17 items from 2013
Who’d have thought in the Eighties that Tom Hanks, the fresh-faced, amiable sidekick to mermaids ("Splash") and hounds ("Turner & Hooch"), would become Tom Hanks the admired dramatic actor and two-time Oscar winner, who's in the running for a third for "Captain Phillips"? Not many, perhaps, least of all the self-effacing Hanks. Those back-to-back Oscars, for "Philadelphia" (1994) and "Forrest Gump" (1995), revealed his true mettle and an Everyman versatility that would lead him to play an astronaut ("Apollo 13"), a WWII army captain ("Saving Private Ryan"), a prison warden ("The Green Mile"), a mob enforcer ("Road to Perdition") and a U.S. Senator ("Charlie Wilson's War") without anyone raising an eyebrow. What those characters all have in common is a certain dignity, integrity and humor that brings assurance to audiences. During his 33-year career Hanks has branched into writing, directing and producing, both in film and television. But it was as an actor that he was. »
- Demetrios Matheou
Synopsis: A young man is recruited into the armed services after graduation only to be sent straight into the thick jungle of war. There he rescues a fellow soldier from certain peril, but the man's injuries are too severe for him to fulfill his life's dream of travelling to the moon. So, our hero goes it alone and after a mechanical failure on the spaceship, he makes an emergency return to Earth only to find himself stranded on a deserted island. After forging a wooden craft and being saved by a passing barge, he then faces the biggest danger yet ... pirates of the high seas.
- Amanda Bell
Paul Greengrass, who's preparing to tug at our heartstrings with this fall's Captain Phillips, will take on yet another huge true story-- but this one with much trickier politics behind it. According to The Hollywood Reporter Greengrass is in final talks to direct The Trial of the Chicago 7, based on the true story of the riots that surrounded the Democratic National Convention in 1968, adapted into a script by none other than Aaron Sorkin. When the film first started moving way back in 2007, Sorkin was still recovering from the flop of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and was looking toward the winter release of Charlie Wilson's War to turn his fate around (that didn't work out so well-- but The Social Network would pull it off a few years later). At the time Steven Spielberg was actually eyeing the directing job on the Chicago 7 script, and started rustling up a »
Philip Seymour Hoffman has finished a quick stint in rehab for escalating narcotics abuse that apparently involved snorting heroin.
TMZ has the details in an article that appears to have been written with the Oscar winning actor's participation, although no direct quotes are used. According to TMZ, Hoffman was 23 years sober when he fell off the wagon about a year ago. The drug abuse then started with prescription pills and eventually moved on to a week of heroin use, at which point Hoffman sought help in rehab.
Hoffman's 10 days in rehab ended last Friday (May 24) and he is now back at work filming a movie in Europe.
Hoffman won an Oscar in 2006 for "Capote" and has been nominated three more times: for "Doubt," "Charlie Wilson's War" and this year for "The Master." He will next be seen in November's much-anticipated sequel "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." »
Mike Nichols is in talks to direct the J.J. Abrams produced comedic drama set up at Paramount Pictures called One Last Thing Before I Go. If Nichols ends up taking the gig, it won't be the first time he's worked with Abrams. The two worked together on the Harrison Ford drama Regarding Henry. Nichols is a fantastic director that has also made classic films such as The Graduate, Biloxi Blues, Working Girl, and The Birdcage. The last film he did was Charlie Wilson's War.
The movie will be an adaptation of Jonathan Tropper's novel, which "centers on a divorced father suffering through a midlife crisis: His ex-wife is getting married to a nice guy, his college-bound daughter is pregnant, and he may die if he doesn't proceed with a medical operation."
Sounds like a heavy story, but for those of you who have lived through heavy drama, then you »
- Joey Paur
It's been seven years since director Mike Nichols gave us the sorely underrate Charlie Wilson's War starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman, but now it sounds like the veteran director of The Graduate might finally be getting back behind the camera. THR has word that Nichols is in early talks to direct an adaptation of Jonathan Tropper's novel One Last Thing Before I Go, a project set up at Paramount Pictures with J.J. Abrams producing through his Bad Robot banner. This comes hot on the heels of Shawn Levy's forthcoming adaptation of Tropper's This is Where I Leave You, starring Tina Fey. Here's the official synopsis of the book: You don’t have to look very hard at Drew Silver to see that mistakes have been made. His fleeting fame as the drummer for a one-hit wonder rock band is nearly a decade behind him. »
- Ethan Anderton
Nichols has expressed interest in the adaptation, according to The Hollywood Reporter, but no offer has yet been made and talks are at an early stage.
This would be Nichols and Abrams's first collaboration since 1991, when Nichols directed the Abrams-scripted Regarding Henry.
Nichols has not directed a film since 2007's Charlie Wilson's War. »
Accomplished director Mike Nichols navigated the transition from comic to director flawlessly, but his films afterward still display a deft handling of light-hearted moments and resonant themes. A viewing of “Primary Colors” or “Charlie Wilson's War” will confirm this, but luckily it seems we won't have to wait much longer for a new example to surface. THR reports Nichols is in early negotiations to direct an adaptation of Jonathan Tropper's novel, “One Last Thing Before I Go,” produced by J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot banner for Paramount. No deal has been officially put forth, but if Nichols signs on it will be the second collaboration between him and Abrams after the Harrison Ford drama “Regarding Henry,” which Nichols helmed and the “Star Trek” director penned. Tropper also handled screenplay duties for the adaptation, which follows a divorced father dealing with his ex-wife's new marriage, his college-age pregnant daughter, and a. »
- Charlie Schmidlin
The last film from Mike Nichols was the decent, if forgettable, Charlie Wilson's War in 2007. Before that it was the fantastic 2004 film Closer, which went right along with other Nichols greats such as Carnal Knowledge and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (You'll forgive me if I don't slobber The Graduate like everyone else.) Nichols' lack of output over the last several years is something that's sorely missed. As much as I enjoyed Roman Polanski's Carnage, I would have loved to have seen what Nichols would have done with the material as he's a director that really knows how to get at the biting edge of humanity and bring it snarling to life on the big screen. Now The Wrap reports Nichols is finally ready to return to the cinema with a film titled One Last Thing Before I Go for J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot and Paramount Pictures. The »
- Brad Brevet
The Graduate's director Mike Nichols seems more comfortable in the theatre these days. Last year he was behind the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman (with Philip Seymour Hoffman), and he's currently working with Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz on Harold Pinter's Betrayal. He hasn't made a film since the excellent Charlie Wilson's War in 2008, but if anyone can tempt him back behind the camera, we'd suggest it might be J.J. Abrams. Nichols is currently in talks with Abrams and his Bad Robot cohorts to direct One Last Thing Before I Go.The film is based on the novel by Jonathan Tropper about a former drummer in a one-hit-wonder rock band, washed up in a residential hotel after the failure of his marriage. He finds out that his daughter is pregnant and his wife is remarrying at the same time that he learns that he's got a serious heart condition. »
In the last six years Oscar-winning filmmaker Mike Nichols has only accumulated one credit, serving as an executive producer on the Jennifer Westfeldt/Adam Scott romantic dramedy Friends With Kids, but now, for the first time since 2007's Charlie Wilson's War, he's finally getting set to make his return to the director's chair. The Wrap is reporting that The Graduate director is now in talks to helm One Last Thing Before I Go, an adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel that is being produced by J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot and Paramount Pictures. Described by the site as an "adult drama," the story follows a man named Drew Silver, a former drummer for a one-hit wonder rock band and divorcee who learns that he needs to have lifesaving surgery on his heart. Making the decision to not have the surgery, he instead decides to use what time he has left »
Mike Nichols is in talks to direct "One Last Thing Before I Go" for J.J. Abrams and Paramount, according to multiple individuals with knowledge of the project. The film would be Nichols' first since "Charlie Wilson's War," which opened in 2007 and is one of two films the director of "The Graduate" and "The Birdcage" has made over the past decade. Nichols has alternated between film and theater, directing a revival of "Death of a Salesman" last year. He is currently directing Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz in "Betrayal," and has discussed »
- Lucas Shaw
The "Dream House" stars, who have been married since 2011, will star in an upcoming Broadway production of Harold Pinter's "Betrayal." Weisz will play Emma, a woman who has been cheating on her husband Robert for seven years. Craig will be playing Robert. Rafe Spall will play Jerry, the man Emma is cheating on Robert with. "Betrayal" tells the story of the affair in reverse.
"Betrayal" will be Weisz' Broadway debut. Craig had his first Broadway performance in 2009 opposite Hugh Jackman in "A Steady Rain." Mike Nichols, a Broadway vet also known for directing movies like "The Graduate" and "Charlie Wilson's War," is directing "Betrayal." The play will open in previews on Oct. 1 and then officially open on Nov. 3, and will run at New York's Barrymore Theatre. »
DreamWorks Studios and Participant Media have acquired the feature film rights to the story of the Catholic Church's decades-long cover-up of its pedophile priests in Massachusetts as uncovered by a year-long investigation by the Boston Globe, it was announced today by Holly Bario, DreamWorks President of Production, and Jonathan King, Participant Executive Vice President of Production. Thomas McCarthy has signed on to direct and co-write the script with Josh Singer. Anonymous Content's Michael Sugar and Steve Golin and Rocklin/Faust's Nicole Rocklin and Blye Faust will produce. David Mizner, who originally brought the project to the producers, will serve as a consultant and associate producer. King and Jeff Skoll will serve as executive producers.
Life rights have been acquired to the Boston Globe's "Spotlight Team" of reporters and editors, including then-Globe editor Marty Baron, special projects editor Ben Bradlee Jr., Spotlight Team editor Walter "Robby" Robinson and reporters Michael Rezendes, »
Tehran's Hoax of Hollywood conference sets a precedent that other countries could follow. Let's start with Braveheart
Following the Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance's Hoax of Hollywood conference in Tehran this week, it has been reported that Iran may "sue Hollywood" over what it considers to be unrealistic portrayals of the country in several films. The most recent offender is Ben Affleck's Argo, based on the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-1981 and winner of this year's best picture Oscar. Others named include 300, The Wrestler and Not Without My Daughter.
The representation of Iran in Argo is certainly questionable but, as when the Kazakhstan foreign ministry threatened to sue over Borat, the prospect of a lawsuit doesn't seem entirely realistic. Do nations or governments have a right to accurate representation in fiction? In what jurisdiction could such a case be brought? Wouldn't there be some sort of statute of limitation on suing over, »
- Alex von Tunzelmann
Best Supporting Actress nominee Adams on the 85th Academy Awards red carpet Amy Adams, a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Paul Thomas Anderson's well-received psychological drama The Master, is seen arriving at the 85th Academy Awards show. Adams' competitors were the following: Jacki Weaver for David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook, Anne Hathaway for Tom Hooper's Les Misérables, Sally Field for Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, and Helen Hunt for Ben Lewin's The Sessions. Hathaway, as expected, turned out to be the winner. (See below photos of Aaron Tveit and Best Director nominee Benh Zeitlin on the Oscar red carpet.) This was Adams' fourth Oscar nod. Her previous ones, all in the Best Supporting Actress category, were the following: Phil Morrison's comedy-drama Junebug (2005); John Patrick Shanley's drama Doubt (2008), with Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman; and David O. Russell's family drama The Fighter (2010), opposite Mark Wahlberg, »
- Anna Robinson
DreamWorks Pictures has released the first photo from their WikiLeaks drama now entitled The Fifth Estate, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange and Daniel Brühl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg. The studio has also announced that production is currently under way, with a November 15, 2013 release date already set. Take a look at the photo, then read the official press release for more details.
Principal photography has begun on the WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate, it was announced today by DreamWorks Studios. The film about the controversial website stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange and Daniel Brühl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg, as well as Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi, Dan Stevens, Alicia Vikander and Carice van Houten.
The Fifth Estate will open in U.S. theaters on November 15, 2013 and be distributed domestically by Disney's Touchstone label. Distribution internationally will be split among Disney, DreamWorks partner Reliance, and deals made »
17 items from 2013
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