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Q&A: Producer Colin Callender On His Next Chapter, Converging Theater, Film & Television And Taking On Harry Potter

4 April 2014 1:21 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Colin Callender‘s first producing effort, a nine-hour TV adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s stage production of The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby launched UK’s Channel 4 and won him his first Emmy in 1983. After a stint as an independent producer in his native Britain, Callender joined HBO where he shepherded films and miniseries like Angels In America, John Adams, Maria Full Of Grace and American Splendor to the tune of 104 Emmy Awards, 29 Golden Globes, 3 Oscars, and top awards at the Sundance Film Festival. Since leaving HBO in 2008, he has kept a low profile. Having started his career in theater, as stage manager at London’s Royal Court Theatre, Callender returned to his roots and built a theater slate during a break from television because of a three-year non-compete with HBO. His first play ever as a producer was Nora Ephron‘s Lucky Guy starring Tom Hanks, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Mindy Newell: Yiddishkeit

17 March 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

I miss bookstores.  Being able to walk up and down the aisles, pulling out a title that sounds intriguing, perusing the dust jacket flap, sometimes sitting down on the floor and reading the first couple of pages…just killing a couple of hours lost in a bibliophile’s heaven.

Okay, bookstores aren’t entirely gone, but they are, as everyone knows, on the endangered list.  My own first hint of this came about 15 years ago when the Borders in the Short Hills Mall closed up.  It was astonishing—this was a bookstore that was always mobbed, no matter the time of day.  Many, many people objected to the closing, and many, many people let the mall’s management know it; the customer service desk clerk told me, as I filled out the complaint form, that there were over 3,000 signatures in the first week alone protesting the shutdown, and demanding, if not the return of Borders, »

- Mindy Newell

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8 great comic book movies with no superheroes in sight

6 March 2014 10:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Comic book movies are often seen as the domain of spandex-clad demigods who battle moustache-twirling villains, but if 300 and Sin City - which both originated on the pages of Frank Miller works - are anything to go by they're not essential to telling a great story.

With sequels to 300 and Sin City incoming, we take a look at 8 great examples of comic book-inspired films with no superheroes in sight.

Sin City (2005)

Co-directed by comic creator Miller and digital filmmaking pioneer Robert Rodriguez, this adaptation stayed faithful to the source material, with the filmmakers shooting actors on green screen and rendering the locations - almost exactly how they appeared on the page - in post-production.

With an all-star cast, ranging from Bruce Willis to Mickey Rourke, and interlocking narratives, this was Pulp Fiction for the comic book movie geek crowd.

Ghost World (2001)

Long before he was jousting with Shia Labeouf, comics »

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Top 25 underappreciated comic book movies

29 January 2014 3:11 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature James Hunt 30 Jan 2014 - 06:25

Comic book movies are solid blockbuster fare now, but there are plenty of adaptations that didn't get the love they deserved...

You might argue that fans of comic book adaptations have had a pretty good decade or so. Between The Avengers movies, the Dark Knight trilogy, and multiple Spider-Man and X-Men films, some of the biggest-grossing action movies of all time have been based on comics. Not bad when you consider that only recently, the medium was considered the preserve of dateless man-children alone.

But here's the thing: not every comic book adaptation lends itself to being a summer tentpole CGI-fest, and just as many get overlooked or forgotten completely by the time the next one comes out. Comic adaptations are coming out thick and fast, and with so much forward momentum it's sometimes worth taking a moment to look back on what's come before. »

- sarahd

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Casting Net: Julianne Nicholson to play Ethan Hawke's ex-wife; Plus, Albert Brooks joins 'A Most Violent Year,' more

27 January 2014 6:04 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Julianne Nicholson (August: Osage County) and Emily Mortimer (The Newsroom) have joined the coming-of-age pic Ten Thousand Saints, set in the ’80s in New York City’s Lower East Side. American Splendor directing team Bob Pulcini and Shari Berman have assembled a fairly big cast for the project including Ethan HawkeEmile Hirsch, and Ender’s Game co-stars Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld. Mortimer will be playing Hawke’s girlfriend and Steinfeld’s mother, while Nicholson has been cast as Hawke’s ex-wife and mother of Butterfield. [THR]

Albert Brooks, who recently appeared in This Is 40, will play Oscar Isaac »

- Lindsey Bahr

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Emily Mortimer, Julianne Nicholson Join ‘Ten Thousand Saints’ as Mothers

27 January 2014 3:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Emily Mortimer and Julianne Nicholson have come on board to play mothers in the indie coming of age comedy “Ten Thousand Saints” opposite Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Ethan Hawke.

Production began Monday with the directing team of Bob Pulcini and Shari Berman (“American Splendor”). Producers are Anne Carey and Amy Nauiokas for Archer Gray Productions, Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray for Maven Pictures, and Luca Borghese.

Ten Thousand Saints,” set in the Lower East Side of New York City in the 1980s, follows three screwed up young people and their equally screwed up parents.

Mortimer will play the mother of Steinfeld’s character and Nicholson will portray the ex-wife of Hawke’s character and the mother of Butterfield’s charachter.

Mortimer is set to star in the third season of HBO’s “The Newsroom.” Nicholson stars in “August: Osage County” and Showtime’s “Masters of Sex.”

Mortimer is repped by ICM, »

- Dave McNary

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Emily Mortimer and Julianne Nicholson Join Ethan Hawke in 'Ten Thousand Saints' (Exclusive)

27 January 2014 11:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Emily Mortimer and Julianne Nicholson have joined the cast of Ten Thousand Saints, an adaptation of the Eleanor Henderson novel being directed by Bob Pulcini and Shari Berman, the directing duo behind American Splendor. Ethan Hawke, Emile Hirsch, Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld are already on board the production, which began shooting Monday in New York. Story: Emily Mortimer Comedy Lands at HBO Saints is set in New York's Lower East Side in the 1980s and is a coming-of-age story that follows three screwed-up young people and their equally screwed-up parents in the age of Cbgb's,

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Sundance 2014 Has Rare Double Winner; Jolie Executive-Produced Film Wins Top Award

25 January 2014 11:50 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Whiplash’: Sundance Film Festival Awards’ rare double winner (photo: Miles Teller in ‘Whiplash’) Directed by Damien Chazelle — and acquired for domestic distribution by Sony Pictures ClassicsWhiplash won the 2014 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award. The story of a young, ambitious 19-year-old drummer (played by 26-year-old Miles Teller) under the tutelage of a ruthless teacher (J.K. Simmons), Whiplash also features Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser, Austin Stowell, Nate Lang, Chris Mulkey, and Damon Gupton. Whiplash‘s double Sundance Film Festival win is quite rare. Previous such instances in Sundance’s three-decade history include Tony Bui’s Three Seasons in 1999, Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s Quinceañera in 2006, Lee DanielsPrecious in 2009, and Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station last year. Of these, Precious is — somewhat surprisingly — the only Sundance double winner to have succeeded both at the domestic box office and during awards season, »

- Andre Soares

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Sundance 2014: With tons of movies sold, the lack of a mega deal was no big deal

25 January 2014 9:30 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

I can testify that when you go to a film festival, and someone inquires about how the movies were that year, the answer you end up giving — “Really terrific!” “Lousy!” “They were okay!” — is often dictated by exactly one movie. If you saw something that totally knocked you out, the sort of film that you think is going to get major play in the real world, and you’re already dusting off a place on your 10 Best list for it, then that one movie can determine your entire perception of the festival. That’s what happened to me last year »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt May Lead Zemeckis’ To Reach The Clouds, Emile Hirsch Joins Ten Thousand Saints, and Sarah Paulson Set for Carol

23 January 2014 11:34 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

We’ve got a few interesting casting stories to get to this afternoon.  Briefly: Joseph Gordon-Levitt may be leading the next live-action feature from director Robert Zemeckis, the biopic To Reach the Clouds. Emile Hirsch has joined the young ensemble cast of American Splendor directors Bob Pulcini and Shari Berman’s coming-of-age indie Ten Thousand Saints. Sarah Paulson (12 Years a Slave) has joined the impressive cast of Todd Haynes’ latest film Carol. Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned films and casting. The folks over at Twitch are reporting that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will take the lead of director Robert Zemeckis’ memoir adaptation To Reach the Clouds.  The film tells the story of high wire walker Philippe Petit, the subject of the 2008 documentary Man on Wire.  Further information is unknown, but this could very well serve as Zemeckis’ follow-up to Flight. Additionally, Variety reports that Emile Hirsch will join Asa Butterfield »

- Adam Chitwood

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Emile Hirsch joins Ten Thousand Saints

23 January 2014 10:29 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Hot off the success of Lone Survivor, the actor joins a cast that includes Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Ethan Hawke.

Bob Pulcini and Shari Berman, the duo known for American Splendor, are set to commence shooting in New York on January 27.

The adaptation of the Eleanor Henderson novel follows three young people as they find themselves among the chaos of 1980s New York.

Anne Carey and Amy Nauiokas produce for Archer Gray Productions with Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray of Maven Pictures and Luca Borghese. »

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Emile Hirsch Joins ‘Ten Thousand Saints’

23 January 2014 9:27 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Emile Hirsch has come on board the indie coming of age comedy “Ten Thousand Saints” opposite Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Ethan Hawke.

Production is slated start Monday. The film will be directed by Bob Pulcini and Shari Berman (“American Splendor”) with producers Anne Carey and Amy Nauiokas for Archer Gray Productions, Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray for Maven Pictures, and Luca Borghese.

Ten Thousand Saints,” set in the Lower East Side of New York City in the 1980s, follows three screwed up young people and their equally screwed up parents.

Hirsch is currently starring in “Lone Survivor” and is set to play John Belushi in the biopic to be directed by Steve Conrad. He is represented by UTA and Silver Lining Entertainment.

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- Dave McNary

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Ethan Hawke and Asa Butterfield Among ‘Ten Thousand Saints’

15 January 2014 2:31 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Ethan Hawke and Asa Butterfield have been announced as the father/son combo at the heart of Ten Thousand Saints; the upcoming movie from American Splendor directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini.  The story follows teenager Jude (Butterfield) who, after his best friends’ death from a drug overdose, moves in with this hippie father (Hawke) and starts a straight edge lifestyle with the local youth culture.  It is based on the 2011 book of the same name by Eleanor Henderson which has been described as ‘vivid’ and ‘incredibly unforgettable’.

Hailee Steinfeld was confirmed at the end of last year to play Butterfield’s love interest Eliza.  Butterfield and Steinfeld first worked together in Gavin Hood’s Ender’S Game last year and this is their second project together based on a novel.  Alongside Ten Thousand Saints Butterfield will also film King Of The Kastle alongside Clive Owen and Jacki Weaver this year. »

- Victoria Bull

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Casting Net: 'Breaking Bad' actor Jesse Plemons auditioning for 'Star Wars: Episode VII'; Plus, Cote De Pablo, more

10 January 2014 3:52 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Breaking Bad and Friday Night Lights alum Jesse Plemons is the latest name to emerge in the Star Wars: Episode VII casting rumor mill. According to The Wrap, Plemons is flying to Los Angeles to audition for director J.J. Abrams for the highly secretive Disney/Lucasfilm project, which is scheduled for a Dec. 18, 2015, release. Franchise originals Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill are all expected to return, but the cast still remains a mystery. Other recent rumors have included Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Sullivan Stapleton. [The Wrap]

NCIS vet Code De Pablo has joined The 33, which tells the tale »

- Lindsey Bahr

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Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield Join ‘Ten Thousand Saints’

10 January 2014 3:32 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ethan Hawke and Asa Butterfield will join Hailee Steinfeld in coming-of-age drama “Ten Thousand Saints” with Maven Pictures and Archer Gray Prods. producing.

Bob Pulcini and Shari Berman (“American Splendor”) are directing.

Producers are Anne Carey and Amy Nauiokas for Archer Gray Productions, Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray for Maven Pictures, and Luca Borghese.

Project is based on Eleanor Henderson’s novel of the same name, set  in the East Village Punk scene of 1987 and following a young man sent to live with his estranged father in Manhattan. Hawke and Butterfield will play the father and son.

Hawke starred in “Before Midnight” and Butterfield was seen in “Enders Game” and recently wrapped “X plus Y.” The “Before Midnight” screenplay — written by Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater — received a Writers Guild award nomination last week.

Butterfield is represented by CAA and Independent in London.

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- Dave McNary

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National Society of Film Critics Offers a More Civil Awards-Season Alternative

9 January 2014 5:24 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

No one came to blows, suffered a heart attack or stormed out of the room: In other words, it was an unusually mellow year at the National Society of Film Critics’ annual voting meeting, where the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” rebounded from its WGA and PGA snubs to win four prizes including best film and director(s). You could chalk up the calm tenor, I suppose, to the fact that 2013 was such a good year for movies, or to the Herculean storm that kept some of the group’s more contentious members stranded out of town (or merely at home in front of the fire). Or maybe it’s just that film criticism has become something of a more gentlemanly pursuit (recent events at the New York Film Critics Circle dinner notwithstanding) ever since it became an even less viable profession than folk singing. To quote the Coens, “I »

- Scott Foundas

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Biopics: film-makers breath new life into a tired concept – at a price

9 January 2014 2:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Films such as Lincoln revitalised the genre by focusing on short periods, but are too many made, too soon?

For a genre that's been dismissed so many times, the biopic is in impertinently rude health. In the past six months in the UK – and only counting the ones about major public figures – we've had Behind the Candelabra, Renoir, Lovelace, Rush, Diana, Hannah Arendt, The Fifth Estate, One Chance, Saving Mr Banks, Kill Your Darlings, and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The next few weeks alone will grant us audiences with Solomon Northup (12 Years a Slave), Charles Dickens (The Invisible Woman) and Grace of Monaco.

Somewhere down the line, though, the biopic tightened up its act. The Mandela picture's cradle-to-the-grave trudge looks positively old-fashioned now; even 12 Years a Slave is a bit copperplate. The new-school, high-definition biopic goes for the essence, rather than a chronicle of events, focusing on a galvanising »

- Phil Hoad

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Why Indie Producer Ted Hope Is Taking Over as Fandor CEO

8 January 2014 11:01 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Having run the San Francisco Film Society as executive director for a year, indie producer Ted Hope is sticking with San Francisco. And despite his recent protestations to the contrary, producing a few films is still in his future. But as of January 30 his main gig is CEO of Fandor, the San Francisco-based curated online service for independent and international films. So don't look for Hope in snowy Park City this year. He's got other things on his plate. He will continue with Sffs on the Advisory Board as they seek a new exec director. On his quest for a new economic model for distributing independent film and engaging cinephiles in an interactive community, Hope sees Fandor as an exciting opportunity to play out his ideas.  Good Machine co-founder Hope ("American Splendor," "The Ice Storm," "In the Bedroom" and "Happiness") joined three-year-old subscription video-on-demand service Fandor’s Board of Advisors in March. »

- Anne Thompson

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Ted Hope Named CEO of Fandor

8 January 2014 11:00 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Film producer and former director of the San Francisco Film Society Ted Hope will take over as CEO of Fandor, a streaming movie service whose board Hope has served on since 2011. Hope is a veteran of the independent film community who has produced more than 70 films, including “American Splendor” and “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” He recently stepped down as executive director of the San Francisco Film Society, a job he was in for a little over a year. Shortly after doing so, he wrote on his blog  that he would no longer produce films for a living. He’ll still »

- Lucas Shaw

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 2004

8 January 2014 12:48 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 9 Jan 2014 - 06:25

We head back a decade to look at a few films that deserve more attention. Here’s our list of 25 underappreciated movies of 2004...

Think back to 2004, and you might dredge up hazy memories of the computer-generated fairytale sequel Shrek 2, Alfonso’s Harry Potter installment, The Prisoner Of Azkaban, or maybe Mel Gibson’s phenomenally successful Passion Of The Christ.

It’s rather less likely that you’ll remember some of the films on this list. You’re probably aware of the drill by now: we’ve gone back into our distant, beer-addled memories to find 25 of the less commonly-lauded movies from the year 2004.

Some of them did reasonably well at the time, but appear to have been forgotten since (especially the one eclipsed by its own internet meme), while others were coolly received by the public or critics (and sometimes »

- ryanlambie

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