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The Hunger Games director Gary Ross and Hanna director Joe Wright have flirted with Houdini, a film based on the popular book The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero, but neither came through to finalize a deal. Now Deadline reports a new director has stepped up to the plate with Galaxy Quest and Red 2 director Dean Parisot now in talks to take over the project which Summit Entertainment has been developing for years. Rather that simply focusing on Harry Houdini, the legendary master illusionist, and his career as a magician, the film dives into the secret life of the renaissance man. The premise revolves around Harry Houdini, the world-renowned escape artist, and his involvement with helping the Secret Service, local police organizations, and even whispers of him being a British spy. An early draft of the script, described as Indiana Jones meets Sherlock Holmes, was »
- Ethan Anderton
I’ll say one thing about Paramount’s official trailer for The Wolf of Wall Street, the new Martin Scorsese joint starring Leonardo DiCaprio as convicted stock market manipulator Jordan Belfort: It is impossible to look away from. It’s flashy, fast, and keenly edited to include only the most theatrical arrogance. Essay question: Am I attracted to Leonardo DiCaprio? Are we? I forget.
First, the trailer.
Everyone here’s playing a souped-up version of a previous role. Jonah Hill‘s know-it-all character from Moneyball has bloomed naturally into a cocky honcho type, Matthew McConaughey’s Magic Mike guru is now a hifalutin’, ultra-confident suit, and Leonardo DiCaprio is the white-collar criminal from Catch Me If You Can as re-conceived in Gordon Gekko’s image. On paper, Leo’s upgrade is ideal. »
- Louis Virtel
Later this year, Leonardo DiCaprio will trade his Great Gatsby tuxedo for the tailored suits of Wall Street when he and director Martin Scorsese tackle an adaptation of Jordan Belfort’s memoirs The Wolf of Wall Street – which document his extravagant days as a financial trader. How extravagant? Watch the first trailer and judge for yourself: DiCaprio and Scorsese have had an extremely fruitful working relationship over the years, collaborating on the film that earned Marty his Oscar (The Departed) as well as brilliant genre exercises like Shutter Island and Gangs of New York. Wolf looks like a mix of Spielberg’s Catch Me if You Can blended with Oliver Stone’s Wall Street and Scorsese’s own After Hours. Here...
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Arjun plays a character who loves to pen down fictional and creative thoughts. Buzz is that the film starts with a scene where Arjun is putting down his thoughts and imaginations in the form a book. The film also has Ranbir playing the role of a thief and Jacqueline Fernandez in double role. The film will be shot in varied locations across different countries like London, Vietnam and Mumbai. »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
"Graceland" is the newest drama coming to the USA network this summer, and it looks to be another hit. The show, which focuses on a group of federal agents living in a beachfront safe house, stars Aaron Tveit ("Les Miserables") and Daniel Sunjata ("Rescue Me").
During a set visit to "Graceland" this winter, we talked to Tveit about his first starring role on television.
What attracted you to the role of Mike on "Graceland"?
Aaron Tveit: I really liked the whole construct of the show, but really what drove me to Mike is that they speak about how he's kind of the top of his class. He's a really smart guy, but he's very much a winning character. He was a person with a good moral structure and good values. I saw with all the things that were going to happen in the show, and I could see with »
"It's more raw, a little less quippy," Adams said.
"Hopefully you'll enjoy the banter and the relationship between Lois and Clark, but it's a totally new imagining of the story."
She added: "I was shaking by the end of it.
"I realised that I hadn't seen a film with that much action in it since Avatar, so it overwhelmed my adrenal system. Not that it's all just action, but it is a lot of fun."
Snyder has said that he tried to make Superman "cool" with his new imagining of the character.
Of winning fewer roles for a few years after »
Environmentalist. Cannabis spokesperson. Playwright. Vegan. Cannabis enjoyer. Woody Harrelson is a complex individual and a multifaceted presence on screen, his roles running the range of clean-cut cowboy to cold-blooded killer. But no matter who he's playing there always seems to be a lingering essence of the real Woody, and that's why he rules.
This week sees the former TV star getting "Cheers" for his role as a stage-magician-cum-bank-robber in "Now You See Me" and this November he'll reprise the part of Haymitch Abernathy in his first-ever sequel, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." We're stoking the fires of Woody worship as we pay tribute to our favorite High Times cover boy with nine of his quintessential roles.
9. 'A Scanner Darkly' (2006)
- Max Evry
Disney has announced plans for Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and have signed Kon-Tiki directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg to handle directing chores for Jack Sparrow.s next big screen adventure. Variety reported the studio is in final talks with the duo to take on the directing responsibilities for the next Pirates film . which is already scheduled to arrive in theaters on July 10th, 2015. Along with Jerry Bruckheimer returning as producer, the film will also see Johnny Depp once again as Sparrow. Shooting is scheduled to start in the fall of 2013 or early 2014, with a script by Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me if You Can). There is no word on if the film will feature »
- Patrick Luce
I have not idea what a ‘Kon-Tiki’ is, but I do know that it is a name of a film directed by Oscar-nominated Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, and those two celebrated filmmakers are set to helm the fifth installment in the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise, all according to Entertainment Weekly.
The site for the mag reports that the two are in final negotiations to join the project which starts shooting in January for a July 2015 release. Johnny Depp is all set to return to the role of Captain Jack Sparrow for the flick, but no other cast members are as yet announced. Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can) will write the script. The film will be produced byJerry Bruckheimer and released through Walt Disney.
Kon Tiki is of course, the Oscar nominated fare that revolves around explorer Thor Heyerdahl’s 101-day expedition across the Pacific Ocean on a wooden raft. »
- Paul Heath
Aye, directors, plural. Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Mystical, Nautical Subtitle Tbd will come from Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, the Norwegian team behind 2012's Kon-Tiki, an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. Rønning and Sandberg beat out Snow White and the Huntsman's Rupert Sanders for the gig. "This is a game-changing job for a director or directing team, and it’s a case of these guys getting hot at exactly the right time," Deadline writes, adding of Kon-Tiki, "They made a lot of movie with a little money and showed they knew how to shoot on the water." Pirates 5 will come from a screenplay by Jeff Nathanson, who wrote Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal, and Tower Heist. Fair warning, though: Nathanson also worked with George Lucas on the story for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. »
- Zach Dionne
In a summer chock full of sequels, threequels, and all the other iterations of successful franchises refusing to leave money on the table, we almost forgot about the looming fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean. Wednesday, news broke that the Oscar-nominated directing pair Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg were in final negotiations to helm Pirates of the Caribbean 5, which is expected to begin shooting in January for a July 10, 2015 release.
- Lindsey Bahr
Earlier this month, a very short list surfaced naming directors Fredrik Bond (Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman), Snow White and the Huntsman's Rupert Sanders and Kon-Tiki duo Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg as the potential directors of Pirates of the Caribbean 5, the next sequel in Disney's swashbuckling franchise starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. Now Deadline has confirmed that the latter directing duo behind one of the five Best Foreign Language Film nominees at the 85th Academy Awards has officially landed the job with Depp and producer Jerry Bruckheimer giving their full approval. The trailer for Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg's Oscar-nominated Kon-Tiki for an idea of their style: Negotiations are happening right now as the studio finalizes a script which just recently had a rewrite from Catch Me If You Can scribe Jeff Nathanson. It's undoubtedly the biggest film yet for Rønning and Sandberg, and it »
- Ethan Anderton
Disney, Depp and producer Jerry Bruckheimer have all signed off on the choice, with production set to begin late 2013 or early 2014, according to Deadline.
It was previously claimed that Depp would earn £60 million from the fifth instalment in the blockbuster series - the follow-up to 2011's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is scheduled for release on July 10, 2015.
Watch Jerry Bruckheimer discuss the Pirates of the Caribbean series with Digital Spy below: »
It's hard to find anyone who much likes the second and third films in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise -- though actually, we maintain that both "Dead Man's Chest" and "At World's End" are infinitely more interesting than the majority of blockbusters. Nevertheless, the fourth movie, the even-more-loathed (and correctly so) "On Stranger Tides," proved to be a giant hit, riding international goodwill towards Johnny Depp and 3D-boosted ticket prices to become a billion-dollar grosser, despite being by some distance the lowest-grosser of the series domestically. So it's no surprise that Disney have been pressing forward with a sequel for some time, with a script from "Catch Me If You Can" and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdo of the Crystal Skull" pensmith Jeff Nathanson, and a release date long since set in stone. And a few weeks back a shortlist of directors emerged, including "Snow White and the Huntsman"'s Rupert Sanders, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Disney is in final negotiations for the Norwegian duo to come on board the tentpole with Johnny Depp returning as Captain Jack Sparrow and Jerry Bruckheimer producing. The studio has already set a July10, 2015, worldwide release date.
Disney is planning to begin shooting late this year or early next year. Ronning and Sandberg were nominated for this year’s foreign language Oscar for “Kon-Tiki,” which was shot almost entirely on water — an experience that probably made them attractive candidates for the “Pirates” gig. The pair were also on Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch list this year.
- Dave McNary
After much speculation as to who might board the Walt Disney Pictures franchise, Deadline is reporting that Pirates of the Caribbean 5 has scored a director double-helping in the Kon-Tiki pair of Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg. Launched in 2003 with The Curse of the Black Pearl , the franchise has, in every film so far, featured Johnny Depp in the role of Captain Jack Sparrow. The most recent adventure, On Stranger Tides , also starred Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane and Sam Claflin and turned out more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office. Catch Me If You Can scribe Jeff Nathanson has provided the screenplay for the as-of-yet-untitled adventure and production is slated to begin in January of 2014. In addition to their acclaimed work on Kon-Tiki , Rønning and »
Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Rating: Not Yet Rated
Release Date: October 11, 2013
Trailer Score: 8/10
Thoughts by Tsr: “Good movie” is the impression this trailer gives off. Nothing in the trailer suggests to me that this will be the best film of 2013 – though a slew of Oscar nominations wouldn’t surprise me regardless of if I’m right or wrong on that – but it looks like a solid, well-acted, well-made drama. Sort of like Argo from last year (cue the screams that Argo was the best film of 2012).
Speaking of best films of 2012, Cloud Atlas was very high on my personal list. I loved all of Tom Hanks’ performances in that film and he looks to be continuing his hot streak here. Sure, I don’t love that he’s using his Carl Hanratty voice from Catch Me If You Can, but other »
- Shane T. Nier
The highly celebrated Russian director Alexey Balabanov has passed away at the age of 54. James Gray–whose newest film The Immigrant premieres in Cannes this Friday–has announced his next project: a sci-fi film produced by Rt Features. Variety has the details. Laurent Cantet, director of The Class, also has a new project: "Vuelta a Itaca is a Cuban set drama about Amadeo, who returns to the Havana after a 16-year exile. Over one night, he and his childhood friends retrace their lives." via Dark Horizons. At Cannes this weekend, Claude Lanzmann presented The Last of the Unjust, a companion piece to Shoah that focuses on one man whose interviews were left out of that masterwork. Check out this wonderful piece on Lanzmann and the new film in The Guardian. Above: Concept art and a frame from Hayao Miyazaki's new film, Kaze Tachinu (The Wind is Rising). Further details, »
On May 10, I had the unique pleasure of attending Aaron Tveit's first-ever cabaret show at 54 Below in New York City. Tveit, best known for his stage (Next To Normal, Catch Me If You Can) and big screen (Les Miserables) work is set to take over television this summer with Graceland, USA's gritty and gripping new series about federal agents.
It's been a long road to his first lead TV role and that's exactly what Tveit's carefully cultivated cabaret show highlighted as song selection transported audiences back in time; from his first audition to his last, while also highlighting tunes that have altered his personal and professional destiny.
ETonline recently caught up with Tveit to find out how he approached crafting this 54 Below show, why Taylor Swift was a major factor, what excites him about audiences finally moving into Graceland and if he's ready for the fame that comes with being TV's hottest new star.
ETonline: How did »
While the critical response to Baz Luhrmann's lavish take on The Great Gatsby has been lukewarm, reviews have by and large praised Leonardo DiCaprio's central turn as the mysterious, tragic Jay Gatsby.
Digital Spy looks back on five of DiCaprio's most iconic performances.
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
At the tender age of 19, DiCaprio earned his first Oscar nomination for Lasse Hallström's touching family drama. Playing the mentally retarded younger brother of Johnny Depp's put-upon Gilbert Grape, DiCaprio was deservedly singled out for praise by almost every critic despite being a virtual unknown. It's an intensely likeable and physically specific performance that elevates an otherwise predictable story.
The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Adapted from Jim Carroll's autobiographical novel, Scott Kalvert's drama tracked a high school basketball star's descent into drug addiction. The film debuted to decidedly mixed reviews, but again DiCaprio came out largely unscathed, with Rolling »
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