12 items from 2015
Written by Danny Cannon
Directed by Tj Scott
Airs Mondays at 8pm (Et) on Fox
Gotham enters a new arc as Theo Galavan begins to implement phase two of his plan to seize control of the City. The first part of his plan was to bestow chaos by unleashing the Maniax and his next move involves making himself appear as a hero to win the hearts and minds of the citizens. The extent of this plan was accomplished with the surprising twist in last week’s “The Last Laugh”, which also disposed of one of the show’s most interesting villains. This turn has reaped rewards for Galavan, as well as created a new shift in the direction of the season.
Galavan’s staged heroism has won him a candidacy for the Mayor’s office which will give passage for the next phase of his evil plan. »
- Jean Pierre Diez
Fanning is attached to star in the film about a girl who is inspired to live from a boy who intends to die. Niven, who founded the online teen literary magazine Germ, will adapt the screenplay.
Demarest Media will finance and produce All The Bright Places alongside Mazur/Kaplan, who brought the package to them.
Leif Lillehaugen will shepherd the project for Demarest and Ally Israelson for Mazur/Kaplan. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Bill Pullman has signed on to play Senator Ralph Yarborough in Rob Reiner's "Lbj" alongside Woody Harrelson and Richard Jenkins. The film deals with Vice President Johnson (Harrelson) and his ascent to the presidency and passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act.
Yarborough was a famed progressive Democrat from Texas who was often at odds with the President despite their common roots. The pair were in the car together in Dallas when JFK was killed. Filming is set to begin in September on location in New Orleans, Dallas and Washington, D.C. [Source: Deadline]
Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz, a.k.a. The Vicious Brothers ("Grave Encounters," "Extraterrestrial"), will direct the horror-thriller "Temple" from a script by Simon Barrett ("The Guest," "You're Next"). Shooting takes place next year.
A book of ghost stories surrounding various real temples in Japan will also be released as a tie-in. The book will »
- Garth Franklin
While his CV is diverse, ranging from episodes of "Enlightened," "The Office," and "American Horror Story" to features like "Cedar Rapids," Miguel Arteta has shown he has a voice for tales of young people. He's helmed the pilot episode of "Freaks & Geeks," guided double Michael Ceras through "Youth In Revolt," and last year experienced "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day." Now Variety reports he's going to take Elle Fanning to "All The Bright Places." Based on the Ya novel by Jennifer Niven, who will also write the script, the story follows the bond formed between the wide-eyed Violet and the suicidal Theodore, in what sounds like a story where you'll need to keep the Kleenex handy. Here's the book synopsis: Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Niven, founder of online literary teen magazine Germ, will write the script. Demarest Media will finance and produce the picture alongside Mazur/Kaplan, who brought the package to them.
The novel centers on a girl who learns to live from a boy, who intends to die. Random House Children’s Books/Knopf Books for Young Readers published the novel earlier this year, and it’s currently No. 5 on the New York Times bestseller list. It has sold internationally in 35 territories.
- Dave McNary
Alternating between indie-circuit hits (Young Ones) and blockbuster hits (Maleficent), Elle Fanning has worked steadily to emerge out of older sister Dakota’s Hollywood shadow, and she’ll be aiming squarely for the hearts and minds of the Ya crowd in upcoming project All the Bright Places. This morning, producers have announced that Fanning will team with Youth in Revolt director Miguel Arteta for the pic, an adaptation of Jennifer Niven’s novel.
Fanning has been attached to the lead role of Violet since last year. Niven herself is penning the script for the adaptation, which is a priority for financiers Demarest Media and Mazur/Kaplan.
“Violet and Finch’s achingly heartfelt and authentic story is the most convincing portrayal of teenage life I have ever come across. It’s such a privilege to bring it to the screen with the help of its engaging author and the »
- Isaac Feldberg
A dark, loud, found footage horror film set in a Barcelona apartment block at night. No, not that one – with not a fireman in sight, on a lads’ holiday following a bad breakup, two awful young Americans hook up with girls in a bar and retire to a creepy old apartment block for sex. It’s all fun and games until someone ends up bleeding from the balls.
A film which starts out with one of its characters vomiting into a toilet for a good five minutes, Hooked Up is resolutely hard to like. Its two leads are a terrible pair, one being a borderline rapist, the other a violent creep who struggles to hold his booze and makes far too many hand gestures when he gets stressed. Tonio acts like Jay from The Inbetweeners »
- Joel Harley
Youth in Revolt: Betzer’s Inexplicable Road Movie an Assortment of Prominent Instances
Director Andrew T. Betzer manages to concoct an impressively pronounced feature debut with the eerily titled Young Bodies Heal Quickly. Basically a meandering road movie about two brothers on the lam, their journey churns from magnetic portrayal of familial discord into disjointed episodes of increasingly surreal occurrences. Though Betzer’s refusal to adhere to any kind of cohesive narrative for his youthful protagonists eventually dampens the effectiveness of the film as it stumbles into its ambiguous finale, the film manages to be intriguing and unpredictable as a balancing act that is sometimes funny, observational, and even foreboding.
If their bodies heal quickly, we’re never certain of their psychological states, though both Older (Gabriel Croft) and Younger (Hale Lytle) may as well represent developmental, identity-less stages or echoes of inevitability (the figure known as Dad could »
- Nicholas Bell
Right, here’s an interesting one - Adhir Kalyan, an expert in awkward/nervy comedy, is joining Fox’s Frankenstein TV series. Not to be confused with ITV’s The Frankenstein Chronicles (which also revealed some casting recently), or either of the two Frankenstein movies in production, this American telly version is a rather radical reimagining.
Fox’s Frankenstein will see Rand Ravich’s script borrow the basic elements of Mary Shelley’s iconic horror yarn and spin them in to something quite different. For starters, the protagonist is a ‘morally corrupt retired cop’ called Ray Pritchard, who is ‘given a second chance at life when he is brought back from the dead.’
Stuart Ford’s sales and finance powerhouse Im Global has closed a slew of deals on the Andrew Garfield-starring and Mel Gibson-directed Hacksaw Ridge, confirming its pre-market status as one of the hottest titles at this year’s Efm.
Universum has bought the project from Germany, Andrea Leone for Italy, Dea Planeta for Spain, Mis Label for Scandinavia, Pancinema for Korea, Sun Distribution for Latin America, Entertainment in Motion for Airlines, M-net for South Africa, Cinema 21 for Indonesia, Impuls for Switzerland, Freeman Entertainment for Poland, Spentzos for Greece, Pinema for Turkey, Applause for Taiwan, Aqs for Czech/Slovak, Bravos for Hong Kong, Freeman Entertainment for selected East European territories, Apsara for Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Asia pay TV, United King for Israel.
The epic film tells the true story of Desmond T Doss, the first conscientious objector in U.S. history to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. »
- Ali Jaafar
Stuart Ford’s Im Global will handle sales on Mel Gibson’s directorial effort Hacksaw Ridge. Deadline first broke news of Gibson’s return behind the camera in November. As Deadline also first reported, Andrew Garfield will take on the lead role in the true story of Desmond T Doss, the first conscientious objector in U.S. history to win the Congressional Medal of Honor.
The project is being led by producer Bill Mechanic (Coraline) through his Pandemonium banner, with David Permut (Face Off), Terry Benedict (The Death Of Reasonable Doubt), Steve Longi (Youth In Revolt) and Gregory Crosby on board as producers.
- Ali Jaafar
The things we do for fashion!
"After the Ball" is a modern-day fairy tale set in the world of fashion, starring Portia Doubleday ("Youth in Revolt," "Her") Marc-André Grondin ("Goon"), Chris Noth ("Sex and the City"), Lauren Holly ("Dumb & Dumber), Mimi Kuzyk, and Carlo Rota. The light-hearted movie is directed by Sean Garrity ("My Awkward Sexual Adventure").
"After the Ball," which features elements of "Cinderella" and "Twelfth Night," takes place in the contemporary fashion industry. Kate's (Doubleday) dream is to design for couturier houses. Although she's a bright new talent, she can't get a job. No one trusts the daughter of Lee Kassell (Noth), a retail guru who markets clothes "inspired" by the very designers Kate wants to work for. Who wants a spy among the sequins and stilettos?
Reluctantly, Kate joins the family business where she must navigate around her duplicitous stepmother (Holly) and two "wicked" stepsisters. With the »
- Chris Jancelewicz
12 items from 2015
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