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Jay Russell To Direct His Script ‘You’re Not Real’ For Akiva Goldsman & Paramount Pics

Jay Russell To Direct His Script ‘You’re Not Real’ For Akiva Goldsman & Paramount Pics
Exclusive: Just in time for Halloween, Jay Russell has sold an original horror thriller to Paramount Pictures and Akiva Goldsman. In a twist for the director of the beloved family film My Dog Skip and the heroic Ladder 49, Russell now has an an eye to direct the creepy You’re Not Real. The story follows a young school teacher who reunites with her reclusive, scientific genius grandfather for the first time at his isolated country estate, uncovering disturbing truths about…
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New Trailer and Movie Poster: Miles Teller, Josh Brolin, Taylor Kitsch In Only The Brave

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There's been plenty of movies about firefighters such as Backdraft, Ladder 49, The Towering Inferno and countless others, but they've mostly been fictional. Only The Brave, starring Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Taylor Kitsch, Jeff Bridges and Jennifer Connelly, tells the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and their heroic acts. Watch the new trailer.

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Authorized Lou Gehrig Biopic ‘The Luckiest Man’ in Development

An authorized biopic of iconic baseball player Lou Gehrig was announced Wednesday, the 78th anniversary of Gehrig’s retirement from the New York Yankees.

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.
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Jay Russell To Helm Yankees-Blessed Lou Gehrig Pic ‘The Luckiest Man On The Face Of The Earth’

Jay Russell To Helm Yankees-Blessed Lou Gehrig Pic ‘The Luckiest Man On The Face Of The Earth’
Exclusive: On the anniversary of his 1939 retirement from baseball, late great New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig will be the subject of a new feature that has gotten a rare endorsement from the Yankees, the only team for which he played. The Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth will be directed by Jay Russell, the helmer behind My Dog Skip and Ladder 49. Based on the Jonathan Eig biography Luckiest Man, the film has a script by Dan Kay. Branded Entertainment’s…
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Life On The Line Review

John Travolta used to be an A-list actor with an ongoing string of hits, but he hasn’t headlined a major Hollywood production since 2010 action film From Paris with Love barely broke even at the domestic box office. Ever since, Travolta has received steady work from lower-profile outings that typically receive limited, if any, theatrical release before debuting on video-on-demand. Already this year, the Oscar-nominated star of classics like Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction has appeared in action thriller I Am Wrath and Western In a Valley of Violence, alongside Ethan Hawke. Now, he leads his third 2016 release with Life on the Line.

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
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‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ Movie Set Opposite ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’

‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ Movie Set Opposite ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’
Disney’s “Star Wars: Rogue One” has some competition — “Chicken Soup for the Soul.”

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,
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Friday Night Lights star Jay Hernandez joins DC Comics' Suicide Squad

Friday Night Lights star Jay Hernandez joins DC Comics' Suicide Squad
Jay Hernandez is joining the cast of DC Comics movie Suicide Squad.

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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Will Smith on DC Comics' Suicide Squad: 'We have to get it right'

Joel Kinnaman, Jon Bernthal and
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The Butterfly God flies into Afm

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Apa is at the Afm touting North American rights to The Butterfly God, which Jay Russell of Ladder 49 fame has come on board to direct.

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.
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Look Who’s Still Talking – The Strange Hollywood History Of John Travolta

John Travolta is as fascinating and complex a member of the Hollywood fraternity as you could wish for. Iconic performer, experienced pilot, vocal Scientologist and mangler of pronunciation of Idina Menzel.

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,
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15th Iifa Awards To Feel The Saturday Night Fever – John Travolta to attend

America is all set to witness the unique convergence of Hollywood and Indian Cinema, as Iifa (International Indian Film Academy) rolls out its Green Carpet in Tampa Bay. The Award Winning Actor John Travolta is set to make an appearance at India’s biggest celebration of cinema, the 15th Videocon D2H Iifa Weekend and Tata Motors Iifa Awards later this month. The actor will also receive a special honour at the Awards ceremony, being the ‘Most Popular All time International star in India’.

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,
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The Crimson Field attracts over 6 million on BBC One

The Crimson Field won the battle of the dramas on Sunday night for BBC One, according to overnight data.

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
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Watch The Academy Awards Nominations Live Tomorrow – Goes Behind The Scenes With First Installment Of “Inside The Oscars” Video Series

Contributed By: Michelle McCue and Melissa Thompson

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.
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10 Hilarious Anchorman Lines We're All Still Quoting Today

When Adam McKay's Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was released in theaters during the summer of 2004, it wasn.t exactly a sensation. Opening the week after Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2, the comedy managed to make only $28 million its first weekend (good enough for only #2 on the top 10), and by the end of its domestic run it had only made $85 million, good enough for 30th place overall at the end of the year. Other movies with similar numbers, like Ladder 49, Christmas With The Kranks and Along Came Polly have been all but completely forgotten. and yet Anchorman continues to live on. While Paramount Pictures spent years resisting the idea of an Anchorman sequel due to the first film.s inability to find an audience overseas, the truth is that the film is now considered to be a modern comedy classic. Medium-sized as the movie.s initial audience may have been,
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Lionsgate Lights Firefighter Project With Jeff Chan To Helm, Sascha Penn To Write

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Exclusive: Lionsgate has hired Jeff Chan to develop to direct an untitled project framed in the vein of End Of Watch, with firefighter protagonists. Sascha Penn has been set to write the script. While there has been talk of a few fact-based firefighter films that fell apart over rights issues, we’ve not seen a big movie on the subject since Ladder 49 and before that Backdraft. This one will be high action, centering around a brave group of firefighters in Detroit. Chan came to prominence in a fairly inventive way. His calling card was spec commercials he made for Call Of Duty, which were done without the gamemaker’s authorization. When they first created buzz online, Activision threatened to sue Chan because the masses thought a new version of the game was coming out. After the strong response, the game company hired him to create its first and only Call Of Duty short film,
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Derek Kwok’s As the Light Goes Out Hits Hong Kong Early Next Year

I’m typically a little skeptical when it comes to movies about firefighters battling epic blazes. Some of them are pretty good (“Backdraft”) and others, well, not so much (“Ladder 49″). Let me say this: The first person who posts anything bad about Howie Long’s “Firestorm” is going to have to answer to me. I’m not kidding. Okay, maybe I am. Derek Kwok’s upcoming firefighting flick “As the Light Goes Out” actually looks pretty good. Nevermind that I have a soft spot for Hong Kong movies — I’d watch this thing regardless of where it originated. Besides, it’s always fun to see Nicholas Tse, Simon Yam, Andy On, and Bai Bing doing their respective things. The flames and turmoil are just an added bonus. Check out this synopsis: The bond of brotherhood is always stronger when you can be pitched into a life and death situation
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Interview: Halle Berry, Morris Chestnut Answer ‘The Call’

Chicago – Halle Berry has had a career of diverse and award-winning roles, and takes on another provocative character in the new movie, “The Call.” Her co-star in the film is Morris Chestnut, a versatile lead and character actor with films as varied as “Boyz n the Hood’ and “The Best Man.” They both honor the acting craft.

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

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Halle Berry will not be pinned down when it comes to
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New trailer for Halle Berry thriller The Call

Academy Award-winner Halle Berry (Monster's Ball, X-Men) will be looking to put her recent personal issues aside and get her career back on track next month as stars alongside up-and-coming actress Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, Zombieland) in the suspense thriller The Call, which has just received its second theatrical trailer courtesy of TriStar Pictures and WWE Studios.

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:
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5 Things You Don't Know About Joaquin Phoenix

5 Things You Don't Know About Joaquin Phoenix
This three-time Oscar nominee -- who this year is up for Best Actor for his powerful portrayal in The Master -- shockingly announced in 2008 that he was retiring from acting to pursue a career in hip-hop music. It was later revealed that the announcement -- along with consistently erratic behavior and appearances -- was faked as part of a mockumentary he was filming with Casey Affleck.

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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William Ross to conduct the Oscar Orchestra

William Ross will conduct the Oscar orchestra for the Academy Awards®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. “We are happy to have Bill Ross conduct the Oscar orchestra,” said Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “With a show so rich with music, we are so pleased to have someone as talented as Bill on our team.” Ross, who conducted for the 79th and 83rd Academy Awards®, is a prolific award-winning composer and arranger whose work encompasses feature films, television and the music recording industry. He has arranged music for artists such as Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Kenny G., Sting, Quincy Jones, Seal, Mariah Carey, and Whitney Houston. The records on which he has worked have sold a total of over 250 million copies in the United States. Ross has written original scores for such films as “The Tale of Despereaux,” “Ladder 49,” “Tuck Everlasting” and “My Dog Skip.
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