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Film and television star John Krasinski, who stars as a former Navy Seal in the upcoming, real-life motion picture thriller 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, has been named the Grand Marshal for the Aaa Texas 500 Nascar Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Nov. 8, at Texas Motor Speedway.
Krasinski, an actor, writer and director, will give the command for the Sprint Cup Series drivers of the 43-car field to start their engines in front of a crowd that annually comprises one of the largest-attended, single-day sporting events in Texas.
“It’s a huge honor to be asked to serve as this year’s Grand Marshal,” said Krasinski. “I am really excited to be going to Nascar and seeing Jeff Gordon race for one of his last outings.”
Krasinski will be joined on the Grand Marshal stage by three of the heroes from the CIA annex security team that fought off Islamic militants on Sept. »
- Michelle McCue
The neck-chomping culebras and those who hunt them will return to the small screen in the future, as Miramax and El Ray revealed today that Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series has been renewed for a third season:
Press Release: Santa Monica, CA / Austin, TX (October 26, 2015) - Miramax® and El Rey announced today that their one-hour scripted original, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series," has been renewed for a third season. Hailed as "radically different...a fascinating ride" by the Associated Press, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" will air its season two finale with guest star Demi Lovato on El Rey Network on Tuesday, October 27 at 9Pm Et.
A reimagining of Robert Rodriguez's 1996 iconic movie From Dusk Till Dawn, which Miramax® also released theatrically at the time, the TV show expands on the fascinating supernatural crime saga centered around brothers Seth and Richie Gecko.
- Derek Anderson
Earlier this year, rising star Eddie Redmayne took home his first Oscar for playing Stephen Hawking in the critically-acclaimed drama The Theory of Everything. The actor's new film The Danish Girl may give him a chance to join elite company like Tom Hanks and Katharine Hepburn by winning Oscars in back-to-back years. While we still have a few months to wait and see if he'll even be nominated, you can take a look at new footage from The Danish Girl in a new trailer.
Inspired by the true story of Danish painter Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) and his California-born wife (Alicia Vikander), this tender portrait of a marriage asks: What do you do when someone you love wants to change? It starts with a question, a simple favor asked of a husband by his wife on an afternoon chilled by the Baltic wind while both are painting in their studio. »
Production is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ drama Sully starring Oscar winner Tom Hanks (upcoming “Bridge of Spies,” “Captain Phillips,” “Forrest Gump”) as Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, under the direction of Oscar winner Clint Eastwood (“American Sniper,” “Million Dollar Baby”).
On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger (Hanks) glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.
Sully also stars Aaron Eckhart (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “The Dark Knight”) as Sully’s co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, and Oscar nominee Laura Linney (“The Savages,” “Kinsey,” Showtime’s “The Big C”) as Sully’s wife, Lorraine Sullenberger.
Eastwood is directing the film from a screenplay by Todd Komarnicki, »
- Michelle McCue
To portray the transgender artist in “The Danish Girl,” Eddie Redmayne built the character from the inside out. He started by poring over Lili Elbe’s pseduo-autobiography “Man Into Woman,” chronicling her groundbreaking 1920s gender reassignment surgeries, and studying sketches of her. He read other books, such as the 1974 memoir “Conundrum” by transgender author Jan Morris, and watched the British TV series “My Transsexual Summer.” He even met separately with six transgender women from different generations to absorb their experiences. “Their openness of spirit was unlike anything I’d ever seen,” Redmayne says on a recent afternoon near his home in London. “That was galvanizing — you felt the trust.”
Then there was the day last summer when he screen-tested as Lili. It was the first time he appeared in public as the character — wearing an auburn wig and lipstick. Like most transgender people stepping out for the first time, Redmayne felt self-conscious. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Watch Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander in the official trailer for Focus Features' The Danish Girl. From Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper, and based on the book by David Ebershoff, the love story opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, November 27th, and in additional cities in December. The drama will be opening in limited release against Creed, Victor Frankenstein, The Good Dinosaur and The Night Before.
The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Einar and Gerda Wegener (Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander), whose marriage and work are cast into the unknown when Einar begins a groundbreaking journey to become one of the world's first transgender women, Lili Elbe. This tender portrait of a marriage asks: What do you do when someone you love wants to change? It starts with a question, a simple favor asked of a »
An achingly perfect evocation of New York’s East Village in the 1980s and an amazing cast cannot make this tale of adolescent anxiety catch fire. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Adolescent anxiety playing out against the tumultuous backdrop of the late 1980s in New York’s East Village? I’m there. Hell, I was there, as a student at Nyu at the very moment this tale is set, and I can attest that its evocation of the place and time is achingly perfect, from the unrenovated tenements to the funky cafes to the scene at punk club Cbgb to the dangerous excitement in the air. Alas that the story of young Jude (Asa Butterfield: X+Y), who has decamped from boring Vermont to live with his drug-dealer dad, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Elegantly executed through sincere emotions, graceful maturity and tremendously striking performances, Mr. Holmes is a wonderful return-to-form for director Bill Condon. Following a series of disappointing efforts like the muddled The Fifth Estate and exasperating The Twilight Series: Breaking Dawn movies, the filmmaker channels what made him such a haunting force, further humanizing Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary fictional figure and quaintly extenuating his character's story with tons of heart, wit and poise. Based on Mitch Cullin's 2005 novel "A Slight Trick of the Mind", this iteration of Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) finds the notorious detective in 1947, 93-years-old and living under the exaggerated shadow created by his late partner Watson's pen. With a failing mind and continuously haunted by the one mystery he couldn't solve, the retired celebrity returns from Hiroshima, Japan to once again live under the care of his housekeeper Mrs. Munro (Laura Linney) and her young son »
- Will Ashton
According to Guiness World Records, Sherlock Holmes is the most portrayed fictional character, by more than 70 actors in over 200 films, plays and television shows. I haven't seen all of those, but Ian McKellen can certainly put his performance near the top of the list of great ones (my favourite will always be Jeremy Brett). Reuniting with director Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Kinsey), McKellen brings the world's greatest detective to life in a somewhat sedate mystery, more of an examination of the ravages of old age and senility, and the guilt that can prey upon those who have perhaps been a bit too insensitive. While not a surprising film, in that the story unfolds in expected ways, Mr. Holmes, based on the book...
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We caught up with director Bill Condon recently to chat about his new film Mr Holmes, a fictional biopic of the famous Baker Street sleuth played by Sir Ian McKellen. Condon has a vast and wide-ranging career in the movies with titles like the outstanding Gods & Monsters and Kinsey sitting beside showstoppers like Dreamgirls and The Twilight Saga.
Despite suffering from a bout of hay fever (your author was suffering too, dear reader), Bill was warm and friendly, and we bonded over our mutual love for the Disney animated film Beauty And The Beast (which he is currently directing a live action remake of).
How did Mr Holmes come about? Was this a project that you were keen to do?
Actually, Anne Carey, the producer, came to me with the script, based on »
Turns out, even in a tale as old as time, there’s still room for improvement. For Disney’s upcoming live-action retelling of its animated classic Beauty and the Beast, which will find Emma Watson taking on the role of Belle opposite Dan Stevens’ Beast and Luke Evans’ Gaston, eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (who won two of those statuettes for his work on the original) found himself enlisted to write three new tunes for the project, alongside Sir Tim Rice.
Speaking at the Lincoln Center recently (via Stitch Kingdom), Menken revealed that the Disney pic will feature the music from the animated classic, not the Broadway adaptation, and he also spoke at length about two of the three new songs:
“It’s the songs from the movie, we did not fit in any songs [from the Broadway show]. The song I would have fit in from the Broadway show is ‘If I Can’t Love Her, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Irish actor Liam Neeson made his feature debut in 1978 in the big screen adaptation of Paul Bunyon’s Pilgrim’s Progress. It was the beginning of a varied and celebrated career which has seen the actor appear in action films such as The Delta Force (1986), The Grey (2012) and The A-Team (2010), biopics such as Michael Collins (1996), Kinsey (2004) and Schindler’s List (1993) (for which he was Oscar-nominated), as well as lending his distinctive voice to projects such as Ponyo (2009), The Lego Movie (2014), and The Chronicles Of Narnia (2005). Neeson has also had key roles in huge franchises such as Batman Begins (2005), Star Wars (1999) and Taken (2008). In Taken 3, Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, Special Forces agent and family man, »
- The Hollywood News
Irish actor Liam Neeson made his feature debut in 1978 in the big screen adaptation of Paul Bunyon’s Pilgrim’s Progress. It was the beginning of a varied and celebrated career which has seen the actor appear in action films such as The Delta Force (1986), The Grey (2012) and The A-Team (2010), biopics such as Michael Collins (1996), Kinsey (2004) and Schindler’s List (1993) (for which he was Oscar-nominated), as well as lending his distinctive voice to projects such as Ponyo (2009), The Lego Movie (2014), and The Chronicles Of Narnia (2005). Neeson has also had key roles in huge franchises such as Batman Begins (2005), Star Wars (1999) and Taken (2008). In Taken 3, Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, Special Forces agent and family man, who faces new threats to his loved ones.
- Phil Wheat
The revisionist stories of Sherlock Holmes never seem to end, whether it’s Guy Ritchie turning Holmes into a fast-talking British thug or Benedict Cumberbatch turning him into a modern day hero. This latest version however from Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Kinsey) seems to take all that myth-making and bring the beloved character down to Earth.
Mr. Holmes stars Ian McKellen in the story of an aging Holmes returning to England after a long voyage and taking up an old, unsolved case. As he does, he hopes to write his own story and remove some of the legends that have been built up around him in the movies and in books. Here’s the official synopsis:
Mr. Holmes is a new twist on the world’s most famous detective. 1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he »
- Brian Welk
Cinco de Mayo has arrived and El Rey Network is celebrating the holiday in grand, fitting fashion with their From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Season 1 marathon that starts at dusk tonight and runs till dawn tomorrow, ramping up anticipation for the season two world premiere at the Atx Television Festival this June. The folks at El Rey Network are also adding even more festive culebra frights to the occasion, as they've provided us with five From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Season 1 prize packs to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.
Prize Details: (5) Winners will receive (1) From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series prize pack, including the following:
(1) Season 1 Soundtrack (1) Season 1 Poster (1) Signed Season 1 DVD
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Contest.” Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The »
- Derek Anderson
There are people you expect to be announced as joining the cast of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. And then there’s Laura Linney. Imagine our surprise, then, when The Hollywood Reporter brought word that Linney is aboard the sequel. Usually found in indie and dramatic fare such as Kinsey, You Can Count On Me, Mystic River and The Truman Show, the closest she has come to a big superhero project is voicing the computer in Arthur Christmas. Yet, next year, she’ll be on screen in some unspecified role. Though the plot is still mostly unknown, the sequel will see the turtles – performance captured and voiced by Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Pete Ploszek and Jeremy Howard – tackling threats new and old in New York City. Megan Fox and Will Arnett are back as April O’Neill and scuzzy cameraman Vernon Fenwick respectively, with Danny Woodburn once more »
Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »
- D. Zhea
Following last year's news that Loretha Jones exited the President of Original Programming position at Bet Networks, which was later followed by the appointment of Stephen Hill as President of Programming, Bet has now announced the hiring of Fox Searchlight veteran, Zola Mashariki, to the network's Executive Vice President and Head of Original Programming position, which will see her in charge of both scripted and unscripted programming, reporting to President of Programming Stephen Hill, who reports to Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO of Bet Networks. With Hill based in New York, Mashariki will stay in La. Mashariki, who has had a long career at Fox Searchlight, leading the production team there, began her tenure at Fox Searchlight in May 2000 as a production intern, was upped to Creative Executive in January 2001, and to Director in November 2003. Amongst the lengthy list of titles she has worked on are Bill Condon's "Kinsey, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
A new Mr Holmes trailer has gone online, and it takes us deeper into the plot of Bill Condon’s Sherlock Holmes film. Previously titled A Slight Trick of the Mind, the film was directed by Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Kinsey) and takes place in 1947, where Holmes is now living in retirement with his housekeeper (Laura Linney) and her amateur-sleuthing son. Holmes is haunted by a cold case from fifty years ago, and sets out to solve it once and for all without his dear Watson at his side. This trailer shows the emotional aspect to the case where we see that Holmes blames himself but also Watson for burying the truth of their failure, and I like the blend of melancholy and excitement that permeates this latest look at the movie. Check out the trailer below. The film opens in the U.K. on June 19th and also »
- Matt Goldberg
David Hasselhoff and Bo Derek are braving the storm with Ian Ziering and Tara Reid in The Asylum and Syfy's Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! Featured in our latest round-up, the third installment in the tongue-in-cheek franchise has received a summer release date. We also have a casting update for the second season of Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, as well as a Friday the 13th 35th Anniversary T-shirt from Fright Rags.
Press Release (via TV by the Numbers) - New York – March 18, 2015 – Syfy and The Asylum today announced that the official title of the latest installment in the global pop culture sensation is Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! The two-hour original movie will devour the planet on Wednesday, »
- Derek Anderson
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