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Oscar season, in the past as well as the present, is a time rife with biopics. If you're successful in telling a story based on history, you're part of the way there. Tell a story that's interesting to both voters and the world public alike, you're pretty much set for a nomination. But the cherry on top of it all is if you can do the first two set in the world of music. Films like Ray and Walk The Line have used this formula towards Academy Award success, and now the Tom Hiddleston-starring biopic I Saw The Light is looking to strike some Oscar gold for itself, with a release date to prove it. Yahoo announced today that the Hank Williams film will be released on November 27th, just in time for families celebrating Thanksgiving to have something other than Black Friday shopping on their to do list. »
James Mangold is in talks to direct another biopic involving an extramarital romance
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- Christopher Campbell
Filmmaker James Mangold may be busy sharpening up the Wolverine claws at the moment, but he’s got his sights set on another drama in the near future. Deadline reports that the 3:10 to Yuma and Walk the Line director will helm an adaptation of the Chris Greenhalgh book Seducing Ingrid Bergman, which revolves around a torrid love affair between Bergman and war photographer Robert Capa in post-wwii Paris. Set in 1945, the film will trace the beginnings of a turning point in the Casablanca and Notorious actress’ life, as she would subsequently strike up an affair with director Roberto Rossellini in 1950 that turned her into scandal fodder for the U.S. media. The film—which will go by the title Blood and Champagne—was written by Arash Amel (Grace of Monaco), and Mangold will work on the screenplay alongside Amel. The filmmaker was initially set to begin shooting on an »
- Adam Chitwood
In the recent film Love and Mercy, a studio musician recording during the Pet Sounds sessions explains to Brian Wilson (Paul Dano) that he’s broken a fundamental rule of music, in that it sounds wrong if you have one person playing in one key and another instrument playing in another. “It sounds right in my head,” he replies.
Back in September, Scott Tobias wrote in The Dissolve something of a manifesto about biopics, “Five simple rules for making biopics about geniuses”: (1) Don’t try and tell a person’s entire life story, (2) show us, don’t just tell us why they’re a genius, (3) don’t tell a genius’s story just because he or she was a great person, (4) find a compelling visual style that matches their genius, (5) and “find the saint in the asshole, find the asshole in the saint.”
Music biopics however are a genre unto themselves, »
- Brian Welk
Schlubby working class hero, Crime And Punishment’s Porfiry Petrovich for primetime, fatherly fighter of crime... I was introduced to the rumple-coated and rumple-faced one back in 1987, following an off-hand attempt from my mother to get five-year-old me to sit down and shut up for a few minutes. Desperately looking for something to grab my attention, and zeroing in on what ITV happened to be repeating that Sunday, her “Oh, look! Columbo! You like him, don’t you?” – “Huh?” – “He’s the one with the cigar and coat, you know him!” got me to sit down, be quiet, and puzzle over whether or not I did like him. She turned out to be right – I liked him a lot.
By then in the late 80s, Lieutenant Columbo had been »
The media business is an odd business, where we race to herald our greatest entertainers with prose and galleries and listicles as soon as (and, sometimes, only after) they've died. Wire services prepare actors, musicians and other creative peoples’ obituaries months, years, and even decades before they’re deceased. Especially when creators are dormant -- they retire, they don't pursue gigs, they can't get gigs – the column inches and other platforms celebrating their contributions to film, TV, comedy or movies, too, appear inactive. Similarly, filmmaking sometimes follows the same graphic arc of interest and ability to portray the achievements of great artists. For every biopic made while a creative’s alive -- “American Splendor,” “Coal Miner’s Daughter, ”“What’s Love Got To Do With It” -- there seems to be twice as many made after death, like “Walk the Line,” “The Aviator,” “Capote,” “Vie En Rose,” and “Behind the Candlabra. »
- Katie Hasty
Cmt’s 2015 original documentary slate includes Urban Cowboy: The Rise And Fall of Gilley‘s, tied to the 35th anniversary of Urban Cowboy, set for a June 13 premiere. Morgan Spurlock’s Freedom! The Movie, takes a comedic look at independence, on July 11. Also scheduled is Johnny Cash: American Rebel, set to premiere September 12, the anniversary of Cash’s death. Early next year, Cmt also will release American Bandit: The Birth Of Southern Cool, the inside story of the… »
In today's roundup, we catch up with remembrances of costume designer Julie Harris, who worked with Richard Lester on his Beatles movies, A Hard Day’s Night (1964) and Help! (1965), and won an Oscar for her work on John Schlesinger’s Darling (1965); Anne Meara, remembered for her comedic turns with Jerry Stiller and as the mother of Ben Stiller; director Prashant Bhargava; photographer Mary Ellen Mark; noir actor Wally Cassell; Mildred Pierce star John Compton; Betsy Palmer, known to most as the mother of Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th movies; Gill Dennis, co-writer of the screenplay for the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line; and composer Robert Drasnin. » - David Hudson »
Disney seems to be rummaging through the vault recently for properties for their feature film development. The latest project is a Peter Pan spin-off film about Tinker Bell, and Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line, Wild, Legally Blonde) is to star in the live-action movie. Find out more about the Tinkerbell movie, after the jump. Hollywood Reporter […]
The post Tinker Bell Movie: Reese Witherspoon To Star In Disney’s Live-Action Spin-Off appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
Dennis died in his Portland, Ore. home, according to the American Film Institute. AFI was unable to confirm the date of his passing at this time.
Dennis also wrote the screenplays for Walter Murch’s “Return to Oz” (1985) and Judy Davis’ drama “On My Own” (1991), in addition to penning and directing Angelina Jolie’s thriller “Without Evidence” (1995) and the 1973 film “Intermission.” On the TV front, he did the teleplay for the 1996 TNT Western “Riders of the Purple Sage” and wrote the Showtime miniseries “Home Fires.”
Dennis was a 1969 graduate of the AFI Conservatory’s first class, which also included Terrence Malick, David Lynch and Caleb Deschanel. He returned to AFI in 1997 as a master filmmaker-in-residence and taught the incoming class this past September. His students took to Twitter to express their grief. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Gill Dennis, co-writer of the film “Walk the Line,” died in his Portland, Oregon, home on Thursday, TheWrap has confirmed. He was 74 years old. Born in 1941 in Charlottesville, Virginia, Dennis earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from The American Film Institute Conservatory, where he later returned as a Master Filmmaker-in-Residence. The cause of death was not immediately known. Dennis wrote “Return to Oz,” “Riders of the Purple Sage” and “On My Own,” as well as contributed to scripts for “Apocalypse Now,” “Pollock” and “The Black Stallion.” His most notable credit is the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line,” which »
- Jordan Burchette
Gill Dennis, who co-wrote the screenplay for the acclaimed 2005 Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, has died. He was 74. Dennis, who also penned Walter Murch's Return to Oz (1985) and did the teleplay for the 1996 TNT Western Riders of the Purple Sage, starring Ed Harris and Amy Madigan, died Wednesday night of an apparent heart attack at his home in Portland, Ore., his wife, Kristen, told The Hollywood Reporter. Dennis was among the 18 young filmmakers — Terrence Malick, David Lynch and Caleb Deschanel among them — who were selected for the inaugural class of the AFI Center
- Mike Barnes
Walt Disney Animation Studios has announced the addition of Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman to Zootopia, Disney’s 2016 animated feature set in a modern mammal metropolis. Goodwin (ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” “Something Borrowed,” “Walk the Line”) will lend her voice to an optimistic bunny named Judy Hopps who’s new to Zootopia’s police department.
“We knew that ‘Zootopia’ would only succeed if we found the perfect actors to play our main characters,” said director Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”). “This rabbit- and fox-duo are in practically every scene in the film together. After meeting Ginnifer, we knew she embodied Hopps, the ultimate pure-of-heart, idealist bunny. You fall in love with her character instantly. And for Nick Wilde, our cynical con-artist fox, »
- Melissa Thompson
If you were looking forward to seeing Christian Bale leading the adaptation of John D. MacDonald's mystery adventure novel The Deep Blue Goodbye, then we have some bad news. According to THR, Bale recently tore his Acl, which will prevent him from filming the adaptation due to how much physical exertion would have been required for the film, including an action sequence that would've taken place on boats. So for now, 20th Century Fox has put the project on hold, with some sources saying it could be postponed instead of scrapped completely, but the future fate of the film isn't clear at this time. Read on! The film would have been directed by James Mangold (The Wolverine, Walk the Line) with Peter Dinklage and Nicola Peltz co-starring. Production was going to begin next month in Florida and Puerto Rico, but with Bale's injury preventing him from being able to complete action sequences, »
- Ethan Anderton
Try as they might, Hollywood just can't get John D. MacDonald's pulpy Travis McGee books turned into the franchise they want. "The Deep Blue Goodbye" has been kicking around Hollywood for years, with Leonardo DiCaprio (now producing) once eyed to star, and directors like Paul Greengrass and Oliver Stone taking a look. Things seemed to settle last year when Christian Bale signed up, with James Mangold ("The Wolverine," "Walk The Line") at the helm. But it looks like the "3:10 To Yuma" reunion with director James Mangold has been sidelined. THR reports that Bale has suffered a torn ACL which will keep him out of the action thriller. The actor is currently shooting the financial world drama "The Big Short" with Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, and Steve Carell, but 'Goodbye,' which was scheduled to start lensing in May, would've required more fancy footwork. The story follows a “salvage consultant, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Read More: Arc Entertainment Acquires Civil War Thriller 'Echoes Of War' Arc Entertainment has acquired all Us rights to the crime thriller "Phantom Halo," the debut film from Antonia Bogdanovich, who co-wrote the film with Anne Heffron. "Phantom Halo" stars Thomas Brodie-Sangster ("The Maze Runner"), Rebecca Romijn ("X-Men"), Luke Kleintank ("Dark House"), Sebastian Roché ("A Walk Among the Tombsones"), Tobin Bell ("Saw II"), and Clare Grant ("Walk the Line"). "Phantom Halo" follows brothers Samuel (Brodie-Sangster) and Beckett (Kleintank), who struggle to survive while their father gambles and drinks. They find reprieve in comic books and Shakespeare -- but when Beckett tries to make some money to pay off his father's debts by counterfeiting, things take a turn for the worse. "This is a searing and original family drama, brilliantly acted and directed. »
- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
The middle of Spring actually means a new selection of summer blockbusters to look forward to, and with a ton of big-budget films slated to come out within the next few months and beyond, the summer of 2015 looks like one to remember.
From the new Mad Max (which is already on our end-of -year top ten list event though we haven’t yet seen it) to Avengers, Poltergeists, male strippers, talking teddy bears, and a reboot of the Jurassic Park franchise, this summer’s trips to the theaters will be jam-packed with sequels and new tales. From May 1st right through to the end of August, some of the movies on our list could wind up on year-end “best of” lists or even receive some Oscar talk by December.
Grab your calendar, because Wamg has a rundown of this summer’s films we’re most excited about, so check them out below! »
- Movie Geeks
Following this morning's dialogue-free first trailer for the second season of HBO's "True Detective," more information and details about the new season have emerged.
First up, for those asking, the trailer music has been revealed to be a new original song sung and co-written by Lera Lynn, co-written by country music superstar Roseanne Cash, and produced by T Bone Burnett. Burnett was in charge of the music for the first season of the show.
The network has also released an extended synopsis for the new season along with photos of the four main cast members. Check those out below.
"A bizarre murder brings together three law-enforcement officers and a career criminal, each of whom must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in the scorched landscapes of California.
Colin Farrell is Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective in the all-industrial City of Vinci, La County.
Vince Vaughn plays Frank Semyon, a »
- Garth Franklin
One of Warner Bros.’ big summer comedies packs the weight of two major headliners: Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara. While the former did scoop up an Oscar a while back, she’s remained relatively low on the radar in the aftermath of her glorious win. The latter, however, has established herself as one of the highlights of ABC’s mockumentary comedy Modern Family. Put the pair together and what do you get? This year’s female buddy comedy, Hot Pursuit.
Previously titled Don’t Mess With Texas, the film might have swapped out its name, but the story remains the same. Witherspoon plays an uptight cop tasked with transferring Vergara’s glamorous moll across the country. In order to deliver Vergara, a key witness in the trial of a noted mobster’s death, Witherspoon’s fussy law enforcer must do whatever it takes to protect her. That includes all sorts »
- Gem Seddon
From New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures comes the comedy Hot Pursuit, starring Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line,” “Wild”) and Sofía Vergara (“Chef,” TV’s “Modern Family”), under the direction of Anne Fletcher (“The Proposal”).
Watch the hilarious new trailer now.
In Hot Pursuit, an uptight and by-the-book cop (Witherspoon) tries to protect the sexy and outgoing widow (Vergara) of a drug boss as they race through Texas, pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen.
Fletcher directs from a screenplay written by David Feeney (TV’s “New Girl”) & John Quaintance (TV’s “Ben & Kate”). John Carroll Lynch (“Crazy, Stupid, Love.”) and Robert Kazinsky (“Pacific Rim”) also star.
Set to hit theaters on May 8, 2015, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. »
- Michelle McCue
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