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It looks like Christina Hendricks is dealing with her departure from Sterling Cooper & Partners by hitting the road. According to multiple sources, the Mad Men actress has joined the main cast of Roadies, a music-centric comedy created, written and to be directed by Jerry Maguire helmer Cameron Crowe for premium cable network Showtime.
Roadies follows the day-to-day life of individuals involved in a massively successful rock tour, as seen through the eyes of music’s unsung heroes – the crew members who make each show happen. Hendricks will take on the meaty role of Shelli, the band’s production manager, who is ““ingenious, tough, but privately emotional, married to her job… and scary-good at it.”
Luke Wilson, Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall, Peter Cambor and Keisha Castle-Hughes are also on board the ensemble series in main roles, but Hendricks’ involvement just makes us more excited for what’s sure to be a »
- Isaac Feldberg
The story follows a pair of young Nigerian immigrants who face a lifetime of struggle while their relationship endures. Brad Pitt is producing. [Source: Variety]
The story follows a young orphan girl and the mysterious friendly Giant (Mark Rylance) who introduces her to Giant Country. Production begins next year ahead of a July 2016 release. [Source: Variety]
Nicola Peltz ("Transformers: Age Of Extinction") and Theo Rossi ("Sons of Anarchy") have joined the cast of the untitled "Lowriders" project at Universal Pictures, Blumhouse and Imagine Entertainment. The story is set in the East L.A. world of lowrider cars and street tagging. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
The casting is a coup for Showtime, as Hendricks has no shortage of options for her first post-“Mad Men” TV gig. “Roadies” revolves around the lives of the road and tech crew of a rock band on a mega tour. Hendricks will play band’s tough and ingenious production manager who is the right-hand to the tour manager played by Wilson.
Crowe is writing the hourlong pilot and will direct for Warner Bros. TV and Abrams’ Bad Robot. Winnie Holzman is on board to serve as showrunner. “Roadies” is scheduled to lense in Vancouver in early 2015.
Hendricks has been a sought-after leading lady ever since “Mad Men” provided her breakout role as the savvy secretary-turned-executive Joan Harris on “Mad Men.” She’s been featured in numerous indie and studio features, »
- Cynthia Littleton
The leaks from the Sony hack continue today with news that the studio is very keen on working with Ryan Gosling. Apparently, the actor recently had a meeting with Sony exec Amy Pascal, who then told co-president of production for Columbia, Michael De Luca, that Gosling was interested in the Ghostbusters reboot. There’s said to be one major male role in the film and that’s the one that the Drive star has his eye on.
Furthermore, it was revealed that Pascal is hoping to bring Gosling in on a couple more of the studio’s projects, with word that she wants him to consider Sinister Six. No word on which role he would be playing, but there’s obviously some major interest from Sony in having the actor star in a few of their upcoming films.
What’s interesting to note here is that according to earlier leaks, »
- Matt Joseph
By Anjelica Oswald
Oscar Isaac is making his way from indie flicks to sure-to-be blockbuster hits with roles in 2014’s A Most Violent Year, writer-director J.C. Chandor’s Oscar hopeful, and J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is slated for a December 2015 release.
A Most Violent Year features Isaac as a husband and father trying to run an honest business in New York City in 1981, which is statistically the most violent year in the city’s history. The film opened AFI Fest and was recently voted best film by the National Board of Review. Isaac tied with Michael Keaton (Birdman) for best actor.
As for joining the Star Wars franchise, Isaac told IGN that the experience was “like living out a childhood dream. Being on those sets and being surrounded by those people — talking to Anthony Daniels, seeing him getting suited up, and Peter Mayhew »
- Anjelica Oswald
Welcome back for Daily Dead’s final Holiday Gift Guide entry for this week (don’t worry- we’ll be back on Monday!). For today, I’ve decided to dig up some resources for you vinyl-lovers out there and found a bunch of Doctor Who-themed accessories as well.
Also, be sure to submit your answer for our Holiday Horrors Trivia question below too for an opportunity to win some of the awesome prizes we snagged from our fantastic sponsors at HorrorDecor.net, Scream Factory and Anchor Bay Entertainment.
Vendor Spotlight: SoundStage Direct
If you’re on the lookout for obscure and random vinyl recordings, SoundStage Direct is absolutely the first website you’ll want to check. They carry pretty much anything you could possibly hope for including hundreds of various soundtracks from the last several decades and classic pop music albums as well.
SoundStage Direct also sells turntables and »
- Heather Wixson
“Nightcrawler” marks the first acquisition of Paris-based Selective Films, the outfit launched by former Wild Bunch Distribution Jean-Philippe Tirel and his partner, the producer Maya Hariri (“Under the Bombs”).
Selective co-acquired the movie at script stage last year with its partner Orange Studios and got Paramount France on board to distribute it in Gaul.
“Nightcrawler,” which stars Gyllenhaal as a Los Angeles denizen who takes pleasure in shooting gritty crimes to feed news networks and make ends meet, has grossed approximately $1.5 million from 187,000 admissions in France since opening Nov. 26 on 255 screens.
Compared with other Nov. 26 releases, the pic — titled “Night Call” in France — ranks second behind the franchise-based toon feature “Asterix, The Mansions of the God.” It beat out Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Search, »
- Elsa Keslassy
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a new clip from Muck, release details on The Haunting of Black Wood and Northbound, Part III, a look at Twin Serpents’ clothing line, details on a new episode of The Real Housewives of Horror courtesy of Nerdist, and much more:
New Clip from Muck: “Muck is the middle chapter of a horror trilogy. It was shot in 4K Ultra HD with No CGI and the next 2 films will be as well. Part of the Muck cast includes horror legend Kane Hodder and Playboy Playmate of the Year 2012, Jaclyn Swedberg. Muck will be released on Friday the 13th, March 2015.
We’ve been getting so many questions about our monsters/bad guys and also “What’s in the Muck?
Well, we can’t tell horror fans just yet, »
- Tamika Jones
Mar Del Plata – An an illustration of talent’s diaspora from conventional movies, legendary helmer-scribe Paul Schrader (“Taxi Driver,” “American Gigolo”) is prepping a 10-episode web-series, “Life on the Other Side,” each seg 10-minutes long, inspired by the episodic structure of “La Dolce Vita,” Schrader confirmed at Argentina’s Mar del Plata Festival.
Giving a Tuesday evening master-class, as president of the main Mar del Plata jury, Schrader delivered a trenchant analysis of the tectonic shifts which, however exciting, are also decimating trad U.S. movie business.
“I thought I would never say this, but when I was a young guy, I thought that the only place where I would be making movies was the United States. It had the most freedom, most money, was the top community. I look at the world now, and I don’t know if the U.S. is the best place to make pictures, »
- John Hopewell
Over the years, Oscar Isaac is an actor that’s been constrained to supporting roles, having cropped up in films like Drive, Robin Hood and Zack Synder’s Sucker Punch. But when the Coen Brothers placed him front and center for their wonderful, critically-acclaimed drama Inside Llewyn Davis, it was almost a bygone conclusion that the actor’s career would receive a monumental shot in the arm.
Fast forward to today, and Isaac has landed himself a number of eye-catching roles including Alex Garland’s promising sci-fi Ex Machina, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and, more recently, X-Men: Apocalypse. But before diving into the genre of science fiction, the actor is set to play Abel Morales in J.C. Chandor’s upcoming drama, A Most Violent Year, which recently debuted an all-new featurette that takes a closer look at the concept of the American Dream.
Joining Isaac for the film »
- Michael Briers
Mar Del Plata – In “Lord of the Rings,” he protected the Shire and the Fellowship of the Ring. These days, he’s more likely protecting the original visions of some of the world’s most exciting – and challenging – young moviemakers, and bringing them to larger audiences.
Doing so, Viggo Mortensen, U.S. born, Argentina raised, New York-bred, of Danish descent, has leveraged wisely his star status and fanboy suzerainties, dazzled with his dominance of not only English and Spanish, but Danish, Amish and Lakota, and played some not exactly super-hero roles, characters who are ineffectual (Lisandro Alonso’s “Jauja,” a Cannes winner), conflicted (David Oelhoffen’s “Far From Men,“ a Venice prize winner) or plain seedy (“Drive” screenwriter Hossein Amini’s directorial deb, “The Two Faces of January”); to all of whom Mortensen has brought not so much his good looks but a large humanity.
- John Hopewell and Anna Marie de la Fuente
Teased in the after-credits scene of X-Men: Days of Future Past, the mega-villain known as Apocalypse, aka En Sabah Nur, was seen being worshipped like a god by a massive crowd of people in Egyptian times. With the next film in the mutant hero series titled X-Men: Apocalypse, it was no secret that the ancient being would be the head villain in the next installment, and we now know that he will be played by Oscar Isaac.
Variety reports that Oscar Isaac has signed on to play Apocalypse in X-Men: Apocalypse, due out in theaters from 20th Century Fox on May 27th, 2016. Viewers may remember Isaac from an array of past roles, including the redemptive ex-con Standard in 2011’s Drive, the musician Reeves in 2011’s 10 Years, the titular character in 2013’s Inside Llewyn Davis, and the lead character Abel Morales in the upcoming A Most Violent Year. Isaac also plays »
- Derek Anderson
Oscar Isaac has nabbed the titular villain role in X-Men: Apocalypse. The movie is the latest X-Men installment and Bryan Singer is returning to the director’s chair. Singer worked on the story with Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris and Simon Kinberg. Kinberg is writing the script. The actor has been a critical favorite and received notice for starring in the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis and for turns in movies such as Drive. He is now starring in J.C. Chandor’s awards season hopeful A Most Violent Year, a 1980s-set crime drama with Jessica Chastain. But the actor has also
- Borys Kit
You only have to look at Zane Lowe's re-scoring of Drive to see how impassioned fans get about film soundtracks. In fairness, that was a brave undertaking, and swapping College & Electric Youth's sublime 'A Real Hero' for The 1975 in that aqueduct scene aside, it wasn't a total disaster. But the DJ's reimagining of the ineffably stylish thriller was still met with widespread scorn.
Admittedly, it was a strange choice of project (why mess with perfection?), although it's perhaps stranger still that altering the soundtrack from a film just three years old could be branded an act of sacrilege and defacement. But it's proof if proof were needed that scores worth their salt can quickly wedge themselves into the Zeitgeist and become as revered as the films themselves.
If there’s one director to have emerged in the past two decades who treats on-screen violence as both an art form and form of honest brutality, it would be Nicolas Winding Refn. Probably first introduced to U.S. audiences en masse with “Bronson” — which was also a huge break for Tom Hardy — Refn has proven himself a master of things gory, unflinching in his depiction of the horrific acts people commit against one another. Dávid Velenczei edited together four and a half minutes of some of the most violent scenes in Refn’s films for Press Play, and the resultant montage raises questions. Primarily, how should we — consumers, filmgoers, people — respond to such graphic depictions of savagery? Given the range of films, settings, and even time periods depicted in the video, we must cast aside the thought that Refn’s violence is restricted to just one of his films. »
- Zach Hollwedel
Ryan Gosling moved into the director’s chair in 2013. Though it was cheered at its reception, Lost River (formerly titled “How to Catch a Monster”) it was jeered by a good majority critics after its premiere screening in the Un Certain Regard section at that Cannes Film Festival this past May. Since then, not a word. Not a sound. No North American premiere, just a release date planned for next February in France. If Warner Bros. still had an indie label, the distinctly art-house film wouldn’t be shrouded in release date mystery. My thinking is: the studio simply don’t know what to do with it. In comes Sundance. A second home to the actor for two segments in his career: the formative years (The United States of Leland, The Believer, The Slaughter Rule) and the break out years (Half Nelson and Blue Valentine). Could Sundance programmers reel in this distinctive, »
- Eric Lavallee
The Drop, 2014.
Directed by Michaël R. Roskam.
Bob Saginowski just tends bar, keeping himself to himself as gangsters use his bar as ‘The Drop’ to funnel cash between gangs in the course of a night. But when the bar is robbed, he gets caught between good guys, gangsters and a pitbull named Rocco.
The Drop, the screenwriting debut of crime novelist Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River), might not reach the heights of either of those films, but it’s an entertaining, slow burning crime drama, with a great central performance by Tom Hardy.
Set in the bowels of Brooklyn, where there seems to be more bars than stools for folk to sit on, it’s a low key drama, where every character is hiding something shady about their past. But it’s Tom Hardy’s character, »
- Gary Collinson
Happy 34th birthday, Ryan Gosling! One of Hollywood's hottest hunks is adding another candle to his cake! The super-sexy Crazy, Stupid, Love star turns 34 today. From Gangster Squad to Drive, the actor never fails to bring the heat. Whether it's with shirtless pics or steamy movie rolls, Gosling always looks his best (damn you, Eva Mendes!). In honor of his big day, let's celebrate the new dad's birthday by looking back at all the times he left us breathless with his gifted looks. And happy b-day, Ryan! Stay sexy forever. »
With Ryan Gosling's 34th birthday on Nov. 12, we're looking back on his time in the Hollywood spotlight. He's been winning hearts and weakening knees for two decades, charming fans on screen and off with his witty one-liners and swoon-worthy smirk. Back in the early '90s, he captured the crowd's attention at a talent show before bringing his smooth moves to The Mickey Mouse Club. From there, Ryan became a teen heartthrob, a romantic leading man, and a fan favorite so lovable that people actually petitioned for him to be People's 2011 Sexiest Man Alive. Most recently, Ryan became a dad. Actually, let's rephrase that - Ryan is officially a hot dad. In honor of his approaching birthday, go all the way back to Ryan's adorable days on the Disney channel to see his heartthrob evolution from adorable crooner to Hollywood's hottest Dilf. Source: Getty/Valery Hache/Afp He had the moves early on. »
A rescoring of Drive has caused online outrage, but Mark's keeping an open mind about musical reinterpretations
Movie music matters. It's tough to wax lyrical about why it matters without sounding like one of those autocue scripts that we'll be hearing all throughout the coming awards season, probably read out by unlikely pairs of presenters, (“Now, to present the award for Best Sound Editing, Justin Bieber and Angela Lansbury!”) so let's just say that it does.
Whether it's an original score from Hans Zimmer or a jukebox tour of Quentin Tarantino's record collection, a movie's soundtrack informs the tone and timbre of the movie itself. So when we get into the question of movie rescores, we're really getting back into that thorny issue of asking whether the director's original intentions are sacrosanct to any subsequent versions of a film. As some of you may already have guessed, we bring »
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