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Any film about superstar entertainer Glen Campbell would, by its very nature, tend to be extraordinary. But Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, a film exploring the devastating effects of Alzheimer's disease, which affects some five million Americans over the age of 65, including the 78-year-old singer, could have been a much trickier proposition. By putting the project in the capable hands of producer James Keach (who also produced the Oscar-winning 2005 Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line), however, Campbell's family has ensured that the conversation about the debilitating disease will continue and will, »
The long-awaited Jimi Hendrix biopic All By My Side opens in cinemas today (October 24).
Andre '3000' Benjamin plays the iconic musician in the movie, which depicts Jimi's humble beginnings to becoming possibly the world's greatest guitarist.
This has inspired us to compile our own list of the greatest portrayals of musicians in rock 'n' roll biopics, often going above and beyond mere physical transformation:
Andy Serkis was BAFTA nominated for his critically-acclaimed role - played to perfection - as charismatic '70s punk rock singer and songwriter Ian Dury in Mat Whitecross's 2010 biopic Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.
To portray Dury's physical condition - he contracted polio as a child - Serkis lost two stone and built up the muscle mass on the right-hand side of his body so the other side was weaker.
He added: "I had a body wax. It's the most »
Directed by Jean-Marc Valée.
A chronicle of one woman’s 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent catastrophe.
After his Oscar nominated efforts for the superb Dallas Buyers Club, director Jean-Marc Vallée could have chosen pretty much anything as his next project. Courted by many more than Reese Witherspoon, it wouldn’t have been wholly surprising to have seen his name linked with bigger Hollywood projects, whether that had been a $150 million blockbuster, or indeed joining the universes Marvel and DC in the hope that he would help create the next in the ever-growing list of comic-books adaptations. But it was Wild that truly tickled the Canadian maestro, and you can see why.
Another beautifully directed film, Vallée is slowly becoming one of the best new talents in directing right now, »
- Scott J. Davis
Asylum Entertainment, who previously delivered June Carter’s Cash’s biography to Lifetime, are teaming up with the network for another starry biopic; Marilyn. The show will take inspiration from the life of one of cinema’s greatest pin-ups, Marilyn Monroe, and has now landed its first cast member in Susan Sarandon.
Set to be a four-hour miniseries, the show will be based on Randy Taraborrelli’s book, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe and written by 24‘s Stephen Kronish. Since its publication in 2010, Taraborrelli’s tome has been considered the definitive work on Monroe’s private life for its particular exploration of her drug issues and tumultuous relationship with her mother. While we’ve no word as yet on who the network have eyed for the titular role, Sarandon has signed on to play the actress’s notorious parent, Gladys Mortenson.
According to THR, Mortensen is described as “a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, »
- Gem Seddon
Coming off its world premiere at the New York Film Festival, Inherent Vice is set for a gala screening at AFI Fest. Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s first film since 2012’s The Master will unspool November 8 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Joaquin Phoenix plays a drug-fueled detective Larry “Doc” Sportello investigating the disappearance of an ex-girlfriend in early-’70s Los Angeles. Owen Wilson, Josh Brolin, Benecio Del Toro, Katherine Waterston, Jena Malone and Eric Roberts also star along with Reese Witherspoon — who’s reuniting with Phoenix after their Oscar-winning roles in Walk The Line nearly a decade ago. The Warner Bros film, based on Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 novel, opens December 12. AFI Fest runs November 6-13 in Hollywood with A Most Violent Year as its opening-night film and Foxcatcher as the closer. The fest will also feature a conversation with Anderson.
- The Deadline Team
“Miles Ahead,” in which the versatile actor portrays the legendary trumpeter, marks the directorial debut of Cheadle, who co-wrote the script. The independently financed production, made for $8.5 million, wrapped a monthlong shoot in Cincinnati in mid-August, capping a lengthy gestation period for a project that began eight years ago with Davis’ posthumous induction into the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame.
The picture, which has yet to score a U.S. distributor, is among a number of film endeavors centering on iconic black musicians — all of them divisive figures who were considered ahead of their time, with none of the films so far connecting with a wide audience. Most recently, “Jimi: All Is by My Side,” starring Andre Benjamin (aka Outkast’s Andre 3000) as Jimi Hendrix, »
- Steve Chagollan
Reese gets real about her potentially career-changing 2013 arrest.
To say fans were shocked when Reese Witherspoon, 38, was arrested for disorderly conduct last April is an understatement.
Given Reese's good girl reputation cemented by star turns in such movies as Legally Blonde, Sweet Home Alabama and Walk the Line, her disorderly conduct charge and her husband Jim Toth's DUI charge -- coupled with video surfacing of the arrest in which Reese memorably asks a police officer, "Do you know my name? You're about to find out who I am ... You are going to be on national news" -- was unsurprisingly one of the biggest celeb stories of 2013.
And now, a year and a half later, Reese revisited the incident at the BFI London Film Festival.
"I think it was a moment where people realized that I wasn't exactly what they thought I was," she said at a press conference for her new film Wild (via The Hollywood »
Exclusive: Virgil Films has acquired U.S. digital/VOD rights to Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, a feature-length documentary tracking the country icon and Alzheimer sufferer’s final “Goodbye Tour.” Directed by actor and filmmaker James Keach (Walk The Line), I’ll Be Me gathers a star-studded lineup of country greats and celebrities from Bruce Springsteen, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Steve Martin, and Chad Smith to former President Bill Clinton in appreciation of Campbell, who crooned hits like “Gentle On My Mind,” “Galveston,” “Wichita Lineman,” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.”
The film will have a limited theatrical run in key markets nationwide late this year before hitting VOD, digital, and DVD in early 2015. Produced by Keach and Trevor Albert (Groundhog Day), the docu should find a wide audience among Campbell fans, who helped propel Campbell’s “Goodbye Tour” from an »
- Jen Yamato
In a series of top-level meetings Reese Witherspoon had with studio executives in 2012, she grew increasingly frustrated by the answers she got to her question, ‘What are you developing for women?’”
As one might imagine, it was slim pickings. “I think it was literally one studio that had a project for a female lead over 30,” the actress recalls. “And I thought to myself, ‘I’ve got to get busy.’ ”
Busy indeed. Two years after launching Pacific Standard with Australian producer Bruna Papandrea, the company boasts two high-profile films being released within weeks of each other. First up was “Gone Girl,” based on the blockbuster Gillian Flynn novel, which debuted Oct. 3. Hitting theaters Dec. 5 is “Wild,” an adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir, which stars Witherspoon as a woman seeking to reinvent herself by hiking the Pacific Coast Trail alone. The actress’s raw, fearless performance is stirring early raves and Oscar buzz. »
- Jenelle Riley
Recently the Bella twins headed to the home of country music (Nashville, Tn), where Nikki Bella paid homage to Johnny Cash by visiting the House of Cash Museum, which is dedicated to the late singer. Meanwhile, her sister Brie Bella stopped by the famous Grand Ole Opry, a weekly country music stage concert, where she took a picture in front of the famous guitar sign. Nattie showed off her super cute "Brie Mode" clutch wallet, Trinity prepared for her next WWE match in Ohio, Rosa Mendes showed off her new dark 'do while hanging with WWE Diva Alicia Fox, and Ariane went extra blonde for an appearance with fellow WWE Superstar The Miz on the Hub TV Network special, Family Game Night. Summer Rae modeled the »
Three major cinematographers – Janusz Kaminski (“Lincoln”), Phedon Papamichael (“Nebraska”) and Wally Pfister (“The Dark Knight Rises”) – have teamed to present Advanced Filmmaking, a series of online instructional videos for aspiring filmmakers.
“We conceived Advanced Filmmaking as a way to communicate lessons that aren’t normally covered in film school,” says Papamichael. “In our interactions with students and young filmmakers around the world, we saw a thirst for information about other topics like successful collaboration, making good career decisions and managing your personal life.”
Course modules vary in length, averaging about a half hour, and can be can be rented for one week via video sharing site Vimeo for $3.95.
The d.p. trio know one another well, having met at the beginning »
- Peter Caranicas
From "Walk the Line" to their new movie "Inherent Vice," we love seeing Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon on the big screen together! "Inherent Vice" is the latest feature from award-winning writer/directer/producer Paul Thomas Anderson, who's brought us movies like "There Will Be Blood," "The Master," "Boogie Nights" and "Magnolia." Check out the first trailer for "Inherent Vice" above! According to IMDb, the indie-drama takes place in the 1970s and follows a Los Angeles-based drug addict detective (Phoenix) as he investigates the disappearance of one of his exes. The flick boasts a star-studded cast, too. Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro, Maya Rudolph, Josh Brolin, Jena Malone and Eric Roberts also appear in the crime movie. Are you excited to see Joaquin and Reese together again? Tell toofab in the comment section below and check out even more movie makeunders in the gallery! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
We’ve seen a few images from the film over the past few weeks, but now we have the first poster and trailer for Inherent Vice, the latest highly-anticipated offering from writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood), and you can check them both out right here…
Inherent Vice is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel. When private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a looney bin…well, easy for her to say. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another »
- Gary Collinson
If like me you were baffled by Paul Thomas Anderson’s frustrating, pervy and rudderless The Master, you’ll be pleased to see things look a lot more promising for follow up project Inherent Vice. Reuniting him with leading man Joaquin Phoenix and his Walk The Line co-star Reese Witherspoon, the movie comes across as PTA’s take on The Big Lebowski. See what you think by checking out the debut trailer below:
Based on Thomas Pynchon’s novel, the cast also features Owen Wilson, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Katherine Waterston, Jena Malone, Martin Short and Eric Roberts. Get that for eclectic. This is the first time that Pynchon has been adapted for the big screen and if any director can manage it, it’s Anderson. The 1970s setting was handled to a tee by the versatile helmer in Boogie Nights, though I haven’t seen quite this level of comedy from him before. »
- Steve Palace
Joaquin Phoenix plays a drug-fueled investigator in writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s first film since 2012’s The Master. Inherent Vice follows detective Larry “Doc” Sportello investigating the disappearance of an ex-girlfriend in early-’70s Los Angeles. Owen Wilson, Josh Brolin, Benecio Del Toro, Katherine Waterston, Jena Malone and Eric Roberts also star along with Reese Witherspoon — who’s reuniting with Phoenix after their Oscar-winning roles in Walk The Line nearly a decade ago. The Warner Bros film, based on Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 novel, screens Saturday at Nyff and opens December 12.
- The Deadline Team
James Mangold might wanna bust out some Johnny Cash ... the "Walk the Line" director's marriage just fell into a ring of fire -- his wife has filed for divorce.Catherine Konrad filed the docs earlier this month in L.A. ... citing irreconcilable differences, and requesting joint legal and physical custody of their children -- 2 boys ages 9 and 6. According to the papers, obtained by TMZ, she's also asking for spousal support.During James and Catherine's 15-years »
- TMZ Staff
Ahead of its premiere at the New York Film Festival, the New York Times has debuted a new image from acclaimed filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson’s (There Will Be Blood) latest offering Inherent Vice, featuring Joaquin Phoenix (The Master) and Benicio Del Toro (Guardians of the Galaxy). Take a look…
Set in the 1970s, Inherent Vice follows Phoenix’s private eye Doc Sportello as he investigates a disappearance, which leads him to uncover a much larger conspiracy. Also featuring in the cast are Josh Brolin (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Owen Wilson (The Internship), Katherine Waterston (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby), Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Martin Short (Damages), Jeannie Berlin (The Heartbreak Kid), Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live) and Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire).
Inherent Vice is set to premiere at the New York Film »
- Gary Collinson
Paul Thomas Anderson's next film, Inherent Vice, sports an all-star cast, and we're finally getting a look at them in their roles. The scene is Los Angeles, 1970, and private investigator Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) is trying to solve the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend. The movie is an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's popular crime novel - one of several adaptations headed to the big screen - and Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, and Benicio Del Toro are all costarring. So far, we only have looks at a few of them (we're particularly loving the Walk the Line reunion of Witherspoon and Phoenix), but there's still plenty of time before the film's Christmas release date. Take a look! »
Little is known about and even less has been seen from Paul Thomas Anderson‘s upcoming movie, “Inherent Vice.” The first glimpse of the film that reunites Reese Witherspoon and “Walk the Line” co-star Joaquin Phoenix gives a preview of the normally modern actress donning an authentic 70s style, in a preview photo released by the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday. Witherspoon plays Deputy D.A. Penny Kimball, whose hair is a dead giveaway for when this movie takes place. Sitting on a park bench next to co-star Phoenix, the petite star's bouffant hair sits high on her head as a look of concern floods. »
- Ryan O'Connell
With a little over a week to go before its premiere at the New York Film Festival, a new image from Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice has arrived online, giving us our first look at Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) alongside Joaquin Phoenix (The Master) as private eye Larry ‘Doc’ Sportello…
Inherent Vice is set to premiere at the New York Film Festival on October 4th ahead of a U.S. release on January 9th 2015 and a UK release on January 30th 2015. Also featuring in the cast are Josh Brolin (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Owen Wilson (The Internship), Katherine Waterston (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby), Benicio Del Toro (Guardians of the Galaxy), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Martin Short (Damages), Jeannie Berlin (The Heartbreak Kid), Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live) and Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire).
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- Gary Collinson
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