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How to Get Away With Murder star Viola Davis will play famous abolitionist and former slave Harriet Tubman in an upcoming HBO movie.
The project will be based on Kate Clifford Larson’s Tubman biography Bound for the Promised Land, our sister site Deadline reports, and will detail how Tubman helped hundreds of slaves travel to freedom in the North.
Tubman later fought for the Union in the American Civil War.
The life of Harriet Tubman has been screaming for the big screen treatment for ages. Outside of — what, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?" — there's never been a feature film treatment of the famed abolitionist. Well, thanks to HBO and Amblin, that's all about to change. And Viola Davis is going to knock this out of the park. The Oscar-nominated star of "Doubt" and "The Help" will star in the TV film, based on the Kate Clifford Larson biography "Bound for the Promised Land. Writer Kirk Ellis ("John Adams," also at HBO) will pen the script and Doug Ellin ("Entourage") will produce. Two other projects about the Underground Railroad have also been in the works: Wgn's miniseries "Undeground" (produced by Akiva Goldsman) and NBC's "Freedom Run" miniseries (produced by Stevie Wonder). So obviously something is in the water. I take from all of this a fantastic role for Davis, who has popped »
- Kristopher Tapley
Viola Davis is attached to star in an HBO telepic about the life of Harriet Tubman, the activist who helped devise a system that allowed hundreds of slaves to escape to freedom via the Underground Railroad.
Davis is developing the project with Amblin TV and writer Kirk Ellis, who has penned historical projects for HBO including its “John Adams” miniseries, and “Entourage” exec producer Doug Ellin. The untitled movie is based on the book “Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero” by Kate Clifford Larson.
The movie is in the early development stage and has not been given the go-ahead for production. But it’s eyed for filming during Davis’ hiatus next year from her hit ABC drama “How to Get Away With Murder. »
- Cynthia Littleton
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Almost a year ago, when the Entourage movie was filming at Warner Bros. in Burbank, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters. During a break in filming a car sequence that had the guys driving around the backlot, we got the chance to speak with Adrian Grenier. He talked about what the film’s about, how making the movie compares with the show, his thoughts on the rating, the cameos, and a lot more. [caption id="attachment_387661" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Warner Bros.[/caption] How does it feel to be surrounded by reporters? Adrian Grenier: It’s a little intimidating. I can explain. No comment (laughs). What’s the movie that Vince is screening? Grenier: A Jekyll & Hyde movie that Vince is directing. Quite an expensive and daunting undertaking but I think he’s up to the task, but I’m biased. Is he starring in it to or is he just directing? »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Last week we had the opportunity to talk to a lot of folks behind some of 2015's biggest upcoming films at Cinemacon in Las Vegas. Now, we're rolling out another wave of interviews with cast and crew from some of WB's slate, including Magic Mike Xxl's Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, and Adam Rodriguez, Vacation's Ed Helms and Christina Applegate, Entourage's Adrian Grenier and Kevin Dillon, Black Mass director Scott Cooper, and Hot Pursuit »
- Paul Shirey
The broadcaster will bring the audience up to speed on what has happened to the gang since we last saw them when the show wrapped in 2011.
The film will pick up seven or eight months on from the end of the TV series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Morgan will be seen reporting on a piece about Vinny Chase (Adrien Grenier) and his career - filling in the blanks for viewers who may not have seen the TV show.
Kevin Connolly, who plays Eric Murphy, said: "I'd met Piers Morgan a few times and he always told me that he was a big fan of the show. I asked him a few questions to see if he was bulls**tting me or not... He's seen every episode."
Entourage is set for »
By the look of the Entourage trailers, the big-screen version of the HBO hit will be a welcome continuation of the fun-loving series, but just where will we pick up with Vince, Eric, Drama, and Turtle? I went on a set visit last year with a group of reporters to observe a day of Entourage's shooting and sit down with principal actors Adrian Grenier, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Connolly, and Kevin Dillon, along with writer and director Doug Ellin (who also created the TV show). Each star gave us a few details about where their characters start the movie, which picks up about "seven or eight months" after the events in the TV series finale, according to Ellin. As for where they end up at the end of the movie, well, you have to wait until June 5. Vince Vince's career is still hot, and like a lot of actors, now he wants to direct. »
Tom Savini’s Nightmare City remake has met its indiegogo goal, but you can still support it during its final campaign days to help provide the Umberto Lenzi-presented project with more resources. Also featured in our latest round-up is an excerpt from Scott Shoyer's zombie novel, Outbreak: The Hunger, as well as details on how you can watch the first episode of Fox's Wayward Pines ahead of its May 14th debut.
Tom Savini’s Nightmare City Remake: Tom Savini, the Godfather of Gore, is fittingly set to direct and supervise the special effects on the Monsta Worx remake of Umberto Lenzi's zombie movie, Nightmare City. Lenzi himself is associate producing and presenting the project, with shooting slated to begin late this year in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. In addition to his duties behind the camera, Savini is also attached to play a role in the film, along with »
- Derek Anderson
A bit of a non-story this, but interesting all of the same. A massive billboard for Rush Hour 4 – Face/Off 2, featuring Sean Combs (Diddy) and Byung-Hun Lee has been spotted on a rooftop in Los Angeles. A bit random as there has obviously been no announcement of any such movie, but it looks like it could be a fake poster for a movie shooting in there area.
Judging by comments left over at Reddit, the general consensus seems to be that the billboard may be a left-behind from the recent Entourage movie shoot, which is due this summer. Diddy featured in the original TV series on HBO, and will potentially have a prescence in the new movie which releases this summer.
Another theory is that this is 100% legit.
Anyhoo, take a look, and tell us what you think.
Source: Imgur »
- Paul Heath
One of the most remarkable accomplishments I've ever seen, in all of my time visiting film sets, was the completely-to-scale Warner Bros. backlot that was built for "Entourage: The Movie." Wait… I'm looking at my notes… I'm wrong. That was the actual Warner Bros. backlot, and it was an afternoon last year when a group of journalists were invited to do a set visit in perhaps the least exciting location possible. I know that for many people, it is a thrill to step onto a studio backlot, and that thrill is part of what "Entourage" has always traded on when peddling its fantasy version of the Hollywood life to audiences. But in this case, we ended up standing for a few hours in what may be the least interesting spot on a lot, between two soundstages. When I was invited to attend the "set" of the film, I immediately »
- Drew McWeeny
The boys are back! Well, they’re almost back. Shooting on the Entourage movie has wrapped and we’re in the final stretches of its promotional campaign right now, as the film is getting ready to hit theatres on June 3rd. Anticipation is certainly high and the show’s legion of fans are waiting with baited breath to see what their favorite characters have been up to in the time since their departure from television.
The road to getting a feature-length film made has been a long and challenging one, but in just over a month we’ll finally be able to see Vince and the gang on the big screen, and as a huge fan of the original HBO series, I could not be more excited.
Last Spring, We Got This Covered had the chance to visit the set of the Entourage movie along with a few other outlets. »
- Matt Joseph
The gang is back in the "Entourage" movie, which picks up about seven months after the series finale and finds everyone living a whole lot larger with Ari (Jeremy Piven) running a studio and Vince (Adrian Grenier) directing his first movie. That's Hollywood.
Last year, we were invited to "Turtle's Malibu beach house" set, where we chatted with stars Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, and director Doug Ellin. Here's the vital info we learned about the big-screen baller reunion, which hits theaters June 3rd.
1. Vince is now a director.
The movie is called "Hyde," a modern-day version of "Jekyll and Hyde," where Dr. Hyde is a Tony Stark-style genius chemist "with a dark side," according to production designer Chase Harlan. E is producing, Vince is directing, and Drama's got a small role. "The guys have a lot riding on this new movie, and because it's Ari's first movie at the studio, »
- Sharon Knolle
Nearly four years after the TV show ended its eight-season run, the "Entourage" movie is finally coming to the big screen. So how did the cast get back into the swing of things? "We started with this walk and talk, which we did a lot on the show," Kevin Dillon (a.k.a. Johnny "Drama" Chase) told us while promoting the film at CinemaCon. "Where you just leave the camera running and you're dong a three page scene without cutting. So they started us off with something difficult, and that kinda helped us get into the flow of it. Good ol' 'Entourage' walk and talk." So who were their favorite celebrity cameos? "Ronda Rousey," Grenier immediately answered. "Liam Neeson was awesome," said Dillon. "[And] the Gronk! I love the Gronk!" Which is a football player, as it turns out. Watch the full interview above for more on the film's »
- Chris Eggertsen
While Paramount mostly focused on two films during their CinemaCon presentation (Terminator Genisys and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation), Warner Bros. took a different path by showcasing almost every one of their upcoming movies with the stars of each film introducing the footage to attendees. It was like a movie premiere that had every major star in Hollywood in attendance. Here’s some of the people that took the stage for the WB panel: Reese Witherspoon, Sofia Vergara, Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Doug Ellin, Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, director Scott Cooper, Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Teresa Palmer, Luke Bracey, and others that I am sure I’m forgetting. Shortly after the presentation ended I sat down with Peter from /film and recorded »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Las Vegas - Warner Bros. is still the grand old lady of Hollywood and the studio brought out a slew of stars for its annual CinemaCon presentation. They also, unlike some of their sister studios, pretty much went through their entire slate for 2015 and dipped a toe into 2016. What really got us percolating, however, were the first signs of a Johnny Depp comeback. Depp, who hasn't had a real hit since 2011's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," wasn't physically in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, but his appearance in an extended preview for Scott Cooper's "Black Mass" was revelatory. "Mass" is a biopic about the notorious Boston mafia boss Whitey Bulger who spent 16 years on the run from the FBI. The footage begins with Depp as Bulger at what appears to be a card game or dinner. He begins to joke around with John Morris (David Harbour). Within minutes, »
- Gregory Ellwood
The single life looks good on Malin Akerman! The actress was spotted soaking up the sun with her sister Jennifer Akerman and her celeb pals, including "Entourage" hottie Emmanuelle Chriqui and "The Best of Me" star Michelle Monaghan, on Sunday. Akerman's sis took to Instagram to share a few of the fun photos, which also showcased each of the ladies' insane bikini bods. "Monday recovery after yesterday's amazing day with these babes @echriqui @therealmalinakerman @realmonaghan @nicolpaone," Jennifer captioned the sexy shot. In a second photo posted to Malin's Instagram account, the actress added her adorable baby boy to the mix. "Who feels sorry for this birthday boy...?! #thuglife #sebbysunday #sebbyhasaposse #yourewelcomeson @realmonaghan @jjakerman @nicolpaone @echriqui," the "Rock of Ages" star captioned the cute candid. It definitely looks like the blonde beauty's son, Sebastian Zincone, doesn't mind being surrounded by some beautiful babes! The actress welcomed her little guy in April of 2013 with ex-husband Robert Zincone. »
- tooFab Staff
Sneak Peek set footage from the big screen adaptation of the 'Hollywood' comedy-drama, "Entourage", starring Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon and Jeremy Piven, opening June 5, 2015:
"...based on the HBO Comedy series, the new movie follows the boys (and their girls), back in business with super-agent-turned-studio head 'Ari Gold'.
"Some of their ambitions have changed, but the bond between them remains strong as they navigate the capricious and often cutthroat world of Hollywood..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Entourage" The Movie...
- Michael Stevens
Whether you like it or not, the summer movie season is right around the corner! Of course, blockbusters sprout up all throughout the year, with movies like The Divergent Series: Insurgent and Furious 7 setting the box office on fire even before the "official" summer movie season kicks off...But the four-month period between May and August is simply jam-packed with big-budget tentpoles, outlandish comedies and even a few memorable indie dramas. Before you start snatching up tickets to your favorite summer movies, we have a handy guide breaking down all of the major studio blockbusters, and even a few independent flicks that have the potential to break out into the mainstream. Here our the 35 movies you simply can't miss this summer!
1Avengers: Age of Ultron - May 1
Wonder Woman director Michelle MacLaren backed away from the highly-anticipated project, citing creative differences with Warner Bros. Just a few days later, Patty Jenkins came on board to replace her. Today we have new details from Variety about what those creative differences may have been. Multiple sources claim that the director's vision was "vastly different" from the studio's, since she wanted an "epic origin tale" in the same vein as Braveheart, while Warner Bros. wanted a more character-driven story with far less action.
The site's sources claim that that Warner Bros. executives became increasingly worried about her ability to deliver a "large-scale, action-packed production," since she has never directed a feature film before, although she has directed episodes of Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. With Patty Jenkins now on board, the studio is expected to stick with a more character-based story. Patty Jenkins made her feature »
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