbo, who was locked up in 1950 for refusing to answer questions before the notorious House Un-American Activities Committee, led by Senator Joseph McCarthy. The panel was obsessed with rooting out suspected communists in Hollywood (and elsewhere) and for his stance, Trumbo was blacklisted and refused work. He managed to score assignments under various pseudonyms, but it wasn't until Spartacus in 1960 that he got public credit for his work again.Assuming he accepts the job offer, Goodman would play Frank King, a powerful producer in Hollywood who hires Trumbo to work for »
Some television shows feel like they're going to be smash hits before anyone's seen a frame of footage; usually because of the writers working on it, the network's reputation with its genre, or the popularity of the actors involved.
Other programmes even feel like they're simply too big to fail; such as HBO's Game of Thrones and AMC's The Walking Dead, which also benefit from having rich source material to mine and a ready-made, evangelical audience.
But what about the TV shows that felt like bad ideas before they'd aired - or even during their debut season - yet managed to overcome widespread uncertainties and grow into well-regarded programmes it's hard to imagine we were ever unsure about?
Let's take a look at some recent examples of popular TV shows that didn't initially feel like they'd work, but proved the doubters wrong...
Expectation: A modernisation of a literary character »
Today, FilmmakerIQ posted the following snippet of Alex North's original score for Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. The score was ultimately rejected and, in the case of the film's opening title sequence, the score was replaced by Richard Strauss's "Also sprach Zarathustra" composed in 1896. There are a couple ways to look and listen to this piece, but I think the best is to consider just how much we're all likely to prefer Kubrick's decision on which music to go with, especially once you you consider the following interview snippet from an interview in which Michel Ciment noted, "You have abandoned original film music in your last three films." Kubrick's response: Exclude a pop music score from what I am about to say. However good our best film composers may be, they are not a Beethoven, a Mozart or a Brahms. Why use music which is less »
- Brad Brevet
Has it really been 20 years? We hadn't noticed. Prepare to feel old, because this week romantic comedy classic Four Weddings and a Funeral celebrates a landmark anniversary.
The Richard Curtis-penned film delivered exactly what its title promised and so much more. It was funny, charming and packed with brilliant performances from a stellar Brit cast. Without it Hugh Grant would never have hit the Hollywood A-list and Wet Wet Wet wouldn't have spent what felt like an eternity at the top of the UK singles chart.
But what are the cast up to two decades on? We take a look at the key players then and now below...
Hugh Grant was a respected supporting actor in the Brit film industry prior to Four Weddings thanks to roles in Remains of the Day and Sirens. Things changed overnight after his role as the ever-so-British and lovelorn Charles.
eOne will distribute in the UK, Canada and Australia/New Zealand.
Based on a true story, charismatic screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was the highest paid screenwriter in the world in the 1930s. However, as Cold War paranoia took hold of the Us, he was dragged in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities (Huac), and, when he refused to co-operate, was ultimately sent to prison.
Remaining rebellious after his release, Trumbo became Hollywood’s most prolific blacklisted writer, secretly writing such classics as Roman Holiday and winning two Academy Awards under an alias. Helping »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
London — Entertainment One has picked up international rights to “Trumbo,” the story of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston will play Trumbo while Helen Mirren (“The Queen”) will co-star as his nemesis Hedda Hopper.
Michael London’s Groundswell Prods. produces in association with Shivani Rawat and Nimitt Mankad, through Shiv Hans Pictures.
eOne Films Intl. will handle sales of the film in all territories outside of the U.K., Canada and Australia/New Zealand, where the company has prebought the rights ahead of Cannes and plans to distribute directly.
The screenplay was penned by television writer John McNamara, who makes his feature debut. Jay Roach, best known for the “Austin Powers” and “Meet the Parents” franchises, will direct. Michael London, Janice Williams, Nimitt Mankad, Shivani Rawat, Monica Levinson, Kevin Brown and John McNamara will serve as producers, alongside Kelly Mullen, who exec produces.
Pic is based on »
- Leo Barraclough
The 1957 picture, which came relatively early on into Kubrick’s career – nestled in between The Killing and Spartacus, is one of his more emotional endeavours, and as timeless now as it ever has been.
Starring Kirk Douglas in the lead role of Col. Dax, this poignant and harrowing war-time drama tells the tale of three soldiers who refuse to undertake a seemingly impossible attack in the midst of the brutal first World War. Their superior officers then decide to make an example of them all, sentencing them to death.
The film begins as a real war drama, out on the battlefield and in the trenches, shot beautifully in monochrome, looking so impressive up on the big screen today, almost over »
- Stefan Pape
There are few auteurs as instantly recognizable and divisive as Stanley Kubrick, few filmmakers as idiosyncratic or groundbreaking. His work spans the entirety of life itself–sometimes in the same film–and has inspired almost as much derision as hosannas. There is no easy consensus on Kubrick’s films–though you may not be terribly surprised by our writers’ choice for his best, it’s hard to imagine that your ranking of his work will line up wholly with ours–nor on the messages imparted within. Is The Shining secretly about the moon landing? Is 2001? What is he really saying about violence in society in A Clockwork Orange? And so on. Closing out (some weeks late, granted) our monthly theme on his works, here is Sound on Sight’s ranking of the films of Stanley Kubrick. Enjoy. Share. Debate. We know you’ll want to debate.
1. 2001: A Space Odyssey »
- Josh Spiegel
We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon. Briefly: Helen Mirren is in talks to join Bryan Cranston in the promising biopic Trumbo, which tells the story of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Jaden Smith and Liev Schreiber are in line to lead the slavery drama The Good Lord Bird. Sharon Stone has joined the ensemble cast of the action comedy American Ultra. Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned projects. The folks over at Variety report that Helen Mirren is in talks to star in the real-life drama Trumbo. Bryan Cranston is onboard to play blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, whose credits include Roman Holiday and Spartacus. Trumbo refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee and was therefore blacklisted, but he continued to write under pseudonyms and even won two Oscars under different names. Jay Roach (Recount) is set to direct. Deadline reports that »
- Adam Chitwood
Last September, word emerged that Bryan Cranston was looking to add a biopic of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo to his cinematic CV with Trumbo. The film’s producers are now looking to score Helen Mirren’s services as Trumbo’s wife, Cleo.Hitchcock provided yet more evidence of the magic Mirren can weave when she’s given a compelling female character to play and while a lot less is known about Cleo Trumble, it’s a fascinating, real-life story that has Jay Roach attached to direct John McNamara’s script.It’ll be based experiences of Trumbo, who was locked up in 1950 for refusing to answer questions before the notorious House Un-American Activities Committee, led by Senator Joseph McCarthy. The panel was obsessed with rooting out suspected communists in Hollywood and for his stance, Trumbo was blacklisted and refused work. He managed to score assignments under various pseudonyms, but it »
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