11 items from 2015
Oscar winner Ben Kingsley and Josh Hutcherson of “The Hunger Games” are set to star in the political thriller “Backstabbing for Beginners” for Parts & Labor, Creative Alliance and Scythia Films, it was announced Monday. Per Fly (“The Inheritance”) will direct from a script he co-wrote with Daniel Pyne (“The Manchurian Candidate”). Inspired by Michael Soussan’s critically acclaimed memoir, “Backstabbing for Beginners: My Crash Course in International Diplomacy,” the film tells the story of Michael (Hutcherson), a young idealist who lands his dream job as a program coordinator for the U.N.’s Oil for Food program. He is thrown into an already fraught. »
- Jeff Sneider
Danish director Per Fly is helming the film which starts shooting in January.
Hutcherson will play an idealist who lands his dream job as a program coordinator for the U.N.’s Oil for Food program, who’s thrown into an already fraught post-war Iraq where government agents and power-hungry nations are circling the country’s oil reserves. Kingsley will portray his boss, a seasoned diplomat who is the one person that Hutcherson’s character can trust — only to discover that there may be a conspiracy at the highest level.
Fly, who directed “Monica Z” starring Edda Magnason, co-wrote “Backstabbing” with Daniel Pyne (“The Manchurian Candidate”), inspired by Michael Soussan’s memoir, “Backstabbing for Beginners: My Crash Course in International Diplomacy.”
- Dave McNary
Justin Timberlake is heading to the big screen with a concert film focusing on his 20/20 Experience World Tour.
Demme filmed Timberlake's show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas – his final tour on the 134-date tour - for the movie on January 2.
Speaking to EW, Demme said: "It's very emotional, very exciting. It's a space age music film!"
He added: "There's tremendous dancing in this piece.
"[Timberlake has] got an extraordinary band called the Tennessee Kids. Huge horn section, two lead guitars, two drummers, eight dancers, four exquisite background singers. And we caught them on their last performance."
Director Jonathan Demme, who this year released "Ricki and the Flash" starring Meryl Streep as a rocker mom who lets down her kids, will receive the Persol Tribute to Visionary Talent Award at the 72nd Venice Film Festival (September 2 through 12). The awards ceremony to confer the Persol Tribute to Visionary Talent Award 2015 to Jonathan Demme, who is the President of the Orizzonti Jury, will be held on Thursday September 3rd at 3:00pm. Demme's long and storied career goes all the way back to the 1970s, through "Crazed Mama," "Melvin and Howard" and more, and into 1980s comedy "Something Wild," 1991 Best Picture winner "The Silence of the Lambs," "Philadelphia," remakes "The Truth About Charlie" and "The Manchurian Candidate" and his more idiosyncratic late-career efforts, including "Rachel Getting Married," "A Master Builder" and now "Ricki and the Flash." His films have »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Pablo Schreiber's soon-to-be ex-wife will be enjoying the fruits of his "Orange Is The New Black" labors for years to come, because their divorce settlement includes a chunk of his residuals. Pablo, who plays George "Pornstache" Mendez on 'Oitnb' ... just finalized his divorce from Jessica Monty -- and let's just say the timing of their marriage worked out perfectly for her. Pablo's career took off after they tied the knot, and according »
- TMZ Staff
It’s familiar fodder for a comedy/drama. Y’know the story of a parent leaving the family unit in order to follow a dream. Then years later, having to return for an uncomfortable, often strained reunion that usually concludes with a big, new extended-family group hug. After a failed attempt (but sometimes successful) at acquiring fame and fortune the prodigal poppa realizes that everything he really desired was right in his back yard. We recently saw this occur in Danny Collins. But this new flick does a switcheroo with that formula. This time mom flew the coop in pursuit of her passions and dreams. Meryl Streep reteams with Jonathan Demme (they remade The Manchurian Candidate a few years ago) to tell Oscar-winning scribe Diablo Cody’s tale of, not speedster superheroes, family and rock n’ roll. Grab a brew and settle in for a solid set from Ricki And The Flash. »
- Jim Batts
U.S. director Jonathan Demme and Italian auter Saverio Costanzo have been recruited for jury duty at the Venice International Film Festival, respectively as toppers of the jury for the Orizzonti section and for the Luigi di Laurentiis Venice Award for a Debut Film – Lion of the Future.
As previously announced, president of this year’s Venice competition jury is Alfonso Cuaron.
Demme is a Lido aficionado, having attended Venice with some of this standout films, including “Melvin and Howard) (1980); “The Manchurian Candidate” (2004); “Man from Plains,” “Rachel Getting Married”; and “I’m Caroline Parker: the Good, the Bad and the Beautiful” (2011).
Saverio Costanzo was last in Venice last year with “Hungry Hearts,” his fourth feature-length film, which was in competition and won Coppa Volpi acting awards for co-protags Alba Rohrwacher and Adam Driver.
The 72nd edition of Venice will be held on the Lido from September 2-12.
- Nick Vivarelli
It’s often only following an IMDb visit that you identify a Jonathan Demme film, so dramatic are his shapeshifting abilities in genre, from documentary to crime comedy to political caper. Unlike Steven Soderbergh’s signature aesthetic touches to his output, Demme fashions a deep dive into characters and their complex dynamics instead. Since his schooling under Roger Corman and his first film “Caged Heat” in 1974, the director has helmed a string of classics --“Something Wild,” “Silence of the Lambs,” “Married To The Mob”–as well as remakes (“The Manchurian Candidate”), documentaries, and concert films (“Stop Making Sense”). Read More: Watch: 27-Minute Talk Between Paul Thomas Anderson And Jonathan Demme Those career peaks kept to the edges of Demme’s talk with fest curator Elvis Mitchell last week at this year’s La Film Festival, though. Rather, the occasion–titled “Jonathan Demme: American Iconoclast”--touched on Demme’s »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Once upon a time there was a movie called Meg set up over at Disney. Based on the New York Times bestseller "Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror", the adaptation was to be about two men who band together to neutralize an ancient shark -- the Megalodon, Meg for short -- that is threatening the California coast. But after the financial failure of Deep Blue Sea in the summer of 1999, Disney gave up on the project and Meg entered development hell. amz asin="1599551691" size="small"New Line Cinema purchased the rights to the film in 2005 (and even had Speed director Jan de Bont attached at one point) and today it appears Meg is back on track at Warner Bros., perhaps because of the success of Jurassic World (which features a massive prehistoric underwater monster) or perhaps because according to Variety someone found a way to set the film on the »
- Jordan Benesh
First published back in 1997 and with a film adaptation stuck in development hell pretty much ever since, it has been frankly years since there's been any movement on the film adaptation of Steve Alten's 1997 giant prehistoric shark novel "Meg".
Yesterday, The Tracking Board reported that the project is now at Warner Bros. Pictures and is reportedly moving forward there as a "priority development".
The story follows two men from opposite points of view that are forced to band together in order to neutralize the terror that’s threatening the California coast - the Carcharodon megalodon, a giant prehistoric shark that could literally eat a Tyrannosaurus Rex in seconds.
- Garth Franklin
With the 2015 Oscars coming up this weekend, we go back ten years to see if the 2005 awards still hold up today...
It was during an interview with Mark Kermode that I asked him how long someone really needs to gestate on a film, and come up with a proper review. "About ten years", he said. I get his point. Each awards season, it's about, at best, what feels like the best film right then. Not the one that settles over a period of time, or shows you new things each time you watch it. But the one that you watched once, and affected you once. It's the only way, anyway, I can think of why A Beautiful Mind won a Best Picture Oscar.
This weekend, then, is the Academy Awards once more. And I thought it'd be worth rewinding ten years, to see whether the Academy's choices on February 27th »
11 items from 2015
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