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London — Romantic comedy “We’ll Never Have Paris,” the directorial debut of “The Big Bang Theory” star Simon Helberg, co-helmed with Jocelyn Towne, has been selected as the closing night film of the Edinburgh Film Festival. Helberg will attend the screening.
Helberg and Towne said: “We hope the people of Scotland will find our pain and suffering as funny as we do.”
The pic is penned by Helberg, who also plays the lead. Based on Helberg and Towne’s real-life romantic history, the film is a candid tale of a neurotic young man rattled by the sudden declaration of love he receives from an attractive co-worker moments before he is about to propose to his girlfriend. Heartbroken, she flees to Paris, and he must now race across the Atlantic to win her back.
- Leo Barraclough
Variety is reporting that Anthony Mackie is in talks to join John Hillcoat’s upcoming, star-studded cop drama Triple Nine. If he signs on, he’ll join an extremely impressive cast that boasts Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, Gal Gadot, Woody Harrelson and Teresa Palmer.
Named after the police code that’s used when an officer requires “immediate assistance,” the film will follow a corrupt group of cops who plan on carrying out a major heist for the Russian mafia that requires they kill a rookie officer. Of course, things don’t go according to plan and complications ensue.
No word yet on which role Mackie is up for but hopefully it’s a big one. The actor has really proven himself over the last couple of years with strong turns in films like Pain & Gain, Night Catches Us, The Adjustment Bureau and of course, the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier. »
- Matt Joseph
As mainstream Hollywood looks back at race relations circa the Civil Rights Movement in films like The Butler and 42, independent films like 2010’s Night Catches Us and Katherine Nero’s new film, For the Cause, turn their gaze towards a very different faction of the Civil Rights struggle. Making its west coast premiere at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles last Friday, For the Cause is a project 12 years in the making. Shot in a little over a week on location in Chicago, the film tells the story of emerging attorney Mirai Scott (Charlette Speigner), as she takes on the most difficult case of her young career—that of defending Rolly (Eugene Parker), her »
- Ade D. Adeniji
3 items from 2014
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