13 items from 2016
Try not to be blindsided by Sandra Bullock’s beauty! Here’s a 31-year-old version of the "While You Were Sleeping" star at an event in L.A. back in 1995 (left) and 21 years later ... the Oscar-winning actress -- who’s currently filming "Ocean’s Eight" -- on set earlier this week (right). Miss Congeniality! The question is ... Read more »
- TMZ Staff
When the first Passengers trailer came out, it presented the movie as a thriller akin to Gravity. But a new look at the film seems to be riffing on some other films in the Sandra Bullock canon. It’s While You Were Sleeping...in space! Or Two Weeks Notice...in space! Or some other rom com...in space! Gone are the shots of our two dashing leads in peril, replaced by images of them frolicking around having a grand old time on a spaceship. They watch a movie. They go swimming. They have dinner. They have sex. They dance in a goofy fashion. Then they venture out into the great unknown in suits, possibly on a suicide mission. Who knows?
This is all scored to a treacly original song from Imagine Dragons, “Levitate,” about how she’s his shooting star because, you know, they are flying among those balls of »
- Esther Zuckerman
The story follows four longtime girlfriends who take a break from their grown-up lives, as they get to re-live their adolescent fantasies on a reunion cruise headlined by their favorite ’90s boy band. As they sail among 2,000 other crazed superfans, friendships will be tested, alliances will be formed, and bad decisions will be made. Courtney Saladino is executive producing.
The project is being developed in the vein of “Bad Moms,” “Bridesmaids,” and “Last Vegas,” which Turteltaub directed for CBS Films. Turteltaub’s directing credits include “Cool Runnings,” “While You Were Sleeping, “Phenomenon,” “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” and both “National Treasure” movies, which he also produced.
Prince created and executive produced the NBC series “American Dreams.” He recently partnered with Sundance Productions on »
- Dave McNary
On this day in showbiz history...
1902 Ray A Kroc, who popularized the McDonald's empire is born. The Founder which is about his business shenanigans/success opens this December (it was already supposed to have opened but we can't have movies for adults in the summer for some reason).
1923 Happy 93rd birthday to Glynis Johns, one of the greats! Her classics include: Mary Poppins, While You Were Sleeping, The Court Jester, The Ref, and Miranda. Why she doesn't have an Honorary Oscar is simply beyond our understanding. She was nominated only once for fine supporting work in The Sundowners
1945 A strike by set decorators turns into a riot "Blood Friday" at Warner Brothers studios. Are you still enjoying our series "The Furniture" on the work »
- NATHANIEL R
Pullman will play Detective Harry Ambrose in the upcoming crime thriller, the network announced Monday. Harry is a detective who finds himself wrapped up in the case of Cora Tanner (Biel), a housewife who commits a very violent crime and has no idea why. As Harry digs into the case, he finds himself both fascinated and disturbed by Cora’s deep psychological scars. (Biel also serves as an executive producer on the pilot.)
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The Locarno Film Festival kicked off on August 3 and will run until the 13. Actor Bill Pullman, known for his film such as “Spaceballs,” “While You Were Sleeping,” “Casper” and “Independence Day,” received the Swiss festival’s Moët & Chandon Excellence Award.
IndieWire’s own Eric Kohn had the opportunity to chat one-on-one with the actor about his career, his writing and how he balances Hollywood and indies. He also moderated a special conversation with Pullman where fans and attendees could listen as he discussed his early days as a college student and not being on the acting track, to working on the big-budgeted productions that got him noticed.
During the 80-minute event he also touched on working with Nicole Kidman and a slew of other actors and directors, his auditions, his motivation to act and write and so much more. »
- Liz Calvario
Bill Pullman is a familiar face that’s hard to define. The eighties found the actor taking a comedic direction with “Ruthless People” and “Spaceballs”; by early the next decade, he was heading into romantic territory in a string of studio romcoms that culminated with “While You Were Sleeping.” The late nineties epitomized the versatility of Pullman’s career, when his roles ranged from the disoriented center of a Kafkaesque nightmare in David Lynch’s “Lost Highway” to the committed U.S. president in the midst of alien invasion in “Independence Day.”
While that film and its rousing speech remain Pullman’s best-known achievement, they hardly begin to epitomize the sheer range of performances in the actor’s roster. Even as Pullman returned this year to play that character for “Independence Day: Resurgence,” he remains nimble as ever, preparing to star in the independent western “The Ballad of Lefty Brown” while developing a play. »
- Eric Kohn
Locarno — He may have played one of the most beloved fictitious Commanders-in-Chief in recent cinematic history, but back in the real world, Bill Pullman is hoping to let Hillary Clinton get on with the job.
“In this day and age, I do support Hillary Clinton very strongly,” he stated during a Q&A session at Switzerland’s lakeside Locarno Film Festival, where the 62-year-old “Independence Day” star was honored with the Moët & Chandon Excellence Award in recognition of his 30-year film career.
In explaining his support, he referred to this summer’s blockbuster sequel “Independence Day: Resurgence”: “The message of the [film] is that we can put aside our petty differences and come together as one to overcome serious challenges. And when you think of the challenges we face now — climate change and other issues of extremism — there’s no more important time to have a capable leader. And it »
- Guy Lodge
The previously announced project, which focuses on a conspiracy plot behind the ship’s sinking, comes 20 years after the global success of James Cameron’s “Titanic.” Production is expected to start in early 2017.
The production will be structured as a China-u.S. co-venture involving Peak Time and Seven Stars Entertainment, a subsidiary of Wu’s Sun Seven Stars Media Group.
Peak Time reports enduring global interest in the sinking of the iconic passenger ship in 1912 while on its maiden commercial voyage. “As a heartfelt cinematic icon, the word ‘Titanic’ remains one of the most searched words on Google worldwide, »
- Patrick Frater
Do you have a Backstage talent profile? If you’re a subscriber, you can submit yourself for countless roles—ones that might even change your life and make you famous. Take it from the following 9 actors (including one Egot winner): Backstage is a true industry standard and career launcher, which is why we continue to bring you the best casting notices, advice, resources, and interviews with the industry’s top players. Let’s take a look at who among your favorite actors became famous after using Backstage. Sandra BullockEver hear of Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”)? Before her Oscar-nominated turn in “Gravity,” and her iconic roles in “Miss Congeniality” and “While You Were Sleeping,” Bullock was just a hustling actor trying to get auditions. In one interview she told us, “Backstage? I am standing here now because of Backstage!” And she later added, “I look back and I say, ‘Every single thing I have today is because I picked up Backstage every Thursday.’ It’s such a great thing, a tool that still exists for the actor who wants to act to go out and find like minds.” The best part? »
Chinese entrepreneur Bruno Wu has teamed with veteran Hollywood producer Arthur Sarkissian to launch a new venture, Peak Time Entertainment. The pair plan to leverage their financial and creative skills on an initial slate of five projects.
Among the planned projects is “Titanic Code,” a new take focusing on the conspiracy theory about the sinking of the Titanic,. It is based on a script by David Marconi, who wrote “Enemy of the State” and the screenplay for Martin Campbell’s upcoming “The Foreigner,” starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan.
In addition, the duo plans to collaborate in late Fall on “Knights In Paradise,” a character-driven, romantic action-comedy to be filmed in the U.S., China and the Dominican Republic.
“This is a great »
- Patrick Frater
Want a quality action film, but you only have an hour and a half? Step this way...
Looking back over the genre, action films definitely haven’t suffered from the trend to make everything longer. They’ve always been pretty long, regularly clocking in at over two hours. Perhaps because of all the slo-mo? But while the sweet spot for action classics seems to be the 100-110 minute mark, there are those that have cut the genre right down to basics, and succeeded all the more for it.
Below is my pick of 25 great action films 90 minutes or under. Even more so than other genres, action crosses many other films - picking a pure ‘action’ flick is all but impossible. So below I’ve chosen films that retain action sequences as their main narrative device, and keep the action at the heart of the movie, rather than as a extra. »
While you were sleeping in and binge-watching Making a Murderer over the holiday weekend, Kylie Jenner, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez - not together, though that would have been interesting - were among the impressive roster of stars who packed their bags and welcomed 2016 with a vacation to remember. So, where did Hollywood's youngest MVPs head to this holiday season? Quite a few enviable locations actually, ranging from tropical getaways and snow-filled banks that called for endless skiing selfies (we see you, Lucy Hale!). Hailey Baldwin & Justin BIEBERThe longtime friends packed on the Pda during their vacation to St. Barts. »
- Grace Gavilanes, @gracegavilanes
13 items from 2016
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