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Phedon Papamichael, Oscar-Nominated Cinematographer, to Direct Comedy ‘Good Company’ (Exclusive)

Phedon Papamichael, Oscar-Nominated Cinematographer, to Direct Comedy ‘Good Company’ (Exclusive)
Oscar-nominated cinematographer Phedon Papamichael, a regular collaborator with Alexander Payne, is to direct comedy “Good Company.” “Mudbound” producer Carl Effenson and Levan Koguashvili, director-producer of “Blind Dates,” are attached to produce, alongside Papamichael, Sergi Nakaidze and Irakli Rodonaya.

The film, whose tone Papamichael compares to Payne’s “Sideways” or Jim Jarmusch’s “Stranger Than Paradise,” centers on man from the Republic of Georgia who has business trouble, and a Greek man who suspects his wife of cheating. They meet at an Istanbul hotel and end up traveling across Turkey to Tbilisi in Georgia, and have a series of misadventures along the way.

The film, which will be co-produced by Sven Dagones, is being readied to shoot over 36 days on location in Georgia and Turkey, with production likely to kick off in the fall. The script is co-written by Papamichael and Dagones.

In a statement, Papamichael described the film as “a poignant black comedy about loneliness, love and obsessions:
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‘Blade Runner 2049’ sound mixers Doug Hemphill, Ron Bartlett: ‘Blade Runner was in our DNA’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

‘Blade Runner 2049’ sound mixers Doug Hemphill, Ron Bartlett: ‘Blade Runner was in our DNA’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“‘Blade Runner’ was in our DNA,” reveals sound mixer Doug Hemphill about his work on “Blade Runner 2049.” Hemphill and his colleague Ron Bartlett previously collaborated with Ridley Scott on the 2007 final-cut version of the 1982 sci-fi classic, re-mixing the film with all the new bells and whistles available to them. When they lent their talents to Denis Villeneuve‘s 2017 followup they reaped an Oscar nomination for Best Sound Mixing. Watch our exclusive video interview with Hemphill and Bartlett above.

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Their experience working on the original years after its release helped inform their work on the sequel. “It was great hearing [Scott’s] ideas,” Bartlett explains, “taking those thematic elements and moving it into this one.” This was especially true when it came to Vangelis‘s iconic score, which “2049” composers Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch paid
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Joaquin Phoenix In Talks to Play The Joker in An Origin Film by Todd Phillips

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It appears that Jared Leto's Joker is getting some competition in one of the most talented actors of our generation, Joaquin Phoenix, in a new origin story by the director of The Hangover franchise!

1 studio. 2 Jokers.

That's currently what's on the table at Warner Bros. as Variety has confirmed that Todd Phillips, known best for his Hangover franchise, has named Oscar-nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix as his top pick to play the Joker in his Untitled Origin Film.  While Warner Bros. hasn't engaged in any negotiations with the actor, Phillips has told Variety that Phoenix has bought in to the idea.  As of now, WB has yet to respond to Variety's report.  

If Phoenix does indeed join the Dceu, he'll be the 5th actor to channel the Clown Prince of Crime on the big screen.  According to rumors, that honor could have gone to Leonardo DiCaprio, but the deal didn't get done.
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Reese Witherspoon Says 'Relatable' Oprah Loves Margaritas and Having a 'Good Time'

Reese Witherspoon Says 'Relatable' Oprah Loves Margaritas and Having a 'Good Time'
Oprah Winfrey is just like the rest of us, according to Reese Witherspoon.

The actress and media mogul is featured on the cover of the latest issue of the WSJ. Magazine, and Witherspoon, her costar in A Wrinkle in Time, gushed to the outlet about how exciting it was to work together.

Despite Winfrey’s larger than life persona, Witherspoon said the former TV host was refreshingly down to earth. “We had at least four hours doing hair and makeup every day, and Oprah could have had her own trailer,” the actress said.

“But she decided she wanted to do it with Mindy and myself,
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Logan’s Director Is Wrong About Post-Credits Scenes

Logan‘s director James Mangold has vocally derided the practice of attaching post-credits scenes to movies. At Audi’s 2018 Writers Guild Association Beyond Words Panel, the filmmaker behind Cop Land, Walk The Line, and two hit films about the Wolverine, shared his opinion that post-credits scenes are not only “cheating” and evidence that “[the director] couldn’t land your f***ing movie[‘s ending],” but that ultimately the practice of using them is “f***ing embarrassing.”
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James Mangold to Direct Ford vs. Ferrari Film as ‘Logan’ Follow-Up (Exclusive)

James Mangold to Direct Ford vs. Ferrari Film as ‘Logan’ Follow-Up (Exclusive)
James Mangold has come on board to direct a project about the battle between the designers at Ford and Ferrari to create the world’s fastest racecar, Variety has learned.

Based on a true story, the film follows an eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby and his British driver, Ken Miles, who are dispatched by Henry Ford II with the mission of building from scratch an entirely new automobile with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans World Championship. The project doesn’t have a formal title, but is known internally as the “Untitled Ford vs. Ferrari Project.”

Mangold had originally been slated to make a drama about kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst, but that project was canceled in the wake of complaints by the Hearst family. The Hearsts were concerned that the film would depict Patty Hearst as an enthusiastic member of the
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Oscars flashback: Watch Philip Seymour Hoffman win Oscar for ‘Capote’ on 4th anniversary of his tragic death

Oscars flashback: Watch Philip Seymour Hoffman win Oscar for ‘Capote’ on 4th anniversary of his tragic death
February 2 marks the fourth anniversary of the tragic death of Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman in 2014. This year also marks the 12th anniversary of his winning an Academy Award as Best Actor for portraying the famed novelist Truman Capote in “Capote.” Watch that video above from the 2006 ceremony as he pays tribute to his fellow nominees and his mother.

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Even though he had a well-regarded career before “Capote,” that film brought him a first Oscar nomination. He would go on to receive three more bids in the Best Supporting Actor category for his work in “Charlie Wilson’s War” (2007), “Doubt” (2008), and “The Master” (2012).

Before his movie career, Hoffman developed a love of the theater at a young age after seeing a production of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons.” He then went to college at New York University studying at
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‘Blaze’: Ethan Hawke Delivers A Raucous, Unconventional Musical Biopic [Sundance Review]

Blaze Foley (Benjamin Dickey) was a not-very well-known country-blues singer who ultimately became an inspiring figure for many of today’s country stars. Foley (born Michael David Fuller) died of a gunshot wound at 39, but his songs were eventually covered by some of the great musicians in the field. However, if you think “Blaze,” director Ethan Hawke‘s biopic of the man would be any sort of glamorized “Walk the Line“-style riff on the legend, then you’d sadly mistaken.

Continue reading ‘Blaze’: Ethan Hawke Delivers A Raucous, Unconventional Musical Biopic [Sundance Review] at The Playlist.
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‘Blaze’ Review: Ethan Hawke Directs a Gonzo Indie Country-Western Opera About an Unsung Legend — Sundance 2018

Some people never get to realize their full potential, or stick around long enough to do what they were so clearly put on this Earth to do. Maybe they die young, or maybe they just keep getting in their own way. Or maybe, if they’re anything like singer-songwriter Blaze Foley, they find a way to do both, burning out like stars that leave their light behind. But Foley never wanted to be a star, shining only for itself. He wanted to be a legend, and live forever. Thanks to Ethan Hawke’s slippery, whiskey-soaked biopic of the late musician — and newcomer Benjamin Dickey’s casually spellbinding lead performance — he’s closer than ever to getting his wish.

Described by its director as a “gonzo indie country-western opera,” “Blaze” is sleepier and more bittersweet than Hawke might have you believe, less of an opera than an acoustic requiem for a ramblin’ man.
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Hugh Jackman Shares Reaction to Logan Oscar Nomination

Superhero fans were given quite the welcomed surprise this morning, when 20th Century Fox's Logan received a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. The nomination was the first ever for writer-director James Mangold, and his co-writer Michael Green, although the third writer, Scott Frank, was previously nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for his 1998 Elmore Leonard adaptation Out of Sight. After the news was announced this morning, Hugh Jackman took to Twitter to deliver some heartfelt praise for the filmmaker after getting his first ever Oscar nod. Here's what Hugh Jackman had to say on social media earlier today.

"If Hollywood kept statistics for the most assists in nominations/awards ... @mang0ld would be the league leader. Today, he finally got the recognition he deserves. Congrats brother! @WolverineMovie #Logan #Wolverine #Oscars2018"

For those who have followed his exceptional career, many might be surprised that this is James Mangold's first Oscar nomination.
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Johnny Cash Documentary Film to Chronicle Folsom Prison Concert

A new documentary featuring Johnny Cash’s performance at Folsom Prison is going to be coming but as of yet there’s no release date. In some ways it sounds like the biopic film that was released in 2005, Walk The Line, but unlike that film each song will focus on a non-linear point in Cash’s life so that viewers can see and hear just what was going on his life when he came up with the different tracks. The film starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon was a hit to be certain, but a lot of people were skeptical about how

Johnny Cash Documentary Film to Chronicle Folsom Prison Concert
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James Mangold’s Patty Hearst Biopic Starring Elle Fanning Canceled By Fox

Well, it was certainly promising. James Mangold (“Logan,” “Walk The Line“) taking on the Patty Hearst story with Elle Fanning in the lead role? Sign us up. Alas, the powers that be have given it the axe.

Fox has canceled the biopic, which was set up at their Fox 2000 shingle. The project would’ve been based on based on the book “American Heiress” by Jeffrey Toobin (“The Run of His Life: The People v.

Continue reading James Mangold’s Patty Hearst Biopic Starring Elle Fanning Canceled By Fox at The Playlist.
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9 Times Reese Witherspoon's Speeches Inspired Us to Be Our Best Selves

9 Times Reese Witherspoon's Speeches Inspired Us to Be Our Best Selves
If you’re looking for the push to finally tackle that project you’ve always dreamed of doing or if you just need a reminder that you hold the power to change your life, motivation is only a click (or so) away. After more than two decades in Hollywood, Reese Witherspoon‘s iconic presence in film is undeniable. However, she’s also established herself as a successful producer and an advocate for representing women.

Behind her recent box office wins is a lot of hard work (like, a lot) — and hearing Reese talk about it is just the inspiration you
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Wamg Giveaway – Win the Terminator 2: Judgement Day on 4K Ultra HD

Director James Cameron’s iconic sci-fi action classic has returned in pristine clarity. Terminator 2: Judgment Day arrived recently in a Limited Collector’s Edition EndoArm box set including a 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD). Still lauded by critics today as one of the greatest action films of all time, only 6,000 of the Limited Collector’s Edition EndoArm box sets will be released in the U.S., allowing fans to own a life-sized replica of the T-800 EndoArm mounted on a uniquely numbered stand with James Cameron’s signature. Say “hasta la vista, baby” to Sd and relive each quintessential moment in four times the resolution with Full HD and High Dynamic Range on the film’s first-ever 4K scan. The Terminator 2: Judgment Day EndoArm Limited Collector’s Edition 4K Combo Pack box set is loaded with bonus content, including an all-new, never-before-seen documentary
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The Greatest Showman reshoots apparently done by James Mangold

David Crow Dec 22, 2017

It appears that Logan director James Mangold stepped in for friend Hugh Jackman to direct reshoots on The Greatest Showman.

The Greatest Showman is now playing in cinemas, and it's so far been on the receiving end of pretty mixed reviews.

A new story over at Variety, meanwhile, has suggested that 20th Century Fox reportedly hired Hugh Jackman's friend and frequent collaborator, James Mangold, to direct a week of reshoots, as well as oversee some of the editing and post-production process.

According to the report, Mangold was paid a seven-figure amount and brought in to direct reshoots because the studio felt that The Greatest Showman director Michael Gracey had become “overwhelmed with the scope of the picture.” This apparently extended to the post-production process, as the studio determined Gracey also needed “assistance” in the editing bay.

For the record, Gracey has a long history of shooting commercials
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James Mangold Helped Oversee ‘Greatest Showman’ Reshoots, Post-Production (Exclusive)

James Mangold Helped Oversee ‘Greatest Showman’ Reshoots, Post-Production (Exclusive)
James Mangold came to the aid of his old pal Hugh Jackman at a critical moment during the making of “The Greatest Showman.” The “Logan” director was enlisted to help oversee a week of reshoots on the lavish movie musical last fall after 20th Century Fox, the studio behind the film, became concerned that Michael Gracey was overwhelmed with the scope of the picture.

Gracey, who is making his feature film directorial debut with “The Greatest Showman,” had an extensive resume of commercials work, but struggled to adjust to the pressure of calling the shots on an $84 million film. It was also determined that he could use a veteran’s assistance with the post-production process.

To that end, Mangold helped edit the picture. He was given an executive producer credit for his work and was paid a seven-figure salary for his contributions.

A source close to the studio disputed any notion that Gracey had lost control of the
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‘Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story’ and the Last Gasp of the Hollywood Spoof

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is one of the last of its kind. The spoof movie – that is, the vigorous feature-length ribbing at popular films and Hollywood pieties of the moment – was already in decline by the late 2000s.
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Culture Dump #20: 5 Actors who Really want to win an Oscar!

The 90th Academy Awards is just a few months away – and you can tell. The industry has stepped up its game by firing out its best and brightest titles in the hopes of bagging gold – but who’ll come out on top? While Oscar predictions can often be hit and miss, some stars wear their intentions very much on their sleeve when it comes to Academy approval. People like…

Joaquin Phoenix

When actors pick roles the old saying goes: one for them, one for you. Unless you’re Joaquin Phoenix. The Gladiator star seems to have dedicated his entire career to fully immersing himself in characters most likely to land him on the Best Actor shortlist. While he may have only been nominated thrice (Gladiator in 2001, Walk The Line in 2006 and The Master in 2013), you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s happened more, having starred in look-at-me awards fodder Her,
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James Mangold to Direct Patty Hearst Movie With Elle Fanning in Talks to Star

James Mangold to Direct Patty Hearst Movie With Elle Fanning in Talks to Star
James Mangold is taking on another true-life story.

The filmmaker behind this year's Logan and the Oscar-winning Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line (2005) will be directing an as-yet untitled Patty Hearst drama for Fox 2000, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. 

Elle Fanning is in talks to star as Hearst, the heiress who in 1974 was kidnapped by revolutionaries known as the Symbionese Liberation Army, a group that detained her for two years. The Sla shocked the world when it released a tape of Hearst saying she had joined the group, a revelation that placed Hearst at the center of a counterculture...
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James Mangold to Direct Patty Hearst Drama, Elle Fanning in Talks (Exclusive)

James Mangold to Direct Patty Hearst Drama, Elle Fanning in Talks (Exclusive)
James Mangold is following up “Logan” by tackling Patty Hearst, Variety has learned.

The director has come on board a still untitled adaptation of Jeffrey Toobin’s best-selling “American Heiress.” The film will not share the book’s title, but it will draw on Toobin’s reporting as it delves into Hearst’s kidnapping by the Symbionese Liberation Army and re-emergence as a member of the left-wing terrorist group. Elle Fanning is in talks to play Hearst, the Berkeley sophomore turned unlikely counter-culture revolutionary. Twentieth Century Fox is backing the project through its Fox 2000 label.

The screenplay was written by Larry Karaszewski & Scott Alexander and Mangold. Mangold will produce the film along with Nina Jacobsen and Brad Simpson of Colorforce.

Mangold has been attached to several other high profile projects, including an adaptation of Don Winslow’s popular novel “The Force,” as well as a big screen version of Katherine Applegate’s best-selling children’s book “Crenshaw
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