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There are many reasons to mourn the end of Eastbound & Down. Danny McBride’s easy, almost casual hilarity, the show’s odd, un-tv-like pace, and the sheer thrill of seeing Will Ferrell on television will all be missed.
But there’s also another thing that the HBO series will take with it when its finale airs tonight, and that’s baseball — or, more specifically, baseball’s place in pop culture.
For years — even decades — people have talked about baseball losing its mantle as America’s favorite pastime, but the topic has flared up again in the past few months. National ratings are down, »
- Ray Rahman
The highlight of the 22nd Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (Sliff), held Nov. 14- 24, (aside from the Ray Harryhausen Tribute November 15th) is an appearance by famed writer/director Oliver Stone. A three-time Academy Award® winner, Stone has written and directed more than 20 feature films, among them some of the most influential and iconic films of the last decades. Stone will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at the Tivoli Theatre, 6350 Delmar Blvd. Directors who have previously been honored with a Sliff Lifetime Achievement Award include Paul Schrader, John Sayles, Michael Apted, and Joe Dante.
Held on the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the program will feature a screening of the director’s cut of Stone’s “JFK.” The evening will begin with a clip reel surveying Stone’s career, the presentation of the award, and a conversation between Stone and St. »
- Tom Stockman
In town for the UK premiere of his film Motivational Growth (review) at Sheffield's Celluloid Screams festival, self-described "Engine of Delight" Don Thacker gracefully sat down with us for a lengthy chat about the film and his work past, present and future. What's in that head of his?
The Mold knows, Jack. The Mold knows...
Dread Central: What was the motivation behind Motivational Growth?
Don Thacker: Well, the motivation was to make a movie (laughs). No... I'd actually pitched a completely different film called 'Flexure', which is this awesome sci-fi love thriller that I want to make. I'd actually written it, and I spent a couple of years at Fermilab, the National Accelerator laboratories in Illinois and was visiting there a couple of times a week doing research. I have some guys over there who want to be consultants on the picture. It's a story about a guy who »
A lot of film fans had their eyes opened by the trippy blur of David Lynch, who showed them that movies need not be literal or especially concerned with losing audience members for one or two or all the moments. For me, such a cinematic shakeup didn’t come from Lynch, but Oliver Stone. Much like his underdog characters, he continually challenges the norms of his field. Throughout his career, Stone has been able to shift between yarns spun with either a calm eye or full-on bombast, whether he’s showing modern gladiators in Any Given Sunday, the fractured life of Richard Nixon, or hell’s dirty underbelly as depicted in U-Turn. It’s also obvious that Stone is a history nut, and, with The Untold History of The United States, he spent these past four years crafting a project he’s called his most “ambitious.” It’s a comprehensive, warts-and-all »
- Jack Giroux
Escape Plan is the first time Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone have headlined a movie together. Asterisk 1: Schwarzenegger was one of Stallone’s weekend-cameo all-stars in the first two Expendables films. Asterisk 2: The two men already headlined a movie together. That movie was America, and the running time was the 1980s. The longtime rivals-turned-business partners-turned-surgery buddies rode astride the action genre’s glory days. They were the defining Hollywood duo, more popular — and more easily reduced to cliché — than contemporaries like Bruce Willis or Kurt Russell or Mel Gibson.
And yet, the question of who was the better »
- Darren Franich
A young girl walks into a derelict public bathroom marked “Damas” in someone's handwriting. She looks to herself in the mirror for courage and begins to cut her hair, tape over her breasts and put a baseball cap on. A young boy leaves his aluminum shack of a home with nothing but a backpack. He goes to a garbage dump site, walks over to his friend who works there, and the two of them walk off together. Not a word has been spoken so far in Diego Quemada-Diez's "La Jaula De Oro" ("The Golden Cage") but the level of investment is already palpable. A sure sign of capable filmmaking if there ever was one, Diez makes his film feature debut as a director but is no stranger to the filmmaking process. He represents a great example of what someone can learn and get inspired by when working on professional film sets, »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
Jackson Ball looks at five essential scenes where Al Pacino turns up the volume...
Subtlety: it’s an asset you will find in many of history’s finest actors. Sometimes a performance requires a little bit of restraint, and knowing when to dial it back a notch is what can separate the cream of the Hollywood crop. On the other hand, some of the most memorable scenes from the best performances feature a real lack of subtlety, opting instead for all-out explosiveness.
There can be few doubts that the king of cranking up the volume is Mr. Al Pacino. For decades now, ‘Shouty Al’ has been raising the decibels to create some of his most famous scenes. Here’s some our favourites.…
Michael Corleone begins to crumble before our »
- Gary Collinson
The actor is in talks to play the civil rights pioneer in an upcoming biopic from Dreamworks and Warner Bros., according to The Wrap.
Photos: Hot Shots Of Jamie Foxx
Steven Spielberg (among others) will produce the film and, according to the website, members of Mlk's family will serve as executive producers.
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After breaking his bonds and gunning down scores of Bible belt hatemongers and brutal slave owners in last year’s Django Unchained, Jamie Foxx may end up stepping into the shoes of a real-life freedom fighter for one of his next roles. That would be none other than civil rights leader and champion of equality Martin Luther King, Jr., marking the third biopic about the man’s life and achievements that’s now simmering in the developmental stages.
Incidentally, Foxx’s involvement also means a possible reunion with legendary filmmaker Oliver Stone more than a decade after they collaborated together on the 1999 sports drama Any Given Sunday. Stone, like Foxx, is hashing out his own deal with Dreamworks and Warner Bros. to take ...
- Andrew Crump
There's been a Martin Luther King biopic set up at DreamWorks for awhile, and it looks like it's actually gaining some traction and moving forward. According to The Wrap, Jamie Foxx is in talks to star in the film with Oliver Stone planning to direct. If this team up happens it will be the first time the two have worked together since 1999's Any Given Sunday.
Steven Spielberg is producing the movie, and it features a screenplay written by Kario Salem (The Score, Killing Zoe). The story will follow the life of King and this film will be the first to be authorized by King's estate. The producers even have the right to utilize King's intellectual property, including his famous "I Have a Dream" speech delivered during the 1963 March on Washington, to create a definitive portrait of his life.
This is some big, solid talent, and if the team up »
- Joey Paur
Jamie Foxx is certainly one of Hollywood’s favorite actors at the moment with his recent roles in Django Unchained, White House Down and the upcoming The Amazing Spider-man 2. The wrap has now revealed that the actor is in talks to star as Martin Luther King Jr. with Oliver Stone also in negotiations to direct.
A film based on Martin Luther King Jr. has been in development with different Hollywood studios for years, with director Paul Greengrass also in the process of making his own film chronicling the political figures life. After Dreamworks acquired the rights to Kings famous ‘I have a dream speech’ in 2009 they decided to team up with Warner Bros in 2011 who had also planned their own film based on King with three years of extensive research going into the script.
It would not come as a surprise to see Oliver Stone direct the film given »
- Ben Read
Jamie Foxx and Oliver Stone, who worked together on Any Given Sunday, are in talks to reteam for a Martin Luther King Jr. biopic, with Foxx in the lead role. The Wrap notes that this is the film authorized by the King family, which counts Steven Spielberg among its producers. Keeping the King biopics straight may become difficult. Director Paul Greengrass has been working on Memphis, which focuses on the civil rights leader's final days, for many years, and Selma, which was once a Lee Daniels project, is now being directed by Ava DuVernay with The Butler's David Oyelowo playing King. We could have an Olympus Has Fallen/White House Down situation – not that we're complaining. King biopics are far more essential than Die Hard knock offs set in the White House. »
- Margaret Hartmann
The life and abrupt death of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is a subject that has inspired filmmakers to try to craft the perfect biopic for years. Directors such as Paul Greengrass and The Butler’s Lee Daniels have been stuck in development hell on their planned projects, and now here comes Oliver Stone, who has his Any Given Sunday star Jamie Foxx ready to take the lead.According to The Wrap, Foxx is in talks for the role, with Stone in negotiations with DreamWorks and Warner Bros. to direct Kario Salem’s draft of a script originally written by Ronald Harwood. DreamWorks nabbed the rights to King’s story in 2009, which crucially included the permission to use his famous “Dream” speech, as protected by copyright.Salem has spent years conducting interviews and doing research for the film, and it would appear that the King family will support »
There are currently several films in development about Martin Luther King Jr. and one of the more prominent ones is the biopic from Warner Bros. and DreamWorks. Originally, both studios tried to get their own films off the ground but a couple of years ago, they decided to join forces and to just make one movie. Now, we’re finally hearing that the long-gestating project is moving forward as Jamie Foxx is in talks to star for director Oliver Stone.
Of course, the two have worked together in the past on the excellent football film Any Given Sunday, which is where Foxx really got his first big break. To see that they’re hoping to team up again is definitely exciting, especially because Stone is no stranger to tackling important political figures (JFK, Nixon, W.) and Foxx is arguably at the top of his game right now.
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- Matt Joseph
Reports are surfacing that DreamWorks is ready to move forward with the authorized version of Martin Luther King‘s life story, the one that Mlk’s family is behind and which has the rights to use his copyrighted speeches. They have Jamie Foxx and director Oliver Stone poised for an Any Given Sunday re-team on the project, which they want to do with Warner Bros. All I can think of as director Paul Greengrass and producer Scott Rudin prepare for tomorrow’s opening of Captain Phillips is, Paul, get busy on your Mlk film Memphis, because your Oscar-caliber script is just way too good to get relegated to the scrap heap. I’ve been writing for years about Memphis, Greengrass‘ script about a great man’s final days. It started out at Universal, which put it in turnaround right around the time that the director’s relationship with the studio »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Back in 2009, the studio acquired the Civil Rights leader's life rights and access to all of his copyrighted speeches, including his famous "I Have a Dream" speech, books and other works. It is the first film to be granted permission by Martin Luther King's family to use his intellectual property for a feature.
Kario Salem (Chasing Mavericks) wrote the screenplay, after spending three years doing research and interviews. Ronald Harwood (Quartet) wrote an earlier draft. It isn't known what aspects of Martin Luther King's life will be put on display in this feature.
Steven Spielberg is producing for DreamWorks, alongside Suzanne De Passe, Madison Jones and Sam Nappi. Several members of Martin Luther King's family are expected to be executive producers. No production schedule was given. »
Filmmaker Oliver Stone has his sights set on tackling the life of another historical figure. The Alexander and W. filmmaker is in early talks to direct a biopic about the life of Martin Luther King Jr., with his Any Given Sunday star Jamie Foxx in talks to star. The project is set up at DreamWorks and is expected to have the support of King’s family, unlike director Paul Greengrass’ long-developing Mlk film Memphis, which provides a three-dimensional warts-and-all look at Dr. King on his final days. Hit the jump for more on this new project, including how it might affect Greengrass’ film. News of Stone and Foxx’s involvement in an Mlk biopic comes courtesy of The Wrap, which reports that the DreamWorks film has a screenplay by Kario Salem. There’s no word on whether this will be a cradle-to-grave biopic like Foxx’s Ray or if it »
- Adam Chitwood
Jamie Foxx is in talks to play Martin Luther King Jr. in a biopic that Oliver Stone is in negotiations to direct for DreamWorks and Warner Bros., three individuals familiar with the long-gestating project have told TheWrap. Oscar winners Foxx and Stone previously worked together on 1999′s football drama “Any Given Sunday,” which helped put Foxx on the map as a major movie star. Warner Bros. had no comment. Steven Spielberg will produce for DreamWorks along with Suzanne de Passe, Madison Jones and Sam Nappi, while several members of the King family are expected to serve as executive producers on the project. »
- Jeff Sneider
When he's not criticizing the Breaking Bad finale, Oliver Stone is trying to get another biopic going. This time it's one on Martin Luther King, Jr. Stone is in negotiations to direct a Martin Luther King Jr. biopic for Dreamworks and Warner Bros according to several sources close to TheWrap.com. Jamie Foxx is in talks to play the civil rights leader. Both parties previously worked together on 1999s Any Given Sunday. Kario Salem (Chasing Mavericks) has worked on the project for Warner »
- Niki Stephens
In development from DreamWorks for some time , a proposed biopic of Martin Luther King, Jr. appears to be gaining some serious traction today as TheWrap reports that Jamie Foxx is in talks to headline with Oliver Stone tentatively planning to direct. Fox and Stone previously teamed for Any Given Sunday in 1999. The film, which features a screenplay by Kario Salem ( The Score , Killing Zoe ), will follow the life of King and will mark the first film to be authorized by King's estate, giving the producers the right to utilize King's intellectual property -- including his famous "I Have a Dream" speech delivered during the 1963 March on Washington -- to create a definitive portrait of his life. Foxx and Stone are no stranger to biopics. The former won an Academy »
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