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I’m not sure what exact moment in Birdman it occurred to me that we were in the midst of a great Edward Norton Renaissance. Maybe it was when the walls of self-professed artistic integrity that his character Mike Shiner wears came crashing down in the face of Sam (Emma Stone), revealing the tragedy and isolation in his existence. Maybe it was when Mike was so in the moment as an actor, he wanted to have live sex on stage. Or maybe it was just the sight of Norton in a speedo wrestling with Michael Keaton. Either way, I finished that movie with the realization that we are in the midst of a rebirth of Edward Norton.
There was a time when Edward Norton was arguably the best actor on the planet. Just look at his filmography from 1996-2006, and count the number of classics he’s a part of. »
- Dylan Griffin
The Athena Film Festival Awards annually honor directors, producers and other members of the film industry for their leadership and creative accomplishments. This year’s awardees include Sheila Nevins, President of HBO Documentary Films, Gina Prince-Bythewood, director, writer and producer behind films such as "Love & Basketball," "The Secret Life of Bees" and this year's indie sleeper "Beyond the Lights," and Cathy Schulman, Academy Award-winning producer, President of Mandalay Pictures, and President of Women in Film, known for films including "Crash," "The Illusionist," "Darfur Now" and "Bernie." This year's Athena Film Festival will return to Barnard in Morningside Heights, running February 5 to 8, 2015. The fest showcases female-driven films with screenings, master classes, Q & As and more. Regina K. Scully, the Phoebe Snow Foundation and the Artemis Rising »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The cast for Showtimes Billions continues to look very flush.
Maggie Siff, whose credits include of course a six-year ride on Sons of Anarchy as well as a stint on Mad Men has joined the buzzy drama pilot, which already counts Emmy winners Damian Lewis (Homeland) and Paul Giamatti (John Adams) among its cast.
Taking a forensic look at the world of high finance, Billions tracks the approaching collision between hard-charging U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (played by Giamatti) and brilliant/ambitious hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Lewis).
Siff will play the central character of Wendy Rhoades, Chuck’s wife, »
Six young women share the same birthday, but only one of them will become a conduit for the devil’s handiwork on the day they turn 18. Officially becoming an adult is hell for these ladies, with a perilous prophecy hanging over their heads and someone intent on eliminating them all before the big day arrives in The Devil’s Hand. Lionsgate is releasing the film on DVD next month and we have a look at the cover art.
Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release The Devil’s Hand on DVD and Digital HD on December 16th. You can see the cover art below and we also have the official press release with full details:
Press Release - “Terror descends upon a devout community when The Devil’s Hand grabs hold on DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD December 16 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Theatrically released in 2014, the spine-tingling story is available On Demand now. »
- Derek Anderson
Major Us broadcasters are developing more than 20 TV adaptations of feature films as they follow the example of their cable counterparts.
Us pay-tv networks have recently found success with the likes of Fargo and Teen Wolf, and have lined up further adaptations of Scream (MTV), Twelve Monkeys (Syfy), Shutter Island (HBO) and Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead (Starz).
Traditional networks - ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW - are now getting involved and have struck deals for adaptations of well-known films including Big, Minority Report and The Devil’s Advocate, as well as more niche films such as John Ritter’s Problem Child and Val Kilmer’s Real Genius.
The networks have ordered scripts for the 20-plus adaptations and will decide which projects to pilot by January. Those taken to series will likely be ordered in May for an autumn 2015 launch.
UK consultancy firm Tape monitors the Us development process for a number of UK broadcasters »
When a terrifying new enemy threatens the innocent, Hercules and his fearless team of warriors must lead their army in a battle against overwhelming odds. Hercules boasts a sensational cast of acclaimed actors including Ian McShane (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Joseph Fiennes (TV's American Horror Story), Rufus Sewell (The Illusionist), and John Hurt (Immortals).
To celebrate this release, we have a giveaway lined up where one lucky grand prize winner can win the Hercules Blu-ray, The Art and Making of Hercules book signed by Brett Ratner, a tote bag, water bottle, towel, earbuds and a weight to show off your Herculean strength. Our first prize winners will receive copies of the Blu-ray.
These prizes will be gone faster than Dwayne Johnson »
By Anjelica Oswald
Edward Norton hasn’t been nominated for an Oscar in fifteen years — since 1999’s lead actor nomination for American History X — but his supporting role in Alejandro G. Inarritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) may result in a third Oscar nomination for the actor.
The film stars Michael Keaton as a washed-up actor trying to reclaim his glory by writing, directing and starring in a Broadway show. Norton costars as Mike, an arrogant actor who has been cast in the play. The New York Times’ Manohla Dargis said Norton was “pitch-perfect, perfectly cast.” The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy described Norton as “crackerjack as the bad boy actor whose gigantic ego does constant battle with equally large insecurities.”
Norton told NPR, “I think it was one of the most creatively satisfying experiences I’ve had — and I think it’s an incredibly audacious and very rare movie. »
- Anjelica Oswald
Bradley Cooper starred in the feature film Limitless as a struggling writer who takes a mysterious drug that allows him to utilize 100% of his brain's capabilities. He uses his new abilities to become a financial wizard, although it puts him in a very dangerous world. The TV show will pick up after the movie, telling the story of a man who uses this drug to become a force for good in this world.
Elementary executive producer Craig Sweeny is writing the pilot script, with Limitless feature director Neil Burger set to direct the pilot and executive produce. Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin of K/O Paper Products are also executive producing alongside Bradley Cooper and Todd Phillips through »
Brace yourselves, for there’s another film-to-tv reboot headed to the small screen! It’s been kicking around for some time, but Limitless has now landed a full production commitment at CBS. The news comes from THR, who report that the 2011 drug thriller will now carry on its story in the form of a TV sequel series.
Star of the original movie, Bradley Cooper, will not reprise his role, but instead executive produce with Todd Philips under their Yet To Be Named Co. banner. They’ll be joined by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman who are slated to executive produce through their K/O Paper Products shingle. Director of the 2011 feature, Neil Burger, will be back to helm the pilot episode.
Where exactly does the show intend to go? Well, according to THR, the sequel series will pick up “where the movie left off and follows Brian Sinclair as he »
- Gem Seddon
Director: Mike Leigh
Running Time: 149 minutes
Synopsis: An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter Jmw Turner’s life.
There comes a time towards the end of Mr. Turner, Mike Leigh’s period study of the 19th-century painter Jmw Turner, where Timothy Spall – in character as the grizzled artist – grunts in response to a question. This isn’t the first time Turner’s reply has amounted to a guttural noise of monosyllabic rudeness, nor is it the last. However, what becomes striking about these grunts is how their overuse assists in blurring the lines between real-life and performance; Spall hasn’t merely become Turner, no. Spall is Turner. Whether he’s laughing with disdain or howling with emotion, the British actor plays Turner as an aloof creature who »
- Jacob Stolworthy
Cloaked in hooded robes, hell-bent on destruction and ready to sacrifice innocents to please their master- worshipers of the Devil are an easy bunch to stereotype in popular portrayals. Ranked from worst to best, the extent to which they work with or against cliché and manage to be entertaining on film is profiled in the following list. This discussion does contain some spoilers!
The Last Exorcism (2010)
The Last Exorcism builds upon the skepticism of its main character, a man who performs exorcisms to give religious zealots peace of mind and as a social service to prevent any real harm to people accused of being possessed. The alleged possession and abuse of a timid country girl occupies most of the film, with a cult showing up in its final frenzied moments. Keeping the characters involved with this cult a secret, it can still be said »
- Lane Scarberry
Showtime’s upcoming financial sector weeing contest pilot Billions has signed an intriguing double header of acting talent to its books. Quizzical-looking Damian Lewis will star alongside diminutive character player Paul Giamatti in this story that dissects the way the cookie crumbles in the affluent section of The Big Apple, a place where vast sums are mere drops in the ocean. The former is Bobby “Axe” Axelrod, a hedge fund manager, and the latter becomes Chuck Rhodes, a Us Attorney.
Both men have had their brushes with TV – Lewis has just come off the sizeable back of Homeland and Giamatti recently had a near miss via his own pilot Hoke. Billions is written/exec produced by Brian Koppelman, David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin. In the helmer’s chair will be Neil Burger, who previously directed Giamatti in The Illusionist. The project goes before the cameras early next year.
- Steve Palace
Charles Dance ("Game of Thrones") has scored one of the lead roles in Syfy’s six-hour miniseries "Childhood’s End." Dance will play Karellen, the Overlords' ambassador in the project which begins shooting next month in Australia.
The story focuses on what happens after the arrival of mysterious alien Overlords which begins decades of an apparent utopia under indirect alien rule - at the cost of human identity and culture. [Source: Variety]
Lyndsy Fonseca ("Nikita," "Kick-Ass") has joined the cast of ABC's "Marvel's Agent Carter" limited series in the role of Angie Martinelli. Martinelli is an aspiring actress living in 1946 New York who befriends Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) as she herself seeks to find her place in the post-war world. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
Showtime’s complex new drama pilot, Billions, looks set to explore the world of high finance. It doesn’t sound like the most thrilling concept for a series, except that is, when you throw a couple of extremely talented actors into the mix. Showing us the money will be Homeland‘s Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti, who’ve both been tapped to star as the show’s leads. It’s through their experiences that we’ll presumably find high finance to be rather fascinating.
Here’s the first official synopsis for the series:
Billions is a fictional drama that takes a forensic look at the world of high finance by tracking the approaching collision between two titanic figures — the hard-charging, whip-smart U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhodes (Giamatti), and the brilliant, ambitious hedge-fund king, Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Lewis).
Could be that this has the making of a House Of Cards-inspired show. »
- Gem Seddon
Showtime’s got a new series in the works that’s well worth keeping an eye on called Billions. It’s being described as a complex, contemporary drama that digs deep into the world of high finance. Neil Burger (Divergent) is locked to direct the pilot early next year in New York using a script penned by Brian Koppelman, David Levien and New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin. Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis will star as the show’s two main characters, a U.S. attorney and a hedge fund titan, respectively. Hit the jump for more on Showtime’s Billions. According to the press release, Lewis and Giamatti’s characters are both “titanic figures” within the finance industry. Giamatti’s U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhodes is the “hard charging, whip-smart” type while Lewis’ Bobby "Axe" Axelrod is a “brilliant, ambitious hedge fund king.” This will be Burger and »
- Perri Nemiroff
It’s Showtime again for Damian Lewis.
The series, which counts Brian Koppelman (The Illusionist) among its executive producers, takes a forensic look at the world of high finance. Lewis will play ambitious hedge-fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod, who is set to go head-to-head with Giamatti’s U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhodes.
Your thoughts on Lewis and Giamatti’s casting? »
Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis plan to make “Billions” together with Showtime. “Cinderella Man” star Giamatti (pictured above) and “Homeland” actor Lewis have signed on for the Showtime drama pilot “Billions,” the network said Friday. Also read: Steve Coogan Replacing Philip Seymour Hoffman in Showtime's ‘Happyish’ The pilot has also signed on Neil Burger (“The Illusionist”) to direct the pilot. “Billions,” which is written and executive produced by Brian Koppelman and David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin, will take a forensic look at the world of high finance by tracking the approaching collision between two titanic figures. See video: ‘Twin Peaks’ Getting a Revival. »
- Tim Kenneally
Neil Burger (“Divergent”) will direct the pilot, set to begin production early next year in New York. Brian Koppelman, David Levien and New York Times’ columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin wrote the script and are exec producing.
“Billions” revolves around the clash between two larger-than-life figures, a U.S. Attorney played by Giamatti (pictured left) and a hedge fund titan played by Lewis (right).
Lewis and Giamatti are repped by UTA. Burger is with CAA.
- Cynthia Littleton
Damian Lewis is returning to Showtime and he's bringing Paul Giamatti with him. Homeland alum Lewis and Oscar-nominated Giamatti have been tapped to star in Showtime's drama pilot Billions, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Billions is a fictional drama that takes a forensic look at the world of high finance by tracking the approaching collision between two titanic figures — the hard-charging, whip-smart U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhodes (Giamatti), and the brilliant, ambitious hedge-fund king, Bobby "Axe" Axelrod (Lewis). Read more Showtime Orders Drama Pilot From New York Times' Andrew Ross Sorkin Neil Burger (The Illusionist, Divergent,
- Lesley Goldberg
Commentators have noted that this year's Best Actor race is stacked with way more than five outstanding candidates. And they are right. But compared to Best Cinematography, Best Actor is positively paper thin. As usual, an embarrassment of riches is present in this category, which awards a film's director of photography (Dp). The cinematography branch is partial to gorgeous looking films, black-and-white films and war films. After years of resisting digital photography, the branch has also embraced 3D work this decade. Being a Best Picture nominee can also help immensely, but so can being a foreign-language film; the branch has an international eye like few others. In any particular year, most of the nominees tend to be returning contenders. Moreover, many first-time nominees (such as Philippe Le Sourde and Phedon Papamichael last year) tend to be veterans awaiting their first nomination. Having said that, there hasn't been a year with »
- Gerard Kennedy
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