11 items from 2014
Kim Dickens has officially been tapped to star as the female lead in the new AMC companion series to The Walking Dead, reports Deadline. She is probably most widely recognized from her run on HBO’s post Katrina series Treme but she has since broken out further thanks to David Fincher’s latest suspense thriller Gone Girl.
The Walking Dead companion series was created by Robert Kirkman, based upon the graphic novel of the same name (Kirkman & Dave Erickson), and is set to be directed by Adam Davidson. The series follows two co-workers, a divorced teacher Cliff Curtis and a guidance counselor (Dickens), who also happen to be in a relationship together. She has two children (Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey) from a prior marriage as well as a dark past that threatens to haunt her present situation. Ths series, currently being called Cobalt, takes place during the same »
- William Fanelli
By Anjelica Oswald
This year’s best actor race is filled with strong contenders, and if Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Oyelowo and Jack O’Connell all land nominations for best actor, this year could break the record for the most English actors to score a nomination in the same category in the same year.
Redmayne’s incredible portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, based on Jane Hawking’s memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, could result in his first Oscar nomination. Redmayne will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala on Jan. 3, whose past seven recipients have gone on to receive Oscar nominations.
Cumberbatch won the best actor award at the Hollywood Film Awards for his portrayal of Alan Turing, who helped crack the Nazi Enigma Code during World War II. (Redmayne »
- Anjelica Oswald
Aiming for a resurgence of his long career as an action star, Steven Seagal has come on board “Cypher” at Aldamisa Intl.
Aldamisa topper Sergei Bespalev and Seagal are producing the $25 million project, targeted for an April launch of production. The project has been quietly unveiled at the American Film Market with preliminary discussions about international sales.
Seagal will portray a special forces operative who — frustrated with the bureaucracy of war — goes rogue and tries to exterminate terrorists being protected by the government.
Seagal has written the script. No director is attached.
Seagal began his adult life as an Aikido instructor and broke into show business in 1988 with “Above the Law” and saw his career peak with “Under Siege” in 1992. Other credits include “On Deadly Ground,” “Under Siege 2: Dark Territory,” “Exit Wounds” and “Half Past Dead” in 2002.
Since then, most of Seagal’s films have been direct to video »
- Dave McNary
Aldamisa Films has come on to handle international sales at Afm on the thriller.
Production on City Of Strangers is set to commence on March 1, 2015. »
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From the Press Release:
Syfy and Alcon TV have announced that Steven Strait (pictured; "Magic City") and Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo ("House of Saddam," House of Sand and Fog) will star in "The Expanse," the new 10-episode space opera based on the international best-selling book series, premiering on Syfy in 2015.
Strait plays Holden, an officer on the ice-carrying freighter the Canterbury. Holden is a natural leader who's not sure he wants responsibility, but who will soon have no choice when he is drawn into a dangerous plot. Aghdashloo portrays Chrisjen Avasarala, a smart and passionate member of a political family legacy who has risen high in the ranks »
- Debi Moore
Syfy’s next big space drama series The Expanse has nabbed an Emmy winner and Oscar nominee: Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Saddam, 24, House of Sand and Fog) will co-star in the upcoming space opera, which is based on James S. A. Corey’s bestselling book series. Also newly cast: Actor Steven Strait (Magic City, 10,000 BC).
The Expanse is set 200 years in the future and follows a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective (Thomas Jane) and a rogue ship’s captain (Strait) together in a race across the solar system to expose a conspiracy.
Aghdashloo plays Chrisjen Avasarala, a »
- James Hibberd
Lois Lowry might just be the godmother of dystopian Ya fiction.
The author of over 40 books is best known for her 1993 novel “The Giver,” a story set in a utopian society where people no longer feel pain. But a sinister side is revealed when Jonas, a young boy, is selected to be the Receiver of Memories — responsible for painful recollections of past suffering so that he can advise a council of elders on how to best serve the community. Jonas is trained by the outgoing Receiver, now called The Giver, and realizes there is a price people pay for living without conflict.
Since “The Giver” was published, books like “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent” have emerged and proven to be popular at the multiplex. But plans for a film version of “The Giver” actually predates them all.
- Jenelle Riley
The knock on the Academy Awards throughout the years always seem to be how certain actors, directors and films are snubbed in favor of other chosen nominations. Sometimes the justification for these overlooked selections in performances and motion pictures are warranted. Many will agree that a lot of injustices have been committed based on how some Oscar-worthy selections were slighted.
Has anyone ever considered the equal possibilities of omission when one Oscar nominee wins the golden statuette over another nominee that one thought was more deserving for the victory? There have been numerous instances when observers who have witnessed an Oscar win thought that their competitor should have received it instead. It is only human nature to have an opinion as to feel who should have claimed Oscar gold as opposed to the fellow nominee that actually accomplished the goal.
Let us look at the top ten instances where it »
- Frank Ochieng
For me, there are two immediately interesting takeaways from the news that Steve Spielberg will be developing the religious drama "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara." The first is that it would mark his third collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner after "Munich" and "Lincoln." The other is that the project would be a co-production between DreamWorks and The Weinstein Company. DreamWorks, quietly celebrating a 20th anniversary this year after being concocted by entertainment magnates Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen, saw some interesting Oscar battlefield time opposite Harvey Weinstein back in the Miramax days. Round one went to Weinstein, as "Shakespeare in Love" shocked "Saving Private Ryan" to win the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1998. But Spielberg and company won rounds two and three with "American Beauty" topping "The Cider House Rules" in 1999 and "Gladiator" blowing past "Chocolat" in 2000. (DreamWorks also co-produced the 2001 Best Picture winner, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Aghdashloo will appear in an upcoming episode when Cam (Tamara Taylor) and boyfriend Arastoo Vaziri (Pej Vahdat) have dinner with Deena during the woman's visit to town, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Things get awkward quickly, of course, when Deena begins to question the couple. Will the Vaziri parents approve of their son's older girlfriend (especially since she doesn't share the same religion)?
Salma Hayek has been cast in The Septembers of Shiraz.
The Savages actress will be joined by Shohreh Aghdashloo, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Septembers of Shiraz focuses on a Jewish family in Iran around the time of the Islamic Revolution. The thriller is an adaptation of Dalia Sofer's 2008 novel of the same name and is based on actual events.
Production for the project will begin in April.
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