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The Office duo Amy Ryan and Steve Carell to reunite for Beautiful Boy

After playing a pair of lovers on NBC’s workplace comedy The Office over the course of roughly twenty episodes, Amy Ryan and Steve Carell will be reuniting for Amazon’s Beautiful Boy. Carell has been on board the project for about two months now, but Ryan has just recently joined the cast, according to Deadline.

The true story follows Carell’s David, a father who is severely impacted by his son Nic’s addiction to methamphetamine. Ryan will play David’s ex-wife, Vicki, who became estranged from the family after David won primary custody, but is back to help her son. Timothée Chalamet of Interstellar fame is set to portray Nic.

Beautiful Boy could break the pair back into the awards consideration in 2018/2019, as not only will Ryan and Carell surely deliver compelling performances, but they are surrounded by a slew of talented people behind the camera as well.
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Lisa Frank Live-Action, Animation Hybrid Movie in Development

Lisa Frank Live-Action, Animation Hybrid Movie in Development
Lisa Frank, who specializes in merchandise with colorful psychedelic designs, is in development on a feature film about her world with producer Jon Shestack.

Plans are for a live-action and animation hybrid film about the world of Lisa Frank, who has been selling a wide variety of stickers, stationery, backpacks, trapper keepers, puzzles, coloring books and activities. The project does not yet have a title.

“Lisa Frank’s world is cheerful, it’s optimistic, it’s hip, but it is without snark,” Shestack said. “It’s just sort of impossible to scowl when you’re smiling, and why would you want to? I’m so stoked to be part of this.”

Shestack recently produced “Before I Fall,” starring Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Kian Lawley, Jennifer Beals, Diego Boneta, and Elena Kampouris. The film will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday and is scheduled
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Who Is the Greatest Actress In the World? — IndieWire Critics Survey

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Who Is the Greatest Actress In the World? — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question:

Last Friday saw the release of Mia Hansen-Løve’s “Things to Come,” one of two new films starring Isabelle Huppert. In the lede of his review for The New York Times, A.O. Scott asked “Isabelle Huppert: Great actress, or greatest actress?” Huppert is certainly near the very top of the list, but we thought we’d take this opportunity to open the question to our panel of critics: Who is the best working actress in the world today?

Richard Brody (@tnyfrontrow), The New Yorker

A vote for someone else isn’t a vote against Isabelle Huppert, who is among the very greatest
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Ddi Gets ‘Ripped’; Alex Lawther Joins ‘Ghost Stories’; More – Afm Briefs

  • Deadline
Ddi Gets ‘Ripped’; Alex Lawther Joins ‘Ghost Stories’; More – Afm Briefs
Exclusive: Ddi has acquired worldwide sales rights to comedy feature Ripped. The directorial debut of Brad Epstein, producer of Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Dan in Real Life and About a Boy, the film stars Russell Peters (The Jungle Book, Chef), Faizon Love (Couples Retreat), Kyle Massey (That's So Raven) and Alex Meneses (Telenovela). It’s based on an original screenplay by Epstein and Billiam Coronel about two free-spirited stoners in 1986 who, after smoking some…
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Trailers Hit for Netflix's 'The Crown', 'Marco Polo', 'Bloodline' and an Exclusive cast shot of 'Marseille'

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Netflix has released 2 new date announcement trailers for their original series The Crown and Marco Polo Season 2 and a full trailer for Bloodline Season 2. In addition Netflix has also released a cast shot from their upcoming new series Marseille, starring Gérard Depardieu.

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The Crown

The Crown, the highly anticipated, new original series will premiere on Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, to a global audience on Friday, November 4, 2016. The 10-episode series will be available in 4K.

The Crown reunites acclaimed writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) with director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and producer Andy Harries (The Queen). Based on the award-winning play, The Audience, The Crown tells the inside story
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Bloodline season 2 trailer; Returns to Netflix this May

Bloodline season 2 trailer: Netflix debut the first promo for the second season of the drama, which debuts on May 26th, 2016.

The Bloodline season 2 trailer has just been released by the folks at Netflix ahead of its debut on the streaming service next month.

Bloodline, the unmissable thriller from the creators of Damages returns to the scene of the crime for a second season this May. The critically acclaimed cast are reunited in the Florida Keys for the next thrilling installment of this must-see series. All 10 episodes of Season 2 will launch only on the world’s leading Internet TV network on Friday, May 27th and they will be available in 4K. Welcome to the family…..you still have time to re-watch or catch up season 1 currently streaming on Netflix.

Created and executive produced by the Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated writers/executive producers Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler,
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Doctor Strange Adds Transparent Actress Amy Landecker

As the numerous set snaps we’ve seen over the last few days can attest to, Marvel’s Doctor Strange is currently shooting in Nepal – but still, the casting announcements keep on coming. Today, The Wrap reports that Amy Landecker (Transparent, Dan in Real Life, A Serious Man, All Is Bright) is the latest addition to the roster, though the exact role she’ll play is apparently being kept under wraps.

There are several female characters associated with Doctor Strange that she could be playing here, including the Sorcerer Supreme’s apprentice and lover Clea, Ghost Rider’s cousin Jennifer Kale, or, if she’s been added as yet another villain, Uma or Morgan Le Fey. Whoever Landecker ends up portraying, she joins Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton and her A Serious Man co-star, Michael Stuhlbarg.

Doctor Strange hits theaters on November 4, 2016. Be sure to
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Awesomeness Films Announces New Feature ‘Before I Fall’ Starring Zoey Deutch

Awesomeness Films has a new project in the works. The movie division of the YouTube multi-channel network AwesomenessTV has revealed a feature-length film titled Before I Fall, starring actress Zoey Deutch (star of flicks like Vampire Academy and Dirty Grandpa).

Directed by Ry Russo-Young, Before I Fall is an adaptation of the 2010 Lauren Oliver young adult novel of the same name. The story follows Samantha Kingston (played by Deutch), who discovers she’s living the last day of her life over and over again. Samantha must keep making the right decisions before her final moments and figure out the mystery of her death all while coming to grips with the fact that everything she loves will soon be taken from her.

Deadline, who originally broke the news, notes that the Before I Fall script was part of the Black List, a selection of film scripts which never reached production from the previous year.
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Russell Peters, Faizon Love Starring in Stoner Buddy Comedy ‘Ripped’

Russell Peters, Faizon Love Starring in Stoner Buddy Comedy ‘Ripped’
Stand-up comedians Russell Peters and Faizon Love will star in the stoner buddy comedy “Ripped.”

Peters is taking a break from his Almost Famous World Tour to shoot the film. Alex Meneses, who is featured in Eva Longoria’s upcoming NBC show “Hot and Bothered,” will also star.

The logline is being kept under wraps. Brad Epstein is directing wrote his screenplay with Billiam Coronel.

Pelican Point Media has worldwide rights to finance, produce and distribute, and the film will be produced by Ike Suri, Epstein and Javier Chapa.

Peters appeared as a judge on the eighth season of “Last Comic Standing” and in Jon Favreau’s “Chef.” Love’s credits include “Couple’s Retreat,” “Zookeeper” and “Elf.”

Epstein produced “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,” “Dan in Real Life” and “About A Boy.” He also served as president of production at Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Productions.

Suri, the co-ceo of Pelican Point Media,
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Review: Lifetime's 'Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe'

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Review: Lifetime's 'Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe'
In our ever-more-fragmented media landscape, we're seeing fewer and fewer recognizable brand-name stars for *everybody*, but we're probably getting more and more recognizable brand-name stars for *somebody*.  And that means that people who, to certain individuals, are clearly stars of a certain stature are virtual unknowns to great masses, possibly to majorities. And that's even the case with culture-watching professionals. Take Britt Robertson. I didn't see many "Tomorrowland" reviews calling her an unknown or even a newcomer, thankfully, but plenty of critics are still bending over backwards to reference credits like "Dan in Real Life" or "Delivery Man" as if audiences may struggle to place her. I hear her name and I think of an actress who has been the unquestioned star of at least two network TV shows and one of the stars (if only for a for a season) of a bona fide hit. In the sphere of what I do,
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Disney Now Planning Live-Action Pinocchio Too

Sooner or later, Disney are going to run out of animated movies to translate into live action, so they’ll have to move down to the next circle, but for now, there’s still a few left.

Today’s selection is Pinocchio, arguably the finest hand-drawn animation the studio ever made. Deadline say that Peter Hedges will write and direct the film for the studio, “loosely” basing it on Carlo Collodi’s original book.

There have been other loose adaptations of Pinocchio floating around Hollywood in the last couple of years, with Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Bryan Fuller, Jane Goldman and Tim Burton all getting involved in some way or another. I’m disappointed that the chances of seeing Downey playing both Gepetto and, via the magic of motion capture, the boy puppet seem to be rapidly receding.

Hedges is a fine filmmaker. His Dan in Real Life is
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'Pinocchio' Will Be a Real Boy in Yet Another Live-Action Disney Movie

Another day, another report of Disney turning one of their animated classics into a live-action feature film. This time Deadline is reporting that Pinocchio is up for a live-action revamp with Peter Hedges (What's Eating Gilbert Grape?) basing the story loosely on the original story about a wooden puppet who wishes to become a real boy. And of course, there's that whole thing about his nose growing when he tells a lie. We're not sure about how this new version of the story will change things up from the classic, but the core of the story has always been about the relationship between Geppetto and Pinocchio as a father and son. Read on! Hedges has plenty of experience with family relationship drama since he's written What's Eating Gilbert Grape? and About a Boy, not to mention directing Dan in Real Life and The Odd Life of Timothy Green, both of which he also wrote.
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Disney Developing Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’ Movie

Disney Developing Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’ Movie
Disney is developing a live-action version of “Pinocchio” with Peter Hedges on board to write the story loosely based on the studio’s 1940 animated movie.

Hedges wrote the screenplays for “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” “A Map of the World” and “About a Boy.” He directed “Pieces of April,” “Dan in Real Life” and “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” from his own scripts.

Pinocchio,” which has no other attachments, is the latest in Disney’s strategy of drawing from its extensive animated library.

The studio recently announced that it was developing live-action movie versions of its animated “Winnie the Pooh,” “Mulan” and “Dumbo,” in the wake of successful live-action versions of “Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent” and “Cinderella.” A live-action “Jungle Book” is set for a 2016 release and “Beauty and the Beast,” starring Emma Watson, is coming in 2017.

The 1940 movie was based on Carlo Collodi’s 1883 children’s book “The Adventures of Pinocchio,
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'Pinocchio' Inspired Live Action Movie Planned at Disney

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'Pinocchio' Inspired Live Action Movie Planned at Disney
Disney is developing a project loosely based on their 1940 animated classic Pinocchio, bringing on screenwriter Peter Hedges (The Odd Life of Timothy Green) to write the screenplay. This is the third live action adaptation of an animated movie that Disney has put into development over the past week, following Mulan and Winnie the Pooh. The studio has also announced new live action versions of Dumbo and Beauty and the Beast over the past few months.

The story of Pinocchio originated with author Carlo Collodi's 1883 novel The Adventures of Pinocchio, following a boy made out of wood who ultimately gets his wish to become a real human, but each time he tells a lie, his nose grows longer and longer. Peter Hedges' take on Pinocchio is said to be inspired by the original story, but no specific plot details were given. Director Guillermo del Toro is currently developing his own version of Pinocchio,
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Pinocchio Live-Action Reboot in the Works at Disney

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Disney is in the live-action reboot business, and the next animated classic feature up for re-imagining is Pinocchio - the story of a wood-carved puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy. With the help of Jiminy Cricket and the paternal Geppetto, Pinocchio goes on a quest to prove his worth and learns about the costs of lying along the way. Per Deadline, Peter Hedges (Pieces of April, Dan in Real Life) is penning a script loosely based on the original story of Pinocchio. Pinocchio is one of many, many reboots in development at the studio. On the heels of their most recent fairytale revamp, Cinderella, which debuted to positive critical response last month and has grossed more than $400 million internationally to date, Disney is moving full-speed-ahead on live-action adaptations. [caption id="attachment_440833" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Disney/caption] Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book is set for April 15, 2016, with the Alice in Wonderland sequel,
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Disney Plans Live-Action "Pinocchio"

Disney has announced that the latest live-action film version of an animated classic that they have put into development is a new adaptation of their 1940 film "Pinocchio," which itself was based on Carlo Collodi’s 1883 children's book.

Peter Hedges ("What's Eating Gilbert Grape," "About a Boy") is on board to write the story which will be loosely based on the earlier movie. No word if he will direct as he has helmed several films including "Dan in Real Life" and "The Odd Life of Timothy Green".

No other attachments have been announced at this time. The announcement follows in the wake of news about live-action takes on "Mulan," "Dumbo," and "Winnie the Pooh" being in the works along with live-action "Jungle Book" and "Beauty and the Beast" films which are already in various stages of production.

Source: Variety
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Disney Developing Live-Action Pinocchio-Inspired Movie

If the past month or so has taught us anything, it’s that Disney won’t stop rifling through its veritable back catalogue until every single one of their pre-existing properties enters development. The mouse house is gearing up to fill its entire future production slate with remakes, spinoffs and sequels – but mainly remakes – of its most iconic characters. You know, so as to appeal to modern audiences.

Well, if you thought Disney had exhausted its supply, think again. Deadline now reports that a new live-action Pinocchio feature has been ushered into development. Writer Peter Hedges (Pieces Of April, Dan In Real Life) has been contracted to pen the script and it will be the first major movie since he wrote and directed 2012’s The Odd Life Of Timothy Green.

Described as a “Pinocchio-inspired” movie, this new iteration is said to be “loosely based” on the original source material.
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Danny Collins | Review

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Dan in Real Life: Fogelman’s Sugary Directorial Debut Hobbles its Own Charms

Screenwriter and producer Dan Fogelman makes a high profile directorial debut with Danny Collins, nabbing a handful of high profile names to lead his glossy family issue drama wrapped in melodramatic showbiz antics. When he’s not writing directly for children and family friendly audiences (Cars; Bolt; Tangled), Fogelman’s screenplays are often gilded with jejunish countenances (The Guilt Trip; Last Vegas), the types of outrageous yet uncomplicated cinematic fabrications that hail from some medicated hinterland beyond the realm of mere escapism. His first stint as a director finds him returning to this hypertrophic mode of drama wherein potentially insurmountable life tragedies get mushed together to equal one big positive, though kernels of authentic emotions sometimes shine through the contrivances.

Danny Collins (Al Pacino) is an aging rock star currently touring with another greatest hits album.
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Britt Robertson of ‘Tomorrowland’ Named CinemaCon’s ‘Star of Tomorrow’

Britt Robertson of ‘Tomorrowland’ Named CinemaCon’s ‘Star of Tomorrow’
Britt Robertson has been dubbed an actress to watch by theater owners.

The “Tomorrowland” star will receive the “Star of Tomorrow” award at CinemaCon, the annual exhibition industry trade show taking place this April in Las Vegas.

Robertson is a new face on the film scene, but that could change if “Tomorrowland” connects with audiences when it debuts on May 22. The fantasy film also stars George Clooney and is directed by Brad Bird (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”). The plot remains a closely guarded secret, but the talent attached make the film one to watch.

Robertson will next appear alongside Scott Eastwood in “The Longest Ride,” which will be released April 10. She is best known for starring in the CW network’s “Life Unexpected” and “The Secret Circle,” and CBS’ “Under the Dome.” Other film credits include “Delivery Man,” “Dan in Real Life” and “Cake.”
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Netflix’s First Bloodline Trailer Introduces Us to the Dark, Dysfunctional Rayburn Family

“We’re not bad people,” promises Kyle Chandler’s John Rayburn at the end of the first full trailer for Netflix’s new drama, Bloodline, “but we did a bad thing.” And since that sentence appears to be the dark and ominous slogan for the series, I’m guessing John is going to be a much different and, potentially, a much dangerous character than Coach Eric Taylor in Friday Night Lights. Although Chandler is the headlining star, the cast of Bloodline features many familiar names and faces, including Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises), Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks, Mad Men), Sam Shepard (The Right Stuff), Sissy Spacek (Carrie), Norbert Leo Butz (Dan in Real Life), Jamie McShane (Sons of Anarchy), Jacinda Barrett (Suits) and Enrique Murciano (Without a Trace). The series was created and is executive produced by Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler (Damages) and takes place in the Florida Keys,
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