10 items from 2010
Director Davis Guggenheim's documentary "Waiting for Superman" sheds light on the failings of the American public education system, but as we mentioned earlier this week, not every school is a failure — so long as they're rooted in fiction, that is.
Likewise, there are many students that have passed through the halls of movie high schools that students today can look up to and admire for a whole variety of reasons. After the jump, check out five of our favorite students in film history!
An orphan who is unwittingly separated from his loving parents, young Evan Taylor can hear music in absolutely everything. When he travels to New York to find his folks, he transforms himself into August Rush, a brilliant composer whose skills are only refined further thanks to his enrollment at the Juilliard School. Note that we're not advocating running away from home, little ones, but »
- Josh Wigler
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What movie has changed my life? That is an easy one to answer; hands down, it would be 'August Rush.'
The film surrounds Evan, aka August Rush, an 11-year-old boy living in foster care, who wishes to find his parents again. He even claims that he can hear them through nature's music. Before he was born, his parents, a cellist named Lyla (Keri Russell) and an Irish guitarist named Louis (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers), met at a party, and after spending one night together, were forced to go their separate ways. They didn't know it then, but that one night would change their lives forever.
Soon after, Lyla learned she was pregnant, but after an accident, was told that she had lost the baby. Little did she know, the baby lived and would someday fight his way to find her again.
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- Krystal Kaufman
James V. Hart has signed on to script Chinese Odyssey , reports Variety . The film, announced in May , will be directed by Rob Minkoff and will shoot mostly in China. Though Minkhoff has also worked in theatrical animation (he directed Disney's The Lion King ), Chinese Odyssey is will be shot in live-action for release in 3D. Specifics of the story are unknown, but Minkoff has previously described the film as, "involving ancient mysteries, deadly sea monsters, great characters and larger-than-life adventures..." Hart has previous worked on the screenplays for Hook , Contact and, most recently, August Rush . »
Though the business of television isn’t too bad of a place to find yourself as an actor, it’s a bit disappointing to see an actor like Terrence Howard fall from success in a big blockbuster like Iron Man and land in NBC’s crime drama spin-off Law & Order: Los Angeles. But according to Universal’s press release today, his journey to television is set in stone as Howard and Corey Stoll (Salt) have signed on as series regulars to the new fall drama which premieres September 29th. Details on Howard and Stoll’s characters after the jump.
Howard will portray a district attorney along with Alfred Molina who plays Deputy District Attorney Morales in alternate episodes. So at least Howard finds himself in good company. Meanwhile, Stoll will play Detective T.J. Jaruszalski and will partner with Detective John Winters, the role that has previously been announced to belong to Skeet Ulrich. »
- Ethan Anderton
Terrence Howard joins Law & Order: Los Angeles Oscar nominee Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow) and Corey Stoll (Salt) will join the regular cast of NBC's new drama Law & Order: Los Angeles (Wednesdays, 10-11 p.m. Et), which premieres September 29.
Wolf said, "I feel like manager of the 1961 Yankees. I have my Mantle and Maris."
"Having Terrence and Corey on board this ambitious new series adds to an already impeccable cast," said Bromstad. "We are excited to see »
May 14, 2010: Golden Globe winner Keri Russell will return back to the small screen with a new television series on Fox named ‘Running Wild’. The 34 year old Hollywood actress, who previously acted in another show called ‘Felicity’, will be starring opposite ‘Arrested Development’ funnyman Will Arnett.
Keri who has a number of hit movies such as Mission Impossible 3, Waitress, and August Rush to her credits, will star as the love interest of Will Arnett’s character that will play a rich scoundrel who will try to woo his high school sweetheart (Russell).
Opening this weekend is the Jennifer Lopez & Alex O’Loughlin romantic comedy The Back-up Plan. To help promote the film, I recently got to interview the two stars as a reporter for our partners at Omelete. While I wasn’t sure what to expect when I sat down to do the interview, I’ll admit it turned out a lot better than I expected. Also, the interview featured a lot of laughter. Perhaps it was due to the questions I asked from the people that follow me on Twitter. But more than likely, it was a combo between the questions and good luck. Trust me, JLo was a lot funnier than I expected and I promise she’ll make you laugh as you watch. We even talked about Anaconda. I couldn’t believe it. Hit the jump for the interview and more on The Back-up Plan:
Here’s the interview. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Two International Screenwriter's Workshops come to Ireland this week bringing with them American screenwriter Jim Hart whose past work includes 'Hook', 'August Rush' and 'Bram Stoker's Dracula' and Andrew Bovell who has written the scripts for 'Lantana', 'Edge of Darkness' and 'Strictly Ballrooom'. Friday, April 16th will see éQuinoxe Germany bring its International Screenwriters´ Workshop to Connemara with a session entitled 'Deconstructing Dracula' hosted by Jim Hart. Following this, Sunday, April 25th will see Andrew Bovell host a masterclass called 'Adaptation/Anatomy of a Screenplay' in Dublin. »
Organisers of the 2010 Cinemagic International Film Festival for Young People which takes place form May 5th – 12th in various venues around Dublin, have announced the highlights of the upcoming event. The festival programme will feature masterclasses with film and television industry guests, school workshops, screenings and a cross-border jury panel. The festival's special industry gusts include filmmaker Kirsten Sheridan (August Rush); presenters Dermot O'Leary (The X-Factor); Craig Doyle (The Craig Doyle Show); Aidan Power (The Cafe); Laura Whitmore (Six Semesters); Karen Koster (Xposé); DJ Ray D'Arcy; actress Rachel Kavanagh (Fair City); producer Ed Guiney (Garage); casting director Ros Hubbard (A Shine of Rainbows), Ifta winning director Ciaran Donnelly (The Tudors); Jon Slattery and Ciara Whelan (Producers/Presenters [Trilogy Media] and The Holiday Show). »
A couple of weeks ago, I posted about a new, then-untitled comedy pilot produced and directed by Mitch Hurwitz (who created the absolutely brilliant sitcom Arrested Development), which starred Will Arnett as a "rich Beverly Hills jackass who falls in love with a charitable tree-hugging woman who can't stand his lifestyle or values." Since then, the pilot has already received a title and a female lead.
The pilot (and potential series) will be called Wilde Kingdom. "Wilde" derives from the last name of Arnett's character, Steve Wilde (who, as a rich man, likely has a "kingdom" of some sort). The title isn't exactly reminiscent of the multi-purpose Arrested Development, but I could still see the name on my channel guide.
- Sam McPherson
10 items from 2010
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