16 items from 2015
After collaborating around ten years ago for his sophomore directorial effort, The Good Shepherd, Robert De Niro has reteamed with screenwriter Eric Roth, but this time solely as an actor. The short film Ellis comes from French artist and director Jr, and after playing in select theaters in New York City this past week, it’s now available to watch in full. Set amongst Hr’s Unframed art installations, it’s quite a touching, beautiful short, which runs about 15 minutes and follows De Niro’s character walking around the abandoned remains as he reflects on the immigration experience in Ellis Island.
As the synopsis reads, it’s meant to “awaken our collective memory.” He adds, “Leaving their past behind them, immigrants fleeing poverty, discrimination, dictatorship arrived there. Ellis Island was the gateway to the United States for millions of immigrants. Upon arrival, they were processed, approved or denied access. Due to sickness or simply tiredness, »
- Jordan Raup
There aren’t many power couples in Hollywood anymore, but Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are certainly one of them. They haven’t worked on the same project together since Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but tomorrow they co-star in By the Sea, which Jolie also wrote and directed. I wrote briefly about this one last week, and honestly the film itself isn’t anything special, but it is an excuse to talk about some of their work, so in that regard, I’m glad it’s coming out. Both have Academy Awards to their credit and both are among the biggest A-listers we have, so there should be plenty to discuss… In case you’re not aware what By the Sea is, here’s a short refresher. The film is a 1970’s set look at a married couple unraveling/trying to save their union while vacationing in a small seaside town after an untold tragedy. »
- Joey Magidson
At the start of this year, I was intrigued by what looked like a fairly spy-heavy line-up for this year's theatrical releases, and now that we're at the other end of the year, it seems like a good time to look back and see how the year actually played out versus how we thought things might go. One thing that's clear is that there were a ton of spy movies in 2015. If Sony hadn't pushed back the release of "The Brothers Grimsby," it would have been one more, and it makes it obvious why they pushed that film back to next year when you look at just how many spy-themed movies have been released since January. It's an unusual number, and I think it's just one of those flukes of timing. But when you look at all of them stacked up next to one another, it's interesting to see what worked and what didn't, »
- Drew McWeeny
It's been a busy week for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie! The couple, who showed off their love at a screening of their film By the Sea in NYC on Tuesday night, were back on the red carpet for the WSJ Magazine Innovator Awards at the Museum of Modern Art on Wednesday. The couple kept things a bit more serious for the cameras, though they lit up when they ran into other celebrity guests, including Anna Wintour and Robert De Niro, whom Brad starred with in the 1996 hit Sleepers and Angelina worked with on 2006's The Good Shepherd. Brad and Angelina were seated with Robert and his wife, Grace Hightower, inside the event. The excitement continued for Brad and Angelina on Thursday, when they premiered By the Sea during the AFI Fest in the Big Apple. »
- Lauren Turner
Sloane U’Ren will direct and Robert Graf will produce. Radiant Films International is representing foreign rights and is introducing the film to buyers at the American Film Market. UTA Independent Film Group is handling North American rights.
Set in World War II, Banks will portray one of the first female war photographers. She’s shot down and stranded on a South Pacific island, where the only other inhabitant is a marooned Japanese soldier. The two evolve from sworn enemies to reluctant allies in a 30-year battle against the forces of nature and their inescapable circumstances.
U’Ren will direct from a script by Anotny Neely. She made her feature directing debut on “Dimensions” after working as an art director and set designer on “Being John Malkovich” and “The Good Shepherd. »
- Dave McNary
Three-time Emmy Award nominee Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games franchise, Pitch Perfect 2) is set to star in the adventure drama Rita Hayworth With A Hand Grenade to be directed by award-winning director Sloane U’Ren (Dimensions), it was announced today by producer Robert Graf (upcoming Hail, Caesar!, Oscar-winning No Country For Old Men).
Radiant Films International is representing foreign rights and is introducing the film to buyers at the American Film Market. UTA Independent Film Group is handling North American rights.
An accomplished art director and set designer, U’Ren is directing her sophomore feature film after having honed her skills working on studio blockbusters such as Warner Bros.’ Batman Begins and Harry Potter And The Half-blood Prince.
Written by Antony Neely, principal photography will commence in spring 2016.
Set in World War II, Caroline Baker (Banks), one of the first female war photographers, is shot down and stranded on a South Pacific island, »
- Michelle McCue
Morgan Creek has identified several potential bidders as the company behind “Robin Hood: Prince of Theives” and “The Last of the Mohicans” prepares to sell domestic rights to its film library.
Studios, mini-majors, and private equity firms have all expressed interest, although no one has formally bid and a timeline for a possible sale has yet to be established.
“It’s early in the process,” said Greg Mielcarz, executive VP of marketing and publicity at Morgan Creek. “There are no frontrunners at the moment.”
The company is offering up rights to 65 of its films and has tapped Houlihan Lokey to serve as its investment banker. There are certain films that the company will retain remake or television rights to, among them “The Exorcist,” “Ace Ventura,” “Major League” and “Clive Barker’s Nightbreed.”
Mielcarz said the company had not determined an asking price for the titles and would “let the market decide” their value. »
- Brent Lang
The end of days is nigh in the new trailer for Fire City: End of Days, directed by Tom Woodruff Jr. Also: new programming announcements from the 2015 Mile High Horror Film Festival, release details for Aquarius Season 1 and zombie web comic When It's Over.
Fire City: End of Days: Press Release: "Burbank, CA - Academy Award Winning Creature and Character Effects Designer Tom Woodruff Jr. makes his highly-anticipated directorial debut with Fire City: End of Days, hitting DVD and Digital October 6 from Uncork’d Entertainment.
Set in a world where demons live among us, this exhilarating vitrine of effects and action sees a hard-boiled demon named Vine confronted with the ultimate choice between the salvation of his own kind and the life of an innocent human girl. Tobias Jelinek (Hocus Pocus), Danielle Chuchran (Saga: Curse of the Shadow), Glee’s Harry Shum Jr, and Kristin Minter (TVs E.R) star. »
- Tamika Jones
Eight-time Emmy nominee Gavin Polone (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Zombieland), who directed six episodes of ABC series Twisted, is to make his feature directorial debut on the thriller, which is produced by Matt Berenson (A Place Beyond the Pines).
Psycho Killer follows a nameless murderer, wearing a nightmarish mask, who stalks his way across the Us, leaving a long trail of random victims left in bloody tribute to Satan.
A chance encounter with a highway patrolman on a Kansas highway ends tragically, but this time there is a witness; the patrolman’s wife, Jane, a fellow police officer. Jane, who has »
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Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »
- D. Zhea
Julianne Moore slaps Madonna in Body of Evidence and Patricia Arquette gets backhanded by Freddy Krueger in Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and these are just the first two clips in Falvorwire's latest rundown of early roles played by this year's Oscar nominees. OBviously, this also means the inclusion of early roles by Mark Ruffalo, Bradley Cooper, J.K. Simmons, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Ethan Hawke, Michael Keaton, Robert Duvall, Edward Norton, Laura Dern, Keira Knightley, Meryl Streep, Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Marion Cotillard, Felicity Jones and Reese Witherspoon. What's most interesting about this, to me at least, are seeing some of the films these actors starred in and I had no idea, a distinction Eddie Redmayne appears to dominate with roles in The Good Shepherd, Elizabeth: The Golden Age and The Other Boleyn Girl, which, coincidentally also starred Beendict Cumberbatch. Watch below. vimeo id="119759675" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
It's been a long and winding road for Eddie Redmayne since "The Theory of Everything" debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. He's won a Golden Globe, a SAG Award and could be your next Oscar winner in the Lead Actor category. Somehow, he also managed to find time to get married and begin filming "The Danish Girl" while still trekking back and forth between New York and Los Angeles for numerous awards season events including today's prestigious Oscar luncheon. One of those events happened to be a private screening of "Theory" hosted by none other than Robert De Niro right before the holidays. As you may know, Redmayne's big Hollywood break came in De Niro's 2006 drama "The Good Shepherd" alongside Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie. In an incredibly competitive year where many have noted Michael Keaton's numerous Academy friends and Ben Affleck publicly supporting Bradley Cooper »
- Gregory Ellwood
While "Unbroken" failed to take off as an awards season machine, Angelina Jolie remains undefeated. She's already got the drama, "By The Sea," with her husband Brad Pitt, in the can, and now it looks like they'll be reteaming. The latter has joined Jolie's previously announced project, "Africa." Penned by Eric Roth ("Ali," "Munich," "The Good Shepherd"), the film is a biopic about Kenyan Richard Leakey, who came from a line of archaeologists, but turned his attentions to paleontology and most famously to anti-poaching efforts. Roger Deakins will lens the Jolie-directed movie and production aims to start this summer. [The Wrap] Matthew McConaughey is "Born To Run." The actor will star in an adaptation of Christopher McDougall's book, scripted by Matthew Michael Carnahan, about "how an award-winning journalist and often-injured runner headed for Mexico’s isolated, deadly Copper Canyons to »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Fitness model Greg Plitt killed in train accident: Plitt was the 'body' of Dr. Manhattan in 'Watchmen' movie Fitness model Greg Plitt, best known for adorning countless fitness magazine covers and for his participation on the reality TV show Work Out, was killed by a passenger train while being videotaped last Saturday afternoon, January 17, 2015, in Burbank, about 20 kilometers northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Authorities are now trying to figure out how Plitt and his two-person crew were able to access a restricted area – without a filming permit – and what exactly they were doing there. Online tabloids claim to have the answer, asserting that Greg Plitt's death was the result of a failed thrill-seeking stunt. The athletic Plitt, who had previously shot at least one workout video on a train track, was purportedly trying to outrun the passenger train, but tripped and fell on the tracks. Police have »
- Zac Gille
Crewmembers confirm to Burbank police they were shooting a video for a sports drink, but say Plitt made an unexpected move
Burbank police have interviewed the video team that was accompanying Gregory Plitt Jr. when he was struck and killed by a Metrolink train this past weekend, and the men are denying that they knew the Bravo “Work Out” star would be running on the tracks.
“Witnesses interviewed at the scene confirmed they were shooting a video for a sports drink, and at no point did Mr. Plitt say he would be running between the rails,” Burbank Police Department officer Joshua Kendrick told TheWrap Wednesday. »
- Anita Bennett
“Had proper channels been followed, this would not have happened,” Metrolink spokesman Jeff Lustgarten tells TheWrap
As Burbank police analyze surveillance footage recorded from the Metrolink train that struck and killed Bravo “Work Out” star Gregory Plitt Jr., a spokesman for the rail company is speaking out about the accident that claimed the actor’s life.
“While our hearts go out to his [Plitt’s] family, this was very, very preventable,” Metrolink spokesman Jeff Lustgarten told TheWrap Tuesday.
“Had the proper channels been followed, this would not have happened,” Lustgarten said as he explained that Plitt was not authorized to be on the train tracks. »
- Anita Bennett
16 items from 2015
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