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Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. Pictures is eyeing Matthew McConaughey to play Randall Flagg in Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) upcoming adaptation of Stephen King's apocalyptic masterpiece novel "The Stand."
Randall Flagg is the demonic figure who wreaks havoc after a plague kills most of the population. Flagg was played by Jamey Sheridan in the 1994 television adaptation. Flagg was such a force of evil that he has appeared in at least nine of King's novels, sometimes as the primary antagonist and other times in a cameo appearance including The Dark Tower series.
Patrick Massett & John Zinman wrote the script, which is based on a true story about the 1993 Bre-x Mineral Corporation mining scandal in which vast amounts of gold were reportedly discovered in the Indonesian jungle. »
- Kellvin Chavez
Matthew McConaughey is a hot favourite to walk out of the Emmys with an award for his work on True Detective, and while he won’t be returning for the highly anticipated second season, there are plenty of other high profile projects on the horizon for the charismatic Oscar winner (Dallas Buyers Club).
Warner Bros. are working on a big screen adaptation of The Stand and Josh Boone is still attached to direct. Well, they both want McConaughey for the movie and Deadline reports that he’s being eyed for the role of Randall Flagg, the lead villain in the epic story penned by Stephen King.
A number of filmmakers have been attached to the project in recent years, including Ben Affleck and David Yates. Flagg is described as, “the personification of evil, a demonic figure who wreaks havoc after a plague kills most of the population.” It’s a »
- Josh Wilding
Exclusive: Remember how a movie actor’s stock dropped when they slummed on the small screen? Matthew McConaughey heads into the weekend as a favorite to win an Emmy for HBO’s True Detective. His performance as Rust Cohle, stacked on top of his Oscar winning Dallas Buyers Club role, is so impressive he is being chased for numerous plum film roles. I’m told that Warner Bros covets him to play the role of Randall Flagg in The Stand, the adaptation of Stephen King’s apocalyptic masterpiece novel that Josh Boone will direct. Flagg is the personification of evil, a demonic figure who wreaks havoc after a plague kills most of the population. He was played in haunting fashion by Jamie Sheridan in the miniseries adaptation. This is by no means a firm situation, but it’s understandable why the studio thinks McConaughey would be a compelling and persuasive »
- Mike Fleming Jr
AMC has found a director for Afghanistan drama White City. The project, recently ordered to pilot, will be helmed by Stephen Gaghan. The writer and director, perhaps best known for his Oscar-winning adapted screenplay for Steven Soderberg's Traffic, also will serve as an executive producer on the project, which comes from novelist Nick McDonell and politico John Dempsey. Chris Mundy and Tom Freston also serve as executive producers. "Nick and John were actually staying at my house, fresh out of Kabul, when they were going around pitching the show," said Gaghan, who had exceptionally flattering words for
- Michael O'Connell
The drama, which comes from former Middle East correspondent for Time magazine Nick McDonell and former senior Afghanistan adviser to Richard C. Holbrooke John Dempsey, centers on Western diplomats and journalists living in Afghanistan. The lead character is Jon Liston, a war junkie who has spent the better part of the last decade in Kabul with a front-row seat to the carnage. In the pilot, Jon ignores the advice of everyone and overreaches in an attempt to talk with insurgent leaders. It does not go well.
McDonell and Dempsey are co-writers and co-executive producers. Executive producers are Chris Mundy, a long-time journalist for Rolling Stone and showrunner on “Criminal Minds” and “Low Winter Sun,” and Tom Freston, the former CEO of Viacom and a former resident of Afghanistan. »
- Whitney Friedlander
Two years ago, we told you about a project teaming up Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Tobey Maguire as producers of a drama about animal trafficking for Warner Bros. The film was inspired by Hardy’s friends, former Special Forces operatives who went on to become anti-poaching fighters in South Africa and other nations where the problem ran rampant. Although that project is still in development with Hardy in the lead, Deadline reports the same three have signed with the same studio to produce another film about the same issue, and they may all star in this one. Scripted by Will Staples, so far best known for writing video games and the as-yet-unmade Mission: Impossible 5, the new project will follow a structure somewhat in the vein of Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic, as in it’s taking a multistory approach to the impact of animal poaching. The film will explore the heinous industry from every facet and angle »
- Samantha Wilson
Nearly two years ago, we heard about Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Tom Hardy teaming up to produce an animal trafficking drama, in the same vein as Steven Soderbergh's Traffic, that takes a dramatic from look at everything from the ground war on poachers in the African savanna to how animal material ends up in the fancy fashion houses of Paris. There's been no news since then, but now Deadline reports Mission: Impossible 5 writer Will Staples will script another untitled film set up at Warner Bros. about the same topic with Hardy, DiCaprio and Maguire still possibly taking roles in an ensemble cast. Staples previously worked writing video games like Call of Duty and Need for Speed, but he's hit Hollywood with a Black Listed script called King of Heists, which will star Jeremy Renner, and a project called Myth that will be produced by Transformers franchise producer »
- Ethan Anderton
Film music novices Alex Ebert, Arcade Fire and Pharrell Williams are among the first-time nominees competing at the 14th World Soundtrack Awards on Oct. 25, the culmination of Film Fest Ghent. The first-time nominees will be joined by Wsa perennials Alexandre Desplat and Hans Zimmer at the annual event, the first of its kind, which takes place at Kuipke, a velodrome that’s converted into a concert hall for the occasion in Ghent, Belgium.
Not only will awards be handed out for composer of the year, original film score and original song written directly for film, but the evening will feature the Brussells Philharmionic, as is custom, during a program that will pay tribute to a couple of career honorees, including another pop artist-turned-film composer, Cliff Martinez (“Traffic,” “Only God Forgives”), and Lifetime Achievement Award winner Francis Lai (“A Man and a Woman,” “Love Story”).
Ebert (pictured above), also known as »
- Steve Chagollan
(Cbr) If you don’t have Cinemax, or you’re not sure about giving the cable channel’s new series "The Knick" a chance, here’s some big incentive to test it out. Cinemax has released the full pilot episode of the period drama on YouTube for your viewing pleasure. Directed by Steven Soderbergh ("Ocean’s Eleven," "Traffic") and starring Clive Owen ("Children of Men," "Sin City"), "The Knick" takes place in 1900 and focuses on New York surgeon John W. Thackery (Owen) and his attempts to innovate modern medicine at the Knickerbocker Hospital. The show has already been renewed for a 10-episode second season, so it’s not going away anytime soon; might as well get in on the ground floor, while the getting is good. Check out the first episode of "The Knick" on YouTube. "The Knick" airs Fridays at 10 p.m. Et/Pt on Cinemax. »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
Big news today: We’re excited to announce Amazon Studios’ third pilot season, beginning August 28th and featuring three half hour comedies The Cosmopolitans, Really and Red Oaks, and two hour-long dramatic thrillers Hand of God and Hysteria. For one month, it will be up to you to watch, rate and comment – ultimately helping us decide which of them get the greenlight.
“There is something for everyone in this season,” says Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios. The glamorous life of modern day expats in Paris. The hijinks of a summer job at a country club in 1980s New Jersey. The visions of a vigilante judge who appears to be channeling God. The complexities of marriage and friendship among a circle of friends in suburban Chicago. And the mysteries behind a psycho-physiological illness spreading through a small town in Texas.
You can help choose which of these stories should get “picked up” to become shows. »
The first episode of Steven Soderbergh's "The Knick" premieres tonight, August 8, at 10 p.m. Et/Pt and just a couple nights ago I watched the first two episodes of the show, which stars Clive Owen as Dr. John W. Thackery, working at New York's Knickerbocker Hospital in the year 1900. It's early days in anesthetics and the premiere episode's opening scene is a brutal one, offering an introduction into the blood bath the show will surely be. Having only watched the first two episodes (they sent me the first seven) I can't say I'm wholly in the bag for the show just yet as it is yet another television series that seems determined to focus solely on the bleak nature of the situation at hand and absolutely nothing that would seem to offer any sense of relief from the despair. Dead babies, cocaine use, racial issues, deviant ambulance drivers, electrical issues, »
- Brad Brevet
This piece was originally published on January 27, 2013. Steven Soderbergh has directed 26 films since his 1989 debut, sex, lies, and videotape — the behind-closed-doors portrait of yuppie Louisiana often credited with kick-starting the indie-film revolution of the nineties, released when he was only 26. In the 24 years since, he’s been a remarkably prolific chameleon, managing arguably more than any other director of his generation to successfully bounce between the low- and high-budget, not only directing but often editing and shooting his own films, each, in its way, an audacious experiment. In one extraordinary three-year streak — 1998 to 2001 — he directed two noirish classics (Out of Sight, The Limey), pulled an Oscar performance out of Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich), earned an Oscar of his own (Traffic, the same year he was also nominated for Brockovich), and launched a lucrative franchise (Ocean’s Eleven, followed by Twelve and »
- Mary Kaye Schilling
The Knick takes a step back into time to 1900 when medicine was much different than it is today. A simple wound could bring death and visiting a doctor could cause more harm than good. The series from Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) stars Clive Owen (Children of Men) as Dr. John Thackery, a brilliant and arrogant surgeon at New York City's The Knickerbocker Hospital. »
Directed by: James Gunn Written by: James Gunn and Nicole Perlman Main Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel (voice), Bradley Cooper (voice), Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio del Toro, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Josh Brolin (voice), and more… Past Oscar relations: Benecio del Toro won Best Supporting Actor for Traffic and the quintet of Josh Brolin, Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Djimon Hounsou, and John C. Reilly are all past Academy Award nominees Folks, here now is a brand spanking new article in this particular ongoing series of mine on 2014 releases hoping to compete for some kind of notable Oscar attention as awards contenders at the upcoming 2015 ceremony. Next up for us here in the series is the Marvel science fiction/superhero epic Guardians of the Galaxy, which is the latest gamble on the part of the studio. If it manages to have »
- Joey Magidson
The Killing was an American remake from AMC based on the nordic noir show popularised over here by showings on BBC 4. The Us version moved things to Seattle where it rained constantly and revolved around the murder of Rosie Larson. Unfairly compared to Twin Peaks when it debuted, it was nonetheless something of a hit on Channel 4 for at least two seasons. I lost track of it around the mid-point of season two, not because I didn’t like it, I enjoyed it lots despite its grimness but it became impossible to keep up with the weekly scheduled showings and 4Od was, and still is not very good. From what I hear season two wrapped up the murder of Larson and season three moved on to a new mystery which was just as gripping.
The reason I mention this anyway is that like Arrested Development, Netflix has picked up »
- Chris Holt
Film Fest Ghent, whose World Soundtrack Awards initiated a spate of annual film music showcases around the world over the past decade, has named French composer Francis Lai as the recipient of the Wsa’s Lifetime Achievement Award for the event’s 14th edition (Oct. 14-25).
The honor for Lai, best known for his scores on Claude Lelouch’s landmark “A Man and a Woman” and Arthur Hiller’s blockbuster hit “Love Story,” is in keeping with the French skew of Ghent’s film fest proper, which is entering its 41st year. (Catherine Deneuve is this year’s poster girl.) In this regard, according to fest spokesperson Riema Reybrouck, a series retrospectives on French directors are in the planning stages.
A selection of Lai’s work will be performed at the WSAs on Oct. 25, where American film composer Cliff Martinez will also hold court as the main guest of the musical proceedings, »
- Steve Chagollan
'Taneleer Tivan' is one of the alien Elders of the Universe and is close to his fellow 'Elder En Dwi Gast' (aka 'Grandmaster'. He apparently came to self-awareness billions of years ago, on the planet 'Cygnus X-1', as a powerful being who wielded the 'Power Primordial' and, though at first he took the appearance of an old human, his true form is a powerful alien.
"...for millions of years, the 'Collector' lived on an unknown world with his wife and child, spending his days in thought and contemplation.
"Over three billion years ago, when his wife 'Matani' lost the will to live and relinquished her immortality, »
- Michael Stevens
As expected, writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s "Inherent Vice," a '70s detective comedy, will world premiere at the upcoming 52nd New York Film Festival (September 26 – October 12) as the Centerpiece gala on Saturday October 4, declaring itself as a fall awards contender. The fest has launched awards campaigns in recent years for "A Social Network," "Life of Pi," "Flight," "Her," "Hugo" and "Captain Phillips." Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel boasts a top-flight cast: Joaquin Phoenix ("The Master"), Josh Brolin ("W"), Reese Witherspoon ("Legally Blonde"), Benicio Del Toro ("Traffic") and Owen Wilson ("Midnight in Paris"). This is Anderson’s third fest outing after "Boogie Nights" (1997) and "Punch-Drunk Love" (2002). Warner Bros. will open the film limited on December 12, 2014 and wide on January »
- Anne Thompson
Edited by Adam Cook
Above: a new digital anthology on Hong Kong Cinema is available online from Film Comment. The Summer issue of the magazine is out now too. Also relevant: Tony Leung is set to star in Wong Kar-Wai's next film. "Gas food lodging: The best job in the world has its downside": in an unusual blog entry, David Bordwell expounds on "the indignities of film festivals." It's still months away from release, but we're dying of anticipation for Michael Mann's Cyber. The La Times has a brief report from Bejiing, featuring some words from the director himself.
Above: speaking of films we can't wait to see, here's the new trailer for David Fincher's Gone Girl. One from last week that slipped through its Noteworthy is Laura Legge's magnificent ode to subtitles for 3:am Magazine, "long Pause, romantic music, silence".
Our pal Girish Shambu has »
It was hard to swallow the fact that the man who gave us “Sex, Lies, and Videotape,” “Traffic” and the “Ocean’s” franchise was leaving the movie biz when Steven Soderbergh started winding down his movie career around this time last year. We’ve learned more about his motives since then and have been treated to a newfound focus on TV.
“The fact that it became a story at all is because of Matt Damon,” Soderbergh told the mag. “He remembered verbatim a drunk conversation we had in Chicago and repeated it to USA Today. I’d talked about it before and nobody gave a shit. It wasn’t until Matt said that I had a plan to get out. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
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