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Among some of the noteworthy items on the 2006 Black List that received the least number of votes (or wasn't read by enough prod co. insiders) we find Martin McDonagh's In Bruges which received 7 votes and picking up a pair of votes we have: Lewis Colick's The Fighter which I imagine is the same project as the one that is receiving it's Oscar bid release next week --- it has gone through many rewrites and writers. We also have the first screenplay version for Life of Pi which was penned by Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Guillame Laurent, Peter Morgan's Frost/Nixon which I imagine not many folks had the chance to read and Ron Harwood's Diving Bell & The Butterfly. Here are picks 10 thru 6. 10. Himmelfarb (Votes: 11) Writers: Andrew Mogel & Jarrod Paul Status: In Development While rom com Himmelfarb is still being kept warm by Warner Bros, writing team Andrew Mogel & Jarrod »
Warner Bros. have just sent us the new UK poster for Matt Damon’s new movie, Hereafter which sees him back together with director, Clint Eastwood. They most recently worked together on Invictus which didnt do that well in the Us but I really enjoyed.
Hereafter also stars Cécile de France (“A Secret”) as Marie, and twins Frankie and George McLaren. The international cast also includes Jay Mohr (“Street Kings,” TV’s “Gary Unmarried”), Bryce Dallas Howard (“Eclipse,” “Spider-Man 3”), Marthe Keller, Thierry Neuvic and Derek Jacobi.
Synopsis: Oscar® winner Matt Damon (“Good Will Hunting,” “Invictus”) stars in “Hereafter,” directed by Academy Award® winner Clint Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Unforgiven”) from a screenplay by two time Oscar® nominee Peter Morgan (“Frost/Nixon,” “The Queen”).
- David Sztypuljak
Bruce Willis may star opposite Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and Paul Walker in a new heist movie called Set Up to be directed by Mike Gunther. Hannibal Films has been working to sell this project to foreign buyers at Afm.
Set Up would be the first film under the recently funded Cheetah Vision banner. Cheetah Vision is a partnership between Jackson and Randall Emmett and George Furla's Hedge Fund Film Partners. Fred Malmberg (Conan) will serve as executive producer of this film. The group has teamed for a 10 picture movie deal which will be released by Lionsgate in the Us.
The film is about a group of friends who find themselves in the middle of a diamond heist that turns deadly. I really like heist movies and the cast seems decent so this is a movie I am looking forward to.
Bruce Willis will most likely sign on for Set »
Anna Kendrick has played Bella Swan's bestie in the "Twilight" movies and George Clooney's high-strung co-worker and traveling companion in "Up in the Air." But as far as we know, she's never shot blue lasers out of her palm to collect the souls of various wicked dudes around L.A. That's exactly what she does in the "Supervideo" below, which features the LCD Soundsystem song "Pow Pow" and is directed by "Street Kings" helmer David Ayer. We don't know exactly why she's doing this, but it sure is fun to watch.
What do you think of the Anna Kendrick "Supervideo"? Tell us in the comments!
- Tom DiChiara
The cult of celebrity gets tackled in the latest visually arresting video supervideo for "Pow Pow" by LCD Soundsystem. Directed by David Ayer ("Harsh Times," "Street Kings"), the video stars Anna Kendrick ("Up In The Air") as a sort of shape-shifting celebrity surrounded by numerous bodyguards, trying to survive the limelight. Speaking to MTV about the video, Ayer explains the message of the clip saying, "No matter how big you are, how important you are in this temporal world of ours, there's somebody more important. You have to answer for your sins, and that's a little bit of what this… »
Chicago – This 20-image slideshow contains a selection of the official press images for the highly anticipated “Hereafter,” starring Matt Damon, Cecile De France, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Jay Mohr. The film was written by Peter Morgan and directed by Clint Eastwood. It was released on October 15th, 2010 in some markets, opens on October 20th, 2010 in Chicago, and expands nationwide on October 22nd, 2010.
Synopsis: “Oscar® winner Matt Damon (“Good Will Hunting,” “Invictus”) stars in “Hereafter,” directed by Academy Award® winner Clint Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Unforgiven”) from a screenplay by two time Oscar® nominee Peter Morgan (“Frost/Nixon,” “The Queen”).
“Hereafter” tells the story of three people who are haunted by mortality in different ways. Matt Damon stars as George, a blue-collar American who has a special connection to the afterlife. On the other side of the world, Marie (Cecile de France), a French journalist, has a near-death experience that shakes her reality. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
With Clint Eastwood’s latest Hereafter opening everywhere October 22 (it’s currently playing in limited release), we’ve been given some Hereafter movie related swag to giveaway to some of our readers. Hereafter stars Matt Damon, Cecile de France, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jay Mohr, and Frankie/George McLaren and it tells the story of three people who are haunted by mortality in different ways. Hit the jump for more info on the movie and what you can win:
If you’d like to get anything you see below, what you need to do is email email@example.com with your name and address and say Hereafter Giveaway in the headline. This giveaway will be open until October 31st at noon Pacific Time and is only open to residents of the United States. Also, only one entry per person.
Once the giveaway ends, I’ll read over all the entries and »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Warner Bros. Pictures has released a slew of new photos from Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter. Anyone can tell you I was a big, enthusiastic fan of Invictus. (Mostly due to the fact that my son plays Rugby.) THR’s Kurt Honeycutt wrote in his review of Hereafter from the Toronto International Film Festival, “Another strong and unexpected drama from Clint Eastwood.”
Oscar® winner Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting, Invictus) stars in Hereafter, directed by Academy Award® winner Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven) from a screenplay by two time Oscar® nominee Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen).
Hereafter tells the story of three people who are haunted by mortality in different ways. Matt Damon stars as George, a blue-collar American who has a special connection to the afterlife. On the other side of the world, Marie (Cecile de France), a French journalist, has a near-death experience that shakes her reality. »
- Michelle McCue
From the Press Release
Oscar® winner Matt Damon (“Good Will Hunting,” “Invictus”) stars in “Hereafter,” directed by Academy Award® winner Clint Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Unforgiven”) from a screenplay by two-time Oscar® nominee Peter Morgan (“Frost/Nixon,” “The Queen”).
“Hereafter” tells the story of three people who are haunted by mortality in different ways. Matt Damon stars as George, a blue-collar American who has a special connection to the afterlife. On the other side of the world, Marie (Cécile de France), a French journalist, has a near-death experience that shakes her reality. And when Marcus (Frankie/George McLaren), a London schoolboy, loses the person closest to him, he desperately needs answers. Each on a path in search of the truth, »
- Uncle Creepy
While Takers eked out a weekend victory over The Last Exorcism, it played to substantially larger crowds throughout the week, widening the gap. The Expendables and Eat Pray Love settled for third and fourth place on typical declines, The Other Guys rounded out the Top Five for the second week in a row, and Avatar: Special Edition was largely ignored. Overall box office was off around five percent from last year, when The Final Destination had a series-best $35.1 million start.Takers earned $26.5 million in its first seven days, putting it $1.7 million ahead of The Last Exorcism. This was a marked improvement over similar movies Dead Presidents, Atl, Street Kings and Armored, though it lagged behind The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. The Last Exorcism debuted to $24.8 million, which was slightly lower than The Haunting in Connecticut but a bit higher than The Unborn among recent supernatural horror movies. Monday-through-Friday »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
On Friday, new releases The Last Exorcism and Takers dominated the chart with solid returns, Avatar added a bit more to its coffers with a special edition relaunch, and the holdovers saw largely standard declines. The Last Exorcism grabbed an estimated $9.4 million on approximately 3,500 screens at 2,874 locations (the gross included around $750,000 from its midnight opening). That was better than Exorcist: The Beginning but less than The Exorcism of Emily Rose, which was the last expressly exorcism-themed movie and started at $11.3 million back in 2005. Last Exorcism's opening attendance was also behind The Haunting in Connecticut and The Amityville Horror (2005) but greater than The Unborn (2009). Takers scored an estimated $7.5 million on close to 2,600 screens at 2,206 locations, which was above par for a heist picture. It made more in a single day than Armored did in its entire first weekend, and it had a significantly bigger opening day than The Losers, Street Kings and Brooklyn's Finest. »
- Brandon Gray <email@example.com>
For the penultimate weekend of the summer, The Last Exorcism aims to possess first place with an estimated 3,500 screens at 2,874 locations, while Takers busts in on around 2,600 screens at 2,206 locations. Avatar: Special Edition relaunches at 812 locations, including 125 IMAX venues, and Get Low leaps to a near-nationwide 570 locations. Though relatively unheralded, exorcism (and haunting) movies consistently strike a chord with certain sects of society, and The Last Exorcism is well-primed to capitalize, adding a documentary/found footage angle in the vein of Paranormal Activity, Quarantine and The Fourth Kind. Last Exorcism marks the first expressly exorcism-themed movie since The Exorcism of Emily Rose in 2005, and its marketing has hit the expected exorcism notes. Exorcism of Emily Rose had a big $30.1 million in its early September launch, while Exorcist: The Beginning nabbed $18.1 million in its Aug. 2004 debut. Late August has also been a prime time for other horror movies, including The Final Destination »
- Brandon Gray <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Warners has released nine new hi-res stills from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, there's also the first set photos from Captain America: The First Avenger.
"Marvel's "The Avengers" film, which starts shooting in February, will be shot natively in 3D..." (full details)
"Noomi Rapace, the star of the Swedish-language film adaptations of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" films, is in Los Angeles this week meeting with studio representatives and directors like Ridley Scott, Brett Ratner and McG..." (full details)
"Robert De Niro is in final talks to join the third installment of the Italian romantic comedy franchise"Manual Of Love" which Giovanni Veronesi will direct. De Niro will play a divorced American professor living in Rome..." (full details)
"Oddest rumor of late? »
- Garth Franklin
Would Arnie and Sly be proud? Two of their films are getting modern updates and we know who is attached to star. The first, a Commando remake from 20th Century Fox is looking at Avatar and Clash of the Titans star Sam Worthington to step into the boots of Matrix. [Production Weekly (via NewsinFilm)]
We reported on this news in April when they hired David Ayer (Harsh Times, Street Kings) to write and direct. He will put a “real-world” spin on the original premise of “a retired elite special forces operative sees his daughter kidnapped and is told she’ll die unless he gets on a plane and kills the rival of a nasty exiled dictator.”
Back then it was reported an unknown star will be “less brawny, but more skilled in covert tactics and weaponry.” I wouldn’t exactly call Worthington unknown, as he has had a ridiculously fast rise to blockbuster fame. »
- Jordan Raup
According to Production Weekly (via NewsinFilm), "Avatar" star Sam Worthington is the top pick to star in the remake of Arnold Schwarzenegger's 1985 action film "Commando." The actor is apparently very interested, and director David Ayer (Street Kings, Harsh Times) will helm and pen the script, which will be a "real world" spin on the main character, retired elite special forces operative who sees his daughter kidnapped and is told she'll die unless he gets on a plane and kills the rival of a nasty exiled dictator. When the remake was announced back in April, it was said that the actor who will replace Schwarzenegger will be less brawny, but more skilled in covert tactics and weaponry. At one point Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was rumored to step into the role, but he clearly doesn't fit the description. »
The 1990 original, based on the Philip K. Dick short story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as a construction worker who travels to Mars in search of his true identity after finding out he was previously a secret agent.
Wiseman said: "I've always been fascinated with Philip K. Dick's short story, and I'm excited at the prospect of diving even deeper into the world it evokes and the questions it asks. I love that the most crucial mystery our character is trying to solve is the one of his own soul."
Columbia president Matt Tolmach said: "Len »
- David Bentley
It's been over a year since we heard screenwriter Kurt Wimmer (Equilibrium, Street Kings) was hired to pen the remake of Total Recall, or rather, a new adaptation of Philip K. Dick's story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale. But today comes the first real development on that project in a very long time as Columbia Pictures has officially announced via press release (read here) that Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard, Underworld) will direct this new, contemporary adaptation. For those of you who were already lamenting the fact that Total Recall was being remade, I can't really see this news changing anybody's mind right now. Here's some fluffy PR quotes to try and put your mind at ease. Producer Neal H. Moritz says: "I have been trying for years to work with Len and fortunately we finally found a great project that he loves as much »
- Ethan Anderton
Exclusive: Management/production companies 3 Arts and Untitled Entertainment are in merger talks. I’m not certain they are going to join forces, but they are exploring it seriously. The potential mix of assets of the two companies is intriguing. 3 Arts--run by Erwin Stoff, Michael Rotenberg, Howard Klein, David Miner and Dave Becky--is particularly strong in the producing department. On the TV side, that includes 30 Rock, The Office, Parks and Recreation, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, HBO's Bored to Death, and the FX comedy Louie. Among the features is I Am Legend, Street Kings, and All You Need Is Kill, the latter a priority project at Warner Bros that just got Doug Liman aboard to direct. Untitled, which is run by Jason Weinberg, Stephanie Simon, Guy Oseary, Gene Parseghian and Johnnie Planco, has a strong talent list that include Daniel Day-Lewis, Hilary Swank, Alex Rodriguez, Madonna, Naomi Watts, David Caruso, »
- MIKE FLEMING
The following is a list of Los Angeles-area stage and film acting schools, teachers, and coaches organized by category and alphabetically.Each of the entries contains the following information, if applicable: name of teacher or school; address; phone and fax numbers; email address and/or website; average number of students per class; whether beginning, intermediate, or advanced students are taught; whether auditing is permitted; whether a work/study program is offered. Descriptions of the class, school, or coaching are provided by the instructor of institution and edited by Back Stage.Schools of teacher who have been omitted may contact, in writing, Listing, c/o Back Stage, 5055 Wilshire Blvd., 6th floor, Los Angeles, CA 90036, so that we may include you in our next list. Acting Technique/Scene StudyAARON McPherson STUDIOWest Hollywood, CA email@example.comClass size varies, 12 max. for auditioning class, 40 max. for scene study; day »
Vaughn and Goldman worked together on his last two films, Kick-Ass and Stardust, so they’ve developed a collaborative rhythm over the years that should be beneficial for the rebooted X-Men. She recently co-wrote the upcoming dramatic thriller The Debt and The Woman in Black, a 3D ghost story at Hammer Films.
Goldman marks the fourth rewrite of the script after Josh Schwartz, creator of “Gossip Girl” and “The O.C.,” wrote the first pass, Jamie Moss (Street Kings) wrote his own draft, and Thor screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz did their own rewrite.
The film, »
- Jeff Leins
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