Ladder 49 (2004)
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The baseball team has given its endorsement to the new project “The Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth.” The film will be directed by Jay Russell (“My Dog Skip” “Ladder 49”) and based on the biography “Luckiest Man” by Jonathan Eig, with a screenplay adaptation by Dan Kay.
The movie will focus on Gehrig’s playing career from 1923 to 1939, when it was cut short by Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and his relationship with his wife Eleanor. Gehrig died in 1941 and his life was recounted in 1942’s “Pride of the Yankees,” which starred Gary Cooper and received 11 Oscar nominations.
The title is taken from a speech Gehrig gave at Yankee Stadium two weeks after his retirement. The speech began, “Fans, for the past two weeks, you’ve been reading about a bad break. Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been in ballparks for 17 years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.”
Producers are Branded Entertainment’s Michael Uslan and David Uslan, Kingsway Productions’ Robert Molloy and Conglomerate Media’s Armando Gutierrez. Barrie Osborne and Jeff Steen will serve as executive producers. Principal casting will begin this month.
“Lou Gehrig is an iconic character, not just in baseball, but as a true American hero, a man who faced his intense, personal battles with quiet bravery,” Russell said. “While Gehrig’s story has previously been told in the beloved ‘Pride of the Yankees’, this will be a new depiction with a more contemporary style and approach.”
David Uslan said, “This is the story of how a shy, quiet man, at the moment in life that tests him to the absolute extreme, can step up to the plate and deliver extemporaneously, and from the heart, arguably one of the greatest speeches in American history. It can’t help but rekindle our belief in the best of humanity during today’s polarizing and dispirited times.”
Michael and David Uslan are represented by Wme and Manatt Phelps & Phillips. Russell is represented by Apa, Zero Gravity Management and Gang, Tyre, Ramer, and Brown. Kay is represented by Apa, Circle of Confusion and Myman, Greenspan, Fineman, Fox, Rosenberg & Light. Osborne is represented by Gersh and Stankevich Law. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.
The film centers on a team of linemen, the workers responsible for repairing power lines and maintaining the electrical grid. Travolta stars as Beau, the grizzled veteran of the group and uncle to orphaned niece Bailey (Kate Bosworth), who finds herself at a romantic crossroads with
Warner Bros. has given a holiday season release of Dec. 16, 2016, to Alcon’s movie version of the feel-good book series “Chicken Soup for the Soul.” That’s the same date set for the “Star Wars” spinoff, which had been the only title scheduled for release that day.
Alcon picked up the rights in 2013 and set the project up with Kerner Entertainment Cos. topper Jordan Kerner along with Alcon toppers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove. Lewis Collick (“October Sky,” “Ghosts of Mississippi,” “Ladder 49”) will write the screenplay, which will draw from the characters and stories from the inspirational “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series.
The brand was created by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen in 1993. The series of inspirational tales has sold more than 100 million books to date in the U.S. and Canada,
The David Ayer-directed movie will star Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jai Courtney as a group of a super-villains on a mission of redemption for the Us government.
Specifics of Hernandez's role in Suicide Squad have not been confirmed, but TheWrap reports that he could be playing a cellmate of the imprisoned Joker (Jared Leto).
Hernandez is a veteran of the films Friday Night Lights, Torque, Ladder 49 and Hostel, and has also worked on television in Nashville and Gang Related.
Director Ayer is also currently casting the role of Suicide Squad leader Rick Flag, due to Tom Hardy dropping out of the project.
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Ian Wilson of Sandstone Films produces the story of a young man forced to join an knight on a doomed mission to the Holy Land.
The film, which Apa says is budgeted at $22m, is set to shoot in Germany and Morocco in 2015. No international sales agent was attached at time of writing.
Timothy Burrill and Deborah Sheppard serve as executive producers.
Jean Diamond brokered the deal on behalf of the producers with Will Lowery for Apa.
He has managed to appear in not just some of the best known, but also some of the best-full-stop films of the past forty years – Saturday Night Fever, Carrie, Grease, Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty, Face/Off, The Thin Red Line, Hairspray and the upcoming Gummy Bear The Movie – whatever one might think of the consistency of his output (and there have been some horrendous misfires), it is hard to imagine too many actors playing Danny Zuko, Vincent Vega, Castor Troy, Sean Archer, Chili Palmer and Edna Turnblad with equal conviction.
After the temporary resuscitation of Look Who’s Talking turned out to be a false dawn, Tarantino did Travolta a favour of inestimable proportions by casting him in Pulp Fiction,
The superstar’s presence at Iifa is symbolic to the coming together of the two distinctive film industries. Travolta will grace the extravaganza extending his support and appreciation of the Indian Film Industry and its spectacular influence world over. An iconic name in Hollywood, John Travolta has seen staggering success as an actor, singer and dancer. Travolta has starred in numerous eponymous blockbusters including Saturday Night Fever,
Oona Chaplin's period drama attracted 6.1 million (26.1%) viewers at 9pm for its debut episode. Earlier, Countryfile topped the ratings overall with 7.1m (32.6%) at 7pm.
Antiques Roadshow appealed to 5.7m (24.7%) at 8pm, while Match of the Day 2 scored 2.4m (17.5%) at 10.35pm.
On ITV, Endeavour rose by around 700,000 viewers from last week to 5.1m (21.9%) at 8pm (370k/1.8% on +1). Earlier, Catchphrase puzzled 3.7m (18.2%) at 6.45pm (293k/1.3%) and Off Their Rockers returned with 2.4m (17.5%) at 10.35pm (302k/1.3%).
BBC Two's Border Country gathered 989k (4.3%) at 8pm, followed by the finale of Louis Theroux's La Stories with 1.6m (6.8%) at 9pm. Coverage from the F1 Grand Prix in Bahrain attracted 2.4m (15.3%) at 10pm.
Channel 4's Secret History documentary appealed to 1.4m (5.9%) at 8pm (265k/1.1%), followed by Liam Neeson film The Grey with 1.2m (6.2%) at 9pm (240k
Well, we’ve just returned from AMPAS with our credentials badge for Wamg to be among the many outlets covering the Academy Awards nominations tomorrow morning.
With the announcement less than 24 hours away, and for the Oscar obsessivas (like us), this has been one of the toughest years to call. Even those of us who compulsively watch the race 365 days a year, all the categories are wide open, with expected surprises and snubs. This is always the best type of Oscar race to watch and we’ll bring you the news of who gets in and who isn’t invited to Hollywood’s biggest party of the year.
Actor, and tall-drink-of-cool-water, Chris Hemsworth and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs will announce the 86th Academy Awards nominations on Thursday, January 16.
Boone Isaacs and Hemsworth will unveil the nominations at a 5:38 a.
“The Call” is a tense and symbolic thriller, about a kidnapping in Los Angeles. Halle Berry portrays Jordan, a 911 operator who gets too involved in the crime, and takes it personally. Morris Chestnut portrays Paul, who is Jordan’s boyfriend and a veteran police officer who gets mixed into the case as well. Together they work to bring that kidnapper to some kind of justice.
Halle Berry in Chicago, Promoting ‘The Call’
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com
Halle Berry will not be pinned down when it comes to
Directed by Brad Anderson (Session 9, The Machinist), The Call sees Berry as a veteran 911 operator who is forced to confront a killer from her past after taking a life-altering call from a kidnapped teenager (Breslin). Also featuring in the cast are Justina Machado (Final Destination II), Jose Zuniga (Twilight), Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos), Morris Chestnut (Ladder 49) and WWE star David Otunga.
The Call is set for release in North America on March 15th, with a UK date yet to be confirmed; check out the new trailer here:
1. Born Joaquin Rafael Bottom on October 28, 1974 in Puerto Rico. He was the middle child in a brood of five and his parents were missionaries for the Children of God religious movement.
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2. As part of research for his role in the 2004 film Ladder 49, he actually graduated from the Baltimore Fire Academy and spent a month living and working with real firefighters and helping fight real fires.
3. A strict vegan and animal rights activist, he once refused to wear shoes during a photo shoot for designer
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