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The absolutely bonkers-sounding Geostorm may be about to transform from a Gerard Butler sci-fi actioner into a star-studded sci-fi blockbuster. Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Abbie Cornish (Limitless), Ed Harris (A Beautiful Mind) and Andy Garcia (The Godfather Part III) are reportedly all in talks for major roles in the pic, which aims to blend elements of a political thriller and an effects-heavy disaster epic.
Butler stars as a gruff but likable satellite designer who, after the world’s climate-controlling satellites malfunction, is forced to team up with his estranged brother (Sturgess) to save the world from a man-made storm of epic proportions. However, as the designer heads into space, his brother discovers a nefarious plot to assassinate the president and plunge the world into even deeper chaos.
If they come aboard, Cornish will play a Secret Service agent, the girlfriend of Butler’s protagonist. Harris will play the secretary of »
- Isaac Feldberg
Admittedly, Childhood’s End is another alien invasion/post apocalyptic kind of tale, of which we currently have a glut in our television schedules. But, if Syfy is going to insist on churning these stories out, it may as well be from the pen of the master – Arthur C. Clarke. In fact, since it was first published in 1954, it could be argued that Syfy has actually landed one of the original, and best.
When mysterious Overlords arrive and peacefully invade Earth, they end all war, eradicate poverty, and help humanity to form a world government – the planet becomes a near-utopia. However, the Overlords remain hidden, distant and mysterious until, years later, their unveiling heralds the dawn of a new age. The story has previously been adapted for a two-hour BBC radio presentation by writer Tony Mulholland, but it has never reached our screens – big or small – making this something quite special for Syfy. »
- Sarah Myles
We have got a packed episode that not only includes reviews of The Expendables 3 and The Trip to Italy, but a lot of news stories are covered from the Edge of Tomorrow title to the Hateful Eight trailer, we answer a lot of your questions, get to two listener voice mails, play some games and even call up a listener... do they answerc Listen to find out. Finally, it's time once again to vote for our next audio commentary. On this episode we mention only five, but I thought of one more after we finished and have added it to the mix, so there are six to choose from. Vote below: poll id="359" If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, »
- Brad Brevet
Wgn America is continuing to develop their own original scripted series. They've just ordered Titans, a dramatic series that revolves around the Farrell clan of the Appalachian mountains. The show will debut sometime next year.
Here are the details:
Wgn America Expands Original Programming Slate
Begins Writers' Room for "Underground," from Creators/Executive Producers Misha Green ("Sons of Anarchy") and Joe Pokaski ("Heroes"), Executive Producer/Academy Award(R)-Winner Akiva Goldsman ("A Beautiful Mind")
Los Angeles, CA (Wednesday, August 13, 2014) - Expanding its slate of original programming, Wgn America today announced its next straight-to-series order for the scripted drama "Titans," and the start of pre-production and a writers' room, with an eye toward a series order, for the scripted series "Underground." Both »
Nerdly had a moment to correspond with David Zuckerman, the mastermind behind the U.S adaptation of FX’s surprisingly sweet and often endearingly crass Wilfred. It ended it’s four season, forty-nine episode run on Wednesday with a touching, poignant tear-inducing hourlong episode. I watched it and felt immediately comfortable and happy with the ending. I was happy that the series ended precisely correct for what the writers had envisioned for the entirety of the run. There were moments that fulfilled everything that the show promised and left no strings lingering.
It ultimately ended as a sobering account of someone’s mental illness. There wasn’t some grand mytholgical ending where Wilfred was a mischevious god named Krungel or Matdamon. Nope. But it didn’t need that. It offered rational answers for everything and even gave us answers to why Wilfred looks the way he does, or who Bruce is. »
- Nathan Smith
Wgn America is continuing to bet on scripted with two new dramas. The Chicago-based network has given a straight-to-series order to hourlong drama Titans, from Rescue Me's Peter Tolan and Paul Giamatti, and is eyeing a series greenlight for Underground, a pre-Civil War slave drama project from A Beautiful Mind's Akiva Goldsman, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Both projects hail from Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios, and are expected to launch in 2015 though Underground — which has begun preproduction and has opened its writers' room — has yet to receive an official order. Titans,
- Philiana Ng
“Is it possible to love someone so completely they simply can’t die?” Such optimistic, doe-eyed sentimentality is just a taste of the treacly emotional core of Winter’s Tale. At least, it’s a taste of the schmaltzy script penned by Akiva Goldsman (who also takes a rare turn directing the film), a screenwriter better known for his much finer work on A Beautiful Mind and Fringe (to name a couple). No stranger to filmic adaptations (he’s adapted novels by John Grisham and Dan Brown), it seems that he really missed the mark with this adaptation of Mark Helprin’s beloved and lauded novel (but then, condensing an 800-page novel into a two-hour movie would require far more magic than that steeped in the world of Winter’s Tale).
- John Keith
It’s no secret that movies can feel your head with all types of thoughts and emotions. Maybe you watch a movie like Rocky, A Beautiful Mind or The Shawshank Redemption and become instantly inspired. Perhaps you become super-sensitive and emotional when watching your favorite movie. Films like Toy Story 3, The Green Mile and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial will have you grabbing the tissues quick.
However, sometimes a film can fill your head with a thought you’d probably be too embarrassed to share with anybody you know personally. Given that embarrassment happens in relation to other people, it is a public emotion that makes you feel quite awkward. In other words, you’ve probably kept these thoughts to yourself. Today we are going to be presenting you with ten films that have filled your head with such embarrassing thoughts. One minute you’re in the movie theater »
- Jesse Gumbarge
As production looms for the pilot episode of HBO’s televisual Westworld adaptation, the cast continues to grow. When you have to create a whole creepy theme park and fill it with people, a large cast is to be expected.
Last week we brought you the news that Jeffrey Wright (Boardwalk Empire), Rodrigo Santoro (both 300 movies and Dominion), Shannon Woodward (Raising Hope), Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (Hercules), Angela Srafyan (The Good Guys) and Simon Quarterman (The Devil Inside) were all joining Anthony Hopkins on the show. Cyclops himself, James Marsden, also joined the ranks yesterday (although Film Divider had revealed his involvement some time ago).
Add one more to the growing population of “Westworld.” Veteran actor Ed Harris has joined the Warner Bros. Television/HBO production, TheWrap has learned. Harris will play the ultimate baddie, The Man in Black, who's described by project's producers as “the distillation of pure villainy into one man.” This is a return to HBO for Harris. Previously, he garnered a Golden Globe award and Emmy nomination for “Game Change.” The actor's many film credits include “Gravity,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “The Abyss” and “The Rock.” Harris will soon be seen in the upcoming feature film Run All Night, starring opposite Liam Neeson and Joel. »
- Jethro Nededog
It suffered a 63% box office drop in its second week of cinematic release. It was nominated for eleven Golden Raspberry Awards, winning one. It has been singled out as a source of massive regret for much of its cast. It effectively ended two A-list film careers, signaled the decline of Hollywood’s most celebrated guilty pleasure strongman, and doomed its helmsman to a pantheon of lingering disgrace. It torpedoed a multimillion dollar franchise, wiped out two green-lit blockbusters and put one of pop culture’s biggest names into the dark for eight years. It is often cited as one of the worst movies ever made, and was crowned number one by Empire. Years later, its director would be compelled to actually apologize for it. When you collect your wits at last and begin to look at the mess with something approaching rationalization, you will be hard pressed to find a »
- Scott Patterson
We’re at the point in the year now where even something small as a new look at an awards hopeful can change prognostication in a notable way. Yesterday, a Trailer his the net for the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything. I’ll have an embed of that at the bottom of this piece, but what I wanted to briefly touch on today was how sometimes just a quick look at something like this can upend award thinking. Basically, this film had been thought of a longer shot contender for Best Picture, Best Director (for James Marsh), Best Actor (for Eddie Redmayne), and Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress (for Felicity Jones), along with Anthony McCarten for his Screenplay, but now I’m sure people will be rushing to add Jones and especially Redmayne to their shortlists. That’s the magic of a strong Trailer, it can really do wonders for a contender. »
- Joey Magidson
After the packed "Get On Up" Producers Guild of America screening Thursday at the Pacific Design Center, star Chadwick Boseman, who channels mercurial funk star James Brown in the musical biopic, earned a rousing standing ovation. And again he got another one at the Academy the following weekend. During the PGA Q & A, Oscar-winning producer Brian Grazer (Ron Howard's "A Beautiful Mind"), explained that it took decades to get the $30-million period drama made, even after African-American biopic hits such as "Ray," which won an Oscar for Jamie Foxx, and "42," which launched Boseman as a rising star. Universal eventually released the picture, insisting on a PG-13 rating and an August opening. Is that too early for a proper Oscar campaign, or did the film need some room to build an audience, as "The Butler" did? Even with Harvey Weinstein behind a Lee Daniels film starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, »
- Anne Thompson
Lakeshore Entertainment has cast Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly to co-star in the upcoming Philip Roth adaptation, American Pastoral. Connelly joins Ewan McGregor in the Phillip Noyce directed project based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Connelly will play "Dawn", the wife of McGregor's "Swede Levov".
Here's what Lakeshore Entertainmen CEO Tom Rosenberg had to say in a statement.
American Pastoral's adapted screenplay was written by John Romano (The Lincoln Lawyer) with filming scheduled for March 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pa. American Pastoral will be produced by Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi.
American Pastoral follows Seymour "Swede" Levov, a legendary high school athlete, who grows up to marry a former beauty queen and inherits his father's business. Swede's seemingly perfect life shatters »
Lakeshore Entertainment has cast Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly to co-star in the upcoming Philip Roth adaptation, American Pastoral. Connelly joins Ewan McGregor in the Phillip Noyce directed project based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Connelly will play “Dawn”, the wife of McGregor’s “Swede Levov”.
“Jennifer Connelly is one of the great actresses of our time,” stated Lakeshore CEO, Tom Rosenberg. “We always wanted her to play ‘Dawn’ in American Pastoral and we’re thrilled to be working with her.”
American Pastoral’s adapted screenplay was written by John Romano (Lincoln Lawyer) with filming scheduled for March 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pa. American Pastoral will be produced by Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi.
American Pastoral follows Seymour “Swede” Levov, a legendary high school athlete, who grows up to marry a former beauty queen and inherits his father’s business. Swede’s seemingly perfect life shatters when his daughter rebels by »
- Melissa Thompson
Some books are widely considered to be ‘unfilmable’ for a multitude of reasons, from complex themes to unconventional narrative construction to epic scope. Philip Roth’s seminal novel American Pastoral exhibits all of those traits – but Lakeshore Entertainment is still moving full steam ahead with an adaptation of it to be helmed by Phillip Noyce (The Giver). Today, Noah actress Jennifer Connelly, who won an Oscar for A Beautiful Mind, joined the cast, which is being led by Ewan McGregor.
Connelly is set to play Dawn, the wife of protagonist Swede Levov (McGregor). Said Lakeshort CEO Tom Rosenberg:
American Pastoral follows Swede, a legendary high school athlete throughout his life. He grows up to marry a former beauty queen »
- Isaac Feldberg
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 20 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the highly anticipated new music biography “Get on Up” starring Chadwick Boseman (“42,” “Draft Day”) as James Brown!
“Get on Up,” which is rated “PG-13” and opens on Aug. 1, 2014, also stars Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Dan Aykroyd, Craig Robinson, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Fred Melamed, Jill Scott and Josh Hopkins. The film is directed by Tate Taylor (“The Help,” “Winter’s Bone”), written by Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth and produced by Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger.
To win your free “Get on Up” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Warner Bros. has been trying to develop the classic 1980s video game Space Invaders as a feature film for years. The project is once again being pushed forward, this time with producers Akiva Goldsman, Joby Harold, and Tory Tunnell.
Goldsman is the Academy Award winning writer of A Beautiful Mind, and has also worked on films such as I Am Legend, I Robot, The Da Vinci Code, and most recently Winter's Tale. He's a solid producer, and I think the film is in good hands.
There's no information on what story they will tell, but they could basically make it anything they want. There's no real mythology behind the 1978 game, it just featured several rows of aliens firing lasers at earth, and one ship toggling back and fourth shooting them back trying to stop them.
Source: The Wrap »
- Joey Paur
Anyone who still thinks jocks and artists don't mix has yet to be acquainted with Mr. Chadwick Boseman. After playing Jackie Robinson in 2013's 42 and a fictional football star in this year's Draft Day, the young actor seems poised to nail the role of James Brown in Get on Up, the forthcoming biopic that counts Mick Jagger as a producer.
100 Greatest Artists of All Time: James Brown
It was almost three years ago when we told you a feature film based on the classic arcade game Space Invaders was on the way. I guess the powers that be were waiting for some talented individuals to jump on board, and so here we are. Warner Bros. has acquired the films rights and brought on Akiva Goldsman (who wrote A Beautiful Mind and directed A Winter's Tale), Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell to produce the adaptation. The classic '80s arcade game was all about pew-pew-pew! »
- Graham McMorrow
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