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Whenever Steven Spielberg makes a movie, we pay attention – and when it was revealed that he’d be re-teaming with his Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal star Tom Hanks for his latest, an Untitled Cold War Thriller, we went from interested to excited. Add in that Ethan and Joel Coen penned the latest iteration of the script, working from an original draft from Matt Charman, and you’ve got the recipe for an absolutely terrific thriller. Now, Spielberg has enlisted the help of four other stars for major roles in the project.
Gone Baby Gone Oscar nominee Amy Ryan has come aboard as the wife of James Donovan (Hanks), “the CIA attorney who is thrust behind the Iron Curtain when he is sent to negotiate the release of captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers.” Also in talks for roles are Alan Alda (Little Miss Sunshine »
- Isaac Feldberg
Gone Baby Gone Oscar-nominee Amy Ryan will co-star as the wife of Hanks’ character, James Donovan, who won the Distinguished Intelligence Medal for his work trying to free U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers after he was shot down over Russian territory in 1960.
Also in negotiations to join the cast is another Academy Award nominee, Alan Alda, for an unspecified role, according to DreamWorks Pictures, which is co-financing »
- Anthony Breznican
Nancy Spielberg is readying a feature about World War II pilots who volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence.
The feature is inspired by the producer’s documentary Above and Beyond: The Birth of the Israeli Air-Force, directed by Roberta Grossman, which screens this week at the Jerusalem Film Festival.
“I’ve just started talking to people about making the documentary into a [fictional feature] film,” the producer told Screen. “It would make a great feature. This may sound Spielbergian but I see it as a combination of Catch Me If You Can, Indiana Jones and Saving Private Ryan. It has adventure, heart, sex, everything – it’s very universal.”
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Don’t women already have enough to think about in their lives?
Based off the short film “Piece A’ Cake,” “Audrey is a funny female-drive comedy that takes us in real-time over an hour and half of a young woman’s day as she waits and waits and waits in a restaurant for a man to arrive for their critical third date. As time ticks away and Gene is nowhere to be found, Audrey is swept up through her life as her insecurities and inner demons wreak havoc on her. Forced to face her deepest fears by circumstance — both real and hilariously unreal —Audrey finds the strength and courage she never imagined she had.
The film stars Sybil Darrow (“The Cavern,” “The Sweetest Thing”), Ed Quinn (“The Caller,” “ True Blood”), Charles Shaughnessy (“The Nanny,” “Days Of Our Lives”), Jonathan Chase (“Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas,” “Eagle Eye”), Helena Mattsson (“Seven Psychopaths, »
- Gig Patta
To get to a happy ending in a Tom Hanks movie, an innocent character has to pay the price. Here's the proof...
With the best part of $10bn banked for his movies across his career, Tom Hanks remains one of the biggest and most interesting movie stars on the planet. His most recent performance in Captain Phillips, for instance, was comfortably one of his best. And looking back on Hanks’ career, the path of increased boldness and range is easy to chart.
Furthermore, he’s achieved his successes without public meltdowns, without signs of turning into a diva, and without putting us through many poor films at all. The man is a hero.
Well, to everyone but certain characters in his movies. For, on rewatching Big, we became aware of an alarming trend: that there tends to be a character in a Tom Hanks movie whose role is to »
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
no UK release dates, but you can watch them here
Being Ginger: smartly perceptive and very brave personal documentary diary of one man’s attempts to come to terms with being an oft-derided and bullied redhead [my review] [iTunes UK] The Final Member: the world’s only penis museum is no joke, but there’s plenty funny (and enlightening, and poignant) in this sweet portrait of a man dedicated to completing his life’s work [my review] [iTunes UK] La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus: follow a humble yellow school bus as it is transformed into something joyous and defiant; it’s like discovering that your grandma has another life as a secret agent [my review] [iTunes UK]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
A Long Way Down: a suicide-club meet-cute? it shouldn’t work, but it does, as »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Our national nightmare is over... another Pirates Of The Caribbean movie is on its way, and after countless delays, we could be setting sail for 2016 with the beloved Captain Jack Sparrow, star of one and a half good movies and also some other footage! Johnny Depp is likely returning for Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales , but we haven't been certain when we were gonna see the scallywag. But producer Jerry Bruckheimer finally broke the silence. Jerry Bruckheimer has announced (via Slashfilm) that they're hoping to begin Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales early 2015. The clip comes from the Monte Carlo Television Festival, where no doubt Bruckheimer is representing several of his hit TV franchises. The film is slated to be directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (Bandidas), from a script by Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can). Of course, a lot »
Fox will also distribute the film internationally. The film will start shooting in September.
Disney and DreamWorks announced earlier this week that the U.S. release has been set for Oct. 16, 2015.
Joel and Ethan Coen came on board last month to write the script for the project, which Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger will produce with Spielberg. Adam Somner and Daniel Lupi will exec produce.
The untitled project is based on the true story of James Donovan, whom Hanks will portray. Donovan was the American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to surreptitiously negotiate the 1962 release of Francis Gary Powers, the U2 spy plane pilot who had been shot down over Russia two years earlier. »
- Dave McNary
Martin Sheen has signed on to Netflix's upcoming original comedy series from Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, A Netflix representative told TheWrap. Sheen will play Robert, husband to Fonda's Grace, on the 13-episode first season of “Grace and Frankie.” A multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner, Sheen's best known TV role is President Bartlet on Aaron Sorkin's “The West Wing.” He also most recently appeared in a recurring role on his son Charlie's Sheen's FX series, “Anger Management.” The veteran actor's long list of movie credits include “Apocalypse Now,” “Catch Me If You Can,” and “The Departed.” Also read: Netflix Orders Mattel. »
- Jethro Nededog
Ever since he directed Jurassic Park and Schindler's List back to back, Steven Spielberg has had periods where he's directed films in clumps. Most notably, he did The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Amistad and Saving Private Ryan pretty much back to back, pocketing an Oscar for the last of those three.
A few years later, he then went from A.I. to Minority Report to Catch Me If You Can, and in 2005 from War Of The Worlds to Munich. More recently, he shot War Horse and Lincoln without too much of a gap between them.
Now? He's set up a new pair of projects, and he's diving straight in, one after the other. The first is his thus-far untitled Cold War thriller, which is set to reunite him with Tom Hanks. The Coen brothers have penned the screenplay. »
Mark your calendars, Spielberg disciples.
On Monday, Disney and DreamWorks announced official release dates for two films from the veteran director. His still-untitled Cold War thriller, starring Tom Hanks, has been slated for an Oct. 15, 2015 release, while his adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG will hit theaters on July 1, 2016.
The untitled Cold War thriller follows “the true story of James Donovan, an attorney who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.” Joel and Ethan Coen wrote the latest draft of the script, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Joel and Ethan Coen came on board last month to write the script for the Cold War project, which Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger will produce with Spielberg. The Coen Brothers, who won screenwriting Oscars for “Fargo” and “No Country for Old Men,” are revising Matt Charman’s script.
The untitled project is based on the true story of James Donovan, who Hanks will portray. Donovan was the American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to surreptitiously negotiate the 1962 release of Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 spy plane pilot who was shot down over Russia two years earlier.
Variety reported that Hanks had come on board the project in mid-April. »
- Dave McNary
When comediennes Amy Poehler and Tina Fey blew the roof off the Golden Globes (two years in a row), the general sentiment circulating through Hollywood was, “Somebody get these two a movie – stat!” Of course, Fey was coming off 30 Rock at the time and had some very promising movie roles on her plate, and Poehler was starring in Parks & Recreation, so the real challenge was to find a time when the pair had mutual openings in their schedules and would be willing to team up on the big screen.
As it turns out, Universal was the lucky studio that ended up landing Fey and Poehler – for a comedy called The Nest, about two sisters who throw one last rager before their parents’ house is sold. Casting has been underway for the film for the past few weeks, and we learned recently that Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors) had landed the role of »
- Isaac Feldberg
Dallas Buyers Club tells the story of Ron Woodroof as he becomes a hustler in his survival fight against the American Food and Drink Administration. In celebration of the home entertainment release of the film, we take a look at some of the best films to feature hustlers who’ve also tried to beat the system in their worthy, or not quite so worthy, quests.
(Steven Spielberg, 2002)
Catch Me If You Can is the 2002 American biographical crime drama film based on the life of Frank Abagnale Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio), who, before his 19th birthday, successfully performed cons worth of millions of dollars by posing under many different guises. »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
We thought this already happened, but then realized we were thinking about the very short-lived and swiftly canceled TV series, "My Big Fat Greek Life." But now, more than ten years later, the sequel to "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" is in the works, so tell your Mom. If you somehow weren't on the planet Earth in 2002, you might have forgotten how much of a sensation the Nia Vardalos written and starring movie was at the time. Made for a paltry $5 million, the movie wound up being the fifth highest grossing picture of the year, earning $241 million at the U.S. box office, and over $360 million total worldwide. Yes, really. Or to put it another way, it made more money domestically than "Men In Back II," "Die Another Day," "Catch Me If You Can," "Ice Age" and "Austin Powers In Goldmember." It was massive. That said, the staying power of »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Steven Spielberg is one of the greatest directors who has ever lived. He has made so many amazing and classic movies in his career, and he continues to do so. The guy just knows how to tell stories. As a tribute to the director, YouTube user ebcooper44 created this great video montage featuring all the films the director has made over the course of his career. I truly do love almost all of the films that Spielberg has made. If you've been reading the site for awhile, then you know how much I love his film Empire of the Sun. There's something about that film that just really affected me after I saw it. It was one of those movies that changed my life and helped me understand what type of person I wanted to be. What is your favorite Spielberg flick!?
List of movies used in this video:
1. Duel »
- Joey Paur
Last month we learned that Steven Spielberg had finally chosen his next project to follow-up the 2012 Best Picture nominee Lincoln, and it would be a Cold War drama that reteams him with his Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal and Saving Private Ryan star Tom Hanks. This was confirmed after Spielberg also decided to direct an adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Bfg right after he finished this still untitled drama about James Donovan, an attorney who negotiated the release of downed U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers, who was held and interrogated by the Kgb and imprisoned for espionage. But who's rewriting the script? THR reports it will be none other than filmmaking sibling duo Joel and Ethan Coen who will rewrite the true story screenplay, and the hope is for the project to be ready to shoot this fall in Europe. However, it sounds like there might »
- Ethan Anderton
The film is based on the true story of American attorney James Donovan, who was enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to negotiate the 1962 release of U-2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers. The pilot was shot down over Russia two years prior. Tom Hanks will be portraying the attorney. The brothers will be revising an original draft by Matt Charman.
The Coen Brothers have written many Oscar nominated movies including Fargo, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, No Country for Old Men and True Grit, all of which they directed themselves. Their next project Unbroken is slated to hit theaters December 25th, 2014 with Angelina Jolie directing.
Steven Speilberg is a busy chap. A very busy chap indeed. That sounds like the start of some movie orientated nursery rhyme. Anyway, with Joel and Ethan Coen having been hired to write a new draft of a yet untitled Cold War story, the Jurassic Park director is now set to take on this movie next and following on from that, expect his ass in the director's chair of Roald Dahl’s The Bfg, amidst a plethora of other projects, including Robopocalypse (which has gone back to the rewrite chamber) This unnamed cold war thriller is based on a true story, following the tale of James Donovan an American lawyer who was enlisted by the CIA and negotiate the release of a U-2 spy plane bomber pilot that was shot down over Russia. The movie will see Tom Hanks reteam with Spielberg again (they previously worked on Saving Private Ryan, »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
The Coen Brothers have joined Steven Spielberg's Cold War drama.
The film, set to star Tom Hanks, is based on the true story of James Donovan. He was enlisted by the CIA to negotiate the release of Gary Powers, a pilot captured when his U-2 spy plane was shot down over Russia in 1960.
A script is already in place from Matt Charman but the Coens are set to revise it.
Marc Platt is on board to produce the film, which will be overseen by DreamWorks executive Jonathan Eirich on behalf of the studio.
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