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‘Billions’: John Malkovich Joins Season 3 In Guest Arc

John Malkovich has signed on for a guest-starring arc in Season 3 of Showtime’s hit drama series Billions. Malkovich will play Russian billionaire Grigor Andolov. The role reunites him with Billions creators/executive producers Brian Koppelman and David Levien, and is a familiar character for Malkovich who played Russian mobster Teddy Kgb in feature Rounders, written by the Billions duo. "John appeared in our first two films, Rounders and Knockaround Guys, and we have a…
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‘Billions’ Season 3 Adds John Malkovich in Guest Role

‘Billions’ Season 3 Adds John Malkovich in Guest Role
John Malkovich has signed on for a guest starring role in Season 3 of the Showtime drama “Billions,” the premium cabler announced Wednesday.

Malkovich will play Russian billionaire Grigor Andolov. The role is certainly fitting considering that Malkovich previously played a Russian mobster named Teddy KGB in the movie “Rounders,” which was written by “Billions” co-creators David Levien and Brian Koppelman.

“John appeared in our first two films, ‘Rounders’ and ‘Knockaround Guys,’ and we have a long creative history together. We are ecstatic to be reunited with the man who played Teddy KGB once again,” said Koppelman and Levien.

Malkovich is an Emmy-winning and two-time Oscar nominated actor, director, producer and fashion designer. He received Oscar nominations for his roles in “Places in the Heart” and “In the Line of Fire.” In 1985, he appeared in the Broadway revival of “Death of a Salesman,” which would earn him an Emmy when it was made into a television film. He
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John Malkovich to Play Russian Billionaire on ‘Billions’ Season 3

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John Malkovich to Play Russian Billionaire on ‘Billions’ Season 3
John Malkovich is coming to Showtime’s “Billions.” The premium cable network announced that the Oscar winner will have a recurring guest role as a Russian billionaire named Grigor Andolov on the upcoming third season of the drama series, premiering March 25. “John appeared in our first two films, ‘Rounders’ and ‘Knockaround Guys,’ and we have a long creative history together. We are ecstatic to be reunited with the man who played Teddy Kgb once again,” said showrunners Brian Koppelman and David Levien in a statement. Also Read: 'Billions' Star Asia Kate Dillon on Playing Non-Binary in 'Hyper-Masculine World' (Exclusive Video) “Billions” stars Paul Giamatti...
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John Malkovich Books 'Billions' Arc

John Malkovich is returning to the small screen.

The two-time Oscar-nominated actor, director and producer has booked a guest arc in the upcoming third season of Showtime's Billions.

Malkovich will play Russian billionaire Grigor Andolov on the Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti drama about a hedge fund king and the U.S. attorney set on taking him down.

The casting reunites Malkovich with Billions creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien after the actor had roles in their first two features, Rounders and Knockaround Guys.

“John appeared in our first two films, Rounders and Knockaround Guys, and we have a long creative history together. We...
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Shyamalan's 'Split' and Diesel's 'xXx 3' Look to Deliver $20+ Million Openings

Shyamalan's 'Split' and Diesel's 'xXx 3' Look to Deliver $20+ Million Openings
While last weekend's new releases failed to energize the box office, two of this week's new titles will top the weekend chart. M. Night Shyamalan's latest thriller, Split, and the return of Vin Diesel in the title role of xXx: Return of Xander Cage are both looking to score $20+ million openings while Hidden Figures and La La Land look to continue to capture audience attention amid their already-strong domestic runs. Additionally, this weekend features the release of The Founder into just over one thousand theaters and High Top releasing brings The Resurrection of Gavin Stone into 887 theaters as it hopes to attract the attention of the faith-based audience. At the top of the weekend box office expect to find M. Night Shyamalan's Split. Shyamalan's career has featured plenty of ups and downs, but following the performance of The Visit in 2015 and the solid early reviews for Split, we
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The Last Witch Hunter (2015) Movie Posters: Vin Diesel on The Iron Throne

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The Last Witch Hunter Movie Posters. Breck Eisner‘s The Last Witch Hunter (2015) movie posters have been released. I like Vin Diesel. He seems like a good guy, and usually finds himself in roles he can handle. I remember first seeing Knockaround Guys, Saving Private Ryan, and The Fast and The Furious, thinking, this guy’s alright. I’m rooting for him. I’ve […]
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Julie Kirkham, Producer and Script Advisor, Dies at 61

Julie Kirkham, producer and script consultant who worked on films including “Black Rain” and “Anna and the King,” died June 10 in Santa Monica of multiple myeloma. She was 61.

Known as one of the best readers and script advisers in Hollywood, she helped launch screenwriters including Steve Zaillian, Ron Shelton, Craig Bolotin, Blake Herron and Jordan Roberts.

As production executive at Orion, she worked on development and production of films including “Cherry 2000,” “At Close Range,” “Desperately Seeking Susan,” “Breathless,” “The Falcon and the Snowman,” “Under Fire,” “RoboCop” and “The Terminator.” She later served as a production exec at A Band Apart and Lawrence Bender Productions, and had producing credits on “Knockaround Guys” and “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.”

After attending Princeton, the New York native started out as a script reader and worked at Ray Stark Productions and for TriStar. Kirkham was partnered with her husband, producer Elliot Lewitt, in Kirkham-Lewitt Productions.
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Clint Mansell on 'Noah's' connections to 'The Fountain' and working with Aronofsky

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Clint Mansell on 'Noah's' connections to 'The Fountain' and working with Aronofsky
Clint Mansell is a long ways away from his days as frontman of alt. rock band Pop Will Eat Itself. Since his first stab at it on Darren Aronofsky's "Pi," he has forged a singular career as a film composer, working on productions as varied as "Knockaround Guys," "Sahara," Moon" and "Stoker." But it seems whenever he comes back to the table with Aronofsky, that's when something magical happens. Mansell has worked with Aronofsky on each of the director's features — "Pi," "Requiem for a Dream," "The Fountain," "The Wrestler," "Black Swan" and now "Noah" — and you can tell talking to Mansell that the creative rapport they've managed to sustain is rare. Mansell is pretty straight-forward about what he wants out of this gig, and Aronofsky has always come across the same way. So it certainly makes sense that they would keep coming back to the well. We talked for
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Indie Spotlight

We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s massive feature includes a review for Nobody Can Cool, first details on The Night Crew, Heir, and a Doctor Who documentary called Who’s Changing: An Adventure In Time With Fans, a new clip from Muck, trailers for Blood Shed, NightBeasts, and Virginia Obscura, and much more:

[Editor's Note: We want to give a big thanks to our Indie Spotlight manager, Tamika Jones, for her constant work on this weekly feature and putting together our largest Indie Spotlight to date this weekend!]

Indie Spotlight Review: Nobody Can Cool

by Heather Wixson

Nobody Can Cool is the rather impressive directorial debut from up-and-coming filmmaking duo Dpyx, Marcy Boyle and Rachel Holzman, who crafted a blisteringly taut and thoughtful indie crime thriller with a palpable sense of tension from start to finish. A gritty and engaging tale of deceit, violence and desperation, Nobody Can Cool is anchored by a breakout performance by Nick Principe (best known from his work in the Laid to Rest series, Madison County and
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James Franco Will Teach You How to Pick Up Women in The Game

James Franco is in talks to star in "The Game," based on the best-selling book about picking up women by Neil Strauss, who was a student of Mystery, the teacher on the VH1 reality series "The Pick-Up Artist." Franco will play Mystery in the adaptation, which is part memoir, part how-to guide and will detail the author's effort to learn the tricks to become a successful pick-up artist. The project was originally set up at Columbia with Chris Weitz attached to direct. Then Spyglass, Lionsgate and Fox Searchlight all attempted to bring the book to the big screen. Now, MGM is giving it a shot and have hired Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Solitary Man, Knockaround Guys) to write and direct. Mystery on "Conan":
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MGM buys Neil Strauss' The Game, hires Koppelman and Levien to write and direct

MGM has purchased the rights to Neil Strauss' best-selling novel, The Game, and have hired Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Solitary Man). THR reports that Koppelman and Levien will rewrite and direct the adaptation about picking up women. The film be based on the book which is part memoir, part how-to guide and "it details Strauss's effort to learn the tricks to becoming a successful pick-up artist, even moving into a Sunset Strip mansion filled with other competing players to find love."

This project has bumped from studio-to-studio. It was first at Columbia with Chris Weitz attached to direct, then it shacked up with Spyglass with D.B. Weiss writing. Later, Lionsgate made a pass at an incarnation with Rawson Marshall Thurber attached to helm. Fox Searchlight also flirted with the project, but Game has now made its way to MGM, with Chris and Paul Weitz are attached to produce.
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What makes a film an albatross for an actor?

When actors hit the big time, their pre-fame work suddenly gets more attention, and not always deservedly so

You may have heard about the film Holy Rollers, which stars Jesse Eisenberg as a lovable Hasidic Jew who gets involved in the international drug trade. Or maybe you haven't. Holy Rollers, made in 2010, was shot before Eisenberg's breakthrough role in The Social Network. It falls into that category of motion pictures starring relatively or completely unknown young stars that get a wider theatrical release after the star has become famous: albatross cinema, if you want a genre name.

Alabatross cinema is not a well populated genre, but it does exist. An American Crime, which stars Ellen Page as a young girl tortured to death by a deranged midwestern housewife, was made the same year Page made her breakthrough with Juno. Unlike Juno, which is charming and life-affirming and sweet, An American Crime is revolting,
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New Movies Streaming on Netflix Instant Watch: June 20 – 26

Well, this week is a bit of a bummer. Due to some contractual spats between Starz and Sony, all of the movies Sony has home video distribution over were pulled from instant streaming. Notable movies include Easy A and Grown Ups but the biggest loss will be felt this week with The Social Network staying unavailable until the corporations get all the Bs squared away.

The Movies that Would be Available to Stream this week, without the Starz/Sony Contract Dispute

The Social Network – June 20th

Burlesque – June 20th

Punch Drunk Love – June 23rd

Tamara Drewe – June 23rd

According to Netflix, the contract issue will be fixed soon and is only “temporary.”

New to Netflix Streaming On Tuesday June 21th

The best show on all of TV right now, Louis C.K.’s “Louie” is available stream this week.

New to Netflix Streaming On Friday June 24thSlap Shot (R | 1977)

Flickchart Ranking:
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Vin Diesel Career Assessment: Have Muscles, Will Use Them

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Subject: Vin Diesel, 43-year old American actor, director, and producer

Date of Assessment: April 27, 2011

Positive Buzzwords: Franchise, franchise, franchise

Negative Buzzwords: Lack of range, directing, writing

The Case: It's hard to hate on someone who's made quite a lot of use out of very limited talent, and damn if Vin Diesel hasn't done just that in a very roundabout way. Back in 1994, Mark Vincent began his career as a writer and director of a short film called Multi-Facial (sadly, not a porn flick), in which he also starred. The short, which was a semi-autobiographical take on the life of a multi-racial actor, screened for the Cannes Film Festival but failed to make an impact with critics, distributors, or anywhere of even trivial importance. A few years later, Vincent made another lackluster attempt at cinematic triple duty with the feature-length Strays. At that point, someone in his life wisely encouraged him to just stick with acting,
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Brian Koppelman And David Levien Scripting ‘National Treasure 3,’ Planning to Direct ‘City of the Sun’

Brian Koppelman And David Levien Scripting ‘National Treasure 3,’ Planning to Direct ‘City of the Sun’
We've known for some time that a third National Treasure film is in the offing. Jon Turtletaub, who made the first two films and The Sorcerer's Apprentice, just signed to direct Unreasonable Doubt, but it looks like NT3 is moving forward anyway. Brian Koppelman and David Levien, who wrote Rounders, Oceans 13 and The Girlfriend Experience and wrote and directed Knockaround Guys and Solitary Man, have started the script for the film. Additionally, they've adapted David Levien's novel City of the Sun as a project to direct. This time last year, Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro were writing [1] the third National Treasure movie. But Brian Koppelman recently talked to Done Deal Pro [2] (via Bleeding Cool [3]), saying, We just finished the screenplay for our next film to direct, an adaptation of David’s book City Of The Sun, and are now working on National Treasure 3 for Bruckheimer. As for City of the Sun,
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[Review] Solitary Man

The past few months have oddly been filled with mid-life crisis films. At the center of them are narcissistic, yet somewhat likeable, leads. Both the fantastic Greenberg and the excellent Up in The Air met that said criteria. Solitary Man takes it to the next level. That’s not to say it’s a better film, but it definitely pushes the envelope a bit further in the terms of having a questionable protagonist.

Ben Kalmen (Michael Douglas) is a down-and-out car dealership owner who’s hit a roadblock. He’s lost touch with his family, he’s having business troubles and he’s nearly flat broke. Kalmen is a man only worried about living in the moment. Taking risks is of the greatest importance to him. After an early visit to a doctor, Ben learns he could be sick. When a major business deal falls through, he’s in the worst rut of his life.
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R.I.P. Dennis Hopper

Just a day after the death of former child star Gary Coleman, legendary veteran actor Dennis Hopper has died at the age of 74 following a battle with prostate cancer which he was first diagnosed with last year reports The BBC.

The actor first came to notice with a small role in "Rebel Without a Cause" and went on to memorable roles in such films as "Easy Rider," "Apocalypse Now," "Blue Velvet," "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral," "Cool Hand Luke," "Hang 'Em High," "True Grit," "Mad Dog Morgan," "Reborn," "The Osterman Weekend," "Hoosiers," "Super Mario Bros.," "True Romance," "Speed," "Waterworld," "Basquiat," "EDtv," "Knockaround Guys," "Land of the Dead" and TV shows like "24," "Gunsmoke," "E-Ring," and "Crash".

Hopper died Saturday morning surrounded by friends and family at his home in Venice, California.
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'Solitary Man' filmmakers talk about Michael Douglas' tour de force

'Solitary Man' filmmakers talk about Michael Douglas' tour de force
Shrek Forever After may have earned the top spot on the box office chart last weekend, but it was the indie Solitary Man that actually drew in the most dollars per screen. The film stars Michael Douglas as Ben Kalman, an aging auto industry titan whose enviable life has been destroyed by his own self-destructive behavior, and earned close to $24,000 per theater in its debut on four screens in New York and Los Angeles this past weekend. Douglas, as our reviewer Lisa Schwarzbaum attests, is at his finest since last decade’s Wonder Boys. It helps that he’s supported
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Interview: 'Solitary Man' Filmmakers David Levien & Brian Koppelman

Interview: 'Solitary Man' Filmmakers David Levien & Brian Koppelman
As the authors of Rounders, Knockaround Guys, and Ocean's Thirteen, David Levien and Brian Koppelman are known for writing about characters who are great con artists, but Solitary Man marks the first time one of them is basically conning himself. In their new film, which Koppelman wrote and they directed together, Michael Douglas plays the king of all snake-oil salesman, a used car magnate who becomes a shameless, self-destructive lothario after a doctor's visit hints at the possibility he might be dying. Always seeing all of the angles but ignoring the eventual repercussions, Douglas' character feels like the culmination of the grifters and con men the duo created in their previous films, but with the added gravitas that comes from knowing happy endings are the stuff of movies, not real life.

Cinematical sat down with Koppelman and Levien for an intimate chat about Solitary Man following a screening at the 2010 Dallas International Film Festival.
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Brian Koppelman and David Levien Together Again For "Solitary Man"

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Brian Koppelman and David Levien Together Again For
After penning the scripts for "Ocean's 13" and "Rounders," Brian Koppelman and David Levien have turned their attention to the worst con of all - self-deception. In "Solitary Man," the duo's second directorial effort following 2001's "Knockaround Guys," Michael Douglas stars as Ben Kalmen, a used car baron who has seen his charms and fortune stall out like a Chevy Vega when a bad business deal and a divorce (from Susan Sarandon) leave him adrift in his 60s, with his opportunities for redemption limited to taking the teenage daughter of his girlfriend (Mary-Louise Parker) for a weekend college visit and repairing his relationship with his own daughter (Jenna Fischer) and her son. Likened to a "white-collar 'Wrestler'" by Levien, Douglas trades heavily on his well-established iconography to play the irrepressible ladies' man who finds that time is a crueler mistress than his several women on the side.

While Douglas is
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