18 items from 2016
Fresh from his role as the villainous Kilgrave in Marvel’s Jessica Jones, David Tennant is now in production on Mad to Be Normal, a biopic of world-renowned Scottish psychiatrist R. D. Laing, which sees him starring alongside Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Michael Gambon (Gosford Park) and Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects).
“I have long been fascinated by the life and work of R. D. Laing,” Tennant tells Screen International. “This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and discover this important man and I am honoured and thrilled to be involved in telling this story. Robert Mullan’s passion for the subject is inspiring and the presence of the brilliant Elisabeth Moss makes this something I cannot wait to start work on.”
- Gary Collinson
Highland Film Group is launching international sales for the thriller “Final Score,” with filming set for West Ham United’s iconic Upton Park Stadium in London.
“Final Score,” written by the Lynch Brothers, takes place at a major sporting event, during which the stadium is seized by a group of heavily armed criminals demanding ransom. An ex-soldier must use his military skills to save the capacity crowd of 35,000 — including the daughter of his fallen comrade.
“Imagine ‘Die Hard’ in a soccer stadium,” said producer Marc Goldberg of Signature.
Goldberg will produce with the Fyzz Facility’s Wayne Marc Godfrey (“The Foreigner”) and Robert Jones (“The Usual Suspects”). Scott Mann, whose credits include “Heist” and “Bone Tomahawk,” will direct.
Casting is currently underway for a summer/fall start date. »
- Dave McNary
“20,000 Leagues” will be the fifth film that Singer has directed for Fox, dating back to “X-Men” in 2000. He’s directed three other “X-Men” movies for the studio: “X2,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and the upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse,” which opens May 27.
Singer posted a picture of his script for “20,000 Leagues” on his Instagram account on Sept. 17.
“It’s my 50th birthday (ouch), and I just put the finishing touches on the script for my next film. A story I’ve wanted to retell since childhood,” the director wrote. “I promise this will be an epic and emotional adventure for all ages! An adventure very dear to my heart. Not abandoning the #xmen universe. Very excited about #xmenapocalypse and beyond. #julesverne #20000leaguesunderthesea #nemo, »
- Dave McNary
Warner Bros. Pictures
For a lot of actors, becoming a director is a long held ambition. The reason that this transition from in-front-of-the-camera talent to behind-the-scenes wrangler became the basis of the Entourage movie is because it’s become something of a Hollywood cliché.
Sometimes, this career switch can have brilliant results. But, seemingly more often, it goes really badly. Clint Eastwood is a prime example of both camps: Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River and Gran Torino are awesome, but they sit right next to J. Edgar, Jersey Boys and Changeling in his filmography.
Not all actors are lucky enough to get this many chances to prove themselves in the director’s chair. Some have their one big shot, totally blow it, and retreat quietly back to acting roles. Here are the worst of the worst, then, from great actors who tried their hand as directors…
10. Beyond The Sea »
- Rob Leane
Former Doctor Who star plays psychiatrist R. D. Laing.
Shooting has begun in the UK on the project which charts the story of world-renowned Scottish psychiatrist Laing and his acolytes at Kingsley Hall, East London, during the 1960s.
Screen first announced the project last Cannes.
Tenant previously said about the film: “I have long been fascinated by the life and work of R. D. Laing »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
The book features interviews with Mick Garris (Sleepwalkers, Bag of Bones, Desperation, The Stand,) John Ottman (Composer/Editor of X:Men: Days of Future Past, The Usual Suspects,) Mark Ordesky & Jane Fleming (Producers of Lovely Molly, Exists,) Kane Hodder (Jason from the Friday the 13th, part 7 to 10, Hatchet,) Tibor Takacs (Director of The Gate, Spiders 3D, Megasnake,) John Debney (Composer of Predators, Sin City, End of Days,) Jojo Draven (Composer of Patient Seven, Ghost Month, Reel Evil,) Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes, Weird Science,) Mike Mendez (Director of The Gravedancers, Big Ass Spider,) Neal Marshall Stevens (Screenwriter of Thir13en Ghosts, Hellraiser: Deader,) Chris Alexander (Former Editor in Chief of Fangoria Magazine, Filmmaker,) Jessica Cameron (Actress/Director of Truth or Dare,) Denise Gossett (Founder »
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: Did Christopher McQuarrie step in during filming of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to "tighten up and fix" the screenplay? A rumor first surfaced last fall and now another report adds that the Academy Award-winning McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation) was called in "fairly early" after production began and is credited with 'saving' the movie. It's scheduled to open in theaters on December 16. [Latino Review/BirthMoviesDeath] Die Hard: Year One: Back in October, we heard about plans for a sixth installment in the Die Hard franchise, with the bulk of the story set in 1979 when John McClane was a young police officer in New York City. Bruce Willis was touted to show up in modern-day...
- Peter Martin
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation writer and director Christopher McQuarrie was apparently brought on board the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to polish the script, so reports Birth.Movies.Death.
McQuarrie, who is beavering away on the screenplay for the next M:i movie, reportedly tweaked the script early on in production. Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz have also contributed to the screenplay for the stand-alone Star Wars movie which releases in December.
A source told the website: “It’s unlikely that McQuarrie will get a credit on the movie, although one source used the word ‘saved’ when talking about McQuarrie’s contribution to the film.”
Latino Review also posted an article (last October) which reported the same news, briefly stating that ‘Christopher McQuarrie did a two-week polish on the script.’ His contribution to the movie, which is set around a heist aboard the Death Star, is an exciting prospect, »
- Paul Heath
Production continues on the next Star Wars adventure, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This is the one that's going to be set just before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, and that Godzilla's Gareth Edwards is directing.
The screenplay for the movie was originally penned by Gary Whitta, and then Chris Weitz was brought onto the project when he left the film. But it seems as though further help was sought towards the end of last year, as it's being reported that early into production, Christopher McQuarrie came in to do some tuning on the screenplay.
McQuarrie has worked as a script doctor of course for a long time, in addition to penning his own screenplays (The Usual Suspects) and directing movies (Mission: Impossible - »
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: Did Christopher McQuarrie step in during filming of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to "tighten up and fix" the screenplay? A rumor first surfaced last fall and now another report adds that the Academy Award-winning McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Mission: Impossible--Rogue Nation) was called in "fairly early" after production began and is credited with "saving" the movie. It's scheduled to open in theaters on December 16....
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Back in October it was rumoured by that Disney and Lucasfilm had enlisted Oscar-winner Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) to polish the script for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
The original report claimed that McQuarrie spent a couple of weeks working on the original script by Gary Whitta (After Earth) and Chris Weitz (Cinderella). However, Birth.Movies.Death is now claiming that his involvement was actually much more than that, and that he was brought in early in the shoot to “save” the project as Lucasfilm felt that the script still wasn’t in the right place.
- Gary Collinson
Update 01.18.16 - BirthMoviesDeath is now confirming our scoop from October of last year. The original story is below.
It turns out "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" and "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" had more in common than the word "Rogue." According to one of our sources, "M:I5" director Christopher McQuarrie, did a two week pass on "Rogue One"s script
With yesterday’s new poster for Star Wars The Force Awakens featuring another planet-sized battle station, the term “new Death Star” started popping up around the internet. But until we get more facts from tonight’s new trailer, we can focus on the upcoming "Star Wars Story" we know features a Death Star: "Rogue One."
Gareth Edwards is directing the movie right now for release in December next year, though we’ve been tracking the so-called first “spin-off film” for over a year already. When Edwards was announced as director, »
- Kellvin Chavez
Benicio Del Toro is a funny kind of movie star. He broke out thanks to his deeply weird, scene-stealing turn in "The Usual Suspects," and ever since has had the kind of career that's lived up to that performance — he's generally chosen to appear in offbeat movies. But just when you think you've got him pegged, he'll do something huge and mainstream like "The Wolf Man" or "Guardians Of The Galaxy," even if those movies are odder than the average blockbuster, and his idea of a prestige picture is a two-part biopic of Che Guevara. So it's rare that he gets to do the sort of thing that someone like George Clooney has built a career on: be funny, charming and a little romantic. "A Perfect Day" gives him that opportunity, arguably for the first time since "Excess Baggage," and it's fun to see the actor flex those muscles. Unfortunately, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Throughout his career, Kevin Spacey has shown an appetite for taking big risks — both on an off the screen.
The 56-year old who grew up in the San Fernando Valley turned a small-time hood with a limp and a suburban dad in the thrall of a high school cheerleader into unlikely anti-heroes in “The Usual Suspects” and “American Beauty.” Then he leveraged those Oscar-winning successes into a production company called Trigger Street that mixed digital experiments with prestige fare such as “The Social Network” before leaving Hollywood for London, where he spent a decade revitalizing the Old Vic theater.
But Spacey’s latest bold move has left many in Hollywood puzzled. The actor and his producing partner Dana Brunetti stunned the entertainment industry when news leaked out on Wednesday that that the pair had reached an agreement to sell Trigger Street to Relativity Media and to assume control of the bankrupt film and TV studio. »
- Brent Lang and James Rainey
In a blockbuster move intended to resurrect his bankrupt company, Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh has reached an agreement to have Kevin Spacey and the actor’s producing partner, Dana Brunetti, run Relativity’s beleaguered studio, the company confirmed late Wednesday.
The deal brings Relativity not only the Oscar- and Emmy-winning actor and his long-time business partner, but also their Trigger Street Productions, producer of “House of Cards.” The acquisition of the production company and its star founder marks a major coup for Kavanaugh, who could not prevent his company from sliding into Chapter 11 bankruptcy five months ago.
Relativity has been fighting to raise $100 million in new capital to help complete a reorganization that would revive the moribund movie unit. An alliance of senior creditors has already taken over the company’s television operation. A U.S. bankruptcy court judge is scheduled to consider Kavanaugh’s reorganization plan on February »
- James Rainey
A pair of ruthless upstarts, Reggie and Ronnie Kray, both played by Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant) have the time of their lives, ruling over London in the middle of the Swinging ’60s in Legend, available on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on March 1, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
In an amazing double-barreled performance, Hardy is mesmerizing as the gangster twins, dominating the East End of London for years, until a police investigation, Ronnie’s self-destructive tendencies, and the disintegration of Reggie’s marriage threaten to destroy the empire they built. An edgy and action-packed true story, Legend on Blu-ray™ and DVD also comes with filmmaker commentary and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this instant classic.
- Michelle McCue
Ricky Gervais’ “Special Correspondents” will premiere on Netflix on April 29, the streaming service announced on Wednesday. The film — a remake of the French comedy of the same name — centers on a radio journalist whose response to a career crisis is to fake front-line war reports from the comforts of a restaurant in Queens.
The comic look at journalistic malfeasance is the latest move in Netflix’s push to enter the film world by leveraging its millions of subscribers into backing original productions. The service has already released the acclaimed child soldiers drama “Beasts of No Nation” and the (let’s be generous) less critically well-received “The Ridiculous 6,” a comic western from Adam Sandler. Future projects include “War Machine” with Brad Pitt, “Jadotville” with Jamie Dornan and “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday,” which brings Paul Reubens back into the Playhouse fold.
In addition to Gervais, best known for skewering Hollywood A-listers »
- Brent Lang
Special Correspondents, a new Netflix original feature film was written and directed by Ricky Gervais and stars Eric Bana (Deliver Us From Evil, Lone Survivor) and Gervais (Muppets Most Wanted, Derek). The film is about a struggling New York based radio journalist whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career. With his job on the line, he fakes front line war reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in Queens.
The film also stars Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel, Up in the Air), Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire, Brave), Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects, Casino), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty, How to Train Your Dragon), Raúl Castillo (Looking, Cold Weather), and Benjamin Bratt (Modern Family, 24: Live Another Day).
- Kellvin Chavez
18 items from 2016
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