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Crackle has some new spy thriller entertainment coming your way. The online distributor will release its original, feature-length film The Throwaways on its site on December 19, 2014. The film centers around a character named Drew Reynolds (played by Sam Huntington of Being Human and Superman Returns fame), a hacker captured by the CIA and offered either a job with the organization or life in prison. Reynolds joins a “throwaway” group of the CIA’s least-favored agents, including Colonel Christopher Holden (played by James Caan from The Godfather) and combat specialist Dan Fisher (portrayed by Kevin Dillon of Platoon). Together, the three aim to take out a cyber-terrorist bent on destruction. Written by Michael Ross of Jerry McGuire, The Throwaways co-stars Katie McGrath from Merlin, Christian Hillborg of The Bridge, and Jack Kesy of The Strain. Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, The Avengers) and his colleague Don Handfield (Kill the Messenger) executive »
- Bree Brouwer
"Divergent" star Shailene Woodley is about to get political. The actress is reportedly in talks to join Open Road's untitled drama based on Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden, from director Oliver Stone ("JFK," "Platoon," "Savages") Woodley is in talks to play the girlfriend of Snowden, who will be played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt ("The Dark Knight Rises," "Looper") according to The Hollywood Reporter. The controversial Snowden dominated the news cycle over the last year or so, after leaking classified information from the U.S. National Security Agency in 2013, and is currently living in asylum in Russia. The film will be based on Luke Harding's "The Snowden Files" and the upcoming "Time of the Octopus," written by Snowden's Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena. Snowden is also the subject of the acclaimed new documentary "Citezenfour." After starring in this year's "The Fault in Our Stars," Woodley can currently be seen in Gregg Araki's »
- Dave Lewis
It’s unsurprising that Community is growing its cast – with Chevy Chase, Donald Glover and Yvette Nicole Brown all leaving the show for various reasons, there were always going to be a few gaps in need of filling.
Nonetheless, there’s some interesting new talent joining the team for the show’s sixth season, its first at its new home Yahoo.
Paget Brewster of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Criminal Minds has signed up as Frankie Dart, a consultant brought in to help shape up the school. From her past roles we’d expect a stern tone.
Additionally, Keith David, who you may recognise from Platoon, Crash, Mr & Mrs Smith and many more, has joined the show as “Elroy Patashnik, a retired scientist reinventing himself.” The new Pierce Hawthorne, anyone?
Production of the new season kicks off this month. »
Levitt’s casting as Snowden was announced on Monday. The casting for the film, which will follow the former Nsa contractor as he leaks information on the U.S. government’s mass surveillance programs, was revealed by the film’s backers to the U.K. Guardian.
Stone, whose past films include Platoon and JFK, purchased the rights to The Snowden Files, by Guardian journalist Luke Harding and Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena’s Time of the Octopus. The 68-year-old filmmaker has reportedly already put together a script based on both writings.
According to Stone, Snowden’s journey “is one of the greatest stories of our time.”
Stone’s The Snowden Files is slated to begin production in January in Munich, Open Road Films and Endgame Entertainment told the Guardian.
Production is about to begin on the online-only sixth season of Community, and Yahoo--which will distribute the show through its Yahoo Screen platform--has announced a pair of new names who will join the comedy's cast: The latest additions to the Greendale Community College campus are Paget Brewster and Keith David. A press release from Yahoo defines the two new roles. Brewster, who recently completed a seven-season run on the CBS drama Criminal Minds, will play a consultant hired to "shape up" Greendale. David, who has acted in films like Platoon and Crash, will play "a retired scientist reinventing himself." It's worth noting that David was also one of The Cape, a short-lived NBC series that served as the inspiration for Community's famous "six seasons and a movie" joke. If Community creator Dan Harmon doesn't find a way to slip in a reference to that role, I'll be disappointed. Brewster »
- Sam Gutelle
School is almost back in session, Community fans! Ahead of a November 17 production start date for the sixth season of the beloved cult comedy, which was once housed at NBC but is now at Yahoo, it’s been announced that Paget Brewster and Keith David are joining the cast in regular roles.
Brewster, known for her part on Criminal Minds, will portray Francesca “Frankie” Dart, a consultant brought in to help shape up Greendale after its conditions slip below state requirements. Sharp-eyed fans of Community might recognize Brewster – she previously had a role in the season two episode “Analysis of Cork-Based Networking” as Debra Chambers, a member of Greendale’s It department – but she’s playing a new character for her role in this season.
- Isaac Feldberg
A familiar face and a familiar voice are joining Community. Paget Brewster and Keith David have signed on to the community college comedy, EW has confirmed. The two are expected to appear in all of season 6, which will debut on Yahoo! Screen early next year. Brewster—whose TV credits include Criminal Minds and Friends, and who popped up on Key & Peele last week—has appeared on Community before, guest-starring as a member of the It staff in last season's episode "Analysis of Cork-Based Networking." Instead of reprising her role, though, she will play a consultant named Francesca "Frankie" Dart who »
- Dan Snierson
It’s been over two decades since Tony Todd appeared in the mirror as Candyman, scaring the hell out of a generation. Before that he was already a seasoned actor, appearing in numerous theater productions, big films like Platoon, and shows like Star Trek: The Next Generation. Since Candyman, he’s gone on to work on an insane amount of […] »
- Patrick Cooper
1. Paths of Glory (1957)
Stanley Kubrick famously moved between directing in different genres, but war was something he returned to on multiple occasions. His 1957 offering heads to the trenches of Wwi as mutiny takes hold. The futility of war is clear for all to see here, and the film ends with a moving rendition of German folk song 'The Faithful Hussar' by Kubrick's future wife Christiane.
2. The Deer Hunter (1978)
Few movies get under the skin of men at war quite »
Chicago – Love him or not, Oliver Stone is one of the most important directors of the last generation. The creator of “Born on the Fourth of July,” “JFK,” “Platoon,” “Nixon” and “Any Given Sunday” was at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival to introduce his director’s cut for “Alexander” and “Natural Born Killers.”
Oliver Stone at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com was on the Red Carpet – with photographer Joe Arce – to get a few questions with the amazing Mr. Stone, and as usual he delivers the goods.
Oliver Stone: The festival idea from [Founder] Michael Kutza means that Chicago was the forerunner of other big city film festivals, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
It’s been a long time since Oliver Stone made anything with as much punchy political grit as Salvador. As the first of two films (the other being Platoon) produced by John Daly (and released mind-bogglingly within months of each other in the spring of 1986) that reckoned with war and all of its cultivated cruelty, its recklessness and the underlying romanticism being ravaged from within. Stone’s film took up the, at that time, still active El Salvadoran peasant revolution and the Us funded murder and suppression of such an uprising, as its volatile subject, all through the eyes of a true-to-life conniving Hunter S. Thompson-esque photo journalist named Richard Boyle, who co-wrote the screenplay along with Stone and who’s on the ground experiences served as inspiration for the film. An Academy Award nominee for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor, raw in its depiction of the ugliness »
- Jordan M. Smith
By Anjelica Oswald
Set during the final months of World War II, Fury follows a tank commander (played by Brad Pitt) and his crew as they head into Nazi Germany as part of the Allies’ final push. The film also stars Logan Lerman, Shia Labeouf, John Bernthal and Michael Pena. The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy said the film is “a modern version of the sort of movie Hollywood turned out practically every week back in the 1940s and 1950s.” Fury opens Oct. 17.
Could Fury score a best picture nomination at the 87th Academy Awards? Both war biopics and fictional war films — about real wars or battles — have historically done well at the Oscars; however, the current projections show that the race will be a tight one. Here’s a look at some of the fictional war films that scored nominations for best picture:
War-themed best picture winners »
- Anjelica Oswald
Christopher Reeve Foundation for spinal cord and stem cell research (photo: Darryl Hannah and Christopher Reeve in 'Rear Window') (See previous post: "'Superman' Christopher Reeve and his Movies: Ten-Year Death Anniversary.") In his 1998 autobiography Still Me, Christopher Reeve recalled: "At an especially bleak moment [prior to an operation that might result in his death], the door [of his hospital room] flew open and in hurried a squat fellow with a blue scrub hat and a yellow surgical gown and glasses, speaking in a Russian accent. For the first time since the accident, I laughed. My old friend had helped me know that somehow I was going to be okay." The "old friend" was the recently deceased Robin Williams, whom Reeve had befriended while both were studying at Juillard. Eventually, Reeve became a staunch advocate for spinal cord and stem cell research, sponsoring with his wife the Christopher Reeve Foundation — later renamed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (and formerly known »
- Andre Soares
Sanaa (Mercedes Masöhn) engages with a deadly enemy in our exclusive, action-packed clip from Sony Pictures' Sniper: Legacy, available on DVD starting today, September 30.
Academy Award nominee Tom Berenger (Best Supporting Actor, Platoon, 1987), star of the original Sniper, returns as Master Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Beckett in this explosive next chapter of the hit action franchise. Also returning is Sniper: Reloaded star Chad Michael Collins (Company of Heroes) as Becket's son, Sergeant Brandon Beckett. Together for the first time on screen, these two generations of Sniper heroes team up to stop a rogue sniper targeting former U.S. military personnel in an intense thrill ride that pushes the Sniper series to a whole new level of sharp shooting fun.
When Gunnery Sgt. Brandon Beckett is informed his father, legendary shooter Thomas Beckett has been killed, Brandon springs into action to take out the perpetrator. But when his father rescues him from an ambush, »
21 years after Tom Berenger first played U.S. Marine marksman Thomas Beckett in the 1993 action-thriller Sniper, Beckett's legacy lives on in Sony Pictures' Sniper: Legacy. After the original film hit theaters in 1993, Tom Berenger returned as Beckett in two straight-to-video sequels, but in 2011, the franchise was revived with Sniper: Reloaded, which starred Chad Michael Collins as Thomas' son Brandon Beckett. This estranged father-son duo come face-to-face in Sniper: Legacy, available on DVD September 30, as they must work together to take out a rogue shooter who has been taking out high-ranking military leaders.
I recently had the chance to speak with Tom Berenger over the phone, where he offered a sneak peek into the production process, explaining how the original script's ending may have ended this franchise before it even started, the possibility of a new Major League movie, and much more. Take a look at what he had to say below. »
The folks at One Way Static Records must have chanted “Candyman” five times while looking in the mirror, because their latest release is the soundtrack to 1992’s Candyman, a film based on Clive Barker’s Books of Blood short story, “The Forbidden.” Making its vinyl debut, the eerie soundtrack by Philip Glass is available to pre-order, and we have song samples and a look at the gatefold and cassette cover art.
Press Release - “One Way Static Records is really proud to be bring you their latest release, A release where we had the chance to work with two icons in their own respective fields!
- Derek Anderson
This story first appeared in the Sept. 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Sean Penn, Charlie Sheen and top entertainment attorney Ken Ziffren are said to have put their skin in the game with him. But go-to Hollywood dermatologist Dr. Kopelson's key industry client is his dad, Platoon and Seven producer Arnold Kopelson, who's been a patient since Peter finished his residency at UCLA nearly two decades ago. Most recently, Peter treated dad's basal-cell and squamous-cell carcinomas. "When I was a kid in Brooklyn, I used to go up on the roof with a reflector to get handsome," says Arnold, 79, who notes
- Gary Baum
For the second week of September, horror fans have a ton of Blu-ray and DVD titles they can choose from, including Stan Winston’s Pumpkinhead (the latest from Scream Factory), Synapse Films’ brand new Blu-ray of the original Prom Night, and Bobcat Goldthwait’s sasquatch tale Willow Creek.
Scorpion Releasing is also giving fans their first chance to own Oliver Stone’s directorial debut, Seizure, in stunning HD and Graduation Day is also making its Blu-ray bow this week as well. And as if all that’s not enough, we’re also getting a few re-releases as well including The Amityville Horror, a groovy 4 pack of horror movies from Image and a double DVD of House and House II: The Second Story.
- Heather Wixson
Over the next weeks, on screens in Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York, dozens of film will starting the journey that they will hope will end with the top prize: a Best Picture Oscar win. There can only be one, which means the race will be fierce, and few will survive, so before the madness begins (though some would argue it already has), let's take a look back a few decades to see the movies that captured the imagination of awards voters and audiences. Following supercuts for the 1990s and 2000s, Miguel Branco returns with a look at the 1980s. Once again, it's another carefully put together piece, spanning three minutes, which weaves together some very different movies. Ranging from the late Richard Attenborough's epic "Gandhi," to Oliver Stone's grim "Platoon," to Robert Redford's grief drama "Ordinary People," the 80s found the Academy favoring heavier subject matter. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In 2003, Oliver Stone, the provocative director behind Platoon and Natural Born Killers, debuted his documentary on Fidel Castro. The hour-and-a-half feature was an intimate showcase of the communist and revolutionary figure. Exploring the hierarchy of power within communist Cuba through archival footage and the fascinations of its figurehead, Stone’s Comandante marries the director’s political musings with a challenging man. Flash forward to today, Stone […] »
- Zade Constantine
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