20 items from 2015
It turns out Tatum is still on board, but the incident got us thinking of some other superhero castings that nearly were but never will be:
(Nb Please take it as read that Jude Law was considered for all of these roles.)
Hugh Jackman has become so synonymous with the iconic X-Man that it's strange to think of anyone else taking on the role (even if they inevitably will). But before he had been cast, Russell Crowe was considered to play the angry Canadian mutant, and is credited with directing Bryan Singer's attention towards his fellow Aussie.
Robin Bissell, an exec producer on “The Hunger Games” and “Seabiscuit,” will make his directorial debut from his own script, based on Osha Gray Davidson’s book “The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South.”
“Empire” star Henson will portray Ann Atwater, a civil rights activist in Durham, N.C., who battled Ku Klux Klan leader C.P. Ellis for a decade until 1971, when the two agreed to co-chair a two-week community meeting to deal with a court-ordered school desegregation decree. That event changed both of their lives immeasurably.
Henson is repped by Vincent Cirrincione Associates and SMGSBLaw.
- Dave McNary
Hillary Clinton will be back in Los Angeles later this month for another round of Hollywood fundraising. The presidential hopeful is scheduled to arrive on June 19 for an event at the home of HBO’s president of programming Michael Lombardo and his partner, Sonny Ward, according to media reports. Clinton is also expected to attend an event hosted by “Seabiscuit” actor Tobey Maguire and his wife, Jennifer Meyer. The cost per event will be $2,700 per person. Also Read: Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley to Run for President Clinton made her first fundraising trip to California in May when she visited »
- Debbie Emery
Set during the Civil War, The Free State of Jones tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers and with the assistance of local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. His marriage to a former slave, Rachel, and his subsequent establishment of a mixed race community was unique in the post-war South. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.
- Scott J. Davis
Two more The Free State of Jones images have landed online. Written and directed by four-time Oscar-nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games), the Civil War movie is based on the true story of Newt Knight (Matthew McConaughey), a Southern farmer who led a rebellion against the Confederacy during the Civil War. It’s a fascinating story that stretches into his marriage with a former slave (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the establishment of a mixed-raced community in the South, and Knight’s continued efforts through Reconstruction. While I’m definitely excited to see how Ross will follow up The Hunger Games and this is a fascinating story, I hope it doesn’t fall into the “White Savior” trap. Check out The Free State of Jones images below. The film opens March 11, 2016 and also stars Keri Russell and Mahershala Ali. [caption id="attachment_448789" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via Stx Entertainment[/caption] [caption id="attachment_448793" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via Stx Entertainment[/caption] Here’s the official »
- Matt Goldberg
Today we have the first photo from the upcoming "The Free State of Jones," which stars Matthew McConaughey and just started filming in New Orleans. Check out the photo below. Plot: Set during the Civil War, "The Free State of Jones" tells the story of defiant Southern farmer Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers, and with the assistance of local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. His marriage to a former slave, Rachel, and his subsequent establishment of a mixed race community was unique in the post-war South. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, which distinguished him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War. The new movie is directed by Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit) and co-stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw »
Motion picture and television studio Stx Entertainment has announced the beginning of principal photography on the theatrical feature "The Free State of Jones" in and around New Orleans, Louisiana. The "epic action-drama" (as the press release describes it) is written and directed by Gary Ross ("The Hunger Games," "Seabiscuit," "Pleasantville"), and stars Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell and Mahershala Ali. Set during the Civil War, "The Free State of Jones" tells the story of defiant Southern farmer Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion »
- Tambay A. Obenson
"Pleasantville" and "Seabiscuit" writer/director Gary Ross in the midst of filming his followup to "The Hunger Games," and it's about as far away from the Districts as you can get. "The Free State Of Jones" finds him teaming with Oscar-anointed Matthew McConaughey for a modest, $20-million budgeted true story Civil War drama. Here's the official synopsis: Set during the Civil War, The Free State of Jones tells the story of defiant Southern farmer Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers, and with the assistance of local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. His marriage to a former slave, Rachel, and his subsequent establishment of a mixed race community was unique in the post-war South. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Motion picture and television studio Stx Entertainment has begun principal photography on the theatrical feature The Free State of Jones in and around New Orleans, Louisiana, it was announced by Adam Fogelson, Chairman of Stx Entertainment's Motion Picture Group. The epic action-drama is written and directed by four-time Oscar nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit, Pleasantville), and stars Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar, Dallas Buyers Club), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights), Keri Russell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Mahershala Ali (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, House of Cards).
The film is being produced by Scott Stuber (Ted, Safe House) through his Blue Grass Films shingle, with Jon Kilik (Foxcatcher, The Hunger Games) producing through his Jon Kilik Productions, and Ross producing through his Larger Than Life Productions. Stx Entertainment is producing the film and recently announced plans to release the movie nationwide on March 11, 2016. Im Global »
From finding new ways to shoot the most adrenaline-infused car chases to taking exhibition audio into new frontiers, this year’s recipients of the Academy Scientific & Technical Awards are pushing the limits of cinema in every way they can.
These awards are sometimes called the Sci-Tech Oscars, but most honorees are given plaques or certificates, as opposed to the fabled statuettes. Only two of the awards come with actual Oscars and those nods aren’t given every year, though this year both will be presented.
The highest Sci-Tech Award — and one that comes with an Oscar — is the Academy Award of Merit. The award is designed to single out game-changing technology. This year Larry Hornbeck will receive the citation for his digital micromirror technology that powers Dlp cinema projectors, now the standard throughout the industry. These micromirrors, 37 years in development, are used for “intelligently steering light” in order to help deliver bright, »
- Karen Idelson
I love movie and television soundtracks. I’ll often use a given soundtrack while I work, letting it fuel my writing. I can’t listen to music with lyrics in them; that interferes with my process. I’ll get themes, characters, even scenes or whole plots from the music. Soundtrack music is in service of the story that the film is trying to tell; it’s a part of the narrative, heightening the emotion that’s being invoked.
I have my own particular favorites. The composers usually have a large body of work but certain key works resonate within me – Jerry Goldsmith’s Chinatown and Patton, James Horner with Field of Dreams, Shaun Davey’s Waking Ned Devine, Elmer Bernstein’s To Kill A Mockingbird (has there ever been a more beautiful and evocative theme?) and, of course, The Magnificent Seven.
I’ve also been very fond of Alan Silvestri »
- John Ostrander
By Anjelica Oswald
Chazelle’s Whiplash, about an aspiring jazz drummer and his sadistic instructor, is his second feature film and is adapted from a short film of the same name that he also wrote and directed. The short won the jury award for short films at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Whiplash was nominated for four other awards, including best picture.
Anderson received his second adapted screenplay nomination for Inherent Vice, based on Thomas Pynchon’s novel of the same name. The film was also nominated for costume design. Anderson previously received an adapted screenplay nomination for 2007’s There Will Be Blood, which he also directed. He received a best director nomination, and the film was nominated for best picture.
If either wins, they will become the fifth adapted screenplay »
- Anjelica Oswald
Prolific filmmaker Frank Marshall has been selected by the Board of Directors of the American Cinema Editors (Ace) to be honored with the organization’s prestigious Ace Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the 65thAnnual Ace Eddie Awards black-tie ceremony on Friday, January 30, 2015 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
“Frank Marshall has helped shape American film, treating audiences to some of the most well-loved, successful and enduring films in cinematic history,” stated the Ace Board of Directors. “From “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Sixth Sense” and the “Back to the Future” trilogy, among so many others, Mr. Marshall has made – and continues to make – a profound and indelible contribution to the cinematic landscape. We are honored to recognize him for his extraordinary accomplishments.”
Marshall joins a distinguished group of past Ace Golden Eddie honorees including Steven Spielberg, »
- Michelle McCue
Showtime Networks and Stx Entertainment, the newly launched film, television and multimedia studio, announced today that they have closed a multi-year output agreement to bring motion pictures distributed theatrically by Stx exclusively to Showtime Networks during the premium television window. The deal will begin in 2015 and covers the studio's theatrical releases through 2019, which will be shown exclusively on Showtime Networks and its multiplex channels including Showtime, The Movie Channel and Flix.
Additionally, Stx Entertainment is commencing production on its initial film slate, with more titles to be revealed in the coming months. The first four features include projects from Academy Award nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit), Oscar nominee Billy Ray (Captain Phillips, The Hunger Games), Oscar winner Mark Johnson (Rain Man, Breaking Bad) and Oscar nominee Jason Blum (Whiplash). The announced projects will star Academy Award winners Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman, as well as Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor, »
Robert Simonds’ nascent studio has closed an exclusive, four-year premium television deal with Showtime starting this year as it moves ahead with its first four features.
Gary Ross will direct Matthew McConaughey (pictured) in Civil War drama The Free State Of Jones, which Route One / Union Investment Partners and Vendian Entertainment are co-financing and Im Global sells internationally.
Billy Ray will commence production this month on The Secret In Their Eyes based on his adapted screenplay from the Argentinian Oscar-winning thriller. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts star and Mark Johnson produces.
Stx is producing in association with Im Global, while co-financiers are Route One / Union Investment Partners.
Shooting is also scheduled to begin this month on Joel Edgerton’s untitled feature directorial and writing debut. The thriller from producers Rebecca Yeldham and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse explores whether bygones can ever truly be bygones.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Frank Marshall has been selected by the American Cinema Editors as the Ace Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year.
The award will be presented at the 65th Annual Ace Eddie Awards on Jan. 30 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Marshall has received five Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, including “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “The Color Purple,” “The Sixth Sense,” ” Seabiscuit” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”
“Frank Marshall has helped shape American film, treating audiences to some of the most well-loved, successful and enduring films in cinematic history,” said the Ace Board of Directors. “From ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark,’ ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,’ ‘The Sixth Sense’ and the ‘Back to the Future’ trilogy, among so many others, Mr. Marshall has made — and continues to make — a profound and indelible contribution to the cinematic landscape. We are honored to recognize him for his extraordinary accomplishments.”
- Dave McNary
The producer whose credits include Raiders Of The Lost Ark, The Color Purple, The Sixth Sense, Seabiscuit, and The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button will be handed the award at a ceremony in L.A. on January 30.
“Frank Marshall has helped shape American film, treating audiences to some of the most well-loved, successful and enduring films in cinematic history,” says the board of Ace, an honorary society of film editors. He “has made – and continues to make – a profound and indelible contribution to the cinematic landscape.”
Previous Golden Eddie winners include Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Norman Jewison, Alexander Payne, James Cameron, Clint Eastwood, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, Saul Zaentz, Paul Greengrass and Stanley Donen.
- The Deadline Team
Universal Pictures has announced that Unbroken will be screened at The Vatican this week. Director Angelina Jolie has traveled to Rome to attend the event, joined by Luke Zamperini, the son of the film’s subject, Louis Zamperini.
Pope Francis, aware of the incredible life story of Louis Zamperini, graciously welcomed the opportunity to view the film and is expected to attend the screening at the Casina Pio IV, headquarters of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, on Thursday, January 8. Anticipated to attend with The Holy Father, Ms. Jolie and Mr. Zamperini is a delegation of Vatican leaders and officials.
“To be invited to screen Unbroken at The Vatican is an honor and a tribute to Louie’s legacy as a man of faith and someone who exemplified the power of forgiveness and the strength of the human spirit,” stated Ms. Jolie. “These are universal »
- Michelle McCue
Oscar voting opened Monday, and like clockwork, the haters have come calling. As Deadline’s Pete Hammond wrote on Monday, ’tis the season for controversy over fact-based awards contenders: Now, Bennett Miller’s real-life Olympian tragedy Foxcatcher and Tim Burton’s art exposé Big Eyes have joined Mlk Jr. drama Selma, the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game and Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken in ducking for cover over accuracy issues in mixing fact-based stories with narrative structure.
Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz, who’s played by Channing Tatum in Foxcatcher, publicly supported the film through its November theatrical release. That changed drastically in a series of angry online rants this week as Schultz turned on the Golden Globe-nominated pic, which won Miller the Best Director prize at Cannes. He blasted Miller and the film on Facebook after he read reviews dwelling on the suggestion of a sexual relationship between him and »
- Jen Yamato
Baer first optioned rights to Zamperini’s life story in 1998, long before Laura Hillenbrand’s book became a bestseller. Baer brought the project to Universal 16 years ago, and they stayed with it through multiple owners and studio administrations.
“Universal’s support was always there; that was never an issue,” says Baer. “The main problem was finding the right director. Plus, it’s not a traditional studio-tentpole movie.”
The pricetag was lower than the traditional tentpole: $65 million, with a chunk of that going to above-the-line work, including a half-dozen high-profile screenwriters. (Final credits go to Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Richard Lagravenese and William Nicholson.)
That budget is modest for a film that spans several decades and continents, features big-scale air battles and a lot of lensing on water. »
- Tim Gray
20 items from 2015
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