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Tech Support Interview: The ubiquitous Alexandre Desplat on living his dream

29 December 2011 10:52 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

When Tech Support first launched at In Contention five years ago, Alexandre Desplat had proven his talents with top-notch scores for “The Girl With a Pearl Earring,” “Birth” and “Syriana.” It was clear to those of us watching (and listening to) the film composing world that this talented Frenchman was going places. His Golden Globe win that year for “The Painted Veil,” and Oscar nomination for “The Queen,” kicked off his success with awards bodies. His record since then, in terms of quantity and quality of work, as well as awards recognition, has been nothing short of phenomenal. Oscar nominations for »

- Gerard Kennedy

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Top 10 Hollywood Actors Still In Business

16 December 2011 7:05 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Much of our lurid film community is of the belief that America’s acting prowess died with its classic stars like Marlon Brando, James Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Grace Kelly. However, I’m here to argue that America’s actors are stronger than ever and can match up toe to toe with the likes of both Europe and Asia.

The list will be split into two parts: in part one, I delve into the modern world of Hollywood actors with actresses soon to follow in part two.

Part one: Top Ten Actors Working In Hollywood Today

Actor With The Most Potential To Hit It Big: Paddy Considine

Before I begin the list, I want to take a moment to discuss an actor whom I believe has enormous potential. While not American born, British actor Paddy Considine has been in his fair share of American films like In America, »

- Connor Folse

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Liev Schreiber Joins Ray Donovan for Showtime

5 December 2011 8:10 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Multitalented actor Liev Schreiber has been cast in the title role in the Showtime pilot Ray Donovan, a drama set in Hollywood, California. Production will begin in Los Angeles in early 2012. Ray Donovan is a Showtime production and is created by Southland creator Ann Biderman. Biderman, Mark Gordon and Bryan Zuriff will executive produce.

Ray Donovan is Hollywood's best professional "fixer." He's the one called in to solve the complicated, confidential and controversial problems of the city's elite. He can make anyone's problem disappear, except the ones created by his own family. The series, which has comedic undertones, will take a novelistic look at contemporary Los Angeles.

Considered one of the finest actors of his generation, Liev Schreiber's repertoire of resonant, humanistic and oftentimes gritty portrayals have garnered him praise in film, theatre and television. Schreiber recently completed production on P.J. Hogan's comedy Mental alongside Toni Collette and »

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Liev Schrieber Joins Ray Donovan for Showtime

5 December 2011 8:10 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Multitalented actor Liev Schreiber has been cast in the title role in the Showtime pilot Ray Donovan, a drama set in Hollywood, California. Production will begin in Los Angeles in early 2012. Ray Donovan is a Showtime production and is created by Southland creator Ann Biderman. Biderman, Mark Gordon and Bryan Zuriff will executive produce.

Ray Donovan is Hollywood's best professional "fixer." He's the one called in to solve the complicated, confidential and controversial problems of the city's elite. He can make anyone's problem disappear, except the ones created by his own family. The series, which has comedic undertones, will take a novelistic look at contemporary Los Angeles.

Considered one of the finest actors of his generation, Liev Schreiber's repertoire of resonant, humanistic and oftentimes gritty portrayals have garnered him praise in film, theatre and television. Schreiber recently completed production on P.J. Hogan's comedy Mental alongside Toni Collette and »

- MovieWeb

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"American Wife" Explores A Bush-Esque Pair

5 November 2011 11:58 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Ron Nyswaner ("Philadelphia," "The Painted Veil") has been set to adapt Curtis Sittenfeld's 2009 novel "American Wife" for Red Crown Productions and Kamala Films reports Deadline.

The story follows the First Lady as she reviews her life on a day in which a scandalous secret threatens her husband’s presidency and their marriage.

At the time of publishing it was speculated the characters were modelled after George W. Bush and Laura. Daniel Crown and Daniela Taplin Lundberg are producing. »

- Garth Franklin

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Scott Rudin Acquires Rights to The Marriage Plot; Ron Nyswaner to Adapt American Wife

4 November 2011 3:35 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

In Great American novel-adaptation news today, producer Scott Rudin (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) has purchased feature rights to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Marriage Plot. The coming-of-age story focuses on a love triangle involving three graduates of Brown in the 1980s. Eugenides previously penned “The Virgin Suicides” and won the Pulitzer for “Middlesex." Adapting the best-selling Curtis Sittenfeld novel, American Wife, will be Ron Nyswaner, best known for scripting Philadelphia and The Painted Veil. The novel tracks the First Lady as she struggles with a scandal that threatens to derail her husband’s presidency and their marriage. When it was published in 2009, American Wife drew speculation that its central characters resembled President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. Hit the jump for more on both projects. Deadline reported the news of Rudin’s acquisition of The Marriage Plot. Rudin is currently producing Inside Llewyn Davis »

- Dave Trumbore

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Ron Nyswaner To Script Curtis Sittenfeld Novel ‘American Wife’

4 November 2011 9:13 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Ron Nyswaner has been set to adapt American Wife, the bestselling novel by Curtis Sittenfeld. The project is being funded by Red Crown Productions, whose Daniel Crown and Daniela Taplin Lundberg are producing with Marissa McMahon’s Kamala Films. Nyswaner, best known for scripting Philadelphia and The Painted Veil, will adapt a novel that follows the First Lady as she reviews her life on a day in which a scandalous secret threatens her husband’s presidency, and their marriage. When the book was published in 2009, speculation was the characters were modeled after President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura: the husband grew up in a privileged background, was a hard-drinking sports team owner who became a Born Again Christian, moved from governor to the White House and backed an unpopular war. Taplin Lundberg said the book had the ingredients to be a modern day The Way We Were. »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Dimension Films Names Robert Katz New President

20 July 2011 10:43 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Robert Katz has become Dimension Film's new president, the company announced Wednesday. A former president of production at the Film Department and executive VP of production at the Yari Film Group, Katz arrives as several executives are leaving: Production president Brad Luff left in June, and on Tuesday, executive VP production Matthew Stein stepped away with a non-exclusive producing deal. At Yari, Katz was in charge of production of "Crash," "The Illusionist," and "The Painted Veil." Dimension is owned by the Weinstein Company, and Katz will report to co-chair Bob Weinstein. Katz will »

- Joshua L. Weinstein

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Robert Katz New Dimension Films President

20 July 2011 10:16 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

New York, NY (July 20, 2011) - The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced that Robert Katz has joined the company as President of Dimension Films. In this position, Katz will be involved in all aspects of theatrical releases, including development, production, acquisitions, distribution, marketing and publicity of theatrical motion picture products released by Dimension Films. The announcement was made today by Bob Weinstein, Co-Chairmen of The Weinstein Company. Katz was most recently the President of Production at Film Department and previously the Evp of Production at The Yari Film Group where he was in charge of production on films including Crash, The Illusionist and The Painted Veil. Katz will begin his new position in TWC’s Los Angeles office, reporting to Bob Weinstein. “We are thrilled to have Robert join us at Dimension. He is a great addition to the company and I look forward to a long successful relationship with him in »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Music in the movies: Alexandre Desplat

4 July 2011 2:49 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With Terrence Malick’s The Tree Of Life out this Friday, Glen looks back at the work of its prolific composer, Alexandre Desplat

One of the most prolific and sought after composers working today, Alexandre Desplat is now a regular nominee during awards season, having been nominated four times in the last five years at the Academy Awards and BAFTAs.

With his score for Terrence Malick’s The Tree Of Life about to be heard as the film hits cinemas, I though now would be the ideal time to look at some of the notable scores of his career.

Hostage

Desplat takes a rather unconventional approach to scoring here, as he did with many of his early efforts. Instead of taking typical orchestrations to evoke the kind of heightened tension common in thrillers, he opts to approach Hostage as if he were composing for a rather classy horror film.

This »

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Netflix Nuggets: Beautiful Ninja Elephants in Stone Boats

16 May 2011 9:30 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Netflix has revolutionized the home movie experience for fans of film with its instant streaming technology. Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about independent, classic and foreign films made available by Netflix for instant streaming.

The Beautiful Person (2008)

Streaming Available: 05/17/2011

Synopsis: After transferring to a new high school, beautiful Junie (Léa Seydoux) starts dating fellow student Otto (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet), but she soon finds herself falling for Nemours (Louis Garrel), an Italian teacher already entangled in secret affairs with a pupil and colleague. Loosely based on Madame de Lafayette’s novel La Princesse de Clèves, this French drama explores the great pain that often accompanies love.

Average Netflix rating: 3.2 Araya (1959)

Streaming Available: 05/17/2011

Synopsis: Director Margot Benacerraf offers this acclaimed 1959 film that chronicles the harsh existence of Venezuelan laborers who manually recover salt from the tropical marshes in Araya, an ancient salt-producing region in that country.

Average Netflix rating: 3.3 Red, »

- Travis Keune

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Christina Hendricks, Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber are Bleeders

12 May 2011 9:58 AM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

Hollywood couple, Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber are about to make another film together, reports Variety this week. The boxing drama follows real life athlete, “New Jersey heavyweight boxer, and womanizer, Chuck Wepner, who boxed 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali and inspired Sylvester Stallone to pen Rocky.” The film is simply called Bleeder. Yikes! Sounds kinda scary. Ha!

Watts and Schreiber are joined on the cast by Mad Men star Christina Hendricks. The film is shopping for buyers in Cannes as we speak, and has Jeff Feuerzeig as director.

Past projects of Naomi Watts include King Kong, The Painted Veil (where Schreiber portrays her lover), the gem Eastern Promises, The International, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, and Fair Game. Her partner’s recent films include Defiance, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Repo Men, and Salt. the couple have two children. Meanwhile, Hendricks recently appeared on Body of Proof and can be »

- Sasha Nova

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Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber Take On Real-Life 'Rocky' Story

11 May 2011 1:30 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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The life of New Jersey boxer Chuck Wepner, who once went 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali, inspired Sylvester Stallone to write the inspirational underdog classic 'Rocky.'

Now the heavyweight boxer's life is the basis for another boxing drama, 'The Bleeder,' with Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber and 'Mad Men''s Christina Hendricks set to star.

"There's a guy named Chuck Wepner, the Bayonne Bleeder," Schreiber recently told MTV. "It's this wonderful story of what happened to that guy as a result of his rise to fame. That's the next thing I'd like to do. It's just a remarkable, hilarious film."

Jeff Feuerzeig, who won the 2005 Sundance documentary directing award for 'The Devil and Daniel Johnston,' co-wrote the script with Jerry Stahl and will direct.

'The Bleeder' will mark the first time real-life couple Watts and Schreiber have co-starred since 2006's 'The Painted Veil. »

- Sharon Knolle

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Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber And Christina Hendricks Lead Boxing Biopic The Bleeder

11 May 2011 8:53 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts, not necessarily the most popular celebrity couple by paparazzi standards but definitely one of the most likable, have acted together once before, in the little-seen period epic The Painted Veil. But what better way for two working actors with young kids to keep the family intact than to act together again? According to Variety the pair will be teaming up again, along with Mad Men's Christina Hendricks, in the boxing biopic The Bleeder, about former New Jersey heavyweight pro Chuck Wepner. Remembering his Sabretooth physique it's not hard to imagine Schreiber stepping into the role of Wopner, who went 15 rounds against Muhammad Ali in 1975 and is credited with inspiring Sylvester Stallone to write Rocky. A year later he also went on, unbelievably, to fight Andre the Giant, who won when he threw Wepner out of the ring; that's a bout I'm dying to see »

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April Showers: Edward Norton x 2

29 April 2011 8:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Hope you've enjoyed the April Showers series. There are So many films we could have covered. (Tangent: I'm dying to know, for example, when the first shower sequence ever filmed was. The earliest I personally know of is Marilyn Monroe in Niagara (1953) which I meant to write about. Oops. But there has to be something earlier, right? I've searched but can't find any definitive info.)

Though I hate to end on a disturbing note I haven't been able to get Edward Norton out of my mind recently so we have to look back at American History X (1998).

Edward Norton as "Derek" in American History X

I'm not sure how Mr. Norton became lodged in my brain recently but if I had to guess it'd be the combo of Mark Ruffalo taking over the Hulk (they just started filming The Avengers) and a random flashback to The Painted Veil. Then at »

- NATHANIEL R

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April Showers: Diane & Viggo 'Busy Being Free'

26 April 2011 8:48 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

waterworks weeknights at 11 in April

Have you ever wondered why people don't talk more about Tony Goldwyn's A Walk on the Moon (1999)?  It's one of those pictures that contains all sorts of stuff people came to love afterwards in embryonic or transformational stages. It was here that Diane Lane practiced the mesmerizingly guilty adulteress act that she'd be Oscar nominated for in Unfaithful (2002). It was the moment when Viggo Mortensen, so often backgrounded in pictures till then, revealed that he was a Star. It was also the mainstream bridge between Anna Paquin's sexually curious wicked child (The Piano) and sexually wicked curious psychic (True Blood) since she played one of her most ordinary roles as a teenager struggling with all the hormones swirling around inside her and outside of her as her screen mother (Lane) was also experiencing a sexual awakening.

It was even in A Walk On the Moon »

- NATHANIEL R

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Win Stone on DVD

14 March 2011 3:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Lions Gate home entertainment have got in touch and asked us to run a competition for their new movie, Stone which is released on March 28th in the UK. It stars Robert De Niro, Edward Norton and Mila Jovovich. We’ve been given three copies to give away and you can scroll down to enter.

Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro and Oscar® nominee Edward Norton deliver powerful performances as a seasoned corrections official and a scheming inmate whose lives become dangerously intertwined in Stone, which is out on DVD and Blu-ray on 28th March 2011 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

A riveting and thought-provoking drama directed by John Curran (The Painted Veil, We Don’t Live Here Anymore) and written by Angus McLachlan (Junebug), Stone boasts excellent performances from its acclaimed cast.

As parole officer Jack Mabry (De Niro) counts the days toward a quiet retirement, he is asked to review »

- Competitons

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Jesse Eisenberg and Melissa Leo to star in 'Predisposed'

1 March 2011 12:28 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The Fighter Oscar winner Melissa Leo and The Social Network star (and Best Actor nominee) Jesse Eisenberg are set to star as mother and son in the dark comedy Predisposed, a rep for Eisenberg confirms to EW. The project is a remake of a 2009 Sundance short film that starred Leo and was co-written by Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia, The Painted Veil) and Phil Dorling. (Dorling helmed the 2009 short, but Nyswaner will take charge of the upcoming feature.) The film’s plot will revolve around a rehab-bound mom (Leo) whose overachieving son (Eisenberg) helps her get intoxicated again in order to make »

- Adam Markovitz

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Oscar Winner Melissa Leo Teams With Oscar Nominee Jesse Eisenberg For 'Predisposed'

28 February 2011 6:13 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Tracy Morgan Also Linked To Role Talk about striking while the iron is hot. Vulture reports that Oscar winner Melissa Leo--whose f-bomb was one of the highlights of the otherwise sluggish Oscars last night--and permanently awkward Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg are apparently set to team for the indie comedy "Predisposed." Co-written by Philip Dorling and Ron Nyswaner ("Philadelphia," "The Painted Veil") the film--a feature length version of their short by the same name that also starred Leo and was directed by Dowling--tells of the relationship between a drug addicted Mom (Leo) and her college-age son (Eisenberg) with the story taking… »

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David Thomson on Naomi Watts

24 February 2011 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

If Naomi Watts had only done Mulholland Drive she would be secure in movie history. She deserves a lot of camera time

Who ever heard a bad word about Naomi Watts? And don't expect to read one here. Still, her latest film, Fair Game, where she plays the outed CIA agent Valerie Plame, with Sean Penn as her husband, made too little impression on all of us who like her. It seemed promising: attractive married people plus international intrigue, along with the suspicion of there being more to the case than we ever heard. Directed by Doug Liman, the movie turns out rather dull. Is playing opposite Sean Penn anti-chemical (this was the third time Watts had tried)? Or did the drama need to be shifted towards comedy? Being married to a "spy" may play best as a version of "Can you trust your wife?"

But if the Anglo-Australian Watts »

- David Thomson

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