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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
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
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 »
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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 »
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.
Jon Bernthal sees Shane and Rick as childhood pals that have been close their whole lives.
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
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
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
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
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 »
 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  magazine that of that 100, his top five favorites are All the President's Men, Network, »
- Angie Han
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
"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, »
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.
- Sean O'Connell
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 »
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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
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.
Hayes was born in San Francisco, California and is survived by his two children. »
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. »
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
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… »
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."
- Uncle Creepy
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