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Bryce Dallas Howard signs up for Gold alongside Matthew McConaughey

17 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Bryce Dallas Howard will co-star with Matthew McConaughey in mining drama Gold.

The Jurassic World star has signed up as the female lead (via Comingsoon.net) in the film directed by Syriana's Stephen Gaghan, replacing a previously cast Michelle Williams.

Principal photography is already halfway through with Édgar Ramírez, Corey Stoll, Toby Kebbell, Bruce Greenwood and Stacy Keach co-starring.

McConaughey stars as gold prospector Kenny Wells who heads to Indonesia with geologist Michael Acosta (Ramírez) in a last-ditch attempt to strike rich.

Howard will appear as Wells' girlfriend Kay, who whilst supporting her partner, struggles with the effect prospecting has on their relationship.

Filming has already been completed in Thailand and is ongoing currently in New Mexico.

Cameras will wrap in New York in early October. »

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Jurassic World's Bryce Dallas Howard to join Matthew McConaughey in Gold

28 August 2015 7:09 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

It's time for Bryce Dallas Howard to head back into the jungle, only this time, instead of dinosaurs, she'll be after gold. The Jurassic World actress has joined the cast of Stephen Gaghan's (Syriana, Traffic) upcoming mining drama, Gold. Bryce Dallas Howard will be playing Kay, the longtime girlfriend of Matthew McConaughey's character, whose capacity and... Read More »

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Bryce Dallas Howard Joins Matthew McConaughey’s ‘Gold’

28 August 2015 12:41 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bryce Dallas Howard has joined the cast of Matthew McConaughey’s mining drama “Gold,” currently shooting in New Mexico.

She will portray the longtime girlfriend of McConaughey’s character, with her loyalty tested as the hunt for gold pushes their relationship to its breaking point. Edgar Ramirez, Corey Stoll, Toby Kebbell, Bruce Greenwood and Stacy Keach are also starring.

McConaughey plays a luckless modern-day prospector who teams up with an equally luckless geologist (Ramirez) to find gold deep in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia.

Stephen Gaghan (“Syriana”) is directing. Producers are Teddy Schwarzman (“The Imitation Game”) for Black Bear Pictures and Michael Nozik (“Syriana”) for HWY61.

Patrick Massett and John Zinman wrote the script and are serving as producers along with McConaughey. Executive producers are Paul Haggis, Ben Stillman and Richard Middleton.

Howard stars alongside Chris Pratt in “Jurassic World” and will next be seen in Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” opposite Robert Redford. »

- Dave McNary

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Alexander Siddig says Channel 5's Tut is way bigger than Game of Thrones

30 July 2015 7:46 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

It's hard to imagine a television event more epic than Game of Thrones - but Channel 5's new mini-series Tut pulls it off, according to star Alexander Siddig.

Siddig is Doran Martell on HBO's fantasy epic - while Tut has him cast as the "unambiguously wicked" high priest Amun.

"I've done Game of Thrones - and this is way bigger in scope than that," he told Digital Spy.

"Game of Thrones is huge - but in terms of dollars [on screen] per hour, this is right up there with the biggest thing I've ever done. It was a totally exhilarating experience."

Tut - from Us cabler Spike - tells the story of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun's rise to power and also stars Sir Ben Kingsley as Vizier Ay, Prime Minister of the Egyptian Empire.

"I absolutely loved the whole idea of the show - partly because I didn't think Tutankhamun's story had ever »

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Watch the first trailer for Thomas McCarthy’s latest feature ‘Spotlight’

29 July 2015 11:58 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Tom McCarthy has become a familiar figure over the course of his career in several arenas, whether as a performer on Syriana and HBO’s The Wire, or as a writer for films such as Pixar’s Up and Million Dollar Arm. It is as a filmmaker, however, that McCarthy has gained the most prominence, receiving critical acclaim for his filmmaking debut The Station Agent, which was matched by the praise for his follow-ups The Visitor and Win Win. With his last film hitting theatres early this year, McCarthy immediately got back behind the camera for his next film, titled Spotlight. The film’s synopsis is as follows.

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

McCarthy once again takes on directing and writing duties for the film, »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Will 'Southpaw' be Oscar knockout for Jake Gyllenhaal?

27 July 2015 10:37 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

After reaping bids with the Golden Globes, SAG, BAFTA, the Bfca, and the Indie Spirit Awards, a Best Actor nod from the Oscars seemed like a sure thing for "Nightcrawler" star Jake Gyllenhaal. However, his creepy performance didn’t make the cut. Now Gyllenhaal’s back for round two with "Southpaw," a boxing drama that sees the actor bulking up and taking the punches in classic awards-bait fashion. -Break- The film opened this weekend to a $16 million box-office haul, and with an "A" Cinemascore rating from audiences, it’s sure to continue making money, thus helping his chances. Gyllenhaal’s only Oscar nomination to date was for Best Supporting Actor in "Brokeback Mountain" (2005); he lost to George Clooney ("Syriana"). Since then, he’s been working his way towards a bid in the lead category, coming close yet not quite succeeding in films such as "Love and Other Dr..." »

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Disney incubating new Charles Darwin movie

24 June 2015 12:09 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Mouse House to make naturalist biopic, six years after box-office failure of Creation, starring Paul Bettany

In 2009, Paul Bettany starred as revolutionary naturalist Charles Darwin in Creation, which told of his struggles writing On the Origin of Species, and his grief following the death of his 10-year-old daughter, Annie. The film, based on a biography by Darwin’s great-great grandson, made just over half a million pounds worldwide.

Now, Walt Disney Studios is to attempt to reanimate the scientist in a new movie. Stephen Gaghan – whose previous script credits include Traffic and Syriana – is on board to direct from his own screenplay. He is currently about to direct Matthew McConaughey in a mining drama, Gold.

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- Catherine Shoard

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Disney is developing a Charles Darwin adventure film

23 June 2015 4:33 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Well, I can't say that I saw This coming! Walt Disney Pictures has just acquired an untitled pitch that writer Stephen Gaghan (Syriana, Traffic) will pen and direct. While details are scarce, Deadline reports that the movie is being molded into an adventure film featuring Charles Darwin. While the English naturalist and geologist is best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory, evidently he was a... Read More »

- Sean Wist

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Charles Darwin Is Getting An Adventure Movie Because Science Is Cool

23 June 2015 3:24 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Charles Darwin doesn.t seem like he would be the prime candidate to spotlight an adventure movie, but, then again, Abraham Lincoln didn.t seem like a vampire hunter. The scientist famous for developing the theory of evolution is said to be the face of a new movie that Disney is close to snagging that will send the famed scientist on a whirlwind trip. Deadline was first to report the news of the new Darwin adventure flick . a phrase I.d never thought I.d be writing . and details are extremely limited - including the title of the project. However, we do know that Stephen Gaghan, the mind behind the screenplays for Traffic, Syriana, The Alamo and Rules of Engagement, penned the script that caught the eye of the Mouse House. As the trade notes, Darwin took a nod from Indiana Jones in exploring and answers questions about the world. »

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Charles Darwin Movie in the Works at Disney

23 June 2015 11:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney has launched development on a Charles Darwin movie with Stephen Gaghan on board to direct from his own screenplay.

The studio acquired an untitled pitch from Gaghan, whose credits include writing the Oscar-winning “Traffic” and directing “Syriana” from his own script. Gaghan is in pre-production to direct Black Bear Pictures’ mining drama “Gold,” starring Matthew McConaughey.

Darwin, the English naturalist and geologist, established that all species of life have descended from common ancestors in his 1859 book “On the Origin of Species.”

Jeremy Thomas produced a Darwin movie, 2009’s “Creation,” starring real-life spouses Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany. That film, directed by Jon Amiel, focused on Darwin and his family as he struggled to finish “On the Origin of Species.”

The screenplay was written by John Collee based on the biography “Annie’s Box,” written by Randal Keynes, Darwin’s great-great grandson. “Creation” grossed less than $1 million worldwide.

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Stephen Gaghan To Direct Charles Darwin Adventure

23 June 2015 10:15 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

While Disney is keeping the Pirates franchise afloat (the fifth film will sail into our cinemas in 2017), it appears the studio is looking in some unexpected places for adventure. Syriana writer/director Stephen Gaghan is now attached to a pitch about Charles Darwin. According to Deadline, the Mouse House wants to make a thrilling adventure film from Darwin’s travels, likely focusing on his five-year voyage of discovery aboard the Hms Beagle in 1831. It was mostly intended for scientific investigation, with Darwin pursuing his interest in natural history and making finds that would later fuel his theories in evolution, making him one of the most famous people in history.But there were a few encounters with natives and others along the way, and the crew experienced an earthquake in Chile, which could provide a little drama. Plus there’s always a chance for that old “based on” phrase to come into play, »

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Here's all the awesome stuff leaving Netflix in June

26 May 2015 5:24 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"The Silence of the Lambs" This is definitely my favorite Best Picture-winning horror movie featuring Chris Isaak in a supporting role. Let's just think about the glamor of 1991 for a minute: "Point Break" occurred. Kate Nelligan was in whatever movie she wanted. CeCe Peniston was a reigning pop star, which is important because her last name has "penis" in it. And "Silence of the Lambs" was an ominous and unconventional movie that everyone agreed was fantastic. Anthony Hopkins is in "Silence of the Lambs" for less than 20 minutes but his performance lingers far after the credits roll. Jodie Foster is charismatic and august as Clarice Starling, who is no mood for fava beans by the time the movie is over. "Rain Man" I keep pretending I'm incapable of enjoying Tom Cruise in movies anymore, yet "Rain Man" is about as timeless and likable as a 1988 drama is allowed to be. »

- Louis Virtel

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Michelle Williams joins Gold opposite Matthew McConaughey

16 May 2015 12:58 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain) is reportedly in talks to join drama Gold opposite Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar) and Edgar Ramirez (Deliver Us From Evil), reports Variety.

Williams, last seen in this year’s Suite Francaise, would join the cast as McConaughey’s wife in the film which is to be directed by Stephen Gaghan (Syriana). Inspired by true events, Gold is based around a mining scandal from 1993 with Bre-x minerals. The film is to shoot in New York, Thailand and Mexico around June time.

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Michelle Williams Digs For 'Gold' With Matthew McConaughey

15 May 2015 11:24 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

I gotta be honest, the words "mining drama" don't exactly inspire a whole lot of excitement in me. That said, this cast does, so I guess I'll just have to put on my construction helmet and see where "Gold" goes. Michelle Williams has joined Matthew McConaughey in the upcoming movie. A project once eyed by Michael Mann and Spike LeeStephen Gaghan ("Syriana") is now helming the "Treasure Of The Sierra Madre"-esque tale about the 1993 Bre-x Mineral Corporation scandal, penned by Patrick Massett and John Zinman ("Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," "Friday Night Lights"). Production begins in June, and this marks Williams' third movie in a row this year. She has already wrapped Kelly Reichardt's new, untitled movie and Kenneth Lonergan's "Machester-By-The-Sea." So a lot of things to look forward to in 2016 for fans of Williams. [Variety]  »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Michelle Williams To Mine For Gold With Matthew McConaughey

15 May 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Outside of her supporting role in blockbuster Oz the Great and Powerful, Michelle Williams has been keeping a relatively low profile since her Oscar-nominated turn in My Week with Marilyn. Now, though, with anticipated drama Manchester by the Sea in the can, the actress is lining up another highly promising project in mining drama Gold.

Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez are already attached to star in the “inspired by true events” pic, which dramatizes and takes some liberties with the story of the 1993 Bre-x Minerals mining scandal. Williams will be taking on the role of McConaughey’s wife.

Some may remember the high-profile incident, in which one part of the company fraudulently reported that it had unearthed a massive gold deposit at its Indonesian site. Stock prices soared, until gold samples were found to be a fraud, at which point Bre-x collapsed and its shares became utterly worthless.

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Josh Radnor & Mary Elizabeth Winstead to Star in Ridley Scott’s PBS Drama Series

29 April 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

How I Met Your Mother” alum Josh Radnor and “The Returned’s” Mary Elizabeth Winstead will star in PBS’s civil war drama “Mercy Street” from exec producers Ridley ScottDavid W. Zucker, David Zabel and Lisa Q. Wolfinger, the network announced Wednesday.

Directors Roxann Dawson and Jeremy Webb have also been added to the six-part series, which marks the first American drama to air on PBS in over a decade.

Mercy Street” follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposing sides of the Civil War — New England abolitionist Mary Phinney (Winstead) and Confederate supporter Emma Green (played by newcomer Hannah James) — when the Green family’s luxury hotel in Alexandria, Virginia, has been transformed into Mansion House, a Union Army hospital tending to those wounded by the war. The series is inspired by memoirs and letters from real doctors and nurse volunteers at Mansion House Hospital.

Radnor will play Jedediah Foster, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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George Clooney Acquires “Three Minutes to Doomsday.”

12 April 2015 5:16 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Abrams Artists Agency is pleased to announce that George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures has acquired the film rights for Joe Navarro’s Three Minutes to Doomsday. The North American rights for the book were recently acquired by Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster. As the FBI’s leading body language expert, Joe Navarro was sent to track down Rod Ramsey to report on his knowledge or association with Clyde Lee Conrad. It all started with a trembling cigarette: when Navarro asked Ramsay about Conrad, his cigarette shook. Navarro’s expertise enabled him to decipher the meaning behind Ramsay’s tic. Noticing this miniscule movement led him to a series of interviews in an increasingly complex relationship that would uncover one escalating revelation after another, until he eventually uncovered the most dangerous security breach in Us history. Along the way Navarro had to develop Ramsay’s trust, engage »

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George Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures Acquires Film Rights to ‘Three Minutes to Doomsday’

12 April 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures has picked up the film rights to Joe Navarro’s “Three Minutes to Doomsday.”

The book follows the FBI’s leading body language expert, Navarro, who was sent to track down Rod Ramsey to report on his knowledge or association with Clyde Lee Conrad, an U.S. Army officer who sold top-secret classified information to the People’s Republic of Hungary. It documents Navarro and Ramsey’s relationship and interviews against the backdrop of the Cold War.

Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, recently acquired North American rights for the book.

Howards Means, who collaborated with Robert Baer on “See No Evil” and “Sleeping With the Devil,” assisted Navarro in his writing. “Syriana,” for which Clooney won an Oscar, was based on Baer’s books.

Smokehouse most recently produced “August: Osage County,” starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, the Clooney-directed “Monuments Men »

- Alex Stedman

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Alex Garland of 'Ex Machina' follows others who took a writing-to-directing leap

11 April 2015 | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Alex Garland, screenwriter of “28 Days Later,” “Sunshine” and “Never Let Me Go,” makes an impressive directorial debut with cerebral sci-fi thriller “Ex Machina” (in theaters today), but Garland waves off the achievement of leaping to directing as “just next in a continuum.” “The truth was that there was no epiphany moment about directing, because I just don’t dignify the directing role the way we’re supposed to,” the British filmmaker told The Dissolve. “There are a few people — like Woody Allen, he’s an auteur, and I’m cool with that. But for me, directing is about collaboration.” Whether directing is a logical next step or a hard-sought achievement for screenwriters, it’s often done by telling studios, “Hey, here’s my next screenplay. You can have it as long as I get to direct.” Preston Sturges — at the time the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood — is noted for »

- Emily Rome

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Jeff Skoll Aims to Fix Participant’s ‘Broken’ Parts

31 March 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jeff Skoll had been working frenetically with epidemiologists, NGOs and diplomats for weeks last fall. The experts were racing to contain the wildfire spread of Ebola, only to have their benefactor, the California billionaire and media mogul, suddenly suffer his own collapse. An intestinal wrecking ball sent Skoll reeling. His fever spiked to 105, knocking him flat on his back. “I just had to close my eyes for eight days,” he recalls, “and hang on.”

Skoll, already slight in build, lost 10 pounds to what doctors diagnosed as yellow fever, perhaps contracted from Ebola caregivers. For the introspective Canadian, facing his own mortality on the brink of his 50th birthday, the medical crisis seemed to be a sign: The time had come to reassess his 10-year-old entertainment company, Participant Media, to ensure its sustainability for the long haul.

“This was part of my wake-up call,” Skoll says of his debilitating illness. “At Participant, »

- James Rainey

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