4 items from 2014
“The reason this is happening is because I’m pursuing my own agenda about the school and what I think it should teach,” said George Lucas, who endowed three new chairs in a dedication at the USC School of Cinematic Arts Thursday. The audience laughed, but he drove his point home.
“Don’t forget the basics. Don’t get enamored with new technology, because it’s not new. Just the medium we’re working in is new, but that doesn’t change anything. The art of what we do is exactly the same. It’s beyond technology. It’s the art of movies.”
The younger attendees in the audience tittered with excitement as the “Star Wars” creator – who was perhaps the most casually dressed that night in jeans – spoke.
- Alex Stedman
HBO Asia is set to begin production on its second Singapore-set original mini-series, Grace. The project stars American actor Russell Wong (What Women Want; HBO Asia’s Serangoon Road) as Roy Chan, a loving but unfaithful husband, who makes a mistake that "condemns his family to unspeakable horror." Photos: 2014's New Broadcast and Cable TV Shows The show is set in present day Asia and is said to examine the region's cultural values of concepts of family, sacrifice and vengeance. Singaporean veteran actress Constance Song (Point Of Entry; The Ultimatum) plays Roy Chan's wife, Angela Chan, while Pamelyn Chee
- Patrick Brzeski
Originally set to star Robert De Niro and Reese Witherspoon, Nancy Meyer’s The Intern is seeing a casting replacement, with Witherspoon dropping out and Anne Hathaway coming on board to take her place.
The film will find the actress playing “the founder of a fashion-based e-commerce company who agrees to a community outreach program where seniors will intern at the firm.” De Niro will take on the role of the titular intern, who “becomes indispensable at the firm.”
Considering how bland and predictable the premise of this film sounds, I’m actually quite surprised that Warner Bros. was able to draw in talent like Hathaway and De Niro. Then again, you can look at it the other way as well. If these two stars are signing on, perhaps there’s something there. Plus, Meyers has a decent track record when it comes to these types of films (What Women Want, »
- Matt Joseph
Former Bourne Matt Damon and future Batman Ben Affleck are set to team up once again, but this time for a multi-cam comedy on CBS. A pilot episode for More Time With Family has already been ordered by the network, and Damon and Affleck will executive produce through Pearl Street Films.
According to Variety, the project stars Tom Papa as a husband and father who makes a career change in order to spend more time with his family.
Papa co-wrote the pilot and worked with Damon in Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant! and Behind the Candelabra. The other writers are Josh Goldsmith (The King of Queens) and his wife/writing partner, Cathy Yuspa (What Women Want).
That’s all we know for now, but a project like this fits in nicely with the type of shows normally produced by CBS. As the network have ordered a “put pilot” (meaning they »
- Josh Wilding
4 items from 2014
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