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Toronto Finds Bill Murray And Gives Him A Day

20 August 2014 8:40 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Bill Murray has been found! Deadline told you July 30 that the Toronto Film Festival angled to premiere Bill Murray’s new film St. Vincent and wanted to turn it into a big shebang for the great comic actor. The only trouble was, they were having trouble locating him to be sure he was going to be there to preside over the festivities. Well, today Toronto has announced that Murray will indeed get his day. Here’s the announcement:

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The Toronto International Film Festival has dedicated one day of its 2014 edition to a celebration of the charismatic, wise-cracking, comedic genius of living legend Bill Murray. September 5 is Bill Murray Day and includes free public screenings of three comedy classics — Stripes, Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters — leading up to the world premiere of the latest Murray-starrer, »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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‘The Devil’s Advocate’ TV Series in Development

18 August 2014 6:04 PM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

With Bates Motel and Hannibal both picked up for 2015, and series based on Scream and The Omen heading our way soon, it would appear that the flood of TV dramas based on popular horror films will continue unabated. Next up on the adaptation block is 1997′s The Devil’s Advocate, which was itself based on a novel by author Andrew Neiderman.

Directed by Taylor Hackford (Ray), The Devil’s Advocate starred Keanu Reeves as smooth-talking Florida lawyer Kevin Lomax, a defense attorney seemingly incapable of losing a case. Lomax soon catches the eye of prestigious New York City law firm Milton, Chadwick & Waters, who make him an offer that he can’t afford to refuse. Kevin and his wife Mary Ann ...

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- Michael Kennedy

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Lawsuit Explores Who Owns Rights to a Stax Records Musical

11 August 2014 1:45 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Just last month, Concord Music Group announced that it was developing a Broadway musical about the iconic music label Stax Records, which launched the careers of such soul artists as Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes and Booker T. & the Mg's amid the racial tension of the civil rights era. Stuart Benjamin, the Academy Award nominated producer of Ray, is co-developing the musical, and the plan is to launch by spring of 2016. Is it possible though that the producers lined up the wrong rights to make this happen? That's what a lawsuit filed by Tony DeRosa-Grund's Evergreen Media

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- Eriq Gardner

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Peter Travers on 'Get on Up': Chadwick Boseman is a 'Powerhouse'

7 August 2014 3:49 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Peter Travers may not be dancing in his seat for Get on Up, the new James Brown biopic he highlights this week on At the Movies, but he's certainly offering a standing ovation for the film's star, Chadwick Boseman: "He's just 100-percent great, a powerhouse," Travers lauds.

With Mick Jagger on board as producer, Get on Up was able to secure the rights to Brown's music, and as with Jamie Foxx in Ray, the singing Boseman did on set was eventually replaced by the Godfather of Soul's actual vocal tracks. »

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Sharen Davis’ Costumes Spiff ‘Up’ James Brown Biopic

6 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When it comes to recreating the world of iconic ’60/’70s chart toppers, Sharen Davis has become the go-to guru of sartorial splendor, especially when it comes to outfits that pop on stage.

For “Dreamgirls,” the musical inspired by the mercurial rise of the Supremes, and “Ray,” the cradle-to-the-grave biopic about bluesman Ray Charles, Davis’ costumes ranged from fanciful to picture-perfect accuracy. But for the James Brown movie “Get On Up,” her approach landed somewhere in between.

“On ‘Ray,’ even though it was the same time period, I kind of really stayed correct with him,” explains the two-time Oscar-nominee who reteamed with “The Help” director Tate Taylor on the Brown biopic. “But, for ‘Get On Up,’ the script is so wildly non-linear, I told Tate, ‘I think I need to take a few liberties when he’s not on stage.”

Even in performance, she spruced up Brown’s duds, altering the »

- Steve Chagollan

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Can 'Get On Up' Star Chad Boseman Land a Best Actor Oscar Nomination?

4 August 2014 1:56 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

After the packed "Get On Up" Producers Guild of America screening Thursday at the Pacific Design Center, star Chadwick Boseman, who channels mercurial funk star James Brown in the musical biopic, earned a rousing standing ovation. And again he got another one at the Academy the following weekend. During the PGA Q & A, Oscar-winning producer Brian Grazer (Ron Howard's "A Beautiful Mind"), explained that it took decades to get the $30-million period drama made, even after African-American biopic hits such as "Ray," which won an Oscar for Jamie Foxx, and "42," which launched Boseman as a rising star. Universal eventually released the picture, insisting on a PG-13 rating and an August opening. Is that too early for a proper Oscar campaign, or did the film need some room to build an audience, as "The Butler" did? Even with Harvey Weinstein behind a Lee Daniels film starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Blacklist’ Actor Harry Lennix Launches Movie Production Company (Exclusive)

4 August 2014 6:18 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Harry Lennix, who played a general in “Man of Steel” and the assistant director of the FBI Counterterrorism Division on NBC’s “The Blacklist,” has quietly become a prolific producer with three movie projects already completed.

“I decided that I needed to take control,” the Chicago native told Variety.

He’s starred in and financed “H4,” a street version of William Shakespeare’s “Henry IV”; “Mr. Sophistication,” chronicling the journey of a stand-up comedian inspired by Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor; and “Revival,” a gospel concert movie starring Mali Music, described by Lennix as “‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ meets ‘The Wiz.'”

With longtime associate Steve Harris, the duo has formed Exponent Media Group and made a distribution deal for “H4″ and the concert movie to be shown through Nehst Media’s Digiplex chain early next year. He’s assembling investors for a film fund with plans for five more films »

- Dave McNary

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Weekend Box Office: Guardians Of The Galaxy Blows Away August Opening Record

3 August 2014 5:30 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

August is usually the lame second cousin of the summer blockbuster season. All the really major entries get released in May through July. Maybe Buena Vista was a little hesitant about how well received Guardians of the Galaxy would be when they chose to launch it in August, but the comic blockbuster saw a massive opening, shattering the current August opening record. At $94 million, the debut is only the third highest opening of the year so far (behind Transformers: Age of Extinction's $100 million and Captain America: The Winter Soldier's $95 million) but it topped the previous August record of $69 million set by The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007. James Brown biopic Get On Up opened under Guardian's huge shadow, settling in at number three with $14 million. That's a modest debut compared to the similar Ray Charles bio flick Ray which opened a decade ago in October but still managed a $20 million opening weekend. »

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Forecast: 'Guardians' To Take Off With August Record

31 July 2014 4:50 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

Friday Am Update: Could Guardians of the Galaxy open to $100 million this weekend? Based on late Thursday earnings, this is actually within the realm of possibilities.The 10th movie from Marvel Studios earned a stunning $11.2 million from Thursday night showings beginning at 7 p.m. That's the biggest Thursday night debut so far this year ahead of Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($10.2 million). It's also way ahead of June's Transformers: Age of Extinction ($8.75 million), which is the only movie to open over $100 million this year.If Guardians of the Galaxy follows the same pattern as either of those movies*or of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past*it will score the biggest opening weekend of the year.Of course, there's a chance that it's more front-loaded than those movies. Shows began early (7 p.m.), and everyone is out of school (which wasn't the case with the April and May releases). Also, »

- Ray Subers <>

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Jamie Foxx Set to Star as Mike Tyson in Upcoming Biopic

31 July 2014 1:45 PM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Jamie Foxx will likely weigh in as Mike Tyson in an upcoming biopic about the legendary, notorious boxer, Variety reports. The as-yet-untitled film is being written by Terence Winter, who penned The Wolf of Wall Street and regularly contributed screenplays to The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire.

7 Knockout Mike Tyson Cameos

While Foxx's role has yet to be officially confirmed, sources told the industry rag the actor is currently attached to play Tyson, and his manager, Rick Yorn, is producing the project. With other elements still coming together as well — the »

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Jamie Foxx Set to Star as Mike Tyson in Upcoming Biopic

31 July 2014 1:45 PM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Jamie Foxx will likely weigh in as Mike Tyson in an upcoming biopic about the legendary, notorious boxer, Variety reports. The as-yet-untitled film is being written by Terence Winter, who penned The Wolf of Wall Street and regularly contributed screenplays to The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire.

7 Knockout Mike Tyson Cameos

While Foxx's role has yet to be officially confirmed, sources told the industry rag the actor is currently attached to play Tyson, and his manager, Rick Yorn, is producing the project. With other elements still coming together as well — the »

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Jamie Foxx In Talks To Feature In Biopic Of Mike Tyson

31 July 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Jamie Foxx is about to put his boxing gloves on and step up on to the ring, as it has been confirmed the Django Unchained actor is in talks to play former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.

Having already won an Oscar for his critically acclaimed portrayal of Ray Charles in Ray, it has been revealed by Tyson himself that Foxx will portray the boxer in a biopic of his life. Tyson is considered one of the best heavyweights of all time, but has had his substantial share of controversy, especially his conviction of rape of an 18 year-old girl in 1991. During his three year stint in prison he converted to Islam, and later in 2003 he suffered financially and filed for bankruptcy. What is mainly interesting about this project is that the amazing CGI that was used in The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button may be used similarly in the film to »

- Louise Tooth

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'Get On Up' (2014) Movie Review

31 July 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I don't expect biopics to ever give me the full story or even an accurate story for that matter. In fact, many documentaries are only giving us one side of the argument and sometimes less than that when compared to films based on a true story. So when it comes to Tate Taylor's take on the life of the "Godfather of Soul", James Brown, Get On Up plays like a film that gives us a small taste of the darkness that was in Brown's soul after a rough upbringing and a life in which he felt he was always on his own. The result is entertaining and inspiring while also being a little bloated in the middle. One thing, however, is for certain, Chadwick Boseman continues to impress, following up his performance in 42 with another "out of the park" portrayal of an iconic, bigger-than-life star. The screenplay by Jez »

- Brad Brevet

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Jamie Foxx To Play Mike Tyson In Film Biopic

31 July 2014 2:46 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Having put on the specs and wobbly head for his Oscar-winning turn in 2005′s Ray, Jamie Foxx is set to take on the role of another iconic, real life pop culture icon in a film about Mike Tyson. The guy from The Hangover, remember? Yeah, he used to be a boxer. And one with a…colourful life. Which means that Terence Winter, fellow Academy Award winner and creator of The Sopranos, is a screenwriter perfectly poised to get into the nitty-gritty of Tyson’s ear-biting, prison-serving career.

Foxx joins the as-yet-untitled film written by Winter, who just wrapped up penning Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street, and produced by Foxx’s manager Rick Yorn. The boxer’s life story has already been told in the 1995 TV movie and 2008 documentary – both called Tyson, rather unimaginatively – which focussed on both his time in and out the ring, not shying away »

- Tom Baker

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Jamie Foxx to star as Mike Tyson in upcoming biopic

31 July 2014 12:37 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having won an Oscar in 2005 for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the superb biopic Ray, Jamie Foxx has set his sights on his next acting challenge as boxer Mike Tyson.

The Wolf of Wall Street and The Sopranos writer Terence Winter and Foxx’s own manager Rick Yorn are supposedly working on the project together, with a view to have Foxx star as the controversial sportsman.

No distributor or studio are involved with the project just yet, however it would seem very likely that the film will get the go-ahead, given Tyson’s whirlwind of a career that includes six years of prison for rape, bankruptcy, drug and drink offences, as well as the infamous incident in 1997 when in a rematch with fellow boxer Evander Holyfield, Tyson big off a chunk of Holyfield’s ear. Should make for a hell of a film.

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- Scott Davis

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Jamie Foxx Will Play Mike Tyson In Biopic From 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' Writer Terence Winter

30 July 2014 2:53 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

For those with a good memory, Jamie Foxx playing Mike Tyson is way old news. "I've reached out to Mike, and I've been open about it," Foxx told MTV back in 2009. "I think that, of all the biopics that are out there, he has the most interesting story that no one has ever heard." The idea back then was that Taylor Hackford, who directed Foxx to his first Oscar win in 2005 for "Ray," would also helm the project. And as Hollywood is wont to do, there hasn’t really been much a peep since. That’s changing, as “The Wolf of Wall Street” screenwriter/”Boardwalk Empire” showrunner and lead writer Terence Winter has been hired on to pen the script and the project looks like it has a new lease on life. No studio or director is attached as of now, but that could change fast. Variety, who breaks the news, »

- Edward Davis

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Jamie Foxx Will Play Mike Tyson in Upcoming Biopic

30 July 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx has been attached to star as Mike Tyson in a new biopic about the famed boxer's life.

Terence Winter, who created HBO's Boardwalk Empire and received an Oscar nomination for writing The Wolf of Wall Street, is writing the screenplay, with Mike Tyson's manager Rick Yorn producing and shepherding the project, which doesn't have a studio home at this time. However, once the full package is finalized, it shouldn't have any trouble finding a distributor.

After Mike Tyson became the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world in the mid-1980s, he became one of the most recognizable sports figures in the country, with a polarizing personality in and out of the ring. He lost his title in a shocking upset to James "Buster" Douglas in 1990, and was convicted of rape just a year later, spending six years in prison for the crime. His return »

- MovieWeb

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Jamie Foxx to play Mike Tyson in Terence Winter biopic

30 July 2014 1:23 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Variety reported Wednesday that Terence Winter, writer and producer behind shows like Boardwalk Empire and The Sopranos, is throwing his proverbial hat into the literal boxing ring by writing a biopic on boxer Mike Tyson.

And a source told Variety that Tyson would be portrayed by none other than Jamie Foxx. The film is untitled as of yet.

Tyson’s been making his own comeback story in the cultural scene for the last few years, including his infamous cameo in The Hangover, the eponymous documentary Tyson by James Toback in 2008, the release of his one-man Broadway show Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth and most recently of all, a bizarre turn as a cartoon detective on the upcoming TV show Mike Tyson Mysteries.

That still leaves plenty of territory for Winter to mine in his screenplay, be it his seedy complications with the law, his title fights with Lennox Lewis or Evander Holyfield »

- Brian Welk

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Jamie Foxx's Mike Tyson biopic moving forward with 'Wolf of Wall Street' writer

30 July 2014 12:54 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Biopics. They're all the rage. James Brown is about to hit theaters. Richard Pryor is stirring back to life. And now "Iron" Mike Tyson himself will be coming to the big screen, courtesy of Jamie Foxx. Dodgy source, but the Daily Mirror first reported that the actor, who won an Oscar in 2005 for portraying Ray Charles in Taylor Hackford's "Ray," will play the boxing legend in an untitled biopic. Tyson told the outlet that Foxx would in fact play him as a younger man, too, through "this new animation…this new system." So, what, are we talking "Benjamin Button" stuff here? Variety further reported that the project will be penned by "The Wolf of Wall Street" screenwriter Terence Winter. Foxx's manager, Rick Yorn, will produce. There is no studio yet but I imagine someone will bite sooner or later. Obviously Tyson's life is rife with juicy details for the silver screen treatment. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Jamie Foxx May Play Mike Tyson In Upcoming Biopic

30 July 2014 10:46 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Though there have been numerous documentaries about former heavyweight world champion Mike Tyson, Hollywood has yet to produce a straight-up biopic about the popular sports figure. However, if recent comments from the man himself are to be believed, that’s about to change.

Speaking with the Daily Mirror, Tyson revealed that Django Unchained star Jamie Foxx is in line to play him in a biopic:

“Me and Jamie Foxx are in discussion, and we gonna do it. Within a year to 18 months, we’re going to do the Mike Tyson story and he’s going to portray me.”

Tyson noted that Martin Scorsese is also involved, though it seems unlikely that the Goodfellas helmer would be stepping behind the camera for this project. And for those concerned about Foxx, 46, portraying Tyson in his glory days (he became the youngest heavyweight champion at the age of 20), the boxer explained that the »

- Isaac Feldberg

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