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Participant Joins Sandra Bullock’s ‘Our Brand is Crisis’

13 October 2014 11:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Participant Media has come on as a co-financier with Warner Bros. on “Our Brand is Crisis.”

Filming is underway in New Orleans on director David Gordon Green’s  adaptation of the 2005 documentary the same name.

Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton star in the story of a group of American consultants accepting the challenge of getting an unpopular Bolivian president re-elected. Bullock plays a  maverick political consultant who comes out of retirement to lead the team while Thornton portrays her enemy.

The film also stars Anthony Mackie, Scoot McNairy, Zoe Kazan, Ann Dowd, Reynaldo Pacheco, Dominic Flores, Louis Arcella, Octavio Gomez Berrios and Joaquim de Almeida. Green directs from a screenplay by Peter Straughan (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”).

The film is being produced by Smokehouse Pictures’ principals George Clooney and Grant Heslov with Bullock, Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King, and Stuart Besser serving as executive producers.

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- Dave McNary

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2 Things George Clooney Regrets About His Batman

9 October 2014 6:19 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Nearly 17 years have passed since Batman & Robin. The George Clooney Apology Tour should be able to pull over, and take a rest. The actor has gone on to become a distinguished director, and he even picked up two Oscars for Syriana and Argo (which he produced). But Batman & Robin will always be Clooney.s albatross, and he continued to atone today. George Clooney took part in the Tomorrowland panel at New York Comic-Con, where he entertained the crowds, protected the films. mysteries, and made jokes at the expense of his failed Batman movie. According to ScreenRant, Clooney admitted that there are still, to this day, two things he feels he needs to apologize for, and he does it all of the time. He said: I just met Adam West there [referring to behind the Nycc main stage] and I apologized to him. Sorry about the nipples on the suit. Freeze, »

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Matt Damon vs. Ben Affleck: Who wins, then and now?

3 October 2014 5:10 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Ever since they wrote Good Will Hunting 18 years ago, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have been one of Hollywood's most well-known bromances. But no bromance is complete without some healthy competition, which is why we've gone back through the years since their first Oscar win and looked at their careers. With Samantha Highfill representing Matt Damon in one corner, and Joshua Rivera representing Ben Affleck in the other, here's how the fight breaks down: 1997 Damon: Good Will Hunting Sure, both Damon and Affleck won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, but only one of them was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor, »

- EW staff

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Cinematography Contenders With Two Possible Films Up For Contention

1 October 2014 8:25 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

As predictions are being made for possible contenders at the 87th Academy Awards, the cinematography category has some Oscar veterans making a possible return and a few names could have more than one film up for contention.

Six-time nominee Emmanuel Lubezki has been mentioned as a contender for his work on Birdman, which could earn him a consecutive Oscar following his win for Gravity (2013) at the 86th Academy Awards. Though Interstellar hasn’t premiered yet, the trailer has brought Hoyte Van Hoytema, director of photography for Her (2013), into the mix as well. With two films that could be up for contention each, cinematographers Bradford Young and Robert Elswit have appeared on multiple lists as possible nominees at the upcoming Oscars.

Young, who has never been nominated for an Oscar, worked on A Most Violent Year and Selma, both of which have not yet premiered. Elswit, »

- Anjelica Oswald

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The bachelor George Clooney bon voyage tour: 10 romantic roles in Clooney history

26 September 2014 1:22 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

A million leggy models/bartenders/aspiring red carpet hosts are having a little cry on the inside as George Clooney prepares to marry lawyer Amal Alamuddin in a reported 4-day fete in Venice. We tv shares the same sentiment as they announced a “Bye George!” Roseanne marathon, airing Clooney-centric Roseanne  episodes starting Sunday, Sept. 28, at 10 a.m. E.T. To those around the world who are still holding a candle for the Cloonz, here’s a nostalgic look back at some of Clooney’s great romantic roles in past and recent history.

E/R (1984-1985) – Dr. Mark “Ace” Kolmar

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- Teresa Jue

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George Clooney to receive Cecil B. DeMille award at Golden Globes

15 September 2014 2:18 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

George Clooney will be honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award, annually given to those who offer “outstanding contributions” to the entertainment world, at this year’s Golden Globes.

Clooney was nominated for his first Golden Globe in 1996 for his performance as a doctor on medical drama ER. He later won Golden Globes for his performances in 2001’s O Brother, Where Art Thou?, 2006’s Syriana (this role also won him an Oscar), and 2011’s The Descendants.

The 53-year-old most recently starred in the Oscar-winning Gravity, as well as last year’s The Monuments Men. He’s currently working on the upcoming sci-fi Disney film Tomorrowland, »

- Ariana Bacle

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Cecil B. DeMille honour for George Clooney

15 September 2014 2:11 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The multihyphenate and humanitarian activist will receive the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) honour at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards on January 11, 2015.

“The HFPA is honoured to bestow the Cecil B. DeMille Award to George Clooney to celebrate his outstanding contributions both in front of and behind the camera,” said HFPA president Theo Kingma.

The honour is presented each year to those “who have made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment.”

Woody Allen received the award earlier this year and previous honourees include Jodie Foster, Morgan Freeman, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Anthony Hopkins and Barbra Streisand.

Clooney has won three Golden Globes, for The Descendants, Syriana and O Brother, Where Art Thou? He will next be seen in Disney’s May 2015 sci-fi release Tomorrowland. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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George Clooney Set For Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award

15 September 2014 1:01 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The actor-director-writer-producer will receive the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s career honor during the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards on January 11. George Clooney already has four Globes to his credit — all in different categories: Best Actor in a Drama for The Descendants (2011), Best Supporting Actor for Syriana (2005) and Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical for O Brother, Where Art Thou (2000). He also won for his breakout role in ER. “The HFPA is honored to bestow the Cecil B. DeMille Award to George Clooney to celebrate his outstanding contributions both in front of and behind the camera,” said HFPA president Theo Kingma. Clooney most recently appeared in Gravity and The Monuments Men, the latter of which he also produced and directed. He next stars in Brad Bird’s sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland for Disney. Woody Allen received the 2014 honor. He was his typical no-show and his Annie Hall co-star Diane Keaton accepted for him. »

- The Deadline Team

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George Clooney to Be Honored With Cecil B. DeMille Award at Golden Globes

15 September 2014 12:54 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

George Clooney will be honored with the Cecil B. DeMille award at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Monday. Clooney won his first Golden Globe in 2000 in the Best Actor, Musical or Comedy category for “O Brother Where Art Thou?” He later won for Best Supporting Actor in 2005 for “Syriana” and for Best Actor, Drama in 2012 for “The Descendants.” Most recently, he won Best Picture for Ben Affeck's “Argo,” on which he was a producer. Also read: George Clooney to Direct Film on British Phone Hacking Scandal Theo Kingma, president of the Hollywood »

- Linda Ge

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Movie Review – A Most Wanted Man (2014)

9 September 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

 A Most Wanted Man, 2014.

Directed by Anton Corbijn.

Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Daniel Brühl, Robin Wright, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Derya Alabora and Nina Hoss.

Synopsis:

A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror.

Sodden, dishevelled and alone a young man (Grigoriy Dobrygin) pulls himself from the River Elbe. In the grey dawn of a Hamburg morning Gunther Bachmann (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) sits across from his colleague Irna Frey (Nina Hoss). A cramped office divided neatly down the centre, piles of papers, reminders pinned across the walls and a comfortable silence between them.

Soon CCTV footage featuring this very same young man (Grigoriy Dobrygin) in conversation will cause a domino effect. Bachmann (Seymour Hoffman) and his team will become embroiled with CIA operative Martha Sullivan (Robin Wright), banker Tommy Brue (Willem Dafoe) and human rights lawyer Anna Richter (Rachel McAdams »

- Gary Collinson

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George Clooney Visits Hospital as Back Injury Continues to Act Up Years After Filming Syriana—Get the Details!

31 August 2014 7:51 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Almost ten years after filming the Oscar-nominated movie, Syriana, George Clooney is still feeling the effects of his on-set injury. E! News has learned the actor traveled to Duke University earlier this month and then to a hospital in Dusseldorf, Germany to get his back injury looked at. After hurting his spinal cord while filming a particularly violent torture scene, the 53-year-old actor periodically loses spinal fluid. As a result, it's routine for the actor to tend to the injury when it's warranted. Clooney's rep could not be reached for comment. Clooney has had to cope with lingering effects since the accident occurred in 2004. The back injury turned out to be a torn »

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Participant Media, Changing Its Stripes, Sells Thriller 'Out of the Dark' to Vertical Entertainment

25 August 2014 2:41 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Ten years after its founding, Participant Media has released some 55 films, from docs "An Inconvenient Truth," "Food, Inc.," "Waiting for ‘Superman'" to upcoming Toronto International Film Festival title "Merchants of Doubt" to uplifting features such as "Good Night, and Good Luck," "Syriana," "The Help," "Contagion" and "Lincoln." As Participant prepares to celebrate its tenth anniversary at Toronto with the world premiere of animated “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet,” the company led by eBay co-founder Jeff Skoll has been broadening its narrowly defined social action niche to include commercial feature fare. The message is still there--but it's more hidden. In one example, the company just sold U.S. rights to supernatural thriller "Out of the Dark," starring Julia Stiles, Scott Speedman, and Stephen Rea, to Vertical Entertainment »

- Anne Thompson

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Matthew McConaughey May Take The Stand

24 August 2014 9:40 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

With Warner Bros. and The Fault In Our Stars director Josh Boone going full speed to develop a cinematic take on Stephen King’s sprawling post-apocalyptic story The Stand, the studio’s thoughts are clearly starting to turn to casting. Boone already has Stars’ Nat Wolff aboard, but for the villain of the piece, Warners is trying to land Matthew McConaughey.According to Deadline, it’s very early days and no formal discussions have taken place, but the studio wants McConaughey to play antichrist-like figure Randal Flagg, who haunts the survivors of a man-made plague that collapses civilization. We can certainly see McConaughey’s natural intensity working for the character, though with an Oscar under his belt, he has a lot more negotiating power these days and may simply decide it’s not for him.Also jumping up and down like an eager puppy to score his attention is Syriana’s Stephen Gaghan, »

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Matthew McConaughey Eyed for Stephen King's 'The Stand'

22 August 2014 6:31 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. Pictures is eyeing Matthew McConaughey to play Randall Flagg in Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) upcoming adaptation of Stephen King's apocalyptic masterpiece novel "The Stand." 

Randall Flagg is the demonic figure who wreaks havoc after a plague kills most of the population. Flagg was played by Jamey Sheridan in the 1994 television adaptation. Flagg was such a force of evil that he has appeared in at least nine of King's novels, sometimes as the primary antagonist and other times in a cameo appearance including The Dark Tower series.

Meanwhile the site also reports that McConaughey might team up with Oscar-winning "Traffic" writer Stephen Gaghan (Syriana) to make "Gold" for Black Bear Pictures. 

Patrick Massett & John Zinman wrote the script, which is based on a true story about the 1993 Bre-x Mineral Corporation mining scandal in which vast amounts of gold were reportedly discovered in the Indonesian jungle. »

- Kellvin Chavez

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McConaughey Wanted For "Stand" & "Gold"

22 August 2014 6:15 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Warner Bros. Pictures is reportedly keen to get Matthew McConaughey to play the devil himself, Randall Flagg, in Josh Boone's upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King's "The Stand".

Flagg is the primary antagonist of the novel which is set in the wake of a plague that decimates civilisation. He's essentially seen as the work's version of The Devil and was previously played by Jamey Sheridan in the 1994 mini-series.

McConaughey may also team with "Syriana" writer/director Stephen Gaghan on "Gold" at Black Bear Pictures. Paul Haggis, who was previously linked as director, remains onboard as producer.

The true story tale deals with the 1993 Bre-x Mineral Corporation mining scandal where large amounts of gold were found in the Indonesian jungle.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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TV News: Emerald, Living, City, Enlisted

22 August 2014 6:12 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Emerald City

NBC has opted not to move forward with "Emerald City," a ten episode modern and dark reimagining of the classic L. Frank Baum Oz tales said to be more akin to the likes of "Game of Thrones" than the 1939 MGM film.

Matthew Arnold and Josh Friedman's project would've drawn from Baum's original fourteen books and featured more battles, political maneuvers and a very different take on the infamous wizard. Though ordered straight to series, the plan has been scrapped due to a "difference in vision" between the network and show runners. [Source: Variety]

The Living and the Dead

"Life on Mars" and "Ashes to Ashes" co-creators Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham are re-teaming for the six-part supernatural period drama series "The Living and the Dead" for The BBC .

Set in the English countryside in 1888, the story follows a gentleman farmer who is obsessed with proving the existence of the afterlife. »

- Garth Franklin

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McConaughey Eyed to Play the Lead Villain in Adaptation of Stephen King's 'The Stand'

22 August 2014 4:41 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Matthew McConaughey is clearly a hot property, what with his Oscar-winning turn in Dallas Buyers Club, hit television show "True Detective" and now a starring role in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar and it appears the hits just coming as The Wrap is reporting Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) is courting McConaughey to play Randall Flagg in his upcoming adaptation of Stephen King's "The Stand" at Warner Bros. amz asin="B001C4NXKM" size="small"The site reports Boone initially saw McConaughey as Stu Redman, a character immune to the plague responsible for wiping out most of the world's population, but an insider has since confirmed McConaughey is now being eyed to play Flagg, the primary villain in the feature, played by Jamey Sheridan in the 1994 television adaptation. However, McConaughey is hardly solidified for the role, though the site does say the actor is set to star in »

- Brad Brevet

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Stephen Gaghan to Direct AMC’s Geopolitical Drama Pilot

22 August 2014 12:55 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Traffic” and “Syriana’s” Stephen Gaghan is returning to similar terrain, as he has been tapped to direct the pilot for AMC’s geopolitical drama “White City.”

The drama, which comes from former Middle East correspondent for Time magazine Nick McDonell and former senior Afghanistan adviser to Richard C. Holbrooke John Dempsey, centers on Western diplomats and journalists living in Afghanistan. The lead character is Jon Liston, a war junkie who has spent the better part of the last decade in Kabul with a front-row seat to the carnage. In the pilot, Jon ignores the advice of everyone and overreaches in an attempt to talk with insurgent leaders. It does not go well.

McDonell and Dempsey are co-writers and co-executive producers. Executive producers are Chris Mundy, a long-time journalist for Rolling Stone and showrunner on “Criminal Minds” and “Low Winter Sun,” and Tom Freston, the former CEO of Viacom and a former resident of Afghanistan. »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Toronto: Fortissimo Shoots Hal Hartley’s ‘Ned Rifle,’ ‘Theeb’

15 August 2014 2:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong and Amsterdam-based Fortissimo Films has picked up international sales rights to Hal Hartley’s comedy drama “Ned Rifle” and to Middle Eastern action film “Theeb.”

Ned Rifle,” is the final installment in Hartley’s dysfunctional family trilogy which started with “Henry Fool” and “Fay Grim.” It sees a son emerge from the witness protection program with the sole aim of killing his father.

The film, which has its world premiere in Toronto’s Special Presentation section, stars Liam Aiken, Martin Donovan, Aubrey Plaza, Parker Posey, Thomas Jay Ryan and James Urbaniak. Fortissimo has all rights outside North America.

Appearing in Toronto, but premiering in Venice, is recent Fortissimo pickup “Theeb,” the story of a desert trek by a Bedouin youngster and a mysterious British army officer. It was shot by first-time director Naji Abu Nowar in some of the same locations as “Lawrence of Arabia.” Fortissimo handles rights outside the Middle East, »

- Patrick Frater

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Director, cast and crew to take One Shot

10 August 2014 3:40 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

More than 80 actors, 15 writers and 50 crew members have agreed to participate in Project One Shot, an innovative short film that will be filmed in one single take on the Gold Coast on September 3.

As well as contributing their time and services, most have agreed to each donate $100 to fund the project, the brainchild of experienced assistant director Darwin Brooks.

Brooks will direct and produce the short as a single 15-minute Steadicam shot which will follow actors Ian Stenlake and John Batchelor, both Sea Patrol alumni, as they thread their way through 30 interconnecting mini scenes, linked to one overall, comedic story, at Sanctuary Cove. There will be no pick-ups.

Among the other on-camera talent involved will be Brisbane Channel 7 presenter Liz Cantor, Joss Mcwilliam (Water Rats, Flying Doctors) and last year.s Big Brother housemate Ben Zabel,

Cast and crew will be required to rehearse many times with and without the »

- Don Groves

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