CBS has put in development a drama series based on the Nancy Drew character from the iconic mystery book series. Longtime Grey’s Anatomy exec producers Joan Rater and Tony Phelan will co-write the adaptation and will executive produce with Oscar-winning producer Dan Jinks (American Beauty). Nick Nantell, Svp of The Dan Jinks Company, who brought in the project, will be a producer. CBS Television Studios, where Rater & Phelan as well as Jinks are under an overall deal… »
Read More: Indiewire's Ultimate Guide to Documentary Filmmaking A former American beauty queen turned lawyer practicing in Kabul, Afghanistan sounds like a plot straight from fiction, but Kimberley Motley does what seems impossible every day. The upcoming documentary "Motley's Law" follows the 38-year-old attorney, currently the only foreigner and only Western woman practicing law in Kabul, as she continues to fight corruption more than five years after first leaving America for Afghanistan. In the above trailer, Motley admits she originally came to Kabul for the money, but once she experienced the corruption of the legal system first hand, it became a personal struggle. Motley takes many of her cases pro bono, dealing with human rights and women's rights cases often ignored by Western media. As she struggles with a family back home in Wisconsin, as well as with death threats aimed to stop her from working, Motley must make hard »
- Ryan Anielski
Directed by Joachim Trier
Norway / Denmark /France, 2015
Grief, depression, and loneliness. Norwegian director Joachim Trier’s first foray into English-language film is rife with subject matter suited for a dour art house affair. Yet Louder Than Bombs is infused with a vibrant humanism that cares for its characters and has a firm grasp of cinematic language and exceptional editing which ratchets it up a notch past a typical prestige drama. It’s too subtle, too bold, too willing to reach into a grab bag of visual styles and character set pieces to care about falling into the right Hollywood genre.
Capturing the depression and isolation of Gene Reed (Gabriel Byrne), and his two sons Jonah (Jesse Eisenberg) and Conrad (Devin Druid), several years after his wife Isabelle, a war photographer who (Isabelle Huppert) died in a car crash, Louder Than Bombs »
- Josh Hamm
The Austin Film Festival (Aff) has announced its lineup for 2015, which features standout awards contenders like “Brooklyn,” starring Saoirse Ronan and Domhnall Gleeson; “Carol,” starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara; and “Legend” as particular draws. The latter Tom Hardy vehicle is slated as the festival’s Oct. 29 opening feature. Academy Award winning actor Chris Cooper and writer-director John Singleton will also be presented with the festival’s Extraordinary Contribution to Film and Acting Awards, Oct. 31. Cooper has over 50 film and television credits to his name, among them “August: Osage County,” “American Beauty,” “The Bourne Identity,” and “Adaptation,” for which he won the 2002 Oscar for best supporting actor. He will be in attendance for the festival’s “Heart of Film” screening of “Coming Through the Rye,” in which he portrays author J.D. Salinger. As a veteran filmmaker, Singleton’s credits include writing and directing “Boyz n the Hood” and “Shaft,” among others. »
The awards will be presented on Oct. 31 at the Austin Club.
Singleton’s credits include writing and directing “Boyz n the Hood,” “Poetic Justice,” “Higher Learning,” “Shaft” and “Baby Boy” and directing “2 Fast 2 Furious,” “Four Brothers” and “Abduction.” He’s directed an episode of “Empire” and developed “Snowfall,” an original series for FX.
Singleton will present a retrospective screening of “Boyz n the Hood” at the festival. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for the 1991 film.
Cooper’s award will be presented by “Lonesome Dove” creator Bill Wittliff. His credits include “August, Osage County,” “The Bourne Identity,” “Capote,” “The Horse Whisperer,” “Lonesome Dove,” “The Town,” “American Beauty” and “Adapation,” for which he received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. »
- Dave McNary
Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, the longtime married producers who have had a hand in titles such as The Ring, Gladiator, and American Beauty, among others, are still as busy as ever. They've got a Malala Yousafzai doc unspooling next month, as well as a Barbie adaptation at Sony and finance duties on Tom Hanks's The Circle. In a recent interview, THR asked the industry power couple about all of their current projects, but also took the opportunity to check in on a fan favorite: Men in Black. What does the future hold for the property? Isn't it about time Mib, like everybody else and their mother, was revived? Unfortunately, it's a future that doesn't look like it'll include Will Smith (and who knows about 21 Jump Street), but there's a confirmed, cryptic future nonetheless.Here's the interview portion in question, via THR: THR: You produced Men in Black. Has »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
The UK has seen a pretty awesome summer in 2013 compared to recent years. But as brilliant as constant sunshine is a welcome change to the usual rain in June or snow in April, some of us here at Digital Spy can't help but choose autumn as our favourite season of the year. And autumn has arrived today!
Sun is still around, a cool breeze is in the year, trees and falling leaves look like a beautiful painting, and we can start wearing cosy jumpers. So for those who love this time of year, DS has compiled a list of 12 great autumnal movies for the 12 equinox hours to get you in the mood.
While the time-travel elements may be confusing and make little sense, this underrated gem reunites Speed's Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock in a film that really showcases the beauty of autumn throughout.
With much »
Open Your World. This is for Bond fans, and just because it's awesome. Yes, it's shameless advertising being plugged for no other reason than it's cool. But it's such a cool video, and I'm a Bond nerd so I can't help but feature it. Heineken has debuted their latest TV commercial as a tie-in promotion for Spectre, the 24th Bond movie, starring Daniel Craig as James Bond. Craig stars in this short 90 second spot as 007 escaping by boat, and of course because it's Heineken, they make it fun and toss in a lovely lady who gets pulled in (literally). They made one of these for Skyfall too (also below), but this one is perhaps a bit better. Enjoy! Here's the new Heineken commercial to promote Spectre, called "The Chase", featuring Daniel Craig: And here's the Heineken commercial for Skyfall, called "The Express" also featuring Daniel Craig: Spectre is directed by Sam Mendes (Skyfall, »
- Alex Billington
During the afternoon yesterday, the Toronto International Film Festival gave out its prestigious Audience Award, often considered a harbinger for the Academy Awards. The winner at Tiff this year? Well, in a bit of an upset, it was none other than Room, the Lenny Abrahamson directed film that stars Brie Larson in a role that’s generated some major Oscar buzz. The inside word had big time award player Spotlight as the odds on favorite for the prize, but Room is what wound up taking it. As such, this is now a contender worth paying even more attention to than we were already. It’s a player, no doubt about it… For those who aren’t aware of this one, Room is an adaptation of the beloved novel by Emma Donoghue, who also penned the screenplay. It centers on a mother named Ma (played by Larson) and her young son »
- Joey Magidson
Justin Chang: And so ends another edition of the Toronto Intl. Film Festival — the 40th edition, as it happens, which organizers chose to commemorate in part by unveiling a competition slate (Platform) and a sidebar devoted to episodic TV premieres (Primetime). Not all that transpired here, of course, has been quite so celebratory. Market activity has been on the slow side, and there were two controversial last-minute withdrawals from the lineup — Sydney Pollack’s “Amazing Grace” (which was also yanked a week earlier from Telluride) and Mathew Cullen’s “London Fields” — due to creative differences and behind-the-scenes legal wrangling. Worst of all was the sad news from abroad that the Polish director Marcin Wrona, having just attended the well-received world premiere of his Discovery entry “Demon” at Toronto, had died shortly before his film was about to be unveiled at the Gdynia Film Festival.
There’s no appropriate segue from »
- Justin Chang and Peter Debruge
A24 awards hopeful "Room (October 16) directed by Lenny Abrahamson and starring Brie Larson, just got boosted into serious Oscar contention by winning the 38th Grolsch People's Choice Award, the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival. Why? Because so many past winners have been not only Oscar contenders but winners, going back to 1981's "Chariots of Fire" and on through "Life is Beautiful," "Shine," "American Beauty," "Precious," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "The King's Speech," and "Silver Linings Playbook." While "Room" came out strong from Telluride and played well in Toronto, this is a sign that it has the right stuff to be a hit. And tug the tear ducts. Brie Larson is a definite Best Actress contender, but also earning strong notices is Jacob Tremblay, her pint-sized co-star; A24 will campaign for him in the Best Actor category. Director Lenny »
- Anne Thompson
Lenny Abrahamson's dark drama "Room" won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival over the likes of "Brooklyn," "The Danish Girl" and "Spotlight." (See the full list of winners below.) This surprise victory bodes well for its Oscar hopes. Of the previous 37 Tiff champs, 13 reaped Best Picture bids at the Oscars and five of them won the top Academy Award: "Chariots of Fire" (1981), "American Beauty" (1999), "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008), "The King's Speech" (2010) and "12 Years a Slave" (2013). -Break- The eight also-rans at the Oscars were "The Big Chill" (1983), "Places in the Heart" (1984), "Shine" (1996), "Life is Beautiful" (1998), "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000), "Precious" (2009), "Silver Linings Playbook" (2012) and last year's winner, »
The Toronto Film Festival threw a bit of a curve ball Sunday, announcing that Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room” had claimed this year’s People’s Choice Award. The prize, often an awards season harbinger, has gone to films such as “American Beauty,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The King’s Speech” and “12 Years a Slave” in the past.
The bestseller adaptation began its journey at the Telluride Film Festival two weeks ago, where it was one of the most popular films of the fest. It is in a prime position to be A24’s first best picture nominee to date, with Brie Larson a sure-fire leading actress contender and 8-year-old Jacob Tremblay a strong supporting actor possibility.
Other films that played the fest »
- Kristopher Tapley
“Colony” comes from executive producer Carlton Cuse (“Lost,” “Bates Motel”) and Ryan Condal (“Hercules”). Nelson McCormick (“24”) also executive produces. It stars Josh Holloway (“Lost”) and Sarah Wayne Callies (“The Walking Dead”) as parents in a Los Angeles family struggling to stay together and survive in a not-too-distant dystopian future. Peter Jacobson (“House”) is also among the cast.
The series is cloaked in mystery, which is something Holloway is used to after working with Cuse on “Lost.”
“In the tradition of working with Carlton Cuse, I don’t know anything that’s going on — it’s a wonderful discovery [process],” he told journalists in August at the USA’s Television Critics Assoc. »
- Whitney Friedlander
Thora Birch (American Beauty) is set for a major recurring role in USA Network’s upcoming drama series Colony, set to premiere on January 14. From Lost executive producer Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal, Colony is set in near-future Los Angeles, which exists in a state of occupation by a force of outside intruders. Some people choose to collaborate with the authorities and benefit from the new order, while others rebel and suffer the consequences. Birch, repped by Berwick… »
Thirty-one years ago today, Kiss appeared in public for the first time without their trademark face paint. The makeup-less appearance aired on MTV to promote the band’s new album, “Lick It Up,” and that was a beginning of a new era for the hard rock band as they abandoned the iconic makeup and studded black leather costumes. Check out the MTV moment below: Other notable Sept. 18 happenings in pop culture history: • 1851: The first issue of The New York Times was published. • 1927: The Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting System (CBS) first went on the air with a network of 16 radio stations. • 1970: Jimi Hendrix died in London at age 27. • 1976: Wild Cherry’s “Play that Funky Music” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It stayed at the top of the chart for three weeks. • 1979: The Eagles’ single “Heartache Tonight” was released. The song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot »
- Emily Rome
The new issue of Empire is guest edited by Sam Mendes, the director of Spectre. This is, needless to say, very exciting news and brings some very obvious benefits. And we're not talking about his generous approval of our holiday requests. No, the new boss has delivered into readers' laps the most spectacular array of scoops, new looks and access to his 24th instalment of the mighty 007 franchise. It also has a cover - revealed exclusively below - that sets the movie's two adversaries check-by-jowl in a face-off for the ages.As revealed earlier in the week, the issue also offers some incredible access to Mendes's book of contacts. There are interviews with Spielberg, Joss Whedon and David Fincher - conducted by the editor himself, no less - as well as an in-depth look back at some of the other highlights on the editor's CV, including American Beauty, and a »
Winning the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival is a major feather in the cap for any film — and, for many, the launching pad for even loftier goals. Indeed, five went on to win best picture at the Academy Awards.
Chariots of Fire (1981): This true story about two Olympic athletes, one a devout Christian running for God, the other an English Jew running to overcome prejudice, in the 1924 Games won best picture at the 54th Academy Awards. A few months before receiving that statue it premiered at Tiff and took home the audience award. The film’s legacy, and particularly its theme song (which earned composer Vangelis an Oscar), endures to this day.
American Beauty (1999): Screenwriter Alan Ball‘s family drama about a depressed suburban father (Kevin Spacey) who suffers a mid-life crisis after developing an infatuation on his teenage daughter’s best friend, »
- Patrick Shanley
Kevin Spacey has two Oscars (Supporting for "The Usual Suspects" in 1995, Lead for "American Beauty" in 1999) and a Tony ("Lost in Yonkers," 1991) but has lost all six of his previous Emmy races. This year he is a Best Drama Actor nominee for the third year running for playing conniving politico Frank Underwood on "House of Cards" (he has also reaped three additional bids as a producer of the Netflix hit). Earlier this year, Spacey won the Golden Globe and SAG award. Can his episode submission, "Chapter 32" win over Emmy voters? -Break- Click here to see the updated list of all 2015 Emmy episode submissions Synopsis Frank and Claire (Robin Wright) travel to Moscow to negotiate the release of an imprisoned Us citizen. Claire visits the young man, Michael Corrigan, in his cell as Frank tries to settle the terms of the peace treaty with Viktor Petrov. Claire informs Corrigan that Petrov »
Empire has been blessed with some prestigious guest editors before – Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson have both occupied the hot seat – and this month they’re joined by another filmmaking titan. Sam Mendes, director of Spectre, Skyfall and American Beauty, among others, is adding Empire’s guest editorship to his substantial honour roll. And with him comes the greatest Spectre coverage on the planet.When the November issue hits shelves next Thursday, within will be 38 pages of dedicated Spectre coverage, including first-looks, on-set reports and all the treasures afforded to a magazine whose editor actually made the movie.It's a truly unmissable event for fans of Empire, 007, the Bond franchise or Mendes' - can we just call him 'boss' now and be done with it? - filmmaking career, both within and without Eon's historic franchise. He's delved into his contacts book to quiz his peers (including fellow guest editor Steven Spielberg! »
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