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Back in late August, the trades reported that Matthew McConaughey was being "heavily considered" for the villainous role of Randall Flagg in Warner Bros. planned adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand. Following that, director Josh Boone denied that anything was official, actually stating that he'd always envisioned McConaughey in the role of main protagonist Stu Redman, and Christian Bale as Flagg. Well now The Guardian seem to have confirmed the initial report, as according to them the Oscar winning actor will indeed haunt some cornfields in the movie as "the Walkin' Dude", Randall Flagg. Recently we found out that WB were actually planning to adapt King's 1200 page novel into four films, which makes a lot more sense than the one 3-hour movie we were originally told we'd be getting. CBS Films will co-produce and co-present The Stand, with Roy Lee and Jimmy Miller producing. So far the only other »
'Henry V' Movie Actress Renée Asherson dead at 99: Laurence Olivier leading lady in acclaimed 1944 film (image: Renée Asherson and Laurence Olivier in 'Henry V') Renée Asherson, a British stage actress featured in London productions of A Streetcar Named Desire and Three Sisters, but best known internationally as Laurence Olivier's leading lady in the 1944 film version of Henry V, died on October 30, 2014. Asherson was 99 years old. The exact cause of death hasn't been specified. She was born Dorothy Renée Ascherson (she would drop the "c" some time after becoming an actress) on May 19, 1915, in Kensington, London, to Jewish parents: businessman Charles Ascherson and his second wife, Dorothy Wiseman — both of whom narrowly escaped spending their honeymoon aboard the Titanic. (Ascherson cancelled the voyage after suffering an attack of appendicitis.) According to Michael Coveney's The Guardian obit for the actress, Renée Asherson was "scantly educated »
- Andre Soares
Last year, RADiUS scored at the box office and in Awards Season with its documentary 20 Feet From Stardom (nearly $4.95 million and Best Documentary Feature Oscar win). This year, it may have another non-fiction awards behemoth, hitting theaters this weekend.
Citizenfour, directed by journalist and filmmaker Laura Poitras, tells the story of Nsa leaker Edward Snowden as he disclosed massive domestic U.S. government spying. The film unfolds in real time as Poitras and Guardian colleague Glenn Greenwald, working on a long-term project about government surveillance, were contacted online by a mysterious source calling himself “Citizenfour.” The film, completed in secret while Poitras was in self-imposed virtual exile, alleges even more Nsa overreaching at home and abroad than just what came out of the massive pile of U.S. documents Snowden leaked.
Another potential awards contender also arrives in U.S. theaters this weekend: Sweden’s entry for Foreign Language Oscar, »
- Brian Brooks
Awards Daily takes on the unfortunate phrase "but is it an Oscar movie?" in relation (partially at least) to Gone Girl.
i09 Be careful what you wish for. We've always wanted Christopher Walken in another movie musical. But this picture of him as Captain Hook is Terrifying
/bent 10 great queer films by straight directors. This was not prompted by Pride -- which you should totally see in theaters now -- but that also applies
My New Plaid Pants Frankenstein is so hot right now
- NATHANIEL R
She may be a teenager, but Chloë Grace Moretz already has over 40 film and TV credits to her name.
Moretz got her start early, making her big screen debut at the age of 6 in "Amityville Horror," but it wasn't until 2010 that she broke out in bloody crowd-pleaser "Kick-Ass." Since her performance as the tough-as-nails Hit-Girl, the actress has turned in memorable starring performances in "Carrie" (2013) and "If I Stay" (2014). This fall, Moretz stars opposite Denzel Washington in the action-thriller "The Equalizer."
1. Chloë Grace Moretz was born February 10, 1997, in Atlanta, Georgia to Teri Duke and McCoy Lee Moretz.
2. Her mother is a nurse, while her father is a plastic surgeon. Moretz's parents are now divorced.
3. Moretz has four older brothers, and told Drew Barrymore (via Interview Magazine) "It's like having four fathers, »
- Jonny Black
Polly Bergen: 'Desperate Housewives' Emmy nominee; winner for 'The Helen Morgan Story' (photo: Felicity Huffman, Doug Savant, and Polly Bergen in 'Desperate Housewives') (See previous article: "Polly Bergen: Actress on Richard Nixon 'Enemies List'.") Polly Bergen began her lengthy — and to some extent prestigious — television career in 1950, making sporadic appearances in anthology series. She won an Emmy for Best Actress in a Single Performance – Lead or Supporting — beating Julie Andrews, Helen Hayes, Teresa Wright, and Piper Laurie — for playing troubled torch singer Helen Morgan (Show Boat) in the 1957 Playhouse 90 episode "The Helen Morgan Story," featuring veteran Sylvia Sidney as Morgan's mother. Curiously, Bergen's retelling of Helen Morgan's story was broadcast the same year that Ann Blyth starred in Michael Curtiz's Morgan biopic. Also titled The Helen Morgan Story, the film focused on the relationship between the singer and a »
- Andre Soares
Writer-director Gerard Johnson’s sophomore feature, starring Peter Ferdinando as a corrupt London cop, is set to screen at Tiff next month, and the first stunning clip from the film has been released. According to THR, the pic owes a heavy debt to Gaspar Noe in one violent encounter; meanwhile Michael Mann and Nicolas Winding Refn duly pop up elsewhere in the palette. Tiff programmer Colin Geddes says director Johnson gives us a worthy UK cousin to Abel Ferrara’s Bad Lieutenant and The Guardian calls it an ambitiously scaled police-corruption thriller. Watch the clip below. The film also stars Stephen Graham (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), MyAnna Buring (Downton Abbey), Neil Maskell (Wild Bill), Elisa Lasowski (Somers Town) and Richard Dormer (Good Vibrations). Watch the clip below. Enjoy!
Buzzfeed Must read list of 17 black women who deserve their own biopic. God, if we could get even half of these projects greenlit there'd finally be roles for our best black actresses to fight over. I'd replace some of the dream names with better actresses though. Where's my Lorraine Toussaint and Kimberly Elise?
In Contention icymi images from Selma have been going around. Can't wait to see this movie
Playboy interviews the one and only Terry Gilliam on Zero Theorem and his past pictures
Playbill in light of all the 'was it or wasn't it cut from the movie?' discussion around Into the Woods' songbook, here's a list of famous numbers that were »
- NATHANIEL R
Chicago – Chloë Grace Moretz has grown up onscreen, and the former child actor is now a teenager in the new film “If I Stay.” Recently, she was in the area promoting the film, handing out free cupcakes to fans and admirers at the Sprinkle Cupcakes store in downtown Chicago.
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com
The actress began in television ten years ago with a guest shot on “The Guardian,” and had a regular gig as Kiki George on the short-lived “Dirty Sexy Money.” In 2009, she was memorable in “(500) Days of Summer,” followed that up with “Kiss-Ass” (2010) and starred in the remake of “Carrie” (2013). In “If I Stay,” she portrays Mia, the star-crossed car accident victim, trying to figure out what is next.
Photographer Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com took these Exclusive Portraits of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
When the trailer hit for Ridley Scott's new Biblical epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings," one of the results was an unexpected social media backlash against the apparent "whitewashing" of the cast. Specifically it was the casting of Egyptian royalty, Joel Edgerton as Ramses and Sigourney Weaver as Queen Tuya, that were singled out.
Appearing at the closing night of the Melbourne International Film Festival to present his new film "Felony," Edgerton spoke with Australia's multicultural network and news service Sbs about the reaction (via The Guardian). He says:
"[It's] not my job to make those decisions. I got asked to do a job and it would have been very hard to say no to that job. I do say that I am sensitive to it and I do, I do understand and empathise with that position."
The ancient Egypt-set story is based on the Book of Exodus from the Old »
- Garth Franklin
There's a long history of Hollywood casting the same familiar white faces that continues with Exodus: Gods And Kings, which hits theaters this holiday season. Normally a film toplined by Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton wouldn't cause any controversy, but this time, the casting (which also involves Sigourney Weaver and Aaron Paul, among others) has caused fans to strike back, with a Twitter campaign dedicated to raising awareness of the issue of a story of ancient Egyptians being told with mostly white actors. At the very least, said campaign has reached one of the film's stars. Joel Edgerton spoke about the issue to the Australian network Sbs (via The Guardian) and expressed empathy for the stance many have taken. " [It's] not my job to make those decisions... I got asked to do a job and it would have been very hard to say no to that job. I do say »
According to reports by Chinese online and state media, Jaycee Chan (aka Fang Zuming) was present when Taiwanese actor Kai Ko (aka Ko Chen-tung), star of “You Are The Apple Of My Eye,” was recently arrested on drugs charges.
Subsequently, The People’s Daily, one of the most important state media in China, reported that Chan was arrested after police found 100 grams of marijuana at his home.
The problems for Chan and Ko follow a succession of other recent arrests in China of mainland, Taiwanese and Hong Kong actors on drugs charges.
Their detention also follows the announcement last week that some 42 entertainment and performance agencies had stuck an agreement to boycott celebrities that take drugs.
The agreement was organized by the Beijing Trade Association for Performances and »
- Patrick Frater
That’s it. I quit. No more.
For weeks, I’ve stuck it out with The Leftovers, which many critics (including me) have described as one of the bleakest, most brutal, most depressing dramas on television. But it wasn’t until Sunday’s episode, “Gladys,” that I decided I’d had enough. I refuse to watch another minute of this show.
It wasn’t just that a woman (the Gladys of the title, played by Marceline Hugot) got stoned to death in the episode. I’ve seen worse on my all-time favorite show, Breaking Bad. What I objected to wasn’t the violence. »
- Melissa Maerz
Robert Zemeckis has signed a first-look deal with Paramount Television, giving the studio first whack at any projects developed by Zemeckis’ Compari Entertainment. Their first project together will be a drama series based on “The Fermata,” a best-selling novel about a man who uses his ability to stop time for sexual dalliances. David Hollander, who created “The Guardian,” will adapt Nicholson Baker's book. Also read: Robert Zemeckis Directing Philippe Petit Picture, Courting Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Star Zemeckis and Paramount have a long history together on the film side. Paramount released “Forrest Gump,” for which Zemeckis won Best Director, and “Flight, »
- Lucas Shaw
"One man's poison should be another man's honey. That's the way it's supposed to be."
"It's the way it's supposed to be," the comic recently told Digital Spy. "Otherwise we'd only have one comedian, or one band..."
It may have been dubbed "lazy", "jaw-droppingly past its sell-by date" and even "the worst comedy ever made" - but Mrs Brown's Boys still pulls in the punters, with a fourth series and cartoon spinoff in the works, plus a big-screen outing hitting cinemas today (June 27).
Of course, O'Carroll's creation is far from the first TV show to be mauled by the critics, while simultaneously pulling in record ratings - here's just a few shows that have been loved and loathed in equal measure. »
Neal McDonough has been tapped for a recurring role on the upcoming fourth season of USA Network drama Suits. McDonough will play Sean Cahill, who is not so much an SEC investigator as he is a bulldog. Tasked by Eric Woodall (guest star Zeljko Ivanek) to uncover wrongdoing at Pearson Specter, Cahill will go toe-to-toe with anyone. Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Gina Torres, Meghan Markle and Sarah Rafferty also star. McDonough, repped by Paradigm, More/Medavoy Management and attorney Stuart Rosenthal (Bloom Hergott), is currently shooting Sony’s Mall Cop 2. His other feature work includes Red 2, Captain America: The First Avenger, Flags Of Our Fathers, and The Guardian. His TV credits include Mob City, Justified, Desperate Housewives, Boomtown and Band Of Brothers. Suits Season 4 premieres June 11. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Katey Sagal ("Sons of Anarchy") has joined the cast of Pitch Perfect 2 for director Elizabeth Banks. She will play the mother to Hailee Steinfeld's character. The film is set to hit theaters on May 15, 2015. Elizabeth Banks Speaking of August 2015 releases, Warner Bros. has set an August 7, 2015 release for their Point Break remake as Edgar Ramirez has signed on to replace Gerard Butler as Bodhi, the role originally played by Patrick Swayze in the 1991 original. The remake will follow a similar premise as the first as an FBI agent (Luke Bracey) goes undercover to catch a gang of bank robbers, though instead of being predominantly surfers, this time around they'll be into extreme sports. amz asin="B00E0CZX0G" size="small"Sony Pictures has acquired the rights to Glenn Greenwald's new book "No Place To Hide: Edward Snowden, The Nsa, And The U.S. Surveillance State »
- Brad Brevet
Comics Alliance reviews the new mutant twinkies inspired by X-Men Days of Future Past. No, really
Self Styled Siren Farran's first novel "The Missing Reel" is coming out this year. If you've ever read her site you know this is a big deal since she's a wonderful writer. She promises lots of film references in this romantic comedy set in the 1980s at a NYC revival house.
Why So Sad, Batman makes the only smart use of the first photo of Ben Affleck as Batman
Out director Bryan Singer profiled, he declines to comment on the legal battles involving sexual assault claims but there's quite a lot of commenting on perceptions of his sexuality
Av Club Wolverine Remixed. 'Snikt' with a dance beat
The Film Stage See a »
- NATHANIEL R
Nicole Kidman can't seem to catch a break when it comes to the Cannes Film Festival. Two years after she hit the headlines for dousing Zac Efron in The Paperboy, she returns this year with royal biopic Grace of Monaco.
The Grace Kelly film will premiere on the Croisette this evening, but critics have already delivered unanimously scathing reviews for the Olivier Dahan drama ("worse than Diana"). We round up the initial reaction below...
"It's traditional for Cannes to start with something spectacular. This is certainly no exception. It is a film so awe-inspiringly wooden that it is basically a fire risk. The cringe factor is ionospherically high. A fleet of ambulances may have to be stationed outside the Palais to take tuxed audiences to hospital afterwards to have their toes uncurled under general anaesthetic."
Kate Muir - The Times
"Not so much a turkey as a dodo, »
Nancy Malone, a ground-breaking and Emmy-winning director-producer, Emmy-nominated actress and the first woman VP at a major studio, died May 8 at City of Hope in Duarte, Calif., as the result of pneumonia that arose from complications of leukemia. She was 78.
Shortly after producing her first TV movie, “Winner Take All,” starring Shirley Jones, for NBC, Malone joined 20th Century Fox’s TV department as director of TV development. Soon she was named vice president of television, becoming the first woman VP at a major studio. During her time at Fox, Malone co-founded Women in Film.
Malone was an actress for decades, appearing extensively on TV and on stage, before moving behind the camera and into the executive suite and continued acting even after doing so, including a supporting role in the 1973 Burt Reynolds starrer “The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing.”
She joined Tomorrow Entertainment as a story analyst in 1971 and »
- Carmel Dagan
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