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London — The BBC and the Weinstein Company have completed casting on Andrew Davies’ TV adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel “War and Peace,” which will star Paul Dano (“12 Years a Slave,” “There Will Be Blood”), Lily James (“Cinderella,” “Downton Abbey”) and James Norton (“Belle,” “Grantchester”).
Dano will play Pierre Bezukhov, James is Natasha Rostova and Norton is Prince Andrei Bolkonsky. These three are described by Davies as “Pierre, the bumbling, chaotic idealist; Prince Andrei, whose cool Darcy-like exterior conceals huge emotional conflict; and Natasha Rostova, possibly the most appealing heroine in literature.”
Also in the cast are Stephen Rea (“The Shadow Line”) as Prince Vassily Kuragin, Ade Edmondson (“Blood”) and Greta Scacchi (“Brideshead Revisited”) as Count and Countess Rostov; as well as Jack Lowden (“The Tunnel”) as Nikolai Rostov, Tom Burke (“The Musketeers,” “The Hour”) as Dolokhov and Aisling Loftus (“Mr. Selfridge”) as Sonya.
Tom Harper (“Woman in Black: »
- Leo Barraclough
Sneak Peek more new banner images, plus footage from the comedy "Inherent Vice" written/directed by Paul Thomas Anderson ("There Will Be Blood") starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio del Toro, Jena Malone and Maya Rudolph:
"...private investigator 'Larry Doc Sportello'...
"...investigates the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Inherent Vice"...
- Michael Stevens
“What are we talking about? I’m lost,” says Paul Thomas Anderson midway through a lunch interview, as he runs a hand quizzically through his unkempt brown hair. It’s a reminder that a conversation with Anderson can be akin to one of his own movies: a jam-packed jostle of characters, ideas, exuberant digressions and narrative curlicues that somehow align to form an inimitable whole. Still picking through his appetizer course, Anderson has already held forth on his love for Lena Dunham, “The Hunger Games,” his inability to read books that friends give him as gifts, and his habit of walking on the outer edges of his feet. But mostly, we are talking about “Inherent Vice,” Anderson’s seventh feature film — the first-ever authorized screen adaptation of a novel by National Book Award-winning author Thomas Pynchon.
The movie, bowing Dec. 12 in limited release, and opening wide Jan. 9, returns Anderson to »
- Scott Foundas
Paul Thomas Anderson films have always been known for having inventive and stirring musical scores. Whether it be Jon Brion or Jonny Greenwood, Anderson's films have always balanced beautifully curated selections of music with awards-worthy instrumental music. The filmmaker's upcoming Inherent Vice looks to be no exception. Reuniting with Jonny Greenwood who scored both There Will Be Blood and The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson is definitely going to have a different tone and style than »
- Alex Maidy
This year has definitely been one of a hit for both Scream Factory And Clive Barker. Sf gave fans countless releases completely devoted to the genre’s fans, including the phenomenal Halloween: The Complete Collection, which brought the entire series, along with the long-wanted “Producer’s Cut” of H6 to the masses. Also a smashing success of a release, was the final releasing of Barker’s Nightbreed: The Director’S Cut, a release that fans have been waited two decades for. Sf put out many more wonderful releases, but even just mentioning those two is reason enough to triumph the genre juggernaut of a company.
Adding another long-waited film of Clive Barker’s to the Bluray format, is Scream Factory’s excellent Director’s Cut release of his 1995 magic noir tale, Lord Of Illusions. Though the film’s supplemental features aren’t as massive as Nightbreed‘s, the release »
- Jerry Smith
Josh Brolin plays Detective "Bigfoot" Bjornsen in Paul Thomas Anderson's newest film, Inherent Vice. More than just an odd couple pairing for Joaquin Phoenix's Doc Sportello, Bigfoot is a wonderfully rich character that represents just about everyone from the 1950's that resisted the social changes of the 1960's. I recently sat down with Brolin, along with a few other journalists, to talk about the role. We also discussed what it was like for him to work with Anderson and touched briefly on the plans for Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. Inherent Vice is now playing in limited release before going wide on January 9th. It also stars Katherine Waterston, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Eric Roberts, Martin Short, Sasha Pieterse, Joanna Newsom, and more. I heartily (and respectfully) disagree with Matt's review and urge you to see it Asap. Hit the jump for the interview. A few mild spoilers await. »
- Evan Dickson
Exodus: Gods and Kings missed the mark this weekend, though it still easily ruled over another very quiet weekend at the box office.Meanwhile, Chris Rock's Top Five got off to a decent start, and Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice did big business at a few theaters in New York and Los Angeles.The Top 12 earned $76.7 million, which makes this one of the slowest weekends of the year. Business will pick up next weekend, though it does look like this will be one of the worst Decembers in recent memory.Playing at 3,503 locations, Exodus: Gods and Kings opened to an estimated $24.1 million this weekend. That doesn't compare favorably to this year's previous Biblical movies, as its nearly $20 million lower than Noah's debut and roughly on par with the much-less-expensive Son of God.That's not really an apples-to-apples comparison, though, as opening weekends in December are historically muted. Still, »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice debuted amid much anticipation and easily grossed the weekend’s highest per-theater averages among all limited-release titles. But that didn’t mean it could match the stratospheric numbers of The Imitation Game, Birdman or The Grand Budapest Hotel, which had the year’s biggest opening weekends.
In fact, Vice didn’t even match the PTAs of P.T.A.’s previous three films, though word of mouth may give it a great high before its theatrical run is done. Among returning films, Wild covered a lot more ground in a sizable expansion that paid off with solid box office results, as did The Imitation Game, which continues to expand and thrive. And Birdman has soared past $20M in its 9th weekend, goosed by strong showings in several year-end critics polls.
Warner Bros. opened Vice in five New York and Los Angeles theaters Friday, grossing $330K. »
- Brian Brooks
Ok, the Academy has spoken. On Friday the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science announced that 114 original scores from eligible 2014 feature-length motion pictures are in contention for nominations in for the 87th Oscars. One composer you may possibly see nominated more than once? Alexandre Desplat, who has five eligible scores in competition, including “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game” and "Unbroken." You’ve hopefully seen our Best Scores of the Year feature and there are a lot of those picks in this group, including Alex Ebert score for "A Most Violent Year," Hans Zimmer’s celestial “Interstellar” score, Mica Levi’s atonal work on “Under the Skin,” the creepy and textured "Gone Girl" music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and thankfully, Jonny Greenwood’s “Inherent Vice” (you’ll recall his “There Will Be Blood” score was rendered ineligible in 2007 over technicalities). In the end, however, there are only six of our. »
- Edward Davis
Inherent Vice is filled with flaws, but it's all the better for it. It's a wild, silly, confusing mind-trip with hypnotic acting (and music!) and oddly, a lot of heart. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, the film is based on the 2009 novel by Thomas Pychon.
Taking place in the 1970s, the story follows Joaquin Phoenix's Larry "Doc" Sportello, a drug-fueled Los Angeles detective who investigates the disappearance of his former girlfriend Shasta, played by the seductive Katherine Waterston. But Shasta's disappearance is only the beginning of Doc's problems. Soon, all sorts of bizarre, albeit interesting characters start asking Doc to look into "this and that" for them: an ex-con named Tariq Khalil (Michael Kenneth Williams), now affiliated with the Warriors Against the Man Black Armed Militia, wants to find a former prison mate of his; Coy Harlingen (Owen Wilson), a sax player who faked his death and now wants »
- Laura Frances
Stephen Colbert had one of the most epic interviews of his career last night on The Colbert Report when he brought on the dragon Smaug as a guest! My mind was blown when I came across this video this morning. It is utterly awesome. The rest of my day will all be downhill from here. The conversation they have is incredibly entertaining, and when talking about his acting career Smaug says,
“It’s hard for conservatives to get good roles in this town. That’s why Kelsey Grammer and I are always up for the same part.”
He then goes on to say he was offered a role on Sherlock, but didn't want to play “second fiddle to that hack Cumberbatch.” I also loved the There Will Be Blood milkshake reference.
During the interview they also show an action-packed clip from the film. Check it out if you haven't already »
- Joey Paur
The Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert is a self-described J.R.R. Tolkien fanatic. To help celebrate the impending release of The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies in theaters next week, the comedian invited the dragon Smaug onto his show for an unprecedented interview. And it may be one of the show's highlights before Colbert moves himself into David Letterman's chair on Late Show in 2015.
Smaug made an epic entrance, with the villain and his interviewer discovering quite quickly that they had a lot in common. They bot live in gated communities. And they are both 'fiscal conservatives who sleep on giant piles of money.' In this once-in-a-life-time interview, we also get to learn that Smaug is a huge Rand Paul fan, and often competes with Kelsey Grammar for roles in Hollywood.
Check out the interview courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, who have also released three The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies »
If you’re planning on seeing Inherent Vice today, here’s a warning: You’ll need multiple viewings to wrap your mind around what happens. You can chalk it up to its equally dense source novel of the same name, written by Thomas Pynchon, or you can attribute that to its director, Paul Thomas Anderson, a man who seems to get a kick out of filling your brain with more than you can process at once.
Just take a look at the movies he’s got streaming on Netflix. All thinking-man’s dramas, the films wholly represent PTA’s signature style: at once brooding, beautiful, and baffling.
The Master (2012)
Photo Credit: Annapurna Pictures
Anderson took a risk with The Master, blowing open the world of Scientology in an inexplicit way. Here, Joaquin Phoenix plays Freddie Quell, a World War II veteran struggling with his Ptsd and reintegrating himself into society. »
John Lee Hancock, director of The Blind Side and Saving Mr. Banks, is currently in negotiations to helm The Founder. The film tells the story of the founders of McDonald’s and how they managed to create their fast food empire.
Written by Robert Siegel (Big Fan), The Founder centers on Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, and his meeting of Mac and Dick McDonald, who in the 1950s had a small burger joint. Kroc essentially managed to take control of the company away from the brothers and create the McDonald’s of today that we all know and love.
This story seems to have potential. Currently it is being described as having a tone similar to The Social Network and There Will Be Blood. The comparison to Social Network works as they both dramatized the true story of an early business filled with a whole lot of betrayal. The »
- Laura Frances
Paul Thomas Anderson’s legion of fans will get their chance to see the filmmaker’s latest Inherent Vice – at least those in New York and L.A. after a long build-up of anticipation. Studio Warner Bros. is handling the director’s latest, set in a drug-laced L.A. in the 1970s. Barring some unforeseen cataclysm, the feature is easily going to be this week’s b.o. superstar and likely one of the year’s biggest per screen debuts. How it will fare against other fall b.o. knock-outs like Searchlight’s Birdman or TWC’s The Imitation Game remains to be seen. A slew of Specialty openers will coincide with the Inherent Vice juggernaut. A24 will open Oscar-nominated filmmaker Atom Egoyan’s The Captive day and date after an early fall bow in the director’s native Canada. Sundance Selects will expose Free The Nipple in New York »
- Brian Brooks
No one would accuse the Hollywood Foreign Press Association of being a refined institution, but when you think about the kinds of movies, TV shows, actors, and actresses who've ended up with Golden Globes, it's actually staggering how the HFPA has gotten away with maintaining its image as a must-see event. Drunk people at the dais is, I guess, still a sufficient enough reason to tune in. Let's celebrate today's nominations with a fond look back at some silly things that have won Golden Globes. 1. "Green Card" (Best Motion Picture -- Comedy) What a classic. Nothing says "comedic wonderful good times" like Gerard Depardieu and Andie MacDowell mixing it up in an immigration romcom. Fun fact: My aunt saw this movie in Germany, noticed the reaction of the crowd, and was embarrassed on America's behalf. 2. Twiggy (Best Newcomer of the Year, Actress) I love Twiggy! She was great as a »
- Louis Virtel
The biggest fast food chain in the world is getting its own movie. The film will be called The Founder, and Saving Mr. Banks director, John Lee Hancock, is in negotiations to direct. The film will tell the origin story of McDonald's and its rise to the top in the fast food empire. This is seriously like the The Social Network, but with McDonald's. Here's a description of the story from THR:
"The Founder is a drama that tells the true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers' speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself in a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire."
- Joey Paur
While most origin stories are reserved for superhero movies, the history behind fast food restaurant McDonald's will be getting its own big screen retelling in The Founder. John Lee Hancock, best known for his hit dramas Saving Mr. Banks and The Blind Side, will direct this tale of McDonald's rise as a fast food empire. Jeremy Renner and Don Handfield are producing.
The Founder will tell the true story of Ray Kroc, who was a salesman from Illinois. He met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running their own burger operation in 1950s Southern California, and was impressed by their speedy system of making and delivering food. Kroc saw franchise potential in the restaurant, and pulled the company from the brothers to create a billion-dollar business.
The rags-to-riches biopic has proven to be a crowd-pleasing template for movie gold. Tracing the origins of a noted person of interest as they ascend the ladder of success is a sure-fire way to capitalize on a business’s notoriety in the public domain. With The Social Network an example of the darker shades of corporate practice linked to Facebook, and another Steve Jobs biopic en route, the rise of the underdog movie still has a few miles left. Bearing that in mind, the next business earmarked for the big screen treatment is fast food giant, McDonald’s, in The Founder.
According to a report by THR, the director tasked with bringing the story of the globally recognized burger slingers to theatres is The Blind Side helmer, John Lee Hancock. In conjunction with FilmNation and The Combine – Jeremy Renner’s production outfit – he’s set to tell the story of »
- Gem Seddon
Imagine The Social Network crossed with There Will Be Blood. Now add a Coke and a side of fries and you have the concept behind The Founder, a developing movie about the origin and creation of McDonald's. That's right, there is a movie being developed about the world famous fast food franchise that is inescapable anywhere you go on Earth. And the movie may have nabbed a director as well. The Hollywood Reporter says Saving Mr Banks and The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock is in »
- Alex Maidy
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