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Scarlett Johansson Set To Make Her Feature Directorial Debut

19 November 2011 12:00 PM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Despite her young age, turning just twenty-seven in a few days’ time, Scarlett Johansson already has a slew of major roles in her credits, along with a long list of awards and nominations to her name, including a BAFTA for her part in Lost in Translation, and four Golden Globe nominations.

Johansson is now set to make her feature directorial debut, The Playlist report, in an adaptation of Truman Capote’s Summer Crossing, an early Capote novel that was published for the first time posthumously in 2005, having been set aside after a decade of adjustments following its conception in 1943.

“Taking place over the course of a hot summer in 1945 New York City, the story centers on the 17 year old Grady, from a well-to-do family living on Fifth Avenue, who enters a torrid affair with a parking attendant, winds up marrying him, and becomes pregnant”

Though I’ve not read any of Capote’s work, »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Scarlett Johansson: Actress, Singer ... Director?

17 November 2011 7:27 PM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

She can act. She can record a rather strange album of Tom Waits covers. And now, she can direct, too.

Scarlett Johansson is adding another hyphenate to her business card to become an Actress-Singer-Director as she's set to make her directorial debut with "Summer Crossing," according to Variety.

"Summer Crossing" is based on a lost novella by Truman Capote ("In Cold Blood") set in post-wwii New York that centers on an 18-year-old girl breaking free of her rich smothering family to discover her own identity and sexuality.

What, doesn't she want to make a movie about the romantic pratfalls of twentysomething slackers like every other first-time director under the age of 30?

The "Avengers" star has quite a creative team backing her up on this endeavor, with Barry Spikings ("The Deer Hunter") set to produce and New York playwright Tristine Skyler set to adapt the screenplay. "Summer Crossing" was written by »

- Bryan Enk

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[Review] Into the Abyss

10 November 2011 8:00 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The subtitle of Werner Herzog‘s searing documentary Into the Abyss — A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life — sets up expectations for a film that is equal parts harrowing and uplifting. Yet as dutifully even-handed as Herzog‘s presentation is, it’s nearly inconceivable to imagine the director’s obvious appreciation for human life washing away the utterly shattering nature of the story at hand. It’s this precisely downbeat message — that, no matter how treasured human existence can often times be, the dark will always overshadow the light — that I took away from the film. And it shredded me to pieces.

Comparisons to Truman Capote‘s seminal piece of true-crime storytelling, In Cold Blood, have already been noted by several critics, and the similar vibes are indeed undeniable. The crime at the center of Herzog‘s examination of the death penalty and its ramifications is apparently just as »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Hollywood's Long History of Straightwashing Bio Pics

7 November 2011 6:56 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Almost as soon as it was announced that J. Edgar Hoover would be getting a new biopic, speculation has been rife over how his relationship with Clyde Tolson would be portrayed.

Although there's no definitive proof either way, it's widely assumed that Hoover, long-term director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Tolson, his assistant director, were lovers. Director Clint Eastwood sparked concern that Hoover's story would be “straightwashed” when he told The Wall Street Journal that the script “didn't quite go down [the] road” of addressing rumors of Hoover's being closeted and a cross-dresser. (Eastwood later confirmed with The Hollywood Reporter that he included a scene showing Hoover wearing his mother's dress.)

Meanwhile, out J. Edgar screenwriter Dustin Lance Black assured AfterElton that Hoover and Tolson would not be “de-gayed,” saying “To think that somehow you’re going to make a movie about somebody like J. Edgar and »

- John

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The Walking Dead Season 2: Story Notes from Episode 2

1 November 2011 9:04 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Every Friday, encore showings of The Walking Dead Season 2 on AMC feature “Story Notes”, which include trivia and behind-the-scenes information related to the episode. If you missed out on last week’s story notes from episode 2, we have the full list of trivia items, fun facts, and quotes from the cast and crew.

Casting Notes

Pruitt Taylor Vince (Otis) was on The Mentalist, Deadwood, and won an Emmy for Murder One.

You may also know Lauren Cohan (Maggie) from The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural.

Scott Wilson (Hershel) was in the 1967 movie In Cold Blood and had a recurring role on CSI.

Character Notes

Jon Bernthal sees Shane and Rick as childhood pals that have been close their whole lives.

Health Notes

A-positive is the second most common blood type after O-positive.

Ampicillin is a type of penicillin that has been used to treat bacterial infections since 1961.

Director Ernest Dickerson got »

- Jonathan James

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Steve Carell Will Murder Channing Tatum in Foxcatcher

19 October 2011 1:44 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Director Bennett Miller is becoming something of a serial biographer about a particular moment in the lives of incredible, infamous and unusual people. He won an Oscar nomination for his film about the defining moments in the life of writer Truman Capote during the putting together of his non-fiction work In Cold Blood in 2005′s ‘Capote‘ and most recently has re-told the story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s and his successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players in the Brad Pitt starrer ‘Moneyball’.

For this next and third feature film, Bennett will tell the infamous and shocking true story of the murder of Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler David Schultz in 1996 by his long-time friend.

The drama is titled Foxcatcher and our lead will be John du Pont, a seemingly harmless stamp-collecting, bird-watching multimillionaire and »

- Matt Holmes

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Movie Review: The Ides of March (2011)

5 October 2011 12:41 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

There is little room for error in George Clooney's The Ides of March, a political thriller that moves at a brisk pace and seemingly ends just when it could be beginning. The interesting thing about it is the ultimate takeaway considering none of the story's twists and turns are at all surprising. However, while you may feel as if you are one step ahead of the narrative, there is more to this film than just the realization that politics are dirty. When you first lay eyes on the starry-eyed face of Stephen Myers (Ryan Gosling), a young but veteran press secretary who finally believes in the man he's working for, you probably won't be ready for his character's shift in personality.

The Ides of March is definitely about politics, but more specifically it's about ideals. It's about what we believe in, or even better, whom we choose to put our belief in. »

- Brad Brevet

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Steve Carell Set as Lead in Bennett Miller’s John du Pont Film Foxcatcher

29 September 2011 7:13 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Steve Carell is going dark, folks. The actor has been set as the lead in Moneyball director Bennett Miller’s long-in-the-works true crime pic Foxcatcher, per Variety. The film tells the true story of John du Pont, a paranoid schizophrenic who built a wrestling training facility on his 800-acre Pennsylvania estate where he subsequently shot and killed Olmypic gold medal-winning wrestler David Schultz in 1996. Heir to his family’s chemical fortune, du Pont locked himself in his mansion for two days after murdering his friend, and spent the time on the phone with negotiators. The authorities were finally able to lure the man out of his house when they shut off his power and heat. E. Max Frye (Band of Brothers) and Dan Futterman, who penned Miller’s debut feature Capote, wrote the script. Miller is no stranger to the true crime genre, as he expertly captured Truman Capote’s »

- Adam Chitwood

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George Clooney's List of Top 100 Films from 1964 to 1976

26 September 2011 1:26 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

George Clooney has given a list of his Top 100 films from 1964 to 1976, which he feels was “the greatest era in filmmaking by far." It's hard to argue with that, many of my favorite movies come out of that era. In an interview with Parade Magazine the actor and movie geek explained his list saying...

There were great filmmakers—Mike Nichols, Hal Ashby, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese—you go down the list of these insanely talented filmmakers all working at the top of their game and kind of competing with each other. Pakula, Sidney Lumet—I mean, you can just keep going down the list of these guys. And they were all doing really interesting films… That era [1964 to 1976] was a reflection of the antiwar movement, the civil rights movement, the women’s rights movement, the sexual revolution, the drug counterculture. All those things were exploding at the same time. And »

- Venkman

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Read George Clooney’s List of the Top 100 Films from 1964-1976

26 September 2011 12:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] George Clooney may be among the most prominent of celebrities, a fabulously wealthy, incredibly successful man at the very top of the A-list. But it seems there's a side of him that isn't so very different from film geeks like us who watch his movies. (Yes, all of that was a long-winded way of saying "Clooney: He's just like us!") For a recent interview about his upcoming Ides of March, which Clooney directed, produced, and starred in, Clooney revealed his top 100 films from 1964 to 1976, which he believes to be "the greatest era in filmmaking by far." The list is definitely cinephile-friendly, if not especially surprising: it includes tons of major classics and a handful of somewhat lesser known gems, all across a very wide variety of genres. Read the top 100 after the jump. Clooney told Parade [2] magazine that of that 100, his top five favorites are All the President's Men, Network, »

- Angie Han

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Tiff Movie Review: The Ides of March (2011)

9 September 2011 5:22 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Ryan Gosling in The Ides of March

Photo: Columbia Pictures There is little room for error in George Clooney's The Ides of March, a political thriller that moves at a brisk pace and seemingly ends just when it could be beginning. The interesting thing about it is the ultimate takeaway considering none of the story's twists and turns are at all surprising. However, while you may be one step ahead of the narrative there is more to this film than just another realization that politics are dirty. When you first lay eyes on the starry-eyed face of Stephen Myers (Ryan Gosling), a young but veteran press secretary who finally believes in the man he's working for, you probably won't be ready for his character's shift in personality.

The Ides of March is definitely about politics, but more specifically it's about ideals. It's about what we believe in, or even better, »

- Brad Brevet

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Telluride and Toronto 2011. Werner Herzog's "Into the Abyss"

6 September 2011 1:06 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"Into the Abyss, [Werner] Herzog's latest extraordinary documentary, looks at first like the kind of true-crime shocker you can easily find on cable television," writes Ao Scott. "It explores a particularly senseless triple homicide that took place in Conroe, Tex., a decade ago, and consists almost entirely of conversations with people close to the killings, including Michael Perry, who was convicted of killing one of the victims. He is interviewed as he awaits execution, and the ethics of the death penalty, which Mr Herzog avowedly opposes, is among the film's concerns. But Into the Abyss — which, Mr Herzog noted as he introduced a screening of it, 'could be the title of quite a few of my films' — is less a piece of political advocacy than a somber inquiry into familiar Herzogian themes of death, violence and time."

Also in the New York Times, Michael Cieply talks with Herzog and his producer, »

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Brad Pitt’s “Moneyball” closing Tokyo Film Festival – Awards Alley

2 September 2011 7:12 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: Given the popularity of baseball in Japan (did anyone else watch the country’s amazing run through the most recent Little League World Series?), this move seems like a no-brainer. But now it’s official: Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball” will close this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival on Oct. 30.

Miller’s film stars Brad Pitt as Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane, who introduced a revolutionary concept of paying less for run-producing, reportedly-washed-up Major League Baseball veterans in order to build a winning team. “Moneyball” is based on Michael Lewis’s book “The Art of Winning an Unfair Game,” an co-stars Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Wright.

Word on “Moneyball” is that Miller has crafted a rousing crowd-pleaser of a film that instantly will earn a place alongside Hollywood’s best baseball dramas, from “The Natural” to “Bull Durham.”

We »

- Sean O'Connell

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Don't Miss The Bleeding House on DVD

2 September 2011 6:51 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Flannery O'Connor was never this grotesque but I do wonder what she would have thought of The Bleeding House. This independent grotesque mixes religion and blood in equal parts into a taut suspense thriller even as it neatly character studies victim and vile killer alike. Patrick Breen absolutely lights up the screen as Nick, a psychotic serial killer who may or may not have a conscience of some sort. The rest of the players here keep up just fine but it's Breen who lulls us into a trance with his lilting Southern accent and white linen suit. He's like some impossible Capote come to haunt us from Hell, wrongly inspired by the writing of his In Cold Blood. Faulkner comes to mind as well. The »

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Werner Herzog’s ‘Into the Abyss’ Acquired By Sundance Selects

2 September 2011 6:34 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

There’s basically no chance on Earth that a new documentary from Werner Herzog wouldn’t be acquired by somebody, but I am a little surprised that it happened before the film even made its debut at Tiff. A press release announces that the film, Into the Abyss, has been acquired by Sundance Selects for North American distribution. (The original title was Gazing into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life, but it seems to have been cut down for the sake of brevity.)

Focusing on three death row inmates, two men and one woman, we’ve heard some (unpleasant) details on the subject matter, while interview clips surfaced online. It sounds like he’s really going to examine this without shying away from the worst aspects, which he should absolutely do; it needs to present the truth of the matter, not a lighter version. I’m »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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TV And Movie Composer Hayes Dead At 92

29 August 2011 3:06 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Jack J. Hayes, who composed music for beloved TV shows Happy Days and Gunsmoke, has died at the age of 92.

Hayes also created music for Laverne & Shirley and served as orchestrator on a number of blockbuster movies, including Up, The Incredibles, Star Trek, Mission: Impossible III, Taxi Driver and The Three Musketeers.

He also collaborated with Leo Shuken on music for classic films like Breakfast at Tiffany's, To Kill a Mockingbird, In Cold Blood, and Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid.

Hayes was nominated for two Oscars - one in 1964 for adapting the musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown and another in 1985 for contributing to Quincy Jones' score for The Color Purple.

Hayes was born in San Francisco, California and is survived by his two children. »

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The Walking Dead: Season 2: Scott Wilson, Lauren Cohan, Pruitt Taylor Vince Cast

28 June 2011 6:54 AM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Scott Wilson, Lauren Cohan, Pruitt Taylor Vince have been cast in The Walking Dead: Season 2. Scott Wilson, Lauren Cohan joining the cast of The Walking Dead: Season 2 answers the questions of who will play the Greene family, Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson), Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) in Frank Darabont‘s AMC zombie TV series. Pruitt Taylor Vince casting quails conjecture on who will play Otis.

More of the casting of the Greenes and Otis in The Walking Dead:

Early into the new season, which returns in October just in time for Halloween, Rick Grimes and our brave band of survivors will encounter a farming family that has been ravaged by zombies. Scott Wilson (In Cold Blood, Monster, Junebug) will play Hershel Greene. “He is the patriarch of the family,” says executive producer Gale Anne Hurd. “He’s a veterinarian with a great sense of humanity and a very unique take on the Walkers. »

- filmbook

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What’s All The Hulu-baloo About? This Week In Criterion’s Hulu Channel

26 June 2011 4:23 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

This one is coming up late, due to Criterion jam packing a ton of releases on Friday, right while I was finishing up the original post. I think they wanted to mess with me, which is very funny. But being the premier (and only) site that gives you the best coverage of Hulu Plus movies, I don’t mind taking the time at all. I’m hoping it has nothing to do with the recent shake-up going on that Josh just reported on the other day (here), and with Hulu wanting to be bought because of financial problems stemming from multiple sources, this makes one wonder what’s going to happen to the Criterion Collection and their deal with Hulu. I’m crossing my fingers that whoever buys the service, be it Amazon, Google or Yahoo (who is the frontrunner), it doesn’t ruin the deal in place for Criterion and its films. »

- James McCormick

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The Walking Dead Casts "The Greene Family"

25 June 2011 8:16 PM, PDT | Horrorbid | See recent Horrorbid news »

We got some pretty Big big news to pass on to all you Walking Dead freaks. The critically acclaimed AMC series has finally cast two more popular characters from the comic book on which the show is based. Early into the new season, Rick Grimes and his crew of survivors will encounter a farming family that has been ravaged by zombies. Scott Wilson (In Cold Blood, Monster, Junebug) will play Hershel Greene. "He is the patriarch of the family," says… »

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More Walking Dead Season 2 Casting - Meet Maggie and Hershel Greene

25 June 2011 11:37 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

And the survivor count continues for Season Two of the hit AMC series "The Walking Dead" as more casting news has broken this morning, and of course we have the lowdown for ya right here. Ready to meet the Greenes?

According to TV Guide, Lauren Cohan ("Supernatural", "The Vampire Diaries", "Chuck") has been cast as Glenn's (Steven Yuen) love interest, Maggie Greene, and veteran actor Scott Wilson (In Cold Blood, Monster, Junebug) has been cast as her father, Hershel.

"He's a veterinarian with a great sense of humanity and a very unique take on the Walkers," says producer Gale Anne Hurd. "Not everyone in his family survives. Scott was chosen because of his tremendous scope and gravitas."

In this latest season of AMC's "The Walking Dead" TV series, the survivors arrive at Hershel's Farm, where we will meet Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson), a vet (as in a veterinarian); his daughter, »

- Uncle Creepy

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